Rain Ravages The US Open (Again); Roddick v Del Potro, Djokovic Heldover
by Sean Randall | September 5th, 2012, 12:23 am
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When you play the US Open you don’t just battle an opponent across the net, you also battle the rain. For the umpteenth time in recent memory rain again stole most of a day from the tournament, forcing the inevitble discussion of a roof and a Monday final.

The rain, a product of the leftovers from Hurricane Isaac, began early just after first ball at 11am, then interrupted play a handful of times before finaly sending all the players scurrying home around 9pm.

The lucky few were just that, a lucky few. Victoria Azarenka overcome a lengthy rain delay to dash the hopes of defending champion Sam Stosur in a third set breaker. The win moved the top-seeded Azarenka into her first US Open semifinal and kept her on top of the WTA rankings for a few more weeks.

Later, David Ferrer managed to get his match in against my semifinal pick Richard Gasquet in straight sets. Ferrer is a former semifinalist and the favorite to spell Rafa this weekend.

And that was it. At the end of the day, only Azarenka and Ferrer were the only two matches completed. The other four all began but were postpoened to Wednesday.

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic seems sound in leading Stan Wawrinka 2-0. His countryman Janko Tipsarevic has a 5-2 leadd on Phil Kohlshreiber and Marion Bartoli enjoyed an early hammerlock on 2006 winner Maria Sharapova up 4-0.

In the main event this evening, Andy Roddick resumed his final event against fellow former champ Juan Martin Del Potro. Roddick came out red hot breaking an irratated Delpo who seemed unhappy with the wetness of the court (he toweled off the lines himself at one point!) to jump out to a 5-2 lead. But the Argentine clawed his way back to get it to a breaker. Roddick won the first point on his serve before the rains returned.

Having watched Roddick for many years, I can’t recall him being failing to close out a set from 5-2 too many times, if ever, at the US Open. The fact DelPo got his teeth back into it that quickly and easily tells me it could be a finale for Roddick tomorrow.

Regardless, because of the weather the men on the bottom half will have their work cut out if they want to win the title. If the tournament still plans a Sunday men’s final, the finalist from the bottom half – Djokovic, Roddick, Del Potro or Tipsarevic for example – will have to win four hardcourt best-of-5 set matches in five days. That’s a lot of tennis. And after a grueling summer, what a tough ask.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer once again has had the schedule go his way. Thanks to a Mardy Fish withdrawal Federer hasn’t played since Saturday and his match against Tomas Berdych is on schedule for Wednesday night when the rain is forecasted to be lone gone from the New York area. Sometimes it’s good to be the king!

Then again, Fed’s main rival, Andy Murray, also benefits. The Scot who is also still on schedule meets Marin Cilic tomorrow afternoon in a rematch of their 2009 fourth rounder won by the Croat. I think Murray gets revenge for that loss.

As for Fed, I give him a slight edge, but I expect it to go maybe four or five sets, and really it wouldn’t shock me to see Berdych win. I think the commotion with the rain and Roddick’s retirement will help Berdych as the match really doesn’t have time to be hyped up any. And the more obscure it is the better for Berdych, I think.

Looking at the four suspended matches, Djokovic should take out Wawrinka in three. I think Tipsarevic wins over an exhuasted Kohlschreiber – not easy finishing a 2:30 in the morning then playing a day match then a morning! With a night to think about Sharapova probably comes back on Bartoli.

And I think Del Potro does in Roddick. The fact Roddick couldn’t convert from 5-2 just sends the wrong signals, and Del Po began connecting with his shots towards the end as was perches Andy to far behing the baseline. Also, by playing early in the afternoon the crowd will be no where near as electric as night, so the Argentine now gets the edge since Roddick won’t have that same energy from his fans. But if Roddick can start strong against like he did tonight and win the breaker then he’ll need just two more sets and maybe he can ride his serve to victory.

Overall for the tournament, It’s still hard to pick against a Djokovic-Federer final. I think Novak is an absolute shoe-in for Sunda whereas Roger could lose to Berdych or even to Murray in the semifinals. And if the rain does impact Federer’s schedule it will be interesting to see if the 31-year-old can keep his fitness. Remember at the Olympics final he said he still was recovering from that epic match with Del Potro two days earlier. But for now things are going Roger’s way.

Matches begin on ESPN2 at 11am assuming the weather improves.

WEDNESDAY US OPEN SCHEDULE

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Marion Bartoli (FRA)[11] v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[3]
To Finish 4-0
Not Before:12:30 PM
2. Men’s Singles – 4th Round
Andy Roddick (USA)[20] v. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[7]
To Finish 6-6(1)
3. Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Andy Murray (GBR)[3] v. Marin Cilic (CRO)[12]

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[12] v. Serena Williams (USA)[4]
2. Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Roger Federer (SUI)[1] v. Tomas Berdych (CZE)[6]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Sara Errani (ITA)[10] v. Roberta Vinci (ITA)[20]
Not Before:12:30 PM
2. Men’s Singles – 4th Round
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)[18] v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[2]
3. Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
Julien Benneteau (FRA) v. Bob Bryan (USA)[2]
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) Mike Bryan (USA)[2]

Grandstand 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)[9] v. Christian Harrison (USA)
Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)[9] Ryan Harrison (USA)
To Finish 6-2 2-2
Not Before:12:30 PM
2. Men’s Singles – 4th Round
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)[8] v. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[19]
To Finish 5-2


Also Check Out:
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Player Revolt? Nadal, Roddick, Murray Voice Their Unhappiness at US Open Scheduling
Wozniacki Breezes to Rain-Delayed WTA Rogers Cup Title
Nadal Reigns In Rome, Beats Djokovic For Second Straight Time To Win Sixth Title At Foro Italico
Del Potro Wins, Nadal Rained Out at US Open

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413 Comments for Rain Ravages The US Open (Again); Roddick v Del Potro, Djokovic Heldover

Eric Says:

To be fair, Roddick didn’t “fail to close it out from 5-2,” which suggests AR was on serve at 5-2, hence up two breaks, which is untrue. He failed to serve it out at 5-3. Demoralizing, but not catastrophic. (Relatedly, it’s quite annoying to me that it is common practice in tennis to say, e.g., “Ferrer leads four to three.” It’s not a “lead” until you actually break serve, to my mind… Of course it’s better to be up the game than down it, but still.)

I expected Tipsa to beat Kohls as well, but having another day of rest should certainly make it less straightforward. Anyway, I’d be surprised if Kohlschreiber does not get a set, at least.

Hasn’t Murray already avenged himself pretty well for that 2009 match against Cilic (his only loss to Cilic, in fact)? They’ve played several times since and Murray’s won each time…


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I think Roger vs Berd could be the best QF match and most likely Berd would win. The match is on Berd’s racquet and if he keeps his emotions under control, he could get it done in 3-sets, but I think he may take it in 4. I saw last year’s cincy match between them and I was suprised the ease at which Berd demolished Roger in that match, considering cincy is one of Roger’s best surface. I don’t think these two have met in GS after Wimby 10.

I doubt Murray is going to have any trouble with Cilic. Cilic should he physically drained after playing some long matches and also his first QF in a GS after a long time. Mentally he should be done unless Murray plays one of his trademark bad match.


Eric Says:

Nirmal, I love how you claim to be a Federer fan but every post is about how he’s going to lose his next match. It’s actually kind of hilarious.

Berdych could definitely win if he comes out and plays perfectly, but as I said in the Sunday match thread, Federer will additionally have to play passively (like he always has in his losses to Tomas) and allow Berdy to dictate points. Yes, that’s boilerplate vagary, but what I mean is this: here’s how 95% of the points went in, say, Berdych’s win over Fed at Cincinnati you reference. Berdych serves, usually wide. Fed (a) returns into the net, or (b) chips a terrible, slow return to the middle of the court, several feet in front of the baseline. (c) Berdych hammers ball off into the other corner. (d) Federer usually returns into the net. If he manages to get it back, Berdych just hits it into the opposite corner for a winner. That’s how every Berdych service point in that match went. Federer’s movement was terrible, he had no vision, and Berdy thrashed him for most of the match. Roger is playing a lot better now. It’s not going to be like that.


Eric Says:

As a Fed fan, I am definitely more “afraid” of Berdych than any of the other potential Fed QFists (pre-draw: so I mean Tipsa, JMDP). I just have this feeling that it could be a very messy match. But on paper, I’ve got to go with Roger because he’s playing so much better than, say, 2011 Cincinnati. Anyway, we shall see soon enough.


Steve 27 Says:

The final will be on Monday for fifth year in a row.
A record!


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

I tend to agree with the views of Eric when you claim to be a Fan of Roger.

It is good to analyse a prospective match with the pros and cons of a player. However, rather than subjective analysis, you always tend to be a biased analyst wherein you are always on the side of opponents of Roger. Remember the H2H of Berdych against Roger is 4-11 and you are almost certain that he will beat Roger in straight sets or maximum of four if Berdych sticks to his plan and plays well. There you give Roger absolutely no space at all irrespective of how well he plays. Your contention is if Berdych sticks to his plan, Roger cannot beat him. That doesn’t make much sense. Remember Roger is a far more versatile and talented player than Berdych. The match is on the hands of Roger’s racquet rather than with Berdych. If Roger plays his A game, then Berdych has got no chance irrespective of how well he plays. On the other hand, if Roger commits a lot of UEs and shanks his shots which is possible, then Berdych is with a real chance if he plays well. Yeah, Berdych might have beat Roger at Cincinnati, but it doesn’t mean that match can be yardstick for judging this match as every match is different. It basically depends on the form a player is on the day of the match. If you ask me the favourite in this match, I would say it would be Roger.


Nims Says:

Nirmal, I love how you claim to be a Federer fan but every post is about how he’s going to lose his next match. It’s actually kind of hilarious.

Eric, Did I say Roger is going to lose his 1st round match or 3rd round match. No, I did not. I saw how Berdych played his match against Almagro. As long as he serves the way he did, it would be a really interesting match. I might have had a different opinion, if Roger played against Mardy and won, but I think the break might have broken Roger’s rhythm. If he has an off day in serve it’s done and dusted. Roger got to serve apprx 70% 1st serves to get it done. Let’s see.


Nims Says:

Michael,

It’s a myth to think all the matches are under Roger’s racquet. Maybe few fans may think like that, but when playing against guys like Berdych / Tsonga that’s not the case. They have a big say, specially if the guy has a big serve.

I thought Roger played a very decent match at Madrid, still had to snatch it in the 3rd set. So it’s not like he needs to play real bad to lose the match. If Roger had played well in his 4th round match, definitely my opinion would have been different, since Mardy is a big server and would have been able to judge Roger’s RoS capabilities. But having no rhythm and need to play a player like Berdy who does not give u much rhythm is the reason why I’ siding towards Berd, it’s nothing to do with Roger’s capabilities.

I think Berd is the toughest matchup for Roger outside the Top 4. It could be the most interesting match of the tournament thus far. Let’s hope it lives up to the expectation.


madmax Says:

People always worry about Berdych.

Roger will be fine. He has been happy practising really hard on the courts, so although he hasn’t played for a few days, his talent isn’t going to go away.

You guys need to have more faith. Every tennis player benefits from extra time to recover, but the fact of the matter is, Roger was up and out on the practice courts the following day for 2 hours at a time, playing with an opponent, so whilst not a proper match, he has played enough tennis this year to make up for the walkover with Mardy.

Everyone hypes up berdych. He is not a match for Roger in my view, though Roger will be on his guard. More time to watch the reruns of berdych’s matches so far.

Hope for a good match and for Roger to come through.


Eric Says:

Madmax, was Berdych “not a match for Roger” when he beat him in half of their matches the past three seasons? Just sayin’.

I think Nims/NK is right that Fed has to serve exceptionally well, or at least quite well. Equally important to avoiding the passive return I described. But really, I am pretty sure Federer will take care of things.

Even so, I am starting to like Djokovic and even Murray as the favorites over Roger, looking over the first week, and especially Murray’s form against Raonic, and in light of the Olympics. But it takes something really special (and more than a little luck) to beat Roger at the USO, so perhaps I’ll be wrong about being wrong in my original predictions. :)


Violet Says:

Roger will be fine. The match against berdych can be tough, but I see him edging it out in 4 or 5 sets. The hardest roadblock for fed to the title is novak. If roger has a tough semi against murray novak will probably win, if he plays a 3/4 setter (which I think) against andy, I predict fed wil hold the trophy at the end.


roy Says:

federer dominated berdych when berdych was a kid.
berdych is now in his prime. and they’ve split the last 6. it’s a coin flip these days, almost like with djoker and murray.


andrea Says:

bartoli was balsting winners past a stunned maria until the rain came. let’s see if she can keep it up.


andrea Says:

oops…’blasting’.


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

It’s a myth to think all the matches are under Roger’s racquet. Maybe few fans may think like that, but when playing against guys like Berdych / Tsonga that’s not the case. They have a big say, specially if the guy has a big serve

It is not a myth. It is an incontrovertible fact. Roger is the most versatile player of all and if he plays his best Tennis, then other players stand no chance irrespective of how well they play. I do not think that Berdych or Tsonga at best can beat Roger at best. Ofcourse, they will have their chances if Roger has an average day in office, but certainly not when he is playing well. You know how Roger demolished Tsonga in 2010 Australian Open when Tsonga alerted Murray to be prepared to run all around the court. That is the phenomenon of Roger and how well he plays. Between 2006-2008, he was demolishing this Berdych left,right and centre and it is only after Roger’s decline that Berdych has got lease of life and he is beginning to look like a threat.

Ofcourse not playing the 4th round match is bound to make Roger lose his rythm. But taking in a positive way, we can see that he is fresh and this might give him a edge.

You claim Berdych is the favourite. May be, in your opinion which many might differ.

Nevertheless, who plays well on that particular day will win deservingly. Let us see who does it.


Huh Says:

“Eric Says:
Nirmal, I love how you claim to be a Federer fan but every post is about how he’s going to lose his next match. It’s actually kind of hilarious.”

CAN’T AGREE MORE!!! This Nirmal is the best at writing Roger off against anyone, and everyone, no matter what. And it’s laughable to say that Berd can dispose off Fed in 3 or 4 sets. But well, may be that is what I’m pretty sure that this Nirmal dude wishes, hehe. good try at fooling yourself dude, if you really think match rests on Berdych’s racquet.


Huh Says:

”Berdych could definitely win if he comes out and plays perfectly, but as I said in the Sunday match thread, Federer will additionally have to play passively (like he always has in his losses to Tomas) and allow Berdy to dictate points.”

Again well said Eric. It’s ridiculous how ordinary Nirmal Kumar really thinks federer is!


Huh Says:

”It is not a myth. It is an incontrovertible fact. Roger is the most versatile player of all and if he plays his best Tennis, then other players stand no chance irrespective of how well they play. I do not think that Berdych or Tsonga at best can beat Roger at best. Ofcourse, they will have their chances if Roger has an average day in office, but certainly not when he is playing well. You know how Roger demolished Tsonga in 2010 Australian Open when Tsonga alerted Murray to be prepared to run all around the court. That is the phenomenon of Roger and how well he plays. Between 2006-2008, he was demolishing this Berdych left,right and centre and it is only after Roger’s decline that Berdych has got lease of life and he is beginning to look like a threat.”

I couldn’t have said it better even! Well said Michael brilliant post!


Michael Says:

Thanks Huh !!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It is not a myth. It is an incontrovertible fact. Roger is the most versatile player of all and if he plays his best Tennis, then other players stand no chance irrespective of how well they play.

I’m confused. So, Roger lost to Novak and Rafa many times by playing very badly. You talk about once instance of Tsonga making a statement. I believe Tsonga made the same statement about Novak too, after 2011 Wimb semis.

Yeah, I do understand Roger’s best is better than anyone. But tennis matches over 5-sets do not work like that. No one in the history plays a 5-setter their very best tennis. Roger is not an exception.


Huh Says:

Hahaha, but may be berdych, rafa and nole all are exceptions who can play better than only fed over 5 sets, most of the times, lol ;)

wonder how these guys keep getting beaten so often even in their prime, unlike lucky roger, yeah yeah yeah, LOL ;)

but wait, fed even now, after marriage and fatherhood and at 31 keeps beating them, hehe!! :D


Huh Says:

Hahaha, but may be berdych, rafa and nole all are exceptions who can play better than fed and that too only vs fed, both over 5 sets or in 5 set matches, most of the times, lol ;)
so they’re better than roger logically, LOL ;)

wonder how these guys keep getting beaten so often even in their prime, unlike lucky roger, yeah yeah yeah, LOL ;)

but wait, fed even now, after marriage and fatherhood and at 31 keeps beating them, hehe!! :D


Polo Says:

My opinion is: Federer playing a 5-set match means he is playing badly. When he is playing at his best, he does not need more than 3 sets to win.


Brando Says:

i think the berdych match is PERFECT for fed, prior to a possible SF against muzza.

From rank 5-8 t- bird is the biggest threat to fed, IMO. Due to this fed should be focused and will bring his A game.

Add in the form fed is in atm (winning 16/17 recent matches) then he should win and also be perfectly prepared for muzza.

things like good for roger atm, IMO.


MMT Says:

I have to agree with the original assessment that the match is not really on Federer’s racquet, because Berdych can simply overpower him. Having said that, one of Federer’s greatest qualities is his versatility – the ability to find multiple technical solutions to multiple technical problems. As a result, even players who can simply over power him find it very difficult to beat him and most still have poor H2H records against him. That includes Berdych.

I agree that the key to this match up is who serves better. Serving comfortably in this match up allows that player to play within their comfort zone on the return. If I recall correctly, in all the matches that Berdych won, he served very well, and Federer, not so well, unlike the match up with Nadal where Federer’s biggest problem appears to be on the return.

Should be a good one.


jamie Says:

Is it me or Paul Ryan looks like an older version of Nole?

Two decades from now Nole will look like that.


Angel Says:

Nirmal is so funny to read when you write that you are a Federer fan and you are always predicting when he is going to lose. Excuse me man but I think everybody here can see that you are a frustated Nadal fan. To answer your last coment I’m just gonna put some numbers and facts over the table in case you don’t know them.
Roger Federer:
- 56/7 in 2012
- 6 titles in 2012
- 5 US Open titles (don’t recall his record here but we all know is much better than anyone)
- last 4 tournaments: 25/2 with 2 titles and 2 finals.
- 23/0 AT NIGHT MATCHES IN NEW YORK (WHAT THE F***)
Tomas Berdych:
- 41/16 in 2012
- 1 title in 2012
– First time he makes it to the Quaterfinals at New York.
- I can’t recall what Berdych has done in his last 4 tournamets (Oh yeah he totally crap his pants against Isner a week ago)
Head to Head:
Federer 11 Berdych 4
Last 4 matches:
Federer 3 Berdych 1
As we can see Nirmal’s prediction is well founded, of course in tennis anything can happen but is really unlikely that Federer loses this match, especially with his current form.
Kudos.


skeezer Says:

“…you are a frustated Nadal fan. …”

So true and count me in. Read way too much of her posts….

Thanks for those stats Eric.


trufan Says:

Except against Nadal ON CLAY, even today, every match is on Fed’s racket. If Fed brings his “A” game, nobody can beat him (except Nadal on Clay).

In the last decade, the only player who had the game to beat Federer even when fed was on was Safin. (Remember AO 2005 semi??). Otherwise, even Djokovic’s A game loses to Fed’s A game.

Fed has to play badly to lose to Berdych.


Kimberly Says:

my take on Berdych Federer:

If Berdych brings his A game, Federer Brings his A game–Federer wins in 4

If Berdych brings his B game, Federer brings his B game—Federer wins in 4

If Fed brings his A, Berdych is B, Federer in 3

If Fed brings his B game and Berdych A then Berdych can win the match in 4. Not nec. will win in 4 but can win.

In Australia I thought Berdych played a great match against Nadal and it wasn’t enough because in key moments he mentally couldn’t hang. Even if Berdych plays great I see similar result with Federer.

My Prediction: Federer in 4.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Angel,

I appreciate the stats you had put down. Do you know the stats of Delpo before USO 2009 when he beat Roger? Did the stat help that Roger won two prior GS and infact was 5 consecutive title holder. What was Sod’s record before be beat Rafa at FO? Unfortunately in tennis, stats alone does not define the matches or some matches may defy those stats.

As I said, my biggest concern for Roger is his walkover in the 4th round. I’m not sure how much it’s going to throw his serve rhythm off. If Roger has a serving masterclass, then all bets are off. I have not seen anyone return Roger’s second serve better than Berdych including Novak, in not just one match but in their last few matches.

I think even at AO 09, berd had a 2 – 0 set lead against Roger and had one of the easiest putaway on the net to break Roger in the 3rd set. So, they have a history of very tough matches which could have gone either way but Roger had scrapped through. I don’t think their H2H has really done justice to their matchup.

If it had been any other QF opponent, I would have given the match to Roger considering his form. But against Berd, I cannot do that. He could have easily taken out Rafa at AO, which is a great result considering how good a form Rafa was in. Rafa had to tire him to win that match. So this Berd is really a solid player who can take out any of the Top 3 when he plays his best tennis.


skeezer Says:

^I’d say that is about right, except it is Birdsh!t, not Berdych.


skeezer Says:

^post was for Kimberly


Nirmal Kumar Says:

trufan ” Except against Nadal ON CLAY, even today, every match is on Fed’s racket. If Fed brings his “A” game, nobody can beat him (except Nadal on Clay).

Did you get a chance to see Novak’s match against Roger at AO 11 and Rafa’s at Ao 2012. I don’t think they play AO on clay.


Colin Says:

Since it’s open season on N Kumar, I’ll attack on a different topic. This “trademark” bad match of Andy Murray’s – how often does he produce it this late in a major tournament?

Regarding the Nole/Ryan thing – perhaps it’s just me, but whenever I see one of these “separated twin” pairings, I can almost never see any real resemblance.
Ryan has a much shallower chin (unless he’s lost his lower dental plate!).


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Colin,

Yes, I agree. On GS, he is definitely getting more consistent and his B-game seems to get him through unlike before. But still out of Top 4, he is one guy capable of getting out playing a bad match, just like in Toronto and Cincy. But in GS he is getting his act together. So let’s see if he can keep up.


jane Says:

Kimberly, agree with your take, and especially over 5 sets. Berdych once (at AO) had a two set lead I think, but Fed came back and won the last 3 sets. I think Berd’s suspect in the mental strength and/or tactics department. On big points, he sometimes plays a bad shot or misses, going for too much etc. He has a lovely game but there is something not quite “there” for him. Having said that, he has shown signs of being mentally stronger in the last couple of years so you never know. But even that whole “not shaking hands” thing with Almagro could suggest a kind of mental weakness as he held onto his thoughts about that shot too long instead of putting it behind him.


john Says:

NK

I’m worried that Fed will lose against Berdych, hope he pulls through. Good luck Fed.
^
You understand people might doubt your true alliances since instead of phrasing it like the above, you just go ahead and say Roger will lose.

I also think by saying Fed will loose your well aware that people are gonna pay more attention to your posts.

IMHO- A true Fed fan will always vote, believe, hope that Fed will win, unless its clearly obvious that his suffering or playing Nadal on clay :)(even then I still believe he can win).

To me logic dictates that anyone predicting Federer is gonna lose at this stage in his current form is not a true Fed fan.

Being a Fed Fan is about cheering(and believing) Roger on, till he takes the trophy home!!

Sure I’m worried about Fed and I agree there is a possibility of him losing, but you wont catch me in a million years predicting his gonna lose!!!

That goes against every fiber in my body as a Fed fan.


Krishna Says:

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/weather.html

(As of 9/5/12 at 11:20 a.m. ET)

Schedule Update: Play is currently suspended. The forecast calls for on and off showers into early afternoon, followed by clearing. Once the rain stops, we will dry the courts and play will begin.

Stay tuned to USOpen.org for the latest weather and schedule updates throughout the day, and subscribe to receive US Open weather alerts.

__

LOL..when will these guys get a roof? …


Nirmal Kumar Says:

john,

you make some good observation as a fan. yeah, that’s how a typical fan should react. I agree. For me I hope and wish Roger wins, but as far as my belief is concerned, it depends on many facts and last one would be whether I’m a fan of a player or not. So for me to believe Roger is going to win his QF, he should have beaten Fish convincingly which unfortunately did not happen or should be facing a guy like Ferrer or any other opponent who is not Berd. Problem is I have watched most of their matches.


jane Says:

Sean says “because of the weather the men on the bottom half will have their work cut out if they want to win the title. If the tournament still plans a Sunday men’s final, the finalist from the bottom half – Djokovic, Roddick, Del Potro or Tipsarevic for example – will have to win four hardcourt best-of-5 set matches in five days. That’s a lot of tennis. And after a grueling summer, what a tough ask.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer once again has had the schedule go his way. Thanks to a Mardy Fish withdrawal Federer hasn’t played since Saturday and his match against Tomas Berdych is on schedule for Wednesday night when the rain is forecasted to be lone gone from the New York area. Sometimes it’s good to be the king!”

—————————————————-
I agree – but I assume the priority in the men’s draw today will be to get through the men’s R16? Thus, even if it doesn’t clear up until evening, as you imply Sean, I assume these matches – Roddick/Delpo, Nole/Wawa, and Tipsy/Berd – will go on first regardless.

Which means the two men’s QF’s could get pushed out a day no?

I am assuming… otherwise it would not make sense, i.e., to have QF matches done while R16s are still waiting to play.


john Says:

^ Never lol

Maybe its time to look for a new solution.

It is to some extent possible to prevent from rain falling over a certain area by “seeding” the clouds somewhere else (using aircraft to “bomb” the clouds with small particles).
It is an expensive method but it is used from time to time; the most well-known examples being the opening ceremonies of the summer olympics in Moscow 1984 and more recently in China.
Experiments have also been conducted in many other countries.

Note that this is a controversial methods and it won’t work 100% of the time.


jane Says:

* Sorry Tipsy/Khols.


jane Says:

john, it just seems that weather patterns have shifted such that NYC usually feels the effects of a Hurricane right around US Open time – at least the consistency of rain (7 years now) and Monday finals (4 years now) would suggest that this is a pattern. Thus the organizers have to consider some sort of solution, be it adjusting the schedule, getting a roof, or both.

Last year the players were angry. Roddick stormed off the court, when he found “bubbles” that would make it dangerous for a player to play. Last night, Delpo was drying the baseline himself, and he was clearly mad.

On top of that, even the commentators, Gilbert, Evert, etc, were complaining on air last night during Rod/Delpo about the schedule.

Fans who have tickets can’t be thrilled either, not to mention those who want to watch.

The Wimbledon and AO roofs have shown that at least when it rains of it’s uber-hot, to unsafe levels, play can continue on one court at least, which means matches can be shown on TV, which means a lot more people are happy. Still some players and some ticket holders will be disappointed, but it’s better than nothing! :)


john Says:

jane

I Agree with you on all points.

Here is a peace I found(sorry if its been posted already).

But it will cost a lot – at least nine figures – and it won’t delay other projects that leaders of the USTA believe are mandatory at the home of the year’s final Grand Slam. Currently, there are roofs on the main stadiums at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

In a briefing with reporters Sunday, the eve of the start of the U.S. Open, USTA chief executive Gordon Smith reiterated a point he’s made in the past: That the technology does not yet exist to put a roof on top of the 23,700-capacity stadium but that he’s also confident that will change.

”I cannot tell you when that will be,” Smith said. ”I can’t tell you what it will cost, though it will clearly be over nine figures.”

Meantime, he outlined a series of plans – first unveiled in June – to expand the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, including a rebuild of 10,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium, which would be constructed to someday accommodate a roof of its own.

The topic of covering Arthur Ashe Stadium comes up almost annually, especially in the wake of four straight years when rain has delayed play and forced the tournament to finish on a Monday.

That, in turn, has forced the USTA to give back undisclosed amounts of money to CBS, which televises the final weekend and has had to show the men’s final on Monday afternoons.

”But the amount of money we’ve lost by not having a roof and the amount of money we might make by adding a roof is negligible compared to the cost of adding a roof,” Smith said.

Smith said the weight of the stadium and the loose soil beneath it would make it impossible, with today’s technology, to put a roof on top. He said the other idea was to erect a building around the stadium that would cover it, but those plans were too unwieldy and would almost certainly not be approved by the city and state.

”Monstrosities,” USTA chairman and president Jon Vegosen called those proposed buildings. ”But we’re going to have a roof one day. I just can’t tell you when.”

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/roof-still-us-opens-long-205545214–ten.html


dari Says:

yeah, this is getting really sad, jane. I have been going to the USO the past few years, but moved this year and had plans to fly out sometime to the open, but thank goodness I did not!

I don’t love the idea of them moving the open back one week, because labor day weekend there is really special-wait, they could make it the semi’s over the weekend and Labor Day final?

And for heaven’s sake, can they at least cover the courts so that when there is a rain-free hour or two, they can use it to play and NOT to dry the courts, only for the rain to start as soon as the warm up is over?!

if fed ever gets to play his match, I hope he beats berd!


dari Says:

for that middle part, that would be starting the open one week EARLY


Eric Says:

Jane, according to the commentators during that match, Delpo was toweling off the players’ sweat (OK, they said Roddick’s sweat… did you see his hat, just dripping everywhere? It must have been quite humid in NY yesterday….), not rain. I don’t know if that’s true.


Humble Rafa Says:

Sometimes it’s good to be the king!

I own the King. No one gives me a break on the schedule.


David Says:

I agree that Federer “once again has had the schedule go his way.”

It’s obviously not by accident.

Here’s an article I published today on the subject.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1323225-us-open-tennis-2012-roger-federer-sitting-pretty-of-course-despite-the-rain


rogerafa Says:

@ angel

Stats should not be read out of context. Those stats will not mean much for Roger as he inches closer to retirement. Sampras’ great record at Wimbledon did not save him against George Bastil. Roger used to be brilliant against power players in his prime but that is not the case anymore. Tomas has won three of the last six matches against Roger and he deserves to be treated as a big threat to Roger. Novak and Andy are in their prime and I will not see Tomas as that much of a threat to them. Roger’s return game has declined and it has become difficult for him to pressurize the big servers. To me, this appears to be a case of who executes better on the night. Tomas does not do it consistently but he is capable of playing at a very high level. This match is far from being a forgone conclusion. I think NK/Nims/ Nirmal Kumar has a point here irrespective of what anyone thinks about which player he is a fan of.


rogerafa Says:

I do not know how technically and financially viable a roof will be over a stadium as huge as Ashe. Armstrong appears better suited but it will be odd if the main court does not have one.

One thing I do not get is why can’t they have some covers for the court. It really irritates me to see the ball kids drying the courts with towels.


jamie Says:

Nirmal Kumar is simply trying to anti-jinx Fed. Some fans are like that. Very superstitious.


john Says:

@rogerafa
Main problem with that is if you have the best matches scheduled on Ashe Stadium, with the roof on Armstrong, then people who paid a lot of money for tickets will be left out.


rogerafa Says:

@ john

I agree and that is why I said It would be odd. Ashe is such a huge structure as compared to the Rod Laver arena or the wimby centre court. I don’t see how they can put a roof there even if it became technically viable. The cost would surely be prohibitive.


john Says:

Still best solution would be to build a roof on Armstrong, make it a temporary Center court. Tear down Ashe and build a new Court with Roof.

lol, Like that will ever happen.


rogerafa Says:

“But for now things are going Roger’s way.”

@ Sean

By the same token, things are going Tomas’ way and even better for Andy and Marin.


rogerafa Says:

Yeah, it doesn’t seem likely, does it?

I like the cosy atmosphere that Armstrong has. It is quicker too. I do not know if others have noticed but I get the feeling that Ashe plays a bit slower than Armstrong.


jamie Says:

@rogerafa

Things are going Tomas’ way and even better for Andy and Marin. But none of these guys have ever won a slam….

Federer and Nole are contenders not pretenders.

Nole is getting shafted.


rogerafa Says:

@ jamie

I think Andy is as big a contender as anybody else going by his form against Milos. Novak is still the strongest contender but any disadvantage he will face will be ascertained only after seeing how long his remaining matches last. I think the only real concern for him is the time he gets between the semi final and the final since the situation is the same, more or less, for his half of the draw. I think Del Potro will suffer the most because his fitness is suspect and he needs more time between matches to recover. If both Roger and Andy make it to the semis, theirs would likely be the second semi final and probably be a very draining match physically. This will suit Novak fine unless his semi final is a grind as well. Seeing his current form, he will probably win comfortably against Stan, Andy/Del Potro and David/Janko/Kohls. Novak is young and in his prime. He also has the cvac pod to get rid of fatigue quickly. If the final is on Monday and the semis finish on Saturday, the schedule really shouldn’t matter much. If Novak has tough matches on Friday and Saturday and the final is not shifted to Monday, then he will most likely be at a disadvantage especially if the other semi does not last very long.


Brando Says:

‘He also has the cvac pod to get rid of fatigue quickly.’

this is a MASSIVE ADVANTAGE for novak, IMHO.

And i believe the likes of fed, rafa and muzza are somewhat foolish in not using such a useful equipment for them.

Should it stay a super saturday/ sunday finals weekend, then the pod will aid novak greatly in order to be fine for the final.

Fed, muzza may rue not having such a thing for themselves!


Kimberly Says:

COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YES!!!!!! WHAT A COMEBACK FROM SHARAPOVA!!!!


Sienna Says:

The way djoker celebrated first set is totally over the top.

Way too much tension for someone who wants to win the tournement. clearly there is something wrong if he unloads that kind of tension after first set.


mat4 Says:

Tough day for Novak. There is a lot of humidity, and he usually doesn’t play well in such conditions.


mat4 Says:

Brando:

Rafa uses a hyperbarric chamber.


mat4 Says:

I’ve seen in a clip with Mats Wilander on Eurosport.fr. I think you can still find that clip.


Ty Says:

Roddick just played that tiebreak from a tree. Haven’t seen that roddick for a while.


Sienna Says:

Stan is losing it.

He pummled his racquet pretty good.

But djokerino is not gonna sleep walk to the title.

He just does not do it for me. sometimes he reminds me of last year but there is something missing.


Sienna Says:

And A rod looks as sharp as a knife.

Crisp and clean his service games good focus.
Ifancy him to beat delpo.


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

Did not know that.

Do fed or murray use it?

As they should- they’ll need it.

From what i have read on the topic, it DEFINITELY helps the athlete who uses it, and WADA have said it ‘is against the spirit of sport’ for using it (in 2006).

However it is NOT ILLEGAL to do so- so i guess, bottomline is:

you can gain an edge by doing so, you can do so- as no law is against it, but it is against the spirit of fair play.

no?


Brando Says:

Novak is kicking butt here- as expected.

I think he must have ordered pizza or something and is rushing to get back to his place- as he doesn’t like his food cold.

Otherwise, why so cruel nole? why you kicking wawa’s butt so badly?

are you warming up for another swiss laeter on in the tournament? Could be………….


Brando Says:

^lol, error: later>laeter.


mat4 Says:

Brando:

I’ve read that Hewitt, Stosur use hyperbarric chambers. Don’t know about the others. I’ve seen Rafa’s in Mat’s point (or whatever). I know that hypobarric chambers are used by French and Swiss ski teams for a month (they sleep in it) before big competition. Phelps uses it for a year before the Olympics. It is easy to check for other sports that require stamina.

For more information, you could browse a bit the THASP site.


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

Thanks. i also read an article about Phelps using it.

Hewitt? Good old Lleyton would need it at his age, me thinks.


Brando Says:

very unusual stat for nole’s match:

He’s winning 6-4, 6-1, YET he has 20 winners to 19 UEs!

Strange. He’s for alot more than usual, so i guess understandable.


mat4 Says:

Brando:

He misses a lot of backhands, because he doesn’t move well. It is his usual problem when there is a lot of humidity.


mat4 Says:

Stan has perhaps the same problems with his movement. He seems slower than usual.


mat4 Says:

Anyway, if Nole makes the semi, he will equal Lendl’s records of 14 qf and 10 semi in a row.


mat4 Says:

Stan just abandoned. It seems he is injured.


Giles Says:

@ mat4. Rafa does not use the hyperbaric chamber per se. He uses Bubble pure air which looks like a plastic tent which helps recovery. All the Spanish players use this tent.


Wog boy Says:

Andy’s match has been moved to LA stadium. He will start soon.


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

yes, he did miss some easy (for him) BH. Nonetheless, he’s through- all that matters is winning.

Unfortunate for wawa, when injured you are up against it. IF your playing any of the top 4- then it really is over before it’s even begun.


alison Says:

IMO Nole looks in ominous form,i cant see anyone beating him the way hes playing,things are looking almost too easy for him,i love A.Rod but im hoping Delpo comes through to at least put up a challenge for Nole,all the matches have been dismally one sided so far,dont get me wrong the lack of competition is not his fault,but it would be great to see him in a really competitive match to see where hes really at,sorry no disrespect Nole fans.


alison Says:

Delpos involved in a very competitive match,A.Rods taken the 1st set on a tie break,and its 5 all on serve in the second set,both playing great tennis,Andys rolling back the years,nice to see a veteran managing to hang in there with the young guns,A.Rods vollying has been brilliant,another tie break to decide the 2nd set.


Brando Says:

@Alison:

Hi. I doubt nole fans would find that post disrespectful at all.

Fact is, should andy win then, nole could get to the SF with having faced NOT ONE PLAYER from inside the top 17!

Faced seed 18, wawa, today who just retired.

Roddick is seed 20, age 30 in his final tourny- so he’s at the end of his career.

IMHO, it would be better for nole to face delpo- a possible challenge- as opposed to roddick, since right now YES he is playing well, but just take a look at the competition he is facing- it isn’t exactly a great ordeal is it?

He can ONLY LOOK GOOD against this opposition. Just like ANY of the top 3 seeds in this tourny would, shouls they face such opposition.

No fault of his of course, you only beat what is put in front of you.


Wog boy Says:

One question. How do we really know who is using the EGG and who is not unless they come out and say it? Everybody can afford it. Do we know what they have in there houses?


Giles Says:

@ Wog boy. Rafa and the other Spanish players have been using Bubble pure air for years now.


alison Says:

Thanks Brando your right,and to be fair i wasnt complaining two years ago with the draw Rafa got,so i suppose the phrase swings and roundabouts comes to mind.


Sienna Says:

Affraid second breaker seals the deal on Andy.

Without TMF we would be looking at a 4-5 slam winner.


mat4 Says:

Giles:

Already found a pdf about it, the site with photos. It could be the device from the clip. In the clip there was a bicycle in it, if a remember well.

But the pdf if just read “diagonally” mentions “positive pressure”. Have to read it more carefully to understand what is it all about.

Anyway, this come from the site of the manufacturer (http://www.zonair3d.com/eng/index.php?s=bubble_pure_air-beneficios)

@Benefits of pure air on SPORT

[...]
Perfect treatment for prevention, training and recuperation
Greater physical and mental oxygenation
Prevents asthma in athletes
Faster and more effective physical recovery following exercise
Regenerates the respiratory pathways
[...]
Reduced lactic acid (22%) and glycaemia (10%)
Increased concentration and performance
Enables exercise to be performed while breathing air in its optimal composition


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

If he wins, we won’t care at all…


Brando Says:

@Alison:

Completely true- you cannot fault the player for how the draw turns out, lol!

All i would say is how easily top players deal with some of the lesser players, usually doesn’t mean that they shall deal with others on their level in the same manner.


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

you shouldn’t either. Heck, let’s be honest, we all would love our fav to face easier as each round goes by, lol.


jane Says:

Why did Wawrinka retire? (can see only scores)

Alison, nice posts and as always fair, even noting Rafa’s draw here 2 years ago.

Looks like Del Potro has taken momentum for now.


mat4 Says:

jane:

I watched the match and I don’t have a clue. He asked for the trainer and the doctor at 1-1 or 2-1 in the third set, then retired immediately after the break.

Both players looked a bit slower, Novak missing backhands and Stan shanking forehands. The weather seemed (from what I could see) very humid.

The key of the match was Stan’s second serve, utterly destroyed by Novak.


alison Says:

Thanks Jane and to be fair all the top players get easy draws from time to time,so no complaints on that score.


mat4 Says:

Finally, just a few more words about air tents, hypobaric rooms, CVAC…

They are legal. EPO is not. HGH is not. Steroids are not. Blood transfusion is not.

Is it unfair? Yes, it is. But if you really want to dive into such a topic, go to the THASP


mat4 Says:

… site and read Richard Ings comments, or some of the key articles there.


van orten Says:

fed will play great …and if berdych hangs in and it becomes a thriller then we all are going to have fun tonight…and heartattacks!!!!


jane Says:

Thanks for the update, mat4. I suppose all the waiting around since yesterday must’ve been frustrating: maybe could have resulted in scrapier play, emotional tension, etc. But the humidity can be hard on a player too. Maybe Wawrinka was feeling it? Anyhow, onward and upward for Nole: expect he is in for a tough match next round, i.e., tomorrow, gack!

Very true, alison. :)

Well, it’ll be a hard road back for Roddick now. Looks like this could be his last match and I won’t be able to see it live.


mat4 Says:

@Brando, van orten:

If Nole wins, I really wouldn’t care if he doesn’t face a top ten in the whole tournament… A final against… Cilic, would be quite enjoyable: no stress, good tennis… no heart attacks…


mat4 Says:

jane:

meanwhile, Murray is making… a Murray. But it is just the beginning.


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

Lol, i always feel sad when i realise it’s not possible for oliver rochus to face my fav in championship matches- a heart wrenching feeling! :-)


Sienna Says:

Murray looks flat. He shoot stir the fire a bit.
He hasnot yelled once yet
he will explode if he loses first set.


mat4 Says:

Brando:

A pity, indeed, especially since the Belgians have a kind of “entente cordiale” with Swiss players. This could have been a final with the utmost respect and friendship between the finalists.


alison Says:

No heart attacks,no stress,just good tennis,but surely thats part of the fun when watching your favorite play,wheres the excitement?after all nothing worth while ever did come easy,the triumph and exstacy of winning,and the agony of defeat when losing,coming back from the brink and from the edge JMO.


mat4 Says:

alison:

At my age, I really don’t like excitement. Neither the agony of defeat. Just business as usual…


alison Says:

Mat4 lol sorry.


mat4 Says:

It seems it is the end for AR. He was really to tense in the previous game.


Kimberly Says:

sad, i hope roddick can break back and at least somehow extend the match to a fifth. I think he needed this second set tiebreak. He is looking flat now, maybe he is tired.


mat4 Says:

And Delpo just doesn’t let him find any rhythm of the FH, attacking his backhand time and time again.


Sienna Says:

Murray should unleash the passion within he should not restraine himself. If he can find a way without throwing fits every time he makes mistake he will be a slamwinner .

He is trying too hard to keephis anger in side.
That is not the right way to release tension.


Brando Says:

what the hell is muzza playing at?

50% 1st serves in, 31% 2nd serve points won, 4 winners to 13 UEs- damn is that awful!

and now a break for ****s sake, aarrggh muzza!

Mat4, you were talking about stress, well thank god you don’t support muzza- as he puts most his fans in the ICU in big matches!


john Says:

NK

You were wrong about Cilic not being any trouble for Andy since he already lost a set(and a break).

Now I’m hoping your first assumption(that Fed would lose) proves incorrect too :)


Sienna Says:

Cilic up a break in second.

But even if he wins the second set this match is far from over . murray will get in the match and take it on eventually.


mat4 Says:

He didn’t look flat to me, Kimberly. Just nervous (DF at 30 all, then a shanked FH).

Then, Delpo is playing his stuff. Three serves out of four down the T, two inside out FHs then an inside in, backhand always cc, FH to change direction… No wonder why RF beats him so handily.


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

Just just pointed out: that’s precisely why I don’t root for the Muzzard. The moment you start believing in him, he lets you down.


mat4 Says:

… you just…


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

I didn’t see the match, can you believe that fox-sport didn’t show one single Nole’s match since USO started, but I checked Nole stats and they look pretty good to me, though Nole was broken twice but converted 6 out of 7 break points, methinks.


Sienna Says:

Roddick in tears on mp. legend stuff


mat4 Says:

WB:

I wrote some impressions on the match for Jane.

In the previous matches, his BH worked beautifully, he was able to change direction, to put pressure cc with it, to finish points down the line. Now it was a disaster. I think the made just two BH winners. But his FH was very good.


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

So true.

If fed is the goat, rafa the bull, nole the djoker, jo wilfred ‘ali’, then murray is … jekyll and hyde!

One minute, he’s other worldly on a tennis court, the next… he’s in a crappier state than greece’s economy!


mat4 Says:

The end of a champion…


Sienna Says:

Murray doesnot look flat he is flat. not fired up atall. he is to controled.

Nervouse ?? He should take thematch with his balls and not let Cilic dictade.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Everything happens for a reason, better bad BH today than against Delpo:)


Brando Says:

Yep… the end of A-Rod!

Glad he went out fighting, and also the loss was to a GS champion- he could hold his head high as far as his last tourny is concerned!

Congrats also on a fantastic career to andy… World no.1, GS champ, 4 RU finishes, numerous MS titles, led his country in countless davis cup matches etc all whilst being a very witty and funny personality on the circuit.

Quite a career- and whilst i’m at it, quite a wife!

I’m sure retirement won’t be dull for A-rod! :-)


Wog boy Says:

Is Andy plaing bad or Marin good or both?


jane Says:

Missing everything…grrr

What’s up with Andy M? Cilic playing amazing or what?


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

Come on… you can’t be serious… she’s just a blond…


andrea Says:

del po so gracious! bye bye andy. it’s been fun!


mat4 Says:

jane:

No… Muzza is just destroying himself.


alison Says:

Aww Lovely touching speech from A.Rod,and a warm embrace from Delpo,seeing Brooklyn crying and Andy so close to tears was very sad,Andy was one of the most carismatic and passionate players to play the game and will be greatly missed,reminds me very much of the Clijsters/Robson game a few days ago,a veteran player coming to the end of a career and a new young star emerging.


Brando Says:

@Wog Boy and Jane:

the truth is a subtle mix of both.

Cilic is playing well, especially on serve, but he isn’t in some invicible form.

BUT andy is just playing crap- seems lethargic, and the serve (what won him the olympics) is AWOL.


alison Says:

Mat4 err excuse me i am also a blonde,what is it you have against blondes lol?


Eric Says:

Wow. Just checked the score. Cilic almost certain to go up 2 sets to none, unless he has a worse-than-usual breakdown when serving it out… NOT expected! But as a Federer fan I don’t mind admitting I’d like to see Cilic win. I just wish I had picked the upset in my bracket, too! ;) (Actually, I think I had Tsonga beating Andy, so I picked the upset, but the wrong opponent…)

Anyway, certainly not over yet.


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

‘she’s just a blonde’

Geez mat, how can you not recognise the beauty of this babe, i mean Mrs Roddick.

I think reading all that poetry has hampered with your ability to appreciate this beauty.

Less tolstoy and more sports illustrated magazine- and you’ll soon know why she isn’t ‘just a blonde’! :-))))))))))))))))))


dari Says:

Great last match from Andy. TOok it four sets and saved off a matchpoint with an unreturnable serve. No shame in losing to A USO champ and heavy weight Juan Martin! and Andy truly had chances to win this. What a feat to carry men’s tennis in the US for a decade plus! Best to him in the next step!
*******

It’s not over for the other Andy yet, but can someone clue us into what is going on with him? just dismal play? these are the types of horrible play matches that champs MUST get out of!!!!!c’mon andY


Polo Says:

@Mat4: ’she’s just a blonde’

don’t be dismissive of anybody just because of the color of her hair. It sounds almost racist.


mat4 Says:

@Alison:

You misunderstood me: I just meant that blondes are in general attractive, and she is… just a blonde…

@Brando:

Be serious: I stopped reading Tolstoy when I was twelve. My last novels were “Ivanhoe” and the “Last of the Mohicans”. BTW, in both there is an unfortunate brunette and a delightful blonde…


mat4 Says:

@Polo:

You missed the point…


alison Says:

Mat4 i was only joking no offence was taken honestly.


mat4 Says:

Anyway, I preferred the brunettes…


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

were they any good- in terms of enjoyment?

Don’t know if it was related to the book, but i saw ‘Last of the Mohicans’ – the film with Day Lewis- many years ago, and i thought that was poor.


Eric Says:

looks like Cilic can kiss the match goodbye…


Eric Says:

OK, maybe not! WOW!


mat4 Says:

@alison:

Yes, I knew it. Me too, both times. But it is not always obvious when you write. I asked once if I should write smilies in those case, but I was answered that it was ok that way.

Anyway, I chat a lot with longtime posters here and I very often know when they joke.


Eric Says:

Never mind the never mind. 5 all. Ouch…


Brando Says:

Yep, that’s always been the difference between cilic and delpo- mental strength in the big moments.

He had that set, and he just threw not only that but the match, IMO.


van orten Says:

this murray match is a big big joke…murray as pàssive as ever and cilic just choking so hard..it is tough to watch that.,..wow what a choker !!!!!i know it can happen to anyone but this was crazy choking


alison Says:

Daniel Day Lewis never saw the film,but thats one hot piece of sexy male eye candy.


mat4 Says:

hmmm… Muzza has finally decided not to lose…

@Brando:

The film is better than the book, very authentic, with the exception of a few scenes. The music is fantastic.

The book I read the most (20 times at least) is Kundera’s “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”. But it is just like a Nole-Fed semi: stress and the agony of defeat.


mat4 Says:

@alison:

“The Unbearable Lightness of Being” was filmed, with DD Lewis in the main role.


alison Says:

Thanks Mat4.
Meanwhile Murrays found a way back into this match with a little help from some Cilic choking,still just gratefull Muzzas back in the match at this point.


alison Says:

Mat4 i never saw that film either,but i heard about it so i will check it out at some point.
Meanwhile tie break cime on Muzza.


alison Says:

(SIGH) and now Murrays doing some choking of his own,very frustrating match to say the very least grrr.


Eric Says:

Oh man, can Cilic pull this out in the tiebreaker now? That would shock me, but he’s up a mini-break. Looking good, anyway.


Eric Says:

Haha, and then he gives it back. Sigh.


Brando Says:

@mat4: are you by any chance a big DDL fan, as he stars in the film version of both books. I want to see ULOB. By the way, which books- in terms of famed literature that is actually good- would you recommend as a really good to read. Kinda making a list of books to read, as I haven’t read onefor pleasure in a very long while.


van orten Says:

wow cilic cilic..hahahah 5 unforced errors in the breaker woww wow ..match is over !! wanted to see if murray can come back2 sets down..aint gonna happen


Eric Says:

Goodnight, sweet Marin.


sub023 Says:

That right there is some quality mental midgetry. Cilic just gifted Murray the match pretty much.


dari Says:

It’s painful to watch a nice guy like.Cilic choke a 5-1 lead, but.man did Murray need to tough that out. I think its all him from here on out.
Looking forward to the serena/ana match!


Brando Says:

Muzza’s gotthis in the bag now… He knows there is a big choker across the net, who’ll let him get away with this performance.


van orten Says:

.. cilic go home man..choke of the year !!!!!


mat4 Says:

Try “Terra Nostra” from Carlos Fuentes; Ernesto Sabato’s “On Heroes and Tombs”; from the Slavic world, Milan Kundera’s “The Book of Laughter and Forgetting” or my favorite, and Danilo Kiš’s “A Tomb for Boris Davidovich”.

But you will be overwhelmed by the agony of defeat…


dari Says:

My phone homepage is ny times and Andy Roddick retiring made the red bold BREAKING NEWS. That’s serious!


Brando Says:

This match just underlines what the difference between the rest, led by muzza, and the big 3 is- mental strength! Fed, rafa and nole have it in bucket loads- the res do not. ONLY delpo, strictly IMO, ha it also from the rest. His problem though is that his fitness and athletic ability is pretty poor in comparison to the big 3. Muzza, on the other hand, is just too damn unpredictable for his own good. Game is there, BUT the mind seems to change just likethe weather report- some sunshine, but frequent bouts of rain in the big matches! :-(


jane Says:

In stats, both Andy and Marin are hitting more errors than winners so far. Looks like a rough one! Amazing Andy came back and got the second set.

When is the ladies’ match?


Brando Says:

@mat4: I’ll try those, thanks. I don’t mind tragic tales, sad stories- as long as they are compelling, well written and can grip my attention. Something to look forawrd too. :-)


mat4 Says:

And if you watch ULOB, Lena Olin… just another blonde… will grip your attention…


alison Says:

Nice to see one of the top players involved in a competitive match,im hoping the Nole/Delpo is like that,it would be interesting to see a match with Nole having to come back from two sets to love down for a change.


Brando Says:

@jane: “When is the ladies’ match?” some would say the choke by cilic, and general up and down play by Murray- has rendered this into a women’s match of sorts. So I would say now. :-D


Kimberly Says:

cilic saved murray the trouble of coming back from two sets down, but had he gotten the set, i promise you that is what would have happened.


Brando Says:

@mat4: lol, The brunette Juliette Binoche is in rhe film from what I was told. She usually grips my attention in her films. I’m told she wont disappoint with her performance in this. Am I misinformed, or is that a correct opinion? :-)


jane Says:

LOL, Brando. Looks like Murray’s playing better by the scores.

“And if you watch ULOB, Lena Olin… just another blonde”

mat4, I’ve seen the film and Lena is no blonde! I liked the film but haven’t read the book in this case. Not even once let alone 20 times!


jane Says:

alison “,it would be interesting to see a match with Nole having to come back from two sets to love down for a change.”

May I direct you to last year’s semifinal versus Federer? :)


Eric Says:

Kimberly, quite likely, but I would have liked to see that. Heroic comebacks make better stories than choke jobs… :)


Eric Says:

The ladies are finishing up their warmup in AA. Should start any minute now.


alison Says:

Jane yes indeed and the year before,two of the best matches even better than the finals,just meant this year,to make things interesting i think i just enjoy 5 set thrillers,with two great players going toe to toe.


mat4 Says:

@jane:

Sabina is blonde in the book, and I wanted to continue joking with Brando.

There is whole a cosmic dimension between the film and the novel. If it is only fair to read one book all his life, then ULOB could be that one. Every time it seems new to me. I could add, perhaps, Flaubert’s “Sentimental Education” to my list of always new old books.


mat4 Says:

@Eric:

Sometimes, a chocke can be heroic too…

To quote Dostoïevsky: I agree with you, two and two are four is very nice, but can’t you agree with me that two and two are five are not without its attractions…


Eric Says:

Ana getting schooled: just four points in the first three games (one of them a Serena DF).


Kimmi Says:

wow! andy! what a comeback. cilic got crushed after thar second set.

so, it will be murray and ….. in the semi.


jane Says:

Congrats to Andy, and also bye to Andy.


racquet Says:

Whew, way to make my heart flutter. From 6-3 5-1 down Andy finds a way to win in 4 finishing off with a bagel.


Kimmi Says:

quick match! just what federer and berdych wanted.


Kimmi Says:

confidence?


Wog boy Says:

They say that Stan was apparently suffering from dizziness.
That happens when somebody moves you around the way Nole does:)


Kimmi Says:

good luck to fed. tough match today?


Kimmi Says:

third break point! berdych has been good at saving them


jane Says:

Berd broken game one.


Kimmi Says:

BREAK!! lets go fed


Kimmi Says:

is federer nervous or waht, missed two easy FHs


Kimmi Says:

ugh! maybe the lights!


jane Says:

Maybe Kimmi, but he seems to be holding his own so far, and that’s all he needs to do, given that he’s up a break.


Kimmi Says:

yeah jane, jmcenroe says it could be the 4 days rest that he had. too many shanks on the FH. Hopefully it wont affect him.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Fed up break but not really locked in w/ his timing yet


Eric Says:

Fed is making some errors, yes. Yet he’s still winning. Pretty good stuff so far; he could be up 4-1 now, but I’ll take 3-2.


Kimmi Says:

0-30

one shank and double fault. please dont bring berdy back


Eric Says:

Wait, did Roger just double twice in a row? I’m only half-watching. Not a good look….


Kimmi Says:

0-40 ugh! berdych is right back


Kimmi Says:

what a game..bad bad bad. he needs to hit some balls.


Daniel Says:

Federer is in super attacking mode, but making a few rush errors trying to finish to quick. Awful game and they are on serve again.


Eric Says:

OK, now I eat my words. That was not a good game… hopefully Fed can adjust and get a break back — he almost broke Berdych in TB’s second service game, too, just a few shanks kept him from it. Anyway, it’s early yet.


the DA Says:

It has been a bit shanky so far. Fed let Berdy back in.


Daniel Says:

Fed with an excelent inside out back hamd return and Berdy was able to return deep. They are hitting some prety difficult shots this match.


Eric Says:

Fed with 7 winners, 14 UEs; Berdy 4 and 6. So, still on serve. Onward… Federer better hold here!


dari Says:

Ok, fed has some cobwebs, but is speckled with brilliance. He can straighten it out. C’Mon Fed


Kimmi Says:

hopefully he can steady himself here, no more shanks please. and the serve was not good in that last game.


john Says:

Its not gonna take anything special to beat Fed if he carries on playing like this.

Come on Fed.


Eric Says:

Another issue both guys have been having is first serves. Fed 50%, Berdy very little better. If Roger can start getting those first serves in, he’ll hold more convincingly. (Up 40-0 in this game now, but all on second serves, I think, so a bit fortunate in that sense.)


van orten Says:

Pls could someone just take away berdychs towel!!!!


Kimmi Says:

on serve but crunch time now.


mat4 Says:

Does anybody now understand when I write that I don’t like suspense, but business as usual?


Daniel Says:

Berdy is defensing extremelly well today. That were several points I thought would be Fed and he managed to return one more ball.


Kimmi Says:

a lot of shanks!! this is no good :(


john Says:

OMG whats going on with Fed?


Eric Says:

What on earth is going on in this TB???? AHHH.


Daniel Says:

This set is gone. Fed is serving a lot of seconds because he is spending more energy than he thought be would. Berdy in an excelent display.


Eric Says:

Disastrous… can’t watch any more for now…


the DA Says:

7-6 to Berdy. He’s in control, for now.


Kimmi Says:

definitely those days off killed federer rhythm. he is shanking FHs, his serve is AWOL, his footwork is suspect..ugh! too bad :(


van orten Says:

Always the same when fed plays this guy… He is clearly the better play but he just sucked in the breaker..


jane Says:

Stepped aside for dinner and missed the rest of set 1. Looks like a lopsided tiebreak, but still very tight set, and early in the match.


Nadal Says:

You know – when you are not at your best – there is nothing wrong in taking an injury break for few weeks/months….

All great players do that.


Daniel Says:

WTF. Now is dangerous mode. Fed got desperate. He better mix it up more.


Kimmi Says:

C’mooon!

early break! OK, i am losing the belief. federer is losing.


Polo Says:

It’s when Federer plays like this when I don’t mind him losing. He deserves to lose if he keeps playing like this. He will finish his career with five US Open titles.

Goodnight and goodbye, Roger.


Kimberly Says:

Federer didn’t bring his a or b game to the tiebreak. I would say c- game


Nadal Says:

Federer is no Murray…..


mat4 Says:

@jane:

It is such a delight to watch good tennis when you don’t have a dog in the fight. You’re calm, the result doesn’t matter, just the exquisite aesthetic moment.


mat4 Says:

Anyway, great tennis. Roger should be more patient and make Berdych run. Berdych has really an excellent forehand, especially on the run.


dari Says:

Hmmm, walkovers are a b*!+@% and so is tomas’s forehand tonight.
Keep working fed, I wanna see another comeback today!


Daniel Says:

Wow, By the way Fed was hitting the ball in the first games I could never see him losing. Now Berdy doesn’t decrease his level a bit. No ugly unforced errors, very steady.
Fed managed to win 4 straight points after 0-40 while I am typing.


tennisfansince76 Says:

I am actually really impressed w/ Birdy’s defense and patience in this match. he can always hit big serves and groundies but tonigt he is playing very contained. he is making the right shots at the right times.


the DA Says:

Berdy up 5-2. Hope Fed stages a comeback and it goes the distance.


mat4 Says:

Will Fed make a murray now? Will the Birdman continue to slap his fearhand?


dari Says:

Ack! Berd is such a boogey man for me as a fed fan and he is showing that tonight. He’s really playing fantastic


Gannu Says:

Fck…Unbearable..i am not going to witness this slaughter any longer…disgusted and disappointed..dont think feddy bear can make a come back now for 2 sets to love down…madmax, huh, skeez, kimmi, daniel, sienna, eric and other fed fans..all the best…i am packing off…ruined my weekend!


tennisfansince76 Says:

the birdman is definitely dangerous when he puts it all together but why oh why does it have to be tonight?


Kimmi Says:

gannu, i have turned off my TV too. too hard to watch. good luck to fed in the third set.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Fed pickin it up a bit


mat4 Says:

Hi, tf76. Nice to “see” you here.


mat4 Says:

Will Berdych choke, like he is able to?


Daniel Says:

Looks like Jamie’s psych is wrong this time. They predicted a Fed win here. Berdy gave 2 second serves and Fed rushed forehand forcing too much. He should have made Berdy play a bit just to check his nerves. Now he will have to climb a mountain.


mat4 Says:

Another break at the beginning of the third set.


noogie Says:

If every choke meant a GS Berdych and Murray would have been multiple slam winners.
Jamie any choke predictions?


Daniel Says:

Unfu$%^&&believable. Berdy confidance will just increase. Fed is playing right where he wants. Why Fed is rushing his forehand so much. He is going for the most difficult shot all the time.
Berdy is playing great, but if he indeed beat Fed he better deliver because preventing us to have a Murray x Fed for the third important tourney in a row, will be disappointing. He may even beat Murry, but no way will he beat Fed, Murray and Djoko to win US Open, will he?!


Daniel Says:

Amazing! In the old days, a walkover was a gift, This days is a killer in form. Djoko RG 2011, now Fed


the DA Says:

Berdy is playing like a man possessed.


the DA Says:

Nobody in their right mind should take that Jamie character seriously.


Kimmi Says:

i dont believe fed is losing in straights set. where is the fight? ugh! That is what to expect i guess, he is 31 yrs old now. he can play magnificent or just bad. today is one of them.


mat4 Says:

@Daniel:

You never know. He has the right game to beat Murray. Berdych leads 4-2 in their H2H. He’s 1-9 against Djokovic.

But Djokovic still needs to make the semi and the final.

Anyway, this match is not over. Berdych still can make a mess of this match.


Daniel Says:

Guys, Berdy is playing a flawless match. I didn’t saw him hit one bizarre mistake, those where you shrink your face.

Solid on serve, defense, killer forehand, dictating, going after Fed’s backhand, solid backhand and attacking Fed whenever he can in return games. He is putting a lot of pressure in Fed. I think I only saw Fed have one love game and he didn’t deliver one of those 1 min games.

Fed will have to play with Berdy’s nerve. Which is there. When he served for the second at 5-4 he missed 2 serves. Fed needs a drop shot, just to change things a little.


Skeezer Says:

By bye Fed. Only whining moment is I’d rather u lose against Rafa than Birdsh!t. Can’t win everytime, all the time. You’re still the man @ 17 Slams!


Aravind Says:

Always thought Berdych could beat Federer, but straight sets? That will be a shocker. Berdych playing as well as he can. Federer cannot put a ball in court.. I think this has been a great run for Federer this year. But all good things come to an end. At his age, Federer will take his performance this year. This is a year of highs.. Winning beloved wimbledon, getting to number one again, beating Sampras’s record.. Expect Federer to put this defeat behind and come out strong next tournament. Fans forget that he is 31 and he is not indefatigable..


Gannu Says:

Bloody Berdych…i am 100000% sure that he will lose very badly to Murray…jusr screwing up Federer and improving other;s chances…if u are beating fed in straight sets u better win this US open… I am mad, insane and damn irritated…Only a miracle can save fed now


Gannu Says:

I cant tolerate Berdych…he is super unlikeable!!! Shi%%%%% Shi^^^^^


Daniel Says:

Fed’s serves placement is not good or Berdy is reading it too well.


dari Says:

Can we get four sets, fed?


Kimmi Says:

let me be the first fed fan to congratulate berdych. great job man. go get your 1st GS.


Daniel Says:

Murray must be smiling. Imagine for him the possibility to reach a Slam final without having to go through Nadal or Federer and not having Federer in the final match. Of course, he will get Djoko, who is the best hard court player of the last 2 years, but even so. He will fancy his chances more.


Daniel Says:

This is it. The moment Berdy challenge he showed he is desperate to get a serve in. This is Fed’s chance, ball back in play center of the court to not give Berdy angle. Deep, on his feet


Daniel Says:

Can’t Fed play 2 straight points without a mistake


Daniel Says:

Morre angle and short in the forehand forcing Berdy to hit long.
Second serve pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


noogie Says:

Thomas Chokych


Daniel Says:

2 DF in this game. Pressure time!!!!

Fed won’t have another great opportunity as this. Clean your game Fed!!


Brando Says:

WOW- that FH shank be fed was… well shocking!

T-Bird DF on BP, pressure’s telling!

fed’s in this- but he needs to cut out the crappy errors


Daniel Says:

Now the crowd will go insane pro Fed making Berdy feel even more the pressure.


Daniel Says:

First time Fed is leading after 3-1 first set.


john Says:

come on people its not over yet.

Fed can still win this


Brando Says:

this match reminds of nadal v berdych at AO this year.

Berdy was playing really well, set up and should have won set 2- BUT he collapsed mentally and rafa really improved his play.

Fed is in this, due to berdy’s nerves, BUT he’ll ONLY capitalise IF he cuts the errors out from his game!


Daniel Says:

Set is far from over for Fed. He should not give Berdy any room for breath, otherwise the pressure will get right back at Fed again.


racquet Says:

Funny thing is, during Murray’s presser he was asked about facing Roger in the SF and he replied: “Tomas Berdych is a great player, as well. Let’s show him some respect, too.”


Brando Says:

lol, rafa style top spin FH cross court winner- g on fed


noogie Says:

Almost like the Fed camp has learnt all over how to smile


racquet Says:

Looks like we’re going at least 4.


Daniel Says:

Wow, not even I could believe Fed could win tgos 6-3 after being down 5-1.

mat4 prophetic, saying Berdy could make a mess of this match. Not that Fed will win, but this comeback in the third is sweeeeeeett


Wog boy Says:

It is not over until is over.


Daniel Says:

Finally my Drop Shot!!!!!


mat4 Says:

@Daniel:

I’ve seen Berdych become tense on the point of winning a few times before, so… I could make a jamie.

In two service game, Berdych missed 7 first serves in a row. You don’t win this way. Still, he has good chances if Roger doesn’t elevate his game.


dari Says:

I asked for a fourth set, and fed obliged!


Wog boy Says:

dari,

You might get fifth one too, mat4 is right, Berdych can do anything:)


mat4 Says:

Wog Boy, you were right, Berdych can do anything. He just hit the umpire.


noogie Says:

Strange how people label Berd as being inconsistent. He is consistently choking. A serial choker.


Brando Says:

lmao- t bird is a rebel: almagro refusal and now hitting the umpie, lol


Kimmi Says:

ah, fight fed please. i dont have the nerves to watch this match :(


mat4 Says:

Berdych is still globally the better player. He could win…


dari Says:

Yes, Wog Boy, I suppose Berdych obliged, too. Long way to go, hopefully


Gannu Says:

I am a complete nervous wreck now…its so tough to watch matches like these especially when i am at work ;-)….Oh Godpls pls pls help feddy ebar to win this


Eric Says:

You know you’ve hit a great passing shot when your opponent throws himself and his racquet at the ball as it arcs impossibly over the net…


john Says:

Come on Fed pls break


mat4 Says:

Rafa could learn Berdych not to serve on Roger’s FH…


mat4 Says:

At least Berdych has a good taste for… blondes?


Gannu Says:

that was a good chance lost….Its seriously getting more and more tensed


Kimmi Says:

gannu, i can hold your hand if you hold mine :) I am dying here.


Gannu Says:

same kimmi…every game that he serves i am on fire…will die of an attack…I am so shi% scared now….God pls help feddy bear


Daniel Says:

Fed played with the net the whole game, serves hitting the net.

This is it #2


Eric Says:

NO!!! Terrible luck for Fed gives Berdych a BP, and he TAKES it! Federer, gotta break back here!


Daniel Says:

The dream os oveeeerrrr.


Kimmi Says:

ah, too bad. when i thought he has a chance of coming back.


Daniel Says:

Well, This time he didn’t feel the pressure


Eric Says:

Well it’s all over now… at least I can root for Murray now. :)


john Says:

Cant believe it.

Oh well its been a good year.


mat4 Says:

Great match from Berdych. He didn’t choke twice.


Gannu Says:

ALLL OVER…MY WEEKEND RUINED…DISGUSTED…AND FRUSTRATED FEELS LIKE KILLING MYSELF!!! I AM MAD AND ANGRY AND FURIOUS


racquet Says:

Well well. I’d rather Fed won but all credit to Thomas, he played a stunning match.


mat4 Says:

Poor Berdych, he seems a bit confused: “The crowd you were great…”


dari Says:

Feel a little numb, fed’s break came outta nowhere. :(

Well I almost want him to win the whole thing now!

Way to fight for a set fed.

You were right- HAPPY, NIRMAL?!!


Brando Says:

WOW…. DID NOT SEE THAT COMING AT ALL!

Sorry fed fans for the lose, but let’s face it- does it really hurt anymore- i mean look at fed: age 31, world no.1, reigning wimby champ, 17 slams etc.

IT’S ALL GRAVY BABY, LOL!

On to the next one for your guy.

PS: special mention to skeez- sorry dude that your guy had to lose to birds***- i was rooting for fed, but unfortunately the bird didnt’ **** itself in this one :-(


Daniel Says:

Well, Seems Fed will never win the US Open again!

Jaime’s psych was wrong
Statistics showing that Fed always when when Nadal doesn’t enter the tourney.

Seems Murray will finally have his time.
I think he and Djoko final would be awesome.

Damm Berdy, why can’t you do this against Nadal, Trice against Fed: Olympics 2004, Wimby 2010 and US Open 2012.

Fed loses 360 pts and now sorry Djoko fans, love his game, but I jumped the Murray bandwagon now. It’s time for him to win a Slam, all top 4 winning Slams, and it will help Fed stay at the top longer.

GO MUZZA!


Kimmi Says:

ah too bad, congrats to berdych. berdych beats federer twice now in the qtr finals of a GS. federer was playing sooo well before this match. oh well :(

Jamie – i think you jinx fed this time. I would worry if you predict another winner.


Daniel Says:

This is the first time a FEd loss in Slam doesn’t bother me much. I think after Wimby and #1 all is actually gravy.
Of course, would want him to win, but now. Any of the remaining winning would be great, except Tipsa. Berdy always had the game as #1 player, Djoko, Murray, DelPo (would be great, winning again after what he went through, Ferrer for all hard work in the last years.

Yet another year with Fed having an exit in a Slam final, expect the same for next year. If he win 1 Slam in 2013 that would be great.


Kimmi Says:

Berdych will be very dangerous for murray. he can beat murray i tell you that. I hope not though :)


Brando Says:

We all know what this means…. i’ll just fast forward to sunday:

CONGRATS TO ALL NOLE FANS- 6TH SLAM WOW, TRULY KING OF HARD COURTS! Jane, Wog Boy, mat4, nina etc- your guy pretty much is the man to beat for sure from here onwards!

COMMISERATIONS TO THE MURRAY FANS- 5 slam final losses, wow, tough but at least he’s got back to back GS finals now- so progress is there!

Plus olympic gold medal, so all in all its not too bad!


mat4 Says:

@Daniel:

Muzza and Novak still didn’t make the final. Djoko has a difficult match tomorrow against Delpo, and if he wins, he will have to fight Ferrer in another difficult match. Muzza has a 2-4 against Berdych, and if he plays like today, I am not sure he will win.

Anyway, to win a GS… pfff… But to be the first man to lose 5 GS finals… that would be a record worth mentioning…


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

I owe you a beer…


jane Says:

Kimmi, you knew. How did you know? I did not see that coming, but kudos to Berd for beating Fed at the USO; it is NOT easy! And his season since Madrid has been faltering. Anyhow, missed most of the match, but commiserations – my draw is going down down.

Wow to when they showed Berd’s mom – she looks exactly like him!


Wog boy Says:

Nirmal Kumar,

I think few people around here owe you an apology.

jamie,

You are in big big trouble.


van orten Says:

it is hard to say congrats berdych because i really believe he is the most annoying player ever and the biggest choker after all…but today fed was not fed…u can say what u want…but at 0:30 and 2:2 in the 4th 4 forehanderrors in a row i knew this was over …he got broken so many times while being up 30:15 . fed cannot win grandslams without his famous get me out of trouble serve…today non existent….so now come out all haters hahahahhha come out…i wanna see all those players he plays right now when they are on the other side of 30…

and berdychh come on he will lose so hard vs murray ..u dont even have to watch that match..

huge dissapointment because berdych plays only vs fed like this only to lose next match vs nr 40 in the world pathetic…fed should have never lost first set and the rest is the rest…go roger…u dont have to win nor can you win everything but u should win at least vs players like berdych…just cannot stand this guy and i guess no one here except fed haters does


Brando Says:

@mat4:

‘But to be the first man to lose 5 GS finals… that would be a record worth mentioning…’

why? that he’s the greatest loser the game has ever known?

And i do not say that to be offensive to muzza- absolutely no way.

But should he lose, then that will be how he is seen unless he wins a slam.

The greatest player not to win a slam, record slam final loser etc.

NO WAY WOULD THAT BE SOMETHING TO PARADE- i doubt the record co holder, lendl, was parading it either before he popped his ‘grand slam cherry’ against J-Mac (bet that was sweet for ivan), lol!


jane Says:

Brando? I think you fell off your rocker. :) Nole still has to beat Delpo, a USO champion. Then I believe there are semis to be played, too – for Murray and whomever comes through the other QFs.

Didn’t this match just prove that anything can happen? After all, when’s the last time neither Fed nor Nadal were in a slam semi? Seriously. I don’t know.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Why Ferrer, Janko is still around, we will see:)


Kimmi Says:

jane – i never like berdych. for three or four years now he has been one of the federer nemesis. Any match with berdych makes me VERY nervous.

oh well, good for him. i think djokovic will win this now.

i am worried for murray when he plays berdych too.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

‘Wow to when they showed Berd’s mom – she looks exactly like him!’

THAT has to be the most offensive thing you have ever said around here!

I mean considering the love, or the lack of it, t-bird gets around here anyhow and now you have added his poor, innocent mother to it- by saying she looks like him- lol, that is mean! :-)


skeezer Says:

I will not congratulate Birdsh!t, although he payed supurb tonight, and he “Rosoled” Rog, His game was awesome but his antics are GOAT low.

No fan excuses here, like the TT Rafa fanatics, Fed as outdone tonght.

Go Fed!

Nowi its the Murray/Nole show…..bring it on!

Brian Early TD of USO, your scheduling sucks!


Brando Says:

@Jane:

LOL, i am jumping the gun a bit (i know) but i pretty much see that as the eventual outcome.

Should nole win, he’ll deserve it- he’s too good on outdoor hard courts.

Should muzza lose in the final (i think he will- not seen anything major from him post olympics)then 5 GS losses- WOW! that is a tough one to recover from.

Re fedal: excellent point, probably 2003- scary, is this the beginning of the end for fedal?……….


Kimberly Says:

My earlier sub prediction was right. Berdych brought his a game, fed brought his B game barely, Berdych won in 4.

Berdych is a big dude with a great game. Too bad he’s such a jerk.


dari Says:

WOW, four more months till another chance for fed to add to majors, that doesn’t feel so good.

Ok, so I picked Murray on my bracket, he’s s really gotta come through, or I’ve lost it all!!!!!

Stay up, Fed, and hope you don’t get a walkover next slam!
Good stuff from Berd, I’m a little pissed, but he played greqt and his parents looked really sweet so, its ok. Hell, I’m really about ready to cheer Berd all the way, I like my players and teams to lose only to the big winner- never mind Go Muzz!


Brando Says:

@Skeezer:

Mentioned earlier, was rooting for guy to win- but i guess he had an off night.

On the bright side: 31, reigning wimby champ, no.1 – pretty good right?


Kimberly Says:

Can’t say saying anyone looks like Berdych could be a criticism. While I can’t stand him, I think he is hands down the hottest guy on tour. Too bad his personality is not as nice as his looks and his game


Eric Says:

2010 Fed was back out tonight… great winners poking out from a too-dense thicket of shanks, just-missed shots, and a little bit o’ trouble with getting the ball over the net. Actually, I was unimpressed with Fed in his win over Verdasco – Fernando beat himself – so this isn’t TOO shocking. Berdych has been a rough opponent for Roger lately. Extremely disappointing. Berdy played pretty well, but for sure, Roger could have won if he hadn’t been “off.” (Especially the serve.)

Anyway, my favorite to win the tournament now I think is Murray – followed closely by Djokovic. Or maybe Ferrer will make his first USO final appearance. :)


van orten Says:

berdychhhh?????? how was this possible..


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It’s a pity Roger should put himself down in the second half of 4th set. Not sure why he lost his confidence there. Match was there for him to take but he let it slip. I doubt Berd could have come back and won in the 5th set. But this guy deserves to win this match. He had come close so many times and let it slip.

I just wish Roger had that 4th round match going.


mat4 Says:

@Brando: was joking around, as usual…

Anyway: when you that I wrote something full of good sense, or poetic, or pathetic… I am serious. Otherwise, I am joking…


mat4 Says:

…Anyway: when you SEE that I wrote…


dari Says:

I’m reading press.tweets and fed seems really down about this loss :(
#17 and no. 1 aren’t enough for a champ like him. He always wants more, as he should.

Ok that’s enough


Brando Says:

@Kimberly:

LOL, i meant it in regards to the esteem berdych is held around here as opposed to his appearance.

ANYTHING tagged with berdych around here is bad news for that individual. lol!

Besides, it was a bit of tongue in cheek comment.


jane Says:

“Re fedal: excellent point, probably 2003- scary, is this the beginning of the end for fedal?”

I don’t think so, but I know it’s been a long time since Fedal were not at least in the semis, and one of them usually in the finals too.

Why is no one mentioning Del Potro!? Hello, the guy has won this slam.


van orten Says:

just hope murray destroys him..and show everyone that this victory tonight had not that much to do with birdssssssssssssss


jane Says:

“I’m reading press.tweets and fed seems really down about this loss :(”

Dari, where? There is already press?


dari Says:

“Can’t say saying anyone looks like Berdych could be a criticism”
Funny and true, needed that, thanks, Kimberly!


Brando Says:

@Eric:

No way- nole is HANDS DOWN the fav now- IF only based on his performance in this tourny.

Muzza played very awful in set 1 and 2 v cilic- when the match was a contest.

He has to serve like he did in the olympics from here onwards- otherwise his chances are slim close to none!

50-55% 1st serve percentage will not cut it in the SF- and especially not in the final against nole, most probably!

Nole is (and has been for a while now) serving like a beast- muzza needs to follow suit.

When muzza serve is ON- then watch out! IF not- get the kleenex ready, as we are in for another tearsome speech. :-(


jane Says:

Yeah, thanks for saying that Kimberly. I didn’t mean it as a criticism. His mom just has that same crinkly eye smile that Berd has. Don’t think I’d ever seen her before.


skeezer Says:

@Eric
Re; Fed

I agree. Fed looked better at times than like….ever. Some unreal pace and shotmaking. But felt he was “redlining” his game for bad reasons and it took its toll (errorfest). When the top guys run into big hitters like BIrdsh!t, Sod etc, when they are on you just wait for them to cool off (choke?) or….you lose.

——————

@K

Birdsh!t is Hot? No way!……but wait…his GF? Hot, Hot, Hot ;)


Wog boy Says:

I have to admit


Brando Says:

@Jane:

NO DOUBT delpo is a threat, but he plays nole in Qtrs now- which is more bad luck for him than nole.

IF he gets through that, he may face ferrer- someone he struggles against.

IF, somehow he gets through that then either muzza or mr popular he’ll face in the final- both he somewhat struggles against.

And oh, i almost forgot, he has to win 3 best of 5 matches in 4 days= sorry delpo, not happening!


Wog boy Says:

Fedfans were right, Federer is not going to give Nole match point this at USO.


dari Says:

Jane- reporters put in snippets from the press room l’equipe reporter:
RT @carole_bouchard “I should have never lost the first set. It’s a disappointing loss. I expected myself to play better”, Federer.

RT @christophclarey Federer: “I’m disappointed. i really expected myself to play better tonight, especially at night. I’ve had such a great record” #USOpen
RT @christophclarey Federer cracked a smile answering questions in Swiss German but that was decidedly downbeat presser. Looked deeply affected #USOpen


Brando Says:

@Wog Boy:

‘Fedfans were right, Federer is not going to give Nole match point this at USO.’

LOL WB- bit of a dig, isn’t it.

I like the way you split that comment into 2 blogs though, building anticipation- lol!


Eric Says:

Fed’s right to be disappointed with himself.


dari Says:

I am ready for the Murray tearsome speech for a WIN, Brando!


mat4 Says:

I wouldn’t write off DelPo so fast. Especially since Novak will have more pressure now than ever with Roger out of the tournament. If he manages to serve big the whole match, he has his chance.

Tipsarevic plays well, and he could make a surprise too. He won the last match against Ferrer, and on a good day, he could win.

The tournament is completely open, with no clear favorite any more.


Kimmi Says:

agreed with fed dari. he should never lost the first set. but then he was too rusty tonight, started with lots of forehand shanks, his money shot. that wasnt a good sign.


Brando Says:

@Dari:

‘I am ready for the Murray tearsome speech for a WIN, Brando!’

I hope your right- REALLY, REALLY hope your right!

I wouldn’t mind though the somewhat cool, casual, ‘it was nothing really’ walk up to the net in the olympics final after the winning point- how steve mcqueen cool did muzza look then?

VERY KING OF COOL!


Wog boy Says:

Brando,

But wait, there is more:)

Just fan stuff, teasing each other, my ears are still breeding from that bagel in Cincy:)


jane Says:

dari, thanks – yes, when I left to eat dinner he was leading by a break in the first set, so I guess that wouldn’t sit well. Then I saw a bit after that but went out to walk, and when I came back it was 3-3 4th set and over so quickly. Didn’t get a sense of things at all.

Brando, well, anyhow, to me it is not easy to predict. And any of the guys from that side of the draw will have to, as you say of Delpo, “win 3 best of 5 matches in 4 days”. So, it’s tough to say. Maybe the best bet is between the winner of the semi that’s already set as they could be freshest. And who knows if mother nature is done intervening?


Kimmi Says:

“The tournament is completely open, with no clear favorite any more.”

you are kidding mat4. clear fav is djokovic. the way he is been playing. how many games has he lost so far? and we are in the qtr final.


skeezer Says:

Can feel the dissapointment here. When he was down 2 sets, even if he won(imho), his USO title hopes were lost. Why? At his age, and with the remaining schedule he would have had to play, sorry guys, No way.

Now, reality is, he has very few attempts left at Slams, and up to now he was playing awesome overall. This was a great opportunity lost, and its too bad. Se la Ve.
Based on his current year he really had a great chance here. He’ll be 32 next USO. Hopes high but the Light is dim.


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

Come on mat4- embrace it!

Your guy has got it made now.

No fed, rafa to deal with- ONLY delpo is a GS slam winner, and he has a very good h2h and matchup against him.

ONLY real threat is muzza- and he’ll be under huge pressure in the final to win or set an unwanted record- and we saw today, in fact you said it best, expect something from andy and he’ll usually disappoint you!

So nole’s got it made IMO- it’s his to lose, and mine is a guiness whilst your being the beer, thank you! :-)


dari Says:

Yeah, Brando, he was surprisingly cool for a gold medal win at home. Tears or none, I will take the win.

Fed’s shook up, as he should be, tough nuts, fed, still love ya, keep going after those slams!


skeezer Says:

@kimmi

Lol the jane/mat4 preset discount of my fav chances to win factor.

its Nole,Murray, Delpo favs to win, in that order. Clear.


Eric Says:

Nole may be “clear” fav if he advances past an in-form JMDP. But for now, I think Murray is equals with him. Yes, he started poorly against Cilic, but doesn’t recovering from 3-6, 1-5, 40 all to win 3-6 7-6 6-2 6-0 count as a nice sign?


Brando Says:

@Jane:

LOL jane, i would so love it to be in your position as a fan!

I would love it IF rafa was in a GS slam qtr and my main concerning, or at least what i am worried about, is whether mother nature will stop my guy from winning the title!

LOL- such a brilliant position to be in.

I can understand it if nole fans do not want count their eggs just yet- but truth is pretty much everyone else from the tennis fraternity see’s this USO as his to lose now, IMO.

And it’s for a reason- he’s much better than the rest remaining in this tourny!


mat4 Says:

@Kimmi:

Nole struggles against big servers and against Murray. He has breathing problems in conditions of high humidity. He has changed his serve placement and when tense, his % of first serves drops. And he has shown fragility under duress this year. Just remember WB: he played outstanding until the semi, to melt down like snow under the sun in the third and four sets.

Nole is the best player left in the draw, and if he plays the way he did in the first three rounds (especially against Benneteau), he will certainly win. But, no one can guarantee he will play at that level.

Tonight, Roger has eliminated himself with a risky and unreasonable play. Novak could do the same.


Brando Says:

@Eric:

‘but doesn’t recovering from 3-6, 1-5, 40 all to win 3-6 7-6 6-2 6-0 count as a nice sign?’

Yes eric you are very right there- and i am glad you pointed it out!

Marin’s team should get him a psychiatrist- as the ONLY SIGN that score suggests is of a choking issue for good old marin, lol!


dari Says:

Kimmi, skeeze, how do you guys feel? I for one got a little high off fed kicking butt this summer and this is a little rough coming down! Everything really IS gravy from here, but I always want more from fed. Thoughts?


jane Says:

Eric, I agree with you.


Eric Says:

Yes Cilic choked, but you still have to elevate your play to take someone out 18-3 (in games) after getting waxed for the first hour or so.

Murray will have a lot of trouble with Berdych, but Djokovic still has some roadblocks of his own, too. Anyway, if people want to give Djokovic the crown already, fine, but remember that good things do not, by nature, exist always for men, but are mixed with misfortune, to quote this boring Greek author I am supposedly reading right now. :)


mat4 Says:

Skeezer wrote:

“Now, reality is, he has very few attempts left at Slams, and up to now he was playing awesome overall. This was a great opportunity lost, and its too bad. Se la Ve.
Based on his current year he really had a great chance here. He’ll be 32 next USO. Hopes high but the Light is dim.”

I don’t agree with you (not joking this time). First, I think that even if another GS title will be difficult to win, Roger is still above the field and has good chances to make good results at the USO. He made the most of his chances this year, why not next year too?


mat4 Says:

Don’t overestimate Cilic. I watch parts of that match, and Murray didn’t play well. His results after WB were not that good. I don’t see him as a favorite against Berdych. But it doesn’t mean it won’t change, and he won’t find his best level in the semi and in the final.


mat4 Says:

@Skeez: BTW, what is “Se la Ve”?


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Did you take in consideration that this is fourth year in a row that he is failing at USO?


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

That is American French for that is life:)


dari Says:

Wog Boy- his fans did


Wog boy Says:

dari,

I noticed that, it can be only harder next year. But he still has chance at AO and more so at WB.
I think mat4 was right, Federer opted for very risky game and it backfired and he couldn’t pick himself up after.


skeezer Says:

Mat4

“such us life” . C’est la vie…..Wrong spelling, my bad. We use it here like ” whatever”

——

Kimmi,

Imo Feds 17th Slam(7th Wimby title), and regaining #1 at 31 was the concrete moment of the GOAT. Answered whatever was left. Yes from here on out its all “Gravy”. Have no more expectations of the man. However, its been great to watch him as of late, he has shown imho his best stuff ever at times. Will always cheer for that next win, next possible title……a style of play and class that is universally unique and appreciated as a tennis enthusiast…….Will miss him…..


jane Says:

“C’est la vie” … mat4 would know it I believe.


mat4 Says:

For Novak fans:

Novak has now 14 GS QF in a row, and he is second on the list with Lendl. If he makes the semi, he will have 10 semi in a row, with only RF in front of him.


mat4 Says:

To quote Skeez: Seutch iz laïfe.


jane Says:

Nice to know mat4, thanks. Nole’s been pretty darn consistent for sure. :)


skeezer Says:

Mat4
Re 12:56
That is a post worth noting. Congrats to Nole…!!


Wog boy Says:

skeezer,

“such is life” you are right, sorry that was my Wog English.

BTW, those words “Such is Life” were the last words of famous Aussie bushranger Ned Kelly before they hung him in Melbourne goal.
Guess who played Ned Kelly in the movie……Mick Jagger.


skeezer Says:

@Wog boy
Ned Kelly? Really? Didn’t know that about about Ned….
Did Ned really have any looks close to Mick? He seemed like an original…


Wog boy Says:

“gaol” and not “goal” :(


Wog boy Says:

skeezer,

You can google Ned Kelly’s photos and judge yourself, I dont really they look alike but that is me.


Eric Says:

On the plus side, Fed is still no. 1 for now… :)


Margot Says:

@ Nirmal Kuma
They stoned Cassandra to death and she was right too….;)
@racquet
Brilliant comment as usual from Andy about BigBird.
Not cheering too loudly tbh. Andy has losing H2H against TB.
Although I’m giving clear edge to Nole, do think this is a very “open” open.


Alok Says:

The W/o from Fish was bad for Fed’s game. He lost momentum, and came out a bit lethargic both physically and mentally, which Berdych sensed and the rest is history.

I don’t agree that Cilic was all ‘choker’ in his match with Murray. I think it’s a combination of playing too many lengthy matches leading up to the Murray match and having nothing left in the tank to hold him off. Cilic plays too many 5 setters same as Isner in the GS.

Fed fans didn’t say he won’t face match points when he faces Djokovic, I think that was stated by a sarcastic non-Fed poster.

I’d like to see Ferrer win this USO, because he’s getting up there in age, and he works so very hard.

Those who wanted a Djokovic/Murray final might just get their wish and who will they be rooting for if that happens? what will happen to the masks? I’d like to see the comments after the final should the two meet.

I agree with Eric, Fed’s still No. 1, and if djokovic loses, Fed will be No. 1 for a lot longer.


harry Says:

Fed out… wow, did not expect it at all, given the form he was in. But NirmalK did say it, and a couple of others who criticized him earlier in the thread need to own up… WogBoy was spot on…

@skeezer (September 6th, 2012 at 12:19 am), dont know if i agree with you on Fed… if he is playing well, he should be a strong fav at Wimby next year; dont you think so?

@Margot — you must be grinning from ear to ear ;)

Muzza is now the favorite statistically: Monte Carlo simulations using the players and their opponents’ hard-court h2h win probabilities show Andy has a 39% chance to win, while Nole is at 36%. (http://jeffsackmann.com/2012-USOpen-Draw.html) I think Djoker’s win chances are slightly lower because he has one extra round…

@jane — what you say about fedal SF record makes me quite nostalgic… 2004 was a different era…

@WB, mat4, jane, congratulations for Nole’s QF and SF records…


Alok Says:

skeezer Says:
@kimmi

Lol the jane/mat4 preset discount of my fav chances to win factor.

You’re awake!! Everyone else has got it in the bag.


Kimberly Says:

Agree walkovers never seem to help any player. Murray in Miami this year looked flat after nadal withdrew from the semi. In Miami 2011 fed had two walkovers I believe and them came out flat. djokovic had the fognini at french open 2011 walkover and lost.

In some ways a walkover conserves energy, gives you a free pass to the next round but in the later rounds it seems the player is better off playing the match. A mid second it third set retirement not as harmful.


Huh Says:

Wog boy Says:
Nirmal Kumar,

I think few people around here owe you an apology.”

Wogboy,

Nobody owes an apology to NK. It’d be one thing to aoplogise if he predicted fed’s loss just once, but NK repeats everytime that he doesn’t see fed winning against the other guys. fed deserves more respect than that!

————————————————

ON A DIFFERENT NOTE

If anybody’s too happy about fed losing to berdych, he may as well come out and join in the celebration! but it’s not gonna last longer for the faves of those celebrating fed’s losses that’re gonna come in the future. I badly hope for Delpo now to beat Nole and Muzza to kill Berd and then murray winning his 1st slam in a competitive final. If Muzza can’t win in the 1st hand, then Delpo should and save my week…


Huh Says:

this berd should be KILLED tennis-wise by muzz, and if muzz can’t beat him, then let nole or jmdp KILL berd! I want Berd routed…


Margot Says:

@ harry 3.14
!!!!
Given Andy’s awful start against Cilic and Big Bird’s positive H2H, I am certainly not “grinning from ear to ear.” That indeed would be hubris.
Congenitally pessimistic us Murray fans, and that’s the way we like it……;)


jamie Says:

@Kimmi

I have been predicting Nole for a while now. He’s the best hc player on tour.

It’s the Argie guys who predicted Federer. They were wrong. LOL!


jamie Says:

Birdsh!t is Hot? No way!……but wait…his GF? Hot, Hot, Hot ;)

_________________

Berdych is HOT.


jamie Says:

It’s not a foregone conclusion that Murray will reach the final. Berdych can ballbash him to death. Maybe it’s better to lose in the SF than to go 0-5 in slam finals.


Wog boy Says:

Huh,

I guess you read all the posts, Nole fans didn’t say Nole is going to beat Delpo it was nonNole fans. I didn’t say anything and jane, mat4 were saying the opposite, that Delpo is too good and dangerous and it is going to be very tough match.
I can see you are also happy when Nole loses so it is fair to let the others be happy when Federer loses, that is the way it is. I have never seen Liverpool fan sad when ManU loses (I am one of them) nor I have seen ManU fan sad when Liverpool loses, I guess that is thing about all the fans. Why would I cheer Roger when he is fighting with my man for #1.
cheers


jamie Says:

The Delpo match will be tough but I expect Nole to win it. But it will be tough.


jamie Says:

After Nole and Federer, Delpo has the best HC record this year. After them come Berdych and Isner.

________________________

Best record on HC in 2012

Nole
Federer
Del Potro
Berdych
Isner


Daniel Says:

No FEDAL in a Slam semis. When was the last time this happen, RG 2004?!

This guys has to take their chances, even Ferrer has a shot now.


rogerafa Says:

@ jamie

How are your Argie guys explaining their horrible picking? Rafa did not even enter the tournament and Roger was beaten as early as the the quarter final stage. I am sure they are looking at Novak and Andy now :-)


jamie Says:

@rogerafa

Those Argie guys have definitely lost it. They predicted Federer, Del Potro or Ferrer for the USO some days ago. Before it was Nadal for Olympics or USO and he is out injured. Imagine a Nole-Murray final(very likely) at the USO when they actually overlooked them. LOL. What a joke!


harry Says:

@Margot (7:29 am)–
“I am certainly not “grinning from ear to ear.” That indeed would be hubris. … Congenitally pessimistic us Murray fans, and that’s the way we like it…;)”

I am grinning ear to ear reading that ;) It is pretty close to Muzza-time this time and to maintain “that’s the way we like it” you may need to back somebody else ;) Ferrer? Tomas? you see, in statistics there is a notion of “cost function” which you optimize (using methods from calculus).

Any way, whose fan were you before you turned Muzza’s?


Margot Says:

^ Harry, eek “cost function” explain please. Had to do a stats unit at uni….do not know how I blagged that one….
Have been Muzza fan ever since a scrawny kid yelled obscenities at his esteemed coach, Brad Gilbert I believe, and I thought “Oh yes, what have we here?”
I loved players like him tbh, Santoro, Mac, Fed, Ibrahmi, u get the picture.
Am sad the modern game seems to be increasingly dominated by huge players with massive serves and huge ground strokes. Andy was clutching his wrist after the Raonic match and explained it was a tad sore after getting his racquet on 140 mph serves
So come on Andy, Nole and wee David.


harry Says:

Margot –
“eek ‘cost function’ explain please. Had to do a stats unit at uni…do not know how I blagged that one…”

Over lunch (an hour back) I was thinking how to make Andy a statistically principled solution to fan-pessimism (if you have to be anybody’s fan at all). If it is any consolation, I think it is possible ;) But let me not bore you with it. I do statistics and CompSci everyday — they have their moments.

Interesting how you became an Andy fan and to see the players you like to watch. Didnt know Ibrahmi even existed (have to look it up sometime).

I like touch players like Fed and Andy. But I also like power players — when they play well, they can be mesmerizing to watch (to me, at least); think DelPo version 2009 (or Tsonga’s match with Rafa and Fed in AO and Wimby resply). But then there are athletic players like Rafa and Nole, who are fascinating… Just spoilt for choice really ;)


Margot Says:

^ Totally agree harry :) Gr8 tennis times we live in.

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