Nadal, Del Potro Near SF Clash; Federer, Djokovic, Roddick Headline Indian Wells Big Tuesday
by Sean Randall | March 15th, 2011, 12:23 pm
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It’s another very busy day in the desert of Indian Wells. The many tennis stars on display Tuesday include Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki.

Djokovic gets thing started on center court against Ernests “The Enigma” Gulbis. Djokovic is a perfect 13-0 on the year and winner of his last 15 while The Enigman is having his best week in tennis since last spring – or least this is the first time he’s back in the news. It should be an entertaining match that I expect Djokovic to win.

Federer should also face little resistance in the form of Juan Ignacio Chela. Federer lost in this very round a year ago to Marcos Baghdatis but he’s owned the Argentine winning 10 of 11 sets in five career victories.

Roddick and Isner lock up tonight in the best match of the day. Roddick is the more experienced guy and is in better form. But Isner beat Andy in their last meeting at the US Open in 2009. I think Roddick is out for revenge tonight and he’ll get it in a tough one.

“It’s one of those matches where you can play badly and win or you can be in good form and lose,” Roddick said of facing Isner. “It’s a scary prospect. A lot of it depends on his serve, you know, how many looks you’re going to be able to get at it. You have to make sure and stay tough and take care of your side of the net and hope the opportunities come.”

Also, Milos Raonic and Ryan Harrison meet in their first of what may be many pro tour meetings. Raonic has again been impressive this week and I think he’s got too much firepower for the 18-year-old Harrison.

“He’s playing great and he’s been playing great tennis,” Harrison said of Milos. “I have watched him play. He’s made a lot of improvements in his game, especially on the ground. I remember him from juniors. We played three times in juniors. I won twice; he won once. But at that time, I mean, we’re talking juniors, so we’re talking years ago. He’s a big guy. He’s finally reeled in his groundstrokes, and he’s playing great tennis now.”

Marin Cilic v. Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet v. Jurgen Melzer highlight the two other Stadium 2 matches. Tomas Berdych is quietly also in action.

For the women, Clijsters is on against Bartoli, Wozniacki plays the very dangerous Alisa Kleybanova and Sharapova meets the suddenly in-form Dinara Safina tonight.

But maybe the best women’s match pits the blood battle between Serbs Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic. That should be a good one and maybe the best of all matches on the schedule. I recall watching Jankovic do a mock Ivanovic fist pump last spring after a win over her countrywoman.

On Monday, things went according to form with the lone exception being Robin Soderling’s upset loss to Kohlschreiber. Rafael Nadal continued to rip through an easy draw. With Soderling’s exit due to a bad foot, things are suddenly looking very good for Juan Martin Del Potro. Delpo now faces Phil Kohlschreiber to play either Sam Querrey or Tommy Robredo. Could a Delpo v. Nadal SF be in the cards? I think so.

And speaking of Robredo, the Spaniard destroyed Donald Young 6-0, 6-4 yesterday. How much worse does Andy Murray’s loss to Young look now?

Matches begin again at 2pm with Tennis Channel broadcasting live coverage.

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[31] E Gulbis (LAT) vs [3] N Djokovic (SRB) – ATP
Not Before 1:00 PM
[15] M Bartoli (FRA) vs [2] K Clijsters (BEL) – WTA
[29] J Chela (ARG) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [22] A Kleybanova (RUS) – WTA
Not Before 7:00 PM
[8] A Roddick (USA) vs [30] J Isner (USA) – ATP
Not Before 8:30 PM
D Safina (RUS) vs [16] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
[6] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [19] A Ivanovic (SRB) – WTA
[17] M Cilic (CRO) vs [12] S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP
[18] R Gasquet (FRA) vs [10] J Melzer (AUT) – ATP
[WC] M Raonic (CAN) vs [WC] R Harrison (USA) – ATP
L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Hanley (AUS) vs M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) – ATP
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) – ATP

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
[7] T Berdych (CZE) vs [26] T Bellucci (BRA) – ATP
[16] V Troicki (SRB) vs [24] M Llodra (FRA) – ATP
[5] F Schiavone (ITA) vs [10] S Peer (ISR) – WTA
[WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [6] V Azarenka (BLR) / M Kirilenko (RUS) – WTA – After Suitable Rest
[18] N Petrova (RUS) vs S Peng (CHN) – WTA


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159 Comments for Nadal, Del Potro Near SF Clash; Federer, Djokovic, Roddick Headline Indian Wells Big Tuesday

sar Says:

I am looking for a JJ win today vs AI


skeezerweezer Says:

Skeeze here with Tennis Technical Follies fresh back from IW;

Saw Novak practicing Sat nite at IW and joking around as usual. But also had a serious productive workout. What was impressive? SPEED. And just not footwork. Upperbody speed in preparation and hitting through the ball. Form. It is a well known teaching technique to “Hit the ball as hard as you want but never lose your form in doing so”. In other words, go ahead, hit hit hard, but don’t flail, Novak can do this with incredible speed while holding true to form. Amazing. His groundie form is so good right now. Everyone can hit the ball hard nowadays of course, both those were the things I saw up close that puts him apart from others.
And not impressive? Well, seeing what titles he has just taken, hard to criticize, but that is what is amazing . He has big room for improvement. His service MOTION is top notch now. Looks like it should. What gets him into trouble is a simple thing, but glaring. His ball toss. Watching Delpo serve is a classic difference. Delpo tosses the ball way in front of his body so at the time of contact his body is leaning to reach the ball into the court, with the total body force behind the ball generating forward. Novak struggles with this has his toss is not as far out in front as it should be. When he gets that, look out. Also his volley and transition game is not the best, but like Delpo, when that backcourt game sizzles, who needs it?

More to come just got back from IW and gotta work. More on Fed, Delpo, Dolgo, Milos, Rafa, etc……..was an awesome time. Wish I could have stayed longer. You…excuse me….WE all should go next year!!!!!! ;-)


dAri Says:

JJ vs AI intriguing…
now, lets see if gulbis will at least put up a fight.
i don’t remember whose nickname was “gogulbis” in AO draw challenge, but in my mind i always call him “gogulbis” now, not just “gulbis”!


stu Says:

Thanks Skeezer! Waiting for your report on Delpo and Dolgo. Oh and Milos. And Fedal!


dAri Says:

thanks skeezer,i kinda feel like i can’t NOT go next year.
gulbis had 0-40 up on djoko’s first serve game and his since taken a dive. :/


margot Says:

Hey skeeze: just brill :)
hmm, Gulbis = car crash at the mo :(


dAri Says:

:/ nole has on his apron and gulbis gives him major help in making a bagel. ugly.


jane Says:

Skeeze! Thank you – makes so much sense what you say about the toss as Nole seems to arch his back so much when about to make contact with the ball. If the leaned more into it it would probably be better – long term – for the shoulder and back. :)

Cheers. Look forward to more reports!

I love Nole playing well but just got to office to check scores and was shocked! At least Ernie is on the board now – good for him.


dAri Says:

would prefer to watch JJ and AI at this point, but none of the streams are working for me…


Duro Says:

What’s happening with this Ernests guy?


skeezerweezer Says:

just peeked back in here, had a sec, me hopes contador is NOT watching this :-(…..cheers all thanks for the comments…dari toooo funny


Duro Says:

Countess, I’m disappointed, big big time…


Mg Mg Says:

If anyone is looking for live stream, try fromsport.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

WOW. Boy, I almost want Nole to beat Roger just to see how he does against Rafa.
Almost.


dAri Says:

go Mika! go Stan!


sar Says:

Poor JJ, loses all those points


sar Says:

Troicki about to take Llodra


dAri Says:

great, first set stan! at first it looked like cilic might have a chance to get back after the break, but stan broke again. now finish it in two, wouldya?!


dAri Says:

oh, no. kim retires against bartoli :(


Kimmi Says:

oh no! Kim retires, she has a problem with shoulder that have been troubling her for a while, since AO atually..she said it has been getting worse, I hope it is nothing serious.. sad, get well kim.

Wow, was novak too good or was gulbis, gulbis


Kimmi Says:

ah, federer manage a bagel!! Hmmm!


Kimmi Says:

Gasquet baked a bread stick! haha


jane Says:

Seems like Fed’s hungry too. :) Lots of bagels and breadsticks from the top guys (and many others) thus far … interesting, building suspense!


stu Says:

Reeshard got a breadstick too!


stu Says:

oops sorry Kimmi you already said that!


Kimmi Says:

Just heard commentators saying now that they have seen everybody play, they think novak is the man to beat. apparently he is playing better than everybody else.

Just thought i should let the tennis-xers know (dont kill a messenger)

Novak fans are in for happy time!


Kimmi Says:

no worried stu, looks like everybody likes to bake.

i am waiting for milos match. sad thing is he wins he plays federer..oh well!


Kimmi Says:

few shanks from fed in this set…c`mon no shanks!


Kimmi Says:

Great shot to finish the game. chela not a good match-up for fed commentators saying, so true. go fed!


skeezerweezer Says:

Fed looked very good from the get go. Go Fed!


skeezerweezer Says:

Skeeze here with Tennis Talk Follies fresh back from IW;

“The Double D’s Factor”

This kid(Dolgo) is refreshing to the game. Wins points by not having to blast the ball all around, but can, clearly is a thinker, has variety, and a quirky serve that goes by you if you’re not looking. Saw him play against Delpo, the gentle giant. He is really cognizant of who and where he is. Walking off he waved and thanked the small but packed crowd with a smile, despite the loss. Kid has the right stuff :)

When you see Delpo live, you see how he could of won a GS, easily. When he is on all cylinders, there is nothing like it. The FH is a monster, so much so, that it looks like he just hits his BH to keep it in play, but no doubt it is a weapon also. And the serve, what a beautiful service motion. His personality is special also, gentle, cordial, and appreciative of the crowd throwing a few smiles out during the cheers for him.

After the match I thought maybe we are gettin tot a new crossroads with tennis and rather than two gettin the spotlight we might soon have a bunch, and that is not a bad thing, is it? Great match, great stuff :)


Kimmi Says:

great skeezer, watched that delpo vs dolgo match. hope we see more improvement from the guys.

harrison returning raonic serves with interest. wow! milos has to work very hard!


Kimmi Says:

wozniacki having some trouble with big hitting kleybanova


Kimmi Says:

harrison returning those big serves. mini break to harrison!

go milos! get it back!


Kimmi Says:

raonic making errors, two FHs to the net


Kimmi Says:

5-1 harrison! wow! harrison is impressive.


Kimmi Says:

6-1 harrison. 5 set points. wow wow wow!


Kimmi Says:

can u believe it. milos got just one (ONE) point in the tie break. great return of serve, net play. good job harrison!

now milos, fight back!


Kimmi Says:

cool calm..0-40 milos. he comes back and serves big..BIG! the guy does not flinch!


Kimmi Says:

MILOS! after saving 3 break points..he comes back and break harrison to take the second set. Go meelosh!

great match, both guy bringing their A game.


Gordo Says:

Milos has nerves of steel. Down 0-40 while serving at 4-4 he reels off 8 straight points and then takes the set on his 3rd break opportunity of the last game.

His serve has also picked up. You have to think momentum is with the Canuck at the moment.


dari Says:

So, at 4-4 love-40, I was thinking to myself, well sucks for my bracket, but maybe I will breathe a little easier with Harrison v fed instead of raonic. But you know, milos did his thing!


Kimmi Says:

WOW! harrison breaks. milos missed EASY SHOT! a smash! lets see what harrison can do!


Gordo Says:

There’s a classic Fed move – pull a rabbit out of a hat and come back from down 3 break points, win the set on a break and then drop the first game of the next set.

Pull it together, Milos.

Speaking of Fed – you have to wonder if he is watching this match?


skeezerweezer Says:

@kimmi/Gordo

Watchin it also….great stuff. Two great stories. Milos has Big Gonads though, no? Must be those past tourneys he has played in. Ryan breaks on a Milos busted overhead…ooops.

FYI Milos was the talk of the tourney in IW. The up and comer has BIG CAN support and whenever he played it was a tough seat to get……..


skeezerweezer Says:

Hey you guys see that? Rafa / Ferrer and gang playing some make shift soccer on the IW grounds? Very cool….that is just next to the practice courts….


Kimmi Says:

yap, i can see the spanish armada on the soccer skeezer.

well, milos is going to try to break back. but ryan kid is as tough as they come. too early to pick but…


Kimmi Says:

milos improvement on return of serve is needed!


skeezerweezer Says:

Yeah as the match wears on the kids serving game is the key so far….solid


Kimmi Says:

dari – true about fed vs harrison thing! i would breath better too. milos and fed have to wait a little before they play..not yet!

But this is not over till the fat lady sings. milos have the nerves of steel i tell you. the kid will fight.


Kimmi Says:

Harrison has arrived! great attacking game to break!


dari Says:

Hey, if Harrison beats milos, he obviously has something, too. But maybe less overtly intimidating.
Anyway, I did see the soccer, very cool/cute. Boys just wanna have fun, huh?
BTW, Rafa goes all out no matter what- did you see that kick move where he ends up on the ground? Don’t know enough about soccer to know the correct name.


Kimmi Says:

ha-ha! good thing harrison has an insurance break..this is getting tense!

Ok milos HOLD!


skeezerweezer Says:

Wow….Ryan had soooo much expectations from USA and not delivered…now he is on the verge of a great win and nice run through the draw. Combo of Ryan playing well and Milos flame burnin out? no worries Milos it was a great run , great future…..AND Ryan has to serve it out! And against the new Mr. Ice…..Milos


Kimmi Says:

harrison will be nervous now..can he do it


Kimmi Says:

2 match points..harrison da man


Kimmi Says:

oh lord! more drama!


dari Says:

Ain’t over yet. Gotta cheer for Harrison since he’s had match points. Come on!


Kimmi Says:

what a volley at crunch time….

ACE! WOW! congrats to the kid. tough there at the end but he got.

congrats ryan. great fight milos..


jane Says:

:( for Milos, but congrats to Harrison – I doubt many had picked him this far. I would’ve liked to see Milos vs. Fed. Oh well… Someday and maybe it is good Milos get a rest for Miami if his back was acting up, like in the Fish match…


dari Says:

Looks like USA comes out on top on the north American battle again ;)
Nothing to fret for milos, harrison did some great and gutsy things to win the match. Milos can get some rest amd back treatment. Ok, well it will be fun for harrison to play fed.


Kimmi Says:

i didnt want milos vs fed, jane! but harrison vs fed should be a good match, harrison can play!

I think the guy is read to show everybody that he has arrived. 4th round at IW is big. did they give him a wild card..good use for it. good thing there is an off day here, it would have been tough to play so soon after that marathon.


dari Says:

They play tomorrow, kimmi!


Kimmi Says:

dari, oooops!


Kimmi Says:

Ooooos dari, i thought off days will continue..


dari Says:

No oops. I was surprised, too! I guess its that time of the week


Kimmi Says:

federer has the last match, sadly wont be able to watch


dari Says:

There’s gotta be another off day down the line though, right? Final is on Sunday, no?


skeezerweezer Says:

@jane

no worries we all know Milos is the real deal, in fact was the BIGGEST crowd attraction at IW….keep the faith :)


Kimmi Says:

I dont think so dari,

thurs – 4th round
friday – qtr
sat – semi
sun – final

definitely no off day anymore..


Kimberly Says:

Ryan harrisson very sweet and excited.


Kimberly Says:

Roddick is a far superior player to big John. Way more dimension. I’m pulling for Andy to win and give novak a run for his money,


jane Says:

skeeze, yeah, no worries here about Milos being the real deal. But was just curious to see how well he’d make out against Fed, Djoko, Murray, Rafa – I guess the highest ranked guy he has played this year is Roddick? And he narrowly lost that one. So just wondering if it’d be a rout vs. Fed or closer or what…


Kimmi Says:

hope roddick can return those big serves. if he can, he should be able to win..

Impressed with querrey, he is in the 4th round of master1000..that is new! remind myself to pick him next time…ha-ha


Kimmi Says:

he could beat murray jane, the way he is playing right now i think anybody can beat him unfortunately.

Go roddick!


dari Says:

But kimmi- tomorrow is Wednesday and fourth round. Not trying to pick a fight, just a bit confused.
The days will go by and we will find out soon enough!
I guess isner is serving especially well, because i didn’t expect him to be keeping up with andy.
I think that was the closest thing to a full point right there, and isner did not win it.


Kimmi Says:

a-rod breaks


Kimmi Says:

Dari, hahahah i thought tomorrow is thursday..sorry mate! (not fighting either)..the spring ahead time thingy must have got me all confused!


Kimmi Says:

roddick with 2 UE..neat!


dari Says:

That’s good stuff from roddick. Yeah, go a-rod!


Kimmi Says:

isner is done. roddick breaks early in the second set. just needs to hold and that`s it.

Good nite everybody!


Kimberly Says:

I see rafa has the night match tomorrowl hmmmmmm, same time as Miami heat game. No chance I will be allowed to watch.

Andy is completely outclassing isner.


dari Says:

Geeze, isner has no chance once they get into a point. Just gave up after the break in the second.
Well, good for Andy! Assume he will get through even an in-form gasquet. I didnt pick him against Djoko, but would be a tremendous win considering novak’s form and that andy got to final last year.
Bring on the Russians. Gonna be a lot of noise and double faults, but should be a good one!


dari Says:

First two games really good, and Maria is hitting hard and making few mistakes. Couple df’s costs safina a break, but a good quality match so far.


M Says:

Johnny I was whipped – I think he’s still recovering from those clay matches in DC, those are different horses in terms of fitness — but A-Rod looked great.

100% BP conversion, and 9 UEs through the whole match.

It’s like he’s gearing up to play Nole (though he has to get through Reeshard first, who seeems to be playing better than I’ve seen him since Nice last year).

He’d better be — I’d like to see him beat Nole, but Nole seems to be playing the tennis of his life.


Kimberly Says:

Maria is looking sharp.


Kimberly Says:

Nadal and lppopez won in doubles!


Kimberly Says:

As a sharapova fan this match is just awesome to watch!


jane Says:

Woot Sharpie!


dari Says:

Maria played clean and mean! Great match from her. Hope she cam play like that more often.


contador Says:

hey skeezerweezer and everybody!

so, i am supposed to be back home …..but yesterday my flight kept getting pushed back later and later. finally i had an update that the connection from seattle would be too tight and i was re-booked for this morning.

the point being, i got to stay for federer’s match and the whole evening @ IW!

federer played like it was 2007…his majesty . i know it was chela but…nice to see. and the heat was brutal ( 91F in the shade). okay, if u r from idaho it’s a brutal adjustment this time of year, but fed, no sweat.

between sessions, i watched rafa and lopez practice. (also was on his autograph trail but couldn’t push my way through all the little kids to get one) i need to rent-a-kid next time.

roddick isner match was great first set but boring 2nd as isner folded. but the action was again in stadium 2. barely a spot to sit in a bleacher but i got one. big vamos rafa/lopez crowd and match was tight and exciting. however the ppl next to me were die-hard doubles fans and grumbling about rafa-lopez winning, lol…i played along. then the match i wanted was on….bryans v dolgo/malisse! okay, i imagined the bryans would wipe off their opponents. but i never have been more excited about doubles. yep, after that match. i am a doubles fan. wow and more wow for alexander dolgopolov. none of the nerves i saw in the delpo/dolgo match were visible as the “bun” and “ponytail” boys bounced onto court. bryans were serious and the entire crowd was supporting them except for me and the dolgo fangirl cheering section ( moved to the closest bleacher to court with them). sascha completely and totally stole the show, with some help from (minor role ) from malisse.

i don’t know if i’ve ever seen a more amazing performance from dollpogo. he was beaming and x-man was too…all during their match *what were they on?!* mike and bob couldn’t do anything about sascha, really. really. everytime they hit the ball near him the ridiculously fast dolgo reflexes found every spot between them, past them…didn’t matter…at net, volleys, lobs, passing shot from basline…forehand, backhand hit the mark. and too bad for bob and mike – the pogo serve was *on.* bryans of course found their own serves, tried with some success to ace sascha and pounded the weaker link, malisse.

basically. at this point, i think alex is an even better doubles player than singles. hair-raising tennis from my current absolute favorite tennis player. : ) (definitely have dropped gulbis)

always love federer ‘course. and nadal, djoko….but dolgo in his happy, tennis mode…steals the show, and not only my heart…we were all buzzing about him walking out! : ) great fun…not for bryans. but no one was leaving during the latest match of the night!


skeezerweezer Says:

contador

Too funny :) and a quick story I forgot for you. Watching sideline on the Dolgo/Delpo match I overheard a man and a woman talking about Dolgo. The man asked why she liked Dolgo so much, she responded, “Ladies love guys with pony tails”.

I am trying to grow one out as I type, might have one by 95…..:(


dari Says:

Love the report, contador!
Ladies love guys with ponytails! Hahahahaha
Gosh damn Indian wells, i will see you in 2012!


jane Says:

Thanks contador – another excellent report. Dolgo/Malisse must’ve won! Haven”t had time to check the scores this morning but by your report tigger was bouncing! Glad you got to stay.

skeezer – great job on the fantasy picks (should have picked Delpo to the semis myself)

Hmm… does anyone here want Nole to win? :) I do!! But I know a letdown must be coming. It has to, right?


contador Says:

hey dari and skeeze!

next year same time, okay? 2012… dari

OMG. that. was fun. indian wells tennis garden is fabulous. (but i’ve never been to any others. so…??)

sonny bono airport is nice too but…and plane boarding : (

wait. skeezer you were at dolgo/delpo?? me too. anyway, it was disappointing to watch sascha lose but delpo was playing well.
and…and was feeling slightly guilty : ) love delpo.

yep, a malisse bun would be great too, skeeze. ; )

the girl next to me was a serious photograher and she captured sascha’s personality last night and the best shots of dolgo’s tennis. emailing them to me… *fingers crossed*

later…


stu Says:

contador, rent-a-kid is such a great idea that you probably shouldn’t be posting it on a public forum for other people to profit from it!

skeezer, the dolgopony doesn’t do much for me..i think i’m a fan of his on court attitude. relaxed, bemused even. the guy’s going places!

jane, i’m the same re. Nole, waiting for the inevitable letdown….I think Roger gets him this time. Or Rafa. But if he manages to beat Rafa should they meet in the final, imagine what that till do to his confidence!


stu Says:

can they start playing already, geez!


margot Says:

conty: that was brilliant! I’m so glad u got to see Tigger win :)
skeeze: um, um…that’s YOUNG men look good with pony tails. Older guys with receding hair lines look gross with pony tails, only slightly better look than comb over :(
stu @11.50 re “rentakid” lol conty’ll get tennisxers arrested with that idea :) But if u r in London grab a kid and go to “The Lion King.” Worth getting arrested for…;)


dari Says:

Just walked in and turned on delpo kohlschreiber. Maybe delpo can do it in two?
BTW, skeezer is gonna rack up some points if delpo comes through!


dari Says:

Tie break, go delpo!


stu Says:

Kudos, delpo!

Hope Ivanovic and Bartolli wrap it up quickly…don’t wanna be stuck at work till the end of the Nole match!


dari Says:

Congrats to delpo!


dari Says:

They are moving pretty slow right now, stu!
Ana I has the cutest little fist pump.


dari Says:

Go Stan! Go Ana!


Kimmi Says:

delpo! match was tense. saved lots of set points to win the match. yay! keep going man!

contador – you made me laugh.. I have to check the doubles score, did they really win? that must been a helluva upset


Kimmi Says:

how did sam querrey lose so bad to boredo after playing so well in his earlier matche?

stan beat berdych this year in chennai..i hope he can do it again. go stan!


Kimmi Says:

contador – just checked the score, it was a close match..so i am sure everybody must have been very tense. great win for dolgo/x-man. if federer/stan dont win, I hope they win the title..

berdy is crushing the ball right now.. hope federer is watching!


jane Says:

I am cheering for the Berd – go Berdych!


jane Says:

Further to my point about low first serve percentages: Delpo finished with 55% and Kohls with 53%; Sam finished with 51% and Boredo with 72%; Berdych is at 46% for the match so far and Stan is at 53% – that means out of 6 players, only one of them was over 60% first serves for the match. That seems low to me for hardcourt. (I looked back on all of yesterday’s 8 matches, too, and only 2 of the 16 players hit the 70% mark [both night matches - Harrison and Roddick], 8 of the 16 players were in the 60% range or just at 60%, & the remaining 6 players were 50% or below.)


Kimmi Says:

big cheer! go stan!


skeezerweezer Says:

jane…:)
dari & contadar….IW 2012 for sure!! Anyone else?
stu..”dolgopony” lol
margot..You’re right I tried a MJ wig on my Irish head and……uh….that’s a no go. At least I can moonwalk though still ;) Shhaaammooon.

Delpo through yawmon!


Kimmi Says:

OMG! another bagel for novak…everybody should be scared!


stu Says:

Nole isn’t going to bagel his countryman right?


stu Says:

how will they play dubs together after this?!


skeezerweezer Says:

Novak…..wow. Ok….didn’t know he likes to serve Bagels and Donuts….


stu Says:

omg just WOW.


skeezerweezer Says:

stu…lol…yeah they may get a divorce after this match? Novak is playing otherworldly. Look out Fed :(


Kimmi Says:

look out everybody skeezer not just fed. what they need to do is to make sure at least they don’t get bagelled!


Kimmi Says:

hmm, at least victor got a game!


Kimberly Says:

hey all, i have a five year old and a four year old and you can bet they are going to the sony ericsson in effort to get autographs.


Kimmi Says:

wawa breaks..go stan!


Kimmi Says:

game set match stan!

meanwhile djokovic still wants to bake..wow! just wow!


Kimmi Says:

dari you picked stan to win..good for you. i am stagnant at the moment


stu Says:

that’s awesome Stan! Yayyy!


Kimmi Says:

this match (roddick vs gasquet) i think will be tough for both. so far the serve has not lost a point..


Kimmi Says:

roddick is playing a wrong tactical game with gasquet..no way he going to out rally gasquet. going to qasquet backhand..is suicidal…eeek! gasquet breaks!


stu Says:

Roddick saw the last match and doesn’t wanna have to deal with the Nole force!


Kimmi Says:

do you think the nole force could bagel him? qasquet wont mind so much to be bagelled!


dari Says:

I did pick Stan, buy unfortunately so did the people closest to me in the bracket did, too!
Ummmmm, nole is being an a-hole right now. beating up on everybody including compatriots!
I hate when.people other than my favorites get scary like this!


Kimmi Says:

roddick approaching the net to qasquet backhand on break point..and qasquet breaks!

looks like we wont be here for too long!


dari Says:

Geeze, skeeze, you’re like nole right now, no mercy on the bracket!


Kimberly Says:

Come on Andy, I need someone to stop novak. You were my hope.


Kimmi Says:

dr.ivo almost giving himself a date with world no. 1..


skeezerweezer Says:

dari..

lol sooo funny about that. Believe it or not I forgot about it when I got there, now I am back I can’t find the link to get see it. Help?


dari Says:

Go, Randy!


Kimberly Says:

Andy is boiling mad


Kimberly Says:

Broken racket


dari Says:

Nole and troicki back on court in dbls hours after bagel- breadstick…*awkward*


Kimmi Says:

ha-ha dari..yap! that will be awkward!


Kimmi Says:

dr.ivo serving for rafa date..so impressed with ivo. playing much better here!

Roddick fighting!


Kimmi Says:

roddick break..its about time!


dari Says:

+++ break roddick. I really wanna see him come out of this on the right side!


Kimmi Says:

hehehe gasquet is given a match on the plate, does not want it


Kimmi Says:

horrible dropper riddick


Kimmi Says:

woooooo roddick!


Kimmi Says:

so close..match point reeeshard


Kimmi Says:

he gets it..congrats gasquet, just don’t get bagelled by nole pls.


stu Says:

Just got back from the gym, looks like I missed a good match! Wow reeshard didn’t choke? I’m disappointed. Wanted to see Nole-Roddick!


jane Says:

dari ain’t no way Nole is an “a-hole” for winning his match like that. :) Kimberly I thought you liked Nole…why do you keep cheering against him? :( You guys no likey Nole when he wins or what? : /


stu Says:

On second thoughts, if Reeshard is in such good form, their match tomorrow might be really beautiful to watch…


Skeezerweezer Says:

Geez pickn Gasman over AR, how’d i do that? Easy…. After too many beers :)


jane Says:

skeeeze, as i said on the other thread, you da man at fantasy tennis! :)


skeezerweezer Says:

dari – tx for the link…omg

jane – wow salmon can swim upstream without lookin :)


dari Says:

Jane- yeah, its a bit frightening when somebody is playing like nole, but the a-hole part was a joke! Just being sarcastic :)
I look forward to him beating just about everybody except Rog, and wanted to see if A rod, who has always kinda bugged him, could do it again with Nole in this form.


jane Says:

I get it dari – was joshing with ya! :) i know we all root for our faves smoothest path, and you never know: if Nole and Fed meet up Fed could square it right? They usually go back and forth with wins/losses. We’ve seen a ton of them since the USO though hey? They’ve played, like, 10 times, or close (USO, Shanghai, Basel, WTF, AO, Dubai – okay not 10 but nearly, sheesh. Time for one of them to meet Rafa methinks ;))

skeeze, no way – you’re a shark!


dari Says:

A-ok, Jane.
And you learn something everyday- didn’t think “joshing” was a real word, I thought it was just something my friend with dubious vocabulary said!
Anybody else pick devvarman for the upset?


stu Says:

I’m loving this! Cmon Somdev!

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