Nadal Faces Ferrer Test Tonight in Singles Return at Montreal
by Sean Randall | August 12th, 2009, 10:23 am
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It looks like another good schedule today at the Montreal Masters with Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Gael Monfils and Jo Tsonga on the courts.

Of course the big match of the day is the evening encounter between Nadal and David Ferrer. The match will be Nadal’s first singles contest since his loss to Robin Soderling just over two months ago, although Rafa did curiously compete in doubles Monday and Tuesday (he and coach Francisco Roig lost last night).

I said at the start that Nadal could be in for trouble early in this comeback and if Ferrer can play like the Ferrer of old – that is get a lot of balls back, return serve well and attack at the right times – he has a great chance today.

Nadal has won seven of their 10 meetings, but Rafa’s 1-2 on hardcourts vs. Ferrer who has won their most recent cement meetings at the 2007 Masters Cup and the 2007 US Open.

That said, I’m tempted to go out on a limb and take Ferrer, but I’m just not sure he’s playing with the confidence needed to finish the job. So a slight lean to Rafa in this one.

Also today, I think the faster courts in Montreal will propel my man Monfils over Ferrero, Roddick over Igor Andreev and Tsonga blasts Rainer Schuettler.

Juan Martin del Potro debuts today (is this his first match in Canada?) against Jan Hernych and we fans also are treated to another Fernando Gonzalez-Tommy Haas battle.

As for earlier results, not surprisingly, the top guys didn’t look all that great yesterday. Roger Federer went 7-6, 6-4 with 33-year-old Freddy Niemeyer while Novak Djokovic also struggled against a Canadian, getting pushed similarly by Peter Polansky 6-4, 7-6.

However, my pick to win this title, Andy Murray, showed no signs of rust hammering on the talented Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-2.

I also have to mention the women’s event in Cincinnati where Kim Clijsters is making her comeback. Clijsters of course defeated the 13th-ranked Marion Bartoli in her first match back in a couple of years. Credit to Kim, but the result is pretty remarkable when you consider just a few weeks ago Bartoli was beating up on Venus Williams, and now she can’t get over on someone who hasn’t played in two years! Is Kim that tournament tough already, or was Marion just that nervous? I’d lean to the latter, but that’s women’s tennis.

And for Clijsters, while on paper her draw looks scary, perhaps it really isn’t when you consider that she may have the WTA’s finest mental head cases on her path. She just beat Bartoli and now it’s onto Patty Schnyder this afternoon, then Sveta Kuznetsova in the third round followed by Dinara Safina in the quarterfinals. These are all girls who don’t want to play/lose to someone like Clijsters who hasn’t competed in two years and has zero pressure!

That all said, Schnyder could take her out in a few hours but then again I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Belgian in the semifinals. Hell, I could see Dinara simply withdrawing before having to even take the court against Kim in the quarters. Wouldn’t that be fun? Nerves…What a wonderful thing.


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211 Comments for Nadal Faces Ferrer Test Tonight in Singles Return at Montreal

Jay Says:

i want to see all the women choke against clijsters


Ty Says:

Spot on with the nerves comment. A bunch of women who seem to be afraid to win sometimes.

Tsonga is wrapping up Schuettler right now, whatever happened to that guy? I still remember the year he was in the Auz Open final against Agassi.


Ty Says:

Very interested to see how Isner stands up to some good competition in a big event. Right now he’s down a break in the third to the Russian headcase Youzhny.


Fed is GOAT Says:

This could never happen on the men’s tour – someone not playing for two years, then coming and beating a player ranked 12 or 13 in the first match, straight sets. And we are talking about Kim Clisters, not even someone who may have won 10 or 20 slams. The depth just isn’t there on the women’s side, the way it is on the men’s side. A slight slip up, and guys like Federer and Djokovic could have lost to players ranked outside of the top 200 – a 33 year old ranked 487 gave Federer a bit of a run for his money yesterday.


Fed is GOAT Says:

This was reported by several people regarding Fed’s match last night vs. Neimeyer:

“and Fed, in a class move, didn’t take the post-match walk to the crowd’s appreciate applause, letting Fred take the bows… great sportsmanship
from Fed… ”

Ya, that’s very arrogant of Fed, to let the crowd applaud their home guy…. (this was for the Fed haters…..)


Scottish Says:

JMDP is looking so strong. He’s on his way to another final, against Fed!!


Scottish Says:

Fed is probably the nicest guy on tour and is held in the highest of respect for his character by the other players and reporters. The fed haters mean squat when it comes to reality. They live in a different world from the other 6 billion of us.


Veno Says:

Scottish and Fed is GOAT….agree with both points you guys made…WTA is just sad and Fed gave Fred his just deserts considering that was his latest showing in a Canadian tennis tournament.

Youzny got the better of Isner in 3. A MS tourney isn’t quite the same as LA or Washington…


Veno Says:

*latest is last….sorry


Veno Says:

Juan Carlos-La Monf is getting very intersting. A good match up. Some amazing points there!!!
First time they meet…


Ty Says:

Ferrero, didn’t he get to the final last year? Or was that Cincy?


Veno Says:

Rogers Cup Toronto ’08: Final: R.Nadal beat N.Kiefer
Cincinnati Masters ’08: Final: A.Murray beat N.Djokovic


Scottish Says:

Ferrero did it!! Surprise to me. Great match. Monfils must be super disappointed.


Von Says:

Veno: Yahoo, the Mosquito has once again impressed, beating the jig comedian! LOL..


Scottish Says:

Rats, Robredo is out. Was looking for him to go deeper.


Veno Says:

Juan Carlos through in straights!!!
Great match between the 2 and saw the point of the championship so far…40 shot really


Veno Says:

Hey Von!!! Yes, am very glad for Juan Carlos…gotta love ‘em


Ty Says:

Scottish: Robredo is one of the biggest jokes on tour. That guy has literally won NOTHING and was somehow in the top 10 last year.


Scottish Says:

Hey Von, any thoughts on Andy’s match coming up?


Scottish Says:

Yeah but doesn’t mean we can’t hope. :-) He’s not my fav obviously but it would be nice to see a few more of these guys challenge the top 10 rankings.


Veno Says:

And now it’s good luck to your guy Andy!!!
Andreev is a dangerous customer on HC’s(USO ’08 4th rnd rings some bells)

And good to have seen the Canadian WC’s and Qualifier do well yesterday. I really liked Polansky and Tsonga’s little brother Raonic looked powerful too with his 18 yrs old. Would be nice to see some young Canucks come through the ranks. After all a big country like that can’t possibly only represent itself by hockey(just kidding my Canadian friends….freaken’ eh?)

JMDP looked awesome in his match and I second Scottish that it’s a pity Robby Robo is out…

I hope Any R. rocks Rod time tonight Von :)

And BTW, we hardly differ in age I think….


Veno Says:

Sorry guys, my keyboard is playing havoc with me….time to reboot…..


Scottish Says:

Yeah us Canucks have seen some good show from our boys. Too bad they had to play the #1 and #4 so early. Raonic looked great though. The problem here is that there isn’t the money poured into our athletes like other countries.

Andy R. should be ok. I can’t see him letting this one slip. Like I said earlier JMDP is one to watch and he keeps looking better all the time. He’s def now in my top 3. I love to watch him play and a class act off the court too.


Veno Says:

If I win the lottery I’ll move to Canada and start a tennis academy!!! I will, I will…


Von Says:

Scottish: What happenend you took the day off? No, I have zero thoughts on Andy’s match, and zero expectatations. I remember the last time these two met at the FO’07(?), Andreev was just pounding forehands past Roddick 2 years ago, and I’m still seeing those FHs go past Andy. I’m on pins and needles here.
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Veno: Thanks for the good vibes. LOL. Would you believe the Tennis Channel is showing the matches delayed, so I have to watch live streaming. Wanna hold my cold hands, and they are very cold, I tell ya? LOL.


Von Says:

Scottish: I wish I were as confident as you with respect to Andy roddick today. If he were playing against a WC or quali I would have felt better.


Von Says:

Hey Veno: Send some of that lottery money this way to maman if you win. Remember, I’ve been a good mother other to you providing all those links which should count for something maybe a couple of dollars, yes? LOL.


Veno Says:

That’s ok Von, mine are warm….gimme those mits :-D


Von Says:

Oh my God, I’m sorry, I have to walk away, roddick is giving me ajita already.


Scottish Says:

Von: Yeah I’m working from home today. Got any live streaming links for me?

What’s up with Simon? Could another seed be bowing out?


Von Says:

Scottish: ADTHE.net, you can see two matches side by side, and http://www.justin.tv, there are a bunch of streams on that site. goodluck.


Veno Says:

Shucks….Tennis channel s…..ucks

That’s a bummer.

Andy’s looking well though. Really like his attitude on the court this season….I havent’seen him slouching the shoulders at all in ’09. Go Andy!!!


Veno Says:

Are you surprised Scottish about Simon?(You a Canuck with Scot blood?)

It doesn’t surprise me he totally hammered Frankie C. and then plays like a top 150 player the next match….It’s all mentality with him…


Veno Says:

*Arghhhhhh Frankie C.= Frankie D.


Von Says:

yahoo, Roddick breaks!!! c’mon Andy!


Veno Says:

Andy is aggressive on the return, his “hit point” especially on the second serve is inside the baseline, but then he moves back 2 meters, wish he would stay closer to the baseline(remember Wimby fnal?) and take the ball on the rise, especially up now a break….Go Andy!!!!


Scottish Says:

Veno: yeah born in Scotland lived in Canada most of my life. No I’m not surprised with Simon. It really makes the top players so impressive. The guys that go deep in tournaments consistently.

Also makes Fed / Nadal rankings impressive as well. I really hope Andy R doesn’t get to #2. I’m holding that spot for JMDP when his time comes. :-)


Veno Says:

4-1, your warms any warmer already maman?


Veno Says:

Ah nice Scottish! I love the Scots!!! And Canucks too!!!!

Anyways….JMDP’s time will definitely come. I doubt Andy R minds a whole lot about which ranking he’s got as long as he can put himself in the mix with the big boys, especially at the slams and the big ATP tourneys.


Veno Says:

Scottish says: “Also makes Fed / Nadal rankings impressive as well.”

Very very true. What Rafa and Rog have accomplished through their rivalry and their consistency from July 2005 is nothing short of amazing. Not ever before have the top dogs dominated the 1 and 2 spot for so long and how they fought off all the challengers so far(Murray really challenging now though…happy about that) is pretty impressive.


Scottish Says:

Ooops – typo. I meant Andy M. I wouldn’t mind seeing Andy R at 2 again but I don’t think it will happen – sorry Von. :-)


Von Says:

Veno: Maman’s hands are warming up due to the break and a nice hot cup of earl Grey tea.

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Scottish: did those streams work for you? I’m looking at ADTHE.net right now and the HD quality is super.


Von Says:

Yeah, Roddick breaks again! Save some for the next set Andy.


Scottish Says:

Von: not really. I found one off Justin.tv but it’s very choppy. Too bad about Isner today. I was pulling for him.


Veno Says:

A 142 mph ace and 6 to the 1!

Good times Von!!!

HD ADTHE is great, haven’t used the other stream yet. This 1 will do for me :)


Scottish Says:

Ok well that wasn’t much of a set. Not sure this is the best for AR. Easy wins are not always good practice for the tougher matches.


Veno Says:

I disagree, 1 and 1 would be perfect for a second rnd first game…..save the energy. It’s 5 days in a row :)


Von Says:

Veno: No need to be sorry. Andy R. has had his heyday in the top 10, becoming No. 1, now it’s Andy M’s turn and I’m happy for him. I just want Roddick to stay on the tour and not become discouraged as he did last year after being injured and lost so early at Wimby and he wanted to quit the tour because of the injnuries lingering. I’d probably cry if he left the tour now. If Roddick does quit due to the sick media, who is Sean Randall going to pick on to get hits for his articles? The poor guy will be lost, no more Roddick to headline anything. OY VEY time for sure.


Kimo Says:

The way Roddick is playing today I don’t see anyone stopping him from reaching the final. If Murray takes out Fed in the semis (God forbid), Roddick with take home the title.

He really is starting to look like the guy who won Canada-Cincy-US Open back to back in 2003.


Veno Says:

Andy still a little afraid to keep moving forward when serve and volley(you see him tilt backwards when the ball is returned hard in stead of staying on his toes)


Von Says:

Scottish: The ADTHE is great, stick to that one.

Isner is still suffering from the after effects of mono, and he’ll have to be careful. I don’t thin k he should have played Canada after going so deep at DC. At Indy he had zero energy after a few days of play, same for LA. I think he needs to rest — he’s been playing too many tourneys week after week, so it was bolund to happen.


Scottish Says:

Kimmo: not sure about that. This is a very strong field. JMDP is strong and can take our AR again. A whole bunch of these guys could get on a hot streak. I just don’t see any sure bets. Oh and are we forgetting a certain #2 who is back in action?


Veno Says:

Kimo, love the optimism there, but hold your horses…

Long way to go and Andy’s looking solid, but Andreev is sub par. Let’s hope Andy can keep growing into the tourney…

I still feel Andreev is giving him mucho time…Wait and see till he gets only half the time against a stronger opponent…


Ty Says:

Why does he have his ears tucked into his headband?


Veno Says:

Agree Von, on Issie….He over did it. He needs to rest and skip Cincy imo


Scottish Says:

I can’t find any streams. Argh.


Von Says:

Andreev keeps pushing Roddick back, and that’s not a good sign, which means drop shots will be the MO Andreev will be resorting to whenever Roddick is so far behind the baseline. Stand yolur ground Andy, c’mon.


Von Says:

Scottish: Try this one. How come ADTHE is not working for you? It’s fine for me and I’m watching simon and Roddick simultaneously.

http://www.livestreamtube.com/ch-8/


Kimo Says:

I’m just stating my opinion. I realize how tough winning a Mster Series shield is.

While it’s true that Andreev is sub par, he did go the distance against Fed last year at the US Open. The fact that Roddick is out-rallying a clay-court specialist is definitely worth noting. If Roddick is solid on his service games (which comes naturally to him) and is able to rally on his return games, I think there are very few weaknesses in his game on this surface for anyone to exploit.

Btw, Larry Stefanki has totally revolutionized Rod’s backhand.


Scottish Says:

Von, you are a sweetie – thanks!


Dan Martin Says:

It sounds like the draw is putting a lot of nice matches out there in Montreal. Thanks to all of you for your kind words in the other thread. I will try to post something about Cincy next Monday and Tuesday.

Dan


Veno Says:

That’s ok Kimo. Love it when people speak their mind. Agree on his backhand. To me Andy still has the tendency to step back 2 meters after he returns or gets a good return. Andreev has picked up on that and pushes him further back. Andy’s letting him, this is dangerous imo…
As we speak Andreev is picking up his level. Andy has to be careful. Step it up A-Rod(oh no, that’s Rodriguez….)


Veno Says:

That there was a prime example…


Veno Says:

OMG, Andy…why so tentative!!!!! You let him back in the rally and in stead of 15 all it should have been 0-30…..C’mon Andy!!!!


Scottish Says:

Hey Dean, hope all goes well. Montreal has definitely been exciting so far. But then again what else do you expect from Canada? :-)


Veno Says:

Hope Andy’ll get jiggy with it and wins in sraights…


Von Says:

Veno: Alex rodriguez stole Roddick’s nick name — “A-Rod”, and I’m thinking I should sue Rodriguez. LOL.

Andreev is not sub-par at all, he’s a dangerous player. As I said, I keep seeing those FHs from the FO. Roddick was up a set and a break and Andreev began hitting those FHs relentlessly. Roddick got discouraged and the rest is history. Dang it all, I hope Roddick does not become too passive, or else, Andreev will begin with a deluge of FHs again. C’mon Andy!
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Scottish: you’re welcome, and I can be ‘sweet’ when the mood hists. LOL> and LOL again.


Von Says:

Roddick need to use more body serves, and handcuff Andreev.


Veno Says:

Hey Vonnie, read my above post…..Andreev not sub par anymore….And yes, I know Rodriguez stole Andy’s nick name….Remember the Sports Center commercial?


Von Says:

Now, that’s more like it, bring the heat Andy!


Veno Says:

Andy will win 1 and 6 :)


Veno Says:

“move those feet Andy!!!” Can you also hear Larry think out loud?


Von Says:

Veno: I read it, Andreev is picking his spots and returning Roddick’s serves with interest. Andreev played Tursunov tough on Monday and it’s why I didn’t think he’s subpar. Anyway, I know you understand what I’m saying.


Scottish Says:

Closer set. Andy is making some mistakes. Still doesn’t seem anything to worry about yet. Andreev isn’t doing anything really special to beat Andy.


Veno Says:

(Wink at my girl Vonnie) Just checking if you’re sharp :) I didn’t mean Andreev is sub par as a player, but he was playing sub par in the opening set…Anyways, I know you understand what I’m saying(being the elder and stuff)

OMG, Kimmie just beat Schnyder in straights….Boy oh boy….WTA getting hammered in the press now!!!!!!!


Scottish Says:

Is it just me or does Andy’s shirt look too big on him? LOL

Nice serving that game. The way it should be done.


Veno Says:

Go Ansy…Pound on him now…Use that flat BH push through on him…


Von Says:

Now that was a nice service game for Roddick! Let’s move it nice and steady Andy and win will ya. He needs to conserve as much energy as possible because he’s got a late start for the wwek (Wednesday) and will have to play every day henceforth. Are you listening to me Andy?


Veno Says:

Ansy? So sorry Von….still sangria in my blood?


Von Says:

Scottish: Roddick always wears his shirt large. I prefer to see a guy with a large shirt (for sports) than one that’s too fitting and tight across the chest and waist areas where it pulls and bunches up, but that’s just me. Comfort should be the name of the game. LOL.


Von Says:

Veno: Hey ‘Ansy’ is OK, Roddick is usually ‘antsy’ anyway LOL. he likes to twitch around a lot.


Scottish Says:

Von: yeah I like comfort but watch Andy always adjusting and playing with his shirt is distracting. I am surprised you don’t like tighter shirts though. I would have thought you would have wanted to see some muscles. LOL


Veno Says:

looooooooooooooooooool


Von Says:

Roddick makes me mad when he doesn’t use his challenges. That serve should have been challenged. it seems as though this set is going to a breaker. C’mon Andy, no more ajita for me, please.


Veno Says:

Andy’s got plenty muscles for you ladies to gaze at :) Apparently Nadal is back to sleeveless shirts. a lot of people like that. I don’t. It was ok when he was a kid. Now, it just looks juvenile. Taste is in the eye……


Von Says:

Scottish: Muscles are not really my thing. I like to see toned, but I could live without the muscles. I don’t like chicken legs and arms though. What was roddick doing at the net there? Stop it!


Von Says:

I don’t like what I’m seeing in this tie-break. goltta walk away.


Von Says:

Did Roddick get lucky there coming to the net. Andy why are you so stupid — keep away from the net? c’mon get the darn break and finish will ya.


Scottish Says:

Roddick has it now!


Veno Says:

Poor Von….

Don’t worry, in real life they aren’t as muscular as they look on tele. They look very toned as they should…

Did you see Novak in underwear? He looks muscular but really isn’t. Same with Fed, toned, but not muscular.


Von Says:

Blast one up the tee and get it over with, please.


Veno Says:

Veno Says:

Andy will win 1 and 6 :)

Posted August 12th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

See Von? No worries whatsoever


Scottish Says:

Way to go AR!! Congrats Von.


Von Says:

How did roddick win the last point — I didn’t look. Thank you Lord, it’s over! Now I’ll be able to relax and enjoy it when Tennis Channel shows it delayed — gotta be thankful for small mercies.
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Veno: I guess I’m nt one of those females that’s turned on by huge muscles. My son had some good muscles on him and when he hugs and squeezes maman, I suffocate in those large arms. The muscles look good on him as he’s young, and he only does it to stay toned, and attract the young ‘uns. LOL.


Von Says:

Veno & Scottish: You guys were right and thanks for helping me through the tenseness! I just wish I had as much confidence as the two of you in Roddick when he plays against some players. I suppose now that he’s beaten Andreev that FO FH pounding will leave my memory banks.


Scottish Says:

Yeah most woman don’t care for huge muscles. Toned is good. It shows health and activeness. Even as a guy I don’t want to see other fat guys. LOL. Unlike tennis, golf has some of both.


Veno Says:

Loool Von, the majority of women prefer not too muscular. An athletic build and good stamina is what gets the oestrogen going!!!


Veno Says:

Von says: “I just wish I had as much confidence as the two of you in Roddick when he plays against some players.”

Of course for us it’s easier Vonnie, how do you think I have felt for 16 months watching Fed play…Excruciating from time to time….


Scottish Says:

Andy plays Verdasco next. Should be a good match. What’s the history between these two?


Scottish Says:

Yeah Von it’s easier for us to be objective. Andy’s having a great year. He’s going to keep it up. This isn’t just a good streak, it seems to be for real.


Von Says:

Veno: Scottish ‘fat’ guys, LOL. I’m sorry that’s an immediate turn off, not to mention the hair, and oh so very important face. LOL. Anyway, I’d better stop because I’ll give the impression that I like perfection.
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Veno: I’m maman remember, so I don’t need to get the ‘E’ going at all. LOL.

Are you guys looking forward to watching Nadal?

Veno: Aren’t you glad you found ADTHE? Wow, I’m thinking you were saved from using up the water fall due to the non-broadcasts of the tourneys in your country. LOL.


Scottish Says:

Oh man I’m totally ready to watch Nadal again. Been too long. I will only be able to catch the last part of it though. Hope he comes out blazing.


Von Says:

Scottish: In the past Roddick was able to get the better of Verdasco, but now that both have re-tooled, I don’t know how that will turn out when they meet. I believe Verdasco has one more match to play before he meets roddick, or did he do that already. I know he beat Lopez yesterday. I was disappointed with Lopez, who seemed to be rooted to the concrete like a potted plant. the guy needs to move his feet.


Scottish Says:

Von: Verdasco crushed Mayer today 6-1, 6-1.


Von Says:

Cottish: Why won’t you be able to watch all of Nadal’s match? Are you too busy? If yes, sorry.


Scottish Says:

I will be at Church tonight for the first part of it. Don’t be sorry. As much as I love tennis, I love other things more. :-)


Von Says:

@ 5:18 pm, I meant ‘Scottish’ not ‘Cottish’. Sorry.


Veno Says:

Von says: “Veno: Aren’t you glad you found ADTHE? Wow, I’m thinking you were saved from using up the water fall due to the non-broadcasts of the tourneys in your country. LOL.”

Credit where credit’s due Maman(I’ll cut any reference to E as you are maman and I’m a ladies man and I’m sure you don’t want to hear about that….)
You led me to ADTHE and what an oasis of joy it has been!!! So thank you once again!!!

Unfortunately I won’t be able to watch Rafa :-( because I have to get up early tomorrow(in 7 hours already)


Von Says:

Scottish: “I will be at Church tonight for the first part of it. Don’t be sorry. As much as I love tennis, I love other things more. :-)”

Same here, He’s more important! Life’s a roller-cosater with Him, can you imagine what it will be like, without Him?


Scottish Says:

No I can’t but that’s for another blog. ;-)


Von Says:

Veno: “Unfortunately I won’t be able to watch Rafa :-( because I have to get up early tomorrow(in 7 hours already).”

Please retire for the night — I’m concerned about all the late hours you’ve been keeping everynight, so I’ll bid you Bon soir for tonight, and sleep well. Dream of sorana and any other nice ones you’ve taken a fancy to, but remember all things in moderation. LOL.

“To sleep, perchance to dream, ay there’s the rub”.

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Scottish: Perhaps I’ll catch you later. I’m now going to watch the delayed matches on Tennis Channel and I’ll be able to see my ‘sweetheart’ on a much bigger screen.


Scottish Says:

Von: Sounds good and look forward to it. have a great evening!


Veno Says:

Thanks Von. Although I like watching Sorana I don’t dream about her or any other female tennis player alas…

I will retire for the night and hope you guys get a great match and Rafa is back to his best….


Veno Says:

P.s. Sorana is way too young for me…


Marcus Says:

Von,

I did not know you get hysterically nervous crazy when Roddick plays! It is funny and it makes me laugh in a good-humored way. Just for that, I hope Roddick wins the whole thing…and the US Open, too.


Von Says:

Marcus: You’ve no idea how nervus I become watching Andy play against some players. Hysterical, No, but clammy plams, yes. I sit quietly when I’m not blogging and am like a backseat driver hitting the pedal, but in this case I hit the imaginary BHs and FHs. LOL.

I’m glad I can make you laugh because I love to laugh also, but when Roddick plays, it’s serious business for me — OY VEY time for sure. I so want for him to win that one additional slam to shut up his critics. The ‘one slam wonder’ does not bother me but it seems to bother the media and the tennis critics, and I can tell it bothers Andy also. I just like to watch him play and that’s enough for me.

Now that I know he won the match I’m enjoying watching it on delay on the Tennis Channel and life’s good at last. Tomorrow I’ll worry about Verdasco but for now I’ll be smiling. I tell you Marcus, my kids playing competitive soccer did not cause me this much anxiety. LOL.

Will you be watching the Nadal/Ferrer and Haas matches? if so enjoy.

BTW, thanks for being so magnanimous for wanting Roddick to win Montreal and the USO. If that were to happen, I’d throw him a barbeque party at Stumps(?) in Austin, Texas, for sure, and you’re invited, along with Veno and Scottish , et al. LOL. Catch ya later.


Veno Says:

Hey Von. Did you get a chance to analyze Andy’s play watching it on the Tennis Channel?

I got out of bed again….I can’t sleep knowing Rafa will be playing in 20 minutes. I just can’t miss that!!!!!

Watching the Dodgers against the Giants on stream now and ready to watch me some Vamos Rafa!!! OY VEY!!!!!!


Veno Says:

And if I’m invited to your BBQ, I will cross the Atlantic to be there….


Veno Says:

The crowd is going mental!!!!!!

Good to see Rafa wearing sleeves….Vamos Rafa!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

Yeah Rafa. I like this shirt, I am glad he did not bring his sleeveless. I think he will be strong, just like he was strong in the beginning of the year after coming back from his other injury layoff. VAMOS


Kimmi Says:

Hi Veno, shout out to you…


Von Says:

Veno: Yes, I got to analyze the match on TV. I’d say an overall solid performance from Roddick except for a few glitches e.g., moving up to the net and getting passed. However, not many can go to net nowadays without being passed, so it’s not a big deal as long as he doesn’t do it when he’s down break point.

Of course, I’ll invite you to Stumps.

I’can’t believe you’d give up your shut-eye for a match, but I’ve done the same so why should you be any different, except in my case, I can set my own hours at times.

OK let’s watch the match. Will you be blogging? If so, I’ll hang around..


Von Says:

Veno: I think Nadal will win as he’s already in ferrer’s head from their past encounters.


Von Says:

Nadal looks nice in his cobalt blue shirt, but I don’t like the bright yellow accessories; white would have been more appealing.


Kimmi Says:

I like his colours matching..they look good on him, Blue, white and yellow.


Veno Says:

Hey Von. I will blog and thanks for not being Maman for tonight :)

Agree, Cobalt-while would have been better….

The few hours of sleep won’t be much of a problem, I know what I’m doing.

Dunno if Ferrer already lost before they start…
We’ll see….Can’t wait. Agree on Andy, solid performance with enough to polish for the next rounds…Good times….Tomorrow Murray-Juan Carlos looks yummie….Murray has to be on top form or he’ll get it from el mosquito!!!


Kimmi Says:

Horrible 1st game from Ferrer..


Veno Says:

Lol, looks like I have to swallow my words after 1 game…Ferrer’s body is on court, but he left his spirit in the locker room, time to collect it…


Von Says:

Veno: Ferrer is already making those ‘O’ sounds — I can’t handle that kind of noise. LOL. Nadal already has a break point on Ferrer, and he’s broken him already.

Happy to know we like the same color combination, which tells me you’re a conservative guy in your choice of attire and so am I — a conservative gal, but you get what I’m saying. LOL..


Veno Says:

Uncle Toni paid David or something….this has to change soon, very disappointing!!!


Veno Says:

That I am Von, maybe has to do with my classical training also….


Veno Says:

Tape is too tight…thought I saw him limp a little…Hope he’s fine


Von Says:

Oh wow, Ferrer already has the trainer out. sheesh.

Meanwhile Haas is and Gonzalez are having a humdinger of a match with Haas doing his usual fretting. LOL.


Kimmi Says:

Looks like Ferrer has some kind of injury, we have a trainer already…not looking good for him


Kimmi Says:

very rusty nadal is, and Ferrer how many opportunity can you have…


Veno Says:

Oh my….Rafa’s not looking good in that game…


Von Says:

That 4th game was an extraordinarily long one, and if they continue like this, the match will last 3 hours, which is not a good thing for Nadal, but he’ll be definitely match-grooved in a hurry.


Von Says:

Veno: Are you watching Gonzalez/Haas? They have an exciting match going on also.


Veno Says:

Yes I am…court 1, racket 0 hahaha


Veno Says:

Oh my goodness………I stayed up for that?!!!!!!!


Von Says:

Veno: Go to sleep now, Ferrer just retired. Rafa got lucky, or maybe not, as he needs the match play.


Veno Says:

Will watch the end of the 1st set Tommy Gonzo…Gotta love good characters


Von Says:

Veno: Could you just imagine how disappointed the crowd is after waiting for so many months to see Nadal? Nadal’s no. 2 ranking will be safe for a while!

Scottish won’t see anything when he gets home, and I bet he’ll be disappointed. Sorry Scottish!


Veno Says:

Is that allowed? For blisters to stop playing a game?

Very strange…


steve Says:

Haas has blisters on his hands and is waiting for the trainer; are we going to see a second retirement this evening?


Kimmi Says:

OK, we have a retirement. Free pass for Nadal to second round, I am sure he would have liked to play some more, test those knees. I though he looked very rusty, the serve was very poor, and some of his shot selection was nou uo to par..it will not be easy after this, the matches will get tougher. But all in all, WELDONE RAFA.


Von Says:

Now Haas has called for the trainer. Oy

Yes, Gonzo and Haas are two characters alright. The Chilean crowd is boisterous.

Veno: I’m going to check on what’s showing on TV, and if you leave before I return, goodnight again.


Veno Says:

How the hell could he get blisters?


Kimmi Says:

nou uo = not up


Veno Says:

ok, just cut off the hand, he’ll have to play left handed……


Daniel Says:

Agree Kimmi, Nadal’s serve was awful. Seems like he is not jumping enough to hit the ball (maybe protecting the knees), several serves was in the midle of the net. One other thing, his balls were short, the only weapon that loked the same to me was his backhand as he was hiting the ball on the rizing and very hard crosscourt.
All in all we can’t expect him to return full trotle. He can have some match play against his next oponent and maybe be ready for DelPo in quarters…


Von Says:

You’re getting frustrated Veno, I mean cut off his hand? LOL. Gonzo is frustrating Haas to no end, and tommy will start cursing for sure — any time now. LOL.


Veno Says:

There he goes!!!!!!


Veno Says:

This is pure entertainment….


Kimmi Says:

WHAT !! Haas got a point penalty.


Veno Says:

If Gonzo wins the tiebreak, Haas will forfeit…


Von Says:

Haas is definitely making a big fuss over that hand isn’t he?


steve Says:

It’s all over now.


Von Says:

Veno you were right! Haas is such a poor sport, and made a big fuss over nothing. sheesh.


Kimmi Says:

Wow..another retirement..Great day today.


Veno Says:

My respect for Tommy has gotten quite a dent…

That’s disappointing behavior from a pro over a blister…

He said: “gimme me a break, the wound is on the flesh, give him a 5-0 lead, I can’t hold my racket.”

Tommy being a bit of a sissy-boy there…


Von Says:

I feel very badly for the poor fans. Both night matches over due to retirements.

I think in situations such as these, the tournament should put on an exho match in lieu of the retirements to at least give the crowd their money’s woth or close to their money’s worth as possible. I’d really be hopping mad if I were a fan at those matches tonight. Good night Veno, again!


Daniel Says:

Over nothing, did you see his hand?! Sometimes when you can suport the racket right you can´t play. It´s not the size of the blisters or bruiser, is the place, and where it was you just can´t play.
I used to have this hand problems and not even grab a girls hand in first dates. Believe me it was not for nothing!!!


Veno Says:

I friggin’ finished a soccer match with 2 toes that got broken during the game when I was 15!!! And he’s making such a big deal over a blister? Strange….


Veno Says:

Daniel, as a former rower I know everything there is to know about blisters on the hands….And yes, they can be very painful….by no means do you have to stop playing tennis because of them….Especially with the second skin bandages they have these days…. Numb it, tape it and play ball….


Daniel Says:

Veno you are being a little harsh on Haas.
My Cabo TV showed his hand in close and froze it, He couldn´t play. The kind of mistakes he made in the tirbreakes sending the ball 4 meters of the court is classical when you can support the racket right in you hand, it´s not lack of force to hold it. If you ever play with hand blisters you would know!


Veno Says:

I have Daniel, many times. Not saying it isn’t painful, but come on…Him throwing the tiebreak was more of a mental issue than his blister impeding his play….


Daniel Says:

Man, well you didn´t have the ones I use to have. Sometimes tape doesn´t solve the problem, tennis is a “feeling” sport. That´s why they don´t play with gloves.


Kimmi Says:

I agree Daniel, Haas was hurting…a lot of other players have done similar things and got applauded. I guess to each his/her own.


Veno Says:

I saw his hand in close up too, the blister wasn’t that bad from what I saw, just an awkward spot. Oh well, I still like Tommy. Pity for the fans indeed this night session….

Night all.


Daniel Says:

Mental issues he has a lot, but he could had gave the match away after he squandared the 4-1 lead. But he kept fighting and I think he wanted to win.
3 balls in the tiebreak he send away from the court, horrible forehands, that was not mental.


Veno Says:

Man, well you didn´t have the ones I use to have. Sometimes tape doesn´t solve the problem, tennis is a “feeling” sport. That´s why they don´t play with gloves.

Lol, Daniel…I’m pretty sure my blisters from rowing(I rowed the 11 cities for instance, which is 206 km) were much worse than any tennis blisters ever, but that’s not important. I have had my whole hands bleeding and cloven and still had to row 50 kms….

Feeling-sport or nothing…Could be Tommy was hampered too much, we’ll never know. Just a pity he couldn’t continue


Daniel Says:

It indeed was an disapointing evening. Tomorrow I hope this doesn´t repeat cuase we have a lot of great match ups:
- Fed x Wawrinka
- Roddick x Verdasco
- Simon x Tsonga
- Davydenko x Gonzalez
- Murray x Ferrero
- Djoko x Youzhny,
Only Nadal and d=DelPo matchs are more lackluster, but the very prospect of them meeting in the quarters would be great.


Daniel Says:

Well Veno, at leat we have something in comon, masochism! LOL


Marcus Says:

Von,

BBQ sounds nice. I guess I have to root for Roddick all the way now. But you don’t need to offer me and Veno such a treat. The bigger treat would be to read your posts when Andy wins the US Open. I really want him to win now.

About tonight’s matches, Ay, caramba! We had dinner early and got set to watch Nadal again. I should not have done the dishes first. By the time I was done, Nadal and Ferrer were already shaking hands. I was almost horrified thinking that Nadal retired because of his knees. As it turned out, it was Ferrer. I do feel bad for him, too. I was lowered my goal and thought I would be content watching Haas and Gonzalez, and Ay, que horror! Another retirement. Well, tomorrow is another day.


Kimmi Says:

Great list daniel. davydenko has always own Gonzalez, I wonder how gonzalez will fair up… I remember one of his post match after he lost to davy, he said he cannot keep up with davydenko pace..too fast for him.


Marcus Says:

…spot the error in grammar…


Marcus Says:

I am looking forward to tomorrow’s Roddick-Verdasco match. If it is windy and it messes up Verdasco’s hair, he will lose.


Daniel Says:

Yeah Kimmi, Davy hit all the balls on the rizing, and this fast courts suits him perfectly. I think he will get trough and beat Murray also. I even think that the ‘Fed post 15′ won´t even botter to lose one match to Davydenko, maybe this could be Davy´s best shot of winning against Federer, if the both meet in the semis.


Marcus Says:

Hey guys, stop being so harsh on Tommy. When I had blisters in my hands, it was so painful that I could not even throw away the garbage. Ask my wife.


Kimmi Says:

Daniel, you are going to far…one match at a time. davydenko can beat Gonzalez but Murray and Federer..i would wait firt.


Von Says:

Marcus: “The bigger treat would be to read your posts when Andy wins the US Open. I really want him to win now.”

You betcha, I’ll be hysterically wound up with excitement and joy. Wow, that will be some day. LOL.

“About tonight’s matches, Ay, caramba! We had dinner early and got set to watch Nadal again.”

That’ll teach you not to eat dinner first. ha ha. Whenever Roddick plays a night match, the family has to eat dinner without me, because I become so wound-up that I lose my appetite. If I do the unthinkable and eat, then I get indigestion. What a basket case I am and then some. LOL.

“I am looking forward to tomorrow’s Roddick-Verdasco match. If it is windy and it messes up Verdasco’s hair, he will lose.”

Same here, and can’t wait.

Ref: Verdasco’s hair, he’ll have to spike it up with some crazy glue, or else the peak will be a flyin’. LOL. Whenever I see Verdasco’s hair, those Roman helmets with the plumes come to mind. Do I have an imagination or what? LOL.

Anyway, Marcus, thanks for the laughs and keep sending those good vibes to Roddick will ya. Have a nice night and we’ll catch up manana, and BTW, I’m counting on you to watch the match while simultaneously transmitting good vibes to A-Rod. Yes?

BTW, what error in grammar — you mean ‘bad’ s/b badly?


Von Says:

Roddick stated some interesting facts on Montreal’s court and balls:
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/13082009/58/ferrero-marches-roddick.html

Ferrero says he wants to win v. Murray:

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/12082009/58/ferrero-spoil-murray-ranking-dream.html


Tennisfan Says:

Ouch … Nadal would have lost to any other player in the first round with his performance tonight … he was lucky to get a Spaniard with worse tendinitis than his own…
… I don’t see Nadal getting to the third round …


Rick Says:

The players who could beaten Federer at Motreal are Djokovic, Murray, Warinka and Simon Gillies. Also, Nadal! And Federer has never beaten Simon Gillies previously.


Lenny Says:

Gah gah gah GAH! I gave up watching Roddick so I could wake up at 4:30am for what I thought would be 2 great contests and this is what I get??? Waaaahhhh!


Tennisfan Says:

You have to wonder if at least one or two of the players that have shown up at the Rogers Cup weren’t just there to pick up an appearance cheque and/or tournament appearance credit for the ATP circuit … instead of planning to actually play their match. Tennis organizations should take a hard look at how they deal with this issue…


scineram Says:

No, you should just swallow it.


Veno Says:

Marcus Says:

Von,

BBQ sounds nice. I guess I have to root for Roddick all the way now. But you don’t need to offer me and Veno such a treat. The bigger treat would be to read your posts when Andy wins the US Open. I really want him to win now.

Hey hey Marcus, speak for yourself lol….The treat has been offered and I will be much obliged to take Von up on it lol…

Will send good vibes to A-Rod while watching the match.

Also looking forward to tonight’s play!!!!

And Daniel and Marcus, I have been a bit harsh on Tommy Haas, but that was maybe because I was a little frustrated that I cut on my night’s rest to see Nadal-Ferrer and Haas-Gonzo ang got served a rather cold dish…


Veno Says:

Stephen Tignor poses a good question in the link below…

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4392713&name=tennis


Veno Says:

The top 11 seeds are through to the last 16…Now that’s a good omen for the tournament director…


Marcus Says:

Veno said: Hey hey Marcus, speak for yourself lol….The treat has been offered and I will be much obliged to take Von up on it lol…

Veno, I was just boing coy. Besides, I don’t like counting chickens before the eggs are hatched. I am superstitious that way. So let’s not dwell on it yet and just keep our fingers crossed.

The games of the Tennis Channel are delayed until the night match. I don’t like to watch if I know the results so I will restrain my fingers from going into this website or browsing the internet for any tennis news until after the games. Hope there are no withdrawals/retirements and I hope it gets windy when Andy plays Verdasco…or some fan brings a huge mirror!


Colin Says:

Daniel, that point you make about tennis being a “feeling” sport and that’s why they don’t wear gloves… I’m sure you’re right but, oddly enough, many years ago there was an English table tennis player who wore a glove on his racquet hand because he said it gave him a BETTER feel. Of course, a table tennis bat and a tennis racquet are very different things, but it’s interesting.
I can’t remember who that guy was, but he may have been Adrian Haydn, the father of Anne Haydn who, as Anne Jones, won Wimbledon way back.


i am it Says:

i fear that a couple of top ten will fall today. it is better if they don’t. be ready to embrace the burns if they happen to be your favs.


jane Says:

I think Djoko could easily lose to Youz, who just took out Isner. They are 2-2 in their head to head, and Novak served poorly in his first rounder. So unless he finds his serve, he may go out. He’s been broken already.

Roddick has a tough one with Verdasco, but he has a winning record there, so should be okay.

Simon vs. Tsonga should be good.

Fed should get by Wawrinka; if it were clay Stan might have a better chance but on hard Fed should win.


Von Says:

Veno: Your fave hopes Nadal is back to stay, as per the following link:

http://www.tennistalk.com/en/news/20090812/Federer_hopes_injured_Nadal_is_back_to_stay

_____________________
Sean Randall: You received honorable mention from one of the bloggers on TennisTalk — see comments following the foregoing article, which I’ve also copied and pasted below for easy access. However, there was one snag, you had to share the spotlight with tenisbebe, margot and myself, sorry!

“phoenix, i see i am being compared to someone else on this thread, so felt i had to respond. i dont know whether to take it as a compliment (to be compared to someone else that i dont know, or insulted). i am me. i have been posting for almost 2 years on tennis.x and respond a lot to sean randall’s articles who i like, quite a lot actually. there are many people over there, tennisbebe,von,margot who post and it is a great forum. i thought i would check out what is also out there (so as not to narrow my options) and found tennistalk. i like you guys and the responses are more instant. so whilst i appreciate what you say, i am sorry to let you down. and let’s face it. it’s not really that hard to be a fed fan or a rafafan or to type a post really is it?anyone can do it!

relating to the article on fed. i think everyone is happy that rafa is back. he is great for the sport.”
maxi , 8/13/09 9:55 AM”

________________
Thank you maxi!


Marcus Says:

Good prediction, i am it: 5 plays 10 and 7 plays 9. Therefore, 2 of the top 10 will fall today, for sure.


Von Says:

Marcus: “…. and I hope it gets windy when Andy plays Verdasco…or some fan brings a huge mirror!”

You are so wicked! LOL. I believe his motto is: “I’m in love with myself, aren’t I handsome?” LOL.


i am it Says:

it seems djoko will pass the youzhny test, but del potro is already down a set and break so who knows he could be the one to be the first victim?


i am it Says:

jdp is still hanging in. it is not over yet. he can still come back and pull it off.


Veno Says:

Thanks for the link Von…

Fed really loves the fact Rafa has thrown kitchen sinks, bath tubs and piano’s at Roger the past few years. Yes, he has made Fed cry in dispair, but trust me, to Fed his records and accomplishments(also against Andy R.) mean a lot more because he has had Rafa coming at him those times….

And Marcus is up to his good ol’ depictions again lol. Nice to hear M!!!! And I was being coy too concerning Von’s BBQ if Roddick wins. Never good to count the chickens before…but I like a positive, optimistic attitude…GOOD VIBES FOR VON’S LI’L GUY ;-)

For now, Verdasco is not thinking about hair gel, mirrors or wind messing up his do lol. Glad Andy got back from 0-40 and surviving 4 break points…. Go Andy!!!!!!


Veno Says:

And Jane: good win for your underwear model!!!

He was a lot better than in his second round match!!!


Von Says:

Veno: Hello, and thanks for the good vibes. I’ve had to mute and leave my TV due to Cahill’s non-stop Verdasco chatter. OY


Veno Says:

Yeah, like a record slipping….

Cahill just does not stop babbling about Ferdasco’s serve…….


Veno Says:

GO ANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Veno Says:

Wow!!! First Andy made that Fed-like squash-flick and now a Fed-like volley…..Nice Andy! Thanks for putting maman a little at ease!!!!


margot Says:

von: how killing to be cited in another blog! Fame at last! Come on the Andys!


Von Says:

margot: “von: how killing to be cited in another blog! Fame at last! Come on the Andys!”

Girl, we’ve just made it to Hollywood!!

Yeah, Go Andys!!


JoshDragon Says:

Man, Rafa looked BAD in his match against Ferrer. His movement wasn’t good and he hardly ran down any balls. I think his knees are still bothering him.

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