Djokovic Escapes, Federer, Roddick Return; WTA Left Slam-less at Indian Wells
by Sean Randall | March 16th, 2010, 2:17 pm
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Credit to Novak Djokovic, the guy just keeps on winning. Yesterday in the third round at Indian Wells, the Serb earned his ninth straight victory after saving three match points in a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(3) win over Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Call it a great escape or a total Kohlshreiber choke job – the German had a point for a 4-0 third set lead and then held the three match points with Novak serving 4-5, 0-40 – but Novak is through to live another and to fight another battle in the desert.

“He was playing well most of the second and third set. But when I needed to, I did the work, served well, made some good approaches from forehand side,” the 2008 Indian Well champ said. “It’s a fact that I’m not feeling the ball 100 percent. It’s a sport. You cannot always play your best. Still, considering the last couple of weeks that I had, it’s normal that I dropped the level of game a little bit.”

Djokovic’s now gone the distance in seven of his last eight matches playing 24 of a maximum 25 sets. Ahead for Djokovic on Tuesday is Croat Ivan Ljubicic.

Also yesterday, Rafael Nadal hammered Mario Ancic and the Spaniard will now face John Isner tomorrow in a good one. Isner got revenge for his Memphis loss to his doubles partner, Sam Querrey, in a 7-6(3), 6-4 win late last night.

Fernando Verdasco was the big surprise going down meekly to the hot-again Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-3. Juan Monaco (d. Ferrero) and Cilic’s conqueror Guillermo Garcia-Lopez also were victors.

While things have been status quo in the men’s draw, the women’s field has been reduced to rubble. Last night saw yet another upset when Alisa Klyebanova beat two-time champion Kim Clijsters in a third set tiebreak. The loss of Clijsters – and earlier upsets to Maria Sharapova, Justine Henin and Svetlana Kuznetsova – leaves the women’s draw with zero former Grand Slam winners left in the fourth round.

For a “Premier” level event, the premier players sure aren’t sticking around. And need I remind you of the last WTA Premier event in Beijing which also went pear shaped. Let’s hope this doesn’t continue in Miami.

As for today, Roger Federer and Marcos Baghdatis meet in a rematch of their Australian Open final. Federer should get through and if does Andy Roddick could be next up on Wednesday night for the Swiss. Roddick, who has never reached the IW final, meets Thiemo De Bakker. The Dutch kid has a decent serve and good two-hander but I think Roddick prevails.

Andy Murray is back on first to open the day against backboard-like Michael Russell. James Blake tries to maintain his hot-hand against Nicolas Almagro and Robin Soderling faces Feliciano Lopez. JW Tsonga and Tommy Robredo are also in action. Nadal is also playing in a doubles Spanish lovefest with Marc Lopez against Feliciano and Verdasco.


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262 Comments for Djokovic Escapes, Federer, Roddick Return; WTA Left Slam-less at Indian Wells

jane Says:

Sean, re the women: ” leaves the women’s draw with zero former champions”; I believe last year’s winner, Zvonareva, is still very much alive, and may (?) even defend her title at this point.

As for Djoko, a.k.a. Nole Houdini, I do admire the fight and fitness he’s shown, just not the form. He has played so much already this year. But he hasn’t fallen off, like Cilic did to G-Lo, yet. We’ll see if he can actually keep it going. In some ways, I wouldn’t mind seeing him get a little rest, as he has lots to defend in the clay season! : /


Sean Randall Says:

Thanks for the catch Jane.


steve Says:

“For a “Premier” level event, the premier players sure aren’t sticking around. And need I remind you of the last WTA Premier event in Beijing which also went pear shaped. Let’s hope this doesn’t continue in Miami.”

Looks like Indian Wells needs the Williams sisters more than the Williams sisters need Indian Wells, eh?

They’ll be back for Miami, fortunately, so things should be more interesting there.


Ben Pronin Says:

If Djokovic can work his way into form, maybe, then all these matches aren’t that bad.


I like tennis bullies Says:

someone needs to put djokovic out of his misery..

indian wells needed maria sharapova and kim clijsters to stick around for a few more days,


Mike Says:

Djokovic has fight in him! I’d like to see him keep going.


stu Says:

I wouldn’t be too bothered if Nole loses here and now, takes a break, gets used to the weather and time zone in Miami and wins there. He has enough of a rankings buffer over Muzza and Rafa, considering the two of them are defending the maximum points here. Nole needs to get far (finals or better) in atleast one of the 2 US Masters to salvage his hardcourt season.

I know people might take offense to the word “salvage”, but as world #2 he needs to win more than just 1 ATP 500 tournament this season…


stu Says:

And Blandy Murray just won a set without losing a single point when his first serve went in…


jane Says:

stu, Andy is cruising today isn’t he? I don’t know what to think, except I do know Novak has won in Miami and has made the finals, but he’s won at IW too. So I don’t care which one he succeeds at but I’d like to see him in a final. I’m more concerned about his clay season though; he’s got a lot to defend, although if he slips up somewhere, he should, hopefully, be able to pick up points at the FO this year.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Stu, Jane, Ben

Traveling didn’t get to see the Nole match, how was his serve?


Fot Says:

Murray is playing is ‘passive’ self today and it’s working against someone like Russell, but I don’t know if it’ll work as he gets further in the tournament. And his 2nd serve – 85 mph or less! People need to attack that all day. But Russell is the perfect person to play Murray because he basically has nothing to hurt Murray.

On another note (about my favorite!), I came across this: (some folks were wondering why Roger always win the Sportsmanship Award from the ATP Players instead of Nadal or some of the other players. This is probably some indication how he wins it all the time)

Canadian doubles specialist Daniel Nestor, 37, has been on the tennis scene through a few generations of top players and confirms the notion that Federer is a special breed. “He’s a genuine guy, an unbelievable talent, obviously we all know that. But people probably don’t know the real guy inside the locker room. He jokes around with everyone, knows everyone’s name, says hi to everyone and has time for everybody, which is the most important thing.” http://espn.go.com/sports/tennis/blog/_/name/espntennis/id/4999658/how-fed-tiger-handle-spotlight-differently


stu Says:

skeezerweezer –

better than saturday. but everything else was a problem yesterday! wild forehands and backhands. but he lives to fight another day!


stu Says:

ooh Fot, madmax is gonna like that :)


Fot Says:

I didn’t realize Russell is 31 years old! In that case, he has done a great job today even though he’s losing to Murray.


Fot Says:

Well Ruessll played better as the match with on but the better player came through.

Congrats to all the Murray fans out there. He lives again.


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic’s level varies a ridiculous amount. Djokovic’s defense is absolutely superb. And when he’s playing well, he’ll win because he’ll get enough back and eventually he can knock off an easy winner. When his level drops, like it did against Kohls, he starts missing the easiest shots in the world. It’s crazy. His serve actually helped him a couple of times against Kohls but overall it got gradually worse as the match wore on. 0 doubles in the first set but 5 by the end of the match. And still not enough aces to balance it out.


jane Says:

Hey Skeezerweezer, how’s that men’s synchronized swim team doin? Djoko’s serve was a little better, as stu said, but he just lost his focus in the second set there for a while and it was error-city! Kohls lifted his play, to be sure, but Novak shouldn’t've lost 9 games in a row. Jeepers!

Fot that’s a nice thing you posted; I am sure madmax, Kimmi, conty , huh and other Fed fans will be pleased to know that Roger is a good guy in the locker room too.

As for Murray, yes, his second serve is still vulnerable. I don’t know why/how, after being up 4-1 in the second set and having breaks to go 5-1, he ended up winning that set 7-5. That was a bit of a dip that he should try to avoid. But he’s through in two, nevertheless. Good job Andy M! :)


Fot Says:

Hey Jane! I wondered if you survived Djokovic’s match yesterday! He was down 3 match points! I told my hubby that if Djokovic won that game, he would win the match. I was correct. If you have these top players down for the kill and let them off the hook, most of the time they take advantage of it. Djokovic wasn’t playing his best, but he found a way through that match.

My question – what the heck has happened with his service motion? I saw some clips of him serving a couple of years ago and it looks like he has totally re-tooled that service motion. It now looks a little uncomfortable – but hey – if it works for him —–….


madmax Says:

well, the federer match is on much later than i thought, so i will have to record it – really hoping that federer is “on his game”, focusing well and ties it up in straights!

Go federer!


jane Says:

p.s. Skeeze, lol, it sounds like I know what I am talking about. But I didn’t even see all of Novak’s match!! I have read game reports, checked stats, and heard all of his press conference, too, and he’s the one who said he lost focus, or had a “mental breakdown,” to lose those 9 games. From what I saw in the third set, I did think his serve was marginally better. In the tiebreak it even felt reliable, and even his second serve was pretty good as he was using kickers out wide and Khols sometimes had to stand way back to return them.


Fot Says:

Hey madmax. I, too, hope Roger’s game is on tonight. I think he’s going to need it playing Baghdatis. He can be a tough cookie! I just hope Roger has gotten the ‘rust’ out of his game and doesn’t take us (his fans) through the ringer tonight. I would love to see 2 easy sets, if possible! Are you listening Roger?????


jane Says:

Fot, I think “Todd Martin” happened with Djoko’s service motion, lol. Luckily I only watched most of the 3rd set and all of the tiebreak yesterday, and even that was difficult to survive! I don’t think he should’ve changed his serve, since it was quite a good shot in the past; he could always clutch serve well, and he frequently had way more aces than he does now, and a lot less doubles. Oh well, maybe he’ll find his way back.

Ben, totally, 100% agree that Djoko’s level varies stupendously, sometimes going from sublime to abysmal in a stretch of 15 minutes. Maybe we’ll have to start using the adjective mercurial for him? He’s certainly up and down! Although I am kind of liking Nole Houdini.


Kimmi Says:

Whoooops! I was following the live score and Murray went walk about while serving for the match. Thanks god he finished in two sets.


jane Says:

Sean, my “catch” on the women’s side didn’t last long; now your editorial is correct. Zvonereva went out to Stosur today. I guess Dementieva has a good shot at the title, maybe Radwanska? Or Zheng?


jane Says:

Oh yeah, and Wozniacki and Jankovic are alive still, though Woz is playing Petrova as I write, so Woz could feasibly flop now.


Kimmi Says:

I see Soda pop is thru,,F-Lo is a tough opponent for Soda. he has struggled against him before. their H2H was 4-2 advantage F-Lo.


Kimmi Says:

I see Zheng has capitalize her win against Sharapova…(I watched her match v sharapova, she is tough)she beats Molik today who has played very well in this tourney I thought..I think Molik is starting to find her game little by little..did not see the match but Just going with close matches she has had so far with top players. She is ranked like 138 at the moment and 4th round here is not bad.


Ben Pronin Says:

Jane, not that I don’t like seeing the top guys come through in epic ways, but I want to see Djokovic play his best tennis at some point. Like Federer, it’s just a joy to watch him when he’s playing aggressive, controlling, potential-number-1 tennis.


stu Says:

Is he playing cricket in those pictures? :D


Kimmi Says:

“Murray is playing is ‘passive’ self today and it’s working against someone like Russell, but I don’t know if it’ll work as he gets further in the tournament. And his 2nd serve – 85 mph or less! People need to attack that all day.”

Fot, I agree Murray can be passive but he does not play everybody the same. And I believe he knows when and how to turn it on. maybe he did not need to do that today..But i agree his second serve is the problem, he is working to improve it everyday and I can see some improvement but still not enough. I hope he comes up firing next match because if it is Blake it will be tough, he alwasy gives him a hard time.


Fot Says:

Kimmi – I hope it’s Blake/Murray because that will mean Blake will win his next match. I want Blake to do well in this tournament – sort of to turn back the time when he made the final against Roger.

Petrova is making too many errors in this match to make a dent. If she continues like this – the match will be over quickly.


Fot Says:

Tsonga is getting frustrated.


blah Says:

hey- just checking cause i might go to indian wells with friends tomorrow or the day after, are most men’s matches played in the evening?


Kimmi Says:

LOL Tsonga is a little crazy/mad in this match. he is a break down and he is mad with a point which he thought should have been called out. No challenge system in this court. Tsonga screeming to the sky and asking the umpire..

Tsonga: Did you see that ?
Umpire: No
Tsonga: So what are we going to do, are we changing the umpire?

Hahahahah too funny!!


blank Says:

Looks like Murray is going bald!? The next Agassi…lol


jane Says:

blah, as far as I know, the men’s and women’s matches are alternating and simultaneously all day long, so there are both men’s and women’s matches in the evenings. I hope you have fun if you go.

blank, WHAT? I was switching between marking, following scores, and some streaming during Murray’s match, but I didn’t notice any baldness?! That would certainly be premature, considering he’s only 22!! Ack!

Kimmi, lol, will have to find some streaming; I just noticed Tsonga’s down a set, which is kind of surprising. I’d assumed he’d cruise through this one, given it’s hardcourt, which I don’t think is Montanes’ best surface.


Kimmi Says:

blank, I have to watch him closely next time!


Kimmi Says:

Tsonga started a little slow jane, too many UE..I think he got the order restored..C’mon Tsonga..Finish him!!


Kimmi Says:

What happened to Melzer match, they bypass it..no results either. Somebody must have retired?


blank Says:

Jane – I am watching it on TSN2..on a 42″ screen…so maybe it looks to me like that…top rear of his head…or it’s just not that dense in that part.
Kimmi – Are you watching closely? ;-)

This is why I don’t watch the early rounds, especially the match is less competitive..I tend to watch less of the match and more of others :-)


Sean Randall Says:

Melzer got through on a walkover from Greul.


Sean Randall Says:

And I should correct myself. If Roddick wins he plays Melzer next, not the Federer/Baghdatis winner.


jane Says:

blank, LOL. Well, I suppose some do go bald early, but it could be that he’s got thin, diaphanous hair. Though when it’s long, it seems to be quite the mop of hair! So I’d say, he’s not going bald. ha-ha. I know what you mean about getting side-tracked in the less competitive matches though.

Oooo – Woz fed Petrova a bagel; I guess she won’t need dinner now.

Kimmi – it looks like Tsonga’s found his mojo.


Kimmi Says:

Blank, now that u mentioned TSN2, i did not know the match is on at the moment. I just switched on my TV and YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS….I can see a little bit of his skin at the top rear. The only thing I can say is Well well well!!

which early rounds have you been watching? Some early rounds with top players have been very competative. Federer v hanescu, Djoko v Kolhs etc..did you watch those matches?


blah Says:

jane- thanks. mm, i might have to settle for court 2 and 3 matches, hopefully there will be some good ones on those.


blank Says:

Kimmi, Only starting today TSN is showing matches properly. So I missed all the good ones.

And, just found out…what a bummer – the current Murray/Russell match is not live! :-(
Checked the Indian Wells website and the final score is there.


Von Says:

blah: The marquee men’s matches are always played in the evenings, and the same goes for the women. The tournament seems to be adhering to the new policy of alternating the women/men’s marquee matches, whereby on alternate nights the men would play first, then the women will follow, and vice versa, similar to what happenened at the AO this year

I hope you’re lucky to see some very competitive matches on the outer courts, which I find to be most entertaining and competitive than when the top guys play on Center court. Enjoy when you watch.

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Blank: With respect to Murray’s hair, Roddick also appears to be losing his hair at times, but it only seems that way due to the light and camera angle. And, if they wear a hat, then their hair looks all pasted down when they remove the cap and we see some pseudo bald spots. LOL


jane Says:

Von, I noticed that Murray, Rafa and Djoko have all played in the day though; they do tend to put the American players on late, presumably so people at home can follow them on TV. Looks like Roddick’s handling DB so far.

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Poor Dudi: must’ve gotten hungry looking for his car, as he just had a bagel courtesy of Robredo. LOL. Robredo is such an up and down player too. Sometimes he really gets streaky. Like Berdych, who often cruises through the early rounds and then cruises to a halt when he meets a higher ranked player. Although he beat Verdasco handily! So I guess he could still surprise. He’s got the talent for sure.


blank Says:

Von, Agreed!

Looks like Roddick’s match is also going to be straightforward.


Kimmi Says:

“Poor Dudi: must’ve gotten hungry looking for his car, as he just had a bagel courtesy of Robredo”

LOL jane. I say easy easy Robredo! next he plays the winner of Federer/bagdatis..the maestro better watch out :-)


Kimmi Says:

blank: It will be good if TSN show the matches (especially masters1000) live. I have been dissapointed with them in the past, so I decided to register with tennistv.com…now I can’t complain!


Kimmi Says:

Isner/Querrey still going strong in doubles..


Von Says:

Blank: Yes, my sweetie seems to be in charge, is being patient and surprisingly *calm*. LOL. That boy sure has a turkey temper, which I love. It wouldn’t be enjoyable for me if he’s just calm and acquiescent. I like it when he switches to his sometimes fulminator mode if he’s provoked. LOL.

BTW blank, don’t hold your breath too much with the TV coverage as the feed is probably what we’re showing here in the US and could possible follow the format where most matches are not shown in their entirety, but bits and pieces, except when the Fed’s playing or the featured match/matches of the day. However, come the QFs SFs and finals, I think you’ll see more matches being shown in their entirety. enjoy the tennis.

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jane: Fed has been on at night. Roddick played close to evening and very late evening, and today, he began playing at around 4:00 pm PST. Querrey/Isner played very late last night, so it’s not safe to say that they’re putting the Americans on at prime time. i think the women are more on at prime time than the men. Anyway, it doesn’t really matter early in the tournament, except in the later stages. The North American late night matches hurt Roddick, IMO, because he plays late one night and then has to play early the next day, and physically that’s very draining. That happened at San Jose where he played every night late, and then come the finals, he had very little recovery time from the previous day’s match = he lost. I’m not making excuses for that, but only pointing out what I feel could be a negativity for him.


jane Says:

Yes, Von, I can see what you mean about the really late matches hurting the winners; it’s a little less damaging here, or in the slams, where they play every other day, but there is no doubt that recovery times help! Andy is looking sharp tonight. He’s really doing well on his second serves, winning over 84% of them! That’s awesome and makes him almost impossible to break, especially considering he already has 10 aces. Onward and upward; he should have no probs with Melzer. And then … Fed?

BTW, I only pointed that out so that blah would know that there were some top guys playing day time matches (i.e., after lunch) as well as evening ones. But I hated how late Querrey and Isner came on last night as I could watch only 1 set. Oh well…


skeezerweezer Says:

Von,

Roddick is through! :)

Kimmi,

Isner( in Singles ), my dark horse pick! Fed, my fav, of course, my light horse pick….lol

I saw Isner/Querry play doubs in College, awesome team, still young though :)

Also, Kimmi, too funny post on March 16th, 2010 at 6:13 pm. Hope to catch a replay of that, lol

Jane, Fot, Stu thanks for the comments on Nole! :). Much appreciated.

One comment: “Todd Martin”, wasn’t he known for as good server? If so…then? Nole!!!

Fot,

Thanks for the info from Daniel Nestor.


Von Says:

jane: At the present time Roddick is looking good, however, he begins to get nervous and lose his serve and/or nerve when facing Fed.

I’m recording Andy’s match but I wouldn’t have to watch the replay, if I do, with tension. LOOOOL

I hope this does not come out the wrong way, or misinterpreted, but I’m relieved that Tipsy is not around to disrupt Roddick like he did at Wimby in ’08, but that was due to the long lay off Roddick had during the clay season where he was injured and playing against his doctors’ advice to NOT play.

With respect to the night matches, I don’t think Roddick absolutely likes to play at night, but hey he’s an American and that’s what the crowd wants to see and why they buy tickets Hence, they’re the boss when it comes to what time the Americans are scheduled to play on court.


Von Says:

Skeez; Yes, I love it, and I’m not tense at all. Wouldn’t it be heaven for me if all his matches were this way? I have missed your WTF reports; what’s going on with those???

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Long Live: No nervousnes tonight and I’m mello like jello!! Are you going to watch the King play tonight?? If yes, enjoy.
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Skeez, you do likewise, enjoy the matches.

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Veno is not around, but I hope he’ll set his alarm clock to watch his *Fedmeister* (as he calls him) play. Enjoy the match if you watch Veno.
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Skeezer a premature introduction: Meet Veno if he comes around to posting– you two will be very good together along with Long Live on this site. I’ll make that you *three* — all crazy, logical, fair, very lively and full of fun, Fed fans. What more can Tennis.X ask.


Andrew Miller Says:

Tommy Robredo playing solidly!


Kimmi Says:

Skeeeeezer: Not working tonite? WTF? must have let you off the hook i see :)

re:your dark horse isner..i have to say, the more I watch him..I see a lot of improvement. last night he was mixing up his shots, was impressed. maybe that DC match ignite some more fire inside.

Good to know about the “college” Isner/Querrey team, definetly a great team.

hahahaha..Hope you see the Tsonga match and that “moment”, he was nervous in the first set but came together in the end. great win!!


Andrew Miller Says:

Watching James Blake. Always hard to watch him play. He has such incredible shots, but he plays the big points terribly. He should chip or slice on break points rather than go for huge returns.

Maybe Blake’s perfectionism has been the culprit all along in derailing him in recent years?


Andrew Miller Says:

I agree with Kimmi…Isner definitely a hungry player who has a pretty broad range! I wouldn’t expect it but he seems to want to play more in the Safin/Cilic/tall but Mobile player mode than the Karlovic (big serve, some shot making but clearly less mobile than Del Potro/Cilic and others).


Andrew Miller Says:

Almagro is good! Gosh I have not watched enough tennis. It shows how amazing Federer and Nadal and even Djokovic are when watching Blake vs. Almagro or Robredo vs. Dudi Sela. All of them strike the ball exceptionally well.


skeezerweezer Says:

Sorry Gang, Re: WTF! Network, I now have a part time job posting on Tennis X blog, of which I get paid a minus gazillion dollars which prohibits me from reporting as much as I would like too, just like the rest of you :)

I’ll try to catch up with the reporting the finale on the “Mens Synchronized Swimming” from “Niihau” as soon as I can fine there coach “Borat”……..I will be in IW in the later part of the week to confirm the reports up here, Quote, “Is Murray going Bald on the back of his head like Sampras?”

Skeezer out.

Good thing I love my part time job. Why?,,, ( Gushy, yucky, icky, smooshy )….sniff sniff…………………..I LOVE YOU PEOPLE!

Von,

Wanted to see Roddick/Blake get through too. Did you know Rafa is playing doubs also? I think it is cool these guys are playin doubs. Interesting combos they all can make……ok…I am biased! I love watching a good doubles match! lol!

RE: Veno. I like anybody who’s name is close to my favorite beverage, “Vino”, ala WINE! You da man/woman/whatever!


Kimmi Says:

” “Is Murray going Bald on the back of his head like Sampras?””

hahahahahahaaa!! yay! find out. needs to get up close though..you know what i mean “CLOSE”!

Almagro running aaaaway with this set. c’mon blake..do it for USA!


jane Says:

Yes Andrew: actually BOTH Blake and Almagro are good. Blake just hasn’t found his serve tonight, whereas Nico has. Blake may still come back from the loss of set one; he’s certainly had his chances, but he hasn’t taken them: he had 4 break points, capitalized on none, whereas Almagro had one chance and converted.

Anyhow, onto set two.

Did you not set the Tsonga/Almagro marathon at the AO? Or Almagro play Rafa in Paris? He definitely has some serious talent.


OllyK Says:

Nole fans, take a look at this pics (after match with Kohli):

http://bit.ly/9bk3zc

:D


OllyK Says:

these pics..*

Von, congrats!!! I see your guy won in straights ! Told you so. ;)


Von Says:

Skeez:

Yes, Nadal looks good in doubles. I see Roddick/Blake lost to Nestor/Zim. Tough draw for them. Roddick always plays singles better whenever he combines it with doubles. I’m sad that they lost, because Andy could have gotten in some very good practise/match play.

Re: Veno, I hope he comes around, then you two can be officially acquainted. I did m y b it, now you two can talk tennis whenever. I love the vino also, but one glass, especially the bubbly, and I’m giggling like crazy.

Gosh you’re lucky to be going to IW. Please give us the blwo by blow reports, even though you’ll be working for a minus paycheck. LOL.

I don’t know what’s happening to Blake; he appears to be in one of his sulky, energy-less modes today. Too bad. I didn’t watch the doubles match with Roddick and I’m wondering if he played like that in the doubles match also. OY. C’mon James, get with the program, puhleez!


Von Says:

Olly: Thanks for the good wishes, and, yes, you told me so. I wasn’t worried not even one tiny bit. And, if you believe that, then you’ll also believe my keyboard is connected to God. LOOL.

I posted to you about the keyboard stuff on the other thread, I think. i’m getting confused with so many threads — sewing is not one of my hobbies. LOLZ..


skeezerweezer Says:

NEWS FLASH! NEWS FLASH!

Breaking news!

In light of the much controversial “bald spot” hitting tennis athletes reported by posters on the “X” Blog, WTF! Network took Skeezer off his assignment in Hawaii to find out WTF! was going on at IW.

It seems as though the mysterious “BABOTH” desease is hitting young potential champions and proven champs of the past……..
____________________________________

Skeezer here in IW……Shammoooon!

BABOTH, other wise know as “Bald At Back Of The Head”, has been spotted by keen observers here at IW.

Inquiring further after talking with the Coaches, friends, stalkers. painted faces and wannabees, we confirmed that these athletes, yes, have taken action.

We have confirmed reports that they are in the process of a remedy, by finding in there tennis bags a product called “GLH”. Please see the product here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GeF7A05zQ8&feature=related

We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the tournament and give you the latest developments and/or results on this.

Skeezer reporting for WTF! Network…

PS: Uh…what if it rains?


Andrew Miller Says:

Hi Jane! I have not seen enough of Almagro and did not see the Tsonga match at the Open, but if he took Tsonga to five sets he must be playing well. I remember watching Almagro before and listening to a lot of hype but then see him fold against the best players (Federer, Nadal, etc) which made me think he was not tough enough. But watching him play Blake, his serve is very good and he really can smoke the forehand – he is of the shot-maker mold – and his backhand is incredible.

I guess it makes me wonder why Almagro is not Spain’s #2. Either it speaks to the competition out there (other players are just better) or to the structure of tournaments (meaning that Almagro and others have to fight strong players just to make it to a match-up with a Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Cilic, Roddick etc).

(Nadal, Almagro, then Verdasco, Ferrer, Ferrero, Robredo, FLopez, GLopez, etc…there are so many great Spaniards!)


Andrew Miller Says:

James Blake – my personal belief is that he should be making grand slam semifinals and putting fear into the hearts of Djokovic etc. but will not because of his “the best shot is to smack the ball” strategy.


Ezorra Says:

Nadal and Lopez won… Yipppieee…


skeezerweezer Says:

C’mon James!


Kimmi Says:

skeezer, too funny. “GLH” heheheh

the maestro on courts..Vammooos!!


jane Says:

Skeezerweezer – LOL!!!! GLH spray paint may be just what Murray needs. We need to you luv your part time job as Tennis X comedian / reporter. : D

Hi Andrew! I like Almagro but I really really want James to win tonight. Go Blake!!! Keep that serve working, and finish off points with finesse, not (only) fire power. Stay in it!

OllyK – Thank you for those photos. What a goofball Novak is. How on earth, after a nerve wracking match like that, can he be out wearing stewardess’s hats. LOL! I do love his fun side though. So love as he’s ALL business during the matches.


jane Says:

So *long* as he’s all business … that should read.


Andrew Miller Says:

Federer off to a FAST start. Baghdatis: to me one of the most talented players on tour. His serve seems a little unorthodox and unstable.


Gannu Says:

In office and watching fedex play against baghdatis.. not very professional ;-) but i just cant miss a fedex match ;-)

Come on feddy finish this off fast..looks better today .. wat say kimmi?


Kimmi Says:

gannu, so far both players serving big,,bagdatis has come to play..it wont be an easy match…go fed!

crap double fault


Gannu Says:

great point to hold the serve after facing couple of break points!! well done feddty bear now break his serve!


jane Says:

Oh phooey Blakeity Blake Blake Blake! You had good chances there to break back. Phooey!


skeezerweezer Says:

Jane/Kimmi

:)

Ya know no dis-rep for Murray/Sampras. Hey, now that I am thinkin about it. Put those two games together=beat FED?


skeezerweezer Says:

James?


Gannu Says:

baghdatis is playing well… why do i feel evryone seems to play their best against fed!!


skeezerweezer Says:

Where for art thou JAMES? Bummer…..


skeezerweezer Says:

Fed will start stepping on the petal here…..


jane Says:

Jame art gone skeezer. : /

Well Almagro Murray might be interesting: they’re 1-1 H2H. And it’s possible they are both struck with BABOTH! Egads!


skeezerweezer Says:

But Baggy holds! Good hold….

Jane…..LOL!


blank Says:

Blake is BAOTH – Bald All Over The Head

lol


Kimmi Says:

federer not a sniff at any break point on baggy serve….c’moooon


skeezerweezer Says:

blank,

LOL!


Kimmi Says:

Sooo tense this match…so good the Fed!!


skeezerweezer Says:

Break! Who says Fed has a weak BH! Wow!


Von Says:

skeezer:

“skeezerweezer Says:
Fed will start stepping on the petal here…..”

I know I can kid around with you on the above and you wouldn’t be offended at all, but I feel so badly for the poor *petal* and I hope it’s not rose *petals* you’re talking about, as I do love those flowers so very, very much. OUCH for the petal!! LOL.


Gannu Says:

its blank my live stream!! oh no wats the score now?


Kimmi Says:

PHEW!!


madmax Says:

Kimmi!

i cant sleep. just woken up, its NOT on TV tennis channel, so I only have the running commentary from you and my american pals! how is fed looking!!!

Go Federer! c’moon! (I just cannot sleep right now), but will have to go back to bed in ten minutes, as up early) hahaha!!!! (I should start work now!).


skeezerweezer Says:

Gannu

7-5 Fed…..first set “Bagged”


Von Says:

Blank: James is indeed deserving of the BOATH designation. sheesh. He coulda exercised a bit more patience instead of just hitting out. Or, was he thinking the ball looked like a is a spot and thought to himself: ‘out, out, you damned spot”"


skeezerweezer Says:

Von,

LOL,,, you got me on that one..I was talking GAS petal…ha.

Although….wait…that can be misinterpreted too….lol!!


madmax Says:

skeeze, thanks for the report! How is fed looking! (your jokes recently are just brilliant!), keep me laughing for most of the day, skeeze – a big hug from the UK!

Kimmi, Gannu, your here too – sometimes the posts come up after I have posted and just seen yours! Hi fed fans!


Gannu Says:

Skeezerweezer.. thanks a million.. my livestream has disappeared suddenly!


madmax Says:

c’moon federer (that’s all I can do from this end!), c’moon fed!!!!


Kimmi Says:

madmax..what!! you can’t watch!! I feel for u. This is a great match. Baggy has been good, very good. hanging with federer shot for shot. that first set baggy got break chances first..but federer saved all (2 of them), big worry it was…the moment fed got his chance he took it. What a genius!!

You are missing a good match. We got the first set in the bag so hope everything will end OK.


Gannu Says:

Hey madmax great to see u… was watching the match but my livestream has suddenly disappeared…!! so sad;-((…

Come on feddy finsih off in straight sets


jane Says:

contador, where aaarrrrre yooooouuuuu? Didn’t I say Fed would win the first set either 7-5 or 7-6? And I believe I said the second set would end with one break (or more) to Fed. Betcha I am right? : )

Fed is serving well; not a lot of aces, but a lot of first serves that are well placed and which Baggy is thus unable to return or do much with. Baggy has, however, been able to make some ground on the second serves. Not enough though.


Gannu Says:

yippe it started again!!! come on feddy bear


skeezerweezer Says:

Madmax/Gannu,

TX:)

And happy reporting from the west coast!

Fed and some beaut BH winners ( for those of you who still think his BH is weak ) and despite early rumours. the forehand is a rippin. Bags is playing his best, and it’s still a match in the works, but I get the feel Fed is crusin, despite the score. We’ll see, no dis-rep for Baggy…..

Point of the match so far…Fed hits a forehand slice dropshot from the baseline, bounces three times before Baggy can get to it….amazing stuff as usual from the “Fed”

2-2 Fed serving (on serve) in the second as of this post


Gannu Says:

forehand is erratic at times


jane Says:

blank good one on Blake’s BAOTH! LOL!!


blank Says:

I feel sorry for Blake. Nice guy with a great game, it’s a pity he doesn’t have the results that do justice to his talent. I was in IW in 2006, when he overpowered Nadal in the semi-finals. He is fun to watch when in full flow.


Kimmi Says:

jane, not yet, not yet..any slip here he is broken..remember hanescu? C’mmmoooon!


madmax Says:

Thanks to the lovely Jane, Gannu, Skeezer (your funny!) and of course the lovely Kimmi! only a few fed fans to hang with at this time! but you are the best!!!! (Jane, I know you are Novak’s honey!), but glad to see you here! I just have to stay up for another 5 minutes, I just love tennis and sharing my passion with you.

C’moon federer!

Sar describes IW, so beautifully! I wish I could be there! Jane, are you, me, margot and contador still on for Miami????!!!!!

Go Federer!

C’moon!


skeezerweezer Says:

Gannu.

Good to hear you can see it now..

Madmax,,

No stream? Let me know….


blank Says:

One of the very few things that I don’t like about Federer is how he throws away the empty water bottle. I wish he put it away more gently. :-/


madmax Says:

c’moon federer!

Kimmi, and the gang! I have 5 more minutes then I really have to try and sleep! (will be impossible!).

Federer, just keep on firing baby! Go for it! Do some damage to your oponent!


madmax Says:

blank, a lot of players do this (seriously), they are just focused on their game, not an empty bottle!

skeez,

no stream :(


skeezerweezer Says:

Madmax,

7th game…..gotta stick around for that…..:)


madmax Says:

any commentaries guys? – 5 minutes then am out of here :(

How is fed looking?

C’moon fed!!!


skeezerweezer Says:

Madmax,

go to

http://atdhe.net/index.html

Click IW or look for Fed……


blank Says:

madmax, Baghdatis is not giving up. I think this set is going to be a close one too.


Kimmi Says:

very close now madmaxx…both players are VERY GOOD!


madmax Says:

you think it gonna go to tie break Kimmi?!!!

C’moon fed! break! break!


skeezerweezer Says:

4-4 Baggy hanging in.,..


skeezerweezer Says:

Fed holds easy at 5-4 Baggy now to serve…..


madmax Says:

skeeze, thanks for the link – dare i look? I think am happy listening to you guys! Gannu! No fear! Fed to go for it!!!

C’moon the fed!!!!

Kimmi, have lost my appetite, I always feel like this in early rounds with fed!


Kimmi Says:

this set is all tiebreak..unless!!


skeezerweezer Says:

Madmax,

Kudos to you is 4 am your time?


madmax Says:

c’moon the fed! Kimmi, feeling sick.

C’moon Fed!!

Kimmi, I have to sleep. I am up in 1.5 hours anyhow, and have a busy day at work today! should i just forget the sleep and stay up?

Fed, WAKE UP! break fed, break!!!!

Kimmi, if you can give a few running commentaries, so I can read them when i wake up in 1.5 hours, that would be cool, sweet even.

thanks.


Gannu Says:

Two MPs cmon


blank Says:

Match point!


madmax Says:

yep! It’s 4.18 a.m.

c’moon federer!


skeezerweezer Says:

YOU are a TRUE TENNIS FAN! WOOOOOOW! :)


blank Says:

Game Bagdhatis. 5-5


Gannu Says:

oh god he squandered them.. fed dont lose focus.. please concentrate


madmax Says:

c’moon federer!

Tell me guys! what’s happening!!!!!!

c’moon federer!


skeezerweezer Says:

Fed had two match points to no avail, Baggy playing tough….5-5


Kimmi Says:

2 match points gone! common fed! maxi..I cannot do a live commentary now..I am so into this match!


madmax Says:

dont do a Kohlly on me!!!!

Federer, come on!

Kimmi, I cant go to bed now. May be 5 more minutes!!!!!

Come on Federer! Yes, I love it when it’s tense,

fingernails short!!!! to the quick!

Fed, wrap it up NOW. NOW. NOW, I tell you!!!


skeezerweezer Says:

Dang Fed wild FG 30-40 Baggy


skeezerweezer Says:

FH


skeezerweezer Says:

Baggy breaks 6-5 Baggy


blank Says:

OMG…this is going to the 3rd set!


Gannu Says:

shucks… he now loses his serve.. really bad.. come on fed get ur act together!


madmax Says:

dang, dang, dang skeezer!

guys, have to sleep, I am going to be so wild in the eyes through lack of sleep. this is what tennis does to me, watching the fed (sometimes). It’s all good though. It’s sweet.

okay, ONE last commentary kimmi, skeeze!!! c’moon federer!


skeezerweezer Says:

Sorry Maxi :( I still think Fed will pull it out all credit to Baggy,,,,,,


jane Says:

Well, the 3rd set ain’t certain. Baggy has to hold and Fed has been in most of his service games. But credit to the Bagman for not folding when Fed had match point; I thought that was it, and my prediction was a sure thing. I still think Fed wins, even if it goes to a 3rd. But we’ll see if it even gets that far.


Kimmi Says:

I need to take a break out of this match myself!


madmax Says:

no skeeze, no sorry mate. it’s all good. i love a good fight and baggy is a mighty fighter, the greek spirit, he is a warrior, with all those injuries, i am pleased he is playing well – never been one for wishing opponents bad injuries, etc., they are great, all of them, wish i could be a professional tennis player, a sportsman, athlete, admiration abounds from me to them! But fed, well he is a shining star to me – shine fed shine!!!!!

c’moon federer!

what’s happening guys?


Kimmi Says:

Can federer come back in this set? Baggy is playing so well now after saving those match points. c’moon fed.


madmax Says:

hang tough, hold straight!

federer, why do you do this to your fans!

c’moon!

Kimmi, I have to sleep now, keep it up everyone! Most of all! THE FED!

catch you in an hour and a half – okay, okay.

SERIOUSLY, ONE MORE COMMENTARY PLEASE BEFORE I TRY TO SLEEP!


jane Says:

Great match so far anyhow. I know it’s tense for Fed’s fans but it is nice quality in general.


madmax Says:

JANE,

whats the scoreline?


skeezerweezer Says:

Maxi,

They split…. go to bed…..you’re a trooper but I feel for you this is ridiculous….I’ll post the results as soon as it happens :)


Gannu Says:

shi.. now again a 3rd set… fed simply doesnt execute well in masters… madmax, kimmi, skeez.. this is gonna be a nerve wrecking one.. i hate these matches.. want fedex to win easily everything;-)


jane Says:

Hi maxi, well it’s even at one set a piece. Baggy did hold there, surprisingly. He is playing well but Fed is too. It is now 1-0 as Fed just held to start the 3rd. It must be tough, but you should get some sleep dear girl. : )


madmax Says:

thanks jane,

bed now and will wake up to see the score.
thanks for filling me in guys – muchas grathias!

c’moon federer!


Kimmi Says:

madmax how can you sleep..fed is in a hole..baggy can win this!!


skeezerweezer Says:

Fed up 1-0, on serve, in the 3rd…anybody home?

E.T…..phone ….home

Jane,

You are right on. Additionally, Baggy is gaining confidence so far early in the 3rd. Fed HAS to step it up……


madmax Says:

kimmi,

i feel sicky sicky sicky. i read a lot of comments, about fed’s focus not being in the masters etc., but he certainly having to work hard for this one. and baggy is good.

i still stand by federer in touch moments.

ET is here, but ET is very tired and will be up again in 1 hour or so. really need to sleep but you keeping me up kimmi!

FED WAKE UP! c’moon!

Kimmi! Fed! Gannu! Skeezer! c’moon!!!!!!!


madmax Says:

C’moon federer!

How is he looking Kimmi!!!!!


madmax Says:

have to sleep guys.

enjoy!


skeezerweezer Says:

Madmax…hang on a sec……maybe….


Kimmi Says:

BREEEEAK!!


skeezerweezer Says:

FED breaks 3-1 Fed serving…….petal to the metal now!!! C’mon


Gannu Says:

HE BROKE.,.oh my god..that was some nerve wrecking stuff


Kimmi Says:

HOOOOLD!


skeezerweezer Says:

Way to call it Kimmi!


skeezerweezer Says:

Gannu your still here awesome!


skeezerweezer Says:

Kimmi Says:

HOOOOLD!

DONE!


jane Says:

By george, I think he’s got it in the bag now men.


jane Says:

…and ladies.


Kimmi Says:

not yet jane! not yet! C’mooon!


Gannu Says:

indeed skeez.. in office trying to work on a report.. but just cant concentrate,.. so will resume work only after i finsih seeing this match!! and it makes worthwhile to watch the match with you, kimmi, madmax and all other countless feddy bear fans ;-)


skeezerweezer Says:

Jane

12:41 am post…very good laugh at this late hour…ha! thanks!


skeezerweezer Says:

Gannu,,

what point at 30 all..wow

now add out..yikes!


Gannu Says:

and he loses his serve.. thereis no end to this ordeal.. disgusting


skeezerweezer Says:

excuse me…break back? ugh…


skeezerweezer Says:

Like I said, Fed cruizin and in control…….not! Baggy was ready for the Fed,,,,,,


Gannu Says:

man bagdhatis is playing the match of hiusm life.. running down everything.. wonder why everyone plays so well against fed.. its just like going for broke


Kimmi Says:

WOW!! this match is high quality throughout..incredible!

C’mooooon!


skeezerweezer Says:

Kimmi you’re still here…awesome….shall we call it now? TB?


jane Says:

5 All – wow, thought is was over. But not yet. Could it be another 3rd set tiebreak? Or will one of them break. Phew…


skeezerweezer Says:

Jane you too….

Fed spraying late… not good…c’mon


jane Says:

Well last chance for Fed to break, or else 3rd set TB.


Kimmi Says:

PHEW! Baggy is too good! he is definetly back! hats off man..


skeezerweezer Says:

Fed can break here to win the match…….


skeezerweezer Says:

Nada! Baggy holds…..T B!


Kimmi Says:

Another match point gone..tie break Who will win this~


Gannu Says:

Again MP squandered.. just frustrated now.. cant bear to watch this any longer


jane Says:

In some ways it’s only fitting that this match end in a 3rd set tiebreak: very exciting. Kudos to whomever wins. A lot of credit to both for continuing to fight, especially Baggy who looked out more than once, and staved off match point.


skeezerweezer Says:

WOW..kudos to Baggy great win,,,,,,, :)


Gannu Says:

and he loses… entire day ruined.. buy guys… just disappointed..but neways he cant win everything.. and baddy played well and deserved to win!!


Kimmi Says:

BAGGY..BEATS FEDERER! WWOW!! Good for him. He played very well and saved 3 match points.

Disappointing for federer but Kudos to bagdatis..he is back!!


jane Says:

Awwww sorry to all my friendly Fed fans. :’ ( SO CLOSE! At least Fed went out in a classic battle! Loved that match, best of the tournament so far. And Fed was not grooved with the lung infection coming in etc.; he should not feel badly about that match.

That said, congrats to Baggy for his first win ever over the Fed. He had to work his butt off for that. He’s really happy.


Kimmi Says:

Federer did not give this match away..Bagdatis went on and beat him..he had to produce the best tennis to do that. woooow! Still speechless.

I say..bagdatis win it all!!


jane Says:

contador you saw that one coming; are you the betting type? Maybe you ought to be? : /


st4r5 Says:

I need to kill someone, Fed just lost!


Daniel Says:

Kimmi, that backhand Fed hit at 4-4 in the tiebreak was bizarre!
Kudos to Baguy, the ball he hit to Fed`s foot at 5-4 to set match point was awesome.

Fed seems as he didn’t have more legs, several points he was just missing shots like he run out of patience, including the second match point he has on 2nd set, when he shoud have hit a crosscourt defensive forenhand instead of going for a winner after being attacked on the forehand side.


Michael Says:

Federer is out of Indian Wells and Bagdhatis has the last laugh. It was an enthralling match where Baghdatis was matching Federer serve-by- serve and shot-by-shot. True, Federer was not at his best and was missing some pretty easy shots which he would have normally made with ease. But give Bagdhatis the credit he deserves, he dug in deep right till the end and finally Federer wilted in the tie break. It would have been a different ball game had it been a grand slam event where Federer would still have had his chances in the fourth set, but in a three setter Federer is always vulnerable for upsets and he has proven it once again. Alas, the grand finale every Tennis fan is hoping for – a final with Federer Vs Nadal is not happening at all because one of the two does not last before the final and that is truly sad.


Kimmi Says:

Opportunity for Roddick to get further here! I hope baggy can continue this form, we will have to wait and see..


Skorocel Says:

Damn Federer! I’ve stayed up till 6:30 a.m. only to see him once again collapsing like a house of cards in that 3rd set… 3 MPs gone begging?! You gotta be kidding me, Roger! Again, a tight situation – and he just falls apart… Can’t even remember when he last won a match after saving MPs, but oh well, that’s not to say he can’t lose one after blowing some… What a sissy! Once again, his subpar volleys betrayed him in the most important of all moments. At 5-4 in the 2nd (Baggy serving), he led 30-0 only to brick a trivial BH volley (and eventual 3 MPs) in the net… That was priceless, Roger!


Michael Says:

Analysing the chances for players in Indian Wells is not appearing easy. The most appealing at the moment is Soderling and what a match he played against Lopez. Terrific second serves, deep and pacy shots, good control at net – all in all he played brilliantly and if he maintains that level right through then he could emerge as the dark horse. Federer elimination has given Roddick a window of opportunity and he too will fancy his chances now. Murray is not at his best and he might not survive for long unless he lifts his game. Nadal is appearing tough and playing well but one has to hold judgement till he faces a sterner test and nobody can rule out Djokovic who I think may go and win the tournament. At the moment my favourite is Djokovic with Soderling next.


Kimmi Says:

daniel, the tiebreak was too tense for me…from 4-4 I stopped watching so did not see the BH error! BOOOO BOOO!!


madmax Says:

guys,

couldnt sleep. just woke up and saw result. will watch on record later. feel sick. congratulations to all baggy fans.

honestly federer. i love you more, learn from your losses and move on – but baggy – amazing.


Michael Says:

Skorocel, you are right. Federer threw away the match which was up for grabs. He is always a different player in tournaments other than grand slams where he appears quite vulnerable.


jane Says:

True Kimmi, Roddick or Murray will be itching to get further, but Baggy might want to go further. Who does Marcos play next then? Robredo right?


jane Says:

Fed’s errors crept up, that’s true. But I didn’t feel like he collapsed like a house of cards. :) I mean he kept fighting right till the end. It was a tight 3rd set, but it seemed to me that Baggy felt it was his night and he wasn’t going to let go, and Fed wasn’t making it easy for him. It’s not like some matches, where I HAVE seen Fed collapse and lose 6-2 3rd or 5th set. Or like against Tsonga when he lost after being up 5-1. In defense of Roger, this was a third set tiebreak loss!! With only 3 points being the difference. Not a bad loss imo.


Kimmi Says:

Murray is playing soo bad right now, I agree with michael..don’t know but I don’t have much hope for him.. Today’s match with catalog of errors..rusty!!


Michael Says:

Has Federer become a pure Grand slam baby now-a-days ??


Fot Says:

I agree with Jane. Roger really didn’t collapse. Baggy played pretty good. It was a good match between Roger and Baghdatis. I hoped Roger could have taken one of those million match points….but he didn’t – and credit goes to Baghdatis for fighting through them and winning in the end.

Uhm… Now I don’t know who to pull for. I don’t really want Djokovic, Murray or Nadal to win…(because they are close in the ranking to Roger) so… who’s left? Go Luby? Nah, I don’t know who I’m going to pull for now. Maybe I’ll just sit back, relax, and hope all the remaining men’s matches go 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 through the end!

Anyway…congrats to all the winners today – especially to the Baghdatis fans.

I guess I’ll relax until Miami!


Michael Says:

Kimmi, Murray’s first serve percentage was awful to say the least – just 46%. With such a pathetic first serve percentage, Murray can never hope to win against good players. He might get through against players like Russel playing at that level, but even against Almagro in the next he will be in trouble if he maintains this low level of play. Moreover in the match against Russel, he made pretty huge number of unforced errors and was lucky to scrape through. One hopes that he lifts the level of his play if he harbours any chance of winning this tournament. But there is a fair chance he might surprise us too in the succeeding rounds.


Fot Says:

A reporter on another forum is in the player’s interview room and reports this from Roger:

Q. How tough is it, Roger, after coming off the back of the Australian Open and to be sick and regain that kind of edge straightaway? How demanding is that?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, I could be sitting here an hour earlier and saying how comfortably I won the match in straight sets not playing great, but moving forward. Always a very fine line. That’s not why I don’t like to now beat myself up too much after a loss like this.

It feels like something the Tsonga match last year in Cincinnati, you know, what happened after that. I played great. Or was it in Toronto and I won Cincinnati.

So it’s just like one of those matches that just happens, you know. You play good most of the time, and then you just don’t play so well when you really have to. The match almost looked like I wasn’t playing all that great, and then I could have still won the match.

That was one of those matches that happens, and it’s a pity because I wasn’t terrible, you know, so…


Fot Says:

More press conference:

Q. At any stage, it’s keeping a real sense of perspective, isn’t it, and a level head and not getting too downhearted with one defeat when you’ve got a potentially well, you have one great tournament and potentially some more to come.

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah. Yeah, I mean yeah, it’s fine, you know. I tried. I came here, gave it a shot. It’s a pity. I wish I could prepare for my next match. I don’t know who I would have played tomorrow, but I would have had a great time playing another match here.

I think as the tournament would have gone forward I would have found my groove more and more, and who knows what would have happened? But I don’t need to worry about that anymore. It’s about resting, you know, because I do feel the first match in my body. It’s something that always is tough, you know, coming from a long layover and all of a sudden playing matches.

But, yeah, I mean, the season is long, like you say. There’s no need to panic here.


Michael Says:

Fot, even if Nadal wins, it will make no impact on his ranking and will remain the same as before because he was the winner here last year. But as regards Djokovic and Murray, the win will give their ranking a tremendous boost, particularly Djokovic. It was the fault of Federer, he should have made good use of this tournament to solidify his ranking and now that he has faltered it is of no use to depend on the failure of other players to maintain his ranking. What will happen, will happen ? Djokovic is my pick with Soderling closing it out.


Kimmi Says:

Fot, they already post the post match interview..wow that is QUICK!!

thanks, its nice to read.


madmax Says:

got a headache now.


Michael Says:

Yes, Federer is right. No panic buttons here and there is Miami and many other Master series events to follow which can be made good use of. But a win is a win and a loss is a loss and Federer lost a match he should have won pretty easily. It is always bad to lose, particularly a player of the calibre of Federer to a low ranked player like Baghdatis. It is easy to reconcile a loss to say Soderling or Davydenko, but not to Baghdatis or Almagro or Blake.


Kimmi Says:

Michael, Baghdatis today he played like a top 5 or 10 player..his ranking does not reflect his performance today!


madmax Says:

FOT thanks for the presser, just sent a copy of that to a friend of mine who is also an avid roger fan – so thanks.

Michael, if I can add to that. Murray is no.4 and playing like a ranking above 50 in this tournament, baggy played like a top 5 player – no question. he played the match of his life and it paid off. I hope he goes all the way because that in some sort of way would make sense. simple.

In a way, the tournament unfolds very nicely now. With federer out :(, roddick is gonna be pumped, you watch murray’s next match, he gonna be like a puffa penguin, all of them going to be stretching that chest out about 2 metres.

Novak will play a lot better too – everyone ought to be on their guard.

go rest roger and come back even stronger! and DONT throw away so many match points next time. Just remember what you can do!

I think those FH and volleys need more work. The BH (on the whole) was sweet.


madmax Says:

fot,

any more of the presser?


jane Says:

Re: rankings, I wouldn’t worry too much about those. Djoko, for example, has loads to defend between now and the French: finals in Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, win in Serbia, and semis in Madrid. He can gain at the two slams, if he betters his performance. Murray was in the finals here last year, won Miami, and was in the semis at Monte Carlo, plus had his best ever result at the FO and Wimbledon. Fed has a little leeway at Miami and Monte Carlo, and Rome. Rafa, of course, has loads to defend until the FO. Fed’s ranking is fine until the FO, I think. Then it depends on how he manages at the next 3 slams as he has to wins and a final to defend. So it depends what happens. It’s all up in the air! So I am not concerning myself with rankings a.t.m. anyhow. Will wait and see where they’re all at when the FO rolls around.


Michael Says:

Kimmi, I am not in anyway under estimating the calibre of Baghdatis. He is a good player and today he was at his best. Ofcourse every player in the top 50 today can fancy their chances anyday against top level players. But for Federer this loss to Baghdatis is particularly morale sapping. It would have been good if he had lost to say a player like Roddick instead of Baghdatis. Now-a-days in smaller tournaments, Federer is appearing extremely vulnerable and one can recount is recent loss to Julien Bennateau earlier.


Kimmi Says:

jane, the ranking is important every tournament you play, you win here you have a good coushen, you lose no so good. now federer cannot afford to lose aerly in coming tournaments..still a long way to go but those points in Dubai and IW would have helped him.

You remember you always say “at least Djoko defends his points here”..because if he does not, he goes backwards.


madmax Says:

thanks Jane. I think my day is weird right now. Been up, went to sleep, back up. feel sick, feel a bit down, but this happens and am very happy for baggy fans – i dont mind in one way, Jane a loss like this, because it was so well fought – and either man could have won it – just those squandered match points.that’s what gets to me. and he was 4:1 up in the third, then blows it away. Masters are definitely not as “in the bag” for fed anymore. I do think his mind has a lot to do with it – but as he said in his presser, early in the season and time to re-evaluate and re-think his shots.

Have a good day Jane, or is it evening?


Michael Says:

The problem with this smaller players is that they played a great match one day only to lose in the next and that is pretty much usual. May be Baghdatis will prove to be an exception. One doesn’t know.


madmax Says:

yes, baggy all the way now! for sure!!! :)


Michael Says:

Madmax, As you rightly said upsets are quite natural in Tennis. But yet I repeat a loss to Roddick or Soderling or Davydenko would not be as morale sapping as a loss to the likes of Bennateau or Baghdatis or Hewitt. Let us be quite clear on this.


Michael Says:

Madmax, All said and done Murray is still staying alive in the tournament despite his lousy play and that counts.


Kimmi Says:

yeah, I agree with Michael..Murray could be playing like a top 50 but he is still alive and kicking. i hope he bring his best game in his next match..Go Murray!


jane Says:

Kimmi, it’s true, I do always think about Djoko equalling his points. It’s good to have a cushion. But if I am not mistaken, doesn’t Fed have a very LARGE cushion to rest his head on right now? : ) My point in the above post was not to make light of Fed’s loss of points, but more to address the post Fot made about cheering against guys because of rankings. I was just trying to show that guys like Murray and Djoko could easily turn around and lose in the upcoming events and both have a lot to defend. Murray was in finals here last year and won in Miami! Djoko was in finals galore on clay. So he could easily lose there, Murray could lose points here or Miami. It’s too complicated for me to cheer based on rankings lol! I do pay attention to my top faves and what they have to defend, but I don’t pay attention usually to guys getting close to them. I suppose if they’re in the top 5 or 10, that’s pretty great! If someone was getting really close then that’d be different. But I believe Fed has about 3000 more points that anyone!! LOL. That’s a comfy cushion. : )


Fot Says:

That’s all the presser that I have right now. I guess we’ll have to wait 2 days or more for the entire press. (I don’t know why it takes them so long to get them out!). I’ll post more if I can get more later. Right now it’s 1:38 am my time and I’m tired! See you guys later.


Fot Says:

Just a little from Baggy…then I’m off to bed:

From Baghdatis’ press conference:

Q. Roger said he wasn’t sure whether he was too aggressive or too passive. How would you…

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Too aggressive.

Q. No, with regard to your game, do you think you were better with aggression or being passive? Do you think you were better today because you were patient and relaxed or aggressive?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Both. I mean, you cannot be aggressive the whole match. You have to choose the points that you have to be aggressive. You have to be smart. You have to change the game.

I think that’s what I did well today. Roger was, I can say, a bit too aggressive. He was missing a lot of balls, and I was more calm than him today.


jane Says:

madmax, thanks. You try to have a good day. Fed’s still numero uno. He fought till the end. Baggy had a great day. Fed can spend some time with the babies, and then go practice in balmy Florida, and get that forehand cracking again. He’ll be back. We’ve seen it a lot of times. Also re: being up 4-1. It does seem like a lot doesn’t it, and I was sure he’d won at that point. But to put it in perspective, that was just one break. So Baggy just needed to break back. Insurances breaks always make me feel much better.


Michael Says:

Jane, About the rankings, Federer needs cushion to guard him against unexpected reverses in the Madrid Open, French or Wimbledon. A win here would have boosted his confidence and with Miami to follow, it could have been double whammy for Federer. But all that now seems to be just academic talk and we need to wait for Miami where I expect Federer will be under greater pressure against lower ranked players in the initial rounds. I hope for the sake of Federer that he does come through the test without a scratch. I am a keen Federer enthusiast and I wish him well.


Kimmi Says:

Ok jane, i now get your point…and i agree he has the cushion now but there is no rest because come wimbles and FO it will be tough.


jane Says:

Michael, Kimmi, I see what you mean, re: looking ahead and extra cushioning, but I thought for him to equal / break Sampras’ weeks at number 1 he needs to stay there just until the FO. Or maybe I am mistaken. However, to stay at the top until year’s end, or longer, then yes, he can surely use all the pillows he can get his hands on. He’d sleep more comfy with more points. Speaking of sleep, that’s what I am going to do now…

Cheers all.


madmax Says:

michael,

yes. murray is still in, but who the hell did he play? Michael Russell. Despite what you say there is a BIG difference in terms of Bagdhatis, who has been on a winning streak this year, to Michael Russell, has he won a challenger event yet? (by the way, thats what broadcaster said in UK when he was playing murray).

Murray’s first serve percentage has been around 37% – that is VERY POOR for a top 4 player. Go look at the stats for Baggy. No contest.

Baggy deserved to win. he was brilliant today.

Cheers michael.

Jane,

Thanks for the input. It’s all fine.


Michael Says:

Good night Jane and Madmax too.

I have never compared Russel with Baghdatis. Yeah there is definitely a huge difference between a top 30 player and a top 100 player. Sure I quite agree, Murray is playing awful and he scraped through with help from players of the calibre of Russel. On the other hand, Federer faced a sterner test against Baghdatis who served exceptionally well making matter worse. Blame the luck of draw for that. But still I maintain that losing to Roddick or Soderling or even Tsonga for that matter would have been much better than losing to the likes of Baghdatis. Tennis is afterall a mental game and I only hope Federer takes this in the right spirit and comes back with flying colours. Knowing Federer, I am sure he will not disappoint us.


Michael Says:

Kimmi- I forgot. Good night to you too.


Long Live The King Says:

FoT, you are an inspiration to Fed fans – it really is all gravy now for Roger. I can only imagine how challenging it must be to get up every day and keep himself hungry for every match he plays. especially with all the good things happening personally.

C u in miami, fed!

Michael and kimmi, If Fed is so desperate for points, he can binge on the 500s, which Fed has never bothered in his reign at the top since 04. worst case scenario, he can gain points in halle and hell, there is hamburg after wimbledon, if he slips up in FO or madrid. Fed not making a final at wimbledon will be even more shocking than nadal’s loss at FO 2009. 7 consecutive finals? and losing one 9-7 in the 5th? that’s like navratilova league.

maxi, take care and get ready for miami. you gotta lead the fed-cheering, right? :) get well soon….. pop in a few of those DVDs from last years FO and wimbledon or the aus open this year. I am sure they will fast track your recovery ;)

I will be cheering for A-rod to take the title.

Long Live The King and go A-rod!


OllyK Says:

OMG, I just woke up and saw that Fed lost..I symphatize with you, maxi (especially), contador and other Fad fans. I truly do. Not because I am a secret Fed fan, but cause I HATE 3rd set tiebreakers. One point to decide the whole match. Just not fair. Well, it is not shame to lose from Baggy, he is a very tough opponent when he plays at his best. And he did that last night, obviously.
But, look from the bright side. He’ll have more time to prepare for Miami and his no1 spot is not threatened..So, don’t worry, he’ll be back in full glory, I have no doubts!


OllyK Says:

@jane:
“How on earth, after a nerve wracking match like that, can he be out wearing stewardess’s hats.”

I had exactly the same thought! Awww, you gotta love him…he IS so unique! Well, I hope those hats helped him to regain strength for tonight! I know, I’m already nervous… :/

@Von:

about sewing thing – LOL! :) Oh, it would be perfect if your keyboard was connected to god…*dreaming* LOL


madmax Says:

Longlive! so great to see you!

Ollyk! Yes! I was up discussing the match til almost 5 am – can you believe it? So tired at work this morning, and I am happy for baggy – think he played magnificently – he really did – and fed did not play badly at all.

But to lose it on 3 match points? That’s what gets me, similar to when he lost to tsonga when he was 5:1 up and didnt he also have match point against delpo at USO 09? (put me right Ben, unless I have my stats wrong – I am trying to learn to improve!). Am sure fed would have got 3 sets and the match if he hadnt dropped the point! But I just love watching him play and I just feel he will learn, and that his game is still evolving.

OllyK, good to see you here

Jane, are you still sleeping?

I am half awake at work, and will still go home later and watch the whole match on record – is that wise? Yes! I can see the silly mistakes federer made – now I am going to look for the presser!


Ben Pronin Says:

Why does every loss follow “it’s ok it’s all gravy”? Is it a way to not get upset? I’m not too upset simply because I’m not too surprised and I also love Baghdatis and he needed this more than Federer. But considering Federer’s success at IW, I wouldn’t have minded seeing him tie Agassi’s MS record. But besides that, it’s a little tougher to get match play when you’ve only played two matches. And blowing 3 match points for the first time in 4 years? Well if he did it in 06, and that was his best year, then I guess doing it now isn’t the worst thing ever.

Either way, this really screws up my bracket.


madmax Says:

chill out Ben. What is the point in getting angry over a loss by Federer? So he lost a masters event? I will be more upset if and more likely when, he loses a grand slam –

for some reason, though I would have loved him to win, I feel a bit selfish for wanting to much when he has given us fans so much for so long.


stu Says:

whaaat?? my laptop broke last night so i just saw the score. you’re right Olly – 3rd set TBs shouldn’t be around anymore, when the matches are already close enough these days…

i’m shocked, but i kinda like baggy. he gave nole a hard time in dubai too. roger, miami is yours i’m sure….


skeezerweezer Says:

Fot

Thanks for the interview post on March 17th, 2010 at 2:36 am.

I thought the same thing of the Fed. Too aggresive, and pressing. Baggy played him well. Can’t win ‘em all!

:)


Ben Pronin Says:

I’m not angry, but I’m not going to say it doesn’t matter just because it’s “gravy”. For any player, blowing match points sucks. Especially when you’re number 1. But all in all, I didn’t expect Federer to win this event and I’m glad Baghdatis got the big win he’s been waiting for for so long.


OllyK Says:

oh, maxi, I know how i’ts like to stay awake that long or to wake up around 4am to watch match and then go to work half-dead.. :/ And if your fav lose you feel like whole world is against you at the moment… But tomorrow is a new day and new masters and new chance for winning is a step closer..
Here is to Fed’s good performance at Miami!! :)


stu Says:

of course by good performance you mean runner up to Nole don’t you, Olly? :P


OllyK Says:

stu, of course, I didn’t say “great”! :P
Are you nervous? I am already… :/
Btw, have you seen those photos of Nole with Emirates girls? :D


madmax Says:

Ollyk,

It’s so good to see you here. and also Stu. you are both lovely posters and I “feel” you understand the turmoil and tribulations of a diehard federer fan. It was hard today. I am sure I looked like a wreck, with half firing cylinders – but i made it home!!! here now, still feeling a bit down, but i think more down when other posters on a different forum are now “gloating” over federer’s loss. I will never understand how so called sports fans can wish other players bad luck. Like pigs in muck. not worth my valuable time speaking to class posters like you two, Jane, and REAL federer fans on this forum.

Yes, well, move on. Ollyk, when Kohls had match point against nole, you will understand that feeling of heart in mouth. It’s so hard and I am going to put myself through it “for real” now to watch the match IN FULL, as I was up watching it on laptop with gorgeous KIMMI, GANNU,SKEEZER – we understood the torment together at those crucial moments. I could not sleep, but tonight, hopefully will be better.

Good luck to your man ollyk and to you stu too. catch you both later.

It’s very strange though, because now it opens up, i am still excited to see who goes through and players like roddick boasting a 9:0 against Melzer, well, it’s just that much more interesting. Isner v Nadal, again, interesting. So am still enjoying the tournament without roge.

BEN!

Of course, I am angry that Federer lost! I hate it that he loses!, but that is NOT the way to be, I teach myself patience and understanding, Federer CANNOT win ‘em all. that is asking too much, so who hurts themselves here? Me! and what’s the point Ben? It’s completely counter productive. It ruins my day to be honest, I was a zombie today, unsmiling and wanted to be on my own, but then I changed myself towards the end of the day and thought of all the fantastic times Roger has given me as a fan, I feel blessed to be one of the millions of fans out there who have been lucky enough to live in THIS ERA. There is no one else for me, but I enjoy watching other players – so I hope to see Federer improve, I know he will, I know he will work hard at his game and see this as a positive too. He can rest, he can re-evaluate and come back stronger. That is the way I see it anyhow. :)

Cheers Ben!


Long Live The King Says:

Ben :

Think about a Nobel Laureate who misses out on A grade to an ambitious undergrad. you think he should go sulking around? or just say that guy wanted it more?


Ben Pronin Says:

I’m not saying Federer should sulk, but he still doesn’t want to lose. Ever. No matter what.


skeezerweezer Says:

Ben,

Agreed on that one. When you think about it, being a Fed fan, wouldn’t it lower his credibility if he didn’t try to go out and honestly win every match he enters? On the other hand, I can see as a tennis player getting more “Psyched” up for a match or tournament over others……so would like to hear some comebacks on that one….

That said, with all the great players entered, there is no way Fed did not want to win this tourney or win against Baggy. BUT, to my eyes he did not seem prepared. “Too aggressive” as Baggy pointed out, like, maybe, “let’s hurry up and get this match over with?” Fed had his chances to close and seemed to have “some senior moments” with closing and then some uncharactoristic errors. All credit to Baggy too he was the steadier player in the end..

Hee Hee! Shamooon!


skeezerweezer Says:

Maxi,

Open, Honest, insightful, thoughtful post to Ben @ March 17th, 2010 at 2:00 pm.

Now go to bed early tonight and get some sleep! :)


skeezerweezer Says:

Correction to March 17th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

….or NOT win against Baggy. or…uh whatever…..He wanted to win against Baggy and win the Tourney, ok? ! Bad sentence.. :(


stu Says:

the later Nole’s match starts, the sooner he will win.


stu Says:

wow whats up with GGL these days?!


Kimmi Says:

OK Murray moves on. Almagro says enough!!

Soda soda..Gooo murray

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