John Isner, The Most Destructive Force In Tennis, Leads USA To Another Improbable Davis Cup Victory
by Sean Randall | April 8th, 2012, 1:44 pm
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Last month US captain Jim Courier said it best calling John Isner “the most destructive force in tennis.” This weekend Courier’s word rang true, again. With arguably the best one-two punch (serve/forehand) in tennis, Isner piloted team USA to another astonishing road upset defeating a deep, veteran French team 3-2 in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Monte Carlo.

France, like Switzerland before them in February, put the US and Isner on red clay and the strategy backfired badly. France’s best claycourter, Gael Monfils, bowed out because of injury leaving Gilles Simon, who can hardly break an egg on a hardcourt with his power, and JW Tsonga, a power player more at home on faster terrain than on the dirt.

The 6-foot-9 Isner’s booming serves pierce any surface while the clay affords Big John more time to be offensive on his groundstrokes. And when he’s serving on song he can go for his forehand that much more. The result, Isner lost one single set in weekend wins over Simon and today in the clincher Tsonga, who he beat earlier today 6-3, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3.

“He just played well and I wasn’t in good shape,” Tsonga said. “John was just better than me and he played the important points pretty well. When you play like that, serve like that, you can play everywhere, so I was not surprised he played well on clay.”

Consider, in his last four matches on red clay Isner pushed Rafael Nadal to five sets at the French Open, beat Roger Federer and he now adds two more impressive scalps with Simon and Tsonga.

“I like playing on clay,” Isner said who fired 16 aces to go along with 56 winners. “I played three of the best matches I have all year on clay. So it’s a surface that I enjoy playing on, a surface that I think I can do very well on.

“If I can keep this level up, I’m going to be tough to beat. So, yeah, like I played this weekend, that’s how I need to play.”

Has he become a legitimate clay threat? We’ll see. He’ll begin his clay tournament swing later this week in Houston before returning to Europe for the real competition. It should be fun to watch.

The US now moves on to play at Spain in September in another road tie on red clay. Will Rafael Nadal, who has sat out the first two rounds, be available for the semifinals? And after a long, busy summer slog will Nadal and/or Isner even be healthy enough for battle?

Regardless, Courier and co. can’t wait.

“We’ve had the worst draw that you could possibly imagine so are far,” said Courier. “I’m shocked we’re still in the Davis Cup this year. Honestly at the beginning of the year, it was my hope we would be able to stay in the World Group.

“Switzerland away, you think you probably lose that match,” he added. “Here, away, we probably lose this one as well. Spain, we probably lose it on paper, but we don’t play on paper. We have to play it out here. We’ve got players that are capable and that are passionate and hungry. We know we’re definitely going to be the underdog once again, but we’ll be ready to play.”

In the other semifinal, the Czech Republic’s reward for a testy win over a Novak-less Serbian team is a trip to Argentina. Juan Martin Del Potro closed it out for the Argies today beating Marin Cilic and Croatia 4-1.

Happy Easter everyone!


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107 Comments for John Isner, The Most Destructive Force In Tennis, Leads USA To Another Improbable Davis Cup Victory

alison hodge Says:

john isners going through a really good period in tennis ATM,beating both federer and now tsonga in the dc,plus djokovic at iw,some great results against some great players,well done john.


Dan Martin Says:

If I were on Isner’s team, I might suggest that he skip Houston and just stay in Europe. A lot of flights etc. can take a toll too.


trufan Says:

I think Isner is for real. With his height and serve, if he can improve his movement and fitness a bit more, he could be a legitimate grand slam contendor. Looking at his scalps this year, and that he almost beat Nadal last year at th French – he holds real hope for American fans.

He seems like a nice guy too. I hope he wins a slam this year or next!!

Delpo seems to be doing well. These two big guys could really move up the rankings the next 5 months…. I don’t see anyone else threatening the top 4, or the top 3 (Murray should be counted with Delpo and Isner, not with Nole, Nadal, and Fed).


trufan Says:

I hope Isner and Delpo break into the top 8 soon (Berdych, Tipsarevic, Fish – are you kidding me – these guys are ahead in ranking, but just marginally). It could happen before the French.

Being in the top 8 gives a real advantage in slams. Then you don’t have to face a top 8 player until the QF, so pretty good chance of going deep and being a serious contendor.

Would love to see Isner beat Nadal at the French this year!!


mat4 Says:

He is definitely a contender for the FO.

BTW, joyeuses Pâques! Don’t know the way to greet in English (the word is Easter).


Dan Martin Says:

Isner as Godzilla?


mat4 Says:

@Skeezer:

“The grass at Wimbledon has slowed down over the years
“Obviously they’re not the fastest courts anymore,” Roger Federer has said of the lawns at the All England Club. “It was the fastest surface in the world. In my opinion, it got slower,” Novak Djokovic has said. The general consensus among the world’s elite is that the Wimbledon grass has slowed down. False, according to head groundsman Eddie Seaward. “The ball comes off the same speed, but I think it comes a little bit higher. Which gives player around a tenth of a second longer to react.” So the bounce is different, far more even than 20 years ago, but the speed of the grass remains the same.”

From: http://www.thetennisspace.com/top-10/top-10-tennis-myths-true-or-false/


trufan Says:

Wimbledon is green clay. How else can you explain the death of serve and volley even on grass, and clay courters like Nadal doing so well there from the back of the court?

Isner can blunt the bounce due to his height…


Eric Says:

While Serbia was getting swept out of this year’s Davis Cup, Novak Djokovic was in Monte Carlo watching the US beat France. While I don’t begrudge Novak’s decision to not play, I do think it’s poor form to show up and watch two other nations play while your own is losing. Wonder how Troicki and Tipsarevic, not to mention the rest of Serbia, feels about this.


Leon Says:

Eric, he lives in Monte Carlo. He has done enough for DC. Let’s not try to measure patriotic feelings of somebody else, it’s too complex matter. Anyway, it’s their internal affair. I doubt he will suffer ostracism, lol.


jane Says:

Eric, he lives there. Why does it matter if he watches the matches going on locally? Should he hide in his house? Why is it “poor form”? I’m sure his team don’t begrudge him, nor his country. After all, he lead them to a title just a year and a half ago and had done little but bring honour to his country by getting to number one. He needs to think of his own schedule more so right now, same as Rafa and Murray, who aren’t playing either. So while he’s resting, he goes and watches local matches.


Steve 27 Says:

Would love to see Isner beat Nadal at the French this year!

Yeah, in your dreams, kid. Isner until now, has shown a very good level of play, but will be consistent to keep and raise or another level? He’ll be 27 years after Monte Carlo like Tsonga and Berdych. though his case is different because his career started late, so its level between now and possibly 29, 30 reaches its peak performance and can prolong his career for a long time to come. We’ll see if from now until the end of the year can qualify for the WTF, and that unless U.S. Open and the Masters of Paris does not defend much, hopefully not exceed what is expected of him in the United States, as to the obvious and forthcoming retirement of Fish and Roddick and still rising Harrison, Isner will be a bridge between these two generations of players and its main star. It will be a potential finalist in the later rounds in the majors?, You can regularly beat the best ranked in the ATP?, You can still add things to their predominant service?. We’ll see soon.


Steve 27 Says:

can still he add things to his predominant service?, I mean.

Regarding the slowness of Wimbledon, Roddick has reached three finals and 4 semi-finals there and just reached the fourth round at the French Open, still tells us if the grass is still grass and the clay is still clay.


skeezerweezer Says:

Steve 27

No, grass is not the grass it used to be, and yes, Clay is the exact same it used to be.

mat4,

Well we are getting technical here about the overall speed of a court and what causes it…

From the wiki site
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennis_court

The official site ones up to the change in 2001.
http://www.wimbledon.com/news/media-centre/grass-courts

You didn’t get all the context of Eddie Seawards interview…..

http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/wimbledons-wizard-of-the-lawn/#more-13159

Who is this guy? Where did all his tennis playing experience come from? He thought he knew what the game needed and what the players and the tour wanted. He thought Grass courts were on there way out. He at times seems to me he is talking for the Pros and the Tour….isn’t he a groundskeeper? I do applaud him for the reason to change the surface structure in 2 ares. another, A consistent bounce, and durability of the surface to the finals. By the time the semi’s came around, ruts formed and the balls dubiously would hit them, causing an unfair bounce. Its just too bad as a result they changed the height of the bounce to make the grass more durable…..

But when he starts hinting other reasons I balk ( read the nytimes link )

I don’t want to provide any more links from the top players who actually played on it before and after and quoted the difference, there is a plenty, we have Dave for that.

Trust me, I have played on the stuff….whatever the dynamic technical details that made it slower, changing the bounce by harder compaction to the soil or a tougher grass, or cutting in longer….it plays slower…..and who ya gonna believe, the groundskeeper or the guys that actually play on it? Pre 2001…basically, the ball bounced on a softer surface, the action it created shorten the height AND the speed of the bounce. Now it does not based on the changes Mr. Seawards implemented. Bottom line, it is not the same, and does not play the same as the old stuff.


skeezerweezer Says:

Happy Easter Sean & Staff!!!!!


mat4 Says:

@Skeezer:

I read all those articles long before, except the one in the NYT that I found just after I posted the link. There was one about the speed of all the surfaces with 3d animations and graphics that I can’t find any more, and I think it was the best.

I believed that the changes of pressurization of the balls affected the subjective impression of speed more than the changed grass and soil. Players often report that the Wimb balls are quite heavy.

But, the bottom line is that I don’t believe all those changes have affected the list of winners in the last ten years. Federer won Halle multiple times, Nadal won the Queens. Roddick, Hewitt, Murray played well in those tournaments too. Who else is left?


mat4 Says:

And then, the bounce is very important. You can stand one, two feet further and although the ball comes at the same speed hit it very easily.

Lendl commented once that he didn’t play serve and volley in Wimbledon because he thought that it was more effective, but because he was unable to play from the baseline because of the rebound.

So, even if the speed is objectively affected, the impression can be quite different.

Let’s add very nastily that Roger always complains about the decreased speed of the courts.


Steve 27 Says:

Clay is the exact same it used to be.

yeah, big hitters like Soderling reached the French open finals twice, now Isner is beast in clay who can defeat everyone except Nadal in clay, Del Potro has better chance in RG than in Australia, also Berdych reached one sf two years ago.
When this happened the 80s or 90s? imagine Roscoe Tanner to be a power in clay or Ivanisevic?
Now they are more dangerous than specialists as Almagro and Ferrer? Federer has reached the final of last year is basically due to the balls that can go faster. if the grass is not grass as someone mentioned, as I answer the same: the clay is not clay anymore. Do not be blind.
But despite this one thing is clear: Nadal 6 titles, Federer 1 title 5 final overall in RG to. Federer 6 titles in 7 finals, Nadal 2 titles and 5 final total overall in SW 19. if the reverse would be more controversial.


roy Says:

eric is entirely right.

not only did djoker, self confessed die hard serbian patriot and DC warrior decide to skip the tie against czech, by no means a softball match up, he had the nerve to go and pose at the USA/france match while tipsarevic was playing berdych.
and make no mistake, it was all about posing. being out with his girlfriend, on the scene, making an appearance, signing autographs etc.

a true team mate would either be playing, supporting his team from the sidelines, or at the very least, watching the decisive 4th rubber on tv.

djoker is a fraud.

and his antics here make federer’s davis cup efforts look hewitt-ish in comparison.


mat4 Says:

@Steve 27:

I think that players are more versatile today, with less obvious weaknesses. Fabrice Santoro mentioned it in an interview not long ago. Then, there are the other changes in technology: the frame, the strings.

Finally, I believe that the actual top three players are so exceptional that they would have won those tournaments with ping pong racquets.


mat4 Says:

@roy:

There is just one difference between Roger and Novak concerning the DC: Novak won it.

About his patriotism: what do we know about it? I think that Serbs are quite happy with him.


mat4 Says:

Hewitt won the DC too.


jane Says:

mat4, indeed, I think it’s safe to say his country loves him. :) And that big DC trophy isn’t the only reason why methinks.


King Federer Says:

mat4:

Only one difference? How about novak has one more buddy in top 10 and another in top 20/30 and another top doubles player? get real!

look at serbia reaching quarters even without novak. spain might damn well even win it without rafa. but without fed swiss get beaten by kazhakhstan. so, please give your “the only difference is winning” theory a rest.

as for raf@tard 27, rafter and edberg – pure serve and volleyers reached finals of FO 23 years back and 15 years back. henman reached semis 10years back. i cant think of spanish/ latin americans making such runs in 90s or 80s.

vilas and santana did it in ages past but they still had to serve and volley.

rafa won queens once in his only final. A-rod won it 4 times. Murray won it twice. yet neither won the wimbledon even once, but rafa made 5finals and won 2. oh yeah, no discrepancy in results for sure!


King Federer Says:

I think the problem for djokovic is that for the most part, it is “ONLY” his country that loves him. Sure he has fans like Jane – who like murray roddick rafa and most other tennis players.

It is at times sad to see novak beg for support in places like ny, paris, london and melbourne. but hey, the serbs are well loved across the world unlike the “arrogant” czechs. dont we all know that?

I have no beef with djokovic. he plays some real good tennis and right now is the undisputed no.1
but his “fans” are another matter altogether! [jane not included in fans ;)


skeezerweezer Says:

mat4

“But, the bottom line is that I don’t believe all those changes have affected the list of winners in the last ten years. Federer won Halle multiple times, Nadal won the Queens. Roddick, Hewitt, Murray played well in those tournaments too”

I am only mentioning the GS Wimby here, not all the other grass court tourneys……just fyi

“You can stand one, two feet further and although the ball comes at the same speed hit it very easily.”

Further back? Further in? Ahhh. now your questioning how they should play it?. Not so. Further back? Don’t get this maybe you can explain further. we often misunderstand each other so I am open here…..

The softer the bounce, the lower the bounce……… takes away time to prepare. A shorter stroke is required, and often a topspin GS is not ideal, too much time to prepare for that….the beauty of the old grass was you could do both and succeed. Borg and Agassi proved it could be done. So why change it? The game was already on its way to changing it because players WERE adapting. Instead, the groundskeeper adapted :(

If the bounce hits the ground, and with the surface action, kicks up and sits, not up and away, the player has more time to act, plain and simple.

“Let’s add very nastily that Roger always complains about the decreased speed of the courts.”

Well I see him mention that fact that they are slower than before, but NOT complain about it. However, if you can enlighten me with specifics, I’ll regress.


skeezerweezer Says:

Mat4,

“Players often report that the Wimb balls are quite heavy.”

So your assumption that the Heavier the ball at Wimby does what?

and if it was a lighter ball what would the impact be?


skeezerweezer Says:

STAFF!!!!!

Time to put Isner in the FunK? Surely he deserves a spot!


jane Says:

Wait a second – as far as I can tell, Nole was watching Janko play – here’s a tweet AND a photo of him watching the match at his computer. Maybe he went out AFTER Janko lost because at that point the rubber was dead. The guy’s been totally loyal to his country but given his own ambitions to try to win more slams, and perhaps hold onto number one longer as well, not to mention that it’s an olympic year, he had to make some scheduling decisions. He doesn’t deserve the flack, imo.

http://www.whosay.com/novakdjokovic/photos/155936


Wog boy Says:

Level of frustration must be huge when those nonSerb bigots are discussing Nole’s patriotism :)
Who are you to tell us whether he loves his country or not, you are pathetic haters.
Nole keep winning, please :) You got under their skin.


Sienna Says:

And after all the trouble Nadal has shown by regrettfully resigning from entering DC battle. Spain has found themself aready in the semi final of the daviscup. How about them apples?

WOW I guess the will not be favorite against the USA to reach the final without young RAFA.


mat4 Says:

Two interesting texts about bounce and pace.

http://heavytopspin.com/2011/09/13/the-speed-of-every-surface/

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2006-07-16-surface-tension_x.htm

@Skeezer:

I made you angry… oops… sorry.

I mentioned Halle and Queens because, as far as I remember, the grass there hasn’t change. So, if the same do well there too, the impact of the changes can’t be too big.

I don’t question how they should play. How did you read that? But a higher bounce gives you more possibilities with your positioning.

BTW, Borg won Wimby when there were 10 men on the tour serving above 125 mph. By his own admission, JMac serves better today than when he won Wimbledon.

Come on, Skeezer. Wimbledon had to be changed. It wasn’t tennis any more. I agree that it has gone too far, but the changes are induced by other factors too.


Stella Says:

Isner just might be the spoiler this year at FO or he might not! Either way it’s nice to see someone new entering the picture and threatening the top spots.He and Raonic might surprise us all!!!


jamie Says:

Predictions for the clay season

Monte Carlo: Djokovic
Barcelona: Ferrer
Madrid: Djokovic
Rome: Nadal
Roland Garros: Nadal

===============================

Predictions for the grass season

Queens: Murray
Halle: Federer
Wimbledon: Federer
Olympics: Murray

===============================

Predictions for the summer hard court season

Toronto: Murray
Cincinnati: Djokovic
US Open: Djokovic


RZ Says:

Since there’s been discussion of court speed on this threat, I’m sharing this interview I just read with player Sergiy Stakhovsky. He talks about his experience with changes in court speed among other things. It’s an interesting interview.

http://letsecondserve.blogspot.com/2012/04/translated-interview-with-sergiy.html


rogerafa Says:

@ jamie

Are these your predictions or your friend’s? Has she done the detailed chart analysis of all the concerned players? Don’t forget that her predictions were horrible except for the winner at the AO. She seems to have distributed the spoils evenly for the remaining three majors. I think the fans of the top-three will probably take that.


Mark Says:

@ Jamie. Get lost you tosser. Didn’t you say not long ago that Federer would not win another slam????


jamie Says:

The 3 remaining slams are based on her predictions.

As for the other tournaments, I just looked at the transits, lunar and solar, eclipses for the top players.

Let’s just say the slam predictions will be the most accurate……

The other tournaments(not the slams) there could be a low margin for error.


Steve 27 Says:

Jamie, as I mentioned before, you said one thing and change some things and weeks later you says something completely different. for example, you said that Nadal would win besides Rome and of course RG, Madrid also. Now is the Serbian extending his streak to early May, then you say, that the Scotish who will win in SW19, but oh surprise!, now is the Swiss to whom you claim as a future champion. Two errors in the prediction: Federer will never win a major and Murray is the future winner of Wimbledon.
Be that as it nears the date of the event, it is easier to predict but should not say something and then say something completely different. The credibility of the psychic (a) goes to the trash.


jamie Says:

Mark Says: Didn’t you say not long ago that Federer would not win another slam????
_______________

I just posted that months(weeks)ago to upset the Fedtards since I don’t like Federer.

But the truth is Federer is not done winning. :)


Steve 27 Says:

By the way, king ashole, rafter and edberg – pure serve and volleyers reached finals of FO 23 years back and 15 years back. henman reached semis 10years back. i cant think of spanish/ latin americans making such runs in 90s or 80s.

Rafter reached the final of RG? you’re an idiot, right? the Australian NEVER reached the French Open final, do not know where you get your data.

and Henman was something that happens once in life, as the final Ferrero reached in the U.S. Open.
Both the british and the spaniard never got similar results on clay and hard courts, respectively. if you’re going to bark something, say something at least coherent.


jamie Says:

April will astrologically be a lousy month for Nadal.

July will also be a lousy month for Nadal

Nadal’s best months will be May and June. That does not mean he will win Madrid. He will win Rome and RG because by Rome, Nole will be feeling the pre-effects of the next solar eclipse that will occur on May 21 and will be above Nole’s sun.

Nole has fantastic transits,lunar and solar until May.

During the last solar eclipse on November 25, 2011, Nole lost at the WTF to Tipsarevic.

This was the last time he lost at one of the big five tournaments which are the 4 slams and the WTF.

The Solar eclipse was opposite to his natal Sun.

The next solar eclipse will be on May 21 and will be above Nole’s sun.

This is really terrible for Nole’s prospects at the French Open, he won’t win it.

When Jupiter is in Gemini beginning on June 12, 2012, Federer and Murray will enter a fantastic period.


Mark Says:

@Jamie “but the truth is …..”. Do u even know the meaning of the word “truth”??? Nobody believes anything you say so why don’t you do us all a favour and get lost!!


jamie Says:

Mark, do you hate Federer?


jamie Says:

Anyway, my last post, I have to leave.

I had posted:

Let’s just say the slam predictions will be the most accurate……

The other tournaments(not the slams) there could be a low margin for error.

I’m completely sure about the slam winners.

Like I said, the other tournaments(not the slams) there could be a low margin for error.

So:

FO: Nadal
Wimbledon: Federer
US Open: Djokovic

The other tournaments(not the slams) there could be a low margin for error since she does not waste her time doing predictions for the smaller titles but looking at astrology they look good too.

The only ones that could be iffy are:

Madrid: Djokovic

But since Nadal astrologically enters his great period in May while Nole exits his amazing period then maybe Nadal wins Madrid. Maybe. I’m sure about Rome and RG because of the eclipse that will screw up Nole in May. While Nadal will be going through his great period.

The other one that is iffy is:

Toronto: Murray
Cincinnati: Djokovic

You could swap them but looking at astrology it makes more sense that Murray carries on his winning to Toronto while Nole enters another great period in August.


skeezerweezer Says:

RZ,

Great read. Thanks for the link. Like I said, the players know best, they play on the stuff, most posters here don’t. The players have spoken, The courts have slowed down and the bounce has gotten higher. This imo I don’t mind but why mostly all the same? Bring variety back. Shame.

Mat4,

Not angry. Frustrating. Just think at times I mis-read your intent and you do the same with me. We need to meet up over Coffee or a Beer and me thinks all will be understood ;)


Mark Says:

@Jamie. No I don’t hate Federer but I do hate your see-saw predictions!


trufan Says:

Steve 27,

don’t dismiss Isner so easily. He is in great form, has confidence, and has good strengths to his game. Nadal was shitting bricks last year at the French open against him – what go him through was just his fitness, which is what gets him through most his wins.

As for French open – people like Berdych, Soderling, Delpo – they are pretty familiar with playing on clay, and moving by sliding. European players play on clay a lot while growing up, so do south american players. Its only American players who can’t play on clay since everything here is hard courts.

Show me a single AMERICAN player that has done well at the French, since Agassi….

On the other hand, traditional clay courters used to be miserable on clay, except since the last 10 years or so. Look at the wear marks on the grass courts of wimbledon in the later stages of the tournament – mostly worn around the baseline. What does that tell you????

As for Djoke being at MC – he lives there!! These people are on the road so much, its always nice to be home for at least a few weeks.

Any news on Nadal? We’ll see how significant his knee injury was – odds are he will be running around like a rabbit once again in Monte Carlo. After all, its his 7 weeks of the season, after that its all over for the next one year anyway. He might get shut out this time as well….


jane Says:

And, trufan, contrary to what was stated here, Nole DID watch Janko’s match; there’s a photo of him sitting at his computer yesterday watching. He must’ve gone out to watch America/France after Janko lost and the rubber was dead.

jamie, I am disappointed that your psychic doesn’t have Murray winning a slam this year, and thus I hope she’s wrong about that one.


jamie Says:

@jane

Wimbledon is between Federer and Murray, looking at astrology. But really if you were a betting man, who would you put your money on? The 6 time Wimbledon winner or the player that has zero Wimbledons? Until Murray shows he can win a slam, I won’t bet on him.


Novak Says:

King Federer…………

Well why don’t we just pick on Novak, he is not playing, but we can’t just leave the guy alone, HOW DARE HE, not playing for his country, and even worse showing his face at the USA-France match with his girlfriend???

Oh my, some people are so upset,

And another thing king federer (in your dreams maybe) if you dislike Novak’s fans so much, get off the site, do not post your ignorant comments……

Thank you,

Nice day to all.


King Federer Says:

rafatard no. 27 and novak : you can $uck each other’s blanks!


nelson goodman Says:

As a frequent reader and rare poster, just wanted to chime in to express my puzzlement at really bizarre Nole-bashing we’re seeing recently and, more troubling, the quite constant and frankly disturbing Serb-baiting. WTH? And I say this as a diehard Fed fan (and, if it’s relevant, someone with no Serbian ethnicity).


Kimberly Says:

wow, we are getting really mature here.

@ Jane—well your Canucks look good but amazingly my Panthers who were the worst team in the NHL last year have made it into the playoffs with the #3 seed in the east. Lol. No one thinks they have any chance and they probably don’t!


Humble Rafa Says:

Dear Tennis-X,

Please post “Who will win the French Open” poll?
The Arrotards will vote for the Arrogant One. 80% of folks reading the forum will chose the Arrogant One.

It just makes me smile :)


skeezerweezer Says:

Let me know when it’s safe to come out.


jane Says:

nelson goodman, not to mention the keen use of language we’re seeing of late, lol?!! Hello Moderator? (sung to the tune of “Hello Operator” by the White Stripes).

Kimberly, yes, well: I am not holding my breath after last year’s fiasco, but the Canucks are a great team in terms of skill level; it’s just a matter of toughness and perhaps having a consistent goalie who’s not on a 10 million dollar 10 million year contract from hell that cannot be broken. I think we have a few key tough players in the likes of Kessler and Bieksa, and Schnieder is a fabulous goalie, whom I think Vigneault has been priming for a co-starring role should we get deep into the playoffs again and should Luongo turn into a headcase. Crossing that bridge when we get there. Congrats on your Panthers!

BTW, is there a fantasy bracket for Monte Carlo?


trufan Says:

Actually, for the FO (this is for “Humble Rafa”) – I will vote for the Arrogant One to win the FO this year, again.

Yes, I mean the Arrogant One. Nadal.

He is the one who ALWAYS keeps the other playing waiting for the toss, waiting for his serve (illegally beyond the time allowed), waiting for bathroom breaks down 4-5 in an important set, waiting for him to get treatment at critical moments in a match, waiting for him to recover from choking on a banana, etc. etc.

Ya, I would think the Arrogant One will win the FO again. Unless, of course, Nole whips his ass for the 8th time in a row!!


Wog boy Says:

Jamie,

My offer is still on the table, if you and your friend can move the stars and planets just little bit around for FO to suits Nole, only temporarily….there is still time to think about that :)


Wog boy Says:

Trufan,

It could be 9th or 10th or even 11th time by the time they get to FO. I know, it is wishful thinking but there is no harm in it :) It is hard to think that they will make every final before FO like they did last year, Federer, Murray, Isner can do it, I don’t know about the others….hmmmm Ferrer, Raonic?
Monte Carlo, hurry up!


Kimberly Says:

Jane—–monte Carlo bracket is on the ATP site we always go to since it is a masters (sort of) just use same as Indian wells and Miami. And I hope we get even more fun participants like Allison and Ajet and more!

Debating between getting tix to panthers Friday playoff game or the regular season heat game. I am leaning towards the heat as I find it very cold at the panthers game and the stadium is 45 mind away while the American airlines arena (home to one of the most hated teams in professional sports) is only ten minutes max from my house. Most of the women get really decked out and it’s a fun Friday night! But I feel like I should go to at least one home game. The Canucks are a tough team I think they will get it this year. The bruinsat very well get knocked out first round!


Steve 27 Says:

The clown have to wait another year to has he cup of the musketeers in is hands! Sorry Serbian fans, the astrology has predicted that the clay of Paris has an owner, a giant, a gladiator, to reach the record of 7 RG will be the second player in the Open era to win the same major for the seventh time. The stars, the universe has spoken and the king of clay will make history again.


Steve 27 Says:

btw puppet federer you ar an asshole, really dumbass. you have shit in your brain. better yourself a harakiri and cease to exist, filth.


Kimmi Says:

lol jamie predictions. I bet by next months they will change again. Its fun reading them though.


mat4 Says:

@Kimmi:

Every time I read Jamie’s prediction I got scared.

@Skeezer:

That’s OK. Debating this way one learns a lot, and we can recall good memories from the past. About misreading: it happens very often, so I got used to it.

My entire idea was that objectively the surface hasn’t got to be slowed down to effectively slow down the game.

What I don’t understand is why this process goes on and on. Nadal, Djokovic can’t hit a FH through a good defence any more: however, their FH are very powerful. Perhaps a good thing that could occur is that players will need a better transition game and more volleying to finish rallies.


alison hodge Says:

i think i would take jamies predictions with a pinch of salt,i have noticed a pattern developing,everytime they fail he promtly vanishes of the forum for a week or two whenever djokovic looses in a tourney,only to re appear again some weeks later,however when he wins he lights up the forum like a christmas tree,he or she is probably slouched over the computer doubled over killing him or herself laughing.


Jeanius Says:

Steve 27 as I said before. Leave the bin Laden mentality at home. i dont see the need to fight like this. Lets be decent supporters at best. We all have our own lives etc……. Nada, Federer etc dont even know about our existence. So cool it bro


alison hodge Says:

steve 27,dont be at all surprised if jamie over the next few weeks,turns up with another prediction ie,nole will win the fo,and that he or she was only saying that rafa would win the fo,to get up the noses and raise the hopes of the rafatards,like i say dont be at all surprised.


alison hodge Says:

mat4 says everytime i read one of jamies predictions i got scared,hmm i dont know why you would be scared? according to jamie the futures bright and rosy,and things have never looked so bright for noles fans.


Polo Says:

I don’t see why Jamie’s predictions should be taken seriously. Predictions are just guesses and just like any guess could come out either way.


alison hodge Says:

polo yeah i completely agree,one persons set of predictions is pretty much the same as anothers,all guess work,the law of averages some go right some go wrong.


Wog boy Says:

Nole and Rafa are going to play humanitarian match in Madrid on 14th of July in front of 80000 people.
Very nice :)


trufan Says:

Here’s a prediction about Steve 27, right from Jamie’s psychic – he will spew filth again, very soon, on this as well as future forums.

Coming to FO, Federer, Djokovic, Isner, Murray, and DelPo – any of them could reach the finals, I wouldn’t be surprised. If Soderling can do it, why can’t they. Of course, Federer is the only one amongst them to have done it before (that too 5 times, including winning it once!).


jane Says:

Wog Boy, that is nice: when you say “humanitarian” do you know the cause?

Kimmi, I chuckle over those predictions too. It’s fun to read what jamie’s psychic friend comes up with from month to month. Still hoping she’s wrong about Murray though. :)


Wog boy Says:

jane,
It is Rafa’s and Real Madrid’s foundation to help youth around the world. It will be on Real’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.


jamie Says:

My slam predictions have not failed so far.

Who cares about the smaller tournaments?

It’s all about the slams.


Wog boy Says:

There are two foundations, Rafa’s and Real’s, if that matters.
It is nice cause.


jamie Says:

alison hodge Says:
steve 27,dont be at all surprised if jamie over the next few weeks,turns up with another prediction ie,nole will win the fo,and that he or she was only saying that rafa would win the fo,to get up the noses and raise the hopes of the rafatards,like i say dont be at all surprised.

April 10th, 2012 at 7:15 am

________________

Nope. I already said why Nole won’t win the FO.

======================================

Nole has fantastic transits,lunar and solar until May.

During the last solar eclipse on November 25, 2011, Nole lost at the WTF to Tipsarevic.

This was the last time he lost at one of the big five tournaments which are the 4 slams and the WTF.

The Solar eclipse was opposite to his natal Sun.

The next solar eclipse will be on May 21 and will be above Nole’s sun.

This is really terrible for Nole’s prospects at the French Open, he won’t win it.

When Jupiter is in Gemini beginning on June 12, 2012, Federer and Murray will enter a fantastic period.


jamie Says:

April will astrologically be a lousy month for Nadal.

July will also be a lousy month for Nadal

Nadal’s best months will be May and June. That does not mean he will win Madrid. He will win Rome and RG because by Rome, Nole will be feeling the pre-effects of the next solar eclipse that will occur on May 21 and will be above Nole’s sun.

But since Nadal astrologically enters his great period in May while Nole exits his amazing period then maybe Nadal wins Madrid. Maybe. I’m sure about Rome and RG because of the eclipse that will screw up Nole in May. While Nadal will be going through his great period.

When Jupiter is in Gemini beginning on June 12, 2012, Federer and Murray will enter a fantastic period.


jamie Says:

jane Says:
Still hoping she’s wrong about Murray though. :)

April 10th, 2012 at 9:58 am

___________________

Wimbledon is between Federer and Murray.

She told me Murray will have excellent chances of winning Wimbledon but so will Federer. It’s one of them.

But until Murray shows he can win a slam, then I will never predict him ahead of Federer.

We will see but the Wimbledon winner will be Federer or Murray according to astrology.

I would like it to be Murray but we will see.

The reason why the Wimbledon winner will not be Nadal or Djokovic is because July will be a bad month for Nadal according to his astrology and Djokovic will still be feeling the post-effects of the solar eclipse that will be above Nole’s sun.

Federer and Murray will enter a fantastic period after the FO(June 12, 2012).


Wog boy Says:

Jamie,
Even doctors are telling terminally ill patients that they are improving and yet their days are numbered. Leave the door little bit open for Nole, will you…please? :-)
You never know, some asteroid can come from nowhere and move the stars and planets around:)


jamie Says:

When Jupiter is in Gemini beginning on June 12, 2012, right after the French Open, Del Potro will also be entering a good period but it will be mostly be seen during the USO which is why Djokovic who enters a good period during the USO and Del Potro will be the favorites to win USO. Either Djokovic or Del Potro will win USO.

Not to bash Nadal or anything but if you look at all my messages he will basically be winning FO by default.

During the FO, Nole will be going through a lousy period and Federer, Murray and Del Potro will not be entering their great period until after the FO. So Nadal is the only top player that will be going through a winning period at the FO.

Winning by default or wtf?


jane Says:

Wog Boy, yes, nice cause. Rafa must’ve asked Nole then?

jamie, thanks for the update. Glad to know Muzza still has a shot based on the charts, moons, and suns ‘n things. :)


mat4 Says:

@Alison:

I don’t care if his predictions are bright for Djokovic, Alison. The sole idea that somebody can predict things frightens me to death.

Then, what are Rafatards? why not Rafasmarts?


Wog boy Says:

jane,
Yes, Rafa asked Nole, charity match would be more appropriate word, I think, I translated from Serbian and we use word “humanitarni” for what is in english charity.
They already named it “El clasico”, for those who are in European football, the meaning is clear:)
BTW it is going in the record books, Kim and Serena played in front of 35000 people, Real stadium is 80000, hopefully it will be sell out. It is good timing too.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,
If so don’t go to Eastern parts of Serbia where Vlasi lea


Wog boy Says:

mat4,
Sorry I presed wrong button. We have ethnicity in eastern Serbia, they speak old Romanian language, Vlasi and language Vlaski, they do predict future and their black magic is second strongest one in the world, after Woodoo. Very nice people but if you are scared stay away from prediction and black magic things:)


jane Says:

Wog boy – so it’s in July – is that after Wimbledon and the Olympics or before? I hope they don’t warrior each other out. ;) If it’s for charity it shouldn’t be too intense let’s hope.


Wog boy Says:

jane,
Yes, it is after Wimbledon and before Olympics (starts on 28th of july)). From what I read Rafa said in february that he is planing to organise match, so 14th looks OK, I don’t know about Montreal and Cincinnati, how close they are, I don’t know if Nole is going to play both of them.
I think it is going to be lot of fun and not to much of hard work for a good cause.


jane Says:

Sounds about right Wog boy; thanks for all of the info. Hopefully we can see a stream of the match online.


alison hodge Says:

not to bash nadal or anything but basically he will be winning the fo by default,hmm what else has rafa got to prove at the fo now anyway,dear god hes won the bloody trophy 6 times already,in case you had not noticed,anything now at rg,or on clay for that matter is all gravy now anyway.


alison hodge Says:

^also delpo,murray and novak have all yet to make a final at the fo,and rogers won the title once,aside from roger its the other 3 players,that are under the most pressure at rg with it all to prove surely,but deffinetly not rafa,sorry these two posts to jamie^.


Steve 27 Says:

I remember jamie said the swiss would win Olympic gold, now appears to be scottish who will take.
jamie so, the Wimbledon final will be between Federer and Murray, right?, or in your case, runners up is not a big deal?


jamie Says:

Federer and Murray will rule the grass season.


Steve 27 Says:

So, Federer – Wimbledon
and Murray- Olympics, right Jamie?


jamie Says:

Yes. Both have the best astrology for the grass season but Federer is more likely to win Wimbledon than Murray because Federer can actually WIN slams. We don’t know that about Murray. Winning the Olympics might be easier for Murray.


Steve 27 Says:

Who bets for Murray could win a lot of money,but the risk is obviously higher tan Federer, but if
you take risk, you have more chances of winning.


jamie Says:

Murray has great chances of winning a slam or the Olympics this summer. His chart is amazing but so is Federer’s. But notice I said summer. By the USO their great period will be over. So Federer’s and Murray’s best chances of winning a slam will be Wimbledon. But since Murray has never won a slam, until he wins one, I will not predict him winning a slam over Federer. We will see during Wimbledon if Federer or Murray will win it.


jamie Says:

In the summer of 2012, just when the Wimbledon championships finish, transiting Jupiter and Venus will be conjunct Murray’s Midheaven. Here are the two most fortunate planets in the zodiac in conjunction at the pinnacle of his chart, the place where ones public image is shown. During the year up to July 2012, Jupiter will be moving through the international 9th house, showing fortune coming his way on his travels. In the first week of July, transiting Uranus will conjunct his North Node, sextile to transiting Jupiter and to his natal Midheaven bringing him lucky breaks when he needs it. If ever he is going to have a chance to win the biggest tournament in the world at Wimbledon, the one Britain wants him to win, then this year has got to be his best chance so far. The only problem for Andy is that Roger Federer has a very similar ascendant to Andy at 11 Virgo, and Jupiter and Venus will be just as close to his Gemini Midheaven as it will be to Andy’s. I could be that the victor between these two will eventually take the Wimbledon crown.


jamie Says:

It could be that the victor between these two(Federer and Murray) will eventually take the Wimbledon crown.


Steve 27 Says:

jamie you said the winner, but what about the another finalist? In Australia you said Djokovic, but Nadal was the another finalist and you didn’t mention, why is so difficult to predict the another contender for the tile?


jamie Says:

The year 2012 will continue to be a great year for Djokovic. He will go on to win more titles and will retain his position as the number 1 ranked player. The French Open and Wimbledon may elude him but chances of him winning the US Open again are high.

As per Djokovic’s birth details his moon sign is Pisces and he is undergoing major period of Ketu and minor period of Venus. The position of Ketu (which gives wisdom and creativity) in the 10th house (indicating career) from his ascendant is highly favorable for Djokovic. Venus, (which gives enjoyment and pleasure) placed in the 5th house (indicating sports) from his ascendant is also a positive sign for him. This indicates the year will further boost career prospects of Djokovic.

Moreover, the position of Jupiter (indicating money) in the 2nd house (representing monetary and material assets) from Djokovic’s Moon sign till May 2012 will bring him good financial gains. Novak Djokovic is likely to receive honor from government or high authorities after October when he will be undergoing minor period of Sun (which indicates high authorities).

There are no major health problems indicated for Noval Djokovic in 2012. Thus, as per the planetary positions Novak Djokovic will continue to enjoy the taste of success in 2012 as well.

Someone posted some time ago here that Djokovic is having the best yoga of his life since last year “Buddha Adhitya Yoga” which is why he will be very successful until May 2012.


jamie Says:

Predicting the winner of a slam is not that hard.

What is complicated is predicting the slam finalist because sometimes a player with a very lousy astrological chart/lunar astrology can reach the final. Nadal had a very lousy astrological chart/lunar astrology for the past 3 slams(Wimbledon, USO and AO) and he still reached the finals but he was never winning, not with a with a very lousy astrological chart/lunar astrology. Del Potro had a better astrological chart/lunar astrology at Wimbledon, USO and AO than Nadal but still Nadal went further. Neither of them had the “winning astrological chart/lunar astrology” for Wimbledon, USO or AO. Same can be said for Federer and Murray. None of them was winning the past 3 slams. Nole had the “winning astrological chart/lunar astrology” for the past 3 slams. That will not be the case for Nole at RG in 2012.


jamie Says:

Someone posted some time ago here that Djokovic is having the best yoga of his life since last year “Budha-Aditya Yoga” which is why he will be very successful until May 2012.


trufan Says:

Isner has only 110 ranking points to defend until wimbledon. He could make a big move in ranking (to 5 or 6) by the time wimbledon is over. Or much before that.


alison hodge Says:

this thread has become littered with posts about jamie and his friends pyschic predictions,which are basically more or less the same anyway,its really becoming an unhealthy obsession,dont get me wrong i love to here passioate support for a player,but i think this is a case of hero worshipping gone way too far,the thread was supposed to have been about john isner whos had some amazing results so far this year,and is on the verge of one of his best ever years,with a possibility of breaking into the top 5 or 6 like trufan says,shame how some players are regarded as more important than others no matter what.


alison hodge Says:

^sorry best years in his career,is what i meant to say^.

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