Nadal, Del Potro Anchor Davis Cup Wins, Will Meet in November Final
by Sean Randall | September 22nd, 2008, 10:08 am
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Things went pretty much according to form this weekend in Davis Cup. Spain rolled up on a game U.S. team, 4-1, while Argentina v. Russia went right down to the decider, with the Gaucho Nation coming through on the back of hero Juan Martin Del Potro to win 3-2.

That sets up a tantalizing finale come late November between Spain and Argentina at Argentina.

Before I dive into that matchup, if you weren’t impressed with 19-year-old Del Potro’s recent run on tour the last few months, you have to be now. Winning tournaments in LA, D.C. and Stuttgart are great achievements, but those events pale in terms of the pressure and expectations faced in Davis Cup, and the teen didn’t shy away, he embraced it.

Playing in his first home tie, JMDP kept his cool and absolutely pounded two very, very good claycourters in Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev. The kid, who has only dropped one match since Wimbledon that to Andy Murray at the US Open earlier this month, was never even close to being threatened all weekend – he didn’t even face a set point in either match defeating Andreev in the fifth and final rubber 6-4, 6-2, 6-1.

Nalbandian also played well but fatigue finally became a factor for the alleged fat one. David was on court for Argentina’s tough five-set doubles loss Saturday, and I think that match and his Friday win over Andreev caught up to his legs Sunday as David simply ran out of steam late against Davydenko, falling meekly 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-0.

But as good as JMDP looked, so too did Nadal. After a creaky start on the opening day against Sam Querrey, Nadal resumed his role as the greatest dirtballer ever, ripping apart Andy Roddick, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4. Roddick of course played some his his best clay tennis we’ve ever seem from him in a respectable five set loss to David Ferrer Friday.

Nadal, who led Spain to Davis Cup glory in 2004, has yet to lose a best-of-five set clay match in his career, a mark that now stands at a ridiculous 43-0.

As for the US, they put up a great fight and made the tie much closer than many would have thought, myself included. There’s no shame in losing to the better team.

Looking ahead, way, way ahead, the key in the Argentina-Spain tie could very well come down to surface selection. And right now it appears that the host nation is going to put Rafa and Co. on a fast indoor surface, which I think gives Argentina the best chance of winning. On clay, grass or any other slower-type surface, Rafa is winning both of his rubbers. But a faster surface will give Nalbandian a better crack at Rafael, so as of now, I’ll stick my with pick at the start of the year and ride Argentina to their first Davis Cup crown in their history.

Scheduling will also figure into this equation. The Davis Cup finals come just after the Masters Cup which Nadal will of course be a part of. His countryman Ferrer is presently in the hunt to qualify and so too is JMDP. But with the Davis Cup stakes so high how much energy will guys like Ferrer and JMDP give to getting into Shanghai, and just how much effort will they (Nadal) put out if they do make it in. To be seen.

In the Word Group qualifying playoffs, as expected Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic led their nations back into the Davis Cup main draw for 2009. But no such luck for Britain and Andy Murray who were turned away by Austria 3-2. Andy did his part, winning both his singles matches, but his brother, Jamie, and Brit No. 2 Alex Bogdanovic pretty much caved in. Until Andy and the Brits find a solid No. 2 or at least someone who can win a live singles rubber every once in a while (which doesn’t look likely right now), good luck making any kind of impression in Davis Cup.


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58 Comments for Nadal, Del Potro Anchor Davis Cup Wins, Will Meet in November Final

grendel Says:

These days, you take it as a given that Nadal is hot favourite to beat anyone on any surface, other than Federer (possibly). No longer. I still think Nadal is favourite against Djokovic and Murray even on hard, although for sure there’s not much in it, and the other two will win their share. Nothing stays still, so this could be turned on its head in a few months.

But: providing the Argentines aren’t suddenly possessed of a death wish and choose clay for the final, I’m going to make (in my own mind), del Potro favourite to beat Rafa. There’s a palpable shift in the atmosphere….


grendel Says:

How can a player be a “hot favourite”, whilst at the same time “there’s not much in it” between him, “the hot favourite”, and a couple of other players?

Glad I got in first! Only goes to show what rubbish you can write if you’re thinking sloppily.

May I amend to:”Nadal is favourite”?


RG Says:

I watched portions of the Davis cup matches. Though Roddick lost, I was pleasantly surprised by his high level of play against both Ferrer and against Nadal on Roddick’s least favorite surface. Maybe the high altitude did help the Americans a lil’ bit.


Andrew Miller Says:

Wish Roddick pulled out the match vs. Ferrer. That would have been unbelievable. Sadly if he did that, Spain would have prob. won the doubles.


Skorocel Says:

Don’t know where you guys come to such photos, but this one featuring Nadal eating breakfast is just hilarious :)


Susan Says:

I know about hind sight. But I initially felt that if Roddick played first the US could have pulled this one off. I don’t understand the reasoning………………..like I said, hind sight.


Von Says:

If the high altitude helped the americans it’s also logical to assume it would help spain’s servers. Lopez, Verdaco, and Ferrer have good serves. even Nadal had more aces than he normally would have in a regular clay-court match.

On the other thread I mentioned that the order of play had an impacrt on Roddick. He’s acustomed to being lead-off man. Apparently, he becomes very excitable waiting for his turn to play. Additionally, he starts off without a deficit when playing first. In the Spain tie, he played second and there was that first loss staring him in the face. I don’t know how the order of play got changed around this time, but that’s what benefitted Spain, especially on Sunday.


Sean Randall Says:

grendel, I’m not convinced yet (that could change by the final) that JMDP is going to beat Rafa in the final, regardless of surface.

That said, I think Nalbandian can win both his ties and JMDP can beat Ferrer. Doubles looks like a toss up right now.

RG, altitude certainly helped the big-serve US team, but the Sunday rain leading to a slower, wetter court nullified that advantage.

Andrew Miller, I would argue the Spanish dubs team would have crumbled had the tie been 1-1. Lopez/Verdasco are atrocious in big match situations.

Von, I trust you are joking.


Von Says:

Sean Randall:

I trust you are joking?

About what Sean? Please answer.


Sean Randall Says:

Von, your statement about Roddick above re: order of play. It’s a joke, right? I’ll take it as such.


Von Says:

Sean:

It’s a joke, right? I’ll take it as a joke.”

It’s not a joke at all. Patrick Mc has mentioned it time and time again, that’s why Andy has always been the lead off man. PMc stated that Andy hates to play second and when he has to wait he becomes very irritsted. I’m going by what i’ve read,


Sean Randall Says:

Von, you do realize the order of play is random? It’s not hand selected. On day one the No. 1s play the No. 2s. The order of which is drawn, so Pmac cannot “always” have Andy lead off as you say. It’s by lot.


grendel Says:

Well, Sean, I’m not convinced Del Potro will beat Nadal either, nor Nalbandian for that matter. Imagine them both beating Nadal! That’ll be a turn up, won’t it. I’m just going for Del Potro as a slight favourite.


Sean Randall Says:

And straight from Andy’s mouth:

Q. Would you have preferred to have played first?
ANDY RODDICK: I don’t know. You know, Sam is going to get out there and there’s probably going to be a little bit of nerves involved with him. But I think there’s going to be nerves involved with anybody if you’re human.
Whatever happens happens. I think people maybe put a little bit too much emphasis on who plays first and who plays second. Maybe it is better for Sam not to sit around and think about it all day. Maybe it’s easy to get out there and hit some big serves.


jane Says:

Roddick does seem the antzy/hyper type. I remember once in a TV interview the commentators noted that he could barely sit still, and Andy joked that he was really tied to the chair. Also, I think if Andy wasn’t facing a deficit, it would be better heading in, but that’s the case with most players, who like to be front-runners in pretty much any match or tie.

BTW, I read at another site that Roger had the entire team of lines people changed when he was down 1-4 in the second set at the DC tie this weekend! Talk about pull. To be fair, most people, including Roger’s opponent, seemed to concur that they were crappy lines people, but that’s something I’ve not seen much. Has anyone else ever seen a full team of lines people changed mid-match? I didn’t see the match so I don’t know the circumstances.


Sean Randall Says:

grendel, unless he’s completely gassed I don’t think Rafa will lose both!

The way things set up at the moment on the first day Nadal will play Nalbandian, JMDP plays Ferrer. If Argentina gets a lead 2-1, JMDP would win it by beating Rafa on Sunday.

Of course if Spain is up 2-1 then Rafa would have the tie on his racquet. Regardless, what an incredible match that would be.

And if they split 2-2, then it’s the two Davids for the title. Fat v. Fit.


Von Says:

jane:

I’ve heard PMc state on TV and I’ve also read that Andy hates to play second in DC, because he becomes very anxious. On the other thread I also mentioned that he does not like to come out facing a defecit. I only repeat what I hear and/or read. And that’s what I’ve heard and/or read,

I read on a blog at The Tennis Planet that Fed complained that the lines people were doing a bad job and apparently he asked for them to be removed — all 9 of them..


Sean Randall Says:

To add. This final tie is really a chess match, and coach Alberto Mancini is really under the gun.

First there’s the surface issue. Apparently he has chosen fast indoor which hurts Spain but also hurts his guy JMDP.

Second the issue of doubles. At what point do you play Nalbandian, if at all? Based on what happened this past weekend David can’t go three straight days, not in his current state of fitness.

What makes the doubles even more spicy is that while on paper Lopez/Verdasco should be the heavy favorites on a fast court, they are very, very susceptible to gagging. So will Mancini go full strength in the doubles or just give to Spain and hope to pull out the singles? It’s almost like a trap match for Argentina.


Vulcan Says:

Sean, do you happen to know exactly what surface the arena in Cordoba has, or if not, just how fast it is compared to other indoor events?


Sean Randall Says:

Vulcan, all I can go off of is that it will be played at the Orfeo arena in Cordoba, a “fast indoor” court per the article linked to above.


Vulcan Says:

Sean, OK thanks, given the fact that so much emphasis is placed on court speed as it relates to a given players ability it’s a shame we dont have access to more quantitative data on it.


jane Says:

Von,

That’s where I read the thing about the lines people too; i’ve been looking at that site occasionally since you posted the Sampras link. Seems like better analyses here overall. But it’s interesting how they post election stuff and loads of photos there. Plus there seems to be an overall light-heartedness about things, lots of humour, which I like.


Von Says:

jane:

I like the atmosphere at Tennis Planet a lot more than here, and when I get over my withdrawal period from here, I’m going to stsrt posting there. There’s a lot of humor and some of the posters seem very pleasant. The only drawback is that the posts all go to moderation and i don’t know how long that lasts, but i’m strongly considering it. I don’t like the constant friction here where one has to watch every word that’s written.


gulu Says:

Hi dear Von! Very happy 2 see ur posts again n am still happier as I m able 2 post to u again.Now posting on this site has becom my habit too n I’ll keep posting til sweet friends lik you r here to giv me company.I can’t talk tennis as I m a bit busy.


gulu Says:

Zola, my friend.Would hav liked 2 talk a lot about tennis with u right now,but can’t. I would lov 2 return here 4 discussing tennis soon.


Lausanne Says:

Jane:

Rumors, rumors. I was at the match this week-end and the truth is that the swiss team asked for ONE linesman to be changed. And the guy clearly had some issues…


jane Says:

Lausanne,

So did they only change the one then? Interesting, since the blog I read said they changed the whole team. Thanks for your response; it did seem a curious thing.


Von Says:

Sean Randall:

“And straight from Andy’s mouth:

Q. Would you have preferred to have played first?
ANDY RODDICK: I don’t know. You know, Sam is going to get out there and there’s probably going to be a little bit of nerves involved with him. But I think there’s going to be nerves involved with anybody if you’re human.
Whatever happens happens. I think people maybe put a little bit too much emphasis on who plays first and who plays second. Maybe it is better for Sam not to sit around and think about it all day. Maybe it’s easy to get out there and hit some big serves.

Andy answered, “I don’t know.” which says to me that he hedging and not being emphatic. If it really didn’t matter to him, I’m sure the answer would have been, “No, I don’t care”, instead he said “I don’t know”. He further stated: “Maybe it is better for Sam not to sit around and think about it all day. Maybe it’s easy to get out there and hit some big serves.” He’s projecting on Sam, how Andy feels with respect to sitting around all day thinking about the match. From all that I’ve read from both PMc and Andy, Andy hates to play second, he likes to play first, because he becomes very jittery and when he gets out there, if he’s second man up, especially if the score is 0-1 he becomes extremely hyper. I suppose he’s ADD or ADHD.


HOLA Says:

Von, tennis planet is extremely pro Federer….no dissenting views allowed. Moderation of posts takes awhile.


Von Says:

Sean Randall:

Yeah, thanks. you’ve run true to form, again.

____________
HOLA:

I know that there are quite a fe Fed fans on Tennis Planet, but I didn’t know it was principally pro-Fed. thanks for the information.


Roddick is a donkey Says:

Need not wait too long to see you make a fool of yourself.

I will accept it. You are quite good at making a jackass out of yourself. Keep the fun going – dumbass


gulu Says:

Dear Von,Roddick’ll play in Thailand Open.I wish him all the best
n I know u also would like 2 send him ur best wishes 4 this title.He should win it.Com on Roddick! By the way Roger’s playing in Stockholm n I want him 2 win it.So go Roger!


gulu Says:

By the way Congrats Sweet Von! You must be really feeling proud of the Ryders Cup victory by U.S.Thou I got a littl late in greeting u for this,it’s better late than never for me.


Roy Says:

“HOLA Says:
Von, tennis planet is extremely pro Federer….no dissenting views allowed. Moderation of posts takes awhile.”

Hola, I was intrigued to read your comment now and visited the site immediately.

And now I can fully agree with your views: the site is indeed pro-Federer in extreme.


Von Says:

gulu:

Nice to hear from you and thank you for your kind posts. Thank you for joining me in my celebration of the US winning the Ryder Cup — our first in 11 years. The players were so very happy; it made me feel very proud of them and happy for the US in general. Your belated good wishes are sincerely appreciated and yes, it’s better late than never.

It would indeed be nice to see Fed and Roddick win their respective tournaments. It seems that Fed is making a conscientious effort to regain his No.1 ranking. I’d like to see Andy’s matches, but unfortunately the smaller tournaments are not shown on TV. What about your area, will they be broadcasting Fed’s matches? If yes, enjoy. If no, I’m so sorry. You can follow the live scores on the ATP website.

Well, my day/night ends here, but I didn’t want to leave without answering your post. I appreciate all of your kindness and your non-judgmental attitude, coupled with your ability to rise above the criticisms you see here that are shoveled at me. I’m not as bad as I’m portrayed to be, honest. You know everyone has his or her own opinions and it’s impossible to please everyone.

Well, gulu, I’ll talk to you later. It’s time for me to get some much needed rest. My working day begins at 1:00 pm and it will be a hectic one. Whatever you do today, I hope it will be enjoyable and here’s a smile from me to you to brighten your day. :P


gulu Says:

Hi Roy! I’ll glad 2 answer you the thing which u asked me about Mc.Enroe. But I’m afraid u hav 2 wait a bit. Wat can I do even thou I sincerely wanna answer u? It’s just not possibl right now.So plz giv me a littl time n I’ll b back. Hav a good day!


jane Says:

Roy,

This site, too, has traditionally been very pro-Fed, a little over a year ago that was almost to the exclusion of saying much good about any other player. However, I do think this has evolved and this site has become more tolerant of discussions and criticisms about most players – some obviously more criticized than others; some more praised. This site is still pro-Fed; you need only check pretty much any poll. The results will almost always be in Fed’s favor.

I resolved myself to the fact that given Roger’s success and given that he’s raised the bar in tennis, he deserves the accolades. He’s not my fave, but he has as many kind and balanced fans as other players.

So all-in-all this is a good place to be, though there is a lot of Djokovic and Roddick bashing. Personally I like Djokovic, so I am just going to avoid the threads that crap all over him.

BTW, I agree with what you said a few threads back: tennis is much more exciting with a number of people in contention at the top, rather than one player dominating everything. (I think / hope that was you!)


jane Says:

Von – you might want to check channelsurfing.net and/or justin; they may be showing feeds from Bejing and Thailand? I am going to check later but got to get ready for work now!


jane Says:

Roy,

For instance, if you check the most recent Tennis-X poll, out of over 2300 people who’ve responded, 93% of them say Federer will end 2009 as number 1 (!). Compare that to the mere 6% who say Nadal will end 2009 as number 1, and to the 0% who suggest it could be anyone else.

This is typical. Clearly, the race for number 1 next year will not be as cut-and-dry as that poll result seems to suggest. And that’s why tennis is exciting; right now there is not only one contender for number 1.


gulu Says:

Hi dear Von! I was really busy n so was unabl to post anything since I last posted to you.But now thankfully I am free and will keep posting for sometime without any worries.


gulu Says:

Jane,thanks 4 correcting my mistake.Is Djokovic your favourite? Well that guy certainly has qualities in him to do really wel. But I think he has to be really tough mentally,Mental strength will do him a lot of good.


jane Says:

gulu,

Djoko is probably my current favorite player, yes, but I also like Murray (a lot!), Roddick, Rafa, Safin, and some of the newer guys – JMDP, Sam Querrey, Cilic and Gulbis. And a bunch of others, really. In fact, I find it hard to narrow down the players I support. Sometimes I just cheer for the underdog in any given match, especially if one of my faves isn’t playing.

On the women’s side I like Safina, Jankovic, Dementieva and Sharapova, with my all time fave player being Graff – women’s or men’s.

Really, I just love tennis – watching it and talking about it, and once and a while playing for fun.


gulu Says:

Von,where r you? Please come. I am missing u here.
At home I got d chance to watch repeat telecast of Roddick-Ferrer Davis Cup match and observed that Roddick has to be a littl more precise and accurate whil hitting his shots.It was anybody’s match thou.


Roy Says:

“jane Says:
Roy,

This site, too, has traditionally been very pro-Fed…. tennis is much more exciting with a number of people in contention at the top, rather than one player dominating everything. (I think / hope that was you!)”

Yes, it was I : Guilty as Charged !!

&

jane Says:
Roy,

For instance, if you check the most recent Tennis-X poll, out of over 2300 people who’ve responded, 93% of them say Federer will end 2009 as number 1 (!). Compare that to the mere 6% who say Nadal will end 2009 as number 1, and to the 0% who suggest it could be anyone else.

This is typical. Clearly, the race for number 1 next year will not be as cut-and-dry as that poll result seems to suggest. And that’s why tennis is exciting; right now there is not only one contender for number 1.


Roy Says:

Roy Says:
“jane Says:
Roy,

This site, too, has traditionally been very pro-Fed…. tennis is much more exciting with a number of people in contention at the top, rather than one player dominating everything. (I think / hope that was you!)”

Yes, it was I : Guilty as Charged !!

&

“jane Says:
Roy,

For instance, if you check the most recent Tennis-X poll, out of over 2300 people who’ve responded, 93% of them say Federer will end 2009 as number 1 (!). Compare that to the mere 6% who say Nadal will end 2009 as number 1, and to the 0% who suggest it could be anyone else.

This is typical. Clearly, the race for number 1 next year will not be as cut-and-dry as that poll result seems to suggest. And that’s why tennis is exciting; right now there is not only one contender for number 1.”

I remember similar prediction of poll in favour of Fed on this site just before RG 2008 and even now, I can still vividy recall my wonderment at whether I was watching the same tournament on TV.


Von Says:

gulu:

“Von,where r you? Please come. I am missing u here.
At home I got d chance to watch repeat telecast of Roddick-Ferrer Davis Cup match and observed that Roddick has to be a littl more precise and accurate whil hitting his shots.It was anybody’s match thou.”

Hello, and how are you? I’m here now. Sorry I missed your post earlier, but sometimes I just read the last post on a thread and don’t bother going through the others. Unfortunately, today was one of those times.

You’re absolutely correct about the imprecision of Andy’s game. At times, he appears to be very hyper and plays too fast as if someone is chasing him, which is detrimental and causes him to miss his shots. Anyway, it’s all water under the bridge now and it’s time to move on. Last evening I erased all of the matches from my DVR and I have very little recollection of what transpired in those matches. I got tired of the post mortems, and the less I remember is best for me over all. Remind me to cease and desist if you see me mentioning the USA v. Spain DC tie again.

What a tragedy for Nalby with his hip problem. His match with Andreev was good overall, but I didn’t see the usual Nalby spark, so now I’m wodering whether the lack thereof was due to his hip hurting. I suppose some are just licking their chops now and fantasizing/hoping for a landslide victory for Spain in the finals. It just goes to show how unpredictable life can be.

Speaking of Davis cup, I have to say, I totally disagree with the players receiving ranking points for playing. I feel that it’s straying from the true intent and purpose of Dwight Davis’ mision and what the Cup represents. Further, it’s very unfair to the lower-ranked players who, in all probability will most likely never be given the opportunity to play, since all of the higher ranked players will want to participate to pick up the ranking points. I’d like to know what the players, who’ve played in the years prior to 2009 feel about this new development. I don’t see why a player should be rewarded with points for representing his country in such a prestigious event. One positive that will come about, is that those who’ve resisted and were unwilling to play before, will be clamoring to do so from 2009 henceforth. I certainly don’t want to hear any complaints about the players’ schedule being too cramped and the tiredness factor/excuses. What are your thoughts on the Davis Cup changes.

Have you been able to watch any of Fed’s matches this week? I tried to find live streaming but came up empty-handed, and nothing there even on live scoring. Talk about a black-out.

Tell me gulu, are you from the US or another part of the world where there’s a huge time difference, GMT. My reason for asking is due to the time you post and your mention of your work day which seems to end in the wee hours of the morning US time. I know my schedule is not the norm for most people in the US. I work when others are sleeping, which has its rewards — the computer is a lot faster than during the day.

OK, gulu, this is it for me. I’ll catch up with you later and have a nice day/evening/night. :P


Von Says:

jane;

So all-in-all this is a good place to be, though there is a lot of Djokovic and Roddick bashing. Personally I like Djokovic, so I am just going to avoid the threads that crap all over him.

You’re showing your TRUE fanship here for Djokovic, even though you persist in stating that you don’t have a “favourite” but root for “several” players. :P It’s very obvious when you’re fighting and/or defending him, then the real jane emerges. Will the real Djokovic fan, jane, please come to the podium. jane answers: Here am I, here am I, brunette hair flying and covering up your face/eyes, and then, there’s a thud, you tripped over your feet. LOL :D I suppose you’ll get even with me soon. Feel free to do so I wouldn’t want it any other way. :D

“Djoko is probably my current favorite player,”

Probably, nah, emphatically yes, Djoko IS your favourite player. Don’t hedge, shout it out. :D

________________
Roy:

I beleive we discussed in a prior thread that the unpredictability of the 2009 season will make for an exciting one for the majority of tennis fans.


gulu Says:

Dear Von,I just read your post replying to me. And by the way I must finally tel u that I m from India,the country of one of the famous doubles player known as Leander Paes.


jane Says:

Von,

Didn’t Roddick trip on his way up to a podium once? Seems to me he handled it really well, quite gracefully. I think i saw it on bloopers or something.

I hope I could do the same were I to stumble.

You think there is some real me beneath the surface. But this is the real me. I said Djoko is probably my current fave, and that’s true, but I said that because I really do root for other players. When Djoko plays Rafa or Murray or Roddick or even Safin, I enjoy the match and watching BOTH players. I’ll defend Novak and stay away from outright bashing of him – unless I agree that it’s warranted – then I’ll speak out too, like with the whole USO fiasco, I said his post-match interview was a mess. Same with Roddick, although in his case I scroll over the trolls, seeing it as pointless to engage.

Most of my other faves – Murray, Rafa, Safin, the new guys, etc – aren’t bashed at all!! So there is no need to defend them. If they are put down, I’ll will speak up – and maybe even trip on my way to the podium, but I’ll get there. :-)

Of course, you’re welcome to think what you want about me and my tennis support (i.e., that I secretly only root for Djoko or something) and to psychoanalyze my support of players; I know you have that psych background so maybe you DO know something I don’t! Lord knows I probably need a few visits to the couch! Anyway, speaking of couches, I have to get my son to the dentist. Ciao for now!

PS Both Roddick and Djoko won their matches; I checked. ;-)


Roy Says:

“gulu Says:
Hi Roy! I’ll glad 2 answer you the thing which u asked me about Mc.Enroe. But I’m afraid u hav 2 wait a bit. Wat can I do even thou I sincerely wanna answer u? It’s just not possibl right now.So plz giv me a littl time n I’ll b back. Hav a good day!”

Well, Gulu, hope you can share with me now as to why do you think J Mac should not have said that Fed is the better and how A Rod was ill-treated by that.


Roy Says:

“jane Says:
Roy,

…So all-in-all this is a good place to be, though there is a lot of Djokovic and Roddick bashing. Personally I like Djokovic….”

Djokovic is a gifted player with huge talents in Tennis. And I especially like his custom of applauding the shot-making of other players on Court: a very nice gesture on his part.


Von Says:

jane:

“Of course, you’re welcome to think what you want about me and my tennis support (i.e., that I secretly only root for Djoko or something) and to psychoanalyze my support of players;”

Sorry to be so late in answering your post pertaining to the above, I din’t mean to ruffle your feathers — I was just kidding around, as I sometimes do, when I’m not stressed out from too much work. Let me explain what I meant by the following:

“You’re showing your TRUE fanship here for Djokovic, even though you persist in stating that you don’t have a “favourite” but root for “several” players. It’s very obvious when you’re fighting and/or defending him, then the real jane emerges.”

I was merely stating that it shows how much of a Djokovic fan you are without your realizing it, when you’re defending him — your defense is strong, and it reminds me somewhat of myself when I’m defending A-Rod. I’m in no way criticizing nor accusing you of hiding behind any kind of a facade and/or pretense. In fact, it was meant as a compliemnt, I like it, because I like to see people who have the courage of their convictions, express it and not be afraid to do so. You have every right to like Djokovic, regardless of his critics, because his game speaks volumes as to his proficiency in the sport of tennis. Sorry to have relayed the wrong impression. That’s one drawback of posting, since there isn’t any room for facial expressions, intonation and inflection, which leaves us at a deficit as to how our comments are interpreted, especially if they are read by somewhat who is naturally bellicose. This is why I try to type a smiley, but I’m very conscious of so doing, because my posts look like a Christmas tree decorated with yellow tennis balls — hardly Christmas colors. I hope this clears up the misunderstanding and my apologies for offending you.


Von Says:

jane: Typo — “especially if they are read by somewhat”, should be “especially if they are read by “someone”…


jane Says:

Von,

Don’t be silly; you didn’t offend me! My reply was merely meant to clarify that I don’t want you or anyone else to think I am not honest. That’s a quality I very much value and I try to be as honest as possible. On these boards sometimes that’s hard because I don’t want to invite any attacks either! So on some subjects I simply stay mute or low-key, only to avoid wasting energy and heart, which is better used in more important things in life.

But I’ll defend Djokovic if I think people are bandwagoning and trashing him, and it’s not a fair situation or criticism. And I will most definitely do that for all players I like not, only Djoko. It’s just that, as I said above, there are some players that get more crap thrown at them than others because they rub people the wrong way, or whatever. But then you know all about those players!

Speaking of which, seeds are falling like snow in Bejing. I see Andy just got the break in the 3rd set against Ferrero, so Andy should win (Scheuttler’s winning again here I see). Monfils and Tsonga will play in one semi in Bangkok and I think Djoko plays in the other – not sure.

Anyhow, have to go. Talk later.

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Hi Roy,

I like that habit of Djoko’s too – sportsmanlike I think.


jane Says:

Re: Bangkok – just checked and it’ll be Djoko v Berdych in one semi, and Tsonga v Monfils in the other – first time all top 4 seeds have reached the final there since 2004.

Also interesting because neither set of players have met before (except for Monfil v Tsonga in a challenger even in 2003, which Tsonga won).


Roy Says:

“Hi Roy,

I like that habit of Djoko’s too – sportsmanlike I think.”

True, each athlete brings his own unique talents to court and makes the game richer and.


Roy Says:

“Hi Roy,

I like that habit of Djoko’s too – sportsmanlike I think.”

True, each athlete brings his own unique talents to court and makes the game richer and hence, each of them – Fed, Rafa, Djoko et al are all worthy of Fan’s respects, as they make the game of Tennis great in their unique ways and produce excellent matches.

So Jane, three cheers for thrill of more competitions and contests in 2009 !!

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