US Open Thursday Picks And Pans: Berdych v Cilic, Federer v Monfils
by Sean Randall | September 4th, 2014, 2:03 pm
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The last of the men’s US Open quarters are about to begin, so without further delay, my picks.

Tomas Berdych v Marin Cilic
I thought at the start of the event that Marin Cilic could have been a guy capable of sneaking through. And he’s on the brink of doing just that. Since returning from suspension less than a year ago, Cilic has been an improving player rightfully will be back in the Top 10. He nearly shocked eventual champ Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon where he did beat Berdych, and this week he did outlast Gilles Simon for a first time in 4+ hours. So he’s playing well under the guidance of Goran Ivanisevic.

Meanwhile Berdych hasn’t shown me much. He crashed out of the French quarters with a lame duck perfomance against Gulbis. Then the controversial Cilic loss at Wimbledon (finished in darkness) and this summer he was off the radar – did he play??

However Berdych has found the groove this week. Only Martin Klizan has been able to muster a set over the big Czech and even though he hasn’t really beaten any top guys, he’s winning easily, he’s playing with confidence and he’s fresh. Plus he’s had final weekend Grand Slam experience including a semi at the start of the year in Australia.

So Tomas has beaten those in front of him and I think here maybe Marin feels a little fatigue from the Simon match.

So in a tough call – this could really go either way – I’ll lean with Bird…
The pick: Berdych in 4

Roger Federer v Gael Monfils
For all the world I want to pick Monfils here, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. How can you, it’s Monfils?

That said, in a stunning change of tactics, Monfils is actually playing tennis instead of just performing. And it’s working. The new, maybe maturing Monfils – he just turned 28 earlier this week – hasn’t lost a set in four matches including impressive wins over Grigor Dimitrov and Richard Gasquet. Those are two very talented guys with 1-handed backhands he dusted. Now he gets the king, Mr. Federer.

Federer has won seven of nine against the Frenchman but Monfils played him really, really tough in Cincinnati this year.

If Monfils can stay composed – a big “if” given the setting against Federer on the biggest court on the planet – he’ll be able to track down a lot of Federer’s shots, extend the points and bait the Swiss into errors. I think that can happen.

To offset that, Federer will have to serve well and take the net shortening the points, something he’s been doing, sort of. Roger’s still having a few hiccups on serve which he’ll need to iron out against the upper crust. But I have to stick with experience and history here. Eventually Monfils becomes Monfils again.
The pick: Federer in 5

As for yesterday’s late night Djokovic-Murray match, my takeway is that Murray just isn’t ready to contend yet. In spurts he look excellent, especially off the forehand, but he couldn’t sustain that momentum as Djokovic, who was also scratchy, finally seized control of the match in the third.

Unfortunately for Andy it looks like this year is a throwaway and he’ll hope to rebuild for 2015 which he could. Or he could not. It’s hard to say but it looks like he’s losing ground to the Big Three.

Top seed Djokovic moves on to the semifinals to face Kei Nishikori who I have to tip my cap to. After his tough, late night win over Milos Raonic I did not see anyway he’d beat Stan Wawrinka, especially not in five sets. But full credit to the 24-year-old, he proved me and just about everyone else 100% wrong with that incredible win over Stan.. Kei’s a fighter and if he can stay healthy the sky’s the limit.

ESPN has full coverage of the quarters in a few minutes. Then CBS will have the semifinals this Saturday.


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185 Comments for US Open Thursday Picks And Pans: Berdych v Cilic, Federer v Monfils

FedExpress Says:

Cilic leads with two breaks 4-1

sometimes i cant hide the feeling that berdych lives only to beat Fed. He plays his best only against him like WIM 10 or USO 2012 but cant replicate that kind of form against the other big fours


skeezer Says:

Cilic up 4-1 servimg…..Sean? O wait…..4 sets.
The Bird doesn’t like serving with wind…


mat4 Says:

Berdych broke back. One left.


mat4 Says:

I really don’t understand what Berdych is doing. This second serve on break point… unbelievable.


FedExpress Says:

i like what i am seeing


rogerafa Says:

Both of today’s quarter final matches seem too close to call. Roger would be in deep trouble if it goes to the fifth set. He has to do it in four sets or less. Gael is a physical specimen and he has been very impressive so far. He has had good practice for the match against Roger with convincing wins against Richard and Grigor. On current form, Gael, Tomas and Marin look slightly better contenders for a spot in the final from the bottom half than Roger. I can not see anyone winning the final though. Stan appeared to be the only real threat to Novak going by their recent epics at the majors. Kei has to be physically and mentally spent after his heroics in two consecutive matches. Not that one expects even a fit Kei to trouble Novak much. Novak must be thinking he already has one hand on the trophy. Just rewards for his persistence and sheer consistency despite the disappointments in some of the major finals.


FedExpress Says:

6-2 cilic

two BP in the second for cilic


FedExpress Says:

@rogerrafa

to call gael a physical specieman is more than an overstatement. he looked spent after three sets against dimi

and do you remeber the fifth set at RG against murray? zero six.


skeezer Says:

Congrats again Maestro. Well deserved!
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10152674461544941&substory_index=0&id=64760994940

Bird struggles with 7 mph wind…and with Cilic.


FedExpress Says:

and in general i cant agree with ur opionion that Fed is the least fav of the three today to reach the final.

But everyone his own.

6-2 2-0 cilic


mat4 Says:

I believe that all the remaining matches could be very close. Novak isn’t a big favourite against Kei. Nishikori seems to have a better FH, he covers the court well, he returns very well, and he is very steady. He certainly has his chances, especially if he manages to recover after his last matches.

Cilic doesn’t play whole matches at the same level. He hits very flat and tends to miss more in the later phases of a match. Anyway, on current form, I believe that Berdych would be an easier opponent for Fed in the semi.

If he makes it… His match against Monfils could be a three sets thrashing, or a long, taxing fight in four or five sets. You never know which Monfils will show up.


FedExpress Says:

wth

cilic didnt choke the 2nd set away like in his 2 previuos QF. Who is that guy??


SG1 Says:

I actually think that Andy has a lot of positive things to take away from last night’s loss. He didn’t buckle after losing the first set. I think that in terms of the baseline, he was the one controlling and dictating the points. He is a bigger and more explosive hitter than Novak…which I didn’t really recognize until last night. I was a little disappointed in his feel for the tennis ball last night. He did leave some sitter volleys out there.

Murray has one major project on his hands going into next year. He has to amp up the 2nd serve. I don’t know how and if he can, but if he does, I believe he’s contender for the No.1 ranking. The rest of his game is more than good enough. But, that 2nd serve is a major Achilles heel that has to be dealt with.


contador Says:

This Goran inspired Cilic has improved, I think. Still plenty of time for choking, tho.


SG1 Says:

What about a Mauresmo-Sampras coaching combo for Murray? If there’s anyone that could preach the importance of the 2nd serve, it would be Pete.


FedExpress Says:

welcome back cilic 1.0


SG1 Says:

Cilic has a nice game but he looks tentative from what I’ve seen.


Bob Lewis Says:

Federer is the favorite to reach the final, but upsets in sports happen. The guy is 33 years old and hasn’t reached a hardcourt slam final in a long time. But it also didn’t look like he was gonna win Indian Wells again, yet he pulled it off in 2012.


mat4 Says:

@SG1:

He doesn’t have to change anything, just to play consistently the aggressive brand of tennis he has demonstrated so sporadically in the last few years.

But, in my opinion, it is already too late. Next year will probably be the year of the changing of the guard, and younger players will climb to the top. It could easily be the year of Dimitrov, Cilic and Del Potro, who are mature now, and have to power to blow anybody from the court.


contador Says:

mat4, how do you reckon Novak is not a big favorite vs Kei?


Bob Lewis Says:

Sampras ain’t getting up for some coaching gig. Other than the occasional seniors tournament, he’s happily playing golf.


mat4 Says:

Kei is an improved Ferrer, and Novak, when he is not at his top, struggles against this kind of steady, consistent players. Hopefully, there are just a few playing such brand of tennis.

He is the favourite, of course, but it won’t be a pleasant walk in the park. And seeing how Kei defeated Wawrinka, I was impressed by his mental fortitude and fighting spirit.


contador Says:

Kei is not playing as well as he did during the first part of clay season. His serve and movement is not yet what it was before the latest injury, imo. Not that he is an easy out, but imo, Nole is definitely the big favorite…


contador Says:

Okay, mat4, thanks, I did not see your post before I posted.

oh no, Berdych is unhappy


FedExpress Says:

somebody show the replay to berdych. i expect an apology from him to the referee

what a liar he is

it double bounced twice clearly


contador Says:

Ben is right, Berdych does have monster thighs. Much more noticeable in the short shorts, too, btw.

Would be impressive if Marin could get a break and close the match out in straight sets :D


contador Says:

Set 3 tie break. Can Tomas win a set?

FedExpress, you are right. They should have shown Tomas the replay of that double bounce.


mat4 Says:

@conty:

Yes, his thighs are huge, but Andy’s are very big too. They even affect the way he walks. And what about the upper body? Berdych looks like a child compared to Andy, although he is muscular too.

On an other topic, I guess that if Cilic doesn’t finish this match in the TB, he could easily lose.


mat4 Says:

But he will finish this match in three…


FedExpress Says:

he has done it

gulbis cilic and del potro will rule tennis


contador Says:

Yay, Cilic! This is the improved version of Cilic


Humble Rafa Says:

Yes, his thighs are huge, but Andy’s are very big too. They even affect the way he walks.

Your point is…

Big Lady wants to talk you – one on one. Helmets are recommended.


mat4 Says:

@FedExpress:

Gulbis… never. Perhaps as a sponsor, though…

But Cilic, Del Potro and Dimitrov could be the stars in the next two, three years, and I see Dimitrov as the most consistent of them.

After that, I guess a new generations will arrive, but who knows.


madmax Says:

Berdych went crazy at the umpire about his shot. Do you really think he knew it had double bounced and just ranted for show?

If he did, that was outrageous.

I don’t like Berdych. In any way.


contador Says:

Berdych looks like a child compared to Andy? Not sure I noticed that much, mat4 but definitely Andy does look bigger than he used to be. Not at all fat, just very muscular. And that forehand last night was scary good.


skeezer Says:

Buh bye Byrdy. Stay the classy guy you are.
Congrats Cilic, well played!


Wog boy Says:

Let us see, Sean was 4 out of 4 two days ago, 1 out of 1 yesterday and today, if we follow the pattern, should be 0 out of 2..


Okiegal Says:

A new generation may arrive but they won’t be able to hold a candle to what we have been seeing for the last 10 or 12 years, imo.

Yeah, Skeezer, bye bye Berdy!! Music to my ears! He is such a brat, but a good player. Marin took it to him today…..serving great!!


RZ Says:

3/4 semifinalists have former top pros as coaches. Will Fed make it 4/4?


steve-o Says:

Yay Marin! Outplayed and outthought Berdych, who’s a very straightforward power player. Did a much better job of handling the wind.

He’s doing very well these days, soon he may be back in the top 10.


Wog boy Says:

@Wog boy @5pm

should say “1 out of 2″ and not “1 out of 1″


Wog boy Says:

Cilic was alway GS material, it was his head that let him down. He had Nole twice on the ropes this year.


Sean Randall Says:

I can’t win with Berdych! As they just said on TV the guy just doesn’t show up late in Slams – straight set losses to Gulbis and now back-to-back to Cilic.

I’m not surprised Marin won, I am surprised Berdych stunk it up for two sets.

He seems like a guy who is now satisfied to reach the quarters and pick up his check.


mat4 Says:

@Okiegal:

I agree. The previous generation was exceptional.

@Conty:

Murray started to work on his strength in 2008, when he was coached by Miles Maclagan. After that, he won his first masters, in Cincy, and played the final of the USO.

But it should be evident that, despite his hard work, something influences his stamina, since his results in masters tournaments are much better than in slams. In masters finals his w/l ratio is 9-3, while in slam finals it is 2/5, against, mainly, the same opponents.

While at first I thought that he wasn’t perhaps mentally strong enough, another cause could be the real one: his stamina.

We should check the stats, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was eliminated mostly in five sets, or in the round following a five sets win.


Polo Says:

Berdych just does not have it in him to win a significant match. So much talent but does not how to win. It’s unexplicable why Federer loses to this guy. (That’s a rhetorical question so please don’t respond with detailed explanations of each of Fed’s loses to him.)


Wog boy Says:

“He seems like a guy who is now satisfied to reach the quarters and pick up his check.”

I would add “his check and his chick” she is a stunner..


Pitchaboy Says:

Kei v Novak HTH fast hard court: Kei 1 Novak 0. In 2011, widely recognized as Novak’s best year. Novak should win Saturday but it is not a sure thing.


Humble Rafa Says:

It’s unexplicable why Federer loses to this guy. (That’s a rhetorical question so please don’t respond with detailed explanations of each of Fed’s loses to him.)
-
I don’t like him either. He is mean spirited, though better than that medicine cabinet, Rosol.


Humble Rafa Says:

Is it just me or is Skeeze very happy these days? Wonder why?


Wog boy Says:

“Kei v Novak HTH fast hard court: Kei 1 Novak 0. In 2011, widely recognized as Novak’s best year. Novak should win Saturday but it is not a sure thing.”

It is never sure thing, I remember that match, Kei bagelled Nole too, but don’t forget that was Basel, the end of the 2011 year, after USO Nole just didn’t show up, not even at WTF.


Sean Randall Says:

Wog Boy, I had written something referencing the chick along those lines but wisely deleted it.


Wog boy Says:

Sean, too late for me, I can’t delete mine..


steve-o Says:

Pitchaboy: in 2011, Djokovic was pretty gassed after nine straight months of winning nearly every tournament he entered (only RG and Cincinnati excepted). It’s not surprising that Nishikori was able to outlast him at Basel. He just wasn’t able to get to the balls that he normally would get to, and without that, of course he was easy prey for Nishikori.

If you’ll remember, he had to pull out of Paris that fall, and then lost twice in the round-robin at the YEC. So he wasn’t in great shape at the time.

Right now, it’s Nishikori who’s gassed, and Djokovic who’s surely pretty fresh after not playing a lot of hard-court tennis this summer. I expect it to be pretty lopsided for Djokovic. Nishikori expended a lot of energy, because of his size and lack of power, he had to counter Raonic’s serve and Wawrinka’s groundstrokes by sheer running and grinding, it took a lot out of him.

Nishikori was slightly lucky in the draw because both his previous opponents aren’t great movers. Djokovic is, if anything, a better defender than Nishikori, and he strikes the ball very well and hard. Nishikori can’t outhustle the world #1. And he won’t be able to outplay him. So it will be very tough for him.


SG1 Says:

Bob Lewis Says:
Sampras ain’t getting up for some coaching gig. Other than the occasional seniors tournament, he’s happily playing golf.

——————–

Probably true…but Murray-Sampras could be a compelling team.


Pitchaboy Says:

I fully expect Novak to win in four. However, I found it interesting that Kei has taken it to both Novak and Fed and was beating Nadal this year before he got injured.


El_Flaco Says:

One of the problems with Murray’s serve is his grip and its unfortunate he never changed it years ago. It’s slightly rotated towards a forehand grip which means the face of the racquet doesn’t have a good angle down into the court. You can’t get maximum extension and limits the spin on a kick serve. You do get lots of power, but the ball toss has to be lower because of the angle of the racquet. This is also one of the reasons Murray has one of the worst overheads. Most of the time he just turns and runs back after the ball rather than attempting an overhead.

The ideal grip is neutral(Becker, Sampras, Federer, Djokovic), but rotated towards a one-handed backhand grip(Edberg(xtreme), Raonic, Karlovic, Nadal) works too.


mat4 Says:

@El_Flaco:

Thanks for the explanation.

I think that Nishikori is underestimated. In my opinion, he is already a top five player on anything but grass. He hits his FH flat and deep, he covers the court well, his return is among the best, and he is very consistent.

He lost a match against Lleyton Hewitt at the beginning of the season, and after that, only to Nadal, Federer, Gasquet and Raonic (he seemed to be injured against Raonic), putting good fights almost every time.

He could easily finish at the no 5 at the end of the year (I am almost certain he will, if he doesn’t get injured again).


jane Says:

“FedExpress @ 4:45 Says: gulbis cilic and del potro will rule tennis”

ha ha, that’s just what we said about 5 or 6 years ago on here, around 08-09.

RZ: very interesting about the former pro coaches and the success of their protege. it’s like rivalries are being relived vicariously.

Sean, regarding Berdych picking up his check, being satisfied to reach a certain depth, I wonder if Monfils and Tsonga and others are similar? It’s not just Berdych who seems to reach a certain depth and then leave with the check.

More specifically, with Berd/Cilic, might it be match up? This is two slam losses in straights.


Daniel Says:

Fed seems to be more bother by the wind, he is putting to much spin instead of flatting out his strokes. Monfils with an early break.


jatin Says:

Monfiles 1 set to love up


Pitchaboy Says:

Fed playing without any rhythm. Looks lost.


jatin Says:

roger needs to step up his game otherwise it would be the repeat of last year’s robredo match


jatin Says:

monfiles breaks.. 1-0 up


Daniel Says:

Indeed Fed is kind of tentati e, his drop shots are not wroking much and Monfils is making him hit always one more shot, reminds me you know who. Serve also not good to his standards.

Oddly he begam so well winning first 6 points and having BP in Monfils game and than seems out of sorts. But he wnet ti ppo deuce in a few Monfils games, eventually Monfils will remember who he is.


jatin Says:

Fed missing the break point opportunities with style :(


mat4 Says:

It is interesting to see that in 2014 not only a few younger players improved — Dimitrov, Gulbis, Nishikori — but older players finally matured: Wawrinka, Cilic, and now Monfils.

We all knew that they had the potential, but now they just seem to be liberated.


mat4 Says:

Since Simon started coaching him, Gael is another man.


mat4 Says:

Since Simon started coaching him, Gael seems to be another man.


mat4 Says:

Sorry for the doubled post…


Pitchaboy Says:

It is getting embarassing


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Wow, bad day at the office for Rog so far. He needs to clean up his act fast.


jatin Says:

Fed just have to step up his game a notch. Monfiles is not playing that well either
4-3


Pitchaboy Says:

Looks like it will be over quick.


mat4 Says:

I think that Monfils is playing quite well.


jatin Says:

I think its over. 6-3


Polo Says:

Federer is doomed! Even if he miraculously survives this, he will be so dead tired as and will be useless in the semi-finals. I’m depressed now. But I’ve seen a couple of excellent matches from him at this Open. I will just keep repeating to myself 17, 17, 17…then I will feel alright. Goodnight folks!


jatin Says:

Roger has yet to find his game and its too late now


jane Says:

just got home: kind of shocked la monf is doing so well. i really did not expect it.


Pitchaboy Says:

Fed is self destructing. All mo fils is doing is put the ball in play. Fed gives him an UE. Pity the people who paid to watch it


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Monfils playing pretty good, but Fed is not even really testing him. UEs everywhere.


van orten Says:

Well well. This is very tough to digest. Fed clearly in trouble. Beating himself practically… He had his chance at Wimby..hope for the best tonight


jane Says:

mat4, what are you talking about? i thought monfils is coachless no?


mat4 Says:

The match is not over, of course, but Monfils has shown the best he has to offer: big serve, great defence, an efficient and simple game plan.

His advantage is that he doesn’t have to take risks: he can count on a few free points from serve, and just tries to play on Roger’s backhand.

It worked well so far. Let’s see if he can continue this way, or if Roger will change something in his game and find his range.


Daniel Says:

Who would have thought Monfils woulb be 1 set from semis?! Very weird match by Fed, seems he has no confidence in his strokes and Minfils is the calmer I have ever see him on court.
Can he do it?


mat4 Says:

@jane:

No, Simon advises him since the beginning of this tournament, and they train together. But I think that Gael has a coach, in fact.


jatin Says:

WOW fed. Amzing forehands.. 1-0. He breaks


Daniel Says:

Fed raisd his level and won 2 back to back points dictating with his forehand. Let’s see if he holds to see how Monfils will react below in a set.


van orten Says:

Could be 5:5 in the second now…come on roger..do it…


mat4 Says:

Sorry, since this summer.


jatin Says:

If only fed can maintain this level now


Daniel Says:

Even lady luck abandon Fed today:-(


Bob Lewis Says:

Federer doesn’t look ready when his first serves are coming back at him. Relying almost solely on service winners.


jatin Says:

sublime play by roger… 3-2 breaks again


Daniel Says:

Yeah, another break. At least Fed knows he can break Monfils


jatin Says:

4-2. Slowly and steady fed


Bob Lewis Says:

Monfils is a huge step up in competition from the first four opponents. It’s taken Federer this long to calibrate. Hopefully not too late.


jane Says:

mat4, do you know who his coach is? i could’ve sworn i read either some analyst or monfils himself saying he was without a coach.


jatin Says:

One game at a time fed. 5-3


jatin Says:

Just one game roger. 5-4


Daniel Says:

Polo,

If it goes to a fifth set win it will be a little obver 3 hs. Can’t see this killimg Fed’s chance in a semis 2 days from now. This match doesn’t seem quit physically challenging as others we saw. It’s going fast. They are under 1 h and 50 min about to finish third set. Yesterday match took way more out of Sjokovic than a potential five here. Unless it goes to two long sets (fourth and fifth).

First things firts and Fed has to win this set now as he will serve 5-4


jatin Says:

Now i am relieved. Atleast fed has a set now. :)


Okiegal Says:

@Jane

I’m not Mat4……but Gael is w/o a coach. He was questioned about that in an interview the other day. It came out of his own mouth that he didn’t have one.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Look at those big birds fly around the court!


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Incredible. The tennis has gone up ten levels.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@polo i disagree this match is not particularly physical so even if it goes 5 recovery should be alright unlike say last nights djoker muzza match which was brutal. if it was boxing it would be old style bare knuckles. also not sure if i like monfils 2.0, too steady. reload monfils 1.0 please, goofy, fun loving and totally erratic.


RZ Says:

Fed just needs to keep holding serve. Monfils is getting tired so as long as Fed can keep the rallies long and hold his serve, he should be able to pull this out.


Bob Lewis Says:

It’d be interesting to hear if the wind conditions have changed, if any. Monfils is starting to show fatigue as well, as others have mentioned.


jane Says:

thank you okie, for confirming i am not losing my mind after all. :)


Daniel Says:

Damm, Fed had 40-30 and lost the game.


jatin Says:

40-40 ,2-2


jatin Says:

3-2. Missed the chance again


Daniel Says:

Fed has to increase his first serve percentage.

He also had a forehand on BP that he send wide out of knowhere. Chances he had


mat4 Says:

@Okiegal, jane:

Okiegal is right. I thought Monfils still works with Eric Winogradsky.

Anyway, Simon advised him since Cincy, preparing the match strategy with him and training together.


mat4 Says:

Monfils seems to be very tired. He has to win in four, otherwise, I am afraid he will lose the fifth easily.


jatin Says:

Comon Fed.
15-30


RZ Says:

Not sure if this is a TV sound delay issue, but it sounds as if Monfils is grunting after he hits the ball.


Thomas Says:

Monfils up 5-4 in the fourth.


jatin Says:

Fed has to hold here. There is no space for a bad game.


madmax Says:

Ugh. Come on fed. What has happened in your game tonight?

Point of no return as the commy said. Fed has to pull through. Don’t think I can watch, but will force myself to!


Daniel Says:

He is RZ.

Tense end pf set now. Fed has to hold to stay alive.


Daniel Says:

Damm Monfils 2 points away from semis. Fed needs aome unreturnable serves now


Daniel Says:

S$&@t. Double MP. Fed with silly mistakes


madmax Says:

Tense. Horrible tummy ache.


madmax Says:

Its incredible how well Roger plays under pressure sometimes, then others, he just implodes.

What to think and what to do.

The Crowd is growing crazy now.


Daniel Says:

Wow, saved 2 MP’s!!


madmax Says:

This is so tight.


Bob Lewis Says:

Man, he had the break adv to start the set, too. The peaker Fed would have just taken it and ran away. But there’s something special about watching a great champ needing to fight for it, too. Great stuff!


Okiegal Says:

@Jane……no you’re not…..I heard it with my two ears…..don’t have a clue what Mat4 is referring to.


Bob Lewis Says:

Hope Federer can just get the break here, get a chance to serve for it. Plus he’s not particularly invincible in tiebreaks anymore.


madmax Says:

Hope he pulls through, but I cant watch it. I admit. My nerves right now.


jatin Says:

Its so tight, so tensed


Bob Lewis Says:

5th set, let’s go!


jatin Says:

Comonnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Man.. WOW. Roger just wow


jatin Says:

Hey mat4 and okiegal. Its amazing that you guys have time to discuss about Monfile’s coach. Here us fed fans are shivering with horror and excitement at the same times :)
Sometimes its good to just see a match as a neutral spectator than as a fan.


jatin Says:

So here we go. I hope it won’t turned out like that wimby final. Go fed….. So proud of you


RZ Says:

@Daniel – thanks. I don’t like grunting in general but grunting after hitting the ball seems to be a bigger offense. He didn’t do it for too long thankfully.


Bob Lewis Says:

Yea!! Now will his body hold up for this final set? These have not been friendly to him at slams.


Humble Rafa Says:

Here us fed fans are shivering with horror and excitement

It’s a choice you make. Why not go with the guaranteed.

I never make my fans go through this type of mess. We have 3 heart attacks today.

Sincerely,
Goat Owner


Kimberly Says:

Let’s see what the fifth set brings


Okiegal Says:

Well…we are going to see if Fed can actually go 5 sets…..this has been discussed time and again. Roger left the court…..is there something fishy going on??? Lol


mat4 Says:

@jatin

“Sometimes its good to just see a match as a neutral spectator”

You’re right.


Kimberly Says:

Crowd is helping Federer


Bob Lewis Says:

Wish Federer would use the crowd to his adv, even more. Get really animated, primal screams, be out of character. Imagine what the crowd would be like. Like that one time in 2008.


Okiegal Says:

@jatin……I agree 100%. It has been nice. I believe the coachless one will fold up like a cheap suit. He can’t shake off the fact that he had double match point and didn’t capitalize. Poor Gael….Roger is in the driver’s seat now!!


Bob Lewis Says:

Is Monfils tough enough to keep it together? If this were a Masters 1000, he’d have the victory already. From a pure fan perspective, it’d be a shame if he went completely away, too.


RZ Says:

Once again, my instructions for Fed – just hold serve…. (Why none of these guys have picked me up as their coach is beyond me. LOL)


Bob Lewis Says:

That tweener attempt was basically waving a white flag. Not something the crowd needed, either. Weird.


Kimberly Says:

Match is over. Too bad. Monfils level tanked in this set


Daniel Says:

Monfils come to his senses after those MP and is collapsing now. Fed to serve for a 5-1 lead which will basically seal dthe deal. Monfils has no legs anymore.

Really thought he would win this match after two sets up. Fed is a monster indeed.


Tennis Fan Says:

Can’t stand Monfil and the McEnroe’s … they wanted the showman to win and now that the showman has shown up in all his splendor they are all upset because he is hitting dink shots fbetween his legs. Sorry not my kind of Tennis , I’ll take Federer and other players that show a bit of class any day of the week.


mad max Says:

R Z that was funny. I needed some humour right now. It worked!


Bob Lewis Says:

The tanking is really too bad. Robs the crowd of drama. That first match pt is probably replaying in his head. There was tons of open court for that pass.


Daniel Says:

I even hat to cut my fonger and toe nails during this match. LOL


Daniel Says:

Well this is it. Fed will serve for the match, which is always tense., specially after a comeback like this.

Long time since he won a match after saving MP, and is is a Slam.


RZ Says:

What I have trouble understanding is that with the high visibility that the big 4 (and a few others like Ferrer) have put on fitness over the last several years, why don’t some of these “wannabes” put in the effort for that level of fitness? I’m sure guys like Monfils, Berdych, etc., do their fair share of training but it always seems like they don’t have what it takes to play long matches in the heat.


Bob Lewis Says:

Cilic is probably yelling swear words in his hotel room right now.


mad max Says:

I thought and think it was poor commentating from euro sport tonight. Standard has dropped.


RZ Says:

@MadMax – happy to oblige. :-)


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a win!!!


mad max Says:

List the stream so don’t know way is happening!!!!! Can any one commentate for me…???


RZ Says:

Fed won the 5th set handily 6-2. Monfils didn’t have enough left in the tank (or his brain)


TennisVagabond.com Says:

A win of guts, nerve, heart. Amazing.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Hahaha, 2nd interview in a row, Fed quotes the score he beat his NEXT opponent by LAST time they met!
Even after 5 sets, he still has head game.


Thomas Says:

@RZ

I think to some extent, physical fitness/endurance is a talent. In other words, whilst everyone can improve their fitness with intense training, every player has a “glass wall” of fitness. Not everyone is going to be fit like Nadal or Djokovic just by training.


Daniel Says:

Seems like we are getting to another fedole final. Inwant that and don’t.

Don’t want Fed to lose another maior final straight nor Djokovic to lose another US Open final. He is too good a HC Player to have a 1-5 record in finals in US Open.

So hoping for Nishikori to somehpw overpower Novak. Yeah right, is easir for Cilic to overpower Fed. Actually he can win the whole thing if he keeps serving loke he did.

But Fed and Djoko have to win their semis first for us to see another clash in major finals.


mad max Says:

r Z you are on fire tonight. Messy match from Roger. Not particularly enjoyable. Sean was right which was the most shocking. Fed in five.will have to check the time he was on .court. Semi finals for fed but a lot of work to do when he should be ..flowing at this point in the tournament.


Andrea Says:

Wow. That was a great match. The crowd there was crazy. So loud. I can’t even imagine what it must be like as a player! Gael almost did it. So close in the 4th. Had a feeling the fifth would be all fed. Great effort by both.


RZ Says:

@Thomas, I do agree with that, but it seems like some of the other top 20 guys could work on their endurance. It’s one thing for one of the younger guys like Dmitrov to not be there yet, but it seems like others just don’t have what it takes to win 7 best of 5 matches. I remember back to the Australian Open where Berdych didn’t seem to have difficult or long matches but had no gas left for his match against Wawrinka.


jane Says:

fed is a fighter; la monf is a nutter.
not much has changed. ;)

cool about the all-star, former-pro, coach semis lineup.

goran vs edberg
chang vs becker

onward we go…


mad max Says:

The positives…he won a five setter OR Monfils lost it. He saved two match points. cilic will be rubbing his hands at Rogers poor performAnce. Did not expect.him to play with such difficulty. Lucky to pull through IMO


Bob Lewis Says:

Nole is also too good a player on clay to finish w/o a Roland Garros title. Gotta hope he gets one there, too.


RZ Says:

BTW, I checked and unfortunately Coke doesn’t have the name Gael as one of its “friends” cans. They should add it though.


xmike Says:

another handfull of records for federer with this win but the main one is this: he’s only the second guy in history to come from two sets down and win nine times in his career (joint record, with todd martin, if my memory serves me right)


Bob Lewis Says:

@ xmike: what’s the cruelest near-miss comeback from 0-2 down? Becker in 1990, or Federer 2008?


roy Says:

good pick on the fed match.
5 sets, monfils eventually becoming monfils.

spot on.


Bob Lewis Says:

@ mad max. If this were 2004, Federer would likely be flowing to victory. But this is 2014, not many wins for 33-year olds will be free flowing. I’m just happy to see him still competing out there, honestly.


Gannu Says:

Uff…This was only a QF…and roger makes his fans go through hell… Was devastated when monfils had match points

Feel bad for him…

But man Fed…what is in store for us now??
GOD GOD GOD GOD – Pray to death..make fed win this US Open..I will never ever ask anything more for Fed again..Well i said the same thing for Wimbledon 2012 also ;-))))) Wimbledon 2014 also ;-)

Congrats Madmax Skeez and all fed fans…

Lets catch up on Sat for the semis!


Daniel Says:

If somehow Nishi beats Djoko and Fed draw turn out to be: Monfils, Cilic and Nishikori to win the titoe this would be a gift for him. It’s not likelly he will get a draw like this again in the future and right after him playimg greant in a ressurgence. If he faces Djoko as the number 1 player, 6 years younger just after losing Wimbledon to him, his draw become brutal.


Bob Lewis Says:

It would be great if somehow Fed and Nole split these two titles. I’m also dying for Fed to win another hard court slam, especially the US Open. But realistically, Nole would have an easier time winning than he did at Wimbledon. It would take an extra special performance for Fed to win. But still quite a bit of tennis to go before then. Could be Nole/Cilic. Maybe Cilic learned something from Wimbledon and can it all the way.

IMO, there need to two SF upsets for the underdogs to win. Can’t see either Cilic or Nishi going through both Nole and Fed to win the title.


funches Says:

Before winning his back-to-back five setter against Raonic and Wawrinka, Nishikori was 8-2 in five-setters.

Often, people get legitimate injury confused with a lack of toughness. When healthy, Nishikori is a real winner.

Also, I’m just reading this now, but Sean absolutely nailed the Federer-Monfils match, down to how he thought Monfils could win and why he thought he wouldn’t. No one else anywhere had that take before the match.


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