Legg Mason: Roddick Rolls, Crowds Enjoy Side Courts
by Lynn Berenbaum | August 6th, 2009, 12:37 pm
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As I was watching the mano y mano between Spaniard countrymen Juan Carlos Ferrero and Tommy Robredo in the grandstand yesterday, I overheard someone nearby say, “The stadium’s got the names, but out here, we got the games!”

That is a totally accurate portrait of how the Legg Mason has been unfolding this year.

Large crowds are packing the outer court stands to cheer on elder statesman of the sport like former world #1′s Ferrero and Lleyton Hewitt taking on seeds in matches that are tests of endurance as much as skill. At the same time, we’re witnessing some young American guys like Wayne Odesnik and John Isner, plus French qualie Sebastien De Chaunac, dropping seeds in tough three-setters to put together their W’s.

D.C. plays host to a well-run tournament that feels both large and small at the same time. The big names draw both a vocal and earnest local tennis crowd, like yesterday’s cheer-off between Israeli and Aussie fans, but the venue is small enough that a lot of the players come out of the locker room to watch the matches on the outer courts and mingle in with the crowd. Though oftentimes they watch from behind the windscreens, other times they actually sit in the stands, like Robredo, who was sitting in the grandstand the other night watching Ferrero take on Nicolas Lapentti. Dudi Sela watched a good portion of the match between his buddy Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi against Mark Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi, while Ram reciprocated by sitting in the stands last night watching Dudi take on Lleyton Hewitt.

The crowds this year have been best ever too. In previous years, during the Andre Agassi era, tennis fans packed the stadium and left when the match was over. The mantle of top-dog in D.C. has been handed to Andy Roddick, but many people didn’t leave after his 55-minute drubbing of Benjamin Becker, and instead jammed the outer courts to capacity.

That’s not to say that the FitzGerald Tennis Stadium is some hulking behemoth either. It’s actually 2,500 seats smaller than Indianapolis, which hosts an ATP 250 event, and you’re really hard-pressed to find a bad seat in the house. I know quite a few Washingtonians who could easily spring for a box or even a suite, who are content with their view in the upper-decks.

While Isner and De Chaunac, Hewitt, and Ferrero, will all play their matches in the 7,500 seat stadium tonight, Odesnik will play out his match against fourth seeded Fernando Gonzalez in the grandstand. They’ll be joined on the outer courts by big man Ivo Karlovic taking on local fave Somdev Devvarman; Phillip Petzschner, who took out Mardy Fish last night to create a match-up against eigth seeded Tomas Berdych; and fifth seed Robin Soderling against Marc Gicquel, who got through on a walk-over after last year’s finalist, Viktor Troicki, was forced to retire with a foot injury.

As we head to the quarters, and even higher-quality, it doesn’t matter where you see it, as long as you can get a seat. If you’re able to get into the grandstand, the top tier offers a great view of the court next door. Barring that, if you don’t want to watch through the windscreen, a trip up to the balcony on the south side of the stadium offers a limited view of both the grandstand and court #2. And there are tables and chairs up there, if you’re just interested in enjoying your dinner while you take in the action.

Though the weather has been (untraditionally) stellar all week, off and on showers may cause some play disruption today. Adding to this will be transportation issues: Grass-covered Parking Lot B is National Park Service land and must be closed down if it rains, forcing many people to use off-site parking and shuttle buses.


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168 Comments for Legg Mason: Roddick Rolls, Crowds Enjoy Side Courts

jane Says:

Tsonga ousted by Isner in the first round? What’s up with that? Tsonga needs to work on his defense game. He doesn’t return that well and is clearly frustrated when his opponent is serving well (e.g., Karlovic @ Wimbledon). I’d be curious to know Tsonga’s tiebreak record as well.


Von Says:

I was particularly impressed by Odesnik’s performance (even though I only watched live scores) coming back from almost being obliterated in the first set to winning the match. Good job Wayne!


Lynn Berenbaum Says:

Second round, Jane. Jo-Willie got a bye in the first. I didn’t see the end, but I’m sure the 10 minute rain delay at 3-all during the third set TB didn’t help his mojo.

Isner, OTOH, is somehow the King of Clutch in DC. Maybe because he has a pretty good cheering section(?). During his debut a couple of years ago, he played all three set TB matches and got to the final. Obviously that works for him.

Hope we’ll see Tsonga back next year though!


Dan Martin Says:

Isner has had some good wins this year – Tsonga, Safin, Monfils – I think with a little tactical growth he can really be a headache for everyone on tour on hard courts and indoor courts. Grass should come along for him as well. In Indy, he seemed remiss to ever slice his backhand and that led to some weak two handed efforts if his opponent could get the ball low enough.


MMT Says:

Didn’t see the match, but apparently the umpire made a ruling on a point in the 3rd (I think) where Tsonga’s shoe came off during the point, and he did not call a let, which Tsonga protested. Not that it has anything to do with winning or losing – but an incident nonetheless. Apparently the crowd were less than enamored with his protestations.

As for coming back next year – 500 points is 500 points, so unless he’s comfortably in the top 4 I don’t see a reason for him not to return, particularly if the top 4 don’t.


Veno Says:

Hey Von….I’m glad the Legg Mason is having a great first week as tourney, makes it a little extra hard though to not be able to see one ball hit!!!!!!

Isner got a very good win….And Andy…Need I say more? Oh yeeh of little faith hahahahaha
You don’t have to worry anymore about your man being match deprived :)
And he’ll only get better….good for Andy!!!!!!!!


Von Says:

Veno:

Yes, Andy got a very impressive win last night, and of course i’m happy. ha ha.

I see you’re still agonizing over the fact that you are unable to watch the matches. LOL. Manana, my friend, and all will be welll again in TV land. Beginning tomorrow, the QF matches are being broadcasted live on TV and live streaming here in the US, and you should be able to see some of the matches on the live streaming links I gave you. until then, it will have to be ‘live scores’.


jane Says:

Thanks for the correction Lynn. I didn’t see the match, but you and MMT filling in some details helps put things in perspective. I have nothing against Isner, but I do love to see Tsonga play when all is clicking.


Lynn Berenbaum Says:

NP Jane, and good point Von:

ESPN2 picks up live coverage starting tomorrow from Noon-2pm and then 7-9pm for the QF. Saturday’s coverage will be 7-9pm for the SF, and 3-5pm for Sunday’s Final.

No more staring at scoreboards for you. :)


Steve Says:

Great matches on today. I think Ferrero/Haas is going to produce the best tennis but it will be interesting to see how Del Potro plays against Hewitt after losing to him at Wimbledon. And Roddick/Querrey should be good too.


Von Says:

Lynn: “No more staring at scoreboards for you. :)”

Alleluia!! Don’t forget the Tennis Channel will also be airing two of those matches. I think the four (4) matches are split between ESPN2 and the Tennis Channel which is great for those of us who have both networks. Again, alleluia!


Veno Says:

Yeah….Rub it in Von!!!!!!!

(just kidding)

Hey Von…read my last few posts on Fed-haters…see if you can pick my brain(Voicemail sure couldn’t)

Let me know….


Von Says:

Veno: So sorry to ‘rub it in’, and you shouldn’t be feeling sorry for yourself, since you’ve got ADTHE.net to watch live streaming tomorrow, which means you’ll still be in the loop and won’t feel viwewer deprived, yes?

Yes, I read your comments on the other thread and your logic and comments were very clear to me. However, as you you’re aware, that thread has been and now is, hands-off for me, which is necessary for the preservation of my ‘mental health’ and ‘peace of mind’. Hope you understand.


Veno Says:

Of course Von, I know and it wasn’t an attempt to lure you back into the debate on said thread :)
It doesn’t surprise me you get my logic(one of the few, cause it takes an analytical approach to see my true meaning) I want to make the following clear for anyone who might think I write the above from a conceited personal stance: I do not mean by my quote that my mind is better, that I perceive my level of intelligence superior to others and I didn’t make the remark to upset anyone. I just meant it directed at Von, who understands that a mind can work in different ways, rather than stating my mind works in a better way than the minds of others.


margot Says:

jane: Tsonga has not been on song for ever! What has happened to him? As you know he is one of my very favourite players but……


Von Says:

Veno: No problem. I know you weren’t attempting to lure me back into a debate, and you only wanted an opinion, but I wanted it to be clear to all that I meant what I said, the thread is off-limits to me. Hence, don’t worry about what conclusions are drawn; it’s all A OK with me. And, if your mind is better, then more power to you and there’s no need to apologize for that either, because we all have strengths and weaknesses, and the reason why we are individuals and don’t belong to a ‘collective mind’.


Veno Says:

Point taken Von and well said.
I didn’t write it for apologetic purposes, just pro-actively neutralizing an otherwise prime placed incentive for people to get into a personal brawl on a thread I only use as a conversational and relaxing tennis-related personal outlet…. :-D(I know I’m bad)


Veno Says:

Reaction on other thread: Hahahaha Twocents….. Why do people insist on assuming I’m a woman????????????? Yeezzz, as a man this is not good profiling for me hehehe.
I blame you Von!!!!!(lol) Sorry I put your name in the other thread Vonnie…thought I replied in this one….even great minds falter when distracted ;-O

100%(if not more) mucho machismo masculin man monster here everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!


Von Says:

Veno: Two Cents is accustomed to posting to ‘Von’ which means ‘Von’ and ‘Veno’ appear to be the same in his sight. However, I hope not, because you’re a 100 percent machismo guy and I’m a 100 percent feminine gal, and the two shall never be one. LOL.


Veno Says:

Hahaha, I never say never, however let’s just agree on saying the two should never be one!


Veno Says:

Guess Soderling’s form is good also….nice to see. Didn’t expect him to pounce on Youzny so hard….


Von Says:

Soderling gave Youz a breadstick for dinner. OUCH!

I’m looking forward to Querrey/Roddick tonight, and wish I could see the match, but I’m not going to say that. ha ha. Get it, I’m not going to say what I said. LOL.


Veno Says:

Hahaha, why oh why art thou torturing moi?


Von Says:

Early break for the ‘mosquito’ already.


Kimmi Says:

Arrrg, I was worried for Tsonga when I saw he is playing Isner. I had a feeling it will be tough. I hope these two losses (which he should have won) are not going to crush his confidence. Not so many players can return Ivo/Isner serves but those top players have also won these matches unless Ivo/Isner have their best serving days when playing Tsonga.;)

Haas is turning the table here… intersting match this one.


jane Says:

margot, who knows with Jo Will; it’s a shame that he can’t become more consistent. When he is on song, he’s a joy to watch. Ah well. Just have to enjoy it when it comes around.


jane Says:

margot, who knows with Jo Will; it’s a shame that he can’t become more consistent. When he is on song, he’s a joy to watch. Ah well. Just have to enjoy it when it comes around.


NachoF Says:

sigh… again spanish mistakes…

its “mano a mano”


Kimmi Says:

Interesting results for those who follow WTA. Sharapova beats Azarenka ?? WOW, that will be the first top 10 win since her return, I am sure it should raise her confidence. Well done ( can’t imagine the shrieks in this match though!!)

And Stusor continue her top form and beats Ivanovic easy straight sets.


Kimmi Says:

JMDP is now down a set and a break against Hewitt. What the….??


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi: It’s Hewitt that’s down the break in the 2nd. The score is 6-4, 2-5 Hewitt. Look like Delpo will pull out the 2nd and we’re headed for a third.


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi says: “And Stusor continue her top form and beats Ivanovic easy straight sets.”

YES! Go Sam! FYI: It’s “Stosur” (Long ‘O’ sound). And good win for Maria – the tour needs her back & in form, even with her shrieking :)

Been running around all day and hadn’t seen the scores. Muchas gracias.

Gicquel up a break in the 2nd vs Soderling…


tenisbebe Says:

Arrrrrgh! Would love to “see” either of these matches… Either Hewitt or JMDP must have called the trainer? 5mns so far since the end of the 2nd.


tenisbebe Says:

Wow. Ivo was up 2-0 in the first and the qualifier Devvarman broke back to 3-3. Good job.


Kimmi Says:

tenisbebe, Tomorrow we have the coverage at last. Yeepee And..noted about “STOSUR” I always switch the 2 vowels.

Hewitt was a break up in the second, JMDP came back..but I like it. Potro needs this win, so is Hewitt….


Kimmi Says:

Aaarg you already mention hewitt being up in the second, I scroll quickly missed your 1st post. Now JMDP on the roll…


Kimmi Says:

Surprising Ivo got broken. This qualifier had some good wins before, he might coz an upset…but too early to say..


tennisontherocks Says:

Happy for Sam Stosur. Lot of talent, but has not quite really lived up to it in singles. Finally she seems to stringing together a nice year. Both Radwanska sisters are in quarters.

I wish espn360 was showing these matches online. If they have the TV rights and partnership with tennis channel, why not show the same feed online? The advertisers should not complain as long as they theirs ads are still included.


Kimmi Says:

Tenisbebe, this match is a cracker, WHY OR WHY NO COVERAGE…Hewitt squandered 3 break points..

Dr Ivo gets the set eventually.


Kimmi Says:

tennisontherock, I here you, but tomorrow at last we will see both ATP and WTA tour matches live I think….


Kimmi Says:

And Soderling wins. CLAP CLAP CLAP.


tenisbebe Says:

tennisontherock – well they have to have the cameras going and…….I don’t know. TC would show if (if no other channel) so it has to be about money (and maybe who owns the cameras.

Soderling won. C’mon Leyton! I like Delpo but would like to see Hewitt win today.


tenisbebe Says:

Yes Lleyton BREAK him!!


Kimmi Says:

Tenisbebe you just jinx del potro he was serving for the match and got broken….maybe wishes will come true. :)


tenisbebe Says:

Woo hoo! Delpo has alot of pts to defend, yes?

Ivo is running away with it now…

tennisontherocks says: “Happy for Sam Stosur. Lot of talent, but has not quite really lived up to it in singles. Finally she seems to stringing together a nice year.” She was injured or sick or something after that great run at the AO a few years back, yes?


Kimmi Says:

“She was injured or sick or something after that great run at the AO a few years back, yes?

She was sick for a long time, I heard she had Lyme desease. Poor girl.


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi – You leaning towards Delpo? I wouldn’t be sad but….. C’mon ya bloke! Hold serve! Something wrong with the scoring system…..


Kimmi Says:

Yes I am for Del Potro. he needs to hang in there..all the new top tenners are falling out slowly, see Simon, Verdasco ? I would like for Del potro to stay there.


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi – That’s right! I remember that it was something funky. Good grief, how is it that these young healthy athletes contract such serious illnesses? I mean look how many of them have contracted mono? From flying alot or too much kissing?


tenisbebe Says:

What is the scoop with the scoring? Anybody? scores?


tenisbebe Says:

Rain maybe?


Kimmi Says:

Why its not working for you ? Mine working..tie breal del potro 4 -2


Kimmi Says:

5-2 del potro


tenisbebe Says:

Mines stuck at 5-5 3rd – from the tournament site. Will try ATP’s site.


Kimmi Says:

6-2 del potro


tenisbebe Says:

Same thing with the ATP site – CRAP!!!

That’s for the update Kimmi.


Kimmi Says:

game set and match del boy. Good job. sorry there for leyton…potro plays better on hard than grass..but hewitt gave a good match.


Kimmi Says:

I don’t know what is happening there, here in Canada its working..just wondering if its a country thing :)


tenisbebe Says:

Thanks – Is Ivo running the sword thru the qualifier?


Kimmi Says:

Ivo won too 7-5 6-1 easy one there, he now awaits winner of Roddick nad Querry who are next.


Kimmi Says:

Sharapova also won her match against A bondarenko 4-6 6-0 6-3, Another good win for her. She used to drive me nuts but now I find rooting for her…I think its the underdog thing ..don’t know


Kimmi Says:

tenisbebe, is your score working now, Roddick Vs querry on court, Sam broke Roddick on the 1st game..bummer…but roddick looks like will break back.


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi – yes working now. I show Sambo up a break in the 1st at 4-3 and Tomas lost the first???? How did that happen?


tenisbebe Says:

Good for Maria – I too like an underdog :-)


tenisbebe Says:

OK – Andy broke back for 4-all. C’mon Andy. Must be a servefest out there..


Kimmi Says:

They are exchanging the breaks, both been broken twice I think..now level again.


tenisbebe Says:

Sambo has 2 aces, Andy 1. Both 1st serve percentages good (not stellar) 64 vs 63. BP saved 0/2 vs 1/3. 1st serve pts won 75% vs 52% hmmmm. 2nd serve 25% vs 54%. So despite the lopsidedness of the last stat, they are even.


Kimmi Says:

I read Roddick saying he is not serving very well, thats shows the breaks. 52 % on first serve won is very poor. A good serving roddick is difficult to break. looks like a lot of UE here.


tenisbebe Says:

From the stats, Andy is doing a better job on winning 2nd serve return pts (78% AR vs 43% SQ) , but Sambo is pressuring AR’s 1st serve more 28% vs 43%).


tenisbebe Says:

Tie break! Sambo’s out-acing Andy 4-1. hmmm


Kimmi Says:

Well, 78% return is is almost ever second serve. Sam in trouble here…thank god tomorrow we will see the matches


tenisbebe Says:

Was that in one of his pressers he said that? Von is not posting, very odd. She probably doesn’t know who to root for. I don’t have that problem. GO ANDY!!!


Von Says:

tenisbebe: “Von is not posting, very odd. She probably doesn’t know who to root for. I don’t have that problem. GO ANDY!!!”

Oh, but I do, it’s GO RODDICK!!


tenisbebe Says:

And there we go again with AR winning another Querrey 2nd serve.


Kimmi Says:

Yes I read it:

he said “If I have to have one thing that’s rusty that I don’t worry about it coming around, it’s probably my serve,” he said

and he has 2 set points


Von Says:

Score anyone, my scorecard is frozen.


tenisbebe Says:

YES!!! 1st set to andy!


Von Says:

OK, it’s back up and first set Roddick, What a scorecard thriller.


Kimmi Says:

Roddick first set 7-6


tenisbebe Says:

Von – there you are!! My score keeps freezing too – thought it was maybe my router. I clicked on “Live Scores” at the top and it reloaded.


Kimmi Says:

Looks like sam handed the set by double fault ..bummer


tenisbebe Says:

They asked me to do scorekeeping for the WTA next week but I turned them down…too much pressure :-)

Tomas is getting his act together in the 2nd.


Von Says:

This match will be won by whomever has the better serve and/or second serve percentage. I suspect Roddick will be rusty from being off for over a month, while Sam has been playing every week. Anyway, c’mon Andy.


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi Says:

Looks like sam handed the set by double fault ..bummer

Is that what happened? I couldn’t tell as I froze at 6-4. Bummer is right. Not the way you want to lose a set.


Von Says:

tenisbebe: I think watching the scorecard is more tension than seeing the match live. OY VEY. I’m going to write ATP a nice, long letter expressing my views and distate on these USO TV blackouts, which will most probably be filed in the appropriate place, the garbage can. sheesh. My nerves cannot handle live scores!


Von Says:

Yes, but Roddick was already up 6-4 in the breaker, so the DF wasn’t so bad, but it did help out Andy.


tenisbebe Says:

Von Says: “tenisbebe: “Von is not posting, very odd. She probably doesn’t know who to root for. I don’t have that problem. GO ANDY!!!”

Oh, but I do, it’s GO RODDICK!!”

OK – that more like it!!!
————–
“This match will be won by whomever has the better serve and/or second serve percentage.”

Yes, but the high 2nd serve return % AR posted 1st set may have put pressure on Sambo’s 1st serve in the TB. I’m guessing of course.


Von Says:

What I see happening is that Roddick is in every one of Sam’s service games, and that spells trouble for Sam, whose serve is being pressured.


Von Says:

I see Roddick broke Sam in the second set. C’mon Andy, the finish line is in sight, for both of us!


Kimmi Says:

Good thing these guys are playing now because montreal will be tough to remove the rusty…I feel it for those guys that are starting in montreal

Roddick is still winning over 70% of sam second serve. amazing stats…I think now roddick will walk thru this set.


tenisbebe Says:

Maybe we’ll burn some calories from the tension of live score watching…

Yes, even though Sambo has more aces (7 vs 2), AR’s pressuring his 2nd serve, winning over 75% 1st set. That puts alot of pressure on Sambo, like “you better get it in buddy or I’m going to munch on your 2nd serve.”


tenisbebe Says:

BREAK! C’mon Andy, make an early nite of it.


Von Says:

“I think now roddick will walk thru this set.”

I don’t want him to ‘walk’, more like run through because my nerves are about to give out. LOL.


Kimmi Says:

LOL run Roddick run


Von Says:

tenisbebe: Andy has learnt to win by teeing off on his opponent’s second serve whenever he has the opportunity. I hope his serving arm becomes grooved by Montreal.


Von Says:

I see Berdych won the second set.

Dr. Ivo awaits the winner of Querrey/Roddick — that’s a bit too much so early in the tournament for anyone.


Von Says:

Oh no, now Roddick has a double fault, but they’re 30-30, so that’s not too bad. OY VEY!


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi Says: “Good thing these guys are playing now because montreal will be tough to remove the rusty…I feel it for those guys that are starting in montreal” Yes and the top 4 or 5 usually do that – take a break after Wimby and come back at Canada.

Von Says: “Andy has learnt to win by teeing off on his opponent’s second serve whenever he has the opportunity.” Yes, Larry seems to have really helped him with honing that tactic.

All is well – Andy holds and solidifies his break.


Von Says:

Can 4 games take this long? It seems like an eternity.


tenisbebe Says:

Dr. Ivo got broke in the first by the qualifier. hmmm.

Meanwhile Andy has 3 aces and 4 DF’s. Ouch. But still up a break.


Kimmi Says:

Berdych was up 4-1 in the 1st set, then miraculously let it slip. 3rd set will be anyones.


tenisbebe Says:

Tomas broke the German in the 3rd to go up 2-1. God he’s streaky. Now his game would definitely give me heart trouble if I was Maria Kirilenko.


Von Says:

tenisbebe: The DFs is usually the indicator for Roddick on how well his arm is grooved, which is not a good thing now, considering he has to meet Dr. Ivo if he wins this one.


Kimmi Says:

what the ..? LOVE 40 ??


Von Says:

tenisbebe: “Now his game would definitely give me heart trouble if I was Maria Kirilenko.”

You usually get this wrong; remember, Safarova = Berdych, Kirilenko = Andreev. LOL.


Kimmi Says:

WOW..LOVE-40 to DUECE….great concentration


tenisbebe Says:

Oops – I was wrong – they are on serve in the 3rd. My bad.


tenisbebe Says:

God – from down 0-40 to deuce. C’mon Andy. Park this game.


Von Says:

C’mon Andy, win this game already.


Kimmi Says:

AR big struggle in this game AD RODDICK…DUECE


Von Says:

Another DF, wha’ts he doing?


Von Says:

Whew, he held!! Too much tension.


Kimmi Says:

GAME roddick, it was important game to win. Now he try to break here or serve for it..easy :-)


Von Says:

Oh no, another one of those see-saw service games. close it out Andy, please.

tenisbebe: Where are you?


tenisbebe Says:

YES – He holds at last!

“You usually get this wrong; remember, Safarova = Berdych, Kirilenko = Andreev. LOL.” I’ve done it again! I guess they’re like Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice from the 70′s. LOL

Uh oh – trouble again.


Kimmi Says:

I would worry for Roddick now..not like him, another 2 BP


tenisbebe Says:

Deuce!!


Kimmi Says:

DUECE again, another big save..seem to play better when he is down


Von Says:

Woo-hoo, he won at last!!!


Kimmi Says:

CONGRANTS rusty Roddick and his fans. Whew that was up and down and up….but most important is the W


tenisbebe Says:

YEAH! Sorry Sambo. He struggled but did it! Von are you alright? Maybe you should go have a glass of wine or lie down for a minute. LOL


Von Says:

Goodnight all. The company was fun, but not the match.


Kimmi Says:

Yeah I will go too..gnite


tenisbebe Says:

G’nite Von. Did you see my post at 10:27pm?


Von Says:

tenisbebe: I’m alright — thanks for asking. Thank God the QFs will be on TV, but next up is Dr. Ivo. Imagine facing Dr. Ivo when your serve isn’t clicking?


tenisbebe Says:

G’nite Kimmi. There is another match, no?


Von Says:

tenisbebe: “Did you see my post at 10:27pm?”

I just did. Talk about a switcheroo happening. LOL.


Von Says:

I forgot, Berdych is still going. I’m staying.


Von Says:

tenisbebe: Yes, another match, Isner is next up. I’ll be around.


tenisbebe Says:

Yes – there was that dumb movie where they all switched partners. Must’ve been a 70′s thing.

Good – I’ll be hear to for the Isner match.


Von Says:

“Good – I’ll be hear to for the Isner match.”

Berdy won! And, I’ll be here too.


tenisbebe Says:

Here we go.


tenisbebe Says:

Oops – just saw your post from 10:33pm. Yes, Ivo can be a very tough customer but remember, the qualifier broke him tonight, after Ivo was up a break 2-0, to get to 3-3 in the first. I haven’t looked at the match stats but that gives one hope :-).

The Frenchy DF’d then got an ace on his 2nd serve. Gutsy.


Von Says:

Isner broke, and is up 2-0. Good for big John.

Veno calls Dr. Ivo the ‘Croatian windmill’. LOL. I think Roddick will beat Dr. Ivo off the ground and/or in the breaker. We’ll see tomorrow how effective Andy will be against the ‘windmill’.


tenisbebe Says:

Ha – good nickname from Veno. This guy De Chaunac (maybe I’ll call him Sebastien) is #181 & came thru the qualies and then beat the #22 seed and then Tursenov to get to this round. It says he went pro in 1998 (vs Isner 2007) but lifetime has earned $100K less than Isner has thus far – that’s so sad. If you were the 181st best Futboler or basketball player in the world, you’d surely have earned more than that in 11 yrs & not have incurred all the extra expenses tennis players do.


Von Says:

Yes, Sebastien played a lot of matches to get to R16. It’s a shame really the amount of money futballers and basket ball players make as opposed to tennis players. I think tennis players also have tougher schedules and more rigorous lifestyles than the players in team sports.


tenisbebe Says:

I agree (golf & tennis). They have there independence in exchange for no salary guarantees for the journeymen nor any safety net if injuries are incurred.


tenisbebe Says:

John’s first ace – and he has the first wrapped up – that was fast!


Von Says:

whew, that was fast, 6-2 to big John.


Von Says:

I think Sebastien has run out of gas.


Scottish Says:

Hey Von, Congrats on Andy! Really hope it’s a Roddick JMDP final. That would be a great match.


tenisbebe Says:

Oops – getting late as I am making spelling mistakes. Should be “here” (not hear) and their (not there).

“I think Sebastien has run out of gas.” It’s had for me to tell from this scoreboard. LOL

they are even on Aces/DF, 1st serving % is miserable for SD 44%. THat’s not going to work vs Isner.


tenisbebe Says:

Somehow that posted twice. Strange things are going on with my computer tonight…

2nd ace for John


Von Says:

Scottish: Hi thanks. I don’t know about a JMDP/Roddick final — there’s Soderling who seems to be having easy matches. Both Roddick and DelPotro have struggled tonight, but we’ll see. Andy has to get past Dr.Ivo also.


Von Says:

tenisbebe: They are locked up at 1-1 in the second. I hope the match goes fast as I’m falling asleep.


tenisbebe Says:

Hey Scottish – someone else is up! I will be happy if Andy make it through Ivo to the qtrs or even the semis. Good prep for Montreal.

Von – I am definitely dozing off. May have to bale before the end as John seems to have things in hand.


Von Says:

OK, John as a break in the second; maybe he’ll run away with the second set also.


Von Says:

tenisbebe: I’m going to call it a night. Goodnight and pleasant dreams — catch ya tomorrow.


Scottish Says:

Yeah both have a tough road ahead. I find this one of the more intriguing and high quality tournaments. JMDP is def becoming my #2 along side Rafa. He did struggle tonight but maybe that is the wake up call he needs. The more I read about this guy the more I like his class and tennis. Hope he can kick it in gear and get to #2. I’d much rather see him take the #1 from Rog if it has to happen. :-) Ok I know I’m dreaming big for the kid but someone has to right?

Sod is definitely having a great year so who knows. I think Andy can get past IVO. He has the determination and is definitely a better player all round.


tenisbebe Says:

OK Von – sleep tight. I am leaving for Cincy tomorrow afternoon so probably will not talk at ya til tomorrow night. Bye.


tenisbebe Says:

Scottish – JMDP has the game and desire but has not found his belief yet in the big matches. He’s creeping, creeping up though in the GS’s. These 500 level tournaments are important if he wants to make the leap you talked about (stands to lose 350 from last yrs DC tourney but can earn 500 this yr). The only insider things I have heard about him have been from women that he’s seeing (teehee) and I get the impression he’s still very much a boy emotionally (hates Murray despite what they’ve told the press). Anyway, like his game and it’s all good for tennis.


Andrew Miller Says:

I love Legg Mason tournament. I saw Marcelo Rios practice on an outer court two years in a row, and also Kafelnikov. I can say with confidence that in person Marcelo Rios hits the cleanest ball outside of Federer that I have ever seen.


tenisbebe Says:

Rios – what a waste of talent. I never saw him play – perhaps we will have a chance to see him on the Outback tour.

Nite all.


tenisbebe Says:

I don’t believe it… What does the ITF think this will accomplish:

ITF appeals doping ruling that cleared Gasquet

http://sports.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/story.asp?i=20090806162549500000101&ref=hea&tm=&src=


tenisbebe Says:

FYI Staff – I looked for the “Kissing” srticle to post the above under but could not find it, not under Gasquet, Doping, Miami, 2009. Where did you file it?


tenisbebe Says:

Von – in the morning. FYI:

Andy Roddick won the 500th match of his professional career with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over Sam Querrey in the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic on Thursday night.

Roddick becomes the 36th player and the fourth active one to reach the milestone, joining Roger Federer, Carlos Moya and Lleyton Hewitt, who fell to No. 2 seed Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) .


andrea Says:

i just watched the second set tie break from the 09 wimbledon men’s final again last night – if that doesn’t haunt andy for the rest of his life, i don’t know what will.


jane Says:

Congrats to Roddick for his 500th win on the tour! There is a very good field left in this event. I wish I had more time to watch matches right now…


Dan Martin Says:

I think JMDP will be a more permanent top 10 player than Simon or Verdasco. JMDP has won a lot of events recently and did well in NY last Summer, Australia this year and Paris this year.


Dan Martin Says:

This draw is excellent. It is funny because the fates of DC and Indy have reversed. DC at times struggled whereas Becker, Sampras, Courier, Rafter, Guga, Hewitt, Roddick etc. used to be big draws in Indianapolis. Consistency with corporate sponsorship makes a big difference and Legg Mason is more or less solidified on tour for quite some time. Indianapolis may not even be hosting a tournament after 2010 – IUPUI could bulldoze the site for campus expansion after 2010 is they so choose. Maybe Louisville could pick up the date. The Jim Beam Derby Classic …


margot Says:

Dan Martin: much as I don’t like JMDP I have to agree with you. He’s much younger than the French contingent too, I’m including Tsonga cos to me he’s looking vulnerable as well. I think Soderling and Wawrinka might be up there soon.
BTW it’s so long since I saw top 4 play, I’ve quite 4gotten what they look like……!


Von Says:

tenisbebe: @ 12:55 am, thanks for the good news of Roddick’s 500th win. I had read on Monday on the ATP website that he was short of two wins, which he got over Becker on Wednesday and Querrey last night. Congrats to Andy Roddick for his 500th career win! I wonder if there will be a cake and presentation done for him as was done for Hewitt earlier this year.


Von Says:

tenisbebe: BTW, have a safe and good flight to Cincy and we’ll catch up when you’re settled in your new surroundings.


margot Says:

von: saw strange yellow ball in the sky today………did not know what it was so rushed straight back into the house in a panic……


margot Says:

ps von: loads of good thoughts 4 Andy R 2nite.


Von Says:

margot: Just saw your post; the yellow ball was the sunshine I sent you.LOL. So what really was the yellow ball, a UFO? Anyone reported other sightings?

Thanks for your good wishes on Roddick; he won tonight.


tenisbebe Says:

Dan Martin Says: “I think JMDP will be a more permanent top 10 player than Simon or Verdasco. JMDP has won a lot of events recently and did well in NY last Summer, Australia this year and Paris this year.” Well yes but why do you think that? Simon is fading away, I agree but Verdasco? I think he’s the real thing, just hitting some bumps now, too much talent there.


Dan Martin Says:

Verdasco is a shot maker, but outside of Melbourne this year I have never seen that willingness to bear down on an opponent match in and match out. I think a killer instinct and tactical fine tuning could leave Verdasco in the top 10 or near the top 5 even, but I thought the same thing after he lost to Roddick at the U.S. Open in 5 sets in 2006. Sooner or later he has to do it or he will join the ranks of guys who could’ve and should’ve been better. I like his game so I hope he does put it together.

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