Serena vs. Streaking Bencic in Toronto Semis; Djokovic and Chardy Save MPs
by Staff | August 15th, 2015, 12:28 am
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Unseeded Swiss Belinda Bencic continued her breakthrough tournament on Friday at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, upsetting No. 5 seed Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-2 to set up a semifinal meeting with world No. 1 Serena Williams.


At 4-4 in the first set the Swiss ripped off six straight games to take control of the match.

“I’m in the semifinals — I cannot believe it,” said Bencic, who earlier in the week toppled Genie Bouchard, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and Sabine Lisicki. “I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Williams advanced into the semis by beating Roberta Vinci, who seemingly couldn’t hit a winner if she had a ball inside the service box, but nonetheless made the American work for a 6-4, 6-3 win.

“It’s been a long time since the last time I played her, but I think this is the best she’s played against me,” said Williams who delivered 12 aces. “Her slice, I think I handled it really well tonight. More than anything, though, I think her serve was what kept her going really strong during the match tonight.”

The other semifinal will see No. 2 Simona Halep, who won a see-saw match over No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska 0-6, 6-3, 6-1, against the scrambling No. 15 Sara Errani who stopped qualifier Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-4.

“At the beginning I couldn’t move my legs,” Halep said. “I just felt very tired. And she was playing amazing — I couldn’t do anything. But I just kept focusing on what I had to do on the court — I knew I had to change my tactics, so I just kept the ball inside the court more and made more rallies out there.”

On the men’s side in Montreal world No. 1 Novak Djokovic received a scare from the unpredictable Ernests Gulbis, saving two match points in a 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-1 win.

“You have to give credit to him for playing an excellent match,” said Djokovic who has now won 29 straights Masters-level tournament matches. “He was always making me play an extra shot, and putting a lot of pressure on my second serve. I had a lot of chances and closed it out in the end, but he had a couple of match points and it would’ve been deserved if he had won this match tonight.”

Djokovic will next face unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy who beat No. 16 John Isner 6-7(9), 7-6(13), 7-6(4). Chardy saved an incredible seven match points.

“It was a crazy match,” said Chardy. “We both served really well and we both had our chances, so I am happy that I won it in the end. On those match points, I was only thinking about where I wanted to hit my serve or how to play the point. Under pressure it’s easy to get nervous and miss if you start thinking about the match point or the break point.”

The other semifinal will be Kei Nishikori, who beat the spiraling Rafael Nadal for the first time in his career in eight meetings 6-2, 6-4, against either Andy Murray or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who played late into the morning.


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105 Comments for Serena vs. Streaking Bencic in Toronto Semis; Djokovic and Chardy Save MPs

chris ford1 Says:

A good Friday of quality matches and 1 match of possible special importance.

*Nole/Gulbis was quality tennis. I wish just once before he retires, Gulbis could get at least a Masters. He is really something when he plays great tennis occasionally. Feel the same about Monfils. Jerome Chardy is a welcome semi-finalist, had to beat the Servebot to do it in another close one. Aga-Halep may not have been quality, but it was an exciting comeback for Halep.
The one that may be of special importance is Rafa-Kei. I only saw a few minutes of it but I had the impression Kei is now the better player and thinks he is. It’s not just that Rafa is losing to Andy Murray and Nole (and right now I think Fed would beat him as well in 2015) – it’s the quality players below “Big 4″ status are now beating him decisively.


Margot Says:

Come on ANDEE!


Colin Says:

Andy is serving well, which is always a barometer of his form. Tsonga hit more winners than he did, but also made many more unforced errors. I expect Nishikori to avoid the errors.

Andy leads the head to head, and if I had to guess I’d say this one will be his in 3, but it could be a nail-biter.


Michael Says:

Lady luck smiled on Novak as otherwise it was a match that he would have surely lost. At 6-4 in the tie break, Novak was staring down the barrel, but some how taking advantage of Gulbis second serve, he digged in deep and won that tie breaker. Once he won that breaker, there was no doubt as to who would emerge the winner in the final set. Gulbis funked as it was expected and Novak had it very easy. He is now in with a chance to win another Master series tournament this year and that will make it 5 in the season. Will it be a new record if he attains that feat of winning 5 ?


Michael Says:

If there was a match where Rafa would have recoverd its confidence, it was this one against Nishikori. A win would have done his morale a world of good. But unfortunately, Rafa just couldn’t cope up with a rampaging Nishikori who was hitting the ball in all corners of the court with awesome power and spin. It was in the fag end of the second set, when Rafa managed to recover his mojo. But it was too late in the day and Rafa lost 2 and 4 which would have left him shattered with disbelief. Losing to a player he has never lost before in such an easy fashion would have certainly dented his confidence ahead of the US Open. But credit to Nishikori, he just was hitting his shots relentlessly and was targeting the weak double handed back hand of Rafa. He was also finding tremendous depth and range in his shots and was hitting the corners making Rafa run hither and thither !!


sienna Says:

perfect set up for Nishikori to take Rogerless Master. Djoker is clearly not feeling it and rest of remaining players are no contenders for winning this tourney.


Jock-KatH Says:

Gulbis gulped!


FedExpress Says:

what a night it was. if had gulbis won it it could have been perfect

barca lost
nadal lost

happy days


FedExpress Says:

i wouldnt wonder if nole wins the tournament from here. he is playing crap compared to the last years but still winning all the big ones bar one. explains how weak the tour has become.


FedExpress Says:

he dominating the tour in terms of titles and wins which are the important barometers but his form is just average.


Wog Boy Says:

Nole has absolute disrespect for the match points, ATP should fined him for doing that, it is just not acceptable, no?


Giles Says:

@Michael. Don’t be so dramatic with your comments on Rafa. He is working his way back, still needs time. His goal this year is to qualify for the WTF and I am not expecting much else from him. Hopefully he will be ready for 2016.
Watch Kei lose to Andy, the Rafa curse;)


Wog Boy Says:

I love when my favorite, who is in “average” form, beats likes of Roger, Andy, Rafa and the rests on regular basis, I would say too regular..for the last five years, nice one No1e;)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy lol spot on,and i certainly wish my favorite was in such average form,playing average tennis,winning average titles,winning two average GS,winning 5 average Masters titles,with an average number 1 ranking,yeah right so average….


Michael Says:

Now the question is no longer “If”, it is only “when” Novak will break Rafa on grand slam count !?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Michael fair enough,but didnt you actually say that a couple of years ago when Rafa won the USO in 2013 about him surpassing Roger,i remember saying at the time that these things are only relevant if or when they are close to happening,winning another 6 GS at the click of ones fingers is also much easier said that done,what about Andy?what about Stan? etc,or someone new?,i get that hes dominating,and i get that you want him to win everything and probably loving Rafas decline,but some of us fans of other players would actually like to see someone else win something too,if thats OK?….


jane Says:

i think it’s too much for novak to have played that 3 setter with gulbis, and then another 3 setter in doubles, and now to play semis in both today. i don’t usually wish for him to lose, if ever, but i kind of hope he and tipsy lose their doubles. weirdly i won’t even be too disappointed if he loses to chardy because it’s just a lot of tennis and it’d be nice if he could do well at cincy.

i watched chardy’s last 2 matches. people are probably writing him off, but he didnt beat just one servebot, he beat 2 of them, back-to-back, returning surprisingly well, especially versus karlovic. he was also whacking his forehand versus isner. he’s never beat novak before so he’s the underdog, but maybe he’ll have a bit more energy (though he’s played 2 long matches in a row). novak’s the favourite no doubt, but i don’t think it’ll be easy this time.

meanwhile, rafa is working his way back. i watched his last two matches as well and could see flashes of the real rafa in there. he almost got both breaks back in the second set versus kei. but he is still playing too far back at times, he is definitely not running for as many shots as in the past, and he double faults too much, esp on big points. but when he goes for his shots, gets good depth on them, when he comes forward, and when he shows confidence, he wins those points – even versus kei.

kei is playing well of course, but i want to see him versus murray before saying he’s improved drastically or anything. he beat murray at the wtf last year but it was his only win in their 5 matches and even the only time he won a set. so even if he takes a set in their semi i think that’s progress. andy was in strong form versus tsonga. he served well and played a clean match.


Giles Says:

Don’t worry Jane the EGG will come to his aid! 😫


jane Says:

hope hale continues to win; wouldnt mind seeing her win the whole thing and get back into the winner’s circle. go simona!


jalep Says:

Was working last night, jane. Just finished watching Nole/Ernie.

lol, you were almost half right but I get to say “I told you so.” ;)

Gulbis couldn’t do it, even if Nole practically begged him to take the 2nd set tie-break. Unbelievably great run for EG!

And had a look at that Vancouver, BC challenger! Wow, lots of quality there for a challenger. That tournament needs at least 250 event status. Looked at Cincy qualies too. No wonder Staks fled and went to Vancouver.

If they make it a 250 or more, yay, it’s closer than Indian Wells!

Agree with you about Chardy. Would actually be happy if Chardy wins. It would be nice to take Montreal as a warm-up tourny. Yes, that is blasphemy for me to admit.

About Kei v Rafa, have not watched it yet. And I’m cautious about Kei as well, not that he can’t possibly beat Andy Murray but I’m very skeptical at this point in a masters 1000.

Happy to see Simona get to semi’s in Toronto! She’s got the opining set!


jane Says:

“That tournament needs at least 250 event status” – agree jalep!! agree! it’s a nice field this year, maybe the best ever.

i am skeptical about kei too. obviously he plays a nice clean baseline game and he can whip off a winner very quickly, but he shows intermittent vulnerability. saw it even versus rafa last night. i can’t see him beating murray right now based on both their forms in the last 2 matches. but that’s why i am curious to watch.

simona for the title in toronto! serena has bigger fish to fry anyhow.


jalep Says:

My gosh, I love Errani, too! Forza, Sara…crowd doesn’t intimidate her a bit.

She breaks Halep. May the best one win and face Serena :D


jane Says:

i like errani’s chutzpah too but she always gets squashed by serena. i think (?) halep would make for a more exciting final clash.


jalep Says:

Serena v Simona it will be…

well, shouldn’t be discounting Belinda Bencic. Should be a decent semi-final.

Can’t see anyone beating Serena. That chance is more likely earlier in a tournament, I think.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Agree with Okie,Chardy is cute,but no match for Novak,sorry but its not a very exciting match so far…..


jane Says:

chardy has a great forehand but his backhand is a weaker wing for sure.


Giles Says:

Note joker will reach the final without having played any seeds!


FedExpress Says:

who cant beat nole from the remaining players. NONE.

murray has 8 match losing streak going on.

kei chokes on the big points (us open was an exception, WTF london and rome the norm)

chardy useless


FedExpress Says:

*can (not cant)


Okiegal Says:

What is Novak smelling?? Weed?????


jane Says:

what are you talking about okie?


jane Says:

oh, ha ha, you’re talking about what novak said to the umpire. ;)


Okiegal Says:

I backed up my TV and listened to his conversation to the empire and he plainly said someone in the stands was getting high!! Funny……Marijuana has a distinct order for sure…..


Okiegal Says:

@Jane……answered my own question!!


jalep Says:

Isn’t weed legal in Quebec?


jane Says:

not sure but i don’t think so jalep…


Nikola Says:

Yes, Novak sed to Bernardes he can smell weed on the court and he is getting dizzy because of that.


jane Says:

jeremy can’t match novak, and trying to always run around the backhand doesn’t help. i think the servebot matches didnt help him establish any rhythm either. novak has been too solid so far, even if the weed smokers are making him dizzy.


jalep Says:

Was kidding jane. And even if it was, smoking it court-side at Coupe Rogers sounds like a no-no.

Sorry, I’m half asleep. Not completely coherent after working 12 hour night.


jane Says:

ha ha, jalep. it is legal for medical uses. but yeah i doubt courtside is cool. poor you re: 12 hr night.


jane Says:

jalep you might appreciate this; popsicle’s ad played during the roger’s cup. love his voice and guitar playing. aww, he is sunshine!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUXI0T-2H2c


FedExpress Says:

5th masters final out of five he participated
3 grand slam finals.

wtf is going on in this tour? ffs lose a match nole.


Okiegal Says:

The medicinal users of wacky weed are in pain 24/7…..so would that constitute a dose of medicine regardless of where you are?? Lol……


jalep Says:

Don’t feel too sorry for me. It’s only 3 nights’ a week. It’s okay – have 5 days to get caught up.

What is troubling me most is that Nole has to go play doubles with his buddy Tipsa. It does seem to be too much but he’s the boss. That’s a lotta tennis for someone I want to win Cincy.


Wog Boy Says:

In ten matches Chardy hasn’t won one single set, I was with jane and jalep about this match, somehow I though it would be ok if Nole doesn’t make a final, so far he played three finals in Canada and won all three.


FedExpress Says:

hope nishi wins this. he has to. these masters tournaments becoming a joke now.


Daniel Says:

Djoko in yet another final this season, 9 th final in a row.

Will somebody stop his streak of 11 or 12 straight Masters finals win? Seems #25 is coming and holding 6 of 8 Masters played. If he wins this Masters amd USO he will have the greatest 52 weeks of all time: 3 Slams, 1 Slam final, WTF Finals, 6 Masters. Not done before, ever. Have to count his win / loss after USO and add to this year to see how is going to be his win / losa rate. Similar to Fed 92-5 in 2006. Remarkable.


jalep Says:

Would guess it’s a social faux pas to smoke it Okiegal, but having it in a brownie…

hahhaha…Novak talking about the weed smoke post-match interview. Says it’s very strong…


FedExpress Says:

hahahaha. daniel dont count the chickens yet. that he will win the US open is not locked. consistent performer but garbage in us open finals.

my fav is 2006 season. 3 GS, 12 titles, 3 GS wins plus 1 final,4 masters, 1 WTF.

if nole can win the us open and the WTF i will tip my hat to him. his 2011 season ending was miserable and no wtf to show for.


jalep Says:

Thanks jane! Love Popsicle. How can anyone not.

Can’t believe he and Paire didn’t get into Cincy main draw = travesty.

The good news is Benoit won his 1st qualie match. Vasek plays later today.


jane Says:

jalep, wow, amazing vasek wasnt straight into the draw. he’s a wimbledon quarterfinalist. sigh… oh well.

daniel i guess it’s 11 not 12, according to this tweet.

Juan José Vallejo ‏@jjvallejoa 5m5 minutes ago
Novak Djokovic is now into another Masters 1000 final. He’s won the last 11 he’s played, which is a record (Nadal & RF come next with 9).

cool stuff… but like gypsy always says about law of averages…


jane Says:

i just read it’s 12 already so who knows. roma was 12.


Daniel Says:

Yes Fed Express. I still consider 2006 the best because it was 3 Slams + 1 Slam final, WTF and four Masters.

If Djoko wins US Open (not a given I agree) he will have the best 52 weeks of tennis dating back to Beijing 2014: Beijing, Paris, WTF, AO, IW, Miami, MC, Rome, RG Finals, Wimbledon, Canada (assuming he wins tomorrow) and US Open. That is 11 titles, 3 Slams, 1 Slam final, WTF and holding 6 Masters. And he can even win Cincy in the process making it 12 titles and holding 7 Masters.

After USO last year he went 17-1 + 48-3 this year so far. That gives 65-4 + 5 Canada + 7 USO = 77-4. If he loses in lats say Cincy semis he will go 80-5 with 3 Slams, 1 final, 1 WTF e 6 Masters. Impressive!! That’s why I said last 52 weeks.

Indeed for him to have the best season ever in 2015 he’ll need one more Masters (could be done tomorrow), USO and WTF.

I believe he will win 6 Masters this season and break the record. Favorite for USO and WTF, but not a given.


Daniel Says:

Djoko’s draw in Cincy seema much tougher, Wawa Quarters, Kei semis and Murray / Fed final. But depends if Kei is to win tonight tomteat Novak or not.

Wawa also could still have something bothering him from his back/hip when he retired agaisnt Ktrgios so his draw can open up once again.

Kei also played Washington (title), now 4 matches here and if it is to face Djoko in Cincy it will be 3 more matches. It may be too much for him. Let’s see.


mat4 Says:

@jane:

It’s 12. Novak hasn’t lost a final since Cincy 2012.


chris ford1 Says:

Bad tweet. Djoko has won the last 5 Masters he played. He hasn’t won the last 11, nor can I recollect Roger or Rafa winning 9 straight Masters each.

What he HAS done since last years USO is make the Finals of EVERY ATP 500 and above event he has played in. Shanghai, onwards. Shanghai, Paris, the WTC, AO, Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami,MC,Rome, FO, Wimbledon, Montreal.
That’s consistency.
12 straight ATP 500 and above events. On every sort of surface in tennis, with dangerous, talented players in the way on the path to the Finals at each event.
And a required bit of luck and good fortune from time to time.
Results? Past the Finals streak, 8 wins in 11 completed events.

Pretty darn dominant, as I see it. Yet we have this talk “All this year Nole has frequently played terribly. He’s just not as good as in past years.”


chris ford1 Says:

Error – Fed beat him in the semis of Shanghai. So eleven straight…


Daniel Says:

CF, he has won the last 12 Masters finals he played, Fed and Nadal had a streak of 9 straight Masters finals, not a straight of tournament played, but finals.


jane Says:

chrisford1, see daniel – it’s about the finals he’s played and how he’s won the last 12 masters *finals* he’s played.


jane Says:

bencic is utterly no match for serena. very one-sided and dull affair so far. 6-1 first set.


jane Says:

of course as soon as wrote that she breaks, lol


Okiegal Says:

Bencic……WOWZER! Kudos to the 18 yr old……She beat the 33 yr old. Is that kosher? Lol This girl played awesome tennis tonight. Serena battled back…..but what was up with her not being able to hold serve?? Well, she was due a loss…..but loved her fight back. The match tomorrow should be a good one!


jane Says:

so excited for bencic; what a huge win. i caught half the second and the end of the third and it was quite the battle. when serena came back i thought for sure she’d win.

as for kei/andy i missed all of it, but the commentators are saying crowd is not pleased with kei for “no effort” or something. i haven’t read comments so will back track now to see if i can find out what happened.


jane Says:

i feel more confident about what i said about kei last night. rafa’s poor play made him look much better. but even last night you could see vulnerabilities in his game.

now the commentators said he was “ailing” but i don’t know with what or why. anyone?


jalep Says:

Omg! blink, blink… can’t believe my eyes.

I fell dead asleep with TV on. Woke up just in time to see Bencic beat Serena.

How did she do that? Will have to replay it.

And poor Kei. Bagel in the 2nd set. arrrgh…
Don’t think I need to watch that. But maybe I should.

Nole in trouble tomorrow. Yikes!

Murray far too good. Congrats to Andy fans! You know who you are ;)


jane Says:

people said kei just “stood there” in second set and crowd was booing him. some talk of another injury, to his lower body, maybe calf. goodness he’s injury-prone. :/

apparently andy played very well in first set though when kei was trying and/or healthy.

in the on court interview andy said he didnt play “much tennis” in the second set.


jalep Says:

Well, whichever is the case, jane, that’s too bad.

And I just checked. No Andy/Kei match recorded. ESPN2 is where I thought it would be but they broadcast the Serena Bencic match. Maybe the atp match was on Tennis channel.

Bencic tears of joy. Congrats to her!

Simona/Bencic surprise final!

Nole/Andy not such a surprise final. But ugh, either way, if Kei tanked or is actually injured…bummer.


Daniel Says:

What happened to Kei, bagel in third set?!

Djoko x Murray it is. Now is the time for Murray to make his move.

Back to #2 for Murray. If he wins probably #2 seed for USO


jalep Says:

Okiegal…lol, :D


Colin Says:

@Jalep
How can anyone not love Popsicle, you ask. Very easily!

Are you unaware of his obscene rant in a match (forget where) with Andy? It wasn’t against his opponent, it was directed at the umpire, and was clearly audible on the ATP TV coverage. The umpire made an overrule, I think, and Popsicle commented politely “This is f***ing bullshit. You are shafting me up the a$$”


jane Says:

he must be injured jalep. the commies were saying lower body. who knows. i think andy will probably win tmrw though; he was playing really well vs tsonga, and i haven’t seen novak;s best yet. we’ll see! their matches are generally close. nice to see the #1 and #2 once again coming through. fed, novak, andy have been the most consistent players for sure.

but agree about bencic. i left half way through second and didnt think she’d make but i could see she was finding her groove after being overpowered in the first.and then i came in the door for the last 5-6 games. couldnt believe serena got 2 breaks back but assumed serena would win then! somehow this young lassie did it! so sweet, her reaction.


jane Says:

oh wait… commentators just said kei was not injured: just “sore and tired”, wow.


FedExpress Says:

Yesterday kei said he was physically fine despite washigton. Wtf kei.

9th loss in a row in coming for murray.


Okiegal Says:

I believe Brad Gilbert mentioned to Andy during the on court interview it was Kei’s foot.


jalep Says:

Colin, I am unaware of what you mention.

Do you have a link?


FedExpress Says:

Wow. An 18 year old what her seniors couldnt do most of the year. Beat serena.


FedExpress Says:

Nole cincy draw looks tough on paper but wawa and nishi injured. Berdych mental case. Another masters final i reckon


jalep Says:

Thanks, jane. As I said either way it’s a disappointment for a Kei fan.

Have not read the match report yet and have Kei’s match v Rafa on DVR but needed some sleep, I guess.


Okiegal Says:

Fine Pop Tart!! Fine Gulbis too. He dropped a few expletives in his last match…..Fine everyone who swears out loud. Off with their heads! I’m serious. Are y’all surprised? Probably not! Lol.


jane Says:

okie, commentators thought he was injured, but apparently he has since confirmed that he is not injured, just sore, tired, but good to go for cincy.

and sorry, but pretty much all the players swear sometimes. it’s not that big of a deal unless they do it loudly and regularly imo. occasional outbursts are okay if no one is hurt or if it doesn’t involve others, a la nick’s comments.


jane Says:

jalep, just get some rest! could be two good finals tomorrow. :) not to mention cincy coming up.

now they are criticizing 4-k because apparently he had a heated exchange with harrison in the cincy qualifying. sheesh, these aussie players are getting a bad rap with the press; they can’t seem to do anything right. and yet they’re some of the most talented players. hope it all gets sorted out.


jalep Says:

Yeah, Andy never swears.


FedExpress Says:

Hahahahaha. That firework at the end of the willams bencic was just racism. Serenas face was like wtf. Bencic nearly choked it after having double break but that game at 5-5 0-40 was clutch as it gets. Seems she has some mental strength that all time greats have.


jalep Says:

I will, jane…

Usually, I sleep all day on the day after three 7-7′s but today have tried to stay awake.

Early rounds are really my favorite time of masters and GS’s. And TC has early round coverage of Cincy.

Can’t believe Steve Johnson, after his performance in WaDC, was also scuttled to qualies. Interesting draw.


Markus Says:

Fireworks = Racism ??????


Okiegal Says:

@Jane…..There’s lots of swearing that goes on and sometimes it can be loud. Serena, Vika, and Maria come to mind. I just think a tennis venue is no place for it. There are children in attendance. I’m old school for starters. Our society has become numb to these obscenities as a whole. A movie might
have 50 or more f-bombs now days. I was at a ballgame and 5th and 6th graders were cussing like crazy. I’m sure their parents do so what can you expect. I think they need to do something that would give the old pocket book a hit and maybe they would clean up their language. It’s not OK. When my grand kids are at my home, tv is turned off. It’s horrible too. Well, I’m old and crotchety and get offended easily……I’ll bow out on that subject, just now stepped off of my soap box! Lol I guess we can agree to disagree…….

Back to Kei….I can’t believe he would play half heartedly if there wasn’t something more seriously wrong than being tired. If that’s the case, he better find another career. There’s got to be more too it. I realize it took a lot out of him last night against Rafa, but geez, this doesn’t sound good for his future.


Charlie Says:

I think tonight Harrison was more than out of line. There was no need to bring up the Kyrgios stuff. If he had a problem with Kokk he should’ve kept it at that. Kokk deserves some blame, but it seems Ryan was picking that fight.


Okiegal Says:

@Markus….Glad you questioned that comment. I’ve never in my life hard anything so ridiculous. Surely it was in jest???


jane Says:

markus, i think he’s saying that because no one really knows why they set off fireworks after the bencic win.

okie, that kind of language is not great for sure, but i don’t think you can block it from kids now. it’s everywhere, as you say.

i too thought kei must be injured. now apparently he told japanese reporters he felt a pain,but the commentators quoted what he said to english reports which was “sore and tired”. i find it surprising too because isner played atlanta, washington and canada going deep in all and he was running and fighting to the end of the third set vs chardy – theirs was the longest match at canada so far. yeah, kei is a bit fragile for sure. he needs to sort that out. i wouldnt wish injury on anyone, but being sore and tired, well, i think they’re all that to a degree by the end of a good run.


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep…..I remember the first time I heard Andy drop the bomb I was shocked he got by with it. Yeah, obscene language is old hat……nobody seems to be bothered by it anymore except me…….Fine Andy too……don’t leave a stone unturned!!!!!! Lol


Okiegal Says:

@Jane…..Agree with your last paragraph. But I firmly believe he had a physical issue other than being sore and tired……Jim.


jane Says:

“I think I’m more tired,” admitted Nishikori. “Everything was sore these couple of days. Today it got a little bit worst so I couldn’t really move 100 per cent.

“Especially after the first set, I was feeling it more and more. At the beginning of the first set I was okay, but after that I wasn’t the same player.”

these are his words from the ATP site; he also said he’s good to go for cincy. so by all accounts he’s not injured, okie / jim.


Margot Says:

Wow! Just woke up and checked the score! Expected Andy to win but with that score in the 2nd!
Apparently Kei was tired?
They’ve got a “not shot” on ATP web site for those interested, when Andy breaks him in the 2nd game, Superb anticipation and movement from Andy.


Okiegal Says:

@Jane……He ought to know. I’m just surprised he’s so sore. Don’t they get massages and ice baths and all that stuff to keep from getting sore? If he in fact has minor a niggle, it will come out in Cincy.
Thanx, Jane for the info.


Margot Says:

And just read the comments about swearing! In most American films the “f” word is used just like any other adjective. It’s out there folks!


mat4 Says:

Kei is delusional here. He should know that Murray, Djokovic, are analysing hawk-eye data (give you a link later; Andy even request hawk-eye data from the training sessions), and since the USO last year, they all changed their patterns against him (I know it for Wawrinka too). They started denying him angles on the BH, e.g.

He has homework to do. He was perhaps tired, but the fact is that they are much better prepared to play against him. He’s not the newcomer any more.


mat4 Says:

When I wrote, the other day, that Djokovic and Murray were the two most influential players of today, I thought about that too: how they prepare against serving patterns, against the second serve, how it was mostly them that discovered optimal ways of playing against most players of the younger generation, etc.

Not to mention that their way of playing is the foundation of what’s done with juniors in Europe today.


jalep Says:

Kei has a fine career going in tennis, Okiegal. He doesn’t have to quit. He probably won’t win a GS or a masters 1000, is what I’m guessing, as I’ve said. The closest he has come is Madrid 2014 and US Open 2014. He’s not built like Andy, Nole, Rafa and his playing style is clearly hard on him, regrettably.

Just watched most of the Rafa v Kei match and my ESPN2 recording had the very end of Andy v Kei.

I’m hoping Kei pulls out of Cincinnati. He has to pace himself.

In my prime, I used to run a lot: trail running was my favorite but had to learn that an 8K race was really the best I could get out of my body without risking injury. I’d run the Hood to Coast race every year. The race is run as a team, it’s exhausting but fun and doable because it’s a relay race and you have time to recover between each leg assigned. Then I tried several times training for the Portland marathon, which for me was a dumb thing to do because it comes a month after Hood to Coast. In training right around 18 miles, my will was strong to keep going regardless of the pain but my legs would not move. Finally the tendons in the arch of my right foot snapped (felt like being snapped hard with a rubber band), while running up a steep hill on a simple training run. It was like driving along in your car and having a tire blow – couldn’t even walk on it. I was side-lined from sports other than swimming and cycling for over a year + over $6,000 in rehab.

Point is watching Kei, Okiegal, I feel for him when his body says no more – have been there and it to be much more difficult for a professional athlete when they have to accept physical limits.


mat4 Says:

http://gamesetmap.com/

There are a lot of stunning data.


jalep Says:

…and it has to be much more difficult…

*sigh* wishing for an edit button.


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,

Agree, both, Andy and Nole are extreme professionals analyzing every aspect of game, their opponents and improving all the time, Tafa falls is due of him not being able to adjust, change his game, as jane noticed before, it wasn’t Nishikori who played lights out, it was Rafa who played poorly, or to be more precise, played outdated tennis.


jalep Says:

Fascinating stuff, mat4.

great link.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “Tafa fall” shoul be “Rafa fall”, sorry:(


Colin Says:

Jalep, I can’t find any online reference to Pospisil swearing at the umpire, but there are lots of reports of his complaints after the match (it was about time violation), which was the 2015 Wimbledon Quarter Final.

I know I heard him say what I quoted, and I don’t think I’ve reached the stage of hearing voices (except for the deep booming one saying “Hold thyself in readiness, Colin, for some time soon thou shalt rule the world.” That’s just routine).


jalep Says:

A sense of humor about the deep booming voice is good. Clearly you hear it yes, but recognize it’s not your time rule yet.

Your time will come.

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