Djokovic Withdraws From Rotterdam
by Staff | February 4th, 2011, 11:58 am
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Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic officially withdrew his name from the upcoming Rotterdam tennis stop. Djokovic cited a shoulder inury as the reason for his withdrawal.

Tournament director Richard Krajicek said Djokovic called him to say the injury will prevent the Serb from training for a week.

“Novak Djokovic has personally called me to announce that he will be present in Rotterdam,” Kraijcek told the DPA. “He has a very tiring period behind him and now has an injury to his shoulder.

“Due to this injury it is at least one week unable to train, let alone play at top level. He is obviously very disappointed that he cannot play.”

With Djokovic out, Robin Soderling will assume the No. 1 seed. Currently Australian Open finalist Andy Murray is seeded No. 2.


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159 Comments for Djokovic Withdraws From Rotterdam

NachoF Says:

“Novak Djokovic has personally called me to announce that he will be present in Rotterdam,”

Im confused


Nina Says:

That sentence is wrong. Should read “Novak Djokovic has personally called me to announce that he will NOT be present in Rotterdam”.

However i think the shoulder injury is an excuse to withdraw at the last moment after his spectacular run at AO. He’s just tired and he deserves a rest. Well done, Nole. You are starting to think like champions.

He had his shoulder taped in the final after the constant tear and stress. But in no way was he injured. So I guess it’s just an excuse to rest.


jane Says:

Hope you’re right that his shoulder was just “tired” Nina. I hope it’s nothing much; I remember his shoulder was a problem during one of the Davis Cup ties last year, but since his service motion is better now, hopefully his shoulder will be okay.

I thought that sentence was incorrect too, although I suppose it could mean that Nole will go to the tournament site and do promotional stuff??? But I am assuming not.


Fot Says:

Jane, I haven’t congratulated you on Novak’s win. I’m sure you’re very happy! He played great those 2 weeks and deserved the victory. Congrats again to all his fans.


jane Says:

Awww, thanks Fot – much appreciated. And while I was sad for Andy M, I was happy to see Nole’s game back, even his serve.


Fot Says:

Not tennis related, BUT down here in Dallas, we have had a bad stretch of weather (ice/snow, low temps), etc. AND the Super Bowl is taking place here. I just heard that some of the ice/snow that had collected on Cowboy Stadium started sliding off and injured 5 people (one critically). Boy…this is NOT what the Dallas/Ft. Worth folks wanted when we got the Super Bowl! They said we would get a ‘dusting’ of snow last night. We got about 7 inches!!!!! On top of the ice that had already collected! Wow!


dari Says:

good move for novak. andy keep playing!


Kimmi Says:

I dont think novak has any injury. it is just precaution. i was surprised these guys are playing so soon, especially after they went deep at the AO.

wouldnt be surprised if andy pulled out of singles too..but since he is playing doubles with his brother in the same tourny then i dont think he will…

could be helping his brother out on his tennis career. Good luck to both.


Kimmi Says:

Murray is on the draw in rotterdam. so far so good

Kim clijsters is playing paris next week. she just finished davis cup this weekend i think. No resting for sure.


Kimmi Says:

muzza starts with baggy..tough first round draw.

Dimitrov in the qualifying draw…lets see how far he does. hope he does well.


contador Says:

yes, Fot. snow and ice in texas – strange. here in the idaho deep freeze it was -20F two nights this week and that’s no biggie here. also for steelers and packers….arent the packers from wisconsin? hahaha….i really know nothing abt pro football. ducks and beavers…oregon…that’s different.

anyway, Rotterdam draw! (nole needs the time off….that’s good for him )

looks like some interesting matches.

soda v haase; gulbis v debakker ( both slumpers) but debakker is at home. maybe a muzz v gilou clash? even the qualifying draw looks tough….but of course i combed that over to see where dimitrov was…gonna be tough just getting through qualifying.

Eric – saw your comments abt winning tennis-x bracket challenge. yeah, sure… u know u got lucky …

game on for IW!…let’s see you duplicate the “luck” : )

i cant add old guy favorites like davydenko to a “blacklist”….my bad for picking him to the quarters…but true, gasquet ….forgot to put him there. where is he, anyway? he’s not with the other frenchies in rotterdam.

Margot – no, please no. talking abt “dolly mixture” for dolgo. but i guess it’s probably a “funny” nick if you don’t like his tennis, they way he looks or him :/

milos watch: he must have been tired. i see he went out 1st round at the SA open.

here’s some unintelligent practice picking for the 250′s this wk. end.

1)Fognini to win moviestar open. go foggy!
2)Dodig to beat Florian Mayer…going on to win Zagreb on sunday.
3)Kevin Anderson probably to win SA open. but thinking i’ll attempt to stream the Dancevic v Mannarino match.


Dory Says:

Djokovic is one of the fittest guys on tour and plays a lot of tournaments in a season. It’s natural that after winning AO2011, he might want to take some time off. Whether it’s an excuse or not, his shoulder needs rest considering his service action. Remember, he had to change his service action last year because at the 2008 ATP WTF, his shoulder had started to ache badly.


margot Says:

Aaah conty, don’t see “dolly mixture” as derogatory at all, not half as offensive as Mandy, just think it’s funny a) a pun on his name and b) a take on his game ;)
FOT: Dallas weather…yikes. Last year you told us 100 in the shade, felt ill and had to lie down with a nice g’n't after that one, and now you say the icicles are falling off your roof and you are borrowing some huskies….


Cherry Says:

This is an unfortunate news. More fans are wanting to see Djokovic play since he won the Australian Title, I hope he gets well soon. http://www.tennisround.com


Kimmi Says:

Dimitrov wins his first quali match..ok, he was a huge fav in this match, playing a netherland wildcard ranked 1364..ha-ha.

next match should be a tough one though..

Conty – milos lost in the 2nd round in j’burg not first round. tired? maybe. was a great opportunity for him in this tournament. not too many higher ranked players. too bad he lost early.

dancenvic had no match against Mannarino..mannarino is another guy to watch. doing very well recently. I think he could win in SA. but yeah, k.anderson has been playing well too, plus he is playing at home…but go mannarino!

nalbandian lost to his country man zeballos. badly! i think this is the end of nalbandian. sad to see. he is never the same player…

have to check the main draw for rotterdam…I am on dimitrov and muzza watch. Gulbis..dont know what he will do this time..the guy is slumping again. has a lot of points to defend in coming months. he better wake up.


Kimmi Says:

“Dodig to beat Florian Mayer…going on to win Zagreb on sunday”

contador – i say mayer wins zagreb. he beat defending champ easy. poor cilic. what can he do now? his ranking is going down quckly.

I think this could be florian mayer year. players dont like his style. didnt he beat davydenko at AO? i think he did well in sydney too or was it brisbane?


Kimmi Says:

aaaargh, mannarino lost to anderson. you could be right conty. he could win it all..


contador Says:

margot… i’m probably missing the british context of the nick. i certainly don’t know what “schlobber” for robin haase means in dutch, do you? to me it sounds like excess saliva…humor is also different…maybe that’s endearing. “dolly mixture.” makes me think of how barbie and ken look without clothes. but trust me, dolgopolov gets far worse for his appearance on the chats. i don’t use “mandy” as a slander but when he’s in a draw with roddick lately i’ve used “randy” and “mandy.” i can stick to “muzz” and “murray.” actually on the chats, federer and nadal get the worst!!


contador Says:

Kimmi – i’m finally at home hunting down some streams and checking scores.

yeah, sorry to see adrian lost. but kevin anderson has been on a hot streak for him.

dimitrov…yay…he plays korolev tomorrow. if he gets through then it’s who? probably benneteau or zverev. wondering if benny is still injured?

yes agree. florian mayer is on a roll. he’s kinda lacks charisma. longest neck in the atp? sorry.

looking at livescore, dodig has come from the 1st set down to trying to hand on in the decider…ajmo! he might have a chance if he can beat GGL.

hate to think it but it could be the end of nalby…but isn’t moviestar open clay? zeballos has been slumping but he’s a good clay courter. maybe nalby is down abt AO. davydenko too…hope he isn’t over.

movie star open…i think i can get a stream on fognini v robreado : )


contador Says:

mean “hang ” on not hand on and dodig is still a break up in decider.

i’m prepping for IW….brackets


Kimmi Says:

dodig giving his home town something to cheer about. cilic and ljub out early, every watch is on dodig now..he seem to be a late bloomer.

Commentator says dodig turned pro in 2004. only this year things starts to click for him. never reached a atp semi before and now just a game away to the final.

GGL is really fighting. dodig will have to serve it out. can he do it?

I have tennistv streaming zagreb and santiago.


contador Says:

no tennis tv for me, Kimmi.

patchy stream on fromsport and tried atdhe but the news is it was “siezed for security reason”….due to whatever the fear during superbowl.

dodig wins!

cheering on fognini and starace. about time some italians win a tourny? maybe?


Kimmi Says:

3 big serves and shanks fron GGL give him the match. no wonder he is the only one who took the set off djoko at the AO.

Your IW bracket prepping is on a roll so far conty..

anderson can win tommorrow as he plays Somdev..cant see somdev winning but who knows.


contador Says:

yeah, but this is one match at a time : )

fromsport has a good stream for starace …in spanish…but it’s tennis

win, potito win!


Kimmi Says:

i read about live streaming being seized…i was trying to stream some of fed cup earlier but nothing out there. Thanks i have tennistv.


contador Says:

hahaha…..chatters…”this starace giraldo match is more exciting than AO open final.”


Kimmi Says:

hehehe.. true. Murray was just tooooo negative in that match..


contador Says:

opps. “AO open final” should be just “AO Final”

mostly french on the chat and lots being written in french abt gasquet….i think some are mocking him, others defending…sorta..


contador Says:

giraldo going to take the 2nd set…..and i doubt potito can go 3. deuce….better get it now

or there goes the all italian final. foggy and potito are good friends. so i hear…

speaking of gasquet, can’t find him on a draw.


contador Says:

tie break.

san jose main draw. vamos juan marteen!


Kimmi Says:

gasquet retired in zagreb due to injury. maybe is is still not well…

Giraldo is fighting..with the mini break now..

ah, error to the net. he doesnt want to win this..


contador Says:

i do know what “mierda” means in so. american spanish

lol…


Kimmi Says:

starace breaking down..too many errors


Kimmi Says:

giraldo pumped. takes the second. your italian boy in trouble conty.


contador Says:

ah, injured in zagreb. that’s why the derisive comments in french. no sympathy for him…from countrymen chatters.


contador Says:

florian got a breadstick 1st set! from berrer.


Kimmi Says:

berrer give mayer a bread stick in the first set. so much for me thinking mayer is on a roll. he better wake up soon.

i see the neck conty. yeah, kind of long. maybe i should nick name him giraffe


Kimmi Says:

giraldo with an early break in the third..


contador Says:

i feel bad saying that abt his neck, kimmi.

he’s getting into the match now….3 set win will be bettr chances for dodig. stream from zagreb now the best.


Kimmi Says:

haha dont worry contador. we just kidding, right?


dAri Says:

margot, contador- I’m impressed with your tennis watching stamina! I had to take a break after my AO jetlag/ hangover, I’ve been checking scores with my *new Android atp/WTA scores app*, but the only tennis I’ve seen is from amateurs at the club!
I’ll get back at it with rotterdam and SAP open. Pete and Gael are playing an exho match there. Cool, weird, should be entertaining match up.
How STACKED is rotterdam draw?!


contador Says:

british commentators calling florian ” a bit phlegmatic” what? was he coughing up something? maybe a gag from florian?


dAri Says:

KIMMI in that impressive group, too!


contador Says:

it’s stacked, dari!! even qualifying stacked….to me cos dimitrov is in it…

san jose worth following too…


Kimmi Says:

always watching out for some live tennis dari. looking for some new talent.

go dimitrov. dodig is doing well in zagreb.

prepping myself for the next bracket challenge..ha-ha. i want to beat contador that is, at least in the early rounds :)


contador Says:

hahahaha…don’t worry abt beating me in any rounds, Kimmi. like to think i know what’s going on tho…

the danger is Eric, margot and jane…and anyone else here except skeezer and me

bagel for potato….correction…..breadstick. but i knew he’d run outta steam.

go foggy!! next match


contador Says:

a long neck is a benefit when seeing over the net.


Kimmi Says:

giraldo is a good bracket picker for clay season.

goes to the final. i think this is his first final?

robredo will be tough for fognini i am afraid


Kimmi Says:

yap, first final for giraldo! first final for dodig..go underdogs!!


dari Says:

yes, conty- SAP worth watching, too, but every name in the rotterdam draw is a big one, especially with all the talented dutchies in there.
If i remember correctly, tennis channel stays up on things in february pretty well, so hopefully i won’t have to deal with this streaming problem you guys speak of!


contador Says:

isn’t fognini an underdog to….lol…have to check.

robredo the favorite,sure. fognini always funny to watch…esp. when losing…

florian ran out of gas…but he had a good run in january.


contador Says:

hahahaha…..great find….it is federer, kimmi. maybe playing nadal?

at first i thought “no fed wouldnt.”


Kimmi Says:

yes, its federer. ha-ha, i hope he was not playing nadal. that would be even funnier.lol


Kimmi Says:

haha maybe skeezer needs to see that. shamoooon!


contador Says:

: ) great picture. fed’s hair sorta longer…the curls. can’t believe fer would do than unintentionally…butt…

fognini has no atp title…italian ninja! but it must be hot in santiago and look at the sunscreen on fabio.

tommy is cool.


contador Says:

dari….i like the dutchies. hard to know who to cheer in a soda -haase match. the robin match. go schlobber!


contador Says:

dari…schoorel in 221….7’3!! didn’t he play rog? he didn’t look that tall.


Kimmi Says:

yeah, he played rog in doha. pretty tall guy. hits lots of aces. took fed to tie break.

he played dimitorv in ao quali too. took the first set in the tie break but lot easily next two.

7′ 3″ is too tall though..taller that Dr ivo who is 6’10″. cant believe it, maybe they made a mistake!


Kimmi Says:

foggy about to go down double break


contador Says:

LOL…the italians “mamma mia!” and “fognini solito idiota” = always the same idiot.

must be a mistake on schoorel’s height. he didn’t play like that much of a giant…i didn’t think?


contador Says:

foggy will comeback…takes him awhile. win!


Kimmi Says:

breaks back


contador Says:

he did!!! just as i said. so….”forza” fabio!


contador Says:

he likes drama….a good come back


Kimmi Says:

danger foggy


contador Says:

LOL…enjoying this match….KImmi


Kimmi Says:

foggy shoudnt have missed that..aaagh, that was the 1st set there!


Kimmi Says:

boredo had so many opportunities, couldnt take them. Foggy (haha i like the nick “foggy”.) break.

needs to serve it out


contador Says:

foggy serving for match…..broke tommy. some great shots by fabio….that dtl backhand winner

now don’t choke!!


contador Says:

oops….serving for set….i wish match


Kimmi Says:

serving for the first set conty. yap, i can see a choke coming up!


Kimmi Says:

ha-ha boredo choking


contador Says:

he didn’t choke!!!!!!! but there is still plenty of time


contador Says:

that botched overhead smash….ah boredo..


contador Says:

yes…fabio didn’t choke….boredo did.

i like how fognini strikes the ball….his posture and footwork


Kimmi Says:

foggy serving too many BP. unbelivable boredo does not take adv on this. maybe now?


Kimmi Says:

foggy living dangerously here..can he make another come back.


contador Says:

maybe fognini needs a rest the 2nd set…and comeback the decider. : )


Kimmi Says:

hmm, it does not look good for foggy. boredo is on a roll. lets hope its only a second set breather from foggy


Kimmi Says:

haha break back..unbelivable. foggy needed that one for confidence in the third


contador Says:

i had guessed 6-4, 2-6, 6-4


Kimmi Says:

that was horrible game..he had points to finish it off, he made awful errors.

well..dont know about that results, boredo playing well conty


contador Says:

forza fognini! fight like schiavone!

would be so cool for him to win this…and win tomorrow…get his 1st atp trophy

:/ kinda doubt it. c’mon concentrate foggy!


Kimmi Says:

bad break, foggy was up 40-15 in that game. then lost it.

hmmmm!


contador Says:

yep. fatigue and frustration. lots of catcalls from crowd….lol…with i could lipread italian.


Kimmi Says:

another one 40-0 up to dues..eeek! cant finish it


Kimmi Says:

bye bye foggy


contador Says:

ciao fabio : (

next time, maybe.

he really did gag, imo.

but giraldo – robredo tomorrow.

see ya, Kimmi! thanks for the company….


Kimmi Says:

thanks you too conty.

he nearly came back foggy but now i dont think so..

later…


margot Says:

conty: “dolly mixtures” are sweets, with lots of different kinds in the packet. Apt, yes?
dAri: not watched much but did catch some of Fed Cup and also a bit of Dodig, had him beating Karlo in my bracket, so very soft spot ;), bits of others as and when. Have subscribed to tennistv so must make use of it! btw “phlegmatic” for me means very difficult to know what’s going on in someone’s head, emotionless, very calm ,that kind of thing. Mayer is certainly like that, but after watching Andy for two weeks, everyone looks like a plank of wood lol.


contador Says:

margot-candies? as in an “assortment?” well that’s better than a barbie and ken without clothes mix……lol….but i lke to think of not his long hair and ponytail but how he plays tennis: that pogo serve….and he remained on the serving ace leaderboard in the middle for AO. also the speedy reflexes – he’s spring-loaded. must be the gymnastic background? as i mentioned, apparently his lockeroom nick is now “dog.” i won’t call him that :/

and phlegm to me is something secreted in respiratory passages..bronchials…ect….aka “mucus.” so when the british commentator said florian wa playing “phlegmatic” tennis …it made me laugh, guessing they meant he was choking or gagging.

later i was curious and looked “phlegmatic.” it’s is a totally different meaning than phlegm, yeah….i get it now. refreshing to hear a new way to describe an attitude…often learn something from the british commentators.


contador Says:

now i’ll have to see if i can find the dutch translation for “schlobber.” i hope he has recovered from AO…poor schlobber plagued by injury.

otherwise….battle of the robin’s in rotterdam wont be much of a contest.


contador Says:

Kimmi! dimitrove beat korolev!

okay, settle down, i know. he now has one more qualie round and havent looked at the Q draw yet.

it will be: tsurnov, zverev, or benoit paire ( young talented frenchie; at least younger than mannarino, i think )

and livescore appears dodig is at least winning the first set. but anderson might be outta gas.


Kimmi Says:

Hi conty.

Yeah, great news for dmitrov. I forgot to check that. yay! Who is he playing in the first round? Hope not one of the big guns *crossing fingers*

Dodig up a set. wow! this boy is really playing well..hope he wins!


Kimmi Says:

Contador – re- dimitrov. i thought he plays only 2 rounds in qualis. ie.thought he was thru to the main draw? Let me check!


Kimmi Says:

Okay, i checked conty. he is thru to the first round.

there is 4 places for qualis to be slotted. either he plays:

Cilic
Golubev
Tsonga
stakhosky

OMG..he beat golubev at the AO. Cilic is beatable, so is stakhosky. tsonga will probably be tough.

Go dimitrov.


contador Says:

good morning! he plays zverev….yikes.

benoit paire is someone to watch, maybe. 21 yrs old and as tall as soda pop. is he smart? i dunno but smart enough to beat #1 qualie- petzschner. mannarino is shorter and i think 23.

appears anderson could be done like mayer.


contador Says:

oh.. that’s right, Kimmi…

4 spots in main draw…..i hope he gets golubev not gilou! stakhovsky maybe okay….but tsonga and simon, NO!


contador Says:

okay…i thought simon had a qualie….i better look again.


Kimmi Says:

yeah, it is simon not stakhovsky. looked a wrong line there.

hmmm, simon will be very tough. fingers crossed he get golubev.


contador Says:

ace! fights off 4 or 5 bp’s to win a game. berrer really trying here….more exciting that AO final!

would be such terrible luck for dimi to get simon.


contador Says:

you know i cant type and watch matches, kimmi. happenz i have 2 livestreams on tho…


Kimmi Says:

me too but who cares. dodig has been serving well..i heard the commentator siad 14 aces all together. not bad.


Kimmi Says:

great volleys from dodig. berrer fighting.


contador Says:

latvian connection on chat believes gulbis can beat debakker on indoor hc. of course he couldn’t confirm if EG is fit though.


contador Says:

hahaha…love the brit commentators in zagreb, “he looks accusingly at surface,” talking abt dodig. ajmo! very excited for dodig,,,,,bp!

this match better than SA


Kimmi Says:

berrer too tense. gave away a break with some stupid errors.

dodig up a break…now has to hold here.


contador Says:

got it! go underdogs! hold serve now lol….”dodig immense in that game!” “superhero” they say…hahaha


Kimmi Says:

break back point..hmmmm


Kimmi Says:

another break point..


Kimmi Says:

great serving from dodig. haha one more game


contador Says:

saved 6 BP’s in his service game. “nerves of steel” dodig

2 points away dodig


contador Says:

oh no. can he serve it out?


Kimmi Says:

berrer has probably got only his box to cheer for him. you can hear the intense quiet when he wins the point. poor guy!

Go the underdog dodig. go get them..


Kimmi Says:

DP on match point..oh no!


Kimmi Says:

too tense dodig


Kimmi Says:

WHAT?#$%^& unbelivable. The guy celebrates then ump says it was out.


Kimmi Says:

wins it for the second time..yay! great win dodig. he beats four seed to win title.

gets 250 points. he will move up to 60s i think.


contador Says:

what a dramatic ending…..bad call robbed dodig of one matchpt but he won! congratulations ivan dodig. his only atp win. and made more$$$ today than in a third of his 7 years playing tennis…so say commentators.

great match :) did i pick dodig? hahaha


contador Says:

second time dodig? really?

anderson got 2nd set….decider now


margot Says:

Ahh you two, wasn’t that brilliant? Dodig a pro since 2004, never been in a semi, never been in a final, wins in front of hos home crowd :) Wins a third of what he’s earned in his whole career too. What a gr8 tennis story! My goodness, that point when he thought he’d won, good job it wasn’t Serena playing…:)
yes, conty “candies” yum, yum ;)


contador Says:

ahhhh,,,watching the winner speech….actually crying for him. it’s so happy a moment for digdig


Kimmi Says:

yeah, you picked dogic and k.anderson. on the roll contador.

anderson seem to be winning his home tourny too. great tennis.

happy for dodig. he wins at home.. what a satisying win this is. he is going to be famous…at home i mean.


Kimmi Says:

margot – yay! you can never not feel for the guy. such a fairtale story. hope to see him more ofcourse.

contador – cdid u understand his speech?


contador Says:

no…only know “ajmo” but dodig did say a few words in english. the emotions say everything. chatters aren’t speaking english today…all french and some croatian. some cheering for anderson. i expect it to be all spanish pretty soon.

giraldo-robredo will be a popular match….i think fed cup is still on?


margot Says:

kimmi: just gr8 wasn’t it? All those grinding years rewarded too :)
Looks as if Anderson is pulling off a similar.


contador Says:

margot, kimmi – my practice picking isn’t bad. ( i knew fognini wouldn’t win )

but giraldo can beat boredo i think.

fed cup…..france v russia in doubles?


contador Says:

cant get a link for any fed cup. i guess canada is playing too?

but…..vamos giraldo!


Kimmi Says:

yap anderson did pull thru. congrats to anderson for his first title too. a lot of first today.

go goraldo, he is gunning for his first title too! i am with you conty.

For fed cup..happy for belgiam. they thru to the semi.


contador Says:

well, no tennis for 2.5 hrs. but superfootball party will have to cancel that out. not that i don’t like the commercials and will cheer both teams.

that’s all for the tennis :(


contador Says:

later Kimmi…very excited for rotterdam and somewhat for san jose.

rotterdam will be impossible to watch…unless i wake up early


Kimmi Says:

later conty.

yap..rotterdam will be impossible for me too. will follow results though.

Hope dimitrov can get couple of wins there.

hope muzz has put the AO behing him. onwards and upwards!!


margot Says:

Sorry but….Rotterdam purrfect for me….But you guys will be smiling at IW….and Miami…and…


contador Says:

OH cr@p!!

had to check rotterdam draw one last time and it’s not the worst opponent for grisha but he got tsonga….tough luck

worst is for benny paire….he’ll get a tennis lesson from simon.

see ya…oh boy …superbowl


contador Says:

yeah lucky you, margot. but i’ll BE at IW…well, work could interfere…and if i can’t go see god….i’ll cry ;/


Kimmi Says:

aaaargh! Tsonga, hmmm! Good luck indeed. even if he manages to win this one..he has davydenko next. oh no, the stars are not lining up for grigor. he should play 250s to start with instead of 500s..oh well!


contador Says:

superbowl ppl won’t miss me. anyway…game doesn’t start for like 3.5-4 hrs…party at noon tho.

Kimmi, margot….the picks are really tough. yeah we always say that but…glad rotterdam isn’t for real.

tomorrow’s picks:
1)cilic – he bettter beat zverev
2)davydenko – is he healthy? picking davy ( he completely hosed my bracket! ) only picking him guessing finicky llodra won’t try too hard. he likes to win at home….next week a tournament in france.
3) cant pick between golubev or tsurnov. i think golubev lost me a point at AO first round and tsurnov just made it thru qualies. but he’s pretty old…so don’t know if that helps or hurts…hm.
4) schoorel – picking an upset over troiki…lol..schoorel isn’t 7’3″ is he?

other first rounds:

murray – but that might be tough if baggy is healthy or if muzz actually did get the rumored leg injury during the dolgo match.
forian over f-lo
simon
stakhovsky
t-bird
grigor to upset tsonga..maybe jo isn’t 100%
tuna
ferrer
youzhny – another bracket buster
EG! he has to win for some confidence. it’s indoor climate controlled hc. debakker is at home, ja, but a better clay courter.
kohls
mr. dimples – he could lose to haase was impressive but i think hurt a leg at AO?

have to see how they play. couldn’t pick the tourny winner.


margot Says:

kimmi, conty: Tsonga not on songa at mo. and nor is Davy come to think. Grigor may surprise us.
Oh conty, lucky you! I really fancy IW but California is such a danged long way from UK :(
Rotterdam next door really …but..likely to be as cold and miserable as UK so doesn’t appeal nearly as much.


margot Says:

conty, yes picks look really difficult. Don’t know why Andy’s playing really, think he owed it to jamie but they are not in the doubles now and I suppose it’s too late to pull. Can’t see him going deep.
1st round, crashed and burned with Haase, think he’ll lose, Sod’s defending points, extra motivated?
Golubev, Stakovsky and the usual suspects, I think.


contador Says:

getting the guilt trip for missing so much work with ozzie open pneumonia, margot. somehow i must, just must take the offer! i mean who knows if i ever get a chance to see federer, even if on a practice court only.

you’d probably love Indian Wells. it is still beautiful in march, i think…except for a santa ana gale force wind…like 2 years ago. but the desert combined with snow capped mtns was special, imo. but it’s like 50C in the summer…hahaha

so i’m thinking the same abt tsonga and davy…but llodra sometimes goes into a tourny and plays like he doesn’t care. come to think of it, so does davy. confusing pick.


contador Says:

margot – what do you think of schoorel…in general? too tall? but he didn’t play in slo mo like giants in that 1st set doha v fed

“schlobber” if he’s healthy and at home is talented enough to win the battle of the robin’s. but that would be horrible for soda : (

think haase pulled or twisted something (again) at AO

hard really to know about muzz and baggy too. just have to see their forms.


contador Says:

check back later. gotta go now, really.


Kimmi Says:

ah, giraldo is on the roll..go go go!


Kimmi Says:

giraldo broken when serving for the match. back on serve now. how tentative he was..just error give a break back..aaagh!


Kimmi Says:

tie breaker now. c’mon giraldo!


Kimmi Says:

oh no..shoulda coulda. santiago didnt take his chances..boredo did. a learning curve…

congrats to boredo


contador Says:

ah..i really wanted giraldo to win :/

especially after what he did to fognini post match….i mean fabio is not innocent but what goes on during the match is what it is, imo.

robredo refused to shake foggy’s hand after beating him…..grrrr

my opinion of robredo, the senior atp player of the two should have taken the high road, whatever the case, and had the class to shake hands. hm, my opinion of robredo went down. so, i really wanted giraldo to win….

there’s a youtube of the exchange…have to find it. and i’d say a rematch of rebredo v fognini….will be a “cracker”


contador Says:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktHO5ZDMNuc

see if this link works….the commentators were saying no, no, no fognini but….tommy was being a snob by not shaking his hand. so foggy gave him a piece of his mind…as expected!


Kimmi Says:

saw the match but missed the exchange at the end. why wouldnt boredo refuse to shake hands? i remember there was a rally where few words were exchanged, when foggy was broken i think..didnt understand exatly what was wrong. obviosly foggy was pissed off coz he was broken…but not shaking hands is childish.

oh, well..giraldo had the match on his racket couldnt take it. aaaagh!

the player who won the tourny wins the battle i guess..even though he was an @sshole..


contador Says:

one more…..this is for dari, kimmi, and fed fans… : )

it’s an old song….but different from the original lyrics i think…

i don’t recall the “he even won in rotterdam” and “they even like him japan” lyrics. “he’s not just working on his tan” i do remember that part…lol… bored watching football….missing federer tennis:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv8jkkrlWew


Kimmi Says:

aaaaw! “the grand slam man”.
“roger federer you gettin’ betterer every time i see you play” ha ha super!

actually they played a little bit of this ESPN @ the AO.

Goo rog.

Hope he fights his way this year.


contador Says:

: ) can’t help but love him.

even if 2011 is the year of nole and rafa, maybe muzz, soda….fed’s still in there until he says it’s over.

so kimmi – dolgo is in the brazil open this week…found him. and the two bandana wearing italian ninja’s – fognini and starace too (fognini said “you are a sh$t” to boredo when tommy refused to shake hands)….plus belucci, of course. ah so much tennis and so little time…

re why tommy did that after match: fognini does punk stuff during matches like applaud when his opponent makes mistakes….applauds his own mistakes too. he was misbehaving and getting under robredo’s shin. they must have bad juju before that match. foggy doesn’t always do that during a match…the monfils match at FO he was behaving fine….lotsa examples of good behavior. i think on the atp website in that special vid on bagdhatis he lists dynamics inside a match…including: whether you like who you playing or not. paraphrasing. clearly tommy and fabio are not on friendly terms.


Kimmi Says:

dolgo in brazil, milos in san jose and grigor in rotterdam. lets see who will go far. i hope all of them..

crazy foggy and boredo! i am sure will soon see them play again..they both love clay. so…

will check out your picks tommorow if correct

Gnite


dAri Says:

I see red! Clay clay clay! Isn’t rotterdam indoor court red, too?
CONTADOR- I know the roger federer song, but i guess i never really watched the youtube closely cause some of the pics were new and the lyrics hilarious. “Roger federer put on your sweaterer” WOW!
gotta love this guy!
Yes, hope he sees the light in 2011!


contador Says:

hahaha….so dari, i was feeling guilty abt posting a federer song and he isn’t even playing….so i found a rafa song….took me awhile to find one not too sappy but this is a fun one…
vamos rafa!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9zze4kaH60&feature=related

superbowl party hangover per usual…


dAri Says:

You’re killing me, conty! The people who write these tennis superstar songs are talented “when you leave mallorca and come to new yorka”


dAri Says:

Rotterdam kicking it off right with kohlschreiber v berdych. Maybe im still lingering on my pick of kohls over berdy in AO, but I want to see kohls get this one!


dAri Says:

How blind am I? That order of play was showing that kohls and berdy were playing dubs together! Not singles versus each other! Whacky

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