Sick Nadal, Slick Federer, Roddick v. Wawrinka Tonight at the Australian Open
by Sean Randall | January 22nd, 2011, 6:03 pm
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Three rounds down, four more to go at the Australian Open which resumes in about an hour. While we’ve seen some upheaval in the women’s draw, the men’s matches thus far have gone near to form.

Tournament favorite Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are both closing in on even more history, and the two friends almost seemed destined to meet again next weekend.

Andy Murray and Robin Soderling are also on track for a highly-anticipated quarterfinal collision.

Novak Djokovic has been sharp and focused while Andy Roddick once again remains in the mix late in a Slam.

And after much talk and conjecture, I think it’s safe to say we got a sneak peek at the next generation of Top 10 players – Milos Roanic, Bernard, Tomic, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Kei Nishikori, Richard Berankis and Grigor Dmitrov, and it looks promising. Can you envision a Tomic-Raonic Slam final a few years from now? I can.

The first week disappointments for me have to be Nikolay Dayvdenko who went out in the first round and Gael Monfils who pulled the plug after losing the first set to Stan Wawrinka two days ago. And maybe add in Sam Querrey who just cannot get on track in Slams.

So might be ahead?

First, after what turned out to be a tough night against the talented Tomic, the world No. 1 Nadal said in the press that (gulp) he’s still not 100% right.

“I was perfect when I started the season in Abu Dhabi playing,” Nadal said. “I was playing perfect and I was feeling perfect physically. In Doha, I had that problem. I wasn’t feel very well. Have fever and these things. Seems like after that my body is still not perfect. I am sweating more than usual. I am more tired than usual when I’m playing. That’s what happen right now. That’s the true.”

Yes, Rafa, we noticed you sweating. But what gets me is why is he volunteering this information again? Is it to ease the pressure of being just 12 sets from a “Rafa Slam” or is he setting himself up for a collapse?

It’s hard to say.

Nadal, though, should be good shape for another round, maybe two. Tomorrow, Rafa gets Marin Cilic who is coming off a long, tough 5-setter over John Isner. Cilic has a lot of weapons and more than enough game to beat Rafa, but his legs might not be fresh enough to get past Nadal.

I’d then have to tip his countryman Ferrer to make it out to that quarter. Ferrer has beaten Nadal in five sets before at the US Open a few years ago and I think he’ll trouble Rafa here again. Monday, Ferrer gets the new kid on the block, Raonic. The 20-year-old Raonic lit up Mikhail Youhzny for 31 aces yesterday but Ferrer is one of the best returners on the tour and I expect the strong Canadian’s run to end there.

In the second quarter, both Murray and Soderling are arguably playing the best of anyone. They’ve been scary-good. It’s too bad they’ll likely meet in the quarters. Right now it’s an even matchup on paper, but I still like the guy very few are talking about and that’s Murray.

And with Rafa’s questionable health might that Murray-Soderling quarterfinal be for a spot in the final? It could be.

They say in Grand Slam play that everyone has a close call on their path to a title. Well, Federer had his against Gilles Simon in the second round. He got past that French hurdle then breezed by Xavier Malisse and he should do the same against Tommy Rorbredo today. The Spanish veteran might snag a set (I do think it will be a much closer match than folks think) but Federer prevails without much sweat.

Fed’s not the only Swiss left in the field. His buddy Wawrinka is still going strong and playing even better than his more famous countryman. Wawrinka hasn’t lost a set and brings an 8-match win streak tonight in to Rod Laver against Roddick in maybe the best match of the day.

Roddick got a little lucky against the frail Robin Haase. The Dutchman brought the firepower and for two sets it worked before he mentally and physically destructed. However, Wawrinka has more weaponry off the ground and he won’t check out like Haase. So if Roddick is back playing defense tonight, he’s going to be in trouble and we’ll see the upset.

I still like Djokovic’s draw, although not as much as I initially did. He should handle Nicolas Almagro tonight to set up a big Wimbledon revenge match with Tomas Berdych on Tuesday. The Czech, however, must first beat Fernando Verdasco and really, to my surprise, I think he will – Berdych was playing so bad, and suddenly he’s back in form. Verdasco is always dangerous especially when he’s playing so loose after saving matchpoints to Janko Tisparevic in the second round.

That all said, I still like my pick of Federer over Murray in the final!

As for the women, along with everyone else on the planet I also picked Kim Clijsters to win the title, though I’m having my doubts. Caroline Wozniacki looks much tougher than I thought she would. Li Na is hanging around and Vera Zvonareva is playing well. Those would be new four semifinalist picks and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Clijsters get clipped. We’ll so how that goes.

Tennis from Australia begins in about an hour on the Tennis Channel at 7pm ET. ESPN2 comes on at 9pm.

SUNDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE

Rod Laver Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[1] v. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)
Na Li (CHN)[9] v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[8]
Tommy Robredo (ESP) v. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]

Rod Laver Arena 7:00 PM Start Time
Andrea Petkovic (GER)[30] v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[14]
Andy Roddick (USA)[8] v. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)[19]

Hisense Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Not Before:1:00 PM
Nicolas Almagro (ESP)[14] v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[3]
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[23] v. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[6]

Margaret Court Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Not Before:2:30 PM
Tomas Berdych (CZE)[6] v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[9]


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Sunday U.S. Davis Cup Live Blog — Roddick v Wawrinka
Breaking Down Federer vs. Roddick
Roger Federer Rallies With Rod Laver During An Australian Open Charity Exo [Video]
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387 Comments for Sick Nadal, Slick Federer, Roddick v. Wawrinka Tonight at the Australian Open

Kimo Says:

Although I think CLijsters experience will pull her through all the way to the title, I think Zvonereva is due for a slam.


TGiT Says:

I guess it is safe to say that the next generation has left without Donald Young.


jane Says:

Sean “why is he volunteering this information again? ”

Well, to be fair, the question was somewhat leading, as they often are in those pressers. We often jump on the players but sometimes the interviewer’s question leads the player to answer in a certain way. Some players are more savvy than others about dealing with this.

Here’s what led to that answer from Rafa: Q. You seemed to be sweating a lot early on, changed your shirt a few times. Were you feeling okay out there?

As for Djok naturally am fretting, esp about Berdy, but even about Nico. This is partly because i haven’t seen Nole (nor Nico) play yet.


contador Says:

oh…sevastova unable to keep her lead. too many errors. finding myself backing the latvian underdog…c’mon nastjia


contador Says:

grendel- to answer your question abt sevastova able to make a match of it against woz….looked like it at first but it now appears this will be over in 2 easy ones. woz on a roll now.


Kimmi Says:

woz matches are boring to me. unless she plays somebody who is intesting. like today..i am falling a sleep! ZZZZZzzzzzzzzz!


contador Says:

have to admit i havent watched woz all that much, Kimmi. but i see what you mean. all defense really. she’s strong and good at it but would say she has great variety.

doesn’t na li have a more interesting game? she’s playing azarenka next…screeeeech! will be hoping na li beats the screecher, i imagine. main thing is: watching tennis : )


contador Says:

meant woz “doesn’t” have great variety. she wears out the opponent, definitely.


Kimmi Says:

TSN has carling right now. whole of this week the tennis has been starting at 10 pm…a little late but what can we do :) thanks for the live streaming on the net…


Kimmi Says:

yap, i agree about variety. not much..she has a great court sense though….sharapova is more interesting than woz for a example.


contador Says:

atdhe has saved my life with some great livestreaming this week. fromsport is dicey but i do enjoy the variety of “chatters” on that chat…can be very entertaining. the serbians, croatians and montenegrins were all claiming milos last night…i kept typing…”but he’s canadian” …

this match will be over fast. wake up Kimmi…na li then federer…

some nice shots from sevastova once in awhile…..wow.


Nina Says:

Nole is playing at Hisense… no good. God do I hate that court. And it has brought some bad luck to serbs. But he should prevail against feisty Almagro who is always an uncomfortable player.


Kimmi Says:

hahaha montenegro..canada! go milos. speaks very well too.
i like it when his friend and family calling him and say “Keep doing what you’re doing, make sure you train, do what you’re doing” i say keep doing the same too!

ah, thanks god woz is soon winning this boring match!

Li Na and azarenka should be interesting. azarenka always brings some sparks on the court. the screams and the emotions. fun to watch.


Kimmi Says:

Nina – JJ lost @ hisense arena? i think so. Djoko should be OK. he is rested too, compared to almagro who went 5 sets with ljubicic.


Kimmi Says:

OK, the latvian girl is making this match interesting.


contador Says:

doesn’t vica have a game sort of like woz? but yeah very emotional…

whoa…great dropper by sevastova…


contador Says:

wry smile…sevastova after the errors…like to hear her in an interview.


Andrea Says:

With a Canadian in the grand slam mix I’m thrilled. Go millos!


Kimmi Says:

too many errors from the latvian, she cant afford this..


jane Says:

I think Azarenka is more aggressive than Woz, who can show moments of aggression but is pretty much a counter puncher. Agree with Kimmi that Sharapova is more fun to watch.


Kimmi Says:

you could see it is just a matter of time before woz wins the match. she is not playing good herself in this match.


contador Says:

indeed Andrea! go milos!

sevastova about to go home but she has made this match interesting…with some great shots now and then.

mp woz


Kimo Says:

The problem with Woz is that when her opponents are playing well, there’s nothing she can do to counter that.

She won’t win this tournament. For someone like Woz to win a slam would require a very lucky draw and a lot of upsets.


Kimmi Says:

the commentator thinks the latvian is one to look out for. she has a lot of variety, i agree. good luck to her in the future


jane Says:

Echoing Kimmi & Andrea: go Miloooooos!!!


Kimmi Says:

djoko/ almagro soon to come


contador Says:

that was me too, jane. fast becoming huge milos fan. his interview last or this morning with cahill was telling: he loves tennis, loves watching tennis, loves playing tennis = big tennis junkie plus talented athlete in atp. and he ticked of his plan to beat ferrer. now execute! has he played rafa before?

GO Milos!


jane Says:

contador, yay milos! Yes he played rafa last fall in tokyo and lost in a tight match 6-4, 6-4. He says he has “learned” from that match.


contador Says:

he has a bit of a monotone voice but i think there’s energy and belief in what he was saying. getting ahead of thing but wouldn’t it be great if he could beat ferrer? just saying…

getting ready for nole match? keeping an eye on scoreboard to see it pop up….then get a stream on fromsport. love the djoko fans there! but the nico fans will be there too…expecting some fan fireworks!!

oh vica….


Kimo Says:

The Li-Azarenka match is competitive early on. I don’t see it ending in straights.


stu Says:

awww Nole…all smiles as he walks on to court…how fast did his hair grow?! i hope that’s the only part of your prediction that’s wrong, duro!


jane Says:

Stu, i know i was shocked when i saw photos. It is like he was never bald, which is good. :)


stu Says:

haha if the ball lands on the bubble on the court (where the ball just stops, doesn’t bounce) the umpire says it’s bad luck! no point replay!


Skeezerweezer Says:

“Yes, Rafa, we noticed you sweating. But what gets me is why is he volunteering this information again? Is it to ease the pressure of being just 12 sets from a “Rafa Slam” or is he setting himself up for a collapse?”

Why is this even brought up by Rafa? Again, making excuse for beating all 3 of his opposition so far in a GS? WTF? Sorry, but his opponents deserve better. Not only did he trash them in straight sets, but he was tired and not recovered? What if you got beaten by Rafa and he says this after beating you in straights? Just sayin….Maybe we need the whole interview posted to clarify?

Think about it, by bringing these habitual antics is not being mean, just sayin. Remember the story of the boy who cried wolf? He may be really sick still, but it’s stuff this poster ain’t buyin no more….


stu Says:

Just read all the previous messages on this thread and wanted to say I’m on the Milos train too!


contador Says:

what would his hair look like totally grown out : ) ???

where is duro? ajde djoko!!

oh no…biffed the smash….nole


jane Says:

contador have often wondered if Nole’s hair would still stick straight up if it were longer. Lol. Think Nole and Murray are best with shorter dos.


stu Says:

And Roger, jane :)


Kimmi Says:

Li Na is just a little better.

Djoko serve is clicking so far…


El Flaco Says:

Yerry Seinfeld le gusta MEEEEELOSHE!!!!!!


contador Says:

stick straight out, jane….lol… has to be curly, no? yes? anyone with a picture?


jane Says:

conty, i always liked Roger’s Swiss hippee look, with the long hair and beads.:)


stu Says:

wow Almagro has come up with some big, fast serves when he’s needed them…

break up now but Nole is breathing heavily already hmmm…


thark Says:

i seem to have stumbled upon the “ideal male athlete grooming” thread lol…


jane Says:

I think it cannot be tooo curly, like Murray’s or long it goes into a “frizzz”.

Not sure about Nole’s form so far…some good serves, but some errors he would want to cut out.


stu Says:

haha, 5 aces in 5 games! compare that to 6 months ago!


Kimmi Says:

nole is 4-1 up. that is pretty good to me. unless he goes all walk about, this first set is in his bag.

Li Na with the first set. azarenka shots are not bothering Li that much a.t.m


jane Says:

Stu, shall we not mention the “b” word during Nole’s match? Let us just assume, it is good if he is “b”ing, whether it is heavy or shallow. “b”ing is good, it is okay….just b…….


stu Says:

my ATP picks of the day:
stan over randy
nando over tbird

and of course roger and nole!


jane Says:

Thark, what say you on Soda pop’s grooming? :)


Kimmi Says:

stu – nando over berdy hey ? lets see! i say berdy over nando.


stu Says:

haha good idea, jane. ill try to stop thinking it too!


jane Says:

What we could, maybe should, talk about is the “e” word. Errors. Too many!


stu Says:

yeah Kimmi that’s a hard one to pick..they’re both playing well…but Nando likes the AO…

it’s the result i want to see anyway…cant bear the thought of Novak vs Birdy


contador Says:

i am very happy : ) just saying.

thark! only wondering how djoko would look with hair grown out. i am shallow…can’t help it :/

but i support the grand AO upset from soda!


stu Says:

yeah, he but he doesn’t feel threatened yet. maybe he doesn’t need to focus and reduce the error count. yet.


thark Says:

jane soda can do whatever he wants with the hair on his head, so long as he has enough hair on his chest to handle the spin of a certain unnamed spaniard in a couple rounds ;)

i suppose there is another small matter of that other guy in the intervening round, who appears to be playing some – ahem – terrifying tennis.

but i’m pretty open i think – even nando’s doo is starting to grow on me these days…


Kimmi Says:

djoko first set.

vica getting fired up. go vica, make the match interesting!


Duro Says:

Hi people. Checking in. Two decent winners and 7 (seven!) aces in the first set!? New Nole?

Come on Nole, ole, ole, ole!


stu Says:

Heyy duro! we were just wondering where you’ve been!

The rallies have gotten better this set!


jane Says:

Ha they just showed Nole at the back dropping the F word. Nole needs to pick it up now as Nico just gave a fist pump. Time to take away that belief, if possible…


Duro Says:

stu, new job. Waking up early. Matches are late at night etc. etc., but from now on, no matter what!


contador Says:

hey Duro!! nice to see you.

LOL…..federer hippee look, jane! i miss the pucca shell choker and the top knot


stu Says:

game ON!

congrats on the new job!


jane Says:

Hi Duro. Nole needs support right now; he is slumping a little compared to before methinks. Though the serve has been loverly!! What a change in his game from last year this time.


stu Says:

whats up with his BH today…except for that perfect one down the line in the prev set it seems to me like he’s missed them all…


Kimberly Says:

My moneys on berdych for this one.

They showed rafa’s press conference discussing the sweating. Poor rafa. I know he will still try his best.


stu Says:

this clutch serving must make him happy tho!


contador Says:

i can’t believe fernando and birdman got as far as they did, considering the last half of 2010

wouldn’t know which one to pick…

guessing ferdasco will pull out the win…but everyone knows where “go gulbis” bracket has gone…not a good guesser this AO. but i’ll “pick” up for the masters 1000 ….game on!


thark Says:

oh dear – coaching warning…


jane Says:

What happened why is Nole talking to ump? Did i miss something?


thark Says:

he was just arguing the coaching code violation warning


Kimberly Says:

Unbelievable that I have to wait for the night match again for sharapova. Maybe I’m deluding myself but I really believe sharapova has a chance in this tournament.


jane Says:

Wow have never seen Nole getting “coached” on court, so i am surprised. Thoughh i suppose they all look at and even natter in the direction of their box sometimes. But really? That is just a surprise.


stu Says:

not thinking it, jane….


Kimmi Says:

almagro going for too much. getting frustrated djoko is getting back everything.


thark Says:

he was just standing there with his hands on his hips looking exasperated, staring off into space.

just happens that “space” was straight as his coach.

who knows with this stuff – much easier for the chair to gauge i think.


contador Says:

commentator djoko- almagto on atdhe said “it’s bubbling up nicely”

thought “what?” the court surface or the match?


Duro Says:

Hi Jane. Hi Countess. Nole always needs some kind of a spark, so Murphy helped him only…

Not to mention totally unjustified one…


jane Says:

Lol contador – yes, which bubbling?


stu Says:

atrocious dropshot. come on, you have more tools now…


Kimo Says:

Li Na wins. Federer next :)


thark Says:

nole needs to tune-up his mentality. he is up a set and a break and yet every time he makes an error he gets thoroughly flustered. if he doesn’t focus he will surely give nico an opening.


contador Says:

:/ duro -jane. he lost that last game.

c’mon na li -li na….!


Kimmi Says:

Li Na is playing well, she beat kim in sydney last week. Li Na/ sharapova should be interesting.


Duro Says:

stu, thanks. Take over. It’s boiling up…


jane Says:

Yeah thark, still sometimes get too down on himself when he misses. Needs to stay focused, for sure.


Kimmi Says:

feddy bear coming up. djoko in control? the score says so. so far so good. my prediction is intact.


stu Says:

speaking of the go gulbis bracket, bernakis is kinda cute contador! i’m convinced we’d be fighting over the same man if we knew each other in real life!


jane Says:

Come on Nole, just do what you need to do. Stay in there. Stay positive. Go! Get that ice on, and chill dude.


contador Says:

ESPN2 finally has tennis! but i like fromsport right now without the commercials. interesting to get a good look at players on changeover. nole asking for ice…. it’s not that hot out there is it?


thark Says:

@jane – “get that ice on” – is that like the winnipeg equivalent of “get your groove on”?

or maybe you meant that literally… ;)


stu Says:

nice game to go up 5-3.

he’s had 2 games during the day now…the QF will be played at night, right? please say it will.


jane Says:

Thark, am in Vancouver, so don’t know winnipeg equivalents. ;) but i did mean it literally, as Nole asked for ice last change over.


jane Says:

Having said that – a groove is always good. Think Nole needs his dancing shoes for set 3!


thark Says:

yeah i was just trying to think of the coldest place i knew in canada – ha.

serving out the set nicely though – hopefully autopilot from here…


stu Says:

Hah! Nole’s back people!


dAri Says:

El Flaco – ALL I can think about when I hear about manic is the seinfeld meeeelosh! Ahhhhhh!


Duro Says:

Countess: “it’s not that hot out there is it?”

The minute Nole sees the Sun, it’s getting hot out there in every possible meaning of the phrase. Like as he was born in an igloo.


contador Says:

federer starts match with 3 aces to win 1st game.


stu Says:

wow i just checked, its only 27 deg. C! haha!


stu Says:

haha that should be enough to scare poor tommy off!


jane Says:

Tommy = no hope to win. Hate to say it, but is it not just true. Good, in many ways, for him to have got this far, methinks.


stu Says:

awrite, 5 more games Nole, make it quick and get some rest in your igloo


contador Says:

haha! Duro… he has to win one more set, c;mon!

tommy came right back in his short shorts, stu.

but just like that it’s 2-1 fed. wow fed plays those service games fast!


thark Says:

announcer on fed match just said “it’s very very warm – it’s one of the hottest days we’ve had so far.”

are we sure it’s only 27˚?


jane Says:

Who wears short shorts? Tommy wears short shorts. Whose short shorts will help him win? Tommy’s short shorts won’t help him win.

Come on Nole – sheesh giving break right back?


contador Says:

hahaha…..i found that song, jane.

nole breathing hard but gets the break!


jane Says:

It is always considerably warmer ON the court of course. Yesterday Murray said it was very hot on court and he was pleased to get off quickly so if it is hotter today then it must feel it on the rebound ace.

What a point from Nole to hold! :)


jane Says:

And he breaks again to love. A lovely topsin lob to earn the break point. Nice!


stu Says:

thark, thats what weather underground says.

nole being a bully now.


Kimmi Says:

roger concentration a little low at the mo…missing some easy ball


Kimmi Says:

berdy and verdasco are on! three big matches at the same time..hmmm!


Duro Says:

Last eight…


jane Says:

P.S. Not as good as the old blue shoes quite, but i really like the shoes Djoko is wearing today!


stu Says:

Nole is too nice to bagel him, yes?


stu Says:

i hate sergio tacchini on him tho!


stu Says:

haha bagel!


Kimmi Says:

robredo just hanging on. and hanging on good.


jane Says:

stu, i dont mind what he is wearing here; it is more lowkey than the swirls and dragons or whatever was on his hats and shirts at the USO. Looks like Nole may take a bagel. Maybe he is hungry?


contador Says:

and it’s bubbling lava on hisense, right? extra hot. i think it is nole’s turn to have a night match, stu.

not real impressed with federer in the rallies so far. serving well tho. 3-3


jane Says:

Or maybe not, begins with a double fault.


Kimmi Says:

me too contador..he should have broken robredo already, me thinks.

congrats to djoko..last 8.

verdasco with a break point


jane Says:

Was going to watch Fed and short shorts, but may have to do some scoutng for Nole of Hotsauce and Berdy.

Nole finishes with a bang, i mean bagel. Oh so nice to see him playing well, with such confident serving. And even better, though he had a slump in the second set, he was always ahead, and he was his best in the LAST set. :) Yay!


contador Says:

wow….while i was watching tommy and fed djoko won, just like that!! not too nice to bagel almagro. he got off that hot court fast!!


thark Says:

berdych just pulled a venus with the toss – must be really sunny overhead…

c’mon nando throw my bracket a life preserver please.


Duro Says:

Kimmimmissimmo, Nole-Muzza in the finals! It’s about time…


stu Says:

hot sauce – birdy will be a better match anyway. what fun will it be to watch little tommy get whipped


Kimmi Says:

at last a break..go rog


jane Says:

Is Tommy playing well or is Fed just a little off? Having said all i have re: short shorts, i know he has some nice variety and he has done well on hard courts now and then.


Kimo Says:

Fed trying to win this match with as less effort as possible.

He’s playing better than the Malisse match, imo.


Kimmi Says:

Durosimmmmooooooooooooo. Muzza final YES. but Nole in the final means my man fed is got back to swiss land. No way duro!


thark Says:

ugh – tons of UE from sauce


Kimmi Says:

jane – fed was making errors at the wrong time. but his serve is superb!!

HOT SAUCE with the early break..gulp! go hot sauce


Kimmi Says:

T BERDY breaks back! ah! should not get too excited!


jane Says:

I hope hotsauce and berdy lasts for hours and goes 18 -16 in the fifth. ;)


Kimmi Says:

durosimmo..sb “gone”


stu Says:

These draws need a new rule – if the top seeds are drawn to meet the same QF/SF opponent at 4 Slams in a row, they swap opponents with the opposite side of the draw.

Wouldn’t it be fun if rafa had to meet roddick/stan and fed met ferrer, for once?!

Well, lets hope Milos makes it interesting!


jane Says:

Yes, well Kimmi Fed’s serve has been awesome in all of his matches, almost since last fall!


Kimmi Says:

haha jane what about 79-77 in the fifth?


dAri Says:

Woay to go Roger! Stan got in on that little ESPN promo, he’s moving up!


stu Says:

yeah, slug it out boys!!


Nina Says:

Hehe, good to see people in so high spirits, but Nole and Muzza still need to pass the toughest tests. Djoko played great today from less to more, but Almagro just was very bad. He had some moments of brilliance hitting some incredible shots out of nowhere but they were random and too scarce. Nole was in whole control of the match and, most importantly, he served extraordinarily well. I think 12 aces? And in some sets his first serve in was 85%, awesome stats. despite the double faults. And the shaky start. But he got better and better and his shots became more accurate and powerful. Almagro was out of sorts and crumbled in the third set. Very good match for Nole and I just hope that he can play his best tennis in QF. Yeah baby!


Duro Says:

Kimmi, you can’t be with two men! I know it’s fancy these days, but… Choose or lose! Novak-Murray in the finals. Must happen once.


jane Says:

@stu 11:10 – excellent suggestion!


Duro Says:

Nina, save it for the finals. It’s more opportune, right?


jane Says:

Wow, tennis clothing designers have decided to dress Verdasco and Berdych according to their nicknames: red for Hotsauce and bright yellow for Big BIrd.haha.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Congrats Novak…looking good :)


jane Says:

Hotsauce’s feet close up, no we don’t need to see it thanks,


Kimmi Says:

“choose or lose”..haha duro! i think this problem will never go away until one of them retires. at least i have two people to cheer for.


stu Says:

haha thats hilarious, jane. do you guys have sesame street in canada too?


contador Says:

federer looks a little “stiff” in those rallies…too many mishits for my taste…when thinking past this match, which i shouldn’t do.

love hold from tommy and fed needs to win this in straights. idk if that will happen. c’mon fed!


Kimmi Says:

conty – exactly. its starts becoming a dangerous match now!


Skeezerweezer Says:

I see Fed is winning the match so far, but have questions;

What happen to the Fed V2? He is playing well, no doubt, but what happen to the aggressive play of the indoor season? Am I missing something? Big surface change?


stu Says:

isn’t it great how the Slams consistently have exciting match ups as early as R4 these days!


jane Says:

Stu, most definitely. Always have, grew up on it, my son watched it. Etc.

Kimmi, it is always good not to have ALL of your eggs in one basket, i figure. It is okay to put an egg or two in another basket, or even to split them up almost evenly. Why not, it is more fun that way as when one egg cracks, basket has hole or whatever, then you still have an egg in the other basket, or something like that. But Duro is loyal to the end, probably the best type of player fan, really.

Berdy and Hotsauce both holding easily.


stu Says:

ive stopped rooting for nando in this match and am totally on board with jane’s idea. may the best man win. in 5 hours or more!


contador Says:

tommy has detected the weakness too. i mean these guys know each other so well. robredo winning love games on serve. federer looks tired and this is only 2nd set. c’mon!


Kimmi Says:

exactly jane. two baskets for me.

federer vs robredo going to the tie break or what. Got to HOLD serve rog.


contador Says:

no time to get behind on serve fed…..sheesh


dAri Says:

Stay up Rog, hold this game!


thark Says:

berdych breaks for the set – eek.


contador Says:

bad miss federer! bp tommy


Kimmi Says:

MISSING a lot fed!

now robredo with break point..

HOLY COW! what a forehand


stu Says:

bad, sneaky bird. how did you win that set?


Kimo Says:

Holy $hit Roger what was THAT?!


contador Says:

robredo broke. god awful volley’s roger. hm, well.


Nina Says:

What’s happening with Roger? OMG.


jane Says:

As soon as a said they are both holding easily Nando is broken and loses set one, and is this the second or third time he has had a trainer out to look at his foot?


contador Says:

Kimmi! yikes!


thark Says:

set points robredo!!!


Kimmi Says:

YIKES! contador. federer looking awful!


stu Says:

need to watch both matches at once..

don’t retire, nando…thats the worst possible outcome!


contador Says:

roger is tired and tommy about to take set 2


contador Says:

still in danger.


Kimmi Says:

YIKES! contador! bad day in the office.

Robredo choking!


contador Says:

phew. deuce…but


jane Says:

Okay am switching to Fed. See what is up. Deuce, Fed can still get the break back.


stu Says:

roger’s almost laughing at himself


Kimmi Says:

roger concentrate pls


thark Says:

dang fed…


Kimo Says:

Roger’s forehand is spraying errors left and right.


stu Says:

wow im in shock!

but this might be enough of an achievement for robredo :)


pigirl1 Says:

Fed lost the 2nd set!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(


contador Says:

dear god federer. i think i need to go chill. robredo could actually win…can’t watch that!


Kimmi Says:

Yikes! so many errors. what is going on! needs to snap out of this quickly!


jane Says:

Oh that was a bad forehand from Roger, way long. Then another into the net. What is up, just needs to get grooved. I am surprised Robredo took a set! Well still a lot of match ahead of them, and it will cool down soon.


stu Says:

oh roger federer is not losing this match, come on! losing that set is a great wake up call im sure


thark Says:

triple break pt berdych!


stu Says:

lordy nando is injured and being broken already


stu Says:

hot sauce and mustard didn’t get the memo, jane


Skeezerweezer Says:

Pmac expressed exactly what I saw. Fed , what strategy are u playin? What happened to V2? Going back to trying to outhit a spaniard in gear nuetral from the baseline. This….is not Clay!!!!


jane Says:

Berdy is going to win easly i think, and then he’ll be ready for Nole. Hope that is an evening match anyhow. Nole has played two day ones in a row.

I thought Tommuy’s shorts would be shorter contador. Maybe Fed will cruise now. He is looking to brkeak already early in this 3rd set… Commentators said s footwork could be better, a little flat. Also is Tommy hitting a really heavy ball, a lot of spin. I think he may be causing some of tthose errors/shanks, as he is hitting from so far back at times.


Aravind Says:

Guys,, Federer seems to be injured.. I have seen this pattern earlier. He just loses the touch completely in matches.. At that point, he starts to play not to lose and not to win.. It is a clear indication that something is wrong..
He is also missing first serves by a feet or two.. Maybe a back problem?


stu Says:

wow great points at the net roger and tommy


Kimmi Says:

BREAK! Go rog!

Aravind – federer is OK!


jane Says:

Fed found another gear. Should be good to go now.


stu Says:

yep, the beast has awoken!


contador Says:

hahahaha those are some drunk sounding fans cheering on margaret court!

ferdasco’s gonna make a comeback! lol…he still has time. he did it before.

completely ignoring federer and hot pants robredo


Kimo Says:

Aravind, I don’t think he’s injured. It’s just a drop in form that we’ve seen from Roger for the past few years.

In early 2009 he was playing awful for no reason.


thark Says:

nando looks to be fading conty…


Aravind Says:

Kimmi, I hope you are right.. He just does not lose against people who he matches up well against, like Hewitt at Halle.. I had the same feeling last year.. He just does not struggle against low ranked opponenets.. He may well win this game, but I am not optimistic about his QF encounter.. He is going to need his A game from there on..


Kimmi Says:

is robredo breaking back. c’mon rog


pigirl1 Says:

No it has nothing to do with Fed, granted he made lots of UEs. Tommy is just good, he nearly made no errors and keeping up with his controlled agression play


thark Says:

i have to say that robredo’s shorts are about twice as long as boris becker or michael stich in their prime ;)


stu Says:

fed’s tennis is just so pretty, even when he’s playing badly…


contador Says:

( agree with you Aravind ) i have seen fed in that posture before…and it’s not that he will lose but he’ll have to gut it out to win.

so…enjoying the fans and t-bird / verdasco match.


Nina Says:

Difficult match for Fed but I’m sure he will go through in the end.


Kimmi Says:

PHEW! Hold!


stu Says:

nando got a bit unlucky here. he dropped his serve when his ankle or foot or whatever it was was still hurting. since then he’s been pretty good…


contador Says:

i was watching some youtube of the late 70′s and 80′s men’s tennis and it’s true. tommy would have to shorten those by 6 inches and make them a lot tighter…it’s a good look. bring back the borg shorts…


jane Says:

Yes Fed seems to be playing better now, maybe more focused too? Robredo is going to wear out now, as he has been in maximum overdrive. His serving has been pretty solid though. And playing far back seems to have worked as a strategy at times, if that is what it was!


jane Says:

Is this the first time Tommy has ever gotten a set off ROger?


thark Says:

fed running around the backhand like crazy now


Nims Says:

Looks like Federer can’t stand 5 sets today. Either it’s 4 sets for Fed or he is out. He is absolutely flat footed.


stu Says:

why couldnt nando take an MTO to retape the ankle?


stu Says:

wow just as i said that the commentator did too…


contador Says:

okay…the foot is better, all the choking is gone…c’mon ferdasco… still time to turn this around!!

but….i don’t think birdman will cave in like tipsy did even if ferdasco felt good and got inspired.

he might retire : (


jane Says:

It must be because Nando has used up all his trainer calls; i saw him call one at least twice before I switched to Fed and short-ish shorts.


Kimmi Says:

robredo is playing well


thark Says:

haha jane – “shorti-ish shorts” lol

ever since nadal went all capri on us our calibration is way off…


Kimmi Says:

not a very good start. allez! rog!


jane Says:

Can you hear the drums Fernando…? I remember long ago another starry night like this…


jane Says:

“all capri on us” lol yourself stu :)


Kimmi Says:

shanking! robredo putting too much spin on his shots i think..troubling fed a little..kind of pushing him back


stu Says:

i think Nole’s just gotta show us that the Wimby loss was him being out of form…it will be good for him to get rid of those demons. he does lead the h2h 4-1, and two of those wins came after wimby.


Kimmi Says:

shank shank another shank grrrr!


stu Says:

jane, i think you mean “thark” :)
but yeah, lol!


Kimmi Says:

wow! this is a tough match. 4th set…oh boy!


jane Says:

Agree on the spin comment Kimmi, as he has been hitting really heavy and from the shadows way back at times. So i think he has caused some of those shanks, i.e., not really UEs. But he has the 3rd in the bag so you can relax a bit more now.


jane Says:

Oh thark good one about the capris… :).

Watching all this tennis for two days has made me a tad crosseyed.


thark Says:

wow – just peeked at nando and he’s got one foot in the grave…


stu Says:

poor nando. i think there were some tears mixed with the sweat in that towel


Kimmi Says:

fed playing well this set!


jane Says:

Yeah too bad for Hotsauce. :( does anyone know what is actually wrong with that foot? Hope it is not a reinjury as he had a foot operation a couple years ago.

Short-ish shorts also staring defeat in the face.


Andrew Miller Says:

Verdasco clearly hurt – he’s grimmacing.


dAri Says:

Big hitting game in the berdy verdy match!


Andrew Miller Says:

Announcers for the match – McEnroe, Fowler, Gilbert, MJ, dont seem to see obvious: Verdasco is hurting bad – foot injury, just staying out there to be a gentleman and give Berdych satisfaction of closing out a match.


stu Says:

i dont understand why he’s trying so hard to win the game at 4-1 in the third, knowing full well that he cannot play 2.5 more sets.


stu Says:

both roger and berdy made great passes at exactly the same moment on my two screens! gotta love tennis!


contador Says:

the 80′s shorts are due for a comeback but who will be daring enough bring back the look…dimitrov? stepanek?

agree with Andrew Miller about verdasco.


Andrew Miller Says:

Jane, I think you are right – something wrong with Verdasco. the reason Berdych is looking like superman is b/c Verdasco is hurting pretty bad. Remind me of the Niemenen-Agassi match in French Open 2004, where Agassi suffered an injury early in the 2nd set, and basically took aspirin and ‘toughed out the loss’ – to give his opponent the win. Not tanking – they want their opponent to win the match and dont want to use retiring as an excuse.


Andrew Miller Says:

i agree with everyone here…stu, contador, jane everyone. very upset with announcers…they seem to be oblivious.


scineram Says:

“i dont understand why he’s trying so hard to win the game at 4-1 in the third, knowing full well that he cannot play 2.5 more sets.”

Because he is a man. Unlike Baghdatis, or Nadal.


Kimmi Says:

berdy made 8 UE for the whole match..really! impressive


contador Says:

verdasco has been a class act this match.


steve-o Says:

Weird return from Federer–but he wins the point!


stu Says:

yeah bird should’ve returned the favor and not celebrated so much x-(


Kimmi Says:

double break now, i think fed will finish! lets go!


Andrew Miller Says:

stu and contador, i agree with you, i think it was classy also of verdasco. i am sure he will be a gent in the pressroom also – and probably go right back to the trainer.


steve-o Says:

Yes, you have to give it to Verdasco for fighting and competing despite his injuries.


jane Says:

Congrats to Berdy but Nole better beat him, and also to Fed who just started slow but found his way into it at the end.


stu Says:

who are you rooting for Andrew Miller? the Andys?


jane Says:

Hope Verdasco can get that foot sorted out. Nice effort from him.

contador, lol, re: Steps. He is likely the perfect candidate. Hahahah


van orten Says:

this match was destined to be won in straight sets..but fed played 8 horrible points out of 10 and bye bye was the 2nd set..djoker very easy as expected.berdych ? impressive win and not too much annoying fist pumping needed haha


stu Says:

pretty late on the east coast, and more tennis to be watched tomorrow! night everyone!


Andrew Miller Says:

Kudos to Djokovic – he said he knew everyone was pointing out a problem with his serve and 10 months ago began to restore it to the original motion (2007-2008). This is a big time thing to say – shows some realism and humility and willingness to admit something is wrong and work on it! Awesome.


Andrew Miller Says:

I would definitely like to see Roddick win it – I know that given how well all are playing, it will be improbable, if not impossible. Would be good to see a new AO champion. If not Roddick, 2nd would be Djokovic (given Baghdatis is out – he would have been my pick!) or Verdasco.

If Roddick/Djokovic can’t win it – then Fed or Nadal.

I have a tough time rooting for Berdych. He’s a great player. I’d like to see Djokovic win in straights or in four.


Kimmi Says:

kimberly – I hope kaiser friend andres does not get the berdych pick to the final right. his picks are so good right now i feel he has some luck going on for him…


contador Says:

night stu.

jane, i had to put that federer match out of my mind. i know the day is coming that fed loses in an early round ….he’s plays cos he loves the game. for me he’s done quite enough. all the wins are bonuses but an early round or 4th round loss in a GS i’d rather not watch.

so i watch poor fernando hang in there despite his injury. and though about how much fun the short shorts fashion in the atp would be. steps would do it. also llodra, mahut….maybe some young guys…

also contemplated what a 4th round federer loss might mean to those left in the last match of the night and those in the quarters. maybe not as dramatic as rafa going out to soderling at FO 09 but…i think it might have inspired a few still in and facing nadal. who knows.

and i did see what Aravind did. federer pulled that one out in 4 that he should have won in 3. i will not be surprised if fed goes out to the winner of wawa – roddick. i’ll say it again. federer tennis has been the best tennis i have ever seen but i am ready to celebrate a new AO winner…i know that from how happy i was for delpo.


dAri Says:

I know something was wrong with verdasco, but I don’t think that changes anything about berdy’s performance.
I had to stay away from feds match a bit, and what I saw from tomas is frightening even for djokovic in good form.
Impressive movement, too.
Congrats to fed, well done for Djoko.
Rog needs to get his a$$ to bed early the next two nights and refocus his game plan. Gonna have to see what Stan is doing early tomorrow morning. BTW, roger called him Stanley in his on-court interview. Really?


contador Says:

“thought” not “though”…..cannot type…have to nap but hoping to wake up when wawa roddick comes on.


margot Says:

Good morning all, just checked in for scores.
Congrats to Nole. Shock horror Fed lost a set!!
Cannot believe Big Bird is still in, he was playing so badly up till AO think I had him going out second round :( And Verdasco I had leaving months ago :)
thark: your comment re mono and tx so funny :) :)
Back to bed now, will get up for Beefy and Andy R. Hooray, it’s on beeb! Think Stan will get it.
BFN


margot Says:

PS Short shorts, yuk, yuk! More is less, ALWAYS!


jane Says:

When does Sharpie come on?


jane Says:

Night stu, morning margot, have a nice nap conty. I am so confused: is it day or night? :)


margot Says:

jane, have just read ;) sean’s piece :( now do we think he’s a jinxer or a soothsayer these days ??


dAri Says:

Love it, I’ve been taking “naps” from like 1 am to 530 this week. Some days I get to sleep in after some days I don’t. :) gotta love AO!
Sharapova in just an hour from now, I should have started napping already!


dAri Says:

Whoa, just looked at the computer I had left it on from live streaming Rogers match on ESPN3.com. I look up and who do I see but randy practicing on the court. Wow ESPN3, you keep impressing me!


jane Says:

margot we could call him the Tennis X oracle, as his prophecies have been good of late. Don’t think he can challenge that one in Delphi just yet though, but he no longer seems the bearer of doom.


margot Says:

Well jane, he says Fed over Andy again, again, again…:(
have just peeped at kutzy and Fran a real battle but Kutzy almost unrecognisable, so slimmed down!


dAri Says:

I got a little shaken up with Sean giving fed the title right off the bat, but I’m just gonna relax and hope the stars align and fed pulls out some magic.


dAri Says:

Long and tense this last set with kuzy and schiavone


Nims Says:

Some observation on Fed match:

Baseline game was not on till the 4th set. He was soo flat footed, wonder how much damage the 5 setter has done to his body. It was more of physical stress looked like.

Serve was on and off. Was On on 1st and 4th set. But was average on 2 & 3rd.

Allowed Robredo to take advantage by pushing him in the backend, since his foot movement was not great, he hardly moved out to take those balls in FH.

The biggest and probably only positive of the match for Fed has been his net game. Net game was fantastic for most of the time. He missed some very easy high balls in the net, but the low volleys were probably the best of the week. He consistently made wonderful volleys and covered the net very well.


Gannu Says:

Horrendous play be feddy bear.. Sean he has no chance of winning this tournanment if he has those mental laspes.. his 3rd and 4th set was also very very unimpressive… just inexplicble how fed’s level drops these days… Was too loust i felt and footwork also was very very bad at times… seems he is playing too casual these days…meanwhile rafa is full on in faking injuries.. dont trust hima bit… and i am sure he will call a trainer if he is aset down against cilic break cilic’s momentum and then crush him… he is after all the gamesmanship champion..!!!


jane Says:

margot, if Andy M gets to the final again, and meets Fed, all bets are off, including the oracle’s. Destiny will be in the players’ hands, on their racquets. No one can foretell these things.


dAri Says:

Sveta fh!


margot Says:

Hope u r right jane!
Interesting that the majority of these promising kids are “ics” or “ovs” denoting East European origin. Where are the Spaniards, the French, the Swiss, I wonder?


dAri Says:

S
Aww, was gearing up for a tiebreak in the sveta match, but realized this is final set AO and there is none. These ladies are somehow hanging on. Let’s go sveta!
Reading feds post match press, no one is really asking him.about his play, just peripheral questions, do they not notice this drop in form?!


steve-o Says:

You have to give some credit to Robredo. He served a lot better in the second set, which gave him the chance to take advantage of a totally braindead service game by Federer.

Unlike the pundits, I don’t profess to have any idea of what’s behind his mental blips, and I don’t care. I just hope he doesn’t have them later in the tournament.

Why oh why did they have to put Henin, Kuznetsova, and Schiavone in the same quarter? The three women with the most beautiful and varied games and they’re forced to battle each other in the first week. At least one of them should’ve been in another quarter, or the other half even.


margot Says:

dAri r u early bird like me, or night owl like jane? just really curious as we echo round this virtual world. The other night/morning only jane and I were echoing.
Ah kurtzy wins, really like her play, except for repeated choking of course. Love Shoutypova too, apart from shouts….


stu Says:

Go WAWA!
Only because if Roddick loses, at least he has a wife to go home to :)


contador Says:

power nap over…jane…

dari…”randy” lol….love it. who will win….randy or stanley? roger calling stan “stanley” … sounded strange. wonder if he actually prefers stanley to stan?

and one of the AO radio commentators saying kuznetsova does not like “kuzy.” she like to be called “sveta.” anyway, as margot says right…hardly recognize her.

anyway, this is quite a match…tough go call. prefer listening to AO radio while watching ESPN2….no commercials…..all tennis talk. good camera coverage on ESPN2.

less than 30 minutes to masha and petkovic…like i said, i am just learning many of the wta players….i should know petkovic but can’t remember her atm. my wta bracket ironically doing much better than atp one.

roger interviewed now…. he has one eye on the sveta match.: ) but saying he’s feeling well….looking forward to quarterfinal. rog loving the sveta match points….he’d be fun to watch tennis with!


steve-o Says:

Schiavone saves three match points. If this continues much longer, I think Kuznetsova will let it slip mentally.

Like Federer said, in the final set tactics go out the window and you just go point by point. That’s where the two women are now.


Gannu Says:

amazing match kuzy vs schiavone….wow..awesome play..after decades i feel i am enjoying a women’s match


jane Says:

Svetlana and Francesca in quite the battle, 9-8 in the 3rd.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

INCREDIBLE women match between Kuznetsova and Schiavone! One more time, women tennis is outperforming in drama and quality men tennis (which has been so boring except the Federer Simon match). Tennis-X should acknowledge this!!!


contador Says:

franie makes a mistake and touches the net! federer was so much fun watching the women’s match just now…too bad he couldn’t stay and do commentary! he’s a regular guy. regular tennis junkie.

sveta….c’mon!


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Perhaps they want to play mixed double with Isner-Mahut! lol


Gannu Says:

100% agree with you Gregoir


dAri Says:

Margot- I’m every bird these days! Setting my own hours in the lab has its perks during AO !
WHOA!!!!! SVETA HUGE BACKHAND!
OMG, and its still not over


Gannu Says:

outstanding match… really sad this match would have a loser.. both are winners… really unfortunate


margot Says:

Oops, why did I think kutzy’d won….duh…wishful thinking and picture fromsport is c**p!


contador Says:

so right Gregoire! incredible fight between these two and sveta blows it again….arrgh! schiavone is incredible for 30 something

sveta dtl winner but….not enough yet..schiavone fighting her heart out.

that was tough for sveta. oh man….the italian is gonna win , i think.


dari Says:

i can’t believe that they are still going on hiscence
conty- the stan thing is that his name ain’t stanley. its stanislas. and im sure that nobody calls him that but his mom.
haha, leave it to roger.
ps, it would be TO DIE FOR to watch tennis with fed. he knows so much, but i don’t think he would act like it, just enjoy it, ya know?


steve-o Says:

Schiavone breaks. Is this the end of the match, or is there one more act to be played out?


jane Says:

Think Franny may serve it out here: will be tough loss for Sveta who had it on her racquet.


contador Says:

yeah, i know what you mean, dari. abt fed


dari Says:

you’ll know petkovic when you see her, leggy german, track-star-like build. good game all around, she often gets labeled as “brainy” tennis player


Gregoire Gentil Says:

10 all! Simply unbelievable! Quality is simply incredible.


Gannu Says:

SPEECHLESS


jane Says:

Wow. 10 all…


contador Says:

what a point…..really great tennis!


SRM Says:

What an epic match!! Too bad the winner will not have anything left after this match.


contador Says:

i cannot believe this!!!


steve-o Says:

This is insane. Both women just keep going for it!


contador Says:

LOL!!!! yeah….woz is loving this…she knows she’ll get an exhausted opponent.

this should be the final


dAri Says:

I really want sveta to pull out the match. She won me by winning justine, i hope she can make this one.
No surprise schiavone with the trainer…


Gregoire Gentil Says:

They both have medical timeout at the same time!


dAri Says:

Schiavone somehow laughing?!


margot Says:

Echo everyone, shame there’s a loser :(


contador Says:

leaning toward sveta too.

but fran is so fast….tough to drop her, sveta!


Gregoire Gentil Says:

You want this to continue forever. Well it continues… So coool!


Gannu Says:

yes margot shame there is a loser :-(


jane Says:

The girls wanna pull an all-nighter!


dAri Says:

BG just cracked me up!
“Break me off a piece of that kit may bar”


dAri Says:

Kit KAT


margot Says:

dAri: very nice 4 u! I now see u as a swallow-sleeping on the wing ;)


steve-o Says:

Kuznetsova is a little stronger on offense; that might make the difference, in the end. I don’t think Schiavone can win this match by playing defense.


contador Says:

hahahahahahaha schiavone goes for everything and i mean everything….but there have been so many great exchanges now …it’s hard to believe this GS would have a better match ahead. the level of play is so high cox these two are such superb athletes and competitors.

dari…yeah i have watched petkovic. was getting petrova and petkovic confused. petrova is out. and i must have been napping but just realized stosur is out : (

what balance from sveta and endurance from both!


contador Says:

“cos” not “cox”….ooops


jane Says:

Meanwhile, looks like Sharpie is going to drop set 1 again.


dAri Says:

The guts of both these ladies! Especially sveta on that angled volley, after about 3 hours or so, they have just whittled down the excess, now its no errors, just grit and great shots,.great athleticism.


scineram Says:

Upload presser to tube! Want to see Rog watching the match.


steve-o Says:

I can’t root against either of them at this point. I like both players and it sucks that one of them will be going home. It sucks even more than the other will most likely be too tired to put up any kind of fight against Wozniacki, who, despite her grit, can’t produce tennis anywhere near as entertaining as this.


contador Says:

NO!!! i finally realize that i want sveta to win… just when it looks like she’d gonna lose……NO!


Gregoire Gentil Says:

HUGE IMMENSE victory for women tennis!!!


jane Says:

Congrats to both ladies, and to Franie the fighter. Looks like Sharapova is gone.: /

Cant stay up. Night all!


scineram Says:

Match of the tournament bar none. Possibly the longest this year. 10 minutes over Cilic-Isner.


margot Says:

Wow and wow again. Schiavone reminds of Ferrer, not as talented as some, but she just fights and fights.
Meanwhile Petkovich is looking very strong but Maria is beating herself :(
A nod to the fashionistas here….Maria’s outfit is lovely if her tennis isn’t…;)


dAri Says:

Congrats to both ladies, I was cheering for sveta, but either way you just feel happy for a match like this- period.
And well done to.schiavone the veteran staying in.
No question best match of the tourney.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Damn you Kuzzy and ScHiavone! i needed to hit the sack like 2 hrs ago


steve-o Says:

Mixed emotions at Schiavone’s win. Bittersweet. That should have been the final.

No match in the other half of the draw has had near this kind of drama or quality.


Kimo Says:

The longest match in Australian Open history was Nadal-Verdasco, and that one lasted 5:16 if I remember correctly. Schiavone-Kuz was just 32 minutes shorter and it’s a best-of-three match.

Definitely the longest women’s match.


tennisfansince76 Says:

that was a great match. i hope Schiavone has something left for her next match.


margot Says:

tennisfanfrom76: indeed, but commentators here are suggesting serious money on Caroline. Must say I agree with kimmi about her game, it’s very accurate etc but lacks excitement, for me anyway.


Kimo Says:

Sharapova’s time as a top tennis player is definitely behind her. It’s sad, coz I’m a fan, but I think she can find consolation in the fact that she is the highest earning female athlete in history of all sports.


contador Says:

yeah….felt bad for maria but then the livestream had petkovic’s post match courtside interview and she is my new wta favorite…great personality…really a charmer and fun watching…win, win, go andrea!

i doubt francie will have the energy for woz, unfortunately. great match….best one i’ve watched this AO.

now will happen with stan and randy? not sure i can stay awake…didn’t want a nap during the last 2 matches.


dAri Says:

Dum Duh-dum Dum. And the men coming down the tunnel! Stan and randy. What do you guys think? Another long match tonight?


dAri Says:

Conty- she’s fun and smart, supposedly Twitter queen. Very athletic. But on that note, personality is a big star at this years AO. never noticed so many interviews, so many getting to know you moments as this year.


contador Says:

i think this better be good or i will fall asleep. also think honestly… if these 2 were watching the federer robredo match, each of them have to feel encouraged to get to the quarter and the chance of getting a rare win over federer.


margot Says:

lordy, u 2 r both swallows sleeping on the wing…lovely civilized 10.am here!
Am thinking beefy but prepared for Andy to pull out all stoppers.


Kimo Says:

Stan in straights, maybe four if Roddick is inspired.


Kimo Says:

contador, I don’t think either Andy or Stan like their chances against Roger. In the last three slams, players who beat Roger were: red-hot Soda, red-hot Berdych, red-hot Djoko. It takes a herculean effort to take Roger out of a slam, and some luck wouldn’t hurt either. Now Roddick hasn’t been playing the best tennis lately, and while Stan is on an 8 match winning streak, beating Roger at a slam is something different entirely.

I’m not saying they won’t try to win, but saying that they like their chances aren’t Roger may be a bit of an exaggeration.


contador Says:

“beefy” i say has one of those barrel chests builds….he looks super strong. but yeah i’ve seen him look heavier or beefier.

and that one handed back hand has all the snap and strength federer’s was lacking tonight…

3 am here margot. no sleeping for me! randy never goes down without a fight but…2 of the 3 times these guys met roddick retired, right?


dAri Says:

Stan is on a mission, I betcha he would like his chances against roger.
Fading out- yes margot swallow time.
Thanks all for comments.


contador Says:

fair enough Kimo. just my opinion watching fed the past 2 matches…didn’t think i was exaggerating. but right, this is a slam.


margot Says:

conty re Roddick, that’s weird and bad luck. Hmm of the two I think Beefy Boy would have a better chance re Fed. Think Fed broke Andy’s heart at Wimbledon. Bit like if my Andy should get there, anyone but Fed!


margot Says:

Roddick’s not looking that good and rivalling Rafa in the sweating sweepstake but nor is beefy! Hmm, think I’ve been over-rating him since he beat Andy at USOpen.


contador Says:

who do you think you are over-rating margot?


margot Says:

Over-rating Stan, conty. Andy’s serve is in the doldrums but he’s made a heck of a meal out of breaking it and getting the first set.
your Fed must be having sweet dreams :)


margot Says:

How you feeling btw? Pneumonia’s horrid! Had it as very small child but can still remember in graphic detail!


dAri Says:

SUUUIIIISSSSSE


margot Says:

Andy’s game right, right off and Stan takes the second set far too comfortably!
Ah, I see one of the swallows has flown back ;)


dAri Says:

JUST removing head from wing for a moment. I didn’t think Andy had enough offense for Stan, but this is probably more confortable for Stan than I expected.
What berdych managed to do today with so many winners and so few errors- Stan is following suit. I had at least expected a tougher match so that either might be a little tender for fed.
Sweeeet backhand


dAri Says:

It’s not ALL Stan I must say in fairness, roddick giving him plenty to work with


margot Says:

Wow, don’t think Stan and Andy like each other much, there’s an awful lot of over-celebrating from Stan considering how easilt he’s winning.
Darling sleepy swallow, how nice of you to keep this lark company ;)
PS staff re photo of Rafa, even I can remove red-eye!


dAri Says:

What do you think margot, is Stan over celebrating? I’ll admit k haven’t seen every point, but it didnt seem outrageous. Just on break points/big points?


Aravind Says:

The “other” swiss is looking very very impressive. I think the Swiss maestro has a dogfight awaiting him in the QFs


Kimo Says:

Aravind says:

“The “other” swiss is looking very very impressive. I think the Swiss maestro has a dogfight awaiting him in the QFs”

While I admit that Stan has indeed looked impressive, A-Rod and Fed could not be more different.


contador Says:

sorry margot i fell asleep! i guess i needed it.

i am more excited abt the matches tomorrow….or rather today,,,,whatever day…dolgo, raonic…

lundgren wins beefy contest and the sweatiest is a tie for rafa and randy.baseball caps are as good as headbands,

margot, you have seen my “real” bracket? those quarters, semi’s, final and winner is my best guess.

but i agreed with Aravind on the other thread about federer’s form v robredo and also think fed has a “dogfight” to get through the quarters….not exaggerating.

but…i certainly didn’t pick fed to win last year and thought mandy would win.

maybe thark is right and soda wins AO : )

oh match point stan…and he wins!! watch out feddy!


Aravind Says:

Kimo, it is not that Wawrinka has won. He has utterly demolished Roddick and made it look like one of the several beatings that Federer has given to Roddick over the years.
More importantly, Federer does not look in groove. I have seen this pattern of play earlier last year in Wimby. He just looks too shaky. Losing a set against Robredo??!! If he is anything less than 100% he is going to lose against Stan and surely not going to go past Djoko or Berdman


dAri Says:

Wel done for Stan. I am happy ibid being to qf in the last two majors.
However, his run must end here. Between AndyR, Monfils he was playing more defensive players, he played a very young one, I think dimitrov and I can’t remember his other opponent. He can certainly give roger trouble in this form, it will be up to Roger not to allow Stan into this form. Tine to step it up, Fed. This is weeks two!


contador Says:

that’s it for me…..good nite…..

meant headbands are for controlling sweat that baseball caps.

oh….stan in courier interview…roger has until tuesday to rest. we’ll see…..kimo…commentators on AO radio again saying federer has a to come out with his best tennis…i agree with them and hope he plays better than he did yesterday.


margot Says:

It’s OK little swallow, you obviously needed some sleep :) No, haven’t checked your picks, only kimmi’s as she seems mystic Meg of tennisx and was interested to see her choice for the final, gone with Fedal, I think.
So kimo was right re outcome but I thought that match was so one sided it’s difficult to tell re Stan’s form. Yes, he hit some powerful shots and did get better as match progressed but to me he looked slow. Perhapd becos he moves in rather an ungainly way?
Might get a set off Fed, but more?
dAri, one in paricular bellow right in Andy’s face, over a point not a game, unnecessary I feel.
Now for my non-tennis life, yep I do have one ;)


jane Says:

Didnt think Roddick would not even get a set, quite surprised, although Stan(ley) had been playing well.


Polo Says:

I am always afraid when Federer plays nowadays. I turned off the TV after he lost the second set last night. I am not sure I will watch his match against Wawrinka… not good for my ulcers. I wonder how this loss will affect Roddick’s psyche. I hope he continues to work hard. He remains a threat in majors in spite of his recent early losses. Who knows when luck will come knocking on his door?

Djokovic was impressive. Verdasco was frustrating. Nadal was just to wet.


Kimmi Says:

OMG – thanks for the commentary guys. this is the best thing i love about tennis-x.

now for the results. Oh dear SHARPIE is gone. wow! has she ever been past R16 since coming back from injury? Too bad. but congrats to petkovic. is it the girl who has someking of a dance routine after a win? i havent seen a lot of her matches.

Roddick is out. i was worried about that. stan has looked very good recently and roddick not. so i wasnt sure about this match. sad to see roddick did not get even a set!!

I am gutted i missed the match of the tournament..sveta/fran..congarts to the winner. the commentary here was great.


Kimmi Says:

Already excited on todays matches.

margot – muzza is early on today. perfect hrs for me. i know it will be wee hrs over there but dont worry, I will watch it for you :) melzer is a tough one but whatever happens go muzza

My other 2 followers are milos and cilic! Go both

This round is a danger round for muzza methinks. i remember USO, it was this round he got busted. I read an article about melzer. him and his coach says they are hoping to have 2011 as his best year. apparently he is playing more aggressive now and blah blah blah…..long article.

shall we get scared?

Go Muzza


Kimberly Says:

Ugggh!!! I fell asleep and missed it all.

List of people I am officially mad at:

1. Maria Sharapova–no more words necessary
2. Andy Roddick–I woke up at the tail end of this and even though I picked Monfils in this bracket space, I would like to see Andy have some success. I don’t know wheter to blame Andy or Lary Stefanki but I agree with PMac. Andy needs to stop practicing fitness and start practicing hitting though the court.
3. Rafael Nadal-my dear fav, i know you have a hot bod and want all to see it but you need to wear a size larger on the shirt. It will help your sweating issue. Hope you can pull of a win.
4. Australian Open-Putting Rafa as a night match again so I have to wake up at 3am.
5. Fernando Verdasco-I like Berdych but come on! At least give us a show.
6. Kimberly—terrible bracket picking


grendel Says:

I wondered at Doha if Federer had not peaked too soon, but I wouldn’t give up on him yet. He has tended to find Robredo a sort of handful – Tommy has won sets off him before, and he has often seemed to be matching or even excelling him for extended patches. He does have a tendency to fade, though.

This business about conserving energy – I suspect it must be instinctive rather than deliberate. At a conscious level, you just play your best, surely. But, rather mysteriously, the nature of this “best” does vary according to circumstance. It was very noticeable today that Federer’s drive volleying was almost back to the low levels of a couple of years or so ago. He tended to do little more than casually pat it back, without any angle, to present a nice little gift for his opponent. And yet at one crucial moment – it might have been when serving for set – he hit a really difficult drive volley almost from the base line and angled it perfectly. I agree with Nims, I think it was, that his net play was good. perhaps because it was all about reflex, with no time to think.

Kimo says Woz will need a lucky draw and opponents crashing out to win. Agreed – and she’s already had the lucky draw, further enhanced by getting to meet a surely exhausted Schiavone (who, don’t forget, played at least 2 very long matches before today). However, assuming the Italian can’t work the miracle this time, I suspect Woz’ run comes to an end with Na Li, now looking a highly dangerous contender for the title. I was so wrong about Sharapova, unfortunately. And it’s not as if her victor, the German Petkovic, is a great player or anywhere near. Unlike the new Czech whose name escapes me – but boy she’s good. Pit something or other.

It was fascinating to watch the changing faces of Kuznetsova. When she was up against Schiavone, her face was a mask of worry and her body oozed tension. The subsequent play reflected this. When she was down, particularly when Schiavone was serving for the match (the first 2 occasions, that is), her face was thoroughly focused, she looked alive, confident and absolutely involved. And her play was faultless. Her volleying was magnificent – surely she is by far the most natural volleyer in the woman’s game – and her groundies assured – and lethal. You simply couldn’t imagine the ball going out. Definitely the match of the tournament.

Contador, Id love to have heard Fed commenting on that match. Simon Reed and Chris Bradnam of Eurosport said that Hewitt had been commenting (in a professional capacity) for some Australian channel yestreday, and that he was a revelation. For someone who didn’t have a lot to say off court, he was full of information (including his own take on players like Federer culled from his own experience: I may have got this wrong, but apparently he thought that Federer’s bh crosscourt drive might be what finally does for Nadal), insight, and interesting analyses. Well, I hope we get to watch and hear him!

” there’s an awful lot of over-celebrating from Stan considering how easilt he’s winning.” margot, oddly enough (considering what shy and reserved person WaWa is), Wawrinka is often like this, it had nothing to do with Roddick imo (although Roddick was certainly inflamed by it). Even as a mere spectator, I find WaWa’s shouting quite incredibly irritating if I want his opponent to win. I can only imagine how the opponent must feel. Meanwhile,I am surprised how relatively cool has been the response to WaWa’s victory. Not just the comprehensive nature of it. But how well he played! His bh was out of this world, his serving was superb – how many players get to outserve Roddick, he did, easily – and when for a while towards the end he lost rhythm on the first serve, his 2nd serve proved very difficult to handle. Altogether, he is a very very dangerous opponent for Federer. If it is true that Fed has been conserving his energy, he’s going to need to draw on the bank, that’s for sure, in his match with fellow countryman. Only a Federer playing quite close to his best will beat WaWa in this form – imho.


Gordo Says:

Amazing that out of 371 comments Raonic’s name is mentioned in one of them only. Methinks the invisible Canadian will be getting some more attention from y’all very soon. :)


grendel Says:

Kuznetsova says:”"I just feel very empty. I don’t know what to say….We both fought so hard the whole match, and the important moments she just played better.

“But statistically I also felt like I was the better player on the court … Just very disappointing.”

So much for statistics, you might say. For Kuznetsova has got it exactly right. Can she learn from it, though – or is that impossible? Narrow is the path we tread….


jane Says:

Gordo, you are looking at the wrong thread; we have been talkling about Milos (Raonic) a lot. :) And yes, we like to call him Miloooooos.


margot Says:

grendel, the problem for me was that Andy was playing so badly it was difficult to gauge how good Stan was. His level did go up, but in the first set he made a heck of a hash of breaking Andy’s serve. The score line for me reflects Andy’s play rather than Stan’s.
He has a very impressive, lovely backhand but at times looked slow and I thought also, at times his shot selection was awful. Andy was often right on the net but Stan rarely lobbed, or drop shoted another good tactic against Andy and at times he seemed oddly defensive. Lord, from how I’m going on you’d think He’d lost!
I’ve hardly seen Fed play at all but surely he can beat Stan fairly comfortably or am I missing something?
A lot of buzz round Berdych, isn’t there? Again haven’t seen him play either! Love the Australian Open, just wish I could watch a few more matches!


jane Says:

margot “hardly seen Fed play at all but surely he can beat Stan fairly comfortably or am I missing something?”

I do not think you are missing anything. I have seen some of all of Fed’s matches, and while he has been content to sort of “sit back” at times in his last two, and forgo his aggressive game plan, there was no fear of him losing to my mind. He righted the ship both times, and he was smart enough to know short-ish shorts would wear out. He will also know it is now, as they say, the “business end” of the tournament, and thus he should have no issues eleminating his buddy Stan(ley). It might be a close-ish scoreline, but Fed should beat him, as you put it “fairly comfortably.”

Nole will have to be vigilant to beat Berdych, who made only 9 errors in his win over Hotsauce, and who is serving really well. He will have to try to put that loss at Wimbledon behind him, and recall his wins on hard courts, like at the WTF. But Berd is in much better form now. Though again, like with Stan, Berd’s opponent wasn’t playing his best last night. Nando was clearly dealing with a foot issue throughout. So that should be taken into consideration … Two to tango, and all that. P.s. Know your post was addressed to grendel margot, so forgive me, both, for interjecting.


grendel Says:

margot – I dunno, Roddick played pretty standard Roddick to me. He’s very rarely aggressive (in his play at least) these days, don’t know why. If you noticed when WaWa was serving it out Roddick suddenly started to inject a bit of oomf into his shots, and he looked much better for it. Wawrinka just totally outplayed him from the back of the court, not just the glorious bh either. Roddick was kind of lost, when his serve is not at its best he doesn’t seem able to compensate. Wawrinka did do one superb lob – and you don’t often see Roddick, the best smasher in the game after Nadal, being lobbed. Did some drops, too, most successful. Wawrinka will never be a great mover, I don’t suppose, but there’s not much he can do about that.

Wawrinka has beaten Federer (unlike, for example, Robredo, who often threatens to threaten if you take my meaning)and is now (imo)definitely a difficult opponent for a Federer struggling a bit to find top form.


jane Says:

“Roddick was kind of lost, when his serve is not at its best he doesn’t seem able to compensate”

In his presser, this in the only thing that Andy said he could have done better, but the did say he was outplayed by Stan from the back, and he commented on the cold, slow conditions that maybe suit Stan’s game more. Rod said Stan could take big swings, time well, etc. Whereas he felt he couldn’t get any “kick”. I think Fed also talked about the cnditions in his interview. I guess it cools down a fair bit at night and changes things from some players’ perspectives, anyhow


grendel Says:

jane, Roddick several times gestured to his box, apparently trying to convey his feeling that the ball tended to stay stuck to the surface. And obviously this was frustrating him.


madmax Says:

Well, I am enjoying watching the fed play.
Margot I didnt realise until now how much you don’t enjoy watching federer (seemingly) please don’t be so harsh woman! He’s amazing! – sorry about that- but I love watching him play any time he plays!

In the Robredo match, sure, he played brilliantly for the first set, but then backed off in the second (only a touch). It was at this point that Robredo, took his chances – and he played really, really well. He “upped” his game and federer was taken a back a little (not massively), but you could see he was experimenting (fed) in the third and the fourth set and it paid off – that’s the way he is).

I think from now on, Federer cannot afford to take so many chances if he is to move into the semi finals. He respects stan and vice versa, but now is not the time for niceties.

I do expect Federer to come through. I would imagine, now he is in the QF’s and Stan has played some brilliant tennis, Federer will need to ensure his serve is clicking from the get go. One thing should please him, in terms of the return of serve, federer currently has the best return of serve amongst all opponent players in the tournament (stats wise) but surprisingly, his ace count is not as effective. I think he is only 5th – Hopefully that will change come Tuesday.

I would expect Murray to come through tomorrow Margot. I think he is the only one who can stop rafa in his side of the draw. Time for revenge I think. He’s just got to work on the self-belief. Wouldn’t you agree?

The fed express has reached his 27th consecutive QF. That’s just bloody amazing!


madmax Says:

grendel, yes. wawa has beaten federer but if you remember when they played, fed had no practice in and was coming off a weekend honey moon after having just got married to Mirka – he was using I think monte carlo? as a testing ground and got a ‘wc’ into the tournament – after such a late entry. If you watched the match, you will see then that federer was rusty as hell and stan was playing very well indeed – having practised for a month beforehand But like you say, a win is a win – and he is certainly capable of beating him, I just think that Federer will be able to come through but he will have to play more creatively – stan won’t give him as many chances – plus he has the advantage of having fed’s previous coach – but then Annacone is the man!

There’s no reason why he shouldn’t pull through, so come on fed!


dAri Says:

Re- AndyR’s performance against Stan: sad thing is, outside of poorer serving this match, it was probably his more aggressive performance of the tourney. It wasn’t very aggressive at all, but it was more so than previous matches. And he still got destroyed.
Stellar day for Stan.


dAri Says:

While you can keep past play in Stan vs roger matches, you must admit that this is new territory for Stan’s play. No he doesn’t often beat Rog, but he doesn’t often play THIS well.
Meanwhile, speaking of best performances, my bracket is at a tournament high of #8. Come on, Marin, and take me even higher!


Catherine Says:

Expected Wawrinka to beat Roddick – Roddick was already hanging on a limb in his match against Haase, and would’ve lost if it weren’t for Haase’s ankle injury. So, no surprises there.

What IS surprising though, is that Wawa hasn’t yet lost a set being in stellar form at the AO, whereas Fed has already dropped three of them. Fed will have to drop the enormous UE-count (even though he himself says it’s not bothering him – who are you kidding, Fedsie?!) AND, most of all, not suffer one of those concentration lapses again. The kiddie play-time is over now. Best of luck against Wawa!

I’m still surprised to see so many people still underestimating Söderling. Has anyone seen him playing this week? I have, and I daresay he might even have more of chance against Rafa than Murray. Of course, he’ll have to deal with Dolgopolov first – I am happy to see so many upcoming youngsters doing well in this AO! A good sign for the future to come. :-)


thark Says:

catherine did i hear someone say SODERLING???

:)

let’s go pop – get up!


grendel Says:

madmax
clearly Fed is favourite against WaWa.But favourites don’t always make it, especially against people playing as well as Wawrinka.

Catherine – Federer has always expressed scepticism about the notion of unforced errors. Whilst some of this is self-serving, part of the positive speak scenario, in part it seems to me justified. The concept of the unforced error is nebulous and to a degree misleading (for instance, when a player feels confident enough to sacrifice some points in the interests of experimentation).


madmax Says:

grendel,

who said anything about favourties? Rafa is the favourite to win the slam – good luck to him.

I dont think it will be an easy match tomorrow. I never said it would be.

Stan, after having left his wife and 3 month old baby, has decided to concentrate on his tennis career – with his new coach – there are obviously changes to his game and his mentality – whether this will be enough to push past federer – I am not as certain as you are grendel. Federer for sure, will need to push it up a level – but I still think he has the ammunition to pull it off -lets not talk about decline and age though grendel, everytime he has a wobble. It’s becoming boring.

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