Djokovic Compares Win to Sex in Tuesday US Open Marathon
by Staff | September 1st, 2010, 12:20 am
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The 96 degree temperatures and high humidity on Tuesday at the US Open brought out the nutty results, and the nuttiness in general.


Five seeds were involved in grueling five-set matches. American Mardy Fish’s five-setter involved two (and almost three) bagel sets.

No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic is renowned for melting in the heat, but when he gutted out a five-set win from two sets down against Serb compatriot Viktor Troicki, the punch-drunk Djokovic in an on-court interview with ESPN’s Brad Gilbert afterward told the crowd regarding the win, “It was like sleeping with my girlfriend, it was that kind of feeling.”

Other five-set warriors were the No. 19-seeded Fish in a lopsided win over Czech Jan Hajek 6-0, 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1; No. 8 seed Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco outlasting Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3 in the fifth; No. 16 Marcos Baghdatis coming out on the losing end in five to French veteran Arnaud Clement; and No. 31 “Fat Dave” Nalbandian outlasting South African Rik De Voest 6-4 in the fifth.

Fish found himself in the unique position of being down two sets to one after winning the first set 6-0.

“I started out great,” Fish said. “I made one unforced error in the first set, entire first set. Played a bad game early in the second and he held, served well, held throughout there. Four-all in the third set he hit four winners, broke me there, and played a long game the next game and he held. Next thing you know, you’re down two sets to one thinking, you know, maybe you’re going home.”

Clement said the heat had him changing his strategy against Baghdatis.

“It was very difficult to play with the heat. And not especially at the end of the match,” Clement said. “In the first set it was — after when we were playing on the baseline, after two, three, four shots with burning, legs was burning, so it was very difficult, and so it was different game. So I tried to be very aggressive, to have short points.”

Other Frenchmen joined Clement on the upset tip Tuesday, with Jeremy Chardy shocking No. 24 “The Importance of Being” Ernests Gulbis in straights, Julien “United Colors of” Benneteau unearthing No. 28 Radek “The Worm” Stepanek in four, and Canuck Pete Polansky surprising No. 30 Juan Monaco (and us all) in straights.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, the feature night match, defeated Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili in a straight-setter that included two tiebreaks.

In “B”-squad American action, James Blake advanced while Robby Ginepri exited in four sets against Argentine Eduardo Schwank.

Matches to watch for on Wednesday at Flushing Meadows include (4) Andy Murray vs. Slovak Lukas Lacko, Serb Janko Tipsarevic vs. (9) Andy Roddick, an all-American in (20) Sam Querrey vs. Bradley Klahn, Portugal’s Frederico Gil vs. (18) John Isner, net-crasher Michael Llodra vs. (7) Tomas Berdych, (17) Gael “Force” Monfils coming off a five-setter vs. Igor Andreev, Dudi “Where’s My Car?” Sela vs. Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, American qualifier Ryan Harrison vs. (15) Ivan Ljubicic, Gilles Simon vs. past-prodigy Donald Young, and American future hope Jack Sock vs. Swiss Marco Chiudinelli.

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

DID YOU KNOW? — Wearing a flag-patterned shirt at the US Open is OK, but waving flags in the stands has been banned by the USTA at the US Open since 2008.

MISC. – In interview situations such as in the tunnel when players are about to take the court at the US Open, you have to appreciate someone like Novak Djokovic who will joke with the interviewer and give something, as opposed to a Maria Sharapova who gives you nothing but the robotic ‘She’s playing really well and I’m going to play my best, blah blah, etc.’…If we had to give any game-improvement advice for Jarmila Groth it would be don’t wear the dark bra under the white shirt…Venus Williams is ready to go this fortnight after winning her first round match at the US Open, her first match since Wimbledon due to injury: “I had a tough summer,” Williams said prior to starting. “I am ready for the Open, thank God.”…Andy Roddick tells the Miami Herald he’s an unapologetic Miami Heat fan: “I was going to the games in ’01 when they were paying people to come. I was obviously in Boca for a long time and went to four or five games a year. Obviously, I’m excited. I was just hoping and praying they re-sign Dwyane [Wade]. Then, when [Chris] Bosh came, I was ecstatic. Then, when LeBron [James] came, it was bordering on ridiculous. Like everyone else, I’m excited to see how it all goes together.”…In the mode of Patrick McEnroe, Andy Roddick says he would eventually like to be a TV commentator and Davis Cup captain…Andy Roddick speaking to 20/20 magazine on playing mixed doubles with Serena Williams at the 2012 Olympics: “We’ve been friends since we were kids and came onto the tennis scene together. Once they announced the event, Serena was on the phone 26 seconds later begging me to play,” he jokes. “She’s got a bunch of gold medals so maybe she’ll help me get one.”…Hurricane “My Name is” Earl is predicted to hammer-time the NYC area around Saturday; as of Tuesday it was a nasty Cat. 4 churning toward the east coast of the U.S…According to ESPN, five Italian tennis players who were suspended after being caught up in a major gambling investigation are accusing the ATP World Tour of trying to hide documents they claim will show much higher-ranked players also bet on matches — can’t imagine they’d do that, although Andre Agassi in his book did admit the ATP helped cover-up his crystal meth jag — top players don’t take the fall! Italians do!…Roger Federer b.s.-ing about his fake video where he serves a bottle off a guy’s head: “One thing I tell you, that the [between-the-legs] shots on center court in front of 22,000 people is a bit more difficult than what I did at the Gillette commercial. That was just having a bit more fun. No, I can’t tell you if it’s real or not. That’s up for debate. Still up to debate, you know. I’m not going to answer that question.” — Give that cheese a rest Roger…American Vania King tweeting prior to the start of the US Open: “Already had a conflict with US Open transport and I’m not even there yet! US is the biggest yet least accommodating of all Grand Slams.”…Marcos Baghdatis has no sponsor, so he has the Cyprus emblem on his clothes that he says his mother sews on. No, we didn’t make that up, you can’t make that kind of stuff up…Arnaud Clement on if the men should have a US Open “heat policy” like the women: “No. It’s part of the game. It’s part of the game.” — C’mon! You guys should completely submit your manhood and have a heat policy and on-court coaching, so you can be told when to eat bananas.


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262 Comments for Djokovic Compares Win to Sex in Tuesday US Open Marathon

jane Says:

“No. 24 “The Importance of Being” Ernests Gulbis in straights, Julien “United Colors of” Benneteau ”

Those are some funny nicknames.

Actually, Djoko compared the “feeling of the shade” to the pleasure of sleeping with his girlfriend. Nutty comment. But punch-drunk indeed.

“Marcos Baghdatis has no sponsor, so he has the Cyprus emblem on his clothes that he says his mother sews on.”

Crazy!

Not surprised to hear that Roddick would like to follow in P-Mac’s footsteps re: commentary and Davis Cup. Seems right up his alley.


steve Says:

Keep two things in mind: first, English is not Djokovic’s first language, so he might have been hard-pressed to come up with a more family-friendly comparison; second, he was probably more than a little sunstruck at the time; third, if he says the coming of the shade felt like sleeping with his girlfriend, who are we to argue with him?


andrea Says:

the nadal match was interesting. the russian had his chances….especially in the 2nd set tie breaker.


steve Says:

Nor is this the first time Djokovic has compared tennis victory to sex:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6876924.ece

“So what was better, winning a grand-slam tournament or sex? ‘Nothing, nothing, nothing is better than sex, it is what God created us to do,’ he replied. But what if he were to win Wimbledon? “Ask me the question again on that day,” he said.”

Hilarious!


steve Says:

@andrea: it was interesting for the same reason one might watch the condemned man’s procession to the place of execution: not because the execution holds any interest in and of itself, but because of the tantalizing possibility of a last-minute escape attempt, which would at least break the tedious monotony of the process, even if it did not alter the outcome.


Eskay Says:

Among the top guns,only Federer has had it easy, so far. Joker was looking tired in the first set itself. He is going to have tough time against Petzchner. Rafa was looking huffed and puffed by the second set. He appears to forget that he is playing to win, not play to fight. Almost 3 hrs. for three sets. He makes heavy weather of every thing. Soderling played much to assure that he won’t reach the scheduled spot.


mat4 Says:

Just for Jane:

Patrick Mouratoglou, on eurosport.yahoo.com

“The Serb has also had a rough year in terms of success. The idea to have Todd Martin coaching him alongside with Martin Vajda has not worked well at all and he seems confused. Changing his service action was a disaster as it forced him to play without what used to be one of his best weapons.

Of course Nole is no Andy Roddick, but this shot allowed him to better control the direction of a point.

That said, he seems to have rediscovered his game since the start of the American hardcourt season.

He seems physically very fit, which is one of the best assets of his game, while his forehand seems to be back.

Djoko is once again very quick on the court, tough on defence, and able to dictate a point thanks to his forehand.

It is also worth mentioning that he is one of the best returners in the world and he is playing the best tennis of his season. I believe Nole is the number one outsider.”

There are a few mistakes in the translation, but it is roughly what he wrote in french. The sequel is about AM (http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/patrick-mouratoglou/article/298/)


mat4 Says:

That said, I do not agree. Since the change of racket (and I think that Nole didn’t want that change, but I cannot really write about this), Nole’s game is evolving from a Fed-like to a Rafa-like, and that means that he is not so efficient on fast hard courts.

His principal problem is the serve, and in his case, we can clearly see the impact of the racket on the speed of the serve. He cannot hit flat neither, so he is not able to finish points fast. I really don’t see him wining a slam without a change of racket and a comeback to his roots.


Kimo Says:

Does anybody know why Roger is not scheduled to play today?!


super man Says:

@kimo

because there are 1st round matches still to be finished, no? only some 2nd round matches can be completed. roger should play tomorrow in day session – novak should get night session.


Gordo Says:

super man is correct. The top seeds all have to get their 1st rounds in before the 2nd rounds get underway.

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Hey, how come no one has yet bitched about Rafa’s horrible break record last night the way everyone did about Federer’s the previous night?

Same result – a straight set win.

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Some of you might find this of interest -

Tomorrow a Canadian very few of you have heard of will play James Blake in the second round. His name is Peter Polansky and he knocked off Monaco in straight sets yesterday. Last month in Toronto he beat Melzer in the first round. I have watched him play about 6 times and he is starting to come into his own, considering how lucky the 22 year old is to even be alive.

Here is the story I am sure the commentators will mention during the Blake match tomorrow -

Four years ago Polansky lay in a Mexican hospital room as doctors pondered whether they should amputate his left leg.

Eighteen at the time, Polansky was in Mexico as an alternate on Canada’s Davis Cup team when, while sleepwalking, he believed he saw a knife wielding man hovering over him. He smashed through the window and fell 3 stories to the ground below. It was likely the shrubs that saved his life.

The glass ripped open his left calf and was within a centimeter of his femoral artery. It took five hours of surgery and 400 stitches to fix the damage but only after surgeons decided not to remove the leg. There were questions as to whether he’d walk again, let alone play tennis, but he began to rehab after two months in a wheelchair. It was just three months after the accident that he was back on the court hitting tennis balls.

He’s never had a sleepwalking incident since but, as a precaution, he gets a low-level room when in a hotel on the road.

We Canadians have one of the world’s best doubles players in Daniel Nestor, but have longed for a singles player to have some success on the tour. We will be watching Peter Polansky tomorrow against Blake with great hopeful expectation.


Gordo Says:

And about those break point conversions -

Federer – 5 of 19 (26%)
Nadal – 2 of 10 (20%)

But how do you argue with straight set wins, which is what both players did? At least Federer avoided tiebreakers, whole Nadal never broke until the 3rd set, having to play 2 tiebreakers.

Coincidentally, their opponents were both 0 of 1 in break chances.


stu Says:

I think Djokovic meant his comment quite literally – as sleeping next to his girlfriend. I don’t think he realized initially how it could be interpreted in English, but once he did he played along.


van orten Says:

@Eskay

well nadal doesn’t have the arsenal to end up a point faster.he seldom has more winners than his opponent in a close match and even if he wins easily…so it’s all about grinding and defending and passing and topspining till the opponent runs out of gas…it’s not my favorite way of winning but it is in nadal’s case incredibly successful


margot Says:

Monfils v andreev is a second round match on tonight.


grendel Says:

Gordo says:”Hey, how come no one has yet bitched about Rafa’s horrible break record last night the way everyone did about Federer’s the previous night?”

I didn’t see either night matches. But the point about Federer is that it’s a long standing problem – and naturally Fed fans are keen to see whether there has been any improvement. Also, I don’t think the comparisons work (Gordo’s 10.08 post) – the opponents whom Fed and Rafa faced were very different in quality.

Fascinating story about Polansky


jane Says:

Hi mat4: Thanks for the posts; I agree that Patrick, the writer, is perhaps a little too profuse in his praise there. Djoko still has some ways to go to play like he did in 07 and most of 08. He can get too defensive, as you say, and some of that may be due to his serve, which is getting better but still not consistently reliable. So he ends up playing safe (to avoid double faults) and has to work harder to win points on his service games.

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On another note, wow – is Ivanovic back?


Fot Says:

Tennix-X said: “Give that cheese a rest Roger” on the You-Tube video. Well if the reporters would stop ASKING him about it – maybe he could give it a rest! Ya think?


Huh Says:

I’m back for today and among other things would first of all like to say Hi to Maxi.

HI DEAR MAXI! :D :)

Was missing you too all these days. Glad I’m back to echo “ALLEZ FEDERER!!!” with you! :D


madmax Says:

How so grendel? (were they different in quality?) Gabashvill was ranked 93, dabul 96, so by ranking, aren’t they of a similar quality evidence by their ranking?

I didn’t see the rafa match, though some have described it (in reports), as being an ‘easy’ win? are tie breakers ever easy?

With dabul, i thought he served very well, it was just he was outclassed and had only played (and I think, won) apparently 13 tournaments in his career on the ATP tour?

I think from what Gordo was saying, rafa made heavy weather of a straight sets win, though it was reported otherwise.

‘nadal finishes in style, through to the second round’ an example of one headline – kind of hides the apparent ‘struggle’ he had?

‘Nadal claims first-round US Open win’
‘Nadal off and running’

very little was made of the tiebreak situation.

Journalists can be so biased in their reporting, don’t you think?


madmax Says:

Huh,

just seen your post!

Hello you! GREAT to see you here! :)))))


madmax Says:

huh, you are so sweet!

I came home early to watch Fed play (thinking he was on today), but apparently it will be a day match tomorrow and I’ll be working! So will have to record it!

Keep cheering for our fed, huh!

Terrible news about Azarenko, I saw she collapsed on court today – awful. I thought she would win the US Open.


paula Says:

Those misc items were funny.

Regarding Nole and his racquet- I own his previous Wilson one and his new Head one. They are very different, for sure. But I always assumed that players trick out their racquets so much, that the way the stick is originally doesn’t matter.


margot Says:

Oh following on from above, Andy R has a second round match today too. That makes more sense for American audience but no sense that Andy M and co only start today. Means they’ll be playing almost back to backs!
Oh shame madmax, but am sure you’ll catch Fed at a civilised hour at some point.
Hi huh. njoy the tennis :)


jane Says:

madmax, what happened with Azarenka? Was it heat stroke? I thought she’d do well here also. At the AO in 2009 she nearly passed out on the court, but it was really hot, so that was why. Anyhow, that’s too bad for her.


jane Says:

Lacko better be lacking today. Go Andy M!

Llorda is winning the tiebreak over Berdych.


tenisbebe Says:

Wow, am really enjoying this Harrison/Ljubicic match. There has been talk about Ryan for a couple of yrs now but I missed these 2′s match at IW. Impressive & he seems fresh as a daisy so far.

Jane, the USTA is going to make an announcement re: Victoria in 5 or 10 mns.


steve Says:

@jane: I don’t think there will be any wurrays for Murray today.


stu Says:

how is Muzza playing? is he gonna win the whole thing?


stu Says:

esp considering T-Bird may be out of his way today…


margot Says:

jane: thought Andy was gonna let Lazlo back into the first set! Yikes. This heat is ridiculous, if you go to the NY web page it’s full of weather warnings about the heat and we expect tennis players to go out there and run their socks off for our entertainment. All my sympathies are with Djko.
tenisbebe: there go my nails..


jane Says:

steve, lol, no. I think Murray will get through safely. Berdych, on the other hand …


grendel Says:

madmax and Gordo

you may well be right -I got it into my head that Dabul, of whom I had never heard much less seen, was some obscure character invited in to make up the numbers, whereas Gabashvill seems to be the real thing, a typical Russian who doth wax hot and who doth wax cold.

Very well, then. Let us now, in due contrition, bitch about Rafa’s horrible break record last night.

Nadal, this simply won’t do. You may want to go on about how you’re improving your serve, and I expect you feel one of the boys now, don’t you, now that you’ve clocked 130 mph. Yes, I bet you think you can stand tall now and drink down your beers with the rest of the lads, without having to worry about them sneering behind your back about your poofy serve.

Well, let me tell you Nadal, that you’re quite wrong about that, quite frankly I’m very annoyed with you, Nadal. Two breaks out of ten chances, that just won’t do. It doesn’t cut the mustard, Nadal. What do you think you’re playing at? I’m warning you, Nadal, and I’m deadly serious, if you do anything like this again, anything remotely like this, Nadal, I’m going to give you a jolly serious talking to.


margot Says:

grendel: what’s up doc??


jane Says:

margot, no worries for Murray I think today; he’s looking all business. : ) But like you, my sympathy goes out to these guys playing in mid-day with the heat like this. No doubt some handle it better than others though. Looks like Llorda may stage a coup, which could really help Andy M down the road! Mind you, I wondered whether Berdy would go far here as he was injured in TO and Cincy.

Young American doing well against Ljub; serving for it next.


margot Says:

Big Bird, two sets down. Upset possible, Lodra dangerous.


contador Says:

jane-stu

a word about the bracket challenges: i didn’t make my picks with consideration to the heat in NYC being 100F on court. i thought i checked the forecast and it was supposed to be cooler there this week. what do i know? i live a couple thousand miles away but….

it’s true that in those conditions fitness in the heat matters more than experience …..thinking of my pick of ljubicic over harrison. and a few others. general rule to pick someone like granollers over seppi. the italian came out strong as expected but the spaniard endured.

but what is berdych’s problem?


Fot Says:

I’m watching the Llodra/Berdych match and Llodra is player really well (S&V). I wonder if he can keep it up? Meanwhile, Berdych doesn’t seem to have an answer for the relentless pressure that Llodra is putting on him at the net (so far).


contador Says:

aw he’s sweet and little. big congratulations to ryan harrison!


contador Says:

Fot

i tuned into ESPN2 when llordra was having his foot worked on. he was grimacing while the massage was on. there was a close-up shot of his perfectly pedicured foot and waxed leg. i thought okay, this guy might retire. but what does he do?

never trust those french ; )

berdych is confused


grendel Says:

actually, margot, it was my take on Peter Cook – I don’t know if you are familiar with him. He’s not to everyone’s taste of course but imo, at his best, he was incomparable.

I saw a bit of young Harrison like Tenisbebe, and I was much impressed. Looks like American tennis may be in safe hands after a few false dawns.

One thing I noticed. Lodra chip and charging didn’t make any impact in the games I saw, but it did in the tiebreak – got him his break. Maybe it’s that kind of weapon these days – to be used sparingly as a kind of shock tactic.


Fot Says:

Yes contador, after Llodra got his feet wrapped, he hasn’t shown any effects of it. He is just playing a ‘smart’ game right now. Just hope he can keep it up.


stu Says:

TBird is out. This is Muzza’s US Open


steve Says:

Llodra is really running Berdych around. No rallies, and lots of net play and soft shots. Berdych has nothing to get his teeth into.

Serve and volley seems to work well on Berdych; his passing shots aren’t great. That lefty serve also gets Berdych running way wide.


steve Says:

And the serve-and-volleyer beats the power baseliner. Have we been thrown back fifteen years or so?


Fot Says:

Stu said: his is Muzza’s US Open

stu, they said that last year; they said that at this year’s AO too. *whistles*


margot Says:

grendel: yeh, Pete and Dud, E L wisty, brill! Just didn’t sound like your normal good humoured self, nor was it meant to be.
conty: apparently cooler next week, if anyone can survive. I personally think it’s madness and used to be said only “mad dogs and Englishmen” who ventured out.


jane Says:

Berdych goes out much like Gulbis; straight sets. I wonder if the tennis gods are vying for that Murray vs. Rafa semi? ; )

Murray about to serve it out.


jane Says:

Yay Murray – good job! Go drink some water.


Fot Says:

Jane, it looks pretty good for a Murray/Nadal semi – but the way things have gone these first 3 days – heck, who knows what will happen!


margot Says:

Yippee! One down, six to go! I think Brown will be trixy..for a very short time of course!
tenisbebe: nails not too bad at the mo.


stu Says:

Fot Says:

stu, they said that last year; they said that at this year’s AO too. *whistles*

Fot, do you see anyone in his draw beating him before the semis? Not SamQ again (in 5 sets), not Wawa…this is his best shot IMO…


Jainey Says:

Just heard that John Isner will be giving out free US open tickets tomorrow at the Duane Reade in Union Square sponsored by vita coco!


jane Says:

This Canadian girl -Rebecca Marino- has something missing in some WTA player’s games: a consistent and powerful serve. Nice to see!


madmax Says:

wawrinka a great player and gave murray a run for his money last year at wimby, a great 5 setter, but he too inconsistent. This USO is wide open on murray’s side, just made easier with T-Bird gone – was looking forward to a tussle there, good luck to llodra though, serve and volley – very neat.

margot, you must be happy, happy, happy!!!!


margot Says:

madmax: :) :) :)


contador Says:

i would bet serious money on a murray nadal semi. would have bet it last thursday.

berdych had he made it to murray, as i thought, would have lost. murray. murray is ready for anybody this year. no napping.

and rafa’s draw- as i mentioned, never looked difficult – considering how gulbis and nalby might fare in heat and long 4 or 5 set matches. his compatriots- pah…they are both super fit and in great shapr in the heat (ferrer and nando ) but neither can be seriously thought of as a threat to nadal. they both lose the match on intimidation factors before it starts. nalby looked gassed yesterday. it took unbelievable effort to win his first match. he’ll be lucky to get by chardy. the french are on a roll!

go gilou!

what i can’t decide is who will win the semi between muzza and rafa. i lean one way one moment and another the next.

there’s way more intrigue in the lower half. imo

venus why wear a halter top? wardrobe accident waiting to happen. and the canadian is playing great!


paula Says:

Who is “muzza”?


Huh Says:

Hi Mrs.Margot! :)
Hi Maxi! :)

Good day for me with Muzza and Wawa winning. :D

Happy for Simon even though he’s not one of my favourites. :)

Glad to see Berdych not getting lucky this time, deservedly lose. Now he can boast about beating Fed at Wim this year, lol! ;)


Huh Says:

Murray’s Muzza.


Seth Says:

Hero of the Day goes to Llodra. Can’t say I’m sad to see Berdych out.


Kimmi Says:

OK! still taking in this upset. Berdy is out. Llodra beat him..what! The biggest upset so far.

Yay muzza! paula, muzza is andy murray nick name that the brits like to use now and then. I like it!

Ivanovic won against a feisty zheng…did not see the match but from her first round match (which I watched) she was very good. aggressive FH, big serve. I see bartoli is out, so she gets to play virginie Razzano …Good luck to her.


paula Says:

How could I not have heard about “muzza”?- very cute. I like nicknames in general.


Huh Says:

“Can’t say I’m sad to see Berdych out.”

Same here. :D


Von Says:

sheesh, until Djokovic began with his heat, (or is it asthma problems, I’m confused as to which one actually bothers him the most), we never heard of the heat being such a major problem for the players. The players just went along their business, playing their matches and taking things in stride. However, now it seems that the players have all been turned into a bunch of wusses, fragile and incapable of playing, whenever the temperature goes over the 70 degree mark. What’s wrong with this picture? And, this fussing is made over the men, what about the women, aren’t they affected by the heat, considering they are supposed to be the weaker species.

Azarenka was feeling sick today, and it hasn’t been stated what was exactly was her problem. In Australia when she became ill, she had contracted a stomach virus, so it wasn’t the heat that caused her to retire. Anything for an ally, isn’t it? However, it should be bourne in mind, that Azarenka is a woman

I know Fed and some other players practise in hot temperatures; Murray lives in Miami, where it’s hotter than NYC, Roddick lives in Texas, and I also read that the Joker has been practising in Dubai, plus he lives in Monte Carlo, which, as far as my geography goes, is not the Antarctica. That said, could someone tell me how the heat could be such a problem for these guys? Not to mention, they’ve been playing in similar temperatures in Toronto and Cincy, and most probably have become somewhat acclimated to the higher temperatures. The heat situation in NYC, is sort of a one-off for this time of year, as it’s not the norm temperature wise in the Big apple.

I think some fans should remember that these guys are *athletes* and go through rigorous training sessions, which prepares them for extreme temperature changes. So let’s keep that in mind, and things in perspective, and not treat them as though are pieces of fine porcelain and/or Wedgewood china.


stu Says:

Novak gets a night match! (Roger plays during the day).

Please let him win in straight sets!


Von Says:

Sorry to see Berdych go out so early. It’s not good for the tournament when the higher ranked players begin losing so early. I hope there aren’t many more early round losses for the top 10 players.


Seth Says:

Berdych, he of the boring, boorish, slightly brainless, bash-the-hell-out-of-the-ball game brought about mainly by his Brobdingnagian bulk rather than any inherent bent toward brilliance.

No, can’t say I’m sad to see his rolled slowed considerably by Mr. Llodra.


Kimmi Says:

Melanie oudin! no pressure at all to repeat what she did last year. no pressure!


dari Says:

Maybe we will actually see roger sweat, literally, not metaphorically!


Seth Says:

*his roll


Kimmi Says:

la monf doing well so far. 2 sest up.
no 5 sets please!


paula Says:

Tracy Austin is driving me nuts.


Huh Says:

Just watched the Fed v Berdy match of Toronto 2010, has to be one of the best matches of the year. Fed did not want to lose to Berdy in that match, it seemed. And Fed’s victory in that match was most important for me. It would have been too painful for me to see Fed lose three times in a row, but thankfully Fed won it. One of the most satisfying Federer win in my life it’s to be.


Huh Says:

I mean Fed lose three times in a row to Berdych, in my previous post.


stu Says:

roger never sweats, dunno how he does it he’s always fresh as a daisy!


Huh Says:

Come on La Monfils!


stu Says:

and he doesn’t sweat a whole lot metaphorically either!


Huh Says:

“stu Says:
roger never sweats, dunno how he does it he’s always fresh as a daisy!”

Natural for Fed, his structure is like that; a rare quality in a person and a great asset for sportsperson, this not sweating much even after hard work.


Huh Says:

“stu Says:
and he doesn’t sweat a whole lot metaphorically either!”

Lol!


Kimmi Says:

contador – x-man lost the first set to dudi sela, mmm not looking good.


Von Says:

margot: “This heat is ridiculous, if you go to the NY web page it’s full of weather warnings about the heat and we expect tennis players to go out there and run their socks off for our entertainment. All my sympathies are with Djko.”

Believe me, when I say this, the p;layers don’t go out there and run their socks off for our entertainment. they go out their because they love the fight and the are remunerated very handsomely = big bucks. And as far as sympathies goes, they are all deserving of sympathy, not only the Joker, but each and every one of them. Except, the others don’;t make such a fuss of the weather conditions as he and his fans do.

If anything, the females, who are the more delicate species, should feel the heat more, but we don’t hear them complaining, do we??

It looks bad for tennis that there is this focus on the weather conditions nonstop, which doesn’t make for palatable reading, as the threnody continues. And, on, and on, and on, and on, it goes ….. I hope somebody gets the picture.


steve Says:

Well, America’s Sweetheart (TM) has been knocked out of the tournament.

What will the one-word slogan will be next year?


Huh Says:

Happy for Monfils win. :)


skeezerweezer Says:

Seth,

Concur on your post. The ball bashers of a Birdy, Sod, etc or in the class of grip it and rip it and will beat anyone if they are on. But consistency they have proven not, otherwise the way the blow people off the court they should be in the top 4 at the very least.

If you enjoy that kind of tennis, more power to ya. But I love the creativity of building a point or winning a match by displaying a variety of shotmaking, under and over the ball, charging and defense, uh…… like FED! :)

Now, that’s entertainment :)


paula Says:

The heat is crazy here. Certain players can handle it OK, others like Azarenka, need to be wheel-chaired off the court. This has nothing to do with fitness. It has to do with genetics. Heat stroke is very dangerous. I don’t want to watch someone endanger his or her health. I was a few rows away from Nole during a 100 degree day in Toronto and it was actually upsetting to see it in real life. He can’t breathe well. It’s frightening. Even though he has had his deviated septum operated on, he clearly has biological issues that have nothing to do with fitness or his personality that make it difficult to breathe in the heat.


Huh Says:

Skeeze:

At least Sod has been consistent for a year now and I think he’d do well for some more time. Berdy’s much more inconsistent in comparison.


tfouto Says:

Go Gil!


Gordo Says:

So Rebecca Marino – the 19 year old Canadian loses to Venus 7-6, 6-3, but shows us an amazing serve and a forehand that was consistently faster than that of Venus during the match.

Ashe stadium – the 179 ranked Marino against her first top 50 ranked opponent. She held her own quite nicely – especially in that first set.

There is no better compliment of her play than what Venus said post game, when she said, “Now I know what it’s like to play against me.”

I have a hunch the Canadian is going to start appearing more in these tournaments. If she improves on her game womens tennis will be better for it.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Hi again Huh!

Yeah Sod is what? #5? So he for sure has to be consistent. My thoughts when I was writing was these types against the top 4, the style of play, and IMO what is entertaining to watch. It’s not that I don’t like there personalities, or appreciate there outstanding power off the ground, just not my entertaining cup of tea as a fan…..


NELTA Says:

Grendel says “One thing I noticed. Lodra chip and charging didn’t make any impact in the games I saw, but it did in the tiebreak – got him his break. Maybe it’s that kind of weapon these days – to be used sparingly as a kind of shock tactic.”

————————————————

That’s why Llodra has the same break point conversion rate(47%) as Nadal even though the % of total return points that Llodra wins is much lower than Nadal. Lllodra doesn’t all of a sudden turn into a ball smashing machine on break point. He puts pressure on his opponent to hit a winning passing shot on break points. He didn’t have the best conversion rate against Berdych today, but I saw one of his break points and he chip charged off of Berdych’s 2nd serve and Berdych shanked the backhand pass.


Von Says:

It’s official, Azarenka had to retire due to a head concussion, not heat stroke, or anything heat related. apparently, she hit her head..


grendel Says:

Von:”Azarenka was feeling sick today, and it hasn’t been stated what was exactly was her problem”. Apparently she fell just before her match, and experienced slight concussion. She’s said to be ok now. Bad luck, really – she must have been in with a chance of winning. Incidentally, Venus Williams said the wind made for tricky conditions, especially for her ball toss, but as for the heat – she liked it.

I don’t recognize the portrait of Berdych being painted here. To call him a “ballbasher” is an attempt at denigration, and that’s ok, because we can all dislike certain types of player. The trouble is, it is also meant to be descriptive, and it just isn’t. Berdych caresses the ball, or he gives the illusion of doing so. It’s the first thing I noticed about him when I had no idea who he was. He obviously didn’t have a great deal of control, he was very young so that was hardly surprising. He was playing Agassi, who really DID bash the ball (that was one reason he was exciting), and it was so noticeable watching this tall, cool young man, handling Agassi’s pace with apparent ease and the most glorious timing. Agassi was all grunt and effort and intensity, this unknown youth was smooth and fluid with a game which seemed to be effortless. I wondered how long it would take him to get to the very top.

Somehow, he never made it. It was always a bit of a mystery. But at his best, he is one of the glories of tennis. As is delPotro, Murray, Federer, Nadal. Others, too, make your own list. They’re all so different – that’s what makes it fun.

That said, I don’t have a problem with Llodra beating him. His is an unusual talent, these days, and it’s good to see him thriving.


skeezerweezer Says:

grendel,

It’s just an opinion of what I like to watch and what IMO I am watching, as far as overall technique. To each his own.


sar Says:

I was a few rows away from Nole during a 100 degree day in Toronto and it was actually upsetting to see it in real life. He can’t breathe well. It’s frightening.

Hi Paula,
I didn’t ever see Novak have asthma problems live. It must be very unpleasant to have and see. Chris Fowler mentioned it in Toronto and today Tom Perrotta mentioned he struggles asthma. I hope he can overcome it someday or at least try to get some meds that will help him.


paula Says:

Azarenka doesn’t like the heat. She also retired in Australia one year on a crazy hot day. Like today, there were other circumstances too-in Australia, I think it was stomach issues–but clearly the heat is very hard on her. Ljuby in is press conference said the heat was the reason he couldn’t play well. Other people- no problem.

Agree about Berdych. I’ve seen him play many times and he’s very graceful.


Von Says:

grendel: than ks for the info. Yes, Azarenka retired due to a concussion. I think our posts crossed in cyberland. It’s funny/strange, the last time she retired at the AO, she was playing vs. Serena.

BTW, the NYC heat wave is a one-off. In all the years I’ve lived in NYC, and attended the USO, I’ve never experienced high 90s in late August/early September. My recollection of the weather during that period is that it was always dull, grey skies, with a chill in the air, (always wore a light coat) which heralded the upcoming winter. In mid-October, they get Indian summer, but that’s around mid 70s. I’m sure the weather will change in a few days.


paula Says:

Yeah, Sar, re: Nole- it’s not pretty. And its not fitness. He just has some health issues, like other people have bad knees of whatever.


Kimmi Says:

Now, for those bracket challenge people. who picked dudi sela to beat malisse, anyone?

well, if you did..i need to get some tips from you..how did you see that one coming???


Kimberly Says:

no i actually had malissse going pretty deep. Then agian, roddick lost to dudi whres my car sela at queens.

sar, i saw nole having breathing issues from the front row in miami v. rochus and it had justed rained and it was march but it really wasn’t even that hot. He finished the match but I thought any minute he would retire.

Poor Azarenka. I feel bad for her.

Isner match is boring.


Skeezerweezer Says:

K @ K,

I picked X man to go deep too, ugh. But then I picked Birdy also…go figure.


steve Says:

It wasn’t heat that felled Azarenka–she hit her head before the match and ended up with a mild concussion.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Steve,

Wow…thanks for the info…..wtf? How did she do that? geez hope she is ok :(


Kimmi Says:

roddick tipsy coming up!

played each other twice, on grass though. their matches have both gone to five set.

potential to be a tough match for both.

love roddick blue shirt. he should wear colours more often


Kimmi Says:

Lots of long rallies in this match.


Andrew Miller Says:

The kid Ryan Harrison with an amazing win. Maybe he really is the heir of U.S. tennis. Sorry to see Donald Young out in a hurry.


Kimmi Says:

drop shot on break point. when you lose it, looks dumb. roddick says thank you.


kimberly Says:

Is the roddick match good? Once again, I’m stuck with kiddie shows.


steve Says:

@skeezerweezer: she slipped and fell while she was warming up in the gym. I hope she’s OK too.


Kimmi Says:

roddicks just hit 142 mph serve. OK, roddick has hit big one before.

apparently verdasco hits 141 yesterday. are these speed guns working? everybody seem to hit big serves this year.

nadal hit 131 mph yesterday..impressive!


dari Says:

Roddick match is ok, tips has a bigger serve than i knew, and roddick has pullee out some great volleys.


kimberly Says:

I can’t believe I’m saying this but on the womens side I think caroline wozniaki has an excellent chance of winning this tournament.

My heart wants venus but wozniaki is so consistent.


steve Says:

Roddick has the first set. He seems to be playing very patiently.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Roddick seems to be in a cruise mode for the time being, comfortable at the baseline :)

On a side note, how many times do we have to see the movie trailer “Machete”? Like….a hundred?


kimberly Says:

Go andy, I’d love to see him go deep.


kimberly Says:

Skeezer—i would take the commercial, I’m stuck with handy manny and the singing tools tonight.


Skeezerweezer Says:

K,

lol


steve Says:

I think Roddick will have to come forward more. Tipsarevic is doing really well in these long rallies. He has a lot of power, but moves a lot better than Berdych or Soderling.


dari Says:

Not sure why Andy isn’t constructing points for the purpose of winning them! He is hoping janko will just hit an error in the end of the rally, but Andy is the one making the error! I hope he picks it up for the sake of the crowd.


steve Says:

Roddick is recuperating from mono, he’s not at his best. He may not be able to play the way he wants to play.

This has the smell of a five-setter all over it.


Kimmi Says:

tipsy just gave away the break. roddick should concentrate now. don’t lose another serve!


kimberly Says:

Why oh why did I change my picks at the last minute and have malisse take out youzney and isner.


Skeezerweezer Says:

geez andy


Kimberly Says:

just got to start watching match—tipsy seen by the trainer?


contador Says:

kimberly, in my case it was ricky dimon influence. i thought, okay dimon must have inside info about malisse being 100%. and malisse played LA and DC awfully well.

wrong.

and isner? that might be a mistake too. appears he had the wonder injections.

tipsy is sporting a fognini-like outfit. i like it

i don’t like triple set point!!!


gordon Says:

Woow what a point!!! Good play tipsy.


contador Says:

oh no! andy overcooked that!

this is going 4 sets. roddick must win


Von Says:

Roddick seems to be playing on fumes. absolutely no en ergy in his shots. He can’t seem to get up to the balls. sheesh


gordon Says:

Oh yes as long as Tipsi’s foot is OK we are for a excelent match tonight.


Von Says:

Gotta separate the two mcenroe rbos in the commentary booth. all they talk about is how to beat rolddick. Give me Koenig and Goodall any day.


Von Says:

@ 10:21 pm s/b brothers


gordon Says:

what an advise for a Mac. Let’s test that ancle. A prime sportmsanship.Try to win using any means neccessary.


stu Says:

tipsy has not been so great at the net. i guess its only a matter of time before andy starts to exploit that…


kimberly Says:

Not happy. Thought roddick would erase all three set points. Two not enough.

This is one of my semi-finalists and at times one of my favorites (after rafa nole and gulbis).

Contador–i just thought xman had played well and none of the others did. Now it looks like I should have taken youz or isner to qaurters (where the meet certain demise to murray)


stu Says:

why are the commentators talking as if roddick has already lost the match? do they know something i dont?


steve Says:

C’mon Roddick. Now’s not the time to play conservative. Just go for it.


gordon Says:

They are trying to explain what is going in the match.


Skeezerweezer Says:

throwin the racket….not a good sign…C’mon Andy! Needs to find some energy or….


Dan Martin Says:

I hope Andy comes back but Tipsy is easy to pull for as well


kimberly Says:

Stu—because the commentators sit there and talk out of their _ss!

I remeber in 2005 watching a match with venus and clijsters where at th beginning they said clijsters was a choker and should just retire and at the end they were saying how she was the greatest player in the wta. They spin everything.

Roddick will win this. He won’t let us down.


kimberly Says:

Uh oh foot fault hopefully roddick takes it better than serena


Von Says:

Roddick’s got nothing, not even in his serve, which is the last to go. Tipsy can sense that and he’s just goling for his shots. Please Andy, do something. Get into the sme mode when you beat Nadal at Miami., puhleeze.

I can’t stand these commentators they just spew negativity all of the time. Put them olut there an d they won’t be able to do any better. sheesh.


Daniel Says:

Roddick made the foot fault, the replay showed it but with his left foot. He is crazy mad because he ask which foot and the dumb (sorry) umpair said right foot. He said, not once in my entire career a brought the right foot first when serving, is just not his style. One simple left-right mistake and can cost him the match.


Fot Says:

OK, let me apologize to all the Oudin fans up front but I saw this on another forum and I cracked up:

One year Oudin had “Believe” on her shoe;
The next year she had “Courage” on her shoe;

Someone asked “OK, she’s out of the tournament this year in the 2nd round. What will she have on her shoe next year?”

The Answer: Fluke!

OK…I thought that was funny. Now back to tennis.


stu Says:

tipsy actually played pretty well in the foot fault game to get to 0-40…


Kimmi Says:

hahaha roddick still going on about the “right foot”..at least he looked good in that last game.


gordon Says:

Can Roddick shup up and play a game?


kimberly Says:

Fot—funny

On pins and needles. Good save from andy in last game. Still. Whining about foot fault.


guy Says:

as if we needed anymore proof roddick is the biggest tool on tour.
at least since philapousis quit


stu Says:

oh stop cheering his faults. i was rooting for roddick until 5 mins ago.


Kimmi Says:

great defence from roddick..tipsy is pushing now, can he hold here


funches Says:

Contador,

You need to give the Nadal has an easy draw theme a rest before you convince others of that absurdity.

Gabashvili was a tough draw in the first round. Nadal does not lose to players like that, but he had to work extremely hard in the first two sets against a guy with as big a forehand as anyone in the world.

Istomin is Gabashvili with a bigger serve. He won’t beat Rafa either, but that could be a tough second rounder.

Kohlschreiber almost beat Rafa a couple weeks ago. He could easily take a set off him here unless he loses to Simon, who has a hard court win over Rafa in Spain.

I have nothing good to say about Nalby being down 4-2 in the fifth set to a South African 30-year old qualifer with no big arsenal, however.


gordon Says:

Now he is imitating Tipsy’s grunts. What a cheap move!


guy Says:

it’s one thing if it’s a male you’re going at. but he’s intimidating, trying to humiliate a female in front of thousands of people. have less class.


Fot Says:

Why does Andy have to go off court to change his shirt? He doesn’t want anyone to see his chest? *confused*


gordon Says:

YEESSS !!! what a passing shot!


steve Says:

If he makes it through the next set, Roddick does have one hope of salvation: this is the only major where they play a fifth-set tiebreaker. He doesn’t have to break Tipsarevic in the fifth set to win.


stu Says:

good shot by tipsy to win the set


kimberly Says:

I heard the lines person left the court. He just foot faulted again.


Kimmi Says:

foot fault..no its not..yes, its a foot fault..noo..yes


Fot Says:

To me, there is no reason for a player to foot fault. Just step a little further behind the LINE!!!!!


Von Says:

Oh well people, have fun with the Roddick bashing. And, Guy, we know you never have anything good to say about anyone.

In case some don’
t understand, roddick iks not angry about the foot fault, he’s angry about the stupid umpire, who’s always dumb anyway, saying it was his right foot, when it was his left. It’s the same thikng that happeneend at cincy, the umpire made a mess of answering roddick’s question. Intelligent people, like to hear in telligent answers. nothing frustratres them more than when they are told something dumb.

Roddick has complained since wimbledon that he thinks tip;s’s grunt when he is about to hit the ball is distracting, so that’s why he’s getting mad.

Anyway, guys and gals, have funn with the criticisms.
____________
Fot: suppose, just for a moment, roddick needed to go to the bathroom as well, do you want to see him do that on the court?


contador Says:

ah pardon me funches. heaven forbid i write something so absurd.

we do see things differently. i read the link to your article and didn’t agree with that, as well. but i am not going to use derisive language in return.

it’s an opinion.


Andrew Miller Says:

Tipsarevic is a tough opponent even on a “good” day for any player – Federer included. Roddick looks pale out there and he looks fatigued. I think the mono is still there. Credit to Roddick for staying in the battle.


stu Says:

i wonder if the commentators would have found this amusing had anyone apart from roddick or the fed displayed this kind of behaviour after foot fault.

i mean how does anyone know for sure whether or not they made a foot fault? do you have any option but to accept the linespersons word and move on?!


Von Says:

Fot: you’re funny about the foot fault, and moving further behind the line.

__________________
Guy: “trying to humiliate a female in front of thousands of people. have less class..”

this is what criticisms does to the mind .. yeah, have less class >>>>LOOOOL and very funnnnnnyyyyy


Kimmi Says:

tipsy is a tough opponent for anybody (except djoko maybe). roddick got a tough round here.

Murray has also struggled with tipsy. i remember the marathon match at the AO with fed.

Roddick will have to dig deep


Andrew Miller Says:

With the long rallies Roddick must feel Tipsarevic cant keep this up forever. Got two hunches myself: one, Roddick may believe that running Tipsarevic around to win points is the way to get to the fifth set and keep himself fresh; two, Roddick is looking for a Connors-like victory, involving the crowd and pressing for the 2nd wind to come to him. Both are pretty sound to me: Roddick is hurting so he needs to find something to keep him in this.


contador Says:

i will say about kohls. he had a shoulder injury whilst playing in toronto and retired, if you recall in cincy. i am doubting a kohls, not at 100% or close to it, can cause rafa too much problem.

and simon. let’s face it. he does not have the power to trouble rafa.


Von Says:

Andrew: I agree, Roddick looks awful — he’s gaunt. He should retire… that’ll make a few very happy.


Kimmi Says:

andrew miller – saw your post just after posting mine. we are thinking alike


stu Says:

roddick will win this. tipsy will choke.


stu Says:

whatsup with tipsys first serves – so many of them are wayy long…


guy Says:

it’s true kohl can trouble nadal but even at 100% probably not win. an in form simon is a real threat though, he beat nadal in madrid and the australian QF was a close match. having said that, simon isn’t in top form.


kimberly Says:

Roddick will pull this out! Not really happy with his behavior but come on guys, he’s our top american who has tried hard and always competed. Granted his temper could use a little work.

Contador—of course, everyone is entitled to an opinion. I am of the opinion rafa got it tough first two rounds but therefore easy therough semis. For the semis I think he got it harder. Remember semis played during the day (so if nole made it there rafa would work him side to side until he literally couldn’t breathe like he did to monfils last year). But fish would certainly be tough. Murray is almost a certain semi finalist at this point and tough as nails. However one of the reasons I go to this blog is I enjoy reading different opinions.

And many people are of the opinion that andy roddick is a total jerk and I have to respect that!


steve Says:

I guess it’s Tipsarevic’s fate to get into tough matches with players who are recovering from mono.

When Federer survived him at AO, he said he felt Tipsarevic had the upper hand in the rallies. That appears to be true tonight as well.

He’s a very good player, but doesn’t have quite the consistency to be near the top.


guy Says:

tipsy isn’t a choker normally, but he is playing quite high risk, hard to maintain it.

he did beat roddick at wimbledon so i’m sure he’s got some belief going on.


Andrew Miller Says:

Kimmi we are thinking exactly alike I agree! Both players still playing well, Tipsy just slightly less well than he was playing.


sar Says:

sar, i saw nole having breathing issues from the front row in miami

Kimberly, it’s sad but I’m glad he’s still in the game despite his problems and playing tennis for the benefit of his fans.


contador Says:

here’s what i think about simon. 2008 was his best year so far and gilou is not there yet.

also, my take on that quarterfinal at AO 09 is much differnt, guy.

but that is likely me viewing it from a perspective of wanting simon to upset rafa. maybe you see him as trouble for rafa after that performance but i don’t.

simon was visibly worn out. he just didn’t have it to keep up with rafa going the distance. i doubt many do. maybe murray or federer. imo

fish could be tough, kimberly but that’s looking at the lower half of the draw. the best out of the lower half could be dangerous and murray.

my opinion was that rafa wouldn’t have a problem in the early rounds- for reasons absurd. istomin i am guessing is not feeling all that confident after losing to stakhovsky in new haven.


stu Says:

this is turning into a pretty interesting match to watch, but i am going to call it a night. have fun guys, and may the best man win!
(my money’s still on roddick!)


Von Says:

When Tipsy beat Roddick at Wimbledon, Andy was recovering from a shoulder injury he incurred vs. wawrinka at rome, and he mikssed the FO. He was told not to play at Wimbledon. He played, despite his doctors orders. That injury, according to Patrick Mcenroe, weas one of the reasons Roddick played so poorly at the USO, as the injury didn’t heal, and remained with Roddick for several months after.

The players play for money, endorsements, etc., not for their fans. Anyone who believes that, well ..


kimberly Says:

Novak has the best personality of all of the players on tour. He’s got great character and heart. I’m glad he is out there even though I had to watch him heave and pant and curse in serbian/slavic (my husband is half croatian so he recognized the words).someone said his breathing issues r similar to nadals knees. I agree. I hope he can get a handle on them. In 2007 I expected him to be number one in the world by now. As a rafa fan I’m glad he’s not of course!


gordon Says:

What a play from a Tipsy, but it is completely ignored by thugs in studio.


gordon Says:

Only 96 winner in a match!!!


kimberly Says:

Stu—i couldn’t sleep if I tried. During the ao I leterally stayed up all night.

Unlike my husband who falls asleep in the middle of deciding set tiebreaks. I had one tsonga almagro match that I was on the edge of my seat til three am at AO. I will be a mess at work tomorrow. Come on andy! I will stay up til you win!


johhny Says:

roddick is a classless clown; he bullied that poor line umpire in front of the whole world. what a disgrace!


guy Says:

contador,

yeah that’s the thing about nadal matches, over five sets not many players can maintain the level needed. davydenko openly admits it that it’s tough enough over three sets let alone 5[even though i don't think they've ever played 5]
but simon impressed me when he took down nadal in madrid and beat fed a few times that year.
in his own words he’s basically a poor man’s murray. but this year i don’t expect him to trouble nadal.


sar Says:

Kimberly, I have to agree with you on his personality. I bet your husband is waiting for Cilic to start having bigger success.


thark Says:

it is a shame that roddick has to be the american flagship when querrey, blake, isner are so much more gracious. he really has no class.


guy Says:

i’m expecting a nadal,fed final in any case


gordon Says:

Tipsy has so better whole court game


guy Says:

@johnny
agreed

tipsy might need to win this in the tiebreaker. otherwise roddick has a big edge


kimberly Says:

Sar—He always roots for the croats even over federer who he loves.and yes, marin cilic is their big hope. His mom is croatian and she called us so upset during the davis cup match with cilic and djoko. But they also root for the serbs too (esp jankovic and ivanovic) despite all of the drama with the two countries.

Meanwhile andy roddick must win this match!!!


kimberly Says:

I think I need to turn the tv off


kimberly Says:

NOoooooooooooooo!!!!


contador Says:

are you okay, von?


stu Says:

excellent play by tipsy

kimberly, i couldnt sleep without watching the conclusion of this set at least :)


kimberly Says:

Kimberli25 bracket is busted!


Ben Pronin Says:

What did Roddick say to Tipsy at the end? Tipsy seemed to be trying to tell him to relax, but Roddick sounded angry. I know I heard an f-bomb somewhere, but I don’t know exactly what he said.


goat galz Says:

66 winners Von. Roddick outclassed again plain and simple.


Von Says:

contador, I’m fine, and thanks for asking.

Those who are my personal friends know that I didn’t expect andy to win tonight. so, I’m not very disappointed. Even if andy did win, he would have lost to Monfils. he’s just too drained to play. Imagine tipsy out-acing Roddick, that alone tells the story. I hope he rests and gets well.
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Congrats to Tipsy, he was the better player tonight and deserved the win.

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I love thse classless posters like johnny/cha cha, and guy, buy some class will ya, but then again , it can’t vbe bought as it’s either innate or you don’t got it.. Today for me, tomorrow for you. Don’t count your chickens, OK??


Von Says:

And, now, enters another one who’s got no class, pure and simple. Here’s a dime to buy some.


stu Says:

strong, confident tipsy among the pro-roddick crowd in the midst of that drama. im impressed.

i thought roddicks comments were positive, Ben…


johhny Says:

someone is in great need for some Amoryn. double dose please ;)


Von Says:

Roddick was wishing Tipsy goodluck for the rest of the tournament. He’s got class.


kimberly Says:

So depressed. Going to sleep. Good night all.


gordon Says:

Thank you Tipsy well deserved victory.


stu Says:

sorry about andy and your bracket, kimberly. i know rafa won’t disappoint :)


steve Says:

Sad for Roddick. At least he’s not defending a lot of points this year. Hope he can recover soon.


i am it Says:

Great ! I enjoyed the gutsy Serbian pigeon’s victory over the abusive human.
Roddick cannot win every match by harassing and insulting officiating people. In the future, he should be focusing on winning more points by playing a fair game. To say the least it was disgusting to watch him keep abusing an innocent lines woman forever.


sar Says:

I want to see the pressers and what was said at the net?


Von Says:

Roddick’ss abusing the lineswoman forever??? Then he must still be doing it!! Maybe tomorrow also. Duh!!


jane Says:

I arrived home after a baby shower and a film and turned on the TV for the 4th set. This is a surprising upset considering that Roddick looked to be in great form in Cincy anyhow; however, he’s still not up to speed. It may take until next year. That said, Tipsy is a fighter and judging by the comments on this thread, as well as the stats – for example, his unforced errors to winners ratio was amazing! – it looks like he was in “the zone.” Or “the zen,” perhaps. He’s also newly wed, and they showed his happy wife.

Anyhow, there’s already been a few upsets at this Open; I doubt we’ve seen the last of them.

Did Isner win? I’ll have to go look. Also I heard Harrison (who beat Ljubicic) is being compared to a young Roddick.

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Gordo, I saw the first set of Venus vs. Rebecca Marino and I was pleased! I hope she can continue to do well and rise up the rankings. Also thanks for relaying the full Polansky story. I enjoyed watching him versus Melzer during the Roger’s Cup.


steve Says:

Congrats to Tipsarevic, he played amazingly well.


Seth Says:

@Grendel:

If Berdych were three inches shorter, he wouldn’t be in the top 100. That’s not to say he’s not talented, but there are plenty of talented ballstrikers out there, many many of them inhabiting the outer regions of the ranking. However, I attribute his extra effectiveness to the genetic serendipity of being a big man playing big man tennis. I have no heart for that style of play. If you can rip groundstroke screamers essentially flat because your height advantage allows you to slap the ball down into the court, it just doesn’t strike me (forgive the pun) as nearly as impressive or inventive as a fellow of Federer’s or Djokovic’s, or say, Gasquet’s ability to play aggressive, offensive tennis at their more modest heights.


Ben Pronin Says:

Tipsy played well, never really got outside of his comfort zone. Roddick played the same game Nadal plays when he’s unconfident… plus a big serve.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Von,

sorry :(

Well it looked like in the beginning AR was just trying to keep the ball in play, his serves weren’t even his regular stuff. When the “Left” foot fault came into play, Andy got ignited and started to play, well like Andy, more zip on his serves and groundies. However,by that time, Tipsy was well rooted in the match, as was his confidence, and it wasn’t like Andy didn’t have an uphill battle. IMO Andy looked sickly still, don’t know why he seemed to wait to get fired up to play only when he got mad. On Tipsy’s end, he played the same throughout, only IMO his serving got better as the match went on, which was a clincher. Great playing Tipsy. AR hope you get better….


thark Says:

at the net he referenced tipsy’s victory at wimbledon and said “don’t f**king lose this time” – it was clearly audible on the broadcast i was watching. i think it was roddick’s (again classless) way of offering encouragement…


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic is like 6’3, not what I’d call a modest height.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Seth,

Same here! Shaaammooon!


Ben Pronin Says:

Hahaha thanks thark. That would explain Tipsy’s chuckle.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Ben,

C’mon, that is not what he meant. Novak does not have a style of play like a Birdy, Sod, etc. How can you compare Novak’s game to that? Not even close….


johhny Says:

i woudn’t be surprised if roddick was still whining to his wife whole night long how he got screwed by the line umpire. what a sore loser. he should be held accountable for intimidation of the staff.


Ben Pronin Says:

I didn’t compare anything. I said Djokovic is tall.


Von Says:

skeezer: Thanks for your kindness. i honestly, didn’t feel he would win, and if he did pull out the win, I felt he wouldn’t have enouigh energy to play Monfils, as he keeps his opponent running a lot.
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thark: I’m not a man, but I work with men, and that’s how they talk.

Anyway guys, have fun doing your thing, which is bashing. I don’t want to spoil your fun.

I’ll echo Roddick, I hope Tipsy goes on to win the QFs, and gets further in the tournament. It would be nice since he took out one big threat.


Von Says:

I doubt Roddick’s whining to his wife, however, I see the site whiner else is still whining. LOOOL.


Mindy Says:

It’s interesting to see the perspective of some Fed fans regarding Rafa’s first round match with Gabashvili.

Let’s see – first, Gaba is likened to Dabul, Fed’s first round opponent because they are ranked 93 and 96! So the ranking is the one and only determining factor, not how well they played? Gaba came out blasting, serving extremely well, pounding some crushing forehands and giving Rafa a competitive match. Dabul had no weapons with which to trouble Fed. He also simply doesn’t have the weapons and talent of Gaba. This guy will move up in the rankings. The espn commentators repeatedly commented on the high quality of play in this match.

Next, the issue of two tiebreaks indicating that this was a terrible match for Rafa. As I recall, the score of Fed’s Cincy final win over Fish read as follows – 6-7(5), 7-6(1), 6-4! Yikes! Two tiebreaks! Using the logic that tiebreaks are a bad thing and indicate poor play on the part of a the higher ranked player, then what are we to make of that score? Or does it only apply to Rafa?

Selective memory, perhaps? Or just plain bias!

Now we have to come to the percentage of service breaks! Yes, it’s true that Rafa had several chances to break Gaba’s serve,but his excellent play helped him quite a bit. Rafa’s return of serve wasn’t working in the first two sets, but as he got stronger in the match by the third set he was able to break Gaba two times.

On the other hand, Rafa’s serve wasn’t broken once! That was due to his excellent serving, some of the best I think I have seen from him on hardcourt. Too bad that merited barely a mention here. Much better to try and twist an excellent and well-played, tough first round match win for Rafa, into a wretched display due to TWO, count ‘em, TWO tiebreaks and a low conversion percentage of service breaks! Yes, that is what happens when both players are serving well – they hold their serve and then you have a tiebreak. Simple!

Rafa’s average serve speed was 117 mph and his fastest serve was 131 mph. The commentators were clocking his serves in the high 120′s. Great work on Rafa’s part. This is the kind of serve that can only strengthen his game and enhance his chances.

I guess it all comes down to it being Rafa. From a Fed fan’s point of view, it must be perceived to be a weak effort and a failure. That’s how it goes when you have blinders on your eyes!


Von Says:

contador, I’m fine, and thanks for asking. I hope Roddick’s loss does not mess up your bracket.

Those who are my personal friends know that I didn’t expect Andy to win tonight. so, I’m not very disappointed. And, even if Andy did win, he would have lost to Monfils. He’s just too drained to play — I think he should have skipped the USO, as he’ll only retard his progress. Imagine Tipsy out-acing Roddick, that alone tells the story. I hope Roddick rests and gets well.
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Congrats to Tipsy, he was the better player tonight and deserved the win. I hope he goes on to win more rounds, thus making it to the QFs, and if possible, win there. He’s a very good player and has game, except he seems to be a bit inconsistent. Here’s wishing the very best for Tipsy. I happen to think he’s a character with some substance to him.


Von Says:

“kimberly Says:
Novak has the best personality of all of the players on tour. He’s got great character and heart. I’m glad he is out there even though I had to watch him heave and pant and curse in serbian/slavic (my husband is half croatian so he recognized the words).someone said his breathing issues r similar to nadals knees.”

WOW, this is strange. A player curses on the court in his language, which is not discernible to all, and he’s touted as having character and a great personality. And, on the opposite side, we have an American player, who becomes angry and talks in English, because he feels he got a wrong call (I’m talking about the point Roddick had to replay when the ball was in, but called out) , and for that, he’s called a ‘classless jerk, and some other lovely names. It’s funny to me and shows the same kind of one-sidedness that we see written on these threads. When it’s our fave who’s doing the wrong thing, we sweep it under the rug, and still say they have a great personality, but we shred the player we don’t like. OY VEY. I’ve always said that Roddick needs to learn to speak another language.

Anyway, carry on guys – it’s good to know how you think.


madmax Says:

Mindy, the conversation was brought up initially by grendel who thought that gabashvili was ranked 936. I am so pleased though that you thought this was worthy of some comment and you have to admit that certain people do become a little biased with their headlines, no?

Mindy, who is saying that it is a ‘weak effort’ from rafa? It certainly wasn’t a weak effort. It was a great effort by rafa, but it didn’t look ‘easy’, that was my point. I didn’t read any posts to the effect that rafa ‘struggled’ or that his opponent played some great shots against him, just that headlines show a strong bias/perception of how a player plays –

You’re the one with the blinders on your eyes, so stop accusing others of having them on – it’s a matter of perception, one journalist says he went through the first round ‘with ease’. Really? with ease? glad for the rafa fans that he pulled through, (the ones that actually WATCHED the match), unlike the ones that comment AFTER the match is over.

On a more interesting note, I actually wish the snidey comments about novak would stop. He is a brilliant player and for anyone, to suggest that he doesn’t have asthma, when it’s been confirmed a million times, or to suggest that he ‘fakes’ his breathing issues, is just an excuse because you don’t like the player. you mentioned this a few times von.

I agree with whoever it was, paula? who said he is the most gracious player on the tour – everyone likes novak – he has proper manners.

It is unfortunate for roddick that he did not pull through, I just wish people would stop making excuses for his behaviour as well – mono or not – swearing and accusing the umpire/line judges of bias or not doing their job properly is out of line and is not becoming of a world class tennis player’s behaviour. so cut with the excuses. Roddick was out of order here.


super man Says:

if they could transplant ba11s, they should transplant tipsy’s ba11s to djoko.

as for andy’s behavior, it’s one of the many ways players exhibit gamesmanship. some do it passively like rafa pushing the time limit. others go crazy like rod and serena. i think it’s for the atp to worry. they need to draw the line and check if people are crossing it. most morons who do this moral policing on celebs are generally jerks themselves. stop going dr.phil on us.


Von Says:

super man; “most morons who do this moral policing on celebs are generally jerks themselves. stop going dr.phil on us”

Kudos to you. The ones who bash the most are the ones who themselves are most probably filthy-mouthed in their personal lives, and they support the players who indulge in the worst type of gamesmanship. Roddick doesn’t win matches by gamesmanship, but he does get angry, and 90% of the time he’s right. They all blow off steam, but some selectively sweep their faves’ behaviour under a rug. How infantile, when people want to check pressers to know what Roddick told Tipsy at the net — pathetic.


madmax Says:

interesting I think, what Fed said about marriage and how it has ‘affected’ his tennis. Really hope he comes out on fire again today against Beck!

Q. Can you talk about marriage. Used to be marriage was considered bad. Borg and McEnroe got married and quickly dropped from being No. 1.

ROGER FEDERER: That’s why I waited 10 years (smiling).

Q. Is there a feeling among male tennis players that marriage might distract you from your competitiveness?

ROGER FEDERER: No, not really. I guess in soccer guys marry and have kids much faster than in tennis. In tennis I guess very often financially you’re never quite safe, because for a long time at least, you know, because injury can hit at any time. You don’t have a five‑year contract. Who is going to take care of you and stuff?

So it’s very much living day by day. You’re young, you know. 25, either you’re working or you’re going to school, and we’re not in one place like one place like maybe soccer players are. You have a tendency to marry later, and later also in your career you start to maybe not play as well.

I don’t believe in all those statistics, you know, because, uhm, that’s just the way our life is. We cannot get married that early. And if we do, you’re not going to see the other person maybe for over 50% of the year. It’s hard to keep up a good relationship, I find.

I was lucky enough that the last seven or eight years, I’ve been every day together basically with Mirka, and that has definitely helped me, you know, to be good.

I feel married since a long time, not just since last year. That’s for sure.

Q. But do you feel like your competitive spirit might wane a little bit with marriage and kids now?

ROGER FEDERER: No. I have the same fire, the same drive. I thought it might have a little impact on my schedule, it might play less, have an impact on how I practiced, maybe early mornings so I could get back and stuff because I have to wake up early.

It’s so well set up. Mirka takes such great care. I’m there anyway most all the time as well that I can place my practice whenever I want. I still have enough time with them.

Honestly, the transition was very smooth. I’m very happy about it, of course.


grendel Says:

Seth: bringing in genetics, dodgy. There’s no end to that one. What differentiates Berdych – imo – from other big men is his extraordinary grace. He is one of those magical sportsmen who seem to have a lot of time. That’s always great to watch. There are different ways of being entertained.

Mindy – I didn’t see the Nadal match, being night for me, but your account rings true. My instinct is that Rafa Nadal will be the man to beat.


Seth Says:

Dodgy? Perhaps. But I would say it’s more accurate to call it “subjective,” a claim I won’t shy away from at all. I’m not trying to make an airtight, logical argument for an essentially subjective preference. I’m simply trying to explain why I, personally, would rather see players like Federer, Murray, Gasquet, etc. succeed rather than the Berdychs, Isners, Querreys, and Del Potros.


Seth Says:

And I can’t yet get on board with the idea that Nadal is the man to beat this year at Flushing, simply because he’s always done relatively well the last few years in the early rounds. And he usually seems to start struggling round about the quarters when he faces the higher ranked players. There are always going to be fast-court hotshots that will give him substantial trouble on this surface at this tournament. This is due to systemic issues in his style of play and in the nature of men’s tennis as played on DecoTurf II. If he makes his first final here, I might be inclined to start talking about him as the man to beat in the championship match.


Von Says:

Madmax: I’d like to remind you that I’m entitled to my opinions just the same as you are. That said, don’t start with your innuendoes by referring to me as some people. And don’t tell me to cut out anything. If there’s anyone who should cut out talking, and imposing their opinions on others, it’s you, who should cut it out and I’d advise you to mind your own business.

You are not the site administrator, and I don’t have to answer to you nor abide by your rules and/or what you say and feel. Since you want to dictate who should say what, I would suggest that you begin with yourself and maybe write your own blog. Until then, I can say what I see and feel that falls within the parameters of posting on this site, and if my opinion happens to differ from those of others, then that’s too bad. I have to abide by your nonsensical opinions all of the time and I don’t interfere, nor dictate to you what you should write. I merely scroll down your boring quotations, interviews, et al.

“I agree with whoever it was, paula? who said he is the most gracious player on the tour – everyone likes novak – he has proper manners.”

Then, I suppose you’re saying that Djokovic is more gracious than your beloved Federer? Good one. Let’s see how you’ll squirm your way out of this one. And, tell me this, if Djokovic is so liked, then explain this to me Ms. know it all, how is it he’s never won the sportsmanship award? I suppose you and paula know for a fact, that The Joker is the most gracious player on the tour and everyone likes him? I want to see proof. The only proof I need is his sportsman of the year award. LOOOL

I think you’ve carried your back scratching a little too far this time, where you’ve become tangled in your hypocrisy. LOOL. Oh what a tangled web we weave ……


Von Says:

correction: tangled s/b entangled in your hypocrisy.


Ben Pronin Says:

“How infantile, when people want to check pressers to know what Roddick told Tipsy at the net — pathetic.”

Why?


Von Says:

Why it’s pathetic? Because it’s nobody’s business. It’s between the two guys what was said. I don’t proclaim to know Roddick implicitly, but this I do know, that he always congratulates the winner and wishes them well in their next match when he loses.

It’s at times like this, that I wish there were more Roddick fans on this site, but sadly, the majority have left.


grendel Says:

madmax, it wasn’t Gabashvili – with whom I am familiar – but Badul, or Gabdul or is it Dabul, who is a new one to me, and it was him who I said was #978 or something – meant to be a joke. Oh, well, perhaps it was a bit laboured.

Seth – I meant “dodgy” in the sense of it’s being (not to mix metaphors) a hornet’s nest – where do you draw the line when it comes to genetics? An issue safer to avoid perhaps.

My essential quarrel with your position is when you talk of “the Berdychs, Isners, Querreys, and Del Potros.” Leaving aside the fact that Berdych and del Potro are much more talented than the other two you mention, apart from inches, they have very little in common with each other. I happen to like both of them, but I can easily see how someone might not be able to abide Berdych but adores delPo or vica versa. Similarly, because you like Federer doesn’t mean you have to like Gasquet – and vica versa.

Your position on Nadal for the title is probably a majority one, on this site anyway. We’ll see. Personally, I hope you’re right. Nadal will not be genuinely troubled until the semis, and Murray is looking very good. It’s almost a toss up between them – and the winner, b.t.w., wins the title. Unfortunately.


thark Says:

@Von – i don’t think you should dismiss people’s comments about roddick as one-sided bashing. a lot of us have been watching roddick play for many years and the fact is that he is not very gracious when he loses (or in the process of losing). i for one would love to support him if he had a better attitude. do you think that fed and rafa are happy with all the calls? but do they ever respond that way? compare the way other top players handle the press after a loss – why can’t roddick just put on his game face, credit his opponent, and be civilized? the fact is that his responses both on and off the court don’t show a great degree of maturity – and since he is the top american player at the moment we are all wishing he would be a better ambassador. and i agree, people shouldn’t be swearing up a storm in any language.


Von Says:

thark: “do you think that fed and rafa are happy with all the calls? but do they ever respond that way? compare the way other top players handle the press after a loss – why can’t roddick just put on his game face, credit his opponent, and be civilized?”

Yes, they do respond in a negative way. I don’t want to open a can of worms because I’m outnumbered here, but yes to your answer.

I don’t know what you’re talking about with respect to your claim that Roddick is not a gracious loser. He’s the most gracious loser. The others make up excuses for their loss, and fail to give credit to their opponent, but not Roddick. He always makes it a priority to give credit.

Anyway, as I said, I don’t want to get into this further, because I’d have to bring in examples of bad conduct by other players, and then all hell will break loose, so I’ll just take the Fifth on this one, if you don’t mind.


Von Says:

Thark: I forgot to mention, what about those players who curse continuously on the court, but just because they use a foreign language, they are exempt from and excused for their atrocities? I think, when the players begin with their foreign language tirade, an interpreter should be used, and then we’d see the culprits. The revelation might be quite shocking.


madmax Says:

grendel – that’s fine, the conversation was rolling between you and me, and mindy got the wrong end of the stick, it’s not unusual. It was the issue of the ranking, not much between 93 and 96 and the issue of quality, but I can’t be bothered to go to another blog and find it – we’re fine, so don’t worry :)

thark,

I think your 9.35am post is very fair and not at all reactionary.


Bleditor Drew Says:

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Seth Says:

I draw the line when the geometry of a player’s height combined with the fixed dimensions of the net and the court enables 110-ish mph essentially flat groundies to be rocketed in with regularity. Or when a fellow who’s 6’9″ or 6’10″ can serve straight down into the court instead of needing to impart the slightest hint of spin in order to clear the net. I find big man tennis to be crushingly (pardon the pun again) boring. Again, this is an entirely subjective preference on my part, but it’s a bit of an oversimplification to say that I’m objecting only to a particular genetic phenotype. I object because I have a problem with the geometry and physics of the game caused, in part, by particular genetic phenotypes.


Ben Pronin Says:

Most players can hit flat serves with spin and clear the net.

I don’t think anyone’s hit 110mph groundstrokes…yet.

I agree with Grendel. Berdych is an elegant player who was lumped into the Soderling category by the media. His height gives him natural raw power that he may not have had otherwise, but he’d still have great strokes.


Seth Says:

I never said Berdych wouldn’t have great strokes. I merely claimed that he wouldn’t be top 100 if he were three or four inches shorter (maybe he wouldn’t be top 50, if I were feeling more generous). Sure he’s talented, and that goes beyond his size, but there are plenty of talented ballstrikers out there hovering the in outer rankings.


Ben Pronin Says:

Why is it his size that determines his ranking? I don’t get the connection. His current ranking is a result of a new mindset, he didn’t suddenly become tall just this year. Davydenko and Nalbandian are more than 4 inches shorter than Berdych and they’ve had their fair share of success. It’s about his mind, not his height.


Huh Says:

One of the most surprising and ironical things is that people really think Roddick is ungracious.

Well, all I can say is Roddick is most gracious among all the players and whines the least when he loses. And I’d also like to say that I’ve definitely seen Fed and Rafa sometimes go berserk if they think any decision is absolutely wrong and show their disappointment/frustration/anger on court not just on umpire but also on ballboys/linesman. It’s no secret to any unbiased tennis fan that all including Fed/Roddick/Rafa show their ark sides on court at times. Thus my request is not to engage in selective bashing/criticism of any one player. Moral policing is not that good of a habit in my opinion, coz there goes a saying:

“I set outta find bad people but on introspection I found that I myself was one of the worst people otherwise I’d not have been out to make self-righteous value-judgment of others.”


Huh Says:

Mrs.Von:

I hope Roddick’d bounce back stronger and silence his critics.


grendel Says:

Seth – I think you are missing something. Different types of players have different types of strength, and surely it can be interesting to see how a player will attempt to adapt his game to meet particular difficulties. Thus if Roddick does his passive stuff against Nadal, he gets hammered: but if he comes out all guns blazing (takes a big chance, i.e.) he’s in with a shot. If Federer insists on taking Soderling on at hisown game, he goes down. If he tries to work him out, he’s probably favourite to win – and we have the pleasure of watching. I remember watching Murray dismantle Karlovic’s serve – it was awesome. And for this particular recipe, Karlovic is necessary. Can Nadal handle Del Potro on fast hard – when they finally meet, and let’s hope both are match fit, this will be tantalising.

madmax – “I was lucky enough that the last seven or eight years, I’ve been every day together basically with Mirka, and that has definitely helped me, you know, to be good.” I hope you will forgive me if I allow myself a little smile at this. I do realise that any ambiguity here is due to English not being Fed’s native tongue. But indulge me for a little, it’s hard to resist. For example “I’ve been every day together basically with Mirka” Literal translation: “touring being what it is, very occasionally we are seperated” Reading murkily between the lines translation:”well, I am a chap, you know, and chaps have their needs,(know what I mean? know the sort of thing I’ve got in mind?) but basically – basically – I’ve stuck with Mirka”. And “..and that has definitely helped me, you know, to be good” Literal translation:”Mirka’s constant presence has been beneficial to my tennis career”; getting stuck into the undergrowth translation:”So Mirka’s being around all the time has, well, quite frankly, it’s pretty hard to slip away, and well, you don’t want to get on the wrong side of Mirka, I can tell you, I don’t suppose you’ve ever seen her with a plate or a bowl of some kind in her hand, and she’s pretty accurate (she throws with her tennis arm…)so one way and another, I’ve had to keep on the straight and narrow….”


goat galz Says:

Von @September 2nd, 2010 at 8:38 am

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Kimo Says:

grendel said:

“I hope you’re right. Nadal will not be genuinely troubled until the semis, and Murray is looking very good. It’s almost a toss up between them – and the winner, b.t.w., wins the title. Unfortunately.”

I dunno. I don’t think Nadal’s game or Murray’s game is cut out to win the US Open final considering that the semi is played the day before, especially if the player they face in the final is Roger.

I’m just saying that the fact that the semi is played on Saturday is a major variable in the equation, one that is not easy to predict.


Skeezerweezer Says:

grendel,

You’ve hit a nerve here, as one would say;

Your post on the Fed interview is a classic twisting of someones quotes to make it work for you.

I am sorry, your “reading between the lines” is called “wide”, “long”, and “out”.


Mindy Says:

I don’t care if Rafa wins in an “easy” manner or not! I only care that he gets through his first match! Rafa is not someone who gets destroyed if he is tested, which he was in that first match. He is the kind of player who thrives on that kind of match. Tough matches will only bring out his best and make him even stronger.

grendel,

Thanks for your respectful comments. However, you can feel free to watch highlights and judge for yourself.

I have one last final comment to make about Rafa’s match and then I am done with any further discussion – YES, I did actually WATCH the match!


Nina Says:

Well I agree Novak has the best personality on tour and this has nothing to do with winning the sportsmanship title. He’s just sweet, charming, honest and way too funny, and that’s why he’s generally well liked. This doesn’t mean he hasn’t got his haters too.
And this doesn’t mean that other players don’t have great personalities in their own different ways… Roger is very nice off court and charming (see that Lindt ad? superb), Nadal is very sweet and naive, Davydenko is crazy and funny, Murray is very laid back and cute and on and on…
Roddick I like off court, he’s witty and intelligent like no other, but on court he’s just boring to watch, does nothing for me.


madmax Says:

lookey here – about time mindy that you did actually WATCH a match. I dont know how you can though, flitting from one forum to another to police what is going on – yawn.

And let’s be honest, your posts are so preacher worthy and long, you need a weekend, a beer and a fixed grin to get through the blurb.

goat galz – you can be quite drole sometimes, have me smiling, through all the temper tantrums being displayed by shhhhhhhhhhh, you know who.

Von, so you dont like links? Well, I was just wondering if you were the one who caused the problem in the crowd in novak’s match? You’ve said such horrible things about him, unfairly judging him that I thought you could well be the one on the right? – I thought the guy was only asking for your number?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/04/sports/tennis/04videos.html


madmax Says:

grendel,

A twist on fed’s words, naughty, naughty! :), this is a love story though, don’t you think? And unlike some VERY serious people here who seem to be devoid of humour, I get it! – I just love the Mirka/Roger teenage sweethearts, through thick and thin – It’s something quite wonderful.

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