Federer, Murray, Djokovic, Serena Line Up Saturday Cincy Semis
by Staff | August 21st, 2015, 10:25 pm
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic tamed fellow Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, who has been struggling with a back issue all week, 6-4, 6-1 to move into the semifinals at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati where he will meet qualifier Alexandr “The Dog” Dolgopolov.


“It was the best performance I had so far this week,” said Djokovic, who is attempting to win the “Masters Slam” by claiming Cincinnati, which would give him every Masters-level tournament title in his trophy room. “It came at the right time against one of my biggest rivals and the guy I lost to last time we played in the finals of the French Open…He obviously didn’t play at his best level, but I felt like I was pretty solid from the back of the court and doing what I needed to do.”

Djokovic is 0-4 in career Cincinnati finals, finishing runner-up in 2008 (l. to Andy Murray), 2009 (l. to Roger Federer), 2011 (l. to Murray) and 2012 (l. to Federer).

Dolgopolov for his part let it fly in a 6-4, 6-2 upset over No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych. The Ukrainian is 0-4 career against Djokovic but stretched the Serbian to three sets in their last meeting at Miami this year.

The other semifinal will be a mouthwatering meeting between Federer and Murray.

Murray on Friday came from a set down to beat Richard Gasquet 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, increasing his win total to 56 in 2015, the most on tour.

In the third set Gasquet cracked at 4-4, double faulting on game point to hand Murray the advantage.

“[I'm] obviously tired,” said Murray, who earlier in the week beat Grigor Dimitrov in three hours, after the two-hour-plus match against Gasquet. “Played a lot of matches, a lot of late nights where my recovery hasn’t been perfect either. So I’m just happy I managed to fight through a lot of tough matches, difficult situations, and hopefully that will keep me in good stead.”

Federer in the final men’s match of the day topped Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4.

“I’m extremely happy with the way I’m playing, it’s nice to play Andy,” Federer said. “It’s going to tough but fun…I’m feeling really good at net, the best I’ve felt in my career.”

On the women’s side world No. 1 Serena Williams moved into the semifinals, not without a great deal of difficulty, on Friday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, stretched to three sets by former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

The No. 6-seeded Ivanovic led 2-0 in the third but could not muster another game, double faulting on match point.

“I did a ‘Serena,’” Williams said of her comeback. “Out of the previous nine times we’ve played I think we’ve gone three sets at least six times, so I know she plays really well. She knows what to do. She’s been No. 1, she’s won a Grand Slam. I knew it was going to be a big test for me today.”

Williams, who has now won 42 straight matches on U.S. hardcourts, beat Ivanovic in three sets in last year’s Cincinnati final.

“I got a little bit unlucky when I was serving at 4-3 [in the second set],” Ivanovic said. “Then after that I really felt like she started to get more confidence. In the third set I started well, but I physically just couldn’t keep up that level.”

In the semifinals Williams will face the No. 14 seed Elina Svitolina, who outlasted No. 7 seed Lucie Safarova 6-4, 2-6, 6-0.

Svitolina is 0-2 against Williams, but their last meeting went three sets.

“I hope I can still be playing the match when they finish announcing her titles and achievements,” Svitolina said. “But I’ll just try to go out there and try my best…You never know. It’s a new day. New things are going to happen. It’s going to be a good match.”

The other semifinal will see Jelena Jankovic, who has the most wins of any active player in Cincinnati, against No. 3 seed Simona Halep who won the late-night match on Friday.

Jankovic defeated qualifier Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-4, 6-2.

“She came through the qualies and she beat so many great players along the way,” Jankovic, the 2009 champ, said of AKS. “I’m like 10 years older than her but I was running so many balls down — it was a really tough match, and I’m really happy to win here tonight…I had so many injuries in the beginning of the season, so I’m glad I can compete at my best now.”

Halep defeated unseeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-6(3), 6-2.

Halep has won the last five meetings with Jankovic.

SATURDAY CINCINNATI SCHEDULE
CENTER start 1:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
ATP – [3] A. Murray (GBR) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [14] E. Svitolina (UKR)
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs J. Jankovic (SRB)


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308 Comments for Federer, Murray, Djokovic, Serena Line Up Saturday Cincy Semis

skeezer Says:

Federer cruised, look like he was going to win this one from the onset. He is 12-0 against F-Lo, the recent Rafa beater.
Murray, like Nole, is cagey on court. Hope Fed brings the A game again tomorrow, but Andy has to be looking to play better than there last meeting.


Lodhi Says:

Fantastic analysis skeezer. Mind-blowing.


jane Says:

“I’m feeling really good at net, the best I’ve felt in my career.”

fed’s own words. he sure feels confident about his tennis just now.


dapris Says:

Murray should be happy to play federer in the semi’s.its not good to carry that Wimbledon trashing and tennis education from federer into flushing meadows. He has a chance to rearrange things or else a potential meeting with federer at the us open might bring bad memories.that said I hope Nole trumps dolgo and who ever survives the Murray vs federer dogfight.Idemo Nole


Michael Says:

With the imperious way Roger is playing in this tournament, he holds a big edge against Andy. I will be very surprised if he loses considering that Andy is looking a little fatigued after his win at Montreal and is yearning for some rest ahead of the US Open. On the other hand, you have a fresh Roger who is raring to go and firing all cylinders with the fast court conditions favouring his game and his serve and volleying skills are always helpful in this court environment.

As regards the other match, Novak should probably reach his another Master series final and if not the earth will shake !!


Margot Says:

Sadly I agree with you Michael. Andy is looking far from “fresh” and Fed is looking like the proverbial daisy.


Okiegal Says:

I think we’re in for a good match! Maybe Andy can bring his A game and give Roger a run for his money. I think Andy started out today rather lethargic, but he finally got it together, thank goodness. Roger is playing great tennis…..but…..C’MON MUZZA you can’t let this 34 yr old beat you!! Lol


Okiegal Says:

I could tell by Fed’s interview, he thinks he’s better than ever!!


Jock-KatH Says:

Andy v Fed.
I very much doubt it will be a good match.
Think Andy may need a Zimmer to even get on to the Court – and a wheelchair to get off.

Fed. is licking his lips – He has issued his intentions already i.e. his – I’m better than I’ve ever been rhetoric…

At least Sienna will be able to refresh her posting comments.


jane Says:

fed has not played any day matches; i wonder if the conditions are noticeably different in the day? if so, it might be a bit of an adjustment.


jane Says:

last time novak and dolgo played, dolgo probably should’ve won. i think that was at miami, on a slower court. could be a tricky match tomorrow.


Okiegal Says:

@KatH……Believing in yourself is half the battle. One of our local school boys basketball team had t-shirts printed up that said BELIEVE and ACHIEVE…..they won state that year…..I’m gonna send Rafa one with that same caption….might do him some good! He is on shaky ground atm. Shake it off, Rafa!!


Okiegal Says:

I believe if it was a 110° on the court, I seriously doubt Roger would sweat a thimble full….lol


Colin Says:

At the end of the previous thread Daniel said he could not see “this Andy” beating Roger. That is perfectly reasonable and I agree, BUT…

Can anyone say with absolute certainty that it will be “this Roger”?

There has been a lot of talk lately about confidence. OK, let’s look at this year’s Wimbledon. After his demolition job on Andy in the semi, Roger must have gone to the final bursting with confidence, particularly as Nole’s game is similar to Andy’s, and in addition Nole is not quite back to HIS best. What happened?

In a one-on-one sport, nothing is over until it’s over.


sienna Says:

Murphy will be overwhelmed by fed.
Federer plays supersonic. He absolutely is best player atm.

The only problem is he needs to produce it everymatch without long periods of being off. If he is less then what we saw this far Djokovic can take him. I really dont think Murphy can beat him.
but if they want to beat him then they better play aggressive faultless tennis. If Federer can dictate then he will have Murphy for dinner.
lets see if Murphy can be the aggressor because his pushing game is not taking federer down.


Jock-KatH Says:

Re. Dolgo v Nole — I like Dolgo’s tennis – but I doubt he’ll beat Nole. (Just read Dolgo has Gilbert Syndrome).

Looking on the bright side (Okiegal, Colin + Jane’s comment about impact of daytime conditions) – all good stuff – but I doubt Andy will be fit enuf to be competitive.


van orten Says:

Fed has all right to feel he is better than ever. The loss at Wimby was rather due to dayform than anything else. It is not that hard to accept that he still can beat anybody any given day. The same goes with the other top tier players . Nole may have the best results and is clear number one but rule out any upset on your own peril. I feel we are in for a fed nole Andy showdown in ny too


calmdownplease Says:

`Andy is looking far from “fresh” and Fed is looking like the proverbial daisy..`

Why is he SO tired however?
Mental exhaustion for getting over the Novak streak?
Surely not that.
And no, he hasn’t been playing for 3 solid weeks
He got turfed out of Washington in Rd 1!
Sigh, it looks like it’s (very) old Fed’s to lose
And includes the tournament
Novak flattered to deceive against Wawa given his back issues, but he just doesn’t like the fast courts the way Fed does.
Andy likes them but….
Who’s the 34 year old with 1300 matches under his belt again?
C’mon Andy pull yourself together.


calmdownplease Says:

`The loss at Wimby was rather due to dayform than anything else…`

Dayform?
I think we were watching a different match.
Fed was outplayed for most of that match and after the usual set and a half of resistance,
faded away.


sienna Says:

yeah true day form and finalsday court is a slow court not like NA hardcourts or week 1 wimbly courts.
while this fed is better then 2010 after AO ,11 ,13, 14 ,and most part of 2012 Federer. Im confident about his matchup against Novak on the fast HC.


TL Says:

I also don’t see why Fed is being seen as the favorite to win this match. Just based on their last four matches? I think only their wimby match is slightly relevant although the surface and format were different. Based on that, it would take another astonishing performance for Fed to take Murray down. He would probably have won wimby had Fed not played spoilsport. Murray is probably more confident now than he has ever been recently. He is a huge step up in class compared to the likes of RBA, Anderson and Lopez who were hardly ideal preparation for Fed for the sf. It’d be Fed’s first match under the hot sun and the transition isn’t always easy whereas Murray has had proper acclimatization. The only worry for me is if he is absolutely 100% physically and mentally. I do hope Murray knows what he is doing since the big prize is the US open. A masters title is not worth it if it, in any way, jeopardizes his chances for the open. He has played a lot this year and looked somewhat knackered at the end of the Gasquet match. Maybe, it was heat exhaustion and, in any case, Murray’s body language is misleading in such matters.

Murray has beaten Fed rather comfortably in the past quite a few times in quicker conditions and both players are capable of humiliating each other on a given day. Cincy is not as quick or low-bouncing as it used to be – apparently conditions were slowed after the 2012 event – but it still is the kind of surface both enjoy playing on. I am looking forward to a great match. OTOH, I hope they don’t tire each other out since I don’t want the winner to go down tamely in the final.


FlyingDoctor Says:

This tournament looks like a small version of wimbledon. Fed looks so good, novak was nearly out of tournament against goffin.i think the winner will be the same


TL Says:

“I’m feeling really good at net, the best I’ve felt in my career.”

That one is a lot more believable because Fed is going to the net more frequently than ever before. He used to do s&v a lot in his early years on the tour but his volleys were not as good. He has always tried to finish the point at the net at the first available opportunity. However, it was not his primary MO during his peak years and even subsequently. Annacone and Edberg and other compulsions have forced him to go to the net more often. Obviously, the more he does it, the better he gets at it and the better he feels about it. I wonder if he is as quick moving to the net or getting into the right position for hitting the volley. His approach shots can be pretty dodgy but that again is partly due to the slower and bouncier conditions.

What I find puzzling is why Murray does not go to the net more often. His hands and touch are probably as good as Fed’s and his variety was what made me take notice of his game when I first saw him. Some of the decisions Murray has taken over the years have left me perplexed. Admittedly, I am a bit conflicted on the issue because it was under Lendl that he abandoned the cat and mouse and had his most significant successes. I would have loved it if he had won those big titles playing a more varied game, though. The fan in me wants to see him use more of the weapons he has in his big arsenal. Djoko, despite not having that touch, has shown a remarkable ability to improve his net play and use it very successfully. Murray has to avoid getting into long rallies as much as he can if he wants not to run out of gas like he did at the AO final. Djoko looks like a good role model for him.


Jock-KatH Says:

CDP

Andy says ….he is bone tired…he says he hopes it will better prepare him to be sufficiently strong for the forthcoming USO,tougher tournament.
He’s usually pretty honest with his remarks, so perhaps we should believe him.

Why is he so tired? – he and Nole both went deep in Montreal and met in the final. (and Nole has also had to work harder for his matches here in Cinc., though it eased up for him yesterday).

Fed. came into Cinc. obviously fresher. He has also benefitted from better scheduling than Andy (whose first match was on the Wednesday and which was blighted by rain delays). Nobody’s fault – the luck of the draw.

This is simply an attempt to answer your question (CDP) – it is not meant as an excuse for the eventual victory by Fed. It’s Andy’s fault, not Fed’s, that he’s feeling “bone tired” i.e. he’s not as prepared as he thought he would be.


nits Says:

I think nadal should take some lesson from dogoplov


madmax Says:

These two always play each other close.

It should be a great match.


calmdownplease Says:

Good Posts TL and JK

Why doesn’t he come more often to the net?
Andy is a baseline grinder at heart, despite his prodigious all-court abilities.
He usually implements the net game as a tactic rather than within his general play
One striking example was the AO QF Nadal match in 2010.
But they are all doing it now and that’s possibly the `Edberg/Federer` effect as a new direction of the tours development (or could be a part, maybe?). But he REALLY needs to get down there and shorten those points!
Particularly now.


elina Says:

Have you seen Andy’s second serve?

Have you seen Roger take Anderson and Feli’s serves a metre from the service line?

Besides Fed is playing the best tennis in his career and Muzza is spent after three straight weeks on the road and a draining week in Montreal.

This match is NID.

Next week’s No. 2 US Open seed in two sets with a bakery product.


calmdownplease Says:

No it won’t be a whitewash I don’t think, Im predicting one good set then a collapse but I personally don’t care.
Of course some of the fed fans shall be ecstatic as only he can have excuses when he loses.
lol


calmdownplease Says:

Oh I realize you may have meant that Elina…


elina Says:

Yes CDP, that is what I meant, I agree. The first set may or may not be close, but the second won’t IMO.


calmdownplease Says:

Cincy is but a battle
The real WAR comes in New York City


Jock-KatH Says:

Evidently Andy has spent 233 minutes more on Court at Cinc. than Roger – I imagine that doesn’t help the legs!

Nonetheless – An appreciation of “What goes around comes around” should not be forgotten.


skeezer Says:

Don’t know why you would publicly say you are tired before a match, other than it being gamesmenship. If your too tired, don’t play.
@cdp
“But a battlle..,.” ..its a masters….and points are at stake. USO is bigger for sure…but we’re here…now….if these guys didn’t think this tourney was important, they wouldn’t be playing it.


sienna Says:

wow murphy gang is already covering for loss.
Murphy is in prime so he should be ok against Federer. legs are balanced out. in alle fact the more hours on court should help Murph.


elina Says:

“I’m feeling really good at net, the best I’ve felt in my career.”

Because he is!

Does tennis have a problem mat4?

I hardly think so.


calmdownplease Says:

Well skeezer, we had fedlings like Sienna claiming that without Fed Montreal was like a 500 lol
But it seems Cincy is his to win really, almost by default.
Andy said he was tired probably because he IS.
hehe I don’t think he is joking and I do think that maybe the Davis Cup is still hanging over him a bit.
Because he shouldn’t BE tired at this stage.
Washington never happened!
I just hope he wins DC soon so he never has to bother about it again :)


Skeezer Says:

Who is sienna? ;)


Colin Says:

@Skeezer:
How about saying publicly that you are lacking in confidence? That’s not gamesmanship? Evidently not, if a certain muscular Spaniard says it!

Furtermore, how can anyone even mention gamesmanship when Nole is in the tournament? He almost invented it.


Daniel Says:

Colin,

Yeah any day can change. And if anything Andy is not losing and finding ways to win so even if he loses first set he will trust his game as he didn’t lose in 8 matches so he has this in the back of his mind plis his return is great and he will need it as Fed is serving great and holding some fast games.


jalep Says:

sienna says:
“…this fed is better then 2010 after AO ,11 ,13, 14 ,and most part of 2012 Federer.”

Very much agree with this, sienna.

Watched Fed’s matches…can’t believe what I’m seeing, it’s too funny.

The look on Anderson’s face, but especially the faces Feliciano was pulling…they can’t believe it either.

The net rush return is a bit like serving underhand for the surprise effect but Andy will have had time to be prepared.

It’s a lot of bluster from Federer, this betterer than everer thing – I’m buying the better at the net part. yes. He’s going there. makes me lol :D

Anyway, Nole could have his hands full with Dolgo but I don’t think so: 1) how many times have I seen the Dog do that twice in a row 2) Nole will have had time to watch Berdych get blitzed and knows the Dog can be dangerous.

Cannot get enough of that Dog v Berdych match — it’s saved. Love it.


TL Says:

“Besides Fed is playing the best tennis in his career……”

Since this statement has been repeated again and again and supposedly “backed” by stats, I’d like to take the liberty to repeat myself too since stats, shorn of contex, don’t help much. I posted this on the other thread and didn’t get any response or stats to counter some of my points especially regarding Fed’d ROS and the related aspects like percentage of return games won etc. In a game of tiny margins, even a slight drop in this area can be hugely detrimental.

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2015-08-17/20377.php#comment-636043

Another poster mentioned Fed’s statement about the different generations he has played against. I did not see any ” As always, Fed is right” kind of endorsement. Fed’s assessment of some of his shots, even if correct, need not imply that every aspect of his game is working in complete harmony. That assessment itself could be incorrect and a third eye may not agree with it. It was this belief in his own ability that led to his coachless years and the reason he could not make the required improvements as the game passed him by. The racket change has come way too late and he is now playing a game which is different to how he played in 2005 but is nowhere as effective.

Among many other things, I believe Fed’s inability to put his opponents’ serve under as much pressure as he used to be able to do in his peak years is one of the biggest reasons for his decline. This, in turn, puts his own serve under pressure especially against the best returners and allows his opponents to relax and play more freely. Fed’s second serve is not as good now and is quite vulnerable. Ultimately, it is the amount of pressure you can exert on your opponents’ serve and, consequently, their overall play that can be decisive. The very best of them can only withstand so much pressure and everyone can get nervous. Confidence and nerves are huge factors. A court like Cincy may allow Fed to have the “best ever” feeling at the net but at most other places he won’t have that feeling. Besides, the “ever” part is quite subjective and always debatable just like the greatest ever, GOAT etc.


Okiegal Says:

Honesty has always been the policy. What is wrong with that? Andy is a big guy and I’m sure he’s feeling it. The US hard court swing is tough….the sweltering heat is a real delpleater of energy. If your matches go three tough sets, back to back matches, of course you’re gonna be tired…..unless you’re Mister perfect athletic genes Federer! Does he ever sweat….and 34 years of age to boot?? All I can say is WOW just wow!!! Hope we get a good competitve match!!


Okiegal Says:

@Colin 11:41…..Exactly!!


Wog Boy Says:

If Roger is playing his best tennis ever then Nole’s tennis is the best tennis ever. I would like some Roger fans to make up their mind, you can’t have both, no?


TL Says:

Colin – You are being a tad unfair to Djoko. Rafa is the undisputed emperor of gamesmanship. He has got a D.Litt. as compared to Djoko’s Bachelor’s degree at best. Rafa has done it in such a fashion that has not only become second nature to him, it has become the norm with very few getting outraged by his antics. In fact, it is Rafa who gets outraged and starts throwing tantrums if he is so much as warned about it. He must have his way no matter what. His sheer arrogance in such matters is quite unbelievable. His highly unethical shenanigans have become acceptable in the absence of any action from the authorities. Most players indulge in gamesmanship with varying degree of frequency but Rafa takes the cake, baker and bakery.


Okiegal Says:

The Dawg drew first blood…..


Daniel Says:

Djoko made asilly mistake with a volley at 30-30 and now got broken. He would have to work to get back in this set.

Dolgo enter this tourney in Kei place and is making the most out of it.


Jock-KatH Says:

Simple logic – as you said Wog Boy.


Giles Says:

So, joker strikes lucky again, he plays a qualifier in his semi !😡😨😣😞😔😙


Jock-KatH Says:

Skeezer @ 11.39

Could that be only half of the question – is there a twin?


Okiegal Says:

@Jock……or an Alter Ego?? Lol


FedExpress Says:

dolgo leads again with a break but is choking like hell


TL Says:

Wog Boy – I don’t think any Fed fan on this site has said or hinted that Fed is playing his best tennis ever. The people who have been saying that are not Fed fans as far as I know. I guess they all have their reasons to propagate this theory. Similarly, most Fed fans find it outrageous and some would even say he has been playing his worst tennis or whatever suits their motives and narratives. The truth, I guess, is somewhere in the middle. After getting used to the new racket, Fed has been able to play some fantastic tennis when the conditions are to his liking. I guess it’d be fair to say that he has been surprisingly good of late given his age and the stage of career he is in. However, his game or body just do not have what it takes to win the biggest prizes in the sport. Even a Fed can slow down father time only so much.

BTW, I do believe and as Fed said after the Wimby final, Djoko has been playing great tennis and for several years. He could have rested on his laurels but, despite already being an all-time great, he has continued to pursue excellence. I find his hard work and determination to constantly improve every aspect of his game quite remarkable.


FedExpress Says:

dolgo leads again with a break but is choking like hell

but confirms it this time

5-3


jatin Says:

Just love this part of the season as roger always play great. He is looking sharp and his new found return game while rushing to the net is very exciting to watch.
Hope to see a good match. Would love to see fed winning cincinatti by defeating both murray and novak in a row.
Lets see how it goes… Excited for the match.


FedExpress Says:

playing garbage all tournament but will play lights out in the final this nole like wimbledon


FedExpress Says:

what a drop shot. 2 SPs.

needs to up his 1st serve %


FedExpress Says:

first set for the dog


Okiegal Says:

The Dawg Droppa…..perfecto!!


FedExpress Says:

dolgo underachieved massively in his career


FedExpress Says:

dolgo missed a trick here


FedExpress Says:

break for nole NID


Daniel Says:

Nice hold by Djoko after having BP and losing first set. He needs an early break or a bad game from Dolgo to relax more and find his game. Some of his shots are weird, easy volleys and improve his serve as well.

Dolls can at any time have another game with Double Faults, so Djoko has to do his part and hold, taking advantage that he is serving first this set.


FedExpress Says:

daniel, in other words nole has to start to push


Jock-KatH Says:

Got You Okiegal – Ever heard the phrase “Who killed Cock Robin”?


FedExpress Says:

i miss delpo


FedExpress Says:

it seems novak can only win through choking.


FedExpress Says:

novak calls the trainer


FedExpress Says:

game set and match for the injury faker?


Okiegal Says:

@Jock……Yes I have…..”It was I, said the fly”……..lol


Giles Says:

Fakerovic at it again!


Wog Boy Says:

This is Dolgopolov’s match to lose.


Jock-KatH Says:

Okiegal – Keep your magnifying glass at the handy……..!!!


Humble Rafa Says:

You are losing..you call the trainer..and slowly things turn around for you.

oh, the good old days.


courbon Says:

‘I hate Novak Club’ is in the full swing:
Giles-Nadal would also got qualifier in semis…if he could get to semis these days.
Fed Express-…is Fed Express
Its only missing Sienna…ah, happy days on TX;


Daniel Says:

Triple break point with a taste of set point for Djoko


FedExpress Says:

Retire dolgo just retire


Daniel Says:

And he breaks to love. Serving for second set now.


jalep Says:

courbon – started win Colin actually, which isn’t too surprising lately; then the usual haterz chime in.

Nole isn’t faking. He felt something pull in his abdomen when he reached/stretched upwards to hit an ace. He’s played a lot lately – only less than Andy by Wa.DC. Plus doubles in Montreal with Tipsarevic.

This Cincy title would be awesome for him to get but not at the expense strained abs before US Open.


jalep Says:

Oh yeah and Davis Cup. Oops.


Okiegal Says:

@Jock…..okey dokey!!

@Courbon, maybe Sienna is the fly on the wall??? Lol


Rishi Says:

Remarkable….break back to love!!!!


FedExpress Says:

Nole will break. He wants to serve first in the 3rd set.


Daniel Says:

And Dolgo breaks back.
Djoko better break to start serving third id he wants to force a third.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Novak has played alot of tennis lately,and quite a few 3 setters along the way,hardly surprising he gets injured,these players are human,they suffer like the rest of us….


Daniel Says:

Why Djoko didn’t went to the net?!


Daniel Says:

Everytine Djoko is hittibg a good angles shot Dolgo hits one better.


Wog Boy Says:

“courbon – started win Colin actually, which isn’t too surprising lately….

You are correct jalep.
Nole is just to passive, Dolgo deserves to win this match so far. He plays high risk tennis and it is paying off so far.


jalep Says:

Thanks, Gypsy.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “too”


jalep Says:

Agree Wog Boy. But it’s a little bit disappointing.

Bad timing for Cincy, I guess. Rather see Dolgo go to the final than Nole risk it.


Daniel Says:

Didn’t they play a close match this year?!
Dolgo with a minibreak


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a shot from Dolgo, 2-0


jalep Says:

Indian Wells, Daniel


jatin Says:

dolgo is playing lights out…


Daniel Says:

Djoko lost tha match in this bizarre mistake. Point won and he netted.


Wog Boy Says:

jalep,
That is my problem with Nole, I’ll rather see him playing aggressive tennis and losing ..
What a point by Dolgo.. For 2:0 in TB and Nole missing what #1 cannot and must not miss.


Daniel Says:

3-2 Dolog. Next points are crucial for him. If he open 5-2…


Daniel Says:

Dolgo miss a FH, 3-3. Not over yet. Dolgo will get tense eventually.


Wog Boy Says:

jale,
Wasn’t tha Miami when Nole got out of jail?


Daniel Says:

Second serve FH retunr long. djoko wanting to lose this


jalep Says:

I might be wrong, WB. One of those two.


Daniel Says:

Dolgo painted a line and took control of the point in a defense shot. 5-4 and two serves to close.


jatin Says:

super rally that was…
dolgo 2 points away


Daniel Says:

This awful mistake can cost him


Daniel Says:

Wow, whatva rally. Eventually Folgo missed, now Djoko serving 6-5. Just one good serve down the T.


jatin Says:

such an amazing defence by novak
Set point


jatin Says:

Champion is not going to go down that easily.
But what a tiebreaker.


FedExpress Says:

the choke was never in doubt

RIP Tennis


Margot Says:

Wow! Terrific match. Sensational from Dolgopolov but somehow, from the brink, Nole takes the 2nd!


Wog Boy Says:

I have to admit, I didn’t Nole winning second set, but he did, now I have to keep drinking “Rubinov vinjak”…my wife is not happy:)


FedExpress Says:

just disgusting.


Daniel Says:

And he takest the set with a angles top spin FH close to the lines.

Have to take more risks to win. Dolgo will feel the missed chances.
Glad we have a third set b


Giles Says:

It’s all in the eyes, joker looks like Satan!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Novak will probably feed Dolgo a bagel now,these lesser players dont have it between the ears….


jalep Says:

Miami was the one. Bagel for the Dog in decider, WB ;)

If it was a intestinal cramp or indigestion, fine. But anything with the abdominal muscles, no.


Margot Says:

And, ahem Courbon…Nole moaning, grumbling and shouting at his box….could almost be Andy out there…;)


FedExpress Says:

choking is okay but why so many times against nole

BP nole

just disgusting garbage


Jeez Says:

Now who wants

BREADSTICK

Or

BAGEL!! ??


Gypsy Gal Says:

LOL True to form Fedexpress is blowing a gasket….


Wog Boy Says:

Nole doesn’t have solution for Dolgo’s kick serve.


Daniel Says:

Dolgo holding saving BP. Important hold for him. Losing this first game would be awful.
Now let’s see how Djoko performs.


Jeez Says:

Now would there be

BREADSTICK

Or

BAGEL!! ??

ok no BAGEL atleast for Dolgopolov


Giles Says:

Is he ever going to stop his fraudulent ways? I don’t think so. Once a faker always a faker.


FedExpress Says:

imagine a murray and nole final

both death


Daniel Says:

Nole served for the second set first so in my view he was more deserving.


jalep Says:

It’s part of Andy’s charm, Margot.


FedExpress Says:

where is the life threathening injury, nole? disappeared all of a sudden?


Jeez Says:

BREADSTICK then!!!


Daniel Says:

Djoko snartly denied angles for Djoko this whole game and Dolgo made errors from the mid court. Djoko kept balls deed but no angles as Dolgo were ripping shots


Margot Says:

Cheer up Fedexpress, pretty sure Fed will be in that final.
Andy is gassed.
And looks as if Sasha is too, suddenly.


Jeez Says:

WILL THE MTO STRATEGY WORK FOR DOLGOPOLOV ???

Hmmmm….


Wog Boy Says:

Daniel, I really love your posts they are joy to read, not just because you are knowledgeable tennis poster..


jalep Says:

That’s a talented foot, careful with it.


Wog Boy Says:

” I hate Novak Club’ is in the full swing”

Courbon, good thing about “I hate Novak Club” is that they don’t miss to watch one single Nole match;)


Jock-KatH Says:

I really like The Dog – he is brilliant in one or two matches but can’t take it further. Here I don’t want him to take down Djoko – come on Nole get your …..and move.


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/is0lation_/status/635166643065384962
This is what twitter is saying about the faker.


Daniel Says:

0-30 Djoko making two mistakes. Sense a break coming


Daniel Says:

Thanks WB! When I am tense watching a match I need to vent posting😜
Really hope Djoko gest another shot at Cincy title either agaisnt Fed or Murray. Prefer to watch the best of the game playing each other always. More drama and we know that big champions deliver when it counts. Plus USO on the horizon would be nice to have Djoko agaisnt one of fhe others.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Im not in the I Hate Novak Club,i dont even hate people in the real world,the only thing i hate is this flu virus that i have at the moment,coughing,sneezing,headcache,fluid on the lungs etc….


Daniel Says:

Djoko saving BO winning another long point.


Daniel Says:

DF and double break Djoko. Amazong his mental strenght to find a way to win in this tuff positions that’s why he is #1 and on a streak of 9 finals, in a few minutes to be ten.


FedExpress Says:

and shows how mentally weak the others are.


Daniel Says:

30-30, this is last shot for Dolgo. He needs to tet do something to get one of the breaks back.


Daniel Says:

Fed Express,

Everybody fears world number 1. That’s why so few have few wins agaisnt them. How many times did Fed won matches in similar postion when he was #1?! I can’t even count.
If Djoko is having playee fold agaisnt him due to his “name” and presence is because he earned it.


Jeez Says:

NO

BREADSTICK !!!


jalep Says:

ah, Gypsy. sorry about the misery.

Dolgo is hot or cold. Have to enjoy him in rare moments. Definitely has been a lot of tennis for him coming through qualifying. Simply amazing how he played Berdych. That’s all you can expect.


Humble Rafa Says:

When the induct the Egg Lover to the Hall of Fame, they should also induct his medical trainers and his oxygen machine to ensure that future generations understand what it takes to be a second grade goat.


Wog Boy Says:

The first BH winner for Nole comes after more than two hours of play, that shows how average is he today.


jalep Says:

Nole doing just enough is all.


Daniel Says:

Triple match point reduce to win, c’mon Djoko.


FedExpress Says:

plz fed do me one favor. win two matches. with no drama. and no choking.


Humble Rafa Says:

plz fed do me one favor. win two matches. with no drama. and no choking.

Match begins in 15 minutes. Take you pills, call in the ambulance, etc. You know, the usual stuff.


Margot Says:

Well played Nole, bided his time till the fire went out. He has been the Houdini of tennis this week.
But where oh where have his backhand winners gone?
Love the explosive nature of Dolgopolov’s tennis. Think he might be seeded at the USOPen now.


Daniel Says:

Another final. Congrats Djoko, fifth Cincy final.

Hope for a cracker match tomorrow and now Fed x Murray. See if Fed keeps his form and Murray improve his level nor if Murray will lure Fed in a long three set. Hard to see it unless Fed’s serve decrease, usually Fed plays on his terms in fast courts.


Jock-KatH Says:

Well done Nole – the Dog is one of the unbelievable players when he’s on -you stuck it out.

Congrats to your fans – TX has a few, I think Jane is the lead fan…??

PS: hope U face Andy tomorrow but don’t have much conviction – so I’ll be routing for you.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Congrats Novak a Masters sweep is still on the cards,im hoping though given the way Rafas played of late,if he doesnt win the USO im pulling for Murray to make his own history,win Toronto,Cincy,USO like Rafa and Roger have done,lets do it Andy….


jalep Says:

As a Nole fan wanting him to add this title, I’m unconvinced he’ll have it. One thing I’m sure, he’ll fight harder in the final, if it’s possible.

Go Nole!


FedExpress Says:

This just wimbledon all over again. When nole sees fed on the other side of the net he forgets all the pain and plays lights out.

fed the best player in the tournament but good form doesnt gurantue u wins


jane Says:

novak won at all costs today; hope price wasn’t too high! dolgo is such a tricky opponent.

jock-h, “lead fan” lol. i don’t think i should accept but perhaps. ha ha.

margot where o where all the winners? let alone serve? :O

don’t have a lot of hope for final, but glad he’s kept “i hate novak” fan club in doldrums, ha! ;)

now for andy vs. fed….


Giles Says:

Brad Gilbert said he’d like some of the pills that joker took!! LMAO


Gypsy Gal Says:

Big congrats to all Nole fans,quite the year hes having….


Margot Says:

And that nincompoop Murphy in the chair too.


FedExpress Says:

Iw and wimbeldo finals the last two yeaes showed that fed cant keep the momentum

iw 2014: breaks nole when he serves for the match but completly disappears in the breaker
wim 2014: saves mp in the 4th and comes from a break down only to lose in the 5th
iw 2015: breaks back in the 2nd and wins the set in the breaker but disappears in the 3rd
wim 2015: wins epic 2nd set TB and donates breal in the 3rd. Rest history

i dont like this match up anymore


jane Says:

murphy for murphy margot?


jane Says:

giles, i think they were the same ones rafa took at the AO vs berdych. but sadly they didn’t work there. :’ (


Margot Says:

Fed has a poor record in matches which go to 5. Which is an interesting fact I learnt today. Something like 112 in ranking order and 52%
Blame Robbie Koenig if this be wrong, not me.


skeezer Says:

@colin
Don’t disagree.
@TL
Nailed it!

Now excuse, need to take some pills…..


Margot Says:

Jane do hope all cameras are well out of reach and Fergus refrains from giving serving advice.


Jeez Says:

2 BPs wasted in The very 1st Service game from Murray!!


Okiegal Says:

Pink tennis gear hasn’t affected Roger’s game at all. Remember when Rafa lost the FO match against Soderling wearing pink. Fans called for taboo on wearing pink ever again!! Lol

Who is gonna make the finals?? My heart says Andy but my head is saying Roger. Fed is definitely in the “pink”….C’mon Andy hold!! Crowd will be for Roger hands down!


Okiegal Says:

Yessssss, Andy battled this first game out, showed lots of poise and got it!


jatin Says:

fed is returning amazing


Jeez Says:

Already catching his knee!!

MTO I persume???


Jeez Says:

3rd BP !!


jatin Says:

fed breaks.. Loving this new style returning game from fed.


jane Says:

didn’t murray lose the first sets versus dimitrov and gasquet? this could go long again methinks.


Margot Says:

Fed looking very, very sharp. As I feared not looking good for Andy.
An early night for us British fans!


FedExpress Says:

15-30

heartbreaker


FedExpress Says:

btw has nole ever choked against fed?


jatin Says:

fed is on fire


Okiegal Says:

A hole in Andy’s shirt??? Get a new sponsor Andy……totally uncalled for!! :)


jatin Says:

Superb two handed backhand by andy. 3-2


jane Says:

he almost did at wimbledon 2014 when he was serving for the match in the 4th set, but he righted the ship and won in the 5th, much to your chagrin. and my grins.


Giles Says:

@jane. Nah. joker takes SPECIAL pills exclusive to him.


FedExpress Says:

fed getting behind in his last 2 service games


Jock-KatH Says:

Margo – behind the sofa is mine tonight – call me when it’s safe to come out…..got plenty of toilet roll with me for my tears……
Get it rolling ANDY!!!


FedExpress Says:

yeah jane

fed choked some

us open 10,12
WTF 12


Giles Says:

Funny, there was so much hate for joker on twitter.


Margot Says:

Fed’s definitely not serving as well as he did at Wimbledon but unfortunately Andy’s ROS has gone AWOl.


Margot Says:

@Kat
Budge over girl, coming to join you :)


Jeez Says:

Barely 50% 1st serves from Fed so far!!


FedExpress Says:

@us open 11 not 12


Gypsy Gal Says:

I know its a dysfunctional tennis blog,but for goodness sake,cant we all just enjoy the tennis and get along?….


Margot Says:

@KAT
And I hope you have alcohol behind there too!
Oh bless. Andy’s just said he’s, “so flat.” :(


FedExpress Says:

goat movement there and goat backhand, goat forehand

first set fed


jatin Says:

Fed takes the first set quite comfortable. He serves so well against andy.
Lets see how andy responds now.
Comon roger


jane Says:

“i hate novak” fan club still going on about novak during murray vs fed match. poor souls. ha ha.


Daniel Says:

Fed didn’t face a single BP and takes first set.


Wog Boy Says:

jane,
You are definitely most respected No1e fan on TX as far as I’m concerned, you just don’t give up, respect!


Margot Says:

@jatin
His fsp isn’t good but Andy seems to be having problems returning his 2nd serve.


madmax Says:

Jane,

Ignore the haters re Novak. It’s just the twitter trolls.

Used to be fed (in droves), now…it’s Novak’s turn. WTF!

He deserves his place. He is amazing. Love watching his game on court. A true great.


Jock-KatH Says:

Wino – but forgot to buy a Casket – having to share a bottle………


Jock-KatH Says:

Sneaking out – eyes downcast – feeling for my crystals……………………watch this space


Wog Boy Says:

Special thanks to “I hate Novak” fan club for watching so passionately every single No1e match, you are a closet No1e fans:))


FedExpress Says:

hahaha. these 2nd serve returns from fed.lol. even when he doesnt make them its fun


jatin Says:

WHAT ?
Is there a I hate novak club ?
What does that guy has done to them ?
I don’t think it would bother novak or his fans much though . But appalled at the hate dished to the champions. The least we as tennis fans could do is to respect these champions for what they have achieved and done for the sport.


FedExpress Says:

feds return game on off mode


jatin Says:

Margot
You are right. Fed’s second serve is definitely bothering andy


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jatin hi completely agree,they all get their fair share,it says more about the posters than the players,pretty sad really….


jane Says:

wog boy, thanks! well, you know what? novak has given us TONS of joy as his fans over the years. I will stick by him through good and bad days, wins and losses. and will also stick up for him against the haters – and there are quite a few on this blog, both the ones who openly admit it, and the ones who try to hide it. hope your holiday is going well.

madmax, :) i do ignore it largely. occasionally i’ll have a little fun. but it doesn’t get to me at all anymore. it’s funny and weird more than anything.

————

as for the match, andy just can’t seem to break through fed’s serve. he’s pressuring but hasn’t been able to get to a bp yet.

anyone know when the final is tomorrow, btw?


jatin Says:

amazing shots by fed. That forehand :)


FedExpress Says:

these 2nd serve return dont work fed


FedExpress Says:

6 pm jane


Daniel Says:

Aggressive return game by Fed now, 2-2 40-40


FedExpress Says:

murrays groudstrokes look so weak. some barely reached the net


jalep Says:

Not posted on Atp yet, jane

Guessing since Serena is probably in it, it will be after the men’s final = more prime time for broadcasting in US.

Like it is today. WTA semi’s are last.


jane Says:

fed’s at 81% first serves in second set. insane! now will you fed fans believe him? he’s definitely playing well!

am prepared for novak humiliation tmrw, eeeek! :O

thanks for time fedex.


Margot Says:

Give it a rest Fedexpress. Andy’s knackered.


jalep Says:

Where did you get that FE?


jane Says:

oops i think i read that stat wrong. 81% first serves WON only 56% in. the amazing thing is that fed si winning 71% of second serves too.


Margot Says:

AAAAHH! Andy just can’t get a handle on Fed’s 2nd serve. What has he done to it. Making a much better fist of getting the first back. Buzarre.
Gosh Kat…that bottle went down quick…;)


chris ford1 Says:

Dominant??
Djokovic holds titles over a 1 year period for 2 Slams, the WTC championship, 5 Masters.

Since Bercy for the Paris Masters, Nole has made the final in every event he entered save the Doha 250 warmup event he lost early to Dr Ivo at. All Slams, all Masters.
Everything 500 points and above.
Paris-Bercy, WTC, Australian Open, Dubai, IW, Miami, MC, Roma, The French Open, Wimbledon, Montreal, Cincinnati.

Dozen in a row outside Doha. And in very competitive times.


Okiegal Says:

@Wog Boy…..Who’s the most respected Rafa fan?? Just curious……


mat4 Says:

Humble Rafa wrote:

“When the induct the Egg Lover to the Hall of Fame, they should also induct his medical trainers and his oxygen machine to ensure that future generations understand what it takes to be a second grade goat.”

That’s why they won’t induct the Humble, only his medical trainers.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie lol if there actually is actually any Rafa fans left?….


jalep Says:

Medical trainers are truly overlooked in tennis.


Margot Says:

A guy the size of a small mountain came on in the last match, in some sort of medical capacity.
Only in America…;)


jatin Says:

unbelievable forehand by fed :)
4-4


mat4 Says:

@Okiegal:

“Who’s the most respected Rafa fan??”

Curiosity killed the cat…


jatin Says:

andy holds comfortably
leads 5-4


Wog Boy Says:

@jane,
I am enjoying my holiday, I just came back to Belgrade from Serbian mountaines and tomorrow I am on my way to next door country (east) and then to next next door country just to come back and spend my last week of holiday in my beloved Belgrade…mixed feelings since I have to go back to my home (Sydney) but my home is Belgrade..too:(

@okie,
I don’t think it is appropriate for me to judge the other fans, sorry but I’ll keep that question unanswered.


jalep Says:

Gypsy. I’d say Gypsy is the most respected Rafa fan.


jatin Says:

knife slice forehand winner.. wow


jane Says:

mat4, maybe those ones who did spinal and knee injections will get the honours with humble, no? or perhaps the builder of the hyperbaric tent the whole spanish d.c. team used? hee hee.

good for goose and gander!

——————
okie, gregory, gypsy gals, plus elina, montecarlo, thangs, giles, etc.: there are a number of rafa fans here. they just don’t post all the time. but the same goes for the novak fans. many of them don’t post regularly either. only a few.

b.t.w., sorry re: comment above gypsy and okie. but it’s mutual trolling season. or to borrow from elina/gypsy, “mew. “


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep thanks but nah….


jatin Says:

tie breaker time


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jatin i for one hate TBs in tennis,its like penalty shootouts in football….


Wog Boy Says:

Mirka looks good.


Jeez Says:

Would Federer do a

Dolgopolov in the

TIE BREAK ???!!!


jalep Says:

Gold standard is you, Gypsy. Tough to take a compliment, yeah, I get that. But it’s true.


Daniel Says:

4-2 Fed and Murray got a mini break with a great return. 4-5 now


Daniel Says:

Murray saving MP, could he do it again, tow matches saving MP in the same tourney?!


jatin Says:

wow.. what a play by roger.
Match point on his serve


Daniel Says:

What was that set M, fed magic


Skeezer Says:

Maestro!


jane Says:

commies murray fans. congrats to fed for another final – and yes, probably another cincy title. i am not a delusional novak fan. i’ve seen his play here. : / and fed’s.

kind of felt inevitable that fed would win the tiebreak, though, since he was holding his service games more easily.

but andy kept it close and fought till the semis.

now fed, a.k.a. mr. pink, (makes me think of reservoir dogs!), has to beat novak to get #2 seed at us open, i think?


Skeezer Says:

@mat4
Lol @4:58. Way to Humble..Humble.


Margot Says:

Well played Fed. Had no expectations of Andy winning so not that disappointed. Actually was very pleased with the way Andy played in the 2nd too.
Off to THE BIG ONE now.
Cheers Kat excellent company and wine ..;)


Daniel Says:

Now seems Murray can’t beat Fed, 5 straight match.

Said early that it would not be good for him to beat Djoko and lose to Fed. Will lower his moral a bit pre US Open.

Another Fed x Djoko final, fifth this season.
A lot at stake, Fed to win 6th Cincy, get back to #2 and Improve his chances for USO beating Murray and Djoko back to back, who are the in form players this last months.

For Djoko, unprecedented Golden Masters with altitudes, beating Fed once again in a final, revert HxH and re establish himself as absolute favorite for USO.

And the worst part is I am not going to be able to watch it tomorrow:-(


Gypsy Gal Says:

Gutted for Andy,but he needs the rest ahead of the USO,vintage Federer performance….


sienna Says:

again straight setted the pusher…. bohohoe Im so tired… knackered.
facts.
Murray Federer rivalry is done.


jatin Says:

That’s more like it Roger. What a match that was.
Andy played good as well but couldn’t break roger.
Roger has won 35 consecutive service games against andy now.


Daniel Says:

with altitudes, should be all titles…crazy corrector:-)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep thanks,but im finding it difficult,especially when everyone heres celebrating,and my favorites doing so crap,i always think well why cant my favorite have some of that too?….


jane Says:

“Roger has won 35 consecutive service games against andy now.” Jatin over how many matches?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jane even though it was rather violent i loved that film….


jane Says:

gypsy, just remember he has 14 slams and more masters than anyone ever. that could make you feel better.


jalep Says:

I’m not celebrating, Gypsy. Too tired for that. Sleep deprivation after (3) 7-7 shifts = too tired to celebrate anything, unless maybe I won the lottery.

Want Nole to win tomorrow. And Federer’s re-birth is a bit too unbelievable.


jane Says:

gypsy i actually found the guy laying in a pool of blood worse to watch than the ear thing! but yeah it’s very violent like all of tarantino’s films; i have mixed feelings about his work. i think pulp fiction is my favourite because of the witty repartee.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jane true,but i think his Masters record will be surpassed by Novak sooner or later though,anyway thats not my issue as records are there to be broken,its just sad that hes no longer the player he was,even struggling closing out matches,losing from winning positions,losing to lesser players,alot more regulaly too these days,anyway its Novak and Roger in the final enjoy….


mat4 Says:

@Daniel:

I guess not Cincy title for Novak. He played his worst match of the season today.

WB wrote that he prefers to see Novak playing an aggressive brand of tennis and lose than this kind of passive, defensive game. I agree with him, but when he plays passive, it’s not a question of choice — he just misses too much, and he’s out of shape.

Novak has played well in the last two weeks only in stretches, with his back to the wall. Today, he made his only BH winners in the third set, and manages only a few FH winners. He has become very dependant on his serve (against Wawrinka, the serve was clicking, though, especially in the ad court).


jane Says:

mat4, it might just be that like novak kept fed from finally win a rome title, fed will keep novak from finally winning a cincy title. they keep stopping each other. 20 all. even stevens. crazy rivalry theirs is.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jane yeah loved Pulp Fiction,Samuel.L.Jackson stole that film,Reservoir Dogs was blood thirsty but the acting was incredible,im not a feminist or anything but i hate films like Clockwork Orange with violence towards women ie rape yuck disgusting….


chris ford1 Says:

gypsy, just remember he has 14 slams and more masters than anyone ever. that could make you feel better.
Jane
==================
Well, Rafa will have the most Masters going into 2016, but Novak will catch him then, if Rafa does not return to his 2008, 2010, or 2013 form.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Chris Ford1 read my above post to Jane @5.46pm,i made my point there,records are made to be broken,not all of us are obsessed with them,sometimes its the player we love not the records,peace….


Jeez Says:

FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE

Federer showed how it’s to be done..(a little JITTER from 4-2 to 4-5)

That RETURN DROP VOLLEY @ 6-6 did Murray in!!

Ironical that the very same(not RETURN) drop COST Dolgopolov the MATCH against Djokovic!!!


Jock-KatH Says:

Yes Margo – the big one now – despite tonight which I thought Andy would lose (and wanted to be proved wrong) – I am very comfortable about Andy at USO – (Andy showed enuf for me) Fed. won’t beat him in 5. Yes, it’s an opinion but I think it will be backed up as we go forward.

Believe Nole will edge it tomorrow. PS: Still got some wine – “To drink or not to drink, that is the question……” apologies to that Shaky guy who wrote a few bits and pieces….a few years back I’m told….possibly dead so won’t mind.


mat4 Says:

@jane:

Who knows? Somehow Novak lately plays always his best against Fed. Although Fed looked great in the semi.

Btw, I found Novak match schedule here strange. He played most of his matches in the heat. That’s not the way, and against Wawrinka in the morning. I guess that the only two winners of slams this year, and the winners of 5 slams of the last 7 should play in the afternoon, or in the night session.


jane Says:

wog boy, glad you’re having a nice time, even though you have to return to your home away from home fairly soon!


jane Says:

mat4, yep he played all his matches in the day time. not one evening or night match at cincy. not sure why that is. but it is true.


jalep Says:

The schedule is set. ATP final at 1 pm EDT. WTA after that.

Another day-time match.

FedExpress must be on EU time zone.


Gypsy Gal Says:

IMO Roger needs to win the first set to have achance….


mat4 Says:

@jane:

Yes, and when a player who has played a lot the previous week plays day in, day out in the hottest part of the day, with all this humidity, it is very difficult to recover.


mat4 Says:

And Jalep just wrote that they will play tomorrow in the heat of the day… Novak decidedly has no “luck”.

Hi, jalep.


Wog Boy Says:

No1e has been shafted regulary, regarding schedule, in North America, particulary at USO, but he is used to it, so are we.


Okiegal Says:

@Mat4 5:09………mew……LOL


skeezer Says:

Someone posted Fed might give Murray a breadstick or bagel. Uhhh….ok. Must have been a STAT error.


jane Says:

“Giles Says:
It’s all in the eyes, joker looks like Satan!
August 22nd, 2015 at 2:52 pm”

omg, mwa ha ha ha ha…. what a comment. must be like “book of revelations” for giles these days.

and i have more bad news.

It is now mathematically impossible for Nole to lose the #1 before Nov 9th which is 171 weeks as #1 guaranteed and he WILL pass j-mac’s 170 weeks at number 1 to be fifth all time behind only fed, pete, ivan and jimmy.

#endoftimes4″ihatenovak”club


chris ford1 Says:

Weather will be 80-86 degrees in the match, partially overcast, pretty humid (50%). 15% chance of precipitation Sunday afternoon.
Starts at 1PM Cincinnati time and 3PM EST.

Whoever was saying the match starts at 6:00PM is wrong. No matter where they live. 6PM is in GMT zone -2, which no nation or island goes by. Only people under that zone are in vessels transiting that area of the mid-Atlantic.


Okiegal Says:

@Wog Boy……That’s okey dokey with me…..and I will agree with Jalep, Gypsy Gal, hands down!! GG, take your compliment, it’s a nice one. You should be very happy!!


jalep Says:

cf1

What? Cincinnati is in the eastern time zone last time I checked.

Where are you?


Wog Boy Says:

““Giles Says:
It’s all in the eyes, joker looks like Satan!
August 22nd, 2015 at 2:52 pm””

The problem with that creature that he/she/shim is looking at others through his/hers/shims eyes, evil souls..


Wog Boy Says:

^^ for jane


jane Says:

wog boy, sigh. it’s just silliness. ;-) btw, i love daniel’s posts too. also jatin and TL had some nice posts on this thread, in addition to all the usual good posters here, and there are plenty of those, thankfully. :) there’s always a couple “bad apples” in a batch so it’s to be expected. it is the internet after all!


skeezer Says:

Fed better keep that attacking game going against Nole. If he thinks @34 he is gonna stay back and rally him to death, he’ll lose in 2.


Okiegal Says:

Another air show tragedy. This one happened in England………so sad……


Okiegal Says:

With my second fav out, it’s up my gal in the WTA. C’mon Serena, you go girl!!


Okiegal Says:

Slow start from her, however…..


Jock-KatH Says:

@ Chrisford1

The UK is 5 hours ahead of Cinci. If the match starts at 1.00pm it will be 6.00pm for us. Honest – it is a fact.


Gypsy Gal Says:

IMO The best Rafa fan is Okie,also Kimberly shame she doesnt post anymore….

I enjoy TLs posts,as well as Markus, Jatin,Rishi,and Squirrel,miss Harry,Ajet,Swiss Maestro,Grendel was one of the funniest ever tennis-x posters….


sienna Says:

atleast Murph gave Roger a proper 90 minutes match. Another sub 60 minutes match and he would be underprepaired for final.

Murph is getting better no blowouts 0/1 anymore?


Giles Says:

IMO the worst Rafa fan is Alison. Saves all her negativity for Rafa.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jane @August 22nd 5.14pm,Elina has said shes not a Rafa fan,she can speak for herself,but i think she once said shes a fan of any one particular player,she just enjoys watching great tennis from wherever it comes from….


Margot Says:

I’m with Wog Boy on this, I don’t think it’s a good idea to go calling “best” or “worst.” Very devisive and purely subjective. We all forgive fans of our own players all manner of transgressions anyway.
Of course naming and shaming trolls and idiots is a very different matter.


calmdownplease Says:

Well I was wrong about the 2nd set implosion which was pleasing, the outcome was as planned however.
But, a bit better this time.
I expect Andy to get through anyone at the USO apart from you know who, and then we will see.

`Said early that it would not be good for him to beat Djoko and lose to Fed. Will lower his moral a bit pre US Open..`

It will make make no difference whatsoever at the USO..

`Murray Federer rivalry is done..`

Oh don’t say that Sienna, I’m sure Fed will soldier on till at least the Olympics :)


Giles Says:

Will be interesting to see how many MTO’s the faker takes today. Fed won’t tolerate his nonsense. 😉


sienna Says:

you have been wrong for 2 years now.
Im telling you to stfu!


Jock-KatH Says:

Jane @6.34

Not bad news – Great News. Nole can handle the pressure which is why it’s best kept safely by him… (irrespective of Andy seeing it as a possible goal).


Jock-KatH Says:

CDP

Nice one!


Okiegal Says:

@GG…..Thanks…..As Margot says, it really doesn’t matter who is best or worst. I was just making conversation with Wog, trying to be humorous….which turned out to be anything but….as Mat4 said curiosity killed the cat!! LOL


Jock-KatH Says:

Sienna @ 5.57am – You have shocked me! Are you feeling O.K? – whatever it is – don’t get over it.


sienna Says:

if masters were important Federer would have built his seasons to win them as to slams.and there has been aan major chance in setup of masters. finals are not longer best of 5 and top players have byes in R1.

it is easy to play all back to back masters for top elite players. Sampras didnot have that luxuary nor did Federer in early part of tennislife.

Masters are on par with 500 and 250 in the scheme of Goathood. The tourneys are there to make up the numbers when slams, weeks #1, WTC are tied.


sienna Says:

I mean major change (obama) in the setup….


Dantheman Says:

Federer has now won 12 of the last 13 sets against Murray. He has really raised his level against Murray in the last few years. The last time he lost to Murray was 2013 when he had the bad back problems all year. Murray has really raised his level this year, but he just isn’t in the same category as Fed, Djoker or Nadal (although Nadal is not playing at that level these days either).


jatin Says:

Loving the way fed is playing right now. He is using his new return game to some authority. Great signs….

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