No. 2 Halep, Kerber, Venus Exit at US Open, Federer Advances; Djokovic, Murray Saturday
by Staff | August 30th, 2014, 1:47 am
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Another day, another women’s Top 10 seed — this time actually two — who made stunning exits on Friday at the US Open.


Former teen prodigy and now 32-year-old Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia upset world No. 2 Simona Halep 7-6(6), 6-2, and Swiss teen Belinda Bencic shocked No. 6 Angelique Kerber 6-1, 7-5 in third-round play.

Bencic is into the second week of a Slam in her debut at the US Open, and will next meet former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic.

“It all started in Australia where I had a good run,” the Swiss said. “I qualified and I won a round, so from there I started believing that I can play with these players. From there my ranking just improved a lot. I came into the tournament, so I didn’t have to qualify so much. So it’s good that I can make points now.”

The former Wimbledon semifinalist Lucic-Baroni finds herself on a major stage again after a career of personal challenges and injuries left her off the tour more than on.

“This is incredible,” Lucic-Baroni said through tears afterwards. “I believed the whole time. After so many years, my God, this is just incredible. Every painful moment was worth it.”

China’s Peng Shuai was another upset maker, taking out another seed, this time No. 28 Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-3.

In the final night match, No. 5-seeded Maria Sharapova took out fellow IMG Bollettieri Academy trainee and No. 26 seed Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 6-4.

In the fourth round Sharapova will meet No. 10 seed Caroline Wozniacki in a battle of former No. 1s. The Woz moved into the fourth round after an impressively-routine 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 18 seed Andrea Petkovic.

“I feel like every match I’m playing better and better. I served really well today,” said Wozniacki who dropped four aces on her German opponent. “I just need to keep staying aggressive.”

Other players into the fourth round were No. 9 Jelena Jankovic rolling Swede Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-0; No. 14 Lucie Safarova outlasting No. 22 Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-4; and No. 13 Sara Errani in a lopsided thriller edging No. 19 Venus Williams 6-0, 0-6, 7-6(5).

“It was a really tough match, even if I won the first set 6-0,” said Errani, who didn’t endear herself to fans with fingers to lips motioning the crowd to be quiet after winning big points, among other gestures. “She’s an amazing player. I just tried to focus on every point. I tried to keep going, not thinking too much about the score.”

No upsets of top seeds in second-round play on the men’s side Friday, but No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych needed five sets to fight off Slovak Martin Klizan 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

“I played well,” Berdych said. “He played really good tennis. That’s something what’s now nice about tennis. He played a first round which he was almost packing his bags going home. He come up from two sets down and then he won. Basically he has nothing to lose.”

Berdych will next meet unseeded Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili, who beat countryman Alexander Kudryavtsev 6-1, 6-4, 7-6.

Other Top 10 seeds advancing were No. 2 Roger Federer defeating giant-serving Aussie Sam Groth 6-4, 6-4, 6-4; No. 4 David Ferrer receiving a walkover against injured Aussie Bernard Tomic; and No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov who eased past Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

“It’s been a tricky road so far,” Federer said of next facing Spaniard Marcel Granollers. “I’ve played him in the past and he plays tough, I’ll take it a match at a time.”

Four seeds were sent home Friday with Austrian Dominic Thiem coming from two sets down to shock No. 11 Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3; France’s Adrian Mannarino having an easy time over No. 15 Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4, 6-1; Spaniard Marcel Granollers derailing big-serving No. 25 Ivo Karlovic 7-6(6), 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4; and Belgian David Goffin rolling No. 32 Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-2, 6-0.

“I think I started to return better in the third set,” said Thiem, who warmed up with his friend Gulbis before the match, on coming back from two sets down. “Also, of course his problems physically [cramps] started in the third set. This was a little bit the changing point.”

No. 12 Richard Gasquet led the remainder of the seeded winners, joined by No. 14 Marin Cilic, No. 17 Roberto Bautista, No. 18 Kevin Anderson who beat Jerzy Janowicz in four, No. 19 Feliciano Lopez who beat Tatsuma Ito in four, No. 20 Gael Monfils, and No. 26 Gilles Simon who bested Federico Delbonis in four.

Matches to look for on Saturday in Flushing Meadows are (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Sam Querrey, (1) Serena Williams vs. countrywoman Varvara Lepchenko, American (WC) Nicole Gibbs vs. (11) Flavia Pennetta, Aussie comer Nick Kyrgios vs. (16) Tommy Robredo, (13) John Isner vs. (22) Philipp Kohlschreiber, and an upset alert in Kaia Kanepi vs. (15) Carla Suarez Navarro.

SATURDAY US OPEN SCHEDULE
Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00am Start Time
Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[11] vs. Nicole Gibbs (USA)
Not Before: 1:00pm
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Sam Querrey (USA)
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00pm Start Time
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)[30] vs. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)[7]
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs. Tommy Robredo (ESP)[16]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00am Start Time
Petra Kvitova (CZE)[3] vs. Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[8]
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[22] vs. John Isner (USA)[13]
Not Before: 6:00pm
Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[3] vs. Blaz Kavcic (SLO)


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117 Comments for No. 2 Halep, Kerber, Venus Exit at US Open, Federer Advances; Djokovic, Murray Saturday

PJ Says:

I started watching tennis regularly in 1997, when Lucic debuted on tour. It’s a shame that she didn’t have the success she had when she first started in tour (winning her first tournament entered, finals of the second). I’m thrilled to see her doing well again.


Dan Martin Says:

I am excited for Lucic too. I think her father nearly crushed her career, but it is good to see her winning again. That was a dark period for tennis with Lucic and Dokic both being terrorized and Mary Pierce also having to push away her father and work through similar issues. – I have my picks up for today at http://tennisabides.com


jane Says:

sigh, don’t tell me kvitova is going out too? sooo many upsets on the ladies’ side: ivanovic, radwanska, kerber, halep, stephens… now petra?


jane Says:

well, krunic’s reaction was sure cute.


jane Says:

nole and andy are both playing now; i am kind of surprised that neither are on as a marquee match saturday night


Hippy Chic Says:

Shame really that both areplaying at the same time,i mean two GS champions playing at exactly the same time jeez the shedualing at this slam is so bloody stupid IMO….


courbon Says:

Novaks returning is a


courbon Says:

Novaks returning is great so far…


Hippy Chic Says:

Hi Courbon Andy looks pretty good this far too….


jane Says:

courbon, yes, he’s reading sam’s serve well. he’s also using a fair amount of slice today not feeding sam pace.


courbon Says:

@ Hippy:I,m just checking Andys results ( can’t watch it )-it looks like he is cruising to victory.

@ jane: You are right.Serve could be better but so far, so good


Daniel Says:

Djokovic impressive so far. If he wins this Slam we can safely say he will reach double digits In Slam count. But if he don’t it will be the third straight year where he wins only 1 Slam after his astonishing 2011. If he is not making multiple slams years in his prime 25-27 hard to see him doing in next few years.
This is a one of a kind chance for him. No Nadal, Murray we still don’t know which form is in and Fed, even as hyped as co-favorite is 33.


jane Says:

murray is actually playing really well daniel.

as for nole, i’ve found this to be a good but up-and-down performance so far. he’s returning well but he’s not protecting his own serve as well as he could be.


Hippy Chic Says:

Its hard even winning a GS,it took Murray many tries before finally cracking the case,winning multiple slams in a year is an incredible achievements,winning multiple GS in a year multiple times is asking the virtually impossible,IMO this is what seperates Nadal but especially Federer from the rest,if Novak wins this USO then he too will have won multiple GS in a year multiple times too….


Hippy Chic Says:

Actually both Andy and Novak look pretty impressive….


jane Says:

that’s true hippy. frankly, i am satisfied that nole won at least one grand slam every year for the past 4 years. it would be wonderful if he could eventually win the french and cincy. those are my biggest hopes for him, to complete the 2 sets.


courbon Says:

Daniel, you could not say better…


Daniel Says:

Dam , what a gema. Djoko is using drop shots at will today ans are working fine.


Hippy Chic Says:

Jane lol true,anyway if Jamies right then you will probably get your wish next year,i hope he/she is right especially about the AO and Wimby winners,and Rafas nothing left to prove at the FO anymore so im cool now if someone new wins it? ;))….


Hippy Chic Says:

^And i would love for Rafa to win a WTF at some point,however we will see i suppose^….


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

Did you not know you can’t mention the “R” word…as he is OUT? LOL. Well, he may be OUT of the USO, but he certainly isn’t out of my mind or his millions of fans……end of story!! LOL…… Waiting patiently for his return, and getting anxious for Aussie Open. Just hope he is healing properly.

Go Andy!!!


Giles Says:

Joker v Querry should have most definitely been a marquee match! NOT!! Lol


courbon Says:

What do you mean you can not mention ‘R’ word?????
I can say Radek Stepanek as many times I want.And his millions of fans are impatiently waiting for his next tournament…


courbon Says:

Can Raonic win one match without tie-break??


Polo Says:

Each time I tune in to see how Andy is doing, he gets broken. I am not going to watch the rest of his match today .


jane Says:

looks like vika had a very strong performance.

polo, andy just got the break in the 4th set; you can probably watch now.


jane Says:

giles, it’s the number 1 versus an american. that nole beat the number 56 in the world that straight-forwardly is testament to his focus and performance.

anyhow, i do think robredo vs nick could be interesting. i would love to see kyrigos win but i could see it being robredo.


Hippy Chic Says:

Murray wouldnt be Murray,if his matches didnt have some drama in them….


contador Says:

As much as I like Kvitova, I could not help cheering for Krunic!

Unlike some people here, I do like a good upset, depending on the underdog. ; ) Krunic was the most fun of the new faces on the WTA to watch, imo.

Have not been cheering for Kuznetsov, however. Will be relieved when Murray wins this….


jane Says:

lepchenko has been playing well, exploiting serena’s movement. serena will probably still power her way through but the first six games were fun.

cbs has been all over the place with its coverage – showing bits of nole, bits of murray, bits of raonic. but since serena started they cut out everything else.


courbon Says:

Clever as usual Giles….NOT!
Yes, lets put Spanish Number 16 ( Robredo ) against Australian kid. Much better logic…
anyway, Novak can tomorrow save 20 kids from burning stadium or find cure for cancer, you will still find something to complain about him.You have pathological dislike for Nole-see a shrink, it will help you (-:


Margot Says:

Good match I thought. Really like Kusnetzov. Can see how he won Wimble juniors- hits the ball so hard and flat. Gr8 prospect.
Wasn’t Krunic terrific too? Thought she beat Kvitova, rather than Kvitova beating herself, which usually happens.
Never heard of her, or seen her play before either.

Let’s Go Andy! Let’s Go! How terrific to see “Andy’s Boys” there too, all the way from Oz!


contador Says:

Yeah, coverage is a bit tough to understand, jane.

Fortunately I have tennis channel which is allowed to replay the matches in the evening here. But I have not been able to follow like I’d like.

What I have seen of Federer and Djokovic has been great, though and Kei Nishikori is looking pretty good. Raonic vs Nishikori might be a good match…I think they play next round??? not sure..


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon Nole looks ominous IMO,Andy is blowing hot and cold way too much,i wont see the conclusion of this tournament unforunatly as i will be going away this Thursday….


Hippy Chic Says:

Contador your right Raonic does play Nishikori next round….


courbon Says:

Hippy, Andy always blows hot and cold-even when he went to win tournaments.Let see how it works, hard to predict where is Andy’s game or even better-where is Andy’s head.
Novak did look good.Again, nothing matters until the final…


Hippy Chic Says:

Margot thankgoodness he got through,im still just concentrating on one match at a time,nice to see Andy has his very own fan groupies too.lets go Andy….


courbon Says:

Tsonga-Busta
Busta been on the net 5 times and it is still first game!He loves net obviously.


contador Says:

Hippy chic… I remember you like Nishikori, too. He has been pretty impressive, winning his matches in straight sets. I have not seen Milos play yet this tournament but will try and watch next round. Hoping the match is Monday.

PospiSock doubles match is coming on somewhere, sometime today, jane. gotta find it.


jane Says:

both nole and andy have had little cohorts of fans with their names spelled out. i love that! :) didn’t know andy’s fans traveled all the way from oz. that’s crazy. how do they find the money. :O

contador – kei, raonic, dimitrov, theim and nick the kid are all still working their ways through the draw, so it’ll be interesting to see how far any of these younger guys can go. mind you, fed, nole, andy, tsonga, berdych and wawa are all still in it too. so a nice mix of old guard and young advancers.

regarding coverage i did find a stream finally on “ha ha sport” as i think rz (?) suggested, and while the quality of picture was poor it meant i had options beyond cbs, which was bouncing all over the place during the men’s matches and now is showing only serena with no cuts. there was no commentary on the stream i found and no ads either, which is a nice change from some of the other sites


Margot Says:

@Hippy
Somethings up with Andy’s serve, even more than usual lol. Started really well then the % dropped and surprise, surprise, he struggled.
Perhaps it’s still a back problem, dunno.
Played some magic tennis tho and was really aggressive in the first two sets, coming to the net and winning most of the points. His net % was very good.
Fleming was purring :) Said there are few shot makers like him.


Hippy Chic Says:

Margot he got through and thats what matters,when hes on he is beautiful to watch….


jane Says:

lol, cbs just showed this stat:

“how many times serena yelled ‘come on’”

absolutely ridiculous! lol again…


jane Says:

^ it was 7 by the way.

lepechenko has hit way more winners – 24 to 13 – but alas she has also made mistakes at the wrong times.


the DA Says:

@Jane – I follow those Andy Boys on twitter. They’ve been saving up for this trip for at least 2 years. They’re also fortunate to get help from Judy or Dani to get them tickets. It adds to the atmosphere. I wasn’t sure how NYC would react but they have loved them at all 3 matches.


Wog boy Says:

jane, if Nick the kid can stay focused and play the way he played against Seppi he can beat Robredo. His serving looked great and easy for eyes (22 aces), he was hitting the spots at will, his FH was a killer, moving oponent and changing directon with no problem and his movement is so quick and smooth for tall bloke. He has to work on his BH though it is not bad as some tend to say. Seppi didn’t have answer for his game. Most importantly..he didn’t drop any “F” bomb, that is very important if you want to win the match;)


the DA Says:

Stan gets a walkover after Kvavcic withdraws. #jammy


jane Says:

wow, stan and ferrer both with walkovers now.

wog boy, fingers crossed. or should we not be hoping for nick? isn’t he in nole’s section? ;)

the da, that’s great re: andy boys!

i haven’t see the group in yellow before at nole’s matches so i don’t know anything about them.


Wog boy Says:

Has anyone seen Kvitova/Krunic match, I have never seen Krunic playing though I heard for her by reading Serbian press and she was always commended for her fighting spirit and no give up atitude.


Wog boy Says:

jane, I thought that he is in Raonic quorter but I think he is in Stan’s, to laisy yo check now, it is sunny sunday morning here and I am on my way out, I will record Nick the Kid.


Wog boy Says:

I can’t believe that anybody can win 3 (THREE) TBs against Isner in one match, yet it happened!


steve-o Says:

The third time was indeed the charm: it was the first time Kohlschreiber didn’t need to go five sets to put Isner away at the US Open!


Humble Rafa Says:

Tallner should switch to ping pong. He is a tad better than Servovic. But atleast he is a Dr.


van orten Says:

Wow kohlschreiber beats ueber again !!! 42 aces by loses 3 tiebreakers and without being broken


contador Says:

Wog Boy

I’d never seen or heard of Krunic. She is delightful! Very composed and poised court presence and she is a fighter. Also was impressed with how she moves and the confidence she has striking the ball on the big points… very steady. She is built sort of like Camila Giorgi and just as attractive on the court. Unfortunately she will face the speeding locomotive that is Vika Azarenka next match!


contador Says:

So happy Kohls and PospiSock won! Had to miss their matches but am home in time to see Bouchard match and Nick the Kid :D


jane Says:

happy for popsicle & sock too!


Wog boy Says:

Contador,

Thanks very much, I will try to watch or record her next match.


contador Says:

You will like her, Wog boy. She doesn’t howl or screech, which is also nice ; )

Bouchard got the 1st set but is down a break in the 2nd. Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova (hope I got that name right)

Bouchard broke back …hope she wins this in 2 sets


contador Says:

Actually this match is getting good! BZS, is fighting and finally holds serve. Found myself cheering for Barbora ….

Can see this match going the distance – yep, BZS broke back.


contador Says:

Trading breaks of serve. Just when I thought BZS was getting somewhere, Genie comes up with the winners!

Martina Navratalova just declared that Eugenie Bouchard has the posture of a jock and she plays that way too. That was a compliment, I believe.


jane Says:

bouchard is so poised. she really doesn’t let things rattle her.


contador Says:

Are you watching, jane?

BZS just won the tie break. Gotta cheer someone who is ambidextrous like Barbora.

Genie got maybe too excited and made some costly errors.

Will see if she can gather herself . Come on, Genie!


jane Says:

yes, i am watching conty, but trying to get some work done too. bouchard has not been converting chances!


Tennis Fan Says:

Geez, the womens game is really in disarray these days. Anyone can win on any day. Probably just as good chance for a qualifier to win this slam as a ranked player. Used to be that a ranking meant something but there is no consistency in the womens game any more.


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon……OK little Mr. Smartie Pants…..lol…..I had forgotten about all the other “Rs” in this vast world……sorry!! You’re on the ball…..as usual!!


Wog boy Says:

Contador, which one of these two “jok” Martina was refering to, from urban dictionary:

“To clear things up, there is a major difference between a jock and athletes. Jocks tend to abuse their popularity, while the athletes don’t really mind who they talk to or hang out with.

Signs of a jock: Rude, arrogant, stupid, beats up people, dates only cheerleaders and hangs around other jocks

Signs of a true athlete: Love their sport, try to stay down-to-earth (a little arrogance is expected), hang out with whoever they want, date whoever they want, might beat people up but that doesn’t mean it was uncalled for.”


Wog boy Says:

^^ “jock”


contador Says:

Yay, Congrats to Genie!


jane Says:

yay genie… she’s living on the edge the last two matches.


jane Says:

ha ha, contador you’ll appreciate this – a video of an ardent nole fan…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDQNVNwNxHg&feature=youtu.be


contador Says:

Lol, Wog boy – Really fairly sure Martina meant it in a complimentary way. The word “jock” is tossed around here meaning someone highly athletic…can or could play numerous sports. Martina said she could easily see Eugenie catching and throwing a baseball well, too. :D


jane Says:

robredo’s shorts are strange….


contador Says:

Hahahaa, that video is so cute, jane. Totally fan-girl video :D

It is show-time. Nick the Kid vs the show pony Robredo!


jane Says:

i know. lol.

nick the kid! already broke tommy strange-shorts.
(not short shorts this time)


jane Says:

um wow!
nick the kid is SO much the real thing.
he’s owning this court.


contador Says:

Nick makes it all look so easy! Charming…

wonder if he can keep this up?


Tennis Fan Says:

One of the US commentators calling the Krygios match sounds like he has smoked just one too many joints tonight … he also has a serious man love for Kyrgios ..


contador Says:

Oh dear, Nick. Not so easy serving for the set, I see!


jane Says:

tennis fan, ha ha- you’re 100% right. it’s a bromance for that commentator. i think i might be sam gore? or luke jensen?


jane Says:

“it might” not i


contador Says:

He got it on the second try! First set to the Kid.

Feeling like Tommy is going to fight back now, change of tactics, ect.


contador Says:

lol, I am thoroughly enjoying this :D


jane Says:

nick breaks tommy immediately to start the second. he’s hyped up.


the DA Says:

This is jaw-dropping stuff from Kyrgios. He’s completely unfazed. Can he maintain this level?


the DA Says:

The hype on twitter is off the charts. Ultimately, Robredo is a seasoned veteran and shouldn’t be underestimated. I think he’s being patient and working his way into the match. Nick is bowing hot & cold. We’ll see. I don’t think I’m going to last for the whole match. Look forward to seeing reports tomorrow. Enjoy.


contador Says:

The Kid’s magic is a bit like the tide. It ebbs and flows.


jane Says:

agree contador; good analogy.
see you the da…


contador Says:

Tommy is pumped up! Second set to Robredo.

Nick getting impatient and frustrated with himself is not good for his game. This match will at least go 4 sets…fingers crossed that Kyrigos does not implode.


Tennis Fan Says:

the “Australian freight train” is coimin off the rails …


jane Says:

nick’s definitely impatient. it’s exuberant youth vs. patient experience right here right now.


contador Says:

Ridiculously talented…but can he win matches with this? Every bit the showman as much as Monfils is Kyrigos.


jane Says:

robredo hanging in; nick with some silly / youthful misses.


jane Says:

assuming robdreo wins this third set tiebreak, i think he’ll take the match in 4 sets. but if nick can eek it out, it might go 5 and then who knows. he’s already down a mini break though…


contador Says:

Ya, I have resigned myself to the idea that Nick probably won’t win this match although I really want to see more of him this tourny.

yup, Bobby Tornado wins the tie break


Tennis Fan Says:

great to see robredo show the teener what it takes to win at a slam. robredo didn’t take well to being shown up in the first set.He seems motivated enough to teach the younging a thing or two, A good lesson for Kyrgios and the puppy love stricken commentator. iI’ m going to bed … this match is over.


contador Says:

I’m watching this match on Tennis Channel. It’s Jim Courier commentating and he is completely rational, so you must have someone else, Tennis Fan?


jane Says:

yes, it’s over. robredo broke. and i knew if he won that tiebreak nick would go away. but it is indeed a good lesson; he is learning and he has so much going for him. he overhits too much though; that’s a place to start. clean up the errors. and think.


jane Says:

contador i have whomever tennis fan was listening to, and the guy is totally annoying.


contador Says:

Well, must be somebody else. The only man-love I have heard Courier utter tonight was about how he misses Nadal and wishes he could put a “Spanish brain” in Kyrigos brain. That was rather weird sounding but mostly, Courier is okay.


jane Says:

lol, a brain transplant. maybe if he could just tame himself a little: cut down errors and don’t get down on himself. also…keep moving. he’s given up on a few points.


contador Says:

The thrill is gone : /

I think Nick is cramping too. It’s bad…sorry to see this. But it is a good lesson/ experience for Nick.


jane Says:

ha :) wog boy, saw that photo before. he was so cute. nick seems to be cramping up at the end here.

two things: nick’s errors; robredo’s forehand.

just maybe steve tignor will have been right about his robredo prediction!?


contador Says:

ah….that is adorable, Wog boy, thanks for sharing. The facial expression is same …other than that, wow.


jane Says:

robredo is 6-2 over stan wawrinka, his next opponent, and then if he wins that, robredo will play either raonic or nishikori, both beatable methinks. nishikori is 2-0 over tommy, as is raonic.


contador Says:

hm, pretty sure I picked Stan the Man over Robredo in my bracket, jane. That could be a mistake ….Wawrinka’s magic can ebb and flow, too :D


jane Says:

yes it can. well, on the plus side for your bracket, stan won their last match at the australian open in straight sets.


contador Says:

Anyway, have a good night….that was fun!


skeezer Says:

Although it is expected Nole will win his next rd, the guys left in his half have some great matchups next rd…..at the the top of that list is Murray/Tsonga!
Bring it! USO 2014 has never been better!


Michael Says:

It is now when the tournament starts getting interesting. The pick of the day was undoubtedly between Krygois Vs Robredo and it was one helluva of a match in which I thought the latter played to his best abilities and tamed the former to submission with his error free Tennis. Robredo is getting better with age and it is no wonder that he was able to beat Novak in Montreal. Now, Wawarinka must be wary of playing against Robredo because he can threw up a few surprises and the match is not anyway a given.


Michael Says:

I am little surprised with the easy manner Novak beat Sam Querrey and is that giving us an indication that Novak is playing his near best ? Next up for him is Kohlschrieber and that is really going to be tough. At the other end, Andy would have his hands full against Tsonga and it is anybody’s match with a slight edge to Andy in my opinion. But all said and done, it is really a shame that Novak would meet Andy in the quarters, ofcourse if both reach that stage. It would have been meritorous if that clash had been a semi-finals or even a finals. But, that may not be the case and if the clash happens, it should be a blockbuster match with Novak and Andy meeting after a while and that should arouse the expectations and anxiety of Tennis fans.


jane Says:

yep, this section of the draw is pretty loaded. also kei / milos and then wawa / robredo, as well as nole / kohlie and andy / jo. crazy. have to relook at the other half of the draw to see what’s going on there!

night conty; enjoyed “watching” with you.


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael yeah i agree in that the exciting matches seem to be in one half for the most part anyway,Murray/Tsonga,Raonic/Nishikori,however i dont think Kholscrieber has enough of a game to really push Novak?i believe the only player that could really push Federer as i said on the other thread would be Berdych,Novak looks great so far,and i think only Andy and Stan can push him in that section,although their performances of late have been somewhat up and down,that said if you make the final and win the title,playing crap to get there wont really matter one iota….


madmax Says:

Hippy Chic Says:
Michael yeah i agree in that the exciting matches seem to be in one half for the most part anyway,Murray/Tsonga,Raonic/Nishikori,however i dont think Kholscrieber has enough of a game to really push Novak?i believe the only player that could really push Federer as i said on the other thread would be Berdych,Novak looks great so far,and i think only Andy and Stan can push him in that section,although their performances of late have been somewhat up and down,that said if you make the final and win the title,playing crap to get there wont really matter one iota….

August 31st, 2014 at 7:01 am

Hi Hippy,

How can anyone, playing in a grand slam and reaching the final of a grand slam, have been playing “crap” in the lead up to it?

How do you figure that one?

Your comment on the other thread about Hugh Jackman, made me laugh! :)


Hippy Chic Says:

Madmax hi well saying they played crap is probably a bit steep,but sometimes players can stuggle through their matches in 4 or 5 sets,even 3 tight sets,ie Rafa winning Wimbledon in 2010,5 setters against Hasse/Petzchner,Soderling but played brilliantly against Berdych in the final,or Isner 2011 FO,Andy against Hasse in 2012(same player ironically),Roger against Benneteau at Wimbledon in 2012 etc etc,ok probably playing crap aint the right word,should say struggling through,but you get the picture anyway?
Anyway glad i made someone laugh about the Hugh Jackman comment,but i meant every word of it,the man is drop dead bloody gorgeous,and probably the only man i would ever leave Mr Hippy Chic for given half a chance,but as the saying goes,in the words of Kylie Minogue i should be so lucky?


madmax Says:

I hear you, Hippy!


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