Soderling, Murray Near Quarterfinal Australian Open Showdown; Roddick, Sharapova Out
by Sean Randall | January 23rd, 2011, 7:15 pm
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Andy Roddick has some serious soul searching ahead. This morning the last American in singles at the Australian Open got thumped handily by a Swiss guy in a Slam. Nothing unusual there, except this Swiss guy wasn’t Roger Federer, it was Stan Wawrinka. Still, Wawrinka gave Roddick a very Federer-like drubbing beating the former No. 1 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 and send him out before the semifinals for the eighth straight Major.

Most shocking, Wawrinka completely outserved Roddick blasting 24 aces to Roddick’s 9. To his credit, Roddick did try to mix things up by coming to the net, but he’s just too defensively oriented. Maybe a coaching change is in order?

“I was frustrated,” Roddick said. “Couldn’t get the rallies to go my way. I was trying to stand up in the court and, you know, I just felt when I adjusted my positioning up in the court he was opening up the lines and making it a shorter line if that makes sense. I didn’t have the ability to run back. Conditions were colder, so slice wasn’t really working. I wasn’t able to get the ball to jump much, so a lot of the shots he hit were in his pocket and I was having a hard time getting it out of that zone.”

Roddick was also joined at the exits by another former No. 1 and Grand Slam winner, Maria Sharapova, was was pounded by Andrea Petkovic. Playing like a shell of her former self, Sharapova only managed five games against the upstart German. Since her return from shoulder surgery Sharapova has simply not been a factor at a Slam.

Will Roddick and/or Sharapova ever make it back to a Grand Slam final? It doesn’t look good.

Monday, it looks like a straight forward day. I think Robin Soderling and Andy Murray will meet on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. Soderling will have enough to handle the youngster Alexandr Dolgopolov. Murray owns Jurgen Melzer 4-0 and the Scot should get through, maybe in four sets.

Milos Raonic has been the break out star of the event. The 20-year-old qualifier possesses a monster serve and heavy groundstrokes but his opponent today, David Ferrer, has the perfect game to neutralize the Canadian’s power. And Ferrer’s undefeated on the season.

Ferrer’s countryman Rafael Nadal is on in the wee hours of the morning against Marin Cilic. I know Nadal’s been ill but if Cilic doesn’t have his legs after his 4-and-a-half hour win over John Isner, it won’t matter how bad Nadal’s feeling.

Cilic did beat Nadal back in 2009 at Beijing so there is some hope for you Croatian fans, but it’s hard to pick against Rafa.

MONDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Robin Soderling (SWE)[4] v. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
Jurgen Melzer (AUT)[11] v. Andy Murray (GBR)[5]

Rod Laver Arena 7:30 PM Start Time
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Marin Cilic (CRO)[15]
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v. Kim Clijsters (BEL)[3]

Hisense Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Petra Kvitova (CZE)[25] v. Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[22]
Iveta Benesova (CZE) v. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[2]
Milos Raonic (CAN) v. David Ferrer (ESP)[7]


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313 Comments for Soderling, Murray Near Quarterfinal Australian Open Showdown; Roddick, Sharapova Out

dAri Says:

When I got in the shower, soda match hadn’t started, when i got out, robin had won the first set!


thark Says:

yeah dolgo is not putting up much of a fight thus far.

btw alexandr has a hella fast service motion, no? seems like he hits the ball before he even finishes the toss…


jane Says:

Soda is cruising, but it’s definitely due in part to errors and inconsistency on Dolgopolov’s part. He looks to be picking it up this second set. Didn’t realize this is the first seeded player Soda has faced.


jane Says:

Ah, but Soda is looking pumped up and raring to go, already breaking in the second.. Hope there is no rain.


thark Says:

i don’t wanna wear the guy out, but it would be nice if soda was a little bit tested here, given the potential for murray next round (who has appeared to be straight from choir practice of late).

however i won’t complain if he cruises – a win is a win.


thark Says:

dolgo ramping it up a bit – takes back the break.


Eric Says:

Dolgopolov playing really horribly there. Not just the unforced, but also making terrible decisions. And then suddenly, bam, he breaks back. This might still go some interesting places, although Soda has always been the clear favorite in 3.


thark Says:

soda losing focus a bit – wake up!


jane Says:

This is running exactly the path of the Tsonga/Dolgopolov match. If Soda wants to win, he’d better be careful.


Eric Says:

And suddenly everything changes…


thark Says:

alexandr looking ready to take this set.

i am already regretting that i asked for sod to be “a little bit tested” lol…

get up soda!


Angel Says:

Jane for your information, there is a roof in the Rod Laver Arena and in the Hisense Arena, so I wouldn’t worry about the rain. In fact right now they are playing with the roof closed but for the high temperatures.


thark Says:

what is wrong with the baseline judge? second time soda has had to challenge mid-point…


jane Says:

Thanks Angel; yeah I did know about the roof on R.Laver, but I suppose rain would halt play on other courts. Didn’t realize they had the roof closed now though. Is it really that hot?


thark Says:

yikes! 1 set all.


jane Says:

Dolgo closes out the second set. Hmmmm. thark did you watch the Cilic vs. Isner match? I can’t believe they had those two on a court with no challenge system; there were definitely some questionable calls in that one, and nothing either guy could do!


dAri Says:

It’s nice to just sit back and enjoy tennis. Not fret over fed or who fed might play next, not worrying how much Rafa is sweating, berdy makes me a little tense either way, too. Just sitting back happy with whoever comes through!


contador Says:

alexandr!!

slept all day and can’t believe it!

soda lost a set to tigger!

yes….dolgo has a fast service motion. what i’ve been saying. he’s really fun to watch, imo. .uses his legs like springs serving, fast reflexes and fast, period.

extremely aggressive player but his game can also go terribly wrong in a hurray. he get’s tight.


thark Says:

jane i missed cilic v. isner – would think they would be a major attraction – were they not on hisense at least?


contador Says:

oh no! i think robin is tight….annoyed with dolgo, even.


thark Says:

(soda broken again – commence internal freaking out)


contador Says:

whoa..dolgo breaks. but he has had trouble holding in big moments like this. his serve can go away.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Contador, I agree Dolgo has an exciting game. I’d never seen him play before. He is playing good tennis, but Soda’s been helping him out. Not that I mind, ha!


contador Says:

thark…i’ve been watching as much dolgo as possible for a year.

he’ll be lucky to hold serve after breaking.

df….not surprised


contador Says:

OMG!! he did hold…


Eric Says:

Soderling is moving so poorly. He seems too lazy to get to easy shots down the middle of the court. I wonder what is going on? He’d better step it up soon.


jane Says:

thark, Nope. Cilic and Isner were on Margaret Court.

Dolgo now with a break early in the third. This is reminding me of the Tsonga match again. Part of the problem may be that Soda hasn’t yet faced a tough test. Muller took him to a tiebreak but that is it. Soda is not finding a groove on his serve and has made way too many errors!! Announcers I am listening to say he doesn’t have a “plan B”

Looking ahead: if Dolgo does upset Soda (still way too early to tell), he and Murray have played just once, in 2006, with Murray winning. But Dolgo is a completely different player now, and might, in a strange way, be a tougher test for Andy M than Soda? Nothing to lose, not much familiarity, etc.


Kimmi Says:

Heeellooooo

just got back home after a looong day.

gulp! dolgo. is my eyes deceiving me????


Eric Says:

Wow this is ridiculous. Oh well, at least the Steelers are winning. :)


contador Says:

he has soderling rattled but let’s see.

there’s a long way to go…lots of time for dolgo to choke a lead. have seen him do that from 2 breaks up…..kinda like EG can blow a lead.


jane Says:

Double break for Dolgopolov of the devastating forehand and delicate headband.


thark Says:

this is painful – soda is spraying and looks poised to go down 2 sets.

but he’s mentally quite tough – he just needs to problem solve a bit more and quit the mental chatter.


Eric Says:

I just said this, but Soderling is NOT moving. WHAT is up with him? His legs must have been replaced by clay after the first set.


Colin Says:

Dolgo vs Murray would be a very interesting prospect, and I’d just about back Murray to win.


contador Says:

never seen dolgo perform in such a big occasion.

he’s getting help from soda right now tho…..arrrrrgh tough to watch that part.

still think soda can win in 5…..yikes! tigger


thark Says:

holy unexpected ukranian world of pain, batman…


Kimmi Says:

broken to love..again!! BREAD STICK! I am for the underdog..go dolgo!


Kimmi Says:

soda has not passed, is it third round at the AO??then i am not surprised.


jane Says:

contador, did you not watch Dolgo versus Tsonga? It is the exact same thing all over again; he almost bageled Tsonga in the final set. As for Soda, yeah, he is helping the demolishment happen, just as Tsonga did. If Soda does go out, which, frankly, it’s seeming more likely (sorry thark) he has already far exceeded last year’s results (R128 I think) and thus has picked up points, and he can learn from this perhaps. He needs to focus, and as thark says, problem solve more effectively, or even just hang in there. Rafa said in his one of his pressers that the best wins are when you are NOT playing your best, or certainly, the most important wins, in a way.


Kimberly Says:

Dolgo playing some serious tennis. Soderling looks shocked.


Kimmi Says:

brad gilbert, did he just call dolgo “doggy”..strange with his nick name.


Colin Says:

Soda has lost his fizz (couldn’t resist that).


jane Says:

Oh the lemon yellow shirt, much more effective for Soda. ;) But he has an uphill battle; he will have to dig deep and stay positive now.


Eric Says:

Soderling seems to have his head back in the game here in the fourth set. Early break right off the bat… I’m still not happy with his movement, but at least the will is back.


contador Says:

KImmi…..you know how i love mr. dimples. but dolgo i’ve thought has some unbelievable shots. also unbelievable he is in the quarters in a GS though. he usually chokes a lead.

yep….this set will go to soda. i predict.

experience must prevail.


contador Says:

soda getting the pop back


contador Says:

i’m loving this match. 2 of my favorite players


Kimmi Says:

set goes to dolgo contador. no predictions. dolgo is the better player at the mo.
soda is trying to pump himself up. another break point.


Eric Says:

Epic, very important hold for Soderling.


contador Says:

set cannot go to tigger! that would mean he wins match. that wont happen. but it’s fun to watch dolgo. he runs like a track star


thark Says:

yes! saves 3 BP!

starting to play well when it really counts – now it would be great if he could play well umm… continuously :)


steve-o Says:

Soderling has broken in the fourth set. He’s not giving up.

I don’t think heat and sun agree with his game. He likes cool, damp conditions, and time to set up and really drive the ball.

That and Dolgopolov was totally outplaying him in the last couple sets.


contador Says:

oh conflicted heart…i do hate to see either lose and dolgo needs to find his pogo 1st serveeeeee


Kimmi Says:

hmm, you could be right contador! wake up dolgo!


Eric Says:

And away we go. Back on track.


jane Says:

Soda shaking that fist profusely, in his lemon yellow shirt; his pop definitely looking to be back. Is it the sun? Is it the towel? Is it the new shirt? It’s like he was reborn after losing that 3rd set. Topsy-turvy match.


contador Says:

wouldn’t surprise me if dolgo takes the bagel : ( when he goes down he goes down hard.

c’mon dolgo…pull it together a little.


thark Says:

when life gives you lemons.

use them to make a shirt.


Kimberly Says:

They r both super red. I like dolgo but for my bracelet vie got to root for soda. I have him going to the semis. That looks like a bad pick. It looks like he will win this match but Murray will roast him.


jane Says:

But steve-o, oddly, when it was cloudier and cooler in the 2nd and 3rd sets, Soda was playing much worse, and when the sun came out Soda came back. Certainly on the clay what you say seems to hold true? Maybe not on this surface, because if it is hot doesn’t the ball kick up higher, into his strike zone?


Kimmi Says:

thark, lol good one.


jane Says:

thark, lol, will remember that re: lemons/shirt.


contador Says:

has nothin to do with temperature. soderling has pulled it together. outplaying his inexperienced opponent.

dolgo 1st serve went away….has to get it back.


dAri Says:

I was impartial in the beginning but find myself pulling for dolgopolov. Will not favor him in a fifth set, so maybe he can make a run and finish in four?


contador Says:

dolgo had soda rattled after winning that 2nd set. this is a bigger stage tho. dolgo rattled tsonga and tsonga didn’t get it back.

soderling too mentally tough to lose…unless dolgo starts hitting his first serves next set and goes and makes his go for broke style rattle soderling again.

soda is on to him….appears


contador Says:

dari….dolgo does pull you in with his game. when he’s a bit more relaxed he has a lot of shots and touch around the net…not just a baseline game and serve.

still a work in progress but it’s huge he got to the AO quarterfinal!!


thark Says:

eric you’re right soda is really not moving at all – wonder if the foot is more serious than it appeared.

dolgo is making him look like slow-mo replay.

c’mon soda don’t slip now!


dAri Says:

I had seen bits and pieces of dolgopolov, but didst realize he had such a forehand!


jane Says:

Hmmm…since the trainer visit Soda has dropped form. That foot looked…ewwwww. Meanwhile Dolgo is chipper again after his bathroom break. Soda best hang on here, if he wants a chance to win, getting it to a fifth. Crunch time for him.

conty, tigger is a good name for Dolgo, because he’s always bouncing, and that (pony) tail too.


Kimberly Says:

These guys r playing fast, almost four sets in under two hours. Go Soda!


contador Says:

i misses the mto jane. what was up the the yucked foot…..blisters?

tigger ;/


contador Says:

does tigger have a messed up foot?

i mean i have no doubts soda will come thru but i love dolgo’s bouncy fast tennis.


thark Says:

yeah dolgo’s forehand is moderately to extremely terrifying.


contador Says:

and dolgo will go for broke this last set and it will either work for him or be a disaster…. worked against tsonga but i doubt it against the icy soda pop


thark Says:

ok 5th set – everybody breathe…

conty it was soda’s foot that was bandaged during the mto.


jane Says:

In the Tsonga match the first 3 sets went alternately to each of them until the last two, when Doglo totally dominated. This is different: while Soda won the first set easily, Dolgo dominated the next two in a row, so he put *Soda* in the catch up mode, whereas Tsonga always had the lead or was even.

In their pressers, both Fed and Roddick commented on how temperature affects the way the ball bounces or doesn’t. Roddick said: ” Conditions were colder, so slice wasn’t really working. I wasn’t able to get the ball to jump much, so a lot of the shots he hit were in his pocket and I was having a hard time getting it out of that zone. ” And Fed said, “I think at night it’s a bit slower. It’s hard to put the ball away it seems like. I don’t know if that’s because I played Gilles Simon. I definitely felt like after when the sun was down and it was cooling off a bit, you know, I think the court was playing slower. Now, during the day today I think the ball was flying again and it definitely takes a kick and the spin and all those things”

So maybe the changing temperatures (cloud cover to bright sun alternately) does have a little something to do with the play here.

Anyhow – ON TO THE 5TH!


contador Says:

hahaha…..dolgo’s forehand “moderately to extremely terrifying”

it can be…but soda is not getting rattled this set like tsonga did.


jane Says:

contador, it was Soda’s foot, and yep, blisters.

This will be a tense 5th set I suspect. Hard to pick a winner right now. I see Dolgo is hoping for a shirt change rebirth too. Hey, it worked for the big guy right? :)


contador Says:

i predict dolgo loses his 1st serve and soda pop will have nothing to do with getting rattled and losing this match.


contador Says:

oh soda’s foot…not good.


Kimmi Says:

dolgo getting briken straight up to start 5th set..he is yoking..needs to concentrate.

0-40 here..


jane Says:

Soda screaming angry. Losing his early lead to tigger.


thark Says:

gutteral screaming followed by giving back the break.

not the recommended approach.


contador Says:

oh no! soda screaming in swedish……

and tigger has a break back.

can he hold?


Kimmi Says:

break back. now play kid. hold here!


contador Says:

dolgo holds…..??? no it was out.

curtains tigger?


jane Says:

Announcers said “the Swede is looking very fragile”.


contador Says:

LOL….kimmi….no yoke! soda can’t let tigger rattle him.


stu Says:

WHOA ! shouldnt have known better than to miss this match!


contador Says:

depends….tigger will go all in and soda has to be cool.


jane Says:

Danger time for Soda, he’s missing, sun is in his eyes, can’t rip serves or see for ball toss. Lady luck is on tigger’s side. Seems unfair, but that is the way… can’t control the sun.


contador Says:

hahahahahahhaha!!!!!! what a rally!


Kimmi Says:

BREEEEEEAK! what a rally. inceredible diffence. go dolgo


dAri Says:

Dolgopolov impressively fearless on some of these points and when another of his balls hits the line, he’s like, “cool, that was in?”
Great point for the break. GREAT use of the slice!


Gordo Says:

Does anyone know how Murray and Dolgopolov have done against each other?

Just asking… :)


steve-o Says:

@jane: I think the wind also causes Soderling problems in setting up for his shots, he doesn’t have a lot of margin on them.


Kimmi Says:

I dont think murray has played dolgo gordo


stu Says:

this is going to be the most amazing result of the AO! go dolgo!


jane Says:

Gordo, Murray and Dolgo played once in 2006 during DC, with Murray prevailing in straights. Lots of time and experience had passed for both. Should be interesting. I think this is it for Soda.


contador Says:

tigger doesn’t have a good record against any top players…new territory….

and still time for a choke here.


Kimmi Says:

Sorry. H2H shows 1-0 in murray favour. they played in 2006. muzz won in straight. davis cup. long time ago that is.

anyways, this one is not over yet. only one break difference. go dolgo


contador Says:

dont get your hopes up stu . not until the last point! really have seen tigger blow like a 2 break up lead…he can pull a gulbis


thark Says:

soda wide awake now.

best chance to break back is right now – keep your head pop!


Kimmi Says:

BIG HOLD!! 5-2 dolgo. c`moooon. one more game. one more!


stu Says:

he looks so calm and composed conty..i dont expect him to choke….


contador Says:

crunch time for soda…he has to stay cool.

i really do want robin to win….but a little shocked atm


Kimmi Says:

completely rattled soda

wow! 0-30. two point away


Gordo Says:

Hmmmn – I wonder who Milos would rather face ?


stu Says:

oops sorry thark! im not rooting against soda as much as im rooting for dolgo :)


jane Says:

Dolgo is no longer a choker. It was clear in the Tsonga match and it is even clearer now.


Kimmi Says:

30-30 phew!


Kimmi Says:

match point! wow! here here now!


Kimmi Says:

aaaaaghhhh!


Kimmi Says:

another match point


Kimmi Says:

missed..ok! its never good to miss match points. if you dont get them then your opponents takes them.

match point 3

snuffed out..duece again


contador Says:

tigger choked on that last matchpoint going for too much.

soderling fighting back….ice in the veins here robin.


contador Says:

holy smokes!! back to deuce. sooooooodaaaaaaa


Kimmi Says:

match point 4


contador Says:

that FH winner from tigger……!


contador Says:

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!

alexandr tigger pogo!!


Kimmi Says:

DOLGO! Congrats. what a win.

soda you did well this year..take some positives.


thark Says:

kudos to alexandr.

a much deserved win.

goodbye soda. goodbye bracket. until next time…


contador Says:

and i thought he’d choke.

very sorry for soda….. ;( ;(


Daniel Says:

Wow, would today be an upset day?!

Congrats Dolgo. Great to see young talented guy who can hit anything, including the best forehand on the run, crosscorut with unblievable angles in the serve box I have ever seen, Amazing!


jane Says:

Closes it out with confidence and a break! This Dolgo has bounced his way into the QFs taking out Tsonga and Soda.

Is this good for Murray, assuming he gets past Melzer? Hmmm… a little concerned. At least Soda is a known entity and Murray can always neutralize power. But Dolgo is entirely different. He can “cat & mouse” quite effectively too!

thark! My heart goes out to you :( Sorry for Soda’s lost, but at least he won Brisbane and he went much deeper here this year than ever before.


Kimberly Says:

Nice way to send my bracket to last place. I have soda to the semis. Happy for dolgo, nice to see a new guy get some success. Unfortunately for him I think the dream ride will end next round with Margot’s boy Andy.


El Flaco Says:

Hasta la vista Robin! Now Tuna Melt beat Murray and Nadal make sail to easy final like US Open


contador Says:

ppl should take note of alexandr….he’s the real deal. 21 years old.

really believed he’d choke but he kept his nerve and kept soda rattled. dolgo has come a long way this year. i watched llodra make a dolgo look like he shouldn’t even be playing tennis last summer. i think it was on grass….have to look it up.

congratulations to dolgopolov getting to a GS semi-final!


stu Says:

yeah, tuna melt is not beating murray.

poor soda, i thought he’d be really hard to beat this tournament…


contador Says:

oops meant quarterfinal….he has to face murray or tuna melt


Tennis Vagabond Says:

That was outstanding. I don’t remember the last team I’ve seen so many jaw-dropping shots. I can’t think of anyone else on tour making so many exciting shots? Am I getting carried away here? That was spectacular stuff.


contador Says:

murray and dolgo might be a great match. would think murray in straights. murray will return that pogo serve and match dolgo speed….both have great running forehands.

have seen dolgo be a chess player on court tho….he’s got that natural read on the game. we just watched him read soda’s serve like nothing.

sorry soda, sorry thark.


dAri Says:

Oh so very *exciting* well done dolgo!
Outside of roger winning, I have quite a hankering for a newbie!


Kimberly Says:

Kaiser stayed up all last night watching schiavone and wawa roddick and is now sleeping. I thought of waking him up tp tell him about dolgo but then decided against it.

I have my kindergartners country report on England tomorrow so I am debating whether or not to set the alarm to watch rafa. After tomic sweat fast not sure I want to watch. I certainly hope he insists Nike let ohm wear another shirt or at least a size bigger.


Kimmi Says:

murray c;mon! here we go!


dAri Says:

I hardly EVER see Zvonareva not completely destroy a short ball. Of course those balls are supposed to be put away, but both some women and men hit those out or don’t get it far wnough out of reach. Vera does not let you get away with those.


contador Says:

no, no, i think it’s quite normal TennisVagabond….at least for me it is. i’ve been trying to watch as much dolgo tennis much as possible the past year. first heard his name in 2009, the fall indoor court season….moscow i think. but it’s been tough to get a stream on him let alone see him like i did today for the first time on a widescreen…. wow

yep, dari…”fancy” the newbie myself. he’s been a rollercoaster though kinda like EG as far as frustratingly able to botch a lead. but dolgo is taking his talent seriously….a one up on gulbis, sadly.


jane Says:

contador says ” murray will return that pogo serve and match dolgo speed” That’s true. Feel a little less concerned. But you’re right about Doglo’s “reading” and anticipating abilities too. He lost both first sets versus Tsonga and Soda, but then it was like he went to himself “okay, I know what I am dealing with here, no prob” and proceeded to win the following sets easily. Wild arrival on the big stage. Boing Boing Boing. Hooo hooo hoo hooo.


Kimberly Says:

Murray looks good.

Vera too. Thinking Na Li may have a serious chance to get to final. Am I crazy?


contador Says:

Kimberly, i stayed up all night too watching schiavone, petkovic and wawa. just woke up in time for soda – dolgo 2nd set.

have to get back to earth…the soda upset…i’m a bit rattled still.


Kimberly Says:

No good eye candy in this match. Obviously berdy verdasco was supposed to be the battle of the babes. The babes were there, just no battle.


contador Says:

LOL….. ” boing, boing, boing…..hoo – hoo” tigger tennis!


NELTA Says:

tuna melt or carrot cake?

Dolgopolov appears like Hewitt beat with ugly stik


Kimmi Says:

c`com muzza hold


Kimberly Says:

Contador, We sleep with espn on so he accidentally woke up during the third set of schiavone and got hooked, never went back to sleep. I on the other hand, got the very end of wawa, just in time to hear pac seriously blasting andys game.

Kind of agreed with pMac but also agreed with roddick in his interview. The guy has been American tennis for six years. He has been the model of consistency. He altered his game to become fit. But if he still wants it he’s got to abandon his knee jerk instinct to defensive play and hit throughnthe court.

Murrays already broken meltzer. Meltzer just missed a sitter to go up love forty in the next game.


Kimo Says:

WOW, Dolgo beat Tsonga and Soderling in a row?! And in five?!


Kimmi Says:

c`com..i think i need a sleep. should be c`mon.

melzer to break back


dAri Says:

Kimberly, you’re not crazy to think Li Na has good chances. She is doing everything well, and she really wants to take advantage of the fact the certain very good players are nkt in this tourney. She’s made no secret of that!
Not to mention she beat kimmie clijsters, the favorite , last week. would be very happy for her, love her groundies.
Murray is eye candy to me. The teeth are a liability, but the body…
That body just suffered a break back!


Kimmi Says:

hmm, melzer hitting the ball VERY hard. muzza needs to be aggressive. tough match this is..


Lulu Iberica Says:

Kimberly, no eye candy in Soda/Dolga match or this Murray match? I think Tuna Melt is kinda sexy. Andy has a nice build, and uh…. a great backhand.


Kimo Says:

Murray will win easy. This surface suits his game soooo well.


Kimmi Says:

murray breaks back..up a break again. now HOLD pls


Kimberly Says:

Soda match has only eye candy, soda.

No Murray and meltzer and dolgo don’t do it for me.


Lulu Iberica Says:

I don’t think Dolgo “does it” for anybody! Although, those amazing winners he hits could help one overlook his rather singular appearance.


dAri Says:

Lulu, everybody always talks about your #1 man’s bum, but Murray ain’t shabby himself.
Also, he is the top player I’ve seen most in person. I’ve never seen roger, but Murray’s been a pleasure to watch as far as movement, backhand, and coming to the net more than my experience with Rafa. Murray has a special place in my tennis heart is what I’m trying to say ;)


jane Says:

Think Murray win in a relatively straightforward manner. He likes hard hitters as he can frustrate them. Not sure about Doglo and Murray but i suspect it will either be really easy for Murray or it will be his first tough test? Not to say, Melzer isn’t good but i think he feeds into Murray’s strengths.


Kimo Says:

There’s a reason Dolgo doesn’t do it for anybody: He looks like a girl, and the pony-tail isn’t helping his cause.


Kimmi Says:

melzer going for broke. some go in, some dont at the mo. hmmm. muzza better serve well


contador Says:

lol…..NELTA! be nice. : )

the beauty is in the pogo serve….he’s fun to watch! play tennis.


Kimmi Says:

OMG, another big FH went in. break back point . muzza c`mon

Duece..muzza screem C`MON.


Kimo Says:

My rule of thumb when two talented players face off is that the one with more experieance always wins, except if the the once with less experiance is a lot more talented and has the willingness to go the distance.

Since Dolgo in no way wants to or even can play another five setter, Murray would win that one in straights.


Kimmi Says:

Muzza with the first set.

hope melzer tuna shots continues to miss..he is going for broke big time..hmmm

Muzza is pumped though. refusing to give in


dAri Says:

Way to go, Muzzzz! Hope he will step it up a bit in the next set.
As far as eye candy, just saw Vera’s coach after her match point


Eric Says:

Soderling’s loss is a shock result obviously, but we can’t read too much into it re: Dolgopolov. He’s clearly an excellent player, but Soderling gifted him that match thanks to some sort of physical issue. It’s clear he was moving horribly, not even going after plenty of very, very reachable balls. And his poor movement led to a huge UE count in the sets he lost. Something was wrong.

Murray will have no trouble with Dolgo.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Oh, of course! Dari, Murray is great to watch, and I was just thinking that he is really solid, really more “beast-y” looking ( in a good way) than Rafa. I was just teasing about his looks, but anyway, I think it’s more the expressions he makes than his features which make his looks unappealing to me. I want him to win a slam, but not this one! But, if Rafa isn’t gonna make it to the finals, I would prefer it to be Murray who stops him.


Kimmi Says:

Muzza in control now..needs to keep it up. melzer is rattled.

margot…hope muzz continue the assault of melzer. i am going to bed. good night everone

good luck muzza, milos and cilic


Kimmi Says:

hmm, maybe not in control..melzer about to break back. three break back points. aaaaagh!

muzza needs concentration


contador Says:

yes vera’s coach is eye candy. but he didn’t have a pogo serve, apparently.

yay vera! my wta picks continues to rock. in a relative way, compared to my atp bracket

bp’s to melzer….but ….the austrian isn’t going to convert. my prediction


jane Says:

Night Kimmi. Dari, re: Vera’s coach…yuuuuuummmmmm.


contador Says:

stong language jurgen… he should be cursing. awful play from tuna.


contador Says:

strong not stong


Farley Says:

I think there will be a new champion in the tour.


contador Says:

yes. good night kimmi. monday is coming too fast for me. my hours are completely on melbourne time now.


jane Says:

Murray having to fight to consolidate his break but woot! He does. :) Tuna Melzer has had so many chances but so many wild errors. He generally plays like that, he tries to make things happen but sometimes v.bad shot selections, and coming to net vs Murray? Not working a.t.m.


jane Says:

And now even luck is against Melzer as netcord gives Murray a sitter. But he may fend off a second break. Otherwise, look out as Murray willl be cruise control.


dAri Says:

Oh, Lulu I thought you were making some cheeky joke about Murray backhand as a euphemism for his backSIDE. Haha, no worries at all!
Murray is not an obvious looker, its his game that draws me ;)
Something lackluster in this match.


Kimo Says:

The plus side of Soda losing is that now Murray will probably be well rested before the Rafa match.

Last year in the US Open, Rafa’s opponents in the QF (Verdasco), Semi (Youzhny) and final (Djoko) had all played five setters the match before and it showed in their play.


jane Says:

Kimo have you seen Dolgo play? I am a little concered as he could be difficult for Andy. I know you say he doesn’t “want” another 5 setter but not sure how you know that. But yeah, i think Murray cruises today in straights. Have seen nothing from Melzer to trouble AM.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Well, dAri, that did occur to me after I typed it. Also, I did check out the backside after your comment, and you are right! Anyway, Muzza is rolling in this match. I hope ESPN shows some Raonic – Ferrer, should be interesting.


jane Says:

Yeah would like to see some Millossss. Although the last point from Murray was fab!


Kimo Says:

jane says:

“I know you say he doesn’t “want” another 5 setter but not sure how you know that.”

What player on Earth would want a third 5-setter in a row?!


Lulu Iberica Says:

I think Murray will be just fine against Dolgo. Murray moves so well, much better than Soda, and Murray is pretty smart, and will adjust if he needs to. I don’t think anyone except Rafa can keep Murray from the final.


dAri Says:

Murray improving! Love when his serve low off. Finish up and I will be excited to see meeeelosh.


jane Says:

margot, rest assured: Murray is looking utterly impervious!!! I do not think even tigger tennis can stop AM.


jane Says:

Kimo, my point is, if it means a spot in a GS semi, i suspect Dolgo would happily go 5 sets. But the way Murray is looking right now, he could win it all.


jane Says:

Omg Millllloosss is SO GOOD!


stu Says:

2 breadsticks for Melzer? this is looking easier for Muzza than nico for nole!


dAri Says:

he broke! Meeeelosh!


jane Says:

He is amazing at net too dari! :)


dAri Says:

I am seeing that now, jane! Love what this AO is doing for the future of tennis


contador Says:

i go away and what do i find? MILOOOOOOS!!

mandy still cruising as he should over tuna melt but miloooooos!

what a surprise! he’s taking the 1st set from ferrer…

woooohoooo!

alex in the sudio…


Andrea Says:

Jurgen…..oh my. Looking a bit embarrassing. That dogopolov guy was matching soderlings firepower. Awesome to watch. Let’s see if mills can do some damage!


Kimmi Says:

OMG, i woke up. Milos! fingers toes hair crossed milos. just for you.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Wow, the future is here! Milllooosss is cool as a cucumber!


Andrea Says:

I meant milos Darn iPad


jane Says:

Doglo getting interviewed ar the desk. He looks totally relaxed. Murray has him next! Murray totaling Tuna. Tuna is toast. Put some cheese on him. ;)


Kimmi Says:

muzz about to serve two bread sticks of tuna…with cheese jane :) LOL yay! go get rested muzza. 2 more points


grendel Says:

not sure when this last happened. Started backing Soderling since I rather like his power game, and then got totally caught up in Dolgopolov’s extraordinary tennis. Exhilerating and joyous. Like having a damascene conversion or something. All kinds of weird and wonderful whipped angled shots including a bh half volley like of which never seen before. This guy is an absolute original. He won’t get any further in this tourney, that doesn’t matter. He’s a breath of fresh air that the tour really needed. I’m sure he’ll be contending for the slams within a year or two. For such a flamboyantly exciting player, he looks to me to have a cool head – just a hunch, since I know nothing about him. Has a great serve, too, which is inconsistent at the moment – that will change presumably.

Murray looking VERY authoritative. Surely he must win something big soon. I don’t know about Nadal or Djokovic, but I’m certain he’d beat the Federer we’ve seen in this tournament.


jane Says:

Turn autocorrect off Andrea, works way better for me on ipad. Though still make touch-os / typos all the time. : /

Don’t think Dolgo can beat Murray. But he is a calm long hair type. Living in Jersey!


Kimmi Says:

GAME SET MATCH MUZZ.

congrats margot…easiest match so far for muzz, amazing!


thark Says:

amazing to see the winners/UE stats.

milos is playing a much higher risk game and it’s paying off.

really impressed with the way he’s mixing up the pace.


jane Says:

Murray was fantastic tonight. Fantastic!


Kimmi Says:

ah tennis is too good but not good for me. now i am gonna have to sleep..again. good luck milos.


thark Says:

attention mr. ferrer:

as it appears you were not watching earlier, i feel compelled to inform you that lemon yellow shirts are NOT currently providing good return on investment.


dari Says:

the breaks in the first set startled me a bit, but then murray shapes up to quite a performance. LOOKING GOOD MANDY!
but courrier crossed the awkward line this time, weirdo interview.
back to meeelosh.


grendel Says:

Murray /Dolgopolov should be a fun match – Murray will win, of course – but Dolgo will learn. Unlike some who are kind of maddened by Murray’s understated wizardry (and that’s been happening for a long time – Gonzalez at USO some years ago, eg), I suspect Dolgo will be attentive to it. He’ll be stung – and nourished! Got no evidence for this. Just sense he’s that kind of guy.


jane Says:

Milos may be tiring – had to come thru quallies to get here!


jane Says:

Thark, lol will forget your earlier addage. :) hope u arent too gutted over Soda’s loss.


thark Says:

thanks for your concern jane but i’ll make it ;)

the fizzy beverage movement is merely suffering a temporary and mild reduction in momentum.


stu Says:

has he hit a 100 aces yet in the tournament?


stu Says:

ferrer is wearing one of those distracting ball-colored tees. wasn’t there talk about that being against the rules?


contador Says:

great to read you are still in good humor, thark.

i’m loving these matches today…tonight…but have to work in the morning. and just when i was beginnig to sleep all day and be awake all night.

hang on milos! don’t think ferrer will go away easy.


stu Says:

dahveed may be too short and too skinny, but he’s definitely not too slow!


jane Says:

:( Milos broken. Fear ferrer will fatigue Milos, which he has to be feeling by now after all the matches. Bummer.


contador Says:

ferrer is so fast and tough ! he’s should be an inspiration for guys like berankis.


contador Says:

dahveed is super fit and he’s worked hard. he can run, run, run forever….marathon, no problem.


jane Says:

Ferrer is roadrunner mode now…


contador Says:

and milos wearing down….but what a great run through qualifiers to get here. great future.

go miloooos!


jane Says:

Ferrer plays winner of Rafa and Cilic. I think Milos is done, out of gas. Too bad he was not seeded or did not get a wild card as it would make a big difference. He would have more energy to keep up with daveeed.


Eric Says:

Hey, if the finalists can play a great match and have full tanks of gas after two weeks of slam play, why shouldn’t a qualifier be able to do the same? (Week of qual + first week of slam, surely not more demanding than 2 weeks of slam…)


contador Says:

ferrer looking like the winner but it will have to be in 4…

still time milos…c’mon. maybe he has something left in the tank.

we know ferrer can go on forever. so many spaniards can do that…all credit to their fitness that they can wear down an opponent by playing till the bitter end.


jane Says:

Eric, see your point, but he is new to all this. Lots of hype. Maybe mentally it could be tiring too?


margot Says:

Good early morning everyone. Just checking scores and comments. Thanx, kimmi jane et al :) :) :)
Will be able to see match repeat with no stress :)
So Andy v. alex hmmm. v. interesting…


contador Says:

ferrer has his teeth in this and wont let go. that’s daveed…


jane Says:

BG has reduced this match to “the little man” & “the big man” lol.

Morning margot. Murray masterful.

Milos may be done but what a run.


Eric Says:

jane, well definitely, but there’s also this — Ferrer is one of the best players, especially at returning serve, on tour. It’s not like his loss would be the natural state of affairs and his victory is the oddity we have to explain. Milos has been truly impressive and I think we can all expect great things from him soon in the future, but it’s time for him to go home. Ferrer is the better player, for now. It’s the same deal with Cilic’s games sometimes – if you can’t string together a couple sets of good tennis, it just doesn’t really matter how awesome you can be for one set (or even two, in slams).


Eric Says:

(Not that Milos isn’t still playing well – he has going toe-to-toe with David here in the third. He could still win this match. I just don’t see it happening. Of course I was just saying the same things about Soderling and Dogopolov, so…)


contador Says:

morning margot – you missed a good one: dolgo v soda

agree with kimo abt the 5 set thing. i mean dolgo is a road runner and looks fit enough but two 5 setters and playing in his first GS quarterfinal is a “big ask” as they say across the pond. especially against a muzz in top form.


jane Says:

Eric, I get the sense, course it is early times, that Milos might be calmer under pressure than Cilic, and he is generally extremely good at net. But yes, Ferrer’s returning is amazing and he is so fast! He would be the expected victor in this match for sure. He is playing great right now. I do feel like maybe if Milos wasnt as new at all this, maybe as tired (?), he might have a really good shot at quarter finals. His second serve is outrageous! He is such a clean hitter and rism taker. These two are well matched!


contador Says:

had to go look up the ages of dolgo and raonic. i thought alex was 21 but he just turned 22 in nov. and milos just turned 20 in december. both have time…very different players but great to have them at this level in a GS!


jane Says:

Milos just played a bad stretch, had love-30 then played 4 straight bad points, and now he is down 15-30, danger time for him.


Eric Says:

UEs so far: Ferrer – 6. Milos, 52.


jane Says:

It is over now, with two sets lead for daveeed.


margot Says:

Agree with that conty, it’s great to see some “new” players emerging on the tour at last! Verdasco, Roddick, Meltzer, Fed (;) all late twenties. It’s time!


contador Says:

2 bad misses in a row. ahhh milos. ferrer in control.


jane Says:

Get out Eric! That is crazy. Well Milos definitely going for it. But that is also waaaaaaay too many errors.


Eric Says:

Margot — actually, about the new players, isn’t it an interesting and unusual trend that basically all of the “new” players on tour for the past two years (until, really, this AO) have been OLD – Soderling, Schiavone, Ferrer and Youzhny’s return to being good… am I wrong? But I agree, it’s nice to actually see some real new brilliant young players emerging on tour.


jane Says:

Hey Eric I meant that “get out” in the Elaine from Seinfeld sense btw. ;)


Eric Says:

Haha I got it Jane, fear not. :)


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Seems that we could have another epic women match between Radwanska and Peng. It’s on the same court, same time!!!


contador Says:

grendel-

your observation abt losing to murray and speculation of response from dolgo i have reason to agree with you. i recall that beating from llodra last summer ( thinking it was on grass ) which made dolgo look very ordinary but i imagined losing like that made him more interested in figuring out the problem.


stu Says:

aaiight this is it. bye bye sweet milos, you have a great future ahead of you!

and ferrier, please put up a fight against your king…


Lulu Iberica Says:

Must sleep now. I’m slightly worried about Rafa’s match, but I cannot do 3:30 to 5 or 6 AM! Plan to watch replay tomorrow, but probably won’t be able to resist checking scores first thing in AM.


margot Says:

Eric: yes, I agree with you, I was teasing really. It’s gr8 that older players can have an “Indian Summer” but I have to feel, due to injury and the toll of the tour, it’s a brief, but joyful of course, flowering. You need to utilise your talents to the max., while you are young.


contador Says:

had been keeping an eye on that one Gregoire. i picked radwanska…not really knowing anything abt her really. also had and eye on vera’s match…i like her fire. looking forward to kim’s match….but i better be asleep soon….but i hate missing her match and rafa v cilic.

life interfering with tennis again.

raonic not going out without a fight!


stu Says:

milos still in it, wow!


jane Says:

Yes, respect that Raonic still fighting even against the dogged if somewhat disheveled looking Daveeed Ferrer!


margot Says:

I c bracket changing again. I had Sod going out to JW so lost all me points then but expect people who picked him to go further have now lost theirs ;)
Way out with Big Bird though, form prior to tournie not always a good indicator is it?


jane Says:

I have been avoiding even looking at that bracket, but you made me look, am down to 16 so still “middling” which is not so horrid. :) i see Eric is way up near the top, and margot you have a top 10 bracket. Totally should have made two!!


steve-o Says:

Raonic reminds me a bit of Tsonga. No fear and goes for his big shots, comes forward all the time. But a lot better from the baseline.


contador Says:

yes…dolgo beaten by llodra on grass in eastbourne. i remember it because i had a rare livestream for the match.

dolgo lost to rafa pretty badly too in madrid last year. no surprise.

and federer in basel…. remember dolgo hurt is ankle and federer was on the sidelines trying to help him…aw fed was so sweet : )


jane Says:

Congrats to Ferrer, he is one tough cookie! See you soon Milos, in the top 100.


stu Says:

the cheers went on forever; milos is popular!

ferrer’s celebration shows that he did feel threatened. the future awaits, milos! grab it!


jane Says:

Wish i could watch Rafa and Cilic but work tomorrow. Enjoy tennis junkies.


margot Says:

Well done Milos! You’ll be back stronger. kimberly is right, the more experienced player will usually win and Ferrer is a little terrier.
Did u guys not see Dlogo and Tsonga play at Wimbles last year? Tsonga found him difficult to handle then but edged it in 4 or 5.


contador Says:

yes…of to bed for me…back to work early…at least a half day.

great day for tennis today! have fun with the rest of the matches, junkies in better time zones…good nite.


M Says:

“and federer in basel…. remember dolgo hurt is ankle and federer was on the sidelines trying to help him…aw fed was so sweet : )”

I remember that, Contador.


Eric Says:

What a way to start serving against Nadal. 40-0, then fails to hold. Ouch.


Daniel Says:

Cilic was up 40-0 in the first serve game and made 5 unforced errors to be broken, plus Nadal but a lucky defensive lobby in the baseline line to set BP.


Daniel Says:

Cilic didn’t find his first serve and are making a few errors. He better get in this match fast.


van orten Says:

cilic cannot do something he did in the first game of the match..gifting the first set practically to rafa mentalwise..
by the way commentators in all different languages still talking about the fever he had 3 weeks ago!!!! so that if he wins the tournament he will be the hero as he is but what will be a shame is that whoeverelse wins it except for nadal they wont give any credit to him; it will be because nadal was sick…what already makes me sick!!!


Daniel Says:

Cilic is missing too much from someone who is trying to beat Nadal.


Daniel Says:

Awfull easy forehand volley to give another break back. Cilic can’t play 4 or 5 points in a row without a UE. Well this set is gone, he just need to hold serve once more to start serving the second.
Nadal is playing great, solid not going for the lines much.


van orten Says:

c mon cilic is completly out of the match..has so many chances to finish his service games and there is just a blockade in his head..i guess we will have to wait till murray comes along to see nadal sweat not only because of the fever!!!lol


Daniel Says:

All deuce games went to Nadal, Cilic could be a match if he stop missing so much easy balls.


van orten Says:

it is not that cilic doesnt stand a chance !! he has game points everytime he serves and digs in in rafas service games too…he just has to take his chances because after having 2 or 3 game points nadal comes up with the goods and just cracks him mentally!!! but its not that he loses his games by 0..the games are close… he has to believe he can do it thats all


Daniel Says:

They showed the stat: Cilic 17 unforced errors in 6 games, amost 4 per game.


Daniel Says:

Almost 3, sorry!


van orten Says:

yeah but nadal has the fever so he seems unbeatable to me ;-)
wilander says it makes him even stronger because he can focus better on shorten the points!!! it is becoming bizarre all the sick talking…


Nims Says:

It’s absolutely ridiculous talk about him being sickness. Looks like the match is in Cilic’s hand, but he just can’t take it. If only he could serve his first serve % at higher of 60′s, the match is for him to take it.


Daniel Says:

I think this is the longest 6-2 set, 56 min.


van orten Says:

at least they are saying that all the set was practically on cilic´s racquet…too many unforced errors!!!


van orten Says:

nadal is playing short all the time with his backhand..cilic has to risk something with his drive..i mean nadal is playing short!!!you can finish him off with power -tennis almost everytime if he plays short like that but cilic is not going for it


Nims Says:

The key for cilic is to hold his serve till the later stages of the set, atleast 4-4, and then take his chances. But right now looks like he can’t hold much.


van orten Says:

the good thing is that not everybody will gift nadal so many free points when he plays that short all the time…so we can actually have a match…


Nims Says:

Van, it’s not every time Nadal will play this short. It can happen only once or max twice in a GS. If they don’t take oppurtunity, then it’s gone.


van orten Says:

yeah i was thinking the same nims…but he already played short vs tomic so lets see what happens the next rounds


van orten Says:

game over !!!!


van orten Says:

someone noticed that cilic never brings first serve when having game point or deuce…


van orten Says:

i will turn off the tv…its sensless watching…another easy 3 setter for nadal mostly because this inconsistency..no but absolutly no first serve when he needs one !!!! cilic doesnt even tries that hard ..he just errors and that is whats shocking


fetarD Says:

on a silly siDe note is naDal`s shirt bigger?


Rick Says:

Sean! You’re a jinx as usual! I really wasn’t a suprise for me that Roddick get thumped by Warinka. Sorry to say that, Roddick’s days at the Grand Slam is over ages ago. And as for Soderling! Do I need to keep telling you that, he sucks! And he really is! He was beaten in the first round at the Aussie last year. And I also didn’t expect him to do well this year. He really doesn’t deserve the number 4 ranking. Murray is heaps better play than he is. Not a fluke like Soderling is. I am so glad that, Federer does not play him and Roddick nowadays. It would just be walk over for Fed Allstop. All these young lions are giving Federer serious threats at the grand slam. The winner of that Djokovic and Berdych match. Could take out Federer when they play. And not a suprise for me that, If Warinka gave Federina a really tough match. Players like Soderling, Roddick or Ferrer would get beaten by Federina. Because they have too much respect for Roger’s history. And with their poor mental games. But the young lions just don’t really care who they are playing against.


Rick Says:

Sean, whenever you made your perdictions on here. It shows people how much Ben and you know about tennie. You’re just a Federer fanboy!


Prashant Says:

can anyone provide live streming link for nadal”s match


Rick Says:

Soderling plays Murray, your arse! lol Soderling is the second overated player by the tennis critics. And Federer is number 1.


Prashant Says:

can anyone provide live streaming link for nadal”s match


Rick Says:

And I told you guys that, Cilic beating Nadal in 2009. It was simply because Nadal just came back from the injury. But he already could made it to the semi of a Grand Slam that year. Unlike all these players, ya know like Del Potro, Davydenko, Nalbandian, Tsonga, Simon Gillies. They’re all played bad, when they came back from injuries.


Rick Says:

I am so dissapointed that, Nadal didn’t get to play Del Potro at the Aussie Open. I want Nadal to dump him badly. So Del Potro would knows how difficult it is to comeback! Instead some fools were giving him alot of credits for beating Nadal at the 2009 US Open.


pigirl1 Says:

how can nadal challenge the second serve of Cilic when he already played the return? no wonder Cilic is angry lol


Rick Says:

Well, if you get angry easily on tennis courts! Then you should retire, great tennis players don’t get emotional on courts. You know like Wilander, Borg, Edberg and all that.


van orten Says:

yeah he is angry but doesnt do anything about it !!!
just too weak no fighting spirit no serve nothing at all…
i mean you saw in london how childish nadal can be when receiving a bad call: carloz me estaz diciendo una barbaridad lol


van orten Says:

i predict that if someone comes with attitude and consistency on a hard court there will always be a good chance to beat nadal..look where he stands !!!2meters behind the baseline !!!


van orten Says:

federer didnt get night session again by the way!!! he shouldnt care but i have the feeling that fed wawrinka will be more worth its money than the other one djoker vs annoying fist pumper


van orten Says:

they keeping the sickness talk and taking all the credit away for other players…bullshit talking like good to here he is feeling better ..if he had lost or played badly one can imagine what card they all would play!!! bizarre …..these commentators can be so annoying…you just want to see competitive tennis and not hearing all the time that someone is sick when he is still winning convincingly.-.i mean cilic played not really good tonight either!!!! give some credit to his low first serve percentage and incapacity to play 2 points without an UE!!!!


Kimberly Says:

I am so impressed with Rafa! He definitely went a size larger with the shirt.


Nims Says:

Rick Says:

Well, if you get angry easily on tennis courts! Then you should retire, great tennis players don’t get emotional on courts. You know like Wilander, Borg, Edberg and all that.

Are you a comedian? Did you see Nadal’s angry reaction in WTF match against Berdych? He was the guy who protested he is not going to compete in the match any more and started talking to the tournament official instead of umpire. He showed absolute disrespect to the game.

You think someone can piss in the tennis courts and still expect the opponent to be smiling? Nadal’s actions are as good as that. He takes frunstrating time to get into the next point, which breaks the rhythm of the opponent and also against the rules, though the umpires do not seem to have the guts to give time out.

Do not demean the opponent just because you are a Nadal fanatic. Fans like you are a disgrace to the great player like Nadal.


Swiss Maestro Says:

nims:

pRick is a troll. even rafa fans (the sensible ones) think he is a dumb@rse. donot waste any words on that excuse of a life.


Rick Says:

Swiss Masetro, you’re the undisputable troll yourself! You just made your comments in favourable of Federer!


Rick Says:

Federer had mono in 2008. So if Djokovic trashes him again this year. He might tells the press that he has mono again! lol


Rick Says:

People always claim to be Nadal’s fans. But they always talk in favourable of Federer. So should we really take the stuffs those fake Nadal fans said seriously(Federer fans).


dAri Says:

Living in two very different time zones finally caught up with me! I could not be woken up for nadal/marin march, bt obviously my bracket blockbuster marin did not come through!
Oh well, now to see where I stand…


grendel Says:

pigirl1 says:”how can nadal challenge the second serve of Cilic when he already played the return?”
Players are allowed a “reflex” shot, but how do you distinguish between a reflex shot and a deliberate one? Maybe sometimes it is clear, but my suspicion is that players generally abuse this grey area, and umpires generally let them get away with it. Anything for the quiet life.
That umpire, little chap forget his name, who umpired the Ferrer/Raonic maych – he’s good. Ferrer decided on a challengs, but the umpire ruled he took too long to make his decision and didn’t allow it. Unusual firmness from the umpire.


Polo Says:

Cilic is another guy who has plateaud. He joins my plateau list of players: Gasquet, Baghdatis and Gulbis.


dAri Says:

Grendel, did the little guy have a booming voice? If so then it was nouni. He was working one of the 4th round matches last night, can’t remember which…


grendel Says:

yes, dAri, that’s the one. Amazing voice to come out of such a little frame….


grendel Says:

Polo – looks like you’re right, but Cilic is still young-ish so I suppose we can’t altogether rule him out..


madmax Says:

Rick, go and get some sleep. you need it.

And rick. Fed hasnt mentioned mono this tournament or for quite a while. On the other hand perhaps you should have a word with rafa and tell him to stop discusing his “flu like symptoms” with all and sundry. It’s becoming boring. You seem to be aiming your tantrums at the wrong player.

I think I’m going to take everyone’s advice now and to just ignore you.


Eric Says:

Wow, this became troll land during the Nadal-Cilic match. I watched the first two sets. If you know anything about tennis, you would have seen the same thing as me: Cilic was playing at 95% of Nadal’s level. 99% in the first set, really – Nadal needed quite a bundle of luck to win a few of those games (shitty line call cost Cilic a break point chance: Nadal’s ball was wrongly called out; Cilic had already returned it, and even Nadal would have had trouble credibly returning it. Instead, he got to replay the point because of the wrong call — a ludicrously lucky defensive lob just caught a tiny bit of the line, both players knew it had no business being in. — a few others, I don’t really remember now…)

Anyway, Nadal was always going to win, but you can look at the length of the sets to get a real indication of how competitive the match was – the first set was an hour long. For a 6-2 set! That’s seven minute games, my friends. Nadal only won by a few percent here and there.


Eric Says:

It’s really disappointing that Cilic lost in 3. He never seemed like be believed in his chances so on big points (he had deuce or a BP in basically every Nadal service game in the first 2 sets) he always just flubbed it away. Nadal honestly wasn’t playing that great in the first set and a half – both players were racking up UEs. So there were a few service games that just bounced around 4 or 5 deuces…


grendel Says:

Eric, I only glanced in on the match. But don’t you think that Nadal sometimes plays only as well as he needs to? Not in finals, obviously he’ll go all out then, but in earlier rounds he’ll tend to do what’s required and not necessarily more? Other great players do that, as well, notably Sampras.


Eric Says:

I guess I should have clarified. In the first set, Nadal was making a lot of UEs – granted, Cilic had 80% more (as vs. 50% more winners) – and his shots lacked overall vigor. I think he was afraid to go for too much because he was making errors, but he knew that he needed to win the first set to keep Cilic out of the match mentally. Both players cooled down in the second set, but Nadal also started looking more and more dangerous, as he hit his way into 100% form.


scineram Says:

“Well, if you get angry easily on tennis courts! Then you should retire, great tennis players don’t get emotional on courts. You know like Wilander, Borg, Edberg and all that.”

Like Connors, McEnroe, Serena.

Classic Rick line.

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