Federer, Djokovic, Murray Bid For Weekend ATP Titles
by Staff | November 7th, 2009
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In promises to be a strong weekend of tennis with three of the top four ranked players all in action.

In Basel, three-time defending champion and World No. 1 Roger Federer meets countryman Marco Chiudinelli in the first all-Swiss semi-final on the ATP circuit since 1995 (Jakob Hlasek defeated Marc Rosset in Gstaad). The match-up marks the first time two Swiss players have reached the Basel semis in the same year since 2006 when Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka were in opposite ends of the draw.

“It is very special (on the main court in Basel),” said Federer. “I used to be a ball boy here and I have so many great memories from this place. It’s really been an amazing tournament for me and obviously I love coming back here. I’ve been on this great run now with so many wins in a row; it’s very nice for me.

In the earlier semifinal, No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic, winner of three titles in 2009, is attempting to reach his ninth final of the year when he faces No. 5 seed Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, a two-time winner on the ATP World Tour this year.

“I had a great match against him at the US Open, but it’s totally different conditions now,” said Djokovic of the Czech. “We’ve had a lot of matches, we know each other’s games quite well. Radek is a player who plays with a lot of talent, a lot of feel. He’s had a couple of great wins this tournament so it’s going to be a tough one.”

Federer, the only player remaining yet to lose a set this week and winner of four titles in 2009, is trying to reach his seventh final of the season, while Chiudinelli is through to his first career ATP World Tour semi-final. Djokovic is attempting to win his 70th match of the season (69-18), tops on the ATP.

The remaining field in Valencia is also top class with three of the Top 4 seeds plus a familiar unseeded name completing the semifinals. All four players have reached at least three ATP finals this year. Second seed Nikolay Davydenko will face unseeded Mikhail Youzhny, who has already made it past a pair of seeds this week, No. 3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 5 Gilles Simon. Davydenko is 3-1 against Youzhny but the underdog did win their most recent meeting between the two Russians at last year’s Australian Open.

Top seed Andy Murray will face No. 4 seed Fernando Verdasco and the Scot is 6-1 lifetime against the Spaniard. Verdasco recorded his only win in their head-to-head series at the Australian Open earlier this year. Davydenko and Verdasco hope to boost their chances of taking the last two berths in the eight-man, year-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, which begins November 22. Both players have not dropped a set so far this week.


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160 Comments for Federer, Djokovic, Murray Bid For Weekend ATP Titles

sensationalsafin Says:

I wanted Soderling and Verdasco to make the YEC but Davydenko has been playing great tennis lately so I’m glad he’ll be there. Soderling has been injured, which is a shame. It’s nice having so many top players to root for. Not too long ago, I could care less about like 4 of the players in the YEC (04 for example, only Federer, Roddick, Hewitt, and Safin mattered).

I’d like to see Davydenko play Murray in the final. It’d be really good indication of where both players are. Federer vs Djokovic would be awesome. I want Federer to defend his title but I wanna see some real passion and desire from Djokovic. He’s gotta push Fed and be upset should he lose.


Kimmi Says:

I think in basel, its easier to predict today..federer and Novak (unless someone surprise me – pls do) but valencia is a little bit unpredictable imo. Murray not on par, verdasco says he finally find his game, london here I come. As for davy and Youzhny, gotta go with davy, he is looking good this end of season, can he take out another top player here too..he already did the unthikable in Shanghai…


Kimmi Says:

Nicole Vaidisova on Step box..good to see.

And match is starting out very good.


Kimmi Says:

WOW ! Stepanek came to play today. great serving and attacking Djoko second serve. Great tennis. Djoko needs to raise his game in this set…


i am it Says:

what’s wrong with Dj, he lost 1st set in tiebreaker to Step? his body language and facial expression don’t look right. he looks disinterested.
where are you, people?
hey, Kimmi?


Kimmi Says:

Hey i am it, where is jane, sar, duro..to take Djoko out of this one too..Step is on the roll


i am it Says:

i cannot believe Dj has allowed Step to play the net. He has to affix the Czech behind the baseline.

disappointing thing is Dj does not have the same energy he had yesterday. he is not moving right either. maybe he didn’t sleep right or had bad dream last night.


Kimmi Says:

I must admit, I did not give Step a chance today..but wow..his serving is incredible and his FH seem to find the court today.


Kimmi Says:

BH down the line Djoko


i am it Says:

Hi Kimmi, I’d not say Step is playing great. i would say Dj is playing horrible. before the match started, i thought he would win this one easily. i’d be really sad if he loses this match; unfortunately, it is not looking good at all. yesterday, i did not lose hope when he was about to be wiped out in straight sets. but today…


i am it Says:

Dj had 2 break points in the 5th game 2nd set but could not convert.


Kimmi Says:

Djoko got out of that game…now step time to serve


Kimmi Says:

i am it, you must admit step is playing well..he is serving.. hiting the spots.


Kimmi Says:

step attacking Djoko second serve, djoko goes for more..he make double faults..very tense.


i am it Says:

i disagree with you, Kimmi. Step is playing just OK, not spectacular. he looks good and his serve/volley is working because Dj is feeding him and not responding. everything is wrong with Dj.
i am getting pissed now.


Kimmi Says:

Oh No..3 match point


i am it Says:

let me try to humor: N. Vaidasova beat J. Ristic.

Djoko got brokenand lost the set 6-4 2nd set.
Congrats to Step.


Kimmi Says:

If Djoko comes out of this he wins this match.


contador Says:

kimmi: steps is playing phenomenally! like he did against cilic lat match. took marin to school, is what radek did.

but he’s getting worn down…still, playing a modern day version of serve and volley brilliantly but i feel djoko has more fitness and can win this match if he can get this into a 3rd set..

where steps played abominably was at the us open against djoko this year. djoko played well enough to win that match but.. he did not have to work this hard. this is a different steps!

steps is only just surviving at the moment. great tennis match!

djoko is going to pull himself out here and radek will not recover….oh lord!!


Kimmi Says:

Wel well well.. he says the commentator….what will happen now !


i am it Says:

Let me retract my last post. Dj savedall 3 match points. 5-5. He’s still alive.


contador Says:

i knew it!!!


Kimmi Says:

oh noooo…Djoko to break here. Step must be think about those 3 match points


i am it Says:

That moment when he saved 3 Match points must be the turning point of the match. Now Dj gets double break point to go 6-5 and serve out the set.
and he does it again.
Go Djoko !


contador Says:

poor stepanek. does he recover from blowing those match points or go the way of wawa?

i think djoko wins in this. steps can’t close but wow, he played a brilliant first set.


contador Says:

best match of the tourny, so far, imo.

tide has turned.

i think.


i am it Says:

Dj wins the 2nd set. Now he has given me HOPE again (with that crappy game!), he will have a shot at the match.


Kimmi Says:

And Djoko wins the second set..what a scrapper..great tennis. Will Step be too dissapointed on the third ?


i am it Says:

j., it’s time you need to come out of that cave of yours.


Duro Says:

Oh boy… There went my 3 years of life…


contador Says:

yep. djoko has it.

i loved watching steps confidence against cilic and he carried into this match. but i would be shocked if he can delete that 2nd set from his brain and produce the level with which he walked on court.

djoko wins 6-2 or 6-1

my prediction….lol…


Duro Says:

i am it, just to satisfy the probation…
I need a doctor…


i am it Says:

too much drama, no good tennis.
well, we all watch differently.


i am it Says:

Great, you passed, Duro. I hope you brought some good luck for Dj.


contador Says:

steps played brilliantly and djoko was surprised. but nolee is up to the task. he was applauding some of radeks ‘get’ at net….but steps began sweating bullets toward the middle of the 2nd set….nolee is the fittest. but what a treat to watch stepanek at his best! a true showboat! great tennis!


i am it Says:

Dj repeats yesterday’s pattern and breaks Step in the opening game of the 3rd set and holds. 2-0.
Looks like Step going to meet Wawa’s fate.


contador Says:

i saw it coming 2nd set. steps couldn’t keep up the high level. djoko did not panic; and that’s the biggest improvement i see in nole: his maturity and mentality of recent.


jane Says:

I am going gray: will need to book immediate hair-coloring appointment for this afternoon. Not to mention the tremendous headache I seem to have, and can barely lift head from pillow.

COME ON NOVAK!


i am it Says:

just like yesterday, Dj has to break one more time, right here in the 3rd game. he had 0-30 (50% chance), which got erased cuz of those 2 bad lobs from Dj and another bad slice in the net. but Dj got a break point, thanks to Step’s long BH slice. let’s do it, baby. Step aces down the T and deuces and another wild lob from Dj gives Step game point. Another long from Dj, and Step holds sadly.
Djoko played shitty in this game. actually Step did the same but he must thank to Dj’s errors.


Kimmi Says:

step holds, still has a chance in this match, though a small one.


i am it Says:

Dj holds easy 3-1, losing just 1 point. He is no able to keep Step behind the baseline in this game, except once, in which he hit BH down the line passing shot.
Step holds, barely losing a point. 2-3.


contador Says:

don’t worry jane. i can watch this objectively and stepanek has a soaking wet shirt on, which he should have thought to change back a set ago and his cheecks are flushed. he is nearly asking, begging for his mother at this point!!

he’s on the ropes..


jane Says:

What’s the deal? How come Steps is serving better than Nole? Why all these doubles. Good god hold Djoko!


contador Says:

okay, c’mon nole!!

you can do it!


i am it Says:

j., i don’t want to see your gray hair. you take that appointment, please. nonetheless, glad to see you, blondie.
Dj holds 4-2. everything is under control. hoping another break to come soon.


jane Says:

contador, I think your Federer doll will have no probs hoisting the home trophy tomorrow. Whomever comes out of this side will be battled out. lol. No seriously, though, Djoko can’t play like this against Roger or HE might be eating rather than serving a double bagel.

Oh they are bad luck, hey Duro and sar? Johnny Mac was right.

I have to call my hair-colorist.


contador Says:

nole has to break again here…..and that will be it!


Kimmi Says:

And a double fault on breakpoint…virtual match point they say..


i am it Says:

Dj gets another double break point in the 7th game and converts the 2nd one. i saw that one coming right on time. i have my peace of mind. hopefully Dj holds and wins the 3rd set 6-3.


contador Says:

it’s all up to nole…..steps ran outta gas.

nole will make this a 6-2 third set! money!!


i am it Says:

6-2. Congrats to Dj, for scraping through, despite not playing at his best.


jane Says:

: D

That’s the gritty man, the fighter, LOVE IT. Except I am going prematurely gray and I need some Tylenol.

Congrats Novak!!!! Great effort Steps!


snowbirrd Says:

Novaks double faults and first serve almost let him down. Now I can call my mom and let her know he won. Poor woman loves him and this game would have made her hair turn grayer,lol. Good to see he didn,t panic and give up because he’ll need that tenacity to play against roger. I hope he makes a game of it and the two of them give us an exciting match.


Kimmi Says:

gasquet had some kind of injury yesterday they say.. thats why the lopsided scoreline…I was wondering why he did not put up a fight.


contador Says:

oh….stepanek….he was so sweaty djoko could not manage more than a friendly pat….no manhug…..boo schucks

the next match….well, i can probably watch but i can’t watch if it’s a nole v fed match , until after the fact.

i certainly would not consider tomorrow a done deal either way. i saw a very fit and poised nole today. the crowd was cheering steps as he put on a show but djoko prevailed. much better preparation having a match like today than a cake-walk.

better for nole fans, the double bagel but i think nole is fit and ready.

we’ll see….tough to bet against fed is basel but anything is possible.

see , i was thinking fed would have trouble against the game stepanek played in the first set. rarely see step play his game with such confidence. but he was coming off the cilic win.

had step beat novak? whoa, watch out tennis world!


i am it Says:

where is this gray shi* and Tylenol coming from today? Did you sleep well, j.? after the win, i assume your hair must be turning into natural color. one more time Dj pulled off from the brink of losing. that is something.


Duro Says:

That double bagel will haunt me as long as I live!
Damn J. Mac. I wish I didn’t hear that curse… I can’t get it out of my head since that.
Nole will take couple of years of my life, for sure…
Since I don’t give him any chances tomorrow, the only thing I’ll be satisfied with will be 300 more points and 9th finals out of 20 tournaments. Lost, though…
Jane, i am gray already but didn’t stutter till now…
Maybe, I’m too old to be fan of anyone. Nole, I’ll kill you eventually.
Sar, what to say… God have mercy on us.
i am it, thanks.
No more energy. See you all around.


jane Says:

Did you guys see the “Nanny for your twins + phone number” sign someone is holding up for Fed? LOL.


contador Says:

kimmi: gasquet had a mto to have his rt forearm/elbow worked on.

it was obviously difficult to hit the serves, back hands, & serve returns he amazingly hit to win the isner match. maybe other things were playing on his mind but that the gasquet who won isner was not the one who lost to chewy!

chewy played well, not distracted by gasquet’s problem but hey, chewy is used to his own injuries! he took the win…..the swiss loved it!


i am it Says:

Duro, you are doing pretty good. i am impressed.
j., you are not even talking to me. are you mad with me or what?


jane Says:

i am it, maybe I can pull out the couple of grays Djoko gave me. lol. But the headache is real – cold or something. So many people sick at work right now, that even if I wash my hands 19 times on the hour, the germs are in the air. Yuck.

Duro – hang in there! Like you, I don’t give Djoko more than a 20% chance tomorrow after seeing him struggle past Stan and Steps. No way he’ll beat Roger. But it’s a good result nonetheless!

contador – I think you saw a different Nole! But that’s perspective for you.

Now Murray has to win and today will be good. But Verdasco will fight hard as it’s his hometown and YEC points are on the line. Should be interesting…


jane Says:

i am it – never mad, silly. Just babbling to whomever, as I still can’t believe Djoko won after being down 3 match points to an inspired Radek!


i am it Says:

C-Nelly is playing great tennis. an impressive start. Fed has the serve that is doing its job. nice down the line BH. 1-1.


contador Says:

LOL…..i was watching radek! admiring his play, although not cheering for him. i can’t be so objective watching fed LIVE. i can onky assess a fed match after a replay or two!!

honestly: i was thinking during the first set that roger would be severely tested as nole was with radek playing such a confident, well-executed serve and volley game!

if steps could of kept it up, he would have won. nole did not play terribly, he was challenged more mentally than physically. you could see the difference between the two about halfway into the second set.

now fed is on and i won’t watch until its over. hahahaha….so much for my nerve….


jane Says:

contador, You’re right you know. Remember when Steps beat Fed at Rome in 2008? That was because he even executed his attacking style on clay, got Fed to 2 tiebreaks (I think) and won.

I can’t get a good feed for Fed match; all are cutting out. And my livescore board keeps showing Djoko/Step result, even though I have refreshed the ATP page etc. Must have a bad connection around here today.


Kimmi Says:

Chiudinelli shot for shot with the fed so far.


i am it Says:

one thing i noticed about Fed is he uses forehand more frequently against lesser players than say against Rafa, in which case he is less sure to use forehand and relies more on backhand. i don’t buy into those who say Fed is forced to play backhand when he plays Rafa. watch AO final again, you will notice Fed using BH even when the ball was coming to his FH. and in that match Fed used 70+% BH. my point is there is a pattern, at least 2008-09, that he is comfortable to use more forehand against weaker opponents.


i am it Says:

j., close the score board and clear the History, including cookies, from Option from the Tool menu. open the Score Board. it should work.


Kimmi Says:

well well well 0-40 c’moon fed


contador Says:

i am not watching. i had a weird feeling roger would be too nice today….too empathetic…maybe even lose!!

nole would have a chewy sunday brunch!..lol….sorry.

doing my homework….not thinking tennis now…..lalalala


Kimmi Says:

back to duece…great.


i am it Says:

strange things happen Fed faced 3 break points, but he saved all and holds. 4-4. Chieu missed big opportunity to take a set.


Kimmi Says:

contador..you are missing some good Fed magic. A little worrying there though, 0-40 but he came out unscaved.


contador Says:

gone are the days from 2004 to 2007, when i watched fed without fear.

must accept the new fed. on replay. :-)


jane Says:

I tried that i am it, but it didn’t work. Still have Djoko/Steps on scoreboard. Irritating. I didn’t fine a streaming at channelsurfing but it keeps stopping and starting. Must be the connection around here. C-Nelly is a good player isn’t he? I have missed most of his matches this week, seeing only snippets here and there in highlights. But it seems to me like C-Nelly is playing a little to Fed’s strengths, i.e., not making him move much but hitting into his strike zone – very dangerous indeed. Nice to see him hanging in, but he doesn’t have a chance.


jane Says:

Oh god typing horrible today “I didnt fine” should be “I did find”!


Kimmi Says:

he is jane, was not a fluke he reach the semi. he is with fed shot for shot so far.


Kimmi Says:

oh no..fed bad error at the net, hope it does not cost him


Kimmi Says:

C-nelly has a good lead on this tie break…c’moon Fed


contador Says:

okay, i cranked up the livestream. thought, well if chewy wins, good for him!

fed, probably saying same.

gasquet was not blasting those down the line backhands or blocking serve returns. it was as if his arm was all spent. chewy didn’t have a live opponent, imo.

but chewy has to be psyched playing his first semi on his home court…..the crowd is weirdly silent.

it would not surprise me if fed lost …c’mon fed, pretend your rafa playing a fellow spaniard!!


Kimmi Says:

still on serve but setpoint fed..c’mooon


jane Says:

I can’t decide which nickname I like better “Chewy” or “C-Nelly” lol. Still think he has no chance, but at least he’s making a strong effort and not folding.


Kimmi Says:

this guy is good…set point C-nelly…No no no..c’moon fed


Kimmi Says:

attack attack c-nelly fed comes with a magnificent pass – now fed set point


jane Says:

Good tiebreaker. Fed will win.


Kimmi Says:

oooooh..C-nelly too tense hits the FH out. Yes yes. Great game so far.


contador Says:

well, chewy looks the part. he’s gonna force fed to bring out the magic….or not.

but i wouldn’t be diving to the hard court, chewy. good way to hurt yourself…again.


i am it Says:

Kimmi, that passing shot was indescribably magnificent. best shot so far.


jane Says:

Battle of the Swiss, but meanwhile the battle of the Russians has begun in Spain. It’s likely Davydenko will come through there, but Youz has been playing better of late so you never know.


i am it Says:

that tweeny did not go this time. i must say this is a much better tennis than the last one. both are playing really good.


Kimmi Says:

C-nelly seem to be too dissapointed after squandering those setpoint. 3 errors in the 2nd game second set give the fed a break…now fed seem to be cruising here.


contador Says:

must say i have enjoyed watching youzhny lately. he’s built like a block but his footwork is great and strikes those backhands to perfection.

i better get livescore up for davy v youz….

wondering about davy coming through. he did not look as strong the last two matches in valencia

ALLEZ ROGER!!


i am it Says:

Davydenko breaks Youzhny to lead 4-1. He is on his way to the final spot.


i am it Says:

with that break in the 2nd, Fed will cruise to straight set victory.
we have fed-Dj final decided now.
Davy is through. let’s hope murray makes it. then, we will have 2 blockbuster finals tomorrow.


jane Says:

I wonder: what happens if Roddick pulls out of the YEC? I don’t even know who the next in line would be: Cilic, Sod, Step?

This is assuming both Davy and Verdasco will likely get in.


contador Says:

feeling kinda bad now for roger’s best mate. really.

have to be careful who i start cheering for , kimmi! i started feeling bad for delpo after the first set during the us open and was cheering delpo on with the crowd after he took a set off fed.

then i was cheering fed to win in the 5th, but it was too late.

was very happy for delpo, in the end. was the first time i took a fed loss like an adult! teeheee!

go kolya!!


Kimmi Says:

me too re; delPo in Us Open…good for him.

But pls the fed finish this match


i am it Says:

j., in that case whoever is no. 9, that would be Soderling at present. if Sod declines, Gonzalez. then Tsonga, Step, Cilic, and Simon, in that order.

the Basel final is scheduled at 9:15 am (ET).


Kimmi Says:

That FH down the line..love it from Roger


jane Says:

True i am it, but I guess it depends on how all those guys do in Paris right? They could feasibly move up or down a spot. Tsonga likely down, as he’s defending champ and he’s injured. It’s very close between Sod and Gonza a.t.m.


Kimmi Says:

game set match Roger 7 6, 6 3, goodluck in the final tomorrow.


Kimmi Says:

jane: “Tsonga likely down, as he’s defending champ and he’s injured”

why defending champ..the race does not deduct points only additions. I agree with you though..he is injured.


i am it Says:

Congrats to Fed ! Spectacular tennis !

Dj will have his work cut out for him should he choose to aim for the title.

And Davy wins the 1st set easily, 6-3. looks good.


contador Says:

seems it’s a case of which walking wounded, jane.

i was hoping robin would make it but whoever is strongest. maybe steps! i vote for the serve and volley man

gonzalez had something wrong, didn’t he? i mean physically. tsonga, sod, simon ( not playing the level he was a year ago ).

fed can close any match, if his serve is on and he is healthy.

our action doll, kimmi! just wish he’d pull out the other shorts, the ones matching the warm-up jacket for tomorrow!! he’ll need the magic !


jane Says:

Congrats to Fed fans here; he came through again, and will likely win at home tomorrow. I just hope Djoko can give him a good fight!


Kimmi Says:

“Congrats to Fed fans here; he came through again, and will likely win at home tomorrow”

aaaarg jane..stop jinxing roger. Djoko is tough he beat roger before, it could happen again. ;)


i am it Says:

Kimmi, give us the trophy right now; we will take it. thanks for your veiled belief in Dj, “it could happen again” with a wink:-)


Kimmi Says:

“our action doll, kimmi! just wish he’d pull out the other shorts, the ones matching the warm-up jacket for tomorrow!! he’ll need the magic”

Contador, I agree. he will need the magic tomorrow.

Time for Murray/verdasco….go go murray


Kimmi Says:

i am it, LOL. Seriously, it wont be that easy for Roger the way you guy are implying. We both know that djoko can beat him, I am sure you are hoping for that to happened..which may well happen.

i just hope he can pull out those magic shots as contador says.


Kimmi Says:

Youzhny breaks davydenko.


jane Says:

Oh Kimmi come on! I am hardly jinxing Roger. He’s won this event three times; he’s number 1; he’s beat Djoko easily in their last 2 matches; this is Fed’s hometown tournament so the entire crowd will be rooting for him; and finally, Djoko barely made it through the last two matches, facing inspired play from Stan and Steps.

It’ll be a near miracle if Djoko wins tomorrow. LOL. From my perspective, you’re being kind of unrealistic in terms of the odds here. Maybe you like to bet on long shots? ha ha


Kimmi Says:

Ok jane, since you put it that way…the odds are against Djoko I agree. But to call it a miracle if Djoko wins, is streaching it a little too far. It was a miracle for Rochus to win, who has never won Fed before but not Djoko who has 4-9 H2H and beat Roger twice this year. You see, it won’t be a walk on the park for Roger.


jane Says:

Okay Kimmi – maybe we’re both stretching. LOL.

Youz is hanging in here, making me wait longer for Murray’s match!


contador Says:

yes, nole passed the swiss crowd test and super serve and volley-man.

federer? has not been tested, really. but he knows nole. they know each other, should say. stopping there on that subject.

aaaaarghhh! i want davy to win this one! although starting to believe murray will win over verdasco and over whichever one gets through this. youz is giving his best . he broke back and held in the 2nd set.


Kimmi Says:

Davy gone off the boil..commentator said. Youzhny is given a life line..could well win this.


i am it Says:

Kimmi, now Davy is likely to lose the match. he’s a break down. the momentum has shifted to Youzhny, and Davy is making a lot of errors.


jane Says:

Kimmi I think your commentators were right! Davy is “gone off the boil” for sure. I like both these guys, but I do have a soft spot for Youz’s backhand and his winning “salute”! Hard to say what will happen now, but it looks like Youz will win.


contador Says:

can’t say i’m terribly surprised. i watched youzhny enough lately to imagine him getting the win. :-(

kolya won the last two matches in straights but it was not easy for him. he had a leg problem apparently during the monaco match. and barely won in the 2nd set against GGL.


i am it Says:

double break for Youzhny, 4-0. it is over for Davy. this should help Murray in the final, should he get past Verdasco in next match.


contador Says:

i know, jane. love that salute! kudos to youz


jane Says:

Just checked: Murray has played Youzhny only once, back in 07, on indoor carpet and Murray prevailed in 3 sets – same scoreline as Djoko/Step today only reversed: 6-2. 5-7. 7-6. But Murray is improved from 07 whereas Youz has dropped, though he had been playing better lately: reaching finals in Tokyo, winning in Moscow, and now likely reaching finals here.


contador Says:

ahh…davy’s wife. she’s great, though


contador Says:

that was nice. davy gave youz a sincere arm over his shoulder and some words…maybe something like, ” now go win the final.”


madmax Says:

everyone, thanks so much for giving me a bit of a commentary on the fed match. for some reason i cannot get live streaming on my laptop and will try later to see if i can get it set up for tomorrow – its really annoying! Go federer for tomorrow! I always feel when he plays someone he has not played before, it takes him a while to ‘suss out’ the game, even though first set was a tiebreaker, after that, he mentally knew what he had to do – he is such a mathmatician on the court! I love his calculated shots!
Enjoy the final tomorrow everyone! Cheers!


Kimmi Says:

verdasco FH versus Murray defence. Hope Murray is not going to only defend..c’moon


jane Says:

Murray is breaking down Verdasco. Verdasco doesn’t have the patience needed to play Murray, as he begins to commit too many errors. Verdasco began strongly but he didn’t use his chances, making bad errors. Murray is just better overall. This title is Murray’s to lose, imo.


Kimmi Says:

Yay, Murray..great tennis


Kimmi Says:

Jason goodall is calling murray “the former world number 2″ he he he


huh Says:

Hi Madmax: It’s nice to have a Fedfan like you.I’m a Fedfan too! I’d certainly like to visit tennistalk as it would be fun taking on the Rafanatics and Anti-Feds there! ;) I’d certainly try to go there.

And hey Duro, you’re an amazing Nole fan, I must tell you! :) Come more often. And to tell you the truth, further, Djoko is really devastating when fully on! I just marvelled at how he totally dismantled Fed by playing amazing power tennis at AO 08 and deservedly won there too. Keep rooting for your dearest Djoko, I think he’d not disappoint you and hopefully good times are ahead(for you and for me).

i am it: When would Del Potro play again,I’m dying to see him soon. Want more of his matches, nailbiting ones with Fed, and blowouts with Rafa(with of course him always winning hopeully against Rafa). ;)

Mrs. Jane: Are you watching the matches? What’s going on, please tell me as my TV is not ok at the moment, needs repair and so I’m unable to watch the matches and am very sad about it too.:( I’m deprived of some good action & drama too perhaps.

And Hi Kimmi: What’s up with Murray? From what I read in another thread about Murray again losing concentration in his matches, I’m totally pissed off with the guy. He’s so very talented, but it looks like he’s determined not to fully utilize it. Otherwise why’d he lose concentration in between a match and why be so passive when he’s capable of playing as or even more aggressive than Rafa? His loss in the USO is still stinging me, Cilic totally outplayed him there unfortunately and I’m not happy about it. I would love to see the Britsh lad winning a slam next year, but in case he fails to do so, I’m gonna leave angry messages for him in his website, that’s for sure.

If there are players whom I like after Fed, they are certainly Rod and then JMDP & Murray. Djokovic comes next. However it almost goes without saying that Djoko’s performance this year has impressed me much more than Murray’s. So good luck to Murray and I hope Fed beats Djoko tomorrow, of course Id love it to happen coz I want Fed to end the year as No.1.

SO after all’s said, Go Fed!!! Come on Murray(Muzzah)!!


huh Says:

Go Murray, crush Verdasco!


Kimmi Says:

huh..nice you join us. Murray is doing is thing again in this second set..losing conc. C’mon murray, say it loud..you are better than Verdasco…


jane Says:

huh – hi! Haven’t seen you much lately. I have been watching only some of the matches via streaming, as I am busy with marking. But I am watching Murray a.t.m., who’s had a bit of a slip to start the second set. But he won the first set 6-3. I think he should still win the match. I hope. But Verdadso is really gunning for it on those forehands. Murray is staying very calm under fire though.


Kimmi Says:

he he he , Murray just broke the string..and I was wondering what is he doing..3 shots there was Santoro like.


Kimmi Says:

verdasco is playing better in this set..and Murray is defending too much. Now double break for Verdasco..c’mon Murray ..


huh Says:

It’s hard to believe that Murray’s still resorting to passive play, attack Murray, attack!!!


jane Says:

Well, some credit has to go to Verdasco, too, though, for that second set, as he raised his level and is serving well and making less errors. It’s not only Murray. Murray is capable of more attacking, true, but Fernando just turned it on there. One aspect of Fernando’s game that is stronger than Murray’s, imo, is his second serve. Fernando doesn’t hesitate to “go for it” and he is often rewarded because of it, whereas Murray tends to roll in his second serves. He should work on improving those. It looks like Murray is going to attack more in this third set already! I noticed Djok had a couple of second serve aces so he’s trying to improve there; they are all learning from Fed that an excellent second serve is a great weapon, and from Rafa that a consistently high first serve percentage is also a good item to have in the tool box. Seriously, if Djok and Murray could improve their serves – become more consistent and make their second serves stronger – they’d have even greater potential to scale to the top! : )


i am it Says:

that is it from Verdasco. Murray will break soon and run with the match.


jane Says:

Murray will win indeed! But Verdasco has always been plagued by errors, and I kind of feel badly for him when he loses based on those. He has such talent on the serve, off the forehand side, in his movement. But he makes dumb errors.

Murray for the title!


i am it Says:

yes, j., “But he makes dumb errors.” 3 easy errors, and he got broken, to trail 2-5. were he a bit more patient and consistent, those talent and skills would bear bigger fruits for the Hot Sauce. i feel for him, too.
hey, you have your both men in the final. it will be wonderful if they both win titles tomorrow. Murray’s more certain than Dj.


jane Says:

Phew! Murray had me biting my nails until the last point today. Good win, even though not at his best. :)


Kimmi Says:

Yay..a little hard but got there in the end. Congrats Murray


jane Says:

yes, i am it. I figure tomorrow has to be a pretty good day as I think one of them will win a title – and that would be Muzza. I don’t see Djok beating Fed on his home soil, but I am very pleased with his efforts this week nonetheless. All-in-all, I’m quite a happy little tennis fan at the moment. But must get back to my marking.

Cheers till the finals!


sar Says:

I was watching the match earlier. Djokovic did the same thing as yesterday. Steps and Wawa are problematic for him but he usually scrapes through.Poor Steps, he’s a really good player and friends with Novak, so they say. Maybe Novak can win tomorrow Duro. It ain’t over until it’s over, if the last two matches he played are an indication.


jane Says:

Number 1 & 2 doubles seeds face of in Basel final tomorrow too – Nesty/Zims vs. Bryans. I am hoping for the former to win, as we need SOME success in tennis in Canada, and Nestor has given us that. Basel has turned out to be an exciting event, with blockbuster finals in both single and doubles.


Kimo Says:

Great to see Fed back in action. I hope Novak isn’t too fatuiged having played two three-setters in a row.


sar Says:

I hope N&Z win too but I really want them to win Bercy for the only title Nestor doesn’t have.


Duro Says:

Sar, I’m satisfied anyway. This is success and Nole is on the course! 9th final out of 20 tournaments, 300 points at least (650 from No2) and there will be time for him! He’s 22. Lucky us! In Novak we trust!


Nina Says:

I’m a Djokovic fan all the way and I always want him to win. After him, I love Fed. So tomorrow it’s going to be an interesting and exciting match, very nervewracking too! I’m as afraid of Fed as Djoko is because he’s in top form and when he’s like that he’s almost unbeatable. But I put all my hopes in Nole, I want him to win desperately!


sar Says:

You’re right Duro, only 22. He’s slowly moving forward. 2010 will be his year.


Duro Says:

People welcomed you at TT… I’m very glad. See you tomorrow, Sar. It won’t be easy, for sure, but I’m prepared. Alleeeez allez allez alleeeez, No-leeee, No-leeee…
I’ll teach you tomorrow to cheer: Djo-ko-vic No1-vak, clap-clap clap clap-clap! (That if we win ) ;-) Good night.


Kimo Says:

I hope Fed serves Djoko another ‘tweener tomorrow, but it might be tough coz…it’ll be hard for Djoko to lob in Basel. LOL.

Seriously though, Djoko has been playing great tennis in the post-slam season. He’s definitely better now than he was back at the US Open. Fed is still the same old Fed: lethal. Not to mention that the surface suits the Fed better, and he’s Basel’s homegorwn hero.

On a sidenote, there’s one thing I noticed about the Basel atmosphere. It is so classy, sophisticated, everybody is wearing a suit, it’s almost like a darkened theatre. The atmosphere is so….Federer!!!!


been there Says:

Kimo says:

“…there’s one thing I noticed about the Basel atmosphere. It is so classy, sophisticated, everybody is wearing a suit, it’s almost like a darkened theatre…”

Seems like everyone there is working in banking, insurance or other finance related fields…what with world-wide multi-millionaires/billionaires evading tax & hiding big dollars in Swiss off-shore accounts. They need suits to be well-adjusted to seeing such mega cash on a daily basis. lol.

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>>Fed Vs Djoko – Loving both guys….though I’m not sure what another final loss to one of his main opponents would do to Djoko’s spirit. Though imo, he always seems at peace with himself when losing to Federer but not to Nadal…loses to Rafa really break him, but to Fed, it’s all smiley. I find it rather puzzling in an amusing way. Djoko won Beijing just last month, so however it goes, I guess he’ll be fine.

Fed, well, he’s got the Swiss crowd gasping at his every shot (even those that I – who can barely push a ball over the net – can make. lol) I wonder what they’d do were he to rip that tweener or whichever other magical shot he’s got in store for them….take off their ties & suit coats perhaps? lol.

>>Murray vs Youzhny – Not a fan, but Murray in straight sets. Ok, Youzhny might put a bit of a fight & give the fans a tie-break, but the winner is already clear as day & night. Yes, that’s my fortune telling crystal ball speaking.


Kimo Says:

I like Youzhny BIG TIME. I like to watch his awkward step towards the service line AFTER he tosses the ball. He also possesses one of the best single handed backhands in the game.

Given Youzhny’s great record against Rafa, who is THE best ball retriever, I like his chances against Murray. The court in Valencia seems pretty quick, and if Youz manages to keep his nerves in-check (by no means an easy feat for him- scratch that, for any male Russian player) he might pull off the upset.

I say Murray in three with Youz winning the first set and Murray winning the other two easily.


jane Says:

been there, that seems true about Djoko versus Fed, though I don’t know if it was always that way (think back to 06 or 07). I think Djoko sees Fed as one of the greatest, but he feels he’s closer to Nadal on some level – maybe it’s an age thing? Or maybe it’s also related to the fact that Djoko has had several “just barely” losses to Nadal, so that could be why he takes them harder? He feels he could have won them? I am merely speculating, of course, but also agreeing that what you’ve written does seem to hold some truth.

I sure hope Djoko has an excellent 2010, especially at the slams. He can really go deeper at all of them, imo But, at the same time, the competition is heating up, with Murray, JMDP, Roddick, Tsonga, Cilic and of course Fed and Rafa.


jane Says:

Weird! How can my reply to “been there” be above/before his/her post?


sensationalsafin Says:

Youzhny is good against Nadal because he attacks the crap out of his forehand. Murray doesn’t have the same weaknesses as Nadal, especially on hard.

I agree about Djokovic. He shouldn’t get broken but he shouldn’t be all smiles either.


been there Says:

jane says:

“..Djoko has had several “just barely” losses to Nadal. so that could be why he takes them harder?..”

I suppose this is closer to it than the age thing…’coz he gets really upset when he loses to say Haas whose even older than Fed, & others like Roddick & Davydenko who are about Fed’s age. It’s probably a bit easier to take a straight sets loss or even 3 quick sets than a tough 3 to 4 hour 3-setter battle decided on a few points here & there. The agony! lol.

And I guess you’re also right in the sense that Fed does hold a bit of that ‘oh, my goodness, so many grand-slams I can only dream of’ feel to him even to top players. Not so much when they’re actually playing (that’s reserved for those outside top50), but after a loss, most players feel, ‘ok, I tried my best…but he’s better than me. So it’s ok’. And they seem to feel this way whether they actually tried their best or not…well, from my arm-chair critic point of view. hehe. One of the few players I see really berating himself after a loss to Fed is Murray…though I think he takes it too far, ‘coz sometimes, Fed is simply ‘on’. ok, Maybe JMDP too, but his is more sadness than berating….but then he goes ahead & hopes that Fed wins the tournament if it’s not him winning. lol. So I’m not too sure it counts.

>>Now that you’ve mentioned JMDP, anyone know the nature of his injury? He’s still hugging his US Open trophy while everyone else has moved on. lol. But such is tennis…unless you’re a multi-slam winner, a major win is quickly forgotten. I really hope he’s good to go for Paris & definitely the YEC, maybe even win one of them & show everyone that he’s here to stay.

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Yeah, something really creepy going is going on here. What’s with replies to a comment appearing before the comment itself? Are we time-travelling backwards? :)

ADMINISTRATOR (if you exist) please?


jane Says:

been there, if we are time-traveling backwards then that means I am getting younger, yes? Maybe we don’t want the imagined ADMINISTRATOR to fix things? LOL. I’d love to go back to the 80s. Maybe like 87, 88, or so.


jane Says:

Oh crap. Ageing again. ha ha, he he.


been there Says:

Jane, seems like it’s been fixed, but the previous comments are now lost in between. ADMINISTRATOR, seems like you exist…if possible, could you move the comments from ‘jane11.09 pm’ to ‘been there11.49′ pm to appear after the one at ‘Kimo12:08pm?’ No big deal though-they’re just comments & I guess we get the wrapped flow.

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Jane, alas! if we went back to 87, 88, 89, some of us would have no memory ‘coz we’d be in nappies and/or baby-class depending on the yr. lol. I’m all for freezing time in 2009!

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