Roddick v. Verdasco Highlight Thursday in Montreal
by Sean Randall | August 13th, 2009
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We are just moments away from the start of round 3 at the Montreal Masters in Canada as the Top 8 players in the world bid to reach the Friday quarterfinals.

For me, the match of the day is the 1pm ESPN2 battle between Andy Roddick and Fernando Verdasco. Today will mark their 11th career meeting with Roddick holding the decisive 8-2 advantage including six straight wins.

But this is the first time Roddick meets the “new” Verdasco. The Spaniard has really shined this year, breaking into the top ten for a first time after his best Slam, a semifinal at the Australian Open. Roddick has also been playing great tennis all year. That said, I think if both guys play to their highest level I’d give the edge to Fernando based on his power. But I don’t think he’s still capable of doing that on a consistent basis, so I’ll take Roddick in a close one.

Novak Djokovic is about to take the court against Mikhail Youhzny. I like Novak against the Russian, though it will be tough. I also see Andy Murray rolling over Juan Carlos Ferrero, Juan Martin del Potro over Victor Hanescu and in mild upsets I like Nikolay Dayvdenko and Gilles Simon to advance today.

The top seeds, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, also figure to get through unscathed. I don’t see Federer losing to his countryman Stanislas Wawrinka, nor do I think Phil Petzschner will trouble Nadal.

And luckily for Nadal, he plays just Petzschner and not a more formidable foe because last night Rafa looked nothing like a former Slam champ or a World No. 1 in an injury-abbreviated match against David Ferrer.

True it was his first match back from a two month injury battle. But Ferrer was playing on one knee and he was still able to break Nadal who couldn’t seem to get a serve in. With a potential clash/rematch with DelPo tomorrow, Rafa will have to raise his game today.


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172 Comments for Roddick v. Verdasco Highlight Thursday in Montreal

Von Says:

Sean Randall: You just jinxed Roddick! You picked him to win in DC last week and he LOST. Oy vey!! Why didn’t you just ignore him or do the usual put-downs? No favors please!


funches Says:

The Del Potro bandwagon has gotten ridiculous. I was one of the first people on it, but he’s not playing as well now as he was last year at this time. Having to go to a third-set tiebreaker against Hewitt was not a good sign in Washington.

He’s a little better on clay than he is on hard courts because he’s slow, and the clay gives him extra time to set up for his huge shots. Don’t get me wrong. He’s dangerous on hard courts, but he’s no threat to Federer, Murray, a non-funk Djokovic or a healthy Nadal.

His win over Nadal in Miami was tainted. Nadal was playing on one leg, and DelPo still needed three sets to beat him.


Scottish Says:

Oh yeah JMDP is coming back!! He’ll pull it out. Just checked in to say hi, but have to run. Catch up later. Go JMDP, Go Rafa and Goooooooooo Roger!!


i am it Says:

whoever wins between roddick and verdasco could very well be a title contender.


jane Says:

Congrats to Djoko for getting through; Youz’s serve, or lack thereof, helped. : ) Youz has a lovely backhand, but he can’t seem to put it all together lately. Djoko served pretty well, though he faltered a bit near the end of set 2. JMDP will be a tougher challenge. I think he pulls his match out in 3.


i am it Says:

between jmdp and hanescu it is a first serve contest. whoever gets more in wins. and jmdp is doing much better in the 3rd set.


Marcus Says:

i am it, where are you watching the game between JMDP and Hanescu? I tried channelsurfing.net but was afrain to install their player because of bugs. Plenty of X-rated stuff pop when I go to channelsurfing…


i am it Says:

i am it is watching at atdhe.net without www.
if that does not work try ustream


Marcus Says:

Thanks, will try those sites.


i am it Says:

jmdp gets through 6’6″ romanian. well done. 2 top ten have passed the test so far


Marcus Says:

Thanks, i am it. I was able to watch del Potro serve for the match. I will move to ESPN 2 now for the live coverage of the Roddick-Verdasco match.


Von Says:

Can someone put a sock in Darren Cahill’s mouth, puhlease. His incessant Verdasco chatter is destroying my audio nerves!!


jane Says:

Roddick’s playing well; he’s got a very good shot at the title.


Veno Says:

“Breaking news” It’s official!!! We have a top 6 now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Veno Says:

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!!!!


Veno Says:

Kimmie on court with Kuzy now….
Bebe gotte be there….
I think Kimmie will win in 3…


Veno Says:

Margot…..your man is pummeling Juan Carlos…Looks like Ferrero ran out of steam..


Veno Says:

Lol, Kim is hammering on Kuzy…..


i am it Says:

roddick is playing like the title is his to take it is only a matter of time. good for him. after verdasco other upcoming opponents are not easy either. djokovic and then delpotro or nadal and then murray or federer.


Veno Says:

LoooL Kimmie broke Kuzy in her first service game….


Veno Says:

Agree I am it, Roddick is impressive so far. Let’s hope he can keep it up….


Von Says:

Cahill is the perfect example of where a little knowledge is a bad thing. He is somewhat familiar with Verdasco’s game and his training, etc., and has harped on those bits of information non-stop.


Veno Says:

Sounds like he has a mucho macho man crush on Fernando…..I say no more…


Von Says:

Veno: Isn’t it ridiculous, that I have to mute my TV or walk away to drown out the drone? sheesh


Veno Says:

too many people watching the USTREAM….getting blacked regularly sigh…..C’mon!!!


Veno Says:

Oh my god…..And Gilbert keeps asking Cahill questions about Ferdasco’s game!!!!!


Veno Says:

Fer-Dasco


Veno Says:

Hahahaha, he says: if Verdasco can break here, he “could” force a third set….OMG the nonsense sometimes….A break means a third set…


i am it Says:

beautiful tennis, by far the best of all matches we have seen. getting more interesting. who can prove better in the 3rd set?


Von Says:

Dang, Andy played a real loose game and paid the price, stupid!

I saw Djkoo’s coach scouting Roddick/Verdasco’s match.

I’m going to write to ESPN ans ask them to have the commentators stop talking so much. Why can’t they emulate the Brits and Koenig/Goodall and take some pauses?

That girl Corina <orariu on Tennis channel is Cahill’s equivalent — she also never shuts up!


Von Says:

oops, <orariu = Morariu.


Von Says:

Roddick has to be careful, he’s serving second –


i am it Says:

murray is sailing easy and nice, gets the job done did not have to sweat at all. seemed like a practice session for murray. is he the one or what?


Veno Says:

Jeezzzzzz

Cahill says: Seeing that last game of Fernando would have made Agassi smile!!!


Veno Says:

Kimmie took the first to 4!


Veno Says:

i am it: Murray was my pick before the tourney and I havent changed my opinion.

If it will be Fed-Murray in the semi’s…the winner will win the tourney for sure.


Veno Says:

C’MON ANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!


Von Says:

c’mon Andy shut up the motor mouth!


Veno Says:

Kimmie takes a set off Kuzy(at nr 5) with 39% 1st serves….now if that doesn’t raise an eyebrow….


Veno Says:

6-4 2-0 to Kimmie…..


Veno Says:

Hantuchova beat Zvonareva 7-6, 0-6, 7-6…what kinda bingo scoring is that? lol


funches Says:

von,

ESPN has its announcers talk because they’ve listened to the Brits and realized they put everyone to sleep with their incredibly boring commentary. They say nothing, and when they do talk, they speak in cliches.


Veno Says:

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
C’mon Andy!!!!!!!!


Scottish Says:

Hey All,

Looks like Andy has it now!!

What did I tell you about JMDP!! Down a break in the second and comes back to take. Awesome stuff.


i am it Says:

verdasco self-destructs with 2 UEs and roddick takes it. through to the quarter.


i am it Says:

that’s one defect about mono-synthetic polyester strings. they break. now tiebreak.


Veno Says:

i am it!!!!!! You jinxed Andy!!!!!!!!


Scottish Says:

Oh Andy, what’s going on? I want him to smoke Djoko in the next round. Verdasco played an awesome game though. Loose and hitting the big shots.


Scottish Says:

YES!!!!


i am it Says:

great match. kudos to both.
not you veno, roddick jinxed verdasco.


Veno Says:

Von: Congrats…seems like Andy really likes to make you sweat it out…Great match….Djoko up next for Andy!!!
39 FH winners by Verdasco in a best of 3. That is insane!!!

I was really impressed with Andy on the big points!!! Good times for you maman!!!


Veno Says:

lol i am it….you went through the wringer there :)
Don’t count those chickens…..

Roddick-Djokovic, a mouth-watering prospect…


Scottish Says:

Roddick Djokovic 1/4. Going to be awesome. Hope Roddick steamrolls the Djoker. The quartes are looking so good. Does anyone else here think Murray has the easier draw? Not to worry he will get blown away by the mighty Fed.

JMDP/Nadal potential. Hmmm that’s a toss up. Will have to see how Rafa does now.


Veno Says:

Dunno Scottish…Murray seems very well in form and confident….But he’ll have a tough time if he faces Davydenko…..


Veno Says:

Gonzo up to his antics again…..if he just would put all that energy into his game….


Veno Says:

Still the possibility that the top 8 seeds face make it to the QF stage…How long ago was that in a Master Series/Super 9 if ever?


Scottish Says:

Yeah Murray looking very strong. He really is playing consistently at a top level now and has earned his ranking.


Von Says:

funches: thanks for that little tid-bit on the Brits, but I’ll take them any day over the all-knowing Darren Cahill. Does the guy ever shut up?
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Veno: My God does Roddick have to do this to me all of the time? sheesh. Anyway, I’ll take the win, down to the wire any day, instead of a loss! One of the reasons I like Andy is due to the electricity he brings to the court.
_______________
margot: How about them Andys? Mazel tov!!

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Scottish: glad you got to see some matches; it seems as though you’re living right. ha ha.


Veno Says:

Kimmie just beat Kuzy in 3(as I predicted)! Man, I will have to buy lottery tickets!!!
8 out of the last 9 matches predicted correctly :-D


Veno Says:

Kimpressive moves on to the quarters in Cincy….Safina up next…Hope she pummels her :)


Scottish Says:

Hey Von, Congrats on Andy. Pulling for in next round big time. I only saw the end of the Roddick match but it was a good one. Watching Nadal now though. So excited he’s back.


i love fed Says:

LOL did you hear Brad and Chris praying for a hot humid day tomorrow for Roddick? Then doofus Gilbert asks Roddick if he’s hoping for a hot day tomorrow. Pretty insulting that they think their guy can win only when the weather is to Djokovic’s disadvantage.


Veno Says:

Petschner looks scared from the moment Rafa gets the return in play…This one will be an easy win for Rafa in 2


i love fed Says:

Man, watching that Kuz/Clijster match was a tale of two baby elephants. Both need to reduce their weight. Sorry, ladies.


Scottish Says:

Oh man this is like watching a pro play a kid. Petschner looks scared to even hit the ball. He might take a couple of games per set but that will be all.


Veno Says:

Man, watching that Kuz/Clijster match was a tale of two baby elephants.

Lolllll

You wanna pick fights with the other gender ILF?


Veno Says:

4th game, Petschner already in the double digits for UE….


Veno Says:

Serena starting play against Sybille Bammer….In that yellow and white she looks like an easter egg


i love fed Says:

LOL no fights Veno, I know “overweight” when I see it and they both had plenty of back fat.


Kimmi Says:

Kim won again..U-B-E-L-I-V-A-B-L-E !!

Now that Venus is out of that top half, it is for her to lose it (unless safin brings her non-grand slam form) I am also starting to think, what is happening with WTA tour or is Kim just too good ???

Congratulations mamaaaa !!


Veno Says:

Oh yes they have….not a pretty sight!!!! I agree


Kimmi Says:

Gonzalez now 0-5 H2H against davydenko


margot Says:

Hey von! Andys looking mighty fine! Both have v. tough matches coming up but all fingers and toes crossed lol.


Veno Says:

Hey Kimmi, I saw the whole match….

Kim was ok, but Kuzy made 21 winners to 43 UE……That’s just bad!!!!! Kim won the first set to 4 only connecting on 39% of first serves and she’s not a great server anyway…Kuzy trailed 3-0 in the second, turned it around and from 2-2 in the third totally crumbled….

If she ousts Safina the WTA really really can’t hide behind all the excuses and inadequate statements they and female players have made in defending their tour. Please gimme a break, time to face the music….It’s a professional, multi-million dollar business and it’s turning into a mockery


i love fed Says:

If she ousts Safina the WTA really really can’t hide behind all the excuses
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Veno, Safina has back fat too. LOL


i love fed Says:

I like a slim body, long lean and mean.
Azarenka..a young coltish bod.


margot Says:

i am it: welcome welcome aboard, must warn you it can be a bumpy ride!
hey veno: the boy’s looking good, unfortunately cannot make same pun as b4. Chardy is surely best looking guy on tour?


Veno Says:

True, now that’s a really unattractive woman for ya right there if you ask me!(especially if you look at her brother) Aiaaaaa!

Because of the women’s game, further induced by the racket and string technology; it’s all about hitting hard and less about movement, it is possible that baby elephants are able to compete at the highest level…

When’s the last time you saw a “piggy” on the men’s tour? They would get slaughtered, shoved an apple in the mouth and put on a spit for the other players to feed off.


i love fed Says:

Margot:
According to women everywhere, it’s a cleaned-up Haas and Chardy for looks. I guess Marat was in there someplace too.


tennisontherocks Says:

Kimmi Says:
‘I am also starting to think, what is happening with WTA tour or is Kim just too good ???’

Cljisters has been gone only for 2 yrs, so the brainless-baseline-bashing nature of game has not changed. Now more, lower ranked women are adept at doing so. But Kim is proving that she still does it better than the rest. The players who Kim really need to worry about are: Venus/Serena, Mauresmo (on a good day, still has the variety to break Kim’s rhythm) and may be Dementieva (better mover than Kim and serve has gotten better).

I just hope that Kim’s success inspires Justine to think about comeback. If she does, get ready for all-belgian 2010 RG final :)


Veno Says:

Hey Margot, as a man I’m not knowledgable about which of the guys are hot.

Objectively I do think Chardy looks good. As does Verdasco(has to be your type) and Tommy Robredo isn’t too bad….

Once again, being a testosteron-overflowing machismo man you can’t put much value on my opinion

Murray did look mucho impressive. He’s still my fave to win the tourney.


Von Says:

Come on guys, get off the women’s backs/fat. Is this world only about the skinny babes? Every woman, man, child has a place and it’s what makes us individuals.

________________
margot: You need glasses. Come on Chardy the most handsome guy on the tour? Nah, not by a long shot.


Kimmi Says:

Veno, thanks for the match breakdown. 43 UE from kutzy is just too much, no excuses there..even if she is just coming back from an injury layoff. Kim is coming back from 2 years layoff for crying out loud. I hope Kim beats Safina too …then people will really talk about the WTA tour shambles. Safina better win the match to save this embarrassment.


Veno Says:

Watching Rafa and I get the feeling he’s not too happy about the lack of challenge he got yesterday and again today….Moving from Petschner to JMDP….aiaiaiaiai
Unless he has a brilliant day tomorrow and JMDP has an off-day I can’t see any way Rafa could beat the in-form Argentine.


i love fed Says:

When’s the last time you saw a “piggy” on the men’s tour
——-
Veno, when you’re right your’e right. That’s what happened to Fat Dave and Taylor Dent. I think Nalby had more of a beer/food gut and Dent was out for awhile.


Kimmi Says:

Nadal much better today…much better than yesterday, Is it JMDP waiting in the qtrs ?


i love fed Says:

JDMP beat Roddick last week and he would face him again if he beats Djokovic.


tennisontherocks Says:

Del Potro is going to be tired by now (must have won like 8 matches in 2 weeks now?? and lot of them were 3 setters), so Nadal should be able to take care of him tomorrow. (Will not be shocked if Del Potro retires mid-match).


Veno Says:

Come on guys, get off the women’s backs/fat. Is this world only about the skinny babes? Every woman, man, child has a place and it’s what makes us individuals.

Ok maman, I’ll quit the subject, because it’s an uninteresting one anyway…..but I’ll say this 1 thing; I see no problem in calling it like it is. It doesn’t mean I don’t respect every person as an individual. I just don’t get the over politically correct mumbo-jumbo sometimes.
When a woman/girl/man/guy is fat she or he is just fat and being fat is just not good. I have a great working relationship with several colleagues who are seriously heavy and I would never treat them differently because of that, but it doesn’t change the fact they are fat.
Subject buried!


Scottish Says:

Oh yah – JMDP and Nadal. What a doozy that will be. I’m torn as to who I want to win.


Veno Says:

tennisontherocks says: “Will not be shocked if Del Potro retires mid-match”

Hahahaha, really? Now that’s wishful thinking for ya!!!


tennisontherocks Says:

‘Veno Says:
tennisontherocks says: “Will not be shocked if Del Potro retires mid-match”

Hahahaha, really? Now that’s wishful thinking for ya!!!’

Del Potro used to retire a LOT. He has not done so in the past year, but I am still a bit skeptical :)


Veno Says:

Well, we’ll see tomorrow…but Nadal has to cranck it up a couple of notches or JMDP will blow him off the court. Petschner can’t even hit a flat or top spin BH for crying out loud….


i love fed Says:

Veno I guess we have to shut up now.


Kimmi Says:

“Del Potro is going to be tired by now (must have won like 8 matches in 2 weeks now?? and lot of them were 3 setters), so Nadal should be able to take care of him tomorrow. (Will not be shocked if Del Potro retires mid-match).”

Roddick has played the same amount of matches and still going strong. I don’t see why JMDP can retire or lose easily, he has improved his fitness, I think he will give a big fight and make it a close match.


Veno Says:

Wow, that’s the 5th or 6th FH Petschner overhit by 2 to 3 yrds… Get a tighter strung racket out of the bag my friend :)


Von Says:

I think DelPotro is on his last wind — he had an injury time out for his shoulder/back. He was moving very slowly and taking a lot of time between serves. Had it not been Hanescu on the other side of the net, but a more formidable opponent, I doubt he would have won today.


Von Says:

Veno: You don’t need to bury the ‘fat’ subject on my account. I was just expressing my opinion, and of course, you guys have a right to yours, so fire away.


Veno Says:

Kimmi? Really? Only if Nadal plays 2 levels better and JMDP plays a lot less than he has been. Maybe it’s me, but I really can’t see it happening…

His serve is so weak it’s scary….And even if he beats JMDP, he’ll get Djoko or Andy R in the semi’s….I could be very wrong, but I think everybody wishes he’s at his best….Time will tell.


Veno Says:

Hey Von, I know hun. But it’s not my intention to talk about a topic in which there is a possibility I will offend people plus I’m here to talk tennis so I’ll stick to that.
And you know I’ll always speak my mind, about everything :-D


Kimmi Says:

Serena lost first set 5-7 and there goes the racquet…


margot Says:

I love fed: Haas does not do it for me, he has what looks like a centre parting, yuk, yuk! Marat hmmm better but not much, one of the Italian guys is quite good looking but alas 4get which one! No, no it’s Chardy all the way, and no von, don’t need glasses, just as well we don’t all fancy the same blokes or there’d be a mighty long queue!veno!!! was that a wind up?? Verdasco!!! That’s a man who spends far too long looking in the mirror, what a poser!


Daniel Says:

Well, If Fed and Tsonga win this night, all top 8 will advance into quarters. How great is that after some were out of courts for 5 weeks or more?!


Veno Says:

Lol margot….again…mucho machismo man here….don’t pin me on it!!!

Poser or not, I’m pretty sure a lot of women wouldn’t mind him posing in front of a mirror in their bed room


Kimmi Says:

Veno, did not see JMDP match today but the score shows he struggled a little in the beginning. 3-6, 1-3 the started to play. He has started slow before (ie washington) and pick his game after, so lets hope he does just that…I like del potro.


Veno Says:

Hey Daniel, nice to see you pull up a chair to the table :)

See below: I concur:

Veno Says:

Still the possibility that the top 8 seeds face make it to the QF stage…How long ago was that in a Master Series/Super 9 if ever?

Posted August 13th, 2009 at 4:04 pm


Veno Says:

Hey Kimmi, I like him too and I think he’s here to stay….


Veno Says:

The contrast between ATP and WTA(watching Serena live now…) could not have been bigger at this moment…unfortunately…..so Von, what else is there for a man like me to enjoy but the skinny hottie babes on the tour? :))))))))))


margot Says:

veno darling, I like my men to look at me and not themselves…..


Von Says:

Veno: Take a cold shower.


Veno Says:

I got that from your previous post Margot, but thanks for pointing it out to me. I won’t make the mistake not looking at you if you were to pass me….


Veno Says:

Everything under control Vonnie :) Just having some fun


Von Says:

Veno: Where are you watching the WTA matches?


Kimmi Says:

Serena in trouble. Sybille bammer looks to win this one.


Veno Says:

Eurosport Von….

They broadcast the whole WTA US Open Series and none of the ATP. Boohoooooo


Veno Says:

From the Montreal Gazette’s Stephanie Myles on the double- and triple-faulting Maria Sharapova:

“We always knew she was a mediocre athlete. She herself has said there’s little else she can do athletically beyond hitting a tennis ball…That serve is in tatters now. Technically, Sharapova has shortened the service motion to spare the shoulder. But she also had one of the highest service tosses in the game, and she hasn’t adjusted that to compensate. She’s ready to hit it earlier than before, but the ball is still way beyond her reach. So she has to wait, and the timing is completely off. The first serve is going miles long; the second delivery is going into the net. The double-faults are mounting. She and her coach have to be aware of this. But in the five events since her return, it’s been the same thing every time. Maybe the fact she’s so limited and mechanical (just watch her try to hit a slice, or a volley, if you’re unconvinced) means she’s just unable to modify something she’s done the same way for so long.”


Veno Says:

Why does Bammer throw the ball to the moon when tossing to serve….


Veno Says:

She leads 7-5 and 5-2 serving for it at deuce and hits 2 doubles…….


Kimmi Says:

“We always knew she was a mediocre athlete. She herself has said there’s little else she can do athletically beyond hitting a tennis ball”

Veno, Sharapova is not Serena williams, she can never be but she is not mediocre… she is won 3 GS..T-H-R-E-E. No one can take that away from her. To win 3 slams you must have done something right..She earned her place at the top.

I agree though, her game has a lot of problems right now..her serve is a major problem ..the way things are going I don’t know if she can fix it…I hope she does though as she is good for tennis.

Serena trying to make a comeback..don’t count her out.


Veno Says:

Kimmi, don’t shoot me in the legs….That was a quote I put there. I’m not taking anything away from Maria. She’s won Wimby, Ozzie Open and US Open….she has no mediocre results and got everything out of her mediocre abilities….Not her fault.


Kimmi Says:

NO! Serena….what a day.

Clijsters please win this tounament.


Kimmi Says:

Sorry veno, I was not trying to shoot you… I also think sharapova is one of the ball bashers in WTA, but she is done well…especially her win in AO, I thought that was her best tennis.


i am it Says:

djokovic vs roddick is scheduled in the evening so the serb will have no heat excuse tomorrow if he loses. roddick has been stream rolling since wimbledon playing his best tennis. he is more match-grooved and tested and could just prove too much for the serb to handle. wishing for a match similar in quality to today’s roddick-verdasco’s match.


sar Says:

Could it be Todd Martin?

“It’s been speculated a lot that I will be changing my coach, but I’m not considering the option at all. What’s true is that I will soon be reinforcing the coaching staff – currently composed of coach Marian Vajda and fitness coach Gebhard Phil-Gritsch – with an advisor-coach. I cannot disclose the name now, but the public will find out all about it within a few weeks,” said Djokovic.


Von Says:

What time in the evening is Roddick’s match tomorrow, anyone know? I hope not too late because that court is slow and it will become slower in the evening as it cools off, not to mention the different balls, which is a huge problem for Andy. He had to adjust the poundage on his strings today, which is something he normally doesn’t do. OY, OY.


tennisontherocks Says:

‘Von Says:
What time in the evening is Roddick’s match tomorrow, anyone know? I hope not too late because that court is slow and it will become slower in the evening as it cools off, not to mention the different balls, which is a huge problem for Andy. He had to adjust the poundage on his strings today, which is something he normally doesn’t do. OY, OY.’

As a former champ/finalist at this event, Roddick can play pretty much anytime there. He is looking sharp and should win it tomorrow, unless he is too tired from today’s match (on top of all the matches from last week).


Von Says:

Veno: Good luck to your guy! Would you believe the Tennis Channel is now showing the WTA match on delay and none of the ATP evening matches. I’m so disgusted with the TV rigmarole coverage.


Von Says:

tennisontherocks: Thanks for your faith in Roddick. I’m becoming a bit worn out from these humdinger matches he’s been playing recently, e.g., DC and today at Montreal. I would like to see an exciting match but with a wee bit less suspense. Do you think that’s asking for too much? LOL.


Veno Says:

Von Says:

Veno: Good luck to your guy! Would you believe the Tennis Channel is now showing the WTA match on delay and none of the ATP evening matches. I’m so disgusted with the TV rigmarole coverage.

I second that….insane!!!! It seems like the Tennis Channel never learns..

Thanks for the wishes….You can root for other players but every fan has to love watching Fed play tennis…I think it will be a good match. I like Stan the man’s play too…

Your guy looked great today, hope he’s well rested tomorrow!!!!


Veno Says:

evey fan=every tennis fan…Amazing how early he takes the ball….


Veno Says:

pure class


Veno Says:

Nice to see Stan has come to play…his BH is sweettttttt


jane Says:

I missed all but the first set of Roddick vs. Verdasco – looks like it was a cracker! Down to a third set tiebreak, holy crow. Congrats to Andy on coming through.

And to Murray and Rafa for sailing through also. All the “big guns” came to play! : )


Veno Says:

Looks like Tsonga is getting the better of Simon for now…Could be that the top 8 seeds make the QF’s That would be something!!!!!


Von Says:

Veno: Simon looks as though he wants to call it a night. He’s absolutely devoid of energy.

I think this MS is about the best I’ve seen thus far, and let’s hope it will continue that way to the finals = more quality matches for the fans.


i am it Says:

roger is playing well. the felicitation did not distract him from breaking and serving out the set.


Von Says:

Veno: Federer is in EVERY ONE of Wawa’s service games, deuce, ad, ouch.

Simon and Tsonga began their match around the same time as the other two and they are only playing the 7th game of the first set.


Kimmi Says:

C’moooon Federer


Veno Says:

I don’t get that from Simon.
And I agree Von….So far this has been the best MS I have ever seen, especially because we’ve only seen third rounds played….Amazing tennis!!!!


NachoF Says:

Wawrinka’s backhand is remarkably better than Federer’s.


Veno Says:

It’s so worth the sleep deprivation


Veno Says:

Not this match NachoF


Veno Says:

198 kms/h second serve winner lol


Von Says:

Veno: You’ll need an infusion of neurons and/or cells by the time the USO is over due to the sleep deprivation you’re putting your body/mind through.


Veno Says:

Nah, I’m fine Von….No worries. I am very fit


Von Says:

Not that it seems to matter, but Tsonga/Simon are playing and Tsonga seems to have a stronghold on the match with only 6 more games to the finish line. I think it’s safe to say Tsonga will win. I’m happy for him as he’s not been posting good results lately.


Kimmi Says:

Only 2 aces from Fed. Wawrinka 9


Veno Says:

I second that Von.

And Kimmi, Fed’s overall serving is ok, but his first serve isn’t really popping…


Von Says:

Veno: Looks like a tiebreak is looming in the second set for the Federer/Wawrinka match.


Veno Says:

Tsonga serving it out


Veno Says:

Like Andy R sooooooooo good in tiebreaks!


Veno Says:

Andy R. tiebreak record 2009: 32-8
Fed tiebreak record 2009: 20-5

Now that’s impressive


Von Says:

Jo Wil won 6-3, 6-3. Good job.


Von Says:

Veno: Congrats on your guy’s performance — he’ll win. Have a good night and I’ll catch you manana. Now go to sleep, and that’s maman talking.


Kimmi Says:

Nooooo….


Veno Says:

Ugh, made me sweat a little there squandering 4 match points lol


Shaky Says:

I know he doesn’t move like he used to, but that last get sliding into that squash shot is really awesome to watch.

Close call in the second set. Dammit, Stan. Next time.


Von Says:

BTW, on the tiebreak records for both guys, Federer/Roddick, it’s exactly 75 percent won, and 25 percent lost — now that’s awesome!! goodnight Veno.


Kimmi Says:

Yeah…danger there..to let Wawrinka back after a 6-1 lead…Good thing it did not get to complicated in the end.


Veno Says:

Actually Fed is 21-5 now for 80.77%
And Andy is at 80% Vonnie

maman…..Ok, I’ll tuck in….Until tomorrow all!!!


Veno Says:

Another fun fact: After Wimby final Fed had a match win streak of 19 and 19 tiebreaks won….after Niemeyer…20 for both….after Wawrinks….21 for both :)


Skorocel Says:

Pretty solid match from Fed. Was a bit lucky in the 2nd to break back & then hold from 0-40, but overall a very good performance.


Skorocel Says:

Btw, I have to say, those Canadians really are what I call TENNIS ENTHUSIASTS! I mean, the tourney isn’t even at its business end, yet the center court is full virtually during every single match! That’s a DEVOTION WITH BIG D! They maybe overdid it a bit with those “Fed & Mirka congratulations placards” today (frankly, I’ve never seen something like this before), but this only shows you how much they love the game of tennis here. Aaah, if only every other tournament was like the one in Montreal!


Marcus Says:

Von,

So happy for you that Roddick won. I was ready to get nervous for you the way Verdasco was playing but I really could not. I knew Verdasco would fizzle out like he always does against good competition. Everytime I watch him, it is deja vu all over again.

The competition will continue to be tougher for Andy…well, that is true for everyone still left in the tournament. Hopefully, Von will have enough fingernails to chew on.

This tournament has been a lot of fun. It bodes well for how intense this coming US Open is going to be.


jane Says:

Hurrah Skorocel – all we have in Canada is this one event, so we do indeed appreciate it and any tennis we can get. Personally, I find Peter Burwash, our Canadian commentator, to be a breath of fresh air. He is utterly unbiased and quite knowledgeable. I enjoy listening to him.

What a wonderful set of quarter finals; we couldn’t ask for much more as tennis fans. Unfortunately, I am going to miss all the matches tomorrow and likely all of the matches Saturday. But I should be back for the final, hopefully!!

Enjoy the matches all!


Marcus Says:

All top 8 in the quarterfinals! Some upsets could be brewing. I wonder who those will be? At any rate, all of those 8 should be happy to get this far and get an idea what additional tweaking their games need for the more important event coming up, the US Open. This masters event is a dipstick for the Open for these guys and what a dipstick it has been so far.


Marcus Says:

With those 8 guys all playing well, I wonder how those ranked below them feel about their chances at the Open. Can anybody think of a name who can disrupt the top 8′s party? So far, The top 6 look impenetrable for the lower guys.


Von Says:

Marcus:

Thank you for your good wishes and vibes sent Roddick’s way; he’ll need them today, so please continue doing just that. You have more confidence in Andy than I have, especially against Verdasco. Thankfully, I’m not a nail biter or else I’d probably have zero nails at the moment. Yesterday’s match was definitely one that was draining for me as a fan, and I’d say it was equally tiring for Roddick having to play for 2 hours and 36 minutes against the powerful Verdasco. On the positive side, Roddick will be able to get in a few more hours of recovery time today before he takes the court tonight.

BTW, Verdasco wore a hat which kept the wind out of his hair. LOL. I guess he felt he needed as few distractions as possible.

I noticed from the TV schedule that ESPN2 will be broadcasting live from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and then again from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm again live. You can also see the matches on ADTHE.net and http://www.justin.tv. On the Justin site, there are usually several channels from which you can choose. If you watch, enjoy the matches, and please keep sending good vibes to A-Rod will ya. Thanks.


Skorocel Says:

jane: Really, I’m amazed by the interest which the people in Montreal & Canada show for tennis! That’s how it should look like! When I saw today’s match between Fed & Tsonga and then switched to Eurosport for the women’s tourney in Cincy, the difference in attendance was STRIKING! Granted, the WTA tour maybe isn’t as attractive as is the ATP nowadays, but still, they had both Williams sisters, Safina, and the comebacking Clijsters here, yet there were barely 1000-2000 people watching the Belgian against Safina today… Guess it only makes sense to make the Cincy a combined event in the future…


margot Says:

Wow! My two favourite players, can’t remember when that happened. Of course I want Andy M to win!
von: good luck your Andy, hope he getsrevenge and whops JMP’s youknowwhat!


Von Says:

margot: Let’s hope our boys come through these two tough matches. I noticed that Murray’s match will begin at 3:00 pm and Roddick’s is the marquee match tonight. I don’t understand why there’s a 4 hour difference between the matches. anyway, Go Andys!

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