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Chennai Open 2008

Filed under: Sports by Hari
Posted on Fri, Jan 4, 2008 at 21:27 IST (last updated: Sun, May 24, 2009 @ 19:16 IST)

My brother and I went to the Chennai Open 2008 last evening (the stadium is just a kilometre or two from where I live) to see a couple of second round matches.

The first match involved World No. 2 Rafael Nadal and was the big draw of the evening. Nadal, of course completely outclassed his opponent Rajeev Ram (USA) in a couple of easy sets. The other match on Centre Court involved Robin Haase, the highest ranked player from Netherlands. Needless to say I took my camera along and took some good shots. I thought I'd share a couple of them (original resolution 1600x1200 scaled down for conserving bandwidth).

Here's a picture from the first match:

Match: Rafael Nadal vs Rajeev Ram

And one from the match between Robin Haase and Lovro Zovko (a Croatian player). Robin Haase won the match in a couple of sets too, but the second one was closely fought (result: 7-5 in favour of Haase).

Robin Haase vs. Lovro Zovko

(snap credit: my brother, Ramshankar)

All evening there was a slight drizzle on and off which kept threatening play, but just as the second match got completed the rain really began pouring down heavily, so we were lucky to get to watch two full games.

Afterwards, I managed to get close to Robin Haase just before he left the stadium and took this snap before he got into his car:

Robin Haase close up

This point was Nadal saving a break point (in the second set I think):

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfozgKKnOv0

It's not often that we get to see international quality tennis played in India, so I enjoyed every bit of it. At least I won't regret having missed seeing Rafael Nadal in person when he was playing in a court in my neighbourhood. ;)

5 comment(s)

  1. from most unknown to most known...

    Comment by Shrinidhi (visitor) on Sun, Jan 6, 2008 @ 08:56 IST #
  2. So did you attend the Chennai Open, Shrinidhi?

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Sun, Jan 6, 2008 @ 14:14 IST #
  3. Negative.. I wasn't aware it is going on.. I'm not a follower of that game either...

    Comment by Shrinidhi (visitor) on Mon, Jan 7, 2008 @ 07:51 IST #
  4. u left me and went eh? hmm..
    its ok!
    SANIA illatha match naan paaka maaten! lol!

    Comment by LogeshTamilSelvan (visitor) on Wed, Jan 9, 2008 @ 14:29 IST #
  5. Logesh, naanee edho OC ticket-la ponnen. As it is only 2 were available so I went with my brother. ;-)

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Wed, Jan 9, 2008 @ 14:39 IST #

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