Serena Survives, Bouchard Upset; Huge Thursday Line-up With Federer, Djokovic in Cincy
by Staff | August 13th, 2014, 10:58 pm
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World No. 1 Serena Williams turned back a stern test from former US Open winner Sam Stosur on Wednesday in second-round play at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, defeating the unseeded Aussie 7-6(7), 7-6(7).


But this is still not the world-beating Serena.

Grimacing, screaming at missed opportunities and making her almost-crying face when failing to close out sets, the younger Williams sister is struggling to find her form with just a little more than a week left until her final chance to win a Grand Slam event in 2014 at the US Open.

“She was up in both of the breakers,” Williams said. “She was extremely aggressive today. She made very few unforced errors. She just did everything really well. This is why she was able to win a Grand Slam.”

Stosur improved on a routine loss to Williams last week in Canada.

“I actually followed through with all of the things I wanted to do last week,” Stosur said. “It was a huge improvement, and I’m really pleased with the way I played. I’m disappointed I had a couple of set points and didn’t at least win that set to take it to a third.”

Williams will next face No. 13 seed Flavia Pennetta, who put the kabosh on a potential Serena meeting with American youngster Taylor Townsend, defeating the teen qualifier 6-4, 6-3.

Upset-makers on Wednesday were the Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina downing No. 3 Petra Kvitova 6-2, 7-6(2); Russian former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova extending No. 7 seed Eugenie Bouchard’s hardcourt summer of pain 6-4, 3-6, 6-2; and German Sabine Lisicki outlasting No. 14 Sara Errani 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(2).

“It was a little bit up and down but I think we both played great,” said Kuznetsova, the recipient of 46 unforced errors from Bouchard, who she improved to 2-0 career against. “Genie really raised her level in the second and third sets, but I was defending really well, and it was just a really exciting match for me to play out there. It was a great atmosphere.”

Other Top 10-seeded players into the third round were No. 4 Aggie Radwanska over Japan’s Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-2; No. 6 Angie Kerber rolling Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-1; No. 8 Jelena Jankovic edging German qualifier Annika Beck 6-1, 7-6(5); and No. 9 Ana Ivanovic easing past American wildcard Chrisina McHale 6-4, 6-0.

Also advancing into the third round were No. 15 Carla Suarez Navarro, No. 16 Lucie Safarova, Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and American Sloane Stephens.

There were three Top 10 upsets Wednesday in men’s play in Cincinnati as Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz overpowered No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; American wildcard Steve Johnson downed No. 9 Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4; and Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun “Randy” Lu outlasted No. 4 Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

No. 2 seed Roger Federer avoided an upset, stretched to three sets by rising Canadian Vasek Pospisil, but the Swiss’ cool head prevailed in the third set as Pospisil self-destructed 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-2.

“We play so close to the line and margins are so small that sometimes we just miss a few shots here and there just because of not having played enough in these conditions, and that can cost you the match,” said Federer, who said he wasn’t in his best form, but nonetheless became the first player to record a 300th match win at Masters level tournaments. “I’m happy I found a way at least today, and I get another chance tomorrow.”

Federer will next meet Gael “Force” Monfils, who in the late night match handled No. 13 seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-1.

Other Top 10-seeded winners Wednesday were No. 5 Milos Raonic easing past American Robby Ginepri 6-2, 6-2; No 6 David Ferrer grinding past Philipp Kohlschreiber in three tiebreaks 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(5); and No. 8 Andy Murray having his way with Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-3.

Murray will next face No. 11-seeded American John Isner, who is trying to rebound from an early loss in Canada last week.

“Haven’t played him in a few years, really,” Isner said. “I normally play very well against players ranked ahead of myself, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Also into the third round were No. 14 Marin Cilic who edged Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco 7-6(6), 7-6(5); No. 15 Fabio Fognini who dismissed former No. 11 Lleyton Hewitt in straights; and No. 16 Tommy Robredo who did likewise to Sam Querrey.

The slew of highlight matches on Thursday in Cincinnati include:

(1) Novak Djokovic vs. (16) Tommy Robredo
(2) Roger Federer vs. Gael Monfils
(3) Stan Wawrinka vs. (14) Marin Cilic
(5) Milos Raonic vs. (WC) Steve Johnson
(8) Andy Murray vs. (11) John Isner

(1) Serena Williams vs. (13) Flavia Pennetta
(2) Simona Halep vs. (16) Lucie Safarova
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Sabine Lisicki
(5) Maria Sharapova vs. fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
(6) Angelique Kerber vs. (12) Caroline Wozniacki
(8) Jelena Jankovic vs. Sloane Stephens
(9) Ana Ivanovic vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova


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168 Comments for Serena Survives, Bouchard Upset; Huge Thursday Line-up With Federer, Djokovic in Cincy

Thangs Says:

What happened Kvitova? Hope she makes it past 4th round this time at USO


madmax Says:

Federer against Monfils – should be entertaining and interesting to say the least.

Would love to see the tactics being discussed with him and Edberg about this match. You never know with Gael. Sometimes he is a bullet on the court and others, a clown.

Once again though, not to be underestimated at any cost.


Michael Says:

Roger Vs Monfils should be be enthralling and it would be interesting to see as to how Roger manoeuvures him from the back of the court and handles his incisive first serve. It should be a real test for Roger considering that Monfils has gained confidence particularly from that match against Novak in Montreal where he quite nearly made it leading 3-0 in the third and it was a heroic fight back from Novak which turned around things in his favour. The other intereseting match is the one between Wawarinka Vs Cilic.


elina Says:

I do hope that yesterday’s match against Pospisil does not leave Roger tired for his tricky opponent today. This should be an exciting match.


Klaas Says:

Great lineup, too bad I won’t be able to see Fed-Monf. Hope to read about it tomorrow.


Casey Says:

Thangs
Her Wimbledon titles are more flukes than anything at this point.


madmax Says:

Mon fils does seem to pull surprises out of the bag – but can he sustain it?

We shall see.


Okiegal Says:

Gael can pull surprises out of the bag……but I would be very surprised if he could win a tournament. Such a waste of talent…..He just doesn’t want to put forth the effort to do what it takes to be a contender….imo. Is there not a coach out there who could get him motivated?? I bet his coach stays frustrated for the most part. Love to watch him play, however!


SG1 Says:

I don’t think that Monfils plays tennis to win tournaments. He loves the life of a tennis player and this is why he continues to play despite some serious underachieving.

I think the coach for him would be Ivan Lendl. though I don’t think that either would be able to put up with each other for very long. Mr. No-Nonsense coaching Mr. Nonsense. If nothing else, it would be fun to be a fly on that wall.


SG1 Says:

Don’t think you can win two Wimbledon titles by fluke. Kvitova’s game is much better suited to grass than any other surface. I do think she’ll get a hard court slam at some point, but then again, who knows?


contador Says:

Stan the Man has found his magic wand today.

Cilic took the first set but Stan absolutely demolished Cilic in the 2nd set 6-0 and is now serving for the match. What an animal!


SG1 Says:

There have been so many brilliantly talented players from France that have slam caliber games but don’t have the slam mentality:

1) Henri Leconte
2) Guy Forget
3) Gael Monfils
4) Richard Gasquet
5) Cedric Pioline

And there are probably some others I’m missing. All of these guys are better strikers of the ball than Yannick Noah and despite this, none were able to win a major. It’s quite unbelievable actually.


SG1 Says:

Pioline got to a couple of slam finals but was ultimately manhandled by Sampras.


contador Says:

Gael is an artist and an entertainer who happens to be a gifted tennis player. I don’t care where he is in the rankings or how many titles he wins Lamonf would be right at the top of my list with the Dog, Alex Dolgopolov, if I were going to buy a ticket at a tournament.


SG1 Says:

Hope Stan has a good USO run. Bit of a tough middle of the year but he could go a long way to shoring up is place by going deep at Flushing. Expect good things given his liking for hard courts.


elina Says:

A shame that Cilic injured his arm. I hope he is ok for New York.


SG1 Says:

I can’t see myself intentionally buying a ticket to see Monfils (despite what Novak said). Who wants to see a guy that may or may not show up? Give me a ticket to watch Federer any day of the week. You’ll get a lot more bang for your buck and at least you know he’s going to try and win the match.


SG1 Says:

If I want to be entertained by a clown, I’ll go to the circus. If I’m paying to watch tennis, I want to see great shotmaking and consistent effort none of which is guaranteed when Monfils takes the court.


contador Says:

We all have our different opinions.


SG1 Says:

Federer-Monfils has the potential to be a great match as there’s a whole lot of talent on that tennis court. Monfils does tend to get up for matches like this. Should be interesting.


andrea Says:

kvitova’s lack of results post wimbledon are reminiscent of her time after her 1st wimby win. bouchard’s losing streak is not looking good either, although much better to go out in a 3 setter against kuznetsova rather than a qualifier hopefully she can start to find her form. glad to see halep back in action. hopefully she can make some inroads here.

haven’t seen a fed/monfils match in a while. should be good. fed was moving well against pospisil.


Daniel Says:

contador.

My mother is with you. She never played and like both Roger and Nadal, equaly (I can understand how) but I can see the playee she really loves playing ans put smiles on her face os Monfils. She doesn’t take him seriously, maybe that’s why she likes him so much. Just for the entertaining:-)


Hippy Chic Says:

I like Monflis but i wish he would take the game more seriously,but Joe is the one of the two that makes me smile,these french players are entertaining to watch,Beniot Paire makes me shake my head in frustration….


contador Says:

Yes, Daniel, I am with your mom about Gael. Lamonf makes me smile a lot : )


calmdownplease Says:

The only way Isner can win this is with massive nuclear BOMBS of serves.
When Andy makes a return he is the better player(sorry)& John almost never has an answer!


calmdownplease Says:

2 second serve being punished, as usual :(


contador Says:

Come on, Andy….

Hold serve!


Hippy Chic Says:

I want Andy to have a good run this week,its hard against Isner with them booming serves though,Isner reminds me of Peter Crouch with the way he moves….


contador Says:

This will be going to a tie break, Hippy Chic…


Okiegal Says:

Tommy Robredo drew first blood…..broke Novak’s serve.

The tiebreak coming should be interesting….but 30 30 atm.


contador Says:

Or….maybe not. Andy double faults – twice!

Match point Isner


contador Says:

Match point #2 – Isner


Okiegal Says:

Whew, by the skin of Andy’s teeth! Uh oh……ISNER missed a chance…


Okiegal Says:

WHAT A SHOT……Andy!


calmdownplease Says:

great return
AMAZING SERVE.
But only occasionally well formed groundies from Isner
wow it was almost done and dusted there
very brave
cmon Andy change the tune and pull through this time!
AMAZING SHOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


calmdownplease Says:

What.A.Hold!
cmon!


calmdownplease Says:

best behaviour time
some amazing gets from Andy
he’s resisting/defending the way only he can


contador Says:

Come on Andy…no fear, buddy.


calmdownplease Says:

just one more slip from Isner could do it
Andy is the most awake Ive seen him for a while.


calmdownplease Says:

I can’t believe Isner missed that!
but I’m glad he did ;)


calmdownplease Says:

great return and 4 MPs!


calmdownplease Says:

done in by his own serve
How Ironic!
lol
a significant hold
maybe a breakthrough finally
well done!
brilliant match


contador Says:

Ah, he made it. Well-played, Andy Murray.


Okiegal Says:

Got in on this match very late…..was Mauresomo there??


Okiegal Says:

Andy stated that the sun worked on both of them today during serves. Good job Andrew!!


Hippy Chic Says:

Yes well done Andy saving those match points,real balls,a good test against a big server like Isner….


Colin Says:

Okiegal, I was wondering the same thing. If she was, the camera was deliberately avoiding her; she usually sits next to Danny V.

It’s hard to tackle Isner when he’s serving, because if he misses his first serve, he doesn’t hold back on the second. This time it lost him the match.

Michael, would you admit with hindsight that that was an “interesting” match?


Okiegal Says:

Another TB…….Tom or Jok……we will see!!


Margot Says:

Phew! Tight match or what? Isner so difficult to play in best of 3, where a single slip can mean THE END!
@OK
It used to be fun watching Racheed’s face when he was coaching Gael. Permanently set at WTF!


Okiegal Says:

Yeah, Colin, I think they would have got a shot of her if she’d been there…..just curious.
.


Okiegal Says:

Oh no, the screamin’ demon is on court….tv production will go back and forth…..Hope not too much. Rather watch Novak and Tom Tom.


Okiegal Says:

Ummm…….TB leaning towards Tommy.


Hippy Chic Says:

WOW Great returning from Novak,Robredo to be fair shouldve won this set already,choking lol….


calmdownplease Says:

what is it about the US Open series and all of the fairground noise, lol
Robredo was lucky at the end there
he nearly effed that TB up.


the DA Says:

@Margot – Yippee. I was impressed by how much Andy showed he wanted this win. John was playing incredibly and even had 2 MPs. I think this could be the win he’s needed all year. #crossesfingers


FedExpress Says:

Murray needs a top 10 win. hastn reached a final and didnt beat any top class player

lost to dimitrov twice this year


calmdownplease Says:

And he will get one when after Fed beats Monfils tonight,hopefully (maybe)
So good luck to Roger I say :)


Margot Says:

@The DA
Fingers crossed indeedy :) And lol here comes tennisx’s very own pitcher of cold water…;)


RZ Says:

Nice one Andy! He said in a recent interview that he’s messed up several matches where he was in a winning position in the 3rd set. Great to see him pull off this tough win against Isner. A few more wins and a top 8 seeding at the US Open will be in the works!


calmdownplease Says:

hehe he/she is just looking out for their fave
Come on Margot, we’ve all been there.


RZ Says:

@Okiegal and Colin – Mauresmo is not there this week due to a pre-planned vacation. She will be back with Andy for the US Open.


Okiegal Says:

First set to Tommy. Novak is just not acting like himself since he tied the knot. Do you suppose that little piece of white paper is making him feel tied down?? LOL. But seriously…his demeanor is not the same…..imo.


FedExpress Says:

@okiegal

why didnt novak marry just before the Wimbledon final?


calmdownplease Says:

there’s something lackadaisical about Novak.
With Robredo so into it (smelling blood a little like a shark) he could be upset.
While not a disaster, it would still definitely be a problem.


Okiegal Says:

Hey, RZ……Thanks for the info….didn’t want him to have fired her after his exit from Toronto! Lol


courbon Says:

Okiegal: You are right.He is not there…negative, not focused….


calmdownplease Says:

great point
coming through a long rally for a change there


Colin Says:

SG1, you say of Federer that at least you know he’s trying to win the match. There was a time, not so long ago, when that was not what Fed fans were saying.

When Roger was first showing signs of being past his imperious best, the online forums were awash with his fans saying “Ah, he doesn’t care so much about these minor tournaments – he’s saving himself for the slams”. I said at the time that it was understandable he should try to manage his schedule as he grew older, but that nonetheless, fans are entitled to assume that everyone they watch is trying to win.


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon he might turn this around,but he is indeed making some uncharateristic mistakes(hope i spelt that right),how you doing BTW?


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon he might turn this around,but he is indeed making some uncharateristic mistakes(hope i spelt that right),how you doing BTW?


Okiegal Says:

@FedExpress……

I’m not sure what you are getting at. If you’re thinking what I think you’re thinking…..for Pete’s
sake, they lived together so long prior to marrying the honeymoon should have been over! Is this what you meant?? Enquiring minds want to know!! Lol


Hippy Chic Says:

Sorry for the double post,hmm dont know why?


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon…..thank you very much….I have been saying this ever since Wimby…..he’s just not there…can see it in his eyes!!


FedExpress Says:

reminds me of fed robredon match at us open

every smash goes directly to robredon like a magnet

cant forget how fed couldnt finish the point after a smash being three break points up in the third set

that day was so shiitttyyy


calmdownplease Says:

The problem with the very best players is just how close to the margins they are from each other, and even the rest of the top 20.
Just a few % points down is H-U-G-E, and life changing events (thinking more Wimbledon than getting hitched but both together)can throw a bit of a spanner into the works with disproportionate results.
Andy was about 2% under the necessary, after Todays houdini performance maybe it’s 1%, tomorrow?
Although I just think Novak needs to wake up a bit.
Andy issues were more significant.


courbon Says:

@ Hippy:Don’t think so-he will lose.Shame, but what can I do? I’m fine-working mad hours for another 2 weeks and then bit chill out in September.

@ Okiegal: Yes, something is wrong with him.Anyway, one can hope he can bounce back for US Open.


calmdownplease Says:

phew Robredo is a choker haha


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon you work too hard and you need a rest,anyway Novaks saved those MPs,i wouldnt bet against him even if he is below his best,ill miss most of the second week of the USO,going away to celebrate the Autumn Equinox,as we do every year now….


Okiegal Says:

Marriage is a serious step and Wimby a big career deal. Some women after giving birth go through some emotional changes and its called “baby blues”…..just maybe he’s having “marriage blues”…

And Tommy just beat him…ummm


FedExpress Says:

robredo won

and people tell federer has no ground game but nole topped it


JF Says:

Nice win for Robredo


calmdownplease Says:

Oh well back to the drawing board
I’m not seeing a Novak/Nadal final this year at the US Open.
At least not the two of them, one of em will def not make it.


Okiegal Says:

@CDP

Who is the choker???


calmdownplease Says:

`just maybe he’s having “marriage blues”…`

But he’s been with her forever.
Nothing new to see there.
But winning Wimbledon, getting married AND reproducing, well that’s gotta be enough really.
lol


calmdownplease Says:

Robredo could have closed it out sooner okie,
didn’t you see?


FedExpress Says:

nole reached five us open finals and lost four

he reached the last four us open finals only to win one

wont call this his favourite torunament


Okiegal Says:

Tommy threw the balls into the stadium instead of using his racquet…..very innovative!! Great match Tommy…..Kudos to you and your team on beating the world’s #1!!


calmdownplease Says:

anyway congrats to Robie,
it was well deserved you have to say.


Margot Says:

Oh Nole! What’s up doc?
Yep, CDP, most of the time very small margins separate winners and losers in the top 20. And hoping Andy can regain his winning ways, pretty soon.
Did u guys see he’ll play Hopman with Heather? Think it’s an excellent move. A fun tournament with lots of Aussie practise.


Okiegal Says:

Sorry for all Novak fans….Good luck for the big slam coming up!!


Giles Says:

Well done Tommy! What a win!
Good luck for the rest of the tourney.


Hippy Chic Says:

Sorry Novak no golden masters for you this year,if push comes to shove though,im sure he would rather have another USO….


the DA Says:

That was so weird. Novak looked like he didn’t want to be there. Robredo did play well though. Very strange. He looked a little woozy at the beginning – sort of like the Shanghai drunk spell. Oh well, the USO is another matter. At the moment, based on recent results, it’s looking slightly wide open.


Hippy Chic Says:

Robredo has the game to trouble the top players,he showed that beating Roger at the USO last year….


calmdownplease Says:

`Did u guys see he’ll play Hopman with Heather?`

I remember last time.
Murray played so well only to lose to (link) Robredo in the final.
Even Tommy couldn’t believe it.
Laura was pi**ed as she didn’t win the diamonds.
Good for heather, is she good on clay?
#Rio
So what did Serena say about Andy then?


Okiegal Says:

@CDP…..Yes I saw what happened and then I saw him redeem himself. Really did not care one way or the other about who I wanted to win this match, but clearly Novak should have….what’s wrong with him? I guess just not his day and upsets happen to all of them at some time or other…..impossible to win every match every time. But wish him good luck in NYC..


Wog boy Says:

Congrats to Robredo, well deserved win. Nole has two weeks to find his game or his head, or both. Rafa is the favorite to win USO, if you ask me.
Congrats to Andy and his fans, it was about time for him to find his game, I think he is there, we will see.


Hippy Chic Says:

Agree with The DA,its all very well beating one of the top players in best of three set matches,a different story doing it in a GS,i agree this is most unusual much like Rafa in the CC season,but when you get to the GS all bets are off,as you see what seperates the men from the boys,i dont think theres a clear cut favorite this year, im not saying he will win it,but i still think there will be a different Novak come the USO…


Okiegal Says:

Serena said she liked to watch Andy because he sometime acted like a baby on court just like her…


Hippy Chic Says:

Wogboy sorry Nole lost,but as i say im sure he will be a different player come the USO,best of 5 as opposed to best of 3,you have to back the top player everytime,anyway we still dont know if Rafa will even play the USO as yet?….


calmdownplease Says:

Well, Novak only should have won it on paper.
The fact that he didn’t show up is his fault.
It must be feeling a bit like being a Murray fan these past few couple of weeks for the Novakians.
But hey, who really gives a rat’s furry little behind, when weeks ago Novak had won his SECOND WIMBLEDON.
Kinda helps to think about that, I would wager.


calmdownplease Says:

@okiegal

a crybaby?
he certainly has his moments


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP exactly winning a GS takes the sting out of losing in the smaller tournies,Rafa did p*ss poor in the CC season,yet still won the one that mattered….


Casey Says:

Where are all the Djokovic fans that were laughing at Muger for getting crushed?

Nadal missed the easiest 2000 points of his career in Toronto/Cincy and Im not even a Nadal fan


Margot Says:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2FfuEXceuA

Just for u, CDP.
What good taste Serena has…:)


Hippy Chic Says:

Casey are you a fan of anybody,or do you just hate everybody,id be really interested to know who you are a fan of,come on give us a clue??


Okiegal Says:

I don’t really think she meant they were crybabies….My first thought was they both have temper tantrums from time to time…..have never seen either one cry when things weren’t going their way…..but have seen them have little childish fits. TBH I have no idea what she really meant…..She didn’t elaborate why….

Wow, Johnson is hanging in there with Milos..


Okiegal Says:

3 dfs from Milos trying to serve this out ……and he just got broken…..wow!


Hippy Chic Says:

Margot thanks for that video,i think Serena has a little secret crush on our Andy lol,shes like a little school girl laughing and giggling when talking about him,watch out Kim,Serenas after your man….


Rishi Says:

A lighter Rafa moment, just to cheer up the fans out there….
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugXraineODE


Wog boy Says:

HC, no need to be sorry. I said few threads ago that I am happy with three masters and one GS this year, I also said that I don’t expect him to do well in Toronto and Cincinnati, though I believed he might do better than this in Cincinnati and I said before and now that Rafa is my favorite to win USO and with this break between Wimbledon and USO he will be fresh for the rest of the year. He has even good chances of getting back to #1.


Okiegal Says:

@Rishi

I’ve seen that before….really cute. I thought it was hilarious that he was translating for Novak! Rafa……the translator?? Lol Yeah, right!!! Lol


Hippy Chic Says:

Wogboy time will tell i suppose….


Hippy Chic Says:

Rishi thanks for the video,very funny loved it….


Okiegal Says:

@Rishi

When I need cheering up about Rafa…..I have recorded the FO final 2014 the USO final 2013, the AO semi final 2014…..I watch one of those over….and over and…… I get cheered up in a hurry!! Doesn’t take a lot to make me happy!! Lol When I get my Rafa fix…..it’s all good!!


calmdownplease Says:

@wogboy
Fresh for the USO?
Raw more like with no competitive matches on a fast HC for a ages.
He always has enough in the tank for a GS, the issue for him is getting into things, or maybe I’m wrong about that.
There’s no favourites this year.
But!
If Andy were finally able to hit form at just the right time, ooo can’t even be thought of now, still little `BABY` steps first, (Serena)….
@Margot
A-HA!
I was wondering about that moment.
hehe cute.
I can’t help but like Serena, yes she is a bit of a beyotch sometimes, but she is also a proper Legend.


jane Says:

wog boy, his game and his head i’d say; he was awful, though i saw only the last half of the second set (missed all the matches as at office)l. he didn’t win hardly any points on robredo’s service games and he let shots go by him like a fast train. movement, everything “off.” as the DA said; it was strange.

margot, i know re: isner, one point, and it’s over. that’s what happened to nole last year in the semis here; he just missed a shot or two and boom. game over.

today, however, was something else. not sure what though ….


Wog boy Says:

jane, the first thing I noticed in Toronto and here, too, is his return game, it is gone with the wind. I feel sorry for Boris, the fans will go after him and he is not to blame.


Gee Says:

Casey is gsmnadal. Nadal’s fanboys know how cowardly nadal is. Nadal “takes a break” before journeymen and Novak beat him.


Wog boy Says:

CDP,
Rafa is competitor like nobody else, he will need few matches at USO and he will be back to his best, I don’t have a doubt in my mind that he is working hard right now on his HC game, agressive one like last year when he went like tornado through North America. My point was that he will be fresh for the rest of the year not just USO.


Patson Says:

How the hell did Nole lose to Robredo . I didn’t see the match, I haven’t read the comments, I haven’t read anything about the match….it just doesn’t make sense.


calmdownplease Says:

@wogboy

Yeah I know all that.
But It takes more than Rafa being fresh for him to win.
The dude can stay out there for 6 hours regardless.
Anyway we shall see soon enough.


FedExpress Says:

what a pusher clown monfils is


metan Says:

Don’t worry Nole will do better at uso as What he did in Wimbledon. He won the title without any practising. So watch out Rafa, If you want to get 15 you need to work hard.
Nole was out of the zone while playing Robredo. Hehehehe.


calmdownplease Says:

what an embarrassing capitulation from Monfils!
dreadful


jane Says:

monfils has yet to crack 50% first serves in. first set was 48%, second set was 47%, and the third set is just underway, so too early to tell. he also has 8 double faults!


van orten Says:

Pls kep commenting bout fed match..im in spain and they show ferrer in tv:((((


contador Says:

Federer is leading 4-3 in the third set. I just started watching coz I thought the match was later!


contador Says:

Federer has another break point


contador Says:

And he breaks Monfils serve and leads 5-3…..final set


contador Says:

matchpoint for Federer….

and Federer wins!


FedExpress Says:

man, fed plays way too many three setters this year, and lost apart from dubai also the important three setters in the finals

he should save energy for the upcoming matches


skeezer Says:

Maestro!
3 setters?
Iron sharpens iron.


van orten Says:

Thanks contador … so murray now the favourite vs fed isnt he…he is the number 8 seed..fed only the number 2 seed..it is clear to me murray has the edge in that one..it is on his racquet;)


Wog boy Says:

I can see Wawrinka/Murray final, Federer will bi tired. Far to many long matches in one week for 33 years old.


Michael Says:

What the hell has happened to Novak ? He is just losing his way ! It is understandable that he was beaten by a rampaging Tsonga who has the capacity to challenge the Top, but to lose against a player like Robredo who is past his best is something inexplicable. This is certainly not good news for him ahead of the US Open where he would be much short of confidence and even match practice, having been sent packing early in both the back-to-back Master series titles. Has he become a victim of familial ways where he is not able to handle the pressure simulataneously. That is too early to say. But I had warned about this when I said that Novak is hurrying with marriage which could have been prolonged for the sake of his career development. Nonetheless, he has taken the decision and has to cope up with it. Let us only hope that he turnaround things at the US Open. I am quite skeptical whether he can perform upto expectations and keeping my fingers crossed.


van orten Says:

Murray should be already on his way to ny…but he is not.murray now is the great favourite to win the rest of the tournaments in 2014.. I firmly believe murray will win them all. He is just too good nowadays


jane Says:

federer versus murray should be good – next round!

i missed the end van orten, so i couldn’t offer more comment. but you’ll be happy anyhow because fed won. :)


contador Says:

Your welcome, van orten; I did see Murray’s match today and yeah I would agree …it is on Murray’s racquet, mostly.

Yep. Wawrinka looked really good but i don’t know, maybe Cilic was injured? someone here mentioned Cilic’s arm hurt? I didn’t hear it.


Michael Says:

Roger Vs Andy quarterfinal is a blockbuster encounter and I would tip Roger to win this one. But you can never say for sure. It is a 50:50 match.


contador Says:

Really hoped Nole would win Cincy. But Robredo can get on a hot streak summer hc season. Sounds like Nole had a bad day at the office – not going to read too much into it.


Steve 27 Says:

If I lose, after the match, we come back to this point” Gael said to Bernardes at 3-3 first point

Pretty much this was the end for Clownfils.


Gordon Says:

Yes, Murray is too magnificent and awesome a player to not defeat a single top-10 ranked player in the first 2/3 of the year … Right?


Okiegal Says:

@Margot 3:31

You are so right. I remember those faces too…..the commentators would discuss Gael’s craziness on the court too. He is fun to watch…..but needs to get serious!!


skeezer Says:

Just watching the Monfils/Fed match now. Monfils likes to be the Fox, but Fed knows better and simply outfoxed Monfils in the first set.

Side note; it is awesome to see “true” rafa fans continue to post and have an interest in the tournaments that Rafa is not in. They love Rafa, but they love the game equally. It shows.
The others, well, its obvious they will only post when its significant to Rafa. Thus shows not a tennis fan per se, but the obsessive. They know who they are.

Cincy rocks!

Murray has a great chance here if he gets by Fed….


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer

I am watching too……Roger has made some awesome shots at the net tonight…..and he does it with ease…..just like the man on the flying trapeze…..yeah, he’s good!!


skeezer Says:

Fed got by imo an in form cagey Monfils. Imo he’ll get by Murray next rd by if it only requires skill. However, if Fed is suffering from too many 3 setters Murray will get through.
Get that nice massage and one glass of Zin Fed with a good nights sleep.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Great finish by Roger. though Roger is getting into tough 3-setters, what should be pleasing for him is the way he is able to get back strong in the later stages of 3rd set, which had been difficult for him earlier.

Any match between Roger and Murray would always be on Roger’s hand. But coming off a tough 2 matches and reaching finals in Toronto, I feel this should be enough for Roger. He has a good practice in HC and should take enough rest now for the Open.


Okiegal Says:

Roger got a little testy with the umpire tonight…..but no warning!!


Steve 27 Says:

Any match between Roger and Murray would always be on Roger’s hand

You sound like Federer. Lol!
Please stop the nonsense. He is Andy but his last name isnt Roddick.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Steve, there is no nonsense here. Roger is 17 time GS champion and Murray a 2 time GS champion. Roger is 6 times year end WTF champion, I’m not sure if Murray has a single WTF title in his name. I can understand you are pointing to the matchup and H2H, but for me when Roger plays anywhere close to his best, I can’t see Murray beating him. That’s what has happened in most of the big matches they have played against. Can’t understand what’s wrong in my statement, unless you are a Roger hater.


Hippy Chic Says:

Skeezer thanks i will carry on posting and carry on watching the tennis Rafa or no Rafa,i havent seen Roger play as yet though as his matches were always on in the middle of the night where i am,and im affraid i wouldnt function very well at work running after 27 old people with virtually no sleep….


Klaas Says:

Fed will normally relish the competition, and see the Murray match as a good opportunity to measure his game. But he won’t dig too deep or risk an injury on a tiring body so close to the USO, som my guess is Fed in 2 or Murray in 3.


calmdownplease Says:

“but for me when Roger plays anywhere close to his best, I can’t see Murray beating him..”

How typical, almost a text book response.
Well, he has often not played at his best against Andy then, as he has lost more times than he has prevailed.
What you fail to understand is that Roger seemingly NOT playing his best against Andy is all to do with Murray not allowing him to do it.
He neutralizes Roger, putting him under pressure and throwing him off the rhythm of his game, and that takes him out of his comfort zone.
So what looks like it’s just a bad day at the office, is actually down to the tactics of Murray.
Also Andy is a more aggressive player now than when he was younger. He will go for his shots a lot more and should be ready to play well.
17 slams or not, I personally don’t think this is even now.
Unless something implodes, I think Andy will come through beating the world number 3 with his first top ten win in forever.
Had to happen at some point


calmdownplease Says:

`That’s what has happened in most of the big matches they have played against..`

More inaccuracies,
At slam and WTF level yes you are correct.
So far.
Remember Fed is a much more senior player.
A lot of those losses were first time/sophomore ones for Andy.
Nevertheless Fed has never outperformed Andy at Masters level where it is 2-7


Hippy Chic Says:

IMO They are more evenly matched now,both play beautiful tennis,so this will be a treat for the eyes too,Roger isnt the player he was,but having said that niether is Andy,so it will be interesting to see which way this one goes….


calmdownplease Says:

If it is like the AO match last year it will be more about shot making.
Otherwise Andy will try and disrupt/confuse Roger and play a more defensive match.
Hoping for the former.
Honestly I just think Andy needs this more and will be on his best behaviour throughout.
He still has to prove that he is really back (pardon the pun).


Nirmal Kumar Says:

cdp, only player who can take Roger out of his comfort zone and make him play bad would be Rafa. None of the other players come anywhere close to doing it to Roger. Murray does not even come close to making Roger play bad, unless Roger himself does not play his best. unless one is a Murray fanatic, no sane tennis fan would agree to Murray making Roger play bad tennis. I don’t even consider Novak could do it, forget about Murray.

At slam and WTF level yes you are correct.

Then what are the other big matches. You mean masters? Hmmm..not to me. I’m not saying masters are not important, but they are not big tournaments. the bigger ones are the Slams and the Year end WTF.


calmdownplease Says:

What?
I’m sorry, but that’s rubbish.
I’ve seen Murray lead Roger up the garden path on more than a couple of occasions.
His unforced error count can ramp right up, but no that’s nothing to do with pressure from his opponent, Roger just had a bad day.
Good grief imagine being this deluded, sometimes Roger loses because the other player is better.
If any top player played at his very best then he would be unplayable, it’s how often one can do this and in what situation that makes them great.
And also getting a win when you are not playing your best.
I don’t believe Masters are big matches but you were using big matches to present an argument in the context of this present tournament, therefore that was the obvious conclusion to draw.
I take it back however.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I never said under the context of current masters, it’s around their career. Yes, any player can beat a top player, but that does not make them a better player than the top players. Murray can beat Roger, but it’s absolutely not correct to say he can make Roger play bad. I have never seen it happen. I would have watched around 17 matches between these two players, it never happened.

Roger has too many options for Murray to neutralize his game. Only player I have seen neutralize Roger’s game is Rafa. I would have seen a minimum of 800 matches of Roger. Never happened against other players.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It’s funny i have to say this against Murray, who is my second favourite player after Roger. :)


Okiegal Says:

With Roger’s gorgeous net play of late, Andy better be deadly on his passing shots…..Yes maaam, Roger is looking good in my opinion. I think he will win this tournament hands down. Roger’s stamina is a slight, slight problem for him. If it goes three he will struggle a tad, but ending those points at the net quickly should help with that. I will have to say, he made some awesome shots last night….. but I am pulling for my second fav……c’mon Andy!!


calmdownplease Says:

That’s just your interpretation.
Which isnt exactly objective.

An immediate example that springs to mind is
the Shanghai final in 2010.

But whats the point in arguing with the likes of you.
You’ll just say he was off that day or whatever.
lol
I’m not out to get old Roger.
He is the certainly better player when one looks at their careers.
No doubt about that.
But Roger has problems when he takes on Murray and its not to do with not just playing his best on the day.
Although if he does he will probably win this one.
As for Murray being your second fav (?!)
Well all i can say is that your favs fall off a pretty big precipice after your number one.


Okiegal Says:

@CDP

I guess you are addressing me ?? I first thought NK but then you said something about Andy being my second fav, so I had to change my mind. I didn’t realize I had been arguing with you if the comment at 9:53 was intended for me……who is your fav?…….anyway , just maybe I am trying to jinx old Roger!!

I just read your post again and I am confused. Rafa is number one in my heart, always…but I love tennis and when I watch a match, I will cheer for someone, just makes it more interesting.


Okiegal Says:

@CPD

Oops……I believe you are addressing NK after all….scrolled up and he too mentioned his second fav…..scratch everything I just said…..sorry!!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

But Roger has problems when he takes on Murray and its not to do with not just playing his best on the day.

You really got to have nice humor sense to make such statements. I did have a good laugh.


calmdownplease Says:

Oh hoho yes, one has to have a sense of humour when posting with a character such as yourself, that’s for sure.
Alright then, I concede.
Fed only loses if he’s had a bad day, or tired or ill or Mirka has peed him off ect.
M’kay?
You are one of the most, shall we say `full on` Fed fans I’ve ever read, anywhere.
A noteworthy title to be sure :)


SG1 Says:

I was also impressed by Fed’s volleying and his general willingness to press forward and apply pressure against Monfils. He even served and volleyed on a second serve in the last game of the match. He lost the point but that’s not really relevant as he won the game and the match.

I really do think that if Roger had worked together with Edberg five or six years earlier, he would have faired much better against Rafa. I’d always found Fed’s volleying wanting compared to the rest of his arsenal. Now, he looks really comfortable at net and he puts some punch on the volleys.

If nothing else, you have to give credit to him for not standing on his laurels. He changed his racket and his tactics to remain relevant and while he’s not winning a bunch of tournaments, he’s often right there. It wouldn’t shock me if he win Cincy and the USO. Right now, I’m a believer and I think there is one more great run left in him. Given my feeling that he was done last year, it’s all quite impressive.


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