Del Potro, Hewitt Clash in San Jose, Raonic v. Berankis; Clijsters Two Sets From No. 1; Tennis Notes
by Staff | February 11th, 2011, 2:08 pm
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Juan Martin Del Potro continues his comeback today in San Jose against fellow US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt. Del Potro, who cruised yesterday in a 6-1, 7-6 win over Luckas Lacko, is appearing in his first ATP quarterfinal match Friday in almost a year.

Since injuring his wrist in January 2010 and missing eight months of the season last year, Del Potro has slowly been working his way back into form.

“Every morning when I wake up I feel very different sensations with my body, with my mind, but I’m happy to be in the tournament again since a year out,” he said. “I’m improving my game slowly, but I’m still improving, so that’s important for the future, for the season too.

“I don’t know if I’ll be Top 10 again, but I’m working to get as good as I can,” the 484th-ranked Argentine added. “My wrist is getting better day by day.”

Del Potro and his childhood idol Hewitt have split their two prior meetings, both in 2009. Their match begins at about 8pm ET.

In a battle of 20-year-old future stars in San Jose this afternoon, Milos Raonic and Richard Berankis meet. The Canadian Raonic who at 6’5″ is about six inches taller than Berankis, has been the breakout star this year along with Alexander Dolgopolov.

Top seed Fernando Verdasco is also in action against Denis Istomin and No. 2 Gael Monfils plays American wildcard Tim Smyczek.

In the semifinals at the Brazil Open, Dolgopolov plays Ricardo Mello, Nicolas Almagro challenges Juan Igancio Chela.

In Rotterdam, Ivan Ljubicic is already through to the semifinals after a 7-6 third set tiebreak win over Marcos Baghdatis. The Croat awaits the winner of the Tomas Berdych-Tsonga match. Robin Soderling and Mikhail Youhzny are just underway while Marin Cilic’s match against Viktor Troicki follows.

And at the WTA event in Paris, Kim Clijsters will take the court in a short while needing just a win over Jelena Dokic to return to the No. 1 ranking on Monday.

SAN JOSE ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, 11 FEBRUARY, 2011

CENTER COURT start 11:15 am
S Lipsky (USA) / R Ram (USA) vs [2] E Butorac (USA) / J Rojer (AHO)
Not Before 1:00 PM
R Berankis (LTU) vs M Raonic (CAN)
Not Before 3:30 PM
[WC] T Smyczek (USA) vs [2] G Monfils (FRA)
Not Before 5:00 PM
J Del Potro (ARG) vs [7] L Hewitt (AUS)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] F Verdasco (ESP) vs [5] D Istomin (UZB)
[1] M Knowles (BAH) / M Mertinak (SVK) vs J Del Potro (ARG) / S Querrey (USA)

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
How hilarious and/or sad are all the “feature stories” on the “depth” and “international appeal” of women’s tennis now that there are players from 10 different countries in the Top 10 for the first time? Write the REAL story, that the Top 10 is full of average players who shouldn’t be there because a slew of top players are injured — Justine Henin (who just retired again due to her injuries), Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova (out of the Top 10 due to injury), Dinara Safina (out of the Top 10 due to a back injury), Ana Ivanovic (out of the Top 10 due to various injuries), Martina Hingis (who should be playing but retired with injury), Jennifer Capriati (same), Monica Seles (same), Mary Pierce (same), Anna Kournikova (same), etc. ‘Women’s tennis is so deep and balanced!’ Give us a break. Dumbasses. From a Bleacher Report story: “Whatever happens, tennis is as exciting and global as it ever was before, and it’s only going to get stronger. From the Americans and Europe to Asia and Australia, we’re lucky to be witnesses to this part of tennis history. The future looks bright, and we’re at the center of it.” — Really? The future looks bright for American and Australian tennis? You must work for the USTA or Tennis Australia and are looking to keep your job. That future looks like shite. For the longevity of players’ careers? The current savior of high-level tennis, Kim Clijsters, is only playing after a mini-retirement due to the fact her body was breaking down. The Williams sisters’ bodies have been breaking down on them for the last few years. Once the Williams sisters are done, the shite will hit the fan in the U.S…Rafael Nadal won the prestigious Laureus Sportsman of the Year award last Tuesday, following Roger Federer who won it four straight times from 2005-08. “It is very important personal satisfaction,” Nadal told CNN. “This nomination is voted for by the world of sport…the best sportsmen and sportswomen in the world voted for me, it’s a real honor. It was an emotional season for me, probably the most emotional of my career, so thank you very much for everyone who made this possible for me.”…If the Williams sisters are not healthy in April, the U.S. is looking at getting knocked out of the Fed Cup World Group by Germany…Maria Sharapova has pulled out of Dubai with a virus she first was hit with during Fed Cup…Kim Clijsters would become the first mother to rank No. 1 on the WTA computer…Rafael Nadal says he has resumed training, saying on his website: “So far, everything feels good. This is the first time back I can really assess how I feel as the previous days have been all about physical training. I need to follow a specific progressive training plan so that I can adapt slowly and get back to the same rhythm I had before this happened to me.”…Ana Ivanovic and coach Antonio Van Grichen are no more. Have a coaching relationship, that is.


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Monfils Withdrawal Sends Raonic to First ATP Final, Awaits Verdasco or Del Potro in San Jose
Roddick Leads Five Americans into Memphis 2nd RD; Verdasco v. Raonic Rematch Tonight
Roddick Dealt Del Potro, Raonic Remains Hot in Memphis

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124 Comments for Del Potro, Hewitt Clash in San Jose, Raonic v. Berankis; Clijsters Two Sets From No. 1; Tennis Notes

Richard Says:

Calling other sports writers “dumbasses” when infact the WTA outperformed tne ATP during the Aussie Swing, and shows that the tour can be exciting without the Williams or Henin, or Hingis being present? And I like how Kournikova is being lumped with the legends such as Seles and Hingis in the same sentence.

Thank you Tennis-x.com “staff” for showing zero class, and also lacking the leadership among the editors to let an embarrasing post like this published. Seriously, maybe create a myspace page or something where you can rant and cry. One less tennis site for me to surf in the future, but best of luck to the others. :)


scineram Says:

What is shite? Never heard of it.


scineram Says:

Safina – out of Top 10 due to SUCK
Kournikova – same
Pierce – ooooold

Schiavone thrice as interesting as them combined.


Cherry Says:

It was nice to know that Del Potro’s wrist is getting better. I hope he will be able to get back to the Top 10 ranking. I admire his fighting spirit. http://www.tennisround.com


dari Says:

your tennis notes get worse and worse every time, bud. it would be nice if you would not be so negative and also realize that many of the people that you listed as “out with injury” just aren’t playing well enough anymore (safina, sharapova, even ana by now).
i know some of it is humor, but all the biting does not count for much of a contribution to a tennis website as a writer.


Alvin Says:

“Schiavone thrice as interesting as them combined.”

Exactly! And put Li Na in there too.

Why are these people even talking about how Seles, Capriati and Pierce? I love them and they were great players, but that was from a decade ago. Come on. Seriously, after the Kuzie-Schiavone, Sharapova-Goerges, Makarova-Ivanovic, Li-Wozniacki, Li-Clijsters matches, if someone says women’s tennis is at a low level, it just makes me think they don’t really know what they’re talking about. And I’m coming from the POV that is compelled by the Fed-Nadal-Djokovic-Murray match ups.

Kournikova. LOL.


contador Says:

i should take a vow of silence on picking but can’t help it…bla, bla, bla…

bald bomber …his time of year for 1 more year over tsonga.

soderling defend your title!

sascha get your title in brasil. davai! mello hasn’t been mellow.
should be an almagro v sascha final.

san jose: 5’9 berankis about to face raonic. i think raonic wins.
delpo over hewitt
istomin over verdasco….lol…
monfils has had the easiest draw

who knows who wins san jose!

is gulbis playing in marseille?


contador Says:

wow. raonic. he looks like a future top ten…..maybe a GS winner?

reminds me of delpotro.

berankis only 5’9″….he needs to work like ferrer to get far. or grow. such talent, great groundstrokes and mentality but imagine he’s got a tough road.


contador Says:

poor berankis


jane Says:

Go Milos =)


jane Says:

Berankis is doing pretty well, just not quite settled in, as the announcers said. He has to stand so far back to return those Raonic ray-gun blast serves though.


contador Says:

Jane-
commentators saying berankis is probably closer to 5’8. that would be like my height. hahaha

but berankis will learn from this match. he must be an intelligent, crafty player to get as far as he has. sort of a question mark how far he’ll go. could we just do a brain transplant? berankis brain into gulbis body?

raonic looks like a star!


dari Says:

i thought berankis was down 3-0, did he get a break back or did i read wrong?


contador Says:

meant…berankis’ brain into gulbis’ skull


contador Says:

no dari…..raonic will now BOMB for the set


dari Says:

it makes sense, still contador.


jane Says:

dari he could’ve been down 3-0 if Raonic served first, and so it’s still just one break.

contador, yep, brain transplant. Although Ferrer is a little guy and he;s been as high as #3 in the world, I think.


jane Says:

A few too many errors from Raonic, imo. I don’t know why or what, but something about Milos reminds me of Sampras. Could be the serve, or the laidback on-court demeanor?


jane Says:

Cilic was up 30-love to take it to a first set tiebreak but somehow (just following scores on that one) Troicki came back to win the first set 7-5.


contador Says:

some talent berankis is! both of these guys seem to play well on important points already in their careers. it’s just raonic has so much advantage with that height and serve.

will be fun to see how raonic plays against a returner like djokovic, federer, nadal…..i’d say murray but…just hoping murray gets his head back into tennis.


jane Says:

Agreed contador – would like to see how those good returners would manage. Remember it was Ferrer who finally ousted Milos at the AO because of his excellent retrieval skills.


contador Says:

richard is definitely nervous. he hardly ever double faults. but why wouldn’t he be nervous! yes it was ferrer…but what a work ethic ferrer has had to have to get him where he has been in tennis!

i imagine berankis isn’t going away after losing to raonic. from what i’ve read about him he’s a real fighter.

also wonder if delpo is even up to playing raonic, if this tournament comes to that. monfils is a great returner but what a match raonic monfils!


jane Says:

Definitely a tighter set. Tough to say how this will end up.


contador Says:

have 2 streams going Jane. trying to keep track of 3 matches…

thought chela might beat almagro in straights but almagro is back…my interest in that match is obviously in case alexandr wins mello. taking nothing for granted here.

had to turn sound off of san jose stream. the commentators drooling over raonic….not that his talent isn’t drool-worthy but american commentators really get carried away, imo and dont shut up even a little.

dutch commentary is better…nice long pauses of silence while tennis is on. cilic a bit weaker than troiki. troiki appears to be winning 5-3 troiki 2nd set. ahhh marin :/


contador Says:

troiki will play soda. troiki looking very good today.

hm, who will the tie break got to berankis or raonid ? ( not being serious )


jane Says:

Yeah, I have been watching scores for the other matches, with just Milos and Richard – coming to a tiebreak or a break?? – on streaming. I am surprised how well Troicki is doing again. I thought Cilic might win that one. Also surprised at how badly Nico started out versus Chela, but that one seems to have leveled out.

Oh! Tiebreak – must watch. Could go either way, methinks. Berankis has played well this set.


contador Says:

raonic not raonid…..typing challenge


contador Says:

no jane. with raonic serve?


jane Says:

Note to Berankis though – don’t bother trying to lob Milos. ;)


contador Says:

turning sound back on to hear milos….winner interview. 5-1 milos now.


jane Says:

True contador – Raonic’s ray-gun blast is a bit of a deal-breaker for the tiebreaker. I like Berankis though; happy to have watched these two.


jane Says:

Hope it does turn out to be Raonic vs. La Monf. Could be awesome!


contador Says:

my stream on san jose pooped out right when i turned the sound back on…ack.

very happy for him, jane. really like milos. it’s just that he was playing berankis…and richard will have to figure out a plan for beating the likes of raonic, soderling, delpo…berdych ( when he’s on) who’d i miss…isner…

raonic is the best of the youngest ….i doubt even tigger could do much.


contador Says:

oh nico da man. he struts off the court. i hope somebody beats him…sorry, i don’t like watching nico almagro.


Kimmi Says:

congrats to canada and milos. the guy is a really deal. I am so happy we finally have somebody to cheer for. Go milos. go get them all!


Kimmi Says:

i see troicki continues his resurgent. the serbia davis cup win has done wonders.

Soda pop want to defend his title though..can anyone stop him? troicki needs a big title now..he is done the 250s..what about 500s?


Kimmi Says:

congrats to kim clijsters for reaching no.1. move over wozniacki, hope she can play better now the pressure is off her shoulders.


contador Says:

Kimmi – dancevic looked like he might do something a couple years ago but nothing,

raonic is a revelation. go milos! i know i have tennis junkyitis but his serve gives me goosebumps….lol…. very corny to say,,,

the kind like when you hear a great performance at a consert, opera, symphony,


contador Says:

btw….in real life i do know how to spell, jane…geez. and write a sentence. but i think dolgo match is coming on soon.


Kimmi Says:

contador – too bad i have not seen him play in san jose. apart from serve his overall game is good too. the FH is his weapon as well i think.

dolgo vs mello just started. dolgo with 2 break points to start with. and he takes it.


jane Says:

contador, don’t care about spelling, lol. I rarely proof my posts here so am always making mistakes. Tigger on – hoo-hoo-hoo- hoo!

Rankings are interesting right now. All the climbers, but also the way the top ten is in tight little pairs except for Rafa (1) and Youz (10).

Fed and Nole – 2& 3 really close; Murray and Soda – 4 & 5 really close; Berdy and Ferrer – 6 & 7 really close; and Roddick and Hotsauce – 8 & 9 really close.


jane Says:

I think Dolgo is going to win this clay title. I don’t think Raonic will win SAP, or I’d be surprised if he did anyhow, but he is getting close to a title soon, I think.


Kimmi Says:

ah jane, dolgo has not won this match yet and there is almagro waiting in the final. I hope he wins but a long way to go yet.

SAP is tough for milos. there is a lot of experience players.

Hope delpo wins today (vs hewitt). their matches have always been close..i think H2H is 1-1. you know with hewitt that he will never give up.


Kimmi Says:

quick set for dolgo. jane could be right after all :)


Kimmi Says:

aaah, what a volley from dolgo to break. 2 breaks up..looking good.


contador Says:

Jane, Kimmi

have been waiting for a breakthrough from dolgo since fall 2009. i cant watch….nerves from tigger right now…

deuce


Kimmi Says:

mello with a break point to break back..dolgo lapsing up. c’mon hold!


contador Says:

this is the old dolgo…oh no!


contador Says:

but dolgo cant help it….that’s how he plays.


Kimmi Says:

dolgo saves 3 break points.


contador Says:

huge sigh….that was tough. he’s now one game away…..yikes!


Kimmi Says:

he is playing well with this mello, but mello is making too many errors too. almagro will be tough in the final…


Kimmi Says:

this is a beatdown. mello was beating the other guys very easily. i thought it will be close. this is the easiest semi ever i think :)

good luck on his first atp final. go dolgo.


jane Says:

He is going to bounce and pogo serve to the title! Go Dolgo!


contador Says:

it was a beatdown but my perception is all off!!

i’ll be so disappointed if almagro wins now. :/

Jane : )

his jumping forehand isn’t graceful but i love it!


contador Says:

okay gael. get this done.

must see some delpo – hewitt before being forced out of my tennis coma.


Kimmi Says:

what happened to berdych, he withdrew to give tsonga a walkover. I was looking forward to see that match..

great win by bald bomber..two tiebreaks to beat baggy..hmm. Ljubo is unpredictable, sometimes plays well, sometimes bad. well, good win for him.

monfils wants to extend this match. break point against him..third break point..


contador Says:

watched the bald bomber, Kimmi.

he looked like the man who beat nadal last year and won IW. baghdatis played well.

i go with ljube over tsonga. ljube told the rotterdam crowd he buys them al drinks if he wins the tournament.

soderling, save him!

monfils is such a good defender but i wish he’s get aggressive…move in and win!


Kimmi Says:

good to hear bald bomber playing well, he better be coz he has a lot of points to defend..soon

how did la monf beat federer in paris..he is playing like “sh%$#t”..though he is winning. where is that paris form monfils? bring it up and win this tournament.


contador Says:

monfils appears to expend only as much energy as regured ….win his service game….not try too hard when smyzcek serves…now will gael up the energy level and break? or what. tie break? lose the 2nd set?

i’ll miss the delpo match that i waited all day to watch. please, i hope he has the wrist to hit his forehand and serve. go delpo!


contador Says:

“required”


dari Says:

I haven’t seen monfils play, but i have been checking his scores and saw he was having tight match with…geeze, what is his name… kendrick!
and now smyzcek at least close sets.


jane Says:

Geez la Monf- get the break, set and match would ya? We wanna watch Delpo & Hewy!


Kimmi Says:

haha i bet la monf will lose the second set!
i am with you people..somehow i feel like this match is making me sleep.


Kimmi Says:

the american is taking it to la monf! good for him..


Kimmi Says:

aaah eventually! congrats la monf.


jane Says:

So is Delpo on immediately? I am wiped.


Kimmi Says:

yap, the match follows la monf match. they should be out in few minutes


contador Says:

ah. timmy was playing probably his best tennis and giving his all. really he deserved to win that tie break. it’s sad, actually.

monfils was lethargic and still won. such is physical talent. who does he play next? competition getting tougher. monfils not looking like he’s too interested whatever it will be.

seems strange he’s here and not in rotterdam or something. wonder if he stays in US or will be where? nevermind, rambling…i’ll go look it up.


contador Says:

lol…not answering my phone! the man from tandil is finally on court : )


Kimmi Says:

monfils plays milos next…do you guys think milos has a chance? i think so. milos should know that every ball will come back, even he wont have as many aces. wasnt it la monf who was never aces by dr ivo one time..amazing!


Kimberly Says:

where is the match being shown?


contador Says:

if le monf plays the way he just did? milos will kick his lazy arse.

http://www.bybeco.org/

this is the new atdhe from what i can tell Kimmi. great stream from san jose….


contador Says:

oh that’s Kimberly….hello… haven’t seen you for awhile. hope you are doing well.


contador Says:

it’s matt cronin! love it. now some good commentary.

so true, he’s remarking about how good hewitt was at commentating on matches. i say , yeah…very serious insight. hope lleyton is in a commentary box when he retires.


Kimmi Says:

2 big serves to save the break point. go delpo


jane Says:

I think Delpo can win this but what do you ladies think?


Kimmi Says:

i hope he wins. somehow i worry for delpo on this match. good start there..needs to keep it up. no lapses, hewitt can come back


Kimmi Says:

so far delpo has cruised in his service games..hewitt on the other hand struggled. if it continues like this..delpo all the way *fingers crossed*


Kimmi Says:

delpo serve is “on” today!


Kimmi Says:

hewitt holds to love at last


dari Says:

atdhenet.tv is still alive
fromsport, too.
from the looks of it, this “veetle” has good video quality stream!
just tuned in… anything i should know? besides that delpo is winning? ;)


jane Says:

So far quite easy-peasy for Delpo.


Kimmi Says:

*gulp* delpo up 2 breaks…


Kimmi Says:

big serving to save those BP..wow!


contador Says:

uhm…if you are listening to cronin and his sidekick….you have the heart-breaking news for caroline wozniaki and other verdasco admirer’s that verdasco is dating a swimsuit model….didn’t catch the name…..anyway, brooklyn decker apparently introduced them…

matt cronin is a wealth of information about wta…serena, sharapova, woz….and about everything. loved him covering AO on AO radio and FO radio when he was with eli weinstein.

delpo is playing not his best but good enough to be beating hewitt . always worrying his wrist will give out.

dari, i dont have a veetle plug in available to my computer….but i was getting the stream….suddenly i’m kicked off. no more matt cronin : ( but i have the british commentators on another stream. shoot…matt was interesting tonight.


jane Says:

Looking at the draw, Delpo has a really good shot at this title. Neither Hotsauce nor La Monf are playing that well, and neither Istomin nor Raonic have Delpo’s experience.


Kimberly Says:

Contador, unfortunately my affiliation for rafa becoming too much. I pulled a quad playing tennis and am sitting here with icy hot on my leg. It happened in the first five minutes and I felt like screaming. Couldn’t play more than five minutes after that. All I could think of was rafa in the red shirt and now the same thing happening to me. Hopefully it will feel better tomorrow!

Enjoying this match. Delpo is making this look pretty effortless. Just got kicked off the computer so kaiser can do whatever he does.


jane Says:

Thought this match would be more exciting…


dAri Says:

I didn’t want to get ahead of myself thinking of delpo getting a title at this point, but I like the way you’re thinking Jane.
I’m only watching the match at about 25% of the time, but overtime I look back, delpo has broken Hewitt.


contador Says:

ahahaha i feel so smart for the moment. i hid my cookies and blocked my browser….teehee got the stream back that said requires veetle and bumped me off.

but raonic has no injuries and a level head. he has a chance vs delpo. monfils, verdasco, istomin….no.


Kimberly Says:

I cant get this stream on the iPad. Too bad.


Kimmi Says:

hewitt fought to hold that game..coz if he had lost..it would have been over…

delpo gogogo..dont lose concentration pls.


Kimmi Says:

ah, delpo even volleying great…things are just falling together today. or maybe hewitt is not the same?


contador Says:

lol Kimberly! not that hurting yourself is funny but over- identifying with rafa…or empathizing is!

hope it won’t keep you down too long. rafa is working out.

love to hear matt cronin saying with confidence that delpo should be in the top 5…the true top 5. when healthy, he is dangerous to all of them. a better test for delpo will be raonic than lleyton.


Kimmi Says:

wooooo hooo delpo is back!


Gregoire Gentil Says:

How can Tennis-X write such negative note about women tennis? You’re so negative, biased, US-centric, and simply wrong on so many things, it’s sooooo disappointing. If you appreciate the WTA tour, Tennis-X gives all the reasons not to stay in this forum.

And I even don’t mention that there is a new #1 women and the main article is about what? Del Potro reaching an obscure quarter-final…

@Richard, dari, Alvin: At least, there are a few readers who can can objectively recognise some interests in WTA – the Australian open was a good example of what WTA can offer some times better and more exciting tennis than ATP.

It’s sad and wrong to write such article. :-(


jane Says:

Delpo, Dolgo and Soda for the titles


Kimmi Says:

wow that was impressive perfomance.

can I say delpo is BACK!! congrats!


steve-o Says:

Great win for Del Potro!


contador Says:

i’m not completely convinced Jane. about any of the three, though thank-you for mentioning dolgo and soda!

just have my doubts about lleyton being a true test for delpo. raonic has a good shot. that’s my opinion from watching the last two matches.

soderling….rotterdam is his to win and he looks serious.

dolgo…can’t even think it . almagro has 8 titles i think. and aren’t they all on clay? have to check again.

later! like tomorrow…


Kimmi Says:

jane – in rotterdam i think its Troicki.


dari Says:

way to go, delpo! lleyton wasn’t all there or i guess is often not at this point, but still good win. waiting for the big test… who’s next, verdasco?


steve-o Says:

I agree that Hewitt seemed to be subpar today, but even a subpar Hewitt is tough.

Verdasco may be a big challenge. He’s more nimble than Del Potro and has the hitting power to exploit Del Potro’s relative lack of mobility. Don’t know about his mental strength, though.


M Says:

dari, the defending champion will indeed be next, if he beats Istomin tonight.

Dale Polito!

contador, if my research is correct, Nico has 7 titles, and they are indeed all on clay.

More than that – he took Sasha out at the last RG, so if he wins, this will be a revenge match for Sasha.

Go, Sasha!


dAri Says:

Whoops, skipped ahead, verdasco still to play. Hes not a given.


Kimberly Says:

I’m going with soda, verdasco and almagro


thark Says:

guys i hear talk of atdhe and fromsport and such.

but with regards to SAP, you do know there is free HD streaming of san jose on veetle right? i guess the servers at stanford are close enough to san jose that they struck up a relationship.

select HD in the lower right and adjust the aspect ratio to your liking :)


thark Says:

oh caveat – horrible amateur commentary on veetle, but whatev.


Gordo Says:

This just in – Monfils is pulling out of San Jose, giving Raonic – who just made his first Semi at an ATP event – a free ticket to the final.

I’m pretty sure it will be Delpo playing him, but Raonic is starting to deliver on the form he showed in the AO.


M Says:

^^Not fair.

I’m happy for Milos to have reached his first final, but even though apparently he’ll be playing an exhibition against Karlovic, he won’t have to stretch himself to the extent that whoever his future opponent is will have to — that person is going to have played a full out semifinal.

I’m especially concerned for Polito, who is playing *while* recuperating.

Again, I say, I’m not sure that’s fair.


M Says:

Thank you, Kimmi, for that lovely article.


margot Says:

Am sure Monfils did himself an injury against Kendrick doing acrobatics on court. He seems to be Paire’s role madel :)
So sorry for losing player when this happens eg Hewitt at AO and Tursenov who played so well against Big Bird :(


margot Says:

jane, kimmi Andy interviews Jamie on BBC Sport Scotland, does very well :)


Kimo Says:

Hi everyone,

Today is the first time I post on this website as a free man, for I am an EGYPTIAN.


margot Says:

kimo: How fabulous I’m SO pleased! Have been watching events keenly on UK news and have been wishing and hoping! How splendid :) :) :) :) :) :)


Kimo Says:

Thanks margot. The entire country is in total jubilation. Went to Tahrir Square last night. The scene was indescribable.


Kimmi Says:

Kimo – congratulations! been following the news for more than 2 weeks. wishing your country all the best in the future.

Gordo – milos in the final? WOOOOOOOT. so happy for him. whatever happenes in the final, he already showing us he is here to stay.

margot – have to look for that muzz/jamie interview :)

M- you are welcome.


Dan Martin Says:

Raonic and Dolgo coming on and JMDP getting the rust off – could be an interesting 2011. I am not saying any of them will win one of the big prizes this year, but all three could be in the top 20 by November and that would mean at least a 15% change in the top 20 by years end.


jane Says:

Kimo, hurray hurray hurray for you! Even my 10 year old son has been following the news. Power to the people, rock on!


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Kimo

Cheers for u :)!!


contador Says:

it’s been amazing to follow, Kimo. very proud of egyptians! such a great example of what people can do together! a new chapter really, isn’t it? a chance for a new beginning.

M – it doesn’t seem fair when these retirements happen, especially in a semi. i doubt milos wants to win by default. he still has to play the final though. if a player retired before a final…uhg that would really be winning by default. not good for anyone, really.

but on the same page with you…still concerned abt delpo’s wrist. verdasco hits hard. rather see delpo lose than push it too far.

have to respectfully disagree with you on one point, Gregoire Gentil that being your remark about delpo’s story being nothing: ” reaching an obsure quarterfinal…” while i understand the frustration if one is more interested in wta than atp, it is a big story for atp followers. i don’t recall reading your participation in atp conversation. seems like you are imposing your own bias. nothing wrong with that or venting your frustration.

i do know from following european chats that wta is far more popular there than on this forum. and out of curiosity, i will switch streams to a wta tournament to join in and follow a wta chat. but i wouldn’t chastise them for following an “obscure” wta event. it’s respect. just saying.

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dari Says:

kimo- wonderful landmark for you and your country! best to you all in the future!

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