We at the CCN sportsdesk were able to track down a frustrated and exhausted plash.ricrem following his 2nd round exit at the Australian Open losing in a 3 set war to 30th seed Markec (5059502).
CCN: So any thoughts on your match?
P.R.: Just disappointed really. I thought I played relatively well all things considered. I really have to tip my cap to Markec though, he just wouldn't quit. Whoever he plays next round will be in for quite a battle.
CCN: You're referring of course to your quick start?
P.R.: Nods Yeah, I was hoping to put him on the ropes early and I thought I did a good enough job forcing the issue with my net game (in line to pick up a +3 bonus after like 3 rounds). But damn, every time I thought I had him where I wanted him, he just kept making shots. I'd make a drop shot, he'd make some miraculous lob over my head. Maybe I got too complacent or something (not pinching when I could have tried to resolidify that bonus), I guess I thought I could take him on nothing but ground strokes alone (straight deployments) but we all saw how that ended up.
CCN: What was the most frustrating aspect of the match?
P.R.: Besides Markec hitting every shot in tarnation? Losing my serve late (6-2 to break his +3 bonus, losing all 5 rolls) to really end any hope of a comeback definitely pissed me off. I try to pride myself on at least my serve accuracy and even that fell through. It could have been the heat, I don't know. I guess I'm glad I made it out of the first round this year, but otherwise I'm not too happy with the outcome here. Luckily the season is young and there's plenty of time for improvement.
CCN: Any comments on the Mets embarrassing 9-8 loss to the Yankees tonight?
P.R.: Utters several choice words that are bleeped out. No, other then it gives me another excuse besides my defeat tonight to hit the hotel bar hard before my flight out tomorrow. If anyone's looking for me, I'll be there with at least a 6 pack of Foster's in hand.