Can Hewitt Upset Federer? Australian Open Monday Picks
by Sean Randall | January 24th, 2010
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Ok, pick time. Ladies first. I’ll go out on a limb and take the Williams sisters, Serena and the nude dress-wearing Venus, to romp. I also like Caroline Wozniacki and in a little bit of an upset i’m going to go with Vera Zvonareva over Victoria Azarenka.

The men’s draw is again the main event today with four players scheduled who have been to the finals: Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Jo Tsonga and Novak Djokovic.

Roger Federer v. Lleyton Hewitt
We all know how dominant Federer has been over Hewitt in recent times. After losing seven of the first nine against Lleyton, Federer has since won 14 straight! Unfortunately for Hewitt fans I think that marks hits 15 tonight in Melbourne. But I feel Hewitt’s going to be involved and effective in the rallies and he’ll trouble Roger enough to scrape out a set. It’s Federer in four.

Novak Djokovic v. Lukasz Kubot
Who the hell is Lukasz Kubot. Well, he’s a 27-year-old from Poland who got through thanks to a walkover from Mikhail Youhzny. In fact, both guys haven’t beaten much of anyone thus far. Djokovic has wins over guys named Gimeno-Traver, Chiudinelli and Istomin. For Kubot, it’s Zverez and Giraldo and I should add that he beat Roddick last fall. That said, I like the experience of Djokovic here. He can’t lose this match! It’s the third-seeded Serb in straights.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v. Nicolas Almagro
JW Tsonga is real wildcard of the tournament. If he gets hot there’s virtually no stopping him and right now he’s hot. So I think he overpowers Almagro who really hasn’t beaten anyone of any real quality thus far. The two have never played so anything’s possible, for me it’s Tsonga in straights.

Nikolay Davydenko v. Fernando Verdasco
Davydenko is hot man, that we know. He’s won 12 straight and he’s got multiple wins over Federer and Nadal in recent events. If his name wasn’t Davydenko he’d probably be the overall tournament favorite, but… The Russian also owns Verdasco winning six of seven encounters. Verdasco has a big game and he must have good memories of Melbourne having reached the semifinals a year ago. But the trend is your friend and I’m going with Nikolay in four.

As for upsets, i don’t think Novak could lose. No way. And I have a tough time seeing Verdasco winning three sets over ND. Hewitt could really trouble Federer and pull the upset – I give him a chance especially if Roger is misfiring like he did against Andreev in round one. I also think Almagro could win if Tsonga comes out flat.

If all goes well, we should get our dream top half quarter with Federer v. Davydenko, Djokovic v. Tsonga. Here’s to hoping dreams come true!

Enjoy the tennis everyone!


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219 Comments for Can Hewitt Upset Federer? Australian Open Monday Picks

ines Says:

Roger knows he will have to raise his game from now on and I believe he will.Come on Roger you can do it!


Von Says:

I watched Hewitt’s on-court interview after his previous match vs. Baghdatis, and he seems to be very self-assured/ super confident that he can give Fed a good fight in their match tonight. I’m hoping to see a very entertaining match and may the best man win. If Hewit comes out with that determination, i think Fed will be in for a tough fight, hwoever, only time will tell…..

I also think that Hewitt is seriously hoping to be back in the Top 10 this year. He’s so hungry that he’s moved his residence to the Bahamas, whereby he is able to travel to more locations as opposed to being so far away in the down under.


Veno Says:

Don’t want to spoil the party but I’m afraid Hewitt is going to get hammered in straights today…

Fed’s number 1 ranking is on the line!!!


Von Says:

Veno: Without a doubt Fed will beat Hewitt, but I’m only saying that Rusty is very determined and I think he’s going to try to turn that H2H around, by giving it his all, which translates to what would hopefully be, a very competitive match. However, the question to be asked would be, Is Fed going to allow Hewitt to dictate play? And, in the words of John Wayne, the answer would be: “hardly likely”.


Colin Says:

Hewitt is sort of the Evander Holyfield of tennis. He’s past his prime and can no longer beat the best when it matters, but he’s the only one who won’t admit the fact. Fortunately, in tennis he won’t end up with brain damage!
Having said all that, I think he’s got enough left to give us a good idea of where Federer is at this point.


Kimo Says:

I’m with Sean, but I think Fed will win in straights and Verdasco will give Davy a real fight.


Von Says:

Colin: I read your post on another thread with respect to the correct pronunciation of Isner’s name. The american broadcasters pronunce it as ‘IS’ as in a soft ‘Z” not “EYZ”. Hopefully, this helps. I think the BBC uses the “I” with a a strong “Z”.

With respect to Hewitt, I agree with you that he’s living in a dream world. For example, he was very angry at last year’s Wimby when Roddick beat him and was very uncomplimentary towards Roddick. That said, I love the way he fires his FH, and his tenacity.


Andrew Miller Says:

Hewitt in Four! Sorry but Hewitt has been playing quality, and Federer is losing more than usual these past two years (usually winning when it really matters). Difference? Semantics – it’s now that Federer “usually” wins vs. he “wins, period, end of story.” There is a lot more struggle in Federer’s path.

Hewitt in an epic. He goes home with another war legend.

“No one beats Vitas Gerulaitis seventeen times in a row.” – Vitas Gerulaitis, after winning one on Borg after 16 straight losses to him.


Kimo Says:

It takes a brave man to declare that Fed will go out of a slam before the semi, so hats off to you, AM.

NO way Hewitt wins, and if he takes a set I’d be very surprised, especially considering that he took a set off of Fed in the US Open, so Fed knows how dangerous Hewitt can be if he lets his guard down.


Kimo Says:

Davy not holding serve easily.


Von Says:

Hi Andrew: How did you like that match Roddick played last night?? My stomach is still in knots.


Janadev Says:

It seems the AO surface suits Verdasco well..


ZACHARY64 Says:

Hewitt will be under great pressure to succeed in front of his demanding partisan crowd.This would elevate Roger to next level of gear.Playing in front of home crowd is a plus but also a minus factor. look at Henman & Murray.They were not able to win in front of their own crowd…I think this would happen to Hewitt as it was in the past.
No doubt that Hewitt will attack right from beginning and Federer would ready to neutralize his offensive..It could in straight sets or just 4 in favour of Federer.


Kimmi Says:

C’mon Verdy


been there Says:

Team Davydenko!


Kimmi Says:

So much for thinking this will be a competative match. C’mon verdy turn the heat on!


jane Says:

been there, I think you may’ve joined the right team. Davy is tough as nails. Verdasco is putting up a fight, but Davy isn’t having it. How many break points did he fight off in that final game of the set? At least a couple right? I think he wants a slam.

Na Li upset Wozniacki. Two women from China, simultaneously – and for the first time ever – into the QFs. Good for them!

Djoko’s up next. Hope he wins, fingers and toes crossed. Will have to start cleaning if it gets tight. LOL. I like the way Sean put it actually: “He can’t lose this match! “


Kimo Says:

I agree with Kimmi that this match is a snoozer so far, but if Verdasco starts nailing some forehands, it can get a lot more interesting.

At least I hope it does, coz I woke up to watch it :)


been there Says:

Kimmi:
“So much for thinking this will be a competative match. C’mon verdy turn the heat on!”

you know?! Like yeah, I want Davy to win for the simple reason that I’ve been salivating for a potential Davy-Fed match…but I this is not the ‘Dasco I know. I do like him..sheesh, he needs to get his act together. Hope he doesn’t get too down on himself. I want to see those open-palm/hand salutes to his team…I quite like his unique celebrations. Having said that, TEAM DAVY!!

Jane…no need for those fingers & toes crossed…Djoko can win that match with his eyes closed. lol. Yes, I’ve read on other threads of from you & others of the fears posed by Kubot, but….let’s just say I’d be surprised if he’s even tested.

But as it is, it’s never over ’till it’s over, and with Djoko, sometimes, you just never know.


been there Says:

Seems like ‘dasco woke up….break-points.


Kimo Says:

The momentum has shifted towards Verdy in the last 3 games or so.


Kimmi Says:

Yes, verdasco breaks!


Kimmi Says:

he just has a serving nightmare day today


been there Says:

what a shot!!! from Davy. Fed would be proud. lols


jane Says:

Davy breaks back. He’s really taken a page from Rafa’s “tenaciousness” book.

been there, “with Djoko, sometimes, you just never know.” Well this is it precisely. Of course I expect him to win, but he’s a bit of an enigma that Novak. Keeps me guessing and a little tense in the slams in particular because he’s had these shocking exits here and there, you know.


been there Says:

oh my….should Davy win, the winner of Fed/Hewitt should be scared, very scared. Net play, court coverage, drop shots…it’s all there, and of very high quality.


been there Says:

wow…good play from Verdy to get himself out of that 0-40 hole. And who knew he too could boom out such serves? I think we now have a match…if ‘Dasco can sustain his level.


Kimmi Says:

Verdasco DF are not helping


Kimo Says:

Verdy is too inconsistent


jane Says:

True Kimmi: Verdasco has had that DF issue for some time now. You’d think he’d've worked to eliminate it by now. Well he probably has but.

Break for Davy: likely this’ll be 2 sets to 0.


been there Says:

yeah Kimo, way too inconsistent. I thought after he dug himself out of 0-40 on his previous serve, we had a solid match.

Better for Verdasco to just roll in his first serves now – as he usually does – than to go out out on the big booms all the time & miss. The serve is costing him severely.


Kimmi Says:

Meanwhile Djoko crushed kubot 6-1 in 1st set. For sure he will be the fittest player in these two weeks.


sar Says:

Kimmi, Novak will be the least tested, that’s for sure.

If anyone cares, Dlouhy/Paes won first set against Isner/Querrey.


Gannu Says:

My assessment of Davy-verdasco match is that Vedasco has not been impressive at all and Davy is playing OK.. Fed still can defeat this Davydenko… Infact second set was gifted to Davy through many doublefaults.. lets see.. for that first we need to see how fedex plays against Hewitt


Kimmi Says:

gannu, yes lets see how fed plays against Hewitt. In their last couple of matches (fed v. davy) fed gifted davy some breakpoint too with bad UEs. davy has been the stable one today.


Kimmi Says:

Verdasco should hold his serve now..C’mon at least take this to 4


Gannu Says:

Yes Kimmi.. Davy just is very “consistent”.. and that pretty much sums him up today.. So if fedex brings his A game he can easily win.. The biggest aspect is Fedex’s serve.. He just need to serve like Wimby Final.. I hope he does that in every match fromnow onwards… Wonder why he doesnt serve like that in every match ;-))


jane Says:

I wonder if Verdasco can hold onto his lead?


jane Says:

Oops nope.


Kimo Says:

I don’t think Davy is playing stellar today. He’s just more consistent than a very inconsistent Verdasco. Fed can definitely beat this Davydenko.


Kimmi Says:

Kimo, davy can raise his level when he needs to, right now he seem not to need it


Kimo Says:

Kimmi, I disagree. I think he’s shown a few chinks in his armor today. He’s not returning well off the forehand side and Fed is a much better server than Verdasco.


Kimo Says:

Set point Verdy!!!


Kimo Says:

See? Davy is not that good today. Well done Verdasco!!!

Now I can say we have a match :)


jane Says:

Good for Verdasco to get a set. He was up a couple times (or once anyhow) and lost the lead, so it’s nice to see him get one. I wonder what this means for the remainder of the match.


Kimmi Says:

YES, verdasco took the set. we have some kind of a match here..C’moon verdy. take the most of this momentum.


been there Says:

Congrats to Verdy for holding his nerves to get that set. Game on…team DAVY!


Kimo Says:

Let’s remember guys, this is the first fourth set that Davy plays in a loooong time. I think this set will give us a good indication if he has what it takes to win matches that go the distance in a slam.


blah Says:

oops. didn’t see the new thread. As I said there, the winner of Davy and Verdasco is going to be straight setted by Fed. And how did Djokovic drop a set with that draw.


Kimmi Says:

verdy hits a good backhand down the line and then he stays back..C’mon go to the net to finish off


Kimmi Says:

C’mon Kubot..give us a match, it is R16 of GS here we don’t want another rout


Kimo Says:

Djoko has a very cushy draw. Not playing any big names until the fourth round can be either a blessing or a curse. We’ll see.


jane Says:

Kubot has upped his level in this 3rd set, while Djoko’s level has dropped (backhand errors amassing…). I guess this happens over 5 setters. But it makes for tenser viewing. Meanwhile I wonder what will happen if Davy/Verdy goes 5 sets? Any predictions?


Kimo Says:

If it goes to five, and that’s a big if at this point although Verdy is playing much better, I pick Verdasco.


blah Says:

I don’t want to sound negative, but I think Hewitt has more of a chance to take Fed out than either of these guys. Looks like the momentum is with Verdasco here though.


Kimmi Says:

hope this one goes to five. so far davy is the fave but verdy is giving himself a chance here.


jane Says:

Kubot is going to force a tiebreak or take a set, at this rate, unless Djoko can raise his level, which so far he hasn’t.

Kimo, yes, a cushy draw is a double edged sword isn’t it?


jane Says:

sar are you watching Novak (and easy-on-the-eyes-but-not-on-the-nerves-Kubot)?


Kimmi Says:

VERDY could take this to five..Cmoon serve it out


Kimo Says:

Boy, Verdasco is just punishing the ball right now. Haven’t seen Davy scramble this much in a while.


jane Says:

Verdasco got the break! Wow it looks like Davy and Verdy are going the distance. I almost thing this changes the momentum. Davy’s been cruising through his matches in straights, so how will he make out in 5? I almost think a 5 setter favors the Spaniard.


Kimmi Says:

Oh Noo..c’moon verdy


Kimo Says:

INCONSISTENT :(


blah Says:

Djoker is through, if Tsonga goes through to play him that will be an interesting match.


Gannu Says:

What the hell is happening !!!! Davydenko is damn lucky.. Fernando just gifted that game


jane Says:

YAY Nole! He has equaled his results from last year anyhow; regardless of his draw I am happy. Not his fault Soderling, Youz, Chardy, Gasquet all lost out. But it may hurt him versus what is likely to be an on-song Tsonga.

typo – “thing” s/b “think” @12:12

How could Verdasco lose that lead!!?? Oh lordy. Can he break back again?


Kimmi Says:

Davydenko is gifting quite a few himself


Kimmi Says:

jane, the way Djoko has been lucky, he might get Almagro


jane Says:

Back on serve in the fourth: Davy/Dasco 5 all.


jane Says:

Kimmi, I hope so. ; )

I’ll take that “luck” all the way to the trophy. I guess it’s “luck” but if the seeded or better players lose, so be it.


Kimo Says:

Has Verdasco forgot how to hit 2nd serves or what? those double faults are killing him.


Kimmi Says:

Unbelivable..DF ACE DF ACE DF Sheesh!


Kimo Says:

Win or lose, I think this match has shown everyone, including those who picked Davy to win the tournament, why he is still major-less. He just doesn’t look as sharp in best-of-five matches.


Gannu Says:

Djokovic is going to be blasted off by Tsonga… He got the easiest draw… and Tsonga isjust going to take it to him..


Kimmi Says:

There is no way if they go to a tie breaker verdy wins..he blew the big chance to serve for it..too bad.


blah Says:

Has the match been this bad in terms of quality since the start? The other half of the draw has definitely been more fun to watch.


BigMike Says:

Verdasco just lost… haha Spain is becoming a joke besides Nadal.


BigMike Says:

“Someone, please, tell me that Lleyton Hewitt has a chance against Federer??”

I think it’s an interesting question. Sportswriters and oddsmakers seem to be favoring Federer based not merely on his record but on the notion that he will still be motivated enough by the thought of another Slam title to raise his level.

Tonight we have a mini-test for that theory: Hewitt is not a Davydenko or a Soderling, but neither does he roll over for anyone. If the motivation theory is wrong, then there is at least some chance of an upset. Russian tennis is the best and dont ever forget no matter who wins its all about us.


Kimmi Says:

Verdy definetly will not win the tiebreaker with these DF

davydenko gives back the point..strange


blah Says:

Neither of these guys have what it takes to win a slam…


Kimo Says:

What a get from Verdy!!!


Kimmi Says:

we have the 5th set


Gannu Says:

Davy chokes… wat a match of chokers!!!!


Kimo Says:

Davydenko looks drained. Verdasco is pumped. I think the Spaniard will win this one.


been there Says:

This is the end of Davy’s dream run. :(((:(.

Congrats to ‘Dasco for keeping it together, fighting it out to level the match.

Decider…but am off to bed! It’s lasted longer than I expected & I can no longer keep my eyes open. Team Davy:(


stu Says:

I actually think Djokovic is UNlucky. All these years he’s gotten horrible draws, and the one time he needs match practice (didn’t play a competitive tourny prior to the AO) he gets easy opponents.


jane Says:

Look out Djok, Tsonga looks dangerous.

Meanwhile, another 5 setter; we’ve been treated to a number of these eh?


BigMike Says:

Hopefully we can fix this problem.

1. The tennis was on Freeview-channel 301 on Monday, so that’s the better guess for timer-record (but beware a possible switch to 302, especially at the weekends).

2. The BBC doesn’t show the day-sessions (with the exception of Murray’s matches) because it is unwilling to pay for matches that are played in the middle of the night. The women’s semi-finals were televised (recorded, not live) in 2006, but not 2007 or 2008 – please bring them back!

3. My understanding is that Laura Robson’s participation in the Girls’ Singles is doubtful due to a stomach-injury, but it would be interesting to see whether the BBC would televise the final if she were to reach it!

4. Eastbourne was mentioned on the “Tennis on the BBC” web-page a couple of weeks ago, but has since disappeared, which makes me pessimistic that it will be televised. Could we please have official confirmation on whether it will be televised or not, and if so, which days of the tournament will be televised?


Kimo Says:

I must say: this match has been a confidence-sapping experience for Davy. I think he’s just been hit by the fact that majors don’t come easy. He’s been on cloud no. 9 for the past two months.


BigMike Says:

I never disagreed with Greg Baum in regards to his standing in the game and on speaking out about this problem. I never stated that he should be treated differently. My point was that Open organisers and Channel 7 need to change the format of the night schedules. It looked absolutely terrible Wednesday night when the two guys were playing in front of a (mostly) empty arena. Most people would’ve switched off their tv’s by then as it was a weeknight. And Tennis Australia wonders why there’s something wrong with tennis in this country. Here we have the best Australian male player since Hewitt, and he doesn’t start his match until after 10pm. But leave Tomic aside – this happens on most occasions for the guys. I’m suggesting that the evening sessions ALWAYS start at 6:30PM, and that the guys ALWAYS commence first. If their game goes beyond 10pm, then the girls can go play at HiSense, and have their game televised on Seven’s other digital station. I am sick of these dumb butt kissers doing this garbage. So that way – maximum attendances and maximum tv ratings. Players are happier and will recover quicker. Therefore, we could expect a higher quality of tennis. Channel 7 would also need to drop its programming of Today Tonight as well (and also Sandy Roberts from its commentary team whilst we’re at it).


Sean Randall Says:

Nikolay, welcome to the world of being a favorite at a Slam! He’s now in trouble against a guy with 19 double faults! That’s almost five games of double faults!


Kimo Says:

Davy is missing everything at the moment.

As Sean adequately put: welcome to the world of being a favorite at a Slam!.


junaid Says:

I don’t think players like Davy can win Grand slam ever….They don’t deserve to win Grand slam….Can win only small ATP tournaments.


Gannu Says:

Well Davy still hangs in some how and leads the set 3-2.. lets see how it pans out


junaid Says:

By the way who will scare to davy now..:)


Kimo Says:

Gannu, even if he wins, which he still could, he’s not gonna win the next match.


junaid Says:

i don’t think ..verdasco will lost his service on this stage of match…


been there Says:

Sean Randall:
“He’s now in trouble against a guy with 19 double faults! That’s almost five games of double faults!”
Wow…when you put it that way – just wow. Indeed, those are way too many gifts. Davy should have put it away at least an hour ago.

Kimo@ 12:23 am:

“Has Verdasco forgot how to hit 2nd serves or what? those double faults are killing him.”

Verdasco has never had a 2nd serve :)..this is not anything new, re: how he’s serving for this match. His first serve too is nothing to be amazed about. Sure, he can hit the few odd super-serves, but generally, his serves are nothing notable. In fact, the commentators always say that he does manage to put in most of his first serves, but due to lack of pace, it’s hardly a weapon. So I was quite surprised of his very low serve% in the first set. It’s part of the reason he lost it so easy.

Davy gets a break…can he hold?


jane Says:

It doesn’t really matter to me who wins the Davy/Dasco match, but why all the Davydenko slaming all of a sudden? He’s a solid player, who has had astounding results in the last couple of months, in part because of an improved serve and increased belief. If he loses to the number 9 player in the world in 5 sets, ain’t no shame in that from where I am sitting.

And Sean, is Davy really a favorite here? I haven’t seen too many pundits picking him to win it all (maybe a couple here or there) nor are his betting odds one of the highest. So he’s not really a “favorite”, though I agree with you that he’s gotten more attention in the press in general, so if that’s what you mean then okay, I get it.

Anyhow, Davy got the break. I wonder if he can hold it and win?


jane Says:

Very true, been there – Dasco’s doubles have done him in many a day on the court.


Kimo Says:

WOW…look at Davydenko working the crowd!!!


been there Says:

At long last, Davy wins :))
Congrats….hopefully Fed shows up in two days’ time.

Verdasco gave a good effort, but played below par….too emotional. Good match.


jane Says:

I like that Davy is showing his stripes a little; it’s kind of sweet to see him having this success and getting some attention. He quoted some article and says I used to be ice man and now I am hot. LOL. And he was even savvy to ask the crowd who they think would be better for him to play “for Australia”. Clever little man.

Anyhow sad loss for Verdy but as the announcers I was listening to said, that was not the Verday of last year’s AO. Mind you, it wasn’t Davy’s best either.


tenisbebe Says:

Well, that was a choker match. Like Nando but he didn’t deserve to win, Davy did.

Jane, I see Novak won as expect so you must be happ he’s in the QF’s. All the stars have aligned for him this year with his draw and the mild weather so perhaps we’ll see him next weekend!

Now for Serena/Samantha. I love Sam but she is another woman headcase at times, just chokes, sigh. However, after Sam beat Serena (soundly) in CA this summer, Serena claimed that she just frames the ball when she hits it and therefore thru Serena off. KICK HER ASS SAM!!!!


jane Says:

LOL Tennisbebe: and recently when Serena was asked about that comment about Sam being a “good framer”, Serena couldn’t recall having ever said it.

Tenisbebe, yes, the stars have aligned for Nole so far, which is happy news for me, but Tsonga has aligned next. : / Gulp. I like Tsonga, but of course I would prefer to see Djoko win and do one better than last year. We’ll see. It might be a shocker for Novak to suddenly run into a top guy. Hmmm. Anyhow, can’t complain about the quarter-finalists so far. One surprise in there with Cilic, true to AO form.


Gannu Says:

Serena breaks to lead 3-2.. As veno said.,, the only thing certain in tennis today that Serena Williams is going to blast all her opponents off the court.. Henin could save herself an embarassment if she loses before the finals…

Henin is a quitter.. so i am pretty sure that if she is down 6-0 in the finals after the first set… she will retire saying i have injury and she has all the excuses in the world this tine around to do (basically not having played for a long time)… I guess that would be a disaster


Gannu Says:

Tomm’s schedule is out.. nadal murray play the night match

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/schedule14.html


jane Says:

Gannu thanks for posting that; I figured it would be a nice match but that will make it tough for me to watch, unfortunately.

I see Nico got one set from Jo-Will: good for him.


King Roger Says:

I hope Roger Federer wins today. If he loses and Rafael Nadal goes on to win the Australian Open, then everyone will again start to say Nadal is a much better player than Federer.


jane Says:

*nice should be *night @2:19.

That’s my cue to get sleep. I wish I could watch Fed vs. Hewitt. I am assuming Fed will sail through, but Hewy could steal a set if he’s in fighting form.


Gannu Says:

Oh thats sad Jane that u wont be able to watch..Its a public holiday in India tomm.. Its India’s republic day… so we all are at home..and anyways for India the time is very convenient at 1:30pm..

Wiating for fedex match.. come on feddy.. serena just finsih off this match quickly


Kimo Says:

Didn’t know Tsonga switched to babolat


madmax Says:

Serena match finished – how strong is that woman? I cannot believe she dominates women’s tennis in such an incredible way – and she isnt a lithe, lean woman either. She carries a lot of mass around with her, yet is just simply amazing on court.

So, waiting for the Federer match right now. Feeling nervous and excited at the same time. Really hoping that Federer is fully motivated and determined to win this one. He has a lot at stake, his no. 1 ranking first of all and his semi final consecutive record – there’s a lot riding on this match, but am sure federer is aware of that. Go federer!


tenisbebe Says:

Jane: “Serena couldn’t recall having ever said it.” Why am I not surprised??? Truly. I am sick to death of Serena’s classlessness when she loses. Being a champion is more than about just winning – it’s accepting as well. Too bad she can’t look at Roger & Rafa’s behavior (as rivals) both on and off court & heed their example.

“One surprise in there with Cilic, true to AO form.” Yes, there is always a “dark horse” it seems that gets deep into the mens draw in OZ (I picked Cilic – along with other people I’m sure). That;s what I love about Oz – there’s usually a surprise in there by weeks end.


Gannu Says:

almoagro has taken the next two sets against tsonga.. so one more 5 set match.. Djokovic is damn lucky… He now might get alamgro.. wat a cakewalk,… i wonder what lucky charm is sitting next to him for getting this kind of a draw…?


Gannu Says:

Well commentators are giving some stats… Tsonga has never played a 5 set match in his life and Almagro has won his last six 5 set matches!!!! Amazing stats


huh Says:

I gotta admit something here. I’ve always been extremely sad for Verdasco!:( He has so much talent, only if he had been doing lesser U.E.s and DFs, then he might have won many of his close matches, e.g. AO 09 Semi vs Rafa and the just concluded WTF, in which wth a little less U.E.s , he might very well have again beaten Muzza and even DP probably. He sometimes or often plays very good matches and sets, but it’s the U.E. problem which always kills him, otherwise he woulda won some very important matches and also tournamemnts. I think at his place, I woulda been completely devastated, even Nole got kinda devastated for an important part of 2009 after Madrid loss and 2008 after Hamburg loss! Then I can only imagine how much uncomfortable and disheartening it must be for Verdy to lose one after another close matches! :( Yet he’s continuing his efforts! Just going on keeping tryin What a brave guy Verdy is! My heart goes out to him. I wish him well coz no one has been as repeatedly deprived of victories in as agonising ways as Verdy. Very sad. :(


Kimo Says:

I’m one of the people who gets extremely sickened sometimes by what Serena says after her losses and by her US Open tirade, but you know what? When she wins she does give her opponents their due. I guess it’s hard or her to think straight when she loses. Can’t really blame her for that, coz I’m like that too. It’s just that I don’t completely lose control of myself when I don’t get my way.

She can be graceful, but only when she gets her way. I don’t think that will ever change. But right now it seems that she is mindful of how badly her image got affected by that tirade and she’s on a PR campaign to redeem herself. I believe in 2nd chances so let’s see how she does from now on.

As for her tennis, what can I say? It’s ridiculous how easily she dominates everyone, and like madmax said, it’s not like she’s the fittest or the hardest working woman on the WTA. If Serena had the mentality of Graff (sorry but I don’t think any of her contemporaries is hard working and consider playing tennis their mission in life, hence the term “tennis model”), she could have won a lot more titles.


huh Says:

Well, Verdasco is by no means a fave of mine, but still I think the guy’s a very good player. But then again, it doesn’t mattter without the wins.


tenisbebe Says:

“Williams is going to blast all her opponents off the court.. Henin could save herself an embarassment if she loses before the finals… Henin is a quitter.. so i am pretty sure that if she is down 6-0 in the finals after the first set… she will retire saying i have injury and she has all the excuses in the world this tine around to do (basically not having played for a long time)… I guess that would be a disaster.”

Well Serena is playing well in OZ but this has to be one of the stupidest statements anyone has ever uttered! The reason Serena is motivated is BECAUSE HENIN IS IN THE DRAW AND THEY HAVE HAD GREAT DRAMATIC MATCHES IN THE PAST. Some where Henin has kicked her ass, unlike others on the WTA. Both Serena & Justine have numerous majors between them & neither needs to prove their nerve to YOU, who has none.


Kimo Says:

I think the main reason Verdasco is such a lousy server is because there is almost no wrist action on his serve. In fact, I don’t think he uses his wrist on his groundies either.


steve Says:

Who thought Nicolas Almagro would be the first player ever to take Tsonga to five sets?


huh Says:

Well Kimo,

But I differ with you re: Serena. She mighta been making her wins look easy, but make no mistake, it’s due to she works the hardest among the current lot, and not to mention, her mental strength! And I still don’t think Kim woulda beaten Serena in that US 09 if the FF drama has not happened. Serena’s not just more talented than Kim, but she’s also been the mentally strongest woman by far for most part of the decade! However, before Kim fans come down screaming and yelling at me, I must say I don’t care one bit about the Serena-Kim matches, it doesn’t matter to me as to who’d win whe they face each other! I have no vested interest in Kim v Serena things. I only state what I felt observing their careers and matches. As I’ve said a myriad times, only one woman player is my fave and that’s Venus Williams and I always root for her, no matter whom she faces!


huh Says:

Hi Maxi:

Come on, don’t be so tense! Imknow Fed will always try his best as you also do know. But after that whatever happens may happen. But I don’t love just Fed’s wins, I love Fed as a human being as well and admire him big time! So without wasting words, to encourage you, lets say Come On Federer!


madmax Says:

huh! I cannot believe that the fed v hewitt match has started but eurosports have switched channels to show the amalgro v tsonga match – It’s currently 6:6, and as no tiebreak, have got to wait until this match is over before they switch to fed’s match!

Really, this Eurosports is crazy.


tenisbebe Says:

Kimo – my problem with Serena is not her winning, it’s her poor sportmanship in lossing, and you will never convince me that this obnoxious behavior of her’s is her due to her numerous titles inability to think coherently after a match.

“But right now it seems that she is mindful of how badly her image got affected by that tirade and she’s on a PR campaign to redeem herself. I believe in 2nd chances so let’s see how she does from now on.” Apparently you missed ACT 1 (or was it 3 or 4) of the saga when things came to head during the USO (2007 I think it was). She was on David Letterman (the week before the tournament) & when asked an umbiqious question about what she deemed as overrated, she replied “Maria Sharapova”. That was the straw that broke it – SELENA ROBERTS of the NYT’s wrote a scathing article about Serena getting some class which actually focused on the disrespect & dissing she display in her pressers at the USO. She cooled it for a while but this summer her bitchiness reared it’s ugly head. She just can’t help herself and I don’t know what her problem is, nor at this point do I care. As you said, she ain’t changing….


Gannu Says:

I am far too nervous and bloddy Hewitt is taking federer’s case..

Really tensed.. come on federer…


madmax Says:

Is anyone watching the tsonga v amalgro match right now? It’s just awesome. 6:6 40:40 tsonga’s serve. Either way match.


madmax Says:

Gannu,

dont worry. I cannot watch the federer match right now as eurosports have tsgona amalgro on.

We expected fed’s match to be tough, though didnt we.

It’s on with serve. 2 games all. So relax. Roger may feel so confident about winning, which he has to be, BUT he will be aware of Hewitt’s challenge. A bit more belief in our guy, gannu! It’s 3:2 on serve. Fed isnt going to use up all his energy in the early stages.


Gannu Says:

Federer please break and get ahead.. come on feddy..


Gannu Says:

thanks madamx for those words… but i can see some renewed determination in hewitt’s eyes.. fed needs to be in its absolute best today.. lets see


Kimo Says:

I don’t get why all my fellow Fed fans are so worried over Hewitt. I have tons of respect for the guy but come on!!! this is Fed we’re talking about!!!


madmax Says:

Kimo,

I’m not worried. Just bloddy frustrated. Because I cannot watch the “LIVE” match as Eurosports have switched channels!

Amalgro just lost to Tsonga – a rocket match. Crazy.

Okay, so now we go to the fed match – moving over to rod laver arena.

Set point to federer. C’moon federer!


madmax Says:

okay, so missed the set point. Ugh.


madmax Says:

federer missed an overhead! C’moon!

Federer – c’moon! May be federer is a tad confident, but oh. That overhead! Kimo!


tenisbebe Says:

huh Says “But I differ with you re: Serena. She mighta been making her wins look easy, but make no mistake, it’s due to she works the hardest among the current lot, and not to mention, her mental strength! And I still don’t think Kim woulda beaten Serena in that US 09 if the FF drama has not happened.”

2 things: First, Serena is by far NOT the hardest worker on the tour. Hence her fitness & weight problems. She has more natural athleticism than most & therefore is able to power thru her shot despite poor technique & footwork. Second, Kim/Serena USO SF. You have to be kidding? I have that match recorded & you should really watch it again: Kim dominated on the groundies and was rock solid mentally: why in the hell do you think Serena went off on the linesperson???? Because she was losing it mentally. Kim was up a set and a break so this statement is ludicrous.


Rick Says:

Federer could beats Hewitt very comfortably. Hewitt just couldn’t hurt Fed Allstop with his defensive game. As for Fed Allstop it is very unlikely for him to win this Aussie Open. If Tsonga and Davydenko win their next match. It means that, Fed Allstop has to play Davydenko next. Then possible Tsonga or Djokovic in the semi. If he is in the final. He probably has to play Cilic or Murray. So I am feeling really sorry for him. Fed Allstop might has his chance, if it is Nadal in the final. Because Nadal just couldn’t does well against the top 10 these days.


Kimo Says:

Fed’s looking good :)


madmax Says:

Pulled the trigger Gannu! First set to fed 6:2.

Whoooo hooooo!


Gannu Says:

Feddy baby in awesome form.. come on keep it up.. first set 6-2


Gannu Says:

Yeps madmax.. very happy with fedex form.. hope he maintains all the way till his 16th slam here and we will be there to celebrate ;-))


Gannu Says:

have you guys noticed.. fedex forehand action has changed.. he is hitting with more top spin… i am not an expert in this.. but something has really changed in the way fedex is hitting his forehand these days


Rick Says:

Fed Allstop is in real danger if the young talented guys are in his draw. He has serious chances to win, if the veterans are in his draw. Like Soderling, Haas, Hewitt, Roddick, Gonzalez. You know those players he used to dominated when in his best days? Then he is a serious contender in any slams.


Kimo Says:

Gannu, I don’t think so. It’s the same glorious forehand of old. It’s very hard to change your action on your most important stroke when you’re 28.


Gannu Says:

Kimo look at this article.. i think he has indeed changed

More power to Roger Federer’s elbow

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6999644.ece


madmax Says:

Gannu,

you beat me to it! I may have another article out there. Indeed Fed’s forehand has changed (by design) and for a reason.

Rick,

are you on drugs? Federer is in awesome form.And he can win this tournament, though perhaps not as easily as he has done before. And by the way. you talk about the “younger guys” – well, he’s beaten murray twice, last two tournaments, and djoko at the semi finals of the USO at aged 28, so c’moon rick. Beam back down to reality. And certainly, davy is the 28 year old of the moment, that everyone has to beat.

Novak, (Am sure duro will agree),has had the easiest draw so far, with rafa not too far behind. Roger’s has been the most difficult, and the players he has played (apart from Hewitt – in progress), have all been younger than him. So I dont really think your argument holds much weight.

but nice to talk to you rick.


Kimo Says:

I dunno, Gannu. If it has indeed changed I hadn’t noticed. Maybe I would if I watched his matches from last year compared to this year, but his forehand looks the same to me. However, I do agree that he seems to be hitting with more power. Maybe he’s stringing his racket a little looser, but his technique in my humble opinion didn’t change.


Kimo Says:

I must say though, his forehand is a lot more consisent than it was this time last year.


Vinod Says:

Go Fed !!!


madmax Says:

Kimo,

am trying to find the article for you. Am sure it is from Pat Rafter, where he mentions that his racquet is strung a little looser but it is his technique that has changed – rather than misquote, I will go do some digging and be back to you on this one :)

2 sets to Fed. C’moon the fed!


Gannu Says:

Yeah and kimo fed has actually changed his racket also… Some Wilson diff series. and that racket is lighter and also gives more power… So Its just amazing after winning 15 grandslams his competitive instincts are still there at the highest level.. hope he maintains it.. lets see…


madmax Says:

Federer had better take his opportunities and wrap this up in straights. I really dont want to see a sloppy third set from him. But he seems on task. Just gotta keep the focus now.


Kimo Says:

madmax, don’t sweat it. Gannu already linked that article :)


Kimo Says:

Gannu, I know about the racket change. It’s the first thing I noticed this season because I knew Federer’s older rackets ever since 2003. At first I assumed it was just a new paint job, but then I discovered that it’s a new BLX raquect that Wilson made. Delpo made the switch too. He uses a similar racket but with a 95 in. head rather than the 90 in. one used by Fed.


madmax Says:

Kimo, fed dropped his level a little bit (commentators saying), and he did have the break point in the 2nd game. Argh! C’moon fed. So calm, but pull the trigger again!


madmax Says:

Federer’s serve is great right now. Such variety.


Daniel Says:

You see how the game evolve, Hewwit’s ball doesn’t hurt Fed, whos in cloud 9.


Daniel Says:

madmax,

He already have 1 BP in each game and now squandered 2 break points, one with a lucky ball by Hewwit which touched the net and droped


Kimo Says:

OK, I admit it. His forehand did change. It’s even better than it was before!!!


Kimo Says:

Fed’s groundies off both wings are much better this year. He’s confident on his topspin backhand and his running forehand, two strokes that really let him down in the past.


Gannu Says:

Dont make me nervous federer.. just dont complicate this match.. break and serve for the match… come on


Gannu Says:

and federer breaks…!!!! come on feddy bear.. serve out the match.. no more complications..


Kimo Says:

Ok, I’ve watched hundred’s of Roger’s matches over the years. I know how good he can play, but today he’s just SCARY. His forehand and backhand are mesmerising today.

Watch out!!!


madmax Says:

stay calm gannu. federer does this to us at crucial points of the match. nothing new. but he has to pull himself together. He’ll be fine. Just leyton is on a bit of a roll – good that he is fighting a bit more, the game has been a little boring on his part. But seriously, federer! C’moon!

I seriously think that federer, although playing some great shots, he really does make it harder than it needs to be!

If it goes to a fourth set, well, that’s what happens. But federer will or should pull it together. I cannot think otherwise.


madmax Says:

Yeah! The fed! Through to the quarter finals – great quarters coming up for both the No. 1 section and the No.2 section.

Boy, what is going to happen tomorrow night murray v nadal?

American compatriots, you are probably all asleep now – so sleep well.


Kimo Says:

I’m miss Rafa vs. Murray. Work :(


Kimo Says:

I meant “I’m gonna miss”


Gordo Says:

There have been many who predicted that Davydenko is playing so well that he may be THE guy at this tourney. Well, today’s matches peeled back the onion a little more.

1) Federer may not be the Federer from 2004 – 2007, but he is playing better at this AO than he did in 2008 and 2009. If Davydenko plays the same way against Federer as he played today against Hot Sauce he will be lucky to get as many games as Hewitt did today.

2) There is good news and bad news about having a lax draw. The good news is you coast through it. The bad news is you don’t have to dig deep and get challenged until maybe it is too late. Such is the case with the Djoker, who has played well against a weak quarter, but now may be in very tight against Tsonga, who has beaten him 4 straight times.

3) The Murray-Nadal match will tell us a lot about Murray’s fitness and mental state and Rafa’s recovery from whatever has been ailing him for 8 months. I think it may be the match of the tournament. May the best man win.

4) IMO, Cilic is happy just to have beaten Del Potro and he will be in too tough against Roddick.

5) At the very least, all of you who said that Federer didn’t have a chance now must – albeit for some of you very grudgingly – admit that he may indeed make AO 2010 his 16th slam title.


Kimo Says:

Gordo, I agree with everything you posted :)


been there Says:

tenisbabe,

You have made it clear that you don’t like Serena big-time – which is fine- we all have players that we don’t like. But some of the things you say are a bit ridiculous.
@ 3:21am:
“The reason Serena is motivated is BECAUSE HENIN IS IN THE DRAW AND THEY HAVE HAD GREAT DRAMATIC MATCHES IN THE PAST.”

LOL!!! Thanks for the laughs. And because you put it all in caps-lock, you must believe this? I suppose the years when Justin ‘retired’, Serena was not motivated at all, id not reach a single slam final, let alone win a slam!

Clearly, you are letting your dislike of Serena cloud your judgement on how good she is. Serena may be many things, but she absolutely does not rely on anyone being in the draw to keep her motivated. And quite frankly, very few player, both in WTA & ATP do. The only thing that motivates them, especially the top players, be it Fed or Serena is to get the big WIN, whoever they face. They motivate themselves…hence they are the leading slam holders.

GO SERENA!!!


madmax Says:

Federer is World No. 1, that means “the world” to him. He wants to continue adding slams to his resume.

Hence the change in tactics in forehand and delivery, plus new racquet. He also has new physiotherapist and new trainer in his team (willing to change). Federer is still the one to beat.

He has every chance of making this his 16th slam. he has nothing left to prove yet still wants to go on proving. That is a VERY good sign. No point in comparing what federer was like Gordo back in 2003, you simply cannot be winning tournaments all the time, day in and day out. and three slams a year for 3 years is just sick.

He has been clever, because he has adapted his game -despite all the growing criticism. Federer is the man!

C’moon Fed!


madmax Says:

Plus, this is the STRONGEST top ten in the men’s game since the 1980′s, i would say – and for roger to stay at the top for so long, is an accolade to just how great a tennis player he is and continues to be. So he isnt the same player he was in 2003? Is any of us the same person we were in 2003? I doubt it.

It is only going to get harder from here, but not impossible for him. I’m sticking with Federer.

He wants to win the AO, make no mistake. PLUS, he wants the most weeks at No.1 and he wants to continue his incredible 22 consecutive semi final appearances in a grand slam. we will just have to wait and see. 2 matches to go until the final! I cannot wait!


been there Says:

@6:49, tenisbabe s/b ‘tenisbebe’. Apologies for the misspelling.

@3:54: The David Letterman thing, it happens to be a comedy show, where people say ridiculous things to get laughs. All people, who’ve been to that show, from Obama to little known actors poke fun at their colleagues & themselves. Obviously, what she said about Sharapova is a joke…she’s congratulated Maria many times before, both in wins & loses. Sure, she is not too gracious in defeat, but neither is Justin Henin :)…and Fed himself is sometimes a bit ungracious :)Even Rafa a few times…it’s the nature of champions. Sure, Serena may do it more often, but she’s not the only one.

You don’t like Serena and that’s fine. Some people dislike Roger while others simply can’t stand Rafa and talk about them in the same way you go on & on & on about Serena. And that’s fine too- we can’t like all people.

But just a suggestion – there’s always the option of not following Serena’s matches, but if you must ‘coz you love tennis so much, there’s certainly there’s the option of not reading her interviews, or watching chat-shows in which she’s appearing. Just saying…;)


been there Says:

COngrats to Fed…pity I missed the match.

At long last, the two players I was rooting for won their respective matches this week. pheux! hmm,Verdy-Davy match, suddenly, Davy’s lost his ‘aura’ (yeah, big quotes there!). But perhaps the 5setter is good for him.

And Fed does have a tendency to bring out the very best in players. When they play him, be it rnd 1 or finals, it’s like going for gold. And some – those who more or less have little chance of winning slams – value beating Fed almost as special as getting a tournament win, whatever tournament it is (I’m looking at you Benneteau! It’s still on my mind. Totally loved his reaction). Davy used to be the same, but now that he’s got those two wins in a row, he’s gonna be a very dangerous opponent. Not to mention that he’s won a tough 5setter – tough in the sense that in the last three sets, it was so up & down, it could have gone either way. Davy’s hungry for a biger win over Fed.

We await…but before that, my popcorns are ready for Murray-Rafa. Hope I’ll be awake. :(


mat4 Says:

Gordo: I watched most of the players qualified for the QF, excepted Murray and Rafa.

Fed is playing… almost great. Good touch, moves well, feels confident. Djoko – don’t be mislead by the level of his opponents – plays quite well too. His FH has improved, and his serve is better and better. Davy made quite an impression too. Tsonga, on the other hand, didn’t impressed me much against Almagro, but I didn’t watch his previous matches.

So, in this half, I see a semi between Roger and Nole. First, I don’t think that Davy can serve 100% like he did at Doha. Then, Federer is to intelligent not to have a new, more effective game plan against Davy. But it could be close.

In Tsonga-Djoko, JWT cannot overpower Nole anymore from the baseline. Djoko has improved his slice, can change the pace, and is certainly better on the BH side. JWT will have to go forward and to serve consistently well for sets. Nole is returning quite well, so my favourite is clear. The problem could be Nole’s serve, and his patience.

In the other half, I really don’t know. Roddick has to be more agressive against Cilic, and I didn’t watch Rafa nor AM.


huh Says:

“tenisbebe Says:
huh Says “But I differ with you re: Serena. She mighta been making her wins look easy, but make no mistake, it’s due to she works the hardest among the current lot, and not to mention, her mental strength! And I still don’t think Kim woulda beaten Serena in that US 09 if the FF drama has not happened.”

2 things: First, Serena is by far NOT the hardest worker on the tour. Hence her fitness & weight problems. She has more natural athleticism than most & therefore is able to power thru her shot despite poor technique & footwork. Second, Kim/Serena USO SF. You have to be kidding? I have that match recorded & you should really watch it again: Kim dominated on the groundies and was rock solid mentally: why in the hell do you think Serena went off on the linesperson???? Because she was losing it mentally. Kim was up a set and a break so this statement is ludicrous.”

tennisbebe:

Don’t spout garbage and stop making ludicrous statements and give up your blind hatred for Serena Williams. Take out your tinted glasses that you’re able to see the obviuos in Serna’s matches. Kim was by no means overpowering Serena, she was challlenging her, matching her, and since hardly has anyone been able to give Serena such a scare since a long time, it appeared to everybody like Kim was overpowering Serena, but it was a different story to many others from how you narrate it. Many people thought the FF decison was either wrong or undoubtful and not to mention, still unconfirmed! That means thou Serena was wrong in her angry outburst towards the linesperson, doubt remains as to whether Serena was wholly to blame for it! The extent of Serena’s anger was obviuosly not justified, but in view of that doubtful decision of the linesperson, Serena’s anger and disappointment is NOT FULLY unjustified either. The grand champion that Serena’s, she obviously didn’t like it when she wasn’t given the benefit of doubt on the so very questionable decision at such a crucial stage! Her willingness to win the match is all that lead her to lose her cool at that moment as she felt as being kinda deprived of it. If you can come growling throwing your ‘hell’ at me, why can’t she do that? The extent to which Serena became violent and angry can be questioned, but her anger was not unjustified altogether IMO.

And try to take some comprehension classes as you are comprehension-challenged. I never said Serena’s by FAR the hardest worker, I said hardest worker, yes, that I said, but never did I say by far; I just wrote by far mentally strongest but you failed to note it due to lack of comprehension on your part, that cannot be my fault! And don’t worry, I’d stand by my statement no matter if you like it or not, if you don’t like what you say, that’s your problem and you can counter that politely instead of using stuff like ‘why the hell’ (unless I attack you personally or your fave player). So fault is from your side and correction must be done by you for your own sake. And weren’t it you who was surmising to madmax about getting a grip on life when you felt she was going ogerboard? Well, this is you, classless sometimes but instead always thinking of Serena and others as classless and ludicrous, but seemingly you yourself are what you imagine others to be!

So I indeed suggest you to stop being impolite and ultra-aggressive unreasonably, take comprehension classes, acknowledge Serena’s loopholes and also problems keeping things in perspective and having an eye on the circumstances, stop surmising and advising, and lastly, get a grip on your own life fast before trying to get that on others. Sheesh and yuck! Don’t bother responding.


Skorocel Says:

Gordo: “There have been many who predicted that Davydenko is playing so well that he may be THE guy at this tourney. Well, today’s matches peeled back the onion a little more.”

“If Davydenko plays the same way against Federer as he played today against Hot Sauce he will be lucky to get as many games as Hewitt did today.”

If my auntie had balls, she’d be my uncle ;-) In other words Gordo, what happened yesterday is irrelevant to what happens tomorrow – be it in tennis or any other sport. Fact is, Davy has beaten Fed in their last 2 meetings, and (despite that fact) he’ll still have virtually nothing to lose on Wednesday…

———-

“4) IMO, Cilic is happy just to have beaten Del Potro and he will be in too tough against Roddick.”

Yeah. The same Cilic who at the USO shellacked Murray, was beating the living hell out of JMDP in the first 1 and 1/2 sets, and who later wiped the floor with Nadal in Beijing… Come on, give the guy some credit!


Skorocel Says:

Colin: „Hewitt is sort of the Evander Holyfield of tennis. He’s past his prime and can no longer beat the best when it matters, but he’s the only one who won’t admit the fact. Fortunately, in tennis he won’t end up with brain damage!“

LOL :-)


huh Says:

“been there Says:
tenisbabe,

You have made it clear that you don’t like Serena big-time – which is fine- we all have players that we don’t like. But some of the things you say are a bit ridiculous.
@ 3:21am:
“The reason Serena is motivated is BECAUSE HENIN IS IN THE DRAW AND THEY HAVE HAD GREAT DRAMATIC MATCHES IN THE PAST.”

LOL!!! Thanks for the laughs. And because you put it all in caps-lock, you must believe this? I suppose the years when Justin ‘retired’, Serena was not motivated at all, id not reach a single slam final, let alone win a slam!

Clearly, you are letting your dislike of Serena cloud your judgement on how good she is. Serena may be many things, but she absolutely does not rely on anyone being in the draw to keep her motivated. And quite frankly, very few player, both in WTA & ATP do. The only thing that motivates them, especially the top players, be it Fed or Serena is to get the big WIN, whoever they face. They motivate themselves…hence they are the leading slam holders.

GO SERENA!!!

Kudos to you been there! This tennisbebe just hates Serena. All I can utter for her is Good Grief!

I don’t know why some are so jealous and dismissive of Serena! So much so that instead of talking anything to the point about her matchplay, they continuously instead keep citing her interviews, past incidents, mispresenting many things, blowing things out of proportion and Serena her and talking irrelevant stuff and constantly discussing her behaviour instead of what happened in her matches, and in this way trying to be the self-appointed behaviourers while their own behaviour is shameful, all this boring stuff! Yawn! :/


huh Says:

I’m happy for Roger reaching the Qtrs yet again. :)


madmax Says:

Skorocel,

“If my auntie had balls, she’d be my uncle” ;-)

the quote of the day!

I must add to your comment though – firstly, no way can you compare an exhibition match with a 250 point tourny at doha! Yes, davy has beaten federer in last two tournaments, but he has doen the same with rafa in doha. These are the top guys in any slam in terms of achievements.

We are talking federer in a grand slam match baby. Total focus, it’s on his agenda of things to achieve. He wants the big tournaments now, not so much the masters or the 500′s or 250′s or exho’s. so I dont think that what happened previously with davy is going to be playing too much on federer’s mind. If he had lost the last 2 grand slam finals against davy, then we will be having a whole different conversation.

And yes. I am glad that davy played a 5 setter today Skor. He is playing a very clever mind game right now. He said in his recent interview that he could “NOT” keep up with federer or nadal in 5 setter grand slams – that was a ruse. I mean, what a smoke screen! Holy Moly! The guy is doing a David Blaine! big time!

Davy just come through one 5 setter today against verdy! He is giving a lot of spin right now. Davy is a dark horse and very clever. I like him. But be prepared to see a different federer playing davy, and whose to say that federer wont win it in straights? that would be the ideal situation –

By playing a five setter, well, federer goes in with a different mindset altogether, dont you think? A slam is a whole different “ball game” to federer. Should be a great match.


madmax Says:

Hello Huh! you are on a roll today?!!!

Good to see you again. Stay cool Amigo. It’s the only way to be.


madmax Says:

Also, this is part of interview that contador posted a while ago – where she gone????!!!!

I think the interviewer got the masters tally wrong. Federer is one masters tally away from equalling Agassi’s.

SKOR,

It’s clear to me that federer “WANTS” to win after reading this:

Q: You like challenges [whynotme - they do not mean Hawk-Eye ], so here are some. Tell us if you’re motivated by them.

RF: OK, here we go.

Q: You need 2 more Masters 1000 to beat Agassi’s record of 17.

RF: Mmmmmh. I’m not really excited by that. Masters 1000 have been existing only for 20 years, and I don’t know how many of them great players from the past could have won. So this record does not mean much.

Q: Another challenge. If you stay world No. 1 after RG, you’ll beat Sampras’ all-time record of 286 weeks.

RF: This is an important record to me. When I beat Connors’ record (consecutive weeks as world No. 1) I already thought it was really great.

Staying in the front that long when you know who is behind you, it’s not easy. By the way, my main goal this year is to finish the year No. 1 in the world. It has been so hard to get that ranking back.

Q: So you want to stay No. 1. What else?

RF: To win more tournaments. Last year, I won 4 of them. They were big ones, but I have to be able to do better. I lacked titles in smaller tournaments. True, I had to withdraw several times, because of an injury or because I needed some rest (Dubai, Halle, Tokyo). So I focused entirely on big tournaments, and I don’t really like it. Before I withdraw from Tokyo last year, I had told Seve (Luthi): ‘I’m going there to serve-and-volley on 1st and 2nd serves’. Because I thought it could help me later.

Federer is still the one to beat.


madmax Says:

Ah, it’s 2 more to “beat” agassi, 1 more to equal. Got it!


huh Says:

“Yeah. The same Cilic who at the USO shellacked Murray, was beating the living hell out of JMDP in the first 1 and 1/2 sets, and who later wiped the floor with Nadal in Beijing… Come on, give the guy some credit!”

Agree.


huh Says:

Maxi:

I sincerely hope for Fed to beat Davy, flog him, to be honest! I just can’t stand Fed losing to Davy! But I’m tense and I also want Muzza to beat Rafa tomoro. ALLEZ FED!!!


been there Says:

Maxi@ 8:21am,

The interviewer is actually correct. The question posed is that of BEATING Agassi’s record, not equalling. So as you say, he needs one to equal, but 2 to beat the record. Though I think by the end of it all, I think Rafa will end up with more masters.

But slam king. Go Fed!


been there Says:

oh, sorry maxi..just saw you your 8:21 post where you correct yourself after I posted.

Go Fed! Go Davy! lols.


huh Says:

http://beta.thehindu.com/sport/tennis/article94526.ece

Billie Jean says Fed’s still the guy to beat. She also calls Serena amazing.


Ben Pronin Says:

Madmax: “We are talking federer in a grand slam match baby. Total focus, it’s on his agenda of things to achieve. He wants the big tournaments now, not so much the masters or the 500’s or 250’s or exho’s.”

Federer: “To win more tournaments. Last year, I won 4 of them. They were big ones, but I have to be able to do better. I lacked titles in smaller tournaments.”

That said Federer looks like he’s getting better and better whereas Davydenko was lucky to scrape out that win over Verdasco.


madmax Says:

Hi Ben!

Yes! Where have you been? Federer is – more quickly than slowly – gaining steam, fire and magic! He can do it! Federer is getting better and better and working his opponent well. It’s so great to see this. His first serve today in the first set was brilliant. He was serving 86% first serves! Even the broadcasters were saying fed was on “top form”. Usually his percentage is around 65 plus%, so this is a great sign. Now plenty of rest, massage, relaxation with some practice!

So happy fed has made his 23 consecutive QF! what an amazing achievement so far! More to come, from the Maestro!


huh Says:

I just don’t want Hewitt in Fed’s half next time in Fed’s half, if he remains in another half, I’m sure he’d reach at least the 5th Rnd sometime instead of all time being stopped by Fed. And those who think Hewitt can’t beat the best when it matters, they’re forgetting about him mauling DP at Wim 09 and JUST lost the match against Roddick. He’s been a little unfortunate IMO.


Ben Pronin Says:

Huh, that was on grass where Hewitt is still pretty good. He barely lost to Roddick but he still lost. And JMDP is young and has poor footwork to handle the grass courts of Wimbledon just yet. Plus don’t forget he was probably suffering a bit of a let down after losing to Federer in the FO semis.

That said, Hewitt is in some serious denial if he thinks he can get back into the top 5. Top 20 maybe.


jane Says:

Correction Gordo: “Djoker…may be in very tight against Tsonga, who has beaten him 4 straight times.” You’re wrong here; Djoko won their last match in Miami. I am not disagreeing with your overall point; it may be tough for Nole to adjust to Tsonga after a relatively smooth path, but he did beat him in their most recent match. Tsonga’s 5 setter may help or hinder him. It may’ve been good for him to survive that test. On the other hand players can occasionally lose momentum, be it mental or physical, after an exhausting and tense win. That may very well happen to Davydenko also.

Most Fed fans here sound very happy, so Roger must have played well – good for him. I needed sleep. I knew Hewitt couldn’t win. I thought he might get a set. But not to be.

A pretty awesome set of quarterfinals – WOW!!


Gordo Says:

Skorocel Says:

“…what happened yesterday is irrelevant to what happens tomorrow – be it in tennis or any other sport. Fact is, Davy has beaten Fed in their last 2 meetings, and (despite that fact) he’ll still have virtually nothing to lose on Wednesday…”

Well, S – I see what you are getting at, except a couple of facts get in the way.

Fed thrives on confidence. If you don’t think he isn’t building mentally off of his Hewitt victory, or noting and mentally feeding on how the “now unbeatable” Davydenko looked quite vulnerable against Verdasco, you are fooling yourself.

And don’t kid yourself about Davydenko having nothing to lose. With the personality of the invisible man and a past so questionable that even Prince will not pay him an endorsement fee despite his oft-stated love of their equipment, this could certainly change were he to ever win a major title.

And he has been quoted in the past saying that trophies are not as important to him as the money.

Well – the difference between a quarter-final berth and a semi-final berth is A$182,250, so don’t type that he has nothing to lose.


Skorocel Says:

Gordo: What’s the big deal about Davy needing 5 sets to beat Verdasco?! Lastly I checked, “Hot Sauce” was in the Top 10, wasn’t he? The thing is, Davy, in the past, used to choke in these kind of matches, whereas now he seems to get it more and more under control. Anyhow, that could easily mean nothing when he faces Fed on Wednesday – just as it did mean nothing for Fed to beat him 12 times in a row before they squared off in the London YEC semis…


madmax Says:

Skorocel,

I think its the “fact” that fed in a grand slam is different to a fed in WTF, Paris Bercy masters, ATP 1000 masters, ATP 500, ATP 250. Objectives are to win, of course, this is what all competitors want – no question. But I guess you have to weigh up what Federer wants now. At the moment of his career. Is it to beat around, scraping for the smaller tournament wins, the exhibition wins, the masters events? Answer: Yes, it would be very nice thank you very much, but No. In the big picture NOW, it’s not what he is “that” bothered about.

NOW, if you are talking about Slams. We are writing a whole different story. This is what fed works for during the “off season”, during the smaller tournaments, to see where his game is “at”. You simply cannot equate anything other tournament in fed’s mind other than the BIG ONE! the Grand Slam.


Skorocel Says:

madmax: Didn’t Federer himself recently say he wants to win the SMALLER tournaments as well? You know, that one interview which you posted a link to cca 2 weeks ago… You claim he didn’t care that much about his Doha semi vs Davy – yet he’s saying exactly the opposite ;-)


Ben Pronin Says:

Madmax what if when Federer was 23, 24, when he first reached number one, the 2004-2006 span, instead of winning 11, 11, and 12 titles each of those years, he only won 5, 6, and 6? Would you have been saying he only cares about the slams at 23 and 24?

Federer knows how to play 5 set matches. He knows he’s fit, he knows he’s tough, and he knows how to dissect his opponents. 5 years ago he could dissect his opponent in about 3 games. Nowadays, it takes him longer and longer. That’s why he was so dominant everywhere, all the time during his peak years. And that’s why he’s still so dominant in the slams but not outside.

Slams are the measuring stick for legacies, but Federer wants to win everything. He always has and he always will.


madmax Says:

Skorocel,

Yes. It would be “nice” if he won those smaller tournaments, but it is clear to every federer fan who watches these tournaments that they are not as important to federer as they once were. They give him (the exhos and the 250, 500 ATP’s), the chance to “have fun”, “try new shots” – I see it all the time from him. If he wins the smaller tournaments then that is a bonus for him, but he has made it VERY, VERY, VERY clear that his objectives at this stage of his career is to win the slams and sustain his position/longevity in the game – hence the withdrawal from the asian swing.

He is choosing his tournaments wisely.

He already has a 19 tournament commitment this year which is plenty enough for him to keep on rolling.

I think when you compare Fed’s loss at Doha to a loss in a slam – it puts things into complete perspective. You simply cannot compare the two.

This is what he said about the “smaller tournaments”:

RF: To win more tournaments. Last year, I won 4 of them. They were big ones, but I have to be able to do better. I lacked titles in smaller tournaments.

True, I had to withdraw several times, because of an injury or because I needed some rest (Dubai, Halle, Tokyo). So I focused entirely on big tournaments, and I don’t really like it. Before I withdraw from Tokyo last year, I had told Seve (Luthi): ‘I’m going there to serve-and-volley on 1st and 2nd serves’. Because I thought it could help me later.

Unless I am reading this incorrectly Skorocel, it doesnt say that he “wants to win the smaller tournaments”, just that he focused on the big tournaments and that he “lacked titles in the smaller tournaments”.

I suppose it could be implied that he is wanting to win smaller tournaments. I dont know, but I just dont think they are that important to him now. Do you? I think sometimes things get lost in translation (even though his English is excellent), there is still room to misinterpret.

I take this to mean, he didnt like having to withdraw from the smaller tournaments because of his back injury at that time. I initially was going to watch him play at the Stockholm Open last year, a 500 point ATP, but he withdrew the week before. I think he was trying to say that he “didnt like having to withdraw from tournaments in this way”, but I could be misinterpreting it this way.

I dont think there is any doubt though that winning this slam is the only thing on his mind.


Ben Pronin Says:

“I dont think there is any doubt though that winning this slam is the only thing on his mind.”

One of Federer’s goals is to break Sampras’s weeks at number 1 record. Winning events outside the slams will only help him achieve that. So saying it’s the “only” thing that’s on his mind is a little extreme.

Besides being one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Federer isn’t unique. I mean in terms of his mentality, he’s not the only one of cares more about the slams than the other events. He didn’t suddenly start focusing more on the slams in, like, 2007. The slams are always the top priority, but as any athlete or competitor knows, it’s about winning everything you possibly can. If Federer only cared about the slams, he would be losing a lot more than he is. He could have given up against Ferrer in Cincy when he was down a break and a set, but he fought back. He wants to win everything, it’s a matter of how much of his physicality he’s willing to sacrifice.


tenisbebe Says:

been there says: “You don’t like Serena and that’s fine.” Wrong, I don’t like her behavior toward her opponents, particularly when she loses – there is a big difference. It’s just so unnecessary. Her sister Venus is such a class act that I root for her. One thing you say about Serena for sure – she’s never boring. As for the Letterman comments to be taken in jest….well, many people didn’t see it that way but if that’s the way u want to look at it…


tenisbebe Says:

Huh says: “I never said Serena’s by FAR the hardest worker, I said hardest worker, yes, that I said, but never did I say by far” What?? Ha ha, I think you need some reading comprehension classes dude, starting with the use of the superlative form in English…..

Enough of this and onto tennis.


been there Says:

tenisbebe – don’t like her or her behaviour…a matter of semantics :)..same thing really ‘coz we don’t know these players personally.

“As for the Letterman comments to be taken in jest….well, many people didn’t see it that way but if that’s the way u want to look at it…”

Really…which people are these? lol. coz as far as I know, letterman is a comedy show poking fun at reality. :) I also know MANY people who took it for what it is – a joke :)’..and it is obvious she was poking fun at her, ‘coz that would not be the first time that Sharapova is referred to as over-rated…it’s been said many times before. :) tou can google it right now.
‘Sharapova is over-rated’ – Results 1 – 10 of about 59,500 for sharapova is over-rated. (0.40 seconds)
Many web-links covering that. It’s hardly the first time it’s been said, by fans and pundits alike. Does that make it true? Not necessarily, but it is a view that MANY people have – it all depends on whether you are her fan or not. People do have strong opinions of Sharapova just like you have for Serena. :) If the first time you ever had Sharapova being referred to as over-rated was in a comedy show by Serena, then clearly, you’ve not been following Sharapova keenly.

So yes, it was poking fun…just like players poke fun at each other during exhos, most recently at hit for haiti.

Everything I say say stands: whether is is that you don’t like her or her behaviour…nit-picking into even comedy shows.


been there Says:

tenisbebe:
“One thing you say about Serena for sure – she’s never boring.”
Actually, I’ve re-read my posts to find where I’ve said this on this thread but haven’t seen it. I’ve not said it on this thread;)…


been there Says:

…just nit-picking too – not that it matters to me whether she’s perceived as boring or not.


Danica Says:

“2) There is good news and bad news about having a lax draw. The good news is you coast through it. The bad news is you don’t have to dig deep and get challenged until maybe it is too late. Such is the case with the Djoker, who has played well against a weak quarter, but now may be in very tight against Tsonga, who has beaten him 4 straight times.”

Right, but those losses came in time of obvious crises Nole was going through. Last time they played, Nole crushed him in two easy sets. Tsonga didn’t impress me in his match with Almagro today. It may not be an easy match for Novak, but he should win.


Danica Says:

Huh,

oh, please, don’t make excuses for Serena’s outbursts. She should know better if she is such a great champ. She should have been banned from this GS for making threats, not to mention attending some anger management classes. You and I would have been jailed had we said something like that to someone on the street who, we thought, wronged us in some way.


andrew miller Says:

First, Roddick is still in the tournament! However, every round has been a tough opponents.

Second, I underestimated Federer’s desire. He squashed Hewitt.

Picks:

Nadal over Murray. Defending champ finds mojo.

Roddick over Cilic. Roddick still wants slam#2. If it comes in Australia rather than Wimbledon, no shame there.

(Roddick over Nadal, gets to AO final for first time)

Henin over Petrova. Petrova is good when focused. Henin is better when focused. You need a strategy to beat Henin. I’m not sure if Petrova has one.

Kirilenko over Zheng. I am a Kirilenko fan.
Djokovic over Tsonga. Djokovic hasnt played much. He’s more fresh. He’s a former AO champ. He should win this one.

(Henin over Kirilenko. Kirilenko plays a good two sets, but the WTA’s best looking player is not the best player on the WTA. Nothing to be ashamed of).

Davydenko over Federer: Davydenko finally wins one over Federer at a Slam, proving the last two wins are no fluke. Davydenko doesnt catch Murray-itis and watches Del Potro’s win for motivation, seeing a possible win in four sets.
(Hey, stop laughing everyone.)

(Davydenko then beats Djokovic, makes AO final).

Azarenka beat Serena: Unbelievably, it happens. Azarenka proves that there is a generation next and that her play last year was no fluke. Unfortunately, she runs into Venus the next round.

Venus over Li. Na Li does great, but Venus takes her in a quick two sets.

(Venus over Azarenka. Sorry kid, too tough to beat two Williams per tournament. Some do it, but you tried!)

Men: Roddick beats Davydenko for the AO crown. Cries. A lot.

Women: Venus beats Henin in a rematch of the Wimbledon final in 2001. Straight sets. Venus wins her first AO. Serena, excited for her sister but burning for another title, plans to win the French Open and show why she’s truly the WTA’s best player).
—-


huh Says:

“tenisbebe Says:
Huh says: “I never said Serena’s by FAR the hardest worker, I said hardest worker, yes, that I said, but never did I say by far” What?? Ha ha, I think you need some reading comprehension classes dude, starting with the use of the superlative form in English…..

Enough of this and onto tennis.”

Don’t be blind, I said by far the mentally strongest. You’re in dire need of comprehension classes and also you need to check your eye sight and also reading skills.


tenisbebe Says:

been there Says: “tenisbebe:
“One thing you say about Serena for sure – she’s never boring.” Actually, I’ve re-read my posts to find where I’ve said this on this thread but haven’t seen it. I’ve not said it on this thread;)…

Again, what? I said that not you. Lordy. She’s never boring, not in her pressers or her tennis.


been there Says:

Tenisbebe:

What? :~??? You say it clearly at

Y, Yeaou say it clearly at 5:53, while addremmising me:
tenisbebe Says:

[been there says: .... One thing you say about Serena for sure - she’s never boring. ....

January 25th, 2010 at 5:33 pm]

Lordy. If you were talking about yourself, you could have said: “One thing “I” can say about Serena for sure – she’s never boring….”

But your post was addressing me…and the use of “you” makes it so. :)

It’s the thing with blogging – lost in translation much? Lordy


been there Says:

Y, Yeaou say it clearly at 5:53, while addremmising me s/b:

You said it clearly while addressing me at 5:33pm…

but now, you’ve changed it. I see where you are coming from. It’s a thing of writing what you think you mean, but it comes across differently. The use of “you” shows that you were addressing me and saying I’d said that…so I responded. Lordy.


tenisbebe Says:

been there – sorry, must have been lost in translation. By saying “you” I mean “you all” or “y’all” in the South. In other words, “Many of you all out there in blog land can say….” Hope this makes it clearer. We use this tense of “you” to mean “many people” quite often in the States.

As for your comments about my saying that the difference I site between my dislike for her behavior not for her as a player being purely semantics, I must hardily disagree. I have the same feelings towards Justines’ sometimes unsportsmanlike behavior in the past (hopefully it will be a thing of the past) but that in no way takes away from my enjoyment of her beautiful play & my respect of her tenacity on the court. To say that I don’t “like” her is just too base & elementary schoolish. But I can definitely say I don’t like it when Justine behaves in an unsportsmanlike way. OK, I am done with this subject..Ciao


been there Says:

Tenisbebe, thanks..I got what you meant after you explained yourself. I wouldn’t have replied had it not been for the way you replied with the ‘lordy’ and what not.

The dislike thing, Again, we are lost in translation here. :) Let me explain.

To dislike something means to not like something for a variety of reasons. It is hardly too base or elementary schoolish as you put it…I never even though of that. My point is that when we dislike a player, most of the times it’s either due to style of play or their behaviour on court. Nothing more, nothing less…so yes, imo, it’s still a matter of semantics.

Dictionary definition of dislike: “to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion”

so that can be for any reason..be it her behaviour, or as a tennis-palyer. It is still disliking.

Thesaurus: “animosity, animus, antipathy, aversion, deprecation, detestation, disapprobation, disapproval, disesteem, disfavor, disgust, disinclination, displeasure, dissatisfaction, distaste, enmity, hostility, indisposition, loathing, objection, offense, opposition, prejudice, repugnance “…….

Antonyms: “Antonyms: approval, like, liking, love ”

Yeah, I think we’ve covered all bases here. C u on another thread!


tenisbebe Says:

been there – OK once more… I am well aware of the definition of the term “dislike” as well as its synonyms and antonyms. The difference is in the object of the sentence: you used the object “Serena”; I used the object “behavior” – 2 different things. Had I used the object “Serena” you would be correct but I did not. OK let’s move on shall we and agree to disagree on this topic. :-)


been there Says:

tenisbebe:

“I am well aware of the definition of the term “dislike” as well as its synonyms and antonyms. ”

Seemed like you didn’t ;)..so I took the opportunity to copy-paste and show you on a tennis-blog. ;)

“”The difference is in the object of the sentence: …..

As I said, all semantics..now even going to objects & what-not..we are not in an English major course;)…likewise, I’m also aware of objects & subjects, (even though not my 1st language) …so you’ve done the very same thing I did when I copied the dictionary for ‘dislike’…telling me what I know. Peas in a pod? lol.

“OK let’s move on shall we and agree to disagree on this topic. :-)”

…..as soon as you do???


been there Says:

tenisbebe
…as soon as you do in that we are now not even discusing the Serena thing, which ended like yesterday…it’s now moved on to a lesson in the English language…;)


been there Says:

…a lesson in the English language to justify your dislike for Serena/her behaviour or whatever else you want to refer to it.

There’s nothing wrong with ‘disliking’ a player for whatever reason, even though another player may behave in the same way and we’re ok with it. That’s the reason of having ‘faves’ & ‘least favourite players’

It’s sports…that’s how it’s meant to be. Not big deal at all. So you don’t have to go all out to the nitty gritty of chat-shows, English language objects/subjects, etc to justify why you don’t like a player, be it for his/her playing style, on-court behaviour or she/he beats your fave. It’s all ‘dislike’ and nothing wrong with that.

It’s the nature of sports!!

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