Federer Finds Form in Front of Prince William, Serena Dominant at Australian Open
by Sean Randall | January 21st, 2010, 11:13 am
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Two rounds down just five more to go before we crown our first champions of the 2010 Grand Slam tennis season. So what have we learned? Well, Maria Sharapova still has a ways to go, as does Ana Ivanovic. Justine Henin proved just as her countrywoman Kim Clijsters did last year, that your can take a really, really long time off from women’s tennis and still comeback and immediately beat top players and win Slams. Henin of course beat Elena Dementieva Wednesday night in Melbourne. Dementieva remember is the No. 5 player in the world and I’m sure many WTA were hoping the Russian would have prevailed, but…

As for the men, Roger Federer nearly gave his legion of followers a collective heart attack in that harrowing escape against Igor Andreev in the first round. If not for Andreev’s consistent gagging, who knows. Federer did manage to work out the kinks and he turn it around quickly earlier today by destroying Victor Hanescu. Good thing too, you don’t want to go into the crapper when Prince William shows up. And to his credit Roger didn’t, but Hanescu isn’t much opposition. Federer now gets Albert Montanes before either Lleyton Hewitt or Marcos Baghdatis (love that guy Bagdhatis!) and then the quarterfinals showdown with the buzzsaw named Nikolay Dayvdenko. Which Federer will show up? The one we saw against Andreev or the one Prince William watched last night?

Rafael Nadal seems to be in fine form on the spin-friendly Melbourne courts. As does Andy Murray. The two seem destined to clash. Maybe my man Gael Monfils can play the spoiler, but even though I think he gets through Big John Isner tomorrow, I don’t think he has the toughness to outlast Murray. We’ll see. Ivo Karlovic could spell danger for Nadal, but can the 6-foot-10 giant even get to that match?

Novak Djokovic didn’t play great today, but he got through and that’s what counts in Slams. The problem for Djokovic may be that his draw is too easy. So easy that when he does run into a strong foe – read Jo Tsonga – he might not be up to snuff. Tsonga is playing some big ball and the Frenchman hasn’t dropped a set. If he stays hot he could run the table to the finals.

And in what I think is still the most competitive quarter, Andy Roddick looks like the man to beat, but looks can be deceiving. Juan Martin Del Potro still remains a question mark to me. It’s really anyone’s guess if his wrist is that bad or if it’s just spin. That being said, I’d love to see Roddick and DelPo hook up in the quarterfinals. Delpo’s effort against James Blake was massive. Injured or not, the guy is simply a beast and he’s just 21. For me though maybe Fernando Gonzalez becomes the guy if DelPo really is ailing.

Overall, a fairly in-form first few days of the Australian Open, that is unless you are a Robin Soderling or the aforementioned Sharapova fan. But I think things should start getting interesting real quick with the seeded players now banging into each other. Could we really get the quarterfinals we want to see? are we that lucky? That deserving? Federer v. Davydenko, Tsonga v. Djokovic, Roddick v. Del Po and Murray v. Nadal. I have to think someone will bow out. Maybe a few guys.

Tomorrow’s (and Saturday’s) schedule is a good one. I’ll be looking forward to Monfils v. Isner and Marin Cilic v. Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss owns Cilic but I like Marin in this one. I’ll also take Monfils, Gonzalez and Ljubicic plus the top guys to advance.

In the women’s draw, Serena’s just too dominant. She’s going to win this thing like it or not. But she’ll have to beat a Belgian in the final. Kim was a little creaky against Tanasugarn so maybe Sveta Kuznetsova gets her in the fourth round and spoils our Belgian dream Henin-Clijsters quarterfinal. But from what I’ve seen Justine looks to on the fast track to returning to the top of the sport.


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135 Comments for Federer Finds Form in Front of Prince William, Serena Dominant at Australian Open

Kimo Says:

Ok, seriously, when was the last time Sean typed the words “Gael Monfils” without typing “my man” right before them? I liked it the first couple of times but it’s getting really old.

Go Rogerrrrrrr!!!!!


been there Says:

lol Kimo, let Sean enjoy writing about one of his faves. Go Gael, my man the force Monfils!! hehe. However, Isner can be dangerous with his serves, so hopefully my man Monfils can cut down on the acrobatics and concentrate.

Fitting for the king of tennis to play well in front of a real-life future King. Go Roger!


madmax Says:

Kimo,

go Roger indeed! Am glad that Prince William showed up for the final 5 games of the third set -must have been a real buzz for both players, and especially fed, as he loves the history so much –

He played excellently today – so great to watch him play this way!


ShayHay Says:

I’m just counting down the days that I never have to see Roger Federer again. So annoying.

And someone please FIRE Mary “Jealous because I never won anything” Carillo. I’m so sick of her and the US Open thing. I’m glad Pam Shriver stepped up with actual facts and statistics to stop her dead in the middle of her little rant against Serena.


madmax Says:

Shayhay,

Why so mardy?

If you dont want to see federer playing or acknowledging Prince William (whom we love in the UK), then switch off the channel. He was massively respectful to the Prince who to be fair – had a choice of matches he could have watched, but wanted to watch the world No. 1 – what’s wrong with that? Plus, managed to watch the final 5 games – brilliant that he was there at all! (with his busy schedule).

Seems you have got the hump over nothing.


Voicemale1 Says:

Federer will get through, period. Unlike years past, he won’t sail through every match like he did against Hanescu, but he will get through to the Final. The best thing for Federer will be if Tsonga knocks out Djokovic (entirely possible). And I’ll believe when I see that Davydenko can take three sets from Federer in the same match. The World #1 has too much Forehand, too much Slice and too accurate a Serve for just about anyone left in his draw.

Del Potro hasn’t looked good at all, and the medium-fast court here allows guys to get to more of his shots with time to spare so they can do something with them. That, coupled with the wrist thing, make him a shaky bet to get to the last weekend. Although if he makes the Quarters, he is 3-0 vs. Roddick. That said, Roddick is playing very well here. My thinking was Andy would make the SF before this started, and I still think he will.

As for Murray, he’s looked good so far. And almost every pundit has him past Nadal in the QF and into the SF, if not winning it all. But after watching Nadal’s 2nd Round beat down of the hapless Lacko I’m not so sure. Nadal’s Forehand was getting deeper into the court again, finding the range – landing many times near the baseline. On this court that’s an awful lot of action on the ball to deal with; it forces you deep behind the base line, like it or not. Tonight’s match with Kohlschreiber will tell us a lot more. But if he can get to the 2nd week with that Forehand Firing – I’d expect a seriously spirited Title Defense from him.


Scottish Says:

Hey All,

It’s been a while since I have posted here but thought I would step in. This AO is amazingly exciting. What a match between Baghdatis and Ferrer. Been some great tennis to watch.

I really think there are lots of guys who can win this. Fed’s dominance is over although he will be a major contender for a few more years. he looks focused and I hope he makes it to his 16th slam. Go Roger.

Nadal looks very hungry and that makes me think that he will at least make it to the final.

Murray is cruising cuz he hasn’t had a real opponent yet (148 and 57) and now faces 64. Unlike Fed who has had ranks 37 and 47 and now 31. I hope Murray goes out soon before he even faces Nadal although I’d love to see Nadal smack him around.

I like Djokovic overall but he doesn’t seem hungry enough yet. He definitely has the game and if Fed does go out before the semis he will have the added motivation to get to #1.

other guys I like here are Tsonga and who knows even a Cilic or Gonzalez might show up and win. Great tennis ahead.


Ms Backhand Says:

Lets hope for the good of tennis that one of the Belgians will take care of the bratty little williams sister.

I think the PR team around her is knocking sense into Serena’s mind but her denial of the stupid action she committed at the USopen and the fine she was charged is comical and pitiable.

Anyone but stupid serena for the title.


tennisfan#1 Says:

Federer is going to win this title guys, and that is just the way it is. Nobody has played as well as he did last night, and if he continues in that manner which I believe he will than Nadal in great form will have little chance. I do not believe Nadal can beat Murray or any other top 5 player, and I expect that trend to continue for the rest of the year. Nadal has not won a match in a long time over a top 8 player, and that is going to be more crucial than some want to believe.

SF1 Federer over Tsonga
Sf2 Murray over Delpotro

Championship
Federer over Murray


Gordo Says:

Scottish – I am a tad confused. You don’t seem to like Murray but your name is… Scottish?

Wanna share your reason for your dislike of the Scot?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed may have looked good last night, but Nadal and Davydenko are clearly the most in-form right now. Tonight though, will be the real test for Nadal. PK is a decent player.
I also think Roddick is playing great tennis and could upset DelPo-particularly if DelPo gets stretched and fatigued through some more matches and if the heat picks up.

On another note, I greatly enjoy this blog and the high-rate of posts, but you guys should be more organized. It just doesn’t make sense to keep seeing several posts on the same day or action, and get 2 or 3 comments on each. Divide the work, decide who will post what, and build some community discussion. Otherwise, keep up the good work.

As for Carillo, she should shut her mouth. I am no fan of Serena, but she has been THE elite of the game for the last decade and gets very little respect from any of the commentators. For Carillo and PMac (who I otherwise like) to keep bringing up the USO over and over is a SERIOUS turnoff. Move on folks, we’re not interested in your personal vendettas.


Gordo Says:

Sean – love the spin…

“Delpo’s effort against James Blake was massive.”

If Federer had gone to 5 sets with Blake I’m pretty sure we would not be reading -

“Federer’s effort against James Blake was massive.”

LOL


Gordo Says:

Tennis Vagabond – I am going to take you to task on capitalizing THE when you write that she has been THE elite of the game for the past decade.

Let’s compare the last decade (from AO 2000) -

Serena – played 33 of the 40 slams, reaching the final 13 times, winning 10.

Henin – played 29 of the 40 slams, reaching the final 11 times, winning 7.

So yeah, Serena is one of the elite, but maybe not THE elite.


Andrew Miller Says:

Mr. Randall, I dont think we’ll be getting the dream quarterfinals. I’d like to think it will happen, but top to bottom this is the toughest AO in years. Everyone’s in form. That means the people below them are also. Someone will play spoiler.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Ummm Gordo, I hate to quibble, but how does pointing out Serena has won more GS titles in the last ten years than any other lady negate calling her THE elite? If you were talking about Justine, then you could say ONE of the elite. But when you are talking about the best, you can call them THE.
And by the way, add 12 GS doubles and a couple gold medals…


Gordo Says:

All I’m saying is that to get those caps and be called THE elite you better be posting Graf, Navratlova or Evert statistics.

Serena has done well when she decides to show up and she is a beast.

But if you had said that Federer was THE elite in the past decade you would get an argument from the Nadal fans, even though Fed’s margin over Nadal are greater than Serena’s over JH.


Dan Martin Says:

I agree with Sean things are at a point where they will only continue to get interesting. Youzhny, Haas, Delpo and Baghdatis all have epic 5 set wins this year and it is January 21, 2010. Of course fewer event play five set final rounds so it is hard to get one of these outside of a slam or Davis Cup tie. Still, a lot of good tennis so early in the first slam of the year.

On a side note, I have seen Isner play up close and personal twice and been in the press room with him twice. Nice nice guy. Still, his style of play is not my favorite to watch. He looked totally out of energy mid second set of his second round match and sort of hit enough big serves to coast and save energy and won. Winning is a big thing. Isner’s fitness is a lot better and he did just come off an impressive week, a plane flight from NZ to OZ and a five set match, but no one should look dead 1 1/2 sets into a match and still win. I hope his day off (he did play doubles) allows for some more pep from Isner. I think if he has some pep he will beat Monfils. Gael to my mind is haunted by being the former #1 junior. He played a style as a junior that was hard for anyone to beat, but it seems way too passive on the main tour where most players have some weapons. Still, he had so much success with a retriever style that I think Gael plays too passively and too far behind the baseline to really ever win a big event. For Sean’s sake I hope I am wrong.


Novak Djokovic Says:

Federer is great tennis player, but this year Novak Djokovic will win Australian Open :)
Good luck Nole


Kimmi Says:

So, JJ has issues too! She is losing really bad to bondarenko


Scottish Says:

Gordo – haha yes I was born in Scotland but have lived in Canada for over 29 years since age 7. I will say about Murray that I respect his game and think he deserves to be where he is. He has the potential to win a slam and probably will win a few. However I really dislike his attitude and behaviour and he is not even on the same level as Fed or Nadal when it comes to role models and PR for tennis. He swears way too much, talks a big talk without ever proving it at the highest level. Now all that says is that IF he changed I would have no problem liking him and would love to see a Scot win a slam. Make sense?

Another telling factor is how many Brits don’t like Murray. It’s surprising how many. I think there was an actual survey done in the UK recently about it but I can’t find it. Anyway I doubt you would see that in Switzerland with Fed or Spain with Nadal. Just my 2 cents.


Kimmi Says:

Alona Bondareko, to whom JJ has beaten 9 straight times gets her first win over JJ eventually. What with these serbian women, both reach world No. 1 but they are playing like crap..


xmike Says:

watching lopez-roddick match with my girlfriend (wonder why she is so interested in watching this particular match :))) is it just us or is roddick constantly adjusting his balls?


Kimmi Says:

Roddick is getting out aced by Lopez. 10-3 Lopez at the moment.


jane Says:

Kimmi, did you watch JJ’s match? I missed it, but I had thought she’d been playing well lately, and not like “crap” as you say, so I was wondering what happened. With Ivanovic, it’s an ongoing thing. Also did you notice Henin is down a break? It must be tough for her in the sense that many matches she’s playing players she’s never before played and so she’s figuring them out as she goes. I doubt she’s ever played Kleybanova before.

Roddick did well to break back as F-Lo was on a little roll there. xmike, yeah, but that’s a habit and/or necessity he succumbs to from time to time, seemingly whenever the camera finds him! It’s not to the degree of Rafa’s shorts or anything.

Anyhow … tiebreak.


Sean Randall Says:

Roddick and his “passive” game is struggling. I don’t think Lopez has the you know what to win this though.

Surprising to see Henin having such a problem. Maybe it’s the heat?

The Serb girls are done I think. Maybe JJ finishes top 10. Ana’s toss is a wreck, she’ll be lucky to stay top 30!


Kimmi Says:

Henin is not looking comfortable at all, maybe you are right jane..about not used to these players. Too many errors at the moment. Yanina is cruising. I am impressed with this girl so far.

JJ was awful, she was outplayed by bondarenko who was playing OK. JJ made hundreds of UE..incredible, some UE were miles out. She deserve to lose if she playing like that. Bondarenko first 4th round of GS apparently, she was happy.

I think Roddick finds Lopez left serve hard to deal with.


Sean Randall Says:

Gordo, true. Had it been Federer beating Blake in five then…: “Federer barely avoids choking to a fallen American, wins in five.”


xmike Says:

i can’t believe the a**holes at eurosport took out the lopez-roddick match and are now transtimiting a ladies match!! and the commentator even had the nerve to say before the court-change “if you are enjoying this mens mtach, go to europsort player”!!!

does anyone else in europe also hates the fact that europsort always favours womens matches, no matter hopw boring they are?? or is it a planned conspirancy to try and make us pay for watching the mens matches online???

anyway, sorry for the ranting about…

jane, hi and nice to know someone else notices that too :))


Kimmi Says:

Kleybanova took the first set. C’mon Henin! Hope she can find her game in the second set.


Kimmi Says:

WOW! Korolev took first set against F.Gonzalez. What is going on? where is the order?


Kimmi Says:

Kleyby too powerful for Hennin at the moment, she is broken again in the 1st game of second set. Looks like this will be an easy one for Kleyby..unless..


jane Says:

Kleyby has a heavy shot; I could see her overpowering Henin. But I’ve been watching Andy vs. F-lo so haven’t seen what’s happening with Henin except for with the scores. Roddick just got the break.


jane Says:

Henin broke back and held. I wonder if she can win it now?

F-Lo had to fight hard to hold to start the 3rd set.


Andrew Miller Says:

Two players everyone is rooting for: Gael Monfils and Ivan Ljubicic. If they win tonight, the big guys Isner and Karlovic are out of the tournament. It’s easy to forget how much some of the top players owe others like Ljubicic for taking out the floaters.


ShayHay Says:

Come on Kleyby! I’m so sick of hearing about Justine the cheater. She’s not nearly as entertaining or likeable as Kim Clijsters.


ShayHay Says:

Tennis Vagabond Says:

As for Carillo, she should shut her mouth. I am no fan of Serena, but she has been THE elite of the game for the last decade and gets very little respect from any of the commentators. For Carillo and PMac (who I otherwise like) to keep bringing up the USO over and over is a SERIOUS turnoff. Move on folks, we’re not interested in your personal vendettas.
——————-

That’s all I’m saying. It’s clear that Carillo is jealous. I mean what has she won? She’s always had it out for the Williams sisters so this is no different. I’m glad Pam shut her down with actual facts last night. A governing tennis body assessed the situation and issued their ruling. That’s it. LET IT GO CARILLO


Andrew Miller Says:

Sorry to throw this in there, but anyone notice Bernard Tomic’s complaints the other day about playing a match into the morning? I know the kid’s only 17, but there a little sense of entitlement there. It’s just funny to read what he said a day after losing the match to Cilic. I’m sure he will outgrow the comment but it cracks me up.

Q. Would it be an honor to play at night on Rod Laver if you got the chance again?

BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah. Look, last year and this year I got the chance, and I’m grateful. I’m not trying to make any excuses, but I go to sleep at like 9:00, 10:00 normally. It’s way past my bedtime.

So I don’t know…


Andrew Miller Says:

And a little rebuke from Lleyton Hewitt who, first, said that Tomic (who said he thinks he should play Davis Cup NOW) cant because he’s 291 in the world and second, said as follows:

Hewitt also felt that a 17 year-old playing a grand slam singles match late at night on a centre court arena should not be viewed as too burdensome.

“He seems like the kind of kid that would enjoy it. To play in a big atmosphere,” Hewitt said.

“I think he handles that pretty well. I think deep down he would have enjoyed playing a big match.”

Pretty awesome coming from Hewitt’s grown-up self to the teenager.


Kimmi Says:

Yes, henin too the second set. It is a tough match this one. Lets see if she can run away with the third set


Kimmi Says:

s/b – henin TOOK…


jane Says:

Henin has leveled it; I’d like to see her go through as she has more variety than Kleyby, and she’d be building on taking out Dementieva. Finally, would like to see a Henin/Kim match again.

Roddick/Lopez is still neck and neck but Andy should come through; he has more experience. I see Gonza is presently losing the 3rd set, down two breaks? And Kirilenko is winning too. Nice to see her build on that upset first round.


Kimmi Says:

Looks like its Hot and humid there today..who can prevail..


Kimmi Says:

Yes, c’moon justine. She breaks. 2-0


cy Says:

Justine, the petite dynamite! She would not let herself be bullied would she?


tenisbebe Says:

Oh my – break Roddick…


jane Says:

That should seal the 2-1 set lead for Roddick. I would also think (?) Justine is going to win now. Hope so anyhow.


Kimmi Says:

Wickermayer lost a very close 2nd set tiebreak, I think she gone off the boil..

Justine is breaking down again..c’mon hold here.


tenisbebe Says:

Am now watching Henin & Gonzo matches. Please keep me posted on Roddick. THanks.


tenisbebe Says:

Yanina lost? Crap! Hopefully this drug suspension scare will wake her up & make her realize that life is short.


tenisbebe Says:

C’mon Justine!!!


Andrew Miller Says:

Go Kirilenko! (I cant help but think Igor Andreev is lucky).


Kimmi Says:

Tenisbebe. yanina did not lose, she came back after got broken in the third..Match still on..game on


Kimmi Says:

YES..Henin. Welcome back.


Andrew Miller Says:

I agree with Mr. Randall re: the Serbian WTA top players. Once upon a time, they were top five and the true threats to Henin, Williams, Williams Clijsters, Sharapova etc….now they are challenging for nothing. Cruel sport.

Ivanovic may be able to come back with that huge serve of hers – always a weapon when wielded well (w.w.w.w) As for JJ – I dont think she has it in her. Other players want it more and she is looking increasingly weaponless out there on tour. In other words,

I think Ivanovic may make it back because she has more potential, and Jankovic may not because she is like a supercharged Petrova. You have to be something special to win a Slam these days, and Ivanovic was that until she won a Slam. But JJ hasnt shown that.


jane Says:

Yay Justine! What a fight back. Roddick is deep in F-Lo’s service games, but he hasn’t been getting the breaks yet in this set. In fact, he’s 3 of 16 on break point conversion; otherwise, the match would be over. Gonza’s going to a 5th; Kirilenko still fighting to finish in straights.


Kimmi Says:

yanina wins..great comeback.


Andrew Miller Says:

Does anyone have a website to watch the Aus. Open for Free?


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi – misunderstood you. Woo hoo!!! Yanina won – you know I love that girl! When you see a nobody come thru qualies numerous times, flounder in the main draw and then have some success later on, they are close to your heart. Not like some people jumping on the Fed train 4 plus years into it (not necessarily you Kimmi), then it’s like, WHATEVER, too late dudes.

Congrats Justine! And Yanina!


jane Says:

Hi Andrew, little Maria won! And here is a link to free streaming:
http://www.fromsport.com/c-4.html


Sean Randall Says:

Would be fun to see a fifth, but I don’t think Lopez can hold his nerves.


tenisbebe Says:

Sean – what is Lopez’s tie break record? I for one am glad to see Feliciano having a good day.


Sean Randall Says:

Not sure. But not as good as Roddick’s. And that forehand shank from F-Lo didn’t help!


Scottish Says:

Lopez is falling apart in this breaker. It’s over now. Too bad cuz he’s fought well.


tenisbebe Says:

Sean – yes the lefty FH breaking down. At least Lopez has the calendar royalties…. Oh la la…


jane Says:

Roddick’s already dusted the tiebreak. Good win. I think it’s good to see F-Lo playing well also, but he does often cave. He’s got a great serve and lots of variety as well. Maybe the nerves do him in. He’s improved what used to be an abysmal backhand, though it’s still a weaker wing.


tenisbebe Says:

Fun point at 5-2! Andy needs to shut up & read the rule book. Sheesh…


Scottish Says:

Nice game match from Lopez but it shows why some players never make it higher because they can’t win the points that count.


Kimmi Says:

Goody workout by Roddick, he needed that to be ready for the tough rounds to come. Love lopez but always disappoints.


Andrew Miller Says:

Thank you for the links to the Open! Roddick looked like he was playing for Lopez to shank and fold. Roddick in 2010 does not play like Roddick in 2003, but maybe it’s my perception of this match: he did what he had to do, which is bank on Lopez’ hot streaks to come to an end.

Good playing from Lopez! Live by the sword, die by the sword. But as Scottish noted, Lopez doesnt make it out of the early rounds too often. Thank you to tenisbebe and Jane for the links!


jane Says:

Speaking of dusted, your man Monfils is being blown off the court Sean.


Andrew Miller Says:

re: F. Lopez and F. Verdasco: when they won Davis Cup in ’08 in Argentina against Nalbandian and Del Potro’s squad, I thought they finally fulfilled potential. Before I thought they were wasted talent, but no longer. Those victories in Davis Cup, without Nadal, against the toughest opponents, that sealed the deal for me. These guys are good, just not consistent. But they combined have more talent than most of the top 20. I am glad the fulfilled it.


Scottish Says:

Isner on a roll. Smoked Gael. Monfils never seems like a slam contender to me. He doesn’t have what it takes to make it all the way. Isner played some good ball these last few weeks. Confidence must be riding high.


Scottish Says:

Smoked him in the first set that is. Got a long way to go.


Sean Randall Says:

Still early for Monfils. I expect a long match with Gael pulling out a tight one.


Kimmi Says:

tenisbebe: I am falling in love with Yanina too. I have been following her since Auckland this year. Great game and heart. Next she plays Henin. I don’t know if she will have the gas to run around. She has played too many matches so far. Winning in Auckland and playing 3 Quallies and 3 matches main draw. We will see.

” Not like some people jumping on the Fed train 4 plus years into it (not necessarily you Kimmi), then it’s like, WHATEVER, too late dudes. ”

You can’t just drop your fave team or player because they have been too successful…does not make sense. The love is deep within. I add new faves (which i have quite a few from both ATP and WTA) but my old faves remains…if they are still playing will always get my deepest support.


Scottish Says:

Serra should have won that last game but let Andy get to those balls too easily. He needs to put some heat on them. Once Andy got there he showed why he’s one of the best returners in the game. Now let’s see if Serra can break back.


tenisbebe Says:

Andrew – you are welcome for the links. Can’t believe Isner is blowing Gael off the court right now. Thought this would be alot tighter. Perhaps Gael will get it together and make a match of it. In the meantime, there’s Juan & Murray. Lordy, I have to go to bed soon…


Kimmi Says:

Murray has been breaking serra then gets him back again. What is going on..concentrate Murray !


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi – “You can’t just drop your fave team or player because they have been too successful…does not make sense.” I’m not referring to dropping him/them (although I was done with Fed after his French Open win – others can take up the banner), I’m talking about FINDING him at such a late date. Ha ha.


Scottish Says:

Yeah it’s 12:30am here and I should already be asleep but there’s so much to watch. Delpo will win in 4. Murray if he isn’t injured will win in 3 or 4.


Scottish Says:

Delpo has really improved his court coverage over the past year. He moves great for a big guy and add to it power and mental strength he’s a tough player. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t win a few more slams. He looked pretty impressive at last year’s French.


tenisbebe Says:

Oh no – Isner grabbed his thigh at 2-3 2nd set, 30-all and it looks like he’s trying to shorten up the points. Bummer, you don’t want to see anyone playing injured. I wish he would have dropped out of the doubles and not played yesterday on his “off” day.


Kimmi Says:

Scottish: “Murray if he isn’t injured will win in 3 or 4.”

Why Murray injured? do you know anything I don’t?


Scottish Says:

Kimmi a few games before the end of the first set Andy tweaked his back on a shot and was slow to get up. He was in obvious pain. Looks like he shook it off though and I’m sure he’ll be fine. Probably good that Serra didn’t show up to play the Andy’s service game and gave it him at love.


Scottish Says:

Delpo is totally crushing Mayer. It’s not even close.


jane Says:

I’m surprised Delpo was broken when serving for the set at 5-1, but in the scheme of things it’s probably not important; he’s playing really well. Maybe that match versus Blake gave him added incentive.

Murray seems to be ticking along, and Monfils has come back to life anyhow.


Scottish Says:

Monfils made the return of serve of the match on that last point. Wow. Breaks for the set. the game is on!! Delpo stumbles but it’s not going to be much of a match. Murray in 3.


Kimmi Says:

Thanks tenisbebe re murray, i did not see that. He seem to be Ok..Go Murray


Scottish Says:

You are welcome Kimmi and no signs of pain now. Murray is cruising.


Ben Pronin Says:

Gilbert and Cahill are absolutely gushing over Murray. Wow. You would think the guy is an angel sent from the heavens or something. They need to calm down just a tad bit.


Kimmi Says:

Cruising Murray..Go Go Go


Kimmi Says:

Normal service resumes. Monfils breaks in the 3rd set.


jane Says:

If Murray can get by Rafa, I’d give him a very good shot of winning the whole thing, though he’d still have to beat, likely, Roddick/Delpo and Fed/Davy/Djok. I just think he’s really focused this slam.

Another break by Mayer. I noticed Blake was able to break Delpo and handful of times too. But Delpo can usually break right back.

Monfils gets another break too.


Scottish Says:

Serra has given Murray a lot of easy points. But Murray playing well. Should be a great Nadal/Murray Q-final.


tenisbeb Says:

Gilbert coached Murray (and was gushing before he was hired) so understandably a fan. But I don’t quite get Cahill’s gushing (to use your term). I assume it’s because both of them were mediocore players & lust for the variety & talent that Murray displays – IF ONLY THEY HAD THOSE GOD GIVEN TALENTS? The gods are not always kind…except in Fed’s case :-)

The Monfil/Isner match appears to be the match to watch at the moment.


Kimmi Says:

Is delpo Ok? he does not look very promissing here, too many UE to the net. Maybe he is tired or injured from his 5 set thriller with blake.


Scottish Says:

Where did Delpo go? LOL. Maybe the arm is bothering Juan more than he’s letting on.


jane Says:

What is up with Delpo?


Scottish Says:

Del Bagel. Wow. If JMDP is hurt he needs to quit now before he ruins it even more. We need this guy around to be healthy and give the others a run at more slams. If he’s not hurt and just crashing then that’s a different story.


tenisbebe Says:

Amazing. Gael looking better and better since he smashed he his head into the Evian cooler on the run. God! I thought the guy has a concussion but instead he wakes up and plays clutch tennis. Who would have thunk it.


tenisbebe Says:

Re: Delpo. Did y’all think that his wrist was bothering him during the Blake match, even a little bit? Didn’t look like it at all. Hopefully he’s in a slump & not feeling the wrist.


Scottish Says:

Congrats Murray fans. He played some great tennis today especially on the points that counted. He looks strong and will be hard to beat.


Ben Pronin Says:

Now there’s a great commentator: Andy Roddick.


Ra Says:

Tennis is the best (and so is hockey). I’m just sayin’…


Scottish Says:

Go Roger!! Go Senators!! :-)


Scottish Says:

Night All. Been a blast.


jane Says:

Totally Ra. I hear you (just sayin’). : )

Sean, Monfils is looking at a l-o-n-g night versus a t-a-l-l opponent. Do you still think he’ll eek it out?


Ra Says:

Right on, jane.

Also, that little Roddick “What are you so angry about?” montage was great.

Hey, does anyone know if the Tennis-X facebook page is truly official? Surely there should be more than 3 fans…


Ra Says:

It certainly looks official.


Ra Says:

Wow, 100 degrees is pretty darn hot (which is just one of many reasons I’d have not made a very good professional tennis player).


Ra Says:

And Isner is through!!! Yay! (Sorry, Sean)


scineram Says:

Clisters wins 5 points in first set.


Ra Says:

scineram, this is brutal. Are we seriously about to see Clijsters get double-bagelled?


Gannu Says:

Shocking.. clijsters hasnt won a game so far…
6-0 2-0 down..


Kimmi Says:

kim is been schooled by petrova..can she get out of this C’moon


Kimmi Says:

petrova is playing very well though, have never seen her play like this. she is not missing.


Ra Says:

Yay, Kim’s on the board! Yeah, Kimmi, Petrova is definitely playing some solid tennis out there.


Kimmi Says:

OMG, Thats it for Kim, she got broken again..I don’t see hope


Ra Says:

Yikes. 6-0, 6-1, and that’s all she wrote. I’m in shock.


Kimmi Says:

Unbelivable. Kim only manage one game. I don’t know what happened..petrova seem to be answering everything. I don’t think Kim turned up today, her first night session? To lose with this kind of score is very embarrasing for kim. What happened..that is what I like to know…


Gannu Says:

Kimmi..Everyone has an off day.. and today was a bad day at office for kim.. so happens..such is life


Colin Says:

Scottish, you say Murray “talks a big talk”. Please give (genuine) examples. On the contrary he is very modest and plays down his chances before a match.
Noting the heading of Mr Randall’s article, I am once again amused at how facinated Americans seem to be by British royalty, after having fought a war to free themselves from the rule of that royalty. Sean, would you like to buy our Royal family? As far as I’m concerned you’re welcome to ‘em.


Long Live The King Says:

Is this the tallest half in a GS draw? I mean the Nadal half at aus open in 4th round :)


C!P! Says:

Oh my God ,it looks like Nadal is gonna have to face an army of BOOM-BOOMers to win this title again : Karlovic ,Isner ,Roddick ,Cilic ,all in his path. it should be fun!


Long Live The King Says:

Karlovic, isner, jmdp, cilic, murray, roddick, nadal and gonzo.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Collin,

I’m American and find the Royal family to be an outdated joke. For a modern nation like Britain is, they sure hang on to backward traditions.

I’m sure many of the British citizens are sick of them too and would like nothing more than to abolish the monarchy altogether.

I think the peasants should revolt, storm the palace and force the Royals to live in Haiti. See what it is like to have nothing and pillage through the rubble for their next meal.


Dan Martin Says:

Sean, If I may borrow a phrase, my dawg John Isner won in 4.


jane Says:

Wow- went to bed before Kim played. Very disappointing result for her. I wonder who’ll be in the final versus Serena. LOL.

Yeah, Rafa’s got a difficult path to negotiate to defend his title. Holy Moly.

Murray’s been playing well, but he hasn’t faced anyone super tough yet, so it might be difficult, or an adjustment, when he does. I’d say Isner will be a good gage next round.


madmax Says:

Okay,

just checking in tonight –

Federer plays Montanes tomorrow and wanted to say to all federer fans out there, C’MOON ROGER!

Jane,

I watched some of the clijsters match – what was going on? I’ll read the interview later – but her game just lacked. Completely lacked. When I think of how she played Henin just a couple of weeks ago, it was an entirely different player out there today.


steve Says:

Serena plays one of my favorite up-and-coming players, Carla Suarez-Navarro, who defeated Venus last year at this tournament.

This being an even-numbered year, I give her a very tiny chance of the upset (if it were an odd-numbered year, she would have no chance).

But I will be happy if she can win more than three or four games overall.


Veno Says:

Hi all!!!

What a great men’s tourney so far!!! Could it get any better? Good times for tennis!

Murray keeps baffling me…..No disrespect to him or his fans, but OMG I can’t get relaxed watching him play and enjoy his great skills, it’s like I’m sitting on a couch spring that pierces my a.s.s. flesh all the time, no matter how or where I position myself on the couch.

Can he be more annoying! But at the same time, it’s truly amazing how good he is. He is besides Federer the only player(besides also maybe Nadal’s banana shot off the ground down the line FH) how can make a selection of shots no other player can make(consistently) and what he retrieves!!!! Amazing! Got to respect that!!!

I just wish he would start to also develop his attacking game more. The world belongs to the Bold and if he doesn’t start to step up against the top guys, grabs the bull by the horns and goes for it more, in stead of all that cat and mouse filandering about all the time, I can’t see him winning a GS, which would be a shame because I think he should. He’s just too good not to.

And he shouldn’t pronounce himself one of the favourites for the title, he may think it, but publicly he shouldn’t. “Only when you have won a Grand Slam before, you can consider yourself a favourite to win a Grand Slam” Same holds for Kolya(Davydenko) I thought Andy Murray would have learned from last year, but alas….

The women’s side….hmm, still not overjoyed, but it has been worse. At least as usual there’s plenty of drama. Ivanovic and Jankovic…..What happened?….JJ wants to return to the top position? Keep on dreaming dear….And Ivanovic….Oh my, it’s just painful to watch…She can’t even toss a tennis ball above her head!!!

A professional, GS winner, Multi-millionaire tennis pro, not able to toss a ball 3-5 ft above her head!!! And she blames it on squeezing the tennis ball in stead of just loosely gripping it. Imagine having a job in an office, where you’re not even able to turn on the computer and start your standard operating programs!!! Your A.S.S. would get fired!!!

Agree with MMT on the Clijsters-Petrova match, and having seen the match….unfortunately Kim had an inexplicable off-day, she looked like an average club player.
Props to Petrova for making her pay maximum for it though. Best way to do it….punish it!

Unfortunately though, the OZ Open is much worse off to have Petrova in the 4th RD in stead of Kim. But that’s the way the cookie crumbled. Petrova a never slam-winner for sure.

Henin showed some bottle and that’s good to see, but to be honest…..bar an injury, there is just no way Serena won’t win here. She looks top nodge and fit, filled with desire!!!

At least my cutie Ma-Kiri is through. Hope she beats Safina for her best ever result in a Slam, but hard to see it happen with Safina in this form and happy going about her business in the shadows as an underdog.

Looking forward to tonight’s play!!!

Everybody enjoy the tennis!!!!

Greets


Veno Says:

how s/b who in the second paragraph


Von Says:

I don’t know where to post this, but I think mary carillo has gone from one extreme to the other with her over the top criticisms of Serena. I’m glad Pam Shriver did her homework and was able to rebut some of Carillo’s disparaging remarks concernig Serena. The USO incident is over and now a thing of the past, so what purpose did it serve for Carillo to resurrect it now?? None whatsoever, except for her to score some kudos with the media and the tennis fans. OY.

Meanwhile, who gets to shake Prince william’s hand and have her picture taken with him? Serena of course — NOT Mary Carillo. Eat your jealous heart out Carillo — that’s your problem isn’t it?

Photograph of Serena and her mother with Prince William.

http://us.mc1126.mail.yahoo.com/mc/welcome?.gx=1&.tm=1264152997&.rand=f23h76jpok628#122170_3

The following is a letter on the Carillo criticisms, which is self-explanatory:
http://us.mc1126.mail.yahoo.com/mc/welcome?.gx=1&.tm=1264152997&.rand=f23h76jpok628#122170_1


Kimmi Says:

“Murray keeps baffling me…..No disrespect to him or his fans, but OMG I can’t get relaxed watching him play and enjoy his great skills, it’s like I’m sitting on a couch spring that pierces my a.s.s. flesh all the time, no matter how or where I position myself on the couch.’

LOL veno, though I am Murray biggest fan, I had to laugh at your post above. I hope you get to enjoy watching him one day..as you have mentioned above there is great talent in this man. I will not stop hoping that very soon he will win his first GS.

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