Nadal Wins Another Nail-Biter, Clijsters Cruises at US Open; Federer, Sharapova Today
by Sean Randall | September 4th, 2010, 10:04 am
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Denis Istomin had Rafael Nadal by the jugular in the second set tiebreak last night. Up 5-1 thanks to a scintillating stretch winner that ESPN2’s John McEnroe called one of the best points he had ever seen, Istomin looked to be well on his way to taking a set from the World No. 1.

But credit to Nadal because Istomin would not win another point in that breaker. Like we’ve seen Rafa do so many times he rose up to meet the challenge head on and he won. The guy is simply a beast.

That said, Nadal was once again pushed by a relatively lower tier player in a 6-2, 7-6(5), 7-5 win last night over Istomin.

“I probably got a little lucky in the second-set tiebreaker,” Nadal told the crowd after winning his 16th straight Grand Slam tennis match.

One thing that struck me in yesterday’s match was just how well and how hard Nadal was serving. The Spaniard was clocking first serves in the 130s MPH and he never was broken in seven tries.

“That is pretty strange because I wasn’t serving really very well, really until two days before the competition,” said Nadal. “I changed a little bit the grip, about five or six inches up. I felt like when I didn’t have free points and I needed that. So I tried to play a little bit more aggressive.”

Nadal has never been passed the semifinals at the US Open, and he hasn’t won a hardcourt title in 18 months so the numbers are still against him in his push toward a career Slam. On Sunday he’ll get Frenchman Gilles Simon who does have a concrete win over Rafa on his resume.

Rafa wasn’t the only Spaniard winning on Friday, there were no fewer than SIX others! David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro and 5-set winner Feliciano Lopez all made it thru giving Spain nine players in the US Open third round.

The match of the day belonged to American Ryan Harrison. The 18-year-old was up against New Haven champion Sergiy Stakhovsky. After Harrison dropped the first set the Louisiana kid surged back winning the second and third.

Stakhovsky seized the fourth and in an uneven, near-chokefest he won the fifth 8-6 in the breaker in what was really the match of the tournament.

Harrison led in that final set breaker 6-3 with three matchpoints. But Staks came up with two strong plays on his serve and when Harrison double faulted at 6-6 the Ukrainian was finally able to put the teen away in over 4 hours.

“It was a great experience,” said Harrison after his first career 5-set match. “I’ve always believed in myself and I’ve always believed that I could come in here and compete at this level. But to go out there and actually execute and to win some of the matches I did, I’m extremely happy about and extremely proud.”

If you haven’t seen or heard of Ryan, don’t worry, because you’ll be getting him in heavy doses for many, many years to come. Unlike Roddick, Ryan doesn’t have a monster serve or a go-to shot, but he makes up for it in variety and guile.

Harrison spends a lot of time at the net (at least he did yesterday). He can hit his backhand and forehand well. He moves well, he seems to have good instincts and his overhead – as we saw yesterday – was exceptional. Is he an American version of Federer? That’s a lot to live up to but he does bring a lot of options on the court with him.

Watching Harrison-Stakhovsky was a delightful throwback to days of serve/volley tennis. Both guys fearlessly attacked the net almost on every point. Harrison said his dad, Pat, got him into that attacking mindframe early on.

“He’s always thought I was a great athlete and thought I had the ability to come in and have a good feel at the net, as well as good speed behind the baseline to play defense, and then mechanically strong strokes to attack from the ground whenever I can,” Harrison said. “So for me, the biggest change this week, as opposed to the last six months, was I went into every match with a specific, This is how I’m gonna beat this guy. This is what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna do X, Y, and Z and try and execute it. I was able to play some high level tennis.”

While Harrison fell, his countryman John Isner and Sam Querrey both advanced as did Andy Murray, David Nalbandian and Stan Wawrinka.

For the women, Kim Clijsters ripped off 12 straight games to turn away Wimbledon semifinalist Petra Kvitova (Johnny Mac says Petra could be Top 5?) 6-3, 6-0. Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Sam Stosur and Elena Dementieva were also winners.

Saturday’s schedule includes Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova who plays this year’s Melanie Oudin, Beatrice Capra. And I don’t really see too much trouble for any top player today.

Mathieu should be able to make a match of it against Federer, while Djokovic could drop a set to James Blake, otherwise business as usual. Robin Soderling could also be tested by Thiemo De Bakker.

Two of the best battles today involve Gael Monfils v. Janko Tipsarevic and Mardy Fish v. Arnaud Clement. I think both matches are toss-ups.

On the television, matches now shift in the U.S. from ESPN2 to CBS this afternoon/weekend with Tennis Channel televising the night session.

Click for the full US Open tennis TV schedule.

US OPEN SATURDAY SCHEDULE

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM
Jelena Jankovic(SRB)[4] vs. Kaia Kanepi(EST)[31]
Beatrice Capra(USA) vs. Maria Sharapova(RUS)[14]
Paul-Henri Mathieu(FRA) vs. Roger Federer(SUI)[2]

7:00 PM
James Blake(USA) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]
Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS)[11] vs. Maria Kirilenko(RUS)[23]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM
Robin Soderling(SWE)[5] vs. Thiemo de Bakker(NED)
Caroline Wozniacki(DEN)[1] vs. Yung-Jan Chan(TPE)
Arnaud Clement(FRA) vs. Mardy Fish(USA)[19]
Alexandra Dulgheru(ROU)[25] vs. Vera Zvonareva(RUS)[7]

Grandstand 11:00 AM
Gael Monfils(FRA)[17] vs. Janko Tipsarevic(SRB)
Patty Schnyder(SUI) vs. Yanina Wickmayer(BEL)[15]
Jurgen Melzer(AUT)[13] vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero(ESP)[22]


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227 Comments for Nadal Wins Another Nail-Biter, Clijsters Cruises at US Open; Federer, Sharapova Today

Ben Pronin Says:

Oh Rafa, going down the route of his fellow Spanish athletes.


Eskay Says:

Rafa is indeed getting more free points on his improved serve. His change of grip raising it 5-6 inches higher is interesting. It was once recommended by somebody that while hitting overhead smash, the grip should be raised a few inches higher. As regards serve, it is not known whether anybody else too uses the grip now practiced by Rafa. In the case of Nole, the changed service action did not work, and he reverted to the old motion. Rafa was not returning the serve that consistently. Ever since he has improved his slice, he is often seen using slice on the back hand return of serve. It is not going deep and is sitting up for a hard hit by the server. It is far less effective than the one hit by Roger. Sometimes, when you have limited weapons, there is no conflict which stroke to use for that shot. But over the course of one year, it appears the new strategy will bring fruits and Rafa’s game will be more deadly.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Eskay,

Nice analysis of Rafa on the backhand. I agree about his slice, not a slice, technically a chip, although it has improved and he uses it effectively. It is true you don’t have to worry about what shot to hit if you only have so many. His improved serve is impressive and it looks by all accounts he will be in his first final of the USO.


guy Says:

watched the harrison interview and i was impressed by his attitude, seemed intelligent, very focused on working hard on his game. you find that approach in the likes of nadal,federer etc, bodes well for this guy. refreshing contrast to a spoilt brat like gulbis.


grendel Says:

“Watching Harrison-Stakhovsky was a delightful throwback to days of serve/volley tennis.” (Sean) Absolutely. But what made it so unusual is that whilst there are still one or two serve/volley specialists still around (one of whom has an excellent chance of getting to the 3rd round although there, I think, his tourney ends), neither of these two are specialists. Harrison, in particular seems to be able to do almost anything – he just lacks strength for the time being, and experience, obviously. And although he doesn’t have a huge serve, I suspect it’s going to be a very good one when he’s worked it out – he was placing his second serve daringly close to the lines, and quite sharply too, over and again.

I am aware that people are having a bit of fun with the hype surrounding this kid. But from a foreigner’s perspective, it is important that America have a new hero in tennis, who will hopefully encourage others. Because the American public will not endlessly watch Europeans and South Americans battling it out with each other on the courts. And tennis without America is, in my view, unthinkable and sort of provincial.


funches Says:

Sean is very good, but he is fell into the lazy, stupid trap most writers fall into when he wrote that Capra was this year’s Oudin.

Last year, Oudin beat Jankovic at Wimbledon on her way to the round of 16, then beat Dementieva, Sharapova and Petrova in succession on her way to the quarters at the U.S. Open. It was Dementieva’s only loss before the third round in her last 16 slams.

Capra beat Rezai, who’s played poorly all summer and who barely survived Rybarikova in the first round.

As I said, it’s incredibly lazy to compare Capra to Oudin.


Gannu Says:

Yes blank..i have seen..that was during Djokovic’s match… he was even asked in his press conference…


blank Says:

Thanks Gannu. I didn’t know that.

I don’t know what the dude said, but by looking at the videos, I can see that the oldies did really incite and take things up a notch by slapping and kicking!


Eskay Says:

There were persons of three generation involved and the youngest one showed most maturity. He laughed away the slap inflicted on him by the lady. He might have been the agent provocateur, as the reports suggest, but the physical violence on him could have been much more provocative, coming from a lady in full public view. His restraint is only to be appreciated, though he could be condemned on other issues. There is no audio, so one has to judge only by the video.


Bleditor Drew Says:

I just shared a link to your blog with the community at bleditor.com. Thanks.


guy Says:

this wind is bad news for tipsy, suits monfils style, the style of looping moon balls back all day…


Gordo Says:

Sean Randall wrote,

“The match of the day belonged to American Ryan Harrison.”

Really??? He lost.

The match belongs to Sergiy Stakhovsky.


Gannu Says:

Yes Blank.. i wonder why those oldies had to argue that much.. at that age they should have “forgive and leave it ” mentality… Thats what age gives you – a lot of wisdom.. and but they really deserve to be thrashed… I am not taking the side of that youngster.. i only wonder why the oldies that to take up that as such a big ego issue…


Gannu Says:

well Kei nishkori retires.. poor guy.. just gave evrything against cilic and now has no energy left!!!
Soderling is thrashing thiemo de bakker.. and at this rate he will thrash even montanes..


Kimmi Says:

omg, soda pop is cruising. he makes me worry. federer better watch out!


Gannu Says:

Yes kimmi… The main issue is that he will be a flop show again in the finals.. just can take out some big names and act as a big spoil sport and thats what i dont wnat to happen.. atleast i beleive federer will have that fire under his belly this time when he meets soda.. hope he watches the videos of soda and also he has some advice from annacone which shud help him to get a perspective on how to play soda now…. I hope Federer lifts his 17th Grandslam this US open ;-)


guy Says:

yeah and soderling has montanes next which he should win. but who knows with soderling


Andrew Miller Says:

Rafa looked tough last night. Not playing his best tennis but triumphing against a determined opponent. Blake may have chances against Chokovic. Djoko is playing well AND he also suffers during physical matches – so the question mark as always is Blake – he might play spoiler. I think Sharapova will put on the hurt!

As for Harrison, I guess he is the U.S.’ next top 50 player. He speaks like a veteran, which is scary for me. No just turned 18 year old speaks like a vet. It’s a bit odd.

All that said: a good tournament for the U.S. players. We may be moving slowly into the post-Roddick era – I expect Roddick to make a huge run at more Slams but the future of U.S. tennis is now here and may be taking over the mantle by the end of next year.


guy Says:

this wind is outrageous, jankovic just hit a serve, framed it, on the full into the crowd


Andrew Miller Says:

Gosh I really think Rafael Nadal is playing like a champ. Maybe he got through in three tough sets – but he moved through and didnt drop one of them to a guy who hit the ball awful hard.

If Del Potro were here I would say well he does stuff that Istomin doesnt – such as move faster than molasses. But I think even Del Potro would have a tough match against Rafa this year.


Andrew Miller Says:

Good luck Fish! I hope Fish makes the semis.


Mg Mg Says:

Rafa said “That’s the US Open and they do what they think is better, I think, for everybody,” … “I accept the rules. If I have to play second round on Friday, I play second round on Friday. No discussion of that”


Kimmi Says:

kanepi looks to take out JJ here. 5-1 in the tie break. she was serving for the match earlier then choked.

can she do it here?

aah she won. JJ OUT


blank Says:

Wind is crazy out there!


Kimmi Says:

windy conditions very tricky today. towels, paper blown around. so may lets in this sharapova match.

very gutsy!


blank Says:

All things flying off…hat, towel, bottles and now something else.

Finally they got to finish a point!


grendel Says:

Monfils continus to tantalise. He keeps softballing Tipsy to induce the error, and this sometimes works; more often, though, Tipsy gratefully smacks the ball back hard and works himself into a position to dominate and close the rally, Monfils forced into desperate retrieving which even he can’t keep up endlessly. Why does he do it? This is a guy who can hit a lazy winner harder than anybody. It’s bizarre, because sometimes you see him in a position to kill the ball and he actually restrains himself and pats the ball gently back. What does it mean? Mix it up, by all means – but Monfils doesn’t do that. HE IS ONE STUBBORN DUDE. One set all, and it should be 2-0. He breaks immediately in the 3rd – and hands it back pitter-pattering. Nuts.

Gannu, I believe Nishikori suffered a groin injury. For someone with such a compact physique, he has the most extraordinary proneness to injury.


Kimmi Says:

this wind seem to be worse in arthur ashe..other courts seem to be playing oK. just saw monfils vs tipsy match and Wazniacki match, not too bad out there


Gannu Says:

As expected Sharapova is thrashing Capra.. Good let her win 6-0 6-0.. Its 11:20pm in India and i am waiting for my feddy bear to play.. havent seen him playing at all this US Open…!!!


Kimmi Says:

gasquet taking the 1st set against anderson. this match is in court 11..no one seem to talk about it much.

Nice to see qasquet doing well. I hope he wins this match. Go Rishaaard!

hmmm, young capra is about to be bageled. tough opponent, tough conditions..does not help


grendel Says:

Where Monfils is playing, half the crowd is in the sun, the other half in the shade, literally split down the middle (though not of court). Don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

Well, Monfils has picked his game up, and won 3rd set relatively easily. I really believe he goes on auto for periods in his matches, dreaming of something or other, but not tennis. Then he comes back, and plays like nobody else can. Unaccountable fellow.


Kimmi Says:

hmm wozniacki continues her good form. I can’t wait her encounter with sharapova in the next round. That will be interesting!


Kimmi Says:

young capra still not winning a game. just being broken to start the second set..while wozniacki has lost only 3 games so far in three matches, how is that even possible, only on women tennis.


jane Says:

I said before this Open began I thought Soderling would do better than Berdych; obviously he has. I expect him to get to the QFs and maybe he’ll give Fed a contest. He seemed really fired up when I saw him versus Dent. Also Gasquet! If it is Reeshard vs Gael Force next round, that could be quite a match. They are 2 all H2H, all four matches on hard.


Kimmi Says:

anderson breaks back. cmon reeshard..concentrate


tennisfansince76 Says:

re: Grendel Monfils is a head case. always has been and it looks like he always will be. he is destroying his very athletic body w/ the ill chosen style of play he chooses.


blank Says:

Sharapova vs Wozniaki. That’s probably the first ladies match this season that I can bring myself to watch.


tennisfansince76 Says:

re: grendel in reference to my comment about volleying in the modern game. I see basically 2 kinds of successful volleys in the modern game. obviously players want to come in and finish the pt on an easy shot above the net. so players come in on shots they think will get them a high put away volley. sometimes the other player particularly when out of position hits a low pass w/ heavy top. players often reply to this w/ a drop volley. in the old days players like Edberg and Mcenroe excelled at taking low volleys below the net and hitting them w/ good depth and direction. nobody today can make a consistent living hitting volleys from their knees. even if a player hits such a volley deep usually it has not got enough pace to bother the opposing player.


jane Says:

Anyone counting bagels on the ladies’ side? Guy? I swear I’ve never seen so many. In the last two days both Woz and Sharpie have handed out double bagels; Ivanovic has baked a couple; Clijsters has too; Venus? Probably.

Someone should get them some lox, capers and cream cheese to go with; they could have a nice brunch.


Kimmi Says:

young capra has been double bageled. too bad. but she should lift her head high, she has done well to reach a grand slam 3rd round


blank Says:

jane,

Wait until Woz, Sharpie, Clijs, Venus etc start bageling each other. I doubt that would happen…but if it does, women’s tennis would surely be up for the Best Comedy Series award in the next Emmy’s.


jane Says:

Wrote this on the other thread but moving it here: “I think in Toronto and Cincy [Nadal's] serve was already in transition. He was struggling a bit with it but he hit some big serves in Cincy didn’t he?” Anyone notice?


jane Says:

blank, let’s hope that doesn’t happen. I am hoping that the level will pick up as the competition heats up. Sharapova, Clijsters, Wozniaki, Venus, and even Ivanovic are actually playing some good hard court tennis, so I hope that in the next couple of rounds we see some of that. Also Schiavone is still in there, and who else? Kuzy? Some potentially good battles in there. Hopefully. : )


Kimo Says:

blank, didn’t Venus and Clijsters both bagel each other in the same match at last year’s Open? :)


madmax Says:

Federer on next, fed fans!

C’moon Roger!

Keep up the great work – wow, it looks windy out there today.

Hurricane Earl though is bypassing New York I hear?

Gannu Says:
As expected Sharapova is thrashing Capra.. Good let her win 6-0 6-0.. Its 11:20pm in India and i am waiting for my feddy bear to play.. havent seen him playing at all this US Open…!!!

September 4th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

stay calm Gannu!

Buckland just interviewing Oli Golding, 16 year old GB tennis player – so sweeeeettttt. He has been hitting with the Fed this morning and then went to the studio to talk about his experience of hitting with the fed – he said:

“I felt really nervous when I walked onto the court, because Roger Federer’s aura is amazing. You can really feel it. He has been my idol since I was 10 years old”.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Monfils cannot or will not understand how to play Hard Court tennis


blank Says:

Kimo,

That was quite not enough comedy last year :-)

This year we are being presented with the best from the women’s side. A nice retreat from the serious and tension filled HQ men’s tennis.

This makes me look back into the days when I loved Steffi and Women’s tennis more than the men’s. Boy, times do change!


Kimo Says:

tennisfansince76 Says:

“Monfils cannot or will not understand how to play Hard Court tennis”

Given that he won the junior US Open title, I think he understands the surface just fine. He just needs to grow up, whether he’s playing on clay, grass or hard courts.


Kimmi Says:

grrrr its so annoying to watch monfils. he gets a short ball, he just push it back in..tipsy who already given up on a point, gets another chance to rip the winner. good for him.

i can’t understand why monfils is rolling first serve in..does he have an injury or waht?


Kimo Says:

I hear you, blank. I used to like women’s tennis more too until the end of the Hingis era.


jane Says:

blank, Steffi was the best, man, woman, or anything. Loved to watch her.


jane Says:

Kimmi, Reeshard got the second set tiebreak – woot!


jane Says:

Monfils with the break; he’ll serve for it next.


Kimmi Says:

aha he breaks. gendel. i so much agree with you about monfils moods on the courts. he decided to play serious again, breaks and now serving for the match.

2 match point..one gone. tipsy still alive.

gets the second one. monfils..ah la monf to the 4th round.


jane Says:

So long to Tipsy; but congrats to Gael. Clement and Fish have begun; I admit I am a little shocked that Sean sees this match as a “toss up” given the way Fish has been playing; I’d love to hear more about why.


blank Says:

jane, There we have a common favourite! I consider Steffi the best ever too! She was and will always be my most favourite player in all of sports. I grew up watching her play more than anyone else.


Kimmi Says:

jane – saw the tie breaker. reshaaard! great to see.

I think if reeeshard comes out of this match he will beat monfils. unless monfils decided to get serious…for the whole match. can he?


jane Says:

blank, me too. I remember watching Steffi when I was young. Did you watch the match when a fan proposed? LOL. Also Lendl and J-Mac had some good contests back then that I vaguely recall.


Kimmi Says:

methieu is a dangerous opponent for fed methinks, hope he can bring his A game today. C’mon fed


Kimmi Says:

fish not having a very good start..down a break and facing a another break point


grendel Says:

Tennisfansince76

Fish knows how to bend his knees and can punish the low volley. I wouldn’t be surprised if this new boy Harrison turns out tobe able to do that. But certainly, noone consistently like Mcenroe/Edberg/Rafter. I remember being startled to hear Navratilova saying she’d taken inspiration from Pat Cash’s low volleying against Lendl. Why would she need to?

Kimmi – well, Monfils finally made it. I was watching a bit of Gasquet, and he seemed to me to be deliberately slowing his first serve, and then occasionally pulling out a big one. But that’s not how Monfils does it. There’s no rhyme or reason to how he serves – and he can be one of the very best! Really looking forward to Gasquet/Monfils – don’t know who to pull for, they are both equally delightful, equally infuriating!


tennisfansince76 Says:

re Kimmi. and when will that be? there is a limited window in tennis and his is closing. as for winning junior USO that doesn’t mean he knows how to play on HC. against inferior atheletes I am sure he can prevail playing his style but against the top guys you cannot give up space on the baseline. you must hug the baseline, take the initiative and always play aggressive when the oppty presents itself. so far he has been unwilling to do that


blank Says:

No jane, I didn’t watch that match…but of course I’ve seen the clip several times on youtube. Those were the golden days.


madmax Says:

a good opening by both fed and mathieu so far.


i am it Says:

Hey Madmax, saw you missing me on the other thread. Drooping by to say hello.
I am watching the match. Fed looks explosive from the get-go, did not lose a point in his serve, straight 5 points. Almost had a break chance in the 3rd game. Everything is going as it should be.


grendel Says:

Madmax or jane

Just being nosy, but I read jane replying to madmax something about how terrible about Petchey. Since I see quite a bit of Petchey – an endearing fellow, I think – my nose couldn’t help twitching a bit. Would one of you be so good as to enlighten me?

madmax – his fedship has just come on court. What d’you make of Mathieu – have you ever seen someone so talented who so consistently loses when he might pull one out? In theory, he could be a danger to Fed. Can’t believe he will be in practice.


jane Says:

grendel, madmax had posted some “tweets” or comments about players’ experiences so far in New York City, and Petchey’s told about he how saw a dead body on the street a block from his hotel!


Kimo Says:

re tennisfansince76: It’s Kimo, not Kimmi. As far as hugging the baseline goes, that’s just his style. It’s fine as long as he knows how to play it. He doesn’t. It has nothing to so with the surface. If you ask me I think he plays too far back on clay too, that doesn’t make it a good thing.


jane Says:

Gaven is in Fed’s box. But where’s Gwen? I see Mirka got a new “fringe” cut (i.e., some bangs) and she is happily blowing bubbles with her gum, utterly unaffected by it all. LOL.


madmax Says:

Yeah grendel. Petchey was walking around New York and walked past a dead body – commented that it was one of those things that ‘gets missed’ too often in New York – and you’re NOT being nosey by the way :)

I think Mathieu is a very good player. In 2008, he was ranked no. 12, due to injuries and poor losses at various tournaments, he slipped just outside the 100′s, so Federer HAS to be on his guard.

grendel, the one thing I like about fed is in his interview yesterday, (after playing beck), he said ‘I underestimate no-one’. And that’s what I want to hear.

Clearly, Mathieu’s coach has said, go out there and play YOUR game and BE AGGRESSIVE, which is exactly what he is doing.

But…This is The Fed. And we love him and I am not going to panic, I am just going to enjoy the match because he is so enjoying his tennis, and I am enjoying watching his greatness :).

It’s now deuce though and so, C’MON FED!!!!!


madmax Says:

3 ACES to take the game, now 3:3.

Mathieu is playing well. Federer is not able – yet – to dominate the game – early days, but I want a fed break early!


jane Says:

Oops. Gavin, not Gaven. Sorry Mr. Rossdale.


jane Says:

Ack Anderson got a break – come on Reeeshard, don’t lose your focus or this match!!


Kimo Says:

jane said:

“But where’s Gwen?”

I hope she never shows up. Roger always loses when she shows up.


Kimmi Says:

mathieu going for big second serve returns. c’mon fed concentrate.

oops break point


Kimmi Says:

hmmmm big serve thanks god.


Kimmi Says:

fed games have been tested more here. mathieu is holding his serves easily. where is this going?


Kimmi Says:

0-40 here here fed. Make this match the best break point conversion ever


Kimo Says:

Roger just raised his level in that 9th game :)


Kimmi Says:

gasquet breaks back jane…hope he wins this match in straights

anderson serving to stay in the match now


Kimo Says:

The wind is blowing really hard from right to left. Imagine if Rafa was on the south court and his opponent hitting off forehands. Rafa would have a lot of trouble in such conditions.

Unfortunately, we haven’t seen that yet because all of Rafa’s matches were at night and conditions at Flushing as much windier during the day.


jane Says:

Yes, Kimmi, I am watching Reeshard!! He has match point and gets it! Good for him, yahooo. Blah!


Kimmi Says:

the fed bags the first set. g-r-e-a-t!


i am it Says:

Fed takes the 1st set without sweating much. I think it is going to be another straight set win.


jane Says:

Kimo, Rafa usually handles wind really well, not as well as Agassi perhaps, but Rafa usually doesn’t get too troubled by adverse conditions.


Kimmi Says:

Yes reeshard – unfortunately i did not pick him. did not give him a chance. that will teach me. GO REESHARD!


jane Says:

I now have to scout the Fish vs. Clement match in case Djoko can beat Blake tonight. I don’t think Mathieu is in Fed’s league Kimmi; you can sit back and enjoy Fed’s mastery.


Kimo Says:

jane, I’m not talking about how Rafa handles the win. I’m talking how his opponent can use the wind to further exploit Rafa’s weakness of fast hardcourts.

I’ve watched both of Rafa’s matches this year, and even though conditions were not windy, he still hasn’t found the answer the flat off-forehands hit by his opponents. Now imagine if the wind was taking those shots even further away from him, he’d really suffer.


jane Says:

Kimmi I picked Gasquet on the USO website bracket, to the QFs. It was purely on hope for him making a break through.


jane Says:

Perhaps Kimo. I think Rafa looks different this year here though.


tennisfansince76 Says:

re Jane. Rafa is an awesome wind player. it is the combo of his peerless footwork and heavy spin/good margin shots. I would actually take him over Agassi in that department.


Kimo Says:

Interesting you bring up Agassi, jane. Coz the windiest match I ever saw was his quarter-final against Fed in 2004. Even tohugh both of them are probably the best ball-strikers ever, neither one of the was able to hit the ball like he wanted.


Kimmi Says:

good for u jane. you will jump up to the top now. Just few minutes ago i was second in the list. behind stu. WOOT!

Now you will catch up to me jane!


Kimmi Says:

love the top spin lob..magnificent


Kimmi Says:

great game for fed to break.

Converting break points very well so far :)


jane Says:

No Kimmi, not in the Tennis Channel bracket, where you’re becoming the star!! : ) I picked Gasquet at the USO website challenge. And i need all the help I can get there, since I am ranked in the 2000′s ha ha ha!!

Told you Fed would be fine in this match.

Kimo, yes I saw that Agassi vs Fed match in 04, remember it well as Agassi was really cooking then.


Kimmi Says:

jane – “No Kimmi, not in the Tennis Channel bracket, where you’re becoming the star!! : )”

a star, hahaha just loving it. better enjoy when it lasts. it could get downhill from here!


Kimmi Says:

fed is good today, hope he keeps it up! :)


Kimmi Says:

great lob by mathieu..the wind picked up in that game.


Kimmi Says:

Fish – forgot all about fish. what is happening to fish, OK..i see he is found his groove in this second set.


Fot Says:

They said the wind is the worse it has been all day right now. It looks like it’ll blow Roger down! lol!

Speaking of Mirka. She looks really nice to me. I like her new hair-do.


Kimmi Says:

top spin backhand return is good from fed..better keep that up.

two double faults to be broken. mathieu is not doing him self any favours.

fed had the perfect break point convertion so far!


Fot Says:

I think Federer is a better wind player than he gets credit for. Let’s now get ONE more set.


madmax Says:

Fot, I agree with that, they just said something similar in the studio. Plus they also said that Roger’s serve is also under rated.

tennisfansince76 Says:
re Jane. Rafa is an awesome wind player. it is the combo of his peerless footwork and heavy spin/good margin shots. I would actually take him over Agassi in that department.

September 4th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

tennisfan,

I thought that rafa’s topspin was negated/not as effective on the hard court in New York as the surface was faster? Is this incorrect?

C’mon Federer!


jane Says:

Fed will break here? Yep, there’s the match. Congrats to his fans – smooth sailing for Roger so far. I like Mirka’s new bangs too.

Of course Fed is a great wind player; he handles all conditions very well or he would not have achieved everything he has.


Kimmi Says:

jane – i was worried for nothing. (but then always worry when fed plays) federer is superb today.

Jut one more game.


Kimmi Says:

0-40 oh no..i jinx him


jane Says:

Fed, what’s going on? Close it out.

From what I have seen so far, Fed and Murray are still the faves, imo, with Rafa close behind. Rafa has had tougher matches so far, as compared to those two, and I don’t know if this is due to the opponents or Rafa’s hard court difficulties.


Kimmi Says:

he needed that test at the end i guess. saving 3 break points. great game rog. next melzer or ferrero


Kimo Says:

Well done, Roger. He dug himself a hole there in the last game but was able to dig his way out of it.


jane Says:

There Kimmi. No jinx. : )


Kimberly Says:

hey all–just got to computer-can someone post the link to our tennis channel standings? I can’t seem to find it. I’m at my moms house sousing her computer and all i can fnd is the mian bracket, which I don’t really care about even! I know i’ve crashed and burned—just wanted to see how severely.

WIth that said, i saw mardy dropped the first set. What’s up with that?


Von Says:

I hope James Blake plays the match of his life tonight. He needs to step up and win big. C’mon James, you can do it!


madmax Says:

unbelievably windy day in New York. It’s the windiest match I’ve ever seen, paper bags flying across the court, players T-shirts like flags, serving disturbed, they both played really, really well, in what seemed to be really tough conditions.

I can’t believe that Mathieu is ranked as low as 103 though, he played a blinder. Some silly shots throughout the match, but overall,(especially in the first set), he was toe to toe with Roger up to 4:4. The guy should be ranked a lot higher.

Be interesting to see what they both say about the conditions today.


Kimo Says:

Mathieu missed a big part of the season due to injury, which is why he’s ranked this low.


grendel Says:

” Rafa usually handles wind really well, not as well as Agassi perhaps, but Rafa usually doesn’t get too troubled by adverse conditions.”

jane, d’you remember when Nadal beat Murray quite easily on hard – I think it was a year or so ago. The thing is, the wind was horrific on that day, and I think most people felt Nadal’s surprisingly easy victory over Murray was largely due to the wind. Which suggests it won’t be a problem to him here.
As for the Agassi/Fed match, if memory serves me correctly, Fed was saved by the wind. Agassi was leading fairly convincingly, and then the wind played havoc, and Fed handled it a bit better than Agassi. Afterwards, Agassi commented that he felt he was largely in control in that match, and his loss was a litle hard to account for.


Kimmi Says:

don’t see blake winning this. but you never know!


Kimo Says:

The Blake-Djoko match is getting really ugly really fast. James still has the same problem he’s always had: He’s too aggressive.


Kimmi Says:

blake is having the worst start ever. he is in danger of being bageled in this first set.

He seem to be a little slow. hiting a lot of balls out of position…making too may errors.


dari Says:

Not able to watch Blake djoke match at the moment, but it looks like novak is having no troubles, 4-0! Good foor him to be taking control!


i am it Says:

Come on Blake. You can lose in a couple of breadsticks and a bagel. You can do that. You still have that one of the best forehands out there.


Reaniel Says:

Second set is not so bad for James at the moment… I hope he can keep this up!


Kimo Says:

That’s it, Jimmy. Just put the ball back in play, let Djoko make mistakes.


Kimmi Says:

blake balls went in this time. game on!


Kimmi Says:

i am it – I agree about the best forehand. definetly blake has one


Kimmi Says:

bad bad game from blake. too bad. needs to concentrate


Kimmi Says:

melzer won and i did not pick him. hmmm, too bad. I see myself going down hill again


kimberly Says:

Blake is just not on novaks level. There is a reason novak is ranked 100 higher


Kimo Says:

This match is done. James will always be James.

Good night.


Duro Says:

Suicidal, self-destructing, flat forehand… In these conditions, wind and everything, a certain way to the exit of the USO. Blake has to think more and to practice other segments more, but too late, of course.


Kimmi Says:

duro – what is the time in the nole land…you must have a lot of sleepless nights i gather…i bet its all worth it so far!


Duro Says:

2:52 am. But that’s nothing. A went to bed 5:30 am when Novak played Petchner and got up 7:30 to work. I can’t help it…


Kimmi Says:

the USO organizers have been great for djoko, two back to back night matches so far. i bet he will get another night one with fish.

a night match means novak winning!


Kimmi Says:

james is too eager. you can never hit a winner from every serve.


Kimmi Says:

easy straight sets win like i predicted..well, i did’t say it here but i was thinking in my head.

congrats to djoko. blake tried but was too deep to swim on novak waters. good luck next time.

jane – get out and be happy. djoko has another day to battle at the USO


jane Says:

grendel “I think most people felt Nadal’s surprisingly easy victory over Murray was largely due to the wind.”

Well, that, and the fact that Murray got upset about a piece of floating paper and seriously he would not let it go. He lost his concentration. Obviously Nadal handled the conditions better; however, Murray now likely would not lose his cool the way he did in the final at IW last year.

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Wooot!!! I am happy with the way Novak played tonight. His first serve percentage was great and most of all he was very calm and focused throughout. That’s how he needs to play. He always plays better when he plays like that.
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Blake has so much talent and so much power; but as others have opined, in these conditions especially, James needs to reign it in a little.
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Kimmi ” I bet he will get another night one with fish.” My guess is that this one will be in the day – it’s Labour Day, so Mardy’s home fans can watch, since it’s a holiday, so there’s no need to put it on at night; also, Fed is due for a night match I think. That will be a really tough one for Nole. Although he’s beat Mardy in past matches, they have ALWAYS been really close. So we’ll see.


Ben Pronin Says:

I like the way Djokovic is looking. He didn’t play great against Blake, but he was stable throughout. It’s hard to be the aggressor against Blake, impossible even, but Djoker did just enough. And he hit some great passes, too. But he still has some work to do up at net, 4/13 is a poor stat.

Blake still has a lot of game, but he’s as inconsistent as ever. Hopefully his body feels good, though. As long as he’s physically fit, I think he has a number of good results left in him. He’s always had a wonderful game when on.


Duro Says:

Kimmi, count on high noon for Novak and Mardy to show up. But, the sun is gone, it’s not that hot, it might rain perhaps… Anyway, it’s gonna be very very tough against Mardy, the new Fish.


Duro Says:

Hey, Devastatingdjokovic, Novak played smartly. Absolutely appropriate tactic in these conditions and against such opponent. About volleying, yes, exactly, but he’s back to his old baseline style, so it’s rather expected. When coached by TM taht statistic was better, but more important segments neglected.


stu Says:

now if only his serve was truly back. consistently and predictably.


jane Says:

Andrew Miller -I know you were rooting for Blake, but maybe Kirilenko will win and cheer you up. ; ) Good luck to her; I always keep hoping she’ll have a breakthrough but it might be tough to do it versus Kuzy at one of the slams she’s won before.


Kimmi Says:

I hope they have muzza on a night match soon. we probably have to wait if he plays querrey. I haven’t watched muzza match live yet. even recorded ones have been cut off big time. ESPN has not covered a full muzza match unfortunetly.

Tommorrow, i have some errands to do in the afternoon, so i don’t know if i will have time. hope i can watch him. go muzza


tennisfansince76 Says:

re Madmax. it is to some degree. the lower bouncing the court the easier it is for Rafa’s opponents to deal w/ his shots. i was only saying that in wind easier to control a topspin ball than a flat one.

re Grendel: if you are thinking of the 2004 agassi/fed match. fed was up 2 sets to 1 before the rain came in their night match. they split sets the next day in the horrific conditions.


jane Says:

Kimmi, me too. Maybe Muzza versus Sam (presuming it happens) will be at night. Murray’s and Wawrinka’s match tomorrow will be later on in the afternoon (Sam and Almagro are first) so maybe you can catch some of it? Go Murray!


grendel Says:

How often has a player lost a set 1-6, as Blake did against Djokovic, and yet scored over twice as many winners as his opponent? Unique? Blake also scored double the winners in the 2nd set, and almost double over all 3. Luck wasn’t with him tonight. He fought so well to break Djokovic, and then immediately gave it away – you wouldn’t say Djokovic forced the break -with a momentary loss of concentration. I guess that’s match fitness. Also, Blake did so well in the tiebreak to come back – that could certainly have gone either way.

Finally, in the 3rd set, Blake broke Djokovic back, so it was match on again – but the linesman had called out. So the point had to be replayed. First serve, predictable result. I know them’s the rules, but it’s just nonsensical. Surely the umpire should be allowed some latitude to make his own judgement. Was Djokovic hampered by the out call? No, the ball was a winner. So although Djokovic would certainly have won the match whatever happened, a bad line call effectively ruined the last set, which should have been back on serve. Daft, I call it.

Djokovic’s first serve percentage was 83 up to the middle of the 3rd set, and 79 by the end. Has he ever served better? If he can keep this up, he’s surely a threat to win the whole thing. He was very cool and I thought played extremely well, but then I don’t know his game too well.

As for Blake, I concur with what others have said. When he’s not hitting down on the ball, if only he could use a little bit of topspin, he’d surely keep the ball in play longer, and give himself more chances. But he should be pleased overall. He’s definitely on the way back. He seems awefully stiff-backed, b.t.w. Has that always been the case, or is it a result of his terrible accident?


Andrew Miller Says:

Jane indeed I root for the WTA player who makes me want to learn Russian! I hear she’s pretty smart too ;) Too bad for Blake – Djokovic earned it and deserved it. Blake’s not playing well and has not played well since the Australian Open. He’s not playing much inspired tennis these days. I am almost through Agassi’s book “Open”. wow, quite a read!


grendel Says:

tennisfansince76:” if you are thinking of the 2004 agassi/fed match. fed was up 2 sets to 1 before the rain came in their night match.” Yes, you’ve jogged my shaky little memory – but my underlying memory did not play me false. The impression I had was that Fed was 2 sets to one rather against the run of play – and this was clearly the impression Agassi (admittedly, not exactly an objective witness) had, too.


kimberly Says:

Some great matches on the wta side tomorrow.

Think I will have to miss rafa and murrays matches…playing tennis in the am but then taking my kids to the beach and the zoo. Will be checking blackberry for scores.


jane Says:

Andrew when you say “wow, quite a read!” – is this a positive review? Have you enjoyed the book? I have to read it I think.

grendel, I noticed that about the winners of each too, but I guess in these conditions safer play was actually the winning strategy. And yes, I saw that call but would it have given James the break back or an Ad? I think it was an Ad, because when he replayed it, it was deuce and then Ad to Nole and then hold. In any case, it was a bad call. I concur. Novak didn’t play amazingly imo, but I think he played the right way against James and in the wind. In others words, he did just what he had to do tonight.


grendel Says:

Andrew Miller – Djokovic certainly earned and deserved his victory, but I think you’re a bit harsh on Blake. He matched Djokovic in the 2nd set, and overall did enough to suggest that the worst days are over.


jane Says:

Kimmi, I had no idea Hotsauce plays Daveeed next! That should be interesting. Who do you think will win?


Kimmi Says:

grendel – when blake had a break point, the shot that was called out was not a clean winner. djoko had a racket on it but the ball went well wide. you could argue that he was distracted by the out call..

obviously if there was no out call, blake would have a big chance of breaking.

i agree with you though that was a very big point. but i still dont think blake would have beaten djoko today, even if that break point had gone his way!


sar Says:

Poor Blake, I wish him luck another time.
Poor Tipsa, body just didn’t have it in him today. Good for Monfils though.

Congrats to Fed fans

Kimmi
They said Sky TV? is controlling a lot of Murray match times as people in Britain want to see him.

Good win for Novak, thirteen UE’s. Better looking serve. Not bad. Tracy Austin did an interview with a NY Times sports guy Chris Cleary? who said this was the windiest day ever at the NY Open. Novak also had the hottest day in NY Open history. Good omen?


kimberly Says:

Jane—im going with daveeed. Hotsauce has to prove me wrong. I’ve been very disappointed with his play starting with the french open and only getting worse.


grendel Says:

jane – oh, I agree that Djokovic’s strategey was the correct one. I simply wanted to point out the oddity of the situation, especially for the first set. I’d guess that’s close to unique?

You may well be right that it was an ad and not a break back. I was so irritated by the injustice of the situation – particularly since it robbed us of some competitive tennis – that it seems my memory (short term, too!) played me false. That’s pretty interesting, actually, and only goes to show that often one sees what one wants to see….


Kimmi Says:

jane – decisions decisions! i like them both, but i think nalby would make things more interesting if he goes thru. he is due for a big win imo.

verdasco is so unpredictable, and right now he is struggling but if he beats nalby then power to him..


grendel Says:

Nalbandian to win!
Verdasco to win!
There is division under our roof. Me, I’m a Nalbandian man.


Kimmi Says:

I recall the point that was called out for blake it was a break point. 30-40 novak serving.


jane Says:

grendel, yes, probably – doesn’t that happen with Rafa’s matches sometimes? Less winners but still the victor. You’re totally right to point it out; I noticed it as well. No, maybe it would’ve been a break point because that’s what Kimmi said. I was probably covering my eyes at that moment. LOL. I never feel it’s over with Nole until it’s over. Not since he let a 2 set and a break lead slip away at the FO. Speaking of that is Melzer playing well? Has anyone seen any of his matches? He’s has such a wonderful season! Getting to the FO semis then winning the Wimbledon doubles crown. Wow!


jane Says:

Yeah, Kimmi, I think I will root for Nalby. But on the other hand, Verdasco is defending QF points.


kimberly Says:

Melzer will play fed next which should cocnlude his us open 2010. He got smoked by fed at wimby when fed was at his worst so I a highly doubt it will be much of a match.


Kimmi Says:

sar – sky tv controlling muzza matches..hmmm! could be the reason he is never played a night match this year.

Lets see what time he plays when he play querrey..that will answer everything..


guy Says:

@jane

wta bagels, yeah i don’t know why they bother playing the top 5 for the first few rounds. yesterday i thought they should just escort the asian girl and capra off and get woz and sharapova to face off early. why waste time?

something i heard about nadal’s spin issue with the usopen. he says it’s not the court but the particular ball they use which he says doesn’t take to spin well. but not too much of problem since used the ball at olympics etc. but yeah, interesting.

someone mentioned about shoelace volleying, the thing is, the old guys like edberg etc and even sampras never had to deal with the pace and dip/spin the guys do now. volleying is much harder these days. not that some players couldn’t improve, but still the old volleyers wouldn’t look so sweet against the likes of nadal,djoker,murray,davy etc. they’d get passed and kneecapped all day.

like i mentioned before, recently i watched sampras approaching to safin’s forehand at the usopen final and getting stung. that was 2000. can you imagine him approaching to nadal or fed’s forehand these days? it would be a demolition.


Duro Says:

Grendel, to be completely fair, we have to mention bad call against Novak in a tie-break. They took him away the point and he had to serve again. The ball wasn’t even close to be out, not a part of it wasn’t outside the line.

The oddity about Blake’s winners and errors. Exactly. I said it before the match was over that his forehands are suicidal, self-destructing and flat. It explains all. One in, one (or two) out. Winners don’t mean much if not accompanied with fewer errors.


kimberly Says:

I think he’s mid day. Isner is the evening match and stosur dementieva.

I think murray is in the armstrong. Venus, clijsters and then rafa were the day matches in ash.


Kimmi Says:

kimberly – i saw the schedule for tomorrow. was just hoping they have muzza at night soon..maybe 4th round..


kimberly Says:

Prob fourth for sure if he is playing an american (querry) unless the british tv won’t let it happen.


guy Says:

blake always acts like that’s the way he HAS to play, as if he can’t win any other way. he has this attitude where you’re either a defensive pusher or an all out slasher. and since he tried being passive, well hey his only choice is to try and paint lines all day!
of course there is a mid ground, controlled aggression. blake’s shot selection has always been bad. if he’d ever cleaned up his game he could have been top 5 maybe. when you watch him play fed you see the difference. same weapons basically, but blake is making hairbrain shots while fed is only attacking when the time is right.


Kimmi Says:

kimberly – your 20 points ahead of # 2. you rock so far. wow!


kimberly Says:

Kimmi–i have roddick as a semi finalist. Many people have viable options in novak or fish in that spot. I am going down. Also I have ljubicic in a spot where lots of people have lopez or stakhovsky. I am going dooown.


kimberly Says:

Anyone know the head 2 head of nalby and hotsauce.


Nina Says:

Blake has a demolishing forehand and when he’s on he’s very aggressive and almost impossible to stop. But he wasn’t playing well tactically today and he was missing too many shots. Nole was serving great and being very solid in every sense (failing at the net was not), he had 80% first serve in, 4 aces and just 1DF. He didn’t need to do much against Blake, James was giving away the match. Nole won in straight sets and didn’t need his A game to do that. Things look good for him if he can keep his serve. I saw a big improvement from Nole already. He surely had chances to win USO10. Can he get more night matches please? He has a winning record of 7-0 in night matches, it’s impressive. Can we call him the King of Dusk now? LOL.
Next, Djoko, let’s go fishing. ;)


Duro Says:

Nina, go and see his new ST photos on his site. Like it? Cheers.

Good night all.


grendel Says:

to jane and Duro

it’s not just the fact of the loser having more winners – obviously, as Duro says, this is worthless if the loser also has far more errors – and in any case I daresay happens from time to time. But to lose a set 1-6 and still score over double the winners, that is surely a statistical oddity, possibly unique.

guy: wouldn’t it be correct to say that Sampras was a great server (and a great baseliner, who actually started off his tennis career as a baseliner)who made himself into an exceptionally good volleyer? Whereas Rafter and Edberg were instinctive volleyers who would have had a better chance of coping with Nadal etc – especially since, by definition (if we are to imagine them transported by time machine) they would have had plenty of time to grow accustomed to the wiles of the modern player.


Ben Pronin Says:

Grendel, I agree with what you’re saying about it being odd that Blake had so many more winners despite losing the first set 6-1. I thought the exact same thing when they showed the stats and even laughed a little. Like I said, I think it just goes to show the guy still has a lot of game, but needs to work on his consistency. I’m glad Djokovic won but I’d love to see Blake getting better draws as a result of a higher ranking. I realize it’s a tall task considering his age and injuries but he has so much fire power even now, he’s a delight to watch when he plays well. What impresses me most is that he’s still as fast as ever, but I think he’s trying to be even more aggressive now since he doesn’t want to run around due to his knees.


Dan Martin Says:

I think Nole is headed to the semis. Fed-Soderling winner vs. Nole in one half of the semis – I know bold on my part right, but that is what tennis-x pays me for (… oh yeah, we don’t get paid!).


grendel Says:

o.k., be even bolder then – first, who wins Fed/Sod, and then who wins the semi? And who will he be facing?


blank Says:

Dan,

Other than Fed, I don’t see anything in the draw that would prevent the other 3 from reaching the semi finals.


jane Says:

” But to lose a set 1-6 and still score over double the winners, that is surely a statistical oddity, possibly unique.”

Yes, agreed grendel; a “tennis oddity”. Love your language usage, b.t.w. I read your posts to admire it. All you Brits have the best vocab! It makes me jealous.

“I’m glad Djokovic won but I’d love to see Blake getting better draws as a result of a higher ranking. ”

Ben. ditto from me; I have always liked James. Such a cool guy with so much game. Just needs to play a little more thoughtfully or patiently sometimes.

“Nina, go and see his new ST photos on his site. Like it? ”

Yes Nina, do check these out; I’ll second Duro’s suggestion. Nole is modeling the collection, and I liked it.

Also, if you like Murray, check out his Facebook page. : ) P.S. Nina, I liked your post the other day about the positive aspects of all the different players’ personalities; i agreed with all of it. I think pretty much all of them have more positives to take away than negatives. Love this sport!


Von Says:

Dan: “(… oh yeah, we don’t get paid!).”

A lightbulb just went off – everything now makes sense to me. LOL.


Von Says:

Awwwhhhh, poor James, I just wish he’d had an easier draw. It’s such a shame that these lower ranked players have to meet a top 10 player so early in the tournaments. I often wish the draws had a different format.


Von Says:

OH well, Tipsy ran true to form again. He gives his all to take out a higher ranked player, then he crashes in the next round. I suppose he didn’t listen to roddick’s warning. LOL. I woild like to see players who beat the higher ranked players win at least the next couple of rounds. Why waste such an effort? It has never made any sense to me.


Ben Pronin Says:

It’s not like Tipsy gave in. He fought as hard as he could, but he wasn’t playing as well and he had something wrong with his hamstring. Plus Monfils played fairly well (better than I’ve seen, anyway) so it’s not like Tipsy lost to a random player because he was just so happy to beat Roddick.


kimberly Says:

Von agreed, such a shame. Why bother ruining the tournament for the rest of us by removing a great competitor like roddick just to lose. Like at least when soda and berdy took out fed (and soda nadal in 09)they made it to the finals and validated their wins. But removing roddick (one of my favs even if he is a jerk sometimes) for a next round loss is simply unacceptable!!!!


kimberly Says:

And when v verdasco beat murray in australian 09 he made it semis and competed viciously in that five hour match with nadal. But that is tipsys pattern. He even said so in his presser.


Andrew Miller Says:

Agassi’s autobiography was excellent (my opinion!) Raw, honest. For as much as he was at war with the sport, fascinating stuff.


Andrew Miller Says:

poor Makiri.


Von Says:

Kimberly: I was mad at isner last year for doing the same thing to roddick. Isner fought tooth and nail and then, guess what, he lost in the next round to Verdasco. He gave him the match on a platter.

“But removing roddick (one of my favs even if he is a jerk sometimes) for a next round loss is simply unacceptable!!!!”

Roddick had a chance to go further IMO. Could you please not call Andy a *jerk*? I don’t think he is one. Hot headed, turkey temper, yes, but not a jerk. Anyway, I get your point.


Von Says:

Kimberly: One more thing, for Tipsy to take out Roddick on his home soil, is a big deal in his mind. But, that the misfortune the americans face at the USO.


kimberly Says:

Andrew–i found his autobiography honest and raw but disrespectful to some of the other players and the sport in some ways.it was a great read as a tennis lover but what he wrote about sampras and muster wasn’t nice.and flagrantly flaunting his drug use and then how he got away with it. Safin said he should forfit every title and prize money he got during the period he should have been suspended.

I can’t see roger writing such things about rafa or vice versa.


jane Says:

Yes, Kimberly, and when Tsonga took out Murray at the AO in 2008, he made it all the way to the finals! It’s true that Tipsy has a pattern of getting a big win and losing the next round; Kohls is similar. However, I do agree that this time Tipsy ran up against a former USO Junior Champion the next round in Monfils, plus with the hamstring pull he was just outmatched. Sad, but true. I wish Tipsy could’ve gone to the next round to meet Gasquet, but on the other hand Monfils was too good today. (Most of the time.)


i am it Says:

Someone explain why No. 13 A-Rod beat No. 3 Novak at ’10 Cincy and lost in the next round to Fish, who ranked 36 at the time.
Or, why did A-Rod beat No.1 Fed at ’08 Miami qtr. and next lose to Davy in the semi?
This happens all the time. We can cite hundreds of cases. In A-Rod’s case alone, we can cite a dozen, at least. And in Tipsy-Monfils case, like Ben said, Monfils was just the better player of the day. If every player were to beat only lower ranking players, then they would never ascend or descend in ranking. ATP would would not need ranking updates every Monday. All we nee is minimum common sense and put aside emotions for a second to see this simple fact.


jane Says:

Interesting feedback on Agassi’s autobiography; I definitely want to read it.

And yeah Andrew M, sad for Makiri. : (


jane Says:

Very true i am it; I sometimes champion an underdog. Hence, when Tipsy won the other night I was really hoping he’d go further. However, I do not think he has ruined the tournament by any means as Gasquet versus Monfils could be an excellent match as well. True, and sensible, too – upsets happen all the time and we have to take them in stride. What can you do? That’s tennis.


Von Says:

OY VEY: Let’s just put this down to the fact that I am only gifted with minimum commonsense, and maximum emotions.


super man Says:

so we are comparing tipsy to roddick now? how many gs quarterfinals did mr. tipsy make?

think about soderling or berdych. 1st let tipsy atleast reach their level before we compare him to a former no.1. ironic someone talks about common sense in a post that has little.

for every upset that roddick does not make count, i can show you one he has delivered on. miami 2010, dubai….


super man Says:

good riddance tipsy is gone. good on you monfils. monfils and gasquet – what a load of talent these guys are. i am glad tipsy did not ruin this fun match up.


super man Says:

no wonder this site has juvenile trolls like cindy brady or gat gal posting. people place personal vendetta ahead of common sense and facts.


jane Says:

“monfils and gasquet – what a load of talent these guys are.”

Definitely super duper man, should be a killer match. Hope so anyhow! Like grendel, I am torn on who to pull for, but I am leaning towards Reeshard a.t.m.


super man Says:

yes jane, it will be much fun to watch. i will light up a cuban and have some scotch on the rocks and enjoy the match. i don’t mind either guy winning.

richie just has too much game that if he is on, he can beat anyone.

p.s – by cuban i mean a cigar. just letting people know.


jane Says:

I was wondering about the cuban part, super duper man. Thanks moocho for clarifying. I can sleep better now. ; )


super man Says:

i am not that evil jane ;)

novak’s looking good :)


Skeezerweezer Says:

SG,

Cuban? You like the Irish though, right?

Also CB and GG are one in the same. These are not trollers, these are a mutant form of them called schizoids. They can’t stick to one poster name so they create other identities, sometimes several, but are usually found in pairs and are found by them posting close to each other. You will see the pattern as time goes by. Be wery wery afraid


madmax Says:

Andrew Miller Says:
Agassi’s autobiography was excellent (my opinion!) Raw, honest. For as much as he was at war with the sport, fascinating stuff.

September 4th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Andrew I agree in every way.

kimberly Says:
Andrew–i found his autobiography honest and raw but disrespectful to some of the other players and the sport in some ways.it was a great read as a tennis lover but what he wrote about sampras and muster wasn’t nice.and flagrantly flaunting his drug use and then how he got away with it. Safin said he should forfit every title and prize money he got during the period he should have been suspended

Kimberly,I didnt find him disrespecful at all – what he said about Sampras was true – he did tip the waiter only a dollar – what may have been more controversial, was whether he should have told the whole world, but sampras and agassi have made up now.

Secondly, the drug use was referred to in no more than half a page of a 400 plus page book and didn’t affect his game as crystal m, was not performance enhancing.

I thought it was a great read.

Jane –

see! no need to worry!

Hi duro :)


super man Says:

skeezer,

never tried the irish. enlighten me.

you nailed cindy’s shameless a$$. super.


bobby Says:

Somewhere in comments in some other blog i read that Istomin is a low tier player.Nothing is further than truth than that.Istomin is an up and coming world no 39 with good game and can give a scare to any player on his day.He cannot be put along dabul or brown who even ardent tennis fans came to know only in this open.


Kimmi Says:

where is margot? have not read her wonderful posts for sometime now.

Muzza is on today with wawrinka. hmmmm, i have flashes of that last year wimbeldon match..a tough one but muzza manage to come thru.

today GO MUZZA, needs aggression and variety.


Von Says:

Super Man:
“so we are comparing tipsy to roddick now? how many gs quarterfinals did mr. tipsy make?”

Exactly. This is deeper than it appears though. For those (the group) who are championing Tipsy’s cause, it’s apparent why. I’m sure if it were the other way around and Tipsy beat the fave, then there would be lamentations galore, to the tune of “why, of why”, as we’ve seen written many times.

Tipsy beat Roddick and took out the threat Andy posed to Djokovic, so now we hear “it’s true and sensible, and that’s tennis.” I’m laughing at the many different spins on it, and with each spin, the tune is changed and agreed upon. LOOL.

“no wonder this site has juvenile trolls like cindy brady or gat gal posting. people place personal vendetta ahead of common sense and facts.”

I agree, but unfortunately not many see it that way, as they aren’t any better than the duo, which is really a sextet of monikers. I can’t believe those posts that are character assassination related get by moderation. There are others who engage in trashing some targeted posters, under the guise that they’re helping out so and so, when all they’re doing is looking for a good old fight to vent their personal frustrations. Also, there’s a lot of back scratching taking place. Anyway, whatever goes around, comes around … let’s hope when it comes around, it’s not a problem for those who delight in doing it.

Thank you for putting some perspective into this whole mess, and seeing through the facade — it’s much appreciated.


Dan Martin Says:

I have yet to see Soderling play at this Open so it is hard to pick, but I would guess Fed d. Soderling in the quarters and it is a guess as all I have seen if Fed beating a 5’7″ lefty clay courter and Fed win in heavy winds and have not seen Soderling play at all. I like how Novak has been playing. Maybe after surviving the elements and a countryman he feels like he is playing with house money and is just going for it in a relaxed fashion.

Von – we do not get paid, but I have had press room access at 3 events (Cincy this year my son was just too young to take off for a day or two) and I got a racket from head to review so it is not a bad gig.


Nina Says:

@ Duro, jane… Thanks for your comments, yeah I have seen Nole’s modeling at ST site and he looks just yummy. :)
What has been more impressive about Djoko lately is his serve. Against Blake and under those windy conditions he was serving better than ever. If he can keep that up he will be a real contender for the title. I’m just unhappy that he has to meet Federer in semis rather than Nadal… Rafa is a better match up for Nole. And Roger has defeated Novak in their last three meetings at USO -final, semis and semis. I hope he can reverse that situation, he used to beat Roger before, he just needs his confidence back.


Kimberly Says:

good luck to everyones favs today. Should finally have some good wta matches as well.


Ben Pronin Says:

How do players become legends? By having it easy? I don’t think so. It’s dumb to assume Djokovic fans wanted the threat if Roddick out. I personally didn’t. I’d rather Djokovic have to brat Roddick. But he still has plenty of difficult opponents left. You’d think Monfils was some random player. Its not like Tipsy really needed a monumental effort To beat Roddick. I mean cmon, the guy isn’t that good.


Von Says:

Dan: What a shame that you don’t get paid, as you put in a lot of time into your articles, and the finished product, which is always excellent, reflects your effort. I suppose the little perks are worth the time and effort, and I’m sure you get to meet a lot of tennis people, so it’s not all for naught.

My statement pertained to my feelings on another matter, and it’s why I mentioned that the light bulb just went off.

Thanks for enlightening me Dan, and keep up the good work.

BTW, I hope the son and heir to the Martin empire is not keeping you too sleep deprived. I read your encounter of all you did in 9 weeks. I must say that was a Herculean effort. Kudos to you and your wife for pulling off what seems to be an impossible task.


madmax Says:

I can’t believe those posts that are character assassination related get by moderation. There are others who engage in trashing some targeted posters, under the guise that they’re helping out so and so, when all they’re doing is looking for a good old fight to vent their personal frustrations. Also, there’s a lot of back scratching taking place. Anyway, whatever goes around, comes around … let’s hope when it comes around, it’s not a problem for those who delight in doing it.

you live in your own moral vacuum von, you are the worst around. Just listen to your own words and realise what you are saying. You live in complete denial and blame others, Ben, GG, CB for your own selfish remarks – you, who discusses novak in the most contemptible vein, dismissing his comments about asthma, and you talk about others throwing stones. Pretty disgusting I agree.


Andrew Miller Says:

I have Blake’s autobiography and will try to read it and finish it. I’d like to read Pat McEnroe’s book too – it’s rare for a sitting Davis Cup captain to write a book so it could be cool.

I agree with Kimberly that some of what Agassi said was definitely not nice, but it was honest. By the end Agassi said Sampras was a better player and the record may have been different if Agassi played as he did in the latter stages of his career (29-33) when he was younger, which would have given more chances in his matchups vs. Pete. It’s clear he respects Sampras a lot and sees them as different people, even if what he often said in the book was not too nice! But ask Sampras what he thinks of Agassi and it’s usually “I like Andre, great player, and I knew I could beat him.” Something like that.

Agassi didnt like Muster much and he despised Boris Becker! All that said he said what he thought. We may hate him for it, but he was honest about it. I am sure he has lost friends for it. That Slim guy especially must be hurting.


Andrew Miller Says:

I think it will be great if Nadal and Federer come out with memoirs after their careers, or Roddick. I know Blake already has his and Vince Spadea also; I imagine Roddick wont work on one until he hangs up his racquets for good. I am sure all three would come up with great books.


Andrew Miller Says:

Roddick is great! He is just sick right now. He will be back. I KNOW he has a few great runs in him! Ivanisevic did. Roddick will too.


Von Says:

Andrew Miller Says:
Roddick is great! He is just sick right now. He will be back. I KNOW he has a few great runs in him! Ivanisevic did. Roddick will too.

September 5th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

_____________________
Bite your tongue. there are many here who are wishing this is it for Roddick. I felt a sort of sadness watching him throw his racquets into the crowd. to me it seemed to say, “this is it for me, I’m done.’ I hope I’m wrong, and it’s only anger, but Andy’s a very serious player when it comes to competing, and i think his performance has to make him feel somewhat disillusioned with tennis. I think Wimby ’09, broke his desire to compete consistency, as now we see him looking good only in spurts. Dear Andy, I wish I could wave a magic wand and make all right for you. He’s one of the most misunderstood players, which is very sad, as the guy is such a delight as a human being.


Von Says:

When Djokovic makes an announcement to the media and tennis world, then I’ll beliieve he has ashtma. Until then, as I’ve said before, it seems to appear at selective times, and I don’t believe him. What’s contemptible about that??


Andrew Miller Says:

Let’s not forget Key Biscayne. Roddick took out the top guns convincingly. If that Roddick were at the Open (and I’m sure, if he didnt have the mono, he would have been), I’m pretty sure he would have gotten Tipsy in 4 and then probably Monfils in 3 or 4 sets. Roddick has done it before and he’s still too consistent for the likes of Monfils. And I had penciled him through to the semis because I did not see Fish through (however much I like Fish’s game – and if he makes it to the semis it would be awesome!).

In any event: Roddick still has purpose on the tour. He still sees a major in himself so I say why not – he as as good a chance as anyone not named Nadal or Federer – and that include Andy Murray who, surprise! is out of the tournament.


Andrew Miller Says:

However I think Roddick’s illness, and Blake’s bad 2010, do open the door to the new generation – Isner, Querrey, even the Harrison kid, Brad Klahn, and a host of others hovering around the 100s in the ATP rankings. That’s not a bad thing. Roddick should be a mentor to these guys and send a message that they must work hard.


Von Says:

I agree Andrew, had Roddick been healthier, he would have gotten past tipsy and Monfils. I would have expected him to make the QFS. It’s bad timing for him. I think it’s one of the reasons he got so angry at the foot-fault, because it was like the heralding of the end of this year’s USO. I don’t care how much he was criticized for what he did, because I’m sure many would have behaved worse.

Yes, Andy has purpose on the tour, but does he still believe that? Ivanisevic said after that ’09 Wimby loss, that Andy will still Wimbledon, just like he did it. It seems that Goran still has faith in Andy. Now, it’s for Andy to believe what others feel and let belief work for him. He needs to affirm it to himself daily, hourly, and in a match, every 5 minutes.

When Andy lost to Fish in Cincy after being a break up, and he could have gone up two breaks, I felt it then that he was not going to have a good USO. That’s the sad thing about mono.

Roddick said Querrey was like an after school player who didn’t want to put in the hard work.

Andy had taken Sam under his wing and even spent time with Sam in Hawaii. I think after that stint, Andy seemed to have let go and leave Sam to his own thinking. Sam seems to be the type who feels sated after a few wins, and just lets go. Isner, on the other hand, is one who’s very hungry and will go further if injuries don’t stop him.

I think James’ injuries and his age are the principal deterrents, which is sad, as he’s got game. His loss yesterday was a combination of things, but I’m not going to talk about that match.

About the opening of doors for the younger guys, Roddick has already intimated that he’d like to be the USD Davis cup captain and also commentate. I’d like to see Andy and Fish play doubles, when they end their singles careers. Maybe, I’m being selfish, but I think they’d make an awesome doubles team.

Gosh Andrew, it feels so good to have someone to discuss US tennis with, and who cares so much about the US players. The majority on these blogs just enjoy tearing down our players. Thanks for your time.


Andrew Miller Says:

I am just another poster around here! Nonetheless your analysis looks about right. Querrey is so far, so good – Fish has a shot at Djokovic (he has to be merciless with Djokovic, show no mercy, make him asthmatic! [sorry to Djokovic fans, but that's the story - a player has to make Djokovic believe Djokovic cant win and then he usually doesnt at that stage]) Isner is hungry but Youzhny, supposedly the best player in practice on the planet, beat him pretty convincingly in 4 sets last night (I saw some of it, Youzhny must be mad – as in nuts – because he has so much talent and can solve so many nightmare players but when the stakes are highest – semis/qfs, he folds. He’s still better than any U.S. player not named Andy Roddick).


Andrew Miller Says:

Not to be an apologist, but this is a transition time also for U.S. tennis. I think players recognize that Andy Roddick will not be around forever – Querrey and Isner must sense that given that Blake and Roddick both gave up their Davis Cup spots to the future of the sport in the States. Roddick has been speaking about the elusive 2nd Slam since at least 2006, when sportswriters felt he’s never again be top 5 or in contention for a major (which he proved to be not true). He’s done what Djokovic hasn’t since February 2008 – make a Slam final – and if that’s the bar of an excellent player, than Roddick has Djokovic beat hands-down (Djokovic has 2 slam finals, 1 slam victory; Roddick has 5 slam finals, 1 slam victory).

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