Aussie Open: Live(ish) Blogging 5th Set
1:39 Ok, I took a break from blogging for a few sets to look for a home theater system. In a development that will surprise no one, this one is going to a 5th set. Yowza. In even better news, the Kia ads seem to have run their course, like a bad stomach virus.
1:41 How is it that Nadal looks like a BALCO client while Federer looks like a shortstop from the 50s yet they seem pretty balanced in terms of serve power? And how much do you want to bet Nadal does the alternating-pec-flex thing in the mirror?
1:51 Apparently the annoying ads are a Korean thing. The Seoul travel board just ran a dog of an ad that focused on the "sound of Seoul" yet the only thing you hear is the narrator, a piano, and a bell rung once. Suffice it to say, I haven't rushed to Expedia.com to check on flights to the peninsula.
1:55 The range of facial expressions on these two isn't quite as broad as in the old McEnroe-Connors tangles. Here are their respective emotional ranges during the match, which which Nadal wins, 4-2:
Nadal: Angry, angrily triumphant, disgusted and mildly annoyed
Federer: Constipated and bored
2:05 Oof. Not looking good for the Swiss Mister. 5-2 is only a break down, but that's a tough row to hoe.
2:14 Looks like Sampras can continue to hold the title for most Grand Slams for at least a few more months, but his claim to Best of All Time is looking increasingly shaky.