Steve - well i dunno.... you know, as i said "no excuses"
but yeah, it was a hot day, i had a stomach ache, i was tired, i couldn't move my feet, i made so many mistakes, barely got my first serve in, i was nervous and i couldn't adjust to the conditions
but you know, it's not really me to complain about it
seriously though, i think i got kinda deflated cos i had a break point in the first game of the match and when i couldn't convert, it kind of went downhill and his confidence grew and grew.... i couldn't seem to move the ball around as consistently as i wanted to cos i made a lot of errors very early in the rallies. but he was a really good player and there was nothing i could really attack or exploit in his game at all.
craig - my name is mike (i'm listed as michael in the draw though
). actually i too didn't find the rebound ace courts sticky at all, i was kind of surprised about that actually, but maybe it needs to get into the mid 30's for it to get like that. i dunno if it was the guy's use of heavy spin, my dwarf like stature or the surface but i did find the balls bouncing a touch higher than what i'm used to - my opponent didn't really feed me any balls in my hitting zone and didn't give me any rhythm at all. btw, you are the #10 seed in the O35 draw?