Djokovic, Raonic Survive 3-Setters at Rogers Cup; Federer Returns Thursday
by Staff | August 7th, 2014, 1:00 am
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, playing his first match since capturing the Wimbledon title, was pushed to the limit in his opening match at the Rogers Cup in Toronto Wednesday, despite delivering 36 winners just edging unseeded Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-6(2).


“In a way it was fun, of course, and entertaining to be part of this match,” Djokovic said. “I enjoyed it. I tried to take the positives from this long match, and those are obviously the fact that I stayed over two-and-a-half hours on the court and I have not played an official hard court match since the Miami final. That helps obviously to play a little bit more, to feel the court, to feel the conditions.”

Djokovic will next get a chance to feel the court even more when he faces another Frenchman and similar-style opponent, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who was a 7-6(6), 6-4 winner over countryman Jeremy Chardy.

Another player making his first appearance since the All England Club was No. 8 seed Andy Murray, an easy 6-2, 6-2 victor against Aussie youngster Nick Kyrgios.

“I thought I did most things like pretty solid,” Murray said. “It was a solid match for a first match back after sort of four and a half, five weeks. I was happy…After Wimbledon, I went over to Miami and I really trained like I used to for the first time since the surgery and I felt much better.”

Other Top 10-seeded three-set winners were No. 4 Tomas Berdych surviving an upset bid from Yen-Hsun Lu 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4; No. 5 David Ferrer grinding past American Mike Russell 6-4, 2-6, 6-1; No. 6 Milos Raonic defeating American Jack Sock 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4), and No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov likewise needing three sets to tame streaking American Donald Young 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Other seeds advancing were No. 12 Richard Gasquet defeating Ivo Karlovic in three, No. 15 Marin Cilic and No. 17 Tommy Robredo.

On the upset tip Wednesday were two unseeded veterans, with Julien Benneteau toppling the mercurial No. 11 Ernests Gulbis 7-6(4), 6-3, and the big-serving Kevin Anderson topping the combustible No. 16 Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-2.

On the women’s side of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday, world No. 1 Serena Williams put on her game face to dispatch of former US Open winner Sam Stosur 6-0, 6-2.

Serena delivered 10 aces to one for the Australian. She will next meet No. 15 seed Lucie Safarova who defeated Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4, 6-2.

Other Top 10-seeded winners were No. 2 Petra Kvitova who eased past Aussie Casey Dellacqua 6-3, 6-2; No. 4 Maria Sharapova who came from a set down to defeat Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 4-6, 6-3, 6-1; No. 6 Angelique Kerber who rolled past France’s Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-1; and No. 7 Jelena Jankovic who edged Sloane Stephens 6-7(4) 6-4, 7-6(4).

“It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been in a competitive atmosphere,” Sharapova said. “It’s always quite different than practice no matter how much you train. Once you step on the court, you feel the energy from the crowd and you get inspired by everything, but you’re ultimately a bit rusty. I’m just happy that I got through that and won today because I had a very tough opponent.”

Sharapova will next face No. 14 seed Carla Suarez Navarro, a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 winner over Czech Karolina Pliskova.

No. 11 Caroline Wozniacki was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Klara Koukalova, and will next meet American Shelby Rogers, while No. 10 Dominika Cibulkova fell to Brit Heather Watson 6-2, 6-7(2), 7-6(5).

In the late match Wednesday night, American Coco Vandeweghe upset No. 9 seed Ana Ivanovic 6-7(7), 7-6(7), 6-4.

In other unseeded play Venus Williams advanced past Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 6-2, and Sabine Lisicki came from a set down to beat Madison Keys 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Thursday’s schedule:
STADIUM start 11:00 am
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs K Anderson (RSA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [13] J Tsonga (FRA)
[12] R Gasquet (FRA) vs [8] A Murray (GBR)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[6] M Raonic (CAN) vs J Benneteau (FRA)
[15] M Cilic (CRO) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)


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98 Comments for Djokovic, Raonic Survive 3-Setters at Rogers Cup; Federer Returns Thursday

jane Says:

“despite delivering 36 aces” – check it?


Andrea Says:

Serena is looking on fire. Stosur had no answers.


madmax Says:

I saw the Novak match yesterday and both players were not only on fire, but were they feisty as hell! The slow shots of the jaw line resembled adversaries at their best.

What an unmet talent Mon Fils is. It’s such a shame in many ways to see this guy, on the edge of victory, to play some awful shots, almost as if, “what the hell” type shots.

You have to hand it to Novak. Whenever this guy is down, he comes back. It was definitely an off day for him yesterday, some of his shot making was poor for a world number 1. Rusty I would think after wimbledon and a wedding – but I think he finds his groove as he moves through the tournmanet.

It was certainly tight though. He kept his fans on the edge of their seat – especially the kids from his family, was it his neices and nephews who were looking murderous on the one hand and then jumping for joy, the other! Was really great to see such passion.

There was a wonderful rally played by both men – just wonderful – Mon fils won the point – the problem with him is it is just not sustained.

It could have easily gone either way yesterday – a tie breaker was probably the fairest way of ending the match – you couldn’t choose between the two and then ultimately, you knew it had to be Novak coming through with the experience of a champion that he has under his belt.


Daniel Says:

If Djokovic is to win he will have to play another 3 setter, already lost first 2-6 to Tsonga.

Seems he is not “in” this tourney as some of us felt. Somehow I see he will be eager for Cincy and completing Masters sweep. If he loses early here could be a blessing in disguise as he will see, OK lost here, no time to play anymore. 1 tourney to fine tune and go all out for US Open.

In the mean time, have a feeling Fed could win this tourney and can see him doing so. Hope is him versus Murray final. Both of them needs a Masters urgently.


Daniel Says:

Saw that Wawrinka lost also, seems like upset day in Toronto.


MMT Says:

Djokovic looks very sloppy – he’s making Tsonga look great.


jane Says:

daniel, nole was due for a letdown – even if only mentally.

he’s been going deep in everything he’s played for a long while. the streak at the end of last year, not to mention finals in the slams. this season quarters in australia, semis in dubia, winner in both iw and miami, semis in monte carlo, winner in rome, finals of roland garros, winner at wimbledon. not to mention the off court goings-on, i.e., wedding, baby coming, etc. i just knew that sooner than later he’d have an off day or two. and given that he’s coming back from the highs of wimbledon and the wedding, i thought it might be here in canada. too bad that the loss is quite this lopsided, but jo is playing well and nole is not. such is sport.

those who said that us nole fans were in la-la land by predicting this loss can now see that, in fact, we know our guy pretty well!

as i said before the start, fed or murray is winning this (i had thought maybe even wawa or raonic but that’s doubtful given that wawa already lost and milos is looking shaky)


Daniel Says:

Damm, Tsonga is serving 5-2 second set. Didn’t expect Djoko to be going out 2 and 2.

Gasquet retired so Murray is in quarters already, to face Tsonga. Can see him winning or losing to Tosnga next round. But he got a good draw now with a maybe a re-match with DImi in semis and than Fed / Raonic /Berdy in finals. All players who he has a postivi HxH I think. Wawa and Djoko gave him more trouble in the past.


Daniel Says:

Djoko also lost an opportunity to increase his point lead, winning only 90 pts here, actually losing compared to his results last year.


Giles Says:

Nobody beats Jo 10 times in a row! Oops, it rhymes!
Would like Andy to win this tourney to get his confidence back.


Daniel Says:

Yeah Jane agree with you, somehow I didn’t saw him winning here and actually prefer for him to win Cincy (as he lost 4 finals there before). Prefer if Fed or Murray wins here to spice things up. Even one of the young guns Dimi or Raonic. Now with Wawa also one of this 4 will bag this. Most likely Fer or Murray.


jane Says:

true daniel, but nole can still do so at cincy.

andy has a good record versus tsonga, so i don’t see that match being a problem, and dimitrov is a question mark.

i think it may very well be a fed / andy final!


Giles Says:

Daniel. Don’t be greedy! 360 – 90 + 1000 is enough, no?


skeezer Says:

Wow Nole got Tsonga’d. Missed that one.


Daniel Says:

Fed x Andy final would be great, but for me as a fan, if Fed is to be in the final again (after Wimby) I want him to win, otherwise rather him lose before finals. He is already 2-4 in finals this year and losing another is not going to do him any good confidence wise. So I rather he win the title or not play the final:-)

He can say my game is where I want it to be bla bla but he already got a once in a lifetime in MC without Djokal and now again they are both gone (the players who beat him the most) so he is the favorite for the tourney now and (as in the old days) should be able to win it.


calmdownplease Says:

Oh well can’t win em all.
Wimbledon and getting hitched are probably worth this crash out (just maybe)
Novak is having his own little road back now.
Opens it up for Andy and Fed quite nicely.
Unfortunately for Roger, Andy is probably back to his HC best in this tourney, but we will see.


Colin Says:

To add to the drama, Gasquet has withdrawn with an abdominal strain. I’m sorry about that, because as I said before, the Frenchman would have been an ideal match for Andy: a good test but probably won by Murray, and getting him further tuned up.

Still, Andy leads Jo-W 9-2 head-to-head, so I’m optimistic.


Okiegal Says:

I guess Nole fans know him better than I do. Some of his fans said he would not be into the tournament, like he was saving himself for Cincy and the USO. Question……I just watched the last 2 games….so was Novak playing to tank the match or was JWT playing so good that it made Novak play bad?? Curious….Either way, I picked him to win this thing. Now, I’ve got to back track…..going with Fed for his number what title??


Okiegal Says:

^^^^^^but having said all that , I want to win this bad, after all he’s been through with the back surgery. C’mon Andy!!


calmdownplease Says:

`true daniel, but Nole can still do so at cincy`

He’s never won Cincy before,
my take is he gets a few matches in there and makes his stand at the USO where he will have more time to get into it.
The US Open for me has become, well `open` again hehe


jane Says:

the us open feels very open, i agree, cdp. so many possible contenders.

i just think nole might really dig deep at cincy with this early loss in canada, but you never know. he has been in 4 finals at cincy, so it’s not like he plays badly there, and it would mean a masters sweep, something he’d be alone in accomplishing, thus far. it’s hard to say… maybe his letdown will persist? though i hope not of course.

hoping it’s just post-wimbledon-wedding fatigue. :)


Tennis lover Says:

As I said before, neither Nadal nor Djokovic are gonna win US open this year


calmdownplease Says:

Well Jane, he was pretty awful Today.
So him wanting a clean sweep doesn’t mean it’s going to happen (although short of injury it surely will at some point).
He clearly needs competitive practice on the HCs.
I know he is one of em that can come off a break and just roll on up to the final so it’s not impossible (ie MC)
But Cincy is tricky for Nole no?
And I do feel my comments on this kind of thing have been learned from some pretty tough & fresh experiences, and so are valid.
If you catch my drift?


calmdownplease Says:

It is just post wimbledon-wedding fatigue Jane!
But he needs to be prepared also.


Casey Says:

ATP won’t do nothing about this obvious tank. It’s disgusting really. At least better human being won today.


Okiegal Says:

Great match going on with Roberto and Grigor….the jury is out on who will win this one…..it’s tied atm.


calmdownplease Says:

hope it’s the `oldie` Roberto
Grigor is a class act, but I am weary of the hype
see also `the game is on my racquet Raonic`


Okiegal Says:

Sugarpova’s beau grabbed this one!


MMT Says:

Robredo put up a good fight, but this is actually a good result for Dimitrov in the sense that players who depend on touch, feel and ball control have higher high’s and lower low’s, than players depending on power and athleticisim. As such, the true measure of a talented players development is how well the play when they’re not “feeling” it, and Dimitrov did well to win that match after giving up a lead.

Very surprised to see Djokovic lose so tamely. I don’t see any reason why he should tank – it looked to me like he wasn’t there physically or technically, so the need for practice and fitness will actually be helped by leaving here early.

Murray is more competitive than Tsonga, and I’m not convinced his victory today was down as much to his high level as the Djoker’s low level. Having said that, Murray’s record against Tsonga is outstanding: 9 and 1, so unless his level is particularly low and Tsonga’s particularly high, I don’t see many improvements to Tsonga’s game that would make him the favorite.


jane Says:

explain your drift again, cdp. not sure i follow.

hey casey, do you have a player you actually root for or do you just come round to slag off nole?

if it’s the latter, go back to bat, casey, because you just “struck out”.


calmdownplease Says:

Yes, such a genuine couple!
nothing to do with marketing and publicity,
oh no
I wonder how he handles the er `shreiking`,
as we have heard what’s she’s like when she plays tennis!


calmdownplease Says:

My drift is Andy Murray Jane,
maybe the cynics are correct however, and Novak is just saving himself, but it’s not like him is it?


Wog boy Says:

“ATP won’t do nothing about this obvious tank. It’s disgusting really. At least better human being won today.”

You are right, he should learn from the best, declare an injury, pull out and post two videos of himself practicing with uncle Vajda with cast on his arm, instead of tanking. No1e..No1e, you will never learn..


Hippy Chic Says:

Jane Casey has took pot shots at Rafa too regarding his injuries,so i dont think its just about Nole?however like you i would also be interested in who H/S does like?


Hippy Chic Says:

Nice win for Joe,i really dont think many wouldve seen this one coming,watching Novak he was clearly out of sorts,i dont think he will be losing much sleep about this loss TBH though,i dont think its detrimental to his chance of winning the USO either even if were to lose at Cincy next week,i think the only thing would be getting some HC matches under his belt ahead of the USO,its my belief the USO will be more important to win than completing the full set of Masters,although having said that im sure he will want both….


calmdownplease Says:

Can’t be bothered watching Ferrer despite the possible upset.
I find him so boring and uninspiring.
Sorry Ferrer fans (if he has any).


Okiegal Says:

I watched a little bit of the last set and I personally thought Novak looked tired and exhausted. His heart wasn’t in it , but I don’t think for one minute it was a tank job. He just isn’t that type of competitor or person in general who would do that. He might if he had an underlying ailment that was bothering him. He just now said on TV nothing was working and a poor performance by him. After now seeing him in the presser, he looks like and acted like he wasn’t feeling well……but to suggest he’s a tanker, don’t believe that for one second!


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal didnt Novak say yesterday after the Monflis match that he wasnt feeling all that great,if i remember rightly?


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP Dodig is the player here with more variety and more shot making ability,Davids game is built more around attrition and hard work,rather than his talent for shot making….


Giles Says:

@Okiegal. Lol. You seem to rate joker very highly saying you don’t believe he would tank a match. Watch the match with Sam Querry in Paris in 2012! After having secured the y/e #1 ranking that year he decided to be generous. Pfffffft


andrea Says:

wow. seeds falling everywhere….guess the one month layoff is hurting everyone. Good win for Jo…finally.


Okiegal Says:

Agree with Jane, I think it will be a murfed final too!! Go Andy go! Would love to see him win this title!


calmdownplease Says:

I am aware of all that HC.
I’m just a fan of a player that has `hotshot` shots literally on a daily basis. Off the clay, I can’t imagine anyone finding ferrer an exciting prospect.
Oh well to each their own I say


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP Ferrer is a nice guy but not really my cup of tea as a player either,im not saying Rafa will win the USO but i do enjoy how hes become alot more agressive on HCs now,but with him out of the equation ATM im pulling for Andy as my second favorite,and he was quite stunning yesterday against Nicky.K,and i really hope he carries on playing that way,was looking forward to watching him against Gasquet to see where hes really at and to get some matches under his belt too….


Okiegal Says:

@Chic…..didn’t see that presser….so don’t for sure. But he definitely wasn’t himself in the presser that espn showed a few minutes ago.

@Giles

I have never seen that match, so have no opinion on it one way or the other. There might be underlying reasons why a player might resort to that…..maybe just not feeling well and wanting off the court. I don’t know but I don’t like to accuse someone unjustly, especially if he was sick or something. I can’t think of another reason why a player would do such a thing. In a nutshell……I will give them the benefit of the doubt….


Patson Says:

I think the absence of Nadal had a subconcious effect on Nole. He’s probably saving his best for the US open. I feel Nadal will be launching an assault at the US open and Nole needs to be in top shape for that.


Hippy Chic Says:

Patson if Rafa actually plays the USO,which is still a big if IMO ATM?,then he will be going to try and defend the title with no HC preperation under his belt,put it another way i think it could be the most open open yet?


Wog boy Says:

“I feel Nadal will be launching an assault at the US open…”

You can bet your house on it.

Did anyone really beleived that Nole will be mentaly ready and have 100% motivation for Toronto? Nole is the player that has to be fully motivated to perform at his best. I am not even sure for Cincinnati. After seeing his draw that he has to go through Monfils/Tsonga/Murray/Wawrinka (Dimitrov) and Federer (all present or previous top10) to win this one and then probably to play with some of the next week and few weeks later…just to be worn out for USO.


calmdownplease Says:

So you think Ferrer is a `nice guy` do you?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFykX0R0ER0

And his, er, rather unique way to silence a screeching baby also springs to mind.
How exactly do you know he’s `nice` anyway HC?
Actually he might still be a nice guy just with a bit of a bad temper,
Apparently Oscar Pistorious is a pretty nice guy too, but with an itsy bitsy (teensy weensy)bad temper.
So not too nice after all eh? ;)
Anyway,
I also think this is a very open open.
The Idea that Novak collapsed because of Nadal is well, difficult to imagine, and seems like a fans way of looking at things lol.
Of course when i say `Open` what I really mean is that Andy just might have a shot at a slam this year after all.
If he is (finally!) `back` that is.
A match fit Andy would have been a contender for Wimbledon this year, no doubt.
He needs to beat Jo tomorrow well, and he needs to win this tourney or the next I feel, for confidence.
Dude is 27 now, he needs to get a move on!


Hippy Chic Says:

Wogboy we dont even know Nadal is playing the USO as yet,i left you a post on his thread earlier,saying how much can one actually decipher about his form going by such short clips of him practising?i actually left you one of the Andy/Amelie thread about your links on Jessica,just wondered if you had read them?….


calmdownplease Says:

I obviously don’t believe Novak gave his all for Toronto, and there is the question of what he’s achieved this summer leading into this period having an effect, but Nadal dropping out of the 2 HC tourneys leading up to the US Open is a big deal for him, he needs to build his momentum.
Look at what happened at Wimbledon.
Nadal being fresh but with no match practice will clearly be better than the whole grass court period (tired but no match practice)but it is still far from Ideal.
Remember He won both Toronto and Cincy last year and then lifted the USO.


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP true i dont know he is a nice guy,he just seems to be most of the time,ok he lost it so he is human,but Oscar Pistorious he aint lol.
Anyway agree its not ideal for Nadal,but as i keep repeating myself,we dont even know hes playing the USO as yet,some preperation has to be better than going there cold turkey.
As far as Novaks concerned he does look spent,after Wimbledon,wedding,honeymoon hardly surprising,and he did say in his presser that he wasnt comfortable with the conditions.
Andy should be fresh and hopefully motivated,he needs to get some wins under his belt…..


Okiegal Says:

What happened with Stan the man……he’s out too! Did not get to watch the match.


calmdownplease Says:

He’s lost it in quite a number of occasions HC.
Trying to hit in the direction of a crying baby is just well thats a nasty thing to do lol.
Although babies should not be allowed anywhere near a tennis court.
Know someone with a Mallorcan wife who knows Nadal and knows of Ferrer, and the consensus seems to be that Ferrer is a bit of a k***.
TV presentation is all smoke and mirrors.
But my goal here is not character assassination.
Moving on,
Andy needs to realise (more than intellectually) that winning a slam requires more than winning the 7 matches in that slam.
It starts earlier than this.
The sames goes for all of them surely, that’s the general theme here when one connects the dots.


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP i watched the film Kill Bill,and in one scene David Caradine says to Uma Thurman,your a really nice person,but every now and again you have the ability to turn into a real C*** insert your own expletive,but i suppose we can all be at times,but as you say we are not here to character assasinate,and too much of that goes on around here.
Anyway i hope Andy can carry on playing the way he did against Nicky.K,and gather some form going into the USO….


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP I do like your style of posting,you tell it like it is,you remind me of another poster that used to post here called Swiss Maestro although he was a Federer fan,mind you with a monikor like that,the clues in the title anyway,and like you he was always fair and honest,but certainly didnt take any prisoners that was for sure….


calmdownplease Says:

Ha the best line in that film actually, the first one was better however.
Thanx Darlin, I like to think I can be reasonable and objective from time to time. But I think you might come to the realization also that I’m not too like anybody that has posted here, once I really get going, lol.
Although the moderation here is quite full on, it has to be said.


jane Says:

eh, nole was just flat. he might’ve even been a bit physically tired from the long match with gael and then the fact that he played doubles that same evening. stan lost today too. maybe nolrinka was a bad idea?

anyhow, it’s not that concerning unless the same happens at cincy.

cdp, got it.


Wog boy Says:

HC, Rafa is going to play USO and he will be my favorite to win it…and Federer will be in Nole’s half. Injury…what injury? Aaa yes, he posted those videos, very convincing for some people but I don’t buy it, uncle Toni (Don Vito Corleone) is up to something … winning USO.
I read your comment on the other thread, thanks.


andrea Says:

wow. kvitova out now too. looks like JJ on the brink of going out. milos having to fight another 3 setter.


Wog boy Says:

jane,
after that dull FO final I didn’t expect Nole to win anything big this year but he came back and won Wimbledon, not just any GS, but holy grail of tennis, every player’s dream. He won it in one of best ever Wimbledon finals against best ever tennis player and got back to #1. I was over the moon and happy for him and all members of Nolecoaster family. It would be nice if he can do Cinncinati&USO but I am happy with 1GS and three masters for now on…but wait, there is more:)


jane Says:

wog boy, i am with you! i know – it was such a thrilling wimbledon final for me because he won versus one of the greatest grass courters ever and fed was playing lovely tennis. he also won all his master titles over either fed or nadal. so all things considered it’s been a good year. anything he can add will be even more excellent!

as for rafa, like with you, there is no doubt in my mind that he will play the us open.

back to the present, it looks like berdych is going down to f-lo?


jane Says:

^ i mean his 3 master titles from this year obviously.


Gordon Says:

Milos has elevated his game in the third set; 5 aces and 84% first serve percentage, losing only 1 point in his first serve and 3 in total in his serve. Looking real good now.


Humble Rafa Says:

Since when did 33 become an important age? Is it like sweet 16 for girls?


skeezer Says:

When u get there with 17 Slams and still ranked in the top 4, trust me you’ll understand. Until then, keep the admiration comin’.


van orten Says:

fed wasting 6 matchpoints by the way and now losing second set. speechless


van orten Says:

beyond comprehension. how the hell is cilis still in that match


jane Says:

i posted on the other thread that i thought fed would run away with the match after winning the first set. he definitely seemed the more confident of the two, and frankly he’s been serving more consistently than cilic all match, so yeah, i am surprised to see that fed lost the second. but cilic has improved with ivanisevic in his corner. and the match isn’t over yet.


van orten Says:

vs the greatest choker in the game fed demonstrates he is even there bigger than cilic!!! jesus h christ


van orten Says:

jane !! fed had 6 match points!!! and 4 of them on second serves !!!! he completly choked 2 of them away just like that. cilic was dead deadest deader whatever ..


van orten Says:

i do not think it has something to do with ivanisevic that cilic won that set


Humble Rafa Says:

fed wasting 6 matchpoints by the way and now losing second set. speechless

That’s how it goes in Arrogant Land. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.


Humble Rafa Says:

It’s time to lose that serve, you know. First service game in the set preferred, but sooner the better.


jane Says:

but he seems mentally stronger than he used to be van orten. at least that’s the impression i got in his tight matches with nole this year. anyhow, it’s still anyone’s match so let’s wait and see. fed could still win it. it’s on serve in the third.


Humble Rafa Says:

Funny how time changes perception.

Michael Jackson dies, everyone praises him.
Now, Ivanasevic and Madame Coach talk mental toughness.

Funny.


van orten Says:

hahahah humble


van orten Says:

never seen a top player miss so many second serves.


van orten Says:

second serve returns


van orten Says:

here it comes


jane Says:

yes, it’s crazy that there have been no breaks. they’re not even serving their best. cilic has not cracked above 56% firsts in and fed’s been hovering around the mid-60s all match. as i write, though, fed has deuce.


van orten Says:

breakpoint number 10 is it


FedExpress Says:

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van orten Says:

even the world number 500 would have beaten fed in after the second set. not so mr. cilic haha what a choker , poor guy


jane Says:

well there you go – on his 10th try fed finally got the break! no way cilic will break back; he’s barely had a sniff.


skeezer Says:

Humble Rafa continues to give Fed admiration and loving attention by posting about him. So what does he now do with his spare time without a tool to pick with? Post lots of love and attention through posts from the fake humble one about the GOAT.
Can’t get enough of the all time one. Blog on humble one.


van orten Says:

after all though : fed is crushing the ball tonight


FedExpress Says:

WHAT A FOREHAND


FedExpress Says:

and that fist pump


jane Says:

that reminded me of the nole/monfils match a bit. when nole let the second set get away from him he was suddenly in a battle. same for fed tonight, although it was less close in the third and closer in the first. not the play itself, but just the momentum switches. is ferrer next for fed?


TennisFan Says:

What an amaziing win for Federer tonight … Cilic was playong loghts out for 3 sets and Fed stayed with him and still found a way to win. He is amazing.


skeezer Says:

Say what you will about Feds BP % and yes, at times, its dismal, but he still wins despite it, and accumulates all time records with it, an even more amazing achievement. What was his BP tonight, like 1-10? Dudes and dudettes, he still won the match. And check out Cilic’s comeback this year, he is playing very well.
Vamos Fed!


Michael Says:

Well, after surviving a scare from Monfils, Novak is literally blasted off the court by a rampaging Tsonga. Against a player like Tsonga you must pray that you are not caught with him in one of his blitzkeirg days. One might vividly recall his decimation of Rafa at the Australian Open semi finals in 2008 and Tsonga has this potential to literally pulverise his opponents with his brilliance. His only problem is lack of consistency. Novak was a bit unfortunate that he caught Tsonga in one of his best days and he too on the court was looking a bit listless and out of sorts. May be, the lay off after Wimbledon hurt his rythym and he too is in a sort of different mood after his marriage and approaching father time. But, no excuses, he was annihilated by Tsonga. Period.


Michael Says:

And coming to the match of Roger Vs Cilic, it was once again an exhibition by Roger as to why he is still a class apart. After squandering 10 match points with some silly shots, Roger kept egging himself and fighting on. This fighting spirit of Roger is vastly undermind by his critiques and some of his detractors even unjustly deride him as a choker. As usual, Roger failed in converting numerous break point opportunities, but all credit to Cilic who is rediscovering his touch and realizing his potential after a lull. He is an excellent prospect for the future and in this match, he just kept pace with Roger who was playing his sublime Tennis and yet just couldn’t finish it when it really mattered. Now that Novak is out, I think this is an excellent opportunity for Roger to win Toronoto yet again and boost his Masters tally. All that he needs to do is play the way he did against Cilic and he will surely go on to win.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I remember Roger coming back from his marriage and losing to Stan in MC. It’s a tough tournament to compete after some major events. Not sure how much time he had to practice on HC.

I don’t think this match has much relevance on Novak’s form, unless he loses badly in Cincy.

As far as Roger, this match would have taken a toll on his body. The game is good, but not sure if he can come back after matches like this and show great form again. Ferrer is a tough competitor and he would try to get as many balls back as possible. I expect a close match and would not be surprised if Ferrer gets through. But irrespective of the result, Roger needs to be pleased with his ball striking and movement.

Question is, at this age, can his body recover within 24 hrs for the next brutal match in HC?


mad max Says:

Well done to roger…those missed break point opportunities though will real ly need to be cleaned up well and proper…have a word edberg…yes Michael..agreed about him being under rated with the fighting spirit…but he needs the ability to work out why this is happening so frequently. Could it be a lack of confidence in these clutch moments….i find strange after such a successful year this year. Time to blow the cobwebs away from this part of his game.


Hippy Chic Says:

I dont know how anyone can doubt the fighting qualities of a 17 time GS champion?my two cents….


Michael Says:

Alison, – Well said !! To say that he is a choker, one must loan his brains.

Mad Max – This let down happens to everybody in Sport. See how Andy lost to Tsonga after leading 3-0 in the final set !!


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