Federer v. Nadal US Open Final Ahead?
by Sean Randall | September 13th, 2009, 12:10 pm
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It’s a big semifinal Sunday at the US Open. The rains have cleared and left on the schedule today are four of the best hardcourt players in the world led by Roger Federer. The 5-time champ Federer is joined by Novak Djokovic and two guys who have never been in a US Open final, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro.

The first semifinal features Nadal and DelPo. The 6-foot-6 DelPo has been on a tear all tournament and he’s got two wins on the hard stuff in two recent meetings with Spaniard this year – though Nadal did beat him at Indian Wells.

Nadal we know has struggled with his abs this event and his knees during the summer, and he’s had the misfortune of dealing with the rain and the revised schedule the last few days. But Nadal’s the best battler on the circuit and if he’s 100% fit, healthy and focused I think he’ll get through and wear down Del Potro.

I picked DelPo to get to the final but against a physically ready Nadal even though he has the weapons – the big serve, the monster goundstrokes – to take it to Rafa, I think the statge and the moment catches up with the Argentine. And this is best-of-five set tennis on the biggest of stages (literally, it is the biggest stadium in the world).

However this match I think rests on DelPo’s racquet. On a fast surface if he plays his best I think he can overpower with Rafa with his serve. It’s a big ask, but it’s doable.

Later, I think Djokovic has a great chance against Federer who’s just 36 hours from a possible 16th Grand Slam and 6th US Open. Federer has won eight of 12 career meetings with Novak including two straight at the US Open.

But this year on the hardcourts Federer’s had his ups and downs and if he has a down day today I think Novak can covert. That said, Novak’s also had his share of poor play this fortnight, but for the Serb I think the pressure is off and he’ll play well today. Well enough? Maybe.

This match is really up to Federer. If he plays well, he wins. He has starts shanking balls and struglling with his movement and his backhand, Novak can grab win.

But I’m taking Federer especially if the Spaniard who plays first gets through to the final. Roger won’t want to pass up a chance to face his rival and set up a first meeting between the two in New York.


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695 Comments for Federer v. Nadal US Open Final Ahead?

Kimo Says:

If JMDP serves likes he has been serving for the past two weeks, asking Rafa to beat him is a big ask.

Fatigue won’t be an issue before the fifth set since both of them are well-rested.


i am it Says:

i am already amazed with rafa. how tactically and confidently he is playing.
before the match started i gave dePo slight edge. that’s quickly evaporated.

each had 1 break point in the 1st three games.


Sean Randall Says:

A long, grinding match can only be good news for the Djokovic-Federer winner.


Dan Martin Says:

Sean thank you for posting new material so frequently during the slams.


i am it Says:

after 4 games the match is 50-50 at this point.


i am it Says:

dePo breaks. 3-1. good news for me.


lyle nubbins Says:

Don’t forget Federer beat an in-form Joker badly two weeks ago in Cincy.


i am it Says:

my man slipped before getting to the ball. not good. but he followed by a bullet ace. all good. another ace down the T gives him 4-1 lead.


sensationalsafin Says:

Where was Djoker in form? Because he beat Nadal?


Veno Says:

Delpo has to push and get this game or he’ll let Rafa back in…break point


Veno Says:

Delpo nervy?


i am it Says:

rafa is trying vary his shots as much as he can and keep dePo out of rhythm and mix it up with short and high bouncing balls to dissuade dePo from heavy hitting. it’s working.
both are playing at the top of their game. rafa has a perfect plan in place. dePo has not found rhythm. he is tight at times.
it’s been a great match.


Kimo Says:

Sean Said:

“A long, grinding match can only be good news for the Djokovic-Federer winner.”

Well, Fed’s match starts a full 4 and a half hours after the start of this match, so Roger is at a disadvantage.

Not making excuses, just stating the fact.


Kimo Says:

WOW, Delpo!!! That was a great get!!!!


Veno Says:

Good confidence boost for JMDP to grind out the game. Rafa has had 3 breakpoints already and couldn’t convert. Rafa never gives a single point though, gotta respect that!


i am it Says:

yes. dePo is nervy at critical moments. he has to win this set to over his nerve.


Kimo Says:

That’s the hold Delpo needed. The set is now his to lose.


bstevens Says:

Usually its Nadal who comes out on top during those types of “scrambling” exchanges but Del Potro is playing quite well.


Veno Says:

Rafa has a good gameplan, mixing it up as much as he can. Only problem will be if Juan Martin keeps serving well and is fit he can whack through Rafa like Soderling did at the French, I feel Rafa’s best chance is to try and wear Delpo down


i am it Says:

to over s/b to get over

dePo holds after facing a break point. 5-2. one more game to go.


Dan Martin Says:

Does Nadal’s deliberate pace give JMDP time to catch his breath or make him feel weary due to lots of court time and concentrating? Nadal is clearly in better shape so how JMDP’s fitness holds up is a key.


Veno Says:

JMDP getting to Rafa a bit now


i am it Says:

with that 2nd break dePo wins the set and will serve first in the 2nd set which is important.


Veno Says:

That last point is an example of how those Gullivers like Delpo have far less problems dealing with the extreme spin to the BH. Plus, the ball doesn’t kick up as high as compared to clay. Rafa has to be careful cause with those FHs he’s hitting the ball into the Delpo hitzone


Veno Says:

i am it, you must be thrilled by your man so far


i am it Says:

if dePo wins this match he is my no. 2, after roger, on hard court for some time until somebody else shows up.


Sean Randall Says:

DelPo is hammering away. Good start. Still lots of tennis. If DelPo keeps it up he’ll win. But can he?


i am it Says:

i am thrilled that he won the first set. i will be exalted, elated, go into euphoria if he can pull it through.


rose Says:

Delpo to the final?.. how well his serve and game has improved over the past few months……well nadal is a tough cooky don’t count him out yet.


Veno Says:

The 20 year old gentle giant has made unbelievable progression since the HC summer last year. It’s good to see a youngster really taking it to the top guys and breaking through. It’s safe to announce he’s arrived in the big leagues. I like it!


i am it Says:

it’s a closely contested match despite the scoreline of the first set.


Veno Says:

4th break point for Rafa, Delpo kills it again! Must be getting frustrating


Kimo Says:

Rafa really struggling to handle Delpo’s power. He’s trying to be agressive but Delpo hits his forehand much flatter.


sensationalsafin Says:

The first set against Federer at the FO was 6-2. Let’s hope this set doesn’t go to a TB.


Veno Says:

I agree i am it…..no easy games so far


Veno Says:

It says plenty that Rafa has more UE than winners in the first set. He realizes defensive play and percentage tennis won’t cut it against Delpo. I like how he’s playing a more attacking game. More risk means more UE.


Kimo Says:

Rafa is starting to get frustrated.


i am it Says:

against rafa you cannot be too hopeful, in the popular cliche, until the last point is played out even when he’s at the brink of losing, say 2 sets down and double match point. it’s not over.
so i am cautious.


Veno Says:

Rafa trying to find a way to unsettle Delpo, remarkable to see Rafa not trying to engage in long rallies against…..well……anyone


Sean Randall Says:

If Nadal just tweaked his ab as the Mac Bros. just said he’s in trouble!


rose Says:

delpo winning the big points and relying a lot on his serve..cheap points is a must in order to beat nadal…I feel for rafa tho playing with sore abdominal muscles especially against delpo is a disadvantage but anyone can do it is this guy…


Veno Says:

True i am it, he doesn’t give anything for free. He’s a warrior. I won’t ever put anything beside him until the last point has been played.

Delpo still has to win 2 more sets


Andrew Miller Says:

Delpo certainly isnt leaving much to chance. He is going to be harder to beat than Monfils, who self destructs. I dont think Delpo is self destructing.


Veno Says:

That’s cruel….corrected call


Kimo Says:

Rafa is digging for every ounce of talent in his body just to able to keep up with Delpo. He has to take care he doesn’t hurt himself in the process. He’s running after everthing out there.


Veno Says:

Gonzo’s maybe nuclear(inconsistent though) but Soderling’s and Delpo’s flat FHs impress me the most.


sensationalsafin Says:

Nadal is going to have to really beat Del Potro and I wouldn’t say it’s impossible. If Del Potro’s level drops, Rafa is gonna jump all over his chances. DelPo is playing really relaxed, though, so we’ll see. There’s still a lot of tennis to be played.


rose Says:

oh boy delpo’s serve coming in big when he needs it…rafa had a few chances to break but somehow he cant pull the trigger..i also see rafa very frustrated


Veno Says:

it’s 6-2, 2-1 for Delpo but he only made 8 more points. This tells you it’s closer than the score suggests. It won’t take an enormous shift to tilt the match in another direction


i am it Says:

if it had been a hot and sunny day i’d have been more hopeful because that favors hard hitting players. right now with the cloud the weather is on rafa’s side.


Kimo Says:

Delpo’s forehand is devastating.


Veno Says:

Delpo punishing Nadal now…..2 boomers off the FH side…


Veno Says:

Look at that….Delpo is hammering


rose Says:

if delpo break here ..i like his chances


Kimo Says:

It’s official: Delpo is now in Rafa’s head.


Veno Says:

Rafa ever lose 3 straight times to an opponent? I doubt it…

Would be something


i am it Says:

under a cloudy damp weather condition the ball travels slower, meaning it takes away some of pace out of dePo’s shots.


i am it Says:

another good news. dePo breaks to lead 4-1, similar to the first set.


Veno Says:

break point Rafa, good deep fh on the baseline


i am it Says:

i meant if dePo holds here.
it is a critical game.


rose Says:

another break chance for nadal ..and he can convert..nadal really upset at this point


Veno Says:

5 breakpoints left unconverted…..


rose Says:

no he cant


Kimo Says:

Delpo’s mental toughness is impressive. Even Fed wasn’t like that at his age.


Veno Says:

My goodness, Delpo not taking prisoners today. Can he keep it up. You feel Nadal is bound to get a break if he keeps getting into Juan Martin’s service games….


i am it Says:

rafa has started talking to himself. rare. not a good sign.


Veno Says:

Kimo Says:

Delpo’s mental toughness is impressive. Even Fed wasn’t like that at his age.

Quite the reverse Kimo. Fed was mentally fragile at his age. It was after the tragedy of his coach(Peter Carter) passing away that wised Fed up and got himself under control.
Delpo is very mature for his age, it’s impressive


Cindy_Brady Says:

Nadal’s heavy top spin shots are bouncing right into the strike zone of Del Potro. His height is neutralizing all that top spin alla Soderling at the FO.

Add to that Del Potro hits a deep flatter ball on both wings, serves 130mph, and is mentally tough….All spells doom for Nadal.


Rick Says:

Del Potro definitely rested well in the hotel the last few days! lol


Rick Says:

Cindy! Aren’t you one of the Brady Bunch? lol


Rick Says:

I used to watch that show, when I was a kid! lol


Kimo Says:

Rick said:

“Del Potro definitely rested well in the hotel the last few days! lol”

As did Rafa. Yesterday’s conclusion of his match with Gonzalez was nothing but a nice practice session.


i am it Says:

did you see the backhand down the line from dePo?


Kimo Says:

Nadal’s deliberate pace between points is playing right into Delpo’s comfort zone. He’s really humming on his strokes now.


Veno Says:

Ages of the top 6 when they reached their first slam final(if Delpo would beat Nadal)
Fed: 21
Rafa: 19
Murray: 21
Novak: 20(and won 1 at 20 one slam later)
JMDP: 20
Roddick: 20


Rick Says:

People are afriad of who Federer would plays in the final. Just like everyone were pleased when they knew Fed Allstop plays Soderling in the final instead.


i am it Says:

rafa saved a critical break point. had he missed that he’d have lost the set right there.


Veno Says:

Oh my, Rafa is really up against it. Delpo playing out of his skin


Veno Says:

Rafa holds….now it will be intersting to see if Delpo can hold….wouldn’t be the first time something like that happens….

Gonna be a very long match, even if a 3 setter…


Kimo Says:

Rick said:

“People are afriad of who Federer would plays in the final. Just like everyone were pleased when they knew Fed Allstop plays Soderling in the final instead.”

Funny you say that when Rafa is being totally outclassed on a surface that doesn’t suit him.


i am it Says:

rafa survived that grueling game but he is being outplayed by dePo in all departments. if dePo does not win this match i will be so disappointed.


Rick Says:

You called that well rested, Kimo? lol


Cindy_Brady Says:

Nadal survived for break points. Maybe can claw his way back. Still a tall order.


Veno Says:

It ain’t over til the fat lady sings….


Kimo Says:

Rick said:

“You called that well rested, Kimo? lol”

Nope. Everyone did. lol


i am it Says:

dePo is nervy here again.


Veno Says:

Gotta be gut wrenching for Rafa he can’t push for that break…That was the third or fourth time Rafa got 0-30 on the DelPo serve…


Kimo Says:

Even at 0-30 Rafa doesn’t seem to able to do anything. Delpo is totally confident now.


i am it Says:

but dePo holds. it’s all good.


bstevens Says:

Nadal just has to stick with it. Eventually, Del Potro is bound to have a let-down/tire (ala French Open vs. Federer)


jane Says:

Delpo is looking like the winner today. He’s got a very good chance at the title if he can play like this, doesn’t he?


Veno Says:

Kimo, you really going into it with our tennis-x jester Rick? He’s there to entertain us with his shannanigans while we’re watching the matches


Kimo Says:

hey jane :)

“He’s got a very good chance at the title if he can play like this, doesn’t he?”

Hell yeah!!!

I don’t mind if he beats Roger in the final, but I’m still rooting for my Fed.


Veno Says:

Hey Janey….How are you? House clean already?
And yes Delpo has a good chance to win the title if he plays like this. But I would say Novak would be a better match up for him.


rose Says:

two sets down is gonna be hard to overcome for rafa considering how delpo is playing…so many chances for rafa to break but unable to d it ….i wonder hom much his abd injury is working against him..considering the game nadal plays..


Kimo Says:

Veno, I know, you’re right, but sometimes I just giving that kind of posters a dose of a little something I like to call “REALITY”.


Kimo Says:

Delpo looks HUNGRY!!! Good for him :)


Veno Says:

My goodness

Have you ever seen Rafa being knocked around like that?


i am it Says:

triple break point. dePo breaks again to close out the set and take 2 sets lead. repetition of the 1st set. hope he does it in straight.


rose Says:

for a big man this kid can move :)..i hope he plays like this is he gets to the final.


Veno Says:

oh my, 0-2 down.
Can Rafa find something to turn this match around?

How many times did Rafa come back to win after 0-2 down? Anyone know?


Kimo Says:

like I said yesterday: Rafa is the clear underdog when playing Delpo on a hard court.


i am it Says:

rafa simply has been overpowered by my man. beautiful !


Cindy_Brady Says:

OMG,

What can Nadal do?

Guess, he has to hope Del Potro’s level goes down.


NachoF Says:

Nadal needs to hit with much more angle…. especiallly to Del Po’s forehand


andrea Says:

hmm..delpo is 2 sets up. i don’t think nadal will get out of this one.


been there, done that Says:

Very happy with the result so far:)…:)

But as Del.P must be very aware, against the likes of Nadal & Fed, it’s never over till the handshake…so hopefully, he doesn’t take his foot off the gas.


Kimo Says:

Veno said:

“How many times did Rafa come back to win after 0-2 down? Anyone know?”

I dunno, but what I do know is that there’s no coming back in this match. He might sneak in a set, but that’s it.


Veno Says:

Of course(and maybe with a little merit) the talk will be how much percent fit Rafa was.
Fact remains that DelPo, even if Rafa totally fit(which he may well be), on a HC is favourite to beat him in this form


Ty Says:

Ummm… Ok. If I were a Nadal fan I would have to be completely worried here. Not only for this match, but for the future of Nadal’s dominance.

After watching Delpo takes it to him in Montreal, and what he is doing to him here today. I really am starting to feel that this kid is going to be beating Nadal quite a bit in the coming years. This could be one of those Chris Evert – Tracy Austin scenarios.


Ty Says:

I just think his game matches up with Nadal’s almost perfectly.


Kimmi Says:

Heeeeeeee..is this the score or I am dreaming ? nadal got to the semi playing excellent tennis but Del potro is making him a mediocre player. 6-2, 6-2 domination from Del potro.


rose Says:

of course he is hungry ..he is only 20 years old..but remember until now he has shocked everytime against federer..so i give federer an edge over delpo


i am it Says:

dePo gets to serve in all three sets. that sometimes helps.
look at the way dePo has been ripping his shots from both wings.


Veno Says:

If someone can do it it’s Rafa, but it will be very hard.

Remember Fed trying to complete HIS career slam at the French and was down 0-2 3-4 30-40 on serve and 1 point changed the whole match!

Who knows, I wouldn’t put it beyond Rafa!
If he can win 6 service games and grinds out a tiebreaker who knows…


i am it Says:

serve s/b serve first


Kimo Says:

rose, I agree, but their semi at RG was an absolute thriller.


rose Says:

well the score makes it look easy for delpo ..but they are playing almost 2 hours so it not that accurate


jane Says:

Hey guys – JMDP is ruling the court.

On the other hand, Rafa has made a lot more errors than usual, with 20 odd already; he usually plays cleaner than that. But he’s also getting pushed way back behind the baseline by Juan. Delpo is just dictating – totally. WOW!

Veno, house is relatively clean, thanks for asking ;)

I hope Fed/Djok is an entertaining match but feel Fed should win based on tournament form & the Cincy final. But we’ll see.

I wonder how Fed/Delpo would match up. I also wonder how many players have won a slam without having won a Masters Series event first. I am sure there are some. But I would guess the majority have won a masters.


i am it Says:

really weird slice volley exchange at the net.


Gwen Says:

I think I’ll wait another tournament or two before I throw Rafa’s dominance out the window…this was his 3rd tourny back..when DP played him in Montreal wasn’t it his first tournament back? He’s been #2 and then #1 for 4-5 years…so whatever today’s outcome, we can expect Rafa will do whatever he has to do to improve his game…particularly his serve which he is at an extreme disadvantage today…He found a way to beat Federer, didn’t he?


Joe Says:

Del Po is just too strong for Nadal on hard courts.


Kimo Says:

Veno, you’re right when you’re talking about Fed’s match vs. Haas, but the first two sets in that match were really close.

This isn’t close.


Veno Says:

hey Kimmi, how about the other Kimmie? What a bizarre ending of a match if I ever saw one


Veno Says:

Kimo, wina set 6-0 or win a set 7-6, the result is the same. Look at Fed’s match against the Sod?


i am it Says:

rafa’s errors could be attributed to his going for winners. that is the only option left for rafa. he cannot afford to play safe defensive game against a consistent big hitter.


Kimo Says:

Gwen said:

“He found a way to beat Federer, didn’t he?”

Absolutely, but the difference between Delpo vs. Rafa and Fed vs. Rafa is Delpo’s backhand.

While Rafa can torture Roger’s backhand all day long with a very high percentage loopy forehand, he can’t do the same thing against Delpo.


rose Says:

yeah but was 2 sets up against federer and nded it up losing the match..also at the AO open this year ..of course he is playing much better since then but still he has to prove it yet.


Veno Says:

One little lapse in concentration from Delpo and knowing Rafa never ever gives up would change the dynamics instantly.
Unlikely, but possible


Veno Says:

Good point Kimo, Fed is a great matchup for Rafa because of that and Fed’s one hander on the BH


i am it Says:

most recently kuerten won his first FO without winning a Masters.


Veno Says:

That was close…..


i am it Says:

if dePo breaks here his probability of winning this match will increase greatly.


i am it Says:

rafa is really struggling to hold every game.


Kimo Says:

I can say it already: game, set, match. Way to go Juan Martin :)


i am it Says:

dePo breaks in the 3rd.
early projection: dePo wins in straight set.


jane Says:

i am it, thanks for stat @ 2:07. Was wondering about that… usually young guns announce their arrival with a breakthrough at a Masters event. But Delpo took a different path by winning those 4 smaller events last summer.

That’s it I think, that last break.


Kimo Says:

Rafa held serve only 4 times this match. WOW


Andrew Miller Says:

I think Rafa is not hitting too flat out there. The Rafa of Wimbledon 2008 would be doing more damage than the Rafa of the US Open 2009.

All credit to Del Potro – Del Potro is aware the spin off rafa’s shots is going right to hit wheelhouse, and he’s taking advantage.


rose Says:

game over..nadal should need to star taking care of those abds now and dont play davis cup next week…delpo totally outplaying nadal.


Veno Says:

On a side note. My country woman Esther Vergeer is playing in the wheelchair Open now and she is an amazing athlete. Talk about dominating a sport. Look her up at Wikipedia to read about her incredible unbeaten run if intersted….


Kimo Says:

i am it…we declared the same thing at the same time :)


bstevens Says:

Nadal HAS to flatten out his forehand. Del Potro is just ripping those high balls!


i am it Says:

dePo is 3 game to win this match. rafa is 3 sets away to win this match. do the math.
my man looks good.
j, have you warmed up a little bit to my dePo yet?


Kimo Says:

rose said:

“dont play davis cup next week”

He won’t. Ferrero is taking his place.


jane Says:

I would not be surprised if Delpo wins his first slam here after witnessing this demolition.


Veno Says:

@Rose, Rafa already pulled out of the Davis Cup semis next week to rest…


Andrew Miller Says:

Delpo isnt giving much for Rafa to work with either.

So…good result for Rafa coming back from injury to the US Open semifinal (equalling the best result). He cant be happy about being destroyed by Del Potro, but ya cant have em all.


Kimmi Says:

Hi Veno, I am soooo happy for the other Kimmie..what a match by her, I was too excited last night during that match. BUT del potro he cannot stop to amaze me.

I think he can win the open.


i am it Says:

rafa is totally demolished at this point. can he turn it around? nothing is impossible for rafa but it is looking increasingly improbable.


Veno Says:

That last game was insanely well played by JMDP

@Jane, hold your horses there. I give JMDP in this form a great chance to beat Novak, but against Fed he will have a much harder time.

Fed has the variety, experience and attacking game to keep JMDP moving. But who knows, he could win his first and if he does GREAT JOB! I certainly would cheer him getting the Open. He would have deserved it 100%


Cindy_Brady Says:

Nothing Nadal does seems to hurt Del Potro’s game.

This is complete domination.

Looks like a man playing against a boy.

Federer or Djokovic will have their hands full tomm.

Del Potro could be the 1st Argentine since Vilas to win the U.S Open. Of course when Vilas did it, the tournament surface was clay at Forest Hills. Vilas beat Connors in 1977. Connors was so pissed, he never shook Vilas’s hand. Left the stadium mad, rushed over to his hotel room and got drunk – as the story goes.

LMAO…


i am it Says:

rafa holds in love. good sign. just a matter of one break.


Andrew Miller Says:

Some good karma for Ferrero. He has a career year in 2003, chicken box in 2004, loses his Davis Cup spot to Nadal at the end of 2004 despite being ready for action, faces the domination of Nadal from 2005-2007, starts to rebuild some momentum and get his form back in 2007, and by 2009 gets the Davis Cup call again after a solid year and an equally solid (gasp) Wimbledon.

To me that is Ferrero salvaging his pro career.


been there, done that Says:

“Delpo’s mental toughness is impressive. Even Fed wasn’t like that at his age.”

True..I think the younger players & juniors have learnt from Nadal the importance of mental toughness. Fed was more of a natural talent winner…..so I suppose even he too has learnt from Nadal this aspect & can nowadays grind through four & five setters a la FO & Wimby.

**On a side-note, the one to challenge Usain Bolt is practising at some local club in an unknown country as a junior. The man has just equalled his own 200m record at the world athletics finals. lol. The man is racing the clock, not the rest of the field. Must be a very good place to be!**


Veno Says:

How can you not love JMDP as a tennis fan?

Unbelievable tennis, and not because Rafa isn’t fit. Just getting outplayed


Andrew Miller Says:

So, any guesses as to what the rise of new mom Kim Clijsters will mean to other players on the WTA?

Will they also consider families and returning to the tour? I thought Davenport might inspire that, but it seems that inspired Clijsters, who in turn will prove, “you can be a mom, and win grand slams.’

I know it’s a personal choice to have a family, usually one taken when WTA tour players retire (see Myskina) but I am wondering whether Kim Clijsters actually proving that players can be contenders again will convince some other players to do the same?

(Serena Williams said as much).


Kimo Says:

Andrew Miller, Ferrero has had a very good career. He can be proud. Winning RG, finalist at the US Open, that’s not bad.


i am it Says:

2 games to go. then dePo is in the final. i always had faith in this kid. he is just reinforcing my belief once again.


blah Says:

Nadal v.s. Del Potro on clay would be an interesting match up… I would still give Nadal the edge there but it’d be close…

Maybe a little S&V could work against JMDP. I wouldn’t be surprised to see that in the next match if his opponent is Federer.


Kimmi Says:

This looks to be the easiest match of the tournament for JMDP


Kimo Says:

Andrew, more importantly, what would Kim’s win mean for the young, single WTA players who can’t keep up with her? lol


jane Says:

i am it – have always liked Delpo, though when he first burst onto the scene, I thought he needed to improve, add variety etc. What was noticeable from the beginning was how focused & determined he is, how mentally tough. And now he has improved his execution considerably! He was included all week on my “5 players” to follow at the US Open.org site so I knew he was here with a shot. Good for him indeed. Rafa was outplayed.


Kimmi Says:

Nadal serve (abdominal problem or not) is been exposed today. No one can take adv of it as JMDP


Veno Says:

Nadal’s last stand….He will go and get the kitchen sink now and will try and throw it at Delpo’s head the next games. He needs a miracle though


blah Says:

Nadal’s spin has went from being a weapon to being a liability. Who would have ever thought that?


i am it Says:

7 points away.


i am it Says:

rafa holds. back to 2 games away.


Veno Says:

6 points….


Veno Says:

He’ll be the FIRST PLAYER to ever beat Rafa three straight times!


Veno Says:

There’s the kitchen sink!


Veno Says:

let’s see if Delpo gets his bath tub


Kimo Says:

blah, his serve and his forehand when it lands short have ALWAYS been a liability to Nadal, he just has been on a tear in 2008 that he managed to overcome them.


i am it Says:

as he should rafa is throwing everything at dePo at this juncture. and the crowd is behind him. that should help.


i am it Says:

dePo holds. 1 game away.


Veno Says:

And there’s the bath tub!

The kid is impervious for pressure!
Gotta respect Rafa though for always, and I mean always, leaving everything on the court.


Veno Says:

for m/b to


jane Says:

Veno say “Jane, hold your horses there. I give JMDP in this form a great chance to beat Novak, but against Fed he will have a much harder time.”

Harder time no doubt – but does that mean no chance? I don’t know. JMDP did push Fed to 5 at the French. And hard courts are a better surface for his power game. Anyhow, it’d be kind of cool to see JMDP pull of upsets of Nadal and Fed consecutively. Unlikely probably, but still a possibility.


Cindy_Brady Says:

One game to go. Del Potro’s composure is amazing.


blah Says:

DelPotro gets a confidence boost and doesn’t waste much energy in this match. 62 62 63 is a pretty devastating scoreline. That’s nadal’s first round scoreline in this uso…


Veno Says:

JMDP has to win 1 of the next 3 games to make the Open final! What an achievement!


i am it Says:

how coolly dePo handles the pressure. how mildly he celebrates his winners.


Gordo Says:

It is interesting to see how certain players match up against others.

Remember Fed tuned DelPo 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 at the Australian Open this year.

Fed has that killer serve. Nadal’s is weak with his stomach problems. The biggest difference is Fed’s and Djoko’s ability to keep the ball low, where Rafa has such topspin he pops up these plums into DelPo’s killing range.

Tomorrow is going to be much more difficult for the Argentine, no matter who he faces, imo.


i am it Says:

2 points away.


Veno Says:

My goodness me…..what a pass


i am it Says:

triple match point.


Kimo Says:

And match!!!

What a phenomenal display of tennis. His level never dipped!!


blah Says:

Jane- Hard court also suits Fed better and he demolished DelPo at Ao earlier this year. DelPo plays better at USO but I would still say Fed in 4 if he gets through.

and 62 62 62. WOW.


jane Says:

“Fed tuned DelPo 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 at the Australian Open this year.” This is true, but look how Delpo came around and pushed Fed to the brink at the French. He’s not one to shy away from a challenge, this Juan Martin fella.


i am it Says:

congratulation to my man dePo. he does it in his first attempt.


Veno Says:

Unbelievable win!

And for the first time it seems Rafa now having to deal with someone getting in to his head a little


Kimo Says:

This loss was even worse than one he had at AO 2008 to Tsonga.


Veno Says:

Rafa gracious in defeat. A true champ.
One has to hope he’ll get his US Open title in his career!

But what a demolishing by Juan Martin. The kid is here to stay and how great it is to see!


i am it Says:

that backhand down the line passing shot and that forehand ! rafa got his *ss whipped.
my hero dePo does it in style.
watch out, both fed and djoko.


jane Says:

Congrats to JMDP -he’s quite overcome. Fantastic win for him.

Nadal will likely learn from this match too.


Veno Says:

LOOOOOL

“I’m sorry” he says that Fed-Rafa final is off!!

What a great guy!


Kimo Says:

Listening to JMDP’s post-match interview.

Murray can learn a thing or two from this boy. Very humble, emormously talented, and there’s a fire and passion in his heart worthy of a true champion, like a Federer or a Nadal.


Kimo Says:

JMDP said: “I’m not strong, but I do my best”

I love this guy.


Veno Says:

He’s fighting the tears, great to see!!!!!


i am it Says:

this is my best tournament. i want to win this tournament.
i will fight till the last point tomorrow. i will try to win.—-dePo


jane Says:

“I will fight until the last point” – Atta boy. You do that Delpo! Nice interview and sweet dreams.


Kimmi Says:

Jane: “Nadal will likely learn from this match too.”

The way del potro matches well with Rafa, I don’t know what Rafa needs to do to learn, I don’t think he can change his game that much.

Rafa serve needs a lot improvement for starters.


Ty Says:

Wow I am impressed. Both guys were so gracious. I mean Nadal talking with ESPN after losing and stopping to sign autographs? That is so impressive. Remember when Roddick lost he just stormed off the court before they even said his name.

And JMPD, I am so happy for him and hearing him talk after the match gave me some goosebumps. I’ll be rooting for him tomorrow.


Veno Says:

Kimo Says:

Listening to JMDP’s post-match interview.

Murray can learn a thing or two from this boy. Very humble, emormously talented, and there’s a fire and passion in his heart worthy of a true champion, like a Federer or a Nadal.

I agree Kimo.

he’s great for the game!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Both Del Potro and Nadal have great attitudes and respect.

Hey, Sarina were you watching and learning how professionals conduct themselves? And they are younger than you.


Kimmi Says:

Del potro can win this, it will be nice to see him win the GS.


bstevens Says:

Congratulations Juan Martin Del Potro. What a match!


Veno Says:

Rafa is a great champ. Always gracious and respectful! And today the better man won.

Good luck for Juan Martin in the final.

Now in 2 hours hopefully some more mouthwatering tennis between Fed and Novak….Good times


Rick Says:

And the media were expecting 5 sets match from a tired, injuried player. lol Well Del Potro plays well, but Rafa is definitely hurt. And whoever Del Potro would plays in the final would definitely take full advantage of the draw to beat Del Potro in the final. Murray’s draw is definitely a difficult draw. I would like to know how Federer would fair against a top 4 player in the grand slam next match. But I would read the news tomorrow!


i am it Says:

winners 33-19, unforced errors 28-27, and break conversion 6/16-0/5.
first numbers are dePo’s and second rafa’s.


Gordo Says:

A great new powewr in mens tennis, and like Rafa and Roger he appears to be a classy guy as well!

He has got to be thrilled.

But let’s not forget an 80% Nadal can beat 90% of the world’s best, but he was obviously not at his best for the last 3 matches here at the Open. I always had DelPo and Tsonga as the two who could do damage to Rafa and prevent him from reaching the final. Gonzalez took care of Tsonga, but DelPo was not to be denied.

Now let’s hope for a great Djoker-Fed semi so we can wear lobster bibs and drool during the final.

Congratulations to Del Potro!!!


Andrew Miller Says:

Rafa Nadal is well aware the spin could be a liability – that is why Uncle Toni was working on flattening out Nadal’s forehand and backhand in 2007 to prepare for the 2008 year. Looks like Uncle Toni was right.

One thing is for certain – that the Nadal team will keep looking for Nadal to improve.

As for Del Potro, wow what incredible improvement in the last two years. I think Del Potro is one of the players that recognized that the path to any title runs through Federer and/or Nadal, and to improve accordingly. I think he was also spurred on within Argentina, where it was thought that David Nalbandian was the best player.

Clearly that’s not true anymore. del Potro is the Argentine #1, and because he is in the finals, playing well, he has a shot. Guga Kuerten had to dethrone a master at the French Open in 1997 to win the title, so Del Potro certainly can do it.

If he faced Djokovic, I like Del Potro’s chances. If it’s Federer, I cant go against Federer. He just knows how to play a final, and he is a more problematic matchup for Del Potro, given that Federer can flatten out his strokes.


been there, done that Says:

A SUPERB win for Del.P!. huuuuurrrraaay!!!A total rout. For anyone who questioned why Del.P got’s so much hype despite not even being a masters cup holder…this is the reason why. Challenged the Fed at FO, & beaten Nadal, now 3 straights.

For me, the finals as follows:
Del-P vs Fed = 51:49 to Fed but just!
Del-P vs Djokovic = 60:40 to Delp.P

Bookmakers will have a lucrative field day.

The title asks: “Federer v. Nadal US Open Final Ahead?”
Definitely not….the tennis world will have to wait for 2010 to witness any of those heady matches at a slam….if at all! So many challengers. Literally all top10 players can upset each other…imo, what matters for the top10 is match-ups & for Tsonga, perhaps containing his moods when things start going downhill.


Ty Says:

Personally, even as a Federer fan I feel myself kind of rooting for a Djokovic – Delpo final. I think it would be more competitive and would like to see one of them get a title, they both deserve it. But I wouldn’t be too let down to see Roger hoisting the trophy either.

The way Delpo handled that interview, he very well may have earned a spot in my top 3 favorite players.


Kimo Says:

If JMDP plays tomorrow like he did today, he has a very good chance.

But both Djoko and Fed, especially Fed, are much more agressive than Rafa. We’ll see how it unfolds.

No one exploits the shortcomings of tall players like Fed.


jane Says:

Kimmi says “I don’t know what Rafa needs to do to learn”

Well there were things he could’ve done today, imo. More doubles and UEs than usual, stepping in on some points, using short angles as a way to get in, as opposed to topspin forehands. He can play Delpo better than he did today, no doubt in my mind. But Delpo has improved too. We’ll know more their next match.

—————————

Agree with all – Rafa and JMDP were both gracious today – in victory and defeat. Nice to see.


Polo Says:

After del Potro lost to Federer at the French Open, he was very unhappy. I do not remember his exact words but I could tell from his words and action after that loss that he will not not let any opportunity pass him by without a fight. He has been doing that ever since. He was pummeled by Federer at the Australian and barely got by him at the French. Del Potro appears determined to finally edge Federer… or whoever he plays in the final.


i am it Says:

dePo has won many fans today. in every aspect. his game, his humbleness, and his determination are worthy of a champion.


steve Says:

There’s nothing for Nadal to learn from this match, except that these players are bad matchups for him.

I keep saying, Nadal loves constant pace. His game is based on long rallies of attrition, wearing down his opponents with those heavy topspin balls. Whenever he meets an opponent who can serve well and consistently hit through him (like Del Potro and Soderling) or come forward aggressively (like Tsonga), he will lose.

Unless he gets as good as Federer or Murray at altering the pace, he won’t beat such power players. But that’s asking him to become a completely different type of player.

I agree with Kimmi that improving the serve is Nadal’s only hope, but I don’t think that will be enough against really top hardcourt players.


Maso Says:

This match reminded me of the AO 08 semi-final between Tsonga and Nadal, when Jo wrecked Rafa in 3 sets with a rather similar score. Funnily enough, the other semi-final that year was Novak/Fed. Would be quite a parallel if Djoko made it to the final and beat Delpo to win his first U.S. title in circumstances very simialr to his 08 win in Melbourne. This is quite a stretch as Novak needs to beat Fed and then Del Potro! Considering Roger and Nole are my two favorite players on tour, I’m eagerly awaiting this second semi-final.


Kimo Says:

Men’s tennis is in such a good place at the moment. The top 8 players are all major-worthy.

Can’t say the same about the WTA.


Kimo Says:

Make that top 7, coz Davydenko can’t win a major.


Maso Says:

similar, not simialr!


blah Says:

Nadal was definitely in better form at AO earlier this year, but that could have something to do with the surface. Looks like he’s found his kryptonite though.


Kimo Says:

I’m off now…be back when Fed’s on court.


Gordo Says:

It’s kind of funny how we are really reaching when we have to pick Roddick and Murray as examples of ungracious losers.

Everyone reacts differently and if these two are the best examples we can come up with of bad behaviour then there is not much wrong with the personalities of these guys that we follow.

Perhaps the top 10 men could give a seminar in manners and Serena could attend.


blah Says:

Tsonga and Soderling are not as consistent as DelPo. If Rafa wants to win on hc, he needs to avoid running into JMDP, but my question is that what if he runs into him on clay? What would happen then?


Kimo Says:

blah said:

“he needs to avoid running into JMDP, but my question is that what if he runs into him on clay? What would happen then?”

ooooohhhh… I’m salivating already thinking about that match-up.


Veno Says:

Steve:

Absolutely agree with you there, nice read.
One drawback Rafa has to try and improve his serve is his extreme grip. He can’t serve flat out wide. He can only hit reasonably flat down the T from the ad-court.
In order for him to increase his serve speeds he’ll have to start using a different grip when serving…


i am it Says:

am i excited or what? damn I am. i see some prospect of dePo’s winning his first slam, but it won’t be easy against fed who returns ball extremely quickly and hits winners more consistently and he’s got great serve.
i’d say at at this point the match will be determined by first serve percentage, the underrated one, as some’d like to call it.


been there, done that Says:

“…Looks like he’s found his kryptonite though….”

True. I know Nadal’s a bit injured, but I think Del.P has his number. Maybe I’ll wait for a few tournaments down the line to see how they fair against each other, but at this point, what Rafa is to Fed, Del.P is to Rafa.

Interesting times in men’s tennis, with Rafa-Fed having the ultimate rivalry. I wonder whether I should qualify Fed-Murray as a rivalry. Any other rivalries for the “lesser” players?


steve Says:

On clay, Nadal’s defensive skill becomes a weapon in itself and he can afford to stay way way back during the rallies. The effectiveness of the serve is reduced, so Nadal will have more chances on his opponent’s serve.

He would probably be able to turn it into a contest of attrition, squeak out a set or two, and eventually grind down Del Potro.

Then again, considering what happened against Soderling, maybe not.


Veno Says:

I totally disagree Andy Roddick is a bad loser. I have seen no evidence of it. He can be a bit harsh and a little disrespectful to umps and line-judges at times, but that’s in the heat of the moment during the matches. I can’t fault a player for being a little firy!

He doesn’t go overboard at all imo and after the match I have never seen him being disrespectful to anyone. Visibly disappointed and distraught? Yes, but ungracious or disrespectful, no way!


blah Says:

I would say Nadal-Djoker is a good rivalry. They play close matches and Djoker has two setted Nadal two straight years in Cincy, but Nadal still has the overall record. You can put Roddick against Djoker too I guess, but none of these rivalries are as true to the term as the Fed-Nadal one.


Giner Says:

Polo Says:

“After del Potro lost to Federer at the French Open, he was very unhappy. I do not remember his exact words but I could tell from his words and action after that loss that he will not not let any opportunity pass him by without a fight. He has been doing that ever since. He was pummeled by Federer at the Australian and barely got by him at the French. Del Potro appears determined to finally edge Federer… or whoever he plays in the final.”

Andy Murray made him cry at the US Open last year and it just made me want to give the guy a hug. He’s such a nice person though, humble, has a very small entourage, does things with little fuss. It’s hard not to like him.

His game is explosive, and he was just on song today. I think he is more talented than Marat Safin was at this age a decade ago. He didn’t show any weakness today, not even in his movement which is usually a weakness for giants. Nadal tried everything and couldn’t find a way to break him. His natural game just nullified Nadal’s strengths. He really is Nadal’s kryptonite and Nadal’s future prospects of winning majors will have to hinge on avoiding match ups with Del Potro and his kind.

I want to see more of DP. I think he will turn around his head to heads with the guys above him, as he’s already doing with Nadal.


Veno Says:

Steve:

I think JMDP is like Soderling a bad matchup for Rafa on caly as he will have to step into the court more because if he plays so far behind the baseline against these guys he’ll be in trouble if their game is on.

Furthermore, both guys are not one bit afraid or intimidated by Rafa(or anyone for that matter), even on clay. This unlike all the Spanish players who already shake hands with Rafa and give him the win if they have to face him.(The only exception so far has been Verdasco at Ozzie Open this year)


Polo Says:

Roddick is not a bad loser. I don’t think Murray is a bad loser either. Has any of these two done anything abominable after losing? Not signing autographs after a loss is not synonymous with being a bad loser. Sometimes, you just want to go away and be left alone when you feel so low.


Ty Says:

I wasn’t implying that Roddick was a bad loser, I just noticed that Nadal got demolished, only winning 6 games, and still stopped to sign the big tennis balls of the kids in the stands.

When Roddick lost to Isner he was out the door before the announcer could call his name.


Polifka Says:

A rout. A beautiful, beautiful rout. Now we can all enjoy the final.

I am kinda hoping for a Federer/Del Potro match because that could be something special.


blah Says:

DelPo more talented than Marat Safin? I don’t know about that, but he may certainly wind up with more majors… He’s obviously mentally stronger than Marat.


Ty Says:

blah: Absolutely agree about Djoko-Nadal. How could it not be a rivalry after that monster match in Madrid.


jane Says:

I think it’s too soon to say JMDP is Nadal’s kryptonite. Their H2H is 4-3 for Nadal. Yes, JMDP has won the last 3 matches on hardcourt, but Miami was very close (3rd set tiebreak), Canada was Rafa’s first tournament after over a month long lay-off, and today, while JMDP soundly outplayed Nadal, Rafa can do better than he did today. He usually plays cleaner. I think we’ll know more after a couple more matches between these two. There are ways that Nadal can exploit JMDP that he didn’t.

Also, as Maso said, “This match reminded me of the AO 08 semi-final between Tsonga and Nadal, when Jo wrecked Rafa in 3 sets with a rather similar score.”

This is true – the score was similar as was the beat down – and Nadal has won every match since then against Tsonga.

Now, Tsonga is WAY less consistent, and way less mentally tough that JMDP, and therein lies a key difference.

JMDP may be Nadal’s nightmare match up, but I am waiting for a couple more matches to make such a declaration. Seems like we’ll know more about both in 2010. Murray fits into that equation too. We’ll know more about his prospects next year.

At this rate, JMDP has lept over Roddick and could leap Djok if he were to win here, because Djok won the YEC last year and so has lots to defend, whereas JMDP did poorly there last year.

Anyhow…getting ahead of myself there. We’ll see.


Polo Says:

Why would anybody even bring up Marat? He was a waste of a talent. His mental frailties overshadowed whatever physical talent he had. Overrated. Good good press because of his good looks, funny interview and goofy on court behavior.


steve Says:

Roddick said this about the aftermath of his match with Isner:

“I actually felt bad when I got to the tunnel. I realized I hadn’t thanked the crowd for their support. That was suspect. It’s not something I consciously thought of until I was actually on the court. I thought a curtain call at that point wouldn’t be appropriate for John at that point.”


Polo Says:

I think it is premature to tag del Potro as Nadal’s kryptonite. Juan Martin will continue to improve. Nadal can also find ways to improve. It will be nice to see how this develops. There are definitely plenty of contenders for the top ranks in the coming years.


been there, done that Says:

blah,

you’re right re: nadal-djokovic rivalry. it totally escaped me how long & grinding their matches can be. I usually laugh when months later, Djokovic cites his monte-carlo & rome loses as having totally drained him & still affecting him. shows how tough it is. I’ve just checked the score-lines for those two finals & it doesn’t reflect how hard fought & long they were. Bad experience for djokovic….am glad he got to Cincy finals…a bit of confidence booster.


Veno Says:

Von!!!!!!!!!

Where are you?

I miss you mon amie!


Kimo Says:

I don’t think clay is that radical a change for players at the moment, otherwise how could a Soderling beat a Nadal?

Players like Delpo who can have very flat, very powerful groundstrokes can do a lot of damage at RG. Results in the past two years prove it.


steve Says:

jane: This isn’t mere coincidence. Tsonga, Del Potro, Soderling, the pattern is becoming clearer and clearer: power players give him trouble. Even on clay.

“He usually plays cleaner.”

Yes, because usually he doesn’t have to go for as much on his shots. Del Potro was pushing him to hit more winners than he normally would. Because he is not a player who can consistently hit a lot of clean winners, he made many more errors.

“There are ways that Nadal can exploit JMDP that he didn’t.”

Well why didn’t he use them then? This was his chance to make the final of the only major he hasn’t won yet. He didn’t choke. He wasn’t tired. His knees were fine, his movement was unimpeded. So the only answer is that he was outplayed. Did everything he could think of to do, and still came up short.

There are ways to beat Del Potro, but to employ those tactics, Nadal would have to play like Federer or Murray. And he’s just not that kind of player.


Twocents Says:

Congrats to me — I picked JMDP :-)).

Want to open something to celebrate but found I finished all goodies after Fed secured his semi streak :-((.

Now go Djok (to keep my pick 100%)!


jane Says:

steve, seems to me you continually underestimate Nadal’s learning capabilities.

“Tsonga, Del Potro, Soderling, the pattern is becoming clearer and clearer: power players give him trouble.”

Rafa’s H2Hs:

3-1 vs. Tsonga
4-3 vs. JMDP
3-1 VS. Soderling

Nadal will be just fine, I suspect.

However, I will say this. I think that even on clay there are a couple of guys besides Fed and Nadal who are potential contenders for the FO slam – including Djok and JMDP.

Same with hardcourt – more contenders.

Even grass – I wouldn’t put it past Cilic to break-through there next year, for Murray to make another real run, and/or for Roddick to get his one missing dream.

Next year, in men’s tennis, the excitement will continue to mount as the competition heats up.


Veno Says:

Jane, although I also think Rafa will eb fine, but the momentum has changed in the Soderling and JMDP H2H’s. He lost a combined 4 in a row to them while he beat Tsonga 3 straight times after Ozzie ’08.

Before he was 3-0 to Sod and 4-0 to JMDP and until he figures them out they are going to give him great problems. I don’t think Soderling ot Juan Martin will be considering themselves underdogs next time they face Rafa. With almost every other player(even Novak) it’s a different story


Veno Says:

eb m/b be


Veno Says:

That said, I suspect Rafa will do everything in his power to make changes so he can deal with guys like them…..


jane Says:

Hey Veno, what you say is fair enough, and I agree that momentum wise Nadal has a certain vulnerability about him at the moment. However, that can change, as we saw with Fed this year. Nadal had been injured for a while before coming back at Canada, and then experiencing the abdominal injury, too, so that may be a factor to consider in weighing the permanence of the momentum shift. That is why I’d like to see how all the players do at the beginning of next year. Nadal will have a lot to defend until the FO, and then two slams where he can make up a good number of points. I think we’ll see some shifting in the rankings again next year. It seems very likely, though, that JMDP is on the rise.

Anyhow, onto the rest of today’s matches… CBS is still showing football here. Hope it switches to tennis soon.


Veno Says:

Watching a great interview with Fed in German…On Eurosport. It’s a one-on-one describing his career through different fotographs. And the impact the twins have had on his life.

Great to hear him credit Mirka so much! We should always cherish and praise the moms of this world!


Veno Says:

One can’t help but feel this is going to be a cracking semi!!!!

May the best man win!


Veno Says:

Here they are!!!!


scineram Says:

Thanks for jinxing Rafa. Great job, Sean!


Von Says:

Veno: Hello, to you and I miss you too mon ami.

I posted on the Serena thread. I’m reading not commenting as I don’t need another of Gordo’s ridiculous attempts to play down what’s before his eyes, put me down, and play up his ‘noble’ and fair side. I’m sick and tired of people who post a few times and don’t know A-Z of what’s happening, then make rash judgments and ask silly questions about my situation with Brady or any other poster for that matter. However, I’ve come to realize that this is nothing new, as this has been Gordo’s MO throughout the time he’s posted on this site. It’s as though someone flips a switch and he goes off, or is it selective memory, or he has an axe to grind with me, and uses these incidents to do so. Whatever it is that Gordo does or does not know that he’s doing, I don’t know, but I’m not going to stick around to find out. I refuse to let myself be his, brady’s or anyone else’s target now and in the future — enough!

I’ll post sporadically, but am completely turned off at the present time, period. That said, catch ya later Veno, and good luck to your guy.

Gordo and brady take it away and may the force, the dark one that is, be with you! Enjoy the ride!


Polo Says:

Federer vs Djokovic about to start. Hoping for a great match. Root for your favorite as boisterously as you can.


Dan Martin Says:

It is exciting to see a younger player take that next step on tour and JMDP has done that this year. Last year he won a lot of small titles and then got a quarter at the Open. This year He gets a quarter at AO, semi in Paris where he had a real shot at winning the event and now is in the final in NY. Throw in solid showings at Masters 1000 events and a few titles and JMDP is a contender.

Rafa fought hard to get to this semi and his serve is not where he would like it to be. I hope he gets healthy and yes tall power players will be there for Rafa to face over the next few years, but his use of the drop shot, improved net game from playing doubles and his slice backhand can all help him face this challenge. The competition is out there for Rafa and I am sure Cilic and others will try to replicate what JMDP has done against Rafa, but competition also drives improvements. That is a win-win for the fans.


vared Says:

livestream links please?


Veno Says:

ok Von. That’s ok. Thanks for letting me know!

And thanks for the kind words.

Talk to you later! Bye mon amie!


Veno Says:

Jane, good luck to you for Novak. He looks sharp


i am it Says:

good start from dj.


fed is afraid Says:

rafa, darling what happened??
you were a shoe in to beat roger
again. oh well, roger is saved
from another beatdown by you.
maybe rog will get one from
novak or delpo. we will see.


Mary Says:

Is someone gonna get a point against a serve? haha


Ty Says:

Some scratchy tennis so far. Only 1 rally in three games.


Kimmi Says:

Federer not a good start, no 1st serve yet and shanking FH…ahhh there 1st serve


Dan Martin Says:

2009 Slam records – We have 6 who have some separation

Federer 25-1* (French and Wimbledon titles)
JMDP 16-3*
Novak 15-3*
Nadal 15-2 (Australian Open title)
Roddick 16-4
Murray 15-4

* Could add wins and losses in 2009


Andrew Miller Says:

Marat Safin in his prime was way more talented than Del Potro: he was much faster and hit harder, and his serve was better.

However, Del Potro might win more majors because Del Potro seems like he wants to win more, and PUTS IN THE PREP TIME TO DO SO.

Talent is helpful, but talent without effort goes only so far (or effort without talent)


Andrew Miller Says:

Djokovic seems like he is “dialing in”. I am surprised by his ability to pull Federer off the court.


Kimo Says:

Roger starting a little slow. Shanking routine forehands. He was better against Novak in Cincy.


Andrew Miller Says:

McEnroe is right. Fed is spraying balls. I have a sense this match will get better under the lights.


Kimmi Says:

Federer serving at 18%…Novak is getting great looks on Fed serve.


Kimo Says:

Neither player is playing well.


i am it Says:

dj broke but could not hold. roger breaks back right away.
we have a match.


tenisbebe Says:

Well neither is playing stellar however Djoko has been able t rake advantage early. Oh no, doesn’t want to lose the break this quickly.


Kimo Says:

Ouch… A Novak DF to surrender the break.

Looks like having three days off disrupted their timing a bit. They’re not hitting the ball cleanly at all.


i am it Says:

it’s miserable to broken with a double fault.


Kimmi Says:

And Novak cannot take the chances given..strange match.


Shaky Says:

Umm… anyone else think Delpo’s voice sounds like the Stephen Hawking mechanically generated voice on Family Guy?

Maybe not. Just throwing it out there. Let’s get him in the booth and get a bigger sample, Jon.


Veno Says:

Wow, shaky match so far….Time for them to find their gear…

Not looking pretty so far…. Nerves? Or rusty because of the lack of play….it’s 4 days ago!


Veno Says:

I think it’s the latter….They are having trouble finding their rhythm


tenisbebe Says:

Veno – they haven’t played since Weds so I think it’s time off.


Veno Says:

finally a 1st serve…he’s below 30% still


potro Says:

Potro deserved his win today and if he wins USO it will be no surprise due to his extraordinary game this year
Nadal, bad luck right after the clay seaon, hopefully he will come back to his 2008 level soon

Fed will probably lose today

I doubt any of the 2 playing now can beat Potro tomorrow


Veno Says:

Looks like Fed’s found his serve


Kimo Says:

Roger dialling in on his serve now….


tenisbebe Says:

Fed dialing in? He is still spraying balls.


tenisbebe Says:

potro – JMDP definitely deserved today’s win & to be in the final. No matter who he plays in the final, if he comes playing out like he did today, we may have a new Grand Slam champion.

Boy – this match is patchy so far. Good hold from Novak considering.


Kimmi Says:

Can Novak take adv on fed form and take the set ?


Polo Says:

I’m falling asleep.


Blank Says:

Barring nerves, if everyone plays just about the same leve;, I doubt Roger or Novak can beat him.

Hey, but it’s USO final!


i am it Says:

dj 13 games away from winning the match:-)


tenisbebe Says:

Lordy – Novak had great chances to break again in that last game & couldn’t do it.


tenisbebe Says:

i am it – Novak is missing by millimeters.


i am it Says:

whoever wins the 1st set wins the match. esp. if fed wins.


Blank Says:

Neither is taking advantages of the opportunities so far.


Andrew Miller Says:

No one bounces the ball more before hitting a serve in the history of tennis, than Novak.


Kimmi Says:

Ooooh what a miss…

Fed BH on the net..


i am it Says:

dj better fix that millimeter.


Andrew Miller Says:

For the record: I think the racquet switch has been awful for Novak.


Kimmi Says:

Fed starting to hit thru the ball


tenisbebe Says:

JMac – “Novak has played a couple of careless points” is he watching the same match as I am? He is being aggressive & missed.

Andrew – Roddick said that he could order apizza in the time it took for Novak to serve :-)


Andrew Miller Says:

Another ridiculous call at the US Open! Two calls in two big semifinal matches. Poor calls. Poor calls!


Veno Says:

rist blundering here!!!!!!!!


i am it Says:

umpire played on fed’s side.


tenisbebe Says:

TERRIBLE CALL!!!!


jane Says:

Brutal call there against Novak.


Andrew Miller Says:

tenisbebe – I think Roddick could easily order a pizza in the amount of time Djokovic takes to serve!


Kimo Says:

WOW. Roger is a wizard. WOW


Veno Says:

good Novak won that point!


tenisbebe Says:

i am it – that was just wrong. Norm Crist is a seasoned ump but…


Veno Says:

but what a point by Fed…things finally heating up!!!

Go guys!


Blank Says:

This set deserves a tie break. Both players are cleaning up their act now.


Kimmi Says:

Novak really pumped up…he is playing very well today


Veno Says:

Horrible call from Crist and wrongfully calling a let. Good Novak held….Let’s get a tiebreaker to get them really into it!


Andrew Miller Says:

Excellent regrouping by Djokovic.


jane Says:

Nice shot by Fed around the post. But glad Djok held after that call and didn’t unravel.


tenisbebe Says:

Poetic justice that Novak won that game. The level is picking up so we should see a match.


Andrew Miller Says:

Why didnt Federer cede the other point to Djokovic? He should have done that. Because he didnt, I dont mind seeing Djokovic taking this set.


tenisbebe Says:

Andrew – Novak did that 3 times in Cincy (ceded points). Some people don’t want to “get involved” haha.


Veno Says:

Andrew…he couldn´t concede…

He could have if a linesman calls a ball out and he corrects himself and concede the point…

Once the ump stpes in a player won´t meddle in anymore…No harm done there, good Novak got the game…


Veno Says:

stpes m/b steps


Andrew Miller Says:

All that said: how great is it that Federer now likes using the drop shot. He has really gotten better this year.


i am it Says:

dj could not hit a winner in the first point but he recovered it in the 3rd point.
level playing field.


Veno Says:

oh my Novak missing a sitter


i am it Says:

dj shanks one easy one in the net. that’s nervousness.


Andrew Miller Says:

I’m sure if Federer said something, the Ump would have respected the call.


Veno Says:

Wow, that was a clean BH after a strong return by Novak


jane Says:

Looks like Fed’ll take the tiebreak. Doesn’t bode well for Novak’s chances.


i am it Says:

fed is keeping his cool. he’ll win the set unless he messes it up which is unlikely. the match tilts toward fed.


Veno Says:

I know Andrew, but at that point it’s between Novak and Crist and you wouldn’t see any player cut in then….


Kimo Says:

Go Rogerrrrrrrr!!!!!!


Andrew Miller Says:

Yep, the drop shot definitely won Federer this set.


blah Says:

ugh. Fed takes first set.


i am it Says:

that was easy tie breaker for fed. now he’ll play more freely.


Kimmi Says:

Set..Fed did what he does the best.


Andrew Miller Says:

I think I counted at least four excellent drop shots from Federer. I dont think that was ever seen from Federer – and to his credit Federer now uses the drop shot as a weapon!


i am it Says:

dj had a couple of chances to win the set before the tiebreak. he missed his opportunities.


Veno Says:

Ouch, painful breaker for Novak. Sloppy first set from both, some great points too, but Fed gets a big advantage in doing what he has to do to get the breaker. It’s going to be hard for Novak to get back from this, because I suspect Fed’s level will get better as the match goes on.

Let’s see if Novak can charge in the 2nd set


blah Says:

on three of those four drop shots he could have just blasted the forehand for a winner, because Djokovic was not going to get the ball back at where he was standing unless he hit it right to him. It’s not that big of a part in his game, although he’ll probably be using it a lot against jmdp if he gets through.


Blank Says:

Well done Fed! Hope Novak fights and takes this one.

Like Serena, someone should tell this McEnroe guy and his sidekicks off…For some reason I just don’t like their commentary.


tenisbebe Says:

Blank – JMac is the Master of the Obvious.


Veno Says:

good love game from Novak


Veno Says:

tenisbebe Says:

Blank – JMac is the Master of the Obvious.

Ain’t that the truth!


Kimmi Says:

That BH down the line from Novak is giving fed all sorts of problems…its good one for Novak to use


tenisbebe Says:

Blank – what do you mean “Like Serena”?


Blank Says:

Very true, tennisbebe. Very unintelligent talk for someone who’s been such a good player.


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi – yes and also that last service game he moved in on the short balls.


jane Says:

i am it “he missed his opportunities.” Yes, he did. He should’ve held when he got the break. Some inexcusable errors from Novak cost him the first set. Too bad.


i am it Says:

0-30 down. fed gets 4 first serve in. game.


Veno Says:

Novak’s BH down the line is a beauty…
Second to only Murray in the double hander down the line department


Blank Says:

Well…I meant…someone should scold (or even threaten) JMac to stop his bs :-)


tenisbebe Says:

Blank – I didn’t think I would but have enjoyed Jimmy Connors commentary on TC this tournament. And best of all, he doesn’t talk non-stop.


Veno Says:

Danger time for Novak… Fed’s getting a read on Novak’s 1st serve…


Veno Says:

great serves down the T to get out of trouble…


tenisbebe Says:

Blank – ok, I see what you mean re: Like Serena. haha. Threats hey? You sound like I Like Tennis Bullies…


Veno Says:

Novak did well there…..6 first serves!


i am it Says:

0-30 down. dj replies the same way.


i am it Says:

fed is serving really good in general, esp. when he is down.


tenisbebe Says:

God – Fed terrible on challenges. Beautiful retern at 30-love.


Veno Says:

Wow, that was speed from both players.
Good to see Novak fight


i am it Says:

brilliant back hand from fed wins him the game.


tenisbebe Says:

Wow – some good ball striking from Fed in that game.


Kimo Says:

Roger is playing well on offense, on defense, and on serve.


Veno Says:

Fed is terrible on challenges LOL, I think he just uses them almost randomly cause he has 3 to spend every set


Blank Says:

tennisbebe – do you know who the commentators are here? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXeysnDFchA

I’ve enjoyed their commentary whenever I watched the matches over the internet.


tenisbebe Says:

Kimo – Fed’s 1st service percentage was well below 50% 1st set. Don’t know what it is now.


Veno Says:

Hope Novak keeps a positive attitude, he’s starting to mope and shake his head again….


i am it Says:

dj has not been able to change direction instantly after making up his mind. that’s how missed that one point. 3-3.


Veno Says:

great pass….0-30


Veno Says:

oh my, total mis hit sails in


Veno Says:

Made Novak mad lol


Kimo Says:

bebe, but his 2nd serve is just as potent, so it’s not hurting him.


Veno Says:

painting the lines


Veno Says:

crucial game


tenisbebe Says:

Blank – I believe on that clip the commentators are Jason Goodall & Robbie “Somebody”. I like them both alot too.


Veno Says:

Novak lost patience there.
You feel Fed’s going to charge this game if Novak doesn’t serve well


Kimmi Says:

Wow..tough game for fed to hold..Novak got some good returns in that game..


i am it Says:

dj played those 2 points really well. 0-30. big serve to the forehand side. 15-30. long slice from dj. 30-30. good rally. forehand mishit gives fed game point. dj unloads a big forehand. deuce. fed hits forehand cross-court drive. ad for fed. dj pounds on the 2nd serve. deuce. big serve and inside out forehand from fed. ad for fed. dj deuces it. fed unloads big forehand and follows up by volley. ad for fed. dj gifts a long. game. fed leads 4-3.
that was good game. dj again missed a few chances. fed played great game.


Blank Says:

Thanks tennisbebe.


tenisbebe Says:

Veno – you are right I think, Novak lost patience in that game.


Cindy_Brady Says:

I’m beginning to notice John McEnroe isn’t always right.

His opinions switch like the wind.


Blank Says:

Cindy, JMac is like the weatherman, who looks out of the window and tells us the weather (and of course says some random things in the name of prediction)


Kimmi Says:

Easy game from Fed this time..dangers times for Novak now..


tenisbebe Says:

Cindy – yes, that has been noted.


Elwin Says:

I’m beginning to notice Cindy_Brady isn’t always right.

Her opinions switch like the wind.


Veno Says:

Cindy_Brady Says:

I’m beginning to notice John McEnroe isn’t always right.

His opinions switch like the wind.

What took you so long to realize that?


tenisbebe Says:

Elwin – LOLOLOLOL. Good one!


Veno Says:

30-15, clutch point for Novak


Veno Says:

Looks like a second set breaker between these two yet again


Veno Says:

Nice clap from Novak, great point


tenisbebe Says:

Veno – it’s like his concentration level fades in and out, particularly during this match.


Veno Says:

Point of the tournament!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kimo Says:

LOL. Novak is so funny :D


Maso Says:

=D =D =D Love Novak! Brilliant!


i am it Says:

that was some comic act from dj.


Blank Says:

Federer is the drop shot dragon of tennis!


Veno Says:

Agree bebe


Kimmi Says:

Novak…great hands and a comedian


tenisbebe Says:

Again – the dropper…


Veno Says:

Linesman are horrible today….change them!!!!!!!!


jane Says:

Love Novak too – hilarious and great point. Tight match: am happy to see Djoko continue to fight against Fed.


tenisbebe Says:

What crappy calls during this match!!!


nodjoke Says:

hey guys…

can someone explain two things that i didnt quite get -

1) what were nole and roger laughing about during that challenge?

2) when they were exchanging multiple volleys, why did nole intentionally miss one?

thanks!


i am it Says:

again a bad call cost dj a point.


Veno Says:

And Crist isn’t scoring any points either….That’s at least the third ball on top of the line he didn’t overrule… sheesh


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – he’s playing very well. He deserves a break :-)


Mary Says:

Is Novak 5 for 6 in challenges today?! Did I hear that right?

Novak is hysterical today.


Veno Says:

Jane, your man must do you proud. Match is entertaining and getting better all the time


i am it Says:

dj has kept it close but he had chances in both sets. more in the first set. i just wish he wins at least one set.


Veno Says:

This match needs a 1 set all scoreline!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Novak is going to have to step up in the tie breaker. He’s giving Federer too much respect.

Has to get meaner if he wants to win.


Veno Says:

Fed’s ding what he can do like no one!
Can Novak get out of this?


Elwin Says:

I just saw all the terrible USO history of calls or decisions on youtube, Serena vs. Capriati, Hewitt against the linesman, Sampras vs. Corretja and Roddick vs. Hewitt, Andy going nuts… And of course yesterday.

And now this match, lol


Kimo Says:

On a sidenote, I don’t like Gwen Stefani sitting in Roger’s box. Last time that happened we all know how the match went. :’(


Veno Says:

Novak gets out of it….breaker?


Kimmi Says:

Nooo..2 important misses


Veno Says:

Why does he still bother challenging? LOL


Veno Says:

Oh my god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kimo Says:

tough luck for Novak.


Kimo Says:

COME ONNNNN!!!!!!!


Veno Says:

Poor Novak!

Fed again shows why he is sooooo good at the times it matters most


Mary Says:

Someday soon, Gavin is going to run out on court and just plant one on Fed’s lips.


i am it Says:

dj is unlucky to lose that set.


Kimmi Says:

What a get from FED…and 2 sets to love. JMDP awaits.


Cindy_Brady Says:

2 set lead.

That’s all she wrote for Djokovic.


blah Says:

Ugh… just give the trophy to Federer already.


Veno Says:

Mary Says:

Someday soon, Gavin is going to run out on court and just plant one on Fed’s lips.

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL Great one!!!!!!!!


Kimo Says:

We all talked abuot how Djoko’s backhand down the line is hurting Roger, but Roger’s down the line forehand is doing a lot of damage as well. :)


Giner Says:

This match is showing reverberations of that 07 final. I expect this to be over in 3 now.

Fed in the final to play DP.

Fed has crushed a number of GS debutantes in the past: Gonzalez, Baghdatis, Soderling, Murray, Djokovic. He eats them up for breakfast and takes advantage of their inexperience. I’m going to bet on his track record and say he’ll defeat Del Potro without being pushed too hard.


Kimo Says:

blah said:

“Ugh… just give the trophy to Federer already.”

Not so soon. JMDP is a tough nut to crack.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Djokovic is acting like he’s playing more for respect in this match than he is to win it.

I don’t see the fierce competitor from a couple years ago.


Veno Says:

Novak has been unlucky. Feel for him.
Hope he fights his petootie off in the third, go Novak


i am it Says:

dj is praying for some divine intervention. hope he wins a set. come on, novak !


Kimo Says:

For Fed, Novak at the USO is turning into Roddick at Wimbledon.


Veno Says:

Great second serve to get himself out of trouble again


i am it Says:

fed’s monster backhand goes in.


Elwin Says:

Really curious to see how Roger’s diverse game will influence JMDP level of play this time…Fed surely plays better now than in that Roland Garros match, but does JMDP play better now than he did against Fed at RG?


tenisbebe Says:

Elwin says: “And of course yesterday.” Well I didn’t get on & check the blog last night after that fiasco BUT Martina N. said it looked like a footfault (JMac said it didn’t) and people said they showed a down-the-line replay this morning that showed it was. Regardless, Serena lost it on that crucial point.


Kimo Says:

Oh yes. The Fed is in the zone now.


Veno Says:

Out of 20 Slam finals Fed only played bad once. French Open ’08.

I fear for Juan Martin in the final. But who knows. Juan Martin wants it and he’s going to give it his all!!!


Veno Says:

Novak looks deflated…he better pick himself up fast…


Cindy_Brady Says:

I think Fed has the best 2nd serve in the game. It’s so consistent, well placed, and generally unatackable.

Very few people even comment on it.


Veno Says:

Good hold to love


tenisbebe Says:

JMDP is in the stands watching this match. That tells you how serious he is about tomorrow.


i am it Says:

wind is picking up. that’s again good for fed. the guy is lucky in every which way. from draw through rain and what not:-)


Veno Says:

Agree Cindy, it is freakishly good


been there, done that Says:

LOL at the crowd & family/friends (of players in their boxes) at the ad-Fed point at 6-5 40-40 with Djokovic serving. Fed’s camp think the point is lost, Djok’s camp think he’s going to win it, only for him to mis-hit….then the yays from camp-fed & noooo from camp-djok.

A rather flat match so far for me, even though the scorelines suggest it to be more competitive than the Nadal-Del.P match. Maybe it’s ‘coz I set myself for OTT expectation considering that these two, win or lose, usually have very entertaining matches whoever they play.

Never say die… but at the moment, Del.P must be mentally preparing to meet Fed.


i am it Says:

raise hand who’s for dePo tomorrow.


Veno Says:

Agree bebe, Juan Martin is on a mission!


blah Says:

Roddick has the best second serve in the game, but Fed’s 2nd is up there.

I’ll be rooting forr delpo if fed gets through, but fed will win in 4.


tenisbebe Says:

GO JUAN!!!

But first this match….


jane Says:

That’s it for Novak, imo. You just have to shake your head: Fed takes care of business on the big points.

Still, I’ll throw my support behind and cheer for JMDP to pull off a huge upset and win the title, if only to see something new!
————————————–

Cindy – I don’t agree that Novak is playing this match “out of respect”; it’s been a tight match throughout. Fed has just played better on the big points. That’s what’s missing – Djok needs to play the big points better – hold after a break, step it up in a tie break, step it up when serving to stay in the set/match. He needs to find his inner-lion during the crucial moments in matches against the top guys. That’s all that’s missing based on the play I’ve seen today. He’s not playing badly at all. Both Novak and Fed have found their form, since the later stages of set 1 imo.


Veno Says:

Although I’m a Fed fan I wouldn’t mind if Juan Martin wins tomorrow. If Fed’s in the final I’m happy with either result!

Just hope it’s a cracker of a match!


i am it Says:

so i have a couple of supporters for my man dePo?
good to see that.


Cindy_Brady Says:

I wouldn’t mind Del Potro winning it tomorrow. I also wouldn’t mind Federer winning his 16th grand slam.

I just want to see a brilliant 5 set battle.


Kimo Says:

LOL. Roger Federer: 148-0 when 2-0 in sets at a slam.


Elwin Says:

Definitely think Roger needs to up his game for tomorrow from today’s match, Djoker was 3-1 up but gifted the next game to Roger, JMDP might not do that tomorrow, depending on nerves.


i am it Says:

i guess we all have consensus on 5-set thriller.


Veno Says:

Well, you never know, could be 148-1 after tonight, however….I wouldn’t bet on it


jane Says:

“I just want to see a brilliant 5 set battle.” tennisontherocks posted the other day that there has been only 2 five-setter men’s finals at the USO in the last 20 years. So if you get to see that Cindy, it’ll be a rarity.


tenisbebe Says:

i am it – Juan is “it” :-)

Yes, we all deserve to see a highly competitive match tomorrow after all the rain delays we’ve suffered thru.

They are discussing Serena not being thrown out of the doubles.


Elwin Says:

Kimo – Bad sign for Djokovic. (OK now give me the award of dumbest comment ever)


Veno Says:

Elwin Says:

Definitely think Roger needs to up his game for tomorrow from today’s match, Djoker was 3-1 up but gifted the next game to Roger, JMDP might not do that tomorrow, depending on nerves.Elwin Says:

Little correction, he was 4-2 up in the first before donating the break back to love to Fed.

And I wouldn’t worry about Fed’s level in a Slam final. I just hope Juan Martin holds his nerves…

Look at all the first timers(Gonzo, Novak, Murray, Soderling) and what they were facing playing Fed….


tenisbebe Says:

Elwin – that’s a JMac comment (wink)


Kimo Says:

Elwin: LOL


Cindy_Brady Says:

LMAO….

Mary Carillo commenting that Serena Williams should be suspended. Her actions were worse than any other woman she has ever seen, even the men. Then John McEnroe, says “don’t look at me”…

Had to smile.


Elwin Says:

True, no need to be worried about Fed before a Slam Final


tenisbebe Says:

Veno – what about Tsonga & Bagdatis too at Oz? Didn’t they both play Fed in the final?


Veno Says:

bebe: When will they rule on Serena being eligable to compete in the doubles final


Veno Says:

Tsonga played Novak in ’08, Marcos played Fed in ’06

Didn’t want to put all of them in there….


Maso Says:

Agreed for the 5-setter tomorrow, regardless of who wins (as much as I love Fed, a new slam winner is always welcome!), it’s what we all wanna see, but statistically, it seems a slim chance.


Veno Says:

Oh my god!!!!

Fed showing some brilliance there!!!!!!


i am it Says:

that was impressive overhead smash by fed from behind the baseline.


Cindy_Brady Says:

That “measured” over head was incredible.

Most players would miss that or hit it very defensively and keep the ball in play. Fed hit in the corner for a screaming winner.

WOW!


Elwin Says:

Oh I missed that Fed point, but the commentator said: to lick your fingers off with ( badtranslation from a dutch saying)

so it must have been good.


Veno Says:

And Jane, Novak isn’t just playing for respect. He’s trying his best….look at his stats and consider how error prone the first set was of both men.

Fed just doing what he does best, play the big points like only he and Rafa can. And JMDP is also someone who plays big points extremely well!


tenisbebe Says:

Cindy – I heard that too, too funny. After seeing the “incident” live on CBS, I switch to the TC & replayed to get Martina & Jimmy’s comments. When Serena was going after the linesperson Martina said “Oh this is very bad, she could lose a point or be defaulted for this!” Jimmy said (with a touch of disgust) “When did they make that rule?” I almost peed my pants I was laughing so hard. Jimbo would have been thrown out in the 1st rounds if the rule was in place when he played.


Veno Says:

Hey Elwin…watching Eurosport? I’m a fellow Dutchie!!!


Elwin Says:

Sliced backhand returns and charging the net have so little effect these days.. most players boom a crosscourt ball past you.


Veno Says:

Looks like the wind has picked up!

Mini-matchpoint here


Veno Says:

Saves another with a good serve… Clutch time


Veno Says:

Why does Fed keep challenging….He’s sooooooooooooooooo bad at it hahahaha


Elwin Says:

Hey Veno, cool, watching Euro yea… Do you like Theo Bakker? Sometimes i think he’s very insightful but he can be a whiner at times, repeating himself over and over again.


Maso Says:

And another great challenge from Roger! =D


Veno Says:

Lol, Novak is great at challenging!


tenisbebe Says:

Another bad challenge from Fed LOL. That one was way in.

DJ holds.


Elwin Says:

Fed just wants some comfort in knowing he’s bad at something… It’s starting to become an addiction for him.


Veno Says:

Agree Elwin….He likes to say:

“I have said this many times before….


Maso Says:

Novak putting up a good fight on Roger’s serve here… maybe a break coming up!


Veno Says:

Double break point!!!!!!


Maso Says:

One break point left…


tenisbebe Says:

The linespeople will not be getting a Christmas bonus from Novak this year.


Veno Says:

Novak again lost his patience!!!!!

What a chance for Novak to get back in the match….


tenisbebe Says:

15-40 I’m not going to get excited.


i am it Says:

again dj missed a chance to win a set.


Veno Says:

Novak had the break on his racket at 30-40 with the short ball to his FH in the middle of the court….


Veno Says:

Poor Jane, her house must be light-reflective like a mirror by now


jane Says:

“The linespeople will not be getting a Christmas bonus from Novak this year.”

LOL.

Too bad he hasn’t capitalized on his opportunities today; there is not too much separating these two except Fed has played pretty much all the big points better. Novak will have to get that back – that belief. Certainly his runs in Cincy and here should help, as should a new set of eyes … or should I say notes. he he.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Fed is a Houdini. Got out of that game too.

At least Novak’s energy level has picked up.


i am it Says:

dj would be the best ever linesman:-)


tenisbebe Says:

sigh…I think “patience” is the optimum word.


Veno Says:

he drops it on the line lol….


jane Says:

Veno – don’t feel sorry for me. I am fine. Enjoying the match mainly – have done only 1 load of laundry.


Elwin Says:

Dj’s backhand down the line hasn’t really done enough damage, probably he and his team thought Fed’s movement to the forehand corner would be shaky but Fed has improved that a bit lately compared to the summer or before.


Maso Says:

AH! Double fault… not the right the moment to hit one of those, Novak!


Maso Says:

followed by a stupid UE… come on, Djoko!!! Hold!


Veno Says:

Lol Jane, Novak’s having a great Open, best Slam of the season and it’s not as if Fed’s blowing him away…It is close, yet also painfully far away for Novak


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – the racquet change is still having negative effects imo.


Veno Says:

Good hold by Novak!


i am it Says:

did you see i-am-ashamed-of-my-shot smile from dj?
luckily he hangs in.


Maso Says:

Maybe another breaker in this set…


Kimo Says:

“Jane – the racquet change is still having negative effects imo.”

totally agree. He was much better with his Wilson.


Veno Says:

Fed challenging!!!!!!!!! And he’s correct!!!


Maso Says:

A correct challenge by Roger! Holy crap!


Maso Says:

LMAO Veno!


Elwin Says:

So many 7-5 or 7-6 sets between them at the USO, won by Fed but one.


Veno Says:

Only 10 points splitting them….this says it all…


tenisbebe Says:

Veno – your stream is about 5 seconds faster than my HD one is. Strange….

Time for a glass of vino….


Cindy_Brady Says:

Is that girl in the blue, Djokovic’s girl friend? She looks retarded jumping up and screaming like that.

She must be friends with Serena.


tenisbebe Says:

Kimo – so, so many of these shot I think he would have made with his Wilson. I hope the dough is worth it.


Maso Says:

Another double fault by Novak… 0-30… Gonna have to be strong here.


Maso Says:

OH MY GOD! THAT WAS A SHOT!!!!!!!!


Kimo Says:

Roger is crazy!!!!!


Veno Says:

Oh my GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


blah Says:

meh. A few points and a few calls here and there and Fed is going to win this, but that’s tennis for you. Good showing for Djoker at the USO though. His game is better than Murray’s when it comes to slams. He just needs to stop losing to some veterans he shouldn’t lose to, and continue to improve physically and mentally.


jane Says:

Quite the tweener from Fed there. But poor dropper from Djok to set it all up.

tenisbebe says “Jane – the racquet change is still having negative effects imo.”

I was critiqued for saying similar a long time ago, during the spring hardcourt season. So there is no way I’d say it now. It sounds too much like an excuse perhaps.

What do you think? What’s the problem? Way back then he’d said it has too much power so he either overhits or is fearful of over-hitting and so has pulled back on his deep-hitting.

No matter what, I think it was a poor decision on his and his team’s part to change the racquet in the first place. He should’ve been advised against it; maybe he was. And he should’ve know better.


NachoF Says:

BEST POINT EVER!!!


Elwin Says:

WOOOOOOOOWWWWOOOOOWWW


Maso Says:

Incredible. Can’t believe what I just saw.


i am it Says:

between the legs winner from fed. triple match point.
dj surrenders.


Veno Says:

From the ground!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

GAME SET MATCH…..CONGRANTS ROGER..ANOTHER FINAL THIS YEAR.


been there, done that Says:

WHAT A SHOT!!!!!!!!!!! from Fed @0-30 to get to 0-40.
shot of the tournament! Wow! Amazing!


Kimo Says:

Veno, you can add that to ur Roger’s best shots videos.

that shot will be all over youtube!!!!


i am it Says:

40th win for fed and he’s in the final. congrats to him.
dj kept it close. nothing much to be disappointed.


Maso Says:

And 21st grand slam final for Federer, and 7th consecutive one, I think?


Cindy_Brady Says:

Shot of the year by Fed…

one word.

FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!


Maso Says:

Roger: ‘That was the most beautiful shot I ever hit in my career!’, about the between the legs shot.


jane Says:

Congrats to Fed – good match for him.

Kudos to Novak for finishing the slams with a semi-final result. A few points here and there and you never know how today would’ve gone.


Veno Says:

Jane, great to see the crowd giving Novak a standing ovation leaving the court!

He had a great Open and got a lot of love back from the New Yorkers.

Fed respectful to Novak and his opponent JMDP tomorrow. Great to hear!


fed is afraid Says:

incredible shot by roger
he hit alot of great shots today
novak just couldn’t keep up with him today


Kimo Says:

Maso, just his 6th straight final ,and he’s won the previous five.


Veno Says:

This is Fed’s 40th(excuse me? how much?) straight win at the Open!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


fed is afraid Says:

cindy-LOL


blah Says:

Yeah. Good results for Novak but Roger will take this one again. We had to wait three years after Safin for Djokovic to stop the Roger-Nadal run on slams, and now we’ll have to wait till who knows when…


been there, done that Says:

All Djokovic could do was stand and watch that shot. Obviously, am on you-tube with that shot for the next one hour.

Del.p vs Fed it is. Good luck to both. It would be nice to see del.p win, but after that shot, won’t feel bad at all should Fed should he lift the title. may the best man win!


Veno Says:

Kimo Says:

Veno, you can add that to ur Roger’s best shots videos.

that shot will be all over youtube!!!!

Absolutely…that was insane!!!!!!


Kimo Says:

fed is afraid Says:
“incredible shot by roger
he hit alot of great shots today
novak just couldn’t keep up with him today”

Wow fed is afraif, glad you finally appreciate his genius. :)

Thanks.


jane Says:

Veno, yes, nice to see Novak leave NYC on a higher note this year.


Kimmi Says:

Roger said: (about the shot): “we practise a lot that shot but it never work” ha ha ..Today he got it.


Kimo Says:

Veno, get your numbers str8, it was his 41st :P


Polo Says:

I believe that girl in blue is Novak’s girlfriend. I have never seen a player’s wife or girlfriend behave like that during a match… jumping up and sown like a monkey. If Novak really wants to improve his image, he should start there. Get a girlfriend with more class.


Polo Says:

sown = down


Elwin Says:

Kimo, it’s his 40th, he had one walkover!


Veno Says:

Kimo……

Think back US Open 2004!!!!!!!!

He had 1 …… “fill in the blanks” in that tourney


fed is afraid Says:

that overhead he hit from the baseline
was incredible. he is a great player.
i can’t deny it


Veno Says:

Thanks Elwin…you beat me to it…The same at Wimby ’07 and the reason Borg still holds the match streak at SW 19 with 41 straight, compared to 40 straight from Fed


Kimmi Says:

“Kimo, it’s his 40th, he had one walkover!” Elwin

I was wondering why they always count one less match….walkover is a reason. Thanks for that.


NachoF Says:

I need that video…. anyone finds a link please share!


Elwin Says:

Most talented sportsman ever IMO, although i know it’s impossible to judge that, lol


Veno Says:

Kimo: fed is afraid has never b**ched about Fed’s tennis, just about him being scared of Rafa, a basketcase against Rafa, always being lucky etc etc…but never did he put down Fed’s tennis.


Maso Says:

FO 08, Wimbledon 08, USO 08, AO 09, FO 09, Wimbledon 09, USO 09, that’s 7 by my count unless I’m smoking crack.


Veno Says:

The 2 biggest slams in the world(Wimby and USO) and Fed reaches a match streak of at least 40 at both. Luck or no luck, that is just insane!


Kimo Says:

No Elwin, it was his 41st. He never got a walkover at the US Open.

Look, this stat his been mentioned in front of me by different commentators, they can’t be all wrong.


Maso Says:

Regarding the consecutive finals that is, Kimo.


Polo Says:

Novak played well and should be leaving the US Open with a better taste in his mouth, unlike the bitter one from last year. I think he has won back the admiration of those he alienated last year. He will have his moments in the sun in the future.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Some great shots today, but THAT was INCREDIBLE. One of the best things I’ve seen ever on a court. And this is why (ok, one of many, many reasons) why Fed is special: he can make shots that we’ve never seen or imagined before. Just a few games earlier he’d hit that forehand that Mac made that comment about, then the overhead from 6 feet behind the baseline…
Should be an AWESOME final!


Elwin Says:

Maso, you’re in Amsterdam? lol, joking..

Probably the other person meant 6 USO finals


Veno Says:

Maso: Fed reaching his 7th straight slam final again. Before Ozzie ’08 he had 10 in a row….so also now 17 out of 18 slam finals reached….Mind blowing

Somehow you have to also want JMDP to hold the trophy tomorrow just to see someone else for a change


Elwin Says:

I remember Haas didn’t play Roger a few years ago


i am it Says:

fed received one walkover from pavel back in 2004. that is how it is counted 40. so i was right.


Polo Says:

Why wouldn’t a walkover count? That is still a win, isn’t it?


Elwin Says:

Ohyea and Haas at SW19


Veno Says:

Kimo Says:

No Elwin, it was his 41st. He never got a walkover at the US Open.

Look, this stat his been mentioned in front of me by different commentators, they can’t be all wrong.

Trust me Kimo, I’m an expert on Fed’s numbers(and a numbers nerd also) and this is his 40th straight win at the Open. In ’04 he had a walkover from Andrei Pavel in the 4th round and by ATP-rule a walkover is not accounted as a win


Elwin Says:

The statistic men just want to keep things interested…


blah Says:

He’ll get his record. This time there’s no Nadal on the other side of the net.


Veno Says:

A walkover is a match that has never taken place, where a retirement isn’t. A retirement counts as a win but a walkover does not


Cindy_Brady Says:

The more Fed accumulates slams, stretches records out, creates mind blowing shots..

All the less argument , who is GOAT. He is slowly but surely out distancing his rivals Sampras and Laver.


Veno Says:

Fed said on court:

“I had a lot of fun out there, some great points were played. Novak’s had a great tournament too and it was a tough match. I’m glad I got through because it was tough.”


Polo Says:

Tomorrow’s final between Federer and del Potro should be smoking. Del Potro was not very happy he lost a 2-1 set lead to Federer and seems determined not to let it happen again. I can’t wait.

That between the leg shot by Federer was the most incredible shot I have even seen…probably because of its timing which lead to a match point to get into a slam final.


been there, done that Says:

Re: Djokovic:
“He needs to find his inner-lion during the crucial moments in matches against the top guys. That’s all that’s missing based on the play I’ve seen today. He’s not playing badly at all.”

Am mostly in agreement, except that it’s happened all year round, not just today. As it is he’s already been to four TMS finals this year against different challengers but ended up runner up. I doubt it’s mental…however, I don’t know what it is, ‘coz he’s got the game as the score lines suggest. I know Roger’s a ‘different animal’ at slams but I was hoping Djok could at least grab a set as he had the opportunities.

Hopefully, Todd Martin will find a way of polishing whatever it is that’s limiting Djokovic at the biggest points so that he can squeak a win at either (or both!) of the remaining masters tournaments. It would be sad to see him without one after availing himself in the finals in so many occasions.
_____________

Kimo: I love your confidence whenever Roger is playing. A very confident fan you are!


Polo Says:

That between the leg shot should favor Federer for the GOAT tile! hahaha!


i am it Says:

looking back this year could have been true Grand Slam year for fed had he not messed up the AO. he should have won that final. he just blinked on a couple of points.
will he regret this? I don’t think so, considering how he was faring in 2008 and how he began 2009 and how he played until madrid.


Veno Says:

Cindy:

To me the whole GOAT discussion is irrelevant. Just numbers, opinions and interpretations.

But as a statistician purely looking at the numerical data, Pete can’t be mentioned in the discussion anymore. That ship has sailed.

And Rod’s calendar Slam is an amazing achievement, but back then, it really wasn’t as much of a big deal because the Open Era had just started and there were only 2 surfaces then.

It’s because through time(40 years) nobody was able to repeat it and it will get harder and harder to do with the court-specialization and ever increasing professionality of the sport, that makes his achievement even greater.

Albeit regarded under the modern day constraints and translated into what it means to win a calendar Slam in the present in stead of the lesser significant past.

And it is this what makes the Rocket a sentimental/melancholical contender for GOAT and rightfully so!


Kimo Says:

seems like every year at the Us Open, Federer pulls off a miraculous point against Novak,

Last year it was the “Smash Lob”

this year it was the between the legs pass.

and it’s not like he plays these shots against some washed up retiree at an exo, it’s at the Us Open semi against the no.4 player in the world!!!


Giner Says:

Federer has beaten 11 different players in 15 finals. Chances are, Del Potro will be his next victim.

Fed’s game matches up well against tall big hitters. I just hope DP can play as good as he did in Paris.


Kimo Says:

bee nthere done that said:

“Kimo: I love your confidence whenever Roger is playing. A very confident fan you are!”

Yup, that’s me, and he always comes through.


jane Says:

People, I believe a few others have hit unbelievable tweeners over the years; not to take away from Fed’s today, but there have been shots over the years to match it.

Here’s Blake:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFrcvKFaGdo

Here’s Santoro:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTxYVgCNz3M

Jimmy Arias:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTxYVgCNz3M

Mary Pierce:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=out1g20I_Po&feature=related

Nadal:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q60oO0xQ7PM


Veno Says:

This is the third time in 4 years Fed reaches all Slam Finals…


Veno Says:

If JMDP wins tomorrow!!! What a story that would be!


Gordo Says:

40 today, 41 tomorrow. Does anyone really think that if Federer is at the top of his game DelPo has a shot?

Fed said after the Roland Garros victory that the pressure was off him. Well, he still has a few records he can go after -

Only man to win the same ATP sanctioned tournament 6 times in a row (Slam or otherwise)

First man since Laver to win 3 consecutive slams in a row.

Only man to win 3 out of four Grand Slams in 4 different years (he also did it in 2004, 2006 and 2007)

and of course if he wins tomorrow that sets up the 2010 Australian Open, where he can attempt to be the first person since Laver in 1969 to hold the titles to all the Grand Slams at the same time.

The man is still scary.


Maso Says:

It would make JMDP the second man to beat Fed in a slam final after Nadal!


jane Says:

been there, done that says ” As it is he’s already been to four TMS finals this year against different challengers but ended up runner up. ” Well true, but on clay, against Nadal, they are almost impossible to win. Look at Fed’s record against Nadal in TMS and slam finals on clay. So Djok losing two this season is nothing to fret about. The loss to Murray in Miami was more troubling because I don’t think Djok played his best and was troubled by heat and whatnot; still Murray played well to beat him, as did Fed in Cincy. Basically, all the TMS finals were lost to Nadal (x 2 on clay) and Fed/Murray (on hard) — not bad losses imo. More irksome, from my point of view anyhow, were the AO retirement, the RG 3rd round loss, and the nerves when he played Haas at Wimbledon. I didn’t like the way he performed in slams this year. But here at the USO I thought he fought and played generally better, so I will take this as a ray of hope for what’s to come for Novak.


Maso Says:

My previous comment was a reply to Veno’s.

But yeah, Gordo, Fed’s still got a few records to go after. Most weeks at #1, still lacking 40 weeks I think. Agassi’s masters series record. One more to tie it. Sampras and Lendl’s record of 5 masters cup wins. One more to tie it as well. (so these two records could be tied this year!) … Not much else, though, other than a calendar slam.


Mary Says:

That was a fun semifinal.
Does anyone think the ladies’ final will be as entertaining?


Kimo Says:

Maso, Let’s just agree that Roger holds more records than anyone else, and all that’s left for him is to break them all. :)


Maso Says:

Agreed there, Kimo!


Kimo Says:

Mary said:

“That was a fun semifinal.
Does anyone think the ladies’ final will be as entertaining?”

No. I’ve been rooting for Woz all tournament long though, but how inspiring would it be if Kim won it!!!

That would make the WTA look so bad. :P


Veno Says:

Gordo says:

“First man since Laver to win 3 consecutive slams in a row.”
You mean to add in the same year….He already won 3 slams in a row twice (Wimby’05-Ozzie’06 and Wimby’06-Ozzie’07) As did Pete Wimby’93-Ozzie’94…


been there, done that Says:

About THAT SHOT!!!

Roger tried it out in his match against Hewitt 3rd rnd & it backfired…went to the net. After that, the commentators were like “he really shouldn’t do that…remember his match against Safin in AO ’05 semis when he was in a winning position, with a 2-1 lead, after which he went on to lose the match……he really shouldn’t do that”

I’ve just checked the scoreline for that AO ’05 and it went to five sets (4th set a tie-break which Safin won 8-6…..I suppose that’s where he tried the shot otherwise there would be no reason for it to be so memorable)

seems like Roger had other plans today…he had to do it…but as he says, he didn’t have a choice & nothing to lose from that position. WOW!

I wonder what Del.P is thinking after seeing that….”my long arms would reach that ball, no?”…or “yikes!! shivers!”

knowing Del.P, he’ll probably shake is head, smile, brush it off & remain calm, but only if he’s not trailing.


jane Says:

“Does anyone think the ladies’ final will be as entertaining?”

Mary, I think it could be a good match. It’s refreshing to see a new face and a new-old face in the final anyhow. Here’s hoping they go three sets.


Veno Says:

Jane, you needn’t worry much about Novak, he’s getting better and better and i think he will be fine.

Only thing still hindering him a little is his switch to Head this year(inexplicable) but these rackets are custom made so this little psychological effect will totally diminish soon.

From what I’ve seen Novak’s working hard, is fit and is determined. He’ll be fine. He knows he’s close to Fed and close to the rest of the guys. He’ll have the edge now on Murray and next time they meet I fancy Novak to beat Andy.


Mary Says:

Kimo: I don’t think it would look bad if Kim won. It’s not like she left the sport injured/burned out.

Jane: It is nice to see a new faces/old faces on both sides.


Polo Says:

Kimo said: That would make the WTA look so bad. :

And I thought WTA could not look any worse right now. Then the Serena behaviour being punished (if you could call it that)with something akin to a light slap on the hand on. Shame on the WTA. Any other sport would have slapped her with a suspension and a call for apology.


Polo Says:

Jane said: People, I believe a few others have hit unbelievable tweeners over the years; not to take away from Fed’s today, but there have been shots over the years to match it.

Unbelievable indeed, but did any of those lead to a match point to get into a slam final?


Veno Says:

Juan Martin really putting himslef in the mix with the big boys, also point wise….
Andy Murray better watch out for both Novak and Juan Martin in the race to the year end ranking for place 3… Good times.

Looks like Fed is a lock for 1st and Rafa a lock for 2nd….

Rankings come Monday:

1) Fed: 11240(12040 if wins the final)
2) Rafa: 8845
3) Murray: 8390
4) Novak: 7480
5) JMDP: 6025(6825 if wins the final)
6) Roddick: 5310


jane Says:

Mary “It is nice to see a new faces/old faces on both sides.”

Yes, it’s nice to see young upstarts facing old stalwarts. Obviously the champs are favored but then you get the odd shock break-though, like when Safin beat Sampras here in the final all those years ago.

Will be working during the men’s final though, which is a shame. Will have to try to catch snippets and/or tape the thing.


Veno Says:

Here’s the link of tonight! Enjoy!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37qyvTRVus8


Veno Says:

And Jane, see below, it’s not the first time Fed hits a tweener winner passing shot :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9_csOZhgK8&feature=related


Kimo Says:

jane, I too was supposed to work during the men’s final, but I changed my schedule with a co-worker.

I wouldn’t miss a slam final for the world :)


jane Says:

Polo – no I don’t think so, but the Pierce one might’ve been crucial. Not sure. Fed also hit that tweener in the Safin AO 2005 semi, which was a miss, and may’ve also been on match point? Can’t remember.

That shot, the tweener, is just a bit like a drop-shot to me, only even more exaggerated in it’s effect, thus — if you make it, it seems like the best shot selection and execution ever, and if you don’t make it, it seems like a very poor shot selection and execution. Drop shots are generally a safer bet obviously, but the reaction to them and tweeners is similar a lot of the time – both from fans and commentators. They are either thrilling, or annoying. :)


Veno Says:

Let’not forget the overhead winner slicing out wide off the add court after a Novak lob….Now that was mad skill!!!

Also I though Novak hit some great shots!


Veno Says:

*deuce court


been there, done that Says:

Veno, thanks for that link for THE shot.

Even the parents, who’ve seen it all, are going absolutely nuts. Nice to see them still enjoying themselves. Pity the twins can’t see. lol


jane Says:

Yes, Veno, that overhead, where Fed looked down at the court to measure it first before hitting it, that was an amazing winner imo. Could’ve been quite easy to miss that, but he didn’t. Good shot.


i am it Says:

calibrate the madrid points in october the ranking points will be even narrower between no. 3, 4, and 5.


Gordo Says:

Veno – no, I mean first since Laver to win 3 consecutive slams in a row – FRENCH 2009, WIMBLEDON 2009, US OPEN 2009!


Veno Says:

And Jane, who cares that when going wrong it looks silly/annoying!

It’s those moments people remember and talk about!!!!!!

1 of those at such a point in a semi slam match is enough to erase a 1000 annoying missed tries in all the other tourneys :)


Veno Says:

Gordo Says:

Veno – no, I mean first since Laver to win 3 consecutive slams in a row – FRENCH 2009, WIMBLEDON 2009, US OPEN 2009!

Gordo….You mean during the same year….

Fed’s won 3 in a row twice and Pete once…all ended by not winning the French :)


Kimo Says:

Veno said:

“Let’not forget the overhead winner slicing out wide off the add court after a Novak lob….Now that was mad skill!!!”

Can you find a video of that one Veno? plsssssssss.


jane Says:

Perhaps Veno…perhaps.


Veno Says:

The commentary after the shot is great too…

“And for my next trick I will hit a winner while lying in a box getting sawed in halve.”


Gordo Says:

Yes – in the same year – I am not being clear. :)


Veno Says:

No prob Gordo, I know what you meant :)


st4r5 Says:

Taking into accounts what happened today, I honestly don’t think JDMP will stand a chance against TMF. Fed is indeed the God of tennis.


Gordo Says:

Veno, and all -

How about this – I think Federer is the first player EVER to win 3 consecutive slam events in a row on 3 different surfaces. (Clay, Grass, Hard)

I’m not 100% positive but I am pretty sure.


Veno Says:

Actually the correct quote is:

“And for my next act I’mm gonna hit a winner while I’m in a box while they saw me in halve.”

LOL


Gordo Says:

As for my last comment – of course I mean he WILL be the first, should he win tomorrow.

Laver, Perry and Budge did not play on hard surfaces when they won their slams and as it has been pointed out, Pete did not win the French Open on clay.


Maso Says:

It will be the case if he wins tomorrow, Gordo.


Maso Says:

Arf, a bit late to reply there! Saw you corrected yourself that one. Sorry about that.


Veno Says:

Gordo Says:

Veno, and all -

How about this – I think Federer is the first player EVER to win 3 consecutive slam events in a row on 3 different surfaces. (Clay, Grass, Hard)

I’m not 100% positive but I am pretty sure.

If he wins tomorrow, 100% correct :)


Blank Says:

Federer hasn’t won yet!


Blank Says:

Nadal has 3 consecutive on 3 surfaces (FO’08, WI’08, AO’09)..since US’08 & AO’09 are both hard courts…’surface’ streak is not broken.


Kimo Says:

Blank said:

“Nadal has 3 consecutive on 3 surfaces (FO’08, WI’08, AO’09)..since US’08 & AO’09 are both hard courts…’surface’ streak is not broken.”

LOL. Nice trick, no one will buy it though. :)


Gordo Says:

FYI – most consecutive Slam events in a row by men -

BUDGE – 6
LAVER – 4
SAMPRAS – 3
FEDERER – 3 (Done twice, 3x should he win tomorrow)


Blank Says:

LOL. Just conjuring up something during down time :-)


Veno Says:

Gordo, his list of records is just growing and growing. However, I am glad there are a couple which he won’t break because they’re hardly feasible anymore…

Connors’ match wins, title wins(1229 and 109)
Consecutive Clay match streak(81 by Nadal)
YEC final streak(Lendl reached 9 conscutive)
Consecutive match streak(46 by Guillermo Volas)

He’s still in the running to surpass 7 Wimbies won(2 more to go)
He’s still in the running to win most USO ever(3 more to go)
He’s still in the running to reach most consecutive finals at USO(Lendle has 8 straight, can he get to 9? Only 3 more to go)

Mind blowing if you think about it…


jane Says:

I am curious if Fed’ll ever surpass Samprass’ weeks at number 1. I think he’s closed the gap considerably with his run this summer.

Wow Lendl’s YEC streak is something.


Mary Says:

After Fed retires, or when his career slows down, will we be bored looking for the next big thing in tennis?

Hooray, the ladies match is starting.

It would be nice if the men’s final could be played at the same time tomorrow. I watched most of the Open, only to be left unable to watch the men’s final.


Gordo Says:

Here’s another that no one wants to see him duplicate -

John Bromwich and Pat O’Hara Wood are the only men to win a Grand Slam event (in both cases the Australian Open) both before and after a World War. :)


Veno Says:

Hmm, can’t imagine Woz sticking it to Kimmie

I like Woz, but there has to be a Kimmie win here tonight.

Only real competition she faced was Kuzy, who, as we all know isn’t the mentally strongest player.

Would be weird to see Woz hold the trophy. If she does, Woz deserves it obviously but she should buy Melanie Oudin a huge thank you present for knocking out the Russian Regiment of Baseline Ball Machines


been there, done that Says:

Amazing to think that around June last yr, Del.P was ranked in the #60s, and a relative unknown. thanks to very hard work from him & a clever support team, he ripped though the summer….I’ve checked the players he defeated in his summer ’08 winning streak and they are quite good players: Gasquet (good at the time), Jurgen Melzer, Roddick & Victor Troicki (ok, not sure how good this one is)….important thing, they were all ranked above him.

Flash forward a yr later, a top 5 player giving the Fed a run for his money (literally!) in FO…a few months later, he’s in the finals of the US…the possibility of the big apple trophy. So near, yet so far…..if it were me, I’d stay in a cold bath for the next 12 hours to calm down the nerves!

Win or lose….just for the pace of his improvement alone, he’s done himself proud.


Gordo Says:

Jane – Fed will be within 3 months of Sampras at year’s end. If he wins tomorrow and has no worse than a loss in the Australian Open should mean he will continue to be #1 into the spring. That should do it for him.,


Veno Says:

jane Says:

I am curious if Fed’ll ever surpass Samprass’ weeks at number 1. I think he’s closed the gap considerably with his run this summer.

Jane, it’s safe to say Pete’s record of most weeks at number 1 hang in the balance.

Fed is at 246 now, Pete finished at 286. But Fed will have a solid lead from come Monday and if he keeps playing well the rest of the season he’ll increase his weeks by at least 20 more…

If he goes on to have a strong start at the 2010 season he can very likely eclipse it!

Luckily Pete will hold the YE number 1 ranking with 6 straight!!! An amazing record too!!!


Kimo Says:

Veno said:

“Russian Regiment of Baseline Ball Machines”

LOOOOOOL.

Careful man, I’m a huge fan of Sharapova and Dementieva.


Veno Says:

July 7 last year JMDP was 65th ranked and what he has done since then is nothing short of amazing!

Him winning 4 tourneys in 4 weeks is very impressive, especially cause it were his first 4 finals he reached.

He enters tomorrow with a 6-2 final w/l stat!


Gordo Says:

What was that unurled at centre court o Ashe. Was it a US flag? It was so big I couldn’t tell. :)


Gordo Says:

If Kim wins she will have enough points to put her in 19th spot on the ladies tour. However, she will not have played the minimum number of tournaments to qualify to be included on the list. There is going to have to be an exception to the rule made here.


vared Says:

Sorry about Novak but this is still good for him. He’ll step it up into 2010.

PS
Do it Kim.


Veno Says:

True Gordo, but she’ll get a wildcard for every tourney she wants to play until she’s played enough tourneys to be included on the rankings list


Veno Says:

Doña Maria Bueno on court performing the toss!


Veno Says:

BTW, Clijsters will be on the WTA rankings list after the Open, because I read now in order to be included you have to have played 3 main WTA tourneys…She played Cincy, Toronto and the Open….so if she wins she will be the number 19 tomorrow


Kimo Says:

Caroline looks punchdrunk…She can’t stop smiling. LOL.

Kim looks focused. I think she’ll win it.


tenisbebe Says:

Kimo says: “Kim looks focused. I think she’ll win it.”

I believe Kim is the Vegas favorite even though Caroline is ranked #9.


Veno Says:

Looks windy, what do you think bebe?


tenisbebe Says:

Veno – I am 5 mns behind so will catch up during ads. Had to make dinner :-)


Veno Says:

Woz looks the more focussed now. Kim dipped after getting an early 2-0 lead.

Kim faught off 2 break points or it would have been 5-2 Woz serving for the first set.

Woz again moving great and making Kim hit many extra balls!


Veno Says:

Oh my, every year these Opens are costing me tremendous amounts of sleep, especially with the second Moday finish in 2 years… Oy Vey


Veno Says:

Lol, as comparison: if Woz wins tonight she will go from 9th to 4th on the ranking and if JMDP pulls the upset tomorrow he’ll go from 6th to 5th lol….


Ty Says:

Man, this woman’s final reminds me of watching our high school girls play.


Veno Says:

It’s a bad final yet again on the women’s side. Unfortunately.
Kim making many UE and seems scared to play her game…

Her former “choke” mode kicking in again?

She breaks back, was 40-0 up to go 5-4 ahead and totally blows the game… weird


Veno Says:

Now, that was a great rally!!!!


Veno Says:

Looks like Woz is going to take the first set. Woz is a good athlete. Has very good genes, like Kimmie


Veno Says:

5-5 lol

only held twice, both of them


Veno Says:

Kim holds, after trailing 15-40 again..

Weird scoreline so far….


tenisbebe Says:

“It’s a bad final yet again on the women’s side. Unfortunately. Kim making many UE and seems scared to play her game… Her former “choke” mode kicking in again?”

Veno – BULLSHIT – a very good final so far because it’s competitive. Kim is having a difficult time dealing with the “pusher” who hits with little pace, lots of spin and junk. They have never played before so it’s understandable. Kimmi has NOT folded or choked. Caroline has won tournaments on all 3 surfaces so she’s dangerous. GO KIMMI!!


tenisbebe Says:

Veno – you and I are “it” and I am jumping back and forth between my Bears who are playing their nemesis Green Bay and this match. Kim got too impatient in that last game for 1-1


tenisbebe Says:

Kim’s second serve – right in Woz’s strike zone.


tenisbebe Says:

Whoa = good fh from Kim for AD


tenisbebe Says:

Whoa = good aggressive last 2 pts on that game from Kim. GO KIM!!!


tenisbebe Says:

Ty Says: “Man, this woman’s final reminds me of watching our high school girls play.”

Either you are blind or a SOUR GRAPES Williams Sisters fan. Whatever, I say you are blind – good quality final.


Twocents Says:

JMDP amused me back in 2007: he played Nadal in 2nd round FO07, and a month later he played Fed in 2nd round WO07. Bad luck or good luck? Fast learner, isn’t he?

My heart says Fed wins but my mind sticks to JMDP. A stubborn old guy goes with his mind.


Ty Says:

Wow, I am seriously insulted. I can’t believe someone just called me a Williams sister fan.

They are playing a bit better now, but come on KIM!!!! Bring her to the damn net girl. This girl is running back and forth back and forth on the baseline, BRING HER TO THE DAMN NET!! Every time she brings her in she wins the point, you would think it would be easy by now. Oudin was doing the same thing, just trying to hit through her and move her side to side.


tenisbebe Says:

2cents – Fed is Fed, as we all know but Delpo looked solid, focus and dangerous today. If he keeps it up, doesn’t get intimidated and his UE down, the kid has a shot, definitely.


tenisbebe Says:

Ty = Kim must have heard you but…. in the 1st set Woz’s short game was solid.


tenisbebe Says:

Ty – did you see that pt at 0-30 2-3??? Great hitting.


jane Says:

Congrats to KIM!!

tenisbebe, I am with you; I found the final enjoyable – mix of counter-punching and attack.


Gordo Says:

K I M M I ! ! ! ! !


Ty Says:

What a great scene. That is probably the only time I have enjoyed it when someone has climbed into the stands.


Twocents Says:

tennisbebe,

Well put. On pure tennis terms, JMDP is still a bit short of Fed. But boy, he has everything else right here: a bad loss to Fed in AO; a tight loss in FO; Cincy withdrew; low key alttitude. Above all, someone not named Fed or Nad must take home one slam in 2009.


Dan Martin Says:

Congrats to Kim! Great to have her back on tour and winning!


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – I need to get back to you on your racquet question and will do so in on THIS stream in an hour or so. thanks for your patience.


tenisbebe Says:

2 cents – yes, Delpo has the tools but will his nerves or Fed’s A-game, get to him? Hopefully will be a great one.

KIMMMMI!!! Love you girl, so glad.


Dan Martin Says:

Sampras had 286 weeks at #1. Federer had the 237 consecutive weeks, and has tacked another 10 weeks on and counting. If Roger can finish the year at #1 he will pick up 6-10 weeks where either no one can catch him as no points are being awarded or it would take a lot of pre-Australian Open wins to catch him which is unlikely.

Weeks at #1 is really hard for me to get excited about one way or the other. Hewitt has more weeks at #1 than Edberg or Becker yet would anyone say Edberg or Becker had a worse career than Hewitt?


Gordo Says:

Yeah, Delpo has a chance, just like Djokovic did today and Wozniacki did tonight.

I figure he has a better chance than any of the other 126 players who were in the draw… barely.


Skorocel Says:

Well, I thought a grandslam semi would be too big of a stage for JMDP to handle Nadal, but boy, was I wrong! The match was maybe played literally at snail’s pace (that’s an understatement), but the fact is, the Argentinian didn’t give Rafa even the slightest of a chance. In a way, it was reminiscent to those 2 defeats which Nadal suffered to Gonzo and Tsonga at AO – he simply had no answer…


grendel Says:

jane

Mary Pierce’s wasn’t a hot dog, and b.t.w. I posted the Santoro shot on this site some months ago! The thing is, though, just as with any other shots, there are hot dogs and hot dogs. The one federer did today was, imo, not only much faster but much more impressive than any of the ones you adduce (cldn’t get the Arias one)

Veno:

bit late in the day, but re Fed and hawkeye. Every now and then, Fed gets it right, and if you look carefully, on these occasions he looks confident and his appeal is instant. I believe all the others are “emotional”. It’s kind of his way of letting off steam when he’s pissed at something. Other people smash rackets….

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