Tennis World Awaits a Federer-Nadal US Open Final
by Sean Randall | September 11th, 2010
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I’m a big fan of following the trend. Followed in finance, it can lead to great wealth and fortune, and its predictable nature can be quite telling in tennis: The hot player or prevalent theme usually prevails. I bring it up because for the last three or four months, the country of Spain has been winning just about every major sporting event under the sun.

In May and June it was Rafael Nadal returning to prominence with another perfect clay season. His friend Pau Gasol did his part helping the LA Lakers to another championship in the NBA.

Nadal then hit the Paris-London double again, winning Wimbledon, and a week later he joined his countrymen in South Africa to celebrate Spain’s first World Cup. Not soon after Alberto Contador collected yet another Tour de France title.

This week, Nadal will try to continue Spain’s summer reign in New York where just two wins (or six sets) will not just give him the US Open title but also earn him a career Slam, a third straight Major on three different surfaces and enough message board fodder for Rafa being the GOAT to last a lifetime.

But there’s work to do to get those two wins.

After adjusting his serve just days before the US Open, Nadal has reached the semifinals for a third straight year but this time he’s playing and physically feeling the best he’s ever felt this late in the season. And it shows.

Through five matches Nadal’s hasn’t surrendered a set and has only lost that new serve of his just once. On Thursday, Nadal hammered his friend and countryman Fernando Verdasco in straight sets to record his 19th straight Grand Slam win.

Today, in the first match of the first men’s semifinal, Nadal takes on Mikhail Youzhny. The streaky Russian survived a spirited 5-set challenge Thursday afternoon to beat Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Like Verdasco, I have to question Youzhny’s fitness after having played a four-hour match with the reward being Rafa.

But unlike Fernando, who has now lost all 11 career matches to Rafa, Youzhny actually has four wins against Nadal in 11 tries with those victories coming on the hard stuff they’ll be playing on in a few hours.

In fact, Youzhny beat Nadal in the US Open quarterfinals in 2006 in four sets. But circumstances are far different now. Even though Youzhny’s back in the last four I don’t think he’s at the level where he was during that 2006 run. And Nadal’s much better and far hungrier now.

That said, having four wins under the belt should still give Youzhny some uncommon confidence against Rafa, and I think he hangs around enough to push a tiebreak and maybe get a set. But if his legs are even the slightest weary from his recent run it could very quick afternoon.

If there’s a spoiler to a Federer-Nadal final it’s likely coming from the second semifinals. In the marquee match of the afternoon it’s Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, and once again the “trend” comes into play. This will be their fourth straight meeting at the US Open and unfortunately for the Serb Federer has won all three contests losing just one of 10 sets played.

Said Federer of Novak, “I think this obviously is his best surface, even though on clay he’s very good, as well, and slower hard court, it all works well. And on the grass he’s good, too. But I think this kind of favors his play the most, kind of a faster hard court, because he can pick up some incredible balls, you know, half volley them, redirect them. It helps maybe serve a bit more, and on the return he can, you know, zone in a bit, and all of a sudden he’s really tough to pass, you know, when he’s returning. That’s what makes him one of the best players in the game right now, and especially on this surface he’s obviously in the top 3 or 4. That’s why he’s been able to play consistent here at the Open. He’s obviously waiting for a breakthrough where he can win this title. But for the last three or four years he’s gone through me and he hasn’t been able to get it done.”

And Roger’s right, Novak does being a lot to the table, but he simply hasn’t gotten it done recently in the Slams when he’s reached this stage.

But I have a sneaky suspicion this time could be different. While Federer has been extremely sharp so too has been Djokovic. Unlike the summer when at times he appeared lifeless and disinterested, Novak has been in-form and winning with ease since a harrowing 5-set opener against his countryman Viktor Troicki.

Said Novak, “I like playing under the radar sometimes. It releases the pressure on myself, and just focusing on my matches, doing the job, and winning the matches. Of course, as the two best players in the world, they are the most dominant in five last five, six years. Biggest favorites to get into the finals, and I’m sure that the crowd wants them in the finals. But, you know, I will try not to make that happen.”

Overall, Federer leads 10-5 in their series but Novak did win in Basel last fall and in their most recent meeting in Toronto he had chances in a three set loss.

But in the end, it’s hard to go against the trend and against Federer. Someday Novak is going to break Federer’s NY spell, but the numbers suggest it won’t happen Saturday.

I will say that in reaching this stage in the tournament both players, Federer and Nadal, have not dropped a set, but their opposition hasn’t been the toughest. The only seeded players Nadal faced were his best friends Verdasco and Lopez.

Federer has had it relatively easy as well with Mathieu and a bunch of lefties. Soderling is a dangerous character but the Swede’s worst surface is arguably outdoor hardcourts and he has just one win now in 13 attempts against the Fed.

Meanwhile Djokovic had maybe the most impressive win of the foursome with his straight-set slammer over Mardy Fish on Monday. And even Youhzny raised some eyebrows with his performances against Isner and Wawrinka.

So maybe we shouldn’t discount Djokovic and Youzhny. And maybe we could we be in for surprise or two today.

Youzhny, a man who once slammed his head with his racquet, sounds game.

“Yeah, I’m ready to be bad person,” joked Youzhny about breaking up a Fed-Nadal final. “I love to be bad person in this case.”

You might very well love it, Mikhail, but the tennis world certainly wouldn’t. We already have one Russian in a singles final, we don’t need another!


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712 Comments for Tennis World Awaits a Federer-Nadal US Open Final

Cindy_Brady Says:

Nadal will not underestimate Youzhny or be surprised by his game. The 2010 version of Nadal is healthy, rested, and more prepared than ever before.

Straight sets.


Eskay Says:

Nole vs. Roger is the gripping prelude before finals. Roger has had easy against him in the past , but then they talk of law of averages. If it is indeed a law, it should apply. Nole is hungrier. He is not looking that fragile, as he is famed to look. In the five setter, there was no indication of the fragility. But against Federer, he does not play an intelligent game. He does not direct as many shots to his backhand as Rafa does. In Rafa matches, the entire match reduces to Nadal vs. backhand Federer. Of course, Federer backhand has problem with Rafa’s exaggerated topspin but not with others’ topspin shots. Nole does not have abnormal weaknesses and it would all reduce to Roger hitting winners and aces. Roger unobstrusively turns a gear higher from the ninth game onwards and before opponent realises it, set is over. Against Nole, Roger will serve more aces, averaging at least one per service game. Nole will not be able to hit as many aces, partly due to Roger’s ability to judge the direction of serve early. If Nole is able to hit within six inches of the side lines, he has chances, but it is a difficult proposition in windy conditions. Anyway, we are going to witness to battle royale.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Eskay,

Nice read :)


van orten Says:

soederling far better than hot sauce( loses his spice vs nadal ) verdasco.
nadal vs federer means : federer dictating points trying to find the winner and nadal goes always for feds backhand. i just hope fed gets through today and plays a decent match tomorrow. he spoiled so many chances last time they played in a grand slam final. it was a great match but he shouldn’t have lost that match vs nadal. so my hope is the surface. i watched a little bit on youtube of aussie open 2009, it’s really really slow over there. so no comparison to that high speed court in NY. fed will be able to finish way more points with his groundstrokes than australia or wimbledon. i believe if nadal is on but federer as well , he can absolutly win it. i dare saying it’s on federer’s racket


madmax Says:

Sean,

why do you hedge your bets and contradict your self?

“But I have a sneaky suspicion this time could be different”. (in favour of nole).

“But in the end, it’s hard to go against the trend and against Federer. Someday Novak is going to break Federer’s NY spell, but the numbers suggest it won’t happen Saturday”.

contradictory statements.

Plus: I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with you.

When Fed played against Melzer, headlines were ‘Melzer’s going to get revenge and spoil the party – ranked 13 – a very good player.

And Soderling: He has swung from being the dangerous guy on tour who ‘will’ bring fed down to ‘Soderling is a dangerous character but the Swede’s worst surface is arguably outdoor hardcourts and he has just one win now in 13 attempts against the Fed’.

Prior to their match, it was soderling was going to win and take the potential upset.

Really, journalists should just stick to their guns and stop changing like the New York wind!

C’mon Federer!


Gordo Says:

With the unique (to slams) of having the final tomorrow, should either Fed or Rafa have a tough time getting to the final while the other breezes it could give an imbalance tomorrow, which of course gives the loser an excuse.

Everyone loves to point out how Rafa is much healthier and better than he was when he played Youzhny before, but really – how many of us know anything about Youzhny’s improvements?

What I am hoping for is that both Federer and Nadal get to the final, exerting about the same energy, and then let’s have a battle royal tomorrow.

Good luck, Nole and Major Mike, but I do not give either of you a lot of chances.

Any time Djokovic has dropped Federer in a tournamant – be it the AO the year he won it or recently in Basel – Fed struggled in earlier rounds. This AO Federer has looked very strong and I think the only guy who can stop him from reaching the final is Rafa.


Gordo Says:

As to what’s at stake, standings wise, here is how the top 10 works out for Monday -

Rafael Nadal
Last year – SF | This year at least SF
If Champion stays at 1 | 10745 to 12025
If Runner up stays at 1 | 10745 to 11225
If SF stays at 1 | 10745 to 10745

Roger Federer
Last year – Runner up | This year at least SF
If Champion stays at 2 | 7215 to 8015
If Runner up goes from 2 to 3 | 7215 to 7215
If SF goes from 2 to 3 | 7215 to 6735

Novak Djokovic
Last year – SF | This year at least SF
If Champion goes from 3 to 2 | 6665 to 7945
If Runner up goes from 3 to 2 | 6665 to 7145
If SF stays at 3 | 6665 to 6665

Andy Murray
Last year – R16 | This year – R32
Remains at 4 | 5125 points to 5035 points

Robin Soderling
Last year – QF | This year – QF
Remains at 5 | 4910 points to 4910 points

Nikolay Davydenko
Last year – R16 | This year – R64
Remains at 6 * | 4285 points to 4140 points

Tomas Berdych
Last year – R32 | This year – R128
Remains at 7 * | 3860 points to 3770 points

Fernando Verdasco
Last year – QF | This year – QF
Remains at 8 * | 3330 points to 3330 points

Andy Roddick
Last year – R32 | This year – R64
Goes from 9 to 10 | 3225 points to 3180 points

Juan Martin Del Potro
Last year – Champion | This year – DNP
drops from 10 to 37 | 3170 points to 2170 points

* note – Davydenko, Berdych and Verdasco could drop 1 additional spot should Youzhny advance (see below).

So, some interesting observations -

Nadal’s lead over Federer is currently 3,530 points
On Monday it will be -

If Nadal defeats Federer in final – 4,810 points
If Nadal defeats Djokovic in final – 5,290 points
If Federer defeats Nadal in final – 3,210 points
If Federer defeats Youzhny in final – 2,730 points
If Djokovic meets Youzhny in final – 4,010 points

And just to throw Mikhail Youzhny into the mix, because he will get into the top 10 no matter what…
Last year – R64 | This year at least SF
If Champion goes from 14 to 6 | 2620 to 4575
If Runner up goes from 14 to 7 | 2620 to 3775
If SF goes from 14 to 9 | 2620 to 3295


Duro Says:

Look at what a real tennis expert has to say:

http://www.tennis.com/video/#catalog=new&mediaitem=0a3aa511-bbc1-4441-8aac-28b7c558

Brilliant analysis and absolutely fair one.


Gordo Says:

regarding my second last post – bad drugs folks, sorry. Instead of -

Any time Djokovic has dropped Federer in a tournamant – be it the AO the year he won it or recently in Basel – Fed struggled in earlier rounds. This AO Federer has looked very strong and I think the only guy who can stop him from reaching the final is Rafa.

It should read

Any time Djokovic has dropped Federer in a tournament – be it the AO the year he won it or recently in Basel – Fed struggled in earlier rounds. This US Open Federer has looked very strong and I think the only guy who can stop him from becoming Champion is Rafa.

Need more… coffee.


Duro Says:

Gordo, I noticed it. Just for the record ;-).


Gordo Says:

Duro – thanks for the link to Nick Bollettieri’s analysis of today’s semis.

The dude may have just turned 79, but he knows his tennis. Intersting his observations on Fed’s changed backhand from Wimbledon the hard court season, and also how Major Mike’s game does not go well against Rafa.


Duro Says:

And changing a grip on Nadal’s serve… Brilliant. An expert is an expert.


sonic Says:

Once again one must wonder how someone who writes about tennis can be so blind, or fall under the hype. I don’t know if the problem is one of knowledge, or perhaps Sean hasn’t really wacthed a single match Djokovic has played, so he’s just going by what others say.

Djokovic is NOT play well. He’s playing the same crap he’s been playing the entire year – which is still enough to be top 10, top 5, but not nearly as good as he was.

It just so happened that his opponents played so bad they made his look good. Fish was shit, complete and utter, and Nole’s matches well to boot. Do we need to say anything about Monfils? That was a pathetic effort from the Frenchman, after the second set all he did was stand 5 meteres behind the basline and float the balls back to around T, where Novak murdered them. And STILL Novak allowed him a whooping 13 break point chances! 13!!! and 50, that’ 50!!! UE’s. At 74% first serves Novak had only 1 ace. He’s still serving poor all in all, and he’s making far to many UE’s for anyone normal to say he’s playing good.

I certainly hope he will play well against Federer , he certainly can and god knows we’ve seen percious little good tennis at the open this year (worst US open i remeber..i know it’s windy, but it doesn’t make any less true) but if he does, it will be a suprise. More so as he hasn’t beaten a top 10 opponent in ages, as the ocasion is big and there is bad tradition to beat as well -> to beat those nerves against decently playing Federer is a very hard thing to do.


Gannu Says:

Federer all the way!!!! Are fed fans – madmax, huh, skeez etc there??? Our man needs all our support to go all the way…. I think federer understands that its absolutely necesaary forhim to take this US Open title preferably by defeating Nadal as a loss could result in some kindof indelible mark in his resume..Nadal would have defetaed him in all majors… and Nadal’s confidence will go leaps and bounds…Somehow something in me makes me beleive that annacone has really done something on the mental aspect of federer and should have really a word or two to advise him on the match with Djoko as well as Nadal incase he goes ahead…. i really hope federer pulls out.. its really gonna be one nerve wrecking weekend..


Kimo Says:

I just hope Youzhny gives Rafa a match today coz Rafa hasn’t had any so far.


Kimmi Says:

today is the day. like cindy_brady i say rafa straight sets. federer and djoko is where all the money is.

Go federer


Voicemale1 Says:

Does anyone else think that automatically proclaiming “Fedal Chapter 22″ as a certainty is a little unfair to Youzhny & Djokovic? Novak has been Top 4 for the last three-plus years, and Youzhny is seeded #12 here which aint too shabby – and has had two separate stints in the Top 10 during his career. And they’ve won 5 Best of Five set matches too, just like the other two guys.

Granted, Youzhny hasn’t face this new & improved Nadal he gets today. More than serve better and hit flatter, Nadal has been moving extremely well – better than he has on a hard court. The Youzhny single handed backhand will get a stiff workout today, and how that shot holds up will tell of his chances. He has Nadal 4 of 7 on hard courts, and the Russian is an opportunistic guy.

Djokovic hasn’t beaten Federer here, but he has beaten him in a Major before. It’s easy to forget that in the 2007 Final here Novak held 7 Set Points which he squandered in the first 2 sets against Federer. He doesn’t have as many weapons as Federer, but the backhand to backhand matchup is better for Djokovic. Federer was helped in part during his QF when The Sod’s First Serve Percentage averaged under 50% for the first two sets (it was pitiful 38% in Set 1). Give Federer a Second Serve to hit over half the time and he’ll win. The Sod served at 60% in Set 3 and actually served for it at 5-3, then failed to make a single First Serve in that 9th game and was broken back. Djokovic is the clear underdog today, and he must believe he can win this (his faith in himself to win an event like this hasn’t existed since the 08 Australian). Novak does however have enough game to make this a long and protracted war for Federer to win.


Gannu Says:

Yes kimo.. its high time that some good hardcourt player really gives rafa a run for his money… Youzhny has tasted blood not once but four times.. agreed that circumsatnces would have been diff but better than the psychophant spaniards who seem to lose the match even before they play.. the most imp is the belief that u can win… if you dont have then no amount of talent can help u winning.. i believe youzhny atleast has that positive frame of mind.. lets see…


mat4 Says:

@Ben: I read the article, and I often visit THASP site. Let’s say that I have suspicions also.


dari Says:

Here we gooo! Hoping for two great matches, and a win for my fave, roger!


Ben Pronin Says:

Phew, mat4 I’m glad I’m not the only one.


margot Says:

Unfortunately Youzny’s beautiful backhand goes straight to probably the best forehand in the game at the mo. Anyone taking bets on how long or short (!) this match will be?


margot Says:

1st break to Rafa. Here we go..


Skeezerweezer Says:

Rafa in straights, practice match


Gannu Says:

margot this is over in the next 90mins..and that too because nadal takes too much time betn points!!!! Really boring…


mat4 Says:

But Rafa definitely plays well. If he got Fed in the final, there’s no doubt he will easily win (just jocking). But let’s say that his FH is working well, and that players with a one hand BH are in troubles from the beginning.

On the other side, I watched all the Fed-Djoko matches since 2007. I don’t agree with the mono theory, nor with the statements that Djoko won five times of eleven because Fed wasn’t out of shape. In fact, they are both extremely nervous in their matches. Djoko needs time to get into the play, and when Roger is serving well, it is not easy. On the other side, Roger is also aware of Novak’s qualities, and that he can’t dominate from the baseline.

But at the USO, Roger knows that the speed of the court is good for his serve, and usually is more confident. But if Novak makes a strong start, serving and returning well from the first game, things could go wild.


guy Says:

sonic, i agree djoker isn’t impressive at all on serve and that’s why i don’t like his chances against federer. but since he returns so well he will have chances to stay in the match.

it is very striking how much nadal has improved his game over the years compared to djoker and murray. i had big expectations for both, but i’m not sure they’ll continue to improve a great deal.


Kimo Says:

Voicemail, I think it’s pretty clear the Djokovic of late 07/early 08 is not the Djokovic of 2009/2010.


guy Says:

i also don’t think nike should be allowed to bring out shirts the same colour as the ball.


i am it Says:

That 26-shot rally was one of the best I have seen in ths US Open.


i am it Says:

That 26-shot rally was the best I have seen in this US Open.
Give me more of those.


margot Says:

OK, we have Gannu on 90 minutes, any advances..? Yes, a very good rally but Rafa snuffs out the challenge effectively.


i am it Says:

This is a high quality tennis, so far. Hope it stays through out,


Skeezerweezer Says:

Yawn ….Rafa in straights, it looks showy bit in the the score will be in straights


margot Says:

guy@12.47: I agree re Murray. He is playing worse now, he’s lost the fire from his belly. He played better when he was a brat but unfortunately PR men have airbrushed him.
One of the commentators just had a faux pas said this was “match point” for Rafa. Just a tad premature but we get it..


i am it Says:

Oh, well, Youz could have done a little better to hold in the last game of the set.


guy Says:

i just want this to be over so i can catch the start of the next match before dawn


i am it Says:

Margot,
I took it as a praise: Rafa plays like every game point, rather every point, as match point.


guy Says:

youhzny’s wife ‘presented’ him with a son last year says the commentator…


Kimo Says:

Youzhny is not aggressive enough.


margot Says:

Youzny looking tired and dejected now.


Gannu Says:

Commentators are very rude.. Boris Sobkin (Youzhny’s coach) is going to sob all day lol ;-)


Kimo Says:

Youz looks tired. Can’t blame him.


margot Says:

Rafa has Youzny on a string, either wonderful to watch or horrible depending….


jane Says:

margot “He played better when he was a brat ” LOL, true; I wonder if this goes double for Nole. I have to run out soon, but I can watch a bit more. Will have to set the tape for Nole/Fed. I think Youz will hang around. He certainly did with Stan. He looked outplayed in that match first set, too, but he hung in there and actually won. Now, I know it wasn’t Rafa he was facing across the net, of course. Everything is crossed for me too. Hope Djoko can make a match of it and take any chances he gets.


guy Says:

i’m not convinced murray and djoker work on their games as much as nadal and federer.


margot Says:

Hi jane: we got to see Djko warming up! He must think it’s over quick! Yes, my lovely Bouncer will be bounced out soon. Probably pretty tired after Wawa match too.
Fingers crossed indeedy for next one.


Cindy_Brady Says:

As I predicted, Rafa all the way. Youhzny is being outclassed. What a disappointing semi-final. Let’s hope the Fed/Djok match is more competitive and compelling. I was kind of routing for Wawrinka to beat Yohzny. Stan has a much bigger serve and heavier ground strokes. Could have bothered Rafa much more, but the Querry match took its toll.

Also, let’s pray the Fed/Djok match doesn’t become so physical that the winner is drained for tomm’s final. Rafa definitely has both of them right where he wants them.


guy Says:

and if they’re not careful del potro will be mixing up that top 4 in the near future


Nina Says:

Rafa vs Youzhny is becoming a really boring match, even the crowd has gone to sleep.
Don’t think that will happen with Federer-Novak, that’s the one I’m looking forward to the most. I really believe Djokovic can give Roger a scare here. I think his serve is much better now than before and his strokes look precise and clean. It will be all a mental game as it is always between these two. Tennis wise I don’t think Federer is ahead of Djokovic, but mentally he has the edge. Novak has to change that mentality and start believing that he’s on par with the two of them (I’m certain he believed that in 2007/08, that’s why he actually looked like he could be the one to break the Fedal dominance). Who knows what would have happened if he had won that super close final against Fed in USO07! Maybe we would be talking a different story here.


guy Says:

nadal is quite error prone today


Kimo Says:

Everybody keeps mentioning how Nole is serving much better. Maybe he is, but I don’t think it’s relevant against Federer. If Novak wants to be Federer, and I’m not sure he can, he has to do it off the ground. Federer was never one to attack serves all the time, even second serves, so whether or not Novak serves well is irrelevant.


margot Says:

guy: I don’t think ANYONE works as hard as Rafa.


i am it Says:

Cindy,
Is your lost sister’s name Vindy? Just curious.


Kimo Says:

guy Says:

“nadal is quite error prone today”

He’s been error prone the whole tournament, you just don’t get to see it often because his opposition can’t capitalize on his hardcourt weaknesses consistently coz they were no where near his league.


Ben Pronin Says:

This match is putting me to sleep. Nadal’s not playing that well but Youzhny is just sleep walking through this match.


jane Says:

guy, interestingly Murray is 5-1 (4 of them in 09) over Delpo and Nole is 3-0 over Delpo (1 clay, 2 hard courts) so it remains to be seen what will happen with those H2Hs going forward. No doubt Juan Martin will be a threat.

What will make Delpo really dangerous when he comes back, however, is that his ranking (thanks to Gordo b.t.w. for all that math!!) will have dropped considerably, so he will be able to upset top guys early on at the slams next year, the AO for sure. We know he has the quality to do that already.


Kimo Says:

If I’m Delpo I would try to play a few matches this year to get some match practice.


dari Says:

Who knows what the black ribbon on youzhny is for?


guy Says:

jane,

yeah i see what you mean. but delpo sort of just seemed to flip into a top 5 level towards the end of 09. he went from getting doublebagelled by federer at the oz[and i wrote him off as mentally weak at that point] to taking fed to 5 at the french[still sort of mentally weak] but then obviously winning US and makign final of london.
so it looked like he was going to challenge for a top 4 position. but we’ll see how he comes back. it’s tough, as davydenko is proving.


guy Says:

nadal’s near net smash is like a fly swat


guy Says:

‘Who knows what the black ribbon on youzhny is for?’
safin probably died in another barfight


Cindy_Brady Says:

Maybe the black ribbon is for 9-11?


jane Says:

Yeah, maybe 9-11. Or maybe because he wants (wanted) to be the “bad guy”? Wearing the black hat, so to speak?


Kimmi Says:

mmmh, I am also sleeping. nadal has looked very good in this tornament. scary good. I dont know if it is his opponents that are making him this good or is he actually good?

Is he better that everybody in this tournament?


Gannu Says:

how boring.. nadal is playing horrible tennis.. really feel that federer should win against djoko and thrash nadal in the final….This is a disastrously boring match,,. nadal this year should be given the luckiest athlete award 2010 – he should get it hands down!!!


van orten Says:

no one can actually tell that nadal is playing that good!!!! i mean his opponents suck badly. no will, no passion, no fortune…they just play badly and nadal excecutes them nicely. clean and simple..it s a real shame the way youznhy is playin today.
he should at least try , go to hell with superman and die like a champion yahey


guy Says:

their stat, 12mph speed increase on nadal’s first serve since last year’s open.


Voicemale1 Says:

Cindy:

Yes, McEnroe commented that the Youzhny black ribbon is for 9-11.


margot Says:

And you guys say women’s tennis is boring…;)


Ben Pronin Says:

All from a grip change, ha.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Maybe Nadal is making his opponents look bad (suck). You also get the sense Rafa can break Youhzny any time he wants.

This is a terrible semi-final. Look for John McEnroe to start reminiscing about the good old days to fill in for such epic suckage…


guy Says:

nadal’s opponent’s are just ‘playing bad’? compared to who? melzer’s amazing performance? soderling’s match where he didn’t have an ace for 90minutes?


i am it Says:

Man, Rafa looks too perfect. Roger or Djoko will have to play at a much higher level to make a match.


guy Says:

the match is only boring because the result seems inevitable. but the tennis isn’t bad


van orten Says:

his serve is not the cause why nadal is winning without sweating…
the guys he plays totally fail to play good tennis. i mean come on guys nadal is def. not playing wonder-tennis or is being pushed by youzhny today


vrael Says:

nadal would need to play a lot better tommorow to have chances against fed/nole…


Gannu Says:

i am it.. please dont exaggerate… Nadal’s tennis today is very very unimpressive,..Youzhny is just throwing away the match,, he seems very lethargic and disinterested…


van orten Says:

don’t compare federers draw with nadals. federer gives his opponents his usual off time and it is easier to have a nice match with federer even if you lose. with nadal it must be worth than tooth pain. no fun at all. they just give up . i pretty convinced that djoker or federer will give him a hard time knowing that nadal hasn t been tested at all


Cindy_Brady Says:

Youzhny can’t even make a dent in the Nadal service games. He needs to take a bath room break and cell his coach for advice.


Kimmi Says:

Youzhny just made a good point. streaching nadal and then waits at the baseline instead of going to the net and finish the point..he loses the point.


guy Says:

nadal has lost serve 1 time to this point
fed has lost serve 5 times to this point

this seems more like a clay season stat


van orten Says:

nadal doesn’t win this tournament it is hard to imagine he is ever ever gonna get a draw like that again. no way jose. it is just hard to watch. no resistance at all


Nina Says:

Novak is a bad match up for Nadal, I’d like to see these two in the final.


Kimo Says:

IMHO, whoever wins the Fed-Djoko semi (probably Fed) beats Rafa in the final.

On the very few points where Youzhny was able to play decent tennis, Rafa immediately goes on the defensive and looks rushed and helpless.


i am it Says:

Gannu,
You guys don’t seem to let me express anything, good or bad. The other day Vindy was calling me names and what not for laughing at Verdasco. Today, I tried to do the opposite and you are not happy.
Too many T-X owners. You guys should put a sign, Private Property: No Trespassing.


Gannu Says:

guy use some brains which i think u dont have,…who has nadal faced…. clay courters verdasco, lopez and some unknowns in the first three rounds and a spent youzhny?? wat big deal.. he hasnt faced even a single good hardcourt player….I am unimpressed.. i only pray that theone who emerges the wnner from fed djoko takes it to nadal….and they are not spent force… If Nadal doesnt win US open this year – he will never will.. thats for sure…

I hope federer somehow plays his best ever tennis the next two matches !!!


margot Says:

Problem is, if Fed v Novak match is as competitive as we all hope and goes to 5, whoever wins is gonna be knackered, whereas Rafa…


vrael Says:

“Nadal doesnt win US open this year – he will never will.. thats for sure…”

CRAP!


guy Says:

van orten
you act like nadal hasn’t faced any seeds. he’s faced 3 so far…
the only thing that’s made it easier is the lack of murray.
playing federer or djoker in the final, hard to pick a tougher player to play in the final. a little tougher than say…baghdatis, or gonzo, or soderling, etc…


guy Says:

gannu it’s okay, i realise you are a very smart person. which is why you think verdasco, a guy who took out murray, tsonga and stretched nadal to 5 at the oz, is not a quality hard court player.
also simon might be unknown to you, but he was top 10 a short while ago. beat fed twice and nadal[on hardcourt] in 09.

see how my argument was based on evidence? should try that approach. it’s effective.


rose Says:

looks like rafa is heading to his first us open final..who will he face there is a question mark right now…nadal is playing enough good tennis to win this semifinal…cant wait to watch the next semis..roger and novak played an interesting semifinals last year even tho the final score didnt show it…i hope they put a good show for the fans :)


Kimmi Says:

djoko and nadal never played this year. Murray has played nadal 3 times. Roger once.

I agree djoko is a bad match up for rafa but when they played last year rafa had some issues with his game. I think if they play again it will be a very close match.


guy Says:

nadal gets broken 2 times


Kimmi Says:

youzhny is pumping himself up. can he break here? the was he shouted so loud i thought he won the match

go youzhny, its never too late


Kimmi Says:

BOOOOOOOOOO

rafa is getting BOOOED


Cindy_Brady Says:

WoW, excellent break by Youzhny. He was smart to wear the black ribbon in front of the New York crowd. Get the crowd on his side when things get tight.

Nadal looks anti-American not wearing anything. The crowd is definitely on Youzhny’s side.


Kimo Says:

Youzhny has the will and the game to keep up with Rafa, but I’m afraid he’s outta gas.


rose Says:

i think the crowd wants more tennis …this is relative an easy walk on the park for rafa ..so if youzny can make nadal play the crowd is going to be on his side regardless…can youzny has it on him ??


Cindy_Brady Says:

Sh*t


vrael Says:

the matador BREAKS back……..VAMOS!!!


guy Says:

they say if nadal and fed play it will be the first time players have faced in all 4 slam finals.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Rafa in 3


Kimmi Says:

nadal is very happy. he will win this year..wow!


i am it Says:

Congrats to Rafa for reaching his 1st US Final, without losing a set.
Rafa is DA MAN.


guy Says:

that’s your final prediction skeezer?


jane Says:

Yeah, I think the crowd generally cheer for the underdog if can mean more tennis; at the end there, after Rafa won, the crowd was definitely cheering and some were standing on their feet.

Good run for the Bouncer.

Congrats to Rafa – his first USO final.


i am it Says:

Kimmi, are you crying? Don’t you think it is to early for that?


Gannu Says:

Guy.. sorry for being a bit rude.. i shudn’t have been
“which is why you think verdasco, a guy who took out murray, tsonga and stretched nadal to 5 at the oz, is not a quality hard court player.”

Tell me frankly guy – did verdasco even play 20% of what he played in those matches? Verdasco was disastrous

also simon might be unknown to you, but he was top 10 a short while ago. beat fed twice and nadal[on hardcourt] in 09.

Again Simon was horrednous..was mor einterested in losing and meeting his new born kid (nothing wrong with that) but if you dont have the desire no matter how talented you are you arent going to win

“see how my argument was based on evidence? should try that approach. it’s effective.”

I think i have justified enough considering Nadal hardly faced any opponent who actually showed their talent in anyway


van orten Says:

you don’t attack nadal you don’t stand a chance against him. you attack him steadily, try to hurt him, nadal will bite and crawl and fight and make your life as tough as possible on court, and in the end it depends on a few points here and there if you win or lose. i mean baghdatis for example he could have easily lost vs nadal in cincy but he won…

so attack and die like a champion


Cindy_Brady Says:

I told the blog so.

My crystal ball never fails.


guy Says:

nadal ‘you make me feel like home’
yeah except when they boo you


Kimmi Says:

i am it. you r so right. i am crying already. rafa has been too good. scary for his opponents. but never stops beliving in fed..


Gannu Says:

i see some roger fans chickening out and predicting a nadal win already… Onething is for sure if roger reaches the final and loses to Nadal I am not gonna watch tennis any longer becauseit will be the end of federer and even the staunchest and most dedicated fan of roger would admit that roger just had a very very poor mental strentght whenever he played his cheif rival…. Guess all the pressure is on the head of roger!!!


guy Says:

Gannu
i don’t think you can say verdasco played terrible he was the first guy to break nadal
simon is coming back, but this is not an easy unseeded guy to get given his success
and one thing i find interesting: youznhy is 12 seed and everyone says how easy this is. fed played him in the semis a few years ago and he was a lower seed and i can assure you nobody had a problem with it.
so let’s just say nadal’s draw could have been harder, but it’s not outrageous.
the truth is, many top guys are out of form right now and that has made the draw easier for both sides.
in anycase, to win nadal now has to beat a very good and experienced player and probably a 5 time champion here.


Gannu Says:

It seemed like a very desperate attempt for Nadal to win the crowd… Everything is trained,, his uncle even tells what to speak!!!! and yes if tomm in the final if he loses a set MARK MY WORDS… Nadal will call the trainer and take an injury break out… There is no doubt abt that watsoever.. and ofcpurse massive illgela coaching will happen from the stands and ofcourse how can you forget the 40 sec gap between points on break points to irritate the opponents…

Oh God please save me from all such ghastly visuals… wish federer does some magic


montecarlo Says:

@Gannu
Thats really pathetic attitude from you.You will stop supporting your God coz he is proved to be the second best? Really bad. You can’t really call yourself a good sport then.

By the way, win or lose I am all the way with Rafa, even if he is not the Best he will definitely become THE BESTEST one day.


guy Says:

gannu you really need to work on this hatred for nadal. because you realise he’s not going anywhere for at least 6 years. and there’s a good chance many will be spent at no.1


van orten Says:

i have deepest symphathy for nadal and federer rivalry. i just wonder how nadal always gets away with close wins for example the last 2 slam finals versus fed. it must be a perfect mixture of luck, talant, mental edge( because he won some tight matches against rog, where rog could have been the winner as well)

i just feel that federer has come a little short on their h2h -list. he deserves better without taking any credit away from rafa

i wanna see them both play well and then see who prevails…provided fed wins his semi
but of course everyone has his own favourite.


Kimmi Says:

time to take a chill pill. hope this match wont give me a heart attack!


madmax Says:

Federer all the way!!!! Are fed fans – madmax, huh, skeez etc there??? Our man needs all our support to go all the way…. I think federer understands that its absolutely necesaary forhim to take this US Open title preferably by defeating Nadal as a loss could result in some kindof indelible mark in his resume..Nadal would have defetaed him in all majors… and Nadal’s confidence will go leaps and bounds…Somehow something in me makes me beleive that annacone has really done something on the mental aspect of federer and should have really a word or two to advise him on the match with Djoko as well as Nadal incase he goes ahead…. i really hope federer pulls out.. its really gonna be one nerve wrecking weekend..

September 11th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Gannu I’m here!

C’mon Federer! Play your amazing game and let’s get to the final by beating novak!

Hi to Jane :) sar :) duro:)

C’mon Federer!

Let’s see whether the game plan is on course – he looks very relaxed in his interview, very relaxed and very ready to win!


guy Says:

van orten
but you realise although nadal has the H2H, he is the unlucky one because when he came on tour federer was waiting for him. nadal spent more time at no.2[without getting no.1] than anyone


montecarlo Says:

@Ben
I hope you were sarcastic when you said that.


Gannu Says:

guy… things chnage very quickly in tennis.. trust me.. if you think you are going to extrapolate this one year of Nadal for the nest 6 years.. i am sorry thats not gonna happen.. fed’s streak of those 4-5 years simply will never ever be replicated and Fed would remain GOAT for the kind of dominance that he had.. do u know FYI he won 10+ titles for 3 years..nadal doesnt even come close to that…So i think rest assured Fed’s 16 GS looks pretty safe.. i think it all works on the concept of diminsihing marginal utrility.. with each passing year Nadal’s ability to win GS will reduce.. thats a function of evoloution and aging..Time will tell perhaps…


Ben Pronin Says:

I bet age won’t affect Nadal, either. He’s superman. He’ll be flying next year, and shooting laser beams the year after that.


van orten Says:

gannu shows some real feel good attitude here for all feddies haha…don’t get him wrong nadal fans . he is just pushing and getting some heat before the semi vs djoker. makes it less tense. more enjoyable


montecarlo Says:

@Ben
LOL. Nice one :P


Sean Randall Says:

The first semi went accordingly. Nadal roughed up Youzhny, now to the main event.

I’d be very surprised if Federer wins this in straight sets. And I give Novak a real chance this afternoon. There’s no reason he cannot win this match.


madmax Says:

montecarlo Says:
@Gannu
Thats really pathetic attitude from you.You will stop supporting your God coz he is proved to be the second best? Really bad. You can’t really call yourself a good sport then.

By the way, win or lose I am all the way with Rafa, even if he is not the Best he will definitely become THE BESTEST one day.

September 11th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

monte carlo,

can we agree that we are all very privileged to be watching both rafa and roger in this era –

for now, federer fans want to concentrate on the djokovic and federer match!


dari Says:

Ok, congrats to rafa!
Now its fed’s turn!
Goooooo ROGER!


madmax Says:

Yep dari!

Roger to play as well as he has ever played in semi final! just about to begin :O


guy Says:

gannu
no one is saying nadal will equal federer’s streak, but odds are he’ll be top 3 at least for quite some time, which is why i say you might want to deal with your anger issues, because he’s here to stay.


Kimmi Says:

here we go!


Gannu Says:

Good to see you madmax.. i was badly missing you ;-)wanted atleast one stauncg supporter to ride me through all the way… ;-)


Eskay Says:

Rafa win over Youzhny is no reflection that he played great. He played just as well as was sufficient to get over a weak opponent. His real test would be tomorrow.


Gannu Says:

van orten.. u got it… its more my nervousness and desperation for Fedx to take this all the way rather than nadal winning or losing ;-))..

I just hope and pray federer brings out his ultimate best tennis.. and if he loses then obviously the other guy deserved to win,… What i would hate is federer shanking balls and mentally losing the edg just because his nemesis is on the other side!!


guy Says:

now that was a good stat. djoko only player in top 50 with more double faults than aces. seriously get a serve


guy Says:

coz the return is awesome


Kimmi Says:

0-30 already


Kimo Says:

I’ve seen better tennis in these past two games than I’ve seen in the entire Rafa match.


Gannu Says:

kimo – that was a good one.. ;-)


Ben Pronin Says:

They’ve both come out swinging, it seems. If this was any other slam, I’d love a tussle, but by golly would that suck at the US Open.


Ben Pronin Says:

Wow Federer is hitting hard.


Gannu Says:

Well very interesting first three games… good aggressive tennis… what a nightmare was nadal-youzhny… anyways i can only hope that whoever wins this match is in full fitness to take on Nadal otherwise it would be very very unfair …


i am it Says:

Both had chances to break (Djoko 2 and Fed 1) and both missed due to their errors.
2-1 hold for Djoko.


Eskay Says:

Slugfest started. Street fight is on. Nole twisted ankle! Expect the trainer sooner than later.


guy Says:

djoker must hate his era. has to beat fed and nadal to win this thing


madmax Says:

slugfest aggressive tennis indeed!

Gunfight at the OK coral!

C’mon Federer!


madmax Says:

brilliant shot by Fed!


madmax Says:

gannu, forget rafa! He’s into the final and he has earnt his place.

Fed got to earn his!


Kimo Says:

Fed’s hitting really hard. He wants points nice and short, and I think he’s trying to use his off-forehand as much as he can, coz if he’s playing Rafa tomorrow, his off-forehand is going to be his money-shot.


Kimo Says:

WOW, how beautiful is Fed’s tennis? I mean, I don’t care if Rafa gets to 30 slams. He’ll never produce tennis as beautiful as this.


madmax Says:

Kimo. yes. high quality tennis in the early rounds. Do you think fed is practising? :)

God, he moves brilliantly around the court. Wow.

There’s Ivan goranesevic in the crowd.


Ben Pronin Says:

I’m amazed at how well Federer’s hitting the forehand. Straight up shocked. I haven’t seen this in years. I’m having 05 flashbacks. The consistency isn’t what it once was, but still. Djokovic isn’t exactly slacking either, he’s hanging in there but Federer isn’t making it easy.


madmax Says:

Ben, can you stop keep saying about fed’s consistency 5 years ago? It’s getting really, really boring. Honestly. It is. I’m glad your straight up shocked. I’m not.


Eskay Says:

Nole’s inability to serve aces might be a crucial factor. Roger is on the offensive from the word go. Nole is defending well. But till how long?


i am it Says:

I want the winner to do in straight sets so he will have a bit more level playing field tomorrow, though nothing will compensate 3 hrs less rest.


Kimmi Says:

backhand to backhand mmmmh federer fails the battle


madmax Says:

First serve needs sorting fed. A bit nervous I think. Novak has nothing to lose and is playing brilliantly!

Come on Fed!


Kimmi Says:

play a let..roger not happy.


Ben Pronin Says:

Haha, “it’s not disturbing anybody”. Oh Roger. But seriously, what happened?


Kimo Says:

Sh!t always happens with Molina. Terrible umpire.


madmax Says:

Kimo Says:
WOW, how beautiful is Fed’s tennis? I mean, I don’t care if Rafa gets to 30 slams. He’ll never produce tennis as beautiful as this.

September 11th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Kimo, yes. absolutely agree.

what is happening here? A net call? Linesman falling?

play a let. weird?

A hindrance for the players?

I dont think so. It was after novak hit the shot? No? Oh well. won the point. But weird moment there.


Eskay Says:

Excitement mounting. Roger broken. Nole should now go on offensive now.


madmax Says:

Why is fed playing long rallies? He should be shortening the points!

Brilliant shot by novak. Wow. Superb volley.

Novak been doing his homework!


Ben Pronin Says:

That was the right cool, Fed’s a testy guy.


Nina Says:

Go Novak, you have him here!
Excellent start to the match, I’m confident about Novak’s chances here.


Kimmi Says:

djoko got the first blood..

federer backhand leaking errors too..oh well


Ben Pronin Says:

*Should be “call” not “cool”.


madmax Says:

novak is net bully today!


madmax Says:

ROGER, COME INTO THE NET!

I dont think he has done this yet?

Fed needs to break back.

Come on fed.

Novak has the upper hand right now.


guy Says:

124mph, that was djoker’s ‘bomb’


Ben Pronin Says:

Can’t all change our grip like Rafa.


Kimmi Says:

federer breaks back..go fed


Kimo Says:

That’s my Rog. BP conversion is excellent :)


madmax Says:

quality back hand fed!

from the get go, a great match!

where are the novak fans and the federer fans? Huh, skeeze, i am it, you should be here!

fed broken back.

Okay Ben, is it because the linesman wobbled? But fed had already served and novak had returned, BEFORE the linesman fell, so why was that a let when fed had won the point? Dont understand.


i am it Says:

They already broke back each other.
4-3 (1st set). Not looking good.


guy Says:

@ben
haha yeah.


guy Says:

federer 25% on second serves. very rare


Skeezerweezer Says:

@guy

Lol love the wit:). I’ll wait till the next match is over but Rafa is looking good. There is some things I know little about, but knowing Rafa was going to beat Youz was a no brainer…


WTF Says:

Nadal has a good chance of winning it this year. This time he is fresh and has not dropped a set on route to the final, which means the big issue of back to back SF and F matches is not a problem. He has no injury complaints either. He’ll just watch the match between Fed and Djok now and hope they go 7-6 in the fifth.

This is Nadal’s absolute best chance he’s ever had of winning, and if he doesn’t, he may not get another opportunity as good as this. He needed help with the draw and got it. All the people he needed to lose lost.

Looking forward to Fed-Nadal XXII.


guy Says:

@ madmax
i think novak was distracted and basically stopped even though federer would have probably won the point


madmax Says:

don’t worry I am it.

C’mon Federer! brilliant forehand. 15 all.


Ben Pronin Says:

Madmax, they started rallying and Djokovic heard the guy fall as he was hitting the ball, they showed the replay and I thought it was pretty clear.

Federer hasn’t lost a point at the net, yet, according to JMac.


madmax Says:

c’mon fed. go for the break.

this is as close as it can get in the first set.


Kimmi Says:

crunch time now. 5-4..novak serving first. serving first always an adv.


guy Says:

@skeezer
you know i remember a baghdatis AO match where djoker was serving 110mph second serves and i thought he’d gotten himself a big mother serve. but something went horribly wrong for him


Eskay Says:

Both have settled down. Nole has changed from all court game to more to the backhand of Roger.But Roger will make his move on the next service game of Nole.


Ben Pronin Says:

The one linesman who yells “out” sounds like Fed yelling “cmon”. It keeps confusing me.


madmax Says:

okay guy/ben. the replay they showed here, novak hit the ball, the guy wobbled in the background. s’pose it’s splitting hairs really.

WTF, rafa always has a chance of winning, if he wins this USO then he deserves it. But novak and fed playing real close right now, just hope that fed pulls it out and pulls through. Got to get that serve clicking.

Federer is wining 3 out of 12 points on his second serve, they just said this is showing how well novak is playing. Fed got a match on his hands, but this is what it should be like. no.2 and no.3 in the world.

This match is so much better than the nadal match. skeeze, as you said, it really was a no brainer.

Net points won from fed 12/12.

Come to the net fed, dont get into the long rallies. keep the points short.

We need two aces here.


guy Says:

should show the ground level more, shows how quick these guys are


madmax Says:

Fed’s running forehand has got to be THE most beautiful shot I have ever seen.


Kimo Says:

Very nervous game from Djoko. Fed’s in his head :)


guy Says:

looks like nothing much has changed all these years huh? very similar


madmax Says:

can fed break?

c’mon fed break!

3 break point opportunities. dont blow it!!!!!

Yesssssssssssssssss!!!!!

Fed breakkssssssssssssssssssssssss!


fed is afraid Says:

novak what a wasted opportunity


Eskay Says:

Roger to serve at 6-5. First set as good as over.


Kimmi Says:

YAY federer, go serve it out


Nina Says:

Novak, brainfart again! You cannot allow that if you want to win here!


Kimo Says:

madmax Says:

“Fed’s running forehand has got to be THE most beautiful shot I have ever seen.”

It’s beautiful when it’s firing. In 2008/ early 2009, he had a lot of problems with it.


guy Says:

the good old 75 set


Ben Pronin Says:

Argh, 09 all over again. Anyone else see the Bleu de Chanel commercial? I love it, it’s so funny. “I will no longer be the person I’m expected to be anymore”. I don’t know why but that cracks me up.


madmax Says:

okay. hope this first serve is clicking.

okay. second serve clicking too.


Ben Pronin Says:

Great rally from Novak.


guy Says:

that was massive from djoker


madmax Says:

oh dear Fed is Afraid is back here to try to do some brain freezes.

Gannu, where have you gone?


Gannu Says:

Well…If fed goes onto win this i just really hope he plays his best ever against nadal… (sorry for being a broken record) and if he still loses then by all means Nadal deserves.. but if fed is going to hand over and succumb under mental pressure then i will be very dispirited and crestfallen…

Come on roger serve out this set


madmax Says:

come on Fed. Get the first set in the bag, the second and the third.

C’mon!


guy Says:

djoko 54% win on first serve.
that’s not gonna cut it


Ben Pronin Says:

Roger wants Rafa. He really does. Gotta give the guy credit, and lots of it. But I think Djokovic will keep fighting. He doesn’t look content losing, something we’ve come rather accustomed to seeing in the last year.


guy Says:

federer has 94%


Kimmi Says:

set 7-5. Go fed


Kimo Says:

GO ROGEEEERRRRRRR.


Eskay Says:

Nole has to come to net to make a difference from the first set. Let us see whether he has brought Plan B in the second set.


madmax Says:

Gannu, let’s talk about final after this match. Fed still got to win.

Fed wins first set!

whoooooooooooooo hooooooooooooo!!!!!

Great set of tennis.

Marcus buckland, STOP commentating! Novak is playing really well, but please, hope he stops playing so good!

When will fed do some volleying?


Nina Says:

I really don’t see any improvement in Novak’s mentality. He still gives away the points in the most important moments, like when after he broke Federer. He lost concentration so badly.


madmax Says:

Ben Pronin Says:
Argh, 09 all over again. Anyone else see the Bleu de Chanel commercial? I love it, it’s so funny. “I will no longer be the person I’m expected to be anymore”. I don’t know why but that cracks me up.

September 11th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Ben,

what do you mean?


Ben Pronin Says:

To be fair, this is Djokovic’s best slam all year. It does look like he’s FINALLY getting back to his best form, win or lose today. I guess we’ll have to wait until next year to find out what outrageous thing Djokovic does to or with his game to completely undo all the hard work.


Kimberly Says:

Two more sets to FEDAL!!!!!!!!


i am it Says:

Djoko does not have 1st tier champion’s mind. in all seriousness.


margot Says:

Djko played so well in that set,yet suddenly without breaking sweat, fed has the first set. Astonishing.


Kimmi Says:

fed 2 doubles…did djoko do to doubled too? they are even


madmax Says:

Hi margot. been a while.

Fed’s first serve % was 46 in the first set. This has been unusual in this tournament. He has only dropped one point though when he has made his first serve.


Nina Says:

Novak has to be more aggresive, just 9 winners is poor…


Ben Pronin Says:

Federer’s forehand = WOW


madmax Says:

just brilliant. Oh my god. What a shot. by fed. Is it nerves with this first serve or what?

c’mon fed. get it sorted.


jane Says:

jsut checked scores.so hard to type on phone. :( nole had break and lost it? too bad. sounds like soda the other day. fedal is destined.


Kimmi Says:

3 doubles..federer going for his second serves


Kimo Says:

2 DFs in one game from Fed? I hope the back problem has not re-emerged.


i am it Says:

Ben, best form won’t be enough against Rafa and Federer at a Slam final. Djoko needs 1st tier champion’s mind like them.


madmax Says:

yeah but ben. This serve is playing up a bit today.

it should be wrapped up this game, not 40:40.


Kimmi Says:

hmmm 40-15 to duece to adv djoko..c’mon fed, focus


Nina Says:

Yeah! Seems like Novak just listened to me… oh my what a match.


Ben Pronin Says:

OMFG it’s my all time favorite match!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

and he breaks..wow. federer broken after being 40-15. two doubled. and couple of errors.


Eskay Says:

Nole has broken. But Roger does not allow break to last long. Difficult for Nole to consolidate.


madmax Says:

Kimberly Says:
Two more sets to FEDAL!!!!!!!!

September 11th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Kimberly, I hope you’re not trying to jinx this.

Novak is playing incredibly well right now. I know it’s early days.


Kimmi Says:

federer first serve not cutting today..42% first serve. not good


madmax Says:

fed is just lapsing a bit here.

What is going on?

Focus Fed, focus.


Eskay Says:

Nole on roll. Roger on stroll.


Ben Pronin Says:

3 7-6 sets and 4 7-5 sets out of 10 sets. Add in a 5th 7-5 set out of 11 sets played here. All but 1 won by Federer. Yeah, I agree, the mind of Djokovic isn’t as tough as Fed and Nadal, but you gotta give Fed some credit, too. He’s tough, you know.


Kimmi Says:

big swing in momentum here. federer, c’mon concentrate


madmax Says:

ah. he’ll be fine. This is federer but unusual as he has been so dominant in all his previous matches. He should be playing a bit more aggressive right now, and taking the shots earlier.

Come on Federer. Serve should be 70%!


Seth Says:

Fed can’t seem to buy a first serve out there, which is not going to get the job done in this match, first set notwithstanding. Get ‘em in the box, Rog. Hate it when he goes on walkabout.


tennisfansince76 Says:

good 1sy set for rog. Nole played well in the 1st part of the 1st set. feasting on fed’s 2nd serve. that usually means you’ll win. now fed starts donating at the beginning of the 2nd set.


madmax Says:

I’d like to see easier service games from fed right now. Okay. That’s better fed.

Now go for the win!


madmax Says:

Seth, I dont think he’s gone walkabout. at all. He wants to win this match, but then so does novak. Novak just in charge right now.

Plenty of aggression from nole. Roger needs to equalise.


paula Says:

I hope Nole can take this set- make for a more exciting match.


Kimo Says:

Something is definitely bothering Roger physically.


Nina Says:

Nole on a roll here, he cannot lose this set!


Eskay Says:

Nole now playing attacking game. He is going more for corners than mid court rallies. But yet it won’t be easy to win the set. He has to come more to the net at some point of time.


Gannu Says:

dont scare me Kimo? why do u say so? He looked fine… The last thing i want in fed is an injury…


Nina Says:

@Kimo… Now you find a excuse for Roger? c’mon don’t make me laugh…


Kimo Says:

Ben can’t you see it? His feet aren’t moving, he’s not hitting his forehand right, he’s not getting down for low balls.

It’s pretty obvious. On the last game of the first set, Roger let out an “umph” on a 2nd serve and he hasn’t been the same guy since.


madmax Says:

43% first serve?

This is very unlike fed.

Kimo,

dont say things like that. Fed just missing shots he hasn’t missed in a while. It’ll come back (hopefully).


Kimo Says:

Nina, believe me, if there is anyone who wasn’t Roger to be 100%, it’s me.

Something is just not right.


Kimo Says:

I meant “who wants”


Seth Says:

Argh, he has completely gone away! How do you not hit that inside-out forehand at 15-0?


madmax Says:

just saying Fed is building novak’s confidence in this second set (skysports), but there is no way that roger would underestimate fed.

Fed is just not getting those serves in.

40:30. Fed got to close games out quicker though.


fed is afraid Says:

roger might as well lose right now
he won’t win tommorrow


Gannu Says:

Its inexplicable how his level drops down so badly suddenly.. suddenly shnaking forehands… missing 1st serves.. just cant understand why this happens.. this was never the case in his 2005-2007 days…very stunned


Seth Says:

Kiss this set goodbye, Feddy.


zinaldo Says:

Federer is thinking about tomorrow already and he is clearly not looking forward to facing nadal,he knows himself that his ground game is at the worse it has ever been and there is no way he is beating rafa with just the serve.

Really i am now on those who could actually say that nadal could end up being the best player ever because he has won pretty much all of his finals against roger,so it must mean something.


madmax Says:

oh dear.

fed is just not firing in this set.
stay calm gannu.

nina, i dont think that kimo was making excuses and I dont think it helps when you come on accusing her of doing so. so please stop.


Nina Says:

This set is done, go Novak!


tennisfansince76 Says:

definitely a soft set from fed


Kimo Says:

OK, can you guys seriously look me in the eye after that last game and tell me there’s nothing wrong with him physically?! Djoko isn’t doing anything different.


Eskay Says:

Double break. Real test now. can he serve out.


Kimberly Says:

I leave the room for 10 mins and its 5-1? wtf rog?


madmax Says:

nope. fed is done in this set. I’m inclined to agree with kimo.


Ben Pronin Says:

Idk, I don’t see it, not much. I think he’s just going thru a rough patch. I’m rooting for Djokovic, anyway, sorta, I think. The commentators are saying Djokovic has been moving a lot better than Fed in this set and Fed’s been going for too much. I don’t know, still a lot of tennis to be played. We’ll see.


Kimo Says:

zinaldo said:

“Federer is thinking about tomorrow already and he is clearly not looking forward to facing nadal,he knows himself that his ground game is at the worse it has ever been and there is no way he is beating rafa with just the serve.”

Oh…and he didn’t know he’s facgin Nadal in the first set? Get real.


madmax Says:

It’s just a weird, weird set.

9 years ago that he lost a set 6:1.


tennisfansince76 Says:

kiss that set goodbye


Ben Pronin Says:

HE’S DONE IT! HE TOOK A SET. YESSSS!!!!! Ok, just based on the 6-1 score, maybe Federer is suffering from something. This is the worst set score they’ve ever played here, so maybe.


paula Says:

whoah. what a turnaround.


Seth Says:

I don’t think there’s a physical problem. He just mentally checked out.


Eskay Says:

Ground zero. Battle resumes at equal level. Battle worth a semi-final. Unlike the first one.


Nina Says:

Now starts the match… and I have to go to a birthday party, damn!


Kimmi Says:

I dont believe it a breadstick set..federer need a HUGE regroup here


madmax Says:

kimo, ignore zinaldo. just trouble and nothing better to do.

If novak wins, then I hope he goes on to win the tournament. There plenty of excellent novak fans here, unfortunately, rinaldo isn’t one of them.

Hope fed sorts out his game. a very different set from the first.


tennisfansince76 Says:

is anyone else finding themselves contemplating committing the first homicide of their life after hearing Mary Carillo blither and blather today?


Kimo Says:

Ben Pronin said:

“Idk, I don’t see it, not much.”

You’re kidding right? He’s not moving his feet at ALL.


tennisfansince76 Says:

is anyone else finding themselves contemplating committing the first homicide of their life after hearing Mary Carillo blither and blather today?


i am it Says:

I am worried that these two will not be 100% for tomorrow, esp. Djoko if he pulls an upset here.


madmax Says:

twist in the tale.

they are the best matches.


zinaldo Says:

Yes it is called nadaism,that is what wrong with roger,the man would give half his fortune if it meant he didn’t have to play the only man who can not only beat but make him look real bad.


Nina Says:

There is nothing physically wrong with Federer, he’s just gone mentally from the set. He will change in the 3rd set, though. That’s when the real battle begins… Go Novak! Looking serious Nole, he can do this, it’s now or never.


fed is afraid Says:

rafa wants to play roger
novak can beat rafa here


Kimo Says:

His back is very stiff.


Kimmi Says:

federer not looking good. shanking the ball. oh no!


madmax Says:

his dad is watching. I hope he wins this for his dad.


Kimo Says:

Nina said:

“There is nothing physically wrong with Federer, he’s just gone mentally from the set.”

But why? Have you ever seen Roger check out mentally after a very well played set?


madmax Says:

first game.

Kimo. I’m looking carefully and he is moving a little slow, but I dont think it is that bad. I might be wrong. I really think that he wants to destroy novak, but novak is playing the best I have seen him in a while, and he wants revenge from cinny.

An improvement in stats with fed’s serve in this set, so that’s a positive.


Seth Says:

Yes, I have, Kimo. He has a distressing habit of doing this all too often, just taking a mental walkabout.


madmax Says:

fed’s gone off the boil.

This is NOT what I expected.


Ben Pronin Says:

I’ve always hated Mary Carillo. Her and Dick “I don’t actually know anything about tennis” Enberg are the worst commentators. But jeez, Carillo is just awful.

Maybe because Djokovic keeps pressing and Fed can’t keep up, he is pretty old. But seriously, it’s tough to say. The commentators haven’t mentioned anything, and I agree that he checked out mentally. Djokovic has always given him a lot of trouble off the ground. Don’t forget he took the third and final set 6-2 in Basel last year.


Nina Says:

Nole is looking good, getting more confident.


Kimmi Says:

federer lost 5-1 at wimbles to berdych.

novak had turn this match around. federer needs to serve much better here


Seth Says:

He looks bored, as if he couldn’t be less interested in this match.


madmax Says:

Fed just taking his time.

Kimo, if you think it is his back, then he can call for a trainer. That’s what they are there for, so I dont think it’s too serious. I dont even want to think about it to be honest.

Just want Federer to win.

It’s the sense of urgency that’s gone just a little anyway. Maybe he fights back and plays a better game.

Cmon Federer.


Gannu Says:

i am getting damn concerned now…very worried.. i hope i hear atleast a “come on” from fed which would indicate that he wants to win.. at present i dont evn see that desire in him.. he is so cold and emotionless like rock.. thats sometimes even more worrying…


Ben Pronin Says:

That’s so huge.

They’re saying Federer isn’t serving that well. Could be his back, but I refuse to buy into that. I credit Djokovic for this. He’s been returning Agassi-like all tournament, and he’s not making it easy on Fed’s second serves. So of course Fed is going to try to get a good first serve in.


madmax Says:

better Fed.

Well done.


Von Says:

“I think he’s just going thru a rough patch. I’m rooting for Djokovic, anyway, sorta, I think.” Ben

Just as I thought.


madmax Says:

Gannu Says:
i am getting damn concerned now…very worried.. i hope i hear atleast a “come on” from fed which would indicate that he wants to win.. at present i dont evn see that desire in him.. he is so cold and emotionless like rock.. thats sometimes even more worrying…

September 11th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Gannu, just go with it.

If it is fed’s back, then whwat can you do? Nothing.

But it ain’t over yet. Just the beginning, so don’t give up hope yet.


jane Says:

wow, just checked scores again. thats better nole!! keep goin. thank god am taping this.


Gannu Says:

Kimo .. please please dont spread unnecessary rumours.. bad back.. that would be disastrous for his serve…The last thing that you can help is stop passing some baseless comments… will be very interested to see roger’s presser … oh God give roger strength and courage to pull this out !!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

Djoker was winning 75% of Fed’s 2ns serves from the get go. its just that Fed’s 1st serve % dropped in the beginning of the 2nd set.


zinaldo Says:

Could the reason of him being bored be that he has to play the only man with the perfect game,guts and speed to defeat him tomorrow.

Federer is what you call a coward he wants things easy,if not he starts acting like a kid who isn’t having his way that is why you see the shanks.

I remember years ago when he actually said if nadal wasn’t always there in the final i would win more,like a loser who is tired of losing so he would rather not have to play the person who constantly beat him.


Kimo Says:

Ben, believe what you want. Fed’s movement has clearly changed and his serve isn’t as good coz his back is clearly stiff.

If you don’t wanna see it, you won’t see it.

madmax said:

“Kimo, if you think it is his back, then he can call for a trainer.”

He’s too damn stubborn. He’d think if he does that people would accuse him of gamesmanship.


madmax Says:

Ben, fed is NOT serving as well as he has all tournament. That’s a fact. Whether it is physical or mental, who knows. I cant imagine it is mental. He has such great reserves and great belief and now has annacone who has redefined his game.

Now look. Fed has just played a brilliant shot. volley. This is what we want. This is what fed needs to do.


Kimo Says:

zinaldo said:

“Federer is what you call a coward”

And you call yourself a Fed fan? You’re such a hypocrite.


paula Says:

I think Carillo is proof satan exists.


madmax Says:

dont spoil this for the fed fans von. that’s a request.


Kimmi Says:

federer BH winners 1
Errors 13

OUCH


paula Says:

But I think Tracy Austin is even worse. Like she’s secretly a cannibal or child murderer, too. I like Mary Jo best of all the ladies and Johnny Mac best of the dudes- oh, and Killer Cahill. He’s awesome.


paula Says:

But I think Tracy Austin is even worse. Like she’s secretly a cannibal or child murderer, too. I like Mary Jo best of all the ladies and Johnny Mac best of the dudes- oh, and Killer Cahill. He’s awesome.


Kimo Says:

Gannu said:

“The last thing that you can help is stop passing some baseless comments…”

It’s my opinion. Disagree with it if you want.


madmax Says:

okay kimo. But it aint over yet.


Von Says:

Come on Federer, please win this!

Unbelieievable — truth can’t be told it’s again stifled.


madmax Says:

zinaldo isn’t a federer fan kimo. That’s obvious.


madmax Says:

brilliant volley by federer.

more of that please.


Von Says:

Wrong use of power is a bad thing.


Ben Pronin Says:

I’m not trying to not see it. Like I said, I don’t know. But last year everyone said he had a problem with his back in the final but he never even mentioned it. And if you wanna say it’s because he doesn’t wanna make excuses, well then all we gotta do is look back at this year’s Wimbledon.

Sorry for having a preference, Von.

Anyways, I still have to credit Djokovic. Like Murray has often made Nadal’s knees hurt with all his pace changing, Djokovic is hitting deep, heavy, and very consistently. If Federer’s having physical trouble, it’s because Djokovic is making this a pretty physical match.


Seth Says:

I guarantee you Fed isn’t thinking about who he’ll face in the final if he pulls this out. That’s pretty wild and unwarranted speculation.

As it is, if Nole pulls this out, I won’t be too crushed. He’s grown on me the last couple of years and I can get into rooting for him in the final against Nadal.


madmax Says:

Gannu,

federer is going to win. I just feel it. so dont worry. He has picked up his game this set. God I hope I’m right. and this can be wrapped up in four sets.

Novak is so close. Too many free points.

Federer!!!!!

C’mon!


Gannu Says:

Zinaldo… can you keep ur mouth shut… thanks we all fed fans admit that Nadal is HGod and roger is scared.. are u happy now?? So please shut up


Eskay Says:

Nole is breathing heavier than Roger. Not long before he loses a step. Will Roger come through in four????


zinaldo Says:

I am a tennis fan and yes roger made me love tennis but the man clearly doesn’t practice as hard as he used to back in the day but if he does it is clear that the serve is the only thing he does work on.

He has said in the past that he struggles against rafa,when you have a player who can play 5 hour set and come back and still not only beat you but outlast you in another 5 setter then i know i would be seriously worried about playing that person when they are playing better than me.

Roger has to be at his absolute best to beat rafa whereas rafa has shown that even at less than his physical peak he can take out roger in a slam final, i am worried about what could happen tomorrow.


Kimo Says:

If Fed is scared from facinf Rafa, why did he win his Cincy semifinal when he knew Rafa would probably be in it?

It’s just BS.


Nina Says:

Go Novak! All my luck and love from here, I gotta go now… Hope I can catch it tomorrow on the reprise…


Seth Says:

And you’re right, Ben. Djokovic is playing as well as I’ve seen him against Fed. His return game has been fierce.


Kimo Says:

I meant Cincy quarterfinal.


i am it Says:

This is too exciting tennis. I don’t think the final will be able to match this one. Wish this were the final.


Ben Pronin Says:

Nadal wasn’t below his physical best at AO 09. Cmon, he was completely recovered. That’s how he rolls.


Kimo Says:

Ben Pronin said:

“And if you wanna say it’s because he doesn’t wanna make excuses, well then all we gotta do is look back at this year’s Wimbledon.”

Yeah, and everyone grilled him for it.


zinaldo Says:

Mentally in the long run,roger losing to rafa would be bad news as the younger players would get even more confidence to take him out in any majors so he wouldn’t want that to happen.


paula Says:

I think we should all feel sorry for zinaldo. Either that, or zinaldo is not really a person, but a robot that Martians built to destroy humanity with sheer annoyance. Maybe the same Martians who built the person known as “tracy austin” (not really a person) built zinaldo.


Gannu Says:

thanks madmax for the encouragement.. hope fed pulls this out.. i just dont know what he is thinking.. good bad.. whether he is feeling well…I mean some kind of emotion would help…
This is so very strange…my head is spinning… wathcing fed’s matches these days is so very traumatic!!!


Kimmi Says:

bad error for fed..0-15. hmmm not good


zinaldo Says:

But he still played a 5 set match when roger didn’t and still outlasted roger and beat him,that to me proves that you just have to put rafa on the other side of the net and roger would never be himself no matter how well he has played the day before.


Kimmi Says:

crunch time moment now..nervous!


Eskay Says:

Roger neither getting aces, nor first serves in by say his normal 60-65%. What has happened to him. I is 4-3. He will make his move now, for sure than leaving it for later 5-4.


zinaldo Says:

Ok scared is a bit of a strong word,i would uneasy about facing someone who can make his game look completely pants,i would be to but for that you need to be strong mentally which roger has for me never been.

He has always relied on his amazing tennis gift but has never been what you call a fighter or tough competitor especially in the head.


Seth Says:

If haven’t noticed, Zinaldo, the match you’re talking about happened a over year and a half ago, and there’s a tennis match happening right now. Why all these irrelevant discussions of what might transpire today and tomorrow based on happenings in the past?


Von Says:

“sonic Says:
Once again one must wonder how someone who writes about tennis can be so blind, or fall under the hype. I don’t know if the problem is one of knowledge, or perhaps Sean hasn’t really wacthed a single match Djokovic has played, so he’s just going by what others say.

“Djokovic is NOT play well. He’s playing the same crap he’s been playing the entire year – which is still enough to be top 10, top 5, but not nearly as good as he was.

“It just so happened that his opponents played so bad they made his look good. Fish was shit, complete and utter, and Nole’s matches well to boot. Do we need to say anything about Monfils? That was a pathetic effort from the Frenchman, after the second set all he did was stand 5 meteres behind the basline and float the balls back to around T, where Novak murdered them. And STILL Novak allowed him a whooping 13 break point chances! 13!!! and 50, that’ 50!!!”
_________________
I’ve been saying this all along, but am deemed to be hateful because some don’t like to hear the truth.

He hasn’t faced ONE top 10 player en route to the SFs And, people are saying nadal’s draw was easy. All year the Joker has had cup cake draws, but worship is blind.
________________
Ben, you gave yourself away as to what you’re doing, by answering my post which has disappeared. Good job, Ben.


margot Says:

it’s the serve everyone, just crucial, without it your game folds.


Seth Says:

Fed’s still trying to win this match with his second serve, I see. Not going to get it done.


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic in his head: I knew that was out!


Ben Pronin Says:

There’s a cmon! After a couple of HUGE forehands.


Gannu Says:

i heard a come on!!! thank God


Von Says:

LOL, it’s funny, Gannu and maxi are telling the other Fed fans to shut up for being realistic. Nothing worse than a nation divided. LOOOOL.


Kimo Says:

5 DFs guys. Don’t tell me there’s nothing wrong with him. Roger can go matches at a time without any Dfs, yet in less than three sets he serves 5? Even when he’s not having a good serving day, his 2nd serve always goes in.


Kimmi Says:

Big “C’mon” from the fed.


zinaldo Says:

Please tell me why has rafa been successful against roger in the past and on all surfaces,because of one thing,his atrocious backhand which can’t handle shot there or spin shots.

Nadal is in roger head and no matter where they play he is always with a shout of winning just because roger is so bothered by the lefty serve.

We have been lucky to have seen him at his best so not too bothered but he could help himself by training a little harder as the physical side of his game is leaving him.


Gannu Says:

atleast some +ve vibes…hope djokovic crumbles under pressure!!!


Kimmi Says:

seth – I agree about fed serve. He left it in the hotel…

crunch time here..


Ben Pronin Says:

Dude, it’s called a bad serving day. Doesn’t have to signify a physical ailment.


zinaldo Says:

His backhand is not reliable and now moving to his right seems to be so difficult for roger.


Seth Says:

He’s fighting. But still not thinking or constructing points all that well.


Kimo Says:

Ben Pronin Says:

“Dude, it’s called a bad serving day. Doesn’t have to signify a physical ailment.”

Even on bad serving days he doesn’t serve double faults.


Daniel Says:

Djoko os playng the best I’ve seen fron him this season. I don’t even remember last time he made a silly error in this match.


Eskay Says:

Of all the top 4 seeds, Nole’s backhand appears best. Roger may have to wait for TB to find his serve and aces.


jane Says:

nole is top returne r so maybe forced fed to go harder on 2nd servs? just a thought. cant see match so dont know. tight 3rd by looksof it..


Ben Pronin Says:

Woah. Djokovic a little upset.


zinaldo Says:

Just now,lol.


Kimmi Says:

first serve fed..where is it? at last.

Are we going to the tie break?


Seth Says:

Fed’s first serve percentage has passed through the toilet and is now in the sewer.


Kimo Says:

If this set goes to the tiebreak, I don’t see Fed winning it. He’s missing basic shots.


Gannu Says:

Paul Annacone is an even bigger mystery,… his facial expression doesnt change a bit..whether roger is winning losing cruising self destructing etc.. no wonder he is a perfect fit as fedex coach.. just stunned at the sequence of events happening.. and add to that the commentators are harping that fe dis playing badly.. wat has happened etc?


i am it Says:

This has turned into a big time slug fest. As JMac said Rafa must be smiling. So true.
Amazing tennis but …
We are about to go into a tie breaker. 3rd set.


Ben Pronin Says:

So he’s double faulted, too. It’s a part of a bad serving day.


Kimmi Says:

“nole is top returne r so maybe forced fed to go harder on 2nd servs? just a thought. cant see match so dont know”

jane – its true about the doubles but still fed serving below 46%. that has notheing to do with djoko return. bad serving day today


Naresh Says:

Mannnnnnn what a backhand down the line boom !!! Fed’s feeling it at 6-5 in the 3rd !!!


Ben Pronin Says:

Fed stepped up and Djokovic got too tentative.


Kimmi Says:

0-40 oh no big point coming up


madmax Says:

this is too tense right now.


Eskay Says:

Beginning of Nole’ end. No body beats an upbeat Roger. Matter would be over in the fourth set.


Kimmi Says:

“C’MOOOON” federer says


Ben Pronin Says:

That’s huge. Federer wants this. He wants Nadal. He wants the title.


Kimo Says:

That’s my Roger!!! He went AWOL for a couple of sets.

Djoko crumbles mentally at the business end of the set..again.


i am it Says:

That was pretty defensive and sloppy game from Djoko.
OK, Fed has taken the 3rd set but it does not mean Djoko will not resist in the 4th.


Seth Says:

Wow. Credit to Fed, even though he’s playing like dog excrement, he still finds a way to a 2 sets to 1 lead against an opponent who’s playing quite well.


Von Says:

I can’t remember which commentator said it last week, but they mentioned the best returners, and the Joker is among one of them, but he’s NOT the best.

_____________________
I agree with Kimo, Fed’s serve is bad, and it’s got nothing to do with how the Joker is returning. The bad serving is making the Joker look goood, but’s it’s simply an illusion.

C’mon Fed, win this thing!


Naresh Says:

Fed’s back folks !!! 6-4 for Fed in the 4th ?!!


Kimo Says:

Where are you zinaldo? Can you please illuminate us with your unbound winsdom and tell us the reason behind Fed’s brilliant play in that last game?


zinaldo Says:

Nadal won’t let roger wake up the way djoker did at the end there and i don’t think roger would have the confidence to even break.


AtlasHugged Says:

Wow! What a champion. Definitely can’t beat nadal playing this way, but how does he step it up, time after time? The commentators on USopen.org live stream are pointing out that Nadal and Federer are so much better at handling their emotions than djokovic, murray, and given the quarters, soderling as well.

That’s a trick I’d like to learn.


Daniel Says:

Wow, that’s why Fed is hard to beat in Slams. Djoko is playing better than him but felt the pressure at the end of the set. Amazing!


Kimo Says:

Seth said:

“Wow. Credit to Fed, even though he’s playing like dog excrement, he still finds a way to a 2 sets to 1 lead against an opponent who’s playing quite well.”

And that’s why he’s the GOAT.


i am it Says:

Kimo,
Agreed. Djoko blinked mentally and could not hold.


madmax Says:

Ben Pronin Says:
That’s huge. Federer wants this. He wants Nadal. He wants the title.

September 11th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

do you know Ben, I’m really glad you said that.

Whatever happens, please remember this post. In fact, archive it. And stop with the raking up of the past, and you know what I’m referring to. You should be pleased that Fed has made you the writer that you are, so show some respect.


tennisfansince76 Says:

wow! what a funny sport tennis is. to me Nole has been the better player today by a significant margin yet he is down 2 sets to 1. all goes to show that in tennis some pts are worth a lot more than others. Nole got a little tentative at the ends of sets 1 and 3 and fed hit some screamers and thats all she wrote.


zinaldo Says:

This ain’t done yet.


tennisfansince76 Says:

who wants to bet well have a 6-2 set for nole here?


margot Says:

madmax, kimmi, et al.: I can hear you breathing again from here! That was a sweet, sweet two games from Fed, what a backhand when he needed it. Djko has been targeting it too.


zinaldo Says:

Shankeror seems to want to come back


Seth Says:

zinaldo Says:

“Nadal won’t let roger wake up the way djoker did at the end there and i don’t think roger would have the confidence to even break.”

Zinaldo, your claim is predicated on the assumption that Federer will not be playing any better than this tomorrow (should he pull this out), which is not necessarily true.


Kimo Says:

zinaldo Says:

“Nadal won’t let roger wake up the way djoker did at the end there and i don’t think roger would have the confidence to even break.”

WOW, you’re like the Fox News of tennis-x, man. You pick your narrative and you stick with it, and if the news doesn’t fit your narrative, you change the news. :DDD


Kimmi Says:

I hope he does not go AWOL in this set..concentrate fed


zinaldo Says:

I wouldn’t be surprised to see djoker win this set.


madmax Says:

zinaldo, I hear there’s a party in New York and they need a clown to cheer them up, It’s on the corner of fifth avenue, why don’t you walk over and see if you can bring some joy over there?


tennisfansince76 Says:

mary Carillo pls STFU!


Kimmi Says:

margot – i am breathing BUT its not over till the fat lady sings..


Seth Says:

Shankerer, ha!


madmax Says:

Anyone who thinks that roger doesn’t want to play rafa tomorrow in the final (zinaldo), probably forgot to mention that at the time, he wasn’t even watching that match, he was on the practice courts when the match was being played. So zi, you are completely wrong.

C’mon Roger!


tenisbebe Says:

Big hold for Nole here. He seems to be better when he gets pissed off, a cold non-demonstrative anger.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Fed needs to srv better.


Naresh Says:

I like this.. both r really stepping it up.. high level tennis happening here. One thing I’ve noticed about Fed in the last 2 years is that his 1st serve % drops below 50 when he plays the big returners..


i am it Says:

Even there in the opening of the 4th, Djoko had chances to earn BP. Got distracted. Good hold for Fed.
Djoko had so many chances to do damage but just missed because of some mental lack, not because he is not playing at the top of his game.

Next game, he serves poorly. 0-15. Fed misses. 15-5. Another BH miss from Fed. 30-15. Big FH deep into the corner, 40-15. Drop shot from Fed but gets passed.
Conclusion: Fed is winning mentally.
Sorry Djoko fans.
1-1.


tennisfansince76 Says:

bp


Kimmi Says:

break point


madmax Says:

Von Says:
I can’t remember which commentator said it last week, but they mentioned the best returners, and the Joker is among one of them, but he’s NOT the best.

Von, you dont even like novak, so why are you evern commenting on his game. Hardly rocket science what you’ve said. give it a break.

Novak is a great returner. Certainly tonight.


fed is afraid Says:

go nole!!!


Kimmi Says:

break..oh no. a see saw game


Kimo Says:

Oh God please don’t let this go to five sets. That would seal the title for Rafa.


tennisfansince76 Says:

uh oh i smell 5 sets. this is good for Nadal


tenisbebe Says:

Jez, Nole gave Roger was too many chances at 30-all. Break.


zinaldo Says:

Damn what a mental disaster roger is,to give away breaks the way he does is truly ridiculous.


Gannu Says:

Nadal is one damn lucky guy and would be damn happy to see this as a massive slugfest… really i just dont know what is going to happen…anyways my immediate focus is roger should somehow comeback and takes this set and the match… just cant take a 5th set… Its really too stressful…


Eskay Says:

Nole has got the break. But he is breathing heavy. Will he remain strong enough to take away fourth set.


i am it Says:

Now that Fed got broken early in the 4th set. Djoko leads 2-1 and will be serving to consolidate it, we may be heading to the 4th set.


Naresh Says:

This is not the same Djoko from the last few yrs.. same goes for Fed..


madmax Says:

Fed had better take this set, this is just excruciating at times.

C’mon Federer!


tennisfansince76 Says:

mary carillo STFU


margot Says:

Gr8 2 c Djko in there still fighting!


madmax Says:

forget nadal. just concentrate on roger. happy thoughts needed!

C’mon! we need some big c’mons! and some great serves! That has been lacking today.


madmax Says:

Federer, Focccussssss!


Naresh Says:

Djoko’s winning the battle of forehands..


tennisfansince76 Says:

bad miss


Von Says:

“tenisbebe Says:
Big hold for Nole here. He seems to be better when he gets pissed off, a cold non-demonstrative anger.”

Non-demonstrative anger?? He was banging his head with his racquet, that’s self-destructive, whichever way it seems to appear.

I’d rather see a player vent at the umpire then be so self-destructive.


aleish17 Says:

double break point for Djoko.

Congrats to Rafa for the semifinal win!


Naresh Says:

Djoko’s returning nearly all of Fed’s 1st serve’s..Amazing !


Kimo Says:

I haven’t see Roger play this badly in a long time.


aleish17 Says:

Oh no! Fed’s broken in the 4th.
Nice effort from Novak.


Gannu Says:

so now this is going to a 5th set… wat a nightmare….i mean just cant take this anymore.. i have a weak heart… i am quitting…and going off to sleep..hope fed somehow pulls this out…


Naresh Says:

“Nightmare on Arthur Ashe Stadium” for Fed fans…Scarrrrrrrryyyyyy…


Von Says:

Madmax; “Whatever happens, please remember this post. In fact, archive it. And stop with the raking up of the past, and you know what I’m referring to. You should be pleased that Fed has made you the writer that you are, so show some respect.”
________________
LOOL, this is funny, how can Federer make anyone the writer that they are? Does Fed have ESP and places pointers on writing in someone’s head? Sorry, but I find this to be both ludicrous and hilariously funny.


Ben Pronin Says:

Madmax, I have no idea what you mean.


i am it Says:

After the double break (4-, and serving), there is a hope Djoko takes this set and try to play strong in the 5th.
This match has become really unpredictable.


margot Says:

Yes, whoever wins, all good for Rafa.
Djko’s ground strokes much better than Fed’s, why isn’t Fed doing something different? Also Djko’s return brilliant.


i am it Says:

correction: 4-1. Djoko serving

More:
A love game for Djoko as Fed misses 2 easy ones at the net. 5-1.


Naresh Says:

Fed’s got no confidence rightnow.. if he loses his serve again, he’s losing this match..


Von Says:

I see a pattern to fed’s match play. He wins the first set, then goes on a mental walkabout, in the second, munching on a breadstick. He then wins the third set and then repeats a mental walkabout in the fourth, where he most probably will have another breadstick.

I think he’ll win the 5th set.
_________________
A big shout out to naresh. How have you been??


Naresh Says:

I don’t think Fed/Djoko have played a 5 setter b4 have they ?


zinaldo Says:

Roger is lucky i am not there in new york because i would be calling all sort of names just to see how he reacts,i mean how can the so called goat play like this.

But i am not surprised he was like even in his prime but they were very rare this sort of matches.


i am it Says:

It is certain that we are heading into the 5th set.
This will test if Djoko has developed into a 1st tier mind.


zinaldo Says:

Roger should get mad like he always does in his interviews,the only man who is a man just in front of journalists but soon because a little baby on the tennis court against rafa


Kimberly Says:

set point novak, from what i’ve seen so far roger is playing terribly.


Kimberly Says:

fifth set


tennisfansince76 Says:

a meek end to the 4th set sad to say. well lets see if Raj is playing possum. have to hand it to Djoker he has laid wood to Fed for alot of today’s match


i am it Says:

Bad lob from Djoko. 30-30. 2nd serve. Fed misses BH slice. Set point for Djoko.2nd serve. Nice FH anglr from Djoko. 6-2.
After 2 hrs 36 min. we are heading into the 5th.


Eskay Says:

Is it the first time Nole is going to 5 sets with Roger. Not in recent memory has this happened. What to predict, all confusion.


Naresh Says:

See-saw See-saw See ? Saw ?


tennisfansince76 Says:

really how is this match different from 2007? Fed served better. that would be the difference


tenisbebe Says:

Von – I am saying he plays better when he DOES NOT throw his racquet, bang his head but instead has a cold hard anger a la USO 2008 versus Andy Roddick.

Madmax would you please shut the hell up and go back to Tennis Talk MAXI. You are really annoying with your hand wringing.


Gannu Says:

I have no clue what is going to happen…The only thing i know is that i am so tensed and nervous .. that i just am going to get an heart attack any moment…This is excruciatingly traumatic (what a phrase to express ur pains!!!)
God have some mercy on fed fans…


margot Says:

Totally unpredictable winner! Can Djko hold firm? Can Fed up his game?


Kimberly Says:

come on Rog, want to see you in that final tomorrow (don’t want you to win it but want you to be there!)


margot Says:

eskay: they’ve never played a fifth.


jane Says:

noles won most return games this yr in atp match facts. woot! 5th srt. my recorder better be worrkinh!


tennisfansince76 Says:

shankosaurus!


zinaldo Says:

Roger don’t win this,i would have to say he might never win another slam again unless,nadal is sick again.


Gannu Says:

oh God.. the commentators want to see a tie break… i will collapse .. just dont have a heart to see that.. please roger somehow hold and break


madmax Says:

c’mon Fed, might as well go for it!


tennisfansince76 Says:

nole has done alot of dictating today. shaded of last year’s final


tennisfansince76 Says:

beautiful pt!


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – can’t believe you are missing live action of your fav. Maybe this new coach is good for him.


tennisfansince76 Says:

gannu i hope you have someheart meds on hand. dont want to see you have a coronary


tennisfansince76 Says:

where is the Nole who crumbled against melzer and Birdy?


aleish17 Says:

Wheeew! What a tight 3rd game in the 5th. Perfect timing for the ace from Fed.


tenisbebe Says:

Zinaldo says “Roger don’t win this,i would have to say he might never win another slam again unless,nadal is sick again.” You are doing 180′s dude.


zinaldo Says:

This match is resembling the wimbledon final 2008 against rafa where roger could only break once in each time he won the sets whereas nadal was able to break him on the regular basis and then won the tie breaker.


madmax Says:

Gannu,

Petchey says that Fed needs to serve and volley more. So let’s see what happens. I don’t have the stats on that right now, so perhaps I am it does and can post them?

What does roger need to do now in order to win.


Ben Pronin Says:

Hah, Von saying Novak isn’t a great returner, must have him mixed up with her boy Roddick.


AtlasHugged Says:

Well, whoever wins has to be a heavy underdog considering how well Nadal is playing.

I think from a betting point of view: Nadal is a better bet no matter who you’re a “fan” of more. Weird position for especially federer to be in, especially since he would be basically be the defending champion.


tennisfansince76 Says:

The tennis gods have smiled on Rafa at the USO this year


i am it Says:

Djoko had a chance to break there: easy FH long twice on Fed’s 2nd serve. Fed’s Ace seals the game. Fed leads 2-1 in the 5th.


margot Says:

jane: Djko’s returns and ground strokes just gr8, shame u aren’t watching live!
Hilarious my commentators are talking about Fed’s “lulls” rather than Djko’s good play.
But I really want to know why Fed is trading ground strokes rather than coming in, just like now!


Kimo Says:

Roger’s serve and forehand really letting him down today.


Von Says:

tenisbebe Says:
tenisbebe: “Von – I am saying he plays better when he DOES NOT throw his racquet, bang his head but instead has a cold hard anger a la USO 2008 versus Andy Roddick.”

Thanks for the explanation, I now got it.

BTW, I said hello to you a while back, but I doubt you saw my post. I’m glad to see you here.

“Madmax would you please shut the hell up and go back to Tennis Talk MAXI. You are really annoying with your hand wringing.”

She loves to be into everything, just dictating to everyone what they can and cannot do. If she had her way, she’d be the only one posting, and insulting everyone. She’s got her fangs into me, because she’s got supporters.
___________________
On another note, I don’t care what the ATP site says for this year for return stats, the talk was about the all-time best returner and it’s NOT DJOKOVIC, woot!!


Gannu Says:

tennisfansince76 Says:
The tennis gods have smiled on Rafa at the USO this year

Yes no doubt about that,.,.,and Djokovic is literally killing himself to win this match,..,he will have 1% chance against nadal..atleast i would give fed 20% chance!!


tenisbebe Says:

If Djoko does make it to the final, he should insist on picking out a different shirt for his father to wear.


tennisfansince76 Says:

what a tight 5th set. my intestines are spasming


zinaldo Says:

That is roger federer for you,in the most important matches he has lost,his so called money shot has always gone awol,talk about being a mental midget because your best shot should be the last thing that leaves you.


tenisbebe Says:

Fed is serving first so obviously a plus for him. Cannot believe how passive/defensive he was in e\the 4th, hanging out 4 ft behind the baseline. It’s as if he and Rafa have switched roles.


i am it Says:

Ben,
Statistically Djoko has more return games than any one on the tour. That makes him the best returner.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Djoker has gotten alot of nice net cords today


Eskay Says:

Net cords not impartial. Nole has cast a spell on them.


Kimberly Says:

anyone need a glass of wine.


margot Says:

tennisfansince76: brilliant :)


Von Says:

“Ben Pronin Says:
Hah, Von saying Novak isn’t a great returner, must have him mixed up with her boy Roddick.

September 11th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

_______________
Read my post and digest it, assimilate it, whatever, will help you to comprehend.

Get this: I said *A commentator stated that he’s not the all-time best returner. I never said, he’s not a great returner, but you love to take jabs, without getting all the facts don’t you?

What has Roddick got to do with this? You criticize me for talking about the Joker, yet you’ve always indulged profusely in taking cracks at Roddick.


i am it Says:

Correction: more return games won


tennisfansince76 Says:

Djoko solid mentally and physically so far


Eskay Says:

Rafa took almost 3 hrs. for three sets in his first round. Here five sets almost over in three hours. Winners are raining from both sides. Does it mean that the winner of this will win the trophy?
@Margot: Thanks for the info.


zinaldo Says:

Back in his prime roger came to beat you but now days he is playing like someone too afraid of losing and when you are in that mode the last thing you want to do is beat yourself and the tentativeness on him going for his shots at times.


tennisfansince76 Says:

thanks margot


zinaldo Says:

He can’t even hit down the line anymore with his forehand which is why you always see him go cross court as it is a safer shot and he has added a lot of nadal like top spin to it as well.


tennisfansince76 Says:

40 love to deuce uh oh!?Q@


tennisfansince76 Says:

my guts are like a bag of snakes


Kimo Says:

zinaldo Says:

“He can’t even hit down the line anymore”

Did you even watch the first set?


aleish17 Says:

Fed’s making a lot of errors.


Von Says:

Just in care my post wasn’t fully understood: The operative words are: “All-time best returner”.

Presently, the joker has the best percentage in return games, but he doesn’t hold the record — the all-time record.


tennisfansince76 Says:

nice BH down the line!


tenisbebe Says:

Von – No I did not see your post sorry. Hello to you.

She is a complete tool. Nothing intelligent to say just a mind numbing cheerleader.


tennisfansince76 Says:

how could he miss that shot?


Kimberly Says:

fed misses a sitter


tennisfansince76 Says:

sick FH to FH rally


tenisbebe Says:

You get the feeling whoever wins this game, wins the match


tennisfansince76 Says:

Djoker playing some sick D today?


zinaldo Says:

No i didn’t but how many times do you see roger really commit to a down the line forehand now days,now days i am just hoping he doesn’t miss.


tennisfansince76 Says:

and some D from Raj?


Kimo Says:

Roger wins the game. FINALLY. I almost had a heart attack.


tennisfansince76 Says:

wow tough hold. Djoker is throwing heavyweight haymakers


Kimberly Says:

novak looks like he is starting the breahing thing.


Kimo Says:

zinaldo Says:

“No i didn’t”

Well that pretty much explains everything.


Wheeler Says:

Nole vs RF THIS IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST MATCH OF THE 2010 US OPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

its all coming down to nerves, serves and shotmaking


Eskay Says:

This appears to be more a final than would be tomorrow. Both the guys are playing better than any one seen so far.


Gannu Says:

This is just getting insane .. i am really going mad ..


tennisfansince76 Says:

interesting stats. Fed’s 1st serve % up. 1st serve winning % down. 2nd serve winning % up


margot Says:

Fabulous game and Fed holds!


aleish17 Says:

Wow! beautiful forehnad from Fed


Kimberly Says:

i think fed will break here and serve it out


tennisfansince76 Says:

i am w/ you gannu. i am have to check into an asylum after this match is over. fed has killed my nerves


i am it Says:

7th game of the 5th set is the most intense game of all. 4-5 deuces.
Fed survived the game (after 4 hrs 30 min., total match time) means he may have the match.


tennisfansince76 Says:

oh that was for double break pt!


Kimberly Says:

maybe not


Kimberly Says:

shank


tennisfansince76 Says:

Djoko has showed some weakness this games but Fed has not taken advantage


Wheeler Says:

The Djoker simply is refusing to lose. I hope he performs like this in all grand slams from here on and we’ll have a third player into the Nadal-Federer dominance.


tennisfansince76 Says:

my sphincter is tightening!


Wheeler Says:

I will be heartbroken to see Nole lose after the heart and soul he has put into this match. KUDOS TO NOLE.


tennisfansince76 Says:

30 all clutch serve


Kimberly Says:

can fed break here for a date with rafa?


tennisfansince76 Says:

kudos to both players. they have both rocked competed hard today


tennisfansince76 Says:

I just whoever wins will have enough left to beast on Nadal tomorrow.


tenisbebe Says:

Cannot believe that Roger didn’t step up in that last game. Nole is playing lights out, best I’ve seen him play this year, by far.


Wheeler Says:

But crazy happy at the same time to see RF win. But I can’t see Nole lose.


tennisfansince76 Says:

3 games and a tiebreak max left


tenisbebe Says:

Another long error from Fed at 30-15. Have they updated the wind speed lately?


Kimberly Says:

roger, netting that overhead. wow


tennisfansince76 Says:

a couple of loose pts from Nole!


Wheeler Says:

Someone give Nole an energy drink. He shouldn’t lose because of exhaustion. (BEGINS TO CRY)


tennisfansince76 Says:

double match pt!!!


Kimberly Says:

double match point federer


Eskay Says:

Rush of blood. Nole going to lose.


aleish17 Says:

2 match point for Fed.


tennisfansince76 Says:

gutsy pt from Nole


Kimberly Says:

courage on that point by novak


aleish17 Says:

now its just match point. oh my golly!


Kimberly Says:

novak saves two match points


Wheeler Says:

zOMG!! Play like this on match point!!!!!!


aleish17 Says:

wow! 2 match point saved by Djoko.


tennisfansince76 Says:

i am dying call 911


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – Nole has played some gutsy tennis, showing alot of heart. Whoa! 3 incredible shots in a row fr Nole-AD


Kimberly Says:

back to deuce


Wheeler Says:

Nole is refusing to lose.


Kimberly Says:

game djokovic. 5-5 all in decider, can’t get much more tense than that.


Wheeler Says:

Justice prevails. Nole shouldn’t lose after this. I like RF more but Roger’s got 16 Slams!


tenisbebe Says:

The crowd loves it! Regardless of the outcome, he will gain back fans in NYC after this performance.


jane Says:

thx for all comments everyone. tenisbebe i would b watchin live but there is community party so have to be here. arrrgh. driving me crazy not to watch. lol. least can check scores. watevr happens am happy nole gave good fight


Kimberly Says:

not the tme to be shanking rog


Wheeler Says:

I am trembling. Please lose RF you can’t beat Rafa tommorrow but maybe Nole can on hard court like he did last year at one of the Masters 1000s.


Kimberly Says:

Break point for novak!!!!!!


Kimberly Says:

novak serving for the match!


tennisfansince76 Says:

what a turnaround. my heart is shot


aleish17 Says:

This does not look good for Fed.
Djoko will serve for the match.


margot Says:

OMG Djko breaks, here we go!


Wheeler Says:

After match point at 15-40!! Unbelievable. I hope Nole has the energy left to serve it out.


tenisbebe Says:

Wow, his mom goes from being close to tears at 5-4 30-40 to screaming that her son can win it.


tennisfansince76 Says:

titanic!


tennisfansince76 Says:

can … Djoko …. get … over … the … finish … line!?!?!


tenisbebe Says:

Lord have mercy – love-30.


tennisfansince76 Says:

i dont care who wins now. just shoot me


Wheeler Says:

Match of 2010.


tenisbebe Says:

Looked like the wind helped carry that shot out at 30-all


tennisfansince76 Says:

wide open cross court for 15 – 40 and fed goes down the line


Wheeler Says:

2 points away Nole! Grab your final spot.


zinaldo Says:

Roger please show some guts and stop the f slicing on the second serves.


tennisfansince76 Says:

bad miss. nerves


Kimberly Says:

match point novak!


Wheeler Says:

Match point dear Nole. Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wheeler Says:

Y E S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

oh my. i feel gutshot


Eric Says:

oh my god. that’s all.


Eric Says:

oh my god. that’s all.


Wheeler Says:

After the match he almost lost against Troicki!!!!


zinaldo Says:

If roger doesn’t go and practice hard,there is no way he is again winning a slam especially if all the good players are around.


Kimberly Says:

no FEDAL


Kimo Says:

Congrats to Nole and all his fans. In all honesty Roger did not deserve to win tonight. Nole fought like we haven’t seen since 2008. I hope this match proves to be the breakthrough, or should I say reemergence of the Nole we thought he could become since 2007.


tennisfansince76 Says:

good luck nole. better have something for tomorrow. if you habd this title to Nadal i will never forgive you


margot Says:

jane: just WOW and WHOOPEE! from me.xxxxxxxxxxxxxx


blank Says:

jane and all Novak fans, Congrats to you and your guy! Great match!

Hope rain delays the match tomorrow and gets Novak some extra rest. Would love to see another 5 setter!


Kimo Says:

I just hope he has enough gas in the tank tomorrow to take Rafa out.

Good luck Nole.


tennisfansince76 Says:

2 match pts for Fedal and it didn’t happen.


Wheeler Says:

What a champion!!!!!!!!


madmax Says:

Sar, Jane, Duro, Ollyk,

guys, really big congratulations to you. I really hope that novak goes all the way now.

Enjoy your celebrations tonight.

Federer fans, not roger’s day today. So don’t be too sad.

This is fed. Everyone is shocked in terms of this match. It wasn’t in the script. But we’ll wait for the next one.

Novak deserves to win tonight. Great win for him.

Gannu,

not to be. Take care. I will be interested to see what the stats are in the match plus fed’s interview.

Unbelievable really.

Go novak tomorrow!


i am it Says:

Congrats to Djokovic and his fans, Duro, Sar, Jan, Ben, and all others. I am drunk.
You cannot be happier than the day he wins his 2nd Slam. Good luck for the final.


Kimo Says:

Special congrats to jane and margot :)


aleish17 Says:

Congrats to Novak!

Kudos to Roger and Novak for giving us a beautiful and tight semifinal match.

No Fedal Final. But looking forward for the final tomorrow.

Go Novak. But…
Im sending all the positive vibes all the way to Flushing Meadows for Rafa’s first Final match in the USO.

Vamos Rafa!


tenisbebe Says:

Nole definitely deserved it. Fed didn’t play his best but Nole took it!


Daniel Says:

Wow Djoko! He is back, this was just epic by the end. Fed sabres really bad even with what 60 unforced errors. Umbeliavable stuf, congrats to all djoko Gana for this great win.


tennisfansince76 Says:

I have to say Djoko was the better player for most of the day. 5th set was pretty even. both players had chances.


jane Says:

omg hv checked scores and cant believes it!!!!!!!!!!!! thx to all you nice potsers for kind words. sorry fed fans but he fought till end by looks of it. cant wait till dumb party over so can watch. but going to have BIG drink now to celebrrate. HURRRRRRRRRRRRRaaaaaaaay NOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kimo Says:

madmax, Gannu, I said it last year after Wimbledon and I’ll say it again. If Roger doesn’t win a single tennis match after that 15th major, I don’t mind. Anything he gets on top of that is an added bonus.

He’s the GOAT. Always will be.


Kimberly Says:

Jane-i was rooting for rog because i wanted the fedal (plus i think rafa has a better chance over rog) but Nole deserves this win. He showed great courage, character, and competitiveness. And he has great loyal fans like you. Congrats and enjoy.


Wheeler Says:

I am not worried about Roger. He will win next year at least 1 Slam and maybe 2 or more. Today was an out-of-this-world performance by Nole…esp 5th set. I am so happy for Nole.


Kimo Says:

Novak won the last three matches againt Rafa, all on hardcourts. That’s encouraging.


tennisfansince76 Says:

re madmax. how many days does he have left? these kind of losses all get harder to take as a player gets older because you know time is dwindling.


Dan Martin Says:

Nole played really well when the chips were down – all credit to him.


Kimo Says:

Right on, Wheeler :)


aleish17 Says:

To Skeeze, Huh and to other Fed fans

Sorry for Fed’s loss. Novak was just incredibly incredible today. But kudos to your man for giving Novak a fight for his life and for giving us all a very beautiful semifinal match.


Dan Martin Says:

Jane I am pulling for Nole tomorrow


paula Says:

What a GREAT match. I felt that Fed’s game was so off- so many errors.
Big congrats to Nole and all his fans!!!
Tennis is awesome.


Wheeler Says:

Roger is already the GOAT since ages. Even Rafa has admitted that when he was asked about it. Hope RF starts dominating in 2011 again. Also, there are 2 more Masters 1000s and ATP World Tour Finals to win.


Wade Says:

NOVAK DJOKOVIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

go Rafa in Final BuT!!!!


paula Says:

Also- what Wheeler said-I’m in agreement.


Kimo Says:

tennisfansince76 Says:

“re madmax. how many days does he have left? these kind of losses all get harder to take as a player gets older because you know time is dwindling.”

tennisfan, Sampras did not win a slam for over two years before he won the US Open in 2002. Roger won a slam nine months ago. I wouldn’t be so hasty to count him out just yet.


Eskay Says:

Never say die, heard before, but seen today.


madmax Says:

2 match points. Shocking Roger. Just shocking. Annacone, get this part of fed’s game ticking again.

Oh. Have to wait until Australia.

Hope Novak keeps the belief. This might be a revenge from the Miami match he lost to rafa earlier in the week.


blank Says:

May the best man win tomorrow. All I hope for is a quality match just as this.

It’s strange, but in a way I feel relieved with Fed’s loss. I know this is defeatist thinking, but it would have been really hard for Fed (and me) if he won today and lost tomorrow. I somehow feel Novak has a better chance…I hope rain comes and gives him more rest. Last thing anyone (except Rafa) wants is a ‘roadkill’ Nole appearing for tomorrow’s match.


sar Says:

Sorry Fed fans, it must be disappointing.

Congrats Jane, Duro, and others who said -in Nole we trust. He gets a win over a top ten player, takes out Fed in a five setter at a GS and is in a final again. Bravo.


TGiT Says:

Fed-

1. Too many passive points on serve.
2. Couldn’t find first serve due to Djoko returning and Fed gets pissy and will not adjust
3. Barely use forehand and net volley combo stayed back way too often in rallies.
4. Last 2 games waited for Djoko to make mistake and did not take it to him.

Djoko-
1. Head case set 1 and 3
2. Better forehand
3. Too many more risks with game plan.

Simply the better won.

I know the Fed fans, like me, think this must be the end of it but I still think Fed did a great job. It looked to me during this match he reverted to the old passive baseline Fed of late. Fed won when he came to control the point. Shows you if Fed serve is off and or being returned he can’t handle the point.

Maybe Fed will listen to his new coach and make more adjustments.


sonic Says:

What a GREAT match!

Federer payed the price for going away in second and forth set: At the end of the forth set, his total first serve% was 49 – just not good enough.

Djokovic really cut down on the UE from his previous matches and hit with consitency. How i wish he had a day to recover, it’d be a great final vs Nadal.

As it is i hope it’a rainout tomorrow, or we’ll have another easy slam final.


Kimo Says:

paula says:

“I felt that Fed’s game was so off- so many errors.”

Oh it was off alright, over 65 errors.

Like I said, with a performance like that, Roger didn’t deserve to win.

But Nole probably played the best set of his life in that fifth set. That’s huge for someone who has been accused by many (myself included) of crumbling under pressure.


Kimo Says:

btw, I LOVED Novak’s reaction after winning matchpoint. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like it before.


aleish17 Says:

Congrats to all Djoko fans! Congrats Jane and Margot. See you tomorrow for the final. ; )


madmax Says:

Kimo Says:
madmax, Gannu, I said it last year after Wimbledon and I’ll say it again. If Roger doesn’t win a single tennis match after that 15th major, I don’t mind. Anything he gets on top of that is an added bonus.

He’s the GOAT. Always will be.

September 11th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Hail to you Kimo. Obviously gutted that he didn’t make the final, but it was a great match, no one expected this. But I am actually fine about it, because I do like nole. and like you say, fed has 16 of ‘em, so give someone else a chance.

tennisfan. I’m sorry. I can’t hear you? Are we talking about federer here? Do your maths and then get back to me. But for now, this is novak’s night.


Kimo Says:

TGit, a true Fed fan never gives up. We take out losses in stride.

Go Fed.


TGiT Says:

I mean Djoko was the better man.

I think Fed could win a slam but you have to think that Djoko, Nadal and Murray have all entered their prime tennis years while Fed is sailing away. Fed can win some tournys but it is clear he can really really really have off days know that we never expected. I mean he just lost, know if ands or buts.


Kimo Says:

I meant “our”


tennisfansince76 Says:

re kimo. yes but Sampras was stinking up the joint. this was 2 match pts to get into USO final against Nadal w/ a chance to get to 17 on his best GS surface matchup against nadal. this is painful


Wheeler Says:

Tennis people will start respecting Nole a lot more if he beats Rafa tomorrow. Nole inspite of being No.3 since 2007 doesn’t the admiration Murray, Del Potro and more recently Soderling get from TV commentators, media etc.


contador Says:

i am it is drunk? lol… seriously? i was seriously s-faced during wimbledon 09…wanted to see both win-roddick and roger and couldn’t take it.

congrats to nole fans….including myself

and feeling terrible for federer fans….including myself ( roger is not done this will motivate him )

AJDE NOLE!! get your 1st us open tomorrw – no mr. nice guy!!


sar Says:

Tenisbebe, but that’s his dad’s lucky shirt. LOL

Brad Gilbert said earlier in the week, there’s no way that man is taking off that shirt for the rest of the tournament.


Pinkberry Says:

Wow! Novak is a warrior! Played his greatest tennis today. Didn’t give in or give up. Though I was rooting for Roger, I must say kudos to Novak. He has, however, dashed my hopes of a Roger/Rafa match. He’s played such amazing tennis today that my RF hat’s off to him for today.


paula Says:

Ladies final next! I hope it’s a good one. Let’s hope Vera takes her meds- something has been making her less crazy.
What a great great day- tennis, tennis, tennis. Sigh. I get so sad when its over.


Kimmi Says:

Just got home and I see the results. Djoko beats federer in the USO at last. Congatulations to Djoko and his fans.

I hope he wins his second GS tomorrow


madmax Says:

Go Federer indeed Kimo, make sure you here tomorrow won’t you?

Hey von, aren’t you going to congratulate novak? I hear you said he had some problems with his breathing and isn’t good under pressure?

Tennisbebe, thanks for your kind comments.


Anjali Says:

I agree. Novak’s a sweet kid and let’s hope he brings it to Nadal tomorrow. Good luck to him. and hope he gets REST!


tennisfansince76 Says:

great posts everbody really enjoyed them. i am signing off. i am going to smother myself w/ a blanket


sonic Says:

It’s over for Fed’s US open’s, unless he gets Nadal’s this year’s draw, including a dead tired oponent in the final.

He’ll still take one Wimbledon (perhaps they’ll speed it up a bit next year, they do love him) and be a contender in Australia.

But yes, his boat is sailing away.

Still, he looked really good at the end of the fifth, i was impressed. He was mostly very clutch, where as before he’d make silly mistakes. Djokovic was just on fire thou.


tennisfansince76 Says:

4th time was the charm


Kimmi Says:

Special congrats to Duro and jane. Novak did it at last. I really hope he wins tomorrow.


Duro Says:

Thank you, Novak Djoković.


Wheeler Says:

Everyone will agree RF’s overall level has dropped since 2008 but peaked at times during stretches in 2008-2010. But he’s already the GOAT. He has nothing more to prove. Rafa is another great but I personally like the playing styles of RF the most followed by Nole’s.


Ike Says:

Tennis World Awaits a Federer-Nadal US Open Final!!!

Truly happy for Nole, i been waiting for this day for last three long years!


TGiT Says:

I think what bothers me as a Fed fan is the sloppy play. I am thinking for Fed it is the mind that is going first because physically he looke much better than Djoko in fact he is probalby the fittest guy on tour but if you can’t make quick choices on hard courts you ain’t gonna win. I wish I had a count on the slice backhand. Djoko was getting their and under the ball 80% of the time yet Fed still kept trying the shot and getting killed for it. If you look at the last two games Fed stuck with it hoping for the error that never came.

I guess you could argue that Djoko looked like he could puke at any moment and it would be better to keep him moving but you got to keep your shots in the court.


madmax Says:

tennisfansince76 Says:
re madmax. how many days does he have left? these kind of losses all get harder to take as a player gets older because you know time is dwindling.

September 11th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

yeah tennisfan. I forgot. Roger gets older, everyone else gets younger.

T-Git, speak for yourself. I never think that it’s the end for roger, ever. It’s only fans like you and some others who speak of nostradamus everytime he loses a match – you are the ones who should be in this category. Not me. So please. If you want to write his obituary (it’s pretty long by now anyway), count me out.

As Kimo said, there is no other player for me who brings such beautiful tennis.

Fed will always be the best. Love the guy too much.


Anna Says:

Congrats to Nole and all his fans. He’s fought long and hard to get this chance. My hopes are for Rafa, but if Nole wins I’ll just have to say “too good”. To all bizarro Fed fans (and you know who you are)thank god your out of your misery.


tenisbebe Says:

Hey Duro. You got to be lights out happy! Hope you are on line manana.

Hey Sar, that shirt has got to go!! Ha, ha


van orten Says:

what an off day from federer ..50% 1st serves how many unforced errrors????
2 match points on second serves
( i was hoping for 1st serves knowing that the only thing fed does with them is slice back with his backhand)
it was a miracle he wasn’t broken more often today federer and that he even got into the 5th set playing that inconsistent..
hats off to nole. played totally constant and good from the baseline…federer reallly has some choking problems ( i mean how many 5th set matches has he lost??? he had the match on his racket..just a shame we won’t get fedal tomorrow. i suppose djoker won’t have that same percentage on first serves like today..fed would have had a good day tomorrow..so good luck …
fed had his chances didnt take them.. i mean on the 2 points where it counted to be agressive he was mr.passive allowing djoker to dictate the point.. just so dissapointed not to see fedal tomorrow i just hope djoker can give nadal a good fight..


WTF Says:

It will be interesting to see if Djoker can bounce back from a 5 set win in less than 24 hours. On paper, he is a better player than Nadal on this court, and if they were both 100%, he would be the favorite. However, physically he’s not as durable.

Nadal has had a much easier path to the final and has a few hours more rest. If the day is hot the conditions also won’t suit Djoker. If Djoker can’t put Nadal away in straight sets (and I don’t think he will), he’s going to get worn down. If Nadal can bring it to 2 sets all, I would expect a capitulation from Djokovic. Even a retirement wouldn’t surprise me.

Nadal is the fresher of the two. No mention of the knees or abdomen, never got extended in any match. He is about as fresh as he could dream of.

Djoker will get tired, or will have trouble with the heat. Djoker’s superior hard court play will not be enough to overcome his inferior endurance if the weather is hot. Nadal in 4 sets is my pick. If it goes to a 5th set, Nadal would be overwhelming favorite to win it.


SG Says:

Great match. I was sure Fed would pull it out in the 5th. Novak didn’t crumble mentally this time. The difference between these two has been more mental than physical. Hats off to Fed for a great push in the 5th. Hats off to Novak for taking Fed’s best and hanging tough. The best USO semi in many years. Sure hope Djok has something left for tomorrow. If he does, it should be fun.


johhny Says:

i expect Von to come here and congratulate Djokovic. in case she doesn’t do it i’ll hold her as a grand Nole hater. or perhaps Federer still played with a mono!?


TGiT Says:

Madmax you are the embarrassing type of Fed fan.

I believe Fed can win but that comes with an honest assessment of his performance.

You can take all the crazy pills you want but that is not going to stop Father Time.


SG Says:

As for Fed’s poor 1st serving %,he probably felt he had to go for a lot or Djok would make him pay on the returns…and Novak did.


WTF Says:

Another factor worth considering is the experience factor. This is only Novak’s 3rd GS final. Nadal has been through it 10 times already, winning 8 times. Mentally he’s tougher in the big points. Winning a match point is never easy. Championship points are even tougher to hold your nerve on. Novak’s only done it once. What he needs is experience by winning these finals against lesser opponents like Tsonga.


Kimmi Says:

I hope Djoko bounce back. he is fit enough and moving great.

Ofcourse rafa has the huge adv. Gole Nole!


margot Says:

kimo: that’s a gr8 attitude and I love Fed too, he’s just got a bit older, is all.
tennisfansince 76: loved your posts and just hope the docs can sort your guts out in time for tomorrow’s final!
Novak’s serve won it, he’s gone back to those ball bounces and it worked. Fed’s serve was off. End of.
jane, Duro, sar and all Novak fans everywhere: have a gr8 evening.


van orten Says:

the match was over fed played not his best ..finally he got 2 match points by playing agressivly just to screw them by slicing 2 2nd serves back into play and hand nole the initiative ..just poor choice of play..he didn’t want to win as hard as nole today..i still can’t believe he loses another match he should have won


Wheeler Says:

I always argued with everyone that Nole’s forehand was his better shot inspite of the world class backhand. I can’t help but jump with joy for Nole. He’s such a nice kid.


tfouto Says:

As a fan of Federer its hard to see Federer loose, but today Djoko deserved to win. He played really well. And Federer played bad. I mean on first set he played well, but afterwards to many sloppy balls and the serve was terrible… And he was too defensive on the 2 matchs points to win the game… For the first time i wonder if Federer still has the ability to win another major. Nadal now a incredible complete player, and Del Potro will came back… Federer is getting older…

Djoko was on fire, that forehand and return was amazing… congrats to Djokovic fans! I think Nadal will win because he’s much fresher than Djoko…


Duro Says:

Tenisbebe, I feel strange… I hope it’s not a mild heart attack :-).

Guys, thank you all. I feel so proud and fulfilled.

In Novak we trust and we were right.

To my dear Fed fans friends, you should be proud too. It was a great match and your champion is still one and always will be.

Novak… My precious jewel. Thanks you again and congrats to your family.


Kimmi Says:

so fed had 2 match points..didn’t watch the end. tha will hurt


Wheeler Says:

It’ll be hard for RF to accept loss from double match point in a Slam but he’s got to look at what he has achieved and he will surely defend Auz Open 2011 now. Next year Nadal will have SO MANY points to defend once the clay season starts!!


van orten Says:

federe had an off day today ..and almost won. he would have had a good chance tomorrow ..pity..now i really want nole to give nadal a fight..but i doubt it …just can’t see him win and play again that good.. federe should retire..and please stop saying he is the goat…
there is no goat..this is just propaganda bull shi..
in my opinion he loses too many matches he should never ever lose like today.. never seen nadal lose a match like that and it will never ever happen ..so for me fed is great and was the best in his prime but right now he is finished ..and that’s not nadal nor nole fault but his


Wheeler Says:

@van orten. I politely disagree. If there is no one that betters RF’s records, even Rafa is far off right now, RF automatically becomes the GOAT right? Why live in denial?


Wheeler Says:

Why does it take 45 mins for Ashe stadium to empty and fill up again? The women’s final is late by 45 mins from “Not before” scheduled time. It’s 5:00 AM in India. I’ve got to sleep during the day.


sar Says:

Max, I for one would not count out Fed ever. Nole fans are used to him always losing to Fed so this is a strange feeling for us.
Don’t worry, he said he wanted one slam a year and he will get them.


tenisbebe Says:

Wheeler the womens match doesn’t begin for another 30 mns.


Von Says:

“johhny Says:
i expect Von to come here and congratulate Djokovic. in case she doesn’t do it i’ll hold her as a grand Nole hater. or perhaps Federer still played with a mono!?

September 11th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

_______________
Against my better judgment, I’m answering even after all of the nasty stuff you wrote about Roddick, the links you posted, and your CAPS stuff yesterday calling me names, not to mention the ganging up with the goat woman about me going to an asylum, et al.

I’ll say this, where were you when I used to defend the joker? I stopped defending him after he bad-mouthed Roddick at the ’08 USO, and every time Roddick beat him, he has been very uncomplimentary towards Andy. Nowadays, I speak what I see, and if you don’t like that, then too bad. Because of my defense for the Joker, I got put into the Goat woman’s hate books, as she’s a Fed fan and HATES the Joker, in case you don’t know that.

I won’t congratulate the Joker because you’re goading me into doing so. And, if that makes you feel good that I’m a hater, then so be it. Had you not been so nasty to me, I would have congratulated him, as he’s deserving of his victory.

I’m not a hater and I’m not a Fed fan. I never claimed mono for Fed’s losses. I think you need to speak to the goat gal and other Fed fans about such stuff.

I won’t lie to you, I wanted Fed to win because I would have liked to see him play Nadal at the USO, since so many claim Nadal is not good on HC especially the USO. And, FYI, I’m not even a Nadal fan either. I just happen to like tennis, and am true to my fave.


contador Says:

hey i think stu was there.

stu? having a great celebration this time….not like last year. : )

and Duro-

big huge congratulations to you! also jane and other novak djokovic fans. very happy, indeed.

hoping he has something left in the tank for tomorrow.


i am it Says:

Hey Vindy,
You are THE WORST offender and (what was the other word) demeaning to Djoko, his fans, and Serbia.

Roddick is not playing. He lost, a week ago. Get a life.


Ike Says:

Lifelong I have been Andre Agassi fan. I rooted for Andre for his entire career of 20 years. It was always heartbreaking to watch him lose, (especially against Pete Sampras), watching Andre’s big matches against Sampras were nerve wrecking. While Andre was in twilight of his career, I started rooting for Marat Safin & David Nalbandian.
I didn’t know much about Novak Djokovic till 2007 Roger’s Masters, (where he beat Roddick in QF, Rafa in SF and Federer in Final). He seemed like Andre, (their playing styles are not exactly similar but they are kind of, in my opinion). I became Nole fan.

Meanwhile, Federer had taken the GS winning baton from Sampras, he was winning most of the GS. I started rooting for Rafa whenever he played Fed, (yes, that was pure anti-Fed rooting).

Nole made the final of US Open 2007 where he lost to Fed, (the match he should have won). But he avenged that loss in Aussie Open 2008 by beating Fed in semi-final in three straight sets. After that GS title win, Nole was consistent and maintained his No.3 ranking but he didn’t win any more GS. Basically his career seemed to be stagnant, (kind of like Andre’s career after Wimbledon 1992 win till 1994 US Open win). That was until TODAY (September 11, 2010).

Today, Nole-Fed semi-final match started at around 3 pm (EST). I watched first four games of the match and couldn’t watch it anymore, (yes, I am faint hearted). In fact, I hadn’t watched Nole-Fed semi-finals for last two years, I just thought Nole can’t beat Fed at USO.
Anyways, today after those first four games I went grocery shopping and then played tennis for couple hours. Came back home at around 7 pm, first thing I did was to power-on the computer, and open the US Open website. I was guessing that Nole might have lost in 3 or 4 or 5 sets. But I was wrong. There was this headline, “Djokovic Shocks Federer in Five Set Thriller!”
Well, Nole finally you did it, finally you beat Fed at the US Open! Congratulations!
Good luck for tomorrow’s final against Rafa! I will be happy for either of them to win USO (I would like to see Nole win but won’t cry if Rafa wins). I hope it will be a high quality five-set final!

Btw, right now I am watching high-lights of Nole-Fed match and Nole has match-point, and yes he gets it. Nole is walking tall & proud towards the net, like Dwayne Johnson (the Rock) in the movie Walking Tall!


johhny Says:

” I stopped defending him after he bad-mouthed Roddick at the ‘08 USO ..”

I though Roddick bad-mouthed Novak before the match as far as i remember. Nole spoke during and after the match, and rightfully so. Anyhow, Nole in the finals, too bad you don’t love tennis enough to say “NOLE CONGRATS”, you deserved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go Nole rest and give your best shot tomorrow!


Ben Pronin Says:

To all the diehard Federer fans, I’m sorry for yet another blown opportunity for the Swiss. However, I can’t say I’m not happy about the outcome. I’m not happy Fed lost, I never like him to lose. But by golly i’ve been waiting a long time for Djokovic to get back to his rightful place. I still believe Fed will win 20 slams in his career, so no worries. But let’s go Djokovic. Let’s fuggin go.


Von Says:

“madmax Says:
Go Federer indeed Kimo, make sure you here tomorrow won’t you?

“Hey von, aren’t you going to congratulate novak? I hear you said he had some problems with his breathing and isn’t good under pressure?

“Tennisbebe, thanks for your kind comments.

September 11th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

____________________

For someone in moderation, you get away with too many liberties. You just love to instigate trouble don’t you? Whjy are you picking on me, and for what purpose? because you feel you’re allowed these liberties and I’m not??????

When did I say that the Joker isn’t good under pressure. I think you said that on another forum.

I said he doesn’t seem to have breathing problems when he’s winning, and I’ll stand by that.

BTW, IM STILL WAITING TO SEE YOU HYPOCRITICALLY CONGRATULATE HIM? You haven’t done so as yet. For all the sucking up and pretending you’ve been doing trying to show his fans you like him, you should be the FIRST to congratulate him. But that’s an arduous task for you as the words would cause you to choke, right. Oh what a tangled web we weave.

You stated: “Tennisbebe, thanks for your kind comments.”

LOOOL, you sure know how to take a negative comment against you and turn it into something sweet/positive, to make yourself look good.

Tenisbebe, stated the following:

“She is a complete tool. Nothing intelligent to say just a mind numbing cheerleader.

“Madmax would you please shut the hell up and go back to Tennis Talk MAXI. You are really annoying with your hand wringing.”

LOOOOL, either you’re crazy or I can’t read. I’ve seen it all.

Now, be a good sport and congratulate the Joker, will ya.


Von Says:

Johnny: in case you missed it: i said the following:

“I would have congratulated him, as he’s deserving of his victory.”


Von Says:

Johnny: BTW, when you retract the nasty personal stuff you leveled at me, and calling Roddick a jerk, I’ll be happy to be more supportive of your boy. Until then …


sar Says:

They said that there were special T-shirts made for tomorrow and now they will have to get rid of them.


goat galz Says:

I’m impressed that Djokovic actually pulled this one off. Didn’t think he had it in him. Oh well, Roger is still the GOAT. What’s the matter Von, green with envy that your guy can’t do it?

ta ta dolls


johhny Says:

“Johnny: BTW, when you retract the nasty personal stuff you leveled at me, and calling Roddick a jerk, I’ll be happy to be more supportive of your boy. Until then …”

I’m call Roddick a jerk (well he is a bit) b/c you always use any opportunity to disregard Novak’s achievements. Until then …


johhny Says:

i call …


tenisbebe Says:

What the hell is with you people? Johhny, I Am It, Goat Galz. I believe the match was between Djoko and Fed, Roddick wasn’t playing so why are you bringing him up? And now Fed isn’t either so we can stop talking about him too – he’s out of the picture. On to the ladies….


Von Says:

GG, you’re putting up a good front. I think you’re the one green with envy, and it must be killing you as you’re the Fed fan, not me. Your post name tells it all, aka rogers Twin sister.

I don’t have to be envious of the Joker, my guy got to the Wimby finals, and played great tennis in ’09. He also was there at the USO finals in ’06, and two other Wimby finals. So why would I be envious if the Joker got to the USO finals?

I think you’re projecting your nonsense onto me, but have fun and indulge in the childish behaviour. You’ve got company.


tenisbebe Says:

sar Says: “They said that there were special T-shirts made for tomorrow and now they will have to get rid of them.” Those will probably be collector items in 20 yrs time. Like the Butcher Beatles album that was pulled after 1 day. Maybe Stu can get us one :-)


Kimo Says:

Anyone watching the women’s final? Some pretty good tennis so far.


Ike Says:

Kimo Says:

Anyone watching the women’s final? Some pretty good tennis so far.

September 11th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

agree….my pick – Vera in 3 sets


Kimo Says:

Uh-oh. Zvonareva approaching critical mass.


Kimo Says:

If Vera doesn’t pull herself together this can be one of the shortest finals in GS history.


Von Says:

I think Kim will win tis one.


Kimo Says:

WOW Kim didn’t even allow Zvonareva to breath.

Well done.


Kimo Says:

Is Vera tweeting?!!!


tenisbebe Says:

Well now that was anti-climatic. Hurray for Kimmie!


Kimo Says:

LOL When the presenter said “You have truly thrilled the fans”, the crowd was like “Are you kidding me?”


Steve Says:

Although Djokovic played very well, Fed beat himself. The amount of unforced errors on Fed’s part was extraordinary. I wish that we could see more of Fed playing really well, but the kids must be changing his life and his mental space. How could it not?


madmax Says:

Steve Says:
Although Djokovic played very well, Fed beat himself. The amount of unforced errors on Fed’s part was extraordinary. I wish that we could see more of Fed playing really well, but the kids must be changing his life and his mental space. How could it not?

September 12th, 2010 at 12:48 am

Steve, I dont think so. Look at his comments in his presser:

‘It was just a case of a tough situation to be in for both of us, and someone has to win. It’s just the way it is. There’s no draws in our sport. Obviously I like to see a match like this being two winners, but one guy had to win. It won’t be written that way, unfortunately.

It’s a tough loss for me, but it’s only going to fuel me with more motivation to practice hard and get back to Grand Slam finals, which I haven’t been in for the last three slams…’

I can oblige von. Your post at 8.17pm. Note the time won’t you? I posted my congratulations at 6.56pm.

‘BTW, IM STILL WAITING TO SEE YOU HYPOCRITICALLY CONGRATULATE HIM? You haven’t done so as yet. For all the sucking up and pretending you’ve been doing trying to show his fans you like him, you should be the FIRST to congratulate him. But that’s an arduous task for you as the words would cause you to choke, right. Oh what a tangled web we weave’.

Clearly in your advancing age, your eyesight is failing you: (I suppose that’s why you had to write in capitals, right?).

I am genuinely sorry that you failed your psychology exams von. I guess you just weren’t cut out for the caring, sharing profession.

6.56pm
madmax Says:
Sar, Jane, Duro, Ollyk,

guys, really big congratulations to you. I really hope that novak goes all the way now.

Enjoy your celebrations tonight.

Federer fans, not roger’s day today. So don’t be too sad.

This is fed. Everyone is shocked in terms of this match. It wasn’t in the script. But we’ll wait for the next one.

Novak deserves to win tonight. Great win for him.


madmax Says:

oh I forgot. von, seriously. you don’t need to apologise. I forgive you.


madmax Says:

Steve,

“I have the same fire, the same drive,” Federer said. “I thought it (having kids) might have a little impact on my schedule, it might play less, have an impact on how I practised. But it’s so well set up. Mirka takes such great care. I can place my practice whenever I want. I still have enough time to be with the family. The transition was very smooth and I’m very happy about it, of course.”


Kathy Says:

Cindy_Brady Says:

He was smart to wear the black ribbon in front of the New York crowd. Get the crowd on his side when things get tight.

Nadal looks anti-American not wearing anything.

The following extract is from an article by Peter Bodo, which shows just how wrong you and your prejudice got it,

‘He also spoke about the on-court interview after the match, in which he expressed sympathy for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their families.’

“Well, I think first thing, 9/11 was a big shock for everybody in the world. I remember—everybody remember where they were at that moment and I remember what happened that day and where I was. Yeah, it was a terrible shock for me, especially because I was in the top of the twin towers a few months before.”

“So, yeah, that’s just the minimum thing that I can say, all the support for the victims and for the families for sure is on my mind. When I came back after the disaster, in the first six years I was there at Ground Zero, every time watching that. So, yes, that’s probably the most impact-view I had in all my life.”

“Six years at Ground Zero. It was a private vigil, as far as I know, but it would have been interesting to see how this emotional man-child comported himself there, or to get into his head to learn what he was thinking. I wonder, how many other players made the trek—not that it’s mandatory, mind you, but on this day of remembrance it strikes me as an interesting thing to know, a reason to overcome whatever prejudice you may have for or against a certain personality.”

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