Serena Williams in Ass-kicking Mode at US Open; Fish Walkover; X-Notes
by Jeremy Davis | September 3rd, 2012, 11:00 pm
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Serena Williams applied the most head-averting-inducing beatdown on Monday, but the Italians stole the show in term of upsets on Labor Day Monday at the US Open.


No. 20 seed Roberta Vinci walked off with the biggest upset of the day, in a match-up of two players who couldn’t hit their way out of a paper bag, but used precise placement to run each other ragged, toppling No. 2 seed Aggie Radwanska 6-1, 6-4.

Also into the quarterfinls was Italian No. 10 seed and this year’s French Open runner-up Sara Errani, showing she is far from limited to claycourts by countering the power of hot-handed 2012 riser and No. 6 seed Angie Kerber 7-6(5), 6-3.

“We are also very friends outside the court,” said Errani of her doubles partner Vinci, who she will face in the quarters. “This is one thing that helps very much on the court…but also because we are playing both very good. I think this year we are playing very good tennis.”

The No. 4-seeded Serena Williams’ blowout was definitive, 6-0, 6-0 over Czech Andrea Hlavackova. The Czech’s father is a Czech beer brewmaster back in the homecountry, and Hlavacova no doubt drowned her sorrows in a few barley pours on Monday night.

“I honestly don’t think I started out strong in the tournament,” Serena said. “I feel like today I’m getting more comfortable with the court and comfortable with the conditions. I’m getting back to more my game, which is good. I felt like I hit better today than I had in my other matches. You know, I like to play better during the second week. Hopefully I can do that.”

Former French Open champ and No. 12 seed Ana Ivanovic was the other blowout Monday, defeating Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova 6-0, 6-4.

“In the first set I didn’t do much wrong,” said Ivanovic, whose forehand will need to be working when she next meets Serena. “I felt like everything was going my way. In the second set she started a little more aggressive and was missing a little less — and I did have a few more errors off my forehand side. That’s what probably made the difference between the first and second sets.”

Pironkova was treated for a neck injury during the match.

On tap and ready to pour for Tuesday at the US Open on the women’s side are some blockbuster quarterfinals: (1) Victoria Azarenka vs. defending champion (7) Sam Stosur, and the screaming (3) Maria Sharapova vs. the fidgety (11) Marion Bartoli.

On the men’s side, American Mardy Fish became the story of the day when he pulled from his match against world No. 1 Roger Federer, citing “health concerns.”

“We are not 100 percent sure what the issue is, and if it is related to his previous [heart arrhythmia] issues,” his agent said.

Federer said in a statement, “I am really sorry for Mardy. I just want to wish him a speedy recovery. We all want to see him back on tour soon. It will be a tough [next] match against Tomas [Berdych]. We have played many times in the past and he has always been a tough opponent. I will have to continue to serve well and dictate the points.”

The No. 6 seed Berdych was a straight set winner over No. 11 Nicolas Almagro.

[Berdych quote deleted due to lack of personality].

No. 12 Marin Cilic advanced in straight sets, wearing down Martin Klizan of the Slovak Republic 6-0 in the third set. The 23-year-old Cilic is through to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal in more than two years.

“The last two seasons since playing the semis at the Australian Open, I’ve been having lack of results at the Grand Slams,” Clic said. “This just shows I had a really good summer, [playing] consistently. I think what helped me the most was playing a lot of matches. I won two titles. Just kept me pushing, going and going after that kind of a game. But I was even working in the beginning of the season. Now just happy that I’m in the quarters.”

In the quarters Cilic will face the winner of the Monday late match, Olympic gold medal winner Andy Murray, whose returns trumped the big serving of Canuck Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

“I hit my passing shot very well tonight,” Murray said in the on-court interview. “I was just trying to react quickly. Sometimes you get your racquet on it, and sometimes it goes right by you. He has a massive serve, a very loose arm. He has one of the best [serves] for sure.”

Murray registered a sparkling +19 differential (winners to unforced errors) for the match.

On the men’s side Tuesday at Flushing Meadows will be (2) Novak Djokovic vs. (18) Stan Wawrinka, (4) David Ferrer vs. (13) Richard Gasquet, (8) Janko Tipsarevic vs. (19) Philipp Kohlschreiber, and in the featured night match (7) Juan Martin Del Potro vs. (20) Andy Roddick.

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES & BARBS
The John Isner-Philipp Kohlschreiber match that ended at 2:26 a.m. on Monday morning tied the record for the latest match at the US Open, first set in 1993 by the Mats Wilander-Mikael Pernfors meeting…Rafael Nadal’s diagnosed partially-torn patella tendon in his left knee will keep him out of action for at least two months, forcing him to miss the Spain vs. U.S. Davis Cup semifinal. “I have missed the Olympics and the US Open in the last few weeks, two of the most important tournaments of the year and that I really wanted to play,” Nadal said. “I really want to be back competing and enjoying the tennis tour, but I have many years in front of me and my knee needs some rest.” Nadal could possibly return in time for the year-end ATP championships on Nov. 5..It’s been four years since Ana Ivanovic has been in a Slam quarterfinal, the first time since she won the French Open…Brian Battistone needs to send a check to the USTA for all the pub he’s received for his two-handled freak racquet, receiving a wildcard into the mixed doubles draw after winning the US Open National Playoffs tournament…Props to the US Open (and Slams) for not doing third-set tiebreaks in doubles like the ATP, turning the sport into a coin flip…Priceless: ESPN’s John McEnroe and Brad Gilbert on set staring at Hannah Storm with expressions on their face like, “Stop talking.”…Enough Redfoo, OK? One Redfoo is enough Redfoo…Serena Williams looks fit as hell, and her leg is still as thick as Venus’ waiste — which one is adopted?…John Isner didn’t make it past the third round in a Slam this year, and all four of his Slam losses this year were in five sets. Ouch….Andy Murray has reached the quarterfinals in eight straight Grand Slams. Roger Federer has done it in 34 straight Grand Slams. Novak Djokovic will try to do it in 14 straight Grand Slams. Get the picture?…Meanwhile, when will Milos Raonic, Bernard Tomic, Ryan Harrison or Grigor Dimitrov breakout? Or maybe they never will…ESPN’s John McEnroe delcared tonight that Milos Raonic’s serve is the greatest in the history of tennis. Andy Murray promptly broke that thing four times….Serena Williams has has won five career double bagels. Serena as also won 20 straight games at the US Open…Roger Federer has been granted four walkovers at Grand Slams during his career, two this year…All seven matches on Monday ended in straight sets. Thrilling…Is Brad Gilbert the next Michael Buffer? No…Who will return to tennis first, Mardy Fish or Rafael Nadal?


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164 Comments for Serena Williams in Ass-kicking Mode at US Open; Fish Walkover; X-Notes

Wade Says:

Andy M shaping up to be a real contender for this one. How awesome would it be if he wins it and the top 4 each shared a slam in 2012!


jane Says:

Lovely article on Andy M:

“The two met at the net afterward. Murray apologized for a handful of lucky shots.

“Don’t be sorry,” Raonic said. “It was simply amazing.””

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/sports/tennis/andy-murray-defeats-milos-raonic-at-us-open.html


adb Says:

Love the ‘News, Notes, Quotes and Barbs’ section. Fun, informative.


skeezer Says:

After watchin 5 min of the Kerber/Errani match I had to turn it off. Sorry, no matter the outcome, the match was the most irritating sounding match ever. When is the WTA going to band yelling, screaming, sneezing, grunting, wheezing, fart noises, etc, everytime a lady decides to hit a ball? Can’t figure out what kind of irritaing noise Errani was making…..was she saying “OK”? Uh…”OH HEY”? Most disgusting un neccessary stuff and insecure style of tennis ever witnessed. You have to make a noise to hit a tennis ball the right way?

No wonder womens Tennis is an afterthought. Too bad, cause the play at times is very top notch.

Ok, rant over.
Disclaimer; I like womens tennis. Best baseline stuff to watch, ever.


jane Says:

“Errani…..was she saying “OK”? Uh…”OH HEY”?”

LOL, I thought “oh hey” too when I was watching. Occasionally it got to me a bit. A couple of times when Kerber surprised her with drop shots she made the loudest, strangest noises, so that once the announcers said it should count as a “hindrance” and Kerber should be awarded the point.

But it was a very competitive match at least.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

@skeezer: 100% agree. And I have always been a strong defendant of women tennis, but frankly, Errani is worse than Sharapova / Azarenka… WTA should randomly exclude one noisy player for one year. Others will start to think twice before the next match.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

“[Berdych quote deleted due to lack of personality].” What does it mean???


Gregoire Gentil Says:

@jane, yes, Errani’s noise on Kerber’s drop shot was simply RIDICULOUS.


jane Says:

Correction to post @1:06 am – change “announcers” to “commentators” or Colin might get after me for usage. ;)


jane Says:

Gregoire Gentil, who do you think will win in the ladies draw? And who do you think will make the finals?


Gregoire Gentil Says:

@jane, Serena… Only an umpire can beat her! lol


skeezer Says:

^ jane….you have to put Serena there, no?

Night ladies, thanks for sharing…..


skeezer Says:

Shout out for the evening.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443618604577623481375901426.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Look at the chart. It has seemed Fed has spent this past year gaining #1 with alot of time on the court but…..the guy is just plain smart with his body.


Alok Says:

Sharapova is still the worst IMO. She doesn’t grunt, she screams. azarenka makes a funny sound, like oooooh ooooooh, but it’s not hard on the ears like Sharapova’s screams.


Sienna Says:

The walk over in au open cost him much needed matchpratise.
Fed is now in excellent form. the only problem he will have are fysical. he will have no problem with a extra day off.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

@Alok, I agree that Azarenka scream could be advertised as “funny”.

And let’s not forget Michelle Larcher de Brito, the closest thing tennis has to South African vuvuzelas. Another big winner! Fortunately, she doesn’t know how to play tennis so we don’t have to bear her.

Taking a look at where we are, aka. commenting screams, the situation starts to be pathetic.


Alok Says:

@Gregoire, the good thing with Larcher de brito is that she’s not shown on TV unless she’s playing a top player. I think we can say she’s like a journeyman. Her sounds are like an angry barking dog. Sorry to be so unkind, but my tennis viewing is ruined due to these screamers, grunters, et. Azarenka is more like someone who’s enjoing something with here oooohinng.


Huh Says:

for a change, it would be fantastic to see a muzz-delpo final with muzz winning. let this murray dude win a slam so that I can root for fed for the rest of my life knowing that murray and Great Britain have their first slam since fred perry! ;)

talking of perries, is fred perry anyway related to katy perry? ;)
just askin ;)


Huh Says:

“Milos Raonic, Bernard Tomic, Ryan Harrison or Grigor Dimitrov breakout? Or maybe they never will…”

same thought here about the above 4. dimitrov is talented of them all, but not good enough.


Huh Says:

tomic is the biggest idiot ever. refusing to practice with one of my all time faves hewitt coz he’s not good enough for him(are you kidding me, hewitt not good enough for tomic??!! lol ;)) and then selling his own chances before roddick match declaring that he had chance against roddick as he’s not among the top-3 was ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC, RIDICULOUS AND EGOISTIC! I hope the other guys put this overrated tomic to size and shut up his and his dad’s big mouth forever. he completely lost me.


Huh Says:

ESPN’s John McEnroe delcared tonight that Milos Raonic’s serve is the greatest in the history of tennis. Andy Murray promptly broke that thing four times….

LOL ;)


Huh Says:

However I give credit to JMac completely and forever at least with resoect to him calling the Federer Forehand as the Greatest Shot in the soprt of tennis. :D


MMT Says:

Let me tell you something about John McEnroe – he has a new greatest of all time every couple of months. In my opinion, it’s best not to pay attention to any of that.


Polo Says:

Agree with MMT. But J McEnroe is not the only one. All those tennis commentators do that. Somebody always gets credited for having the best something each time the player hits a good shot. None of them know the meaning of best.


Humble Rafa Says:

None of them know the meaning of best.

Yes, that’s true. I am the best and I know it. Don’t need talking heads to confirm what I already know.


jane Says:

Sigh, week 2, as if on cue, rain delay. :(


Steve 27 Says:

In AO 2012 Nadal had to play against Berdych in the quarter-final, semi-final against Federer and Djokovic in the final. And failed to win the title. Federer can not lift the trophy either.


andrea Says:

was reading about the abysmal record stosur has against azarenka…wasn’t aware how bad it was. hence the 3-0 score i suppose.


RZ Says:

“[Berdych quote deleted due to lack of personality].”

That has got to be the best thing I’ve read on Tennis-X ever! But then again I don’t like Berdych and his whiny attitude when he gets hit by the ball.


Dave Says:

30-year old Fish has given a walkover in only two matches (2009 and 2010) in his entire career since 1999. Fish did the right thing as his health problem increases his risk of stroke.

****

Unfortunately, Fish’s w/o does not help Federer, who needs to be at his sharpest for his last three (and toughest) opponents faced by any of the top three players. Federer could use the match practice to maintain his rhythm (he is not third sinced he has not dropped a set in all eight hardcourt matches since the Olympics. More importantly, Roger needs match practice in day conditions in the Ashe stadium since the semifinal and final will be played in the afternoon. Federer has had only one day match in windy, humid conditions where he played mostly in second gear. Federer’s next match against Berdych will likely be a night match, just as his first two matches have been. Meanwhile Djokovic and Murray have already played at least two day matches (Novak was scheduled for a third day match today) so they ares dialed in to those conditions for the semifinal and final.

Federer has increased his record of consecutive appearances in Grand Slam quarter-finals to 34. Ivan Lendl holds the next best mark in the modern era (14).

****

“Berdych quote deleted due to lack of personality” I was laughing when I came across this brilliant writing!

Excerpts from berdych’s presser:
Q. You face Federer now; he had a walkover. Does it really bother you that he didn’t have to play a match today? Are you any worse for wear?

TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I just said on court that at least good that I didn’t stay that long on court, you know, that I was able to save some energy, as well. But, you know, we have a day off. I think it’s going to be fine. I mean, about him probably he doesn’t care at all. Maybe if I would be in his situation I would be rather to play a match and win it and, you know, keep the rhythm of, you know, one day match, one day off, and then play another one. But probably he’s gonna be fine with that. That’s how it is.

Q. Can you talk about your matchups with Roger over the years and what you expect when you play him?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, our last actually six matches we played it’s 3‑All, so it’s a quite nice statistics. But, you know, this is another one. We didn’t play couple of months. In that time, I mean, he played some incredible tennis again. You know, he won another Grand Slam, become No. 1 again, so, you know, probably is not ‑‑ there is no better player at all to play right now, so, yeah, I mean, when I saw the draw in the beginning, it was like, Yeah, that would be the goal to get into play a match with Roger. I’m there, so I will try to do my best. We will see.

Q. You had, I don’t know, eight or nine matches. You beat him obviously in Athens and then eight or nine times you lost to him, but it has gotten close lately. Do you have a different approach now because of that when you play him? The last few matches have been a lot closer ‑ not closer, but at least you’ve won, as you say, three of the last six.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, last matches it’s tough to say if I get closer or not. I mean, I was able to beat him three times, so whatever situation it was it just happens. So he’s now strong again and we will see how it’s gonna be, but I think it’s gonna be quite different match than the matches before. You know, I’m different player as well. I’m getting, you know, more experience and, yeah, feeling good. So we will see what’s gonna happen there.


Kimmi Says:

I was going to say stosur is getting closer to beat azarenka until she gets broken


Kimmi Says:

C’mon stosur get the monkey off your back


Humble Rafa Says:

Aussie Choker is the disciple of the Master Choker (otherwise Mr. Lady Forehand). Atleast, the Aussie choker has a grandslam to her name (mostly due to the choke friendly nature of the WTA).


Giles Says:

Come on Victoria!


Giles Says:

Well done Vika. What a fighter!


skeezer Says:

Way to fight Stosur! Too bad we all have to listen to more Zenka sounds,
Ugh


Kimmi Says:

Too bad. So close for stosur. Great match. At least as a defending champ, she fought tooth and nail.


Margot Says:

Excellent competitive match…for sets two and three, I should say.
Didn’t know who was gonna win, especially after Vik’s double fault in the tie break!


jamie Says:

Another WTA player that can’t defend a slam.

YAWN @ mediocrity.


jamie Says:

Serena, Venus, Henin. Only great players since the year 2000.

Clijsters and Capriati a level below.

Everybody else has been forgettable.


jamie Says:

Sharapova as well.


andrea Says:

bummer for stosur. she came close. azarenka looking uber confident.


Kimberly Says:

great match. Any update on when play will resume?


Humble Rafa Says:

How chokers earn their name?

Authored by Aussie Choker. Foreword by the Master Choker.


Wog boy Says:

Strange thing about Stosur that she has only three singles titles against her name and thst was since she was bitten by a tick and 23 doubles, that was before she was bitten in 2007.


Alok Says:

ESPN is again airing the Raonic/Murray match. TC showed it for most of last night.

I saw a little clip with Neil harman being interviewed by one of the TC commentators. Harman says his wife describes Murray’s appearance as “an unmade bed”. That was a bit unkind but very true and straight to the point.


Alok Says:

I had thought Kerber would make it to the finals because she had previously beaten serena a couple of weeks ago, and really held her nerve playing Venus. After the first set, that match could have gone either way but Kerber stayed calm and played within herself. She said she knew that the crowd was against her, so she had to try to block them out and play HER tennis. Too bad she lost.


Wog boy Says:

Does Murray’s hair style makes him lees of an tennis player.


mat4 Says:

The games resumed, and I am watching Bartoli vs Sharapova. Marion is funny as usual, but no to Maria…


Kimmi Says:

Bartoli played really well against Petra, I thought maybe it was just Petra making errors but she is beating sharapova at the moment


mat4 Says:

Rain delay… will it save Maria from this beat down?


Wog boy Says:

It did save her against Petrova.


Alok Says:

I like Bartoli. She’s very polite and lady-like,and devoid of the prissy stuff we see from some of the women, and she’s not a screaming noise-maker like sharapova.


mat4 Says:

I watched an interview with her last at RG, and she seems very nice.

She played four games out of her mind. Let’s hope she continues that way tomorrow.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

What do you mean “tomorrow”? Are they (all the games) suspended?
I am driving to work so I don’t know.


Colin Says:

Alok, regarding the remark about Murray’s appearance – such silly gossip has no place in discussions about tennis – or any sport – but I’ll descend to that level and ask this question: Is Mrs Harman as pretty as Kim Sears, who seems to find Andy acceptable enough? I might go on to ask if Mr Harman looks like a fashion model!
As for Bartoli, I like her too, but I should think a lot of people must find her on-court mannerisms irritating.


Lazlo Says:

They did mention that Raonic has not been on the big stage here before. Raonic is like Isner and the top three are able to beat giants most days. It would have been strange if Murray DIDN’T beat him.


Alok Says:

@Colin, I’ve never seen Mrs. Harman, so I wouldn’t be able to do a comparison on the two women. Judging from Harman’s appearance, I’d say his wife must be nearly double Kim Sears’ age, which puts her at a huge disadvantage. Who knows she could have been a stunner in her younger days, and perhaps maybe much better looking than Kim? I don’t know. Kim, is a very attractive young woman, and she appears to be quite sedate and proper, unlike some of the other players’ significant others.

I don’t think Neil Harman looks like a fashion model, and he’s an aging man, but I’m a guy, and I don’t usually pay much attention to men, except to look at their ties and suits, which is what I like. I think the McEnroe brothers are sharp dressers, so is Chris fowler..

Your remark about what should be discussed on tennis forums, and sinking to such level. all I can say, you must have selective reading. I scroll past a lot on this forum when I see people discussing what they had for dinner, the wine they drink, the bracket talk, what they ordered for dinner, the outfits they bought, hateful comments on the Williams’ sisters clothes and body, and the designer of the dresses worn at Red carpet events, etc. I find that stuff boring, but again, I’m a man, and I think differently. I was appalled to read that Serena’s arms are similar to that of a man, and she would beat poor Tim Henman if they played a match. Not to mention the digs on Roddick’s wife’s clothes and one of her dresses looking like a bunch of band-aids by the resident couturier on this site. There’s a lot more, and on many tennis sites, which are women-dominated (I’ll probably be accused of sexism) that’s discussed and has no bearing whatsover on tennis. I suppose some feel they need to fill up the space with such talk.

Bartoli’s on-court mannerisms are not much worse and/or irritating than Ivanovic’s, sharapova’s, jankovic, etc., IMO. I happen to like women for their modesty, brain, and intellect, which I feel Bartoli possesses much more than sharapova, jankovi, ivanovic, and the list is quite lengthy.

Hope I’ve covered all of your questions.


Gilbert Says:

scoretracker-Alok really?


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Talk to me !


Alok Says:

@Gilbert. I’m not scoretracker, why would you think so? I happen to read TT and I don’t see what basis you have for thinking that I’m scoretracker. i wish I had his patience to deal with the nit-wits on that site.


Alok Says:

@gilbert, really? What are you trying to ask. Please enlighten me.


Kimberly Says:

what is going on now? can’t really tell, roddick about to go on? is maria’s match moved to tomorrow?


Krishna Says:

@Kimberly: Yes, Sharapova-Bartoli match has been suspended and will resume tomorrow.. http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/weather.html


jane Says:

Kimberly, hellish day – back to school – but just home and it looks like Delpo/Roddick are on. The USO website says Maria/Marion’s match has been moved to tomorrow. Kind of freaked by the score in that match: Bartoli must be playing well to be up 4-0. In their H2H, Marion has never beaten Maria (she has 4-0 in the H2H ironically).


mat4 Says:

WB:

Sorry, I had to work a bit. Just like Jane wrote, MM is delayed until tomorrow. I am now searching on the uso org site to see if Novak will play tonight.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Roddick just hit into DelPo’s body in an unecessary volley. This can add some spice in this match. DelPo must be pissed of:)


jane Says:

^ Saw that Daniel.

Whoa Azarenka just scraped through, I see. I saw the scores this morning when she was up a set and a break and assumed it would be smooth sailing. Not so.

mat4, it seems like Nole/Wawa are supposed to after Gasquet/Ferrer.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

That is ok :)
Thanks for update.


mat4 Says:

Yes, that’s what I’ve just seen too. I found a stream for that match.

Gasquet is making a match of it, but he definitely lacks a better forehand to push DF.


Kimberly Says:

ok guys, i’m pulling for roddick in this one. And I believe I picked him in my bracket. I have this feeling something magical might happen here tonight! I see a few tiebreaks coming in this match!

On the others I’m pulling for Kohls and Ferrer and I guess Djokovic, who I don’t love but hes going to win anyway so why not!


mat4 Says:

Should I eat my tongue?


jane Says:

mat4, why would you eat your tongue!?

Ferrer has won, kind of surprised it was straight sets, but David’s had a great year.


Eric Says:

Gasquet choked away serving for the second set (surprising no one), then too nervy at serving 4-5 in the third to stick around. Mental, as always.


mat4 Says:

Ferrer won. I regret not to have watched that match, because this last game was really… really… good. And the result suggests a tense match too. Usually Ferrer makes light work of Gasquet, but it wasn’t the case this time.

I said that Richard doesn’t use his FH enough against David, then he made four sensational FH winners. In truth, that is the way to play Ferrer: no finesse, no imagination, but just big serves and big FHs.

But just when I thought that Richard understood that, he went to the net three times and got passed every time. Yes, you have to finish Ferrer on the net, but only when he uses defensive slices. Otherwise…

It seems that after the final in Canada, Gasquet has improved. He fought to the last point. Was unlucky in the last game. There are still glitches, but I believe that he changes for the better.


mat4 Says:

jane,

just finished writing that Gasquet lacks a good forehand when he slapped a sensational FH winner. Then another one. Then another one. Then another one…

If he was just a little less tense, he would have won that game.


mat4 Says:

BTW, which browser do you use? I used Opera for years, but now I try to switch to Firefox, but I am not satisfied.


jane Says:

Oh, I get it mat4. It is nice to know Gasquet is doing better (i.e., with the Canadian final and fighting Ferrer here) but maybe he needs a new/better coach to help with tactics.

Ferrer is an ironman, though, and so consistent.


jane Says:

Safari I think – but not the least bit technically inclined.


Humble Rafa Says:

It’s time to put the roof to work. Oh, never mind.


mat4 Says:

Sébastien Grosjean works with him. He worked with Piatti too, if I remember well. So [Nole just broke Wawa] I rather think, like Eric, that he is a bit to nervous in clutch moments.[rain delay]

Gasquet said himself that Ferrer was his most difficult opponent. Just have to check their H2H, but I can’t remember Gasquet winning. I was surprised by the stiff resistance Richard showed in this match.


mat4 Says:

Firefox is the only program that managed not only to freeze, but to freeze my desktop too. I can’t remember when it happened to me before.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Try safari, I have been using it for years, no problems whatsoever.


jane Says:

Didn’t know Grosjean worked with Gasquet; I liked watching him when he played. You’re right, Richard has lost 7 of 8 matches versus Ferrer so definitely must be a match up issue. I had no idea that their matches were so lopsided most times, most of which have been on hard.

Good Nole got the break, but drag they could get in only 2 games.


jane Says:

Humble Rafa, do wish they had a roof already!


jane Says:

“Priceless: ESPN’s John McEnroe and Brad Gilbert on set staring at Hannah Storm with expressions on their face like, “Stop talking.””

I totally get this right now, ha ha.


mat4 Says:

WB:

It is perhaps the only browser that is not an option. I use Linux for years now, and I would have to use a compatibility layer to install it. Anyway, I am very conservative and Apple is not for me (nor for my wallet).

Then, I switched to Firefox because it has a lot of “privacy” and “security” extensions, and it should be safer.

But it freezes when I scroll a bit faster. I’ll stick with it a few days more, but in the meantime I shall look for a good alternative. IE6 perhaps?


mat4 Says:

jane:

Yes, Grosjean was here, watching the match. Then, who is Hannah Storm?


jane Says:

mat4, she’s a commentator for ESPN, and she seems to love her job – A LOT! :D

What about “explorer” mat4? I think that’s what I have at work.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Maybe safari doesn’t work in Europe, that why?


Wog boy Says:

Hang on a minute, I was in Europe last year and it worked with me.


harry Says:

mat4,
I use Firefox on Linux too. And i get this problem once in a while: your problem must be due to the “npviewer.bin” process that sometimes gets launched (and starts hogging the cpu) when you use the flash player. I suggest checking that it indeed gets launched (use “top” or “ps” to do it). If you see this process, try terminating it (such as “kill -9 “)…


mat4 Says:

Just found her on Wikipedia. I read she’s an “anchor”. What is that?

Explorer is the default browser for Windows, and I don’t use Windows. I find Chrome to intrusive, and I feel spied. Don’t know.


jane Says:

mat4, an “anchor” is usually someone who does the news on TV (anchorman / anchorwoman).


mat4 Says:

harry:

Thank you for helping. But I think it is something else. It doesn’t happen when I use flash, when when I scroll down faster. I have no problems in Firefox whatsoever when I watch streams. Then, when it happens, I have a “Winexperience”, just without the blue screen. The only cure is a ctrl+alt+backspace.

Anyway, I will check the process.

I was content with Opera, but the last version was very buggy, so I gave a try to Firefox, and discovered that the extensions are just amazing. I hope they will fix this bug soon.


Kimmi Says:

they have stopped tennis for the day. everybody is coming back tomorrow


jane Says:

They say an 80% chance of rain again tomorrow: the commentators themselves are talking about the scheduling and how problematic it is now with the rain, as everything is bunching up. If Delpo/Rod, Tipsy/Khols and Nole/Wawa don’t finish today (which it’s looking like) and AGAIN tomorrow, then the ones who go through may be forced to play 4 matches in 5 days. Crazy.


Wog boy Says:

What is going on with tennis, did they move them for tomorrow?


harry Says:

mat4 –
Oh, I see…

it is strange that it happens when you scroll. i wonder which process gets triggered when you start scrolling fast. may be “top” and scrolling (on firefox) might show which process is the offending one…

Just curious: which version of Firefox are you using? I use the extended stable release (10).


jane Says:

Wog Boy, yes they’ve rearranged it all for tomorrow. Here’s the SoP:

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


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Thanks


mat4 Says:

harry:

It is Firefox 15 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

It could be an Ubuntu problem, though I didn’t experienced it in any other application.

Anyway, I missed my tennis for today. Will it be a Monday final for the fifth year in a row?


jamie Says:

The US Open winner will be either Federer or Del Potro.


jamie Says:

^ Of these two, Federer will most likely win the USO. Del Potro is not 100% fit, that will not suffice to win a slam.

Bottom line, Federer wins the USO.


Kimmi Says:

jamie – is that your predictions or physic? you are confusing, few days ago you said djokovic will win.

the reason i am reading your posts is because you have been more right than wrong at wimbledon and olympics.


Wog boy Says:

jamie,

I am going to ask Sean to ban you !


jamie Says:

La final será entre Federer y Djokovic, con otra consagración del inmenso Roger.

*use online translator*


jamie Says:

@Kimmi

I want Nole to win. I predicted him.

But the Argie guys are predicting something else.

La final será entre Federer y Djokovic, con otra consagración del inmenso Roger.

*use online translator*

Argie guys think Federer will beat Nole in the final.


harry Says:

mat4 –

I hope that rain spoils the “super saturday plus sunday” double, so that we will have the SF and F with a 1-day break.

I know you dont like Lendl. But hasnt he improved Andy’s FH :)? Also curious to know your thoughts on Nole’s level this year…


skeezer Says:

Wog Boy,

Hey I am all for redemption…re; Jamie…. seen any predictions? NOT!

So let Jamie speak! No Ban! lol…..

WAIT…what did she say in Spanish????


jamie Says:

In Spanish.

Federer gana el US Open. Está escrito en las estrellas.


skeezer Says:

@harry

In a self professed devious way I would like to see USO rain more and blow up the schedule. And tell me the sponsors don’t lose big bucks if the Final is played on Monday? IT SUCKS. I used to like Super Saturday (Was a fun day for a fan, Womens final and 2 mens semi’s ) but it just doesn’t work anymore. Sure fitness is part of the game, but who wants to watch a tired player in the finals? And how do you justify playing the first Rd over 3 days? Write a letter to BRIAN EARLY, tournament director and “the buck stops there”.


jane Says:

From an article I just read: “[Today] marked the seventh year in a row that rain has caused major disruptions at the season’s final grand slam event on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts and raised fears of a rain-delayed Monday men’s finish for the fifth year in a row. [...] Rain, however, is in the forecast until the weekend.”

Rain forecast until the weekend? Say what?

It doesn’t look quite that bad according to weather.com

http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/USNY0996


Wog boy Says:

I can see some swinging voters here:)


Kimmi Says:

jamie- was it the same person predicting wimbledon and olympics? in spnish. lol


Kimmi Says:

wogboy – lol!
as long as she/he predicts federer to win. i am in.


Wog boy Says:

You are not the only one :)


skeezer Says:

U got my vote, lmao….


Wog boy Says:

jamie,

Just for a record, I was lobbyingg for you:(


skeezer Says:

@Jane

Thanks for that. I think by looking at the Weather Report we can all surmise that it is going to be very touch and go at best the rest of the way….CHANGE THE SCHEDULING BRIAN EARLY


jane Says:

You’re welcome! Yeah, tomorrow doesn’t look too good either, so two days could be gone. Drag. :(


harry Says:

skeezer –

yeah, completely agree!


Wog boy Says:

What is drag?


jane Says:

Wog boy, no tennis is a drag, or potentially no tennis anyhow. And then on top of that, a revised-crowded schedule for Thurs-Sun (or Mon if the final is pushed out again) due to losing 2 days to rain – today and possibly tomorrow (80% chance of rain) – is also a drag.

Or do you mean, what does “drag” mean in this context? If so, I mean it like, “too bad” or “that’s a shame.” ;)


harry Says:

jane –

It is kind of funny that “no tennis is a drag” can be interpreted in at least a couple of ways ;)

More seriously, it may be a good thing for tennis itself (i agree with skeezer), meaning that the rains may cause the final to be pushed out of Sunday, and that both finalists would get some rest in (at least i would hope that is how the scheduling would work)…


jane Says:

harry, indeed: sometimes a wee comma can completely change meaning. I guess one positive that could come out of this situation is that it draws attention to the problems again.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Second one, meaning of word “drag” and when do you use it. I didn’t hear to many people here using it in that way, but then again maybe I am not socializing with the people who are using it. Drage race, drag queen ….. I know, but not that meaninig.
Thanks anyway


harry Says:

jane –
do you think the only consequence of this is *just* drawing further attention to the already known scheduling issues? I thought (i could easily be wrong here) that the last couple of years it did more than just that — it ensured a day’s break for both finalists, right?


harry Says:

^re-reading your post — obviously you dont state that is the only positive! so my reply is a bit superfluous..


jane Says:

Wog boy, do you know the Rolling Stones? They use it in a song, that goes something like this “What a drag it is getting old…” It’s more of an idiom, or a slang usage of the word, but maybe I used it wrong.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

You didn’t, I just asked my doughter, I was keen to find out if she is using the same way, and she said they are using it when something bad happens, like failing the test etc. Same way you used it, I guess.


Tom Says:

Serena is just the best!


Wog boy Says:

BTW, I do know Rolingstones but not the words of that song. I think that Mick and Radek are first cousions:)

P.S. Out of all song did you have to pick that one, with that lyrics…..:(


Wog boy Says:

“Rolling Stones”…….o well, that is me.


Mila Says:

Speaking of songs, Garbage comes to mind with their classic “I’m only happy when it rains”…


Wog boy Says:

Well, i haven’t heard for Garbage but I know that Nole and Janko are not happy when it is raining, that is for sure.


Margot Says:

Scrolling happily down, wow seems almost civilised on here today…..;)
matt4 @8.42
Lol, that’s called the “curse of the commentators.”
As soon as a comm says “Andy’s serving rather well today” I put my face in my hands because I know disaster is a-coming….;)
Wog boy @1.27 and Harry @ 12.47
I love the way the “English” language is so organic and words from “formal” English are hijacked and used by different groups from school kids and street kids to minorities etc. “Gay” being the best example.
Wog boy, does it happen in your first language?


harry Says:

Margot –
You must be pleased with the way Andy is playing, especially his match against Raonic. Dont worry — i am not asking you to “commentate on Andy” ;) Just informal thoughts would do…


Wog boy Says:

Hi Margot,

It does, alot, My grandmother couldn’t understand me when I was talking with my friends (she was suppose to tell my parents what I am up to), she new all most of the words but didn’t make sence to her the way we were puting them together, my father had a problem too and had to ask my mother and sister (she was a dobber), we had our slang (call it street slang). When I went on holiday, few years back, to Belgrade I realized that new generations have their way of talking. That brought me back to my young days and felt
good, really good.


Margot Says:

Wog boy, cheers for that :) Nice memories. I especially like also how “wicked” has gone from bad to good, though old hat now lol.
harry ssshhh, u know better than to expect anything but deep pessimism from Andy Murray fans……but, whispering….enchanted is the word.


Huh Says:

I’m sure Andy Murray is quite good looking, but of course there’re some to whom the only handsome one in this world is their own fave player! no joke!


Huh Says:

The only thing bad about Andy’s feature is may be that he’s a tall strong good looking hunk with a sweet smile when he’s happy. Go Muzza, kick butts!!!


Huh Says:

Andy has gone throught some of the most painful defeats in tennis ever, but he still keeps himself as composed as he possibly can. I’m a big admirer of Andy’s courage and heart and willingness to work hard always and improve, and not to mention I also happen to admire the Kim Sear! Well done Muzza, she’s a trophy better than Wimbledon!!! :D


Huh Says:

And may be someone here will again pop up to put words in my mouth and blame me for calling him dumbo, even if I had not, lol!

some people hardly know that I always call out directly and stuff anyone who tries name calling tricks against me, haha!


jamie Says:

@Kimmi

The Argie guys are the same ones that predicted FO 2011 and 2012, Wimbledon 2011 and 2012, USO 2011 and AO 2012. They got all the winners correct after the tournaments officially started.

Federer will win his slam #18 at the USO this year.


Huh Says:

Jamie

In that case, I see Nirmal Kumar coming up with some lame statement about others having bad days at the office in this USO and fed would be said of having taken its advantage, LoL ;)


rogerafa Says:

@ jamie

Didn’t you say the other day that Novak or Del Potro would win? Have the rains and revised schedules affected the astrological calculations?


jamie Says:

@rogerafa

That was my prediction days ago.

The Federer winning the USO prediction is by the Argie guys….


jamie Says:

I predicted Nole or Delpo since they are the most recent USO champs…

But the Argie guys are predicting Federer.

Federer
Del Potro
Ferrer

These 3 guys are the most likely according to the Argie guys.


jamie Says:

Leo79 predicts Federer-Djokovic final with Federer winning #18.


rogerafa Says:

@ jamie

Is Leo79 reliable? I think you are a big fan of mentefecta if I remember correctly.


jamie Says:

Menteperfecta has made mistakes…. Like Nadal winning WTF in 2011 and Olympics/USO this year…He is predicting Delpo now…

Leo got all the winners right since 2011… He is predicting Fed because of the Delpo injury…. Apparently Delpo has more injuries than just the wrist.


jamie Says:

They don’t even mention Murray/Nole as winners. None of them. Juan Cruz, Mente Perfecta, Leo.

Tells you everything. Murray/Nole are not winning.


jamie Says:

Bottom line, Ferrer is not slam winning material no matter how aligned he might have things.

Delpo has more than just wrist injuries. He has other injuries going on.

Federer wins. He is a beast once Nadal is out of the way.


jamie Says:

As soon as Delpo and Ferrer lose at the USO, then Federer is up there alone as the fave.


Huh Says:

Well, leaving out psychic stuff I rely on law of averages to kick in and stop nole from reaching 3 finals in a row in USO and also to stop nole from beating for three years in a row here.

And btw wouldn’t it be sweet to see fed dethroning nole here, he has already dethroned nole at wimby, nole being the defending champ this year. now I’d like roger to a step further and destroy nole in finals, should they meet!

ALLEZ FEDERER!!!


Huh Says:

revenge from djokovic will be too sweet for this fed fan, should fed beat him at USO 12 :p


Huh Says:

I would love either fed/delpo/muzza to beat beat djokovic! djokovic already had enjoyed a lot of sweet wins against these guys, now it’s time for some sweet losses at the hand of either of them.


Huh Says:

Nothing is more pleasing to me than seeing fed/delpo/muzz/djoko beat nadal or fed/muzz/delpo beat an in-form djokovic (imagine a devilish grin here!)


Huh Says:

I really hope fed/delpo win here as per the psychics of jamie if murray cannot in the 1st place.


rogerafa Says:

@ jamie

I don’t mind David or Del Potro although I’d like to see Andy get the monkey off his back. The fact that some predictions went wrong gives me encouragement that Andy could still win this even though Novak remains the man to beat.


Margot Says:

jamie, would you stop now, for all our sakes….pleeaaseee.


jamie Says:

Hahhahhhahahh. Berdych is the man.

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