Federer, Fish Win; French Surge; Djokovic Gets Nasty at US Open
by Staff | September 2nd, 2010, 11:25 pm
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World No. 2 Roger Federer defeated German Andreas in straight sets Thursday.

Yawn.

The real story on Wednesday was the outspoken and humorous Novak Djokovic, and the French, young and old, unseeded, who continue to tear holes in the US Open draw.


Richard Gasquet shocked No. 6 seed Nikolay Davydenko in straights sets, Paul-Henri Mathieu defeated countryman Guillaume Rufin in straights, and veteran Arnaud Clement also moved into the third round when Argentine Eduardo Schwank retired in the second set after injuring an ankle.

Hey, did you know Mardy Fish lost 30 pounds? Of course you do, because every f*****g media outlet mentions it in every story on Fish. The 28-year-old beat Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 on Thursday, taking over the mantle of American favorite after the exit of Andy Roddick.

“This is the spot that I want to be in,” said the No. 19-seeded Fish, who dropped 14 aces on Cuevas. “You want to be the favorite and winning a lot.”

Fish will next face Clement.

“He’s playing unbelievable this tournament,” the Frenchman said of the American. “I know it’s gonna be very difficult. So I have no you know — I was supposed to lose first round here. Now I’m third round and I’m playing Mardy Fish. So it’s just gonna be maybe outsider in this match, and I’m gonna try to do my best. That’s only thing I have to do.”

Unseeded James Blake also advanced, winning from a set down, taking advantage of a cushy draw against Canadian Pete Polansky. Taylor Dent was not so lucky, running up against No. 5 Robin Soderling and losing in straights.

“He’s a dangerous player, especially on faster surfaces like this,” Soderling said of Dent. “But I was really happy with the way I played, and to beat him in straight sets shows that I’m playing good.”

In other matches of note unseeded Kei Nishikori melted down No. 11 seed Marin Cilic 6-1 in the fifth to advance, No. 13 Jurgen Melzer fought off junior star Rich Berankis 7-5 in the fifth, and South African Kevin “Mr.” Anderson edged No. 26 Thomaz Bellucci 7-6 in the fifth.

In the final night match No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic defeated German Philipp Petzschner in three tight sets.

“He’s a very good player, you have to give him credit,” Djokovic said. “He was changing up the pace and not giving me a lot of rhythm.”

Asked by Brad Gilbert in the on-court interview if he had the “tweener” between-the-legs shot like Roger Federer, Djokovic said, “No I have something else between my legs…don’t worry I won’t show it to you tonight.”

Friday’s matches to watch for in Flushing Meadows are (4) Andy Murray vs. Jamaican van-traveling sensation Dustin Brown, (1) Rafael Nadal vs. Uzbek Denis Istomin, Swiss Marco “Chud” Chiudinelli vs. (18) John Isner, (20) Sam Querrey vs. Marcel “Granola” Granollers, last week’s New Haven champion Sergiy Stakhovsky vs. American upstart Ryan “The Racquet Thrower” Harrison, (12) Mikhail Youzhny vs.   Dudi “Where’s My Car?” Sela, an all-Spanish encounter in Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez vs. Nicolas Almagro, the resurgent Gilles Simon vs. (29) Philipp Kohlschreiber, and an all-American doubles in the (1) Bryan brothers vs. Bradley Klahn/Tim Smyczek.


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282 Comments for Federer, Fish Win; French Surge; Djokovic Gets Nasty at US Open

johhny Says:

well he told it verbally while roddick shows what he has got there by touching it every so often ….


super man Says:

djokovic has crossed the line from funny to stupid. sometimes he tries too hard to be funny – becomes more of a media whore.

he played with a lot of fire today so that is good.


super man Says:

nadal – istomin should be fun


johhny Says:

“djokovic has crossed the line from funny to stupid. sometimes he tries too hard to be funny – becomes more of a media whore.”

brad g. got what he has asked for. calling out novak bc of that overrated shot from last year is a bit over the top.

agree, he played with flare and hope he can take it to the next level.


guy Says:

i think nishikori will provide plenty of entertainment in the years to come


super man Says:

ferrero is a lurker in the bottom quarter. fed would have his hands full if he has to play ferrero. they still need to win their 3rd rounds though.


Eskay Says:

Roddick’s grope is more annoying than Rafa’s tug. Is it an obsession, or just an old habit.


jane Says:

Fed’s got a new commercial for Wilson which is quite funny; they show it at the USO website before you see a presser video. There is a giant tennis ball warped into the shape of a couch, and Roger is playing a (tennis?) therapist. He offers a racquet to the other player who proceeds to play well. But when the guy sits on the couch/ball and really wants to talk, say how he’s feeling, Fed says “time’s up”. LOL.


guy Says:

just checked the schedule for day 5, could be one of the worst line ups ever in a grand slam. boy…


blah Says:

I love Fed’s smirky “how does that make you feel” lines in that commercial.

And the way the question was asked to Djokovic, I don’t think he really went out of his way and tried “too hard.” He’s always been in the spotlight at uso.

And Gasquet won today, yay.


super man Says:

wow! what an intelligent topic – roddick’s grope or rafa’s tug?

what’s your age? if you are above 10, you shouldn’t be starting this conversation unless it was you that they groped or tugged.


jane Says:

Hi blah – when Gasquet won I said “wherever blah is I hope he (or she?) is smiling”. I am happy for him, and Simon is still in the mix too.


blah Says:

Lol Jane, it’s he. Ya, wish I caught the match but was pleasantly surprised when I saw the results. I would be very happy if either Simon or Gasquet gets to quarterfinals here.

And a random thought came up tonight about Djokovic, I wonder how different his level of play is in night matches. I don’t recall him losing in a night match in recent years.


jane Says:

Blah, yes, either of those two guys in the QFs would be great. Especially Gasquet! Djoko has lost night matches, trust me, for e.g. versus Fed recently in Canada; however, he does seem to like the evening matches and thus he plays his best then.


Von Says:

blah: I thought of you today, when I saw Richard’s win. Things are looking up for him, and I’m sincerely happy that he’s finally getting hmself into the groove. If he keeps up with his excellent play, I think he could make it to the SFs. I think if that happens, it will be a contest of the two most beautful one-handed BHs on the court — a thing of beauty, (and I’ll add a bit of Keats here,) is a joy forever. Come on Rich, you can do it!!


grendel Says:

guy says:”i think nishikori will provide plenty of entertainment in the years to come”. Absolutely – providing he can stay uninjured for any substantial period, he doesn’t seem to have much luck in that direction.

Now as for the schedule:”could be one of the worst line ups ever in a grand slam.”

well, if you dig around, there are some enticing little tasters. e.g. first on, Stakhovsky v. Ryan Harrison – interesting to check and see if the hype is justified. 2nd on Kvitova v. Clijsters. Quite a test for Kim. Later, Simon v. Kohlschreiber – essential viewing for Nadal scouts. If disappointing, possibly Hanescu v.Llodra. I always find Hanescu a bit wooden, but like to see if Llodra can keep the momentum going. Finally, what can one say about Lopez v.Paire? Who is Paire? But that’s the point. Sometimes, you just turn on the box, haven’t much idea who’s playing, and you turn it straight off again – or you get caught by a good rally, and 4 hours later you wonder when you’re going to be able to catch up on that bit of work. Don’t discount serendipity. What about Nalby v. Serra, for example? Could be a thriller, or..

And then there’s the man tonight, against the fearful Istomin…..


guy Says:

@grendel

nishikori,
yeah i thought he played really well against nadal at wimbledon, could have got a few rounds there with a better draw.

the kohl/simon match interests me but i’m not sure there will be a stream.

istomin…i caught the queen’s match it was tight, actually i think istomin served for the match. but nadal just came from garros. not sure what to think about this. probably be a 756464 kind of match.

the women’s is just…ugh…no henin and lisicki and zheng went down…the best stuff will probably comne from the top part of the draw in a few days…but it’d be nice to see dement win one of these things. could have won the french without the ankle…


guy Says:

i think dement is probably the classiest of the ‘glamour’ girls


jane Says:

I think Benneteau versus Robredo could be a good match; also looking forward to watching Murray play today, Sam Querrey, and Rafa tonight. I don’t think the schedule is so bad.


Gordo Says:

How interesting is the wind going to be as it moves up the coast. I am sure the organizers are also concerned with the rains that must be accompanying it.

Istomin vs Nadal could be an interesting match. Looking forward to whatever part of it we see in between interviews of Capra.

That Brad Gilbert! First he always tries to be so hep and cool, the way he calls players by slang names that he hopes catch on and make him a trend setter (Dicky Gasket, the Bag-Man, Fed-Express) and then he takes credit for the play of everyone who he coached and was fired by. Somebody get me a mallet.

Winning Ugly? How about interviewing ugly? I wonder if he thought, I got Djokovic here, so let me ask him about the shot that was the penultimate shot the last time he lost on this court. I’m sure he’d love to relive that.

What a goof!

And you gotta love the ESPN coverage. They just don’t know which American to interview instead of showing tennis being played.

Oh well, one thing is certain, now next year we will get unwarranted coverage of Miss Capra the way Melanie Oudin was undeservedly overexposed this year. If she’s playing well then great, but in womens tennis American cuties get WAY more than their 15 minutes of fame, win lose or curtsey.


stu Says:

“but in womens tennis American cuties get WAY more than their 15 minutes of fame, win lose or curtsey.”

*thumbs up*


jane Says:

Gordo ” Looking forward to whatever part of it we see in between interviews of Capra.” LOL!! So true. I wish they’d show less talk and more tennis. And did you notice Gilbert wears his sunglasses, a la Bono and Anna Wintour, on the court at night when he interviews people? Funny, that.


blank Says:

I know these are not trustworthy beyond the next day or two…but in light of the hurricane, surprising to note that they got no rain forecast for the remainder of the tournament.

http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/USNY1000


Kimo Says:

Djoko’s answer was just stupid. You’d think after being in the spotlight for years he’d develop some media savvy, but no, still stupid as ever.


van orten Says:

istomin vs nadal will be the same as nadal’s first round match..like always when he plays a hard hitter…if istomin serves his life out and keeps unforced errors low( or should i say is a bit lucky in executing them ) he has a shot as every hard flat hitter on fast hardcourt vs nadal
but i don’t believe he is goin to make it…nadal wins in 3


blank Says:

That certainly wasn’t a smart thing for Djoko to say. I feel a bit sorry for the guy, he has had some bad mishaps….including the one at the USO 2 years ago. He wants to make amends and shed all that bad image stuff…but when trying too hard…he just comes up with such stupid stuff. Last year, inviting McEnroe to play with him on the center court was another ‘trying too hard to impress’ kind of thing. Unlike Murray and Nadal, he is just struggling to find a balance. I hope he gets all the issues (health, mouth, serve etc) sorted out and gets back to playing like a champion.


contador Says:

Twocents-

LOL when i read your post about the french storming flushing meadows…..( mob of 11 )

and the frenchies du jour:

llordra, gilou, bennteau, chardy. and looking closely, two i don’t know – benoit paire and adrian mannarino ??

and still in:

la monf, the pink banderera, serra, gasquet and most formidable of them all atm paul-henri mathieu on a mission to oust the maestro! PHM is on my blacklist grrrrrr


contador Says:

that pink ” bandana” thing came from the french themselves. what many of them call clement on the fromspot chat


contador Says:

“fromsport” livestream chat, that is. taken over by the french- they all speak english of course, if i manage a couple words in french to them. and love laughing at me when i get it wrong, which is usually.


blank Says:

To respond to you post on the other thread, I miss bracket challenge too…but it just makes me feel a bit heartless when I don’t pick Federer. If I pick Fed, I don’t fancy my chances of doing very well in the challenge. So I have decided to just stick with it in the Masters ones…From now on, I am going to care more about Fed’s performance in GS than anywhere else.


blank Says:

contador – my post @ 11:15am is addressed to you. Missed it when doing cut and paste :-)


contador Says:

i understand blank. it’s heartless not to pick federer. that’s why i joined both tennischannel and us open website “fanzone.” that way i have one for rafa and one for federer….

blank, the one that is the most fun is kimberly’s pool on tennischannel – different than the main tennischannel bracket challenge.

i have 3 brackets there: one for mr dimples, fish, and my serious one for murray. wish you were in. maybe for AO, okay?


blank Says:

contador, sounds like a plan. Count me in for AO 2011!


andrea Says:

tennis-x: where did you get that awful photo of roger from on the home page? that’s gotta be the most unflattering shot i’ve ever seen.

lots of surprises so far in the first week. caroline is playing like a house on fire. would be cool if she wins.

don’t know much about de bakker yet..he’s the only guy on the bottom half of the draw that i can’t comment on.

it’s nice to see blake out there again, but doubtful that he has a chance against novak.


contador Says:

very vulgar live stream chat board, might i add. i spend a lot of time “flagging” like playing pac-man. once in awhile, during less emotionally or wta male libido charged matches it’s okay. but during a federer or nadal match….chat has to be “hidden”


contador Says:

yay blank! and we have shanghai coming up!


dari Says:

I’m down with BG! sunglasses, dicky gasket and all, if you take away all that, he has some smart stuff to say about tennis. If you’re not willing to wade through all the other muck, I suppose I don’t blame you. Haven’t seen Murray play entirely with all the day matches he has had, let’s see how it goes today!


Kimo Says:

Any of you guys watching the Hantuchova-Dementieva match?


Nina Says:

@blank Says:

“That certainly wasn’t a smart thing for Djoko to say. I feel a bit sorry for the guy, he has had some bad mishaps….including the one at the USO 2 years ago. He wants to make amends and shed all that bad image stuff…but when trying too hard…he just comes up with such stupid stuff. Last year, inviting McEnroe to play with him on the center court was another ‘trying too hard to impress’ kind of thing. Unlike Murray and Nadal, he is just struggling to find a balance. I hope he gets all the issues (health, mouth, serve etc) sorted out and gets back to playing like a champion.”

Not, of course, it’s better to be bland, repetitive and boring during interviews like Roger, Murray and Nadal. Come on you guys, with you and Nole it’s always a non-win situation, no matter what he does.
He gave an answer that was appropiate for the question he got, blame Gilbert if no one else.
And him inviting McEnroe to play with him was a damn good move. He likes to entertain the crowd, so what? What is so bad and offensive about this? Chill out, pal.


dari Says:

Kimo- yes I thought hantuchova had it wrapped at 5-2 but were back on serve and dementieva has 90% 1st serve in!
A pity these doubles tho!


dari Says:

Some good points in the match, buy HOW hs anyone let Helena keep that serve motion. What a waste of energy and movement.


contador Says:

BG is a goof. and doesn’t have a problem being one. and i agree dari, he has been especially astute on the subject of tips for playing in the heat: preventing exhaustion, cramps and let’s say perspiration management. helpful hints from heloise glibert like: change your socks! don’t drink too cold of fluids! ( it burns more calories for an already over heated body ) very sensible, BG. keep a towel in the ice for the next changeover…

i’m anxious to see how isner’s ankle holds up.


guy Says:

wow someone has done something to dement’s serve action since i last saw her…i think she now has overtaken bartoli for the most awkward service motion in the game


dari Says:

Spell check does not like ELENA! but apparently let hantuchova by no problem!


guy Says:

so ugly…as if she needed anyone to screw her serve up even more…


stu Says:

I see anybody with some wit and a sense of humor (Roddick comes to mind) coming up with the same retort to Gilbert’s ridiculously framed question. Seriously, can you think of a better answer to “Do you have that shot between the legs?” ? “No, Roger is better between the legs?” ? Come on. And he even had the presence to mind to actually PRAISE Roger’s ability. Give the guy a break, he’s trying, and he didn’t offend anyone.


dari Says:

Wow, way to go elena to get that set after 2-5 down!


contador Says:

i can relate guy. she appears to hate serving like i do. get it in, get it over the net and on with the point, the fun part – groundstrokes.


guy Says:

just noticed there’s a junior playing called ‘sharipova’


guy Says:

contador,
yeah she has such a good game besides serve. that thing has cost her some slams…


guy Says:

if i was building an amazon female army, dementieva would definitely be in


contador Says:

and i feel her pain, guy. that toss, the uncertainty of the whole where’s my racket go thing. shoot- just serve underhand like llordra!


guy Says:

her new serve looks like she’s an transformer transforming


Naderer Says:

I thought Djokovic’s line was quite funny…..


dari Says:

Harrison stakhovsky ain’t bad to watch


blank Says:

Nina,

I am just as free to express my opinion as you are. You can certainly disagree. But stop doling out advice. I am not the one getting all riled up about someone’s post…so there is no need for me to chill out.


skeezerweezer Says:

guy & contador,

Your discussion with each other about “D” has been a hilarious read lol tx :)


Klaas Says:

That was quite an ironic answer for somebody who is getting tired of the same question..

PS. For Americans only: look up irony on Wikipedia.


killerc Says:

Novak’s line was gr8! any of us males who play tennis, think exactly the same thing when contemplating a “tweener” (AM I GONNA RACK MYSELF?!) haha. He praised roger as good player, didn’t offend anyone- granted it was a little too much for any kids watching but was late night match @ the uso!
I am also glad novak hit that backhand.. Its not always flare that wins, novak was in the zone and played well! I think he is much happier that his bracket is pretty open til later on in the tourney.
That storm is heading up that way so now all the matches seem to be getting rushed and stuff. I hope harrison makes it to the 4th round!


contador Says:

poor benny having such bad cramps in his wrist he couldn’t toss the ball. in the tie break with robredo he served underhand !

now he retires. ah la. another pick falls. and stakhovsky, is he overwhelmed with the harrison supporters? down 1-3 in the 3rd.


contador Says:

skeezerweezer- it is proof. fed and rafa fans with opposing opinions do get along just fine.

sometimes those in the same camp don’t get along so well, i guess.


jane Says:

guy “her new serve looks like she’s an transformer transforming” – you know you’re actually making it sound kinda cool!!

blank “I hope he gets all the issues (health, mouth, serve etc) sorted out and gets back to playing like a champion.” – well, blank, I certainly agree with you on the health and serve part, though for parts of last night, and even during some of the Toronto match versus Fed, I thought he was playing like a champion; his groundstrokes were great! I like that he just speaks off the cuff in interviews, and his first comment last night was funny. I have no idea why Gilbert asked him that, since he was asked the same thing in his press conference after the previous match. (Some of the questions they asked Roddick about being married after his loss to Tipsy were just silly, and Roddick made some funny replies). I do think both on and off the court, Nole needs to find a comfortable balance with how much emotions to show. I think sometimes when he gets angry or negative it hurts his game. This can happen with many of the guys. Even Petz last night missed a couple of shots in the tiebreak, got visibly angry with himself, and then couldn’t regroup to force a 4th set, whereas I thought Djoko did alright last night. After double faulting when he had match point, and then watching Petz miss a shot, Djok managed to keep it together and finish in three. Nole’s best matches are when he’s calmer on the court – overall (a few showings of emotion are sometimes good!). I think this goes for Murray as well, and probably many players. It must be SO difficult though.


guy Says:

skeezer, it’s quite shocking what has happened to it, unreal

meanwhile kvitova is bullying clijsters around ,but doubt can keep it up


jane Says:

contador, that is too bad about Benny having to retire. I thought those two might be an interesting match up on hard court.

grendel, looks like Llorda is continuing his run!


guy Says:

hm, i have been known to support nadal
but just for the record, he’s not actually my favourite player…

kvitova is finding out about the law of averages


contador Says:

jane – another thing too bad is me picking chiudinelli over isner in all my brackets!!

was going on an assumption that isner would not play past the first round. and here i am watching him (livestream) pretty much demolish the swiss who appears fairly uncomfortable out there.


stu Says:

this Ryan Harrison kid is impressive too. the American flag is flying high even without Andy!


jane Says:

i know contador; I was just thinking the same thing. But there was a lot of talk about Isner not even playing so I picked based on that. Doh! Then there have been all these surprises, like Harrison, Llodra, Clement – I mean, who knew? : )


contador Says:

oh , i thought you were a nadal fan, guy. sorry.

kvitova . had never seen her before


contador Says:

btw, guy. pardon me for asking, but are you in the tennischannel pool? there is a “guy” in there. just curious….


i am it Says:

The 18-year old Texan Ryan Harrison has taken 2 sets off Stak. I am watching this match and I am impressed with the kid. Cheering for his Victory !
If he wins, many will notice who he is.


guy Says:

yeah i am a nadal fan still
kvitova made a semifinal wimby run then apparently lost the next 5 first rounds


jane Says:

Yes, and the interesting thing about Harrison is that they said he plays better when he has to go through quallies, i.e., that he’s a “confidence” player, so potentially each round he goes through he may just get better. And he’s just 18!


guy Says:

tennis channel pool? no
is this fantasy tennis?


contador Says:

feeling guilty for not being too patriotic at the moment. i feel bad for stakhovsky out there after such a masterful performance in new haven.

but ryan harrison will get the headlines, draw the viewers and crowds if he keeps going. good for usa tennis.


jane Says:

Chewbacca is coming around versus Isner. I’d rather watch the Harrison/Stak match. But it looks like Stak is hurting, so perhaps Harrison will come through?


madmax Says:

some interesting comments made by players/commentarors about their stay in New York – Petchey’s was horrifying!

Jane, did you manage to read up on Novak by now?

Novak Djokovic on whether he could duplicate Roger Federer’s ‘hot-dog’ shot: “No, I have something else between my legs. But don’t worry, I will not show it to you tonight.”

Nikolay Davydenko reveals frustration at exit to Richard Gasquet: “All he had to do was hit the ball back to me a few times and I make a mistake and he wins the point.”

….and how he will comeback from defeat: “After the US Open I will completely change my rackets. I just now threw all my old rackets into the garbage.”

Taiwan’s Chang Kai-shen on suffering ‘double-bagel’ loss to Caroline Wozniacki: “I’m pretty disappointed, but not embarrassed. I know it’s in front of a lot of people and on TV and stuff. But things happen.”

Mark Petchy: Couldn’t sleep,went for a walk,dead body one block from the hotel, sometimes you forget the cold hard reality of a big city 4 alot of people

Kim Clijsters: On our way to the courts! Traffic is good :-) listening to Staind (outside) great song!


contador Says:

it’s a bracket challenge thing, yeah. called “draw challenge” on the atp site which runs their draw challenge for all the masters 1000 tourneys. i didn’t start at the beginning. started in rome.

kimberly set up a group – fans of tennis-x for the masters 1000 atp challenge. next one shanghai, get in!

and kimberly has a pool on tennischannel’s atp bracket challenge. mixed group with some tennis x’ers and some not. also a lot of us are playing the us open website “fanzone” brackets WTA and ATP

it’s fun. you can comment on each others brackets and feel depressed if you drop to the bottom or blow your vuvuzuela when on the top!


dari Says:

Harrison is from louisiana. As well as he is handling humself, stakhovsky is having some back issues… the longer it goes, it favors harrison.


contador Says:

oops. comment was to guy @ 1 46 pm


guy Says:

@contador
hm okay thanks i’ll look into it


dari Says:

Is chiudinelli’s serve that good, or does isner just not return?


dari Says:

What a beauty bh down the line, stakhovsky!


jane Says:

If it rains, it may help Stahhovsky since he’s the one hurting. But it’s tough to say. Rain delays usually end up affecting momentum one way or another.


Kimberly Says:

Kaiser is rooting against stak because Kimmi will start kicking his _ss the further stak, montanes etc. go.

I am rooting for Harrison because american. Hopefully another melanie oudin “believe” story?


montecarlo Says:

Rain Rain Go away, come again on Federer’s day.

If it Rains today even for few hours its highly unlikely that Nadal will be able to finish his match and again suffer due to amazing scheduling by organizers. Provided two days rest and then playing on consecutive days. Wow. :D


dari Says:

I, perhaps too quickly, gave harrison the vote if it goes to 5. It’s really a question if experience or fit/fresh is the advantage.
I still don’t know a lot about stakh, as I was on vacay during the new haven tourney.
I’ll certainly root for this little american guy, and hope he does Not have an oudin story in the longer term sense.


Kimberly Says:

Nadal always gets hosed by the organizers in scheduling. I hope his match is not delayed. I have had terrible anxiety due to this match and I just want him to play it and win it. However, rain should slow down conditions and work to his favor.


Kimberly Says:

Dari-i meant short term oudin run…long term oudin no good for sure. I personally don’t care for oudin. I guess I should but in terms of americans after the williams i prefer matteck sands.

With that said I hope Venus wins the tourney. But I think Wozniaki will take it.


i am it Says:

I think Ryan has the potential to rejuvenate American tennis. He has the all-court game and quickness. He gains a bit more strength with maturity, he will start producing some good results soon.


dari Says:

I usually don’t believe in conspiracy theories tennis- or other-wise, but what is behind the scheduling choice for rafa here, and we have to throw Murray in that mix as well. If anyone has a serious answer, please let me know.


Kimberly Says:

the one thing about the open is that they will play til all hours of the night…so i do believe it will finish.


dari Says:

Great to see that they’re going to resume play. In other good news, just got word I’m going to the open on Sunday! La vida es buena!


super man Says:

blank :

your statement on novak was perfect. sadly there are too many people that get defensive about djoko. but most of them are not objective. i hope djoko can figure and sort those issues to realize his full potential.


grendel Says:

dari says:”I thought hantuchova had it wrapped at 5-2″ – come on, this is Hantuchova. My elder son supports her and Verdasco – V has finally been comin good, but Danielle – she breaks down evry time she’s up if it’s against a good player. Being doing it for years. She mustave used up a lot of hankies. About Dementieva’s serve – the commentator was saying she changes the motion on a fairly regular basis. It’s just more noticeable this time it looks so odd.

i am it says:”I think Ryan has the potential to rejuvenate American tennis. He has the all-court game and quickness. He gains a bit more strength with maturity, he will start producing some good results soon.” There are several thoughts there, and all were mine – have you been stealing them thru some mysterious telepathic equipment?

Yes, he seems to do everything well – including serve and volley – he just isn’t quite strong enough yet. Did you see that shot he did running towards the back of the court, he hit the ball from behind him for a beautifully fluid winner – quite as spectacular as Fed’s hot dog the other night? What makes me think he’ll rejuvenate American tennis, as i am it puts it, is not just his potential – but the fact that he responds to the crowd; some young players find attention intimidating, but he clearly revels in it. He has potential charisma, I think. So he’ll engage the public, and that in turn will spin off in attracting further talent.


NELTA Says:

The 1st night match on Ashe is at 7pm so even if we have another 1 hour rain delay plus a 2 1/2 hour Murray match then things won’t be too far off schedule.

However, the radar does not look good for tonight. Even though the path of the storm is supposed to be moving in a north easterly direction I don’t see how we avoid more rain tonight after looking at this radar.

http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/northeast_loop.php


Skeezerweezer Says:

I like the Jamaican guy ( German? ) with the dreds who travels in a VW bus. The Bob Marley of Tennis?

Still want Muzza to win though…


jane Says:

Phew! Murray took the first set, but yes, Dustin Brown is talented. I recall seeing him at Queens earlier this year, but haven’t seen him at many other events.


montecarlo Says:

Muzza is really lucky that he is serving ahead in this match. Would have been tricky if he was serving behind. Anyway, I am glad he finished that first set. Hopefully two more quick sets.


dari Says:

Ryan Harrison is making shots when it counts. Not easy for a young gun!


NELTA Says:

Here’s a video of the altercation last night in the stands during the Djokovic match. This old guy attacks a younger guy who throws him to the ground. It reminded me of when Don Zimmer attacked Pedro Martinez who then threw him to the ground.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1308638/US-Open-2010-Spectator-brawl-interrupted-play-Flushing-Meadows.html


contador Says:

hm, it’s a lot easier for him with that crowd support. somehow i doubt ryan would be winning if the crowd wasn’t pulling him through and pumping him up. this does remind me of a US Open 2009 oudin moment. tough circumstances for sergiy


dari Says:

Whoa whoa used to Murray cat napping 2nd set, looks like just the opposite. Yay Murray!


jane Says:

“his does remind me of a US Open 2009 oudin moment. ” Yes, same here contador. But no doubt Harrison has loads of potential. Tough for Staks though.

Whoopie! Murray is cruising now!


jane Says:

Harrison is really keeping his cool in this tiebreaker; looks like he’ll win it!


contador Says:

jane-

how about marino? your canadian girl was not intimidated by venus ( watched match on dvr this morning) talk about potential – marino is very exciting!


jane Says:

Nope, in the end Staks wins it. Wow, interesting match. Two very good players to watch in the future!! Congrats to Sergiy and a nice on-court interview from him; he seems calm and eloquent. Like him!

contador – LOVE the new Rebecca; hope she keeps rising up the rankings. Her serve is a revelation on the WTA. Well… maybe that’s an overstatement, but it’s nice to see her serving so forcefully and also consistently.


contador Says:

NELTA- thanks for the clip. interesting fight. i wondered what was happening when djoko stopped to look up last night. couldn’t really see it.

wouldn’t have guessed it was an old man like that! those poor people a couple rows below!


jane Says:

Murray is great – woot! Where is margot anyhow? Haven’t heard from her for a couple.


contador Says:

jane- she really does have the game, poise, intelligence. that’s what i thought when watching her and sorta gave me chills thinking she’s the real deal future WTA star!

yay stakhovsky! he is a new fave after watching him last week. i think of him as the chessmaster. not huge power but very smart with great volleying and shotmaking. he subdued the young beast istomin last sunday. both ukraines, dolgopolov and stakhovsky are fun to watch.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Ryan was fun to watch. Only 18 and his 1rst 5 setter, hope to see more of him in the future, looks bright!

Staks has got a great stylistic game, I just wonder how it will hold up against the bigger bangers later though….


jane Says:

contador “both ukraines, dolgopolov and stakhovsky are fun to watch.” – Definitely.


tennisfansince76 Says:

re Skeezer

the short answer = it wont. he’s got zero chance against Nadal. I’m pissed Nadal has a super easy draw


Fot Says:

Just finished watching the Ryan match. Good kid. He had match point and lost it. My question. They said he came through the qualifying round. So, USTA thinks Donald Young (who received a wild card) is going to be a better player than this Ryan boy (who had to qualify)? *confused*. Young has had his chances to prove himself and frankly hasn’t done a thing. I would think Ryan should have gotten at least a wild card. But it’s neither here nor there…Good tournament for him.

I’m watching the Isner match. (Isner still looks like he’s 17 years old in the face). lol! But I’m actually pulling for Marco in this match as he is one of my favorites. I think Isner will come through but I hope Marco can at least take it to the 5th set.

Watched a little of the Murray match (first set) and the Jamacian has power but doesn’t know what to do with it! lol! He would play a great shot one time then come back with a stupid shot the next. At least he’ll take home a little over $30,000 for getting this far.

Nadal’s match tonight shouldn’t be a problem for him. Don’t know why, but I think Nadal will win in straight sets (although it still might take him 3.5 hours to win it) lol!

Remember the fight that broke out at Djokovic’s match last night in the stands? Here’s the You Tube video of the entire thing: Just keep watching it….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E19D_-h9MIo&feature=player_embedded


jane Says:

Who is this B.Paire pushing F-Lo? I have not heard of him?? Is he a qualifier?


Skeezerweezer Says:

Not much info other than what I saw at the ATP site. 09,10 FO is the only other GS he has played in, both years out the 1rst round….soooo many Frenchmen still in, have they been building Hard Courts in France? lol


contador Says:

i have tried looking him up jane, when i realized how many french are still playing. but no info on other than born in 1989. and i have no stream for the paire feli match.

mannarino has more info available but he isn’t doing too well against nando.

yeah i am thinking both had to come thru qualifying. paire #163 and mannarino #152. french tennis- the force!


Kimmi Says:

hello guys! friday at last..lets watch some tennis. Did not miss much from the looks of it..maybe i did.

YAY! to muzza. Tough first set and then cruising the other two. Love the Blue blue colour on Muzza. GO MUZZA!

hearing a story about the harrison guy and stakhosky. Too bad for the young american to lose such a close match but glad stakhosky won. I pick him to the third round..thats why!


Kevin Kane Says:

The Ryan Harrison matched lasted nine hours (four hours match time plus five hours of interviews and commentary thereafter). This year’s Open features no less than 35 commentators. Thus far, Patrick McEnroe has said a dozen times, “I couldn’t agree more with what you 34 just said.”

With any luck we’ll see more highlights from Roddick’s second round interview, analysis of Capra’s practice sessions, and more weather forecasts from meteorologist Pam Shriver.

Speculations also abound about some tennis being played this year at the Open. Stay tuned to see if these rumors are substantiated with actual match coverage.

Shit, I gotta go. Live coverage is now resuming of the sixth hour into Harrison’s post-match interview. This is MUST SEE tennis.


Kimmi Says:

lol to kevin kane

Ana ivanovic still impressing me. she has her confidence back..hitting ball with precission. great defence too. Unfortunately if she wins today she plays my fave kim clijsters.


Kimmi Says:

verdasco gets the easy one today. excellent! Looks to be easy straight sets. unless he goes into his usual walk abouts…


paula Says:

FOT
thanks for posting the video of the fight. Holy Cow. That woman and then that older guy just whacked that guy. Unbelievable. I think they removed them all, from watching last night. I remember being shocked at how rude tennis fans can be. I mean, it’s not like hockey (I Love Hockey),but still, many people behaving just terribly, yelling out all sorts of thing…

Glad to see Verdaco rolling.

And Ivanovic not freaking out and playing super badly.

I’m switching back and forth between the tennis channel and espn2.


Kimmi Says:

WHOOPS! i spoke too loud about ivanovic!


paula Says:

also- very true and funny Kevin Kane-
Espn’s coverage is so awful. I think they replayed Isner’s win and Harrison’s loss for a solid hour instead of howing us matches.

and the problem with the tennis channel is- Tracy Austin makes my blood pressure rise. She is so GRATING.


Fot Says:

Yea, Stan is up 2-sets to zero! One more set to go!


jane Says:

They just said that Ivanovic has won back to back matches only 3 times this year! Wow. I hope she can win today, but there is little doubt she’ll lose to Clijsters next round. Still, there’d be no shame in that.


Kimmi Says:

ivanovic ball toss is still a problem but she seem to connect with the ball well even when she chases it..

I see she has a good pop when she gets her first serve in


paula Says:

The thing about Ivanovic that cracks me up is she’ got this cute girly vibe, which comes off as really sweet, her tiny little fist pump and so on, but you know if you met her- I mean, she’s 6 foor 1 and really, really strong. In fact, I think I’d be scared of her if I ran into her in a dark alley at night


jane Says:

It’s true Paula; Ivanovic has really needed this sort of confidence boost in her game since the plummet; it’s just nice to see her “get back on it” (to quote Joe Strummer).


Fot Says:

Schedule for tomorrow is out. Roger 3rd up on Ashe during the day. The night match is Blake/Nole.

Also – to you Nadal fans, this is from his blog. (after all this negative talk by him – watch, he’ll probably win 2-1-3 tonight)! lol!

“Hello everyone, Let me just say that I had a terrible practice today and wasn’t happy at all. It is strange.

I really started well, the first 45 minutes but when I played I didn’t do well. We play this game called 11, and that is a tie-break to 11 but with no serve. You just put the ball in play. I lost every single one.

So I was really upset and decided to stop and think about what’s going on. I know that tomorrow’s match is a tricky one, one of those matches where everybody thinks I have to win and win easy, but instead it is a very difficult match against a player who is playing really well lately.

We’ll see what happens.”


Kevin Kane Says:

“Everybody thinks I have to win and win easy, but instead it is a very difficult match against a player who is playing really well lately.”

Rafa is deferential to the point of being ridiculous. He made this same comment before he played my wheelchair-confined grandmother.


paula Says:

I saw Istomin on a back court in Toronto a few weeks ago. He’s a big strong fella with a lovely game. I do think that Rafa’s experience with pressureful matches should make it an easy win. But, tennis man, weird things happen all the time.


jane Says:

Good for Ana.


Kimmi Says:

razzano is helping ivanovic in this set though. but ana also made it tough.

I think she could win clijster match if kim is not sharp.

3 match points..and she wins. She is definetly on her way back.


blank Says:

Thanks jane and super man for understanding what I was trying to say.

Was it a bit much…I think yes (if you look at his remarks after 1st rd and 2nd). But I certainly don’t mind what he says…he is a really funny guy. All I am saying is that the PR stuff shouldn’t be at the expense of his game. I feel like he is trying too hard to make nice with public and press. Just play well, win more GS…everyone will love you.


paula Says:

Also, I want whatever drugs Hannah Storm is on. Either that, or she is actually a robot and then- well, I don’t want to be a robot.

I am not happy to see another Isner interview so- what about Nalby’s match? Isn’t be playing? I want the tennis, not the chitchat.


Kimmi Says:

schiavoni has so much variety. I don’t know if her game is good enough for this hard court surface though. But she definetly feeling it today. flashes of roland garros !!


dari Says:

That blog post is a real turn off, rafa! Either you’re a downer, which #1 has no reason to be or you’re trying to quell ppl’s expectations of you. Realism is great, but this is a bit far… I would hate to think he is trying too hard to manage expectations. We all know this guy is ruthless for real.


Kimmi Says:

nalbandian on court. hope he makes it easy one today.


Kevin Kane Says:

Who at ESPN decides what the camera will show at a given moment? Perhaps planning sessions go something like this:

“Nalbandian plays Serra tonight. Skip it except for highlights of any tiebreaks. The focus tonight is in-depth analysis of how Mardy Fish no longer eats ice cream – can we get some footage of his freezer? – close-ups of Isner’s bandaged foot supported by heroic music, and let’s continue to replay Harrison’s second round match while we foreshadow him as the next coming of Sampras, Agassi and Courier combined… Oh, and let’s get some more background information on Capra to plug this storyline! Where did she grow up? What music does she listen to for inspiration? Where does she get her nails done? We’re talking about a cute American female into the third round! This is what tennis is about, people!”


paula Says:

Kane- you’re a genius.

Nalbandian- who has beat on numerous occasions, Nadal, Nole, and the Fed (OK, not lately) and more than once all in a row- they don’t show…
Sigh.


Kimmi Says:

ahh nalby broken straight away..hmmmm!


jane Says:

paula, yes would like to see Nalby; he’s down a break. : /

Fot, congrats on Wawa progressing but he’d better not beat Murray! : )


Kimmi Says:

kane – dont stop. hahahaha you are just cracking me up.


jane Says:

Kevin you’re on a roll. LOL. Yes, I think it’s great that Mardy is now a slim Fish and playing at top form, but no, we don’t need to hear again how/when he lost the weight. Yesterday they were asking him when he starts “bingeing” again, what he’ll eat! Seriously! He said “wine” first but then said he might like a big “cheeseburger”. And it’s not his fault at all; Mardy is great. But the coverage should focus a little less on special interest and a little more on the tennis!


Fot Says:

Jane, I will be pulling hard for Stan, but I don’t think that will be enough, unfortunately! lol! I think Murray will come through. But GO STAN! (in my heart).

Also, my other man Blake is playing Novak. And I think Novak will win that one, but I will be rooting heavily for Blake. GO BLAKE.

Remember, my favorites are: Roger, Stan, and Blake in the men’s game. All of them are still in the tournament so until they are knocked out – I will be pulling for them. It’s been a long time since I’ve had any good matches from Blake!


Kimmi Says:

nalbandian wondering why the balls are not returned when they go to the stand. they only have 3 ball to play with.

the umpire says they will have new ball in few minutes.

and new balls came after 7 games..


jane Says:

Fot, I know, I hear you. Fair enough! You have to cheer on your guys and I totally respect that! It’s just a game, but I still feel a little conflicted with the Blake match because who knows how long Blake will be around? And as Novak said last night on the court “he is one of the nicest guys on the tour.” However, Novak has semifinals points to defend here, plus LOADS more until the end of the year, and I don’t want to see him slide down. So I have to say “Go Murray” and “Go Nole”! I don’t think you have to worry much about Fed, though, based on what I have seen from him so far. He looks like he’s playing very well.


Kimmi Says:

Mathieu has given fed problems before. can’t forget that match where fed was down a set and a break in the second set before turning it around.

whoever said above that tennis is a strange game – i agree


Kimmi Says:

this match is turning out to be very difficult for nalbandian.

why does nalby always struggle in 5 set format matches. he wins easily in 3 sets but always goes on dog fights in five sets.

hope he gets thru this one.


super man Says:

lol kevin kane. funniest tennis posts i have read in a longtime . please do continue posting on tennis x.


jane Says:

Kimmi, when was that match? Fed vs. Mathieu? If it was on clay, then that’s another matter altogether as I think Fed is best on a fast hard court and I am not sure about Mathieu. Paul-Henri is definitely talented though, but I think Fed should handle the match okay.


Kimmi Says:

he breaks from nowhere. serra hit a double fault and an error. serve it out now nalby


Kimmi Says:

it was roland garros jane. clay yes. so we will see.


Kimmi Says:

1st set nalby. now win the next two.


jane Says:

I think Nalby and Sam will get through in straights, but Simon and Khols could go a little longer; Simon can sometimes catch a wind well into a match.


paula Says:

Although, I’m not watching him- is he only playing on the computer? Sigh. As in- live streaming or whatever its called? It looks like they are about to play Venus now…and nothing on the tennis channel- anyway, just getting back…


Kimmi Says:

venus “i know nothing at all about my opponent but i will be ready”

how are you going to be ready if you don’t know what to expect? lol


Kimmi Says:

GO nalby! up a break in the second. good! concentartion is important now..one break is never enough, especially if the break happens early in the set.


paula Says:

Does anyone know that song from the movie Team America called “Montage”– it’s really great. Came to mind right now-


Kimmi Says:

moreb fashion on the court.
aha, this time we have a spackling dress from venus. she is making a lot of adjustments with the dress though. she does not look confortable. she seem to be pulling it down after every point.

Isn’t that dress a little distracting to her opponent? just sayin’


paula Says:

Venus always picks at her outfits, but usually up top- haha. This one, it’s all about the skirt and pulling it down.

I think Carillo (who I sort of loathe, but whatever) said there is some rule about clothing not allowed to be distracting and that this dress is really, really sparkly and doing all sorts of things with the light.

And then- which I agree with– they said, I doubt it was Venus’s intention. She’s just into fashion! And this seems true to me.


Kimmi Says:

nalby 2 sets up. jane, you could be right it could be straight sets ..fingers crossed.


paula Says:

I wrote this ages ago about my love for Nalby. Since then, Del Potro has really has grown on me. But anyway- for laughs (I’m all about the laughs)-http://tennisisametaphorforlife.blogspot.com/search?q=nalbandian+looks+like+my+husband


Fot Says:

Venus is my girl…..but….even I can’t stand that dress. And why the ‘brown’ shorts under the black dress? The brown doesn’t even match her skin tone! I just don’t think she’s comfortable in the dress. Maybe she should have worn it for a practice session – just to see if it’s comfortable or not first? Ya think?


paula Says:

Yeah, but she’s always been a picker. Like Nadal, like Roddick. It doesn’t bother me with any of them, it’s just a tic.
At least the brown shorts are not as bad as the nude one at the French. Wasn’t it at the French? I do like Venus, too. And I do like sparkles. Anyway…I feel her opponent is far more worried about the tennis than the dress. So –all good.


Kimmi Says:

nalbandian breaks again. looking gooood!


jane Says:

Paula I liked your post/blog about Daveeed. I think I got the matches right for once: Sam and Daveed in straights. Kohls and Simon – at least 4, probably 5, sets.


Kimmi Says:

daveeed looks like he is putting on weight again. I thought he looked thinner when he came back from injury but today i see a little potbelly.


Kimmi Says:

shahar peer is also playing well. she is a set and a break up against panetta. i thought this match would be close. actually I gave panetta more chance..what do i know!


Kimmi Says:

pannetta is playing so bad, no woner she is losing. she can’t keep the ball on the court at the moment. if it continues like this it will be easy pizzy for peer


paula Says:

You know, for at least four years now, I’ve watched Daveed (love this spelling) up close at many venues-the US Open, Canada, and once in Madrid. He really never fluctuates in his weight as much as the commenters say. He is a thick dude, but the way Chris Fowler and the Beeg would have it, he goes up and down with his weight to some extreme. I’ve never ever seen it. I’ve been up front- always first row- watching him play, for – oh wow- my little one was 4- now he’s 11- o for many years. He really has never been chunky- the TV adds weight, and certain clothes maybe… I watched him bagel Robredo a few weeks ago. Looked the same as always. I watched him win a tough three setter, sitting in the first row, against Ferrer three year ago. Looked the same. Six years ago, I watched him beat Dent in the quarters in Madrid. He’s thick. Always has been.

Anyway, perhaps loves makes me deluded. But Fowler is an idiot- for the most part- and the Beeg – who at least is funny- is nutty as all get out.


paula Says:

DAVEED WON!

I thought for sure Panetta would win. Weird.


Kimmi Says:

pannetta making a comeback from being down 0-4 in the second set, now 2-4. tennis is strange. now peer cannot keep the ball on the court


Kimmi Says:

paula – today they had a close up of his belly on the screen..really looks big. with the sticking sweat, it did not help either..maybe the TV really makes him looks bigger.

i agree with you though that he has always been chanky but i believe if he loses more weight like the “skinny fish” it could turn out to be very beneficial for him.

pannetta is now 4-4. strange. shahar peer has not won a game since she was 4-0 up. still making errors..does not look good.


Kimmi Says:

who will win between kohl and simon? after winning the third set with a bread stick, kohl is about to be bageled in the 4th. are they really serious? looks like boyh are saving themselves for the 5th set.


jane Says:

Topsy-Turvy Special K and Gils match hey? Who will prevail! Jeepers if only I could do as well picking the winners as I have today picking how long the matches will go.

For fun I’ll say Rafa in 4 (but I secretly think 3).


Kimmi Says:

shahar peer manage to steady herself. she wins in straight sets. shame on pannetta though.


jane Says:

madmax, i just saw your post from earlier now; anyhow, I got home last night in time to catch the last set and a half or so of Novak’s match, including the interview on court. Thanks for the quotes though. Horrible about Petchy, sad.


paula Says:

I know Daveed looks chunky on TV, but believe me, I watched him in Toronto a few weeks ago- and he’s fit as could be. The TV does not like Daveed. The TV is so strange. For instance, Stepanek looks very unattractive in TV, I think- but in real life, he’s – handsome. I know, I know. But I mean it! Also, Chardy, who looks normal on TV, looks like he’s a junkie in real life. A super hot junkie- like, a rock star junkie, like a guy from Kings of Leon- but still. Wierd! I promise you Daveed is not chunky. Or, well, that’s my opinion.

I wrote this about Fish. It’s very cheeky, but, take it for what it is- I like to laugh-http://tennisisametaphorforlife.blogspot.com/2010/09/mardy-fish-is-anorexic.html


Kimmi Says:

serena commentating nadal’s match..hmmm!


Kimmi Says:

jane – looks like simon is winning the battle between him and kohl. kohl serving to stay in the match..down a break.

aaarg i pick kolhs in this match


jane Says:

I picked Kohls too. Arrrgh. That said, I am really happy for Simon!! : ) He will be tough for Rafa; they played a long one at the AO a couple of years ago. Simon would be a good primer for Murray though. So in that sense, it could help Rafa. Anyhow, let’s see how this match goes. I Serena is not around for the long haul. LOL.


dari Says:

Omg, I can’t believe kohls is out! I was really looking forward to a match between him and nadal on Sunday! Well, I hope Simon is ready to take at least a set off nadal, cause I wanna see a lot of tennis!


kimberly Says:

Wtf, serena commenting rafas match. Kaiser muted tv . Not that it matters. Im watching mickey mouse. And even if I wasn’t forced too by a tyrranical five year old I still would prob be too nervous to watch.


grendel Says:

The business of Nadal’s blog, provided by Fot, is a bit more complicated than people let on. I was one of those who never believed anything he said, putting it all down to a convoluted kind of PR, specifically designed to take the pressure off himsef. But then, I hated him. Hate or love – much the same, really, when it comes to fairness, the scale tips this way or it tips that way, but it sure isn’t balanced. I don’t hate Nadal now (though I’ll never be a fan)so I can see him a bit more clearly. It’s good to see clearly.

As ever, Nadal is impelled by mixed motives, most people who aren’t monsters are. That stuff about the tiebreak 11, in which he was “upset” because he “lost everyone” is not serious. But it’s good PR. Having said that, it has the sort of shady contact with truth with which most of us (we’ll except the monsters of goodness, who never lie in any shape shade or form) are pretty familiar.

But this:”I know that tomorrow’s match is a tricky one, one of those matches where everybody thinks I have to win and win easy, but instead it is a very difficult match against a player who is playing really well lately.” That rings perfectly true. Because we’re so accustomed to seeing Nadal blaze his way through all but the very best in grand slams, and through them too sometimes, it naturally seems disingenuous when Nadal pays tribute to a prospective opponent as posing a “difficult” problem. How can he really mean it?

So it’s just automatic, then? But that’s rubbish. Some things can easily SEEM automatic, especially if you have little imagination. I think it was this that Federer referred to when he spoke of “the monster” he had created. Everyone always expected him to win, and somehow this glib expectation (and speaking for myself, I too was drawn into this silliness)made it all a bit like magic. Federer just had to wave his racket, and behold! The fact that he’d worked incredibly hard for his triumphs, and that every battle won was exactly that, a joust with uncertainty into which he poured his spirit, all that was easily overlooked. So when these uncertainties started (as they will) to tip the other way, people were shocked and disbelieving.

And this sort of incomprehension is exactly what Nadal is suffering from now. Because he CAN, and invariably does, beat the Istomins, the Kohlschreibers and so on, ergo it must really be easy. Any affirmation to the contrary is mere affectation.

No, it isn’t. Nadal knows how good Istomin is. He also knows that he (Nadal) is a considerably superior tennis player. And finally, he knows that unless he brings to the table his unique gifts, players like Istomin, Kohlschreiber etc are good enough to beat him. And being only human, and a rather thoughtful young man at that, it is highly likely (I would have thought) that he will sometimes have doubts as to whether he can actually do the business on the day. For all we know – and remember, we don’t, none of us – these doubts may sometimes be overwhelmingly strong. Naturally, he will be as reluctant to admit to these as he is to appear overconfident. And he will make absolutely sure that on the tennis court, if he retains any doubts, nobody will be able to see them.

It occurs to me that the relationship Federer and Nadal have is not really a friendship as such. But it may be based upon the fact that each understands the weight of expectation that the other has or had to suffer. In this sense, I daresay they provide a kind of comfort to each other which absolutely nobody else, however close in other respects, can.


Kimmi Says:

she is not bad actually, i am enjoying her!


jane Says:

Kimberly – Rafa’s up a break, so you know, and is looking very strong. Istomin looks so tall! How tall is he?

grendel, Rafa’s played Istomin only once, and Istomin came so close to winning. And Istomin was in a hard court final last weekend. And Rafa has experienced trouble versus big hitters on hard courts. So what he is saying – about the trickiness of the match – must be true in his mind.


paula Says:

Grendel, as not serious as I am, and I am not, I appreciated your well thought out consideration of Nadal.

And- well- some people need to go deep into doubt to play their best. Especially people from cultures that admire humility(sp). He was raised to be humble- and that he should never think too highly of himself- and that is how he plays his best, to never think he is better. I find it sort of beautiful.


jane Says:

Oh forget about it! Rafa is too good.


aleish17 Says:

whoooah! Nadal is cruising in the first set.

Go Rafa!


jane Says:

Paula, that makes a lot of sense, about the cultural mindset. Also how fear/doubt can raise one up to a challenge.


aleish17 Says:

Scratch that! Nadal took the first set.
Now, go and grab the 2nd and 3rd Rafa.
Vamos!


aleish17 Says:

Another ace from Rafa.
Keep it going.


kimberly Says:

I walked in the bedroom and saw a 133 from rafa. Still not relaxed though.


blank Says:

I think this is going to be the storyline with the top 4 players until the quarter finals. I would not bet on any of them losing even a set.


blank Says:

Federer Vs Mathieu is going to be another big yawn.


Kimmi Says:

at least istomin is hanging in there in this set

blank – i dont believe top 4 will not lose even a set from now on..fed has some tough opponents coming up.

Djoko and murray too.


Kimo Says:

Love this quote from Agassi:

“On how he would match up with Roger Federer in his prime: “People would be asking me what’s wrong with American tennis, and that includes Pete, too.”


jane Says:

Hi blank – really? You don’t think Blake or Fish could take a set off Djoko?! I am chewing my nails just thinking about, but then again, I know I am paranoid when it comes to his matches. LOL.

Rafa’s serve! How does he just improve like that? And suddenly start hitting bombs?

Looks like a break here for Istomin? 15-40.


aleish17 Says:

double break point by Istomen. What the heck.


dari Says:

No way nadal wins that point! He is just too much!


jane Says:

Rafa saves one; Istomin blows the other (then again the placement of the 2nd serve into the body was a smart move by Rafa too).


aleish17 Says:

And Rafa wont let you just get away with it. Deuce.


Kimmi Says:

nadal is the toughest guy to break..


blank Says:

Kimmi,

I stretched it a bit too much. Maybe they will lose a set or so. I don’t think any one in Nadal’s quarter is capable of beating in 5 sets. Maybe the Spaniards or Nalby might take a set off him in the quarters. It’s hard for me to see that not happening. Murray has an absolute easy ride till semis. None of his prospective opponents have had a consistently strong showing in GS. Fed’s test will come against Soderling. That match will depend on how well Soda plays. With Roddick out, I think that clears Djoko’s path, unless he is made to play in sweltering heat midday next week.

Btw, how is your bracket going? Who have you picked to win the championship?


dari Says:

Gosh damnit, here comes the trainer. For what?! For whom? Please don’t tell me that the little gesture I saw nadal make was at the knee!


dari Says:

Ok just a tape job :)


blank Says:

jane,

Djoko is the new king of dusk. No one beats him while playing at night. So that takes Blake out. Fish taking a set off him will depend on the presence of sun and it’s heat. So far the USO has been kind to him…maybe they saw Azarenka and decided not to take any more chances ;-)


jane Says:

Istomin’s first serve is wicked now that he’s grooved. Utterly wicked. This set is going to a tiebreak?


Kimmi Says:

blank – not too bad. in my pool we are not too far apart. i am 5 pt behind the leader at the mo. the next rounds is where there is lots of points for grabs. your pick lose a match..they will leave you behind big time. hope I continue to do well

I have federer winning ofcourse. i could not go against him.

I also have another bracket in the US website where i have murray winning.

we will see!


jane Says:

blank, what a sweet post. I like that “king of dusk” line. : )

Fed’s good day, night, afternoon, morning, twilight, dawn, etc…. must be nice!


aleish17 Says:

@ Jane
I dont want another tiebreak for Rafa.
I hope Istomin will be broken here.

Heck, advantage Istomen. Deuce.

Cmon Rafa. Get the job done.


dari Says:

It’s bad enough istomin can’t break rafa we’ve gotta give him a hold here.
And denis holds!


Kimmi Says:

the list istomin can have is a tie break.

he played well this set and he desrve one. but that is the only thing he can get..tie break


Kimmi Says:

s/b the least…


kimberly Says:

Not making me happy rafa playing stupid points in the breaker…..


Kimmi Says:

istomin 4-1 wow! can he keep it up?


jane Says:

WOW! What a rally by Istomin!! Wow!

Well I said Rafa in 4; maybe Istomin gets this set.


Kimmi Says:

tie breaks are no good. you never know. great shot by istomin.


dari Says:

Holy s#!*


Kimmi Says:

I still dont believe istomin can win this set..still a long way to go.

he needs first serve here..if not rafa is back


kimberly Says:

Noooooooooo. This does not make me happy terrible breaker


jane Says:

Some great stuff in this tiebreak.


Kimmi Says:

hehehehe he lost both points..back on serve


Kimmi Says:

he even get net cords. rafa to win this breaker


Kimmi Says:

too bad for istomin..so close yet sooooo far!


jane Says:

Rafa hits a 134 mps, then draws the error!!! He is indefatigable. Really. For all intents and purposes, that set should have been Istomin’s. But Rafa just hung in there and how does he never lose his cool. Freaks me out.


Kimmi Says:

the lawn mower fist pump from rafa..he looks very happy !


dari Says:

Nadal is new houdini. There isn’t anything that little stinker can’t get out of!


blank Says:

For a second there, I thought my predictive powers will bite the dust. So far so good.

Good luck with your brackets Kimmi.

jane, Are you doing the bracket thingy ‘officially’ for the first time? If so, good luck to you too.


Kimmi Says:

istomin did not serve well when he was serving at 5-2..the moment rafa got the second serve he attack..the rest is history


Kimmi Says:

so rafa hit 134 mph serve, he will be competing with dr. ivo soon :)

Now istomin thigh is hurting, not looking good.


dari Says:

Rafa fans, it must be pretty comforting to know that its never over for your man. Down two sets and a double break, you guys got nothing to worry about!


jane Says:

blank, yes, but I picked with the heart, not the head (i.e., a Murray / Nole final), so I am on the lower half of our pool. LOL. I will maybe try to be more “serious” about it and do the Shanghai ATP one. Or maybe I am too late for that? Or maybe I “just cannot be serious” when it comes to tennis.


Fot Says:

This should be a 6-1 or 6-2 set for Rafa.


jane Says:

Rafa has the “full package” per Johnny Mac. LOL, indeed I have never seen Rafa serve so well. Never. And he’s hitting with a lot of depth too.


tennisfansince76 Says:

In the immortal words of John Stewart “DAMN YOU NADAL!!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

134 mph from Nadal on the first serve. that has put the fear of god ( or Rafa ) into me. ( a fed fan ).


jane Says:

Well Istomin is not going away, anyhow. He’s taking huge swings at the ball here. Love-40.


Kimmi Says:

aggression from istomin give him a 0-40. now can he break here!


blank Says:

jane,

You did the right thing. My head wouldn’t pick Federer and the heart refused the head entry to the brackets.


dari Says:

You do not wanna get nadal grunting like that, istomin!


jane Says:

Rafa is serving bombs. Who knew?

Lol blank – my heart and head often at war too. : )


dari Says:

Tennisfan who is this and when was it the damn you nadal comment? Cause that’s how I feel sometimes.


guy Says:

nadal is hitting 132mph serves, i’ve never seen him serve this fast. i like this


Kimmi Says:

istomin cannot expect to be defensive and win point..

nadal should just bread stick him to take him out of his misery


guy Says:

nadal is the best in the game at saving break points. it means less stress for the fans…


guy Says:

i heard istomin broke his leg and was crap for years because of it. it makes me like him more, that and coz his mother is his coach


guy Says:

do not approach nadal’s forehand, the mum needs to be telling him that…


Kimmi Says:

“nadal is the best in the game at saving break points. it means less stress for the fans…”

guy, you are right. Not for us federer fans at the mo. federer would probably shank his back hand during an important moment like that.


Kimmi Says:

I like it istomin still fighting. he wabts a respectable score out there


tennisfansince76 Says:

if istomin had better quickness and footwork he might give Nadal more trouble.


guy Says:

@kimmi
hm, though the good thing for fed fans is fed holds serve easier.
although if nadal keeps serving like this…


guy Says:

istomin just did the lawnmower, must be a hewitt fan


guy Says:

crazy rally


jane Says:

Istomin with a break chance.


Kimmi Says:

good shot by histomin but he needs to break..getting break points without breaking is no use


jane Says:

Rafa says “forgedaboutit”!


Daniel Says:

Unbelievable Nadal holding his serve every time he faces break point. He wasn’t broken this tourney, yet. .


guy Says:

istomin has had some chances in this set but overall nadal has 85%1st 70%2nd serve winnings, which is about as high as i’ve seen for nadal on hard court.


guy Says:

backhand hammer volley lol


jane Says:

Istomin makes a sound a little like Nole when he serves. Rafa’s two first rounds have been stern tests thus far.


guy Says:

yeah tough matches. but i think that’s credit to the opponents’ form because i think nadal is playing very well, looking dangerous. hitting very aggressively


guy Says:

istomin got some serious bad luck with the draw


tennisfansince76 Says:

re Dari. you never heard of Jon Stewart or The Daily Show? the damn you is a kind of routine he does. damn you ( insert name ) while shaking his fist at the sky. i’m not sure actually where it comes from. it sounds kind of comic booky like something someone like Dr. evil would say to Austin Powers he thwarted his evil plans. here is an example from a few years back

Jon Stewart: “Will Rumsfeld take personal responsibility for this problem? Clip: Rumsfeld: “I talked to the General coming out here about the pace at which the vehicles are being armored and it is essentially a matter of physics. It isn’t a matter of money or on the part of the Army of desire. It is a matter of production and capability to do it.”] Stewart: A matter of…physics. Don’t you soldiers driving with no armor get it? Mass times velocity squared equals force. Damn you Einstein! Rumsfeld quickly moved from physics to philosophy. Clip: Rumsfeld: “You go to war with the Army you have not the Army you might want or wish to have.” Stewart: “Actually they go to war, the Army. You fly in occasionally.”


Kimmi Says:

how many second serve % has istomin won..he seem to be very poor.

istomin did a good job to hang in there. Congrats rafa


jane Says:

Good match! Rafa – just too good. What can you say?

Istomin was fabulous, though he hit too many errors in that last game and it took him until the second set to really get cooking.


guy Says:

istomin is 39, didn’t realise he was that high. can probably make top 25


jane Says:

I like how even Pam Shriver called Toni Nadal “Uncle Toni” when she interviewed him.


dari Says:

Another one bites the dust in three sets to rafa. It got to be a good match the last two thirds, can be happy about that! Goodnight all!


kimberly Says:

I can breathe now. Next up simon. I don’t think he’s as dangerous as istomin.

I will keep my eyes open for istomin. Expect him to creep in top 20 soon.

Remember all bracket challengers—points will go crazy tomorrow with seed numberd added to the score. Massive changes in standing. My guess is kimmi will start to shine and kimberlys star will fade.


dari Says:

Oh, tennisfan, thanks for clarifying! Yes I am familiar with Jon Stewart. I was just in tennis mind. And thought you were perhaps talking about a European commentator!
I would have loved to hear jon stewart yell out “damn you, nadal” !


tennisfansince76 Says:

congrats Rafa you magnificent bastard. you are th ebane of my life and I mean that in a good way. I love being on the west coast now. the USO night match is over and its 9:00. I can watch the night matches and still get a good night’s sleep.


tennisfansince76 Says:

yes Dari that would be awesome!


sar Says:

I think it’s going to be a Nadal/Fed final.


grendel Says:

well, from all I’ve heard – I won’t get to see Nadal until he finally gets a day match – he now has a great serve on hard court. It was the lack of this which caused some people to scoff at the thought he could win the US Open.

If his serve is good as people are cracking it up to be – and all the evidence I have seen suggests it is – Nadal is now not just favourite to win the US Open, he is overwhelming favourite. This, I regret. But you might as well regret a hurricane. If it’s coming your way, it’s coming your way, man. Not much you can do about it.


guy Says:

the serve is certainly bad news for everyone else on tour. but i don’t understand his comments, not serving well until days before, grip change, deciding he needed more free points….
surely he could have been flattening that thing out before now. strange.

he now has the threshold speeds to have a big serve, even though the precision probably isn’t as good yet as fed, lopez, etc, guys who don’t get much about 200km and yet get a ton of aces.

still 211km serves for nadal, it’s been a long time coming.


jane Says:

I think in Toronto and Cincy the serve was already in transition. He was struggling a bit with it but he hit some big serves in Cincy didn’t he?

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