Cilic Chilled; Federer, Murray, Roddick Highlight Sunday at Indian Wells
by Sean Randall | March 14th, 2010, 11:33 am
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Ok, so who’s the idiot who picked Marin Cilic to the Indian Wells Tennis Masters final? Um, that’s me. You can say I trucked a “Peter Bodo” on that one or that I was suffering from a form of “March Madness”. I am stunned and disappointed by the loss, but at least Marin was honest in the post-match presser.

“Well, it’s tough always these Masters tournaments. You have many good players, no easy matches,” said Cilic after getting pounded 7-6, 6-0 by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. “I read on Tennis-X Sean Randall pick me to finals. I mean even from a clown like Randall, that type of extra pressure of having to, well, play well at my age can catch up with you. I mean, it weighed me down because draw was nice like he said. Yeah, well, I hope to better live up to expectations from these media and myself in Miami where I will have the uses of 911 Goran.”

Also yesterday, clothed in his new Dunlop duds, Nikolay Davydenko fought off the hot-handed Ernests Gulbis. An impressive win for the Russian who is still dealing with a bad wrist and now a bad right hamstring.

Rafael Nadal also rolled in his return from injury and Novak Djokovic got skunked in the second but won in the end over Mardy Fish in three. Djokovic’s now gone the distance in six of his last seven matches, and he’s now getting bageled by guys outside the Top 100. Are you convinced this guy’s a No. 1 contender? I’m not.

On the women’s side, as I wrote yesterday you can now officially put Ana Ivanovic on the back of a milk carton. The former No. 1 and 2009 Indian Wells runner-up was bounced by Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-4. I said at the start of the year that the WTA starlet could fall outside of the Top 50 if she doesn’t start winning matches soon. Well, she’s lost five of her last six and the result is that she’s now officially out of the Top 50. You have to wonder, How low can she go?

Top seeded Sveta Kuznetsova also got dropped by Carla Suarez-Navarro in three. With the upsets to Sveta and Justine I think it’s safe to say Kim Clijsters is a good bet to walk away with her third IW title six days from now. In fact they should just stop the tournament and give her the title right now.

Moving on to today’s card. Roger Federer makes his long-awaited return. The two Andys, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray, are also in action, plus in what might be the best match of the day, James Blake and David Ferrer will battle. And Nadal is also back for some doubles play – the knees must be good, no?

I will be interested to see how Federer performs. I know it was all in good fun (sort of), but Roger really didn’t look too good Friday night. And after 40 days off some rust shouldn’t be a surprise. So if Victor Hanescu can have a big serving day and push Roger to a couple tiebreaks anything’s possible, especially in the breezy desert. Fed is 11-0 in sets and 4-0 overall against big Romanian.

I also think Zie Zheng could upset Maria Sharapova. Otherwise the top plays should have good days today.

As for the Hit for Haiti fiasco Friday night, it was fun, then awkward and then disappointing from a tennis perspective. The event was successful for the cause and for the $1 million plus money it raised for Haitian relief efforts, but the takeaway was unfortunately all the bad blood bubbling up between Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.

The showman Agassi, so accustomed to bringing down the house, this time brought down the event with his endless stream of banter, his low-brow jokes and his repeated mocking of his chief rival, Sampras. Agassi of course is highly, and rightfully, praised for running a school where he teaches kids respect, honor and class. But it sounds like the master needs to enroll in his own school and learn some things. Let’s just hope Federer-Nadal doesn’t dissolve to this level some day.


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257 Comments for Cilic Chilled; Federer, Murray, Roddick Highlight Sunday at Indian Wells

blank Says:

Cilic’s reference to Tennis-X – is that real? lol


O-Kerr Says:

Not only Djokovic’s gone the distance in 6 of his last 7 matches, he also has not beaten anyone from top 10 since London. Actually, you can argue that he does not have a single win over a healthy top tenner since Basel last year. He barely won Dubai, escaping from the brink of losses each time. Now he gets bageled by a player who’s outside the Top 100. I don’t think any rational mind is convinced this guy’s a No. 1 stuff AT THIS MOMENT. I still give him he is playing like a top 20. His fans can only hope he will turn this around. I think his potential is misdirected under the tutelage of Todd Martin. He needs a baseline coach, not S&V coach. He may have to eventually fix his serve, but I think that’s secondary. Primarily he needs to retrieve and bolster his ground game. Like Andre’s father used to say, return the damn ball on the rise quickly with all your might and precision.


blank Says:

I wonder if Todd Martin is any good as a coach. Djoko is No. 2 in the world because of the results of Nadal and Murray, and not because of any improvements in his game. If at all, his confidence is just going in the wrong direction.


jane Says:

” He needs a baseline coach, not S&V coach. ” Yes, this may be the thing.

However, what’s this stuff about Fish and “outside the top 100″?? : ? I think people are underestimating Fish. I am not saying Nole should’ve snacked on a bagel between sets, by any means. However, are we forgetting that Fish beat Fed here two years ago, something like 6-2, 6-3? And he was in the finals then, ranked what #92 or 3? That he won the doubles title here last year? Is Mardy not the guy too who, in 2008, when Rafa was in top form, took the first set from him at the USO 6-3? He was in the semis in Sydney and Del Ray already this year, so he is not too bad of a player.

Sean, sometimes I think you smile at the opportunities to say negative stuff about Novak! : ) But come on, when Fish beat Fed you said he played “out of his mind” even though he got 34% first serves in during that match. I just saying … Fish IS a good player and he can pose a threat, especially in early rounds and in USA events.

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2008-03-22/404.php

But I appreciated your self-deprecating humour re: Cilic and his “interview”. Ha ha.


OllyK Says:

“Not only Djokovic’s gone the distance in 6 of his last 7 matches, he also has not beaten anyone from top 10 since London. Actually, you can argue that he does not have a single win over a healthy top tenner since Basel last year.”

..and who is guilty for that?! Top players are not playing or they are injured or they are out of tourneys before him (does that show us that they are obviously worse players than him?!). Ok, AO is different story, but he would have beaten Tsonga if he was feeling ok till the end, and we all know that.
I don’t like Todd Martin, too. He only brought confusion to Noles game. He lost his identity.


jane Says:

Hi blank: ” No. 2 in the world because of the results of Nadal and Murray,” IN PART, yes. But had Novak not had a consistent year last year, reaching the QFs or better in all events he entered, and finishing with a few titles, then he wouldn’t be #2. So, it does work both ways. I am losing confidence in Martin too. At first I thought he’d be good, with his calm demeanor etc, but I don’t know anymore. Seems to have helped a bit with the net game, but the serve is just whacked. : /


Kimmi Says:

” Ok, AO is different story, but he would have beaten Tsonga if he was feeling ok till the end, and we all know that.”

Ollyk, these are all specilations, he lost that match.

Nadal said he would have beaten murray too if he was not injured..huh? same excuses!

Lets just accept he lost the match, hope next time when they play together he can avange his loss.


Kimmi Says:

contador, my fellow tennis junkie. Are you watching the matches today? Feddy bear is on today..needs to send him good vibes!


jane Says:

Kimmi thanks for the Q&A with Murray! I never pegged him for a guy driving at red Ferrari! But then again, I never knew he’d be addicted to playstation either. ;) It’s a good interview; he makes intelligent comments about how careful one has to be with the press, and how he did fight in Dubai but he just lost. Kudos to him! Hope he and Roddick have good matches today.


Kimmi Says:

Red Ferrari..Yowza! not speeding though!

Great match Baghdatis and Clement. Tsonga under control so far!

and Tipsa has just retired….


blank Says:

Hi Jane – I agree. Novak is No. 2 because he has had consistent results and I didn’t mean to belittle that fact. I stressed it to make a point about Todd Martin, who I believe is not going to get Novak anywhere in the near/long term. He has all the talent in the world to be the best, but the only thing holding him up is his occasional lack of belief. That’s the one thing that separates him from Nadal and Federer.

Btw, is TSN reverting back to it’s regular strategy of showing delayed telecasts? This is just sad.


O-Kerr Says:

Let me respond to Jane.
First I have been a critique of his change of style. I think this is my 4th or 5th post on this topic. That change has taken a toll on Novak’s overall strength. That’s all I am saying.
The numbers and his future rankings that I inserted are in my last 2 posts are exaggerated, I admit, an expression of wanting more from a top player.
Let me add and highlight a few more things.

Improvement in his serve will only solve the problem partially.
He should stick with his baseline game. When he was rehearsing to play differently in earlier matches at AO, he could not rely on his drop volleys against a tougher opponent and could not play his baseline game with the same accuracy and pace to Tsonga, who beat him fair and square from baseline. That should have been a moment of awakening. Instead of breaking his head into improving serve, which is the hardest thing to achieve, he should focus on his strength areas, the areas that he can surpass all others.
Like I said, he has to reduce his response time, which has been affected by his NEW dependence on slice/drop volley, and not allow opponents enough time to position.
As to your recounting of his records, etc. of the 2nd half of last year and beginning of this year, I would say Novak is not competing with Davydenko’s goal. Rafa raised the bar high for No. 2, and Novak has the burden to fulfill that expectation, and his aim of reaching No. 1 is not gonna be materialized if he is content with bettering Davydenko’s results (I am counting here post-USO results of both players).
As you and others have admitted he is not currently headed into the right direction, and getting bageled by Fish or any other player further attests to that. That’s all Sean and I are saying, if I understood him correctly.
Cheers.


jane Says:

Cheers to O-Kerr and blank for your replies. I pretty much agree with both of you guys. O-Kerr, it’s very true that Novak needs to step in and take the ball early like he used to do on the baseline in the past. He should re-watch tapes of himself playing in 2008 AO, and then he will see that he had it all right then and there. Well, I guess it’s become a “hope for the best” situation with Novak now. My fingers are crossed that he will turn it around, but thinking of the immediate future, Kohls next round won’t be easy. He’s one who can definitely stage upsets.


Kimmi Says:

Murray serving 37% in the opening set, very bad!


thetennisguy Says:

TC just reported that Davydenko is out with a broken wrist. He may be out for a few month. Amazing he beat Gulbis with a broken wrist. He’s been having problems with the wrist for a while and evidently it finally was diagnosed as broken (stress fracture?). Too bad for Nikolai. Hope he heals completely and gets back on tour ASAP.


Kimmi Says:

So, he did all those tests since during davis cup and they could not see this? they allowed him to play as everything is OK…I am no doctor but is the stress fracture difficult to see? bad luck for Davy!


Daniel Says:

A lot of great rallies between Murray and Seppi, excelent level!


steve Says:

The guy just defended a title for the first time, he’s world #2, and from the talk around here you’d think his career was over.

Often when these guys break through they’re young and don’t know their limits, so they play at an abnormally high level, overwhelming their opponents with sheer power. That isn’t sustainable, and they crash to earth because they end up overexerting themselves and exhausting their bodies.

It happened to Djokovic, it’s happening to Del Potro too.

Federer and Nadal are the only two players who were able to sustain a consistently high level for a long time after breaking through. And even Nadal is more of an example of the rule than an exception to it, because he ignored the warning signs and kept pushing his body beyond its limits, and now he’s done grave damage to himself and seriously hindered his career.

After losing Madrid, I think Djokovic felt he had hit a wall. He slugged from the baseline for over four hours, had match points, and still came away empty-handed. And it was so exhausting that it affected him at RG.

So playing his “usual baseline game” just didn’t cut it against top opponents, at least not if he wanted to win big titles on clay. Not only was it not enough to win, the effort required tired him out and hindered his performance.

Clearly what he was doing wasn’t working, so he decided to try something new. That’s the rational thing to do.

Maybe he’ll decide the new thing isn’t going to work, but I’m sure he’s smart enough to realize that.

He didn’t have the best grass season last year, but I think that was due more to Haas playing brilliantly than anything else. In the fall hard court season he made the USO SF (for the third straight year, mind you) and went on a tear, winning three titles. So I don’t think he’s doing too bad.

I think he’ll have a solid clay season this year.


stu Says:

Hard luck for Davy…three months out is a long time especially when you are in great form otherwise…


stu Says:

reg Muzza – here’s someone who is playing like a top 5 player should, even when his serve is not working!


Sean Randall Says:

Nice doubles win for Nadal.


jane Says:

Thanks for the sensible input on Djoko steve; I enjoyed reading your post and I do hope you’re right that he’ll figure out how best to proceed with his game plan, and that he’ll have a solid clay season this year.


jane Says:

Alright Murray – good win. Looks like your man Monfils is cruising Sean.


stu Says:

I agree with you for the most part, steve. And of course its great that he acknowledges the flaws in his game and tries to fix them. I just wish his “try something new” periods didn’t last through multiple tournaments tho :).

But what do I know – the closest I have ever come to playing professional tennis was the lone lesson I took back in 1994!


Nina Says:

As much as I’m a fan of Djoko, he’s a puzzle these days. How can you pass from being 6-1 to 0-6? Obviously something’s wrong with him, but I don’t think it’s the end of the world. He will fix it. Go Nole!


sam Says:

What time is federer’s match?


Kimmi Says:

Monfils from 6-1 in the first set to about to lose the match to Simon Greul..who beat gasquet btw!! well well!!


Kimmi Says:

sam, federer match following Sharapova.

Sharapova lost the first set to Zheng btw..


NELTA Says:

Fed is on center court after the Sharapova match is over.


Sean Randall Says:

NCAA selection show “time out” from tennis is over – Kentucky/Kansas final?

I hope Zheng can finish the job here so Fed gets on ASAP! New HBO series “The Pacific” debuts tonight.

Monfils about to go down. The guy is so flaky!


sam Says:

Thanks Kimmi & Nelta.


Kimmi Says:

Monfils out

Karlovic out

Soderling thru


OllyK Says:

Congrats to Murray fans!! I didn’t watch the match but I can see that he played well (based on your posts).


Von Says:

Murray played very well, and it seems as though he’s now back on track.


Von Says:

OllyK: “I don’t like Todd Martin, too. He only brought confusion to Noles game. He lost his identity.”

When Djokovic hired Todd Martin, my question was: to do what? I hate to say this, but Todd Martin was never a dynamo in tennis terms, nor can he be considered to be a fountain of knowledge, or one who racked up several trophies. One positive from all of this though, he might be useful to Djokovic on clay, as he was coached for a period of time by Higueras (the same one who coached Fed for a few months) to improve his game on clay. Therefore, that could pay off dividends when the clay season rolls around. But, there’s a but, Martin never had to deal with a plyer named Nadal on clay.

I remember saying to a friend a few months ago that if Djokovic does not change his ball toss and serve he could eventually develop severe shoulder issues. He has already developed some psychological issues when serving with the double-faults, and if the physical issues take root, then he’ll have a huge problem to deal with long-term.


Kimmi Says:

Murray served poorly in the first set, 37% first serve…and was broken twice by Seppi hmmmm!!i don’t know how he won that set but he did..a good returner would have given him more problems imo. He served better in the second..but still not sharp, he made few bad UE. Anyways he won the match but needs another gear to bring his AO form back. Gooo Murray!


NELTA Says:

Nole had 9 double faults and 2 aces. His 1st serve percentage was about 50%. I watched the match and Fish was able to put in play almost every serve. The only way a 50% 1st serve is acceptable is if you hit a lot of aces. He needs to start serving more like Nadal who was at 75% 1st serve. It isn’t luck that 75% of his 1st serves go in. It is part of his strategy not to give anything away or give too many opportunities for his opponent to attack his 2nd serve. He mixes up speeds and spins on the 1st serve to keep the % high. He also serves into the body frequently.


Kimmi Says:

talking about double faults, sharapova hits 14 so far.


Kimmi Says:

OK federer now. That was a long wait. Eventually Zheng beats Sharapova


OllyK Says:

Von, when Nole said he would like to improve his S&V game, I knew it would be long and (psychically)painful (but not this painful) process. It is like you are changing sth from its roots. Not easy thing to do. But, I thought…ok, Noles dream is to win Wimbledon, and he can’t do that without good S&V game, that is why he hired Todd. Ok, Wimbldon is still far away but I haven’t seen one single improvement in his game yet. That is why I’m angry and frustrated. And now, we don’t see new better Nole nor we see good old one..I hope he’ll wake up soon and bring old Nole back! S&V game is just not for him, I think.


OllyK Says:

And Kimmi, at least Andy wasn’t bagelled. And he won in 2 sets. He is just fine, trust me! :)


Kimmi Says:

ollyk, Novak was bageled but he won the match and thats is what matters. he has another opportunity to play..next match different day, diffrent opponent.

Yay..the maestro is on court..c’mooon!!


mem Says:

NELTA, did you mean to say djokovic needs to start serving like nadal? are you sure you meant rafa nadal? weren’t you one of the ones who said nadal is not at that level anymore! i think you should be recommending djokovic to serve more like roger! why would djokovic want to copy anything from a loser like rafa? roger is the one with the great consistent serve, and all the right shots, not nadal! he should study some film of roger! your comments confused me!


Kimmi Says:

hahaha! mem..you always like to bring Roger/rafa stuff lol


contador Says:

Hi Kimmi!

made it home in time for federer and roddick later.
my stream isn’t all that clear but i like what i see so far.

i missed some great matches today. haven’t read through the threads.

yay soda!


Kimmi Says:

conty..federer is soooooo gooood so far!


contador Says:

yeah. i think. love the red and black too

party music on ….”roxanne” ???? love it.

don’t lose focus….ack…..drop shot into net, fed. stop that.

we saw what happened to nolee in the 2nd set.

this isn’t over till it’s over.


Kimmi Says:

yap..i know. no losing focus!!


Kimmi Says:

contador..I think he is still in the AO mode. the BH is good, serve is good..everything is good so far!


Von Says:

OllyK:

Didn’t Djoko hire Woodforde to help with his S&V game? I thought he did very well under Woodforde’s tutelage, and his net game improved.

As far as winning Wimby using S&V, I don’t think that will happen, as S&V is a thing of the past. Not even Sampras could win Wimby with the present grass courts at Wimby. That said, working with Todd Martin for just that one strategy of S&V, is IMO probably a waste of time. However, I’m only a tennis fan, and I could be way off mark here.


contador Says:

wow…love how fed is playing. forehand looks sharp, kimmi.

first serve could be better. but he doesn’t need it at the moment. overall…great, just peeechy!


jane Says:

The thing about Rafa’s serve is that it is so consistently consistent; it’s not a weapon per se (like Fed’s or Roddick’s) but it is reliable! Extremely reliable. And that is precisely what Novak needs right now – something reliable. If only for the sake of holding off the gray hairs from sprouting on my head. LOL. Seriously, though. I don’t even care if Novak’s serve is a weapon right now. As long as he’s not hitting more double faults than aces every match. He needs to be able to feel more confident during his service games so he can go for it in his return games, which he’s very good at. That’s all.


jane Says:

Fed has a pretty excellent record versus Hanescu; I think he’ll be through easily. : )


NELTA Says:

Hi Mem,

I have the utmost respect for Nadal and never made a comment about him being washed up. I mentioned his short grabbing the other day, but that was in response to a Nadal fan calling Fed names. For some reason I felt like slinging some mud back at him that day, but it’s not something I normally do. That poster also said Nadal would win the 3 remaining majors this year which I said was not realistic in my opinion. I think he has a very good chance of winning the French, but I’m not making any predictions beyond that. Let’s see how everyone is playing over the next few months.


contador Says:

well we never know, Jane. I thought there would be absolutely no match at all for nolee last night after the first set….

fed can go ‘walk-about too’

tho he’s just looking mahhhhvelllous!


NELTA Says:

That’s exactly my point Jane. Look at some of the tournament match stats from guys who have average serves like Robredo and Ferrero. They have a good 1st serve % and a few more aces then double faults. They may not be weapons, but they aren’t giving points away.


Kimmi Says:

contador, a little problem there but brushing it off quickly


contador Says:

oops…..i posted a match comment on wrong thread.

c’mon fed, i said, get this over in 2!


mem Says:

NELTA, i still say djokovic should study roger, not nadal! you can’t have it both ways, if nadal doesn’t have anything to offer, then there’s nothing for novak to copy!

kimmi, no, i don’t thrive on mentioning roger, not at all! just so happened the comments led to it! i’m quick to remind fans of contradictory comments!


contador Says:

well, yeah. Kimmi, looks like fed is in AO mode.

break chance flubbed again tho….c;mon.


Kimmi Says:

bad FH misses from Roger there. :( c’mon


contador Says:

double faults.

break chance vic

c’mon rog!


contador Says:

vic’s gonna break here. kimmi!

rog losing his edge….ackkk.


Kimmi Says:

c’mooon roger, how many break points


Kimmi Says:

No challenges left..c’moon Roger!


contador Says:

vic broke. vic’s gonna get too much confidence going unless fed starts playing like he did at the AO


Kimmi Says:

he is missing now contador..c’mooon


contador Says:

eeegads!

all the UE’s from fed and vic has his hold.


contador Says:

Ernie took a set off rog in doha, Kimmi.


jane Says:

Okay conty; you were right. Fed *may* need 3 sets to finish tonight.

On another note, wow, look at how James Blake cruised past Ferrer in the first set. I wonder what Blake will achieve this year? I know he has a new coach and he sure looked good versus Delpo at the AO.


contador Says:

deuce. geeeez roger


Kimmi Says:

hanescu is turning the page here contador


contador Says:

okay , Jane i am nervous now. not enjoying this.

like nolee last night


contador Says:

hanescu serving for 2nd set.


Kimmi Says:

soo close that game..hanescu to serve for the set!! apparently hanescu has NEVER won a set off fed in 4 meetings


contador Says:

yeah and he’s thinking he’s benneteau about now.


jane Says:

Fed’ll break back here.


Kimmi Says:

breeak!! Oh God..OK Hold here


contador Says:

phhhhew! * heavy sigh*

now, bring out a serve weapon, if you have it rog. whatever, just hold serve, puhleese.


Kimmi Says:

Hanescu attacking second serves…ouch!!


contador Says:

good god. it’s too close for comfort, this 2nd set. but fed got that hold on a great first serve, finally


Kimmi Says:

Ok..fed needs to take it to the tiebreak!! hanescu playing very well today..great to see!


contador Says:

yep, vic looks puffed up, walking like benny the fed killer.

come on federer. giving me a headache here.


NELTA Says:

You love to instigate Mem. I never said Nadal has nothing to offer. Jane understood my post and elaborated on it nicely.


jane Says:

It’s just like Kimmi said last night: ” Its not easy for these guys to beat top players, they get too tight.” Most definitely that’s true. I don’t know if Kimmi would classify Hanescu getting broken there when he had a chance to serve out the set “choking” like she considered Fish “choking” last night but either way it shows one thing. There’s often not THAT much separating the top guys from some of the others, especially in the early rounds.


Kimmi Says:

maybe part choking too jane, hanescu is definetly not choking now..he is swinging those BH..C’MOON ROG


contador Says:

yours is a logical, voice of reason, Jane.

there isn’t much separating them.

vic’s gonna win this tiebreak


Kimmi Says:

Lets see if he can choke here…


jane Says:

Fed could still close it out in 2 sets. Either way, like you said about Novak last night contador, Fed will NOT lose this match.


contador Says:

this is going to a decider. just look at how vic is going for his shots. great backhands, i must admit.

well, roger deserves to go to miami with EG and Cillic, if he can’t play like world #1.


Kimmi Says:

that FH there..he got tight, everything was open for him. Anyways, Rog to serve now!


contador Says:

sorry Kimmi and Jane. this is where i have to go eat ice cream…

i know i’m a baby.

be back in awhile. my night is ….ruined.


Kimmi Says:

He is playing well contador..hanescu is just very good in this set. He is now going to get a lot of confidence in the decider lets see.

jane, that 3rd game when Novak broke fish in the third set..fish did easy errors..I don’t know if you watched that game. there was makable smash to the net, makable BH to the net (the ball was so close to the net waiting to be as a winner) and a double fault..what do you call that?


jane Says:

contador, I empathize, but it’s not over! Fed will win it, I am sure; he’s just rusty from not playing for a while. He’s up a break in the 3rd early (just like Nole last night was). Enjoy your ice cream anyhow. : )

Blake did great to take out Ferrer rather easily; nice win for James!

I should also say, nice win for Almagro, who took out Dr.Ivo. He played so well at the AO, Nico, that’d be good to see him build on that. The guy has a great all-round game imo.


jane Says:

Kimmi, I know what you’re saying, but I also think Hanescu could’ve served out the second set. I thought it was clear he got tight. Heck, he almost closed it on a double break. But he got over-excited. And he’s collapsing now, right on cue, just like Fish did last night. (No I didn’t watch how Novak got the break, but the point is, given the way Mardy played in the 2nd set, he could’ve come back. But once the top guys get a lead, like Roger has now, then they run away with it, take a strangle-hold).


Kimmi Says:

hanescu is gone off the boil a little in the begining of the third set…


jane Says:

He experienced a let-down after the tiebreak in the second, but Fed knows from experience, that’s precisely when to pounce, at the beginning of the next set. Which he did!

Of the top guys I’ve seen so far, Rafa and Murray look strongest (because although Murray didn’t serve great, he looked sharp otherwise). I think Rafa has a good shot at defending his title here.


Kimmi Says:

Yes, agree jane..also its difficult for these guys to bring their best game the whole match..hanescu probably spent so much energy to match federer in that 2nd set..same as Fish yesterday, he could not sustain the same serving like in the 2nd set.


Kimmi Says:

All that said, the match is not over yet..I hope federer wins this because hanescu can come back


Kimmi Says:

OK..now the match almost over..can hanescu come back here?


mem Says:

NELTA, i call it like it is! if you call it instigating, so be it!


contador Says:

i really love you guys, Kimmi and Jane, seriously.

i did go have a piece of chocolate cake. yep i make a killer cake, girls and boys.

whilst i was comforting my self back to reality, i thought. oh well, ya know federer might lose. but he has won so much and really, i wouldn’t be surprised if big vic won. to beat federer, like it was to benny, would be like winning a slam!!

laso thought how i would actually like to have EG beat fed. What a boost! maybe ernie would believe in his god given talent and forget about anything but tennis!

besides, i have not picked fed to win this.
now i feel foolish…..fed won and i missed it!

but i thank-you for filling me in, really do.

now i can sit back, relax and watch the roddick match.

ahhhhh nice. all better now.


Gannu Says:

Kimmi other rog fans congrats our boy won.,,

Kimmi can u give an assesment of how feddy bear played today.. couldnt watch the entire match as i was in office and whenever i saw him, he started losing.. iam very superstitious.. so when is stopped watching rog won easily the third set ;-)

So how did out boy play? Chances of hime going all the way at this moment?


Kimmi Says:

contador, do you see roger collecting his award? Good job!


Kimmi Says:

s/b *AWARDS*


jane Says:

He won conty and Kimmi – told ya. ; ) Glad to hear you had some killer chocolate cake contador.


contador Says:

i still am going with NOLEE for the title. however i think realistically, the way my two faves have played, it’s not looking the best for roger or nolee.

probably rafa can defend his title. he has the toughest draw imo. but if he conquers it…he deserves the win….and it’s been a long time for rafa, since a big win.

or murray…same situation. needs the win here for his confidence. he’s due to comeback after that AO loss.

hard to choose and that makes some great tennis!


Kimmi Says:

gannu, he was Good in the first set but then Hanescu I thought was a little slow..he seem to start picking up his game in the 2nd set. He went shot for shot with federer, broke him eventually after federer saving like 4 break points. But hanescu could not serve for the set, he was a little tight I thought and federer knew when to pounce. Third set was all federer like you saw it.

I thought all in all he played well..maybe a little rusty here and there, but with more matches hopefulyy he can go all the way..


contador Says:

too many ugly unnecessary UE’s in the second. sloppy tennis after that great first set, Kimmi. what a wus i am to miss the decider.

grow up cont, right?


Kimmi Says:

BTW gannu, I forgot to say hanescu played excellent tiebreak. BH was clicking very well..few clean winners off federer second serve.


Kimmi Says:

contador, I was trying to summarize the match very quickly but maybe I missed most of it worrying about those missed FH..:)


contador Says:

yeah, and he looked all confident…..for all too long. not that i have anything against big vic.

what a trophy for him had he beat fed!


contador Says:

I make it from scratch. it’s great Jane, but shoulda just had a tall glass of alka seltzer.


Ezorra Says:

OMG! I know this is so outdated but I’ve to say this anyway coz I just went back from holiday and have no opportunity to watch tennis for quite sometimes…

Nadal, what were you thinking??? People don’t wear WAFFLES! We eat them! Sheesh…


O-Kerr Says:

I found Roger supremely good. Though he lost the 2nd set, there was not a moment I had doubt he would not win the match. Excellent movement, both forehand and backhand clicking, 60% serve in the third set, it was a overall a good practice match for Roger, especially first and 3rd sets.


contador Says:

hahahaaaaa, Ezorra. rafa was stylish in waffles or mismatched grunge. doesn’t matter.

camera is on mrs roddick…brooklyn, smokin hot!


contador Says:

okay, O-Kerr. how nice for you. but ever since the benneteau incident in paris….


Kimmi Says:

Did Lu played Roddick in memphis? let me check…yes he did. Roddick won 7-6, 6-4. So I we going to see another tie break?


Kimmi Says:

should be “so are we…”


jane Says:

contador, yep, Brooklyn’s hair looks nice like that. Kimmi, I was wondering who this Lu fellow is; I don’t recall seeing him before. I must’ve missed that memphis match. In any case, Andy seems to have a good handle on things thus far.


contador Says:

knew i what meant you, Kimmi, lol…hard to watch, type, make a coherent post.

andy’s shoulder must be okay


contador Says:

Lu was RF’s first round wimbles opponent last summer. that’s how i know him. he had style, i thought. nice grass game.

what’s his current rank? Kimmi?


Kimmi Says:

I know him jane because he beat Murray in the olumpics..ouch!! also he played federer wimbledon 09 1st round and he took federer to a tie break I think or maybe 7-5..he beat nalbandian too in USO 08 I think…he can play some good shots.


Kimmi Says:

ranking is 103 at the mo.


contador Says:

he’s (Lu) speedy and is a creative shotmaker…what i remember from watching him play fed.

maybe he can get the 2nd set off roddick. now i want a tennis match-3 sets.


Kimmi Says:

No, i was wrong, he beat nalbandian in AO 09.


Kimmi Says:

He is got some good wins but he is not making progress in his ranking…Lu. No tie break in this match I reckon!


contador Says:

so…how will RF fare against baghdatis? hm?


contador Says:

ha-ha. roddick wastes no time serving. opposite of rafa, delPo


Kimmi Says:

I watched baggy match today..he has no chance against the maestro….I hope!


Kimmi Says:

contador/jane time for me to go to bed I think. Its midnight here and tomorrow early in the morning.

Enjoy the matches girls…hope to chat with ya tomorrow!


contador Says:

“…i hope!”

yeeah, i hope.

atp profile says Lu is 5’11″. doesn’t look that tall.

i always think of davy at 5’10. what a talent he is! and it’s really too bad about his wrist. so much for davy’s year. broken wrist? i imagine that’s gonna take awhile.

and poor haas. always an injury for him. hip surgery this time.

nice volley shot from Lu. and another….hot shot Lu


contador Says:

night Kimmi. always a pleasure.

i have an early one too. but i think you are 2 hrs ahead of me.

i’ll watch this one for you. mm-kay.


Kimmi Says:

2 hrs earlier than me..you are so luck this week. :)

Ok watch for me and Good luck to Roddick and Lu. nite!!


contador Says:

has roddick put the weight back on? Jane? you watching?

i think he has.


Michael Says:

Mr Randall, you are not just off-the-mark, infact you are way-off-the-mark in your prediction rooting for Cilic and he got a shock in his very first round. I think Cilic is a classic case of over exposing himself and he has played too many tournaments than warranted during 2010 which definitely took its toll. Judging by the way he plays his game, any keen tennis enthusiast without bias can visualize that he has the potential to be a grand slam winner. But for that, he should smoothly organize his tournament calendar and make himself comfortable during such 1000 series Masters event and Grand slams which are the tournaments of importance in Tennis. Now with Cilic gone,I do not know who is Randall pick. I assume it will definitely not be Federer considering the aversion Randall has towards him which is made transparent from his comments. It is difficult to make a prediction about the winner, but it must from amongst Federer, Murray, Djokovic, Soderling or even may be Nadal to an extent.


Fot Says:

Hey guys! I’m just glad my roger came through. He played really well in the first set. In the 2nd, he had too many UFEs and Hanescu decided to just go for broke and it was working. In the 3rd set, Roger upped his game again and Victor’s game let down after finally winning a set against Roger. All in all, I’m just glad he came through because I didn’t know what to expect from him being out so long.

Seems like a lot of the ‘name’ players are losing in this tournament (men and women). And I don’t know what to say about Ivanovic! Is she the “Coria” of the WTA?


jane Says:

Night contador and Kimmi – I stopped watching after Andy won the first set. Lu does have some nice shots, so I can see why those good wins, but you’re right Kimmi. He mustn’t be consistent or whatever as he’s still in the 100s. Anyhow, both Andy’s through, along with Fed, Rafa, Djoko.


Michael Says:

Fot, Federer made far too many unforced errors and clearly was not at his best against Hanescu. I think he should lift his level of play to win this tournament and that you can always expect from Federer considering that he is a slow starter. More so, the lack of tournament practice too had its say in his mediocre performance. He displayed flashes of brilliance but at the same time missed quite a few easy shots and drop volleys which you would normally expect him to execute quite comfortably. Hanescu took advantage of this lapse from Federer and took a set from him which he has done for the first time in their five meetings. But what is important Federer came through this test and is still alive in the tournament to take a shot at the trophy.


todd Says:

Todd Martin was one of the smartest players on tour when he played….

its pretty simple really..djok needs to be able to play different styles including an attacking style..then its just a matter of him executing and then the mental part..then its trophy time


Lion Says:

mem, you are so stupid. Instigating is the right word for you. People are asking Djokovic to serve like nadal because it is possible to serve like nadal by practicing and working hard, where as it is impossible to make Djokovic serve like Federer, Roddick or Sampras, how much ever hard he works. sheesh! how thick headed are you!


OllyK Says:

@Von

Exactly. He hired Woodforde. I forgot to mention that. That is one more reason why this all thing with Todd seems completely unnecessary. But Nole himself said he hired Todd to improve his S&V and to make his slice service powerfull weapon. As a result, points would be shorter and Nole wouldn’t be that tired. Hm. As far as I can see – it is completely different story. I don’t know, but I’m losing my patience.

“I’m only a tennis fan, and I could be way off mark here.”

Me too, never played tennis and probably never will. As ex volleyball player I’m certainly not the right person to criticize his decisions . :)

contador, maxi and other Fed fans – congrats!! Your maestro made it! I never had any doubt about it.


OllyK Says:

I forgot, Roddick won, so Von, congrats to you, too! :)


madmax Says:

Ollyk,

what’s going on with duro?

DURO,

are you okay? where are you? you are normally here when novak is playing – are you ill?


stu Says:

:) The matches haven’t started yet Maxi. Give him some time to get some dinner and settle in to his couch!


OllyK Says:

maxi, duro was here last night saying that he won’t be much around these days. He has year and a half old kid, so he must be busy. And he says that Nole has to deserve to be talked about, so I don’t expect him to be on tennis-x tonight. But, who knows, maybe he’ll surprise us! :)


stu Says:

sigh, early signs show no improvement in the serve..


OllyK Says:

Nole just said: “This is terrible how much effort did I put in the first game” :D
stu, no double faults yet, it is better. ;)


stu Says:

who is he talking to? has he fixed a mic to his shirt? i can hear him panting…..


OllyK Says:

to himself. in Serbian. after first game, when he was drinking water! :)
I don’t want to jinx him, but this is very good. 3:0! :) Agressive forehands! Beautiful!


stu Says:

I just lost my live stream. You know what that means, Olly. I am relying on you for updates!


OllyK Says:

stu, some good volleys from Nole..I think he heard that we have sth against Todd Martin. ;) He is playing all the time on Kohli’s backhand. Forehand still very good, no double faults on horizon. :)


stu Says:

first set without a single DF?


OllyK Says:

5:2 Nole! Oh, I feel very good right now.. :)


OllyK Says:

very good serves from Nole…Kohli has no idea how to return. :D 1:0!! And, stu, NOT ONE DF!!! This is terrific! :)


stu Says:

oooh, very nice service game to close out the set!


OllyK Says:

and only 3UEs…Am I dreaming? :D


OllyK Says:

breeeakkkk! stu, this is our day! Are you watching now?


OllyK Says:

ok, 1st double fault…


stu Says:

yes Olly, my stream is back!

he’s playing fine, and Kohl is helping by keeping his level down. Nole’s attitude worries me tho..its the same pity-me face he had on at the USO against Fed.


OllyK Says:

WHAT A RETURN!!! :)


O-Kerr Says:

Novak is showing plenty signs that he is beginning to regain his good old form. Excellent shots, spirited display, impressive tennis.
If he can keep it up, he may be the one to win the title here.


OllyK Says:

stu, I haven’t noticed that face..I’ll pay attention..(focus, Olly, focus :D)


OllyK Says:

oh, Kohli broke back… :(


stu Says:

lordy. taking a nap in set 2 again, Nole?


contador Says:

hey, Ollyk and stu!

at work. but just checked on nolee match. …..AJDE NOLEE!

win the 1st, already up a break, 2-1, in the second ( I expect PK to put up a fight about now) but what i think is interesting is that their match is catching up with the monaco v JCF one-hahaha….i mean nolee is getting the job done quickly- speedster PK doesn’t waste any time, whether losing or winning.

JCF and monaco, plodding along. evenly matched. and i wish i was watching….it’s all getting recorded at home, however.

nadal and ancic- ancic has no chance, but he’s easy on the eyes. :-)


contador Says:

oops…..sent that above post before noticing just now, PK broke back. nah, nole isn’t going to nap. Pk is a fighter but when i check back nolee had better have won this in 2.

AJDE!


stu Says:

hey contador!

i’m at work too, but what kind of fan am i if i miss his matches the few times of the year that he is in my timezone?! :). i’m ready to see some good match-ups and i really hope the top 4 make it to the semis!

yeah ancic’s kinda cute, but i have a weakness for eastern european sportsmen.


OllyK Says:

hi, contador!

Ok, is this going to 3rd set, too?!!! Nole, come on…wake up!!! AJDE!!


stu Says:

okay really, what’s going on? *frustrating*


OllyK Says:

Nole doesn’t know how to win in straight sets anymore..


OllyK Says:

Just fabulous! 3rd set AGAIN.


stu Says:

he’s making me sick


stu Says:

the commentators are talking about his negative body language and lack of “spark” too..


stu Says:

you know, i get the feeling he’s losing this one. i knew he wouldn’t lose on saturday, or in all those matches in dubai….


OllyK Says:

no, stu…faith.. *sigh*


OllyK Says:

Ok, this is UNBELIEVEABLE!!! He lost 8 games in a row!!!


stu Says:

wow that last rally on breakpoint – i was waiting for him to go down the line, it is his money shot, and he kept going crosscourt right into kohl’s racquet at the far far end. when he finally did go down the line he hit WILDLY and lost the point! what the hell?!


OllyK Says:

what the hell is wrong with all his shots?!!!!


contador Says:

fabulous? OllyK….you are joking, no doubt.

meanwhile, JCF took the 2nd set and both matches, though nole’s started an hour later and starting a decider at the same time. had no clue who to pick in that match-up, anyway.

i have to say this right now: novak djokovic will NOT lose this match. ajde and c’mon!

very funny, stu. i your penchant for eastern euros and you’ve called me out on it. okay. i loved safin, nole, EG, ancic, cilic, tipsy…..and RF; all swiss have to be included, lolzzz

But…not laughing at the score here…..wtf? is he injured? what?

this is no time to lose, novak. time to wake up and play like world #2. okay?


O-Kerr Says:

I was too quick to conclude Novak’s was back. He was playing great tennis up to the 2nd game of the 2nd set. Snce then, he sort of suddenly quit.
Kohls is beating him in the baseline rally, Novak’s stronghold. That’s alarming. It doe not look like he is going to recover after losing 9 game in a row. I cannot believe my eyes. My sympathy to his fans.


OllyK Says:

yes, contador I was ironic about “fabulous”…


stu Says:

finally, i was afraid he’d get bageled again.


jane Says:

Oh-oh – I just quickly looked at the scores, as I have been too busy to watch all day. Anyhow, it oesn’t bode to well for Novak does it? Sigh…. He’s only down one break, with Kohls threatening to go up 2 breaks as I write, but I doubt Nole’ll come back from it. You never know, but either way, I’m sad to see that he’s struggling again/still. :( Come on Novak – FIGHT!!! GO GO GO!


contador Says:

thanks O-Kerr. i assume you are watching. roger has had a tough time with PK. but this is awful.

really. PK to go on and win Indian Wells?

novak has to break back NOW. then hold and …..puhleese.


stu Says:

ok, he’s waking up again. is it too late?


OllyK Says:

AJDE, NOLEEEEEE, NOWWWW, pleeease!


OllyK Says:

OMG, are we back in the game?! I won’t say anything…


contador Says:

yessssss! he will NOT lose, Jane.


stu Says:

on a lighter note, reg. eastern european men contador, aren’t you forgetting someone important, who had more personalities than even Nole?


O-Kerr Says:

Novak breaks back, and if he holds, he may be able to pull this one out. I am sending good vibes for his win.


OllyK Says:

O-Kerr just don’t jinx him, pls…


contador Says:

more personalities than nole? arrrgh. my head hurts from staring at livescore …..i give up. clue me, stu.


jane Says:

Back on serve, and now I have to leave work and go get my son. Boo! Well, one last COME ON NOLE! WIN! And I hope all of your good vibes penetrate Nole’s struggling psyche to the core and lift him up on his falcon wings to a predatorial victory. Zoom! GO NOLE!


OllyK Says:

quiet, Olly, quiet….it is a break but it is not over yet…


stu Says:

ok, then lets play a game of our own:

who quote is this:
“”The trouble with me is that every match I play against five opponents: umpire, crowd, ball boys, court, and myself.”


contador Says:

he broke. c’mon, ajde!

hahahhaaaaa. i feel like i just got off the tilt-o-whirl…*ah, god*

and it’s not over…


stu Says:

somebody help this kid.


OllyK Says:

Oh, Kohli broke back, I think I’m gonna die…


contador Says:

my head is pounding at the moment stu. but i think i know who you mean.

sick! novak is on his way to join EG in miami with cilic too.

goran ivanesevic.

one matchpoint saved.

deuce


stu Says:

just fantastic.


stu Says:

what a great time for an ace!! okay, that needed to be applauded.


stu Says:

and follows that up with a DF. nice.


stu Says:

oh phew. broke kohl’s momentum and confidence with that game i hope. 0-40 when you’re serving to stay in the match, Nole? seriously?


contador Says:

fantastic? you like rollercoasters more than i do. one ride is enough. i tend to get sick but…

crazy, ridiculous…..he teis it up at 5-5. *sigh*


contador Says:

here we go again. 6-5 to PK. nole has to hold and win a tiebreaker.


stu Says:

hope this serve-to-stay game is easier on the heart, contador


stu Says:

much better, good grief.

i hate tiebreaks thanks to novak.


madmax Says:

ollyk and duro! where are you! and sar for that matter! and jane! the novak fans! where are you?????

this is gripping stuff everyone -


contador Says:

and goran is coaching cilic for miami. how do you think that’s working, stu? :)

tie-breaker. nole is going to make it. but i will never watch him again, not on livescore, anyway.


contador Says:

madmax! have you been watching this debacle? not over btw.


OllyK Says:

I’m still here, maxi, breathing heavily…


madmax Says:

feel sick right now. cant eat.


contador Says:

*chills* wrold#2 has 3 matchpoints. do not blow it!


madmax Says:

ollyk and novak fans, cannot believfe it – novak not his best performance, but dug deep – gotta applaud him for that!

congrats people.


stu Says:

my heart feels like i’ve just been working out


OllyK Says:

HE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D


madmax Says:

i feel worn out everyone. i feel like this sometimes watching the fed in early rounds, but novak – what IS he doing? Saw Todd Martin applauding rapidly and *desperately* at one point from the stands? what a comeback from novak!

gotta go to be bed now. dawg tired!


jane Says:

Holy Crap! Holy. Crap. I mean what can you say? That’s hardly a win to celebrate but then again IT IS! He saved three match points? Is that true? I got home in time to see from 3-0 in the tiebreaker. Woot he did it. Hardly predatorily: more like survival of the fittest. Thank god for Novak’s fitness trainer; the guy really is fit, imo.


stu Says:

reg. the goran cilic combo contador, frankly, i’d be a bit apprehensive about being coached by crazy goran… like someone said elsewhere, if cilic can learn to serve like him, thats a few free tournaments right there!

good luck to cilic and all the eastern europeans at Miami. and of course to the one that lives to fight another day at IW!


OllyK Says:

thx maxi, for you congrats, but this is more than my heart can take. Nole, Nole… :O I’m going to take a cold shower now…Congrats Nole fans, we are through!


contador Says:

i’d rather run on a treadmill, stu. and i hate gyms.

that was worse than fish and big vic last night. and i “watched’ (most) of those matches.

okay. YAY!! he won.

thanks everybody!


Ben Pronin Says:

I can honestly say that I never doubted him. There were moments I was scared (when he was down a break in the third) but once he came back, I knew he’d win. Those 3 match points were gut-wrenching but Djokovic is number 2 for a reason. 2010 will be the year of the grind for him. Unless he somehow hits good form.


OllyK Says:

*some text missing at the end*…to the next round! :)


stu Says:

Gotta say he was a bit lucky with the last match point against him – Kohl’s forehand looked like a winner to me and it was JUST out…


jane Says:

Can someone walk me through the 3 match points that Novak saved? Were they when he was serving at 5-6? Or what? I left my office and it was 4-4 in the 3rd. Thanks!


O-Kerr Says:

Jane, I think it was when he was serving at 5-6. He won 4 points straight valiantly and showed who is the daddy. Kohls deuced it and Nole had to win 2 more points again, which he did with style. I’d like to believe those who sent him good vibes did the trick. He played the tie really good and escaped one more time from the verge of loss.


Kimmi Says:

OMG..did not see the match but I saw the rollercoster on the live score….he is really the iron man! Players will probably start to be scared of him…knowing that they can never win even if they create a huge lead!! the word goes around in the locker room…

Great fitness i agree..whatever he is been doing fitness wise is paying off.

Congrats ALL djoko fans here! your man he the “IRON MAN”


stu Says:

jane it was when he was serving to stay in the match at 4-5, he suddenly (very quickly) found himself at 0-40. I think one of those points was a DF, not sure. He won the first 2 points playing high-risk tennis with great shot selection, making kohl run all over the court. The third was similar, but Kohl _almost_ got a winning baseline shot past Nole who was stuck at one end of the court. It was just out though. At deuce, Nole hits a spectacular angled ace (finally). Then promptly follows that up with a DF. The next 2 winning points were nothing to write home about. When he served again to stay in the match at 5-6, he played a much better game and lost only 1 point (i think)


Ben Pronin Says:

I think it was at 4-5. But yeah, Djokovic played tough.


O-Kerr Says:

stu, thanks for the timely correction. That’s what I was thinking but forgot so quickly.


Duro Says:

My dear friends… Dubai, first round – two sets, all four next matches – three-setters, DC – four and five-setter, IW – two three-setters…

I would say many many things firstly to Nole if I only could (not nice ones, of course), but I think something deserves more attention than his scrappy play so obvious to everybody: He fights to the death!!! It’s not a luck anymore and it’s not a coincidence! Last 7 months he won three matches when facing 3 consecutive match points against. Florent Serra, Radek Stepanek and Phillip today! Djokovic has no heart, Djokovic-Chokovich, Djokovic-quitter, Djokovic has no mental strength etc etc. Is everybody blind??? He is a true champion!!! I rest my case here. It’s pointless to discuss his play; it’s beyond comprehension, inexcusably bad and destroyed, but he’ll be back. I am absolutely positive about it after these Golgothas he went through. He’ll most likely pay here in IW, but this is an investment in self-assurance for the future. Lucky us that support him; won’t be bored with him ever.

Dear Jane, Maxi, Olly, stu, Countess, devastatingdjokovic, and others who like Novak, congrats. Probably till the next opponent, but that’s how’s our Nole like.

Long Live The King, you’re gonna wait some more for your 100 Euros! Cheers.

Maxi, I’m not ill, but my father is. Very hard days for me lately. If you don’t see me around, you will certainly understand.

Goodbye, all.


stu Says:

haha we’re both saying essentially the same thing O-Kerr…except i don’t think he showed who’s daddy today – far from it!


jane Says:

O-Kerr, thanks for your recap, and the good vibes you sent Nole’s way. Lord knows he seemed to need them today. I wish (or maybe I don’t wish?) that I could’ve watched more of the match.


stu Says:

Sorry to hear about your father Duro. Hope he gets better soon! Don’t worry, we are collecting enough positive energy here for Nole!


Von Says:

Olly: Thanks for your congrats concerning Roddick. And, Congrats to you too for Djoko’s win. I see you had some hair pulling moments. OUCH

You need to do what I do with Roddick. If he’s playing well, I watch the match. If he’s up and down, I record it, but only watch if he wins. If he loses, I delete the recording. My beart can’t stand that kind of tension. LOL.


OllyK Says:

I’m back, I needed some time off to put all pieces of my heart&mind together.
Duro, I hope your father get better soon. And, congrats to you, too. We definitely should be proud of our champ. I think his new nickname should be “phoenix” instead of falcon.
Thanks Von! This was above nerve-cracking. And about taping..oh, I wish I could do that.. :/ But, if Nole continues like this I’ll start doing that for sure. Thanks for the advice!


OllyK Says:

I meant *recording instead of taping, sorry.. :)


stu Says:

Thanks to Nole, I’m skipping my workout today. i think my heart worked hard enough. Now there’s a positive :D

How bout that Rafa huh!!


OllyK Says:

stu, I think you should skip next one, too.. :D
You know, I remembered zare few times during the match.. this “faith” thing really works! :D You were pessimistic today instead of the usual suspect – me! :P Better fix that before Wednesday!!! :P


jane Says:

stu, just saw your recap – excellent. Thanks for that. : )

Duro, oh no! I am so saddened to hear that your father is not well. Hang in there. I that know you are strong (like fighter Novak), but it’s difficult whenever something is wrong with those who are close to us. I send you all the good spirits I can – and sunshine.

Von, I think I will take up your advice to OllyK too, i.e., recording Novak’s tenser matches and watching IF/when he wins. Although sometimes I do enjoy watching the tennis regardless of W or L, especially if he’s playing another player I like. But these roller coaster matches I’ve been watching lately would be MUCH easier on my heart/nails/grey hairs, if I knew the outcome ahead of time. Phew.


stu Says:

I was almost right! Those 3 match points, phew! But Duro is right about his mental strength. Nole was marathon man when he first started doing well on the ATP tour, would survive the longest matches. somewhere along the way he lost that, and now its coming back! surely the rest of his game will return too?!

I’ll say it early this time – he’s made it to the QF. he’s not going to lose to Ljub (or to the qualifier) at this point.


OllyK Says:

stu, you are brave! :) After today, I won’t dare to say anything out loud! ;)


jane Says:

stu, agree with OllyK: you are brave to say that. I was just thinking to myself that Ljub will probably get him this time, as he’s lost their last few, but wasn’t he close to beating Novak at Dubai? And Ljub almost got Murray here last year. Besides which, since Djoko has made it to the QFs, he cannot lose points as he has equalled last year’s results. I am just saying – I wouldn’t be surprised if he loses in the next round.

Personally, I’d love to see him go further, see how his present form measures up at this point versus a rejuvenated Rafa, for example (something tells me it may be bad, but it could serve as a wake up call?), but I am not holding my breath. Will have to wait and see…hope for the best and all.


Von Says:

jane: Believe me it’s a lot easier for me to record Andy’s matches nowadays, especially when he’s struggling with his serve. I become so uptight that I can’t watch nor eat my dinner. If he wins, then when I’m watching the recording with the tense moments, I just shrug it off and say to myself no point getting nervous, he won the match.

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Olly: I doubt you’d have to worry about Ljub or any of the other matches Djoko will play henceforth. he’ll make to the SF for sure.

On the other hand, I can’t say the same for Roddick, even though he got lucky that DeBakker took out Tipsy, there’s Fed waiting in the QFs. I’m still somewhat concerned because Debakker is a good returner and he pushed Andy the last time they played. But, but, but, ….. then there’s Fed in the QFs. OUCH.


jane Says:

Oops – Djoko needs to go one round more to equal last year’s results (not at QFs yet). Von, I hope you’re right about Novak making it to semis but … gulp, never know what to expect these days.

I think Roddick should beat DeBakker; he beat him at the AO, and wasn’t it in straights? Fed in the QFs is a tough one for sure though! : / I wish Andy the best, as always. I’d like to see the two Andys play again on hardcourts, actually, as I don’t think they’ve played since Roddick beat Murray at Wimbledon.

Isner/Querrey should be good tonight; hope to have time to watch that but am really busy with marking a.t.m.


Andrew Miller Says:

Mr. Randall, I like what you said about Agassi. He should take some time and enroll in his own school and take some of the negative feedback and accept that he made some big mistakes at Indian Wells.


Andrew Miller Says:

As for Ivanovic, is it outlandish for me to suggest one possibility: that she drop tennis for a few years and come back at age 24?

I recognize it aint happenning because of the lifetime sponsorship (Adidas must be upset at the moment). But maybe Ivanovic should get away from the game and figure out if she wants to break her slumping patterns or not.

This truly is the highest fall I’ve seen for a number one player and heir apparent once Henin and Clijsters exited the scene and the Williams were just a little off their games. JC Ferrero truly slipped and then fell ill, but he came back and is still playing strong (if not contending).


Michael Says:

Djoker now-a-days has literally made this a habit of winning matches where he is hopelessly placed. Yesterday, Kohlschrieber was rather unlucky in not winning when he had three match points on Djoker’s serve and many other break points which he just could not convert. But all those went begging. Ruefully, he had to admit that it was not his day. Djoker played really well in those critical moments (big points) and denied Kohlscrieber the baton to victory. Some good luck did play a role too. Who knows this might just be the tip of the iceberg and Djoker would go all out and win the tournament, which if he did would immensely boost his confidence in some of the premier grand slam events that follows.


stu Says:

olly and jane, i’m not brave, i just think he is due for a decent performance. it’s high time. He knows ljub’s game and its almost as if ljub respects him too much to beat him! gosh i hope i’m right!

i agree with you about the semis tho – if he makes it there, im sure it won’t be much of a contest against Rafa who seems to be in great form..and that will be the wake up call he needs…


Michael Says:

I saw Nadal’s match against Ancic and some of the shots he played in that match was reminiscent of the Nadal of yore. It is that he has recovered his form or that Ancic played sub-par tennis. We never know. But Nadal seemingly was at his illustrative best dictating the points. Has Nadal’s keen interest in doubles got to do something with his high quality of play ?? His serve was sharp and well placed. There was added zip in his shot making and even touch volleys. May be I am making a premature judgement considering the quality of Ancic. I will reserve my judgement on the game of Nadal after he faces a stiffer test in the form of Isner or Querrey.


Michael Says:

Nadal is meeting Isner next. I am not sure about the head-to-head between them. But it will all boil down to how well Isner serves on that day and if his serves find the sting and mark then Nadal will be having a pretty rough time on the court trying to sort it out. Watching Nadal’s demolition of Ancic, it is difficult to imagine Isner ousting Nadal. But Tennis being a Sport that it is – anything is possible. It would be 55-45 in favour of Nadal.


OllyK Says:

Von, from your “keyboard” to God’s ears. Deep down I have no doubts that he will make it to the semis. And I believe that there is a chance he will beat Rafa there. In their last few clashes, even though Nole wasn’t play well in matches before, somehow he managed to play very good against him. I can’t get out of my head that terrible match against Soda in Paris and then demolition of Rafa afterwards. I know, it mostly depends of Rafa’s current form, but…oh, well, I’ll just sit and wait and be quiet! :)

And I think DeBakker won’t be a problem for Roddick…Fed is a different story, of course, but you never know with Roddick. If his service clicks, he can do anything! And I know how you feel waiting for that to happen… *sigh*


Skorocel Says:

As crazy as it may sound, I think that that Cilic’s remark about Sean is actually the greatest compliment Tennis-x.com could have ever received – simply because it 100 % proves that the players DO READ this blog! ;-)


madmax Says:

DURO,

So sorry to hear your pa is not well. sending lots of the same (that Jane is sending!). you are in my thoughts, so stay strong like your champion!

Olly, I have replied on the other thread.

Skorocel,

I think Sean was joking. Am i wrong?

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