Zvonareva Scare; Jankovic Crashes Out; Friday Previews at Australian Open
by Staff | January 20th, 2011
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World No. 2 Vera Zvonareva came from a set down to advance to the third round, and the former No. 1s continued their struggles on Thursday in Melbourne at the Australian Open.


The Russian Zvonareva found herself a set down to Bojana Jovanovski before taking the pace and air out of the Serb’s balloon to win 6-1 in the third.

“She started off very aggressive,” Zvonareva said. “We never played before. So it got me some time to understand her game, to read her game…But I was able to pick it up and really turn it around in the second set. Then it was a bit easier for me. I mixed it up a little bit more, I changed a little bit my game.”

Following through with upsets Thursday were China’s Peng Shuai over No. 7 Jelena Jankovic, Czech Iveta Benesova ousting No. 18 Maria Kirilenko, Romanian Simona Halep defeating No. 24 Alisa Kleybanova, and France’s Alize Cornet downing No. 26 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, all in straight sets.

“I was leading I think 4-1 and had everything under my control,” Jankovic lamented. “I was playing pretty well. But then I just had some loose errors and she played as well some good points. And little by little, you know, she was getting her momentum, and I started completely going down…It was a bad day for me…It’s the beginning of the season, only my third match of the year. I’m still rusty. I just have to get match tough again and play right in the important times of the match. At the end, my opponent took her opportunities and was the better one.”

Top 10 seeds winning in straight sets Thursday were No. 3 Kim Clijsters, No. 5 Samantha Stosur, and No. 10 Shahar Peer.

“I went out there the with intention to stay very aggressive and to not let my opponent kind of play her game,” said Clijsters of powering past the claycourter Carla Suarez Navarro, “and that is try to really mix it up play with a lot of spin. She can only do that when she has a lot of time. I think it was really up to me to try to limit that from her, really be aggressive when I was out there, and I did.”

No. 13 Nadia Petrova powered past Aussie wildcard Alicia Molik 6-4, 6-1, and No. 31 Lucie Safarova won an all-Czech battle with Klara Zakopalova 7-5 in the third.

“I had a great start to the match,” Molik said. “I needed to make sure I kept that scoreboard pressure on. Nadia got back to 3-all. I could sense a real difference in the way she was carrying herself on the court. She became a lot more confident…I felt like I served pretty horribly today. Against a player like Nadia that returns very well, she always has, that was a given, that was just essential today and it wasn’t there…She hit the ball quite deep particularly off her returns. Rather than staying down on the ball, I think I lifted or lofted the ball so many times deep where I really pulled off. Those are the times I need to knuckle down and beat pace with pace and spin.”

Highlights of Friday play in Melbourne are (1) Caroline Wozniacki vs. (29) Dominika Cibulkova in a re-match of weeks ago when Cibulkova won, (11) Justine Henin vs. (23) Svetlana Kuznetsova, the injured (4) Venus Williams vs. (30) Andrea Petkovic, and Julia “Gorgeous” Goerges vs. (14) Maria Sharapova.


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296 Comments for Zvonareva Scare; Jankovic Crashes Out; Friday Previews at Australian Open

Lulu Iberica Says:

Not much interest in the ladies, I see. There’s the possibility of a couple of upsets tonight. I’m especially worried about Venus. I was glad Vera kept control of her emotions and pulled out the win last night. I think Kim will win it all, but I’d like to her face some competition on the way there!


grendel Says:

Enjoyed watching Stosur – the Betjeman girl, as I see her, certainly as John Betjeman would have seen her. What a lovely clean hitter of the ball she is – and yet can occasionally hit club type shots which make you kind of giggle. She hit one forehand in her match against Dushevina which practically went into the next court. She shook her head with slight irritation, as much as to say:”I thought I no longer did that”, and then went calmly back to world class hitting.

I’d say she’s got every chance of getting to the semis and has certainly got a shot of beating Zvonereva to make the final. There, if she meets Clijsters, she won’t suffer from the nerves which afflicted her in Paris, and hopefully will put up a decent show. Nice Kim, in her nice quiet way, bullies her opponents, but that won’t be so easy with Sam.


Thangs Says:

I want Henin to win the title…if not, Kim should do…


Kimmi Says:

djokovic first on court today.

great WTA matches today. hope cilbulkova can bring some great tennis to make the match with wozniacki competative. I dont think she can win the match though, woz is playing match better now!


Kimo Says:

Morning Everyone, or Evening depending on where you are :)


Kimmi Says:

Hi kimo.

just watching cibilkova vs wozniacki. cibulkova is hitting the ball soo hard, oh boy..she is very small too. how does she get that power ? hope she keeps it up.


Kimmi Says:

djoko with an early break already


Kimo Says:

Hey Kimmi.

Woz will wear her down, pretty much like how Rafa in his early years won by wearing everyone down.


Kimmi Says:

well, she is broken woz twice she just need to hold her serve.


Kimmi Says:

did troicky break back..just following the score..


Kimmi Says:

djoko breaks again and woz breaks again..hmmm


jane Says:

Gosh dang it – every time Nole is playing it’s too late, and now, the first time it’s early, I have to take my son to piano. I hope he gets past Victor without the marathon of the USO – Go Nole!

For some reason Woz reminds me of JJ when she was playing well, as they both tend to be good returners and counter-punchers but could add more aggression to their games.


Kimmi Says:

djoko is doing well so far…cibulkova makes winners and too many errors..needs to balance.


Kimo Says:

Set Wozniacki. Like I said Kimmi, she wore Cibulkova down. That’s Woz’s bread-and-butter.


Kimmi Says:

you are exactly right kimo, woz is wearing cibulkova down..

Troicky has retired. Novak thru to 4th round.


Kimmi Says:

woz going thru. cilbukova played well but too many errors.


Kimmi Says:

haase with an early break..not a good start for roddick.


dAri Says:

how often does andyR double fault? i was thinking not so much, but he has done it now on a bp!
and haase with a major forehand, wow.
i love the young or late-blooming talent im seeing here!


tennisfansince76 Says:

is AndyR unleasing his inner Michael Chang again?


Kimmi Says:

haase with double break..surprising!

dari, did you pick haase to beat roddick? he is got a good start so far unless….

roddick will not go away though..


Kimmi Says:

we saw haase talent at wimbledon when he gave nadal a run for his money…

I think is roddick in a tough battle today…


Kimmi Says:

haase is limping..ankle injury i think..but still wins the set 6-2. what is that? roddick needs to wake up quickly


dAri Says:

Kimmi I did not pick Haase. I like him a lot and I remember that match against nadal, so at the moment I can’t figure out why I didn’t?!


Kimberly Says:

Haase is good but even more extreme thantsonga one never knows how good because always injured.


Kimo Says:

Haase is playing well. No doubt about it. But it’s not like he’s unplayable or even close to being unplayable. Andy is just camped 2 meters behind the baseline and slicing the ball back.


dAri Says:

I did pick Haase!


contador Says:

ah i picked with my heart on the bald bomber : (

andy roddick in trouble…haase is really good!


Kimmi Says:

i think it is margot then who picked haase. anyways, it is early days yeat. roddick serve seem to be firing now


Kimmi Says:

almagro wins..ah, he is gonna give me some points :)


contador Says:

yeah….margot picked almost everybody right….just checked.


Steve Says:

Haase would be a great player already (top 15) if he wasn’t injured 50% of the time.

But can anyone tell me what Roddick is doing in his latter career? Is the goal to win a Slam or a few Master Series titles at the end of your career or just play along and lose to every top 10 player??? He’s not going to beat the top 5 with this kind of attitude!!! And he won’t be able to switch back to aggressive mode after playing like Ferrer for months and months and months…

Is this the way he wants to end his career? I cannot understand him and his coach/team.


contador Says:

except she picked gasquet…..i did too and i am regretting it.

also picked le monf….so, my weakness for the frenchies bites me again, am guessing. berdych has been pretty strong and wawa playing great. we’ll see.


Kimmi Says:

henin vs kutzy is an intesting match. hope henin wins..she has a better attitude of winning this whole thing..


contador Says:

of course picking fish already did me in. and pretty sure stakhovsky can beat robredo. was hanging onto the hope that ljub and roddick would win today in the lower half.

roddick wont go down without a fight…..i’m sure he doesn’t want to lose to haase!


contador Says:

wow haase is good. i wasn’t paying attention at wimbledon, i guess.


Kimmi Says:

if robredo wins, it will be good for u conty. i dont think many have picked him…he seem to be finding some form…its a tough match to call that one..

kutzy with the first break..playing very well today. henin with a big battle, but wont count her out.


Kimo Says:

Steve, you have to remember that tennis is his livelihood and he’s not even 29 yet. He’s still has a few decent years ahead of him, but I think he knows he won’t win another slam. It’s been 8 years since he won his only one. He may win one or two Masters 1000s if he catches a break here and there.

Quitting something you’ve been doing almost all your life is hard, man.


contador Says:

i didn’t pick robredo!! i think i pretty much go hosed right to the bottom today….lol…. hopefully federer wins….then i’ll get one right!!


Kimo Says:

contador Says:

“wow haase is good. i wasn’t paying attention at wimbledon, i guess.”

dude, he pushed Rafa to five sets at Wimbledon, which Rafa eventually won. How can you miss that?


contador Says:

oh and i got djoko, of course. phew


steve-o Says:

Henin and Kuznetsova both playing very well.

Kuznetsova broke and then held after saving some break points.

I think Henin will win this but it’ll be a tough fight.


contador Says:

really wasn’t paying attention to wimbledon last summer, i assumed rafa would win everything…after he won all of clay court and FO….so i missed the haase performance. wont forget haase now!


Kimmi Says:

roddick needs to win this set…

Conty, i know you did not pick robredo..what i am saying is if he wins, no one will move up coz no one picked him, that will be good for you, no?


Kimmi Says:

very important tie break for roddick this is..

3 set points for kutzy


contador Says:

i like robin haase. roddick won’t beat him in those baseline exchanges.


Kimmi Says:

haase is returning roddick serves easy..

mini break came and went for roddick


Kimmi Says:

DF haase..go roddick


Kimmi Says:

what a get..roddick with the second set.

haase will probably starts to feel his ankle now


Kimo Says:

Haase just gifted the TB to Andy.


contador Says:

ah kimmi….i don’t care…i’m a gonner. i admire your wise picking. picking davydenko to go deep and going patriotic with querry, fish, harrison already foiled my most serious bracket….my other fantasy bracket is doing just as good…who woulda thunk berankis would get so far! i picked him, yay!

and andy gets the tb


contador Says:

are you in the bracket challenge Kimo?


Kimo Says:

How’s Henin-Kuz going?


steve-o Says:

Roddick stepped it up in the tiebreak. Haase got tight and started making errors.

I hope Roddick starts getting more aggressive now. Against big-serving opponents he sometimes forgets to concentrate on his return game and tries to outserve them.


Kimo Says:

No contador. I don’t do brackets. I generally don’t like to make predictions.


Kimberly Says:

Contador, believe it or not if berankis and raonic come through your crazy bracket will probably more into first place. You have about one hundred points at stake there.

But more likely kimmi is going to clean up with the stakhovsky and Almagro picks.


contador Says:

Kimo, i like predicting; and i keep sucking at it too.

kuzy won first set but i’m not watching that match…focused on haase – roddick match


tennisfansince76 Says:

damn you Troicki! your job was if not to win then at least to soften Djoker up in the hot sun and you couldn’t even do that.


contador Says:

yeah i’ll do well for a day kimberly …..then you know what happens to my crazy bracket!


Kimmi Says:

go henin! she needs a come back! C’mon

kimberly – lets wait and see! if stakhosty wins today, yes i will be laughing!


Steve Says:

Just watched a bit of Li Na, just wondering why some women still wear skirts on the court? Li Na’s underwear is larger than her skirt, she better just leave her skirt in the lockerroom!


Kimmi Says:

Oh god, my buddy justine in trouble


jane Says:

Roddick seems to be coming around.

Anyone see when Troicki retired? Did he seem injured? How’d Nole look? I know it was only a set, but did he look okay.


Kimberly Says:

Hemon in deep trouble


Kimmi Says:

steve..lol.


contador Says:

yeah when i’m on a tennis court with my one handed backhand i pretend i;m justine : )

but i like kuzy too…..she’s up a break in the 2nd


Kimberly Says:

Kiznetspva lost a ton of weight


dari Says:

i’m with jane, who has the details on the troicki match?
wow, kuzzy looking Good. like she hasn’t had a lot of problems lately and like henin doesn’t have a MASSIVE lead over her in h2h!
henin answers with her own forehand!
let’s go haase!
can’t believe i said that. i picked him cause i am all for the youngin’s, but it does feel weird to root against andyR…


jane Says:

Kimberly, turn off your ipad’s autocorrect girl! lol.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Haase may be fading. he is one of those Giraffe players. i look at his legs and think he just cannot last. also is it not unbelievable that Gilles Simon is a top 10 caliber player w/ those cartoon stick legs?


contador Says:

jane…i was livestreaming the djoko-troiki match and fell asleep. suddenly haase and roddick were walking out on court.

the “chatters” were calling troiki all kinds of things i won’t mention for “retiring.” so, i really don’t know what happend but djoko is thru.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Henin was always in Kuzzy’s head after Kuzzy had her down match points at the FO and let Henin escape.


dari Says:

what the H on the haase move?


Kimmi Says:

jane – i watched a little bit of the match but it is hard to say how djoko looked coz troicki was been troubled by an injury from the beginning. he broke trocki twice and troicki broke him once but somehow troicki serve looked weak..

here is from BBC live commentarY

…………………..

Word is that Troicki actually pulled out with a stomach problem. Here’s what 2008 champion Djokovic has had to say about it: “Like any tennis player, you don’t wish to win like this. I knew before the match that he had a little trouble with his stomach. I know it’s the third round of a Grand Slam and he wanted to give 100%… and he was not able.”


contador Says:

been cheering for robin haase’s hair!! but he’s hitting random tweeners now….


dari Says:

does haase have the mind/body to do anything about this situation?
he called the trainer in the nadal match in wimby, too, right? tough nuts


jane Says:

lol tfs76 – I feel the same about Simon’s legs, but man he gets around on them! Also think Haase is toast. Maybe a bagel in the 4th?

Kimberly – or maybe you need to turn on autocorrect? Just kiddin :)


Kimmi Says:

roddick taking it to haase


steve-o Says:

First set to Kuznetsova, Kuznetsova up a break in the second.

Kuznetsova is playing very well. She is a match for Henin in pure shotmaking talent, but mentally she’s usually more fragile. Not today, though.

Henin seems the one on edge. She can’t buy a first serve and keeps making errors when she goes for her shots.

Still, she has the ability to get out of seemingly hopeless situations.


Steve Says:

@Kimberly, maybe Nalbandian should follow her training regime, it might be my livestream video seize but was this the most heavy Nalbandian you guys have ever seen?

Haase has added another injury to his repertoire


tennisfansince76 Says:

re Jane. i can’t deny that. he was really motoring around against Roger the other night. too bad he was in Roger’s draw. would have loved to see him play Nadal or Djoker.and won if possible.


dari Says:

OMG, how many meters behind the baseline was that for the Haase return?


jane Says:

kimmi & conty – thanks for the scoops on Nole/Troicki. Just read on AO site that Troicki injured his stomach in his 2nd round match and yesterday he pulled out of doubles but thought he’d still try to play singles, but he said he couldn’t serve with the stomach strain. Hence, he retired. Too bad – Djoko could have used a solid match behind him before next round. On the other hand, he can go have a good practice.


contador Says:

hey, simon has some deceptive power in those limbs. he’s amazing.

haase isn’t done.


dari Says:

that’s a sad sight, seeing haase like that.


contador Says:

no, i have seen nalby heavier….belly out. but he clearly went all in to beat hewitt….nearly stroked i think.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Steve Nalby looked like a chunky monket out there a few nights ago. the announcers or somebody said he was in good shape but i have no idea how they came up w/ that. kind of sad to see both Hewitt and Nalby ,GS champion level players, both looking rather over the hill. i don’t think Hewitt has much left in him nor Nalby either. well in a few years there is the senior circuit. a pity too because Nalby was a Nadal killer on hard courts. when in shape (a big when) he had no problem handling Nadal’s spin on either side. he simply took Nadal’s spinny ball on the rise and jerked Nadal around. I don’t think i’ve seen anyone else handle the Nadal ball more easily on both sides.


tennisfansince76 Says:

re Contador “nearly stroked” i am rolling around on the floor on that one.


jane Says:

Simon and Nole have played excellent matches but Nole had 6:1 head to head with him; I don’t know if he is a tough match up for either Nole or Nadal (4:1 h2h), so it’s hard to say if he would’ve beaten either the other night. Maybe he could’ve gotten the better of Nole, especially this early in the event, but somehow I suspect Rafa would’ve won. Just speculation of course.


contador Says:

it is sad….robin started so amazing. really is too bad he has been injured too much. sheesh….poor haase, really.


Kimberly Says:

Zvonereva looks much bigger to me than she used to be. She used to be skinny. Nalby looked big to me too.


Steve Says:

Yea Nalbandian could have been Nadal’s big nemesis if if if, but seems he just has a mental block, throughout his career he’s been underperforming and surely he knows that. But he doesn’t seem too frustrated about that, on court at least.


contador Says:

it’s true tf76! he didn’t look good at all…beat red face and sweating profusely. but he’s so stubborn he won.


Kimberly Says:

But haase and raonic look so twiggy to me.


Kimberly Says:

Looking forward to le monf v. Wawa later. Doubt i will make it but will leave the tv on.


Kimberly Says:

Can henin break here?


Kimmi Says:

“I don’t think i’ve seen anyone else handle the Nadal ball more easily on both sides.”

yes there is – davydenko


dari Says:

yeah, i will cheer for a haase miracle. i hate to see someone in that condition like that. the only thing that could help is a win :/
thing is, roddick isn’t making it clear that haase has ZERO chance, that’s why he is staying in there!
mega point!


Steve Says:

@contador yea he’s had so many injuries, his body isn’t made for this sport (or he should have learned the Fed-technique), but he’s mentally very strong and will come back and back until his body gives up totally. He’s still young so maybe there will be a few good performances here and there. But I really don’t see him making it to top20 with his fragile body, the tour is so physical. Anyone heard what Philippoussis is up to? Begging for money in the centre or turning up for exos?


tennisfansince76 Says:

re steve. i think his mental block consists of burgers, beers and fries as i think he has admitted in the past. only a few times in his career has he really been in the kind of condition a top shelf tennis pro requires and still he was a tough player! that is a testament to his talent. he should have won multiple GS’s. and he definitely should have won the 2003 USO. he was bitch slapping Roddick around the court for almost all of 3 sets. somehow Roddick managed to get into a TB and then Nalby pulled something in his abdomen (something which he did more than once in his career). not that i minded as i was rooting for my countryman but he was the better player that day. he’s also another guy who could have stood to improve his serve. he played a pat hand w/ a mediocre serve. imagine if he put the same effort into improving his game as nadal has done.if Nadal had stayed the same he would be a 5 time FO champion and nothing else!


Kimberly Says:

Big hold for kuzy. If she gets her third win in nineteen tries it should give roddick hope verse federer.

Haase obviously cannot handle the physicality of the mens game.

I see stakhovsky robredo has started. This your big match kimmi!


tennisfansince76 Says:

re Steve i have heard that PhilipPoussis has become a male escort specializing in satisfying the needs of leathery old socialites. he is making good money or so i have heard.


jane Says:

Looks like Henin is going out. Also likely Haase… It is a shame Haase is prone to injury. Hate to see that in talented players, like Tsonga too. And … potentially Delpo. Maybe not. But the potential for Delpo to have recurrent injuries issues seems real. He’s very young still too, so maybe he can get it under control, learn to take a little off some shots, or whatever he needs to do.


Kimberly Says:

Lets take a vote:

Will kuznetsova choke?


Kimberly Says:

Tennisfansince76, for real? Never thought he was hot. I wonder who would hire him?


jane Says:

Kimberly, looking like a very good chance Kuzy will … 30-40. Yep! She does. Back on serve. Interesting. But can Henin capitalize??


steve-o Says:

Henin breaks as Kuznetsova served for the match. I hope this goes to three.


tennisfansince76 Says:

break pt for Henin. i wish they would hurry up and get it on TV!


tennisfansince76 Says:

Henin broke Kuzzy. uh oh. is it time for another epic melt down from Kuzzy?


Daniel Says:

OH Kuzy, get the win so I can see Fed played, it’s almost 2:00 am in Brazil.


tennisfansince76 Says:

re: kimberly no that was a joke. i have no idea what he is doing now that his careers as a tennis player and a reality star are over.


Steve Says:

@tennisfansince76 LOL I knew that was his best shot!!


stu Says:

From Djokovic’s presser:
Q. When Simon beat Troicki in Sydney, did you think, Good for us?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: In a way, yes.

Q. Do you think it was a mistake?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I wouldn’t get into that. The important thing is that we won and that we brought the first Davis Cup title to our country, and that’s it.

Ouch, poor Viktor! It’s not like he lost to Simon by a huge margin! Wasn’t it two TBs? It could well have gone the other way in Belgrade Arena!


Kimberly Says:

Can she get the break back?


Daniel Says:

Henin was 40-15 and got broken. Let’s see if Kuzy has the nerves to close the match on serve, again!


Steve Says:

Kuz breaks! Come on Federer! Oh no, Kuz serving for the match…


tennisfansince76 Says:

as an aside. anyone else think Fish doesn’t look good. like he’s too skinny and gaunt?


steve-o Says:

And Kuznetsova gets a second chance to serve for it. It’s still 50-50–I think Henin could well break back again, in which case I think Kuznetsova would really be done for.


jane Says:

Yep Surprisingly, Kuzy breaks right back. But now it’s 15-40 for Henin!

Not sure I follow that post stu – maybe I need to read the whole presser to understand the context. But I guess in the DC situation, Troicki felt the chance to be a national hero because he played so awesomely there. Whereas Simon wasn’t in his best form during DC. Was just coming back but not fully back. Anyhow, every match is different, so who knows?


Steve Says:

I still prefer the Fish shape to Nalby’s shape as a tennis player and fan… But indeed Fish looks like he hasn’t been eating a lot lately, supposedly because he’s been out of water. Sorry can’t come up with another one right now.


Steve Says:

Henin will lose lots of points if she loses, 2 bp’s though


Daniel Says:

Unbelievable!


Steve Says:

I think the Simon-Troicki question is a little bit disrespectful, the answer is obvious, you have to beat what’s in front of you, so…


contador Says:

i don’t know what’s wrong with fish….seemed the skinny body was working for him for awhile last summer but he wasn’t well here…he had a virus, right?

speaking of fit not fat….baghdatis. baggy looking thin.

extra weight doesn’t work in tennis.

poor delpo though…it’s a long way back for him, if his wrist holds up…disappointing for me to see him lose again.

andy wins….but i like robin haase.


jane Says:

Both Stakhovsky and Berdy were down breaks to Robredo and Gasquet early but they’ve broken back and broken their opponents in turn and now both have the lead.

Who will Roddick face next round?


Steve Says:

DF Henin 0-1 TB, Kuzzy choked so much that it made Henin nervy as well, poor girls…


dari Says:

pooooor robin, pooooooor bracket.
espn3 played a slow mo on the last point from roddick and there was a… what do you call it… dragonfly flying by in the slow mo in the foreground. it was so beautiful
if anybody is missing any match they want to see, do go to espn3 they have at least half a dozen matches playing there!


Daniel Says:

Choke fest. No woman won a point on serve so far in this tiebreak!


Daniel Says:

Henin is missing a lot of forehands when short balls.


jane Says:

Oops spoke too soon; Robredo broke back.


Kimmi Says:

henin not confident…


tennisfansince76 Says:

re contador yes agree extra weight definitely doesn’t work in tennis but neither does too little weight. in tennis you want to hit the sweet spot. the porridge should be neither hot nor cold but just right.


Steve Says:

Berdych apparently beating the crop out of Gasquet, 6-2 1st set.


contador Says:

courier’s court interview with roddick. comfortable? or awkward? i was a little uncomfortable…he was trying to get andy to say he intentionally tried to hit robin in the head?


Steve Says:

Kuzzy should win now, 2 mp’s

‘should’


jane Says:

Berdych is in decent form. Hmmmm…Nole better look out; presuming they both get that far, they will meet in the quarters.

Roddick has the winner of Monfils/Wawa next. And then a rematch with Fed, if he wins.

Kimberly, you are doing pretty well on the bracket now. Alright!

Kuzy Henin – 6 all.


Steve Says:

Isn’t Jim Courier the US DC Captain? I’m surprised he can go be objective and question Roddick about that shot to the head.


Daniel Says:

Wow, courageous point by both players!


Steve Says:

7-7, gotta love 2-players-choke matches


Kimberly Says:

Painful to watch


dari Says:

courrier EVERYDAY walks the thin line between awkward and hilarious/entertaining.
he talks so slowly, maybe he is trying to give the player time to come up with somehting witty?
last few points of the kuzy/henin match remarkable.


Kimberly Says:

If she doesn’t win this I am getting flashbacks of hot sauce tipsy


jane Says:

Finally Kuzy wins on her nth match point. Big win for her. Too bad to see Henin go out so early though.

Azarenka is there.


Daniel Says:

Finally! 15 minutes more for The Fed.


Kimberly Says:

Congrats kutzy!


dari Says:

aw :( just as i said it henin double faults then an error for henin and kuzy wins.


Kimmi Says:

oh no! justine :(

congrats to kutzy…great fight.

Justine back to drawing board..too many DF


Kimberly Says:

Ah, now my nerves start. Sharapova on.


Steve Says:

RF is on, Malisse won’t be all that easy, maybe 4-sets win. Roger likes to play at aussie daytime though


dari Says:

these last two matches leaving me with mixed feelings.
long time roddick fan, but for my bracket and for robin’s knees i wanted him to win.
love just about everything about justine, especially her short skirts, but like kuzy and glad she got a win over a LOPSIDED h2h.
i just need a smooth easy, no conflict win for fed to right this day :)


Kimo Says:

I like Sveta. She keeps it real. True athlete.


jane Says:

Don’t you guys think Fed/Malisse will be a straightforward win for Fed? interestingly they have not met for 5 years! Since 2006. But Fed is 7-1 over him.

I was hoping to see la Monf and Wawa; that could be a tight one?


Steve Says:

41 UE’s by Henin, 34 by Kuzzy, ouch!


contador Says:

kuzy does look fit….finally espn2 showing tennis in my time zone and here comes maaashhhha!

the grandma in elevator wanting andy’s number? eh…

allez gasquet!! fight.


Steve Says:

If Fed plays like the first 2 sets vs Simon he’ll win easily


contador Says:

LMAO!! @ TF76 ….10:35 and 10:37 posts! hahahaha


contador Says:

steve re: fragile person. were you talking about haase? if so yeah…that guy is great. not sure he’s in the right sport tho…i saw that sorry looking ankle and foot when the trainer was working on him. the top of his foot appeared to be bleeding…really.

allez richeee!!!


Steve Says:

Isn’t Gasquet’s biggest weakest, mentality aside, his serve? It’s not bad but it’s not good either, to take him through a bad day.


joe w Says:

i have a points question. if fed retains his AO title does he gain additional points over his current total or maintain. in other words, using real simple numbers, if a player gained 10 points from a 2010 tourney win, and wins said tourney in 2011, would the player have 20 points or 10 points?

thanks in advance


contador Says:

oh no fed god is on the court. malisse has a classy bun.


dari Says:

allez, roger.


Daniel Says:

Points remains the same if you defend, wins the same title.

Malisse kind of nervous.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Joe- no. If Fed does worse than title he loses points. If he titles, he maintains.
What a start for Fed! Love to see him keep this up for a full set. Yesterday I wondered if anyone could hang with Rafa at his current level. This guy can.


contador Says:

nice droppers, fed.

gasquet has a great serve, sometimes. i don’t know why i picked him over berdych….really. but berdych can choke too. still time.


Daniel Says:

Fed complicating his own life in a 40-0 game due to toying with Malisse.


dari Says:

ewwww, chris fowler really pushin the point about “if fed lost against gilles simon this woulda been the end” kinda talk. darren is not havin it!
meanwhile fed playing “weird”, but takes the game.


contador Says:

gasquet holds 5-5. but if he goes 2 sets down, can’t see gasquet fighting to comeback like simon would.


Steve Says:

I love this flat forehand down the line and coming to the net from Fed


Daniel Says:

Damm Federer, juniors mistake with this forehand. Couldn’t you just pass the ball. Break point again on serve.


Kimo Says:

That was a very $hitty game from Roger.


Kimmi Says:

what a horrible break. concentrate federer!


Steve Says:

@contador, idd, Gasquet always appears to be fighting but little is coming out, if that’s correct english.


Daniel Says:

Bizarre game. Fed is rushing some points, maybe the simon match still lingers and he wants to finish as quick as possible.


jane Says:

Steve, i have heard commentators discuss Gasquet’s forehand as a possible weakness, obviously compared to his stellar backhand. But they even did a slo-mo analysis of the forehand, maybe smething about the follow-through. It was during the USO, maybe 07 or 08. Pre-Florida kiss.


Daniel Says:

All Fed’s match he is broken in strange games, apart from Simon match. He can’t aford this lapses later on.


Steve Says:

Malisse’s body shape is not far off Nalby’s, guess he likes the thick Belgium fries… It’s pretty obvious Malisse isn’t the hardest worker.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

So much for Fed holding that level for a full set.


Steve Says:

@jane, that’s how you remember Gasquet’s matches, pre-kiss / after-kiss? Haha!


Daniel Says:

Wow, what an angle by Malisse. Spectacular!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Fed, why so casual? Up 4-0 , and then gifts x man 2 games. Why? Giving any slight confidence to your opponnett is not a desired tactic. What ehafer. Go fed.


contador Says:

i cant tell steve…but here we go to a tie break. do or die time for richee. richee df to start tb

berdych will win….pretty certain.


contador Says:

malisse has a “paunch” but he wears it well….


Skeezerweezer Says:

Fed giving the body language like he owns x man. So if that is the case we should see 3, right Maestro?


jane Says:

Well, that was a sort of key thing in Rishard’s career. But i remember some awesome Gasquet matches, one on clay versus a certain number 1, for example.


jane Says:

Malisse – no hope in hell to win this.


Kimo Says:

Roger’s is approaching this match with Monfils-like mentality!!!


Steve Says:

It’s kinda funny, Roger’s expression on court is like he’s sitting in a lounge sofa, like when he plays a qualifier and everything’s going so well.. But this is Malisse, be careful


Skeezerweezer Says:

Contador,

Careful, I also have a sexy paunch ( is there such a thing?), and proud of it. However, is this the same as a slight
Aussie “Beer belly?”. If so, I am changing from “Fosters” to “Bud super duty ultra extra special LITE beer”.


contador Says:

completely right, Kimo! wake up roger!


Steve Says:

@Kimo right on


Skeezerweezer Says:

Jane,

Lol

Steve

More lol!


Kimo Says:

Roger making life a lot tougher for himself.


jane Says:

Maybe Roger is, as someone else implied, just conserving energy after the Simon match? I don’t think he needs to worry about that happening tonight so he can just do what he needs to do.


Gannu Says:

havent seen a point in feddy bear’s match….any comments on how is our man playing fed fans?? Good bad, better… as good as first two sets against simon? mental lapses?


Steve Says:

It definitely has to do with confidence, he got lots of it right now


jane Says:

So people think Nishikori can take down Hotsauce? What about Wawa and la Monf? Any calls?


Daniel Says:

I saw a replay at the end of the Rossick match. What was the exchange between him and Hasse at the net?! Seems Hasse was complaining abput something.


Steve Says:

Great with some retarded misses caused by brainfarts


Skeezerweezer Says:

@gannu

Yeah steve nailed the overview on Fed. Fed is dominating overall so far, but if he left the overconfidence home he probably would have bageled X in the first. Fragile thing confidence however, how do you wish someone should turn it down, and at what expense? We need grendal’ s take on that. Anyways go Fed!


Kimo Says:

A lot of bad line calls today on all lines.


Kimo Says:

Oh this is bull. Roger is not even playing like a top 10 player right now.


Daniel Says:

Fed complacency let Malisse start liking the match. Seems like he doesn’t want to spend his mental energy on the match, as if he is not 100% focused. He knows he won’t lose.


Daniel Says:

Now that he was borken he played 3 points totally for real and won all, he evem moved diferently trough the court.


Kimo Says:

Roger break right back. Now why on earth doesn’t he play all games like he did in that last one. Is he not playing well on purpose? Whatever the reason is, I don’t think it’s very smart.


Steve Says:

Fed broke back, guess the master is right then…


Steve Says:

They should just show Annacone a bit more, especially replays after Fed misses some easy shots. Or he’s just like an iceman? But I suspect they will show Annacone constantly when Roger plays the semis or final vs Nadal


jane Says:

Sharpie lost the first set…: /


Skeezerweezer Says:

Geez Sharapova….is the screeching needed. I mean,,,,eeeeek….aaawwwkkkk,….aeeeaaaakkk… Can u just hit the ball without the screaming a red hawk teaching her young?


dAri Says:

Sweet forehand fed, turn it up.


dAri Says:

When did fed get so french? His cheer of choice lately is “Allez”


Daniel Says:

Fed’s forehand is very solid, he may be doing some weird choices, but his groundstrokes are excelent, he is not missing mych from the back. He is losing the points when he comes in, like this last BP.


Kimo Says:

I have no words to describe how stupid Roger is playing right now.


Kimo Says:

I disagree Daniel. His strokes from both sides as well as his volleys are ridiculously bad today. He’s not feeling the ball at all. The only reason he’s up a set and a break is because Malisse isn’t that good. against a top 10 player he’d be toast playing like this.


Daniel Says:

Very smart! After the lobby he avoid the tweener hit high in the midle and surprised Malisse.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@dari

2009 FO :)


Steve Says:

I saw a video of Sharapova practicing, she was schrieking constantly, whether she hit it hard, soft, always schrieking. Shame


dAri Says:

Thank Geeze he got that break.
Berdy quietly taking care of business, always scary that berdy. Except for the end of last year.
Anyway, wonder if goerges can keep it up and take out Maria?


Daniel Says:

Kimo, but he is not going for his shots today, he is hitting a lot of top spind and removing the pace. Malisse is playing 3 meters behind the base line and hitting almost in the floor to lift the balls. I think Fed is playing the way he wants it, but lost some points he shouldn’t in the net. I bet the net points statistics is awfull for him today.


Kimo Says:

Roger never leaves his used rackets out. He usually pits them in his bag. I think he’s just tired.


Daniel Says:

He is hardly hitting the net from the back from both wings. The shots are not powerfull today, one or other forehand on the run, but we are not seen those super winner form the back.


Daniel Says:

Plus, his returns are great, but Malisse doesn’t have a killer serve.

I think he is not playing full trotle, to preserve, mind and body. When the time comes, he will be reay. I bet you by the time he plays Roddick he will be sharp as latelly.


dAri Says:

Nice thorough shirt change shot of roger on the change over on ESPN3.com. got the towel wipe down and everything :)

Speaking of chests, goerges?
Sorry, ladies.


jane Says:

If you look at old vids of Sharapova, for e.g., when she won Wimbledon @ 17, she was shrieking then also.


Skeezerweezer Says:

It’s clear now Fed knew in his head, he was going to take down X, so his plan was to play the most efficient match for him, to save his stamina into the later rounds after that huge win against Simon. Fed finally has a cruise rd next if he gets through, so, go Fed! Will be AR, Monfils ( me hopes) or Wawa.


dAri Says:

Did you guys see feds reaction after that third error? Utterly hopeless. And be still managed to get the break.


Kimo Says:

Skeeze, I sure hope you’re right, because if he plays like this against any of the three, he’s in danger.

And I don’t think he’s playing like this on purpose. He looks annoyed today, as he should considering how he’s playing.


Skeezerweezer Says:

geez. Back to Shreching Marascreechin Marapova….where is the mute button….


Steve Says:

@dari haha, it’s fun to watch


Kimo Says:

Ok, efficient my a$$. Roger is showing Gulbis-like shot selection.


Kimo Says:

Oh come on, guys. Maria’s Shrieks are not THAT horrible to hear.


Steve Says:

@Kimo I think we see the match very differently, I think it’s all quite harmless, I know how it feels to be on the court knowing you’re gonna win but maybe not being 100% up to it, then it always turns out to be a match like this, and I think he doesn’t do it that bad, I would lose these matches ;-) sorry for the comparison


Steve Says:

@Kimo, oh that’s personal as well, I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a Sharapova match for more than 2-3 games, I can’t stand it.


Steve Says:

Oh man I’m watching on a livestream with Chinese commentators, it’s so clear to hear they love watching Fed, I watched some Nadal stuff with this stream and it’s always quiet. But this is so pleasant, these commentators are laughing and joking and shouting, they’re loving it.

Ok probably they had a few beers for lunch but still.


dAri Says:

How bout a bagel, Rog?


Kimo Says:

That’s alright, Steve. When I started watching tennis, and saw Seles play for the first time I was like “What the hell is wrong with this woman?” Today shrieking is so common I barely notice.


Kimo Says:

The strange thing about Roger today is that between brainfarts are moments of total genius!!! There’s been a lot of brainfarting and a lot of genius.


Kimo Says:

Gasquet is toast.


Steve Says:

Yea I just like to watch a few women like Henin and Clijsters depending on the opponent, they don’t schriek so not getting used to it, but highly doubt I would. It’s not needed to schriek so morally I already have a problem. They just don’t care in the first place. Berdych beat Gasquet 6-2 7-6 6-2


Skeezerweezer Says:

Kimo,

Respect. Might be just me. When they switch to the Mens don’ t here the screaming eagle stuff, so I guess I am partial. So what did u all think of Feds performance ?


Steve Says:

Fed gifting the game, serving for match


Skeezerweezer Says:

Lol x man takes a bow from the crowd for not being bageled. Acknowledgment that he is on his way out….


contador Says:

skeezer, i’m not enjoying this fed match much. x-man’s paunch is fine. heineken and belgian waffles? idk. he’s a classy man. no one in the atp main draw is actually fat…some are not fit to go 5 with the top guys tho.

what’s a slight ozzie beer belly? ; ) they like to “flip the tins”… go paunch, skeeze!

meanwhile, robredo needs just one more set and he’s up a break in the 4th. tommy wearing very short shorts and playing good tennis. vamos tommy!


Kimo Says:

Well Skeeze, I think this is just about the worst performance I’ve seen from a winner of a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 match.

If Roger’s doing it to save energy then I think that makes sense, coz he played like he’s blindfolded while sitting in a chair eating a cheeseburger.


Daniel Says:

In control. 2 times he was broken he broke right back.
But what is his problem in converting his first match point? All 3 matches he didn’t won in the first MP.


tennisfansince76 Says:

re: Contador Tommy is swearing short shorts? that harks back to the seventies when the men generally wore short shorts. Connors, Borg, Mcenroe all wore short shorts.


Daniel Says:

And he break the record for most wins in AO, ever!


Daniel Says:

Open era record.


Kimmi Says:

YAY! so happy for rog. go get them! looks like robredo next . good luck

Now I can sleep. good night/ good morning everyone!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Contador
Lol
Kimo,
No doubt not an entertaining match, but not every match from Fed needs magic? Look at Troicki, Sweeting, Daniels, facing Novak, Rafa. The opponent takes some responsibility too and it seemed Fed felt X man wasn’t going to threaten him today, so Fed went through the motions…….no?


Steve Says:

Just on livestream I saw Djoker dancing with a famous female dancer? on his practice court, haha… You’ll surely be able to see that on youtube sometime, funny


dAri Says:

Fed was jolly after the match in the on-court interview.
This match is just a scratch. You dont like to see your fave player play that horribly, but whatcha gonna do?
He probably had that feeling of being pushed and pushing back so hard in the simon match, when x didn’t bring anything, fed didn’t respond well. Just a never before seen lack of focus. At the end of the day he didn’t need it.
Robredo or stakh will be better.
Get some rest, fed and make sure you have an energy gel just in case next time.
Now, don’t know whether to cheer for the other swiss, or get a little scared and hope for crazy Gael…


jane Says:

Viva la short shorts – contador. :)

Sharpie has leveled it but can she win?

Oh i need to go look for Nole’s dancing video.

For Fed, X marks the spot.


dAri Says:

Whoa- the roddick win and kohls win against berdy KILLED my bracket


dAri Says:

Kohls LOSS of course. First bracket, will learn


contador Says:

Jane…..that youtube link? not sure which clip in there you meant for me but thanks….just spent time watching a kid eat noodles very funny, a girl climb to the top of a human chain in spain …a beautiful swim…”a day in the life”…

is this a work when combined, is coming out at sundance? by kevin mcdonald or what? very cool.

as for the mens tennis short shorts….”what comes around goes around,” right?

on tommy robredo they look good….not so sure about on some others,,,, like his opponent tonight stakhovsky? and the fans will really go nuts ( oops ) if rafa starts wearing them like as short as borg did? LOL! feli wore some last year that used to get stuck….


dAri Says:

Just checked order of play tomorrow.
Tomic is playing Rafa past his bed time ;)


dAri Says:

Just checked order of play tomorrow.
Tomic is playing Rafa past his bed time ;)


jane Says:

Contador, i thought it would take you directly to “who wears short shorts” the song. :/ oops my bad if wrong link. I remember those F-lo shorts, not only did they drive him nuts but margot was not impressed. Lol.

This German girl can play well. Sharpie having to dig deep to hold on.


steve-o Says:

I like both Henin and Kuznetsova, so I was sad they had to meet so early. I hope Kuznetsova can win the title. If she plays like she did for the first one and three-quarters sets, she will. She meets Schiavone next, another great player with a beautiful and varied game, that should be really interesting.

Federer’s job was to make it past the third round. He played only as well as he needed to move through without losing a set. Not every match of his can be a nailbiting five-set classic or a masterclass of flawless tennis, sometimes he just has to win with the minimum of fuss.


Skeezerweezer Says:

jane

For Fed, X marks the spot……good one :)

Sharapova and georges hitting the cover off the ball now…good stuff


Skeezerweezer Says:

Shreaker wins good night all


Kimo Says:

I’m a big fan of Sveta but she’s such a frustrating player to root for. In my humble opinion she has the most diverse game among the top players, Henin included. Some people fail to see this and I understand why. On the surface her game seems physical, relying on strength and stamina. But if you look deeper she uses all sorts of spins, angles, she’s not clumsy at net.

I like to watch her when she’s on. When she isn’t, it’s painful.


margot Says:

Morning all! wow, u go 2 bed and there’s suddenly 200+ posts 2 read!
jane: just looking down and giving a regal wave..but lordy you’re so far down I can’t see you ;)… Just had brilliant picture of you charging up and giving me a hefty kick off my extremely precarious pinnacle :)
Love Kutzy hooray! No choke very good.
Apparently Caroline has done a brilliant interview. Huge spread of her in the Guardian, she’s a talented woman all right, speaks 6 + languages
Shame about Haasse, Troicki et al. Slams are rare events and then your chances blow :(


jane Says:

Yeah Skeezer, some great hitting in the Sharapova vs Goerges match. Quite enjoyable i thought. Both competing hard, defending and returning well. And some decent serving, with placement etc. Maria had too many doubles but she was hitting some good ones too – ended the match with a laser of an ace out wide.


jane Says:

Night hear margot. Won’t kick ya downstairs just yet.;)


jane Says:

It’s G’Night here margot. Won’t kick ya downstairs just yet.;)


jane Says:

Oops thought i caught my hear/here mistake before posting. Doh. And :/

Too tired to feel too badly.

Good luck to la Monf, and in Verdasco/Nishikori, whichever one.


margot Says:

G’night jane.
Talking of weight anyone think Delboy had put a lot on? He used to be really skinny, suddenly he looks like a boxer or something.
Picked Wawa, dunno, depends which Monfils shows up.
Re-shrieking, Andy tweeted he thought someone was giving birth on the next court..naughty, naughty Andy…..


Gannu Says:

somehow the comments amout fed match is not veruy encouraging – skeez daniel kimo kimmi… u all are saying his performance was impressive only in bits and pieces with lots of brain farts in between.. not a good sign..infact kimo thinks “this is just about the worst performance I’ve seen from a winner of a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 match”

not an encouraging statement at all…. whears rafa is just bludgeoning his opponents…not a good sign!


grendel Says:

only I am interested, but feel a bit embarrassed and so want to correct a post right at beginning of thread. I talked about Stosur possibly meeting Zvonereva in semi and Clijsters in final. Of course, those 2 are in same half as her. Pity – it’d be nice to see a Stosur/Clijsters final.

Good chance now that Woz will get to final, seems wrong. In her match with Cibulkova, she barely took the iniative at all – largely depended on errors from her opponent. Cibulkova is amazing. As Kimmi says, the power this small woman can generate – off both wings too – is astonishing. And that drop volley she did on break point (which, if lost, wld have had Woz serving for match) was real class. You’d think someone would take her in hand. Obviously there’s a fine line between daring and recklessness, and she seems to oscillate between the two quite unpredictably. You’d want to temper her game without emasculating it. Tricky – wish someone would try, she’s a real breath of fresh air.

Malisse has won quite a few matches recently against top tenners, so no need to question his credentials. I think it was a difficult match for Federer cos they go back a long way. It had a strange sort of exho feel and Fed was definitely grumpy, tetchy even – probably cos he had a hard time concentrating. No idea how these things work, but as Daniel and Skeezer pointed out, he has to conserve energy for later in tourney. But he can’t relax totally – Malisse is a brilliant player. So getting the balance right is damn tricky, and I think that’s what he found. I thought there was still some pretty entertaining tennis, mostly from Fed, a bit from Malisse.

Incidentally, people are talking as if the match against Robredo (did Robredo win today?) is a formality. Up to a point. But whereas Malisse was strolling around doing his cool dude bit, Robredo will be very professional. Federer has had tight matches with him; it was always obvious he’d win, but at the same time you sensed this frustration that it couldn’t be a bit more straightforward. I look foreward to Roddick/WaWa/Monfils. Any of them will be “legitimate” challenges, and Federer will be up for them. With Robredo – irritating balancing act again, just how much energy has to be expended and so on.

Whilst I’m rabbitting on when everyone else has buggered off to bed (I have abandonned the notion of sleep for tonite, it’s 7.20 – tough), I want to address something Kimo said in thread on Simon match. Cos I don’t have a lap top, I can’t easily contribute live, so I miss comments at the time. Anyway, Kimmo was saying something along lines that players have arms and legs, with which they can make mistakes, tennis isn’t poker. This, in response to my saying Federer had choked on a volley. Well, I’m no expert of course but it did seem to me – and my reaction was automatic, not one of reflection – that Federer momentarily hesitated over what was not a specially difficult volley, therefore he was tentative, therefore what should have been a decisive put away became an opportunity for Simon. If my judgement was right, certainly this was an example of mental weakness in one form or another. That is, it could have been tightness or it might have been a momentary lapse in concentration. Every player suffers from both of these things from time to time, that’s normal – so why not point it out, it’s not an insult? Simon put Federer under huge pressure and, being human, he wilted from time to time. But he triumphed in the end – and that was a mental factor too, up to a point.

In any case, I disagree about the poker analogy. You’ll find boxers – yes, boxers! – saying boxing is largely mental. This is perhaps surprising – but we know what they mean. The mental is hugely important in all sport, and Nadal has said that his greatest strength is his mind. How can anyone deny it? It’s not that he doesn’t tighten and choke and all that, his great strength – so far as I can see – is his ability to maintain focus for abnormally long periods. Apparently, this ability was instilled in him when he was a child.


contador Says:

jane….found the short shorts song on youtube and then i went looking for the real deal borg in mens tennis short shorts….and found this: not really comparing borg / federer forehand as much as thinking : yeah, federer and could hike up the short abt 10 inches. would be dizzying on isner… like the music too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2tMST05MbE&feature=related


margot Says:

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh there I go, a brief moment of glory and falling fast……jane be nice to me pleeeaasee………………… *note to self* always pick with head…..


steve-o Says:

@Gannu: Federer plays at the level he needs to to win.

His play against Simon was super sharp in the first two sets because he knew the quality of Simon, and if he hadn’t brought his best to get that two-set lead, he might’ve lost. Simon managed to catch up to him even after going down two sets and it took some really tough stuff from Roger to finally break Simon and finish him off in the fifth.

No offense to Malisse but he’s nowhere near Simon’s caliber. Federer’s B+ game is enough to beat Malisse and that’s what he brought, his B+ game. It’s not that he wasn’t taking Malisse seriously–he took Malisse as seriously as Malisse deserved to be taken. But no more than that.

Federer’s goal is not to make any kind of statement, but to win the tournament. He has to conserve his strength for the later rounds, especially after going five sets against Simon.

Nadal always plays at absolute maximum. He has such lopsided scores in early rounds because he competes for absolutely every point. He can do this because he seems to have unlimited energy. Doesn’t get tired at all. At least, not in the majors.

Also Nadal always has to be making a statement, building the impression of an unstoppable winning machine. He needs to do this because he relies so much on his opponents’ errors. The more intimidated they are, the more likely they are to make mistakes.

Much of the time Federer stays at 85% of his maximum, just enough to stay in contention, then raises his level at the crucial moments and produces the shots he needs to outplay his opponent. Once the key hold or break or tiebreak or set is secured, he returns to playing at around 85%.

If his opponent shows signs of intimidation he’ll gladly exploit them, but he doesn’t rely on it and it’s not really what he’s about, anyhow. He’s about finding a way to raise his own game to win, not to win by lowering the level of his opponents’ play.


margot Says:

grendel: Us Brits r here! But I’m off now so “have a nice day” as our friends across the pond say ;)


grendel Says:

you bin up all nite too, margot?

This “have a nice day” business. I heard of this geezer who, when ordered to have a nice day by some well meaning American, replied sharply that he’d have exactly the day he chose to have, thankyou very much.


Gannu Says:

Thanks a ton steve-o!!! Whatever takes feddy bear to win let him do that …just want to see him win that 17th GS on Jan 30th!


Kimo Says:

Anyone watching Waw-Monf? Plenty of grunting there.


Kimo Says:

WOW!!! insane rally!!! 37 shots, about 33 of them were backhand to backhand.


Kimo Says:

Oh man. Monfils can’t help it. He hits a dropshot into the net at 4-5 in the TB, then hits a UE to lose the set.


Kimo Says:

It’s a high quality match so far.


Kimo Says:

Monfils hurt himself. Again.


Kimo Says:

Stan up a set and two breaks. This match is a foregone conclusion. Monfils’ foot is bothering him.


Nims Says:

I think it was not correct to say Fed did not play well in the match. He started very well and broke Mal twice. Then he started the experiment (consecutive drop shots, but he ensured he did not bend much when Mal returned to ensure he does not hurt his back), then again consecutive approach to the net. Once he knew his rhythm was broken and after getting broken my Mal in second set, he started playing some flawless tennis for next 8 games. At 4-0 in 3rd again he started his experiment.

Infact he took this more as a match practice than actual match, hence you could see some lapses. What warmed me was the way he raised his Gear in the middle of second to run thru the match after Mal broke him. He made it a non-contest.

This is what was missing from Federer in the past 3 yrs, where he could not shift gears in the matches. Either he was brilliant, then goes down and never raises again.


Gannu Says:

Nims brilliant observation.. thanks.. i havent seen the match… but fed sometimes is so confdent of his game that its very well possible for him to do such experiments…. dont think he will do this against murray djoko or Nadal..


Nims Says:

Gannu, Ofcouse he will not do it against anyone once he reaches Quarters. I remember him saying, it’s the quarters where the tournament really starts for him


Kimo Says:

Wawrinka wins in straights. The first set was competitive but Stan was all over Gael in the other two sets.


Kimo Says:

Petkovic making Venus really wait for the coin toss. She’s asking for trouble.

I wonder what hideous dress will be unveiled for us by Venus tonight.


Kimo Says:

Someone has to tell Venus to stop designing dresses. She looks like a hoe, and not the expensive kind.

I’m not saying she is a hoe, but she sure likes to dress up like one.


Kimo Says:

Venus broken in the first game. He upper right thigh is taped and she looks uncomfortable.


Kimo Says:

Venus pulls her thigh and screams in pain when she tried to return Petkovic’s serve on the 7th point in the match.

She calls the physio.

Two minutes later, Venus retires amid a few boos from the crowd.

Well, at least she managed to show off her night dress.


Kimo Says:

It’s been a dull couple of days. Since the tournament started, only Fed-Simon, Hewitt-Nalbandian and maybe Verdasco-Tipsy were interesting. Last years five setters were a dime a dozen. This year, not so much.

Well, I’m signing off. Night everyone.


jane Says:

Best to be with the common people margot: we have more fun. Nothing wrong picking with the heart either; it took you all the way to the top. Murray plays today, against G-Lo, whom he should be able to beat no prob. Go Andy!


grendel Says:

I think you’re spot on, Nims. I think after Malisse broke him, he won 9 games in a row. He was definitely a bit tetchy, though, letting the linesmen know what he thought of them at one point – uncharacteristic. There’s a sense in which you can see the whole tournament as one match for Federer. So even if it’s going easy in a particular match, he’s still fairly highly strung since all the time he’s focused on the goal of winning the tournament. It’s a strange way to live for a fortnight, quite unintelligible for the rest of us.


Kimberly Says:

Jane, Margot, Kimmi, Skeez, Dari, Contador—-uggh, goes to show you. Andres Uruutia is my huisbands friend who he goes diving with who knows very little about atp tennis and doesn’t really follow tht close although he did play college but somewhere in mexico. He is in first place.

He is latin american so he picks all of the spanish speaking guys and robredo and almagro paid off big for him. This is totally embarassing. GO figure.


Nims Says:

Grendel, I think Fed is in sort of a mission after missing his 3 previous slams. You can see so many Allez in this match, sometimes after he hit some FH winners, which is unusual. His come on’s have been primarily reserved for crunch situation. In a way it’s good to see him in this mode, when people were concerned about his motivation.

Whether this will translate into a tournament victory depends a lot on his opponents also. Let’s see. But I could sense he will up his ante once the quarters start. I remember him saying, his tournament starts only from Quarters.


M Says:

I’m so distressed the crowd booed Venus. It’s like when Rafa retired injured that time in Paris. Would people prefer the players be permanently injured? So rude.

I am enjoying Roger’s display of passion about his tennis.

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