Shocker! US Open Listens to Players, Moves Men’s Final To Monday
by Staff | September 8th, 2011, 6:00 pm
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Perhaps under mounting pressure from the top men, the US Open has just issued a revised schedule moving the men’s final from Sunday to Monday at 4pm.

The rain the last two days in New York would have forced players like Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray to play four straight days of five-set matches to win the US Open. Under the revision, the two men’s finalist will have Sunday off before their Monday collision.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who are in quarterfinal matches today, will have Friday off with the semifinal winner enjoying another day off on Sunday.

The men’s and women’s semifinals will both be played on Saturday. The men in the day, the women at night. And the women’s final will now be played Sunday at 4pm.

The US Open says this unprecedented was precipitated by inclement weather, but mismanagement and player dissent over the last few days played a role, as the did the reemergence of Serena Williams who’ll likely be the star Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, prime ratings blocks for CBS.

CBS will televise all five sessions.

REVISED US OPEN WEEKEND SCHEDULE

MEN’S SINGLES QUARTERFINALS (SESSION #20) (12pm)
The remaining Men’s Quarterfinals will be played on Friday, September 9th, with gates opening at 10am. The tickets from the originally cancelled Session #20, Wednesday September 7th night session will now be honored for this rescheduled session.

MEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS (SESSION #24) (12pm)
The Men’s Semifinals (Session #24) remains as scheduled for Saturday day, September 10th with gates opening at 10am.

WOMEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS (SESSION #23) (8pm)
The Women’s Semifinals (Session #23) originally scheduled for Friday, September 9th are rescheduled to Saturday night, September 10th, with gates opening at 6pm.

WOMEN’S SINGLES FINAL (SESSION #25) (4pm)
The Women’s Final (Session #25) is rescheduled for Sunday, September 11th at 4pm with gates opening at 11am and doubles match TBD.

MEN’S SINGLES FINAL (SESSION #26) (4pm)
The Men’s Final (Session #26) is rescheduled for Monday, September 12th at 4pm with gates opening at 11am with doubles match TBD.


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148 Comments for Shocker! US Open Listens to Players, Moves Men’s Final To Monday

jane Says:

Can anyone tell me why Tipsa retired? Just finished work and haven’t seen any tennis but for a little this morning?

Also, does Fed/Tsonga begin soon? Have to rush home for that one! I think Fed will get revenge (just a gut feeling based on Fed’s form last match), but he will want to get through quickly I suspect. Longer may (?) favour Tsonga (he’s been training with Agassi’s old trainer apparently).


Nina Says:

I think he had some kind of nigging injury before and when he realized he could not win against nole he retired.


Nina Says:

Also Nole broke his toenail, ugh. But he got it bandaged and he could play for the rest of the match. I has a scare there as I thought he had broken his foot or something.

At this time of the season, every player has health problems.

Also Soderling posted on facebook that he has mono which explains his poor last months.


jane Says:

Thanks for the updates Nina, :). Horrible news about Soda, but that does explain his rough season. Hope he’s well soon; that can be such a troublesome virus.


Joel Says:

More importantly, will it be streamed live on USOpen.org? Heck, I should just take the day off.


Dan Martin Says:

Good move by the US Open


Kimmi Says:

Goooo Roger PLEAAASE!


Kimmi Says:

congrats to all the winners. especially roddick and kerber. amazing wins!


Kimmi Says:

the tsonga serve,oh lord. fed needs to serve well too.


Kimmi Says:

BREAK!! Go roger, very aggressive there! Now hold!!


mat4 Says:

Is it raining?

Jo is gonna loose, and loose fast.


mat4 Says:

Can I erase my last post?


Kimmi Says:

Good thing federer stopped there, he doesn’t want to give a break back..


mat4 Says:

I am making so many mistakes today. to-too, loose-lose, I-he etc. I am tired, obviously. Sorry for my posts.

Then, after three games: Roger seems nervous. His backhand doesn’t look good. I was thinking today that this match could have two outcomes: Roger in three sets or Jo in four or five. But the pressure is big in both, and they are both very nervous. Who will be the first to calm down?


mat4 Says:

… for both…


Kimmi Says:

mat4 – thats why i am thinking it was good for roger to stop that last game before rain delay. he started first point a bit nervous. Now he can go in re-group and hopefully he comes back strong, hold and win the set. easier say than done.


mat4 Says:

@Kimmi:

It could be a long evening. Roger has to be steady from the backhand side. The last thing he wants is another match where his opponent is targeting his backhand all the way. I don’t think Tsonga’s backhand is better, so perhaps if he just doesn’t overplay, it could be fine.

Then, I had the impression that Tsonga moved a bit better. Usually Roger makes all those small steps, not tonight. Maybe because the court was slippery.


Kimmi Says:

mat4 – they played only 5 games, roger was moving well imo. that game he broke tsonga he run around his backhand several times and unleash big FHs. I think he started the better player.

He just needs to keep it up. fingers crossed.


Kimmi Says:

stosur demolish zvonareva. I thought it will be a close match..NOT to be. congrats to stosur. great chance to get to the final. I dont know that kerber girl what she can bring.


jane Says:

It’s roughly 9:00 p.m. in NYC, so there is technically time to play on; however, does anyone know how much rain is falling there? Is it likely play will be suspended again or was it just lighter showers?


mat4 Says:

@Kimmi:

I didn’t see the first game and the break. I thought the match would start at 7, not 17.

@Jane:

Glad you’re here. You were lucky to be at work. Nole played two awful sets, but Tipsy retired. ;-)

The way Djoko plays, I just hope you will have to work for the semi.


jane Says:

mat4, I saw the scoreline. I guess Tipsy was playing really well; he is a great player when he applies himself, and he loves a big match/stage. Hope his injury is nothing too serious. Not great to hear that Nole wasn’t playing his best, but he has reached the semis here five years in a row; that’s awesome. He played so-so in some rounds at Wimbledon too, yet in the final two matches, he raised his level. Maybe he will be able do that here. If not, it’s okay; he has still had an amazing season, imo.

Hear anything about tonight/rain? Was really looking forward to watching this match.


Kimmi Says:

djokovic has the adv or more rest days. its 9:30pm now, it does not look like they will get to finish the match..


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mat4 Says:

Nothing, really. I watched a stream when the match was interrupted, and it didn’t look like a big rain. Just a few drops. So I check regularly the live scores to see if the match has continued.

Try the US Open.org radio.

The match seems to restart!


Kimmi Says:

and tsonga breaks back..s@#$%t


jane Says:

Tsonga has so much power.


mat4 Says:

The rebound is so high…

@Jane: who do we root for? (do we root they break the Isner-Mahut record?)


Kimmi Says:

Go fed! 3 BP!


BT Says:

Very lucky for Stosur than Penetta lost to Kerber becauses Penetta is her nemesis. I don’t think Stosur has ever beaten her.

I’m tipping a repeat of Toronto with a Williams-Stosur final and Serena winning.


jane Says:

Lol mat4, noooooooo. I don’t want to see anyone break that record. I don’t know? If Nole is in mediocre form both Fed and Tsonga will beat him. If Nole is in very good form, then he has a chance against either of them, but it’ll be tough no matter what. I think both have winning records over Nole.


Kimmi Says:

BREAK! Goooo fed!


Kimmi Says:

YAY! go fed! dont bring him back.


mat4 Says:

Our only hope is a tough and long five setter. Or to work on Sunday…


jane Says:

First set, Fed.


mat4 Says:

Jocking aside. Jo thinks to much about winning. In the last matches, he had nothing to lose, but now it is different. Does he need to lose all hope to start playing well?


jane Says:

Interesting point: he was down 2-1 sets vs Fish, and he was down vs Fed every time he won, wasn’t he? Maybe you are right mat4 (about over-thinking).

So what do people think about the other QFs matches: Rafa vs Roddick, Muzza vs Isner??


mat4 Says:

A victory today is Jo’s ticket to the big stage. He is too tense, serving at 30% in the second set.


jane Says:

Fed is returning well!


jane Says:

I guess he is attacking Jo’s second serve, then, if he is serving at only 30%!


mat4 Says:

Fed doesn’t play well. Probably the conditions. Too much UE from both. If he plays like this against a good Novak (like in the third set today), he will have some hard time.

This match could already be over. But you never know.


Ike Says:

i am ok with Monday finals as long as they don’t start it at 4 pm! come on people, start it at 6 or 7 pm!


Ike Says:

Jo needs to hang in, kind of like Wimby. good things will happen to him.


mat4 Says:

Roger doesn’t need to attack. Just let Tsonga make the errors.


Ike Says:

jane
Jo has won only 40% of his second serves :(


Maso Says:

Seems like Roger will take the second if this goes on. I’m having Wimby flashbacks, though, with Tsonga, you just never know…


Ike Says:

come on Jo, hang in there


jane Says:

Tsonga is quite flat right now, lots of errors, less than 50% serves, no rallies or winners. Fed will be through quickly at this rate.


Kimmi Says:

too good to be true..but tsonga is a slow starter, he is warming up right now.


Ike Says:

Wimby flashbacks yes, but Jo played really well in the 2nd set there, not here :(


Kimmi Says:

Go fed, dont let him back! that is motto of the day.


mat4 Says:

It is not Wimbledon, and Jo will not make a come back. It seems obvious. Just like all Frenchies, when it really matters, Tsonga is nowhere to be seen. This match is over.


Kimmi Says:

aaaaaargh! that was bad by fed!


Ike Says:

here we go Jo, come on!!!!


Kimmi Says:

break back just like that..now tsonga will get the confidence! ah!!!


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

The way Roger is playing, there is still hope for us, Djoko fans.


Daniel Says:

What was that return?! Fed a little sloppy in some games he was broken when he shouldn’t.


Ike Says:

seems like Jo is finding his range :)


Daniel Says:

Tsonga is nit serving as Wimby. This is Fed match!


Ike Says:

come on Jo!!!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

can fed hold now! he needs to..no choice!


Ike Says:

awesome one hand BH from JO!


Daniel Says:

Tsonga is returning really well, he is making Fed play almost every point. Hah, I think I junked him and he missed 2 returns on 30-30 when he should be pressuring?!


Kimmi Says:

Phew!

ike – yeah, it was awesome. Jo is warming up now.


Kimmi Says:

daniel – yap! no jinxing roger please :)


mat4 Says:

I can’t watch this anymore. Two matches in one day is not for me. I’ll go to my books.

Good night everybody.


Daniel Says:

3 forehand unforced by Tsonga to lose the game and set.
The two are hammering the ball and a lot of errors, but some exciting points.


Kimmi Says:

Great return from roger.. cause an error from tsonga.

So, is this the time for tsonga is make a comeback!


Ike Says:

well…back is against the wall, let’s c what the cornered tiger can do


van orten Says:

Fed controls 99% of the points…he is playin great tennis


jane Says:

Fed is in much better form than Tsonga tonight; it looks like a straight setter. Fed is serving waaaaay better.

Fedal final??? Might be.


Ike Says:

as soon as Jo goes down a break this set, I am going to stop watching this, and start watching my Packers beat the Saints!


van orten Says:

Fed is on attacking mode…!


Kimmi Says:

ah, tsonga saved a 0-30 game. Hope fed does let this man back. until the fat lady sings then i will believe. right now is very early in this set…


Kimmi Says:

does NOT let this man back….


Ike Says:

amusing…tennis fans still hoping for Fedal USO final :)
i wouldn’t mind if Rafa wins that one too!


Ike Says:

come on Jo, you can do it!


van orten Says:

Fed is looking Sharper than anybody left in the tournament..looking good


Kimmi Says:

I dont want fedal ike..rafa fans wants fadal i think. because fed is rafa whooping boy. so dont worry ike, if it is fedal, rafa will win.


Ike Says:

good game Jo!


Gannu Says:

I SERIOUSLY HOPE AND PRAY THAT FEDDY BEAR WINS THIS US OPEN…AND HE HAS GOT A NIGHTMARE DRAW…DJOKOVIC THEN NADAL IF HE GETS PAST TSONGA….


van orten Says:

And fed is a bit unlucky too..Lots of net chords and close calls


jane Says:

Tsonga is at 50% first serves & has hit somethig like 30 UEs to 8 winners. Fed has been to net 24 times and won nearly 70% points; Tsonga 13 times and won only 54%. Fed’s the sharper by far.


Ike Says:

yeah Kimmi…i kind of meant “Rafa” fans (and casual fans) want Fedal final.


Kimmi Says:

twice now that one handed BH pass..


Ike Says:

come on Jo!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

bad game this one..hope fed can get out of it.

DF..uho BREAK POINT! oh dear


van orten Says:

Stupid Timing for a double fault ;-)


Kimmi Says:

Come on!! he says Phew!


van orten Says:

Crucial hold!!!


Ike Says:

jane
first two sets stats won’t mean a damn thing once Jo starts playing his best!


Ike Says:

awesome volley Jo!


Ike Says:

love hold for Jo!


Kimmi Says:

serve very well on that game tsonga. warming up now!


Kimmi Says:

federer is rushing now..c’mon think!


Ike Says:

come on Jo, serve well!


Kimmi Says:

he got that return this time..break him!


jane Says:

Ike, you’re funny: but who says Jo is going to start playing his best? And even if he does, Fed is still playing excellently. So I still think they matter,, i.e., too late for Jo methinks.


Kimmi Says:

Missed it! he was there..aaaaagh!


jane Says:

At this level, Fed has a good chance to win it all, too.


Kimmi Says:

agh! panicing! federer TAKE IT EASY!


van orten Says:

Tsonga served out of This world at wimby am..Today he is back on earth..fed is returning way better too


Kimmi Says:

what a SERVE!


Kimmi Says:

How many chances..hope this next one is a charm


van orten Says:

C!!!ome on fed..wanna go to bed


Ike Says:

that’s it :(
good luck Nole, will be rooting for you!


Kimmi Says:

DF! challenge!

what? no challenge? did tsonga change his mind?


van orten Says:

Again ;-)love your suffering kimmi.he is almost through


Kimmi Says:

ike, so you root to anybody not federer?


Maso Says:

85% 1st serves in the third set for Fed so far.


Kimmi Says:

MATCH POINT! shaking! dont believe it..c’moon fed


van orten Says:

Vamos rog


Kimmi Says:

WOW! waht a return…

fed please HOLD!


Kimmi Says:

YAYAYAYAYAYAY! go fed! Pheeeew!

straight set!

REVENGE!!


Maso Says:

And it’ll be a Novak-Fed semi! As much as I love Nole, I’ll be rooting for Fed here. He needs a slam this year and if he can keep on serving like this, he might just take this USO.


van orten Says:

What a semi final ..fancy feds chances


jane Says:

Congrats to Fed. That was relatively straigntforward. So we have one semis set.

What about the other…?


Kimmi Says:

Good to see fed can still produce this kind of performance. Hope fed will gain confidence from this one..


madmax Says:

C’mon Fed!

Keep the foccusssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


skeezerweezer Says:

Another NOTCH in the record books. Fed did great returning, and the service games were solid. Tsonga came down to earth? No Fed is back to being Fed. Fed was not going to let Tsonga dictate this time and push him around the court. Fed pushed back this time and with good measure. The old guy still has it. Can he bring the same intensity to Nole? He’ll have too to have a chance to beat the world # 1.

Interesting, now how much do you all wanna bet (most) Rafa girl lovers want Fed to win for once?

Hope he holds form. Wanna know the biggest surprise? Fed held focus for 2 matches in a row….awesome! Go Fed! Keep surprising your fan base :)


skeezerweezer Says:

IF Fed was to win USO, it would be one of the best runs ever. Starting with a big win over #11 Tsonga, who was on his best hot streak of his career, then Nole, then whoever. Would be a story book finish that no one could deny at the old age of 30. Here’s to wishful dreaming……..Go Fed.


Gannu Says:

Kimmi skeez madmax and all fed fans.. lets hope our man wins this time.. seriously would love to see feddy bear beat djoker and then nadal and lift the trophy… keeping my fingers crossed…Some ray of hope after ages… fed NEEDS one Gslam and US Open crowd absolutely loves him,…it brings back memories of 2008 when fed hadnt won any gslam that year and the crowd cheered him all the way to win.. Hope history repeats itself… Come on Fed… please please maintain this level of intensity…


scoreboard66 Says:

Great job roger, now get some more revenge on Saturday.


jane Says:

Bada-bing! As they say.

I wonder if the other semi will be Rafa vs. Muzza.


Eric Says:

Federer played well, but Tsonga beat himself tonight. Pretty disappointing match, although I am very glad Roger came through, and pretty straightforwardly. I think he could have done with a TB or two though… Nole isn’t going to hit so many UEs, I can tell you that. :/


Swiss Maestro Says:

8th straight usopen semi for fed and 5th straight for djokovic.


tennisfansince76 Says:

beautiful match from Fed. in his last couple of years one thing that has varied for Fed is how well he covers his FH side. the mac bros mentioned how well he was doing that tonight. hopefully he can keep it up for 2 more matches. i would enjoy a Fedal semi so much more than FJoker, i could relax a lot more. Fedf and Djoker have been in the same half for the last 6 slams in a row.


tennisfansince76 Says:

also this USO is Fed’s 30th straight GS qtr, a non trivial accomplishment.Gannu our man is going to do it.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Tsonga was off rhythm tonight. i think the all the rain delays hurt him.


steve-o Says:

Yay Roger! He had a definite game plan and he stuck to it throughout the match.

Clever serving (and a high serving percentage) combined with a very aggressive approach, especially on the return, did the trick. He didn’t give Tsonga too many opportunities to run to the corners and smack forehands into the open court.

Tsonga had a much better conversion rate on BPs but Federer created so many more BPs that he got more breaks overall.

Now for Saturday and the nigh-indefatigable Djokovic.


jane Says:

Yes, Roger & Novak have been very consistent at the USO; obviously Fed has been way better with five titles, but Nole has been in 2 finals & 5 semis now. And in all of those years they have met in the semis, except 2007. I hope we have another great semi between them.

I am kind of pulling for Muzza /Rafa on the other side, too, as I think it would be an exciting semifinal, hard to pick! I don’t think Isner can upset Muzza, but I haven’t seen any of Isner’s matches. Similarly, I am not sure Roddick can upset Rafa, although he did beat Ferrer in four, and he has played Rafa close and beaten him on hard courts, in recent years. That upset is more likely to happen than an Isner one, i think.

Murray/ Isner is on first, then Roddick/Rafa:

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


Eric Says:

bp conversion % is irrelevant. yes it tells you something if they only get 1 out of 20, but not to compare the two players to one another. I wish they would tell you, instead of bps won/total bps earned, GAMES where a break was earned / of GAMES where player earned a bp. That would be more interesting and revelatory.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Eric you are clearly math minded. i agree i have always thought that the bp % was a useless statistic. your stat is much more informative


Skeezerweezer Says:

Eric,

A little pessimistic? When Fed gave a flat out whoopin to Juan the round before, they were sayin “well playin Tsonga will be another story”. Have to give credit here where credit is due. Tsonga had all the equal time to prepare mentally and physically. Sure he looked like he played flat but didn’t he just get forced into playing at that level by Feds more aggresive play? Point is, Fed doesn’t back into semis, he has a history making record of getting into the semis. His Fortitude came through tonight, and me likes his chances against Nole now, although maybe it will turnout to be a hopeful chance.


Skeezerweezer Says:

jane,

Don’t you and margot curse me but I have to cheer for our boy Isner, USA. I am looking forward to that matchup, think it is a fun one. But i won’t be disappointed if Muzza wins, as he has a better all around game to compete against the top 3. Bring it!


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Skeezerweezer i have not been that impressed by Nole so far. if he stays at the level he was at today Fed will have a good chance to get thru to the finals. we’ll have to see if Nole can take it to a higher level for the semis


Eric Says:

Skeeze, I agree about his chances against Nole. A bit more accuracy and maybe some slightly better timing are all I could ask for, Fed was serving and returning and defending really well and his reflexes were on. Don’t get me wrong: Fed played very well. But it was pretty clear that Tsonga was not really “clicking” much, and it would have been a very different match if he hadn’t made so many UEs.

Djokovic’s aura of invincibility has dissipated thoroughly in the past few weeks, at least in my eyes, and based on their form at this tournament I think Roger should be able to get through him. But, even if Roger plays like tonight, if Djokovic plays like he did all winter and spring, though, Roger is in serious trouble. In other words: it’s a tossup. I like Roger’s chances more than I did before, say, Cincinnati.


Eric Says:

Well I have to eat my words about Isner being almost certain to lose against Simon. Heh, woops. (Still, it happened the only way it was ever going to – with three tiebreaks.) But he’s even less likely to beat Murray… for one thing, Murray has a much better serve than Simon and is way more clutch. And I don’t think any aspect of his game is worse than Simon… I guess as an American I should root for Isner, but I would rather see another hardcourt showdown between Andy M and Rafa (assuming Rafa gets past Andy R!).


Skeezerweezer Says:

Eric & TF76,

I think the thing that scares this fan the most re; Feds game is when the match gets close is he going to kick in that second gear ( remember when? ) or just keep the ball n play and pray hope for error, that hasn’t been working the last few years….

He has to play aggresive but consistent. My jedi master once told me play relaxed, but aggresive, hit it as hard as you can, as powerful as you can, but at thebsame time never ever lose your form. When Fed is playing his best this reminds me of that. Oh and then there is the mental part..lol


Michael Says:

It was nice to see Federer at his sublime best against Tsonga. The fact that he was able to demolish a fired up player in straight sets is no easy feat even though Tsonga was not at his best. As Federer rightly said, you can be as good as your opponent allows you to play and Federer pressed another paddle to thumb up his game. Now comes the thriller – Federer Vs Novak. Given that Federer is regaining his form, the match should be very tight. However, I will still set the odds a little bit (not much) in favour of Novak considering that he is the player with momentum. It should be 52:48 in favour of Djokovic. As regards the quarters, the way Nadal is playing I think he will have it easy over Roddick and Murray should get through against Isner if he plays to his level. Once again it will be nice to see the top Four taking honours in the Semis. Whoever is in the final, it will be a interesting match. Ofcourse I will he happy if Federer is able to win his 17th Grand slam which will be a monumental feat considering his age and competition. But I do not see that coming easy. Federer has still long way to go. May be Murray will surprise the Pundits by registering a victory at the US Open ? Nobody knows. All in all, Tennis as a sport will prosper with players such as Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray.


Eric Says:

Michael, I think Murray might indeed turn out to be the ‘dark horse’ of the tournament. I am quite impressed with how he has ripped through his competition, which as I pointed out when the draw was released was among the hardest routes to the final of anyone: he’s dismissed Haase with some difficulty (but, once Murray got going, it was pretty clear who was going to win), and ripped through Lopez and Young. It’s great to see all four top players in really fine form – the rain marred the 4th round and QF stages, to be sure, but the final stages of the tournament are set to be some matches for the ages for sure.


Michael Says:

Eric, A player of the calibre of Murray can never be discounted. But I think he has a mountain to climb before he can lift this round of major. Beating Nadal and Djokovic or Federer back-to-back is never going to be easy. But Murray has the necessary arsenal and a brilliant game to do the job. The only hitch is his mental attitude which pulls him downwards. I am hoping to see a rain free semis and finals considering all the delays we have had and what helluva of matches are in store. I cannot just wait !!!


Eric Says:

Indeed. When we get the top four in the semis (as, I am quite sure, we will), it’s impossible to say who will win. What makes it more exciting is that all top four are playing really fantastic tennis this week – Federer has been getting plaudits for his “vintage Federer” performances (although, I have to admit, I am not this enthusiastic), Djokovic of course has had a ridiculous year and is still the man to beat, Rafa has had some big question marks recently but his performances against Nalbandian (especially the second set) and Muller have really impressed me. And Murray as I said is quietly shredding everyone in his path. To my mind, there is no real way to make even an educated guess at the outcome because all four are playing so fantastic: Murray has a good record against Rafa in hardcourt semifinals, but that doesn’t mean Rafa won’t come up with solutions to his play in a few days, and I consider Fed (by a tiny, tiny margin) the favorite against Novak, but he could easily fall back on passive play and lose in three or four uninspired sets… but I think we will be in for two really fantastic and tight semis.


Michael Says:

Eric, The point about Novak’s not so good form. I guess it is too early to judge. He can peak at the right moment and who knows it might be at the semis and finals. The positive thing about Novak today is his confidence level which has tremendously lifted after beating Nadal five times in a row in important tour finals and that too easily on Clay which is no ordinary feat. That has propelled Djokovic’s game and it is not easy to dismantle him. Even now I maintain that only Federer at his very best can give Djokovic a run for his money.


Michael Says:

Federer has added one more diamond in his shining crown. He has made his consecutive 8th semi-final at the US Open. I am not sure if anybody had done this before ? What an amazing feat. The dictionary meaning of the name Federer is records and they keep piling up when this Champion is playing. It is also nice to see a veteran still able to give sleepless nights to young Champions. Federer is an exemplary example of how a Sportsperson should be and is worthy of emulation. We are fortunate in the sense that we are living in his age where he is displaying his varied talents in grandeur.


alison hodge Says:

@eric i enjoyed reading your post 2.59am,its so refreshing to see someone giving credit to all the players and not just there favourites,and not making sly digs like some others do,we all have our favourites,but its nice to see others get the respect and credit they deserve.


Brando Says:

Fed played well to win, but he has to improve even more in order to beat nole. Good thing for him is that he most likely knows and can do so, but also crucially I think nole post wimby has not been on the same level as he was during aus, Dubai, Indian wells, Miami time. He seems beatable BUT STILL demands a massive performance in order to beat him. Nole favourite for me still I feel.


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