So yesterday was the annual trek out to Flushing Meadows for some tennis goodness at the US Open. Thankfully, weather-wise, we looked to be getting a perfect day! I tackled my hill repeats in the morning, then hit the LIRR to get out to Queenz. I definitely recommend taking the LIRR to get to the Open-at least on the way there. As the 7 train just sits in the station at Times Square and stops everywhere (or so it seems)…it was worth the $5 to get a quick ride out there.
As for the matches on tap-unfortunately the players me and the bro wanted to see the most (Novak Djokovic for me, Caroline Wozniacki for him) both had the night session. But Roger Federer would be playing at Ashe around 1-ish, and even though I’m not really a Federer fan, I figure I have to actually see him play once. So to kill some time, we did some shopping (love that Foursquare special with Amex-sync your Amex card and get a $10 statement rebate with a purchase of $20 or more!), hit up the “Food Village,” and indulged in a Honey Deuce-the signature cocktail of the Open. Yeah, was a little pricey, but got to keep the glass, and it did come highly recommended by a coupla friends of mine…
Me and the bro then took our Honey Deuces to Ashe stadium to wait for the match to begin.
We wound up staying for 2 sets of the Federer match…he took it in 3 sets. Honestly, the match didn’t seem really exciting…the opponent really seemed overmatched, and it just seemed too easy for Federer. (or maybe I’m a little biased because like I said, I’m not as much a fan of Federer as I am of Djokovic and Rafael Nadal…those 2 seem to have a little more of a spark.) Plus, we wanted to get over to Louis Armstrong Stadium, as we had a feeling with the coupla matches coming up it would be packed.
And it was in the 2nd set of the Gael Monfils-Juan Carlos Ferrero match. We had to go all the way to the other side of the stadium to find 2 seats together. But it was worth it-boy was this match exciting!! Tiebreakers and deuces up the wazoo. Plus Monfils is a very entertaining player…I don’t know if I’d go as far as my brother who says Monfils is his new favorite, but he was so fun to watch-very animated and “acrobatic” as I heard someone else call him. I thought Monfils could take it in the 4th set, as he won sets 2 and 3 and I felt he had the momentum. But he was tiring, as my brother observed “his legs are gone…only using the upper body…he’s just gassed.” And I was sorta reminded of last year, when I was watching the Federer-Djokovic semifinal in Madison Square Park with Lam and others, and Lam mentioned once the match hit 3 hours that “it was like a marathon” and I said “well maybe for you :)” Now this match was truly a marathon-it went nearly 5 hours! (hell for some, it would be an ultramarathon…lol) No one deserved to lose this one, but Ferrero took it in the 5th set.
We stayed to watch the first set of Mardy Fish’s match-he seemed to be rolling over his opponent with the same ease as Federer had rolled over his, so it wasn’t as exciting to watch…or maybe we were just spoiled by the previous match! But I will say, Mardy Fish does have some rowdy fans (apparently known as “The Fishheads”)…had some funny cheers which included “Go Fish!” (like the card game, get it?) and “Fish Time!”…I guess you had to be there to see/hear it 😛
After checking out a coupla minutes of one of the doubles matches at one of the smaller courts, we then decided to “bounce” and hit the 7 train to head home…til next year!!