|Warming up, before the match with Karlovic.|
|Pointing to a dead spot on the court before the match.|
|The warm up has ended.|
Gonzalez's team noticed during the warm-up session that the court was dead in the area behind the service line and warned Gonzo. The balls were dropping without a bounce back, as if they were smashing against a vacuum of non resistance. It was like the pressured air within had been sucked out and they were flat pancakes. I've never seen anything like it. About 10 minutes was spent calling over an official and then a supervisor who punched a metal device around the area, I was told to let the air or dampness out. (We had an incredible amount of rain with the hurricane and this was the Monday right after it.) After the "mechanic" took care of it, they finished their warm up and began.
|Retrieving his racquet from his tossing it in the air.|
His beloved countrymen who scream Chi, Chi, Chi, le, le, le, have been loyal supporters through every heartbreaking loss and marvelous win. However, he is not in the same category as James Blake who is toooooo painful to watch. More about Blake in another article.
During the match, I could see that Gonzo's forehand, backhand and overhead looked the same. Where it mattered was in his running speed and ability to return Karlovic's serve. The Croatian's height makes it formidable. Head to head, Gonzalez has almost three times as many career wins, though Karlovic is one year older. Gonzo has won gold, silver and bronze medals in the Olympics (2004, 2008) singles and doubles, and has been a finalist in the Australian Open 2007. He also was one of a few men who has gone to the Quarter finals for each Grand Slam.