Federer, Wawrinka Play Two at Indian Wells; Nadal Withstands Dr. Visit
by Sean Randall | March 18th, 2011, 11:46 am
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Friends and countrymen Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka have quite the afternoon ahead. Today at the Tennis Masters Indian Wells the two Swiss first play a men’s quarterfinal then follow with a doubles semifinal match against none other than Rafael Nadal and his partner Marc Lopez.

Starting the day off is the red-hot Novak Djokovic. Against formidable foes, the Serb has lost just six games in three matches and he’s now won 17 straight matches (15-0 in 2011). Today, he’ll run into the uber-talented Richard Gasquet. The Frenchman had the backhand zinging in a straight set win over Andy Roddick, and through four matches he hasn’t lost a set. But that’s going to change today.

Gasquet has a backhand that can give anyone, including Djokovic, trouble, but Novak’s playing to well to let down today. I think Gasquet will avoid a bagel and win more than four games, but this is Djokovic’s match.

Novak’s 3-1 career vs. Gasquet including a 6-1, 6-1 drubbing last fall in Shanghai.

As for the Federer, Wawrinka, common conjecture is that Stan will lay down to his superior. The head-to-head is 7-1 in Federer’s favor. But Wawrinka is quietly putting together his best season (17-3 in 2011) and I think he’ll give Federer fits today. Plus, I think Stan will try to amend for his poor effort against Roger at the Australian. And even though Federer hasn’t dropped a set he just wasn’t as sharp as he could have been in wins over Ryan Harrison and Igor Andreev. Still, I do think Federer gets through, maybe even in three sets.

“We have played against each other on a few occasions now,” Federer said. “Every time it’s been pretty tough, even though in Australia was straight sets and I was able to come out and really take it to Stan, not expect something completely different.

“I think we’re both excited for each other that it’s going well in the singles. He asked me if I wanted to play doubles here and I wasn’t really sure if I should do it. And now we’re doing so well, and he’s ecstatic that I said yes and that it’s going well. So it’s good times this week. I’m really happy for him and I’m looking forward to the match.”

Looking back at yesterday, what an effort by Dr. Ivo, Ivo Karlovic. Ivo played about as well as could from the baseline and really took it to Rafa before losing 5-7, 6-1, 7-6(7).

“You lose a set against Karlovic, and you are under pressure the rest of the games of the match,” said Nadal who improves to 16-0 in odds years at Indian Wells. “I think I played a fantastic second set returning better than ever. In the third, I didn’t have chances. His serve was unstoppable. In the tie-break I was really nervous. I think I returned fantastic in the tie-break, but I didn’t put one first serve on court, so I was really nervous.”

Said Karlovic who spent much of last year on the sidelines with a bad achilles, “Right now I’m a little bit disappointed because it was close; it was only about two points. It could have also went the other way, my way, but it didn’t. But all in all, it was good week for me, so I am happy.”

Like Karlovic, Juan Martin Del Potro also missed a good portion of 2010. Yesterday, the Argentine got a pass into the semifinals thanks to a Tommy Robredo left groin injury.

That means Saturday it’s Del Potro v. Nadal!

“He’s one of the best of the world, for sure,” Nadal said of Delpo. “He’s coming back after one year outside of competition almost. When you are in a difficult situation like he was last year and you come back and you start to win, you are stronger than before because you’re motivated and you want to recover the time that you lost for one year.”

And after the men’s singles today, as mentioned Federer and Nadal will continue their rivalry on the doubles court. Nadal not only leads the series in singles but also is a perfect 2-0 against Federer in doubles play.

In the women’s event, after a tepid tournament the WTA finally get a star-studded primetime match tonight when blonde babes Maria Sharapova faces No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. Earlier in the other semii Marion Bartoli battles Yanina Wickmayer.

Tennis Channel will have the men’s quarterfinals plus the Federer-Nadal doubles (I think). ESPN2 is on tonight with the Sharapova-Wozniacki match.

FRIDAY INDIAN WELLS SCHEDULE

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[18] R Gasquet (FRA) vs [3] N Djokovic (SRB) – ATP

Not Before 1:00 PM
[23] Y Wickmayer (BEL) vs [15] M Bartoli (FRA) – WTA

Not Before 3:00 PM
[12] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP

Not Before 6:00 PM
M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) vs R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP

Not Before 8:00 PM
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [16] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA


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225 Comments for Federer, Wawrinka Play Two at Indian Wells; Nadal Withstands Dr. Visit

sar Says:

I like Gasquet but not today.


jane Says:

^ lol sar. I hear you. I totally like Reeshard. He’s in excellent form too. This will be the toughest test Nole’s had so far, for sure. I do not think either Gulbis or Troicki were playing that well against Nole so those scores may’ve been lopsided because of it. Nole himself said he wasn’t playing amazing and that his opponents helped.

I like what the announcers are saying about Nole’s “maturity level”. He definitely seems to have turned a corner.


jane Says:

Nole’s going to have to work for this win; you can really see Gasquet’s form today. All those empty seats! I am jealous, wish I was there.


stu Says:

this is going to be such a high quality match. i have it on at work but am terrified of being caught. at least i have my headphones on…


jane Says:

Gasquet is playing just beautifully.


dari Says:

In transit to.meeting, am.only checking.live scores how long be this game been? MUST hold for gasquet


stu Says:

mind-games, pace-changes, power, line-painting…is this going to last an entire match?


Ben Pronin Says:

Nice to see Gasquet playing well. Great match so far. Just wonderful to watch from an aesthetic point of view, if nothing else.


jane Says:

Totally agree with the announcers: Djoko’s forehand is improved.

stu, yes, it’s been exciting so far from these two. I hope Gasquet continues to play to his capabilities. Not necessarily today ;) But throughout the season.


Ben Pronin Says:

Anyone else get the feeling that Djokovic woke up one day and said to himself “I think I’m just not going to miss anymore.” It’s amazing how well he measures his shots in the court. You really get the feeling that as good as Gasquet is, he has to try to play above himself to win. Djokovic has been pretty consistent in every way from the get-go, even when he went down a break.


stu Says:

he has an incredible touch with the drop shot. almost makes up for all those crucial times he’s messed it up in the past


jane Says:

p.s. – stu don’t get caught!


jane Says:

I love this Nole.


Ben Pronin Says:

Woah. Koenig just proclaimed that Djokovic will beat Nadal at least once on clay this year. Bold prediction.


stu Says:

Ben, I’d have a little more faith if he managed to beat Rafa on Sunday…..


Ben Pronin Says:

They both need to get there first, but I agree. So no 6-0 set this time but he is about to win his 6th straight game.


sar Says:

Koenig said he has a sneaky suspicion that Nole might win a clay title against Nadal this year.


sar Says:

Ben, Nole said that something recenly “clicked” in his head.


stu Says:

yeah jane, in the spirit of the Tignor article, i love everything about “this Nole”. the grunting, the chest-pumping, the off-court ridiculousness…and on the other hand, the applauding of his opponents’ shots, the brilliant shot selection, the support japan bandage on his knee…


jane Says:

Nole dipping here in form – more errors, less first serves, and a forehand not as strong.


Ben Pronin Says:

What happened to all the positive body language?


stu Says:

Click it back into place, quick!


stu Says:

oh no not an injury! that’s been my biggest fear…


jane Says:

Knee re-taped.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Wow entertaining match. Gas started off like “I ain’t taken no bagel from you” then Nole takes charge and runs a string of games with brutal precise groundies looking to run away. Now we are at 3-0 Gas in the 2nd? Play on :)*


Skeezerweezer Says:

That was one sick BH from Gas


Skeezerweezer Says:

That was one sick FH from Nole…lol


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic’s game is a product of the Fedal era. It’s just fantastic.


jane Says:

A wicked return winner to earn break point and break back… Good job Nole!


stu Says:

the COME ON! is new, huh?


stu Says:

I know what you mean, Ben..he combines beautiful shotmaking with relentless defense and baseline grinding…so much to work on still, but so much to work WITH!


jane Says:

Looks hot: fans fanning furiously. Doctor Phil is watching ha ha – I wonder if he is analyzing Reeshard and/or Nole? :)


contador Says:

jane – it’s in the 90′s sitting in the stands…no breaze. i was frantically fanning myself. no breaze or very little. forecast was for temperatures to get cooler by the weekend but it appears as hot as ever. but dry heat is much better than humid, i think.

nole wasn’t having trouble. but that gulbis match was over fast. looks like this one will be over soon too.

ajde nole! serve it out!


stu Says:

Nole wanted a hug but Reesh wasn’t havin any of it!


jane Says:

Yahoooooo Djoko! : D Finally got to watch a match from start to finish, while ignoring my marking. : /

yeah contador, totally agree: I think the dry heat is better, not only for Nole but for most people.


skeezerweezer Says:

Congrats Novak and us bracket choosing Novaks…

IW Temp…yeah agree w/conty dry n hot. But greeeat tennis playing weather. If you come to watch bring sunscreen and a wide hat, or a make shift towel over the head like me ( Have to cover my pony tail ) :).
But hey, it’s winter in most places. I’m in the same state as IW and it’s raining high 40s…..that’s Cali.


Duro Says:

Best thing that could happen to Novak at the moment; to be tested seriously and work hard for the win. Nothing more dangerous than a new thing and situation that catches you up in the moment when it matters the most, like in the next match for example… Now he can say he’s ready.

Thanks Richard for helping Nole to be readier for Fedex match.

By the way, Richard’s talent is so sophisticated.
You can’t be the number 1 junior in the world for nothing. Unfortunately, no athlete body to support his talent…

Second most beautiful one-handed backhand in the world ever.

Justine the queen.


Ben Pronin Says:

So the commentators want to make sure we’re all aware that Del Potro beat a “less than 100%” Nadal at the 09 US Open. So if Nadal wins tomorrow, is it fair to say he beat a less than 100% Del Potro?


jane Says:

^ I would say that’s fair Ben; it works both ways. It certainly should anyhow.


jane Says:

skeeze – you hit the 100 point mark in fantasy tennis – well done!


stu Says:

but if Delpo beats Rafa tom, could we stop using that excuse for the 2009 USO? :P


jane Says:

Gasquet rates Nole’s return as the best:

“He returns incredible, that’s for sure,” the 24-year-old Frenchman said. “So to make some (service) points for myself is really difficult. That’s why he broke me a lot of times.

“That’s a big weapon for me, the serve, and I couldn’t (win) points with it. For me, Djokovic has the best return. Compared to Rafa (Nadal) and Roger, he has the best return.”


skeezerweezer Says:

How bout stop using ANY excuse, like, the other guy was just better?

jane – tx gotta check that….but ‘member I chose Ferrer to beat Rafa…how smart was that? :(


Nina Says:

Ben Pronin Says:
Djokovic’s game is a product of the Fedal era. It’s just fantastic.

Thanks for this sentence, it’s beautiful and rings true. I’ll save it. :)))

Djoko had a test today but after watching Gasquet playing so well lately at Indian Wells, and specially in his match against Roddick, I knew this was not going to be piece of cake. People thought that because Nole was serving bagels left and right, that he would continue to do so with every new opponent.

Of course Gasquet is a different kind of test. Amazing backhand, but really, why he stays 3 m behind the baseline? that won’t cut it against Novak. Every time he played inside the baseline he got a nice winner. I wonder why he does that.

Novak looked very solid, I really like this new Novak, he’s starting to look like a man, he’s not that agitated boy anymore. He’s said something has clicked in his head. Well, maybe we won’t ever know the cause of that, but I’m seeing it with clarity.

He’s a different animal right now. It’s like he believes he’s too good and that he will win no matter what. That confidence is showing. After those three games he gave away in the second set I told myself to be calm, this Nole is different, he will find a way to turn it over and play good again. And he did. These days I don’t doubt him anymore. Like I said, a different animal. :)))


Kimberly Says:

Ben Pronin Says:
So if Nadal wins tomorrow, is it fair to say he beat a less than 100% Del Potro?

I think it is fair to say that Del Potro is still finding his form after being out of tennis one year, yes. And I’m a Nadal fan.

Is it fair to say Baghdatis beat a 100% del Potro, or Roddick, or Rocchus, or Verdasco. NO it is not. Because clearly del Potro was not back at 100%. Is he yet? I don’t know. I don’t think so. It will be interesting to see where both players are with respect to each other.


Kimmi Says:

go fed! good to see he manage to hold…few errors there to get in trouble


jane Says:

I really think most times that a lower ranked player plays his compatriot that he must feel conflicted. He doesn’t believe he can win on the one hand, but on the other hand, and in addition, he does not want to beat his buddy. You see this with some of the Spanish Armada, with Wawa, with Troicki,and so on. The matches are usually not that exciting, although there are exceptions like Rafa vs. Verdasco at AO in 09 and Nole vs. Troicki at USO last summer. But overall, that seems to be the case.

That said, these other players are the lower ranked players for a reason. Fed, Rafa, & Nole have earned their higher rankings and are where they are for a reason.


Kimmi Says:

double faults wawa..too bad. go fed! win and try your luck tomorrow!


Kimmi Says:

is federer 100%? i dont understand this 100% thing..its ridiculous imo. its like what soda pop said last year at french open when the media told him rafa was not 100% when he beat him. he said “we all have our problems..we are athletes playing a very physical game, there is always something hurting”

if you lose you lose. injured or not being 100% is part of the game.

Go fed!


jane Says:

20 minutes and the sets almost done…

In the Nole /Gasquet match one of Gasquet’s service games was nearly 20 minutes – much more competitive that one.

Maybe we’ll see a turnaround. Or maybe this’ll be a rout.


jane Says:

Kimmi, it’s different when a player has a specific injury imo. In other words, something that takes him/her out of the game: like Murray’s wrist, Nadal’s knees, Davy’s wrist, Delpo’s wrist, Ivo’s achilles. To me this really warrants acknowledgment, as does a virus like mono or something. Sure, players all have aches, pains, taped up body parts. But if they have to leave competition for a tournament or several tournaments even, the injury will affect his/her confidence, momentum and so on. So there is nothing wrong in acknowledging that.

We’ve been talking about it for a long time about how Delpo is not back to his best but is slowly getting there. What’s wrong with that? It’s the truth?


Kimmi Says:

what am saying jane, injuries, illnesses are all part of the game. you can not diminish a players win because another player was injured. if a player is injured then don’t play. it is as simple as that.robredo was injured against delpo he withdrew. kim was injured against bartoli she retired. if a player decides to play then he/she is in for it.

fans should stop saying so and so lost because they were injured. nadal fans are so into it i am afraid, i hear a lot of “if nadal was 100% he would have beaten so and so..”

delpo was out of the tour when he was injured. now he is good again. the whole thing about working on his confidence is part of the game…he loses to rafa tomorrow is because rafa is better. who knows delpo might not reach his USO 09 form….i hope he does though!


steve-o Says:

C’mon Roger!


Swiss Maestro Says:

Whether you beat a 100% player or 80% player, same points same win.

injuries, schminjuries. let us not make the atp another WTA. I get the feeling rafa is always coming back from injury till monte carlo and after wimbledon he is fatigued/tired. The only time he is fit is when he wins titles. (most of them on clay)

they should even count walkovers as wins in head to head. these injuries are not from car accidents or other issues. these injuries are because players choose a play-style that demands more out of their bodies.

let’s go delpo. we dont need no injuries as excuses. keep up the fight kiddo.


jane Says:

We’ve been talking on this site specifically about Delpo not being 100%. I am sure all or most of us have said that or something similar. Surely, then, we know he would’ve had a better chance against player “x” at, lets say, San Jose or the AO, if he was back to his full strength.

So on the one hand, while I understand that saying someone is “100%” is kind of nebulous because who’s to say what 100% is for any one player, but on the other hand, I still feel like saying player x is not fully recovered, or not match grooved, etc, is a fair assessment, if that player is just working his/her way back from injury/illness.


Swiss Maestro Says:

I am sure djokovic fans like jane are capable of writing a thesis on injuries, retirements and allergies, but athletes in all sports have their physical issues.

none of these guys are playing in wheelchairs. if you come to play, it means the injury doesn’t need a mention.


Kimmi Says:

steve-o, go roger indeed! how do you think he will fair up tomorrow?

HOLD! rog!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Re: injuries, I say a win is a win. I am a Rafa fan who does not say, “Well, if It weren’t for Rafa’s knees…”, etc. I do think he has lots of injury issues on hardcourts, but that goes along with his game. Gotta take the bad along with the good.


Swiss Maestro Says:

if you are talking about injuries, one must also take into consideration that people are in different stages of their career.

federer fans can then write off 2008 to mono. 2010 to the nearing-end-of-career slump and you can keep making up these stuff. after all, these are wildly discussed too, right?


Kimmi Says:

wawa is resigning in this match..c’mon wawa push roger..he needs a push today!


Swiss Maestro Says:

kimmi

dont forget roger is past his peak now. it wont matter even if roger loses tomorrow. 29year olds lose more tennis matches to 23year olds than not.

so just remember that, ok? ;)


Kimmi Says:

WAWA..wake up!!!!


Swiss Maestro Says:

wawa better not bring that attitude to the doubles court!


Kimmi Says:

old age injury swiss maestro? i guess this will be for the rest of rog career..

then it is safe to say anyone who beats rog from now on it does not count!


Kimmi Says:

Ok, wawa holds! good. now fed serve it out!


Kimmi Says:

Good win fed! you will need a lot of luck tomorrow..go get em!


jane Says:

Great semis lined up: Rafa/Delpo & Fed/Djoko.


skeezerweezer Says:

@lulu

Kudos at you being a Rafa fan with that attitude :) :) :)

Look out Nole….Rog has somewhat did his biz through the draw and he is in another career semi-final….just sayin


jane Says:

Kimmi I agree with your point about confidence; maybe that’s the main thing. Also I think if we say injuries/illnesses don’t count and shouldn’t be mentioned (?) as it’s part of the game, then I wonder if that applies to everything. Like, for example, saying so-and-so served badly or had an off day? I assume that’s okay since it’s a matter of form/playing? It’s tough to know where to draw the line sometimes, imo. But I do understand what you are saying/where you are coming from.


steve-o Says:

@Kimmi: Don’t know about tomorrow. I hope he does well, since I’m paying good money to see him live.

This was a pretty clean match from Federer. No fuss, no muss. Good serving and good variation.

I don’t think Wawrinka gave up. He was obliged to press too hard and he made errors. Still only one break decided each set. Federer’s break point conversion was 2/3, which is very efficient.


Grand Slam Says:

I am so happy Nole and Fed won, because I always enjoy their matches and this time it will be the battle for the #2 spot!!!!!

In any event, Nole’s been on a winning streak and I really like that, but he’s played too much tennis as of late and I think it has an impact on his body! (check the photo on the link I posted). Apparently his knee is bothering him and it does not look good!!!!

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=178434&page=16


Kimmi Says:

I agree it is tough to draw a line for fans, they always get carried away but for players i am sure they know. Players like berdych (when he beat fed at wimbledon) soda (when he beat nadal at FO) would be really mad if you tell them they won because their opponent were injured.

It is not easy to beat rafa or roger regardless of what condition they are in. Soda played a match of his life..so is berdych. Ferrer played very well at the AO too.


dari Says:

Hello, chumps! Lovely day in the mid-Atlantic, was able to play today OUTSIDE. But missed most of the Swiss match, doesn’t look like I missed much. Does Roger play a little better and Stan play worse when they meet?
Stan better bring it in doubles.
Hey, guys- nadal, djokovic, delpo and federer are in this semis. Isn’t this what we all would have predicted before Juan Martin’s injury? It’s nice to have him back with the big dogs!


Kimmi Says:

grand slam – is that Nole? that knee has been taped up since the AO..he still beat up everybody. it was also taped in dubai and this week here. I say it is not bothering him to cause a problem in his matches!! Everything under control!


dari Says:

Skeezer says: “Rog has somewhat did his biz through the draw and he is in another career semi-final….just sayin” all I can say to that is “pretty much!”
Steve-o, TERRIFIC you will be there tomorrow! Help roger bring home the win, wouldya?
Who will you cheer for in delpo/nadal?


Grand Slam Says:

Kimmi, I hope you are right, because I am looking forward to his match with Federer tomorrow and hope that Nole crowns his successful season with a #2 spot!!!!! He honestly deserves it!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

steve-o. fingers crossed. hopefully you see him win.

the commentators were saying wawa did not have that look he had in davy and berdych matches. i tend to agree. his shoulders looked slumped..

Glad rog was clean today. he will need to be even cleaner tomorrow coz djoko will get everything and then some back.


Kimberly Says:

I agree with janes comment which says 602 but is really 702.


dari Says:

I don’t *actually* tweet, but my twitter page is basically a live tennis news feed, as I follow atptour and many players. Anyway, stan doesnt seem to be too upset, or maybe he is just self-deprecating at the moment:
” @stanwawrinka 36 46 in 1h…not bad ……hahahahaha”
” @stanwawrinka At least I have time to rest before the doubles….but rest for what….after 1h of tennis your not tired…..”


dari Says:

Then bring it in the doubles, Stan!


Kimmi Says:

dari- haha that is funny. I dont believe stan tweet that!


steve-o Says:

@dari: I will certainly root hard for Federer. Fingers crossed, because Djokovic has been demolishing everyone.

I will be cheering for Del Potro but I don’t know if he’s in good enough form to beat the world’s #1. I’m sure it will be a terrific match.


skeezerweezer Says:

@steve-o

Have a great time at IW….we all did :). Give us a write of your experience would ya when you are done? Cheers..


jane Says:

Have fun steve-o; i hope Fed & Nole give you a good match. But I hope Nole wins. ;) Careful what you say about “form”, at least don’t mention injury anyhow. lol. Just kiddin.

Grand Slam, the tape has been there for a while, as Kimmi says. But I have never seen that big ice pack taped around his knee before. Then again, I don’t see “behind the scenes” pictures very much.


skeezerweezer Says:

Will there be a stream for the doubs @6?


dari Says:

Tennis channel and ESPN3 .com have it, so there is bound to be livestream somewhere.
But just did a little search and didn’t see the match explicitly listed on live score hunter. Maybe from sport?


steve-o Says:

I will try to write something.


andrea Says:

poor stan. has to play doubles right after being beaten by the same guy in singles. that’s weird.

i have to reflect a bit on philip kohlschrieber. after seeing him play smyczek and almost getting beaten and then watching his match against delpo i was wondering why he has never done any better than he has. his game is clean, he’s got all the shots…he really could have won that match against delpo. he never seems to make it to what dick enberg likes to call ‘the business end of a major’

perhaps its just lack of being able to play in the clutch or mental blocking. let’s see if the new coach helps.

seems like novak is the man to beat. hard to fight momentum but he’s gonna lose at some point and be interesting to see if that turns into a longer setback or not.


Kimmi Says:

tomorrow matches start at 11 am..very early for semi. must be the TV schedule!

tennistv is showing doubles (stream) live/


dari Says:

Andrea, glad you brought up kohlschreiber. I can’t explain him either, but he has an even attitude and seems to play smart, even, he adjusts so well, but never fully enough i guess. Can take a set off of just about anybody, but never finish it off. Doesnt stop me from cheering for him for upsets. Sometimes they happen, most of the time they don’t. But #35? That seems low for him.


dari Says:

11 am start is pretty early for an old man who played two matches the day before ;)
But its mid day so heat should be good for speed of court and for hitting through it.
Best to Rog and delpo, and now best to Rog and stan!


Dory Says:

Any live streaming links for the doubles match??? No one is showing it????


dari Says:

Go Suisse!


Kimmi Says:

ha-ha-ha good stuff :)


Kimmi Says:

dory you found it..good for u


dari Says:

Oh, geeze, deuce means something different now!
The crowd was laughing in that point!


Kimmi Says:

dari – u havent been watching doubles, right? they changes the score probably couple of years ago..its been like that for a while now.


dari Says:

Honestly, I have seen a couple of dubs matches, but not closely obviously! I noticed it earlier this week, but its still jarring now.


Kimmi Says:

close!


skeezerweezer Says:

dari,

tx! yahoo! This is awesome. Hahahaha….3 guys stay back in doubs? Wow, so anti doub strategy…oh well :)


sar Says:

Brad Gilbert tweet:
@bgtennisnation we have got a great final 4, I think djoker is the man to beat this weekend about an hour ago

I don’t know if Nole will win this. I like it better when he is the underdog.


stu Says:

haha James LaRosa’s tweet:

The IW men’s semis officially showcase every Grand Slam singles champ since 2005. QUALITY.

I hadn’t realized that :)

Ditto, sar.


skeezerweezer Says:

Me thinks this Fedal doubs match will not be a blowout..prediction….eek….down to the wire(s)? fun stuff if ur watchin


jane Says:

lol sar ^ I think we can say he’s still the underdog based on H2H. At the least, their matches are 50/50. Look at last fall: while Nole won at the USO, Fed won the next 3 matches, at Shanghai, Basel and WTF. Then Nole won at AO and Dubai. Fed could easily win tomorrow as could Nole. It’s just the hype behind Nole right now.

Rafa/Delpo is first, at 11:00 (I agree with Kimmi; that seems like an early start for a semi) – that one may take a while, as both Rafa and Delpo are slow. Djoko and Fed follow. Probably mid afternoon, as I am guessing Delpo and Rafa go 2.5 hours. Or how long was Ivo/Rafa? Similar to that.


fedeRER Says:

it ´s the same semi final as in us open 09 isn´t thatt spooky for us fedfans ?


Kimmi Says:

shank!


dari Says:

lol, kimmi


sar Says:

Jane you are right. Nole IS the underdog compared with Fed.


Kimmi Says:

jane, i disagree. there is no H2H being the adv on fed and nole. nole is the fav now…even the bookies and everybody says that. nole won their last two matches without federer winning a set. 50/50 is like if their previous matches were close.

we fed fan have lost the belief in their matches due to his recent bad loses. we dont feel 50/50

OMG! what is up with nadal…


skeezerweezer Says:

errr..cough …cough…sneeze…uh hum…..


dari Says:

sar and Jane- I don’t understand the under dog business, but whatever works. Your dude is on FIRE!


Kimmi Says:

go fedrinka…that was a strange end to the set..

i am sure now we are going to see MADAL!!


Dory Says:

My prediction:
JMDP vs Djokovic in the final and Djoker will win the title.


Kimmi Says:

dari- me too! everytime federer/nole meets their is who is the fav discussion. federer always wins the battle. Not tomorrow i am afraid!

djoko is the man of the moment!


Kimmi Says:

dory – u could be right. the way nadal is double faulting on big points right now..delpo has a chance.


Carol Says:

Maybe this time Fed will be Djoko.


Dory Says:

I posted the link and I’m kicked out of that stream because “the viewer limit for your country has been reached”.


skeezerweezer Says:

@dory

google “espn3 live streaming”


skeezerweezer Says:

where is all the fist pumpin leg liftin fist grabbin stuff from Rafa in this? did I miss somethin…why?


Dory Says:

I’m not in the US. It’s US-only. :)


jane Says:

Fed and Nole’s AO match was close. Plus, I saw Nole slipping a little today in the second set versus Gasquet. He came back though, thankfully. But it could be harder to do against Roger. Anyhow, I still say 50/50. Bookies schmookies. Of course I hope Nole wins, but I don’t think it’s as straightforward as some people do. [Dory I sure hope you're right!!! :)] It will be tough; it pretty much always is when he plays Fed. Forecast says partly cloudy, maybe even rain tomorrow, and an even stronger possibility of rain on Sunday. I would love to see Nole’s winning streak hit 20. He’s already at the longest one of his career, so with that I am already pretty gosh-darn happy. And he has two slams. Can’t complain!!

Man the Rafa/Lopez team are sucking on the serve compared to Fed/Wawa. The former team have 47% firsts in on the match! Whereas Roger/Stan have 73%.


dari Says:

Mirka and that phone, gavin and that gavin


stu Says:

Frankly, I think Federer wins this one. I’m not sure about his form because I have not watched him at IW, but he is going to be determined not to let it seem as if Novak owns him. And Novak has not been playing as well as he did at the AO or Dubai.

One of the main reasons I’m hoping Nole and Rafa make the final is because I don’t want Rafa to meet “new Nole” for the first time at an exho. That will give him a preview and he will come to Miami prepared :)


Dory Says:

No disrespect to Nadal (I admire him too) but I think JMDP’s game is a natural fit for slaying Nadal.


Kimmi Says:

jane – I think what we need to do is leave the fav tag and lets wait for the best guy to win. i was feeling 50/50 earlier this year but not anymore. and if djoko beats fed tomorrow it will be even worse unless he wins to bring back the belief.

Djoko is been doing well, doing great! we all have seen that and i give him all his credit. he is just too great at the moment.. 20 straight matches is not too far. three straights tournaments not far either. so lets see what happens.


dari Says:

Nice backhand, Stan!


skeezerweezer Says:

wawa with a wawa huge bh for the break…the oly gold team is proving they are worthy :)


skeezerweezer Says:

Go fedaw wafed stanro rostan :)


Kimmi Says:

WOW! this team is a good team together. to beat rafa and lopez is not easy…

dolgo vs malisee awaits the winner!


Kimmi Says:

skeezer – i have also heard “fedrinka”


dari Says:

The Spanish have the giggles


Dory Says:

Couldn’t watch the doubles match. (Crying) :( I will download a torrent later of it.


jane Says:

Federinka make a great doubles team!


Kimmi Says:

federinka is better jane!


Kimmi Says:

congrats to federinka! good luck to all tomorrow.

sharapova and wozniacki next..anyone giving sharapova a chance?


dari Says:

Lots of win for roger today, keep it tomorrow, Rog!


jane Says:

Kimmi, agreed. Leaving that aside, then, and let the best win.

stu, have the same feeling as you: Fed will be out for revenge. And to me, Nole looked great first set versus Gasquet, but not as good in the second. Fed’s at least a few steps up from Gasquet.


skeezerweezer Says:

ok ok… all in on the federinka..lol

So cool from a life long doubs specialist to see the best play doubs…wawa saved some of his best stuff for doubs….kudos to Rafa/Fed for playin doubs…very entertaining!!!!

Well the Fedex train has two chances to win now…sings and doubs…go Fed!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Haven’t been able to watch this, but based on stats looks like Rafa is playing crap, especially serving. JMDP is gonna win tomorrow. When I can finally watch some tennis, my friends are throwing an early afternoon party tomorrow, and I feel i must go as they are moving across the country soon. Iam bummed!


jane Says:

Kimmi I don’t know if Sharpie has a chance but I am rooting for her to get the upset. It’s probably unlikely though. : /


Lulu Iberica Says:

Congrats, Fed and Wawa fans! Ok, Fed fans. Is anyone really a Stan Fan?


Kimmi Says:

sharpie needs to serve like crazy and return big like a mad woman..and everything has to go in!

I am rooting for sharpie too!

Its funny that everyone thinks their fav is the underdog. i am just reading at Lulu post above. tough life hey! Good luck everyone!


jane Says:

I think I want to watch the doubles final – is it Federinka plus Dolgo/Xman? If so, that could be awesome fun. Someone let me know when/if there is a stream.


dari Says:

maybe rafa was a little worried about having to play early tomorrow?
stan picked it up for doubles, it was good stuff from him.
will root maria, keep it clean!


sar Says:

Good job tonight Fed. Hopefully he’ll be tired tomorrow. LOL


dari Says:

Lulu: “JMDP is gonna win tomorrow”, you would say that when your guy is on the other side of the net tomorrow?
all this favorites business is for the fans to calm themselves down, im just gonna have to accept it, cause it seems awful to me to not put confidence behind your guy. jinxing, bad luck to say good things, ok ok, but that’s not my style.
Go Rog! Go, palito!


Kimmi Says:

dari says “maybe rafa was a little worried about having to play early tomorrow?”

you think so dari? it was uncharacteristic of rafa to make a double fault on break point..2 DF on the same game.

Did federinka break them in the second set on rafa serve too? i missed when they got broken!


contador Says:

LOL!! i missed the match but got home and see the score. talking about doubles!

federinka and alexavier doubles final! seriously ppl, fellow tennis junkies….you all know i love federer but if i were there to see it, pretty sure i’d start cheering for that pogo serve…can’t help it. it’s that tignor phenomenon. guessing. dolpogo is strangely incredible at doubles. he pretty much beat the bryan bros. single handed. mike and bob were stunned. however, fed being fed….who knows. all i know is that this is the first time i’m excited for doubles! hugely entertaining = alexavier v federinka!

no lulu iberica. rafa will win. i don’t think rafa is as good at doubles as a singles player…..of course. i watched him courtside playing doubles. also watched delpo. my money is on nadal to win the semi.


Kimmi Says:

you are right dari, better to be positive, confident about our guy. fed will win tomorrow! go fed!!

delpo will win it! go delpo!


Kimmi Says:

kimberly – did u buy wozniacki dress? its cute i think, i like it. now she is changing dresses very often.


dari Says:

kimmi- i don’t know i was just trying to explain rafa’s uncharacterstic, untimely misses!
woz dress is super ute. i don’t wear adidas, but might have to try this one!


jane Says:

Go Nole!! GO – you deserve #2 for your slam win. Get it. :)

How’d i do dari? Better? ;)


sar Says:

Did anyone just hear Cahill and Fernandez give predictions on ESPN about men’s semis? I missed their conversation.


Kimmi Says:

wozniacki only 20..i thought she was older than that. she has plenty of time to win those Gransd slams!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Sorry, I’m in a depressed mood anyway, and Nad/Lopez loss just brought me down further. Also, it was more depressing bec lost to Fed! LOL! I wouldn’t have minded so much if it was Bryan Bros or some other dubs specialists! You are right Dari, I am not being very Rafa-like with my pessimism! I am overall bummed about Djoker being on fire, Delpo coming back, etc. I’m not sure I like my fave being no. 1!


Kimmi Says:

that’s the spirit jane..

now about sharpie…


Lulu Iberica Says:

Watching women now. Go, Sharpie!


Carol Says:

OMG, Fed and Wawa did it. Love The Fed.

I am new here.


Kimmi Says:

sharapova has to take the first strike not to start rallying with woz


dari Says:

jane- thats the spirit! if my guy was playing like nole, i would own it. geeze, he’s so good right he’s invading my dreams.
and lulu, i don’t blame you, its tough with your guy at the top and everyone biting at his heals!
and for everybody, there are some great fans here and you guys *almost* make me want your guys to win!
but this ain’t about us, so… play on, boys!


jane Says:

Go Sharpie, come on; you need a big win and now is the time – no Kim, no Serena/Venus, no Justine. The door is ajar – push it wide open.


jane Says:

dari, feel the same “almost” spirit.

Carol, welcome. :)


Kimmi Says:

Hi carol, welcome!


skeezerweezer Says:

Hey Carol,

Ditto here with Jane…post on!


skeezerweezer Says:

and KIMMI!!!!! Posted too fast


Kimmi Says:

sharpie! go go go!


dari Says:

Good start for Maria.


Kimmi Says:

no double faults sharpie! concentrate!


dari Says:

Hola, Carol!


Lulu Iberica Says:

No, no DFs!


Kimmi Says:

DFs have come back! she was doing so well i though!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Welcome, Carol!


skeezerweezer Says:

@lulu

Look at the glass half full, Rafa is through to the semi’s on not his fav surface, and still has a shot to win it all, c’mon girl!


Kimmi Says:

the problem is, she is hitting good groundies, instead of following to the net and finish points..she doesn’t!!..then she makes an error.


jane Says:

Woz is a backboard hey? She just forces the errors. It looks windier tonight than earlier which may be contributing, for example, to Maria’s D.F.s


Lulu Iberica Says:

Woz with a few of her own DFs!


dari Says:

That time Maria forces caro to miss.


Kimmi Says:

one error after another..not fun!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Thanks, Skeezer, you’re right! He’s already matched last year’s result, and has a good chance to do better.


jane Says:

Woz = 1 DF; Sharpie = 3 DFs. Woz 1st serve% = 86% !! Maria’s = 63%. Woz 2/4 on breakpoints; Maria 1/3. All the stats so far point to Woz. Maria will have to win ugly. Even though she’s clearly not. :)


Kimmi Says:

sharapova winner 10
wozniacki winners 0

score 4-1 woznaicki


jane Says:

Exactly Kimmi. Woz is an uber-counter-puncher. She’s good but she will liekly need to add more winners into her repertoire to win a slam?


Kimmi Says:

woz decided to bake!


dari Says:

Was sure Maria had that game, slop at the net, though :/


Kimmi Says:

thats why i can stand her game…waiting for other people mistakes i call it. ok, she is playing well too but her game is ugly! sorry woz fans!


Kimmi Says:

..can’t…


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yes, Kimmi, I find Sharpie so much more exciting to watch, even though she is losing badly!


jane Says:

I am not a big Woz fan either. Don’t mind her, but want to see her be more aggressive sometimes; frankly I think JJ has that problem too. She can be too passive. And then a bunch of the other WTA players are too aggressive spraying errors. Schiavone seems to have a nice balance of offense/defense as well as a good tactical mind. Kim has both too. Not sure who else. Kuz, sometimes.


Lulu Iberica Says:

What was that? You had a winner and blew it, Maria!


blank Says:

Can’t believe I am up late and watching a ladies singles match!! :-)

Sharpie can play only one way – aggressive and I guess Wozniacki plays not much other than defensive. If Sharapova wants to win, she has to go for the shots and finish off points early…playing 20 shot rallies will only result in an error and always end one way – Wozniacki taking the point.


Kimmi Says:

aarg! i cant watch this match anymore. sharapova is losing badly!


Kimmi Says:

blank – i saw that from the beginning of this match. sharapova trying to out woznaicki woznaicki. wont work!


contador Says:

that’s the way, uh huh uh huh, woz wins it, uh huh uh huh…
*singing* still happy abt the dubs final: federinka v alexavier XD

woz the human backboard.

but i saw the woz dress in the pro shop and wondered if Kimberly would wear it?? sharpie’s is better as usual.

jane- i know pessimism. just look at my bracket semi and final…dari, kimmi, and blank are true to their heart and positive. but i have to think nole will win again. also win on sunday v nadal. realist here.,,


dari Says:

There is a woz that plays at club I do in colder months. I’ve played her like 6 times and I’ve never beaten her! It really sucks amd each time I say never again. Gotta get her next time.


dari Says:

Can maria hold for the first time in the match? Let’s go!


jane Says:

^ Yeah, let’s go Maria – HOLD!


Kimmi Says:

why when she hits a good shot she doesn’t follow to the net??? grrrr!


blank Says:

contador,

I know Djoko is hot, but not sure which Federer will show up tomorrow: “Federer the Slayer” or “Federer the Sprayer”. He did the latter role awfully well in Dubai. Let’s hope he does better and fights, win or lose. I have been behind him for so long, can’t give up now :-)

kimmi,
Let’s hope 2nd set is better. It’s unlikely I will watch another ladies match before the French.


jane Says:

contador, I can’t help it. I try to be an optimist but having been raised by an Eeyore-type, though loving and wonderful, mum, I have to work to find my inner-Tigger. Hooo hooo hooo hoo!

speaking of, how will you choose who to root for in the doubles final!?


blank Says:

jane,
Hope you are enjoying your man’s show this season so far. This could be his best year yet. If Fed isn’t winning much again, then for Djoko, it’s off to the races to fight for No. 1. And he could get it by year end!


jane Says:

blank, slayer vs. sprayer. lol. I just keep expecting “the letdown” from Nole. i mean, I am not used to this sort of thing, a guy I am cheering for winning all the time. It’s very … strange. But wonderful too. You know?


blank Says:

jane,
Get used to it. Looks like it’s going to be that way for the best part of this year.


jane Says:

blank – in sync there; we posted to each other at the same time! I’d love to see Nole reach number 1 some day – even if it’s just for a month or half a year, whatever. I know it’s one of his dreams so I am rooting for him to achieve it. But I don’t know. So many tough players around now. He’ll have to be very consistent all season. So far, so good indeed.


Lulu Iberica Says:

U just knew that error was coming! Should’ve gone dtl!


skeezerweezer Says:

blank….

posts. ya mon!

jane….Let’s make it real. If Fed is playin possum…then ok. But the way Novak has played since DC the man is plain on! Still pickin Nole…all respect to my man Fed. I am glads for yous that your favs are gainin ground…get use to it :)


blank Says:

Unless Djoko screws up, this should be his year. Nadal – tiring out; Federer – naturally fading out; Murray – just totally out. Nole is better than the best, among the rest (assuming DelPo is going to need some more time).


blank Says:

Hi Skeeze! I still remember last year you produced some awesome WTF reports from IW. Now I read that you actually went there this year, there should be more!


Kimmi Says:

blank – you could be right about nadal tiring out, didn’t see it that way, that could be the reason for this slide!


Kimmi Says:

good nite guys…sharpie is done


blank Says:

kimmi, the way he has worked those legs of his over the last several years to spectacular success, I’d be amazed if he produces the same form again like last year!


dari Says:

Bit disappointing from maria, but you gotta give credit for not missing.
And good for bartoli, I bet no one expected here there.
Lator gators.


contador Says:

made me laugh blank!

dunno if it matters which fed shows up. :/

nole’s time to shine has been a long time coming. thinking his time has arrived. unless that knee is actually injured or was that huge ice pack shown in someone’s link purely preventative and the strapping purely preventative also? i’m the one who does accept reasons as excuses or vice versa. but have to think it’s preventative or nole would not be playing this tournament. long story short…nole looked to be the second best player on the practice court. murray was no. 1….really, no joke hahahaha. i was shocked he lost! but nole is in killer mode.

jane-i come from a long line of pessimists. a lineage of happy pessimists….makes perfect sense. just accept life is down and when it’s up? i’m so happy i don’t know what to do : ) that’s why i can back underdogs. federer has been an exception. but …no more expectations. djokovic, has arrived. i really think you can be happy and i can be happy with you… lol…truth…i’ll even watch…after the fact cos i wont be home but i’ll watch – eyes open and enjoy it cos i’ll know the score hahahaha

what a surprise. (not) woz won… allez marion!!!


jane Says:

contador, loving your oxymoron happy pessimists.:)

Night all: big exciting shiny tennis matches tomorrow.


skeezerweezer Says:

night jane :)
conty back from IW in a glow :-)


contador Says:

oh espn2 showing federinka / rafalo dubs.

ps. jane….i’ll be cheering alexavier in dubs final. to see alex play doubles like he did, the happy entertainer, the personality….i’m completely won over by his mad tennis skills at net. truly by the time the second set came the bryans were trying to go to malisse but the pogo serve was on and sascha was unstoppable.

been hoping that photographer will follow through….she promised to send pictures …but no email from her yet. hey, if you are reading remember me! ( i told her abt tennis-x ) she had maybe 50 pictures of dolgo….mid-air and very cool shots.

and talk about bounce, bounce, boing, boing, how about marion bartoli! woohoo…… TV and streams do not do her justice. she cracks me up! never stops, always in motion….hahaha bartoli my fave wta player.


contador Says:

so right skeezer. my body is here. mind is there : )

g’nite peeps


Lulu Iberica Says:

Seeing a bit of the dubs match on ESPN perked me up some. Federinka are very good. It’s fun seeing the big boys play dubs!


skeezerweezer Says:

@lulu

knows Rafa lost the doubs, but u noticed Rafa was smilin through some of it…he was havin’ fun regardless, saw the Fed man cracking a upper lip too, it’s all good. Like u said glad the big boys can play doubs, fun stuff :)


margot Says:

Wow! Agree with Nina, I think, this is a “New Nole” and looking very impressive :). Confidence is almost all. Surely, surely Andy will find it a wee bit inspirational….surely…:(
jane, u MUST release your inner Tigger and enjoy the ride! You have been in the queue a long time! And if u look down from the top you’ll just see me still standing in line ;)


farley Says:

Nole now is very impressive and perfect. I think he will get the trophy. Delpo will defeat Nadal easily.


Grand Slam Says:

I usually never vote in polls and simply don’t believe in predictions, but I always read poll results because of curiosity!!!!! Having said that I cannot believe Nole is winning all the polls for this match and is the favorite even with the bookies….!!!!!!! He is jinxed because whenever he is a favorite and something is on the line he falters….. I am a Nole fan and would love more than anything in the world for him to win today, but realistically speaking he may not! I know a lot of the Nole fans (Jane, Duro,Stu, etc.) will give me hell for this and will call me a pesimist and say that I don’t believe in Nole! Here is why I am not comfortable saying that he will win:
1. Played too much tennis of late
2. Winning streak has to end at some point it is just how it is; I must admit, I enjoyed it for longer than ever with Nole and I am looking forward to another even longer Nole winning streak
3. Icing and strapping of the knee is something much more serious than what Nole and his team are revealing; I indeed believe he has an inflamation because he played a lot; since December (Davis CUP)he has not stopped and did not even have a vacation; I am sure if he looses he will not use this knee injury/inflamation as an excuse he will give credit to Fed, because no matter what all his haters say, he is still very gracious in defeat and respects his opponents especially Federer
4. His confidence is sky high because of a great season he’s had so far, but when you are not physically well (knee) your confidence will crumble
5. #2 spot is on the line and this is Fed’s chance not to let that out of his hands because if he lets it go he will continue on doing so; having said that he will convincingly play and defend what he currently has (#2) spot; Fed will be extra motivated and will take advantage of a somewhat physically vulnarable Nole
6. Nole on the other hand will be satisfied with a great season so far and will say that he will have more chances to overtake number 2 and take care of himself physically going into Miami and the clay season (too bad because he deserves a higher ranking than the one he has considering all the great results he’s had in 2011)

These are my thoughts!!!! I look forward to the match and may the best today, win!!!!


Kimmi Says:

dari – where is this polito name come frm for delpo?


stu Says:

Grand Slam, I absolutely agree with 5 and 6, which is why i’m picking Roger to win today as well.


blank Says:

Grand Slam,
Last year Federer had to win just 1 match at some point to stay No. 1 for an extra week or so and claim that record. It was on his racquet and he didn’t do it. That’s what makes me less confident this time around that he has kind of drive for ranking and stuff. Leave alone the fact that Djoko breathed fire the last 2 times these 2 played in the last 2 months!

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