Federer, Roddick Win at US Open; Tennis-X Notes
by Staff | September 1st, 2009, 12:54 am
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World No. 1 Roger Federer defeated reigning NCAA champ Devin Britton 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 on Monday to begin his march to a potential sixth straight US Open title.


“It’s just 100 times bigger than I’ve anything I’ve ever played in front of,” said Britton, appearing in his first US Open and thrust immediately on its biggest stage. “It was a little overwhelming. I thought I did all right. I was pretty happy with my performance.”

The Swiss was not particularly sharp, and buried in the lopsided score is the stat that Britton, who displayed a deft net-rushing touch, was up a break in both the second and third sets.

“I didn’t drop a set, and, you know, tricky match for me,” Federer said. “Playing a guy who’s got absolutely nothing to lose obviously. I’m here as a five-time defending champion, so it makes it a bit tricky. He did play I think really well. He had some very good spells, and I had to make sure from my side that I stayed with him and come back, because I was down a break in the second and in the third. So it was good to still get through in three sets.”

Only two other Top 10 seeds were in action, with Andy Roddick beating Bjorn Phau 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, and Nikolay Davydenko straight-setting Dieter Kindlmann.

American John Isner was an upset-maker on the day, defeating No. 28 Victor Hanescu 6-1, 7-6(14), 7-6(5).

“That was a process, really,” said Isner, who pulled out of New Haven last week citing exhaustion, on coming back from a case of mono this summer. “You know, I missed the whole European swing. It might have been a blessing in disguise. I felt fresh ever since I started playing in the States. But definitely my first tournament back, I think it was Indianapolis, I wasn’t 100% physically as far as, you know, fatigue-wise. I think it’s gotten little better by better ever so slowly. Actually had a scare in the tournament in Cincinnati. I thought it might come back. I just felt horrible. Fortunately it didn’t.”

Isner will next drop the service hammer against Turkish qualifier Marcel Ilhan, who defeated Christophe Rochus 7-5 in the fifth.

Russian Mikhail Youzhny also toppled No. 26 Paul-Henri Mathieu 2-6, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2.

Other seeds advancing were (12) Robin Soderling, (14) Tommy Robredo, (15) Radek Stepanek, (20) Tommy Haas, (21) James Blake, (23) Philipp Kohlschreiber, and (31) Lleyton Hewitt.

Tuesday’s highlights are (4) Novak Djokovic vs. Ivan Ljubicic, (2) Andy Murray vs. Ernests Gulbis, (22) Sam Querrey vs. Michael Yani in an all-American meeting, (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. U.S. junior star Chase Buchanan, Taylor Dent vs. Feliciano Lopez, and (11) Fernando Gonzalez vs. Nicolas Massu in an all-Chilean.

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

Andre Agassi held a press conference after his Monday night spectacle at the US Open, the highlights: On his academy: “I’m not educating because I was educated. It was quite the contrary. Not only did I leave Bradenton Academy in the ninth grade, but eighth grade was the best three years of my life.” On American tennis: “We’ve got to get the racquet in more kids’ hands. We have to create a grass-roots level that connects. Our sport has a great statistic. When they start playing, unlike soccer where a lot of kid play and then at eight, ten, twelve years old they drop off. Baseball, a lot of kids play little league, and then eight, ten, twelve, they drop off. Tennis, kids that start at a young age continue playing. That’s a great thing. We need to create the access, that connection.” On his down days during his career: “Some days it was pretty scary how much anger I could feel, how much fear I could feel, how much, you know, how tennis could impact me. Other days, I was as inspired as ever. But I couldn’t be inspired on a continual level until I made the choice for myself. That’s what I did when I was 27 years, ranked 147, sitting in a hotel in Stuttgart with Brad when I lost to Todd Martin 2-and-3 after taking a wildcard. He looked at me and said, ‘It’s really simple. We’re not leaving this room until you decide what you’re going to do. Are we going to start over? Are we gonna do this, because you’re too good. You’re too good of a person. I’m not going to let you do this.’ I gave him a big hug and I said, ‘I’m going to choose this.’ I looked out at the streets. I saw the lights of all the cars in Germany. I know every car I saw out there was going somewhere they possibly didn’t want to go. They were doing something they possibly didn’t want to do. So it’s not ’till you choose it for yourself that it’s really going to resonate. And I did.”…

Best kiss-ass media question on Monday at the US Open, speaking to Serena Williams: “The state of your game is good right now. I hope it continues. What do you attribute your success to? Training, fitness? You look really good. Are you really 100% ready to take this tournament?” — Who is that questioner, a blogger? That should be a media credential ejection…

Marcos Baghdatis elected to skip the US Open (he played New Haven and lost first round) and go back home to Cyprus to work on returning from wrist and back injuries…

Among players in the US Open qualifying were 2004 French Open champion Gaston Gaudio, 2001 Australian Open runner-up Arnaud Clement, and former Top 20ers Vince Spadea, Nicole Vaidisova, and Guillermo Canas…

Serena Williams on throwing out a pitch at Yankee Stadium: “I thought I was doing fine. I thought the goal was to get it to home base, but apparently it’s not. I thought — you know, I thought it was just at least get it there. Apparently I have to hit it lower. No one told me that. I didn’t know. They kept saying, ‘I hope you can get it there.’ I thought, ‘I can get it there easy.’ I think I got the sports mixed up. Maybe I thought it was football or something.”…and Serena on her new book: “Well, it’s not a complete autobiography about my whole life. It’s definitely a memoir, however. It actually is a motivational piece. All the people that read it are kind of motivated through my struggles.”…and Serena on acting: “I would love to do acting, but I haven’t been able to get a job. I figure if I write my own script then I can star in it. That’s what I’m trying now. I can’t be — I haven’t been cast recently. It’s tough out there.” 

On Monday Roger Federer became the first player in history to reach $50 million in prize money…


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182 Comments for Federer, Roddick Win at US Open; Tennis-X Notes

lyle nubbins Says:

Who ever thought Agassi would turn into such a wise guy? Incredible.


Gordo Says:

Federer’s and Britton’s first set consisted of 38 points.

Isner’s and Hanescu’s second set TIEBREAKER had 30 points.

Fed looked so relaxed I thought a younger Perry Como had taken his place. I’m sure he will be sharper against someone who is a hint of a threat.


jane Says:

Serena is a busy one, writing a book AND a film script? I laughed at this quote; at least she’s honest! “I would love to do acting, but I haven’t been able to get a job. I figure if I write my own script then I can star in it.”

Agassi was a pleasure to listen to in the booth last night. And speaking of which, Johnny Mac was apparently not super impressed with Federer’s form. He wasn’t the commentator on the stream I had for the Fed match, but P-Mac asked him about it during the Roddick match and he basically said Britton “had his chances” but clearly was too overwhelmed by the experience.

Gordo I think Britton was a “hint of a threat” (obviously very minor) in so far as he attacked and managed to break Fed’s serve twice. But he wasn’t a threat due to his inexperience at this level. Fed’s draw overall is not too threatening, so he should cruise through to the semis.


Veno Says:

Jane, Johnny Mac is just reasoning towards his own prediction that Fed won’t win the Open because he has to come down a little from the highs of the past months. It’s classic McEnroe.
Devin had his chances? Not really, it was nice he got some good spreads in and it was cool he broke Fed twice, but not once did I think Devin could win a set off Fed.


jane Says:

In the third, I thought Britton could’ve taken a set, if he had more experience. But he was too green to have the mental strength, on the biggest stage, against the number 1.

On the one hand, I agree about J-Mac rationalizing, but on the other hand, Fed didn’t look sharp like he did in Cincy. But that’s Fed too. He’ll save his energy for the last two rounds, where he will face more difficult opponents.


Veno Says:

It’s one of Fed’s greatest assets. He just doesn’t spend more energy than he has to, to get through the earlier rounds. And he’s never “on” in the first rounds. His form will get better the further he gets. Johnny Mac knows this and yet he makes a silly statement like he’s worrying Fed’s not in form. Just funny.

How’s the house look? Already have the cleaning kit out?

My prediction is that Novak will win in straights. 3, 6 and 4.

Young Chase just lost the first 7 games played, but he’s just 2 in a row, breaking Jo-W!
And got back to deuce on his serve after trailing 0-40!


Veno Says:

Tsonga breaks back. Chase having the same problem Devin had yesterday. Must be a nightmare to not be able to consolidate the break of serve against the top guys.


Veno Says:

Von!!!!!!!!! Congrats on Andy’s win. He looked the part there!!!

Luuuuuuukin’ guuuuuuuuud hon!


jane Says:

Veno, LOL – you’re so funny. No, nary a cleaning kit in sight. In fact, I might not be home for Djoko’s match, as I am take my son and his friend to a fair. School starts next week so am trying to fit in some fun for the both of us, in addition to as much tennis as possible! : )

Yep, Fed’s one of the greats at not expending much energy in the early rounds and he shouldn’t face anyone to difficult in the first couple rounds so that allows him to ease in nicely. He is motivated to win it though; he said this:

“”That’s what I’m here for, trying to equal Bill Tilden’s record,””


jane Says:

typos: “take” s/d “taking” and “to difficult” s/b “too”


jane Says:

Veno says ” Must be a nightmare to not be able to consolidate the break of serve against the top guys.”

Yes! Dushy was an example last night, but also Phau, Britton and Buchanan could not consolidate against Roddick, Fed and Tsonga, and the first not not only got broken back but then immediately got broken again. Poor lads. They have to be able to consolidate to hang with de big guys.

Is Tsonga serving notice or is he just undermatched here? The bottom half of the draw is quite loaded, with Tsonga, Nadal, Murray, JMDP, Simon, Karlovic, Cilic, Gonzalez, Berdych — lots of big hitters.


Veno Says:

Dushy should have won yesterday, but Venus took advantage of the mental weakness so many players have.

The bottom half is packed with big hitters. They are going to hit the bejeezers out of each other.

Top half not too shabby either with Soderling, Querry, Isner, Roddick, Verdasco


jane Says:

Re: top half – thought Soderling was looking patching yesterday. Isner won’t get past Roddick; I can’t see Verdasco doing so either, as Andy has won all their matches I think. Nando would have to morph into the form he had at the AO to be a threat. Querrey may be too spent to make much noise here; he’s played a lot of tournaments this summer. But you never know. I’d like to see Sam make a good run here. I suppose he’d run into Roger in the quarters and he’d have to get through Soderling to do so. And then Davy, which he could do. Also curious to see if Blake, who snap a losing streak since mid-June (!) can go much further. Rochus could be tough for him next round… Be good to see Blake and Querrey face off in R16.


jane Says:

Tsonga rolling…. but against a wildcard, so difficult to judge where he stands overall.


jane Says:

The interviews are up at the US Open site; Fed sounds very relaxed and happy about his relationship and daughters. Mostly the interviewers ask dumb questions, but the final question was about the importance of serving well and managing when you aren’t. Here’s part of Fed’s reply:

“But I think it’s always important that your second serve is good, you know. No matter if your first serve goes out, you know, you have a very solid second serve. That’s why you actually can go after more on your first serve, because you know you have you’re backed up by a good second serve.
That’s why one of the reasons I can also go for aces, because I feel like I have a very reliable second serve and I can still mix it up actually a lot”


Veno Says:

Jane!!! What are you doing? You’re taking my US-needle out!!! Boo!!!

I agree on your assessment, but I just decide to ignore it and go into all their matches empty-headed!!!!


Veno Says:

GO MELANIE!!!!!!!!!!!!


Veno Says:

Hwy are they pronouncing Melanie’s name as “Oedan” ?


jane Says:

Veno “I just decide to ignore it and go into all their matches empty-headed”

Good idea, I will try to follow your lead, but it’s very hard to do, as I’ve watched so much tennis for so long, it’s hard not to look ahead and rationalize the draw. LOL. Must try to stop it!


Veno Says:

Did Jesse Witten just smack the wack out of Andreev 4, 0 and 2?


margot Says:

jane: you are last person on this blog, or anywhere probably, who could ever be described, or want to be described, as “empty headed.” Perhaps it was lost in translation?


i am it Says:

wow witten ! i like this kid. expect some miracle.


Veno Says:

Remember Jane, less is more as our great prophet Cindy_B has said :)

The less in your head, the more you’ll enjoy the moment :)


Veno Says:

Hey Margot, you going to get up tonight to watch your man play his first match?


Veno Says:

Safina already choked the first set away. She’ll still win in 3 I suspect.
Oudin already serving for the match, the Amercians are doing well so far


Von Says:

Veno: Thanks hon, for the good vibes on Andy R. I fell asleep waiting for his match but am happy I woke up just in time to see Venus leave the court. I wonder if Pavlov’s bell was ringing? LOL. The falling asleep is an indication of the effect watching the WTA matches has on my brain — sleep …. ZZZZZ. LOL.

Here’s an article on my sweetie, who is as diplomatic as usual, and not complaining one bit, but he did send a message to the organizers that the guys could go on first sometimes. I love it. Enjoy!!

http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/roddick-embraces-the-night-owls/

This article praises Agassi’s work and also highlights some of the comments he made with respect to Andy when in the commentatorss’ booth. I saw a bit of footage on the Tennis Channel where Andy said he got emails from thousands after the Wimby final and one from Pete also.

http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/thanks-to-roddick-a-not-so-late-night/


margot Says:

veno: alas no, too late and work tomorrow. Andy whopped Gulgis at Wimbles so hoping for straight sets result…probably speaking too soon.
von: Andy M was hoping for opposite, not too many hot day matches. Wonder what temperature is in NY?


Von Says:

margot: The night temperature is cool around 60 degrees. At this time of the year NYC weather is very temperamental. It can blow hot and cold. But usually toward the end of August beginning September the climate is much cooler.


Veno Says:

Von says: “I wonder if Pavlov’s bell was ringing? LOL. The falling asleep is an indication of the effect watching the WTA matches has on my brain — sleep …. ZZZZZ. LOL.”

Great one on Pavlov’s bell!!!

I read both already Vonnie and saw Andy’s presser, but thanks for the posts!

I went to bed after Andy was up 5-1 in the first, I was dog tired….that was close to 5.30 am here…

Margot, it’s about 75 degrees in New York now


margot Says:

von: good! Aussie Open was rediculous, they ought to reschedule or re-locate.


Veno Says:

True Von, haven’t seen a lot of good tennis on the women’s side. Luckily the hotties so far have won their matches(you know me!)


Von Says:

Veno: Hey that Bell only has to ring in favor of Roddick and I start drooling to see him play. LOL. If I hadn’t fallen asleep I’d probably have sent you to bed last night — what am I going to do with you with respect to these late nights? I’ll send over PietejeP to make sure you go to sleep.
_______________

Margot: I agree on the OZ slam. They should do something to help the athletes. Playing in such high temperatures is inhuman IMO. I believe anything over 90 degrees, OZ should close all of the arenas and have the players play inside. I also feel they should install more retractable rooves, and the athletes’ comfort should be first on the list of priorities.


Veno Says:

Oh Von, concerning your man’s serve: he hit a 145 mph ace yesterday, so looks like he found back that 5 mph he missed earlier….


Von Says:

Verdasco is sailing smoothly, 2 sets up, and Berdych is beating up on Odesnik, up one set and a break up in the second.
___________________

Veno: “True Von, haven’t seen a lot of good tennis on the women’s side. Luckily the hotties so far have won their matches(you know me!)”

Oh yeah, don’t I know you. LOL.


Veno Says:

That’s ok Von, had today off and slept for 1.5 hrs during the evening, but then I saw Ashe started the evening session an hour late and Venus took her time sigh….


Toodle pip Says:

Toodle pip Says:
Von 12:05: Re:Djokovic “….I also don’t understand why we see so much concern for Djokovic with respect to the heat either

Been there, done that: it is the combination of heat+humidity which makes it difficult to breathe

Been there, done that: Don’t worry about Dr.Von, she is a Djoko hater and don’t let her say otherwise. I am still waiting for the printed report that Dr. Von saw about Nadal’s stomach tear which enabled her to give that diagnosis.
“and the news stated that nadal suffered a stomach tear”


i am it Says:

lisciki-rezai 23-shot rally was some tennis to watch.


Veno Says:

Toodle pip, please, if you have nothing constructive to say tennis wise I implore you to say nothing at all. You’re playing on the person(that is Von), not for the first time, here just to get things rattling. Am growing tired of all the personal attacks some “haters” make.

And no, I don’t think I have to battle Von’s fights as she is more than capable to defend herself, I just want to make a statement that we can do without the animosity some bloggers spill on these highly entertaining and versatile threads!


Veno Says:

Safina is trailing 3 love in the 3rd set!


Ty Says:

Safina, I really like her. But damn. She reminds me of myself out there playing. Nervous as a june bug.


Von Says:

Toodle Pip:

I ignored you on the other thread because you took a discussion and comments out of context. I was responding to been, there done, on how some bloggers amplify the fitness and health issues of some players on the blogs and happenend to mention the concern I see from some bloggers each time Djokovic has to play in the heat, and that’s all I was talking about. If you want ‘definitive proof’ of Nadal’s stomach problem, then I’d suggest you place a call to his doctor for that and then have some case studies done on the matter for ‘definitive proof’. Failing that, you can google it yourself and stop with the attacks.


Von Says:

Safina seems to be in a virtual pressure cooker, and her coach is just shaking his head, so she’d better not look to him for support.


Ty Says:

OMG!!

Did you see that second serve?


andrea Says:

hopefully she claws back in the third set….venus was lucky to get out in three last night. if the little russian had held it together for a couple more games she could have pulled a huge upset.

but interesting how venus really delivered when she had to.


Ty Says:

That girl she playing is a little cutie.


Meda Says:

Did the McEnroe Brothers and Agassi (who I like by the way) ever stop to take a breath yesterday on ESPN’s broadcast of the U.S. Open? For the 2 hours it took Roddick to win, they talked non stop about…about…about NOTHING. They were not commentating on the match whatsoever. It was an Agassi lovefest. “How do you feel about being back on at Arthur Ashe Agassi?” “what did you feel like walking back on the court?” Feel Feel Feel…I have never heard men talking feelings that much. It made me want to puke. After telling the McEnroe’s to shut up via my television, I finally, into the 2nd hour, put it on mute. I just couln’t take anymore of their babbling jibberish.

WE WANT NAVRATILOVA…at least she has educational and insightful comments about the players and their game.


Kimo Says:

Safina is such a pathetic world no.1…credit to Rogowska…she has a good future ahead of her, but she can’t hold serve to save her life yet she’s neck and neck with the world no.1 tennis player.

I don’t care if she’s having a bad day. When you’re world no.1 you win matches against people outside the top 100 comfortably…that’s just how it shuold be.


Von Says:

What’s even more sad is that Rogowska’s not doing anything great to win and is still neck and neck with Safina, and that’s what is so perplexing and painful to watch.


Ty Says:

What is up with Pam ragging on Safina’s couch? She keeps saying “Safina keeps looking up and he is giving her no signs of reinforcement” is he suppose to be happy for her? She is trailing to a player ranked outside the top 100. She is a big girl, does she really need someone to congratulate her every time she wins a point?


Kimo Says:

Von, true. That’s how pathetic Safina is. I mean how many times did Rogowska go up a break in this deciding set..Sheesh


Von Says:

Kimo: I think this match will give Rogowska a lot of confidence future and she won’t be afraid of Safina if they were to meet in the future.


Kimo Says:

safina didn’t deserve the W. at all.


Von Says:

Cilic is serving pathetically too, only 39% of first serves, but was able to beat Sweeting in a tie-break. Unless Cilic ups his performance if, and when, he plays against a higher ranked player, I doubt he’d get far at this USO.

Verdasco won his match v. Becker, but he also didn’t look very sharp. I suppose all of these guys are conserving energy in the early rounds and banking it for when it really matters.


Veno Says:

Safina’s making a mockery of herself more and more.
Isn’t it remarkable that everyone who wants her to win a major, wants her to win 1 because they either feel sorry for her or just that she gets one so she’s not totally humiliating to the WTA as number 1 anymore.


Von Says:

I heard the commentators state at the beginning of the third set that Rogowska was having some difficulty with her left leg as she was grabbing it. Fitness could have been an issue there and Safina probably was aware of that which enabled her to eek out the win eventually.


Veno Says:

Vonnie!!! Sorana and Gisela advance to the second round also…

Go hotties!!!


Veno Says:

What happened to Viktor Troicki? He was cruisin’ the first 2 sets…What a turn around


Von Says:

Veno: Johnnie Mac said last night that Safina has now layed three eggs at the prior GS. LOL. I don’t know about Johnnie Mac but sometimes his comments are hilarious. The funny part of it all is that he appears to be so humorless when speaking. LOL.


Veno Says:

He’ll have to credit your man for the “egg joke” Von.

Andy made that a while ago referring to his match against Sam(lost 6 and 6)


Kimo Says:

how humiliating it is for Safina that the USTA was actually considering breaking the norms by seeding Serena as no.1. Instead of playing like a real world no.1 and proving them wrong, she produces a pathetic display of mediocre tennis.


Veno Says:

Woohoo, having a super quality stream on the Tennis Channel for free of the Djokovic-Ljubicic match.


Von Says:

Veno: So it was Roddick’s quip on the egg thing? LOL. I should have guessed.

I’m glad you’re finally using the Tennis Channel link. I only put it out there hoping against hope yesterday, that it would work for Europe. Now that I know it works, I would suggest you check their schedule to see what other tourneys they broadcast during the year, especially the Masters tourneys. I love watching TC. And, IMO, their commentary for the USO is much better than ESPN’s; Navratilova is superb in her Tennis analysis.


i am it Says:

djokovic looks sharp. gets early break.


Veno Says:

Jane, stop cleaning the house(oh no, you’re out with the kids)
Novak’s going to cruise threw this match.
Ivan looks like a mediocre club player


i am it Says:

12 out of 14 points for dj in the first 3 games? wow !


Von Says:

Veno: FYI, the TC also shows a repeat broadcast around 11:00 pm USET every night of the matches that were shown during the day, so if you’re awake you could probably tape and/or watch. Whatever you do, enjoy!!


Von Says:

The camera focused on Todd Martin who’s taking notes on Djoko’s match and it seems that the guy is writing a book there. LOL.


Veno Says:

I don’t have full privilige of the TC broadcast Von.

I am having to be creative using an American IP-address so it recognizes me as if I were situated in the good ol’ US of A


Von Says:

Veno: TC’s live streaming is FREE, so you should be able to access it using your own IP address. Anyway, do what works best for you. I could give you one of my IPs but then I’d have to put it out there for everyone else to see and that won’t be good at all, sorry.


Veno Says:

No worries Vonnie, I would never use 1 of you, but thanks for the offer.

I am watching the Tennis Channel on TV through my computer :)


Veno Says:

Good opener from Novak. BH down the line has good pop!

Glad Ivan woke up after 3 games and started to play a little tennis


Veno Says:

I spoke too soon, this is merely a training session for Novak


Veno Says:

Maran Cilic serving for the match…


i am it Says:

dj continues to cruise smoothly with little resistance from lj. straight set win for the serb is in the oven.


Von Says:

Veno:

Since Ljub’s Miami and IW success wherein he won a few early round matches, he’s not done anything to even speak about and his ranking is a testament as to how much he’s fallen off in form. He’s been playing some challenger tourneys and that also speaks volumes; also Ljub’s now about 30 years old. I expect Djoko to win this easily, even bageling Ljub in the 3rd set.


Veno Says:

Cilic 0-40 lol, why can’t people serve out sets/matches?


Veno Says:

Von, you’re right!

Cilic is looking weary and is all over the place…DF-ted at 0-40 serving for the match…sheesj


Scottish Says:

Djoko looking good. Good for his fans who need him to do well this slam. He’s been under a lot of heat for his level at slams. Nice to see some guys move on. Isner looking good. Would love to see him face Roddick. Pulling for Querrey. Good job by Jesse as well. Nice to see some of these guys do well. Verdasco with a tough match today and it could have been quite different. Tsonga cruised along. Great tennis so far. Lots more to enjoy.


i am it Says:

in 2 sets dj made only 3 UEs. takes 2 sets lead under an hour.


Von Says:

Cilic should have been able to put Sweeting away a lot easier, but Cilic’s form has dropped off prior to the USO and it’s why he’s struggling so much today. With Cilic’s huge serve coupled with Sweeting’s lack of experience, I don’t understand why he’s experiencing so much difficulty.


Kimmi Says:

Scottish, I agree. Good for Djokovic fans. Hope he can play well here. It will be good for him not to spend too much energy on the 1st round. Ljubicic can be dangerous….so far so good…


Scottish Says:

Quite the match between Serra and Tipsarevic. 2 Tie breaks. Nice tennis.


Scottish Says:

Djoko to finish it off.


Von Says:

Gonzalez has won 2 sets thus far serving at 44% for first serves.

The ESPN commentators said Ljub could show some signs of life — throw a racquet, get mad or something, but he’s not doing anything. Not a very entertaining and/or competitive match at all.


Veno Says:

Congrats Jane. Your guy looks solid!!!


Veno Says:

Margot, good luck for Mandy tonight..

Von, am off to bed like a good boy!

Later all, enjoy evening play!!!


Veno Says:

wow, also no love lost between those two!!!


Scottish Says:

Congrats Jane and Djoko fans. He’s played well the last few weeks and I think he has been underrated at this USO. Still a long way to go but looks good so far.


Veno Says:

Just watched Safina’s presser….omg, sitting there like a wounded birdy…If I didn’t know her I would think she was a first round loser who got beaten up on by a number one player


Von Says:

Veno:

Goodnight and I’m proud of you for having so much will power as to walk away from the tennis matches. Sleep well until manana. BTW, our girl, Cirstea, won her match today.


Veno Says:

…could I do any better? Yes. If I had done less, I would have lost. It was one of those times you just have to fight hard and try to get through and that’s what I did…

She’s radiating weakness in words and body language and that’s not the right message to send out to the field. She’ll have to step it up big time for the second round.


Veno Says:

Thanks Von and concerning Sorana…read below my post from 2 hrs ago! Good night and thanks for the entertainment yet again!

Veno Says:

Vonnie!!! Sorana and Gisela advance to the second round also…

Go hotties!!!

Posted September 1st, 2009 at 3:21 pm


Scottish Says:

Great start by Querrey. Keep it going lad!!


Von Says:

Sorry Veno, I missed your post on the hotties. Sleep well.


Von Says:

Wow, Tipsy lost to Serra! I’ve not seen Tipsy play for a while and am wondering if he’s been injured.


Tennisfan Says:

Why shouldn’t Safina be ranked no #1 … she has more points than all the other women players.

If you don’t think she deserved it then maybe you should question why Murray is ranked no #1.

The rules are the rules … people who play by the rules deserve the points they get and hence their ranking.

The Safina #1 issue has been conjured up by the US Media and Serena W(people who can’t bother to play by the rules).

When some real talent arrives again on the WTA you won’t have to worry about why a 100 plus ranked player can beat any other top ten rank player any day of the week.

I hear Henin may be making a comeback … soon there may be a real #1.


Tennisfan Says:

… should read why Murray is ranked #2 …


Gordo Says:

I am going to get some people upset with this, especially those who ask why Federer always gets the easy draws.

I think there is no one more dangerous in this draw right now than Andy Roddick. He is looking great, focussed and fit and I believe that next Saturday’s semi-final may feature Federer vs Roddick and although I wouldn’t bet on the outcome, I would bet that whoever wins it, unless they have another marathon 5 setter – which is never great the day before the final – will raise the winner’s trophy the next day.

McEnroe has never liked what Federer did yesterday – namely he bursts out of the starting blocks and easily takes the first set. Then, knowing that he owns the match and probably not wanting to embarass Britton, he just turns set 2 and 3 into practice sets for himself, turning it on when he needed it.

The “beat them 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 if you can” mentality has never been Federer’s forte, as it was with McEnroe and Connors. Why should it be now?

The truth is, I imagine ESPN has told the commentators not to offer as a forgone conclusion that Federer is going to waltz into the semis. Fed winning everything is not as good for tennis as Tiger winning everything is good for golf.


Kimo Says:

People…Fed doesn’t get easy draws at slams. His record against players outside of the TOP FIVE at slam since WImbledon 2004 is what? 120-0(!). So no matter the draw, Fed is a lock for the semis just by virtue of that stat alone.

And like I said, I wanna see anyone come up with a hypothetical draw for Fed for the seven matches that is any harder than the one he already has. He has winning records against everybody but Murray and Nadal, and even against those two players, he won his last match against each. That doesn’t mean that players in his half are bad. At Wimbledon, I’m pretty sure no player would have wanted to play Kohls, Soderling, Karlovic (who wasn’t broken going into their match), then Haas. And I mean NO ONE. Yet for Fed, that is a very comfortable draw.

It’s not his fault that he has lopsided H2H records against pretty much everyone.


Kimo Says:

Tennis Fan Said:

“When some real talent arrives again on the WTA you won’t have to worry about why a 100 plus ranked player can beat any other top ten rank player any day of the week.”

I completely disagree. A talented up-and-comer can make the match interesting, but a real no.1 should still win comfortably. The experience and the mental toughness of a real no.1 always prevails over the I-got-nothing-to-lose mentality. Experience counts, rankings mean something, and if you’re not up for the responsibilities of being world no.1 hen you should just keep your head down and stop running your mouth.

Safina should let he racquet do the talking, and right now she’s playing like crap. People aren’t convinced that someone with a one-dimensional game, a bad case of double-faultitis, and very fagile mentality shuold be no.1. End of story. You look at the ATP, the top 7 players are insanely talented, and if any of them climbs to no.1 I bet you people won’t be that irritated by the fact that they haven’t won a slam because they believe that they CAN win a slam.

Can Safina win a slam without getting help from the draw or from her opponents? NO.


Veno Says:

“Safina shouldn’t be seeded 1 in any Grand Slam despite her number 1 ranking”

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/246431-us-open-2009-dinara-safina-puts-an-unemphatic-end-to-match-run-on-top


St4r5 Says:

I 100% agreed with you Kimo! Fed is always perceived as having an easy draw, it is all due to his towering tennis abilities.


been there, done that Says:

“The ESPN commentators said Ljub could show some signs of life — throw a racquet, get mad or something, but he’s not doing anything.”

Lol….I suppose he feels he’s achieved enough & pretty content with himself….some players are just like that. If they win, great, if they lose, it’s ok. Just a minor bump & better luck next time.

Re Safina: poor girl, all eyes are on her….at least Venus can blame her knees on her error-fest match yesterday. Safina, Safina, Safina *shakes head*…I know it’s just tennis & she earns millions but it must be very difficult being Safina right now.

Re men vs. women tennis: Men definitey have the superior shots tennis wise but as a mere casual viewer, I sometimes enjoy women tennis more. With women, the drama is always present….anyone can go at anytime (almost V & Saf in 1st round). With men, it’s almost scripted in the manner that the seeds fall of. It’s like I’ve gotta wait till Qtrs for anything heart-stopping to begin. Anything can happen but I wish I could immediately skip to wk2 already for men.

Also with women, there’s more racquet smashing, cursing, tears (during the match. lol), the constant little jumps before a serve, a ‘if looks could kill’ type of stare down at your opponent, talking to oneself at the back of the court, asking the crowd if to challenge (J.Jankovic..lol) and the constant adjustment of shorts or tops as if this will produce a better serve. Oh, I can’t forget the strategic screaming which is switched on & off as required. (my earplugs are ready ‘coz I’ll be cheering de Britto all the way).

I’m sure tennis purists disagree (boring gentleman’s game argument)but this for me make enjoyable viewing. No wonder I was so happy when Roger smashed the offending racquet in Miami (?)that it was a front page headline on CNN. lol. Rafa is good with the eye-rolling & stares of disgust, but I patiently await the racquet smash or throw from him.


Kimo Says:

To beenthere, done that:

I can see where you’re coming from regarding the predictability of men’s tennis, but that predictability means that upsets are that much more significant. Nadal losing in the fourth at RG was the biggest upset in a decade. But if Venus or Serena or Safina lose in the first week, so what?


Toodle pip Says:

you place a call to his doctor

“and the news stated that nadal suffered a stomach tear”

That’s very interesting Dr Von, make a statement and don’t prove it. Guess we will have to answer in the same way when Von wants answers to comments.
Veno: Once again, Von opens her mouth without thinking. She makes incredible statements, has no proof to back them up and then moves on with a– oh, well, call the doc. The woman must have an amoebic-sized ego that she feels she has to be the “boss” of this blog. That must be some life you have, lady.


Kimmi Says:

Been there, done that, LOOOOOL re: women tennis.

I mostly liked this one ” ‘if looks could kill’ type of stare”


i am it Says:

masha is glowing in sparkly headband tonight. but pironkova is prettier.


SG Says:

I watched some of the Djok/Luby match and I have to say that I don’t like the way Djok looks out there. His groundies don’t seem sharp and forceful. He used to be excellent at redirecting his opponents’ power blows an putting them on the defence. Now, he seems really reactive out there. The commentators were right in saying that this match up was good for Djokovic. He was playing a disinterested pilon today. Even an interested Ljubicic doesn’t match up well with the consistent Djokovic game. Maybe that’s what I’m getting at. Right now Djokovic can’t seem to combine explosiveness with consistency like a Federer or even Andy Roddick. I hope he can find a way to find this balance that he had a couple of years ago. If he doesn’t, he’ll be a one slam wonder.


Gordo Says:

Toodle-pip – okay, a few things -

First, when responding to a blog comment, unless it was very recently posted, you should reference it. I wanted to see what the “Dr. Von” thing was all about, and I had to go back dozens of comments to locate what pushed your button.

Secondly, I now see why you didn’t copy it in your post, because it would make your attack even more unwarrented than it already is.

Thirdly, I wish to echo Veno, who put it best after your last attack on Von hours ago – “Toodle pip, please, if you have nothing constructive to say tennis wise I implore you to say nothing at all. You’re playing on the person(that is Von), not for the first time, here just to get things rattling. Am growing tired of all the personal attacks some “haters” make.

And no, I don’t think I have to battle Von’s fights as she is more than capable to defend herself, I just want to make a statement that we can do without the animosity some bloggers spill on these highly entertaining and versatile threads!”

And fourthly – just because someone is a huge fan of someone doesn’t mean he or she hates their opponents. Von is nuts about Roddick. So what? But if the Djoker meets and defeats him in the quarters you will see that she gives the Serb his due praise. There are a few player-haters in here, but I would not call Von one.


jane Says:

Just got home – glad Djoko won, although SG’s post makes me wonder how long he’ll last. Watching Shriekypova now, who just took the first set. Then Murray…


Kimmi Says:

Shazza is serving bullets today, clean baseline game not too many UE and attack attack attack..looks to be easy.


jane Says:

Gordo – you’re right that Roddick is a very dangerous guy in the draw. He’s one of the favorites to win this event, after all, and his results at the slams this year have been some of his best ever (or at least equal to his best), which bodes very well for his prospects here.

been there, done that – you make some interesting and, imo, valid points about watching men’s vs. women’s tennis at the moment. I do find the women’s matches more dramatic in some ways, particularly in the earlier rounds.

Thanks to all you kind bloggers for the positive remarks on Djoko’s win. I’d like to see him get at least to the quarters. I think he’ll come back around next year, or hope so anyhow. He’s still up there in the top ten, so can’t complain.


jane Says:

Agree Kimmi – Sharpie looks sharp and shiny. : )

Looks like Dr. Ivo may be going out first round; he’s down two sets. And Wawrinka is in a fifth set!


Kimmi Says:

Dr Ivo has bad record on five sets matches, I agree jane, i don’t see him making a come back.

Wawrinka was doing so well in the first two sets, 2 tough tie breaks to lose, Looks like momentum is to lapentti


i am it Says:

ivo’s fall should ease the draw for murray.


Kimmi Says:

i am it, even if Ivo was there, I don’t see Murray having a problem with him..Murray is a good returner.


been there, done that Says:

Tennisfan@6:14 pm

Re Safina: I get where you’re coming from regarding Safina, but I think it is the manner in which she melts down in masters (Premier Mandatory as per WTA)& slam semis & finals that make people question her.

Also, most of her wins have come from smaller tournaments, which I assume she enters for the sake of raking in ranking points. Just as an example, of what use was it to enter ‘Banka Koper Slovenia Open’ in Portorož, Slovenia in July 2009, where the next highest seed was ranked world no.21 while other top50 players were already slogging it out in North America?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Banka_Koper_Slovenia_Open

imo,this was done to top up her ranking points (a win was almost assured) so that losing early in all proceeding North American tournaments would have no effect on her no.1 ranking. (maybe she didn’t want to be in N.America for too long? Or personal commitment to Portorož, a la Nadal-Barcelona, Roger-Basel, Djokovic-Belgrade, etc?).

I applaud her for being so savvy as regards what she needs to do to hold onto her #1, but for as long as she continues to win in places like Portorož and continues to lose so dramatically in slams & masters, she’ll have to face these questions.

No offence meant and as much all tournaments should be respected, some are simply more important than others. I know she’s worked hard etc, but after reaching semis & finals of GS for almost two yrs, both fans & detractors want to see her win the whole thing.

Re Murray #2: he’s just arrived there & done quite well in masters…however, eyes are also on him in US open as he reached finals last yr. If he loses before finals, we’ll hear a lot of noise, especially from Rafa fanatics & people who live for Fed-Rafa finals (of which is a huge majority of casual fans who follow only slams & a few masters are).


jane Says:

Yes, and Wawrinka’s could too, if he doesn’t win this 5th set. Although in reality Dr. Ivo’s never really troubled Murray.

BTW – Did others see Roddick’s ear bleeding during his match last night? I missed that. But he made a funny joke about it in his interview, about hairy ears.

Maria is feeding the Bulgarian a bagel…


jane Says:

been there, done that says re: Murray losing before expected, “we’ll hear a lot of noise, especially from Rafa fanatics.”

Hmmm… Why Rafa fans in particular? Just curious, since it seems that a lot of the bloggers at this site who dislike Murray and/or his style of play are actually Fed fans. But I am sure they don’t have dibs or anything : )


Kimmi Says:

Wawrinka broken, I think thats it for him.


i am it Says:

a little shocking wa-wa lost in the 1st round.


i am it Says:

wow dent beat felo.


jane Says:

Gulbis’s smile is killer, just lovely. But I still want Murray to win. :)

That’s is for Stan Wa-wa, wow. He can play well sometimes but he’s never been consistent enough.

I see Ana is pushed into a third set and down a break, but not an easy opening against Bondarenko. I wonder if she’ll pull through, Ivanovic that is.

Dr. Ivo on last legs in third set tiebreak – must win situation for him,


Kimmi Says:

Lapentti coming back from 2 sets down, playing magnificent tiebreaks on 3rd and 4th set..great comeback, respect to him.

Too bad wawrinka, the sliding down the ranking continues.


Kimmi Says:

Love Murray, enjoy his game..play aggressive Murray and the US open will be yours :)


Kimmi Says:

Dr Ivo 5-5 in TB..this guy navarro must be good, his is toe to toe with Dr Ivo on serving dept.

…er….Navarro wins…


Kimmi Says:

Ivanovic double break down..not good. an upset is looming.


jane Says:

Ivanovic back on serve Kimmi, can you believe it? Wonder if she can hang on and snatch this one outta the fire? Oops, down love-30 as I write. Not looking good for Ana.

Gulbis just broke back; this kid has so much talent. He needs a coach, some desire, or something, to take it up a notch. But it’s hard to know whether or not he wants it.

Murray will still win this match, anyhow, because he’s not going to let this opportunity go by.


been there, done that Says:

jane@8:36pm,

“Hmmm… Why Rafa fans in particular?”

Because their was already a lot of noise from Rafa fanatics when he went to no3. Key word, *fanatics*, not normal fans.

“Just curious, since it seems that a lot of the bloggers at this site who dislike Murray and/or his style of play are actually Fed fans.”

Actually, many people don’t like Murray’s style, including Larry Stefanki, Roddick’s coach.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8134703.stm

Stefanki & many commentators said exactly what Roger said last yr, but because it was Roger speaking, it was assumed to be sour grapes.

Also, just how many people outside the UK are actually Murray fans? On this blog, I’ve only counted about two people who’ve said they are Murray fans. Even in the UK, many people support him ‘coz he’s British, as opposed to his playing style. (you can occassionally peruse BBC sport606 tennis blog when Murray plays).

I’m sure it’s nothing against Murray, viewers simply want some excitement. This is why players like like Tsonga, Monfils, etc, despite being lower ranked, have more fans.


Kimmi Says:

What a match this is becoming, magnificent winners from gulbis to break back..again Murray a little passive there. C’moooon


Kimmi Says:

I’m impressed with Ivanovic too..hope she win, this is the kind of match she needs to bring that confidence back.


i am it Says:

murray-gulbis is the first interesting match of the uso.


jane Says:

been there, done that – well I am in Canada and Murray is one of my favorites. I find he can be very explosive and exciting at times, in his tactics, his running shots, his defense, his variety. Plus the guy shoots straight from the hip in interviews. Too each his/her own I guess.

Anyhow, if “fanatics” was the key word in your post, then I can see what you mean, in that Rafa lost number 2 to Murray. However, it’s hardly Murray’s fault that Rafa got injured while he stayed consistent. That’s just the way it worked out.

Re: Murray’s style – I think if commentators and coaches are saying something as opposed to a player who was just coming off a loss to the guy, then it’s bound to be taken differently due to the different context. But there’s no doubt, that many who follow tennis, including many of Murray;s own fans, know he could be more aggressive at times.


Ezorra Says:

“Because their was already a lot of noise from Rafa fanatics when he went to no3. Key word, *fanatics*, not normal fans.”

Do you really think it comes only from Rafa fanatics alone and not from other players’ fanatics as well? Sorry to say but I never heard any of Rafa fans said anything about him been no 3.


Kimmi Says:

Been there, done that: If Murray has that bad style, I wonder why he is # 2 in the world ? I agree he can be passive at times but he has a lot of good that has made him one of the best players in this world.


jane Says:

Ezorra, that’s why I said previously that most of the people at this site who seem to not like Murray and/or his style very much are Fed fans, not Rafa fans. And there aren’t really many fanatics at this site that I can think of period.

BTW, I hope Rafa is back to his best soon.


Colin Says:

As I said in another thread about on-court behaviour, how times change! Same with style of play. When Sampras ruled the game, there were frequent claims that men’s tennis was boring – serve, volley, bang, point over. Where were the long skilled rallies?
Now we’ve got someone who plays long skilled rallies, and he is blamed for it, and is called boring. And they are skilled rallies – he doesn’t just “put the ball back” as many people say.


Scottish Says:

Hey All, looks like we have quite a match here. I can’t see Murray losing this one. He’s just too good to go out this early. Gulbis is playing well though.

As for all the Murray fan stuff it’s obvious his personality and playing style rubs a lot of people the wrong way. I for one don’t care for him but I do see how talented he is and give him kudos for where he has come from and he has deserved the #2 spot. He’s no pushover and he’s going to be in the top elite for a long time.


jane Says:

There you go, Murray’s explosive rush to the net to hit the passer and take the first set.

Ivanovic on the ropes.


Kimmi Says:

Ivanovic squandered one match point..her serve is so shaky


been there, done that Says:

“Do you really think it comes ONLY from Rafa fanatics alone and not from other players’ fanatics as well? Sorry to say but I never heard any of Rafa fans said anything about him been no 3.”

Of course not…I never said so. In fact if you bothered to read my previous comment, I also said people who prefer Fed-Rafa finals. But the argument was that Rafa has 6 slams, Murray zero, so Murray should at least win one before going ahead of Rafa or Roger. A few Djokovic fans were also dispirited ‘coz he’d waited for so long.

You can all check comments from other sites regarding this including BBC 606, tennis-talk & bleacher report.

@Jane 9:31pm…”well I am in Canada and Murray is one of my favorites”

Unless am wrong, I’ve read severally that Djokovic is your no1 player? Many people like many different players. I just meant if it comes down to choosing a single player to support, e.g.you like both, but if Djokovic plays Murray, whom do you support?


jane Says:

WAY too many UEs from Ivanovic. She’s g-o-n-e. Poor girl, and back to the drawing board.


Ezorra Says:

Ai ya yai ya yai… Ana! What happen to you!!!


Kimmi Says:

Just like that, FH to the net after fighting back two double breaks…bad bad loss.


Colin Says:

Bondarenko defeats Ivanovic. Ana really needs an inspirational coach – or a new brain, maybe.
Interesting stats in Murray’s match:
Unforced errors – Murray 5, Gulbis 21
Winners – Murray 16, Gulbis 22.
Aces are about even.
Murray won the first set, and leads 3-0 with a break in the second set.
This suggests to me that those Gulbis errors are not actually unforced.


steve Says:

Gulbis is like Gasquet: prodigious talent, but fragile mental game. It’s unlikely that he’ll come back from a set and a break down, but you never know.


Kimmi Says:

4 big serves from Murray to serve a 0-40..impressive


Scottish Says:

Gulbis just isn’t in the same level here. He doesn’t have the finishing touches to close out the opportunities. Should be an easy ride the rest of the way for Andy.


Kimmi Says:

@ 10.03 pm serve = save


jane Says:

been there, done that – yeah, Djok’s my “top” fave, but I do like a bunch of others, including both Andys, Safin, often cheer on Nadal in matches, and Tsonga too.

RE: cheering, that’s a tough question, but basically, if two faves play each other, esp. Djoko and either Andy R or M, it depends on the situation. Like here, for instance, if the Roddick/Djoko quarter comes to pass, I’ll just watch and enjoy and be happy for either guy. When Djoko and Murray played the finals in Miami, I was happy for either to win. If Murray and Djoko met in the final here, same thing. I guess if Djoko dropped further down in the rankings or something, and winning an important match over one of the Andys could help him climb back or help him build confidence, then I would cheer for him. I cheered for Djoko over Tsonga in the AO 2008 final as I wanted Djoko to get his first slam more after that loss in the final USO 2007. And I cheered for Djoko last week over Rafa at Cincy because I think he needed a win over Rafa more than Nadal needed another over him, esp. after a lot of hard fought losses, and I think Djok needed a good win period, for confidence’s sake. I take context into consideration. If Djoko gets deep here I’ll be thrilled to see him back at his best, but in a way Andy R needs to win his second slam more (getting older, been longer since his first, playing great right now, etc), Murray needs his first (to silence the doubters), and a career slam for Nadal would be exciting too. So you know … I just sorta go match by match when faves play each other. I just love watching tennis and have been following it since the early 80s, but more seriously in the last 8 years or so.

Looks like Murray’s got a handle on this match now.


jane Says:

Gulbis broke back, so it’s not over yet. But Andy’s fitness and desire should prevail – likely in straight sets.


i am it Says:

beautiful tennis from these 2 talents.


Kimmi Says:

“Looks like Murray’s got a handle on this match now”

too early to say that, Gulbis breaks and we are back on serve.


Kimmi Says:

Murray got the toughest match of all top 6 players ..me think.


jane Says:

They contrast each other well, don’t they i am it? Different strengths and weaknesses.

But Murray has more variety. And plays smartly. I like the way he plays cat-and-mouse sometimes, as it’s fun to watch. But you feel a little sorry for the other guy too.


Kimmi Says:

Murray second serve very attackable


Colin Says:

Job done. What bothers me is that Murray’s first serve isn’t reliable, and hasn’t been recently. His second serve remains a weakness.
One thing – Karlovic is out, and he might have been hard work, though Andy has always beaten him.


jane Says:

Colin, Wawrinka is out too, and he troubled Andy at Wimbledon.


Kimmi Says:

LOL Murray just hit a 55mph second serve


jane Says:

Murray just hit a 55 mile per hour second serve LOL – J-Mac called it a “spit ball” and admonished Gulbis for missing the return. LOL. Gotta admit, the Macs’ inane chatter is kinda funny tonight for some reason.


scineram Says:

Was that not the slowest possible overhead serve?


Shaky Says:

I know this has probably been said, but Gulbis is like the evil twin of Murray, goes for everything it seems.

Actually Gulbis really reminds me of Safin. Especially because he’s mentally eratic, but the game too actually.

Murray is agonizingly defensive though. I hated playing defensive people who won on baseline consistency when I was a kid. Just wanted to strangle them. Or maybe I’m just sad that Ivanovic is out so I can’t oggle her.


Scottish Says:

Some pretty amazing and ugly tennis all in the same match. It’s so hard to figure out the rythm. It’s all over the place.


steve Says:

Murray takes a tumble. Not an uncommon occurrence with him.


jane Says:

Scottish, part of that is down to Murray, I think; he usually tries to rob opponents of any kind of rhythm.

That said, first the ball boy and now Murray have wiped out; there is some wacky energy out there tonight.


been there, done that Says:

Jane 10:06 “yeah, Djok’s my “top” fave, but I do like a bunch of others, including both Andys, Safin, often cheer on Nadal in matches, and Tsonga too.”

This is what I meant by ‘I’ve read severally that Djokovic is your no1 player? Many people like many different players.’….as it is, many people have one top fave whom they hope wins a tournament but still like many other players.

Great drama from the Ivanovic match! though I don’t take it as a BIG upset ‘coz she’s struggled throughout the year.


Kimmi Says:

Gulbis FH, when it goes in its a killer


jane Says:

Yep been there, quite the cliff-hanger in Ivanovic’s loss. I just didn’t know who would win till the last ball was struck.

J-Mac desperately wants Gulbis to do better “with his talent.” These two are gobsmacked by the fact that this guy isn’t winning more.


Scottish Says:

Amazing shot by Andy to pass Gulbis. Gulbis needs to hide that drop shot better.


jane Says:

Good job Andy M. – woot!


Scottish Says:

Congrats Murray fans. A hard fought match and he was overall strong.


jane Says:

That was an entertaining match; I do like Ernests and hope he can find…something…to help him do better more consistently. Hope the scrapes heal up okay for Murray and the ball-man/boy.


Kimmi Says:

“ball-man/boy.” LOL

Congrants Murray, his draw has now opened up a little, at least does not look too bad until JMDP.


Toodle pip Says:

The crowd tonight was cheering for Gulbis as McEnroe remarked a few times.

PS Gordo and Veno, let the “boss” of the blog handle her own mess.


jane Says:

Yes, the crowd did cheer on Ernests quite a bit tonight; J-Mac didn’t seem sure if it was that they wanted a longer match or were just rooting for the underdog, or, at one point, he wondered/joked as to whether or not Gulbis brought a bunch of relatives – LOL.


been there, done that Says:

Kimmi Says:9:36 pm

“If Murray has that bad style, I wonder why he is # 2 in the world ?”

I doubt anyone has questioned Murray’s effectiveness. Murray is a highly effective player, hence he’s#2. Ranks don’t lie.

However, there is a difference between ‘style’ & ‘effectiveness’…e.g, Rafa & Roger have completely different styles, yet both are highly effective. Some prefer Roger’s finesse while others prefer Rafa’s raw power. On the extreme end, Karlovic reached wimby qtrs booming aces against Verdasco & Tsonga….so @wimby he was quite effective yet I can hardly describe his style as exciting. On-court personality also comes into play, e.g Roger ice-cool while Rafa red hot fire. Just a matter of preference for different people.

imo, most fans have a problem with Murrays style, not effectiveness…from what I’ve read they think it’s boring to watch when compared to the likes of Roger, Rafa, Djokovic,Monfils, Tsonga, Gonzalez etc. A lot has already been said on this blog regarding his personality, which is part of on-court style….i.e what draws or drives away fans.

It is mainly professionals, i.e tv commentators who question whether his perceived passiveness is effective enough to win a slam (see link I provided regarding comments by Roddick’s coach)….imo, he shouldn’t change ‘coz it’s working well…..but again, am a mere viewer….all I care for is an exciting match, whoever’s playing.

Good luck to everyone playing today. Pity there’s gotta be losers!


been there, done that Says:

“…but I never heard any of Rafa fans said anything about him been no 3…”

well, you haven’t but I have…PS: I said *fanatic* as opposed to fan. There’s a difference. All top5 players,esp Roger & Rafa, have some crazy fanatics.

“….And there aren’t really many fanatics at this site that I can think of period. ….”

From your statement, then there are a few. Also, it is a matter of opinion, not a black & white issue. Fanaticism to one person is mere appreciation to another. For me, I can think of a quite a few posts that come across as fanaticism….on this site as well as others. Maybe I too can come across as fanatic to someone else while I don’t think I am. To someone else, just the fact that we’re actually BLOGGING! about tennis as opposed to just watching chosen matches makes EVERYONE posting on this website a fanatic. hehe. Just a matter of perception. :D

However, as I’ve never met anyone posting on whichever site, it is impossible to tell who’s really a fanatic ‘coz most comments are written with gross exaggeration to draw a comment or faux pas anger. Highly unlikely though in real life; afterall, fans don’t go after each other at tennis stadiums as done in blogs. It’s just a game!


SG Says:

That Ivanovic match last night…wow. Maybe she needs to have a talk with Dementieva or something. Her serve is scary looking right now. Her game is really nice when she can get the ball in play.

There are quite a few head cases at the top of the women’s game right now: Safina, Kuzy, Ivanovic, Dementieva. I’d even put Venus Williams in that group as she is very erratic these days. This is a talented group of players so I’m not really sure what’s happening between the ears. Anyone remember watching Hana Mandlikova? Sick talent but so mentally unpredictable.


SG Says:

I hadn’t seen much of Gulbis until last night. I was shocked that he was 13-20 going into last night’s match. Talk about a head case. This guy has a lot of game. I’d even say enough game to be top 10 in the world. I guess he tends to be error prone like a Philipoussis.


Mindy Says:

Gordo,

Were you really serious with your comment about how Fed always wins the first set and then just uses the next two sets as practice before he closes it down? Well, let me tell you, it sure didn’t look like he was having any fun “practicing” when that other guy had a set point in the second set. I was watching his face as this guy just wouldn’t go away and he looked annoyed and frustrated.

I think it’s also insulting to the other guy, who was hitting some great shots and making Fed work harder than usual. Why not have the decency to give the opponent credit for a match well played and making Fed somewhat uncomfortable? Or is that too much to ask.

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