KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- It was 10 minutes to one on Tuesday afternoon at the Nasdaq-100 Open, and the emergency personal assured those of us watching that someone with a special key to open it would be there soon help the people stuck in the elevator.
Perfectly reasonable, except that ESPN went on live at 1 p.m. and announcers Mary Joe Fernandez and Patrick McEnroe were among those trapped inside. Cliff Drysdale, who had arrived on the third floor to enter the broadcast booth earlier, was about to go on air by himself.
"If you can open the outer door, we can climb out," McEnroe said through the steel doors. Now that's dedication.
The door wasn't budging though. Drysdale went on air live to the match between Guillermo Coria and Julien Benneteau.
As promised, the key arrived in about 10 minutes and a few minutes later a slightly relieved and sweaty group of nine poured out. McEnroe, Fernandez, her husband, Tony Godsick, holding their 2-year-old daughter, Isabella, their nanny, an NBC executive and cameraman and an unidentified elderly couple had spent 25 minutes in the elevator.
"They said, 'Cliff's always wanted a chance to go on the air by himself,'" Godsick said, while his wife and McEnroe hurried -- this time up the stairs -- to the booth.
Spadea survives another three
Vince Spadea defeated Paradorn Srichaphan 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, with U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe (spotted taking the stairs up to the match) watching.
Spadea didn't see him until after the fourth-round match.
"He said, 'Good match. Well played,'" said Spadea, who gained attention as a long shot for the Davis Cup team but was not selected. "'Way to step it up in the second set."
Spadea, who never expected to be picked, said he thinks his success here is helping people learn more about him.
"I think that I'm showing people whether I'm playing great tennis or not, I'm always there to compete well and give somebody a tough match."
A lesson learned
After upsetting Roger Federer on Sunday, teen Rafael Nadal didn't make it past the next round. He fell to Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-2.
But Nadal seemed circumspect.
"I learn that when I play my best game, I can play anyone, but when I don't, I can lose to anyone," Nadal said. "I think I'll grow from this."
"It was tough today," Gonzalez said. "He's a great player. I have no words to say how big he will be."
Cynthia Faulkner is the tennis editor at ESPN.com.