Father Federer in Murray Half in Montreal; Djokovic, Roddick in Nadal’s
by Sean Randall | August 7th, 2009, 5:25 pm
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The draw for the Tennis Masters Montreal has just been released. The top seed is Roger Federer followed by No. 2 seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal, then Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

The intrigue: Murray landed in the Federer half, Djokovic in the Nadal half and Roddick’s with Novak, again.

Federer’s section looks cushy with Radek Stepanek a potential third round, then Jo Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals.

Murray could run into Jeremy Chardy in the opener, then Fernando Gonzalez in the quarterfinals. My man Gael Monfils returns from injury, but…

Moving to the bottom half, in arguably the most competitive quarter Andy Roddick and Djokovic are seeded to meet again, this time in the Canadian quarterfinals. Before then, Roddick will have to deal with Tursunov or Andreev followed by Fernando Verdasco. Djokovic’s test could come against Cilic in the third round.

In final quarter – the Spanish quarter – Nadal will likely face David Ferrer in the second, Tommy Robredo (or moreso Sam Querrey) in the third before a rematch vs. Juan Martin Del Potro or Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals, guys he’s lost to in recent meetings.

And keep in mind, for the top guys like Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, Montreal will be the first hard court event for the players since March! So we could see plenty of upsets and the guys make the surface shift.

And of course we’ll see just how well Nadal’s knees hold up, and how Federer performs as a dad.

Also, Richard Gasquet who is once again under the ITF’s drug testing microscope is not in the draw. According to reports he will return in New Haven. James Blake and David Nalbandian are also not playing due to injury.


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121 Comments for Father Federer in Murray Half in Montreal; Djokovic, Roddick in Nadal’s

Veno Says:

Oh my god…..mouth watering prospects to jubilate!!!!!

Roddick indeed has the toughest draw of the top 8, but I’ll give him a good chance! Go Andy!!!!!!

And let’s hope for a Fed-Murray SF….that would be fireworks…….

Can’t wait to follow live scores(cry cry)


sar Says:

What a draw. We’ll see how this goes as many have had one month off and I don’t think they will all make it through due to rustiness. I guess Roddick will be the most well-oiled of the top men. I say 2 of top 6 get knocked out before quarters. The more telling tournament will be Cincy, which I will be attending.


Veno Says:

I envy you Sar!!!!!!
I’ll have to wait for tennis tv coverage til the USO sigh… Anyways enjoy Cincy!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

Yeepee ! Bring on real tennis. I think its fair draw..Murray got Davydenko who is coming on back back wins and a little bit of his nemesis.. will be tough.

JMDP has the last win on HC to Nadal…Roddick and Djoko has a “history”..just wonderful

Veno: “Can’t wait to follow live scores(cry cry)”

You are kidding. right ? There will be plenty of free live streaming or you can also pay for tennistv like me if you want a crispy clear picture.


Veno Says:

Kimmi, I have HD quality….but there’s the time difference and I won’t stay up nights looking at my computer screen….except in the weekends…

I’ll watch streaming of course….it was more a shout-out reference to Vonnie…..Wth is she?

Dunno how Fed did it, but I can’t see him lose before the SF….In all the other quarters I see possibilities for the top 8(actually 2-8) to lose before the quarters…..Good times ahead……


Veno Says:

Zheng-Stosur 4-3 0-30…Go Sam!!!!!!!!!!


Veno Says:

bahhhhhhhhhh 2 UE by Sam on 2 second serves…pity


Veno Says:

my goodness, 3rd UE return on Zhengs second serve(which is about 30 miles an hour)


tenisbebe Says:

Veno – Me thinks you might consider biting the bullet and pay for TennisTV for Montreal & Cincinnati :)


Veno Says:

and a 4th!!!!!!!!!!!!


Veno Says:

hey bebe!!!!!!!! No I won’t!!!! Matter of principle, am not going to pay to be able to watch online :)

If pay-per-view…..a no-brainer, but alas….


Veno Says:

Sam slices it a yard long on break-point!!!!! Kimmi, talk some sense into her please!!!!!


Veno Says:

15 mins till Roddick-time :-D


Veno Says:

“Let’s get ready to Andyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy”


Kimmi Says:

Veno, I get it..its the time difference I know, especially some matches are played from 7pm here. I understand..just like how I feel when I have to watch AO. And also all tounaments in Europe play when I am at work, I can never watch any matches except weekends. It is a pain.

sam sam in trouble but zheng is a fighter, I remember her run in wimbledon..what year was that ?


tenisbebe Says:

2008


Kimmi Says:

Aaaaaah Sam..on the net


Kimmi Says:

Wild wild wild forehand from Sam seal the set. C’mon Sam.


Kimmi Says:

thanks tenisbebe that was the year.. Zheng can play..but she looks so tiny though..


Veno Says:

she’s 5’2″ but fiesty and quick…and she hits hard for a 90 lbs woman


tenisbebe Says:

She eats up pace. Has probably had to learn to like it. OK dinner before the Roddick match. Later


Veno Says:

From article after Zheng beat Safina…

“The Russian struggled with her serve and numerous unforced errors. Safina netted a backhand on match point after being broken at love in the previous game.”

And this is a woman who 3 days ago ranted about being treated unfair because she gets so much slack for being a “fake” world number one….

Not the best way to back up tough talk with much needed tennis results!!!

She’s like 2 times the size of Jie Zheng looooooooooooooooooooooool

What a joke!


Veno Says:

Zheng is pounding on Stosur….looks like Sam has great difficulty being the favourite in a match…

Haven’t seen her play anywhere near the level she played at Roland Garros in all but 1 match after that(the 1 against Serena)….Weird


Kimmi Says:

Poor safina, she is been slacked left right and center, I give her credit though..it was her hard work that put her up there and its true she has been working very hard with her new coach who made safina realise her potential. I believe if she manage to win her first slam, she will relax and play much better.


Kimmi Says:

here we go, Roddick to serve


Kimmi Says:

Sorry, it is Dr Ivo serving.


NachoF Says:

Whes ever been to this tournament before? A friend of mine is planning on going and I want to ask him to get me one of those Federer caps (hats)… where could he find one??


Veno Says:

Finally see the first balls being hit(streaming but still) during this HC summer circuit!!!! Finally

I like Andy’s gritty face, right at the start of the match!!!!!


NachoF Says:

Who’s*


Veno Says:

Hey Kimmi, I’m not 1 of those people feeling for Safina AT ALL!!! What are we talking about….It’s professional tennis people….And she’s earning MILLIONS!!!!!!!! Boohoo, she and Marat had tough upbringing…boohoo…poor Safina, everybody questions her….

I won’t jump this band wagon…

I wish her well, but until she “mans” up and wins a slam she’ll just have to endure the criticisms coming her way in stead of complaining that she deserves the number 1 spot…

Think back to Lendl and what he had to do to become a slam winner, number 1 and how bad his rep still was in the media(SI-cover ’86 comes to mind)


Veno Says:

my goodness…..3-1 to Dr.Windmill…

Andy looks a little tight…
Am impressed by Ivo’s movement and depth on his ground strokes!!!

Sam won 4 games on the trott and is serving to pull back to 1-1….


Veno Says:

GO SAM!!!!!!!!! She won the second to 3…..Looking much better after trailing 3-1


Dan Martin Says:

Is it just 1 break?


Kimmi Says:

Veno veno, I like your thinking. I actually felt sorry for her at the french but hey you are right, they earn a lot…no crying in tennis.

what happened to Roddick, i went away a little and he gets broken. It will be very tough to get back here..it will go very quickly here.

Great fro sam..go go go


Kimmi Says:

“Is it just 1 break?” Dan LOL…not with DR IVO..But you never know..


Veno Says:

Look at the scared faces of the people on the first row when Ivo’s serving!!!!!!!! Hilarious!!!!!


FoT Says:

NachoF, I got my RF hat from Nike. You can order one through the website.


Veno Says:

loool Dan……


Veno Says:

my goodness what a volley by Ivo….impressive!!!


Veno Says:

C’MON ANDY!!!!!(sorry Lleyton…couldn’t resist)
Back on serve!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

Roddick breaks back…game on.

Dr Ivo miss every single first serve in that game…unreal.


steve Says:

Go Roddick! He managed to get back on serve. And just laid down his first ace of the match.


Veno Says:

From the tennis side I credit Larry S. for Roddick’s improvement, but mental strength, demeanor and attitude I totally credit Brooklyn for that….
Having a beautiful, supportive partner like her(so she seems to me) can add up to 15% increase in performance!!!(This is actually scientifically proven)

Go Andy


Veno Says:

Tie-breaker time!!!!!

Ivo’s playing well! And really like Andy’s attitude on court….Here we go


Veno Says:

Von, you can wipe your sweaty mittens dry now and relax a little more :-) your ‘little’ guy got the first settttttttttttt


steve Says:

And Roddick takes the tiebreak and the first set!


Kimmi Says:

Bummer !! Karlovic is serving below 50 % ??? Not good for the guy who rely on his serve but nevertheless Roddick took the advantage and thats what matters.


Veno Says:

spoke to soon….Ivo broke Roddick again….0-1…


Kimmi Says:

Ivo needs to sort out his serve.


Veno Says:

Andy lobbed Ivo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

Double faults does not help either…


steve Says:

Roddick breaks back! Strange match, both men have now been broken twice.


Veno Says:

Wow, Ivo is fickle at the wrong times…

It’s amazing Andy is ahead by a set and back on serve……

Ivo’s serve not clicking at all, while his court game is impressive…..


Dan Martin Says:

Ivo had his chances this thing is Andy’s to lose at this point.


Veno Says:

that was the 4th ripped backhand winner down the line by Ivo….Has he ever hit 4 of those in a match I wonder?


Veno Says:

Agreed Dan….think it’s over for Ivo….


Kimmi Says:

The commentator says one of the points Ivo played was Federer like…ha ha


Veno Says:

Now that is funny…

Sometimes I can´t believe the things coming out of commentator´s mouths….


Kimmi Says:

Veno, but these tennistv commentators are pretty good. Goodall and the south african guy, I love listening to them, they have some very good analysis..


Veno Says:

Agree, they’re good, was talking in general…Most aren’t good imo…

Also have not much trouble listening to Brad…


Dan Martin Says:

I’d love to broadcast tennis radio

Veno I answered the jingoism thing in the other thread.


Veno Says:

Andy: “I wish you would challenge a little quicker, you waited 10 seconds there”…………CLASSIC RODDICK LOOOOL The 6’10″ windmill looked a couple of inches shorter there hahahaha


Veno Says:

ok Dan, will have a looksy…


Kimmi Says:

Veno, but they say Ivo challenged quicker but Norm Chris did not hear/see him..so Ivo had to challenge again. Karlovic did not make big deal out of it though..the gentle giant.


Veno Says:

I meant no “stab” at Ivo…..just, Andy made me laugh….It’s like I said many times before, there’s not a lot of grey area with Andy lol.

Ivo is always respectful and I like the guy…he truly is a gentle giant…


Veno Says:

Sit still Von…..even though I imagine you’re bouncing on the couch now…..


Veno Says:

Very entertaining match!!!!!! Numero 501 for Andy….great win….still lots of things for him to improve on though…..Liked his “pezazz” on the court….

Congrats Von, I know it’s particularly nerve-recking for you when Andy plays Dr. Windmill!


Kimmi Says:

great match for Roddick, I think he played better than yesterday. Looks like its all the way to the final now….unless isner/berych have something to say…

C’mon del potro, I hope he gets there too. Gonzalez does not play too many tournaments but he maximizes his wins very well and now he is one match away from the final.


scineram Says:

First round:

Stan-Kiefer
Gonzo-Berdych
Haas-Ivo
Tursunov-Andreev
Lopez-Verdasco
Cilic-Youzhny
Kohlschreiber-Söderling

Are they fucking kidding me???


jane Says:

WOOT! Go A-Rod!


Veno Says:

Final 6’6″ DelPo- 6’9″ Isner would be some final…Tallest final ever????????????


tenisbebe Says:

Ahhhh….. A tasty meal, a glass of hearty red wine; Sam comes back and wins in three and Andy takes care of Ivo in 2. Life is good!


Twocents Says:

Sean,

You got good company here:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/231562-top-ten-resons-to-dislike-roger-federer

Great stuff for weekend amusement.

“(4) We compare his lows against his highs, and still find his worst year is better than most others’ best career year, 1 major title and 3 Slam finals in ’08. We resent him for that, too.

(5) Roger is articulate, eloquent, media savvy, too accessible, too much commercialized. He has become a cultural industry of mass media. Every thing sells about him. Media loves him, and that has been painful to watch. “


tenisbebe Says:

scineram Says: re: your post at 8:54 pm, is it REALLY necessary to use this language??? C’mon, clean it up please.


tenisbebe Says:

I’m going to go a little bit out on a limb & pick Djokovic to win Montreal.


Veno Says:

Hey Twocents….

Nice you put the link up…

I always enjoy reading the Bleacher Reports


Veno Says:

Nadal says: “Davis Cup is always on my calendar,” Nadal told the Spanish sports daily Marca. “Provided I don’t suffer any setbacks, and am selected, I would play Montreal, Cincinnati, US Open and Davis Cup.”

…and am selected? there is humble and there is just politically too correct….

Going on the assumption Rafa said this himself:

Come on Rafa, I like you, but enough already with the “good boy, perfect son-in-law” act…You’re 23 now, a tennis pro and a warrior!!! It’s not charming anymore to being titled a “kid” on tour anymore!!!

Time to put the nappies away and start acting(also in appearance(remember the pink and yellow at RG?) and in the written media. Spread those wings and fly my man!!!


Veno Says:

Hey bebe, wouldn’t put it past Djoko(Jane would certainly have a field day if he would!) as he is imo always a contender for the title, but everything would have to click for him and his confidence level has to be right where it was during AO ’08. Waiting in suspense how the top 4 will look on Quebecian soil!!! Go tennis!!!


margot Says:

Hmmm, I think Murray’s draw looks horrible! He’s got Davydenko who’s playing gr8 at mo., Gonzales who beat him at French Open, Karlovic, Hewitt, Haas…Yikes! Hope he’s been practising…Funnily enough I’m looking at Fed as the least of his worries!
von: whooooo, way to go Andy R!


Kimmi Says:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Federer, 28 today. Wish you the best of luck in the coming years.


jane Says:

tenisbebe, I hope you’re right! Djoko could use a bigger win; he’s gotten to the finals of a few Masters Series events but no title yet. He’ll be rested, but not match-grooved, so we’ll see.


jane Says:

Sean says “Federer’s section looks cushy”

Indeed. He doesn’t have anyone to worry about until Murray – unless Stan is on song. Or Tsonga finds an iota of consistency.

I don’t see Rafa going far though – Querrey could take him out in 3 sets, for sure, with Rafa rusty and Querrey high on confidence and match grooved.

I don’t know which, but I suspect Roddick, JMDP or Djoko will emerge from that other half.


Marcus Says:

Roddick looked good beating Karlovic. His movemenet has definitely improved. He should not have a problem against Isner. I am looking forward to a possible meeting with del Potro. That match should tell us a lot about how this guys will fare at the US Open. Roddick definitely has better chances compared with the previous couple of years. Good work, Larry and Andy.


Marcus Says:

Veno,

I do believe you don’t mean to sound negative about Nadal talking in a humble way. I would rather hear him talk the way he always did instead of talking trash. I don’t think it is in his nature to boast or say mean things.


Marcus Says:

About Safina, I do feel bad about the bad rap she has been getting. However, I cannot really blame those who are not so happy with her being number one. I think Safina should not pay any attention to what others say and should not say anything at all (althought it may be hard when she keeps getting asked the same question). Maybe her best answer is “no comment”. Just concentrate on her game and if she wins a major, the questions will stop. If she does not and remains number one, continue a “no comment” attitude. She cannot do anything about the situation. All she can do is play and let things fall into its proper place.


Twocents Says:

Glad you liked it, Veno. A pal txted me the link. Credit to her.


margot Says:

jane:if u have time, asked you q. on Uncle Tony thread. It seems to have vanished from main bit!


Veno Says:

Marcus, absolutely not my intention to sound negative about Nadal, his humbleness and respectfulness are a true credit. But I get the feeling he is afraid to say something in such a manner that it could be interpreted as if he wasn’t humble or respectful. All I want to point out is, that he’ll always be humble, he doesn’t have to over-do it anymore…He’s 23 now, not a kid anymore….


Kimmi Says:

Veno: “Nadal says: “Davis Cup is always on my calendar,” Nadal told the Spanish sports daily Marca. “Provided I don’t suffer any setbacks, and am selected, I would play Montreal, Cincinnati, US Open and Davis Cup.””

…and am selected? there is humble and there is just politically too correct….
__________________________________________

LOL LOL…
Veno, I agree with you, who else from Spain will be selected to play Davis Cup this year ??


grendel Says:

del Potro takes first set, very entertaining, Gonzo in top form until tiebreak. In game prior to the breaker, Gonzo chopped a hard serve from del Potro and it went quite high, just over the net. The Argentine charged up to dispatch it, and then watch in bewilderment as the ball slowly and devilishly spun right back over the net. del Potro, who had moved towards the umpire’s chair in an effort to keep track of the ball, looked as if he couldn’t quite believe it and was wondering whether he might not complain. Didn’t seem fair, somehow. Gonzo, meanwhile, had his arms aloft in an exaggerated gesture of apology. But could one detect just a hint of triumph, too, as if the Chilean was saying: I know it doesn’t look like it, but I actually meant that? Oh, yes, done it a few times in practice. Nearly won him the set, too – he had 3 set points. On the first, del Potro, despite serving rather poorly, aced him. On the second, he hit a good serve, inducing the error and on the third, a magnificent second serve which caught Gonzo hopping.

This chap’s got a good temperament. Needs to do something about his volleying, though, especially on the fh. Still, consider Roddick’s volley only a couple of years or so ago – risible. Now it’s excellent. The rapid manner in which del potro learns suggests that he, too, will have a good volley before long.


Marcus Says:

Veno, I get what you mean about Nadal. Maybe when his grasp of the English language improves, he may be able to express himself in a less guarded and less sterotypical manner.

Who do you think gives the best interviews? My book lists Roddick and Safin (except for the last one where he said he has no friends in the tour). My all time favorite is Ivanisevic.


jane Says:

Delpo served poorly today; unless he can serve better in the final, I see Roddick taking the Washington title. I would be shocked if Roddick has any trouble finishing off Isner in straights.


Kimmi Says:

Wow ! Isner keeps surprising !! Who would have thought..he played the best tie break in that set.


jane Says:

Well, you’re right Kimmi. Isner played a very good tiebreak. He’s a different challenge than Karlovic, especially on hard courts. Anyhow, Andy’s up a break in the second, so I sure hope he can finish off the next two sets for the win. I’m hoping for a JMDP vs. Roddick final.


Kimmi Says:

easy second set by Roddick. Roddick is playing better but Isner looks like he is lost that mojo he started with. We are into the decider….


Veno Says:

Hey Marcus, Goran was great in interviews and pressers….I also like Roddick!!!!

One of the best I ever heard was Mecir(long time ago) he had a mad sense of humour…

Safin isn’t too bad either and I liked to hear Stefan Edberg talk too…


Veno Says:

Vonnie!!!!!!!!!
Numero 502 in da bag!!!
Just got home and saw the 3rd set against Johnny I.S.(had a wedding of a colleague…shook that booty good time hehehehe)

Great result for Andy…congrats

Only JM DelPo to go….Hopw Andy wins!!!!!

Isner playing great too….kudos to him too!!!


Kimmi Says:

Very good match, I did not think Isner will play this well, in the end Roddick is the one with more experience. Isner should take the positive and learn from this.

Seed 1 & 2 final..what I hoped for. Hope del potro can play better than today to make it a competative match.


Veno Says:

Hey Kimmi!!!!!

Isner has been playing great on HC this summer…

And @Von: Andy responding to Cahill asking him if he was worried about his back when he dove at John’s volley…: “No problem, I was worried about the court.” Hahahahahaha, classic roddick again!!!!


Veno Says:

And Andy reaching the final against nr 2 seed Del Potro on Fed’s birthday!!!


Kimmi Says:

Veno, yes Isner was very good, if he continue like this his ranking will move up and up. I can’t believe he is ranked 80 right now….


Kimmi Says:

Yeah Fed birthday today, getting Old..28 ha ha. Can’t wait for montreal to start, a lot of great tennis next week.


Marcus Says:

I hope the final between Roddick and del Potro will be as good as this one.

Veno, I agree, Roddick gave another of his very quotable interviews. Of the current players, Andy gives the best interviews. Federer, for all his greatness playing the game, is among the worse interviewees. I’d rather see him play than listen to him talk.

I am not sure I am interested in watcing the Sharapova match.


Marcus Says:

I don’t know how to follow these posts. I am confused as to which thread to follow and put in my comments. Well, mine are mostly nonsense anyway. Hahaha!


jane Says:

Sharapova is struggling SO much since her return; her matches are almost painful to watch. She’s fought hard in this semi based on what I’ve seen, but Pennetta is going to win. I wonder if Sharpie will ever match her pre-injury best? I tend to doubt it.


Kimmi Says:

Jane I agree, too many double faults, her serve is just not working…she cannot hold serve. It will take a lot of work for her to get back, I think IF her serve is fixed (her groundies not too bad) she can be a contender again…but that is a big IF


tenisbebe Says:

Actually Pam Shriver brought up several good points on the broadcast (some she’s mentioned before) regarding adjustments that Maria needs to make:

1) The ball toss: It’s too high, a leftover from the pre-surgery days, and needs to come down significantly to improve her timing.

2) Left shoulder: It’s dropping long before she strikes the ball causing faults.

3) The legs: Are not being fully utilized. Shift the emphasis from deriving power from the shoulder to getting it from the legs.


Janadev Says:

I just gone through the Montreal’s Doubles draw and its funny to find that Nadal/Roig(his coach) are drawn against Djokovic/Vemic..

That’s a must watch I feel.. hope I can find a stream for that..


Veno Says:

Hey bebe, interesting points from Shriver…don’t know if I agree on the ball toss though. If 6’2″ shriekapova lowers her ball toss, with her service motion, she’ll have even more trouble utilizing power from her legs into her serve…

I have always thought Maria should have strengthened/trained her legs more. Power wise and speed wise her upper body strength is good, her weakness is in her legs imo….She’s among the slowest players on tour(compensating it a lot with her Albatross like reach :-D )


Veno Says:

Wow, just watched a re-run of Sharapova-Pennetta…hard to watch…

Maria had 3,976 doubles and 11,867 UE in that match…
Some really good points too though. This match was all Maria. Pennetta just kept the ball in play…

Maria 3-1 40-15 up and totally crumbles and doesn’t win a game anymore….shocking….Next to the physical struggle she has to get through to regain her former level, the mental issue will have to be addressed too!!!! Only fighting hard on each point isn’t enough to get the job done…


Veno Says:

Tiebreaks:

Andy Roddick has an impressive tiebreak record:
29-7(insanely good!!!) this season and 253-144 for his career!!!
He has a winning tiebreak record against every player(more than 5 played) except Fed….
*He leads Murray 3-2, is 2-2 with Nadal and trails 1-3 to Djokovic.
To give an idea, Andy is 8-3 against Dr.Ivo(and 5-1 for matches) and won 4 of his 6 matches against the Croatian Windmill 6 and 6(Now that’s impressive)
Fed is 10-3 against Dr.Ivo in tiebreaks!!!(and 9-1 in matches) Both Fed and Andy are impressive in tiebreaks against MC Ivo(what a horrible rap he made)

Fed’s career tiebreak record is even more impressive:
19-5 this season(this is also very good) and 258-132 for his career.

Fed leads 12-3 total tibreaks played against Andy
Fed leads 7-0 in tiebreaks played in slams(ouch)
Fed leads 5-3 in tiebreaks played in ATP tourneys

Fed leads Nadal 9-7
Fed leads Murray 2-1
Fed trails Djokovic 2-4(only player to own Fed in tiebreaks uptil now)

So Djokovic actually has a winning record in tiebreaks against the two best tiebreak players…
It shows in his career statistics of 89-44, but let’s wait and see if he can hold this ratio for the next 100 tiebreak he plays….

For sure playing and winning tiebreaks is an art form :)


tenisbebe Says:

Janadev – so Rafa’s doubles partner is his “coach”? Very odd. Hope you can see it on live streaming although doubles are not typically shown.


tenisbebe Says:

Veno – re: Maria’s serve & your post 6:11am, with her new abbreviated motion, she does not need to toss it so very high now because she don’t need the extra time to rotate her right arm/shoulder. Instead she’s “waiting” too long for the ball to drop & many times drops her left shoulder before striking the ball, causing her to hit it into the net. So shorten the wait time. Also, of course, in windier conditions, the shorter toss will help immensely.

I used to have a high ball toss & the wind would play havoc some days.

OK – gotta go. Type at ya later.


jane Says:

Veno,

Thanks for the tiebreaks post; it was interesting. I love finding out those sorts of details. Even though in the scheme of a match stats don’t always hold, they’re good to have in the back of the mind.

I also liked your take on Sharapova’s leg strength. Personally I think she could flourish with a coach BESIDES her wacko dad. Maybe she could keep her dad around but hire an effective coach? I mean why wouldn’t she know that about movement and legs?


Kimmi Says:

Veno: Good point about Djokovic tiebreak record. When Djokovic came on the scene (2007 I think), he was playing the best tiebreak in the tour imo, very aggressive and won almost all of them. During this time, when Fed /Djoko played, I always felt once they reach a tiebreak fed will lose. But that Djokovic is long gone, he needs to find himself again because everybody else is catching up..I hope he does for tennis sake.

The best tiebreak fed has ever played was this year FO with Soderling imo (he said so himself) WOW !


Veno Says:

Oh my god!!!!!!!!

Am watching ATDHE streaming but they have put the commentary of the Ashes(England-Australia) wrongfully under the broadcast of Roddick-Delpotro…….

Amazingly irritating…Come on, get me the good sound stream please!!!!

Go Andy!(for Von)


Veno Says:

And now the whole stream is gone….

Anyone know of another free stream to watch the Legg Mason final?


Veno Says:

Agree Kimmi, better yet it was the best tiebreak I have ever seen anyone play!

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