The matches have been played. The reports have been written. The opinions have been expressed.
It is difficult—and rare—to find an angle that has not been done to death by the pros. This review and slideshow, therefore, tries to take advantage of a privileged position: a seat in the bleachers for both the semi-finals and the final of Rome’s showcase tennis event.
First-hand experience adds a dimension that is entirely absent from the many-layered filter imposed by television, pundits and the press. Impressions build up like oil on a canvas, adding texture, colour and intensity to what is already a gladiatorial sport rich in complexity and suspense.
This “Bleacher Report” attempts to paint in some of those sensory highlights.