GIlly looked good early, taking the early set. But then he called for the trainer early in the second set, Nole smelled blood, started yanking him around the court and took the set fairly easily at three. In the final set, Nole was up 3-1 but then sustained some sort of calf injury that forced him to call the trainer. Gilly fought hard to capitalize but in the end, Nole found a way and took it 75. Thus endeth the remarkable 6 month run that Gilly had. Can't wait to see him again in 2009.
It must be kind of nice for Nole to have his girl in Shanghai with him. Then again, maybe she's there to keep him focused on his training, if you know what I mean. But this would be a really nice win for the Troubled One, who hasn't had that great of a run since the USO. This would give him quite the momentum for his title defense in Australia, no?