March 20, 2011 BNP Paribas Open

This is our last day of the tournament – the finals. First up are Marion Bartoli of France and Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark. As I mentioned in an earlier post, usually the pretty girl gets all of the attention. This time, the crowd really got behind Bartoli. She is definitely the underdog but she is dogged in her tenacity to win points. The crowd appreciates a fighter. In the first set she is pretty much blown out by Wozniacki but Bartoli changes tactics in the second set and wins the set. But it is hard to maintain an extraordinary effort and she loses the third set and the match. It is an exciting match and the crowd shows appreciation for both players. John and I are now 0 and 5 for preferred winners over the last two days.

Marion Bartoli prepares to receive a serve.

Caroline Wozniacki serving.

Now it is time for the main event of the day – the final between Novak Djokovic and Raphael Nadal. At first everything goes according to form, Nadal hits amazing shots with tons of topspin and wins the first set. But he starts to lose his edge in the second set and loses the set and then crumbles in the third set. We saw some erratic play from Nadal earlier in the tournament but expected that he would be in form by the final. Djokovic is the winner. We are now 0 and 6. Oh well. Next week is another tournament.

Nadal and Djokovic at the coin toss.

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