Murray, Serena Tested In Canadian Openers, Del Potro Survives; Nadal v Janowicz Thursday
by Staff | August 8th, 2013, 12:29 am
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Reigning US Open champions Andy Murray and Serena Williams both looked a little sluggish Wednesday in their 2013 summer hardcourt debuts. Playing in Montreal, Murray overcame a second set break deficit to turn away Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6 to win his 13th straight match and first since his Wimbledon title a month ago.

“I was pretty nervous beforehand,” said Murray a 2-time Canadian Open champion. “That was a good sign. I’m pretty ready to move forward and not think too much about Wimbledon and concentrate on the US Open.

“I think if I’d lost today, it just breaks the momentum a little bit,” he said. “The more matches I can get in the next few weeks, the better. No matter how much you practice, it’s still different when you go out there.”

Granollers, who just won the Kitzbuhel clay title on Saturday then beat Grigor Dimitrov yesterday, served for the second set before Murray fought his way back.

The Scot now meets Ernests Gulbis on Thursday. Gulbis beat Feliciano Lopez on Monday then today ousted Fabio Fognini in three sets.

Former winner Rafael Nadal was also in action, his first since a shock loss to Steve Darcis at Wimbledon. After splitting the first two games in 15 minutes against Jesse Levine, Nadal rolled the Canadian lefty 6-2, 6-0.

“I didn’t play a perfect match,” Nadal said. “I played well. The conditions out there today were very difficult. I will say I did the right things to be in the next round.”

Rafa missed the event last year because of the knee which also hampered his play at Wimbledon.

“I am fine. The knee is not bothering me too much,” said Nadal suggesting that the knee is still not 100%. “The last couple of days I was able to practice with no limitations. That is the most important thing.”

Nadal, the 2005 Montreal winner, will meet towering 22-year-old Jerzy Janowicz in a much-anticipated third round match tomorrow. The 6-foot-8 Janowicz who reached the Wimbledon semifinals last month edged Canadian Frank Dancevic.

Other winners on the day were Canadians Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil, Tomas Berdych, Benoit Paire and Marinko Matosevic who advanced when 35-year-old Tommy Haas retired with a shoulder injury.

Late day rains pushed the conclusion of the night matches to much later and it was mixed for the seeds. Croatian Ivan Dodig stunned Nadal on a Wednesday two years ago in Montreal; this time, though, he couldn’t seal the deal against Washington champ Juan Martin Del Potro. Dodig, who was up two breaks 4-1 in the third, served for the match at 5-4 but wouldn’t win another game as Del Potro broke and took the next two games to win it on a Dodig double fault 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 and set up showdown tomorrow afternoon against Roanic.

World No. 3 David Ferrer didn’t have any game on the night getting blown out by Alex Bogomolov 6-2, 6-4. In eight trips to Canada now Ferrer has a grand total of five match wins, his fewest at any Masters event.

In the women’s event in Toronto, the world No 1. didn’t play her best match but Serena Williams got past former French Open champ Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-2.

“I felt good. I felt solid. Obviously I made a few errors, but it’s just my first match on hard in a really long time,” said Serena. “I also played a really good player, so it was a good match.

“It took me a few games to adjust to her game, but it’s good that she played like that because of my next opponent. Now I feel like I’m completely adjusted, and I feel good going into the next round.”

Ahead for Serena is Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens.

Italians Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani also advanced as did former No. 1s Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic. Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli impressed with a 6-0, 6-3 win over American Lauren Davis.

“I was surprised I started so well, honestly – I hadn’t played on hardcourt for a while, and also the last two times I played in Toronto I lost first round,” Bartoli said. “So I just wanted to enjoy myself on the court and try my hardest, and being able to win 60 63 was obviously pretty good for me. I think I played well, and I’m very pleased with the way I handled everything on the court today.”

In the late matches, Petra Kvitova knocked out local favorite Eugenie Bouchard while former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki lost to Sorana Cirstea in a mild upset.

THURSDAY MONTREAL SCHEDULE

CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
[4] R Nadal (ESP) vs [15] J Janowicz (POL)
Not Before 14:00
E Gulbis (LAT) vs [2] A Murray (GBR)
Not Before 18:00
[6] J Del Potro (ARG) vs [11] M Raonic (CAN)
Not Before 20:00
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs D Istomin (UZB)


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162 Comments for Murray, Serena Tested In Canadian Openers, Del Potro Survives; Nadal v Janowicz Thursday

Nadalista Says:

@Margot, serious question here: what’s with Muzza and the WTA? Never see another ATP player pay as much attention to it as he does. Not only does he WATCH WTA matches, he tweets about them too, during high level ATP tournaments! And not just any silly comments, serious commentary he makes……….


Michael Says:

Rafa Vs Jancowicz would be an very interesting match. But I think Rafa would win perhaps in three sets.


Margot Says:

@nadalista
A serious question…..? hmmmm…
Don’t follow twitter so dunno but I jolly well hope Andy wouldn’t make “silly comments, so disrespectful. Agree he’s very knowledgeable about the women’s game anyway.
But he’s just a sporting nut isn’t he, would watch all and every.I know when he’s in the locker room he’ll watch the big servers, if he can, and sets himself the task of predicting where the serve will land.
BTW am really glad you are paying such close attention to Andy….;)


nadalista Says:

@Margot, Muzza has always been my second fave after Rafa so, yes, I do follow him. Also helps that he is a little “unconventional”, makes him a kindred spirit! His commentary on the WTA matches is far much more grown up and knowledgeable than the professional comms, imho……..love it!

Rafa/JJ;
Muzza/Ernie

are the matches for me today.

Vamos!!


metan Says:

Staff said Nadal rolled the Canadian lefty 62 60.

Roll all the way up, Vamos Rafa!!!


nadalista Says:

Hehehe! Tiggy sure “gets” Rafa-fandom. Choice quote:

“Rafa!”

“It’s Rafa time!”

“Rafa’s on my TV screen!”

Any time Rafael Nadal returns from some time off, comment sections and Twitter feeds light up with those words. It’s tennis fandom at its most infectious, and enough to remind you that the sport, even if it’s ignored by most media, has a devoted and passionate following. We’ve talked a lot recently about how much the game will miss Roger Federer, and the same will be true for Nadal when he goes. They’ve been great players, obviously, but not all great players have created the kind of fan energy and loyalty that they have.

Next, of course, came the comments on the kit that Rafa was debuting.”

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/08/same-they-ever-were/48659/#.UgNH2G1RCDc


Josh39485 Says:

Nadal in 2 sets against JJ – Janowicz is off-form and I don’t think he’ll do enough to beat Rafa


rafaeli Says:

Nadalista, don’t forget that Andy’s mum is the captain of the British Fed Cup team.


Nadalista Says:

@rafaeli, oh that explains some of it, thanks.


El Flaco Says:

Josh39485 Says:
Nadal in 2 sets against JJ – Janowicz is off-form and I don’t think he’ll do enough to beat Rafa

August 8th, 2013 at 5:15 am

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I agree. Jerzy hasn’t looked very good. He has 20 double faults in 2 matches and his 1st serve percentage is about 55%. For a guy 6’8″ those are horrible numbers. He will need to play better if he is to beat Nadal.

The problem with his serve is he launches the toss into the stratosphere. He will never serve as consistently big as Isner with that high of a toss. The rest of his game has more potential than Isner because of his movement. He is an inch or two shorter than Isner, but probably 35 pounds lighter which makes him much quicker around the court. Watching him move looks similar to Delpo or Cilic rather than Isner or Karlovic who are closer to his height.


Ben Pronin Says:

Is anyone else confused about these schedules at the Masters events? Everyone goes up in arms about who’s scheduled when during the slams, but at least there’s some consistency. Why did Nadal play the same day as Murray when he’s in Djokovic’s half? And why is he now playing first today when he basically played last yesterday? And Djokovic is playing last when he played a full day before? And it’s like this at most of the Masters. I don’t get it at all.


Dan Martin Says:

Jerzy vs Nadal should be great kind of like Rafter vs. a great clay court warrior – both players would be physical in their play but w/ totally different strategies. I have picks for the ATP and WTA matches today up at http://www.tennisabides.com – Thanks Dan


Polo Says:

The difference between Janowicz and the other newcomers is that even if he plays poorly, he still manages to find a way to play well enough to win. He does not just wilt. No matter how many bad shots he makes, he remains intimidating until the end. Tomic has a tendency to give up. Dimitrov for some reason never looks intimidating enough to instill fear in his opponents. Raonic cannot move.


Giles Says:

Nadal did not play last yesterday, his was the second match which was scheduled not before 2 pm local time. Today he is playing singles followed by doubles after suitable rest!!


RZ Says:

Go Murray! A strong summer hard court season would put him in contention for the #1 ranking.


Margot Says:

@RZ
Do hope you’re going camping when USOpen is on…;)
@El Flaco
In which case JJ’s serve is going to be very vulnerable when it’s windy, like Big Bird’s who ball toss disappears into the clouds…
@nadalista
Don’t think Judy being in charge of Fed Cup has much to do with it really, because, as you said, Andy watches a lot of different players, not just the Brits.


holdserve Says:

I think Judy being in charge of Fed Cup has much to do with Muzza watching WTA. I started watching ATP because my Dad was constantly telling me about some of the matches and the great players and frequently forcing me to watch. The great players became real to me and I got hooked into their stories and struggles. Eventually I became addicted just like him.


rafaeli Says:

He watches the WTA because the Brits don’t only play against each other and he might have some input to help Judy in her role.


Ben Pronin Says:

“Raonic cannot move.”
Classic.

Giles, well either way he should’ve played the same day as Djokovc, not Murray. It’s a weird schedule.


James Says:

Is anyone else watching the Rafa-JJ match? They’re on court now, warming up for the match. Their first encounter ever. Hope it’s a nice match.


metan Says:

Thanks James, I am going to watch mow.


Margot Says:

@holdserveJudy’s only just got the job, though, and Andy’s apparently being watching WTA for ages. Just started tweeting more often so we’re more aware, now, gave it up for ages
@ rafaeli
Would be very surprised if he gave Judy “input” too.
I think they keep their tennis careers very separate.
@nadalista
Interesting that u think he’s good cos he’s just had a bit of a spat with Barry Cowan over HIS commentary.


James Says:

Cool @metan:)

JJ comfortably holds his first service game. Will be interesting to see how Nadal handles JJ’s big serves.


James Says:

Janowicz’s monstrous serves clicking today. Rafa’s finding it tough to return JJ’s serves so far. He needs to up his return game.


metan Says:

Yes James, but JJ made many faults. Rafa has 2 aces. Great!!!!


Polo Says:

I don’t think Janowicz can beat Nadal yet. But he will learn a lot from this and will come out a better player. He seems to be a better learner than the other newcomers.


El Flaco Says:

Nadal is a combined 8-0 against Karlovic, Isner and Anderson.


James Says:

3 aces from both players so far, but JJ’s service game’s more solid now. He’s testing Nadal not only with his big serves but also his smart drop shots. Rafa’s legs will get good exercise today.


metan Says:

JJ is quite intimidating. See Rafa can close or not


gonzalowski Says:

Hi to everybody!
Rafa-Jerzy is being a good match. I think Rafa is playing good, and Janowicz is a very brave player.
He’s not getting 1st serves
Uau, 3 set points well saved by Janowicz,and 5-5


James Says:

Good service game from JJ, saved all 3 set points. Rafa’s beginning to return JJ’s serves now. The match now is his to lose. Should close the set 7-5 and not let it go to TB.


James Says:

*return JJ’s serves well


gonzalowski Says:

Btw, today is Roger’s birthday, and tv commentators say he ‘s training in Cinncinnati.


James Says:

JJ breaks Nadal. Will serve for the set.


El Flaco Says:

Jerzy has an old school almost continental grip on that forehand.


James Says:

Nadal breaks back!! He needs to play better to win the set and match. TB, advantage Nadal I think.


Polo Says:

When Nadal does fist pumps like that, it means he is having a tough time with his opponent.


James Says:

Yes @Polo, Nadal is just surviving in the set so far. He’s in trouble atm


James Says:

Nadal’s lost quite a few TBs in recent times, he needs to win this. Oh oh JJ DFs, handing Nadal a set point.


skeezer Says:

5-5 and DF?
*cough*


metan Says:

Skeezer,
I am having tough time, no cough please!!!☺


gonzalowski Says:

Great 1st set!
Janowicz is throwing a lot of great drop shots, impossible to Rafa (no because of the knee, but because of the quality of them).
In the tie break the two of them have played good, these two are 2 mental animals


skeezer Says:

With such a big server as JJ is, he is not going to win very many matches with just 45% of his first serves in.


James Says:

What a point to close that set! Vamos Rafa! Rafa should have an easier in second set now. His return game’s beginning to look good.


James Says:

This match is a good test for both players. After playing JJ, if Nadal wins this match, I don’t think he’s gonna have it tough against any other player’s serve in the tournament.


metan Says:

I almost couldn’t breath!!!

Rafa needs to improve his server.


skeezer Says:

Rafa has been practicing. Notice how he is advancing in to hit his returns, not sitting back. I like it. If he can shorten his stoke on the faster surfaces, he’s gonna be REAL dangerous.


courbon Says:

Great first set.I actually prefer watching Rafa on Hc-on clay is too much one way traffic ( apart when is playing with Novak-then is real fight )-Rafa just dominates completely his opponents. This is so much fun! ( I guess for Rafa fans less, ’cause can be nerve wrecking )


Ben Pronin Says:

I do not understand how Janowicz wins matches. His game does not impress me. I can do the same thing, hit as hard as I can and hope for the best. I don’t know how he’s been this successful. Winner, double fault, ace, 30 feet out.

That tiebreaker was his game in a nutshell.

It’s a good thing Nadal is so good at adapting but he probably hates playing this guy. No rhythm, no semblence of a game plan. He doesn’t even try to aim. Just smacked the crap out of it into the middle of the court and got lucky Nadal missed. If he wants to get better he needs to stop playing such an extreme style of go-for-broke. Even Fernando Gonzalez would question this play.

How many jump backhands does he need to attempt? He deserves to mishit that embarassingly every time. He’s trying to be every player rolled into one nutjob.


James Says:

ummm many UEs from Rafa in second set. Jerzy as good as his service and drop shots are, don’t seem to have a lot of weapons in his arsenal. He needs a few more if he wants to win big tournaments. At the moment he’s 3-0 ahead in second set but won’t be surprised if Rafa breaks back.


skeezer Says:

“Even Fernando Gonzalez would question this play.”

lol good one Ben


metan Says:

Courbon,
I used to it, especialy having licorice tea, cool my nerves, hahaha.


James Says:

lol @Ben, are you as tall as him though? JJ’s just trying to make good use of his height advantage here, no?


Alex Says:

Agree with Ben, don’t like his style at all, I think Roanic is cut from the same cloth, don’t like him either (although his personality is nice).


metan Says:

Ben, lol
Come on it just warma up.

Are you that tall Ben???


James Says:

Now I know why Ferrer didn’t have much trouble beating him. I’m afraid, JJ’s a bit of a one dimensional player from what I’ve seen of him so far. His game is big serve, drop shot, big serve, drop shot. Anyone with quick legs and good return game can beat this guy.


gonzalowski Says:

Ben, Jerzy is using drop shots (this is correctly said isn’t it?) and he is trying to be agressive, in this match could be quite a game plan imo?


skeezer Says:

JJ is a freak though. 8 DF is inexcusable in the ATP tour. Really? But then he over powers Raf at times sooo bad it looks like Rafa is old, fat, and slow. The kids power level is way up there no doubt.


Ben Pronin Says:

James, you forgot all the ridiculous misses in between those drop shots. Seriously. Even when he misses his serve it’s like “where the hell were you aiming?”

No I’m not that tall but the concept of his game isn’t complicated. Can I grind players down with heavy topspin all day long like Nadal? No. But I can whack the ball as hard as I can and hope it my opponent falls over just like JJ can anyday. It’s not taking advantage of anything if you can’t string 2 straight points together.


gonzalowski Says:

In the break times, Janowicz, like Isner, usually rests crossing one leg above the other… this can’t be good for the muscles


Ben Pronin Says:

Skeeze, it’s probably over 9000!!


James Says:

@skeezer, Rafa actually looks a bit slow to me. He needs to be quicker against JJ.


Polo Says:

This is actually a bad match. Janowicz (after all the praises I heaped on him, duh!) is all over the place. Nadal should have won this already a long time ago. That means Nadal is not playing well either.


Ben Pronin Says:

James, what do you mean “needs to be”? Would it help? Sure. But he’s winning anyway, so he doesn’t need to be.

I don’t know though. I don’t know if it’s because Janowicz sucks or Nadal just isn’t in a good groove yet. He’s not playing his best, that’s for sure. Hopefully he’ll play someone who can hit cross court in the later rounds.


James Says:

Yes, Ben, he’s winning…he has. Well, had he been quicker, he’d have won this quicker. He should have gotten some of those drop shots from JJ that he missed.


Giles Says:

Vamos Rafa. Well done coming through a tricky and difficult opponent.


metan Says:

Well Done, Vamos Rafa.!!


Ben Pronin Says:

Should have, could have, would have. You can’t get them all. JJ does have a good drop shot, if nothing else.


Brando Says:

Phew! Tricky opponent JJ! It was a improvement for Rafa on round 1: he got tested, had some nervy moments but came through them. 2nd match after 7 weeks out of competition: I liked what I saw. He’s for what he needs: matches. That was a good match to get under his belt. Jerzy to me is a real talent: I like him. I think he’ll improve and be the future main man on tour. He’s got great raw material and potential to build on. And I think he will. Unlike Dimitrov, JJ will make all his headlines on court rather than off it me thinks.


Legend Says:

Great win by Rafa.
Even though he was playing against an opponent 5 yrs younger he fought against him and came through in straights on his least favorite surface.


nadalista Says:

Good win Rafa, Vamos!!


Ben Pronin Says:

Janowicz might sneak out a slam in like 5 years, but he’ll never be number 1.


James Says:

Hopefully Rafa will play better in the next match. It will be good to see him each the semis and play the Djoker for the final. I want to see where Nadal and Djokovic both are in their rivalry. Also it’s been ages since we last saw a Rafa-Muzza match.


James Says:

Janowicz can win a slam in maybe 2-3 years time but no, I don’t think he’s gonna dominate the men’s tour. He’s really dangerous but imo once you read him well, play him a few times, he’s predictable.


mem Says:

skeezer,

doesn’t matter how old, fat, and slow a player looks as long as he can be an old, fat, slow winner!

jj is no push over! in fact, he has a lot a potential. for those who knows anything about tennis, this was a great match for rafa to get through. he can’t be perfect after being out of competition for 6 or 7 weeks. he has to take a step at a time and work on improving as he goes forward. good win for him! vamos!


James Says:

Meanwhile, Muzza is in danger. Gulbis has taken the first set 6-4! Muzza is my 3rd favorite of the big 4, after Rafa and Roger, but my playing style is closer to his than Rafa, Roger or Novak’s. So fellow counter-puncher, I hope you pull off this against Gulbis.
You’re the best of our kind in tennis, Muzza, vamos!


courbon Says:

@ metan: Very funny indeed.Hey, congratulations to your man, lets see how Novak does today.


James Says:

Good to see Gulbis playing well, but this isn’t going good for Murray. Gets broken in second set. Hope he breaks back. Losing in 3rd round here isn’t the best preparation for his USO title defense in a few weeks from now.


courbon Says:

@ Brando: Tricky, wasn’t it?
You are right about JJ,he maybe real treat in the future but I think you maybe wrong about Dimitrov-I think he has more talent.Off course, they are young but they can change and improve.With right coach, and EUREKA moment ( like Novak had in 2010, when it lost in Wimby in third round and then decide to start messing around with his future ) both this guys can go far away.Dimitrov has a talent and bunch of confidence-you have to have a confidence to pick up Sharapova!


Brando Says:

@James: Ernie’s on song today and he has the big game that can trouble Andy. Still a good match for Andy to play in me thinks.


James Says:

and he does it!!!!!! Murray breaks back. Playing more aggressively now. Quality wise, this is a better match than Rafa’s with JJ.


Brando Says:

@Courbon: Hi Courbon. Bad timing for me: have to run out. I’ll respond to your posts later for sure though. For now: enjoy Muzza, and nole match. Talk in a bit.


Giles Says:

Oh dear, Gulbis pulls off the upset:-((


James Says:

Fantastic tennis from Gulbis. Sorry Muzza fans. Ernests takes this 6-4, 6-3. Can he reach the final, anyone? Guess this is now gonna be Novak or Rafa winning the title.

@metan, you hear that? My vision was wrong. Andy lost.


the DA Says:

Well, after what I saw yesterday I was kind of expecting this result. Credit to Gulbis for his aggressive play but Andy was flat. Onward to Cincy.


Margot Says:

Bad show Andy! Didn’t look engaged to me. Didn’t even think Gulbis played that well :(


Margot Says:

@the DA
There’s always the doubles!


mem Says:

Giles,

that’s the unpredictability in tennis. gulbis has the game to upset any of the top players. his ability to wreak havoc on rafa is well-documented, but this is what can happen on any given day. im glad rafa is alive for another day.
too bad for andy! he gets to move on to cincy and start practicing with roger.


rafaeli Says:

Gulbis saves all his aggression for Nadal. He was very calm today.


courbon Says:

@ James; You had a vision? You start sounding like a Jamie!
Talking about Jamie, did he/she put some predictions?I miss those!


mem Says:

oh, i forgot, andy is still in doubles, so, all is not lost!


mem Says:

good point rafaeli!


Kimberly Says:

didn’t see any of nadals match and just a bit of Murray at the tail end of the first and early in the second but I thought his footwork looked sluggish and he didn’t look like he was seeing the ball well, poor anticipation which is usually a concerntration issue. He was moving late where his reaction time is normally flawless.


mem Says:

Giles,

thank you for the link. that is so cool!


James Says:

@ courbon, umm I’d predicted a Murray win in Montreal. I thought he would. Well he did get a win there, didn’t he? Onto Cincy now.

Btw I thought they played above average tennis imo. Gulbis was the better player today. Andy did try but quite not at his best today. When are we going to see a Rafa-Muzza match again?


Margot Says:

Agree with Kimberly re Andy. Just didn’t seem engaged and those double faults, yuk, when did we last see those?


Giles Says:

@mem. You’re welcome.
Rafa has pulled out of the doubles. Good! Have a good rest Rafa and get ready for your match tomorrow.
Vamos!


Giles Says:

I don’t think Gulbis has beaten Andy before, has he?


courbon Says:

@ James: I have not seen the match, but this will not stop Murray for the US Open quest. Just a little blip.
Maybe you are like me-awful in predicting! ( I could bet my life that Novak will win Wimbledon after seeing him with Delpo match!)
IEven if I do not support either Rafa or Muzza , I’m very eager to see them play each other-very curious!


the DA Says:

@ Giles – This is the first win. H2H is now 5-1 to Andy.

@ Margot – yes, we have the doubles. Except it’s a tough match against the 4th seeds. I’m not all that worried about this loss. Hope he gets a few more matches in Cincy.


tennisx hippy chic Says:

James Andy was 5 and 0 against Gulbis before this match,have to say Andy looked rather sluggish his timing of the ball was off.
Courbon Jamie predicted Andy would retain the USO,and next year Novak would win the AO,Rafa would win the FO,Andy would win Wimbledon,and Delpo would win the USO,BTW i agree with what you said about Rafa,in that watching him play on HCs is now way more exciting than on clay now,probably the air of expectation now that makes many of the CC games he plays an anti climax,the irony is i actually enjoy watching him more these days on clay,i was impressed earlier this year at IW,been more aggressive and going for his shots more,i like to see him end points quicker too.


tennisx hippy chic Says:

Nice win for Rafa against a tricky opponent in JJ,i dont believe Andys loss today will have much bearing on the USO,HE JUST NEEDS A FEW MATCHES UNDER HIS BELT AND THEN IM SURE HE WILL BE FINE.


tennisx hippy chic Says:

^Forgot to take of the capital button on the end of that post^.


Giles Says:

Looks like another upset on the cards. Popsicle up a break against Berdy in 3rd set.


andrea Says:

good grief berdych. an underhand first serve? like i needed another reason not to root for you.


James Says:

True @courbon, I can suck at predictions, although I did predict a Rafa win over Nole at RG, and then predicted a Murray win at Wimby too.
With Roger to join Rafa, Nole and Andy at Cincy with Delpo around, it’s getting hard to predict tournament winners. Good for tennis I guess.
And yes, Rafa and Andy last played when Murray had yet to win a Slam. Now a double Slam champion Andy vs Rafa would be very exciting.


James Says:

@hippy chic, Andy did try but he did look a lil’ rusty. Gulbis played good in some games though. Gulbis has beaten Federer and Djokovic in the past, hasn’t he? Now Murray, and we know how tough he can play against Rafa. Is there anyone now in the bottom draw who could stop Gulbis from reaching the final?


courbon Says:

@ Hippy Chic: Thanx for that! If Jamie predicted that,then it must be true.
I will stop watching tennis until January then….

Murray is a slow starter.Last year before winning US Open, he was not impressive ( he did not play Toronto and was ‘off’ in Cincy ).It does not mater how you do it-all it counts s Grand Slam.I would still put him as a favourite for US Open.

I’m glad you agree on me, regarding Rafa.If Rafa does not win Roland Garos one day, it would be end of the world. He would probably loose in the final and also have all 3 clay masters that year but it would not mater. He spoiled us so much with his clay achivments, the anything, then another Roland Garos is anti-climax…


courbon Says:

@ James: You did predcit both Wimby and RG? You are good then-I got them both wrong.
Absolutelly right.I would say Novak, Rafa,Muzza and Delpo-any can win.I would put Roger more as a Dark Horse ( usually people put Delpo like that?But I think Roger dominance is finished but he can spur surprise-so,hence-Dark Horse )


Ben Pronin Says:

James, the favorite from the bottom draw is Del Potro. Gulbis is still Gulbis, he’ll likely flame out no matter who his next match is (winner of Raonic-Delpo).


the DA Says:

Wow! Berdy knocked out by Popsicle. The side of the draw is wide open now. After last night I have doubts about Delpo – unless he makes another miraculous recovery.


courbon Says:

Bedrych out? This is becoming like Wimbledon black Wednesday…


the DA Says:

One of the semifinalists could be Pospisil, Davydenko or Bogomolov.


Nativenewyorker Says:

Rafa had some trouble with JJ because he hasn’t played him before and also because he’s not match ready. He is just coming back from over a month off, so his form isn’t there yet.

I tend to agree with Ben when it comes to JJ. As I was watching the match, JJ reminded me a lot of Marat Safin when it comes to his temperament. He is so moody and streaky. But his big problem is that he just goes for too much. He goes for a huge second serve and then double faults. He doesn’t need to do that. The point is to get the serve in and not give the DF’s. He missed that easy overhead smash late in the first set and it was costly. He just seems to hit hard, harder and hardest. There has to be some finesse, change of pace, knowing when to hold back a little.

Rafa wasn’t slow. You can’t get to all the drop shots if they are well placed. He just needs a bit more match play to get his game together. I thought that Rafa served intelligently. He was going for JJ’s forehand as much as possible.

This was a good match for Rafa. Straight sets and a competitive match. JJ needs to keep his head out on the court. He’s up and down and all over the place. Kind of undisciplined. I am not making any predictions for him right now. I have seen too many guys like him come along and then just disappear into obscurity. I don’t know that he’s the next big thing in men’s tennis.

Sorry to the Murray fans about his loss to Gulbis. I watched as much of the match as ESPN decided to show. Murray’s serve wasn’t working and he seemed kind of lethargic out there. Gulbis is the kind of guy who can take advantage of a top player who may not be match ready. That part of the draw has really opened up.

I am hearing that Delpo has a back injury and may not be able to play Raonic. If that is true, then that’s really a shame.


Teeg Says:

@DA really hoping its Del Potro


Ben Pronin Says:

NNY, please, let’s not drag Safin’s name into this clown of a player Janowicz.


James Says:

Oh oh Birdman’s gone too. Last saw the match when the score was 5-5 in 3rd set with Tomas to serve. Thought he’d get the job done. Tsk tsk…maybe some of these players didn’t touch their rackets for weeks after Wimbledon.
I guess @Dan Martin got a few predictions wrong today.
@Ben, oh yes Delpo, how could I forget about him! Agree, he’s the favorite from the bottom draw now.


mem Says:

Thansk Giles!

i depend on you and nadalista to keep us rafafans well-informed. you guys do a good job! i was about to ask you about rafa’s doubles match. so he pulled out, smart decision.


Teeg Says:

@Nativenewyorker

Completely agree. Jerzy hit some incredible dropshots that Rafa had no chance getting to. Not that he wasnt moving well, simply that they were executed perfectly. This was a good match for Rafa to win and hopefully build some confidence going forward. Obviously, everyone is salivating at the prospect of another Nole/Rafa match. The winner of that match could be a hint of things to come the rest of the season.


Margot Says:

@the DA
Wasn’t being entirely serious about the doubles!


James Says:

Nadal on his match victory and Janowicz:

“I had a very good victory today against a very difficult opponent,” said Nadal. “I did a few things well during the match, a few things that I need to improve a little bit
more. “His serve is huge. His forehand and backhand can be very dangerous. When he plays with a little bit of regular shots, he will become a very difficult player to beat. If he is able to maintain the right level during whole match he will be a player that will be in the very top positions.”


the DA Says:

@ Margot – I am ;) If it can’t be in the singles then why not another doubles title?


skeezer Says:

You can really tell the posters who comment that actually play tennis and those who don’t. Those who have played competitively know what I am talking about. Does it matter? In most cases, no. Only when they start talking like the know what a player should do or not do on the court.


the DA Says:

Three games in and Raonic already has the trainer out. Complaining of numbness in his arm.


James Says:

RT Matt Cronin@TennisReporters
Gulbis on where he rates Murray win: ‘I dont like 2 rate these kind of wins. It’s just really good 1 at moment. Who cares what I rate it?’


the DA Says:

Murray/Fleming take out 4th seeds Stepanek/Paes in straight sets. That’s some consolation for the earlier loss.

Meanwhile, Raonic took an 11 minute MTO. Controversial. Bending the rules> Delpo didn’t look happy at all.


the DA Says:

I can’t believe what I just witnessed. Raonic touched the net and Lahyani ruled the ball was dead. On a BP. Milos knew he touched the net and should’ve owned up. tsk tsk


the DA Says:

Raonic knocks out Delpo. The seeds continue to drop from this half of the draw. Poor JMDP – he was screwed over.


Polo Says:

Raonic is not a gentleman. Certainly dishonest. He cheated by not owning up to it.


the DA Says:

^ He won’t be winning any sportsmanship awards anytime soon.


POV Says:

Raonic, that is cheating in addition to that lonnnnng MTO! I’m sorry for Del potro.


El Flaco Says:

skeezer Says:
You can really tell the posters who comment that actually play tennis and those who don’t. Those who have played competitively know what I am talking about. Does it matter? In most cases, no. Only when they start talking like the know what a player should do or not do on the court.

– - – - – - – - – - – -

LOL Skeez. I could tell you some stories. In August 1989 I played in the same national tournament(Kalamazoo Boys 18 National Championships)as Erik Mendendez. I never played against him, but I remember him making a scene on one of the outer courts. He was a spoiled brat. A few weeks later he murdered his parents. It was a national story.

You know who also was in that tournament? Mike Sell, who is now coaching Isner.


Brando Says:

Came here to check latest score feedback on Delpo match. Bummer he lost- kind of expected it. But Raonic: WTF! What a dastardly move he did from what I read on here. Shameful. Underhanded . Disgusting. And to a great pro like Delpo. Just yuck.


metan Says:

Murray and Delpo are out??? Saaad!!!
It looks like jinx Thursday.


the DA Says:

And Nole is down a break against Istomin.


metan Says:

@ skeezer ,love your post 1.30.
@ Courbon. Thanks. I am going to watch now, I just wake up.

@James, I feel soooo good.Your vision is wrong.☺


the DA Says:

Istomin takes the first set 6-2. He’s playing well but Nole has more UFEs than usual. What is going on?


metan Says:

Come on nole, wake up…if all the big four out..this is not Montreal, it’s cereal!!!


metan Says:

I am glad Nole get through.
Congratulation Courbon and all Nole fans.


courbon Says:

@ metan: Thanx.
Other side of the draw does not have anybody left-I guess it will be Gasquet in the final , like a last year.Our side will (hopefully ) have Novak-Nadal Semi on Saturday.


courbon Says:

@metan: I’m talking nonsense.Gasquet is playing next Novak.Other side will have Raonic or Gulbis most likely in the final.I think Gulbis gets to final.


Steve 27 Says:

Murray tank. His focus is retain his US Open crown.
But with that attitude he never will be number 1.


Michael Says:

Well, I was quite surprised with the way Gulbis annihilated Andy. It is not that Andy lost to Gulbis but the manner in which he lost which invites a big disappointment. Gulbis is a brilliant player who can upset any player on his day, but still Andy could have made a fight of it. The will was not there and he succumbed rather tamely in my opinion. Now over to Cincinnati and Andy should extract something out of it atleast.


Michael Says:

As regards Rafa Vs Jancowicz, it was Rafa who was the superior player and yet the match proved very close. Nothing worked for Jancowicz. He didn’t serve well and made quite a lot of UEs. But his drop shots were troubling Rafa no ends. In the end, the better player prevailed rather justifiably.


metan Says:

Courbon,
Your welcome!

I just want Rafa to meet Nole. For my part I want to see further of Rafa proper tune up before USO.
Imo, Nole didn’t play his best, rusty but honestly I hardly watch him, any more thoughts since you are his fans??


metan Says:

Michael,
Rafa vs JJ , over all your right. But I am also thinking that Rafa’s returned was poor including his serves.
Hope he could ran faster for next round.


nadalista Says:

@mem 5:52 pm;

Am sure @Giles will agree with me, the pleasure is all ours!


nadalista Says:

Definitely Rafa hasn’t shown his ussal explosiveness in this tournament yet. I had the same feeling when he played Levin, he wasn’t getting to droppers in his usual snappy fashion, same as against Jerzy. But I think that’s a combination of his rustiness and the quality of Jerzy’s droppers.


Steve 27 Says:

nadalista, Rafa is keeping his energy for his sf against the Djoker.


nadalista Says:

@Steve 27, I hope so. That, will be a cracker! Am very happy with Rafa’s play, especially his attitude, overall……


Margot Says:

@ the DA
Oh well, Andy for the doubles trophy then.
Luv Pollyanna
@ Michael
Don’t know if Andy has the consistency or the desire to be No1. Whatever, I’ll settle for a few more slams….;)


Giles Says:

http://alturl.com/ts62a
@Steve 27. And how about this one?
That’s our boy, brilliant!


holdserve Says:

Muzza did not seem very motivated. I think being no. 1 is not important to him. He will bring his full intensity to bear on US Open. He is picking and choosing the tournaments where he will give his all.
He practically dumped the clay season including RG to focus on Wimbly. He knew he couldn’t win RG and he wasn’t bothered about ranking points. And he wanted to be in top form and fitness for Wimbly.
I expect him to be formidable at USO. He has waited such a long time to win slams, he is hungry for them. He knows if he brings his full intensity to his performance, he can win the USO.


metan Says:

Thanks Steve 27 and Giles. Those shots are brilliant. I hope we will see more in the coming matches.


Ben Pronin Says:

“he wasn’t getting to droppers in his usual snappy fashion”

Maybe because he’s on a hard court and can’t slide the way he does on clay. There was nothing atypical about Nadal not getting to 600 drop shots.


nadalista Says:

But @Ben Pronin, it wasn’t the lateral movement that was the “problem”, it was his forward movement. Rafa does slide a little on HC but not as much as say, Novak but for the droppers, he wasn’t as explosive moving forward as he usually is, even on HC.

Typical Rafa forward run: he will crouch, drop his head (like pro sprinters do!) and dash. I have yet to see that “crouch, head drop” run in Montreal.

As I said, it’s still early days, I’m sure his explosiveness will pick up with matches. And Jerzy’s droppers are just that darn good…..


nadalista Says:

Thanks @Giles! I think our boy’s getting into the groove…….


Giles Says:

@nadalista. Groovy Rafa, I like it! Haha
Vamos!


POV Says:

El Flaco@ August 8th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I followed that story about Erik and Lyle. Did you play anyone soon-to-be “famous?”


Darryl Thompson Says:

Correction to article title: Murray Tested, Serena Cruises.
A 62,63 beatdown is hardly a TEST – I mean really??? Just because Murray is TESTED does not mean Serena is also tested -c’mon guys be fair why don’t cha???

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