Madrid Draw: Blue Courts? Who Cares! Nadal Continues Clay Assault As Federer, Djokovic Loom
by Sean Randall | May 4th, 2012, 3:43 pm
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Enough about the blue colored clay courts. WHO CARES! It’s a PR stunt! Tennis players have been playing for generations on different colored courts – some green, some red, some purple, some orange, some different shades, some checkerboard and yes, many of them blue! – without complaint, until now. Get over it!

Now that the Madrid draw is out, we can get that much closer to playing real tennis. That said, the courts – not the color – do seem to be an issue. Some say the bounces are low and the surface is slick, so perhaps a little advantage to those who serve big and hit the ball hard. And that with the altitude could play a role in deciding the champion – again, the surface not the color!

All eyes will be on the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, who seeks to extend his current 21-match run on his favorite surface. However the draw is actually a tricky one for Rafa. As the No. 2 seed after a bye he’ll open against either Ivo Karlovic or Nikolay Davydenko. Both players can give Nadal a tough time. Countryman Fernando Verdasco might await in the third round before a quarterfinal showdown against big bomber Tomas Berdych. Again, it might seem easy on paper but it’s a tough little section. If the courts really do help the power players like Berdych/Karlovic and kills Nadal’s high forehand kicker it could get interesting.

Staying in the bottom half, Andy Murray’s withdrawal leaves a wide open third quarter to JW Tsonga who’s matched with John Isner. Tsonga could meet Ryan Harrison in his opener, then Alexandr Dolgopolov who I like to pull the upset there against the Frenchman. For Isner, he’ll a tough start against either Albert Montanes or Marin Cilic, then Del Potro. In the end, I like Del Potro to power through this section. Big serve, big game, faster clay, altitude, should all help.

In the top half, defending champion Novak Djokovic is the class of a rather weak section. He’ll have Feliciano Lopez as his third round seed (Stan Wawrinka might get there), then perhaps friend and countryman Janko Tipsarevic or Gilles Simon in the quarters. Djokovic hasn’t been playing at his 2011 levels, but with minimal opposition he should still breeze into the semifinals where he could meet…

Roger Federer. The Swiss makes his long-awaited clay debut next week and his draw may not have been worth the wait. Federer will be tested right from the start against either Milos Raonic or former nemesis David Nalbandian. Then Richard Gasquet or Tomaz Bellucci in the third followed David Ferrer or Nicolas Almagro in the quarters. Tough matches for Roger who I think will get through thanks to the quicker conditions, but in my mind he could lose any of those especially if the surface is playing that slippery.

So as of now, I got Djokovic and Federer in one semifinal and I’ll take Del Potro and Nadal in the other. While I’d love to see Delpo pull the upset, I think it’s a rematch from 2011 and this time Nadal gets revenge!

Really, though, I could see any of the Big Three winning. But I give Nadal a slight edge based on recent form.

Among the many excellent first round matches, we have Melzer-Lopez, Simon-Fognini, Nalbandian-Raonic, Troicki-Young, Stepanek-Tomic, Montanes-Cilic, Kohlschreiber-Monfils and Karlovic-Davydenko. So plenty of good tennis before the big boys hit the courts Tuesday.

Matches at the Magic Box begin on Sunday for the men, Saturday for the women.


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195 Comments for Madrid Draw: Blue Courts? Who Cares! Nadal Continues Clay Assault As Federer, Djokovic Loom

Roger Federer Fan Says:

I invite all the fed fans to come here and discuss how difficult Federer’s draw is and how easy it isfor Rafa (as always).

It is a tourney is Spain. So I guess uncle Toni has a secret link with the tournament director and conspired against Federer.

I leave the stage to wonderful posters like Dave and Skeeze to continue over this topic

Lets do it !!!!


Dan Martin Says:

http://tennisabides.com/2012/05/04/what-do-you-think-of-blue-clay-tennis-poll/ I have a poll up on the blue clay – weigh in – my views are it looks kind of cool, but I don’t really care one way or the other.


madmax Says:

Typical comment from RF is not a fan.

Come on! New tournmament, fresh start please! Rafa hands down a winner, but would really like to see someone take him on and not be scared for a change.

It will indeed be great to see the TMF back on the clay in action.


madmax Says:

Just read Murray is out with a back injury. Who has more news on this? I can’t find anything. I didn’t expect this.


skeezer Says:

Wow both Rafa and Fed have some testy starts. Fed has either Nalby/Raonic and Rafa has Davy/Dr Ivo. Bring on the Blue!!!


Kimmi Says:

oh, murray injured!! that is news to me too. Couldn’t see him in the draw.


Kimmi Says:

oh, murray injured!! that is news to me too. Couldn’t see him in the draw.


Mark Says:

Another cake walk draw for djokass!!!


jamie Says:

@Mark

Fed in Nole’s half. NID.


bstevens Says:

Anytime Federer has a chance to play Nalbandian is a treat. Remember, Nalbandian was Federer’s first nemesis before Nadal. Nice to see that Raonic can play on clay based on his result in Barcelona: I guess he has more than a serve, eh (yes I am Canadian).


Brando Says:

Nole EASILY through to SF- one of the easier dread I have seen. Rafa/ fed should also make SF BUT their draws are tricky. Hopefully delpo shall make SF stage also.


Brando Says:

LMAO: draw> dread


jane Says:

Yes, I am Nole’s fan,but I see some tough opponents in his section: Simon has been a player on excellent form lately – he even pushed Rafa at Monte Carlo didn’t he? And F-Lo and Wawa are both very solid clay-courters, especially Stan. Ramos, G-Lo, Baggy: wouldn’t shake a stick at any of these. And then of course Federer (!) awaits on Nole’s side should he progress smoothly. This is not an “easy” draw imo, but people said the same thing in Miami and at Monte Carlo too.


Kimmi Says:

delpo is kicking butt in estoril. it will be interesting to see how he will fare with wawa. Hoping he wins.


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Mark @ Tennisopolis Says:

Thank you, thank you, thank you Sean!
It is about time that someone said “who cares!” about the blue court controversy heard around the tennis world. The multi-colored team tennis courts on the other hand are a step too far. It’s like playing on plaid! Thanks for giving the tennis world some perspective with this post. :-)


King Federer Says:

I invite all rafat@rds to start pulling their heads out of rafa’s behind so he will stop scratching his @$$ before every freaking serve.

come on guys, you can do it.


Andrew Miller Says:

I think Mr. Randall is right about the blue stuff – it does sound pretty quick. When Nadal is complaining a lot it’s usually a bad tournament for him.


Hamza Says:

It’s either Federer or Nole. Nadal’s not going to win this one. Among the 5 clay tournaments that he’ll play ( out of which 2 he has already won ) , Madrid is the one most likely he’ll lose.

Delpo, Isner, Berdych…somebody is going to take him down before the Final.


Michael Says:

Roger is having the most brutal draw and although Nadal’s end appears tough yet his section hosts his bunnies namely Verdasco and Berdych who don’t know how to win against him. The first round with Davydenko will be tough especially considering their H2H, but with Davydenko’s form not at his best and the fact that it is played on Clay should give a big edge to Nadal and then the route becomes quite easy and may be it will get tough in the semis if he is to meet Del Potro. On the other hand, Novak is having the easiest of draws and should sail through and his big test will only be in the Semis against Roger if both manages to reach that stage. At the curent moment, it is difficult to predict the favourite. But my gut sense tells me that Novak will have the edge in this tournament and I tip him to win.


Alex Says:

Wow. Roger’s draw is really hard. Clay is the surface that he’s most vulnerable on. It also happens to be David Ferrer’s best. I could see Ferrer upsetting Roger on this stuff.

I’m going with Ferrer/Djokovic and Nadal/Del Potro to reach the semis. Djokovic and Nadal to face off in the finals.

It’s too early to say whether Nadal will be able to get revenge on Djokovic. Let’s wait and see how he adapts to the changes in conditions and whether he gets past Karlovic/Davydenko.


carlo Says:

Roger has a tough draw. The Isner, Delpo, Tsonga section is mayhem for me picking.

The way Rafa is playing he’ll get to the final. My question is about No1e. I want him to defend his title here. but…..

Very sorry Murray is out, Margot, if you are reading :(


van orten Says:

ferrer 0: 12 federer !!!!!!


carlo Says:

yeah, van orten. That isn’t the match-up I worry about. If Federer gets that far, he’ll handle Ferrer.


carlo Says:

Well, really Fed’s draw isn’t that bad. Why should i be worried, until the semi. But Roger hasn’t played in awhile.


jamie Says:

Whoever wins the Nole-Federer SF will win Madrid IMO.


carlo Says:

I’m having trouble picking the bracket winner, jamie. Keep switching Nadal and Nole.


jamie Says:

It would be hilarious if Berdych beat Nadal and did this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPUFTajFu1g

LOL.


madmax Says:

Alex

Federer is GREAT on clay. Come on. Look at the statistics to prove my point. Second best clay courter out there. People forget how many finals he has been in.

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/roger-federer-clay-court-play-second-only-to-rafael-nadal-041211

‘His record speaks for itself. He has won the French Open once and has been a losing finalist three times. He won Hamburg — where the clay is the heaviest and slowest in Europe — four times before the German Open was demoted from Masters Series status. He has won Madrid once and has been a finalist once in the two years that the Spanish event has been played on clay and has also won lower-ranked clay events at Gstaad and Estoril. Inn Monte Carlo, he has been a finalist three times. He also has been a finalist in Rome twice’.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=180544

Federer is 112-10 on clay if Nadal is not included since 2004. I was astounded to find out that his stats on hardcourt against the tour minus Nadal was actually worse: 336-46

So his W-L is 91.8% on clay and 88% on hardcourt taking Nadal away from the equation.

I think that confidence in his clay court prowess should be high.


jamie Says:

@ Carlo

There is no way Nadal will win everything during the clay season since his competition is on better form now than in 2010 when he won everything on clay. Back then Nole and Federer were AWOL.

Madrid is the place Nadal will most likely lose at.


carlo Says:

Okay, you think? Are you in the bracket challenge, Jamie?…come on in :D it’s not easy, I’be been trying for 3 years to get on the leaderbosrd, lol…


carlo Says:

BTW, I now have the Belgrade 1st semi on, I think Andujar will have Benoit Pair for lunch. Be surprised if the Frenchman won, he got lucky Niemenen was so tired. Niemenen had to finish the match from the day before and then play Paire. Depends on how Paire serves. Has a huge serve but he’s sort of mental. I know certain words in French, ha.


ismaell Says:

federer may be a little rusty after the long break and he face many in-form players so he dont have that “free” matches to get rythm


carlo Says:

Oh boy, Carlo is turning into contador with the spelling and grammar. Better make some coffee.


Dave Says:

Draw analysis: The test is simple — if Nadal and Djokovic had to play Federer’s draw, would it be worse than their current draws? It doesn’t take much common sense to conclude that it would be.
http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2012/05/04/atp-masters-madrid-draw-analysis/


carlo Says:

Well, I sort of concur with that Montrealgazette.com analysis, Dave. But only because Federer might be rusty, otherwise, his record over Ferrer on any surface is too good to overlook.

I considered taking Federer out, but that Montreal gazette is understandably worried for Milos. Choosing between Raonic and Nalbandian is tough because you never know how Nalby will play.


Kimmi Says:

how many time has gasquet played ramos this year? they share the win 1-1 so far. who will take it today?


Kimmi Says:

havent done my bracket challenge yet carlo, kind of not too excited with it this time. i am doing really bad this year.


skeezer Says:

carlo,

you are right this tourney is a real challenge for a bracket player.

Re:Feds side

For me it depends on who gets through to meet Fed. Fed, 2nd round> wiI think at this point Roanic is more of a threat for Fed than Nalby. One is on the way up( and some really big servers like Ivo, Isner ) have caused Fed some grief. ) and one is on the way down. If Roanic gets through, I may lean towards the big guy. His weapons are too big, and Fed would have to use is shots to misdirect Milos movement. He did that when they met last time with success but its all getting Milos in a rally of some sorts and these types have the game to dictate. This tournament through all the hype of color and such is turning out to be a exciting tournament. Love how some of the top players are having to come out with guns a blazing or else….:)


Brando Says:

Federer DEFINATELY has the toughest draw- no doubt about that. Postive for him is that, I think it shall him facing tougher opposition earlier rather easing himself in- he’ll be dialled from the word go this way. Then rafa does also have a tough one. Nole’s Is a joke- he’s through to SF very easily!


jane Says:

carlo “I considered taking Federer out, but that Montreal gazette is understandably worried for Milos. Choosing between Raonic and Nalbandian is tough because you never know how Nalby will play.”

Stephanie Myles of the Gazette is quite clearly a Fed support, though she may indeed be worried for Milos too – pretty much everyone in Canada wants to see him achieve big. But Stephanie loves Fed. She loathes Rafa. Nole, it depends on her mood that day or who he was playing. She is a fun one to read sometimes though.

I haven’t even looked at the draw challenge yet, but I’d better get to it.

As for Nalby, isn’t he still in the race at Serbia? If he wins that title he could very well lost at Madrid. It’s tough to know if players will ride winning momentum or if they’ll be tired, though.


jane Says:

Brando you do realize you said Nole’s draw was a joke for the last 3 tourneys right? :)


carlo Says:

Come on, Kimmi. Tooty is in there and she’s not excited about it. I’m sort of apathetic without Murray there and fit too. You have to stay in because you never know. Clay season will be over. I usually s**K during these clay events. Just have to pick Rafa, but that’s why I lost last year, I picked Rafa and Nole won! Have no idea who I’m picking yet. Mainly having fun streaming these 250 tournaments. Delpo and Wawa after Gasquet-Ramos.

This is the 3rd match this year and never before had met because, of course, Ramos wasn’t ranked high enough. Ramos came out blazing 1st set and Gasquet looked like he could care less. But I think Gasquet is into it now and will win the 2nd set. we’ll see. If Gasquet could break Ramos, he could win this set. Otherwise it’s a 2nd set tb.


jane Says:

carlo sorry for all the typos etc, need java too! :)


carlo Says:

Yes, agree skeezer about the bracket. Did not know about the writer, thanks jane.

Nalby is still in. Thinking he’s not going to be in the mood for Madrid. But we’ll see how he does v Seppi in Belgrade. Paire is in his 1st final there. Nalbandian can get to the final and he’ll probably bag a title and that will be good enough. Will pick Raonic, then.


roy Says:

milos cannot return serve, it’s hard to see him break federer when federer has one of the best service games in the world and raonic has one of the worst return games on tour.


carlo Says:

This is a good match, Gasquet v Ramos. But Gasquet won the 2nd set tb and now has a chance to break Ramos in the 1st game 3rd set. oops…Ramos saved it, deuce.


jane Says:

I agree roy – I don’t think Raonic is a threat to Fed. He did okay versus Murray but even then it was close. But Murray’s serve isn’t the weapon (at least not consistently) that Fed’s is.

Kimmi!! You have to play – we will miss you too much if you don’t. Just wing it. :)


skeezer Says:

roy….true..MIlos is not a stud at the return game. But neither is Dr. Ivo….remember there matches? Regardless, I saw Fed take advantage of Milos inability to change directions ( because of his size ) and like you said Fed can return well, well, its over. But the thing about an Isner or a Raonic is they can dictate with there serve, and if they are on and they hold serve its gonna go to a TB every time and there, anything can happen…..


carlo Says:

ooh, skeezer, you should have seen the improved Cilic today. Big guy is light on his feet, moves well forward and back and speedy covering the baseline. Tommy Haas was no easy out, he’s looking good but Cilic was returning serve well. Really did remind me of their match at Wimbledon 2009. I don’t know about picking Marin for Madrid, though??? confused.


jane Says:

carlo, I am hoping for Nalby to win in Belgrade, but I don’t want him to curl up after. Always love to watch him play so hope to catch his matches.

Interesting that 3 of the players in Nole’s “joke” draw are in the QFs of this weeks clay events: F-Lo, Ramos, Wawrinka. Not to mention Melzer, who beat Fed at Monte Carlo last year and Nole at the FO; Fognini, Baggy, Simon.

The person who might challenge Fed imo is Gasquet, not Raonic. Gasquet beat him at Rome last year in a beautiful match, imo. However, that was on more “traditional” clay. Maybe Nalby too, but you just never know with him; I worry when I see him playing my faves but sometimes he’s just not there. It’s Fed’s first couple matches that will be tough, but if he gets through those, there is no one from the bottom section, imo, who can stop him (Almagro, quallie, Granollers, Berloq, Steps, Tomic, Ferrer).

Same with Rafa’s section, imo. His first match could be tough, but then it’s smooth sailing to the QFs.

In my opinion the really tough section is the top half on Rafa’s side. Who will come out there? Isner? Tsonga? Delpo? Dolgo? Cilic? Harrison – it’s loaded with potential, the main ones being Delpo and Isner maybe. Who are people picking? Delpo?


Dave Says:

carlo, you’re right that rust is a likely concern. As well, Federer arrived in Madrid only yesterday, so he hasn’t had much practice there. In any other year, he might have added a warm up event such as Estoril or Monte Carlo… but this year his priorities seem to be the two trophies on the Wimbledon grass so he’ll probably take whatever match practice he can get from Madrid, try to play better in Rome, and start peaking from the French Open. Given how much he’s played since the US Open, he probably cannot to risk overplaying.

Or he might surprise us all, coming into Madrid well prepared and adapting to the blue conditions better than his opponents. And he tends to play better when there is a tough draw. Between Nalby and Raonic, I assume Federer would take the Milos serve on clay and his inexperience on clay… over Nalby’s clay experience and motivation to raise his game against his old rival.

My biggest concern for Federer are distractions from his off-court activities: particularly his responsibilities as Player Council president and the forthcoming June elections for council members (hopefully the issues about prize money have been sorted out and the whining about blue clay doesn’t get out of control… and morph into a fight about the powers of the ATP president and tournament owners relative to the players).

Note: Though Stephanie Myles is understandably partial to Canadians, I wouldn’t describe her as “loathing” Nadal and Djokovic. She tends to pick on everyone’s annoying behaviors (which riles up their fans)… Fed doesn’t pick his Armani thongs or bounce balls forever. I can post articles where Myles has picked on Federer. And articles where she pours love on Nadal or Djokovic, such as this…
http://tinyurl.com/cb2x6sb


carlo Says:

yes! Kimmi, i will miss you. Wing it. It’s not exciting this time but…


Dave Says:

Ion Tiriac’s latest innovation — a Star Trek Phaser gun he made in his garage (and in case he runs into Nadal). It’ll look cool to shoot it on the blue clay…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuuL_Tel79g&feature=player_embedded


jane Says:

carlo “Really did remind me of their match at Wimbledon 2009.” I loved this match! But I was cheering for Cilic, so I was disappointed with the final outcome.


jane Says:

Dave, lol: May the 4th be with you. (Oh no – that was yesterday).


Kimmi Says:

milos just needs a tie break..if he has a good serving day who know. Thats is why his match with fed was too close for comfort last time they play.

awwww! you guys are soo sweeet. I will play then, hoping to do well this time, this will cheer me up.

Are you guys all going for rafa win? I will try nole, probably be burned again. I dont know if fed will be match tough. THIS IS VERY TOUGH.


skeezer Says:

Fed? Armani Thongs? Has he been watching Rafa commercials and decided to compete? Don’t know if he’ll win that battle….


jane Says:

Dave, it’s true that Stephanie likes Nole, I think. She is generally pretty good to him. But usually she is not a Rafa fan. At least that’s the pattern I’ve noticed reading her write ups over the years. But you’re correct that there are exceptions to her patterns. I just read her as mainly a Fed fan.

I also agree with you and carlo that rust could be a factor for Fed which is why the early tough matches could be tricky. But maybe the fact that this isn’t quite the surface that the others are grooved on right now (i.e., different bounce and so on) could work to his advantage as they’ll be figuring it out too.


carlo Says:

Yeah, indeed! like I said that Isner, Delpo, Dolgo, Andujar, Tsonga section is mayhem, Jane.

Agree with your assessment about Fed’s draw and Nole’s. I think they will meet though in the semi.

Rafa’s draw appears easy to me…easy for Rafa in good form, that is. No one ever knows. But I can’t decide on the winner right now. No1e is the one I want but mind is saying Rafa. Not really in touch with my instincts or gut today lol…


Roger Federer Fan Says:

“Fed? Armani Thongs? Has he been watching Rafa commercials and decided to compete? Don’t know if he’ll win that battle….”

Hope he wins atleast this battle against Rafa.


carlo Says:

yay Kimmi, who knows, you may have to talk me into it, if I’m at the bottom ;)


carlo Says:

The thing is: picking the right quarters, semi’s and final can put you right to the top, no matter how bad the early round picking.

I worry about if Nole has been able to train, eat his diet, enough calories (seems like the type to lose weight easily, muscle too) and sleeping well.
Really like him to give me a call and check in :D


jane Says:

“Really like him to give me a call and check in :D” Me too carlo :) He did post this, but it doesn’t tell much:

http://www.whosay.com/novakdjokovic/videos/167207


carlo Says:

My gosh. jane, he’s so sweet. That smile. I’m picking him. Well, after watching that. Maybe I better watch it again. Rafa will probably win, but I have points to spare after picking Rafa last time.


carlo Says:

Estoril crowd has really be backing Gasquet over Ramos, what’s up with that?


jane Says:

Twice now Gasquet was up a break in the third, and went down bps, this time serving for the match – thought he might be broken back again but he pulls through. He’s had to grind out the last two wins. He might be pooped when/if he faces Delpo in the final.


carlo Says:

Gasquet win in the 3rd 7-5. I was cheering the underdog Ramos.

Okay now the match I’ve been waiting for all morning before getting outside. Delpo and Stanley.


Dave Says:

Jane: Live Long And Prosper. Yeah, anything can happen in the first few days of Madrid to several players. Federer has had the least clay court match practice of the top five players. Since 2011 US Open: Federer played those 2 failed Davis Cup matches on poorly laid clay courts, Nadal played 14 clay matches, Djokovic played 5 clay matches, Murray played 6 clay matches, Ferrer played 20 clay matches. Plus Raonic and Nalby are coming into Madrid with clay match practice.

Btw, it wasn’t a lightsaber (now we know you’re not a sci-fi geek, but a lady of higher culture :) That “phaser” actually works though the laser is weak.

Yes, overall, Stephanie Myles is a bit partial to Federer — though logically every writer should be partial to Fed based on the overall career performance and behavior of the top players. But Myles is not a FedKAD in the way that golf writers are still ga-ga over Tiger Woods even though his last major title was in mid-2008. I can find Stephanie Myles articles that put down Federer and articles that are pro-Nadal (especially during the heights of Rafa’s best years). I’ve not found any writer out there who is 100% impartial… I’ve even debunked tennis historians, great players and top analysts who cherry pick information to embellish their favorite players.

skeezer/RFF: and that’s why Fed doesn’t pick his, lol. Actually having sat behind the baseline on the first rows and seen both play, there’s no contest between Nadal’s butt and Fed’s butt — the ladies in the audience have their priorities right.


carlo Says:

Oh no, I’m too nervous. I can’t watch. Too much emotions invested in Delp-Oh, oh no, OMG.


jane Says:

carlo, don’t be nervous; I think Delpo can do it. My scores at the ATP site seem frozen for Estoril. Maybe I’ll seek a stream but wanted to stream Nalby.

Dave, admittedly, no, not a sci-fi geek, but my son is so there’s a kind of osmosis process. I’ve read more sci-fi classics than seen the films/television shows. I don’t think I’ve even seen the full set of star wars films! Just the first (last) three and maybe the first prequel only to see Ewan. <3 That all said, I like my low culture, but I’ll take it in the form of punk music and horror films, thank you very much. :)


skeezer Says:

Dave,

There is no way Rafa can handle a thong….it would get stuck beyond the pint of no return…..what he needs is some loser shorts and a jock strap….


jane Says:

Nalby is cruising, but yeah this Delpo/Stan match is tenser so far.


alison hodge Says:

Skeezer the thong is a brilliant invention,women who have had that problem, no longer have it anymore,as theres no where else for it to go,its there already, ill vouch for that.


alison hodge Says:

Jane and carlo im so dissapoited as my computer wont let me download the Nole video,i will try again in a little while,it seems he has quite a fan club these days,its understandable hes gorgeous,a great personality too.


steve-o Says:

Tiebreak for Del Potro & Wawrinka. It’s a very even encounter so far.


alison hodge Says:

Dave and Skeezer Fed doing armani,whos to say he wasnt asked,maybe he turned it down,and then they asked Rafa instead?


Dave Says:

jane: Hmmm, punk rock… horror films… MacGregor… so you’re the Tennis-X goth girl of the week :)

skeezer: spoken from your own experience with thongs?

alison: that’s too much info about yourself, lol.

Let’s be realistic here. Nadal cuts a better figure in Armani underwear… but then, I’m not a woman.

Though I wonder which tennis player should model this latest invention since the thong…
http://tinyurl.com/7976xav


alison hodge Says:

Steve-o Hopefully Delpo will come through,i think hes the only player most likely to upset the top 3 players.


jane Says:

I think Delpo is going to cruise now, but Nalby is down a break in the second set. :(


Dave Says:

Nadal: “This (Madrid Open) is a clay-court event that is least like a clay-court event. There is always a chance of playing worse here,” Nadal said. “I only speak my mind for the good of the tour and the players, so that we have a clay tournament with few problems.”…”Nadal hasn’t been a big fan of the tournament since its schedule move in 2009, unhappy that the high altitude and thin air of spring in Madrid negates the strengths of his game and helps his rivals. The second-ranked Spaniard is 33-2 in career clay-court finals but 1-2 in Madrid.”
http://tinyurl.com/6tsh787


carlo Says:

Thinking I’m uneasy when Delpo plays a Swiss player :( Vamos gentle giant

Nalbandian wouldn’t be Nalbandian if he didn’t make it hard on his fans. He drops a set, like a true artist, and will maybe win in 3. That’s a Dolgo pattern, and I think, from what I’ve seen of him, maybe Benny Paire.


alison hodge Says:

Dave LMAO at your post,especially the line to skeezer,Rogers a lovely guy,but your quite right probably not armani meterial,and been a woman i have to say Rafa does look damn sexy in those adverts,but then other woman may feel different,as for your link i dont really care to imagine any player wearing that sort of thing,under clothes i suppose they cover a multitude of sins though,im still LMAO.


steve-o Says:

Don’t think Federer is interested in underwear modeling. Doesn’t strike me as having any inclination to put his body on display.

He wouldn’t fit the usual model profile in any case, he’s pretty hairy (especially on his chest) and his arms are asymmetrical, his right arm being much stronger than his left.

@alison: Del Potro won the breaker handily and is now up a break. I think he has this well in hand now.

@carlo: how was the lamb?


carlo Says:

steve-o, I didn’t have any lamb today. That was Wog boy roasting a lamb, getting up early for a celebration, St.Djordje Day or St. Georgio day :D But he admitted that Greeks do lamb best and I’ll vouch for that!

I won’t eat until i see Delpo wins. I’m nervous


carlo Says:

What’s with this Estoril crowd supporting Wawarinka?

They were supporting Gasquet over Ramos, too.


steve-o Says:

Wawrinka saves four match points on his own serve. Great fight, but I think Del Potro will lay down some huge first serves to finish this.


carlo Says:

It’s not over. Delpo can get yips serving matches out these days. And the crowd really cheering Stan.

30-30 oh no


carlo Says:

1st mp on his serve…Delpo, please


steve-o Says:

You can eat now, carlo :)


jane Says:

Congrats Delpo.

Nalby, on the edge, arrgh.


carlo Says:

First I’ll take a breath! thank-you

But Nalby is making it crazy hard.


alison hodge Says:

yeah congrats Delpo,you can come out now Carlo,so pleased for him.


jane Says:

Delpo’s 3-1 over Gasquet; Gasquet hasn’t beaten him since their first match in 2007, and has taken only one set in three matches. Looking good for Delpo to defend.

Meanwhile my hope for Nalby to win in Belgrade is slipping further and further away. :(


carlo Says:

Thanks alison. Very happy he at least made the final and I hope he can defend his title but Gasquet was playing well, after he got over something about the court that was bothering him. He’s a bit of a Diva, and I say that in a complimentary way. I like Gasquet.

Nalbandian and Seppi – I don’t know. Maybe Benny Paire has a chance to get an ATP title in Belgrade?


carlo Says:

Nalby doing his best to lose. Seppi got the break.

uhg. Think I pick Milos to win a match in Madrid.


carlo Says:

Or, maybe it’s all part of the scheme, jane. Lose now and get to Madrid and practice. Too many errors.

Congrats to Seppi. Ah Davide


jane Says:

Ugh, from 4-1 up Nalby loses the third set. Mind you it was just one break, but still – ugh. Disappointing.


alison hodge Says:

Carlo im really happy for Delpo,but especially for you as a fan,i know how much you wanted him to win,and how much youve been stressing about it all day,go eat,go celebrate.


steve-o Says:

Del Potro v. Gasquet, should be wonderful.

Go Del Potro!


carlo Says:

Si, Si, gracie, alison, grande Delpo, vai, vai!

warming up my Italian for the Giro ….which starts tomorrow. How will I keep my job with Madrid and the Giro d’ Italia going? thank the gods for my VCR. Won’t be able to watch live, the Giro anyway after tomorrow. Busy sport month for me.

Ciao! people. Going to eat and rethink my bracket!


alison hodge Says:

So sorry about Nalby,to loose from 4 1 up must be so dissapoiting as a player,to come so close yet so far.


jane Says:

^ exactly, what a bummer. Oh well, c’est la vie. When you root for Nalby it’s always a crap shoot. :)


Kimmi Says:

way to go delpo


alison hodge Says:

Jane some players can be so frustrating to watch,and can drive you mad that way,all or nothing.


Brando Says:

@jane:

‘Brando you do realize you said Nole’s draw was a joke for the last 3 tourneys right? :)’

That’s why i have been laughing the last 3 tourny’s he has played in, LOL! BUT i am flattered that you have kept count/ or an eye on my take regarding this.

I think we are fairly friendly with one another now aren’t we jane? And i do think you know that i do not have anything against nole either. Infact i rather like him- more for his personality than his game (which i can admire at times).

BUT i do have to stick with what i have said of nole’s draw for this tourny, since i honestly believe it. Had his draw been rafa’s or fed’s i would say the same.

The reason why i say it is easy is since i genuinely see no one on his side- pre SF- that can actually beat him, hence i call it easy! I’d be surprised IF he loses a set to any of them!

I disagree with your take- BUT i can understand it. I don’t your being pessimistic or downplaying your fav’s chances its just as a fan of nole’s
MAYBE you feel he is abit vulnerable on his return. Could be true. I have been there too as a rafa fan.

Overall though, i think nole is MOST PROBABLE (borderline certain) of being in the SF, then rafa, then federer, and then hopefully delpo. IMHO.


jane Says:

Brando, I think we kind of have to wait and see how this blue clay plays, but who could possibly hurt Rafa on his side (you said “rafa does also have a tough one”) if that’s your reasoning for Nole’s draw being a “joke”? (here’s your reasoning: “The reason why i say it is easy is since i genuinely see no one on his side- pre SF- that can actually beat him, hence i call it easy!”) Realistically, the only tough match Rafa might have before the semis is the first one: Davy/Ivo. I think I’ve identified why Nole’s draw is not a joke quite realistically. Three guys in the quarters this weekend are in Nole’s section: F-Lo had Fed on the ropes once at Madrid, Melzer has beaten Nole and Fed on clay, Wawrinka has been in the Rome finals and just today pushed Delpo.


alison hodge Says:

Brando what i would love to see is the Melzer at the 2010 level,who actually beat Nole at the FO,even after been 2 sets down,playing the Nole at this level,as i think that would be a great competitive match,sadly Melzers gone the other way,however like Jane says many of the players in Noles half have all done well on clay these past couple of weeks,Rafas got quite a fluffy draw dont you think?Ivo or Davey could be tricky,then it should be quite staight forward till Delpo in the semis.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

To be very honest with you, i have not really been keeping up with results in SO or Estoril this week. Despite that, i still see nole in the SF very easy.

Re rafa: I think most here would say after fed’s it is the toughest out of the big 3. Karlovic or davydenko is a tough one first up, then berdych in qtrs has the IDEAL game to beat rafa in this tourny.

Your right, ALOT depends on how this surfaces plays, BUT it’s clear rafa is more vulnerable here than elsewhere on clay. His results here- along with his vocal dislike of the surface- makes that pretty clear.

Nonetheless, we shall have to wait and see how things unfold- it could be a good thing for rafa and fed to be tested from the word go.


alison hodge Says:

Sorry Jane i must have been posting at the same time as you,as i basically said the same thing.


Brando Says:

@Alison:

I haven’t been keeping up with the serbia open or estoril tourny so im not too sure as to where certain players are regarding form, BUT still nole’s world no.1, he reached finals at MC, defending champ at madrid, so he should make SF easily for me.

IF nole was asked: would you want your draw, or fed’s or rafa’s- i DOUBT very much that he would want a swap with either one of those 2!


jane Says:

alison, no worries. :)

brando, Berdych? The last time he beat Rafa was 6 years ago! Rafa has an 11-3 record over him. I think Rafa is a shoe-in for the semis and likely the final.

But yeah: blue clay; how doth thee play? That is the question.


Brando Says:

@jane: LOL, like I said I think each and every fan fears the worst for their fav, even if they play the no.100 in the world! BUT t-bird does have the game to pull it off. Either way, I think the SF could be a tasty – and I for one wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up a fed-delpo final.


carlo Says:

Brando, with all due respect, and I do respect you as an informed tennis fan; Ivo/Davy are really past being true threats, barring Rafa having an injury. And who is next? Verdasco? Possibly the absolute most pitiful match-up, since AO 09 in tennis, is Verdasco v Nadal, especially in Verdasco’s hometown. Chela would be better, or I think i’m putting an unkown qualifer in that spot instead of Verdasco or Chela v Nadal. Berdych has not beat Nadal since 2006. Anything can happen in tennis. Though competitive in certain tournaments, Tsonga and Delpo have not fared well v Nadal on clay. Nadal in good form is far too good for those in his draw.

Nadal to the final and likely to win it, is my pick. But I think Nole will be there again, or maybe a surprise by Federer; but I pick Nadal on any color clay v Federer. However, I understand being a nervous fan – every and any draw is tough for a favorite.


Brando Says:

@carlo: you make valid points- hope your right about rafa winning:-)


dari Says:

Missed th tennis, bit glad delpo came through. Almost missed the draw, but they have a really easy mobile version now. Click click click
Somebody tell me why i can’t seem to pick against fed at a draw challenge, geeze louise


Alex Says:

madmax

Yes, I agree Roger is a great clay court player but it’s still his weakest surface. Could I see David Ferrer beating Roger on grass? No. Hard courts? Probably not. But on clay he does have a legitimate chance.

Especially, since Ferrer is playing some great clay court tennis right now. I watched him play Nadal in Barcelona and he came very close to winning that match. If he can come within a few points of winning a match on clay against Nadal. Then he should be able to do the same against Federer.


Bobby Says:

Dave was implying in other post about blue clay that Nadal did something to make Madrid a clay event and Hamburg loosing its masters status.What an absurd comment is this!.Nadal actually vehemently resisted making Madrid a clay event.He supported Hamburg and played last two events in Hamburg in 2007 and 2008 to give support to the tournament.During the winner`s speech in 2008 ,Nadal supported Hamburg openely and hoped that Hamburg will retain its clay masters status.Nadal never warmed up to the idea of Madrid on clay.”Well informed Dave ” may be able to fool some casual fans but tennis fans can see through his prejudice.


Roger Federer Fan Says:

Bobby,

You are in trouble now.

Get ready for a tremendous reply from Dave in no less than 10000 words.

Dave,

Its time for you to display your special skills. Start firing !!!!


Dave Says:

Bobby was implying in his post here that he (Bobby) fails to comprehend what he reads. Firstly, Dave never made “absurd comments” as Bobby claimed. Dave simply asked two thoughful questions: “Does anyone know whether the decision to turn Madrid into a clay event held in May was all Tiriac’s doing? Or did the Nadal camp ask for the change to clay?” A poster named L responded with his answer.

Now let’s test Bobby’s claim: “During the winner’s speech in 2008, Nadal supported Hamburg openely and hoped that Hamburg will retain its CLAY masters status.” Really? Bobby needs to actually watch Nadal’s post-match press conference before putting words into Nadal’s mouth: Nadal spent more time talking about his injuries. When a German reporter asked Nadal about the future of Hamburg and whether the players did enough to support Hamburg… in his answer, Nadal’s never said that he hoped Hamburg would retain its CLAY masters status (only that “this tournament deserves to be a Masters Series… hopefully continue like this”). As well, the way Nadal answered did not seem to have as much passion as his earlier answers in the previous 5 minutes. All of this means nothing much (if Nadal really did not support Hamburg, it would have been a stupid PR move to say in Germany he does not support Hamburg and hope Hamburg loses it’s Clay Masters status). From Nadal’s answers in this one interview in Germany we cannot jump to conclusions — either way. What other proof does Bobby have?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y1axo3jP2s&feature=relmfu

Let’s test Bobby’s claim: “(Nadal) supported Hamburg and played last two events in Hamburg in 2007 and 2008 to give support to the tournament.” Really? What is Bobby’s proof that Nadal’s motivation was to support Hamburg… rather than to win more ranking points on clay to catch up to Federer’s No. 1 ranking?

Bobby may be able to fool some casual fans but — once we check the facts — real tennis fans can see through his prejudice.


Dave Says:

alison: LMAO. Though in the future it’s conceivable that tennis players wear spandex outfits.


alison hodge Says:

Dave LMAO god forbid you never know though,maybe some things are best left to the imagination.


Green900 Says:

Dave just owned bobby! Bobby u got just got owned :P


carlo Says:

Speaking of hot, somewhat nerdy, guys in lycra, Taylor Phinney wearing leaders jersey(pink) won the 1st stage of the Giro, Go USA! He’s a monster in the time trial. But this is my favorite Grand Tour because it’s a climber’s race! Zoncolan, Stelvio are killer. Phinney only good on the flat time trials. He’s too tall/ big for a climber, about Safin’s size. Montanes and Simon would make good climber cyclists- light and skinny.

Okay that was off topic but had to get it out. sorry.

Meanwhile in tennis, Kohls started out playing great but Marin is getting his serve going now. Tight final in Munich right now.

Davydenko gets a straight set win over Karlovic, btw, Madrid bracket players. 7-6, 6-3


Kimmi Says:

bad start for cilic in the tie break..c’mon wake up.


Kimmi Says:

still serving really low marin cilic..31%. he has to fight every point. while kohl serving at 71%


Kimmi Says:

kohl gave a mini break back.. squandered 2 set point. back on serve 6-6


Kimmi Says:

no one wants this set.


Kimmi Says:

finally kolh takes it. cilic squandered 5 set points..i don’t think he will get anymore chances carlo.


carlo Says:

good morning, Kimmi

Kohls got 1st set.

I like both but kind of hoping Marin can get this next set.


Kimmi Says:

Hi carlo, i am cheering for cilic, but i dont think i will get any joy. delpo and gasquet soon to start.


carlo Says:

Have to switch to Belgrade stream to see crazy Benny Paire, a new favorite. Cant watch Delpo match – just starting. Too many errors from Marin.

And my old laptop computer is burning my blankets, will only let me stream cycling and one tennis match at a time!


carlo Says:

Oh, Paire is playing all or nothing tennis, more nothing than all, atm…self destruction and self chastising in French. Doesn’t look good but he has supporters in Belgrade.


Kimmi Says:

delpo with early break. looking good so far.


carlo Says:

lol… Paire, “ahhh merde!” pardon his French :D always expressive.

Seppi hardly had to do anything to get the 1st set 6-3 but keep the ball in the court. Paire plays himself – in that regard, reminds me of Dolgo. e


carlo Says:

Appreciate your updates on Delpo-Gasquet, Kimmi. Too nervous to watch that one. This Belgrade final is a bit of fun, comic relief.


Kimmi Says:

cilic broken in the second. no hope now carlo.


carlo Says:

no joy, I think today for 1st time finalist Benny Paire – he’s making this easy for Seppi. 2 racquets tossed for Paire.

No joy for Marin either – Kolhs will serve for the match.

Is it safe to switch streams to Delpo??


Kimmi Says:

it is safe carlo. delpo had an early break and he is holding it very well.


Noogie Says:

Alison Hodge are you by any chance Susan Boyle in disguise. A celebrity wannabe with a personality just as dull as the british weather. Everyday all day. Might I add that I simultaneously apologise for my bad bahaviour and stinking attitude, but not for using the appropriate words to describe you. But what can you expect. All Britons lack emotional intelligence


Kimmi Says:

congrats to kohl, he wins at home. he must be happy. Cilic did well to get to the final, good to see him playing well again.

Meanwhile delpo with another break chance.


carlo Says:

Makes me sad when Gasquet has all the support in Estoril. Is that what you hear too, Kimmi?


carlo Says:

Yup, congrats to Kohlshreiber. Best of luck to Cilic in Madrid ;)

Talented French young man is too nervous, maybe. Better this 2nd set but Seppi has the break and Paire is df’ing, and errors all over.

Delpo couldn’t get another break – crowd very happy Gasquet held. Vamos Delpo, hold, please serve well.


jane Says:

Did you pick Cilic in Madrid carlo? I don’t think I did in the end, only went through the draw once and changed nothing. But I thought of picking Cilic over Isner.

Congrats to Special K and Seppi (I know it’s not finished, technically, but).


Kimmi Says:

I have delpo match in mute carlo. I am guessing estoril is closer to france that argentina. I am watching a movie on TV at the same time.

Go delpo!!

women are playing in madrid too. azareka vs kutzy is a close first set. Too much tennis.


carlo Says:

Paire on the changeover was chewing gum and drinking coke, looking perfectly casual about losing, lol…

Match points for Seppi now. Congrats in advance for Seppi….but wait….Benny has saved 4 matchpoints , haha…


Kimmi Says:

special K jane? ha ha


carlo Says:

hahaha Paire saved 5 matchpoints, kinda late to play well. Seppi gets it on mp #6. Yay, Seppi.


Kimmi Says:

gasquet is really struggling to hold but seem to be holding in the end. Delpo needs to take these chances.


carlo Says:

I picked Cilic to win one match. Had a feeling he’d lose today – come out fighting in Madrid, but maybe the reverse happens. Didn’t pick special K in Madrid, thought he’d win Munich and be satisfied to save his powder for Rome and FO. Guessing,all just guessing.

Delpo worries me, of course. And I picked him deep in Madrid. You are right, about that geography! Portugal is different, maybe I was thinking Spain, spanish speaking fans but that not the language in Portugal – tough to understand that language for me. I get cycling streams from Portugal and some words almost sound Russian or something.


jane Says:

Gasquet is done now that he is broken. I had kind of hoped for an exciting 3 setter with this one; alas it looks like it’ll be over quick.

Kimmi, I read someone here call Kohls that. :)

carlo, definitely guessing…but you make good points. i will probably do crappy on this draw again as i whipped through it without thinking.


Kimmi Says:

delpo with an early break in the second. if things go like first set..we have the match delpo :)


Kimmi Says:

“Kimmi, I read someone here call Kohls that. :)”

probably carlo, she is good with nicknames. delpo..go delpo


jane Says:

Are all the matches going on in Madrid right now main draw, or are some qualification?


carlo Says:

carlo and contador can’t take credit for special K.

I’ve tried to calm down.

A double break for Delpo would make me feel easier about picking him to the semi in Madrid.

Also did a late night, wine influenced, switch to Bellucci over Gasquet and Djokovic over Nadal.


jane Says:

Late night, wine influenced picks are sometimes the best ones! Bellucci might be a good call; he will have good memories of how well he did here last year. As for Nole over Rafa, I don’t know…


carlo Says:

Last time I looked, there were only I think 2 main draw matches for ATP today – have recheck it.

WTA qualifying started a day earlier than the mens, so I think all or almost all matches today are main draw WTA.


Kimmi Says:

there is double break delpo


jane Says:

I want Delpo to win, but I feel sorry for Gasquet. :(


Kimmi Says:

schiavoni struggling on her best surface so far. she is defending the finalist points at RG


jane Says:

Yep, you’re right carlo – Anderson vs.Bogo is the only other main draw ATP match, and all the WTA matches look to be main draw.


Kimmi Says:

i thinks most men matches are qualifying jane. very few main draw. i think k.anderson match coming later is the main draw too


Kimmi Says:

ooops, didn’t see carlo answer. spot on.


carlo Says:

Yeah, for some reason I like all the French players, except when playing Delpo, Murray, Nole, Dolgo…

Simon, LaMonf, and now Benny Paire are my favorites – like Gas-k and Tsonga too.

Not sure about how this Estoril loss will be for Richard. I look at what their history is at tournaments like Madrid (bright or not idea after dinner and drinks) Bellucci was better in Madrid. Thought maybe okay, Richard will not push it before Rome and FO.

Delpo finishes it with an ace!! :D :D

sorry Reeshard.


jane Says:

Congrats to Delpo for defending his title and playing very well too.


jane Says:

I think Delpo’s going to be a force the rest of this year; after he won, he looked up at the heavens, he looked seriously at the earth and his vanquished opponent, and he crossed himself.


Kimmi Says:

YES delpo! some great score in estoril, never lost a set. It was rafa like scoreline this week. I think clay is his best surface.

I picked him to the semi in madrid too carlo. hoping he gets there. I was torn between isner and delpo..isner can play on clay too, right?


carlo Says:

Delpo always does that, Jane. Sort of Nole-like but in a more demure way.

ah, I love Gasquet speaking in French. Soft-spoken gentleman.

Oh my stream cut out. But I could tell Delpo didn’t understand a word in Portugese (sp) they got a Spanish speaker to talk to him. What is it with Portugese? there are Spanish elements, also something quite different that almost reminds me of yiddish.


Kimmi Says:

schiavoni is turning it around. good to see. azarenka wins.


jane Says:

I know carlo, but to me it seemed more serious today, more formidable. I know he always does the same, look up, crosses self, etc. For some reason today it seemed to have a quiet determination behind it that I haven’t seen in a while. Or maybe just confidence. As Kimmi said, Delpo rolled over the field at Estoril!


jane Says:

I picked Delpo to the semis at Madrid too.

I can’t decide how Rafa will do there, oddly. I mean, maybe he’ll fight really hard because he’s pissed off about blue clay etc., or maybe his pissed-off-ness will distract him and lead to an upset. Maybe we’ll see a few surprises this week and not business as usual. There’s something spooky about it all. lol. ;)


carlo Says:

Yeah, Isner’s game – serving and forehand works on clay. He beat Federer for gosh sakes.

But picked Delpo over him. Picked Delpo over Tsonga – maybe a sentimental pick. But I believe in Delpo ;) a worried belief.


Kimmi Says:

Not too worried not picking tsonga. not a clay dude. he lost to Haas in the first round in munich. Maybe he will surprise us, but isner is what i am worried about. that serve in the high altitude will be flying.


carlo Says:

Actually I think Rafa will win. That’s who I picked initially. Nole was a last minute switch. I’m more worried about Nole’s preparation on every level, emotionally, physically, ect. But though what the heck, I’m going for him maybe being able to pull it together and defend the title for his “Deda” as Wog boy calls his grandpa.


carlo Says:

No doubt, Kimmi, Isner is a worry. More than Tsonga.


Kimmi Says:

carlo – maybe federer will surprise us. no one picked him, even blank didn’t this time :)


carlo Says:

Rafa gets pissed off and wins. At least during matches that’s what I notice. It’s his confidence v Nole that could make the difference. He’s going to have confidence after winning MC. But…this will be more of a battle, I think.

Then there is Federer lurking….never know about him.


jane Says:

Agree: Rafa will likely win. And yes, Isner. However, Cilic has a good record over Isner. I seriously think Cilic might upset big John. We’ll see…


Brando Says:

Well done JMDP! I predicted he would be a force earlier this year too! Hope he makes SF at Madrid. If he does well at Madrid and Rome he could top 8 by RG. I think he’s definately a threat for RG- BUT by the time we get to rhe USO I think-hope- delpo’s comeback shall be complete and he’ll be a GENUINE SLAM contender on a par with the big 3! Vamos delpo!


jane Says:

Definitely Federer is more than a lurker. :) He’s a contender every time. He could definitely beat Nole, should they meet. I did pick through the draw only once – but when I got to the last four, I change the winner four times to see how many picks each had, lol. Obviously Rafa had the most. But I had Fed, Delpo, Nole and Rafa all winning, but then I switched to Nole as I was unfaithful to him and picked Rafa at MC. ;)


Brando Says:

Re Madrid- IMHO it could very EASILY be a fed v delpo final. I so no reason why that cannot happen. Not saying it is most likely, BUT a genuine possibility, that’s why this tourny will probably be the most FUN on clay this year.


carlo Says:

Thanks for the encouraging words about Delpo, Brando!

So, I did a quick check of the bracket when i woke up. Dari, skeezer, and Sienna picked Federer to win, maybe one more…I don’t remember. I’ve been up since 4 am streaming Giro…then switched to tennis and Giro at about 7 am.

Thanks for the company you guys. Gotta go for a ride – I laid around all day watching sports until dinner. :)


carlo Says:

Yesterday, what i meant – did nothing. ate,drank, watched sports…. later!


Brando Says:

@carlo: no worries. Delpo is my 2nd fav after rafa and I have ALWAYS believed that aside from the grass season, he HAS what it takes to beat anyone and everyone on the other surfaces! He just needs to be fully fit- and hopefully he is and will be a very long while!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Tough draw for Fed, but even tougher luck for Milos. Milos is going to be better with each match on clay, and he’s already looking formidable, testing Ferrer last week. Gasquet beat Rog on clay last year and just made a clay finals today. Then Ferrer? Tough.
On the other hand, the match I am most looking forward to is DelPo/Rafa.
Rafa has a very easy run, he’ll beat Davydenko like a revenge-drum, and Verdasco is nothing but a practice match for him now. Berdych may give him some tough games, but I don’t think his game has ever translated to clay success, has it?
So Rafa will storm to the semis, and I have high hopes that DelPo will survive Isner and Tsonga to meet him there.
A Fed/Djoker semi on the other side could be another instant classic.
Game on!
Or as Skeeze would say, Shamon!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

This will be, what, the 4th Milos/Fed match this year? Hard luck for Milos trying to get match experience to keep running into Fed early in tournaments. Unlikely with a Fed 2nd rounder, but I hope he’ll be slotted in the top 16 for French.


racquet Says:

^^This will be, what, the 4th Milos/Fed match this year?

They’ve only ever met once. Are you mixing up Raonic with Del Potro?


alison hodge Says:

Congrats JMDP i think this will give him a big boost,when facing the big guns on clay,and congrats to all the other title winners this weekend,Khols,Seppi and Davey,commisiserations to the loosing finalists,didnt see any of the games,but it sounds like it was a great week of tennis,Carlo must be delighted about Delpo,all worth the late nights and the early mornings.


alison hodge Says:

^Sorry not Daveydeko DUH^.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Racquet- yes, how did you guess who I was mixing Raonic up though??


racquet Says:

@Tennis Vagabond – it wasn’t too hard. Fed beat Del Potro 4 times in a row this year and I figured that’s what you meant.


Mark Anderson Says:

Gosh, just get over the color change. It’s so nice to see younger people accepting whatever is shoved down their throats. Such wonderful acceptance.


oggmeista Says:

Ok as I understand it .It is not the court colour that is the problem…It is the fact it is very slippery and it wasn’t only Nadal that who was/is opposed to it

TThe reason why it was done is so the Orange ball is more visible especially for TV audiences

But I have a much beter solution CHANGE THE COLOUR OF THE BALL!!! lol

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