Federer Forever (Beating) Young; Williams Sisters Tues. at US Open
by Staff | August 27th, 2012, 11:50 pm
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It’s good to have a Williams-free opening Monday at the US Open — if you’re among the women’s throng chasing tournament favorite Serena and sister Venus, who are both scheduled for Tuesday in Flushing Meadows.


Slam winners and seeds No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, No. 3 Maria Sharapova, No. 5 Petra Kvitova, No. 7 Sam Stosur and No. 9 Li Na were opening-day winners on Monday at the US Open, where the defending-champion Stosur was happy to be back on the turf of her 2011 championship, away from the brighter lights of her home Australia.

“I love playing at home, but there is that increased, I guess, expectation,” Stosur said. “You’re in the spotlight a bit more back home and you see yourself on TV and the newspapers even if you’re not looking for it. It’s unavoidable; whereas here there are other players that are in that spot instead.”

Stosur rolled over Croat Petra Martic 6-1, 6-1, almost recording a “Golden Set.”

“Yeah, I knew at 4-Love, 40-love that I hadn’t missed a point and the match had been going pretty quick and obviously in my favor,” Stosur said. “It did pop into my head for a split second.  Then I hit the double fault and it was erased…”

Sharapova eased past Hungary’s Melinda “The 5th Element” Czink 6-2, 6-2, while Kvitova topped Slovenia’s Polana Hercog 7-6(6), 6-1, and Na rolled past Brit Heather Watson 6-2, 6-3.

Li was 9-1 in the hardcourt lead-up to Flushing Meadows, but has not done well in New York.

“I’m really happy I won because the last few years I lost first round,” Li said. “When I saw the schedule, I told myself I had to do it myself, I really had to win the first match, otherwise it would be the same as last year and I’d have to pack, go to the airport and fly back home.”

Sharapova is coming off a few weeks missing play due to a stomach virus, with the pain leading her to take a pregnancy test, which came out negative. Azarenka in a late match rolled over Russian Alexandra Panova 6-1, 6-0.

Americans went 2-4 on the day as No. 31 seed Varvara Lepchenko and (WC) Mallory Burdette won, while Jamie Hampton lost to No. 11 seed Marion Bartoli, (WC) Melanie Oudin was bageled by No. 15 Lucie Safarova, (WC) Julia Cohen was bageled by (Q) Anastasia Rodionova, and 16-year-old (WC) Victoria Duval lost in straight sets to No. 23 Kim Clijsters in the featured night match.

“It was a whole lot more than I expected it to be, it was amazing,” Duval said. “I thought I did a good job, the coaches were pretty happy with me…there’s a lot of room for improvement, but definitely a good experience.”

Clijsters next meets Brit Laura Robson, who disposed of American wildcard Samantha Crawford.

On the upset tip Monday, Romania’s Sorana Cirstea came from a set down to beat No. 16 Sabine Lisicki in three, Czech qualifier Kristyna Pliskova surprised No. 18 Julia Goerges in straights, and Czech Lucie Hradecka handled No. 27 Anabel Medina Garrigues in straights.

Matches to look for Tuesday in Flushing include an all-American in Venus Williams vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, an all-American in (4) Serena Williams vs. Coco Vandeweghe, and (22) Francesca Schiavone vs. Sloane Stephens.

Title favorites Roger Federer, recently of the Wimbledon crown, and Andy Murray who won the Olympics, were the leading victors on Day One in Flushing Meadows, where rain early in the day made for lots of late-night matches.

The top-seeded Federer rolled past troubled American Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, while the No. 3-seeded Andy Murray eased past American-turned-Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-2, 6-4, 6-1.

“Being back in New York as the world No. 1 is crazy and I really enjoy it,” said Federer, who improved to 22-0 in night matches at the US Open. “It brings the best out of me, the crowds are amazing and it makes it a lot of fun…Donald put up a great fight, he has had a rough year…He’s a great player, a great shotmaker.”

Federer went on to tell the New York crowd in his gentle, democratic way that Young needs to work harder and take advantage of coaching.

On a day when few other top seeds were in action, other seeded winners were No. 17 Kei Nishikori, No. 23 Mardy Fish, No. 24 Marcel Granollers, No. 25 Fernando Verdasco, No. 30 Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, and No. 32 Jeremy Chardy.

Fish is working with former No. 1 doubles player Mark Knowles in New York.

Fish is working with Mark Knowles this week in New York, and said the former doubles No. 1 has already had an impact on his game.

“He’s helped me a ton,” Fish said. “Maybe none more evident than tonight when I lost my serve in both of those sets to serve it out and still was able to mentally focus back and realize that I haven’t just lost the set, he’s just gotten even in the set so there’s still opportunities to win the set. In times past maybe I would have struggled with that scenario, especially twice in a row.”

American Jack Sock had the lone men’s upset of the day (as of 11:45 p.m. with two seeds still in action), upending No. 22 Florian Mayer who retired in the third set after losing the first two.

Notable unseeded winners on the day were James Blake who will next meet Granollers, American qualifier Tim Smyczek, and Nikolay Davydenko who will next face Fish.

“It’s obviously the biggest tournament for us Americans but I’m just trying to go about my business and treat it like any other week,” said Smyczek after beating fellow American and qualifier Bobby Reynolds.

The 32-year-old Blake beat Slovak Lukas Lacko in four.

“I can’t believe that it’s been 12 years I have been playing here just about every year,” he said. “It still doesn’t feel normal. It’s still an incredible feeling to be here and to be doing what I dreamed of as a kid.”

As midnight approached on Monday, both (12) Marin Cilic vs. Aussie Marinko Matosevic, and (16) Gilles Simon vs. American “Iron” Mike Russell were starting five-setters.

Notable men’s matches to look for on Tuesday at the US Open are (20) Andy Roddick vs. (Q) Rhyne Williams in an all-American, (2) Novak Djokovic’s debut vs. Italian Paolo Lorenzi, (6) Tomas Berdych vs. Belgian comer David Goffin, (11) Nicolas Almagro vs. Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, and Sergiy “No Equal Pay” Stakhovsky vs. (18) Stan Wawrinka.

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

SERENA ON ‘DANCING WITH THE MEDIA’ — Serena Williams ripped the U.S. media for not ‘lifting her up’ during a pre-US Open press conference. When asked about doing the “Crip Walk” dance move after winning Wimbledon, and if she regretted it due to its gang nature, she got perturbed: “First of all, it was just a dance,” said the recent Wimbledon and Olympics champion. “I didn’t know that’s what it was called. Secondly, why are you asking me that? Like, that’s so…I mean, if anything you should be trying to ask me questions to lift me up, not bring up such things. I’m done with that question.” In terms of bending the truth in her press conferences, it appears Serena was at it again. The younger Williams sister said in regards to the dance she “didn’t know what it was called,” when she had identified it in previous interviews. When in doubt, kick the truth out.

MISC
James Blake
says that, like cycling, he’s sure that players in tennis are doping and are able to stay ahead of the testers…The ATP says it will not encourage the men’s players to boycott the 2013 Australian Open. The men are seeking a bigger cut of money from the Grand Slam events. Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said in a June interview with Bloomberg News that tennis is far behind other sports in regards to what the players receive. “The issue is to make tennis a viable career for a player ranked from 80 to 200 in the world. It’s not right now. Depending on where you are from, you probably have to be ranked 120th in the world in the men, and 100th in the world in the women to break even. That’s just to break even. In golf, it’s triple that.”…Roger Federer telling the Wall Street Journal why he loves tennis so much: “It’s because I had a hard time in the beginning. I remember, I almost have to apologize for this: I won the Orange Bowl back in 1998, came to Miami and got the wildcard into the Masters 1000, the Super 9 back then. I got on court and I was like, ‘I hate this sport, I cannot play.’ And I lost like 7-5, 7-6, and I was not even trying. And I would go through such fluctuations of emotions. I hated practice, couldn’t stand some matches: ‘Oh my god, look at this guy, he only rolls the ball into play, or he only goes for broke, I can’t stand this, today I’m not in the mood.’ So I think I went through all of that so much early on. That I think this is why I’m happy.”…Donald Young, what to do with you? Waste more USTA money? Time for the USTA to move on. Coach Mom obviously has everything well in hand…China’s Li Na speaking to the New York Times on what she would change about the US Open: “Maybe take out the French fries. No, I mean, every time I was being the US Open I always can smell the French fries everywhere, you know. Sometimes good, but sometimes if you are hungry, it’s very tough to hold out.”…FOX News on the diet of Sam Stosur: “She likes to be adventurous’ and prefers a balanced approach versus Novak Djokovic’s gluten-free diet, for example.” — Uhhh, not sure that most people on gluten-free diets are on them because they “prefer” them, it’s most likely because they’re allergic to gluten. Dumbasses…The last four US Opens have been extended to Monday play for the final(s) due to rain. Got roof? No…USTA officials say a day of rest will be added between the men’s semis and final for 2013, and that Armstrong Stadium will get a roof sometime in the next six years when it is replaced…Text received during the Roger Federer win over Donald Young: “Most disengaged straight set win I have ever seen. Like an 8th grader holding a toy out of reach of a first grader for 90 minutes while yawning.”…With all the chunky U.S. juniors on tour, maybe it would be advantageous for U.S. college tennis to go to a third-set super-tiebreak?…Poor put-upon Serena Williams talking to The New York Times Magazine on her history with US Open on-court officials and linespersons. “I’m just thinking, Serena, say your prayers, fall on your knees. It’s frustrating, because it’s my home country, you’re playing for the home, but it’s like, the way the umpires have been makes me not want to play there. I’d rather play in Australia, or I’d rather play at Wimbledon.” — Yes, at Wimbledon they could even better appreciate you telling one of their linespeople you’re going to ‘shove a tennis ball down your f*****g throat.’ Cheers!…ESPN’s Chris Evert asks Kim Clijsters why she hasn’t been playing, not knowing she has been injured? Doh! Time to brush up on those player media packets in-studio…Best headline of the day from Deadspin: “Maria Sharapova Is Pimping Her Stupid Candy, And Other Important Storylines.”

TUESDAY AT THE US OPEN:

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – 1st Round
Nina Bratchikova (RUS) v. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[2]
Not Before:1:00 PM
2. Men’s Singles – 1st Round
Andy Roddick (USA)[20] v. Rhyne Williams (USA)
3. Women’s Singles – 1st Round
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) v. Venus Williams (USA)

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM Start Time
1. Men’s Singles – 1st Round
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[2]
2. Women’s Singles – 1st Round
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) v. Serena Williams (USA)[4]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Men’s Singles – 1st Round
David Goffin (BEL) v. Tomas Berdych (CZE)[6]
2. Men’s Singles – 1st Round
Sam Querrey (USA)[27] v. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
3. Women’s Singles – 1st Round
Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[22] v. Sloane Stephens (USA)
Not Before:6:00 PM
4. Women’s Singles – 1st Round
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[8] v. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)


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119 Comments for Federer Forever (Beating) Young; Williams Sisters Tues. at US Open

Lou_tennisfan Says:

Well, Federer really looked relaxed today and had a comfortable victory. Everyone knew the result beforehand but to me, what’s more important this time is how Federer will play when he reaches the second week of the tournament. Since the last 3 years at US Open, he has been defeated in a heartbreaking manner, losses in which he could have easily won. I think this time around, the difference is he is World No. 1, he has the confidence and belief to reclaim his throne at Arthur Ashe stadium.

He is a wounded tiger who will put in all his effort to reverse the curse of match points to go on to win his 18th Gs title.

Roger Federer and the Case of the Wounded Tiger:http://tinyurl.com/9cbuext


Lou_tennisfan Says:

Well, Federer really looked relaxed today and had a comfortable victory. Everyone knew the result beforehand but to me, what’s more important this time is how Federer will play when he reaches the second week of the tournament. Since the last 3 years at US Open, he has been defeated in a heartbreaking manner, losses in which he could have easily won. I think this time around, the difference is he is World No. 1, he has the confidence and belief to reclaim his throne at Arthur Ashe stadium.

To me, he is a wounded tiger who will put in all his effort to reverse the curse of match points to go on to win his 18th Gs title.

Roger Federer and the Case of the Wounded Tiger: http://tinyurl.com/9cbuext


The Great Davy Says:

I am going to be eat Fish for the breakfast, the lunch and the dinner tomorrow.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am also not the favorite for the US Open. I like to be humble that way.


Tz Says:

Didn’t watch the fed vs young match but saw some pics of federer from the match. He looked much more different than he usually looks. Did any of you notice it?


skeezer Says:

HR,

LOL. Yes, I think at this point you are not the fav.. I am picking you as the fav in the March exho with Delpo.


jamie Says:

Either Djokovic or Del Potro will win the USO.


skeezer Says:

^uh..oh


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Someone wrote it up well on last night’s thread- Fed won easily without ever even getting serious about the match. His backhand looked great. His return looked great, his movement looked great. But he looked like mentally he was back with the girls, thinking of funny things they said today.
Anyways… the distance between the top and the field is so great that there’s almost no such thing as a tough draw anymore for the top three. No one will be threatened until Murray gets Milos in the round of 16.
Also agree that the Macs were exceptionally harsh on Young. But he earned it, didn’t he?


Sienna Says:

Tz Says:
Didn’t watch the fed vs young match but saw some pics of federer from the match. He looked much more different than he usually looks. Did any of you notice it?

August 28th, 2012 at 10:23 am

I only noticed a haircut? What did you see?


rogerafa Says:

@ jamie

Is that your prediction? Didn’t you say that Rafa’s stars were best aligned for the US open? Has Mente Perfecta made up her mind yet?


alison Says:

You make your own luck in this world.


Thangs Says:

Milos Raonic is almost 2 sets to 1 down…whats happening??


the DA Says:

Milos is in trouble. He looks flat-flooted and as though the humidity is affecting him. He can’t live up to the hype yet.


the DA Says:

Raonic is now down 2 sets to 1. First time in a long while I’ve seen him berating himself on court.


the DA Says:

And Milos gets broken in the 1st game of the 4th. First upset in the making.


Thangs Says:

It’s going 5th set…No tiebreaks so far:-)


the DA Says:

Raonic scrapes through mainly due to Giraldo fluffing some shots. It was a very unconvincing performance. Milos looks exhausted and red as a beetroot.


TennisFan Says:

Raonic pulls it together and wins!! He’s standing too far back in the court most of the time. He he stood another meter forward he would smoke most of the competition. A learning process I guess.


laslo Says:

Hey Jamie!
I saw Kirkman’s latest prediction.


laslo Says:

Today there was a young gay boy who asked Novak to marry him. He let the boy come down on the court for a hit. There is a video of it.


TennisFan Says:

James Blake says that tennis players are doping??? … maybe that’s common place in the US .. but I doubt it. It hasn’t seemed to help performance levels from what I can tell :)


Brando Says:

http://www.towleroad.com/2012/08/novak.html

Here’s the video that laslo refers to.

‘young gay boy’- LMAO, come on now, gay at that age? really?

It’s just a young child.

I reckon someone cajoled/teased the kid to say it, since i’d be surprised if the kid was 10- let alone gay!

Regardless, nice gesture by nole to let the young boy have a hit!


dari Says:

HaHa, yeah, I think that kid just yelled whatever would get him attention. Sweet moment though


Brando Says:

‘Sweet moment though’

VERY TRUE! No doubt about it- as an individual nole seems to be a very warm, friendly, fun/ laughter loving kind of guy.

Easy to like- which is good for the game!


racquet Says:

That kid is so not gay. He yelled it to get attention and it worked. Props to Nole for being such a good sport. Similarly, an Aussie male fan asked Muzzah to kiss him earlier this year and attracted attention. Love Andy’s reply ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGfbvIHjc3k


laslo Says:

Many gays claim they knew by age 8 or even before.


dari Says:

mahut is in a fifth set Tie Break, i bet he is glad he is at the uso right now!


Polo Says:

That is one happy kid. In that sense, he is gay but not in a sexual preference way.


dari Says:

awww, fudge, over too soon. I picked mahut in my bracket :(


dari Says:

context, laslo!


Krishna Says:

jamie is back! :)


john Says:

LOL,Just read the funk…

Birdshit????

Seems a bit mean.


john Says:

Soooo, how is everyone doing in the Racquet Bracket?

I only have 20 points at the moment :(..?

What about you Guys & Gals ?


Wog boy Says:

Brando,

Nole loves interacting with people, North America somehow suits him, not just because HC as his best surface but he feels in his confort zone mentaly when he is there. I remember last year final at USO, it was like a big party, I love the way New Yorkers doing the things, they are just different. I hope I will have a chance to spend some time in NY one they, but not just as a tourist to be dragged around but to sit with the ordinary people in ordinary pub, have a bear and talk about anything. That is how I like to get to know people from forign countries.


Wog boy Says:

should say “one day” not “one they” sounds same but it is not same :)


conty Says:

Hello John,

So….have you been in the bracket before? I mean, are you in Kimberli’s tennis-xrocks ATP USO Bracket?

Do you mind divulging your bracket pseudo? your post above was hours ago, if you only have 20 points now, your down at the bottom with me ; ) or maybe you are up with my own mystery sock puppet near the top? :D

Good luck….Kimberly’s bracket rules get crazy in a couple rounds. Fortune favors the wild card.

Allez! Julien Benneteau,


conty Says:

Wog boy, please tell me you are one of the djokovic bracket’s hiding under one of the mystery usernames. ; )

Nole is a crowd pleaser /entertainer/ loves to be loved. He is irresistible imo.


conty Says:

Oh, I see the Fabulous Fabio Fognini is on a comeback from being 2 sets down. (only have livescore) He must be in playing in typical fogna fashion, guessing by the score.

Monaco and GGL in a 5 set battle too. Berlocq steam-rolling poor Bernie. ah, but there is still time for the kid to wake up. Come on, Bernard!


jane Says:

I thought about picking Sloane in this match; she’s very good.


conty Says:

Vamos, Pico. I picked you to win a couple rounds. G-lo is dangerous when he gets on a roll. Break back, Pico!

“Typical Fogna Fashion” = strutting, acting like he could care less with lots of shrugging and gesturing. He’s can be fun watching in slams, especially FO.

yes, Sloane is going to upset my pick schiavone. not too surprising.,


conty Says:

my picks are failing. i can’t watch anymore livescore : (


conty Says:

I need to get a live stream up. Fogna to serve for the match. you know he’ll get broken so we have a dramatic tie break to end the 5 setter. here goes….


Wog boy Says:

conty,

No, I didn’t enter brackets this time. I am pretty much extrovert, I don’t hide. Maybe that is why I like Nole even more.
How is my friend Chucky the sock puppet doing in the brackets.
jane,
How are you going with brackets?


conty Says:

victory for fabio! there was no livestream. certainly he can’t win 2 rounds at the US Open, that would be a lot to ask.

Djokovic match on and Dolgo, too. Better get to some livestream or get home.

Pico hanging on by the sparse hairs of his chin. Must hold serve here.


conty Says:

Hi “Wogs”, chucky isn’t himself without you, i don’t think; he has probably lost his log-in information by now. hahaha… you guys had me laughing so hard on the cincy chat!

miss you there ; )


jane Says:

Pico is in trouble here.


jane Says:

Wog Boy, not so great. But the brackets don’t matter that much in the early rounds; later, it gets tense. My TV coverage have left Nole so am watching Pico/G-Lo 5th set tiebreak atm. G-Lo is looking like the winner at 5-2.


conty Says:

As Margot would say, “Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory,” that Pico. My pick to at least 3rd round, I believe.


jane Says:

Yes, agree conty. Pico keeps hitting right back to G-Lo so he just says thank you very much and hits a winner up the line. Tactically speaking, Pico has blown this TB.


conty Says:

suspecting my favorite artist, pogoserve. is not in the mood to win.

adios, Juan Pico.


conty Says:

WOW, Nole in killer mode so far.

will lorenzi get on the board this 2nd set? 6-1 Nole, 1st set.


conty Says:

9 games in a row. thinking Nole is back all the way, looking like 2011 streak form. well, it is lorenzi. but sometimes Nole kicks back a little in such a match.


conty Says:

nole is practicing lobs now. that last one was a beauty. Paolo (almost) got a game, but it’s 5-0 in the 2nd set. Nole will (practice) serving for set.

merciless.


Wog boy Says:

conty,
Is jelena there?


conty Says:

Poor Paolo. This can’t be fun out there facing this Djokovic.


conty Says:

Watching ESPN2 at home now. I have not seen her – i’m at the mercy of what the camera people decide to show. Now the switched to the Wozniaki match and making a big deal of Rory … bla bla

But maybe i can get a livestream, Wog boy. I want to see more of this Nole and see if jelena is in the box.


jane Says:

Nole looks great! I know the competition is a factor, but he’s showing a lot of variety.


jane Says:

Wog Boy, I haven’t seen her.


Wog boy Says:

conty,

Thanks.

jane,

I guess it is early days of USO, she might turn up later on.
I cannot watch, they have Tomic on, what is OK considering he is Australian.


conty Says:

No camera on the Nole box on my EuroSport livestream. Nole getting above 80% first serves in. Lovely confident serving.


jane Says:

Oh too bad about Dolgo – not looking good for him right now.


conty Says:

Lots of applause for Nole. Crowd loves him, he loves them. Post match interview: “I did sweat, for your information (big grin).” he’s relaxed and happy. but, no evidence of who is in the Nole box.


conty Says:

tigger has lost his bounce : (


jane Says:

Sad for tigger; I picked him a few rounds. I really like watching him.


jane Says:

Nole called Gilbert “Casper” because he’s “everywhere” lol. :D


Wog boy Says:

conty, jane,

Thanks for coverage, I have to go back to work.


conty Says:

yep. when he’s not in the mood, it’s bad, Jane. I picked him 2 or 3 rounds; can’t remember.

Listening to Nole’s post match interview ( in studio ) with Brad Gilbert.


jane Says:

conty don’t you think sometimes it could also be his condition that causes some inconsistency?


steve-o Says:

Consistently taking the ball early requires incredible coordination and highly developed technique and/or footwork. Otherwise you will shank a lot of balls. Not everyone can do it, even with training.

Raonic may not have the raw ability, or he may not have developed the technique.

Then too, some players are risk-averse and psychologically cannot make themselves consistently take the ball early. They shy away from taking such big chances and prefer to play deep in the court where they have time to retrieve and prepare.

Of course you also have the opposite, hotheads like Blake who just take a rip at every ball, whether it’s a smart shot or not. A player like that makes a lot of shanks.

Then there are a very few like Davydenko or Agassi or Federer who can consistently take the ball early with relatively few errors. They can play super-aggressive without making too many mistakes, but such players are rare.


conty Says:

My pleasure Wogs. No mention of his GF in the interview but that doesn’t mean anything. I will be far more concerned later in the tournament if she is not there; like when he’s in the Final ; )


jane Says:

Wozniacki about lose first round in straight sets – to whom? Begu?


conty Says:

yes, it could be, Jane. but i thought his condition was worse when he hasn’t had adequate time to adjust flying long distance. Seems i read that jet lag is a problem; but he’s been in the US a long time.

But I think about him when I read this quote from Federer in the above tennis-x blog:
”…Roger Federer telling the Wall Street Journal why he loves tennis so much: “It’s because I had a hard time in the beginning. I remember, I almost have to apologize for this: I won the Orange Bowl back in 1998, came to Miami and got the wildcard into the Masters 1000, the Super 9 back then. I got on court and I was like, ‘I hate this sport, I cannot play.’ And I lost like 7-5, 7-6, and I was not even trying. And I would go through such fluctuations of emotions. I hated practice, couldn’t stand some matches: ‘Oh my god, look at this guy, he only rolls the ball into play, or he only goes for broke, I can’t stand this, today I’m not in the mood.’ So I think I went through all of that so much early on. That I think this is why I’m happy.”

I tend to guess Alex sometimes just isn’t into it, not in the way Gulbis isn’t into tennis but sort of like Fed, when Fed was young. (not saying Dolgo will likely have a career like Federer; just seems the type to get up for some players, and others not so much) It doesn’t seem to be all about winning for Dolgo and I’m not sure he will change, this is just my guess from observing him play. I don’t know.


conty Says:

poor Woz. is she too love-struck to play this year? what’s wrong with her?


jane Says:

Well, he’s coming back now! Interesting thoughts.

Baggy is in a tough one – 5th set tiebreaker 4 all!


conty Says:

haha….you never know with the pogoserve. Must pull myself away from tennis. Nice chatting with you a little, Jane.


jane Says:

Ditto conty…:)


Nina Says:

@steve-o… I’d say Novak is one of them. ;)

Nole looked great today and scored an impressive quantity of points, 7 aces, 32 winners, 12 UEs and 80% serves in despite the heavy wind. Great stats.

Now, let’s not get too excited. Lorenzi was abysmal, I can’t believe this guy is 69 in the world. He couldn’t get a first serve in and missed some really easy shots. Novak didn’t need to do much to toy with him, it was embarrassing. I know the difference between the Top 10 and the rest is quite large, but today it felt like watching a pro playing an aficionado. I actually feel sorry for the Italian.


Kimmi Says:

what happened to caroline wozniacki? i see she lost easily to somebody i dont know. must be still injured, she had to retire in new haven!


Kimberly Says:

Shocked woz lost. She has semi points to defend too she will go down big time in the rankings. The night matches on Ashe have lacked conpetitiveness tonight


Kimmi Says:

I come back from work thinking I will sit down, relax and watch the night session. guess what! it is OVER!! Even serena is following up the djokovic score.


Kimmi Says:

skimberly – she will be out of top 10 when the new ranking come out. she is really going downhill. I have always thought she might not be a number one material but good enough to stay in the top 10. she must have lost the confidence after all those bad loses she’s had this year.


Tennis Fan Says:

Horrible commentator on the US Channels .. like to hear themselves talk. They first decided there should be a mercy rule and players should not be able to play the compulsory three games in a major if they fall too far behind??? Ha Ha … then it was on to Brad Gilbert who felt they should eliminate Add points and just play every game to 40 and its over ????? Ha Ha HA. These guys should work the comedy network! Give me some British or Aussie commentators who can at least occasionally make an intelligent tennis oriented observation … and yet I am stuck enduring US commentator coverage (with my volume almost on mute)


jane Says:

Tigger bounced back.


Wog boy Says:

Tennis fan,

There is pretty good South African commentator, one of the best :) he talks tennis !


jane Says:

I read that Nalby has withdrawn from the USO; if it’s true, I guess Delpo will play a lucky loser or will he get a walkover?


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Delpo is playing lucky loser.


Tennis Fan Says:

Wog boy … yes one sane soul in the asylum ha ha … except when your South African commentator suggested that perhaps we go to best of 3′s for the majors … nothing like re-writing all of tennis tradition in one evening…


Wog boy Says:

Tennis Fan,

I didn’t know about that one, did he really say that? Well, that is a blooper, big one:)


Kimmi Says:

oh no! the tennis is over, so early :(


jane Says:

Thanks for the info Wog Boy; too bad about Nalby as his slam days are probably nearing an end, but it’s a nice break for Delpo, not having to play his country mate round one. Mind you, one never knows what to expect – wasn’t Rosol a lucky loser!? :0


Wog boy Says:

You cannot have two Rosoling in two GS, can you?


Humble Rafa Says:

Is it just your Humble Highness or does everybody think it’s crazy that the Egg Lover’s team would hire a boy to scream “Will you marry me” during the Egg Lover’s practice session. The whole thing was staged.

Why do they pander to the lowest level?


Tz Says:

@sienna,

maybe it’s the hair cut that made him look a bit different. But what I felt that fed had weariness in his face, his eyes were a bit sleepy though the he shouldn’t be tired getting a 1 week break after cincy. I can be wrong as I only saw 3 or 4 still pictures of him and may be in those pics he looked like that. Hope that he doesn’t have any issues


dari Says:

Weird day at the USO!
Wog boy- I am a fan of Jelena, fill me in if you find her


Wog boy Says:

dari,

No probs, I will.


Borg Says:

This US Open doesn’t charm me just because of the absence of my man. Still I would pick Andy to win this one. His time has come and he should take advantage of the absence of Rafa. In the Semis, if he does meet Federer, then I expect a similar kick in the butt he gave to him at Olympics and then the Djoker in the finals which Murray need not worry much.


Borg Says:

I hear Federer fanatics are yelling louder after their man won the Wimbledon. They have already proclaimed him as the Goat. All that I would say to them is that Rafa is just 26 and has still a good 3 years left. All that he will need is just one good year and he will close in on Federer. I expect that to happen in 2013 where I see Rafa winning atleast three slams after he comes from the much needed rest. When he gets that 14,then things will get easier for him in his remaining years. Already Rafa has won 21 Masters Tournament and thereto I expect him to get atleast 30 when he ends. He has already achieved the career Golden slam and thereto he has surpassed Federer. He has led his Country successfully in the Davis Cup three times which too is missing in the career of Federer. Ofcourse he already has a 18-10 career h2h advantage against the supposed Goat and a 8-2 thrashing in the grand slams.


skeezer Says:

Borg,

“This US Open doesn’t charm me just because of the absence of my man”

Ahhh but your posting here and your man is absent, you must have some charmed interest in USO!

“I hear Federer fanatics are yelling louder after their man won the Wimbledon. They have already proclaimed him as the Goat.”

Hehe. He was GOAT long before Wimby, it was just a nail in the coffin for you “Olderer” “Federina” types who were yelling loudest the past 2 years……

“All that he will need is just one good year and he will close in on Federer. ”

Smell the Rose, forget the Glue.


Alok Says:

@Borg, I miss Nadal not playing at the USO. He adds to the excitement of the tournament, and he would have made the USO more competitive, especially if he was drawn o Djokovic’s side of the draw. Ferrer can’t replace Rafa.


Sienna Says:

Roger was GOAT of tennis after he won garros / wimbly double in 2009.
After wimbly 2012 he is considered GOAT of all sports .

For Nadal to come and join thetrue elite of tennis.
He needs to win another fast slam and take the #1 record for another 50 to 70 weeks. maybe even squeeze in a year end.
but I can live with him being elite but no year campion.

30 masters and a 3 slam year.

So that would be averaging 3 masters a year. pew he is not doingthtat for the last couple of years .
His mastertitles are slowing down.

25 is more realistic. 3 slams and those masters ?
I doubt it

hell might get to 14slams but it will be clay time


Brando Says:

I miss rafa too, but does it REDUCE this tourny?

NO!

My ONLY qualm for this tourny is that due to the stupid schedule- fed and muzza (should they meet) will, i fear, be tanked for the final!

HAD rafa played things would have evened themselves out as he would have been drawn to face nole.

Then the winner of fed v muzza would be on a level playing field facing winner of the other SF.

Unfortunately though, the winner of nole’s half of the draw will be fresh, most likely, as opposed to the fed- muzza half!

The ONLY way, IMHO, the final would be a level playing field is if the winner of fed-muzza half wins their SF in straight sets- do not see that happening!:-(


Borg Says:

skeeze -Nobody gave the Goat title to Federer, it is his army of fantics who are proclaiming him to be so without ample justification and that too when he has not been able to beat his main rival in slams.

You know man who is the winner – One who has the last laugh. We will know in another three years who is going to do that. Mark this post and smell the coffee.


Borg Says:

Alok – Tennis is Rafa and Rafa is Tennis !!!!!


Borg Says:

Brando-Now you need Rafa to make things easy for Federer. You are worried that he will tire after his match with Murray. But never worry, he may not reach that stage. He will be done much before.


alison Says:

Borg i think your missing the point Brandos a die hard Rafa fan,whos missing Rafa because Rafas his favorite,the point is Rafa and Novak most probably would have been in the same half,and at least there would have been more competition on Novaks half of the draw thats asuming they all get to the latter stages,where as Murray and Fed have to face each other,Novak would probably if things go acording to script face Ferrer whos unlikely to trouble him if all goes acording to script IMO,and should win in straight sets and most likely be fresh for the final,where as a straight sets win for either Murray or Fed is the most unlikely again IMO,all this been speculation ATM,as anything can happen.


alison Says:

Just hoping Delpo is fit enough,and can at least put up a test,as the Cincy match was a big dissapointment IMO, otherwise i think things will be far too easy for Novak,yeah yeah i know he probably deserves a bit of an easier draw,given that he played Roger in 5 set semis the past two years,and Nadal had a easy draw two years ago blah blah,im just saying thats all.


jane Says:

Brando, can you clarify your point about the schedule? Do you mean super Saturday? We don’t know whose side will start first or do we? Fed-Muzz’s side started the draw play first (of the top seeds).


skeezer Says:

“Borg Says:
skeeze -Nobody gave the Goat title to Federer,”

His fans originally label him. His PEERS did. You read? Start with Laver……


skeezer Says:

Borg,

You may have to wait 3 years for Rafa. I don’t have to wait 3 years for Fed, its here and now. The coffee smells fine ;)

Enjoy the USO.


skeezer Says:

“His fans originally label him” meant “His fans didn’t originally label him”


jamie Says:

Djokovic for the win.


Polo Says:

If form holds and the top three make it to the semifinals, the way the semifinals and finals are scheduled, if there is no delay between those two days, Djokovic will win. Whoever wins in the Federer-Murray match will be drained physically and emotionally to handle a final match within 24 hours.


alison Says:

^Yeah thats my feeling^.


alison Says:

^Having said that if you have Daveed Ferrer in your side of the draw the chances are you will have to do a lot of running,hmm then again can he stay with Djokovic for 5 sets highly doubtful^.


Alok Says:

When Ferrer plays against Fed, he does not get the opportunity to run Fed all over the place because Fed ends the points quickly. Ferrer loves to run and enjoys pace. To beat him his opponent has to nullify those.

Federer Murray SF, should they b oth get there, will be doomed if they are the second SF. djokovic has it so easy to the finals and that will be the icing on the cake. Perhaps they should just hand him the trophy now. Nadal would have made the draw more even. I’m disappointed that Rafa will also lose a lot of points and perhaps drop down to No. 5 if he misses the rest of the season.


Dan Martin Says:

Rod Stewart and Joan Baez would like the title of this story


Steve 27 Says:

’m disappointed that Rafa will also lose a lot of points and perhaps drop down to No. 5 if he misses the rest of the season.

No worry, the top 4 is by far ahead the rest of the Tour. Really miles. The Ferrers, Tsonga, Berdych, Del Potro are not main rivals.

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