Federer, Djokovic, Serena Steamroll on Snoozer Saturday at the Australian Open
by Sean Randall | January 23rd, 2010, 9:38 am
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Looking at the Saturday schedule, it’s fair to say anyone with a sound tennis IQ could have predicated a limited amount of drama on day six at the Australian Open, but how many could foresee virtually none? Sometimes in pro tennis we get days like this.

Among the highlights, er lowlights: Roger Federer mauled Albert Montanes, Novak Djokovic destroyed Dennis Istomin, Nikolay Davydenko crushed Juan Monoco and the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, both cruised rather comfortably.

Then there was Fernando Verdasco, who was the beneficiary of a second set retirement from the unwell qualifier Stefan Koubek. Little-known Polish Sausage Lukasz Kubot was even luckier. He advanced when his opponent, Mikhail Youhzny, couldn’t even take the tennis court because of a wrist injury.

But after all that, rest assured the much-anticipated feature match of the night between Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis would come to the rescue and save the day. Um, nope. Hewitt hammered the Baggy in the first set 6-0 and then down 4-2 in the second Marcos, who was coming off a four-plus hour win Thursday over Davis Ferrer, hit the eject button. The Cypriot apparently had some shoulder problems and could go no further. Too bad as I had set my alarm for 5am hoping to catch some 4th set action only to find the match had long been over. (back to bed!)

At least Tommy Haas and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga held up there end, sort of. Tsonga was looking dead ahead at his first career five-set match with the German Haas in complete command of the fourth set at 5-2. But apparently Jo Willy didn’t like that idea and he promptly ripped off five straight games to close it out going away in four sets.

Also on the day, Nicolas Almagro was a winner – he next faces Tsonga – and in the women’s field Sam Stosur, Li Na, Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva and Victoria Azarenka were all victorious in straight sets if I recall correctly.

The takeway: if you went to the tournament Saturday you might want to see about getting a refund, or better yet, asking to exchange for the ticket for Sunday or Monday entry because what an absolutely dynamite schedule is ahead.

Sunday (or later tonight US time) we get Andy Murray v. John Isner, Rafael Nadal v. Ivo Karlovic, Marin Cilic v. Juan Martin Del Potro and Andy Roddick v. Fernando Gonzlez. (Sleep? Who needs sleep? It’s the weekend!)

The ladies isn’t half bad either. Justine Henin v. Yanina Wickmayer, Dinara Safina v. Maria Kirilenko and Sveta Kuznetsova v. Nadia Petrova.

As for my picks it’s ladies first. I like Henin in three with Safina, Petrova and Bondarenko all in straight sets. Alona Bondarenko plays Jie Zheng.

Now for the main course: the men.

Andy Murray v. John Isner
Isner’s on a roll and serving bombs, but this match is really on Murray’s racquet. If Andy plays his game he beats Big John. Murray has too many weapons and he defends too well. John will have to attack to make serious inroads and I think Murray will return enough serves and come up key passing shots to end John’s run. It’s Murray in four.

Rafael Nadal v. Ivo Karlovic
I put this match on Rafa’s racquet. Ivo can serve Rafa off the court, a fast court, but I’m not sure on a slower hardcourt. And once the rally starts I don’t see how Ivo will be able to deal with Rafa’s money shot, the heavy topspin forehand to Ivo’s one-handed backhand. On a slow court like Rod Laver which they say really takes the spin, Ivo’s going to be in trouble unless Rafa has a poor serving day. It’s Rafa in four.

Marin Cilic v. Juan Martin Del Potro
For me this is the toughest match of the four. DelPo beat Cilic twice last year at the Australian and US Opens both times in four sets. Entering this match both have looked a little sluggish. Cilic was packing his bags the other night against Bernard Tomic while James Blake had DelPo on the ropes in a five-set thriller. They each scraped through four-setters in their last round. But for some reason in this test of 21-year-olds I think DelPo comes out today razor sharp, finds his US Open form and rips the Croat. If he’s off his game in anyway (fatigued or that darn wrist), Marin will take him down. On a whim, DelPo in straights.

Andy Roddick v. Fernando Gonzalez
In this one I immediately think of Andy’s coach, Larry Stefanki, knowing all of his ex-pupil’s ticks and tendencies. Add that to Andy’s sizeable 8-3 head-to-head edge – he’s won six of the last seven – and Gonzo’s possible physical issues following his five-set win over Evgeny Korolev, the clear edge goes to Roddick. I will say though that this match is on Gonzo’s racquet. If he can get hot and stay hot he can pull this one out. But I don’t think he can. The pick is Roddick in straight sets.

If I had rate which picks I feel most confident about, I’d say Nadal, Murray, Roddick and then DelPo. With the exception of DelPo/Cilic match, the tall will fall Sunday at the Australian Open!


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469 Comments for Federer, Djokovic, Serena Steamroll on Snoozer Saturday at the Australian Open

madmax Says:

‘Also on the day, Nicolas Almagro was a winner – he next faces Haas –’

???


Scottish Says:

Fed overall looked great out there. He’s got a tough draw from now on in and while I think he will beat Hewitt it’s not going to be easy. Davy hasn’t really seen much of a challenger so it will be interesting to see how he handles the tougher players. Murray and Djokovic basically have just had to show up. I’ve seen Murray hit some amazing shots but he is NOT going to win this if he doesn’t pick up his game. Nadal will crush him. Tsonga seems like he can make some noise here. Delpo is a tough one to figure out. No question he is mentally strong. But his losses in focus have me worried. Tough loss for Blake. Good things to come from him though.

From here on in we’re going to see some amazing tennis and let’s hope for no more injuries.


Nina Says:

Go Nole!


Kimmi Says:

Round 16 is where Murray crumbles in a GS (AO ’09 and USO ’09)..I hope he can climb that hump this time. C’moon Murray go for it. I have my fingers crossed for Murray-Nadal match in the qtr final.

Did not see Tsonga/Haas but very impressive to hear he made a comeback from 2-5 in the fourth set to win the match. Ouch! Haas must be gutted.

The Top women draw matches have been so easy, it’s a joke..another lucky of a draw. I am sure today we will see some interesting matches in the bottom half. I am going to watch petrova..lets see if she can continue her performance that gave Clijsters only one game. She could be the dark horse on the women side.


Andrew Miller Says:

Hewitt, in his last best chance to make his Aussie nation proud, takes out Federer in four sets.

Revenge is sweet. With a slightly diminished Federer and a rested Hewitt, I am going with Hewitt here to upset Federer.

You heard it here first…


Andrew Miller Says:

And in the upsetting news: Na Li takes out Hantuchova. Poor Hantuchova. I am sure that in Slovakia she is revered, but this is one player that did not meet her potential. One of the best ball strikers I have ever seen, who knows how to volley and all, but who, after winning Indian Wells one year, never managed to get out of her own way (CC: Jelena Dokic).

Here’s to Dokic and Hantuchova: the most talent without the big results. Unlike Verdasco and Feli Lopez, both of whom fulfilled potential with Davis Cup triumphs, sadly Dokic and Hantuchova do not have much to show for the long hard struggles.

Yet another reason to either like or dislike Myskina: in a sense, she’s the least deserving grand slam winner of the last decade; in another sense, she’s the envy of the Dokics and Hantuchovas, who have less to show and would have welcomed some of that luck. (And some kudos to Dementieva: she fulfilled potential by reaching the Slam finals and the Olympic Gold medal. Cant ask for much more).


jane Says:

Kimmi, I am kind of hoping Kirilenko can keep going; this is not because I dislike Safina or anything, but because Kirilenko is looking fit and focused, and she did a great job backing up her win over Sharapova.

As for the bottom draw / men’s matches, there are some challenging ones today. Like you, I hope Murray comes through to play Rafa in the quarters (I was thinking of the R16 hump too); Murray has had good success against Karlovic, so hopefully he can handle Isner’s big serve as well. I assume Rafa will win; I remember a lot of Fed’s fans were concerned when he had to face Karlovic at Wimbledon last year, but came through just fine. I think Rafa will as well. I also hope to see Roddick versus Delpo in the Qs. so I am cheering on the seeds rather than an upset. Although if Cilic breaks through, I will be happy for him (sad for Delpo but he may need to rest that arm, depending on how serious the injury is).


madmax Says:

No way fed is going to lose to hewitt. He has been challenged in first round, and come through sweetly and with hunger in the next two rounds, he should do it in straights, though he may give hewitt a set if he goes on walkabout. Dont you worry though Mr. Miller, federer will be fine.


Kimo Says:

While yesterday’s matches were predictable, every single men’s match today promises to be a thriller.

Henin vs. Wickmayer should be entertaining too.


Andrew Miller Says:

If Fed proves me wrong, not an issue – Federer usually does!

I see Hewitt through because of (1) it’s in Australia, where Hewitt beat Federer in one of Federer’s most heart-breaking losses in 2003; and (2) Federer of 2010 is not the Federer of 2004-2007.

If Hewitt DOESNT beat Federer, he will never beat him again (the current h2h record suggests that Hewitt will NOT win [and not even come close]). I base my assumption on two factors, one tangible, the other intangible.

The tangible factor: Federer is slightly slower (just slightly) and less “in form” than he has been in the heydey of 2004-2007. Yes – no doubt he’s made the finals of all four slams and is the best player of all time, but it’s been harder for him (basing this on 2009 alone, not the ailing Federer of 2008). All things taken into consideration (parenthood included), Federer is playing worse since the 2009 US Open final than he has in the past. It now takes a self-destruction from a dangerous opponent for Federer to win, whereas in the past it only took a small mistake or two. Players are tougher because of Federer.

Second, the intangible factor. It’s in Australia. Home crowd for Hewitt, presumably a night match. If Hewitt gets embarassed, it would be awful for him. He’s ready to challenge this time – new ball game.

Hewitt in four. Again…you heard it here first!


Kimmi Says:

jane, YES..Murray Go Murray.

Kirilenko definitely has a chance against safina but a difficult one. It will be a Cinderella story if she continues her run.

Roddick will pray for Cilic to beat Delpo because of their history. Roddick is 0-3 H2H against delpo. But no one knows what is happening with delpo, can he get far or can he lose in this round…he said in his post match interview that his wrist hurts but he also said “I can play” hmmm.

If Cilic wins against Delpo and wins against Roddick (OK I am ahead of myself here), he is beaten both Murray and Nadal convincingly in their last encounter..could it be possible for Cilic to make a breakthrough here….just saying!


huh Says:

“madmax Says:
No way fed is going to lose to hewitt.”

Never say never dear maxi! Do you know Maxi? I’m a HUGE Hewitt fan, and strictly speaking I’d rather see Fed lose to Hewitt than any other guy in his half(even if it means Fed losing lots of points, but the pain of seeing Fed lose to Hewitt would be least when compared to the others)! Thou I know Hewitt is far from his best, but at his best, he still can give Fed a run for his money, I surely think that way! That said, I’d be very happy if Fed goes as far as he can! Fed’s not just my fave, he’s my No.1 sentimental fave too! :D


huh Says:

Tomorrow, I’d be rooting for Rod, DP and Muzza as I always do against these or these types of opponents(that they’ve in the 4th round).


jane Says:

I can’t see Hewitt beating Fed, maybe taking a set, but huh you’re right – if Hewy were to win it, that’d surely be a nice sentimental win, and huge excitement for the Aussies. Still, I would be shocked if it happened.

Kimmi, well, if Cilic has anything on his side, it’s that there’s often one surprise guy through to the semis, and often the finals, at the AO: witness, Baggy (06), Tsonga (08), Verdasco (09), even Gonza was something of a surprise finalist in 07.


Gordo Says:

Andrew Miller Says:

I see Hewitt through because of (1) it’s in Australia, where Hewitt beat Federer in one of Federer’s most heart-breaking losses in 2003; and (2) Federer of 2010 is not the Federer of 2004-2007.

Andrew, your prediction isn’t one of those “so-far-out-we-all-question-your-sanity” choices, but although Fed 2010 is not the Fed of 2004-2007, Fed 2010 is vastly superior to the Fed who lost to Hewitt in 2003.

I remember that match. I was able to watch it on a black and white tv after I adjusted my television set’s rabbit ears. Both men had wooden racquets and army knives were beter known than Federer in Switzerland.

Seriously though – it is true that the 3 men who Federer has owned for the last 5 years have been catching up, and this may be that Fed is slowing down half a step. Davydenko has beaten him twice in a row after 12 beatdowns and Roddick even beat Fed once in the last 16 times they played.

But don’t expect Hewitt to rise to the occasion. I agree it will go 4 sets, but with Federer the victor.

As has been the trend in his matches over the past 2 years, it all comes down to Fed’s serve. If it shows up with him at Rod Laver Arena butter your toast before the match starts, because it will be over very quickly. If his serve goes on the walkabout and deserts him as it did in last year’s final then Hewitt may hang around for a while.

As for an outlandish prediction of my own, watch for world #86 Kubot to go one better and improve on his Belgrade final loss last year to Djokovic.

Kubot in 5. You read it here first.


Kimmi Says:

I am just watching a re-run of hewitt-bagdatis, what a pity for baggy, he is just truggling with one unforced error after another.

Huh, what is the time where you are, I ready your above post that you will watch Delpo, Roddick and Murray tommorrow. I am watching delpo and Murray today..roddick will be tomorrow early in the morning.


loco Says:

“Now for the main course: the men!”
“If he can get hot and stay hot he can pull this one out.”

gay….


Kimmi Says:

Is this kubot who beat roddick in Beijing ’09? he is beaten or took some top players really close before..so it will probably be a good match for Djoko to be pushed a bit maybe…


jane Says:

I agree Kubot could be tough for Djoko; yes Kimmi, this is the same one (quite handsome, if I might add : )) who beat Roddick in Bejing and he has done well here and there. Troicki had a tough time beating him in Doha; he won a set off Cilic in Paris; Wawrinka in Shanghai; Ljub in Bejing. He seems to do best on clay though. He is at his highest singles ranking ever, since he decided not to focus solely on doubles – his mainstay. Regardless, I am picking Novak and I expect Novak to come through. He should win, though it may’nt be, probably won’t be, as easy as his match with Istomin.


Duro Says:

Kimmi Murrayevic, don’t hope too much. It’s Kubot who played Nole in Belgrade finals last year. Guess how it ended. Novak in the quarters easily. Tsonga will be a real challenge. After that time will tell. Will your guy and mine ever play a Grand Slam finals? Maybe now? Nah…


Andrew Miller Says:

Gordo, that was awesome! I enjoyed your analysis, hilarious and quite accurate.

You are right: it is a huge challenge for Hewitt, and his past record (a sixteen match loosing streak, worse [though not by much] than most Federer opponents) does not really inspire vs. Federer since ’03.

Yet – Federer since the USO final loss in ’09 seems a bit more vulnerable. Surely all of us no longer feel he is the undisputed winner of all tournaments he enters (even before he plays a point). There are cracks in the armour – though the armour serves him exceptionally well and four Slam finals and two Slam wins per year remains a ludicrous and out of this world achievement.

But, the point to me is that Federer is more mortal than his best years and, when Federer is stretched, any excellent player has a shot against him. Odds favor Federer overwhelmingly, but an outstanding player still has a chance. My argument is that I have not seen Federer this vulnerable on a hard court since 2003 and 2009, the two years in which Federer, since winning a slam, has not won a slam on hard courts.

Again, Federer plays tennis better than 99.9 percent of people will ever do anything (including brush their teeth or cook breakfast). But tennis-wise, there are some chinks and his best opponents know this.

I think Hewitt senses he has a shot for the first time in a long time. He’s a father taking on another father. Someone’s got to show the kids they can pull off another upset before retirement.


Duro Says:

Jane, I left you a “personal” massage at the thread bellow. Kindly say something about it. I like seeing you optimistic, by the way…


Kimmi Says:

Djoko said he is hitting the ball better than his previous rounds..it looked that way in yesterday match. I also expect Djoko to win against Kubot. You have done a good research on the guy..if kubot could not win against wawrinka, Cilic and Ljub then he will have no chance against inform djoko. I just want to see some interesting matches..Djoko match yesterday match too one sided..boring to say the least. fededer match was better to watch because Montanes was in the match throughout..even though it was straight set win..davydenko match was good to watch too, especially the last two sets.


Kimmi Says:

Duro..that Murray-Djoko match, I have been waiting for it for too long now I an getting bored..sheesh! Hope it is this year final and ofcourse Murray winning it.


Dekomusic Says:

I stumbled upon a tennis site that has Federer’s career and match records analyticaly and i was left with my mouth open. I knew some of them but when i read the rest i couldn’t believe there is still debate about the Greatest Player of All Time. You can check it yourself at http://www.globaltennisforum.com . Of course he is not as invinsible as he was 2004-2007 but in my eyes he is still the big favorite unless old Rafa is back. Then they are both favorites for every tournament they enter. All the others have to prove their worth CONSISTENTLY. Look at Del Potro who won the US Open and since then he is a shadow of himself.I doubt he will reach semis in AO.


jane Says:

Hi Duro, I am trying to be very optimistic, and it helps that Nole’s draw has opened up for him. I really, really, really want Novak to get to the semis if not further, and build on his results but also start the year with confidence. What do you think of Martin? I think he is a good influence – like his calm presence there, always very studiously taking notes! : ) As for your other message, there isn’t much I can do to bring i am it back here; I know he is very busy with work, and that’s why he left to take a break in the first place. Maybe sar can try? !

Kimmi, next time Murray and Djoko play I will root for Novak because he could use a win there to put the rivalry back on track (he’s lost their last 3, Novak had won first 3 or 4). But, in any case, I would love to see many matches between these two faves throughout 2010: finals, finals, finals!


huh Says:

well, did anyone of you actually notice the incident or not? I’m surprised, nowhere this is being mentioned AT ALL, but DP was actually about to bleed at the end of his 3rd Rd match! He was just slightly blocking his nose, puttin his fingers on it, touching the nose and taking fingers away and yes, looking up for seconds and then again pulling himself together when serving for the match! Even some commentators mentioned it, english ones of course. But it was probably stopped from being serious by DP himself, not keeping his head in its usual posture, but looking up. Thankfully for Heaven’s sake, he closed out the match with patience and encouragement from the audience. But I was scared!

nd yes kimmi, here’s almost 3.30 am.


Kimmi Says:

huh..3:30am wow, you are watching all matches during the day, lucky you this time. Its 3:30pm here. Well, enjoy the matches and Go Go Murray and Delpo.


Kimmi Says:

huh, Delpo had a nose bleed in WTF london against Murray too. He then said not a big deal, it happens to him sometimes.


Von Says:

Sean:

There’s a typo (who am I to speak, I’m the queen of typos) that you might want to fix, viz:

At least Tommy Haas and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga held up *there* end, sort of. S/b *their*, I think?


jane Says:

Some people do just get nosebleeds from time to time, more than others. So hopefully this is nothing serious for Delpo. i’d be more worried about his arm/wrist as that can drastically affect his play.


Scottish Says:

Andrew while I do agree Fed has cracks in the armour he’s often been in situations like this. Let’s not forget just 1 year ago we had almost an identical situation. HE lost in R16 in Paris and didn’t even make the semis at the WTF. Then he went to Doha and lost int he semis. If Fed loses to any of these guys left I doubt it will be a huge shock. But if he wins this whole thing it won’t be a shock either. What I really like about this week is how focused and confident he looks. He’s going for some shots now that he backed away from a few months ago.


huh Says:

If the Nole-Muzza final happens, I know where my loyalty lies! Muzzanatics can trust me to support Muzza all the way until he wins his first slam, in case the aforesaid situation arises, haha! Muzza’s win will be one of the sweetest things, but the opp result would really hurt. I really like Murray no matter what! He is a pleasure to behold when hitting his first serves in, his compact and often clean and/or great returns and unleashing of his dangerous backhand is one of the best things for me to enjoy at the moment. Hope Murray beats Rafa(in case it happens).


Scottish Says:

Hey Von, congrats on A-Rod so far. He’s looking very strong and wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he goes deep. Wimbly really gave him a boost and he looks super fit! He’s got 2 very tough matches though to get to the semis. I’m really happy for Isner. It was great that he won last week but I think that might have hurt his chances here and he could run out of steam. Tough one for Blake. As much as I like Delpo I felt bad for James to lose in the 5th set. USA tennis is definitely looking better these days though.


Scottish Says:

Huh – I do think Murray will win a slam someday and maybe more. If it came down to a Djoko/Murray final for me it would depend on whether or not Djoko could overtake Fed as #1. In that case I would cheer for Murray.


mat4 Says:

I finally manage to see Djoko’s match against Istomin. He’s slowly improving his play, although his serve is quite… bad. It looks he has definitely improved his forhand, his slice and his volleying.

Speaking of serve, I had a look at the stats, and noticed that he had also improved the speed of his serve against Chiudinelli, but there is obviously a lot of work to do.


huh Says:

Mrs.Jane:
Same with me here as well, I am also concerned about DP’s wrist and stuff, it’d be a big shame and sad if his body becomes his undoing here. DP, like your Nole, is unbeatable at his best! Fast forehand, faster serves, decent backhand and good court coverage, all this point to greatness of DP, and I’m not even talking about his mental stuff(a bit closer to Fed and Rafa re. this)! Just amazing!!! He’s thus my worthy 3rd most fave at the current time. He’s humble too, unlike others. More similar to Rafa most of the time in this aspect, talks not much , just goes on trying to do his job as well as he can. But also passionate like Rafa(e.g. fist-pumping)! Hope he stays healthy this year at slams.


mat4 Says:

Watched also Tsonga – Haas. Excellent match, just didn’t understand what happend to Haas at the end of the fourth set.

Without serve, I don’t see Nole winning against JWT.


Ra Says:

I keep being re-impressed by Tsonga. When that guy is on he is SO on. The reverse of that, however, is also true (which explains the bizarre fact that he’s never gone to a 5th set in his professional career) as he is a quintessential emotionally fueled player. With the special relationship he’s forged with the AO, I really won’t be THAT surprised if he’s the last man standing — he’s looking very fit out there, too. Of course I won’t be that surprised if he fizzles out, either.


Von Says:

Scottish:

Hello, and nice to see you back posting again!! I’m happy to see that you have finally surfaced and are posting again. Are your office walls still orange?? LOL.

Thanks for your good wishes with respect to my guy, and I agree he’s looking fit and strong. I’m hoping he’ll do well tonight and go deeper than last year.

Yes, Wimby did give him a boost with the fans, but did it help him with the psychological block he has re Federer? I don’t know, as he mentioned a while back that he still thinks of that loss. I do too. However, it was the closest he’s gotten to Fed in a looonnnggg time, and maybe that will give him more of a mental jog in the right direction, if and when, they next meet. But, to coin a phrase, “only time will tell”, isn’t it?

James’ loss left a hole in my heart also, as it reminded me so much of Andy’s loss. Thankfully, it wasn’t a final or else I’d be mourning biggg time. I can’t handle any more losses and have given away my black attire. LOL.

I’m happy to see Isner playing so well, and have forgiven him for beating A-Rod at the USO. ha ha. I’d like to see him take up the torch when Roddick retires, along with Querrey and propel American tennis into the limelight once again. (I’m still hoping for a miracle with respect to Donald Young.) It wil be easier for them as there wouldn’t be another ‘Federer’ in a long time after he retires to stop them. Both of them are doing very well in doubles as a team, perhaps the tallest doubles team on the court, but I don’t want for them to beat the Bryans if they are to meet.

BTW, I’ve been watching the figure skating competition in Canada. Do you like figure skating? There are some very cute girls competing!

Take care Scottish and enjoy the tennis when you watch. I’ll post as time permits, so maybe we’ll have an opportunity to chat again. tah.


jane Says:

mat4 I guess the serve is one of the “works in progress” with Martin. And it’s been something he needed to work on for over a year since he won his first slam, when, imo, it was much more consistent. Novak isn’t winning enough behind his second serve either, which puts him in jeopardy, so he needs to keep working on the serve. And yeah, I agree that without the serve working quite well, Tsonga will be really tough to beat. That said, Tsonga, too, can be up and down, so it depends which Jo-Will shows up! And also, it can be said that Novak can really “bring it” when he needs to. He served great, for example, in that semi versus Rafa in Paris, and he knew he had to. So he may up his level if he gets fired up. Hope so!!

huh – I agree that there is so much to admire about Delpo, his mental strength being one of them. Not to mention the power! He seems like a nice fella. I typically enjoy a player who’s a little more gregarious, lets the “personality” out once in a while. I saw a little of that from Delpo in his media/TV interviews post-USO win, and it was great to see!


huh Says:

Scottish, thou Fed’s my undisputed fave, if Muzza-Nole happens, I’d not care about anything other than Muzza’s victory. Fed’s already achieved so much that I would be satisfied with whatever he gets from now onwards. Remaining at No.1 for 250+ weeks is the mark of majestic greatness, I’m satisfied by how amazing Fed is upto now and I shouldn’t expect more from my personal standpoint. Nothing he needs to do to prove anything to me now, he’s already proved to be one of the ultimate champions and that’s what I wanted him to be. I’m a happy happy proud proud Fed fan already, already content now. I don’t wanna get too greedy, others too must win. And being No.1 for a couple of weeks more than Pete means less or you can even say nothing, for me at this point! Fed winning a slam would obviously matter, but not other things. But another thing that is important to me is that I don’t want Fed to fizzle away either, I still think he’s something to offer. Of course it’s lovely to see him win, I’m not gonna lie to you. Fed enjoys tennis and so do I. So I just want to see Fed on court, hitting his usual/occasional mesmerising shots, irrespective of the outcome, that’ll keep me happy for a long long time… :) :) :) But right now I’ve three priorities in 2010, I must tell you:Roddick winning Wimby, Muzza winning a slam and Fed reaching his 16th slam. So my choices are easy.


huh Says:

Talking of letting personaity out on court, it’d be something to see what’d happen if Murray wins AO 10 beating Fed in a tough 5-setter! I’d love whatever happens. ;)


huh Says:

If Tsonga’s pumped up and Nole below par, expect Jo to set the record pretty straight! And I’d actually root for Tsonga vs Nole, sorry Nole fans! ;)


Scottish Says:

Huh – it would be a shame to me if Fed doesn’t beat Pete’s record of most weeks at #1. To me that will seal any doubt about his status. The other goal I think Fed needs to achieve is to better his record against Nadal. I love Rafa too but that record is too lopsided. As for slams any more he gets is just gravy. He has nothing left to prove there.


Scottish Says:

Tsonga is an exciting player when he shows up. He has the tools to win a slam but he lacks consistency which the other greats have. So maybe this will be his real breakout year.


Von Says:

huh: I’d love to see Tsonga get his revenge vs. Djokovic for his 2008 AO loss. Go Tsonga!!


huh Says:

The Wim 09 loss to Fed is a black day in my tennis calender, not because I don’t like Fed, but coz it was too sad to see Roddick so dejected. Unless, you’re a world hater like Brady, you’d mourn it! It took my joy away. I was completely unable to celebrate Fed’s triumph unfortunately despite the end result being so much awaited from my own perspective. But when the moment arrived, it was no ecstacy, rather some agony. And it’d end only if Rod wins hopefully a Wim. Until then, the second second would continue to be a sad memory. :(


Scottish Says:

Von – yep still orange walls :-) I only watch figure skating at the Olympics and even then only casually. Too bad A-Rod is playing the last game tonight. I would have loved to have watched. Oh well I’ll be anxious to check the result when i get up. I don’t see Gonzo winning it. Andy looks way too focused and ready.


huh Says:

Mrs.Von,

I’d also like to see Tsonga beat Nole, may be we both can cheer for Tsonga with coffee and popcorns or cakes! ;)


Fot Says:

I don’t know what WILL happen but I hope Roger can come through and win against Hewitt. One match at a time!


huh Says:

The last sentence of my post at 4.48 pm must be read as the ‘second set’.


Scottish Says:

As much as I felt for A-Rod there’s no way that I was going to let it mar my joy for Fed beating Pete’s record. That became even more so when Fed gave away the USO. In some ways it was kind of weird the way those matches happened. A-Rod couldn’t pullout that tie-breaker against Fed and Fed couldn’t serve out set 2 against Delpo. I’m still recovering from that. As much as I really like Delpo it should have been 3 straight sets to Fed. But that is the ups and downs of sports. I still haven’t got over the Oilers loss in game 7 of the Stanley Cup a few years ago. why do we torture ourselves? LOL


huh Says:

“Fot Says:
I don’t know what WILL happen but I hope Roger can come through and win against Hewitt. One match at a time!”

That’s the right attitude FoT!


Scottish Says:

I like Djoko but I am disappointed with his lack of focus and drive right now. He doesn’t seem to have the fire he did last year. I’d be happy if Tsonga takes him out and I think he will.


huh Says:

Scottish, so here we differ a little bit, but ‘d still say Fed still has to prove something in slams, and he’s to actually reprove himself against Hewitt just the day after tomoro. And he of course has to prove a lot against Davy too, should they meet. May be he can try for his H2h improvement against Rafa, but that won’t give him excuse from constantly proving himself against challenges like Davy, Murray , Rod, Nole(should he fail to do that more constantly). Forget about Rafa, Fed has many other challengers to contend with now, mainly as his powers are diminished and others have kind of caught up with him a little bit. At Fed’s summit, not even on clay was Rafa being favoured until 07, let alone other surfaces, now that’s again something.


Von Says:

Scottish: Yeah, it’s a bummer that Andy’s match is being played so late tonight, which means I’ll be up for most of the night. OY

The winter Olympics is just around the corner. I hope you’ll watch and cheer for the US. I know, I’m hoping against hope that you’ll eventually begin to like us. LOOL.

_________________
huh: I’ll even blow you a few kisses while we’re eating our popcorn and goodies. No coffee for me though, just some Earl Grey tea, as I’m hyper enough.


huh Says:

“A-Rod couldn’t pullout that tie-breaker against Fed and Fed couldn’t serve out set 2 against Delpo. I’m still recovering from that.”

Scottish, this is the reason why I’m a believer in destiny! None can deny what is destined to/ not to happen, I strongly believe it.


huh Says:

Thanks Mrs.Von! :P


Duro Says:

Jane, about Martin… Everything that you said stands, but I am starting to see a certain potential danger if the things go in a direction that his influence could estrange Novak from his natural playing style in a way that he neglect his forehand (which is lost somewhere on the way), especially his flat devastating forehand from the baseline which was irresistible to watch and enjoy to. The fact that Vajda ( who nurtures his baseline game and forehand) won’t be around during AO and the American hard-court season makes it even more risky, cause I don’t think he will practice that much other aspects of his game but net play with Todd. Just a thought… I just don’t like Nole’s new looping forehand and spin to it.

About Novak-Murray… Nole won first 4 matches, lost last 3, but I think that you should say that you’d like Novak to win the next encounter simply because he’s your number 1 favorite, as simple as that, not because of their rivalry and such… That would be fair enough to say, don’t you think?

Kimmi, what to say… We shall wait and wait apparently. Did you ever wonder about why they play only 7 times up to now? Nole played Rafa 21 times. Try to find the answer in that area.


Scottish Says:

Hmmmm cheer for the US? Not likely but keep hoping. :-) But hey great for Canada as we make history as the first Paralympian to compete in Winter Olympics – http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/crosscountryskiing/story/2010/01/22/spo-mckeever-olympics-cross-country.html

You definitely got the better of us at the world junior hockey but that’s sport eh? I’d say that considering the US has what 300+ million people to choose from and we have 30 that we’re doing alright. LOL


huh Says:

Scottish, not saying that I was really unhappy about Fed’s Wim o9 win, but I was certainly unable to be as much happy as I would have liked to be. The happiness was marred indeed!


Scottish Says:

30 million that is. LOL wouldn’t want you to think we all fled the country.


Scottish Says:

Oh well Huh – sorry for you on that one. It’s too bad you couldn’t enjoy it to its fullest. As for destiny that is a tough one. You believe then that we are not actually in control of our own actions but that some force is causing all of us to do what “it” wants?


Von Says:

Scottish:

“Hmmmm cheer for the US? Not likely but keep hoping. :-)”

I’ll make you a convert, yet.

“I’d say that considering the US has what 300+ million people to choose from and we have 30 that we’re doing alright. LOL”

LOL, is all I can say. I’m an old NY Rangers and Boston Bruins fan, also the Black Hawks. I used to be an ice hockey fan before I became a tennis fan and visited MSG many times when the Rangers played. Unfortunately, all of my teams have fizzled out and the Canucks have taken over. Enjoy the ride as we’re still lurking in the shadows!! I wouldn’t say ‘GO USA’!! Did I just say that, sorry?? ha ha


Kimmi Says:

“Kimmi, what to say… We shall wait and wait apparently. Did you ever wonder about why they play only 7 times up to now? Nole played Rafa 21 times. Try to find the answer in that area.”

Duro, the answer is very clear in my eyes. They are always in the opposite side of the draw. The fact that they have been seeded 3rd and 4th for a while. And that is the only reason. Like you, I shall also wait for the day it happens again. Go Murray.


Von Says:

“30 million that is. LOL wouldn’t want you to think we all fled the country.”

I kinda figured that one out — my brain is beginning to kick in but I’m still sleep deprived.


huh Says:

Hey Duro:

Nole’s of course a wonderful player to watch, but the only thing that I wanna say’s Murray certainly has chances against him should they meet in a slam IMO, it’s not Nole’s monopoly, that’s all I think.

And please don’t be hurt if I say Muzza’s loss to Nole would hurt, should they meet here. I’d root for Muzza this time mainly coz the guy’s under a hell lot of pressure, and a second cosecutive loss to anyone in his possible 2nd slam final would break the guy down and would totally put him under further pressure, overcoming which would be very very difficult for him, it’d be a rude shock to him and I don’t want him to become crestfallen, that’s all. That’s why I’d root for Murray, shoud he meet Nole in any slam anytime soon, especially as he’s slamless. But trust me, as soon as Muzza wins a slam, I’d also try to cheer for your Nole in their next possible meeting in a slam, if need be. I’ve nothing against your Nole actually , I admire Nole’s great game very very much! But I just happen to like a few guys more than him, that’s all. So, I hope I’ve explained myself, we’re still friends and would remain so always, ireespective of who I or you’re rooting for. :D


Duro Says:

Kimmi, no, that’s not the only reason. Try to find at least one more.


Scottish Says:

I do think Muzza is under a lot of pressure to win considering he is the only top 6 without a slam now that Delpo is in the elite. I really think that Delpo beating Fed hurt Murray because JMDP got there first and did what Murray couldn’t But I think it also put a fire under him so we’ll see what happens.

What’s so great about tennis right now and it’s been said a lot is just how strong mens tennis is. It’s an exciting time to be a fan and we should be so happy for that. Someone posted here that they can’t wait for the day when Fed isn’t playing. That’s just crazy to me. All of these guys bring exciting tennis and we shouldn’t want any of them to be gone. And that even includes Murray for me even though I cheer against him.


huh Says:

Scottish, of course, we’re in control of our actions, but what we get is what we get. I mean Rod was made to pay, coz despitebeing in kind of a control of his action, he didn’t take his chance in the second set, same as in US09 & AOO9 & Wim 08 to Fed. Remember that destiny’s not as imaginary, unnatural or unscientific as others believe. You make your own destiny through your action and may be/ may be not squandering your chances, as simple as that. If people talk about luck, then the talk about ‘destiny’ too cannot be discarded altogether as it’s more or less intricately connected to your luck. May be, it’s like destiny is higher level luck! And as so many people say, luck is often the function of your actions.


huh Says:

At least that’s what Confucious believed re.Destiny and/or luck.


Duro Says:

huh, I never complained about your choice!? You’re Fed’s fan. You have no “obligations” towards Novak or me or Nole’s fans. I was reproaching Jane a little bit, not you.


Kimmi Says:

Duro, if you know of another reason please let it out..what is it?


huh Says:

Ok Duro, my friend, good night(already morning here, that is)! ;)


huh Says:

Actually Duro, in the strictest sense of the term ‘obligation’, I don’t have any towards Fed either, haha! Bye!


Duro Says:

Kimmi, it has to do something with Murray’s clay capabilities…

huh, good night. Don’t worry, root for whom you like, no problem with me as long as don’t root for Nole, you’re still my friend. Where are you from, huh? Morning? New Caledonia?


Scottish Says:

See ya Huh – thanks for the input!


Duro Says:

Correction: Don’t worry, root for whom you like, no problem with me as long as you don’t root for Nole.
You’re still my friend…


Colin Says:

Sean, I didn’t know Gonzo suffered with ticks. Which jungle was it where he picked them up?


Kimmi Says:

Duro: It was only two clay finals that nole met nadal this year, the rest is semi, so not exactly true. Murray met Nadal in two finals this year as well. But i agree that Novak has met Nadal many times.


Duro Says:

Kimmi, not all of the 7 Nole-Murray matches were finals either. I wasn’t talking that much about the finals but their encounters in general. If Murray didn’t suck on clay we would have watched at least couple of more matches between them.


Kimmi Says:

Duro, so you like to rub it in. Yes, Murray sucks on clay. Lets see this season what will pan out. Djoko can play as many times with Nadal, I don’t really care..the main thing is to win when they play.

Anyways, Duro. I am only having fan and hope you do too. Lets hope they both do well this season. Murray on the court right now with Isner. Go Murray.;)


Kimmi Says:

he he Why is Murray serving 145 km/hr first serve? Strange and I Isner is not attacking them??


Duro Says:

Kimmi, no hard feelings. I was just complaining that we’ll have to wait and wait till they match up again and explained partly why is that so. Cheers.


Kimmi Says:

No hard feelings Duro, enjoy the matches.

OMG, Isner serving is incredible..once Murray has a sniff..follows big serve from Isner. Murray decides to play slow first serve..Isner does not attack them..hmmm..


Scottish Says:

Isner needs to take more charge of Murray’s serve. Both players seem a bit blah today. Close match though. I hope Izzy can hang with Muzza.


Kimmi Says:

Phew! Murray gets the first set..YES!


Scottish Says:

Murray got away with that one. That was the match there. I don’t think Izzy can take 3 of the next 4.


Veno Says:

Murray: Great skill, unbelievable movement, great tennis brain, great scrambler.

Murray: incredibly annoying behaviour and demeanor on the tennis court.

I seriously wonder how anyone can enjoy watching him play…Sheesh

Those C’mons after UE of opps and just the sheer amount of C’mons coupled with his facial expressions and the irritating hitting of the strings on his rackets after a miss.

For him to become a champion he really has to get rid of those antics

Going on the match though, he did well to scrape his last service game to force a breaker especially because his arm tensed up and he made Isner pay for playing a bad tiebreak. Gotta respect that.

Izzie needed that 1st set breaker, we’ll see how his bottle will be during the second, but it’s likely to be another straight set victory for the Scot.


Kimmi Says:

Veno..stop complaining and watch the girls on hisense arena.

Isner is a tricky opponenet with that serve.
For some reason his serves has been a little slow in the second set.


Rsutherland Says:

Veno – Thank you!. Can’t he just shut up and play? I understand his fans appreciating his play but my God, what an unappealing individual in just about every other way..


Veno Says:

No surprise Murray has brought a game plan to court. He always does and is a great tactician.

It is however very disappointing to seeing Isner left his game plan in the locker room. There’s just no tactical side to his game whatsoever. No plan A and no plan B. What a pity. How many desperate drop shots did he already attempt?

Funny btw how terrible the tennis commentating on the BBC is!!!

I’d almost be inclined to switch over to Carillo and that’s saying a lot.


Veno Says:

Wow Kimmi, talk about a lame reply!

For 1: You should know by now: I always prefer men’s tennis over women’s tennis.

And secondly, the Murray match I can see live on tv which I always prefer over watching a stream.

Furthermore, try not to react emotionally because I point out something concerning your fave. You really think your emotional reply will make me a) abstain from giving my opinion? and b)change my mind?

@Rsutherland: You’re welcome my friend


Scottish Says:

Good hold from Izzy but thing don’t look great for the big American. I agree about Muzza. I can’t stand how often he yells and screams. Plus he’s so unenjoyable to watch in an interview. Too bad so much talent is wasted on hi. LOL. He sure does have talent though.


jane Says:

Duro, stop reproaching me please : /

When I was talking before I actually wasn’t even thinking of THIS slam final! I love Novak’s game and I hope this year is great for him, plus I could really stand to see him playing his best consistently again. But I like a lot of players. I root on a kind of match-by-match basis. On my 5 players at the AO site (you know where you can mark them in to follow?) I have Nole, Andy M, Delpo, Andy R. and Rafa. So they are the five I am following most closely. I also watch Fed and Davy whenever I can as well as other matches and some women’s too. Basically, tennis sucks up too many hours in my day! LOL.

Anyhow, I am off to watch Murray.

Whomever ends up in the match next Sunday, I hope we have an exciting slam final that goes 4-5 sets for certain. Ideally, 5.


Scottish Says:

Izzy can’t do anything with Murray’s serve. He won’t win in 3 tie-breaks so he has to try and do more. He definitely doesn’t seem to have a game plan.


Kimmi Says:

Veno, I was not emotional at all..I only pointed out another option for you, which is available. If you prefer mens tennis then try to enjoy, it sounds like you are not enjoying this match. Which is a pity :)


Veno Says:

lol@Jane:

I have to say Jane, As a tennis fan I’d like an amazing 5-set final of course,

but if I could choose, naturally, I’d like my fave to beat the crap out of his opponent in straights!!!
Isn’t that a direct result from supporting a fave in the first place?


Kimmi Says:

1st break for Murray..hope this will be his ticket to the Qtr final.


Veno Says:

Ah Kimmi, good to see you get my point.
Hope you also took the time to also read the rest of my comment and not only my “observation”(always subjective of course)about his demeanor and behaviour which, in my case, just deplete all the enjoyment I get from his amazing tennis skills!


Scottish Says:

I would definitely be enjoying this match more if it wasn’t for Murray screaming after every point he wins.


Scottish Says:

That was a joke. LOL


Voicemale1 Says:

Isner is only still in this match because of his serve. He has an ultra mediocre return game. Every time I see him return the Murray serve it lands on Murray’s service line, which explains why Murray is 12-13 at the net; Andy’s getting a host of generous gifts to come in and do what he wants with them. And it’s clear these giant guys are extremely vulnerable to even the most mediocre of drop shots. A lot of the drop shots from Murray had so much air, bouncing fairly high, you’d have to be a slow mover like Isner to be unable to do much with them.

And on top of all that, Isner is clearly getting exhausted, and the 3rd Set is still to be played. Not good for The Next Best American Thing.


Andrew Miller Says:

Isner put himself in position to break back. Isner is actually phenomenal, I am impressed. He’s definitely better than Ivo Karlovic.


Andrew Miller Says:

Actually I was impressed watching Isner take out Roddick at the USO. I thought Roddick did not hit flat enough to take out Isner that day, the ball just sat up for Isner to crush. Murray has a better idea of how to play Isner. It’s working.


Rsutherland Says:

Demeanor should be important in a game so focused on individuals. I don’t get how his fans can be OK with it in Murray’s case – must really love his talent or nationality.


jane Says:

Veno, I guess I am pretty much a tennis fan first, with favorites second. I’d take an exciting, close final over a rout, even if it was one of my faves pounding on someone. There’s so much build up to a slam final, over the 2 weeks, the events leading up to it, etc. It’s better to have a final that’s not an anti-climax imo. I guess Rafa’s beat down of Fed in 2008 FO could be exciting just in terms of how dominant Rafa was, but to me their 06 and 07 finals were better, especially in 07 (I think?) where the fourth set ended in a tiebreak, so you just were sitting on the end of your seat wondering what would happen. Those are the ones I remember.


Ben Pronin Says:

Isner isn’t exactly The Next Best American Thing. He still has time to improve. He’ll never be fast but improving his return game is possible. All he needs is one break to win a set. That or one mini-break.


Veno Says:

Just a pity that such a top player and athlete can be such a defaitist and pessimist on the court.

That I get no enjoyment from his tennis I think is clear about now lol, but looking at him….I doubt if he really enjoys himself out there(listen to his interviews and look at his body language on court)

I get the idea he sees tennis matches as assignments he has to solve by executing what he’s trained for and treats them as such. There’s no joyful element(even his celebrations are tense/awkward expressions…look at how he pumps fists after important points…nothing natural looking about them)

Moving over to tennis, he is in the driver seat, but in all fairness, Isner never showed up today.


jane Says:

Good job Murray. Next, we get Dr. Ivo and Rafa – I hope Rafa gets through as I really want to see how Murray and Rafa will match up here. I believe Rafa has a pretty good H2H with Murray – am off to check that.


Scottish Says:

Isner isn’t actually that bad and I too am impressed. I think his shoulder is bugging him and he’s tired. He’s also missing the easy shots and needs to work at getting lower when he is at the net. I think he’s much more talented than Ivo and he certainly can improve.


Scottish Says:

Jane if Murray plays like this and Rafa plays even close to his best Murray won’t have a chance.


Andrew Miller Says:

It’s tough to enjoy Isner’s play. That said, he is the U.S.’ 2nd best player, no questions asked. Looking at the players he beat last year (tons of big wins) it’s indisputable, he’s the 2nd best U.S. player.


Andrew Miller Says:

I agree with Scottish…Isner can improve – and the more he improves the less anyone will want to play him! I am sure no one likes seeing him in their quarter of the draw.


Kimmi Says:

veno: maybe Isner did not show up becayse of what Murray is doing to him….I think thats what happened.


Scottish Says:

Isner might eek out this set.


Veno Says:

IMO Isner is nowhere near his form during the USO 3RD when he beat Andy Roddick. To be fair, A-Rod let him play so well because he was too passive the first 2 sets which Big John took off him rightfully.

IMO that was a tactical error on A-Rod’s part plus I still think he was not in a good frame of mind, still coming off tough losses at Wimby and Leg Mason.

Against a tactician as Murray, there’s no chance for him to beat him if he doesn’t back up his great serve with better movement and especially cleaner hitting.

Izzi isn’t hitting the ball anywhere near as clean and deep as he was against Andy at Flushing…

That said, I agree he can still improve lots and this experience will hopefully encourage him to do just that.


jane Says:

Rafa is 7-2 over Murray so it’ll be a challenge for Murray to win, but not impossible. Over 5 sets though Rafa clearly has an edge.

Kimmi, Murray and Rafa have met only 9 times compared to 21 times for Djoko and Rafa! That’s because Djok broke through sooner and did so on all surfaces. Half of Djok and Rafa’s matches have been clay semis or finals.

But I don’t think Murray “sucks” on clay at all. He was in the quarters of the French last year. He was in the semis at Monte Carlo. He is getting better on clay so I would think this year he may be in the mix during more clay events. It’s certainly possible anyhow.


Veno Says:

Kimmi: read my previous post as to answer to your remark…..


jane Says:

Scottish “He’s also missing the easy shots and needs to work at getting lower when he is at the net.”

Getting lower is tough for him though.

Also, I agree that Murray *can not* serve meekly against Rafa as Rafa is one of the best returners around! He’ll be all over Murray’s serve. Yeah, it’ll definitely be an uphill battle for Murray to beat Rafa.


Veno Says:

Kimmi:

Props where they are due: That was an incredible game Murray played to break!


Kimmi Says:

YES, veno.. I hope he does this to Rafa too..C’mon murray


jane Says:

Good work Andy M! Now you can get some rest, because likely Rafa is next…


Andrew Miller Says:

Hope Roddick wins!


Veno Says:

Well Kimmi, it’s nice to see at least you have a positive attitude!!!(in comparison to your fave lol)

Anyway…Murray can’t be passive against Nadal especially on serve and retrieving against Isner(albeit doing it well and making some impressive gets) is a lot easier than retrieving against an in-form Nadal.

But it’s going to be an interesting match for sure!!!


Veno Says:

And of course while you say C’mon Murray, I reply VAMOS RAFA!!!!!!!!!!

Hope he thrashes Muzza in straights


Andrew Miller Says:

Isner is also extra competetive – I remember that from the USO match with Roddick. I thought for sure Isner would fold. Didnt happen – he definitely wants to win out there.


Kimmi Says:

LOOOOLS Veno..I did not know you are also a Rafa fan..


Gordo Says:

Yikes! Murray looks damn good!


Scottish Says:

Oh well Izzy gave it a shot. That first set really let him down. After that there was not much zip left. As well as Murray played today he didn’t play well enough to win this. But as it has been said before you on;y have to be good enough to beat the guy on the other side of the net. That is what Muzza did today.

Congrats Murray fans – bring on Nadal!!


Veno Says:

Hey Andrew:

How about our Ma-Kiri getting it on at this OZ open?
How great is it to see her doing well?

Her birthday come Monday(as is mine) and I hope she’ll be there for the last 8.

Here’s to her bashing Safina!!!!

Can I get a whoop whoop?!


jane Says:

Andrew, that’s true and it may be another difference between Querrey and Isner. Don’t you almost get the sense that Isner is hungrier than Sam? It could be just down to different personalities, but Isner seems competitive. Maybe he can take away from this match.

But anyhow, nice win for Murray, who has still not dropped a set.


Kimmi Says:

YES, great match Murray, great job…qtr final at last for the 1st time….C’mon murray, one match at a time…


Voicemale1 Says:

Isner hasn’t done anything here to be truly impressive. Murray’s exploited every weakness he has: Return, Movement and his Backhand. The win against Roddick was an aberration – Roddick was coming off the Wimbledon Nightmare he still hadn’t completely shaken off. Isner has only one shot in a rally he goes to that can do any damage – the Inside Out Forehand. But Murray’s all over it now.

This is gonna get played up as some kind of astounding win for Murray. The truth is this was less of a “great” Murray performance than it was an Isner performance that just had no answers when the serious questions were asked of him – which ALL of the best players will ask of him. Murray played one game in the 2nd Set where he hit 3 straight drop shots, all of which were basically out of any real reach for Isner, to take the game. Talk about rubbing it in Isner’s face! He junk-balled the one dimensional giant right out of the tournament.


Veno Says:

Hmm, kind disappointing that you remember so little of me Kimmi, I’ve only been away from posting since the USO lol

I’ll repeat it once more:

I am and have been a tennis fan and player for 25 years. I have been a McEnroe fan(when I was really young and he past his prime) to an Edberg enthusiast on to a Sampras admirer and since I saw Fed play live in my country in Feb ’01 and since then he’s my main man!!

He’ll be my fave as long as he plays!!!

That said, I love Rafa and especially what he brings to the game and that he was the only one challenging Fed and beating him!!! I like that!!! I think it’s good Fed has had Rafa(and now all the others are biting htheir ankles and make tennis exciting!) because their rivalry and different personas and playing styles have done wonders for the game, wouldn’t you agree?

Furthermore, without Rafa, Fed would have won 10-12 GS’s in a row…..Me the tennis enthusiast would not have liked that at all!!!

Great heroes have to have great adversaries!!!

Look at tennis nowadays(the men’s game that is)

Kimmi, congrats to you and Murray for reaching the QF…His best showing at OZ open ever!


Veno Says:

Hey voicemale1:

How have you been?

Great to see your excellent insights again.
I couldn’t agree more!

This was a stroll for Murray, he still has not been tested truly. He was playing this match on his own terms and Isner did nothing to try to change that.

If Karlovic takes out Nadal, God forbid, Murray will do the same to Dr.Ivo

It has got to be Rafa-Murray and we’ll see how Murray performs when getting under pressure.
He served an average of 104 mph on first serves?! And Isner didn’t do anything with it….


Andrew Miller Says:

Whoop Whoop! Ma-Kiri: best looking WTA player I can remember (oink, oink).


Veno Says:

There you go Andrew!!!
She’s my cutie for sure and exactly 10 years my younger lolz….

Come Monday she is hopefully still there, would be some present! Her best ever GS result!!!


Andrew Miller Says:

Jane: I absolutely agree, Isner is hungrier than Sam. Querrey may have superior groundies, but Isner is ferocious. I agree, Murray exploits all the parts of Isner’s game that do not work as well as that big serve, forehand, decent volley, and sweet drop shot, but Isner is tough as nails. I heard him speak with Pam Shriver (ESPN/youtube) and, without question, this guy is aggressive and does not fear winning.


Veno Says:

VAMOS RAFA!!!!!!!!!


Veno Says:

Well Andrew, hate to brake it to you, but actions speak louder than words and he didn’t bring it at all today on court.

There was no “eye of the tiger” at all tonight and that’s not all due to Murray!!!

Even when you get a thrashing by a better player you can be a warrior on court and in all fairness, Isner looked like a choir boy out there…..in awe of the occasion.


Scottish Says:

Veno it was the Fed/Nadal rivalry that got me back into tennis after taking a break from it for a number of year. It turns out I love both guys for what they did to the sport. They elevated it to the point that we have now some of the toughest competition I can remember. The Fed and Nadal haters don’t want to admit it but it’s because of the the level of tennis is so high. And let’s not forget with fed is he going for is 18th slam final in 19 tries. As I see that stat now it hardly seems possible. What a run he has had no matter what happens this week.


Andrew Miller Says:

Veno, Ma-Kiri is amazing. A great player, showing a lot of grit out there. And of course, the intangibles. I am being chauvinistic and enjoying it. Sorry!

I am also a big fan of the Italian, she is way better than I had thought – tough player! Flavia Pennetta


Scottish Says:

* because of THEM…


Andrew Miller Says:

Veno – you are likely right. A lot of credit to Murray however – Murray knows how to play Karlovic and Isner and Querrey, those match-ups do favor Murray. Whereas Murray vs. a more mobile power player (Roddick, Gonzalez, Verdasco, Tsonga) throw the odds off for Murray.

In set #2 I thought Isner played tough to nearly break back, but players dont get credit for what they fail to do…they just fail to do it :(


Veno Says:

Amen Scottish:

It’s like everybody is greedy when it comes to Fed and Nadal lolz

I always am amazed that no matter you are pro or anti Rog/Rafa, everybody expects/wants them to win everything!!!

Look at Rog’s records!!! Staggering and what do they talk about? his H2H against Rafa and losses against some “lesser” opponents. The pro-people find excuses to explain why he hasn’t won 25 slams already and the anti’s use it to diminish his amazing accomplishments!!!

For Rafa it’s the same(but to a little lesser extent)

If that is not the ultimate testament of how great these two are I don’t know what is!!!


jane Says:

I’ve followed tennis through many generations – Mac/Lendl et al when I was young, then Agassi, Edberg, Pete, Rafter, then Roddick, Safin, Hewitt. I was disgruntled about all those Fed wins over Roddick and Safin! : / But then Rafa came along and pushed Fed, which was so great for Fed, Rafa, and tennis in general. And now a couple more generations are nipping at some glory. Fed and Rafa are still the peak, but there are many great/hungry players right now, so much depth. Even some of the “older” players are reinvigorated because they sense a little more parity, and little less dominance. It is a time of possibility – We’re lucky watchers right now.


Andrew Miller Says:

Scottish, I agree with you. Federer-Nadal elevated tennis. Other players, Roddick included, would not be as good were it not for Federer and Nadal. They jointly saved the ATP.


Kimmi Says:

Veno: I never forget. I know you are the biggest fed fan but was surprise you wanted Rafa to beat the crap out of Murray..hmm that was a little confusing. But then between the two (rafa $ murray that is) You would prefer Rafa. No hard feelings..

I hope Murray brings his USO 08′ on Monday, C’mon Murray


Veno Says:

Oh and Andrew: I’m on board with you on Pannetta!!

She’s a mediteranian fox! And a good player!


Veno Says:

No worries Kimmi,

never hard feelings from my side…

I wish your guy good luck for the quarters


Scottish Says:

Good point Andrew and Izzy had his chances but didn’t execute. I thought in many of the points he hit a great shot and stood there expecting it to be a winner only to be surprised it was coming back over the net. More experienced players make sure they are ready for Murray’s returns because he usually gets them. He’s so fast and agile around the court. I have also been impressed with Fed’s movement this week which shows he is more confident and getting back in form. He also looks fit and ready to go.

Now let’s see if Rafa can hold up his end of the deal and get us an amazing QF match with Murray.


Andrew Miller Says:

Especially Federer. Without his constant improvement (at least until the end of Wimbledon 09) tennis would be in much worse shape. Federer was, at a time, Nadal’s motivation (via uncle Toni).


Veno Says:

Rafa-Dr.Ivo: 6-4 7-5 7-5

Any guesses?


Veno Says:

Look at Ivo slicing?

Is he having something up his slice….eh sleeve for Rafa today?


Scottish Says:

Rafa in 4 if Ivo’s serve is on. Rafa in 3 if it’s not. I do expect at least 2 tie breaks as you suggest.


Andrew Miller Says:

Uh oh if Federer, Scottish, is playing as well as you indicate, then Hewitt is toast.


Veno Says:

Dunno Andrew,

Fed-Hewitt could be a great match. Lleyton is fit and hitting the ball well! The Ozzies backing him, he’s a warrior.

I don’t think this will be a straight set victory for Fed.

Unless his serve is as it was during the Wimby final…Then Lleyton has no chance


Veno Says:

Somehow I have the feeling Rafa will do to Karlovic what Fed did to him last Wimby…Dunno why…..


Sean Randall Says:

A boring start. Let’s see if Ivo can make things interesting.

Murray played some sharp tennis. Shapes up for a heck of a battle Tuesday against Rafa (if it happens).

I’ll say Isner reaches a rank high of #11. Maybe that comes this year. But I think he’s surpassed Ivo for now as the best of the bigs (6’8″++).


Von Says:

A shout out to Veno!! I see you’re keeping things lively. LOL.

Isner was very disappointing tonight and didn’t pose a problem for Murray at all. I think the doubles and singles is too ‘tall’ a task for Isner to do both. Oh well, he can now concentrate on his doubles match and make some noise.

I’m relegated to live streaming now as ESPN2 is still airing basketball and The Tennis Channel has signed off of the AO for the time being until later. OY

C’mon Rafa just do it!! This would be an injustice to the tennis fans if Dr. Irvo were to win. I’m hoping that isn’t so. Hovever, Rafa is not doing well on his return game.


Veno Says:

Kinda impressed with Ivo so far, unlike Isner he’s come out with a game plan and is executing so far…
He’s drawing Nadal to the end of the deuce court mixing up short slices with deep ones. Good to see


Veno Says:

Hey Von!

Thanks mon amie!

I’m lucky as I’m watching Rafa live!

Sorry you’re limited to the streams Oy!


Veno Says:

All those late challenges are bugging me out! They have to start making the rules more strict and let the umps abide by them!

It is used too many times as a tactical instrument and umps are letting the players…..

Umps should be neutral and NEVER aid a player, directly or indirectly, when it comes to the rules or the plays. Bums me out that umps shift part of their responsibility on the Hawkeye system and give players more leniancy to tactically exploit it’s uses.


Veno Says:

on s/b onto


Scottish Says:

Hey Von, tough loss for Izzy. He’s going to be a bigger presence though in 2010 and will have a good year.


Scottish Says:

Just curious, is anyone on here cheering for Ivo to beat Nadal?


Von Says:

Scottish, I was hoping against hope that Isner would win, but I knew deep down in my heart that Murray’s return game is too good for Isner.

I’d like to see Big John do better this year also, and I’m holding you to that prediction.

I’m torn between tennis and figure skating, which is being shown concurrently with tennis at the moment, but guess what, tennis wins. My DVR is doing the job for figure skating!! Are we addicted to tennis or what?? LOL


Von Says:

Scottish, there will be many anti-Nadal fans cheering for him to lose — you can count on it.

Who do you think will win?? I’m hoping Rafa does, and he just got the first break as I write this. C’mon Rafa, just serve it out!! Yahoo.


Veno Says:

Hey Von, the European Championships figure skating were this week…..

You would have loved to have seen that…

Hey I predicted 6-4 for Rafa in the first…Almost 1 of the 3 sets down lolz


jane Says:

Nice job for Rafa to get up to that volley at the net and then stand his ground up there versus Dr. Ivo; ultimately that point opened the door to the break. Rafa’s forehand looks good too.


Von Says:

Hey Scottish: This is agony for me as I have to wait until 5:00 am my time to watch Roddick play. why am I being punished like this? My nerves/stomach are not happy. OY VEY


Veno Says:

With all due respect to the giants of the ATP, I think it’s fine they get to 4th RD or a QF in a Slam, but that should be their end station imo.

I don’t think it’s attractive for the tennis public to see those one-dimensional players who rely on huge serving for 99% of their game to get to a finals weekend of a slam.

I am not saying they don’t deserve to reach the finals if they win their matches, but let’s be honest, they look better on a BB court than on a tennis court.

And 4 matches is enough to see those incredible serves from towering heights n’est ce pas?


Von Says:

Veno: I saw some figure skating last weekend and I’ve set up my DVR to record non-stop. The US men won second and third place medals. My boy Lysachek beat out Johnny Weir for second place. I’m not checking the yahoo sports because I don’t want to know the scores — but it’s figure skating and tennis all weekend. How lucky can this gal get.


Scottish Says:

Von I can’t see Ivo beating Rafa here. Maybe in a 3 setter but not 5. These top guys know how to go the distance.


Von Says:

Veno: @ 10:28 pm, as I mentioned previously, it would be a tragedy for tennis fans if Dr. Ivo were to win tonight, as it would eliminate the dream QF between Murray/Nadal. I’m going to go out there and literally push Rafa to the finish line.


Veno Says:

Wow, Petrova is sticking it to Kuzy.

Did she get super confidence after her thrashing of Clijsters?


Von Says:

Scottish: I agree with “These top guys know how to go the distance.” Amen!!


Veno Says:

Btw, Isner didn’t average even 1 ace per game he served against Murray.


Veno Says:

Von says:
“Scottish: I agree with “These top guys know how to go the distance.” Amen!!”

“As do I”

“I’m going to go out there and literally push Rafa to the finish line.”

Rafa will thank you for that Von….


Veno Says:

“ladies and gentleman: Rafa Nadal is back!!!!”


Scottish Says:

How much fun is Rafa to watch – amazing! I am so glad he is back healthy and determined. he is so good for the game.


Von Says:

It will be a game of whose legs are fresher and faster if Nadal and Murray play in the QFs.

@10:39 pm Veno, and 10:40 pm, Scottish, Amen to that also!!


Scottish Says:

Yes I agree Von. Murray so far has had the easier path so that might make the difference. It will also depend on how quickly Rafa can win this one.


andrea Says:

looking forward to murray/nadal – they played a great 5 setter in the quarters at the AO a few years ago.

i think it’s hopeful that hewitt will pull off the upset…i can see fed being surprised in 1 or 2 sets…i can even see if being a 5 setter…but fed will find a way.

the bottom half of the draw looks very interesting..one would think that nadal would make it thru, but who knows….


Von Says:

Scottish, on the positive side, Nadal is not pushed to run a lot because Dr. Ivo serves aces and, it’s bang, bang, game over. That said, I don’t think Nadal will, be out on the court for a lengthy match if he can break Dr. Ivo in each set. Here’s hoping that he can do it in 3 …..


Scottish Says:

I would think Murray fans would want Ivo to win this.


Scottish Says:

I don’t watch the womens side much but it seems Serena can’t be beat. Anyone have comments on that?


Kimmi Says:

Dr Ivo..lucky shot at crucial moment.


Scottish Says:

Ugh – a big let down for Rafa. Let’s see if he can pull keep focused and take the next 2. I’m very surprised we haven’t seen a tie-break yet.


Veno Says:

My comment is: “Serena won’t be beat”

At least not by an opponent, maybe only herself…or a lines person


Von Says:

Scottish: I suppose Nadal will have to do it in 4. I think Dr. Ivo will begin to get tired after the 3rd set. Dr. Ivo is making Nadal run a lot though.


Scottish Says:

This is all looking better for Murray.


jane Says:

“they played a great 5 setter in the quarters at the AO a few years ago.” — andrea, that was in 2007, and I believe it was R16. Not a quarter-final. But it was great – 5 sets.

Doh – Ivo stole one. Come on Rafa!! Don’t let the big man take the net on you.


Von Says:

Goodnight all!

I just looked at my TV and ESPN2 is broadcasting Nadal’s match. Enjoy your night and send good vibes Roddick’s way, will ya.


Scottish Says:

Night Von!!


jane Says:

Good vibes sending outward into the universe for Andy R. (he’ll win!)

And way to go Rafa!!! Nice work to get that break.


jane Says:

Kuz is out. Cilic and Delpo – two young guns – up next.


Ben Pronin Says:

Karlovic is so lazy.


Ezorra Says:

Wooooo… Petrova won! Is she going to be the next Gonzalez or Baghdatis or Tsonga or Verdasco?


Scottish Says:

Jane I’m so looking forward to the Delpo match. promises to be a great one! Let’s hope both are healthy and have some energy. Who are you cheering for?


jane Says:

I am cheering for Delpo. But if Cilic won I would be happy for him; I like his flat power hitting and his demeanor. However, he tends to be too error prone. Delpo is the cleaner hitter and grittier player I think.

P.S. Are you on the west coast? Will you be near enough to see any Olympics live?


Scottish Says:

Nope I’m in EST. So they will be late nights for me. I hope I survive the AO and Olympics. :-)


Kimmi Says:

Go delpo Go..nadal racing to finish thia match.


jane Says:

Are you cheering for Delpo too Scottish? I assume so, since you’ve mentioned that you like him before.


Kimmi Says:

thia s/b this


Scottish Says:

Yeah JMDP sits right around 2 to 4 in my cheering list along with Fed #1 of course, Nadal and Tsonga. It all depends on the tourney and the draws. But overall I like him and think he has more slams in him. What I like about him too is that he is never out of a match. He shares that with Fed.

I like a lot of other guys too though which is why I enjoy tennis so much. Cilic has impressed me and I think he has a slam or 2 in him before he’s through.


Scottish Says:

What’s with Rafa’s short? LOL. He looks like he is going on a picnic.


Kimmi Says:

Cilic looking good so far..I hope he surprise me here.


Scottish Says:

Delpo doesn’t have his arm strapped so I hope that is a good sign.


Gannu Says:

Its all over.. Nadal breaks.. so guys..watch out for a rocking QF on tuesday.. Nadal vs. Murray…


Kimmi Says:

Cilic seem to have raised his level..very clean hitting and the serve..just wow!


Scottish Says:

Yes Rafa!! The first dream QF set up of the AO. That is going to be an amazing match!!


jane Says:

Good for Rafa – we get the dream quarter-final. And Cilic kind of fell apart there, so Delpo will serve for the opening set.


jane Says:

Kimmi, for whom are you cheering in Henin vs. Wickmayer?


Scottish Says:

Awesome interview with Courier and Nadal. Rafa’s smile is so infectious. Murray needs to learn a few things from Rafa off the court!! I am so going to love it when Rafa sends Murray back to Scotland.


Kimmi Says:

jane: I am torn between the two. Justine because great comeback and she might have a chance of beating serena. Yanina because she is just a wonderful story. ini mini mani mo …Justine..I don’t know if Yanina will have the gas left..she has played too many matches..she was complaining about her back in the last match already.


Sean Randall Says:

One quarter set, Murray v. Nadal Tuesday. Will we also get DelPo v. Roddick?

So far things playing to form.


sar Says:

Scottish, I am glad Rafa won even though I do like Dr. Ivo. Would really like to see a Rafa/Nole final.


Scottish Says:

Sar – if it comes down to pure tennis then I think we could pick a whole bunch of final combinations and see an epic match. I’m pulling for a rematch of last year since I’d love to see the 2 best player go at it again. But really we’re going to get some amazing tennis even before the finals. My pick for semis is Fed-Tsonga and Nadal/Roddick.


Kimmi Says:

Delpo is on today..no question. Wrist injury..what injury?


jane Says:

I think Cilic just needs a little more time in the oven; he’s got talent, but, besides the errors, he still seems to not always think through his plays. The last couple of games he’s been finishing things off at the net quite effectively though. I still see Delpo coming through.


Scottish Says:

I agree Jane – he needs also to build his confidence and believe in himself. A bit like Davy last year. I too think Delpo is just that much ahead of him and will make it through. I will say that these guys don’t bring much life to the game. They are like robots playing with very little emotion.


jane Says:

Agree Scottish – a little more fire please. And even if that means Murray berating himself, I’d rather have that than nothing. No reactions whatsoever is mechanical. I like Rafa’s reactions on the court – always have. I like Safin, Gonza, and Djoko’s occasional racquet smash/toss too.

Even after that horrible forehand Cilic didn’t bat an eyelash. I guess that can be both good (for focus) and bad (for watching). And it’s the tennis that ultimately matters. But some personality/emotion is nice to see.


Scottish Says:

Delpo is hitting those forehands down the line like he did at the USO. Amazing to watch.


Scottish Says:

Jane there are the 2 extremes: Cilic with next to no emotion and Murray with way too much. I almost find Murray’s emotion robotic as well. Guys like Hewitt, Baghdatis etc. bring so much to the game that it almost surpasses the tennis from a fan point of view.


Kimmi Says:

oh No just like that


jane Says:

Scottish, I understand what you’re saying; it’s a valid point. Sometimes I love the emotion of Monfils or Tsonga, who are so high in intensity they whip the crowd into a frenzy, but both can also get very low and that, in turn, can spoil their games. So it’s a balance thing isn’t it? Some emotion or gesticulating is fun to see from a fan’s point of view, and it’s probably good for players to vent a little bit sometimes. On the other hand, it can backfire from both perspectives too – the personality can overtake the tennis and/or cause the player to lose focus.

I guess the fact of the matter is that the players are human so they’re all bound to be different, which is good! Can’t have them all acting the same as that’d be boring too.

Anyhow, back to the match, I am surprised how Cilic took that set, but he really hung in there and I thought he was playing just a little smarter in the second set.


Scottish Says:

Jane good points. Mofils is a guy I can’t get into at all. Way too much showboating and enough tennis to back it up.

Cilic is definitely picking up his game. This is going to be an interesting outcome. Delpo seems a bit injured.


Kimmi Says:

These guys are hitting the ball so hard.Cilic is gone up a notch a little, big chances here to break


jane Says:

But he doesn’t. So will he now get broken? That’s often how the cookie crumbles.


jane Says:

Looking at those highlights of Rafa vs. Ivo, I feel as though he’s got an excellent shot of defending his title. Some of the passing shots, the gets at the net, the returns – these looked like Rafa classics. He played agressively inside the baseline too, and he seems pretty confident and relaxed in the booth. It’s hard not to love Rafa. : )


Kimmi Says:

Cilic has been really good. he is hanging with Delpo here. He is definetly giving himself a chance.


Kimmi Says:

What a second serve….


jane Says:

He sure is Kimmi, but two times he’s had numerous break point chances in Delpo’s games and he hasn’t taken them. To me, that may end up making the difference because there hasn’t been much between them in this match. It’s been enjoyable to watch so far. When on earth is Henin playing? I guess I won’t see any of that or of Roddick.


Kimmi Says:

Q. You played Rafa a few years ago. Obviously, should he win, do you watch videos of recent games? Do you have a style you know can beat him?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it changes every time. You know, you have to kind of adjust to the match. Obviously, surfaces, I’ve played him indoors, hard courts, clay courts, and grass. Each time obviously it’s a bit different.

Played him some really good matches on hard courts. I think I’ve got some tactics that work well against him


Kimmi Says:

Henin will on in 30 minutes


Kimmi Says:

Delpo breaks..wow..jane you were right about Cilic missed chances. delpo gets one, he take it all.


jane Says:

Wow seems almost unfair that Delpo got that break! lol. Cilic had created so many but meanwhile Delpo gets his first. But that’s the *key* difference. Cilic didn’t use his chances. Delpo did. Credit where it’s due.


Kimmi Says:

Delpo serving is in the middle of the box..why doesn’t he hit big serves on the T or wide..Break point back for cilic

big second serve did not work this time. poor delpo.


jane Says:

Ha ha – now Delpo hands Cilic the break back. Funny. Back on serve at 5 all. Delpo is all over the place in this match: sometimes great, sometimes not so much. Still don’t know what to think of his chances at this event.


Kimmi Says:

Cilic breaks back jane..did you see it..


jane Says:

At the net, Cilic has been up and down – he seems to do well when he comes in after his serves, but when he’s lured in by Delpo he seems to miss a lot.


Kimmi Says:

Cilic seem to be the more stable one here


jane Says:

Yes Kimmi, but Delpo played a bad game, especially to end with a double to hand the break back. Now Cilic is in trouble – 30-40. I get the sense Delpo’s coming back to life, doesn’t want to go 5 sets!


Kimmi Says:

These guys you give them a slice..they wack big FH going for the winner…i remember federer slice was being attacked by delpo over and over.

Delpo is mad about fans…he should concentrate about tennis here..


Kimmi Says:

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Cilic is a different person to last time these two played


Kimmi Says:

To me Cilic seem to be playing better and a more stronger mentally here..


Ben Pronin Says:

This match is going to 5 and I’m going to sleep.


Kimmi Says:

thats it..I don’t see Delpo coming back here..he is lost that fire somehow


Janadev Says:

Cilic leads two sets to one..


jane Says:

Interesting: Cilic up two sets to one. Kimmi remember what we talked about earlier re: one surprise player in the semis each year, if not in the finals. Hmmm. Could it be Cilic? I don’t know, but I have to say that Delpo is very seee-saw-ish in this match. Up and down. Cilic, as you said, seems to be more stable.


Gordo Says:

Delpo is losing it mentally.


Gordo Says:

Nothing more boring than watching Dr Ivo play. Good for Nadal for getting past him in 4. Even though DelPo may not make it to the next round he certainly is a presence at this year’s AO, as the Murray/Nadal match should have been in the semi-finals, not as a quarter final match.


Kimmi Says:

jane, I tell you if Cilic beats delpo and then roddick…he is in the final..he will wack the ball on nadal and Murray serves..watch out. i am impressed he stayed the strongest in this match…that was his problem before, losing concentration but not today


jane Says:

Maybe Delpo is thinking of the injury so he’s not focused? Or maybe he feels the pressure since his slam win? Not sure, but he’s definitely been uneven at this event. He can still come back, but he’ll have to do it soon.


Kimmi Says:

You know, you would think delpo is going away but maybe NOT…this delpo knows how to hang in there, waiting to see if Cilic will get tired


jane Says:

I’m wiped. Enjoy the rest of the matches peeps: those who are night owls, or those in better time zones. Looks like Cilic and Delpo are going the distance.


mat4 Says:

Jane: Although I don’t really believe in inner feelings, I don’t know why, but I had a strong sensation before the AO that Rafa and Nole would play each other in the final. When I saw the draw, I thought it’s just a coincidence, but then…

So, I kind of believe that the draw will continue to open for the two players. Delpo and Tsonga could lose, Murray is a player Rafa likes, and Davy will win against Fed, who owns Djoko in three.

I am also very impressed by Nole’s will to improve, and the efforts he puts in changing his game. The change of racquet, if he manages to recover his serve (and he used to serve over 200 km/h before the change, and had one of the best second serve among the top players), was the real thing. It gave a new dimension to his FH, especially cross court. He know has three different FH: a flat one, and two different with more or less spin (he finishes the FH with more spin over his head). He controls his drop shots better, and his slice is finally a good one.

Ditto the same for Rafa. I had a look at the stats when he was playing Paris: he’s improving his serve also, and manages to play his BH cross court lower. His problem against DelPo or Djoko is the high rebound of his FH, a rebound that they use to hit flat strokes. He also has difficulties to play very high balls on his BH.


mat4 Says:

Then again, it is maybe just mere wishes…


Kimmi Says:

Delpo gets 4th set, we have 5th set..amazing this delpo. So determined.


huh Says:

ALLEZ MURRAY, COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


huh Says:

ALLEZ JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


huh Says:

I’m so pissed off right now :/! Instead of showing Cilic and DP, they’re showing weakmayor and hen-in, arghh!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

Delpo is gone huh..Cilic break thru here..


Gordo Says:

I’ve got it online huh


Kimmi Says:

http://atdhe.net/

huh, watch it here


Ra Says:

Cilic!!! Yay!!!


huh Says:

Thank u Gordo and Kimmi, but I’m sad. :(
Wishing DP all the best for the rest of the season. Hope that he’d win the FO this year, in case Fed is unable to do so.

And congrats to the really really admirable Cilic. He took down Muzza in USO, Rafa in Beijing and finally DP at AO, he’s right on his way to prove himself, his talent, which he has in loads! I was already impressed by him since I saw him giving Nole a crazy tough match at the US 08, I still remember how close that match was! I hope Cilic goes all the way to the final, particularly in case my guys Rod and Muzza fail to do so it now. Cilic’s currently my fourth most fave in Rafa’s half apart from Rod, Muzza and DP.


Kimmi Says:

CILIC..Congratulation..this guy is officially a contendor in a Grand slam. Wow…


Veno Says:

Wow, impressive win by the Young Cilic!!!

DelPo had 2 break points in that last game but ultimately another FH UE sealed his fate. What a match!!!!


huh Says:

I’d root for Cilic if he meets Rafa here.


Gordo Says:

Wow! Good for the Croat! So it will be Cilic vs Roddick or Gonzales. How cool is that?


huh Says:

“Kimmi Says:
CILIC..Congratulation..this guy is officially a contendor in a Grand slam. Wow…”

Can’t agree more!


Veno Says:

If A-Rod beats Gonzo tonight he’ll square off with Cilic….


huh Says:

This Open is still as open as I could have imagined/hoped it to be!

And yes, somehow I feel that Davy may also beat Fed (should they meet!), very much hope that Fed seriously proves me wrong here!But only time will tell.


Veno Says:

wooh guys,

Cilic a Slam contender? Just hold your horses my friends. He’s never been at this stage before(QF)
He’s great, amazingly talented and has the attitude to get there, but let’s just wait until he makes finals weekend.

A whole different pressure starts to set in during the second week and all the others know what it’s like to go the final match.

But good luck to him, it’s great to see him fulfill his potential and it’s a great W for the young Croat!


blah Says:

If Cilic losses before the semis, then I see Nadal (I think he beats Murray) repeating, but if Cilic can hold up, I see him making it to the finals and losing there, unless someone other than Fed makes the final, then it might turn out differently.


Veno Says:

Btw,

Henin-Wickmayer a decent tennis match so far.
Not bad, not bad at all…

Henin does look a step slow. She having a physical problem?

Anyone know?


Veno Says:

If Cilic were to make the final I also think that the only one he would have no chance against is Fed.

But my gut feeling still says it’s going to be Rafa in the final.

I do think(but conjecture of course) that A-Rod isn’t feeling too badly that DelPo is out.
If he gets a straight W against the ever entertaining Gonzo he’ll be fresh as a daisy against Cilic who already has a lot of work hours already spent on court….


Kimmi Says:

No veno, as far as I know she does not have injury. ESPN said they spoke to her coach and he said she feels much better after those two grinding matches (demantieva, kleybanova), fresh ready to go.


Veno Says:

Wickmayer wacked Henin and donated her a baguette in the second….

Really seems Henin is strugling physically


Veno Says:

Thanks for the info Kimmi, I mean did something happen during the match?
Cause first set with some good stats and now Justine in full flow, as is Yanina, but the second set was just blaaaaaaaaaaaa


Veno Says:

C’mon Ma-Kiri!!!!!!!

Beat Safina plaeeeeeeeezzzzzzzeeeeeeeee


Gannu Says:

I love Yanina.. She is a fighter and not one of the head cases like the russians and this is not gonna be easy at all for Henin.. Predicting a fightback by Yanina in the third set…and if she wins…she is gonna meet serena in the final only to get thrashed ;-)


Veno Says:

everyone is going to be thrashed, pummeled and pulverized by Serena.

Let it be Safina lolz…I want to see her meltdown again….

She’s just such a great attraction to watch when she gets in desperation mode lol

Look at the action pic of Safina from her second round match….my goodness, she looks like She-Hulk there!!!


Von Says:

Oh WOW, what a match Cilic played! There was a ton of hard hitting by both guys. Way to go Cilic!


Von Says:

Come on ladies, speed it up, let’s see Roddick/Gonzalez, puhleeze.


Veno Says:

Hey Von!

I guess you’re glad to see Cilic rather than DelPo against your man n’est ce pas?

It was some slug fest indeed.

Andy has a good chance to get to the final!!!
Let’s see him play well against Gonzo!!!

Good luck for him my friend…won’t be long now. Try not to get too nervous!!!


Veno Says:

Wickmayer has such a great attitude!

She is a warrior! I like that
But Justine looks like she’s going to edge Wicky


Von Says:

blah: Do you really think Cilic has the mental and physical fortitude left to beat Nadal and get to the finals?


Gannu Says:

wat a quality match between henin and yanina… atlast women’s tennis is interesting after a long long time..come on yanina


Von Says:

Veno: I’m nervous now, and it’s why I’m trying to pass the time blogging. I can only hope, and that’s a good thing, n’est ce pas?.


Gannu Says:

as peter bodo calls Yannin is a “beast” .. really love her attitude… Come on yanina you can still do it


Veno Says:

Whatever happens this match, how happy WTA has to be that Henin and Clijsters got back to the tour.

Whether you like them or not, they are bringing the WTA back to life. Especially Henin, because she plays tennis how it should be played.

So tired of all the one-dimensionals in the WTA.

Serena is queen of course but it’s good to see Henin back on the courts!


Veno Says:

65 winners between the two of them! That’s quality!


Veno Says:

Match point Henin


Von Says:

I would say Dementieva isn’t one-dimensional, and there are a few others that can play very well.

I wish my girl, Mauresmo, didn’t have to retire. She was the sweetest S&V WTA player to play the game.


Veno Says:

Henin-Petrova!

Oh boy, that’s going to be some match!

kudos to Yanina!!!

After a great USO, all the troubles with the Doping-rule violations, again a good OZ open(coming through qualifying!!!!)

She’ll only get better from here!


Veno Says:

True Von,

I also like Dementieva, and Kuzy ain’t too bad to watch either, but in total…..WTA just bites if you’re a real tennis fan.
And all their whining about scheduling(b****ng about having to play late at night) the prima-donna on and off-court dramatics and equal pay which they got and that’s fine however during the Slams I still can’t see the justice in that etc etc….Sheesh…..


blah Says:

Von: hi- I think the thing with Cilic would be his physical condition. I think he’s pretty strong mentally, but I think if he has enough to make it past Nadal, he’s going to be burned out by the final unless he goes 4 sets or less in his next matches. I think Cilic is a better match up for Roddick than Del Potro would have been though- and Roddick is known for his stamina- so Cilic might not even make it past that, but I like Cilic’s, or for that matter, any big/flat hitter’s game against Nadal on the hardcourts. I haven’t watched many of the matches in AO this year though so mostly I am going by results so far and the matches last year.


Veno Says:

LOOOL,

Mats Wilander is so full of ****

Question by Annabel Croft: “so how can she hit such a great one handed back hand”

A: “well, she gets very low and obviously sees the ball very well and she has the perfect topspin grip for a one-handed BH. And she hits through it and doesn’t have to use her wrist a lot, just a strong wrist.(ok, up to here it’s straight forward) But the main reason is confidence, she’s just very confident with her BH.”

Whahaha, Ok Mats, great analysis on the “technical” side of why Henin hits such a great backhand lolz


Gannu Says:

Some how this is shaping like an garndslam win for Roddick.. This seems like the destiny that Fed had to win French and everything fell in place.. I have a strong feeling that all those guys who could have actually beaten Roddick i.e Nadal, Federer and Del Potro or/are will be out.. Murray takes out Nadal,.,Davydenko takes out Fedex and finally we see Roddick vs. say Davy/Djoko…. and Roddick gets his destined second grandslam.. well the thinking seems toooooooooo far fetched…but man this aussie open anything can happen..;-)


Gannu Says:

Only one thing is certain

Veno Says:
everyone is going to be thrashed, pummeled and pulverized by Serena.”"

There is no dispute veno.. thats the only certainty in tennis atleast for the time being ;-)


Veno Says:

Well, I for one wouldn’t mind at all for A-Rod to win his second Slam!!!

If Fed doesn’t win it, which is very much possible, I would like Andy to win the OZ open!!!!!

Go Andy!!!!!


Veno Says:

Darn!!!! Ma-Kiri has squandered 6 break points already and She-Hulk is still up a break!!!

It’s a crap match so far…Thank god Maria looks so cute!!!


Veno Says:

GOOOOOOO ANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here we go!!!!


Veno Says:

Yessssssss

Ma-Kiri breaks She-Hulk to love!!!!

Go Maria!!!!!!!


Veno Says:

Wow, Gonzo starting to rip those BHs
2 in a row!


blah Says:

safina takes winning/losing ugly to another level. so glad henin and clijsters are back. even if they don’t make it to the second week in every slam, their matches are at least pleasant to watch. from the looks of players like jankovic, ivanovic, and even masha dropping really fast, i think it shows how bad the women’s game was a year ago (other than the sisters of course.)


Von Says:

blah: Nice to see you around!

I was upset about Richard’s loss to Youz, and I thought of you at that time. To me, it was such a waste for Youz to have fought tooth and nail only to retire in the next two rounds. That match showed me that Richard is back with a vengeance, and glad to have gotten a second chance to play his beautiful tennis. Let’s hope he makes the most of this opportunity. Sometimes, we never know what we have until we lose it, isn’t it? I think that’s his mind-set going forth, and I’m sure we’ll see him fighting more and persevering to get the W.

With respect to Cilic/Roddick (if Andy wins this one) and it’s a hot day when their match is played, I give Andy the upper-hand in that match — I agree Andy is know for his stamina and I’m counting on that to be the main factor should the two meet. But, on the other hand, Cilic now seems to be on a roll, so it’s not going to be a walk in the park for Roddick, if they should meet. I’m hoping that Roddick will win this match and the next one to equal is ’09 results.


Gannu Says:

Safina retires!!! Kirilenko wins


Von Says:

blah: Unless a miracle happens, I doubt that Ivanovic and Jankovic are going to keep producing the same level of tennis they played two years ago. The women’s field is becoming much more competitive and I can see both ladies out of the top 10, unless they seriously start winning matches. I hope I’m wrong, but to me, that’s how it appears at the present time. Too bad!


Von Says:

Venop: You must be dreaming of Kirilenko big time. LOL.

I guess you’re ecstactic now that she’s gotten to the QFs. Sweet dreams my friend, and enjoy them.


Veno Says:

What the H?!!!!!! Safina’s back is hurting her too much to continue play…

Ma-Kiri!!!!!!!!!!

Wooooohooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!Her best result ever at a Slam!

But I have to say, I never like it when a player has to give up because of injury. That’s tough for Safina. But, it’s part of the sport and Maria has a good chance against Zie!!! Enjoy your birthday tomorrow my cute friend!!!!

Now, go Andy!!!!!!!!!!!!


Veno Says:

Andy-Gonzo is going to be a thrillllllllerrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!

Andy breaks!!! Gonzo dunks a volley in the net!
He gifted that game to Andy but no complaints here….


Von Says:

Sorry Veno, I misspelled your name.

Yesssss!! Roddick has gotten the first break and is leading 4-3.


Veno Says:

Ma-Kiri 9 of 9 in coming to the net! I like that!

And Von, no dreams of Maria lolz….just love watching that hottie on a tennis court. Andreev is a lucky man!!!


Veno Says:

And he held serve so it is really a “confirmed” break..

One more service game and Andy has the start he wanted!!!

Looking good


blah Says:

Von: I don’t even want to remember the Gasquet match- although I didn’t see it, I was so disappointed because I went to sleep when he was up two sets against Youzhny, thinking at least he’s got this, but again he loses after taking two sets. I know it’s not a choke every time sometimes comes from behind, but there is a pattern here. I am glad that at least he’s back on tour for good and he had good results before the Ao.

As for Roddick, I am watching his match against Gonzo right now. before the tournament started, I picked Cilic in this quarter partly because I didn’t know what form Roddick was in and because Cilic finished the year stronger, but I’ll probably get a better sense of where Roddick is after this match. I do think it’s a safe bet that he beats Gonzo here though.


Von Says:

blah: You sound like I felt after watching Blake lost to DelPotro. I fell asleep during that match and then when I woke up, it was DelPotro leading. The final set reminded me of Roddick’s loss at Wimby.

Would you believe ESPN did a clip on that wimby match just before the roddick/gonzo match began? I needed that like a hole in the head.

I know it’s not a given andy will win tonight, but I’m so hoping he does. C’mon A-Rod, just do it!

______________
Veno: You have carte blanche to dream about your ‘hottie’. Enjoy when you do. LOOL


Von Says:

Roddick’s arm seems to have come alive at the right time. He’s just belting aces now.


Von Says:

For anyone interested, ESPN2, will be rebroadcasting tonight’s matches at 10:00 am tomorrow USEST.


Von Says:

ESPN2 is showing Safina’s press conference and she seems to be in a lot of pain. Poor girl, she’s been struggling with that back problem since Novemebr of last year — too bad.

Anyone lknow what’s going on with Roddick’s match??


blah Says:

Roddick is serving big- and he just got a call in his favor – Gonzo didn’t challenge right away, but Gonzo is crushing his groundstrokes on both wings and is doing pretty good in his service games too.


Von Says:

thanks blah. My live streaming cut out and ESPN2 was showing Safina’s interview. I see that gonzo is belting his FH and BH as hard as he possibly can.


blah Says:

gonzo breaks- just too powerful in that last game. Roddick is trying to go to his backhand but he is running around and belting those forehands. I only remember one unforced error that last game. Good match to watch.


Von Says:

Oh noo o, Roddic got broken and the chilean crowd is going wild!

I see gonzo has a new GF. I wonder what happened to his relationship with Dulko.

Am I the only one watching this match now and posting also?


Von Says:

Veno: I don’t think Safina is that big.

Are you watching Roddick’s match?


Von Says:

Now ESPN is talking to Cilic. Why are they interrupting the match for these interviews??

Score anyone?


blah Says:

wow- they showed the highlights for cilic, looks like that was another slug fest if not a great match.


Von Says:

DANG, Roddick lost the second set.

_________
Blah, I’ll catch up with you and enjoy the match.
______
Veno: iI you’re still around, enjoy the rest of the match. I guess I’ll go back to my TV and try to bear with the interruptions.


Veno Says:

I’m lying on my couch watching A-Rod and Gonzo hammer each other.

1-1

All is open. Eurosport’s Annabel Croft just interviewed Cilic. Wow, I am truly impressed by his analysis and well spoken manner. The young man from Croatia comes across as very intelligent.

Great to hear him speak. Impressive…Got a good head on his shoulders

Concerning Safina…I meant only wrt that pic on the OZ-Open site….Check it out, you’ll know what I mean lolz.

I feel for her though, always sad when a player has to retire like that.


Veno Says:

Break point A-Rod!


Veno Says:

Wow, some of the best rallies I’ve seen!

Great scrambling by Andy and a cool head from Gonzo

Great stuff!


blah Says:

every point is ending in either a winner, an ace, or a smash. I am worried that Gonzo’s wrist might fall off at some point during his career.


Von Says:

blah: that’s funny about gonzo’s right wrist.

Looks like Gonzo has come to play and is just hammering his FH.

I don’t know what to think of this match now and am becoming a bit worried.


blah Says:

roddick is going for it on his serves- can’t afford to grind on his service games in this match.


Veno Says:

Hey Von,

if Gonzo moved on from Dulko, I’ll gladly mix-double with her lolz

We’d have some game together :)

Now this is an entertaining match so far. Roddick has to be careful as long as Gonzo can keep this up.

If Andy stays patient, keeps on serving like this and plays his approach shots to the net deeper and take this third set, he’ll be fine…

A tough ask though….Gonzo, once in the rally, has the upper hand so far


Von Says:

I had expected this match to be an easy one for Andy after watching Gonzo vs. Korolev and the amount of energy Gonzo used up in that match. It seems as though he has recovered very well, and is really pushing Roddick. My stomach is in knots! OY.


Veno Says:

They have a combined 86 winners and just 25 EU….quality match!!!!


blah Says:

roddick is consistently challenging gonzo on his service games despite gonzo’s overpowering ground strokes. he just needs to find some way to prevent gonzo from running around to his fh, which so far looks to be a near impossible task. and gonzo’s fh is ON FIRE right now.


Veno Says:

For Roddick patience is key….

Gonzo is not going to keep up this consistency especially on his BHs. His FH is more solid, but he’s already starting to shank some BHs…

We’ll see how he holds up…


Von Says:

Veno: I’m sure dulko would be a very good partner for you. Go for it!

Blah; Yes, Roddick is in every one of Gonzo’s servic games but he has failed to convert on his break points. i don’;t know why it’s so difficult for him to convert so much nowadays.


Veno Says:

Very good footwork by Andy….

Gonzo had the 0-30 on his racket, but uncontrolled BH saves Andy…Great scrambling

Von, you can be proud of your man(which you always are of course)

Am impressed by his tactical plan and execution!!!

Ah, finally a great slice approach!!!

This is a great match so far


Veno Says:

Yeah, Dulko(Argentinian fire) and I would be a good match.

I’d let her play with my racket for sure.


blah Says:

von: I dont think Roddick could do much better in this match, those break points I saw I don’t remember him making any mistake, and all Roddick really needs in most sets is one break.


Von Says:

Another break opportunity and Roddick fails to convert. He’s driving me crazy now!!


Von Says:

blah: I’m hoping for that one break as i don’t want to see Gonzo up by two sets.

______________
Veno: Well, what are you waiting for? Just do it. Send her an email and set up a practise session. Mazeltov for you!!


Von Says:

OMG, Roddick broken at love. I’m going to be sick.

I think he has completely lost his concentration.


blah Says:

yikes gonzo. The phrase may be overused but he is truly playing his best right now. All Roddick can do is to hope to last until gonzo’s form drops. And the crowd needs to shut up.


Veno Says:

Man, what a game by Gonzo…

Darn, Andy didn’t do anything wrong there(maybe he could have volleyed the penultimate shot better..

C’mon Andy…..break him back!!!!

Von: As for Dulko…lolz and lolz….Argentina is a bit far for me to set up a practice session…I’ll just watch her on tv…


Veno Says:

Gonzo is playing his best level for sure. Andy is playing great and serving great, but just getting outplayed at the moment…40-0 to 40-30….maybe a glimmer Von?


Veno Says:

All is not lost yet Von….

Andy knows what to do!!!

And if it goes to a fifth Andy will have the edge…Gonzo will start to feel all the hours he already spent on court…

And truthfully, this match deserves to go 5 sets!

Go Andy!!!


Veno Says:

Sheesh, in the third set Andy serves 78% 1st serves, 12 winners and 4 UE and loses the set…

that’s amazing


Von Says:

Did you guys see when roddick rand for a ball and he kinda hurt his knee when he pulled up? since then he has dropped off in his form.

Gonzo is opening his eyes so large and seeing the ball as a basket ball.
__________________

Veno: I don’t think distance is a problem — you know the saying, if you’ve made up your mind to do something, you’ll find a way to do it. It’s similar to when people say they’re very busy and can’t get things done — it’s all a state of mind and in their heads. I never beleive that anyone can be prevented from doing anything due to being busy, time and distance. Those are just excuses. That said, go for it — you’ll find a way.


blah Says:

how much has gonzo’s backhand improved… it’s become an offensive weapon, and even though it’s prone to errors at times, but the winners are way outnumbering the errors here. also, not saying roddick would or should do it, but calling for a trainer would definitely slow the momentum of gonzo here.


Von Says:

‘rand’ should be ‘ran’ for a ball.


blah Says:

come on Roddick! I hate the crowd sometimes… another reason why Wimbledon is my favorite major…


blah Says:

the winner- unforced error ratio from both guys is amazing…


Von Says:

Roddick is completely broken in spirit. He can’t seem to convert anything. I see the frustration. i think I’m going to cry.


Gannu Says:

Gonzo has gone mad.. poor roddick…Most unluckiest player in this world..


blah Says:

Roddick needs to hold on to everyone of his service games at all cost…


blah Says:

to the announcers- has gonzo ever played a better match from his backhand- I don’t think he has played a better match so far, ever…


Gannu Says:

I am sure if this was against Nadal Gonzo’s forehands backhands everything will be all over the place except on the court.. thats Nadal’s luck!!!


blah Says:

poor Andy… he’s throwing everything out there now.


Veno Says:

I saw the “knee” twitch Von, but it’s ok…
It doesn’t seem to bother him anymore…

It’s more the out of this world level of Gonzo the past 35 minutes that naturally has an effect on Andy

But great hold!!!!
He’s got some bottle has Andy…

Again concerning Dulko….You’re funny Von….
I like your positive attitude, but this is real life and not the movies ;-D


Rick Says:

Screw you, Sean! You put your jinx curse on Del Potro again! Frankly, I could not take anything you say seriously. If Roddick into the next round. Cilic would beats him! As for Nadal, he would gets beaten by Murray next. Nadal is allergic to the top 10 players these days. As for Fed Allstop, I wonder how he gets to play Hewitt, Soderling, Haas or Davydenko in every slams? I am sure that, he will be winning many slams. If he only gets to play against players who are allergic this games.


blah Says:

I would think Nadal might be the only one that could beat Gonzo tonight if he keeps his form… not due to luck- nadal’s topspin lefty forehand to gonzo’s backhand might be the only thing to keep him from being able to run around to his forehand and to force some errors on his backhand at this point.


Veno Says:

For some reason Andy is unlucky many times where players playing him in a Grand Slam play there absolute best(Fed, Gonzo, Isner)

I feel a bit sad for him, but on the other hand…that’s tennis and I know Andy agrees!

He’s such a good mentality on and off the court…

If he does get through this match….boy, what a confidence boost that will be..

This match deserves a 5 set end anyway!


Veno Says:

Hahaha, our sunshine boy Rick is back.

Isn’t he the epitome of positivity and friendliness?

Von: Did you hear Andy’s great quip after the Molina told the crowd to shhh when Andy is serving?

LOLZZZZZZ Classic Andy!!!!


Veno Says:

*the ump Molina


Rick Says:

No offence! It’s all Darth Federer’s fault! And nowadays with all these new talented players on the tour. I don’t expect Roddick to win another slam.


blah Says:

please stop trying to make sense of gonzo’s “weird” point. He’s always been throwing away certain points like that- if he can’t bash or get more than enough time to slice it, he basically gives up. Also to the crowd- It is from gonzo’s camp… same thing happened last year when he played Gasquet…


Veno Says:

Andy is going for it!!!

Some great plays….and good hands at the net!

C’mon Andy!!!!


Veno Says:

15-40!

C’mon Andy!!!!


Gannu Says:

agree with you veno on roddick… we seem to agree a lot today on lot of stuff;-)

seems lady luck is smiling on him.. two net cords… and its 15-40!!


Veno Says:

Andy!!!!! What a chance you had there….what a pity


blah Says:

oh andy- you need to convert here even if gonzo plays perfect points, you have to be better than perfect the way things are going right now…


Veno Says:

Andy keeps battling!!!!

I love that about him!

Through all the **** he has gotten from everyone over the years, he has always stayed himself and has always tried his heart out to improve his game.
He should get more credit for his mentality and strong will!!!

That said, this is such a quality match.
I know it’s tough for you mon amie, but you should feel proud of your man!!!

He always leaves everything out there on court!!!


Veno Says:

Gonzo’s return game is sick tonight


Veno Says:

C’mon Andy!!!!


blah Says:

gonzo is just picking a side before serve and bashing it if it goes that way, and taking the ace if it doesn’t. as long as he holds serve, he can afford to do that…


blah Says:

oh andy… why were you coming in when you started from middle and back of the court…


Gannu Says:

Oh God 4 all … come on andy.. hold and break


blah Says:

I want a 4th set. Please hold here.


blah Says:

*5th set.


Von Says:

Gonzo’s form reminds me of the YEC match vs. Fed a few years ago. I think it was ’06, when he was seeing the ball so well. He beat Fed in that match.


Von Says:

I hope Andy can take it to a tie break at least as i think he’ll do better than Gonzo in the TB.


Veno Says:

Hey Von: That was YEC in ’08 in Shanghai

It reminds me more of the form he had here in ’07 against Rafa…in the semi’s


blah Says:

I don’t know about that von- even though he has a good-great record and won a bunch of tie breakers already this year- this reminds me of last summer hc season when he played delpo in the tiebreakers and just looked helpless despite playing great point points because of how “on” delpo was in those matches.


Veno Says:

I am impressed with Andy’s patience and calm…
And I’m impressed with Gonzo’s focus. Normally he blows up and starts clowning around(remember Sod last year’s French) but tonight he’s all business!

Andy is starting to approach better!!!

15-30


Gannu Says:

COME ON COME ON SET POINT ANDY


blah Says:

WOO- come on you he has to win this point!


Veno Says:

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a point by Andy!!!!!

Replying an atomic Gonzo FH with a nuclear reply winner lol


Veno Says:

Oh my god!!!!!!

Andy!!!!! You did everything perfect there, but finish it…What a shame!!!!!!


Gannu Says:

COME ON COME ON SET POINT ANDY AGAIN


Veno Says:

Second chance!!!!

What a titanic battle this is!!!


Veno Says:

C’mon Andy!!!

3′s a charm!!!!!!!


blah Says:

Gonzo is starting to crack- Just take this set Andy!


Veno Says:

Great scramble by Andy!!!!

Setpoint 4!


Gannu Says:

really roddick is the unluckiest layer min this world


Veno Says:

Unbelievable……….

What a return by Andy and Gonzo pulls that one out of the hat


Veno Says:

Man, I feel for Andy….If he had only taken that first set point….He tensed up, wanted to hit it too hard…Pity


blah Says:

oh my god…


jane Says:

Just woke up in wee hours to check scores – Come on Andy! Take it to 5. Get the W! Too bad – he worked so hard to try and get that break. But he’s got a great tiebreak record so if it comes to that…

Congrats to Cilic; based on the 3.5 sets of that match that I watched, he was definitely steadier. Nice to see him come out of another 5 setter. He stays so calm. Wow. Delpo was clearly not at his USO-best. I am not entirely surprised re: the upset. Hope Delpo rests up that arm and gets better for the rest of the season.

And YAY for little Maria; I was hoping she’s continue her run! Again, too bad for Safina, but she has been injured for a while. Now she can go rest and cook some more recipes from her Julia Child cookbook.


Veno Says:

And I feel for you Von…

Must have eaten both your shoes by now…


blah Says:

Both of these guys are running on pure adrenaline right now


blah Says:

Roddick has to mix up his second serve from the ad court… gonzo has hit so many backhand winners from there.


Veno Says:

However Murrayy/Nadal face in the semi’s…The opponent is going to be spent!

What an advantage for them….


Veno Says:

however s/b whoever of course


blah Says:

Murray-Nadal may go long in their match- add to that both are grinder and counter punchers that might not be much advantage. Gonzo has to double fault sometimes right… he is going for everything and not missing them on all those crucial points.


Kimmi Says:

OMG OMG..look what is happening? Did not expect this score line. Gonzalez..wow ! This set is anybody now.


Veno Says:

Amazing how on Gonzo’s BH is today…


Veno Says:

This is such a quality match….amazing


Veno Says:

This is by far the best match of the tournament so far!

Andy and Fernando: Thank you!!! Whoever wins


jane Says:

Very tense … just 1 more point Andy for set #4… GO


Veno Says:

Setpoint 5!!!

C´mon Andy!!!!

Gonzo is starting to tire a little


Veno Says:

It´s in!!!!!!

4th set!!!!!!!!!!!!Roddick!!!!!


blah Says:

Roddick has become a player who makes little ues but this match is a bit ridiculous on the winner-ue numbers… AND RODDICK BREAKS BY WINNING FIVE POINTS STRAIGHT FROM 0-40… WOW.


jane Says:

Phew! Nice cross-court forehand!! What’s gonza sayig?


blah Says:

Same thing happened to Roddick on a matchpoint eariler in his tournament- with the challenge- winner whether they could get to the ball situation… what is the rule on this exactly?


Veno Says:

Molina is right!!!!

The rule Andy had wrong in his match against Belluci now is the same for Gonzo. It´s not whether he could have played it, it´s that he didn´t play on and relied on a fault call by the lines person.

Molina is absolutely right here to give Andy the point


Von Says:

YESSS!!!! hOT DAMN, WE HAVE A MATCH!!

C’MON ANDY!!

I think the 5th set will be survival of the fittest.

Blah: do you think Gonzo’s wrist can fall off now??


jane Says:

Andy will win now. Momentum shift. Thanks goodness, as need some sleep. Go A-Rod!!


Veno Says:

We got ourselves a decider!!!

Von!!!! Breathe, and keep breathing mon amie!!!


blah Says:

haha Von. I don’t know, but I know that you want it to.


Kimmi Says:

Gonzo thought the point will be out, he did not play ball…If you can play the ball, PLAY THE BALL GUYS..


Veno Says:

Andy should pounce now and Gonzo should try to dip into his reserves…

Slight edge to Andy though…

What a match!

I´m going to gve them both a standing ovation, right here in my living room when they finish!


blah Says:

I think we’ll see gonzo’s quality drop a bit here, the quality of this set probably won’t be as good, but those were 3 fantastic sets. Hopefully Roddick has weathered the storm.


Von Says:

blah: Maybe I’ll do it by just giving it a good whack.


Veno Says:

My sentiments exactly Kimmi….


Veno Says:

And of course the dumb Eurosport commentator doesn´t get the rule and thinks it´s ridiculous Andy got the point because Gonzo could have played it….Sheesh!!!!


blah Says:

Geez this half of the draw is crazy… ball bashers and big servers colliding with counterpunchers.


Veno Says:

Andy is plus 70 Winners-UE and Gonzo is plus 55

That’s just wicked!


Veno Says:

Gonzo’s breaking down…

from 40-0 to break and now from 30-0 to break

His wrist seems fine though, because he still cracks his racket like a master!


blah Says:

This umpire has a pretty good eye though. and looks like Roddick has outlasted Gonzo. How quickly momentum can change. and there comes the smashed racquet. I was wondering whether gonzo was going to smash one this match.


jane Says:

Alright Andy up a break; I can go back to sleep now. zzzz. Go Andy and finish up quickly.

Veno “He’s never been at this stage before(QF)” — I believe Cilic’s first QF was last year at the USO wasn’t it? Anyhow think so.


Veno Says:

Uh-oh…Andy better be careful or he’ll let Gonzo back in


Von Says:

blah: The wrist is falling off!

This is like a thrilla in Manila per Muhammad Ali. LOL.


Veno Says:

You’re right Jane…I think it’s indeed his second…Sorry, I was mistaken…


blah Says:

I might as well just stay up and wait for them to rebroadcast the delpo-cilic match (hopefully they rebroadcast that match instead of this one). 2 straight great 5 set matches. wonderful.


Veno Says:

Great hold for Andy!!!

Von!!!! Try and relax a little!!!! Your puddleduck is well on his way!!!

This match has to make you proud of him n’est ce pas?

Boy, did he weather the Gonzo storm well!!!


blah Says:

Did Safina tweak her back badly- yikes… that’s not fun.


blah Says:

Von- lol. nice and very fitting reference.


Von Says:

Veno: My puddle duck is waddling his way through the sweat — do you see the puddle on the ground??.

Blah:. Safina has been struggling with her back since last year and had to pull out of the women’s YEC. I really feel badly for her.

I hope Roddick stings like a bee and gives gonzo and nice mark to remeber this match. another one of Ali’s little quips … sting like a bee. LOL.


Veno Says:

Gonzo starting to clown around again….Challenging that on 40-0 while only 1 challenge left lolz


Gannu Says:

after all that now i feel bad for Gonzo ;-)


blah Says:

wow. tough luck gonzo… things are going Roddick’s way now.


Von Says:

Thank God today is sunday and I can sleep the whole day.


Veno Says:

It’s also nice to see Roddick floating like a butterfly…The dude is fit!!!

I’ll say it again: Marrying Brooklyn and hiring Larry is the best thing he has done(tenniswise)


Von Says:

Gannu: I don’t feel badly for Gonzo, he put me through a lot of stomach aches tonight/day. I’ll ned a shot of something to steady my nerves except I don’t drink alcohol.


blah Says:

Gonzo is just losing it. That’s the bad side of relying too much on adrenaline.


Veno Says:

How great is it to see Andy and Kolya going through a second youth!!!

27 and 28 playing like 22 year olds!!!


blah Says:

I would have challenged on that gonzo deuce serve ace just to mess with Gonzo if I wanted to tick him off even more.


Veno Says:

Wow, Gonzo’s girlfriend looks young!!! 19-20


Von Says:

YESSSSS!!!!!

Thanks guys for keeping me company through this thrilla. Was it as good for you as it was bad for me??

Veno & blah, he did it.


Veno Says:

Congrats Von!!!!!

Andy did it!!!

This is great for his confidence!!!!
He’s had is truly great test now and he’ll be ready for Maran Cilic!!!

And Fed is playing Hewitt tomorrow and there can be just no way that Fed is going to lose on my birthday!!!


blah Says:

And Roddick Survives. Huge Props to both guys for putting up such great tennis. Now it’s off to another power guy with Cilic, except with better serve, consistency, reach and defensive ability. fun.

And who is lucas upzak? ugh… Gasquet had a good shot to fill that 4th rd spot.


Von Says:

Veno: She looks too young for Gonzo.

Poor Dulko, first Robredo and now Gonzo dumps her. See, you have a chance Veno — just go for it.

Have a nice day mon amie. I’ll be in Morpheus’ arms soon. ZZZZZZZZ


Von Says:

Veno: Thanks for the support!!

No doubt about it, Fed will win and give you a good birthday present. At least you wouldn’t have to agonize as I have had to do last night. sheesh

blah: Lukas Kubot is a doubles player who is very becoming a very good singles player, IMO.


Von Says:

blah and Veno: Look at the posts at 9:06 am. All three of us posted at the same time. Great minds think alike but fools seldom differ, n’est ce pas?. LOL.


huh Says:

Where are you dear Maxi? I miss u.

And blah and Von,

I was also rooting heartily for Richard against Youzhny, it was tough to see Gasquet lose. I hope he bounces back much stronger!


huh Says:

Mrs. Von, congrats indeed on Roddick’s win!


huh Says:

Who’s Dulko? Can anyone kindly tell?


madmax Says:

Hi Huh!

I didnt get to see the roddick match, but much I like roddick, I really do wish he would stop the swearing! Am surprised that 2/3 of his winnings dont go into the swear box at the end of a tournament! Perhaps Stefanki can sort something out here?!


huh Says:

Dear lovely Maxi:

Stop your confusion the next time you post to me about my gender. I’m a male, a 20 yr old guy.


Von Says:

huh: Thanks for your good wishes on roddick’s win. I was on pins and needles throughout that match.

Re: your question about dulko. Dulko is Gisela Dulko, a WTA player from Argentina, who used to date Tommy Robredo and then Gonzalez. Apparently, he dumped her, or she dumped him, but Gonzo’s now got a new girlfriend.

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