Nadal v Roddick Lined-up in Miami, Hot Sauce on Deck
by Staff | April 1st, 2010, 12:29 am
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Rafael Nadal hasn’t won a title in almost 12 months, but the Spaniard moved one step closer on Wednesday night when he steamrolled Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-2 to set up a semifinal with Andy Roddick at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.


Nadal saved four break points in the first set, showing no signs of the knee injuries that slowed him in 2009 and early 2010.

Roddick had little trouble in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Nicolas Almagro to gain the semifinals, and is yet to drop a set in the tournament after finishing runner-up to Ivan Ljubicic in his last event at Indian Wells.

“I felt like I played pretty clean today,” Roddick said. “Also, he’s a guy who takes lots of risk himself. So you can keep it low because he’s the one kind of trying to hit the lines and being the aggressor. So I played within the margins today, and hit it well.”

Roddick says he is feeling his groove after his Indian Wells run.

“When you play a lot of the matches and kind of play a high level, it feels like everything kind of slows down a little bit,” Roddick says. “Muscle memory takes over a little bit more, and things kind of just happen. So I think I’m at that stage right now. Unfortunately with tennis you have to start every day and it’s a new one. You’re playing well, but you still have to go out and do it every day.”

On court Thursday in Miami are the remaining quarterfinals in Federer-killer (16) Tomas Berdych vs. (10) Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, and (13) Mikhail Youzhny vs. (5) Robin Soderling.


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150 Comments for Nadal v Roddick Lined-up in Miami, Hot Sauce on Deck

jane Says:

Woot! Good win for Rafa! Am very happy Rafa and Roddick will play in one semi.


Von Says:

I like this, “Federer-killer (16) Tomas Berdych.” We can’t say it was David and Goliath, buit close. LOL.


Von Says:

And, jane, remember ….. NO …..


noaman Says:

wow… my support always with clay king Rafa n i want to c him in final wid federer .


noaman Says:

nadal crash roddick n to reach final


noaman Says:

after 12 months i m confident rafa will win this title


krishnan.t.s. Says:

this has got to be the most interesting and explosive match of 2010…. both players playing deadly tennis at the moment… all nadal needs to do now is to handle roddicks serve….. everything else will fall into place 4 him…. n thank god the useless Scotsman murray is going back to number 4…. i wish him all the best… by the end of this year, he(murray) can do it…. he can become world no7…. go do it murray


Kimmi Says:

btw, if nadal beats roddick, it will be the first top 10 player he is beaten since tsonga last year in paris masters. so, can he do it? if he loses, it wont be good news for nadal :)


Kimmi Says:

oh, tsonga is top 10 at the moment, so he is beaten tsonga again…hmmm!


NELTA Says:

Unfortuntately, the match wasn’t on TC or FSN so I didn’t see it, but based on people’s comments Tsonga started out blasting and Rafa fought off the initial surge by saving 4 break points early in the 1st set. Rafa was able to capitalize on almost all his break opportunities. That’s a sign that he is really feeling confident by going for his shots on the biggest points. Maybe Tsonga got tight on some of those points too.

Rafa is definitely my favorite to win this now. Roddick has the serve, but doesn’t have any other weapons to hurt Nadal. I think he will either face Berdych or Soderling in the final. He already beat Berdych at IW and Soderling could be a tough one, but in the final of an outdoor 1k you have to go with Nadal.


Voicemale1 Says:

Nadal beat Soderling too this year, in Abu Dhabi right before Australia.


stu Says:

well, i guess i know what my plans are on Friday evening…*excited*


contador Says:

it’s the most realistic choice NELTA- picking rafa to win Miami.

but i did that at the start of this tournament. i picked nole in IW. no one would have predicted ljubie to win.

however rafa was rapidly growing into the tennis monster he can be. so, yeah. rafa looks to be playing 100% healthy and i figured in miami his confidence would catch-up.

no one will beat him. but i will cheer roddick on. my heart will be with andy and i believe it will be a tougher match for rafa than beating the mentally more fragile tsonga.

as far as the matches today? i am all excited! the new Berdych is on deck as well as Soda Pop.

though i like hot sauce, i hope either berdych today, or robin or youzy takes verdasco out before the final.

the final will likely be rafa v ? and we know for certain fernando verdasco has no chance and there isn’t even any tension. a rafa v berdie would be my top pick or rafa v soda.

GO Berdie, c’mon!


tenisbebe Says:

Was so very happy for Rafa’s win last night – love that kid. Would love for him (or Andy) to take the Miami title but players know he’s oh so beatable right now & after IW, all bets are off.

Rooting for Youzhny over Soderling, don’t care so much in the 1st.


Daniel Says:

The same thing happened in Miami 2008. Rafa was almost with the trophy in his hand and Davy beat him in the final in straights.

I am with Fot who said on another tread I will only believe Nadal is in full trotle again if he wins this title. Two more matches to go, so…anything can happen.


MMT Says:

No matter how many times he handles Tsonga, I’m always a little surprised at how comprehensively Nadal seems to have figured him out. Almagro is a bit of a wildcard, and I’m impressed with how well Roddick handled him. Almagro is so talented, but Roddick is a better professional – fitter, more focused, more competitive, and way more experienced.

This is a great opportunity for Roddick – here he has a chance to reach his second masters final in a row, and beat a pretty good player along the way. It’s hard to see him getting past Nadal given the way he handled Tsonga, but an aggressive approach seems to be the key. Roddick appeared to be very comfortable coming forward against Almagro.

Berdych has a 5-3 h2h advantage over Verdasco, and just beat the hell out of him in Indian Wells, but he’s so inconsistent, I can easily see him bagging it or winning straight sets. As good as Verdasco is, I have the feeling the match is really on Berdych’s racquet.

Soderling has a 2-1 h2h advantage over Youzhny, who has been playing well since the Australian, although that includes a retirement against Soderling in Amsterdam. I don’t see Youzhny beating Soderling at this point.


contador Says:

tennisbebe, i’m happy you are happy, truly….

however no, no. not youzhny over mr. dimples. but you could be right. soda had some serious looking strapping on a knee and youzzz is smart, has a glorious one-handed backhand too. he’ll be checking out how well the swede can move around, testing him.

i can’t wait!


contador Says:

MMT-

what makes today’s match-ups more interesting is inconsistencies. of all of them, youzhny is great, great movement, great backhand, smart….but must have some issues when facing a top guy. maybe today is his day, who knows.

soderling is inconsistent, verdasco is inconsistent, and of course, berdych is but any of them could beat a rafa or roddick and win a big tournament, if fit and has the confidence…maybe a little luck. my point earlier about a verdasco v rafa final, although it’s eye candy for many tennis fans. i have no reason to believe verdasco will never recover from that heartbreaker semifinal AO 09 loss to rafa or come so close to beating a nadal at nadal’s best. and he’s looking to be at his best the way he’s playing. no chance for tobasco unless roddick performs a miracle or rafa has a bad day.

if i had to pick, i’d pick verdasco over berdych, though i want tomas to follow-up the federer win with another big win.

i have no clue about soda pop. c’mon robin!


Von Says:

NELTA: The Nadal/Tsonga match was aired on FSN @ 9:00 pm last evening. The listing was simply ‘tennis’, so maybe you may have missed it, if you were searching for ATP Tennis. Check your listing again.

I suppose you know you can always watch live streaming on ATDHE.net or Fromsport.com?


Von Says:

Contador: I’d like to see Berdych rewarded for his monumental effort in taking out Fed. I’m hoping he does not get a let-down after winning, what for him, was a huge match. That said, I’m rooting for him to get to the final. C’mon Tomas, you can do it!!


contador Says:

http://www.gototennisblog.com/category/free-live-tennis-streaming/

here is where i try to get my streaming, since i have no tennis channel and FSN doesn’t program tennis over poker or anything else in my area of the USA. can’t even livestream from the tennistv without a dish or different cable.

if miami being streamed on ESPN360, i’d be set. if it is on ESPN 360 somebody tell me because a week ago there was nothing about it.

i can always get a stream from “fromsport” or” channelsurfing” i like ATDHE best but can’t always get on.


contador Says:

okay, von. i think we are on the same page but in a minority about berdie winning today. we’ll see.

and though rafa is not my favorite, i can appreciate him and be happy for a big win here. he hasn’t had one in awhile.

however i will be cheering for roddick and jumping up and down if he somehow beats rafa, especially the rafa i saw dominating tsonga last night.


contador Says:

roddick doesn’t fare too well on clay does he?

it’s a long wait for andy until the grass tournaments. and i was completely psycho last wimbledon, not knowing which way to cheer.

heartbreaker loss. andy roddick has a great grass game, if he’s healthy and he’s had some bad luck, either injury or federer has been in the way for a wimbledon win.

unfortunately, for AR, there are more contenders for wimbledon than ever this year, at this point looking ahead,


Von Says:

Contador, of course you know that Roddick’s my one and only fave, so I’ll definitely be cheering for him.

I just would like to see Berdych rewarded for that match, as i think he’s rightfully deserving of it, don’t you think so? That said, I’m hoping for the very best for him.


Von Says:

No, contador, Roddick does not fare well on clay. He always injures himself. However, he can play on clay, and win. He’s gotten to Rome SFs twice, I think, and R16 at the FO. He’s also beaten quite a few players on clay in Davis Cup. I think it’s his movement that causes him to be injured as he’s not great at sliding. he calls clay his kryptonite.


madmax Says:

evening contador! and other Federer fans!

roger has landed in Europe! On facebook, posted a picture with a message – go check it out!

I am glad that what has happened with berdyche has made him re-evaluate his game – roger STILL wants to win and continue to evolve his game!

Even though Berdyche will be on a high still (am sure), it was such a close match – really – federer, match point again! Grrrrrrrrr! roger!

Conty,

roddick got to the QF’s last year at FO. He did well, it was his best ever showing!


sheila Says:

nadal is going to win roddick & he’s going to win miami. then he will win all the clay court events including fo. then he will take #1 ranking back and i’m a federer fan. i hope i’m wrong but nadal is playing w/such intensity that he seems to be getting back to his winning ways. hopefully federer can once again bounce back @ slam events. hes got a lot of points to defend & nadal has practically no points to defend after madrid and losing in rd of 16 to soderling last yr @ fo. unless roger gets his game on track it might end up being a tuff yr 4 him, but as i said, i hope i eat my words & roger bounces back w/a vengance.


NELTA Says:

Von,

That’s strange because I know I clicked over to both TC and FSN after 9PM and it wasn’t on at the time.

You know the 1st day of coverage started at 4PM and about 45 minutes in Gimmelstob was saying how he hoped we were enjoying this “bonus coverage”. I was like huh? You just started broadcasting. The program guide says 4-6PM At 5PM they flipped the switch and covered a poker tournament???


Polo Says:

NELTA, we were in a similar situation last night. the Nadal-Tsonga match was not aired by FSN in the area where I live either. I live in the east coast. They showed a basketball game instead. I was able to watch it on my computer at ATDHE.


Daniel Says:

sheila

Nadal has now 6800 pts.
Even if he wins Miami (add 820 pts), Monte Carlo (add 0 pts), Barcelona (add 0), Rome (add 0), Madrid (add 400 pts – which he won’t play so he will lose 600 pts) and RG (add 1820 pts)

His total come June 7th will be: 9840 pts

Fed wil have Monday 5th 11035 – 270 = 10765 pts

Fed will have to not win anything on clay and lose before semis in RG for Nadal to be n.1 after RG.

After Wimby will be a different story if Fed perform poorli in RG and Wimby and depending on how well rafa does on clay and grass.


jane Says:

Daniel, thanks for clarifying the points scenario (I appreciated reading it as well, though it was addressed to shelia); have also just read Gordo’s calculations & speculations on the other thread. It seems like Fed should overtake the most weeks at number 1 record – yet another feather in his cap!


NELTA Says:

Yes Polo. I’m in the Northeast too. I was thinking maybe the b-ball game ran over and they switched to tennis later, but you just confirmed for me that I wasn’t hallucinating.


contador Says:

Von,

it’s really too bad for berych, if he loses to tobasco. it will be great if he wins here.

vamos tomas!

madmax, thanks for the federer update.

it’s such a long shot for roddick to win the clay GS. what a shocker that would be!

that’s right he didn’t do too bad at the FO last year. but i say he may as well play it safe, go as deep as possible without injuring anything on clay and win wimbledon at long last.

federer got one slam this year madmax. i am satisfied, whatever federer does is golden at this point. i do hope he retains #1 and gets his wish. c’mon feddy! from the analysis here on tennisx, sounds like the opinion is he’ll reach that goal….only thing stopping him? and unexpected injury or illness…..so

take care, roger!

Von,

tomas is not “on” today. i think tobasco is going to cruise through this match in 2 sets. 1st set to nando.

poor berdych. i guess it was enough for him to beat federer, – the 3 B’s federer killer’s someone here posted:

Benny, Baggy, and Berdie

let’s see if tomas can get something going….


contador Says:

uh boy, not on at all, tomas.

c’mon, make a match of this!


contador Says:

verdasco about to go up a break already in the second set.

can tomas hold him off?

nope. birdie has no answer. HELLO?


jane Says:

I’m inclined to agree with you conty – not watching the match as am at work, but it’s looking like it’s all Verdasco today. Too bad: I’ve nothing against hot sauce; it just would have been nice to see T-Berd build on what should have been a confidence building win over Roger.


rafa Says:

Don’t know how other people are calculating the points but here is the Ranking scenario in my opinion (if Nadal wins miami).

federer Current points minus clay points = 7315

Estoril- Winner 250
Rome- Semi final 360
Madrid- Runner 600
French open- Runner 1200

Total after French open- 9725

Nadal Current points minus clay points (hoping he wins miami) = 4340

Monte carlo- winner 1000
Rome- winner 1000
Barcelona- winner 500
Madrid- Winner 1000
French open- Winner 2000

Total after french open- 9840


contador Says:

rafa-

is rafa playing madrid this year? is it on his schedule? are you speculating these point scenarios?

you must be assuming this stuff.

not that it couldn’t happen.

madrid is the wrong altitude for rafa, remember?

and…..there are a lot of other players than rafa and roger. very good chance delPo will return, nalby is improving, nole could win one of those, if he gets his tennis mojo back. soda coupd pop him again, who know.

i get your wishful rafa fan thinking, though.

vamos tomas!.


contador Says:

no no break point tobasco

deuce….phew!

let’s go tomas, take this set!

ahrrrrg! Jane the bird is fighting back finally

ad biryche, can he make it?

he made it! berdych leads 4-3 in the 2nd set


contador Says:

rafa-

it’s great when your favorite makes a huge comeback like rafa has.

and he’s proven he can be #1. no doubt. i was wishing novak would make it this year, though.

rafa, please….just not nadal until after june 14. okay?


rafa Says:

Contador

You din’t read Nadal’s presser did you?

[quote] Q. Ian Tiriac said this week that he doesn’t understand why you don’t play Madrid. The tournament will continue to be a great tournament without you. What’s your opinion?
RAFAEL NADAL: Ian Tiriac probably doesn’t know if I play Madrid, or not because it’s in my schedule, so…

Q. When you take a decision if you played Madrid or not?
RAFAEL NADAL: I play Madrid. I told you before. I said Madrid is in my schedule. Probably or Ian Tiriac don’t know about my schedule, or you understand bad from him. [/quote]

And I am considering best possible results for Federer, Under his current form it will be tough to even cross Quarterfinals of those tournaments for him.


madmax Says:

Scenario 1:

Nadal has now 6800 pts.
Even if he wins Miami (add 820 pts), Monte Carlo (add 0 pts), Barcelona (add 0), Rome (add 0), Madrid (add 400 pts – which he won’t play so he will lose 600 pts) and RG (add 1820 pts)

His total come June 7th will be: 9840 pts

Fed wil have Monday 5th 11035 – 270 = 10765 pts

*************************************************
Scenario 2:

Don’t know how other people are calculating the points but here is the Ranking scenario in my opinion (if Nadal wins miami).

federer Current points minus clay points = 7315

Estoril- Winner 250
Rome- Semi final 360
Madrid- Runner 600
French open- Runner 1200

Total after French open- 9725

Nadal Current points minus clay points (hoping he wins miami) = 4340

Monte carlo- winner 1000
Rome- winner 1000
Barcelona- winner 500
Madrid- Winner 1000
French open- Winner 2000

Total after french open- 9840

Fed will have to not win anything on clay and lose before semis in RG for Nadal to be n.1 after RG.

After Wimby will be a different story if Fed perform poorli in RG and Wimby and depending on how well rafa does on clay and grass.

BEN PRONIN – WHO IS RIGHT?


contador Says:

nope you are right again. i don’t read rafa’s pressers much and last time i checked nadal’s schedule, madrid was not on it.

i check federer’s schedule much more often….or nole’s, or delpo’s , or soda’s, or cilic’s, roddick’s…ernests gulbis…even andy murray

nadal is a bit further down on my priority list. no disrespect. rafa nadal has plenty of fans checking his schedule for me.


contador Says:

Madmax,

rafa, the fan is just super happy his favorite is back into form.

maybe he’s a little testy today about his dreams.

he could be right, don’t you think?


contador Says:

meanwhile,

i think this quarter final is at least going to a tie break and tomas has made a match of it.

my pulse rate is up a little.

Vamos Tomas! no choking.


rafa Says:

Contador

Its not about dreams, I was just trying to correct your wrong calculations about points.

Frankly speaking there is no guarantee of Nadal even making it to the clay season. His knee injury may resurface again against Roddick and he can say good bye to tennis court for few more months.


contador Says:

rafa-

my wrong calculations? i was not calculating anything.

check the posts again. i was wrong about rafa’s schedule and on another thread forgot roger DID play monte carlo last year.

get your poster complaints right. i am not calculating or adding up, subtracting roger/ rafa points. reading the poster who are though.

are you vamosrafa from TT? per chance?


contador Says:

meanwhile back to the match at hand instead of this rather tedious roger/rafa thingy….prefer to drop

tomas made it to 6-5

i imagine verdasco will hold serve here…

and we go to a tie break.


rafa Says:

Nope I don’t even have an account on TT. ;)


contador Says:

that’s good.

hello to you, rafa.

i don’t do the points math though. i just read those who do.

tie breaker is making me verrrry nervous

tomas, still time to choke……no choking!


jane Says:

Wow – T-Berd gets another chance. Let’s see what happens…


contador Says:

Yipeeeeeee! well done, tomas!

going to a decider. great match! anyone else watching?

am i being hated? cheering for birdie here…..hey he beat TGF, if he’s gonna beat my man, i want him to move on.

but verdasco would be in his first semi of a 1000 atp tourny if he wins?

is that what i heard?

i’ll go look it up. nevermind


contador Says:

great job to comeback by the bird, Jane.

it looked like match over at the start of the 2nd set.


madmax Says:

contador and jane, i am here watching, dipping in and out, but longgggg week, so probably turn in, in a bit.

rafa, contador is a funny poster here and she means no harm, so dont take offence. she is a “contessa”, a “comedienne!”

DURO! where are you? How are you? Thinking of you! Take care duro.


contador Says:

i just had to ask. no offense taken.

i just don’t make a habit of checking rafa’s schedule often. i checked it but don’t remember when. nor do i listen to his pressors. tune in to see what he’s wearing mostly. as far as his tennis? no doubt he is far from done winning and appears stronger than anyone else at the moment.

wow! verdasco fought off that break point….now deuce

hot sauce is not going to give up his serve here.


rafa Says:

I am hoping against the hope that Verdasco can still win this after blowing away his chances in second set.

Although I like berdych too but here is why I am hoping for verdasco win-

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2010-03-24/3708.php#comment-129121


Kimmi Says:

aaahhhh! Tobasco, I never expected him to do this well in this match..i tought it would be another rout like IW..C’moon don’t stop fighting..

Gooo! Hot saurce!


contador Says:

oh, i see, rafa.

it’s quite possible.

GO Roddick is my response to that. : )


contador Says:

Kimmi-

cheers to you, my friend, though on this match we be on opposite sides of the fence.

may the best man win, i say.

looked to me early on that man would be your hot sauce.

now it’s a cracker!

typical verdasco. DF’s and follows up with an unreturnable.


Fot Says:

This is for Von. You may have already seen this interview, but if not – here it is. This is part I. I may not be the biggest Roddick fan of his tennis, but I love his interviews.

http://www.insidetennis.com/2010/03/andy-roddick-interview-part-1/


Kimmi Says:

I know conty..on tight matches like this Tobasco will always be a big doubt.

But in this tornamnet he impresses me when he was able to come back after being down and out against Melzer. Something must be coming together (i hope)

15-40 again ..oh boy! a break here that it for verdy..c’moon


contador Says:

fernado needs to chill. he’s really getting mad at himself.

maybe this is how he get’s it done? or…both these guys make me cringe, for some reason.

break point berdie and he does it.

will he choke, people?


Kimmi Says:

T-berdy breaks..well well well..he deserves it after being down and out in this match!


Kimmi Says:

contador, the way he served himself out against federer..he is not a choking matter anymore!


rafa Says:

I don’t think Berdy will choke, even if he does Verdasco has proved over the years that he is the bigger choker.

Looks like only 3 of my picks will make it to semis now. :(


tenisbebe Says:

Rafa – thanks for your calculations which I think are relatively realistic based on years past. However, we are in a different world as far as Rafa (the real one) is concerned and as you note he could have knee issues again & miss some clay court tournaments this spring. I really wish he would drop Madrid from his schedule but perhaps he’s padding it in case he flames out at one of the others.

In any case, looks like Berdych is finally finding his rhythm here. The winner plays tomorrow, yes?


Kimmi Says:

verdsco going for broke here…he might be rewarded like berdch against federer


Kimmi Says:

maybe not, 2 match points T-berdy!


contador Says:

sheeeesh….

this is not over, rafa and kimmi.

impressive service game from hot sauce, this one.

and we can’t be sure tomas can serve it out…..uggghhh

i say if berd doesn’t serve it out and win this now. verdasco will win.

to think ernests gulbis beat berdych in Memphis? was it?

oh god, a match point berdych


tenisbebe Says:

So did a fan yell “out” on Tabasco’s ball there at 15-all or was it the linesman?

Berdych comes through…


contador Says:

he did it. the fed killer is serious, a serious contender this time.

oh a soda v berdych semi? oh ya!


rafa Says:

Great victory for Berdych. He looked down and out in the second but still found a way to win. Congrats.

Anybody knows Nadal and Roddick play the First semi tomorrow or the second?


Kimmi Says:

great for T-berdy for backing up his big win. he awaits the winner of Soda/youzhy. Great chance to reach the final here!


jane Says:

Yes I am happy for Berdy. Nice to see him not fade but to rally. It could be a turning point for him. Hmmmm…


NELTA Says:

tenisbebe,

Someone shouted WOOOOT!!! during that point. It was maybe 2 hits before the out call.


stu Says:

wow gotta admit im pretty shocked!

rafa, rafa andy _should_ go first coz they’ve had a day off, but i get the feeling theirs will be the night match…


tenisbebe Says:

NELTA – thanks, wasn’t sure what happened there.


Kimmi Says:

venus is on a roll, three tournaments in a row she goes all the way to the final…a resurgent at 30?


contador Says:

stu-

i don’t know isn’t venus through to the semi? if so, nah…roddick and rafa will likely get the night spot.


Kimmi Says:

contador, venus just won her semi..she is in the final now..rest day tomorrow, women final on saturday.

Tomorrow will be only men’s semi i think. I like Stu reasoning, Rafa V roddick first match!


pernfors Says:

Roddick vs, Nadal should be a great match to watch. Hard to pick a winner – two real fighters with lots of experience. I still believe Nadal will come out on top, he seems incredibly inspired right now. I don´t think Roddick can stop him. I say Nadal vs. Soderling in the final.


contador Says:

okay, thanks Kimmi

i have not kept up with the wta, even though henin is still in and i hope she wins. she has yet to play today, right?

i am at work, supposedly.

and i may well miss the youz v soda pop match. : (

don’t know if soda is really injured or what is up with the knee but…yeah, if he is, oh well, youzy will get lucky. i think berdych would knock him out. what i really want is to see a healthy soda play this confident t-bird!


Eric Says:

I don’t think Berdych is going to get any further… he’s been lucky to face a horrendous Federer, whom he nevertheless barely beat, and to escape what should have been a straight-sets elimination to Verdasco. Even if Berdych is playing his best, I’d give Soderling a 90% chance of winning assuming he doesn’t lose an arm before their match or something. If Youzhny manages to make it past Soderling I guess that would be a more even match for Berdych, but I don’t think that’ll happen. Anyway I don’t think this means Berdych has suddenly made it to the ranks of the heavyweights. He’s had a couple of good matches, but that doesn’t mean he’s amazing now. Just lucky at the moment. :)


Kimmi Says:

contador, still at work..ahh I remember you are 2 hrs behind me.

soda injured..knee..oh no, never heard that, I hope he is ok. Soda v Youzhy match should be starting now.

I have not watched a lot of soda matches coz he has been playing days mostly.

I was listening to tennistv.com during T-berdy v Tobasco ..the commentator Goodall and Koenig (sp) said today is very calm..no wind at all and that should suit Soderling. If its windy then Youzhny has a shot coz his game has more control in those kind of conditions.

that make sense because during IW match (Roddick v Soda) the day turned out to be kind of windy and soderling was making a lot of errors..hitting long most of his shots!

I also like soda to go thru in this match..if he wins he might give us a good match tomorrow or final for that matter.

Reagarding WTA, yes Justine is still on. Tonight she plays Clijsters in the other semi..hope the match is as great as their last match in Brisbane this year..


tenisbebe Says:

contador – re your post to me at 1:24 pm. Don’t know about Robin’s taped knees but regardless, I am rooting for Youzhny because I’ve always liked his game & his feistiness. Was lucky enough to have him on my court twice last year at Cincy but typically don’t get to see his matches via broadcast so this is a treat. Don’t know if Mik can overcome Sod’s power but am hoping for some sparkling tennis.


Kimmi Says:

Soderling has his knee taped up..lets hope he can move OK.


Kimmi Says:

Youznhy defence causing problems for soda early on here


Kimmi Says:

ahhh break to Youz already..not good start!


tenisbebe Says:

Eric – agree with your take on Berdych recent rebirth.

Wind 15mph

Mik breaks right out of the blocks!


Andrew Miller Says:

Roddick has my vote for the best quotes in tennis. This is just awesome! He is pure honesty in the press room.

“Unfortunately with tennis you have to start every day and it’s a new one. You’re playing well, but you still have to go out and do it every day.”


Kimmi Says:

great variety from Youzhny so far..but soda is able to deal with all that..


tenisbebe Says:

Well, just wanted to say that I have enjoyed IW & Miami immensely this year because both had some new faces in the later rounds.

Andrew – I saw that quote from Andy. But my favorite all time from him was “…Stay in school kids, or you’ll end up being an umpire!”


Kimmi Says:

heeee, soda is popping so far..


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi – you sound like a five-year old.


Kimmi Says:

tenisbebe, Nah,I am pretty big..just excited to see soda popping..probably my child in me is coming out Ha!


Kimmi Says:

Colonel is losing his cool here!


tenisbebe Says:

This is what I was afraid of. Youzhny is having a hard time absorb Robin’s power – was hoping he would be able to mix it up more & stay away from trading groundstrokes – he will lose that battle against Robin. Hopefully, he can hang in there & maybe the FH will breakdown… Ha!


Kimmi Says:

I don’t believe this is the first time Youz has hold serve..maybe it will give him some needed confidence to play better..

Soda should not lose the grip here..Goo soda!


Kimmi Says:

sada..c’moon don’t let it slip

Youz is feeling it now!


Kimmi Says:

Soda game set match..great win.

Youzhy could not deal with soderling power today. he did a good tourmanament though, especially coming back from injury..

Yes, soda..GOOO all the way!!


stu Says:

rafa-soderling final?

*rubs hands together with glee*


Kimmi Says:

Friday matches

1 pm Nadal V Roddick

7 pm Soderling v Berdych


jane Says:

Well Soda versus Berdy could be another good semi-final. Two good semis lined up. I have no idea who’ll win either. I am inclined to favour Soda over Berdych with Soda’s 4-2 H2H, but who knows!?


Kimmi Says:

jane, commentators think soderling, especially now T-berdy had back to back very long matches..they wonder if he will have enough gas tomorrow! Lets see!

GOOO Soda.

What will it be like if its Rafa V soda final..hehehe bring it on!


tenisbebe Says:

Well obviously Soderling is playing more consistently than Berdych so he’s the obvious pick in that match.


Kimmi Says:

tenisbebe, I know you like to watch some WTA..are you going to watch Clijsters v henin ?


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi – I’m not a big fan of the WTA per se however it seems that FOX has decided to air hockey on all of the 5 FOX sports channels I receive & apparently show the Henin/Clijsters match later. CRAP!


tenisbebe Says:

OK – I can’t type and stream at the same time. Ciao folks.


Kimmi Says:

Henin need to raise her game here or kim will run away with this match – easily

6-2 clijsters..not good!


Rsutherland Says:

Multiple faux ball tosses from Ms. sports-bra. Is she attempting a ‘re-cheat’?


tenisbebe Says:

Must be a Serena fan…


Rsutherland Says:

Serena?…not really – too bad a temper and too much attitude- but cheating is eternally unforgivable. Big Clisters fan though – seems nice, classy and talented


Rsutherland Says:

Also, Serena actually needs a sports bra (and then some…)


Kimmi Says:

Clijsters is the steadier one at the moment. She is aggressive and consistent. Justine is not given time to exert her game..

This could end quickly


Kimmi Says:

kim imploding in this game..three DF..she is broken. Probably the spark henin needs


skeezerweezer Says:

Good match here Henin/Kim…..Skeezer is watching! What, no guys are man enough to have an interest? LOL on you!


Kimmi Says:

skeezer, not a very good match I tell you.

error fest match…noboby seem to want to win it quickly..its been back and forth..who will win it?


skeezerweezer Says:

Granted, but these are two great players, hoping in the third we will see some better shotmaking :)


skeezerweezer Says:

ur right Kimmi, still an error fest….so far


Kimmi Says:

It is..justine will lose it quickly if not careful..at least kim is steady now!


Kimmi Says:

Phew! she holds! That was important hold for justine.

Kim to serve now…


Fot Says:

This seems like the match that neither girl wants to win! lol!


Kimmi Says:

Cheers to Kim..when she plays justine during their first career, she used to self implode at the business end of their matches. She seem to have concur her demons!


jane Says:

I think Kim will hold now. LOL. But credit to Henin. This looked over mid-way through the second set – even a rout. But Justine is such a little scrapper.


Kimmi Says:

heheheh maybe I was speaking too fast…not yet. so who want to win lol


jane Says:

Kim doubles to hand it back? Wild match – so many vacillations. Who on earth will prevail???


skeezerweezer Says:

It just goes to show that all the top players have yet to get to top form, womens and mens….will be an interesting spring/summer! Or is it that there is nto that much difference anymore from the top 1/2 then through 5 and top 20?


jane Says:

Well it’s looking like a 3rd set tiebreaker if Kim can stop making errors.


Kimmi Says:

wooow!! what a point by kim..


jane Says:

I like watching these two ladies play; different styles, quiet (!), thinkers, fighters, variety. They have a good rivalry.


Kimmi Says:

me too jane, they are great


Kimmi Says:

Kim..3 match point..she is the steady one.


Kimmi Says:

Not..justine please play a good point here..don\t DF


Kimmi Says:

3 match points went begging..that will hurt Kim..maybe not..oh boy!


jane Says:

3 match points GONE! So much for steady. What a whacky match. Some great shot-making by Kim but then she followed it up by a bunch of errors.


jane Says:

Great point! And another MP.


skeezerweezer Says:

Great for Kim! Being a Mom now and all! Too cool :) What a stab by Kim to set up match point! Hey…greeeat ending!


jane Says:

Congrats Kim! Hope to see these two play more -always drama.


Kimmi Says:

what a lucky shot by Kim, one before match point..she takes it..WOW!

Too much Drama!

justine played well, but too many errors, the serve needs a lot of work too!!


jane Says:

Night Kimmi and Skeeze (and tenisbebe if you’re still watching) – should be some good men’s semis tomorrow!


Kimmi Says:

nite jane..tomorrow indeed


margot Says:

Good morning everyone! Thanx 4 all the gr8 match commentaries I’ve just read, kimmi, conty, tenisbebe espe. Can’t wait for the European season to start when I’ll be watching and u guys will be snoozing!
A Sodapop v Rafa final would be extremely interesting but Soda is wearing some very impressive strapping on his knee at the mo.,must slow him down at some stage surely. BTW saw highlights of his match with Gonzo and there seemed to be a bit of a spat. Anyone know what that was about? Perhaps it’s just fire and ice?


madmax Says:

just reading a few of the roddick interviews on gototennis and one vid link has been posted over there, it was andy roddick at his “funniest” best – i think he must be great to live with – a joke a minute!

wishing andy v rafa all the best. hopefully it will go to three sets.

it’s a difficult one in terms of who i want to win. i dont mind so much. i just feel that roddick has re-invented his game, lost weight, new coach, wants to win passionately, moves better, hits flatter shots, great serve (always had a great serve), and so i feel that it would be a nice way to round off his major changes and compensate for his loss at IW.

Anyway, here is the link – some classic lines.

http://www.gototennisblog.com/2010/04/01/andy-roddick-i-had-zero-sympathy-for-federer/


Huh Says:

Hi Maxi, Conty, Mrs.Von, Mrs.Margot, Mrs.Jane, Skeezer and the rest!
Berdych is not my fav, but good win for him baeting Fed. Hoping anyway for Rod to beat Rafa. Go Rod! My studies are going on better than ever and I m very happy about it. :)


TeamNadal Says:

NADAL ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!


margot Says:

huh: hi! Really glad about your studies. There’s some gr8 tennis coming up in the next 5 months isn’t there? Speak soon.


Huh Says:

Hi Mrs. Margot, fingers crossed for your Murray(to win a slam soon hopefully) and for Roddick too(not just to beat Rafa today, but also to finally win his Wimby). Fed may be is not that sharp these days, though I must say I have not seen a single match for weeks/months, but honestly I m not greatly worried for Fed. He’ll always try his best and let come what may. But again most glad to chat with u dear Mrs.Margot. :) :D :P


jane Says:

Huh, wonderful to hear that your work is going “better than ever”. I hope you’re finished soon so you can devote your time to watching tennis ; )


NELTA Says:

TeamNadal Says:
NADAL ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!

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Why do Nadal fans act so childish? How about some comments about the match? You know, match strategy, things Nadal did well, needs to improve, how you thought Andy played. Contribute to the forum


Ben Pronin Says:

Nelta, it’s not fair to lump all Nadal fans together like that. There are plenty of Nadal fans who “contribute to the forum”. Either way that comment was made before the match.

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