Nadal, Federer, Roddick All in Indian Wells Action Wednesday
by Sean Randall | March 18th, 2009, 1:54 pm
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I’ve been watching the Indian Wells coverage on/off the last few days and so far, so good as things have held fairly to form with the brackets. The top guys Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick have all reached the last 16 without the loss of a set, and they are all playing today! What a line-up!

The only real early upsets belonged to the French who saw Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, my man Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet all flamed out meekly.

Of the top guys after two matches, Nadal is still looking like the man to beat but the Spaniard will meet David Nalbandian in a tricky fourth round clash tonight.

No. 2 seed Federer appeared scratchy in a second round win over Marc Giquel. Today, he’ll have to deal with the volatile Fernando Gonzalez, a much tougher task than either Gicquel or his third round victim, Ivo Karlovic. This will be a good test of where the Swiss’s game is at.

Roddick got through in fine form last night over the squirrelly Nicolas Kiefer. Sounds like the grainy court is really taking to Andy’s serve, but from the backcourt the American is hardly making much of a dent, and that’s not a good sign. I do, however, give Roddick high marks for that F-You bomb he fired at Daniel Koellerer in that second set tiebreak. Just fabulous.

Roddick now gets David Ferrer late this afternoon. Ferrer is one of the best returners in the game and he’s beaten Andy before at IW, but I think Roddick get through here.

Djokovic also hasn’t looked especially good, but the defending champ has survived and advanced, and that’s what counts in the end. Novak will face Stan Wawrinka with a possible rematch with Roddick ahead.

Also today, we have a John Isner sighting! The guy’s hard to miss, but he’s been a non-factor on the ATP circuit since the D.C. run a few summers ago. The 6-foot-9 Bulldog has served his way through Christophe Rochus, Monfils and yesterday Safin. (Horrible loss for Monfils by the way! Horrible!). But I think his run ends today again Juan Martin Del Potro. DelPo’s been sluggish this week, but his height should neutralize of some Isner’s service hop.

I also like Fernando Verdasco over Phil Kohlschrieber, Murray over Tommy Robredo and Igor Andreev to put a stop to Ivan Ljubicic.

Overall, a great day of tennis is in store. If you are in the U.S. you can watch on Fox Sports Net (and yes, with that comes Justin Gimelstob) starting 4pm ET with Federer and Gonzalez.


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209 Comments for Nadal, Federer, Roddick All in Indian Wells Action Wednesday

sar Says:

I am hoping for a Novak win today.


Milan Says:

>I do, however, give Roddick high marks for that F-You bomb he fired at Daniel Koellerer in that second set tiebreak. Just fabulous.

What a double standards! If that was Djokovic’s comment, he will be publicly hanged. Rodick on other side can show a huge dissrespect to a referies or players with zero consequence.


PietjeP Says:

Sean,

Do you know if there is any coverage over here in Europe? Or am I blackmailed into watching it on the ATP site again?

Most interesting match will be Donut Dave vs Nadal. Not sure where Dave’s game is at right now. But generally speaking, I think he doesn’t have a bad match up against Rafa.

From the Fab4, Murray seems to have the easiest route to the semi’s. But it would be great if they could all get there….

Rgrds Pietje


JoshDragon Says:

I’m looking forward to the matches today. I wonder if Nalbandian will be able to beat Nadal again.


Richard Vach Says:

For the record, I kind of like Isner over Del Potro. The Argentine looked EXHAUSTED after squeaking by the average Jurgen Melzer 7-6 in the third yesterday.


margot Says:

Am watching Verdasco, doing enough to beat Koellscreiber(spelling?) doing enough, but not too exciting, but am waiting 4 Andy M., I think coming up at 8pm my time. Looking foward to that one and he and Ross got into the quarters. Amazing. Congrats to Bryan brothers, thank goodness Rafa’s not going to win everything!


MMT Says:

margo where are you watching it?


Von Says:

MMT: If you’re interested in watching the match, it’s presently being shown on ATDHE.net. When the schedule appears arrow down to 2:00 pm, IW Kolschreiber v. Verda, and click on it. The button in the center at the bottom right, between the o.oo and the speaker, enlarges the screen. Pretty good match BTW. The other matches begin at 4:00 pm. Enjoy.


I like tennis bullies Says:

Arod’s f-bombs rule the best, nobody can say that crazy dani did not deserve it.

simon monfils gasgay giquel, the french are allergic to hard work and winning.


Von Says:

Roddick has been trashed a lot more than Djokovic by the writers and to a great extent by the Djokovic fans also. The double standards concern the other top players, NOT Roddick.


margot Says:

Andy looking good in the first but that was a abrupt! Oh well, all free gifts welcome…


Von Says:

Retirement No. 1 in R.16. Good for Andy M though, he’ll have some additional recovery time.
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Sean Randall:

Do you think there’s hope for some players, e.g., Blake/Gonzalez and to a lesser extent Tsonga, to be able to curb their ripping mentality, or is it too late for them to change now, since it’s a habit that’s ingrained in them? It appears to me that quite a few players are impatient, personality wise, but on the court, they keep a lot of balls in play and patiently wait for their opportunity to hit a winner, unlike Blake/Gonzalez/Tsonga. Do you not think the coaches of these players have done or could transmit this flaw to the respective players? Or, is it the players are too stubborn to change their MOL of ripping their FHs as hard as possible to obtain an outright winner, instead of working the point the hard way? I’m puzzled that a shot so detrimental to their game is constantly being employed and they seem oblivious to what’s happening.


Colin Says:

Is it my imagination, or have several people retired hurt when playing Murray this season? I think it’s an old Scottish curse he learned from a MacBeth type witch he met on the moors!


jane Says:

Von:

Similarly, I often wonder if those players who are too patient and sometimes get themselves enmeshed in extended rallies can learn how to let it rip sooner!

sar:

I am hoping Novak can get through today too of course.

However, lately I see a bit of what I mentioned above from Djoko; he gets into these lengthy rallies and wears himself down. He needs to work on ending points sooner: become more adept at the net and finish off points. To me it seems like he’s working towards this already. I’ve seen signs of him coming in more so far at IW, but it’ll take time and patience to get that skill down if it doesn’t come naturally. It can be done though; Nadal, for instance, is more than competent at the net nowadays.

In my opinion Novak still is uncomfortable with the new racquet; he’s making way more errors than he used to, largely because the racquet has more power. He has to make the adjustments. Now, he’s hitting too much into the mid court, playing tenatively, as he doesn’t want to hit the ball out, or he actually IS hitting it out. It must be frustrating for him, but he made the choice to switch so he’ll have to deal with it.


jane Says:

OMG, so far Novak is playing just plain ugly versus Stan the man. And I am a fan – of Novak, that is (nothing against Stan, but he’s a bit backboard-like at times, though a nice looking backhand when it’s firing). Djoko’s just not getting it together. Lots of errors, two double faults already, serve percentage dropping as I write. UGH, and also, SIGH.

Come on Novak…find your tennis…please?!


tenisbebe Says:

Jane:

Admittedly I have watches very little of the match as am spring cleaning but from what I have seen it appears he is sitting back, waiting for Stan to make an error – & what was that drop shot at 1-0 in the 2nd? Poor shot selection – but he love the dropper. Am I totally off?


Von Says:

Stan gifted that tie-break when he made a mess of the overhead. WOW.

Whomever wins the Andreev/Ljubicic match is going to be super tired when they meet Murray.
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jane:

I’m not an expert, nor have I played tennis for approx. 3 years now, but I don’t feel the racquet switch could still be a problem for Djoko after 3 months of constant use. What I see from Djoko’s playing, is that of a player who has lost his weapons and game and is struggling to find them. I could be way off in my thinking, but that’s how it appears to me. I’m apologizing before hand just in case my comment offends you.


Von Says:

So Murray will meet Ljubicic in the QFs. I’m thinking Ljub should be very tired after that humdinger of a match. My vote goes to Murray in straight sets.


Von Says:

Oh WOW, Djoko wins in the tiebreak. He and Stan were going head to head.

I suppose the commentator has lost his way, he said next up David Ferrer and Andy ‘Murray’ meaning Roddick. Watching too much tennis wil do that to you.


tenisbebe Says:

Von:
Even if it hadn’t been a long 3-setter, Ljub just doesn’t have the movement Murray has. Murray in 2. :-)

Oh my, Djoko won by the hair of his chinny chin chin. Congrats Jane!


tenisbebe Says:

Duro:

Are you there? Congrats to you too!


jane Says:

I disagree Von – Blake himself said he could never adjust when he switched, and after 2 years, he went back to his old racquet manufacturer.

Djoko hasn’t lost his weapons; he’ll be back.


Von Says:

tenisbebe:

Roddick must be in a hurry, he walked out ahead of Ferrer. They have the same umpire whom you mentioned was afraid to make calls. Thankfully, it’s Stadium 1, with hawkeye.

I pick Murray in two sets too; 6-3, 6-3. Ljub has a good serve, and the score could be closer. We could see a Fed/Murray SF.


jane Says:

tenisbebe,

Nah, you’re not off. Djoko wasn’t playing aggressively like he did against Haas in that first set yesterday. And he was very error prone today.

LOL – you’re right, he did win by the hair of his chiny chin chin!!

Von – you’re right too that Stan really blew that overhead in the first set tiebreak!

All I can say is PHEW!


Von Says:

jane;

You’re right. I should have said ‘temporarily’ lost his weapons. Djoko’s never left though, he’s still here.

Blake has made several excuses for his falling off, and hasn’t done much better but worse since going back to his old racquets. I’ve never gotten the correct story on the racquet swtich with Blake. As I said I’m not an expert, hence, I digress.


jane Says:

I agree – Murray in 2. I also think Fed will beat Verdasco after what I saw today, so I will stick with my call re: a Fed vs. Murray semi.

I am waiting till after Nadal’s match to even attempt a call on the top half!


Duro Says:

I’m here!!! Smiling, smiling, smiling!


What Says:

Does anyone know what happened in the Bryans v Federer/Allegro match? I see a 6-2, 6-0 but don’t understand how that adds up…


Duro Says:

Thanks, tenisbebe, hi Jane! I was disappointed last night, but I’m very pleased now, not so much because of the game, but win! I’m waiting my Nole to start rocking!


Duro Says:

Ok, Jane is watching Roddick, tenisbebe especially, I gotta work tomorrow, so good night from me! It’s 2:25 AM, but I enjoyed every minute of it! Greetings to Von, clever guy, pleasure to read his comments here. Until tomorrow night!


Von Says:

Big John is holding his own against DelPotro. It’s weird looking at two matches at the same time.
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tenisbebe:

I’ve never played against an opponent who was noisy, e.g., Ferer, how does the noise affect you when you’re playing. It would really drive me crazy.
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Von Says:

Duro;

Hi, thanks for the greetings and the compliment. Hello, I’m not a ‘guy’, I’m a ‘gal’. I thought you would have picked it up from my comments when I said ‘my husband’ likes the Rover too. A lot of people mistake my post name for a guy, so you’re OK.


jane Says:

Hi Duro! Bye Duro! Keep smiling.


jane Says:

This battle of the “titans,” so to speak, is interesting. Yes, Isner is hanging with JMDP so far.

Von,

Andy’s getting into Ferrer’s service games, even if he’s not breaking him, so that’s a good sign.


Von Says:

jane:

The umpire is messing up big time, and is not over-ruling the lines people. It’s upsetting Andy and is ultimately going to affect his game. Two to three bad calls. Two confirmed by hawkeye. Oy Vey. I don’t like watching Ferrer play, so I’m walking away and watching Isner who has his own battle going with DelPotro.


Duro Says:

I couldn’t leave you guys! Von, ha ha ha! I thought for one moment when you said husband, but I forgot that you have husbands and wives, in my language there’s a catch about it! Anyway, you know now that it was a true compliment. Now it’s really time to go! Jane, we’ll smile together! Somehow it seems so even for tomorrow!


sar Says:

So Novak pulled it out when it mattered today. That’s good. On other blogs people are saying Novak beat a lesser player and had a hard time but look at Fed today.
# 2 Fed had to go three sets with Gonzo and he is 17
# 3 Djokovic finished #16 WaWa off in two.


tenisbebe Says:

Von:
“I’ve never played against an opponent who was noisy, e.g., Ferer, how does the noise affect you when you’re playing. It would really drive me crazy.”

I’m only a 3.6-4.0 singles player so not much of grunting groaning or screaming (you get that from higher level players). But the rare times I did have a noisy opponent it was more irritating than intimidating. They teach that technique at the academies (or they did). I have accidentally done it myself several times & I’ve hit a winner every time, so I must admit, I think there’s something to be said for it.


tenisbebe Says:

OK – Andy won the first. Big John is getting passed left & right at the net – he needs to know what to do if he’s going to go up there :-).


tenisbebe Says:

Duro – you are a guys, right? I mean, with a name like “Duro”………


tenisbebe Says:

Sar:

My thoughts exactly. He found a way to win – as grinding as those 2 sets were.


tenisbebe Says:

What Says:

“Does anyone know what happened in the Bryans v Federer/Allegro match? I see a 6-2, 6-0 but don’t understand how that adds up…”

I’m not sure I understand your question but it was the best 2 out-of-3 sets; hence the Bryans won in 2. If your question is more, “How did they win so overwhelmingly” , I can’t answer cuz it wasn’t televised.


sar Says:

I heard the Bryans took only 20 minutes to beat Fed/Allegro.


Sean Randall Says:

What a time for FSN to join in on the match. Ferrer with the break (again). Quite a fight.


Von Says:

I would like to eat whatever it is Nadal, Ferrer and Verdasco have for breakfast. They have mucho energy.


Von Says:

At 10;30 pm.


Sean Randall Says:

Milan, I actually gave Novak credit for how he stood up to Roddick at the Open. Look it up. It’s not all one-way traffic as you suggest.

Pietjp, sorry, I have no knowledge of the Euro broadcast scheduling for tennis. Best bet try those online sites.

Indeed, with Tsonga and Cilic out, Murray’s path is pretty breezy. Next is Ljubicic who has apparently risen from the dead.

Joshdragon, looks like the Rafa- Doughnut Dave match will go on well past my bed time, but I doubt I’ll miss much. These courts seem to be really suited for Rafa. I don’t think David wins more than 8 games.

Richard Vach, when you play Isner you don’t necessarily need to be fit. You just need to get his serve back. And I think taller guys like DelPo should find it easier to accomplish that tall task.


jane Says:

sar – you’re a sweetie; you found the bright side. THANKS!

I think JMDP will eek out the win.

Ferrer was actually serving pretty well there for a while, which helped him.

By contrast, I don’t think Andy’s serving his best do you Von? Ferrer is doing pretty well with Andy’s second serves.

Yeah – what’s up with these Spaniards?


Sean Randall Says:

Roddick’s really volleying well.

With the schedule both Novak and Andy will have a day off for recovery and play Friday. Looking forward to it.


jane Says:

Lots of grindy matches today – only Murray cruised. Mind you, he got a gift.

Von, Roddick’s got the break in the 3rd so that should do it.


tenisbebe Says:

sar Says:

“I heard the Bryans took only 20 minutes to beat Fed/Allegro.” According to the ATP website, it was a 45 mn match.


Sean Randall Says:

I’ll go out on a limb and say that Gimelstob has an absolute man crush on Roddick.

Gimel, my man, ease up! Every year we hear about Andy’s “new improved backhand”. Geez.


Sean Randall Says:

When asked about the match against Novak, Gimel said “It’s a good matchup for Andy.” Really? I agree Andy will win, but it’s not a good matchup.


tenisbebe Says:

Justin Gimelslob is a complete jerk! Someone mentioned Davydenko & he said good thing he’s not at IW as he singlehandedly brings down TV ratings. I’m not a Nico fan but that twerp has no right to say such a thing – as an announcer. Slob was a gutless player & Nico could have kicked his butt anyday. I’m switch to live stream – the commemtator called David “Federer and then “Fairy” but it’s better than this.


tenisbebe Says:

Too late to switch – Andy wins! Woo hoo!


Sean Randall Says:

“I have so much respect for you, man” is what Andy just told Ferrer at the net. Wonder if he’ll say that Novak when they shake? Can’t wait!


tenisbebe Says:

“I’ll go out on a limb and say that Gimelstob has an absolute man crush on Roddick.

Gimel, my man, ease up! Every year we hear about Andy’s “new improved backhand”. Geez.”

Sean – did you hear him say that Roddick’s playing like the #4 player in the world???? C’mon Slob, THAT is an overstatement.


jane Says:

Good win for Andy!! I love the way he fought tonight.

Actually Sean, Andy said the exact same thing to Novak “I have a lot of respect for you”, *when Novak retired at the AO*.

Interesting hey? Guess Andy can be a bigger man than some can’t he?

Keep fanning the flames in your head…


jane Says:

Von – sweet dreams eh?

Can’t wait to watch Nadal vs. Nalbandian!


tenisbebe Says:

Sean:

I think they just said that Rafa and Nalby are good friends. True?


Sean Randall Says:

tennisbebe, Yeah, I heard the “Slob” mention something of the sorts.

Not sure if Rafa/David are friends. I’d be surprised though if they really were.

Jane, he said that to Novak? You sure?? Must be joking.


tenisbebe Says:

Von – you have a big smile, yes? He should be proud of that victory – any match vs David is no way a gimmie – you know it’s going to be a long night. (with the exception of the last half of last year when he had the girlfriend breakup troubles). Congrats Andy!!!!

Now C’MON DINERA!!!
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Jane – I’ll be watching Nadal/Nalby too. Hopefully you’ll be online so I won’t be lonely….


tenisbebe Says:

Sean – “Not sure if Rafa/David are friends. I’d be surprised though if they really were. ” Yeah, it doesn’t fit: one the hardest workers on the tour friend with one of the most talented but undermotivated? Would like to know if that’s true or not.


Von Says:

Wow, that was a humdinger of a match. David Ferrer deserves a lot of respect as Andy mentioned to him, but Lord I can’t handle his groans, moans and tantrums. He’s way too noisy for me. Gimme, the quieter, not so groany/ish type. Did I just make up a word?
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jane;

Yes, we can all rest well tonight. Andy’s serve was misfiring in the second set. I don’t know, if I were him, I would challenge some of the serves up the ‘T’, which were very close, IMO.

Sorry to say about the respect thing ala Djoko, knowing Andy, and considering what has transpired between him and Djoko, I’d say he was being sarcastic, if he indeed said that. I could be wrong, but …

Re: The Gimel-sob crush, I’d say it’s a toss-up between Fed and Andy. Pick the winner.


Von Says:

tenisbebe:

Yeah, it sure was a lon g and seaty-palm night for me.

Sorry to leave you alone, but I much prefer my TV to my computer screen. Cath ya later.


jane Says:

Sean – you think I am kidding – here’s the proof:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdVv6nvJVFE

Whether it’s sincere or professionalism, it beats anything less mature. Says a LOT for Roddick in my opinion.

But as I say – you keep on fanning.


Sean Randall Says:

Straight from the horse’s mouth. Ya got me, Jane. I am surprised!


jane Says:

tenisbebe,

I’ll definitely check in from time to time to keep you company. I have no idea who your faves are b.t.w. – for whom are you rooting? I kind of hope Djoko, Murray or Roddick win the title.

Fed needs one this year though too.

And really I’d be happy if, say, Nalby pulled a fast one and took the trophy home too.

Sheesh, a win for Verdasco would be good as it’d cement his “new” self.

I guess – let the best one out of the final 8 win the event eh?


jane Says:

Well Sean – as I say, maybe it’s just Andy being professional, and maybe he was cracking wise elsewhere, but I just think it shows maturity on his part. Why kick a horse when he’s down too?


TD (Tam) Says:

Hurrah!! Andy finally beat David Ferrer! What a terrific win for him,. Von dear did you see that? It was very exciting match.

Good evening jane and tennisbebe. jane thank you for that video of Andy complimenting Novak I had never seen it before. Classy comments from him!


tenisbebe Says:

Hi TD – good win for Andy – we’ll take it!

I remember that presser. Andy was very mature & respectful with all of his comments regarding that match – no trash talkin’ this time around.

Jane, i’m getting sleepy but am going to try to stay up as I hope this will be a good match. I am rooting for Nalby in this one. Generally I don’t decide who I’m going to root for until I see the OOP but I also wouldn’t mind seeing Nalby give us a surprise. I’ve been rooting for Verdasco for a couple yrs but haven’t had anything to get excited about til this year. Yes, Fed needs one too & I’d like to see him win a title before the clay court season starts & Rafa (presumably) starts on his run. Would also be thrilled if Murray and/or Roddick won either here or Miami. So basically, I’ll be happy if a number of different guys wins the title.

Oh Lord, this Safina match is going 3. If Von couldn’t handle Ferrer’s groanyishness (hey, a new word!) she’d go stark raving mad with the noise coming from this WTA match: one screams, the other moans, where’s my Advil? What do you think of the on-court coaching? I don’t like it – too whimpy. And yet another reason for the ATP to distance itself from the WTA.


Von Says:

TD(Tam):

You betcha, I watched Andy’s match, but I had to walk away in the second set. I couldn’t handle the breaks and Ferrer’s groans were getting louder and louder. Good win for Andy and am happy he is in the QFs.
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tenisbebe:

I guess my nerves are shattered. Oh Lord those two women sounded more like a duet, one screeches in Russian and the other squeals her answers in Polish. I fell asleep even though they were screeching so loudly. The late nights are catching up to me. I’m wishing for Friday to come soon.
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Duro:

My oh my aren’t you the lucky one!! Just look at you, a single thorn among, not one, not two, but t-h-r-e-e roses. Life’s good, don’t you think? Good to see you are happy your guy won, me too.


tenisbebe Says:

Good start!!!! Nalby up 3-Love


jane Says:

tenisbebe,

Do you – or does anyone – have a good stream for Nadal / Nalby? I am using atdhe but it keeps cutting out.

Hi TD (Tam),

Glad you appreciated that video :D


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – I’m using ATDHE and it’s good. I had to shut it down, rebooted & clicked on the 7:30pm Isner vs DelPotro icon & it’s working fine. Channelsurfing.net has Thursday’s stuff displayed but you could try clicking on the 4pm icon.


tenisbebe Says:

What happened at that net point – did the ball hit Nalby & therefore Rafa won it? Wow some great points already!!!


jane Says:

Yes it is working now. Thankfully. No the ball didn’t clear the net but Rafa was already diving for it just in case, so the point went to Rafa,

Yes, some good points. An interesting match up these two.

Rafa’s definitely improved on hard courts since this time last year. You can see it.

Love Nalby’s backhand.


Von Says:

Well, thank you FSN for your crummy coverage. They stopped broadcasting tennis at 2:30 am, and are now showing some silly show.

Nadal seems to be playing hanky-panky with the balls at the net. He slammed a ball back into his side of the court in front of him. That was funny, then he fell trying to get to another ball at the net again, but still won the point. He’s super fast, I mean WOW, super fast. I never realized just how fast he is until that point. Good match thus far.


jane Says:

Nalby seems to bug Nadal! I haven’t seen Rafa so rattled in a match in a while! Wow. And he’s making bad errors and also really bad challenges.

Nalby is such a unique guy. In a couple days, he’ll just be off driving his cars. Meanwhile, until then, he’s just beating the world number 1…


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – not the one where Nadal fell, the one before that, maybe your video was stopping at the time. Von – it was the “He slammed a ball back into his side of the court in front of him. That was funny,”
What happened??? The showed it on replay but the commentators said nothing!!! It looked like it either hit Nalby or hit Rafa side of the net – but Rafa got the pt, I’m confused.

Wow – good stuff. And Rafa is PO’d – you don’t see that very often…


Von Says:

What’s wrong with Nadal’s foot? Did he call for a trainer?


tenisbebe Says:

Oh here we go-rafa is calling for the trainer – SH*T! It might break Nalby’s momentum – dammit!


rose Says:

omg what happend im working so i cant watch the game ??..what is the score so far?…thanxzz


Von Says:

jane: I don’t know what happened but I think the ball landed back on Nadal’s side, and I saw David make a tiny fist pump, which means Nadal dunked himself. Funny.

Nalby is in every one of Nadal’s game.

Yes, it’s/was a trainer call.


tenisbebe Says:

Rose – try this link: http://www.atdhe.net/

click on Indian Wells Isner vs Del Potro and you shus get the match –

Nalby took the 1st set 6-3, nadal called for a trainer. They are starting again


rose Says:

i think nadal actually lost his previews encounters with nalby right???…the score please??..


tenisbebe Says:

6-3 0-1 Nalby Yes Nalby has beat Rafa 2-0


rose Says:

thanx for the website tenisbebe..but i dont have access to those sites at my job (blocked)..suckss..thanks again for keeping me updated on this match…


tenisbebe Says:

Von
“I don’t know what happened but I think the ball landed back on Nadal’s side, and I saw David make a tiny fist pump, which means Nadal dunked himself. Funny”

It was me asking. STill don’t know cuz rafa got the pt to go to deuce, even the scorekeepers were confused because they gave Nalby the game.

Horrible mishit by Nadal!!

1-all 2nd set Rose


rose Says:

this would be an upset if nadal loses this match.


tenisbebe Says:

Rose – ur welcome. Understand ur @ work. 2-1 Nadal 2nd set – they are on serve.


jane Says:

Seems like Rafa has upped his level now, but Nalby isn’t going anywhere. Imagine, the final could be Nalbandian vs. Ljubicic! That’d be a throwback…. Okay I no the odds are next to none but funny to imagine it.


jane Says:

“no” should be “know” – am tired…


rose Says:

thanks so much tenisbebe..yeah i work at the hospital overnight shift so every chance i get im refreshing this page to follow the match :)


jane Says:

Love – 40 : looks like Rafa’s getting a break here.


tenisbebe Says:

DEUCE!!!!!


jane Says:

Did I say I love Nalby’s backhand yet. It’s something. I don’t care if it’s two-handed; it’s still lovely. And it’s deuce…


Von Says:

rose:

You can go to :

http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/1/en/home/

For live scores.


Von Says:

It looks as though Nalby has lost some of his momentum.


tenisbebe Says:

jane Says:

“Seems like Rafa has upped his level now, but Nalby isn’t going anywhere.”

Yeah & that injury to to have his toes taped along with that extra time he took at his chair (h2o, racquet, etc) after the 1st game of the 2nd set really was NOT COOL. David hasn’t been fazed thus far by that ploy but we’ll see….


rose Says:

thans von i tried the website..my jobs internet access is really limited ..im surprise im able to write in this blog ..


tenisbebe Says:

Wow – some beautiful pts in this LONG game. C’mon David!!


tenisbebe Says:

Good job – from Love -40 to win the game. 2-2


jane Says:

Monster Hold for Nalbandian. He’s so good isn’t he? I haven’t watched him in a while; what a pleasure.


rose Says:

wooww..im so jelous of you guys right ..it seems like a good match so far..i guess we arent gonna watch another rafa/federer rematch this sunday ..


jane Says:

Holy Crow – and he follows it with a break.


tenisbebe Says:

OMG – Nalby breaks!!!!!2-3 Nalby. Jane – I haven’t seen him play since the YEC when he beat Fed in the final – was that 07?? Great play.


jane Says:

rose, it’s not looking like it. Dave’s in the zone.


rose Says:

rafa is crazy he played 2 matches yesterday..he is no superman..


tenisbebe Says:

Rose – the extra double match is in lieu of practice – the players in singles and doubles usually do it that way. has nothing to do with that – it’s that nalby has rafa’s number.


tenisbebe Says:

Jane says: “Nalby seems to bug Nadal! I haven’t seen Rafa so rattled in a match in a while!”

You said it Jane! Fed should hire Nalby as his coach :-)


Ezorra Says:

“rafa is crazy he played 2 matches yesterday..he is no superman..”

Nobody’s fault. I mean, he wants it, he got it!

I’m so sad. There is no way Nadal can win this match!


tenisbebe Says:

Wow – another possible break for Nalby! Beautiful tennis. ANd that BH is a thing of beauty.


rose Says:

me too :( ..i really enjoy nadals game..im cheering for verdasco now… or any underdog to take it all


rose Says:

anyone knows Nalbys ranked ?


Ezorra Says:

Now, I believe that Nalbandian to Nadal is like Nadal to Federer. Hopefully he can turn this back like how he did to Youzhny, Berdych and Blake. Good match though!


tenisbebe Says:

ok 3-4 Nalby. that was close – I thought he’d break rafa again. that was critical for rafa


jane Says:

Sorry that you’re sad Ezorra; I understand.

But honestly, I have to say that Nalbandian is just a joy to behold tonight the way he’s playing.

What’s amazing me, besides the beauty of a backhand and the seeming ease with which he plays, is that he never seems to be out of position. Why is that? It’s fascinating.

I wonder if the ease comes from the utter lack of pressure; he’s not anxious at all. Just there. Just making amazing shots.


tenisbebe Says:

14th – i’m surprised…


tenisbebe Says:

3-5 nalby rose


jane Says:

rose, Nalbandian is currently ranked number 14.


rose Says:

14th woowww…who will nalby faced on 4th finals?..


rose Says:

i cant believe nalby will win this in 2 straight sets..crazy??..he must be playing a fantastic tennis…


tenisbebe Says:

Jane says:

“he never seems to be out of position. Why is that? It’s fascinating.” Yes jane, i’ve noticed that too. particularly a few times when rafa pulled him wide on the one side, came in & whether he went behind nalby or crosscourt, david “knew” and moved into position. uncanny.


jane Says:

Nalbandian’s style is quite unusual too; he’ll hit returns where you’d never expect him to. Like that backhand return, short and curved to Rafa’s backhand side. Rafa didn’t even move.


Ezorra Says:

Rose, Del Potro.

Thank you Jane. Agree with you. Nalbandian plays amazing tonight. Having said that, I admire Nadal’s fighting spirit.


tenisbebe Says:

wow – another important save for rafa. nalby is takin it to him. 4-5 nalby.


rose Says:

game over??..i was hoping for a 3er set:(..thanx guys..


jane Says:

Rafa’s still fighting, as are his fans. But thus far Dave’s been nothing but collected. Let’s see if he can serve it out.

rose – Nalbandian is world-class. Don’t let his ranking fool you. There is no shame in Rafa losing to him, just ask Fed, who’s also lost to Nalby a number of times.


tenisbebe Says:

rose – it’s first to six by 2. still 2nd set. 4-5 nalby


Ezorra Says:

To me, being defensive won’t hurt Nalbandian what so ever. You have to be offensive to beat him – (which is against Nadal’s style).


Ezorra Says:

“Rafa’s still fighting, as are his fans.”

Again Jane, thank you so much for your words. However, i don’t think i’m part of them.


Ezorra Says:

Oh

My

Goodddddddddddddddddddddeh!


jane Says:

Oh Ezorra, I just meant those guys in the crowd who have their faces painted in the Spanish colours. They were pumping their fists along with Rafa, which was kind of cute.

And there you go! Dave got nervous, so it showed how important it was for Rafa to hold in those last two games. Now, there’ll likely be a momentum swing. It’s still either player’s match!


Ezorra Says:

Are you kiding me???!!!

He broke him. Speechless! Don’t want to put any hopes though!


Ezorra Says:

6 – 6

Waaaaa!!!!


jane Says:

Nalby is fading; if this goes to three, which it’s looking like it will, I think Nadal will win.

Anyway I am zonked….am off to bed.

Night all…


rose Says:

omg what happened ????


rose Says:

score please?????..


Ezorra Says:

Yabedabedoooooo!!!


rose Says:

what???..dont tell me rafa pulled this one out????..well at least the second set….


Ezorra Says:

Rose!!! I want to marry you!!!
Sorry, am I too much? Yea I know, sorry!

He won the 2 set!


Ezorra Says:

I mean ’2nd set’


rose Says:

omg…rafa..i was so upset already..vamos rafa!!!!!…come on !!!!!!!…i cant believe im missing this match grrrrrr


rose Says:

wowww..is 0130 am in cali..so late and this game still going woowww..craziness


Ezorra Says:

Yea! Crazy!!! Crazy!!!


2008 is the year of Nadal Says:

Rafa break first game of 3rd set …what a match.


rose Says:

score please???..how is nadals game looking???


Ezorra Says:

Nadal breaks Nalbandian’s 1st serve, wow!

Rose, are you watching scoreboard now?


junaid Says:

Match time is 2 hours and 40 mins now…i believe it can go till 3 and half hours…amazing


Ezorra Says:

if not, WHY?!?!?!?!?!?!


junaid Says:

40-0 in Nadal game…Nadal is playing his best now


rose Says:

woowwww…i have limited access here at work ..so you are my eyes ezorra :)…


junaid Says:

score is 2-0 now


Ezorra Says:

What can I say?~ 2-0!


rose Says:

nice to see nadal playing at his best..he is such a fighter..my respect to this guy…thats why i love to see him playing..never gives up ..never..


junaid Says:

Nadal is going to break another game of Nalby…0-30


junaid Says:

Yes rose he is best in any condition…thay why he is world no 1…This thing differentiate him with other players…Vamos Rafa


junaid Says:

Another break point for Nadal


junaid Says:

wowwwwwww score is 3-0 now


rose Says:

thank godeness im recording this match..but is not the same as LIVE :(…


junaid Says:

Nadal is playing great…


rose Says:

3-0 no wayyyyyyyyyy


junaid Says:

If he wins today..he will win tournament…


Ezorra Says:

3-0!!!!


rose Says:

i believe so 2…do you know what is head to head record against del potro ?


Ezorra Says:

I can watch it live (live telecast, internet) but unfortunately, I’m not brave enough to do so! Shame on me!

Gosh! 4-0!!!!!!!!


junaid Says:

4-0 now wowwww


rose Says:

4-0 nadal …it seems like rafa broke naldy mentally ..


junaid Says:

I think Nadal faces Del petro 2 times and won both matches…not sure about it..


junaid Says:

another break from Nadal …5-0 now…woww what a match Nadal played today


Ezorra Says:

5-0!!! Rose, Nadal leads Poltro by 3-0


rose Says:

im not 2 worry bout potro..this game is gonna get rafa all pumped up..he is going all the way !!!!


Ezorra Says:

Rose, the lead cannot be the indicator though because this is the new Poltro that we are talking about. Huge different!


junaid Says:

Del petro will lose in straight sets..i believe


junaid Says:

match point now……


Ezorra Says:

Win! Thank god!


rose Says:

true potro is playing great this season. i think he won to atps tournaments already.. but i think nadal can take him..im pretty sure it would be a fantastic match anyways..


rose Says:

he wonnnnnnnn!!!..thank goodness..nailbitting match..thanks guys for your updates…cant wait to watch this game at home …


Ezorra Says:

Congatulation to both (including their fans). Both of them are playing great tonight. Many things can be learn from this match!


PietjeP Says:

Hmm, great effort from Rafa….!!
Nalby had him on the ropes with several matchpoints on Rafa’s and his own serve…

The guy is brutal… he never gives up. And look where it got him.

3rd set David was mentally broken…


rose Says:

good nite ..tennis fans!!!!


Ezorra Says:

My assumption on why the next matches will be the matches that are waiting for by all tennis fans:

Nadal vs Poltro – They never play against each other since the rise of Poltro last year.

Djokovic vs Roddick – To me, Djokovic vs Roddick (other than Nadal vs Federer) is another example of what great nemesis is all about (due to what has happened / drama in the recent occasions like USO and AO). Nobody can tell who will win this match at the moment – very interesting!

Verdasco vs Federer – No clarification is needed. Everybody knows this will be tomorrow’s ‘match of the day.’ Can’t wait to see!

Murray vs Ljubicic – Anybody?


Ezorra Says:

that are waiting for – that are waited


Mark Nicholas Says:

Wow Rafa has done it. Nadal is the GOAT.


Lenny Says:

Von Says:

“The late nights are catching up to me.”

:) try being in MY place. i’m in india, and i get jet-lagged during the US Season without even flying :D my schedule rt now? get into bed at 11/11:30pm, wake up at 2am for the 1st match. catch a couple of hours winks while the ladies are having at it (hey, i need SOME sleep :) ), wake up at around 5:30am for the next, get ready for work, catch the 1st set of the night session match, rush to work (which is fortunately just a few mins away from home), catch the rest of the match online. I have NO idea how i’m functioning rt now! :) heck, i’m just glad the QFs are spread over two days so rafa and i BOTH get some rest :D


craig Says:

“I have so much respect for you, man” is what Andy just told Ferrer at the net. Wonder if he’ll say that Novak when they shake? Can’t wait!

Sean,oh Sean, Roddick might say that to a little guy he just barely beat, sure. The real question of respect is would Roddick have said it to Ferrer if Ferrer had beaten Roddick? I don’t think so. Also, does Roddick say this to Federer when he gets beat by him? LOL So the question of respect you pose is really not a good one.


Naydal Says:

We really need to start a petition to get Gimelstob off the air. It is absolutely painful listening to him…


sar Says:

—–We really need to start a petition to get Gimelstob off the air——

Yes, him and Doug Adler. The way Adler was trashing Djokovic the other day on the TC was awful. I wonder if the station will “tame” him or better yet, get rid of him.

Jane: thanks for that Roddick video clip. Poor Sean. BTW Robredo who b*tched about Djokovic retiring last year did the same thing against Murray yesterday. Thought that was a kind of sweet revenge for Novak.


jane Says:

sar – no worries. It is what it is. I just thought Andy was pretty respectful there. How do you feel about the Novak versus Roddick quarter final? I think it could go either way, the way they are both playing. Rod will definitely have the crowd behind him there. And Novak’s been struggling. So as I said on the other thread, I am leaning towards Roddick coming through. But it’s 50/50.


jane Says:

Congrats to Rafa’s fans; that was quite a win. He really pulled it out of the fire and doused it.


Naydal Says:

It’s just bc nalbo is a fatso…if that loss doesn’t motiviate him to get into better shape i don’t know what will.


Duro Says:

Jane, no defeatism please! Stick to our favorite!


Duro Says:

Hi to Jane, tenisbebe (I’m a guy), Von and Sar! What a poker of brilliant minds! I like you guys!


Duro Says:

Who will play a tennis match with me?


jane Says:

Hey Duro – Of course I was posting from my head not my heart. If I follow my heart, I want Novak to defend his title – no question. I don’t want him to lose anymore points. But just based on the way he is playing, I can’t help but have my doubts. Plus, I tend to be a pessimist and so am always pleasantly surprised when I am wrong! Expect the worst; hope for the best!! : D


Duro Says:

Ha ha ha, so mild in every aspect… I told you to be more passionate! No matter about points, he will regain it in Miami, or even earn some more, because he’s got none to defend there. In my opinion, he’ll make it at least to the semis, which means that I think he can pass by Andy R.


Duro Says:

How come you are always here? Don’t you work?


jane Says:

Ha ha Duro – yes I work; I teach at a college, so I am not usually around in the day, just at night and in the mornings. I don’t teach Fridays so can watch tennis while I mark. Occasionally I peek in between classes too.


Duro Says:

Ha ha ha, I kind of thought so (about peeking in, but at work)! I Work from 8 am, and I stay every night till 2 or 3! This is how much I love tennis, but for Nole, for Nole I would stay 3 days without sleeping! I expect the match against Roddick to start tomorrow at 3 AM, or even 5 AM (in Europe). But, no problem, and I even work that morning!


sar Says:

I don’t know who will win the Roddick/Djokovic match. I want Novak to win but Andy is the homeboy. But then again, at the USO he was the homeboy too. Toss up.


bob22 Says:

To Von
Hi Von, what is your experience with a new monitor? Now you can enjoy it with all this live feeds that are available. Do you know if there is any HD feed?

bob


bob22 Says:

Naydal Says:
We really need to start a petition to get Gimelstob off the air. It is absolutely painful listening to him…

You have my vote!


Von Says:

Bob 22:

I love my new HDMI monitor. It’s absolutely fa-U-lous. I’m able to watch split screen placing two matches side by side.

Here’s an HD feed: ATDHE.Net. When the menu comes up, scroll down to IW match at 10:30 pm amd click on it. Tt will take you to the Fed/Verdasco match. On the feed screen there are some buttons to the right bottom, click on the button between the o.oo and the speaker and this will enlarge the picture. Enjoy.


Von Says:

Turn off the sound, when all else fails. I have to do that after telling him to ‘shut up’ several times.


tenisbebe Says:

Von:

Are you watching the Fed match? Silly question I’m sure…


bob Says:

Thanks Von you r tech wizard.

To bad match did not extend to a third set, so we can enjoy an extra hour of excellent tennis


jane Says:

This is from a blurb at tennistalk.com

“Roddick said they [he and Novak] are fine now and over the press war that he started. He says they may not be the best of friends but that they have always respected one another. Djokovic would not talk about any disdain or resentment against Roddick, but just praised his game and level. The Serb also said that Roddick is the favorite in this match as he is playing in front of his home country on his favorite surface. “


tenisbebe Says:

“The Serb also said that Roddick is the favorite in this match as he is playing in front of his home country on his favorite surface.”

I’m glad Djoko said that. Hopefully then he won’t riled & distracted if/when the crowd seems to be cheering more for Andy.

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