Federer Lines Up Djokovic, Woz Wins Tuesday at Australian Open
by Staff | January 25th, 2011, 9:54 am
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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will rekindle their rivalry in the Australian Open semifinals after quarterfinal wins in Melbourne on Tuesday.


Federer reached the semis for an eighth straight year after beating fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.

“I play Stan obviously very different to what [Andy] Roddick or [Gael] Monfils or what other players might do against him,” Federer said. “Clearly it’s not an easy match for him also. I’ve been in so many quarterfinals, in this situation so many times before, that I have the experience and I have the game to be tricky for him.”

Federer was especially tricky, often reaching into the “toy chest” in the third set, creating nonchalant points that looked like exhibition tennis.

“The scoreline suggests maybe it was easier than it looked like,” Federer said. “I thought it was a pretty tough match. He really got into the match, especially in the second set, but I was able to mix it up well and just keep him on his toes.”

The 29-year-old Federer is attempting to become the first player in Open Era history to win five Australian Open titles.

Djokovic beat No. 6-seeded Tomas Berdych on Tuesday 6-1, 7-6(5), 6-1 to improve to 5-0 against the Czech on hardcourt.

“I have to be very happy with the performance,” the Djoker said. “Maybe the turning point was the tiebreak in the second set where it went my way. If it’s one-set all, it’s a totally different match.  Two sets up, it’s a big advantage and I was starting to go for shots more in the third. I was physically prepared, mentally motivated to some success. So far it’s been great. Today has been a real test. I have nothing to lose playing Federer, who’s the title defender here. We all know everything about him. I have to believe in myself in order to win that match.”

Berdych was up a break in the second set but could never set the tone against the Serb.

“I can be disappointed with the second set,” Berdych said. “I took over a little bit and was playing well. Then, just lost the set very close in the tiebreak where was also a bit lucky. The other two sets he was dominating and he was playing really well today.”

Federer leads Djokovic 13-6 in their career head-to-head meetings, but Djokovic beat the Swiss en route to the 2008 Australian Open title.

Wednesday quarterfinal action in Melbourne will see (1) Rafael Nadal vs. (7) David Ferrer in an all-Spanish clash, and (5) Andy Murray vs. the Soderling-killer Alexandr Dolgopolov.

On the women’s side Tuesday, world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and China’s Li Na advanced to a semifinals meeting.

Wozniacki needed to come back from a set down against the reigning French Open winner Francesca Schiavone, who ran out of gas in a fighting effort 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Schiavone has previously outlasted Svetlana Kuznetsova 16-14 in the third in an almost five-hour draining encounter.

“I’m a little bit disappointed. It’s normal,” Schiavone said. “I always want something more, particularly when I have my chances. I want to catch it. But I’m positive about the rest. I can keep going, keep improving and do more.”

Wozniacki prevailed by staying with her never-miss strategy of consistency and timely net approaches.

“It was very difficult. Francesca was playing well,” Wozniacki said. “I just thought, ‘Take one ball at a time and don’t give up.’ That’s what happens sometimes in tennis. You just need to stay focused. Today everything went in my favor afterwards and I’m happy to sit here as the winner.”

By reaching her first Australian Open semifinal, Wozniacki also secures the No. 1 ranking for the tournament from trailing No. 2 Vera Zvonareva.

Schiavone will move to No. 4 after the tournament.

“I’ve worked hard to arrive here, so I’m very happy,” Schiavone said. “I want to keep going, but step by step. I never fly, so just one step. I have 10 years more.”

The No. 9-seeded Li improved to 10-0 in 2011, beating No. 30 seed Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-4.

“Two days ago I wanted to see how Andrea played against Maria [Sharapova], but Kuzy and Schiavone were playing and TV didn’t show much of the other match,” Li said. “It was tough. I only practiced with Andrea one time last year. So, at the beginning of the match, I was a little bit nervous. But I played well today.”

The 28-year-old Li also reached the semis last year, losing to Serena Williams.

Petkovic was playing in her first career Slam quarterfinal.

“I think she played really well. I think she’s going to win the tournament,” Petkovic said. “It’s just the feeling, how she is on the court, her confidence and the way she’s playing. I feel she has a great chance to win the tournament. Sometimes you get the feeling during the match that somebody is really strong and just has that confidence going on, that aura maybe.”

On the court in Wednesday quarterfinal action will be (25) Petra Kvitova vs. (2) Vera Zvonareva, and (12) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. (3) Kim Clijsters.

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has only lost one set, and that was by 10-8 in a break…Roger Federer has won 15 straight matches…Caroline Wozniacki will remain the No. 1 ranked player after the Australian Open…Novak Djokovic has won four straight over Tomas Berdych since losing to the Czech in the Wimbledon semifinals…Li Na has reached her second straight Australian Open semifinal. She has not lost a set…Andy Murray has only lost 22 games… Kim Clijsters has won 11 straight Grand Slam matches…Petra Kvitova is trying to reach her second Slam semifinal…The Australian Open will crown a new women’s champion this year…David Ferrer has won 9 straight matches…Roger Federer has now reached the semifinals at the Australian Open eight straight years…Caroline Wozniacki was presented with a inflatable kangaroo at the start of her press conference.


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457 Comments for Federer Lines Up Djokovic, Woz Wins Tuesday at Australian Open

strange Says:

So, Nadal gets to play 4 out of 5 matches in night session. No other player has played more than 1, and most shockingly Murray HAS YET to play a single night session, and he’s not playing one tonight!!!

That means Murray will play Nadal in SF with no experience of night conditions this year, which are very different. That is a huge impediment for a match of such importance. Surely a sign that AO wants Nadal to win…how else to explain it.


jane Says:

When do Dolgo/Murray and Rafa/Ferrer play? Will go check AO website.


Dory Says:

I just love Nole gatecrashing every Nadal-Federer encounter these days!!!! Question is can he beat them one after the other? In the US Open, Nadal destroyed an exhausted Djoker.


jane Says:

Technically, i think Nole lined up Fed, no? Since Fed had already won thru to the semis before Nole even stepped on the court to take on Berd. I know it is a bit chicken and egg, but couldnt resist lining that up ;)

Go AndyM!!


Swiss Maestro Says:

jane @ 11:23

but according to most, federer always makes the draws himself (thereby ensuring cupcake draws), so it is federer who lined up joker, no? lol


ckr Says:

Go Andy & Novak!!! Stop the two horse race.


dari Says:

SWIiiiiiSSSSSSS!


margot Says:

jane, kimmi, nina, nice live interview with Andy on “BBC Scotland Sport” Also conty with Billy Connelly, I promise he doesn’t do a scary growl ;)
Andy is daytime Australia, perfect for you guys again, but semis and final will be their night matches.
jane, we’ve been here so many times, hopes sky high, then dashed…I too am making sacrifices to the tennis gods. Nole has the skill to beat Fed, he really has. He just has to believe and not be so damn respectful!
I expect Andy to beat Sasha, is that what we should call him, might take a set off Andy b4 he figures him out but then Andy should be OK. Then, if he gets to the semis, Andy has to believe too. Not thinking beyond that at the mo., very wise considering it’s Rafa we’re probably talking about….. gulp….
Just off to light a fire……


margot Says:

Oh yes, have you guys seen Petra Kvitova play? Muddled her up with Andrea b4, these East European names…..kimo and I saw the same match and were so impressed with her, but of course us women want Vera to win so we can carry on ogling…..;)


Skeezerweezer Says:

Another record possibly awaits the Maestro? C’mon, bring it Fed :)


dAri Says:

What’s the record this time, skeeze?


Skeezerweezer Says:

5 AO ‘s oh the open era, if he wins it :)


grendel Says:

Kvitova/ Zvonereva should be a cracker. Zvonereva can do everything, Kvitova can’t yet – but she has a special sparkle. Hope she comes thru.

I would like Dolgo to win, other things being equal, but other things are not. I want to see a Murray/Nadal semi. It’s not quite the case that this is so Fed doesn’t have to play Nadal. Actually, it’s not clear to me that Nadal is a more difficult opponent than Murray, there can’t be a lot in it. But Dolgo is not good enough yet to beat either Muray or Nadal. A Murray/Nadal semi is an exciting prospect, impossible to call with any confidence. So, I’d like to see Dolgo continue on the learning curve, but Murray to come thru.

It can’t often be the case that of the 4 possible combinations of the semi-finalists to reach the final, not one is obviously more plausible than another.(I’m assuming of course Nadal and Murray win their quarters). All the same, I’m betting on a Federer/Murray final.


andrea Says:

let’s hope that whoever makes it to the final, they both arrive in the same shape – either fighting off effects of 5 setters from the previous rounds or relatively fresh after straight set wins. this way, there are no injury/tired excuses.

i agree with you grendel….even in dolgo would pull out a win over murray, to go back to back with nadal, and be successful, it would be an almost impossible proposition.

i prefer to see a murray and nadal semi. murray really is on fire this time and i feel he will be the finalist on that side of the draw as well.

i can’t believe that wozzy was under so much fire last night!!! i feel for schiavone. she had a real shot of taking out the #1, but there is only so much your body can take.

god bless, she’s as ugly as a stick but she has a warm and sweet personality.


M Says:

“The scoreline suggests maybe it was easier than it looked like,” Federer said. “I thought it was a pretty tough match. He really got into the match, especially in the second set, but I was able to mix it up well and just keep him on his toes.”

You tell ‘em, Roger – don’t let people take your hard work from you by intimating it’s “just easy for you”, just because you’re gifted.

“I’ve worked hard to arrive here, so I’m very happy,” Schiavone said. “I want to keep going, but step by step. I never fly, so just one step. I have 10 years more.”

Glad to hear her say this.

Go, Sasha!


sheila Says:

i watched the qtrs w/federer & wawrinka & is seemed wawrinka was off his game. i watched djokovic & berdych & djokovic imo, looks really tuff 2beat. i am a federer fan & always will be and hes got a tuff one in trying to beat djokovic. djokovic is not only 1 of the best returners in the game, but his serve is back to what it once was + his speed will make it very hard for federer in the semis. somehow i hope roger elevates his game to such a level that djokovic doesnt win. i think if federer loses to djokovic in another major semifinal its sending federer a msg that getting to another major final will b difficult. my dream final federer vs murray & wins, but my realistic final is nadal vs djokovic & nadal wins in 4. nobody has the “tennis” balls 2beat nadal in a major best of 5 & until ic that, nadal is the realistic choice as far as winning this. i truly hope i eat my words on this & federer pulls it out.


Kimberly Says:

any other Rafa fans (if there are any on this site) feeling nervous for tonights match? Ferrer can be a tough player. I’ve been sleeping the past two nights so I may be up to the challenge of waking up at 3:30am. Not sure.


dAri Says:

Aww, andrea she’s not that ugly. Next time you run around on a court for even one hour and see how you look. Not a looker, for sure, but there is worse on the tour.
Any way, I like your point about both in the final being in the same condition when they get there. That’s difficult to have happen, but will almost certainly require that Murray beat dolgo tonight. I certainly will be cheering for Murray here and in the next round if he makes it!
Does ferrer have a chance against Rafa?!!!


dAri Says:

I just feel a little shroud of mystery behind Rafa’s game at the moment. He has not quite had the appropriate competition. Bernie was there for a moment but extreme inexperience didnt allow him much of a chance. I only saw some of the cilic match on ESPN3 replay. Saw a lot of mistakes from cilic, but also Rafa dragging out closing cilic out in some of the service games. What happens when a meets an experienced, extremely physical player in ferrer. Not in the bag this one.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Ferrer is a good warm up match for Nadal, nothing more. Rafa’s 11-3, with 7 straight W’s going back to ’07…


Skeezerweezer Says:

TV

I got 12-3 Rafa, 5-1 on Hard. Last 3 wins on HC in straight sets. Ferrer’s chance to win? .001%.


margot Says:

3am awful time for us Brits so please lots of loud cheering from any Andy fans who are watching, especially jane and kimmi.
Come on Andy! Only 3 to go! only…….


margot Says:

PS just seen yours dAri thanx. Big loud shouts please …. of joy!


contador Says:

yeah, i don’t think tigger tennis is ready for andy murray…but i didn’t think he’d get a set off robin soderling.

but i read something someone wrote on the dolgo interview thread about dolgo having an underlying health issue. i don’t read peter bodo or tennis.com unless i have to but that’s where i found a piece bodo wrote abt dolgo last summer after wimbledon. wasn’t very sympathetically written but i wouldn’t think bodo would be. and by the symptoms described i can guess what it is. since dolgo hasn’t elaborated, it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to blab on abt my thoughts. but will say this: dolgo just went up, way up in my estimation. it’s nothing less than amazing how he’s coped and that he’s in the atp top 50. i didn’t save the link but if anyone is interested, it’s on tennis.com written about mid july or something 2010.

i knew he had a problem…pulled muscle i thought it was last clay court season but must have been watching TDF in spare time…not paying attention to tennis after wimbledon.

margot – also i had to youtube some billy connelly to see/hear who he is. yeah, from what i saw, i laughed enough at a bit he did on colonoscopies…to watch another one on terrorists.

i pick murray in straights today. like grendel, i want a nadal – murray semi. but i think rafa will win the semi. he’s not gonna lose in a GS again to muzz, is what i’m guessing. but hoping murray goes for the win like he has before vs rafa.

rafa and ferrer. of all the other spaniards probably ferrer will put up the best fight but…it’s as foolish as me being worried that stan was going to threaten federer, worrying abt ferrer against nadal. nadal in easy straights.

dont really know vera’s opponent or kim’s. i like watching both kim and vera…and yeah, vera’s coach is a looker. :p

still thinking this AO will be a djoko-nadal final with same outcome as us open. rafa unstoppable for the rafa slam…wearing the XL shirt so not so sweaty.

duro – if it were up to me, yes on the titles. i think 16 is enough. and i hope my final prediction is wrong about the winner. serious question: in the andy – nole final scenario, do you think andy and nole are too close of friends and nole will cave in, not play with enough killer instinct against murray?


grendel Says:

personally, I think Schiavonni is much more attractive than Wozniacki – it’s always mystified me, the supposed beauty of the Dane. She’s got this great big rectangular face full of huge teeth. If you want a doll, of course.

M – good point. WaWrinka had been in tremendous form, and if you leave aside a few nerves at the beginning, there’s no reason to suppose he suddenly lost it. Anything which looks good tends to look easy – I suppose because it looks natural. But nature is anything but spontaneous.


Duro Says:

Countess, if it happens to any of them, it will be Nole, all right. Murray would eat him alive until Nole awakes up to understand that practice sessions are over and the match is for real! Irreparable soul.


grendel Says:

Contador, I’m not a Djokovic fan but from what I have observed of him, and making dues allowances for his theatrical instincts – which are considerable – he’s a very tough competitor indeed. If he gets to the final and has Murray, friendship will take a seat in the boot, never mind the back. If it’s Nadal, I’m not so sure, there’s still a bit of a mental hurdle there, I suspect. But the point about hurdles is: you leap over them and hope you don’t crash. Meanwhile, Federer will need to beat Djokovic fair and square, the awe factor there disappeared some time go, I believe. And that’s all for the good. I look forward to seeing who emerges as the better player as of now.


Duro Says:

Margot, greetings for you from i am it. He says: “hello”.

I think your champ will beat Rafa. I just can’t imagine that guy losing to anyone. His game is perfect!!! Secure, clever, opportune, calculated, suitable… When it comes to hard courts, USOs and AOs and American/Canadian Masters three setters, he is the most suitable guy to win it. Only perfect game can beat it. And perfection doesn’t show up every day… Your cards are safe.


jane Says:

margot, will indeed be cheering as loudly as I can, although am so tired today from 2:30 score-peeking last night. :)

Agree that Ferrer will put up best fight but don’t think he will win. He’ll be a good tune up. Also someone said “shrouded in mystery” about Rafa’s game. I get it. Since all his matches have been late ones I have missed all but the one, and that was the one with the injured opponent Daniels. So I have no idea about Rafa’s form. I do think Ferrer looked very good versus Raonic (Ferrer is such a great returner/retriever) and that Murray has looked fabulous. So I have a sense of Rafa’s opponents but not Rafa??


Kimmi Says:

margot – i will ofcourse watch and cheer for muzz..loudly! he better win today. go andy.

I like schiavoni looks too. i think she is pretty in her own way. not a sharapova or ivanovic looks ofcourse. but ugly..no she is never that. her tennis is great to watch, she is always pull you in in her matches. very crafty and emotional..too bad she lost yesterday.


jane Says:

” the awe factor there disappeared some time go” – grendel I agree with you here; Nole approaches those matches without that sense of awe. He does, however, have an incredible amount of respect for both Fed and Rafa. He mentions them in almost all of his pressers “they are the favorites for every tournament” etc, and I wish he’d kind of stop. Last presser he said “Federer is the best player that ever there was” so I don’t know if this sort of laudatory commentary takes the pressure off, makes him too nice/respectful playing them and/or accepting of losses to them? I don’t know. Maybe it’s just talk too? Although I do get the sense it is sincere. But just something I have noticed. He talks of Fed/Nadal very very respectfully and in praiseful tones/terms.


jane Says:

Schiavone has a flapperish flare; she would look great in a Picasso painting, in a 1930s art deco cafe, or in an Italian vineyard. Nothing “doll” like about her, as grendel said. She’s unique, such character.


van orten Says:

nadal again nightt session??? wow it is incredible but true…if soederling had won his possible match vs murray would have been chosen instead i m pretty sure about that…is this an advantage for rafa ?? not if it keeps raining like yesterday!!! fed played the same amount of night session as last year previous to the semis : 1
nomen est omen !!!


Skeezerweezer Says:

@vo

Fed last yr played night sessions till when? Was finals day or night? I forget …


van orten Says:

fed played second round night session then semifinal and final


Kimberly Says:

Grendel says: personally, I think Schiavonni is much more attractive than Wozniacki – it’s always mystified me, the supposed beauty of the Dane. She’s got this great big rectangular face full of huge teeth. If you want a doll, of course.
___________________________________________

Being of slight build myself I would prefer schiavones physique as caroline is starting to tend towards amazon but i like carolines face minus the teeth better.


van orten Says:

correction he def. played hewitt in the 4th round night session…
so not sure about the 2nd round vs hanescu but it seems watching again that they started the match pretty late afternoon early evening!!!


contador Says:

thank-you for your response,”Count” Duro. u always make me smile with that “countess” thing.

i was trying to pass myself off here as a boy. :)

“irreparable soul” that’s endearing too. i am a fan of nole’s tennis and his personality. you didn’t say “yes” to my question but that’s what i would guess, at least at AO. i imagine him as sort of being too empathetic abt his friend murray getting his first slam. ( but not at any other GS)

also think that he’s not going to be mr. nice guy anymore when federer is across the net. he crossed that bridge. no more federer winning in straights. but they’ll fight it out, likely over 5 sets and both will be pretty beat up emotionally as well as physically.

yes, thinking the AO winner comes out of murray-nadal. sorry to be overlooking ferrer and dolgo but as Kimberly said…if dolgo win this, it’s the headlines of the year! but …..hahahahaha the luck it would require: Alexandr Sasha Tigger Pogoserve Dolgopolov Wins AO!

grendel- i think nadal is a mental hurdle for all of them, including not the least of them, federer.
and the theatrics is another reason i like watching nole so much. lol…”a seat in the boot.” isn’t that the other way around?

yes, i look forward to the federer – djokovic semi too. i’m over federer losing to djokovic in a GS semi and hoping nole can pull out the win in 4 sets or less…unless for some stroke of something beyond luck tigger makes it to the final! then i wouldn’t care who wins fed-nole. GO UNDERDOLOGO!

no more fedals for me…or murfeds…all done with those.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Re: Woz and Schiavone’s relative attractiveness, I think Caroline is lovely, but hubby and I agree Francesca is hot in an unconventional way. Her game, expressions, and personality are so much more exciting than Woz’s. Also, her legs are a work of art, though I guess many people prefer less muscle on a woman. The most unattractive WTA player I can think of is Petrova. Also, it’s amazing how different some players can look on and off the court. In profile pics I always think Vera looks gorgeous, but on court not pretty at all. Maybe it’s that goofy knob of hair on top of her head! Ok, I’m done being superficial now. ;)


grendel Says:

just a clumsy way of saying that friendship will be suspended for the duration of the match, Contador…


Kimmi Says:

if murray and nadal go thru, that will be a dream semi final…big matches to look forward to!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Vera starting very well. It’s exciting to have a player like Kvitova moving up, but I’d like to see Vera’s perseverance pay off for her. If things keep going like this, I won’t have to stay up so late to see Muzza vs Tigger Tennis.


Kimberly Says:

lulu, if I had to take a tennis players look and build I would take Dulko. Of course Sharpova is a knockout but I wouldn’t be confortable up that high.


Kimmi Says:

kvitova with the worst start so far..

vera has been going quiet through the draw, she reached 2 consecutives GS final, she is looking for the third!


stu Says:

haha underdolgo, cute! even if the poor kid manages to upset Muzz, he’s not going to get too far against Rafa. too many scalps over too many sets does not a tough opponent for rafa make….


contador Says:

grendel- my imagination gets a bigger part of my brain as you probably know by now. i see the friendship suspended on murray’s part but on nole’s side, that soulful side of djokovic…like duro says: “Murray would eat him alive until Nole awakes to realize the practice sessions are over and the match is for real!” and i add, if murray was far enough ahead, it would be too late and nole might just be happy enough for his friend winning.(this is for the AO not wimbledon or us open.) i leave out FO cos that’s rafa’s for who knows how long.

in short, i think murray would win AO over nole…just this once. but i am getting way too far ahead of reality…

vera with substantial lead.


Kimmi Says:

It was a day like today when muzza beat rafa last year..it was australian day i remember. go muzz

kvitova gives a little squeal when she wins a good point..haha funny!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Kimberly, yes Dulko is gorgeous. I am Cibulkova-sized, and happy with that. Just need to hit the gym a little more!


Kimmi Says:

too many errors kvitova..they r costing her


Lulu Iberica Says:

Wow, finally an exciting point! Maybe Kvitova will make a comeback.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Hmmm… Probably no comeback.


contador Says:

stu, in honor of super underdolgo and ferrer:

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

go vera!


Kimmi Says:

vera too good for kvitova. this looks like its going to be a rout


Kimmi Says:

r we going to see a come back..bring it on kvitova


Lulu Iberica Says:

Vera, please don’t get rattled now! Can’t believe Kvitova broke back.


Kimmi Says:

kvitova playing much better, i think we have a match..


Kimmi Says:

wow! 4 games in a row for kvitova. what a turn around.


dAri Says:

Break kvitova!
I favor the more aggressive player, so even though I don’t know much about her, I will cherry kvitova!
Plus, I was in the stands and saw Vera’s breakdown at uso 09, I didn’t know a ton about her there, but it always made me feel odd about her. She’s wonderfully improved now, I hate to hold that against her, but I don’t cheer for her over many.


Kimmi Says:

so tight kvitova here, she needs to hold. aaagh, match point vera


Kimmi Says:

there it is…dissapointing match!


jane Says:

Vera to semis – margot, let the ogling continue. :)


dAri Says:

Aww, gone too soon, kvitova


Lulu Iberica Says:

Good job, Vera! Way to be consistent and self-contained.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Now, of course Vera likely to get creamed by Aussie Kim in the semis!


Kimmi Says:

I hope so lulu. I am rooting for kim here but tough matches ahead, plus he hasnt been playing great..


Lulu Iberica Says:

Kimmi, Pam Shriver saying Kim hurt her leg last match. Yes, she’s making lots of errors.


Kimmi Says:

yes i heard that. hope its not too serious. I am not too worried about radwanska though..she has a crafy game but i think kim will be too powerful for her.


Kimmi Says:

dick is making so many mistake..no, it was not an ace and no it is not her first challenge, she already made a challenge in the first game.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yes, Radwanska outmatched here. Rather boring. Finish her quickly, Kim, and let us watch Muzza!


Kimmi Says:

but then kim just gifting the game back. this match is on her rackettoo mant ue


Lulu Iberica Says:

Dick always gets things wrong! I’m pretty new to tennis and I catch him making mistakes all the time. With just the number of matches he has commentated for, you’d think he’d know more!


Kimmi Says:

s/b too many UE..

ok kim stop messing around..concentrate now!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yes, Kim losing focus. Come back, Kim! Maybe she was bored, too!


Nina Says:

Margot wrote: jane, we’ve been here so many times, hopes sky high, then dashed…I too am making sacrifices to the tennis gods.

LOL. Count me for doing the sacrifices. I believe I always jinx Nole if I watch him live, so I’m gonna sacrifice myself for the higher goal and watch the semis recorded. I did the same at USO and Nole took Roger down. Then I did the mistake to watch the final live and he lost to Rafa. :(

This time I’m not repeating my mistake. I will watch everything recorded and knowing the score beforehand. It’s the only way i can seem to take it. And it’s like this that I know Muzza and Nole will pass to the final. Let the best win. :)


Kimmi Says:

what happened to mary carillo btw? its not that i want her back, just curious?


Lulu Iberica Says:

That’s better!


Kimmi Says:

set point..go kim


dAri Says:

Kimmie and Rafa with those short angled forehands, gotta get me a babolat! Wait aggie has one, too. I suppose that’s not all it will take!
Go kimmie!


Kimmi Says:

kim messing about again..eeek!


Kimmi Says:

back to duece. OK good!


dAri Says:

Kimmi- Carillo is gone from ESPN tennis. There are various degrees of rumors of her being “fired” but in any case she is gone. She was a little heavy handed with her criticisms, and obviously did not like the Williams. I just kinda got used to it and found myself slightly missing het ay the beginning of the tourney.
It’s been quite peaceful with out her, dick certainly has his “senior moments”


Kimmi Says:

I liked some her criticisms, i though she was speaking the truth a lot of times. it was the non stop yapping during matches that were putting me off.

oh, its so peaceful right now!


Kimmi Says:

wow! radwanska turning on the heat


Daniel Says:

Wow, Radwaska is making Kim push herself, amazing corsscourt backhand running backwards.


Daniel Says:

Kim playing brilliant tennis, but still with some silly mistakes. Radwasnka defense is keeping her in this match so far.


Kimmi Says:

ah kim!


dAri Says:

Just like that-back on serve.
hopefully kimmie can break back and just serve for it. save a little for the semis!
Must say I’d have to cheer for Li na in the other semi.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Aarghhh… Come on, Kim!


Kimmi Says:

this could go to three sets..kim with too many UE

c’mon wake up


Lulu Iberica Says:

I like Kim, but this stuff gets frustrating!


dAri Says:

I hope no third set, so Kim can get off court and Murray on!
Love Kim, she just needs to save energy for tomorrow.
Geeze aggie staying firm


Kimmi Says:

this is it with kim, she hasnt been sharp at all..she is not going to win this tournament. she needs to play better and take away those lapses.

i dont believe this match is going to third set

hope she breaks here..


Kimmi Says:

kim missing badly on those break points


Kimmi Says:

eventually!


Daniel Says:

Yeah, break back!


Daniel Says:

Radwanska is reading Kim shots very well, she is always in position to retrieve another ball.


Kimmi Says:

apart from kim making too many UE..radwaska is actually playing very well


Kimmi Says:

aaaaarghh kim..win this tie break pls


dAri Says:

Glad Kim is through, there are improvements to be made in the semi!


Kimmi Says:

what a shaky match! kim is through..

I dont know what is going to happen from here but tomorrow match against vera will be tough.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yay, Kim finally through! She’d better pick it up for the next round, though. Good effort from Radwanska.


jane Says:

Good thing Kim got that break back. I was beginning to worry. Congrats to her and Vera. Interesting semis in WTA: Kim, Vera, Woz, Li (or Na :)).

Bring on Tigger and Murray! Boing, boing hooo hooo hooo hooo.


Kimmi Says:

Go Muzz!


Daniel Says:

Damm, nobody was able to take 4 games in a set of Murray yet. He is super sharp so far.


Kimmi Says:

dolgo attacking second serves..put pressure on murray, he makes DF.

Interesting!


Daniel Says:

Murray survived an missed smash by Dolgo on BP, interesting indeed.


Daniel Says:

Great start for Murray.


Daniel Says:

Dolgo plays kicking all the time, at least he nerver stop moving his legs, basic tennis lessons!:)


Kimmi Says:

murray 2 DF now. miss on the drop shot give dolgo a chance…


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a passing shot to break Murray right back.
Murray already made 2 DF in 2 service games, Dolgo pressuring his second serve is paying off.


Kimmi Says:

another break point…down the line pass. we are back on serve. dolgo did not make a mistake this time..


thark Says:

ok muzza, i’m not by nature a vengeful person, but i have a bit of a bone to pick with winnie the pooh’s sidekick over there. since i imagine both of us will derive great satisfaction from it will you PLEASE steamroll this punk? i promise to be diplomatic and wish him all the best in the presser later.

thanks brother ;)


Lulu Iberica Says:

These two frustrate each other, funny to see. Yeah, Dolgo, cannot stop Murray with that dropper!


Kimmi Says:

what a pick up on that drop shot from muzz..

break back….go muzza. Now concentrate


Daniel Says:

Murray is on great form, he needs to put more first serve in, maybe remove the pace a little bit.


jane Says:

So for so good for Murray, but Tigger hasn’t lost his bounce.


dAri Says:

No way Murray! The wheels on him.
BTW, contador, you’ve planted a bad seed about this mystery health problem in dolgo. Saw him cough and had a twinge of worry. Whatever it is, great efforts for him to be hanging in with the best in spite of it!
Let’s go, Muzzzz!


Kimmi Says:

dolgo is over playing now..hmmm


stu Says:

wow dolgo is hitting a bit wildly no?


jane Says:

The return game will help Murray win, not to mention experience. 4-1, and coasting.


Daniel Says:

Dolgo starting to spray errors, if it keeps like this, another demolition by Murray.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Murray just a class above Dolgo. Unless Muzz goes mental he can’t lose this. Dolgo seems to be the one losing it, though.


Kimmi Says:

his service action is so quick..haha funny to watch


Lulu Iberica Says:

I might have to eat my words about Dolgo being outclassed!


Daniel Says:

Well, this game everything went in and Dolgo breaks. Murray playing too much on Dolgo’s forehand.


Kimmi Says:

Murray serving 35% with 3 DF..i mean, muzza, that wont cut..needs to go higher

wow! dolgo is good on attack! he breaks back..

this wont be an easy match. dolgo is settling down now, he is starting to play well


Lulu Iberica Says:

Murray really has some beautiful shots! I guess I don’t appreciate them as much when he’s playing Rafa.


jane Says:

Oh no, Tigger bounces back to 4-all. That point @ 40-love that Murray won for 40-15 was amazing. These two are kind of similar. Murray’s serve is “pants” as margot would say.


stu Says:

Dolgo is probably better off defending and waiting for Muzza to go on the offense. Bringing Muzza to the net has clearly not worked for him…


Kimmi Says:

great hold muzza!


dAri Says:

Dolgo had Murray scrambling that point , don’t see that often. Murray still able to hold. This feels more tense than I expected!


Lulu Iberica Says:

One thing Tigger should not do is bring Murray in, closer and closer to the net. Murray is awesome at those low sharp angled shots.


dAri Says:

Haaaaaa! Dolgo gets a strange let call, argues a sec, but then steps to the line and bam! Ace, no problem.


Lulu Iberica Says:

I see you said it already, Stu!


jane Says:

Murray is now serving better, but contrary to what i had thought about the return, Murray hasn’t been able to deal with the pogo serving, esp. the ones out wide.


stu Says:

if we all do maybe he’ll take heed, lulu :)


Daniel Says:

I want to see how Dolgo will perform on clay. His game and moviment seems suitable, plus his topspin forehand, similar to Andreev.


stu Says:

the way this is going, it promises to be a super exciting tiebreak


stu Says:

aaargrghh he botches every single overhead


Kimmi Says:

murray loves those scrumbling shots..apparently he practice them


Lulu Iberica Says:

Oh, too good from Murray! You better show some respect, Tigger!


Daniel Says:

Unbelievable, if he loses this set, that smash to set tiebreak will hunt him down!


Kimmi Says:

oh nooo! bad error


jane Says:

What retrieving by Murray. Dolgo has a wicked wicked serve though. We should call contador the site scout. :)


Lulu Iberica Says:

We want a tie-break, c’mon Dolgo!


stu Says:

It’s kind of annoying how Muzza plays crucial points. I like him, but he’s no fun to watch returning everything to the center of the court.

And Dolgo goes for too much and botches a backhand.


Kimmi Says:

the tie break is going to be tricky. Muzz always gets the tricky players in GS..

break here muzza..break


Eric Says:

The more I see him play, the more I am disliking Dolgopolov. I hate his weird flicky service motion and am almost ethically opposed to getting so many free points just from doing it so weirdly. Also, the way he pouts and looks like he thinks he’s being cheated after every error he makes is immature and off-putting.


Kimmi Says:

BREEEEEEEEAAAAKKKKKK! Go Muzz


Daniel Says:

Oh Dolgo, there was the match. That smash…


stu Says:

“the way he pouts and looks like he thinks he’s being cheated after every error he makes is immature and off-putting”

hmm…when you put it that way…


jane Says:

Dolgo will rue (roo) his missed chances, but Andy M & experience prevail!


Daniel Says:

One thing is, from the moment the match became closer Murray serve vanished, in fact never appear today. He has to serve above at least 55% to have a chance against Nadal. He won’t beat the world n. 1 and one of players who most break serve with less than 50 % first serves in.


dAri Says:

That’s what I want to see from Murray!
Eric, whoa. I don’t feel as strongly as you do, but sure some of his quirks are a bit unappealing. More the head flick on the ground strokes, I think more so backhand, that gets me. I do find myself cringing a bit for all the body movement, Ouch!, but quite entertaining none the less.
Shut him out muzza.


Eric Says:

Murray has been strangely off and on so far, yes. I think as he gets used to Dolgopolov – a new opponent, yes? – he’ll improve. For a while there it looked like it was going to be all Murray, all the time, before Dolgopolov really started bringing it.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Murray took that off the rat! Slice lobby.


Eric Says:

dari, for sure. :) Not saying I’m giving him a fair shake, just that I dislike his manner. He really knows how to hit a ball though!


jane Says:

Dolgo may be tricky, esp because unfamiliar, but as commentators are saying, he is bound to be tired after the two five setters and big wins, whereas Murray should be totally fresh. Yet he seems fine so far. Maybe missing a bit more again? His error count must be waaaaay higher than Murray’s.

Commentator said Dolgo is like Hewitt in the “eye” but Pat Rafter in his” game” (and pony tail).


dAri Says:

Ha, he got one!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Eric, I hate players getting negative too, but the commentators were saying how Andy was cursing to himself at the beginning of the match when Dolgo was frustrating him, so he is no angel invthat department! Cursing on court is definitely nastier than making pouty faces. (I still like Murray, though.)


jane Says:

Yep, 32 UEs for Dolgo to 14 for AM. Least he has a sense of humour when we flubs things, though that may be a bad thing as his attitude is too casual. AM not taking him lightly. This will be a straight setter.


stu Says:

I thought I was rooting for Muzza, but suddenly I find I’m in Dolgo’s corner…


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yeah, Murray has his number now. Tigger losing his bounce. Maybe I’ll try to get some sleep now.


jane Says:

Murray, great get! On the other hand, Dolgo is falling apart, errors galore. AM just has to hang tuff. Shouldn’t expend much energy at this rate. He may need it for Rafa or roadrunner Ferrer.


stu Says:

spirit broken somewhat?


jane Says:

Announcers say Dolgo “fizzling out” but they’ve got the wrong metaphor for the wrong match. Soda fizzled out; Tigger is losing his bounce, as LuLu said.


Kimberly Says:

Murraybseems to be finding his groove. Tigger put on a good snow in the first set. I’m off to bed.


stu Says:

Yeah the moment and the attention is getting to him a bit. It IS the quarterfinal of a Slam….


Kimmi Says:

muzz with much better serving in the second set. 70% first serve is what the Dr ordered.

Go muzza! one more set to go and then bring that serve to the semi..


stu Says:

Dolgy can be happy about the fact that nobody else has managed to take so many games from Murray this tournament. Murray actually ended up with the easiest opponents among big 4, considering Melzer was the most accomplished of the lot. Of course the semi will make up for it!


stu Says:

off to bed for me, with happy thoughts about the dream semis :). i have no doubt that i will wake up to find that Rafa has kept his end of the bargain…


Kimmi Says:

early break in the third..dolgo is definetly bouncing away jane.

good for muzza…go for straights set muzza


margot Says:

Hi jane, kimmi dAri and everyone out there! Just woke up very early and of course am now hooked. First set too close 4 comfort and Andy’s serving horrible. Second better but Andy looks very flat and so is atmosphere. Can see how difficult Alexander is though, amazing unreturnable shots, followed by equally amazing errors. No rhythm anywhere.
Come on Andy!


Gannu Says:

WoW Dream Semis… Fed vs. Djoko and now Murray vs. Nadal (Ferrer has lost the match in the locker room!)… So interesting… have to bunk office tiomm to see feddy bear!


jane Says:

He seems just beat (as in tired) too, but Murray has tightened up his own game and he has begun serving much better than he was initially. So it is a combo of Murray expertly tightening the screws, getting back everything,etc, and Dolgo dropping off in form (43 errors). I think he is being a bit schooled by Murray :). Neither Tsonga nor Soda can get back near to what AM can, so it is a rude awakening for Tigger.


jane Says:

Speaking of rude awakenings, go back to sleeep margot. Rest easy, match in the bag. Dream of the next round! :)


Skeezerweezer Says:

Dolgo has played some inspired tennis against a hot confident Murray. He has a future, and love the fact that he has the solid ground game but can slice, etc. His youth shows in the transition shots, ie: drop shots, thinkin he has casual putaways, but me thinks this kids the real deal. As for Murray, he ram I or a very hot player this tourney, and has acted the part of the experienced pro so far. Wod be surprised if it goes over 4, and this is a great test for Muzza going into the Rafa match, will bode him well


Kimmi Says:

margot – muzz is much better now. i am so relaxed at the mo. not so much in the first set but i am happy to see he was able to fight it out.

now he just needs to press it all the way home. few more games. Go muzz


Kimmi Says:

muzza needs the second break here though, just to be sure…


Gannu Says:

this cute kid dolgopolgo does play well ;-)


jane Says:

Stu, you may have it right. Cannot really tell if Dolgo is worn out as he still has a bounce, but maybe his spirit is broken because he has had no luck figuring Murray out. Murray has seen 13 break points, but Dolgo only 3. Murray is just stronger.

But as margot says there hasn’t been any rhythm from Sasha’s side, he will play a few great points and then a few really poor ones. No consistency.

As the announcers said: “no one has come close to beating Andy”. So true.


stu Says:

When you play Novak in the final, Andy, please don’t celebrate when he misses….


dAri Says:

Great scrambling point at the net…
And a bp for Alex!


Kimmi Says:

hmmm, break back point…concentrate muzz


stu Says:

that was such an excellent point to get to 30-30!

he’s new to the big stage, the excitement and attention is clearly not helping with the focus. rhythm will come, jane, he’s not going away anytime soon…

who else should we be keeping an eye on, contador?


Kimmi Says:

thats what i was worried about…

aaaargh margot – time to be nervous again!!


jane Says:

What the??!! Did tigger just roar?

Come on Murray: hang tough, don’t let him back in it. I need sleep, you need to conserve energy!


stu Says:

well well, what do we have here? just when i was about to turn it off and go to bed…


stu Says:

he looks so calm and composed…it’s only when he sprays something that you realize how nerve wracking it must be for him…


jane Says:

Agree stu. Doglo will be learning & progessing all year.

Just do not want him to progress here and now. ;)


dAri Says:

wrap it up, Murray! As exciting as the tennis is, you’ve got bigger, Spanish fish to fry!


margot Says:

Hmm, hang on in there Andy!
Dolgo either very, very brilliant or very, very c**p! Don’t you just want to wring his neck!
Andy definately off though, don’t think it’s ALL down to Dolgo.


Gannu Says:

this dolgopolgo kid has got some talent..May be my next favorite after feddy bear retires ;-)


stu Says:

he’s a natural. i’m thoroughly enjoying watching him.

of course Murray’s going thru, and I want him to, but I haven’t had my fill of glo-glopolov yet…


jane Says:

Andy got a little lulled there maybe? Not sure what happened, but it happened fast. Murray needs to hold here. Come on Andy!


margot Says:

Is he a bit like Monfils- you really don’t know what to expect?


Lulu Iberica Says:

I’m still up too. I am conflicted over desire for more good tennis and sleep.


stu Says:

margot, i don’t think he is as kooky as monfils. just nerves today. he was a lot better against soda don’t you think?


jane Says:

That’s true margot, though Monfils tends to be more passive and Dolgo seems to go for it. But he is wildly inconsistent tonight. He was versus Soda and Tsonga too, but he had longer stretches of consistency.

30-all….


Kimmi Says:

i hear the crowd is cheering for dolgo more/


stu Says:

this point at 30-all is a perfect example. if murray wins the next one he has match point. yet dolgo is too distracted by the crowd/ moment to focus. it will all change with experience…


stu Says:

virtual matchpoint of course…


Kimmi Says:

what a lob


Gannu Says:

Murray is horrendously defnesive player.. he will NEVER EVER WIN A GSLAM…. If he beats rafa , fedex will gobble him up…


stu Says:

a lot of big flubs that he will regret tomorrow


Lulu Iberica Says:

Margot, unlike Monfils, Dolgo doesn’t miss trying to do something crazy, but on routine shots. Also, he just doesn’t respect Andy’s returning ability and gets too casual, not chasing everything down the way he should.


stu Says:

haha Gannu, i think he might just make you eat those words come Sunday


Gannu Says:

fantatsic dolgopolgo.. love it…


Kimmi Says:

murray was out murrayed by dolgo


Gannu Says:

stu.. i dont mind ;-)… i do like murray…its just that he has this bad habit of getting very defensive which is very very irritating…;-)


jane Says:

Great rally! Tick tock tick tock..

Notice too that Dolgo rushes at times when he is serving second serves. Kind of like Agassi used to do.

But is not rushing these rallies, long ones.

Tiebreak looming, but Murray should (better!) win that. HOLD Andy!


Gannu Says:

kimmi.. brilliant use of word outmurrayed ;-)


stu Says:

kimmi, i was about to say counter punched the counter puncher but yours is better!


jane Says:

Kimmi, outmurrayed, lol :)


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yeah, Dolgo pulls the trigger too soon sometimes, doesn’t realize Murray will get it back.


stu Says:

oh! missed opportunity by dolgo to go up 2-0


stu Says:

poor kid wont be getting any sleep thinking about his missed opportunities


dAri Says:

I like Murray getting the full range from dolgo before the semi. Tiebreak included. That said, I want Murray in three, please!


jane Says:

Gack 4-2 tigger… Murray close the gap!


Kimmi Says:

omg! this is a big dog fight now…go muzz


stu Says:

my sentiments exactly. its completely obvious now that murray needed this before rafa. even if he loses the TB, the next set will be straightforward for him. dolgo prolly just wants a set


dAri Says:

What a cruel slo-mo in Murray from ESPN
?df, Andy?!!


Kimmi Says:

what! DF!


Gannu Says:

well well well we now have a match


thark Says:

gotta admit that kid grows on you…


Kimmi Says:

ok muzz, its ok to lose a set just concentrate on the next set…you have 2 in the bag, he has 1


stu Says:

whats wrong, Andy, is the crowd getting to you?

dol-go-po-lov does make a really good cheer…


Eric Says:

I was just thinking that Dolgo would probably win a tiebreak when, lo and behold, I tune back in and Murray starts flubbing shots left and right. Should have left the stream off…


jane Says:

Doh Df…. Murray come on, get that next set and finish this. Don’t get too embroiled.

stu, you have a solid point, on the one hand a tougher test could prep AM for an even sterner one. But I don’t like these sorts of quick swings. Murray needs to shut the door quick.


stu Says:

i predict an early break from Muzz…


margot Says:

OMG Andy’s playing awful! What is the matter with him???
Think I might go back to bed and put my head under the duvet :(


Kimmi Says:

dolgo is here to stay. wouldnt be surprised if he finish top 10 this year…this match is teaching him how to play tennis with big guns…good 4 him..


jane Says:

For sure. He will rise and rise.

Murray is being a little too passive at times though; he needs to finish off rallies and not get lulled into those lengthy ones. At least his serve has been solid later in the match. That is key.


Lulu Iberica Says:

I’m never going to get any sleep! Well, I guess I want Murray to win, but wouldn’t mind him being softened up for Rafa (if Rafa gets through). Although, a tough match might make him better prepared for the Nadal onslaught!


Kimmi Says:

people..andy needs this kind of match. i am glad he is tested. he needs this kind of a tune up before he meets the big guns.
he is been stable throughout, kept his composure. thats bodes well in the next match.


stu Says:

has anyone ever won a set without losing a point?


jane Says:

Phew. That was quick. Good job AM. A test is good so long as the test doesn’t last too long. But this is Murray’s first difficult opponent and it was timed well I think. Running into a fresher tigger may’ve been dangerous. Just ask Tsonga and Soda!


margot Says:

At last some decent play from Andy!
stu :) good prediction.
jane: yes, far too passive, waiting for Dolgo to make mistakes :(


stu Says:

in pro tennis i mean, coz i know i have…


Kimmi Says:

break again here muzz. second break will be g-o-o-d


stu Says:

…i have LOST a set without winning a point i mean…


Lulu Iberica Says:

I’m too slow! Stu, I think you are right that this helps Andy for Nadal match. With an easy win Andy would’ve maybe been overconfident, then gotten rattled when the going got tough.


Kimmi Says:

yeah BREALK! Now you can serve it out muzz. no lapses..

dolgo going for broke


Kimmi Says:

dont give a break back muzz..hold! fight pls


stu Says:

good thing he got an insurance break


Lulu Iberica Says:

Just don’t get bageled, Tigger. Oh, he breaks! No bagel.


Kimmi Says:

ah..break back..well at least he was up 2 breaks..needs to hold to one of them..


dAri Says:

stu LOL re the set without losing point!- you should have left it the first way ;-)
I’ve never been on either end of that scenario,
muzza won’t be either!


stu Says:

how sweet, at this stage of the match, he can actually applaud a Murray shot? Eric, were you watching?!


stu Says:

it looked like muzz was headed that way dari, i think he won the first 15 or so points straight!


Kimmi Says:

c’mon hold muzz


jane Says:

Dolgo was so mellow at the ESPN interview desk but he is feisty on the court.

Thank goodness for insurance breaks…


Kimmi Says:

Yeah, HOLD! one more game. finish him this set muzz


contador Says:

was listening to AO radio while trying to sleep…wanted to nap and wake up to catch a little nadal- federre.

very surprised dolgo got that tie break and a set but dolgo is going away now….i believe.

AO commentators were telling a story about dolgo and apparently when his dad olexander dolgopolov, sr. was coaching medvedev, they called olex jr, “sasha.” so indeed “sasha” is a nickname dolgo likes, also like “dolgo.”

the cutest story was that when sasha was 5 years old they apparently lost him at a tournament and when they found him he was signing tennis balls for medvedev, singing them with his own name, “olex” …..cute, hahaha.

murray will win…no worries. tigger doesn’t have his bounce or balance tonight. happy ozzie day!

imo, murray needed another warm up for rafa.

fully awake, Kimberly. staying up to see a bit of rafa – ferrer.


contador Says:

s/b nadal – ferrer” of course….oops


Kimmi Says:

serve it out muzza

2 more points


stu Says:

zzz in <2 mins


Kimmi Says:

match point…c’mooon


Kimmi Says:

congrats muzza and welldone golgo “sasha”

great match..


jane Says:

Yay Andy M. – a good test. Ended well. Some things to think about for next match. Kudos to tigger, look forward to more from him this year!


stu Says:

Awesome match, can’t wait to see where Dolgo goes from here..

Andy, on to the final please..


Kimmi Says:

gnite everyone ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!


jane Says:

Cannot stay up for Rafa/Daveeed. Too tired. Enjoy, those of you who watch. Zzzzzzzzzz


Lulu Iberica Says:

Congrats, Muzza, Margot, Jane! Greaaatttt job, Dolgo! Now, Rafa, please get past Ferrer, or I will seriously cry. It would be no shame to lose to Muzza or Fed, but please don’t go down yet! (I’m sorry, Daveed, I wish you could both go through but Rafito is my favorite sexy Spaniard.)


margot Says:

A bad day at the office for Andy, not the same player that beat Meltzer, that serve percentage was grim!
Good night to all you off to bed, my day begins.
PS On that performance Rafa will mince him up :(


contador Says:

g’night kimmi.

what i saw of the match….fell asleep after the first set….woke up in time for the tie break and was surprised sasha got a set! great run for dolgo at this AO…didn’t appear his 1st serve the pogo serve was on as well as his 2 matches prior tonight.

but he was playing murray who is a tough match-up for dolgo, of course.

glad murray is through! and congrats to the murray fans!!

and congratulations to alexandr sasha (tigger) dolgopolov and thanks for giving such a great performance with your delightful tennis game! keep it up!

your fan, contador : )


contador Says:

g’night margot….don’t be too down. andy won! he hadn’t played dolgo for a long time…”sasha” is a much different and tricky opponent now.

andy knows rafa’s game. he know how to beat rafa, even at a GS. but true andy will need to give an extra special performance, as rafa is i think extra motivated this time.


contador Says:

jane – i am awake, wide awake after a couple naps. you know you’ll wake up and peek at your ipad livescore to see what that little tennis ball denoting who is serving is doing…..i do that too, btw….and leave ao radio on.


Eric Says:

I am afraid Rafa will be more than ready for Andy, but maybe I will be wrong. and who knows, maybe Ferrer can out-retrieve the Great Retriever?

In other news, I note that I again sit atop the bracket challenge… ;)


contador Says:

oh congratulations eric! i better go have a look at your work of art.


margot Says:

conty thanx :)
How you feeling?
I’m hoping Daveed gives Rafa a run for his money, at least a set please ;)
Duro: thanx for your greeting from “i am it” but does that mean u r he? If yes, then I’d never have guessed! Nole looks the best of “Big 4″ to me, by a long way.


Dan Martin Says:

Dolgo needs a haircut and needs to improve shot selection, but his hurry up style is unorthodox and effective. I think with these strings that herky jerky swinging with disguise may become more common. He’s a fun player to watch who shows a lot of promise, but I am glad Murray is through.


Dan Martin Says:

I think Nadal wins unless his recent illness drags his stamina down.


contador Says:

well….from the comments above i think there are a few more fans on dolgo sasha tigger’s bandwagon, YAY.
M
lulu iberica
Gannu
dari?
stu
kimmi
jane
grendel?

of course he’s not the #1 fav of faves but his tennis grows on you….

except: thark, of course and apparently Eric doesn’t like watching him. yeah, i suppose that serve isn’t for everyone. bodo didn’t particularly like him until he interviewed him.

have to go see your picks, Eric…..i forget who you picked to win.


contador Says:

i am feeling better, margot. thanks. but this has taken more outta me than expected. i had hoped to be skiing next week tho was told not to expect to have that kind of energy for a couple weeks.

anyway…timed perfectly for being off sick to watch more AO.

must be about time for rafa -ferrer match. isn’t it? and like 9 am your time?

have not really seen rafa playing since the match before cilic….so interested to see how scary good he is playing. but i doubt ferrer can play his best against rafa…..it’s that top dog thing like when stan plays federer. so it will be tough to get an idea really until he plays muzz.


margot Says:

conty, glad u r getting better, albeit too slowly for u. Apart from Fed, u do like these wild young men, don’t you ;) I don’t think Sasha was at all phased by the occasion, I think he always plays like that. Now, the question is, can he harness this amazing talent, or will he turn into another Gulbis?
8.15 here, nearly time for Rafa.


Eric Says:

Haha, sorry just a spot of bragging. I only got lucky when Wawrinka actually delivered against Roddick and Baghdatis against Delpo…

And I have to say, Dolgo – or are we calling him Sasha now? – grew on me after the first couple sets. Total respect for how focused he became near the end of the third set when Murray had several break points. And then he just played a great breaker… he’ll be a very powerful force very soon.


margot Says:

Eric: although I am cross he gave Andy such a tussle, it’s gr8 to see a newish face around. He’s only about 18months younger than Andy and Nole, but has had major health issues, so good on him over coming them.
grendel, have u noticed, George Morgan is doing really well in the juniors, though “boys” is pushing it a tad, as he’s nearly 18 ;)


contador Says:

margot – i like an assortment of atp players for different reasons. and getting more opinions about wta players too.

federer was simply the one who got me into watching tennis.

as i said i have been watching stakhovsky and dolgo since the moscow, st. petersburg indoors 2009. i like both their games for different reasons. stakhovsky is smart, has more of a s & v game but not much power. dolgo has that pogo or jack in the box serve and those jumping backhands and forehands. he has not been on a straight up trajectory in 2010, it is more of a rollercoaster but for different reasons i think from the gulbis rollercoaster. gulbis is gulbis i have really no expectations for him other than i think he’s interesting and like watching him on court. he acts like he doesn’t care abt tennis and like he is #24 without trying. i don’t believe him. i think he has to be putting forth more effort than he lets on, yet he gets in matches and falls apart mentally. dolgo is the real deal. tennis has been his life he loves it, has real goals, is kinda a late bloomer but that may have something to do with the blood disorder he had since he was very young mentioned vaguely to bodo in the tennis.com interview. i dunno. but he appears to be in great health now and has a the right attitude. his goal is to be top ten. i think he’ll make it.

muzz is someone i reallly would like to watch live…there is a small chance i will get to IW…the first week of IW but…i will take anything!!

so here they come….dahveed and rafaaaaaaa!


contador Says:

i left you a congratulatory message Eric….smack talk…enjoy the top while it lasts, eh?

okay, i’ll add you to Alexandr Sasha Tigger Pogoserve Dolgo Dolgopolov’s fan list.

he laughed and said in an interview recently when asked if he liked the nickname “dolgo” that he didn’t care what he was called…..lol…okay ….his game and style gives me lots to go on!

here we go…..rafa wearing the XL shirt. wow, ferrer 5’9″ which always impresses me and should give the likes of berankis inspiration.


Eric Says:

Still very, very, very early, but Ferrer is looking shockingly good so far, imo. And Rafa is still finding the net a bit more than he likes. At least after the first ten points, haha. Alas it is approaching the time of sleep even in california… Perhaps I will awake to a shocking result. Or not.


contador Says:

deuce on nadal serve. ferrer dressed like a killer bee.

ad nadal

wow great point…..deuce. some fun net action by these two

but nadal not gonna give up his game easy….ad nadal…no back to deuce…..this is worth no sleep!


Eric Says:

OH SO CLOSE! WOW! But back to deuce…


contador Says:

aaaaaaaaahhhhhhh challenge it was out , oh that coulda been a ferrer break.

but advantage and i thought it was time for him to throw down the rocket serve but ferrer all over the 2nd

deuce


contador Says:

great spanish slugfest! so far


contador Says:

LOL! you know nadal will save this but when?


gonzalowski Says:

What a hard start! the two fighting as mexican boxers


contador Says:

appears ferrer is serious about giving his #1 a fight, a real fight.


contador Says:

OMG i hope they keep this up!!


Eric Says:

YEAH BABY!


contador Says:

ferrer got the break……23 minute game!! hahahha


contador Says:

you know rafa will break back here


Eric Says:

Will he keep it though? My fearful heart says no. :(


contador Says:

ferrer blowing his break….nadal doesn’t have to worry


contador Says:

0-40 breakpoints nadal


Eric Says:

Two unforced errors already on the first two points of his serve… Ferrer knows he is committing lèse majesté and is fearful.


vrael Says:

wondering if wawrinka is watching this match….that is exactly how you fight your countrymen…light weight vs heavyweight….lot of passion in the spanish boys…VAAAMOS


Eric Says:

Ah crap. Oh well. Thus endeth the tale of the good ship Ferrer.


contador Says:

nadal breaks back as expected…..

oh no trainer called for rafa


contador Says:

killer bee on the sidelines looking …..nervous, ready to go. pacing now


dAri Says:

Just had great nap, saw the end of the 15 min game.
Uh-oh, what’s wrong with rafito?
Contador, as far as dolgo bandwagon- happy for a great new talent, I get tired watching him though!
Rafa?!


contador Says:

oh rafa back with his racket. apologies to daveed, looking up tp box explaining to uncle tony….can’t lipread spanish


vrael Says:

muscle spasms in his back…:(


contador Says:

ferrer….killer bee taking no prisoners in those rallies


gonzalowski Says:

about nadal’s lipread maybe said “no puedo”,= I can’t


contador Says:

dari, my whole body tenses up watching tigger pogoserve, jumping forehands, backhands, his go for broke tennis. rollercoaster tennis. not like it used to be watching federer…when i used to sit back, relax and be confident he’d win no matter what.

drama here…something is wrong with rafa. but like the AO radio commentators say….will ferrer get out of sorts….like some do when the opponent is of concern


Daniel Says:

I was going to type that the only way for Nadal to lse this match is if he injered himself. Put my TV on and he already called the physio. Bad sign?


dAri Says:

I am sorry code Rafa to be in pain :(
The looks he is giving uncle tony are heartbreaking.
David plays on…


Kimo Says:

Guys, please tell me how it’s going. I’m at work. Is Ferrer putting up a fight? How’s Rafa doing?


Daniel Says:

Nadal i streching his legs in the chageovers. And his eyes are telling everything, as if he knows he won’t win. Seems he will keep playing even in pain to not retire again in the quarters.
But if it get worst, I think he will pull off. S…t!


Raz Says:

Nadal looks to be withdrawing :( so upset got final tickets and def wanted to see him


Kimo Says:

WOW is Rafa hurt? Is it that bad? Or it is a psyche?

From reading your comments is sounds serious. Did he hurt himself or is it his illness?


contador Says:

maybe cramps….or ….?

well….rafa’s movement looked great in that rally. doesn’t seem hampered atm


dAri Says:

Rafa still fighting, a couple good points there.
Kimo some injury with nadal. Commentators soexulating back spasm with some effects in the hamstring.
Nadal looking a little more comfortable atm.


Raz Says:

@Kimo Ferrer’s got this one Nadals in to much pain by the looks. His serves have dropped 30kn/h from what he usually hits his gone:(

Rod Lavers Record lives to fight another day or decade!


Daniel Says:

Well, seems the pain is ogg due to the heat of the match, because if it’s muscular how can he come to the forehand he hit to set 40-15, placing all the weight of the body in his left leg, which is the one hurting?!


contador Says:

AO radio commentators suggesting a hamstring maybe. however that stretch he was doing while sitting, toes up could be cramps.

an rafa was moving very well these last rallies, Kimo.

ferrer is a bit rattled it seems atm


dAri Says:

Wow- ” soexulating?” How did spellcheck not get that?! “Speculating” is what its supposed to say!


Daniel Says:

There you go, 0-30 Ferrer, again and this time to close the set.


Kimo Says:

If there’s nothing serious with Rafa and he called a trainer to break off Ferrer’s momentum, I think all debate about Rafa’s gamesmanship will be settled.


Wade Says:

@Kimo Ferrer’s got this one Nadals in to much pain by the looks. His serves have dropped 30kn/h from what he usually hits his gone:(

Rod Lavers Record lives to fight another day or decade!


gonzalowski Says:

It looks Nadal recovering
but no gamesmanship at all imo


dAri Says:

Kimo- no gamesmanship here. You can’t fake the look of pain on Rafa.
But he played well the last couple games, broke ferrer and just called off the trainer. maybe back on track


Daniel Says:

Choke again by Ferrer vs Rafa. Suddenly he played grest points. It’s always weird to play against someone hurting, because it messes with the oponnents mind as well. Ferrer mind must be crazy right now. He better go for break right now!


contador Says:

ah…i don’t believe he could move lilike that if he was having back spasms or hamstring problem…

waved off the trainers, eating a banana.

no. he succeeded to rattle ferrer and got the break back.


Dory Says:

O M G! David Ferrer is really a chicken. He doesn’t believe in the first place he can win against Rafa. What a choker really!


dAri Says:

Hold your horses, wade


Wade Says:

If he wasn’t hurt you know how easy he’d win this.. Only player really that can still win big matches not fully physically fit


Daniel Says:

Well it is not permanet, he shows no miving problems in the last 4 games.


gonzalowski Says:

Nadal to equale 5-5…


Dory Says:

Yes! Yes! Yes first set for Ferrer!!!! But sorry about Rafa. But I think Rafa would still win as Ferrer doesn’t believe.


Daniel Says:

Ferrer defense savede him. His forehand slice almost impossible to retrieve in the back is a shot typically of a guy who really wants to win. Nadal as is not his self, made a forehand insed out error in set point, rare thing.

Will he be able to go 4 or 5?!


dAri Says:

Rafa not out of this match. David will still have to play his absolute best.


contador Says:

not saying nadal doesn’t have an injury, cramps, illness or something but it seemed to come on during that first 23 minute game.

there was no problem during the cilic match.

and he still moved well and hits the skin off the ball after that mto.

must be confusing for ferrer.


Wade Says:

@ Dari I agree Ferrer is a player that will lose from self doubt. And will need to keep his standard up


Daniel Says:

Nadal is playing short, but Ferrer will have to sustaint the attack with no mistakes to win and not make 3 errors as he already did.


Daniel Says:

Well 4 sets at least it will be.


Dory Says:

I can’t believe just how weak Ferrer mentally is against the top players. He plays great in the tournament until he comes against the top player. Then he completely freaks out and does unbelievably bad errors. CHICKEN!


steve-o Says:

People are freaking out way too much over this.

In my mind, Nadal would still be the favorite at two sets to none down and 5-0, 40-0 in the third for Ferrer.

Ferrer doesn’t have the limitless energy Nadal enjoys, and he’s going to run out of gas long before Nadal does.

I predict Nadal to bagel Ferrer in the final set (which I’m guessing will be the fourth).

So Nadal lost a set. Big whoop. Djokovic and Murray have both lost a set. Federer’s lost three. It happens.


dAri Says:

I’m confused, god knows david is! C’Mon, David. Don’t five it to him at least. He needs to take a note from Rafa and fight at all cost!


contador Says:

well, looks like ferrer is psyched. df’d, mishits, errors….not hitting anything like in that game of 1st set…..when the killer bee out played rafa in that 23 minute game.


Dory Says:

@steve-o, the big whoop is about Rafa’s injury, not about losing the first set.


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a point, FErrer is not going anywhere also.


dAri Says:

Great point for break back, David! Wow, we still get to see good tennis despite the weirdo’s injury!
Steve-o is right. It’s never over till over for Rafa.


Daniel Says:

Ferrer made a Nadal like shot!


Dory Says:

Why is this match so abnormal after Rafa’s MTO? One breaking the other’s serve and not holding his own? One moment Ferrer plays crap, next moment he takes love game!


contador Says:

ferrer broke back fast! and rafa bangs his fist on his racket and gives the evil eye… certainly is looking mad…look out daveed


dAri Says:

That’s “weirdo” injury. Not reflexive to Rafa, hes not that weird!
Weirdo injury again…


Daniel Says:

I don’t recall if last year they stope play due to the 5 min celebration for Aussie day, I think they whad and they will again now!


Wade Says:

Even if Rafa wins this which i doubt, theres no way he’ll recovery with a strained hamstring for the Murray match.

Looks like Rod Lavers Record lives to fight another day or decade!


Dory Says:

I think Nadal will win because Ferrer’s mentally chicken and by Friday he will be okay to play against Murray.


contador Says:

oh not again…..nadal gets broken, gets mad….and the trainers want to take him of court to give him a break. and nadal going off court again.

i’d be mad if i were ferrer. well, ferrer takes his own break.

weird match.


margot Says:

It’s clear Rafa is not OK can’t move to the forehand or serve halfway normal.
If Ferrer can’t win against an 80% Rafa he should quit tennis and take up gardening.


Wade Says:

@Dory I pray your right


Daniel Says:

Well since Nadal is talking to his box, Ferrer get close to his own to have some instructions also.:)


contador Says:

if his hamstring is injured as in pulled, it’s a small injury, otherwise he would not be able to move like that! more like cramps or a spasm that went away.

now the ozzie day fireworks.

nadal hopping and jumping just fine.


Daniel Says:

Seems like Nadal is lecturiong uncle Toni, he is angry.


pigirl1 Says:

no one employs gamemanship tactics better than Nadal…the timeouts, illegal coaching and toilet break ….urggh

Nadal fans feel free to open fire =]


Wade Says:

Nadal’s running and hitting alright its just stop and starting thats hurting him, where usually his the quickest scrambler on the tour. Very slow to react in movement for Nadal


Daniel Says:

Nadal is mad because he can’t play his game the way he wants. Unusual errors due to lack of confidance. Balls that normally went in are going wide a little.
He will need an Herculean effort to revert this score.


Dory Says:

Well at last Ferrer’s stopped freaking out for the time being though I am still in doubt if he starts to win the third set as well. And pigirl1, please, Rafa’s a very genuine and true champion. Too bad he’s hurt when he had the chance to make history few matches away.


Daniel Says:

It was 2-1 Nadal and serve and now 4 straught to Ferrer.


margot Says:

Come off it people, he certainly doesn’t need any “gamesmanship” against Ferrer, who hasn’t beaten him since 2007.


Kimo Says:

I dunno if Rafa is hurt or not, but Ferrer always was a tough match for him despite the lopsided H2H. Many of their sets end 7-6 or 7-5 with Rafa usually winning.

And don’t forget Ferrer beat Rafa in the 2007 USO, though DecoTurf is more favorable to Ferrer’s game.


Daniel Says:

Well that’s it! Nadal won’t handle this match, he has not his bread and butter, which is his fitness. Ferrer even look to see if Rafa was going to retire when he won second set.
It’s a pitty, we never got Nadal, Fed, Djoko and Murray in the semis of a Slam together since 2008 when Murray finally mature.


pigirl1 Says:

yes he needs and is employing gamemanship…the scoreline says it all. Head to head means nothing when you are on court


Daniel Says:

NAdal probably can’t beleive this is happening again to him, that must be really frustrating.


margot Says:

Daniel, I agree with you, if Rafa is not feeling right physically, his game goes off, same with Andy, probably same with majority.


Kimo Says:

Someone mentioned he looged angrily at Uncle Toni, and the MTO was after just three games.

Do you think he hurt himself in practice?


Daniel Says:

I don’t think he will retire this time, let’s wait and see how he will behave when/if he gets broken.


Kimo Says:

I meant “looked”


dAri Says:

pigirl, you should be ignored, but I have to let you know how out of place you are. Are you WATCHING the match?! There’s no tricks here, nadal is obviously hurt.
Do want to give credit to ferrer for keeping focus.


Kimo Says:

And how’s Ferrer playing?


contador Says:

he’s sweating profusely still like he has been all tournament, even though changing to an XL shirt. but if that was a full blown hamstring pull he’d be done.

spams in the back, pain in muscles, cramps….sure, he’s uncomfortable.

yes the trainers are hovering around whenever nadal walks to his chair and nadal has been waving them off. even looking to his box chewing them out. i would take that as being fair to daveed. and also that nadal doesn’t have something that requires another mto but he’s not entirely well, not 100%. i’m sure nadal wouldn’t want to retire again. but if it were a knee or something on that level, he would.


Daniel Says:

Ferrer is playing great, exploiting some angles, making Nadal run side to side and his forehand is very solid. Plus his retunr, which is always great, but as Nadal is not going for the lines much (his ace serve is not going int today also), it’s easier to return and put pressure on Nadal almost all his servcie games.


Dory Says:

YES YES!!! Nadal won’t shadow Federer’s records!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

WHAT ! just woke up and I am surprised..what is happeneing?


Daniel Says:

Well tha’s 7 breaks off of 10 services by Nadal.
Well 3-0 and he didn’t retire, Ferrer staring again. No, this time he will finish the match.
Last time Nadal faced a match point was against DelPo in US Open 2009.


Dory Says:

But at the same time it’s heartbreaking to see Rafa almost in tears. Did anyone see this look when they were sitting in the break at 0-3?


Daniel Says:

Well Nadal can’t play 4 Slams in a row with no healthy problems. He is almost 26, or is 25 and he is not get any younger.
His career was always with the shadow or injury upon him.


Kimo Says:

Although I’m glad the Rafa slam is not going to happen, I’m not happy that it turned out like this for Rafa. I would rather see him lose as a fully fit man, rather than an injured and despirited one.

I wish I could’ve watched this match.


dAri Says:

Dory, I think its a little disrespectful to mention federer records and such and cheer anything except for ferrer’s play and Rafa’s fight. You saw the almost in tears, so you know, lay off.
Still ain’t over though.


Dory Says:

WTH!! Nadal’s coming back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And Ferrer choking again!!!


Kimo Says:

Daniel, Rafa is not even 25 yet, but you’re right. Ever since he burst on the scene it was clear to everybody that his game would take it’s toll on his body. He didn’t play the 2005 TMC because he was injured, and he was only 19.


Daniel Says:

I can’t see him playing great as Fed is at 29 (almost 30) playing better than when he was 28, his style won’t let him, plus he already got more than 600 career matchs at such a young age.

I would like to see grendel’s take on htis one after he wrote a dream piece with Nadal winnign 30 Majors!


Kimo Says:

I hope Ferrer doesn’t become the most hated man in Spain because of this. There’s nothing he can do.


Dory Says:

For a moment I feared Nadal might break back. Yes, sorry dAri about that. I just feel the way Nadal plays by exerting so much pressure on his body, this will always happen to him once in a while. It happened to him last year at AO, before that at the French Open 2009 against Soderling, the problem was knees that time. We don’t know what it is this time.


Maso Says:

There’s clearly something wrong with Rafa… I’m a huge Federer fan but I would never put Rafa’s gamesmanship in question, the guy is 24 and already one of all time greats. He’s definitely not playing his proper game here, no discredit to Ferrer who’s got great chops, but it’s obvious Rafa’s not playing at his best.


Daniel Says:

Crunch time by Ferrer, never easy to close out a match, specially this one.


Kimmi Says:

hmm, i dont believe it…
Ferru beat rafa…congrats ferrer.


Daniel Says:

That’s why Rogers record are so great, 10 finals in a row, 8 finals…

Even when Nadal looked invencible in his peak form, something like this happens.


gonzalowski Says:

And Ferrer finished it
Congratulations for the two
Nadal fighted til the end.
Fair Ferrer’s words towards Nadal


contador Says:

i think this is tough for ferrer. ferrer knows he should be able to close this out but it;s tough to do. ferrer even choking a little on chances. the crowd of course behind nadal.

it’s sad for both players ferrer having to win under the circumstances and nadal having to go out. he truly was not himself we now know. the shroud lifted. nadal’s health was a question mark since doha. but his first opponents were so easy and he seemed to breeze by cilic but that 1st set 23 minute slugfest with ferrer brought out the truth of the matter.

sorry Kimberly. but rafa couldn’t help it. ferrer must have some mixed feelings too.

ferrer says, “it was not easy because he was injured in the first set.” says “rafa is a gentleman.”


dAri Says:

I thought ferrer had a chance before the match, but of course didn’t think it would be like this. hurts. what horrendous luck in terms of injury for Rafa.
congratulations to David for his win tonight. really wish the best for him in the semi, maybe he will try to win it for Spain/Rafa!


margot Says:

Commiserations to all Rafa fans. Horrid that this has happened two years running.
Congrats to Ferrer who kept his nerve.
Good luck Rafa.


aleish17 Says:

This is so heartbreaking for me. Tough loss. I wanted to stop watching the match but I held on to the belief that Rafa’s going to find his rhythm. Unfortunately, things did not go Rafa’s way.

Congrats to Ferrer!
Get well Rafa! We are still here to support you all the way! Vamos!

P.S. Sorry Kimberly and Lulu =(


csebig Says:

I don’t like to insult Rafas gamesmanship, i am just curious. CAN ANYBODY REMEMBER WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME RAFA LOST AND WAS NOT INJURED OR TIRED?


Gannu Says:

csebig… i am still waiting for the rafa fans to answer that Q… i have not yet found an answer


dAri Says:

I am sorry for rafa and fans, I feel strange, unsettled, surely it is much worse for his big fans. I only hope this is something that is very short term and he returns well soon.
For Rafa and the great fans on the site: keep your head up


Dory Says:

csebig, Juan Martin Del Potro defeated him in the 2009 US Open.


aleish17 Says:

Can you believe it that I actually cried? I badly want this year’s AO for Rafa. I want that Rafa slam. I hate this loss.

Hope Rafa will come stronger come French Open.


Gannu Says:

Dory you are wrong.. go and chk that…Nadal was tired injured blah blah that entire year… it was one of his worst years in terms of injury!!!!
Give me a better answer


dAri Says:

I even teared up, aleish, and I had another in mind for the title. Rafa’s look on his face was devastating. He has absolute highs and low low’s. And for such a young man, it must be very tough. I hope he recoversand fully. Spain still lives on in david!


Kimberly Says:

So sad. Didn’t see the match and do t understand what happened just woke up and was shocked.


aleish17 Says:

Thanks Dari. Really really hurts. And I’m sure Rafa is greatly devastated by this loss. Hope he’ll be back stronger and better.


contador Says:

well, i stayed up to watch rafa beat ferrer easily and breeze into the semi with murray, who i thought rafa would beat and go on to win AO with a rafa slam.

i was really impressed with that level of play between rafa and david in the first set but clearly that was the most rafa had been tested this tournament. and i think we know now that rafa was still not over whatever it was in doha….when playing at this level ill, an injury is the risk. but it wasn’t his knees. unfortunately whatever it was, was enough to end his AO run. bad luck to get ill in doha and not be able to come into the slam 100% fit.

feel bad for ferrer too having to win sort of by default. this may make him very determined to fight not only for himself but for rafa next match.

again sorry to Kimberly and the rafa fans. that was disappointing and unexpected… time for some sleep….


aleish17 Says:

Gannu: Dont look for answer. You won’t find any because I know you’ll find faults everywhere when the subject is pertaining to Rafa.

Rafa lost. Plain and simple. Injured or not, he lost. It’s time for you to celebrate.


csebig Says:

Thanks Dory for the answer. But Rafa lost 18 times sience the USO Semifinal. It would be a very bad stat if he was injured or tired 18 times sience then!


Gannu Says:

No alesih i am not celebrating… there are very few fans like u who admit otherwise there is always that injury excuse…. There is NEVER EVER any injuryt excuse when fed losess…atleast this puts into perspective fed’s unbelivable 23 semi streak… unparalleled… This is professional sport and i strongly beleive if you are injured then stop playing and if you are playing then dont blamne injury for ur loss…. Hope rafa comes back healthy….

The issue is the Ferrer will never be given credit for defeating Nadal… Ppl will say ferrer won because rafa lost…. thats takes away the sheen…


csebig Says:

Rafas losses last yaer

Roger Federer(SUI) L 3-6, 6-3, 1-6 TIRED
Jurgen Melzer(AUT) L 1-6, 6-3, 3-6 DONT KNOW
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez(ESP) L 6-2, 6-7(3), 3-6 DONT KNOW
Marcos Baghdatis(CYP)L 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 DONT KNOW
Andy Murray (GBR) L 3-6, 4-6 DONT KNOW
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) L 6-7(5), 4-6 DONT KNOW
Andy Roddick (USA)L 6-4, 3-6, 3-6 DONT KNOW
Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) L 6-3, 4-6, 6-7(1) DONT KNOW
Andy Murray (GBR) L 3-6, 6-7(2), 0-3 RET INJURED
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)L 6-0, 6-7(8), 4-6 DONT KNOW


Gannu Says:

Csebig – my responses
Roger Federer(SUI) L 3-6, 6-3, 1-6 TIRED – RIGHT
Jurgen Melzer(AUT) L 1-6, 6-3, 3-6 DONT KNOW – TOO MANY MATCHES AFTER THE FRENCH AND WIMBY AND US … SO HE WAS TIRED
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez(ESP) L 6-2, 6-7(3), 3-6 DONT KNOW – LOSS OF FOCUS.. AGAIN TOO MANY MATCHES SO TIRED
Marcos Baghdatis(CYP)L 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 DONT KNOW – TIRED
Andy Murray (GBR) L 3-6, 4-6 DONT KNOW – TIRED
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) L 6-7(5), 4-6 DONT KNOW – TIRED AFTER FRENCH OPEN
Andy Roddick (USA)L 6-4, 3-6, 3-6 DONT KNOW – RECOVERING FROM INJURY
Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) L 6-3, 4-6, 6-7(1) DONT KNOW – RECOVERING FROM INJURY
Andy Murray (GBR) L 3-6, 6-7(2), 0-3 RET INJURED
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)L 6-0, 6-7(8), 4-6 DONT KNOW – RECOVERING FROM INJURY


Dory Says:

I am not happy about this result for Rafa but at the same time I am just glad one of Federer’s major achievements of winning three slams in a row TWICE will not be exceeeded by Nadal.


oop Says:

Lets just congratulate Ferrer and stop all the excuse. Thats true, i have never heard that Rafa lost and there are no injury or other related issues…


csebig Says:

Thanks Gannu :-)


Kimberly Says:

Most of the comments from fed fans have been very sweet.

Of course there are really annoying exceptions. I agree go celebrate. Who cares about these people.

Aleish, lulu, he’s how I see it. I’m sad but I don’t even know Rafael nadal. And he certainly wont be devastated if I lose a match. So o care and I’m sad but there is only so much I can care about a very blessed individual who I have never met in my life. Good luck to David. I have always liked him.


Wheeler Says:

And the argument continues. Nadal fans say he lost *because* he was tired or injury. The truth is Nadal stretched and exerted his body to extreme limits once again. He abused his body badly because he wanted to achieve the history win but at what cost? Till the point of getting injured. Tennis should be played efficiently as well without punishing your body and Roger Federer does that better than ANYONE else of the past or current era.


Polo Says:

I enjoy watching tennis matches as they are played on court. I really don’t care about anything else outside of it. If somebody lost, that’s it. There are many ways of losing: bad game, good opponent, injury, etc. In the end a loss is a loss, no amount of rationalization will change it. If a player wants to say he was injured, that is his prerogative. It does not make him a bad person. It does not change anything. I don’t even think it lessens the pain of the loss.


Smart Says:

Hmm; I have just tried to find out what was the last time Rafa lost in a Slam by being outplayed vs losing because of injury…

DelPo USO’09 was because of an abdominal injury. Murray AO’10 was a knee injury? Soderling FO’09 was another knee injury. He didn’t play Wimbledon that year. That leaves the USO’08 the last time he lost fair and square in a GS (to Murray). Unless it was that match with bad scheduling/rain delays…

Mats Wilander said it best today on Eurosport. It’s not bad luck Rafa is always injured. It his own fault / consequence of style of play. Federer isn’t injured and it’s not only luck. It’s because of his style of play too.

As much as I feel for Nadal, it’s part of the game. If he wants the injury BS to stop, he should change his game being less physical. But that’s like dehorning a bull isn’t it. So don’t expect it to stop somewhere in future. This story will come back again and again.


van orten Says:

wow that was drama you saw today!!! could only see till 5:2 in the first!!!but watching re-live right now
he was not at his best clearly…you could already see it vs tomic and even cilic that he was not in top-form!!! what saved him there was also the inconsistency of his opponents…so thats sport…he was aiming for something great 4 slams in a row and was denied it …as 2 before him federer!!! he survived it, as will rafa !!!


Gannu Says:

Smart… thats wrong in that murray thing he was very tired… its very very tough ;-) You have to exclude even matches where he was tired and not necessarily only injured…anyways media just hypes everything… rafa will be back and roaring.. just a matter of time!!!! No need for anyone to get worried abt…. Rafa is a champion and a warrior… and these guys never fade.. never question a champion’s heart!


Dory Says:

Well if you don’t count the US Open loss to JMDP, Nadal also lost in straight sets without any injury to Jo Wilfried Tsonga at the 2008 Australian Open. In fact, it was probably the fastest ever loss of Nadal in a Slam in which Tsonga was clearly the better player and constantly played drop shots from the baseline. Nadal is not giving any excuses, his injuries are real and he’s a genuine champion. Only issue is he exerts his body to immense ammount of physical exertion which almost always ends up his loss with an injury-related loss.


Smart Says:

Dory; that’s exactly the point Wilander made and which I agree upon.

If he wouldn’t exert his body. Would he be the great champion he is? I think no. His fighting and making the game physical is his greatest asset. Take away that and…

Hence my conclusion; this story will be coming back again and again.


van orten Says:

wow nadal being totally honest and tired and almost angry bout these stupid journalists who ask stupid questions and put him under bad image all the time at least for the not so nadal supporters!!!


contemperory Says:

Well, now that Nadal has lost and we have a block buster semifinal coming up (Fed Vs Djoko) – my thoughts are towards the rankings.

If Fed loses tomorrow and Djoko goes on to win the tourney, Fed might lose his No. 2 ranking.


stu Says:

Gabby @7:13
“There is NEVER EVER any injuryt excuse when fed losses”

Take a look at his presser after beating wawa. When asked about his losses to Djokovic, he says AO08 “was when I had
mono, really”. Straight from the horses mouth.


Reaniel Says:

@contemperory
Close, but Fed would still be No.2 by a hair (less than 100 points I think).


Tennis Vagabond Says:

So no one can agree on what was wrong with him, or pinpoint any injury related misses, or know if the injury was pre-existing or during the match.
So the evidence is… he was outplayed, therefore he was injured?
Didn’t see the match, but just reading the comments from everyone here is certainly sounds strange to try and put an asterisk next to this loss.
In the USO against DelPo the injury was obvious, he could hardly serve because of abdominal pain. But this sounds like the only way anyone “knows” he was injured is because he didn’t play at his best?


Lulu Iberica Says:

Thank you, Stu! In that presser Fed took away credit from Djoko for 2 wins — 2008 AO mono, and 2010 USO basically “I was trying to conserve energy to play Rafa in the final.” Neither of these guys is perfect. And Rafa recently said (don’t remember where/when) that Murray was going to win that QF last year no matter if Rafa retired or not, which all reasonable fans of Rafa will admit as well. Furthermore, saying “I don’t know what happened out there” is not an “excuse”. I will admit Rafa brings injuries upon himself with his playing style, and sometimes playing too many tournies and exos, but he does not always make excuses, and neither do his fans! I really do not understand some people’s level of hatred for this man! Yes, Federer has the most efficient, beautiful, technically correct tennis, he is tennis incarnate! You know what? That doesn’t bother me, I don’t care, and I will continue to cheer for Rafa until he hangs up his raquet. I will cheer for him if he is ranked #235, if he plays on one freaking leg, whatever! Vamos Rafa! Get well! Do what makes you happy, keep loving life, and we, your fans will keep loving you!


van orten Says:

but in federers defense…he clearly was the better player in the fifth set at us open…he just didnt manage to finish him off..hope he does tomorrow…if not i dont care djoker is a great player too


Tennis Vagabond Says:

OK, I’ve caught up on my reading and it certainly sounds like a legit problem given that he began talking to his box immediately after that long 2nd game… my sympathy to Rafa and his fans.
The positive side is that this is most likely a minor injury- he was able to finish the match and seems to have just lost a bit of mobility. And last year, when he cited knee problems after losing to Murray, things certainly seemed much darker… then Rafa went on to own the clay season and 3 majors.
Plus, he matched his points from last year at least.
The concern is that Rafa will continue to face intermittent body-breakdowns, playing Lemieux to Fed’s Gretzky… but if he can win 3 Slams for every 1 he leaves hurt, I think he’ll take that deal!


stu Says:

Sorry I called you Gabby, Gannu! My iPhone has a mind of it’s own!


stu Says:

van orten,

it still means he won fair and square. federer has been on the winning end of the kind of situation you describe WAY more often than on the losing end.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Just to add- there is a great shame for all tennis fans to miss the opportunity to see this Nadal who had been in such fine form against an equally flying Murray, and then a surely epic final against an in-form Fed or Nole. Not to steal Ferrer’s thunder, but these would have been all time great matches.


stu Says:

Yes, tennis vagabond, that’s what I’m most disappointed about too. I was drooling in anticipation of the “dream semis”.


contemperory Says:

The argument still continues… I personally don’t think that takes away the greatness of either Rafa or Roger. What they have accomplished so far are still incredible and both Djoko and Murray cannot beat those records.

They may win some titles but they are not going to be anywhere close to Rafa/Roger. I don’t feel JMDP can do it either.

Regarding the injury today, let’s step back to the last round where Rafa told after the Cilic match that he is back to form. How can such a person tell today that something is wrong? Similarly I still can’t believe that Roger was having an injury during the 2010 quarter final against Berdych.

Its still puzzling sometimes to think as to why these great players are losing so “meekly” to the likes of Soderling/Berdych/Ferrer. May be they are human, isn’t it;)?


Skeezerweezer Says:

Yes, that is it, they are human. We are not watching some fictional movie heroes. These guys have a life, get sick, injured, and more importantly, can just have a bad day. Fed himself has said he feels very fortunate in a lot of his wins and he could have easily lost. It’s a fine line, and because the game is so physical, anything as a pulled muscle to slow you down could be the difference in between winning and losing.


contemperory Says:

Does someone know how many straight slam quarterfinals have Sampras been into? After Fed’s 27 QF streak, what is the next closest streak?


Eric Says:

OH MY GOD! I just spent the last 15 minutes re-reading the comments about the Rafa/Ferrer match, having checked the score online and mistakenly thought that Rafa won. I was sickened that the player I saw hammering Rafa ended up losing — but he did not! GO FERRER!

Now, as for Rafa… ” Seems like I always have problems when I lose.” Guess in the Rafaverse, no one can ever fairly be playing better.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Ok, calming down now. Thanks for sympathy, Fed and other fans. I hope Djoko and Fed give us a killer semi! I know Ferru will fight hard, but I don’t see him beating Muzza. Maybe this time around, Muzza caught a break the way Rafa did at USO! Although, Ferrer will still make him run a lot, but Andy is in top shape these days.


Eric Says:

contemporary, Sampras is “only” 10 straight QFs. He usually lost in the first or second round at the French Open. So probably it would be someone else.


jane Says:

Eric congrats on reaching Mount summit on the bracket challenge. May you soon tumble down when Nole beats Fed and Murray beats Ferrer. ; ) Okay, wishful thinking, I know, but one has to keep one’s hopes alive for as long as one can.


Swiss Maestro Says:

the qf streak is 27, fed tied jimmy connors’ record.

the consecutive finals record was 4 before fed and fed took that to 10.

consecutive semis record was 10 and fed took that to 23.

consecutive qf record at 27. it will be fed’s greatest achievement ever if he can double that number like he did with the finals and semis streak.


jane Says:

SM ” it will be fed’s greatest achievement ever if he can double that number like he did with the finals and semis streak.”

So you are suggesting that Fed could/should/might make it to 27 more grand slam QFs for a doubled total of 54 consecutive QF appearances in slams? That’s some math!! That’d be playing 6.5 more years and NEVER losing before the QFs. If he does do that, it would indeed be a great achievement!!


dAri Says:

WOW, maestro, that would be some feat! As for now, i just want fed for THIS final! This feels .like a monster semi, its time for an unabashed “SUIIIIISSSSSS!”


Polo Says:

I’ve always wanted Federer to win everything but recently I lapses of wishing for Murray to take his first major title. I will be very happy if either of them wins. A Ferrer win will also be quite gratifying. Djokovic’s chest thumping and very angry look during matches somehow turns me off. So, he is fourth in my “like” list.


madmax Says:

How anyone can glorify in a sportsman injury is beyond me. Everyone needs to wish rafa nadal a speedy recovery.

What bothers me about this great sportsman is that he is still not listening to his body.
Think about it. He knows he has a virus, so what does he do in Doha? rather than taking the rest and getting properly better, he continues tp play and wins the doubles. That (by anyone’s standards) is crazy!. It’s sheer madness. Rafa needs to listen.

He does not have to prove how brilliant he is. He is brilliant. I am a federer fan and I can easily say that. Was really looking forward to a fedal final on Sunday (if federer comes through tomorrow). But we wait for that another time.

Stu, I have to put you right there. Federer didn’t know he had mono until he was already playing the tournament. If you read the doctor’s statement, he went to see his doctor to say that he was feeling sluggish and slow and generally not himself.

Unlike Rafa who knew he had a virus. He continued to play. Why? When he knew he wasn’t well. Madness. Not only didnt he listen to his body, but he put it through more stress by playing the doubles! You know what it is like when you have a cold or flue, you are advised not to do any exercise becase the viral infection travels around your body that much quicker.

By the time Federer had been diagnosed with glandular fever, he was already in the SF at the AO! There is a hugh difference there. For sure. Fact. You can spin it however you want, but spreading untruths is of no help here.

Gannu,

I think if you read rafa’s interview, it’s crystal how he feels about retiring or his injuries. He didn’t want to talk about it and needs to be respected for that.

It’s stupid media people who are like a pack of wolves. Shameful.

To the match tonight/tomorrow, good luck to Roger and to Novak. Of course, looking for the roger federer win.

I am kind of disappointed though, as I wanted to see both roger and rafa on sunday.


Eric Says:

I’m sorry for Rafa that he lost, but, to be honest, I am also very glad that he did, especially in the QF. Had Rafa won the AO (which, actually, I don’t think he would have even without this virus – too many other great players could have taken it away), no one would ever stop talking about how he had all four slams at once, especially as he will indubitably go on to win the French again and perhaps Wimbledon as well. Even now, after winning three in a row people are muttering about how he is greater than Fed, which is (especially on grand slam grounds) totally ridiculous.

To paraphrase Thucydides, people always believe that the current tennis superstar is the greatest so long as he is playing well; but as soon as he begins to decline, they marvel again at those in the past…


madmax Says:

I think what’s most interesting is that both novak and roger have played each other endless times. What plan are they both going to use against each other that they don’t already know about? It’s intriguing.


madmax Says:

Eric, that is something that is going to run and run in perpetuity.

Head to head is only one part of it and not a convincing one at that. It’s consistency and that is something that federer has over and above anyone by a long shot.

For me, it will always be roger federer. For Kimberley, for Aleish, it will aways be rafa. For Jane, it will always be Novak, for Margot it will always be Andy.

No one plays tennis like Roger Federer. He is unique.


Swiss Maestro Says:

yes jane, that is why it will be mind-boggling. i personally don’t think it will happen, but who knows?

look at it another way,

fed made 10 straight gs finals,
he made 23 straight gs semis….

so will he make around 50 qf? would be insane if he does.

meanwhile, nadal is on a streak of 6 quarters, joker on 7, if i am not mistaken!


Eric Says:

sm, there’s no way Federer will still be regularly reaching slam quarterfinals when he is 36. Sorry, but true. I’m sure he will retire by then even if he is still successful. He has already achieved enough records that it’s clear to any unbiased observer that he is the most successfully dominant tennis player ever…


dAri Says:

Ok, Maestro, how bout this for a possible record: federer holds the one for 23 straight semis right? The next person I think may be lendl with 11? What if feddid that over the next three years and held the first and second place records?!Two different streaks! We can dream right?! Haha. Go fed!


Eric Says:

dari, Federer actually does hold the top 2 records for consecutive slam finals, so that might not be as far fetched as you think. I’m pretty dubious though that he could do it, just given the growing number of people (not just the top 4 as a few years ago, but now plenty of other people who are too inconsistent to be that highly ranked but are still capable of kicking anyone’s ass on any given day) who present a credible threat to Fed.


dAri Says:

Thx Eric, I did not know that about the finals record, will get mire details… I’m starting to bug out about the semi, but in a good way!
Ps Congrats to you for staying not only afloat in the btacket, but at the top!


stu Says:

10 hours more of back and forth discussions and predictions. Then we’ll get to see what kind of form these two bring to the table.

*so* excited!


jane Says:

SM, even 27 grand slam QFs is amazing and clearly rarified territory. To be honest, if Fed can reach the quarters of all the slams for the next two year, without ever falling early, that’d be something else.

And you’re right; Nole’s QF streak is 7. Hope he can keep it up and also win another slam soon! Murray had the early exit at the USO so his is flubbed for the time being, but I am sure he won’t care if he wins the AO title! ;)

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