Federer Survives Simon Scare on Crazy Day at Australian Open
by Sean Randall | January 19th, 2011, 9:15 am
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Full credit to Gilles Simon. I didn’t see the Frenchman playing that well against Roger Federer Wednesday at the Australian Open, but he did. Down two sets, Simon was dead to rights, but then Gilles rallied to win the third and when I woke up to catch the fourth it was decidedly an even match.

Rally after rally, point after point, Simon was standing toe-to-toe with Federer, and often getting the better of the Swiss during the exchanges.

I was aware going in that Gilles would feed off Federer’s pace – and he did – but I didn’t think he could continuously generate the high-level winners he was producing in the last two sets that I saw. Especially off the forehand!

Simon had won both career meeting with Federer but they came back in 2008. Clearly, though, Simon matches up well with Federer and in the fifth set you could see on Roger’s face that this was no ordinary five-set match: Simon was firmly in Roger’s head.

With the shanks and the “fed-errors” creeping in, entering the fifth given their history the edge went to Simon.

But Federer held his nerves and started to take Simon out of his comfort zone (sitting at the baseline and eating up Fed’s groundies) by bringing him into the net, and it worked. After escaping a nervy 0-30 service game early in the fifth, Fed finally broke through to seize a 4-2 lead.

Simon then saved three match points in his 2-5 service game to hold leaving Federer to serve it out in a pressure-packed ninth game at 5-3. And he did, barely, finishing off Simon on his fifth match point try.

I thought it would be easy – and I guess in those first two sets it was – but in the end it turned out to be quite a momentous match for Federer who still has never blown a 2-0 set lead (166-0).

“He’s a great player first of all so matches against him are never easy,” Federer told the crowd afterward. “This is the first win I’ve had against him, every time we played we go the distance, so hopefully we don’t play each other any more. It was really important to get the second set and from then on it was a tough match, it showed what a great mover, return player he is. It’s great to play against him, I really enjoyed myself out here tonight, it’s really special, and obviously I’m really happy.”

“I wasn’t playing poorly either to lose the third and fourth set, I really think Gilles took it to me, but you remain positive, I worked hard my entire life, I’m happy I won and I’m still in the tournament.”

The match capped a crazy day in which saw Novak Djokovic stumble a little bit losing a set to Ivan Dodig. Andy Roddick also had his problems early on against the lowly Igor Kunitsyn. We also watched Janko Tipsarevic cave in to Fernando Verdasco blowing a two set lead to the Spaniard.

And even the top women were tested.

Venus Williams and that god-awful dress probably should have lost in a bizarre match to Sandra Zahlavova while former champion Maria Sharapova struggled to get through Virginie Razzano.

Heck, even the Bryans needed three sets to win today!

So after two days of blowout matches we were treated to some heart attack tennis. Here’s to hoping for more of the latter. That was fun!

As for Fed, a win is a win and that’s the bottom line. It’s clear that Simon is another one of Fed’s “boogeymen” along with Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. But this morning he finally got in the win column against Gilles and that’s what matters most. Up next he should get a breather against Xavier Malisse.


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109 Comments for Federer Survives Simon Scare on Crazy Day at Australian Open

ged Says:

i stopped watching immediately after the 4th set. this is clearly what saved federer. it wasn’t him finding a solution or simon slacking off. please get your facts straight before you dash off these posts.


andrea Says:

another 5 setter. how about verdasco/tipsaravic? that was another classic….have to fire up the PVR to catch the fed/simon match. sounds like another classic. glad to see fed have to fight early on. malisse should be an easier match up….


scineram Says:

“but in the end it turned out to be quite a momentous match for Federer who still has never blown a 2-0 set lead (166-0).”

Wrong.


TGiT Says:

Great win for TMF.

I feel even better about his chances winning the whole thing after he pulled out this win. He played a great relentless opponent. This was never going to be an easy match between two players who came off of solid confident 2011 tourny wins.

My only concern for Fed is this new game plan works great for the 2 out of 3 set matches but I can see he needs to figure out how to keep the mojo going beyond the first two. Mirka needs to hold some flash cards that say “flat forehand” “placement not pace on serve”


Daniel Says:

scineram, this is a Grand Slam stat, and is right.


Gannu Says:

What a nightmare… thank God fedex got thru… that was close.. i think this should ake federer play better…Remeber igor andreev last year?? he went onto win the tourney.. so its a good sign and not an ominous one.. and simon played amazing tennis…so perhaps he might have taken out any one today except fed!

Like TGIT’s observtn. that it works in 3 sets.. but TGIT fed hasnt played any five set matches post US Open!! except these two rounds.. so a bit early to pass the comments!


jane Says:

That stat for Fed – be interesting to know how many of those were 5 set matches. I am assuming the majority were 3 and some 4 setters, but much less 5 setters, as Fed hasnt often taken to five.


Chico Says:

Federer mentioned it in his postmatch interview, its not only about his game, but the guy on the other side of the net also has an impact. This result will give a boost for the rest of the field who, by looks of Feds end of last year and Doha, might have felt that he’s in some kind of invincible groove.

Malisse is too far, but will probably add a few ounces of effort. Same for Robredo, even if he has lost too many times to really be able to believe in the W. If its Stakhovsky, then he should be going for brokewith an extra grain of hope.

But then:
Fed has Roddicks number even though Roddick will probably not be wery much effected of what happens in the earlier rounds. He’ll throw the kitchen sink in any case. But Wavrinka, who was half a set away from trashing Fed in Stockholm, only to let Feds variety get into his head, should be an interesting one. Monfils – should all the same get a boost from the Simon match.


Thangs Says:

In your earlier article, you mentioned that winning 3rd set against the Fed is very difficult. Great Simon did it and pulled the match to 5th set. Though he lost the match, a big salute for him.


Twocents Says:

Gotta admire Mirka: after two kids, multi-million bank account, and >10 years tennis, she’s still so much into the game!

Fed got himself the right woman.


madmax Says:

gannu, have posted you on the other thread. a great match! Always one match at a time, malisse is a good player. Federer will not take this one lightly after being pushed by simon today.

I enjoyed it. Fed’s stat is just awesome. One day of course it will be broken, as all records are meant to be.

Keep on doing what you do best Fed! Gannu, pour yourself a milky drink before you watch his matches! (you are so funny!). :)

Best he gets tested in earlier rounds. Keeps him hungry for later!


Thangs Says:

And I do know that there will be a separate article for Fed’s win…but not for Tipsy-Tobasco or any other 5 setters..


Chico Says:

Btw. that 166 – insane number in itself. Representing playing all matches in almost 24 GS:s leading 2-0.

Yes of course, Fed has mostly dominated so in most matches he has won the first sets.

Trivia quiz: FO 2005, number of sets lost by Fedal?
Answer: 3+3
Only sets Fed lost was to Rafa in the semis.


skeezerweezer Says:

Fantastic match!

Thanks Simon/Fed! Simon hope you play like this the entire year of ’11!

Me hopes Fed will bring that “aggressive” return back into his game plan more often than not after this match, as it has opened up a lot of dictated play for him these past few months. Please don’t stay in the old “rally” mode too long, Maestro. Go Fed!


madmax Says:

chico

But Wavrinka, who was half a set away from trashing Fed in Stockholm, only to let Feds variety get into his head, should be an interesting one. Monfils – should all the same get a boost from the Simon match.

Warwinka didnt play at stockholm. I should know, I was there.

On the other hand, this can only give federer even more confidence. The fact that despite being taken to a fifth set, and simon stepping up his game, federer came through. He was amazing. Kept his cool, everything was in check and he was in control.


fedeRER Says:

by the way the last time he lost from 2sets up was in 05(masters cup) not against hewitt like everybody say´s it, even commentators.


fedeRER Says:

*says ( no if either)


Nina Says:

I had a blast reading your comments guys, it was throughly enjoyable, specially grendel, kimmi and gunnu. In the end your man won, you must be happy. But please give respect to Simon, he could have won this match and it would have been a disaster for Fed. He came back and fought back and that is to really be admired. I have a newfound respect for Gillou. I’m pretty sorry for the guy, he was so close…

I couldn’t see Nole but I’ve read several accounts, seems he was down on something (maybe the fans?), emotionless, lethargic. Could have something have affected him on a personal level before this match? It’s the only explanation I have for his behavior. He seemed out of sorts, distant and cold. Dunno. Just happy that he came back in time and won the match and got that one out of this system.

I just hope that both Muzza and Nadal get tested as well. It was very disappointing to see Rafa winning against Daniel that easily, there was no contest, the other guy hardly moved. He needs to sweat it out a bit just like the others. He needs that preparation before the real contests.


Kimmi Says:

ah, go milos. 2 sets up against llodra :)


jane Says:

Yes Kimmi! Go Milos, even though I didn’t pick him to beat Llodra. : )


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Milos looking good! and young!


Kimmi Says:

Milos is showing some great promise. if he gets to the third round, his ranking will shoot up.

didnt pick him either, just didnt think he has in him to do well here. i am glad he is proving me wrong.

Hope muzza proves me wrong and go all the way to :)

JJ about to be knocked out.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is serving more fast than Fed and Djoko. He definitly will bring the serve for the hardcourt Slams.


Kimmi Says:

Llodra breaks back. c’mon milos dont bring him back. so many guys have lost the match after being 2-0 sets up…


Kimmi Says:

rafa is looking very good as usual :)


dari Says:

rafa looking *sharP* nothing new!


jane Says:

Bye-bye JJ. Hello Milos.Don’t let it slip!


Kimmi Says:

tie break! this tie break is important for milos, especially he was up a break in this set. c’mon!


Kimmi Says:

mini break milos..go


Kimmi Says:

4-2 milos, changing ends


jane Says:

Btw, Kimmi, speaking of young Canadians with talent, did you see how far Marino took Schiavone? She lost, but 9-7 in the 3rd set. I think she can break through. Hope so!


Kimmi Says:

llodra pumped up. 5-4 milos. 2 serves to go and its all yours


Kimmi Says:

match point


jane Says:

Whoa Raonic did it! In straights! Wooooooot.


Kimmi Says:

game set match milos. third round in a Grand Slam..congrats young man. glad he hold his own after that small blip.

who does he play next…lets see…winner of youzhny and kavcic. it will probably be youzhny, he is up a set right now.

marino..didnt see the match jane, but 9-7 third set looks promising. she just needs to cross that huddle and win those close matches.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Great tie break from Raonic. The kid looked solid, very cool under pressure. He’s very long and broad and lanky. He’s going to grow in to that frame and get more control and more power. And he was hitting serves in the 220K’s. Seems he’s got to be in the conversation with the”comers”. Dolgoplov also made round of 32, will Tomic? Big jump for their careers right here, hope they keep moving up.


Kimmi Says:

hmmm the oz sensation tomic with a good start. up a break against lopez. if this guy wins this match, there will be a big buzz at the oz open.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I thought Nadal had an easy road at the US Open, but this is ridiculous so far. Nadal looks great today but I’m sure he realizes he hasn’t faced competition yet. I wonder if he’s happy or bothered by that? Still, the angles he’s getting with his forehand are ridiculous.


jane Says:

Yes Dolgo and Raonic through; i am cheering for Tomic to make it three young break throughs and to make up for losing Hewitt first round. As Kimmi says it will create a buzz for the Ozzies. Although for him it is likely to end there, with Rafa waiting in the wings.


Kimmi Says:

great for nadal. he does not need to spend too much energy now. he will be ready when (if) big matches come.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

What a great on-court strut Rafa has!


Kimmi Says:

i think rafa will get a bagel in this third set. that should be just perfect. 2, 1, 0!!


Andrew Miller Says:

Kirilenko vs. Benesova. First, Benesova looks like Hantuchova in the days Hantuchova stopped eating (in the mid 2000s). Second, Kirilenko (one of my favs!) unfortunately is looking like Benesova! I want to believe it’s the heat out there getting the worst of them, but I am sorry to say: there must be some crazy pressures on these ladies because they seem to be way too frail.


skeezerweezer Says:

Yeah Rafa looks real tough against a guy who’s only success has been in the Challenger circuit. The “minor” league of the ATP.
Hee Hee…Shaaaaammmooon!


Kimmi Says:

oh no! no bagel..too bad!


Kimmi Says:

lopez breaks back. the 5-2 lead is gone for tomic now back on serve…not easy for these yound guys


Kimmi Says:

radwanska thru.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

“Ah, he’s toying with him!” about Sweeting! Hilarious.


Kimberly Says:

JJ out, yes? I’m hoping to fall asleep before a compelling match starts. I was a mess all day. Still here watching. Addiction.


Gannu Says:

gosh… still having yestdy’s hangover.. cant help madmax…I am a nervous wreck when fed is losing evn a set ;-) hahaha.. makes it worthwhile because it keeps the interest going otherwise i would have stopped watching aussie open ;-))and thanks to you for all the support..u do a good job of consoling me ;-) I dont need any milky dring or cola;-)

Thanks Nina you found my comments enjoyable… i dont want to make them anymore enjoyable… Lol ;-) yestdyas match gave me heart attacls.. cant take more of them now ;-)

So Nadal as expected is cruising through is terribly weak draw.. wonder why he gets such weak draws and suddenly when or if he is losing say two matches later an injury will pop up..amazing gamesmanship he shows…!!!!

I hope lopez atleast puts a fight next round.. otherwise he seems more like rafa fan boy than competitor… disgusting attitude…


Kimmi Says:

Tomic first set in the bag :-)


Daniel Says:

When Sweeting increase his level, Nadal promptly respond. I can’t see Nadal not making the final, unless Murray plays the match of his life, again in the semis, if he gets there. Fed or Djoko will have their hands full trying to stop Nadal Slam.


dari Says:

Kimberly, today was ROUGH, huh?
I got about 4 hours of sleep, at the best and then stress of that fed match… then straight to shower and off to the day!
Just got home, so its been a bit of a doozie.
That’s what AO will do to you!
Anyway, tomic looks silly in his glasses, but I’ve not seen him play much, I will take a look see and try to turn in early.


Kimmi Says:

kimberly – talking about a mess, i probably had 2 hrs sleep last night. so tired whole day. had to go home early and crash for couple of hrs this afternoon..just couldnt concentrate.

early sleep today. thanks god federer is not having a late match today. enough of late matches…hope not tomorrow too.


Kimmi Says:

what is wrong with bellucci? he is going to be bagelled in this first set..so much for picking him in my bracket!


Kimmi Says:

Go Cilic!!


Kimberly Says:

Kimmi, I got about four hours and had a full day work and a session with my trainer. Was lifting nothing. Now that rafa is done I’m trying to lull myself to sleep.

Have a nine am game and am concerned this tournament will cause me to suffer the same fate as dinara safina.I saw you posting throughout then night and thought, my goodness, she has less sleep than me!


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Daniel

Look at Rafa’s opponents so far. When he plays someone in the top 25 and gets these kind of results , then, yeah, we can talk. :)


Kimmi Says:

kimberly – this oz open is suicidal. aaaaagh! crazy life. at least i told myself no more late night today.

enjoy your game..and hope you win. safina line was funny..hahaha


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Skeezer, he’s won 3 Slams in a row. So I don’t think its an out-there proposition to say “Nadal looks in dangerous form right now.”
You’re very tough to impress!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Winning 3 slams, yes extremely impressive ! His first 2 rd opponents , not. It’s not all about Rafa all the time, sometimes it matters who he is playin, just sayin…


dari Says:

Rafa was on his toes today. Didn’t need to do anything with an experienced player like sweeting, but he didnt give anything up. I’ve got a surprise for him in the fourth round!


Kimmi Says:

seppi is a tricky opponent. tsonga better be very alert!


stu Says:

Yay, go Tomic! Do it for Leyley!


jane Says:

Tomic completes the trio of newbies.


steve-o Says:

Cilic wins the tiebreak, it’s a good sign. I can’t remember the last time that happened. Usually his serve vanishes and his forehand goes off, but it didn’t this time.


margot Says:

Good very early morning to everyone!
Skeeze, am watching some of my picks crash and burn with a very wry smile :)
Was v. surprised re Fed’s match. Didn’t see it but was shocked it went to 5. If Fed dominates at the start of matches, usually that’s it! I love Gilles’s style and well played to him but this must say something about Fed too.
Meanwhile, come on Andy!!


dari Says:

Look at you kimmi, #1 in the bracket?
Since you’re so good, can you tell me what the tie break column by the store means?


dari Says:

That’s just supposed to be an exclamation mark, sorry!


jane Says:

Murray, Soda, Delpo, Nalby, all their matches are pretty much too late for me. :(


dari Says:

Watching the young Serbian girl, jovanovksy?
She is up a break and hanging tough!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Cilic having a little trouble closing it out. And wow, what a surprise Vera is down double break!


dari Says:

Thanks, marin! Wway to go!
Have I not even heard someone mention the name YOUZHNY!?!?


steve-o Says:

Finally, Cilic gets it done. Good job fighting off the break points. Sometimes he gets sloppy, and he didn’t today.

I see Tomic has booked himself a date with the world’s #1. That should be interesting, but I don’t know if he realizes that just moving the ball around won’t bother Nadal at all.


dari Says:

Short/quick back swing on the jovanovski, you don’t think the shot OS gonna be that big, then bam!
First set


margot Says:

jane: Tomic has been very rude about Lleyton, more or less said he wasn’t good enough to practise with him :0. Another one with a difficult parent. Still haven’t seen him play. Steve-o is he primarily a counter puncher?


steve-o Says:

@margot: I saw Tomic play for all of five minutes, so I don’t know for sure, but in what I saw, it seemed like he was a counter-puncher, except he didn’t even do any passing shots or try to counterattack. He literally just kept the ball in play until his opponent made a mistake. But he seemed to have good court sense, variation of spins, and he could place the ball wherever he wanted.

Even though Tomic is an Aussie, the crowd wasn’t very demonstrative during the match, the commentators joked that maybe he had lulled them to sleep. It certainly seemed like he lulled Lopez.


Skeezerweezer Says:

margot,

Good morning and goodnight.

Re: fed match. Fed didn’t play badly credit to Simon he played really well. He is wery wery tricky. Was good tennis. You get to see Delpo if you’re just getting up! Have to catch some zzzzz


margot Says:

steve-o, thanx for that. Will get to see him if he stays in, I guess. Of course re fan support Tomic is not Aussie born and also has upset national treasure
Night skeeze, sweet dreams now your man is still in…just…;)


dari Says:

I saw tomic for a good set and still don’t know what he does. He doesn’t move much to be honest and I mostly only saw the serve hit hard. He had variation for sure, and could place well enough to really piss off felopez.
It should be an odd match with Rafa haha


jane Says:

Margot, oh i think i recall that bad blood w/Hewitt, now that you mention it. Mainly i was pleased w/Raonic, but thought why not more young ones through? Don’t know much about Tomic, but he doesn’t have a hope next round! Rafa iseems to be looking formidable, weak opponents or not. We’ll see how this affects him once he runs into a tougher test, like maybe Cilic, but serving the way he has been, and if his forehand is firing, well, he’ll be a tough one to beat. And he wont have expended much energy at this rate.

Speaking of which…

Ferrer with one bagel; could he cook another?

Go Murray!


Michael Says:

Finally, what matters at the end is that Federer “Won”. Federer always for some reason found Giles too tough to handle. Might be his style doesn’t match up with Federer. But still it is remarkable that he won where it all counts in a Grand slam. May be such kind of tough matches earlier in the tournament are the need of the hour shake off complacency that might set in future matches in view of the easy wins. Federer is lucky on that part, while Nadal so far is unlucky as he is still to face a strenous test and considering that we do not know the real strength of his game vis-a-vis opponents. Still I pick Federer or Nadal as joint favourites to win this tournament. My heart goes for Murray or Djokovic or even Soderling but my mind tells me that it will either be Federer or Nadal.


margot Says:

jane, re above comment re Rafa, seen any good films lately :(
Yay! Indeed, come on Andy!
dari: cheers 4 input, kid must have something ???


Lulu Iberica Says:

Awww… I’m rooting for Isner, but feel bad for poor Stepanek with all these errors after he played such a great first set.


Gannu Says:

Nalby is getting smoked…just wonder how bad one can play…and we thought he could compete with Rafa!! Rafa has a stroll to the semis and if murray loses before then its better to put rafa in finals…Only Fedex can stop him now…


M Says:

I think he’s not well, Gannu. Called the doctor on court.

Don’t you remember the trouble a healthy Nalbandian gave Rafa in IW 09? It’s still hard for me to watch YouTubes of that match.


steve-o Says:

I think Nalbandian expended all his energy beating Hewitt, he’s out of gas.


van orten Says:

i just hope condition will get a bit faster…it´s got to be warmer out there on the court …fed tried to play fast vs simon and he couldnt hit through as he wanted to


sar Says:

Watched Jovanovski vs Zvonereva. This kid could be very good in the future. Powerful groundies, a better JJ with a serve.
Pavs vs Barrois. I think she will be good if she loses a few pounds.
Tomich vs Lopez- Felo is so handsome! Alas, his nice looking backhand is too weak. Tomich had crowd support and seemed very confident.
Nole had his hands full with Dodig last night. Ivan was like the energizer bunny and would not stop. LOL
It’s going to be HOT for the Nole match, he’s on first thing in the morning. Let’s hope he can take Victor out, Jane.
PS
Australian bananas are strange compared to US ones. Rather mealy, thick skin and no taste. The OJ is wierd too compared to Florida OJ. It must be made from a different type of orange.


dari Says:

Hope JMdP is ok.


dari Says:

Delpo had a strange serve a couple games ago, on break point, he makes a serve and somehow the racket comes out of his hand. Serve goes in, racket flies, baghdatis makes the return and delpo has np racket to do anything with. Break point converted.
Delpo had a quick visit with the trainer just after.
More treatment just now :(


steve-o Says:

Del Potro not at his best, but Baghdatis is totally outplaying him.

Del Potro seems to be out of sorts, but he’s still plugging away. If he goes down, it won’t be for lack of effort.


dari Says:

Yeah delpo broke and held early in the third, bed still playing hard!


steve-o Says:

Del Potro has broken in the third, hope he can keep building confidence.


van orten Says:

delpo can win this…he was unlucky couple of points !!! so if he wins the third its possible


Catherine Says:

I think it will be Baggy in three. He just broke back thanks to an absymal serve game from DelPotro. It’s still too early for the Big Guy so it seems.


Catherine Says:

.. well at least DelPotro managed to grab a set! That’s good…


dari Says:

3rd set delpo! Long way to go, but if he can start streamlining play,.keep the errors down…
Oh Geeze some treatment for baggy


stu Says:

poor delpo’s all but gone. hard luck.

sar, i’ve been worrying about Nole playing in the heat too. that’s when he might feel the effects of a short off-season.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Very disappointing match. Don’t feel Baghdatis had to play very well to beat DelPotro. DelPotro was wildly inconsistent, but he also wasn’t bringing the massive groundstrokes he brought against Sela. Given that he seemed pretty tough mentally, have to hope there’s nothing giving with the wrist!
Ah well, lots of time to prepare for the French. I really expect him to be in the mix of the top thirty by then, and the top 16 by Wimbledon.


jane Says:

I don’t know about Delpo; he could be worried about reinjury. Why did he have the trainer out? If the wrist felt ginger then he may need more time. Let’s hope it’s not going to be chronic.

Also disappointed how badly Nalby was slayed. I felt a bit like this might happen after he beat Hewitt in such a marathon.

Be nice to have one new thread recapping yesterday’s matches.

sar, yes, memories of the USO vs. Victor in the heat….could be danger time if Nole is slack like the other night. Thanks for the anecdotes. It must be fun to be there!


Rick Says:

SEAN! I told you Simon would gave Fed Allstop a real threat! And you thought that, Mono Fed would beat him in three sets! lol


Rick Says:

Full credits to Nadal! When he returned from the injury. Del Potro, Nalbandian, Gillies and Davydenko all doing so bad, when they return from injuries!


Rick Says:

Djokovic or Bercydh takes out Federina if they play.


grendel Says:

It’s pointless expecting Nalbandian to do well in a grand slam any more. One tough match and, win or lose, he’s done. That’s his choice. He prefers fishing, whatever, to a hard training regime. Shame Hewitt didn’t win, for you can be sure he would have been ready.

When you watch the way del Potro goes for his shots, it’s hard to see how he won’t sustain severe damage again. There’s no compromise, he just isn’t that sort of player, and unless the medics have done something weird, can’t see how the wrist won’t collapse again. I sincerely hope I am missing something.
Baghdatis didn’t play bad, he does time the ball sweetly. A delPo thunderbolt would hit his racket with a satisfying thud and go sailing past the barely recovered delPo for a winner.
Either Baggy or Melzer could provide Murray with some proper opposition and in fact could beat him. Not likely, but you never know with Murray.


margot Says:

sar: thanx 4 gr8 on the spot reporting, am VERY envious.
grendel: methinks u r starting to think my way re Delboy and injuries? Saw a few highlights, don’t know if he is very match unfit but he seemed so lethargic, I know he plays slowly but still, and was sweating bucketfuls.
Andy looked calm, relaxed and at ease! Even managed a few wry smiles at rather iffy line calls. Gr8 to see him like this! And his serve was cooking. Baggy will hold no fears for him in this mood.
kimmi: I too backed Bellucci, humph!


margot Says:

PS Am very cross with Nalby but totally expected this to happen and very sorry for the great hearted Hewitt. He must feel so gutted.


grendel Says:

All very well Murray’s serve cooking. Yes, it was. But will it cook tomorrow? That’s the thing. Don’t rule out the Bag. If he’s singing, he can do damage.

Bout Delboy – anyone LESS like Delboy, b.t.w…..-I always feared for his comeback simply because of the kind of player he is. Delpo in full flight – cut short by the jealous gods…


madmax Says:

yeah rick, you’re right. nadal is saying a lot about his injuries right now. Strange to be injured/ill and then go on to win the doubles in qatar, then saying he feels absolutely fine now.
Do you think it is to un-nerve his opponents rick?

Let’s hope murray is able to seek some revenge on rafa for the O2 close call. He deserves some recompense for his efforts.

skeezer, found this on fed’s training schedule in dubai. First I’ve seen of this, so enjoy.

http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/19/training-with-federer-in-dubai/

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