Djokovic Crashes Out Of Cincinnati; Friday Sees Federer v Murray, Sharapova v Halep
by Sean Randall | August 15th, 2014, 12:27 am
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What’s wrong with Novak Djokovic? Well, maybe I should save that for a separate post. Anyway, for the second straight Thursday the World No. 1 stunningly crashed out of a hardcourt Masters event he was heavily favored to win. A week after getting trounced by JW Tsonga, today he was dumped to Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo 7-6, 7-5 in an error-filled display.

At 32 Robredo’s still a competent player, but he has no business beating Djokovic like that.

I didn’t see the full match – ESPN was bouncing to the Sharapova snoozer – but from what I did see of Djokovic it just wasn’t very promising. His shots just don’t seem to have any conviction and they’re not hit with any purpose.

After winning Wimbledon, getting married and with rival Rafael Nadal on the shelf, what an opportunity Djokovic had the last two weeks, but he laid an egg. Multiple eggs. Since I can’t explain it, I’ll let Novak.

“Just many, many, many things are not clicking these two weeks on hard courts,” offered Djokovic. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s more than obvious I’m not playing even close to what I’m supposed to play. I have to keep on working and trying to get better for US Open.”

He just better hope that whatever is bothering him doesn’t make the trip to NYC. Meanwhile upon seeing the upset – losing to a Spaniard! – the happiest family on the planet today could reside in Mallorca. Of course I speak of the Nadals, specifically Rafael and one uncle named Toni who must have been full of joy after their arch rival tumbled today.

Roger Federer also has to be happy. With Novak out of the way things are looking better for the Swiss to snag a sixth Cincinnati title. But it’s not going to be much easier even with the Serb long gone. Tonight against Gael Monfils, Federer once again let down in the second set, managed to recover saving break points in the third to eventually hold off an improving Monfils in three to win 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

“I have a different eagerness today,” said Federer. “I was a bit more erratic when I was younger: good day, bad day, medium day, I was a bit all over the place. I think I’ve gotten my act together over the years. I think I’m in a good spell right now. I have a lot of tennis in my legs right now. I go day by day. I have a great team behind me and a wonderful family. I’m very much at peace with how I need to play.”

Is my man Monfils finally coming around? I hope, but…

Next the task gets tougher for Federer against old foe Andy Murray. Murray scraped by John Isner in – what else – but a third set breaker. Isner actually held matchpoints on Murray’s serve the game before but couldn’t close him out, ultimately falling in the breaker to Murray who just got more balls back and baited the American into mistakes.

The win sets up the much-anticipated Federer-Murray matchup in a battle of former champions. And Murray leads 11-10 in this one though Roger won earlier this year in Melbourne.

“I played a really good match against him in Australia,” Federer told ESPN about playing Murray. “I know he probably wasn’t at 100% but I personally played a good match. That’s how I have to come out tomorrow.

“I’m happy for him that he’s playing [well] again. He was close against Tsonga last week… could have had a run there. That’s why I know the danger of this match tomorrow. I think it was a huge match for him to beat Isner. Those are the kind of matches you need to win to get going again. I know I’m in for a tough one.”

Added Murray, “It can be a perfect test… The US Open is just 10 days away, and normally against him you’ll see exactly where your game is at.”

As for a pick, I think I have to take Federer just because he’s playing better and with more confidence. Murray, though, who hasn’t beaten a Top 10 player since winning Wimbledon arguably needs the victory more. So I expect a tight three set affair.

In other results, David Ferrer was down a break in the first before roaring back to beat Tsonga’s ouster, Mikhail Youzhny. Ferrer will play Robredo next and I like David in that one – I think Tommy will let down after his big win over Novak.

Stan Wawrinka is also playing decent tennis again. The Swiss chopped down Marin Cilic in three sets and he’ll go in as the big favorite against the French 32-year-old Julien Benneteau, a winner over Jerzy Janowicz.

In the other quarter, after a tough third-set breaker win over Steve Johnson, Milos Raonic will square off against Fabio Fognini. Raonic should win that one especially on a fast hardcourt but against the Italian you never really know.

In a loaded women’s draw, Serena Williams remains the class of the quarters. The World No. 1 crushed Flavia Pennetta to set up a collision with former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic who beat Sloane Stephens.

Canadian champion Agnieszka Radwanska will meet the hot-handed Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic will test new star Elina Svitolina.

In the big showdown, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep meet in a rematch of their French Open affair. I give the edge to Sharapova but I think Halep, despite this being her first hardcourt event of the summer, could just as easily win.

“She’s a great player,” Halep said. “She’s playing very well, so it will be a big challenge for me. I want to play against her because I want to see if on hard she will beat me again. But I just want to try my game, to play very aggressive, to open the angles like always, and also to stay very focused.”

ESPN2 has coverage for what should be a great Friday of quarterfinal tennis.

FRIDAY CINCINNATI SCHEDULE

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
ATP – [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs J Benneteau (FRA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs [8] J Jankovic (SRB)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [16] T Robredo (ESP) vs [6] D Ferrer (ESP)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [8] A Murray (GBR) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [9] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs E Svitolina (UKR)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [5] M Raonic (CAN) vs [15] F Fognini (ITA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [4] A Radwanska (POL) vs [12] C Wozniacki (DEN)
Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [5] M Sharapova (RUS) vs [2] S Halep (ROU)


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186 Comments for Djokovic Crashes Out Of Cincinnati; Friday Sees Federer v Murray, Sharapova v Halep

Steve 27 Says:

Andy in 3. He needs the title to get the top 8 again.
Come on!


Michael Says:

Robredo obviously is not a bad player and he has the capability to cause a few upsets. But at this age which Robredo is counting as premium, to be beaten by him in straight sets should send alarm bells ringing in Novak’s camp. He is definitely faltering and there is ruggedness in his game and lethargy associated with his overall movement on court. His footwork is deserting him and that is bad news for a great retriever like Novak. Now one wonders what caused this sudden downfall as he was coming fresh after that magnificent Wimbledon victory and his marriage. What can be the reason for this sudden fall of confidence ? If Novak doesn’t perk up, he might exit early at the US Open too. Ofcourse US Open is a major with a different format where the top players can recover as those are played over five sets. But still, there are many things for Novak to sort out during this break between here and the US Open.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I’m not sure of the math, but as per above comment, if Murray needs to win the title to get to Top 8, then I wish he gets the title.

At his best , Murray is one of the very few guys who are pleasing to the eyes to watch with his spectacular movement and great court skills.

Else I typically prefer Roger against Murray.


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, so my guess is Fed in 2 or Murray in 3.


calmdownplease Says:

“I know he probably wasn’t at 100% but I personally played a good match. That’s how I have to come out tomorrow`

“Probably wasn’t”
You don’t say.
Roger always knows whats going on with the others.
The eye is always on the ball.
So, Sean thinks Roger is `playing better`.
Eh?
I don’t know what he’s been watching these last few weeks to say that.
Personally I don’t think so.
With Fed being taken to 3 by the likes of Poposil(?) and a flailing, erratic Monfils, he will have to hope for another fragile performance by Andy to get the W.
But I think Andy will raise his game because it is Federer, as he did against Nadal in Rome, only this time he’ll be fully back to his best, breaking through to close it out in 2 tight sets.
Sean, there’s a couple of words missing/wrong in this piece dude;
“ultimately falling in the breaker to Murray to just got more balls back”
and;

As for a pick, I think I have to take Federer just because I he’s playing better and with more confidence”
(who/think, sorry!)


calmdownplease Says:

`But he won’t dig too deep or risk an injury on a tiring body so close to the USO, so my guess is Fed in 2 or Murray in 3…`

Yeah right,
Fed really does not want to lose to Murray (and vice versa)
They will go for it regardless.
And it’s more than a week till the start of the USO, so its not biggie.
Although I grant you that Fed has played more tennis recently.


Gordon Says:

Murray straight settled Raonic at the 2012 US Open but since then Raonic has won both meetings; most recently at Indian Wells.

So Milos – who has yet to solve Federer – should he be looking at his potential SF opponent (sorry Fognini) tomorrow, I’m sure Murray is a much more appealing player to see on the other side of the net.

For a few guys this is a chance to grab their first Masters 1000.

Personally I’d like to see an all Swiss final. I’m sure Fed would want a chance to avenge his loss this year to Wawrinka.

Fun times. Tons of tiebreakers so far, no?


Gordon Says:

And just for fun folks – it’s nearly been 14 months since Murray beat ANYONE ranked in the top 10.

Were he to retire today would writers and fans still be counting him in the “top four”?

For goodness sake. 😝


calmdownplease Says:

He’s come back from back surgery

For goodness sake.

Last year Roger won only one 250 title

For goodness sake

Roger is now 33

For goodness sake
and so on.


SX1 Says:

Until Murray wins a Big title,For his fans, he is recovering from surgery…no matter if it takes 1/2/3 yrs.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

CDP, don’t you get tired of pumping Murray with so much confidence while you’re still wiping egg off your face from last time round? You’re like an addict! Get help man. Murray will emerge again, probably at USO. But stop expecting it with such assurance every single week. You’re just going to hurt yourself.


calmdownplease Says:

wow testy.
Hardly an addict, and no egg on my face either.
Its more a..burning i got lol
Its hardly devastating for me if Andy never wins another match again (although it would be a pity)!
As it seems to be for some here, particularly some fans of Fed and Rafa.
But thank you for your concern in any instance.
:)
One other thing, you should be aware TV that the tennis players do not have a clue about what we say here.
Not at all.


calmdownplease Says:

and you have got to admit
Murray has flattered to deceive for the last couple of months at least.


RZ Says:

Keep in mind that Murray said just last week that he’s back to training at 100%. http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/28654658
I take that as a marker that he was going through recover from back surgery in the first 7 months of this year.


RZ Says:

As for Djokovic, of course he’s been distracted – he’s a newlywed with a baby on the way. Winning Wimbledon also took some pressure off of him. So I’m not surprised that he hasn’t been at his best these past 2 weeks. It’ll be interesting to see how he plays at the U.S. Open. I suspect he’ll still make the second week despite his not-so-great performances this week and last.


calmdownplease Says:

actually from what i understand after rehab in the early months he had been testing his back and being very careful about it.
Its only this last break before the US swing where he has had the chance to fully train no holds barred.
He has looked pretty gassed throughout the year from time to time.
But going on, that shouldn’t be a problem, and certainly it cant be an excuse if he loses tonight.
For obvious reasons.


calmdownplease Says:

oh sorry i agree with you RZ,
I misread your post slightly.


madmax Says:

calmdownplease Says:
He’s come back from back surgery

For goodness sake.

Last year Roger won only one 250 title

For goodness sake

Roger is now 33

For goodness sake
and so on.

August 15th, 2014 at 9:46 am

For goodness sake CDP, why do you always bring Federer into argument here?

Murray is playing great so far. Fans of Murray, rejoice! Federer is playing great so far. Fans of Federer, rejoice!

This will be a close one. Both played 3 setters, last match, so the adrenalin is running high.

It will be a close match, but these two have played each other so many times, are there any surprises left in store?

For me, I would hope that Roger breaks early, converts ALL the break points he is able to, wins any TB and plays a really good match.

Midnight may be too late for me though, so will have to record. If any of you are up late, would love to read your commentary here as I find that really enjoyable.


madmax Says:

I also think that Novak needs to be given a bit of slack. He has clearly got a bit of a way to go before he reaches his best and I suspect, he is saving his energies for the USO. I would not see his two early exits as anything other than a good sign for him, to rest and to practice.

I wonder if Boris joined him in Cincinnati. I couldn’t see him in the player’s box? Even so, Novak has been through a lot, and I have no doubt if anyone is to come back big at the USO, it will be him.


madmax Says:

Another thing CDP.

Yes. Roger IS 33 and what a fantastic player he is, still, at this age and teaching some of the younger guns a thing or two. Don’t need to list them here. But may be you need to read a bit more rather than repeating 33 over and over.

Age is just a number.

Do you know who Jo Pavey is?


calmdownplease Says:

Eh?

I am not always bringing Fed into anything.
Its just well you know a Fed/Murray match and i was replying to Fed fan.
Its all a bit sensitive so I’m going to tone it down, you’ll be pleased to hear.

:)


skeezer Says:

calmdownplease,
calmdownplease.


calmdownplease Says:

lol
perfectly calm :)


contador Says:

Bennet and Stan are on.

Stan opened the match strong while Benneteau was just waking up. 6-1 to Stan 1st set.

2nd set Stan lost his magic and Benneteau has been sharp! Benneteau serving for the 2nd set at 5-1.

Weird match.


FedExpress Says:

Man, i hoped for a stan and fed final

and payback time for fed then

break for bennetau


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I would not see his two early exits as anything other than a good sign for him

Well said. Got to agree and that’s what I felt. You don’t want him to be beaten up coming to USO against a much fresher Rafa. Ofcourse it’s not certain Rafa would play and if he could get to later stages, but losing these 2 Masters is not a big deal for Novak. His masters record in recent times has been spectacular. High time he gets some breather.


FedExpress Says:

julien serving for the match

how on earth fed lost to stan at monte carlo????


contador Says:

Benneteau wins.

Stan was completely gone – he appeared lost and stiff as a board. He could not get his feet moving or get in position to strike the ball…seemed to happen suddenly. Everything was fine, it appeared, the 1st set. ???


Giles Says:

Well done Bennie. One Sui gone and the other???


contador Says:

Well, FedExpress, I don’t know. Stan is a mystery.


Patrick Says:

Missed the Djoker-Robredo match but it seems anyone playing a much higher ranked player ups their game to show that they’re not a useless bum just going through the motions to collect a cheque.
BTW when is the baby due? That and the health of his wife are probably topmost on his mind now and not tennis.

Oops, Benneteau just took out Stan, 1-6,6-1,6-2.


jane Says:

well, i was assuming wawrinka would be in the final. now who will it be? ferrer? robredo? will robredo win the tournament now? lol.
benneteau is the only unseeded player left.


jane Says:

fed / andy is tonight i just noticed; this will be andy’s first night match in a while. i wonder if it’ll affect his play in any way?

also i see pospisl and sock continue to win; if they win the title here it’ll be 3 for 3, i.e., every tournament they’ve played as a team, they’ll have won. or wait… did they play canada? i can’t recall.


Colin Says:

Well, there goes Wawrinka! I suppose it’s because for so long he was in Fed’s shadow that our expectations for him are low, but I’d say Stan’s failure to build on his breakthrough ought to be headline material.

Madmax, where do you live? The name naturally suggests you’re an Aussie, but you say the Murray match starts at midnight, which means you’re in the UK. Or does it? Time differences confuse me.

Anyway, as I’m retired, I’ll be able to watch Fed/Murray if I can stay awake. I am watching on the ATP stream, on a PC, so I can’t comment while the match is on.

As always, Andy’s serve will be key. If that’s working he can win. I really think Roger dislikes playing him, because Andy is what boxing fans call a spoiler, who can make opponents look bad. Roger (quite rightly)likes to be in control, and wants to play his own elegant style. If Andy does do well tonight, watch for Roger getting irritable!


contador Says:

Good morning, Jane.

My pick for the winner here would be Murray or Federer.

Great doubles team – Sock and Pospisil :D

Sheesh…my memory….i don’t remember them playing last week


Gordon Says:

6 of the last 7 Cincinnati Masters 1000 tournaments have been won by Murray (2) or Federer (4). Only last year did Rafa stop this 2-man streak.

That more than anything else makes today’s match putting Fed vs Murray crucial, for unless the winner slips up against Raonic – should he win his match against Fognini – I think we are seeing this Sunday’s champion.

Am I discounting Benneteau, Ferrer and Robredo?

Yup.


andrea Says:

good effort by julian to take out stan. these last 2 masters are all over the place re: who takes out who. hoping for fed and raonic to make it thru to the semis for a rematch.


Daniel Says:

Now that Warinka is out one of the finalist will be a veteran, either Benneteau, Ferrer or Robredo.

I guess if Fed is to bet Murray and Raonic he will habe a good shor at a title finaly, I mean if he can’t beat one of this guys in a Masters final who would he have to face to win again?

Same goes for Murray, if he beats Fed and Raonic a good shot for a final against the remaining players.


batfoot Says:

Calmdown’s 1st comment most astute of them all. Predict same thing. The goat’s record speaks 4 itself in terms of never being injured, never missing a tourney 4 surgery or ‘rehab’ or ‘therapy’. I’m not knocking anyone else–tennis is a hard contact game–but RF’s canniness in playing consecutive GSs aint no luck or accident.


jane Says:

good point gordon; yes, the winner will probably come from andy or fed. agree with you and conty.

top of the morning to you too contador. i don’t think vasek and jack played last week but yeah they are so fun to watch because they are exuberant. watching them win their wimbledon final was, surprisingly, one of the highlights of my tennis viewing year thus far! of course nole’s win superseded it though. ; )


contador Says:

Nole has had a great summer, jane. I am not expecting too much from him right now….hoped he would get the Cincy win but I agree with Wog boy – Rafa will be the favorite for US Open ( if he plays), and my guess is he will be ready for it.


jane Says:

contador, agree about us open and rafa.

yeah, we nole fans can’t complain too much. he managed to nab another slam meaning he’s won at least one for the past 4 years. and he had that IW / Miami double, and won Rome. it’s tough to see his lose that early in back-to-back tournaments but hopefully he goes deeper at the us open. obviously jelena and the wee-baby must be on his mind.


contador Says:

Serena Williams looking pretty unstoppable right now, crushing Jelena Jankovic.

And Fognini is toast. No chance against Raonic.

Brad Gilbert calling it, “beatdown city”


jane Says:

did anyone see the raonic match; wow, he lost just one game to foggy.


contador Says:

ESPN2 showed just the last minutes of the match but the commentators were saying that Fognini didn’t show up, basically, jane.


madmax Says:

Incredible is what it is with Stan. Who would have thought? He has definitely lost weight and his backhand is just beautiful. So what is it that he doesn’t feel he belongs at the top? And to lose to Benny? No sense at all.

Magnus will really have to work on his mindset. Stan is a winner and he has proved that, but this loss will go deep into the minds of people who will wonder, why did he lose to Benny?

I would be interested to hear his interview and what he says about his game.

I feel a bit sorry for Stan to be honest. Has an amazing game, but somehow the belief escapes him at crucial moments – may be it’s a swiss thing – because at times, Fed is like that too.

So, for tonight’s match. Does not bode well when Sean predicts, so I am going to ignore him.

Fed can definitely win, but I hope he uses his experience when he has played Andy before, to really nail the game tonight.

If Andy wins, then what a catch for him, having gone through a turbulent year with the loss of Lendl, early exits, injury, loss of confidence, so am sure that this will be a defining moment for him.

Federer just has to win! So, Allez, Vamos, Come on Fed!


Gordon Says:

There are those in here that are quick to dismiss Raonic who has now reached 10 of 12 Tournament QFs this year. He has defeated Murray the last 2 times they played and is getting better with each passing month. Should Andy and Roger kill each other in a long drawn out 3-setter the Canadian might be in a position to reach another final.

Added incentive for Raonic is if he wins Cincy he wins the US Open Series which translates to bonus bucks.


Margot Says:

Have got no idea who will win. Not convinced that Andy is back to speed and Fed’s serve has looked amazing at times.
But hey! Come on Andy! Time you did some winning!
@jane
yep, Andy hasn’t experienced night conditions yet, but day time has been ferocious and he’s survived…and survived an early match too lol!


calmdownplease Says:

I think night time will suit Andy a bit better despite the adjustment.
Slower conditions for his return,
No sun shining in his eyes when serving which yesterday almost cost him the match.
And he will have to serve very well.
I’m not 100%, but I’m going with Andy now dropping the first set but winning in 3.
Roger is looking a little bit more sweaty than usual too, might be a little fatigued.
I don’t anticipate him doing a dimitrov again.
The pressure was too much at Wimbledon and it showed.


Tennis Fan Says:

I have no doubt Raonic would beat Murray in a rematch … but that isn’t going to be the matchup. This time Raonic will give Fed a real test.


madmax Says:

Tennis Fan,

You are jumping ahead. One match at a time.

I still think that Raonic has a way to go. He is there, but still lacks something in my opinion. Can’t put my finger on it. Might be the movement element. Not sure though. What do you think is his weakness if you had to comment. We all know his serve is boom! boom!


calmdownplease Says:

@Tennis `fan`

oh hahahahahahaha


elina Says:

Raonic’s inconsistency in general is his biggest weakness including his confidence.

For example, the only time he was broken vs Steve Johnson was when he was serving for the match.

While his backhand has improved under Ljubicic, it is still largely used to defend and winners off the backhand side are few and far between.

Getting tight in key moments will just not do against the likes of Federer and Murray.

Still way too many unforced errors in his game but he is still improving so the future has potential as the top guys get older.


calmdownplease Says:

I think Raonic’s problem is how ugly & one dimensional his tennis is.
At least to watch I find that the problem.
Unless you are a Canuck I don’t see what the draw is myself.


Colin Says:

Waiting for Andy’s match, I thought I might as well catch some more tennis, so I’ve been watching Wozniacki beat Aggie Radwanska, and I enjoyed it more than I expected, to be honest.

Caroline has definitely added more variety and aggression to her tennis, and in one game she served two aces in succession! Radwanska too often allowed herself to get stuck in baseline rallies, where she usually came off worst. If Serena has one of her bad days (I’m too polite to say senior moments!) she might well lose to Caroline in the next round.


calmdownplease Says:

Here we go then
Then should prove an interesting altercation :)


jane Says:

indeed! looking forward to it…


calmdownplease Says:

*this should prove cdp, THIS.
maybe I’m more excited about this than I thought lol


calmdownplease Says:

so much for the night match, its still broad day light in the mid west!
It could be over by dusk


calmdownplease Says:

If Andy doesn’t win I hope at least he doesn’t implode again.
Enough already, he’s fit and he’s hungry.
He must show mental resolve.
He needs to win this to create some momentum and gain a bit of confidence.


calmdownplease Says:

nervy, very nervy
get over yourself Andy lol


Hippy Chic Says:

Hope its a great match,come on Andy….


calmdownplease Says:

as a rule if Andy serves under 50% against Fed
he loses, regardless of how well he defends.


Daniel Says:

Noce passing shot!


calmdownplease Says:

Roger has definitely come out to play
The Idea that he would not bother with this one is ridiculous.


jane Says:

fed’s serving is still amazingly consistent; i marvelled (and maybe swore) at it during the wimbledon final. ; )


Daniel Says:

2 excelent returns by Fed, 15-30


calmdownplease Says:

again BP
not good


Daniel Says:

Another 15-40 game on Andy serve. Hope Fed breaks this time.


Daniel Says:

4 BP’s gone already, now the fifth. At leqst murray is playing great on BP down.


calmdownplease Says:

Its the placement with Feds serve isnt it?
Its got him out of quite a few tricky situations

Andy is not in this match yet, he’s just hanging on.


Daniel Says:

Nice lobby!


calmdownplease Says:

gorgeous lob


jane Says:

nice lob from andy; a good play because fed was clearly covering the net for a passing shot.


Daniel Says:

Nice BH DTL by Fed


Daniel Says:

6th BP. C’mon Fed!


calmdownplease Says:

Andy has to be….a bit more aggressive
He’s letting Fed impose himself on proceedings.


calmdownplease Says:

It would help if he could serve!


jane Says:

fed’s a master at imposing himself cdp, esp on a fast hard court. but andy needs some first serves!


calmdownplease Says:

mmmm who does that hold affect the most?


Daniel Says:

Murray showing some resolve. Saved 6 BP’s in two games.


contador Says:

That is some good tennis :D


calmdownplease Says:

True Jane,
But its not a winning postion for Andy as Roger can simply play without pressure.
He will settle soon,
one hopes


Wog boy Says:

C’mon Simona.


calmdownplease Says:

easy hold for Fed


calmdownplease Says:

the BH is doing well
The FH is not bad too, its the serve that’s the issue
a Muzz indicator that he’s not quite comfortable.


calmdownplease Says:

3rd time’s a charm maybe


calmdownplease Says:

and so it proves
ironically this could focus Andy now.


jane Says:

well, andy was living dangerously and fed was looking hungrier. will andy be able to break back?


Daniel Says:

Finally after 3 games.


calmdownplease Says:

The first set is more important for Roger I think.
If it goes to 3 I think Andy is more the favourite.
But he will have to play better than this.


calmdownplease Says:

And he is not firing on his return!


senthilvel Says:

federer is nomore good as frontrunner


calmdownplease Says:

serving is appalling
sort it effing out!


senthilvel Says:

it should have been 6-0 to federer :(


FedExpress Says:

can any1 plz tell why fed always wants to make the volly cute and difficult although he has the open court and simple one would do it


jane Says:

^ because he’s a stylist and not a pragmatist?


calmdownplease Says:

some of Roger’s net play has been pretty bad however too
This match has a strange vibe to it.
Like everyone’s walking on eggshells or something.
But Roger has been the better player.
Andy cant get a handle on his serve.


jane Says:

nice point to bring up a bp. i was saying aloud “go up the line!”

but then fed cancels it with his serving. just like that, it was gone.


calmdownplease Says:

bad serving no returning = an easy evening for Roger


calmdownplease Says:

I’m surprised he’s even at 52%
He’s out of this set, playing crap
I am losing my patience with this.


jane Says:

yeah, andy wasn’t up to his usual return standards.
by contrast, fed returned pretty well in set one i thought. mind you he didn’t have enough firsts, so fed had lots of second serves on which to feast.


calmdownplease Says:

No, its 47% haha,
he’s lost in 2 unless there is a dramatic turnaround.
disastrous
Ready for my egg face mask


FedExpress Says:

first set federer

but i expect a lack of focus like against monfils, popopsil, ferrer,cilic etc


Wog boy Says:

Roger is dominating Andy, I can be wrong but I don’t see Andy turning this match around.


calmdownplease Says:

a makeable return
stick a fork in him
pathetic
and a boring match for the neutrals (and me)


jane Says:

yes, wog boy; fed has the upperhand so far. it’s almost as though andy played him more closely at the australian open! it does not seem to be a physical issue tonight.


FedExpress Says:

oh boy how many volley he missed

0-30


jane Says:

two missed bps from andy too. they’re both missing a lot in this game. one more; will he take it?


calmdownplease Says:

played a bit more freely there.
I think the lack of energy in the stadium is solely due to Murray’s attitude.
Also bar his amazing serve lets face it, Roger is pretty underwhelming too.
But he breaks!
I suppose


jane Says:

yep, andy with the break; with some help from fed.


Wog boy Says:

“but i expect a lack of focus like against monfils, popopsil, ferrer,cilic etc”
You might be right.


calmdownplease Says:

The people of Cincy deserve better than this Andy
come on blow it up!


calmdownplease Says:

and now Roger is crap lol
there’s a lot of crap going about


calmdownplease Says:

serve %
roger 60%
Andy 54%
starting to actually return too


jane Says:

topsy-turvy thus far… andy is digging in here even though he’s not winning all the points. he’s reading fed’s serve much better.


Daniel Says:

40-15 and Federer was broken. 4-1 Andy. Well unless he breaks right back give up this set hold his serve at 2-5 to start serving the third.


calmdownplease Says:

amazing return,
got to hand it to Andy, whatever is troubling his occasionally fragile mind
he’s finding a way


FedExpress Says:

wtf am i seeing

federer cant serve to save his life anymore

the begiining of 3rd set will be important


Purcell Says:

Indifferent crowd
Welcome back Andy
Bye Fed (still love you)


van orten Says:

Lol fed really losing a safe match now..weird performance..errorprone as hell


calmdownplease Says:

rogers FS % now @ 57% in this set.


madmax Says:

Good commentary here guys.

I woke up to see if I could get livestream and saw Fed play absolutely appalling in the last game.

It’s always a close encounter between these two. Might as well give up the second set and hold on for the third, if he can – that’s Fed!


calmdownplease Says:

they both look like they’re stoned, with occasional unexpected bursts of life.


Daniel Says:

Fed broke right back;-)


calmdownplease Says:

great rally and great FH from Fed!


Daniel Says:

Fed’s dtl slice is working today. 4-3 Murray, this next game can be decisive, because if Fed breaks to level the match I fancy his chances in 2


jane Says:

“they both look like they’re stoned, with occasional unexpected bursts of life.”

lol, comment of the night. blergh…stoners.


calmdownplease Says:

^^agreed
Roger is looking a little threatening again.


FedExpress Says:

wont count for nothing if murray holds and fed gets broken and murray serves first in the 3rd


jane Says:

now andy can’t buy a first serve, when it’s on the line. he’s not going to give back a double break is he?


calmdownplease Says:

Andy is not winning this
I mean WTF
LOL


FedExpress Says:

lol
4-4


FedExpress Says:

if fed loses now his serve after all that


calmdownplease Says:

Andy, when he had the lead and should have put his foot down but he let someone back in
AGAIN
It’s too often now, there is a def problem here


calmdownplease Says:

another shank
he’s going to NY tomorrow.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Fed turn it aroun to 5-4.
How is Murray going to behave after losing last 4 games and under pressure now.


FedExpress Says:

its about time that one of feds comeback is rewarded

wimb 08, wim 14, IW 14

he fought like a lion but lost


calmdownplease Says:

oh its dark now
He has to get some FS in thats what


calmdownplease Says:

`its about time that one of feds comeback is rewarded`

?
I know its Andy Murray, but its only a QF dude.

anyway good hold but i dont see a way for him


FedExpress Says:

feds first serve missing


FedExpress Says:

if fed loses tie break he recieves or serves in the third???


calmdownplease Says:

deux points from victory!


calmdownplease Says:

Roger is teasing errors from the Muzz double back hand UTL


jane Says:

fed with a match point


FedExpress Says:

fed u beauty


jane Says:

and he takes it… he must be the absolute fave for the title now!

murray committed too many errors tonight and was slow to get going, i thought. some good points though.


calmdownplease Says:

Oh well
well done all you Fed fans
he played better when it mattered.
I think I’ll give tennis a miss for while lol
Squandered breaks terrible serving
Murray’s mental demons have returned with a VENGEANCE.


Humble Rafa Says:

It is just Humble Highness or is the Mr. Lady Forehand’s forehand the weakest FH in the top 10.
I mean Raonic hits better. Mr. Lady FH misses sitter FHs.


calmdownplease Says:

I’m sorry but aren’t you nursing your own little Lady FH at the moment HR?


skeezer Says:

“And Roger Federer just keeps on goin”

Fed looked in control this match, and it showed. Murray tried to out fox Fed early on, but Fed wouldn’t allow it. Fed actually now has a decent shot at winning Cincy, unless he has that “senior moment”.
Vamos Fed!

Murray is looking much better. Don’t think his fans should be dis heartened, he should make a great run @ USO.


calmdownplease Says:

or is it the BH?


Pitchaboy Says:

Calmdownplease needs to calm down. Murray is building his game back. He will make a reasonably deep run in USO but get well positioned to get into top 4 next year. Road back from back surgery is a bit long and somewhat winding


skeezer Says:

@CDP
Lol, yes he is nursing “the tool”.


Humble Rafa Says:

Any one calling the Humble FH bad needs to have his head examined.


FedExpress Says:

dont carried away fed fans

again night session tomorrow, the final will be in the afternoon

and he was in toronto and monte carlo the fav but lost.

so still long way to go


calmdownplease Says:

`Murray is looking much better. Don’t think his fans should be dis heartened, he should make a great run @ USO..`

What?!
Murray was far better against Tsonga and he was still crap then.
Statistically crap!


Gordon Says:

Humble Rafa,

You used to be funny occasionally; now you are just a bitter troll, especially when your porcelain dirt king is in need of repairs.

Nadal ain’t playing; so why don’t you disappear and let the Fed and Murray fans who care about the game discuss it instead of butting in with your moronic attempts at being witty. You just come off looking like a sad old troll.


calmdownplease Says:

Oh I get it
He’s looking much better because Fed beat him.
:)


Purcell Says:

Oh spoke too soon. Bye Andy. Welcome back Fed. Worried about Andy……no spark or vitality. He surely must have recovered from op by now. Anyway congrats to Fed….finally got volleys together. Truthfully, was quite impressed by his base line play too. Raonic will be a task… and out for revenge.


Colin Says:

Me too, CDP. Federer of course played some beautiful stuff, but he too was up and down, so that overall the match was not pleasing. I may watch SOME tennis, but not Murray until I can do so with the expectation that he’ll play as he can (or is it could?).

Cricket and golf mostly, I think, for the rest of this year. That, or I’ll stick to reading and listening to music.


calmdownplease Says:

I do appreciate the sentiment however skeezer
Just feeling a little raw about Muzz.
Getting bored of all of this.


calmdownplease Says:

`He surely must have recovered from op by now..`

Its mental.
What other reason could there be?
He was always a mentalist, inspiration could override it as could a stern hand (Lendl)
But I’m worried for him now.


the DA Says:

Very disappointing from Andy. What is it with blowing leads this season? Only a short time to salvage his year. His 2014 is going to worse than Fed’s 2013 if he doesn’t get a title during the remainder of the season. At least Roger won one title and made it to the WTF ranked No. 6. I won’t ever stop believing he find his way back but it’s grueling as a fan.


calmdownplease Says:

` That, or I’ll stick to reading and listening to music…`

Love music Colin,
need to see more movies/shows too
Like other sports also and feel their draw again.
Tennis is a bit of a lone pursuit for me anyway.
No one I know is into it.


Humble Rafa Says:

Cricket and golf mostly, I think, for the rest of this year. That, or I’ll stick to reading and listening to music.

What is cricket? Your cell phone company?


tennisfansince76 Says:

Andy looked fine physically tonight. He was bothered by an old problem,low first serve percent plus his overall level was erratic. He maybe seeded 9 at the uso which means someone in the top 8 will meet him in round 4.


calmdownplease Says:

A cricket is a kind of wooden Bat that I would like to hit you around the head with right now HR.
With affection of course
:)


skeezer Says:

@Gordan
Re; HR
Agrrrreeeed! Not funny anymore. It comes across as jeolousy nowadays.


calmdownplease Says:

` He was bothered by an old problem,low first serve percent plus his overall level was erratic..`

That’s not the real problem, just the symptom.
The Asian swing should be good for him as he will finally play some itty bitty tournaments more commensurate with his level at the moment.
And slowly (?)very sssslllooowwwllllyyy he can build confidence by maybe actually winning something.


jane Says:

i think andy doubts. i’ve seen it loads with nole too. he had that second set wrapped up and then he pulled back and fed pounced. mind you fed was erratic too. anyway i suspect one top win could go a long way for andy but it’s been elusive this season so far.


Humble Rafa Says:

Fed and Murray fans who care about the game

I have yet to meet these geniuses. What I see is hero worship. I am here to preach humility to these souls.

I understand that I will be a constant reminder when you look at His records, but I am just a better player. Once you accept that, you will be a member of the Humble Nation.


calmdownplease Says:

@Humble Rafa

Dude, you have a pretty serious identity crisis.
I’m being real here.
Often, according to shrinks, this can be traced back to being er `interfered with`(ahem).
In your case I think it’s just good old a**holism
Understand I’m just trying to help you help yourself.


jane Says:

fed’s been fighting hard this season, putting himself in contention for titles time & time again (iw, monte carlo, wimbledon, toronto..). eventually it’s going to pay off, and it may well be with yet another cincinnati title. i don’t think milos can stop him, certainly not based on the wimbledon semi.


calmdownplease Says:

We’ve got to hand it to Fed, Jane,
If he wins Sunday (and who is left to stop him?)
He’s certainly earned it.


Humble Rafa Says:

calmdownplease Says:
@Humble Rafa

May I say: Calm down please. This time with spaces.


calmdownplease Says:

Ah!
how original
like your humour ;)


jane Says:

agree cdp.
and, don’t give up on tennis/andy yet. you never know right?
that’s sport.


Daniel Says:

Now Fed only has a losing record to You Know Who:-)


calmdownplease Says:

@Jane

mmmm,
Anyway, I bid you goodnight dear Jane.
I’m sure we shall chat again if Andy finally gets his act together (I hope it happens soon)…..

toodles!


jane Says:

bye cdp. take it easy.


skeezer Says:

Fed has never been so popular atm. Cincy loves him, and it shows. The guy still has it @ 33.
It just proves that Tennis endures the obsessive bod loving types that wanna blog about if and when.
Vamos Fed!
—-
Andy is progressing fine. I think his fans can judge him better at USO. He should go far.


Tennis Fan Says:

Like I said earlier Raonic will probably give Federer a run tomorrow. You can forget the Wimbledon meeting, I knew Murray wasnt going to be there, he looked even worse tonight than I thought he would.


Toilet Break Says:

Thank god there is no toilet breaks this tennis season.

Yo for Fed.


Margot Says:

@Pitchaboy 8.52
Gr8 sympathetic post and I really, really hope you’re right.
Andy serving like that can lose to anybody, leave alone Fed!
@HR
And really don’t know why I’m bothering, but “hero worshipping” Andy fans? Man, you clearly know nothing.


Patson Says:

@Humble Rafa

Dude, you weren’t even playing. Go away.


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