Roddick Rocked by Tipsarevic at US Open, Is Harrison the New Guy?
by Sean Randall | September 2nd, 2010
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Blame it on the mono. Blame it on the line judges. Blame it on the strong play of Janko Tipsarevic. No matter where you lay the blame it doesn’t change the fact that Andy Roddick is already out of America’s biggest tennis event, the US Open.

After a five-day vacation I got home last night just in time to witness Roddick suffer one of his earliest exits ever at his home event where he won way back in 2003.

I thought Roddick hit through the ball with a little more might than we’ve seen from him this summer, but it still was no where near enough. The feisty, fearless Tipsarevic was just too strong and aggressive in the end posting a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(4) stunner.

“He played very high-risk and executed for four sets,” Roddick said “I kept telling myself, ‘You know, this has to have an expiration date on it.’ Unfortunately, I needed another set for that.”

Tipsarevic blasted 66 winners including 16 aces, one short of Roddick’ 17.

“People say that he was much more dangerous when he was young because he was really going for the forehand every chance that he had,” said Tipsarevic.

“Now I just don’t see that. He’s a kind of player that you need to beat. Let’s just say, in my opinion, he’s going to wait for the mistake of the opponent rather than go for a big shot.”

Waiting for the mistake? Is that Roddick’s new gameplan?

Troubling for Roddick is his last six losses have come to players outside the Top 30.

And the defeat comes on the heels of a disappointing third round loss last year to John Isner.

In perhaps a telling sign of things to come, Roddick threw four of his Babolat racquets into the crowd. I wonder when we’ll next see Roddick on the court.

Tipsarevic now advances to a Saturday matchup against my man Gael Monfils who celebrated his 24th birthday with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Igor Andreev.

Another Wimbledon finalist, Tomas Berdych, bit the dust Wednesday meekly going out to Michael Llodra in straight sets. Also in heat today, Sam Querrey beat up on NCAA champ Bradley “The Wrath of” Klahn 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

No. 4 seed Andy Murray looked good in a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 breezer over Lukas Lacko.

Said Murray, the 2008 US Open finalist, “It wasn’t necessarily the best tennis, but tricky conditions out there. It was very windy on the court. It was a guy I’ve never played against on the tour. I haven’t really seen much of him play, so took a little time to get used to his game. But I did enough to win in straight sets, and that was the most important thing.”

Some say Ryan Harrison is next American star and today the 18-year-old lived up to the hype (for now) after he pocketed his biggest career win with a four-set victory over Ivan Ljubicic.  And what’s encouraging is Harrison sounds like he’s ready to take that lead.

“Absolutely I want to be that guy,” Harrison said. “I have a ways to go. I’ve qualified and still have a ways to go to get there, but I’m definitely working has hard as I can. I’m really putting all the work in. I’m trying to stay open minded with everyone who is giving me their opinion and really trying to listen as much as possible and take in as much as advice as I can. Then just trying to work on the game and work on transitioning up to trying to hopefully being a full time tour player.”

Another American bright spot was John Isner who made a successful return from a right ankle sprain.

For today, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Robin Soderling and Mardy Fish are all in action and all heavy favorites. Federer shouldn’t have much trouble with Andreas Beck, and same for Fish.

Djokovic, who I give credit to for pulling out that tough five-set win in the heat over his buddy Viktor Troicki, gets dangerous Phil Petzschner while the shaky-looking Soderling has to deal with Taylor Dent.

I’ve been away on vacation so I apologize for not updating. But I’m back for the duration and it still looks like a Federer-Murray final with the Swiss winning for the men, and Kim Clijsters for the women. Otherwise, I still think the Top 4 seeds are going to get through to the men’s semifinals. I think guys like Nalbandian, Fish loom as legitimate threats though each went the very distance in the first round.

THURSDAY US OPEN SCHEDULE

Arthur Ashe Stadium (11am)
Sabine Lisicki(GER) vs. Vera Zvonareva(RUS)[7]
Caroline Wozniacki(DEN)[11] vs. Kai-Chen Chang(TPE)
Andreas Beck(GER) vs. Roger Federer(SUI)[2]

7:00 PM
Iveta Benesova(CZE) vs. Maria Sharapova(RUS)[14]
Philipp Petzschner(GER) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]

Louis Armstrong Stadium (11am)
Pablo Cuevas(URU) vs. Mardy Fish(USA)[19]
Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS)[11] vs. Anastasija Sevastova(LAT)
Jelena Jankovic(SRB)[4] vs. Mirjana Lucic(CRO)
Peter Polansky(CAN) vs.  James Blake(USA)

Grandstand (11am)
Aravane Rezai(FRA)[18] vs. Beatrice Capra(USA)
Nikolay Davydenko(RUS)[6] vs. Richard Gasquet(FRA)
Robin Soderling(SWE)[5] vs. Taylor Dent(USA)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands(USA) vs. Andrea Petkovic(GER)


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240 Comments for Roddick Rocked by Tipsarevic at US Open, Is Harrison the New Guy?

Andrew Miller Says:

I agree with Sean Randall – Ryan Harrison may be the real deal. I thought he wasn’t but given Roddick’s lackluster results (Cincy a good one) and the mono, this might be the new guy to rally around.


ron Says:

or is harrison the new oudin? The media, especially the bobsy twins mcenroe, so desperate to hype anything american, will drill this poor kid into the ground.


skeezerweezer Says:

“…..Sam Querrey beat up on NCAA champ Bradley “The Wrath of” Klahn”

“Classic” :)


Fot Says:

Patty won today! Great win for her. I don’t know much about Beck but I know by the time they get on court it will be really hot. Normally Roger can play pretty well in the heat (after training in Dubai) so hopefully he will be able to get by Beck but you can’t take anything for granted.


Cindy_Brady Says:

God, did Andy Roddick show no class or what with all the whining over the foot faults. He is the biggest cry baby on the men’s tour. Good riddens he is out.

I can’t believe anyone would be a fan of this colossal jerk.


Fot Says:

Cindy, sometimes we just don’t know why we like a player. We just do. I’m not really a Roddick fan, but I do know others on this board are. No matter what Roddick does (or what some of our favorites do), we still are fans of that person.

I know no matter what Roger does, I am still a fan. I just am. So I’m sure it’s the same with Roddick and his fans.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Fot,

What is there to like about Roddick? He has a terrible personality. He is a poor sport. He is spoiled beyond belief. He is very pretentious man who married arm candy. He’s not even very good looking. He’s made a career on a serve but with a stiff game and hands of stone. Not to mention, how he chokes. He wilts in big moments. Remember the easy volley he tanked against Federer at Wimbledon?

He should never ever be mentioned in the same breath with Amercian greats like Connors, McEnroe, Sampras, or Agassi. He should be relegated to the Courier and Chang crowd of 2nd tier American players who were never quite good enough.


Fot Says:

Well, he does have fans, so someone likes something about Roddick. Why? I don’t know. But they do. He has a lot of fans and that incident last night is not going to make them change their minds.

Anyway, just my opinion. I know I’ll be a Federer fan for life, regardless of if he turns into a Vampire! I would still like him! lol!


jane Says:

Gasquet and Davydenko just started; these two are 1-1 H2H, but have not played since 2005! Anyhow, it could be a great match if both play to their capabilities.

I know Petzschner is ranked 52 but Djoko has never played him before and he played great on grass this year, pushing Fed at Halle and taking Nadal to the brink at Wimbledon. I hope Nole make it through live to fight another day.

Fot, looks like Fed has never played Beck before either. I don’t know too much about him except that he’s pretty tall (6’3″), 24 years old, another lefty (that’s 2 in a row for Fed!) and currently #104.


Fot Says:

Jane, I don’t know much about him either but someone else said he has a hugh serve and a hugh forehand. I’m nervous. I just hope Roger can get by this guy without too much stress on me! lol!


jane Says:

Wozniacki hands out a double bagel! Hmmm… she’s obviously in her element at the USO.


jane Says:

Fot, I empathize! I am nervous nearly every time Novak plays these days. Well Woz is done so Roger should be coming on soon.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Does anyone have any info on the Hurricane and it’s impact if any at the USO? I think tomorrow or Sat the weather is nearby? Paula?


Huh Says:

Roddick has a lively personality, he’s never pretentious, he’s a good sport and also tall, strong and good looking. It’s hard to believe the chameleon thinks otherwise. ;)


stu Says:

Skeezer, from what I hear (I am in Massachusetts, driving to NY over the weekend and hence interested in Earl’s trajectory), Flushing Meadows should only get a few showers. The main areas affected will be to the northeast of NY. When the weather guys say “few showers”, i expect them to be attempting to err on the side of caution, and we may not see too many matches rained out at all…


Twocents Says:

It’s a no brainer, Sean. Blame it on mono, of course. Roddick should just skip USO10. Friends at his practice session told me that he could barely last the one hour hitting session.

Proud of being his fan. He went down fightig!

Good to see you here, Huh.


Huh Says:

Oops, typo mistake in previous post @2.15 pm. That must be read as:

Roddick has a lively personality, he’s never pretentious, he’s a good sport and also tall, strong and good looking. It’s NOT hard to believe that the chameleon (who’s always been a Rod-basher, but also a Fed/Rafa basher) thinks otherwise. The chameleon also calls herself goat gal but right now she’s using another name! ;)


Huh Says:

And even better to see you Mr.Twocents! :P :) :D

I’m also a proud Roddick admirer. :D


Skeezerweezer Says:

thanks stu!


Huh Says:

Mr. Twocents:

Again thanks for being so nice to me! :P :)

Roddick must bounce back sooner than later. Sendin him + vibes along with you. :)


paula Says:

I hope it doesn’t rain too much…I haven’t really looked into it. I’m going next tuesday night…for some semi action. Fingers crossed the weather is OK.

I’ve seen Ryan Harrison at the Binghamton Challenger (last year?) and he had a COMPLETE breakdown after barely losing a set 6/7 and then got bageled in the next set- just completely lost his mind. But a year is a long time for a kid his age- maybe he’s grown up.


stu Says:

I’m trying to take an unbiased viewpoint here, but I don’t think Roddick playing the USO while recovering from mono should be considered a heroic effort. He’s a tennis player, this is his JOB. This is one of the more imp. slams, i.e one of the biggest stages in the sport. There’s no way he, or any other tennis player, would pull out unless he was unable to move. People play with all sorts of injuries because it’s a big event. And its big money too.


Polo Says:

I have to agree with Cindy, Roddick acted like a jerk last night. Too bad. He is getting old in tennis years but he certainly has not grown-up. He appears likeable, funny and witty during interviews but when he plays, he becomes Mr. Hyde. He needs anger management.


jane Says:

Fed is having no problems Fot; you can relax and enjoy! Cilic, on the other hand, may be in trouble, will likely have to go 5 sets to win, by the looks of it. And Davy vs. Gasquet looks like a good one; I may look for this one on streaming!


Twocents Says:

It is big money, stu, though not that big for Roddick who rakes in >$10million a year, especially when his own health is concerned. And I don’t know of anyone saying it’s heroic. But if he retired citing mono, he’d get more sympathy? We fans will not deny his love and respect of the game, in victory and in defeat.

Like it or not, Roddick has been the face of American tennis for the past decades. Even if he retires tomorrow, nobody could take away that. Go Roddick!

Always nice to see you around, Huh. Enjoy your day.


jane Says:

Looks like Schwank retired verses Clement, so Arnaud is through again. Cilic has broken back. Gasquet is up a set and a break; for fun I put Gasquet through QFs at the USO bracket. Clement plays Fish next. They both have attacking games, could be cool.


paula Says:

Has everyone heard the story of how Andy met his wife? He saw her in sports illustrated magazine and asked his agent to call her. It’s like he picked her out of a catalog, sort of like how I pick out furniture. That said- he is very funny about it. He said something like, “I stalked her. She married her stalker” which shows wonderful humor. I also like when he talks about her “career”. Now, she makes a ton of money and modelling is a career, but basically she stands around half naked and pushes her breasts together for a living. Anyway, I wish I could do that for a living. It sounds sort of easy. Also, does anyone else think her face is sort of like a boxer’s, meaning the dog? You know who had the HOTTEST girlfriend? Canas. Insanely gorgeous, that Fabiana Semprebon (sp)).

Tracy Austin is driving me nuts right now. I wish someone would like, drop the camera all candid camera or reality tv show like, and attack her while screaming SHUT UP over and over again.


madmax Says:

Hi Fot, Huh, Jane –

Will try and stay up as long as possible to also see the novak match Jane – he should be pleased though that he has a ‘cooler’ time, that means that the top 3 will all have played their night sessions by end of evening.

Twocents, you might be interested to know that in his presser, with UK press reporting, that Roddick said something to the effect of ‘he should not have lost his cool’ – not exactly an apology for his behaviour, but at least he acknowledged that he could have handled it better – but he has always been like this on court, right? Like a few people have said, I think he was just letting off steam, it was a crucial set for him, and he just reacted.

He has mono and clearly isn’t up to his best right now. Hopefully he still makes the 02 in November, because I’ve just got tickets!


Skeezerweezer Says:

There are a lot of “hot” GF’s out there. Roddick’s, Davy’s, Tipsy’s, Usher’s….oops..he’s not playing


Twocents Says:

And many men tried Roddick’s stalking trick: call up the SI swimmingsuit cover girl, and didn’t work. Wonder why? LOL!


madmax Says:

Skeeze,

davy and tipsy are both married!


madmax Says:

Jane, I read your post really quickly and thought you said that Cilic had broken his back! My heart just stopped!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Jane,

You put Gasquet through? Wow….you’re good :) I put Fish through and I thought I was hot! Ha…you’re way better…


Twocents Says:

And many girls want to make tons of money from a modelling career, and failed. Wonder why?


Cindy_Brady Says:

Paula…LOL, You are one of the few posters around here who sees things the way they really are. Roddick married a model because he’s fake and pretentious while Federer married a plain Jane who would bare him healthy children.

Roddick is all about image while Federer is about quality and substance.

Tracy Austin does have an annoying voice. Love the mute button, sort of how I tune posters like huh out. And it must pay off to be a professional tennis player. Canas is one of the ugliest guys on the tour. He sure didn’t attract her with looks.


jane Says:

Skeeze, I did my Tennis Channel bracket based on heart, but slightly more seriously; the USO bracket was just purely indulgent. LOL. And i thought – you know? Gasquet is due! ; )


stu Says:

GO Reeshard! This could be your time to shine?

Twocents, okay he doesn’t need the money. It’s still a prestigious event. And he didn’t seem very sick when he was fighting with the lineswoman. Alright I’ll stop. I like Roddick most of the time, I do.


paula Says:

skeezerweezer–”Usher” HAHA.


Twocents Says:

There is perfection (which I don’t believe btw in this world), there is true to oneself, and there is pretending to be something you are not. Roddick is not perfect, not by a long shot. But he’s true to himself most of the time, on and off the court.

Between retiring while losing thus depriving your opponent a full victory and giving yourself mroe execuse at presser or fueled out your frustration onto linesperson, the former is more disrespectful, to tennis the sport, to fans who pay.


Kimberly Says:

go richard!!!!! he’s one of my picks, need redemption after losing a semi-finalist last night! And Richard is smoking hot to look at. Want to see more of him as tourney goes on.

Roddick has a lot of heart. But he has a nasty temper and I don’t like it when he belittles people on the court. He was nice to Tipsy after losing and complimentary about his game.

I think Wozniaki is looking good for this title.


stu Says:

Retirement was never on the table yesterday, he definitely didn’t seem so sick that he would need to retire. Granted he may have been more sluggish than usual because of mono – that doesn’t give him an excuse to blow up at the linesperson, and doesn’t make him a hero either. He’s like any other sportsperson who felt a bit under the weather and lost probably because of it. He didn’t have to make an a$$ of himself while he was at it.

Yes he has been the face of American tennis, but Roger has been the face of Swiss tennis, Rafa of Spanish tennis, Davydenko of Russian tennis – why glorify Andy’s achievements?


paula Says:

Gasquet is super hot. And you know what they say about Frenchmen.

I saw Nishikori in Binghamton a few weeks ago- he won the Challenger. I wonder if he’ll beat Cilic.


Kimberly Says:

jane-nole should make it through easy, its a night match and petschner can’t even compare in abilities. Nole will be able to shine, won’t be hampered by breathing issues.


Kimberly Says:

yuck, cilic in a 5th set


stu Says:

So excited for Gasquet!! The Gasquet-Monfils or Gasquet-Tipsy 4th round should be good!


Huh Says:

Now the chameleon’s making much noise, lol! ;)


Huh Says:

BTW

GO ROGER!!!


Twocents Says:

An in-situ on court outburst does not make Roddick a hero. Neither does it make him a vilain or take away his fight.

And it’s not glorification, just fact, the inconvinent truth, amid all these glorified uprisings of youngstars, Roddick got a slam and was world no.1 and was in top 10 for quite a while.


Twocents Says:

Gotta run.

I stick to my Djok/Murray pick. Still drinking over that tweener, though :-))!


jane Says:

Straights for Reeeshard! Good for him! I have always enjoyed watching Gasquet’s game when it’s on. blah -wherever you are- hope you’re smiling.

Kimberly, I hope you are correct. I’d like to see Nole play as long as he can here.


madmax Says:

c’mon Federer! Let’s go!

I am it? Where are you?


Von Says:

No, stu, retirement wasn’t on the table, because Roddick does not retire or call for a trainer to stall or save face when he’s losing, – he sticks it out like a man. He’s not going for the career retirements for the GS.

The USO isn’t over, and we don’t know how many more will make a$$es of themselves. Let’s wait and see. Many forget last year’s final very conveniently if I might add, when they begin to throw stones at Roddick.

paula, what’s wrong with Roddick trying to get a date with someone he saw on a magazine cover by asking his manager to get in touch with her and arrrange a date? Do you know that Pete Sampras saw his wife in a movie and asked her manager to give him her number so he could arranage a date with her? I think it’s romantic.

At least both Roddick and Pete knew what the women looked like, what about people who pick up dates through cyberspace? I’d say one thing about Roddick, he showed enough respect for his GF, who’s now his wife, by not broadcasting to the whole world how much he enjoys sleeping with her outside of wedlock, and using his love for sex to get him headlines.

It’s good to know you and Brady think alike. Now, things are really going to get crazy. LOL.


Von Says:

Two Cents: “Between retiring while losing thus depriving your opponent a full victory and giving yourself mroe execuse at presser or fueled out your frustration onto linesperson, the former is more disrespectful, to tennis the sport, to fans who pay.”

Well, we know who fits into that category, don’t we?


blank Says:

Twocents,

Are you picking Djoker just because you think you have jinxing powers like Sean and hence don’t want to pick Federer? :-)


jane Says:

Cilic and Nishikori are in a tough battle – 4 hours and 39 minutes. Nishikori is up a break in the 5th.


paula Says:

This Cilic Nihikori match is gruesome. I feel so badly for these guys. 102 degrees on the court- for five hours??? Crazy.


Von Says:

stu: “I’m trying to take an unbiased viewpoint here, but I don’t think Roddick playing the USO while recovering from mono should be considered a heroic effort.”

But yet you think that the Joker who’s not sick, and was struggling against a No. 46 ranked player, whom he’s beaten many times, is an heroic effort and shows heart. He should have had that match wrapped ujp in 3 sets. Roddick’s got mono, what was wrong with the Joker? Nothing? Oh, now wait, I forgot, he’s got breathing issues.

It’s amazing how some aremade out to be heroes and some goats.


Huh Says:

C’mon Cilic!


jane Says:

Nice win for Nishikori, but I feel sad for Cilic as he was just wiped out: nothing left in the last set. Meanwhile Nishikori played smartly to preserve energy and he deserved the win in the end.

Fed through easily today.

Something’s up with my USO website scoreboard; it’s not updating. Just wondering if anyone else is having that issue?


Twocents Says:

blank,

Honestly I’m not jinxing: made this pick after AO10. Nothing I’ve seen so far changed that.


super man Says:

again why this moral policing? wasn’t there a refree out there? roddick did not commit a crime. if he crossed the limits the chair umpire should penalize him. if not you guys should stfu. it is really that simple.

anyone who tries to dirty mouth brooklyn – i am talking about you cindy – i have to wonder how you must be making your living.


SRM Says:

Hi Jane,

Yes the scoreboard seems to be frozen on usopen.org.


jane Says:

Thanks SRM; it’s rather frustrating as I’d like to know what’s going on in some of the other matches – e.g., Sodering, de Bakker, etc.


Huh Says:

Fed winning easily is good. :D


blank Says:

Ok Twocents, but based on current form, why do you pick Djoko?

Anyways, whatever…I just ‘hope’ Fed wins. Hope you feel that way too ;-)


blank Says:

No sport is fun if all players are too mellow. I don’t think what Roddick did was way out of line. It’s just fun having him around.


stu Says:

Please paste a quote from me calling Djoker a hero.


paula Says:

I think the players should, like, take little power naps when they get stressed out. Like, there should be nice shadey cots next to the chairs so that when they get stressed, they can lie down and maybe have some calming essential oils rubbed into their foreheads, like lavender or something like that. Then boom!- get up, all refreshed and calm, and play some more tennis!


Von Says:

Blank: I agree with you, but we have these (to steal a phrase) “moral policemen/women” on this site, who would do worse and probably do so in their day to day lives, yet they come here on this site, and pretend to be so moralistic with their preaching. And, the world would come crashing down if another poster were to say anythikng unfavorable toward their fave. sheesh

________________
Super man: Those criticizing Brooklyn, would be tickled pink if Roddick were to just sit across a table from them, buy them a coffee and chat with them, much more take them out on a date.

Cindy’s problem is that Roddick never so much as gave her a side-glance. He probably didn’t sign an autograph for her, hence this deep hatred.


Ben Pronin Says:

Von, your hatred for Djokovic is starting to surpass your obsession of Roddick. Impressive.


Huh Says:

superman:

Agree that moral policing is not necessary. Good to see you interested in tennis rather than this value-judgment stuff unlike some self-righteous ones here.


Fot Says:

Glad Roger got through without a lot of work. Now I can relax until his next match.

So Cilic is out. For some reason, I just can’t get behind him. He was suppose to be the ‘next up and comer’ but he has yet to show me much in the clutch.

Good win by Gasquet. Davydenko hasn’t been the same since he went out with that injury.

Soderling seem to be having no problems with Linebacker Dent.


Von Says:

Ben: You’ve got a slack screw somewhere. You don’t know me. I write what I see, and if that makes me a hater, then I can say I’m amongst a bunch far worse than I am, you included.

Feel free to address any post to me, but in the future I won’t be answering you, as I find you to be way over the top in your character assassination. You say whatever you feel about Roddick, but when it comes to the Joker and I say anyhthing, it’s determined as hate. Get this, I hate no one, including you. And, you’ve given me a lot of reason to hate you, but it’s not part of my personality to hate.


Huh Says:

I was also hoping good things for Cilic, mainly a slam, but after seeing him go like this I’ve to lower my expectations from him.


Huh Says:

Can anybody tell me if Fed’s backhand looks like it was at AO 10 or not?


stu Says:

Tennis fans, I’m trying to decide what session to get tickets for with the best chance to catch a Djokovic match. Right now I’m guessing Monday at 7pm (the second session on the first day of R4 matches) will be Novak and Fish, if they both get that far. Do you guys agree that if Novak and Fish do meet, they will be made to play the night session?

On the other hand it is labor day (holiday) here, so maybe the more interesting match-up will be played during the day…


dari Says:

Fell asleep HARD on the federer match. Im ok with that, means I was relaxed. Glad to hear it was an easy one. Anyone wanna talk about bp conversions. Haha!
On another note, did expect gasquet to be trouble for davydenko, but not straight sets!
Don’t know what I will be able to catch tonight, but can’t wait for tomorrow!


steve Says:

Aargh, Cilic. I had hoped he would come through. Perhaps next year. He’s just too good not to make it.

You have to give a lot of credit to Nishikori though: he’s a very crafty and versatile player, and he has the knack of conserving his energy for the important points, which Cilic has yet to learn.


Huh Says:

Is Fed hitting his BH with as much conviction as he was hitting during Oz Open? The reason for askin is, if the answer comes yes, I can be sure that he won’t be beaten here, and that in itself would be a good news for me.

Anyway, Go Roger!!!


paula Says:

I like the night matches at the USO much more than the day sessions. I like day matches at the Canada Open- much more intimate and relaxed. Day sessions at the Open are too zoo like for me. I’m going tuesday night..and one other night. Can’t wait.


jane Says:

huh, Fed’s played some aggressive backhands; on the return versus Beck, for example, he really went for it at times rather than chipping it back. I don’t know if it was at the same level as at the AO, but to me Fed is looking like a good bet so far.


stu Says:

paula, I’m guessing Tuesday night will be Muzza-SamQ if they get there. are you a Muzza fan? prolly not, considering you weren’t aware of the nickname :)


paula Says:

I like Andy – he’s grown up nicely. He used to be a brat- but now he’s quite lovely on the court and I also think he’s become much more handsome. And I’ve seen him play many times (there’s some pics on my blog) and he fun to watch. Querrey- not so crazy about him. Who does Sam need to beat to go there?


madmax Says:

Sar, are you around?

Can you believe it?


stu Says:

Nicolas Almagro or Garcia-Lopez. I think Sam will get there, which is what makes me think that match will be the night session (American vs British hope). If Sam doesn’t make it they might put Rafa’s match at night…

I guess whatever session I pick, they will put Djoker in the opposite one. Murphy loves me!


Huh Says:

Thanks Mrs.Jane and good luck to your guy too. Hopefully our guys’ll meet at semis.

Go Roger!!!


paula Says:

Oooh- Almagro. I’d much rather see him. But I do think Sam will make it through- he’s just got a better game for these courts.


stu Says:

wow why is she always so angry?!


Huh Says:

Good Soda pop, c’mon, get him!!!


jane Says:

Hi madmax, “Will try and stay up as long as possible to also see the novak match Jane” Maybe, if you’re still up, you can give me a little feedback; I have to take my son to get a haircut and may miss the match. : / Also, you said “I’ve just got tickets!” to the Year End Championships! Good for you… you lucky duck. : )

huh, that’d be fab.


TGiT Says:

A few training sessions with Roger has helped Gasquet.


stu Says:

Easy for SodaPop.


dari Says:

Huh, I’ve been quietly smiling at feds backhand the last few matches. If it is not the same as at AO10, then it is at least the best we have seen SINCE then. Before I fell asleep I saw a beauty Sharp angle bh return by fed.
I have good feelings about this tourney for Mr. Fed.
Gooooo Roger!


madmax Says:

Huh, the break point conversions were better and also he had 13 out of the 19 successful net approaches, 68% success rate – so it’s work in progress and improving – brilliant fed!

It’s great that roddick has stated for the record that he has overreacted. Here you have it from the horses mouth.

“In hindsight, did I let it go too far? Yeah, probably,” he said, adding that he felt it had ‘zero impact’ on the match.

Tipsarevic said he did not blame Roddick for being upset.

“He was pissed off. I would be if a referee told me I made a foot-fault with my right leg. I mean, he never moves his right leg, so it was just a stupid call,” the Serb said.

“But I feel he was trying to do something to change the match, to get the crowd involved or whatever.”

If that was Roddick’s motivation, it also backfired, the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd boo-ing their native son.

Roddick was more gracious when the players met at the net to shake hands at the end, Tipsarevic said, and the American had urged him to go deep in the tournament.

“He said, ‘well done, man, you played great’ … He said, ‘if you lose early, I’m going to freakin’ kill you.’”

Read more: Roddick contrite after boorish rant fails to pay off – Top Stories – US Open – Events & Tournaments – Sports – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/events-tournaments/us-open/top-stories/Roddick-contrite-after-boorish-rant-fails-to-pay-off/articleshow/6479261.cms#ixzz0yPSq4KYJ

Jane,

I know I owe you one, when you so kindly were my personal commentator for one of the fed matches in cinny, but I think sleep is overtaking me, sorry. I will read some reports for you tomorrow though and post a few for you to read.


goat galz Says:

Ben,
Von is destroying this blog-site. Thank your lucky stars she won’t be answering you anymore. I hope for your sake she is telling the truth, for once. The woman is a control freak, a jealous twit, a pathological liar and a certified nutjob that should be committed to an insane asylum.


sar Says:

Gasquet is super hot. And you know what they say about Frenchmen

Paula, I know what they say but never indulged. LOL Chardy is nice looking to me. Love Reeshard’s backhand. It’s beautiful like Fed’s. Have fun at the match and take some nice pics.

Maxi, in my opinion one of the main reasons for Fed’s huge success besides his natural talent, is Mirka, Mirka and Mirka. He’s lucky to have her.

Jane and Kimberly (and your mother in law), I wish Cilic could get a good streak going. Seems he had more confidence last year.


jane Says:

sar, yes, it’s too bad about Cilic; after his run at the AO I thought he might have a break through year, but it’s been downhill since then. Hey if I am not back on time and you have the chance, let me know what you think of Nole’s match. I hope he wins; Go Novak!


paula Says:

I had a french boyfriend in 1986. Awesome…

Here’s me on Chardy in Toronto (from my blog of course…)

“Then we went back to the grandstand, stopping along the way here and there. At this point, we were getting pretty giddy from the heat and tennis watching. We got right up front AGAIN (damn, I’m so good at it) and watched Verdasco and Jeremy Chardy. Now, on TV, Jeremy Chardy looks like an Adonis. In real life, he’s very, very skinny and moody in that French way that many of the French are (not Monfils, mind you, he’s super jolly and smiley) and looks like he could be a smoker or a herion addict. But GOOD LORD, he has an enormous serve, just huge, and a forehand that you can barely see the ball it moves so fast. WTF? He is so LOOSE. His limbs are like ropes being swung around, whipping through the air. It’s really a sight to behold.
We didn’t watch the whole match- he ended up defeating the love of my life, Fernando. But the first set- which Chardy lost in a tiebreak- was amazing tennis. Just brilliant.”


Pro_B Says:

Hey, Von, Tennis bebe, remember moi? Anyhow, celebrating a Fed win!


Pro_B Says:

So who’s next?


sar Says:

Sar, are you around?
Can you believe it?

Maxi, no actually I can’t believe it.

Paula, skinny but handsome. I will have to look at your blog more closely.


Fot Says:

Boy, the questions the players have to answer from the press. Question to Roger: How much weight have you lost in your matches. You look skinny.

Gee…give me a break!!!!!!!


sar Says:

FOT I agree.

Question to JJ: What do you think about Janko’s game?
JJ: Can I please talk about myself?


Von Says:

Pro B: Yes, I remember you. I actually rooted for Fed to get his No. 2 ranking back, so how’s that for joining in and celebrating.

So, Pro B, are you going to stick around and cheer for Fed for the USO? I can’t ask you to join me in cheering for A-Rod, as you did in the past, because he’s out. Hope to see you around, and nice to see you popping in again. Cheers..


stu Says:

sar, what’s JJ’s problem tho? he’s a fellow-Serbian who won a big match, how bout a shout out to him? grr im not sure i like that woman.


gypsy Says:

I like to read all your posts here, though I contribute only a few times. You guys are funny, thoughtful, support each other,(most of you any way). I am a huge Fed fan too FOT and I will always be his fan. I always go to pieces when Fed is playing, even when I cannot watch his game. My co workers think I an totally crazy. They try to keep me busy, though my work is either feast or famine.

I like ROddick too, and I am pretty sure Mono got to him. When I saw him walk out on the court, his face looked really pale. I was hoping he could play through his fatigue. So he gets worked up, the pressure is intense out there. Give him a break, ok, many breaks. Mono is a tough thing. All the tests say you are ok, but there is no test out there to measure when your fatigue will be totally gone. One day you feel fine, the next you literally cannot get out of bed. Same thing happened to Fed.I do think Roddick showed a lot of heart going out there and fighting hard. Hope he can get over this mono thing soon.

Keep the great posts coming.


grendel Says:

Gasquet looked spectacular against a lacklustre Davydenko (thought he’d got over his troubles; probably someone like him needs more sheer quantity of practice than most players to get the best out of himself). Gasquet nice and relaxed. He’s absolutely not the type to win over and over again, even if his talent suggests he should. The worry has been that he would lose so much confidence that he’d never be able to do himself justice. Perhaps in this tourney he’s due for a good show. I do hope so. What a lovely player he is to watch when he’s on song. And he’s also kind of endearing.

Steve says:”You have to give a lot of credit to Nishikori though: he’s a very crafty and versatile player, and he has the knack of conserving his energy for the important points, which Cilic has yet to learn.” Spot on. I feel sorry for the likeable Cilic, but I do think Nishikuri is an exciting player who for so young a player seems to have been terribly bugged by injury. Trouble is, he doesn’t have much of a serve – how far can he get without one? Or can he kind of manufacture one – Davydenko, for example, these days can serve quite sharply when he’s himself.

Federer: he’s had no proper competition yet. What short memories people have. The proper attitude is: so far, so good, but actually we’re still waiting to see.

madmax: so you’ve got tickets for O2. I hope you’ve got expensive ones. It’s a huge arena and – well, I don’t want to be a misery guts. Let’s put it this way. I’m not going this year, and if I decide to go next year, I’ll book really, really early. It’s imperative you get reasonably close, but – woops, you’ve already got yours, haven’t you..


Pro_B Says:

All right, now that i’m showing on the site. Hey, Huh, Still a Fed Lover or have you changed sides in the last 6 months?


Von Says:

Gypsy: I’ve never said this before on this site, but I’ll say it now. I contracted mono from my daughter five (5) years ago, and it made me so weak that I could hardly lift my head from my pillow some days. It took a good six 96) months before I was able to return to work, but I felt like a ton of bricks hit me at the end of the day, and was glad to get home at night. My daughter got over hers, as she’s young, but mine has lingered and I still have relapses.

Yes, the tests say you’re fine, but it’s no indication to what extent you feel fine. I could wake up in the morning and feel fine, then a few hours later, I’m perspiring, and need to lie down. It’s a scary feeling. There’s one totally deranged poster here who’s glad Roddick is sick, and makes fun of the way he looks, yet she was all sympathy when federer had mono, and made tons of excuses for him. She went as far as to say Andy appears as though he has hepatitis. I only hope to God she doesn’t get hepatitis or mono, as I don’t think her mouth would be able to handle it. Anyway, I don’t wish it on my worst enemy.

I give credit to Roddick for venturing out to play at the USO. He was told by his doctors during Cincy to just play a few games, but he went as far as he could by pushing himself, which I think retarded his progress, and has ended up losing early at the USO.


andrea Says:

someone on this site is WAY too defensive about roddick.


Von Says:

OHHHLALA: Is maxi having fun posting her usual boring links. Keep em coming. This is fodder for you big time, isn’t it? Roddick thanks you, I thank you, and the Roddick haters thanks you, most of all, especially, goat galz/Rogers Twin/ OK. We get it, honestly we do!! Don’t stop, just carry on smart-less-ly with the liknks and the back scratching. I wish I had the hours to go trolling through newspapers and blog sites to do this kinda dirty work.


Pro_B Says:

Andrea, I love roddick


Von Says:

Oh andrea, I’m sure if it was Fed who was being picked on you would have been super defensive. don’t throw stones when you are no better.


Kimmi Says:

lol, this site is funny to read today. the roddick saga has caused some interesting discussiond.

way to roger. have not seen him play today., have it recorded though. hope i get the time to watch it before his next match..

WOOT for richaaaaard. great win in straight set. Djoko qtr is really opening up now. time to take advantage nole..

Congrats to Nishikori too..as inconsistent as cilic is, its a great win for him.


Pro_B Says:

Hi, Von and Andrea, i love roddick, kiddo, cuz he’s so cool. but i also love the Fed cuz he is the best.


paula Says:

Here’s what we can do to make world peace on Tennis X regarding Andrew Roddick, the tennis player. For one, from the Buddhist religion and like, Christianity and stuff, we could explore the idea that even though God made us all different, we are all, deep inside our bodies and souls, all the same and all God’s children and like, even if some of us like Roddick and some of us don’t, we’re all flesh and blood and like, mortal. Then we can do that thing “agree to disagree” really politely, like the possible presidents did when they were trying to become president. It was so cool how polite they were too each other, even though, they, like disagreed on world peace and Iraq and money and healthcare and stuff. They shook hands and smiled. Very cool. Then, we can even do that really cool thing, like just be all accepting and stuff. I don’t know. I do get angry sometimes. But mostly about things like death and rape and war and littering. But tennis? Not sure I’ve ever gotten angry about tennis. Or other people’s feelings about tennis. I do have feelings about tennis. I mostly feel excited and aroused and sad and happy and frustrated. But angry at other tennis fans? Or – I don’t know, really angry about anything tennis related? Hm.

Anyway- WORLD PEACE WORLD PEACE! Aw, I just got all happy.

Maria is playing this chick we refer to as “Bendoversova” as she gives off some serious trampy vibe. This is not a bad thing, just noticeable.


Pro_B Says:

i hate yu von


Pro_B Says:

hi, when does fed come up next?


blank Says:

Paula,

LOL.

Although I hate women’s tennis, ‘Bendoversova’ has given me a good reason to watch this match right through, till the end. I am rooting for her to win ;-)


Pro_B Says:

hi, von?


blank Says:

Von,

Sorry to hear about your mono. Hope now it’s out of your system forever.


skeezerweezer Says:

“Bendoversova”

Paula,

That has got to go in the Tennis X archives, “Classic”, LMAO


Von Says:

Po_B: Fed played today. Maybe he’ll play on Saturday again.


Pro_B Says:

Hi, Von, Sorry to hear abt Lenny, Gnite


blank Says:

Skeezer,

Seriously, aren’t you loving this ;-)

I love the cameraman here…he is making extra special efforts to zoom in, zone in etc. But too bad…looks like Bendoversova has got other things in mind other than trying to win the match.


skeezerweezer Says:

It’s looking more and more like a Sod/Fed qtr-final.


Von Says:

Blank: Thanks for your concern. Would you believe that it still raises it’s ugly head at times and I have to just put everything on hold until it subsides?

I suppose it’ll stick with me just like the GG is sticking to me. She’s itching to start something with me, but I refuse to answer her. I suppose moderation is not holding her back. LOL.

After today, much to everyone’s delight, I think I’ll take a break from posting, as I’ve had to endure enough abuse for one day (GG are you reading?), except if one of the Americans makes a huge breakthrough and gets past the QFs. It could be Fish or Isner, so I’m hoping.

______________
Pro_B: I misspelled your name at 7:33 pm, sorry about that.


skeezerweezer Says:

Blank,

Yes, seriously I am :)


Von Says:

Pro_B: Goodnight, and I’ll catch ya later. BTW, who’s Lenny?


paula Says:

I just saw my first Machete Ad!!!


Kimmi Says:

pektovic has a happy dance after a win. she did the same when she beat i think petrova in the first round. lol.

great personality!


paula Says:

Yeah, Petkovic is cute. I do love Mattek-Sand though. Her wacky outfits are so fun!


Pro_B Says:

Seriously, yu don’t rewcognize my ex good freind lEN?, VON?, She’s been more of a regular than i have.


Andrew Miller Says:

Twocents, I agree that Roddick just didnt look like himself last night. Credit to Tipsarevic, who an extremely tough match for any player on any day and any tournament, but Tipsarevic was in a lot of Roddick’s service games that he never would be in if Roddick were in better shape. He looked a lot like the green/yellow Federer of the 2008 Australian Open (credit to Djokovic for that match as well). However at the US Open this is Roddick’s worst out ever at the Open.


Andrew Miller Says:

I agree Ryan Harrison could be the next Oudin (in terms of sophomore slump). Pro tennis is hard.


Von Says:

Pro_B: I’m stumped, I don’t know who you’re talking about. You have to give me some more clues. Thanks.


Kimmi Says:

djoko in red, something different for sure


contador Says:

that’s a missle – the petchie serve.

and geeez can PP keep that up?


blank Says:

Hi Contador,

I know you guys are in the bracket challenge. How is it going?!


Andrew Miller Says:

Petszcher (spelling) is good – I thought he was good at Halle, but he clearly is genuinely good at tennis.

As for brackets…I picked Roddick to fry Fish in the quarters and that aint happenning. My dark horse to take out Murray and make the semis is out of it – Malisse lost to Dudi Sela.

So if anyone rooting for Federer and Nadal, let’s hope my semifinal bracket is only 50 percent off.


Andrew Miller Says:

Sheesh. Djokovic is incredible when he wants to be. What a backhand to the corners, very Agassi like.


grendel Says:

someone on this site suggested that Blake retire.I’m glad to report that he declined to take this advice.And for a couple of sets this evening,he was exhilerating, especially some wonderful pick ups on the base line to go zooming for winners. Yes, he wobbled a bit, but I guess it’s hard to keep the focus going when you’re on the comeback trail – probably hard anyway when you’re round the 30 mark (madmax, please note). Assuming Djokovic does the business tonight, Djoko/Blake should be an entertaining match.

Sharapova was sharp, sharp that is when she was actually playing. We talk quite a bit about the slowness of some of the men players, but what have they got on old Maria? She walks back to the goddam fence, and for a while, communes with her tennis racket, picking away at the damn thing as if it were a guitar and you half expect her to burst out into song. But no, she turns around, looking extremely serious, her thoughts having lingered evidently on weighty matters, and then she looks around for a ball as if this was just about the last thing you’d expect to find on a tennis court but having finally gathered one up, she pats it up and down with her racket, and then stops. The world stops. There is a breathless hush in the close tonight. What is she going to do? What she does is this: she glares down the court towards her opponent, letting her know exactly what she thinks of her (not much), and then she starts bouncing the bloody ball again, but this time the technique is different and the racket is given a miss. Finally, she serves. It is a very deliberate serve. It’s a fault. And blow me if she doesn’t go through the whole rigmarole all over again.

Such is the world of Maria Sharapova. When she actually played any tennis, it was rather impressive. She’s due to play this new American kid who beat Rezai, isn’t she. That should be fun. And then I think it’s Wozniaki – nice contrast, should be a cracker.

Sharapova was wearing some sort of bluey/mauve outfit which was rather fetching. I couldn’t make up my mind if she was attractive or not. They used to call Chris Evert the ice maiden, but I think that applies far more fittingly to old Sharpie. She’s good on the eye, but there’s something missing, all the same. I daresay it’s just me. She’s a little frightening….


Kimmi Says:

gendel – re sharapova serving rituals, that was classic. dare I say you forgot something important though..after choosing the ball and look at it for a while..she then pushes the hair back to her ear lobs..the hair that was already tacked in perfectly btw, but she does it anyways.


dari Says:

JJust got in, hoping for an easier match for novak dj. Although I am a fan of petzchner after Wimbledon. The navy blue and red is nice tonight. Such a fashion show is the uso!


kimberly Says:

Novak is playing well. And weather forecaast for rest of is in his favor. And roddick is out. Hmmmmmm

Unfort I don’t think he can beat the fed but u never know.


grendel Says:

yes, Kimmi, that’s true, how could I have forgotten the hair business…..


Skeezerweezer Says:

Paula,
Re: Machete

I as so sick of the trailer I am not going to see the movie at a protest. One day I counted over 20 times they showed it! That’s when I realized I need to get back to work, wtf?


Skeezerweezer Says:

Nole fans,

Jane, sar, duro, etc,

What about Nole’s wear this year? No his clothing is something as a guy I would buy. Nice stuff! I liked the hat in the last match, very up to date stuff, no?


Skeezerweezer Says:

Djoker has very technical sound groundies, one of the best if not the best, NELTA?


Skeezerweezer Says:

meant I like his fashion this year….wait oh sh1t!…another “Machete” commercial….UGH….wait another one….OMG


contador Says:

it’s petzschNer Andrew Miller. gotta get the “n” in there along with all the other letters.

petzschner is that right? aw i can’t spell it. petchy or PP will have to do. and oh no, atm he hit the deck.

i say nole is hitting his stride and in the best form in al long time. he’s playing like the champion he is tonight imo.


dari Says:

Wow Novak really making some big time shots now! So pleasant to see. And he almost had it on that splits one, too! Haha great reaction


contador Says:

hi blank. miss you in the brackets!

i am doing well ( not on any leaderboard ) but in the top 6% in the tennischannel main pool last time i checked. in kimberly’s pool i have 3 brackets going and one of them is for the moment , #1.

kimberly tells me her tennis club friends like my mardy fish draw.
it’s a winner, all right. : )


sar Says:

Skeezer
I don’t know yet if I like his clothes. I like a few things especially when he wears red and black. I liked him in red and black with Adidas too.


dari Says:

There are just some beautiful executed strokes from mr. djokovic tonight. The body position and follow thru just purrfect. This is so pleasant! Shit, so THAT was machete?!


dari Says:

Nole does NOT weigh 161, BG!


dari Says:

Nole does NOT weigh 161, BG!


contador Says:

yeah, dari. i had no idea what they were talking about-”machete” because usually i have a lousy internet stream to see a match.

but now that i am watching live on ESPN2 i get it….

and novak djokovic is a joy to watch tonight!


grendel Says:

I’m not watching the Djokovic match, am just about to hit the sack. But reading the comments, I’m not surprised. Djokovic was so nearly bundled out by his compatriot, was granted a reprieve, and started to look really very impressive in the 5th set. Sounds like he’s coming good at the right time. I’m already loking forward to Blake/Djokovic, ’cause the old Blake’s almost back. But looking further forward, I think we can now say it’s not just Fed/Murray/Nadal.


jane Says:

Just got home – phew! Happy to see Nole is winning. Skeeze, i don’t mind Nole’s outfits, but that shirt his dad is wearing is kind of funny. i think I’d feel strange if my dad was wearing a shirt with my face on it. But then again I haven’t brought fame and fortune to my family. LOL.

Go Novak!

Thanks dari for your few comments; sounds like Nole is playing alright.

grendel – Hilarious blurb on Sharpie; I love love love the idea of her breaking into song! Something ABBA-ish would be good, like “Mama-Mia, here I go again… my my how can you resist me” LOL. And she’d have to dance too. And the ball boys and girls could join in, like in a Britney video.

Kimmi – there would be much putting of the hair behind the ears, of course!


kimberly Says:

Contador—we will all gladly sacrifice our win for your fish draw


Andrew Miller Says:

Sharapova acts tough. She’s a looker though!


jane Says:

grendel, Blake being back! That could be scary for Nole. And then Fish could be lurking thereafter, IF Nole gets through tonight and then past Blake. It’s a tough path in my opinion. I am wondering who will get to the quarter finals in the other section of this part of the draw, now that Davy and Roddick are out. Will it be Gasquet? Or Tipsy? Or Monfils? Any of them would be a handful for whomever comes through Nole’s section. To me, Soderling also looks pumped up, or he did today versus Dent. It’s tough to say what will happen. Though I do still feel that Fed, Murray and Rafa are the top faves to win the whole thing.


Andrew Miller Says:

Novak is playing for keeps tonight! Blake-Djokovic, if we get it, should be a MATCH!


Skeezerweezer Says:

dari,

Welcome to the “machete” club, LOL

Looking good Nole! I really like his fashion statement this USO, the printed stuff is cool IMO :)


contador Says:

stranger things have happened, kimberly. tho not too much in the federer – nadal generation. love for mardy to win.

bellucci is in a 5th set battle with anderson. bellucci better win! 5 all


Andrew Miller Says:

what’s the rap on Belluci? Seems like a mini Verdasco.


jane Says:

It’s going to be a 5th set tiebreak for Bellucci and Anderson unless Bellucci can break here.


dari Says:

Jane I laughed at novak’s dad’s shirt! Oh proud parents have no shame, I love it! I think i was too busy looking at nole’s breathing before to notice the footwork. Terrific as it should be for a guy so young and fit.


contador Says:

bellucci same age as murray and nole but in more of a debakker / gulbis class. brazilian lefty big serve. still a work in progress but yeah, he is sort of a mini verdasco i think.

bellucci is in a 5th set tie break with anderson now and about to lose. i picked him too.


jane Says:

I picked Bellucci too, but Anderson prevails in a long one!


Gannu Says:

I have not watched a single match of Feddy ;-( thanks to my office and the US timings… Can fed fans – madmax, huh, skeez etc…give me a quick feedback on how our man is playing?


jane Says:

Nole is having a drop in form and Petzschner is picking up. Oh no – can’t watch. Thoughts of FO loss are still haunting me.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Why have Rafa fans been sooooo quiet? mmmm


steve Says:

Petzschner is entertaining. He looks kind of skinny and scruffy, but he hits hard and volleys well. I haven’t seen him hit a backhand drive, he’s only hit slices the whole time.

After the first set, it’s been a Djokovic masterclass.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Gannu

I’ll chime in. He is playing well, climbing up a ladder IMO. He is looking forward to be challenged, and that is a good thing. He looks a lot more comfortable on the HC. Better to hear it from the man himself, I suggest reading his interview. One thing is for sure, there will be NO excuses, win or lose :)

Go Fed!


Kimmi Says:

bellucci, fighting all the way to 5th set tie break and then plays the most horrible tie break a professional player could play in a grand slam…just horrible!


contador Says:

my stream froze in the 5th set, Kimmi. didn’t get to see the details of his demise. but i heard cahill touting anderson- how well he played. really didn’t see much of the match and have not paid attention to the 6’8 south african. maybe i need to watch him. i assumed he was another dr. ivo. but looking at the stats- bellucci was right there with him in ace count, had more winners, but lost. there ya go.

jane- no worries. djoko won’t lose. petz is making this a good match but he isn’t going to win the match. nole is too good.

but i know. when your fave is playing it’s tough to see. tie break time


contador Says:

donating points to each other atm


contador Says:

i have the fed match recorded and have not watched it yet.

6-6 squeaker tight tie break!


Kimmi Says:

I was only listening to the umpire during tie break on this match (bellucci vs anderson). just heard the umpire call the score and at one time it was 6-1 anderson. then 6-2..after..game set and match. there was no need to wath that tie break

here we go match point djoko..double fault on match point hmmm. he has another one here tho

great slice from PP

6-6 interesting!


kimberly Says:

Got some points on kevin anderson—-i figured bellucci a clay courter and rolled the dice on him. Perhaps him and gasquet can help save my roddick disaster.

I watched tipsy’s interview and thought it was a very honest assesment of roddick and himself as players. Was still depressed about bracket bomb most of the day.


contador Says:

petzschner blew it. got too excited going for it. now matchpoint and….the winner is novak djokovic! great match! : D from both


Kimmi Says:

novak pumped up with that win..congrats to him. the match was getting complicated there at the end.


Kimmi Says:

hahahaha..what does he have between his legs?


contador Says:

yep bracket bombs: roddick and berdych, kimberly.

hhahahahahaaa “i have something else between my legs” says nole about not trying a tweener


jane Says:

That tiebreak was nerve-wracking; Petz is a very talented player, as Nole said. He had some serious chances tonight. But I am happy Nole will play another round.


Kimmi Says:

“dont worry i wont show you today..” says novak


kimberly Says:

What r everyones thoughts on rafa istomin. That’s a tough second round match for rafa.


sar Says:

What a goof.


kimberly Says:

Kaiser and I studied some of the brackets and came to the conclusion that kimmi will most likely kick kaiser to the curb soon and stu will prob overtake me. Lbijic and roddick hosed me too deep for gasquet and anderson to make up the difference I think.


funches Says:

The most interesting stat I’ve heard since the start of the U.S. Open was Chris Fowler’s two nights ago about Djokovic being 6-0 in his career when down two sets to one in a best-of-five set match.

Say what you want about his multiple retirements earlier in his career (and many have) and his constant struggle in the heat (and many have), but the guy is actually very good in long matches.


jane Says:

kimberly, Istomin is not easy and he’s been on the rise; he played Rafa at Queens and very nearly won. Yes, it is a tough second round match. Istomin is ranked 39.


contador Says:

kimberly- i’ll keep my lips mostly zipped. already said what i think. i’ll say this again: i would think more of istomin’s chances to give rafa a competitive match had he come into us open riding on more confidence having won his first atp tourny in new haven.

the end.


Kimmi Says:

kimberly, re the bracket. lets wait and see. all my picks are falling down like flies.

Lets see what is in store for tomorrow


Skeezerweezer Says:

Re: Istomin

Rafa fans have been silent, so there ya go? I will speak for Rafa’s back then :).

Rafa should cruise though in my IMO, he is #1 seed, and holds the world #1 ranking, which includes ALL court surfaces, not just clay. According to Rafa fans, Rafa was tired when he lost to Istomin at Queens, fresh off his surprising FO win again, so I guess Istomin was lucky. Rafa should crush him tomorrow, revenge is best served cold. Vamoooos!


Kimmi Says:

I dont see istomin taking a set off rafa this time.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Kimberly,

In all seriousness, your fav has a test tomorrow, If ( I think he will ) gets through, IMO he will go deep. Istomin just played in a HC final last week, and looks sharp on the HC. Should be a good workout for going deeper if Rafa gets through. Let’s hope he does. I am hoping for a Rafa/Fed final, I know Fed wants it. However, my pick still stands in Murray to take it all, it seems destiny, although I am cheering for the Fed.


Skeezerweezer Says:

BTW, congrats to Nole and his fans! Love the groundies of Nole!


contador Says:

Kimmi- i, of course agree. thought the same thing while watching the istomin stakhovsky final in new haven and wondering about his pending match-up with rafa.


Twocents Says:

blank,

Before FO09 final, I made a deal with Satan that I’d never ask of anything from Fed if he let Fed get that stupid cup. Still honor that term :-)). Plus, I firmly believe Djok and Murray have mroe than enough game and experiences for a big prize.

We’ve had Hannah Fed. Will it be Earl Djok or Earl Murray?

Andrew Miller,

My head said Roddick should just let go USO10 all together, but my heart cheered him to march on, win or lose. Just like when Fed struggled with mono in 2008, I wished him to recess and recuperate but cheered him to march on, win or lose.

People in Switzerland actually doubt Fed’s lung infection was somehow trigued by the mono thing in his body:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/Specials/Roger_Federer/Analysis/Federer_remains_on_comeback_trail_.html?cid=27341340


jane Says:

Kimmi, “all my picks are falling down like flies.” – Totally. I am doing badly in the challenge. Next time must think through picks considering all factors. Marian Moonball and Kimberly are the stars so far.

Skeezer, thanks. ; ) And to Fed as well. Who does he face next round?


kimberly Says:

Jane, kimmi contador and other draw challengers—-kimberly will start losing ground due to roddick and ljubicic. And remeber the seed number gets added to the score with third round wins so kimmi could get like 36 pts or something woth stakhovsky. Those who chose upsets will bring home the bacon.

On the other hand, people like me who chose roddick to the semis will crash and burn.


kimberly Says:

Skeezer—if rafa comes threough this match I think he’s in good shape til murray. But this guy is dangerous and has nothing to lose. But hopefully the super black outfit can help get the W.


Twocents Says:

If Fed falls to PHM (which would not really surprise me), we’d know for sure then that French Revolution has finally made its way to the New World. Michael Bloomberg must change the name Flushing Meadow to Bastille.

Way to go, mob! Don’t forget the guillotine :-)).


jane Says:

LOL Twocents – that’s a “classic” (to quote Skeezer) post on the French bloodless (so far) coup! “Storm the Bastille!” : )


Skeezerweezer Says:

Yeah twocents via Jane “ditto” :)


Andrew Miller Says:

twocents, i definitely wanted to see Roddick win but he just looked so worn out – not normal for him. He did play some good tennis – and Tipsarevic may still have won – but I think Roddick would have done different things if his body cooperated.

As always, Roddick gives credit where it’s due: I am sure he credited Tipsarevic with winning the match.

A lot of people disagree with the way he expresses frustration and takes it out on people on the court – and it is a little awkward to see him do it. He is invoking some of the classic McEnroe Connors tirades. That said, it’s a little awkward to see footfaults called at the US Open with no apparent footfaults taking place. That has to do with the operation of the US Open.


super man Says:

” A lot of people disagree with the way he expresses frustration and takes it out on people on the court – and it is a little awkward to see him do it. ”

most of those people are djokovic fans who have been miserable because their guy gets regularly beaten by a-rod. iam sure most people donot mind a-rod. i don’t think he would be getting 10million$ a year if people don’t like him.

people who don’t approve of andy can go kiss his 10million$ b-u-t-t. that offer is open for miserable old grannies like cindy or goat gal too.


paula Says:

Aw, great match between Nole and the German. Jut finished watching it- I had it taped.


Anna Says:

I’m not feeling hugely confident about Rafa’s match tomorrow because I’m not that familiar with Istomin’s game. Denis was a tough cookie at Queens and has been playing good hc tennis so it probably won’t be a cakewalk, but I do think Rafa will come through. Oddly enough, at 24 Rafa is the experienced one. I’m really hoping he can maintain that 130 mph serve throughout the tournament.

Good to see Novak looking good on the court tonight. Very funny after the match. Was bummed the Marin went out. Really bummed.


tennisfansince76 Says:

why oh why couldn’t blake be rafa’s 3rd round opponent?


jane Says:

Anna, I felt sad for Cilic too; I like Nishikori, and he showed a lot of gumption, but Marin began the year so strongly, after a good end to the 2009 season, it’s just disappointing to see him fall back a little. Maybe he’ll come around during the indoor season. Rafa might be tested by Istomin, but I think he should come though. Especially over 5 sets.

It’s looking like rain in the forecast tomorrow, so maybe Rafa’s match, and others too, will be delayed or even stop/start.


tennisfansince76 Says:

I would have loved to see Blake get another shot at Rafa on a fast court


Anna Says:

Superman says “most people don’t mind a-rod”

I’d say a good 90% of the remarks I’ve read say your wrong……..

Being an ARod fan is like living in a trailer park; occasionally something spectacular happens but most of the time your sitting around waiting for shit to hit the fan. When it takes berating an umpire for 10 minutes for you to get your head in the match you should really consider packing it in for awhile.

Roddick can be an ass and his own worst enemy, no revelation there. It’s no coincidence that his best results over the past few years came while he wasn’t self-destructing with tantrums. I can give his level of play a pass, what with the aftereffects of mono, but he sure does know how to make other players look brilliant.

It would be fab if retired NFL linebackers called all lines. Then Roddick would have to take his bullying bullshit elsewhere.

I’m a bit tired of everyone trying to defend him. The bottom line is that it’s unacceptable behavior and it’s unfitting of a guy who tries to put himself out there as a sportsman.

I’ve tried with Andy. He has his charming moments. But no other top player lashes out the way that he does on court. It’s just flat out ugly.

Out of 17 posts, only one gave Andy R. a pass on his behavior. So put any kind of spin on it you like, it doesn’t change the fact that most people are tired of Andy’s over the top behavior.


Mindy Says:

Skeezer,

You’re all heart! So kind of you to speak on behalf of Rafa, although coming from a Fed fan who would be only too happy to see Rafa get knocked out of this tournament asap, I am not buying a word of it.

Quite a bit of hyperbole, eh? So here it is from a real Rafa fan. Yes, I do think Rafa will win, however I expect another tough match. Thanks for reminding me about that Queens match. It wasn’t even on my mind, but apparently you now have psychic powers and already think you know what Rafa fans are thinking.

You may want to make fun of us by making excuses for Rafa, but that’s not how I roll. Istomin is the kind of big server that can cause Rafa trouble on hardcourt. I expect him to be feeling confident about his finalist result at New Haven.

I think you should stick to commenting about Fed and leave it to Rafa fans to speak on behalf of our guy.

What a shock! You think that Rafa is the best on ALL surfaces! News alert! You and the rest of the Fed fans here could have fooled me.

Hey, cheer up! Maybe Rafa will drop a set or there will be more tiebreaks, so you guys can find something to trash one more time. I expect no less!


Anna Says:

Jane – It’s funny to be here in sunny California and be so affected by the weather in New York. The weather man tonight made it sound like NY would miss the worst of the storm, but reliability is really questionable. Hope all goes as planned though. Hate to see them get backed up and have to play into mid September.


jane Says:

Anna, I hope they have it right too; I don’t want matches to be delayed, both for the players’ sakes and for ours!


Anna Says:

Skeeze – What did you do to Mindy??? I’d say there’s a little bit of a trust issue there. Fortunately for me, I’m not feeling burned and as a Nadal fan, I’d like to say thanks for having his back. You don’t have to be a died in the wool Rafa fan to appreciate his tennis, or to comment on his behalf. But then you know that.


Von Says:

Anna: For someone who can’t even deal with a simple observation like Nadal is “passive-aggressive”, where you ran crazy and told me that I need a B12 shot in my Butt, you sure can dish it out towards other players who are not your fave. I can’t believe you stooped so low as to count those who are for and against Roddick sheesh.

Had it not been for the respect I have for some of the Nadal fans on this site, I would love to list his many imperfections mentioned by some here on this site, along the same lines that you’re using for Roddick, but I won’t do that, even though your mouth runneth over. You are one very abusive poster, I can tell you that, but you’re not singular, as there are quite a few classless ones here who are on the same line with you. You make the decent Nadal fans want to run/hide and/or take cover. Enjoy the nastiness you dish out, as it will come back to haunt you in many ways. I’m sure nadal wouldn’t talk that way about Roddick.

BTW, so glad to see you are so benevolent even though you’re taking a huge cut at another poster. In other words, you’re sump’n else.


Mindy Says:

Anna,

In case you didn’t notice, I addressed my post to Skeezer. You really do take every single thing literally, don’t you?

If you like what Skeezer said, then by all means you can support it. However, please do me a favor and do NOT interpret, distort or in any other way presume to speak for him and assume you know what I am thinking or feeling.

I guess you never heard of wit, sardonic humor or any of those kinds of things. I have had lots of fun with Skeezer and we can both go back and forth and have quite a time of it. So why don’t you just stay out of it and leave it to us? Skeezer is more than capable of speaking for himself! :)


Mindy Says:

Sorry, correction to my last post! I meant to say do not presume to speak for ME!

Good grief, some people here seem to have the desire to make something sinister out of banter!


Von Says:

Anna:

See, this is what happens when one likes to shoot nonsense out of both sides of their mouths:

You stated in reply to Super Man’s statement that many don’t mind A-Rod: “I’d say a good 90% of the remarks I’ve read say your wrong……..” (I guess you mean *you’re* wrong)

Then you later you contradicted yourself by saying:

“I’m a bit tired of everyone trying to defend him. The bottom line is that it’s unacceptable behavior and it’s unfitting of a guy who tries to put himself out there as a sportsman.”

I’d say that you need to comprehend a wee bit more and/or express yourself more accurately for someone who likes to spew venom. Which is it? No one likes A-Rod? Then if no one likes him, why are you tired of people defending him? People defending him tells me, that there are many who actually like him. I’m wondering how many people like you?

Since you know what’s fitting and unfitting for a sportsman, tell me this, why are you relegated to blogging and not playing professional sports, something to the tune of: “How much BS I can shoot, until I run out”. I think that would be a good sport for someone who’s so lavish on criticism and shoots her mouth off at the drop of a hat. Anyway, have fun, and carry on smartless-ly. I won’t hold my breath on you saying anything smart as you’ve got a lot of growing up to do, albeit you like to tell others to “grow up.”


grendel Says:

madmax

have a look at this excellent link provided by Twocents:http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/Specials/Roger_Federer/Analysis/Federer_remains_on_comeback_trail_.html?cid=27341340

Here you have a slightly different take on this business of ageing – namely, wear and tear.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Mindy,

Read my earlier post to Kimberly, that expresses my thoughts on Rafa today, best of luck to your fav:)


Skeezerweezer Says:

Anna,

I didn’t do anything to her. She was made that way from the get go :)


super man Says:

anna,

am i mistaken or was there an umpire out there yesterday? i am guessing he was employed because he’s more qualified than the 90% arm-chair umpires you mention? i am sure the atp knows when the players cross the line.

what you guys are trying to do is act as though you guys had written the bible, the


super man Says:

what you guys are trying to do is act as though you guys had written the bible, the torah the qur’an and the gita.

if the atp doesn’t find a-rod guilty who are you guys to blame him and curse his wife and what not. do you want to know people’s opinion on rafa using performance enhancers? which was a topic encouraged by your good friend cindy brady. go check tennis x archives. while we are at it, i will rip a few choice comments on xisca, rafa’s mom and what not. sound good? i did not think so.


Anna Says:

Superman – You certainly are familiar with alot of the “good” books. You might try reading them one day. Your threats to trash Rafa are rubbish. I talk about people’s response to Andy’s footfault antics and you threaten to trash poor Rafa’s mom and girlfriend. You are a piece of work Superman.

Mindy – This is a public forum. Guess your sophisticated humour just flew right by me. Sorry.


paula Says:

Anybody watching the Harrison match?


Anna Says:

Wow, good stuff from this eighteen year old. Something about him reminds me of Agassi.


Mindy Says:

Skeezer,

Yes, and you are made the way you are. A Fed fan who just cannot resist instigating Rafa fans. You do this all the time. I guess maybe it gets boring when it’s just Fed fans all agreeing with each other. So you are anxious for a little excitement to alleviate the tedious pattern of everyone scratching each other’s backs and pretending that they like the other person’s favorite player. Except when it comes to Rafa. Then it’s another story.

You asked for it!

Anna,

Yes, please try and pay attention when you are reading. Also, get a sense of humor. It helps a LOT if you are a Rafa fan and want to post on this site!

Cheers!


madmax Says:

Sar, GREAT to hear from you as ALWAYS. A true novak fan, who doesn’t have to knock others just because she doesn’t support them – classy lady.

Grendel, read all your posts, and love ‘em. Thanks for the links. But be careful, von is on the lookout for people who post links to share information with others – the word ‘helpful’ doesn’t come into her vocabulary. Rude to Ben, rude to everyone who says anything about roddick. good or bad.

Anna, great post to mindy – nothing to do with you, she just doesn’t get humour, full stop.

von, please stop this continual ranting on this site and stop blaming everyone for roddick’s losses. And as for the following:

‘Von Says:
OHHHLALA: Is maxi having fun posting her usual boring links. Keep em coming’. If you find them boring, then you have a choice. DONT.CLICK.THE. BUTTON. It seems when I try and help Jane out, you go all queezy and lightheaded.

Seems Goatgalz has got you down to a ‘t’. How on earth would she know about your personal characteristics?

goat galz Says:
Ben,
Von is destroying this blog-site. Thank your lucky stars she won’t be answering you anymore. I hope for your sake she is telling the truth, for once. The woman is a control freak, a jealous twit, a pathological liar and a certified nutjob that should be committed to an insane asylum.

September 2nd, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Von, why exactly are you so mean to everyone here? because you are. It’s just becoming boring.


Andrew Miller Says:

Andy Roddick took it too far, and the linesperson should have called the fault on the LEFT FOOT! Either of them could have easily taken the heat out of the situation and both failed. It happens. Roddick is angrier than normal, and I think it’s because he feels sick from the mono. On another thing, he totally credited Tipsarevic and told him to win the next round!


sar Says:

Thanks Max, I try. You’re not so bad yourself. ;-)Anyhow good luck to your guy tomorrow!


Mindy Says:

madmax,

Who died and made you the moderator of this site? I am speaking with one or two people and the next thing I know, you have inserted yourself yet again into the discussion, for the sole purpose of inciting, inflaming and character assassinating those who you have decided in your infinite wisdom, do not have the right to be on this site.

This is the type of behavior that got you into trouble in the past. You made it your mission to run off people like myself and nadline, Rafa fans who in your entitled opinion, had no business coming here to have our voices heard.

You have unmitigated gall to presume to character assassinate people on this site and to act as though you are a psychiatrist or psychologist and pompously dole out diagnoses in complete ignorance. You don’t know any of the people you so crassly insulted in your post @ 6:20 pm. Yet you have no qualms about carelessly throwing around words and phrases like “control freak”, “jealous twit”, “pathological liar” and “certified nutjob”!

You need to go take a look in the mirror before you project your own personal character traits onto other people.

If anyone even dares to question you or think they have a right to a different opinion, you go after them with a self-righteous vengeance as though only your opinion and beliefs count on this forum. You have driven away too many people with your petty tyranny and temper tantrums.

As far as my humour or lack thereof, when anyone even attempts the barest smidgen of levity with you, then you go off on another tirade as though they had shoved a dagger in your chest.

In your attempt to yet again insert yourself into a discussion in which you were not involved, you have managed to insult and demean people who are only guilty of wanting to have their chance to say what they think. Censoring others and intimidating them into thinking that they do not have the right to be here, is not your job.


Von Says:

Mindy, great post. I don’t understand why the character assassination is allowed by both Madmax and goat galz, but I suppose that’s how the cookie crumbles.

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