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In action against Davydenko© Getty ImagesIn action against Davydenko

Sunday, March 26, 2006   
Today was the first time I had played under the new system that allows players to challenge line calls. The system is being used on just center court in Miami and today I played Nikolay Davydenko. I made two challenges in the match and was right on one. In both instances I challenged a backhand down the line. I was wrong on the first one when the call was out and I thought it was good. But I was right on the second one that was called out but the replay showed that it was actually in. I haven't spoken to many players about their thoughts on the new system but I don't mind it.

I woke this morning at 8 and had breakfast downstairs in the hotel. I had an omlette. I practiced for 25 minutes at 10.30 with my coach. I had three racquets restrung before the match - 24 on the mains and 26 on the crosses. I don't really know why I get the cross strings strungly tighter - my coach told me to do it.

I lost to Davydenko 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. I played very well in the first set and I had a break in the second set. But he broke me back and I started playing very defensively. In the third set I was twice up a break but he got them both back. Then in the last game I double faulted three times, which was very disappointing.

I'm going to try to relax for the next few days and then return to Cyprus next Sunday to get ready for the Davis Cup.

Thanks for reading my blog this week.


Friday, March 24, 2006   
I've been enjoying my time here in Miami and got the chance to be part of two fun events before the tournament started. First, I swam with dolphins at the Miami Seaquariam. I was a bit shocked at how much power they have - you notice that when they pull you along - and how much they understand. On Tuesday night I went to the Stars for Stars awards party at the Four Seasons hotel, which was a lot of fun. Roger won three awards and deserves them all. He's a great person and player and he gives a lot to the sport.

I was third match on today so I slept till about 8.45. I just had a very light breakfast - two slices of bread in my room. We bought the bread and some Philadelphia cream cheese from a supermarket. I had a sandwich on site around 11. I hit at 12 with Florent Serra for 30 minutes - just long enough to feel the ball.

Then I went into the locker room to prepare. I did some stretching and then strapped my ankles. I started doing that in Australia when I had problems with my feet. Just talked a little bit to the trainer and physio while I waited for my match. I didn't have a great feeling going out to play because of the conditions. The wind made it tough so I just wanted to win as quickly as possible and get back into the locker room I fought hard for every point and was pleased to get a 6-2, 6-4 win over Alex Bogomolov. There were no fans from Cyprus in the crowd today so that atmosphere was very different to what I experienced in Australia.

Tonight we'll probably eat at the hotel and then my coach, girlfriend and a cameraman traveling with me will probably play some monopoly. We bought a small version of the game in France and brought it with us. I'm pleased that my girlfriend can be with me this week. After I won against Berdych in Indian Wells I called her and told her I missed her and that I wanted her to come to the States. It's tough being so far apart. As a model she has a flexible schedule so she was able to get away at short notice.

It's a day off tomorrow. My next match will be against Nikolay Davydenko, so that will be a tough one for sure.


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