Roddick Impressive; A Federer-Nadal Final Ahead in Doha?
by Sean Randall | January 6th, 2011, 10:11 pm
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Andy Roddick is off to another excellent start to a tennis season. The American former No. 1 was sharp today in a 6-2, 6-3 win over Marcos Baghdatis in the quarters at Brisbane.

Roddick ripped Baghdatis breaking the Cypriot four times in eight service games.

“I felt good about pretty much everything tonight,” said Roddick. “The conditions were a little heavier, which made it tougher to create and that’s probably why you saw a lot of break point opportunities; the serves weren’t jumping through. On the flip side my slice was staying down, and it was tough to create off of that. That won me a lot of baseline rallies tonight.”

A lot of baseline rallies? That is the new Roddick! It’s a good thing he’s fit, too.

“This is probably the first time since May of last year where I haven’t felt like I’m playing catch-up or trying to cover something up,” he said. “I can play with all my options, because I’m confident that my fitness is there. So it’s more exciting.”

Roddick, who is the defending champ in Brisbane, gets a day off before a battle against the 6-foot-7 Kevin Anderson on Saturday in the semifinals.

Top-seeded Robin Soderling, a winner Thursday over Michael Berrer, meets Aussie qualifier Matthew Ebden.

Further North and many miles away in Doha, it appears that we are headed for another Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal clash. Can it really be? After the two buddies (or couple if you will) spent much of the off-season getting to know each other better, they are just a win each from a Saturday finals showdown. But Nadal, who’s been pestered by a cold this week, will have to stave off Nikolay Davydenko tomorrow in the semifinals.

“I think he’s playing unbelievable, so it’s gonna be a very difficult match,” Nadal when asked of facing Dayvdenko. “I’m gonna try my best tomorrow, and I know it’s gonna be a real difficult match. We will see what’s going on, what happens, and hopefully I feel good physically tomorrow.”

Davydenko took out Ivo Karlovic 7-5, 6-3, while Nadal won his fourth straight over Ernests Gulbis 7-6, 6-3.

For Federer, after a strong win today over Victor Troicki 6-2, 6-2, he’ll meet the streaky JW Tsonga. The Frenchman is back at good strength after a two-breaker win over G-Lo.

“First of all, it’s nice to see him back,” Fed said of JW. “It’s never nice to miss those guys because of injuries. I think it’s exciting playing him again. I think he’s a very explosive player with good character, good for the game. Looking forward to the match, it’s going to be difficult. It seems like he’s hitting the ball really well already early in the season. He seems really energized, and that’s nice to see.”

So will it be Federer-Nadal this weekend? My guess is no. At some point the numbers are going to catch up and one of them will be ousted. Plus, if we get it this weekend could we really get another such matchup in Australia? Heck, after not playing against each other for 18 months or so now their playing every week! Something’s got to give tomorrow and I think it will be Rafa.

Nadal, who’s already in the doubles final, has been less than 100% and I think Davydenko can and will take him down. As for Federer, Tsonga hits with pace something the Swiss likes. So I do think Roger should get through in straight sets. But I’ll pick Davydenko only because Roger and Rafa can’t play at every tournament now, can they?

In Chennai tomorrow, the quarterfinals feature Tomas Berydch v. Kavcic, Kei Nishikori v. Janko Tipsarevic, Robin Haase v. Stan Wawrinka (the now divorced Stan Wawrinka) and Malisse v. Phau.

In women’s tennis, the big news was the stunning loss in Auckland by top seed Maria Sharapova to Greta Arn 6-2, 7-5. That is not a good result for Maria if she has designs on getting back into the Top 5.

“When you’re in those situations, whether you’re down or up, you have to figure things out. You’re on your own,” Sharapova said after falling to the 31-year-old Hungarian who had never won a match against a Top 20 player until Thursday. “Sometimes you do the same things and the balls go in. Today, a few more went out than I would have liked. But the tournament will still be here without me. I’d love to come back.”

Since her Australian Open title in 2008, Sharapova has won just three titles while battling shoulder injuries. And the former No. 1 is still ranked way down at No. 18. The future is not looking good, at least not on the tennis court for Maria.

And since I know many of you follow it – and it’s been airing on the Tennis Channel – at the Hopman Cup exo, team Serbia with Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic are into the final where they will meet either France, Italy or the USA.

FRIDAY BRISBANE SCHEDULE

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
R Stepanek (CZE) vs [7] F Mayer (GER) – ATP
[1] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) vs [3] L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Hanley (AUS) – ATP
[1] R Soderling (SWE) vs [Q] M Ebden (AUS) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
J Groth (AUS) or A Petkovic (GER) vs [4] M Bartoli (FRA) – WTA
P Kvitova (CZE) vs [5] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) – WTA

FRIDAY DOHA SCHEDULE

CENTER COURT start 4:30 pm
[3] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [4] N Davydenko (RUS)
[3] M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) vs D Bracciali (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) – After Possible Suitable Rest


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109 Comments for Roddick Impressive; A Federer-Nadal Final Ahead in Doha?

Evan Says:

The Great Davy shall strike again!!


dari Says:

Way to go, AndyR! Let’s see what Davy is gonna do… will be a nice tennis morning, eastern time.


jane Says:

Thans for the update/summary Sean. I can’t believe Stan Wawa is already divorced; seems like he just got married, and wasn’t his wife pregnant at the time? L


Gregoire Gentil Says:

I’m not sure that I want France to make it to the finals. I don’t want to live the same nightmare again, one month later… I don’t see Novak and Anna losing.

Anyway, allez la France tout de même !


Skeezerweezer Says:

Sean,

Great method to your madness and I agree. One of the lovebirds will go down tomorrow, Fed or Rafa. It’s all good and depite them being under the weather they have made it to the semis. Good to see Tsonga coming back to form also…..


Swiss Maestro Says:

i think we will have fedal in doha and a few weeks later in melbourne. these 2 are playing some really good tennis, right now. they are well-rested and well-prepared after the off-season.


steve-o Says:

It’s not so simple. Even tomorrow one or both of them could lose before the final.

As for AO, each has to play six matches before reaching the final, and that’s a tall order to fill.

They don’t have to play every day. They’ve played many times in the past, and I’m sure they’ll play many times in the future.


steve-o Says:

Also, good to see Roddick has returned to fitness. Hope he has a good year.

Mr. Randall: I believe Wawrinka is not divorced, but separated from his wife. Apparently he believes it’s too difficult to deal with family and a tennis career at the same time.

Wickmayer looks to have a good shot at defending her title in Auckland, after coming through a tough match with Peng Shuai.


dunbar Says:

“A lot of baseline rallies? That is the new Roddick!” ???? Is this irony? Because Roddick has always been a formidable baseliner, very accurate and hard to get past. As with any player, Roddick is at his best when he combines good defence with judicious aggression, and that’s the balance he’s often got wrong. Looks like he’s getting it right at the moment.

““I think he’s playing unbelievable, so it’s gonna be a very difficult match,” Nadal when asked of facing Dayvdenko.” Seasoned Nadal observers will permit themselves a little smile….


Kimo Says:

Roger’s serve has been outstanding this week.


Skeezerweezer Says:

dunbar,

“Hehe” on your 8:10 post :)


dari Says:

Take the breaker, fed!


Kimo Says:

Roger’s in the final. Now it’s Rafa’s turn. My mouth is watering.


dari Says:

Way to go, Rog. Good play from tsonga in the second set. Now its time for fed to step up and take the title, no matter who is there tomorrow!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Another Final for the Fed. U da man!

Now Rafa and Davy..


Huh Says:

Com on Fed, may it b a fedal afair tomoro wid a Fedwin, AMEN!


dunbar Says:

dari, I agree about Tsonga. In the middle of the 2nd set, Tsonga was playing at his best and Federer not far off. The tennis was magnificent, for my money it can’t get better. This is exactly what I, at any rate, like to see. But you knew it couldn’t last. It’s so sad about Tsonga. He could have been one of the true greats, and one of the old school, too. So for our time, a real one off. But his body has just not permitted it, and it’s way too late now. Oh, he’ll go on being a very, very good player, threatening to be in the top 10 and so on for some time. But this is piffle to what might have been.


Huh Says:

Thou tennis hampers studies,
Gotta say: Go Rod!
And also MISS U MRS. VON, PLZ COM BAK!


margot Says:

Yes, gr8 play from middle of second set, some lovely points from Tsonga but, as jane has pointed out, his return of serve is not up to it. Return of serve is what separates top 4 from the rest of the pack.
My word, Fed’s looking sharp isn’t he?


Skeezerweezer Says:

@huh
Are u studying to be a man of the cloth?


Skeezerweezer Says:

@huh
Are u studying to be a man of the cloth? “Thou” & “Amen”?
:)


Kimo Says:

dunbar, there’s no doubt that Tsonga’s athleticism and talent is right up there with the best, but I don’t think he could have been one of the greats. Maybe good enough to win a slam, maybe, but not one of the greats. His backhand is ordinary.


dunbar Says:

But: if Tsonga hadn’t been truly skewered by terrible injury, who knows what his bh and return of s might have been like? This guy has class up there, in my book, at least with Nadal and Murray if not with Federer. The fates, or perhaps the dna which constructed a body more suitable to boxing or rugby than tennis, just haven’t smiled kindly on him. That’s my take, a biased one of course.


margot Says:

dunbar@8.10 commentator just said Davy has beaten Rafa past 3 times so perhaps Rafa just acknowledging this?


Kimo Says:

I think it’s pretty obvious that Fed and Rafa are cut from a different mold than anybody else on tour. No disrespect to Djoko or Murray or Tsonga. There’s a reason those two have 25 slams among them.


Kimo Says:

margot, I think Rafa is beyond the point where he has to acknowledge anyone. The guy has won everything there is to win in tennis, so why not talk the talk if he’s already walking the walk?


jane Says:

Even without injury, Tsonga may’ve been held back due to other issues; at crunch times he is not always the strongest mentally. He can get quite down on himself and he let’s that affect his play. We’ve seen how this can hinder guys like Djok and Murray too. But with Tsonga he really rides the highs and lows.

margot, it is true that Davy has oft-been a challenging foe for Nadal.


skeezerweezer Says:

..so why not talk the talk if he’s already walking the walk?

:)

Meanwhile…Davy and Rafa in a lock up so far…


jane Says:

Skeeze, tech-aside, I am finding this autocorrect such a pain! I have no idea why there is an apostrophe on “lets” above, but the damn autocorrect did it. It also wants to write Tsonga like TSonga eveytime, arrrgh. I have to find out if I can turn that feature off; maybe Kimberly knows. Or do you?


margot Says:

jane, yes I agree re Tsonga I’ve seen him behave like a petulant kid at times and then kind of give up.
kimo: because he knows that the media hound dogs leap on any sign of hubris and he wants a quiet life?


Skeezerweezer Says:

jane,

:)

Go to “Settings”, then “General”, the “Keyboard”, there you can turn it off.


dunbar Says:

With injuries as very bad (to the back, critical area) as Tsonga has sustained, I don’t think you can say “even without injury”. If he is frail mentally, who wouldn’t be with that history of injury which has genuinely blighted his career and which always threatens to recur.

margot – what makes Nadal’s comment funny is that he always brings it out, or something similar, whenever he feels under any kind of threat except, oddly, with Federer. Now that might bear investigation…


Skeezerweezer Says:

Davy breaks, up 5-3 in the 1rst. Rafa serving….


Kimo Says:

Davy knows exactly how to play Rafa.


jane Says:

Skeezer (autocorrect calls you skewer), thank you!

margot, media hound dogs :)

Davy has a h2h od 5-4 over Rafa, so obviously Nadal knows who his tougher challenges are. Btw, Fed still says his matches with Roddick will be tough even though he usually wins, and they are tough/tight matches. So I don’t think Rafa was being disingenuous in that comment.


margot Says:

First set to Davy, hmm very nice.
jane, my computer has suddenly developed a spell check which I find most annoying! Damn it, I want to spell MY way!
dunbar ;)


Kimo Says:

margot, it doesn’t have to be hubris, but it doesn’t have to be BS either. And hey, if he crosses the line every now and then, you have to remember he’s entitled to. That’s the way Federer has done it.

If you keep saying “if I don’t play my best then it’s gonna be impossible” when you won the last three slams, it sounds insincere, which is worse than being snotty.


jane Says:

Dunbar, I don’t think Tsonga’s mental lapses are related to his injuries (yes, very unforunate); I think they are more related to his personality. But that’s just my take. Obviously we don’t know for sure what he’d've been like without them.


Kimo Says:

I agree with jane about the mental lapses, but give the guy a break. He was redlining his game just to be able to live with Fed who was barely breaking sweat, and he was still losing. That can’t be good for your psyche.


jane Says:

Kimo, I didn’t even see today’s match, but no doubt Jo-Will has talent in spades, and he can be one of the most enjoyable players to watch when he is clicking. I just don’t know for sure if he would have been a number one player, for example, without the injuries, due to the other stuff. Maybe he would have gotten to top five though, and maybe won a slam too. But who knows.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@jane

Glad to help. Besides, who wants to be called “Skewer?”

I keep mine on, as I don’t know how to spell, as you all know :(

Davy up 2-0 in the second, Rafa calls the trainer…


margot Says:

kimo, that’s a good point and made me laugh! Insincere or snotty…some choice :)


jane Says:

Ha ha ha . Made me laugh too. Looks like Davy has Rafa’s number today. Although didn’t he bagel Nadal last year here and still lost the match?


Kimo Says:

Davy just pounding Rafa right now.


dunbar Says:

jane, I don’t think either of us can possibly say for sure. It is perfectly plausible that deep, deep injury has scarred Tsonga mentally. We are absolutely not talking ordinary injury. Or perhaps, as you say, the mental weakness is personality driven. I’d guess there’s a combination here. If he could have developed in the normal way, quite likely he would have been pretty inconsistent for the reasons you mention. But from time to time, the glory that is Tsonga would have just unleashed itself onto the world. Takes all sorts, can’t all be relentlessly tough.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Kimo

You are right about that! Whoa


Kimo Says:

Actually it was the other way around jane. Rafa bageled Davy in the first set, then Davy won 7-6, 6-4.


Kimo Says:

Seriously now, the quality of the match is amazing!!!


Kimo Says:

Davy is on freakin fire!!!


Skeezerweezer Says:

sorry gang, this is a spankin so far…..


dunbar Says:

“Btw, Fed still says his matches with Roddick will be tough even though he usually wins, and they are tough/tight matches. So I don’t think Rafa was being disingenuous in that comment.”

Impossible to say – that’s the corner that Nadal has pinned himself in. Because he makes the comment again and again, and in some circumstances it is plausible, in some it is not. However, if this is a weakness, it is hardly a serious one. More like a mental tic, I’d say. I think we are allowed to laugh? Most famous people have some silliness or other about them – along with everything else.


jane Says:

Dunbar, I love watching Tsonga in part because of his excitable personality. It is infectious and as a fan you can get carried along with him. But after discussing him, and thinking about Nadal’s injuries and trainer visit today, I can’t help thinking that Fed has to be the most stoic, or one of, players on the tour. I believe I have seen him call a trainer only twice and he rarely shows emotion (I actually like when players do that. As you may know). This stoicism works so well for Roger. But then again, Rafa’s fire on the court, fist pumps et al, really work for him too. So yeah, takes all kinds. Just a matter a the player knowing himself well and being able to manage his personality to his advantage. Maybe Tsonga would have figured all that out over time, and with health and fitness on his side


Kimo Says:

Close Davy, but no cigar…


the_mind_reels Says:

Davydenko finally on the board here in the second. The way things are going, I wouldn’t be surprised if Davydenko breaks right back and ends it.

Their H2H looks close (slight edge to Davydenko 5-4), but it’s not really much of a contest on a hard court. Davydenko has won 5 of 6 of their hard-court meetings, and he’s lost only 3 sets to Nadal on the surface. Today is no different, so I don’t see Nadal calling the trainer being at all explanatory as to why he’s losing. He mostly always loses to Davydenko on the hard courts.

Match point…


margot Says:

OMG two double faults when you’re serving for the match WTF???


Skeezerweezer Says:

Davy, up 5-0. gets wavy….and now starting to cavy


Kimo Says:

What the hell is going on with Davy?!


Kimo Says:

About time!!!


Kimo Says:

good point, mind_reels. Rafa is no match for Davy on a hardcourt.


Aravind Says:

Nobody does gamesmanship better than Nadal. I think Davy played really well. Nadal gives a projection of a superman everytime he loses :-). He played absolutely perfect tennis to go from 0-5 to 2-5 and did not seem to be in any sort of discomfort.


the_mind_reels Says:

Some nerves (both good and bad) from Davydenko down the stretch there.

We’ll see how things go tomorrow — routine destruction for Fed, or will we see some of the more recent discomfort he’s had when playing Davydenko?


margot Says:

Was beginning to think Rafa was a reincarnation of Houdini! Well played Davy, I love it when he takes out “giants” bring on Fed next!
See you all later/tomorrow, been good chatting :)


Match Point Says:

Interesting…

Fed – Tsonga match time: 1:24:54
Nadal – Davy match time: 1:24:41


Kimo Says:

LOL, Match Point. And Fed’s match had a tiebreak set too :DDD


Match Point Says:

Didn’t Davy beat both Fed and Nadal here last year and win the whole thing?


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Seems that Sean was right again!


jane Says:

Nadal beat Davy here last year, didn’t he?

Don’t know what to make of this in terms of a harbinger for the AO. Maybe nothing, or maybe something. Thoughts?


jane Says:

Btw, Tipsy has just ousted Nishikori and will be in the semis at Chennai. I wonder if Janko will ever win a tournament, I don’t think he has yet. Would still have to beat winner of Wawa’s match, and then likely Berdych in the final. Tall order.

Speaking of Berdych, is his form back? Was I mistaken to take him out of the top ten…hmmmm.


Swiss Maestro Says:

oh my god! sean got a prediction right and not me? now i feel like nadal after getting bageled by lacko. i feel so sick. please give me some antibiotics, people!


Huh Says:

davy isnt my fav guy. Fed-Rafa final woulda been so good, but unfortunatly nt gona hapen. I hope Fed spanks Davydenko tomoro, best of luck Fed.
Hi Skeeze! :)


Kimo Says:

No jane, Davy won Doha last year.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Hi Huh,

Yeah and Fed is in good form would have liked to see him play Rafa. Ahhh well, to some that matchup is getting old I guess…


Sean Randall Says:

Good performance from Dayvdenko, though it sounds like he nearly gagged at the end. (I missed both matches).

Nadal now needs to get his butt to Australia and get well. He’s got 10 days to get right.


mjt308 Says:

Sean, he still has a doubles final to play before that. Although knowing Nadal, he’ll be bouncing up and down like a rabbit before the coin toss of his first match in Melbourne soon enough.


jane Says:

You’re right Kimo. Who did Davy beat in the final, was it Rafa? Or Fed?


Twocents Says:

Fed: You take out the lefty, Niklay, and you’ll get the final winner’s check from me.

Davy: You may keep your runner-up check. Just remember, Fed, no bathroom break this time!

Fed: And no sunset either?

***

Go Roddick! Go Davy!


Twocents Says:

Jane,

Davy beat Fed in SF and Nadal in final last year here.


the_mind_reels Says:

I didn’t watch the match, but does anyone know why Nadal called the trainer (as someone mentioned) during the match if he was only supposed to be suffering from a cold/fever? Those don’t immediately strike me as worthy reasons to call the trainer, so I’m wondering if there was something else.


Kimo Says:

It wasn’t for something physical (i.e. injury). It looked like he just wanted some medicine to make him feel better.


dari Says:

I fell asleep on the nadal-Davy match if you can believe it :/
Not from lack of excitement, but my roommate was up from like 3am to 6 am, which meant that I was, and then by 6 I just woke up for the day.
It’s so interesting thinking who just gets it right when facing the top giys and davy does, especially ndal. 5-set match in a major my be a different story, but maybe not this year…
Kimo, when you said ,”to make him feel better” I just imagined little nadal and his sad sick face and it made me feel really bad for him. :( he is still just a kid!
That fades quickly when you think of how he bullies people around the court and made millions and millions doong it!
Well, my main focus is AO, but I definitely hope Roger can take out Davy tomorrow for the Doha title.
! Go Rog!


margot Says:

jane, just said on beeb web page that Ana has withdrawn from Hopman Cup final. She has some injury. Bit of a shame for Nole. Presume next highest scorers will play.
Gregoire G if France have made it, at least no palpitations for you now :)


predicta Says:

2009- Doha, Monfils straight sets Nadal in semis. Nadal wins doubles final. Nadal wins AO.

2011=Doha, Davydenko straight sets Nadal in semis.
Nadal wins doubles final. Nadal wins AO?


dunbar Says:

Nadal said to trainer he had been “feeling terrible” since the 3rd game. Evidently they said to him there was nothing they could do for him immediately.

Nadal was certainly looking poorly. Apart from being drenched in sweat, he was curiously lackadaisical. He was ok-ish so long as he didn’t have to run, and Davydenko is the master at pulling his man across to and fro. Frequently Nadal just stopped and gave up – not what we are used to seeing. Also, his serve lacked bite.

It is true he went on to win the doubles, but I am inclined to think he felt he owed continued participation to his partner. It was clear from the last 2 or 3 games with Davy that Nadal was still very dangerous and what a pity to give up a title when by playing, you are simply postponing going to bed for a couple of hours.

As for implications for AO, I wouldn’t be so sure that Davydenko is Nadal’s master on hard. His equal, perhaps, but then there is the question of resolution. We saw how an ailing Nadal attempted to come back at the end and how Davydenko choked badly at the end. Not untypical of Davy. If Nadal is 100% – and you never know with this flu thing – I see him as overcoming Davydenko by sheer force of character following a close contest. Murray is the man I suspect might beat Nadal from sheer talent.


jane Says:

Well that’s too bad margot. :( But Nole got in some good match practice, both in doubles and singles, so that’s the key. There are no points for the event, so it’s not like he loses in that sense. I guess she tweeked her knee early on in the tournament; I wonder if it was that? She was apparently playing well and looked set of a good comeback, what a shame this has happened.


sar Says:

The Hopman was theirs but Ana got injured. Too bad.


Gordo Says:

Number of players who have beaten Fed and Nadal in the same tournament twice?

0

What will this number be after tomorrow?

0

When Davydenko was 3 and 4 in the world these guys did not have to worry about meeting him until the finals. Now that he is in the 20s one of Fed or Rafa might meet him in the round of 16.

The AO 2011 draw should prove to be interesting.


NELTA Says:

Gordo Says:
Number of players who have beaten Fed and Nadal in the same tournament twice?

0

———————————————
Nalbandian did it

Madrid 2007
Paris 2007


Kimberly Says:

Yuck!!!! Not the result I wanted to see to put in mildly.

I think Rafa continued in doubles as a favor to Marc Lopez, they are good friends and Marc is Rafa’s hitting partner. They were playing doubles in queens and rafa pulled out after he lost the singles. So I think he kind of owed it to Marc to stay in.


steve-o Says:

Davydenko just doesn’t allow Nadal to play his game. He takes the ball incredibly early, hits very flat and at very sharp angles, almost like Agassi, and he’s very fast. This robs Nadal of the time he needs to work the point.

If Davydenko had just a little bit more mental strength he’d be a Grand Slam champ for sure. Nearly all of his matches with Federer in the majors have been very close–not just the one last year at AO, but pretty much every time.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Nadal’s chances at AO; as usual its gonna determine how the ball bounces. Is it lively and slow? Or low and fast….

Hope he is feeling better soon and congrats again to Davy who did wavy but didn’t cavy. When he is a buzzsaw, he buzzes.


steve-o Says:

I expect Nadal to make a full recovery by AO, so I don’t think anyone needs to worry.


dari Says:

the other swiss stan wawrinka hanging tough in chennai. i am rooting for him, i saw him beat murray live at uso this year and ive always liked him cause he has moments of ball bashing brilliance. that backhand, my gosh.
put him as my #10, what a dream if that worked out.


Catherine Says:

@ NELTA

“Gordo Says:
Number of players who have beaten Fed and Nadal in the same tournament twice?

0

———————————————
Nalbandian did it

Madrid 2007
Paris 2007″

… and guess who else did the same thing?

Nicolay Davydenko, at Doha, last year.
He might well be able to repeat that feat tomorrow. Don’t underrate the Little Bald-headed fellow, who plays otherwordly tennis when he’s fit and ready.

It’s great to see him back-on-track!!!


Kimmi Says:

aaaaawww! davydenko!! nice to see him getting some big wins after a miserable season last year. way to go! wishing him all the best at the AO!

great win by the fed!! hope for a great match tomorrow. go get the title fed!
………………………………………

wawrinka separated? what the ?#$%^&& now, that is suprising news! did they even last a year together?


Kimmi Says:

he is a great returner davydenko. beating nadal today will give him lots of confidence. i think fed is playing well too…should be a very close match.


dunbar Says:

Catherine – twice. The point is, Davy hasn’t done it yet.
Reckon tomorrow will be topsy-turvy, with first one, then the other player looking a shoo in. i.e. – rollercoaster. Davydenko once remarked that Federer found him a difficult opponent, which is true. Why, then, does he not believe a bit more strongly?
“Nadal’s chances at AO; as usual its gonna determine how the ball bounces. Is it lively and slow? Or low and fast….” Skeezer, for what it’s worth, Frew Macmillan opined today that the AO will play very similar to Doha.


Kimmi Says:

the AO will depend on the draw. not the bounce!Nadal has problems with very few people in the ATP tour. if he can avoid them then the AO is his.

If nadal had to play tsonga in doha..sick or not, he would have beaten him.


Catherine Says:

@ dunbar:

“Catherine – twice. The point is, Davy hasn’t done it yet.”

Yep, I worded my post rather poorly. What I should have said (hope I manage properly this time LOL!), is that it might well happen tomorrow again, with Davy – as, for all of Rafa’s bad condition in the semi today, one just cannot ignore that the Little Bald-headed Davydenko truly played fantastic tennis today, and I reckon that he might well repeat that tomorrow! :-D

Might just be me, but I am surely NOT ready to already pencil in Rog’s name on the Doha Trophy for 2011… Kolya surely has his chances!

As for Rafa’s chances at the AO, his current situation doesn’t say anything about that. Yep, he’s sick right now, but it’s an ordinary flu that affects all of us once in a while, and pretty sure with him having the best docs possible around him, he’ll be back in full force soon. The only thing I truly hope for, is that if – IF!!!- anyone manages to beat him, we won’t be seeing the obvious Litany of him being Tired & Injured (or sick) once again among the Media Pundits. Shit – or flu – happens to all of us at times, it’s the kind of bad luck we all have to deal with, no matter whot.

Should he fail at the AO, rather blame it on his idiotic decision to keep on playing (singles & doubles), while being sick. NOBODY FORCED HIM to do so!


dunbar Says:

“it’s an ordinary flu that affects all of us once in a while, and pretty sure with him having the best docs possible around him, he’ll be back in full force soon”
yes, clearly the flu is mild – you can’t stand up, never mind play bloody tennis, if you’ve got a proper dose. Probably it’s just a cold. That said, these things can linger, and it’s news to me that any doctor, best or otherwise, can do a sodding thing about it. Time does the trick, and being young helps. So probably Nadal will be fine, he’s just not getting the best preparation – in theory. But who knows? A complete break just before a major tourney may turn out to be perfect, just what the quack ordered. Certain amount of hit and miss in all this. It’s only pretend science for the most part, whatever they say.


Skeezerweezer Says:

dunbar…

Re; Surface

Thanks for diggin that up. Always like to know that before the tourney :). Interesting though, I thought AO was one of the slower, livelier bouncing HC out there….??


Skeezerweezer Says:

Didn’t Murray beat Rafa and Fed in the same tourney? Wrong?


dari Says:

yes skeeze, murray beat them at rogers cup this year. straight sets, even.


dari Says:

re: the surfaces, i think australia, since laver (and maybe hisense, too?)has a roof AND plays night matches, might be one of the tourneys with greater court condition variety. hot, humid, thick, slower, maybe higher in the day; cooler, faster, maybe lower at night.
did the AO final last year start with the roof closed or at least partially?


Skeezerweezer Says:

Thanks dari,

I was hasty I saw Catherine said twice, not just one tourney….

Re: HC surface. With HC, unlike Clay and Grass, weather will not affect it as much (the surface). What will affect play then is the balls ( eg; high humidity, balls fluff up, balls travel through the air are slower (and heavier), in effect slowing down the speed. ). Humidity can cause the HC surface to be a little more “sticky” also, depending on the surface mixture. Hope that helps….


dari Says:

Sure sure, skeezerweezer, I was considering all of the physical and fRictional effects that contribute to the total perceived court condition, which you enumerated…
When I play myself, I don’t really have a good perception of court conditions, its more a matter of on which surface did I play the best ;)
anybody on the east coast play/played nyc riverside red clay? I’ve got to learn now to sliiiiide.


Skeezerweezer Says:

dari,

Being on the WC vs EC, very little Clay, but I have to admit the Clay that I have played on was a blast. The slide stuff was fun, and felt like I could run down any ball hit :). Trying to ace somebody? Faggitaboutit! LOL. Gibbie the concrete fast slick stuff anyday…but that is me :).

But another butt…….

Grass? Da very absolute bestest of bestest’s. Think playing on your flat front or back yard lawn after a nicely trimmed low cut. Falling down is fun…not an issue…it actually feels quite good.

Some Sauvignon Blanc on ice, with a side of Perrier water in fresh lemon slices, towels drench in cold water on a hot day, with a view off Maui seeing Whales jump in the distance off the ocean……..now this is TENNIS! Who cares at that point what Rafa and Fed are doing? It’s all about us……the moment….bliss:) Sorry.. at times indulgence is a fleeting thought..but a moment in time at times can be worth everything, no?…why not? HA…!!

out


Skeezerweezer Says:

testing….but


Skeezerweezer Says:

but works…..but…….BUT….with two T’s at the end of but does not…oh well….respect :D


dari Says:

haha, i like to start my spring season on clay, cause it makes you feel like you’re not too rusty, cause you’re catching up to a lot of balls!
as for the grass and the wine and the whales… someday, someday!

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