Hello again and good morning.
Sometimes when you’re at a tennis tournament, you’re concentrating on practicing and playing matches, so you don’t notice when something changes. That is exactly what happened to me on Sunday.
I woke up early yesterday and I decided to treat myself to the piece of cheesecake I had brought back to the hotel after having dinner the night before at a place called the Cheesecake Factory. With all of the training and practicing I’ve done in the past couple of weeks, it felt good to have something sweet.
Later in the afternoon, I was supposed to practice at 3 o’clock, so around 1:15 or so, I was getting ready to eat lunch at my hotel when my coach said we get ready to leave to go and practice. I told him it was only 1:15, but he told me that it was 2:15 and this was the weekend time changed.
I forgot we lost an hour and I was supposed to turn my watch back. I don’t remember seeing any reminders telling people to change their clocks. Oh well, that is the way it goes I guess. I went ahead and ate a small lunch and then went to practice.
Today I play Juan Martin del Potro in my second match. We’re going to play the third match on the second stadium. It’s going to be a tough match for sure. In a tournament like this, all the matches in the third round are very tough. There are no easy matches.
If you want to be the best, you have to play against the top players and win. You can be in the top 50 by playing the smaller tournaments, but if you want to get a higher ranking, you have to beat the top players.
I’ve known Juan Martin for a long time, probably since we 14 years old, playing in the juniors. This is the first time we’re playing each other in a tour event, but I remember we played against each other at a big junior tournament in Florida when I was 16.
He has a big serve and a solid game. His forehand is very good and he likes to attack a lot. He’s an all-around player. If I’m going to have any chance against him, I’m going to have to serve and return well and try to break his rhythm.
The other day a fan asked me how much professional tennis players sleep the night before a match. To tell you the truth, everybody is different. For me, I like to get in between seven and eight hours, but if I get less than that, I’m fine. I don’t like to get more than that, because it affects me in a negative way and I don’t feel well if I get too much sleep.
If you happen to be at the tournament this afternoon, please stop by and watch my match against Juan Martin on the second stadium. I’m going to end this post for now, but I’ll write another entry soon.
Good-bye for now.