I’m constantly amazed at the creativity shown by fans of our great sport. I went to the Federer-Davydenko match and amused myself for a while listening to Steve Ullrich. Have you ever done this? Steve is great, because all of the other chair umpires just say the score nonchalantly into their microphones. Pascal Maria would be totally monotone, if not for the completely awesome way he says “game NA-dal”. No monotone for Ullrich, though. He has a variety of voices, depending on the gravity of the situation.
Sometimes, for example, he uses his “this game is going just the way I expected it to” voice. He uses this voice when the score is 40-0 at 3-3 in the first set. If things start to get interesting though, Steve has a veritable buffet of tones. Sometimes Steve asks the score. Like “30-40?”. And sometimes, we get the ‘shock and awe’ inflection. “Game Davydenko!!??!!” or “0-40!!” It’s sort of like commentating and umpiring at the same time.
I don’t know if the players like it, but I sure do. Livens things up nicely. Anyway, back to fan creativity. I saw a Scottish flag right near the court. It said “Thanks, Fed”, except the “h” was crossed out. As I can be rather slow on the uptake, it didn’t occur to me until well into the first set, that they meant “tanks Fed.” For those of you who are slower on the uptake even than I am, I’ll explain to you.
They were not-so-subtlety accusing Federer of tanking his match against Del Potro in order to knock Murray out of the semis. I suppose I can understand a bit where they’re coming from. Murray and Federer have made no secret of the fact that…well…they really don’t like each other very much. That being said, I think it might be a bit of a stretch to suggest that Federer would orchestrate things so that the guy who yanked the US Open title out of his hands would advance.
Regardless of its basis in actual…you know…truth, the effort was appreciated.
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|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
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|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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