Soderling v. Roddick, Djokovic v. Nalbandian in Cincinnati Today; Federer, Nadal Also
by Sean Randall | August 19th, 2010, 9:52 am
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What an absolute smorgasbord of tasty tennis entertainment is lined up for Thursday at the Cincinnati Tennis Masters. By my count there are no fewer than four matches that could be standalone, single tickets sessions and here we have all of them on the same day plus more.

Among the highlighted tussles are Novak Djokovic v. David Nalbandain, Ernests Gulbis v. Andy Murray, Phil Kolhscreiber v. Roger Federer plus Mardy Fish v. Richard Gasquet, Tomas Berdych v. Marcos Baghdatis and David Ferrer v. Nikolay Davydenko.

And if that’s not enough, in the throwaway match of the day World No. 1 takes on the talented Julien Benneteau.

Where do I begin?

First, for me the best match is Djokovic v. Nalbandian. Djokovic leads 3-1 over the Argentine including a win this year on the clay in Monte Carlo. But this is their first meeting on hardcourt in three years – won by Nalbandian in Madrid – and David’s playing some of the best, most inpsired tennis he’s played in years, although he was in trouble in the first set against John Isner yesterday before the big man retired after rolling his ankle.

Novak’s been patchy and we’ve seen his struggles in the heat and unfortunately for him with the start time around 2pm it’s likely to be warm at first ball. So I think Nalbandian comes through in this one.

Like Nalbandian, Gulbis was the hot guy this clay season but injuries and subpar play quickly cooled the Latvian. Today, he’ll return to the spotlight against Murray who looked unusually rusty against Jeremy Chardy Wednesday in a three set opening win.

“He’s a player that doesn’t give a whole a lot of rhythm, and when he started making some balls, I was a little bit uncomfortable,” said Murray of Chardy. “It was very quick conditions out there; very different to Toronto. I didn’t really adjust that well to it when I had to hit a lot of balls. But third set I had to step up a little bit, and I managed to.”

Few players hit the ball as hard as Gulbis does and on a fast court like Cincinnati that should help the Latvian. Murray is known to “absorb pace” and if he plays like he did over the weekend he’ll survive the challenge. But if tries to outwit Gulbis by reverting back to a rope-a-dope defensive posture he may be in for a difficult afternoon. Regardless of Murray’s 4-0 head-to-head (10 straight sets), it’s quite an intriguing matchup.

Also in the daytime, Federer and Kohlschreiber meet in a rare matchup of one-handed backhands. At this stage in Federer’s regression I’d give the edge to Kohlschreiber off that wing and I think Federer appears to be ripe for the upset today.

The Swiss dodged some bullets in Toronto last week (but couldn’t get out of the way Murray) and yesterday had quick night courtesy of a first set retirement from Denis Istomin. So Federer may come in a little light in the schedule. However Fed has dominated the German 5-0 career winning 11 of 12 sets. It still should be a good match.

“It’s gonna be a tricky match because of what we went through (practicing) the last couple of weeks,” said Federer. “I’m happy he’s playing well. He’s a good guy. He’s dangerous. He’s got the shots. He’s beaten great players along the way. Roddick at the Australian and Djokovic at the French, and has played a few close matches against me in the past. We’ll see how it goes.”

In the evening, Roddick and Soderling hookup in a battle of two of the brashest bashers on the tour. Roddick looked so-so in a sleep-inducing win yesterday over Thiemo De Bakker while Soderling picked up his first career victory over Lleyton Hewitt. If the two-time Cincinnati champ Roddick plays his “girls 16s” defensive game against the Swede it won’t be a memorable night for Andy.

Roddick’s lone win in three tries against Soderling came at Indian Wells when Andy when playing some of his best tennis this March. But he still needed three sets to get the job done. Tonight, he’s no where near that form so the very slight edge goes to Soderling.

Some quick thoughts on the other matches.

Gasquet and Fish is a tough one to call. Gasquet has beaten Fish in both meetings and on a fast court the Frenchman should do well. But Fish is the hotter player so I’ll lean his way.

Ferrer and Davydenko is another coin flip. Nikolay’s won two of three against the Spaniard but based on form I give the edge to Ferrer here. David scored a 7-5, 6-2 win Wednesday over Sam Querrery while Davydenko needed three sets to oust Robby Ginepri. For my money Ferrer’s was the better, more impressive win.

I also like Berdych to get his third straight win over Baghdatis and Nadal to beat Benneteau. It’s worth noting that Julien handed Nadal one of the worst losses of Nadal’s early career, whooping the Spaniard 6-3, 6-0 at Lyon in 2004. I have a hunch that the Frenchman won’t be able to replicate that feat today.

As for television, ESPN2 is scheduled to be on live at noon until 4pm, and then again back on at 7pm live for Roddick’s match.

What a day to be a tennis fan!

THURSDAY CINCINNATI SCHEDULE

STADIUM start 10:00 am
[6] J Knowle (AUT) / A Ram (ISR) vs T Robredo (ESP) / R Stepanek (CZE)
Not Before 12:00 PM
E Gulbis (LAT) vs [4] A Murray (GBR)
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs J Benneteau (FRA)
[3] R Federer (SUI) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[5] R Soderling (SWE) vs [9] A Roddick (USA)
J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) vs [2] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
[WC] M Fish (USA) vs R Gasquet (FRA)
D Nalbandian (ARG) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
M Baghdatis (CYP) vs [7] T Berdych (CZE)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[10] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [6] N Davydenko (RUS)

COURT 3 start 2:00 pm
F Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs [5] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT)
M Fish (USA) / M Knowles (BAH) vs [3] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND)


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Roddick v. Nalbandian; Monfils v. Soderling Friday
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252 Comments for Soderling v. Roddick, Djokovic v. Nalbandian in Cincinnati Today; Federer, Nadal Also

madmax Says:

WOW sean. You picked Kohls? Despite fed playing an excellent week of tennis in Toronto, beating Kohls 5 times in a row, (yeah, I know, NO ONE BEATS KOHLS SIX TIMES IN A ROW! – we’ll see!) and having extra rest as a result of an early retirement yesterday.

Fed in two.

Go fed! Keep it up!


goat galz Says:

We can only hope Soderling blasts Roddick to outer space.

ta ta dolls


Kimberly Says:

No, Go Andy (roddick)!
Go Nole!
Go Rafa!
Go Rog!
Go Ferrer!
Go Fish!

and go GUlbis (although not very hopeful on this one)


NELTA Says:

Well Sean, if I could hand pick the best match up for Rafa of the 16 remaining players it would be Benneteau. He is a wily veteran, but doesn’t have the fire power. Rafa would have to play very poorly to lose this one. You know Benne has never won an ATP singles title.


Anaconda Says:

Roddick will mix up the spins and angles and this will cause Soderling to hit way too many errors, Roddick should win, Soderling only knows how to bash.

Federer will beat Kohly.
Fish will beat Gasquet.


Naresh Says:

My Predictions- Winners- Murray,Nadal,Federer,Soderling,Fish,Nalbadian,Berdych & Ferrer.

Seem pretty confident about these.. Time will tell..


Kimberly Says:

its on like donkey kong!


jane Says:

Fromsport has links for both matches, so you can catch Grand Stand or Center Court, or both.

Good luck to everyone’s faves! Hope the tennis is as tasty as the menu.


mat4 Says:

I am persuaded that all the favorites will win. Suprises: perhaps Gasquet. So:

Murray in 2,
Nadal in 2,
Gasquet in 2,
Djokovic in 2,
Federer in 2,
Berdych in 2.

Because of the time zone, for me Sod-AR is tomorrow, Ferrer-Davyd too.


jane Says:

Gulbis looking very cute with the facial hair, reminding me a little of Safin, in more ways than one! He begins with a break.

Speaking handsome lads – yes, I know this is subjective – Andy Murray is all dolled up for the USA edition of September Vogue: preview here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/andymurray/7953884/Andy-Murray-turns-James-Bond-impersonator-in-Vogue-magazine-photoshoot.html


madmax Says:

gulbis rips the first game! WOWZA!

How long will it last though?


madmax Says:

gulbis is more attacking than murray right now, but early days.


madmax Says:

Hi Jane!

Andy looks cool! (do you think it’s been aibrushed?).


andres Says:

After been a reader of this forum for some years i’ve decided to participate because i think its the best tennis forum out there. I appreciate the passionate comments written in here. Having said that seems like Gulbis started out strong.
C’mon Gulbis!!!

Pd: sorry for my poor use of the english language


jane Says:

mat4 Like your fair posts and also wanted to say your English is not bad at all. You are perfectly clear in expression and views. : )


jane Says:

madmax – isn’t everything airbrushed these days? LOL. Did you see this one? Phew – nice pic of Andy M! Where’s margot??!!! She’s love it.

http://www.vogue.com/voguedaily/2010/08/from-the-magazine-murray-mania/andy-murray-2/


Skeezerweezer Says:

Body language from AM not good. Letting the ball drop on his serve motion. Wild Thing looks good on the other side…..


jane Says:

funches, you should join the Draw Challenge “tennisxfans” group to improve group’s ranking and so we can spy on your picks/progress!

Good start for Gulbis, Murray a little slow off the mark but picking up pace as set ending, so should be a great second set if both keep playing well.


mat4 Says:

@Skeezerweezer: Didn’t see the first few games (and the double break), but seems that AM is coming back. It will be a difficult match, but I still believe that AM shall prevail.


guy Says:

murray wins 22% of second serves, that’s pathetic for a top 4 guy. the second serve is junk. and with his poor first serve percentage, constantly around or under 50, he needs to do one of two things.
1. improve that thing
or
2. change serve strategy, take a little off first to get more in, the win percentage will drop on the 1st but it’s around 80 most matches so he can afford to lose a bit to protect himself from that awful second serve. i don’t know why he doesn’t do this.


Duro Says:

And where is Countess? Her guy finally looks like a man and not like a sissy (talking about his appearance). That beard looks fine on him and neutralize that girlish looks of his. He should also short up those curls and you would have a macho to cheer for, Countess! He’s becoming a mature guy and a player. Respect.


Twocents Says:

Like Ernie a lot. But this is perfect match for Murray to tank.

Like Nalby too. But IF Djok lost, I’d say he’s saving himself for USO :-)). Nalby shines in non-slam and disappears in slams — story of his ATP life.

Don’t kill yourself, Roddick. Mono’s no joke.


guy Says:

that second serve lost him both grandslam finals, federer just smacked it around. it doesn’t seem to have improved much the last few years.


jane Says:

Fish is cruising. Head wins over heart (mine, I mean).

Important hold for Murray there. Gulbis is playing well. He could improve his defense/movement a little and he’d be dangerous – IF he could manage some consistency.


mat4 Says:

Poor Gasquet…


madmax Says:

duro!

hello!

you should become a hairdresser!

Skeezer’s description of ‘wild thing’ is more apt, I would say?

Jane – AM Photos. Admittedly, first photo, AM looks hot. But then if you show your guns, black/white shoot, airbrushed/ told to ‘smolder dah-ling’ at the camera, then I would expect him to look half decent! But Mario Testino! Best of the best in terms of photographers – If I remember he was the photographer of Princess Diana, those black/white photos were just stunning.

Murray is certainly being held to ransom here, but I expect he’ll come back.

We all know what Gulbis can be like. Blows hot and cold, like that last shot!

I wish Gulbis wouldn’t be so inconsistent.


madmax Says:

and fish wins over gasquet. Does he await the winner of murray/gulbis?


madmax Says:

jane, forgot to say, margot would drooolllllllll over those shots.


Kimberly Says:

Go Ernie!!! COme on, i’ll take last place for you!!!!


jane Says:

Murray looks very hot, going to the ice at each change-over. Current temp around 30 degrees (weather site says “feels like 35″) and 50% humidity.

Wonder if Murray is even better on a slower hard court? He’s been to finals of both USO and AO, and has both Cincy and Canada titles, so I guess it doesn’t really mattter.

Looks like he may get the break here. If he does, I think he wins this set. And probably the match.


madmax Says:

gulbis is losing it – what a shame – his head just goes to a place of rest when he should be playing the great tennis that we know he can play!

gulbissssssssssssss!!!!!!!


madmax Says:

Is he gonna hang on or is gulbis gonna give it his all?


Skeezerweezer Says:

You’re right gang, AM playin better in the 2nd, up a break…


RZ Says:

“At this stage in Federer’s regression”??? I’m not disagreeing that Kohls might pull off the upset, but considering how much better Federer played last week compared to earlier in the season, it seems strange to base this upset prediction on Fed’s “regression.”


Skeezerweezer Says:

nalby & nole just startin….


Kimberly Says:

i think gulbie is done.


madmax Says:

Jane,

I dont think Murray has made 2 USO finals? I thought it was one final? But you would know better than me.

Anyhow, seems like he is back in the match.
Gulbis looks shakier now. It’s a shame that he does this. just served a double fault and looking really hacked off!


NELTA Says:

The problem with Murray’s serve is not only that he hits it slow sometimes, but there is no kick that gives it that jump out to a right handers backhand.


NELTA Says:

Here’s a good example of a kick serve:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfJFikZkCv8


jane Says:

madmax, only one USO final, which is what I wrote at 1:37 -

“He’s been to finals of both USO and AO, and has both Cincy and Canada titles”.


NELTA Says:

I was referring to Murray’s 2nd serve only in my previous comment.


stu Says:

GO new-Ernie!!!!


jane Says:

Okay Nole – one more set! Please win! Please!


mat4 Says:

I don’t understand what AM is doing.

In the meantime, Nole has destroyed Nalby’s game. Notice the crosscourt slice BH.


jane Says:

Nalby can start slow, so I am not taking anything for granted; hope Nole’s not either. Nole usually dips in second set. Hope he can pull this out.

Meanwhile, looks like Gulbis/Murray is destined for third set tiebreak!


Fot Says:

“At this stage in Federer’s regression”??? Wow, how many players would love to be at this regression and #2 in the world?


Ty Says:

What an unfortunate man Gulbis is, rich, good looking, full of personality, and the ability to compete with professional athletes when he feels the need to. :)


jane Says:

Yerp – 3rd set tiebreak, nail-biter re: Ernie & Andy.

True to form, Nole’s serve has gone off, and is all about the returning in set two; however, Nalby’s serve has picked up.


Kimberly Says:

ernie down in breaker—can he make comeback two days in a row?

haven’t watched. is gulbis playing well or murray badly?


montecarlo Says:

I was hoping that Murray somehow lose this match. Playing and winning all these close 3 setters especially after winning Rogers Cup he may get too tired both physically and mentally going into the USO.


stu Says:

that overhead just cost Ernie the match


Ty Says:

Murray will win the USO this year… mark it down.


Ty Says:

Murray vs Djokovic 5 set final.


jane Says:

Murray with win – by a hair today!


Ty Says:

Speaking of hair Jane: how cool is Gulbis’s curly locks?


Kimberly Says:

poor gulbis, i would have glady sacrificed my bracket for him. But he can definitely hold his head up with this one.


stu Says:

Nole comes up with some _amazing_ shots every once in a while….if only he was more consistent!


madmax Says:

another disappointing ending for ernie.

another smashed racket, another match that he ‘could’ have won.

though – he has improved. may be next time?

One thing is for sure, ernie is IN murray’s head and is a force on the tour. No one wants Ernie in their draw. Least of all murray.


stu Says:

sigh, Nole. 2 DFs at 4-5 down?


contador Says:

hello people

at least i can see the match on dvr when i get home. score looks like ernie did a great job! i hope he keeps improving and getting fitter. GO ERNIE!

another amazing federer kick serve:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM1P2ej4YtY&feature=related


NELTA Says:

Fed won’t be playing tonight. Kohls withdrew with an injury.


jane Says:

Ty love Ernie’s hair! Am currently chewing off all nails watching Nole’s match…


madmax Says:

hello conty.

brilliant serve – thanks for that – monster kick they described it!

You’ll enjoy ernie’s play. you were right. you’ll find a smashed racquet in the third set, with a close camera angle looking at it – a pretty sorry state :(

Could have gone either way. I think he just wobbled towards the end, but he did pull it back in the tie breaker.

Murray complained that he had played 7 days on the trot between 12-3pm and wants a night match – said it was very hot – one of the reasons why he was struggling – never heard him say that before.

It’s all six of one/half a dozen of another when the top guys play – murray had a cup cake draw at wimby in terms of when he played – I am sure he must be tired – but then so was fed, playing day after day, along with rafa, along with novak, along with soderling, eventually it all evens itself out.

rafa on now – looking confident against benneteau, who reached the finals in the doubles in Toronto last week, so also should be feeling some confidence.


jane Says:

YES!!! NOLEEEEEEE!!!!! : )


stu Says:

Nole seems VERY pleased with himself. Does this count as his “big win” for the year? Meeting an in-form Nalby? Altho for his last few matches, the in-form part has been questionable..


NELTA Says:

Benne playing great, but Rafa is starting to work those chicken legs of Benne which will start to get tender.


Kimberly Says:

wake up rafa!!!


Duro Says:

Better result than a play by Novak, but considering circumstances, more than good to finish it in straits. He’s pleased, his fans are pleased; with reason. Go Nole, so help you God!

Countess, how come you’re never available to watch your guy matches? I don’t know exactly where you’re from, but it’s not late in Europe, as well as in States. No excuses! By the way, your Latvian was a point away from making a break which should have probably brought him a match. Shame…

He wore a beard today. Finally, cause he looked so feminine to me. I know you like it, but you should definitely watch the match and see the difference. If you happen to like it, then I’ll find your affection to him more than just a guy-girl thing and consider it as a tennis affection thing, which I would respect more. Easy-on-eyes criteria not as much appreciated! Finally, you’re a Countess, aren’t you? Nobles oblige!

Maxi! Hi there! You’re young too. Don’t get caught in that net, but in your case it’s rather impossible. A love for life in your case. Long live the king! (So you could love as long as possible).


jane Says:

stu, yes, it is a big win for Nole. And that’s what matters; who cares what anyone else thinks as long as he feels pleased and it boosts his confidence!!

Benny is pushing Rafa’s serve; Julienne is never an easy player to beat early rounds. I have seen him push Nole, Murray and beat Fed in early rounds, and now he’s serving for the first set over Rafa. People underestimate Benny methinks.


Kimberly Says:

sloppy sloppy play from rafa.


contador Says:

Duro!

i finally read through this thread. you make me smile again!

i have not seen the matches or ernie’s new manly look…lol. i’ll see him when i get home. and no, no, no cutting the curls! don’t touch them. : )

excellent for him to endure the torture of 3 sets in the swelter and nearly win! he didn’t get the cramps, pull a muscle….that is improvement! i’m happy.

ajde nole! this is a good day for you too, right?

********

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Skeezerweezer Says:

@Duro,

Congrats to u and Nole :)

Rafa,

Why do I have this feeling you’re still going to win this? Somehow he hasn’t gotten his teeth sunk into this match yet……JB played well so far though


Skeezerweezer Says:

contador,

Wild thing was impressive again today. This season, beat Fed, took Rafa to 3 and a hot Murray off a title to a 3rd TB. Someone ( Jane? ) was right on in observation; consistency. The guy has got game and skills, just need to too cook a little longer on the BBQ :)


contador Says:

my nobless oblige is to work, Duro. it’s 2 in the afternoon here, on a thursday!

a countess? i wish, duro.

but i do like the name : )


contador Says:

haha yep. skeezerweezer-

like De bakker. a work in progress but gulbis ( his tennis) is exciting! like i said, i’m sure muzza had no time for a nap!

cheers!

vamos rafa. benny can’t be trusted. he likes top seed blood.


mat4 Says:

@Jane: you were right, Nalby almost made a comeback in the second set. They both changed their strategy, though, and Nole being slower under the hot sun, he was dominated on the FH side. But Nalby also had problems, and Nole’s BH down the line were unstoppable.

I do not agree with Duro, and I believe that Djokovic didn’t play bad. Credits must be given to Nalby’s FH in the second set.

I think that AM had similar problems. He was a bit slower, forced to play his FH with an open stance and his balls were shorter. Gulbis is usually taking to much risks and it is good enough to make him run from right to left and wait for a UE. But he had to many short balls in the middle, this time.


Sean Randall Says:

Kohlscrhreiber withdrew with a shoulder injury so Federer is already into the QF against either Ferrer or Davy.

Nadal is in a fight against Benneteau, and the trainer came out for treatment on his…knees!

These courts are really fast, I don’t think Nadal will last through tomorrow’s match if it is Berdych.

After all the hype (from myself and others), it looks like Nalbandian has fallen back to Earth.

David had numerous chances to extend the match to three sets but could convert in the second set.

I think Roddick could beat Soderling then beat Djokovic tomorrow. That’s very possible but he can’t do it playing like he did yesterday.


Sean Randall Says:

I spoke too soon. Baghdatis has taken the first set on Berdych and now the trainer is treating Tomas. That according to Fowler & Co. at ESPN.


Kimberly Says:

knees, uh oh,

rafa should withdraw not gut out a brutal match.


madmax Says:

just had a break for, what? 40 minutes, and everything has changed!

Kohls has a shoulde injury? in practise? today? can’t believe it.

Not sure whether that is a good thing or a bad, for fed. He has played 7 games on this surface and though the rest is a treat (is it?). Am sure he would rather play and get some practise in those legs.

Has this ever happened before? and why so many injuries with the players?

Stay in the present benny. The present. Some shade is creeping over the court now, so players will be better. Think rafa will take this.

set point.


zinaldo Says:

Pusher nadal wins the set by just keeping the ball into play and jumps as if he did something amazing and now he is going to come up with the excuse of an injury.

I think he has never lost fit,only when he has been injured what a disgrace to the tennis game,faking injuries are not enough for this spanish cheat but the football does it so why not him.


montecarlo Says:

Knees? I saw he was getting treatment on his toes and not knees.


Daniel Says:

Benneteau 46% first serve in second ser cost him the match. He made several DF and Nadal even só couldn’t capitalize until the very last minute, which is he trafego mark. Now we all know the end result.


tfouto Says:

Federer in 0.


NELTA Says:

NELTA Says:
Benne playing great, but Rafa is starting to work those chicken legs of Benne which will start to get tender.

August 19th, 2010 at 3:36 pm
———————————————
As I said 1/2 hr into this match Nadal was working those chicken legs of Benne. Now they are rubber. I’m surprised he hasn’t retired so he can play doubles later today. The Bryan brothers are luvin this.


skeezerweezer Says:

Rafa pulled away, as expected…..Lionheart shows up…JB played well though for a set and 1/2….


skeezerweezer Says:

Wow. Just showed the stats in the end. Stats were very close. Glaring difference? JB with 10 DF’s! That is 10 points gifted..


mem Says:

zinaldo, that’s stooping low even for you!

if you think nadal got off the hook, boy am i curious to what you think about roger playing seven games last night and getting a walkover today! i bet you have some interesting thoughts! i sure would like to hear them!


jane Says:

WoW – Lucky Fed. 7 games and he’s in the QFs!! All that’s left is Ferrer vs. Davy; Soda vs. Roddick.

Think the winner may come from that side.


jane Says:

Mean Fed/Rafa’s side. Too much depth on the other side, they might be worn out.


mem Says:

well jane, that’s tennis!


jane Says:

Sean: “After all the hype (from myself and others), it looks like Nalbandian has fallen back to Earth.

David had numerous chances to extend the match to three sets but could convert in the second set.”

Maybe Nole’s top-rate return game had something to do with it? Certainly in set one Nole had a good read and was able to break 2 or 3 times, and in the second set, Nalby’s serving and ground game became more consistent, whereas Nole’s game dropped off. So it became a matter of who could scrape through in the second set. In the first, Nole was very good.


jane Says:

mem, indeed. Am merely speculating out loud, not making any calls, except nice comfortable route for Fed to QFs.


Von Says:

Funny, we never hear that when it’s the other way around, like last week for instance. Mum’s the word in those instances. LOOL


steve Says:

Zinaldo, you’re just being hateful.

A short match may not be a blessing for Federer. He needs time to adjust to the court conditions. This may be the reason he has never made it past the round of 16 at this tournament in even-numbered years.

It’s better for him to play full matches.


skeezerweezer Says:

Steve,

I agree I don’t it is in the best interest of Feds game that he gets a “pass” on any matches ( with respect to the injured players ). He has stated he felt he didn’t get enough matches in this past spring as he was out early in the tourneys( you shoulda played better, fella, ha! ).

Anyways, with a new coach and “tinkering” his game for improvement, these prelim tourneys and plenty of match play win or lose before the USO are a must.


mem Says:

steve,

i think zinaldo is a comedian and that was one of his best jokes. that was too funny!


Von Says:

skeezer: The retirements will most likely hurt Fed’s game, as he’s match deprived. Last week he appeared to be somewhat rusty, so this is more of a detriment than a boon.

I don’t see how the top 4 on either side could be worn out, as thus far, they’ve only played two matches to move into the QFs. Therefore, they should all be in good shape.

Halbandian’s run has finally caught up to him, and it showed today. He was in his *potted plant* mode.


Von Says:

Footnote to my post @ 7:20 pm on Fed. He’s a player who usually works himself into form when he’s playing a tourney, and this time he’s not been able to do that. Tomorrow, should give us some idea of where he’s at with respect to his match play.


funches Says:

Jane,

I joined the group. My screen name in the ATP contest is Jazzy because, strangely enough, funches was already taken when I signed up last year.

Until this tournament, my only strength this year has been not forgetting to enter any of the events. I’ve cracked the top 6,000 only once and might not this time if Rafa wins the tournament. I had him losing to Berdych in the quarters. In the span of about 10 bad minutes today, I went from 12th with a chance to be as high as second by the end of the night to 19th with a chance to exit the top 100 for good if Rafa beats Baggy.


steve Says:

Just took a look at the draw. It’s tough for Federer; Davydenko (most likely), and almost surely Nadal after that.

With so little match prep I think he will be hard-pressed to beat those opponents. He really needs more matches to get into the groove and iron out the kinks in his game.


jane Says:

Funches, good – will look for you there…

Skeeze, steve – true, could work the other way, and Fed won’t be prepped for the conditions, though he’ll be rested, he could be rusty. 6 and one half dozen of the other…


Kimberly Says:

just came back from playing tennis in the heat and i feel for these guys.

Good for Rafa on winning but worried about the knees. Hopefully he can gut out another win tomorrow.

Soderling is hitting the sh— out of the ball. Roddick playing defensive again.


Kimmi Says:

funches – welcome on our bracket challenge group.

Gianttutu is kimmi and she is last in the group again. thats it for me i think. I dont think i can recover…

Roddick up a break..kimberly, if roddick wins you will rock today. ;)


rogerafa Says:

Djoker has gotten very lucky again. He got Troicki who Djoker owns and a gassed-out Nalbandian. Now he will get either Soderling who is 1-5 against the Djoker and has been very inconsistent this year or a Roddick who has just come out of mono and is terribly short on match practice. Djoker is 4-0 against Fish and Murray may be extremely tired if he does meet Djoke in the semi-final. Djoker has a golden opportunity to win the title because Federer has been struggling and Nadal is yet to come anywhere near his best form in this hard court stretch. Federer’s easy passage to the quarter final may leave him undercooked. Ferrer and Baghdatis have been very impressive in this tournament and a Federer-Nadal semi-final may not even materialize.


NELTA Says:

Roddick’s serve is just nasty tonight. 14 aces in 5 service games.


Kimberly Says:

good for Roddick getting the first set—come on andy!!! he needs this win.


Kimberly Says:

and kimberli25 needs this win too! Don’t worry kimmi, i have plenty of room to crash and burn!


Kimmi Says:

yeah roddick, break! wow!


Kimberly Says:

tie break!!!! GO Roddick!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

mmmmm, soda came back. took second set


Kimberly Says:

roddick being a jerk to the umpire. Now i remember why i stopped rooting for him.


jane Says:

21 aces for Roddick; he seems to be playing well enough!! Haven’t been able to see streaming as have company.


Ike Says:

@ Kimberly
the interesting question is, when Roddick (or any other top 10 player) does things like that, does it:
a. help them vent the frustration of losing the point / game / set, etc. and THEN they can re-focus well
b. it hurts their concentration / focus
c. it just doesn’t matter, they are “pros”

Btw, I am big fan of hawk-eye system (and all the technology in the sports).
And I find it very interesting / amusing when players argue with umpires, I carefully watch how umpires react. (Some umpires get so defensive, I feel bad for them. Some are very stern / like a judge, some try to be “nice guy / friendly”)

Btw, do u think Roddick can win one more grand-slam?


Ike Says:

@ Jane
good evening!


jane Says:

rogerafa: “Ferrer and Baghdatis have been very impressive in this tournament ” – very much agree! But Davy and Ferrer in very tight dogfight a.t.m. by the looks of it.

Not sure I agree that Soda has been overly inconsistent anyhow; seems like he’s had a pretty great year overall, other than an early exit here or there (AO stands out, and his clay season not great).


jane Says:

Hey Ike – hope all is well with your girl ; ) Good win for Andy M today!


guy Says:

people chanting DAVYDENKO in the crowd, haven’t seen that since rome versus nadal years ago…
gotta love davydenko. looks like he’s getting some form back too


Kimmi Says:

this match now is the big dogfight. good to see roddick hanging in there after squndering that second set.

He looks calm now. thats what he needs to do..


guy Says:

davydenko hitting lasers again, serves for match


blank Says:

Has Ferrer been penalized one point?


blank Says:

Very stupid thing to do when you are entering a must win game. This might just cost him the match.


Kimmi Says:

hahahah roddick still going at the umpire


jane Says:

That’s a big win for Davy, his biggest in a while I think??

Kimmi, I can’t open the “Draw Challenge”? Are you having issues with it?


blank Says:

Anger clouded Ferrer’s judgement and he just went down in a flash.


kimberly Says:

Ugggh! Forced to watch thomas th rrain. Checking scores on blackberry.

Go andy, even if you were a jerk.


blank Says:

jane, I am able to access Draw Challenge without any issues.

Davy and Soda wins will help my draw big time.


NELTA Says:

I think it would have been better for Fed to face Ferrer. Davy is a more dangerous opponent.


Kimmi Says:

soda 0-30..danger zone


jane Says:

Kimberly, I remember the Thomas Tank Engine Days – sigh. You need to get streaming!


Kimmi Says:

0-40 out of nowhere..

can roddick take this?


Kimmi Says:

duece

adv roddick, again..


blank Says:

Soda living dangerously!


jane Says:

blank, thanks for telling me; for some reason when I click on it, it stalls and then won’t open. Will keep trying. Could be weird technological glitch from outer space. : /


Kimmi Says:

adv, duece, adv roddick, duece.

soda looks to get out of this

and he does..

What can roddick do now!! keep serving, take it to the tie breaker.

NELTA..has davy found his game..he was losing to every tom, dick and harry in the past 4 months…


guy Says:

yeah big confidence win for davydenko, but i’m not sure he’s got the federer beating form back yet. shame he has to face fed now. but you never know.

meanwhile, nadal not looking great getting pushed by benneteau like that. having said that, he”ll probably just win the tourney now.


kimberly Says:

Congrats to davt, he will get crushed by fed but first decent win in awhile.


blank Says:

Kimmi, I think Davydenko recently came back from an injury. Regardless, the way Fed is playing these days, definitely the improved Davydenko will trouble him. But I hope Fed comes through, that will again help my draw! :P

Wow…this draw challenge has made me lose heart. I am now more concerned about how well my picks do rather than my favs! :-(


Ike Says:

@ Jane
she is doing fine (at least for now), but as weekend approaches I am not so sure, (typically I don’t watch Masters till Thursday evening and then pretty much watch all the remaining matches)


guy Says:

forehand winners, soda 22, to roddick 3.
one day people will realise roddick is just a grinder with a massive serve. the forehand is mediocre.


Ike Says:

here is food for thought:

My picks for US Open 2010

FAVORITES:
1. Andy Murray
2. Rafa Nadal, (I have $10 bet on him to win)
3. Novak Djokovic (if he doesn’t have to play Federer and all his matches are played in “controlled weather conditions” – 68-71 deg.F, 40-50% humidity :) No disrespect to him (re. his physical fitness) but that’s truth, he can’t handle extreme weather conditions

UNDERDOGS:
1. Juan Martin Del Potro, (not sure how fine his wrist is doing, if he is 100% he can beat any player in the world)
2. David Nalbandian (now days, he plays great against average players, and average against great players, it used to be kind of vice versa. Will he be the best player never to win the grand slam?)
3. Tomas Berdych, (why can’t he win a grand slam???)
4. Andy Roddick (if he doesn’t have to play Federer)

MYSTERY CANDIDATE:
Of course, the legend Roger Federer (I hope he doesn’t win it though). If he meets Murray or Rafa in the final, I think he WILL lose.


Ike Says:

@ Kimberly
don’t be so sure, Davy can beat Fed (almost impossible but he’s done it at least ones)


Ike Says:

@ guy
if i remember correctly Roddick used to have very good FH. His BH was/is always weakness


guy Says:

i like roddick’s outfit, about time he got some colour after all those years of mental institution white with lacrosse


Ike Says:

can Roddick break Soda’s serve, i don’t think so, looks like it’s heading for TB


Ike Says:

@ guy
i agree with your comments re.roddick’s outfit, i thought the same


kimberly Says:

Ike–i think that it destroys their concentration for most with the exception of rafa.

I thought in miami he could win one more GS and I still think he can but he will a little help with draw, especially now that he is ranked lower. Mainly, he needs to avoid fed, who simply owns him and run into nole, murray and even rafa.

I think uso and wimby are his best shots. RG is not possible. I’d be suprised if he ever makes the quarters there. AO is relatively slow and he’s more likely to lose to a rafa there.

Just my thoughts.


guy Says:

i think people thought he had a good forehand because he would put away short returns after a big serve. but he’s never dictated with it from the baseline in the way many top players do.


Kimmi Says:

guy..ditto about roddick outfit


Kimmi Says:

roddick has not been good at tie breaks in the past few months…

tie break coming up?


Ike Says:

@ Jane / Kimmi
not sure which of u posted same comment twice on Sunday, i just (almost) did it by mistake, but the great Firefox prevented me from doing it. One more reason to love Firefox!!!


guy Says:

roddick’s pushing strategies work well against everyone except the very best though.


Kimmi Says:

might as well win here..2 match points


kimberly Says:

Go andy double match point


Kimmi Says:

no..no..not to be roddick


guy Says:

good he didn;t win match on let cord, that/s not nice.


Kimmi Says:

another match point – roddick


Kimmi Says:

4 match point all together for roddick.


guy Says:

roddick 10 outta 10 for effort


Kimmi Says:

tie break


Ike Says:

@ Kimberly
re. ur comments “AO is relatively slow”, i agree but over the years their courts have (kind of) become similar to USO, of course their is some technical difference the way these courts are built.


guy Says:

lets make the picks. i say soderling 7,4.


Kimmi Says:

guy, i say roddick..big serve always rule


Ike Says:

Soda or Roddick?
can’t pick


blank Says:

If Soderling, I get 4 points.

If Roddick, I get 0 points.

:-)


guy Says:

yes the AO was slowest the first year i believe because the surface was brand new and still had tooth , it’s probably quickened a little


Ike Says:

bad approach shot from Roddick, might cost him the match


Kimmi Says:

aha bad approach by roddick.


guy Says:

mental note to roddick, never approach with that backhand…


Ike Says:

well A-Rod gets the break back


Kimmi Says:

3-3 soda with mini break then gave it back.
they are so equal..hard to call a winner


Ike Says:

i think Soda will win just bec’z he will be the first one to reach match-point, and A-Rod might buckle under pressure


guy Says:

roddick should teach murray that second serve


Kimmi Says:

5-4 roddick with a better chance now


Ike Says:

well i take it back


Kimmi Says:

match point no. 5 for roddick


Kimmi Says:

match point No.6 on his serve now…


Ike Says:

@ guy
interesting (re. roddick should teach murray that second serve), experts were saying Roddick has lost the zip on his second serve


guy Says:

what a return then he muffs the forehand!


blank Says:

I am happy for Roddick. But also mad at him. He tricked me. When you have/just had mono you are not supposed to play like that against a higher ranked big hitting player for almost 3 hrs.


Kimmi Says:

EVENTUALLY, after his 6th match point.

Congats roddick. I thought he would lose after squndering all those match point. well done.

kimberly, roddick wins…bracket challenge moving up!!


Ike Says:

can Roddick beak Djokovic? i doubt it, (but weather will be in Roddick’s favor)


guy Says:

lost the zip, really? it’s possible, but
i’ll check the speeds at the US, see how it looks, but usually 170+km


Kimmi Says:

I agree blank. roddick tricked me too. But kimberly believed in him. ..Go kimberly


Ike Says:

@ blank
that’s why Roddick needed 6 match points :)


guy Says:

roddick shouldn’t be able to beat djokovic, but he has a mental edge over him for some reason. well the reason is obvious i guess, roddick is mentally tough, djoker isn;t, and roddick knows it.


Kimmi Says:

Roddick vs djoko will be interesting.

hahahahahaha

love this match-up. the roddick and djoko fans here don’t fancy each other so much.

Shammmooooooon!!!


Ike Says:

@ guy
forgot to add the word “authority” to zip, experts were saying in 2003 string technology wasn’t that good, but now days it’s lot better and reason why players can handle second serve / pop better.


Ike Says:

number of double faults reveal Djokovic’s mental toughness :(


blank Says:

well Kimmi. Always glad to have company :-)

Ike, you should join us in the draw challenge next time. It’s a fun roller coaster.


Ike Says:

good night all, c u tomorrow


guy Says:

ike,
i remember roddick was complaining about andreev lacing his serves at the french and using the string tech as a reason too.
i guess it’s a bit of a doubleedge, it’s possible to hit harder,spinnier second serves now, but also possible to have more control on return.


kimberly Says:

Can andy bring it again tomorrow against nole.

They have the 2pm match. Advantage to roddick. Youbfigure the orgnizers gave that spot in case andy got through to give him as much as advantage as possible.

Apparently rafa has the night match where the court slows down some (still really fast) trying to rig the roger rafa semi?


Kimmi Says:

thanks blank. bye ike.


blank Says:

Talent can carry one only so far. Djoko may be able to pull past a tired Roddick and Murray. But beyong that here and for the USO, he needs to become the Djoko of 2008 again. Strange that his level is dropping as he matures…and he is only 23!


kimberly Says:

I’m glad he won even if he is a jerk.

Really turns me off when roddick does that. Some players it amuses me.


Kimmi Says:

blank – the guy is world # 2 (3) and you say his level is dropping. Djoko is still up there. one of the consistent players on tour. he has not won the big one but always been at the business end of most tournaments. he is doing OK.

unless you are comparing him to federer and nadal?


Von Says:

The tournament didn’t do roddick any favours by slotting him at 2:00 pm. with mono he needs more recovery time, which will be about 15 hours as opposed to the Joker who’ll have 24+ hours, and is healthy.

____________

Blank: Roddick played with lot of heart. I don’t like his pallor at all. Ke has that jaundiced skin tone that’s obvious and indicative of the mono still in his system. It won’t be an easy match for him tomorrow.


johhny Says:

“Strange that his level is dropping as he matures…and he is only 23!”

and he keeps being #3 for ages. just wait till he starts playing 2008 level ….


Von Says:

Kimberly I’m so glad Roddick helped your bracket, even though he’s a JERK. Not everyone is perfect like your guys.


blank Says:

Kimmi, I am comparing him to how he was in 2008. He certainly had better results back then. So far he has won just 1 title this year. This year could very well be his worst in 5 years in terms of titles won.

He is still ranked high mainly because he had a very good run towards the end of last summer. And of course Fed and Murray were equally bad for most of this year and Del Potro who could have challenged them all is out.


contador Says:

i agree kimberly. i watched the match. when roddick acts does his road rage routine during a match it makes me uncomfortable.

he is not like that off court, i don’t think.

ajde nole!!


kimberly Says:

Rafael nadal is one mentally tough dude.

But if he is having knee isses like sean said he should wihdraw from this tourney. He has enough matches and he will have two rounds of scrubs @ uso to warm up on.


blank Says:

Von,

I am happy he won today. I agree, his chances against a fresher Djoko are not that great. But looking at the positive side of things, I am sure he has gained a lot of confidence from this match. Actually, a loss tomorrow may be good. Now that he knows he is playing well…he just needs that extra rest. It’s unreasonable to expect him to win 3 matches in less than 3 days. So better target the biggie.


Von Says:

What’s worse? A player having a go at an umpire, an MTO, and/or 2 hours of continued histrionics. I don’t know about anyone else, i’d rather take the player having a go at the umpire, as a lot of times they are just sitting there like a bump on a long and not calling the match correctly. Those younger umpires are solely reliant on hawkeye and can’t make a call even if their lives depended on making a gutsy call.

I see this has turned in to a Roddick bashing night. And now, enters ……


Kimmi Says:

blank – point taken. federer form and murray form has helped djoko staying up at the top. But thats how the cooky crumbles.

Lets see how he does in defending his point after the USO..


Von Says:

blank: I agree with you. He needs the extra rest. With the exception of Baggy, and Fish, he’ll be the only other player who’s played 3 matches in 3 days, and with the least amount of recovery time. That’s a toughie for someone who has mono.


Fot Says:

Well, I saw some of the matches:

(1) the Djokovic/Nalby match. Novak looked good in stages. Nalby was too inconsistent – making a lot of UFEs.

(2) Murray should have lost that match the way he was playing and if he had been playing anyone else with a ‘brain’ to be consistent – he would have lost. If felt as though Murray was telling Gulbis to put him out of his misery but Gulbis didn’t get the memo so Murray had to win it anyway, even though he (Murray) acted like he didn’t want to be there;

(3) Nadal should have lost his match. That’s how good Benneteau was playing until he decided to ‘think’ that he might win and started giving points back to Nadal via double faulting! But one thing about Nadal – he hung in there; although it does show that it is still harder for him to win on hardcourt than it is the other surfaces. If Benneteau had handled his business, he could have won it in straight sets. Once it went to a 3rd set – I knew – with the cramps and everything – that it wouldn’t even be close. As far as Nadal’s knees – I saw nothing that they were looking at. The trainers looked at blisters on his foot but seems like his knees were fine.

(4) I feel like I’m not even a part of this tournament yet – being a Federer fan. Sure, the retirement yesterday might have been fine since Roger had just come from Toronto – but today too! NOooooooooo! He needs to play. Now he’ll go into the QF with only 7 games under his belt and against Davydenko at that! Davydenko lately has been giving Roger fits so I hate that Roger hasn’t really gotten his feet into this tournament yet.

(5) I only saw a little of the Berdych/Baggy match. Seems like Berdych was in a tizzy about something and he also called the trainer out for a leg issue. I wonder if he has already hit his peak for this year?

(6) I saw some of the Roddick/Soderlng match. I have to give Roddick credit for hanging in there because at the end it seemed like he was getting tired, but he still was diving all on the court for balls and giving it his all. Soderling really hasn’t done that much since the French. Who would have thought that ‘clay’ was Soderling’s best surface! lol! This was a good win for Roddick.

Now tomorrow – I just hope Roger gets to play and WIN against Davydenko. I can’t call the rest of the matches so I’ll just say may the best players win! Good luck to everyone!


skeezerweezer Says:

GOAT GALZ must be upset :(. oh well live another day, :)


blank Says:

Kimmi, if Djoko wins tomorrow, you will shoot up higher in the challenge :-)


Von Says:

FoT: I agree with you on Roddick. He looked very tired after the middle of the 2nd set, but he hung in there. Had he not given back the break in the second, the match would have been over in two sets. Gosh he looks awful though, so yellow.


blank Says:

Skeeze,

Did you catch the surf all day yesterday? ;-)


kimberly Says:

My picks for tomorrows matches

Rafa in 3
Roger in 2
Murray fish having trouble calling. Fish won the last two times they played but murray has been resurgent.
Roddick in 3.

Hope I’m not jinxing like sean!


funches Says:

Soderling plays well on clay because the slowness of the surface gives him more time to get into position to crank his groundstrokes. He’s powerful enough to hit winners on anything, but he’s got to be the slowest player in the top 20.

The speed of hard courts leaves him off balance and out of position too often, although he’s obviously dangerous on anything because of his power.


Fot Says:

Von, I hope Roddick’s Mono is like Roger’s instead of Ancic’s. I still don’t think Ancic ever recovered. Roddick better not be pushing it this close to the US Open. I don’t think he could have hung in a tiebreak at the end so a break was just what he needed. AND they are putting his match in the day tomorrow (instead of a night match) so a quick turn-a-round for him. Good luck to him.


Von Says:

Fot: Ancic is a typical bad mono case. Thankfully, Fed and Roddick (if he’s saying it like it is have a mild case. Mono is not an illness to take lightly as it can drag on for years and ruin the victim’s health.

I don’t know why the tourney directors are so bad with scheduling at times. I can understand a final, but a QF with so little turnaround time? I don’t get it. Anyway, it might be a blessing in disguise for Roddick if he exits early, as he’ll have picked up some match play, and will be fresher for the USO. All’s well, that ends well ….


Sean Randall Says:

Good play from Roddick. Andy def brought his serve to the dance today, and Soderling gave him more than a few donations.

Still, very few winners for Roddick off the ground and that kind of style is not going to win him tournaments nor Slams, but it could work against Soderling (as it did) and certainly against Djokovic tomorrow.

I know Andy has a short recovery period but because the match is in the day that should favor Andy – Djokovic rolls over against Roddick in recent meetings.

Good win for Davydenko. Tomorrow’s tussle with Federer will be interesting.


skeezerweezer Says:

Blank,

Absolutely :)

More “Channel surfing” tomorrow. Sat/Sun I am out due to traveling, dang! So I am relying on the “gang” this weekend for the play by plays….


Kimmi Says:

Roddick vs djoko was suppose to happen at the FO -roddick lost early

then again at wimbledon – roddick lost a little early.

Now eventually it happens – but roddick has mono :(

Duro – you have got your wish. but there is a saying that says “be careful what you wish for..”


Fot Says:

Sean, you said earlier you thought Roger might lose against Phillip – so are you picking Davydenko tomorrow? (If you do – I hope you are wrong! lol)

Von – I will definitely be pulling for Roddick tomorrow because I need Novak OUT so Roger can keep the #2 seeding at the US Open. So… GO RODDICK!


Von Says:

COME ON, GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE.Roddick’s winners to UEs count is always good, and he plays clean matches, not THOSE laden with UES.

I think he won two tournaments this year and was a finalist in another two. That said, he WILL WIN MORE TOURNAMENTS. OUCH, cap lock was on. Sorry.


contador Says:

von

my apologies. i am suffering from “bracket challenge syndrome” and soderling was my pick. : (

i like roddick. he doesn’t act like that every time he plays. it’s not roddick bashing, on my part.

it’s just what i saw and heard tonight watching the match. he carried on too long for comfort.

and nole is one of my bracket flagships.

should have picked roddick. he’s the home crowd favorite

Fot-

love your summary of the gulbis murray match lol…i am watching the last set now!

nadal is very lucky that benneteau started cramping.

i don’t know if it helps or hurts federer, this lack of match play.

and finally, as von says about nalbandian, he was in *potted plant* mode, which is understandable.


blank Says:

Ok guys. Catch this while it lasts…from what we saw on the other thread, this gets taken out pretty fast.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ-58zosvkQ


blank Says:

I am not done watching…but I can tell you it’s so much fun.


Von Says:

FOT: That makes two of us, GO RODDICK, however, we’re in a minority here. BTW, I rooted for Fed to win in the Tornto SF so he could regain the No. 2 ranking. LOL, it seems like we have some sort of conspiracy theory working here! Anyway, GO RODDICK, GO FED.


Von Says:

Contador, it’s alright. It just becomes very tiring that’s all.


Sean Randall Says:

FOT, I actually never picked Federer to lose. I said he was ripe for the upset but didn’t actually make a pick b/c the head-to-head was so lopsided I thought Federer would win anyway.

Tomorrow, the court is much faster than Australia so I would expect Roger to win. But Davydenko usually plays him pretty tough.


andrea Says:

how many more sets will roger NOT have to play and make it to the finals?


blank Says:

Von,

Make it 3. I am with you on Roddick here.


blank Says:

Just that I am a tad mad because he busted my bracket.


Von Says:

Blank, thanks for the support – - it’s very much appreciated.


Fot Says:

OK so we do have SOME “Roddick/Federer” combinations here. Great. OK Sean, I hope you are right in what you’re thinking too!

Go Roger! Go Roddick! Good night all! Until tomorrow!


Fot Says:

One last thing – thanks blank for posting the video because I had missed it earlier. They seem like they were having so much fun! Great!


Kimmi Says:

enjoyed the video blank.


contador Says:

blank-

thanks. loved the video.


kimberly Says:

Any thoughts on murray/fish? Or is andy just going to pound him?


guy Says:

watching that video was like watching muppet versions of fed and nadal. nadal’s eyebrow is just ridiculous.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@guy

O c’mon guy, Like u could do better? They are they’ll guys tryin to promote the game, give it a rest already


Skeezerweezer Says:

They are TWO guys … Dang iPhone keyboard


goat galz Says:

I’m not counting on Soderling anymore. Let’s hope the guy with the broken lungs can eek out a win against the old balding guy.

ta ta dolls


Skeezerweezer Says:

Blank

Tx for re- posting the video although I saw it earlier. It deserves a look for all tennis enthusiasts, and was so funny. Here we bicker a lot about the Fed/Rafa rivalry but these guys together seem to have a genuine friendship off the court. Go Fed/Rafa!


jane Says:

“love your summary of the gulbis murray match lol” Fot – I will echo contador; that was a funny take on the match! : )


jane Says:

This article actually talks about Murray hitting weaker/slower serves in the second set as a smart tactic against Gulbis, and indeed it seemed to be. Also Andy M is worn out a little from his long run and all matches in the heat (which confirms what I think madmax mentioned earlier):

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20100819/SPT/8200378/1062/Heat-taking-toll-on-Murray


steve Says:

Roddick chose the right play. He can’t get into a hitting contest with Soderling. He can get more aggressive when he needs to, (as he did against Nadal in Miami), but why bother when he doesn’t need to?

Hope Federer can play himself into form tomorrow. Davydenko is fast and he hits flat and quick, which will be a huge advantage on this surface. If Federer has a sloppy start it’ll be hard for him. And then vs. Nadal he will have to play a completely different kind of match from how he would play against Davydenko.


guy Says:

skeezer, i was expressing my amusement at the video. i guess you don’t like muppets.


Naresh Says:

A new respect for Andy Roddick. That was gutsy play from his side.. He beat Soderling when Soderling was playing well and he had to pick his game up .. He’s a real fighter..


grendel Says:

I wouldn’t rule out Bhagdatis against Nadal. He was very, very impressive against Berdych. Of course, he has never beaten Nadal – and that’s a real hurdle to overcome. He seems fairly unflappable, however, so if the opportunity presents itself, he may well take it.


skeezerweezer Says:

guy,

muppets are cool :). I got the humor…..took me awhile to get it through my skull


goat galz Says:

Gosh he looks awful though, so yellow.

Ewwww Von, your hepatitis guy should seek treament so as not to infect others.


skeezerweezer Says:

GG,

Me starting to think you have a secret crush on Roddick :)… and Von. Kinda weird though….

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