Can Murray Stop Djokovic Today in the Cincinnati Tennis Masters Final?
by Sean Randall | August 21st, 2011, 10:24 am
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For the second straight week Novak Djokovic forced his semifinal opponent into submission. Last Saturday night in Montreal, JW Tsonga had to quit against the Serb. Yesterday, it was Tomas Berdych’s turn to throw in the towel against the dominant Djokovic.

The big Czech entered the semifinal with a bad shoulder though early appeared no worse for the wear. Hammering serves and forehands, Berdych broke Novak earning himself a chance to serve out the first set at 5-4. But after a visit from the trainer Berdych managed just two more points thereafter as Djokovic took the set 7-5, Berdych retired, match over.

“In the beginning, just started like if I had to stretch, especially for the backhand side and some air balls,” Berdych said about his bad right shoulder. “But since the match was going on, then especially it started more on the serve, which is for me the worst.

“I felt pretty well in the beginning, so I was pretty much confident that if I would stay healthy that I would have a really good chance today. Right now I’m just really hoping to get ready to be ready for my first match at the US Open.”

Berdych’s retirement puts Djokovic into the final against Andy Murray, in a rematch of their Australian Open final.

Djokovic, who is 57-1 on the year and 33-0 on hardcourts, will be seeking his 10th title and, if he hasn’t done so already, to wrap up the year-end No. 1 ranking.

“It’s great I’m in another final,” said Djokovic. “It’s a great achievement. Tomorrow I’ll try to get another title.”

Murray won a very Murray-like match – fake injuries, breaks of serve, poor play – defeating the red hot Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-6(8).

“I was struggling physically early on in the second set,” said Murray who looked to be battling cramping issues. “That’s frustrating for me, because that’s something I haven’t struggled with for quite a long time. I need to get that better before the US Open.

“I need to get stronger; I haven’t played many matches in the past few weeks and this was the first tough one. I maybe need another one hour and 40 minutes of endurance in me before the US Open.”

Well, Andy, I think you’ll get another 1:40 in today, don’t worry.

Djokovic leads Murray 6-3 and 2-0 this year with that Australian Open win and a cliffhanger in Rome on clay.

On this quick surface I give Murray a legitimate chance today, but I have to go with the momentum pick Novak. I think the Berdych retirement will recharge him mentally and physically and he knows he just needs two more good sets and his US Open prep is over. He has to play them so why not win them? Especially against a threat like Murray. I don’t think Novak would have lost much sleep had Monfils or Berdych beaten him, but Murray is a US Open contender and with just one from the start of the tournament you don’t want to give a guy like that any hope. Djokovic has to know that.

Also, unless Djokovic’s is totally off, Murray can’t win by looping balls in the middle of the court. Djokovic is far too dialed-in right now for that strategy to have any legs. Murray has to come out swinging and play fearless tennis.

“This is a surface that he plays well on, I think,” said Djokovic. “We played here finals, two tough sets, and he has won that. So he knows what it takes to win a big match, a big tournament. So there is no favorite tomorrow.”

Novak, do you really think anyone is making Murray the favorite?

“I’ll need to play well to get it tomorrow, but it’s a good test tomorrow to see exactly where my game is before the US Open, because he’s the No. 1 in the world just now,” added Murray.

So assuming he is healthy I do give Murray a chance. Maybe it’s a very hot/humid day and Novak, as we’ve seen from him this week, gets down early at the start and because of the heat he’s unable to recover. It’s also an early 12:30 start for Novak who’s been playing late in the day or at night while Murray’s been up early playing a few 11am matches this week which will help the Scot.

And Murray got his lone Cincinnati title beating Djokovic in that final back in 2008.

But right now it’s just hard to bet against a guy playing some of the best tennis in the history of the sport.

Afterward in the women’s final between two former No. 1s, Maria Sharapova meets Jelena Jankovic. If Sharapova can close out Cincinnati I think she’ll be the strong No. 2 pick behind Serena Williams to win the US Open.

The men’s final is live at 12:30pm on CBS (Djokovic makes his U.S. network debut) while ESPN2 has live coverage of the women’s final at 4pm.

SUNDAY CINCINNATI SCHEDULE

CENTER COURT start 12:30 pm
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [4] A Murray (GBR) – ATP

Not Before 4:00 PM
[13] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [4] [WC] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA


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148 Comments for Can Murray Stop Djokovic Today in the Cincinnati Tennis Masters Final?

Katarina Says:

Exellent article again,and all true!I loved this part very much “Well,Andy,I think you’ll get another 1:40 in today,don’t worry”. Great job! Well done. Personaly,I hope that Nole would find the way through the heat today to win.But if he lose? Again,good!He need a rest! All well my friend.


Kimmi Says:

amazing djokovic!!


margot Says:

“Goodness me “fake injuries, breaks of serve, poor play” are you sure it wasn’t Andy’s grannie playing..oh but hang on he defeated a “red hot Mardy Fish”? How can this possibly be? Must’ve tied “red hot Mardy’s” shoe laces together, is all I can think of….or perhaps “red hot Mardy” was SO sorry for poor Andy, Andy just happened to sneak a fake win in while “red hot Mardy” was searching in his kit bag for some ointment for poor Andy’s hamstring….
Oh pleeese…..


jane Says:

“fake injuries”? Murray played an excellent first set versus Mardy. In the second set he was cramping on and off, and that one leg of his, with the bum knee, always bothers him from time to time. It isn’t fake. Both Mardy and Murray’s first serve percentages fell in the second set to around 50% so there were breaks of serve on both sides.

Anyhow, not sure who will win the women’s or men’s title. JJ played well against Petkovic so if she plays like that she may even have a shot versus Maria, esp if Maria’s serving goes ‘sideways’. And I too think Andy has a legitimate shot to beat Novak. Their matches are usually pretty tight. Either way, hope it is a good final.


racquet Says:

What would a Sean Randall post about Murray be without a sneer or snide comment? He’s clearly biased against him and barely contains his dislike. It’d be nice if he had a little more objectivity and less fratboy humor.

Anyway, here’s to seeing a high quality match between two quality players.


Brando Says:

Saw the master of suspense- Alfred hitchcock- ‘vertigo’ last night- amazing film. How appropriate that tennis’s very own master of suspense- mr andy murray- graces the final today with his presence. Feel- and hope- he can win this one. Read an espn article saying physically he should be fine, hope he is. I feel he needs the 1st set in order to win this 1.


Daniel Says:

Djokovic lost his serve not going for his shots. Seems this will be a long match..


jane Says:

Murray is off to another raging start Brando. I love “Vertigo”; it’s so campy, for e.g., it’s funny how James Stewart’s character is always plying Kim Novak’s character with drinks when she’s at his at his apartment, and the 360 degree pan over their kiss. :) The ending is amazing, too, of course.


Daniel Says:

Bizarre start for Djoko. 8 unforced errors from 11 points played!


Daniel Says:

Jane, did you see The Tree of Life?! To me it was a masterpiece. I cried from minute 5 to 40. The film overwhelmed me!!!


Daniel Says:

Also, love Hitchcock!


Dory Says:

Is this a very bad dream? Nole making way too many UEs at the start. Down 1 break isn’t good against Murray. He has to break back now to make 2-2.


jane Says:

I notice he has been starting slow in a number of his matches lately Daniel. Maybe just mental fatigue or possibly his shoulder? Not sure. Also, Murray is quick off the mark, too; he came out like gangbusters versus Fish yesterday.


jane Says:

No Daniel, I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s on the top of my list. i like Malick’s work. “Badlands” is sooooo creepy! The cinematography is always great in his movies.


Daniel Says:

Everything is clicking for Murray right now.


Dory Says:

Novak looks tired.


jane Says:

This may be the Muzza from Canada last year, beating Rafa and Fed back-to-back. Now he may beat Fish and Nole (the finalists in Canada) back-to-back.


Dory Says:

Look at that! 12 UEs vs 2 for Murray. WAKE UP!!!!!


Daniel Says:

The images are amazing and the anthologic 20 min sequence of universe and beggining of time. One part has Preisner Lacrimosa on the back: all hair in my body moved!!
Go ser it, In a movíeis theater.


jane Says:

Yes, I need to see it in a theatre.


Dory Says:

Okay I can relax. Nole has woken up. :))


Dory Says:

Nadal unleashed a monster last year at the US Open final. :P


Dory Says:

O M G What a rally!


jane Says:

Murray breaks again!


Kimmi Says:

Muzza please dont choke…beat him today!!!!


Daniel Says:

Djoko had everything to take that game to deuce and he choose the wrong side. Murray break again but the match is on.


Daniel Says:

Djoko should try wrong footing Murray, who is moving great today.


Dory Says:

Novak’s body language is sooo tired today.


Daniel Says:

Djoko did his part. Pressure on Murray now, and he sometimes feel it.


Eric Says:

Great hold from 0-30 down. Murray gave up after Djokovic dominated to get 30-30, though.


jane Says:

First set to Murray.


Eric Says:

Aaaaand then Djokovic forgets to put in any real effort as Murray serves for the set until 40-0.

Still, it’s far too early to call this. Djokovic might roar back to life, a la vs. Monfils…


Ike Says:

great set from Andy! keep up the positive game / attitude Andy :)


Daniel Says:

Djoko seems weary. I don’t think he can revert this, even with Murray almost asking for it, 40-0 and Murray couldn’t find a first serve in.
This shoulder issue could explain why he misses too many forehands.


Ike Says:

Andy should be able to win this in straight sets.


Kimmi Says:

maybe he just need to retire djokovic..he needs to serve himself for the BIG one USO.


Dory Says:

I want to cry!!!


margot Says:

Nole’s shoulder is hurting and his serve is off. Shame :(


Ike Says:

hopefully Nole can show some fight / world class. Weird… I am rooting for both the guys :)
Well, I like to watch great tennis.
Not sure how USO draws comes out, but these two guys should make it to the semi /Finals. Shall I say winner of this match will that contest in NYC!


Ike Says:

one weird trivia…no ace for either guys so far :(
Andy’s ace was overruled by the hawk-eye


Ike Says:

one more weird trivia…Nole has own only two points on his second serve :(


Ike Says:

make that three now


Ike Says:

I don’t think Nole will be able to find a way to win this one, I think he is done for the day.


Kimmi Says:

retire? no he is not.

Nole does not want to retire these days


jane Says:

Well, that stat is credit to Murray’s return game (re: Nole and second serves). It is looking like this will be over in straight sets, which is probably good for both of them.


Daniel Says:

Well, at least this victory will do some good to Murray`s chance in US Open, but this is not Djokovic, it’s just a shadow of himself. He is injured and will not retire because he is N. 1 and hios previous record in retiring. If he make a game this set will be much.
Too bad..


Daniel Says:

Yet another hard court match of this 2 that didn’t live to hype.


Ike Says:

lets not credit away from Andy, he has played lot better / positive / aggressive match. He is capable of beating the “best” Nole. And we all know that.


dari Says:

sorry novak, shoulder hurt, mentally burned out.
Wish him recover by the USO.
Could he retire?
Nobody wants that in the final, but…
I bet he will stick it out, this is new nole!
Vamos Murray, he will take a title however he cam get it!
-Novak shoulder/exhaustion
-Rafa foot/fingers/outta whack in general
Does that make Murray and Fed most healthy/ready for USO?
IF only fed could get his game right at the big moments and get that return!!

I have tix for a few USO sessions already, can’t wait!

Ladies final should be good match tonight, Maria so strong and aggressive and jelena such an amazing mover.


Eric Says:

I wish Djokovic had just lost to Monfils – not only did Gael deserve it, but this is a boring crapper of a match and Djokovic clearly wouldn’t have even beaten Berdych without his ridiculous fade-away when serving for the first set and retirement… I think Nole needs some time off.


jane Says:

Murray, there: great hands/ touch.


Kimmi Says:

nole shoulder is worrying though. it started last week in montreal. still going on this week..is he going to recover ready for uso?


Ike Says:

Daniel
good point re. “Yet another hard court match of this 2 that didn’t live to hype.”…just checked the record, the last time they played three sets (playing a best of three match) was their first meeting in 2006


Ike Says:

Eric
you still not over your Gael’s loss to Nole :(


Eric Says:

Guess the new Nole still retires. Hope he makes a complete recovery soon!


Kimmi Says:

what happened? did nole retire?


Daniel Says:

Damm it,

Second tourney as #1 and he will have to retire!:(
I think he was ready to lose yesterday, but than Berdy retire first.
And this is a title Djoko doesn’t have.


Dory Says:

Those who say someone should have lost earlier instead of winning and retiring in the later match. It’s wrong. That’s not how it works. On a particular in a particular moment, he IS the winner. Doesn’t mean he should give his opponent a free ride.


Daniel Says:

The gods are crying!:)


Kimmi Says:

rain just messing up the trophy ceremony


Eric Says:

Ike, haha, I am “over” it. But Djokovic got lucky with Berdych to make it to the final, where he clearly wasn’t able to play his best. So, as a fan of both Djokovic and Monfils, I wish Monf had gotten that win – which would have let sub-par Nole head home and recover, and awesome Gael advance. :) But alas, the world of tennis is not governed by calculations of the rationally optimal outcome under my preferences.


jane Says:

Congrats to Muzza, he would’ve won anyhow! He was playing very very well. Nole retired rather than wait through the rain storm. I hope he gets that shoulder fixed in time the the USO.


dari Says:

Novak controls the universe, retires and then literally makes it rain.
1000 points for Murray and a title just before USO
CONGRATS MUZZ


Daniel Says:

dari, me to.

I will watch day 1 and 2, day and night!


jane Says:

Eric, I kind of feel the same re la Monf and Nole match. But dari is right, it isn’t like Nole could tank it if he felt capable of winning. It is the same with Berdy beating Fed and then retiring versus Nole.

Murray is getting interviewed in the tunnel. Lol. I am happy for him and I think he is going into the USO in great shape!!


margot Says:

Ah sorry jane and all Nole fans, not the way we wanted to win. One wonderful point I remember….which Andy won ;)


dari Says:

Daniel- I am going to Armstrong reserved seats on day 2&3, and then got lucky with some good seats in ashe over labor day weekend.
Have you been before?
GET WELL SOON NOVAK!


Dory Says:

Those are my tears falling on the court.


Dory Says:

I wanted him to win Cincy because he’s not won it yet.


Eric Says:

Well I never said Nole should have retired or _let_ Monf win. Clearly that would be silly. I just wish Monf had been able to keep his level up for another ten minutes in the second set. Shooting the breeze…


Eric Says:

On the other hand, it’s also pretty fitting for Murray to put the stop to Djokovic’s 2011 Run: Phase 2. May he go on to ever greater things. (If this were a sports movie, Murray would go on to win the rest of the tournaments this year, rise to Number 2 in the rankings, and then they would have an epic rematch in Australia to determine the future of tennis, while Rafa and Roger watch helplessly from the sidelines. But fortunately, it’s real life, so things should be more exciting than that.)


jane Says:

margot, I am super happy for Muzza although I wish the match wasn’t cut off due to rain/retire, a weird ending. I am a little worried about Nole’s shoulder. Hope that goes away in time for USO.


Colin Says:

Looking at the comments here, after having watched the match, I’m surpised nobody seemed to know something was wrong early on. Weren’t you listening to the commentary? Didn’t you hear them saying how low Nole’s serve speed was? Let’s hope he recovers soon – shoulder injuries are perhaps the worst kind, as Nole’s sparring partner Sharapova can testify.
Eric, I’m sorry you were so bored by, for instance, that 42 shot rally. Being easily “bored” is characteristic of adolescents, isn’t it? Are you one?


jane Says:

Ah, gotcha Eric. Funny movie script. ;)


Hypnos Says:

I don’t mind long rallies as long as there’s a credible threat of one of the players coming to the net.

Doesn’t happen with these two.

OTOH, I guess they can’t all be Sampras-Agassi or Federer-Nalbandian …


Eric Says:

Colin, of course there were some superb points. That doesn’t make it a great match. Nole was – measured by his new, celestial, standard of excellence – mediocre at best, even in the first set. Compared to Murray’s SF or Nole’s QF, or, say, Fish/Gasquet or Roger/JMDP, it was a bad match. Sorry if saying so makes me seem “adolescent.”


Nole is the GOAT Says:

Nole lost because he was injured. NO ONE in the history of tennis can come anywhere near the GOAT Djokovic when he is fit. Federer, Nadal, Murray are just clowns.


dari Says:

Relatively poor final with an injury, horrible commentary from Jim and mary C, w&s finals day needs saving- masha and jj better bring it!


van orten Says:

so who is the favourite for the us open now????

very open this time …hope for fedal in the semis !!!!


Ike Says:

dari
i think Brad Gilbert & Darren Cahill would have agreed to do the commentary for free for this final, let Mary Carilo keep the money LOL!
I think Jim is good though, he has lot more knowledge and speaks well.


dari Says:

If novak shoulder is not an issue in 8 days, nothing changes his favorite status.
I want rafa and fed in the same half soooo bad and i want roger to be able to take advantage if all these young guys are vulnerable! Ah! Tennis is crazy


Ike Says:

I been saying this since 2008, and will say it again…Andy Murray is the favorite to win the USO!
Andy is totally going to do it this time!


Ike Says:

dari
Will be great to get Fed-Nadal match in USO, and yes hopefully in the semis, I think Fed can beat Nadal in semi, but don’t think he can in the finals.
The way draw is going on for last few years, Fed – Nadal should play in semi


dari Says:

Ike- I think Jim grasps at straws for the funny stuff or for the off court tid bits. If it was tennis only and he talked less i’d be okay with him!


Ike Says:

jane, margot,
Finally Andy is back to winning a title…and he is going to take it to the next level in NYC….2011 Men’s USO champion – Andy Murray!!!


margot Says:

jane: that’s Kevin Mitchell in The Guradian. I always like his stuff, he’s an interesting, informed writer. He was the one who likened Andy to Safin – hugely gifted and bonkers!
Will Andy now come out of the trunk for a non-second perchance? Oh silly, silly me, of course not, he’s not American…


Ike Says:

dari,
IMO…Robbie Coenig is the best tennis commentator. Dareen Cahil, Jason Godall are great too.


margot Says:

The Guardian even! Wish there was an edit button on here.


jane Says:

Ike, I think he has a very good shot too; Muzza just needs to stay focused through those middle rounds in the USO, and if he does that, he usually raises his game versus the “top” guys. Fed might be in a similar boat: he is healthy so if he cab get deep, you never count him out. Also, it is possible that Fish, Tsonga, Berdych, Nole, and Rafa will all still be nursing injuries. JMDP will be interesting to watch, as well, as he often ups his level for slams.

dari, agree re: commentary. Hope women’s final is better!


dari Says:

Vamos Margot/ Ahndee!
Robbie is great, Ike. killer cahill the best, though!
Looks like they are putting on the ceremony now. Glad andy gets his moment :)


jane Says:

margot, laughed out loud at this: “He was the one who likened Andy to Safin – hugely gifted and bonkers!” :) Wish there were an edit button on this site too!


dari Says:

Don’t shake his arm so hard, dude!


Ike Says:

jane, now i am going to talk like the way i was few months ago…(that time I was totally confident that Nole will keep winning)….now my confidence is with Andy for USO.
Hope he reads blogs like this.

Andy… people have underestimated athletes / sportsmen for centuries…many people think you cant win a GS. But I know they are wrong!!! You will win this USO title and lot more GSs!!!


jane Says:

Nice to hear Andy’s speech – and to see so many of the crowd hung around for him too. Do Celebrate Andy!! Not “maybe” :).


marrisv Says:

@Ike Agree. I always felt USO was Murray’s best chance.

I want Murray-Djokovic semi at USO…. Murray’s game matches up really well with on hard courts.


Ike Says:

I am so excited to go to NYC for USO tennis for the first time … labor day weekend. Hopefully we will get to see some great matches.

signing off for now!


Cindy Brady Says:

how do you spell CHOKOVIC? Just cannot handle the pressure when you are the hunted and not the hunter. can you mr. jock itch?

Things looking great for a career retirement Grand Slam at new york for mr jerkovich.

Andy murray, is he the most followed tennis athlete besides Li Na?


alison hodge Says:

i have seen this coming all week,not to take anything from murray as it looked like he would have won the match anyway,all barring a miracle,but nole has looked exhausted all week,i think this will hopefully turn out to be a blessing in disguise,i very much doubt this result will bear any significance as to what happens at the us open,nole just needs a rest thats all.rep cindy brady hes only lost twice so far this year,he will probably go down as having the best year any players ever had,so for goodness sake,just give the guy a break.


alison hodge Says:

i almost forgot to congratulate andy murray,and wish him well for the us open,although rafas my favourite player,i also like roger and nole,i think it will be great from a british point of view,for andy to pick up that elusive 1st grand slam,i think todays result will give andy a much needed boost,going into the us open,fingers crossed,may the best man and woman win.


Ron Wilson Says:

Cindy Brady….how many slams has Murray won? Try and answer that one Brady. lol Djokovic owns Murray when it counts….you know it and I know it


jane Says:

Maria already with the break. But then again Maria often starts well / fast and JJ is sometimes slow to get going.

I feel the same, alison hodge, in that I hope the final slam of the year will be an exciting one on both the men’s and lady’s sides.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Post match notes,

First and foremost , a little credit and applause to AM, when he looked totally out of it in tourneys before this and put and very credible run together here, playing well. I will never stop eating my fav food pizza, but if there was ever a reason to stop eating pizza, Murray and Nole are prime examples. Must be something behind the glutes of Murray and Nole. Wait…wtf?

Secondly, A little passion for Nole, his incredible run of 2011 and some are surprised he gets injured? Who has played harder faster better with intensity this year?

Trying to stay away from told ya so but Nole’s service motion and, especially his ball toss, was not technically there. Sure he has and is serving much better but his toss IMO is not enough in front, which puts undue pressure on the shoulder. Saw that in IW. Is that to blame? Don’t know, but can say that a improper ball toss can wreak havoc on the shoulder.

Hope everyone is healthy and ready to go at USO.

Congrats to Margo, huge bracket challenge winner!!


jane Says:

Maria was up a double break, and now JJ is back in it, having broken back twice – 4 all!


Kimmi Says:

sharapova!!!! they either go in or out.terrible tennis.

Go JJ, beat her.


jane Says:

Amazing comeback by JJ to take that set off Maria.


Colin Says:

“Djokovic owns Murray when it counts” you say. Can you tell us, Ron,from the depths of your great wisdom, why the hell players compete in the non-slam tournaments, why anybody turns up to watch, why threads are devoted to them on forums like this,and why indeed the tournaments are put on in the first place?
You know and I know (to employ your phrase) that all professional sport exists only as long as it makes money for someone. If the tournaments you think don’t count, were not a business proposition, they wouldn’t exist.


Kimmi Says:

o dear!


Kimmi Says:

JJ seven straight game. she is pumped up now.


Kimmi Says:

muzza has now passed fed on the race.

and sharapova breaks..maybe she is waking up?


alison hodge Says:

rep jane,i hope rafa,roger,andy and delpo are all ready for the us open,nole desperatly needs the competition.


alison hodge Says:

i hope my last post didnt sound like i have anything against nole,because i dont i just want him to be challenged,thats all.


jane Says:

Nole tweeted the following:

“Dear friends and fans,i want to apologise to all of you who expected a better and longer match today. Shoulder could not take it anymore,and it didn’t make sense to continue. Congratulation to Andy Murray for successful week. Thank you very much for the support,and see you in NYC.I will work on the recovery of my shoulder in next 7,8 days,and i hope and believe that everything is going to be ready for Us Open.
22 minutes ago via WhoSay”

No worries alison hodge. I get your drift anyhow. Most fans want to see good competitive matches.

Kimmi, weird momentum swings in this match hey? Now Sharapova is stepping in.


Ron Wilson Says:

Colin you seem angry. Of course they compete to make money…If you would notice…..not as many people watch non grand slams…except for us tennis fans or am I wrong? I’m sure everyone will remember how stellar Murray played in the 2011 Cincy final over that of a lets say Aussie, French, Wimbledon, US Open final. Because we will always remember CIncy man…it’s SO SO important! ANd yes people turn up to watch… but no one cares as much and I’m sure sure it shows in the attendance numbers. Maybe Murray will make the final and win more than a set. I hope that he does because he has the game to beat everyone…hopefully, he can get over his nerves.


alison hodge Says:

rep jane,please just call me alison.


Kimmi Says:

thanks for the tweet from nole jane.

For the tennis sake, I hope he recovers for the USO.

yap,momentum swing but JJ is hanging on. Go JJ..


Kimmi Says:

Sharapova take the second set..to tough for JJ to come back now.


jane Says:

Kimmi, it’ll be interesting to see what happens in this third set.

alison, will do. I was going to ask that! :)


Kimmi Says:

break break break..hold JJ


Nina Says:

I’m happy for Andy but sad for Nole. I would have wanted both to play their best and 100% healthy, alas Nole wasn’t. It was obvious since Montreal that he had a problem with his shoulder and it just became aggravated as time went on. That made his serving motion and forehand miss a lot, he started to double fault a bit again. He’s going to take a MRI test later on to disregard any injury, I hope he’s sound and ok for USO as he’s the heavy favorite. I think he should have skipped Cincinnati alltogether, he was very sore before it even started. Bad decision to play under these circumstances. I would have loved a final between Murray and Fish or Monfils and Nole resting to get ready for USO. Damn, I hope it’s nothing serious. :(

PD. Also hope Andy takes a huge boost of confidence after this!!


jane Says:

Kimmi, break, again. 2 all.


Kimmi Says:

o lord! seriously, jj has to hold here


Eric Says:

Now, maybe Masha can hold this time? She got off to a good start, 30-0 with two aces, last time around before collapsing after losing a challenge to the DF…


Kimmi Says:

break again 3 all. where is serena, she can teach these girls how to serve.


Kimmi Says:

sharapova is the aggressive one. i think this set depends on her.


Eric Says:

Well that was tidy. :)


jane Says:

This is a little like the second set of Fish/Murray, yet much worse because the rallies in between the service breaks aren’t near as good or as lengthy. Fifteenth break in the match. There were only seven breaks in the Fish/Murray match. Mind you, this is mid third set but still! Madness. Sharapova has 30-love on her serve… could she?


jane Says:

She does! Sharapova holds. She is queen of “never-say-die”. I have always admired that about her.


Kimmi Says:

JJ needs to hold her end too. make it competitive now.


Eric Says:

Jane, I agree. There are (at least) two kinds of mental “fragility,” the “well I give up” variety and the disintegration-of-tennis-ability variety. Masha, Ana Ivanovic, and numerous other “head cases” might be the latter, but definitely not the former…


Eric Says:

Whereas JJ appears to be both…


Kimmi Says:

o no! could jj be broken here…break point for sharpie


Kimmi Says:

sharapova is attacking..missed! c’mon jj


Kimmi Says:

there! she break. she is the aggressive one!


Eric Says:

LOL, as the kids say.


jane Says:

Oh my, talk about inconsistent serving from JJ in that game: her first ace and then two doubles in a row. Just could not get any kind of “roll” going. Let’s see if Sharapova closes it out. :)


Kimmi Says:

congratulations sharapova. big title just before the USO.


jane Says:

Well, congrats to Sharapova!

Onward, to the last slam, we go.


Kimberly Says:

great title for sharapova…big confidence boost going into uso, however

JJ. stosur, zvonerva is one story, Serena Williams another.


Kimberly Says:

http://www.tourneytopia.com/RacquetBracketUsOpenATP/tennisxrocks/Pre-Register.aspx

Pre-register for USO draw challenge, atp. Wta to follow.


tennisfan Says:

I wonder, after today’s injury, US open has become more interesting. Will Djokovic Be able to comeback strongly or his injury will give Nadal/Federer a strong mental boost to go out and win USO!Interesting Read:
Novak Djokovic’s Shoulder Injury- A Window Of Opportunity For Nadal/Federer? http://bit.ly/mP6Zd3


Kimmi Says:

“Novak Djokovic’s Shoulder Injury- A Window Of Opportunity For Nadal/Federer?”

mmm, dont know about fed. too many people can beat fed nowadays. nadal could be licking his chops! get well nole.


Brando Says:

Did not see the match but i had sensed that this could happen. Felt murray was due a win- he’s won a big title in the US series for past 3 years, so i figured it was cincy or nothing:-)

But i am pleased for murray, this win should boost his confidence hopefully, but he needs to work on that serve of his, it was in the 50s today in terms of 1st serve in.

Nole: he did the right thing, his health is far more important than the result,so why aggravate his shoulder even more by continuing? I thought in montreal and moreso here in cincy that his serve was not as strong as earlier in the year. But this shoulder maybe the reason why. Hope he recovers well.


Brando Says:

@Jane: It’s unfortunate what happened to your guy today, but on a more positive note im glad you also like vertigo. I think its hitchcock’s best film- and for me after chinatown the best film noir of all time.


scoreboard66 Says:

Congrats to Murray, but not so good that there was a retirement.anyway, he was by far the better player in that match. So sorry his win had to be tarnished by the retirement.

I think it was the heat ppl, that got to Novak. Saw that in Montreal when he played on one not so hot day, but he looked wilted, ppl keep saying he’s tired, but they seem to forget that he can’t handle the heat.


Just Me Says:

I haven’t been here in years, but nothing seems to have changed. Sean is still rabbiting away and spewing nonsense. He still can’t pick a winner and now resorts to outright lies, “…fake injuries…” Oh my, Sean, I guess you have scrambled egg all over your gormless face, now, since it was Nole who walked out of a final because he was down 6-4, 3-0. It’s the unwritten rule that you never deny anyone their moment in the sun in the final of a tournament.

Talking about the sun…heat, actually. Are you remotely aware that Murray comes from Scotland where the average summer temp is in the high 60′s, and the sun makes only rare appearances? It’s a cold bloody country!! So, if anyone should have problems playing in the heat, it would be Murray, not Nole. Still, you’ve never been one for showing that you had a scintilla of intelligence, so why should I expect you to know anything about geography.

As for “red hot Mardy Fish,” don’t make me laugh. I find it more than strange that “red hot Mardy Fish” languished around near the 50 ranking for most of his career, and once he hit 28 years of age, he magically rocketed up the rankings to the top ten! Did he also adopt a gluten-free diet like Nole who is winning everything in sight these days?

“Curiouser and curiouser, said Alice.”

Keep on truckin’, Sean, cuz you’d never make it in the real world.


Just Me Says:

P.S. How come Nole isn’t getting criticized for his statement, “I could have played a couple of more games, but why bother…?” He should be fined.


alison hodge Says:

hopefully this is just a case of damage limitation,it would be awfull for nole and his fans if he were to pull out of the us open at this stage,especially after having such a fantastic year,i remember how gutted iwas when rafa pulled out of wimbledon in 2009 and not been able to defend the title he won in 2008,somehow when roger it that year to me it didnt seem right,as he didnt get the chance to steal it back of rafa,i do hope history is not about to repeat itself,it wouldnt seem right for any player to gain any unfair advantage.

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