Federer Blasts Hewitt; Djokovic, Williams Sisters Also Advance into Australian Open QFs
by Staff | January 25th, 2010, 8:14 am
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Roger Federer needed just under two hours to sink the hopes of locals for their man Lleyton Hewitt to pull off the upset. Federer won his 15th straight match over Hewitt after a comfortable 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

“Hardly made any unforced errors,” Federer said. “If there were some, they were at moments I can live with. I was really able to press on the offensive, serve well when I had to, and I moved well as well. Overall I’m extremely happy. Yeah, I’m very pleased with my performance tonight.”

Federer’s win puts him into his 23rd straight Grand Slam quarterfinal, and it sets up a showdown against the streaking Nikolay Dayvdenko.

The pong-like Russian upped his win streak to 13 following a five-set marathon win over 2008 Australian Open semifinalist Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 7-5, 4-6, 6-7, 6-3.

Said Federer of the matchup: “In Doha when I played him, he hit 27 out of 27 first serves into the court clocking them at around 190. So it’s a bit a difference, you know. That makes it a bit more difficult to break. Obviously he’s one of the good return players we have in the game. He moves extremely well and makes it hard. I’m in for a good match for sure. I obviously favor my chances in a best-of-five set match. We’ll see how it goes.”

Courtesy of a friendly draw, Novak Djokovic eased into the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-2, 7-5 victory over the little-known Lukasz Kubot.

“Well, it’s the fourth round,” Novak said. “I knew that from a seeded players, if you, you know, if you look at the draw, I probably had, you know, the best possible draw at the moment. But I didn’t want to underestimate my opponent absolutely, because I’ve played him the finals of Belgrade, Serbia Open last year. I knew that he’s a tough opponent to play against. So I just went to the court willing to play my best from the start.”

Djokovic’s draw will get precipitously tougher as for the first time he’ll face a Top 50 player in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Frenchman Tsonga advanced in five sets over Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-7, 9-7. The match was Tsonga’s first career five-set encounter.

The Williams took one more step closer to a semifinal showdown. Serena has little trouble eliminating Australian No. 1 Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-2. The four-time champion is the lone player yet to drop serve in the tournament. Venus needed some more court time in ousting Francesca Schiavone 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Na Li also won today upsetting Caroline Wozniacki. Vicktoria Azarenka and Vera Zvonareva were still battling for the final berth in the women’s quarterfinal.


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157 Comments for Federer Blasts Hewitt; Djokovic, Williams Sisters Also Advance into Australian Open QFs

MA Says:

ROGER FEDERER ALL THE WAY!!


been there Says:

Djokovic is a unique human being – tennis wise. How many times does a player admit they have an easy draw? Never heard of it.

Re Fed-Davy: Said Federer of the matchup: “In Doha when I played him, he hit 27 out of 27 first serves into the court clocking them at around 190.”…super amazing…Davy will need that and some more. Just like Fed, he’s got very many shots..just not ‘weapons’ shots fo him. And he mixes it up really well. Can’t wait!


Janadev Says:

Picks from QF:

Roddick def Cilic in 4
Nadal def Murray in 4
Djoker def Tsonga in 5
Davy def Fedex in 4

SF:

Nadal def Roddick in 4
Davy def Djoker in 4

Final: Nadal def Davy in 4


Janadev Says:

if Federer lost in Qtrs and Djoker wins AO, he will be the No. 1 without being No. 2


madmax Says:

Cilic in 5
rafa in 4
novak in 4
fed in 4

no way fed isnt gonna beat davy.


BigMike Says:

Hewitt needs to retire he will NEVER win any major title again. Federer is so calm he looks unbeatable and on a collision course with Tsonga.


madmax Says:

This is federer we are talking about! C’moon!

Am surprised how many rafa fans out there seem scared of murray – this is rafa we are talking about!

davy is definitely more confident than ever before. This can only be great for the game.

I have always liked davy. very modest, very humble. I think he is favourite to win (more than roger), which I actually find over inflated. (sorry main davy fans).

Federer is still the one to beat. Billie Jean King says so!


Janadev Says:

Well.. Federer is the one to beat..no arguments…

but the which Federer will turn up for Davy’s match is the Big Q…

Also Federer has a record of losing to the same player again and again.. thats the only worrying factor… otherwise no stopping Fedex..


Esquilax Says:

Tsonga and Almagro played an amazing match – what a shame more of it didn’t make it on TV. I can’t wait for the day broadcasters are completely out of the reckoning and we have full web streaming from any court plus full replays on demand!! Wimby is trying it, and it’s pretty good, but they can because they have retained the rights to their vision where-as all the others have sold out (I believe).

Fed, A-Rod, Murray to blow past their opps.

Djorker to default.


madmax Says:

Janadev,

“Also Federer has a record of losing to the same player again and again.. ”

thats the only worrying factor… otherwise no stopping Fedex..

I think you have your facts wrong here.

Federer does NOT lose to players in grand slams tournaments – over and over again as you state – on a regular basis.

We are talking about him already having reached his 23rd consecutive QF, I mean that is awesome!

He has only ever lost to Novak (SF), Rafa (F) and Delpo (Final) of a grand slam. I’d hardly describe that as “over and over” to the same player.

And in any case, novak,rafa and delpo are quality players – it’s not as if he has lost to someone in a GS who is a random.

Federer is out there to win. And he will turn up to the QF’s, the Roger Federer that we know is Grand Slam Final material.


MMT Says:

“Janadev Says: if Federer lost in Qtrs and Djoker wins AO, he will be the No. 1 without being No. 2″

That would be fascinating – you go final (win), final (win), final, QF and lose the #1 ranking to a guy who goes 3rd Rnd, QF, SF and final (win).

I wonder if there will be the same talk of, “Who’s the real #1″ as they have on the women’s side.


MMT Says:

Predictions:

Roddick in 5 over Cilic
Tsonga in 4 over Djokovic
Nadal in 5 over Murray
Davydenko in 4 over Federer


Janadev Says:

MMT,

The No.1 rank determined by how a player performed over 52 weeks; not mere by GS records…

GS records are for making history and comparing history; but No.1 ranking is a different thing altogether…

Thats how it is and how I see…


Ben Pronin Says:

“Fed, A-Rod, Murray to blow past their opps.

Djorker to default.”

I actually laughed out loud when I read this. What?

I’m too biased to make predictions. I think Roddick is going to win but I’d love to see Cilic go all the way. I think Federer will win in 4 or 5 sets. If he goes down 2 sets I’m pretty sure he’ll win the fifth unilke Verdasco. I want Djokovic to win but I just have no idea how he’s playing. Maybe Tsonga will be a little tired. And it’s a really tough call between Murray and Nadal but I’m leaning towards Nadal.

“Also Federer has a record of losing to the same player again and again”

A record? Really? I would say Federer has a habit of beating 99% of the field over and over and over and over and over… and over again.


Ben Pronin Says:

MMT, in my opinion, as long as the number 1 player is CURRENTLY holding a grand slam title, it’s ok. At the end of the year, the rankings generally fix themselves. But if Djokovic won the Australian, then he’d be the best played of the moment which would make it ok if he was number 1.

Back when the ATP still had the race, the AO champ would always be first in the very beginning. Federer won the AO a good amount of times but I loved it when Safin won it and there was a “1″ next to his name. Good times.


Janadev Says:

Ben,

yes its sort of a record…

losing to Nadal, Murray, Davy, lost in two consecutive masters to villie..

Though his record GS is not comparable here, I was referring to the trend..


Ben Pronin Says:

Federer has trouble against certain styles of play. But he hasn’t lost to Davydenko over and over again. He’s lost to him twice. Would you rather beat someone 12 times in a row or 2 times in a row?

Murray and Nadal play that style that bugs Fed but he’s also beaten them a number of times, too. It’s called a rivalry. Has Del Potro beaten Fed over and over again? No. He figured out a winning formula, has the confidence, and has done it only two times. Is he going to beat Fed every time? I’m not Pat Cash so I’m gonna say no. Djokovic has a number of wins over Fed, too. He was 3-2 against him last year. Is that over and over again? These are rivalries.


jane Says:

MMT:

I see you’ve changed you’re predictions from earlier re: Djoko having nothing to worry about with Tsonga. I can see why. Tsonga has toughed out a couple matches here, whereas Djoko really hasn’t had to.

As for the aforementioned number 1 scenario, which I don’t think will happen anyhow, the ATP and WTA need to change their points systems IF they want the number 1 player to be synonymous with the most Grand Slam victories.


Janadev Says:

Ben,

I am not saying Federer record is poor against these guys or he is not going to win against Davy..

I was just stating it was just a proven trend that if Fed loses to player recently, he tends to lose next match(may be more of mental thing than talent ..)

Lets see what happens on Wednesday…


Ben Pronin Says:

Winning your first ever 5 set match 9-7 in the fifth is pretty sweet.


Ben Pronin Says:

Janadev, I can look up a bunch of stats and figures to prove that trend wrong. But instead I’ll just say Fed’s already lost that next match to Davydenko.

Either way I don’t think it matters. Davydenko showed he can get tired pretty quickly and Federer never tires. I think they’ll play a good match but I still favor Federer to come out.


Janadev Says:

Ok..now we will turn our attention to tomorrow’s block buster Andy Vs Rafa…

Can Rafa get his first victory over Andy?? Will Nadal’s win makes Murray to realise his mistake of not going to Doha and by becoming 5th seed athe Open..??

or

Murry gets his win and add salt to Nadal’s wounds..??

Cant wait for the Math to begin…


Cindy_Brady Says:

Djokovic is going to win the title.

He’s had the easiest road and is the least tired. The environmental factors even favor him. It’s not been too hot or windy.

Tsonga barely survived Almagro, a clay court specialist (10-8 in the fifth). How good could his hard court game be at this moment??

If Fed survives Davey, which is a big if, then a fresher Djokovic will be waiting.

The survivor of the bottom half better be prepared for war against Djokovic. He’s coming to win and he’ll be fresher.

Sorry Fed fans, Fed isn’t going to win the AO title this year. The stars just don’t favor him.


Janadev Says:

I mean first victory over a top 10 player…


Ben Pronin Says:

“Can Rafa get his first victory over Andy??”

By “first” do you mean “eighth”?

I don’t think it’s the seeding Murray will be upset about if he loses.

But this would be a big win for Nadal. His first over a top 5 player since Madrid, second over a top 10 player since Madrid.


Janadev Says:

Thats what I mean Ben, apologies for the typos and grammer


Ben Pronin Says:

Who cares if Fed wins the AO or not? Will it stall his claim as an all-time legend? Oh wait he’s already there.

How do you confuse 10-8 with 9-7? Don’t forget Almagro almost took out Nadal in Paris before choking last year. Almagro has posted some decent results on grass, too.

Djokovic being fresh also mean he hasn’t been tested which could bite him in the ass.


andrea Says:

novak certainly has been breezing thru but let’s not forget the perennenial underdog andy murray who has been quietly slaying thru his opponents.

if verdasco was a better player, davy would be out by now. too many doubles, sprayed forehands by the spaniard. davy was slumping a bit in the 4/5 set as well. i don’t see him pulling off beating fed in the next round.

i think nadal’s quarter final match goes to murray.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Ben,

10-8 or 9-7, Whatever. The point is made. Tsonga was pushed to the limit by a clay court player.

Fed fans care if he wins the AO title, that’s who.

Who’s even talking about Federer’s legacy as a legend. I’m just referring to this one event in time. Whether Fed wins the AO or not that isn’t going to diminish his legacy one bit.

And I said, Almagro is a clay court specialist. How would that be surprising he would give Nadal trouble on clay in Paris?

Love how people post irrelevant crap because their favorites aren’t going to win.


Ben Pronin Says:

“Love how people post irrelevant crap because their favorites aren’t going to win.”

Good thing 6 out of the 8 quarterfinalists are my favorites.

I don’t understand. What does Almagro being a clay court specialist have to do with him troubling Nadal not being a surprise? Are you calling Nadal a clay court specialist?

Almagro is a flat hitter and if he’s consistently painting the lines then I don’t see why it’s so hard to believe Tsonga would be pushed. Besides, Tsonga is the type of player to get hot and cold throughout a match. He breezed through the first two sets before stumbling. Who’s to say the same won’t happen against Djokovic?


Gordo Says:

Cindy_Brady Says:
Djokovic is going to win the title.

He’s had the easiest road and is the least tired. The environmental factors even favor him. It’s not been too hot or windy.

Tsonga barely survived Almagro, a clay court specialist (10-8 in the fifth). How good could his hard court game be at this moment??

If Fed survives Davey, which is a big if, then a fresher Djokovic will be waiting.

The survivor of the bottom half better be prepared for war against Djokovic. He’s coming to win and he’ll be fresher.

Sorry Fed fans, Fed isn’t going to win the AO title this year. The stars just don’t favor him.

January 25th, 2010 at 11:09 am

and…

Love how people post irrelevant crap because their favorites aren’t going to win.

January 25th, 2010 at 11:28 am


Cindy_Brady Says:

Ben,

Please, Don’t put words in my mouth.

Almagro’s best results have been on clay, not grass, indoors ,or hard courts. Until he breaks through and does well on surfaces other than clay, and actually wins, he is deemed a clay court specialist whether he hits the ball flat, top spin, or side spin.

Nadal, on the other hand, wins all all surfaces. Just like Federer and Agassi do/did. They are all court players. Not just one trick ponys.

Tsonga’s game is bigger and powerful than Almagro’s by a mile. Bigger serve and ground strokes. He played better two years ago when he reached the final. He was blowing people out, including Nadal who was helpless against him. If he was playing up to that level these days, than Almagro would have been toast. The fact is, he isn’t.

He will be easy pickin’s for Djokovic, mark my words.


Ben Pronin Says:

What if Tsonga comes out and plays the best tennis of his life tomorrow?


Cindy_Brady Says:

Ben Pronin Says:

What if Tsonga comes out and plays the best tennis of his life tomorrow?

Than, I will admit I’m wrong.

But it ain’t gonna happen!


Rick Says:

I had told you guys that, Hewitt would be a walk in the park for Federina Fed Allstop dominates most players from his era. But he doesn’t has the same luck with the young guns! I think Davy has a pretty good chance against him. Or if he is in the semi and get beaten Djokovic again. He could tell the press that, mono is coming back to haunt him! lol


Rick Says:

What’s so big deal for Fed beating Hewitt? Nadal beat him at the French, too! Then he is gone!


Rick Says:

Djokovic has a serious to catpure the his second Aussie Open title here! As for Nadal, he gets beaten by another top 10 player again!


Gordo Says:

Cindy_Brady Says:
Ben Pronin Says:

What if Tsonga comes out and plays the best tennis of his life tomorrow?

Than, I will admit I’m wrong.

But it ain’t gonna happen!

January 25th, 2010 at 11:53 am

===============

What “ain’t gonna happen” – Tsonga playing the best tennis of his life, or you admitting you are wrong?

:)


Cindy_Brady Says:

Djokovic beat Tsonga when Tsonga was at his best in the AO final two years ago.

I can only imagine what he will do to him tomorrow when Tsonga is both tired and not so confident while Djokovic is fresh and confident.

Hewitt plays the same game he’s always played but with a little less foot speed these days. The men’s game has just become more powerful top to bottom that it was while Hewitt was #1.

Hewitt still a solid player, capable of an upset here and there with maximum effort, but not enough game to win 7 grand slam matches in a row in today’s man’s game. Just not enough weapons in his game. And his biggest weapon “speed” somewhat diminished.

But Cheers to shorter/smaller players like Daveydenko, Hewitt, and Chang. Giant killers.


margot Says:

jane, kimmi, huh: let’s hear you singing now..”There’s only ooooonnneeee Andy Murray…..” Did you see the fifth game in the third set when Ansdy broke Isner? A..m…a..zing!
Gordo: agree Murray is playing better this AO than last and what’s more he seems more aggressive.
Daniel: also agree with you, if Andy’s first serve is working OK then Rafa has a fight on his hands!


sar Says:

“Tsonga barely survived Almagro, a clay court specialist (10-8 in the fifth). How good could his hard court game be at this moment??”

Cindy Brady, I never thought of it that way. Yes, he could win this.

“Tsonga has toughed out a couple matches here, whereas Djoko really hasn’t had to.”

Jane, I heard that Tsonga was playing Almagro who had a BROKEN WRIST? He plays a one handed backhand. If this is true, and it took Tsonga all that work to win, maybe Djok really has a chance.


MMT Says:

Jane: With egg on my face, I am reversing my contention that Djokovic wouldn’t have to worry about Tsonga – especially since they both made it through the draw. That said, I think Tsonga is playing pretty well, and winning a 5th set against Almagro may be just the tonic he needs to FINALLY get over his sophomore “slump” – if you can call 2009 a slump for him.

I must also admit that I was surprised by Cilic’s victory over del Potro – in the battle of big big hitters, I figured del Potro was a lock. That said, I’m quite certain Roddick will win – he’s stronger mentally and more resourceful and will present more problems than del Potro did.

Nadal and Murray will be very interesting – but it just so hard to bet against Nadal. The power of this man’s will to win is easy to overestimate, and Murray may in fact have the answer to him…but I wouldn’t/won’t bet on it.

As for Federer and Davydenko – I feel Davydenko is playing better than anyone on tour right now – his 3rd and 4th sets against Verdasco notwithstanding. I think this is finally the tournament where Federer’s semi-final streak comes to an end, and I for one am pulling for Davydenko.

After all the horrible things written about this guy since the ATP and those scoundrels at Bet(un)Fair persecuted this poor guy for what it turns out was talking loud enough for cameras to hear him telling his entourage that he was injured (a non-crime repeated by Caroline Wozniacki at the YEC last year, which also illicited a round of unexpected bets on her to lose).

For that indiscretion, he was subjected to the lengthiest and most intrusive investigation of any player in the history of the ATP (including a demand of the phone records of his wife) which turned up absoutely no evidence against him at all whatsover. If any of those idiots and shysters bothered to check the video tape (which I would think would be a first step into a match-fixing allegation) they would have saved him the humiliation and spurn of the tennis world.

On top of that, along the way, some jerk umpire from Belgium, Jean-Philippe Dercq, decided to take matters into his own hands and penalize Davydenko for a lack of effort in St. Petersburg
in October 2007. And the ATP being shameless charlatans they are, with absolutely no intent to protect their fellow professionals – proceeded to fine him for basically having a bad day. Fortunately, someone had the (uncharacteristically) good sense to reverse that fine on appeal.

I, for one, hope he completes his redemption with a victory in Australia. There’s very little I don’t like about Davydenko – except maybe his choice of color in attire – atrocious. Other than that, I like him.


MMT Says:

One more thing – there’s been a bit of talk about a player having a tougher draw being better preparation for the latter stages of a slam. I don’t know anyone in their right mind would would prefer to have a tougher path to quarters and beyond. There is some truth to the idea that a player would be more fresh, but if Tsonga wants to wins slams, that cannot be an excuse – that he’s tired. That’s just bull….

Nadal played the most gruelling match of the tournament in the semi-final last year, and came back and beat Federer in 5 in the final.

Champions don’t make excuses – only the vanquished do.


jane Says:

MMT, no need for the egg, lol, but I have a good memory.

A question regarding that number 1 scenario, i.e., the number 1 player not holding the most current slams (or in some cases, players who were number 1 before ever having won a slam – Mauresmo, Rios, JJ, Safina), what would you suggest?

I mean this whole “real” business is kind of neither here nor there isn’t it? Quite simply, the number 1 has the most points: it doesn’t mean he or she is the “best player in the world” necessarily. Nor does it mean s/he has the most slams. Moreover, if the ATP/WTA have that system in place, then the players should not bear the pressure due to media/fans/pundits (I thought the pressure via the media Safina had to face was pretty awful). Nadal missed a lot last year due to injuries and so lost points; Fed missed the entire Asian swing due to fatigue (no doubt – two slams and twins!), so they dropped some points while Djok was racking them up. That’s why the current scenario is what it is (and Djok didn’t play any points events pre-AO so he lost points from last year presumably, though not many). I just don’t feel the problem, if there is one, lies with the player being “Real” but it lies with the system not reflecting what people want it to: for e.g., “best” or “most slams”.


jane Says:

sar, you must be joking! How on earth could Nico play with a broken wrist? If you have a link to where you read that, I’d love to see it.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Why do some of you seem to think Djokovic needs to some how “Tough out” wins to better enhance his chances of winning the AO title? Be tested?

Maybe he just is playing better than everyone else is and doesn’t need to. Seem some here are just looking through hopeful rose colored glasses for holes in Djokovic’s chances because Fed, Nadal, Roddick, and Murray all have more obstacles in their way.

I’ll take the man with the freshest legs and most confidence in the semis and finals over a battle tested wreck any day of the week.


Ben Pronin Says:

I would love Djokovic to win the whole thing but I think his weak draw may hurt him.

Jane, it’s true, the number 1 player isn’t always the best. After all, we’re actually in for a treat tomorrow when the number 1 player takes on the best player.


David Says:

Cindy

There’s just not much of a track record of Fed struggling with Davydenko, so I think it’s really stretching it to think Fed’s going to be a battle tested wreck in the semifinals. In fact, there’s more than a decent chance that Djoko will struggle more with Tsonga than Fed does with Davy. As usual, this is Fed’s tournament to lose and it’d very foolish to bet against him.


ThyGodisTennis Says:

Djoko and Murray will have their hands full through the rest of the tournament.

Djoko has not been tested in the sense that his shot making has not been rushed or forced due to is opponents abilities. He has not had anyone countering his offense. He is playing great but has not met with experienced resistence. Same with Murray because Isner really had no plan with those ill timed drop shots.

Djoko and Murray have to game to take it all but I am not convinced Djoko is in the “zone”. We will see soon.


Cindy_Brady Says:

I can’t wait to see the Nadal/Murray showdown. Is it 7:00 PM Auzzie time yet?

I’ve got my popcorn, coffee, and bon bons ready to watch this drama in the wee hours of the morning.

My husband hates hearing tennis at this hour but I threaten him with sex if he doesn’t shut up.

Tennis comes first in my house, and my word is the law.


huh Says:

“Cindy_Brady Says:
Djokovic is going to win the title.

He’s had the easiest road and is the least tired. The environmental factors even favor him. It’s not been too hot or windy.

Tsonga barely survived Almagro, a clay court specialist (10-8 in the fifth). How good could his hard court game be at this moment??

If Fed survives Davey, which is a big if, then a fresher Djokovic will be waiting.

The survivor of the bottom half better be prepared for war against Djokovic. He’s coming to win and he’ll be fresher.

Sorry Fed fans, Fed isn’t going to win the AO title this year. The stars just don’t favor him.”

A mindless post with full of useless content with no logical back-up. So now we know that this mentally unstable person keeps changing her opinions, predictions etc so frequently and so quickly, intersetingly each time claiming as if it’s her final judgement and/or conviction! Seems like she has no option except floating and gloating in her illusory, self-deceptive and imaginary world, albeit a limited one! At the start of the tournament she was screaming and howling that Davy will win the tournament. And now she says Djokovic will do it instead! Indication IMO of mental instabilty sending ample signs of the starting of madness and the consequent probability of heading towards mental asylum.

Secondly she’s displaying mental lapses by stating deliriously and cluelessly that Tsonga beat Almagro 10-8 in the 5th set, whereas the match which just happened a few hours ago ended up with a 9-7 5th set victory of Tsonga. This exposes her inabilty of retaining memory for usual period of time. It’s thus cystal clear that her memory has deteriorated and may further deteriorate at an extremely faster pace, as a result of which she may lose her memory completely. So before it happens, someone needs to take her for a mental check-up in some mental care center.


Joe W Says:

Zoltar the margin prophet predicts:

QF
- Nadal/Murray is, as as they say in Vegas, a “pick em” match
I’ll be rooting for Rafa though as Murray is the biggest horse’s ass on the tour since J McEnroe, with not nearly the talent or accomplishments.
- Fed beats davy in 4, with chances to do it in 3 if he stays focused and confident.
- Novak beats Tsonga in straight sets. He will keep his temper and asthma under control.
- Roddick/Cilic is a “pick em” match too. I like both these guys but will lean towards Andy to pull out a five setter. Andy is lighter, fitter and more match-tough this year – a testament to his work ethic. Cilic wilts in the fifth set.

SF
Fed gets revenge for 2008 and takes out Novak in 3.
Rafa destroys a weary A Rod in 3

Final
Fed manages not to daydream about hoisting another GS trophy, his hair, Lindsay Vonn, which Melbourne restaurant stays open late while managing to maintain his confidence, defeating Rafa in a 5 set thriller (for a change). Although this win reverses Fed’s fifth set win/loss trend against Rafa, this will be his last victory over Rafa in a GS final. Fed will win Wimby one more time (2011) and finish up his career with 17 GS titles. Del Po will end his remarkable run in straight semis, knocking him out in the quarters at RG this year.

On the women’s side, I’ve got Henin/S Williams in the finals with Serena winning is straight sets. Zsu Zsu isn’t quite match-tough enough to beat Serena but she’ll make it a competitive match. (Zsu Zsu defeats Venus in the Wimby final, claiming her first title. This turns out to be Venus’s last appearance at Wimby). Venus announces a career change, moves into the Playboy mansion and becomes Hef’s new “Girl Next Door”

Sorry to see you go and get well soon: Baghdatis, Del Po, Safina, Wozniacki


huh Says:

“Cindy_Brady Says:
Ben,

10-8 or 9-7, Whatever. The point is made. Tsonga was pushed to the limit by a clay court player.

Love how people post irrelevant crap because their favorites aren’t going to win.”

Mental illness is already playing havoc with Cindy Brady and I’m sad about it.

This post further confirms my observation about the state of the mental health of Cindy Brady.Just look as to how she’s unable to decide what she must state here and is confused! She’s unable to come to grasp with the factual correctness of Ben about the match! As she’s seriously mentally challenged, she’s still not accepting her own wrong even when corrected and shown to her and keeps ranting her imaginary 10-8 score and even goes on a rampage against sane persons alleging them of crappy acts. But what can we do? Her condition is responsible for making her insane! Hope for her becoming better.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Huh,

Instead of going out of your way to insult me with your usual desperate stalking tactics, Why not show some intelligence and analyze the tennis for once? That is why we are all here.

How small a man you must be and a terrible life you lead?

I’m embarrassed for you!


huh Says:

It’s so unfortunate, this short memory of Cindy Brady! She is unable to recall as much of a relatively recent incident as the Almagro-Nadal Paris match! She has already forgotten that their match in Paris was on an Indoor HC and not clay. I can’t see her in such a sorry state!


Joe W Says:

America loves an underdog. I’ll take the favorite.

– Coach John Wooden, NCAA Hall of Fame Basketball Coach


Skorocel Says:

Joe W: “Fed manages not to daydream about hoisting another GS trophy, his hair, Lindsay Vonn, which Melbourne restaurant stays open late while managing to maintain his confidence, defeating Rafa in a 5 set thriller (for a change).”

LOL :-) I, for one, certainly wouldn’t be against it!


madmax Says:

Jane,

Sar was right. I watched part of the Nicolas Amalgro match today. He called the trainer out, and had his wrist heavily bandaged – he removed it and it was confirmed that he was playing with a broken wrist. Am sure there will be something on eurosports.yahoo.com about it.

Cindy brady:

Sorry Fed fans, Fed isn’t going to win the AO title this year. The stars just don’t favor him.

Who cares what you think CB? total bulls**t. have you made a phone call to God?

I think it may have been Huh or Ben, who said rather than making pointless comments, support them with reasoned logic. Your posts would then come across as a bit more thoughtful instead of stabs in the dark. It’s probably more wishful thinking on your part.

C’moon Federer! Pull the trigger and fire those shots!


Colin Says:

Joe W, in answer to your polite description of Murray as a horse’s ass, I was wondering what that “W” stands for. Methinks it rhymes with “banker”.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Almagro pushed Nadal during that event but didn’t win. In fact, Nadal didn’t win that master’s indoor event, either. He wasn’t playing well, so it really didn’t matter much that Almagro almost beat him. It doesn’t indicate that somehow, Almago is this magnificent feared hard court player that is a measuring stick on how well the real hard court players are playing.

Huh, It’s so unfortunate. I’ve forgotten more than you’ve ever learned.

Djokovic will win this event. We will see who knows more about tennis and how to read the state of it.

It sure ain’t you, boy!


huh Says:

“Cindy_Brady Says:
Huh,

Instead of going out of your way to insult me with your usual desperate stalking tactics, Why not show some intelligence and analyze the tennis for once? That is why we are all here.”

Just show some class, intelligence and respect to the fellow posters and no one including me will need to hit back! As you’ve time and again resorted to name calling against me(idiot-moron combo, tyrant, bully et al), frequently insulted me with no reason, you should be the last one to preach niceties to me. And forget about giving others advice so long as you don’t follow them. Only of you’d been a little kind towards me, a bit less vindictive (or poison-spouting) towards others, if you’d shown a little understanding of the matches or bloggers, if you’d stopped lieing and avoided putting down players during their misery or targetting same persons constantly without taking fake names like Goat Girl, had you not stated like a coward with the garb name ‘Goat Gal’ that it’s possible to take Serena out of ghetto but not the ghetto out of Serena, then I might have been able to stand you better. But unfortunately, asking an evil person like you to repent or give up her sickening and hateful nature and behaviour is a bit too much! So sorry for you as you’re the most miserable person ever to have posted on this site, not to mention classless one and idiot too!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Madmax,

Oh please!

That is all everyone is doing on here is making educated guesses on who is going to win. Stabs in the dark, if you will. Your opinions are no better than anyone elses, so go suck a lemon! Stop attacking me for putting fourth my opinion.

Sorry that your favorite Federer is going down in flames at the hands of either Daveydenko or Djokovic. His conquer will start with a D, that is for sure.


huh Says:

“Huh, It’s so unfortunate. I’ve forgotten more than you’ve ever learned.”

Stop lieing, will ya?

By the way, I’m not surprised at all seeing the latest garbage from you, this site is full of your filthy stuff and unsuccessful attempts at harasssing and attacking /bullying others. How much taking cheap shots at me will satisfy your moronic fancies? You’ve tried to insult every player and every poster here, but as you’ve miserably failed in your vitriolic tirades, it’s only normal for you to vent out your frustration. You are already sick and your lie and hatred has already taken you to the lowest possible stage in human conduct and there’s none to pity you.


huh Says:

Cindy:

Fed’s already in a high pedestal but the only one who’s gone down is you and you’re continuously tring to sink even lower.


Joe W Says:

Colon – are you serious or just blowing smoke up my a** (rhymes with Bass)


huh Says:

Maxi:

Cut Cindy some slack coz she’s stil learning. ;) I understand her pain and frustration.

Dear Maxi, as you mighta known by now, she’s a miserable memory and people with such bad memory are more often than not known to be very very bad learners. They simply can’t learn more/fast than the average people like us. Thus IMO, we must give Cindy some more time to learn, she needs it.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Huh,

I’m sure Madmax can fight his own battles, for he is more man than you apparently are.

You like picking on defenseless old women for your enjoyment.

Please, stick with the tennis analysis and stop with all this childish harassment. I beg of you. Please, stop it.

Who do you think is going to win?


David Says:

I’ll go with:

Fed d. Davy in 4
Djoko d. Tsonga in 5
Roddick d. Cilic in 4
Murray d. Nadal in 5

Fed d. Djoko in 4
Murray d. Roddick in 4

Fed d. Murray in 4

I don’t like the matchup of Davy or Djoko against Fed. There’s just really nothing either of them do that really bothers Roger that much. Unlike Nadal, they can’t get the ball up really high to his backhand or really attack his slice effectively enough. And neither serves that big that they can reliably avoid being broken at least once a set. So they’re just sort of praying he’ll have a really off day, which isn’t very likely at a Slam, best of five set situation.


Von Says:

Does anyone have an update on Roddick’s knee condition?

Brad Gilbert mentioned that Andy did not show up for practice today and there is concern that he might have tweaked his knee during his match with Gonzalez when he had that spill. Thanks.

_________________
HuH: Hon, don’t bother to fight with the one who is vested with full power, as in having a plenipotentiary license, to insult everyone who is easy target. You’re wasting your time. Save your arguments for more worthwhile posters and/or topics.

She/her aliases, is one of the main reason I haven’t been posting here, and I think it’s best that I continue in my previous vein, as it’s not worth the hassle.


Fot Says:

“Rick Says:
I had told you guys that, Hewitt would be a walk in the park for Federina Fed Allstop dominates most players from his era. But he doesn’t has the same luck with the young guns! I think Davy has a pretty good chance against him.”

Rick, you’re not calling Davydenko a “young gun” are you? He’s from Roger’s era!


huh Says:

“Cindy_Brady Says:
Almagro pushed Nadal during that event but didn’t win. In fact, Nadal didn’t win that master’s indoor event, either. He wasn’t playing well, so it really didn’t matter much that Almagro almost beat him.

It doesn’t indicate that somehow, Almago is this magnificent feared hard court player that is a measuring stick on how well the real hard court players are playing.”

The first point of Cindy is one-sided the way only she coulda presented it, I’m glad. Most people including probably you must be thinking then, despite the ‘Rafa wasn’t playing so well’ stuff that Rafa’d straight-set him in that match, but that wasn’t to be, he surprised by giving Rafa a dogged-challenge, thou Rafa’s class and Almagro’s mental weakness combinedly were the deciding factor in the end. He was playing quite well in that match, it’s difficult to push even a below-par Rafa so much on a hard court for any guy on the tour except of course may be the top 5 or top-10. Credit needs to be given where due instead of dismissing every effort of every player. Rafa still reached the semi there, as I need to remind you, thanks to your poor brain.

The second point however shows lack of observation on your part, about which there’s nothing to be surprised, given the pathetic state of your fantastical mind. Further how usual of you to dismiss the good performance of all players by your derogatory bull#$@^ which is ‘Almago is this magnificent feared hard court player that is a measuring stick on how well the real hard court players are playing.’. But relax, I’ve become used to these histrionics of yours.


huh Says:

“Von says:
HuH: Hon, don’t bother to fight with the one who is vested with full power, as in having a plenipotentiary license, to insult everyone who is easy target. You’re wasting your time. Save your arguments for more worthwhile posters and/or topics.

She/her aliases, is one of the main reason I haven’t been posting here, and I think it’s best that I continue in my previous vein, as it’s not worth the hassle.”

Mrs.Von:

Thanks for your kind suggestion. I would do as you’ve said re: Cindy. But you’ve bought already or not, I mean the goodies (cakes, popcorns) that we’re supposed to enjoy during the Tsonga-Nole match? I have already got nice tea for you, waiting for the match to start! ;) :)

But my last words for Cindy:

I don’t enjoy targetting defenseless old women one bit. But yes, considering your age, I decide to stop. But only one last thing to tell you is :
Act up your age, it’ll be good for you.


huh Says:

Mrs.Von:

Please do keep posting, your views are immensely enjoyable, very distinguished from others and unique. I like you and your posts.


huh Says:

Hi Mrs.Margot!!! :P

I’m already waiting for Muzza’s match to start, and my word of encouragement for Andy Murray is :

ALLEZ MUZZA, ALLEZ, ALLEZ!!!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Von,

I have NO aliases on this or any other site. You provide proof or shut the HELL up. You are so off target here it’s pathetic!

You think I’m the only poster who argues with you and your lunacy? You’re more crazy than I thought, Dear!

BTW, Your favorite Roddick was so lucky to escape the other day. Gonzalez mental break down gave it to Roddick much more than Roddick’s stiff playing did.

I hope Cilic rings his clock!!


Joe W Says:

Hi Von – how have you been? Andy tweaked his knee in his first round match against De Bakker, tumbling to advoid a linesman. He stated that although it scared him, he was fine. The last thing to come back from an injury like that is range of motion and he still has a little progress to make there (I can relate). Hopefully two falls within a week or so won’t be a set back. He’s had a great tourney thus far.

Take care, Joe


huh Says:

For the one who falsely alleged me of picking on defenseless old women for enjoyment, I think right from thr tournament start that Rafa’s the best chance of winning Oz Open, the reason is he seems to me to be playing better HC tennis this year in comparison to what he’d played last year at and upto this point and Fed seems to playing a little less good than last year, moreover none seems to me to be a big big surety to do well at AO 10 except Fed and Rafa, but this year Rafa appears to me having even better edge than 09, but then, only time will tell.


Ra Says:

Don’t know if anyone mentioned yet that Almagro’s broken bone is in the wrist of the arm with which he does NOT hold the racquet.


huh Says:

Mrs.Von:

You need nothing to prove to Cindy. I’m with you on this matter. What is the use of you and me repeatedly state the obvious w.r.t. her? I think we must ignore her, that’s all. She’s an attention seeker and if you or I respond, then she gets what she wants from us(attention i.e.) and revels in it. So we better not answer her posts at all. It’s, as you say, not worth it.


sar Says:

Jane, I found this but last night one of the talking heads also said it during Djok match?
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Broken But Not Beat

In light of Saturday’s withdrawals in Melbourne which accounted for Baghdatis, Youznhy, and Koubek, Spain’s Nicolas Almagro proved that just because a bone was broken, play should not be suspended.

Playing with a broken left wrist, Almagro defeated Columbia’s Alejandro Falla 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

Sustaining the injury earlier in the event, Alamgro has survived in the tournament because he holds a one-handed backhand.

Advancing to his best-ever finish in Australia, Almagro defeated Xavier Malisse and Benjamin Becker during the first two rounds (both in five sets).

Almagro will next face Tsonga in round four.

I guess the “lack of heart” label can finally be removed from Almagro.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/331524-australian-open-dinner-parties-and-playstation-rule-down-under


Cindy_Brady Says:

huh Says:

Mrs.Von:

I think we must ignore her, that’s all.

Thank you sweet Jesus!!!
There is a God after all!!!

Now I can focus my tennis intellect and experience towards the real tennis brains of this site. Those who can relate and understand what I am writing about rather than the childish and immature rantings of a few “Johnny come lately” posters with immature tennis knowledge and no objectivity.

Problem solved!


Duro Says:

Can someone put this Satanic picture of Andre Agassi away, please? With all respect to Andre Agassi… It scares me.


SG Says:

If you can’t hurt Federer, you can’t beat Federer. At least not in a 3 out of 5 set match. Davydenko will have to be more than an excellent retriever if he’s to beat Federer. I’ve been catching some of the commentary about davy ans the’re saying he’s beeing more aggressive. I guess when he plays Fed, we’ll find out just how true this is.


tenisbebe Says:

Von – I heard Brad Gilbert’s comment re: Andy’s non-practice today too. He also mentioned that he asked how the knee was in a post-match interview and Andy replied quickly “Fine”. Frankly I’m very concerned about it during his upcoming match vs Cilic as I’m sure you are too. Hate to say it but in view of this potential hinderance to Andy’s movement, I’m picking the following:

Cilic over Roddick
Djoko over Tsonga (not enough in the tank)
Rafa over Murray
Fed over Davy (just don’t see Davy nerving this out on the big stage court)

We’ll see. Onto the quarters.


sar Says:

tenisbebe, if only your prediction comes true!!
I still want a Nole/Rafa final.


tenisbebe Says:

MMT – Re: Davy & the betting scandal. So, it was determined that he was talking to his box about his injury loud enough for cameras? I didn’t hear this but wondered at the time if it was something just that simple. It’s incredible that he had to endure a year of such intense scrutiny for something that is almost a daily occurrence on the tour.

As for Djoko’s easy/ier draw being a detriment to his match preparedness, I too think this line of thinking is off, particularly in Djoko’s case.


tenisbebe Says:

sar – Good luck to your guy. There are a number of combinations I wouldn’t mind seeing in the final, one of which would be Djoko/Nadal. I wish Roddick would win AO but this knee thing is worrisome.

fyi, I sent you an e-mail re: Indian Wells stuff. Let me know if you didn’t receive it. Hope all is well with you.


paula Says:

Two minutes til tennis! I have Henin and Serena final in my raquest bracket- with serena winning.

On the men’s side, I have Fed beating Murray.


jane Says:

Obviously pretty much all players who get to a grand slam final give their best (or try to – an exception is first time slam finalists, who are sometimes, not always, overawed by the occasion), but if by chance Murray makes it to his second grand slam final here, I think he will do everything he possibly can to win this time, no matter who is across the net.

tenisbebe I agree that there are many combos that would make an interesting final, and I still can’t guess at a winner. Maybe by the time the semis are fitted I’ll have a stronger “spidey” sense about it. But just now, I dunno!


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – yeah, it’s really up for grabs. And all these injuries and withdrawals on both sides of the draw are just bizarre this early in the season. Basically, with the exception of Cilic, none of the remaining guys would be a complete surprise if they won the whole thing.


jane Says:

” Basically, with the exception of Cilic, none of the remaining guys would be a complete surprise if they won the whole thing.”

Well put: this is exactly why it’s tough to predict a winner. Obviously, Fed and Rafa have more experience than all the others at winning slams, Roddick has won one and has plenty of experience in slams finals; Djoko has won one, and Murray and Tsonga have both been in a slam final. I guess that leaves Davy at the least experienced besides Cilic, as Davy has only ever reached semis and Cilic not even that.

I should get to watch Roddick/Cilic, but will have to likely taped Murray/Nadal, much to my chagrin, as I like it live. But you know, I need to sleep now and then. : )


BigMike Says:

Jane

I hope you do get to watch Roddick destroy Cilic it will only take a hour before Marin quits. Roddick vs. Federer final and Andy prevails is what I say.


Kimmi Says:

Yeah justine! If she wins this match, she is in the final…I don’t see any of her semi opponent will beat her.


jane Says:

BigMike, if that comes to pass and Andy R. gets a slam final win over Fed, I will be super happy for him! That would be some “long-time-coming” revenge; and revenge is a dish best serve cold. : ) Four slam finals he’s lost to Fed, plus numerous semis and quarters. Phew. It would be something to see, and you know, I don’t even think Fed would mind so much for some reason. I could be way off there, but I think Fed respects Andy and is fully aware of how many times he’s come close but to no avail – last summer being the most close and most devastating.


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – right and even with Davy as with the least experience deep in GS’s (besides Cilic) it is argued that he’s the best player on the tour over the past few months.

I haven’t gotten much sleep this past week so I need to be in bed at a decent hour and watch the matches on tape. sigh.. can’t get on this sight til after view either as that will spoil it!

The level really picked up in this Henin/Petrova match finally. Some good shotmaking now but Henin’s serving is abysmal so far.


Cindy_Brady Says:

I am very much looking forward to Cilic Destroying Roddick before my very eyes.

It’s going to be delicious!


jane Says:

I see Petrova is finding Justine feisty. She got the break, but can Nadia hold onto it? Henin has been playing a lot of 3 setters!


tenisbebe Says:

Big Mike – hope your prediction comes true! Would love to see Andy get his second well-deserved GS Down Under. Jane, I tend to agree with you that if that came to pass, Roger wouldn’t beat himself up too bad over the loss due to his past drubbing over Roddick, at the very least I would hope so.


Kimmi Says:

he he! So many predictions in here. Lets see who will get it right.


tenisbebe Says:

Cindy_Brady – we are aware you are not Roddick’s biggest fan but no need to stir the pot. For me, the match will be determined by (1) the condition of Roddick’s knee (2) Cilic’s mental toughness. In the past Cilic can fold or go away in the middle stages of a match if he meets with too much resistance. The win over Delpo was a break from that pattern. Remember last year in Dubai vs Djoko? He just went away.


jane Says:

tenisbebe, also errors. Cilic can lapse into spraying those all over the court. Meanwhile, Roddick usually doesn’t have too many.


Kimmi Says:

Let me put my predictions as well. re: Cilic. The way he hang in there with delpo, make me think he is a changed man. Go cilic..


tenisbebe Says:

Errors on the FH, yes well I guess I chalk that up to the mental lapses but it could be a chicken and egg thing. The thing is assuming that Andy’s knee is not bothering him (movement), he’s the steadier player however he definitely will have to step it up in this one & play more aggressively than he has been.


Kimmi Says:

wow! Justine is back to level the second set after being down two breaks.


jane Says:

I was just thinking that Kimmi; Justine is very competitive hey? Such a fighter. And Petrova had been on such a roll, too.


tenisbebe Says:

Justine’s serving better now too. When I struggle with my 1st serve, the rest of my game gets wobbly. Anyway, if she gets thru vs Serena, she’s going to get that 1st serve tightened down.


Kimmi Says:

I don’t think Petrova likes Justine back hand slice..she has a good low slice that drives petrova crazy.


O-Kerr Says:

Federer has looked spectacular in all the matches he’s played, maybe a little less in the first round match. To my eyes, he, as usual, remains the man to beat in a best-of-5 format.
Kolya was a sort of among the front-runners until the last match, but his aura of invincibility has suddenly evaporated. He is reduced to the same ‘o’ Kolya who would wilt at around the quarter. He will very likely meet the same fate.

Djokovic may have had an easy draw, but he got to practice a lot of tennis in a real setting. Yesterday, he played the first two sets as if he were facing a top 5 player. If there was anything worrisome, he let his guard off in the 3rd set. What makes him dangerous in the next round (and thereafter) is he is not mentally drained at all. He has preserved the much-needed mentally energy, upon which his performance largely depends. And, like someone said above, who would want to play 5-setters as a part of prep and waste physical energy when you can get the job done in 3?
The same is true for Murray, who is sort of flying under the radar, which bodes him well. He has yet to drop a shot. Maybe, this is his year.
It’s been a cliche that tenacity and Rafa are synonymous, but that is not all. With each match the Majorcan has steadily improved and looks ready to defend his title at all cost.
Cilic beat Del Potro, albeit ailing, uncharacteristically defensive, and out-of-sort, but Cilic still played an attacking tennis and stayed focused through out. With his all-out offense aided by great service (his 2nd serve is almost as good as his first), Cilic appears determined to go a step further this time, but an Roddick at his best, barring his healthy issue, should be able to stop him. Regardless who comes out of here, the winner of this quarter will run out of gas by the time he plays Rafa or Murray.

I somehow think that the title will stay among the top 4.

—————————————
On a side note,
Is there a difference between the letters C, H, and V (you know who you are), in your personal attack rampage against (each) other posters? Not even of degrees. You are of the same personality type. All the insults you hurl at others apply to yourselves, a mirror-image of your ugly selves. The bitterness you exude turn off many tennis fans as soon as they encounter your rabies-ridden selves spewing your senseless venom. We walk away from the threshold or are reluctant to participate regularly in this forum due to your insanity at full display. Even Rick is better than you in this respect.
Nothing personal against you people, just against what you thrive on, your negativity at the personal level.


blah Says:

two straight unseeded to win two straight slams for the wta? awesome.


Kimmi Says:

The last 3 games from justine was classic..The old world number one justine. Allez! Hope she is back.


andrea Says:

wow. henin took our petrova. i was almost thinking the choke queen had a chance to get to the semis.

cilic and roddick should be a good match.

but damn the time difference for the AO. us west coasters are turning into night owls to get any live night court action.


been there Says:

Seems like Clijsters is not the only come-back queen. Perhaps Ivanovic should take a year’s break and come back?

blah Says:

“two straight unseeded to win two straight slams for the wta. awesome”

True, but I think for players such as Henin, their rankings don’t really matter. Whether ranked 1 or 90..they are the people to beat. Yes, Justine & Clijsters ‘retired’ but the tennis-skills don’t disappear, and if they’ve been training, like Justin, then they should have a good chance.

I remember Serena won AO in ’07 when she was ranked 81 (or something low like that). She’d only played four tournaments in the whole of 06, so her ranking dropped massively. She ended the year ’06 ranked #95, yet still won AO ’07.

So imo, Henin should be ok to go for the big win, especially now that she is fresh before getting into the day-in day-out tour rigours.


Kimo Says:

blah said:

“two straight unseeded to win two straight slams for the wta? awesome.”

It certainly looks like the stars are aligned for Henin in order for that to happen, in order to overshadow the other Belgian (Clijsters) AGAIN by winning her 2nd tournament since unretiring as compared to 3rd tournament for Clijsters.

But Serena stands in her way, and Serena is playing much better imho, but of course, Henin rubs her the wrong way and that might affect her game.

But I’m not sure that having unseeded players blaze through grand slams like it’s the easiest thing in the world is a good thing or the WTA. It makes the tour look week. It only affirms what everyone has been saying in 2009 that women’s tennis is not worth watching.


BigMike Says:

Would you look at the ball toss of Zheng Jie??? WOWZERS!!! Thats a high ball toss ladies and gentlement!!!!


steve Says:

Cilic was and is my pick to make it to the final. That holds regardless of the outcome of Nadal-Murray.

He’s young, his game has come together in the last few months, and he has beaten a Grand Slam champ to come this far. There’s a line from a Jet Li movie that is translated as: “Experience should fear the strength of youth.” That applies here.

Roddick may actually be tougher for him than either Nadal or Murray. He has beaten Murray in a Grand Slam before. As for Nadal, Cilic has the edge from the baseline. His height negates any benefit from Nadal’s spin. Also I think he will seek to attack, mix it up, and come in to net to discompose Nadal.

But ultimately, Cilic’s biggest advantage is that he doesn’t know enough to be afraid and he has absolutely nothing to lose.


tenisbebe Says:

andrea – I hear ya re: the time difference, LOL. Try being in the EST North America – night matches are airing at 3:30am….Aiyiyi, I haven’t gotten any sleep this week so must do so tonight regardless of who is playing.

What a great opportunity for either Kirelenko or Zheng to get to the SF of a major. Think I’m rooting for Maria in this one.


jane Says:

andrea ” us west coasters are turning into night owls to get any live night court action.” Totally! I am a zombie in my 9:30 class, but when I told them I stay up until 2:00 watching tennis they thought it was funny. LOL. Indeed.


Von Says:

tenisbebe: Thanks for verifying that bit on Roddick by Gilbert. I heard it in passing and couldn’t find anything on the ATP website. I hope Roddick is fine and will be able to play very well tonight. Have you heard anything else?

I hope Roddick does not get into long rallies with Cilic as has happened with DelPotro, or else it will become a slug-fest for him and he does not do well in that type of scenario.


jane Says:

I like Zheng, but GO KIRILENKO!! A.k.a. little Maria.


Kimmi Says:

I think Zheng might win this one, she has more penetration on the ball..but I am sure Justine does not care who comes thru…it will be easy picking in the semi!


blah Says:

kimo- well, the tour IS weak, I think everyone knows that, but the addition of Henin and Clijsters certainly made it more watchable. You will certainly never see a match on the wta that was at the quality of the final they played before the AO had either one of them been missing from the tour.


Von Says:

Joe W:

Re: yours @ 4:56 pm, I’m fine, and thanks for asking.

I agree that range of motion takes time to return and it will come back slowly. However, I just wish it didn’t have to be such a problem for Andy at the AO.

Take care Joe, and enjoy the matches when you watch.


BigMike Says:

Maybe this is crazy but can Jennifer Capriati or Mary Pierce ever comeback???

Cilic is dangerous, I respect his game tremendously I just hope tonight is not his night. Let Marin make a run at the French where Andy has no chance of winning. Did’nt Roddick to pretty good though last year at Roland Garros or the year before, I forget.

Any word if John Isner and James Blake will make the trip to Memphis for the Kroger St. Jude for Kids with Cancer tournament??? Roddick is there every year even after losing to Stepanek in the final Andy is still a big part of this community. 2 years ago I collected used raquets and donated them to kids in the innercity and ghettos of Memphis will help from the ATP and local businesses.


jane Says:

been there “Perhaps Ivanovic should take a year’s break and come back?” LOL!! That one was a classic.

Seriously though, Henin has done well. It’s not like she’s had an “easy” draw relatively speaking, though others took out Kim and Sharapova for her.

Zheng is starting stronger here. They’re commenting on how long the players are taking between serves. I definitely noticed that in the match between the two Marias in round 1.


BigMike Says:

Women’s tennis is so unpredictable these days.


blah Says:

I think Roddick’s serve needs to be on fire like it was at times in the gonzo match, but Cilic has long reach and is much stronger(mentally) than Gonzo. I’ve been wondering when or whether Roddick could be as aggressive as he was in Wimbledon against murray and federer. I still think that’s the way he needs to play to win another slam.


Von Says:

BigMike: Andy did well at the FO last year and got to the 4th round, his best result ever.

I admire him for the work he does at Memphis through his foundation. It’s one of the reasons I like the guy so much and would like to see him win another GS. Anyway, here’s hoping …


Kimo Says:

The Australian Open is played in the wrong time zone as far as every country to the west of India is concerned.


Kimo Says:

jane, maybe been there does have a point here. I think the reason Clijsters and Henin retired was just plain old burn-out. Ivanovic certainly looks that way to me. She’s trying too hard to get back to her old self. She should just try to run the course of this slump just like Fed did, or maybe take some time off like Justine and Kim did.

The problem is that if she got burnt-out after being no. 1 for only a couple of weeks, then we have a big problem.


Von Says:

blah: I agree that Roddick’s serve needs to be cracking vs. Cilic and I’d also like to see him play as agressively as he did at Wimby in ’09. I’m hoping Cilic comes out cold and Roddick is on fire.

To me, it appears that Andy has lost some speed on his serve. He very rarely hits anything above 135 MPH. Whatever happenend to 155 MPH? I can only attribute the loss of speed to his abbreviated serve. What do you think?


BigMike Says:

Lets don’t forget either that Roddick has some kind of knee problem stemming from last year. Usually I hear alot of Roddick bashing on the sites I go to it’s nice to have support for a change. Thanks everyone.


jane Says:

Well, little Maria just ain’t doing it tonight. Zheng has been dominating this first set – totally. Didn’t Zheng get to the semis at Wimbledon? Can’t remember, but I think she went deep a couple of years ago.


Von Says:

BigMike: There’s a lot of Roddick bashing on this site also. Most of his fans on this site have disappeared and the few remaining, are lambasted/hated for speaking up.


Kimmi Says:

For me even though I watch some matches in the wee hours of the morning, I get to watch more matches during Ozz open than say European Slams. During wimbledon and RG, I miss most of the live matches during the week while at work…and it sucks.


tenisbebe Says:

I think Stefanki has convinced Andy to take some sizzle off his serve & save that for “must win” points. Typically, you just can’t sustain that level over the course of a long match although Andy has proved that wrong in the past. I noticed during the Gonzo match, Andy’s mph on his 1st serve was dropping about 3-4 mph each set.


blah Says:

Von- I think that was part of the change with Roddick’s game when he developed more of a grinder mindset. He’s focused on making the 1st serve in a spot which will allow him to set up the point. I would think Federer had some part in that as Roddick saw no matter how fast he served Fed could just slice it right back. That’s the only explanation I have because if you go back and watch Roddick’s uso run 03 he was hitting much more aces and winners. I especially remember him doing that against Nalbandian, one of the best returners in the game. Roddick outlasted Gonzo and Gonzo blew up, but I am not sure Cilic is going to do the same. Cilic also has better movement than DelPo, and was actually more aggressive against DelPo than even DelPo himself in their match, which is kind of scary. Roddick needs to either switch it up or hope that Cilic make some ues if he wants to have a good chance to win, imo.


Von Says:

Under Stefanki’s tutelage, Roddick has learnt to become more patient and wait for his opportunities, however, that could be risky at times, as the popints take longer and there’s always the risk of him losing the point, which happens sometimes.


tenisbebe Says:

Big Mike – Yes, we’ve been talking about Andy’s knee problem most of the day. As for bashing well, alot of people only root for sure things & others who have disappointed in the past get bashed. That always says alot more about the small-mindedness of the basher than it does about the athlete.


been there Says:

Jane:
“Didn’t Zheng get to the semis at Wimbledon? Can’t remember, but I think she went deep a couple of years ago.”

Yes – Wimby ’08…lost to Serena. She’s quite a competitor (imo)..sure, she doesn’t have any weapons, but from the matches I’ve watched her play, she clearly gives it her all.

She also has doubles slam finals wins – AO & Wimby ’06, FO semi 06…not to mention many quarters in USO. Not to mention bronze for olympic doubles.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zheng_Jie
(check the right hand corner, below the pic for her records)

So she’s quite a good player..not a Serena or Justin, but also not a complete ‘walk-over’ type of player. I think we’ll have a good match between her & Justin.


jane Says:

Von, P-Mac was saying the other day that he thinks the longer rallies, which he was mostly winning, works against the opponents he’s faced thus far. But that when he is faced with tougher challenges (maybe not including Cilic – not sure?) he’d be better off ending the rallies sooner.

Von, I hope you know that I am kidding here, but I hope Roddick’s knee isn’t having a direct effect on your nervous stomach! : ) : /

Hang in there; Roddick is the player with experience in this match, and he’s a tough cookie too. That said, in all seriousness, I really hope his knee is fine.


Von Says:

blah: Yes, Fed had a lot to do with that change in strategy from Andy. His ace count, without a doubt, has dropped off to be about one-third to what he previously did back in ’03. I’d like to see him get some more aces, though. However, he has a major weapon in his unreturnable first serves, which could be considered an ace.

I don’t want to go through another night similar to his match vs. Gonzo. That was too much of a thrilla for me.


tenisbebe Says:

Von – his return has certainly improved, it used to absolutely suck. But he’s getting older and must mix things up & play the opponent as well as his own game. Before he just played his game regardless of the opponent.


jane Says:

been there, thanks for that info on Zheng; yep she’s good and such a fighter. Shriver just said a while ago, and I couldn’t believe it, something like, “if Zheng wins to play Henin it may be one of the shortest semis we’ve seen.” I guess she doesn’t think it’ll be competitive. But now she just said “I wonder why she’s not a more consistent force.” Sheesh. Also, I had no idea how successful Zheng had been in doubles – wow!


Von Says:

jane: The player ‘Roddick’ is having a direct correlation to my weak stomach period. LOL.

I need someone to hold my hand tonight for sure. Thankfully, I went out to dinner tonight and will be able to watch his match feeling well-nourished/sated. LOL.


blah Says:

one thing is for sure- tonight’s matches will definitely be more entertaining than last night’s. davy-verd’s match was as yucky as a 5set match could be, fed won in a blow out, and though I didn’t see tsong-almagro five setter, it probaby wasn’t as good as either of the two five setters the previous night.


Kimo Says:

blah, I gotta tell you, that fifth set of the Almagro-Tsonga mach was probably the set of the tournament. Both players were hitting ridiculous winners like it was no big deal.


blah Says:

Well, I’ll blame davy and verd- for that then. Their 5 set match was so dull that I couldn’t stay up and wait for the next match to begin. =\


Von Says:

tenisbebe: Andy stated he had to change his whole MO due to the physicality of the game. Previously, he only had to hold serve and allow his opponent to make mistakes, then break, ala Sampras, but that’s not how the cookie crumbles in today’s game. Strategy, placement and movement is the key to winning nowadays.

“As for bashing well, alot of people only root for sure things & others who have disappointed in the past get bashed. That always says alot more about the small-mindedness of the basher than it does about the athlete.”

I see a lot of former Roddick fans, who’ve changed their post names and are supporting other players on this forum when Andy began losing. Some changed to backing Nadal and are now backing DelPotro, when Rafa began losing. A vicious circle. LOL. They’re the ones who are the most small-minded and hate the Roddick fans who are still supporting him.


Von Says:

Kimo: I agree the 5th set of the Tsonga/Almagro match was a fire-cracker. I never knew Almagro could hit the spots so well. I think if a coin were placed at those spots he’d have hit it bulls-eye. LOL.


tenisbebe Says:

Good God! 0-40 and she couldn’t break. And that dropshot was a bad choice…


Kimmi Says:

She is starting to play better Kirilenko, hope it is not too late


jane Says:

tenisbebe, Kirilenko really blew that chance to break back and level it; I agree. Bad choice on the dropper. And now Zheng is going to make sure she finishes it off. Maybe too little too late for Kirilenko.

The upshot is that Roddick/Cilic will be on soon! : /


Kimo Says:

Glad to know we agree on something, Von :)


Kimo Says:

Is it just me or is Roddick not serving at his usual speeds?


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.


madmax Says:

‘Your opinions are no better than anyone elses, so go suck a lemon! Stop attacking me for putting fourth my opinion’.

Cindy_Brady’s opinion above.

This is where you and I differ. Firstly, I am a woman and the name is maxi.

Secondly, I responded to your attack cindy, so try not to reverse the roulette board. I find you a very vicious poster on this forum, with nothing nice to say about federer, roddick, just wishing everyone bad luck. This shows a disintegration in character.

Saying Hi to all federer fans out there, and hoping for a brilliant match tomorrow.

Go Federer!


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