Good morning everybody.
It was a late night last night. I played a first-round doubles with Xavier Malisse. We were one of the last matches to finish. We had to wait a long time to play because the matches scheduled on our court took a long time.
It was worth it because we won in three sets against Tomas Berdych and Janko Tipsaravic. When you play professional tennis, you have to wait to play sometimes. It’s not that bad and we’re used to it.
I don’t play doubles on a regular basis and a lot of the time it depends on how my body feels. I decided to play here in Indian Wells, because the players get a day off in between singles matches and Xavier asked me to play right before the deadline for the doubles sign-in.
After I finished playing last night, I took a shower and then got a little dinner with my coach and then went to sleep so I could get up early to prepare for today.
Later this afternoon, I play my first singles match. I have to play Victor Hanescu in the third match on Court 5. I watched a bit of his first match when he beat Andreas Seppi on Thursday.
He played pretty solid. I know his game and he has a good ranking, so it’s going to be a tough match. I know him pretty well and we’ve practiced a few times. He’s a good server and plays mostly on the baseline. He’s a big guy, so I’ll have to move him around the court.
Oh, I almost forgot, the other night on Thursday, I went to the player party at a place called the IW Club. It was a really nice party. We had a good dinner and it was a good time to relax and laugh for a little while. One of the best things about the party was just getting there.
I got to ride in a classic car to the party. It was one those cars they call a Woody. When we got to the party and climbed out of the car, there was a green carpet and there were photographers taking pictures. It was pretty neat.
I enjoy cars. I like to race rally cars, so I had an appreciation for being able to ride in the old Woody. The party was fun. Many tournaments have player parties. Here in Indian Wells, the tournament really knows how to treat the players well and they did a nice job of making sure all the players had a good time.
The other night I was surfing the web on my laptop and I saw what happened in Japan. The earthquake was terrible. It seems in the past few years there have been some big disasters around the world. It’s something to think about. I haven’t talked to Kei Nishikori about it yet, but the players are definitely aware of it.
Well, I’m off to get some hitting in and get ready for my match this afternoon against Victor. Wish me luck.