Rosmalen 18 jun 2007 R32: Dulko (37) 6-3 6-2
Krajicek's 's-Hertogenbosch Blog 1
Monday, June 18, 2007
It's just a great feeling to come back to the Ordina Open. I really like Rosmalen, and Ordina is my sponsor so I get lots of support here. It's one of the nicest tournaments as well because the food is great and I get to see all of my family and friends. I can be very social at and outside the tournament. I love it!
I've already done lots of media activities and appearances here - a kids' clinic, some autograph and photo sessions, press... I've been joking with people that if they don't like me then it will be a problem this week because I'm everywhere! It's even tough for me. Actually, it's probably harder for me than anyone else! I mean, if it was somebody else, like George Clooney or something, that would be okay; hopefully I, and everyone else, won't get too sick of me this week!
A great thing that has come from all of this is that my watch sponsor, Maurice Lacroix, gave me a really nice watch, which I really appreciate. I just love it. It's very chic. Seriously, it's just unbelievable! They've been very good to me.
I played my first singles match today, and it went very well - I beat Gisela Dulko, 63 62. I didn't really expect it to go so smoothly, but I think Gisela prefers to play on clay. I served really well so I was happy; it's the most important part of my game. How I serve depends on who I'm playing. If I'm playing a taller player, it's better to aim for the body, so I won't hit many aces; against a player like Gisela who isn't so tall but is fast, I'll try to use more of the space in the service box, hitting out wide and mixing it up. I hit seven aces today so I'm happy!
I had a pretty good season on clay coming into the grass court season. Clay is not one of my favorite surfaces, that's for sure, but I found some rhythm this year. It wasn't an incredibly steady clay season but I finished strongly, winning two rounds at Roland Garros. But I'm really happy we're moving to grass and hardcourts, they're my favorite.
Like I mentioned already, I see lots of family and friends when I come here. Yesterday I had a great dinner with two Dutch players, Thiemo de Bakker and Robin Haase - it was nice to catch up with them as I don't see them that often, but I've known them since I was six or seven years old. We're good friends but unfortunately the last few years we all travel so much. We really need to start hanging out again! My big brother, Richard, was also here with his wife watching my match, which was great. Also my little brother and dad came here yesterday, so me, my mom and those two had dinner last night. As you can probably see already, this is going to be a busy (but fun) week!
This is the first time I've kept a blog. Last year, I was leaving messages on a website that was dedicated to me maybe once every few weeks, to let them know how I was doing, but since December I haven't really been keeping up with it. That's about as much contact I've had online with my fans, so I'm really looking forward to this. I have an official website coming soon, so on that I'll definitely keep everyone updated better. It's being made now...
I have my first doubles match tomorrow. I'm playing with Severine Brémond; we've never played together, and we decided to last week because neither of us had a partner. She has a very good first serve and moves to the net quickly and I like to do the same. I'm really looking forward to it. Also, I'm on fourth after 12pm, so I'll be able to relax for quite a bit of the day, which is always good :)
I'll talk to you all tomorrow night!
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