Federer, Berdych Breeze Into US Open QFs; Djokovic v Murray Wednesday Night
by Sean Randall | September 2nd, 2014, 11:31 pm
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Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych continued on their semifinal collision course by breezing into the US Open quarterfinals Tuesday night.

The 5-time champion Federer had little trouble with the dangerous Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to advance to his 10th US Open quarterfinal.

The conditions were windy, the air heavy, and Federer did have a few serving issues, but after losing in this round a year ago to Tommy Robredo, he’ll be pleased.

Thursday night it’s a rematch from Cincinnati in Gael Monfils. The flying Frenchman was once again restrained in a very impressive 7-5, 7-6(6), 7-5 win over baby Federer Grigor Dimitrov.

“[After my win in Cincinnati] I know exactly how I need to play him,” Federer told ESPN of playing Monfils. “It’s going to be more or less the same conditions. It’s very clear cut in my opinion. I know I’ll be coming in; he knows he’ll be defending. He’ll be wanting to serve well and play big as well. So we both know what to expect going in.”

As for Monfils, who has yet to lose a set, I think he’s playing well enough to win.

“He’s definitely the legend of the tennis,” Monfils said of the Swiss. “I think right now he’s the greatest tennis player we ever had, and for me it’s always challenging to play against him. It’s always great, because no matter what, you know, I will say to my children, you know, I played against him. Even I kill him, you know. And this is cool.”

In the other afternoon Thursday semi, Tomas Berdych, who crushed Dominic Thiem, will meet 3-time US Open quarterfinalist Marin Cilic. In the heat it was Cilic picking up his first career win over Gilles Simon in a 5-set marathon.

“Tomas is very dangerous player. He’s very consistent throughout the year,” said Cilic who beat Berdych at Wimbledon. “He’s always pushing you to play your best to actually beat him. I hope I’m going to be on a good level of tennis if we are going to match up.

“He’s not unbeatable, but definitely very tough task,” Cilic added. “But for the quarterfinals of a major, I think for both of us this is a good opportunity.”

In the women’s draw, Caroline Wozniacki pummeled Sara Errani tonight 6-0, 6-1. In her Friday semi she’ll face Peng Shuai, a 6-2, 6-1 winner over 17-year-old Belinda Bencic.

Tomorrow Serena Williams takes on 2013 US Open semifinalist Flavia Pennetta and in the afternoon Victoria Azarenka meets Ekatarina Makarova.

As for the men…

Stan Wawrinka v Kei Nishikori
No one was more happy to hear Nishikori had to play until almost 2:30am Monday night than Wawrinka. The late finish all but finishes Nishikori’s chances against Stan. At least that’s what I think. Kei would have had trouble anyway, but now having to play late at night then transitioning to a day match in the heat will likely spell trouble for the talented kid from Japan. And that’s unfortunate, but it’s the breaks as they say.

So to me this is an easy choice.
The pick: Wawrinka in 3

Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray
In the 2012 US Open final rematch, Djokovic leads this series 12-8 having won four of their last five. After suspect summers, both seem to be playing better tennis this week in New York, so we should be in for a cracker of a match.

And since it’s at night the heat shouldn’t be much of factor either.

What will be is Djokovic. If he plays like he’s been playing he should get through this pretty comfortably. Even though he beat Tsonga the other day, I’m not fully convinced of Murray’s game right now. Through four rounds Djokovic’s been the better player and he’s been the guy on top for most of this year, while Murray still hasn’t been to a final since his win over the Serb at Wimbledon.

In their first Slam meeting since then, I think Djokovic will want revenge and he’ll get it Wednesday. Not only for Wimbledon but also for the 2012 loss in the US Open final.
The pick: Djokovic in three

ESPN2 has full day coverage on Wednesday.

WEDNESDAY US OPEN SCHEDULE
Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00am Start Time
Abigail Spears (USA) vs. Taylor Townsend (USA)
Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) Donald Young (USA)
Not Before: 12:30pm
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[16] vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)[17]
Not Before: 3:00pm
Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[3] vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN)[10]

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00pm Start Time
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[11]
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[8]


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Miami Draw: Hot Federer Could Collide With Djokovic in SFs, Nadal Seeded To Meet Murray
Tomas Berdych: “I Think We Are In The Best Era Of Our Sport Ever”
Murray Survives Wrist, Nalbandian Scare; Federer, Djokovic Breeze in Paris
Tsonga Ousts Djokovic, to Face Federer at Aussie Open

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169 Comments for Federer, Berdych Breeze Into US Open QFs; Djokovic v Murray Wednesday Night

skeezer Says:

“I think right now he’s the greatest tennis player we ever had.”
No doubt. Shamooon!

Murray vs. Nole Wed night, I’ll be watchin!


Michael Says:

Roger was at his imperious best against Agut and crushed him with his emphatic performance and versatile components of his game. I think he in a way experimented himself in this match by daring to come to the net often and unsettle his opponent and that worked out well against Agut. However, I wonder if such tactics will work against the likes of Novak, Rafa or Andy ? But so far so good and Roger with his impeccable performance is making another quarters at a major and that is really an amazing feat. His next opponent is Monfils who is exceedingly looking like a totally different player, playing with extreme vigour, vitality and boisterous confidence and he is yet to lose a set too and that looks frightening. So, this match up should be very interesting and we should see whether Roger continues such net charging tactics against Monfils as well and how it would work ? That would give us an indication of whether he can adopt the same strategy against much tougher opponents for instance Novak or Berdych ?


Michael Says:

Ofcourse, like every other avid Tennis fan, I am anticipating with bated breath the encounter between Novak and Andy which has raised tremendous buzz considering that the two gladiators are meeting after a while and they match up well. Andy for some reason always shows up with his very best against Novak and that only goes to show his game matches up with him quite well. Novak should be wary of Andy because the last time they met at a major, the later made short work of him and that should give him some goose bumbs ahead of his match. He knows that he needs to play his very best if he has to best Andy.At this moment, I am sure, Novak would be discussing with Becker and discussing the strategies and tactics he should be adopting to take out of his comfort zone. Obviously, the weak second serve of Andy would be the main target and Novak would be hoping that Andy misses more of his first serves to take a look at his second and attack in his aggressive way. Andy on the other hand would be hoping that Novak has a relatively bad day at the court which he can take full advantage. Also having beaten Novak about 7 times in his career would give Andy the confidence that he is definitely in with a chance. My take is that Novak should win this one in four tough sets. But Andy can well upset the applecart and prove me wrong. Waiting for a bumber harvest out there and a sumptuous treat to the Tennis fans with both playing their best on court and treating the spectators with the varied cuisine they offer.


Michael Says:

I think Sean is vastly underestimating Andy by predicting that Novak would win in three. If Novak infact wins in three, I would be fainly surprised. And above all, Novak should be wary of the Sean jinx !


Emily Says:

Roger has been great, but Monfils has been playing some unbelievable tennis. I do wonder if Roger’s assertion that he will come in is the best idea. Gasquet tried the exact same tactic when I was there a few nights ago and Monfils just focused on his game from the baseline. Federer is more consistent at net than Gasquet, but Monfils didn’t even flinch when he came to net. He attacked, he didn’t defend. I saw the determination then, I saw it today, in those horrible conditions, and who knows what could happen when Gael is this focused or cool, as he likes to say.


Okiegal Says:

He will beat Gael…..Gael will lose his head against Roger…..just wait and see. I will be watching to see if my prediction comes to
fruition.


the DA Says:

*Yay* to the Sean picks. #antijinx


Okiegal Says:

I hope Andy can beat Novak, but it will be a tall order. C’mon Andy.

This USO hasn’t been a very good one, imo. My favorite one to date was the year DelPo won. Of course, I am probably speaking out of turn since
this one isn’t over yet……so scratch what I just said…..I will reserve my opinion after its over, to be fair to all involved!!


Wog boy Says:

Mind games master:

““[After my win in Cincinnati] I know exactly how I need to play him,” Federer told ESPN of playing Monfils. “It’s going to be more or less the same conditions. It’s very clear cut in my opinion. I know I’ll be coming in; he knows he’ll be defending. He’ll be wanting to serve well and play big as well. So we both know what to expect going in.”


andrea Says:

wozniaki spanked errani. some writer on tennis.com actually had errani down as a dark horse to win the us open which i thought was very odd.


Wog boy Says:

It would be nice if Wozniacki can go all the way, I am not her fan but after what that pr$ck golfer did to her, winning GS would be nice.


Okiegal Says:

Woz is definitely playing better with him out of the picture and vice versa…..go figure??


Margot Says:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/03/sports/awesome-road-trip-to-the-us-open-for-andy-murrays-fans-from-down-under.html?_r=0

For Andy fans. His “boys” are sooo sweet. Hope they get tickets for tonight. Am sure they will.
Well, it would be a twit who predicted a win for No8 against No 1, wouldn’t it, and Sean’s no “twit.”
However, in 3! Blimey, I sincerely hope not!
Go Andy! Go all the way!


Michael Says:

If Andy wants to win against Novak, he has to have a healthy first serve percentage, probably over 70% and that is a tall order considering that Andy is a poor server and is rarely consistent. He gives tremendous leverage to opponents to attack his second serve and against Novak who is one of the best returners in the game, it would definitely hurt.


Hippy Chic Says:

I dont know how Andy will fair against Novak,but i do know that Andy if hes at his best,has the game to trouble Novak,i just hope hes fine pysically,its a shame he was derailed after winning Wimbledon last year,he matches up well with Novak when hes on,and outplayed him that day,would love to see that Andy back again,come on Andy its about time you got back in the winners circle,your a two time GS champion now,lets prove to them your not just here to make up the numbers….


Pitchaboy Says:

Federer was good but not great. Many service games went to deuce, plenty DFs and inconsistent BH and absent BHDTL. Wind may have been a factor but if he plays this way he won’t get past Berd, let alone Novak


Hippy Chic Says:

BTW Madmax love Federers all black look too,if your reading ;))….


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Pitchaboy, yes, BHDTL was absent but as he noted after (talking about the following Ladies’ match), it was gusting wind and you had to keep your margins safe.
The BH otherwise looked pretty awesome to me.

Wog Boy, absolute mind games. The first thing he said in the on court interview was about how they just played, and reciting the score. I love it, I’d do the same. The Smiling Killer.

I’m nervous about tonights match, in that I don’t want to get too excited. I like the games of both players but their last couple Slam match-ups have been SO disappointing, particularly the USO finals when Novak and Andy raced to the moon-balling bottom tactics wise, coupled with ridiculous UEs from nerves. Could it be this rivalry is crucial to each of their self-images?


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic in 3? That would be surprising mainly because Djokovic thinks they should always play tight matches and that will probably hand Murray at least one set if not 3, again.


pitchaboy Says:

Based on form Novak should take it in four, but it would not surprise me if Andy took it in 5. For one, he played terrific tennis against Tsonga despite his serve not working very well. And, Novak does not like playing Andy because he goes toe to toe on the two main strengths of Novak’s game: ROS and baseline dueling. Novak is the better FH, Andy is a far better net player and all court mover. If Andy gets 60% of first serves in, he will win.


RZ Says:

I think Monfils will be a tough test for Fed and Monfils certainly has a good chance of winning that. But if Fed gets through, it will be good prep for the remaining opponents as he’s had a pretty easy run so far (first set vs Granollers not withstanding)


TennisVagabond.com Says:

So #1 and 10 remain of the top ten on the women’s side? Wow. Crazy.


RZ Says:

USA Today had an interesting article about how much the players run during matches. Unfortunately the online version doesn’t include the table but here it is: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2014/09/01/us-open-novak-djokovic-serena-williams-run/14944411/


elina Says:

You guys, this is what Andy Roddick tweeted yesterday!!!!

‏@andyroddick
22 straight quarterfinals at slams for @DjokerNole …. What he’s done the last 5 years is insanely impressive

andyroddick @andyroddick · Sep 1
Here’s the deal.We all know the respect I have for Fed.Fed fans be as classy as roger.Allow someone to compliment another player. It’s ok :)


van orten Says:

I m flying to southamerica tomorrow via miami..I wonder If I should just make a quick stop in ny and make a dream come true . Go to flushing meadows and ny…should be possible to change your flight right?!;)


pitchaboy Says:

The weather in NY for the finals is 75 degrees with low humidity. This means relatively quick conditions in the air due to low humidity but tempered a bit by chilly air; however, the bounce will be relatively low due to lower air temperature. This will largely help BH slicing and guess who that favors? However, for Saturday’s semifinals, it will be brutally hot and humid with a high bounce and Fed is lucky NaDAL is not around.


Ben Pronin Says:

Roddick is funny. He knows what’s up. Fan bases are crazy.

Pithaboy, I don’t know that I would say Murray moves around the court better. He’s better moving forward, and he might be faster as far as just running fast goes. But I think Djokovic moves along the baseline better. He’s better at transitioning from defense to offense with his feet than Murray is. But they both cover an insane amount of ground.

I think a big part of why Murray does well against Djokovic is because he loves playing the junk ball game and Djokovic hates playing against it. Against Nadal or even Federer sometimes, Murray has to play bigger than he’s comfortable with. But playing big against Djokovic doesn’t really work and that’s perfect for Murray.


jane Says:

elina,thanks. i had seen roddick’s complimentary tweet of nole, but didn’t know he had received backlash from some fed fans. that’s too bad. roddick tweeted nice things about nole (and fed) during the wimbledon final as well.

rz, i saw that article about running on court and was pleased to read that nole is trying to cut down and end points more quickly. it seems wise as he gets along in his career to move in that direction. not surprised to read that serena moves the least on the ladies side and certainly fed’s cut down tremendously by coming forward so much. it did look very windy last night during his and woz’s matches.


elina Says:

Yes ben, a tactic used frequently by LaMonf yesterday. Threw a lot of defensive junk over the net daring Dimi to hit out which drew many errors and lost him the match.

Very shrewd indeed.


Giles Says:

The old one stole Rafa’s “all black” look from last year. Wrong choice, he looks meh!!


Humble Rafa Says:

The way these midgets are playing, if Humble was fit, I would have the trophy wrapped up by now.


Margot Says:

^
Oh I don’t think I’d call them “midgets,” Azarenka is at least 6′ tall and Woz looks quite tall to me too.
But whatever…


Daniel Says:

Giles,

If you whatch tennis longer you would know Fed used the dark outfit in 2007 US Open e when he was called “Darth Federer”. Indeed, steong is the force wiht this one;-)

After that other players went all balck in australia and US Open as well including Nadal.


jane Says:

i thought vika would make it; interesting that makarova is in the semi. i think she has a slam win over serena.

just realized tsonga lost all of his slam matches this year in the round of 16 and all of them in straight sets – a weird kind of consistency.

ao – lost to fed in straights
fo – lost to nole in straights
wimbledon – lost to nole in straights
us open – lost to andy in straights


Hippy Chic Says:

Well i love the black look on both players ;-))….


Kimberly Says:

I think Sean is selling Murray short, I don’t think hes going to win the match either but I think he is too much of a player not to will himself to get a set, even if his game is not there. Im going DJoker in four or five. And stan in 4.


rogerafa Says:

I am hoping desperately for Kei to be physically 100% for the match against Stan. If fitness is not an issue, this match has the potential to be even better than the the tournament’s first real (expected) blockbuster scheduled tonight. I think Novak will be up for it but I wonder which Andy will turn up for the match. Andy must serve at least around 60% first serves to stand a chance against a rampaging Novak. I also think Novak is much more happy playing in the cooler night conditions than Andy is. I hope the match lives up to its billing.


Humble Rafa Says:

Watching the Best Backhand in Switzerland Vs The Asian Guy, I wonder who will get the injury break.

It’s an inside joke. Most of you may not have the brains to get it. If you, consider joining the Humble Nation.


Humble Rafa Says:

rogerafa

Just a word of advice. To get some real credibility, change your name. It is impossible to have a clear headed thinking with that type of name.


rogerafa Says:

@ Sean

I have not seen “my man Monfils” in your articles recently unless I missed some of them. I wonder if Gael is no longer your man. ;)


rogerafa Says:

@ “Humble” Rafa

Having a name like that does not make you “humble”. In fact, it smacks of extreme arrogance and a post like that confirms it.


FedExpress Says:

wtf

todays winners will have two days rest because the semis will be played on saturday. in addition the last semifinalist will be played from the bottom half who have already 1 day less to recover

wtf is wrong with the organisers


FedExpress Says:

kei has a genuine chance of winning, no signs of fatigue

but has to take his chances


skeezer Says:

“The old one stole Rafa’s “all black” look from last year. Wrong choice….”
Wrong again!! Fed wore all black way before last year.


FedExpress Says:

stan looks more tired than nishikori though he had one bye


mat4 Says:

Nishikori looks very tired, but nonetheless, he’s fighting well in this match. Hope he will win this set, he deserved it.


mat4 Says:

His game is very similar to Novak’s, BTW.


FedExpress Says:

mat4, for me stan looks more tired

doesnt want to hang around long in rallies, smackes his groundstrokes


FedExpress Says:

oh my godness

kei brain farting and brain cramping very heavily


mat4 Says:

@FedExpress:

Didn’t see Wawa’s face. I “listened” the match, insted of watching, since I have some work to do. When I dared look, the camera was mostly on KN.

In the meantime, Stan debreaks. He was a bit lucky, but he fought well. The previous very long game helped a bit too.


FedExpress Says:

what a set of tennis

best set of the US open by far


Okiegal Says:

This is a great match…..I want 5 sets…..go Stan!!


FedExpress Says:

the winner of this match will have to full days to recover. unfair for the bottom half but nishikori would need it if he wins


FedExpress Says:

@two full days i meant


Polo Says:

FedExpress, what do you expect from tennis organizers and officials especially as regards scheduling of matches? They never make sense, never had and probably never will. They are the worst in all of sports.


Pitchaboy Says:

The level of tennis in the top half of the draw is significantly higher than the bottom half of it.


Polo Says:

Does anybody know that statistics on who wins more in a 5-set match? The one who serves first or re eives first? I would think the former because the latter always feels like he has to catch, hence more pressure.


Polo Says:

catch up


jane Says:

i think so too pitchaboy. it’s a shame someone has to lose this match!


mat4 Says:

Great victory for Kei Nishikori. And although Stan didn’t deserve do lose, Kei deserved to win.


jane Says:

congrats to kei! stan the man always gets caught up in these marathons; sometimes he wins, sometimes not. and kei just won 2 five-set marathons in a row. he will, indeed, need the 2 days respite.


Pitchaboy Says:

Stan played defensive tennis when he was up in last set with break points. Kei was in attack mode when he was down in the decider. Kei won this one between his ears.


mat4 Says:

And with a good rest, whoever he plays, I believe that Nishikori has an excellent chance to make the final.

BTW, I was convinced that Nishikori could win this match: Stan had some luck against Robredo, and that match showed that a steady and aggressive baseliner could pose a lot of problems to the Helvetian. Stan still has to learn to be a little more patient and wait sometimes for his chances, although, since he doesn’t have the speed, the movement of the top four, e.g., or Nishikori — to mention him — perhaps I am in the wrong.

Now, the derby of the day: Novak vs Andy.


Colin Says:

Well, Sean, your forecast for that match crashed in flames, so let’s hope you are equally wrong about Andy’s chances!


steve-o Says:

Great match, with Nishikori’s consistency just winning out in the end. I was sure that once it went to 5-4 in the fifth that Wawrinka would crack mentally, despite serving brilliantly for most of the set. And he did. That double fault was the sign.

I rather doubt Nishikori will win the semi. Both Djokovic and Murray cover the court much better than his two previous opponents. He doesn’t have the firepower to hit through either of them.

He had to use his movement to counter both Raonic and Wawrinka, two aggressive players with a lot of power but who don’t move that great, and it put a lot of strain on his body, doing all that running. It’ll be really hard for him to do the same for a third successive match.


Tennis Fan Says:

Congrats to Nishikori … he played much better than I expected. I kind of feel sorry for Wawrinka however, he’s always dealt with the psychological choke issues and in the very end of this match he just let it slip away. I think he would of won the match if he had of stepped up at the end and hit a few of his unreturnables … but he wasn’t willing to take any risk. Too bad.


steve-o Says:

@Tennis Fan: The match was really decided in the third-set tiebreak, I feel. That was Wawrinka’s chance to grab a 2-sets-to-1 lead, but he lost a big lead in the tiebreak and missed a set point. Had Wawrinka won that set, I think Nishikori would have lost belief and started feeling his fatigue, but instead he got the lead and got that shot of adrenaline that carried him through to the end.

Attacking players like Wawrinka have more ups and downs in their game. If they let it go to the final set with a player like Nishikori, who plays a steady, consistent game with little risk, chances are he’ll simply outlast them and take advantage of their lapses.


skeezer Says:

steve-o
Thought the same..


skeezer Says:

Sad that there was no pre Serena’s match here, unless I missed it.
Kudos to Serena, thought she was going down early with that slow start but the woman warrior took charge!
And that leopard print outfit?
Wow GF….likin it.


Daniel Says:

Djoko already 3 FH errors, maybe tense.


mat4 Says:

it’s going to be a long, long night.


Ben Pronin Says:

This is already horrible. I need to sleep 30 minutes ago. I don’t have time for 20 minute games. Seriously guys.


mat4 Says:

Djokovic won 13 of 24 points on serve; Murray 7 out of 19. Abysmal.


van orten Says:

Murray totally Out of sorts right now. Djoker a little bit lucky here and there. Leading 4:1


Ben Pronin Says:

Seriously, seriously.


Daniel Says:

This is a strange match. Both are playing not to miss.
There was a point when Djoko was 4-1 0-30 that I thought he would close the set fast. Now Andy back in the match after a great hold, but bizarre backhand from Djoko to be broken.


van orten Says:

Haha..this looks like nishikori will have a shot on saturday. They will play forever tonight


Daniel Says:

If Djoko doesn’t come to the net to finish of points Murray will retrieve everything back. He needs to do something different and Murray stop missing when trying to be aggressive and increase first serve as always.


Daniel Says:

Wow, another 20 plus strokes point, but this one was entertaining


Daniel Says:

Finally a BH DTL winner


van orten Says:

Breakpointwise Murray should already have this set…


Ben Pronin Says:

Being up 4-1 wise Djokovic should already have the set.


Daniel Says:

tiebreak it is, most fitting!


Daniel Says:

DF Murray and a deep return by Djoko 3-0 and 2 serves. If he makes 5-0, this will go uncontested


Daniel Says:

4-1, with a great offensive point by Murray. Another 4-1 Djoko way, let’s see if he’ll keep the lead.


Daniel Says:

6-1 Djoko Murray with 0 first serve this tiebreak.


mat4 Says:

1 h 15 mn the first set…


van orten Says:

First set djoker . I predict a three setter for him


contador Says:

Very good match, imo. Too bad someone has to lose.


courbon Says:

Yes, it will be bad if someone has to lose but I’ll feel better if Murray lose…(-:


Daniel Says:

Again Djoko leading and let Andy get back on the set. Murray is unleashing more often huge forehands while Djoko too passive.


contador Says:

courbon ; )


mat4 Says:

@courbon:

Me too.


Daniel Says:

Djoko will serve under pressure now to force a tiebreak. If he loses this game and this set, or loses tiebreak we are in for a classic, if he wins tiebreak can’t see Murray overcoming a 2 sets down deficit.


Daniel Says:

Wow, everytime Murray is hitting his freehand hard Djoko is not in position anymore.


Daniel Says:

Djoko has no confidence right now, he is not hitting his inside out forehand with pace and send this BH to the moon. Set point Andy


Daniel Says:

Djoko is frustrated with how well Murrya is hitting his FH crosscourt and is affecting his whole game, Murray is smacking the ball hard, full of confidence right now. 3-0 and 2 mini breaks


contador Says:

Andy certainly does seem to be playing this tie break with more confidence than the last tie break

3-0 Murray


Daniel Says:

Murray is flying on court now, Djoko only won a point because it was a return winner after a second serve. Andy seems resolute to win this set.


mat4 Says:

Murray’s forehand is devastating.


Okiegal Says:

C’mon Andrew…..you can do this!!


courbon Says:

I can’t watch it… too tense…another ‘Nolecoster’…


mat4 Says:

And now, we are at the beginning. Novak let his chances to win the second set slip, to lose tamely in the TB.


Okiegal Says:

That should pump Andy up!! Way to hang!! Go Andy, go….and go BIG!!


courbon Says:

Okiegal-I’m writing your name in my Black Book.


Daniel Says:

Second set Murray. If they keep playing like this Murray will win next two sets. Murray is dictating how the points are playing, he is the one accelerating the ball and Djoko is playing not to miss and frustrated how well Murray is playing. It is as if he can’t believe Murray can hit huge forehands plus he was leading again and let him back. He has to put this to rest and start dictating and going for his shots instead of playing tentative.


contador Says:

I can’t watch it either…

Daniel, please keep posting about the match if you can!


Kimmi Says:

Murray FH is on fire.


Daniel Says:

Murray is posessed right now, those moments where everything clicks.


the DA Says:

Where the hell has this FH come from Andy? He’s been keeping under wraps for far too long. Fabulous to see.


Bob Lewis Says:

Darnit, Murray is a pain in the butt for Djokovic at the slams. I seriously think the friends dynamic is a key factor.

Murray is a quality player, this is his favorite slam, and can match Djoker shot for shot in these rallies. This is where Federer isn’t as steady or patient, and doesn’t want the long rallies. Djoker has fewer problems with Fed than Murray these days.


Daniel Says:

Djoko’s overall balss are just not hurting him, but his serving above 60 % and is getting some free points out of it. But Murray seems the better player now. Of course Djoko will go steady and wait if Murray’s level will drop. I think this is what he is doigm but if were him I’ll try to bully Murray. Who am I to know, he is the number 1 but the feeling is his is getting his ass kicked on court even toug the score is tight.


Daniel Says:

Djoko’s retunr are also excelent the whole match.


Daniel Says:

15-30 and Murray send a FH long, a mistake he wasn’t doing.
Djoko breaks. Yeah, seems Djoko knows better, wait hos chances and Murray made a mistake. Again djoko breaks first in the set.


Daniel Says:

40-15 and after a smash out now is 40-40.
Actually BP Murray.


Daniel Says:

Murray’s BH is reaking down a little.


Daniel Says:

Djoko did a sensational ball ti fire him up. Game Djoko and confirm the break, 4-1. Let’s see if Murray will do another comeback. Maybe they are getting tired, it’s 2 and half hours already of long rallies.


mat4 Says:

What a fight! No easy point, no easy errors.


Polo Says:

These two guys are scary good!


skeezer Says:

Its a shame that such an epic matchup ( Murray/Nole ) at a Slam can’t even fill the Stadium half full.


the DA Says:

It was completely full but people started leaving around midnight.


Daniel Says:

Murray bad luck to set set point Djoko.


skeezer Says:

If Murray can’t find his second wind, its over. Fitness here is what its all about for the time being. And don’t understand why Murray would not be fit enough to soldier on and compete. If he is not injured here, he must have to start looking at his diet going forward, there is nothing else…


the DA Says:

@skeezer – Here’s a pic from earlier in the match if you don’t believe it:

https://twitter.com/SirJonesy/status/507354929959563264/photo/1


skeezer Says:

“It was completely full but people started leaving around midnight.”
Why? Cause its midnight? This is NY!


mat4 Says:

Novak is winning dirty. Watching the match, you have the impression that Murray is doing everything: aces, winners, volleys, breakpoints… And suddenly, it is 6-2 for Novak. In his defence, we should say that his shot selection is outstanding.


Daniel Says:

Well Murray’s BH abandom him netting a few in this game. Djoko breaks, wins third and will serve first fourth set.
Murray needs an early break to calm himself and he retunr to the level,of end second set.

Djoko otoh is playimg the same level througout all matcn. If he breaks again first I think he will wrap in 4.


Bob Lewis Says:

why does murray need the cap?


mat4 Says:

A crucial first game. BP Murray.


mat4 Says:

Murray seems to be injured.


the DA Says:

“Why? Cause its midnight? This is NY!”

Hey, you tell me. I’m from NYC and would never have left this match.


mat4 Says:

skeezer Says:

“It was completely full but people started leaving around midnight.”
Why? Cause its midnight? This is NY!

______________________________

You don’t need Novak and Andy. Just go home and switch on Virtua Tennis.


the DA Says:

I’m afraid the lack of match practice this year is starting to show. Andy is moving sluggishly for some of these shots. Pity. But I think what I’ve seen tonight is very good news. He’s almost 100% there. Maybe the Asia swing will be the true return? I’m just glad he didn’t go down meekly.


Daniel Says:

Djoko is winning in all serve categories bar ace.


mat4 Says:

Murray is struggling.


mat4 Says:

But he goes for big shots, and it’s paying right now. This match is not over yet.


the DA Says:

His only hope is a dip in intensity from Nole. Unless he has incredible luck just going for his shots constantly.


Daniel Says:

40-0 and now deuce Djoko serving. That DF can cost him.


skeezer Says:

@theDA,
I hear ya, I’m still watchin too!

Like I said, Murray looks spent. If he can’t conjure some energy here, he’s goin down. Nole is not doing anything special at this point. Sorry to critisize Murray so much here, but its a Slam. Is he hurt? Ok then.
Like how he is hitting out more here though. Needs to do that more. C’mon gentlemen, make it so.


Daniel Says:

They are both mentaly and physicaly tired and that’s why the games are going fast. They are not able to maintain the levl of first two and half sets. Survival of the fittest and as Djoko has the upper hand I think he is sloght more “ready” than Murray.


Okiegal Says:

The people left because it isn’t a Rafa/Roger match!!


skeezer Says:

@theDA
Murray imo is still looking like he has back issues. Have had them, and he is moving like he is favoring it. Will be interesting to hear post presser….


Daniel Says:

They are return with same intensuty, a lot of short balls and they are sabing energy. If they see a windown in a game, as Murray did in one service game where Djoko double faulted they will push more as Djoko did in a game that went deuce but if not they will just hold their service games and probably battle tiebreak. But from now on is end of the set so pressure will add extra tension.


Okiegal Says:

Novak looks spent too…


skeezer Says:

@mat4
Topspin4.


the DA Says:

I think this is going to be it. Nole has been so passive in every service game of Andy’s . I expect him to step it up like the pro he is.


Daniel Says:

Murray is spent. Djoko 2 points from semis.
Winning the second set and the mental effort seems took it out of him.


Daniel Says:

2 MP Djoko


Daniel Says:

Djoko did it.

Murray lost the match to his body.

Even so an entertaining clash. They gvae their all but after 3 hs they were spent.

Good for semis because at least djoko will come after a grueling match as well to face Kei.
Think djoko is hoghligh favorite to win semis and tournament. O ly lost o e set so far, tiebreak and it took an herculian effort from Murray to do so.

For Murray at least he knows his game is back and expect him to win more matches and hopely a title until the end of the year. He will most likely increase his ranking to a top 6 or more.


skeezer Says:

Anyone know how this impacts Murrays ranking?

Congrats to Nole, well done and efficient. Murray? Fix that serve, and continue to get healthy.


Wog boy Says:

Is ot safe to come out now…is it over?


Margot Says:

Only saw last set. Andy looked knackered.
Well played and congrats to Nole and fans.
Gutted for Andy, but points defended.
And as for Kei! WOWZER!


the DA Says:

Just as I thought. So proud of how Andy stepped up and especially how he unleashed on his FH tonight. He’s almost there. The physical stamina thing is worrying though – he needs to sort that out. I’ll take him losing in this manner than blowing leads and losing meekly.

Congrats Nole fans, he deserved the win.


mat4 Says:

@skeezer:

Go here:

http://live-tennis.eu/

for live rankings.


mat4 Says:

@WB:

Yes, it’s safe. But the way Nishikori played, I don’t advise you to watch the semi.


FedExpress Says:

Noles us open since 2007

F SF SF F W F F


FedExpress Says:

And nole was far from invincible today

Could have lost first set after squandering 4-1 lead, shouldnt have lost 2nd set after having led twice with break

and all say fed has concentration lapses


Margot Says:

@the DA
Thanks for that. As I said only saw last set and it was rather depressing tbh :(


jane Says:

missed the match as i had to work late. followed scores for the last set. anyhow, it looked close by the scoreline and it soudns like andy was blasting his forehand. commiserations margot, the da, colin and cdp. plus others like okie and hippy. it looks like he is on the way to being fully back though.

humble rafa, time to retire the “lady forehand” routine for good. :)

happy for nole; he still has finals points to defend and a little time to rest up for kei, who has been playing excellent tennis. won’t be easy.

looking forward to la monf / fed and berdych / cilic – the latter 2 played a cracker at wimbledon.


mat4 Says:

A few details from the stats: Novak served 152 times, Andy 128 times. That shows that the pressure was mostly on Novak’s serve. But at the same time, Novak won 41% of points when receiving serve, vs Andy’s 39%, which looks a bit odd.

Andy went for big shots and aggressive returns. He made 13 UE more, for just 1 more winner. Watching the match, I had the impression that he made at least 15 winners more, but I was wrong.

Then, this interesting stat: Novak converted 6 of 9 BP, Andy only 4 of 16. It was perhaps the key of that match.

Like I wrote, Novak won playing boldly on key points, and tried to be very consistent. He was lucky in the fourth set, when Andy was obviously physically struggling.


skeezer Says:

@mat4
Tx, great link! So Murray sits @ 10?


mat4 Says:

@FedExpress:

I don’t think that Novak had concentration lapses. Murray was returning very, very well in those moments. The key game was probably at 3-1 in the third.


Bob Lewis Says:

Annnnnnnndiiiiiiii….poor chap.

He’s looking at the trophy and singing the chorus to “End of the Road.”


jane Says:

mat4, looking at the stats, please to see nole did well at net. he won 71% or 24 of 34 approaches. i hope he continues to work on this aspect of his game.


jane Says:

*pleased


mat4 Says:

Sorry, Jane, didn’t see your post immediately.

Yes, Novak did well, although I guess he still isn’t where he wants to be with the net game. He missed some occasions to cut short some of Andy’s high sliced defensive backhands. But he has certainly improved that part of his game, and he played played competently at the net under pressure, even on BPs.

But watching him against Murray, it becomes clear how cruelly he lacks power. On the other side, Andy’s 15 pounds more are a handicap in the long run, and he tires more. Two years ago, Novak was working on a flatter FH but I guess he stopped, since I don’t see him play it any more.

It seems that Novak is aware of this problems, and he plans, in his evolution, to play shorter points and be more aggressive. But without developing a more efficient FH, he will have problems.


mat4 Says:

Novak has an exceptional shot selection, and he is able to build rallies, to open the court, and win most of his points with “near winners”. Unfortunately, “near winners” are not enough against Andy or Rafa, who return and defend exceptionally well, so Novak has to play an additional shot. That’s the reason he struggles so much against both of them.

Then, Novak plays sometimes too close to the baseline. Perhaps he should start already taking a step backward, to gain a little time more to hit a good FH. Too often he plays it with an open stance. He just guides it, without really heating through the ball.


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