Sunday, 24 January 2010

Melbourne: Purple Rain.

Roddick d. Gonzalez 6-3 3-6 4-6 7-5 6-2

It’s difficult not to crow too loudly about the way A-Rod weathered the torrential storm Gonzo brewed up on court yesterday.

roddick (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Anyone other than about two or three players I can think of would have been reduced to a sickly, gibbering wreck in the aftermath of that third set – a period in which Gonzo went through a patch so purple, it was difficult to breath.

A-Rod wore almost the same WTF’ed expression he had when Sue Barker held a mic to his face on Centre Court at Wimby all those many months ago.

Was it 2007 all over again?

Evidently not.

Call him a ‘grinder’, a ‘blue-collar player’, a ‘G.I. Jo’, call him nothing more than ‘a serve and a forehand’ if you must – but let no one accuse him of rolling over.

Marin next for A-Rod, who downed Delpo in five – not quite the call I made, though not the greatest of shocks.

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