Federer Masters Murray, Steps Closer To Sixth Cincinnati Title; SF Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | August 15th, 2014, 11:59 pm
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A week after his 33rd birthday Roger Federer didn’t play much like the old man that he is. Earlier today Federer dominated Andy Murray in the first set then overcame a two break defecit in the second winning five of the last six games en route to a 6-3, 7-5 win over his longtime rival.

“In the second set, I lost a little bit of the rhythm,” Federer told ESPN after the match. “From the baseline, [Murray] was hitting the ball well – harder and deeper… I snuck in a quick break, and next thing you know, I’m back. I feel like I stole that second set.”

Federer is now level 11-11 against Murray leaving just Rafael Nadal among the big names to hold an active edge over the Swiss legend. And for Murray, like Novak Djokovic, the match was not a very positive way to head into the US Open.

“I started the match off pretty slow tonight,” said Murray. “[Federer] came out quick. Then I had a couple break points in back-to-back games to get into it in the first set. I didn’t get either of them.

“Then obviously was well up in the second and blew it. It’s a shame.”

Murray also won’t be a Top 8 seed, so that could spell trouble in his draw.

In his semifinal tomorrow night Federer will take on Milos Raonic who absolutely pounded Fabio Fognini 6-0, 6-1.

“For once I actually struggled with my serve and not my return,” said Raonic. “A lot of things I did well today knowing and just understanding. Playing him is difficult just because of the unpredictability. I was able to break pretty handily most of the time, and then I was scrapping out quite a few.”

For Fabio’s sake I hope he was injured!

In the other semi, David Ferrer, a 3-set winner over Tommy Robredo, faces the surprising Cinderella Julien Benneteau who knocked out Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in a topsy-turvy 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 affair to advance to his first career Masters semi.

“It’s my best result in a Masters 1000,” said the 32-year-old Benneteau. “The Masters 1000 are very, very difficult tournaments because the cut is like 40, 45. It’s top 45 players in the world on every tournament at this level. You don’t have a lot of opportunities to make a very big result.”

For Stan it’s another head-scratcher of a loss. And with a US Open semifinal defense on the horizon it’s not a good sign – is anyone among the top feeling good about the US Open besides Federer?

As for tomorrow’s semifinal picks.

David Ferrer v Julien Benneteau
Benneteau’s been a great story this week. He’s French veteran who’s never won a title (0-9 in finals) and he’s got a decent game, but I just think he’s out of his element in a Masters semifinal. Whereas Ferrer’s right at home. The Spaniard, also 32, is in his third Masters final four of the season and he’s also beaten Benneteau in five of their nine meetings. So I’m leaning his way here.

That said, as someone pointed out on TV, Benneteau has a hard-to-describe game. He can do a lot of things and often do those things very well, like attack, like serve, like volley, like hit his backhand, etc. And he’s beaten Ferrer a few times, even beaten Federer and of course Wawrinka. However, the fact that he’s winless in ATP finals tells me he gets rattled in tight situations. And with a spot in the biggest final of life on the line I expect that happens again.

Ferrer has too much experience and should keep Benneteau off balance just enough.
The pick: Ferrer in two

Roger Federer v Milos Raonic
The match we wanted to see last week in Canada is the one we get this weekend in Cincinnati. Federer has won all five against the Canuck and I have to favor him again tomorrow night. Though cautiously.

While he’s made the semis this week, Federer’s played well in spurts and then he lets down. Today he jumped all over Murray early taking the first set and then, almost on cue, was more than willing to drop the second. Something we’ve seen a lot of lately.

Once he went down a break in the second, I’m the sure the Federer faithful were thinking, “here we go again.” But Murray let him off the hook and Federer took advantage to get through without another third set mind-bender.

Saturday night’s match will be nothing like playing Murray. And that’s good for Roger. If Roger serves well and gets a few returns to stick it should be another routine match like Wimbledon semifinal.

If he’s having trouble reading the Raonic serve then we’ll likely play that tiebreaker roulette, and we know anything can happen in that game.

So I like Federer’s history over Milos and also his history over the big servers (like Andy Roddick), and I think he survives in a tight one.
The pick: Federer in three

The women’s semis are also pretty good with Serena Williams against Caroline Wozniacki and then at night Maria Sharapova takes on Ana Ivanovic. That’s quite a quartet.

ESPN2 has live coverage of all the matches tomorrow starting at 1pm.

SATURDAY CINCINNATI SCHEDULE
CENTER COURT start 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs [12] C Wozniacki (DEN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [6] D Ferrer (ESP) vs J Benneteau (FRA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [9] A Ivanovic (SRB) or E Svitolina (UKR) vs [5] M Sharapova (RUS)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [5] M Raonic (CAN) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)


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241 Comments for Federer Masters Murray, Steps Closer To Sixth Cincinnati Title; SF Picks And Pans

skeezer Says:

Sean,
Good call on the Fed match, felt the same.
He should get by Roanic, but with the “olderer” Fed, anything seems to happen at anytime.
Focus Maestro.

Rafa who? Can’t play, can’t compete. Tennis has never been more exciting.


Michael Says:

Well Andy should be terribly annoyed that he squandered two breaks in the second set. But all credit to Roger, he just held firm and didn’t give in. After Roger managed to offset that one break, then he had all the confidence in him to even out things and finally at 5-6 serving ahead, he held the advantage and Murray just couldn’t handle the pressure and caved in. And Roger is making another semi-final in a row in this US hardcourt swing and things could never have been more encouraging for him ahead of the US Open.


Michael Says:

Isn’t it paradoxical that in this so-called tough era of young guns, it is the oldies who are dominating with Roger leading from the front. In Cincinnati, we have three veterans in the race and in Montreal too, we had Ferrer and Roger in the final stages. How strange is that when critiques of Roger lambast him for accumulating a major portion of his titles in a weak era ? How can it with any sense of rationality and logic construed as weak when these veterans are giving these so-called young guns a run for their money today in this so-called comeptitive era ?


batfoot Says:

Roger seems as relaxed and dominant as in ’05, ’06, etc. Back then if he was broken, no biggie, he’d just break you more. So it was for poor Andy, tho he was in fine form. And while raonic is exciting to watch and having a great run, can he really erase from his mind just WHO he is facing? Nearly impossible. The intimidation factor plus the relaxed RF factor is not good news for Milos.


Colin Says:

batfoot – Andy was in fine form? He was getting in 47% of his first serves, and you call that fine form? I said before the match that his serve would be key, and so it proved.

I don’t say Andy would have won if he’d been at about 60%, but he wouldn’t have been broken so easily and would have avoided double faults. I think if he can get his serve back his whole game will improve, but when and IF that will happen, goodness knows.


skeezer Says:

“Isn’t it paradoxical that in this so-called tough era..”
LMAO…
Oh yeah and that “weak era” weak claim also. :). That needs to be put to rest, out to pasture, buried and gone, etc.


Colin Says:

I’m going to make what might seem a trivial criticism of the way interviews are reported on this site.

A lot of people pepper their speech with “like” and “you know”, and every single one of these is faithfully repeated in the transcript here. Andy Murray suffers from this, being made to sound less articulate than he is.

So if Xtreme Tennis is so punctilious in transcibing, how is it, in the article above, that Andy is made to say “I had a couple break points”? A Brit would never say that; we say “a couple OF”. If you’re going to be so damn accurate, then BE accurate!


Margot Says:

So glad I didn’t stay up for that one. Well played Fed! His desire to keep competing and winning is simply awesome.
Oh Andy, Andy, Andy. :( Have a horrible feeling 2014 will be a complete washout and who knows what 2015 will bring :(


Casey Says:

I was too tired to wake up this night to watch the match, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Roger won, and he did in in 2 ! I will definitely watch the replay later !


Hippy Chic Says:

Skeezer congrats to you and your favorite on the win last night,he was by far the better player,i hope he beats Raonic and goes on to win the title,IMO of the top 4 players ATM hes the one playing the best tennis,just one question though was there really any need for that comment at the end of your post,people say they are fed up with the constant updates on you know whos injuries,yet for some reason they cannot seem to resist talking about it,i mean why??


Hippy Chic Says:

^Meant to add i agree with the commies last night who said Roger is playing the best tennis of the top 4,so with questions regarding whether Rafa will play, the form of Novak,Andy and Stan,Roger will probably go into the USO as the favorite^….


FedExpress Says:

the night session tonight featuring raonic and fed makes so much NO sense. why do not play right after ferrer and benneteau?

No unfair scheduling and with no logic


FedExpress Says:

*fair i meant


Honfleuraise Says:

Not looking for excuses but I can’t help wondering if Andy’s back was playing up. Last night was in such sharp contrast with the way he played against Isner. His serve let him down badly and he was having trouble with return of serve as well. At least he kept control of his emotions and stayed focussed but the loss will make a nasty dent in his confidence going into the USO.


Hippy Chic Says:

Whats dissapointing is that Andys matches seem to follow the same pattern lately,he loses a set on a tight tie break like against Isner,or he gets a lead in a set like against Tsonga last week,and broke Federer twice to lead 4/1,and promptly went to pieces throwing away that lead,i dont know whats more annoying him actually doing that repeatedly,or me sitting there watching him and having that thought in the back of my mind,and knowing he will do it,its like as a fan i have lost all confidence and faith in him as a player?


Michael Says:

Alison,

as a fan i have lost all confidence and faith in him as a player?

In my opinion, you have written off Andy a bit too early. He is ofcourse going through a rough patch in his career, but he has the capability to bounce back. How can you dismiss a two times Grand slam champion and Andy also has won so many Master series titles in his career. Ofcourse, at Montreal as well as Cincinnati, he just bunked in his matches against Tsonga as well as Roger and he is short of confidence. For his self confidence to regenerate, he needs a big win.


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael your probably right,but im not a very confident person,so i dont like to get my hopes up only to get burned,its a case of been there and done that,why leave oneself open,why gets your hopes up?i spent year after year following a football team that was downright abysmal season after season,losing games they shouldve drawn,and drawing games they shouldve won,coneeding a goal in injury time etc,it got to the stage where i would only dare celebrate when the match was over,Andys a two time GS champion im sure he will bounce back,but i wont tie myself up in knots worrying about it?


tennis bubble Says:

Who would have thought Federer favorite for USO …..


Casey Says:

tennis bubble

too bad even if Djokovic will play poorly this mug will bullsh.t his way to the title like he did in W.


Tennis lover Says:

I’ve already warned people not to root for Rafa or Novak in my opinion none of them ain’t gonna lift USO trophy this year…but, some of the people have scoffed me for saying so…but, so far the pre US Open scenarios are hinting the decline of Nadal Novak duopoly in tennis. From 2015 onwards, tennis will be a different game with no Nadal and Novak dominance. But, Federer’s still faulty, let’s hope he wards off his final vodoo in Cincinatti.


Patrick Says:

Watching the Fed play yesterday was quite surprising in the way he looked determined to compete hard even being down 40-15 with Murray serving. In the recent past he would usually just play a loose point and lose the game.
He ‘wanted’ this one badly and it showed.
Well played.
Predictions going forward will be left for the professionals, like Nostradamus.
I’ll pass.


metan Says:

May be the Frenchman will get the vas at the end of that very day. Hehehe.


mem Says:

skeezer,

speak for yourself! if tennis is so much more exciting without nadal, I wonder why you repeat his name on a daily basis, a thousand times a day during an entire tournament, week in and week out. i’ll give you about 30 seconds before you include “rafa” or “nadal” in a sentence. although I know you won’t last that long.

by the way, why is roger always “olderer” just in case he loses. then, he happens to win, he is a “young 33?” you never cease to amuse! you are such a joke!


skeezer Says:

mem,
“Olderer” is a reference to the rafanatics that had continually dissed on Fed some time ago and you know very well of it.
Of course with Rafa in the game it makes Tennis more exciting.!
But it can still, and has been, exciting with him not. The crowds, the fans, the interest has been fine thank you very much.


Pitchaboy Says:

Djokovich and Nadal are racking up slams in an era of “low competitiveness”. Otherwise, how do you explain 30 something’s kicking the youngsters now. The truth that Nadalistas cannot digest is that Fed was so good from 2004 to 2007, he made the rest look pedestrian. Nobody can maintain that high a level for ever. Yet, the kinder and gentler Fed is still good enough to give these young guys nightmares.


Gordon Says:

mem,

Any rational person will tell you that the presence of the (undoubtedly) greatest clay player of all time and holder of 5 non-clay slam titles in a tournament only adds to the excitement. of the event.

If someone has a inexplicable prejudice against a player, and for some crazy reason there are a handful in here who can’t say anything good about Federer as well as those who can’t say anything favourable about Nadal, just let it go.

Some do it tongue in cheek, as a rebuttal to attacks on their favourite player. Some do it because they are mean spirited trolls with nothing better to do.

This very site has admonished posters and deleted comments that went over the line but they still allow this crap to continue. Occasionally they post a special blog post to let the trolls vent.

It is an odd phenomenon – the Federer haters who idolize Nadal and vice versa. You see it in team sports where fans of one team unreasonably detest everything about another rival team, but it is amazingly rare to find this vitriolic hatred levelled against individual athletes.


courbon Says:

@ pitchaboy: Every expert and former tennis player on earth says that this is probably the strongest era in tennis ( or at least equal to Mac, Connors, Borg era ) but you claim different??
You contradicted yourself without realising it-because Federer was so great ( best ever I guess )he made his oponnents look weak.Quite possible.But that is also the reason that this extraordinary player can still kick ass 6 years after his prime.He is exception to the rule.
Pretty much everybody would agree that strong era is the one that would have 3,4 great players ( with massive count of GS ) and this era has exactly that.
I’m not saying that 2004-2007 was weak era. Maybe was but also, as you said ,Fed was so great that everybody look ordinary.I don’t know and most likely nobody knows because you can not prove it or measure it, really…But to claim this is weak era is completely illogical.


courbon Says:

@ Casey: Can you explain me how tennis player bullish his way to title???? He blackmails judges, or beats up other players in dark alley before match??Maybe he put dead horse head in their beds??? .In the no- contact sport like tennis, hard to imagine how you do that…
Just tell me, I’m very curios

P.S.-I think you are posting on the wrong blog.There is blog called ‘I hate Novak’, I think that would be better place for you, to express your wisdom…


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon Casey is a Federer fan,that has nothing nice to say about Novak or Rafa,so dont worry it aint just Novak ;))….


Pitchaboy Says:

My comment was made with the proverbial tongue-in-cheek. It was meant to point out that there is plenty of talent around. Rafa and Roger are two of a different kind.


Gordon Says:

Courbon,

I think you need to reread Casey’s post. He didn’t write bullish (as in intimidate as a bully) his way to the title; I think he was writing bullsh!t so he is going to talk his way deceptively to the trophy.

Either way = 😳HUH❓😳


Pitchaboy Says:

We tend to think an era is “strong” when slams are spread around 3 or 4 guys. We think it is ” weak” when one guy corners most of it. All great champions have been dominant in their era. Fed is a freak that he was in pristine form for four years. It is a measure of his freakishness that he still contends.


jane Says:

courbon, lol at the dead horse head. that must’ve been it! :)


Okiegal Says:

Tennis fans that aren’t Rafa fans have to be very excited that he has an injury and has been out of the last two tournaments……chances are improving for Roger that he could possibly win…being that Rafa is absent.

Yes Gordon, mean spirited people run amok on this site. I take a stand on behalf of Rafa at times….mostly for retaliation. I do watch tennis even when Rafa isn’t playing because I love watching these amazing athletes, don’t really care who they are. There are good matches between lower ranked players and they can make awesome shots and I think to myself why they aren’t higher ranked?? I guess that’s the difference between good players and great players. I think it was Michael who said that the other day…..and he is right.

We all need to act our age and not our IQ….lol

PEACE to all!!


Hippy Chic Says:

IMO Its sad when people bring hate into sport,surely theres enough of that going on in the real world,about time people lightened up a bit,after all its only a game?


Okiegal Says:

@Pitchaboy 11:47

“Rafa and Roger are two of a different kind”…..you got that right!! When they both retire, it will be a real bummer!! I will have to say that Novak is a beast also and ranks up there with them….. I have to say that, no? With all the problems he can cause Rafa and vice versa.

I just love Tennis!! Can’t hardly wait for the matches coming up. Hopefully we will see a cracker or two or three!!

Have a good week-end! Cheerio……


courbon Says:

@ Gordon: Ah, now I got it!Either way..HUH (-:

@ pitchaboy:Sorry, I did not got it ‘tonge in cheek’ vibe, so hence my argumentative post to you.Its all good.And completely agree with your last post.Fed is something else.

@ Hippy: Okiegal just wrote ‘PEACE to all ‘. I thought you are only official Hippy on this blog.You should talk to that Okhlahoma girl, she is copying your image…next thing, she will be cooking curry for hubby!Just watch it, I know girls like that…(-:

@ jane: What can I say- I love Godfather movies…


Margot Says:

Oh lol, now I realise what’s been missing from Andy’s magic box of tricks….why ’tis the horse’s head of course, not Ivan Lendl after all…;)


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon lol that little redneck from Oklahoma,she is copying me,she might cook a curry for her hubby,but i bet she doesnt live above an Indian restaurant like me,my hubby cooks a mean chili con carni and hes doing it for our tea tonight,your invited 8.00pm ok with you?


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon 12:23

Tee hee……I know I would like you so much if I ever met you…..you are funny and keep things lighthearted and I love that in a person. Laughter is the best medicine. Regarding curry?? Not sure….but how about Yorkshire pudding? I like sweets best…but I do love to cook and it shows! LOL


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon well Novak looks like a young De Niro so they say,so maybe the Djokovics have contact with the mafia?


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal im from Yorkshire,but my late mother would probably turn in her grave,as i have never attempted to make a Yorkshire pudding in my life,you can buy them in most supermarkets here frozen and ready made,for next to nothing,sacrilege….


Okiegal Says:

@Margot

I personally think he is missing Lendl. He is going off the rails again. Andy is better than what he showed last night. I hope his back isn’t starting to flare up……I didn’t see the stats but commentators talked about serve percentage not too good. Wish he could get back on track.


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal i think hes pysically fine,i think its a mental thing,all between the ears….


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

I lived next door to gal from England….not sure where. She was an excellent cook and it was her hobby. She introduced Yorkshire pudding to me, therefore that was the only dish I could think of with an English touch. I don’t have any curry in my cupboard. I make lots of chili in the winter time and we have several Mexican restaurants in town…..probably our favorite cuisine. Oh, also fish and chips is Englishy. Our fish choice is catfish…..the whiskered kind! Getting hungary..no wonder its almost 12:00 Have a good day, Chickie!


courbon Says:

@ Okiegal; You make me blush girl! Yorkshire puding is fine but nothing like a good Sticky Toffe puding!I have a sweet tooth also…

@ Hippy:Definetelly Serbian mafia…Still, as Wog Boy often says, uncle Toni is a real deal ( not only Toni Soprano, but lots of real life mafioso’s have been called Toni )

Off to party (sex, drugs and Rock’n'roll…just kidding,more like Wine, BBQ and Creme Brulee ) speak to you later girls.


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

I hope Andy is fine physically, but if it is mental, that’s not a quick fix either. Good luck to him! Hope he can get it together…..but I still think Lendl is the big miss from his box.


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon

Did not mean to make you blush…..never have had crème brulee but we have BBQ all time. Have fun!


jane Says:

hippy i tend to agree with you that with andy it’s not physical anymore but more mental; but coming back from surgery AND losing lendl is a lot. and now he’s adjusting to a new coach as well. also of course things are holistic, so if focus or doubt is an issue it affects the technical/physical too. andy seemed to get in a groove on clay actually, doing well in rome and reaching semis at the french, but since then it’s been less consistent. it must’ve been a little strange returning to wimbledon, where he’d been so successful with lendl the year prior, without him and now with someone completely new. i think coaching changes are difficult for some players and indeed think nole’s been struggling with his coaching situation imo. with vajda not wanting to travel as much, he’s had to learn to adjust to boris, and then they’re still doing this swapping thing where marian was not at wimbledon but was in canada but is not in cincinnati and so on. it’s unsettled. i would imagine andy still feels unsettled in that regard too. i’ve even seen him swatting his head and stuff again, in toronto against jo. that’s definitely a sign of self-doubt with him. anyhow, who knows? it could turn around in nyc with one big win, or maybe it’ll take until 2015.


mem Says:

Gordon,

when I make comments that sound sarcastic or disparaging, usually they are in response to irrational fans like skeezer. I don’t make a habit of tearing other players down for some childish reason. it is senseless, disrespectful and it reflects the character of the person making the derogatory comments.

you are spot on regarding the “hatefest” leveled against individual players who are simply doing their jobs. it has become cancerous and it is taking a toll on tennis. people may not see it now, but the extent of the damage will become more clear once federer and nadal retire. mark my words, when sportswriters, journalists, commentators, etc. come to realize the damage that “hate” has already done and continues to do to the future of tennis, they will rue the day that they didn’t do more to discourage this type of behavior, especially on blogs. instead, they directly or indirectly promote it.

I understand that fans have the right to support whomever they wish and have fun doing it, but tennis is a competition. no normal fan would allow themselves to “hate” a player simply because they feel that a certain player is winning too much or overshadowing their favorite in some way. no one in their right mind would hold it against a player for winning as many titles as possible, against whoever is across the net. that is the nature of competition! fans who think like that are not tennis fans, they are tennis destroyers.

I’m a nadal fan, but I would never allow myself to envy roger or any other player’s success to a point that I have to constantly post derogatory comments or take backhanded swipes at the player. in my opinion, these kinds of fans have something missing in their own lives, because this kind of behavior is abnormal.

I look at it like this, if nadal wants to win 17 slams or a world tour final, it’s his job to work harder to earn them. it’s not roger’s fault that he doesn’t have them. as a nadal fan, i don’t have a right to come to this blog everyday discrediting roger because nadal doesn’t have what roger has. he’s not the blame for what nadal is missing and vice versa. that’s my perspective!

anyway, i agree with you, a game that is meant to be attractive, fun, enjoyable, and exciting has been turned into a “hate” competition. in my opinion, it is slowly dragging this sport down!


Okiegal Says:

@Mem @1:56

Great sensible post. There does seem to be a lot of hate on here and that is very disturbing to me. For Pete’s sake we don’t really know these players. If we did, we might not even like them…..we’re all just star struck!


madmax Says:

tennis bubble Says:
Who would have thought Federer favorite for USO …..

August 16th, 2014 at 9:46 am

tennis bubble. Federer will be the last person to say he is favourite for the USO. It has to be Novak in my view, as world number 1.

I think with the fact that he has come back to hard courts, the transition has been hard since winning Wimbledon and his marriage, impending birth of baby, it has to have played on his mind. But. Novak will put that to rest over the next few weeks, prior to the USO and I think you will find a very different Novak heading into New York.

Mem,

you really are one of a kind. Your remarks about Skeezer, me and any other federer fans over time has to account for some of the worst on this site. You continually lay in wait for any person who dares to disagree with you and should they. Well, well, well. You come up with garbage most of the time. You hate it when anyone says anything about Rafa. Rarely are you mature with your comments. Nothing to add except you are always ready for a fight and have been like that since year dot.

You can’t always be like this in real life. You would be exhausted otherwise.

Whose your favourite for the USO Mem? and if you had to pick, who would be your two players for the final? Perhaps a fresh start at discussion might be the way forward?


skeezer Says:

“Federer Masters Murray, Steps Closer To Sixth Cincinnati Title…”

Normal, not nornal? Hate competition? Giles? Derogatory comments? Egg?
Tennis future will be fine, as along as its focused on that, and not a drama fest.
Too much drama talk here and not enough about Tennis. Bring on the Semis.


Hippy Chic Says:

Jane thanks for the feedback,anyway im going on a hippy retreat soon,so i will put a prayer tie on the wicker man,wishing for a change in fortunes for Murray,i just wish he wouldnt keep letting leads slip,its so frustrating as a fan to see your favorite do that,its like he has doubts about what he wants to do on court at key moments,however its only something Andy himself can work out,a coach can help you,but unfortunatly they cant play the game for you….


mem Says:

madmax,

of course, my remarks toward you and skeezer are some of worst and i intended them to be. in fact, if you would read what i said again, you will see that i admitted making derogatory remarks toward skeezer and his kind, speaking of you of course.

you are one to talk! i defend rafa nadal just as you do roger Federer and you can’t stand it! the difference in what i do and what you do is i don’t blame roger for what rafa is lacking. everybody knows that you and skeezer in particular are infamous for that kind of behavior, so don’t preach to me. you don’t have to like or agree with what i say, but you don’t supervise me. if i want to come here and just write nadal’s name over and over again, i will do just that. you and skeezer have tainted this blog with your endless “hatred” of nadal and you have the audacity to give me advise. don’t make me laugh!


FedExpress Says:

Ferrers last nine finals

RU RU RU RU RU RU RU W RU


FedExpress Says:

bennetaus last nine finals

RU RU RU RU RU RU RU RU RU


FedExpress Says:

ferrer into the final

cant see him winning it


FedExpress Says:

federers last 16 finals

RU W RU W RU RU RU W RU RU W RU RU W RU RU

aweful record


FedExpress Says:

now better federer wins tonight and tomorrow

either defeat would be the first one against either players


FedExpress Says:

they should have started the next semi final by now. i cant understand the scheduling.

Waiting two hours for the next women semis is just a joke


Wog boy Says:

Frenchie, we are not as sophisticated as Sicilians, we don’t do it with dead horse head, we do it with dead pig head, more like Calabrese…you know, plenty of pigs…on the other side.

Btw, what happend with brandy or whiskey, you are becaming too soft, only wine;)


Rishi Says:

For Fed Fans….good interview overall, especially at 03:00 and towards the end when they shared some laughs together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxl5rb9IsU4


skeezer Says:

mem,
Enough is enough. You are making many personal false accusations and it is not appreciated. You are free to talk about how great Nadal is or accuse Nole of using the Egg to gain an unfair advantage over your Love. However, using this blog to incite personal continual attacks towards fans is not only unnecessary, but uncalled for. You don’t know me, madmax and many others who may or may not be Nadals favorite. Assuming we all hate Nadal is blantatly false. I don’t hate anyone, those are your words, not mine. So you have no business going on about what kind of person we all are, focus your opinions on the players! If I have ever critiqued your comments, ok. There opinions, like mine, and one has every right tosay they agree or not. However, if I have ever critized you personally, I apologize. This forum is not for that purpose. I would appreciate the same.


Gordon Says:

FedExpress,

After winning 24 finals in a row Federer set a bar that no one will ever beat – ever. At least he is still reaching finals.

That being written, Raonic can clinch the USOpen Series by winning today. That could translate to a huge payday at the US Open.

If Fed plays like he did yesterday he should take Raonic. If he plays like he did in the final of Canada last week against Tsonga I like Raonic’s chances.

I think winner of this semi takes the title. Both guys can handle Ferrer now.


courbon Says:

@ Wog Boy: From ‘Balkanski Spijun’:
In our village when we want to get rid off somebody, we invite him hunting…accidents happens.
I’m becoming proper Gasconese-Wine and Armagnac.

Regarding the pigs and mafia, there was some English Old school gangsters that use to own pig farms. They would not feed pigs for days and days, and when they have somebody for disposal…pigs will eat bones and everything.
I just realised this is so off tennis topic that I have to ad some tennis to this post.Something that is not mentioned often enough…like:
Whats happening regarding Nadals wrist?


Hippy Chic Says:

Congrats to Daveed for making the final,his year has been rather up and down,so nice to see him having a good run again,however with his record against most likely Federer i think one is talking about RU spot,Federer has too much variety for him,i think he would stand i better chance against Raonic if he were to get to the final….


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon a discission with be made around Tuesday on Nadals wrist,but im not holding my breath,like the rest of you im sick of hearing about it….


Humble Rafa Says:

Is it just me or is Skeeze behaving oddly, too odd even by his own standards?


courbon Says:

@ Hippy : Just joking around…Hopefully, he will play.
Actually, lets ask him: Hey Humble, are you playing or not???


skeezer Says:

@Gordon
Agreed. Didn’t know Raonic could lock up the USO series with this win. Would be great for him. What is the scenario if he diesn’t?


Wog boy Says:

“I just realised this is so off tennis topic that I have to ad some tennis to this post.Something that is not mentioned often enough…like:
Whats happening regarding Nadals wrist?”

You are on a roll, what kind of wine are you drinking?:)


Hippy Chic Says:

Wogboy/Courbon are you both gonna watch the pretty blonde play the pretty brunette?if so who would you root for,or dont you really care lol??


mem Says:

skeezer,

take your own advice! you need to banned from this site. you are the creator of ” lies and hate.” be thankful that I do not have the authority to ban you. if so, you would have been long “Gone and Forgotten.” I get sick of your “holier than thy” attitude, when I know you are the master of throwing around false accusations and slanderous remarks about a certain player.


courbon Says:

Brunette for me, Skippy can have a blonde…


Wog boy Says:

Skippy is ok with either, never paid to much attention on the colour of the hair or any other colour, but I can’t watch, somebody has to work even on sunday:( but I have to admit, Maria is to icy for me…I hope the other Frenchie (mat4/Trig) is not reading this.


jane Says:

at the moment, the brunette is winning. early-goings though, but actually some fun tennis, especially from ana.


contador Says:

Very much cheering for the pretty brunette here.


jane Says:

6-2 ana set one. the on-court coaching in women’s tennis is just … weird. ugh. don’t like it.


jane Says:

me too contador! go ana.


contador Says:

That was weird – Sharapova’s coach…

Come on Ana!


contador Says:

Is Maria going to win this in 3 sets again? :/


Humble Rafa Says:

Actually, lets ask him: Hey Humble, are you playing or not???

A magician does not tell his tricks in advance. Get some pop corn and be ready. Anything can happen.

Waiting on doctor’s advice.


contador Says:

Ana is pulling ahead in the 2nd set 3-0. But you can’t count Maria out until it’s over.

Maybe someone is having 2nd thoughts about playing Serena? ; )


Wog boy Says:

“Maybe someone is having 2nd thoughts about playing Serena? ; )”

Good one:)


jane Says:

ana is mad, and rightfully so. the ump was terrible in nole/simon match too.


contador Says:

Oh no Maria got a break…

No one will beat Serena, Wog boy :D


contador Says:

Serena to pummel everyone into submission.

my prediction


Wog boy Says:

Is Ana going to do Andy from yesterday (second set), let us hope not.


Polo Says:

I can’t stand Sharapova. If she squeeks out a win against Ivanovic, I hope Serena srubs her screamy face all over the court.


jane Says:

sigh contador: you’re probably right. and i am not a serena fan. : /


Polo Says:

Left out a “c”.


contador Says:

No please Ana, finish her off, please. Ajde!


jane Says:

atta girl ana. fight. and fight tomorrow too!


contador Says:

Not a big Serena fan here either, jane. But she does look ominous to me and I agree with Polo …lol. The times I do like Serena is when she beats Maria.


Gordon Says:

An interesting story is continuing to emerge in men’s doubles, where Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil have teamed up to form a formidable Can/Am doubles team.

Cincinnati is their 3rd tournament playing together, after winning Wimbledon and Atlanta they are now in the finals of Cincy and are undefeated (14-0). They get the Bryan brothers – who they beat in the final at Wimbledon and it should be a good one.

Beat the Bryans and PospiSock become the 5th ranked team in the world. Lose and they’ll still be ranked 6th.

Not a bad way to start off together. No?


jane Says:

gordon, i’m smitten with popsicle and sock. even crafted a wee poem after their wimbledon win. ;)


Gordon Says:

@Polo – that’s all right that you left out a ‘c’. We all know what you think of Sharapova without using foul language. 😛


Polo Says:

Hahaha, Gordon! Anyway, Ivanovic nerves just got shattered. It’s all up to Serena now.


jane Says:

sigh, ana! why?


jane Says:

gosh, this feels scripted. can ana stay in it?


Polo Says:

Tough to cheer for Ana. She has nerves of straw. She will lose and totally deserves it. Players who can’t hold their nerves should not play at all.


skeezer Says:

Ana playing well, can she finish Maria in 2? Maria has proven very resilient in comebacks lately….and oops spoke too soon, maria serving out the 2nd.. ? Here we go..


FedExpress Says:

thanks to anas choke federer gets less rest time now


jane Says:

lol, polo. that’s a bit of an overstatement. even the very best champions have had times of not holding their nerves. no one is immune.

but, i do agree that ana has had more than her share of these sorts of collapses, just as maria has had more than her share of comebacks.


FedExpress Says:

what a choke++6-2 4-0 up

seriously man


FedExpress Says:

just f*** scheduling

why not play right after ferrers match


Humble Rafa Says:

Shriekapova is not the Humble type but you have to admire her guts. This wins 50% of high profile matches with sheer guts.

Having said that, I expect the Big Woman to beat her 2 and 2 tomorrow.


Polo Says:

Ana should feel very embarrassed and retire from tennis. I will never cheer for her ever again. Especially asFedexpress said, this lessens Federer’s rest time for the finals if he wins tonight. Ana, fake an injury and just retire from the match.


FedExpress Says:

its already 3 am here and then this shit happens


van orten Says:

Impressive typical wta performance…one waitsbfor fed vs raonic..the way more interesting match to begin at 9.00p.m ..
All looks good because ivanovic leads 6:2 5:2 and what happens next..yeah right the typical wta choke . Sharapova sp annoying tonite..go home ladies we wanna watch some quality tennis ….


FedExpress Says:

just play at the grandstand federer and raonic


Polo Says:

I’m switching channels. I’ll just watch Dr. Who. Can’t stand watching Sharapova win although she deserves it. She must be the gutsiest player out there, men included.


FedExpress Says:

ana starting promising only to fade away later

just retire


FedExpress Says:

injury ana ivanovic

retire plz


FedExpress Says:

she is crying


Polo Says:

Ana heard me! She will fake an injury and retire. Yehey! Bring on Federer and Raonic!


van orten Says:

Hahaha polo …she is just doing that now


FedExpress Says:

ana retire

u will lose nevertheless


FedExpress Says:

what will be federer thinking


jane Says:

ha ha. well, we’ll see.
she’s going to keep playing by the looks of it.
maria’s gotten louder.
i have to agree: it seems over for ana tonight.
it was as soon as she didn’t serve it out.


FedExpress Says:

in 16 h is the final

wtf

put the women in the night session

or play the final at night (why not night sessions finals btw)


Humble Rafa Says:

what will be federer thinking

He will be thinking:

I can’t believe I have fans who injury on another tennis player so they can watch me.

I can’t believe these fans are yelling on a tennis forum (I wish they get help).


FedExpress Says:

maria should retire

no chance of beating serena.how many ages she last beat her, even cornet and ana beat her this year


jane Says:

sharpie is a fighter; ana utterly collapsed. shouldn’t be long now.


FedExpress Says:

they have to reschedule the mens final
this is total injustice


skeezer Says:

“I’m switching channels. I’ll just watch Dr. Who. ”
Lol polo!


FedExpress Says:

wtf is going on


van orten Says:

At Wta matches i am always for the one who leads. The faster the match is over the better. But most of the times i wish something liike that..it becomes a break festival after…pathetic display from both..hope serena shows who is the boss 2morrow


skeezer Says:

So when is the Fed/Raonic match going to played? Like 10pm? Feds complaining now from the other thread makes total sense. Too bad, not a good scheduling plan!


contador Says:

Yeah, this is when I appreciate Serena Williams.


FedExpress Says:

this match makes so much no sense like the scheduling


FedExpress Says:

oh my
^


FedExpress Says:

before fed retires

ana and maria should do it before him


FedExpress Says:

fed and milos should start without warm up


jane Says:

well, this time sharpie will serve it out.


jane Says:

and she’s got the (added) scheduling disadvantage versus serena. (added obviously because she’s already at a disadvantage in that match.)


van orten Says:

For gods sake we have tie breaks in tennis…


Humble Rafa Says:

If Canadiavic wins tonight, will have anything left.

Just another way to look at the problem you guys are struggling with.


FedExpress Says:

wtf

forbid joint tournies


contador Says:

Nobody wants to win this match?


FedExpress Says:

dsnnnnnnjfndsjfsndnjfdsjnf

i am just laughinh now

wtf is happening


jane Says:

ha ha these ladies are torturing you guys. ^_^


Humble Rafa Says:

The amount of interest in women’s tennis is appalling. I mean you have two of the most marketable women playing at prime time. And all the men want to watch the men’s match.

Strange times. Whatever happened to the days when men watched short-skirted girls play tennis even if they didn’t understand the game.


van orten Says:

Tie break and the end of this horrible match are near.!!!


FedExpress Says:

i wanna meet that genius who made the schedule


contador Says:

What a shot from Ana!


FedExpress Says:

who choked more

maria or ana???????????


contador Says:

Yay Ana wins!


jane Says:

agree contador. what a shot there to take it to love-15 by ana and then she … WON! way to go ana. nice fight back. she fought off a couple of match points. good going ana!! :)

well guys. say what you will. while that match contained the good, the bad and the ugly, it did – for sure – contain some very good tennis at times. and frankly i think if a men’s match had gone through those sorts of vicissitudes – comebacks, fighting off match points, collapses, etc, in the end it wouldn’t've been as maligned. too bad.

anyhow, time for milos and fed.


Gordon Says:

FedExpress –

It’s called MARKETING.

Having matches like this during PRIME TIME in the US means perhaps more people will watch and appreciate the sport, which right now pretends it ranks with football, hockey and basketball, but in reality is less watched than motorcross, darts and bowling and is only slightly ahead of soccer.


FedExpress Says:

but common sense should prevail over marketing


Wog boy Says:

So brunette prevails:)

jane, I am enjoying this thread for the same reason you do;)

Btw, fedfans, how do you know that Roger will play sunday 4pm?


contador Says:

It is late in Cincy…

I wonder if ESPN2 will carry the whole Fed-Raonic match or they will switch to drag racing, as is programmed. :(


Gordon Says:

And there are a legion of you who have posted total derogatory comments about Ivanovic -

You should eat your crow now, while it’s young and tender. 😝

#shortinexpertsinhere

#noshortageofwhiners


jane Says:

i am not a fan of milos’ slicked-down howdy-doody hair. nice to see ljubicic though. he should be telling milos to never extend rallies with fed. he seems to get tight playing roger. maybe nerves. even his serve is faltering.


Gordon Says:

So far Fed is not having any trouble. If he keeps this up it’ll be a quick night.


FedExpress Says:

the action will start in 2nd set where fed will lose as usual his focus


skeezer Says:

Likin’ Feds start so far….Maestro, 33 or 23?


Wog boy Says:

It looks like Roger will play sunday afternoon.


FedExpress Says:

fed always starts well

i dont care how he starts as long as he finishes well


Polo Says:

Ivanovic won?!!! I love her again.


skeezer Says:

@Gordan
No hashtags allowed per Admin ;).
For further questions about whats allowed and whats not, behavior, normal vs abnormal, banning and moderation, check with mem.

@FE,
Same here ;)


jane Says:

raonic is so bad – oooofff. but fed has been good at the net.


skeezer Says:

Fed gets the 1rst. C’mon Maestro!


FedExpress Says:

first set fed

come on


Gordon Says:

“A horrible end to a fairly wretched set.”

The commentator pretty well hit the nail on the head.


Gordon Says:

@Skiezer – LOL

(Misspell for Misspell) 😊


Wog boy Says:

Why these players playing their best and above their best when they are facing Nole and sh$t themselves when they are facing Roger or Rafa?


Okiegal Says:

Most boring first set I have ever seen……


skeezer Says:

@jane,
Fed the old codger, exposes Roanics movement. It has improved, but for a big guy he needs to improve it greatly. He has the big FH and serve, but he has to win his share of those long rallies. Match not over yet….


jane Says:

raonic’s game reminds me of roddick’s, and the match patterns between these two are quite similar.


Polo Says:

No set of tennis that Federer wins is boring.


skeezer Says:

@OK
If it was Rafa fist pumping and winning that first set would it be to you so boring? C’mon……honesty :-)

@wog boy
LMAO! So true…


Wog boy Says:

“Gordan” is nice Serbian name, male one. “Gordana” is female one. Skeezer did well:)


FedExpress Says:

fed is brain farting big time now


jane Says:

skeezer, fed’s serving also shows milos’ weaker eturn game but i agree with you about movement, especially lateral. even milos’ serve is not on tonight, or wasn’t in set 1, so he’s at a disadvantage from the get-go. fed’s always been able to use a block or chip return well against big servers. it doesn’t work so well for him against guys like rafa or nole because they will come in on a short ball, and they’re fast enough to turn around the rally at that point and at least have a chance.


Gordon Says:

@okiegal -

I’ve seen one more boring, but there were 3 full medical breaks. 😝


FedExpress Says:

he didnt lose one point in the first set

now already taken to deuce twice and had to fend off one BP

WTH


jane Says:

wog boy, sometimes i think it’s to nole’s disadvantage that he befriends and/or practices with some of these youngsters. what do you think?


Gordon Says:

Jane – Raonic has MUCH better hair than Milos. 😝


skeezer Says:

Roanic is still very young and learning. He seems eager to figure things out. Loads of talent already there with his serve and FH. They were saying if Rafa doesn’t play USO Milos would be seeded in the top 4? Pretty stellar already….
Milos could still pull this match out. If not me thinks fans should give him some rope, he’s in the running to win the USO open series, a fine achievement.


FedExpress Says:

what is ferrer doing now


Gordon Says:

Milos is off tonight. His serve was dreadful last night, even though he won 6-1, 6-0. But he wasn’t playing a 33 year old.


FedExpress Says:

fed is struggeling with raonics ground stroke now


Wog boy Says:

jane, you could be right, and I know what you mean.


Gordon Says:

FedExpress – What is Ferrer doing right now? Practicing the line, “Roger was just too good today; congratulations to him.”


FedExpress Says:

how on earth fed has to fight for his service games now


FedExpress Says:

@gordon

the same line stan was also practicing before the Monte Carlo final

i hate when the first time of having a defeat is when you dont need it


Wog boy Says:

“FedExpress – What is Ferrer doing right now? Practicing the line, “Roger was just too good today; congratulations to him.”

Another good one:), posters are on fire today.


FedExpress Says:

raonic the better player in the 2nd set

federer struggeling


Okiegal Says:

Can someone explain what the deal was with using hashtags? A hashtag just condenses a full sentence…I don’t get it. If you could get your point across in three words, why write a complete sentence?? As per example: #noshortageofwhiners. Sentence form: There are no shortage of whiners on this forum…….what’s the difference?


FedExpress Says:

0-30 on feds serve

wth is going on


FedExpress Says:

raonic ballbashing as hard as he can now


FedExpress Says:

feds service game in 2nd set

deuce (defended BP)
deuce
40-30
after 0-30 40-30


jane Says:

fedexpress. fed may be losing some points in his service games, but don’t worry, raonic is making so many errors it doesn’t even matter. fed holds easily anyhow.

gordon, i’m sorry but i didn’t get your comment about hair. were you referring to the milos on seinfeld maybe?


Okiegal Says:

@Gordon…….Be nice…..lol


Gordon Says:

FedExpress – Milos showed nothing in the first set; he has settled down and is sowing a bit better game, but he is still far from his best. I don’t think he can turn this around.

When you are wrong admit it – I said earlier Ferrer was practicing a concession speech. He just called. He is inserting pins into a voodoo Federer doll, hoping for at least a 3-setter. 😝


FedExpress Says:

fed cannot return anymore

finish it quickly i wanna sleep fed


FedExpress Says:

milos has no 1st serves and fed still cannot break him

deuce now


jane Says:

ljubicic – aka the bald bomber – looks unimpressed with his protege. and so he should be. what a bad match from him. although i don’t think ljub’s record against fed was too good either.


jane Says:

there’s a good return, down the line. and the chip worked good in set one.

but what of the infamous raonic serve; wherefore art thou?


FedExpress Says:

already two BP onw on ranics 2nd serve wasted

another BP chance


skeezer Says:

@OK,
You’ll have to address that the Admin, their decision…not mem’s..

Milos broken here….
Bring out the Ferrer voodo doll.


Gordon Says:

That was a match point methinks.


FedExpress Says:

so finish it off


skeezer Says:

That break was all Fed, milos produced a great kicker serve, Feds response was otherworldly.


FedExpress Says:

so federer

4th conescutive final

now win it ffs


skeezer Says:

Maestro!!
Masters 1000 Finals baby @ 33!
Its all gravy…..


jane Says:

well, presumably everyone is happy that was quick and painless for fed. in the end, popsicle gave fed better match than milos. tonight i actually thought the ladies’ match was more exciting to watch. :)

ferrer vs federer is a good tongue twister. but will it be a good final? hope so! i think fed will win, but i do hope it’s competitive.


FedExpress Says:

i will cry my sould out if he loses to ferrer

this cant happen


Polo Says:

Federer plays Raomic as if he thinks he’s playing against Roddick. Very confident that he can handle the big serve while the other cannot handle his groundstrokes.


Humble Rafa Says:

Canadiavic definitely won the competition for the best hair today. It’s better than Hot Sauce’s.


Okiegal Says:

Hi, Skeezer, I knew that comment would bring the boys to the yard…..geezSkeez, that set was just a little over 20 minutes long. I can’t imagine paying mega bucks to watch a match and it be over in an hour…..but second set is more competitive. It’s just not my brand of tennis……and bingo, Roger is serving for the match!! Wow….just about over.

Now regarding Rafa and fist pumping and winning the first set……sure I would, in all honesty……but you know and I know it ain’t gonna be a quick set with Rafa at the plate!! Lol


skeezer Says:

Milos,
Keep it comin man, you can do it. Wishing you to go deep @ USO. Keep bringin your game and improving.
—/
Maestro,
What can your fans say? Its all gravy baby, enjoy the ride as long as you can! Rest up dudenfor tomorrow.
On a side note , nice to see the court speed getting back to normal speeds, and not relegated to turtle type surfaces.
Roger!

Ps; BG…don’t ever take your shirt off.


Okiegal Says:

Brad Gilbert doesn’t look as good as Grigor, Feli, Rafa or Novak….to name a few…..that took his breath away…..a very big bucket!!


Okiegal Says:

@Jane

I agree the ladies match was more exciting….I waited all day for the men’s sf and boom baby it was over before I got my popcorn popped!!


RZ Says:

I only saw part of the Fed-Raonic match, but I was struck by how well Fed covered the court. He’s still very fast and has great anticipation.


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer

I don’t want to ask them anything, I would probably be moderated again…..I was moderated for one year….so I will keep my fingers shut…..just thought someone on the forum might know! Thanks!


Wog boy Says:

I don’t remember when was the last time I enjoyed the thread as I enjoyed this one, thanks to all of you. I have to go back to work still long way to go until I finish my day. This is peace of this beautiful country and where I am today, though the weather is nowhere near nice as in this video, enjoy it:

http://youtu.be/10Ros-WKync

Btw, if Federer loses tomorrow he should jump from he highest peak of the Swiss Alps.


Michael Says:

Well this man named Roger is defying the law of Nature with his impeccable display demonstrated by his wonderful court coverage, swashbuckling backhand and awesome retrieval skills at his age where many like to call it a day. Even after achieving everything a Tennis player could aspire for, he is still ambitous, motivated and hungry. It is his insatiable hunger for titles which makes him exceptional and unique in this sport with his name embedded in Tennis history for generations to follow. Just imagine an established veteran making so many finals in his career at this age ? It is actually in the realms of fantasy, but he is playing it too real for all of us to see and enjoy. May be as humans we are fortunate enough to see such a Champion as the coming generations would not be blessed with such an honour. Raonic is no ordinary stuff and he is tipped to be a potential Champion. But he was outclassed and shamed on court not able to match Roger’s speed, strength, elegance, touch, grace and stamina. If Raonic had to give a reasonable fight to Roger, he should have clocked a first serve percentage of atleast near about 70%. But this was a day when his first serve percentage deserted him and Roger took full advantage of this inadequacy and showed Raonic as a novice on court with his awesome display where his opponent looked helpless and destined to the inevitable. It showed the limitations of Raonic as a player who has miles to go if he is to prove his potential of becoming a Champion. And for Roger who is going for his Sixth Cincinnati title, well what should encourage him is that it is Ferrer who is in the finals against whom he has an imposing 15-0 and that should give solace for comfort. Roger should be feeling that he has already won the title, but unless he finishes the job,the title will not be his and Ferrer is not a throw away and a top Ten player. So, Roger has all to play for.


Patson Says:

Good to see Fed back in the groove. Amongst the many certainties of life, Ferrer losing to Fed is one. Don’t see that changing tomorrow.

This US open should be fun. I would be super surprised not to see Nole finding his rhythm. Last year , he reached the final after not doing anything meaningful in Montreal and Cincy. Can’t see why that can’t happen this year.


jane Says:

nice place wog boy; if that’s where you’re working, it can’t be too bad!

okiegal, popcorn? there was popcorn? i missed. it. : /


skeezer Says:

Lovin this great thread, no hateful drama and “its all about my love sh!t”, just tennis. Thank u all.
Vamos Fed and good luck Milos at USO?

@wog boy
On our bucket list, have to go there!


Wog boy Says:

Thanks jane, it is nice, as of later I am mostly in the city or around city (like Blue Mountaines), no more overland trips, getting old for that. I prefer to go back home in the evening, have my brandy and relax but traveled from east to west and for south to north in my high (younger) days and I enjoyed it. I prefer my bed these days.


Wog boy Says:

skeezer, come overhere, I will give you special discount:)


skeezer Says:

@wog boy
We want to include NZ, is that ok? Recomendations on it all, have 3 weeks or so to commit….


mem Says:

skeezer,

so this is what tennis is all about. this is why you are loving this thread; you should feel right at home. if spending your days and nights on a blog engaging in repetitive discussions, pretending you are a commentator is your idea of excitement, I can see why this environment offers you a sense of belonging.


Wog boy Says:

skeezer, 3 weeks is long enough, you can do both. For Europeans and Americans the most popular destinations are so called “golden triangle” Sydney/Cairns/Uluru (Alice Springs) and you can add Melbourne (has a great vibe) as tennis lover in your Aussie itinerary, you can leave one week for Kiwiland. I am sure you have travel agent, where you live, who can make good itinerary for you. This is huge country there is lot to see but if you ask me, better to see 3-4 places nice and slow then to rush around. When you come to Sydney it is my shout.


madmax Says:

Okiegal Says:
@Skeezer

I don’t want to ask them anything, I would probably be moderated again…..I was moderated for one year….so I will keep my fingers shut…..just thought someone on the forum might know! Thanks!

August 16th, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Oki, its because Said, this isn’t a twitter site. He would be right, right? The hashtags were getting higly irritating. Started by giles, (of course) who hashtagged as if their life depended on it, vamosing here and there like some kind of new dance move.

I think it is a great idea.


madmax Says:

mem Says:
skeezer,

so this is what tennis is all about. this is why you are loving this thread; you should feel right at home. if spending your days and nights on a blog engaging in repetitive discussions, pretending you are a commentator is your idea of excitement, I can see why this environment offers you a sense of belonging.

August 17th, 2014 at 2:12 am

You just dont want anyone to be happy do you mem? You obviously feel this environment offers you a sense of belonging. Lying in wait for Skeezer all of the time. Following his every move.


Tennis Fan Says:

Milos, Laid another egg today. He looked much better in the 2nd set when he finally said “to h with it” and started hitting some groundstrokes. He was pushing Djokovic all over the court with powerful groundstrokes in Atlanta … but he seems to have a mental thing right now against Federer. He took him to a tiebreaker 3 set match when Fed was playing well 2 years ago, but played way too defensively last night. I still think Raonic will make a breakthrough shortly, but he is obviously still figuring it out.


mem Says:

madmax,

give a rest!
lying in wait for skeezer, ha!, ha! I suppose you don’t ever read skeezer’s comments directed toward me. he is sneaky and manipulative. he might have you guys in a bag, but I can see straight through him. of course you don’t! shame on me for thinking such a thing. nonetheless, skeezer is suppose to be a grown man, at least that’s what he claims. he can speak for himself, unless he has hired you for his pr spokesperson.

anyway, what’s fun to one person, may or may not be fun to another. point is, I voiced an opinion. my idea of fun is not posting on a blog day in and day out repeating what everybody already knows about tennis matches. if I am watching a match on tv with family members, friends at home or wherever and the match is being called by expert analysts. what’s the purpose of me coming to a blog discussing the same things with a group of posters. I can listen to commentary from tv. discussing play after play on a blog doesn’t determine the extent of my tennis knowledge. if that’s your thing; if you guys enjoy that sort of thing, then whatever suits your fancy. I don’t have a problem with it.


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax

OK I was just curious. I didn’t know who started it for sure. Almost everyone was doing it….don’t do twitter at all….thanks.


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax

I don’t have a problem with the hashtag rule either…OK by me….I am certainly a follower of rules!!


madmax Says:

mem,

We are fam-il-y – I got all my sisters with me – we are fam-il=y – get up everybody and “sang”.

Do you get a sense of belonging mem?

Popping by?

You are such a party pooper mem.

Smile.

Try it sometime.


madmax Says:

mem,

I agree with you for the very first time –

“my idea of fun is not posting on a blog day in and day out repeating what everybody already knows about tennis matches. if I am watching a match on tv with family members, friends at home or wherever and the match is being called by expert analysts. what’s the purpose of me coming to a blog discussing the same things with a group of posters”.

Exactly.

What IS the purpose of you coming onto a blog to discuss the same things with a group of posters?

So take your own advice mem.


Okiegal Says:

Serena does it again……wow she was serving so well!! It’s good to see Ana coming back in better form.

Kudos to Serena!! On to the USO……can’t wait! It will be a bit of a letdown if Rafa doesn’t show, but I will survive and get over the disappointment….I always do.


mem Says:

madmax,

you need to sharpen your interpretation skills!
I don’t recall ever discussing a tennis match with you guys while the match is playing on tv. not my idea of fun!


madmax Says:

back for a sesne of belonging mem?

I understand. I really do.


Giles Says:

mad max. Do you feel you belong?? Lol


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