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★氷帝 日吉 若 初のシングルリリース決定！（5/14）NEW!!
About damn time XD I can't wait!
Tenipuri vol 38 is out on June 4. That would be Renji's birthday.
As tennis watching folk already know, last week Wild Card Filippo Volandri defeated #1 seed (and #1 in the universe) Roger Federer in straight sets in Rome (on clay). On the following day, he defeated 12th seeded Tomas Berdych in straight sets. I was watching Federer's match, and I noticed something. Normally, Federer almost STARES at the ball until after it's left his racquet. This makes for lovely action shots of him playing tennis, and tennis coaches like to remind us of this when we start to lose focus.
But, last week, when he started to get behind in the score and notice that his tactics weren't vexing Volandri, he lost focus, and started looking away early! You can see it, if there's a replay. Almost every unforced error, he's not staring the ball down like he normally does.
But, at the same time, blaming the win on Federer's mistakes isn't fair. Sure, Federer made a lot of unforced errors, but Volandri did not. The commentary didn't seem to be making a big enough deal out of that fact, but following the match with Berdych, it was a different story.
I believe the final tally had Berdych with over 30 unforced errors, and Volandri with only 13. He doesn't have a huge serve, and he doesn't have any "ubermoves"; he's not a power player, but what gave him these wins last week was precision. He put the ball exactly where he wanted it, almost every time. His serve is designed to get the ball into play, not to overpower his opponent, so he ended up getting similar results as me - Berdych thought he could slam that ball down the line for a quick point, and he'd hit it into the net or out. And the way Volandri was placing the ball had Berdych having to hit on the run several times, at which point it would again go into the net or out. In the post-game commentary (6-2, 6-3), the presenters mentioned that Volandri played a "simple" and "smart" game. He played a finesse game in a field of power, and it worked.
Of course, Volandri lost to #6 seed Fernando Gonzalez on Saturday in the Semifinals, but it was still inspirational to see a wild card making it that far on maturity and placement alone.
And what did I do with that inspirational match fresh in my mind when I went to play my Saturday match (hadn't watched Gonzalez yet)? I lost. In straight sets. REALLY HORRIBLY. Because I kept trying to come up with a different strategy than one that would work but I just wasn't comfortable with -_-;;; I didn't throw my racquet, but I did drop it in disgust a couple of times. Bad sportsmanship... ^^;;;;;