US Open Draw Preview: Murray Lands In Federer’s Half, Djokovic Might See Nadal In QFs
by Sean Randall | August 27th, 2015, 2:37 pm
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The draw is out. And the big swing chip fell on Roger Federer’s side. That chip being Andy Murray. The Scot who’s played some good tennis this summer will (or might) have to go through Federer then Novak Djokovic to win his first Grand Slam title since 2013 Wimbledon.

But first to the top half.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Quarter
World No. 1 Djokovic has to like the early rounds of his draw. He’ll open with the other Joao, Joao Souza (with a “Z”). Then perhaps Vasek Popsisil who’s been largely MIA since his Wimbledon quarterfinal before wrapping up the front end with Andreas Seppi and perhaps a rematch against David Goffin in the 16s. The quarterfinals is where things could get interesting. Real interesting because he’s projected to meet Rafael Nadal. But will Rafa even get there? hell, he might not even get out of the first round with kid superstar Borna Coric in the opener then maybe Feliciano Lopez, Mardy Fish or Milos Raonic in the 16s. Nadal should beat Lopez and Fish, Raonic would be tricky, but the Coric match is a real worry. Borna’s has the game, the firepower to wound Nadal, I just don’t think he’s ready for that kind of win on such a big stage like Arthur Ashe. So I think Nadal gets out to the Djokovic match but Novak mops the court with him.
The pick: Djokovic

Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer Quarter
I think I’ve said this before, for some reason Kei Nishikori and David Ferrer seem to end up in the same section more often than not. But it won’t matter this time because with Ferrer having been injured all summer, I don’t think he’ll be able to get out that far. Nishikori is also battling an injury, but assuming he’s OK I don’t see anyone posing a threat to him out to the quarters? Tommy Robredo? JW Tsonga? Gael Monfils? No, no and no. Not if Kei’s healthy. In the quarters he could meet Marin Cilic in a final rematch or maybe Chardy who might build off his Canadian Open semi. Or maybe Ferrer – heck, he has a good draw. Right now I’ll lean Cilic’s way to meet Kei, then Kei gets revenge and comes out of the softest section of the draw.
The pick: Nishikori

Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka Quarter
In the marquee match of the first round, 2012 champ Murray meets the embattled Nick Kyrgios, assuming the brash Aussie even shows up for what will be an Ashe match in front of a hostile crowd. Regardless, looking at this section, it’s hard to see anyone derailing Murray. Thomaz Bellucci, Kevin Anderson? Not really. On the other side, Wawrinka looks good as well. Jack Sock could be a threat in the third round or maybe Gilles Simon, otherwise, like Murray, I just don’t see any issues. So Stan-Andy it is and in this one I’ll slightly go with Murray. Though with Stan you never know.
The pick: Murray

Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych Quarter
Arguably the toughest section has Federer, Tomas Berdych, John Isner, Ivo Karlovic, Phil Kohlschreiber, Richard Gasquet and Bernard Tomic. Ok, it’s not that hard but with those big servers like Isner, Ivo and Berdych it’s always dangerous. Still, I think Federer will be pleased with Leonardo Mayer to open, then Marcos Baghdatis, followed by Kohlschreiber or Rosol before a 16 with Isner/Ivo and a QF with Gasquet/Berdych. Among the matches I’m looking forward to are Isner and Karlovic. Gasquet-Berdych looks good as well. But I like Federer to come through, though he might drop a set or two along the way and Berdych can become worrisome. Sometimes.
The pick: Federer

So for my semifinals I have straight chalk, and why not. That’s how it’s been at most of the top events since last year when Cilic and Nishikori crashed the Big 4 party.

Semifinals:
Djokovic d Nishikori
Federer d Murray
Djokovic to strong for Kei and gets revenge from 2014. Federer continues domination over Murray who comes off a tough win over Stan.

Finals:
Djokovic d Federer
Slower court, Djokovic beaten Federer a few times in New York and he’ll want to revenge.

Overall, it’s a good draw. Well balanced. Several players have easy early roads but then face some real tests in the QFs, like Murray and Novak.

Of the guys, I think Djokovic has the best shot of making the SFs. I know Nadal is in there but I don’t think he can make much of a dent against Novak right now.

Speaking of Nadal, that first rounder with Coric is the most interesting match of the first two days. Moreso than Murray-Kyrgios which I think the Scot will win easily. I could certainly see Nadal losing early.

I’m also interested to see how Wawrinka fares. I called him the X-Factor and he’s got a very workable draw out to the quarters and he’s beaten Murray before in New York. So if he gets on one of those runs, as we’ve seen he can beat anybody.

In the end, though, I still think it comes down to the usual suspects. And really any of the three and even Nishikori could win here. It should be fun to watch, matches begin on Monday!


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172 Comments for US Open Draw Preview: Murray Lands In Federer’s Half, Djokovic Might See Nadal In QFs

RZ Says:

Interesting that when Murray had a good record against Fed (even though it didn’t necessarily translate to the slams) he pretty much was always in the other half in the slams. Now that he hasn’t been able to beat Fed for a while, he seems to end up in Fed’s half more often than not.

(Not suggesting rigging here, just irony)


jalep Says:

As promised: Link to The Private and Exclusive Pool for Tennis-X US Open Bracket Challengers

Come create and account (if you don’t already have one) It’s simple. Log in. Go to “Private Pools” and find the name of our pool and picture of Simona Halep. (draw page is there but – the names to pick aren’t up yet)
should be very soon…

https://www.globaltennisnetwork.com/tennis-tournaments/
bracket-challenges/bracket-challenge-page/homePage/794-2015-us-open-bracket-challenge


jalep Says:

and account should be “an account” sheesh…

Tried really hard on that post too.


jalep Says:

One more thing: There’s lots of time left. Draw won’t close until Aug. 31st, before matches start.

Everyone is welcome. Don’t be shy.

If you sign up and have questions, leave me a message ;)

(like which qualifiers to pick or who Radu Albot is, ect.)


sienna Says:

hell want revenge is really not a reason for Djokovic to win against fed.
It is bogus like if he wants revenge then that would be 1 of the reasons Sean gives.
You can throw that line in the bin.


Super Says:

Sean,

for all that is holy, will you stop using that picture of Murray in his bathtub? I cringe when I see it.

This place is descending into self parody and tabloid drama. Some decorum would go a long way toward bringing it more in line with a place that focuses on serious tennis discussion, with the occasional bit of good humor thrown in, rather than a circus.


chris ford1 Says:

For that matter, all the stock photos TX seems to have of Serena is her screaming with mouth wide open over this or that.
New Serena pics and well as Andy pictures, please!


courbon Says:

Syuper-This place is lots of humor ( just read FdExpress and Siennas comments ) and little bit of tennis discussion.
Tabloid drama is provided by staff ( Fedal Wars for example…)
Self Parody is provided by Humble Rafa ( badly, may I ad )
so there you go…
That’s why is called ‘Dysfunctional’ Tennis X

Chris Ford-There is no pictures of Serena not screaming- because she always screams… ( and wins )


Jock-KatH Says:

Agree with above comments – Andy in the tub – come on – at least he deserves respect….


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I wasn’t sure Rafa would make that QF matchup, but looking at his draw, Coric is certainly beatable, especially in a 5 setter, and Fish and Raonic are both out of form. Lopez could be a challenge, but there’s a good chance Rafa makes that date.

The Nishikori quarter is just a dud. None of those guys is playing like they want a slam. Novak really does have a cakewalk.

The most exciting quarter is Stan and Andy. Should be a great semi, and they’ll both be tested by decent players on the road. Kyrgios/ Murray could be a great one.

I think Rog has a cupcake draw to the quarters as well, and he should be easily through to face Stan or Andy.

I feel very certain Novak will be there in the finals: it is what he’s done every tournament this year, right?

But could be Stan-Andy-or-Fed in the other. I don’t see anyone outside those 4 making finals. Novak will be favoured against any, but each of those three have medium-to-big wins against Novak recently, which makes it interesting at least.


Okiegal Says:

@TV…..It’s either Andy in the tub or sporting the goofy Christmas sweater with his frazzled hair! They like to use pix with bad hair……they have one of Rafa that looks like it’s been teased…….Really big hair like from the 70s…..Funny….I always chuckle at that one and Andy in the sweater…..


Tennisfan Says:

Wow Roger can never win! Before the draw even came out people were saying Murray will land in Djokovic’s half because of Roger always getting so-called easy draws. Now that he’s landed in Federer’s half, it’s still in some twisted way to help Roger??


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Regarding Fed vs Novak luck, Murray and Stan are each far more dangerous than Nishikori or Rafa or Raonic.

Between them, I don’t know who Novak would prefer, but I’m pretty sure Roger will prefer Andy, with 5 straight wins.

No disrespect meant to Andy, he has a legit shot, and could take out Stan, Fed and Novak. But 5 straight wins is 5 straight wins. Roger would certainly prefer Kei or Raonic-maybe even Rafa- to Andy right now, but I have to imagine Roger would prefer Andy to Stan or Novak.


the DA Says:

“It’s either Andy in the tub or sporting the goofy Christmas sweater with his frazzled hair! ”

That’s just when Sean drinks the Murray kool-aid.


tennismonger Says:

@ Tennisfan -

Yeah, was hoping someone would bring that up…various trolls, provocateurs & flat out conspiracy nuts have stepped back momentarily (just momentarily, unfortunately) for us to briefly enjoy the sound of…crickets.

Fed got the draw that he got. Face it, on a given day he can be vulnerable to a hot-handed player if extended the distance.

Here’s hoping that his reinvented rush ‘n crush will take him to the final weekend.

We’ll see.


Rich Says:

Really like your analysis, Vagabond, and really don’t like Sean Randall’s.

Coric has not shown up yet in Slams. He will, but not yet.

Fish??? Seriously.

Raonic is way off form, and still battling injury.

Nishikoir is hurt, and has been for months. Not a threat. Tsonga is off form, and I believe also nursing an injury.

Cilic is a shadow of last year with his serving shoulder issue.

Neither Jack Sock nor the power-less Simon will challenge Murray.

Berdych has been way off form. Isner stinks. Tomic is too slow.

Oy, what an article.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Yes Rich, in the final analysis: Novak will win. or Fed/Murray/Stan. Anyone else would be a shock.
Of course, that’s why they play, etc, but there’s no one who deserves to be picked ahead of time.

Post facto, well, we all secretly predicted Cilic over Kei last year right?


Ahfi Says:

LOL. @Rich, for a moment you came across like Donald Trump – there is something wrong with everybody except Donald Trump……LOL.


Ahfi Says:

Sorry, but whom is Djokovic playing again?


tennismonger Says:

Murray should beware…Knucklehead has already notched wins over Fed & Nadal…be careful around that wounded bear as Brad Gilbert would say…

If Kyrgios actually shows up to play, Andy could have his hands full.


Georgy Gal Says:

I am not going to post here any more as I am quite fed up with the bizarre moderation. My posts are kept in limbo for hours. I was really looking forward to entertaining discussions here but most of the time I am talking to a vacuum as my post is in moderation. By the time it sees the light of day, others have moved on. So no conversation. Looks like being a Rafa fan is a grave sin.
Good bye to all the nice posters here Gypsy, Okie, Jane, Courbon, Patson, Margot, CDP, Jalep, KatH……I was looking forward to meaningful conversations but it was not to be…..Hope this Last Post sees the light of day.
I had posted this on an old thread so I thought maybe Gypsy and Okie won’t see it and will wonder what happened to me if I don’t appear when Rafa is winning, which he will, soon!!! So I am posting this again on the current thread.
Good bye again.


Okiegal Says:

@DA 7:08……..LOL!


chris ford1 Says:

Connors, Lendl, Fed, and now Novak have shown periods of their careers of consistent excellence, of always showing up to play, never getting hurt or letting ailments they have to live with get in the way of winning.
Now Djokovic is so good that people just sort of assume he will do better than 63 of the best players in tennis and be in the USO Final. It’s not easy for him. He just somehow never crashes out in early rounds and has been a regular in Slam semis since 2007. And has this Masters and above Final streak that goes back to Paris Bercy Masters 1000.
I mean, how amazing do you have to be, how consistent, to make the semis in 23 consecutive Slams as Roger did? Even if part of that almost 6 year span had weaker competition, Roger keeping it together each and every Slam is remarkable..Djokovic 2nd in straight Slam semis with 14, chasing Connors and Fed in straight Slam QFs with 24, while Connors has 27 I think and Fed with 36…


jane Says:

rz, murray’s also been beaten 2 times at the us open by stan. once in 2010, and once in 2013, though his back was bad. but stan is a tough out if he catches fire. sean thinks he may be distracted by the off court turmoil. i am not sure. novak beat him easily at cincy, and fed beat him easily at rome, too. but then he turned around and won the french. you just never know with stan.

nick/murray sounds difficult but andy has handled him easily the few times they’ve met. andy has a good record vs most of the big servers. raonic, cilic and berdych have sometimes been tough for him i think? but they’re on the other side. i think he’ll make that date with stan for sure.


Michael Says:

It is Roger’s section of the draw that appears to be the toughest followed by Novak and then Andy and Nishikori. Rafa has definitely a very tough ask to sail to the quarters atleast and if he manages that some how, then the question is whether he is really confident to face Novak today when the chips are down ? Remember, Novak had the better of him even when Rafa was playing exceptional Tennis and these are hard courts. No doubt, Rafa has got the good measure of Novak on these courts as well beating him twice in the finals, but still the scenario has changed drastically in Novak’s favour where he was able to dispatch Rafa in straight sets even at his favourite Rolland Garros venue. So, an upset here looks probable but not possible !!

I differ slightly with Sean’s prediction and visualize a Novak Vs Andy final with the former bagging the Championship honours.

All in all, it looks very interesting and there are possibilities of upsets galore. But still considering the terrific consistency levels of Novak displayed over the course of years, you never would like to rule out his chances to emerge as the favourite for the title !!


courbon Says:

It is quite simple-Wawrinka has toughest draw.He would have to beat Andy, Fed and Novak to win it.
And then Murray-Wawa, Fed and Novak to win it…
But draws very often Open up with some upsets along the way, so we will see how it all unfolds..


Goose Egg Says:

Wow, Sean, how could you possibly predict that?

For the semis, you have seed 1 beating seed 4, and seed 2 beating seed 3. For the finals, you have seed 1 beating seed 2.

Don’t get too crazy on us now, y’hear?


sienna Says:

We will see tough play by the big guns in week 1. Trying to put opponent away with ease. clinical surgery is whats needed in week 1.
Its the way they tackle the slam problem. cool collected hard ball. Cards safely tucked away.

Im looking forward super saturday. second best day in tennis after wimbly final.


the DA Says:

There’s something very sentimental about the Fed pick. I understand everyone gets intoxicated when he performs great at Cincy. But let’s look at the facts: he hasn’t reached the final since 2009. Look at the last 3 years

2012 – loss to Berdych
2013 – loss to Robredo
2014 – loss to Cilic

These were all after good showings at Cincy. This isn’t Wimbledon folks. Of course anything is possible, draws open up etc.


FedExpress Says:

fed all the way


sienna Says:

DA
since when is losing in quarters by Fed a good showing?

of course he play last year he got to semi final and last against anomaly for that tourmement.
that can happen again.

But this year CIncin performance by Federer is better then last year
or do think no breakpoints in four set against MurrayDjokovic is not up on last year? so hè is expected to even better his US open performance.

So was your point with fals and of the mark stats from previous years?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

CF1, great post on consistency. People are getting so mired in week to week drama, I feel like we’re not getting enough discussion on just what a phenomenal year Novak is having.


calmdownplease Says:

Oh don’t be SUCH a crybaby Sienna!
The DA merely stated the facts, and that is that.
Beating Murray and Novak was impressive, but it will be a WHOLE different ball game if he can pull it off in NY
Otherwise (and most probably), it will be some other numpty that gets hot all of a sudden and puts Fed out of his misery before he can even get the chance.
Like 2014. 2013, 2012 etc and so on
lol


sienna Says:

fact is that cincin 2013 was not aan good showing.
Fact is that his performance this year is better then last year considering his opponents.
Fact is that he last year lost against a superplayer look what Cilic did in final against the djokerslayer.

so three facts out of DA’s comment that clearly shows a different outcome then DA is claiming.

youre welcome no need to thank me. Iam just here to educate you.


RZ Says:

@Jane – I think Andy will get to the quarters. I think he can also beat Stan, but it depends on which Stan shows up that day (and to a lesser extent which Andy).

Lots of tough first rounders this year.


Daniel Says:

Hi jalep,

I am playing the bracket challenge as well.

GG and Oki, you were curious about how some of us look, there is a picture of mine in my profile in tennis-x private pool, in Roland Garros this year, hunk with blue shades;-)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Daniel lol yeah nice picture,and thats me taken a couple of years ago,on our balcony with a sea view behind,i think i need a better more up to date one though….


Gypsy Gal Says:

^But deffinetly the Hippy Chick/Gypsy Gal by the way i dress,im quite the Rock Chick too sometimes(another idea for a future monikor lol),i have multiple personalities that all fit my real life persona^….


Okiegal Says:

@Daniel…Oh I hope I can find it…..I have a visual of you in my mind already. Would be interesting to see how close I am to the real you……..ha ha!!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie why dont you have a go at the bracket challenge?Jaleps link is at the top of this thread?….


jalep Says:

Yeah, Okie Gal, come on. Jump in the pool. Gypsy and myself will help you out, if you need it ;)

Rafa needs your bracket! For good luck…


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep yeah and id like to see what Okie looks like….


Daniel Says:

GG,

Having multiple personalities is nice. Bet your hubby doesn’t get bored at all😜
I mysef like to have an open mind aproach to music, movies, clothes, sports and etc. All for variety!


jalep Says:

https://www.globaltennisnetwork.com/tennis-tournaments/bracket-challenges/bracket-challenge-page/homePage/794-2015-us-open-bracket-challenge

It’s just a guessing game and it’s quite fun.

I picked an Isner – Dr. Ivo clash! lol…

Draw was rigged to have them meeting each other :D


jalep Says:

Daniel

Are you in?


Okiegal Says:

I’ve tried this before with no luck! Downloading a photo is even harder. If I can get this done do you want my Sr. picture or my “senior” pic?? Ha ha Get my drift???


jalep Says:

Oh sorry Daniel I missed the post where you say you’re in!

Okay, now the pro will be there you guys. He bosses it.


jalep Says:

Okie

Do you have pictures on the device you use, computer, phone, ect?

Anyway, you don’t have to upload a picture there. The main thing is signing up with GTN using the link I posted and 2) going to “bracket challenge 3) near top of page there will be a list and choose “private pools” 4) Our pool is Tennis-x with a picture of Halep.

After you do that. I’ll help you upload a picture, if you want.


Margot Says:

@jalep
Am in and hopefully have recruited another Murray fan, he likes Fed too so will fit right in…;)
Also reminded “nite owl.”
Am going to update my pic of Andy too.
Ta 4 setting up.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Daniel lol thanks(coughs)i think,but nah not so much no,the only thing he gets bored with is my love of tennis,as he cannot stand it….


Daniel Says:

Oki,
If you want more “pics” of me, my Instagram account is “dcinefilo”. Feel free to stalk me😉


Gypsy Gal Says:

Daniel i also have an open mind with a name like Hippy Chick/Gypsy Gal you would have to expect that,musically i love a dirty rocker,but also a bit of easy listening,i dress like a hippy with long tie die skirts,or like a rock chick with jeans,t.shirts,and leather jackets,i enjoy football tennis and netball sports wise,i have a diverse taste in all things….


courbon Says:

Okiegal: Lesson No2
When you press On button, lots of strange thing will happen but don’t worry about that!What is important is that when it comes big picture-written Windows-do not try to open it!It is not a REAL window! I know, I know, stupid name for computer program ( they could call it doors or roof for that matter…)
So if you have listen to my advice and have not crack monitor, then you half way there.There will be lots of small pictures called icons ( nothing to do with Christian religious art ) but we will cover that in next lesson.
Lesson Number 3 is tomorrow.

Jalep and Gypsy-stop pushing Oki to do bracket challenge-she is not ready yet! She even may cause stock market crash by mistake…


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon yeah she is and no she wont hopefully?lol,anyway how about your good self,you won one some months back….


Okiegal Says:

@Daniel, I have no idea where you are from but here in the states we call it “creeping” on FACEBOOK!! I don’t know which sounds the worst…..creeping or stalking! :)


Gypsy Gal Says:

I think i would only ever stalk one man….


jalep Says:

courbon, okay :( I’m a terrible sales person anyways. Only job I was ever fired at – sales job in a clothing boutique for answering a wealthy lady and regular customer when she asked, “how does this look on me?” and I answered, “can I get you a bigger size?” She wasn’t overweight but she kept choosing at least a size or two too small for her!

FIRED for honesty.


jalep Says:

Hey Margot…the “Talk” option works this time!!


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon…..You are crazy! So glad someone on here has a sense of humor. Your posts always make my day! You crack me up!! Thanks 4 making me :)!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie ill second that,nice to have someone whos actually funny,GET THAT FUNNY RATHER THAN BEING SARCASIC,OR CRUDE AND SMUTTY,WHICH SOME POSTERS SEEM TO THINK PASSES FOR HUMOUR….


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep….I do have pictures of me on my Kindle. They’re selfies. I’ve taken several to try to get the perfect one for. my Facebook account. You know the one?? The pic that doesn’t show Turkey neck, wrinkles, blemishes, perfect hair day……sorry guys I’ll never git r done, there’s too much work to do!! Lol.

@Courbon….I just might crash something! At my office one day I was searching for a new Denzil Washington movie that was due out. And do you know what popped up on the screen? A porn site. I nearly had a stroke. I worked in a government office. I got so rattled I had to call someone to come to my aid…that site would not go away!!! It’s funny now but not at the time. I haven’t improved very much with my computer skills, :( to say!


Okiegal Says:

@GG….Thumbs up! It’s refreshing to have a little humor…. totally agree…..


Okiegal Says:

@Daniel, don’t do Instagram, you’re shocked, I’m sure of it!!


Okiegal Says:

It’s raining and I’m watching old black and white movies! Love them and they’re are way before my time I might add. Want to make that very clear…. :)


Margot Says:

@jalep
Top hole! Will be nice to chat. :)


Margot Says:

@OK
“The Night of The Hunter” is one of my favourite films of all time. Sooo creepy gives me goosebumps and Mitchum is superb.


courbon Says:

Jalep-you will be ideal for my ‘concept’ reastaurant that I would like to open one day-
EXPECT UNEXPECTED. Everything would be oposite of what people expect. So you would fit perfectly as I waitress
( Customer-Is that dish nice?
You: No, it is crap but we still want you to order it…hurry up with chosing, I don not have all day here! )

Oki-Always glad to help. No joking, third lesson is tomorrow…


Eric Says:

A few thoughts on the draw:

1. Murray-Kyrgios is a completely ridiculous first-round match. Andy should, of course, win, but geez–an ungentle welcome to New York.

2. Djokovic has a very easy draw. The best players he’ll face early are the kind who might lose 6-4, 7-6, 6-4, rather than the kind that might actually challenge him (like Isner, Monfils, etc.). Unless Seppi really brings it, I doubt Djokovic will lose a set before the quarters.

3. Having been paying little attention, I guess, I didn’t realize that Nishikori was going to be the fourth seed. That’s another extraordinary piece of good fortune for Djokovic, and too bad for Stan.

4. Nevertheless, Wawrinka has about as good a draw as he could ask for in the early rounds: it’s hard to see him losing to anyone before Andy (Simon did beat him last year at Shanghai, but I think Stan would have to play badly to lose here).

5. There are a lot of interesting little storylines this year. Not just, e.g., Mardy Fish’s retirement (I picked him into the fourth round! COME ON MARDY!!), but for example: what’s up with Tipsarevic? I honestly had no idea he was active right now. But he could win a couple of matches here if he rediscovers his old form. There are also, finally, I feel, a number of interesting emerging-young-players-can-they-break-through? moments: Kokkinakis-Gasquet (obviously RG is the favorite, but that’s hardly an unwinnable matchup for Kokkinakis); can Ryan Harrison break out past Simon into the fourth round?; will Jack Sock live up to his to his promise and at least give Stan a run?

6. I don’t think Federer exactly has an easy draw, but it’s definitely full of pretty known quantities… Isner, Kohls, Baghdatis, Darcis, Ivo… Leonardo Mayer in the first round is not a super cushy match, it’s hardly Murray-Kyrgios either.

7. Some of the sections are really almost tossups for who’ll make the quarters. In section 7, we have Berdych and Gasquet, sure they’re good, but hardly locks to make the fourth round. The American-laden section 5 is mostly weak or unknown players so Stan should obviously get out of there, but with so many up-and-down type players it’s hard to say nothing surprising will happen. All in all, this is a really open draw, without any obvious “bombs” lurking in the paths of the usual suspects, but with a lot of potential for advancing the slow changing of the guard on the ATP.

8. On the women’s side… Serena-Sloane again, really? Do we have to watch this matchup in every tournament? But otherwise, please, Serena is going to the final again unless Ana or Bencic (more likely) are insanely en pointe. She is seeded to play Sharapova in the semis which is almost comedy at this point since Maria hasn’t beaten her for more than ten years. Halep, the second seed, has a far tougher draw, with Lisicki, Vika, Kerber, and others all waiting before the semis, and maybe Caroline, Muguruza, Kvitova, etc. in the semis.


Margot Says:

@coubon
Are you familiar with “The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy?”
Featured in it is “The restaurant at the end of the universe.”
Very, very surreal menu.


Margot Says:

or “Fawlty Towers” even…;)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Margot loved both of those TV series,and have to add Only Fools And Horses to that list….


Okiegal Says:

@Margot……That was on not long ago. I loved it too. “Home From the Hill” starring Mitchum was on last week. I hadn’t seen it in years and had forgotten the whole plot. That’s one good thing about getting older….the old becomes new again!


Markus Says:

Why is everybody taking it fo granted that Murray will beat Kyrgios? This guy (he is not a kid anymore) has beaten Federer and Nadal. I think this a dangerous first round match for Andy.


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon, don’t want to knock GG out of a job but I used to wait tables when going to college. Loved it. I enjoy dealing with John Q Public…….u might want to hire the more experienced one! She may have waited tables too at some point….she’ll let us know I’m sure!! Lol


Eric Says:

It’s an EXTREMELY dangerous match, Markus, for a first-rounder, but Murray has won all three matches with Kyrgios.


Ben Pronin Says:

Eric do you post on r/tennis?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie yeah many years ago,now its all old people,any luck with that bracket challenge by the way….


Eric Says:

Ben, nope.


Okiegal Says:

^^^^^ There’s a saying in Oklahoma when you’ve had enough you yell “calf rope”……I’m yelling louder than Maria, Vika & Serena! Put a fork in me, I’M DONE…..too stressful me thinks….


RZ Says:

@Markus – To add to what Eric wrote, Kyrgios also has a lot to deal with in terms of recent distractions and a possibly hostile crowd (But yes, his chances of winning that match should be taken seriously. I still think Murray will win though)


RZ Says:

@jalep – hopefully I will join the bracket this weekend sometime. Can I upload a pic of Andy in a bathtub or horrid Christmas sweater? :-)


courbon Says:

Margot-I do know both films/series.I’m specially fan of Falty Towers-When I was running restaurants in London, one day I employed small Spanish guy called Manolo ( similar to Manuel ). You can imagine my joy -I called him Manuel, slapping in front off customers ( it was relaxed bar restaurant ) and generally abuse him. He was a sweet boy and he did not mind. Or maybe he did because he left after two months, but I don’t think so…

Okiegal-Concentrate when you read! I offered job to Jalep not GG.
You can have job also- I need somebody to deal with American tourist ( can I have Ice water!-they always said that first ). I’ll think about GG-that Yorkshire accent it may be to hard , even for my weird restaurant…


jalep Says:

OMG courbon, that would be so funny. hahahhaha

I wouldn’t make any money for you…but hilarious!

Can you, will you, do the bracket? ajde! Get on it. Talk Patson, jane, Wog Boy, danica, mat4, ect. into it too will ya. jane used to do it. She hates losing though ;)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon lol,ive all but lost my Yorkshire accent now though….


jane Says:

good lord, am i that transparent jalep? *blush-grin*


courbon Says:

Girls, you may like this song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLgC0ZzEj54

No sarcasm or irony from my side, just a decent song to listen


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon…..It was Jalep……sorry, short attention span. I’m not concentrating when I read. You’re right…..I’ll do better. I slept crooked on my neck last night and its killing me. Maybe that’s interfering with my ability to concentrate. I’ll do better……I can cook too, btw….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon lovely song thanksnever heard it before….


courbon Says:

Jane is a poor loser, Mat 4 is too intellectual for such a thing, Wog Boy too drunk to do it
(Danica and Patson not present at the moment) …and I’m just crap at those things.
Anyway, Jane is official Novak TX crew president, you should talk to her. Its like union (syndicate )-you have to talk to top brass first…


courbon Says:

GG-seen it live month ago, quite cool…
Oki-You don not have to push any more-you got the job


jalep Says:

Yay RZ. Yes, see if you can find that Andy in the bathtub one and let me know – I’ll swap out Simona for tub Andy :D

Okie
1) click on this link
https://www.globaltennisnetwork.com/

2) You will see the main webpage and find (left hand side of page down a little) REGISTER
3)After you Register, log-in and look for “Bracket Challenge” top, sort of, right side of page. Click on it.
4)On that page you will find “Private Pools”
click on it.
5)Look at the names of pools and choose the picture of Simona Halep – that will be: Tennis-x US open bracket challenge.
6) fill out your bracket!!!

Right now, I’m supposed to be sleeping because I work at 7pm. But, I have the rest of weekend off. So, we’ll get you in.

There is a “Talk” button for our pool. Go there and announce you made it! It’s a place to brag or whine about the picks, laugh at someone…it’s a game. It’s fun. Well, I speak for myself, I guess ;)

*All are welcome*

Fed fans, Nole fans, Andy fans Rafa fans…Gulbis fans, all fans…

Eric – glad you joined!


jalep Says:

courbon

laughing my a** off

jane, you were always better than me at the bracket! It’s okay to lose… :D someone has to.
skeezer – looking at you
TV


chris ford1 Says:

Little interview with Djokovic on fashion and UniQlo, which does seem to be looking at the US market more. Sorry you have to wait through a 15 sec Lexus commercial 1st.

http://mashable.com/2015/08/28/novak-djokovic-multitasks/?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedburner

The Mashable reporter did ask if he was interested in a little fun challenge to bounce a ping pong ball while discussing attire and answering questions. And Djokovic being Djokovic, went with it. Did pretty well. (All of the big 4 have exceptional hand-eye coordination).


chris ford1 Says:

Eric – Nice post. Thoughtful.
And thanks to Tennis Vagabond for a compliment on my previous post.

Yes, consistency is the big overlooked thing. It is what any pro athlete wants more than anything. Consistent success throughout their career, with no history of repeated or chronic ailments or injuries that stop achievement.
Ferrer has no Slam wins but has had a fabulous late career by years of always being there and going deep.
Federer has outdone Nole so far, in being consistent longer. Even with a higher level of competition and advancing age, Federer can still beat anyone but Rafa on a given day and even Rafa is in trouble if Fed gets him indoors or on a fast court.
Like any pro athlete, consistency at tennis gives more opportunity to win championships. Big advantage to usually being around in playoffs/as boardleaders/being in contention in races/reaching QFs or above.
Andy is consistently excellent as well as Roger and Nole. And Rafa? You can look at him as being injured a lot and missing grass and hardcourt – but building up his career wins and points by being there for each Euro clay season and cleaning house. (those those days of dominance for Nadal may be closing…)


Ben Pronin Says:

(All of the big 4 have exceptional hand-eye coordination).

Pretty basic requirement of any successful tennis player.


Markus Says:

When it comes to consistency, nobody can top Federer. He has been doing it for such a long time and at such a high level.


Wog Boy Says:

Courbon, you bastard, all the girls from TX are after you, and you are right, I am drunk at this very moment, just had my fair well dinner with my mates in “Katun” restaurant, trying to pack myself up for my last trip to Istanbul (to see “Sveta Sofija” and “Vaseljenska Patrijaršija”) but I am too drunk….but I had a great night…no regrets…nevere ever, cheers my friend.


Wog Boy Says:

Courbon,
Knowing that you are “muzikant”, just to let you know that the legend of Yu rock, “Smak” lead singer Boris has passed away:
http://youtu.be/yaCNn05d2gY


chris ford1 Says:

Ben, I have great hand-eye coordination, but not exceptional talent in that area. So I can, or did, play pretty well into my early 30s before knees got hurting from it…but I was not at an exceptional level. The big 4 are. Berdych is not, Nishikori is. Ferrer may be. Agassi was. Tomic and other young guns may have it…
While Andy’s hand-eye coordination may be upset by a feather disrupting it…he sees spin and adjusts timing of body, balance, and racket position in a microsecond it seems to optimal when he is really on. Federer earlier this year played Novak and hit a rocket back at Nole, going out, when a let was called. Djokovic faster that the eye can really pick up, flicked the racket out, stopped the ball dead on, flipped racket to have the ball rest on the strings, bounced it a few times. In a second’s span. Fed has done amazing things as well, Andre. McEnroe at net, etc.
And Rafa..to do his high RPM bolo forehand on the fly with no setup time – exceptional.


T Dawg Says:

I think Kyrgios will beat Murphy because Murphy is a push.
Nola is overrated because both of Murphy’s slams came from beating Nola.
Federer looks stronger in the legs and dominated Yacht boy.
Fed’s tournament if he doesn’t choke.


Markus Says:

I like Murray to the same degree that I don’t like Kyrgios but Kyrgios is undeniably a great talent and for him to spring a surprise is not entirely inconcievable regardless of his losing record against Murray. The New York crowd is crazy and often roots for the underdog. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that they will root for him. I always feel bad when Andy loses and to lose to someone I despise would make it even worse. I just wish he had an easier opponent for the first round.


Ben Pronin Says:

I’d find it hard to believe that Berdych doesn’t have exceptional hand-eye coordination.


Ron Smith Says:

Coric will beat Rafa…I’m calling a Coric Nole quarter. Nole will finally end the young guns run. Rafa has only declined since the last time they played and coric loves playing the top guys.


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon 4:09

:)


Markus Says:

The Big 4 has exceptional hand-eye-leg-brain coordination.


Markus Says:

Oops, sorry, plural…have.


Tennisfan Says:

Seriously? To get in the ATP top 20 you have to have exceptional hand-eye coordination. That isn’t the reason why the big 4 are a league above the others.


Margot Says:

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/aug/28/andy-murray-maturer-new-priorities-us-open

Inevitable changes in Andy’s schedule next year. And no Miami training block.


sienna Says:

so Murray will decline due to less/lack training. His fysigue is bound to falter.
so already safely tucked away by Federer now he’ll be pummled every match they playboy if he reaches….


sienna Says:

playboy???

well he can keep an eye on Kim to see what she is up for.


jane Says:

it bugs me when writers get basic details wrong. can’t they fact check their work. jeepers!

“After back surgery in November 2014 – having missed the French Open when his chronic suffering became too much to bear – Murray has steadily regained that hard-won strength.”

andy’s back surgery was in 2013 and it was that year he missed the french.


jane Says:

courbon, i’ll need to get the teamsters together before we agree to any bracketeering! ;)


Margot Says:

@jane
Agreed, but the tennis coverage in The Guardian is very hit and miss, full of empathy, Kev clearly loves Andy, but often short on facts.


courbon Says:

jane-you are boss.Like every union, me and Wog Boy are heavies, mat 4 is Trotckys lefty that will do speeches, Patson will be on picket line caryng placards


jane Says:

margot, i hear you but that’s the second tennis-related article i read today with a basic error so i was just irked. these are professionals. they need to do their work right. sigh….

—————-

courbon, sounds good!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie agree its nice to chill and have a laugh before the tournament starts,but i can guarantee one thing though,that if Rafa loses,then the haters and posters that have never posted before,or the ones that seldom post,will all be here gloating,foaming at the mouth,ready to get their pound of flesh….


Margot Says:

@GG
Wll, the first thing I noticed was someone being very negative about Andy. It’s not just Rafa who gets the flack.
@Kat
Turd alert! Are you prepared?
@courbon
Lol, a waiter actually called “Manuel.” Spectacular.
In UK legally you must pay something for an awful meal, think it’s theft otherwise, but legally you are allowed to pay what you think it’s worth and they can’t touch you. Once left £1 for an especially dreadful experience. Way too much. ;)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hope Georgy Gal has a change of heart,she never did anything wrong,yet was moderated like nobodys buisness,what gives tennis-x,you couldnt seem to care less about personal insults directed towards fellow posters,or players having their sexulality or gender insulted,your moderation guidelines have become a joke??….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Margot true,but he doesnt get the same amount of negativity that Rafa does though,sorry and i stand by that….


sienna Says:

andy had minor surgery. No full anesthesia.
Within two weeks he was fullswing training.
It was no career and life threathening illness like Mono Federer suffered from.
Federer was hampered by mono and couldnot do his trainingblocks that year. Federer only returned full fitness at spring 2009.

Murrayfans are hiding behind a non issue for Murray back.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Margot the guys also had his relationship crucified because hes the only player from the top 4 not married with kids,sometimes it just never ends….


Margot Says:

@GG
But Rafa gets a lot more love than Andy. I’m not sure he does get more hate, but if he does, perhaps that’s why?


Jock-KatH Says:

Oops Margot – got your alert too late – thank goodness it hit when I was up the ladder and missed – has now become a boomerang………(what goes around comes around principle) he he haw heeh!


Margot Says:

@Kat
Nice one! Watch that boomerang fly right back to its owner!


Jock-KatH Says:

Och aye – it operates by smell and knows which dung heap it came from

Scots wha hae – Come on, Andy!!!!


madmax Says:

Novak and Murray; Novak with the edge.

Federer the dark horse, though we enter different speed of court, balls, wind(ier) conditions. Federer really was on top of his game. Going back to Cincinnati, (and a lot of you mentioned his serve, earlier on) –

Federer wasn’t broken in 49 service games during his five matches in Cincinnati. So far in 2015, he has put up some career-best numbers, including service games won (93 percent) and first-serve points won (80 percent) — better even than ten years ago.

It would be wonderful if he won, really. And it wouldn’t surprise me.

But, I don’t think it will happen.

Could even get a surprise finalist, but I do think that Novak will edge everyone out, unless Murray can come up with the goods in the meantime.


Jock-KatH Says:

http://www.U_S_Open Andy Murray has a lot to prove in New York – Attacking the Net.html

Can’t get the above site to light up – but it a pretty good write-up (includes other players as well as Andy)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sienna you really are a piece of work,its not enough that Federers winning and still playing oh no,you only seem completely happy when the rest of the world are completely miserable….


sienna Says:

my powers are great, but please dont over react about conments.

you clearly lack relativity powers to comment on this site.
It is all about educating you and your gang.
Educating and showing the bogus in claims on this site. And there is plenty of It is you well know.
Isnt there CDP?


jalep Says:

If we are to go by tennis-x poll, Federer is going to win his 18th GS by a good margin!

RF has a good draw on paper. Rafa is due for some luck this year. Cilic, Tsonga, Dimitrov, Berdych, Raonic…none of them have impressed recently. Kei – who knows if he’ll be recovered enough.

Andy v Nole final seems right.

5 teenagers made it through qualification.
5 others received spots in the draw.
10 teens in the draw is the most since 1990:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/us-open-2015-qualies-friday

Good luck to them. Very tough 1st round opponents though!


jane Says:

i am not underestimating rafa. i know everyone keeps pointing how he’s not in form and so forth, and certainly his performance this season bears that out, so i get it.

but i don’t think we should forget how good he’s done at the us open either. of the last 3 that he has played, he won 2 and was in the finals of the other!

rafa missed 2012 and 2014, but here’s his record at the open since 2008 when he really started to break through off clay:

2008-semis lost to murray
2009-semis lost to delpo
2010-won
2011-finals lost to novak
2012-missed
2013-won
2014-missed

his record at the open is underrated imo.

speaking more personally, i hope novak will be prepared for that possible quarterfinal and then maybe a semis with kei, the guy who beat him last year, or cilic, last year’s winner. i know many think novak’s draw is easy but i don’t agree.

i actually see this year’s draw as quite balanced; all of the big 4 have threats in their paths, player’s who’ve challenged them this year or in the past.

if it plays to seed, it looks like this:

Djokovic
Souza
Popsicle
Seppi (25)
Goffin (14)
Nadal (8)
Nishikori (4)
Federer (2)

Federer
Mayer
Baghdatis
Kohlschreiber (29)
Isner (13)
Berdych (6)
Murray (3)
Djokovic (1)

Murray
Kyrgios
Mannarino
Bellucci (30)
Anderson (15)
Wawrinka (5)
Federer (2)
Djokovic (1)

Nadal
Coric
Schwartzman
Fognini (32)
Raonic (10)
Djokovic (1)
Nishikori (4)
Federer (2)


jalep Says:

Agree jane. Just 2 years ago Rafa won it and his record is great, actually, considering.
Federer not making the final since 2009 is more telling.

In a way he is better than ever; in a way, not.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert made the New Haven final, which starts now. Anderson will likely win and hopefully the effort wears him out just enough for Rublev to get the best of him 1st round USO. (not realistic but…)

Bad luck for A.Zverev too. He has Kohls.


Okiegal Says:

Getting ready to watch Kevin Anderson and Pierre Herbert @ the Winston Salem Open. I started watching the Herbert/Johnson match and left it because Johnson was beating him handily and then apparently Herbert got a second wind and came back to win the match……fickle tennis!!


jane Says:

jalep, so then do you think a fedal final is feasible? and if it happened whom do you think would prevail? it’s just an interesting thought to throw out there. ;)


jalep Says:

Pierre was another one several years ago that I had high hope in, Okiegal. But in singles hasn’t done that well – in doubles he’s done a lot better!

Hoping he gets on a roll here or at least doesn’t get a bagel.


jalep Says:

jane

Federer might make the final. It’s going to take luck along the way there though. His tennis being better, in a way, has seen him reach Wimbledon final two years in a row. That might be a reason he has trouble reaching the US Open final. If he peaked specifically for US Open his chances would be better, I think. That’s tough to do in tennis but my guess Agassi did it in 2005 – to get to the USO. Lost to Federer. Andre put up a good fight!

Take out 2013 – Feds back was an issue that year.
2012 he won Wimbles
2011 he infamously made RG final
2010 he won AO

Just think it’s tougher to peak for all 4 GS’s in a season as a tennis pro ages. It’s fantastic that he gets to a GS final, never-mind wins it at this point.


jane Says:

for sure jalep. and now 2 years running he’s reached the wimbledon final. fed’s tennis is still clicking. this year he skipped canada, so he’s obviously thinking along the lines of saving his energy for the slams.


jalep Says:

If Federer makes the final, it’s still going to be a bridge too far to win it. Just a guess.


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep…The commentators, all former pros, I think, at least I know for sure two of them are, talking about the press and news media on losing finals. Sam said he’d lost so many in a row and the press would say Well, you’ve lost your last 7, 8, 9 finals etc and he said it got to working on his mind. One of the guys said that’s why I didn’t make mention of Kevin’s recent losses in finals…..a nice guy, imo. I’m sure the players love to be reminded of their pitfalls…..yeah, right???


jalep Says:

You just reminded me of the quote on Stan Wawrinka’s arm, Okiegal. It’s about losing and failing.

Allez Pierre!


Okiegal Says:

Regarding the impending finalists of the last slam of the year, everyone in the bottom half better hope that Novak’s every match is “hot” 5 setters which would present a ragged out serving arm, because I do believe he was sporting an elbow problem. But with rest between games, he can still recover from the worst possible scenarios. Yeah, this is his to lose, imo. The bottom half is a toss up???? But wishing all the best for a great USO from the guys and the gals!!


jalep Says:

Okiegal – the quote on Stan’s arm is from Mark Twain. It’s a good one.

http://www.crookedscoreboard.com/2014/07/happy-independence-play-the-top-4-american-athletes-of-2014.html

Break point, Pierre!


jalep Says:

pfft, Anderson has too good of a serve today. Not enough pressure from Pierre.

Chance gone for the 24 yr old Frenchman that time. Love Pierre’s tennis though, Okiegal.


Markus Says:

Anderson is starting to have problem with his serve while Herbert wins his more easily. Anderson is starting to feel a noose around his neck.


jalep Says:

Great tennis from Pierre there, Markus.

Standing ovation for the tweener!


sienna Says:

Yeah He won Au Open 2010 in a great way. Back to dominant Federer after title 16.

Federer went for his project to aid children in Africa and unfortionately got a severe lung infection. Totally killing further succes in slams. Wijhout lunginfection he would probably taken atleast 2 of next 3.

Same goes for after Wimbly 12. the semi final against Delpo at olympics took his backproblems to next level. It got worse from then on with backspasms every other match.

so here we are again at the top or almost at the top.


Okiegal Says:

Kevin the winner! He has new teeth….looks like bridge work to me. He needs to update his old picture sporting his new pearlie whites!! They look really good!


jalep Says:

Wasn’t overjoyed about Kevin winning Okiegal. Heard Pierre’s loser speech and went for a coffee – missed seeing Kevin’s pearly whites.

You saw my post way above on this thread to you at 4:11pm yesterday, yes?


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep….I had forgotten what Stan’s tat was all about…..I’m not fond of them myself, but to each his own!


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep….Yes I did. I went there and looked everything over, especially the draws and I had no clue who to pick besides the top 6 or 7. Don’t feel like I know enough about it to even make a guess. You gave good instructions, and I’m sure I could have done it, looked easy, but I probably could not have figured out how to get my selfie loaded! Saw Daniel’s photo, well, I think it’s our Danny Boy! A very nice looking young man……


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep…Hope I did not spread a falsehood regarding Kevin’s teeth……but they do look different from an old photo that usually shows up on the tournament players list. I might have him mixed up with someone else….I’m good at that….It’s possible they have looked like they did today for a long long time. Since he won they showed lots of smiling close ups. I need to keep my mouth shut about things I’m not sure about, however…


jalep Says:

Yeah Daniel, what can I say…smart too, Okie.

So just get your good self registered, into the pool and use the ‘talk’ option for the pool. Jalep will help ;) Margot and Gypsy too. We think you’ll like it.


Thangs Says:

Noles downfall started in toroto…he will loose early..Murray’s good time started. He will win all.


jane Says:

i hope he will “loose” early; that’ll mean he’s not “tight” so he’ll be playing his best, woot! ;)


jane Says:

looking loose here, dancing hip hop and high-fiving kids at arthur ashe

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=13539185


autoFilter Says:

Pardon my interjection, jalep, but if the quote in question is

“[All of old. Nothing else ever.] Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

then it’s by Samuel Beckett. It’s from “Worstward Ho”.


Markus Says:

I was happy Anderson won. He has loosed in so many finals and another one here would have geen devastating. Kevin is a nice and quiet guy. I like him and his wife.


Okiegal Says:

@Jane…..I hope Coric will loose early…..lol


chris ford1 Says:

autoFilter – I think Jalep was joshing. If you link to the article, it is spoofery claiming the likes of Tony Parker and Stan are actually American. Ma Long, ping pong champ, was a Chinese infant adopted by Howie Long and learned ping pong from seeing American adults playing beer pong. He recently won a big doubles championship partnering with rapper 50 Cent. Article says Stan grew up in a small Texas town and carb-loads at an all you can eat restaurant chain. And his quote is not Beckett, but Twain. And is the most recent American to win a Slam, following that great Irish-American redhead Andy Murray.

Truth is that Twain has enough memorable, sometimes awesomely funny or pithy ironic quotes of his own.

Truth is Djokovic is interested in Twain because he was a friend and investor with Nicola Tesla, and Nole is thinking of how to develop and market a concept story on Tesla. And has discussed Tesla’s interesting and famous friends, his OCD, and the Thomas Edison wars..
Like Djokovic, Tesla was tall at 6’2″ and rail thin at 155-165 lbs most his life. Religious. Thick shock of black hair. And there is more than a passing resemblance between the two Serbs.

http://assets2.bigthink.com/system/tinymce_assets/1233/original/TeslaDamnSonNicePredictions2.jpg?1434132420

Pretty impressive visionary quote in that article from 1926 on where his AC and radio inventions would take us..right on the mark. A wireless communications planet with devices each person can have that will fit in a pocket. Instantly connected any person to anyone else anywhere planet to get TV imagery, voice, and data. How his inventions would radically transform women’s lives by cutting housework time by 60%, freeing women to have time for other work, education, leisure time – thus all lives change – in modern nations.


Margot Says:

http://www.runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk/news/national/13615593.
Banksy_sets_up_Dismaland_theme_park_at_derelict_seaside_lido/

You gals n guys across the pond heard of this?
Banksy v interesting, as always.


jane Says:

yep; i love it margot!


Jock-KatH Says:

“Jimmy Savile” connection!!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Exactly Jock-KatH,love Banksys work,and the idea that nobody knows him or sees him doing his work,the Lord Lucan of artistry,but the Jimmy Savile connection is a bit of a turn off for me….


calmdownplease Says:

There’s quite a lot of his stuff in Shoreditch
and I’ve seen them pop up in other places too
Dismaland is quite a funny concept.
Anyhoo, to the task at hand…
I don’t see Andy as a favourite for this US Open
Frankly, he doesn’t deserve to be in my view.
He’s let us all down (far!) too many times with too many moments of mental midgetness and lack of killer instinct for him to be a true favourite.
To be fair, there’s been a very good reason for that but it’s been nearly 2 years since the surgery, this cannot be used as an excuse ever again.
He’s BACK (sic), clearly up to speed and must now deliver.
That all said, I expect him to get to Fed and beat him here (if Fed isn’t knocked out)
He’s long overdue that one, only an unbelievable (and desperate, perhaps?)serving performance from Fed would possibly save him from the inevitable.
The Fed Murray H2H was always in Andy’s favour (bar the all important slam H2H of course) and it’s time for normal business to be resumed.


Jock-KatH Says:

CDP – Let’s hope Andy gets equal scheduling consideration to the other top seeds – then we can raise our expectations….?


calmdownplease Says:

He’s in Fed’s half so he’ll have that
And Fed (unbelievably!) is kicking everything off again
When Cilic WON this slam last year!
So disrespectful as usual from the Yanks.
Anyway again, I’m finally going to separate what I want Andy to achieve to wait and see this time, given his track record.
Let’s see how it plays out and hope to be pleasantly surprised
Shall we JK?


jalep Says:

CF1 – thanks.

You read my link!
Hope you had a laugh…


jalep Says:

Had not heard of it, Margot.

Sounds really interesting and would love to visit, though. thanks. :D “Dismaland”


jalep Says:

CF1 – unbelievable that Tesla said that in 1926.

And I do see a resemblance to Nole. Handsome man, Tesla.


sienna Says:

Why would he get equal scheduling to Federer or Djokovic?
Murphy is not even on same page or in the same ballpark. You have to earn it the hard way and he hasnot earnt his primeslot over those top guys.

Wimbly gives enough primetime for his Scott roots then he normally would get. So leave it be.


autoFilter Says:

Oh! Thank you for taking the time to set me straight in detail, CF1; I do appreciate it.

jalep, please forgive my blunder. I just saw your comment and thought, “Hmm, I’m pretty sure that one’s Beckett”… Interestingly, while I was busy taking your comment out of context and checking to confirm the accuracy of my own thoughts, I found this article which, among other things, mentions how that quote itself is conveniently plucked out of its context in order to supply the motivational meaning for which it has now grown famous: http://tinyurl.com/mcv6kyg

I’m not sure that I find it quite as pessimistic in its entirety as the author of the piece seems to, but it’s definitely a bit of a fun fact if you’re into that sort of thing.

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