Djokovic Gets Jumped By Tsonga In Toronto, Federer Survives; Sharapova Stumbles in Montreal
by Sean Randall | August 8th, 2014, 1:01 am
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What the hell happened to Novak Djokovic? The Serb who’s been such a stud in Masters events the last year – had won 29 of his last 30 matches – was absolutely forgot to answer the bell today in a 6-2, 6-2 blowout by JW Tsonga 6-2, 6-2 in the third round at Toronto.

Whatever the issue – married life, complacency, rust (Tsonga was playing in his first event of the summer as well), – Djokovic better get it figured out quick because that was one of his worst performances of his career. One that will certainly catch the eye of the Rafael Nadal camp.

“Congratulations to Jo,” Djokovic lamented. “He played some great tennis. Served very well. He was obviously the better player on the court. I hadn’t played even close to what I intended before going to the court. Just nothing was going. No baseline, no serve, no return. Generally a very bad day, very poor performance. Couldn’t do much.”

Tsonga, who hadn’t beaten anyone of note since the win over Roger Federer at the French last year, ended a brutal 11-match losing streak to the Serb. So good for JW and hopefully this gets him back on track for bigger things.

“For me today it was great,” said Tsonga. “I played a good match. Soon in the match I was in good condition. I served pretty well, I was pretty aggressive.

“I’m working hard every day. It’s not every day you get the rewards of what you’re doing every day during the year. You leave your family, practise hard, suffer a lot on the court. And when you win a match like this, you just feel good.”

Tsonga now faces Andy Murray in the marquee match tomorrow afternoon in the quarters. Murray got through when Richard Gasquet pulled out with an abdominal injury.

Murray, who’s twice won the Canadian Open, has beaten Tsonga nine of ten meetings including eight straight. So I make Murray the very, very slight favorite here, but the match will be on Tsonga’s racquet. And the Frenchman is suddenly hot again.

Djokovic wasn’t the only Slam winner on the season to lose Thursday. Stan Wawrinka fell to Kevin Anderson in three. I thought Anderson might have a big summer, and after disappointing in Atlanta and Washington, he’s finally found the form again.

Anderson now gets Grigor Dimitrov. The man known as Baby Fed and as Mr. Sharapova pulled a Maria winning yet another match in three sets edging Tommy Robredo.

“I know I’m in a good position right now. He obviously had a good win today against Stan,” Dimitrov said. “Tomorrow’s another day, another match. I like my chances.”

And I do too. Grigor’s 4-1 against Kevin who won their only indoor meeting at San Jose a few years ago.

Milos Raonic continues to be the class of the new wave. The Canadian survived a game Julien Benneteau to win in three. Tomorrow night it’ll be another nip-and-tuck affair against his old Spanish buddy Feliciano Lopez who was a winner over Tomas Berdych.

I make Raonic a slight favorite in that one.

“Obviously as a lefty, things are going to change a little bit with the angles,” Raonic said of the match-up. “I have been able to find answers in the past against him, so just gonna have that same approach. I feel like I have improved since the last time I played him. I’m looking forward to playing better tomorrow than I did today. If I do so, then I can dictate and control the center of the court. I feel like I will be able to create some possibilities and opportunities.

“Feliciano previously had worked with my fitness trainer and Galo and they were good friends,” he added. “He’s a good guy. He’s a very good person in that sense, and he’s good to be around.”

And in nightcap, Roger Federer tries to stay perfect against David Ferrer. Both guys go into the match off three setters. Ferrer a rather straightforward win over Ivan Dodig. Federer, though, was pushed to the edge by the Croat. After taking the first, in the second Federer let slip SIX matchpoint chances. Often we see players fall apart after blowing such an opportunity and early in the third it looked like Federer would do just that. But he stood firm and eventually got a late break to take the match 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.

“Nerve wracking,” Federer said of the win. “I thought Marin played really well, especially for longer periods, as well. I’m happy I was able to find a way tonight.”

As for Friday, Federer is 14-0 against Ferrer. Would Ferrer really try to break his duck of the day of Federer’s 33rd birthday? Of course not!

“If I don’t play well, it’s one of those guys that you’re not going to come through,” Federer said looking ahead. “I’ve got to play different as well a little bit. There is a few adjustments I need to make in a short bit of time here, but I hope I can find a way.”

Over in Montreal, the women’s tournament wasn’t immune to the upset bug. A host of Slam winners and former No. 1s fell as Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and Jelena Jankovic all tumbled. Serena Williams and Venus Williams both survived as did Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska.

ESPN2 and Tennis Channel will have coverage on Friday.

FRIDAY TORONTO SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 11:00 am
J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[13] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [8] A Murray (GBR)
K Anderson (RSA) vs [7] G Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[6] M Raonic (CAN) vs F Lopez (ESP)
[5] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)


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154 Comments for Djokovic Gets Jumped By Tsonga In Toronto, Federer Survives; Sharapova Stumbles in Montreal

Michael Says:

Well it is very tough to be consistent all throughout the year. There will be those days when you get cut to size either by your opponents brilliance or your lethargic play or even when you carry an injury or bodily distress. Definitely it is no shame losing to a player of caliber like Tsonga who is known for producing his brilliance occasionally on court which has been his core problem to stay at the top. His lack of consistency has hurt him. One day, you will see some exhilirating stuff from his racquet and the other day, it would be cluttered with mediocricity. That is Tsonga the unpredictable who is literally a fun to watch on court because you always expect the unexpected. Why this match produced such a one sided result is the fact that Tsonga rediscovered his touch while Novak was off colour looking a bit jaded and uninterested. It did appear that his shots lacked sting and perhaps we might have jumped to that impression due to the superiority of his opponents play. But it might be a blessing in disguise for Novak for he can now concentrate on Cincinnati, the only Master series title he has never won in his glittering career. For Tsonga, he must now convert this opportunity to add on to his only Master series title. After winning against a No.1 player, it is what any giant killer can hope for !!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

This is not something new. I have seen so many great players play poor matches. Just that the Top 3 now has been so consistent in last 8 to 9 years, we forget that these guys are human.

What happened to Novak was a pretty routine loss on a bad day. Just leave it and move on. He would be fine in Cincy.


Dan Martin Says:

I’ve got my picks for both the Montreal and Toronto quarterfinal matches up at http://tennisabides.com – I’m not shocked Novak lost since he had such a long match vs. Monfils the day before, but I think Cincinnati takes on a greater importance for Nole now that he did not add a great # of points relative to Nadal in Canada. Still, I think if Novak was going to play 5 matches in 5 days on a hard court to win Toronto he ideally would not have had such a long 1st match. He and his team undoubtedly don’t want to leave his legs in Toronto or Cincy when the USO is the ultimate goal.


roy Says:

come on, let’s be consistent. if nadal had just lost 6262 and failed to make a deep run, we’d be talking about his ‘flawed’ hard court game and so on.

djoker, arguably the best hard court player on tour, just lost 6262 to the worst returner in the top 15 outside of raonic.

let’s remember that next time nadal loses a hard court match before the final.


Hippy Chic Says:

Roy thats true,some players lose and its a crisis,others and its merely scrugged off as been unimportant,such is the double standard around here anyway….


Ben Pronin Says:

Sean never misses a chance to be dramatic :)


Gordon Says:

That 18 minute 44 second game in the second set between Cilic and Federer, where the latter had 6 match points, was one of the best advertisements for the game of tennis you’ll ever see. Of the 6 chances 5 saw Cilic play well to fend off Fed and Fed blew an (normally for him) easy volley that would have ended the match but instead forced him to play that third set before winning it.

After the disappointment of not winning the match in 2 Fed showed a determination and focus that has not been the norm in his game the last half-decade. Cilic’s level did not drop in the third set but Federer maintained an amazing level of play to win the contest.

Milos Raonic is knocking at the door of being one of the big four. To be seeded 4th at the US Open he needs to repeat as a finalist in Toronto. His game has so improved including his ability to focus on each point, something Nadal, Djokovic and Federer have done so well over their careers.

One day in the not-too-distant future Raonic will defeat Roger Federer. It could be on Saturday. If Ferrer makes Federer go through a tough 3 sets he might not have enough to best an in-form Raonic with a boisterous Canadian crowd cheering him on.

Am I being a little presumptive dismissing both Lopez and Ferrer’s chances today in the QFs? Perhaps. I can’t see anything stopping Raonic and Federer from meeting in the semis on Saturday.


Hippy Chic Says:

A Very Happy 33rd Birthday to Roger Federer :))….


Colin Says:

I can’t agree with Sean that the match with Murray is “on Tsonga’s racquet”. In view of the head-to-head, surely it’s on Andy’s racquet. It’s not as if they’d regularly swapped wins, is it? For some time, Murray has dominated JW. If he plays anywhere near his best (maybe he won’t, of course), then he’ll win.


jane Says:

dan, nole still increased the gap between him and rafa by 1190 because rafa lost so many points. also he not only played the long match vs la monf, he then went and played doubles later that day. maybe that’s why both stan and nole didn’t play their best the next day and lost.


jane Says:

i agree colin.


MMT Says:

I’m with Colin and Jane – I don’t think Tsonga’s win of Djokovic is all down to Tsonga being hot. He played well, but Djokovic was very ordinary. Murray hasn’t had the best year, but if he’s fit (which he says he is) he has the upper hand in the match up.

Dimitrov vs Anderson should be interesting. From Anderson’s perspective, he really blew that match in Acapulco and should have won. He’s a player who is fairly flat line – rarely plays poorly, but doesn’t really have another level, so this is another good test of Dimitrov’s development. If he’s feeling it, he’ll kill Anderson – he’s just that much better of a player. But if he isn’t, then it’s down to grit and finding solutions, and he’s only just begun to do that more often than not.

I also think Federer’s no guarantee against Ferrer – they haven’t played in almost two years, and that was indoors at the World tour finals – Federer got one break in the first, and the second went to a tie-break. Ferrer’s game has improved since then, but Federer’s has not really. His new racquet has helped his serve and backhand, but I found him underwhelming against Cilic. And Ferrer was getting beaten up before he turned it around against Dodig, which means his greatest asset (tenacity and consistency) could be on the way back.

My prediction is only that it will go 3 sets – not sure who will win.


Okiegal Says:

I remember one time when Tsonga was hot and he made Rafa look like a weak player. Rafa didn’t have the answers that might for sure. Only watched the last two games of the match yesterday and Novak looked ill to me. He just wasn’t into it. He looked very tired, imo.

@Chic 6:54

I agree with this post,……… as always
there is a double standard on this forum when it comes to Rafa…….just saying……


calmdownplease Says:

@colin

I think what Sean meant is that Jo is the more aggressive player and likes to dictate to just about everyone.
I would say on that basis it is on his racquet, but only on paper, in practice he can’t usually sustain it for long enough, and Murray can usually weather the storm, hence 1-9.
But as you say if Andy plays his best then whatever Jo does is probably not going to be enough.
So in the more important meaning of the term you are obviously correct.


SG1 Says:

I think all Sean’s saying is that if Jo brings his A game, he can beat just about anyone (Murray included). Jo rarely brings his ‘A’ game. Murray’s ability to retrieve can bring out the worst in anyone. Especially a guy like Jo who can blow hot and cold.


jane Says:

i see andy’s knee is taped; i wonder if that’s just for protection (i.e., the split cap)?


jane Says:

^ i mean “support” rather than protection.


calmdownplease Says:

Andy’s BH is underperforming Today.


calmdownplease Says:

But the FH is doing pretty well :)


Hippy Chic Says:

Jane i noticed that too,and i hope your right and its just merely precaution,BTW are you pulling for Andy to win this tourney now Novaks gone?


Giles Says:

Points schmoints!!


calmdownplease Says:

`I think all Sean’s saying is that if Jo brings his A game, he can beat just about anyone..`

Why should Sean say that?
Andy is 1-9 on Jo. If that’s what he means then he is wrong.
Above the fact that any great player having his day can usually `beat anyone`.
A pointless statement to make really.


calmdownplease Says:

I dont want to hear about injuries from Andy tbh. If he is on the court, he is fit enough to play. He should win this although Jo is serving well.


MMT Says:

calmdownplease: your response to Colin brings up a very interesting assumption. Is the result always down to the more aggressive player? I don’t think this is a good assumption. When I think of who determines the result in a match, for me it depends primarily who’s been better in the match up, and secondarily on how they’re playing lately.

In the old days of the touring professional tennis (Jack Kramer, Pancho Gonzales, et. al) H2H matchups were THE measure of superiority in tennis, and Kramer believed that after about 20 matches, the natural balance of a match up between two players would take shape. This may be skewed by the fact that the normally played 100-200 times a year against each other.

It seems to me that players change so much over the course of 20 matches in modern tournament tennis, it’s hard to put a finite number on when the natural balance of a match up takes hold. That natural balance is also mitigated by the low frequency of confrontations and the changes in a player’s in the interim.

But after 10 matches, I think it’s fair to say that the natural balance between Murray and Tsonga give Murray the edge. For me, despite Murray’s fitness questions and Tsonga’s blowout of Djokovic , the match is still on Murray racquet.


calmdownplease Says:

I didn’t quite say that actually i meant Jo likes to dictate and therefore people that dictate often say its on their racquet. If they are taking control of the point they can hit through their opponents.
Of course Andy can absorb this for longer of periods of time than most players, and his ability to return the Tsonga serve & play great defense is definitely very off putting for Jo.
Sometimes Tsonga is unplayable, but he can’t sustain it.
I personally dont think the match is on Jo’s racquet I was explaining what I think Sean meant by the term.
For me and i believe it has been proven comprehensively these last few years is that the more successful players have the better return game nowadays.


Okiegal Says:

C’mon Andrew…..you can do this!! Great match so far! Tie break please!!!


jane Says:

tiebreak!

does anyone know if tsonga has a coach now and if so whom?

agree about andy’s backhand / forehand cdp. the running forehand has been nice.

tsonga has no return game really. but andy is serving well, as is jo. tsonga’s first serve has been a huge weapon in this match.

hippy, it’d certainly be good to see him get a title; it’s been a while and his ranking is too low for his quality imo. but i’d like to see a murray/fed rematch in the final. i don’t think they’ve played since the AO. andy won here versus fed in 2010.


Daniel Says:

The double standard concerning Nadal and HC somehow is because Djoko (as Fed was one day in his prime) is not expect to lose often on HC and when he does in 1 match with a poor result some can consider a one off. If he goes deep in Cincy and lose in a hard thought battle it will be different, or if he goes on to win it. It will just validate this loss as one of those bad days. But if he loses early again is sign for concern, but even so not much because he won Wimbledon after having a crushing defeat in RG and with no pre tourney on grass.

With Nadal we got the sense he is not expected to win much on HC, more vulnerable there, said several times on media he doesn’t like playing in those and so on. Last year we can consider a one of and a combination of several aspects which propelled him to a North America sweep.
Him losing on HC after Wimby is nothing new. \
I posted once on a different thread that he was only able to win 9 tourneys in his entire career after Wimbledon: 3 Canada, 1 Cincy, 2 US Open, 1 Tokyo, 1 Beijing and 1 Madrid when it was played on HC fall. Note that 3 of those tourneys were last year and 6 were during NA swing. Post US Open he only managed 3 wins. So there is some justification for this “perceived” double standard ref Nadal and HC, specially post Wimby.

Assuming he plays USO with no pre match him losing won’t chock many as won’t him winning because he performed better in US last 3 years he played. But him losing after USO will be as no ‘importance’, specially if he went on to win US Open again.


Daniel Says:

jane,

I remember this match against Fed in 2010 and it was one of Murray’s best serving display. I think he was close to 70%.


Hippy Chic Says:

OK Daniel fair enough….


jane Says:

makes sense daniel. he’s at 70% serves today too, but tsonga is matching him with more aces. andy – one of the best returners – hasn’t been able to do anything on his first serve. however, he has won 50% of points when tsonga throws in a 2nd serve. so the match momentum could swing if jo’s first serve drops. he slammed in some great forehands in the tiebreak. andy got a little too passive in the tiebreak and it cost him. so close though.


Hippy Chic Says:

Well actually i would think it would be the other way around,not so shocking if Nadal loses on a HC given its not his best surface,and more of a shock when Novak loses early on a HC but whatever,has no relavance here anymore,been as niether are here….


calmdownplease Says:

Well he did flunk that very makeable CC FH there Jane, that could have saved him the set!
Oh well,
Actually Ive seen Andy almost lose to Jo in many occasions, he needs to tidy it up a bit, and yes up the aggression a little too and he will hopefully come through, he’s playing pretty well.
But Tsonga’s serve is delivering for him.


calmdownplease Says:

now THAT’S how to break!


jane Says:

that’s the same thing daniel said hippy chic.


calmdownplease Says:

good grief get it sorted
he going to drop serve immediately


calmdownplease Says:

what a d**khead lol
after all the good work,


calmdownplease Says:

now its Tsonga’s turn (hopefully)
i think the sun is an issue at the moment


jane Says:

yeah, that one missed cc forehand in the tiebreak, but i felt like it was down to movement.

andy is broken right back; however, the commentators are saying the sun is bugging him on that side.


Hippy Chic Says:

Jane maybe i missed something then,i wouldve thought it would be more shocking to see an early loss from Novak than it would be for Rafa,given Novaks HC supremacy,but it doesnt really matter anyway,as Novaks not here anymore,and Rafa didnt play anyway….


calmdownplease Says:

If Andy loses here it will be a real drawback he needs to come through these tests and develop his mettle so to speak.
Much more than it was for Novak (ofcourse)


calmdownplease Says:

why dont we all stop ARGUING about Novak and Nadal or at least do it elsewhere!


Hippy Chic Says:

Indeed a sloppy service game to get broken right back there,come on Andy your better than this….


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP yes sir lol….


calmdownplease Says:

His BH has let him down for some reason, one would think that could be sorted by tomorrow, but will he get there?
lol


calmdownplease Says:

Is Jo actually targeting the Muzz FH?
quite smart.
Virtual match point coming up.


calmdownplease Says:

sorry i meant the BH!


calmdownplease Says:

phew significant hold


jane Says:

hippy, think of it this way. if nadal had a bad loss on clay, no one would truly worry about his clay game going forward, thinking that he’s not the favourite. as most of us said even this year, nadal is the favourite at the french open always until he loses. regardless of his less than perfect clay season. most people would assume a nadal loss on clay was just an off day, especially if it wasn’t against a main rival. if it’s against a rival, some pundits might hype it up, but generally people know nadal is beyond safe on clay. (because of his age now, there might be some talk of decline after a loss, but mainly people would think it wasn’t a big deal) however, if nadal lost badly on hard, because it’s not his best surface, it may seem more concerning for his chances on hard going into the next event, whereas – at this point – it’s less concerning for nole because hard is his most successful surface. however, as daniel points out, if nole loses at cincy early too it may ring some alarm bells. also, i would add that the competition on hard courts is by far the hardest than any other surface. there are more players who play well – even their best – on hard than there are on grass or clay, which makes it really hard to win as much or as consistently on hard courts.


calmdownplease Says:

Tsonga’s serving needs to drop just a little bit, a
teeny weeny bit
that’s all
Or Murray could remember he is one of the best returners ever.
Prefer both myself.


calmdownplease Says:

And both are HAPPENING!


jane Says:

we’re going to a third. the key was andy fighting off those break points. then i knew he’d likely break the next game. also, jo’s first serve isn’t as consistent and andy is winning 63% (!!) of jo’s second serve points. that bodes well for the 3rd set.


calmdownplease Says:

Hopefully that will shake off the cobwebs
Tsonga was trying things out hoping for a little mental weakness by extending the rallies (!)
He’ll have to try something else now.


Hippy Chic Says:

Jane yeah fair enough,anyway Andys just won the second set,i hope he now goes on to win the match….


jane Says:

andy’s backhand is working now.


calmdownplease Says:

wow even the BH is coming back amazing BHDTL
This match will do Andy a lot of favours if he comes through (which he will)


calmdownplease Says:

I’m loving Andy’s game now,
Jo shanking left and right.


calmdownplease Says:

still not a 100% BH situation
but by tomorrow it should be on.
Tsonga’s BH was pretty good there too
C’mon Andy keep the momentum going


calmdownplease Says:

Am I talking to myself now lol


calmdownplease Says:

bad serving = drop games
its quite the `curates egg` this match.


jane Says:

good rally there. andy with a forehand winner to fight off one bp. but tsonga ripped the second serve return on the next chance at took the break. back on serve.

the sun has really troubled them this match.


Hippy Chic Says:

Murray is living dangerously in this match….


Hippy Chic Says:

Oh blooody hell….


calmdownplease Says:

well he has no one to blame but himself that’s for sure
I’ve got a nice piece of humble pie stuffed with crows in the oven as we speak.


calmdownplease Says:

The serving has been the main issue and plus point from them, I’ll let you guess which is which.
But Tsonga is..fragile in these circumstances, there is some hope.


jane Says:

mixing up the pace has worked surprisingly well for tsonga.


jane Says:

cdp, i thought andy’s serving hasn’t been bad at all. he’s kept the first serve percentage high. ironically it was lowest in set 2, which he won, but so was tsonga’s. i think tsonga started returning more aggressively and playing with more variety, which worked to his benefit. but andy played a bit too passively at times. it’s been a good match all in all.


Okiegal Says:

Tsonga has got this one…..yuck!!


Okiegal Says:

Triple Match point


Okiegal Says:

Great point Andy!


Okiegal Says:

Hang tough Andy!


Okiegal Says:

Tsonga DF……..ummm


jane Says:

well well, is tsonga choking? from 3 mps to deuce and can’t buy a first serve.


jane Says:

nope, he finishes. andy will rue that 3rd set, having been up a break and losing that lead. but generally it was well contested. clearly tsonga’s on form. two big wins in a row. who’s next for jo?


calmdownplease Says:

Well done Jo a much deserved victory.
Although he almost choked it.
Novak and then Andy sweet.
Andy is probably out till the asian swing and will not be a factor at the US Open.
Too many mistakes under pressure, too variable in his performance.
I’m done being burned by him, he’s going to have to do it first before I’ll hype him, lol.


Margot Says:

Just checked score. Bum :(
@CDP
Save some pie for me.
Congrats to JW. I thought he was on the downward slope too, but no, wrong!


calmdownplease Says:

Yeah Jane Andy’s serve % was at 66, which is very good but he DF at key moments which was terrible.
Mentally Andy doesn’t seem to be there in a sufficient manner, Tsonga was out rallying him FFS!
The only way to overcome this is by winning matches and by that i mean going deep into tournaments.


Okiegal Says:

Jo Willy on a roll……there goes half the pick of the final I thought we would see. If Fed gets beat, a new champion all together…..I think?? I would be cool with that. Give someone else a chance.


calmdownplease Says:

I hope Tsonga wins it now, he certainly has a shot.


Hippy Chic Says:

Argh Andy you really had no buisness losing that match,a match where both players couldnt hold serve,congrats Joe on back to back wins against two top ten players….


jane Says:

it’s hard not to root for tsonga to win it all now after he’s taken out two slam champs and former roger’s cup champs. i want him to at least reach the finals; i know dimitrov is the young gun and all but still.


calmdownplease Says:

Margot,
Do you know if Andy really absolutely had to have that back surgery?


skeezer Says:

Wow last time I checked the score Andy was up a break in the 3rd. Well, Jo, when “in the mojo mode” can beat anyone and he seems it that mode now.


Okiegal Says:

Tsonga getting a little cocky out there with his Ali like sparing……but he is a cutie who has a beautiful smile and a great personality! He has just beat two great players bac 2 bac, so I suppose he can do whatever he feels like. Good luck to him!


Daniel Says:

Damm, was dying to see Andy x Dimitrov re-match.

Now this is a great opportunity for Dimitrov. Although Tsonga is the more experienced player and with two excellent wins against 2 of the Big four, Dimi as the higher seed could be in the final. Of course he has to go through Anderson first. But if somehow Federer (as the only active former champion), loses could be a great chance. Even for Raonic, he will have only to beat 1 of the main usual suspects.
If not for Fed to win, I want to see a Dimitrov x Raonic final.


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer

I watched and was thinking the same thing. He can turn things around…..amazing. When he’s hot he’s hot. I still don’t think Novak was up to par yesterday, he looked tired to me. But Novak got best fair and square. This sport can be so fickle and mentally exhausting.


Hippy Chic Says:

Joes gorgeous,and i do love that celebration,and when he plays well hes fantastic to watch,and i agree with Jane in thats its hard not to root for him after beating two top ten players,if Roger doesnt make the final,it will be unusual not to see one of the big four in the finals….


Margot Says:

@CDP
Yep. At times he couldn’t walk with the pain. Couldn’t rotate his body properly, hence disappearance of some shots. Also, do you remember him having massages on court? A man who seldom had any injury time.
He’s not the same player since though, and it’s a long, cold, lonely road back for sure. Hope he makes it.


calmdownplease Says:

Anybody and everybody can beat Andy now (not meaning Jo)
It’s a bit like `A Clockwork Orange` when Alex comes back from brainwashing.
Even the old tramp levels him.
He needs to win tournaments to get confidence but he needs confidence to win tournaments.
Now he might need more than a little luck even at the masters level to prevail.


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal i quite like joes celebration,and hes gorgeous and i love that smile,im really pulling for him to get to the final and win the title now,im gutted about Andy though,he really shouldve won that match,onto Cincy for Andy hope he goes deep,im just wondering if Gasquet pulling out against Murray yesterday upset Murrays rythum(i dont know if thats spelt correctly),yeah thats it i blame Gasquet….


calmdownplease Says:

Oh alright then Margot.
Apparently, this court is pretty fast and you could see it with Tsonga and his V2′s raining down on the Muzz.
Oh look, your boyfriend is on!
;)


calmdownplease Says:

`rythum(i dont know if thats spelt correctly)`

Er I think u do know lol


the DA Says:

So disappointed with this loss. Andy had it in the bag and then inexplicably went away long enough to let Jo back in. This has been a troubling reoccurring scenario this season: it happened against Dimitrov in Acapulco, Nadal in Rome and now this. Also, the missing of some bread & butter shots at crucial moments. I lost count of the facepalms.

There were moments of his former prime self but not consistently. I don’t like walkovers either – I think that didn’t help. Credit to Jo, he served like a demon and was surprisingly stable for much of the match. The Murresmo team has some work to do. I’ll still be there giving my support no matter what. I’m beginning to understand how Fed fans felt in 2013.


Margot Says:

@CDP
Lol it’s the bad and the good news then…Come on BF!


calmdownplease Says:

except Fed fans have a player sitting on a heap of slams and everything’s just icing.
The situation is very urgent for Andy i think.
I wish he had his surgery immediately after the Wimbles win, as it is been a long time out for him from where he was.


Okiegal Says:

@Chic……LOL…Gotta blame somebody!! Yes, I would love to see him win it. I always choose a player to root for…makes it more interesting. Jo Willy seems like a nice person…..always so pleasant. Yes, his celebration is cute….that gorgeous smile makes it OK!!


Margot Says:

@The DA
MMT made a very interesting point about players who rely on touch and feel being much more inconsistent than players who rely on pure power.
Perhaps it’s that much more difficult for them to get their magic powers back too?


jane Says:

hippy what do you mean by “a match where both players couldn’t hold serve”? there weren’t that many breaks: none in the first set; 3 breaks in the 2nd set; and 3 in the 3rd set. that’s not too many breaks. and both guys actually served well.


Margot Says:

@CDP
He wanted to, but his team persuaded him otherwise.


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP lol i do yes,but i thought i would get that in before the spelling police(IE Colin)arrive,lets just say spelling isnt my strong forte,how do you spell it BTW?oh never mind Gasquet upset Andys momentum(is that spelt right?oh dear lol….


Okiegal Says:

@CDP

Who is Margot’s boyfriend? If you are talking about Deliciano, I claimed him first…Well, actually second, Judy Murray claimed him first, giving him the new name and all!! Lol


calmdownplease Says:

Yes i liked MMT’s post on that too.
Andy is the `supersensitive` dude.
Which gives him his art and feel.
Look at all the crying he’s done, and in front of millions! He can’t just bulldoze his way into things.
He feels his way in & feels more, but the highs tend to be higher with these personalities, and the lows tend to be lower….


jane Says:

dimitrov’s duds are a little bit too matchy matchy for me. the two tone blue shoes & top with the wooden white shorts = not a win in style. but we’ll see about in play. ;)


calmdownplease Says:

well who is on right now sweetheart?


jane Says:

andy’s back will be back. the sun was bugging both today. in the end, andy should’ve held on in the 3rd set though, but he was close. just needs to get over the hump.


Hippy Chic Says:

Jane 6 breaks of serve in a 3 set match,not alot hmm ok?


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal im still a Fabio fangirl,even if he is a headcase,still he and i have much in common in that regard….


calmdownplease Says:

@jane
It looks alright to me, i suppose.
But then, my eyes are still burned from the unforgettable fashions of that style Icon Tomas Berdych;

http://www.oceanterminal.com/blog/tag/berdych-french-open-floral-tennis-kit/

Its like your Grandmothers curtains or something.
W-T-F
I think Anderson is liking these fast conditions a la Tsonga.


the DA Says:

@Margot – I guess that’s part of it. Maybe he’s caught in the transition from Lendl to Murresmo strategizing? The net stats were great: 14/16 -so there’s that. There’s uncertainty over certain shots that he can hit in his sleep. I don’t know. Maybe it’s harsh to judge only the 2nd match after a 1 month lay off. It’s not like Jo isn’t a quality player who hasn’t beaten the very best. At this point I’d just be happy if he eradicated the habit of letting leads slip. ;)


jane Says:

hippy, is 3 breaks in a set a lot? i don’t know. but it doesn’t seem like it to me necessarily. certainly not to the point that the players “couldn’t hold serve”. anyhow, it’s a done deal now.


Margot Says:

@jane
Problem is that “hump” he needs to get over is in danger of turning into an effing mountain. His confidence must be very low at the mo and when that happens……
U insulting my BF’s outfit girl? Pfui he’d look beautiful in a shell suit…….um probably not…;)


jane Says:

cdp – ouch, that was brutal. but it serves him right for having h&m — the mcdonald’s of clothing production – as his sponsor. he’s bound to look like a clown occasionally.


Margot Says:

@ the DA
Yep, I’ll second that. Has happened in 3 matches now :(


Hippy Chic Says:

Jane TBH like The DA says im more concerned that Andy keeps letting leads slip to every Tom,Dick and Harry just lately….


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP that look of Berdych was horrendous urgh….


calmdownplease Says:

`not to the point that the players “couldn’t hold serve”

Well Jane, It felt to me that Andy couldn’t hold serve, maybe as he couldn’t after breaking and at the tail end of the match.
He was up 3-0 and then lost 5 games!
Those were real `quality` screw ups I’m sure you’ll agree.
Neutrals offer more balanced perpectives of course.


jane Says:

margot, sorry but it looks nerdy, this outfit. keep it simple grigor!

know what you mean about hump to mountain, but not only has andy dealt with the back, he’s also had to deal with the loss of lendl. people shouldn’t overlook that fact too.

but agree with all that he has to stop letting leads slip.


Hippy Chic Says:

Margot i had a shell suit once,definetly not one of my better fashion choices yuck….


calmdownplease Says:

I bought the entire Berdych floral set!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was a moment of doubt in my part..
But I’m healing.

No I’m just joshing lol


jane Says:

yes cdp, it was bad that andy let those leads slip – i.e., giving back the break after breaking. believe me you, i’ve seen nole do it enough times to scream! however, andy was broken just 3 times in 3 sets, just like tsonga was broken 3 times in 3 sets. it’s WHEN he was broken and HOW that matters. overall, he served well, as did jo. it’s just that in the end andy didn’t play well when it matter. i.e., first set tiebreak, keeping the lead in the third.


jane Says:

*mattered.


Margot Says:

Lol CDP, “Moment of doubt?” “Moment of insanity” more like…… Now if you’d said you bought those gorgeous yellow shorts that darling Andy had a couple of years ago, well I could fully understand that and I’d have been straight over….
Lol what a lucky escape……not saying who for….;)


the DA Says:

@jane – I agree with your assessment.

*groan* as Anderson takes the first set. My pain over the loss only intensifies at the thought that Kevin might have been waiting in the SF. I need to switch off the tennis and do something else.


calmdownplease Says:

When you look at what happened to Andy and whats happening to Dimitrov, one has to say that the Raonic/Fed match is not a forgone conclusion.
If both get there that is.
Ah Dimi breaks!


calmdownplease Says:

^^The court seems to favour the big hitters.


jane Says:

grigor just handed back the break in the second set.


Hippy Chic Says:

The cameraman seems to like looking at Mrs Anderson,Kevs actually played well this week,him and Tsonga could be quite a match,assuming Kev wins this….


calmdownplease Says:

CHOKERAMA!


jane Says:

oooofffff… feel a bit sorry for anderson there; he had 3 match points or at least 2, and grigor broke back. mostly it was anderson’s errors, but dimitrov got in some great returns, putting the pressure on him, so he had something to do with it. another l-o-n-g match!


calmdownplease Says:

Don’t let it bother u J
neither of these 2 are getting past old Jo tomorrow.
Im off out now.
#peace


jane Says:

3rd set tiebreak!


jane Says:

what a shot by dimitrov. whoa!


Daniel Says:

Now is safe to say Dimitrov wants Anderson across the net evrytime. That was bizarre chocking with twi FH missed on MP. One out by inches when it wasn’t necesaary to hit that hard and the othee close to net. Plus other two misses. Amazing. Good for Dimitrov who got another sunshine.


FedExpress Says:

Federes tournament to lose really, but same was at Monte Carlo and Brisbane

hope he wins this one


jane Says:

oh, lopez with set 1. not watching but just checked scores…


jane Says:

f-lo upsets raonic! now the sort-of-homonyms: federer & ferrer


FedExpress Says:

feli lopez watching federer


FedExpress Says:

nowadays fed has a problem to consilidate breaks.

best example was the nishikori match in miami.


courbon Says:

Draw for Cincy is out. Much more balanced draw..Novak got Ferrer, Wawrinka and Dimitrov ( and certain Frenchman that name rimes with GO ) and Fed got Andy, Bedrych, Raonic.


jane Says:

thanks for the update courbon. :)


Humble Rafa Says:

feli lopez watching federer

I hear a lot of girls do that. Not sure why.


courbon Says:

@ Jane:You are welcome.


FedExpress Says:

ferrer serving for 2nd set

how federer and why?


FedExpress Says:

federer led 6-3 2-0 and loses the set


FedExpress Says:

how can fed lose a set against an opponent such a weak serve


Wog boy Says:

Bouchard Message To Raonic: No One Will Remember Toronto..


FedExpress Says:

Fed saved break point and leads 3-2

seriously, he should have saved his energie yesterday by winning in two and today also

he looks tired, tomorrow again a night session

all night session for fed, but in the final he may have to deal with a day session and other conditions


FedExpress Says:

ferrer attacking feds bh like an addictive


FedExpress Says:

break federer

plz consilidate now


FedExpress Says:

5-2

but federe forgot his serve in wimbledon i feel

too many breaks happening


FedExpress Says:

Chum jetze!!!!!!!

clutch serving in the last game

how much will he have left for a possible final?


Skeezer Says:

Fed!
Another Masters Semi? Keep rackin’ up the record books Maestro!


Purcell Says:

Concerned about Rog. Uncharacteristic puffing and panting at change of ends. Could have accounted for weak display for about one third of match. Lopez/Fed……two wily old birds should give an interesting display tomorrow but I give it to Lopez from what I’ve seen tonight. Bonus- some wonderful Fed shots made up for Sir Shankalot mode.


Daniel Says:

Good for Fed is that the match against Feli won’t be dragging. A lot of serive points and Lopez is coming to the net a lot. So ifhe wins in 2 he will be good for finals. Last thing he needs is another third set.


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