Roddick v. Djokovic Highlight Friday Play at Indian Wells
by Sean Randall | March 20th, 2009, 6:02 pm
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Of all the potential early round encounters (pre- semifinals), the match I had circled on my Indian Wells Masters draw was Andy Roddick v. Novak Djokovic, and in a few minutes we finally get the battle in the quarterfinals.

As I said yesterday, it’s round five of a budding rivalry with the overall series deadlocked at 2-2. And it’s not a friendly rivalry like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. But rather it’s between two guys that are not best of friends, not after there back-and-forth banter at the US Open last year.

Maybe they’re on better terms now or maybe they still have internal distaste for one another, but regardless it’s still an exceptionally intriguing matchup. Roddick can be labeled as the bully. And it’s a fair label. We’ve all seen Andy talk his smack on the court – though usually only to the lesser players – and do his strut, while Novak tends to back down, if not retire, when confronted with severe adversity. So it’s the bully vs…well, I’ll just stop there.

The two have alternated wins with their most recent meeting in January going to Roddick when Novak quit due to the Melbourne heat. Novak was actually up a set on Roddick and really having his way with the American before his body and his mind let him down.

According to google, temperature in Indian Wells right now is 93F, so heat may again be a factor. But we are best-of-3 today and with both guys having a day off from singles each should be 100% fresh.

As I’ve said many times before and it’s worth saying again, Novak’s a better player than Roddick in just about every department. But here again, like Australia, we find Novak having the pressure to defend champion points and to do it he’ll have the next to impossible task of going through Roddick, then Nadal and then Federer or Murray, all on consecutive days in the heat. Right now, I don’t think he’s up for such a challenge.

That said, I don’t think Roddick is either. For all the talk of Andy’s weight loss diet, new coach, impending marriage, etc., from my vantage point he’s having a tougher go of hitting winners from the backcourt. To me, he’s starting to really look like and almost act like a pusher. And that’s not a good sign. On what looks to be a slow hardcourt I don’t think he’s can outrally the likes of Nadal, Murray, Federer or even Del Potro, should the lanky Argentine pull the upset tonight. And he might not even be able to hold it up against Novak.

Novak himself calls Andy the favorite in the match, but why? The reality is Novak’s the higher ranked guy, the defending champion and a player who’s won five of six sets vs Roddick in North America. But when Novak’s right, he’s right and I’ll take the bully Roddick in this one.


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96 Comments for Roddick v. Djokovic Highlight Friday Play at Indian Wells

Sean Randall Says:

Novak broken right away after four unforced errors. Ugly start for the defending champ.


jane Says:

Andy’s already up a break – that was a quick start. Don’t think I can watch this one, too tense for me. Hope every one enjoys the match. I may peek in now and then.


Sean Randall Says:

Novak’s body language doesn’t look very good. Roddick well in control thus far with a 4-3 advantage, though Novak did hit seem to get organized a little in that last game.


Von Says:

From what I’ve seen of the matches played thus far, the top guys have also been pushed around a lot, moreso than Roddick has, and I disagree, he’s not looking like a pusher, but I digress. He’s had the tougher matches and has done vcery WELL.


Von Says:

Good job by Andy, moving into the court to drive that one.


jane Says:

My aunt told me Roddick was mad at the linespeople during the Ferrer match, but I missed most of that so can’t comment.

He’s certainly serving well, meanwhile Novak’s at an abysmal 52% with 3 doubles! Ugh. Am only checking scores occasionally as hate watching Novak when he’s struggling on serve.


Von Says:

jane: Andy was mad at the useless umpire, who was not over-ruling the lines-people. It was the same umpire as in the Ljub/Murray match. Need I say more.


Sean Randall Says:

That first set was a rout!

Roddick was solid, Novak very subpar.

If Novak doesn’t find some belief this match will be over in about 25 minutes.


tenisbebe Says:

OK – now he’ll serve to open the second which is always a good thing. Novak is definitely out of sorts.


jane Says:

Well Roddick is returning better these days too I should say; Stefanki is a good fit for Andy from what I’ve seen so far this year, and Andy seems “relaxed” not pressured – and I put relaxed in quote marks because of course he’s one of the most hyper guys around! : D


jane Says:

Von – nah, no more need be said. He must’ve “had to go with” the linespeople in that match. LOL.

I wonder if Andy can beat Rafa here?


Sean Randall Says:

Jane, if DelPo really extends Rafa out and it turns into a long, physical affair, then yes, Andy definitely has a chance.


Von Says:

Andy is playing doubles after this match, so I haope he conserves his energy.


tenisbebe Says:

Djoko seems to be striking the ball harder in this game.


jane Says:

Novak’s serve percentage has dropped to 49% for crying out loud. That’s going to get him far… NOT!

Sheesh. Andy might have a chance against Rafa; ya never know. But Rafa does generally do quite well at IW. He won it in 07 and got to the semis last year.

Rafa has a 4-2 H2H against Roddick but it’s 2-1 for Roddick on hardcourts, the last win coming in Dubai last year. So it’s not out of the question.

I think an all Andy final would be good!


Von Says:

Overall IW is not suited to Andy’s serve, but I’m hoping …


Sean Randall Says:

Looks like we finally have a match.

Nice save from 15-40 for Roddick there.

Novak I think is starting to gain some confidence and some belief after outlasting Andy in a few of those longer rallies. He’ll have to hold into the sun now…


tenisbebe Says:

They haven’t played since then & we all know how Rafa has improved in the last year but Andy seems to give him a little trouble so it’s not out of the question. But first he needs to win this match.


tenisbebe Says:

good hold for Djoko.


zola Says:

Roddick is playing very well, not giving lots of chances to Djoko.

But Djoko is getting a bit better in the second set. I would love to see this match go to a third set. now 2-2 in the second.

Jane
Roddick shouted at an old linesman who called his ball out while waiting for the Hawk-eye. The linesman was right just that you know. I think that’s also the incident Sean is referring to.


Von Says:

I like how Andy is driving through the court.


zola Says:

Novak or Roddick, neither will be easy for Rafa.

seems to me Roddick is now more comfortable at the net than before (working with Stefanki)and he has improved his fitness. With Djoko, you never know, he might step it up a bit against Rafa. I think it is just a matter of confidence. In DC he played very bad against Ferrer, but much better against Rafa.

Well, first Rafa has to defeat JMDP!


tenisbebe Says:

Yes – he’s not hitting a lot of short balls for Novak to come in & attack.


Von Says:

I didn’t see where Sean mention anything about the linespeople at the other match. Andy had TWO bad calls by the old lines-man previous to that reprimand, and he is darn well entitled. Let’s not start shoelling garbage please, but let’s enjoy the match. Save it for another time.


tenisbebe Says:

Lordy, lordy, Djoko did not move well in that game.


Sean Randall Says:

Very poor game from Novak, and he surrenders a break. If Roddick holds into the sun this one is over.


jane Says:

Congrats to Andy and his fans – Novak ain’t coming back from that. He’s still at only 56% serves.

Feel sad for Novak :-(

Hey Duro, sar, Danica, bob22 and any other Djoko fans – let’s hope our guy gets it together soon. Send him some positive vibes! And maybe his old racket!


Sean Randall Says:

That was quick. And this match is going to be quick, as well.

Roddick just going through the motions, letting Novak implode which he seems more than content to do.

A dud match.


Sean Randall Says:

Well, that was a complete blow out.

As I’ve said before, when the big boys show up, Novak goes away. More evidence…Horrible performance from Novak who’s going to slide to No. 4 if he doesn’t get his game back.


tenisbebe Says:

Oh my, Jason Goodall said, “The defending champion is sent packing with his tail firmly between his legs.”

Well I am very proud of Andy. I know Djoko was out of sorts but Andy didn’t just sit back – he played very aggressively and deserved the win. Congrats to Andy!!


Sean Randall Says:

Yup, second title defense of year and second time exiting with his tail between his legs…


bob22 Says:

Congrats Von! I hate to say but Roddick was way better player then Djokovic today.


Von Says:

Atta boy, Andy R, good job!!!!

I’m very happy for Andy, for two simple reasons: (1) there were some who stated he wouldn’t have won the AO QF if Djoko didn’t retire and this win proves he would have, and (2) to shut up all the BIG MOUTHS/CRITICS, AKA R/DONKEY who love to shovel and pedal their cr*p. NOW SHUT UP AND BE QUIET, ROODDICK ‘CAN’ AND DID BEAT DJOKO AT THE AO. I guess this one will leave a lump in your throats for a while. Too bad.


Von Says:

Bob 22:

Thanks for your good wishes, please understand my commewnt above wwas NOT directed at Djoko fans such as yourself, but the nasty ones whose sickness I’ve had to tolerate.

BTW, how did the ADTHE.net work out for you?


bob22 Says:

Sean, you can laugh like hyena. Unfortunately we can’t help you that part of your genes.


jane Says:

Von,

You should also be happy because he is playing really well right now and things are clicking; I wouldn’t even worry about Donkeys. These are good times for Andy. I hope he and Fish can do well in doubles later.


zola Says:

I had to go and come back and the match is over?
Sorry Jane and Djoko fans. He should improve his confidence. The game is there.

and this is Roddick’s turf. with the crowd and the new coach, he seems more confident. Congrats to Roddick and fans.

OK, Rafa on court. See you all later.


jane Says:

TD (Tam) – wherever you are I hope you’re smiling.


bob22 Says:

Thanks Von, you were always kind person you do not need to apologize.
It worked very well thanks one more time.


Von Says:

Thanks jane, but at times it’s really too much to swallow. Hey, I’m a very sensitive and passionate gal. I’m sorry about Djoko’s loss, but I hope you understand. Whatever happens from now on, I’m satisfied Andy is in the SF and has gained some much needed points which he lost from that Dubai debacle.


zola Says:

this also shows the Rafa-JMDP match right now:

http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-wabuk-1.html

Vamos Rafa! play well.


Andrew Miller Says:

All I can say is…a win is a win. If the opponent quits or plays bad…still a win. 2-0 for Roddick vs. Djok. this year.

At least Djok is still trying hard consistently. Some players (Dave Nalbandian for example) try hard some days. That works sometimes, but not too often.


tenisbebe Says:

Von – since it went 2 sets, he should be OK for doubles. I just hope he’s not so “high” on his win that he has a letdown for the semi.


Danica Says:

Congrats Von ;) and all you, Andy’s fans.
That was a well deserved win, quite out of question from the start.

Not wanting to take anything out from Andy’s win, I can’t help but notice Nole’s shaky play. There were some good, attractive points, but overall, very disappointing performance :((


sar Says:

Djok lost and congrats to Roddick fans.

Did anyone notice Slob’s commentary or was it just me?

Justin GimmelSlob: By wimbledon Murray will be 3, Roddick 4 and Djok will be pushed back in rankings.
Djokovic is completely out of sorts
Djok concentrating on his Serbian open and Roddick concentrating on his tennis.

Sam Gore: Djok is a well rounded tennis player
Slob answers:mentally he is unstable, needs growth
Physically in great shape

Here is the worst comment of all—–

Slob: of all the top 10 Djok is the most mentally unstable
Sam: (silence, then) in what way?
insecure, emotionally unstable, the worst of the top 10, emotional lapses

sam: Djok doesn’t like playing the villain
slob: no, he’s a sensitive guy

Slob: his play is muted

Roddick: Novak didn’t play his best match today.


tenisbebe Says:

delpo looked very nervous coming thru the tunnel.


jane Says:

Von – I know. Right now there are no Novak trolls (well Sean clearly has it out for him in some ways) but there were so I know how it feels. Vindication is a LOVELY feeling! :-)

Anyhow, I am really happy for Andy; he’s doing well and I’ve always loved the guy’s effort.


Von Says:

Danica: Thanks. I think Djoko was dragging, and since it was 93 degrees, it could be the heat was getting to him. It seemed to me he was relieved to get the match over and done with, IMO. Sorry.

Sar: Thank you, and thanks for the info on Timothy Goebel. Another one of our figure skating hopefuls bit the dust. My other/biggest disappointment was Todd Eldridge.

Don’t pay attention to the ‘slob’. All Djoko has to do to shut him up is invite him to dinner and then we’ll be regaled with stories. He’s what he is — very embarrassing for the US tennis media to have such a loser commentating.


jane Says:

sar, Danica, Let’s hope Novak can get both his confidence back and find his consistent game. I wonder if there is any way to buy his way out of the new racket contract?

sar – ignore Gimel. He’s full of inane chatter. Go to the streaming instead.


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – so sorry about Djoko’s state of mind right now – he doesn’t seem to have the confidence he showed in years past despite what he is saying. Andy said in his courtside interview, “I am confident right now. When you put in the work, it’s amazing how lucky you get.” Amen.

Perhaps these extra few days will help him prepare for Miami – and can make up some points there. Will get 250 for the QF appearance at IW.


Danica Says:

Von,
I totally agree, I also had a feeling that Novak just wanted to get it over with. Heat or no heat, the Californian desert is nothing new to him. Let’s not look for excuses. I am sorry we didn’t have a chance to see a more interesting match, three tight sets maybe. That’s what I was hoping for.

Jane,
yes, lets hope something clicks and he’s back on track. I miss his game.

Sar,
sad but true. We may not like it, but chances are Nole’s gonna be #4 soon :((


jane Says:

If Murray wins the tournament, surely he’ll be closing in on #4. It may take a drop in the rankings for Novak to come back on track or something? Dunno.


Von Says:

Poor DelPotro he looks like he is in a pressure cooker right now. Youth has its advantages and disadvantages.
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tenisbebe: Didn’t see your prior post, sorry. Yes, I hope Andy can settle down and not get too excited ala last year Miami match when he beat Fed. Hopefully, he’ll work out the ‘high’ energy in the doubles.
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bob 22:

Thanks. You always make me laugh. A hyena?? Ha, ha. Waay too funnny.


sar Says:

sar – ignore Gimel. He’s full of inane chatter. Go to the streaming instead.

I should have listened to the Brits on streaming. Sheesh. Does a player have any recourse when he is called mentally unstable on TV? I mean that’s like saying he is mentally ill which i don’t think he is.


Von Says:

I think 3 or 4 doesn’t make a difference. They’re set for the SF. I saw Roddick bounced in the draws a lot more when he was 3, so maybe there’s an advantage to being No. 4.
_____________
Danica: OK, I defer to you, fret not, better days are ahead. I should know, and I speak from experience being a Roddick fan. The worst part about the losses is listening to the commentators and reading the imbecile posts.


Von Says:

Zola; thanks for your good wishes to the Roddick fans.


Von Says:

Oh no, I hope we’re not going to have a retirement from DelPotro.


jane Says:

Von thanks for seeing a bright side in Novak potentially dropping to #4.

I remember when Andy went out of Wimbledon early in 06 as I was obsessed with Andy then, and he came back around too. So there’s definitely hope for Novak to come back around even if he is in a slump.

Glad Del Po didn’t retire; would like to see something of a match!

Sar – who knows about the recourse; but yeah Gimel got the language wrong. Perhaps he meant to say Novak’s lacking confidence but worded it wrong. It’s highly likely – the guys talks worse than my son, who’s in grade 2~!


jane Says:

zola looks like a cakewalk for Rafa today. Delpo’s not at his best.


Danica Says:

Sorry Von if you thought I was fretting :((.
I was just disappointed we didn’t see more. And I think, with such attitude, Novak would have lost even if he had to play the night match . Andy was simply better and that’s the end of it. Congrats once more ;). I’ll be rooting for him against Rafa.


Von Says:

Gosh, that was quick, Andy’s back on the court playing doubles. I wish there was live streaming for doubles. But, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

The commentator said after this match Nadal will have to hit the practice court. It appears to me that DelPotro is just going through the motions waiting for the final game. Props to him for not retiring.


Danica Says:

Wow, amazing how DelPo saved this third game of the second set. He was 0-40 behind and won it. Great job!


jane Says:

Well at least Delpo is not giving up in this second set and is trying to win some points.


tenisbebe Says:

This match is a bit of a grinder. Rafa making some uncharacteristic errors but is still running away with it.


Von Says:

Robbie Koenig said there will be a lot of respect in the locker room for DelPotro hanging in there and finishing the match, despite the wrist problem.


tenisbebe Says:

Von – That’s nice to hear. And he made more of a match in the 2nd set so that’s good. But despite the wrist injury, Kudos to Rafa. Stayed focus & won despite not playing his best.


tenisbebe Says:

Von:

You are watching scoreboard for the doubles, yes? Tiebreak – 2nd set!


Von Says:

tenisbebe:

Yes, kudos all around. Congrats to the Nadal fans.

Ezorra, it’s yabbadabbadoo time for you!!

Meanwhile, on Stadium 2, the doubles match is tight. First set Fish/Roddick 6-4, second is all tied up. Roddick/Fish had a lot of chances to break but haven’t been able to convert as yet in the second set. I suppose it will go to a tiebreak, which I don’t like.


zola Says:

Good for JMDP for not giving up. The second set was scary . Rafa did not play his best, but came through. That’s important. But against Roddick he needs to play much better.

well, Vamos Rafa. Glad he won. I think he has now defended last year’s points. from now on its a bonus.


tenisbebe Says:

Von – Yee Haw! Fish/Andy won doubles too!!


Von Says:

tenisbebe:

Yes, I’m watching and it’s:

YAHOO, RODDDICK/FISH ARE IN THE DOUBLES FINAL. WOW, I didn’t think they would do so well, but this is soooooo good.


tenisbebe Says:

Von:

Is the Doubles Final tomorrow (Saturday)? Sorry, I being lazy & haven’t looked it up.


zola Says:

Von,
you are welcome. He is making the effort to do better. That’s always great.

Jane,
It wasn’t a cakewalk in the second set. Great job from DP. Rafa’s serve was not very good and he had 27 UE to 25 winners. Usually he has much less UE. I think JMDP height is a problem for Rafa because he can return bigh bouncing balls. Still, I was a bit disappointed to see Rafa not be able to serve it out the first time.

I think Djoko is going through an emotional phase. his game is there. He just needs to regain his confidence.


jane Says:

No you’re right zola – it turned out that JMDP picked up his play didn’t it? But Rafa stayed the course, like he always does. Congrats on his win.

zola it may well be an emotional phase but he’s losing points left, right and center. Besides the fact that he’s lost his game, the point loss hurts too. I hope he comes back. I feel sad for him right now.


Von Says:

tenisbebe:

Yes, the doubles final is tomorrow, after Andy’s match v. Nadal. That’s good. I wonder if it will be an all American doubles final. A win/win situation for me.

jane: Fret not over the loss of points. They play better when they have another chasing them, but sometimes it takes them to hit bottom to rise to the top. A learning curve …


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – have you seen a link to a video of his presser? Would love to hear why he came out there so flat. The crowd at any tournament is generally going to be for the homeboy. He accepted that fact per his pre-match comments but you know how sensitive he is. I’m just fishing though.


zola Says:

Thanks Jane
Let’s see how he does tomorrow. JMDP served very poorly. Roddick will not be the same. So Rafa can’t afford to have these many UE tomorrow.

Jane
I wouldn’t say he has lost his game. He needs one big win and everything will be back. He played terrible against Ferrer, but against Rafa, on clay, in Spain, with minimum practice on that surface, he was very good. He lost, but he played much better.

He might be mentally tired because of all the pressure, talks, etc. I don’t know if you remember Rafa in 2006. In MAdrid he was the defending champion. The whole marketing was around his name ( and his picture with an iron shield). He looked extremely nervous and he lost in QF.

They regroup and get better. Djoko too, will.


jane Says:

Hi tenisbebe,

I have not seen his presser; however, I’ve read snippets in online articles. Here are some quotes from a Reuter’s article:

” It was all me making an incredible amount of unforced errors. This was one of the worst matches I have played.”"

“”It’s just one of those days when you really don’t feel comfortable on the court. I just didn’t have any momentum. No feel for the ball, no movement, no solutions.

“I wasn’t patient in any stages of the match. I tried to put some first serves in but they weren’t going in.”"

“”I don’t think heat was concerning me or him,” Djokovic said. “It was the same for both of us.

“You can’t expect perfect days because we’re playing in the desert. But again I’ve played in these conditions many times before so I didn’t feel any physical breakdown. It was just mental.”"

“The Serb paid tribute to Roddick, who reached the semi-finals on the hardcourt surface at Indian Wells for a third time.

“He’s a great player,” he said. “He has improved a lot in the last seven, eight months, a year.

“He plays great tennis on hard courts so I’m sure he has great chances in this tournament and in the future. We can expect from him a lot.”"

And if you’re interested in reading the full presser it’ll be at ASAP Fastscripts likely by tomorrow.

I don’t think it’s physical or the crowd or whatever; I think his confidence is shattered and I think he should STOP reading his press, if he does, and just focus on his game. Anyhow, too despondent to talk about Novak right now anymore. Moving on…

Will see who comes through tomorrow; should be some exciting semi-finals.


Ezorra Says:

Wo Wo Wo Wo Wo!!! Congratulations to Von and Americans!

With this kind of performance, you guys have no longer to worry if anything happen to Bryan brothers (hopefully nothing happen to them). New promising double players in the house! Go Fish! Go Roddick!

Happy Nadal wins too!!!
Vamos Rafa!!!


tenisbebe Says:

The ATP website says: “Roddick has now won 11 straight matches to take his season record to a circuit-best 23-3 mark.” I believe Tsonga had the best 2009 record before his loss to Andreev. That’s a fantastic stat for him this year. Good job Andy.


Danica Says:

Jane,
let me just brief you about what I read in serbian media. In short, Novak said that he isn’t disappointed with the 1/4 finals but worried about his game. He will have a meeting with his team in order to go over everything and see what needs to be done so that he , as he himself put it, “goes back to old Nole”. He stated that he felt fine before the match, he had enough time to rest, he was motivated and willing, heat was not a problem – it was the same for both of them – but it was also one of those days when things don’t go the way you plan. He acknowledged that Andy is the world’s best server and that there was a pressure of keeping one’s serve.

Lets hope that meeting brings some old form. I aks nothing more (… for now :)) )


jane Says:

Thanks Danica I really, really, really, really appreciate it! I want some of “old Nole” back too, the happy, funny, excellent tennis player Nole! Well I am sending positive energy to him and all of his supporters right now. I ask nothing more either (for now :-D)


Von Says:

Ezorra:
Looking Good!!
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Sar:

You got your wish, the youngster listened, she ran out of energy and lost. Ivanovic and Zvonareva in the finals. I hope Zvonareva doesn’t start crying, please.
___________

As a good faith gesture, crummy FSN could show some class by showing the Bryans match to compensate the US TV viewers for their lousy coverage. Tough luck, but hardly likely. They didn’t even broadcast for the allotted two hours by showing some footage from the previous matches. They wrapped it up at 12:04 am. OK, back to live scores.


TD (Tam) Says:

I am thrilled beyond belief that Andy won comfortably and easily against Novack and booked his spot into the semis- Looking good Andy! :D I think this is his first semi appearannce in Indian Wells. So proud of him and how well he’s played this year. Now let’s hope he gives us something more to talk about when he meets with Rafael Nadal. Andy-Raffa and Andy-Roger what an exciting and unexpected lineup of tennis we have.

Here is a interesting quote by Novak I pulled from the newswire:

“Overall it was a very bad day. There’s not much to say. He played very solid. I mean, he didn’t do anything special. It was all me making incredible amount of unforced errors. I just didn’t have any momentum on the court. No feel for the ball, no movement. Just no solutions.”

hugs to jane and Von and tenisbebe (and anybody else who wants one!)


margot Says:

Von: have you got the champers out? I think Roger need look no further for a new coach, he needs to nab Andy R’s!


Daniel Says:

Well, yellow lights in Djoko’s camp. If Murray comes to win this one he will be short only 170 points behind Djoko and closer than ever from n. 3!

Next monday Djoko will be with 8420 points, 9240 – 820 (- 1000 for last year + 180 for this year qf)
Murray has now 7400 points.
- If he loses to Fed, he will be 7400 + 210 (- 150 from last year + 360 for this year semi) = 7610
- If he loses in the final: 7400 + 450 = 7850 pts
- If he wins it: 7400 + 850 (- 150 from last year + 1000 for champion) = 8250 pts

Both get second round loses to defend in Miami (10 pts), so whom ever goes deeper in Miami will be n. 3 come the clay season.


jane Says:

Hi TD (Tam),

Congrats on your guy’s win.

That’s a bit of an unfortunate quote, makes Djoko sound a bit like Serena. LOL. However, I think he was really just trying to express how appalled he is at his own game right now, serving around 50%, having 30-some unforced errors, etc. He said very complimentary things about Roddick’s improvements, game, etc., as I posted to tenisbebe above.

Daniel,

Yes it looks like Djoko’s going to be dropping a notch very soon as many people have predicted. We’ll see what happens but your metaphor of a yellow “warning” light is a good one. Maybe we should add some loud sirens?!


sar Says:

Von:
Azarenka and Pavlyuchenkova lost. Experience and nerves did them in. They will be back. In the next one or two years they will be making their marks to take the place of poor Kuzzy.I like Ana and she needs this for her confidence and points of course but if Vera wins I will be happy also as she has been such a head case and this is her best chance to win. I won’t be sad tomorrow.


fedster Says:

Jane, don’t you worry! Your Novak’d surely beat the top guys again, it’s just a matter of whether it’d start from the clay season itself, that’s all remains to be seen but he surely will. I hope it’s Rafa who’d bear the brunt of the future onslaught from Novak and not my dear Fed! ;-)


jane Says:

Thanks fedster. And good luck to your guy today. He may have a tough one against Murray but maybe the “wee one on the way” will be an inspiration? Who knows? This should be a fun one to watch in any case.


Von Says:

Margot:

Yes I do, I have a bottle of Moet, but I think a 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne, would be more appropos for this ccasion. Here’s hoping ….. and cheerio.


Von Says:

sar:

I like Azarenka and the youngster Pavylu. I’m going to call her Pavylu, her other name is too long. Yes, I agree Ana needs her confidence back and she has points to defend. I don’t particularly care for Zvonareva, she cries too much, sort of reminds me of Chaks whenever she wasn’t playing well. It’s amazing how quickly Chaks came, conquered and disappeared. I hope after IW Ana buys herself a new outfit. She’s been wearing that purple ‘uniform’ since last year and it’s time for a change. Ha, ha.


Duro Says:

Well, I needed at least one day to pull myself together and leave couple of words here… After Wawa, smiling, smiling, smiling, after QF crying, crying, crying… I’m not deliberately saying after Roddick, because it has almost nothing to do with him, no offense to his fans, it’s all Novak’s credit! Earning or giving (away). Novak Djoković has to do certain things: first of all, he has to find a new coach, with totally different approach, mentally strong and dominant, who will lead his career and his preparations, who will give orders, not being obedient, who won’t be a friend with him (no friendship in business and professionalism, no playing golf and other social activity, no competing, not anything but severe work and sacrifice! If it was so, he wouldn’t ever take just 10 days of preparations for the upcoming season, spend a New Years Eve in Belgrade, instead in Australia preparing for the most important challenge of his career, change racquet because of the money etc etc. About racquet, I don’t think he can do anything about it anymore, but it’s crystal clear that he needs the old one back. To lose couple of millions and to regain his old game with his old tool? Yes, exactly! I now the contract with Wilson was over 31. December 2008 (the most unfortunately moment), and he didn’t prolonged it because they wouldn’t give him for the new contract as much as Head did, but…! No money can buy his brilliant game, his self belief, his confidence, his tennis progress… Novak Djoković, please poll yourself together as soon as possible, for the sake of your own good, and us who love you and support you no matter what. We still believe and never will stop that you are the tennis number one material! Pure, genuine, noble class. Jane, Von, Sar, Bob22, Danica, Milan, tenisbebe, thank you.


Giner Says:

Sean Randall Says:

“Yup, second title defense of year and second time exiting with his tail between his legs…”

And second time Rafael Nadal pinched the goods in the end. Rafa needs to write a thank you card to these two. Rome is next.


Rob Says:

Hey Sean, always enjoy reading your input! Good stuff! …and to Von, tennisbabe, Jane etc….etc.. you guys always have great forum and debate. I have plenty of good laughs and learn a lot about what you, the tennis fan (like myself)enjoy!! Look foward to all your banter throughout Miami.
Rob Koenig


Von Says:

Robbie:

Hey guy, how ya doin? Great to hear from you and you’re a class act to post to us. Shall I tell you once again, how much I enjoy listening to you and the guy who’s good at everything, Jason Goodall? I think we do a pretty good job calling the match with Sean in tow, alongside your commentating when we’re all watching the live streaming, don’t you think, even though we’re a comedy act? I’ve abandoned the wonderful (horrible) FSN coverage for live streaming so that I can listen to you guys. I wish I could hear you on TV via the Tennis Channel, but sadly that’s only wishful thinking. Did you ever tell Jason I said his name reminds me of the guy who’s good at EVERYTHING? Remember to give my guy A-Rod some plugs will ya. You’ve been doing just that anyway, and I’m happy to hear your ever-loving praises when he’s being “Roddiculous” — he’s looking good!. You’re spot on!! Enjoy the lovely Floridian weather in my home state, not to mention the bikini clad or unclad girls and wild parties. Cheerio.

PS. I’m glad I saw your post — I was about to call it a night, there you were and I couldn’t resist responding. An extra plug for A-Rod would be enough repayment. Ha, ha.

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