Safin Miffed; Ivanovic, Federer Into 2nd Round at US Open
by Richard Vach | August 27th, 2008
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Haas Downs Gasquet, Safin Goes Off at US Open

Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas orchestrated the upset of the US Open on Tuesday, outlasting mentally sketchy No. 12 seed Richard Gasquet 6-7(3), 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2.


Gasquet kicked in 64 unforced errors.

No. 2 Roger Federer, asking “What can Brown do for you?” in a brown UPS-delivery-type shorts and shirt, was the only other Top 10 seed in action Tuesday, dispatching of unheralded Maximo Gonzalez in straight sets, opening his campaign for a fifth consecutive US Open title.

“I think it was a good match to start off with,” Federer said. “Never saw my opponent before. Never saw him play obviously because I never saw him. That was the tricky part. I thought the other guy played good for the pressure he was under.”

American Sam Querrey was also an upset-maker, rolling over No. 22 seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-1, 6-2.

“Just playing really smart, really well,” summed up Querrey. “Tennis is a lot about momentum. I just kept it going.”

Mardy Fish was another unseeded American winner, defeating Robert Smeets in four sets, while Bobby Reynolds edged Tomas Zib in a fifth-set tiebreak. On the losing end were Scoville Jenkins, and Vince Spadea who lost a five-setter to former No. 1 Marat Safin, who had a problem with foot faults called during the match.

“The officials are telling me about the rules, but sorry, we are the players,” said the Russian. “The older players, we know this. This is really pissing me off.”

The droll Russian alternated between anger and keeping the media in stitches during his post-match conference.

“The guy on the side [of the court] was shouting, ‘Come on Vince! Come on Vince!’ It was annoying.”

Ivo Minar also topped No. 20 seed Nicolas Kiefer when the German retired in the fourth set.

Wednesday’s highlights are (3) Novak Djokovic vs. Arnaud Clement, (8) Andy Roddick vs. Fabrice “The Magician” Santoro, Amer Delic vs. Robby Ginepri in an all-American, former Slam champ Thomas Johansson vs. “The Importance of Being” Ernests Gulbis, and Jesse Levine vs. Chris “Penthouse” Guccione.

Ivanovic, Williams Sisters Roll at US Open

World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, fighting off five other players who could take the No. 1 spot during the US Open, successfully took to the court after missing the Beijing Olympics, outlasting Russian Vera Dushevina 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

“I’m just so thrilled to be here and to have the opportunity to play, because after the Olympics it was obviously very disappointing,” said Ivanovic, who withdrew due to a thumb injury. “Since Montreal I haven’t had chance to practice. I only started practicing this Monday. So with so much in practice, I thought I did pretty well. When I went first on the court, I was very excited and I started to play really well. Obviously lack of practice showed off a little bit later, but just so thrilled to have an opportunity to slowly get into tournament and improve.”

Other Top 10-seeded winners Tuesday were (4) Serena Williams (d. K.Bondarenko), (6) Dinara Safina (d. Ahn), (7) Venus Williams (d. Stosur), and (9) Agnieszka Radwanska (d. Shvedova), all in straight sets.

Upset victims Tuesday were (11) Daniela Hantuchova, ousted by German Anna-Lena Groenefeld; and (31) Virginie Razzano, defeated in straight sets by Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky.

Highlights Wednesday at Flushing Meadow are (2) Jelena Jankovic vs. Sofia Arvidsson, (23) Lindsay Davenport vs. Alisa Kleybanova, and an all-Ekaterina all-Russian in Ekaterina “The” Bychkova “is Back” vs. Ekaterina Makarova.

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

BOMBS OVER BANGALORE: The September ATP event in Bangalore, India, has been cancelled due to security concerns. A series of bomb attacks killed one person in July, and 50 in the western city of Ahmedabad the next day. Organizers submitted a petition to the ATP to cancel the event.

RUSSIAN FIGHT CLUB: Dinara Safina on what she and big brother Marat would fight about when younger: “I would say he would, on the court, that I would behave like a baby and the crying and all this. He hated it. He was always like, ‘Come on. You have to grow up in your mind. You cannot behave like this.’ Mostly that he would give me advice like that. I just have to grow up in my mind. But it needed time, so…Only thing that I was doing [at home] every time, messing the room and he had to clean everything. But that’s okay.”

SAM THE QUOTE MACHINE: Sam Querrey on his favorite/funny athletes at the Beijing Olympics: “I didn’t meet him, but he was probably the funniest thing I saw. There was this guy, I think he’s from Great Britain, playing badminton. Stocky guy. We were watching him on TV and he won, and I was with James and Robby. We were eating lunch and he walked into with a sleeveless shirt like he was the man of the Olympics. Like 20 minutes later like this power walk badminton guy. So kind of funny. The other thing I thought was weird too is the gymnasts are so much smaller than you actually think. On TV they’re small, but when they walk in packs, looks like a group of second graders. They look about 14 and they’re about 4’8″.” And Sam on his best/worst moments in tennis: “Greatest moment is probably winning the Vegas tournament. The most painful, I lost a challenger last summer in Great Britain to this guy James May, and I remember he beat me. One ATP point. I was at like 60, and after he won he called his mom while I was still on the court and said he won. So that was probably the worst moment.”

MISC: Andy Roddick debuts with new coach Patrick McEnroe on Wednesday…The last time Roger, Venus and Serena played all on the same day, they lost…Jeremy Chardy has defeated Federico Gil in the first round this year at the French, Wimbledon and the US Open…For just the fifth time in the last four years, “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic has advanced past the first time at a Slam…Serena Williams has never lost first round in 36 Slam appearances…Former French champ Anastasia Myskina is doing Russian television at the US Open…John McEnroe Sr. has reportedly applied for the vacant ATP CEO post.


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41 Comments for Safin Miffed; Ivanovic, Federer Into 2nd Round at US Open

S Green Says:

Rich,
Did you watch the Fed-Maximo match? Was it not Severin Luethi, Swiss Davis Cup coach, in Federer’s box? I heard a commentator saying he’s on trial.


Von Says:

“No. 2 Roger Federer, asking “What can Brown do for you?” in a brown UPS-delivery-type shorts and shirt,”

Rich, you’ve got to get the color designation right, give it a spiffy name or something instead of plain old brown — it’s a designer color tone, commonly referred to as “taupe”. I suppose you’re a khaki, and/or navy/grey/ type guy, and not familiar with the shades of fall or fashion.

“Andy Roddick debuts with new coach Patrick McEnroe on Wednesday…”

Ted Robinson and John MCEnroe discussed this on Monday night. According to John, his brother Pat Mc, is only Andy’s coach for the US Open, and upon its culmination an assessment will be made by Roddick.


JCF Says:

‘RUSSIAN FIGHT CLUB: Dinara Safina on what she and big brother Marat would fight about when younger: “I would say he would, on the court, that I would behave like a baby and the crying and all this. He hated it. He was always like, ‘Come on. You have to grow up in your mind. You cannot behave like this.’ Mostly that he would give me advice like that. I just have to grow up in my mind. But it needed time, so…Only thing that I was doing [at home] every time, messing the room and he had to clean everything. But that’s okay.”’

Marat telling his sister to grow up? I think I just heard a crack forming on my irony meter..

“The last time Roger, Venus and Serena played all on the same day, they lost…”

Yes, and Sean commented that the three of them were 3 matches away from a gold medal. Maybe zola is onto something after all..

What a strange point to notice Richard.


JCF Says:

“Was it not Severin Luethi, Swiss Davis Cup coach, in Federer’s box? I heard a commentator saying he’s on trial.”

“Ted Robinson and John MCEnroe discussed this on Monday night. According to John, his brother Pat Mc, is only Andy’s coach for the US Open, and upon its culmination an assessment will be made by Roddick.”

It’s tough being a coach these days. Players are so picky. Help them win some big titles and then they dump you soon after when they’ve gotten all they can from you.

Interestingly enough, both Luthi and PMac are also Fed and Andy’s respective Davis Cup captains. Did their coaching centers run out of talent?

What’s Cahill doing these days? I’d have thought someone would have snapped him up pronto. Both Fed and Andy could use his services. Fed because he was close to his former coach Peter Carter. And Cahill did some great work with Agassi.

I don’t honestly think Luthi has much to offer Federer. He’s exhausted all his prospects if he’s going to the DC captain. If I was Luthi, I’d be miffed that the guy doesn’t bother playing DC but is quick to ask favors. That’s just rude.


Von Says:

JCF: I’d say PMac is helping Andy and his own cause for Davis Cup. The US plays Spain after the USO, and Andy is the star guy who wins 90 percent of the DC live rubbers. Blake is an iffy propsect — for some reason he freezes most of the time at DC. So it behooves PMac to whip Andy into shape for DC and make some bucks at the same time. One hand washes the other.

BTW I answered your last comment on the other thread. hope you see and like it.


Ra Says:

Hey everyone,

It’s been awhile since I’ve said hello, but I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying what’s already an exceptional US Open.

Re Luthi: I could swear I saw Higueras in that box, too, so I’m guessing Luthi was just spectating (if he was even there; I thought I just saw Federer’s usual duo in addition to Higueras).


S Green Says:

Ra,
Ok, even if Higueras was there, but why?
This guy has not accompanied Fed anywhere since FO. He did not even go to Wimbledon. It was Luthi who was advising Fed during Wimbledon. Higueras is not on the payroll. Can you explain to me his relevance after FO, please? If Jose was there, it was only to “spectate” (he has a couple of lesser players to coach, female and male).

Here is what Federer had to say sometime ago: “Beside Mirka, Reto Staubli will come to the US Open with me and our Davis Cup captain Severin Lüthi will be in New York as well. After the US Open I will get optimal support in the Davis Cup. Reto Staubli will come with me to the Masters in Shanghai.”


Richard Vach Says:

I also thought Luethi was along for the ride, trying to shore-up Fed’s Davis Cup participation for 2009…


JoshDragon Says:

I’m glad Federer made it through the first round without any difficulty. I wonder if Safin will be able to take out Djokovic again. They are both in the same part of the draw.


Leftykick Says:

JoshDragon,

There is a good possibility of that.

Novak has admitted that he finds it hard to play against Safin as he has a lot of respect for him. The same goes for Murray. If he wants to win more slams he will have to get ruthless.


Latent Talent Says:

If Safin meets Jerkovich it will be in the 4th round and I have no doubt Safin will be lethal with a couple of wins at the scene of his greatest triumphs.

He will whip the cocky bastard’s ass black and blue. Jerk jerkovich around the court like the jerk chicken he is! That will be a fun match to watch!

Come on Marat, channel in the 2000 Marat for the next 2 weeks!


I like tennis bullies not tennis sissies Says:

lol!! tennis-x BITTER MUCH? rotfl,..

1. Rafael Nadal
Top of the world, but what’s up with the talk of a more “adult” on-court wardrobe? Maybe just an adult diaper so can stop picking his ass.


JoshDragon Says:

1. Rafael Nadal
Top of the world, but what’s up with the talk of a more “adult” on-court wardrobe? Maybe just an adult diaper so can stop picking his ass.

I don’t see how Nadals clothes aren’t considered adult. Carlos Moya, wears almost exactly the same thing as Nadal and Moya is over 30.

Speaking of which today happens to be Moya’s birthday. Happy birthday Carlos.


JoshDragon Says:

I’d like to see Nadal win the US Open as well as Australia just because I’d like to see someone win the golden slam.

If Nadal, does pull it off would that put him in serious contention as the greatest of all time?


jane Says:

I am looking forward to a Tsonga vs. Safin match. Two big hitters, be interesting to see.


Von Says:

jane:

I’m watching t your guy’s match. The camera focused on his box but I only see his mother there. I wonder if the rumors are absolutely true. Usually, both parents are always present, but not today. What’s up with them?


jane Says:

Von,

The dad is there, actually right beside the mom the last time I saw the box, but they definitely don’t look “cozy”; they also showed Novak’s new girlfriend, whom he met in the Olympic village. She’s a javelin thrower from Paraguay. Quite pretty. I guess the Olympics paid off in more ways than one, a medal and a girl, lol.

I am looking forward to Andy’s match with Santoro.


Von Says:

jane:

I just saw the mom and dad and they look like strangers. What happened to the other girlfriend, I think her name is Jelena? She is a student with shoulder length dark hair.

I’m sort of nervous for Andy against Santoro in a first match, it’s a night match and the crowd will provide some support.


jane Says:

Von,
I don’t really follow these things, but I had heard of the other girlfriend when Novak was in Rome because she is a student in Italy apparently. I guess (I hope) they broke up at some point prior to the Olympics? I don’t know the story. I had never seen the other girl at a match though, and it was clearly a long-distance thing, so maybe it didn’t work out.


jane Says:

Von,

I really believe Andy should get by Santoro without too much trouble, although there’s no doubt Santoro can be tough. But in 5 sets, with the crowd and P-Mac behind him, I believe Roddick will prevail.

Gulbis is maybe the scarier match for Andy, imo, but again, Andy’s experience may help him prevail there too.


Von Says:

jane:

With regard to the gossip on the players, I know less that most people. I only know what i read on this site and/or hear from the commentators gossiping. I’m not much of a web surfer due to time restraints and very little interest in a lot of stuff. I know of Djoko’s girlfriend because she was sitting next to his coach about a year ago and the commentators mentioned her as the camera focused on her.

Ref: Andy — we’ll see. I’ll hope for the best. Time to watch Davenport and then Andy. An all-American tennis night. Maybe I’m partial, but I think that the USO is the creme de la creme of the slams for excitement, electricity, panache and glitz and glamour. :)


Latent Talent Says:

“Maybe I’m partial, ”

You dont say! You would blow rainbows up a grizzly’s butt, just because it is american.

Wimbledon and French Open are the real deal. US open is like the goofy clown in a circus. As shallow as the american culture compared to the rich culture that those two European giants have.

Keep dreaming…..


Von Says:

Latent:

I’ve finally, at least I think so, figured out who you are. A few months ago, until you changed your name, we used to enjoy a good rapport, why the sudden change? I don’t think I’ve done anything to upset you, so why the animosity. I know you always didn’t really care for the Americans, even though you are one. BTW, thanks for helping me with the smileys. I always remember you when I make one. Be nice, just for old times sake, OK? :)


jane Says:

Von,

I thought Roddick would come out gang-busters, and I was right. No slicing and dicing here. Roddick is simply over-powering the Magician.


S Green Says:

Von,
I have to admit that Roddick has, so far by the middle of the 2nd set, played better than the top three in their 1st rd. Tonight I saw the same Roddick who beat the current No. 1 and 3 in a row at the beginning of this year in Dubai and contemporary No. 1 in Miami. If he can keep up this level of flawless execution in the rest of the toournament, I can see him winning the whole thing.
You know nothing about Roddick. Just shut up, ok?


jane Says:

I was thinking how sharp Andy looks too Shital; maybe with P-Mac behind him, it’s making a big difference. I didn’t get to see Gulbis’ match but that’ll be Andy’s next hurdle. I don’t know if they’ve ever played, but Gulbis will have to return well to beat Andy, if he serves like he’s serving tonight. He’s also played really well at net to this point.


Mary Says:

If you are watching tonight’s boring match, be sad that you’ve missed a great Project Runway.

I know Santoro is entertaining and what not, but I just obsess on why he wears black underwear under white shorts, like all the time.

Nole’s woman is Leryn Franco, the IT girl of Bejing. I thought she would be with more of a man. Nole looks young– too young. I cannot see him being of any use to her.

Tomorrow looks boring. The only excitement will be the Golubev/ Nalbandian match– only to see if Golubev will lose by being sucked into Fat Dave’s Gravitational Pull.

There, you have my great USO wisom for tonight.


Mary Says:

wisom b/c wisdom. This match has lulled me to sleep.


jane Says:

Mary you’re so contrary – lol. I hate the black underwear under white shorts too. Why was Ms. Franco the IT girl at the Olympics? Fill me in on the gossip.


Mary Says:

Jane: Duh, she’s the it girl b/c the internets said so;>
Actually, she was shown during the opening ceremony and the next day there was much “OMG whose the hot chick carrying that flag,” and madness ensued.


jane Says:

Mary, Thanks. My bad for not knowing about the “OMG who’s the hot chick” stuff. I guess Nole scored then eh? After you posted her name I checked out some photos online and can see why the madness ensued.


Von Says:

HI S Green:

“Von, I have to admit that Roddick has, so far by the middle of the 2nd set, played better than the top three in their 1st rd.”

Thank you for being kind. Stick to the initial and I’ll refer to you as “S” in the future. Andy played very well tonight and it was very obvious how much his serve was off in his prior matches; the double faults was the clue. He played somewhat similar to the Andy of yesteryear and the first quarter of ’08. He said he was eager to play. I’m happy for him. He’s suffered a lot of humiliation and I’m hoping he can turn things around.
_______________
Jane:

A footnote on the men’s wardrobe for playing, doesn’t black and white look crisp? I always loved that combination. I have a few tops similar to Andy’s shirt with the white trim at the sleeves and neck, except for the stripes, and I’m one of a few women who like to see men in polo shirts/short sleeves. For me it looks very finished. But that’s just a matter of personal preference.
____________
Mary:
“Nole looks young– too young. I cannot see him being of any use to her.”

That’s the trend nowadays. I don’t get it, but some guys like older women. Sometimes intelligent conversation is much more stimulating than a younger face.

I’ve seen some women wear black under white, which looks so tacky, and I could never understand the logic, but to each his/her own.

Last night’s match lulled me to sleep! It was so lopsided and the Gonzalez guy was so nervous. Poor thing, I felt so sorry for him on the big stage. I didn’t find tonight’s match boring, just that Snatoro couldn’t handle the Roddick serve.

You remind me of myself at times — so outspoken and controversial — it’s refreshing, but could be disastrous. :)


jane Says:

Von,

Yes, I like the black and white, though the stripes were intense on our wide-screen. I definitely prefer the black cap on Andy.

Re “The IT Girl” – she’s much older than Nole – five years. I wonder if she likes Novak’s money? Ha-ha. I don’t know how much javelin throwers make, but I suspect it’s less than professional tennis players do! LOL. Seriously, Novak is a fairly learned guy, who likes to read, has a great sense of humor, speaks four languages, etc, so maybe there is a lot of appeal. I happen to think he’s pretty cute, but I know he’s not everyone’s type, nor “classically” handsome like Marat – yowsa! For me, age doesn’t matter too much if the two people involved really click.

—————–
S Green – I’d be happy to use “S” also, if you’d prefer.


S Green Says:

Jane and Von,
Call me anything that makes you guys happy.
Here is something funny for you to watch (exclusive to my friends).
http://www.inews3.com/play.php?first=Shital%20Green&last=Dahal


S Green Says:

Click the News Channel 3.


Von Says:

“S”:

Just AWESOME!!!! Would you believe I’m SPEECHLESS for once in my life. WAY TO GO AND GUY, good luck!!!!

I thought the “S” was better because I dislike the aspersions cast your way and the childish nonsense. I think it would be a better alternative. I’m only thinking of your well-being. Hope you don’t mind.

_____________
jane:

I guess I’m still in the dark ages on the age thing. I’ve such stories on the age thing that i’d be petrified.


jane Says:

S,

Where do I vote? Or could you run in Canada too?! LOL.


JCF Says:

Mary,

“I know Santoro is entertaining and what not, but I just obsess on why he wears black underwear under white shorts, like all the time.”

I’ve always been a fan of women wearing black undergarments beneath white shirts. Maybe it’s the contrast. It is an attention grabber for sure. Perhaps the man version of it isn’t as appealing, although I admit that I’m biased.

“Nole’s woman is Leryn Franco, the IT girl of Bejing. I thought she would be with more of a man. Nole looks young– too young. I cannot see him being of any use to her.”

I’m curious to know what “uses” you look for in a guy? Nole is 21 — he is young. How do you know it isn’t Nole who’s using her? The guy makes a lot of money, and looks like a young De Niro. What more could you ask for?

UPDATE: Whoa! I just googled her pics, and she has a rather steamy calendar. I think I’ll agree with you that these two aren’t serious about each other. They just want a good time for a while.

But I’m surprised you don’t like Novak (or don’t consider him manly). I would expect non-IT-girls to swoon with delight at the prospects of snagging him.

I think you did ask me once what type of girls I liked. It’s time I asked you the same question back: What type of guys do you like?

Oh and for some reason, whenever I read your name ‘Mary’, I picture Mary Carilo, who I happen to like a lot as a sports commentator.

“That’s the trend nowadays. I don’t get it, but some guys like older women. Sometimes intelligent conversation is much more stimulating than a younger face.”

I do! What’s wrong with it? Osama Bin Laden has a 26 year old brother whose second wife is a 52 year old granny in England. That’s love for you.

“Re “The IT Girl” – she’s much older than Nole – five years. I wonder if she likes Novak’s money? Ha-ha. I don’t know how much javelin throwers make, but I suspect it’s less than professional tennis players do!”

I’ll bet IT girl makes more than Nole does. Maria Sharapova makes way more than Federer does, and Federer’s 04-07 makes Maria look like a junior.


Mary Says:

JCF:
“But I’m surprised you don’t like Novak (or don’t consider him manly). I would expect non-IT-girls to swoon with delight at the prospects of snagging him.”

The non-IT girl who swoons with the delight at the prospects of snagging him hangs out– along with her fifty cats, quart of Hagan Daz, and two-liter bottle of Diet Coke– at Bodo’s World, over at tennis.com.

“Oh and for some reason, whenever I read your name ‘Mary’, I picture Mary Carilo, who I happen to like a lot as a sports commentator. ”

My word, I happen to like her, so I will take that as a compliment– but I’m laughing over the comaparison.

I brought up Nole and IT girl b/c I was wondering if it was another business deal like the Roddick/Sharapova “thing.”

Thank you for getting my meaning of “use.”


JCF Says:

‘Thank you for getting my meaning of “use.”’

Actually, I didn’t. And still don’t. You’re not going to leave me in suspense are you?

You seem to have spunk. I like that.


Mary Says:

“You seem to have spunk. I like that.”
So do most of the posters here. I like that.

“Use” as in what use does a Novak offer any woman– I imagine it would be hanging out at the local “TGIF” along the tour circuit– and I bet he would use a coupon.
Also, my God, THAT family.
no, I’m not going THERE with it– well,maybe her face says it all:
http://tiny.cc/DazedandConfused

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