Djokovic Advances After Opponent Hurls at US Open
by Staff | August 30th, 2011, 11:52 pm
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has played a lot of tennis this year, taking its ultimate toll in the final at Cincinnati weeks ago where he retired due to a shoulder injury.


On Tuesday at the US Open, Djokovic benefited from a retirement by opponent Conor Niland, an Irish qualifier who quit trailing 6-0, 5-1, and after emptying his stomach contents due to food poisoning.

“I warmed up and got sick everywhere after my 30-minute warmup,” Niland told reporters. “I thought I could bluff my way through but you can’t do that against the No. 1 in the world, I just found out. I thought I was going to vomit after long points. I just felt really, really rotten out there.”

Djokovic didn’t seem to mind the shortened first round that could benefit him during the long fortnight in New York.

“This has been a very long year,” Djokovic said after improving his 2011 campaign to 58-2. “So I really don’t mind that I spend less time on the court…Today I didn’t feel any pain. I served well and I played well, so I have no concern.”

Other Top 10 seeds advancing into the second round Tuesday were No. 2 Rafael Nadal, and No. 5 David Ferrer coming from a set down to beat Igor Andreev.

Ernests Gulbis, who has enjoyed a resurgence of once-promise this summer, provided the biggest seeded upset of the day when he topped No. 16 Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets. Nikolay Davydenko also uprooted a seed, outlasting No. 32 Ivan Dodig 6-2 in the fifth.

Other notable unseeded winners were David Nalbandian over Bobby Reynolds in four, James Blake in four over Jesse Huta Galung, Donald Young, and Nicolas Mahut beating Robert Farah 6-0 in the fifth.

“I think everyone’s light turns on at their own time,” said the embattled American Young, who earlier this year tweeted his disdain for the USTA after being denied a tournament wildcard, and who will next meet No. 14 Stan Wawrinka. “I’m starting to feel like mine is turning on. Yeah, people do it at their own time. Not everybody does it when everybody expects it to be done. I wish it could have been earlier. It’s starting to come now and I’m excited about it…I feel I’m a little more aggressive, able to actually not just play well for a little part of the match but the whole match, which is definitely what you need to do to win matches at this level.”

Blake will next meet Ferrer, and Nalbandian the No. 30 seed Ivan Ljubicic.

Matches to watch for on Wednesday in Flushing Meadows include (4) Andy Murray vs. Indian backboard Somdev Devvarman, (21) Andy Roddick vs. “Iron” Mike Russell in an all-American meeting, Marcos Baghdatis vs. (28) John Isner, and American-to-watch Jack Sock vs. Frenchman Marc Gicquel.

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 Start Time
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) v. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[2]
Not Before:13:00
Somdev Devvarman (IND) v. Andy Murray (GBR)[4]
Venus Williams (USA) v. Sabine Lisicki (GER)[22]

Arthur Ashe Stadium 19:00 Start Time
Andy Roddick (USA)[21] v. Michael Russell (USA)
Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[3]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 Start Time
Madison Keys (USA) v. Lucie Safarova (CZE)[27]
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[18] v. Filippo Volandri (ITA)
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) v. Samantha Stosur (AUS)[9]
Not Before:17:00
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) v. John Isner (USA)[28]

Grandstand 11:00 Start Time
Robin Soderling (SWE)[6] v. Louk Sorensen (IRL)
Marion Bartoli (FRA)[8] v. Christina McHale (USA)
Robby Ginepri (USA) v. Joao Souza (BRA)
Angelique Kerber (GER) v. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[12]


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132 Comments for Djokovic Advances After Opponent Hurls at US Open

sheila Says:

just finished watching nadal-golubev match. i cannot believe nadal won this. golubev had so many opportunities & he also, imho, outhit nadal. talk about a mental collapse. golubev had so many opportunities but not the belief. i was rooting 4him. 2bad he couldnt pull it off. kudos 2nadal once again proving his is the tuffest mentally on the tour. the guy is phenomenal. when hes not playing his best he manages to win anyway, thats y i think he will win uso although i want federer to win it


alison hodge Says:

@sheila i think thats what seperates the likes of rafa,roger and now nole,from the rest of the field they always find a way through,even when not playing there best,they seem to have extra gears that the others dont,im sure you were on the edge of your seat at last years wimbledon federers almost calamatous 1st round exit to falla,just like i was last night with rafa,however theres a good reason that they have won 26 grand slams between them,there never say die attitude to the game.


V Blacklabel Says:

Here are my thoughts on Day 2 at the Open, Na Li losing, Serena winning and some old folks sticking around: http://bit.ly/nW0Z8t


El Flaco Says:

Agreed Sheila. Golubev was up a break in every set. He was serving 5-3, 40-0 in the 2nd set. He had a total of 7 set points in the 2nd set, 5 of them on his own serve. In the 3rd set he was up 2 breaks at 5-2. I thought Verdasco was a head case, but Golubev has him beat by a mile.


Richard Says:

Poor Golubev….had SO many chances. Nadal was lucky- pure and simple.


alison hodge Says:

@richard sometimes you make your own luck in this world,ifs buts,would haves,and should haves,are irelevant,its what actually happens that counts,whats gone is gone,end of story.


van orten Says:

hahahahahahaha poorrr golubev???? come on he did not deserve to win this ..so many chances he outhit nadal completly and still managed no to win a single set??!!?!?!!?

nadal was not lucky golubev was simply not tough enough not man enough to beat an absolutly shaken nadal at times..


jane Says:

I’d say Golubev’s problem was an utter lack of consistency. He just didn’t know when to reign it in a little, to protect his own service games when serving out a set for example. I don’t know the final unforced error count for him but it must’ve been over 50 – in three sets!! He did get nervous at times I suppose, but it is more about playing smartly, pulling back a bit on second serves, not always going for broke. Anyhow, there is loads of talent there: some of his shots were breath-taking! I hope he can get it all together.

I thought Rafa served and played better as the match wore on, too. So he will probably be pleased with that. There was a similar pattern in Fed’s match.

How sad to hear about Soda’s withdrawal. It has been a tough year for him. That clears a top seed out of Muzza’s or Rafa’s section, not sure which – I know he is in the bottom half though.

Meanwhile… Look at Pospisl GO!! Woot!! ;)


van orten Says:

wow just watched the fed interview..it seems to be really slower and he compared the night session to the one at melbourne…come on melbourne is pretty damn slow…he says it is unfortunate that at the slams there isnt any big difference anymore and that now with the us open doing it to slowing it down the game loses something it needs…
he said it is def. slower than montreal and cincinnati…
what a pity..seems fed needs to play the tournament of his life to win this..seems that nadal has a big chance of winning it not even needing to play agressive and stick to his 18 -20 winners per match to win tactics…the same with murray ..djoker in the end as well. the one top player that needs speed is fed..


van orten Says:

i always wanted fed to play nadal on a fast hard court now i dont want it anymore at least not here in NY it is slow now…big advantage nadal so better not to meet him fed


Brando Says:

@jane: he was due to meet Murray in the qtrs. In all honesty though I doubt he would have caused any trouble to Murray since whenever they do play Murray seems to expose soda’s movement. Other than his power, I think Murray would have been more than happy to see him in his section. Nonetheless I hope soda does recover fully and soon.


alison hodge Says:

thats good analysis jane,rafa,roger,even the worlds best can struggle from time to time,nobody can play perfect all the time,there only human after all,shame about soda,to be honest i never really cared for him that much,but i still enjoyed watching him play,if that makes any sense.


Brando Says:

I do agree with van orten that federer needs a quick court, but I think it should speed up as the tourny goes along. I think the speed is more affected/ determined by environmental factors than the surface itself, which is the same as ever.


alison hodge Says:

@brando what was your take on rafas match last night,good,bad or indifferent.


Brando Says:

@alison: to answer your question from the other thread, unfortunately I did not see rafa’s match, but I did enjoy Reading everyones comments after. Taking them and rafa’s presser into account I feel it was performance that was one which rafa is comfortable with going forward- some good things to build on and some bad that need improving.


Brando Says:

@alison: LOL, with the 1.10 timing. As I mentioned I couldn’t watch the match unfortunately but what did please me was how rafa was very postive in his post match reaction. He said that he was pleased with the mental strength he showed when he was behind, that practise is going well and that he feels good going forward. For me rafa is at his best when he plays with a uncluttered mind, with conviction and without fear- that’s when the best of rafa is on display! Based on last nights comments hopefully he is in a good space mentally and the game shall follow suit.


marrisv Says:

Yes, rafa should improve as the tourney goes on… I remember he was poor in his opening two matches last year against Gabashvili and Istomin, played a couple of breakers in each to edge through.

He is not confident with his two handed backhand from what i saw of yesterday’s match. That shot needs to be firing for him to be confident on his forehand. His serve seems to be getting there… There were a few bombs yesterday.


alison hodge Says:

@brando sorry got my threads mixed up,not to mention time differences,lol,anyway all in all,rafa can take a lot of positives from this game.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Murray & Delpo up next…..

Per jane & margot…….woot!


jane Says:

Wow, don’t seem to see Andy M in red much; I like it. :)


jane Says:

lol skeezer, woot!


stu Says:

not the best start for red andy!


Dory Says:

I just cannot stop laughing when Devverman plays. Not obviously laughing at him as he’s from my country but the way his style annoys even the top players. Find that very funny.


Dory Says:

jane, agree Murray looks incredible in red. Very handsome.


Dory Says:

Wow swinging volley from the baseline by Devvarman!


jane Says:

Nice start from Devvarman; he’s played aggressively and it’s paying off. I’ve noticed more players coming to net at this slam thus far: Monfils, Golubev and now Devvarman. Interesting trend to follow.

Anyhow, I feel like Muzza is just getting warmed up. He will be fine. BP now.

Commentators (Gilbert/Cahill) saying Delpo’s been spraying some forehands, but he’s got the first set behind him anyhow.


alison hodge Says:

murrays getting his act together after that shakey start,game on,apart from baltacha,hes now flying the flag for our brits,im hoping for a more straight forward game,than the one rafa had last night.


jane Says:

Great forehand from Muzza to finish that last game.


alison hodge Says:

this is an exciting match,both are now playing well,not much difference between the two,hope muzza now breaks to take the 1st set.


alison hodge Says:

god i hate tie breaks,they remind me of penalty shoot outs in football,sudden death.


stu Says:

I love Muzz, but I’m rooting for Dewa here. He also got a tough R1 opponent at the Wimby….Or was it FO?


jane Says:

^ well, only if it’s in the 5th/3rd set. :)

Good set! Phew Muzza.


alison hodge Says:

a good solid tie break,and a solid set by muzza who just edged it,shame about that missed fh by devverman that gifted muzza the set.


alison hodge Says:

jmdp is cruising to victory.


alison hodge Says:

2 sets muzzas now cruising,just needs to remain focused,devvarman dosnt look like he has anything left in the tank,im now breathing easier too.


Lou Says:

Rafa service is really a concern for him: read this article recently:Nadal’s Service- A Potential Area Of Concern http://bit.ly/o57E9v
It has gone down almost 20 points.Wonder who can defeat Nole now!


Kimberly Says:

Just heard Venus withdrew??!!!! What a shame. I thought she played well in her first match.


alison hodge Says:

a good solid performance,nice one muzza.


jane Says:

Good for Murray; solid first match.

Kimberly, what? That’s too bad. And Bartoli’s upset, yet another one. Wow the women’s draw is getting decimated. It really does feel like this event is Serena’s to lose.


margot Says:

Yay! Come on Andy! Red for danger…to all his opponents :)


margot Says:

Loads of withdrawals on women’s and men’s.Shame:(


alison hodge Says:

@jane it doesnt look like theres much competion left for serena on the womens side,i think only sharapova or azarenka,are probably the only ones capable of going toe to toe with her,the womens game is really in the doldrums.


alison hodge Says:

@ margot,muzza played really well,i cant see hasse been too much trouble for him either,biggest test will probably be delpo.


alison hodge Says:

i dont really watch womans tennis a great deal,however ive just been looking at games on interactive and im watching cibulkova against falconi,for someone so small she really does know how to belt the ball hard and move around the court really fast,a little scrapper if ever there was one,no one really talks about her as she lacks concistency,a shame really as some of her shots are quite breath taking.


Kimberly Says:

lots of withdrawals, venus and soderling being the most disappointing. I was looking forward to Venus Lisicki today.

Murray looked good. Of the big 4 Rafa certainly looked the worst. Terrible match. I mean, in all honesty I’m quite glad Golubev put up the choke job of the century but I still can appreciate how bad it was.


Kimmi Says:

Venus OUT! Soda pop OUT! they both had some injuries/iliiness before this tournament. pulling out of tournaments before USO. it was kind of expected.

How many matches has venus played this year though? maybe the body is trying to tell her to hang up the racquet?


Kimmi Says:

Congrats to McHale, great win over a top 10 player. Hope she is here to stay a ala malanie oudin..


Kimmi Says:

congrats to muzza and delpo too. all the way to the end guys!


alison hodge Says:

@kimberly hopefully rafa will improve here on in.


Kimmi Says:

it must be hard to play isner or karlovic! didnt baghdatis lose to isner last week? Isner is better than dr ivo though. more variety. I think he will do well…he has been great this hardcourt season.


Brando Says:

Murray: 44 unforced errors, 41 winners + 8 aces. Seems like Murray is playing a more aggressive brand of tennis. If so I think it’s the right move for him in order to win.


alison hodge Says:

@brando murray looked pretty solid today,rafa will have his work cut out for him,should he get that far.


Kimmi Says:

another top seed out, cibulkova.

More new names coming up.. Irina Falconi


Brando Says:

@ alison: complete agreement on that front. Murray’s got the game to win- no doubt about that. Plus he beat rafa here 3 years ago. That would be an awesome match if it happens. The only concern is however wins will be shattered for the final since rafa will make murray run and Murray shall make rafa run. Too many intense rallies with these 2 when they play each other.


Brando Says:

However> whoever.


alison hodge Says:

@brando,yeah if that were to happen your damned right,presumably theyd be facing fed or most likely nole,who would be licking there lips with glee.


alison hodge Says:

@kimmi,congrats to falconi she played awesome,im dissapointed cibulkova went out as i think she can play fantastic,but she is just not consistent enough,she is someone i love to watch but frustrates the hell out of me,as i want and think she has the potential to be much better than she is.


andrea Says:

us tennis seems to have some new contenders. that should make the usta feel better. just catching up on tennis from yesterday. pretty lame from golubev. he was spanking nadal with forehands and serves but near the end he wasn’t even trying to construct points – just whaling at the ball. unfortunate for him.


Kimmi Says:

alison – i agree about consistency and cibulkova. She most of the time go for too much, even when not in position. she almost reminds me of golubev when playing rafa yesterday. To me cibulkova lost that match rather than falconi winning it.

Congrats to falconi though…it takes two to tangle.


Kimmi Says:

Baggy in TROUBLE. he needs to break before the tie break. No chance for him when they get to the tie break.


alison hodge Says:

@brando,always a case of whoever blinks first,last man standing,i will be both gutted and delighted in equal measure whatever happens,been a brit an all that,love rafa,love murray,damn it why couldnt they be on opposites sides of the draw originaly i wanted a fedal final,be carefull what you wish for eh.


Kimmi Says:

no fedal for me. not now, not ever.

I am ready for more rafole


alison hodge Says:

@kimmi thanks you hit the nail on the head.


Kimmi Says:

ha ha alison, it OK. just voicing my wishes.


alison hodge Says:

@kimmi thats my whole point,a nandy or a randy final would be nice,if only rafa and andy were on opposite sides of the draw,which they aint so its moot.


Kimmi Says:

tie break..c’mon baggy. win this one.


Kimmi Says:

baggy with a good start..


Kimmi Says:

wow, isner on fire. back on serve.


Kimmi Says:

Isner kick on the second serve..WOW!


Kimberly Says:

was very very happy to see McHale win, we all know how I feel about Bartoli and I like McHale


Kimmi Says:

this tie break is still going 7-7.

baggy, C’MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON


Kimmi Says:

set point baggy 8-7


Kimmi Says:

Oh men, those second serves from isner are ridiculous. Now isner with set point. I give up for baggy


Kimmi Says:

yes, baggy!! great volley. 10-9. set point baggy..c’mooon


Kimmi Says:

isner second serve again. very risky second serve on the line. how many times he can do that. Now isner with set point..

I think isner wins now..its gonna happen soon or later


Kimmi Says:

baggy blinked first. BH error!

isner setpoint on his serve..ACE???


Kimmi Says:

No luck for baggy. he played great tie break but not good enough. ah!! the match is over for him.


Nina Says:

Come on Murray! *where is the cheerleader smiley?*


Kimmi Says:

Big upset in doubles. Bryan twins upsets by KARLOVIC-MOSER 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Bryan brother lost in the first round, amazing!!

What??? I cant believe those results. what happened to Bryan bro??


Kimmi Says:

venus apparently has autoimmune disorder.


skeezerweezer Says:

Me hopes Tennis X does an article one day BEFORE the Bryan Bros. decline ( Not a Jeremy one, please… )and give them the credit they so deserve. History makers in so many ways and records galore. Talk about Americans in Tennis, these 2 should be Icons, but alas, doubles is always a secondary thing for fans.


Kimmi Says:

ah, i was giving up for baggy but the guy still got heart. still fighting to take the third set 6-2. go baggy :)


funches Says:

Baghdatis came back from two sets down to beat Ferrer at the Australian Open either in 2010 or 2009. He came from two sets down to beat Ljubicic there the year he reached the final.

There are many negative things that can be said about Baggy, but giving up when he gets down is not one of them.


Kimmi Says:

well, isner broke and now serving for the match. good try baggy. Isner is a better player today.


scoreboard66 Says:

Too bad for Baggy, he’s really tried hard to stay in the match, but Isner just won’t let up and give him a break. Isner seems to be playing better over the past month, which means he could get to the QFs if the cards are shuffled in his favor.


scoreboard66 Says:

I think Baghdatis showed big heart in his match against Agassi when he began cramping, but wouldn’t give up.


steve-o Says:

Sadly, Roddick has morphed into a passive grinder. It appears that he can no longer be bothered to try for winners. He slices and moonballs everything.

It has been a snoozefest so far and even though Russell has won a set, it won’t appreciably raise the interest level of the match.


Kimmi Says:

Another upset for the ladies. Agnieszka Radwanska 12 seed is out. beaten by Angelique Kerber from germany. never heard of her before..she is ranked 92 at the moment.


Kimmi Says:

steve-o, i agree, this match is a snoozefest. yawn!!


Kimmi Says:

I actually enjoyed radwanska vs kerber, the german girl was fighting hard..there was some great tennis especially the 3rd set.


Kimberly Says:

Total bore but as I am waiting for maria’s match I am watching


tennisfansince76 Says:

if only the tennnis gods had seen fit to put Delpo in Nadal’s qtr.


jane Says:

The crowd is very subdued in the Roddick/Russell match and they are both Americans, so you’d think they’d be a little more into it: unless they are confused who to cheer for, though you would think, this being the USO, they’d be for Andy. Perhaps if they got more into it, it would fire Roddick up? Also, Roddick stands much too far behind the baseline. He needs to step in and fire up!


tennisfansince76 Says:

Roddick has unleashed his inner Michael Chang again. just in time for an early exit from the open


jane Says:

I was trying to recall in whose section Delpo landed at the AO (which of the top 4): not that it really mattered, since he went out early anyhow, but Nole had him at the FO, Rafa had him at Wimbledon, and Muzza has him here, so Delpo is making the rotations. ;)


tennisfansince76 Says:

yes pretty random. i would have loved to see him hammer on Nadal


jane Says:

Roddick’s playing with a little more authority since he got that break back: hitting a bit harder. But he is still playing too far back imo.


jane Says:

Tfs76, looks like he hammered on Volandri anyhow: didn’t see as I was watching Murray.


jane Says:

Wow, Russell has hit two amazing shots in this game, a down the line passer that hooked back in, and a lob while on the backwards sprint, but Roddick has “that serve” to quell the excitement.


Kimmi Says:

I dont like this mens first on night session.women would have finished by now and men would have already started, that way I can decide if mens match is worth staying late for.


steve-o Says:

jane: I don’t think the fans are confused. They are bored. I know I am, and I like Roddick a lot.

To call this match a desultory, half-assed affair would make it sound about a thousand times more exciting than it is.


jane Says:

I like when they mix it up Kimmi, with men’s first sometimes. Who is Sharpie playing? Haven’t even checked!


Kimmi Says:

congrats roddick! now sharpie…

I am into women tennis this USO…Hope the other girl can give it a match..or it will be time to sleep.


steve-o Says:

Glad that Roddick finally got through. But it was so torturous to watch. Perhaps he will rediscover how to hit a forehand winner.

Is this the game plan he’s adopted in his old age, to prolong the rallies forever and hope for an error? Given that he was never the fastest player even when young, and that he’s up against the likes of Djokovic and Nadal who can run all day, it would seem like a suicidal tactic. But maybe his team knows something I don’t.


skeezerweezer Says:

steve-o

Perhaps Roddick will find late in life how to be aggressive, capitalize on his serve, and deal hammer blows? I am dreaming. BTW I like Roddick too just some tough Love here……

He did it once against Rafa on a HC, but apparently that was a Oasis….


jane Says:

Roddick is through to play the interestingly-named Jack Sock, who won the USO as a junior, right? Roddick should perhaps try for the one-two when he can – open the court with a wide serve then go for a forehand down the line or wrong footing his opponent hitting behind – maybe shorten some of the points that way anyhow.

Don’t know Sharapova’s opponent.


jane Says:

^ I mean backhand. But Roddick is stronger on the forehand side, though his backhand slice is a very reliable shot.


steve-o Says:

Yakimova defends like nobody’s business, she’s running down so many balls. I feel like I’m watching a young Nadal.


jane Says:

^ That defense isn’t helping her much tonight is it? Maria is hitting her off the court; sharpie is WAY sharper than last round!

steve-o, not sure about you, but I am looking forward to the Cilic vs. Tomic match tomorrow (I know you are a Cilic fan).


steve-o Says:

@jane: sadly I won’t be able to watch Cilic/Tomic, I will be on an airplane, headed to vacation somewhere without TV (but with internet access).

This is the second year in a row I’m missing large chunks of the US Open thanks to travel. At least this time I’ll be back in town for most of the second week.

If Cilic beats Tomic his likely reward will be a third-round match with the all-time Grand Slam champion (whom I am hoping will win the title), so whether Cilic wins or loses tomorrow, it’s not the happiest of outcomes for me. But I expect the tennis will be very tactical and exciting.


Kimberly Says:

Maria played much better tonight. Very pleasant match to watch for me.


jane Says:

Yep, I think it will be a good match, steve-o. Hope so. Too bad you will miss it, but if it’s for a vaction, it’s worth it! Enjoy.


steve-o Says:

Thank you, jane. Hope you enjoy the match.


margot Says:

Brando: what I really liked about Andy’s match was how he ratcheted up his forehand. Good to see :)
Come on my little red devil…well not so little ;)


alison hodge Says:

@tfs76,i agree in part a rafa delpo match up would be exciting,to see where rafas at and if he can recapture that brilliant form of last year,that match up would have been a good test for rafa,and also for delpo to see if he can recapture the form of two years ago,however a potential murray delpo match looks a pretty exciting prospect too.


alison hodge Says:

@margot although i love rafa,i have to say im leaning more towards our andy,it would be fantastic for him to become a grand slam champ,afer all roger rafa have already done it,and noles done enough this year already,time for andy to shine,looking pretty good so far,so fingers crossed.


alison hodge Says:

@jane 10.05pm 31st aug,iremember delpo playing nole at the fo,delpo was actually a set up and was getting the better of nole if i remember rightly,then rain or bad lighting i cant remember which caused the match to be posponed for the night,delpo had the edge and many of the commontators said had the match gone on that they thought delpo would have won that game,the momentom was with delpo,yet nole was given a chance to regroup by the gods,things could have been very different delpo would have been thinking what if.


jane Says:

alison, I think the scheduling was rather poor at the FO, and add to that there are no lights, and there were a few matches postponed or carried over. Yes, Nole and Delpo were a set apiece when they called it for no light. Nole had won the first set, but Delpo had won the second building momentum. It is possible Delpo could’ve won the match had they kept on playing / had light, but given that they still had three sets to go, it is tough to say. Nole could’ve taken back momentum too. I have wondered one or twice that if Nole had won the fourth set tiebreak in the Fed semi-final match, and if they had to return the next day, again due to darkness, if maybe Nole would’ve won the 5th set and been in the final. But who knows? It is all woulda coulda shoulda. It is just a shame thay the FO doesn’t have lights, or a roof on one court, or maybe start earlier? It seemed that they started play at 1:00 pm some days, if I recall correctly.

Muzza has a very good record versus Delpo, so it will be interesting to see what happens if that match transpires. They played at the USO in 2008 and their match was very exciting.


Brando Says:

@margot: hi margot. That is good to read that andy has started to use his forehand more aggressively. I also read the same elsewhere that it was a more aggressive style that he played. I think it’s a good move for andy.


jane Says:

^ According to the ATP site, Andy hit 41 winners and 8 aces, so the stats back up the notion that he played aggressively. He just needs to cut down on the errors a bit.


alison hodge Says:

jane thanks spot on as usual.


skeezerweezer Says:

Hope Andy keeps his serving stats up too. Always been a sore spot in crunch time matches( the 2nd especially ). When he serves well, it most likely ends well for him. It also helps him stay aggressive.

margot, do you miss the Afro? ;)


alison hodge Says:

skeezer i agree against the top 3 guys,he seems to doubt himself sometimes at the key moments,he has the talent,but a lot of it is between the ears.


alison hodge Says:

jj and dokic looks as if it could be a could match,dokic was a player who looked destined for big this,sadly she went the other way,i hope she makes a come back and gives a good account of herself today.


margot Says:

alison hodge, welcome aboard :) Plenty of room on the Murray roller coaster!
skeeze, yes love Afro but suppose his PR company has got hold of him.
Don’t care too much what he looks like. Just hope he carries on playing the way he did against Somdev and doesn’t slip back into that old familiar stuff when he’s unsure and lacking in confidence.
Came to the net…WOW…to follow up a pass..would you believe….


alison hodge Says:

thanks margot,have to disagree about the afro though,love the new look,and a new attitude,he didnt get down on himself when all was not going to plan in that 1st set either,he stayed fully focused,all good signs for us muzza fans,by the way will you be cheering on balley later,our girls also been looking good this week,go muzza,go balley up the brits.


alison hodge Says:

berdy cruised against fognini,straight sets and a double bagel.


margot Says:

alison, love gutsy Baltacha, think they call her something else? So much injury. Love Heather too and some of the young kids eg Brody, Morgan, etc look promising.
Come on!


alison hodge Says:

margot its a shame katie o brien has now retired too,we should also cheer on james blake his mums british,so that makes him half british lol.

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