Saturday, March 29, 2008

Flavor of the Week - March 29th

Since I spend most of my time watching movies and tv shows, and listening to music (when am not watching tennis of course), I decided to let you know my favorite movie/song/tv episode every now and then. Cuz you know how sometimes you really want a nice suggestion for a song or a movie and you can't think of anything?! Well, am just tryin to help :)

So my picks for this week are:

Movie: August Rush

I first heard about this movie when I was watching the Oscars and Keri Russell was presenting one of the songs nominated for best song and it was from a movie she was in called August Rush. I finally got to see it today and I loved it. Am not gonna give you a review or anything but in short, it's about an 11-year old music prodigy who believes he could find his parents through the music he hears in the world around him.

Song: Ayub Ogada - Kothbiro

From the Constant Gardener Soundtrack. My friend actually had a dance performance on this song a few weeks back and I've been dying for the song ever since. Somehow today I was flipping through channels on TV and stumbled upon the movie "The Constant Gardener" and amazingly enough, it was at the exact moment that this song was playing in the movie. It was easy to figure out the name of the song after that since I just searched for The Constant Gardener Soundtrack on Amazon and listen to 12 music samples till I reached number 13 - Kothbiro :) Don't you just love it when these random coincidences happen???

Song: Yael Naim - New Soul

I heard this song on the MacBook Air ad I was watching on YouTube, and immediately got my hands on it. A few days later, I heard it playing during one of the 30-second breaks between games in a tennis match at the Indian Wells Masters Series. Apparently the ad made the song an instant hit. Enjoy it :)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Djokovic too strong for Rafa !!

World number 3 Novak Djokovic demolished the no longer defending champion Rafael Nadal at the Indian Wells semis on Saturday, as he avenged his loss to the Spaniard in the final last year to triumph with a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

Despite being the first to concede his serve in the match, Djokovic had the upperhand from then on as Rafa's groundstrokes continued to fall shorter and shorter in the court against the Serb's deep shots and solid serves.
Rafa's serve seemed to be a real pain point and I believe it was the main factor that cost him the match and some valuable points that he needed to defend to keep breathing down Federer's neck in the rankings.

Djokovic on the other hand, showed no signs of weakness besides some unforced errors early in the first set. The Australian Open champion, who was number 13 in the world this time last year, is currently chasing both Rafa and Federer in the rankings. How soon do you think will he advance from his current number 3 spot!?!?! With this form, am guessing pretty damn soon.

As for Rafa, he will need way more than a few words on the front of his hand to keep him in focus. The three-time French Open champion has been playing all week with 3 spanish words written on his hand which he says mean "concentrate". I suggest he picks 3 new words for Miami next week.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Haas upsets Roddick, Mario far from "Super" form

Former world number 2, Tommy Haas, dispatched home favorite Andy Roddick from the Pacific Life Open second round in Indian Wells on Sunday. The German showed fine form as he outplayed sixth-seeded Roddick to post a 6-4, 6-4 victory and snap the American's serving streak that saw him win the Dubai title last week without dropping a single service game.

Roddick gave us a glimpse of Marat Safin's angry fits as he continued to throw his racquet and lost his composure more than once during the match, however the American assured the press after the match the the loss has not affected his confidence.

Another seed who followed Roddick outside the tournament was 12th-seeded Fernando Gonzalez who suffered a 3-set upset against returning Croat, Mario Ancic.

Ancic, who is slowly crawling back into the top 100 after his final appearance in Marseille earlier this year, is yet to find his solid form that saw him reach the world's top 10 prior to his illness (mononucleosis) that forced him to miss 6 months last season and another stomach illness that hit him in January.

Formerly nicknamed "Super Mario" after defeating Roger Federer in Wimbledon back in 2002, Ancic showed signs of his aggressive play in the first set against Gonzalez as he performed well at the net and broke the Chilean in the 11th game to capture the set 7-5.

Ancic however, faltered in the second set as allowed Gonzalez to step back into the game and clinch the second set before he regained control in the third to win the match 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

It's great to find a fine player like Ancic advance to the third round at Indian Wells, however he needs to step up his game if he plans on competing amongst the best. He only managed to convert 3/14 breakpoint opportunities against Gonzalez. This just won't cut it against the likes of Nadal, Djokovic and Fed-Express.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Djokovic with Leno

Novak Djokovic appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno right before the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells kicked off. Check out the video!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

"Unbreakable" Roddick !

What can I say?!?! Andy Roddick continued to stun the tennis audience worldwide with his performance at the Dubai Tennis Championships this past week (okay sorry, Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, and for the last time, thank you Dubai Duty Free).

The former world number one succeeded in clinching the Dubai title on his first appearance there, without conceding a single service game throughout the entire week.

Besides not being broken once in 66 service games, the big-serving American ousted the world's second and third ranked players - Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - en route to his massive victory over Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the final.

Roddick, who was mostly firing 220+km/hr serves all week, dropped the first set to the Spaniard after squandering a 4-1 lead in the tie-break. However Lopez - who himself hit 24 aces during the final - lost control in the second set as he dropped his serve to allow Roddick to serve for the set at 5-4.

Lopez's fine form at the net that saw him winning the majority of his net points and helped him rout 3 top-ten players this week, had started to desert him in the final set as Roddick stepped up his groundstrokes and continued his serving crusade to clinch the final set 6-2 and claim his second title of the season.

"This is as well as I have ever played..." said the 25-year-old American after his victory and I personally couldn't agree more.


(Okay Roddick knocked out my favorite two players Rafa and Nole. So for me to write something like this about him... he must have been pretty damn impressive!! We gotta know what this guy has for breakfast to keep slammin those serves :D)