Djokovic, Murray Dominate At The US Open; Federer, Dimitrov Friday
by Sean Randall | August 29th, 2014, 1:02 am
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After such a lousy summer, Novak Djokovic has gotten his game into gear, thanks in most part to a cush few early rounds this week. The Serb, who made the US Open finals the last four years claiming it all in 2011, routed Paul-Henri Mathieu losing just four games 6-1, 6-3, 6-0.

“I wanted to get my job done as quick as possible,” Djokovic said. “I don’t feel like I need to play long matches to get into the groove. I mean, I feel that I’m hitting the ball very well. Second match even better than the first one. Under the circumstances I think I came up with a very good performance. Stayed mentally tough and not allowed myself to get frustrated because of the wind and conditions that were obviously very tough for both of us.”

The 32-year-old Mathieu was a former Top 20 player, but after a series of injuries he’s been knocked down to No. 81. So it’s hard to read much into the win.

Djokovic finally gets some pseudo opposition in the next round against Sam Querrey. The American impressed with an easy win today over the semi-dangerous Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

In the quarters, Djokovic could meet former champion Andy Murray. The Scot has also had his struggles, especially in his trying opener against Robin Haase, showed no signs of physical issues tonight in blowing by German qualifier Matthias Bachinger 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

“I hope I feel better every day now,” Murray said. “I felt fine the last couple days. Had no problems, you know, on the Tuesday or Wednesday. I practiced well and didn’t have any problem. Tonight was fine, too.”

The 2012 now has a Saturday date with Andrey Kuznetsov, a surprise winner in five over Fernando Verdasco.

“He’s had a couple big wins in the slams this year,” said Murray of the Russian. “He beat Ferrer at Wimbledon and obviously today against Verdasco. I’ve never played him before. I don’t know his game that well, but I’ve seen him play a little bit. He hits the ball pretty flat. Likes to go for his shots a lot. This court’s fairly quick, so that will probably help him, as well. But I’ll watch a little bit of video tomorrow evening, try to understand his game a bit better.”

JW Tsonga, who could face Murray Monday in the 16s, wasted no energy in a decisive win over Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Up next for the Frenchman is Spanish hope Pablo Carreno Busta.

Other winners were Kei Nishikori (by retirement), Milos Raonic, Victor Estrella Burgos, Nick Kyrgios who continued to roll and Tommy Robredo who continued to make comebacks. And Robredo now meets the 19-year-old Australian on Saturday.

Also on Saturday John Isner will meet Phil Kohlschreiber for the third straight year in a row at the US Open, with the American hoping to finally get that win, though John has won 4 of 6.

“I thought our matches the last two years have been pretty high quality,” Isner said. “I remember last year I wasn’t disappointed with how I played. You know, he just played better than me. Simple as that. In a few days’ time I’m just gonna have to try to be better than him.”

In the last of the men’s second round matches Friday, Roger Federer returns against a second straight Australian Open, this time against the big-serving Sam Groth. Will Michael Jordan be back?

Baby Fed, Grigor Dimitrov is also in action as are Tomas Berdych, David Goffin and in three of the better matches, David Ferrer faces off against Bernard Tomic, Jerzy Janowicz locks up with Kevin Anderson and my favorite match pits Dominic Thiem vs. Ernests Gulbis.

After four days, I still have to like a Djokovic-Federer final. But we’ll know a lot more this weekend when the top guys start to play worthy opponents, not qualifiers ranked No. 258 like Murray did tonight.

FRIDAY US OPEN SCHEDULE
Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00am Start Time
Johanna Larsson (SWE) vs. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[9]
Not Before: 1:00pm
Sara Errani (ITA)[13] vs. Venus Williams (USA)[19]
Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs. David Ferrer (ESP)[4]
7:00pm Start Time
Sam Groth (AUS) vs. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[5] vs. Sabine Lisicki (GER)[26]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00am Start Time
Roberta Vinci (ITA)[28] vs. Shuai Peng (CHN)
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)[7] vs. Dudi Sela (ISR)
Lucie Safarova (CZE)[14] vs. Alize Cornet (FRA)[22]
Venus Williams (USA) vs. Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO)
Serena Williams (USA) Olga Savchuk (UKR)


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Bernard Tomic: Once The Federers, Nadals, Djokovics Are Gone, I’ll Have A Chance To Dominate
Let’s Watch Andy Murray Try To Style Grigor Dimitrov’s Hair [Video]
Let Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Explain Why Women Players Can’t Dominate Like The Top Men, It’s Emotional, No?
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124 Comments for Djokovic, Murray Dominate At The US Open; Federer, Dimitrov Friday

Margot Says:

Oh dear…why does Andy seem to have an angst free match when I DON’T watch?
BTW RZ do hope you’re on a camping trip…;)
Anyway…Let’s Go Andy!


Colin Says:

I didn’t see Andy’s match, because there now seems to be no way to view USO in the UK. LiveScoreHunter and Atdhe, where I’ve always watched free streaming, have both been bought, it seems, by Facebook, who in turn have handed them to a betting site which isn’t free, and which I don’t understand anyway, as I never gamble.

I listened to the match on BBC radio, and Andy was evidently toying with Bachinger, though as usual the Murray second serve was a problem, dipping as low as 75 mph!

Still, he seems fit now, and should improve match by match. Murray/Tsonga would be a nice prospect.


Hippy Chic Says:

Margot lol me too,one match at a time,he seems fine now,and hopefully playing himself into form,you cant garner much about where the top guys are really at going by these early round matches,its all about getting the job done,the more angst free the better,BTW RZ aint the only one going on a camping trip….


Margot Says:

@Colin
Bet 365 does the job. Not gr8 as pic is tiddly, but better than nowt.
@Hippy
RZ was on a camping trip when Andy won Wimbledon.So here’s hoping ;)


jatin Says:

I am pretty excited for roger this open. I think he has a great chance to add another slam. Cannot imagine the joy if he do lifts the trophy next Sunday. Wounds are still wide open after his painful wimbledon loss when he was very very close to the finish line. I would love to see him play against djokovic again in the finals. As i remember correctly they have played like 5 times in the USO with fed winning 3 of those and had multiple match points in the last 2 as well . And given the way he is playing( Even better than 2011) in my opinion, he has every chance of giving novak deep trouble and probably beat him this time.
I have really liked his net play this season. He is coming to net way more often than ever. Fed-berg combo is really working big time.

The only big hurdle in his path is Mr Tomas Berdych. His game looks scary against roger most of the times ( I still remember that dubai finals) and who could forget that devastating loss against him in USO 2012 when fed was in hot streak.

Maybe this is a diehard fan in me but i would like to see another 2008 USO.
I would like to see all the Fed fans here cheering for Roger with all they have in this year’s open because it may perhaps his last chance to lift this open.


Hippy Chic Says:

Jatin hi,indeed Roger has looked very good so far,but unfortunatly so has has Berdych,so you are right to be wary of him,im not saying he will always beat Roger,but if ever there was a player other than the top guys,that refuses to be intimidated by Roger then that has to be Berdych.
Anyway with Rafas abscence from the open,Andy is my favorite player and the one whom i hope wins the title,but as the greatest ever Roger would be the one i would hope to win the title if Andy doesnt,as im not one of those fans that really gives a toss about the GOAT debate and Roger getting furthur away from Rafa in GS count….


wilfried Says:

@ Colin august 29 at 3:35 am
Try http://www.livetv.com for a change.
Is a site where you can watch for free.


Hippy Chic Says:

Whats going on tennie-x,my posts have been put in moderation,and now have dissapeared,i dont believe i have insulted anyone personally?


Hippy Chic Says:

Jatin hi,Roger has so far played really well,but unfortunatly so has Berdych,so you have every reason to be wary of him,and he has proved to be a thorn for Roger before,im not saying he will always beat Roger,but if ever there was a player other than the top guys,that refuses to be intimidated by Roger,then that is Berdych.
Anyway with Rafas abscence Andy is the player been my second favorite,whom i would like to see win the title,but if he doesnt win it then i would pull for Roger,im not one of those people who cares about the whole GOAT debate,or Roger getting further away from Rafa in GS count either,been the greatest ever i think it would only seem right IMO….


Polo Says:

Jane, like you, if my favorite Roger is not going to win, I want the title to go to any of the Big Four and nobody else. There are probably many people like us. And interestingly, I, too, pick Andy as first in line after Roger in the order of preferred winner.

I noticed also that Andy plays poorly when I watch him so that I can get a heartburn. He is making me paranoid.


Hippy Chic Says:

Polo lol Jane hasnt posted on this thread,or did you mean to post on one of the other threads,sorry just curious?


Hippy Chic Says:

Polo having said that i do like that you too are backing Murray after Roger :))….


Polo Says:

Hippy Chic, I am confused as usual. Hehehe! I do want Andy to accumulate more slams. I want a more even distribution of slams among the Big Four. Or at least each of them should have more titles than anyone outside of the group during their era. They are my tennis musketeers.


Pitchaboy Says:

Berdych he won’t get past Ferrer


Pitchaboy Says:

Watch out for Kyrgios in other half. Novak will be stopped before final.


Pitchaboy Says:

Remember Berdych’s bogey man is up fourth round. Lopez.


jane Says:

colin, i’ve noticed the same with the streams, and margot, i didn’t want to use bet65 because don’t you have to sign up as a betting member or something? so anyhow, thanks to wilfred; will have to see if the link you’ve provided works for me.


jane Says:

it’s from a couple of days ago, but great tweener lob winner from dodig:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OASYd9LQs5A#t=21


Patrick Says:

OK tennis fans, anybody watch the Bolelli-Robredo match where Bolelli, leading 2 sets to zip, and 4-3, stopped play to challenge a ball he thought was out.
The chair made a bizarre claim that someone in the crowd called the ball out and Bolelli couldn’t challenge but they’d replay the point.
Whaaaat?
Then a supervisor or upper-class official steps in and says, sorry dude you lose the point.
Why didn’t they just show the replay, since Bolelli stopped play for a ball he said was out?
The call certainly affected Bolelli’s head and he promptly lost the set and his momentum.
Robredo then took it to him and closed it out eventually.
Weirdest call or decision I’ve ever seen.
Anybody figured this one out?
Sean?


Okiegal Says:

@Wilfried

Thanks for that link……as I am always looking for a better live stream for watching Rafa!! I have never come across this one, so this is good to know….I will try it!


Polo Says:

Tennis is the worst, the iffiest of all sports, when it comes to officiating. A lot of decisions by the judges and umpires are subjective and left to their own discretion. There are a lot of transgressions by both players and officials. It is so unlike golf where every little detail, every possible scenario, is detailed, written in their book of rules and regulations and followed by all athletes and officials to the letter. It gets frustrating to watch tennis especially in cases like what happened to the Bolleli/Robredo match last night.


Polo Says:

Let me add to the above: …and then the stupid commentators will say that everything will even out at the end and should not really affect the result. That infuriates me even more because yes, it does. We don’t have a single tennis TV commentator with common sense. They thrive on cliches.


Okiegal Says:

@Patrick

I don’t think anyone figured that one out….the commentators were stumped…..they agreed to disagree…….One thought they should play the point over and the other one said it was just a fact that if a spectator shouted out something, it was too bad, so sad …..deal with it. It didn’t seem fair to me with replay and all…..it could have been resolved in a more fair manner, imo. I felt sorry for the guy…..he went away after that.


Polo Says:

…and let me add even more: Those TV commentators play favorites and they are so shamelessly overt and vocal about it. Grrr!!!


jane Says:

patrick, i didn’t see it but read something about it this morning. i wondered what happened to bolelli because i had been following scores and suddenly he dropped off.


Okiegal Says:

@Chic……Same thing happened to me the other day. I didn’t know what I did wrong…..oh, well…

With all the great technology we have today, these scenarios should be an easy fix….in fairness to all. Bolelli on the receiving end of a crappy deal this time…….NOT FAIR…..his game went down the tubes. Felt bad for the guy.


Margot Says:

@jane
I paid a deposit of £5 and that’s it. I never bet or gamble and there’s no pressure to do so. The only downside is the pic is small, but it’s that or nothing for me as I won’t have Sky Sport which seems to have a monopoly.
The Beeb is hopeless.


madmax Says:

Margot, Colin,

Try fromsports.com tennis, the pic is about half screen, you do get adverts during the match every now and again, but you can cope with that.

Most of it on Eurosports.

Hippy, I watched the Murray match last night. Thought Andy was great. He is definitely in with a chance, that is for certain.


RZ Says:

@Margot and Hippy Chic – sorry, no camping trip this time, but I am traveling for work next week. Does that count? :-) Regardless, I don’t think Andy needs my help this time. His first round match had all the drama needed. Should be smooth sailing from now on. :-)


RZ Says:

@Colin – another option is Hahasport.com


RZ Says:

“Other winners were Kei Nishikori (by retirement)” Oh the irony…


Margot Says:

http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/tennis/9442298/murray-analyses-victory-over-haase

For the eyes of Andy fans only, I think ;)
Ok Pech is a bit, a bit lol, of a fan boy but it’s fascinating stuff.
@RZ
Hmm….as long as u promise not to watch any Murray matches…:)
@mad max
Cheers. Have tried that but got nasties on my lap top afterwards. Also no ads with Bet 365, which is a plus for me.


Humble Rafa Says:

I think we should be sympathetic to old people. It’s part of being nice and human.

So, please don’t put senior matches at night. The match is scheduled after their bed time.


jamie Says:

Djokovic will NOT win the USO this year.


jane Says:

thanks for the info margot and the link suggestions from others too. hopefully it helps!


Humble Rafa Says:

63% of readers of this blog feel that the Arrogant One will win the US Open.

I wonder why my name was not included in the poll.


jane Says:

i presume you’re still going with federer or wawrinka jamie?


Kimberly Says:

it seems silly to pick Federer when he hasn’t won a slam since 2012 and djokovic has won so many and even the ones he lost is always in the final. But I like many others, feel this is federers tournament.


jane Says:

kimberly, on the other hand, fed was just in the finals at wimbledon and canada and he won cincy, so picking him isn’t that odd at all. he is the form player by far right? he’s the expected pick in many ways. he’s had a very consistent year except on clay.

i wonder if anyone is picking murray? i think his “poor form” has been exaggerated. he’s had some issues with serve consistency and so forth (but he’s almost always had that), but it seems like what’s been going on with him lately is more mental, maybe due to the loss of lendl.

after all, he should’ve beat tsonga in canada (leading in the 3rd set) but choked; who knows? he might’ve gone on to win that event. and then he should’ve at least forced a third set versus fed in cincy, but he lost the plot in the second set and it was all over too quickly. had he forced a third, again, who knows? he might’ve reached the finals anyhow. his opponents were playing well (both the eventual champions) and were able to capitalize on his lapses each time. but andy’s poor form has been over-hyped. he’s been inconsistent coming back from surgery, but his game is there, as we saw on clay, particularly if he serves well. if he gets on a roll here, who knows?


courbon Says:

Jane darling, you will get more right answers by chucking some chicken bones in a bowl, then from great astrologer Jamie… ( he/she said that Novak or Stan will win US Open about 4,5 months ago…consistency-0, changing mind-always and for some curios cosmic reasons, stars always align for Nadal around RG-nothing to do about him being greatest clay court player ever-it is all to do with the stars! )


jane Says:

courbon, jamie’s been right about every slam this year so far! ha ha.


Polo Says:

Jamie makes predictions just like all of us. He/she just makes his/her choices more spooky with that psychic twist while others like me resort to psycho reasoning.


Kimberly Says:

errani needs to get over herself. disrespectful attitude on court to a veteran player. only reason she got this match is venus was tired. cant wait until she loses to a real player.


RZ Says:

So, who remembers Mirjana Lucic???


RZ Says:

@Kimberly, what did Errani say/do?


Polo Says:

Errani beat Venus. That’s all she had to do to get the ire of some people.


jane Says:

yes, i am curious too kimberly – what did errani do that was so offensive? i wasn’t watching.


andrea Says:

congrats errani. thats a solid win.

looks like halep also has to contend with increased expectations…she was saying that she felt more pressure here. but she didn’t play much leading up to the USO so that was likely a factor…no disrespect to her opponent.


RZ Says:

For me today’s most unexpected result is Bencic def. Kerber. Angelique is a fighter and I thought she would hold off the youngster. There goes my Racquet Bracket and Grand Slam Fantasy Team…


courbon Says:

@ Jane:He/she did not predict AO winner!
Predicting that Nadal will win Rg is like predicting that will be hot in Sahara ….so only Wimbledon! (-:


rogerafa Says:

@courbon

jamie started with Novak and Stan. He shifted to Stan and Roger and it seems Raonic’s stars are rising now. Roger’s stars have suffered a jolt recently. He hasn’t changed his stance about Stan though.

I think Novak is the obvious favorite with four straight finals here. He looks in scary form going by his first two matches. Toronto and Cincinnati are irrelevant for the word number one in the absolute prime of his career. Conversely, despite Roger’s seemingly good form lately, he has struggled at the majors for a reason. He won his last USO six years ago. He has reached the finals only thrice in his last eighteen majors and none of them was on a hard court. He is struggling to put away even some of the second tier opponents in best of three matches. Best of five on hard courts should be even more tough. He would have breezed through this draw in his prime but at this age, even this draw appears a challenge. He would do very well to reach the final. In Rafa’s absence, this USO appears Novak’s to lose.


jane Says:

didn’t he/she predict the australian winner wouldn’t come from the big four? i thought so. also he/she predicted nole as winner for wimbledon, and contrary to what hippy often says jamie does not pick nole for everything. i don’t think many of us nole fans thought he’d win wimbledon! anyhow, if jamie is right, and fed or stan win, i am going to really start to wonder. ;)


rogerafa Says:

“So, who remembers Mirjana Lucic???”

I do especially in that Wimbledon semi final against Graf. What a lovely lass she was!


RZ Says:

@rogerafa – it’s nice to see a one-time phenom whose career didn’t pan out make a comeback all these years later after grinding on the lower levels of the tour.


courbon Says:

@ You are kidding, right? She:he said that Novak will win AO in middle of 2013 year, then change mind, then change mind…Off course Fed or Stan can win-Novak has tough draw and Fed is in a good form with easy draw. I wonder why those predictions always comes just before tournaments starts? If it is written in the stars we should know well in advance, right?Ok, lets have a challenge here-
JAMIE, WHO WILL WIN NEXT 4 GS?
because, stars and planets move in orderly way, we should know all this in advance.
I’m waiting for your answers with impatience.(-:

Don’t start me with astrology…anyway,everybody has different view on those things- we chose to believe in what we want.(-:

@ rogerafa: Regarding astrological predictions-see my post above.
Regarding your analysis I would completely agree. It is just that Novak often disappoints in GS finals ( I thought he was the best player in 2013 Wimbledon, better then Andy but then in thefinal….ahhhhh ) so who knows….and FED? He did surprised us all in 2012-he can surprise us again.


jane Says:

courbon, yeah, i don’t buy into astrology either. but we’ll see if jamie gets it right this time again. ;)

agree on you re: nole – hard to judge just yet. he hasn’t faced difficult competition. we’ll know more soon.


Kimberly Says:

@jane, she was telling the crowd to be quiet because they were rooting for venus and overcelebrating IMO. Her first serve is often under 90 miles an hour. Unless she gets very lucky shes not winning anything big.


jamie Says:

@courbon

I can tell you that Murray will win Wimbledon in 2015.

Nadal will NOT win RG in 2015, it will finally be Djokovic.

Nadal will win the AO in 2015.

Either Dimitrov or Raonic will win the USO in 2015.

Del Potro will lose the RG final next year to Djokovic. The Argentine’s comeback will only be enough to reach the final but will lose to Djokovic.


robert1962 Says:

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if still no luck try
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robert1962 Says:

off


jamie Says:

2015

AO Nadal
FO Djokovic
Wimbledon Murray
USO Dimitrov or Raonic


Hippy Chic Says:

Jane@3.59pm contrary to what i think Jamie doesnt say Novak will win everything,yeah alright fair enough,youve got me as they say bang to rights lol?did at one time though….


Hippy Chic Says:

Jamie i thought you said some months ago that Delpo would be the one to dethrone Rafa at RG next year?however i do like your summary of Nadal winning the AO next year,and Murray winning Wimbledon again,and Novak fans will like the idea of him cracking the case at the FO….


Polo Says:

Gulbis is losing to Thiem in the fifth set after leading 2 sets to none. Gulbis is another one with wasted potential. The other is Tomic. Too bad when the mental ability and discipline do not match the physical talent.


jane Says:

kimberly, yes i think errani is a stronger doubles player. too bad about the frustration she expressed. oh well, i am sure venus will just put it behind her.


jane Says:

jamie, if you’re right about next year, that could be very interesting. it’d mean nadal would complete the double career slam, then nole would complete the career slam, then murray would totally kill off fred perry’s ghost, and then a young gun would finally break through. kind of an ideal situation for a lot of fans and maybe even for tennis.

if i am not mistaken, however, did you not opine that this roland garros would be nadal’s last slam?


Polo Says:

If Jamie is correct about 2015, that looks like a storybook year. I just wish the last one would have Federer instead. Then that would be my Big Four reigning supreme! Evreybody will be so pleased that peace and harmony will finally prevail in Tennis-x.


Hippy Chic Says:

Jamie so who will win the USO this year then?


Hippy Chic Says:

Polo peace and harmony will finally prevail on the tennis-x forum lol,that will be the day?personally i think theres more chance of me making love to Hugh Jackman(i wish)?but i must admit the predictions do sound nice,sorry Rogers not in there somewhere though….


Polo Says:

Hippy Chic, if Roger wins this US Open, that woulld make up for his absence in Jaime’s 2015 list. If Dimitrov takes it as one of Jaime’s toss-up picks, then Fed’s name will still be involved. Grigor is Baby Fed, remember?


Hippy Chic Says:

Polo well Jamie did say some months ago that either Roger or Stan would win the USO this year,anyway either of those would be the player of the year then,a new player making a breakthrough and winning the first and final GS of the year,and Roger well say no more??


Hippy Chic Says:

^And Grigor is baby Fed lol^….


Hippy Chic Says:

I can just imagine Rafa and Novak swopping their best GS with each other next year,oh the irony?


Wog boy Says:

HC,
I don’t really think that Jack Human is interested too much in women…I know, I know he is married but that is about it.


Hippy Chic Says:

Wogboy lol stop it, the loverly Mr Hugh Jackman is all man and only interested in women,absolutely drop dead bloody gorgeous….


Polo Says:

Wog Boy, don’t break a lady’s heart by ruining her fantasy.


Polo Says:

Are the stars lining up? Berdych just lost the fourth set.


RZ Says:

@Polo – you beat me to it. I’m wondering if Klizan can win his second 5-set match in a row.


the DA Says:

I’ll be pissed if Berdy loses. He’s probably the only player in that side of the draw who can challenge Federer.

And lol at Fognini being down 2 sets to Mannarino.


Okiegal Says:

Berdy’s gear looks better than usual……for a change……


RZ Says:

Don’t worry Okiegal – I’m sure the Hawaiian print shirt will be back at some point. :-)


RZ Says:

Looks like Klizan has run out of gas. Meanwhile, Karlovic and Granollers are in the 3rd set tiebreak for the 3rd straight set.


Wog boy Says:

HC,
I can’t think of the name of American movie star (50′s/60′s) that my mother was in love, macho man in all those western movies and when he died it was revealed and my mother was devastated…
Btw, do you know that Elton John got married in St Mark’s Anglican church in Sydney in 1984. beautiful church in most expensive part of Sydney, Darling point… just saying.

Polo,
I will not do it again.


Polo Says:

John Wayne.


jane Says:

foggy lost. marinara sauce wins.


Polo Says:

I was joking about John Wayne. Was it Montgomery Clift?


van orten Says:

Berdych has a Good rivarly with ferrer and fed. He could win anytime. So No Problem him Vs fed potentially in the semis..d be big win for either one.
Berdyh now trying to serve it out saving bps and now havin mp.and finishes it 6:3 5th


jane Says:

berd squeaked through.


Wog boy Says:

Berdych almost chocked, he doesn’t choke only against Federer:)


Wog boy Says:

Polo,
No, neither of them. I didn’t know about Montgomery Clift, I loved him (as actor), “From Here to Eternity”, I can watch every day.

I got it, Rock Hudson.


Polo Says:

Getting more interesting with each round! No big upsets…no forget about it…


the DA Says:

Berdy scrapes through. Klizan is a tough 2nd round opponent for most players. Fognini goes out shamefully again. An Italian spectator translated him saying “I don’t care anymore” in the 3rd set. Refuses to shake another umpire’s hand. ‘But he’s so entertaining’… blah blah. I’ve lost patience.

Interested to see the Fed-Groth match. He’s known for his devastating serve but I wonder if he’s got any strengths elsewhere in his game.


Wog boy Says:

“Interested to see the Fed-Groth match. He’s known for his devastating serve but I wonder if he’s got any strengths elsewhere in his game.”

the DA, no strenghts, whatsoever, even serving is just bashing the ball as hard as one can. It will be done and dusted in three sets, with Groth winning 3-4 games…


Humble Rafa Says:

And lol at Fognini being down 2 sets to Mannarino.

All Fognini fans move to the left and form a line. The psychiatrist will be here to examine you in a few minutes.


van orten Says:

Groth plays attacking tennis winning him very good rallies from time to time. When he is on he is entertaing because he attacks at all costs . But fed will out maneuver him easily.
Karlovic taking advantage of the conditions hitting 30 aces 3:2 in the 5th.


van orten Says:

The return of Darth


Wog boy Says:

I retract what I said about Groth, sorry mate, I like your atitude. If you have to go out of USO then go out like a man.


jatin Says:

@Hippy chic
Hi, how are you ?
Nice to see you are supporting Andy. He is going through a rough patch and its always a mystery whether the real andy shows up or not in every match he play these days. But i don’t like his chances at all because he has to beat nole in his route to the finals which i find it very difficult for him. You cannot rely in his game anymore. I just wish if he just could try to calm himself a bit on court when he plays.
Yes, Berdych is a real deal but given the way he is playing its uncertain that he will even reach the semis at all. Mr ferer may have other plans as well. So we will see.
You must be missing rafa. I wish he was there :(


jatin Says:

Meanwhile, Fed is in control 6-4,5-4


jatin Says:

WOW….. What a lob by fed…


jatin Says:

6-4…… Keep going


skeezer Says:

Maestro, closes it out after 2-4, nice!


courbon Says:

Thank you Jamie


Humble Rafa Says:

Humble feels Shreika loses this. No confidence though she is up a break.


Michael Says:

If you want me to rate the performance of players so far in the tournament, I would put Roger at the top followed by Novak, Anderson and may be Berdych at the bottom of the heap. Andy is not looking that sharp and he had a easier second round and so his real test would come when he faces tougher opponents as his draw promises to bring. Ofcourse, Roger and Novak too have not faced tougher opponents and what we perceive at this stage might be misleading, but looking at the play overall, I think Roger is in sublime form though I might be biased. So these are the two players namely Novak and Roger who would face each other in the finals according to me but I might be proved horribly wrong as I have been in the past as Tennis has the knack of giving rude shocks and surprises and that is how a Sport should be fixed with uncertainities and anticipation howsoever our cravings are.


Michael Says:

Alison,

Jatin hi,Roger has so far played really well,but unfortunatly so has Berdych,so you have every reason to be wary of him,and he has proved to be a thorn for Roger before,im not saying he will always beat Roger,but if ever there was a player other than the top guys,that refuses to be intimidated by Roger,then that is Berdych.

I agree that Berdych has been hanging like a thorn for Roger post prime and not so much in his hey days when he used to just cross him over treating him a journeyman and this is manifested in their H2H record where the wins of Berdych has come mostly against Roger past his prime. I bet Rafa would beat Berdych even today when he is nursing a wrist injury. Such is his command over him and that a hopeless Berdych just struts across the Court when he is up against a rampaging Rafa. Even Novak has an imposing record against him beaten just once. However, I agree that Berdych has managed to intimidate Andy with his brute power and bludgeoing strokes. It somewhite amuses me as to how Roger manages to beat Ferrer in such a caveliar fashion while he struggles against Berdych. On the other hand, you have Ferrer giving goose bumbs to even Rafa, Andy and Novak whenever he plays them. This just goes to prove once again that Tennis is a game of match-ups which sometimes would be intriguing as how some players struggles against each other while finding it easy against others.


skeezer Says:

Rafa is OUT, not a factor here. End of story.


Michael Says:

Again coming to the peak physical condition of Roger which is just incredulous and doesn’t cease to amaze me ? Here is a player who has not missed a single Major and even Master series tournaments all throughout his career and even in this US Open when we find so many players (the latest casualty being Gulbis agianst Theim) suffering grievous injuries or bruises or ankle sprains and giving a walk over in their matches, Roger is sailing along smoothly with such pompous grace, elegance and authority on the court that only he can bring. He is an envy for his competitors who thinks that Nature has been rather unkind to them and made Roger just for playing Tennis. His movement on the court is quite impeccable even at his advanced age and the agile speed with which he managed to retrieve shots just numbs me with amazement. I think this is the part of Roger which is vastly undermined while analyzing his greatness and this is where he scores even above Rafa who has been struggling with maintaining physical fitness throughout his career. If only he had been physically fit, we do not know how far he would have gone in piling up records. But the fact is that he is not and so therefore we can avoid speculation from that angle and turn our attention to what we are evidencing for real.


skeezer Says:

First time seeing Groth. Big server, great volleys, decent ground game. Good potential. Needs some serious tennis fitness. If he is going to play like this, needs to lose 10lbs, play as hard as Hewitt, and get in shape like Rafter in his heyday. Those elements were lacking and exposed against Fed.
Nice to see some Aussies getting some exposure this year….


skeezer Says:

Michael,
Fed 54-1 in The early rds of Slams.
Yes, 54-1!


Michael Says:

Skeezer – Thanks for the information. That is another incredible record. 54-1, which just goes to show the incredulous consistency that this man has managed to achieve. I do not think we will see another player like him for atleast 10 generations and that much I am pretty sure.


Michael Says:

Skeezer, Groth is the practice partner of Roger while they have not played against each other so far in their career


Margot Says:

@Hippy and Eric
Hey! Dom did it! Go Dom :)


Hippy Chic Says:

Skeezer Rafas not a factor here end of story exactly,i dont believe i mentioned him,other than to say in his absense i root for Murray,just pointing that out to Jatin,im pretty happy just enjoying the tennis and seeing what unfolds….


Hippy Chic Says:

Margot yeah really pleased,hope he makes the most of the oppotunity,i just dont know how much he will have left in the tank,after a long five setter though….


Gee Says:

When federer loses, eats humble pie and stops bragging about how special he & his “powerful friends” are, he will accept how superior Novak is. Poor old man never has any grace & respect for superior opponents when the media helps him with manufacturing his fake intellect image.


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

When Rafa is OUT…..I just watch a match that I have recorded, and tonite it’s USO 2013…….that match makes me calm….and if I still need a Rafa fix…..I watch the Frenchie Open 2014!! It’s all good!! Tee hee……He will be back!!


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal too right,me too….


Michael Says:

Alision, Your thoughts on post at 12.52 am ??


madmax Says:

Gee, Roger is an incredible ambassador of the game, showing incredible respect to his opponents.

I guess you must be missing your man? No need for that.

Match this morning was very enjoyable, Groth looked to be playing more serve and volley than Fed- that’s something different!


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael @12.52am did you mean the post about Berdych in what i said to Jatin?or the one about Roger and how hes managed to remain injury free compared to Rafa?
Anyway ill answer you on both points,in yes your probably right about Berdych,in that he only began to beat Roger,when in fact Roger became less dominant,so i think by the law of averages he was due some wins against Roger.
About Roger and how hes managed to stay injury free compared to Rafa,well he does play a more elegant,effortless and less physical game in comparison,and its a testament to him that hes still at the top of the game at the age of 33?(is that right),anyway good for him,but as Skeezer says Rafa aint playing so hes not a factor,so not really much point or really an issue i care to discuss ATM?


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael to add you can put me down as one of those Rafa fans that doesnt really care that Roger is the GOAT,and one that hopes that if Andy doesnt win the title then Roger does?….


Michael Says:

Thanks Alison !! I agree with most of your thoughts !!


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael which thoughts dont you agree with,sorry just curious?


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