Healthy Nadal, Murray into Australian Open Quarters; Dolgopolov Stuns Soderling
by Sean Randall | January 24th, 2011, 8:26 am
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Rafael Nadal has declared his illness dead and gone. For now. The Spaniard made the revelation after whipping Marin Cilic to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open Monday night in Melbourne.

“Today I felt very good,” Nadal said. “I didn’t sweat like the other days. So that’s fantastic news for me. The better news is I played much better than the rest of the days.”

Nadal, who admitted to have been battling flu-like symptoms, should no signs of any ailment during a 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 dismantling of Cilic who had beaten the Spaniard in their only prior meeting 16 months ago in Beijing.

“I was able to play with high intensity, very good rhythm, playing more inside the court,” Nadal added. “So play more aggressive, changing rhythms with the slice and with the topspin, backhand. The serve worked better today. So, in general, I think it was a very good match for me and very important victory. So very happy for everything.”

Not everyone at the top was happy at the “Happy Slam”. The upset of the day came thanks to Alexandr Dolgopolov who, for the second straight match, stunned a top seeded player in five sets. On Saturday, Dolgo eliminated JW Tsonga in five, today he shocked Robin Soderling 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to reach his first career Grand Slam final eight.

Soderling was sharp early and it looked like the Swede would sail away with the match. But the 22-year-old from the Ukraine wasn’t intimated in the least by the moment and matched power with power and much more to turn back Robin.

“Well, I started not really well,” said Dolgopolov. “I was serving really bad. I mean, with a player like that on the baseline, he’s really good. So, I mean, the first set I was struggling, and a break down in the second. I came back somehow and started to play better and better with every set. I’m really happy I’m through to the quarterfinal.”

Frankly, the way Soderling had been playing – serving especially – I did not see that upset coming, and neither did Robin.

“I think I struggled throughout the whole match,” Soderling said. “I won the first set, yeah, but I didn’t win it because I played well. You know, he wasn’t on it at the start. Then he started to play much better, which I didn’t. Then, you know, he played much better.

“He’s a good player,” he said of Dolgopolov. “You know, he has a great backhand and he’s moving very well. He’s a great counter puncher. He has a good chance to do really well.”

While Dolgo got through, his future running mate Milos Raonic was cut down. The imposing 6-foot-5 Canadian stole the first set before David Ferrer settled in and got a read on his serve. In the end it was Ferrer 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 advancing to meet Nadal in the quarterfinals Wednesday night.

I have a hunch this could be the last time Raonic will be unseeded at the Australian Open. The kid is that good.

Andy Murray continues his quiet yet effective progress at the Australian Open. The Scot destroyed his fourth straight opponent today virtually humiliating the No. 11 player in the world Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-1, 6-1.

“I feel good,” Murray said. “The matches are definitely going to get tougher. I’m not expecting to go through, you know, the tournament winning matches like that, with that score line. So, you know, I’m ready for that mentally when it does get tough.”

In four matches Murray has surrendered just 22 games and with Soderling now out of the tournament, could we see a Murray-Nadal rematch in the semifinals? I think so.

As for tomorrow, Roger Federer hooks up with his buddy Stan Wawrinka and then in the evening it’s Tomas Berdych vs. Novak Djokovic.

First to the night match which I think Djokovic will win. Berdych has been playing great tennis and he crushed Fernando Verdasco in the last round. Whatever issue he had during the last half of 2010 he seems to be over. The Czech has somehow instantly returned back to that French-Wimbledon form.

And remember at Wimbledon it was Berdych who beat Djokovic in the semifinals. So that’s why I like Novak here. I think he’ll have revenge on his mind and I just think he’s playing better and with more focus than Berdych. Novak won the Australian Open a few years ago so he also has that in his memory bank whereas I recall Berdych chocking a two-set lead to Federer in what may have been his last match on Rod Laver before tomorrow.

In the earlier quarterfinal, I still favor Federer, though Wawrinka is going to be a very tough out. I know it’s easy to say that “Stan will rollover for Roger” but this time Stan is playing about as well as anyone right now, Federer included!

But again, beating Roger in Monte Carlo, which Stan did, is much different than taking him down in a best-of-five stage with the world watching. And tactically, Roger will work Stan’s forehand and take advantage of that weaker side. That said, if Fed’s off and Stan’s on, it could spell a very long afternoon for Roger.

My picks for the women tomorrow are Wozniacki to beat a tired Schiavone and Li Na over Andrea Petokovic.

Matches will on TV at 7pm on the Tennis Channel then at 9pm on ESPN2.

TUESDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE

Rod Laver Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Andrea Petkovic (GER)[30] v. Na Li (CHN)[9]
Not Before:12:30 PM
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)[19] v. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[1] v. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[6]

Rod Laver Arena 7:30 PM Start Time
Tomas Berdych (CZE)[6] v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[3]


Also Check Out:
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Alexandr Dolgopolov Eats a Hot Dog [Video]
Andy Murray On Bernard Tomic: “He’s Already An Excellent Player” [Video Highlights]
US Open: Djokovic Draws Federer Again, Nadal Gets Murray
Nadal, Federer Face Tough Draws at French Open

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392 Comments for Healthy Nadal, Murray into Australian Open Quarters; Dolgopolov Stuns Soderling

Kimo Says:

Djoko in straights, Federer in 4.


ged Says:

i’m a huge fed fovourer, but i think wawrinka has been playing with more focus and intensity so far. but damned, what a tough quarter and a tough half for federer. but perhaps he’ll ramp up his play now. one just never knows anymore.

rafa has impressed me a lot with his absolute focus. when fed was dominating, you knew he was going to win because he was just so good. with rafa, you know he’s going to win because he’s just so amazingly tenacious (on top of being amazingly good, of course).

didn’t see the three youngsters everyone’s talking about (tomic, raonic and dolgopolov), but if they’re all that, could be good for tennis.


Farley Says:

Federer in three, never doubt.


ged Says:

it’s impressive that fed not withdrawn from even one single match his entire pro career (922 matches). nadal has done it 7 times (out of 577), djokovic 9 (in 429) and murray 3 (in 361). my count may be off a bit, as it was a quick scan of the atp results, but the trend is probably right.

not sure exactly why i wasted my time looking this up (or posting it), but what the heck, eh?


Lulu Iberica Says:

Seems I needn’t have worried about Rafa! When will I ever learn? Congrats to Ferrer for a hard fought battle fending off 130-something mph serves, and to Milos for getting so far. Looking forward to seeing more of Milos and Dolgo! I was impressed with Soda’s press conference — he really gave Dolgo all the credit tor that win and didn’t act defensive at all, after what must have been a crushing upset.


van orten Says:

what worries me the most and what roddick pointed out is that the court is very slow…you cannot almost hit through the ball..cilic said something similar …look where rafa was standing in 80% of the rallies and still he says he played aggressive!!! the court does favour him a lot but also murray…about rafas state of health : we all know that if he keeps winning it will be wow he is winning even though he is sick; and the moment he loses it will be because he cought the flu 3 weeks ago..but they all still coming back on that…wilander even said today that it was actually good for him so he could shorten the points which was done by the UE´s produced by cilic..so rafa can be happy he didnt sweat he won he is fine at least till he gets in trouble!!!
ah by the way anyone still thinks federer is the huge favourite or the one that holds the last 3 GS titles


Huh Says:

Nadal looks ominously dangerous.


Huh Says:

After this kind of dismantling of Cilic, I dare say Nadal is winning this, even Fed mayn’t be able to stop him, let alone others.


van orten Says:

its also interesting what cilic said…he said i dont know whats left in the tank for him cause i didnt push him..he admitted that he had not his best day ..nadal did not play that good as he tries to make everybody understand by his statements…he clearly knows that cilic didnt play his best ergo nadal did not need to play his best either and won pretty easily although lots of games were played over deuce !!!dont get me wrong it is super ok that he played well and that he is through ..in the end its nadal we are talking about..but it seems really double standard all the time with him…what in imo is totally unfair to other top players on tour


MalaMo Says:

I’m a huge Fed fan but, after what I’ve seen, I think that Rafa is taking this one….also, if anyone can take him down it would be Novak rather than Roger.


Kimo Says:

I seriously doubt Rafa would be able to get past Murray, even if he is indeed playing his best tennis.


Catherine Says:

@ Kimo: yep, if Muzza manages to keep his head screwed on, he should definitely win against Nadal, who – sorry to say so – hasn’t at all been that much impressive as the media say.
However I get the feeling that whatever happens, the winner of the tournament comes from Rafa’s side of the draw.


van orten Says:

not if he stands 2 meters behind the baseline…murray will get it to him…


queen Says:

blah blah blah bunch of fools. Cannot read this s..t any more.


Nims Says:

Today match showed that Nadal is a defensive player and all the claims of him being aggressive player is nonsense. He played a clay court game with condition helping his cause, with cilic not able to hit winners, along with very poor match he played. I don’t now if this match gave a clear indication of Nadal’s game.


MalaMo Says:

I’m not sure that Murray’s ready to take down Federer in a GS final yet…


van orten Says:

well sure he ready is to take down nadal…that is what counts first. mission acomplished he can think of his rival in the final


Catherine Says:

@ Nims: fully agree. Just look were Nadal was standing when recieving serve… some two meters behind the baseline. Of course, it was a night match so the conditions were slower, but just wait what will happen if he plays a Muzza-out-for-blood in the heat of day.

@ MalaMo: I have yet to see Federer get to that final to be honest…


MalaMo Says:

@Catherine That’s unfortunately very true, but those are my hopes


Kimberly Says:

I missed the match so I can’t comment on Nadal’s play. I got to see exactly one point of Marin Cilic double faulting. I suspected Cilic would spray the unforced errrors.

Ferrer should be an interesting match for Nadal to at least get into a rythim with some of his shots.

Will be interested to watch the mens two quarters tonight. I am losing interest almost completely in the WTA at this point. I think Venus and Sharapova were the only things keeping me glued.

Robin deep sixed my bracket. I have never liked him because of the RG09 upset but after winning the last tourney I figured why not. So I picked to the semis. Silly me.


van orten Says:

i guess the fed fans are taking over lol


farley Says:

sure not murray but ferrer’s going to beat nadal


Cindy_Brady Says:

Roger Federer will be lucky to get by Wawrinka. Just because he has a 6-1 lifetime edge doesn’t mean anything. Wawrinka is playing awesome.

If Roger does escape then he will have the Joker waiting for him to do the same to him as he did at the U.S Open.

I predict a rematch of the U.S Open happening with Nadal beating Djokovic in the end.

Even Patrick McEnroe picks Nadal.

Yes the ugly Fed and Murray fans are going to be disappointed.


grendel Says:

Soderling says re Dolgopolov:”“You know, he has a great backhand and he’s moving very well. He’s a great counter puncher.” Sounds pretty good considering: he has a great forehand, potentially a great serve (lacks consistency) and can be extremely aggressive, taking the iniative that is, not just in reaction. In short, he’s a bit of a wonder boy – or at least he will be if he gets it altogether.
caught my first sight of Raonic – is he another power boy, or does he have something else, will reserve judgement for time being.
Finally we’ll see Nadal playing at his best – Ferrer will force the issue, he won’t win, but he’ll drag the best out of Nadal, so that will be informative.
Wawa definitely a potential danger for Fed. Fed’s been rather looking his age in this slam. Too many young, and not quite so young, Turks snapping at his heels, I fear, and I can’t quite see him pulling clear this time.
Funny moment in Clijsters interview. She was talking of her progress, and started with her first match (Safina) which she had expected to be hard but which turned out to be – pause, as Kim searches for for a gentle, non-wounding way to describe the experience, – can’t find one and ends “well, easy” with an apologetic shrug of the shoulders….
Na Li should certainly take Petkovic if she doesn’t beat herself. It is important that she gets through and faces Woz, who should not be contesting a final imo. Mind you, if Woz can beat Na Li, fair enough I suppose. But let her at least face a forceful player before tilting for the crown.


jane Says:

Congrats to Nadal for the win, didn’t see it but thought Cilic had stretches of great play vs Isner but was also inconsistent in that match. I do think Murray has an excellent shot versus Nadal. Interestingly, all this talk of Nadal standing way back… So was Murray a lot of the time versus Melzer, so was Robredo vs. Fed and so was Ferrer vs Raonic. I think that is a fairly common strategy against big servers and hitters, esp. If the player favours a counter punching style. Nadal has to get past Ferrer though, who played VERY solid tennis to eliminate Milos. And Fed too has to get past an in-form countryman and friend: interesting that they have both ended up playing compats in the draw. Worried re: Nole and Berdy, but fingers crossed. Think Murray will be Dolgo, though. That might be a bit of a break for him, but it is hard to say as Dolgo is definitely good!


stu Says:

Kimo, Djoko in STRAIGHTS?!


jane Says:

Murray won’t Doglo, lol but he will beat him!

van orten, most definitely. Not sure how many Nadal fans are here anymore. There is Kimberly and Lulu. Who else? I guess Rick. ;) There used to be a lot more, and it is kind of ironic since he is now number 1, owns 3 straight slams, etc.


van orten Says:

normally you can maybe guess where a player in going to hit a ball…but with dolgo it is really difficult hence he jumps into the ball ..rare tecnique but so interesting . he used same tactics federer uses normally against big hitters …change of rhythm and low slice ..does he stand a chance vs murray…??? i think all quarterfinals are good for a big upset


grendel Says:

people come and go. And there’s plenty of people – like you, jane – who, without being explicit Nadal fansenormously prefer Nadal to Federer. And then there is that very rare animal – like M – who genuinely like Federer and Nadal equally. There are those who have Fed as #1 and Nadal as second fav, and vica versa, not many who like them equally (I daresay there are those who detest them equally or are indifferent to them equally).


Lulu Iberica Says:

I didn’t get to watch Rafa’s match, but from what you all are saying, it sounds like Cilic, rather expectedly, beat himself. I really have no sense of Rafa’s form at the moment. Saw some of the Tomic match, and in it Rafa was playing very defensive, clay court style, not like USO, but maybe that was because that’s all he needed to do. I don’t think Raf likes to play aggressively, and will avoid doing so when he can. I even thought at USO he seemed more relieved to have won, gotten it over with, than pure joy at winning. It was not like when he’s won FO and Wimby. I want him to get this title, but then hope he concentrates on clay and grass.

As for injuries/illness, I am not one who says, “oh, so amazing that he won when he was sick.” I just worry about him losing. Even I am a little tired of the constant talk about health issues, but I’m sure he didn’t fake sweating buckets the other night, and the press always asks about these things. I guess Rafa could kind of casually brush off these questions. Anyway, mostly I am proud of Rafa for improving his game, and winning on hard courts when so many claimed he was “just a dirtballer,” etc.

As for injuries, I read on talk tennis that Verdasco has an ankle fracture, detected after Kooyong. Now playing Berdy through that is impressive (foolish?), so posters here were right about something being wrong w/him in that match.


grendel Says:

absolutely Van Orten. Also, he’s so fast you can’t always see – well, this couchpotatoe can’t, dunno about the professionals.
can’t see Dogolopov upsetting Murray yet. In a year or so, definitely. At the moment, he’s still learning – his slice was sometimes extraordinarily vicious, for instance, but he badly misjudged it too to give Sod easy pickings – and Murray is looking serene – i.e.he won’t defeat himself, which he sometimes does.


jane Says:

grendel, but there are very few fans here who have Rafa as their number 1 guy, which is strange given that he is #1. I was just responding to what van orten said. And no longer “enormously” b.t.w. I have watched one Rafa match this event and at least parts of all of Fed’s.


jane Says:

Catherine, thanks for the update re: Hotsauce, i read the presser with Berdych and googled Verdasco but i could not find anything about an injury anywhere so was beginning to think i imagined it. If his ankle was fractured, why would he play? Wow. Brave but silly? Some doctor or trainer must have said it is okay!


jane Says:

^ sorry that should be to Lulu re Nando…


Polo Says:

Any of the remaining players can win this Australian. But most of them have to fulfill a lot of “ifs” to win. Nadal to me, has the least amounts of “ifs”.


Kimberly Says:

I think obviously the winner can be broken into categories

Most Likely
Fed and Rafa

Good Chance
Murray and Nole

Long Shot
Berdych Wawrinka Ferrer

WOuld be the story of the year
Dolgopolov

However, of all the players play I would say Murray looks the toughest right now.


Catherine Says:

@ Lulu Iberica: yeah that’s a fair assessment about Rafa’s form and style I think. Fully agree with you!

@ grendel: well I like to think of myself as a Fedal-fan first and foremost, but of course, my 1st allegiance varies at times… with all the talk about Fed being ‘done-and-dusted’ since 2008 or so, it’s fair to say that my premier allegiance indeed shifted towards Fed for a bit, if only because I want to see the ‘Friendly Rivalry’ continue as long as possible!

I think one of the reasons why there are so little Nadal-fans over here is mainly due to a lot of them being rather over-sensitive. As an example: I have never understood what’s so ‘wrong’ about calling Rafa a defensive-style player first and foremost (i.e., the defense has always been, and still is, his ‘comfort zone’), but merely pointing that out seems to get a lot of his fans’ knickers in a twist. While it isn’t a derogatory statement at all – in fact, Rafa might well be the BEST defender ever to play the game, and just look what it’s brought him! – it is apparently being picked up as it being derogatory.

I think being a ‘fan’ of someone does not mean you should ‘worship’ the guy or being blind to the guy’s faults. Heck, there is something in every player’s behaviour that I don’t appreciate all too much at times – but all of them are human, and no human is without mistakes.

I’m not too fond of Rafa’s time-wasting and bending the rules, but neither do I appreciate Roger’s at-times rather sore comments after a loss (Wimbledon 2010 comes to mind), and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with calling them out for those ‘incidents’.

Being a fan is perfectly okay, as long as it doesn’t go to a point where one has to be a ‘blind worshipper’ in order to be regarded as ‘true fan’ – at least imho.

Ah, sorry for the long post… :-)


Kimberly Says:

i read on another site that Rafa did in fact where the size XL instead of size L on his shirt. Could it be that simple?


madmax Says:

Well, great for dolgo, been watching him closely for the last year or so, he played fed recently but had to retire with an injury – I think it was an ankle injury – fed said in his interview, he was one to watch for in the future and recognised his talent. He is certainly making a name for himself. Soderling though is the sort of player to go and regroup.

Federer yes, has his work cut out – but then, he always has his work cut out for those people who dont fully believe in him – Federer is doing everything he can to stay at the top of the game, and if he has a few wobbles along the way, then frankly, thank goodness, because if there is one thing I have more of a problem with and that’s a complacent federer – nothing worse.

He was pushed by Simon. I think that Federer’s level in that game was great actually. I just think that simon cranked it up – remember he was a world no. 6, 18 months ago – why should that change all of a sudden in terms of what he could do?

As for Robredo, a gust of energy took him over – and then he was spent –

Some of you discussed Federer being on the court and being stretched to a 5 setter or a 4 setter. For example, the 4 setter yesterday against Robredo, Fed was on court for 2 hours and 22 minutes. Stan was on the court for a little more than that and yet had a straight sets win against roddick.

So what’s it to be?

grendel, I dont think that Federer is showing his age at all – sour grapes I think – unless of course you think he is 22? We’re talking about mental age? physical age? I think your comments about him are more than disparaging (and you dont have to reply to this). As a federer fan, I am just happy to see him play well and still want to see him continue to win tournaments.

What really annoys me is when one day rafa says he is sick, then another he is fine. Why bother? If he was that sick he wouldn’t be able to play, let alone win. And before the rafa fans say anything, I admire the man, I love the rivalry, I just dont enjoy his brand of tennis. Just my opinion.

Federer has got as much chance as rafa to win the slam, but it is always focusing on the next match – as federer has said – You honestly dont think he knows what is on the line? and if roger doesn’t win the match tomorrow – then he will learn from it, like he always does.

As it stands, roger should come through in straights but this new stan is great to see, i just dont want him to beat roge tomorrow.

Federer will have prepared his game plan and I expect him to go on and pull through tomorrow using his tactical game – there is no one better.


madmax Says:

problem is grendel, this is what it gets like.
The next time federer loses a tennis match, he is done, over, in decline and as a die hard fan, I have had a belly full of all this nonsense which all supporters go through on a regular basis with federer and have done since 2008.

3 years on he is still doing it with the best of them, so that’s fine by me.

I dont care whether certain people here dont like him, to not like federer is not understanding the sport of tennis.

He isn’t perfect, he makes more mistakes. So what? He is still winning, may be ugly sometimes, but who cares?


Huh Says:

I like Kimberly’s 11.58 am post. :D


Polo Says:

I felt sorry for Roddick when he lost to Wawrinka. The I saw the latest issue of Esquire magazine. It has Brooklyn Decker on the cover with more pictures and a story inside. I can’t ever feel bad for Andy from now on.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Jane, there was an article in the Spanish press. I looked at it, but I barely know any Spanish. The few words I could decipher seemed to confirm the poster’s comments.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Lulu.,

Nice take on Rafa

Kimberly,

Nice call on Rafa’s shirt! I saw your earlier post suggesting Rafa should go 1 size bigger. Did you call and tell him? U are closer to him that I thought :-)


jane Says:

Catherine: totally agree with your perspective at 11:58 that one need not be blind to faults to be a fan of a player.

Polo: felt sad for Roddick too, but he will bounce back I suspect.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Attempting to post link to Spanish language article on Verdasco injury:
http://www.marca.com/2011/01/23/tenis/open_australia/1295774165.html

anyone fluent in Spanish?


jane Says:

Lulu, thanks: Google translate is fluent in Spanish :) The first paragraph translates thusly:

“Fernando Verdasco could undergo surgery to remedy a broken bone in his left ankle, which detected three weeks ago in a meeting with Frenchman Gael Monfils in the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne.”


Skeezerweezer Says:

Wow


Lulu Iberica Says:

Kimberly, did Nike think they were designing a shirt for Roddick? If Rafa has to wear that thing a size larger than usual to avoid total dehydration, it is a very crappy shirt! They better go back to the drawing board.


dAri Says:

Yeah, I know some spanish, but I didn’t really believe my skills because the article says he had an mri that showed the break after kooyong.
The MRI shows it and he still played?
Whoa!


Catherine Says:

Wow, so Verdasco has been playing with a broken bone in his ankle, while it showed on NMR??? That sounds very weird to me indeed. What was his team thinking???


margot Says:

Gr8 interview with Andy post match when that twerp Courier asked him why Judy hadn’t been in his box for the previous. Andy replied she’d been watching Jamie’s match and he obviously wasn’t “the favourite son.” Shot then of Judy and rest of box, laughing. Then Courier tries to get Billy Connelly to speak and Connelly growls into the mike “just leave me alone.” Thus Connelly shoots up in my estimation…
Kimmi: hooray, curse of Corretja is not upon us ;)
grendel: Andy played Dolgopolov in 2006 at Davis Cup on clay and beat him. Yes, Dol. has come a long way since then but so has Andy. You’re talking as if Dol is some tennis ingenue who is going to make enormous strides in the next year. Well, so he might, but so too might Andy.
I’ve gotta say I’ve never seen Andy looking so calm, relaxed and happy on court with himself and off court with the media. I tend to think Dani has played no small part in this. Also, Andy’s first serve is suddenly more reliable possibly owing to more ball bounces?
jane and all Nole fans: everything crossed for him
Wonder where on earth “i am it” is? Seems really strange to have a slam and not to have him around.


grendel Says:

jane – your comments about Nadal tend to be a good deal warmer than your comments re Federer (and why not?), that’s what I notice.
Kimberley: like Huh, like your 11.58 post. I feel we’re a bit in the dark. If you just went on the play so far, I’d make Murray and Djokovic and perhaps Nadal joint favourites. With Federer, we are a)going on history and b)thinking of his Doha form – not sure how relevant b) is. With a), it seems to be a matter of faith. Personally, I am a geezer devoid of faith in any shape or form – but I do recognize Federer has the capacity to spring surprises, and that’s what I pin my hopes on.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Dolgopolov did look amazing against Soderling, and I think he’s a threat to anyone if he can repeat that performance, but Murray’s still a big favourite. He has been destroying people. A Nadal-Murray battle could be great.
Nadal has looked fantastic, but I don’t think he’s faced anyone with a realistic shot. And Ferrer doesn’t either. Melzer was a tough player who took it to Nadal in the fall.
Federer Wawrinka should be fantastic tonight. I hope the preceding match goes fast.


grendel Says:

margot – no, not ingenue, Dolgolopov is clearly coming of age – but he hasn’t done so yet, Murray has. That’s all I meant. I like Murray’s style up to a point – I much prefer Dolgolopov, but that doesn’t mean I think he is potentially better. We will see.


margot Says:

grendel: actually Dolgopolov reminds me a bit of Tsonga, massive forehand, massive serve, gr8 movement but like Tsonga prone to inconsistency. Am surprised that Soderling said that about his back-hand, have read comments that its by far his weakest wing, Soderling should’ve attacked it more and when he did, he got loads of points ?
Did you hear Billy “growling”?


margot Says:

kimberly: I c your husband’s friend is at last dislodged from top of bracket. Phew, that’s a relief, us “experts” on tennisx were getting very red faces ;)


van orten Says:

well, nadal obviously is a defensive player, i would say he is the best defensive player out there…still he can switch over pretty impressivly to offense…
fed is better in that category though,..he is def. better offensive ballstriker you only have to see how many winners he hits per match / season ! wilander was asked about whose forehand would he choose and he couldnt really answer it…in the end he said federers one is def. more hurting when its on..
given the fact that federer hits so much more winners than nadal with the forehand imo doesn´t really decide whose is better…their ideal for each others play i´d say


Kimberly Says:

lulu—both my husband and I play a lot and we have most of the pros outfits and I am in charge of wardrobe. Suffice it to say Rafa’s Fuego shirt will not be purchased.

Margot–I am quite relieved as this was getting seriously embarassing. Now I think his bracket will further nosedive as he has Big Bird going to the finals. Thank god! While my bracket is in the toilet at least I was ahead of my husband last time I checked.


jane Says:

Re: Bracket – who is in number 1? I.E., who is Arn N.

grendel, whatever. I was just making the observation that there are not a lot of Rafa fans here (who cheer on Rafa during matches, have him as their number 1 guy, etc); if there are indeed here at TX, they are not very vocal imo. That is all. I didn’t raise, nor do I really wish to debate how warm or not warm my own comments are toward which players, who I like more, and so forth. It really wasn’t about me so maybe I should have said nothing.

Frankly, if there is another Fedal final, I may go shopping, lol. Or else margot and I can find a dead thread and talk films. ;)

margot, good that AndyM handles those weirdo interviews so well, savvy guy. And yes, he is looking very content, and playing exceptional. I saw him get a little riled over misses and such but he puts it right behind him and carries on brilliantly thereafter. My husband said last night Murray should try swearing in German or something. Both Murray and Nole have been caught on camera cursing at this slam.


Kimberly Says:

The nickname for Arn N is Rafaluv. That’s all I know. I went on and wrote her a note. (I’m assuming its a her from luv spelling). Any one here using the name Rafaluv on bracket challenge? You are in first place!


Kimmi Says:

I am surprised they have federer/wawa on the day session, I thought it would be djoko/berdy. federer is the big name obviously, a monday day session starting at 12:30 pm will not give him a large audience obviously? I know federer has talked about night sessions being slow..especially during that simon match, could it be the organizers are doing him a favour? just asking.

I think it was cahill who said if djoko/berdy plays during the day then he would give berdy a great chance but if the match is at night novak will have a chance coz he has more time to counter those big shots.


jane Says:

Kimmi, not sure how/why they made that decision but I do know that Nole’s last two matches were day matches, so maybe switching it up???


madmax Says:

kimmi, roger made it quite clear that he doesn’t make requests. I wish the conspiracy theories would stop. Roger will draw audiences any time of day.

I must admit that he seems to be playing more day sessions this year than night sessions, (during first week) but they all even themselves up over the fortnight, don’t they?

He is scheduled to play second on Rod Laver tomorrow.


dAri Says:

Kimmi- surprised at order, too! Rogers been on all day since Simon, has berdy had a night match at all? Nole has mixed it up? Roger has talked about hot feet during the day, stan hasn’t had a day match in a minute… its all push and pull, but I think whoever said night does favor nole is right. As far as day match, roger will be able to hit thru better, but so will Stan. its the same for both players so, meh.
Maybe roger a bit better with the heat if that’s a factor?
Time for fed to play like the #1 swiss. Kill it, Rog.


stu Says:

glad novak/berdy is at night but it means i have to wake up at 3 am! sigh, maybe i should arrange to take time off from work this time of year from now on…


madmax Says:

come on Roge! Go for it man!

grendel,

listen to this interview with fed and matts wilander – fed is good right now. It’s all clicking.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/23012011/58/exclusive-federer-reveals-new-tactics.html


Polo Says:

margot Says: “Kimmi: hooray, curse of Corretja is not upon us…”

Are you sure Corretja is not going to be in Andy Murray’s box during the entire tournament? I sure hope you are correct. This should bode well for Andy.


jane Says:

Polo, lol, you were the identifier of said curse.

Nole had one night match, then late afternoon (day), then first thing(day), then 1:00 pm (day), so more day than night. Though now he has night.


contador Says:

some highlights for me from yesterday:

1) jane writing “boing, boing, boing, hoo, hoo, hoo” about alexandr pogo dolgo tennis. in my mind watching him that’s what i been saying to myself, “boing, boing…” and when he serves ” pogo serve! ”

2) huge show of emotions from soda. never heard a primal scream in swedish before. thark dryly commenting ” not the recommended approach”

3) the murray- courier interview. loved it. but who is “billy?” and yeah that was funny how billy just “growled” a response and everybody quickly backed off…scared me a little.


grendel Says:

jane – I enjoyed your “whatever”, makes me think of Catherine Tate’s take on a recalcitrant teenager. My point really is that you don’t come across as remotely neutral as between Federer and Nadal -and considering you have strong views on the Fedal business, I think it’s a reasonable point to make.

Margot – Tsonga? That’s a thought provoking one. There’s an aspect of Tsonga which makes you think of a slugger, I don’t see Dolgo in that light. There’s something very elastic and fluid about him. Both Dolgo and Tsonga are extremely explosive – but quite differently. Another thing – when Tsonga is on, well and truly on, you get the feeling he just can’t miss, however ambitious his shots (Kuznetsova was like that in patches against Schiavone). Dolgo is nowhere near getting to that zone like state.

By Billy, you mean Connolly? And you refer to his contretemps with Courier? Sadly, I missed that. When one great egotist clashes with another, comedy is generally the result. My opinion of Connolly went up considerably following his verbal intervention a few years ago when that poor British businessman was kidnapped by Islamist terrorists. It was always obvious that they were going to execute him, in a pretty grisly style (cutting off his head), too, but they held back for a while. Connolly, if you remember, came out with this comment “don’t you wish that if they’re going to kill him, they’d just get on with it?” He had that sort of slight twinkle in his eye as he said this, and people were completely outraged, of course. I believe Conolly had to issue some sort of retraction, but he was only saying out loud and publicly what everyone secretly felt – furthermore, put like that, there was undeniably a sort of perverse humour about it. Nobody could bare facing up to that, and what it said about them – us. It’s very rare for a comedian to take risks like that, and I suspect Conolly hadn’t thought it through.


Polo Says:

Nadal, Djokovic and Murray all look good. Federer is a little shaky. Has he ever won a major where he had so many “shaky” early round matches?


dari Says:

Polo- that’s what firsts are for!
All- just started a replay of cilic/nadal match.
LOL at the XL shirt! all it takes


Nina Says:

Murray is looking great, a step above the rest. Djoko follows, but he still needs to face Berdych and it will be a tough match. I say Nole in 4. Night match will help him a great deal because Novak is such a different player during the night, he almost becomes twice the threat. I have great expectations for these two.
I don’t see Wawra upsetting Federer, but he might take Roger to 5 sets because the 2nd Swiss has been playing some of his best tennis lately and, let’s not forget, he has old Federer’s coach now so that could give him an edge.
Nadal is hot and cold, still not completely happy with his performances. He said that he feels fitter now, no longer tired, so maybe he will start peaking up in QF.
I believe this Aussie Open is very very open, anything could happen really, even surprising upsets in quarterfinals.
I’m still thinking a Djoko-Muzza final is likely and much desirable.


Kimberly Says:

polo, yes roland garros 2009. Almost lost to Haas.


grendel Says:

madmax – like you, I have eurosport, so I saw that interview – thanks anyway. I thought it was quite a nice interview, and candid too. Volunteering that Simon had got a bit “under his skin” was quite surprising, people don’t usually like to admit things like that, but he was breezy. Also, I was amused at how when the Barbara Schleck woman (did you know b.t.w. that when she was on the tour, she was reckonned to be a beauty, even the beauty – I never could see that, but I probably have eccentric tastes) asked what Annacone had brought to the table – was it to get him to come to the net etc, Fed instantly replied that Severin had asked him to do the same. He later mentioned the word “harmony” and he seems to be a natural diplomatist.

thing is, madmax, whilst interviews can be interesting even occasionally enjoyable, you tend to make your mind up about a player’s chances by assessing how he and his rivals look on the court. Murray and Djokovic have looked top notch, don’t know about Nadal. Federer has not looked topnotch or anything like it. There’s something of the Cheshire Cat about Federer, however, and it wouldn’t be altogether surprising to see him come good in the end. Would be a bit, though….


margot Says:

conty, yes jane is spot on, Billy Connelly is a very well known Scottish comedian who is now doing a kind of travelogue, hence by happenstance he is in Australia right now. He went and married a very funny woman, turned psychologist, and was never quite so funny again, something to do with his anger, which she sorted.
jane re swearing, Ferrer and Simon are the worst offenders and you NEVER hear a word said. Take all your points re JW and A, just got a fleeting similarity but u r right the power thing is quite different, probably because AD is slight and light and JW a bit overweight I think.
polo: ’tis true! The dreaded curse does not like long distance travel! Hooray for far away tournaments, say I! :)


grendel Says:

” Has he ever won a major where he had so many “shaky” early round matches?” The French?


dari Says:

i think this is more shaky than the french, and im not talking about the simon match, cause simon played great as did haas and delpo at FO. he has looked shaky against players with less inspired performances this AO. robredo-good for him on hanging in with rog, but he didn’t bring anything particularly outstanding that day. of course, neither did malisse, but fed still managed to look less than stellar in each match.


margot Says:

sorry, sorry jane taking your name in vain! grendel was talking about Billy and Tsonga and I should have addressed him, apologies grendel too. This Australian Open is wreaking havoc with all our sleeping patterns and causing dozing over key board!
In fact last post is gibberish, disregard…. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


grendel Says:

“was never quite so funny again, ” (Connelly). Very good straight actor, actually. Stephen Fry another – a complete and utter pain in my book, but I found him quite funny as a young man when he used to appear with JohnLaurie, and now, when he deigns to act (the one thing he can do well), he seems to me to be very good.


Polo Says:

Federer’s match against Wawrinka would be very telling. If he plays shaky again yet wins, I don’t think he can survive the likes of Djokovic, Murray and Nadal. But then again, I could be wrong (which I am most of the time).


margot Says:

grendel: ooh can’t stand that smart ass either! Was so rude and condescending to Lee Mack, whom I do like, on QI.
jane@ 2.53 nooooooooooo not that again :O I hate shopping but it would be infinitely preferable!
Right, not staying up for Fed match! Hope you all enjoy a good one. Catch you guys in the morning. Nighty night.


jane Says:

Polo, F09. Fed was shaky, at least I thought so, in some of the early rounds there, but he kept pulling out the wins nevertheless. He has that laidbackness about him which can maybe sometimes get him in hotspots on the court (witness Robredo match perhaps) but I think it can also allow him to shake things off and keep plugging away. And he comes away the winner. I actually think Dolgo has a relaxed demeanour too, so even if he starts slow or whatever, he doesn’t seem to panic (or hasn’t in the last two matches in which I watched him!) and just keeps plugging.

I don’t think Fed’s shaky patches are necessarily a bad sign; mind you they might be. You guys know your guy better than me. But he still has that forehand, that serve, that calmness; and he knows when he needs to bring his best.


Chico Says:

Notions from the last Federer – Wawrinka match (Stockolm Open, Fed 2-6, 6-3, 6-2)

Federer is a craftsman by the true meaning of the word. He has the most plan B:s of any player because of his wide shotselection, and the ability to execute it.
In this particular match Wawrinkas level in the first set was enough to “blow federer of the court”. First Fed tried to match it, for to then succeed it, but Stan would not let him. Simply put.

Plan B in this case was to start mixing it up, slice, looping topspins, dropshots, you name it. And here is where his craftsmanship surfaced. The shot selection combined with accurately chosen aggressiveness when Wawas game started to show some hickups, led to a more frustrating Wawrinka making more and more errors, thus giving Fed a mental break to find his game. In the end it was a cruising Fed and a frustrated, borderline to furious Wawrinka. Roger had made Stans game look crude.

Firstly, if Wawrinka would have kept his cool, he would still have had a chance to go toe to toe with Fed in the last set. This time around you can bet that Lundgren has tried to fix this, and the confidence Wawrinka has shown will only help.

Secondly, now we are outdoors and the slightest wind will make it harder to execute a mixed shot selection, because the risk of making UE:s will more likely keep the ball in the strike zone.

Conclusion: IF Stan is “on” (against Roddick it was cooler, easier to keep composure), then its a question weather Rog finds he’s groove. If not, he will loose. I don’t think Fed will be able to rattle Stan this time with chips and spins, Fed has to be able to play through him. So if Stan gets “hot”, interesting to see what the reaction will be. If it goes to the fifth I’d predict Stan to loose, but dont really know how he would cope with a five setter in heat.

So making an assumption of Wawas camp going for a win in max four sets, would mean a more aggressive start from Wawrinka whereas Federer wants to make sure he keeps his servicegames, concentrating on having a good serviceday that should carry through to five sets. If things goes his way, then blast the match in three.

Roger has been more on than not when it has counted lately, and now it counts.

Fed in Four.


dari Says:

jane- i like your positivity. today has been the worst “jet lag” day for this AO, i needed the positivity for tonight’s match. i think roger will make it through today. not based on any current form, of course, but like grendel said because of his great history and because i think he is gonna need a bit of luck and faith later in his career. i got no control over his luck, but at least i can be positive for him.
now would be the time when i just make a post that says “SWISSSSSSSS” but its not really appropriate today.
ROGERRRRRRRRRRRRRR


dari Says:

unrelated, but awesome news to me:
llodra and zimonjic playing dubs together?!!


Nina Says:

Is Federer’s confidence waning a little bit?

From his press conference:

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think Andy and Novak are playing extremely well, and that’s why I’m not really looking very far ahead here. Rafa, myself; Robin is playing well; Roddick seems like he’s in form; Stan, same thing; Berdych hasn’t dropped a whole lot of sets or games.

I think really the top seeds here again are showing that they’re above the rest a bit at the moment still. Interesting second week, I think. Yeah, I don’t think I’ll be looking too far ahead here.


dari Says:

REALISTIC, nina!


Nina Says:

So Roger thinks Murray and Novak are playing better than the rest which is true… but still for him to say it. Hmmm… interesting.


jane Says:

Oh, I see Kimberly beat me to it with F09, but not just the Haas match; he had a tight one with someone else, a clay-courter, in an early round, was it Accasuso or something like that? Anyhow, he didn’t look his strongest, methinks, but he still won the whole dang thing. Maybe his nemesis being eliminating helped, but hey, his nemesis may still be eliminated here, by Murray. ;) But then again, maybe he’ll be eliminated to. By Nole. ;) Okay okay, pull me out of fantasy land!

conty – so glad you liked boing, boing, boing but you totally nailed it with “tigger tennis”!!! and pogo serving!


Kimberly Says:

Also I think in 2008 fed went five sets in the fourth round of us open against igor andreev. Straight setted Murray in the final.


jane Says:

I remember that Kimberly because Fed had to dig deep to win that, and he showed such emotion, which was somewhat uncharacteristic in previous years at slams; obviously it was a tough year for him too.


van orten Says:

i remember the us open 2007 where he had the first 4 rounds 2 or 3 four-setters and then never lost a set from the QF to the finals beating roddick, davydenko and djoker…for me his most impressive grand slam win…just unbeatable ..you can see some footage at youtube just awesome how fast he played …darth federer was born !!!


Nina Says:

Of course we know Federer is capable of that and more. That’s why I don’t trust his words or take into account his past matches. He, like Nadal, only gets better and tougher in the later stages of a slam, previous rounds not withstanding.

That’s what exactly sets them apart from the other elite players like Djoko, Muzza, etc.


grendel Says:

Chico – really interesting and thoughtful post at 5.45, and bang on relevant.
p.s. mentioned earlier the eurosport interviewer and called her Barbara Schleck – actually, I think it’s Schetts or something like that.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Is anyone giving Ferrer a chance against Nadal?


contador Says:

jane- it’s a relief to have you and a few others see what i’ve been seeing and like about dolgo – “tigger tennis.” the pogo serve, jumping forhands and backhands, the bounce in his step just walking around the court. the ponytail bop. contrast tigger tennis with say…fognini…strut and saunter.

after my miserable attempt even at a realistic bracket, i should predict nothing but that’s not happening….can’t resist.

djoko over berdych in 3 ( or 5 if berdych wins 1st set somehow cos nole having a bad night )
na li over petkovic in 3
woz over francie in 3 ( italian fighter not going down easy )

and that was worth staying up…sveta – schiavone . finally loving wta.

not predicting wawa v federer…probably fed. but team wawa-lundgren has me a little freaked. keep thinking safin- lungren 05. and agree with MJ fernandez comment: wawa ready to step out of federer’s “limelight”

i know, wawa is no safin but fed isnt fed of 05, either.

federer being very cautious in his interview, i thought. also saw the “stiffness” i noticed about every other match he played at us open 09….and in the 5th set final AO 09 & IW 09. i didn’t see the stiffness during clay season 09 or at the FO, but he had tough, close matches to get to an easy final. almost from the first match…at least from acususo

somebody 3
acususo – 4 sets
PHM 4
hass 5
monfils 3
delpo 5
tired nervous soda 3

= hard fought GS win

has he has a tougher GS win? i don’t remember.


van orten Says:

no one gives him a chance…they all should retire and hand nadal the trophy in advance!!!


Kimmi Says:

how did sharapova lose to petkovic so bad? Li Na is assaulting her at the mo.


andrea Says:

i’m remiss to tap my hat to andy murray who has dissapointed time and time again at the GS level, but he has looked very, very good. good enough to beat nadal, dare i say. not sure about ferrer…i know he has beaten nadal before with his endless running, but the odds aren’t in his favor.

and novak has also looked amazing – renewed purpose and fire and, thankfully, all his immature shenanigans, and his family, firmly under control.

if they both make it that far, fed will have his hands full.

but i don’t count berdych out yet.


contador Says:

have to admit i was “napping” for most of sharpie’s match, Kimmi.

is it li na or na li? she won 1st set

but petkovic up a break again starting the 2nd. have a terrible stream on athde ….freezing trouble.


Kimmi Says:

I cant see petkovic winning this. she won the first game because of Li Na errors. i feel once Li Na calms down she will get the break back.

unless…

Li Na or Na Li dont know….she could win this whole thing

Eurosport stream has Li as her last name. So it must ne Na Li. but I have also seen Li Na. quite confusing with chinise names, hey?


Kimberly Says:

I can’t figure it out na li v. Li na.

But I think she has a great chance on this tournament. Would be huge historic for china.


contador Says:

AO radio – matt cronin calling her li na. 2 days ago commentators saying na li. yeah i dunno.

li breaks ….kinda like the 1st set. i like watching li na. petko is very mad with herself atm


Kimberly Says:

Kimmi, unfortunatelynsharapova is a much worse player than li na, hence the answer to your question above.


contador Says:

li appears to be a calm strong steady player ….petko not so much.


contador Says:

oooh. li got too anxious to get another break…errors. petko holds.

3-3 li better settle down.


M Says:

I am a rare animal!
*beams at grendel*

It’s true we FEDAL fans are a special breed. Some may call us strange. But none can doubt our taste in excellence! :-)

That said, respect to
- Raonic (do people remember he was half the team that beat Rafa and Nole in doubles last year at Rogers Cup?)
- Ferru (for keeping his head and tenaciously taking down a new giant who’d already taken out two veterans)
- Sasha (he started tennis at 3; Rafa started at 4 and Roger at 6; do I see a trend? I look forward to him offering my favorite champions a challenge).

All-Spanish and all-Swiss quarterfinals. I hope it’s a good omen.

I wish Roger & Rafa the best of luck playing their best tennis through the toughest part of this progression. Neither of them has an easy road, but they are the champions they are for a reason.

Allez, Roger!
Vamos, Rafa!


contador Says:

M – does dolgo go by “sasha?”


Kimberly Says:

Hoping li na can break here and close it out!

Contador, I start feeling depressed once we get to the quarters. Too few matches. I would say the third round is my favorite. Soda tanked my bracket. Already looking to Indian wells for redemption.


Kimmi Says:

i think she will break here.


Kimmi Says:

I like the qtrs onward because i can concentrate on one match at a time. early rounds i miss too many good matches..


Kimmi Says:

Looking forward to see a Li Na vs wozniacki. i think she could give woz a hard time.

The SWISS match coming up

Allez Rog!


Kimo Says:

Li Na is looking very sharp and focused. She has the game to win the whole thing, and I think she’s mentally tough too.


jane Says:

Yeah, who Sasha M? Is that Dolgo?


Kimberly Says:

I give li na a definite shot against wozniaki. I’m not trying to be presumptive but after the marathon I just don’t realistically think shiavone has a shot.

To be honest I will root for li na no matter who wins. I like her game.

The Swiss match to come.


jane Says:

Congrats to Li Na, good for her!


Kimmi Says:

ha ha, she is funny little one.

Hope she does ane round better this year..she says!

Good luck to her


contador Says:

me too, kimberly. got thru a half day of work….office only…still on melbourne time.

tommorrow full day..i’m gonna live. but i will ironically look back on last week, even sick, as one of my favorite AO’s so far….so much tennis i got to watch live…sleepy but live. yeah 1st week is my favorite.

usually i have to watch matches on replay, kimmi.

ah..li na on court interview. good luck to her! she likes shopping.


contador Says:

um, think it’s time to disappear …. go get dinner….dont really want to watch the all swiss match until after the fact. *cringe*

i am a wimp, kimmi. will read comment thread. good luck fed!!


Kimmi Says:

c’mon contador. dont be a wimp! federer needs our support..allez roger!


jane Says:

Stan looking ghostly with all that sunscreen… scary.


Kimmi Says:

federer chose to serve! here we go!


Kimo Says:

Hmmmm. This is the first time I see Roger pick a side rather than electing to serve after winning a coin toss.


Kimmi Says:

actually stan chose to receive..so federer no choice he has to serve.

Nadal always chose to receive.


Kimmi Says:

that was suprising kimo, maybe he knew stan what stan would chose, thats why he picked a side instead.


jane Says:

It’s smart to chose to receive. Then you protect against Fed potentially breaking your serve immediately in game one. Plus, since Fed’s serve may not be at it’s peak (i.e., not warmed up), you may have a slightly better chance to break right out of the gates.


contador Says:

armed with a half carafe of wine, i am peeking in on tennisx and livescore.

just read that yes, jane…one of dolgo’s nick’s is “sasha”

now back see no evil, hear no evil, speak…ect..


jane Says:

Stan looking outplayed a.t.m., so much for my theory at 8:52. :) Maybe the day conditions are more suited to Fed and cooler night ones to Stan? Wild backhand to give/consolidate the break.


Kimmi Says:

fed with a great start conty. wawa a little slow, not taking adv of short balls


Kimo Says:

YESSSSS Roger breaks.

For those who thing Stan’s backhand is better than Roger, and that inlcudes Johnny Mac: Tan may have the bigger backhand, but Roger has way more variety on his. Also, Stan’s backhand is a lot better offensively than it is defensively, where as Roger’s defense on his backhand side is superb.

Don’t be fooled by Stan’s power.


Kimmi Says:

fed won the first backhand to backhand contest.

fed need to keep going. go go go roger


jane Says:

The announcers at atdhe.net stream say Stan doesn’t have the “attitude” he showed against Monfils and Roddick. Now they are saying he his “showing this guy too much respect subconsciously”, lol, love the psych analysis. Though surely there is something to it, same as with Troicki/Nole, Armada/Rafa. Also Roddick said with the cool conditions Stan had time to get to balls and take “big swings” but Fed is too fast and he is smartly pulling Stan all over the court.. Stan looks lumbering and slow right now. Early goings though.


Kimmi Says:

C’mon rog. be careful here


jane Says:

Fed’s backhand looking much better than versus short-ish shorts!


contador Says:

stan is loosening up, i think.

hahaha….been hearing same commentary on atdhe, jane.

as skeezer says, “i’m out”


Kimmi Says:

stan blocking fed first serves very well at the mo. once the ball in play anything can happen after that. that was a little tougher game to hold.

Commentator are wondering if federer requested a day match..

semi and final matches will be night matches definetly.


jane Says:

contador, these two commentators are funny; they are like two old men sitting on a bench and commentating or something, least that’s what I picture. ha ha.


jane Says:

Kimmi maybe Fed read Rod’s comments and called up the powers that be – make it a day match please? ;) Although madmax said Fed never makes requests and she would likely know.


Kimmi Says:

great match so far..federer is dialed in at the moment


Kimmi Says:

a long game this one..how many dueces?


Kimmi Says:

fed break..again. what a return. go rog!!


dAri Says:

How is fed doing?


jane Says:

Stan’s game reminds me of Kohls’ game; he can be dangerous if he is in the zone, but he is not in the zone enough.

Kimmi are you watch atdhe? My stream is so choppy! Very irritating.


jane Says:

dari, Fed’s playing aggressively, very focused. His serves and backhands have been formidable; he is dictating.


dAri Says:

Formidable is good! Thanks Jane, will catxh it live soon


Kimmi Says:

contador – great first set by the no.1 swiss..under half an hr. YaY! rog. bring it on.


Kimo Says:

Set Fed.

Like I said, Wawrinka’s defense is no match for Roger’s offense, while Roger’s defense can absorb Stan’s power.

Roddick doesn’t have power off the ground anymore, so he wasn’t able to exploit Stan’s weak defense.


Kimmi Says:

jane – this one is good. i like it coz there is so much choices. just click on federer vs wawrinka

http://www.tennisform.com/default.asp?action=LIVEStream


123 Says:

just roll over for him wawrinka…just how federer likes it…pathetic


Kimmi Says:

c’mon rog! keep going. concentrate, no walk abouts!

84 % first serves in the commentator saying. that is GOOD


Kimo Says:

Roger keeps approaching Wawrinka’s backhand and gets zinged every time!!!


Daniel Says:

Fed for sure came out to play today. Excelent so far, maybe he is rushing the net a little too much for my taste this second set.


contador Says:

thank god. for a minute i thought fed would blow that 40-0


Kimo Says:

What a drop shot. Beauuuuuutiful.


jane Says:

thanks Kimmi :)


Kimmi Says:

TSN is on now jane.

tough second set now…


contador Says:

]notice stan is looking more domfortable out there. his game has picked up.

bp wawa.


jane Says:

Wawrinka straight setted Monfils and Roddick, who, admittedly, were not in their best forms, but I did think this would be a closer three-setter. So far it’s a rout, but in set two it’s somewhat tighter, Wawa making a few less errors, but stilll being made to look slow. Maybe la Monf & Rod just played too passively and so Fed has chosen to play uber-aggressive (coming to net a lot, etc) and it is working.

Was just going to write that he hadn’t generated one break point, when lo and behold he does but misses with another wild backhand. In the battle of the backhands, Fed is king tonight!


contador Says:

comfortable not domfortable…lol…


Kimmi Says:

wow! few good returns, now he has a break point!

poor backhand dow the line..wasted for wawa

he is returning federer first serves well though


Blah Says:

Couple of thoughts this ao:

Cilic disappoints again, starting to think hes too inconsistent to make the top 8.

Djokovics serve is back. Very formidable in this form and maybe my pick to win it all depending on how he looks vs berdych.

Nadals serve seemed to have cooled off from uso.


Skeezerweezer Says:

BG says wawa is one of the worst returners in the game. Gag me please! How did he beat Roddick?


contador Says:

yessssss ESPN2 off the girls basketball and onto tennis

stan has his war paint on.


Kimo Says:

Wawrinka’s is not able to generate any traction on his forehand so he is redlining his backhand and he’s starting to miss a few make-able shots with it.


Farley Says:

Ha Ha Wawrinka’s weapon always failing, Fed in three.


Kimmi Says:

BREAK! Go fed


Kimo Says:

Sweeeeeet pass from Roger, breaks to go up 4-3.


contador Says:

jane…ao radio has craig gabriel on which is making me lmao….he’s really a dork. likeable dork


Kimo Says:

Skeeze said:

“BG says wawa is one of the worst returners in the game. Gag me please! How did he beat Roddick?”

Maybe a few too many beers today? He thinks he knows tennis so well.


jane Says:

Skeeze Roddick said he had a bad service game versus Wawa, that it was the main thing he could’ve done better in that match, so I don’t think it was down to Wawa’s returning. That said, BG is full of BS! If you check ATP matchfacts, which no doubt ESPN folks do not do, lol, Wawa is actually a top 20 first serve returner so far this year, and Kimmi already pointed out that he is doing well on firsts. But he drops to 23rd for return games won (not too shabby!), 45 for second serve returns, oddly, but waaaayyy down to #55 for break point conversion!!


Kimo Says:

Roger’s serve is excellent today. Great in every single category.


Kimo Says:

Did you see that lob tweener? Oh man!!!


jane Says:

conty how do I find “AO Radio”? I like likeable dorks.


Kimmi Says:

tweener..oh no!


Kimberly Says:

Skeez, wawa blocked the return back and roddick didn’t do anything withnthenchipped returns. Federer eating them up. That was one of Patrick mcenroes criticisms,how could roddick just sit back and let wawrinka in the point afternchipping then return,


Kimberly Says:

Darn autocorrect.


Kimo Says:

Oh man…What reflexes!!! He is NOT human.


Kimmi Says:

i think wawa has more BH down the line winners than anybody..he hits that shot so well


Kimo Says:

OH MY GOODNESS EVERY SINGLE FED STROKE IS ART IN THIS GAME!!!!


Kimmi Says:

wawa is missing too much now..suddenly i see the tennis is played in slo mo


contador Says:

Jane – go to AO website home page…..click on “new and videos” then a horizontal bar underneath pops up and at the far right is “radio”

what has happened to this match…..roger / stan giggling fit underneath those serious expressions?


Kimmi Says:

what a dropper by wawa


Kimmi Says:

ha ha ha


Daniel Says:

This match is a show. Amazing shots all over the court, skill and tocuh by both players. VEry amusing for the crowds, this match full with points decided in the net.
Just WOW!


Kimmi Says:

c’mon fed…


Kimmi Says:

2 sets for fed…


jane Says:

I assume Monfils was the same, Kimberly, as both he and Roddick can be too passive. Fed is doing just the opposite. Playing really aggressive tennis. This will be a straightforward 3 setter unless Stan has plan. Which is doesn’t look like a.t.m.


Skeezerweezer Says:

After what I just witnessed, there is no better shotmaker ever in this game. Heard of Waynes world? Were in Fed’s world. Brilliance is still here. Unbelievable stuff.


Kimo Says:

2nd set Fed.

THIS LAST GAME WAS ONE OF THE BEST GAMES I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!

Roger did everything in tennis: speed, precision, powere, finesse, touch, grit, showmanship. You name it, he did it.


Aravind Says:

Extraordinary level of play from Federer to clinch the second set. Actually this was a ridiculously high set. Both Federer and Wawa made some amazing shots.
Man, never count Federer out. Wawa was in red hot form against Roddick and Federr is making him look flat footed. The faster day conditions dont seem to suit Wawrinka’s game. Plus Federer plays ridiculously fast himself and takes time away from his opponent.


Daniel Says:

When they exchange backhands crosscourt is a thing of beauty.
I can understand how some don’t like Fed the person, or what he representant and even the fans who like Nadal because he was the one who stood in Fed’s way, but J, we will never see someone play tennis like him, ever again!


Kimo Says:

Maybe Fed’s shaky play in the last two rounds was nothing but Simon hangover?


Kimo Says:

I mean he is 29 after all…


contador Says:

oops jane meant to type : on AO website, look at the horizontal menu bar, click on “news and photos’ and the a menu bar underneath comes up…..on the far left is “radio”…. but they just switched DJ’s…..craig gabriel is still there but some other “bloke” i don’t recognize the voice. CG is funny also like the old guy, a brit i think, richard evans.


Aravind Says:

Good first hold to Federer to go 1-0 up. Come on Fed, plz avoid mental lapses and finish off Stan in three and spare us a heart attack..


Daniel Says:

Kimo, my thoughts exactly. Age played a factor in those matches. You just don’t recover the same as when you are 24-25. Even Nadal himself is not recovering as he used to.


Kimo Says:

So true, Daniel.


contador Says:

on the far “right”…..the radio is….sheesh


Daniel Says:

Fed is what the comentors here in Brazil say: on a trip, when you achieve nirvana!


Gordo Says:

Hey – what happened to Fed2010, you know – the guy who had such a low percentage of break point conversions?


Gannu Says:

BRILLIANT PLAY FROM FEDEX..FED FANS ITS SUBLIME FEELING TO WATCH THIS GOD PERFORM… BRING ON DJOKO, BRING ON NADAL ;-) I seriously hopoe feddy bear maintains this level and goes on to win this 17th Gslam… Madmax, huh, kimmi, kimo, skeez, daniel, contador and countless other fed fans.. lets cheer our man all the way..

Now fed dont lose ur concentartion and finsih off this match in straight sets!


Kimo Says:

And for those who don’t like Fed’s personality. So far we haven’t seen even a single come on or fist pump from Roger, even though a lot of points were come on-worthy to say the least.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Kimberly

But what does that mean? Roddick is that sh1tty, or was he wary that Wawa can return against his big serve? Guess it depends? Anyways, respect :)


Kimmi Says:

wawa forcing things here..another break point. take it fed.


Kimo Says:

Fed is making a killing today. Poor Wawa.


contador Says:

oh mutilated racket….


Kimo Says:

Wawa smashes a racket. Not the best attitude when playing Fed, your countryman who has shown you nothing but respect, but good racket smash man!!! Well done. Gonzo would approve.


jane Says:

Got it conty. Fed is looking razor sharp. Stan, not so much. Think maybe he needs more passive players and colder conditions to look more menacing. He is good on clay, which is slower, so? Mind you Wawa has a good serve sometimes; he can zone on the backhand too but is not today.

conty, so quick the commentary “wawa smashes his racquet … and his head is at right angles to the grip …” lol, very funny.


Chico Says:

Re grendel: Thank you. Didn’t really see the first set but seemes like so much for Fed just taking care of his service games. I’m staying with the crudeness theory though, thats why the last game in the second set was devastating for Stan. He was just trying to do what he should, keep the pace up. And what does Fed do, comes up with shots that have “you cant do this” written all over them. Makes it even harder to stay calm, on the gameplan.

Last set, one broken racquet and a break. Last stand..? Better hope for some overfanciness from Fed.


Daniel Says:

3 misses by Fed looking like he wants to give a game to Wawa, instead of going 5-0 and risk a bagel.


Gannu Says:

Well said Kimo.. well said.. thats because stan is hi friend and doesnt wantto hurt him unlike that a$$ pciker who plays like an animal on court…There is no class…


blank Says:

Barring a surprise this evening, the real deal is when the top 3 & #5 face off in the SF. I think Djoko and Murray are in a much better place mentally compared to previous years and though Fed is ripping Wawa apart here, him and Nadal look a touch more vulnerable this time. It has to happen sometime…just inevitable, but when?


jane Says:

“he’s gone mentally; yeah that’s just a mental holiday … three horrendous points from Wawrinka” – love this radio commentary. It is hilarious!! They say “i think the match is won! yeah no question Federer will go on to win this one”. Ha. Totally dudes.


Gordo Says:

They always say – the analysts – that if (insert player’s name here) is playing well and if Fed is not on his game it could be a very long afternoon/night for Federer.

No one ever talks about when the opposite happens, as it is happening right now.

Too bad Nadal may not get past Murray. Whoever wins this tourney totally deserves it. Good luck, all.


Kimo Says:

jane, it’s true Wawa’s best surface is clay, because it gives him time to set up for his backhand, and playing passive players has the same effect also, but I disagree that his backhand is not good today. He’s played some amazing winners off of that wing. The problem is that he is trying to beat Fed with ONLY his backhand, and that’s impossible. You gotta have a lot more than that in your arsenal to beat Fed.

And as I said before, Fed’s defense is better than Roddick’s, smarter than Monfils’, which makes attacking him a lot tougher. On the other hand, Fed attacks a lot more aggressively, and Wawa is not the best defender.


Blah Says:

Another guy who has weapons but cant put it together…


Skeezerweezer Says:

@kimo re 10:18 post,

Tx for pointing that out!

And give BG a yellow card


Lulu Iberica Says:

Fed not looking shaky anymore, eh? He is thoughtfully trying to close this out quickly so we can watch Woz and Francesca. Bit disappointing Stan is not putting up more of a fight, though.


Daniel Says:

I don’t even recall last time Fed finish a match above 80% first serves in, like he is today, Amazing!


jane Says:

Kimo, yeah I take your points re: Stan the man. He has 27 UEs but it doesn’t break them down into forehand/backhand. Just seems to me I have seen more backhand errors but it could be because Stan is over-using/relying on his backhand.


Aravind Says:

Really keen to see who will come out of the Djokovic Berdych match. I suspect Federer would prefer Berdych. He has more power at his disposal, but is not in the class of Djokovic(yet) and Federer would be gunning for revenge after Wimby 10.


Lulu Iberica Says:

What is wrong with fist pumps and “come-on”s? I see them as a display of fire and competitive spirit. Certainly they’re not the same as raquet smashing.


Kimberly Says:

No bagel or breadstick for Stan, hopefully the next match will be more exciting.


Kimo Says:

Btw, a quick comment on the conditions of the court. It’s not that sunny today so maybe conditions are not that different from the Roddick match, no?


Daniel Says:

Fed is Iluminatus today!


jane Says:

Feels like a little of a letdown as QFs go. I thought it would be a straight setter but with tight sets.

Lulu, nothing wrong with fist pumps and come ons, at all.


blank Says:

Is Fed going to get 2 days rest after this tiring match?


Kimo Says:

Lulu, first pumping and come ons are a bit of an “in-your-face” gestures. I don’t know if you’re male or female. If you’re a guy I think you’d understand. When playing on a street court and you fist-pump all the time and shout come on like crazy, you’re looking for a whooping. It’s irritating.

Now Fed does it sometimes, but even then he doesn’t over-do it, like the Hewitt or Rafa lawnmowers.


Chico Says:

Okay, Federer is going artistique, playing with fire. Weell, he does have asbestos in the armory plenty.. :)


Kimo Says:

NO blank. In the AO, the first semi is played on Thursday, the 2nd is play on Friday. Dunno why they do that, but no, the 2 days of rest come after the semi, not before.


Nims Says:

I think Fed does not want to embarrass his friend, cooling down a bit.


Kimberly Says:

Wow, just saw schedule, nadal got the night match. Third in a row. Notnsure what I think of that.


Kimmi Says:

having a hard time to close here…go fed


blank Says:

Thanks Kimo. Though it is odd they would play SF on different days, it is still better than the ridiculous back to back SF/F at the USO.


Blah Says:

Cause losing 1 3 and 3 is so much less embarassing than 1 3 1


Daniel Says:

Comon Fed, finish this match wothout being broken!


Kimmi Says:

match point..go rog


jane Says:

“[wawa] he’s starting to show some reasonable form but I suspect it is too late” – these AO radio commentators say rather obvious things and they sound like auctioneers doing play by play: “do I hear 50, what about 80? 80? 80, going once, 90 from the back, 100? 100! going once … etc” Some how it doesn’t work for tennis like it does for hockey.

Wow – 1 hour and 45 mins and match point.


Kimo Says:

What I love about Fed, and get frustrated about at too, is that he doesn’t shy away from playing to his opponent’s strength. He is playing to Wawa’s backhand most of the time.


Kimo Says:

meant “get frustrated about at times too”


Kimo Says:

Wawa looks like a man who just got a reality check.

I love you Roger.


jane Says:

blah you’re so blase. :)


Daniel Says:

First match that he didn’t lose focus at any time. The sole game Wawa had break point he make an impossible return to set his BP.
Flawless performance!


Kimo Says:

Roger’s stats today were exemplary:

77% 1st serve in
72% 1st serve points won
76% 2nd serve points won
71% BP conversion.

Wouldn’t change a thing.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Outstanding play from Fed. That was his best performance of the tourney, he made Wawrinka look foolish.


Daniel Says:

Fed should return the towels just to mess with Courier!:)


Kimmi Says:

stealing towels..awww! can i have one rog?


Blah Says:

Jane-cant wait to watch djoker. When hes acing on 2nd serves his matches are a treat to watch.


Kimo Says:

I wonder how Roddick feels knowing that the guy who crushed him was just crushed by Roger?


Kimmi Says:

roger said maybe stan was not used to day conditions. roger better get used to night conditions now…he could play at night next !


TGiT Says:

Roddick feels grateful because he remembers the beating he took from Rog a few years back at Oz.

Wow, don’t believe the hype. Biggest disappointment so far in tourny.

Wawrinka in five, please!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed’s new semifinal streak is at 2.


Blah Says:

Another thought; roddicks stubborness is frustrating as hell; when he plays aggressively he has success, when he doesnt and tries to convince himself hes a defensive baseliner he loses around end of first week in majors, so what does he do? Play defensively, brilliant. No coach can help him. His major window is closing, if not already gone.


van orten Says:

federer just said to swiss tv he is the last man standing (one handed) backhandwise!!!after he took 2 out the last two rounds ..further he said that he knows how to win and knows how it is losing against berd and djoker so he doesnt have a preference ,…just choosing right tactics and playing a good match is what counts the next round


jane Says:

Congrats to Roger; he really announced tonight (I mean today, but tonight for me) that nothing is wrong with his form.


Daniel Says:

I am having a Deja Vu with this AO. Last US Open Fed also come from a perfect victory in the quarters agaisnt Soda and his level was inconsistant in the semis agaisnt Djoko. Plus, Nadal was winning easy, but the difference was Murray was out earlier. Let’s see if Djoko and Murray pass to semis. It would be great to have all Fab 4 in the semis, even though Murray is #5 on paper.


jane Says:

blah, unfortunately Nole will be at 3:00 am here and I have to work tomorrow. A little nervous as Berdych is a tough QF opponent.


Kimmi Says:

the only thing is the condition of day matches and night matches. next match is going to be night…

roger better practice at night from now on!


Chico Says:

I thought Courier would’we had kind of an apology to make from the blunder the other day. Did’nt happen though, shame on you Jim :). Or maybe he thought that doing a supernice interview is apology enough.

8 semis.. equals 6*8*4 towels = 192 :)? How much did one of those go for?


dAri Says:

Way to go, fed! Stan didn’t come to play, but we were treated
to the roger federer show. Just what he needs before a tough semi. :) feels good-another semi!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Kimo, I am a female. I suppose I like sports to be aggressive. I think it would be different between people playing for kicks, but to my way of thinking, if a pro athlete is intimidated by an opponent, all the way across the court, fist pumping, then that person should probably quit competitive sports and start playing checkers tournaments or something. I like my sports heroes to be bad a**, at least on the court, field, whatever. Perhaps this is because I myself am rather a wimp, and Rafa and Serena are my alter egos!


Andrew Miller Says:

“I know it’s easy to say that “Stan will rollover for Roger” – Sean Randall

Sorry Sean but…Stan will rollover for Roger :)


Lulu Iberica Says:

Oh, Frannie looks tired already. Her grunting sounds very wimpy.


Kimo Says:

Fair enough, Lulu, but I just wanted to explain why poeple can find fist-pumps and come ons offensive. :)


Skeezerweezer Says:

Fed in Semis = hold serve
Rafa in qtrs = ????

Tourney starts here


dAri Says:

Schiavone may be tired, but ahes not afraid to flex.that backhand!


jane Says:

Franie is such a jock! in a good way. :) I actually like Mary Jo Fernadez as a commentator during the women’s matches, because she knows her stuff. She’s also looks really great considering she is almost 40. Dick Enberg is just staring in awe, lol. Definitely do NOT like Woz’s dress.


jane Says:

And why on earth is Franie wearing that “bloomer” skirt; I gotta say: the women’s clothing has been a C or C- at this event. I liked Sharpie’s dress. To me most of the men look better, although what is with all the super bright yellow (Soda, Fed, Berdy) and lime green (Dolgo, Murray, Melzer…)?


Skeezerweezer Says:

Kimo,

Agree about the fist pumps with guys there is for sure significant in your face stuff gamesmenship meanings intended. Been there done that along with stare downs.

But it was interesting to hear the opposite sex point of view on that. However, does it matter, as the matches are between to males….????


dAri Says:

Mary Jo and cliff are a great duo. dick… a little nehind in the times
maybe if woz’s dress fit a bit more snug it would be better? Ilike it alright.
Fed Rolex!
Wonder how long Fran can hold on…


jane Says:

Of course our point of view matters Skeeze. I like when a player, male or female pumps her fist and says come on. In that Goegres and Shaprie match, Gorgeous just kept shaking that fist, like “I am not giving up” and Sharpie pumped that arm when she hit a winner; it was awesome. I saw it more as each of them trying to pump themselves up. Sure, sometimes, there seems to be gamesmanship involved, but other times it’s more about the self and also real and honest celebration when a player knows he/she hit a great shot. In short, it is not always malicious in intent or gamesmanship.


Kimmi Says:

she is spreading the court very well franie


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yeah, Kimo, I guess I get it, “gentleman’s sport” and all that. I definitely approach my fandom from a spectator point of view, as I am about the most unathletic person ever. The only tennis I ever play is with my husband, and my “Yes!” is delivered with a goofy smile, as I am amazed to have won a single point! In recent years I have taken up running, which fortunately, does not require much coordination.


Blah Says:

This is actually good tennis, wish I couldve caught the marathon match


contador Says:

jane / kimmi. i got nervous for nothing. but one never knows….federer on a bad day and wawa on a roll? could have been an upset. but it wasn’t.

and i think the same things when rafa plays his “mates” who just happen to be top atp players like ferrer. ferrer should have a legitimate shot or be a test for rafa but i doubt it. they are too close and rafa is their leader.

so we have to wait and see what likely murray and likely djokovic can do about stopping atp #1 and #2. it will take a serious effort to prevent the fedal and produce a new GS winner… new…..someone other than rafa or roger and i’m begging. would like to see someone else win, even berdych, ferrer, tigger…or even nole or murray. so, still some hope.

meanwhile one more match….can schiavone beat woz? doubt it but i hope so. go schiavone!!


Lulu Iberica Says:

C’mon, Francesca! No more DF’s!


Kimberly Says:

I fist pump and scream when I hit winners and I like players who do the same. Hence I’m a rafa fan. My husband fist pumps and screams when he hits winners but does not like players who do, hence he’s a fed fan.

It actually takes a lot of energy to do. Especially if younget a leg kick and an uppercut involved.


jane Says:

I give Franie a shot at the win, why not? She is super fit and she’s got more variety. But Woz must be fresher.


contador Says:

jane, agree…..there are some i have to turn off but when CG gets with the right sidekick….the female. or if evans is on i do like AO radio. he usually comes on to grace the evening match. matt cronin hates woz’s skirt. so he kept repeating during her last match.

best radio commentator for any GS is french “eli weinstein” when he did FO radio. but last year he had been moved up to doing the special videos and player interviews for FO. talented funny commentator. too talented to remain a straight radio commentator i think. he’s the one behind all the player quizzes specials for FO and i noticed for paris bercy too the last two years.


Kimberly Says:

Contador, I’m rooting fornschiavone too! Finally we r rooting for the same person whose name is not enrest gulbis (since that is an exercise in futility)!


jane Says:

conty, i understand totally – we always get more worried about our fave’s matches. It’s normal. Now you can relax and watch some popcorn tennis. :)


Lulu Iberica Says:

Jane, you said it very well. I agree completely.

I hope Schiavone can take this set!


dAri Says:

Great point fran! Get this break!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yes, yes, yes! Break for Frannie!


dAri Says:

!!
WOZ calling the trainer?!


Blah Says:

Love that volley, hate it when women players throw up floayers. Break for schoavone! Funny that woz is the one calling for a trainer


Lulu Iberica Says:

No, no, no! Don’t give it back!


jane Says:

She got it! She was so fun to watch at the FO, in that final. It was joyous! Oops – don’t give it back Fran.

conty you are like the “esoteric” tennis brain around here: knowledge on newbies coming up, tennis radio commentators, the best nicknames, etc.


contador Says:

hey yeah kimberly ….now that i’m actually paying attention to wta, i find i don’t actually like woz too much….liking schiavone, sveta, henin, na li….

yay “frankie” as the commentators are calling her might win this!

craig gabriel had left ao radio….he’s back now. trying to do an italian accent…..awful. must have flipped a tin or two on his break.

i got into listening to GS event radio when possible, as i couldn’t get anything on tv or a stream.


andrea Says:

wow. caroline is #1 right now? what’s going on here….she’s getting whupped…


Blah Says:

Love her game and toughness


Kimmi Says:

some great tennis by franie. what a volley…

1st set in the bag

she looks like she is ready to play…


Lulu Iberica Says:

Francesca rocks! I think she is determined not to let Miss Sunshine take her down after she won that marathon against a hard-hitting Kuznetsova.


Kimberly Says:

Wow! Very impressive. Schiavonne came with a game plan. Needs to close this out in straights and then get a long massage and rest.

I’ll be honest, not a woz fan. I think shes boring and I think her game is really boring. But I’m worried aboutnwhats left in the tank for frannie.


dAri Says:

Cesca showing the young lady how to play!


Kimo Says:

Is there anyone rooting for Woz? I think it’ll be hard to root against Schiavone after her monumental win against Sveta.


Blah Says:

Woz is at least a better number 1 than safina. Her double fault fest/ break down / crying was painful to watch.


Nims Says:

Just wondering, last time Fed has a clean serve match was in USO Quarters and then in Semis his serve was probably the worst. Not sure what serve he will bring on in his semis.

Also last time he played in night, his serve was least effective, not sure if it’s to do with conditions. I would certainly have preferred a day match for Fed.


contador Says:

LOL… schiavone!

thanks, jane. my “friends” here in idaho have other less complimentary names for my tennis obsession. it was more acceptable in oregon…where i actually had friends that liked playing and watching tennis. here i really do resort to bribery….or like tonight, make a deal to watch football if they leave me alone atm. :/


Eric Says:

Let’s go Schiavone!


jane Says:

I don’t dislike Woz or anything, but I think Kimo is right; it’s hard not to root for Francesca (looking so zen with her towels) after that marathon win the other night. Way too many errors from her tonight though; they may catch up with her.


contador Says:

LOL…..craig gabriel jealous of the muscle definition on frankie’s legs….


dAri Says:

Nims enjoy the win¬ fed will have a day of rest, he’s played the tough night match, so maybe that will help. You can’t shy away from the night match at ao and uso where roger has been extremely successful.


jane Says:

Breaks to start the second; this is Franie’s to win now. She looks a class above, to be honest.


Kimo Says:

Go Schiavone!!!

Looking at her, you wouldn’t think she’s a 30 year old who just played the longest match in slam history.


dAri Says:

Keep it going, cesca!


grendel Says:

Can’t imagine anyone NOT supporting Schiavone. Remember, there were question marks as to whether she had anything left in the tank BEFORE the Kuznetsova match – she’s been playing marathons all along the line. She’s also a delight as a player – she’s got an impish countenance, and her play somehow reflects that, imaginative, you never quite know what to expect, and the guts of someone who was raised the hard way. Plus the strangest “grunt” I’ve ever heard – nothing like as irritating as Sharpie’s, Azarenka’s etc.

Concerning the grunt, Joe Durie (ex British player, her of one set and one break up against Martina before…) said that scientists have concluded that a grunt (or out breath) which coincides with the hit – and does not come AFTER , or even before as with Dementieva – can increase the power of shot by 12% Now that’s a curious fact, I must say, but believable – wondrous stuff in the controlled breath!


contador Says:

forza franceaca!!


BT Says:

Isn’t it amazing that both the #1 and #2 players in current rankings haven’t won a slam. Talk about a Williams vacuum.

I would like to see Frannie take this.


grendel Says:

M

You said on an earlier thread that you were distressed by the crowd’s apparent booing of Venus Williams. You might care to hear Chris Bradnam’s opinion (Eurosport commentator and coach). He thought the crowd were booing the organizers, not Venus, for their inept scheduling – putting an injured player on at night, with no possibility of replacement as on days. Makes sense to me.


Kimo Says:

Boy does Woz look pissed!!! Never seen her like this. She’s probably surprised by Fan’s level of play.


Kimo Says:

Terrible game from Fran. Four unforced errors. She’s rushing.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Go Caro!!! Go! Go!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Frankie tired now, Woz hitting w/more authority and making fewer errors. Come back, Francesca!


contador Says:

francesca has to be tired she has just blew her serve game and is struggling here. it’s not woz winning but frankie botching it.

forza franzie…..c’mon

nope. missing the lines. hope she can pull this together.

another wide….was not missing those in the match with sveta : (


grendel Says:

Li Na’s demeanour can be pretty funny – and a little at odds with what seems to me to be a formidable but somewhat metronomic game. She found the rather ordinary Petkovic awkward because she never quite knew what to expect and improvising doesn’t seem to be her strong point. Yeah, Petkovic might hit 3 huge shots in a row followed by a couple of utter nonsense shots. At one point,following an inept shot of her own, Li Na shot a demonic look at her husband and trainer “as if” said Joe Durie “he’d thought of the shot for her”. At other times, she’d shout and scream at her husband as if he were the incarnation of evil, and when the camera panned in on him, he’d be smiling with gentle passivity. Ah, these inscrutable….

The Federer match was huge fun and a constant delight – but it wasn’t the real thing. At least we know Fed is in good nick. He’ll need to be to beat Djokovic, let alone Murray or Nadal.


Eric Says:

Wozniacki is really lifting her level of play here. I think Schiavone needs to break back very soon and take it in 2 to win. (She almost got to deuce on that last service games — two great shots in a row, just out by a few cm… Maybe she can do it again. If she even holds here.)


Lulu Iberica Says:

God, I do not like Woz! Nothing personal, but I’m just realizing I am desperate for her not to win!


jane Says:

Figured the errors would catch up to her, or might anyhow. That is about 30 of them now at the tailend of set 2. : /


Eric Says:

Boo… I am not hopeful but it would be brilliant if Francesca got the third set. She was so close in the second… serving to go up 4-2, instead, lost the game and subsequent three. Alas.

Although I am rooting for FS, at least a Woz win would go one step further to shutting up her critics. I’m so tired of sexist women’s-tennis bashing – just because they don’t have a Federer… You don’t get to be no. 1 by being pedestrian.


Eric Says:

Schiavone looks done. Her muscles are not responding the way she’s accustomed to and it’s showing in her shots.


Kimo Says:

Schiavone is tiiiiiirrrrrreeeeeeddddddd. :(


grendel Says:

Trying not to look at comments on Schiavone – have her match on tape as well as later Djokovic match. It’s halfpast 5 in the morning here, time to snatch a couple of hours kip.

Just one comment on this fist pumping business. There can’t be a right or wrong about it, it’s very much a matter of personal taste which itself will be rooted in one’s own experience. Personally, I hate it. When Hewitt beat Nadal at the AO 6 or 7 years ago, I was actually rooting for Nadal since I couldn’t stand Hewitt’s exaggerated fist pumping. How about that for irony. Hewitt’s calmed down now, and I really like him. I loathe that kind of bending thing Nadal does to accompany his fist pumping – but I attach no blame to him at least on the rational level. jane’s remarks on the subject are perfectly sound and I’d guess most people would concur with them. With me, it’s a visceral thing. It may be that I am so conscious of the violence lurking around in myself that I can’t abide its public display, I’m not sure. Soderling – player I like – was doing some very strenuous fist pumping last night, in concert with his supporters in his box. You could say it was a team effort. I personally deeply loathed it and was very aware of feelings of violence emerging in myself. And this, w.r.t. a player I generally like. Federer, on the other hand, I personally find very restful (leaving aside all the skills, art and invention etc). There you are, a spot of baring of the soul. You can do this when you know you’re never going to meet anyone who reads it…


Kimo Says:

OMG!!!! Go Francesca!!!!


Lulu Iberica Says:

This roller coaster ride is tough on the nerves!


jane Says:

“no. Look, I mean, I play Stan obviously very different to what Roddick or Monfils or what other players might do against him.” – Federer

See? Fed knew, onviously, not to play Stan the way those two did. His whole interview is quite interesting and found his comments about Rafa, Nole and others very fair, nice even.


Kimo Says:

Fed is always nice, jane :)

Woz has this one in the bag. I gtg. I’ll be back for the Nole/Berd Match.


Lulu Iberica Says:

grendel, I have a visceral reaction to Rafa’s pelvic thrust/fist pump combo, but I’m sure it’s quite a different reaction than yours! ;)

Please pull this out, Francesca!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yeah, Woz is gonna win. In that case, go Li Na!


dAri Says:

Let’s go fran!
Rafa celebration moves are quite impressive. This is sports competition, people and especially in tennis- all you have is those fist pumps and occasional look to the coach. Which makes fed’s rather stillness remarkable and rafa muscle man moves totally acceptable. Murrays on court obscenities, too!


jane Says:

Hey anyone, someone,cheer on Nole for me. I would stay up all night but not feeling 100% and have work in the morning.

Please let Nole win tennis gods. I promise many sacrifces and libations. If he wins, henhas already gone one better than last year. So it would be nice.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Stupid Dick Enberg is in love w/Woz.


Eric Says:

So many almost-comebacks, this third set has been truly agonizing. Harumph.


dAri Says:

Unbelievable!


M Says:

LOL’ing at the sharp commentary here.

jane and contador – yes, some of us decided “Sasha” would be good as both Aleksandr and Dolgopolov take so long to type.

grendel – thank you so much for the notes.

Lulu – I agree that the fist pump is a way to pump oneself up; the first intention is not always “in the opponent’s face”.
(Of course, I have a similar ‘visceral reaction’ to Rafa’s version as you’ve described yours, lol. To be fair, I was also happy during Roger’s match with Gilles when he’d bust out after a winner with an “Allez!”. Rawr. :-))


steve-o Says:

Much as I like Schiavone, Wozniacki’s style of play makes it pure agony to watch this match.

She’s a pretty girl with an ugly game, predicated on slowly sucking the life out of her opponents, inch by inch. It’s vampiric.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Bravo, Francesca, even though you didn’t win!


M Says:

jane, I have a friend who is a Nole diehard.

(So much so I had trouble offering her proper congratulations after he took Roger out of the US Open semis, depriving our continent of a FEDAL final. For, like, a month.)

She’s also on the USA West Coast. I’m sure she’ll do a fine job of cheering him on.


dAri Says:

Ouch Tough way to end for francesca. Congrats to her in two great matches and her#4 ranking!
A ndthe #1 in the semi good for her


dAri Says:

I have no idea who to cheer for in the nwxt qf. For rogers sale, I just hope its a long one!


dAri Says:

Whew pammy schriver a little tough in WOZ in the ibterview. See yall later


margot Says:

Good early morning everyone. So Fed won in 3 OMG what a surprise…not!
Skeeze: Roddick was playing bad, is why Stan won, said so b4.
Now the only two left who have beaten Fed must play….Come on Nole, cheering so hard for you. Shame it’s a day match but even so his beautiful game should take care of Big Bird.
Shame bout Fran too :( Petra looked so impressive last match and now she’s gone too.
grendel: don’t mind fist pumps and shouts after good/important points/games but after every point very, very tedious eg Marichenko playing Andy.


margot Says:

Ah no, night match, day here duh, of course will suit Nole :)


JCK Says:

I read some questions about Nadal fans’ disappearance from this site. I’m a Rafa fan and I posted here last year for a short while but I don’t come here often anymore. I know where most Rafa fans have gone. I think my reason of not coming here probably is shared by many other Rafa fans.

First, there is an obvious bias against Nadal on this site, starting from most of the staff writers. From the subtle but constant “digs” at Rafa to outright baseless accusations stated as “facts” (PED, hand-signals from Uncle Toni etc.).

Second, there are several very militant posters here who dislike Nadal to the point that everything that is remotely positive comments about him is attacked and any negative comments are echoed and repeated and exagerated. Some of us have a very busy life. We don’t come online to battle. We don’t really need that kind of stress in our daily life. We enjoy Rafa’s games and personality. We just want to enjoy watching his tennis or tennis games in general without getting into hand-to-hand combat on a daily basis.

Some of the accusations and obnoxious comments about Rafa crossed the line, yet, moderators do nothing about it. Perhaps, moderators have their own bias so they turn a blind eye toward the behavior.

So we find other tennis boards/forums where we can comment on tennis games and support each other’s favorite without getting into shouting matches, debates or verbal combats on a daily basis. It is just a game, folks.


madmax Says:

Cindy_Brady Says:
Roger Federer will be lucky to get by Wawrinka. Just because he has a 6-1 lifetime edge doesn’t mean anything. Wawrinka is playing awesome.

If Roger does escape then he will have the Joker waiting for him to do the same to him as he did at the U.S Open.

I predict a rematch of the U.S Open happening with Nadal beating Djokovic in the end.

Even Patrick McEnroe picks Nadal.

Yes the ugly Fed and Murray fans are going to be disappointed.

January 24th, 2011 at 10:59 am

Cindy brady, I think you need to post during a match and not slide away – the fed fans and murray fans are beautiful by the way!

In a perverted kind of way, I think fed fans have missed your nettle comments!

Nina, your hunches have been working over time dont you think?

grendel,

yes barbara is a beautiful woman. I enjoyed the interview with federer, I thought he was relaxed and felt good about his game. I actually believe he has played pretty well this tournament and we hae had some horrors before. By that I mean the first round at wimby Falla – who could forget that one? But only, was it 2 years ago? Andreev in the first round went to a five setter and then fed reached the final – so he has played worse than AO 2011. I said he would win against stan in straights.

I try to ignore the doubters and those who want to put the kybosh on his play, in all honesty, whats the point? (you bring up his age a lot grendel, I dont know whether you have noticed?).

Great to analyse his game, which really is a sight for very sore eyes. Federer’s game is magical and artistic 3/4 of the time. I am probably one of the few fans that believes he will continue playing until he is well into his 30′s. So I guess that is why I feel happy whenever he plays.

He’s not going to win everything, but he has put himself in the best place to give himself the best chance in terms of new coach and massive hunger -even now – that some players around his “age” dont have – that says a lot about the man. And he is converting that hunger into wins, his appetite is large grendel.

Next match is the next focus.

Go federer!!!!


margot Says:

JCK: as a Murray fan I really sympathise, Andy seems to live in that damn trunk, which really gets me aerated! Also, Andy gets his fair share of nasty personal comments. However, I do enjoy blogging with most folk on this site even though only a tiny minority share my passion. I try to ignore, or poke fun, at put downs. I survive! This site, although with a definate Fed bias, really needs fans with different points of view. Hope u stay :)


Kimo Says:

Who’s watching Nole vs. Berd?

I stand by my prediction. Novak in straights.


dAri Says:

Is novak hitting about as hard as you have seen in a while? Maybe ever?


Kimo Says:

dari, I agree. He’s hitting the ball very cleanly, and his serve is clicking.


Kimo Says:

Djoko is toying with Berdych.


Duro Says:

Kimo, help me out! Share some info! I’m at work and can’t watch it. I’m dieing here! How’s Nole doing, except almost perfect as result suggests?


Kimo Says:

This is the first Djoko match I see this year, and he seems to be more aggressive than he used to be.

He looks dangerous.


Kimo Says:

He’s looking very good, Duro.


Duro Says:

Thanks, man. You can’t imagine my frustration at the moment…


Gannu Says:

Can ne one tell me how is berdie playing? or is it just that Djoko is in sublime form so far.. its going to be very interesting.. i am gonna bunk office on thursday to see my feddy bear ;-) worth the bunk.. after all i want to enjoy every imp match that feddy plays in his last few years!

I have a feeling its gonna be a rocking semi final.. Fed vs Djokop and Nadal vs. Murray .. these 4 are miles apart everyone… so lets see who emerges out of the ashes ;-) and may the emperor preserve/protect his rightful throne again ;-)


Kimo Says:

Berd breaks to go up 3-1 in the second. Djoko struggling a bit with his consistency, his UEs are piling up.


Kimo Says:

Gannu, Djoko was indeed sublime, but he’s dropped a bit in the 2nd set. Meanwhile, Berdych cleaned up his act, making a lot less UEs.


Gannu Says:

Thanks Kimo and Djoko breaks back!
Since Kimo u have seen both Fed in Djoko in sublime form if they meet in semis whom would u pur ur money on.. say wht ur brain says and not your heart;-)


Kimo Says:

Djoko breaks back.


Kimo Says:

I pick Fed, always Fed. Look, I believe that if Fed plays his best, he’ll beat anybody’s best, and that includes Rafa.

Now if Djoko of the first set comes out against Fed, Fed’ll have his hands full. If the Djoko of the 2nd set comes up, Fed may have it easier.

But of course, what beat Roger in the US Open semi was not Djoko. He beat himself. His performance in the 2nd and fourth sets of that match were pathetic to say the least. If he avoids mental lapses, he’ll be ok.


Gannu Says:

agreed kimo 2nd and 4th sets in US Open was shocking.. i was wondering :yuck…has he lost his head??? or hasnt he slpet well!!!


Huh Says:

Yay Gannu!!! :D


madmax Says:

gannu, you have to believe that this is a different roger now and stop dwelling on the past.

He has played brilliant tennis, aggressive and more inspiring tennis since annacone has been on board. I dont think that roger has had to do a lot with his game personally.

He has worked very hard on his serve and that is evidenct, he has beaten all the people who had beaten him in the past year. I don’t worry about roger any more. He is where he needs to be right now.

This has given him the extra confidence that he has lacked. You should read his recent interview about the USO. Remember since then, he has beaten both novak and berdych. He needed to do this for his own confidence and he has. Plus he has gained so much more. He is a better player gannu. despite what you read and what you think in his wobbly moments. He is a better player.

Dont worry so gannu. :0

Roger is more nimble, light and talented than ever.

Go roger! :)


van orten Says:

berdych only plays his best vs federer…at least it seems that he can stay for much longer against him in a match at a grandslam before he starts to make stupid errors…djoker is just the better player today and always so its good seeing him win ..because federer always plays badly vs berd…vs djoker he can have a bad day and stay in the match as seen in the semis at flushing meadows…


van orten Says:

what i mean is that it is ok to lose vs a very good player as the djoker but really annoying if he loses vs berdych who is clearly not as good as djoker, murray and of course fed himself


van orten Says:

nadal got third night session in a row??? well at least fed had the same amount of night matches last year …goin into the semis he played only once at night and we all know what happened then…don´t say it has to happen again but i think it is not that important when you play…it is important to win by adapting properly


margot Says:

Arise from your slumbers jane, Nole through and looking blooming gr8! Especially game 4, set 3 when he broke serve. Make sure you watch it!
Bring on TMF say I!


Gannu Says:

Hi Huh and Thanks madamax.. ur words are always optimistic.. but i am a born pessimist.. the way Djoko has just dismantled his opponents and especially beating berdych so comfortably is not a joke… Anyways I will be there for now all fed matches till the end… and all those nerve wrecking moments…its gonna be one crazy week ahead ;-) I hope our man dominates and wins everything in straight sets…my heartt has already suffered too many heart attacks in the past one year ;-) He lost 4 matches with MPs lol;-)

Go roger! Go Fedex! Go emperor on ur 17th Gslam

That aside how come u are so confident that fed is a changed man… He p[layed a horrendoyus service game to lose a set to robredo.. just cant afford that against Djoko who is an excellent returner.. so fed is still not FED 100% ;-)


Duro Says:

Kimo, thanks a lot!

Gannu, I have new job. I can’t bunk anything! But, I’ll think twice for the semis… After all, I don’t find my love towards Novak lesser than yours to Feddy Bear. Cheers.

Hi Maxi. Hi Huh. See you in the semis, as I always say. Prediction: …


gonzalowski Says:

Hi everybody
Here a Nadal fan, I usually read this foro and have a good time, much because there are negative comments for Nadal and it’s funny.
I don’t usually write, only reading is good for me.
2 hard matches for him (if beating Ferrer). But it’s true that Nadal usually manages Ferrer, Murray, Fed or Djoko.
Last times in atp Europa rules! We expect it continues. About youngsters you write much about Raonic, Tomic,… here goes Dolgo!


Duro Says:

Here’s one brilliant guy article:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/583020-roger-federer-and-rafa-nadal-stumble-before-australian-open-2011-finals

He happens to think same as I do. The article is balanced, despite the fact that the idea won’t be liked by a huge Fedal fan-base. That makes it even better, and establishes the author as a brave, independent and self-confident thinker. Xeno, you’re the man!

Novak-Murray in the finals! Must happen once…
It’s about time.


nadalista Says:

same here,gonzalowski, i read this blog because it’s anti-rafa bias is so funny! Some of the posters……you can feel the hate in their posts! Bizarre. I just find it so funny that one can be so emotionally invested (negatively)in a total stranger. I mean, rafa is a multi-millionaire sports stud going about his business. Do they really think he caresw about their loopy opinions?

I can understand being positively invested in a particular idol (for them it’s Federer, fair enough), that is positive energy. But negativity? To me, that is like taking poison and hopping the other guy dies…….daft.

Another thing that puzzles me is……if they so do not like rafa’s game…….why do they watch him play? Bizarre…..


Kimo Says:

So who said Djoko would win in straights? That was me :)


Kimmi Says:

congrats durosssiiimmmo and other djoko fans. big bird was no match for the djoker. I was thinking it will be a tough match but alas

Djoko showed berdy how to play tennis…he broke his will, in the end big bird looked like the one we saw end of last year.

Bring on the swiss….go federer I say!


grendel Says:

Duro – the author of your link, Xeno-philous , used to post on this site, and I think he may be Shital Green. May be.
margot – disagree WaWa only won Rod playing bad, plenty people can beat Rod these days however he plays, including wawrinka, who played awesome. Couldn’t manage it v Fed – so it goes.
“It’s only a game”… you might as well say it’s only life which, looked at from one point of view, is just a brief flash sandwiched between 2 eternities of nothingness. What is life? Among other things, games…
nadalista, different people have different takes, of course, but there is nothing surprising in the fact that a heavy emotional investment in the success of one person should be accompanied by sharp negative feelings about a huge rival, that’s as old as the human story (part of that brief flash…).
meanwhile, there’s such a thing as ambiguous feelings, real admiration for the skills displayed by the object of fear or hatred, and even, in some moods, enjoyment of these terrific skills.
Finally, is it true to say that there is a Federer bias on this site? is that not in itself, possibly, a highly biased way to describe the situation? If an author, say, happens to be exceptionally popular, and this is reflected in requests for interviews, articles about the author and so on, do we say there is a bias going on and other authors are being unfairly neglected? That sounds silly to me.

It would surprise me if Federer was not uniquely popular in the world of tennis and this (if true) must be largely because of his uniquely attractive playing style – yes, I know it doesn’t grab everyone, thank god, that’s not the point. Then the fact that there are more Fed fans on this site than any other breed of fan simply reflects the external reality. To call this bias is tendentious.
Of course, the behaviour of some Federer fans may sometimes be obnoxious – that’s another matter.

So: now it’s down to business. Federer v. Djokovic. May the best man win, providing of course that it is Federer….


nadalista Says:

Thank you Grendel for your response. The point of my post was to explain why there aren’t many Rafa fans posting on this board anymore, in response to a query by one poster.

Enough, I have made my point.

Enjoy your tennis


stu Says:

I can’t believe I missed Djoko-TBird. Set my alarm but just didn’t hear it! Can’t let that happen for the semis. Ajde Novak!


jane Says:

Thanks to the tennis gods, am lining up sacrifices a.t.m. :) margot i have arisen. The truth is I woke at 2:30 to get a drink and, of course, had to check scores on my ipad, and it was just about the second set tiebreak, so I sat down quietly watching the little black and white numbers move. 5-2 Djoko, all the way to 5-all, nervous, nervous, and then, he takes it to 6-5, but the little ball that denotes server moved over to Berdy. Could Nole take his chance? Yep, I believed. And he did, and I went back to bed knowing in my heart that THIS is not the Nole of last year who gave up a 2 set lead to Melzer at the FO. This Nole has a serve, a positive attitude, etc. Phew. ZZZZZZZZZ. :) :))

One more match for our guys – the biggest matches – and they will be in the final. COME ON Nolandy! And if it can’t be both, let’s hope at least one of them gets there!! fingers, toes, all crossed.


jane Says:

Oops have forgotten Tigger, & pogo tennis. Not good. I guess AndyM has two more matches before reaching the final. Come on AndyM, wise-Owl [insert alternate Milne character at your own discrection - Rabbit? Roo?], time to kick that tigger out of 100 acre wood! :) (Sorry conty but have to stop cheering on Dolgo now)


madmax Says:

gannu,

i think because I am probably in a minority. I don’t think that fed played all that badly aginst robredo? He took his foot off the pedal and robredo increased the pressure on his game. When you watch it, federer was fully in control. I really think he was conserving energy.

He won. He didnt seem that worried about it.

Now on to the semis gannu! 8 semis in a row! brillianttttt!!!!!

Plus, seeing what he has done in order to improve gannu. He is going to be a tough guy to beat. I just wont listen to negative press. It doesnt serve any purpose except to make you feel even worse. and for what? It plays no role in sport.

I enjoy watching federer play and I dont care what people say about him, or if they dont enjoy watching him, or if they think he should retire. They in my view, are missing out.

For now, I cant wait to see him in the semis and I have full confidence in him that he will step it up another gear when playing novak.

It’s going to be tough, but then roger is my first choice and novak is my second favourite player to watch so it is a win win situation for me. These two always have close matches on hard courts, but I dont see why Roger shouldnt pull through and make it happen. He is the best and I think he is very very hungry.

Obviously, Federer is the man and always will be. No reason why he shouldnt win gannu but lets be honest. Novak isnt going to make it easy. Their matches are always entertaining. I can deal with that.

It’s just the constant negativity that bores me.

Come on Fed!


Kimmi Says:

hahaha jane. “the little ball that denotes the server” great post.

nolandy, i actually like that :) well, they need to win some more to cement their joint name…i mean win the big ones. Nole did it at the USO..can he do it again..i hope not :)

let the best man win!!


Duro Says:

Jane, traditionally serious and analytic Jane, so funny? Great! I didn’t know that side of yours. Keep on going. I like it.

To continue in a similar spirit: Come on No(l)andy!
It’s getting serious. No room for another one for me! In Novak I trust.

That’s applied for the finals, of course. Until then, I’m on your side.


Duro Says:

Grendel, I wouldn’t know. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that pseudonym during me being here (last 2 and a half years).

Stu, awake yourself up for the semis! Don’t go to bed, preferably.

Kimmissimmo, thanks. Two out of your two faves still in the game… You might well see them both where you wish them to be. Two eggs, two baskets… Very opportune, very opportune… Risk dispersion on its best.

Maxi, our guys again… These four are obviously the proven best. I’m getting used to it, but lacking titles. Could you spare some? You have more than enough.


Andrew Miller Says:

Glad to see Djokovic through. Hope, d he would win. Nothing against Berdych – thought he got lucky in 4th round with Verdasco hurt (foot injury), which made the match look as though Berdych was superman. Thought his level was artificially high that day.

Glad to see another Fed-Djoko match! Should be a dog fight.


Andrew Miller Says:

Dolgopolov struggling, Murray staying the course.


Andrew Miller Says:

If Dolgo had some Murray in him, he’d be top 10. If Murray some Dolgo, he’s be a slam winner.


Andrew Miller Says:

Dolgo is awesome! This guy has magical shots a la Federer, Rios, Nalbandian, Baghdatis, Nadal variety. Magic out there. 6-5 Dolgo in third set, two sets down to Murray.


Andrew Miller Says:

Dolgopolov! Wins third set, 7-6. Murray up 2 sets to 1. Some of the best tennis I have seen outside of a Federer vs. Excellent opponent match. Thriller!


scineram Says:

RICK, RICK, RICK, WHERE ART THOU?

HELLO, IS THERE ANYBODY IN THERE?

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