Djokovic Powers On in Cincinnati; Wozniacki Upset, Serena Returns to Form!
by Sean Randall | August 18th, 2011, 9:15 am
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Riding an American wave yesterday proved fruitless last night for Ryan Harrison who had no answer, no option against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. After stunning wins by his compatriots Alex Bogomolov and Christina McHale, the 19-year-old much-hyped Harrison was made to look, well, like a 19-year-old is a 6-2, 6-3 blowout loss to Djokovic.

After trading multiple early breaks Djokovic ran away with the match to raise his jaw-dropping record to 54-1 on the season.

“It was a slow start, not a good start. I was serving not so great today,” said Djokovic who has never won the Cincinnati title. “I think everything else was quite good. From the baseline I wasn’t making a lot of unforced errors. I was returning a lot of balls in and played quite good really for the opening match.”

Today’s challenger comes in the form of the “Worm”, Radek Stepanek who collected his 300th career match win yesterday after beating Andrey Golubev. Unless it’s blazing hot I don’t give much chance to Radek.

In the only big men’s surprise JW Tsonga got bounced by the improving American Alex Bogomolov, Jr. routinely 6-3, 6-4. Bogie now moves on the play Andy Murray today, and he beat the Scot in Miami this March.

“I learned a lot about myself during that match just because it was a lot of pressure,” said Bogomolov. “It was my hometown. It was on the stadium where I grew up in Miami. Now it’s a little bit different. It’s a third round of a Masters [1000] instead of a second round. So as far as game plan, we’re going to have the same game plan going in. Just hopefully it’s going to be a good match, and we’ll go from there.”

Murray got his first Masters hardcourt win of the season bouncing David Nalbandian 6-4, 6-1.

“I thought I played better than I did last week, but the goal when you haven’t been playing for a long time is just to play just a little bit better every day and try and make small improvements,” Murray said. “I was definitely better today than last week. I need to try and keep that up for the next match and hopefully play just five per cent, 10 per cent better tomorrow than I did today. I’ll be happy with that.”

Rafael Nadal and Mardy Fish were also comfortable winners.

The big stories on the day came from the women’s side who lost three big draws. First, paper World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki lost again, this time handing 19-year-old Christina McHale the biggest win of her young career in a 6-4, 7-5 defeat. Does anybody actually think Wozniacki is the best player in the world? Of course not. The Dane hasn’t beaten a Top 20 player since her Brussels title in May and she’s now lost her last three straight matches. But hey, she’s got Rory McIlroy at least.

“I think I made 37 unforced errors; normally I’m seven or eight in a match,” Wozniacki said. “It happens. You have good patches and some rough patches. I’m going to come back and win a lot of matches in the future. Of course I’m disappointed and I would have liked to win, but it’s only this week. Life goes on.”

Credit to McHale for holding her nerves and taking advantage. “I was definitely excited to play her, and I knew the crowd would help me a little bit, being here in the States,” McHale said. “I was just trying to take each point one at a time and not get too focused on who I was playing or the moment.”

Serena Williams, who had been the hottest player in women’s tennis, followed up by announcing her withdrawal from the tournament. Serena cited a right toe injury but we know better. Who can blame her, Kim Kardashian’s Saturday wedding or playing in Cincinnati? Party or work? It was an easy choice and one that maybe confirms that Serena is in fact now 100% back to form both on the court and off it!

In the evening a hand strain kept the fragile Victoria Azarenka from taking the court against Shahar Peer. And so another week and another rash of upsets and injury for the WTA. It’s seems it’s been that way for years.

Today, nothing really screams “watch me”. Fernando Verdasco v. Nadal, Sveta Kuznetsova v. Sharapova and Fish v. Richard Gasquet could be good matches. After his big win Tuesday night, Roger Federer is on in the evening against the rising James Blake in a rematch of their 2007 Cincinnati final.

TV coverage switches to ESPN2 who’ll have it live from 11am-5pm and 7pm-9pm ET.

CINCINNATI THURSDAY SCHEDULE

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
F Verdasco (ESP) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP) – ATP
[14] S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [4] [WC] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA
Not Before 2:30 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] R Stepanek (CZE) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
[3] R Federer (SUI) vs [WC] J Blake (USA) – ATP
[5] L Huber (USA) / L Raymond (USA) vs [3] V King (USA) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) – WTA

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[5] N Li (CHN) vs [10] S Stosur (AUS) – WTA
[7] M Fish (USA) vs [12] R Gasquet (FRA) – ATP
Not Before 2:30 PM
[5] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [10] G Simon (FRA) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
[13] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [7] F Schiavone (ITA) – WTA
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs L Dlouhy (CZE) / A Dolgopolov (UKR) – ATP

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
[Q] A Bogomolov Jr. (USA) vs [4] A Murray (GBR) – ATP
[9] N Almagro (ESP) vs [8] T Berdych (CZE) – ATP
[WC] C Mchale (USA) vs N Petrova (RUS) – WTA
[3] M Bhupathi (IND) / L Paes (IND) vs M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [6] G Monfils (FRA) – ATP


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113 Comments for Djokovic Powers On in Cincinnati; Wozniacki Upset, Serena Returns to Form!

Humble Rafa Says:

Serena is like me. If she loses, she is injured. Just defending a fellow fighter, that is all.


Dory Says:

Fernando can’t-serve Verdasco should go play women’s tennis. Hold is break and break is hold and numerous double-faults, even two in a row. So many missed opportunities when Nadal isn’t playing spectacular either.


Leo888 Says:

“Serena is like me. If she loses, she is injured. Just defending a fellow fighter, that is all.”

Serena hasn’t loss she pulled out! it was too much tennis for her anyway before the US Open, So don’t what u on about!


Ben Pronin Says:

Why is everyone serving like crap? Did the players perform some ritual that channeled their serving abilities into Federer? Murray has 9 aces but 5 double faults! Verdasco and Nadal have 4 and 1 respectively. Bogomolov has 0 aces and 5 doubles. Considering Cincy’s surface really benefits big servers, you’d think these guys would want to serve better.


abhi Says:

For me, more than funny, he is a true inspiration to look upto. WHat he has done is totally impossible:
Where There Is Djokovic/Serena, There Is A Way http://bit.ly/pQ5MtT


marko Says:

@abhi

I agree..He IS an inspiration. So many years at the bottom of the pack, but with determination he climbed the mountain.

I also think it’s very refreshing to have someone with his humor, energy, good nature up at the top.

Nadal, and Federer had charisma too..But Nole just seems like the kind of guy you’d like to hang out with.


skeezerweezer Says:

Marko,

LMAO! Thanks for that. Hope now to see Maria return in kind ;)


JF Says:

Anyone watching Nadal-Verdasco ?


van orten Says:

i am watchin it…seems pretty even…verdasco can def. win this…


van orten Says:

nadal looks weary…0:40 and 2:2 in the third..man verdasco hitting the ball like a bull


Brando Says:

Verdasco should win this


van orten Says:

hahahaha what a choker verdasco
leads 40:15 to confirm the break and then???

yes 4 unforced errrors in a row…bye bye and welcome back nadal in the match…verdasco is finished


Brando Says:

LMFAO! Nole is in the wrong profession, he’s true calling is stand up comedy! Wonder what maria shall make Of this:-)


Eric Says:

Jesus, is Verdasco _ever_ going to close something out?


stu Says:

oh Nole. you’re awesome.

No, Verdasco is never gonna close it out if it’s Rafa on the other side of the net.


JF Says:

Verdasco’s best seems behind him. 2009 is when he peaked.. I mean he is back to d.f. alot. It’s a shame, I think Verdasco is a great player, but mentality is what kills him everytime.
Vamos Rafa!


JF Says:

5-5 30 all.. if Dasco can get the break rafa is in trouble.. although knowing Dasco he’ll concede the break right back lol


marrisv Says:

wow quick game to get in to the final set tiebreak


JF Says:

think Rafa will pull it off ?


Ben Pronin Says:

Who does Nadal play next? Whether he wins or not, he’s lost the points battle. What a Rafa thing to do.


JF Says:

What do you mean he’s lost the points battle ?


Eric Says:

Verdasco…. what a freaking limp rag when it comes to staying strong.


Eric Says:

Ben, Fish or Gasquet (so, Fish).


Ben Pronin Says:

Verdasco won more points overall. Eric, greatest analysis ever.


Eric Says:

Ben, I know. My wisdom and perceptiveness come from on high.


Ben Pronin Says:

Wow I think Fish definitely has a shot. Besides Nadal’s own wobbly form, Fish is playing absolutely great. (Watch him screw up and lose to Gasquet like an idiot).


JF Says:

I don’t think so Ben. It’s 40-39 now for Nadal.


Eric Says:

Okay, well, Rafa’s turn to go soft. Lame couple o’ points there. Maybe Verdasco can make their head to head 11-1 instead of 12-0.


Ben Pronin Says:

That’s just the third set, overall its like 123 to 127. He won more points in both of the first 2 sets.


marrisv Says:

5-all


Eric Says:

Nope, here we go! Verdasco’s specialties: hitting outstanding-but-not-quite-winning shots and then being unprepared for the return, and overhitting the ball.


Ben Pronin Says:

I think Nadal’s gonna be pissed at Verdasco. He’s done everything he possibly could to give him the match and Verdasco just keeps saying “No, Rafa, you take it.”


Eric Says:

Ben, LOL! So true.


JF Says:

Yes sir correct. I was just looking at the 3rd.


JF Says:

hey no df for dasco yet…


Ben Pronin Says:

Eric, that’s Verdasco’s MO. He is simply an idiot on the court. Which is just amazing because Nadal is easily one of the smartest players out there and you have his compatriot who’s like a log out there.


Eric Says:

Oof. Bad luck for Rafa on that cross-court shot, I thought it was in.

Does anyone know what’s up with the bandages (?) he’s wearing on his fingers?


Ben Pronin Says:

I’m not actually watching the match, is Nadal throwing points away or what? What the hell is going on?


Ben Pronin Says:

Eric, he touched a hot plate and burned his fingers a few days ago.


JF Says:

Right… I’m in the same boat Ben, I which I could watch it.


JF Says:

Nadal had an accident in a restaurant a few days ago. That’s all the commented


Eric Says:

Ben, thanks. (Guess he’s not one of the smartest players _off court_, ZING!)


Ben Pronin Says:

No doubt, Nadal sounds like the clumsiest guy ever.

How many match points is this now? Why won’t this match end already!?


van orten Says:

verdasco is the biggest choker ever oh my god…


Ben Pronin Says:

I said there was no way he’d win. Glad that’s over. Gasquet is giving Fish a real fight.


van orten Says:

a typical nadal win win situation..how on earth did he win that match???? well verdasco is just plain embarrassing all the spaniards playing nadal are …they will never ever win not even nadal at his best..and nadal is def. playing that much better as federer does at the moment ..


skeezerweezer Says:

Watched this complete fiasco by Hot Sauce. Ugh. Soooo many choke moments i can’t remember them all. Rafa was leaving the ball short, mid court so many times and Verdy just gets a brainfart at the weiderst moments. No fans, not that many errors that Rafa created, this was all on hot sauce. Should have taken down Rafa in 2, but he does not have the mental fortitude to handle this kind of player. Maybe that is why he will never be in the top 5. Like Nole, he needs to believe he can beat this type of player, he doesn’t. His play shows it. Verdasco had so many routine strokes go awry, then hit a fabulous groundstroke rally running the Beast all over the court. He has the skill set, uh, from the neck down. Verdasco, serving 5-3 in the second should have one the 2nd set there, but continued to spray easy strokes any place but inside the lines.

Rafa is gonna have a tough go this tourney if he continues to show this kind of form.


steve-o Says:

What an absolutely pathetic display from Verdasco. Couldn’t string two points together in the tiebreak after coming back from 5-1 down.

Nadal blew match point after match point but Verdasco just kept obliging him with more. Three not enough? Here’s a fourth. Four not enough? Here’s a fifth.

After today, if Verdasco ever somehow manages to upset one of my favorite players, I will throw something. He just doesn’t deserve it. By this loss he has earned negative karma for the rest of his career.

Where were his balls when he needed them? Sitting in a jar on Nadal’s bedside table.

Ivan effin’ Dodig had more balls than former top ten player Fernando Verdasco! Ivan Dodig.

God, what a wretched performance.


Miki Says:

If Fish gets through and Rafa plays like this, that could be the end of the road for Rafa at Cincy. But still it’s Rafa, and we all know he is very good at winning ugly.


alison hodge Says:

brando just wondering if you were watching the rafa fernando match,wow talk about dramatic,glad rafa won,but i dont think my heart could take much more,rafa did what great champions do and found a way through,even if he wasnt playing his best tennis,i also think this was a good test for rafa and will give him something to build on,ok probably not the best quality match,but all credit to fernando too for putting up such a fight.


Brando Says:

YES! Excellent win for rafa. A tough, hard fought win that was a long grind against a player who has a big game. Verdasco has never beaten rafa but nonetheless he is a world class player- a dangerous one. A good, tough test for rafa!


van orten Says:

credit to fernando for putting up such a fight ????
he is a disgrace even for the rest of the mental chokers ala kohlschreiber or berdych…


Brando Says:

“Where were his balls when he needed them? Sitting in a jar on Nadal’s bedside table.” LMAO Steve-o, brilliant Stuff!! Re Alison hodge: I actually think this was the ideal match for rafa. His 3rd match after 5 weeks off and he has a tough 3 tiebreaker match- perfect to work off the rust. For rafa to find his level he needs as much court time as possible andni genuinely hope he plays fish next – the player of the summer hardcourt season. That would be a excellent test for rafa!


Ben Pronin Says:

I can’t imagine Nadal drawing much confidence from this win… no one expected him to want to lose so bad.


Brando Says:

Good stuff, fish won. Hopefully rafa will improve on this performance in that match. Fish is deadly right now- after novak the toughest player to play in this hardcourt swing atm IMO. He’s no.1 in the USO series ranking, took a set of nole in the Montreal final and had chances to maybe win the tourny itself. Won’t be easy for rafa but the ideal match for him pre USO!


Eric Says:

I don’t see Fish taking Rafa. In between patches of mediocrity, “Old Rafa” was definitely rearing his head; I only saw the second half of the match, but, to me, it was definitely all about Verdasco playing outstandingly well (aside from the 4-5 crucial and predictably shameful choke jobs), not Rafa being rusty. He just plays with too much power and pace for Fish.


Ben Pronin Says:

If Fish’s serve is clicking and he’s able to stay patient and consistent while maintaining his aggression, then Cincy is the perfect place for him to get the W over Nadal.

If Dodig could serve and volley his way to a win over Nadal then surely Fish can, too.


mem Says:

Brando,

I actually agree! if rafa is to come out of his funk, he has to fight through it. he can’t drop his head and accept defeat because that’s what everybody wants him to do, so that other players can believe they can consistently beat him. he knows how to win not playing his best. he showed that in a big way at roland garros. the important thing is the WIN!

he can’t regain his complete confidence unless he keeping fighting. forget what people sitting behind the computer and in the stands say and those who live their lives on blogs criticizing. forget them! as far as i’m concerned, what they say don’t mean squat when they are not ones playing the match.

rafa could have easily given in, but he didn’t and in my opinion that’s a step toward recovering his total confidence. he’s faced great before, e.g. in 2009 when he was winningless for almost a year and there’s nothing that can be said about him now that wasn’t said about him in 2009 when he was at the lowest point of his career. the more he wins brings him closer to where he needs to be.

fish is playing incredible, but we’ll see what happens tomorrow. as always, i’m proud of nadal! he was fighting himself and the opponent and he won in the end. vamos rafa!


mem Says:

Brando,

correction:

i left out the word challenges; the sentence should read, “he has faced great challenges before…


steve-o Says:

“Dramatic”? How about farcical? A debacle? A complete and utter mockery of everything that is good and decent about the human spirit? Those would be far more accurate descriptions.

This match was not won by Nadal. It was lost by Verdasco. Nadal blew easy shots on his first four match points. Verdasco kindly obliged him by blowing even easier shots to give Nadal yet more match points.

Verdasco didn’t really want to get his own match point, he didn’t really want to win. He only wanted to do enough to make it look good. Then he can crawl back into his hole and comb his hair while looking at himself in the mirror, or whatever he does with his spare time.


alison hodge Says:

i prefer to draw on the possitives,a wins a win which ever way it comes,i agree with eric i think rafas now begining to find the old rafa,ok nando probably should have won the match,i think its impossible for any player to win and play perfect all the time,no matter who they are,sometimes you have to do whatever you can to find a way through,even if it aint pretty to watch,and thats what rafa had to do today.


scoreboard66 Says:

@van orten, add Troicki to the list of disgraceful chokers.


Ben Pronin Says:

The match was a great demonstration of what separates the champions from the never-was-es. I can’t think of a time where Nadal or Federer or even Djokovic lost to someone when they were playing well and their opponents were playing not so well.

Steve-o, I agree about Verdasco not wanting his own match point. He probably knew he’d crap himself if it actually came about. No need for that kind of pressure.


alison hodge Says:

rep mem i agree whole heartedly,when 5 3 down rafa could have just given up,but as everyone knows thats not rafa,and not in his nature,wins breed confidence and confidece breed wins.


Kimberly Says:

sounds like the match was a real train wreck. glad i missed it. The good thing is tomorrow is a new day. Maybe Rafa will show up with better form v Fish? Or Maybe Fish will get the win, get confidence and go on to win the tournament and make my son happy?


Kimberly Says:

scoreboard, troicki is just about as bad as there is. Nadal Tokyo, Murray ROland Garros. Both terrible chokes.


Ben Pronin Says:

Kimberly, you forgot Djokovic US Open.


andrea Says:

oh verdasco…what a shi**y loss. love the tight tiebreakers, but the odds are with the man who ends up with 5 match points.

great match though. nadal is gonna be spent. he already looks like he’s halfway to mummy-dom with all the bandages he is sporting.


mem Says:

alison,

you have to understand the kind of people you’re dealing with.

strangely enough, they discuss how poor he’s playing, but yet, they still fear him. do you ever wonder why?

there are those who are never going to see positives when it comes to nadal. they wait for something negative. the way i see it, their opinions are no better than mine. we are all free to be opinionated. as a nadal fan, i don’t give a rip about what people post. i figure the important thing is for nadal to keep fighting and winning ugly if necessary and if they want to say he was given a match then i want to personally thank the player who gave it to him. we will gladly accept it!

every win helps nadal and that’s what matters most! vamos rafa!


alison hodge Says:

thanks mem,thats pretty brilliant annalysis,i always like reading your posts,you make a lot of sense.


Kimberly Says:

Ben, you are right, I did forget that one. The Murray one actually stands out the most right now. First he blew a 2-0 lead if i recall then after that he chicked when serving for the match in the fifth. Verdasco and him should go have some beers together.

Mem, nice post. Agreed. If someone gives him the match we will accept it! Is he withdrawing from dubs or playing?


Ben Pronin Says:

I really want to ask why Nadal seemed weary but I’d be going against my own thoughts from, I’d say, about an hour before his match started.

I can’t imagine how annoying it must be for tennis players to play at different times of the day every day. Ideally, everyone should do everything at the same time every day. Wake up, eat, work, eat, exercise, eat, sleep, etc. Most importantly, sleeping at the same time is one of those things scientists/researchers are always emphasizing. Nadal said he woke up at like 6:45 this morning. I doubt this is his usual wake up time. Must be not just annoying but I completely understand how this would screw with someone’s tennis.

I don’t see why some people see it as a problem when Federer or Nadal or whoever requests a specific time of day. Anyone with that option would do the same and it’s simply the smart thing to do.


skeezerweezer Says:

^how do u accomodate that fairly? Part of the rules of a tournet. You want to enter, these are the rules. You’ve played tourneys before right? Part of the problem is these cimbined tourneys. Take in mind 2 they are on a time schedul, the tournament only has so much time….

Rafa imho is not moving as well as pre knee issues. Some say he is just running more efficient…errrr i don’t kmow about that. His game his heavily reliant on running hard to prepare for those big strokes…


Brando Says:

@ ben: completely agree re timing of match. I also read somewhere that rafa had to start his day early. He also has doubles to play, I think that’s a good thing for him. Get in as many matches as possible to get rid of any rustiness, build his sharpness and confidence is what rafa needs from this tourny. By my count he has had 5 matches from singles/ doubles so far since Montreal. Hopefully if he could as close to 10 matches in pre USO that would be brilliant for him.


Brando Says:

@ skeezerweezer : I’m not too sure about that re rafa’s movement. I think his court speed is still terrific but at the same time recently to me he has seemed slower than usual. But to be fair to rafa I only notice that when he plays djokovic , so I think that’s more to do with djokovic’s brilliant athleticism than any shortcoming on rafa’s side.


Kimmi Says:

djokovic looks exhausted, even the commentator says that…all the tennis is catching up?


Kimmi Says:

ha ha what was that scream for?


Kimmi Says:

it helps when you get out of the court early. it will be amazing if he wins this tournament


Ben Pronin Says:

What was wrong with Djokovic?


Miki Says:

Nothing was wrong, he just seemed unmotivated. The last game showed that he is not tired, but rather uninterested in the match, then he just switched to a higher gear and finished the match with ease. He learned how to save himself for later stages, but lately it seems like he is overdoing it. Because he only pisses himself playing like this. It was enough for a routine win, but still. But better to play like this now then later in the tournament, that’s for sure.


alison hodge Says:

djokovic is playing fantastic,although i agree with the commontators,i think he is in danger of suffering from burn out if he isnt carefull,after all playing and sustaining that level surely will take its toll sooner or later,god i feel exsausted just watching him sometimes,if he can carry on in this rich vein of form,then more power to him.


Kimmi Says:

bad start for blake…


Kimmi Says:

bouncing back blake..great hold. too bad for fed to let that one go


Kimmi Says:

6-4 set in 28 minutes, now that is what i call fast.

blake is starting to play better..lets see how the second set goes.


Kimmi Says:

ah fed, c’mooon


Kimmi Says:

blake making too many errors. just beating himself here..oh well!

fed just needs to hold his own now.


Kimmi Says:

WOW! fed is giving this one away now..


Kimmi Says:

Did i see that one coming..blake brakes back. poor from roger though


Kimmi Says:

brakes…ha ha “breaks”


vox777 Says:

Djokovic does this sometimes… testing our nerves :)))… But it never felt that Radek had any chance… So, good victory… As I said earlier, the thing about Nole is that everything depends just of his level and motivation. Radek had strange tactics, he knew what Nole was expecting him to do, so he tried to put Nole to sleep with no pace, very slow game… but he was also as it seemed afraid of Nole and his No1 aura and his mighty season… Nole is Federer of old days now, opponents don’t think of winning, just of not loosing to badly… Way to go Nole!
IDEMO NOLE!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

great volley from blake. ok fed one more..DF ouch!!

fed get back to business now..


Eric Says:

This match is abysmal…both players are hitting about a million UEs for every decent shot. Fed looks like he’s going to roll pretty easily now, but when the tennis is such a low quality anything can happen.

I do love Cincy, though; every year, it comes as a shock how fast and true the surface seems to play. The speed makes the players seem like mind-reader every time a rally goes more than three or four hits…


Kimmi Says:

berdych should be tough for fed tomorrow.


Kimmi Says:

why does blake has to hit sooo hard all the time? more going out than in..absolutely POOR!

another error give fed a match point and another error gives fed the match *gulp*


Eric Says:

Yeah, Berdych could be trouble. I haven’t watched him play, but he passed Monaco 7-6, 6-0, and Almagro 6-2, 6-2. So that’s pretty impressive. Still have to give Fed a hefty edge though…


bstevens Says:

So far, this tournament is a far cry from the upset haven that was Montreal as 7 of the top 8 seeds have reached the quarters (exception: Ferrer). I hope that the top 4 reach the semis as well and we find out if anyone can stop the Djokovic freight train.


Kimberly Says:

I don’t want to sound like a whiner but I was a little shocked after almost a four hour match and doubles Rafa was given the first match. Certainly he deserved the night match as Fed has had two and now Novak will have two. Of course the organizers want Fish to win and I even though I am a Rafa fan I dont really mind as I love FIsh to.
My current prediction. Fish over Rafa. Murray over Simon. Djoko over Monfils. Fed over Berdych. Fed over Nole. Fish over Murray. Repeat final, Fed defends title.


Little Wing Says:

Yeah Kimberly,

It’s pretty ridiculous. They could even have swapped Fed and Rafa around since Fed is scheduled to play soon after RAfa. Federer’s also had a days break since he played Monday. The Rafa-Fish match should be the marquee match of the day. Rafa plays for almost 4 hrs in the sweltering heat, then they put him back in the heat of day for his next match. It really is absurd.


jamie Says:

When I predicted that Nadal will just win 1 more slam in his career some here said I was wrong and predicted nonsense like Nadal tying Sampras with 14 slams. No. Nadal will just win 1 more slam and tie both Laver and Borg with 11 slams. That will be it for him.

Slam predictions:

Fed 16 (he’s done winning slams, book it)

Nadal 11

Djokovic 8


scineram Says:

And who will win the other 10?


jamie Says:

Winners for the next 9 slams(2011, 2012, 2013)

Fed 0

Nadal 1

Djokovic 5

Del Potro 1

Murray 2

Other young players will emerge and become slam winners in the future like Tomic for example. It’s the nature of the sport.


skeezerweezer Says:

jamie you’ve made sooo many predictions this year I am sure you’ll get at least one right ;)


jamie Says:

I predicted Nole would win Wimbledon when everybody was predicting Fedal.


skeezerweezer Says:

See? Told ya! ;)


Kimberly Says:

my predictions and they are going to surprise a lot of people

Fed will win Cincy and US Open
Nadal will win Australia
Nole will win RG
Murray will win Wimbledon

after that I’m not sure. I just don’t see Del Potro winning slams unless he improves a lot or gets really lucky.


Ben Pronin Says:

How is Djokovic going to sustain 2 losses in back-to-back tournaments? I can’t see it. And I can’t see Nadal winning in Australia (again). And I can’t see Murray winning a slam, let alone Wimbledon. Djokovic at RG makes sense, though.


skeezerweezer Says:

@K

Now THAT is a prediction I would like to see happen, makes everyone happy :). Out of all those, the coolest story would be Murray winning Wimby.


MMT Says:

Is it just me, or was Verdasco acting like a complete imbecile during the match with Rafa. Everything from his incessant ramblings at his box, to his idiotic gesticulations after every single one of his errors, tossing his racquet around like a spoiled child, spitting on the baseline at the end of the match, and a handshake with Rafa like he was late for a bus.

He may be a top 20 player, but he’s a top 5 jerk. Kind of reminds me of his match with Gasquet in Nice last year – really made a buffoon of himself in that one too.


Ben Pronin Says:

MMT, I think that’s the general consensus.


MMT Says:

Oh, and by the way, the reason nobody is serving well is because the mechanics are terrible. Verdasco’s is one of the worst on tour – the toss is too high and (not coincidentally) all over the place, he has an exaggerated knee bend and arching of the back, thus an uncontrolled motion through the point of contact (compounded by an erratic toss) and half the time he finishes his motion receding from the court or off to the side, rather than falling into it.

Really bad all around. It’s amazing, but it seems since the professional care-taker coach has come into prominence in tennis, much of the mechanics have gotten worse. All these women with terrible serves, and now the men too – what exactly are these coaches doing? Telling them to “believe” they can win? Is that what passes for coaching these days?

What a joke.


Jamie Says:

Kimberly Says:
my predictions and they are going to surprise a lot of people

Fed will win Cincy and US Open
Nadal will win Australia
Nole will win RG
Murray will win Wimbledon

after that I’m not sure. I just don’t see Del Potro winning slams unless he improves a lot or gets really lucky.

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Fed is not winning Cincy or the USO. He is done winning slams.

Nole will win US Open in 2011
Murray will win Australia in 2012
Nole will win RG in 2012
Nadal will win Wimbledon(his last slam win)in 2012
Nole will win US Open in 2012

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