Djokovic, Del Potro Suspended at French Open, Will Play Best-of-3 Saturday; Old Federer Returns
by Sean Randall | May 27th, 2011, 5:30 pm
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Well that turned out to be quite anti-climactic. The match we’ve been waiting for all week finally began but unfortunately didn’t finish. Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro played about 100 minutes of their much-hyped French Open battle before the match was suspended because of darkness at 6-3, 3-6 with the Serb winning the first set.

The showdown was moved to Suzanne Lenglen from Chatrier because every match schedule on the center court went the distance.

Despite the delay and the court change, it was a joy to watch Djokovic and Del Potro slug it out from the baseline. Early on it looked like a mismatch in favor of the Serb who was just throwing too much at Delpo. But credit to the Argentine who mixed things up a bit more in the second with success and slammed home some timely aces.

With the match now rescheduled for 1pm tomorrow, the battle effectively becomes best-of-3, and that gives a slight edge to Del Potro who physically probably cannot keep up with Djokovic over five sets. And if Delpo can keep hammering his serve and putting pressure on Novak he’s got a chance tomorrow. Still, I like Novak to get through but it’s going to be a little trickier, and often it’s strange things like this – a suspended match – that ends great streaks or sporting runs!

As for the matches that were completed, you have to tip your hat to Roger Federer who simply routed Janko Tipsarevic 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

On a very raw, cool day, Federer had everything going especially his serve against a lethargic Tipsarevic. Shades of the old Federer perhaps?

“They were tricky conditions, the wind was moving the clouds around, there was a chance of rain so it was good not to spend too much time on court,” said Federer. “I served well to keep me out of trouble and from the baseline I was mixing it up well. It was good to have another early finish which is nice.”

If Federer plays like that (or plays my opponents like that), he’ll be in good shape.

Next up for Roger is his countryman Stan Wawrinka who stole one from JW Tsonga. Tsonga was in full control up two sets to none but then things started to slip in the third when Wawrinka grew the stronger player. Once the Swiss won the third set breaker you had the sense Tsonga was done. In the end, Wawrinka pulled the comeback victory to stun Chatrier 4-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 6-3.

“He started very physically, but the turning point was the minibreak I got in the tiebreak,” Wawrinka said. “He then started taking the ball a little late and that allowed me to impose my shots.

“Against Roger, I will have to be on the max, but my game is in place.”

Oh boy, not another Federer-Wawrinka snoozer…

French fans didn’t leave entirely disappointed. Gael Monfils crushed Steve Darcis and Richard Gasquet shook off the nerves to beat Thomas Bellucci 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Marion Bartoli also dashed the hopes of Julia Gorgeous Goerges.

Other winners were David Ferrer who destroyed Sergiy Stakhovsky, Albert Montanes and the Fabulous One, Fabio Fognini.

As for the ladies, the craziness continued with Caroline Wozniacki getting dumped by Daniela Hantuchova. Despite the loss Wozniacki will hang on to her No. 1 ranking. Last year’s finalist Sam Stosur was also a loser to Gisella Dulko.

Looking at tomorrow, I expect Rafael Nadal to finally bring his “A” game against qualifier Antonio Veic and the other favorites should win as well. I give Fish a chance against Simon but I’ll take the Frenchman pull it out. And Verdasco is beatable if Ljubicic is on song.

Tennis Channel has early TV coverage before NBC takes over at noon ET.

SATURDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE

Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00 AM Start Time
Roberta Vinci (ITA)[30] v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[4]
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Antonio Veic (CRO)
Mardy Fish (USA)[10] v. Gilles Simon (FRA)[18]
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[7] v. Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)

Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00 AM Start Time
Na Li (CHN)[6] v. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
Andy Murray (GBR)[4] v. Michael Berrer (GER)
Not Before:1:00 PM
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[25] v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[2] To Finish 3-6 6-3
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)[21] v. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[12]
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) v. Robin Soderling (SWE)[5]

Court 1 11:00 AM Start Time
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)[21] v. Viktor Troicki (SRB)[15]
Andrea Petkovic (GER)[15] v. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)[24]
Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[16]
Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[25] v. Arantxa Rus (NED)


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391 Comments for Djokovic, Del Potro Suspended at French Open, Will Play Best-of-3 Saturday; Old Federer Returns

Antonio Veic Says:

Nameless players are taking sets against Rafa or atleast taking him to a tie break on clay. Please know I am a no-name player as well.


jane Says:

From ESPN, they seem to think the break favours Delpo:

“Who does the delay benefit? It was del Potro who called for play to be stopped after winning the second set, saying only 10 more minutes of play would be possible. They will resume third on court Saturday, and if conditions are warmer (as they should be), the faster court should help del Potro. He will also have an extra night’s rest to recover, and mentally he will come in with more confidence, knowing he can keep up with the Serb despite his rust. But Djokovic will not let go of his 41-match winning streak easily and can plan strategy overnight with his coach.”


Kimmi Says:

just watching the match, the commentator is saying djokovic was pulling the trigger early in this match for some reason.. they are wondering if he does this for the respect to delpo. he had a higher count UE than he normally does.


Ben Pronin Says:

Ok, I’m sorry but the idea that a best of 3 set match gives Del Potro an “edge” is ridiculous. He played great today. So did Djokovic. And both sets, despite the scoreline, were very close. But Djokovic was in a lot more of Del Potro’s service games than the other way around. In fact, taking out the one game where he got broken with some sloppy errors, Djokovic was cruising in most of his service games.

Djokovic is undefeated this year and, guess what, most of his matches were best of 3. It’ll help Del Potro, fitness-wise, but it doesn’t give him an “edge.”

On a brighter note, it’s great to see Del Potro playing so well. I don’t understand how players return his forehand. Even with Djokovic’s great defense, he had to let a number of forehands pass him because they were just too fast.


Kimmi Says:

just sad that they have kvitova on court 7 tomorrow. she is seeded no.6 for gods sake. they have players ranked 25 on showcourts but not her..hope her match is televised.


marrisv Says:

That seems to be a fair assessment. Physically it does benefit Delpo quite a bit.


Kimmi Says:

ok, seeded no.9, but still..


Kimmi Says:

so glad it was not one sided. way to go delpo. the guy’s game is still there. give him more time. watch out everybody.

I still think djokovic will win tomorrow though…


Eric Says:

I completely disagree that the break helps Del Potro; it seems like only someone who has no tennis spirit would come up with this insane analysis.

Why is it said to help Del Potro? Because of the fitness factor. Okay, maybe ND is in better shape for a five setter, but who says JMDP would have been overly tired by the end? Anyone remember his awesome 2009 five setters?

More importantly, what about the fact that JMDP’s momentum and initiative – coming off of a set win – are gone, as are the small edge he was building over Nole by coming through tight game after tight game, firing all of those amazing aces, and cutting down on his errors?

As I pointed out in the other thread, Djokovic has come out, guns blazing, in basically every first set this year. Look at Madrid vs. Ferrer, Rome vs. Murray, … Whereas JMDP often takes a while to settle in and cut down on the errors. He was atrocious in the first set – sorry, but it’s true, he was barely keeping up with Nole and was sending balls long and wide on every important shot. But in the second set he was very good. If that happens again tomorrow, he’ll be one set away from elimination before he can see what happened, and if Djoko doesn’t play an abysmal service game full of faults and poor serves, Delpo will have to hope to outplay him in a TB.


Kimberly Says:

I couldn’t even begin to guess who is going to win the womens. Honestly, no idea. Of course we all know I want sharapova but I see it as just as likely that schiavone defends her title or kuznetsova gets a third slam or kvitova or azarenka. This tournament may be a big launching pad for some lucky chick. Unless it’s kuznetsova. She will just continue to be herself.


Kimmi Says:

federer played well, but his BH was leaking lots of errors though.

all in all great serving, volleying and few drive volleys that were magnificent.


Kimmi Says:

hmm kimberly, i haven’t seen any of kutzy matches. is she really playing so well? she hasn’t recently. her draw has been a little kind so far but so is most of other girls.

my money is on the other girls that you mentoined..kvitova, schiavoni, azarenka and sharapova.

anyone out of those 4. i will be VERY surprised.


Eric Says:

I never thought Schiavone would actually be able to defend, but the more I look at it the more likely it seems….. she should be able to handle Jankovic and I believe she can defeat Vera. SF matchups are not that predictable in this case. If Francesca can make it to the final, it should be hers. I don’t think Sharapova or Azarenka (surely her most likely opponents) can take it to her. But the thing with Schiavone is that she’s so unreliable… so I have a hard time picking her, even though she’s done very well so far.


Kimmi Says:

ha-ha tipsarevic does these funny facial expressions when federer hits a good shot. they do a small motion picture of him doing just that. funny ha-ha!


Eric Says:

The fact is that Schiavone is just a weird player. She can hit those gorgeous backhand winners but then completely give away four points in a row. I guess there’s a reason she hasn’t won a title since the French Open last year (and has only 3 others total). But I am hopeful that she’ll be able to defend her title here — wouldn’t that be awesome. Her tennis form is so classical, so pure…


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I don’t see this favouring DelPotro at all, because the rustier player needs time to find his groove in his matches. If you’ve been watching DelPotro’s matches, he has been consistently starting weak and finishing strong.
He lost the first set today and won the second. Tomorrow, he’ll likely start slowly again, finding his range, and by then Djokovic could be away to the races.
This fact on top of the standard idea that the player with momentum (DelPotro) is the loser in a delay.

That aside, I was very impressed with Djokovic’s handling of DelPotro’s power. I think it comes down to his speed. He gets in position fast enough, with proper racquet preparation, so that he can get his body fully into shots, timed properly, to handle power as well as possible. There’s a huge difference handling power when out of position and only having a fraction of a swing and no body turn, compared to being ready and having your weight in your shot. Speed is negating power. That said, DelPotro is proving he will be aSlam contender from here on out. Dude is awesome, and mentally he’s a champ.


Kimmi Says:

vagabond – yes, that huge serving at 15-40 was a classic example of his mental strength..


Kimmi Says:

@ 8:28pm i meant “slow motion”


Kimberly Says:

Eric I agree with both of your posts. The more a look at the draw the more possible it’s seems that schiavone can defend.

Honestly I would probably pit her as the favorite on the top half of the draw. But if sharp ova gets to the final she can blast her off the court. However, with Maria, it is just as
Likely she will lose next round as get to the final. Azarenka seems to be the favorite ofnthe bottom half.

I mean who else ZVonereva, I mean she would have lost if her opponent hadn’t had one of the worst meltdowns in the history of tennis and had be removed by a stretcher.


Kimberly Says:

Kimmi, kuznetsova and schiavone both remind me of each other in that they won the roland garros titles by not collapsing worse than their opponents, safina and stosur. I still remember the title here, schiavone heimlichs choking stosur


Eric Says:

If Hantuchova is playing well enough to kick out Woz 6-1 6-3, she might be a threat; and Kuznetsova obviously has already proven that she can win the French. But who knows how Hantuchova will play; every day is an adventure with her.

I don’t know who would win between Sharapova and Schiavone… It would be an exciting match, for sure! I would like to see that.


Colin Says:

It’s so predictable. Federer has some good wins in the early rounds of a tournament, and up goes the chorus from the journalists: He’s back to his best. Then, the next thing you know, he’s out. The only way he’ll prove he’s regained form is by winning this tournament, or at least reaching the final, and I’ll believe that when I see it.
In the ongoing match, I reckon the break favours Djokovic. However free from gluten he may be, I don’t think he’d necessarily last through more than three sets in a row at the pace he plays. As I said before, in the closing stages of the Madrid semi, he looked more fatigued than Murray did. He was able to close it out in the three setter, but how would he have been in a further set?


Kimmi Says:

in that match i don’t really think stosur choked. i thought schiavoni play the best match of her life in that final..she was spreading the court so well. she did some magnificent volleys too.

schiavoni won that final. stosur did not lose it. imo stosur run out of ideas in that final.


Eric Says:

Yeah, I don’t know how you can say Stosur “choked.” Maybe she didn’t play her very best tennis ever, but Schiavone was just better. Stosur never looked like she was ahead.


Eric Says:

Colin, that’s my fear. But I think Federer should get to the semis easy. Wawa isn’t going to press him that hard – maybe 4 sets instead of 3 – and I don’t really see Monfils or Ferrer doing that much damage either. And really, there would be no shame in Roger losing to Novak (or JMDP, even) in the semis – it wouldn’t be the greatest thing ever, but it’s still an improvement on last year.


Kimberly Says:

I actually didn’t watch it as it was colino5 fifth birthday party that day. But all accounts I heard was stosur choked it? Safina def Melted down in 2009. That was kind of the beginning of the end for her. She made it to the semis of wimbledon amd got eaten for lunch by Venus, then that was it.


jane Says:

“I don’t know who would win between Sharapova and Schiavone… It would be an exciting match, for sure! I would like to see that.”

I would like to see this too.

BTW, re: the ESPN post – I was leaning the other way, as mentioned on the other thread in my post to grendel. So I thought it would be interesting to post a different perspective.

Really, the break probably doesn’t “favour” either of them, nor can we really predict who it will favour. Djoko started really slow in some matches at IW and Miami (both finals against Nadal he lost the first set, or against Bellucci in Madrid), and actually if you look at the majority of his matches at Rome, he had tighter first sets and easier final ones, the Murray match being the exception, so he gained momentum as things went on. But then “they” say the sun will make the court faster tomorrow, which could favour Delpo. But who really knows!? I don’t. I just hope Djoko wins this one, though I really like Delpo.


Kimmi Says:

i mentioned kvitova in my list because she has the big game. but things needs to line up for her. she has not reached even a GS final before so maybe its my wishful thinking.

players with the experience are sharapova, kutzy and schiavoni ofcourse.

it will be nice to get a completely new grandslam winner. so i cheers for kvitova and azarenka.


andrea Says:

i think the WTA needs to adpot the slogan the ATP had a number of years ago: NEW BALLS PLEASE. or at least update the slogan to: LADIES, SHOW SOME COMPETITIVE BALLS.

unreal that daniella trounced caroline that way! what is going on with the WTA? never saw the clijsters match either, just the highlights, and that was equally puzzling. after the straight sets drubbing kim had by notorious underachiever petrova at the AO a couple of years ago, you knew she could be up and down, but i wonder if her fire and drive are waning again knowing that kid #2 and retirement #2 is on its way?

i’ll be watching the next nadal match with interest. the assumption was that first 2 rounds would be easy straight sets wins and so far they haven’t been….

going to cook some of the crab we caught today. yum.

can focus on tennis now for the next few days until the stanley cup finals start on wednesday…


jane Says:

andrea did you go to THAT game?!! Wow. I was so tense at home.

I am having a wine spritzer, salad and shrimp fettucini. The sun is out. Finally!


Kimmi Says:

nadal match on paper tomorrow should be 6-1 6-2 6-2.


jane Says:

Kimmi sounds about right. I didn’t catch that Veic win over Davy because TSN didn’t show any of it; however, they did show that after he won, the qualie ripped his shirt off and was totally “pumped”, as in excited. I don’t think he’ll be doing that after playing Rafa. Ha ha. :)


Kimberly Says:

kimmi-so should have last round and it wasn’t. After Rafa’s poor performances I am taking nothing for granted.

I agree it would be nice to see a first time champion but my desire for Sharapova to win a grandslam, become #1 in the world, dominate tennis, play with confidence again trumps that warm and fuzzy feeling.

However, if its not Sharapova I would like Azarenka to win. If Azarenka wins I think she may go on a Novak like tear too. In fact if either Sharapova or Azarenka win I think they will open it up on the ailing WTA.


Kimberly Says:

and last year I thought his match against Haase at WImbledon would be a yawner and I almost had a heart attack. Strangely I am much less invested this year, maybe because of the losses I have less hope.


jane Says:

Kimmi “it will be nice to get a completely new grandslam winner.” Yeah, and wouldn’t it even kind of be fun on the men’s side. I know it’s very unlikely, but can you imagine if the FO final was between, say, Gasquet and Murray? That could be fun and exciting. And these two have a bit of a rivalry, having played two 5 set matches at slams (Murray won both but still).


Skeezerweezer Says:

I am grilling a Pizza, must be a guy thing :)


jane Says:

On the BBQ? What’s on it? :)


Skeezerweezer Says:

The draw is shaping up nicely for Rafa. Fed liked the tough matches early( as long as he got through of course ), as it got his @ss in gear sometimes. I would not be surprised if Rafa finds his mojo next rd and goes on a tear, especially if Nole gets upset.


Kimmi Says:

ha-ha, what are the chances to get a new grandslam men winner at RG?

murray, yap murray is the one. but really. at least murray has a slight chance than qasquet jane. Yap, i agree it will be nice. we will see lots of tears, i will probably cry with them :)


Kimmi Says:

has delpo taken a set off djokovic before today ?


Kimmi Says:

i am watching a federer match like three times today..

first, it was live this morning. just when i got back from work, i watched the recorded. and then suddenly TSN have decided to play it again..i am sure i have memorized every shot. go fed!


Eric Says:

Why is Murray continually getting cited as a plausible FO winner? He doesn’t have even a single SF appearance, and just one QF. Troicki or Dolgopolov could very possibly upset him, although I imagine Andy will easily get to the semis. But even if he turfs Nadal out of his throne there, Andy is still 0-9 in GS final sets. What would make this any different?


Kimmi Says:

eric – djokovic was 0-5 against rafa in the final..just sayin’


Eric Says:

Kimmi, nope – but they’ve only played a few times, and only once since Delpo really “arrived” (in Rome 2009). Maybe that’s one reason Djokovic is still figuring out how to handle his forehand, actually.


Eric Says:

Kimmi, fair point. :) Obviously, everyone (me included) excepts Andy to win slams. I guess my point is that clay is manifestly his worst surface and Paris his worst slam, so it’s not very likely that he would suddenly choose now to burst into slam-winning glory.


jane Says:

Kimmi, nope, first set for JMDP today, but they haven’t played since mid-2009, and never at a slam.

Eric, is Murray “continually getting cited”? For me, it’s “hopeful” upset scenario, but most of us probably think it is a longshot versus Rafa on clay re: winning the semis. And then I guess it depends on who the finalist is. I don’t know what would make it different were Andy to reach the finals? Maybe experience? It took Lendl and Agassi a few Grand Slam final losses each before they finally won one right? I think for Lendl it was four losses? So if Andy keeps putting himself in finals, I tend to think that eventually he will win one. That’s just my “IMO” though. I think he has the talent and the variety to win a slam, but he needs to stay aggressive and positive. Eventually, I expect it will all click for him. Hope so anyhow.


jane Says:

Eric, if you don’t mind answering (totally up to you), are you doing a PhD?


Kimmi Says:

” so it’s not very likely that he would suddenly choose now to burst into slam-winning glory”

i think if murray beats rafa here, he will have so much confidence in the final, whoever is on the other side of net, he will believe is better than them. that is what i am hoping.

even though he has come short on clay in previous years, this year he has proven he can hang with those big boys. djokovic in rome, rafa in MC..i just think if he was not injured in MC, the scoreline on third set would have been better..


Eric Says:

Jane, it’s just on this forum, not in the broader tennis world… I know it’s being mentioned as a longshot (“wouldn’t it be cool if he upsets Rafa and goes on to win?”) – my point is that it seems astronomically unlikely. Andy (and I just looked into this, obviously) has never been in a tour-level clay tournament final of any kind before, compared with his 14-9 record in hard court finals (6-1 in Masters) and 1-0 on grass (from Queens in 2009).

Eventually Andy will win slams – I have no doubt, although honestly after the 2008 USO I would have assumed he’d win a title by now. Interesting that JMDP got one first. But his first slam will be one of the ones he does well at – not the French. (Of course, this is all just my opinion. I’m not claiming to have magical powers of foresight… no one thought Agassi would suddenly win Wimbledon!)

Not trying to quash anyone’s daydreaming, either… I guess Andy winning isn’t that much more unlikely than Roger taking it. :)

And yes, I am (although not at Chicago, which I mentioned on another thread if that’s what you’re thinking of, it’s just my alma mater)…


Kimmi Says:

federer has won this match three times today..in my mind. next we have wawrinka..i wish federer would not play wawa. he played him so well at the AO and then went on to lose in straights set to djokovic.

wawa needs to make it tough enough for fed to work hard. no easy matches anymore for fed…tough matches are good for him.


Skeezerweezer Says:

jane

-First roasted 3 colors of peppers, chopped red onion with olive oil and garlic in the oven.

-Then mixed it all in a bowl and set aside.

-Grill one chicken breast seasoned with whetevers.

-Then dice it up and put 1 tablespoon of your fav BBq sauce and mix it in a bowl

-Brush olive oil on both sides of a pre made pizza dough ( I use Baboli thin crust )

-Heat your grill to very hot, 450 if can

-Grill pre made crust on both sides for 2-4 minutes ( turn off direct heat, don’t let flames hit directly on crust, i turn off those burners, med heat.and cook through or until cheese melts)

-Take off grill put on fav BBq sauce as base, mozzerella & shredded Gouda, then your roasted pepper/onion/garlic mix, top with your BBQ chicken mix, and then a touch more cheese.

Serve with Sangria, or Pinot Noir and a Kiss (before eating Pizza)

:-)

Oh yeah…. Hope that Delpo Nole match goes 5 sets tomorrow, just for us fans!!”


jane Says:

I know clay is least likely, Eric, but a girl can dream. :) As can a guy, of course. Good for you on the studies front. Grad school can be hell. I was talking to a neighbor who defended today, just the proposal part, and we were making jokes about all the jargon and the headcases in academia. Ha ha. Lots of great people too, though.

Kimmi, cute re: Fed having won 3 times. Awww. I think I need to tape more of Nole’s matches to cheer me up when he loses. You seem right; it would be good if Wawa gave Roger a tough battle. Fed played Rafa better at Madrid, where he had been tested, than at Miami, where he hadn’t really (Simon retired).


jane Says:

Skeezer, you rock! Will cut, paste, print, and cook up soon. Merci!! :)


Van orten Says:

This year it feels like tour de france 2003…that year armstrong looked vunerable just like nadal now but ullrich in the end couldnt finish the job and lance won clearly not being being at his ( epo)- best!!!! You just sense anything can happen in 2011, even a surprise winner..who knows..so far it has been great following RG…


jane Says:

Have printed: called it “Skeezer’s Pizza on the Grill”


Eric Says:

Jane, thanks. It’s certainly a mixed bag, but I like it…

And as for tennis, hey – even Sampras had a few clay titles. I could see Murray doing well at the French.


felix Says:

Agree with stan about roger and stan…
Oh boy, not another Federer-Wawrinka snoozer…
Wawrinka is good player, on his good day, he can beat every one, i mean every one, but ROGER….
The mental and his respect to Fed is too much, hope his coach will put some hate or angry for him to fight, so we can have a good match.
Still hope, and like the joker to win the match with Delpo


Eric Says:

Wawrinka has beaten Federer before, and on clay. Will he do it here? Probably not. But it’s not totally ridiculous. Agreed that Tsonga would probably give Roger a stiffer challenge, which would indeed be nice… Was Tipsy playing poorly, or did Roger just stomp all over him?


Skeezerweezer Says:

jane ….forgot all the veggies are diced or cut small, mix in olive oil, then roast :)

Thank you! :)

Eric,

One thing bout Wawa, he enjoys a battle. Rare occasion i have seen him resigned, and it was only matches with Fed ….errr oops. If he gets by the countryman thing, he may do it again. Wawa is a registered warrior, no doubt.


Kimberly Says:

Jane, colino5 is rooting for the Canucks because he refuses to root for Boston because of the celtics.


jane Says:

Yay Colin05, Kimberly. I will send him a note at tourneytopia. And in turn, of course, I am all for the Heat!! :)


jane Says:

Thanks skeeze, will add that to the fine print, after the kiss part, which is more important anyhow.


Kimberly Says:

Think they both are going to win!

I am very worried about the womens matches tomorrow. Every day seems to pony up a huge casuality. I hope tomorrow is not Maria!


Skeezerweezer Says:

jane

Want ur shrimp fetta recipe can u share? Post it on the draw challenge,,,,tx always lookin for a fine meal with my Wine :)

I did not know Sampras had ANY Clay titles! Wow.


Dan Martin Says:

One thing I love about Wawrinka is he seems like a man’s man on the court. He is going to try to win, but if he is outclassed in terms of talent he is still going to make his opponent beat him (see Murray last year in NY). If the opponent has not packed a lunch and is not ready to go to work, Wawrinka will probably win. This is true against everyone but seemingly Federer. He thinks he has to play perfect to beat Roger. The first mistake he makes his confidence flags. If Stan has close to zero errors I like his chances, but otherwise Roger moves on to another quarter. In other words, I see Fed going through.


jane Says:

It’s posted skeeze.

DanM, very fine description of Wawa; there is something very “professional” about him. He doesn’t swoon. :)


ELB Says:

I’m still rooting for Frankie…been watching her for 10 years! She’s really fun to watch and I think she’s still “hungry”! Love that BH. Don’t count out Petkovic – she’s playing well.

I’d love to see the Fed pull this one out. He’s playing really well and I think Rafa is vunerable at least for this tournament. The pressure is all on Djoker….I think he might be vunerable also.


Michael Says:

After a long time, I saw the Federer of Yore in his match against Tipsaveric. The speed, power and magic of Fed Tennis is returning back. If he continues in this form, he surely has chances to win this edition considering Nadal’s not so good form at the moment. The only threat could be Djokovic, but with Federer playing at this level, he has more chances against Djokovic if he does get through against Del Potro. All in all, the French Open is getting very interesting. May the best player win.


Michael Says:

Skeezerweezer, Sampras has won the Italian Open played in Clay. His record at the French Open is just one semi final and he lost against Sergei Brugera. Frankly, I do not think you can place Sampras in the pantheon of greats with such a disastrous record in Clay tournaments.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Dan

Totally agree about Wawa’ s Warriorship. And it’s not like he is a happy camper when he is losing to his fellow countryman. He does not like being the “other Swiss”, Mr 2nd. How many times have we seen him trash his racket and display dusgust in a Fed match. Got to give him props for that…,he just wants to win and claim his own place. Not like some other 2nd tier countrymen…..


Skeezerweezer Says:

Michael

Thanks for diggin that out and exactly my point when looking at the GOAT’s…,,


Eric Says:

Michael, sure, the guy sucked on clay because his game was one-sided, but that one side was fantastic enough to snag him 14 slams… Agassi was a better and more complete player, just more undisciplined and mentally fragile, but Sampras is one of the greats for sure.


Michael Says:

Eric, Sampras can be labelled as the King of Grass until Federer overhauls his record of seven grand slams. But, you must be an all court played to be called as Great. Clay court tournaments are most important in Tennis and it is a long season. If you cannot play in Clay, then you can never be considered as a great player. It is that simple. Sampras given his illustrious record in other Courts was a novice on Clay. His run at the French speaks for itself. Most of the times, he was beaten between the first and third rounds never to reach even the last 16 stage. See this record and decide for yourself. According to me, Laver is the Greatest Player in the Amateur era and Federer in the Professional era. I would rate Nadal in the league of Borg considering his fantastic record at such a young age.


Eric Says:

Michael, I agree that Sampras simply isn’t really in the running for GOAT status, but he was still the most dominant and feared tennis player for a decade. The 90s were an era when clay court was dominated by specialists who were very good on clay and sucked on other surfaces; so it was not easy for players like Sampras to make inroads. Of course, a real no. 1 player for so long would have found a way to at least put up a decent showing in clay tournaments, but you can’t just wave your hands and make his 14 slams disappear. He dominated hard courts as well as grass, with his five US open titles and 2 in Australia.

But I completely agree with everything you say; Sampras played like the world 50 on clay.


Michael Says:

Eric, I am not belittling Sampras in any way and his fantastic record. He had one of the biggest serves in Tennis and his volley was a treat to watch. Infact I was his avid fan during his playing days. His dominance at Wimbledon was complete until he was mauled by Richard Krajacek displaying one of his best performance on Grass. Roger too beat Sampras once in Grass. But other than this, he was ruling Supreme in his prime. His hard court record too is imposing to say the least. But to be called as a Great Player you need something more and Sampras definitely did not have it considering his pathetic record in Clay. If you say his performance was dismal since Clay court was dominated by Specialists then that is just an excuse. A great player must find out a way to dominate others howsoever good one might be. In fact on this Count, I would place Borg and Nadal even ahead of Sampras simply because they have an all court record. Borg still did not win the US Open, but he came to the finals four times and that is not a bad record either. Sampras if he atleast came to the finals once in French Open would have salvaged some pride, but this one semi final achievement is just dismal and pathetic to say the least. It definitely does not befit a player nor add to its stature.


Michael Says:

My list of Greats in the Professional era :-

1. Roger Federer (The greatest)
2. Bjorn Borg
3. Rafael Nadal
4. John Mcenroe (he came to the finals at French and almost won against Lendl)
5. Jimmy Connors (he had a better record in Clay than Sampras and moreover he won US Open on Clay)
6. Andre Agassi


Dory Says:

I know what’s gonna happen today. They’re gonna show the Nadal match obviously on TV and meanwhile Murray will finish his match quickly and because Nadal takes time between points his match will go on longer. Meanwhile, Djoko vs Del Potro will start and these TELEVISION MORONIC BROADCASTERS will again keep showing Nadal’s match and make me miss DelPo vs Nole. I feel like firing the FO organizers from their jobs.


madmax Says:

Great match yesterday with novak and delpo. Wow, can juan martin hit that ball!

I think they were right to call it a day, my eyes were straining just watching the match due to the light.

I don’t think it will affect novak’s game plan at all. I think he would be glad of the ‘pause’ on the match so he can reassess his tactics with his coach.

Much as I like delpo, and it is great to see him back, I cannot see him beating novak.

To beat him, he needs more than an amazing forehand that fires bullets. It is brilliant to see how his game is getting back to the 2009 days though.

Fed has been practising again!

://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/editors-choice/2011/05/27/video-latest-roger-federer-viral-vid-is-it-real-or-fake-you-decide-86908-23160953/


Lenny Says:

@Dory – As much of a Rafatard as I am, I’m afraid of that as well. So do what I do – watch one match on TV, the other online.


Dory Says:

But my shitty internet in India may not allow that.


Huh Says:

Wel, if you really think that Pete’s not one of the GOATs, then you’re surely ignorin simplest of facts which you have no right to! Cannot u peopl see that the difference in the nature of the surface has been drastically cut down with the WIM playin much much slower than it was before while RG’s playin faster than previous times! Its not like Fed alone is reachin deep in FO, djoko, jmdp etc too’re whereas rafa is reachin wimby finals like anythin, n its not its just coz they’re much talented than jmac/pete/lendl/wilander. The uniformity of surface these days is majorly responsibl for fed n rafa reachin fo n wimby finals year after year. Dont think nadal’d reach 4 wimby finals winnin 2 if the wimby courts were as fast as in past noe would federer be reachin so many fo finals if RG was playin as different n slow as it was prior to 2001, no way, just no freakin way!!! Fed n Rafa hav reached so many FO n WIM finals coz adaptin from hc to grass to clay’s that much easier these days due to difference in speed among varios surfaces has been cut down so drastically as compared to past, thus clay n grass are much uniform these days in comparison to pre-2000; n this is also the reason why you expect even lesser guys like nole, jmdp n muzza to reach wim/fo semis/finals in the same year so often. But in the past players as great as lendl, mcenroe, connors or wilander even didnt hav the privilege of winning wim-fo at the same time in the open era, the difference in surfaces made it bindin that either you’re fo winner or a wimby champion, you cant be both at the same time. Wilander, lendl won multipl fo but never wimby whil revers was true for mcenroe n connors. great though they were, but adaptin from clay to grass or vice versa within the short time span was so tough those days that if you got your hands on wimby, then it was certain you wouldnt cross the finishing line in RG n vice versa(the only exceptions bein the amazing legendary borg n laver). Now a days wim n fo play so similar(relatively) that many guys like fed, rafa, nole, muzza etc are able to adjust themselvs easily from clay to grass or vice versa n reach deep in both these slams while previosly it was unthinkabl n thats precisely why pete never did that well in FO nor guys like lendl, wilander, guga kuerten etc never did well in wimby, as simple as that! Think about it before statin things like pete’s not one of the greatest n all that.


Huh Says:

i mean fed’d not have reached so many fo finals if the surface in fo was playin as slow n different IN COMPARISON TO grass as it used to, before, nor would rafa be reachin so many wimbies.


Huh Says:

maxi: roger was playin real good yesterday vs tipsy, hope you enjoyed, he’s lookin a bit (not fully i mean, but close) like the 2010 AO Federer. If he’s able to play like he did in 2010 AO, over the FO-WIM stretch, then I dont see either Nole/JMDP beatin him at FO nor can I see Rafa beatin him at WIM this year.


Dory Says:

WTH they’re showing Paes-Bhupathi doubles match in India and not showing either Nadal or Murray.


Kimmi Says:

ah, kvitova making loads of errors. but good thing is she is ahead. fingers crossed she keeps going..


Kimmi Says:

troicki takes first set. on serve on second. go dolgo, needs to win this set.


Dory Says:

Dolgo’s driven Troicki almost crazy with constant dropshots and lobs.


Kimmi Says:

kvitova wins. second set was much better performance. she plays Li Na next.


Kimmi Says:

rafa on court..


Kimmi Says:

muzza is on. 3-0 great start..


Dory Says:

Dolgo plays drop shot every alternate point!!!!!!


aleish17 Says:

Early break for Rafa there. Great start.


Dory Says:

Nadal must win quickly so they show DelPo-Nole match on TV.


marrisv Says:

Looking like beatdown days for Rafa and Andy


Dory Says:

GO RAFA!!!!! WIN FAST!!!


Van orten Says:

Nadal really lucky playin that guy instead of delpo…


Van orten Says:

Butwhat could one expect…he celebrated the davy win as if he won the whole slam..there is no hunger leftin him..


Van orten Says:

Nadal even vs vei totally unoffensive..oh my god why no one gets after him ever on clay


Van orten Says:

How could he win vs davy in the first place anywy ..he has no game at all…


Van orten Says:

Powerwise at least


Dory Says:

So now we have Rafa’ss serve being broken by a qualifier two times in a row?!


Dory Says:

Sorry first time almost broken. 2nd time really broken.


The fighter Says:

Rafa!!!!!!!!!!


Van orten Says:

Nadal looking like everything but invincible


aleish17 Says:

This Rafa is crappy. Always gets broken by lower ranked players. It is really hard to think he is going to win this year’s RG. All my hope is gone.


aleish17 Says:

Oh no! What did just happened with Murray?


Van orten Says:

Nadal is already in the final…murray seems to be pulling out with injury…oh tennis god where are youuuu?


marrisv Says:

Ohhh murray has time out for an ankle issue… Hope he is fine…


Van orten Says:

God this veic guy is so harmless…no weopons at all….


marrisv Says:

Heavy taping there….


Van orten Says:

Anyone who thinks that a rafa playin like this would stand a chance vs nole or delpo ( if they play like yesterday) should pack and march to wonderland!!!!


Van orten Says:

Level of both players is not very high today..,veic is no threat at all but manages somehow to break rafa..but he is being broken right now i guess as i switch to the murray match


Van orten Says:

God so predictable..it hurts watching that match..


Daniel Says:

Feel sad for Murray]s future chances this tounrney, but at least he is smacking the ball being offensive first chance he gets.

It was needed an injury for him to incorporate offense. He knows he has to win easy and fast to have a chance of proper recover and try to be ready next match.:)


Van orten Says:

Pls dont write or tell nadal is back cuz the guy he is playin is just embarrassing


marrisv Says:

As bad as rafa played the second, still lost only 4 games and dished out his first bagel


marrisv Says:

Hope Murray recovers before the next match.


Dory Says:

But Veic would still defeat Wozniacki or Schiavone. Hehehe.


Dory Says:

FINALLY! I will get Nole-DelPo on TV and without delays and interruptions. Instead of making us wait already FO organizers.


Dory Says:

I meant *Enough* of making us wait already.


Dory Says:

Fish vs Simon. Who could come through?


Kimberly Says:

i pikced simon but I want Fish
1. Because he’s american
2. For the sake of my little son’s bracket


Ike Says:

het Dory! without a shadow of doubt, Fish will beat Simon! Fish is in great shape and form, rank 10 for first time in his life (which i had “predicted” a year ago, after i went to see him play at Newport, USA)


Ike Says:

hey kimberly! root for our own Fish! No Simon!!!
Btw, i take Dallas to take revenge over ur Heat, win in 6!


Daniel Says:

Back to DelPovic!


El Flaco Says:

Yeah it’s funny how Murray is finally flattening out his forehand. You don’t want to do that on every shot, but he can certainly do it more often. In big matches and big points he will probably go back to rolling over his forehand.

Things are looking very good for Nadal. I saw the replay of the Murray ankle injury and it did not look good. It turned over when the base of his foot was elevated which made it more severe. Tomorrow it will be really sore.


Ike Says:

hey jane, wake up! Delpo vs. Nole is on!


Ike Says:

hey Daniel! No “moonballs” in this match!!! LOL


Daniel Says:

Hope to never see that again Ike!:)


Ike Says:

Daniel, u never know, Nadal vs. Nole final, and the moonballs will make a comeback, despite of un-popular demand!


Daniel Says:

Djoko is overhitting a lot. By my count it is 5 or 6 errors in 4,5 games.


The fighter Says:

Rafa loves doubters…….i m sure he will prove all of us wrong……


Ike Says:

good hold from Nole


Ike Says:

The fighter, will he (Rafa)? i doubt it :)


Daniel Says:

Only Djoko can return 4 massive forehands by DelPo in a row and keep the pace. Amazing!


farley Says:

Novak is unbelievable, no one can stop him.


Kimmi Says:

too good novak…


Duro Says:

Gunners…


Dory Says:

Today I see the Nole like he played in the Masters 1000s. I had feared his unbelievable form has returned to “normal” form.


tfouto Says:

let’s see how’s gonna be the 4 set…


Daniel Says:

This 2 should be playing at semis. But I agree with tfouto who said the moment Djoko loses Nadal will grow exponentially. So for the sake of a possible cracker of a final I am cheering for Djoko more.
But DelPo needed this win badly as well.


Kimmi Says:

unless djoko goes AWOL again..this match is his.


margot Says:

Nole has righted the ship of tennis! Nole in 4! Come on :)


Duro Says:

Ha ha ha, fantastic…


Duro Says:

Another league tennis…


Dory Says:

World class forehands and backhands from Novak.


stu Says:

GO Nole! Being made to earn that No. 1. Ajde!


stu Says:

i think the next match these 2 play will be even better because DelPo will have polished up his game, and Nole his game plan to play him. exciting times ahead.


Kimmi Says:

ah, double fault. djoko now going home with this..he is too good.


tfouto Says:

Djoko is soo good…


Ike Says:

well, looks like Delpo vs. Nole is unofficially over :(


Duro Says:

Kimmimmissimo,

Mio Nolissimo mucho lovissimo…!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Hope Nole brings the same stuff when he plays Rafa in the finals…..so far he has REALLY brought his game today


pigirl1 Says:

Djokovic is really really solid…


Dory Says:

Ever since his return, DelPo has stopped playing his net game. Hardly comes to the net.


stu Says:

Poor delPo getting a bit sloppy now..


Duro Says:

Lean and mean, gluten-free machine…


Huh Says:

dude fighter, rafa can fight off everybody not time. this year he’s fairly lucky to avoid jmdp and things’re nicely shapin out for him to win RG(no jmdp, no davy, nole-delpo bad schedulin, murray injury n all that, but dont expect him to be always lucky like this), and he would win RG 11, but not many more FOs left in him. Who cares wat rafa proves, he simply cannot prov much beyond human capabilities, isner match signalled the beginning of his end, irreversibly! Rafa’d perhaps win 4-5 mor slams, but stop whinin about him provin his doubters wrong, he has nothin more to prov anything to anyone, he has things which even fed doesnt hav(olympic singles gold n davis cup), but that doesnt mean the beginning of the end of his dominance is in doubt. The moment he lost to djokovic madrid n rome lopsided n consecutively you EASILY sense that he’s not able to motivate himself for the occasions, you feel that the fire in him has diminished somewhat after such a long stay at the top, it’s started takin its toll on his mind n body, you see his level droppin and guys beginnin to catch him up, finally; this happened to federer, happened to pete, borg, jmac, connors, lendl, wilandr n even rod laver; and is now happenin to rafa. The writin is larg on the wall that the days of utter dominanc of rafa just mighta been over, the others’re ready to share the limelight now. Accept it. Coz your rafa’d prov the doubters wrong is beginning to sound old, repetitiv n even hilarios already. Who’re these worthless doubters, what’ve they themselves done to hav earned the right of questioning rafa’s mettle, NOTHING IMHO. But thats not to say whoever stated the obvious with respect to rafa’d be termed a doubter! Just C’mon!


stu Says:

yeah, Duro, too lean for my liking :)


jane Says:

Wow, Nole. :)

I hope Murray’s ankle is okay. Anyone know more on that?

Ike, so it is Bruins vs. Canucks. My fingers and toes are crossed for the West.


Kimmi Says:

Durossssimmmo..enjoy. your guy just TOO GOOD! I think he will win this tournament…


Kimmi Says:

bad error. but he has the insurance break…


Dory Says:

Good thing he had a double break. Too relaxed service game from Novak.


Huh Says:

hahahahahaha, VAMOS DEL POTRO!!! :D :D :D
Did u see that drop shot chase by jmdp, EXCELLENT!!! :D


Daniel Says:

Djoko is choosing wrong the side to the kill shot, or DelPo is always going to the right side. Horrible forehand long to set 0-40 by Nole.


Kimmi Says:

simon beating fish..easily


Duro Says:

Stu, for mine too, but as far as his tennis is mean, his body can be lean…

Kimmi, not sure, but he’s in great form and shape.

Number 1 Novak.

Jane, you chose a champion to root for four years ago. Congrats.


Daniel Says:

Arghh, now they both are making a mess in a bunch of ugly points!


Dory Says:

He should stop playing that drop shot for the rest of the FO.


Skeezerweezer Says:

wWll there is still a gap between these 2, as I am sure all have noticed. Nole is in supreme physical condition, match tough through some very tough matches he has played this year, and Delpo is not. It’s ok, Delpo will be a force by USO. This gives him a measuring stick of where he needs to be. Just can’t see anyone taking down Nole soon, he is maintaining a very high level.


Daniel Says:

Wow, at least Djoko made an spectacular drop to close the match.

Super congrats Djoko and his fans for 42 straight matches wins, above Fed. Fed is not even retired and his records are already being broken!:)


Kimmi Says:

wow drop shots are magnificent..

great match, djoko too good.


tfouto Says:

If Nole plays like this for the rest of the tournment there’s no way he cant win the title…

what a game point…


Dory Says:

So Nadal can continue to be shaky and nervous.


Duro Says:

Ha ha ha, like two brothers. Best picture I have seen for quite some time now…

What to say about the match point drop shot? Pure perfection…


Huh Says:

Great players both these guys, JMDP wasnt helpd by the schedulin obviosly which brok his momentum obviously. I mean yesterday’s JMDP is no more, but the great Nole is back.

CONGRATULATIONS NOVAK DJOKOVIC FOR YOUR MAGNIFICENT WIN!
42 MATCHES IN A ROW’S THE BEST IN HISTORY. HOPEFULLY NONE CAN STOP U NOW!


Duro Says:

Dory, I like you.

Cheers.


jane Says:

Yay Nole! Phew. 42 matches. Amazing.

Delpo will be back. USO time, look out.

Anyone know more on Murray? His interview isn’t up. Maybe will go google.


margot Says:

Well played Nole. :) Knew u could do it :)
Bad luck for Andy, looked horrible but we’ll know more by Monday. As I think Daniel said, suddenly started to play aggressively AFTER the injury and got a much shorter match…oh the irony…


Kimmi Says:

after delpo/djokovic..simon/fish looks like slow motion


Skeezerweezer Says:

Yes congrats to Nole and Duro, stu, jane 42 matches in a row, holder of the record!! What a run, what a streak…..


Duro Says:

The streak!!!


jamie Says:

Ya’ll, we have to realize Djokovic is the GOAT and will win 17-18 slams. It is his fate.


Ike Says:

hey jane! it’s on!! Bruins vs. Canucks!!! Bruins win in 6!!!!


Huh Says:

Lolz Dory, your 10.14 am post’s so funny! :P
BTW four guys posted at 10.14 am, lol! tennis-x record of max posts by diff posters in the same minute: me, dory, tfouto n duro? lol ;)


Kimmi Says:

muzza shouldn’t be injured, his draw is good to take him to the semi. c’mon andy. be good pls.


Ike Says:

Kimmi, totally agree with u re. “after delpo/djokovic..simon/fish looks like slow motion”, seems like throwback 80′s LOL


Duro Says:

Skeez,

Thanks. Your champ looks awfully good, too.

If Nole makes it, he might very well end his streak.

It began with him, after all…


jane Says:

For the record, Nole doesn’t hold the record. Villas has 46 matches straight, longest in O.E. And for season start, Nole has 40 and JMac has 42, so Nole doesn’t have that either However, on this streak, he is keeping some AWESOME tennis history company.

margot, that is ironic. : / Will look for some soundbites and hear what Murray says.

Simon is cruising. He was ul 5-1 in the second set I think, but Fish pulled it back somewhat. Simon and Soda play each other though. Rafa will get winner of Hotsauce and Ljuby.


Ike Says:

Duro, re. “match point – drop shot perfection” that was mean!!! come on hit a fair & square winner!!!!
Anyways great match from Nole, congrats!!!


mat4 Says:

@ Nole fans:

It seems that Nole slept well last night. We didn’t…


Ike Says:

Dory, Huh, i bet Nadal is not even thinking about the title right now, of course if he makes into the finals and has to play Nole, he will be real nervous


Duro Says:

Strange thing this “from the start of the year streak”. Nole is 42 overall, as well as Jmac. It’s that Jmac’s is 42 from the start of the year and overall as well, so basically their streak is equal…

What does that start of the year period mean in the first place? Pretty stupid…


Ike Says:

Huh, Delpo did have couple BPs i think in the 3rd or the 4th game of 3rd set, would have been lot different if he had capitalized on them, oh well ifs / buts don’t mean anything :(


Kimmi Says:

apparently sharapova made 24 million dollars last year off court.

now, what will she get if she wins a GS again?


jamie Says:

Michael wrote:

“I would rate Nadal in the league of Borg”

Disagree, mate. Until Nadal wins 11 slams he will never be in the league of Borg, who won 11 slams.


jane Says:

Wow did anyone see this match: “Troicki withstood 68 winners from Dolgopolov’s racquet”? 68 winners and he lost. Will have to look at the rest of the numbers but that is really a lot of winners over 4 sets. Or it seems so to me!


Duro Says:

Mat4,

I didn’t, that’s for sure!

A pause always help Nole if he’s in trouble.


Ike Says:

Duro, i have feeling Nole’s streak could last way longer than JMac, Villas…could go over 50!


Ike Says:

jane, 09 Aussie open semi, Verdasco hit 95 winners to lose in 5, Nadal had only 48 something but he won


Duro Says:

Ike,

Easy with that, mate… He has done enough. I do not care much about it any more. Number 1 is all that matters!!!

In No1-vak we trust!


jamie Says:

Nole’s streak will go over 50.


Dory Says:

I bet they’re going to show Dramapova next. Will have to watch Ljubicic vs Hot sauce on streaming if my net permits it.


Ike Says:

jamie, come on, 9 vs. 11 grandslams, that’s not huge difference, but it may take lot longer for Rafa to win 2 more grandslams


Huh Says:

congrats duro,
mrs.jane, stu, jamie etc. on nole’s superduper record streak n supersolid win over delpo! hopefully he’ll reach the final and beat rafa there, that’d the most terrific sight to see someone beatin nadal in final n take his trophy away from him, you need guts, confidenc, momentum, class n luck for that; n nole seems to hav it all! c’mon nole!!! :D :D :D


Zeus Says:

Written is the stars:”Novak Djokovic is not going to lose a single match this year.”

Zeus
Master of Olympus


Ike Says:

Duro, just curious r u a Aussie?
btw, Nole will extend his streak over 50, he will be no.1, he will win FO, Wimby…asll that’s going to happen in next 5 weeks!


Ike Says:

Dory, stop doubting ur net streaming so much LOL


jamie Says:

Bettors now convinced:

Djokovic – 2.20

Nadal – 2.70


jane Says:

That is crazy Ike. I remember that match. Looks like Dolgo made 56 errors to go with those 68 winners, which explains a lot.

Nole hit 41 winners to Jmdp’s 22. He made 38 errors to Delpo’s 46. Obviously the winners to errors ration hurt Delpo. Maybe Nole helped by forcing him to go for too much at times. Delpo could maybe add a little more patience.


Duro Says:

Ike, I have been asked that before, ha ha ha…

Must be because of the “mate”.

No, I am from the Noleland. And it’s not Serbia, believe me ;-).


jamie Says:

I believe Nole will win the Calendar Year Grand Slam in 2011. He will win all 4 slams this year. First player to do this since Graf in 1988. Too bad there are no Olympics this year otherwise Nole would win the Golden Slam like Graf in 1988.


Ike Says:

jane, if u noticed (i think) Delpo didn’t hit even 1 down the line winner from BH side, from BH side he was just going cross-court, pretty much same with his FH, mostly cross-courts, yeah it’s better angles, marging of error, distance, but still if u can’t down the line winners from FH & BH, there is no way u can beat Nole.


tfouto Says:

Well Federer is playing good but i cant see him winming Djoko. As a Fed fan i am divided, cant imagine Federer winning Nadal in the final… Will be glad also if Djoko wins RG…


Ike Says:

Duro, i can guarantee u r not from Bosnia.


jamie Says:

Ike Says:
“jamie, come on, 9 vs. 11 grandslams, that’s not huge difference, but it may take lot longer for Rafa to win 2 more grandslams”

Tier 1 players won 10+ slams

Tilden
Laver
Borg
Sampras
Federer

If Nadal wants to be in the league of Borg, he HAS to win 11 slams.


Ike Says:

tfouto, pretty funny the way u Fed fans have been rooting for Nole, u guys just HATE Rafa!
anyways i m happy that Nole is beating both Rafa & Fed :)
Btw, how is weather in Portugal?


jane Says:

Ike, wasn’t that Delpo’s old pattern. Seems to me when he was coming up he did have a tendency to go crosscourt a lot. I suppose that is something his coach will notice. Did you know that Delpo’s current coach was Nole’s coach when Nole was younger? Interesting.

Duro,ATP site said this re: record “Djokovic’s overall winning streak dating back to the Davis Cup final in December is now 42 matches, tied-third (with John McEnroe) in the all-time list. He has won seven titles this season.”


Ike Says:

jamie, u forgot Roy Emerson in that list LOL
yes, league of 10+ is special, i agree, but sure Nadal will get there


anel Says:

mat4, You are right,I did not,but now I feel great.I love You all Nole’s fans and supporters.Good luck tomorrow.


Ike Says:

jane, i didn’t know about Delpo coach, i remember Delpo’s box was very empty during that USO semi, interviewer asked him about that and Delpo said, “well, i m a lonely guy”, not sure if that was sarcastic or sentimental


tfouto Says:

well today is raining a lot and thunderstorms, but the entire week as been really hot/sunny time. Hope this bad weather wont be heading to France.

i dont hate Nadal… he’s a great person and tennis player, but of course see him loosing to Nadal is not cool for us… I really dont like Nadal defensive style, altough is becoming more offensive each day. Djoko is growing on me, and its just not only because of the nadal factor, Federer is starting to fade now,2-3 + years, and i need to find another player to root for…

Djoko plays really good, he’s a fantastic player to watch, so complete. I like a lot of Del Potro but his game is no away complete as Djoko…

I dont know what to think about Murray, he’s a brutal talented player, but there’s something on his attitude that collapse. Hope he can find mental endurance and pure confidance…


Duro Says:

Huh, thanks. Nice of you (as always).

Ike, you are wrong. You couldn’t imagine how many fans Nole has there. Serb part mostly, of course, but he is liked everywhere. In Croatia too. Nole is very fair and friendly, and the real tennis fans can recognize it.

I am from Montenegro. All Djokovic family originates from Montenegro. That’s why I said – Noleland. He is adored here…

After Sampras, I didn’t like following tennis at all, until Novak came from somewhere and struck me like a providence…


Ben Pronin Says:

As much as I love Djokovic, I don’t know if I can support the notion that he’s very fair and friendly. I’ve heard various stories about him mistreating people who work for him, like his agent. This was from a few years ago so maybe he’s changed for the better.


kriket Says:

Congrats to Novak and fellow fans for a great win over DelPo, whom I like a lot and it’s a shame he had to run into Novak this early in the tourney.
Best play on the RG so far, imho, is Novak and Federer. That being said, I haven’t had a chance to see Murray’s match, but I hear he’s been injured which is a shame. I think, if Murray doesn’t heal, Federer is favourite for the finals, from what I’ve seen thus far. If only he could overcome his Rafa jinx. Now, I fear Federer more than Nadal if Nole gets to play one of them. Federer is really showing some of his old magic, unlike Nadal who doesn’t look inspiring at all.


Ike Says:

tfouto, i know why u don’t like Rafa, he is Spanish, u r Portuguese LOL


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

I watched the last set of Dolgo – Troicki. Dolgo made all the game, using a lot of drop shots (Troicki finished 70 times at the net!). But Troicki served well and was consistent, and it payed off.


Huh Says:

ike:
dont worry, its not like delpo didnt fight. It was obvious that nole was at his best today but jmdp not(looked rusty actually), but he gav it his all, as always. btw did u sew their warm hug at the nets, it was the coolest n most genuine thing I saw in a while between two great competitors like nole n jmdp. :D
But jmdp has
many positives to take from here, he could keep it up against nole for 2 sets yesterday under tough conditions, that bodes really well for jmdp’s chances at wim/uso. may be winnin today’s match, delpo’d hav been forced to play som more fiercly competitiv matches n that may’ve aggravated his injury and wouldnt that be horribl if his injury resurfaced! so, i think, its good that jmdp tested himself against the best player of the moment n saw that he was able to keep it competitiv despit havin not fully recovered from injury, despit lack of match practice, despite not bein at his best, n he got more time to recuperate from his injury, practise well n be perfectly battle-ready for wim, uso n rest of the big tournaments, the year is far from over, thus i think its a lot of positives to take from this FO if u r a jmdp fan! CHEERS!!! :] :D


mat4 Says:

Just for the record: it’s Wozniatzki and Troitzki, not Wozniaki/Troiki. The first name is Polish, the second Russian.


tfouto Says:

Ben i dont know how to judge this stories… We never know the stories on both sides… To me Nadal seems a really good guy, also Del Potro really good persons, that dont mean i would root for them…


Ike Says:

Duro, i hope Nole doesn’t get involved in politics, politicians will screw him up, they will use him, IMHO he shouldn’t be making comments like “we will defend what is our”
Anyways, Nole will inspire younger generation of tennis players in your “region”


marko Says:

@Mat4

Actually It’s TROICKI..and he’s not Russian, he’s Serbian. He won the tiebreaker at last year’s Davis Cup Final.


Mila Says:

Duro (Crnogorac),

I live in Miami, but was born in beautiful Herceg Novi. Going there in July!!!

And watching Novak win Wimbledon…


mat4 Says:

@Marko:

I wrote about the names, and it’s a kind of transcription, since I can’t use IPA here. Troicki is a Russian name.


Ike Says:

mat4, thanks for the geo-political / cultural knowledge about Wozniaki, Troiki
Anyways, i m not Wozniaki fan :( i wud say she is female Andy Murray LOL


Duro Says:

Mat4, finally someone said it!!!

Wozniacki is number 1 in the world, and they can not learn how to spell her name properly for all this time. She became Wozniaki from Woznjatzki if you want to call her as it is. How far it is Wozniaki from Woznjatzki. Inexcusable.


jane Says:

mat4 thanks for the link!

Everyone realize Hotsauce is getting blown off the court by the bald bomber at the moment?


Miki Says:

I kinda feel that if Fed and Djoko meet in the SF, the winner of that match could take the title. Yes that’s right folks, I even think Fed could do the “impossible”. Why? Rafa would probably breath a little easier, but Fed would be on fire after ending Novak’s streak :) Novak’s my fav, but really, I am always in for something exciting and unexpected :)I like them all, and admire them all the same. I remember that I was really delighted when Delpo won USO. It was nice to have someone else win a GS beside Fed and Rafa, but even more important I felt really happy for the guy, he totally earned it :)


Duro Says:

Mila,

Warm kisses and greetings from Bar!


Ike Says:

huh, yeah actually i had my eyes well focused on TV to watch the net embrace between Nole & Delpo, that was great to c :)
I completely agree with Delpo progress from here…lot of positives to take from here, and yes he should be in prime form when it comes to USO
i m Nole, Delpo, Murray fan, and Rafa (when he plays Fed :)


Dory Says:

I watched that Dolgo vs Troicki match. Dolgo would drive any totally mad with the amount of dropshots he played. One would get exhausted CONSTANTLY running to the net. But Dolgo plays too unpredictably and error prone. Like double fault on break point. Typical Dolgo. He needs to play a bit more safe and strategically.


marko Says:

@Mat4

Ahh..my fault, I thought you were claiming that Troicki himself was Russian..I think you’re right though about the name being Russian in origin.


Ike Says:

Dory, how is net streaming doing LOL


mat4 Says:

@Duro:

French announcers are atrocious: /Iankovik/, /Mishel/ Berrer, /vozniaki/, /troiki/… Is it so difficult to learn a name, when you are payed for?


Dory Says:

Djokovic now that he has come THIS far must at least reach the final. Normally, I would be rooting for the greatest ever, Roger but he’s shown 4 times he can’t beat Rafa at RG. Plus, Nole would become No.1 at the end of RG and before Queens if he reaches RG final. He and only he at the moment knows what it takes and how it is to beat Nadal on clay.


Mila Says:

For all of you so confidently predictin Federer in semis, I suggest try not to overlook Ferrer. I’d say he is at least 50/50 against Federer.


Dory Says:

My net is too slow. Only very few matches stream properly depending on the bit rate. So can’t watch any match right now and on TV they’re showing women’s %^&*. Once Dramapova match ends, maybe they will show Soderling’s.


Dory Says:

Yeah but Ferrer vs Federer head to head is very poor. Even on clay.


Duro Says:

Marko, Mat4 is right. Troicki is Russian last name. Viktor is Serbian, no one denies it.

Ike, we should change the subject…

Lets stick to the sport (you, of course, understand that I could explain lots of things to you about “my region”, but since these are not related to sport, we should skip it ;-).

I admire your support for Novak a lot.


Huh Says:

ike:
i dont hate nadal at all but i love federer coz of his great natural gifted sublime tennis, whereas rafa’s is physical, both’re extremely aggressiv though, but the thing’s nadal’s bein coachd n taught aggression while Fed’s comes naturally. when a guy like fed hits fh its silent n smooth N to me at least feels like a shot hit purely with a tennis racquer whil when nadal hits one, its like swingin a mortar or hammer, so less elegant, so physical. thats why i prefer guys with smooth action like fed, muzza, nole, baghdatis, safin, nalbandian etc. believ me, if nadal or for that matter anyone else wass capabl of playin smoother n more perfect tennis than a certain fed or sampras, i’d root for him! ;)


tfouto Says:

Mila no way Ferrer wins Federer, want to bet?


Dory Says:

Federer vs Ferrer record is 11-0. So he “pwns” Ferrer sort of. His pigeon since long. Hehe.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Miki,

Nice post @11:07. You show passion for tennis as a sport, not just a fav, which is not a bad thing either.


Polo Says:

The recent trend for Federer is to finally lose to somebody who has a zero (or nil) winning record against him. This may be Ferrer’s turn.


Miki Says:

I overlooked Ferrer completely. But still, don’t see much trouble for Fed. And it’s not about how Fed plays. Simply put, Ferrer has too much respect for the top guys. If he was a little more hungry, he should have beat Fed and Rafa more often than he did, I would even say he could have got at least one win on clay against Nadal, but he lacks some mental toughness I guess. My personal view on him is that he just isn’t talented as them. That said, he is one hell of a worker and it’s so not fair that he can’t be as good as the top guys. Cause, he is always there, in the top ten, moving around the 5th-6th spot. And in comparison you have guys like Gulbis, loaded with talent an potential, and totally wasting it.


jamie Says:

Ike:

Emerson’s 12 majors were won against an amateur field at a time when many of the world’s best players had turned professional and were unable to compete in the Grand Slam events.


Dory Says:

It’s about how one player’s game suites another. Ferrer’s game is a bad match for Federer’s hence the lopsided head to head. Ferrer is a great player. He’s defeated Nadal twice at Slams – once at USO 2007 and this year AO 2011 although it was due to Nadal’s injury (but had it not been for Ferrer’s high level of play would Rafa have injured himself?). Against Federer, Ferrer also doesn’t believe and mentally falls apart as Miki said. He has too much respect for Fedal.


Miki Says:

thanks Skeeze, appreciate it :)


Huh Says:

ferrer mighta beaten the madrid fed perhaps, but he’s not gona beat the FO 11 Fed.


Kimberly Says:

maria playing looks good so far. Just got home from playing myself and wore her dress in support.


Kimberly Says:

Ferrer has a chance against Fed, not a big one but def. a chance. Of course now tht I start watching Maria starts missing the ball.


jane Says:

Yeah she is Kimberly. Next round will be more difficult for her though.


jane Says:

This doesn’t sound super positive. I hope he is okay :(

http://af.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idAFJOE74R0AS20110528


Alexander X Says:

Duro: “I am from Montenegro. All Djokovic family originates from Montenegro”.

Nole family is from Kosovo not Montenegro, just for the record and the fens outside of YU circle.


Huh Says:

Yes, real nice post by Miki @11.07, agree with u Skeeze :D


Ike Says:

huh, when it comes to talent/genius vs hardwork/fighter, i go for the later one, as i think they earned it, so always rooted for Nadal against Fed.
Anyways, Nole vs. Delpo is kind of the match i really like watching


jane Says:

Verdasco is now down two sets to none to Ljubicic, winner faces Rafa.

Come on Sharapova!


Ike Says:

Alexander X, Duro, you guys have totally confused me re. Nole’s origins. Duro claimed Nole is from Montenegro, and Alex says Kosovo. someone needs dig dip and bring up the correct information.


Ike Says:

gotta go, c u guys later !


jane Says:

The write up on the last couple sets between Nole-Delpo at the RG website reminded me of what Tennis Vagabond said here yesterday, about speed and power. The link:

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2011-05-28/201105281306596306674.html


tfouto Says:

Ike i am from the gift/genius for two reasons:

- a gift of nature
- artistic factor

i dont agree with the deserves…


jane Says:

Verdasco has finally got a break in the third set but Ljub at 30-love to possibly break back. Soda is cruising over L.Mayer. Soda and Simon = 4:2 for Soda, but they have never played on clay.

Probably Ljubicic would be more of a test for Rafa than Hotsauce next round, but I doubt either will be, truthfully.

Come on Maria, no slips here! Get it done.


jane Says:

Ideally I suppose we all want to see fight and talent together. I see both in most of the top guys. I think with Rafa we have to always remember he is not playing with his “natural” arm or hand. That must affect the way his game comes across.


jane Says:

Falla guy is into the fourth round. Didn’t he play well at Wimbledon or somewhere last year? Versus Rafa or Fed maybe? The name seems familiar.


Duro Says:

Ike, Alexander… Eh…

Why do I have to repeat it all the time… No digging deep at all.

Alexander, since I am from Montenegro and I should know best about origin here, I’ll explain it to you and anyone interested.

Every Djoković person on earth must originate from Montenegro. Djokovics are from Jasenovo Polje in Montenegro, practically next village from where my family originates from, so I should know it, don’t you think?

Novak’s Grandfather (pure Montenegrin) moved to Kosovo and Novak’s father and uncle were born there. Novak was born in Belgrade.

I was clearly talking about the origin and not the last place where Djokovics lived (they could have been lived in Austria as far as residence is concerned, but that wouldn’t have made them Austrians).

So, in conclusion, Djokovic family originates from Montenegro, and that’s why I say for myself here that I’m from the Noleland.

If you want some additional info, Ivanovic, every single one on earth originates from Montenegro as well. Ana’s grandfather is from Montenegro, but she’s born in Belgrade etc etc.

Jelena Jankovic’s family too. Not every Jankovic family originates from Montenegro, but hers specifically does.

Cheers and thanks.


Kimberly Says:

i think I prefer verdasco for rafa but it doesn’t look likely


BV Says:

Just to make it clear: one of Nole’s grandfathers was from Montenegro, his father was born in Kosovo and his mother’s family is from Croatia (although of Serbian descent).


jane Says:

Kimberly, Hotsauce just cannot seem to find his form this year hey? Still, while Ljub could maybe take a set from Rafa if he serves exceptionally well or if Rafa’s off, I would expect Rafa to come through easily. Isn’t Ljub around 31 yrs? Good for him to be going deep here (assuming he wins this).

Yay for Sharpie. Next round she needs to bring her best versus Aggie, but I think it is winnable. Very much aggression pitted against counter-punching in that match.


Eric Says:

Looks like Rafa is back at 100%. Anyone who watched the match care to offer a detailed opinion? (It’s hard to know what to think when “this rafa is crappy” and “Nadal looking like everything but invincible” are posted at the exact same time…)


Duro Says:

BV, what does it mean one of Nole’s grandfathers? I was talking about his father’s father, who else? The subject was the origin of the Djokovic family. Other grandfather was his mother’s father so he wasn’t Djokovic obviously.

Another thing, since we started this topic, Miloš Raonić is from Montenegro, born in Podgorica (Capital of Montenegro)…

Daniel Nestor (Canadian) is Danijel Nestorović in fact. Born in Belgrade and Serb etc etc.

Enough with this topic, as far as I am concerned, but if somebody wants to know, I am more than happy to help.

Cheers.


jane Says:

^ Eric, Veic is a qualie ranked # 227 so it would seem tough to gage if Rafa is 100% from this match, though admittedly I didn’t see it. Maybe we should know more next round, and for sure after that when he meets either Simon or possibly Soderling.


tfouto Says:

Eric i have seen glimpses of Nadal game… He was playing much better today altought i would not say he’s 100%, he made some strange unforced errors altough he was mentally strong… he’s gaining confidence…


blank Says:

OK. Let’s settle it once and for all. Djokovic’s family is from Canada. :)


skeezerweezer Says:

Duro,

Where does Skeezjokovic come from?


Duro Says:

From the Skeezerland, where else?


skeezerweezer Says:

^Lol :)


Mila Says:

Duro,

If your family is from Jasenovo Polje, and you are not one of the Djokovic’s, then I think I know your last name – it’s the only other family from there ;-)

Starts with “T” does it not?


marrisv Says:

Eric – From what i saw of the nadal match, he is gaining confidence but still his offensive game is not there yet. The second set was crappy with quite a few errors and breaks of serve. He needs to get his offense and serve working in the second week which I think he will starting with ljubicic


Duro Says:

Ha ha ha, Mila! Who said I’m not Djokovic? Kidding, of course. No, my family is from practically next village to Jasenovo Polje, but it’s very close and we know about these things, as you sure know it since you are from Montenegro. Origin and family trees are like a collective disease here. Our society is almost tribal, ha ha ha! We fulfilled half of Serbia already!


dari Says:

Cheers to delpo getting better quick enough to come to the FO. Not quite there yet to beat the best, but I hope he’s up there soon! Way to roll, Novak!
And a cheers to dear rob sod, quietly making his way through the draw and defending a lot of points here and getting more handsome to me by the day. Hope he plays well.


dari Says:

To Andy murray: Get well /get well soon /we wish you to get well!!!!!


Eric Says:

What happened to Andy?


tennisfansince76 Says:

so much for Nadal’s tough draw


tennisfansince76 Says:

ferrer/monfils and djokovic/Gasquet are interesting matchups to come.


Eric Says:

Robin is up 2 sets to 0 and up a break in the third against this L Mayer. Rolling on… Gilles Simon might be a problem for him though; Simon is playing well and his brick-wall style of play might frustrate Robin. Anyone know if they’ve played before and how it went?


Mila Says:

LOL Duro,

I happen to know that in Jasenovo Polje there are basically only two tribes Djokovic’s and Todorovic’s, so I thought you may be from the latter.

My late dad hails from a village nearby, and he used to teach us all about the region, history and tribes.
Even though I moved to US when I was 8, I managed to learn Gorski Vijenac as any proud Montenegrin. As a young girl I hated my dad on insisting on it, especially since interfered with my English (and I hated Cyrilics), but later on I realized how important that book is. Pure genius!!!

And I was delighted when read on Novak’s FB that on the airplane from Miami to Europe earlier this year he was reading it for the second time – goes to show he wants to be “a regular”, i.e. knowing Gorski Vijenac by heart. Likely a small extra reason contributing to Novak mental stability. That book is profound.


jane Says:

Eric, I posted above. Soda and Simon have played six times, all on hard, indoor and out, and Soda leads 4:2. But they have never played on clay.


jane Says:

Andy rolled his ankle. :( Reports are vague. He said he doesn’t know if he will be better next round.

dari, lol, the Elaine song, “get well…” although I guess she hated it due to the cake parties. :)


Kimberly Says:

Rafa needs to keep playing match by match and maybe he will find his form. If he can do that, it will make him a dangerous opponent for anyone. My guess is the Soda match will be a make or break. If Rafa wins it, his confidence should return right in time. If he loses it, well he’s out of the tournament and questionable for the future until he can obtain some result to regain momnetum and aura.


Duro Says:

Mila,

You melted my heart…


Mila Says:

Duro,

And Novak melted mine 40 times this year…


grendel Says:

when it comes to talent/genius vs hardwork/fighter, i go for the later one, as i think they earned it, so always rooted for Nadal against Fed.
Ike: “(i think) Delpo didn’t hit even 1 down the line winner from BH side, from BH side he was just going cross-court,” well, he hit one, Djokovic was moving the other way – doubtless for the reason you give – and del Potro spotted the gap down the line and went for it. Unfortunately he missed, so perhaps he didn’t feel encouraged to try it again. I wonder whether with someone as big and heavy as del Potro who depends even more than most on maintaining rhythm, going in the unaccustomed direction is too disruptive to be an attractive option. For someone like Djokovic, of course, going either way is instinctive. I wonder if del Potro might try and add a little flexibility to his game. If he can do so, he may become unbeatable for a period.

Ike again: “when it comes to talent/genius vs hardwork/fighter, i go for the later one, as i think they earned it, so always rooted for Nadal against Fed.” Is it always one or the other? Federer is no Gulbis! He is known to be a hard worker, and he is certainly a fighter – people often forget how close a lot of his matches were in his heyday. As indeed they often still are. The difference is, he was winning the close ones then.


jane Says:

Soda finishes strong. His match with Simon will be interesting, even in determining his form.

The interviews are up at RG. The abridged video interviews we are stuck with, that is. : /


marrisv Says:

I think Simon may be tricky for Soderling because he can frustrate soda by making him play lot of balls and also the crowd will be with him


Kimmi Says:

ah, the day is over. i missde so many matches..fell a sleep ha-ha.

tomorrow some great matches.

djokovic impresses me today..he wins this thing hands now.


Kimmi Says:

bring it the final already. i don’t want to see djoko kill my buddie fed…aaagh.

he was moving so well today, poor delpo..all his big shots were coming back..even his serves. I think this match will give him even more confidence.

Interesting what the commentators in the feed i was watching thinks..somebody with pure baseline game will never beat this djokovic. that include delpo and nadal.

they think murray and federer might have a chance, due to their variety..ie if they take the net out out of djokovic. hmmm, we will see.


Kimberly Says:

kimmi, believe it or not i think your guy has a chance against djoko. Prob more than my guy for the reasons you said above.


grendel Says:

Kimmi, we have crossed swords on this before, insofar as it is possible to cross swords with someone as benevolent as you – but you know the old saying, don’t count your chickens before…

The fact is, Nadal entered this tournament stunned by the Djokovic defeats. He then had the perfect 1st round match – against a great server who, however, was bound to fail in 5 but nevertheless served his purpose by waking Nadal up. Then he had 2 ridiculously easy matches to continue with the confidence building. Now it’s Luby – no threat whatever, but excellent practice for the danger of Soderling, assuming the Sod comes through Simon.

But is Soderling a danger? Absolutely not to a resurgent Nadal, and I expect him to be fully resurgent by the time he’s dealt with Soderling. Murray’s obviously finished, so it’s a straight passage to the final. Nadal by then will be feeling very good about himself, particularly as all the good memories of winning 5 finals come flooding back.

Meanwhile, will he even be meeting Djokovic? Likely, yes, but Djokovic’s path to the final, even from now on, is infinitely tougher than Nadal’s. And Federer could beat him. I think if Djokovic continues to play like he is, he will beat Federer, but it’s hardly a given.

So it will be a weary Djokovic, not just from this tourney, facing a fresh and revitalised Nadal. Woops, here we go, circles again, Ben. But as things move towards the end, things start to look a little clearer….


Kimmi Says:

grendel – Ok, i wont count my chickens but you can’t help wondering. djokovic was just too good today..in all aspect of the game.

actually apart from federer, djokovic draw is not that bad now. i don’t see gasquet and the winner of montanes/fognini causing him a problem.

he was not that pushed with delpo either. apart from losing that 2nd set..he won this match pretty comfortable imo.

federer backhand is his demise i am afraid in this match up. i know djoko with plummet that backhand till it breaks. federer was great against tipsy yesterday but you could still see his backhand failing him once in a while. he was able to serve himself out of a trouble but tipsy is not djokovic. djoko will probably get all his serves back..

Interesting time ahead indeed.


Ben Pronin Says:

I think Federer is the most likely guy left to beat Djokovic.

I’m sure Nadal had plenty of great memories of winning flooding back in Rome but Djokovic didn’t look to care much about that, and he won’t care here, either.

The more Djokovic wins, the harder it is to predict against him.

Also, Grendel, Nadal’s 2nd round match wasn’t easy. It could’ve easily gone 4 sets. It didn’t, luckily for Nadal, but it still showed plenty of vulnerability.

Soderling is a challenge as long as he’s on song. I don’t think he’ll beat Nadal, but he could rough him up. And how much do we know about Murray’s condition? Ljubicic, also, may not beat Nadal, but he could easily test him. Nadal will probably make the final and, with various seeds of doubt already planted, facing Djokovic could be an absolute nightmare for him.

But we’ll see. There’s still 4 more rounds to be played.


Huh Says:

it’d be nice if fed’s pushed to nadal’s half if muzza gets out. But is it possibl? ;)


Kimmi Says:

grendel – did u watch kvitova today? she manage to win but it was hit and miss a lot.

in the first set she was 4-1 up and manage to bring her opponent back in the match. glad she manage to right the ship at the end. the second set was better though. all her service games were a struggle but somehow she manage to close them out.

She plays Li Na next. i remember Li Na did not have a chance in madrid, i think they played in the semi there. hope she does play the same way again..


jane Says:

Lol huh. I guess they can move matches and times, so why not the draw? ;)

grendel, we will know more soon about Rafa’s form because today he played #227. Of course he looked imperious. And he may well be brilliant again. He peakes just at the right time for the USO, not winning in Canada and Cincy. Maybe that is his plan again? And just like at the USO, his draw has been pretty kind, other than Isner round one. So the tennis gods are shining on him. Then again, maybe Soderling, and Murray, in particular, ankle willing, will test Rafa more than we think. Maybe. Maybe Fed or Nole will win the title? I still believe it is possible, regardless of narrowing circle.


margot Says:

Andy due for a scan tomorrow :(


Eric Says:

Ljubicic is so old that he rarely can produce his best form, but to come through Verdasco on clay in straight sets is a very good result (even if Hot Sauce has been more like moldy ketchup this year). If he’s on, he could reproduce an Isner-like situation where he pushes Rafa to at least a couple of tiebreakers. That’s what I would expect, anyway – Rafa through in 3 or 4 sets, at least 2 of them very tight (tiebreaks, or maybe 7-5s).

I’m starting to think that Federer is playing so well already that he’s going to be out of gas in the second week. I would rather see an okay-but-improving Roger than an already-at-his-best Roger, I think… I’m afraid he’s just going to fall apart against Novak, assuming they both make their SF appointment.

And Rafa is looking in fantastic shape again. His form, as we all know, has been questionable of late, but after getting through Ljubicic – a guy with a pretty decent serve – and Soderling – a guy with very powerful strokes – he should be ready for a breezy SF and then a final against Djokovic or Federer. I have to say it seems like his title again already. And if Roger can’t win it, well, I think I would rather have Rafa defend than Djokovic.. I am stuck in old times. :)


grendel Says:

Ben, Nadal’s opponent for his second round was certainly an easy one. The fact that he found it difficult shows how lucky he was not to have a genuinely tricky opponent. We’re used to Nadal waltzing his way through the French. This year, it is more normal. That is, he is having to build up his confidence like most other contenders. Who can doubt that he will succeed? It’s a huge slice of luck for him, Murray’s ankle. The final piece of luck will be if Federer beats Djokovic. You can just imagine the gleam in his eye then. Assuming it is Fed v. Djokovic, I’m going to be completely schizoid as I watch that match. One part of me will be cheering Federer on, another will be alarmed if it looks like he’ll make it…

Kimmi, it’s tough for Kvitova from now on – Na Li, Azarenka, Sharapova. Not impossible…


jane Says:

margot, :(

Here is a funny Bleacher Report article about how Djoko could protect Fed’s legacy. It is like tag-team tennis, or something, what the writer implies. ;)


gordon Says:

Novak’s family is not diferent from the other Serbian families who lived in Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia but they kept their origin, faith and natinal pride. So he is not Montenigian, same as Tesla is not Croatian. Novak’s family members never mention that they are not Serbian on a contrary they are very proud of their national identity. When they talk about their roots the message was always clear: they are from Kosovo.
So if you are looking for Noleland that will be the Kosovo!


marrisv Says:

i think RG winner will be one of the big three fed, rafa or novak. Soda with his cakewalk draw so far hasn’t looked convincing. He seems to be playing without the freedom in 2009/2010 and seems ripe for an upset by Simon. I am hopeful murray can play on, but it is difficult to see him in the SF now. Ferrer is playing great, but against Fed, it is a very tough matchup for him.

As for Fed/Djoko semi if it happens which in all likelihood will, i think it puts a different dynamic this time around. Their last two slam semi meetings in USO and AO, Fed was under pressure and expected to win but this time everyone expects djoko to win. A relaxed Fed will be extremely tough to beat no matter who plays against him. Djoko against Rafa in the final may still be 50-50 as the pressure will be even is what i think.

It is one thing to see the form of the players in the first week. The second week form will be what counts. Interesting times…


grendel Says:

well, for anyone interested, Barcelona have just beaten Manchester United 3-1 to win the final. In truth, they simply demolished Man U. They must be one of the greatest teams in history, and it is hard to see them not winning next year. If Man U meet them again in the final, it’ll start being as bad as Federer/Nadal…


mat4 Says:

@Grendel:

I was afraid of that, so I didn’t watch the match.


Alice Says:

The french open should offer many surprises this year!


jane Says:

I was hoping for Man-U, partly because I wanted Murray to get a boost from their win. :) Just please let his ankle be okay. It’d be a shame for his FO to be cut short.

I read another article from today about Rafa calling for 2 year rolling rankings. I can’t see them changing it though. They really haven’t changed the calendar, regardless of concerns. I mean, not drastically anyhow.


Kimmi Says:

does murray wear strapping in his ankles during the match? federer says he always wears them even during practice.

anyways i hope he does and that it is just a bad accident. you gonna have to be very careful on a big tournament like this.

his draw is very open for him to reach his first semi here…it will be a shame.


jamie Says:

Let’s just give the trophy to Nole already. Next week will just be a formality. Everybody knows who the winner will be. The undefeated guy this year. Ajde.

http://imageshack.us/m/829/7664/djokovicrg2011winner.jpg


jane Says:

Kimmi, Murray said in his interview today that he wears strapping on the right ankle because he had hurt it in the past, but I don’t think or don’t know that he wears it on the left ankle, which, as bad luck would have it, was the one he rolled today. Agree about the draw; it’s a nice one for a chance at the semis at least.


Duro Says:

Gordon,

With all my respect, but you don’t know enough to debate on this topic…

It’s not for this site, but since you made some mistakes, I’ll correct you and only because it seems that you are not Gordon, which now makes a sense for me to do it. With that I’m closing this conversation and topic.

“Novak’s family is not diferent from the other Serbian families who lived in Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia but they kept their origin, faith and natinal pride.”

Novak’s family didn’t live in Montenegro. His family (every Djoković family) originates from Montenegro. His grandfather was born and lived in Montenegro, then moved to Kosovo. Novak’s father was born in Kosovo and Novak in Belgrade. Talking about “his national pride” is rather stupid, because I didn’t mention it at all. Another thing, I never said Novak was Montenegrin, only that he and his family originate from Montenegro. He is born in Serbia, so as his father was, and therefore they are Serbians.

“So he is not Montenigian, same as Tesla is not Croatian. Novak’s family members never mention that they are not Serbian on a contrary they are very proud of their national identity. When they talk about their roots the message was always clear: they are from Kosovo.
So if you are looking for Noleland that will be the Kosovo!

Again, Novak is not Montenegrin, correct, he is Serbian. I never claimed he was. I was very precise. As far as their roots are concerned, considering Kosovo situation and Serbia losing it, it’s pretty normal to emphasize it, particularly if you are born there (which is the case of Novak’s father and uncle). Whatever the reason is they are saying it, nothing can change the simple truth that Djokovic roots (real roots, not last generation roots, are from Montenegro, location Jasenovo Polje, Piva, to be more precise).

As far as Noleland is concerned, it’s my personal “invention” and I should know best which land is Noleland, don’t you think?

Since you are from “my region” read some more, so you won’t repeat the same mistakes that many did and pay the enormous price to ignorance and prejudices…

Good night, boy.


mat4 Says:

I just discovered the excellent videos on RG site. A lot to watch!


jane Says:

^ thanks Mat4. He’s confident yes? Very pleased with his win over Bellucci. But he talks French very quickly, that I could grab only the jist of it. He will be another tough opponent for Nole, and I really like Gasquet, just as with Delpo. Gasquet at Wimbledon will be interesting too. He has always played well on grass and he seems to be gaining focus and confidence now.


jane Says:

^ I guess Gasquet came into net a lot versus Bellucci? Nole might make it tougher to do, since his return is more dangerous.


mat4 Says:

Sorry, Jane, I obviously posted the wrong address. I meant the interview with Andy Murray – ni oui ni non.

It is on the same page, just scroll down, in the lowest rank. I tried to find the direct link, but it is not working.


jane Says:

Oh, ha-ha. No worries mat4. But since we’re on the topic of Gasquet what do you think about the match tomorrow? (I have already watched Murray’s interview from today).


grendel Says:

It’s very curious, this whole business about roots and how it affects different people. Personally, I don’t feel I have any roots at all, although naturally I have an affection for some – some – things which are English, and this affection has a different tone to it to the affection I may feel for some things American, or French (say).
I vividly recall an occasion when I was in a bar in Australia, I was perhaps 18 years old, and I came under some sort of verbal attack from some Aussies – can’t remember the occasion, but I expect I was being provocative. But it was quite nasty, there was alcohol around obviously, so who knows etc. And then these Scots guys, whom I was sort of hanging with, came to my defence and basically scared the Aussies off. My feelings were pretty conflicted. I occupied a different mental world to these Scots guys, and found communication difficult. On the other hand, being accepted by them like this, being drawn into the fold on a purely tribal basis, was a novel experience and somehow very exhilerating. The fact that it had nothing to do with any personal qualities I might or might not have possessed made it even more moving – I’m not sure why, something to do, perhaps, with the automatic nature of it. These guys took their roots – most of them, the Gorbals in Glasgow, now defunct – for granted, and they had granted me temporary citizenship. It was flattering, that’s what it was, and also warming. I got an inkling of how important it was to people who had these roots – and also how fiercely they would defend them. Right or wrong.


anel Says:

montenegro-serbia,serbia-montenegro,brothers connected for ever only politicians are changing that.


mat4 Says:

Gasquet played a great match yesterday. He unleashed his strokes toward the end (he admitted to be very tired, and afraid of losing, and added that Belucci’s balls were very heavy). He was inventive and lucid.

Basically, I think that he hasn’t got enough rough power to beat Djoko, but he could take a set serving well and rushing to the net whenever it is possible (he has an excellent volley), changing the pace, playing a lot of slice to make Djoko find his own pace. But I don’t think he can win three sets like this: it is a high risk game against Djokovic, especially if Nole pushes him 2 m behind the baseline.

His main problem is that he probably won’t have a lot of free points serving. Very often – from the second set usually – you have to start the point from the tramlines against Djoko. And then, there is no strategy to apply: you can’t pressure the backhand, you can’t rush immediately forward, you have to prepare the point and nobody has made it so far. Ferrer, perhaps, had the best shot in Madrid till Nole’s backhand down the line started finding the court.

Djokovic, on the other side, can dominate from the FH, playing inside in, then inside out, with a lot of topspin. Although Richard has an exceptional one hand backhand, the angles Nole is able to find will give him a lot of troubles on that side.


mat4 Says:

@Grendel:

Sometimes, ethnicity changes in a day. P.e.: Murray was a Briton till the AO final, then he became once again a Scotsman.


Colin Says:

Anel, sadly I think you’re wrong – it isn’t just the politicians. It’s the tribal mentality of people in general. Unless I’m mistaken, I remember Goran Ivanisovic when he was playing at Wimbledon, saying that if he won, and Monica Seles won the women’s title, he would refuse to dance with her at the traditional Wimbledon Ball, because he was from one lot of ex-Jugoslavians and she from the other. This was particularly unpleasant because she was only a girl at the time, and didn’t exactly give the impression of being a political thinker. Perhaps someone else remembers this?


jane Says:

Mat4, thanks: what a great analysis of Gasquet and Nole. Yes, I read that Reeshard played excellently at net in that Bellucci match. He also returned well, from what I read. In that video, he talks about the difficulty of the Bellucci match and his tiredness, but he has had an entire day’s rest.


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

I just rewatched a bit of Gasquet-Doudou (it’s the new french name for Rogeur) in Rome. Gasquet can’t afford to defend from 6 feet behind the baseline against Djoko, because his balls land too short, on spots from where Djoko usually finishes points with his backhand. So yes, I believe he will have to play a lot of slice on Djoko’s backhand, a try to sneak out to the net.

But Skeezerweezer or Ben could tell us more.


tfouto Says:

Nadal feels is playing for 100 years… Complaining of tennis schedule…

http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=12279&zoneid=25


Kimberly Says:

Ok, I maybe I am in delusion land but if the right Maria Sharapova shows up against Radwanska the score should be 6-2 6-1. Radwanska has a 55 mile an hour second serve, Maria is going to crush so many winners of that. No weapons and not even Woz like quality of shots. I think Maria can take this one unless she has a USO 2009 Melanie Oudin type double fault unforced error fest.


mat4 Says:

Since the season on clay is very difficult, we could make some room there, leaving just one masters on clay. By the way, there is no masters tournament on grass, so the Queens could replace… Madrid?

Would Rafa be satisfied? No, of course. He would like to keep the points from clay, and not have to play toward the end of the year, when he usually has no results.

The solution is quite simple: make less ATP 1000 and ATP 500 mandatory. If you want the points, go and play. If you don’t, skip some tournaments and prepare yourself.


Kimberly Says:

Wow, reading tfoutos articles make me really sad. Suprised at Rafa, the guy was in 6 consecutive finals. So there is someone playing better. Deal with it! Try to change it. There are still millions of dollars and titles to play for! Very un-Rafa like attitude.


Kimberly Says:

Nadal has played more since Davis Cup than anyone else. True. Uh, maybe should have listened to everyone and not played Barcelona? Doesn’t even get the points til august. Silly. Or even lose number one and skip a masters. Very poor decision making.

Would be nice to see his old enjoyment and attitude back. Very very low energy reminds me of 2009.


grendel Says:

I remember it very well, Colin. Ivanesevic was extremely hostile. Personally – and this is just my way of looking at things – I believe tribalism is embedded very deeply in human nature and that it is more or less universal, though it takes many forms. Deny it, and it’ll pop up where you may least expect it, although it may not be recognized as such, of course.

I read an article on Seles 2 or 3 years ago, roundabout Christmas. She was saying how as a tennis player, she rarely had been able to enjoy Christmas, spending most of the time in the travellers’ lounge at airports etc. She seemed to be going through quite a bad depression. She clearly had not come to terms with the dreadful curtailing of her career by that absurd knife incident. She came across to me as a most thoughtful and intelligent young woman.

mat4 – ” And then, there is no strategy to apply” There’s raw power. For a little bit, del Potro had Djokovic on the run. He couldn’t sustain it, of course. Perhaps things will be different by the time of the US Open?


sar Says:

According to wikipedia:

Viktor Troicki has Serb and Russian ethnic roots. His paternal grandparents emigrated from Tver to Serbia in 1917


mat4 Says:

@Grendel:

Of course, there’s raw power. Djoko was not nervous for nothing. I had Gasquet in mind.

It is interesting how Del Po is quick to go forward, when he can be a bit slow moving from side to side.


grendel Says:

“It is interesting how Del Po is quick to go forward, when he can be a bit slow moving from side to side.”

That’s a characteristic, perhaps, of big people? Something to do with the centre of gravity, I daresay.


Kimberly Says:

speaking of ivanesevic please see my favorite press conference ever:

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


mat4 Says:

@Grendel:

Compare him to Cilic, or Berdych, better. You will see what I mean.


mat4 Says:

@Kimberly:

Great watch. Thanks!


jane Says:

^ Maybe too Delpo is subconsciously or consciously concerned about re-aggravating the hip injury? I’d assume side-to-side would be more dangerous in this regard, whereas going forward would strain knees more?


jane Says:

Kimberly, maybe Nadal is just truly more comfortable in the hunting, predatorial role than the one who has to defend and protect? He is a warrior. And proud. He must feel a lot of pressure now. And next year, Nole will be facing hell having to defend all these points!

It’s been said here before many times, but maybe Rafa’s attitude is the “heavy the head that wears the crown” thing. I don’t think you can fault him too much. Players all react to pressure in different ways, and try to guard themselves too.


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

I didn’t think about this, and it’s a good point. When you think about it, it seems obvious that he was moving better in the second set (because he made all those exceptional shots).

Deserves a check.


grendel Says:

I doubt Nadal minds being #1. The problem – if it really is one, rather than a temporary blip – is surely more likely to be with expenditure of energy, extravagant in Nadal’s case. Perhaps there is a finite store, and Nadal has overdrawn.


jane Says:

And Kimberly, it is not like Rafa is completely wrong. It is a very demanding schedule. But the guys at the top make a lot of bucks so I guess it can’t be too bad. ;) Mat4 may have a point: make less 500s and 1000s mandatory, and then players can pare down their schedules, play what they want and focus on the slams etc.


jane Says:

True grendel. Rafa has played a lot of tennis and his style is intense too. But maybe Rafa does feel the pressure of defending. Think about the last time he sort of “unraveled”. It was in 2009, after his amazing 2008 year. This is 2011, after his amazing 2010. Both times he had scaled the heights amazingly, but the following year he seemed to feel the pressure and, as you point out, the miles.


jane Says:

I am not saying he has “unraveled” this year, but he hasn’t been as dominant, and he has so much to defend through the next three slams.


anel Says:

Colin, I am talking about serbians and montenegrians not about other ex-jugoslavian republics’s people.Any way this is not site for this subject and I just wanted to say that I am serbian and Duro is montenegrian but our roots are probably the same.That is how I see this, maybe Duro thinks differently, which will not make me angry.
Good luck to Duro’s and mine and many other fans Nole,who ever he is and which ever roots he has.
Good night good peple.


tennislover Says:

Colin- I remember that unfortunate remark by Goran. I loved his serve but I was a big fan of Seles too. There didn’t appear to be any reason whatsoever except for “tribalism”. Goran was generally a pretty funny and likeable sort of bloke off the court but I remember some other instances also wherein he was asked about the probable result of an upcoming match featuring Seles and he said he’d like her to lose because of where she came from. I have read that Serbs and Croats get along much better in the locker room these days and even enter tennis events organized in the “rival” country.

Grendel- a sense of deja vu, wasn’t it? A decent start for a short period and then utter humiliation. Barca have got to be the best team I have ever seen in terms of the mesmerizing brand of soccer they can consistently display. How can one side appear so much superior against their fellow finalists and make them look utterly mediocre and totally helpless? This is an incredibly special team. While I understand what you mean with the Federer-Nadal analogy, I’d say it is Federer who belongs to the Barca-Messi (or Gower-Graveney if you like) conversation.


grendel Says:

How about Sharapova? She’s better moving forward than sideways. That’s not true of course of Venus Williams – but she’s a beanpole. Cilic too perhaps?


Skeezerweezer Says:

Mat4,

You pretty much said it. Furthermore , if Rafa plays like 6′ behind the baseline( errr. He has ) if he meets Nole again, you’ll see a quick match for Nole also.

Nole is supreme right now in rallies from the backcourt. He hasn’t been very well tested in mixing it up with variables of pace, spin, and depth this year however..so if someone could implement that (Fed?), we might see some action., maybe…maybe not. Murray was the last guy IMO to use this and almost won in Rome..

The most amazing thing IMO this season is Nole’s ability to handle Rafa’s FH and return with measure. This ability is huge, and in my IMO why Rafa is very nervous about playing Nole from here on out.


blank Says:

Nadal chooses to play the optional Monte Carlo Masters 1000 every year, even when the other top 3 give it a skip. And nobody is forcing him to play Barcelona every year either (he did bail out last year after it was clear he was in great form). So I don’t see why he is complaining? The ATP cannot (and will not) suddenly cut major tournaments out of the calendar. If not the top players, the up-and-coming ones still need every opportunity they’ve can get. And, if I read some above post correctly, he wants a 2 year rolling ranking now? That’s starting to sound like sour grapes because someone is playing better that you.


grendel Says:

jane – there’s another possibility. Nadal’s high point was undoubtedly winning the US Open. It’s very unfortunate for him that he had such an easy ride, for this casts doubt on the legitimacy of his win. But he probably would have won whoever he’d played. I’m convinced the Nadal team saw US Open 2010 as now or never – and went for it with everything. It’s possible there was a sense of anti-climax after that win. A feeling that the heights had been scaled, what more was left? That could take the edge off things.

Tennislover, yes, the ten minute thing I was thinking of even as it was happening. I also wondered about how it was possible that a fine team like Manchester United could be made to look almost like village clodpoles. they simply had no idea.


Eric Says:

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the schedule or with the ranking system. Why should a performance from two years ago still be relevant to your ranking today?

That change would just make the rankings even more static and unchanging – it would take so long to climb, even with amazing displays. Imagine, Raonic would still be like a world 150 under this system, and Davydenko would still be like a world no. 15. Completely freaking preposterous.

The ranking system, as it is, is basically perfect structurally – you go to a tournament, you get points based on your performance. Next year, those points go away and you get new ones… it’s completely fair and completely logical.

And the schedule is fine too. It’s only the top 6 players who regularly play more than 3 or 4 matches at a week-long tournament or 4 or 5 at a slam, and there are less than 20 weeks of tournaments per year. Basically it sounds like Nadal wants to make the ranking system perfectly calibrated to ensure that the top guys can stay at the top as long as possible without ever having to face any kind of serious challenge from up and coming players.


jane Says:

grendel, yeah, that’s possible too, though there was the Rafa slam idea, and no one, not even Fed, had held all four slams at once for a very very long time. Also there is YEC. Rafa has never won it, and it is very reputable given that it is against the top performers on the year. But at the AO, Rafa was injured. Maybr he had pushed himself too hard at Doha, playing with the virus. Come to think of it, he was sick again at Rome. So his body and/mind must be feeling some stress, which manifests in injury and illness sometimes.


jane Says:

Mat4 isn’t “doudou” a sweetheart? :) Those Frenchies love Fed, for sure.


Eric Says:

grendel,

Rafa’s victory at the USO was already “questionable” here at the time. He was given a complete joke of a draw, and then played a horribly fatigued Djokovic in the final. That Novak made it a challenge and even won a set is a testament to how good he is.

That said, it’s not really any more “questionable” than Roger’s French Open win, in a sense, although at least Roger had to play through real opponents on his way to the final. (And I can also see the argument that Roger reached the FO final so many times that it’s clear he was still no. 2 on clay and at the French, whereas Rafa is definitely not no. 2 or even 3 at the USO.)


jane Says:

Just read a piece in Eurosport UK about the notion of changing the rankings to two years rolling: they point out a couple hypotheticals, quoted as follows:

“The two-year rolling system is the one used in golf, hence Tiger Woods’ reign at world number one continuing even when the American had not played a tournament for six months, and it seems to work for them.

And it would also mean that Serena Williams would still be world number one instead of slipping down to 17 since she last played a tennis match – the Wimbledon final last year.

With all the talk about whether or not Caroline Wozniacki should be the women’s world number one (Tramlines happens to think she should be given that she has been the most consistent player on the women’s tour for the past 10-11 months), this would eliminate much of the criticism that the Dane shouldn’t be there having never won a Grand Slam.

However, this system is not fool-proof as it would also protect players who have suffered a massive slump in form.

A player could have a great year only to never back it up and 18 months later still be in the top five despite barely winning a first round match.

Is that too big a price to pay? What do you think, should a players ranking essentially be protected for two years in a bid to ensure the health of players?”


grendel Says:

In other words, it is not possible, jane. I can’t help being amused by your diplomacy. Your points are fair, but I don’t think quite render mine redundant. Because there could be a time lapse, in the sense that the form of the US Open wasn’t just going to disappear, any degeneration might well be gradual. Drawing on the bank, as it were, without any further investment.

On the other hand, all this could be pure bullshit, the lad’s just had a bit of a dip in form like everyone does from time to time, and we’ll soon see the old swagger back.


Kimberly Says:

Azarenka probablynhas the best physique on tour. And watching the replay of her match I feel depressed about maria’s chances.

And rafa, I think he needs to evaluate why someone who played six finals in a row should have such poor confidence. Ferrer and federer haven’t played six finals in a row and they dontnseem shaky etc etc.


Eric Says:

I can’t help but notice that no one seems able to think of an actual POSITIVE to switching to 2-year rolling ranking points. The ATP already has a system for protecting rankings if you are injured. Maybe that could be tweaked instead of completely – pardon my French – fucking over the entire world of non-top 10 tennis players (as if it isn’t already hard enough for the world 120 to prove he can be just as good and consistent as the world 80), which is what Nadal appears to want.


skeezerweezer Says:

@K…re; Rafa…I watched his latest interview and he is taking note that he needs to get closer to the baseline. This is a very good sign, as Rafa has a tendency to stay way behind the baseline and play defense ( from his younger days ). Just goes to show that the game is sooo mental….even Novak…saying …..yeah fitness and nutrition were important, but walking on the court believing he CAN beat Rafa/Fed was the biggest difference. Rafa plays a whole different game when he is looking to play aggressive. If you see him in the match trying to hug the baseline, you can bet he is gonna have a good outcome. Now if both Nole and him are huggin the baseline…lookout…..whoever hits the deepest in the court wins


skeezerweezer Says:

^ is there such thing as a gluten free Beer? If so, I am all in, if not ……seee ya!


Eric Says:

They have some gluten-free beer at Whole Foods, but you’d have to pay me to try it…


skeezerweezer Says:

@Eric….basically an eye dropper of Alcohol and 11.99 oz of Fuji water.

I have the solution. More Wine, less Beer. The mans’ version to lose Belly fat and play better Tennis.


margot Says:

Colin, don’t remember Goran incident, but it’s sad. As u say Seles should hardly be blamed for the political situation. On a cheerier note isn’t there a men’s doubles partnership, a Pakistani and an Indian, who are deliberately playing together to promote friendship between their people? Come to think of it, many doubles partnerships are between people of different nations.
mat4: according to Sam Smith, a female commentator whom I actually like, Delpotro is considerably lighter than say Berdych. She was attributing Delpot’s superior movement to this. Also said Querry and Isner had also been on diets and lost weight. Though how in Isner’s case, he always looked like a bean pole to me.
Agree with u about making some tournaments not mandatory. Though of course that could make the initial stages of draws difficult.


gordon Says:

Duro,
Since you are promoting Montenegro as Djokovic’s family cradle, then tell us how Serbs live today in that “Noleland”. Tell us more about how Serbian language was expelled from schools, how teachers were forced to sign that they will now teach a new language and new history invented by political party on power. Unfortunately this is the same land that is telling Serbs to leave if they do not want to give away they national rights (language, culture, religion etc). This is the same land whose government is supporting Kosovo separation. Why not to tell us how families like Novak’s lived today in Montenegro. Tell us how many of them lost their jobs based on nationality? If you really want to have Montenegro to become a “Noleland” then first provide equal living to all people even if they are Serbs!


trufan Says:

Nadal again got lucky – Murry got out of his way (practically, either ways). The only player on his side who could have taken him out, the way he was playing this year.

Amazing, the kind of luck Nadal has!! Look at all his slam draws – most of the time, he has a weak draw, or gets lucky with someone injured.


Duro Says:

Gordon,
Ha ha ha, see how you’re not Gordon. I can sense my people…
I am a Serb from Montenegro, you full…
I was only talking about teritory of origin, not nationality.
Now we should definitely skip this topic and you should allow me to call Montenegro the Noleland, what Montenegro truly is…

Cheers.


Duro Says:

Fool, not full, of course…


kriket Says:

Duro you just bored everybody with your tribal-savvy talk. Nobody cares what village in Montenegro Novak’s great great grandfather comes from. So just stop it already, I’m telling you nobody cares. Save it for your local tribal campfire talk, ok? :)


Duro Says:

Kriket, you are absolutely right…

And it’s his grandfather, not great, great grandfather, so i hope you can get it now…

The thing is, I never meant to, that’s the problem. I just said “mate” to Ike. He asked me then if I was Aussie, I replied that I wasn’t and that I was from The Noleland and that how all this started. But since so much ignorance and wrong opinions emerged, I had to explain the simple and basic truth, but only to those that disagreed and addressed me directly with wrong assumptions…

Now, you. What’s that smile in the end? I tried very hard and said couple of times explicitly that I didn’t want this topic to be discussed here and that here was not the place for that, unless someone was interested, so why are you reproaching me? I didn’t want it no less than you did, but people always want to know who they are and unfortunately know so little about it, or wrongly mainly.

“Local tribal campfire talk”… OK… If you only knew what a social phenomenon this is and what implications it has on people’s identity…

Historia est magistra vitae…

Now tennis only!

Novak on the court!


Dc Says:

One of the ways to make the schedule less demanding is by making the matches less taxing which could done be by hitting more winners and not keep running and defending every shot and making the other player to make mistakes.

This is perhaps one substantial factor that is is control of the players and very few have been able master it.

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