We didn’t brave a run outside yesterday. David opted for a cooler workout in the hotel gym while I blogged and generally found lots to do rather than workout, consequently I did not get my 10,000 Fitbit steps so I need to watch out on the leader board!
We decided to try a Japanese breakfast place, Nama Nama, that we have been passing each day on the way to the stadium and enjoyed some fresh sourdough toast with Vegemite for me and peanut butter for David. Our coffee here often comes in a small glass without a handle – funny how you notice the small differences to what you are used to on a daily basis. We have also noticed that stools in restaurants rather than chairs are quite common.
We had a full day at the stadium to enjoy. First up was Berdych against De Schepper from France. Berdych made it seem quite a routine day on the court for him despite the Frenchman’s coach constantly screaming allez allez however Del Po has asked for his shirt back now.
Next up was Ferrer against another opponent from France, Mannarino. We think the heat was getting to Mannarino as he looked exhausted and annoyed at himself for much of the match but he did take a set off Ferrer. Ferrer did not look on his usual top form but as we are melting sitting in our seats in the shade watching them I’m not sure its surprising that the tennis is maybe not quite the same.
The third match up was an Australian, Casey Dellacqua against Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium and poor Flipkens must have felt like it was a Fed Cup match as the stadium erupted with noise. Hewitt’s fan club had arrived early and sang and chanted their way through the match. Casey played so well and in her post match interview said she was ‘bloody stocked’ with her performance as everything went right. Casey also mentioned that coming from Perth she didn’t think it was actually that hot in the stadium – we had to laugh at that comment!
The last match of the day on our stadium was a mens doubles match that was causing quite a stir around the park – Hewitt and Rafter the Aussie boys against the USA/South African partnership of Butorac and Klaasen who looked like middle schoolers on the court in comparison to their elder statesmen. Credit to the USA/RSA pair though as they did not let the bipartisan crowd get to them, they stuck to their game plan and won in two straight sets – much to the huge disappoint of the crowd who were obviously hoping for some more ‘vintage’ tennis in their future.
Funny how as we walked back to our hotel we commented that the temperature was actually quite nice now, it was probably around 38, but its all relative. We were seduced by the sign for Jalapeño pizza outside the restaurant Tazio Birraria and enjoyed a couple of fresh pizza and on this occasion a bottle of New Zealand Pinot. The NZ Pinot was much heavier than the Australian wines we have had the previous days but still very tasty.