Thursday, January 24, 2008

Gobsmacked tennisblogging

Unseeded Australian Open entrant Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from France, in his first-ever Grand Slam semi-final, has just clobbered world no. 2 Rafael Nadal in straight sets and just under two hours, 6-2 6-3 6-2.

And it wasn't that Nadal was bad, it was just that Tsonga was staggering.

Look out Roger.


ThirdCat said...

I know. It was amazing to watch. And at first, I didn't really like his demeanour, but then in the post-match interview he was gorgeous. I love the Australian Open so much. Apart from all the work that doesn't get done. And the tired children, because we forget to tell them to go to bed.

Pavlov's Cat said...

Yep, scary.

Have you noticed that the first English sentence that non-English speaking tennis players seem to learn when they go on tour is 'I played unbelievable'? Of course they think it's correct; they learn it from the Americans, who are allegedly English speakers.

And of course he was right. He did play unbelievable.

CP said...

Was thinking of you and anticipating meeting up at a wedding banquet on Good Friday. I imagine you're familiar with dummy pronouns, being a doctor of words and all. I'd never heard of them before today and seem to remember having great difficulty in primary school parsing "It rained".That cosmic IT. Are you familiar with two ecclesiastical variations on similar themes? "liturgical East" means facing the altar and the apse, even though you may be facing true West at the time if the church is not traditionally oriented.
"straw subdeacons" are people in lesser orders or lay clerks but who are allowed to dress in a rather grand subdiaconal vestment called a tunicle and perform most but not all of the sub's liturgical functions at high mass.

Pavlov's Cat said...

Hee hee. If you'd asked me for a definition, I would have said a straw subdeacon would be a nonexistent subdeacon of the kind that some anti-subdeacon type would invent in order to refute his nonexistent arguments. No?

Hadn't heard of liturgical east, but I do like it.

Yes, I'll be there on Good Friday -- if I can get a bit more ahead of myself, I will see you before then -- possibly at the Greek?

Mindy said...

Looking forward to the Federer match tonight. Are two upsets to much to dream of?

Word verification says yes: mhmnn

ThirdCat said...

I'm really not sure what to make of that after-match chat.

Also, I just realised that one day there will be tennis without Featherer (as he is called by my youngest boy). I don't feel good about that. Not at all.

Stephanie Trigg said...

Look out who?

Mindy said...

I spent the entire match wanting Federer to make a comeback and kick butt. Hopefully this is just a small glitch, but realistically as Thirdcat said, one day he will just be a legend of the game.

ThirdCat said...

I was doing the same mindy. It was like watching a movie with the wrong ending.