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Fatalism at the Australian Open

In Tennis on January 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm

0-40, in just the second game of the match,  American Tim Smyczech tosses the ball high above his head, decides he doesn’t quite know what to do with it, catches the ball and fidgets a bit before trying again. Who could blame Smyczech for his moment of indecision? Kick the ball out wide and it comes right back. Slide the ball down the T and it comes right back. Blast the ball down the middle and…

Nobody can blame Smyczech. Artful Spanish footwork has rendered the very concept of ‘choice’ meaningless.

Finally, Smyczech decides that kicking the serve out wide is something he’s done before, so hell, why not. When the ball comes back deep and heavy, Smyczech cracks his whipping backhand crosscourt, pulling Ferrer out wide. When the shot comes back deep and heavy, Smyczech cracks his whipping forehand crosscourt, pulling the Spaniard wider. By the time Smyczech slaps a winning volley to the open court 12 shots later, the match is lost. Deciding to claw back into this service game has already cost him more than he has.  Ferrer 6-0, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3