Federer Cruises; Nadal, Djokovic Up Day 2 at US Open
by Staff | August 29th, 2011, 11:49 pm
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A standard opening for the men’s seeds on Day One at the US Open, where No. 3 Roger Federer, No. 7 Gael Monfils, No. 8 Mardy Fish and No. 9 Tomas Berdych all advanced in straight sets.


Federer defeated Santiago Giraldo in the late night match, while Monfils beat Grigor Dimitrov, Fish topped Tobias Kamke, and Berdych beat Romain Jouan.

“It was a good workout,” said Federer in his best not-condescending-but-kinda-condescending fashion after the straight-set win.

American hope Ryan Harrison had his chances against No. 27 seed Marin Cilic, but failed to serve out leads in the second and third sets in dropping a straight-set encounter.

“I felt terrible from the first point till the last point the way I was hitting ball,” Harrison said. “So to think that I served for two sets against a guy who is such an established player as him, there are a lot of positives I can take from it…I didn’t break any racquets; I didn’t say swearwords on court. It could have gotten better and I could have been better. I didn’t really go nuts.”

No. 29 Michael Llodra of France was the lone seed to struggle to a win, defeating Romanian Victor Hanescu from 1-2 sets down.

Colombian Alejandro Falla orchestrated the lone seeded upset on the day, topping No. 15 Viktor Troicki 7-5 in the fifth.

Highlights of all-unseeded play were “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic beating Fernando “Gonzo” Gonzalez in straights, joining winners Juan Carlos Ferrero, Bernard Tomic and Tommy Haas.
 
Highlights on the men’s side Tuesday are (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Ireland’s Conor Niland, Andrey Golubev vs. (2) Rafael Nadal, (5) David Ferrer vs. Igor Andreev, (11) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Taipei’s tough Yen-Hsun Lu, Jarkko Nieminen vs. (19) Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, (16) Mikhail Youzhny vs. Ernests Gulbis, and Nikolay Davydenko vs. (32) Ivan Dodig.

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

Petra Kvitova becomes the first female in the Open Era to win Wimbledon then lose first round at the US Open. Don’t feel bad Petra, Roger Federer had a tough go in NY after winning his first Wimbledon… Serena Williams is 44-0 in Grand Slam first round matches…Novak Djokovic really recovers in a $75,000 hyperbolic chamber? Weirdo…Djokovic’s 29-year-old Irish opponent, Conor Niland, has never won a career Grand Slam match…Novak is playing his first career Grand Slam as a No. 1 seed and a favorite…Andrey Golubev has lost seven straight Grand Slam matches…Sania Mirza has never lost to Shahar Peer (4-0)…Happy birthday to Ernests Gulbis (23) and Juan Ignacio Chela (32). Gulbis is on an 8-match Grand Slam losing streak. Ouch. But he’s won 4 straight sets over Youzhny…Lukas Lacko has more career Grand Slam wins than Donald Young, 3-2…Good news/bad news for Caroline Wozniacki. Her new boyfriend Rory McIlroy has left for Europe and won’t be with the Dane in New York…Three Japanese players retired today. Doi, Morita and Nishikori. Strange…What are the odds Victoria Azarenka retires from her match today? The fragile Belarussian has been fighting a hand injury…Li Na has lost first round at 11 tournaments this year. If that sounds like a lot it’s because it is…Francesca Schiavone is player her 45th straight Grand Slam…Amazingly, Svetlana Kuznetsova hasn’t lost first round at a Slam since 2005 US Open…Heralded youngsters Ryan Harrison and Grigor Dimitrov didn’t win a set today in losses to Marin Cilic and Gael Monfils….Dallas champ Sabine Lisicki is 22-4 since the French Open…Serena Williams has won 12 straight matches and on hardcourt she’s won 26 of her last 27…Only two seeds have lost thus far, #5 Petra Kvitova and #15 Viktor Troicki who blew another 2-1 set lead in the first round of the US Open.

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 Start Time
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[4] v. Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[1] v. Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP)
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] v. Conor Niland (IRL)
Arthur Ashe Stadium 19:00 Start Time
Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v. Serena Williams (USA)[28]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 Start Time
David Ferrer (ESP)[5] v. Igor Andreev (RUS)
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) v. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[7]
Simona Halep (ROU) v. Na Li (CHN)[6]
Not Before:17:00
James Blake (USA) v. Jesse Huta Galung (NED)

Grandstand 11:00 Start Time
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[11] v. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[11] v. Alison Riske (USA)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[19]
This match may be moved to Ashe Stadium
Not Before:15:00
Ksenia Pervak (RUS) v. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[16]


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180 Comments for Federer Cruises; Nadal, Djokovic Up Day 2 at US Open

Jack Lewis Says:

Federer was far from cruising unless it was on the unforced errors cruise line. This is probably his worst opening match at the US open. I think his quarter final streak is going to end soon.


Andres Says:

Yeah, it wasn’t pretty. Hope he clean up his game for the following rounds.


jane Says:

Schedule:

Nole, Woz, Vika – day; Rafa & Serena – night (Ashe)
Fran, Na Li, Ferrer – day; Blake – night (Armstrong)
Tsonga, Hotsauce, JJ – day; Ivanovic – night (grandstand)

etc… only listed seeds for brevity.

Full schedule here:

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/schedule/index.html?promo=topnav


felix Says:

Usually, Grand Slam will start with the Defending champion, since Kim Cljister did not Play, Nadal should Play at the first day, and its make the bottom half of the draw will start first, but, This US open start with Federer, the Top half, Including Djoker, Why is that? Special Reason or special order? to keep Federer till the end of Tournament? with more days to rest? we all know, That US open will play back to back semi final and final……….


madmax Says:

felix, novak has extra day’s rest as he doesn’t start until today?


Seth Says:

Sloppy garbage match from Fed, for the most part. Why in the world can’t he reign in his concentration and focus and quit going on mental walkabouts? Losing serve twice when up 5-1 in the first set? Come on.

And many of the players, including Fed, have noted that the courts are playing slower this year. Are we ever going to get a true fast court slam again? Don’t understand this idiotic desire by the tours to homogenize the sport and negate surface differences.


al Says:

“in his best not-condescending-but-kinda-condescending fashion”
LOL at that!


van orten Says:

it s still very very fast …fed just mentioned they are a bit slower…let it be hot next few days its gonna be fast as hell


Skeezerweezer Says:

From The Guardian

The world No3 put his slight struggles down to adjusting to the slower pace of the courts this year, which he admits he is not a fan of: “It’s just unfortunate maybe that all the slams are too equal. This should feel very different to the Australian Open and it doesn’t. I don’t think it’s really what tennis needs.”

You tell em Fed….


Kimberly Says:

the theory behind the slower courts is that fans want to see rallies. However, I imagine fans also want to see variety?

There should be events ranging from the slowest of slow to the fastest of fast. That way everyone is treated to different types of tennis throughout the year.

RG was supposed to be playing faster this year because of the new balls but still looked pretty slow to me. Montecarlo looked so slow even Nadal and Murray didn’t seem to really be able to penetrate the court. Miami was so slow it was called purple clay at one point.Indian Wells is slow. The grass has slowed, although supposably Queens is faster than Wimbledon. Apparently the only fast surfaces left are Cincinatti, Paris Bercy, and O2 for WTF?

The big question is why would the US Open intentionally slow the surface when it certainly is not to the benefit of their players?


B-Lab Says:

My three thoughts from the first day at the US Open. http://bit.ly/qxNYGV


Brando Says:

If the courts are slower than usual then it’s a great shame. The flushing meadow courts have traditionally been the fastest courts at the GS level and I cannot see why the organiser’s would want to change that. I really hope it’s the same as before andnits just federer who feels that they are slower than usual. Things should be more clear as to the speed of the court once del poto, soderling have played.


jane Says:

Most players said Canada played faster this year. Some liked it and some didn’t. But the consensus seems to be that the USO is playing slower. The warm up masters events should match the slam that follows, ideally, for some kind of consistency – even JMac noted this during Fed’s match last night.


tennisfansince76 Says:

during the match last night one of the Mac brothers mentioned asking the tournament director about the surface. he said that the TD said they have the same surface this year as the past several it just has not been played on as much (which apparently smooths it out makeing it faster) due to the storm. so it may speed up as we go along.


skeezerweezer Says:

Kimberly says

“The big question is why would the US Open intentionally slow the surface when it certainly is not to the benefit of their players?”

That is the million dollar question. There is a little history there.

Back in the ole Wimby days, there were big servers (Stich, etc ) and there were no more than 1 or 2 shots in a rally. More than that, serve it, point over. I remember commentators back then worrying about what fans think about the game at that point, as there really seemed liked there was no play. I mean how interesting is it to watch some 2 guys just serve all day through the match? Anyways, much has changed, and it seems we are on the other extreme now. IMO they missed it. That was only one tourney. Why they have slow them all down is not on the players, its on the organizers who don’t play the game. Follow the money.

You are right Kimberly we are missing variety. We get it mostly from the baseline. Tennis as so much more to offer. TIme for a little move back to the middle?

tennisfansince76 I would to expect you to chime in on this you have seen this evolve from the beginning, no?


Humble Rafa Says:

In his best not-condescending-but-kinda-condescending fashion

That is why the members of Rafa Nation call him, the The Arrogant One.


andrea Says:

that little chick was giving sharapova a run for her money. that would have been a great upset. glad she didn’t go away in the third.

up until about 3-0 in the third set, giraldo was still pounding balls at federer…not the cleanest match, but some super fast rallies. fed’s volleys were kinda sketchy.


Nina Says:

I don’t think the courts have been slowed down. Extra factors like weather, humidity, balls used, etc. affect the courts as well. Nothing new here.

If Nole can’t win this USO (which I strongly hope and believes he will) then I’d like either Murray or Fish to take it. :)


scoreboard66 Says:

Considering the pounding rains and other environmental factors, it’s understandable why the courts are playing slower. Once the sun begins to shine and the temperature heats up, the courts will be zipping along.


Kimberly Says:

Ferrer drops set 1. Injured? Slow start? lets see if he rights the ship.


alison hodge Says:

@kimberly looks like hes getting his act together now by taking the 2nd set,im watching tsonga whos looking impressive took the 1st set,and is now 5 3 up in the 2nd set,i dont know if its my imagination but tsonga looks much leaner,like hes lost weight,azarenkas through,and lisicki who will play venus next,which should be an interesting match.


Kimberly Says:

@alison—and he got his act together. A few slow starts today, Wawa, Ferrer and Meltzer. All seemed to be corrected.


jane Says:

Gulbis is serving for the match over Youz. Happy to see Ernests doing well.


alison hodge Says:

nole up next,hope the shoulders ok,hope conners ok apparently hes suffering from food poisoning,and was sick before going onto court,also good luck to baltacha and keothavong who both play later.


Duro Says:

Alison, your “youngster” not performing well…

0-6.


jane Says:

Nole looks good thus far, but too bad his opponent is ill. : /


alison hodge Says:

looks like conners going to have a tough match,and just got bagaled,noles showing no mercy.


Duro Says:

Jane, he’s gonna retire…

Not a dream first match for Novak. Additional rest won’t hurt him either, but a real match could help more.

Arm and shoulder seem fine, apparently.


Duro Says:

Niland, I mean…


alison hodge Says:

hi duro,yeah my 29 year old youngster is getting the stuffing kicked out of him at the moment,men against boys,sorry no pun intended,by the way where have you been all day dear sir.


stu Says:

phew, Duro, I haven’t been following the match, and when I saw “Jane, he’s gonna retire…” in the preview of the recent comments my heart skipped a few beats!


alison hodge Says:

baltachas struggling also,lost first set 6 2.


Duro Says:

Waiting for the real stuff to begin, my fair lady.

I’ve been accused of hitting on you for calling you that, yesterday…

You are British, aren’t you? And where the real ladies come from? UK, of course.

I don’t know if I’m allowed to anymore… ;-)

Sorry for your “boy”. Worst possible debut on the biggest stage. Not talking about result and his game, of course.

Cheers.


jane Says:

Not much of a match, but poor Niland, with his sickness. He works hard and qualifies for a slam, then he draws the number one and then, to top it off, he gets food poisoning!! No “luck of the Irish” for him. :(

But of course I am happy Nole is through. :) He can always hit on the practice court if he wants, or just rest up that shoulder. Nole had apparently asked for a Wednesday start for a little more time for his shoulder to heal, but they told him no. So this short match is may be a good thing.


Duro Says:

Stu, even mine ha ha ha ha, when I read it!

That’s why I explained it so fast!


alison hodge Says:

so dissapointed i was really looking forward to this match,gutted to say the least.


mat4 Says:

@skeezer:

I remember well the serve only time. And honestly, I prefer these baseline rallies.

When they started slowing down the surfaces, nobody counted on the new racquet strings. That’s what really changed the game. The “spaghetti” strings were once forbidden, and I believe that the ATP and the ITF should make some order in string technology. But it could be to late, since it is already a big industry.


jane Says:

Wow, just goes to show how much Nole’s serve has improved since last year!

2010/2011
Aces: 191/260
Double Faults 226/101.

That has to be a huge reason for why Nole’s been so successful, getting the serve back on track. Because one of main reasons he stayed number 3 last year, imo, was his great return game, and now with his serve back, it all clicked. Plus his movement is slightly better, as are his forehand and volley. Another big factor, of course, has been confidence. But those serve stats ESPN gave are stiking.


Duro Says:

Jane, did he ask it really? If so, then it’s the best scenario for him.

His shots looked crisp and powerful, clean and convincing. I liked what I saw…


Brando Says:

Did not see nole play, but for those who did how was serve today? Did he serve at a good speed?


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Skeezerweezer

Hmmmm what to say. i actually like the game the way it is now although it may have swung too far the other way. like for example Miami is too slow it seems to me. i think Wimby is still fairly fast. there are plenty of aces on grass and there was plenty of power tennis on display this year on the grass. the danger it seems to me is herd behavior that all the tournaments will settle at about the same speed. it is nice to have some variety although i dislike both extremes ( W in the late 80′s and 90′s was unwatchable and old clay court tennis was good only for insomniacs ). i have 2 rules. players should not be able to simply live off their serve and it should be possible to hit winners after some suitable amt of working the pt. anything w/in those parameters is good. as for the USO this year it remains to be seen if the courts are slower. they say they haven’t slowed them down. there were plenty of rallies last year. it wasn’t like it was boom boom tennis.


Duro Says:

Jane,

“That has to be a huge reason for why Nole’s been so successful, getting the serve back on track.”

Naaah… It must be “The Egg”.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Skeezerweezer oh and thanks for the shout out!


alison hodge Says:

duro,duro,duro,these people are so small minded,that i dont take any notice anymore,let them say what they like,thanks for the words of comfort after my young 29 year old got beat,they cheered me up no end,dear kind sir.


Duro Says:

Brando, no signs of problematic shoulder whatsoever…

About serve, I didn’t catch the “speedometer” but since I developed the micro eye for the Novak’s performance and state, I can tell you that his serve went from 197-204 km/h. Second 179-181.

Namely, Novak is ready!

Prepare for the clash, Brando!


jane Says:

Duro, now I can find the exact article where I read it, but I did find this quote which says Nole was rumoured to be “looking for a Wednesday start”.

“Djokovic pulled out of the final of the Cincinatti Masters last week with a shoulder injury and the word is that the number one is looking for a Wednesday start to recover. The match will be live on Sky Sports, the Leader understands.”

http://www.limerickleader.ie/sport/limerick-sport/niland_to_face_djokovic_in_us_open_1_3007897


Nina Says:

Nole looked great out there but then again Niland was not much opposition. i didn’t know he had food poisoning, that might explain it a little bit, though Nole didn’t show any mercy.


Brando Says:

@ duro: lol, I thought he would be fine. He’s fully fit and in all honesty he’s in the final barring maybe federer beating him in the semi. But roger needs to improve ALOT in order to do so. He would first of all have to get to the semi in order to face him and is that a certainty? I would say it is far from one atm.


Milos Says:

Nice video of Nole training his younger brother :)
The game is called “The clock”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImHcLt-ljB8


Duro Says:

Alison, you’re welcome, but don’t get used to it, words of comfort I mean… Your other Brit won’t lose so easily. Well, final, maybe. To Nole, of course.

Jane, thanks. You shouldn’t bother finding the source. I was just afraid that Nole didn’t feel comfortable with his arm yet…

Brando, I’m not counting on anyone but him (Fed) in the semis. He always finds a way…


jane Says:

Maybe Ivanovic and Hotsauce should get back together? Maybe one of them would start winning again, or both?! :p


jane Says:

Milos, that was a sweet video. :)

Nole is apparently on his way to the studio, so we can hear more from the source himself.


Duro Says:

Miloše,

God bless you!

You showed us the future champion and number 1.


alison hodge Says:

@brando,not that this was much of a contest to speak of,unfortunatly for us rafa fans noles shoulders fine,the serves fine,the movements great,all said through gritted teeth,not that i would wish nole any injury to make things any easier for rafa,we just have to accept that nole is better,end of story,however it will be intersting to see how rafa plays tonight,and what he has to offer.


jane Says:

^ Yes, looking forward to seeing Rafa tonight. I am curious to see his serve especially, because last year here it was almost unbreakable. His fingers are better now too so he should be able to hit his backhand effectively again. Golubev will be a good opening test for Rafa; although Golubev has been in a bit of a slump, no doubt he has game.


Brando Says:

@alison: the wish is for rafa to win and most ideal scenario would see him getting the win against nole. Is it possible? ABSOLUTELY. But 1st rafa needs to step his game up, match by match. My wish for tonight, besides the win, is for rafa’s serve to be firing. That would be a good basis to start his defence from.


alison hodge Says:

glad to see baltacha go through shame her opponent had to retire like that,looks like she would have gone through anyway though,after connors match this has cheered me up,good luck to keothavong ,and sorenson tomorrow against soderling.


alison hodge Says:

@brando,agree,agree,agree,hopefully hes looked at his matches from last year,and is working on that serve which was brilliant last year,however that was then,this is now,there were promising signs a couple of weeks ago,against dodig even though he lost he was brilliant for a set and a half before going walk about,barry cowan actually said thats the best hed seen him play in a long time,actually the best out of the top 4,sorry im a bit torn though i would love for rafa to defend the title on one hand,on the other hand id love muzza to win his 1st grand slam,if either of them beat each other,i hope they are the ones to win the final.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@TF76 & mat4

Yeah I mostly like it now the slower stuff, but am more of a purist with the slams. To win on a variety of surfaces & speeds makes the most complete player, and this is what makes Tennis stand out over most other sports. You have to have a game that can win on all types of tennis court surfaces, not create all like one another, whats the point?

That said, i get no thrills watching guys dueling it out with just serving also, nor watching a live version of pong either. Creating a balanced playing field of diversive court surfaces imo is what makes the tennis sport so unique. How many other sports are played on just one surface? Plenty. To each their own.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Ok ok I will say it. The Rafa girl fan club gets to say how sexy hot Rafa is so;

Ana is one hot babe.:)


jane Says:

Blake is in Fushcia-Red Fila. I don’t think I have ever seen him in a similar colour. Come on James. Give that J-Block lots to cheer about!


mat4 Says:

@Skeezer:

It is not my point. I, too, would like tennis to conserve his physiognomy.

What bothers me is that it becomes a bit like F1. The technology changed at the beginning of the 80, and some great players had problems to change their racquets and their game.

It happen at the beginning of the 90, with new materials, lighter racquets, bigger heads. Tennis wasn’t what it meant to be anymore.

How many more slams would have Pete won without the advent of the Luxilon strings? Take the case of Roger Federer: he grow up in a time where spins were not so excessive, when the ball wasn’t rebounding that high, and the courts were faster. Can he adjust, now, to a new game with three dimensions instead of two?

I really hope the ITF will put some limitations on strings. Serve and volley has died because of the new strings, not because of the speed of courts.


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

I think Black had a lot of bad luck this year, lost to many close matches. I would really like him to have a good tournament.


skeezerweezer Says:

^True…especially the string technology…

The players have changed there techniques also to adapt….this one blows me away…sliding on hard courts? Wow. don’t ry this at home;

http://tucsoncitizen.com/usa-today-sports/2011/08/30/sliding-into-shots-now-trend-on-hardcourts/


skeezerweezer Says:

^meant for mat4


mat4 Says:

There was a good article about Djoko’s inserts that allow him to slide.


mat4 Says:

@Skeezer:

I can’t find the article about the inserts now. There are made by an Israeli company, and their compounds are top secret. Djoko, winning the AO, throw his racquets, his shoes to the public, but not the inserts from the sneakers.


Nina Says:

@Skeezer… agree on Ana, she’s gorgeous. But then so is Nole. :p


skeezerweezer Says:

@mat4…

Yeah when you find it let me know. Interesting stuff. To add to that,..did you see how they are getting into the art of shoes that can accommodate the sliding? The future tennis shoe on HC? ( warning….try at your own risk…we are not responsible for severe ankle turn-age. lol )


alison hodge Says:

@nina,nole and rafa are both gorgeous,they both have beautiful girlfriends too,anna is gorgeous,much prettier than sharapova with more class too,although i think sharapovas a much better player.


jane Says:

I remember that article mat4. I think Nole is a bit like Elastic Boy or Gumby: uber flexible. I have seen pictures of him stretching which underscore how flexible he is. Being naturally or genetically flexible probably goes a long way to helping Nole stay (almost) injury-free, I suspect, probably more so than the inserts.


Kimmi Says:

OK, time for Rafa !! lets gooo!


jane Says:

Rafa stayed with the neon-yellow accents like last year.

So, Nalbandian and Renolds are still at it, just starting the third set. The second set took 50 minutes – long points? I haven’t seen any of it.

Blake seems to be cruising.


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

it is clear that he is an exceptional athlete.


Kimmi Says:

Even Cahill is waiting for the “serve”. bring it on rafa!


Kimmi Says:

golubev played good last year. i think his ranking got to the 30 something, then things went downhill for him. So this round might not be easy for rafa.


Kimmi Says:

WOW! what a volley!


Kimmi Says:

Rafa steady the ship.


Kimmi Says:

great pick up from rafa


jane Says:

Agree Kimmi: Golubev is very talented but I guess he had been on an 18 match losing streak until recently, not sure why, if it was injury or just a slump or what.


jane Says:

I see Rafa is still keeping the fingers taped up.


jane Says:

Solid set by Rafa. Over 70% first serves, 3 aces, and more winners than errors. He did get broken but he recovered well to get two breaks and the set.


jane Says:

Oh I see Blake dropped a set. After dropping set one, Nalby is now up two sets and a break in the fourth.


alison hodge Says:

after a sticky start looks like rafas now getting in the groove,great rafa wins 1st set 6 3,love the look,and that shirt clinging to his sexy bod,he takes his shirt of,i wonder if the girls would agree with me that shirts should be made optional,anyway without sounding shallow rafas playing pretty well,so far so good.


jane Says:

If Golubev had less errors and more first serves this match could probably be even closer.


Kimmi Says:

wow, golubev fought out that game..he manage to hold this time.

@jane. golubev is in a slump. if only he could relax and stop those going for broke shots, he could get back to the top again.

giraldo is another one who needs to think when going for his shots.


Kimmi Says:

rafa fingers are always taped up though..for blisters i think.


Kimmi Says:

go nalbandian..he needs some confidence.


Kimmi Says:

ah golubev 0-30 more UE


Kimmi Says:

break…seriously, i want rafa to finish soon. c’mon serena.


Kimmi Says:

is blake happy?


alison hodge Says:

wow just broke back,come on rafa get that 1st serve clicking,get that percentage up again.


jane Says:

Funny-intense reaction by Blake on the winning winner. Nice to see him fired up and perhaps relieved at the same time.


marrisv Says:

come on rafa.. yes, get that serve firing now…


alison hodge Says:

come on rafa that was sloppy.


jane Says:

Golubev is still not above 60% first serves. But he is winning 50% of second serve points to Rafa’s 40%. Plus he has hit quite a few amazing winners, but still more errors. Rafa needs to protect his serve better and step in, be a little more aggressive.


jane Says:

Sorry he is at 61% now, and Rafa’s converted only 3 of 10 bps, which is part of the issues, as Golubev is 3 for 3.


marrisv Says:

he is missing routine forehands… rafa has to win this one ugly…


marrisv Says:

Yesssss, come on now rafa…


jane Says:

Rafa has begun targeting Golubev’s backhand and it seems to be working.


Kimmi Says:

what a fight by rafa..he is happy to break. golubev will be gutted though..how many set points??


Kimmi Says:

GOLUBEV is hitting HARD!! and they are going in.


mat4 Says:

Finally found a link.


alison hodge Says:

@jane,it reminds me of the sharapova game yesterday,hopefully rafa will find a way through even when not playing well.


Kimmi Says:

Golubev luck is gone. rafa breaks here and serve for the second set


jane Says:

I think he will alison. He has the first set, unlike Sharpie, and now Golubev is kind of choking (though that is due to Rafa knowng when & how to pounce also!) so he may have the second set too. He will find a way. Golubev is now losing concentration too.


Kimmi Says:

ha ha ..was that ball in? rafa breaks.

Serena please! i am ready for some women tennis.


Kimmi Says:

Poor golubev, he deserve to get a set!


Kimmi Says:

Tie break..Oooops! i thought it was over for golubev here.


alison hodge Says:

oh god jane a tie break,i dont like rafa in tie breaks,i remember the one he played against verdasco a week ago,it was not comfotable to watch.


Kimmi Says:

How many FH errors from golubev?


Kimmi Says:

great tie break so far by rafa


Kimmi Says:

going for broke does not work now golubev..


Kimmi Says:

set! crazy set that was. golubev will say “if only?” woulda coulda…

i hope rafa cruise from here!


jane Says:

He really imploded. I mean, Rafa knew when and how to pounce (i.e., when he was serving for the set) but then Golubev has only himself to blame for losing focus and hittinf error after error. Rafa got steadier, while Golubev’s go-for-broke style caught up to him. He needs to reign it in at least a little!


alison hodge Says:

rafa takes the 2nd set,phew a sigh of relief,but to be honest golubev should have won that set,however im not complaining.


Kimmi Says:

uncle toni: rafa playing terrible.


jane Says:

alison, I empathize, but Rafa is looking more Rafa-like as the match progresses, and he now has a very secure lead. Now you can relax and enjoy!!


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Kimmi Says:

what! that going for broke went in on break point again..here we go.

At this rate, Serena will be out at midnight


alison hodge Says:

god rafas determined to make things difficult for himself,another sloppy game and golubev breaks rafa in the 3rd set.


jane Says:

Did they say Golubev had 7 (!) set points! He will rue those chances.


alison hodge Says:

thanks jane your a very wise lady.


Kimmi Says:

golubev would have given anyone a problem i think..he has so much talent but his head needs to be sorted out

That single handed BH is beautiful.


jane Says:

Nah, alison: I am just used to watching Rafa. He is one of the most tenacious competitors I’ve ever seen. Ten slams, right? :)


jane Says:

Hey, did I just see Rafa hit a couple of those “da bomb!” serves from last year here? That last serve looked pretty wicked to me.


Kimmi Says:

i thought so too jane. he is warming up.


jane Says:

Agreed Kimmi. He has played some great tennis tonight. Imagine if he reigned in the errors and got in a few more first serves! He is a guy to watch. How old is Golubev?


alison hodge Says:

i suppose this has been a good test for rafa,its made him dig deep,i wonder if brandos watching this.


Kimmi Says:

So nadal got B- from johnny mac.
i wonder what he gave federer?


Kimmi Says:

quick check at ATP, he is 24


jane Says:

^ I mean Golubev @9:43, was responding to your comments @9:39 Kimmi.

Seems like everytime Golubev breaks he has a bad service game. He hasn’t been able to maintain leads at all.


jane Says:

Well, at 24 he still has some time for everything to click.

I can’t remember JMac grading Fed but I remember him saying it was a roller-coaster out there, lol. Fed finished strongly though.

alison, yes. It is a good test for sure. Rafa should have it easier next round; who does he play?


alison hodge Says:

thanks again jane,yeah your right,i know you dont win 10 grand slams for no reason.


Kimmi Says:

wow! more impressive perfomance. he just save 4 BP.


Kimmi Says:

@ jane, counting the chickens right? golubev could be making a comeback of all we know!


Kimmi Says:

alison – federer has won 16 and still losing. rafa is having it tough with this guy..

golubev might get that set


alison hodge Says:

@jane sorry i dont have a clue,who he plays next.


Kimmi Says:

oh man, golubev save a 0-40 game and then breaks.

big question, can he serve it out now?


jane Says:

True Kimmi. But I just cannot see Rafa losing. Though I can see Golubev getting a set, now.

Rafa was trying to hit rocket serves there, but they weren’t working, hence the double fault. So he is trying the right things.


Kimmi Says:

if rafa gets out here he plays the marathon man. Mahut


Kimmi Says:

Golubev..can he? or can he not?


Kimberly Says:

less than impressive performance from nadal tonight.


jane Says:

Both Andys tomorrow. Golubev is great at the net!


Kimmi Says:

I think rafa will still win this set.

I know golubev has insurance break but he get too nervous..aaaaah, match a pick up volley. this guy has good hands


jane Says:

Now Golubev will try again (!) to serve out a set. Kimmi, exactly, can he? Can’t he?


jane Says:

Why does he have to replay it!? I don’t get that. Seems unfair not to win a great point like that.


jane Says:

Ugh, collapse again. But he has suffered a few bad calls now imo,


alison hodge Says:

@kimmi yeah i see what you mean,i didnt see feds match but from what i can gather,his game was also a bit topsy turvey.


jane Says:

Rafa 7 of 21 bps. But Golubev, for the life of him, utterly can. Not. Hold. A. Lead.


jane Says:

I think Rafa’s serving has picked up: he is now winning 48% of second serves too.


jane Says:

Great last game from Rafa, with two excellent passing shots.


Kimmi Says:

congrats to rafa, great come back…


jane Says:

Rafa’s right: mentally he was really strong tonight, coming back from breaks, staying positive. Good for him.


alison hodge Says:

@kimberly a less than impressive game from rafa,i couldnt believe it he looked to be cruising in that 1st set,the next two sets were up and down to say the least,still im just relieved he managed to get through in straight sets,he did get lucky i have to admit,golubev will rue those missed chances.


Kimmi Says:

the problem with this performance is, if he plays against a player who can hold his serve, then he will be in trouble.
he needs to sort himself out, he was broken too many times today…..so is my federer.


Kimmi Says:

OMG, almost sleeping time for serena match..too late..too late.


Kimberly Says:

Glad rafa won, always important to find a way when youi aren’t playing your best.

But golubev must go up there with troicki. To blow a double break lead in the third and seven set points in the second, is impressive.


jane Says:

The commentators said it was a lot like early matches Rafa had at last year’s USO (Gabashvilli) and at this year’s FO (Anujar) – & guess what? Rafa won both of those slams. Rafa also lost in the semis in Canada and Cincy last year but still won the USO. So I wouldn’t count Rafa out. It is quite possible he could defend the title.

This little Serbia girl is going to be a snack for Serena, ha ha. Just kidding. But, seriously, we all know Serena is the lady to beat here!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Expected. Spirited effort at times by Gulby, but with his unimpressive 17 match losing streak you were always waiting for the implosion, and it came again and again.

With this draw Rafa should win in straights until Murray.


alison hodge Says:

god rafa must have more bouce than zebedee,anyway girls jane,kimberly and kimmi,as you seem to be the only ones on this forum i will bid you all a goodnight,its 3.30 am in the uk and im now off to bed,enjoy watching serena,ive loved reading all your posts,and ill chat to tomorrow.


jane Says:

I like Serena’s hair right now.


jane Says:

Night alison.


Kimmi Says:

night nit alison


Kimberly Says:

I will stay up to watch the match. It takes me awhile to fall asleep after rafa’s matches plus I am interested in seeing serenas level. I remember in 2008 rafa played fish til late and I ended up not sleeping.


Kimmi Says:

Nice colours for serena. like the dress too


Kimberly Says:

Serenas dress is great


jane Says:

Agree. Nice dress and dress colour.


Kimberly Says:

Oh I didn’t realize li na lost!


jane Says:

Kimmi, I suspect it will be a really short match, so you can probably watch.


jane Says:

Yes, FO champ out (Li Na); Wimbledon champ out (Kvitova); AO + last year’s USO champ out (Kim, didn’t play)


Kimmi Says:

sad for for Li Na and petra.

yeah, looks like it will be quick.


Gannu Says:

Women’s tennis is a big joke now…a disaster…please give all the gslams to serena moment she enters one!! Just no one can touch her now


Kimmi Says:

gannu..did you see bartoli beating her at wimbledon? just dont count your chickens yet!


jane Says:

Mind you that was her first tournament back Kimmi. She has since won Stanford and Toronto. It is hard to bet against Serena.


jane Says:

Okay I am outta here, night all, looking forward to Muzza tomorrow. :)


Gannu Says:

Kimmi… please give her some break.. though she is super natural it was highly unlikely that she wud win wimble don after having played 2 matches in an year… so wimby was anyways not a consideration..she was playing 10% of this US Open serena…. I challenge that no one will even come close to beating serena,,., just will smash every opponent… dontknow we could ever have been so certain of a player winning since graf days


Kimberly Says:

So then last 4 slam holders not in the draw for the ladies. Who won the one before that? Wimbledon 2010, thats who will win this one. Her day dreess is the same but in scarlet.


Kimberly Says:

I think azarenka is the only one with a real shot of taking Williams out,

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