Federer Tests Roddick, Mono Thursday in Miami
by Sean Randall | April 2nd, 2008, 10:22 am
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Has there ever been such a one-sided head-to-head in tennis that engenders more interest and intrigue than Roger Federer v. Andy Roddick? I’m sure there is one, but I can’t think of it right now. Thursday (probably night) we get meeting No. 17 between the two Grand Slam champions, and of course it’s Federer with the massive 15-1 butt-whipping edge over Roddick.

Despite the lopsided numbers in this series, for some reason it brings in the masses, brings in the hype, and I’m sure this match will be no different. Hell, I’m already on board.

On the surface, this one should be all Roger’s. Through the first three rounds at the Sony Ericsson in Miami, Fed’s looked good, maybe not great, through. Granted he hasn’t had the toughest road – then again neither has Roddick – but it’s been business as usual for the Swiss who has enjoyed straight-set wins over Gael Monfils, Robin Soderling (ret) and yesterday Jose Acasuso.

On paper Roddick’s had arguably the easiest draw of any of our quarterfinalists, but he’s nearly fumbled it. The newly-engaged American (more on that in a bit) struggled to beat Victor Troicki, was pushed around a little by Ivo Minar and needed the distance to put away Julien Benneteau.

So again, just looking at the results, big edge to Federer here who seems to have his game in check while Roddick’s really been shaky.

That said, we still have the Federer mono bug to deal with. As I mentioned in an earlier post, at the Australian Open Fed looked sharp for the first six sets of the tournament before running into Janko Tipsarevic. At Indian Wells, Fed again looked good in his first six sets then got blown away by Mardy Fish (who is also an engaged American model). Now again, we are at the six set mark in at a tournament, will Fed’s game again check out? My guess is he breaks the spell here.

It was interesting to hear commentator Doug Adler during the Federer-Monfils match reveal that he had spoken earlier to Fed’s agent, Tony Godsick, who had told him that Roger was still a step slow because of the mono. I can’t seem to find any follow up on Godsick’s comment to Adler, but Tony trying to again lower expectations for Roger? Or is it a built-in excuse for Roger if he loses, while he earns more praise if he wins?

And Fed now stirs the pot further saying he had a bout with mono in 2006, WTF? “Apparently I already had it back in 2006, hints of it,” Fed said yesterday. Oh really Roger, anything else you care to share with us? Why not just come out and say you’ve had it on/off your whole career?

This is getting real messy and tiresome. Unfortunately, just like mono itself, we are going to have to endure this for a while longer.

Regarding Roddick and his engagement, I have to say good for him. Congrats. Mandy Moore first brought Andy into the public eye, now he goes a step beyond with a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker. Nicely done, Andy. Isn’t that what any pro athlete dreams of?

And I just love how the publicity-starved tennis world plays this up. On the ATP homepage their story headline reads “Roddick Engaged to Swimsuit Model.” What I’d like to know is what if Decker was an accountant or a journalist or a blogger, would the headline then read “Roddick Engaged to a Blogger”? What if Federer got engaged, what would the headline read in that case? “Federer Engaged to a..???”

I know the tennis circuit is hard-pressed for any kind of cross-over publicity, but if you’re the ATP you should ease-up a little on the “swimsuit” angle and the “he’s a winner on court and off court” message. Let the media play it up, but you, as his pseudo employer should not unless Andy specifically tells you to run with it.

Back to tennis…

Looking at the rest of the field, it’s hard to go against James Blake at this stage. (Actually, it’s usually pretty easy!) With Rafa looking ahead to the clay season, I get the feeling the Spaniard doesn’t want to overly exert himself in this situation. So I like Blake in this one, and I also like him to beat Berdych in the semifinals and get to the final where he’ll lose to Fed. I know I didn’t think Fed would win this title, but Roddick really hasn’t looked impressive and Fed can’t afford to lose to Andy.

I’ve been wrong before – so I’ve probably just cursed both Fed and Blake – but if Fed really wants to prove that he’s back and healthy, it starts with Roddick. It starts Thursday.

As for the women, I have to mention Serena Williams who trampled all over Justine Henin 6-2, 6-0. How the hell does that happen? I have no idea, but it’s awesome. Women’s tennis is such a freakin’ circus.

And on the topic of tennis on TV, kudos to Fox Sports Net for bringing a better product to Miami. Of course it’s hard to do worse than Indian Wells, but I think Ted Robinson instead of Barry Tompkins helps the telecast and helps contain the excitable Justin Gimelstob a little bit more. Now that doesn’t mean the coverage is great, just means it better for what it’s worth.


Also Check Out:
Roddick Says He’s Had a ‘Mild’ Case of Mono the Last Two Months
Federer Reveals Mono Illness, Sampras Loses to Martin
No Joke, a Fish Swallows Federer Whole in Indian Wells Desert
Australian Open: 5 Reasons Roddick Will Beat Federer…Or Maybe Not
Nadal v Roddick Lined-up in Miami, Hot Sauce on Deck

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106 Comments for Federer Tests Roddick, Mono Thursday in Miami

Zola Says:

Sean,

I was surprised to read that the mono actually beloneged to 2006! Two years ago. So what was it in Dubai? I am very confused.

I have no idea what will happen today. I am just hoping that Rafa could go through. Blake had longer matches, but he is the crowd favorite and this is his best surface. I hope Rafa plays aggressive and finds a way to win. It won’t be easy with Blake, but it might be possible!
Come on RAfa!
VAmos!


andrea Says:

it’ll be 16-1 at the end of day thursday.

who cares about mono anymore? moving on….

surprising that a male writer would wonder why roddick’s fiancee’s job comes up in headlines. SI’s swimsuit issue sells more than anyone of their other issues by a long shot. And beauty/sex sells regardless of it’s context. it’s a no brainer.


jane Says:

andrea,

“And beauty/sex sells regardless of it’s context. it’s a no brainer.”

You got that right.

Also agree on the mono – enough already.


marie Says:

to be fair, atp also posts the marriage announcement and photos of davdenko’s wedding :)—but there is just something about athletes and models cliche relationships that fascinates the media—Hope theirs would be a long engagement.


MMT Says:

Can’t say I agree that the edge is with Federer. Roddick has two titles this year, Federer has none. And clearly the aura of invincibility that Fed’s opponents succumbed to, and probably Federer himself fed off of, are gone. Roddick has beaten Djokovic, who is clearly in the best form on tour this year, and he has the added motivation of finally defeating his nemesis, while Federer has the pressure of not now losing to someone he regularly beat in the past, and stirring up questions of whether he’s past his best.

The pressure’s all on Roger, and his results don’t this week have been good, but they were pretty good in Australia and Indian Wells before he lost, so that means nothing.

I give the edge to Roddick, and expect him to beat Federer (finally). If ever he were for the taking, he is now.


MMT Says:

BTW – the mono means nothing. If he’s playing, then he’s fit enough to play – end of story.


jane Says:

No offense to Roger or his fans, but I’d like to see Andy break that brutal record and move up points-wise. He’s really shown here that he can “hang in” & figure out a way, even when he gets behind. A best of 3 sets situation is probably a better one for Andy when playing most of the other top teners since he starts so fast.

Roger has already bettered last year in terms of points, and with his results here and at IW he has secured his position at the top.


MMT Says:

Two more things – if Mardy Fish can serve and hit Federer off the court 2 and 3 (and then promptly lose in the first round the next week), then Roddick should be able to do the same. And Roddick beat Roger in Kooyong last year before the AO, so it’s not as if he hasn’t beaten him in 5 years like everyone seems to think. Sure it was an exhibition and Fed beat up on him 2 weeks later, but enough of this, “…it’s been so long…” business.


Dr. Death Says:

It’s Now or Never for Andy. Mono or no mono, Federer chooses to play. There will be no asterisks in tennis record books.

One of my favorite themes since the start of the year is that “we have a real tennis season” and indeed we do. An Andy win will make the year even more intense and speculation concerning the French and Wimbledon and the U.S. Open will be outrageous.

No matter for whom we cheer, in our hearts we have to admit it is much more exciting for us if we dont know who is going to win.

Go Roddick!


neon Says:

Come On Roger!!!!

He hasn’t been on it like normal but he is getting their, i just hope he isn’t getting to complacent and starts to get some anger and fight back into his game.

As for Roddick um……….I’m afraid it has to be Roger who triumphs because he is that good (regardless of form)

Come On Roger!!!!


johnnhoj Says:

He’s playing and says he’s past the illness.
What’s interesting is that this match will be a good barometer for measuring both players’ game levels at this point.
I, for one, would enjoy seeing Roddick get Fed-Ex’d back to Austin. If Roddick is triumphant, I’ll be proud of the guy but I’ll be left scratching my head.


Von Says:

Sean Randall:

I was listening to Adler and Goodall discuss Fed’s mono. According to Adler, during his conversation with Godsick, he (Adler) enquired of Godsick, why would Fed play if he has mono, why not stay in bed until it’s over. Godsick’s reply was to the effect that Fed has decided to play through the illness. Adler remarked that was a peculiar decision. One cannot just decide to play through mono. Mono makes its decision as to when and for how long its victim can embrace any form of activity.

Sorry, Fed fans, but this is the biggest load of hogwash I’ve ever heard. And, now we have the mono going back to 2006. I was under the impression that Fed was only diagnosed mid-February,’08, with the mono, how could his doctors and/or Fed now know ke had it in 2006? Are there blood tests to ascertain this episode of mono happening in 2006? So now, we are not just faced with an explanation for his losses that have occurred from December ’07, but we have now regressed to 2006? Pray tell me Fed, what month in 2006 did you have a loss, and was it at that very time that the mono simultaneously raised its head? This story is now worse than a spider’s web in which Fed has been caught and cannot find an exit. “Oh what a tangled web we weave.”

If Fed indeed has mono, then we can expect to see a diagnosis of ME/CFS/FM. Each one leads into the other and I’m very surprised that he has been able to play 3 matches thus far in Miami, in the heat no less, and has not yet been felled with a mono off-day. Does Fed think people are that dumb and gullible?

Sean btw, Roddick did not have the easiest draw. Try Davydenko, Fed, etc. GO RODDICK!!!!


Von Says:

MMT:

“BTW – the mono means nothing. If he’s playing, then he’s fit enough to play – end of story.”

Apparently it does mean a lot to Fed considering he has now gone back to 2006. For him, this is a big deal, and it’s a shadow that will be over every one of his losees until he retires. He has a built-in defense mechanism ready to kick in for each time he plays poorly or loses.


sensationalsafin Says:

Actually, if he had it in 2006, the year during which he was untouchable, then this should downplay the mono. If he played amazing with it in 2006 then he should be able to play amazing in 2008. That means the mono doesn’t affect him as much as people think.


jane Says:

MONO – SCHMONO.


Von Says:

“That means the mono doesn’t affect him as much as people think.”

It means that the mono does not affect him AS he would want people to think. But, when one is looking for excuses, there has to be an escape hatch – MONO.

People mentioned at Dubai how he was sweating, it could have been a side effect of some medication he was taking, e.g., antibiotics for a strep throat or a pulmonary infection. It didn’t have to be the mono. Exercise gets rid of the toxic effects of medicaton through perspiration. This situation has indeed become a travesty. What’s next in “As the world turns” starring Roger Federer.


jane Says:

Von,

“What’s next in “As the world turns” starring Roger Federer.”

LOL – I am so tired of this mono story (get the pun? tired?) I couldn’t believe it when I read the 2006 continuation. How come when Ancic had it he quietly receded into the background, got better and then came back? Sigh.


Susan Says:

I would LOVE to get FSN. Unfortunately, alot of us in Florida can’t get it!!!

I’m starving!!!


Raul Says:

“How come when Ancic had it he quietly receded into the background, got better and then came back?”

>>>> You are comparing a guy who has won 12 grandslams to a player whose best achievement thus far is to have been the last man to have beaten that 12-slammer at the big W. I am surprised you didnt compare Federer to someone in your household and wondered why his mono generates more news! Roger is a living legend. Everything he does or doesnt will kick up a storm. That is the burden he bears and there have been very few sportsmen past/present who do that job as well as he.

Roger knows as much as anyone that it is the wins that count. As long as he wins he will have the media catering to his needs. Tommorow he should be well back on the road to redemption after manhandling a-rod for the umpteenth time.


johnnhoj Says:

Fed said he’s past the illness, so if he continues losing, it’s not from the mono.
He needs to work on his game.

GO FEDERER!!!


Dr. Death Says:

Most patients and their doctors don’t know when it is over. It just takes “time”. So either shut life off or get on with it as best you can in the recovery stage. Roger has opted for the latter.

That said, win some tournaments and become the poster boy – Play with Mono and Win. OR request asterisks in the record book.

Or visit Barry Bond’s doctor.


Von Says:

jane:
“How come when Ancic had it he quietly receded into the background, got better and then came back? Sigh.”

That’s because Ancic is not the type of person who is insecure and an attention getter. Fed, on the other hand, strikes me as someone who basks in attention and publicity. He will beat this mono nonsense to death. I compare his type to someone with a juice extractor or a garlic press, just squeezing every little ounce they can extract. I know I’ll incur some wrath, but I have to endure a lot from Roddick’s anti fans, so what the heck. Keeping on pressing, Fed!


Raul Says:

To follow up, Ancic was always a background player. Except for tennis fanatics, and croatians, people would not care a rat’s behind what Ancic is upto. Unfortunately the same is not true for Roger, who might be the best player to have picked up a tennis racquet.

And you cant even compare the prizes Federer and Ancic fight for. Fed is playing against history, to save his no.1 ranking. Ancic is a routine tennis player who would be glad to just win his next pro match. Ofcourse Fed will push himself to more extreme limits than ancic or robredo or luis horna.


jane Says:

Of course Federer will attract more attention than Ancic (who is not comparable to anyone in my household or neighborhood lol), as he would’ve been well aware of when he made the announcement. Besides which, why make the announcement if you plan to play through it anyhow.

And let me be clear that I am not trying to undermine Fed’s achievements thus far in his career, I am just “tired” of hearing about the mono is all. Let’s move on. Apparently he is.


jane Says:

That said, let’s be fair to Ancic too; he is a not a player to shake a stick at – he’s got some talent and ability, and if he’s still well he may be a formidable opponent on the grass this year.


Dr. Death Says:

quod venatus persevero ut terminus

Von – how can you pick on the poor boy so much? He is ill. As with most people the answer is probably complex – money, pride in being # 1, the need to get out of the house.

How Von and Raul in a pro set?


Raul Says:

“Fed, on the other hand, strikes me as someone who basks in attention and publicity.”

>>>>> Every player in modern sport fits that category. I dont know of players who go about requesting the media to not write any news about them. You seem to believe that fed runs all the news agencies in the world.

“He will beat this mono nonsense to death.”

>>>>> Yeah right! Is he campaigning and calling a press conference every day to announce his mono status or is the media diggin it out to sell their papers? The media works much smarter than you and I. They will definitely drop the story if there is no life in it. As long as they know that some Jane or Von is going to reply everytime they hear the words fed and mono, telling one and all how tired they are about fed and mono, they will keep it churning. If you sincerely believe it is a non-issue drop it. To accuse Fed of feeding the monster which millions of conspiracy theorists like you keep egging on, is ridiculous.


Von Says:

johnnhoj:

I, for one, would enjoy seeing Roddick get Fed-Ex’d back to Austin. If Roddick is triumphant, I’ll be proud of the guy but I’ll be left scratching my head.”

If Andy gets Fed-exed to Austin he’ll have brooklyn Decker with him. Do you need a head/back scratcher? i can have one Fed-exed to you.

Raul: “Roger knows as much as anyone that it is the wins that count. As long as he wins he will have the media catering to his needs. ”

Exactly my point, he’s insecure. He can only feel self-worh if he wins. if he loses, the bottom falls out, that’s why he cries. Boo-hoo.

Dr. Death: “That said, win some tournaments and become the poster boy.” Poster boy — Have you been sipping the wine at the monastery? Not even his friends at Vogue could Work that kind of miracle. Perhaps A-Rod could donate some facial cells. :) GO RODDICK!!


Shital Green Says:

Von,
If it had started in 2006 and if he had been taking medication on-and-off since then, he won all those matches because of certain type of doping that has not been included yet as illegitimate. Should his all wins of that time period be taken away, then, in the future? Maybe, he injected “mono” to win matches?
This is all crazy, including my own imaginary drift.


Raul Says:

“And let me be clear that I am not trying to undermine Fed’s achievements thus far in his career, I am just “tired” of hearing about the mono is all. Let’s move on. Apparently he is. ”

>>>>> I am sorry but by comparing his situation to Ancic’s you did undermine the champion that Federer is. If you want to compare Federer with someone atleast compare him with someone who has achieved similarly. The burden that Federer bears is a once in a generation experience. Like Sampras of the 90s or Jordan in Basketball or Tiger woods in golf. By comparing him with such routine players like ancic you are doing a big disservice to the efforts and abilities that separate such players and place them in the league of extra-ordinary gentlemen. It is like wondering why working man goes to work with a flu while his kid is happily sleeping it off. Greater men have greater deeds calling.

Why again, should Federer your book on dealing with media regarding his mono? He might have any many reasons for doing so and the impeccable way in which Federer has served the sport in the last 4yrs should give him the benefit of doubt that he had a strong reason to do so rather than these unfair rumours that conspiracy theorists are ready to spring on any player other than the one they admire.


jane Says:

Raul,

You’ll notice that neither Von nor I wrote this blog, we merely responded to it.

Federer says he’s well so let’s go with that and “forget about it” as Tony Soprano would say,! :-)


Gargoyles Says:

Von is ridiculous…and annoying….

Roddick will never win another Grand Slam…poor boy will have to deal with being a one-hit wonder…

Yeah…GO RODDICK….1 win 17 losses…


Raul Says:

“Exactly my point, he’s insecure. He can only feel self-worh if he wins. if he loses, the bottom falls out, that’s why he cries. Boo-hoo. ”

>>>>> No more than a-rod after all those wimbledon matches. Now that is a face to remember for ever. It is fans like you who make me wish a-rod never wins another grandslam in his life. He has by far the ugliest of fans. Djokovic, whose game I actually like comes closest. Federer and Nadal fans are quite a reasonable bunch more often than not. There seems to be some correlation between the kind of image the players want to project and the people who adore them. Djokovic and A-rod will do whatever it takes to win, curse an opponent or umpire whatever works. Federer and nadal do not indulge in similar antics.

Anyways, If you are human and you lose something you care, you will cry. If you have not, you obviously have never cared for it. Federer loses so rarely, any reason he offers after a loss will be branded an excuse by haters like you. No problem, stick to your ugly plan. Karma is a bitch, it will bite you where it hurts the most. Get ready for a-rod getting straight setted tomorrow.

Will be fun reading your blogs over the weekend ;) Please stick around.


jane Says:

Raul,

“I am sorry but by comparing his situation to Ancic’s you did undermine the champion that Federer is. ”

I was merely commenting on the obvious fact that both players have had mono, and noticing the ways in which they’ve handled it. Of course Fed’s would get more attention but Ancic took a lot of time off a chose not to play through it.

I did not compare their tennis careers, games, achievements etc. nor was I trying to.


Raul Says:

Jane:

You responded to say how the fed-mono story never subsides unlike the ancic story and there by only adding the legend of the former story. Do you see some inconsistency there?

Let us blame fed if he calls a press conference to document the progress of his mono. Why is he to blame for responding to a question addressed to him in a presser or something that a commentator propogates?


Raul Says:

“Of course Fed’s would get more attention but Ancic took a lot of time off a chose not to play through it. ”

>>>>> Do you see what is at stake for Federer and would you say it is the same that ancic had? Why are you surprised Federer is persevering through it and not kicking back his heels and lying low?


jane Says:

Raul,

I don’t know if you’ve read my posts here on other matters but I try to be fair. I have said before (because there have been at least 3 or 4 articles on the mono – whether direct or indirect) and will say again that I think we should simply take Federer at his word; if he says he is “well” we should believe him and move on from the mono angle.

I initially responded to Sean Randall (via my reply to andrea) who wrote this article, which clearly perpetuates the mono story. Perhaps by responding to it, you’re perpetuating it too? Aren’t we all culpable?

Anyhow, I’ll not go on about this further as I’d rather talk about tennis than mono or any other disease.


Raul Says:

Jane:

I guess you intended to stop your comparison with both having mono and how they chose to respond. How could you not notice the obvious stakes each have? Federer has been the unrivalled no.1 till the mono struck. Yes nadal gave him trouble on clay and djokovic on hard courts. Yet he still lead Nadal by 1000+ and djokovic by 2000+ at the end of last year. Given such a thing, you would do everything to keep this prized possession which is the very pinnacle this sport has to offer within your grasp.

Ancic might have had a top-10 position to defend but it pales in comparison to the quest Federer is after. Given that, what is the surprise in the way each responded to the same disease?


Raul Says:

“I initially responded to Sean Randall (via my reply to andrea) who wrote this article, which clearly perpetuates the mono story. Perhaps by responding to it, you’re perpetuating it too? Aren’t we all culpable? ”

>>>>>After reading the last sentence I will propose that we all agree that Sean is the only one culpable :D (I hope Sean is ok with that! His embarassing predictions might have got him too used to this situation ;)

just kidding Sean! I look forward to your predictions and the lengths to which you will go to justify them only to see them all crash through. I do much the same with my friends but donot have the courage to do so in public. Hopefully your blog will inspire me sometime :) Keep predicting!


jane Says:

Okay – let’s blame Sean (sorry dude but someone has to take the fall and it might as well be the instigator). ;-)


Von Says:

Shital:

“Von,
If it had started in 2006 and if he had been taking medication on-and-off since then, he won all those matches because of certain type of doping that has not been included yet as illegitimate. Should his all wins of that time period be taken away, then, in the future? Maybe, he injected “mono” to win matches?
This is all crazy, including my own imaginary drift.”

Shital: You have completely muddled my thinking. I’m not saying that he took any type of medication prior to Feb. ’08, and I’m not saying emphatically that his sweating, to which some referred in Dubai, was due to him taking medication, e.g., antibiotics, I’m merely surmising that the sweating could have been attributed to some sort of permissible medication fcr a malady other than mono. That being the case, he could have been ingesting legitimate medication, which would not entail losing his trophies/titles, and in compliance with the anti-doping laws, etc.

Prednisone, which is a steroid also produces profuse sweating and bloated cheeks/face, and I am in no way insinuating that he took this medication. Prednisone, is however, an immune booster, pushing the adrenal glands to work harder, but it has its let down. while on it, one can feel great.

jane: “You’ll notice that neither Von nor I wrote this blog, we merely responded to it.”

Again, you need to stop reading my mind. I was about to point that out to Raul, who is perhaps ready to kill me. These writers are not writing these articles to take up space, they want comments, and that’s what we are doing.

Raul, are you ready for that pro set of which Dr. Death speaks? I have picked Sir Lancelot to represent me. Who’s your representative?

Dr. Death: ***He is ill. As with most people the answer is probably complex – money, pride in being #1, the need to get out of the house.” ***

Just remember: “The better part of valour is discretion”.

Sorry Raul, a good debate is great for the mind, it’s that norepinephrine that’s making me do it. Blame it on that.

You mentioned Sampras, who has suffered and still does, from Thalassemia, a Mediterranean rare form of anemia, but Sampras did not publicize it nor did he blame it or insinuate it was the cause of any of his losses. He would just throw up by his bench and become deathly pale, but did not imply that it was his disease that caused him to feel sick. But you know, as the saying goes, different strokes for different folks.


Von Says:

Raul:

“It is fans like you who make me wish a-rod never wins another grandslam in his life. He has by far the ugliest of fans. Djokovic, whose game I actually like comes closest. Federer and Nadal fans are quite a reasonable bunch more often than not. There seems to be some correlation between the kind of image the players want to project and the people who adore them. Djokovic and A-rod will do whatever it takes to win, curse an opponent or umpire whatever works.”

And, it’s fans like you who turn blogging from the subject matter to a personal attack on another poster. You speak of A-Rod and Djokovic fans as being the ugliest, isn’t that what SOME of you Fed fans are guilty of. Fed has some of the most vituperative fans. Why can’t you just deal with the subject matter instead of turning it into a mud slinging exchange.

First, you say Ancic is a routine tennis player, and now, Roddick’s and Djokovic’s fans are the ugliest. What are we discussing? Fed’s mono. Are you so infantile that you have to deviate from the obvious in order to prove a point.

You stated: “No problem, stick to your ugly plan. Karma is a bitch, it will bite you where it hurts the most. Get ready for a-rod getting straight setted tomorrow.”

Know what Raul, I guess I’m from a different mind set than you are, my world will not collapse, nor will I become mentally deranged if Roddick loses. But, I can safely say, because you are so passionate, borderline hysterical about Federer’s losses and his career, that your world will surely collapse and the bottom will definitely fall out for you, if he does not win the Miami tournament. Even the ATP would like Fed to win, and they ensure that by always placing Roddick in Fed’s part of the draw. Roddick’s game matches up so well with Fed’s. Thank God for the cunning/distorted ATP minds, or else Fed would probably have only 5 GS or less instead of 12 GS if he did not meet Roddick in his part of the draw.

I’ll just leave you to debate with someone else less spirited than I. That’s what you like, isn’t it? Oh btw, Roddick might have ugly fans, but I tell you what, honey, i am absolutely, drop dead gorgeous — the whole ten yards. So, there you go, i’ve proved you wrong already. No kidding. How d’ya like them apples? Bye Raul, calm down, just 24 hours to go before you get your wish, or your bite.


Von Says:

Shital:

“If it had started in 2006 and if he had been taking medication on-and-off since then, he won all those matches because of certain type of doping that has not been included yet as illegitimate.”

Just for the record, I answered your post and one to Dr. Death in the same post, but it seems that it got swiped. Don’t know why, but I don’t want you to think I was ignoring you. Sorry. Anyway, it’s sort of stupid for me to try to reconstruct it.


Dr. Death Says:

Von – Here’s to lady in the 280 Mercedes!!!

Hoooraahhh – “drop dead gorgeous” – missed the class on humilty? I missed all of them.

Raul – say what you like whenever you like. Stirring the pot is good for heat on the website. Free speech and all of that. When Roddick wins, we shall have some fun. (emotional statement based of absolutely nothing.)


giometti Says:

You are just great! keep up with the good work!


Von Says:

Dr. Death:

“Hoooraahhh – “drop dead gorgeous” – missed the class on humilty? I missed all of them.”

I didn’t think you read all of my posts. Shame on you for making fun of me. I have to toot my own horn, or else no one is going to toot it for me. I thought you were my friend, sadly, I’ve just found out I was mistaken. :) Anyway, humility was never one of my better attributes. Don’t like the 280 series, how about the 450 SEL convertible series. Now you’re talking. To sleep ….


Skorocel Says:

Von said: “Thank God for the cunning/distorted ATP minds, or else Fed would probably have only 5 GS or less instead of 12 GS if he did not meet Roddick in his part of the draw.”

Just wondering who you would replace him with :) Nadal? The guy’s ALWAYS been in the opposite side of the draw since the summer of 2005 (try to figure out why :) )… Nalby? He can be as frustrating and inconsistent (see his 2008 results) as he’s a joy to watch when he’s on… Caňas? Well, as we in Slovakia say: “one swallow on the sky won’t make a summer”, or will it?

Von, my friend! I know you’re on a roll after that yesterday’s statement from Fed :), but PLEEEEAAAASE, be at least objective to the Swiss… I have no problem to admit that A-Rod would have AT LEAST 5 Slams if there wasn’t Fed, but to state Fed would’ve had the same number if he could just play someone else instead of the American is as laughable as to say Fed’s always getting a “cup-cake” draws only because he’s going through them… Enjoy the tomorrow’s match and may the best win!


Dr. Death Says:

Not making fun! No offense meant.

50 Cents could not get anything to rhyme with 450, sorry. But the thought is there.


marge Says:

im such a Feds fan, but this mono talk has got to cease. i know mono treatment lasts for two months, but dude, please not date back to 2006! mono can come back, yes, but i think it is such an over rated talk now. please stop the excuses and lets get on with our lives. and please, just like im not interested in Roddick getting engaged, im just here for the play/ games. =)


lines Says:

Andy Roddick is a champion wildcard who can beat anyone in the world on any given day. Fed better come prepared to return some awesome serves tomorrow. Andy needs to patiently stay in points, hit his corners, and pass Fed when he comes to net. That will mess with the swiss’ head if he can manage it.

Either way, Im calling rafa to win this tourny after seeing him completely dismantle a confident blake today. That was a rediculous match. Rafa is seeing the court so well right now, its hard to believe some of his shot placements.


Von Says:

Dr. Death:

Not at all offended. Just my dry sense of humor, hence the ‘drop dead gorgeous’ remark.

Skorocel:***”Von, my friend! I know you’re on a roll after that yesterday’s statement from Fed, but PLEEEEAAAASE, be at least objective to the Swiss…”

Am I still your friend? You’re kidding. I thought by now you’d want to strangle me for my anti-Fed remarks. I would just like to see A-Rod in the bottom half of the draw where he could at leaszt make it to the semis instead of being stopped in the QFs. It’s very frusstrating you know. Surely, you of all people, can undserstand my frustration.

“Enjoy the tomorrow’s match and may the best win!” ***You do so as well. Is it being broadcasted in Slovakia? If so, enjoy. I would be happy if A-Rod wins, but if he doesn’t there’s always another time. Do you remember what you said to me in your email, that we A-Rod fans bounce back so quickly and we’re good at handling his losses. Absolutely. :)


jane Says:

“Surely, you of all people, can undserstand my frustration.”

I know I can! I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed for Andy. (That’s why I wanted to knock off Kohl after he eliminated Roddick at the AO, where he was for once NOT on Fed’s half of the draw – just kidding but you know what I mean…).


Dr. Death Says:

Despite the record, he has come so close in some of those losses. If Federer is just a little off, Roddick can take it. Or a couple of those backhands like the other day for Roddick and he can beat anyone. Hard to believe Roddick winning anything with his backhand.

Somnus puteus ” occumbo mortuus ingurgito ” – had to use my dictionary to even come close on this one.


Danica Says:

Without getting too much into analyzing, I just hope Andy wins. It’s about time. He should overcome his mental barrier and swipe Fed off the court.

What a great year for tennis this is!!! I can hardly sit still and wait for more :).


John Says:

FSN has been HORRIBLE covering these two tournaments! I’m in the central time zone in texas, and they just show the tennis coverage whenever they can fit it in the schedule. They didn’t even show the night match today as was promised starting wednesday. They show the matches out of order or not at all. Bring on the majors so ESPN and anyone else can really bring us some good tennis on tv.


Von Says:

jane:

“(That’s why I wanted to knock off Kohl after he eliminated Roddick at the AO,..”

Like you, I was very disappointed when Andy lost to Kohls at the AO. I was beside myself with anger., When Kohls played Nieminen he couldn’t even serve, he seemed as though he was about to have an epileptic seizure. Andy really softened Kohls up for Nieminen. In one set they had 5 service breaks. I feel if a lower ranked player is going to knock off a top 10 player, then at least do something with the win — make it count, anything else is just being a spoil sport.

Dr. Death: How many times have you seen Andy come so close in matches, by just a point here or there. That 2006 MC match between Andy and Fed was a classic example. Andy had 2 match points on Fed and made a mess of that overhead smash. That was one of the most painful. Another was the Wimbledon final in ’04 (?) which luckily for Fed it began raining, and then recently the QF at the US Open in ‘O7.

“Somnus puteus ” occumbo mortuus ingurgito” I’m guessing – Sleep well, don’t die from over indulgence (or over-eating)” (?). I tried, but this is the best I could come up with. :) I’m not always right, but seldom wrong. That humility again.


Fedfan Says:

You ALL write such JUNK!!! Who cares what you think Who the hell are you anyway?????? NOBODIES!!!!!!!


Dr. Death Says:

Sleep well indeed. Probably should have used “bella or “pulchara” as the last word but was trying for a play on words as follows:

occumbo mortus – “fall dead” ingurgito “gorge”

drop dead gorgeous!

Fedfan – seek help from a good doctor; you will feel better. Of course, since we are nobodies who write such junk, and you are with us, you must be…???


johnnhoj Says:

Von,
I remember reading somewhere on this site that people were buying one another virtual coffees in the event of surprise upsets (started I think with the Blake/Nadal match at Indian Wells).
If Roddick wins I’m buying you a virtual dinner – the finest! (too bad we can’t post pics on these blog threads – We’d have to be in the forum section for that).

***sigh***

I’m not directing this toward anyone specifically – this is regarding everyone on here who feels the need to resort to attacks on another poster’s character (even of the players whom we don’t even know personally – all we have to go on are actions) We’ve all got our favorite player(s). Don’t people realize this?
I can’t bring myself to get upset over someone who disagrees with me over who should win tournaments or be the No.1-ranked player, or whether one thinks Fed’s a “phony” or Djokovic a “djoke” or Nadal an ass-picking whatever-they-say-about-him, or any other player, etc., etc., etc. (too damn busy trying to enjoy matches). I’ll disagree and offer some kind of informative counter-argument if it’s worth the trouble (which it usually isn’t). I just wish there were MORE interesting discussions on the actual tennis (there are some) to replace the tiresome rumor/gossip mill. I understand this is an X-treme tennis site, but the operative word for me is “tennis”. Whichever player puts up a better game is gonna prevail, and that’s how it should be.


alex Says:

In Federer’s case, it’s not Mono.

It’s more like Duo. And let’s hope we don’t ever have to heard about Trio…..


ferix Says:

roger didn’t say his mono started in 2006. his manager did! how is this roger’s fault?

in recent months, all roger has said is that he’s happy with his performances given his health. i don’t understand why that statement upsets people.

as for the original interview where roger revealed his illness, roger has an obligation to let his fans know about his state of health, doesn’t he? if a-rod or rafa had mono, you would want to know, wouldn’t you? was uncle tony creating excuses for rafa when he revealed his ankle injuries nearly terminated his career?


Tejuz Says:

well. Fed only said that he had mono in 2006 for a short duration.. and he got it again this year.. this answer was in response to a question from an interviewer. Below is a part of the transcript

“Q. When you had mono, did you ever think of Mario Ancic and the fact he missed like six months?
ROGER FEDERER: For some reason I didn’t think of him, no, because it was over before it started for me. I heard I had it, and two weeks later they said it was gone.

Q. Did it surprise you it was so short?
ROGER FEDERER: No, because it can be over very quickly. Apparently I already had it back in 2006, hints of it, but…
Yeah, so it’s in the past.”

SO.. i dont really understand whats this big issue abt him admitting that he had mono for a short while in 2006. This time it clashed with a Grand slam tournament.


Skorocel Says:

alex said:

“In Federer’s case, it’s not Mono.

It’s more like Duo. And let’s hope we don’t ever have to heard about Trio…..”

Ha ha, that was good :)


ferix Says:

Ok, I got that bit wrong.

I still am perplexed why Rafa’s ankle (or was it knee?) means that Rafa is “ooh he’s so brave”, whereas Federer’s mono is “excuses”.

It should be the same. They are both great, consistent athletes who can win through adversity. One word … champions!


Skorocel Says:

To Von:

Don’t worry, I’m not going to “strangle” you for those anti-Fed remarks :) But seriously, I can understand your frustration from always seeing A-Rod in Fed’s quarter, but you know, it’s only up to the American to improve his rankings (in order to increase his chances of avoiding the Swiss)…

Anyway, if Fed plays like this (i.e. poorly), then I guess A-Rod CERTAINLY has a shot today… That court maybe seems to be a rather weird one (as you may noticed, there are lots of streaks from the players’ shoes on it), and in general, the climate in Miami seems rather humid, but what I’m 100 % sure of is that the crowd will be certainly in A-Rod’s favor, and to be honest, after seeing Fed so slow vs Mardy, I’m not quite sure how he’s gonna return those booming serves (even though he seems to read them like no one else)…

Yes, I’ll be able to watch the match, but only from delayed (or better said, “ReLive”) broadcast, since those idiots at GS channel are showing what? No, this time it’s not the “kick-’n-run-league” (known as English Premiership), but NHL… Isn’t this f..king frustrating? From all of the Fed’s matches so far, I’ve seen cca 10 last rallies in the Acasuso match – and that’s about it… Well, and then he goes to play A-Rod in the quarters (which could potentially be THE match of the tournament), but oh well, from all the 4 quarters they’re broadcasting, only this particular one won’t be live… Guess I’m indeed going to “strangle” someone :)

P.S. Of course, you A-Rod fans are better at handling the losses :), but don’t worry – the way things are going now, we Fed fans will have to adapt too :)

P.P.S. Expect one helluva long letter coming soon!


Kash Says:

Tonight’s match is hard to predict. The way Federer played against fish, and the way he played in the early rounds at IW and here, one cannot be too sure whether Fed will be playing at his usual level. As A-rod admitted in his interview, there have been matches in those 15 losses where roddick played his absolute best and still could not manage to put fed away.

It cannot be denied that this A-rod’s best chance to get that ever elusive win against federer. He needs to find the dubai form and that will be 90% of the work done. The other 10% would be to hope Federer doesnt play like he did at aus open 07 or the masters cup 07. If Fed plays that way, a-rod’s best will not be enough to put it across Fed! (No player will be able to deal with a Fed in that killer mood!)

From Federer’s point of view, he needs to win this tournament to keep the pressure off his back heading into the all-important clay season. It will give him a few “free” matches on clay where he wouldnt want to get stuck for hours trading punches with the inifinite latinos or spannish armada……

Cant wait for the match of the tournament, thus far. let us hope for a 3rd set tie-break which fed wins 20-18 ;) (sorry von and jane :D)


Spot On Says:

Ferix is spot on.


Aaron Says:

I think the FSN issue should be delved into a little further. Justin Gimelstob is just about as bad as it gets when it comes to announcing. I am a big fan of American Tennis, but the bias is undeniable on Gimelstob’s part. His announcing of the Nadal/Blake match was better than his efforts in recent memory. His match analysis anytime that Fish/ Roddick and other Americans is completely onesided. FSN should do itself a favor and find some real analyst.


Von Says:

Skorocel:

“P.P.S. Expect one helluva long letter coming soon!”

And then you’re going to give me one helluva blasting for all of my anti-Fed remarks. Revenge is sweet, isn’t it. :)

Kash: “Cant wait for the match of the tournament, thus far. let us hope for a 3rd set tie-break which fed wins 20-18 (sorry von and jane ) ”

If you odon’t behave yourself, I’m going to relegate you to the jungle whrer the lion sleeps tonight. Be careful. :)


Von Says:

Alex:

“It’s more like Duo. And let’s hope we don’t ever have to heard about Trio…..”

And, baby makes three = a trio. :) more power to them.


Von Says:

johnnhoj:
Von:
“If Roddick wins I’m buying you a virtual dinner – the finest! (too bad we can’t post pics on these blog threads – We’d have to be in the forum section for that).”

So, where are we going tonight? Do you have your private jet waiting to take us to some exciting city? I can’t wait. :)


Zola Says:

Von,
this is for you. Do you remember last week in IW someone asked Andy with a made-up British accent ” what is going on in the love department?”

A week later Roddick got engaged.

I am wondering if that was a practical joke by someone who knew what was going on. If you watch the clip, Andy does not seem surprised at all!


Von Says:

Zola:

Andy had the engagement plans in motion before Dubai. The reason he broke it off with Connors was due to Andy wanting to return from Dubai to the US via NYC, where Brooklyn D lives, and he wanted Connors to meet him in NYC there to practice for IW. Connors refused and Roddick also refused to backdown, so it was bye, bye time. Connors was being too rigid. Roddick wanted to shop for the engagement ring in NYC before returning to Texas, where he could make the announcement to his family. That’s the story in a nutshell.


Zola Says:

Von,
I didn’t know the details, but knew that they broke off with Connors because Roddick wanted him to go to NYC.

But what I was wondering, was that that bizzare question with the fake accent, could have been a practical joke or not? Or maybe just paparazzi!


Von Says:

Zola:

Could have been the papparazzi. The jewelry store employees do a lot of gossiping on their own when famous people shop for jewelry presents, and maybe one of them mentioned this info to the paparazzi about Roddick’s shopping. That kind of info is very difficult to conceal. I suppose Andy was not at all surprised about the question because he knows how the press works. Another source could be SI. His fiance most probably mentioned her pending engagement to one of the staff at SI, and the rest is history. Nothing gets past the press. The person with the fake accent was probably a reporter from SI.


Graham Says:

Fed has already missed 3 very easy forehands in this tiebreak. Its like hes got no calmness under pressure anymore.


jane Says:

GO ANDY!!


sensationalsafin Says:

Is this for real? This is unbelievable! I mean it’s exciting, but holy crap.


Sean Randall Says:

It’s real. Roddick is serving over 75% through 1.5 sets. That said, Roddick hasn’t broken Roger, so if you are in the Roger camp no reall worry yet.

Fed has the upside advantage. You have to think Roddick can’t continue to serve like that and Fed will get his forehand on track. Fed can also really take advantage of Andy at the net, bringing him in which he really hasn’t done.

For Roddick, from now forward (3-2) he just needs to go for it on the return games. Roll the dice in the breaker.


Graham Says:

Rodge shows some patience on the A-Rod serve and breaks for 5-4 in the 2nd.


Sean Randall Says:

Yup. Fed breaks.

Fed won two points with Andy at the net, including the break.

I think when Andy is in a volleying situation it’s a massive advantage to Roger.


sensationalsafin Says:

Wow!


Graham Says:

Roddick wins. Federer cant blame mono for that one. Hes just falling away big time these days on the big points. He no longer has that ice cool temperament he used to.

In the final set at 3-4 serving he went 0-15 down on his serve and just TOTALLY collapsed. He made 3 easy unforced errors in a row and just got broken in a wimper. This isnt anything to do with an illness at all – federer for one reason or another simply has no confidence anymore when it gets tight.


Tejuz Says:

well.. A-Rod finally managed to break the losing streak :-) Glad for him.. not so for Fed.

So Rod is next guy after Nalbandian(last year) to beat all the Top-3 players this year. Am sure he will reach the finals.. and if he meets Berdych there it should be a cracker.


jane Says:

ALRIGHT A-ROD! Congrats for a well fought match! I was pouring wine when it was 0-40 for Andy on Fed’s serve.

Von – way to go hey girl!? WOO-HOO!!


Tejuz Says:

So i guess this will be the first time that Fed’s first title of the year might be on Clay or Grass ;-)


Tejuz Says:

So i guess this will be the first time that Fed’s first title of the year might be on Clay or Grass …;-)


sensationalsafin Says:

If this isn’t the most exciting thing to happen to tennis in years, then I don’t know what is. Roddick finally, FINALLY, gets the win. I knew he’d beat Federer the next time they played. And now he’s 3-0 vs the top 3 players this year. God damn Roddick I am beyond impressed.

Federer’s gonna get a LOT of crap for this loss. Like big time. But, I don’t think it’s that big a deal. Last time Federer lost to Roddick, he got on the biggest roll of his career, who knows, it might happen again. What is wrong with Federer though? Why has he lost his temper? He really has gone back to the player he was when he was younger. Strange, very strange.


jane Says:

No doubt he’ll win one soon Tejuz…


Shital Green Says:

Congratulations to Roddick !
Could I be happier than this moment! This moment must be celebrated by all north Americans and all A-Rod’s fans, especially the die-hard fans like Von.
This is as sweet as Djoko’s victory could have been.
A-Rod denied the title to the so-called GOAT. The GOAT without a title so far this year must be a saddest and heart-scalding moment to handle for his fans. I will join with you to observe a moment of silence. Let us mourn together !!!

However, be discreet, Fed-fans, not to attribute his loss to the fictional mono. Roddick beat him and beat him solidly. It was a true victory, earned with a great play by A-Rod.
And let’s celebrate !!!


eva Says:

mirka says andy’s marrying brooklyn, what about me- after 7 years?!!
RF/mono??oh no/no 2!!!
all the press threw sampras under the bus saying roger is the best ever well that might never happen-and mirka that won’t happen either
vamos rafa
go andy


Zola Says:

Von,
your boy did it. Congratulations to you and all Roddick fans.

It was a great match. Both played excellent. But Roddick was very concentrated. Although at one challenege he was losing it.

I am not a fed fan, but it is hard to see him with his head down. Equally it was so good to see Roddick with that releived face. **I did it**. I think he became quite emotional.

This is very different to Fish match. fed was almost 100%. This was Roddick outplaying Fed at that one game at 4-3 , the third set.

sorry, Fed fans and hugs. But he is a great player and if he was to lose in Miami, I think losing to Roddick was not that bad. I am sure he will be back stronger and scarier ( he had some phenomenal shots) in the next tournament.


Dr. Death Says:

hhoooorraaahhhhhhhhh


Joe Says:

True, Roddick played well, but Federer is still a tennis machine. I haven’t seen Federer plays like this for a long time.
Federer’s gonna win some championships in the next couple of months, that’s for sure.

It was a good day for Roddick, but I don’t think he’d be able to keep up with this level of play.


Susan Says:

I believe that Roddick is too big a whiner. Maybe if he concentrated that little bit more he’d have perhaps won more majors.

I’ve seen him on several occasions. Even when he practices he’s a big joker out there. Don’t get me wrong. He’s very entertaining. His interviews are great but it’s not working. His choices of new coaches isn’t either. Time to look within, Andy. You are young and you are certainly talented, but it’s not working and time is running out.

Bitch less, think more!


Von Says:

GREAT BALLS O’ FIRE!

CONGRATS to ALL Roddick fans. He did it.

Shital, thanks for the sincere wishes. I’m a celebratin’!

Tejuz: Are you being shocked? Only once. Only once!

TD & Dr. Death: Where are you guys? How’dya like them apples? I can’t believe he ate the whole thing! :)


Dr. Death Says:

missed the whole thing; was flying. Great stuff. What a season we fans have! To beat a dead horse.


Shital Green Says:

Susan,
“Bitch less, think more!”
Are you really thinking in your post? You were only ‘itching and whining there. Could not handle the loss?
Learn to appreciate A-Rod’s improvement and great play and celebrate his emphatic victory over your mono-whiner !


Von Says:

Susan:

“Time to look within, Andy. You are young and you are certainly talented, but it’s not working and time is running out. Bitch less, think more!”

I’m so glad that they’re more winners than losers. You fall in the latter category. What an apt moment to choose to so beautifully express the sore persona non grata that you are. Tell me, Susan, how much time do you have left ticking on the meter?


Dr. Death Says:

Shital – this is so…..un-you.

When was the last time we heard Roddick whine? There is that underground video of…never mind, wrong place for that.


Shital Green Says:

Dr. Death,
Sorry for offending your sensibility. I got a little bit carried away. My bad ! And thanks for reminding my high station !


Von Says:

Dr. Death:

“.missed the whole thing; was flying. Great stuff. What a season we fans have! To beat a dead horse.

Flying? Ont he wings of a dove? Or, is it, “Wish I had the wings of a DSove, I would fly, flay awaaay, aaaah………….”

Can I come? For a virtual dove flying experience, that is. :)


Sri Says:

The interview transcript was wrong. Fed actually said 2007, but someone typed it up as 2006.

He apparently started feeling sluggish in late 2007, then a good patch at the TMC and then mono hit harder.


Tejuz Says:

well.. that was great play by Roddick against Fed.. but pity he lost to Davydenko convincingly. Berdych also sprayed a lot of his forehand against Nadal. Seems like Nadal is playing great hard court season this year. And he certainly is showing Djoker that he is there to stay.. at No 2 or No 1. It should only spur him further in clay season. Fed on the other hand is in same kind of situation as he was when he entered Hamburg last year.. lost 4 tourneys consecutively.. but this time atleast he lost to players of calibre (except Mardy) unlike last year when he lost to Canas and Volandri. Anyway.. we know what he did after Hamburg. Lets see how he responds this year. Somehow i see him winning one of Rome or Monte-carlo..


monique sourdif Says:

The mono is an excuse. I do not think he ever had it.He is in denial. He is losing confidence, that is the problem. It is hard at the top.

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