Pink Federer Prevails; Nadal, Djokovic, Murray Today in Toronto
by Sean Randall | August 11th, 2010, 9:59 am
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Roger Federer in pink? So far, so good. You might not approve of the outfit – I’m partial to the “Darth Federer” ensemble – but Federer is undefeated in pink and undefeated with new coach Paul Annacone after last night’s 7-6(7), 6-3 second round win over Juan Ignacio Chela in the Rogers Cup Tennis Masters second round.

The match was Federer’s first since the shock Wimbledon loss to Tomas Berdych six weeks ago, and there were signs of rust (or just normal Federer play) – shanks, forehand sprays, lethargic movement. But under Annacone, Federer appeared more aggressive and more intent on setting up his offensive from the baseline if not closer.

“I guess today I could play in almost any way I wanted to, because Chela sort of allows you to,” Federer said after collecting a record 210th career Masters win. “He doesn’t have the biggest serve in the game. You know, he likes to rally. But then when he obviously has a shorter ball he can finish it. So that gives me opportunities to maybe serve and volley, maybe chip and charge, to maybe come to the net, to, you know, create good points, but then again it’s dangerous, too, because you sometimes get caught in the longer rallies or then you overhit early on.

“So, I mean, I had many options. I wanted to play on my terms against a player like that, and that’s what I was able to do today somehow.”

For my money, though, Chela on a slick hardcourt is tennis’s equivalent of a tomato can. Up next on Thursday will be a tougher test in either Nicolas Almagro or Michael Llodra.

Federer’s last two Slam conquers were also on center court yesterday. Robin Soderling scored a nice 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Ernests Gulbis while Tomas Berdych braved the early start and bested Sergiy Stakohovsky 6-2, 6-4.

Soderling could face David Nalbandian tomorrow. Nalbandian won his ninth straight match Tuesday in a hard fought three set win over David Ferrer. After the long run it looks like the legs might be going for the alleged “slimmer” Nalbandian. I hope not as he plays former Top 10 Tommy Robredo today.

“I play few tournaments in the beginning of the year,” Nalbandian said of his comeback. “Then I get injuries again, sometimes other courts, but then feel a little better. I started practicing more as the recovery from the injuries can help me a little bit, and then as soon as I start — after Wimbledon feels much better with the body, with the injury, with the hip, and with my tennis, as well. That’s helped me to keep believing in my game. Without matches, it’s tough to win that fast, but I get motivated in Davis Cup first, and then last week as well I think pretty much for the motivation.”

The last American standing, Sam Querrey, also was a winner. He has Kevin Anderson today with a possible shot at Rafael Nadal tomorrow if both win.

Nadal has the “other Swiss” Stan Wawrinka tonight. Stan has the game to give Nadal fits – sturdy backhand, power, good movement. And the match is Nadal’s first since winning Wimbledon. But Rafa has won all five matches and all 11 sets against Stan. That said, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Stan earning his set tonight.

Second-seeded Novak Djokovic takes a 3-1 head-to-head record against Julien Benneteau. And maybe in the match of the day on center court, Andy Murray battles the rapidly improving Xavier Malisse. Murray has the pressure of having to defend his 2009 Canadian crown against a player who’s been in form of late. The 30-year-old Malisse beat Berdcyh last week in Washington and in June he beat Djokovic on the Queen’s grass.

A few results to pass on from the women’s event in Cincinnati. Last night Maria Sharapova ousted her countrywoman Sveta Kuznetsova in three sets. With the Williams sisters absent, Justin Henin injured, Sharapova is slowly playing her way into contention at the US Open.

Amercan upstarts Melanie Oudin and Coco Vandeweghe both were defeated. But Christina McHale earned a win when Nadia Petrova retired due to heat just one game from defeat down 5-3 in the second (!!).

Today, Sharapova plays Andrea Petkovic, Ana Ivanovic meets Yaroslava Shvedova and Kim Clijsters tests the fledgling Dinara Safina.

Matches are again on the Tennis Channel today.

WEDNESDAY TORONTO SCHEDULE

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[WC] P Polansky (CAN) vs V Hanescu (ROU)
Not Before 1:00 PM
J Benneteau (FRA) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
[4] A Murray (GBR) vs X Malisse (BEL)
Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs S Wawrinka (SUI)
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) vs [2] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[6] N Davydenko (RUS) vs [Q] F Fognini (ITA)
D Nalbandian (ARG) vs T Robredo (ESP)
T de Bakker (NED) vs [15] G Monfils (FRA)
J Chardy (FRA) vs [9] F Verdasco (ESP)
[Q] Y Lu (TPE) vs [LL] P Mathieu (FRA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
O Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [12] M Youzhny (RUS)
[14] N Almagro (ESP) vs M Llodra (FRA)
V Troicki (SRB) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER)
[Q] K Anderson (RSA) vs [16] S Querrey (USA)
[7] O Marach (AUT) / D Norman (BEL) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER) / G Monfils (FRA) – After Suitable Rest


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210 Comments for Pink Federer Prevails; Nadal, Djokovic, Murray Today in Toronto

madmax Says:

Federer is the NEW PINK PANTHER! He looks fab in pink, and he played some really aggressive tennis, some great forehands, some excellent drop shots and volleys! They are already there to be seen! Taking the ball early, some really brilliant shots.

Fed’s footwork was also beautiful, graceful and quick – like a panther!

Yes, he was rusty in parts, but not all the way through the match – he had an overall 7 match points. He should have taken the first set point when he was serving for the set at 5:3, but Chela, played, once again, like they all seem to be doing, his BEST tennis on a hardcourt EVER. Chela was hitting the ball a lot deeper, they were on the line, talk about point perfect – Chela played great.

They all seem to be following the same routine, “let’s hit at fed’s backhand and see what happens”.

At some point, Roger is going to figure this out, and now with Annacone on board, it WILL be figured out sooner rather than later.

When all is said and done, Roge got the win, he stepped up his game in the second set,increased the gears, some really vintage fed shots, cor blimey, just brilliant.

Yes, he shanked a few forehands and backhands, but when you compare that as well to the shots he was trying out in the first set, he can afford to lose a few points in the earlier rounds.

He cannot afford to go for some test shots in the semi finals or finals – which is why I think this is typical federer in the early rounds -

It was great to see him back – in the pink.

Well done Fed! Proud to be a fed fan.


Twocents Says:

madmax,

It’s neither “12:30am” or “pm”. I just took a note of “tomorrow morning” in my mind, somehow.

Some clarifications on our press discussion:
I was refering all English-speaking media, not British media. Tom Perrotta is not just one of your 23 or 24 journo’s. He’s the chief editor of tennis.com. Writing for Wall street Journal is just one of his sidekicks. While I’m not fan of any tennis journo’s, I do find Perrota’s Tuesday article quite amusing: WSJ only has 1 page for sports in its weekday editions. Imagine you’re Perrotta who finally got a >50% section on the whole sport page for your piece on tennis (a minor sport in USA) during a non-slam period, and you couldn’t get an interview with the mastro? Credit to Perrotta, he did not use this big space to vent out his personal frustration (like JLW at SI or Bozo often did), he managed a pretty neutral piece with talks from veterans that are not inner circle of Fed. Perrotta even bothered to mention that Fed never withdrew from a match and also omitted all Brad Gilbert’s digs at Fed which are plenty as you know. Perrotta wrote off Fed before AO10, but came out with a big piece on tennis.com to apology. Many lead pundits did not bother. Also, I don’t have real issues with British media’s love with Murray. Why shouldn’t they?

Well, that pink on Fed is not too bad, for a Texas cowboy.


jane Says:

Malisse is a tough opener, but I sure hope Murray comes through. And while most seem to think Djok’s draw is easier, and I don’t completely disagree, I do think Benneteau is a tricky opener. Or he can be anyhow. Good luck to both.


Twocents Says:

Echo you, Jane. Hope Djok and Murray both do well on hard court.


Fot Says:

I am just glad to see Roger back in action (even though, personally, I DON’T like the pink – just don’t like pink on men). But I’m glad to see him back on the court.

He was playing more aggressive – especially on the 2nd serve return. That’s something that I thought he should have been doing all along.


Twocents Says:

Same here, Fot. Someone sent me ps photo work of Roger in pink last month. I dreaded the day he came out in that thing. But it turned out better than I expected :-)).

Great to see him back on court. That’s all it matters. Plus, he always gives awesome interviews.


grendel Says:

I thought his return of serve was generally more aggressive, Fot – but then, Chela’s serve isn’t much to write home about. Assuming Almagro gets thru, let’s see how Fed returns against him. Should be revealing.


Kimberly Says:

Wow!!! Youzney in a third set. I have 23 pts but going to start going downhill from here…

I think Roger will have a good summer. Hopefully Rafa will too and we can have some great Fedal matches.

What is up with Andy Roddick. I think his ranking will slip more after this. Will he go into the Open ranked inside the top ten? I don’t think so. Will he make a statement at the US Open? I thought he would last year. Or is he just done?


gypsy Says:

Love the pink panther analogy, and together with the Anaconda who knows what will happen. Roger and his tennis is so easy on the eyes, love the way he hits and moves. Being a Fed fan I wish the very best and hope this pairing works out for both.


jane Says:

Fed did use some classic Fed plays last night, like the chip backhand return to pull Chela in, and then a forehand to the back open court on the other side. So he’s not re-inventing the wheel. But he did seem more aggressive, wanting to finish points sooner and not have to scramble too much. Seems like the right move if he’s a touch slower. And as mentioned, Burwash feels he’s added more arc to the forehands.


jane Says:

Heya Twocents, nice to see you around; I remember you thought either Murray or Nole would win a slam this year, but their time is running out. : /


Twocents Says:

I stick to my crystal ball, Jane. Have faith. Djok or Murray will win USO.

It’s fast hard court. No surprise to see Fed more agressive, especially against easier opponent.


margot Says:

Twocents: hi! your comment, that Andy is in your top five for shot making, really cheered me up. Dunno what to make of Andy at the mo., honestly snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against Querry…what was he on?? Have absolutely no expectation of him doing well for the next few months, in fact he may well slip quite far down the greasy pole.
jane: hi! Andy says new coach must be “calm and versatile” and will be selected by the “whole team.” So now we know!
Am watching Nalby now, am inclined to agree with grendel, can’t see him going too deep in this one, he’s not the fittest cookie in the jar, is he? Should beat Robredo though, shouldn’t he?
Just had, on tennistv, the two commentators rubbishing Robredo’s coach becos he is quite overweight and unfit looking. Could NOT believe my ears, so rude!


jane Says:

Worst possible start for Nole. : / Heavy sigh. Hope he breaks back.

Twocents, I am trying to keep the faith, really I am!

margot, “calm and versatile” sounds like a good combination. Hope Andy finds the right fit.


Kimmi Says:

Yay! nalbandian first set in the bag.

jane – a link to toronto point spy if you r interested

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A72784786


Kimmi Says:

Oops nole is on..I was watching nalby. Get on it djoko


Kimmi Says:

jane – there is no easy draw for anyone now. Players are rusty from a long layoff..any opponent is difficult.

C’mon nalby – finish him.


Kimmi Says:

dolgo hanging on with youzhny.

Contador – Dolgo could go far, maybe that guy bracket could work really well. needs to concentrate dolgo. Crunch time in the third set now.


jane Says:

Agree Kimmi, re: the rustiness. I think these “byes” are sometimes more hurtful than helpful since the opponent of the higher ranked guy has had at least one match under his belt. Mind you that’s no excuse for Nole since he played doubles the other night. He is looking awfully shaky here today. Very disheartening so far. Thanks for the point-spy link.


Fot Says:

Jane, what’s with Novak looking like he’s about to faint out there? Seems like he’s having trouble putting air into his lungs!? Surely it’s not that hot, is it?


margot Says:

jane: just read two cents’ latest, he is more opitimistic than you and I put together times 100!
Nalby on cruise control. so at any rate this looks as if it’ll be quick.
Not at work kimmi, loada of seats if u r not.
Now gonna peep at Djko…


Kimmi Says:

djoko breaks back jane..

Dolgo beats youzhny..wow! congrats young man.


Kimmi Says:

margot – I am jumping on. nalbandian seat looks really cushy


Kimmi Says:

Nalbandian moving on. Next soda pop. mmmm a juicy match!


jane Says:

Fot, don’t really want to discuss Nole’s health too much. It’s always the same with him when it’s hot and/or muggy. The commentators said the humidex is brutal today in Toronto. I’ve lived there; sometimes you’d get outside and feel like you’d just stepped into or out of a shower. Ugh. Some sources have said Nole has asthma so apparently that’s why he has a hard time getting enough air. Same old story. Nothing new. It’s really sad to see and watch, as his fan. : (

As for his game, his shots from the baseline have been beautiful today in general, but his serve has been very uneasy and painful to watch – how many doubles so far? Too many. Burwash says the problem is that he has a two part serve; he pauses when he’s about to hit the ball which stops the centrifugal force. He needs to achieve one smooth motion. I guess Ashe had the same issue but he fixed it. So maybe there’s hope for Nole’s serve. : )

Great to see Nalby getting through in straights.


Fot Says:

Well Jane, looks like he has his game back on (in spite of the breathing problems). So far…


sar Says:

Come on NOLE


jane Says:

margot – Monfils vs. de Bakker – how’s that for a fun match up? ; )


contador Says:

hello

just checking scores. Kimmi i can’t believe it. dolgo won! i thought i was being silly picking him to win one match haha

good for him to beat youzhny! i hope he does go far.

what i am worried about is nole. nalbandian won. YAY!

i give up brackets for rogers cup if nole loses to benny. grrrr that benny : (


jane Says:

Fot, sar, fingers are crossed for Nole to win. Big risk on that dropper to take the first set, but it paid off – woot!! And also … phew!


madmax Says:

twocents,

thanks for reply! how could you NOT love roge in pink! twocents! It’s such a happy, smiley, pretty colour! I know what you mean though, you dont like it on men – but some men, with a tan, dark, good looks, athletic physique, looks very becoming / fetching!

Yes. I see what you say about your Tom. I kind of read it a different way, but I guess you could be right. You seem to read a lot of his stuff. I don’t particularly, so I will take your word for it.

Margot! Our dolgopolov is doing alright now isn’t he? – shall see how he progresses. He certainly has the enthusiasm and I think when I look at how he plays and how gulbis plays – I just cannot get my head around gulbis margot – he is too arrogant, not prepared to put in the work, but dolgo is. That’s the difference to me.

Anyway, dolgo goes forward to meet berdych now – so that should be sweet.

As for big dave! Am so pleased for him. He is so on a mission right now. Big dave is just trolleying those balls back with rocket speed. He is doing everything the commentators are saying he won’t do!

After he played the first round, they didn’t give him much of a chance, citing he would be too tired off the back of winning his title at Legg Mason – how wrong could they be! and then second round, again – nalby is going to be too tired! when he won the match, they sounded incredulous!

Good luck to him!

Novak, just clinched the first set. have some faith Jane/Margot/Two cents!


jane Says:

contador “grrrr that benny : (”

LOL, he’s a good player isn’t he? Tough for all of them, Murray, Fed, Nole have all had their battles with Julienne.


margot Says:

Phew! 7-5!
jane: yes! Come on de luverlee…


Kimmi Says:

contador – the underdogs dolgo and de bakker are good picks here in toronto so far. If only….

I was able to see your bracket. You have nalby all the way to the semi…wow! i had him to the qtrs. But yeah..go nalby..robredo allowed him to play his aggressive game today..

( when you search for a name, after it comes up..click on the points where you usually open up your bracket..but this time the other persons bracket comes up.)


Kimmi Says:

djoko is making toooo many errors…


Kimberly Says:

ok, what’s up, Novak can’t breathe again?

Cincinatti and NYC are super hot too. I think his chances this summer don’t look so hot. And I’ve got him going to the finals and taking out Rog in the semis. Not going to happen.


Kimmi Says:

he needed that hold djoko..now break back


margot Says:

kimmi: so many unforced and double faults from both at the mo., but it’s soo hot and horrible out there, am surprised they’re still standing. Hope Andy is feeling fit…


jane Says:

Kimberly, the Canadian commentators are suggesting Nole might retire. He’s won the first set, but they seem to think he won’t get through. They’re suggesting he’s fighting with himself because he doesn’t want to call the trainer or default because of criticisms he’s received (how they know what he’s thinking in his head is beyond me, lol). All this talk makes me sad though, and it’s tough to enjoy watching his matches. Maybe I need to use the mute button more.

“I think his chances this summer don’t look so hot.” – Interesting choice of words; I certainly wonder myself.


jane Says:

Benneteau is helping Nole. How nice of him. Back on serve; hope he
can grind this out. Maybe it’ll be cooler next round or he’ll get a night match.


margot Says:

jane: am listening to tennistv, no-one’s saying that.


Kimmi Says:

kimberly – djoko is not losing today.

jane – its very hot in toronto today. 28 C. feels like 38 C. humidity 70%. no wonder they are struggling out there.


Kimmi Says:

aaah break and break back!!


jane Says:

margot – sometimes think it’s just idle chatter by commentators. But now Benneteau breaks again. Gawd! V. frustrating. He’s tough though.

Kimmi – that’s true. Must be tough with that heavy, humid air.


margot Says:

oh no now they have and the trainer’s on court…


contador Says:

oh ok, have to try that. thanks Kimmi.

i don’t mind sacrificing points for debakker at all! dolgo was a surprise.

ajde nole! don’t let him win please! jane, never underestimate benny, i guess : )

he better not win though. not this time. but the french are pressing….llordra, monfils…

eye candy match of the day that i will miss:

chardy and hot sauce!

good luck-


funches Says:

Sean’s comment about Chela was one of his rare ignorant ones.

Chela made the quarters of the U.S. Open on slick hard courts three years ago. He’s also made the final of two hard court events in his career. And he just administered a 6-0, 6-3 beatdown to Falla in the first round. He was anything but a tomato can.


Kimmi Says:

Trainer on the court..but not MTO. Sure djoko not feeling well

benneteu DF..hahaha


stu Says:

is it just me or has Nole lost weight? prolly doesn’t help in this weather, that’s for sure…


jane Says:

Julienne’s all red faced too. Nole’s not giving up, yet. Hmmm… don’t know what to think.


dari Says:

In all sincerity, what IS wrong with nole? Does he have asthma officially? Are albuterol inhalers banned?


stu Says:

yes dari..this really doesn’t make for entertaining tennis, even if he does pull out the win…

i don’t get it…is there no way to fix whatever the problem is in the off-season? and if there isn’t, why doesn’t he openly talk about it so that people will start to empathize instead of condemning him?


jane Says:

stu, when Duro saw him in person he did say he thought he looked very thin.

Benneteau is making some errors but he has momentum a.t.m. Both look overheated and lethargic.


Kimmi Says:

Llodra takes the first set..Hope almagro bounce back. I had him winning.


dari Says:

Stu- when you say yes are you saying yes to asthma and yes inhalers are banned? Or just yes, you’re perplexed, too?!


jane Says:

dari “Are albuterol inhalers banned?” I don’t know; do they have steroids? I think all forms of steroids are, but I have no idea. LOL. Many inhalers do have steroids of some sort. I use symbicort sometimes and it does.

Anyhow … two nice drop shots from Nole. Let’s see if he can break back … again.


stu Says:

yes i’m perplexed too, what IS wrong with Nole? :)


jane Says:

Julienne follows with two aces.


stu Says:

he’s got enough strength in his body to break a racquet…


Kimmi Says:

raquet smash!! frastrations in the air!


jane Says:

Monfils took the first set from de loverly, and Llorda is now up a set and a break on Almagro.


Fot Says:

“stu Says:
he’s got enough strength in his body to break a racquet…”

I cracked up reading that (not making fun of Nole or anything). I just thought that was a funny statement! lol!

It seems like when the point is going on – Nole looks fine. Then when the point is over, he looks like he’s going to fall out. *scratching head*?


sar Says:

anyone have a livestream?
I lost mine.


Fot Says:

Sar, I’m looking at it on Tennis channel as well as TennisTV.com


margot Says:

Yes, they’ve said on tennistv, those inhalers are banned.


dari Says:

Albuterol does not have steroids, most “fast-acting/rescue” inhalers don’t have steroids but the preventative/ long term use ones do. Your symbicort does have steroids but is not supposed to be used in distress. I’m just wondering if the non-steroids rescue inhalers are banned. That would be a pity if all asthmatic athletes faced the breathing obstacle without the ability to treat. It does have some stimulant effects though, so I could see it being banned.
Anyway, these boys are panting. If benneteau pulls out this set, on afraid what a third would look like!


stu Says:

sar, fromsport.com has a few working links


Kimberly Says:

just finished a workout, is Nole breathing again.

I don’t think he will lose today but I just can’t see how he can really make a deep run in a good tournament with all the talent out there in this heat in this type of physical condition. It’s obvious he has some physical ailment he is not sharing with his fans.

I watched him play live in Miami where I live this year against Rochus and had front row seats and as bad as his breathing looks an TV it is even worse in person. He was literally bent over huffing and puffing.

On indoor hard courts he does very well maybe because the heat element is eliminated. This is very disappointing for one of my favorite players.


jane Says:

Nole broke but now he has to hold!! Sheesh! Come on Nole!!!

dari, just for emergency use I have a ventolin one, so maybe that is non-steroid. I use them usually only when I get a cold/bronchitis, when it’s very humid or when pollution is bad.


jane Says:

Here we go. Can Nole break here?? Or is this going to a tiebreak.


jane Says:

OMG…two excellent challenges from Julienne.


dari Says:

Que horrible!


stu Says:

JB just postponing the inevitable


dari Says:

No lo creo!


contador Says:

how many matchpoints?

the french trying to sink one of my bracket flagships? NO!


jane Says:

PHEW!!!!!!! Marathon final game. Nothing like winning ugly. Happy to hear crowd giving him the love.


jane Says:

LOL dari – believe it. : ) Now Murray. Good lord, margot, Kimmi, I hope it’s smoother sailing for Andy.


stu Says:

King of heart.


dari Says:

For the bracket folks-did you pick dolgopolov to win?


Twocents Says:

Nole gets very little credit for gutting it out there many times. He is, imho, over-paying for his parent’s silly behaviors two years ago.

Like Murray, huge talents and gold hearts. Just miss that super PR team to receive more sympath from media and fans.


margot Says:

Phew, phew!
jane: I very, very much doubt it…here we go…
BTW do you think they’d ever make Fed or Rafa play in that heat?


Kimmi Says:

great for nole to get out of that one. The weather is going to improve in the next few days..he could find it a little easier.

grrrr. almagro. I had him beating Llodra. Congrats to Llodra though.


Twocents Says:

Thank god, it’s pouring here in big D — after a million years.

Now my grandson knows what a shower from heaven looks and feels like. I’ve seen it.


Kimmi Says:

dari – I didn’t pick dolgo, nor did contador. But i have seen some guys on ATP site..picked him to go far. There the ones doing very well now.


Twocents Says:

Hi, margot. Fed mentioned in the past that he asked to play day matches in North America so that his fans in Europe can catch it live. I doubt tournament director would say no if Fed asks to play night matches only, though.


grendel Says:

madmax, it was predictable that nalby’d beat Tomy R. He might even win the whole tourney, though I doubt it. The fear is that if he goes deep here and in Cincinnati, he’ll run out of steam for the main event – which is New York. That’s what happened to delPo 2 years ago, and he was young and match tight. It’s great fun watching Nalbandian doing well, but it’ll be greater fun watching him do it in a Grand Slam than in a Masters.

Glad to see Dolgo winning. I watched a bit of Monfils/de Bakker, and Monfils his usual languid, sleepy self, looking as if he could do anything if only he could be bothered to put his mind to it. But I can’t say I was too struck by de Bakker – looked “worthy”, competent and so on, though he tightened badly when serving to stay in set. But Dolgo looks a potentially exciting young player. Be fascinating to watch him against Fed, should he beat Berdych.

Pity about Almagro going out – I’d have thought he’d be a tougher prospect for Fed than Llodra. Still, Llodra has excellent serve, and I look forward to seeing which Fed turns up on the return serve. He’s quite a puzzle in that area. The really good returners are generally always good, it seems to me. Not Federer – and on his day he is as good a returner as anyone.


margot Says:

Two cents: come to the UK! Autumn has arrived and we have hot days-22c, yeh, yeh, I know but that’s hot 4 me(!) and cool nights 8c, perfect.


Duro Says:

Well, people, I’m getting sick along with my ailing princess. He’s two classes above Beneteau or anybody else (but Fed and Rafa) but struggling and suffering… Now I feel sick as well, throwing up on my mind…

Dari: “That would be a pity if all asthmatic athletes faced the breathing obstacle without the ability to treat.” What asthmatic athletes, Dari? Do you know anyone else? It’s only Nole on the face of Earth! Unlucky us, his destroyed fans. He’s gonna take me 7 years of my life. Bye all.


madmax Says:

twocents, what a sweet sentiment towards your grandson. awwww.

well, I did enjoy that nailbiting match, but Jane/Margot, he made it! What IS going on with his breathing. 2 years on, Nole really has got to try and get some sort of acceptable meds. There must be some out there Jane? Having said that, he pulled it out the bag – he didn’t give in – well done nole!

And what shockers today! Llodra beat Amalgro (I am genuinely shocked there, though Llodra is a good player and has won 2 (I think, 250 tournaments this year). Secondly nalby now goes on to face soderling. Wow. That’s going to be a crazy match – two big hitting players – I wonder how that’s going to shape up.

Murray is on! I think Murray will be pumped and will come through in straights.

6:3 6:2


dari Says:

Ok so if I wanted to get in on this bracket stuff, what do I do? Too late for this tourney, but the next?


jane Says:

margot, we’re having similar weather on the west coast in Canada. Warm days, cool nights. So Twocents could come here too – the flight would be cheaper. ; ) Mind you if it’s raining at home he’ll probably wanna stay put.

Here comes Andy M. Hurray. Go Murray.

Hi Duro – “ailing princess” – lol. At least your sense of humour is in tact.


contador Says:

no dari : )

i picked dolgo to win ONE match and very few did. he was very lo %..

i found one guy who had dolgo beating berdych, and thought that was nuts. maybe it’s not?

Kimmi i looked at your draw very similar, our draws. at least the very end result is.

monfils beating debakker. is this a day for the french? maybe chardy will knock out another of my picks?

llordra beat almagro. hm, is that worse for federer? or does it matter?


Twocents Says:

Seems at this stage of their promising career, Nole’s biggest challenge is his fitness, and Murray’s is the cmbination of British press and his own kindness. While Murray can do nothing to make the Fleet Street behave, he needs a strong dose of Fed-brand “arrogance” to ignore them from his heart, and maybe to go solo on his own, forgetting about this whole coach farce. Make his own decision on if he needs more attack or more defense. Be a SOB. He’s just too nice a boy.


madmax Says:

duro, do NOT be disheartened! Celebrate your man’s victory! Don’t look into the future so much. Celebrate Nole’s victory today! He didn’t give an interview straight after the match – we were waiting here – he went straight for treatment. He’ll be able to rest now, and so will you!

Take it easy.


jane Says:

Murray has the perfect start. Very nice hold at love with 2 aces.


contador Says:

dari, get in the game!

too late to win a prize or shoot for the overall leaderboard but it’s fun.

i think this saturday brackets open for cincy. just your email and a username and join the atp “draw challenge”


madmax Says:

contador, i dont know why you worry so much about federer’s opponents.

What will be, will be.

Fed is back and playing and motivated to win – with a new coach – that is a big cause for celebration on its own! that sends signals to all players and can only make fed and his team feel confident about his game.

Don’t worry about other players and what will happen. Just enjoy the journey!


dari Says:

Ummmm, DURO tennis’s very own justine henin struggled with asthma. And TRACK star Jackie jenner jersey! I think there’s a bball player or two as well, can’t think of who


margot Says:

jane: then..is it alright to watch….:)


Kimmi Says:

dari – very easy. just go register at the ATP site. normally they advitise it just before the tournament starts. after the draw is out, you are given few days/ hrs to fill your picks before they lock it up.

Its fun. join in. the more the merrier.


Twocents Says:

margot,

Moving to Europe is always on my list of “things to do”, as a matter of fact. Trouble is I didn’t do it when I was at your age. Now the old bones are dread of cold and wet winter…


dari Says:

That’s supposed to say joyner kersey!
Ok, McMurray!


dari Says:

Thanks guys! I will join in for cincy!


madmax Says:

Come on Andy Murray!


jane Says:

Erm margot … you might want to hold off. Murray struggling a little more on his second service game. Malisse had two break points, Murray canceled out one, but Malisse took second one. : / Come on Andy, break back.

“justine henin struggled with asthma” – Oh! Didn’t know this dari. I recall Justine getting ill from time to time but I didn’t know she had (or should be “has”) asthma.


Kimmi Says:

murray broken. even goodall is saying this match is a tough one for murray


Duro Says:

Jane, hi. Humor, humor, but I don’t feel “humorous” at all. When he’s gonna earn night matches, a? He’s number 2 in the world. Not enough to deserve it? Damn you know who. It’s gonna be always like that.

Dari, thanks for your answer. I thought I was the unlucky one. Now I feel better. Justine won 7 Slams, baseball is a game 11000 miles away from me so it won’t hurt me and that track star must have had asthma only when home. Oh poor me… It’s a curse to pick an athlete with asthma to root for and be a fan of. I should have picked Andy Roddick. He could run like rabbit!


margot Says:

jane: no, it’s not safe to watch! AAAhhh! Andy looks about 12 in that hat and Malisse looks about 45….. with that bun…He also looks very, very hot already, good!


jane Says:

I am not liking the bun margot, not at all. Baggy, Malisse and sometimes Nalby are all sporting the bun. Mind you they’re all doing quite well. Is there a connection? Was Dolgo wearing a bun, or a hairband, or maybe a pony-tail?


contador Says:

Kimmi looks in on my draw, dari. now i cant lie. hahaha

you can tell us your nick or keep it private. : )

good luck.

madmax : )

i do enjoy federer, win or lose. but he’s a bracket flagship! he better beat llordra. no more french beating federer! ( this is not serious, it;s just fun )


Duro Says:

Maxi, thanks. Long time no see. Catch you later. I’d like to say: see you in the semis (but only if Nole gets night matches). The one with Fed would be guaranteed, but I wouldn’t like to always have Fed on the other side of the net for Nole to get night matches. I’m sick of it, starting from Aussie Open 2009 and further…


dari Says:

When I worked in a hospital with asthmatics they told us some star athletes that lived with asthma to encourage the kids! I think BECKHAM, to if memory serves me well. Can’t believe xman held after that break!


sar Says:

When I turned on tennis channel which was supposed to start broadcasting tomorrow btw, I heard Koenig and Doug Adler, both very critical of Nole always, esp. Adler. Yuk

Jane doesn’t ventolin increase heart rate and make you jittery? My dad was on that for his Emphysema/COPD.


margot Says:

Goodall and Koenig (?) giving Andy loads of advice on how to win slams, how kind…also loads on how to be coached…don’t seem to think he heeds advice. Killing about Malisse, he’s not wearing a sweat band cos he wants an even tan apparently..


sar Says:

Found these asthma athletes on a website:

Jerome Bettis – professional football player
Bruce Davidson – Olympic equestrian
Tom Dolan, Olympic medalist – swimming
Kurt Grote, Olympic medalist – swimming
Nancy Hogshead, Olympic medalist – swimming
Jim “Catfish” Hunter – professional baseball player
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic medalist – track
Bill Koch, Olympic medalist – cross-country skiing
Greg Louganis, Olympic medalist – diving
Tom Malchow, Olympic medalist – swimming
Debbie Meyer, Olympic medalist – swimming
Art Monk – professional football player
George Murray – wheelchair athlete & Boston Marathon winner
Robert Muzzio – decathlete
Dennis Rodman – professional basketball player
Jim Ryun, Olympic medalist – track
Alberto Salazar – marathon runner
Isaiah Thomas – professional basketball player
Amy VanDyken, Olympic medalist – swimming
Dominique Wilkins – professional basketball player


Kimmi Says:

muzzzzzaaaa. 3 breaks point went down


jane Says:

Come on Murray break back. sar, margot, hate the commentators sometimes, so critical, full of advice and even know what the players are thinking. LOL.

sar, that’s precisely why I never use it. I have it only in case of emergency (i.e., wheezing) but I haven’t needed it. If I use the other one when the conditions call for it,then I am okay. Thankfully.


madmax Says:

Murray is just finding his range. don’t worry. I want him to go deep in this tournament. He has come in for a lot of bad press about miles – (reading what’s out there), he knows his body, he knows what he wants, he deserves to well, he works hard in miami, and he is used to the heat. Did loads of bikram yoga last year in hot sauna tubs, so murray will be used to the heat, no fear!

Just needs to find his range. He will. Give him a chance. Margot come out and support your boy! He needs you! don’t be a coward!

Your bones are NOT THAT old!


jane Says:

COME ON Murray!!


margot Says:

jane, kimmi: he’s actually playing not that badly! Just careless dropping of serve which you just can’t do in a 3 setter.


Kimmi Says:

BREAK! C’mon muzza hold now


jane Says:

Yes! Back on serve. Some nice defensive play from Andy there.


dari Says:

Wowwwww Murray breaking just in time.


contador Says:

i wouldn’t think even if an athlete is corticosteroids for asthma that it’s banned by WADA. steriods to suppress immune responses and have an anti-inflamatory effect are quite different than the anabolic “steroids” taken as performance enhancers.

i have not looked at the WADA list tho.

muzza, you have to sink the x-man. 5-5 c’mon!


madmax Says:

duro,a quick aside – I dont know what the temperature is in Toronto, but remember how hot it is in Melbourne? (different time of year, but I think 40 degrees plus? I think temperature wise, Toronto must be on a par – it’s a ridiculous heat out there!

Read this:

Weather in Melbourne : In fact, the region of Adelaide has recorded 18 sudden deaths in one day, mostly in the elderly. “How many of these deaths can be attributed to the heat is not clear, but it is certainly a high percentage,” said Australian Health Minister John Hill.

These sudden deaths are those that are caused by a heart attack or a sudden heart attack, says the health personnel. “Will the autopsies to identify which have been heat-related,” he adds. “Normally, the Ambulance Service is just a case of these a day, so 18 is a rather excessive and it is easy to conclude that high temperatures have had a lot to do,” said the minister.

Hospitals and health centers in Victoria and elsewhere in South Australia have been overwhelmed by people who come with heat-related disorders, which has also caused problems to the power supply (by the excessive consumption of air conditioning) and transport . Meteorologists say that if temperatures do not give truce and continued over 40 ° C until Sunday, will be the worst heat wave of the past 100 years.

- Novak health : Many of the people attacking Djokovic could not even stand up in the temperatures Nole was experiencing – let alone run around playing a competitive sport. So they should not criticise something they know nothing about. I wonder if any of them have actually ever experienced breathing problems or an asthma attack bought on by heat?

So I can say : Novak keep fighting, health is most important. Human body can not fight on high temperature more than 40 degrees.

I dont know whether this helps you feel any better? He’ll get it sorted out eventually. He will!

Well done Murray! About time. The match is starting NOW!


margot Says:

Fab game from Andy, look at those returns of serve! Now just hold your serve Andy, it’s not that difficult is it? deja vu, jane!


Duro Says:

Hello to Sar and Countess. Just to say hi… I didn’t hear from Countess for long time. Your “easy on eyes” Omega-3 guy needs the exact number of years to make it to the top ten, as I said.

Sar, add Nole on the bottom of your list, like the worse case of those unlucky ones. Nole – srole (in Serbian). You won’t find it in a dictionary, but you can imagine what it means… Cheers.


contador Says:

s/b “…athlete is on corticosteroids…..”

muzzza! 6-5


Twocents Says:

madmax,

It is a popular Texas joke about rain :-)). I’m still waiting for my first grandchild to arrive.


jane Says:

Malisse making a lot of errors now, kindly helping out Andy, making his task easier. Love when that happens. ; ) And there’s the set on a double fault no less!


Kimmi Says:

WOW! what a turn around. mallise gave that last game away.

Murray says “Thank you xavier”


margot Says:

Well, who’dathought it ten minutes ago??
Come on Andy! :)


madmax Says:

see margot! when you reappeared, Murray started to win! Now you have to stay!


grendel Says:

Just seen why Malisse never does anything. He’s got such talent, and when things are going smoothly for him, there are few better looking players. But again Murray comes up with a startlingly good shot out of nowhere – noone has the knack of doing this like Murray – and the tide turns. Malisse seems shocked, he’s out of his rhythm, head down and waving about – easy job for Murray. Poor Malisse. Mr.Could-have-been-if-only…


dari Says:

Quite a health/heat/breathing slant on the noard today. Off to class, good luck to Murray in this second set! Should be back for the nadal/swiss match!


madmax Says:

do you know everyone, that last shot by Malisse – there is just NO EASY MATCH when you are at the top! You have to be on your guard EVERY SECOND.

Malisse just hit a cross court forehand which was just sick. Amazing. Murray couldn’t even reach it – Murray is still going to win though, but he just got to be careful and keep hitting the big ones!

More devastating, incredible play from Malisse! These guys have nothing to lose – this match is good Margot!


contador Says:

hi Duro. i always like it when you post! i have not seen you but know you will show up when nole plays. ajde nole!

the steroids used to treat asthma are nasty imo. good for short term and if one has to use them but nole does not “appear” to have the usual look of being on corticosteroids long term.

ventolin/ albuterol is a bronchodilator and does cause palpitaions. tough to be an athlete and have to use anything really.


Kimberly Says:

is there a tennis-x follower group for the draw challenge? I personally do it with a few people from my tennis club. If not someone should form one. I think you can join as many groups as you want.

I started in Montecarlo and this is the first HC draw I’ve done so I’m expecting to score much lower.


margot Says:

madmax:I’ve been here all the time! Sometimes peeping out from between my fingers but still here….


jane Says:

Cruising second set! Nice finish from Murray. : ) That’s what I want to see from Nole too. Pick up them tempo if possible.


jane Says:

Kimberly I’d join if I could just follow along. That’d be great!


contador Says:

it’s a good idea Kimberly.

i started in rome. way too late, but it’s still fun.

i joined a group but i guess what i was looking for was to discuss the picks while filling in the brackets and most in the group were posting to cheer, not talking bracket picking.

i noticed there were “public” and “private” groups.

back to work for me.

yay muzzzza!


margot Says:

Job done. Played quite well when needed. Just seen the lovely Mr C lost first set. Shame.
Night all. See you tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of the tennis.
Kimmi, I know you’re not a Rafa fan, but I’m sure it said over loudspeakers tickets were still available for tonight.


jane Says:

Chardy took the second set over Hotsauce and is now up a break in the third! contador, the French are a coming. Thank god Djoko got past Benny. Llodra, Monfils and now potentially Chardy … Speaking of, where’s Tsonga; is he injured again?

Querrey down a set to Anderson a.t.m.


jane Says:

Hotsauce on full medical timeout laying on the towel getting thigh massaged.


jane Says:

Rafa coming out – he is in pink too, but HOT pink! Makes sense no? Cool Swiss in pale pink (for twin baby girls); fiery Spaniard in hot pink. : )

Wawa vs. Rafa. Hope Rafa comes through; want to see him and Murray square off again.


Thomas Says:

jane-tsongas out with a knee injury.


jane Says:

Ah, thanks Thomas. Too bad; he and Monfils are just so injury-prone.


dari Says:

Nike thinks pink when it comes to Canada,huh? let’s see what rafa gonna do! and stab for that matter!


Kimmi Says:

Supporting “wawafan”. Wawa all the way to the final!


Kimmi Says:

“Kimmi, I know you’re not a Rafa fan, but I’m sure it said over loudspeakers tickets were still available for tonight.”

margot – not a rafa fan but i am a wawa fan. Rogus cup is just around the courner and i watching on TV. Poor me :(


Kimmi Says:

contador – wawrinkafan on the bracket challenge is no.1 in the list a.t.m. But I am afraid, it will be downhill from here.


Kimmi Says:

rafa with few double faults


dari Says:

Omg, someone actually broke rafa! Way to go wawa!


jane Says:

Rafa a little shaky; had the break and gave it back. Wawa serving really well a.t.m. I find him a bit streaky; he can get on a serving roll or his backhand can be lethal, but he’s like Kohls that way. You never know.


dari Says:

Both rafa and roger a bit error prone in their first matches. Fed’s more accustomed to that, its strange to see so many errors from rafa


jane Says:

Unlike watching Nole today, there is no “sturm und drang” with Rafa; it’s all business.


jane Says:

This is the “new” Rafa though dari; he’s playing more aggressively so he hits a few more errors and chases down a few less balls, all to cut down on wear and tear. Seems like the right move.


dari Says:

Hmm, I’ve heard about this creature in theory, jane. But I suppose I never saw it myself so I’m glad you pointed out to me! Wawa gets around better than I thought! Too bad he couldnt finish the point!


grendel Says:

some bizzare pictures of Nalbandian and Djokovic on ATP site. Nalbandian looks like a wizened old dosser, whilst Djoko has the glazed, empty eyes of one of those bodysnatcher people. And other day, I saw one of Gasquet, with a ball balanced on his head, looking for all the world like an anguished clown. Distortion of feature resulting from vigorous exertion, I suppose.


jane Says:

dari, I do think the creature exists. We could call him Rafa 2.0 just like Twocents likes to call Fed’s present game, Fed 3.0. : )

Lol, lol, saw those grendel. Great descriptions. Poor Nalby; he’s not so withered. But maybe invasion does explain Djok’s zombie-like deportment today.

Wawa is hanging in here with Rafa and I have to go soon so will miss the end.


kimberly Says:

My kids won’t let me watch. This is agony. Instead I have to watch Mickey Mouse. Where is rafa????? Ugggh!!!


grendel Says:

This “new” Rafa, jane – remember those comments of Murray which Margot dug up from somewhere, pointing out that for him to become more aggressive would be a difficult transition, requiring lots of drilling etc. D’you reckon that’s what Rafa did – literally spending hour after hour modifying his style by reverting to the kind of drilling he did as an apprentice? Takes a willingness to subject himself to extreme drudgery if he did that. But that’s what they are prepared to do, the very best. Unusual, though, to do it twice – or is that mistaken?


jane Says:

Kimberly – you must not let your kids rule. ; ) Rafa is playing okay but not his best.

grendel, who really knows, but I would guess that Rafa is willing to go to the end and back again to improve – and win more. Come on, he’s a righty playing lefty. And I suspect Uncle Toni is a supreme task-master too. Burwash says to watch Rafa practice is exactly like watching him play a match; he’s that intense. So drills? Seems entirely feasible.

Meanwhile Wawa is holding firm tonight. Not willing to budge; he even tried the fist pump.


jane Says:

Oh, ugly smash miss by Rafa. Unusual. Not necessarily being aggressive, just rusty, or something. Looks like Wawa will take set one!

Still not liking this “wawafan!” Kimmi.


dari Says:

Omg, Rafael


Kimmi Says:

If wawa has a chance of winning this match, then it is TODAY. rafa very rusty.

after this match, wont be easy to beat him.


kimberly Says:

I’m not liking wawafan either jane. Go Rafa!!!

Btw congrats to kevin anderson. Great win.


jane Says:

I thought Rafa looked a little flat / rusty in the doubles match too. But look at him – still alive. 6 all.


jane Says:

I thought Rafa looked a little flat / rusty in the doubles match too. But look at him – still alive. 6 all.


Kimmi Says:

Oh Nooo..noway wawa is winning this.


jane Says:

Why’d that post twice? Sorry. Oh set point again … will Wawa get it?


jane Says:

8-7 Rafa too good there. 1-2-3 punch.


Kimmi Says:

jane – rafa is not the RAFA who was beating everybody a months ago.

Wawa, this is the chance I tell you.

another Set point wawa


jane Says:

OMG – 9 all. I have to go, going to be late for dinner. Crap. Wish I could watch the rest. Well, hoping Rafa shakes off the rust. But enjoy the remainder of the match all!


dari Says:

This tie break is SICKENING. don’t usually feel these nerves in round 2! With no fed!


dari Says:

Have fun at dinner, Jane!


Kimmi Says:

WOW..what a tie breaker. nadal won in the end. Lots of chances by wawa. great match


dari Says:

What a sh*t feeling that must be to lose after all that! But rafa don’t give away nothing! Maybe stab can get the next one


grendel Says:

Watched the tiebreak on scoreboard. Weird how long it seems to take between points – seems like an eternity sometimes, and yet if you’re watching, no time at all. The illusory nature of time!

It was typical Rafa, though, wasn’t it? You can easily tell without even watching. Warwinka is 5-3 – all he’s got to do is hold serve. So naturally it’s 5 all. Again, Warwinka is serving at 6-5 – next thing you know, 6 all. No more break till 12 all – in other words, when Rafa HAD to break, he did. When he didn’t have to break, he took his time…


sar Says:

Janko out of Cincy after nasty ankle roll.
http://yfrog.com/c8j4gz


kimberly Says:

What’s up the unforced errors rafa, pull it together!!!


contador Says:

Kimmi- you are cheering for wawa?

rafa loses = bracket broken like a gulbis racket : O

it won’t happen. poor stan. i didn’t see it but that first set had to be a heartbreaker.

i hope wawa doesn’t get stuck with a breadstick the 2nd set and he will show heart and at least make a match. c’mon!

i’m on call but i have to check in to make check scores. querrey lost- the pick forced on me mathieu is in a tough one uh boy.


kimberly Says:

That’s right, our forced pick mathieu! So caught up with rafa I forgot about him.


Kimmi Says:

” bracket broken like a gulbis racket”

hahaha contador – was impressed with wawafan bracket. he is doing so well. I have decided to support him/her.

Don’t worry too much about my bracket..its only a game, no? As much as i want wawa to win, he won’t win. the terminator will fight for his life in this match. Its rafa’s win.


kimberly Says:

I would say wawafan will be gone from the leaderboard soon!

Great match. wish it wasn’t as great! Kudos to rafa for toughing it out with only his B game. Hope he can bring the A game for the rest!


Kimmi Says:

tie breaker in Lu/mathieu match. mathieu please win…


Fot Says:

Twocents, I life in “Big D” and we didn’t get a drop of rain where I am, unfortunately. It’s now 9:30 pm and the temp is still 99 degrees.

I missed the Stan/Nadal match but at least my Stan took Nadal to a tiebreak! Looks like he just gave up in the 2nd set.

Whoever said they wouldn’t make Fed or Nadal play in the heat – uhm…check the line-up tomorrow. Roger is playing the same time that Djokovic played today. Nadal still has a 2nd night match. So it’s not favoritism as far as the schedule with Roger. I’m sure Nadal will be slated to play a day match later on too.


Kimmi Says:

just to clarify, I like Lu very much. I think he has a lot of potential..especially for that run at wimbledon. It just that I picked roddick, who ended up to be mathieu to win this match.

Aha Lu wins…congrats young man.

Contador, bracket is breaking


contador Says:

yeah i am not taking this seriously. it’s fun, Kimmi.

if i come across serious, i apologise. that’s not it at all. i am enthused but i don’t mind losing, as i said. go dolgo!

i do hope nalbandian wins but not at the expense of another injury.

i would rather see someone retire when something snaps than watching heroics. poor gilles paid that price in paris last year.

great win for Lu! Lu has a fun game to watch.


contador Says:

i think i found Kimberly’s draw!

if its the one i checked, wow, i want her bracket brain!


Kimmi Says:

contador – I knew you were “yoking”. you were not serious at all. Looks like it is me who sounded serious :)

If nalbandian win tomorrow contador, then he could beat murray. That will be the difference in our draw.

I like soda but for nalby..pls go nalby

Some more great matches tomorrow,

Llodra vs federer at 1am…go fed


Kimmi Says:

I think that is the “kimberly” here. she said she started in MC..the one I saw also started in MC.

WOW! I want that brain too.


kimberly Says:

Contador-no secret its kimberli25!

Congrats to lu! Even though I got hosed.


contador Says:

hey kimberly we want to talk if you have time on saturday or friday night. no mickey mousing around : ) we are cool.

you can stop me from second guessing. i did way too much switching around!

kimmi- you also have federer going a step further than i do, if i recall and i hope you are right and i am wrong.

my dream for big dave is for him to beat mr dimples. i know he can, if anything is left in his tank.

and i really would like to see dolgo play. can he beat berdych? i scoffed at thinking he would sink youzhny. anything can happen.

i’m a step further behind also cos i had roddick going deep. now mathieu is out.

*sigh* better luck in cincy. long injury list, i think


contador Says:

yep, that’s you! kimberli25. you rock bracket picking! imagine where you would be if you had started at the beginning!

35 points for toronto.

and i hope your final turns out because i have the same : )


Kimmi Says:

soda pop has the toughest draw so far.

Gulbis 2nd round
nalbandian 3rd round
Murray qtr final

then it even gets tougher from there. wow! wishing him all the best.


contador Says:

yeah he does. and i didn’t see the pop play gulbis, so i don’t know. soderling is lethal if his serve is on and he isn’t spraying the forehand.

dave has more game… than most.

davydenko is another favorite of mine. if he’s on, big if, he should beat chardy.


kimberly Says:

Glad to chat for cinci!!!!

Almost picked llodra over almagro.I like almagro but what has he done outside of clay? Would have been in much better shape if baghdatis hadn’t crashed and burned. He deep sixed me at wimby too on the tennis channel raquet bracket!


Andrew Miller Says:

Chela is a tricky player who’s deceptively good. Unfortunately he is also deceptively bad.


contador Says:

my local cable is throwing me a crumb of tennis to dvr : ) yay

squeezing in the tennis between poker and nascar reruns. men’s match is at 11 am my time and women’s tennis at 1pm. which means i will have federer on dvr and of course sharapova. i have been following more wta.

good luck and good nite everybody


contador Says:

i “felt” like llordra would win and asked same about alamgro. but for reasons unkown, almagro got the spot, also switched around gulbis, benneteau, debakker….the theme for me in cincy will be: stay with the original pick! and chose ones who can deal with a humid infernal steambath!

ditto here about bagman and melzer got me too. i don’t think too many picked polansky but ya know an isnpired home favorite with a wc or getting through qualifying has a good chance. but my chances cards i played were on dolgo and anderson. wussy picking. : )

good nite ! i am falling asleep. i will be on here after work friday trying to get back on it and try again!

cheers


Rick Says:

It would be great if he is crying in pink, which makes him a true Federina! lol


Rick Says:

Sean! You’re making fool of yourself again for saying that Warinka would takes a set off from Nadal! lol


Rick Says:

I hope Murray does well in this tournament. Federer would gets in real trouble, if he runs into his nemesis Berdych again!


madmax Says:

Hi Rick.

Yes, I agree it’s GREAT that federer is back playing again, in pink no less! I can see you are one of his greatest fans!

Let’s hope that he increases his variety of shots to get through Llodra this afternoon – I thought Fed’s movement and footwork were excellent yesterday Rick, what did you think? he did well against chela, some fine forehands, a bit off par at times, but generally a sound match –

Let’s concentrate on his next match against Llodra first, before we consider the next. One at a time Rick. One at a time.

How did you think Rafa played? It surely was a tight first set. Tighter than the one the Fed had? Be interested in your comments here.

All the best for today Fed!

Margot,

Congratulations on Murray’s win yesterday – you must be a very happy lady today.


Jake Willens Says:

I would LOVE to see Nalby win this thing and have a HUGE open. He is so darn talented.

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