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Wednesday 12th September 2018 9:19 pm

I haven't recovered from the US open yet. I stayed up late watching/listening to the tennis on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and my body hates me so has been waking me early for weeks. I am tired. I was tired by the time the men's and women's finals started, never mind after two sets!

I dislike commentators generally, and the rubbish they spout. I like the 5 Live ones better because they talk about interesting things. Plus I think I've just got used to listening to a lot of tennis while I'm at work. So for the US open I watched on Amazon Prime and listened on 5 Live. When I listened on the radio the radio was a point ahead. When I listened on the internet, the radio was a point behind. It only occurred to me in the middle of the second set of Djokovic vs Del Potro that I could have tried listening on the telly - and if was head, but not close enough, taping it so I could listen on a short time delay.

I should point out that at 3-4 in the second set I thought I'd go to bed after that game, and finish the set in bed. That was a 20 minute later bedtime than I was expecting...

Most of my viewing was some early Murray and Edmund matches and then the men's and women's finals, mixed doubles final and Nadal vs Del Potro semi-final. The latter was an expectedly short experience. I watched the first set, then went to bed, assuming I'd be spending quite a bit of Saturday getting it in before the mixed doubles final. I opened the replay part A and found that was just set 1. B only appeared to be 52 minutes long. I assumed that either I hadn't noticed there was a part C (and D and E) or someone was horribly injured during the second set. The commentators were talking about Nadal's knee, but I thought his leg would have to fall off before he retired. So it must have been really bad.

The mixed doubles final was fun. Jamie is now well ahead of Andy in grand slam wins - as it should be, since he's the eldest.

The women's final of course is still being talked about. The terrible thing is how sorry I felt for Naomi Osaka on the stage, in tears and not because she was happy to have won. You shouldn't be feeling sorry for the champion. What particularly annoyed me was Pat Cash and Jeff Tarango in the commentary complaining that the umpire was just doing it all to draw attention to himself. Okay, so you're entitled to believe that and maybe it was true, I don't know, I've never interacted with any tennis umpires. But it didn't feel like the right place to sat it.

And the most tacky part of the whole thing was announcing they were giving a cheque for $3.8 million to the champion. But I think that's the difference between Brits and Americans. Also, surely they pay by bank transfer?

The men's final was pretty close. Although once Djokovic won two sets I knew I just needed to watch the third set on Monday and that would be it. Although it turned out that Amazon would only let me watch from 3-4 in the second set and not fast forward. So I ended up listening to it through the iPlayer instead. Which probably worked out better given that this was while I was getting dressed and breakfasted etc. At least it meant I knew the result before I went to work - the year Andy Murray won I had to avoid everything until I finished the match on Monday evening. It worked - I had no idea he'd won - but it was hard work.

I would have watched Alfie Hewett's final, but they kept updating me on the score during the men's final.

This weekend is the Davis Cup. It should have been our World Group qualifying tie, but they changed the system and now we're in the World Group, it's just a question of whether we're going to be seeded or not. But it will be good to see Cam Norrie play, and Dan Evans back again, and some doubles.


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