two legends in one seating

almost didn’t make it in clark (bought AK tix over 5J cos AK has daily flights to KUL and i cant go to KUL earlier than wednesday). was late for the shuttle to clark, so i got to call dad and asked him if he can drive me to airport. our flight was 1140 and we’re still in manila and it’s already 8ish! had to say my prayers to all the heavens – no traffic, no more mishaps no more nothing.

but if you are meant to see the Fed, the entire universe will conspire with you and will let you arrive to airport just before the clock turned 1030! sweeet! i lurve my super dad!

S & I felt victorious for still making it, despite the heavy rains we stormed. only hours after that, we’re waiting for C at KL central to be ready, so i can bring them to genting highlands :-) yes!! we made it! “i’m seeing The Fed in flesh tomorrow night!” was my thought bubble!

the next day, had a full day touring S in the city, brought her to menara kl tower, petronas skybridge, merdeka square, and all the other must-see in the city. but traffic was bad and got back to the hotel 6ish! waaah! the game starts at 8, and the stadium is more than 40mins away without the jam. even if our tickets have seat ID on it, i can’t be complacent cos i don’t want to miss the pre-game interview of the two legends.

told the cabby, cant afford to be late and that if he can bring us to the stadium in a speed of light, i’d give him extra. two weeks ago though when i was there in KL, i went to see where the stadium is, and you wouldn’t believe how many roundabouts in shah alam we took before we reached malawati. so to ensure we wont be late because of taking the wrong roundabout (approx addl 12km if we did), used my BB’s GPS navigation. but we’re lucky to have a cabby who knows his way around and wooohoo! we’re in the stadium before the game started.

was literally running to go to the main entrance to have my eticket scanned, never mind if C & S were still outside taking their time to go in. and yay! we got in just in time for the pre-interview! but to my dismay the seat we thought 2-3 rows away from the court is like couple of rooows away! waaah!:-(

i’d reckon, 15 rows for VIP alone (not for sale seats) and another 10 rows to our front at the north wing. bought just 2 days after the tickets got available online and there we were 25 rows away from the Fed :-(

ok the stadium is a 12,000 seater capacity and we’re lucky enough to get that AA5 & AA6 (Chaia is at BB7) seats. but elllo!!! how can my Fed see my labour of luv poster? how can he see me upclose? hahaha!

anyway, i’m just so thrilled to be seating there and seeing my Fed in flesh! was cheering all throughout the game. and infact just because i so so enjoyed the exhibition match that even during the set when bullet pete was leading, i still find myself cheering;p good thing my french seatmates on my left, and hmmm chinese(?) on my right were not the baduy and KJ spectators! they too have their own cheers! :-) hahaha! i must admit though, 60% (it’s the highest i’d accept) rooted for the old legend, pete.

for about an hour and a half i saw nothing but pure brilliance, talent and entertainment. yes, entertainment! cos you’d see them both really having fun in their game. a lot of times pete was really cracking it up, like when he imitated rafa, when he showed off his arms like that of roddick’s or like when he tried to overrule the umpire. i mean he’s amusing. and indeed, all the write-ups about roger are not overrated. he really lets his game do the talking.

everything is surreal to me even up to now! :-) was an old fan of the old chap, and since 2003 had a change of heart and became The Fed’s and just when i thought i wont be able them to see at the same time on hard court playing great tennis, there i was at malawati…and though i stopped taking shots on the 1st set tie break even if i said i’d take 1,001 shots, cos i cant concentrate really on the game…my good friend S because she’s a pete fan didn’t bother getting a good video of my fed (after i have requested her to use my cam and get some videos) and all i got are pete’s 210kph ace service videos…i was almost caught by the stadium marshals/ guards for getting 2 tarpaulin posters of the two supahstars from lamp posts after the game, and that i wasn’t able to meet the Fed personally (i mean really get close to him so i could tell him meredith’s line to dr.mcdreamy “choose me, pick me, luv me” over mirka, hahahah!)….i super super enjoyed the game!:-)

now i’m partially (i still have time to time hang-over) settled back home, i know, Wimbledon, Oz, French & US Open are definitely a-must-see-things-before-i-die :p


*was wearing the red singlet of the gawad kalinga run and the Fed wore a red shirt too that night, and it just confirmed me that, ‘yeah banggigay is indeed made for the swiss tennis supahstar!’

**i saw the games in macao and seoul too over youtube…i’d say not as an old pete’s fan nor as the Fed’s fan now, but as a true blue tennis lover…game in KL was the best!

***our flight to KL on an A320 fleet of airasia, 90% onboard is going to KL just to see the exhibition match. i know, cos we had all the time chatting whilst in clark airport.and during the game i’d reckon a lot more than 100 pinoys are inside apart from those i met on plane. so i wonder how come tennis is not such a big thing here in ‘pinas when a lot of pinoys would go as far as malaysia just to see a superb tennis match? phil sports commission?? ello?? don’t you think it’s about time to consider tennis? marathon? football? and not just basketball and boxing?

****he got upclose and personal with the legends. as in!!! haaay! the perks of being a sports columnist! i follow his site like a fan reader and i hope he’d be able to interview the Fed in the future, and i would shamelessly email him and ask him if i can sit inside the set whilst he does the interview :-)

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1 Response to “two legends in one seating”

  1. 1 Nora, the golden girl 3 February, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    How can one be soooh lucky???? I really envy you Banggi! I can only dream (sob . . . )

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