Roddick, Federer Face First Test Today at US Open
by Sean Randall | September 5th, 2009, 10:34 am
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Taylor Dent is awesome! If you watched his fantastic finish last night, coming from a matchpoint down to win in a fifth set tiebreak, if you know his hardships of battling two years with a debilitating back injury that required three surgeries and a bodycast you know what I mean. And Dent is arguably the story in what was otherwise an unusually tepid first week for the men at the US Open.

The top dogs like Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal have all been rolling – the first time all Top 16 seeds are into the third round of a Grand Slam in the Open Era I believe – without much drama and intrigue allowing the spotlight to shine on great stories like Dent and Jesse Witten.

But things should change starting today as the men’s seeds collide in the third round. It’s not quite “separation Saturday” as they say, but it’s close. This afternoon we’ll see Federer v. Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick v. John Isner, Sam Querrey v. Robin Soderling and in what may very well be the best match of the day, Tommy Haas v. Fernando Verdasco.

Of all the last 32, I’ll say Roddick and then Djokovic are playing the best. Federer looked ok, same with Rafa and Murray but Roddick and Novak have taken care of business as they should have though the draws for both men have been relatively easy thus far.

Today, the fun and the easy draw end for Roddick who meets Isner in a first true test. Isner might get a tiebreak but Roddick should be able to move the big man around just enough to advance. Djokovic plays the Kentucky grad Witten and that should go straight sets. So looks like we are headed for a Roddick-Novak Wednesday night quarterfinal.

Haas and Verdasco is a tricky match, maybe a five-setter. I’ll take the hot guy, Verdasco, here although the Spaniard has never beaten the German in two previous meetings. Roddick v. Verdasco on Monday late afternoon, that’s a cracker!

I think Hewitt will test Federer but Roger’s going to run his win streak to 14 against Lleyton. Hewitt just doesn’t have the firepower but he will force some errors from Federer. I like Querrey to get his first career win over Soderling and in a mild upset I’ll go with Robredo to beat Blake tonight. On second thought, I’ll take Blake. That one is a real 50/50 and both guys doesn’t exactly exude confidence.

As for the bottom half tomorrow, look at all the Frenchman (4) including my man Gael Monfils. I still like Juan Martin Del Potro right now though. Andy Murray is still going through ups and downs something he cannot afford to do against top guys (I think he’ll beat Dent although I would love to see the upset!) and I’m still not convinced Nadal can get the job done that final weekend. Nadal v. Monfils Tuesday night? That’d be fun!

What a strange week for the women with two of the top five seeds upset. For all the world still looks like this is Serena’s tournament. Dinara Safina escaped and with an easy draw ahead – though she had one at the start, too – she should get into the semifinals. I still like Sharapova to also reach the semifinals and with Azarenka ousted looks like Venus will take her spot in the semifinals.

So in all good start to the US Open, but the best is yet to come!


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831 Comments for Roddick, Federer Face First Test Today at US Open

Rick Says:

Federer would beats Hewitt in three sets. If he plays Roddick next. Federer would wins in four. Back then, Roddick only have to find a way to deal with Federer. But now that, the competition is not as easy as it used to be. Roddick not only have to find a way to deal with Roger. The new comers are also threatening him. Namingly Del Potro. Players like Djokovic, Murray, Tsonga or Gillies are problems for Roddick. Not that I don’t admire his hardworking. But the game is not as easy as it used to be.


Rick Says:

Hewitt could not hurts Federer with his game. That is what I agree with you on.


Rick Says:

Hewitt used to lead his head to head against Federer. One time, Federer was leading 2 sets against him. Then he came back to beat Federer in five. That was a Davis Cup match in Australia. But since the 2004 US Open final. Hewitt is a slave to Federer in every matches they played.


jane Says:

Nice recap of things so far Sean – pretty much agree with most of what you wrote. Even your decision to change your mind and take Blake, who should be able to overpower Robredo IF James isn’t spraying too many errors. Especially that the best matches are to come.

I agree Roddick is playing better than Djoko. Djoko struggled a little against Ball and he’s been doing the same against Witten – already broken once, and facing another break point as I write. So his serve is still vulnerable imo. Roddick doesn’t have to work as hard to hold because his serve is such a consistent weapon.

Anyway, looking forward to the rest!


jane Says:

Anyone know of a stream for Novak’s match? Every single one I can find is playing Federer (which is also on my t.v.).


jane Says:

Looks like Hewitt may take the first set.

Meanwhile Djoko is serving crappy and couldn’t serve out the set at 5-3, so now they’re back on serve a 5 all. Sheesh. Wish I could see it!


Kimmi Says:

Federer is spraying FH, BH, double faults..what the ? Come on wake up…


jane Says:

LOL Kimmi – feel the same way about Djoko, and it’s looking like he’s going to lose the first set too if he doesn’t get it together quick!


jane Says:

Guess Murray and Rafa aren’t the only top guys to lose sets now…


Kimmi Says:

I hope its just losing a set, the way its going right now for Federer is not looking good !


jane Says:

Well we’ve seen Fed pull out 5-setters at most of the slams lately, so who knows Kimmi? 1 set is not that scary. 2 is more so.

Looks like Djok/Witten going to t.b. and I think it favors Witten based on the way Djoko’s playing.


Kimmi Says:

This Witten guy is really giving it to Novak


Rick Says:

Hewitt must be very pleased! It has been awhile for him taking a set off Federer! If Federer is the Goat. Then Nadal is the man who brought the GOAT into tears! Who would you wanna be? lol


jane Says:

Witten has tons of upper body strength; he can whack the ball for sure! Listen, he deserves this set at this point. He’s played better.


Kimmi Says:

Fed breaks..yes !


Kimmi Says:

What what..Witten takes the first set ? Is it the day of upsets ? Too early to say..I know !


Kimmi Says:

While for Federer, looks like the groove is coming back ?


jane Says:

I think Djoko’s going to lose today. Witten is playing better than him.


Kimmi Says:

Well, Djoko has 00-40..and he breaks


been there, done that Says:

Jane,

you can find the Djokovic match here:
http://www.fromsport.com/c-4.html
Cheers.


jane Says:

Hewitt making a few more errors now, and Fed has changed his strategy so things have evened out there.


Veno Says:

From 4-2 40-0 on serve fed crumbled…I thought I was watching Safina. Good to see rusty capitalize on it. Although Fed’s in front in the second….he’s playing awful tennis


jane Says:

Hey been there, thanks. Although I don’t think I wanna watch it. LOL. Hate watching Djoko play crappy.


Kimmi Says:

Jane, have faith..Djoko is picked up in this set..he is 2-0 ahead and now 15-30 witten serving


Kimmi Says:

C’moooon fed..hewitt is giving it to him


jane Says:

Kimmi, I am trying…but Djok has a tendency to lose early and unexpectedly so it’s tough.

Looks like Fed will take the second set.


Rick Says:

Roger was just teasing Hewitt and let him won the first! And he really is not as good as he used to be. He used to winning draw like this so easily. He was at his best in 2004 and 2007 Aussie Open. He could beats Roddick and Hewitt quite comfortably and made them cry!


Veno Says:

wow, Stepa broke Kohls in the third….


jane Says:

Djoko loses one break… ugh. Fugly tennis from Novak today. Witten still having bursts of power, but maybe more intermittent than in the first set.


Veno Says:

Jane, who would you prefer Novak to play in 4R?
Kohls or Stepa?


Rick Says:

Roger used to be an express. Nowadays he is an all stops train. Everyone could stall and make him stop for abit. I could not imagine, if he could plays like he was in 2007 Aussie Open. Roddick could takes him to five sets at Wimbledon.


jane Says:

Fed = 22 winners to 33 UEs
Djok = 13 winners to 22 UEs.

Both have hit twice as many errors as winners. Ugh!


Kimmi Says:

Another break point chance for hewitt..come on fed


jane Says:

Veno, Djoko won’t be in the next round at this rate. But if I were to look that far ahead, I’d say it’s a crap shoot/ 50-50. Djok had a marathon match vs. Stepa here in 07 and of course lost to Kohls this year at the FO in straights. So it’s tough to say. Seriously, though, I do not think he’s looking good right now! His last second serve was 61 mph!!! That’s almost at slow as Murray’s 55er the other night LOL. Djok is not a contender here. He needs help and maybe if Martin is the right guy, he’ll be back on track by next year and just put this one behind him. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him at #5 by the end of the year, as both Roddick and JMDP are gaining on him in form.


jane Says:

There you go – Novak just lost his insurance break and they are back on serve. He is in big trouble.


Kimmi Says:

Aaaaarg..Djoko waht are you doing..he got broken again. Witten is impressing out there..


Veno Says:

I see he’s struggling. Must be tough to watch Jane.
Fed’s having an off-day to say the least…
He looks very slow and he’s spraying them everywhere. He needs to wake up or Rusty will make him pay


jane Says:

Wow – they just said Witten has been the tournament leader in return of serves @ 48%. No wonder Djoko is frustrated on serve. Witten is an interesting story too – like Dent and Oudin. He looks kind of stocky, hence the upper body power, but he moves pretty good.


Kimmi Says:

Every attack FH is on the net for Fed, now double breakpoint for hewitt..again yai yai yai..


jane Says:

Yeah, Veno, watching Fed on t.v. and Djok on computer. Fed’s patchy. Some great moments, but also not serving well. Hewitt is also playing well though.

Much like Djoko’s match, it’s a combo of one guy being “on” and the other not so much.


Kimmi Says:

Good hold for fed.. phew !!


Veno Says:

40 UE for Fed!


jane Says:

At least Fed’s been saving the break points, unlike Djoko who is sucking big time.


PietjeP Says:

Well Fed is struggling. Again he manages to escape. His footwork seems a little off. He is not perfectly placed, hence all the forehand faults.

We could be in for a surprise here…

But what a strange first set. Fed played quite ok until 4-2 40-0


PietjeP Says:

Geez; he just keeps shanking his forehand. Unbelievable…


Kimmi Says:

Djoko broke again..so thats good, while Fed continue to mishit balls..he just cannot attack on his FH


jane Says:

Fed’s forehand needs to see the trainer. : )


Kimmi Says:

Hewitt is annoyed not capitalizing on fed form


jane Says:

Djoko gets the second set. Phew. Well that’s something … but. I dunno. Witten has been playing better than Novak, better winners to errors ratio. We’ll see what happens next.

But you know, right now I’d say Roddick and JMDP look the best. Roddick could win this!!


Veno Says:

Agree Jane, but it’s early days…
Both matches aren’t pretty to watch.
If Rusty gets the third set, could be interesting.
Rusty has to start taking the break points on Fed’s serve though. IF Rog starts to click and this can go fast….it can be curtains real fast too


Veno Says:

WOOOOOHOOOOOOOO My girl is through in doubles!

Way to go Maria!!!!!!


Veno Says:

Fed falls!!!!!!!!!! Never ever seen that happen before….


jane Says:

Wow – haven’t seen Fed fall like that – EVER! Hope he’s okay.


Veno Says:

Looks like it woke him up!


Veno Says:

Totally different Fed now…
Rusty better watch out!


Kimmi Says:

Since that fall..Fed has stepped up on his shot here..2 breaks points


jane Says:

Step is taking it to Kohls right now.


Veno Says:

spoke too soon…


Kimmi Says:

C’mon here here fed


PietjeP Says:

Oh oh oh. Fed played terrible there on the 2BP’s…


Lenny Says:

SOS! Anyone know any other online streaming sites besides Justin.tv and atdhe.net? The latter just connects to the former’s vids, and Justin.tv is now compelling international viewers to pay!


jane Says:

Djok still struggling… a lot. Witten returning well and Djoko serving only adequately.

Fed should take this 3rd set by the looks of things; he’s been deep in Hew’s service games and now he breaks.

Meanwhile Djoko on verge of being broken. UGH and triple ugh.


Veno Says:

Painful for Rusty, but have to hand it to Fed, although he’s having an off-day and his aim is way off, he keeps going for the shots, never backing up into percentage tennis which is not his game…


jane Says:

Lenny try the link been there, done that gave me about – it’s been working!


Veno Says:

Jane, your man looks in trouble, but it’s good he’s hanging in there….


jane Says:

*about = above. Better yet, here Lenny:

http://www.fromsport.com/c-4.html


Veno Says:

Step is giving it to Kohls, already a break up in the 4th


jane Says:

Veno, “hanging” being the operative word. LOL.


Veno Says:

Lob-Sterrrrrrrrrrrrrr


Veno Says:

Loool, what a setpoint!!!!


PietjeP Says:

What a rally on set point!


i am it Says:

try this but it’s not a good stream
http://www.fromsport.com/video-67477.html


Veno Says:

Lol Jane, but, on the bright side….the tough past 18 months he’s been going through and his fighting spirit and willingness to change his game has made even me a Novak enthusiast!!!
2 years ago I had trouble even watchim him in a match…


Lenny Says:

Thanks a gazillion Jane!


jane Says:

Novak, my dear, must you break your racquet. How Safinesque of you. Will you lose like Safin too? If I had to bet, I would say so.


jane Says:

Veno – only he hasn’t changed his game. His serve is still inconsistent, as is he. And he’s about to get broken.


jane Says:

You’re welcome Lenny; looks like Fed is back and playing well.


i am it Says:

dj just threw a racket. now he is arguing with the umpire. dj is right you don’t lose point for throwing your racket.
is he surrendering the match? his hand is frozen.
roger should be ok. rafa miserably struggled last night. murray did ok considering the way his opponent was playing.


Veno Says:

I said, his willingness to change it hon, I know he’s not there yet, but he’s trying!


Lenny Says:

True. And I do love watching him at his best, but I’m a huge fan of Rusty’s. I may be the only one here, from some comments I’ve read in the past. :)
I think he’s missed his chance now, though. :(


jane Says:

Veno, gotcha. Yes, I’ll give Novak that. He’s hired a fitness coach and now is trying to work with Martin. So he’s doing something rather than nothing, which is admirable. Listen, clearly I love the guy, but when he’s bad, he’s so bad. : ( & : )


Veno Says:

Step a double break up in the 4th…Should put it away to 2 now…


jane Says:

Yeah I like Rusty too but like you feel his chance has blown away with the wind.

Davis Cup-like atmosphere at Djok’s match.


Veno Says:

“as their admirers/fans we set higher standards for our faves than we do set to others. this is why we see more of their faults than others do.”


Veno Says:

*set for others


i am it Says:

dj just cannot rotate his shoulder and generate speed anymore. with that you become tentative and defensive.


jane Says:

Why is that in quotation marks Veno? Either way, it makes perfect sense and I agree.


Veno Says:

If Andy Roddick wins in convincing style against Johnny I. tonight, it’s going to be interesting to see all the analysts jump from Murray’s bandwagon onto the Roddick one! :)


i am it Says:

dubya’s people are chanting.


Lenny Says:

Some great matches up today. Looks like I’m not getting any sleep. Oh, well. Tom’s Sunday; I can afford to be a zombie.


Veno Says:

It is in quotation marks cause I quoted myself


Veno Says:

(as if I were at your place and saying it to your face Jane)


jane Says:

Who is “dubya”?


Kimmi Says:

Fed now double break up..woot


jane Says:

Oh, thanks for the wisdom Veno. The upshot for me is that even if Novak goes out today, which will be depressing, I nonetheless like a lot of guys and will continue to enjoy the tennis, as I’ve done at all the slams this year when Djoko has crapped out early. LOL.

Ah well, Nole, just can’t seem to get it together this year and most definitely not today. Mind you, Witten is just playing really well and deserves kudos for that.


Kimmi Says:

Witten is taking Djocko..left right left right, he is a toughy


Veno Says:

Good for you Jane, luckily my fave has made 21 consecutive slam SFs but I’ll say it again…I’m much more a tennis fan than I am a Fed fan…He’s my favourite player, but I’ll choose tennis over Fed any time!!!


i am it Says:

google search


Veno Says:

Jesse is playing well. But win or lose Jane, it’s these matches that form a player. If everything’s on and going well that’s easy. Novak needs to learn to get tougher in matches when things are not going his way!


Veno Says:

Oh my, Witten breaks! Clutch time for Novak!


jane Says:

The errors from Djoko are unbelievable! 46!!!! to only 24 winners. My god w.t.f. – excuse my cursing in acronyms.

Just broken… :’ (


Veno Says:

Lol, Rusty breaks!


Kimmi Says:

Hewitt still around, good thing fed had a double break here…hope it will not be like a tsonga match…


i am it Says:

this defeat will likely awaken dj.
Roger is fine.


jane Says:

“Novak needs to learn to get tougher in matches when things are not going his way”

Most definitely Veno – find his heart, form, whatever and dig deep.

Speaking of deep, he’s playing too far behind the baseline.


jane Says:

Nole should’ve had his “awakening” a while ago. :’ (


i am it Says:

is not dj supposed to be better in the tiebreak. that’s not the case today for myriad of reasons.


Veno Says:

Lol, a copy of the first set, Maybe Novak can dig himself out of a hole this time


Veno Says:

Fed is sooooooo bad at challenging lol


i am it Says:

already 2 hrs 40 min. into this match and barely 3 sets played? it will be a long match.

roger wins. congrats.


Veno Says:

I feel sorry for Robredo or Blake(whoever wins their match) as they play Fed next and you know what happens to his focus and form after he’s had an off-day….


Veno Says:

Good Novak is letting a roar out, but to taunt the American public….Novak, be careful!


i am it Says:

i like that reaction.


Veno Says:

Jane, your man will get through now. I doubt we’ll see Witten pull out a “Dent” against a better player :)


jane Says:

Finally Nole – some fire! Keep it going…keep it going.


Kimmi Says:

Novak fight out the tiebreak..Jane Woot


i am it Says:

with that 2-1 lead finally.


Veno Says:

It’s that experience in big matches a player like Witten lacks. To be honest, a more experienced player would have served out the first and third set, at least 1 of those…


jane Says:

Good win for Fed – he really turned his form around in the match, and as you opine Veno, that bodes well for him. Not so much Tommy or James!


Duro Says:

Damn loops! If only Nole could regain his flat forehand back. He’s eating me alive. Jane! Take your brooms! Fix that curse!


jane Says:

Veno no doubt Djoko is lucky IF he wins as he’s been WAY OFF form today. Mind you HE should’ve served out the first set at 5-3. He will be lucky to get past Stepanek. There is no way he’ll beat Roddick based on what I’ve seen today.

Fed or Roddick will come out of this side.


jane Says:

Duro – I just put a load in the washing machine and re-made my bed. LOL.

Yes, Novak is conceding the baseline – he needs to step in and step it up!


Veno Says:

Jane, although that seems the writing on the wall, one of the great things in sport and especially tennis is that….new day, new outcome. Things can change really fast. Maybe getting through this one will give Novak wings and he whips Roddick, you never know…..Keep the faith hon. I know it’s much harder to have another fave than Fed or Rafa, cause they have already had so many slam wins…


Veno Says:

chiuddccccuiiinnneeeeellllliiii or what’s he called just broke Davy at the start of the second…


jane Says:

“I know it’s much harder to have another fave than Fed or Rafa, cause they have already had so many slam wins…”

Good lord Veno – must you rub this in my face just NOW! :)


Veno Says:

sorry Jane, I take it back….but your man is young and he’s already won 1!!!!


jane Says:

Djoko’s match is NOT over…


Veno Says:

That’s why I said….if he gets through this one…
He most probably will…

Why are you busting my chops every compliment I try to give Jane….LOL

Von will be on later to give me a good spanking for having stsyed up past 6 am last night watching Rafa…


jane Says:

Is it me, or does it seem like every year they say “record crowds” at the AO and USO. Do they really break attendance records every year?

Melanie and Sharpie should be competitive. Oudin has a good chance here for another upset because Sharapova is not in her best form.


Dan Martin Says:

Djokovic-Witten looks like a hybrid between a Davis Cup match and Juniors match with the amount of pushing and head games going on out there.


Andrew Miller Says:

If it’s about who should win, ROBREDO should beat Blake. Robredo has been the “Spanish” Blake with all of his results – probably the best Spaniard to never win a Grand Slam title (yes, in my opinion Robredo is better than Emilio Sanchez). Robredo is a better player than Blake (he has made grand slam semifinals – Blake has never made a final four and cant be considered better than Robredo). Robredo’s consistency should mean something (how about this for a leap: if Blake had Robredo’s consistency, he’d have been in a few grand slam semifinals if not grand slam finals by now).

But – this is tennis and in tennis anything can happen because it is about matchups and context. So Blake could beat Robredo. Based on paper, Robredo should win – he’s the better player. But Blake has shown well at the US Open, so he also has good chances to win.

Speaking of consistency – Djokovic is beating Witten now because Djokovic is more consistent. He is smart enough not to give up and to test Witten’s consistency.

Speaking of the next big thing, I like this kid Oudin. She seems to have a good attitude.


Veno Says:

I just hope Melanie’s leg won’t hurt too much…


jane Says:

Veno, sorry! I am a pessimist by nature. LOL. Again, don’t mean to bust your chops at all. Thanks, in fact, for your kind support.


jane Says:

Andrew Miller, this is well stated; good post — ” in tennis anything can happen because it is about matchups and context”


Veno Says:

I don’t mind the busting from you Jane. Yours, Von’s, Margots and tennisbebe’s bustings on my choppies I take great pleasure from(no this is not meant in a sexist or sexual way)


i am it Says:

oudin is already broken in the 1st game. good luck for chances. don’t see happening.


Veno Says:

Jesse starting to tire fast now….


Veno Says:

Sure, but Shriekapova’s serve isn’t a gimme by all means either….


Andrew Miller Says:

I agree with Mr. Martin about Djokovic-Witten out there. Witten definitely got psyched out!

That said, it seems to me very clear that Djokovic is a better player: on paper and stroke-mechanic wise, he is better. Witten’s backhand to me is weak – it is like Roddick’s backhand before the vast amount of improvement that Roddick invested with the help of other coaches. Without that liability of a backhand, I would have liked Witten’s chances to get to a fifth set, but he has that backhand and if I were Djokovic, I would pick on it.

As for this young kid Oudin, I like the attitude but I noticed how, in a cross court rally, Sharapova is totally exploiting Oudin’s movement. If Sharapova’s serving was not so extremely suspect as it is at the moment, she should destroy Oudin’s chances in the match. As for Oudin and the “scrambling” that the announcers keep mentioning, it seems helpful only if the balls are in the middle of the court. If they are in the sides of the court – the sidelines, I think Sharapova should make short work of Oudin.

But…this is tennis. Sharapova’s serve IS suspect, meaning she can get broken more easily, and going for the corners of the court is not a really great strategy for a player whose game is not grooved.

So Oudin has some chances…


Veno Says:

C’mon! Melanie!!! Break Shriekapova


Veno Says:

I could go with you Andrew, but it’s only 2 games and Shriekapova’s hardly the definition of consistency….Let’s see how it will go.

I surely want Melanie to win, but I’ll take a close, good contested match of either one winning over a swift execution of the youngster


Veno Says:

Wow, 52nd UE from Djoko…


jane Says:

Djoko still not serving well or consistently; Jesse could break here with love-30. UGH.


Veno Says:

Oh my Jane, by now also the house of your neighbors should be SPOTLESS!

Your man’s making you grind it out…


jane Says:

Haha – the commentators are discussing whether to turn down the volume on screeching or squeeky shoes. J-Mac picks screeching.


i am it Says:

dj-witten match is not over and may still go into a five setter. possible.


jane Says:

I’ve thought about going to the neighbors, though there is still my son’s room which is basically impossible to enter. I suppose 8 yr old boys are like that. LOL. Maybe that will be the next cleaning frontier. Then, I may cut the grass and pull some weeds.


Andrew Miller Says:

Oudin should not beat Sharapova.

But she can beat her if she holds her serve, because Sharapova’s serving is not so great now!

I am shocked to say this, but Oudin has got a shot in this match.


Veno Says:

mini match points for Novak…hold the weeds Jane


Andrew Miller Says:

I agree with Veno – Sharapova is not playing great! I would like to say this has to do with Oudin, but it really looks like all kinds of rust is in Sharapova’s game.

So Oudin can definitely upset Sharapova. I cant believe it, but the evidence is right there on TV.


Veno Says:

Well Andrew, for sure Melanie is the underdog, but I would be very happy if she were to upset Shriekapova


jane Says:

PLEASE HOLD NOVAK!!!


Veno Says:

Meanwhile Davy broke Chiudi back. He couldn’t close it out. If Davy takes the second it will be a straight setter…


i am it Says:

dj got the break. should be able to serve it out. i want quarter finals like in montreal all top 8 reaching. from there on enjoy better player winning.


jane Says:

Okay the recycling is out.

Can Djoko freaking serve this out? Doesn’t look like it. My son’s room beckons.


Veno Says:

It’s still in the cards that the top 16 seeds will reach the 4th round!!!!!!!! How would that be?!


Veno Says:

matchpoint Jane….


Veno Says:

“win by a nose or win by 3 lengths, a win is still a win”


jane Says:

Pillows are plumped…afgan is folded…


Veno Says:

Great effort by Jesse Witten!


i am it Says:

dj barely scraped through. congrats.


Veno Says:

congrats Jane! Take a load off….


jane Says:

Nice respect from Djoko there, and well earned. Witten had GOOD chances!

I honestly don’t know whether to weep or laugh over that win, but Novak gets it.

Major kudos to Jesse Witten, lovely winners and effort throughout.


Veno Says:

Verdasco-Haas coming up….Now there’s a match I am looking forward to!!!

break-break so Shrieka is back in front…


jane Says:

Another great quote Veno – do you tuck those up your sleeves for moments like these? :)

Thanks, I will indeed take a load off, and my son can clean his own damn room. Phew!


Veno Says:

I hope the attitude and success by the Americans this US Open Series and this Open will carry on and American tennis keeps forward momentum in improving American tennis, especially the young up and comers as well as the established players….


Veno Says:

jane Says:

Another great quote Veno – do you tuck those up your sleeves for moments like these? :)

They just pop in my head at opportune moments. Nothing up the sleeve Jane lol


Veno Says:

Wow, Shriekapova escaping there…Great anticipation and speed by Melanie….She reminds me somewhat of a female version of a young Juan Carlos Ferrero


grendel Says:

Veno – I hope you’re right that a poor Fed display signals a return to form next match. I thought Fed’s display was really weird. It’s not as if he was all bad. There was plenty of the old majestic Fed, especially some amazing flicks of the wrist taking the ball from one end of the court to t’other. Hewitt applauded once or twice, Federer acknowledged Hewitt’s outmanouvering him (“too good”), worth mentioning since Federer doesn’t seem to be known for this sort of thing.

But in with the good, there was the truly aweful. As Fred Stolle said, Hewitt’s gonna be having harsh words with himself tonight. He was definitely in with a chance, and the frustration he displayed on occasion indicated he was well aware of this.

What a curate’s egg of a match! The bad Fed wasn’t the bad Fed of last year. You sense there is still an underlying confidence from which he can draw. But that must be thinning out a bit. Right now, it’s impossible to see much ahead, and that is the interesting territory that Fed occupies these days. I think he rather likes it…..


jane Says:

When is Verdasco/Haas on; I definitely would like to see that one!


jane Says:

grendel agree that Fed was patchy, even from the start: some good; some really bad. And Fed also acknowledged one of Djoko’s passers at Cincy during the final; think he even applauded.

And I’d say it’s impossible to see too far ahead for many of the guys. Only Roddick has looked close-to-unbeatable thus far imo. JMDP is also quietly progressing, and Tsonga.


Andrew Miller Says:

What the heck is wrong with the U.S. old guard. “He may never have another chance like this” – Jim Courier on Jesse Witten.

I guess Courier should sign up with Todd Martin to coach Novak Djokovic, as Todd Martin has been doing.

Or maybe be like the great Pete Sampras, who promised Federer to be in his box at Wimbledon only to be supporting Federer against none other than….the best American player since Sampras, Andy Roddick, who lost 14 to 16 in the fifth set.

I love the past generation of Agassi, Sampras, Courier, Todd Martin, Malivai Washington, Michael Chang, Aaron Krickstein and David Wheaton. But please…these guys cant talk about how U.S. tennis is on the decline and jump into the opposition’s playing box.

No wonder Andy Roddick said to himself “that’s it. I am signing up with Larry Stefanki, one of the best tennis COACHES of the modern era. I have had enough of past players that don’t care about the player enough [see Brad Gilbert or Jimmy Connors] or who dont have enough time for my training [see Pat McEnroe] No offense Pat, but you got a bit too much on your plate to help me have a shot at winning another big title.”

Seriously, in my opinion it’s a bit two-faced to be a supporter of U.S. tennis and talk about the U.S. need to have a better system to produce players, and then to sign up to coach the opposition.

At least the U.S. still has the McEnroe brothers. I might not agree with what they say but at least they put in the time to support the current and future generations of U.S. tennis (one could argue that Pat McEnroe’s recruitment of Blake, Roddick, Fish and the Bryan brothers, among other numerous young U.S. practice partners, is THE REASON that U.S. tennis hasnt died off entirely following the exit of the old guard).

Thank goodness players like Roddick are recognizing that good tennis coaches help players get better. Agassi was the same way: get the best possible coach, because you wont get the support you need otherwise.


Andrew Miller Says:

And yes…I do know why Sampras was in Federer’s playing box (the friendship…the promise!) It’s just amazing that in the most important match of all time, Roddick looked up to see Sampras there, and knew that Sampras was there for Federer.

And I am glad that Roddick signed up with the best possible coach out there.


Veno Says:

Hey Grendel, I’m not too worried. He just had a bad day at the office. I like the fact that although he was spraying his shots and mishitting many balls, he never hides into tentative tennis. He always goes for it and has the self belief to come out on top in these situations if he persists in playing his game.

Rusty understandably was frustrated, because he knows Fed so well and knew today was a day he could have taken advantage if he were to be able to make some better plays on important points in Fed’s game.

Everybody, especially analysts and so-called experts, always use either Fed’s best period(’06-’07) or his worst period (’08-May ’09) as reference to compare his current play with.

Imo this reasoning is void as so many other factors come into play here. To me, I kind of like the fact he’s having to battle through matches in stead of always cruising. He’ll always display at least 25 shots during any match no other player can even hit, bad days like today included.

I did hear him a lot this match(grunts, no’s, too goods and come ons) and I like it!
It was strange to see him kind of fall apart after leading 4-2 40-0 on serve in the first, but his never dying confidence in his own ability, especially at Slams, got him through a dangerous match yet again.

I think we just have to appreciate the fact he’s still motivated, still wants to play up to his high standards and gives it his all at just 28 having won so unbelievably much.

Let’s rejoice he didn’t pull a Borg, especially after ’08 and the Ozzie Open this year.


Kimo Says:

In Fed’s match, from the middle of the 2st set to the middle of the first, Fed was still going for his shots even though it was obvious that he wasn’t grooved on either wing. Yet he still kept going for it.

An average vewier would say that Fed was struggling. The truth is that sometimes Fed gets a little stubborn and refuses to just put the ball back in play like most players would when they find that their UE count is climbing.

Fed wasn’t at his best today by any means, but I don’t think it’s a troubling sign. Let’s not forget that Hewitt played a very tidy match. I would say that Fed’s loss of a set today goes along with the sets that Rafa and Murray lost yesterday.


Veno Says:

About to begin on Armstrong Jane….Should be fireworks!!!!!


jane Says:

Andrew you make an excellent point about talking out two sides of the face there. It’s one thing to complain, but another to not only not help, but help and cheer on the opposition instead! That must’ve been very disheartening for Roddick at Wimbledon, and Andy even addressed Pete directly, saying he tried to save his record. Kind of sad, really.


Andrew Miller Says:

I thought that Hewitt’s downfall has a lot to do with his serve. It doesnt do him any favors!


Veno Says:

Andrew, I’m not an American, but I totally agree and do feel a little sad for the lack of support the American players get. I hope the young guys will get through and accept the baton that the older players should try and pass on.

Roddick doesn’t get nearly as much praise as he deserves and I’m very happy he’s got Larry in his corner now.
Always loved Andy, but the extra joy I get now out of watching him play his new game does it for me!

I really hope he wins the Open this year….What a sight would that be on Ashe!!!


Andrew Miller Says:

I agree with Jane, it was a brutal moment. I felt that Roddick really meant it too, that he meant to be the U.S. player to win the first Wimbledon since Sampras, and that he also knew that Sampras was not there for Roddick.

But that said, it’s amazing to see Roddick continue to play well. He just gets back to business – he has not peaked yet this summer and that seems like a plan from his coach Larry Stefanki: why play the best tennis in Cincinatti, when it will be needed in a Grand slam final. It seems more like the Rafa Nadal strategy: losing is awful, but if you are going to lose, lose before the grand slam begins, not during the grand slam!

If Roddick does make it to a Djokovic quarterfinal date, I think Roddick will demolish Djokovic.


Veno Says:

Andrew, for now you seemed right. Sharapova just has too much power off both wings for gritty Melanie. She’s a great fighter though and a joy to watch.
Let’s see if she can claw herself back in the match


Veno Says:

Andrew, let’s not forget to also give Brooklyn props for Andy’s “rising as the phoenix”


Veno Says:

Tommy and Fernando already at it in the first game!

Jane, you watching?


jane Says:

Yeah, Hewitt fell off at the end there as much as or close to as much as Fed picked it up. He started making more errors and his serve let him down, as mentioned by Andrew.


Andrew Miller Says:

I think Melanie is playing pretty well!


jane Says:

That Wimbledon loss broke my heart; I so wanted Roddick to win that match, as it’s his dream, he’d worked so hard, played so well. Wow. I couldn’t even eat that day. And then to see his dejected face during the ceremony. Awful.

But you’re right Andrew – Roddick just puts his head down and gets on with it; how can you not love him!?

I do agree that Roddick will win if he meets Djoko in the quarter, and that’s okay with me as I want the form player to win in that case, and like Veno, I think Roddick winning this slam on Ashe would be thrilling and a wonderful end to the year. We’ll know more about where Rod stands after he faces Isner, I think.

Veno – just going to tune into Haas /Verd now; I see Haas is up a break already. Hmmmm.


jane Says:

Soderling vs. Sam also on – don’t know what to watch!


jane Says:

Oh I guess Sam isn’t on just yet; saw it linked at the streaming site.


Von Says:

Hello all:

Veno, how ya doin’? Did you watch Fed’s match? Who won? I didn’t, as I only woke up about an hour and 15 minutes ago … I’m a sleepy head today. I didn’t even know this thread was up and I’ve been posting on the other thread (see my posts), and I thought, gee, where’s everyone? LOL. I haven’t read the comments on this thread (184 comments already), so I don’t know what’s happening. How about you bringing me up-to-date.


Von Says:

Andrew Miller:

I’ve not read any of the posts on this thread and am now just doing a fast forward, but your posts I always read, since we have a mutual admiration for Roddick, coupled with the fact that your posts are very insightful and illuminating.

“And yes…I do know why Sampras was in Federer’s playing box (the friendship…the promise!) It’s just amazing that in the most important match of all time, Roddick looked up to see Sampras there, and knew that Sampras was there for Federer.

“And I am glad that Roddick signed up with the best possible coach out there.”

I mentioned this after the Wimby final, and was told by some Fed fans that I’m talking ‘sour grapes’. I’ve lost some respect for Sampras due to that situation, but then he turned around and emailed Roddick, which shows he’s playing both sides. That is just sad, but c’est la vie — Roddick can’t butter Pete’s bread, and money talks, isn’t it?


Veno Says:

Hey Von! Of course I watched Fed! What a question lol…

Also watched Novak simultaneously on the stream…
Jesse witten gave him a run for his money as Novak wasn’t in good form.

Neither was Fed, his timing was horrible, lost the first set to Rusty after leading 4-2 and 40-0 on his serve, but he got better as the match went on and Rusty couldn’t capitalize on the break points he got in the third set.

Also watched Rafa last night and got scolded by Mindy on the other thread for being a dark and demonic person stating my view on Rafa’s(and JMDP’s too) stalling antics and routines.

I went to bed close to half past 6 in the mroning so I have been antipating a true bashing by you so I’m already with my pants on my knees ready to receive!

Haas is already giving it to Verdasco and Oudin is taking it to Shriekapova.

My cutie Maria K. got through her doubles match(woohooo, she’s so my cutie) and Sorana’s up later against her doubles partner(still in the tourney) Carolina Wozniacki!


i am it Says:

soderling will win if querrey serves poorly. too early to say anything definitely.


jane Says:

Hey Von – who would you rather see Roddick play next? Haas or Verdasco?


Andrew Miller Says:

Hi Von,

Thanks, I am one amongst the tennis-x crowd, good time to be a fan.

This Oudin kid is making the most of it! I must say that she is taking advantage of a weaker, ailing Sharapova than the Sharapova in past years.

Yes – exactly, how can Roddick not be admired for improving? He is embracing the Nadal model: improve every month and the results get better.

The Wimbledon loss was terrible but here Roddick is playing well and playing smart. I think he definitely will out-gun John Isner and take out Djokovic yet again.


Andrew Miller Says:

I think Verdasco will be tough if Roddick faces Verdasco. But I think Haas is having a great year and will take out Verdasco first.


i am it Says:

easy 1st set for sodering.


Veno Says:

Melanie is such a breath of fresh air in the womens game.

She brings a welcome additional element to the oh so one-dimensional women’s game of today!!!

Go Melanie!!!


Veno Says:

Sam will have to up the ante against Soderling…

Go Sam!


jane Says:

Yeah, come on Sam!!

Oudin is very composed for her age – just 17! Good for her.


Veno Says:

Hehehehe, the New Yorkers even cheering Shrieka’s doubles…they are so raucious


Veno Says:

WoW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oudin showing what it is to have real tennis talent in stead of mainly reach and power! What variation!


Veno Says:

Maria will probably still over power her though, she gets a lot of easy points out powering Melanie. How long can the 17 year old keep it up.

Third time this game on gamepoint Maria doubles…
Women and serving…


Von Says:

Andrew Miller:

“Yes – exactly, how can Roddick not be admired for improving? He is embracing the Nadal model: improve every month and the results get better.”

Are you kidding me, look at the posts by some who insist on putting him down because it’s a past-time for them to do so. One poster a couple of weeks ago mentioned he’s ‘shocked’ to see some people jumping on Roddick’s bandwagon, LOL. ‘Shocked’ it’s as though the guy is the worst player on the planet and is ranked 1,000, and he’s the all-time worst loser. OY VEY.

“The Wimbledon loss was terrible but here Roddick is playing well and playing smart. I think he definitely will out-gun John Isner and take out Djokovic yet again …”

Well, I hope you’re right, but I’m still a bit worried about Isner. I think his draw is tough while Djokovic’s draw is pretty sweet IMO, so I don’t know. Anyway, I’m glad Roddick got the ‘W’ at Montreal over Djoko because every time he beats him the apologists and critics place an asterisk against his wins over djoko. I don’t know how many times he has to beat him for the critics to accept his win as ‘legit’. LOL.

Anyway Andrew, I’m hoping for the best today, but am a bit concerned about Andy v. Isner today, and hope he comes out blasting in the right direction.

_________________
Veno: “Things can change really fast. Maybe getting through this one will give Novak wings and he whips Roddick, you never know…..Keep the faith hon.”

Gee thanks a lot! My back’s turned and there you go smooching up to jane saying Djoko will probably whip my little puddle duck. OK, now I’m just going to be PietjeP’s friend because he’s more trustworthy and he’s predicted Andy will win one to two more slams.

Hello PietjeP, you’re now my No.1 favourite Dutch poster. It seems that I can’t trust some people at all. LOL.


Von Says:

Andrew: Veno is drooling over your girl Maria, big time, calling her his ‘hottie’, go get him. LOL


i am it Says:

soderling is way too powerful for querrey to handle. that’s been the case so far.


jane Says:

Sam’s just not on today…


jane Says:

Von, don’t know if you saw my question above, but, presuming Roddick gets by Isner (which, like Veno, I think he will), who would you rather see Roddick play next? Haas or Verdasco? Just curious.


i am it Says:

querrey may break back right here.


jane Says:

Oudin levels it!


Veno Says:

I like Melanie’s lion heart!

She should play mixed doubles with Rafa!


i am it Says:

He did.


jane Says:

Sam breaks back!


Von Says:

jane: Both players are tough for Roddick, but Haas is less powerful, and can surely lose it at times, so I’d say Haas, if I had a choice in the matter. If Roddick can split the first two sets vs. Haas, then Haas will begin crumbling by the third set and Roddick can then make his move, but it’s all a toss-up and I’ll just have to wait and see ….. only time will tell …..


Von Says:

C’mon, Melanie, break the shrieka so that I won’t have to see that dress again.

Anyone know for what time Roddick’s match is scheduled?


Veno Says:

Von says: “Gee thanks a lot! My back’s turned and there you go smooching up to jane saying Djoko will probably whip my little puddle duck. OK, now I’m just going to be PietjeP’s friend because he’s more trustworthy and he’s predicted Andy will win one to two more slams.

Hello PietjeP, you’re now my No.1 favourite Dutch poster. It seems that I can’t trust some people at all. LOL.”

LOL Von, fine by me Vonnie….your loss and congrats to Pietje for moving up the Von-ladder :)

Just kidding of course. Had a lot of fun with Jane today at the blog. And the more the merrier, you must know this of me by now!

See what I wrote after:

“”Veno Says:

Andrew, I’m not an American, but I totally agree and do feel a little sad for the lack of support the American players get. I hope the young guys will get through and accept the baton that the older players should try and pass on.

Roddick doesn’t get nearly as much praise as he deserves and I’m very happy he’s got Larry in his corner now.
Always loved Andy, but the extra joy I get now out of watching him play his new game does it for me!

I really hope he wins the Open this year….What a sight would that be on Ashe!!!

Posted September 5th, 2009 at 2:59 pm”"


Veno Says:

Andy’s due right after Shriekapova is hammered by Oudin!


Veno Says:

Sam is 5-4 up! Great fight back!


jane Says:

I am liking Oudin in this. She’s just playing so well!


margot Says:

Hi jane: saw Djko’s match, you must be v. relieved. I thought he looked very hot n bothered by the heat to be honest. Experience told in the end though. Stream I watched was poor quality and kept freezing sigh, moan. Off now to watch a night of Beetlemania on the tv. Night folks.


Veno Says:

Oudin is giving Shriekapova a can of Siberian style whoop ass now…

Can she keep it up?


Veno Says:

Maria looks like an easter egg in that dress, doubt if she could find a good hiding place if she loses though….


Von Says:

Veno: I was only kidding about your smooching up to jane, surely you can see the humor. LOL. I don’t own you and you’re free to do as you please, so please smooch away to your heart’s content and enjoy the fun. However, don’t make any predictions please about who’ll whip Roddick since his draw is tough enough as it is, and I don’t need to expend unnecessary negative energy worrying over bad vibes thrown his way.


sensationalsafin Says:

Thanks for the nod, Von :P

I am shocked by how many people are jumping on the Roddick bandwagon. He has yet to fully prove himself. For all we know, Roddick may never get another set off Federer, it just could’ve been that day. I’m not saying I didn’t feel for Roddick. I would love to see him get Wimbledon one day. I’ve always said I want him to get it because it’s the only one of his 4 goals he hasn’t achieved. And it would just suck if he doesn’t get that one.

I agree with Andrew about the improvements though. Andy Roddick is currently a completely different player from the Andy Roddick of last year, and especially of 03 (God he sucked then). He just hasn’t done ENOUGH for everyone to say he’s just super and awesome and absolutely great now. I know this may seem contradictory, but I’ve always always liked Roddick. The problem is that he has disappointed me so many times whenever I expected the most from him. I couldn’t be more thrilled with his new play. He’s become a real all around player. He hits his backhand confidently, volley’s great. I don’t know how Stefanki was able to teach Roddick how to have soft hands but he did and he did a great job. But we haven’t seen Roddick play any of the top guys other than Djokovic and Del Potro since Wimbledon. I don’t count Verdasco because he hasn’t done anything great lately and he’s been simply solid, which really isn’t enough against Roddick. He’s been playing great. But he hasn’t been tested enough. As of right now, you could say Wimbledon was a one-off. I wish he was in Nadal’s quarter though. Nadal sucks so I’m sure Roddick would rock him. Still shocked though.


Veno Says:

Oh no, Sam lost his serve, Robin serving for the second set…aiaiai


Von Says:

margot: I answered your post on Gilbert on the other thread, so take a look and have a good night.


jane Says:

Von, I thought you might wish for Verdasco because Roddick has a losing 5-7 record versus Haas, whereas a 9-2 winning record over Verdasco. But then again, what you say makes sense, and Fernando has played Andy close lately, in Canada.

All Oudin has to do is hold her serve now, and the upset is hers.

Am bummed that Sam got broken back – wish he could’ve pushed a tiebreak anyhow. Maybe he can break again…


jane Says:

margot – yes, relieved is the only way to describe it. Thanks for commiserating over the win, LOL! At least when Andy came back the other day he came back decisively. Djok scraped through. But credit to Witten, who played great.


sensationalsafin Says:

Oh and what’s with all the jingoism? Tennis is an individual sport. There’s no rule that says former American players can ONLY support current/future American players. What’s wrong with Martin helping Djokovic? Although I agree that Courier is a shmuck for what he said about Witten. I was surprised he’d say something so blunt and demeaning. And it was weird to see Sampras supporting Fed against Roddick. But it wasn’t Davis Cup. Sampras was sitting with Borg (Sweden), Laver (Australia), and the spanish guy who’s name escapes me. All legends in the world of tennis, all from different countries. Their ethnicity had nothing to do with anything. They were there watching Federer vs Roddick, not Switzerland vs the US. The former players could definitely do more to help future players, but they’re not obliged to.


Veno Says:

Of course I did Von, and I was not predicting any outcome by saying that to Jane. I was merely putting a hypothesis out there, as Jane was already giving up on Novak’s chances to get past Roddick.

If they meet in the quarters I will root for Andy Roddick 100%. You know that and so does Jane.

If Fed meets Andy in the semis I will actually root quietly for Andy to win. Let’s say 51%-49% in Andy’s favour. The only reason is because of the 3 Wimby finals and the US Open final he lost to Fed.

Furthermore it will be a semi Fed then loses to Andy and not a final and I can live with that! I’ll be happy of course if Fed wins, but secretely I want Roddick to win!

Is this enough to leapfrog Pietje again?


Kimmi Says:

This Oudin girl..I did not see her match with demantieva. Wow..she is impressive. What a game it will be if she wins…


jane Says:

Ohh Melanie – so close to closing out another upset.

Frankly these top ladies who’ve lost have all deserved to do so.


Veno Says:

Melanie is giving Sharapova tennis lessons!!!!!

Wow!!! 17 years old, playing like a 25 year old


Veno Says:

if Maria gets the game it will really test Oudin’s character…

So many times you see it go south after working so hard and having chances to go a double break up…


Veno Says:

Verdasco breaks Haas back for 5-5


Veno Says:

pfffffffffff Shriekapova asking a MTO

Really annoys the **** out of me.

CHANGE THE RULING ON MTO!!!!!!!!!!!!


Veno Says:

Vonnie!!!!!!

First match of roddick I’ll be able to watch!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

She will be coming back to serve Oudin…Lets hope she is not too distracted, she has been playing well.


jane Says:

17 double faults and coming back from shoulder surgery; in this case Veno, I don’t think Sharapova is abusing any rules. But I understand your frustration nonetheless.

Oudin, imo, deserves to win this based on what I’ve seen thus far, and she’s still up a break. She will win, I think. She’s a tough little cookie!

I see Hotsauce is trying to take it to Haas now. It’s looking like a tiebreak, though, unless he can get another break here.

I don’t like Sam’s chances at getting much further, unfortunately.


Von Says:

sensationalsafin: You’re welcome. I just don’t understand how you could be ‘shocked’ that Roddick is receiving such support, it’s hilarious. LOL. I’m amazed that so many are jumping on JMDP’s bandwagon including yourself, and he’s not yet won an MS title, but that’s your prerogative, isn’t it, and surely nothing ‘shocking’ about that.

I’m not going to answer the other parts of your post because you’ve always been lavishly negative and critical about Roddick, with your name calling, etc., so it’s nothing new and you can say whatever you want, it’s your prerogative. However, by the same token you shouldn’t become so bent out of shape when anyone talks about your faves, because what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and people who can’t handle criticism shouldn’t dish it out, because criticism is a two-way highway.

“Nadal sucks so I’m sure Roddick would rock him. Still shocked though.”

It’s also one of the reasons Djokovic was able to beat him at Cincy, but you’re not going to want to hear that right? Anyway, have fun with the many put-downs I wouldn’t want it any other way and in case you haven’t noticed, I don’t even dignify them with an answer.

BTW, I have a question that I’ve been meaning to ask you for a long time. If you’re so smart about tennis and know for a fact by your observation which players are dumb and play like a ‘pansy’ et al., why is it you’re not playing on the ATP pro circuit and is blogging here about the sport? I mean a guy with your smarts and savvy of the sport should be playing, getting huge endorsements and enjoying the good life, but surely not blogging here. Just look at the situation, Roddick is dumb and plays like an idiot, etc., in your opinion, but yet he’s made tens of millions of dollars, yes? And, what has sensationalsafin, with all his tennis smarts and savvy, made? Think about this little tid-bit the next time you have the urge to criticize Roddick.


jane Says:

Hotsauce did it. Looks like that match is heating up…


Veno Says:

I know Jane, not frustrated by this incident, just it takes all the energy and excitement out of the match!

She wasn’t treated for her shoulder, but her elbow though….hardly related me thinks, but anyhooooo I digress.

They should change the rule…Only after a set…


Veno Says:

See? Now that’s really frustrating!

totally broke Oudin’s rhythm(Oudin btw did something similar in her previous round) and although Sharapova didn’t do anything wrong, I would surely like to see the rules change so play moves along faster….


Veno Says:

And having played multiple sports and have had injuries….How much do you think a physio can do in 3 meezly minutes?

If you have an injury hampering your play, no way in 3 minutes you can get rid of it so might as well play on and finish a set first!

Oudin is showing real determination here…Great fighting spirit


Veno Says:

Sammie couldn’t do anything there on breakpoint..

Come on Sam!!


grendel Says:

Haas has been playing quite wonderfully up till he served for the second set. He tightened, lost his serve – and lost his form. So enraged was he as he stalked to the back of the court to hammer the screen or whatever it is that a cameraman, cowering just to the left of him, registered extreme alarm. There is noone who gets quite so DELICIOUSLY angry as Haas. Alas, he has now lost the set.

Haas is 31? The level he was playing at for the first one and a half sets is surely higher than he has ever achieved in his long career. He seems to be actually getting better – consider his superb serve and volley game now – and how often does that happen in a player past 30? Can he keep it going, that’s the thing.

Verdasco’s looking good now, though, so anybody’s match.


jane Says:

Melanie did it. Good for her; she composed herself and broke back!

It does break momentum Veno – whether vaild or “invalid” – get it? : )


jane Says:

Djoko was pretty mad today – he was channeling Safin for a while there, with the racquet breaking and ump berating. But Haas has a stern, Teutonic way of expressing that anger. LOL


jane Says:

I don’t know why but Melanie reminds me a little of Henin. Her competitiveness and petit stature.

Too bad she lost that break there!


Kimmi Says:

Jane I agree, the commentators said Henis is her idol and she is trying to copy a lot of things henin did. I really see her kind of walking like henin and the way she touches her head and hair is somewhat similar…


jane Says:

Another break for Oudin!


jane Says:

Kimmi I honestly did hear the commentators say that – funny. Well, there is a definite uncanny similarity I see at times.


sensationalsafin Says:

LMAO, yeah because playing tennis is simply about smarts and savvy. Djokovic beat a recovering Nadal, everyone knows that. I think Djokovic is a better hardcourt player though, naturally and technique-wise, but he hasn’t been showing it as much as he should be. Seriously though, Von, rewatch the 03 USO semi between Nalbandian and Roddick. Just watch a set or 2. Then tell me which one is a really smart player (correct answer: neither).


Veno Says:

break-break-break-break…….break….break…..

Maria will win this match, Oudin can’t hold serve…after breaking Shrieka


jane Says:

OMG. Hold girls!


Veno Says:

that was the last chance Oudin will get….Great effort though…Will be 5-7 to Maria..

You have to earn it against Sharapova, she’ll never hand it to you!


Veno Says:

wow…Sharapova crumbling? UE and a double…

What the H is going on?


Veno Says:

another UE….

0-40


Kimmi Says:

Sharapova is in good position because she is serving first, if she holds here she can only play hard to break her opponent and that will be it…..wait a minute, looks to be broken again here.


Veno Says:

omg Melanie….how can you miss that one after hitting so well…


jane Says:

It’s her shoulder Veno – she can’t serve. Saw that in Canada too. Brutal!

Melanie will win, imo.

This time!


Veno Says:

another double!!!!

We’re not talking Slamless Safina here, but 3 time Slam winner Sharapova!!!

21 doubles!!!!!!


jane Says:

Haas up a break; 5-5 all 3rd set tiebreak for Sam/Sod.


Veno Says:

Shoulder-Schmoulder…Please Jane,
of course the shoulder is an issue but come on.

She better find a way soon to get consistency in her serve…I’ve seen her hit 110 mph serves today.
You have any idea how easy it is to hit a second serve even with limited motion?


jane Says:

2 more for Melanie.


Kimmi Says:

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO This girl..I am impressed, what a match and only 17..congratulations


Veno Says:

Sharapova very sporting I have to say. One of the things I respect about her, her fighting spirit and her sporting behaviour.

Great win for Melanie!
A joy to watch!


Veno Says:

Sam buckled to a third set win in the tiebreaker


jane Says:

Congrats for Melanie! Quite the little fight to hang in there. Wouldn’t it be cool if she won the whole dang thing?

That’s what I think Veno – her shoulder just withers and with it the serve. Because she starts strong and then cannot hold on. But then as well, she loses confidence. So it’s a physical-to-mental thing imo.


Veno Says:

tommy H to serve for the third….


jane Says:

So cute – she’s so happy for that win. I like to see these emotional wins, like Dent’s last night. Feel good stories.


jane Says:

“As high as anything”!! LOL!


been there, done that Says:

I’m OVERWHELMED!!!!!! by ouden’s victory. wooohooooo!!

For sure, gotta change my username ‘coz I’ve never been here before….the same player taking out J.J (wimby), Dementieva & now Sharapova…..


Veno Says:

Wow, little cutie Gisela Dulko is having a great tourney..

She actually out winnered her UE!

Hasn’t lost a set yet…


Veno Says:

can’t disgree with you Jane…


Von Says:

vared: The commentators had a stat put up — Sharapova had 11 comeons and Melanie had 9. So, Meli’s comeons, are not that bad, and she also does not scream/shriek her head off like the shrieka …. shriek….shriek…shriek… comeon ….comeon…. LOL.
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sensationalsafin: I thought you’d see the humor there In 2003 neither Federer, roddick nor nalby were playing that great. If you remember, Nalby beat Fed enroute to the SF, so don’t let’s go there please.

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Veno: Yesssss, Meli did it! She’s crying on court in her interview. Poor girl, to have to deal with the shrieka’s screams is enough to distract, intimidate, pressure anyone, much more a youngster.Glad Mel is now in the 4th round.


jane Says:

One thing about the women’s side here, to echo what been there, done that said earlier, is that there is SO much drama. Things are not going to script, seed, whatever, and it’s fun to see these exciting upsets and breakthroughs. Balances out the opposite happening on the men’s side, which is showing record breaking consistency.

Well kudos to the ladies for showing record breaking INconsistency because it’s certainly meant for some fun viewing.


sensationalsafin Says:

What’s the humor? Fed sucked, too. So? Tennis players were just bad in general in 03. How bout that?


Von Says:

been there, done that:

I gave you a suggestion on the other thread for an alternate user name. See …. I’m way ahead of you. LOL. How about another one, ‘I haven’t seen it all’.


jane Says:

Sam may have to fight to get more than the one set. And it looks like Haas and Verdasco are still on serve in the third.

Rod up next!


Veno Says:

Jane says:
Well kudos to the ladies for showing record breaking INconsistency because it’s certainly meant for some fun viewing.

I totally disagree. I like the drama only when the tennis is good like tonight and there’s a good matchup as is the case on the men’s side.

The seeds(like almost always the case with the men) should play their ranking and it’s up to the lower ranked players to up their level. When they are able, this makes great drama imo.

Like Melanie this tourney(also at this year’s Wimby) and Taylor Dent also.

90% of the drama is behaviour of the women in the match and post match as is the lack of mental strength in the majority of players.

Oudin closing out Dementieva, Jankovic and Sharapova attests to her being mentally stronger than even the number 1 player Safina by miles and she’s only 17.

Hopefully she’ll keep moving up the rankings and will regain confident also when she isn’t the underdog anymore.

As a tennisfan I like dram, but only in legion with great tennis.
On the man’s side the tennis is great, on the women’s sadly not.


grendel Says:

strange match. verdasco on top, but Haas breaks somewhat fortuitously. At 5-3, a roar as news comes through of Oudin’s win. Haas and Verdasco stopped in their tracks, Haas stonyfaced. Then he serves for set at 5-4 – and again buckles. Haas’s volleying and lobbing has been superb, and he has been kind of winning without his great weapon, backhand, much in evidence. But his mind lets him down. I suspect this is Verdasco’s match, but probably a good few twists to go. I do like Haas (I’m in a minority at the moment, supporting him), and am amazed at what he has achieved at his late age. But something stops him going all the way. It’s that intangible, the mind.


Von Says:

SS: The humor, that you’re not a pro, but talking as though you’re one, with the lavish criticisms. Anyway, I forget you’re not attuned to humor, so just ignore my remark.

“Tennis players were just bad in general in 03. How bout that?”

There you go again, if players sucked in generalin ’03, Fed included, then why are you only singling out Roddick as to how much he sucked? Your selectivity just blows me away, but as I said, it’s your prerogative and the matter is now closed for me anyway.


Veno Says:

Tommy is having a hard time now…
As is Sam….


Dan Martin Says:

Good tennis all around. Djokovic’s performance was mystifying at times today, but giving the benefit of the doubt, I don’t think he was quite sure how to play Witten for the entire match. Witten was giving him some mid court stuff he might want to punish and then he was hitting slap shot winners. It is not a level or style of play normally seen on the main tour as I thought the “just rallying” shots by Witten were of such low pace that it invited over hitting yet he was also smacking hard pace well placed shots so Novak could not get into any sort of groove. Not impressive, but a win is a win. I would not read to much into that match for future results.


Shaky Says:

Wow Oudin-Sharapova for match of the tourney so far. Possibly more exciting than Dent’s match yesterday.

That medical timeout was pretty irritating though. Felt like she was trying to ice Melanie there. Totally foul, but I’m a skeptic always about those medical timeouts unless there’s bruising/blood/vomit. So whatever, she lost anyways.

Need to go watch Sam try and right the ship now against Soderling.


jane Says:

Veno – you’re entitled.

I’ve enjoyed most of the women’s matches that’ve been tight two setters and/or three setters.

I didn’t see JJ’s loss.

But Oudin’s two wins, Ivanovic’s third set t.b. loss, and Venus’ first round match (first 2 sets) were all fun to watch, for me anyhow.

Off to watch Verd & Haas’ tiebreak.


Veno Says:

Von dear, I’m afraid you’re trying to mend a sinking ship trying to get some reasoning into SS.

Call him ShambleSpewer from now on…


Veno Says:

jane Says:

Veno – you’re entitled.

As are you of course :)


Veno Says:

Pity, Sam couldn’t convert break point to get back into the 4th…


Shaky Says:

Also Federer looked horrible today, but it’s hard to really get excited when you know he’s probably just pacing himself for week 2. This poster Rick sure has it in for Federer though, like woah.

No disrespect to Witten but he really had no business winning a set off Novak. Like seriously, are any of these guys legitimately in danger of being upset before the quarters? In NCAA bracketology terms, the men’s draw has been all chalk.


Veno Says:

“I wanna hold your hands” Vonnie, or do you have Pietje over already.

Good luck Andy!!!!!!!!!!


Veno Says:

Sambo can’t break Soderling….sheesh.. Go Sam


Veno Says:

Wow, Verdasco squanders 2 mini breaks in the breaker…back on serve


Veno Says:

Isner has come to play


Von Says:

Shaky: “This poster Rick sure has it in for Federer though, like woah.”

Have you not read his Roddick putdowns on the other threads? They are many. I’m baffled by your posts at times. You say you’re a Roddick fan, and would never defend him on a blog, but yet, on the other hand, you always defend Federer and don’t see the Roddick putdowns. Rick always criticizes Roddick. As I said, I’m baffled.


Veno Says:

Von, tighten up on the grip, squashing my hand here…

The Sasquatch man has come to give it his all!


jane Says:

Sam is done methinks. : (

Verdasco takes the third.


Dan Martin Says:

One thing Isner said in his post match press conference vs. Haas in Cincy was that he never really watches tennis, but does watch his friends – Sam,Robby, James and Mardy. Did he leave anyone out? He also mentioned how much he thought Sam had let Roddick off the hook in DC but thought Sam had a great shot at pulling the upset.


jane Says:

I can’t see Isner winning. In my subjective opinion, Roddick will wear him out and win in straights.


grendel Says:

Haas broken twice in tiebreaker, and Verdasco returns the compliment. Exciting, but undistinguished tennis when you think what high quality the first set was. Verdasco magnificently passes Haas, only to surrender his iniative with a double fault. A bit of a comedy of errors, here, but one feels Haas weakening (and his rage growing – he doesn’t harness it, that’s the trouble), and sure enough Verdasco takes the set to lead 2-1. And yet Haas could so easily have won 3-0.

The match looks Verdasco’s for the taking. He has been stronger than Haas, but has himself displayed sufficient weakness that I can’t see him beating Roddick. Taking a set, certainly, possibly two. But not winning.


Veno Says:

Soderling beats Sambo..

Soderling’s having a brilliant slam year. Before the French he hadn’t gone past a 3rd round ever!!!

This is his third slam in a row reaching at least the 4th round. The previous 2 he lost to the eventual champion.


Von Says:

Dan what’s your point? Isner and Roddick are not friends? I suppose iIner let roddick off the hook in DC also, and it’s why Andy won? I love these putdowns! LOL.


jane Says:

Again Haas is up a break; I wonder if he can take this to five sets?


Veno Says:

Congrats Von on Andy being ranked in the top 10 at the end of the year for an eighth straight year(’02-’09)!


jane Says:

Did you guys hear that stat on Roddick’s return game – wow! No wonder he’s doing so well.


grendel Says:

So much for predictions! Haas now 3-0 in the fourth. Topsyturvy wonder world.

I think it’ll be a draw.


Veno Says:

Dug himself out of a hole there…0-40


jane Says:

Check out this abysmal headline in a desperate effort to use alliteration in a witty manner:

“Witten Wall Wails as Djokovic Wins”

LOL – why do journalists go for alliteration in such a big way? And also cliches. Here’s one of those:

“Federer slips but doesn’t fall against Hewitt”

Must come to the write in a flash!


jane Says:

Or this one: “Gotta’ Mel-ieve! American Youngster Oudin Ousts Sharapova At U.S. Open”

Mel-ieve? Huh?! LOL


SRM Says:

With today’s win, Federer is guaranteed to hold No.1 ranking for few more weeks.

Also, Haas seems to be saying lots of F bombs in germany. Does he always do that?


jane Says:

5-set win for Haas? Verdasco doesn’t have a very good record at crunch time.


Shaky Says:

Von — I just moved and finally have cable tv. So now I watch the matches on high def instead of streaming on my little laptop screen.

The upshot is I’m not at my keyboard very much, so I just completely miss some threads and only post a couple times. Nice to have that noticed though. :)

On the other hand I’m not big on defending your player on the web, especially not here. I think I chided someone else for being too kneejerk about that as well: people that don’t like someone or have some love affair with their own guy aren’t rational enough to carry on a good conversation with generally.

Here I’ll make up for it though. Hey RICK: shut up about Roddick, you’re a jerk, and I heard Nadal got tendonitis from wetting his bunk bed.


Von Says:

so typical of CBS they cut roddick;’s match and are now showing the news. OY VEy.

Well, those who say American TV only likes to show the American players, this is a true example of how wrong you all are.


grendel Says:

Verdasco tanks to save energy. Into the fifth. I’m sort of impressed by Haas. He makes a prat of himself, but doesn’t then disappear down the plughole, which would be a tempting option, in a way. He determines to fight. I think this is interesting. Because he is not a natural heavy competitor; it would be so easy for him to display his wonderful skills, lose, and take a bow. No, he cracks but he doesn’t break, he comes back for more. He might even win.


jane Says:

Von – it’s even worse in Canada. They are showing an INFOMERCIAL! Arrrrgh. A grand slam match heading for a tiebreak and they cut if off. Am fuming.

No wonder we all watch free streaming. Dumb networks.


Von Says:

Shaky: You’re waay too funny! And, you’ve more than made up for your misses. LOL.


been there, done that Says:

Shout-out to Von:

Thanks for the name suggestion on the other thread :D….will keep it in mind.


SRM Says:

Von,

Same here. I was like why the heck they (CBS) stopped the coverage. I was enjoying it on my HD TV. But now I have to watch some low quality stream.


jane Says:

Don’t know where MMT is these days, but I hope he sees the tribute to Pancho Gonzalez at the USO site. I know that’s one of his favorite guys.


jane Says:

Come on A-Rod!


Shaky Says:

Ok I just ran through all his posts in the djokovic thread. The idea that this guy isn’t a nadal fan after his multiple conspiracy theory posts about the order of play and the draw… yeah, he’s probably only got 3 posters of Rafa on each wall, and possibly some Rafa action shots superimposed into his high school photos. So just a casual fan.

Anyways, Roddick’s playing, so I kind of have to go watch that. But maybe I shouldn’t bother, since he’s in Federer’s draw so he has to be a pushover, that’s what I heard. He and Hewitt only have more majors together than the entirety of the Murray half, right? What clowns.


Von Says:

SRM: I don’t understand CBS’ and the other larger networks’ reasoning behind their program selectivity, but it’s par for the course.

I’ll go on record and say before the match is over that of all the young Americans I don’t like Isner because he’s too cocky and does not show any respect towards Roddick in his remarks. It’s almost like he’s jealous of Roddick. Roddick on the other hand, has had only great things to say about Isner.


Kimmi Says:

All top guys are losing 1st set today. Isner was attacking on that tiebreaker


jane Says:

Well, Isner got a set but I still think Andy will come back and win it.


Veno Says:

Come on Andy!!!

Von, tough set for Andy to lose, but Isner deserved the breaker. Thought Andy was very tentative. He’s standing so far behind the baseline. Hope he picks up in the second…


Shaky Says:

I meant Murray quarter. Oops.

Dammit Isner got the first set? This is why I can’t be over here posting.

Oh yeah and Isner’s a pretty tough 3rd round out too. But Murray and Nadal have just such hard draws, so much tougher than Roddick’s. Really. Boo hoo.


jane Says:

“He [Roddick] and Hewitt only have more majors together than the entirety of the Murray half, right?”

Shaky, only if you don’t count Rafa. : )

But you’re right – on Fed’s side, Hewitt, Fed, Djoko and Rod all have majors, and on Murray’s it was Safin, Ferrero and Nadal.


jane Says:

J-Mac thinks Roddick has the toughest draw of all the top guys and he’s stated that a few times.


Veno Says:

I really hope Andy will win or he will get so much **** from all the “haters” again….


grendel Says:

Haas 2-1 up with a break. Verdasco looks all washed up – apparently has a groin injury. I wonder if it will prove to be the kind of injury he had against Nadal at Queens couple of years ago, and him smashing winners all round the court so Nadal lost his faith in Verdasco’s injury. Somehow, I doubt it. He looks a sad man. But he’s just held, so….


jane Says:

I heard Verdasco has a stomach tear or something. But yeah, Haas should come through.


jane Says:

A good sign is that Roddick is now holding easily whereas he is getting into Isner’s service games.

I can’t believe Haas lost his lead AGAIN!


grendel Says:

Magnificent backhand volley off his ankles from Haas, but Verdasco breaks all the same. His winning shot was worthy of applause, and Haas duly clapped – but good old Frew Macmillan noticed that it was certainly sarcastic – after all, we had just witnessed the quickest recovery from a groin injury in medical history. Haas joins Nadal in the ranks of the unbelievers. Verdasco now rampant. Who will win?


Von Says:

Veno:

“I really hope Andy will win or he will get so much **** from all the “haters” again….”

Yes, they’re already strumming up with their putdowns and will definitely say his Wimby run was a fluke. The hardest part about posting after a Roddick loss is the putdowns and the jubilation from the haters, not to mention the other stuff, as writing him off that he’ll never win anything much more another GS. I Love the fortune tellers. I don’t know why Roddick always gets these pissy draws. Look at Djoko’s and DelPotro’s draws, wow, if Roddick had their draws, I’d sit back and smile. Murray’s draw has opened up nicely also.


jane Says:

Also, the crowd are quite quiet; maybe they don’t know who to support given that both are American? Or all their energy went into the Oudin upset. But they should get in here and cheer on Andy!!!

COME ON Roddick!!!


Andrew Miller Says:

Whoah. Isner won the first set against Roddick? I hope Roddick pulls this out.


Von Says:

jane: The crowd is supporting Roddick and it’s why they are quiet. What good will it do if Isner wins? He’ll get taken out by one of the other players because he’ll be toasted by the next round or two. Roddick has a better chance to go deeper than Bugs Bunny Isner.


Kimmi Says:

Roddick in BIG trouble now. Isner breaks him and held on his own. Will be tough for Roddick to come back on this set.


jane Says:

Von, you were very prescient in worrying about this match; I haven’t seen Isner play this summer, and given that I’d heard about his mono I didn’t think he’d be a threat. But you were right. He’s improved and is pushing really hard. BOO!!!

Come on Andy!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Go Isner

*WOOT*

By By Roddick…


grendel Says:

Verdasco holds with authority, Haas hanging on. Macmillan remarks that whilst everyone is enjoying the match, it is of most interest to the psychologists and psychiatrists in attendance.


jane Says:

Andy’s serve is not firing today like it was in his night matches. Go Roddick; hold and break!


jane Says:

Von, yeah you’re probably right about the crowd. But they were so boisterous in the Witten (Armstrong) and Oudin (Ashe) matches that I expected more electricity. But maybe they’re quite because of nerves.


jane Says:

“it is of most interest to the psychologists and psychiatrists in attendance.”

LOL grendel


jane Says:

Verdasco wins. Haas just couldn’t consolidate or keep his breaks in that match. Verdasco kept coming back. This will be a confidence boosting win for Verdasco.

Meanwhile Roddick is in trouble! He MUST fight here.


Kimmi Says:

Has Roddick come back from two sets down before ?


Veno Says:

Come on Andy!!!

This set is yours!!!!

Use all the experience you have to grind this one out!

Go Andy!!!!!


grendel Says:

Verdasco wins. Two, not one, two lucky netcords go Verdasco’s way, and he scrapes through a tight last game. The bugger’s won, and its goodnight to the gallant Haas.


Dan Martin Says:

Von, My only point was that there likely is a little resentment or animosity on Isner’s part in their relationship. It seemed intentional to leave Andy off after naming every U.S. player since Jay Berger.


Veno Says:

Jane, have watched the Haas-Verdasco match…Very entertaining and Fernando hit some sizzling passing shots at clutch times


sensationalsafin Says:

I’m shocked. This is incredible. Verdasco is fuggin awesome. Unfortunately, I don’t have the Tennis Channel on me, what’s going on with Roddick? From what I’ve seen from Isner this tourny, I’m guessing he’s going for his shots (namely his forehand) and it’s working out for him. I wish I could watch. Stupid CBS copyright laws bull crap owning matches bs.

Btw, I single out Roddick because he didn’t become an all around player until just recently. Therefore he was worse than the likes of Federer.


Veno Says:

Andy’s serve not clicking, a lot of the times immediately on his back foot.

Andy should try and get the crowd into it!!!!!


Shaky Says:

Worst thing about the tennis channel’s coverage: Justin Gimmelstob. I really dislike this guy.

Haas just lost, that’s tough for him. But when you run into Verdasco you know you’re going up against the toughest groin in the game. Hard to overcome that.

Hey Cindy, you should probably turn off your TV so you don’t have to endure Roddick possibly turning this around. You could also do us all a favor and close your browser for a few days. Just take the weekend off and take your cats to the park or something.


Veno Says:

Come on Andy…Nice pass…get the crowd riled up!!!!!


jane Says:

Grendel this is BRUTAL: ” The bugger’s won, and its goodnight to the gallant Haas.” Sheesh.

I actually don’t have a fave in the match, but that’s not a very nice way to congratulate the winner!

Hotsauce deserved the win – good for him and congrats to the gallant Fernando!

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Now COME ON Roddick!!! FIGHT


jane Says:

sensationalsafin – who is retiring soon – try this:

http://www.fromsport.com/c-4.html


sensationalsafin Says:

This match reminds me of Boom Boom’s win over Roddick back in 04. I’d say Roddick is very, very capable of coming back. And considering he’s much better now than he was then (I’m thinking the passing shot is gonna be the key here), there’s not reason to think he can’t win. But we’ll see. I atleast hope it goes to 5. This is epic.


Scottish Says:

Hey All, quite the day today.

Von, Andy will come back. He can go 5 sets and I don’t think Isner will keep it up. A few underdogs posed some threats today but in the end the seeds prevailed.

Jane: good job by Djoko today. He looked shaky at first and couldn’t figure out where Witten was coming from. But in the end he pulled it out.

A close match from Fed today. He looked awful and I haven’t seen him play so poorly in a long time. He managed to get the job done though.


Veno Says:

Boom Boom? Did he still play in ’04? Hehehehe


Andrew Miller Says:

Is there bad blood between Roddick and Isner?


jane Says:

Hi Scottish,

Thanks and nice to see you. Fed got better as the match progressed I thought. He always lifts when he needs to.

But yeah a lot of exciting matches today.


Andrew Miller Says:

OK. Roddick must figure something out!


Veno Says:

Come on Andy!!

Von, is there something wrong with Andy? You notice anything that’s off? He seems deflated. Where’s his energy?


Dan Martin Says:

I think there was some tension in their 07 DC final, but that is about all I can think of in their history. I did sit in the interview room and guess Sam as his doubles partner is his best friend on tour. He did not mention Roddick as a friend and that might have just been an oversight or respect for Querrey or suggesting some issues. Who knows.


Veno Says:

Come on!!!! 1 more!!!


Veno Says:

This is what Andy needs!!!!! Feed off it!!!! Come on


Scottish Says:

Jane I was watching the match until part way through the third set and was really worried for Fed. Then I had to leave to play Golf and was checking my Blackberry every few minutes to get an update. LOL. I started playing golf better once I knew he had won. :-)


Veno Says:

That’s the stuff!!!!!!!!!


jane Says:

Crowd finally starting to make more noise for Andy!


Scottish Says:

The crowd is so behind Andy.


Veno Says:

Good, good

grab my hands Von


Andrew Miller Says:

OK I noticed one thing about the two players: Isner is very tired. Roddick is not.


sensationalsafin Says:

WHY IS RODDICK COMING IN AFTER CRAPPY APPROACH SHOTS??? I THOUGHT STEFANKI FIXED THIS CRAP!!!

Deflated deshamted. Cmon Andy. Why doesn’t he slice more? I didn’t see the beginning so maybe idk if Roddick already tried that but Isner is a tall guy, shouldn’t low slices make him uncomfortable??


jane Says:

Good Hold A-Rod~!


sensationalsafin Says:

If Roddick can take this to a 5th, maybe even a 4th, then he should definitely have the edge. Roddick’s easily the fitter of the 2. He just needs to hold steady for a few games and take this set.


Scottish Says:

Here we go. Andy is back. We’ll see what Isner is made of now.


Shaky Says:

YES! Nice hold, Andy. Isner came up with about 3 shots I didn’t think he had in him, ARod still came back and held.

Listening to the tennis channel broadcast I’m finding myself missing the Gilbert/McEnroe commentary… I never thought I’d see the day. Speechless.

PS – I hate you CBS.


Andrew Miller Says:

I am not going to be anti-Isner or pro-Roddick, just noticing that Isner is a bit more tired – Roddick is more fit and should be able to push the dimensions of the match out.

Isner is playing amazing. As the commentator said, “Isner cannot play any better than he has been – but Roddick can.” And he has to.

Who is commenting on USOPEN.org? Is it Fred Stolle?


Veno Says:

Lol Scottish, Jane and I simutaneously were put through the wringer by our respective faves.

Fed tumbled and fell like a cluts on a tennis court!
So weird to see!

Both Novak and Fed pulled through, although Novak still was shaky til the end and Fed kept raising his game as he does so many times.


Von Says:

Dan:

“Von, My only point was that there likely is a little resentment or animosity on Isner’s part in their relationship. It seemed intentional to leave Andy off after naming every U.S. player since Jay Berger.”

Yes, I understand. I wanted you to elaborate so as not to misinterpret and it’s why I was asking what’s your point (sometimes the written word does not convey the intonation we’d like). I’m acutely aware that Isner deliberately leaves Roddick out of the conversation whenever he speaks, and it’s why I DON’T like him and his Bugs Bunny teeth. He seems blatantly jealous of Andy and makes it a point to say how much he pals around with Blake, and how helpful Blake has been, la la lalala. To reiterate I don’t LIKE BUGS BUNNY ISNER. LOL. Can you feel it? LOL.


jane Says:

Yes, Andy has to break NOW.


Veno Says:

0-30 come on!!!!!!!

Isner starting to tire….Andy should pounce on him now!


Veno Says:

Come on now!!!


Von Says:

Shaky: Now you’re showing some spunk! I was wondering whatever happenend to the spunky guy, Shaky, and if his impostor was posting. LOL.


jane Says:

6-beer Veno, LOL


steve Says:

I think the wind that was lifting Isner’s game has faded a bit, and Roddick has found his.


Shaky Says:

Sensationalsafin — the way Isner was playing the last 40 minutes (I missed most of the first set), he could have hit winners from his knees. Was completely in a zone.

Andy’s approaches have been questionable (sometimes bad) but I’m shocked Isner’s been passing him like this. I like Isner’s game more than some people (I think he’s got more potential than Sam), but he’s been hitting backhand and forehand winners that definitely are not part of his scouting report. Read: he’s not this good, really he’s not.


Von Says:

Veno: I’m not watching the match and am only reading comments. My little guy is being tortured by the Sasquatch.


Andrew Miller Says:

It cant be bad blood. Roddick was quite positive on Isner in his press conference after beating Gicquel.

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=58940


Veno Says:

that’s it, great BH down the line….mixing it up!


sensationalsafin Says:

What a backhand down the line. Fuggin spectacular.


jane Says:

Deuce. Come on Andy!


Von Says:

How’s Roddick looking? anyone and what’s the score?


Veno Says:

He needs you to watch Von!

He needs the good vibes!

Come on Andy!


sensationalsafin Says:

Btw, jane thanks for the link. But I didn’t know usopen.org was free and the quality is a lot clearer. Plus I can listen to the commentary without wondering the language :P


Scottish Says:

Veno, Fed is my top fav and trust me I was a little concerned watching him play. But really he is one of the most amazing players to keep calm, find his game and pull out a win. He’s done it so many time. He needs to step it up though to make it deeper and win this thing.

I was pleased to see Djoko do well. I never thought I would say that. LOL For some reason he’s really growing on me and I’m starting to like him more. He’s maturing a lot and I like that. He is definitely fun to watch too.


Andrew Miller Says:

So it must be that Isner really wants this match!


Veno Says:

Andy’s serving 2-2 15-0 in the third….

He’s getting better, fighting, trying to get his energy and spirit going and the crowd is rallying behind him big time!


jane Says:

Damn! I thought Roddick would get the break there. But Isner’s serve is so tough. I think it’s cleaning time. I am going to put a load in the wash.


Von Says:

Andrew: The bad blood is not on Roddick’s side, it’s on Isner’s. He deliberately likes to leave Roddick out of the conversation when talking about the Americans and loves to talk up Blake — it’s as though Roddick is non-existent and Blake’s the No. 1 American player because Blake pals around with them.


Shaky Says:

Andrew Miller — I think the implication was that Isner’s envious, not that Andy doesn’t like him. I’d never heard of this til now, so I’m just a messenger.

Von– Isner saved I think 2 bps last game. 3-2 roddick, on serve.


Andrew Miller Says:

Von, the scores is Isner up two sets to none, 2-2 in the 3rd set with Roddick serving the ahead game.


Veno Says:

Scottish says: I was pleased to see Djoko do well. I never thought I would say that. LOL For some reason he’s really growing on me and I’m starting to like him more. He’s maturing a lot and I like that. He is definitely fun to watch too.

I totally agree!

Fed will go deep for sure, as he lately has one or 2 of these matches where he’s not in top form or an opponent is having a super day. It is amazing how many times he still delivers and always stays calm and confident in his ability.

His mental strength is underated and sometimes his tennis skills are overrated hahaha.


Von Says:

Veno: I can’t watch. The litle I’ve seen, Roddick is very flat footed and is playing too far behind the baseline, which is allowing Isner to do his drop shots. I don’t see any energy from Roddick at all.


Andrew Miller Says:

That’s quite surprising. Roddick has to focus to win, and Isner just has to break once to win.


Andrew Miller Says:

Like that last point: Roddick had a great return, and Isner came up with a big shot.

“Roddick is not making the most of a good opportunity.”


Cindy_Brady Says:

I’m enjoying this delicious serving exhibition against Roddick. Oh the frustration he must feel.

LOL….


Andrew Miller Says:

Three opportunities, three bad misses from Roddick. It should be a good idea to go after the backhand of Isner.


Veno Says:

Isner, I have to admit, is playing really well. He has of course nothing to lose and is going for it..

Andy will have to keep putting pressure on Sasquatch.
His serve is getting better though, so that’s a start.

Andy’s still too far behind the baseline and half a step slow if you ask me…


Andrew Miller Says:

Isner is cracking a lot of big forehands. I would stay away from that shot! I hope Roddick starts picking on some part of Isner’s game – it wold be a better idea if he hopes to make it to a fourth set!


blah Says:

Von- agree with you on the flat footed part. He’s not returning serve well enough and is getting swallowed up by the 1-2 serve forehand, and staying way too far back in rallies. This would be a good strategy if Isner is making errors but he’s making his shots. Like I said before, Roddick doesn’t match up well with big servers. He needs to take the 3rd set and Isner will probably tire out after that.


Von Says:

Veno: The mosquito is back! sucking ….. sucking …..


jane Says:

I am glad to see that Roddick’s serve is back and that he’s holding easily. That should help considerably. Navratilova in the booth.


sensationalsafin Says:

Roddick has 8 UEs. That’s amazing. But 26 winners to Isner’s 50!! And Isner has 24? UEs, which isn’t a lot compared to his winners. Unbelievably high quality.


Veno Says:

Cindy, it speaks volume that you get enjoyment out of another person’s sorrow.

It’s one thing to root for Isner, but why anyone wishes another player misery is beyond me.
No real tennis fan would feel such enjoyment.


Scottish Says:

Von, come on Andy needs you. Even when Fed was losing I still had to watch. Still had to show I was a true fan no matter what. Plus he’s playing way better now and he’s going to come back!!


Veno Says:

Come on Andy!!!!!!!!


Andrew Miller Says:

Fred Stolle is doing a pretty good job on USOPEN.org.

I thought he was not in the biz anymore! It’s good to hear him after listening to hours of Dick Enberg, who I believe tennis-x would rank the worst commentator of all time.


Veno Says:

Be proud Von, Andy is fighting hard!!!!

0-40!!!

Come on!!!!!!!!!


Von Says:

blah: If Roddick can take this set, then he’ll win, but he’s got to hold serve or else isner will win. i expressed my trepidation when I saw the draw and isner was in Roddick’s section. The taller seving guys are a big problem for Roddick. I guess I can only hope …..


Von Says:

Alright guys, I’m going to watch and thanks for the support, I’m touched, truly.


Veno Says:

Clutch serving from Isner. Ace, Ace. Gotta respect that…

Come on Andy!


Veno Says:

What a point!!!!!!!!!

Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

He breaks!!!!!!!!!

Crowd going wild!!!!!!


Shaky Says:

YES! Roddick breaks, 5-3 now serving for the third.

Isner = Drago
Andy = Rocky
Brooklyn > Talia Shire

“He’s chopping the big man down!”

DRAGOOOOOOOO


sensationalsafin Says:

CMON RODDICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a get!!!!!


blah Says:

Roddick breaks.


Dan Martin Says:

What a point great get by Roddick!


jane Says:

Come on Roddick!!!! HE GETS THE BREAK!!! : )

See? Cleaning works.


Scottish Says:

Wow this tennis is amazing. What a great match. These guys are gutting it out and giving all us fans a great show!!


Cindy_Brady Says:

BOOOO!!!


Veno Says:

Watch Von! He’s making you proud and he needs your support!!!!!!!


Veno Says:

Woot woot!!!

2-1 We have a match on!!!


sensationalsafin Says:

Let’s go Roddick!!! Shaky nice Rocky comparison. Just made me appreciate this match that much more because I love Rocky.


Ty Says:

Andy finally got a set. He’s still going down I feel.


Andrew Miller Says:

I totally respect Isner’s game.


Veno Says:

And playing the House of Pain!!!! DJ knows what he’s doing!!!


Scottish Says:

Roddick takes the set!! Isner will fade.


Kimmi Says:

The commentator saying Roddick has come back TWICE before from two sets down…did not know this.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Isner is like Karlovic but with ground strokes.


Veno Says:

Agree Andrew, Isner is playing great tennis, not only serving big. His BH down the line impresses me.

Von has told me Maria K. is also your fave on the WTA?

How cool!


Scottish Says:

Von, Jane. Did Hewitt and Witten fade or did Fed and Djoko step it up?


Scottish Says:

Sorry, Veno and Jane… Von too if you want to jump in :-)


jane Says:

I hope this means a major momentum shift!

Blake will be playing until 3 in the morning tonight. Because this will go five, and then it’s grinding Safina, who fights until the bitter(est) end, so Blake will probably *start* at 11:00 or so, and he and Robredo should be another l-o-n-g match.


Von Says:

Well guys, I watched to see Roddick break and win the set, YESS! And of course I’ve joined the Fed Waterfall Club, the water’s flowing. LOL.

Ty thanks for your lavish support — much appreciated.


Veno Says:

Kimmi, Wimby ’07 against Gasquet I remember, the other time maybe in DC? Von prolly knows!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Witten had Djokovic on the ropes but Witten tired and looked like Herman Munster lumbering around the court.

Djokovic was lucky he wasn’t playing a more seasoned veteran. He would have went down today.


Andrew Miller Says:

I think Fred Stolle is doing quite a job in the booth.

I am puzzled why they broke up the pair of Drysdale-Stolle. Maybe they are too alike, which is why they pair Drysdale with a McEnroe every time, and banned Stolle to the online commentating.

Perhaps there is no love for Fred Stolle and this is the work of the evil Drysdale.


Andrew Miller Says:

“[Isner] cannot play better than he has in the first two sets.” -Fred Stolle said this twice now. It is a little scary because everytime he says this Isner plays better!


blah Says:

By the way, Did Oudin beat Dementieva and Sharapova back to back? good for her, maybe there isn’t that big of a gap between the sisters and the rest of the americans on wta tour.

Also, I know Roddick came from two sets down to beat Nalby in 03 semis u.s. open run, but don’t know about the other time. I actually saw that match the other day. Roddick was much more aggressive, his serve had more fire power and a flatter forehand. Where did those go?


jane Says:

Scottish,

Fed/Hewitt – I feel it was a combo, but possibly more Fed’s lifting. Hewitt’s serve faded and he began to make more errors, but Roger also began connecting, and also breaking. He had squandered a lot of break points earlier, but finally began to capitalize.

Djok/Witten – this was more even. After Djoko got the third set in the tiebreak, which really only happened because Witten began to tire, make more errors and become nervous, then Djoko stepped it up in the fourth. Witten never went away but in the end experience paid off for Djoko I think. And Witten was tiring whereas I really think Djoko had a second wind in the fourth set. His physical trainer – the one he hired during the clay season – has definitely helped. But he sure was “off” form today, SO many errors. Nearly had a heart-attack, but the house is pretty clean.


Veno Says:

Scottish, as I saw the matches Fed raised his game more than Novak. Hewitt’s serve got worse towards the end of the match and after the 3rd set it was curtains for Rusty. It was good to see Rusty fight and Fed digging deep. It was an entertaining match to watch.

In the Novak-Jesse match I saw that Witten was getting tired towards the end, but still went for his shots. Novak hung in there, raised his level at the moments he needed to, used his experience and played the big points well.

A good win by Novak and kudos to 276th Witten. Novak was respectful at the hand shake. A very entertaining match to watch, although not so much for Jane of course.


Andrew Miller Says:

I agree with Stolle, AND Isner is playing a hell of a match – he is playing only minimally worse than the first two sets – his level is very high at the moment and it cant be taken lightly.


Kimmi Says:

Thanks Veno, he is done it before so he knows how to fight for it.


Von Says:

Why isn’t the ump warning Isner with his deliberate time wasting between points? He’s trying to take Roddick out of his rhythm. sheesh


Andrew Miller Says:

I agree with Veno on Hewitt’s serve. It looked bad towards the end – I wonder if he’s having a tougher time on tour because his serve does not do him any favors.


Andrew Miller Says:

Von – probably no time warnings because we are in the Nadal era.


jane Says:

Veno, our posts at 7:36 & 7:37 are very similar; nice to know I am not coming way out of left field or anything.

Come on Roddick!!!


Veno Says:

Of course Blah….totally forgot about SF in ’03 against Nalby…

To repeat, the other one is against Gasquet in Wimby ’07, was it?


Veno Says:

jane Says:

Veno, our posts at 7:36 & 7:37 are very similar; nice to know I am not coming way out of left field or anything.

I was thinking exactly the same thing lol


Ty Says:

Cindy

I’ve always felt that if Karlovic could get some decent groundstrokes he’s be top 10. Now Isner is proving my point.

Von

I am just giving a prediction. I feel Andy is under so much more pressure to hold than Isner for some reason. Sometimes tennis players are just “zoning”.


blah Says:

Veno- the one you mention, Gasquet actually came from two sets down and played lights out to beat Roddick in 5. I don’t know the other match either.


sensationalsafin Says:

Didn’t he lost after being up 2 sets to love against Gasquet?

The other one was against Youzhny in the round of 16 at the AO in 03.


Andrew Miller Says:

Dang it. If Roddick won that point the stadium would have been on its feet.


jane Says:

Veno – Roddick LOST that match versus Gasquet in 2007. He was up two sets and a break in the third and suddenly Gasquet morphed into “Backhand Boy Wonder” and was whacking winners everywhere! It was very tight but Roddick lost.


Veno Says:

Oh of course you guys are right….
Silly me and sorry Von!!!!!


Andrew Miller Says:

ok no use being cryptic. I want roddick to win this match.

And – tip to von – I would like Maria Kirilenko to make a GS final (it aint happenning).


jane Says:

Majorly majorly important hold there for Roddick! Now he must break! Or just bide his time and push it to a tiebreak, but that’s too risky.


Veno Says:

sensational……

true…Youzhny Ozzie ’03 R16


Veno Says:

I like Andy’s energy level. It’s way more up there as compared to the first 2 sets.

Isner is playing out of his skin tonight.
The big occasion doesn’t seem to get to him…..yet


Andrew Miller Says:

Veno! Maria Kirilenko’s game is great and I think she is beautiful. She definitely makes me wish I knew Russian.


Veno Says:

Also a good win by Kuzy on the women’s side….


Andrew Miller Says:

Sadly I believe that Roddick must play a perfect match to out-do Roddick. His fitness is superior to Isner but he must make use of the majority of opportunities to win it.


jane Says:

Weirdly, I was kinda hoping Kirilenko would go deeper here; she had a couple of good wins early on. But for me, it has nothing to do with her looks.

Now, Marat, on the other hand … phew!


Von Says:

Andrew: I’d love for Maria K. to win a GS also, just because of you and Veno, but she’s not in the running, and I’m disappointed that’s the case with her. Just remember what I told you once, she’s an ethereal beauty, and that’s what she has above the others. So it’s either beauty or GS, but not both, and I’d take the beauty if I were a guy.


jane Says:

Veno, one wonders if Kuzy could win her second slam of the year here; she’s been quietly making her way, and she’s over her old choking habit for the moment…


Andrew Miller Says:

I think Isner just took that challenge to catch a breather!


Shaky Says:

Sensationalsafin — if you’re still watching, what Isner just did on that last terrible Roddick approach shot is more typical of his game: he netted it, badly.

Isner can’t pass people, he doesn’t normally hit backhand winners, and he usually wears down under pressure. And I’m saying that as a guy who actually thinks he’s pretty decent, so I’m not a hater.


Veno Says:

Andrew Miller Says:

Veno! Maria Kirilenko’s game is great and I think she is beautiful. She definitely makes me wish I knew Russian.

We’re kindred spirits :)

Have been following her since ’04

She is to the day 10 years my junior! And I saw her play in ’06 when she reached the final in “‘s-Hertogenbosch” in my country!


Shaky Says:

He DOES have pretty good hands and decent touch though, as he showed there. :)


jane Says:

Roddick will break soon I figure.


Veno Says:

jane Says:

Veno, one wonders if Kuzy could win her second slam of the year here; she’s been quietly making her way, and she’s over her old choking habit for the moment…

Absolutely, I’ve been following her matches and she’s really the dark horse here!

Von, you’re a doll on the Kirilenko compliment, however I really like her game since I first saw it. She has a lot of talent and the fact she’s such a hottie is all gravy to me.

You know, that if I ever were to meet her in person, I will ask her out, Andreev or not, even if she laughs at me in my face. I’d still smile ear to ear!


Andrew Miller Says:

Nice! I think I have seen her play in person – she has a great game! Unfortunately I think every coach she has who is male uses it as an opportunity to hit on her, rather than hit with her!


Veno Says:

Our girl’s busy with her game at grandstand in the meantime.
Carolina is a break up on Sorana


Andrew Miller Says:

The net cord has been very generous to Roddick!


jane Says:

I was really hoping Roddick might get the break there…


Veno Says:

Isner’s legs must be starting to burn by now.
He still impresses me besides his serve. He’s more agile than Dr. Windmill and has better groundies, although Yvo has a better volley…


jane Says:

Yes, Isner HAS to be getting tired by now. Has he played a 5-setter and won?


sensationalsafin Says:

What does it matter if Isner is getting tired? It’s so close, Isner needs a few good points and he’s won.


Veno Says:

Not this Open, first set he lost is this match…


Veno Says:

Sending mucho good vibes to your man Von!!!

Come on Andy!!!!!!!!


jane Says:

But does anyone know if Isner has ever won a match in 5 sets?

sensationalsafin; I think it matters if he is tired as he’s more likely to crack, mentally, his serve, or whatever. Isner, to win, wants to get this done in 4.

As soon as it goes to a 5th, imo, experience often wins out.

Hold Roddick!


Veno Says:

COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

Double fault..wrong wrong time


jane Says:

OMG HOLD ANDY – you’re giving me palpitations!


Veno Says:

No, he never did win a match in 5 sets…
Nor did he lose one in 5 sets….


jane Says:

Can uncurl toes and breath again – PHEW!


Veno Says:

Man, what a day!!!!!!!

So much excitement!!!

I feel the buzz from the Stadium even across the Atlantic here…


Kimmi Says:

WOW..so tense..great hold from andy


Scottish Says:

Roddick holds – HUGE!! He is really gutting it out. Both players doing so well. Great match.


jane Says:

Oh thanks Veno – that’s what I was wondering. So Roddick will win if it goes 5. FOR SURE. That’s my take.


sensationalsafin Says:

Incredible. Jane, that’s assuming it goes to 5. Plus, even in the 5th, there’s a tb, which gives Isner more than a little hope, imo. And so far, his serve is just too freaking good, tired or not.


Andrew Miller Says:

sensational-fan is right: a few points and its over.


Kimmi Says:

Crowd are chanting “LETS GO RODDICK”..I wonder waht Isner is feeling…


Veno Says:

Andrew Miller Says:

sensational-fan is right: a few points and its over.

LOL@sensationalfan….


Kimmi Says:

Oh No..0-40 Isner


sensationalsafin Says:

Well those 3 points were nerves, imo, more then fitness.


Veno Says:

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, survived a matchpoint and if he holds now we have a deciding set!!!!!

Von!!!!!


jane Says:

YAHOO-!!!!!


Shaky Says:

YES!

Make it worth it Andy. Come on!


sensationalsafin Says:

Cramping?


jane Says:

Roddick will hold . . . and win. Count on it.


Scottish Says:

Andy has it now and Isner is hurting.


Veno Says:

Hey Andrew…Sorana Cirstea-Carolina Wozniacki also not a too shabby looking doubles team!!!

Carolina leads Sorana on Grandstand


Shaky Says:

Isner is going to be thinking about a LOT of things while he milks this set changeover for every second its worth.

He’s chopping the big man down!

YOU CAN DO IT ROCKY!


steve Says:

Roddick has leveled the match.


sensationalsafin Says:

Yep. Now Isner’s tired :) And it’s definitely gotta affect his play in the 5th.


Veno Says:

Von, are you watching your man?

Feel proud my friend!


Andrew Miller Says:

I was a huge fan of Dani Hantuchova but she seems a little too interested in being model-thin. She has an amazing backhand.


jane Says:

Rod-Rocky going for early blood in last round…

Here shouts of “Adrian, ADRIAN” already. LOL


Veno Says:

Dani Hantu is a little too thin for my taste Andrew.
She does have some game though. Always felt she underachieved a little, especially when she just came on the scene, it looked liked she was going to be a slam winner….


Andrew Miller Says:

I think Fred Stolle, who is commenting on US OPEN.org, is right: Roddick MUST do more with the passing shots.


Veno Says:

Jane, please don’t jinx Andy….

And think of Von!


Andrew Miller Says:

I agree with Veno. Dani looked like a slam winner, and instead became a slim winner. She is way too thin.


jane Says:

Veno – I have been here cheering him on; I just feel certain now. He will win! :)


Andrew Miller Says:

In the interest of being totally transparent – I make no excuses and would like to see Roddick break Isner early in this fifth set.


Veno Says:

Yes, she is Andrew. Some guys like it though.

And Jane, I know you cheered him on! I just know Von will get agita if anyone calls it before the chips are down and thinks that will jinx Andy. She’s having a hard time already :) And of course you know I didn’t mean to sound so serious…..I said it in good jest with a smitten of seriousness to the issue :)


jane Says:

I agree Andrew. The sooner Roddick gets the break the better. Then he put all of his focus into holding, which he is extremely good at doing.


Von Says:

Steve Ulrich is way too passive on the time Isner takes to serve. It’s not fair to Roddick and I don’t understand why he doesn’t complain.


Scottish Says:

Jane is right, you get the sense that Andy is going to pull this one out and get the win. He’s got more experience and has the stamina.


jane Says:

Okay Veno – I will just cheer, and resolve to wait and see, until the chips are down, because it is true that in tennis anything can happen. And I don’t want to worry Von further. Poor gal. I thought I had a rough one earlier.


Veno Says:

“Roddick, Federer Face First Test Today at US Open”

Sean’s title couldn’t have been more appropriate and it seems his crystal ball is fixed…


Andrew Miller Says:

ZThere is one positive thing about this match and Isner being in the “go ahead” serving spot: Roddick has an opportunity to do what he did not at Wimbledon: win the fifth set after being the 2nd player to serve. He can break the opponent, despite being in the “behind” serving spot.


Veno Says:

I agree von, why isn’t Andy saying something about it…


Von Says:

C’mon Andy, break the Sasquatch and win already. I have gone through ajita, heart palpitations, brain cramping, cold chills and profuse sweating.

Didn’t I say yesterday that Roddick will be playing again under the lights? CBS sucks!


Colin Says:

I didn’t watch the Oudin match, but the stats tell me it was littered with errors. Nonetheless it’s an impressive win for the youngster, because even if both are playing erratically, the winner is the one who held her nerve. Oudin doesn’t choke.
By the way, on the USO site, in Matt Cronin’s Picks of the Day, he speaks (or writes) of Sharapova’s “viscous” returns! How the heck do you make a viscous return? Sounds most unpleasant.
Things aren’t looking good for Roddick. Isner isn’t much mentioned in the UK, and my (probably mistaken) impression was he was just a big server, a slightly smaller Ivo. Clearly there’s more to him than that.


jane Says:

The time is now Andy; get the break!!


Veno Says:

Wow, if Andy wins and Robredo wins tonight….then in Fed’s half all top 8 seeds will have advanced according to their ranking, with the possibility that on Murray’s half the same could happen tomorrow…How freaky would that be? The top 16 seeds into the R16!!!


jane Says:

For anyone who cares, found a good little write up on the Djoko/Witten match:

http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/05/contrasting-styles-proves-entertaining/


Andrew Miller Says:

Isnber is not going to give this away.


Veno Says:

Colin Says:

I didn’t watch the Oudin match, but the stats tell me it was littered with errors.

I saw the whole match and actually it wasn’t. It was great tennis from both sides, contrasting styles and a lot of heart from both….Easily the most entertaining women’s match of the tourney so far!

Sharapova was gracious in defeat and Melanie was delightfully emotional in her win!!!

She’s a true joy to watch!!!


jane Says:

Agree with Veno’s assessment, only the girls did have a hard time holding serve, particularly in the final set.


Von Says:

Martina just said Isner is taking way too long between points — 30 seconds, and I’ll add even more at times, especially his last two games. Now he has the trainer. OY, OY. I can’t stand his bloody fist pumps after every point and it’s one of the reasons I dislike him and Bugs Bunny teeth.


Andrew Miller Says:

I did like Oudin. She said she likes Henin a lot and at first I thought, this girl plays nothing like henin. But after seeing her in th 2nd set I thought she definitely can move the ball.


Veno Says:

Nice read Jane and I agree, I totally enjoyed the match!


Veno Says:

Man ump better step in and start giving Isner a warning…This stalling is getting way out of hand here


Andrew Miller Says:

Isner is playing well. This might go to the tiebreak. He is taking too much time.


Veno Says:

Isner’s been taking notes from JMDP, playing the Possum game and stalling tactics….


blah Says:

I dislike how some of the players on tour start to deliberately drag out the time and prolong the match because they aren’t fit enough- It’s incredibly annoying to watch.

And Roddick still needs to be careful. Isner’s serve is still there despite his declinigng movement… he needs to hold here.


grendel Says:

“Grendel this is BRUTAL: ” The bugger’s won, and its goodnight to the gallant Haas.” Sheesh.

I actually don’t have a fave in the match, but that’s not a very nice way to congratulate the winner”

Just a family spat, actually jane – but I know I shldn’t bring that onto here. we were goin’ at it hammer and tongs…..


Veno Says:

Hey Andrew, I also see similarities with Henin but Oudin’s net game and overheads need a lot of work still and Justine of course had that most beautiful one handed BH of the women’s game…..ever…


Andrew Miller Says:

Match is supposed to be played at server’s pace!


Veno Says:

Blah, be careful what you write lol. I got lambasted on another thread for discussing the issue by some fans of players who use these tactics


Veno Says:

Great return! Go Andy!!!


Andrew Miller Says:

I agree with Veno on the Henin backhand. I thought Sabatini had it, but it belongs to Henin.


Veno Says:

Gabriela’s was a beauty too!


jane Says:

Grendel – I forgot about your son…Verdasco is his favorite isn’t he? That explains it. I just couldn’t see where you were coming from there. I thought it was quite compelling how Verdasco kept coming from behind.


Andrew Miller Says:

Dumb question, but why is Rodick playing to the Isner forehand?


sensationalsafin Says:

That’s a good question. Who knows?


Kimmi Says:

I thought Isner was tired, he is still playing 140 mph serve. this guy has guts..I like his fighting spirit…win or lose he played a very good match.


Veno Says:

Come on Andy!!!


Veno Says:

Kimmi, although I don’t doubt it Isner is tired, I’m kinda thinking he’s pulling a JMDP here…


Kimmi Says:

Big big risky second serve..he is luck


Andrew Miller Says:

Comoe on Roddick! BREAK!


Veno Says:

Omg, I’m feeling for you Vonnie!

Isner sure did his job holding 6 times in the decider…see Jane?

Come on Andy!


Von Says:

I can’t stand watching Isner’s stupid fist pumps after EVERY bloody point. sheesh


Kimmi Says:

“Kimmi, although I don’t doubt it Isner is tired, I’m kinda thinking he’s pulling a JMDP here…”

LOL…like dead tired but still whacking winners left right and center ?? LOL I think only JMDP can do that.


Veno Says:

Oh my, Sorana got beat bad by Carolina Vonnie…3 and 2


jane Says:

5th set tiebreak it is! Poor Von – must be tough for you to watch. I am finding it difficult.


Veno Says:

Here we go!!!!

What a way to decide a slug war after 3hrs 45m!

Oh my….Go Andy!!!!!!!!


Von Says:

Both Isner and JMDP play that sickly look game and Roddick always falls for it.


grendel Says:

Yes, my son – one of them – is in 7th heaven as he prepares to fly to China tomorrow (he’s gonna watch the Beijing tourney when there, lots of good players). The other son is with me, and views with deep suspicion Verdasco’s alleged injury….Yes, Verdasco proved stronger in the end. But it was a strange old match, with first one and then the other either wobbling or playing out of their minds….No discernible pattern, a mug’ game for would be prophets…


Veno Says:

Yeah, I don’t get that about Andy, Von.
Look at what Fed does when someone tries it with him…He pummels them double hard…


Veno Says:

so close!!!!!! Ouch, would have been a brilliant winner


Veno Says:

Come on Andy!!!!


Veno Says:

Come on Andy!!!!!!!


Polifka Says:

Great win for Isner.


Shaky Says:

God dammit.

No excuses. Medical Timeouts, time between points, whatever. Guy still beat him, and he looked like he saved all his energy for the tiebreak.


blah Says:

yikes…


Andrew Miller Says:

What a match. Iam not an Isner fan – I respect his game not his tactics.


Veno Says:

Commisserations Von. I feel for you and your man my dear friend.

Isner played out of his skin tonight. Played a great tiebreaker. Played great under pressure.

Oh my, what a tough loss for Andy.


NachoF Says:

so… I guess this is the future of American tennis.


blah Says:

which idiot actually asked if this was a changing of the guard…

Next thing Roddick has to work on is his return game. And Djoker has a clear path to face Fed now.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Congratulations John Isner!

You deserved it!


sensationalsafin Says:

Wow. After everything. Wow. Damn shame. Roddick does it again. God damn.


jane Says:

Von :’ (

Sad, and way too close. I thought Andy had won but Isner did all sorts of things, some good, some not, to win.


Andrew Miller Says:

An excellent win from Isner, but I feel that Oudin earned her match and I think Isner won it but less forthrightly.

As for Roddick, my big question: why didnt Roddick hammer Isner’s awful backhand?


Kimo Says:

Whatever happened to the underdog cheering New York crowd? They sure weren’t cheering for the underdog in this match!

I’m glad for John. He really deserved to win it. I’m sorry for Andy too. Two tough losses in Wimbledon and now in the US Open. I hope he’ll bounce back.


Veno Says:

blah says: And Djoker has a clear path to face Fed now.

Ai, don’t know about that blah….


i am it Says:

isner played a great match. congratulations to the deserving winner. birth of a new star in american tennis. hope he goes deeper. sorry for roddick. he tried coming back from 2 sets down. it was not just his night. unfortunately another dream dashed but he will have many more opportunities.
classic 5-setter !


Andrew Miller Says:

On the other hand: it’s now proven that to beat Roddick an opponent must go the absolute distance. That used to be the case with only players such as Nadal and Federer – I feel Roddick deserves it too.

I guess I will pull for Blake to do the unthinkable. As much as I like him, he has no shot of winning this year’s US Open.


Kimo Says:

Von Said:

“Both Isner and JMDP play that sickly look game and Roddick always falls for it.”

I see what you mean, but just because someone looks lathargic doesn’t mean his tired. Simon too looks tired from the very first point of the match, but that doesn’t mean anything.


Kimo Says:

This is a very good sign for American tennis. First Oudin, now Isner. Things are definitely looking up.


Veno Says:

because Andrew, imo Andy played way too far behind the baseline and Isner angled him in the ad-court stretching Andy wide, for the most part Andy could only loop the balls cross to Isner’s awful BH.
I was surprised that Andy didn’t try to cut the nagles in his ad-court, much like he did at Wimby…


Veno Says:

*nagles is angles of course


Cindy_Brady Says:

This shows how mentally strong John Isner is. He had to beat both Roddick and the New York crowd. Very poised under pressure. The future of American tennis looks bright.

Better Roddick lost early. He wasn’t going to win the tournament anyways. Just avoid disappointment later from Djokovic or Federer.


Colin Says:

I do wonder if that Wimbledon final took something away from Roddick mentally. He played the match of his life and still came up short, albeit narrowly.
Whom does Isner play next? This match must have taken a lot out of a man that size.


Kimo Says:

Isner pulled off very difficult volleys on very big points. He was the agresser all the way and it paid off.


jane Says:

blah, no way. If you saw Djoko play today there’s no way you’d say that. Isner could find himself facing Fed for all I know. Djok would have to get by Step, then Isner/Verdasco, and if he could barely get by Witten can he get by these guys? I dunno.

I HATE losses like that – that go to the very end.


Kimo Says:

Colin, he plays Hot Sauce Verdasco next.


i am it Says:

roddick’s loss ended america’s hope of winning another slam in men’s singles. in that sense it is sad. watching him play in the last few matches i thought he had a real shot. he was playing better than other top 5 until this point. i guess it is just that his game does not match big serve and volleyer.


blah Says:

Jane- I didn’t see Djokovic play, but I still don’t think Stephanek is a real threat, and Isner will lose to Verdasco, so it really depends on his state when he face Verdasco I guess. Consistency seems to be the biggest problem with him. If even Djokovic can’t do it, then Fed would really benefit from those guys fighting it out on the other side of the draw.


steve Says:

Isner won by not losing serve and waiting for his opponent’s mistake in the tiebreak, which is a tactic that only those players with a giant, surefire serve can employ.

At no other Grand Slam would this tactic have worked, because none of the others have final-set tiebreaks and you have to win by two games. But of course, that isn’t so at the US Open.

That’s to take nothing away from Isner, who played like a veteran and did not allow anything to bother him. Sad for Roddick, but he’ll be back.

But tall guys have weaknesses that players of average height don’t possess–can’t handle low balls and don’t deal well with constant changes of pace. Someone like Federer or Murray can pick on those weaknesses more consistently than Roddick can. And even Roddick could have done more during the first couple sets to attack those weaknesses, hitting his forehand a bit flatter.

So the question as to whether the future of tennis lies in these tall, big-serving, hard-hitting guys is still very much open.


jane Says:

It is true that Isner didn’t flinch. He played risky tennis in that tiebreak. In that regard he earned it. And I suppose for American tennis to have two younger players pull huge upsets, it’s a good sign for the future. It’s just difficult to see anyone lose when it’s down to 1 point basically.


Kimo Says:

blah,

Stepanek took Djokovic all the way in 07. Remember that match? It went 63 games out of a possible 65. And that was against the very hot Djokovic. He hasn’t played at that level since.


Von Says:

Well, to say I’m sad is putting it mildly, but there will be other times for Roddick, so onward and upward! As I said previously, I don’t like Isner because of his stupid fist pumps after every point, and his time cheating between points, not to mention his stalling tactics and his gamesmanship. I hope Verdasco creams him, but this is the age of the giants and their gamesmanship tactics, so who knows Isner could probabaly beat Verdasco.


blah Says:

Sometimes Roddick still falls into that old pattern and allows his opponent to dictate points- with giant servers this is especially true. Roddick needs to learn to slice back some serves deep into their court.

Yeah, guys like Murray will eat Isner alive.


Veno Says:

Jane, actually I think Novak will have a great chance against Isner, were John to get through Hot Sauce Verdasco. Why? Because of the match-up baby!

Novak is a great returner(ok, he was a little off today but still broke Witten quite often) and After getting through against hot sauce, he’ll probably won’t be the fittest player anymore.

But Novak will have to up his level, but he knows how to win 7 matches…

I don’t expect Novak to have too many problems with Step, or he has to have an off-day again and Step has to hit everything…

Novak’s true test will be against Fed, if Fed doesn’t suffer an upset.
He’s lost to Fed the past 2 yrs at the Open so he’d like to get a win over him!


PJ Says:

Colin, I do also wonder if all of these matches since Wimbledon will have an effect on Andy mentally. Obviously, it’s going to impact anyone if they lose a grand slam final in the way Andy did, playing the way Andy did. He then loses two tight matches to JMDP. Now, he loses a match in a 5th set tiebreak, and, yet again, didn’t lose because he played poorly. It’s a one thing to lose tight matches to players when you’re playing bad, but still hanging on. Andy is playing great tennis, but can’t get it done. Eventually, I think that’s got to take a toll on him mentally.


i am it Says:

roger’s luck that his route to the final gets easier. cakewalk? not sure. definitely much easier. don’t know if he can get luckier than this.


Dan Martin Says:

Shocking day of tennis in terms of the score lines and results. I think Novak benefits most from Roddick losing as Roddick beat him at Melbourne, Indian Wells and Montreal. Novak played badly today, but that was a strange situation. Will the NY crowd embrace Isner versus Verdasco? (and beyond if he wins)?


blah Says:

Kimo- I think Stephanek has declined more than Djokovic has. And von- I am pretty sure Verdasco will cream him- there’s a reason that guys Karlovic never made it too deep into slams, and while Isner may be better than Karlovic, he is no DelPo.

And well, I really rather see anyone come out on this side than Fed (no offense to Fed fans), so hopefully Djokovic will find his game soon.


jane Says:

Von, you know Andy’s game so well; I did NOT see that one coming and you did. I didn’t realize serve/volleyers trouble Andy. Or don’t recall that as being an issue. And as I missed Washington I didn’t see those matches you described.


grendel Says:

Von

I very rarely agree with you about anything, and vica versa of course, but when you write:”I can’t stand watching Isner’s stupid fist pumps after EVERY bloody point” I feel a certain kinship (I hope you don’t mind). For I too cannot abide these physical demonstrations when my man looks like he’s under the cosh.You feel them viscerally, don’t you, and centuries of civilisation count for nothing as you glare at the screen. Is everyone like this? I suspect most people are, but don’t necessarily admit to it….


Kimo Says:

Von Said:

“I don’t like Isner because of his stupid fist pumps after every point, and his time cheating between points, not to mention his stalling tactics and his gamesmanship”

What has he done to you to deserve such an opinion? Yeah he may take more time between points than allowed, but so does Nadal. I don’t like it from both of them but I’m not gonna hate them for it. He only called for the trainer to ask him his opinion on energy drinks. He wasn’t like “oh i’m getting tight so massage me”.

As for fist pumps, I don’t like them but he gets a pass coz he was the huge underdog.

There goes good old Von again with her sour grapes after Roddick losses…


Andrew Miller Says:

Isner won the match: Roddick had his chances and both played an amazing match. I thought Roddick should have handled Isner in 4 sets maximum – but he didnt. The passing shots were not good enough, Roddick in my opinion kept hitting to the Isner forehand – it wasnt good enough, and Roddick now has a long time to think about it.

Cruel sport! It’s totally unfair that one of the hardest working players on tour is out of the tournament, but Roddick must move on and continue to work hard with Larry Stefanki – even after this set-back.

I dont like what Isner did, but he’s move ahead in the tournament. His style works.

On another note, I think Verdasco is a tough matchup for Isner. Verdasco has more firepower on the groundies.


blah Says:

Isner fist pumped on every point he won in the 5th set. Every single point. Not an exaggeration.

I was rooting for Roddick, but come on. If you watched the earlier sets and the 5th set you’ll see how Isner started deliberately messing with Roddick. At least Nadal is consistent with his slow pace from the first point on.


Von Says:

jane: S&V guys don’t trouble Roddick — it’s the giants. Roddick beats Step who’s an S&v guy, but the giants have an advantage against a lot of players because of their reach as in DelPotro. It’ s not that they ooze talent, its’s their height+serve+reach that gives them the advantage, and that looks like talent. To beat them, a player has to hit flat and low to their feet where they can’t bend to retrieve. Anything higher, is goodbye.


Veno Says:

To me, one of the pivotal moments that set the tone for the match, at least the first 2 sets, was when Andy in the first set couldn’t convert a break when having a 0-40 lead.

It was 4-3 in his favour(I think) and Isner got out of that pickle and evened it at 4-4. Went on to win the set in the breaker. Otherwise Andy would have most likely won the first set.

It looked like Andy didn’t really get into the match when he was already trailing 0-2 in sets.

I feel for him(and you Von) but he’ll be back!!

I hope he finishes the season with 1 or 2 good titles! Paris and YEC would be fitting. I’d like to see that!


jane Says:

Kimo you’re hilarious in saying this to Von ” don’t like it from both of them but I’m not gonna hate them for it.”

You have said here on these blogs more than once that you HATE Murray but what has he done to you? Nada.

It’s just the way many of us feel when our favorites are beaten by someone. So please don’t kick Von when she is feeling down. It’s just not nice. And most of us here really were rooting for Andy R; he was playing so well and is a sentimental favorite of many.


Kimo Says:

blah said:

“If you watched the earlier sets and the 5th set you’ll see how Isner started deliberately messing with Roddick. At least Nadal is consistent with his slow pace from the first point on.”

Let’s say that he WAS indeed messing with Roddick, so what? Big deal. Anyone would have done the same in his position.

And I think he was doing it coz he was getting tired, so there’s no conspiracy here.


Dan Martin Says:

I do think excessive time between points is becoming more and more of an issue. Also, the challenge system is being used to ice players or slow momentum after an obvious ace or winner more and more. I only saw the 1/2 of the 1st set, the whole 3rd set and 5th set from 4-4 of Roddick-Isner (somehow chores and family duties still exist even when tennis is on TV all day) so I can’t say much about the match other than Isner played more slowly than Roddick. Roddick plays faster than most, but that likely did not account for the entire discrepancy. The ATP, WTA, and ITF are doing little about the time abuses, but outside of Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert (rumor has it he would towel off between points on a 50 degree day coming up through the ranks) I don’t think previous eras had so much abuse/ignoring of time rules.


sensationalsafin Says:

Roddick fell back into his old pattern of hanging back and letting his opponent take control. It was very similar to his loss to Kohls at the AO last year. It’s a shame but good on Isner. Roddick played way too conservatively in that 5th set tb.


jane Says:

Von, “but the giants have an advantage against a lot of players because of their reach ” Yes and Martina Navratilova, whom I felt was rooting for Roddick, was talking about just this in her commentary. How she stood on a chair beside a 6’9″ person, and held up her racquet, but when the other person held up his racquet, he STILL had the reach advantage, even though she was standing on a chair!


Kimo Says:

jane, oh I do HATE Murray. A lot. But that’s because of his overall personality and image. Not for taking so much seconds between points.

And come on, Murray curses when he’s down, punches his strings till his hand bleeds, and yells “come on” on his opponents UEs. He’s in a league of his own.


jane Says:

Dan, one of the commentators I was listening to commented precisely on an issue you raise – that Isner challenged at least once just in order to slow things and take a breather; I think it was when he was serving and was down love-15.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Kimo,

You are so correct. Von always chokes on sour grapes after Roddick loses. Can’t give any credit to his opponents. Isner is a very nice kid. He is nothing but respectful. Very intelligent and mature for his age.

I am mad at Roddick for one thing. He ruined what could have potentially been a first in the round of 16. All 16 seeds ending up there. He will probably be the only one missing. What a shame!


Scottish Says:

Von, sorry for your guy’s loss today. I really thought he would come back and win it. I also agree about the fist pumps after every point. It’s one of the reason’s I don’t like watching Murray play because his “come on” after lots of points gets so old. Not to mention his screams. As for dragging points out that isn’t Isner’s fault it’s the umps. a player can use to his advantage the rules as much as possible. It’s up to the ump to make sure the pace is moving along and he didn’t do that.

Anyway it was a great match. I am sorry I had to miss that last few games of the final set. I’m not sure AR would have beaten Fed anyway. And if Fed plays as poorly as he did today he won’t last long as the opponents get tougher.

A great show of tennis all round though and here’s on to more. AR will be fine. He’s had a great comeback year and he can only take positives for how he has played in 09.


blah Says:

Meh. Roddick definitely needs to improve his return game. he’s too flat footed and can’t change up his returns, as guys like Murray do. He needs to learn to slice and to be lighter on his feet.
He needs to work on:
-Return
-Footwork
-Bringing his new game even when he’s not playing the top players. (hit aggressive and flat, move them around the courts, move up on baseline, don’t become predictable with his strokes)

What a deflating way to end his slam season.


jane Says:

Kimo – it’s just personal bias & proclivities, which are in part linked to who our favorites are. I see Murray in a TOTALLY different light than you.


Kimo Says:

ok jane. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt on the personal bas thing, but on Murray? Did I allege anything about him that he doesn’t acutally do?


Scottish Says:

Murray isn’t in a league of his own, he’s right up there with the other arrogant foul mouthed hot tempered players. He has improved his image somewhat but when his own country can’t decide if they like him or not cuz of his personality it raises some questions. I mean seriously any player who swears his head off in a match doesn’t get my respect. And yeah punching your racquet till your hand bleeds is hardly a sign of maturity.


Kimo Says:

Scottish: Right on!!!


Veno Says:

Please Kimo, refrain from kicking someone when he’s down!

And I too remember you bashing on Murray as Jane said.

Just heard Fed’s post match interview with Eurosport’s Barbara Schett and he was very respectful towards Hewitt.

Actually, he admitted that in the first sets his misses and his off-timing made him feel insecure and bit into his confidence; he was glad he could turn it around and get better as the match went on.

Also he is very surprised he has won 14 in a row against a class player like Lleyton. Says it’s almost an unfair scoreline…


blah Says:

Maybe Murray should start breaking more racquets and become the new Marat, lol.


Veno Says:

Novak was respectful to Witten too and admitted he hadn’t done his homework on Jesse as he never saw him play.


Scottish Says:

Novak is a guy that is really turning his image around and is obviously working on it to the point he’s becoming likeable. And I have liked his attitude about opponents and how he has been with the media. So kudos to Novak for trying to grow up.


Veno Says:

Safina is moved to Armstrong, Blobredo is starting in 30 minutes…


sar Says:

Hi Jane:
Exciting huh?

When I saw Novak and Chardy at Cincy, Novak looked like he did today kind of moping around. Then the next day I think he played Nadal and look great. Hopefully he can get by the wily Stepanek. I’m sad for Roddick and didn’t know about the bad blood with Isner.That was a pretty big scalp Isner got. Now with this Isner/Verdasco thing it changes everything for Novak. Haas/Roddick would have been worse.

Did anyone see or hear what Novak said after his match on court?

Meanwhile, Sveta is quietly making her way through.


Veno Says:

Scottish Says:

Novak is a guy that is really turning his image around and is obviously working on it to the point he’s becoming likeable. And I have liked his attitude about opponents and how he has been with the media. So kudos to Novak for trying to grow up.

I second that. He’s maturing in a very nice way.
I wish Andy Murray would take notes, but of course Andy and Novak are 2 different people with different characters


Kimo Says:

Veno Said:

“Please Kimo, refrain from kicking someone when he’s down!”

I don’t like doing it, but someone has to speak up when absurdity is louder than reason.

Isner seems like a very nice guy. He really does, and very respectful towards Roddick at the end. What more can Von want? handing Roddick the W on a silver platter?

And giants do have an advantage in terms of reach, but they are at a HUGE disadvantage in terms of movement, an advantage that Roddick can’t seem to know how to exploit.


Mary Says:

Oudin/Sharapova and Federer/Hewitt were both sloppy matches, but happy with the results. Sharapova, Federer, and Roddick were just so laid back at the start of their matches.

Loved Verdasco/Haas and Stepanek/Kohlshoweveryouspellit. Kohl… has the greatest website:
http://www.philippkohlschreiber.de/
Listen to the German technotronic goodness.

I apologize to Roddick for picking him to win.
If the crowd starts getting on a player’s case about the five hours between each point, we may get the 30-second shot.

They really need to get rid of the medical timeouts. How can you get away with calling a trainer because you are a pro athlete who has no idea what to drink during a match?

During the press conferences, I wish the reporters would call the players on this nonsense.

I don’t mind the fist pumping. As long as you don’t delay the game, yell rude things about the other guy’s mother for all I care.

The USTA needs to stop with the tributes that open up the night sections. Have the honoree stand up and wave to the crowd during a break or do it at the start of the day.

Dinara is walking onto the court looking troubled.


Kimo Says:

Scottish said:

“Novak is a guy that is really turning his image around and is obviously working on it to the point he’s becoming likeable. And I have liked his attitude about opponents and how he has been with the media.”

I agree. He has gotten a lot better and I’m really liking him now. I was one of the people who jumped on the “djokobitch” wagon when he retired against Fed in Monte Carlo last year, but he’s come a long way since.


jane Says:

Kimo:

“curses when he’s down,” Many players do; do you hate all of them too? Ferrer, JMDP,Gonza, Haas…. And even Fed was groaning today at some of his own shots.

“punches his strings till his hand bleeds,” Youz bashed his head with his racquet until it was bleeding; do you hate Youz too? Many players bash their racquets on the ground, scream, holler, wipe the lines with their bums (okay maybe ONLY Gonza has this honor) – so do you hate all those others too?

“and yells “come on” on his opponents UEs.” As Colin has tried to illustrate before to you… many errors that are logged as UEs are actually forced! Plus, Hewitt does this too. So you must HATE him then?

So yeah, Murray does those things, but your HATRED of him is unique in that he’s beaten Fed a lot. Methinks you probably hated Nadal a lot until he showed his mettle over-and-over again and you had to concede respect. Maybe not, but either way, I think your hate for Murray is directly linked to your love of Fed.


blah Says:

I think Novak has always been respectful to his opponents whether it’s when he’s talking about them or applauding their shots, etc. He’s always been a funny guy, lol, did anyone see what the clip they showed at cincy? The bad rep he got in the past was mostly based on ball bouncing/injury timeouts/ retirements and the incident with Roddick at the open. Now that those are gone, he’s a very likable player.


Veno Says:

No Kimo,

I take nothing away from Isner. He played a great match and in the end the best man won.
Standing at 6’9″ he impressed me with his agility and his attacking style.

I was hoping Andy would pull through but Isner played good clutch tennis!

I just commented because there is no need to speak up in such a disappointing moment for Andy and Von about anything that might have been said by her regarding the opponent who beat her fave.

Sometimes you just have to let someone vent.


jane Says:

sar!

“exciting” – well yeah, in a nerve-wracking sort of way! Where were you when I was having conniption fits during the match? LOL ; )

“Haas/Roddick would have been worse.” That is indelibly true.


Kimo Says:

jane, Murray doesn’t just groan. He curses. The kind of words that would I can’t write on here coz then my comment will await moderation.

And to compare the mild mannered, respectful Nadal to the foul mouthed Murray? Shame on you. I didn’t like the fact that Rafa beat Fed consistently, but I never thought he was an A-hole. Murray is.

And Murray yell his come ons particularly when his opponent is playing well, just to throw him off.

I’ve never seen Youz do it, so I can’t tell. I haven’t watched any Youz matches this year anyway, but Murray is all over the TV and he’s always his “charming” self.


Scottish Says:

Jane I don’t hate Fed. There’s only one person in my life I have hated and he doesn’t play tennis. LOL. we’re talking about a sport here. I don’t respect any player who consistently handles himself that way. Sure everyone gets mad now and then. But some do it way too much. I have said on this blog before that Murray deserves his #2 ranking and that he has played solid tennis and was able to win this big points that counted. And I have never met him so I can only go by what I see on the court and is it so hard for you to believe that we don’t want to see that kind of behaviour on a regular basis? I have the same issue with Tiger Woods slamming his club and swearing right in front of young kids. It’s not excusable.


Scottish Says:

* er. fed should have been Murray.


been there, done that Says:

Great win to Isner…..commiserations to Roddick :(, but Isner played better today….(90winners 38aces) to Andy’s 51winners, 20 aces….in fact, he could have finished it in 4sets (he had matchpoint) had he not lost his brains/overexcited/tight a little bit there. He had more UE (52 to Roddicks 20), but I suppose that for a player with ‘nothing’ to lose, better to go for those shots & miss than be overly tentative.

Imo, Isner is the ‘most-dangerous player’ after Karlovic…not only does he have a great serve, but despite his height, he moves fairly well, has good ground-stokes & has a good touch at the net.

By the way, does anyone else think that Isner doesn’t look as tall on TV as he really is? When I watch Karlovic (6′ 10″), he looks super-tall, but Isner (6′ 9″) doesn’t come across like that…I only notice when he stands next to another player then am like oh my….i get the same impression with JMDP. Maybe it’s ‘coz Karlovic’s a bit slimmer.

>>Verdasco’s gonna have to be very careful against Isner….for all the ‘Isner is unfit/too tall…he’ll get tired if pushed to 5 sets’…..it’s a wonder what a day of rest can do. He’ll come back fresh & ready to go. He may not be a contender for any slam, but like Karlovic, he’ll always be dangerous and capable of taking out any top10 player on his day.

>>Re Fed Match: Almost half of his UE were in the first set, after which he dialled down when he realized going out all guns blazing wasn’t working……….so I must be alone in thinking he didn’t play that badly. Also, as a former #1, GS champion, not to mention his new-found mojo after surgery, Hewitt is always going to be a dangerous player….in his pre-match interview, seems like Roger is still haunted by the 7 straight losses he suffered to Hewitt in those early days, so always feels he needs to play at gear5 against him. Quite interesting. I think expectations are over-the-roof when he plays….his first two rounds, he loses SERVES, & it’s like omg Fed was really pushed…LOL. He’s a superb player, but still…..even he can’t go through a match without a slight hiccup.

>>Re Djokovic match: I also don’t think he played all that bad…just that Witten played superb & really pushed him. But he needs to learn from Fed & Nadal to dial down on the bad-body language when he loses a set or is in ropes. I thought he was ok at Cincy during the fed-Djokovic final…more positive despite being a set down…..but today, a bit distressing to watch….maybe it’s the fact that a slam is a bigger stake so he loses it sometimes?

>>Re Haas match: The guy’s simply nutty…in the best meaning of the word there is. Talking to himself, bullying the ball-boys in German.


jane Says:

Well it’s interesting all the love Novak is getting here! LOL. I’ve always liked him and have taken him for what he is – a young man finding himself, and making mistakes, on a very big stage. I find this rather amusing. I’ll bet Murray will also mature.

But in a way these guys have to believe and and maybe even had to talk big too, at least to get their feet in the door. It was Novak, after all, to crash the Nadal-Fed slam party, and Safin.

Anyhow, as I say, I am glad Novak has won so many admirers with his maturity, which is only a natural progression.


Veno Says:

Lol,Safina walks on court and looks troubled…

Poor girl, she just has too much working against her.

And it will be a mountain too steep to climb I’m afraid.

She’s an average-talented player who works extremely hard. She isn’t gracious, she isn’t attractive in any way, she’s a mental basket case, she has a one-dimensional game, she doesn’t know or care about entertaining a crowd, she has no tv-appareance.

Even if she were to win 3 slams, she’ll probably never be able to shrug the mantle of mediocrity.

Poor girl, life just doesn’t seem fair.

Already broken by the Tsech girl


steve Says:

Punching one’s strings until your hand bleeds isn’t just an irritating habit. It’s a real health hazard, given the risk of bloodborne disease.

Ballboys shouldn’t have to handle bloody towels. That is a job for doctors, nurses, and trainers, wearing protection.

The tour should take steps to keep Murray from doing that. It’s not just a matter of annoying or not annoying, it’s dangerous to others.


jane Says:

Mary – no wonder Safina was looking troubled. Two games in and she’s already broken. Lordy. She will have to claw and claw some more unless she (a) fixes her serve and (b) gets either a new coach or a psychological assistant.

I feel for her. She is under the gun when she steps on the court, by her own self, the media, the fans, not to mention her opponent!


Cindy_Brady Says:

WOW….Looks like the Blake match could be playing until 3:00 AM.

The night session still hasn’t began. Safina matches usually go 3 long sets. Hope Blake has plenty of coffee in him. Gonna need it.


jane Says:

Scottish “* er. fed should have been Murray.” LOL – I know, but Kimo does. My post was to him.


jane Says:

Cindy – Safina’s been moved to Armstrong, so Blake should be starting on Ashe imminently.


Polo Says:

Von,

Why can’t you be more like your idol Roddick who takes his losses graciously? Why do you have to bad mouth Isner or everybody else who beats your boy?


Kimo Says:

I always liked how Novak applauded his opponents’ good shots, or how he likes to have a laugh with them evey now and then.

I’m yet to see Murray smile at anyone, but considering how bad his teeth are, it’s probably for the best.


i am it Says:

blake and robredo are already on ashe.


Kimo Says:

Veno Said:

“She’s an average-talented player who works extremely hard. She isn’t gracious, she isn’t attractive in any way, she’s a mental basket case, she has a one-dimensional game, she doesn’t know or care about entertaining a crowd, she has no tv-appareance.

Even if she were to win 3 slams, she’ll probably never be able to shrug the mantle of mediocrity.

WOW. Very well-put, Veno. Hats off to you.


jane Says:

Kimo! Stop it! Or I’ll say something about Fed’s …

Anyhow…moving on.


i am it Says:

after an elaborate tribute to poncho.


Scottish Says:

It’s painful watching Safina play. I have barely watched WTA cuz I haven’t had the time. But taking from the general consensus on this blog and others I’m not missing much. The men on the other hand have lots going on and have been very exciting to watch.


NotRod Says:

Face it. Roddick is a one slam wonder. He will not win another major. Too good a competition nowadays. Maybe he needs his old lucky charm Mandy Moore back?


Veno Says:

Safina doubles on break point after breaking the Tsech back….

Oh my goodness….

Both Cindy and been there done that,
maybe an advice for both of you to inform yourselves better before writing your statements sometime(just messing with you guys)

been there done that: When did Fed ever lose his first 7 matches to Hewitt?
And where did you read on this thread the poster consensus that Fed played horrible.

He didn’t but he didn’t play well either. He upped his game as the match progressed but the first set was not pretty at all and it had nothing to do with Hewitt.
He was leading 4-2 40-0 up on serve in the first and for some reason totally lost it for almost 2 sets. His serve is what saved him.

Meanwhile on Armstrong: Hold-hold-break-break-break-break hahaha.

Safina is already muttering and looking in desperation. 0-30 lol.


jane Says:

True, but at least she got the break back. Only it’s not looking good for her holding onto it and consolidating or anything. Sheesh.


Kimo Says:

The Oudin-Sharapova match wasn’t bad. It was fairly engaging for a WTA match. Oudin definitely looks like a futre top 10 player.

But the serving woes on the women’s side are unbelivable. I mean, breaking serve has become the norm. They actually pump their fists when they hold coz service holds are so rare and precious.


jane Says:

WOW Djoko! I am very impressed; did people know he’s hosting children who lost parents in 9/11 in his players box each day? That’s a kind gesture.

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2009-09-05/200909051252200442375.html


Veno Says:

Kvitova breaks Safina, the worlds number 1 player, for a third time in a row


Mary Says:

Veno: I agree.
Safina had 15 double faults in her second round match!
Jane: say something about fed’s rear end. cause he looked good on all fours today.
Safina’s having a melt down. I feel sad for her.


Kimo Says:

Mary, I wouldn’t ask jane if I were you. She thinks Murray is better looking than Fed.

Yes, she does.


Veno Says:

Nice read Jane, true that Novak has a great, warm heart. It’s nice that already at a young age he wants to “give back” and do charitable work. Love it!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Thanks Jane,

Good move, to move that match.

The “horribleness” that is Safina is showing up again.

She is the worst #1 player in the history of the woman’s game. I tuned in just in time for her to get broken yet again.

Please tennis channel show the Blake/Robredo match quick. Safina is making my wig stand on end.


Veno Says:

Chances are Serena will win the Open and Safina loses tonight and she still will end the year as number 1….How about that….


Veno Says:

If Oudin will play anywhere near her level of today or against Dementieva she’ll cream Safina


jane Says:

Kimo “She thinks Murray is better looking than Fed.” Well, Mary might have a point about the “all fours” LOL! :)

Mary you’re always coming up with the good ones. Love your posts.


Von Says:

Kimo:

What can I tell you, the ‘delusional psycho’, (the name you called me) is back. You need to read more. I’ve said this before the match began, I don’t like Isner and it’s because of his time wasting, fist pumps, and his disrespect for Roddick, of whom i think iksner is jealous. Roddick always says everything nice things about Isner, but for some reason, Isner talks as if Roddick is non-existent. To reiterate, read more and comprehend. Anyway, have it your way and do what suits you best, which is to lavishly criticize any other player you don’t like and some posters as well. I’m very well aware of your opinon of me, and I’ve kept out of your way, and will continue to do the same in the future.


jane Says:

SO what are people thinking about Blake vs. Robredo anyhow? 4 sets? 5 sets? Who will win?

I am saying Blake in 4. Just for the heck of it.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Veno Says:

If Oudin will play anywhere near her level of today or against Dementieva she’ll cream Safina

If there is a just God, she will. I think sometimes – watching Safina, she must have made a deal with the Devil.

There can be no other answer!


Kimo Says:

I think Safina should try to lose points in the rankings deliberately, yes, I said deliberately, so that he ranking drops. If she’s no longer no.1 people will feel sympathetic towards her rahter than disgusted with her.

Serena doesn’t deserve to be no.1 either no matter how many slams she wins. It’s a 12-month system, not an 8 week system.

I think the no.1 ranking shuold be vacant until someone does the following:

1) wins a slam.
2) reach the final or better in 4 Tier 1 tournamants.
3) Doesn’t throw in double-digit double faults.

No one currently on tour has all three points fulfilled, but Serena has two of them (1 and 3) and Safina just one (2).


Veno Says:

Safina loses the first set for the third time in a row this Open…..

She probably thinks she has to come up with tougher challenges for herself, cause she’s cruising since she’s number 1: Hey, let me lose the first set to make things interesting….


Kimo Says:

Look at how Safina is being played with by low ranked players. The no.1 player shuld be feared. The other guy/girl should be intimidated.

Seeing Safina’s last three matches, he opponents have no fear or respect for her.


grendel Says:

Not watching this particular Safina match. But in general, there doesn’t seem to be anything particularly wrong with her ground game, in fact it’s frankly pretty awesome except against the Williamses. It’s not as varied or interesting as Dementieva’s, say, but it’s relentlessly accurate, and her defence is as sound as a bell. She retrieves like a demon.

It’s just that serve. It’s amazing when her brother has such a gorgeously fluent serve that hers should be so patently manufactured. What is it about the serve that it reaches deep into the soul and exposes what the forehand and the backhand can successfully suppress? You feel, as Safina reaches up to serve, the whole tragic weight of Russian history….

Incidentally, Safina always seems to lose the first set. Being ahead too early appears to alarm her. She ascribes her recoveries to her fighting spirit, and there’s probably something in that. But also, she’s just more relaxed when she’s digging herself out of a deep hole. If she’s already in front, I think, in an odd sort of way, she’s afraid of being exposed as a fraud. There’s an honesty about Safina which is engaging, and also deeply irritating. A puzzle.


Veno Says:

I’m going with you Jane, Blake in 4.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Kimo,

Safina has no respect for beauty either. Mirrors don’t stand a chance when she walks by.


Von Says:

Kimo:

Since we’re on the subject of put-downs why do you put down Murray and Safina so much? You persistently put them down, what have they done to you? Nothing, it’s just you don’t like them. So why is it wrong for me to dislike Isner? No reason, except you feel you have the prerogative to like and dislike at your whims and fancies, and no one else has the same entitlement. As I said enjoy the ride!


Andrew Miller Says:

I agree with Veno! At first I did not think Oudin could pull the upset today, even against a diminished Sharapova, but Oudin proved me wrong.

I think she can beat anyone but the Williams sisters. I think their games would cause problems for her.


Von Says:

Kimo, you’re unbelievable! you’ve teamed up with the best there is, Cindy Brady. LOL. Safina dn murray. sheesh.


Kimo Says:

Von, I don’t hate Safina. I just think she is very undeserving of her ranking.

And I’m not putting her down, she’s doing it all by herself.

How many breaks is it so far for her this match? three? four? meh, who’s counting right?


jane Says:

grendel “You feel, as Safina reaches up to serve, the whole tragic weight of Russian history….”

She needs a Bolshevik revolution or something. LOL


jane Says:

Or some good Eisenstein editing. Ha!


Kimo Says:

VOn, I haven’t teamed up with anyone. If Cindy likes what I post, what can I do?


Scottish Says:

I don’t know about Blake. He just really hasn’t impressed me much this year. I don’t have a fav in this one. Doesn’t seem like either guy will go deep anyway. Just for fun I’ll pick Robredo in 5.


Veno Says:

Interesting Grendel, however the only puzzle here is the one she has to start solving for herself and do this quickly or she better follow her brother and persue other goals in life….

It has nothing to do with attitude, but all to do with mentality. I do have one advice for her:

In stead of fighting the fact she’s a mental basket case to prove to everone that they’re wrong in saying that, she should accept it as one of her weaknesses and try to focus on her strengths(fighting, retrieving, her power etc) and try to minimalize her weaknesses(mental side, serves, agility)
She needs to accept doubles and move on, She must accept the occasional mental break down and put it aside her in stead of trying to fight through it. Others can fight through adversity, and thrive in that effort. She better find a way to work around adversity, cause once she gets herself deadlocked in a fight against adversity, she comes out the loser.

She’s so desperate to prove to everyone that she’s worthy of their praise, that she’s forgetting that the only praise she needs and really matters is her own.


jane Says:

Safina needs something, she’s about to go way down in the second. So who can win the women’s trophy. Serena, clearly. Maybe Kuz. How about Oudin?? Anyone else?


Mary Says:

You gotta love the self-induced Russian tragedy.
You get the rank you deserve.
She’s the new Mauresmo, but she is prettier than Mauresmo, so she has that going for her.

There is a child sitting directly behind Safina, he/she is yawning her head off.


Mary Says:

CBS execs are sacrificing their first borns for a Serena/Oudin final.


jane Says:

Nicely said Veno: kudos “She’s so desperate to prove to everyone that she’s worthy of their praise, that she’s forgetting that the only praise she needs and really matters is her own.”

Unfortunately she’s badgered right? And it’s all in her head. She needs to externalize it. Like you say, focus on her strengths. And she needs some positive support, namely a coach who is nice to her for crying out loud!


Scottish Says:

Just curious does Marat help coach Safina? If not do you think he will once he retires and will it even help her?


Von Says:

Kimo: ‘VOn, I haven’t teamed up with anyone. If Cindy likes what I post, what can I do?’

Nothing, just keep on lambasting/basging Murray, Safina and especially Von, and you will be loved by the Brady.


Kimo Says:

I wanna see Woznicki win it. Just for the fun of it. I like her game and she played pretty well so far.

Are Panetta and Woznicki on opposite sides? Coz I’d like them to meet in the final.


Veno Says:

Oudin winning it is a loooooooooooooongshot at best.
I love Melanie, but her serves will get pounced on by Serena/Venus/Clijsters. Her serve is very weak, especially the second serve.

An interesting match up will be Oudin-Kuzy…I would like to see that.

I’d have to go with Serena though. To me, she’s the odds-on fave, with Kuzy behind her…


Andrew Miller Says:

An excellent interview from Roddick post Isner match. The guy gives credit where it’s due.

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2009-09-05/200909051252202204281.html


andrea Says:

andy…always the bridesmaid n’est ce pas?

i hope oudin goes all the way.


jane Says:

LOL Mary – I see the exec ceremony. Shouldn’t Kubric be filming that sacrifice? Or maybe Polanski?

I am cheering for Safina – what the heck! Come on Dinara! Shake off the shackles! Break and then hold. That’s your mantra girl.


Veno Says:

yes, Pennetta and Wozniacki are on opposite sides. Pennetta in Serena’s half, Wozniacki in Safina’s


Von Says:

Andrew: I hope Isner absorbed what Roddick said and realizes he really does exist.

Isner killed America’s hopes for a GS by beating Roddick. He’ll be gone by the QFs if Verdasco takes him out.


blah Says:

Scottish Says:

“Just curious does Marat help coach Safina? If not do you think he will once he retires and will it even help her?”

Lol. I doubt Marat has any interest in watching her matches. He was reading a magazine when she was double faulting at the tournament they were in together at the beginning of this year. (hopman cup.) He doesn’t offer much support.

And Marat coaching anyone? um… good luck with that one. If by some miracle he agrees to coach a player, then than player is pretty much doomed…


jane Says:

Scottish, no, no and likely, no.

Safina needs someone objective – not her lovely-but-oh-so-hotheaded- and amazingly talented-and did I say?-hot brother.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Marat was a major head case himself. Marat coach Safina??

That would be like the blind leading the blind.

On the looks front:

Murray and Daveydenko are the fugliest by far.

Looking at Daveydenko with his hat off makes me cringe.


Von Says:

I don’t particularly like Safina, but I’m sickened by the bashing she’s getting, sheesh.


Kimo Says:

Veno: Thanks.

It’s getting too late for me. Gotta go to sleep.

Night everyone. (Including you Von, I’m not here to make an enemy out of anyone).


Scottish Says:

Jane you are funny. Where would sports be without the hot bodies to enjoy. LOL


jane Says:

Veno – I forgot all about Clijsters. I wonder … she could maybe go far, don’t know about all the way.


Scottish Says:

Yeah Von the poor girl wins tournaments and gets to #1 and she is rakes across the coals. Doesn’t seem reasonable.


jane Says:

Blake! Come on. Safina! Come on. Sheesh.

Scottish, well, we do need those. Tennis and legs right? Guys have legs too you know, and I notice them.


Von Says:

andrea: “andy…always the bridesmaid n’est ce pas?”

He’s already won a GS, so he can’t be a bridesmaid, ne’st ce pas?


jane Says:

Okay – have established Safina’s mantra “break and then hold, break and then hold” … so what’s Blake’s?


Von Says:

Kimo:

“Night everyone. (Including you Von, I’m not here to make an enemy out of anyone).’

You should have thought about that before you called me a ‘delusional psycho’


Andrew Miller Says:

I watch Robredo and Blake: it is like playing your mirror image in tennis styles. they are identical! The only difference is Robredo has good hair, and Blake has none!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Why are we still talking about Andy Roddick. He’s been eliminated by a much younger and better looking player.

Out with the old and in with the new.


Von Says:

Brady; “Out with the old and in with the new.”

Then why are you still here?


Veno Says:

Well, if this is Safina’s biggest problem in the world? Let’s not get into it then…

She has such a bad, tough and unfair life! Boohoo
Let’s not get into people being treated badly, and having to deal with slack from others, because someone who can become a millionair and travel the world when all he/she has to do is train hard and hit against a tennisball(that’s why I love Andy Roddick also….get his reasoning on this) doesn’t belong in that conversation imo


Von Says:

Goodnight all, and have fun bashing Safina.


Andrew Miller Says:

Didnt someone once call Robredo the ppor man’s Federer? He does all that Federer does, just a bit worse, which translates into no grand slam wins finals or all around amazing results.


Veno Says:

Blake used to have great hair!

James is up to his same ol’ same ol’ again…

He was up a break and could serve for the set alas, he let Tommy run away with the goodies…


Andrew Miller Says:

Veno is right – Roddick has an awesome life and he knows it and keeps playing hard.


jane Says:

Blake kind of blew his lead in that match and then didn’t play a good tiebreak. I think Robredo senses he has a really good shot here. Don’t know about Blake, but come on James!

SAFINA!! GO girl!

Some good comments in Roddick’s interview:

“ANDY RODDICK: Well, I mean, hung with me. He served his way out of trouble. I promise you, I was fresher than him. I think he would tell you that much. I wouldn’t have minded a continuation set there as opposed to the breaker.”

Exactly.

And also…

“Q. How hard is this? You came in playing so well, expectations going really deep in this tournament. How hard is it?

ANDY RODDICK: It’s tough. I mean, I don’t know, you know. I’ve come to a tournament with as much confidence, into a slam, as I did with this tournament, and leaving earlier than I want to.

The times I’ve lost early, it’s been a little dicey coming in. You know, it’s just the way tennis is. The fact that I was able to make a quarterfinal last year and I was playing just terrible, didn’t make it past the third round this year, that’s just the way it is sometimes.

That’s the thing with sports: there’s not always a good reason for it.”


Scottish Says:

Night Von!! Thanks for sticking around and being your usual great commenter.


Veno Says:

Good night Von, take care and lots of luck for Andy!
I really hoped he would win this year’s Open.
Take care


jane Says:

* match s/b set obviously.


Andrew Miller Says:

Pretty much. If Blake had Sampras’ serve and Nadal’s consistency, he wouldnt be Blake.


jane Says:

Sleep well Von. Andy M tomorrow.


jane Says:

Yes Veno – I liked Blake’s dreads. :)


jane Says:

Everytime I write Andy M, I think of Aunty Em from Wizard of Oz. Very strange.


Veno Says:

Lol, Kvitova is up 2-0 in the second and yet again, 1 of the inexperienced players lets Safina off the hook. Gotta love it. Safina wins 6 games in a row and will probably get through.

I’m beginning to think she likes to reside in agony, it somehow has become her comfort zone.

And starts the decider with a double.

She wins the second set, is happy thus out of her comfort zone and starts with 2 doubles to jump back into the abyss which has become her comfy place!


Veno Says:

Make that 3 straight doubles…after winning 6 games in a row…


Veno Says:

Loool, Safina won the second set 6-2 with 3 winners in total!!!!!!


jane Says:

Maybe Safin has read some Dostoevsky? Was it him or Pascal who said “suffering is the origin of consciousness” – maybe Safina is working on that existential model? The abyss! LOL


jane Says:

*Safin = Safina @11:41


Andrew Miller Says:

So why is watching Blake such a Roller Coaster?


Veno Says:

It was Dostojevski who said that I think…
Talk about something having a hard life!


Andrew Miller Says:

Wartching Blake and Robredo reminds me how good Federer and Nadal are: they are just a level higher. Blake and Robredo are incredible, but Federer and Nadal are just even better.


Veno Says:

She even needs advice on her shirts…Ouch those zoomed in shots of her from the side…ouch, there’s at least 5 lbs she needs to lose or maybe she’s doing a Kimmi and is she a couple of months pregnant


Veno Says:

Andrew Miller Says:

So why is watching Blake such a Roller Coaster?

Because trust James to always take you for a ride!


Veno Says:

Kvitova also on the heavy side…


i am it Says:

i think rob will win straight set now.


Veno Says:

Oh James….


Rick Says:

Jane! Remember what I said about Roddick? And the competition is not as easy as it used to be. And Federer is kind of sluggosh against Hewitt. Djokovic would has good chances against him, if he could makes the semi.


NachoF Says:

i am it.

“roger’s luck that his route to the final gets easier. cakewalk? not sure. definitely much easier. don’t know if he can get luckier than this.”

Yes, cause Roddick has given him pleeeenty of trouble in the past… those two times.

seriously, Isner probably has a better chance of upsetting Federer than Roddick ever had.


been there, done that Says:

Veno says:

“Both Cindy and been there done that,
maybe an advice for both of you to inform yourselves better before writing your statements sometime(just messing with you guys)

been there done that: When did Fed ever lose his first 7 matches to Hewitt?”

The H2H standa at 15-7 to Federer…. with those 7 wins coming before 2005.

Maybe it is YOU who needs to inform yourself before posting???? Also read Fed’s pre-match interview….it’s easy to find on the US open website.

“And where did you read on this thread the poster consensus that Fed played horrible. ”

maybe you need to read all posts here…including YOUR own….e.g.

Veno Says:

From 4-2 40-0 on serve fed crumbled…I thought I was watching Safina. Good to see rusty capitalize on it. Although Fed’s in front in the second….he’s playing awful tennis

Posted September 5th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

There were many posts like this during the match….Also, a casual preuse on the US Open-website, ATP website & news websites will INFORM YOU that the general consensus was that overall, Federer played badly for his level.

“He didn’t but he didn’t play well either.”

This is exactly what I’ve said, so am not sure where you’re headed to….I said & quote:

‘Almost half of his UE were in the first set, after which he dialled down when he realized going out all guns blazing wasn’t working……….so I must be alone in thinking he didn’t play THAT badly.’

From your posts, I realise Federer is your favourite player, but kindly read posts carefully & do inform yourself before pointing a finger. Cheers!


jane Says:

“Oh BLAKE” is right Veno. Time to break back? Looks like Safina may, of course….

Rick – tell you what. I’ll believe it when I see it!


i am it Says:

trainer=losing gamesmanship. if that is the case it applies to everyone invariably.


Veno Says:

Another inexperienced, but top 100 player crumbles…

Oudin seems to be the sole exception in the WTA


jane Says:

Safina – breaks and then holds!! That’s it. Repeat the mantra girl. We’ve still not come up with Blake’s mantra, hence he’s losing – come on guys. Should it be “controlled aggression” perhaps? Or just go with “break and then hold”?


jane Says:

No way Blake’s coming back from 2 sets down knowing HIS 5-set record! He absolutely needs to win this game.


Veno Says:

could have saved yourself the trouble of writing the long essay because I said and I quote: “just messing with you guys”

And that was regarding mainly the 7 straight losses!!!!!!!!!Fed endured to Hewitt….Again, when was that? Of course Fed didn’t lose 7 straight times to Hewitt.

Again, my comment you copy-pasted was when he was playing HORRIBLE tennis. And he didn’t just in the first set.
But if you read on you will see that everyone recognized Fed upping his level, getting to play better, but it was still marginal. Hewitt’s level went down. Fed over the whole match didn’t play horrible, but below par for sure.


Rick Says:

Yes, I agree with you! Isner probably has better chance than Roddick! 38 aces! Not bad! If he loses to Federer in the match! He could blames it on mono, because he didn’t play Wimbledon and Roland Garros this year. Because he had mono! I am not joking, man! Who knew what would happened in those 2 slams. If it wasn’t Isner’s mono!


Veno Says:

You take it too serious my friend….

BTW, the H2H is 16-7 in Fed’s favour and the 7 wins Hewitt got were prior 2004!!!

Ouch!


Skorocel Says:

“And Marat coaching anyone? um… good luck with that one.”

LOL! This made my day, blah :-))


Veno Says:

Jane, Blakey is putting everyone through the wringer again :)


sar Says:

Thanks for that article about Novak. I think he is growing up and Todd Martin in some small way will help him along. The worst thing about the match today was Doug Adler commentating this and the Carsten Ball match. He just hates Novak.


jane Says:

Oh-oh the Ova is serving for it. This may well mean bye-bye Safina.

Veno – I feel wringed alright.


Veno Says:

Tommy and James ARE identical LOOOL


jane Says:

sar, don’t forget about “mute”; I use it a lot! : )


Veno Says:

And again Safina breaks back whahahaha


jane Says:

Safina … break and the HOLD!


Veno Says:

Tommy gets the set…

I think this is too big a climb for James…


Veno Says:

0-30 loooool, another double


Veno Says:

the Tsech girl made some good points this match but boy did she mess up a lot of big points with silly errors…

Safina will win


Veno Says:

Safina is the world number 1 and hit 9 winners in total in 3 sets….The Tsech has made 39 winners, and she’s the number 72 in the rankings loooooool

All Safina has done this whole match is hit the ball back…..

And she’s going to get the win…Gotta respect that though…


sar Says:

The other day he says, how come the umpire doesn’t warn Novak for ball bouncing and the other guy Fred says, well, he has 25 seconds. Then later he said how come the umpire doesn’t fine Novak for breaking his racquet.
He is a major league a-hole. Where did Adler come from? Does he even play tennis?
I am just noticing Safina’s stomach, did she gain weight?


Veno Says:

lol, 41 winners


jane Says:

Looks like Safina has a good shot at coming through and Blake not, which is basically the opposite of what most of us thought.


Veno Says:

oh my god, the Tsech girl just does not want to win the match…..


Veno Says:

she has fired 44 winners past Safina compared to Safina’s 12 and still won’t win loooooool


Veno Says:

Loooooooool, deuce


jane Says:

Von has commented on Safina’s stomach as a postural thing before, but it could be she’s gained weight also? She does love chocolate cake anyhow.

Veno agree – too big of a hill for James. Just cannot see it.

Safina still desperately trying to do it on a break.


jane Says:

3 set t.b.

Kvit could still win!


Veno Says:

tiebreak decider loool
Safina had 3 match points…if she ends up losing this match….oh my, hunting season is open on Dinara


been there, done that Says:

“And that was regarding mainly the 7 straight losses!!!!!!!!!Fed endured to Hewitt….Again, when was that? Of course Fed didn’t lose 7 straight times to Hewitt.”

This is obviously a mistake. I’m quite young, so haven’t watched all of Beckers (I say this ‘coz of the other thread), Federer’s & many other players before a few yrs ago….I get most of my past-match ino from websites, which as you know, some are sometimes wrong, and this was obviously the case. I’ve cross-checked & they weren’t staight sets, but hewitt had the lead….which is why Fe keeps on going on about how he’s surprised by the change of events with him having the bigger lead now.

So maybe you should just correct it instead of being so pedantic (imo) about it? :)….am after-all writing on a tennis-blog, not my university final year thesis paper.

As for Federer’s bad play, as I said, news websites and overall consensus was that he played badly. I quoted the specific one, but maybe if you want to keep at this, then read posts from 0-0 to when the match ended.

That was my impression. You have a different one 7 that’s all there is to it. None is wrong or right. It’s just different views. As for where you say:

“But if you read on you will see that everyone recognized Fed upping his level, getting to play better, but it was still marginal. Hewitt’s level went down. Fed over the whole match didn’t play horrible, but below par for sure.”

Again, this is exactly what I said. We are in agreement here. So I’m not sure why you’re going round in circles. But I understand ‘coz Fed is your favourite player. I’m sure i’d also defend my fave with as much passion.

I’m off this topic ‘coz I don’t see where it’s going.. cheers!


jane Says:

Kvit still in it…

Blake not so much – what is Robredo so angry about?


Giner Says:

Wow this is a massive thread. The biggest I’ve ever seen, and I’m not going to bother reading the comments.

I just dropped by to say that 5th set tiebreaks is one of my pet peeves with the US Open. It’s not as epic, and deciding a match on a tie break just doesn’t do any justice to either player.

Commiserations to Roddick fans.

No roof is another issue, because that really kills a player who’s unfortunate and has to play back to back later. Federer is always lucky getting his matches in early. For some reason his matches are always played before the guys in the other half.

The last issue and the biggest of them all is Saturday night men’s semis. That’s just stupid. If you get extended to 5 sets, you’re screwed. Even more so if you were the second match out, which puts you at a distinct disadvantage, long match or no.

The US Open is not unaware of these complaints but I’d like them to at least defend their decisions or consider changing things up.


Veno Says:

been there, my friend….don’t take me too serious…

I like to have a little fun….just yanking everybody’s chain from time to time :)

Don’t sweat it….

Cheers to you…


jane Says:

“I’m sure i’d also defend my fave with as much passion.” Okay been there, done that – fess up. Who IS your fave?


jane Says:

Looks like Safina has met her match… 3-5 in tiebreak. She can’t come back from this, can she?


Veno Says:

2 match points!


Veno Says:

misses the line…..oh my god!!!!!!!!!


jane Says:

The Ova – Kitty, she took out Safina. Poor Dinara – as you say Veno, the wolves will assemble now. She’ll have to deal with this one for the rest of the year!


Veno Says:

Oh my….Kvitova leaned in for the 2 kisses but Safina wouldn’t have it….ouch

She doesn’t even wave at the crowd when they applaude her while walking off….Oh boy

had 3 matchpoints….poor girl is going to get hammered(and so should she tonight…from alcohol I mean)


Scottish Says:

Safina blows it. She had it on her serve and couldn’t pull the trigger. she definitely has some great shots but just can’t seem to win the points that count. Great job by the young 19 yr old. Happy for her.

Time for bed. Night All.


jane Says:

And Blake is probably going out in straights too. Sheesh. These night matches were a let down after the drama of the day ones, especially Blake. At least Safina TRIED to claw her way back in. Am just not seeing that from Blake.


Veno Says:

Blakey falls short yet again…Pity.

Robredo deserves the win as he was a tad more consistent….

Always enetertaining but toe-curling to see James.
He’s such a nice guy!

Harvard awaits James!


jane Says:

Veno “She doesn’t even wave at the crowd when they applaude her while walking off….Oh boy”

WELL – Roddick talked about this very thing in his post-match interview, because he didn’t even really wave to the crowd; just bowed his head and got the hell outta there. But in his interview, he said he realized in the tunnel that he hadn’t kind of saluted the crowd. I think when players lose – esp close ones like that, esp. in a grand slam – they are exactly clear headed.


jane Says:

*are should be aren’t.


jane Says:

Well, that’s all she wrote. Blake is gone.


Dan Martin Says:

James Blake’s career is not over but his time as a contender is. I am sad about this as I like James, but in NY he has to win a match that looks 50-50 on paper instead he loses in straight sets giving up the break early in the 2nd and 3rd.


Veno Says:

Safina: 12 winners to 39 UE, 2 aces to 9 doubles
Kvitova: 47 winners to 59 UE, 3 aces to 5 doubles

Watching the whole match one has to conclude that it was all the number 72 dictating play. Most the points she won were of her doing and most points Safina won were of Kvitova’s making.

Like the women’s number one was a moving ball machine tonight…

Robredo have a glimmer of a chance against Fed in a match after Fed had his off-day?


i am it Says:

apparently safina decides to call it a day. long and physically painful loss. add to that the sleepless nightmare of serena’s screams and insults. feel sorry for her.

poor blake. time to think of when to announce retirement date already?


jane Says:

Agree with your entire comment Dan.


Veno Says:

Good point Jane, girl must be gutted with herself and wanted to storm to the locker room as fast as possible to have a good cry.

Roddick probably not happy forgetting to wave to the crowd. But he is forgiven as he is always gracious and honest


Veno Says:

Regretfully I agree too Dan.


jane Says:

Sad losses for those two, but the better players won.

Have watched tennis all day basically, when I wasn’t cleaning. Time to do something else.

Night all! Thanks for the great company and commentary.


Dan Martin Says:

Jane, I want to qualify contender meaning a legitimate week-in-and-week-out top 15 player. That door just closed for Blake.


Giner Says:

It’s hard to believe that John Isner is 24 years old already. That’s only about 3 years younger than Roddick. I only heard about him last year or the year before. Yet to see him play. Even more surprising is that for a guy with a game as big as his, and all the gifts he has, the US Open is the only slam where he’s ever won a singles match. Most years he didn’t even qualify for the main draw.

My guess is no singles titles either, but I haven’t checked. Late bloomer?

I really do have to check him out some time. Sounds like a very good player, but unable to put it all together. Very much like Chris Guccione — a guy with lots of potential but a serial underachiever.


Veno Says:

One more thing about Oudin:

If the screaming when hitting a ball were to help in any way, a small hobbit like Oudin would constantly scream De Brito-like yeeks through the stadium to generate enough extra power to be able to rally with the much bigger, much more powerfull ladies :)

Or am I going wayyyyyyy out on a limb here….


been there, done that Says:

Veno, no sweat…:D….I’ve read your posts (even in other threads)….I know you’re very reasonable.

>>Re safina: I feel desperately sorry for her but have to remind myself that she’s a millionare, so I shouldn’t feel too bad. ayayaiya…the flack she’s gonna receive!…..she must hope hard that serena doesn’t win the slam, otherwise, the whole ‘real no1′ thing will just go to another level.


blah Says:

holy cow. 800+ comments. o_o. Hope rest of the open is as exciting.


Dan Martin Says:

Veno maybe I am punch drunk and i know your home nation is full of tall people, but a 5’6″ woman is not a hobbit.


Shaky Says:

Wow you miss 3 hours and one Safina match and the thread grows by like 300!

Anyways, here’s my contribution: Oudin is not a hobbit, her ground strokes are too good. I’d also say she’s attractive, but since she’s 17 it’s completely inappropriate to go farther… for now!

But since we’re talking about hobbits: Kiefer DOES look like any of a number of characters from lord of the rings with his facial hair. It’s undeniable. I kind of wish he had beaten nadal FOR FRODOOOOOOOO!

Yeah it’s late. I’ll abstain from the Isner-Verdasco match, but if he can get through that he gets my reluctant blessing.


been there, done that Says:

Jane,

Re fave: I already did on another thread….give me a Monfils on any day….unfortunately he’s rather gutless & never get the job finished….all showbiz instead of playing tennis…..so rarely get mentioned in blogs. :(

In the top10,….Fed is GOAT (Mirka crazy-GOATEST for sitting through so many thrillers, esp @wimby’09 when any sane 8.5mnth prgnt woman would be on full bed-rest)….Nadal is super……Djokovic is great, Roddick is a heart-break story (esp. after Wimby & today….Murray is talented but needs to find his on-court manners….JMDP, I love him.

So in short, since Monfil’s isn’t winning (though I’ll keep dreaming), I’ll cheer JMDP for the title…..if he meets them, he better work hard ‘coz Fed or Rafa ain’t going down fighting.

Women….all very interesting prospects. Serena & Venus, Kuzzy own my heart but Ouden just stole it briefly for the USopen. Hope she goes as far as she can after scalping all those big names.


been there, done that Says:

Veno: “BTW, the H2H is 16-7 in Fed’s favour and the 7 wins Hewitt got were prior 2004!!! Ouch

Before today’s win, it was 15-7…..and ‘before 2005′ actually includes 2004.

Ouch right back @ya! Great to see the passion though:D


Veno Says:

Dan Martin Says:

“Veno maybe I am punch drunk and i know your home nation is full of tall people, but a 5′6″ woman is not a hobbit.”

Again you guys, don’t take my words so serious…I used the word hobbit solely lightheartedly as a comical reference comparing her to a lot of these 6 feet and taller power houses. Melanie is of course not a hobbit!!!

I meant absolutely no offence to Melanie and her hight. I love Melanie!!!

And been there, done that: Good reply :)

Kudos for you…


Veno Says:

Safina said the following, which maybe isn’t the smartest thing to say in reply to the whole number-1 ordeal she’s going through…

“Nobody will take it way from me,” Safina said of the ranking. “There are so many players who won a Grand Slam, and where are they now? Nowhere.

“Some of the players, you don’t even know that they won a Grand Slam. You look and say like, ‘Oh my gosh, she won?’ ”

Why oh why does she insist on making things even harder for herself! So are we to believe she doesn’t care if she wins a Slam because she is number 1 and nobody can take that away from her?
Remarkable!


Veno Says:

*hight s/b height obviously


hyc Says:

i cant believe so many people visit this site@@ its real??@@


Colin Says:

Shaky, I’m puzzled by many of the things said on American websites concerning teenage girls. You say it’s inappropriate to say too much about Oudin’s attractiveness as she’s only 17. In the UK, if she has her parents’ permission, a girl can get married at 16, which means of course, that by the time she’s 17 she may be a married lady and a mother. So here, at any rate, it’s perfectly OK to say a 17-year-old is attractive. I know it differs from state to state, but surely in at least some of America the age of consent is 16, if not lower. Or isn’t it?
Remember Jerry Lee Lewis, who married his 13-year-old cousin? Although it caused quite a scandal, it was in fact legal where he came from.


Cindy_Brady Says:

How classless!!…Roddick and Safina didn’t wave to the crowd when they lost. The crowd even supported Roddick. What does this aay about his character?

We already know how embarrassing Safina is as the #1 woman’s player. Her actions are predictable, but not Roddick’s. He should know better as America’s best male tennis player being showcased in its’ premiere event. Salute the crowd for cheering and supporting you on. Not their fault you couldn’t figure out a way to win.

Anyways,

Congratulations to Oudin and Isner. Bright notes at the U.S Open.


Daniel2 Says:

Commies to Roddick’s fans but really cut Isner some slack. He didn’t do anything wrong. He just took the time the umpire allowed him to take between points, if somebody is in fault here is the umpire. And no, the game isn’t played at the server’s pace. you have 20 seconds between points, if you want to take full advantage of those 20 seconds you can, no matter who’s serving.


arishuza Says:

blake and safina gone–good riddance!!

with blake–was never much of a fan, thought he was waaayy too overhyped by the north american media for his own good. just glad all this is finally catching up and has revealed his outrageously inconsistent and heartless play.


Andrew Miller Says:

Definitely a bad performance from James Blake. I think if Blake makes adjustments he will make as good (quarterfinals) or better (semifinal) runs at grand slam tournament – Fabrice Santoro did at an older age, there’s no reason that Blake cannot. To do that, the rollercoaster has to end. Blake’s game is “very high risk, some rewards here and there.” It would have to become: “high risk, high reward”. Blake would have to develop more combinations.

Do I think it will happen? No. Blake has not improved substantially since 2005, when his comeback had him beating Nadal and finding himself on the verge of a grand slam semifinal. In four years, he has not improved enough. Murray, Nadal, Federer, Roddick, Djokovic – all of them continued to improve significantly. Blake looks an awful lot like the same guy.

Probably the worst aspect of it all is that Blake makes NO adjustments during the match. It would not even be necessary to improve his actual shots, if he were to make the appropriate adjustments to his strategy DURING the match. Blake doesnt do gametime adjustments – it’s the same thing over and over: “hit the forehand as hard as possible. somehow win enough points to win the match.”

One need look no further than Tommy Robredo. Robredo is the Spanish twin of Blake: they have similar results. Robredo sees an injured Blake, and immediately takes advantage of his movement. Did Blake serve harder or with better placement to avoid or handle Robredo’s tactics? Did Blake employ any recognizable strategy out there?

I dont think the players ahead of Blake on the ranking ladder are better than Blake at hitting a tennis ball. I think they are better at playing tennis. Until Blake becomes better at playing the game, I think his results will not improve.

As for “bad blood” between roddick and Isner, there is apparently none. Here is an excerpt from Isner’s press conference:

“JOURNALIST: Did Andy’s conditioning, all that loss of weight in any way inspire your own dedication to your career?

JOHN ISNER: Well, it’s not only that. I think just Andy in general pushes every American player because he’s the guy that we all look up to. I’ll still continue to look up to him. He sets the bar real high. He’s 5 in the world. Nobody’s even close to him in America.

He’s really the guy that all of us kind of aspire to be and try to be better than him, if that’s possible. So I think it’s not that, you know ‑‑ he was fit before, but he’s even fitter now. I think he, in general, just the way he competes, his attitude going about a match inspires me.”

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2009-09-05/200909051252209442671.html


Andrew Miller Says:

So what to do if one is Andy Roddick? Obviously he failed the test: a third round exit is his worst in a while. Roddick did better at the French Open this year than at the US Open!

Australian: Semifinals
french: 4th Round
Wimbledon: finals
US Open 3rd round.

I have no idea – maybe hit a flatter ball. I still dont get why he went to the Isner forehand.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Roddick played too passively the 1st and 2nd sets and dug himself a huge hole. Passively in the sense of not aggressively stepping up and returning serve on the rise and hitting closer from the base line. He did more of this in the 3rd and 4th sets and was rewarded. When things got tight Isner, not Roddick was the bolder of the two players.

Roddick played the match more not to lose than to win.

Almost like the prevent defense in football. It prevents teams from winning. Roddick with all his experience was out Foxed by a slower less fit player. Big game powerful but still beatable by a more forth right intelligent tennis game plan. Roddick always resorts to backing up and playing defensively when he gets nervous.

This is why I’m not a Roddick fan. He plays scared at times. Not the mark of a champion.


Dan Martin Says:

Andrew Miller – I agree 100% with your assessment of Blake. He hits the ball fine, but does not play a strategically sound style of tennis any longer/people have adjusted to his go for broke style. If he worked points more patiently he could have better results I just don’t see it happening. The Isner comments are also telling in my opinion. Maybe John is not as close to Andy as he is Sam, James, Robby etc. because there is some camaraderie in aiming at the top but not being there. Still, it sounds as though John views Andy as a template for what to aim for and that may not imply two guys splitting a rental car to save $$ when at Indianapolis or something, but it does imply they get along. Mr. Miller – good work!


Dan Martin Says:

Veno I knew you were joking I was just tired and phrased my sarcasm poorly.


Tennis This Says:

Well, Roddick let us down yesterday. After a awesome finish at Wimby he blows it at the Open. It felt like he wasn’t in the match in the first two sets, and being down two sets to love, it’s hard to come back and win every point. I’m pretty disappointed in his performance last night. Let’s hope next year all his hard work will pay off. I”m sure Steffanki will make him work extra hard….


vared Says:

Safina has no respect for beauty either. Mirrors don’t stand a chance when she walks by.
————————–
Schiavone is worse.

I heard a rumor that Nadal may quit the USO due to stomach strain but cannot confirm.


jane Says:

vared, Mary reported the same rumour on the other thread. Where did you hear it? Just curious.

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