Federer, Murray Roll; Women’s Upsets Continue Tuesday at US Open
by Staff | September 1st, 2015, 11:31 pm
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The women’s seeds kept dropping out on Tuesday at the US Open, where No. 6 Lucie Safarova, who has had a strong summer, was nonetheless easily sent out by unseeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-1.


“I talked with my coach about what to change,” said Tsurenko, who following Wimbledon won her first career title at Istanbul. “I changed the serve a little bit, made it a more active movement. I received pretty bad because she was a lefty. This time I was playing at the back more.”

Safarova made for almost half of the Top 10 seeds going out the first two days.

Other unseeded players orchestrating upsets were Czech Barbora Strycova ousting No. 14 Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-0; Japan’s Kurumi Nara coming from a set down to defeat No. 27 Alize Cornet 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; and Belarus’ Olga Govortsova who edged No. 28 Irina Begu 6-1, 0-6, 7-6(3).

Top 10-seeded winners avoiding the upset bug were No. 2 Simona Halep beating Marina Erakovic who retired in the second set with a knee injury; No. 5 Petra Kvitova in the final night match overwhelming inexperienced German Laura Siegemund 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki steamrolling NCAA champ Jamie Loeb 6-2, 6-0; and No. 9 Garbine Muguruza Blanco beating German Carina Witthoeft 6-2, 6-4.

“Actually it’s the first time I’ve started a Grand Slam well,” said Halep in her post-match press conference. “I had a good match. I think I was playing very aggressively. I served pretty well, I returned okay. She has a second serve with a lot of topspin, and it’s really tough to return…I was playing with confidence and didn’t let her play her game.”

Wozniacki took time out after her match to hold court on her buddy Serena Williams and her quest for a calendar-year Grand Slam.

“I think the media and everyone else is more concerned than she is,” Wozniacki said. “Obviously she’s very aware of the situation. But in the end of the day, I think she just takes one match at a time and just wants to do her best out there…She’s arguably the best player ever, female player to ever play tennis, maybe the best female player in terms of results, and it’s already incredible, you know.”

Also into the second round were seeds No. 11 Angelique Kerber, No. 16 Sara Errani, No. 18 Andrea Petkovic who came from a set down to beat Caroline Garcia, No. 20 Victoria Azarenka, No. 22 Sam Stosur, No. 24 Sabine Lisicki, No. 26 Flavia Pennetta who needed three to beat Jarmila Gajdosova, and No. 32 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

The former No. 1 Azarenka got meta after her match regarding her approach to this US Open.

“I kind of put myself in this mindset where time doesn’t really exist that much,” she said. “There is no past or future. I just try to stay really in the present and find the way to enjoy that and improve in that particular moment. So not looking ahead. But I feel that I’ve done a good job preparing myself. I gave myself the best opportunity to play here. You know, I give 100 percent every day, so that’s all I can ask from myself.”

A tame day on the men’s side saw No. 2 Roger Federer maintain his sterling form with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 dismantling of Leo Mayer, and No. 3 Andy Murray caging the combustible Nick Kyrgios 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in the men’s night match.

“It definitely looked like a very tough draw in the first round,” said Federer, who has had difficulty with Mayer in the past. “For me, anyways. But then again, today was much faster…Plus, I’m playing very well at the moment. Playing with confidence. Got off to a good start. Then the match obviously can be very different.”

No. 5 Stan Wawrinka and No. 6 Tomas Berdych were other Top 10 winners on the day, defeating Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Bjorn Fratangelo respectively in straight sets.

“I start at 5 [p.m.], so it’s not that hot for me, just humid,” said Wawrinka, who clubbed 53 winners against Ramos-Vinolas. “Maybe I’m lucky to play that late and not during the day with the sun. I think, apart from the fact it’s really humid, it was not a big deal for me tonight.”

Berdych will next meet qualifier Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer, who topped American Denis Kudla 6-3, 7-5, 6-1.

Lower-seeded winners into the second round on Tuesday were No. 12 Richard Gasquet outlasting Thanasi Kokkinakis who retired at 0-2 in the fifth with cramps, No. 13 John Isner, No. 15 Kevin Anderson, No. 20 Dominic Thiem, No. 21 “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic, No. 22 Viktor Troicki, No. 24 Bernard “The Tank Machine” Tomic, No. 28 Jack Sock, No. 29 Philipp Kohlschreiber who beat Alexander Zverev 6-4 in the fifth, No. 30 Thomaz Bellucci, and No. 31 Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez who topped Janko Tipsarevic 6-1 in the fifth.

The American hope Isner won Atlanta and was runner-up at Washington entering the US Open, and on Tuesday made quick work of Malek Jaziri 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

“I’ve played well this summer,” Isner said. “It started in Atlanta and I played well in D.C. and Montreal. Went deep three tournaments in a row and it really did a number on me physically. I lost a super-tough match in Montreal where I left it all out on the court there and didn’t have much in Cincinnati. I’m rested up and I’m ready to go. I’m happy to get off the court today in a quick fashion.”

In the lone upset of the day, American Donald Young came from two sets down to defeat No. 11 Gilles Simon 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

“The fact I could get a little confidence from the fact he hadn’t had a great summer in North America, he’s not too confident, hasn’t won that many matches and I have won a few matches as of late, it felt pretty good,” Young said. “It was definitely rough to have that in the back of my head that he’s beaten me five times. I have never won a set. And at the time I was down two sets to love, so I was proud of myself to fight back.”

Other unseeded players of note into the second round were former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, Richard Krajicek cousin Austin Krajicek, Rajeev “Rampras” Ram defeating the embattled Ryan Harrison in an all-American meeting, and Nicolas Mahut dismissing Sam Querrey in straights.

Matches to look for on Wednesday in Flushing Meadows include (1) Serena Williams vs. Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, (2) Venus Williams vs. Irina Falconi in an all-American, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Andreas “Don’t Be a” Haider-Maurer, Mardy Fish vs. (18) Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. Coco Vandeweghe in an all-American, the resurgent (8) Rafael Nadal vs. Diego Schwartzman, and (10) Milos Raonic vs. Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco.


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162 Comments for Federer, Murray Roll; Women’s Upsets Continue Tuesday at US Open

RZ Says:

‘Andreas “Don’t Be a” Haider-Maurer’ – haha, good nickname!


Margot Says:

Never in doubt! Goooo Andy!
Now THAT was a “tough draw in the first round” if you like………;)


Colin Says:

Andy will have easier matches against players ranked above Kyrgios. How can anyone get into a rhythm against him? I doubt that the crowd who watched that match would agree with Staff’s description of this as a “tame” day!


madmax Says:

Am so pleased Murray put Krygios in his place!

I didn’t see the match, but wondered whether he was booed when he walked onto the court. I haven’t read the other posts, so if anyone could tell me, would be great.

Just thinking that he must have loved all the hype surrounding his own ego.

Murray was very accommodating about his previous behaviour, I thought, but I reckon deep down, he wanted to pulverise him.

Men’s tour. It’s a fraternity.


Okiegal Says:

Good on Andy! Glad he won…..


Matt Says:

Indeed, solid performance from Andy. Kyrgios not an easy 1R opponent. Andy looks pretty poised though seeing him bark at his box and waste energy (pouting) will not help him.

Footnote: will Stan find that form? Saw glimpses today, but still a wild card, imo.


brando Says:

Only saw set 1 but damn: LOVED what I saw of Andy. The composure, cool and complete self belief in skill, game and being he showed in dealing with a talented player who brought it to him in the context of very tough conditions was just excellent to see. When Andy performs like this, is in such a state: I have zero fear for him. He’s at the peak of his career as a performer for me now, his game looks so damn good. As for the Open: true, his draw of Wawrinka, Federer, Djokovic is as brutal as any seen. BUT: I look at the man, the player and say: yep, its still one he can handle. Andy is rated highly but I think he’s way, way better than even that. Hope my boy stands tall in 14 days time and justifies my belief.


roy Says:

“Murray was very accommodating about his previous behaviour, I thought, but I reckon deep down, he wanted to pulverise him.”

no, physically murray is an ‘alpha male’, but psychologically he is an omega feminist who toes every ‘pc’ leftist line, including tolerating/excusing as much degenerate behaviour as possible. he wouldn’t dare take an inconvenient stand on anything.

ryan harrison, though, has managed to preserve some masculine characteristics.

murray would be better on your davis cup team, but harrison would be far more fit to protect your tribe and go to war with. murray would probably demand a female ‘officer’ to order him around and cry when the enemies don’t let him win.


calmdownplease Says:

?!
bwahahahaha!
Ryan Harrison is a little pip squeak.
It wouldn’t last 5 minutes anywhere dangerous, lol
WTF are you O-N, dude?
Tennis is not a `tough guy` sport at all.


calmdownplease Says:

Oh and sorry
didn’t really mean to call Harrison an `it`
;-O


Margot Says:

Well…Over the years I’ve read some sexist drivel on here but Roy @ 8.35am must be a front runner for the “Talking the most S***e” Trophy.”
Andy was born in Glasgow, I’d back him in any fight. What’s more he’s a keen boxing fan. Nuff said.
He knows where you live Roy…….


Jock-KatH Says:

Margot – Quick! Turd Alert from Pipsqueak!!!!!!!


Ben Pronin Says:

Murray did some things well and some things not so well. I thought he was actually a lot better from his forehand side than the backhand yesterday. He had some poor misses on the backhand by his standards. His first serve was good when he got it in, but against a better returner his second serve would have been destroyed.

Kyrgios is so up and down it’s infuriating. The guy really does have so much game. And he’s not horrible at net, either. But so many stupid shots (he must have set a record for attempted tweeners). I can definitely see why he turns off so many fans. The fake sleeping during changeovers. The casual demeanor in between points. The stupid, stupid, stupid shot selection. I thought the sleeping bit was funny but I’m sure I’m in the minority there. He gives off the impression that he doesn’t care or isn’t serious. I think the result itself says otherwise. He had a lot of chances to break Murray in the first 3 sets and either played the points horribly or played the worst possible game when trying to consolidate the break.

Anyways, Murray will improve on this, I’m quite sure. Some poor backhands and a low first serve percentage is an easy fix and I think he’s more interested in these shots working in the last few rounds than in the first. His defense was incredible. Much like Nadal against Coric, he uses the size of the stadium to his advantage. No matter where Kyrgios sent the ball, Murray could run to it. And he hit some crazy good on-the-run shots.

I think this will play a factor should he meet Wawrinka or especially Federer. The size of the Ashe Stadium is definitely rewarding the defensive players more than ever.


Jock-KatH Says:

Ah there You are – how could I doubt you’d get in first – 5 stars.

PS: Andy particularly likes the Cage Boxing – it stops the cowards from crawling away…..


calmdownplease Says:

Where ROY lives?
What, in some shack in Appalachians?
That’s my guess anyway
I can’t believe he has internet connection `cept when them there townfolks with their fancy phones n stuff venture out..
And get lost…
:(
Bet there’s a few farm yard animals with inappropriate names living up there too
Like Mom and Pop
lol


Jock-KatH Says:

But who is Ryan Harrison?
Am assuming he’s connected with tennis.
Saw somebody resembling his description walking down the street, brandishing a tennis racquet, chasing a wee 5 year old boy – with intent….


Tennis Vagabond Says:

hahaha this is turning into a fun thread


Margot Says:

Happy to oblige TV, especially when there’s turds a-flying….;)


brando Says:

Lmfao Roy: smoke too much of the good stuff no? Let’s get it straight: tennis is the gentleman’s game not UFC. You ain’t going to find a general Patton out of these guys. They call rafa a beast oncourt for credible reasons. But everyone knows hes a extremely shy, unassuming guy off court. Nole is seen as a fighter on court. But off it he’s a extremely easy going, regular, chilled out individual who is more dorky than a tough, bullish guy. Andy is like them: strong oncourt and a very regular person who is level headed of it. Why should they be otherwise? They rightfully go hard at their job, but outside it be normal like you, I just hoping to enjoy life without making a fuss about it. They don’t need to beat up on someone, act tough, have a arrogant swagger about them. They don’t know how to do that…..ONLY jackasses do. And these guys are not aholes. I’ll give you a personal story: when I used to thai box for years I once had a conversation with the master trainer there. Toughest guy I ever met, who would whup any guys butt even though he was 55 when I met him since his physique, skill at fighting was outrageous. He told me one thing I will ALWAYS remember: he said people who are really strong, have real power are more hesitant and reluctant to fight since they know the damage they can do. They realize the full extent of pain and are extremely vary to inflict it. On the other hand: the genuinely weak exercise it since they feel a need to soothe a inherent insecurity within them.that in mind: Now Ryan Harrison to me seems insecure and a bully when he started on kokkanikas for no real good reason. Andy, rafael to me seems like strong people with a secure state of being who know they ain’t got to prove anything. Their ego, existence is so secure they don’t need to prove themselves to the foolish who believe being a tough guy is everything when really it’s just addressing a insecurity in the worst possible way.


Jock-KatH Says:

Article by Douglas Perry “The Oregonian” on the Murray v Kyrgios match. He’s usually a careful writer but there is an error – last line(probably only a typo)which gives a chuckle:

Discussing Kyrios, he states “McEnro and Connors offered up a lot of disreputable behaviour during their careers, but they always —always – put it all out there during matches. Fans appreciated the effort, and McEnro and Connors evolved in the pubic mind from brats to icons”.


Jock-KatH Says:

…second last line


jane Says:

interesting that andy said ashe seems to playing slower whereas fed said the conditions are fast. it’s hard to know what the deal is in that case. but i agree with ben that both andy and rafa seemed to be able to run a lot down in their matches.


Okiegal Says:

Appalachians?? Why bring people from Appalacia into a tennis discussion?? We’re all God’s creatures….makes no difference where you’re from. CDP, where is the rock located you crawled out from under? Didn’t say that quite right but a smart person like you can figure it out….right Dear??


calmdownplease Says:

`CDP, where is the rock located you crawled out from under?`

A `rock` called `Hampstead` in a city called London.

Beyotch!


Okiegal Says:

Thank-you!! A lovely place, I’m sure!! What does beyotch mean? Looked in Webster’s, not there….. :)


calmdownplease Says:

Just look in the mirror and have a think about it.
You’ll get it’s meaning eventually :)


Markus Says:

OkieGal, I think “beyotch” is a euphemism for a bad word that begins with a “b”. And I’m not referring to a dog.


Markus Says:

Okie, I hope you don’t mind me capitalizing the “g” in your name. It makes me feel your connection with the other Nadal Gal and, of course, to Nadal himself.


jalep Says:

Tennis-x bracketeer latest news:

After the 2nd day of seeded carnage, RZ remains top dog tied with Daniel, Eric is in 2nd or 3rd, however one looks at it. The rest of us wait for glory in the 2nd week.

Margot, we are the only ones using the “talk” option. It’s nice chatting with you ;)
Have to work tonight but will check that space in the morning – afternoon, whichever time zone.


RZ Says:

@Roy – have you forgotten Andy’s reaction to Rosol’s bump?


calmdownplease Says:

`And I’m not referring to a dog…`

But I was!
(and she knows exactly what it means, lol)


assia Says:

Anyone else think that cdp doesn’t live in Hampstead? Sounds like a massive porky pie to me…
a revealing porky pie as well….
Saying you live in Hampstead is the equivalent of saying you or your family are very rich….


RZ Says:

@Jalep – sadly it won’t last :-( For now I need to milk it for all it’s worth!


Markus Says:

…and what does it matter where anyone lives?


Markus Says:

…and what does it matter where anyone lives?


jalep Says:

Yeah, RZ…I know. Your bracket is going down big time lol, like mine! hahaha


Okiegal Says:

@Markus…..You can put big caps in my moniker when and wherever you like!! I want my connection to TEAM RAFA to be loud and clear! My other NADAL GAL friend is on a trip….She left me here, almost all alone….I’m afraid. :( But in the words of Gloria Gaynor’s famous hit song, “I Will Survive”…Lol I only hope Rafa does!!!!!


jalep Says:

Andy might save you RZ. Goffin losing to Berankis isn’t going to help me – he lost the 1st set.

The entire Kei section of my bracket is loser picks.


Okiegal Says:

Markus, that was my point too?? Like people who might live in shacks are less than any human being who might live in a mansion??? Don’t think so…..


RZ Says:

@Jalep – I didn’t even konw that Goffin lost. Oh well, that will be less damaging to my bracket than Dolgopolov retiring.

I usually enter the Grand Slam Tennis Fantasy Team. I’ll look into whether private pools are available and if so, will start posting it for the slams. For Wimbledon 2010, I was in first place for my men’s picks from the start of the tournament, until Berdych decided to shake things up. His defeat of Fed and Nole made me drop all the way to 50th. I haven’t forgiven him for that!


jalep Says:

Brackets mostly were busted on the first day when Kei lost to Paire – and it just keeps going.

Shoulda woulda, RZ. Shoulda stayed with my gut on Donald Young but the head said no, Giles is too consistent, you crazy.


Okiegal Says:

@CDP …..I avoid mirrors, the vampire in me won’t allow it! Lol Yes, I knew what you meant…

@Markus….

Some folks love dogs better than people……I can sometimes understand why….. :)


RZ Says:

@Jalep – sorry didn’t realize play had started on the east coast. Goffin lost the first set only. He may still pull this out.


Okiegal Says:

@Assia…..I had no idea what living in Hampstead could possibly mean…..a place for the wealthy?? How absolutely fortunate for them thar folks!! Lol


Jock-KatH Says:

Jane – Perhaps the time of day had an effect? Think both Andy and Rafa played latish evening and the Fed. mid-day.


jalep Says:

Goffin hasn’t lost yet – lost the 1st set. Berankis? didn’t even pick him for a round.

Used to love the ATP Masters Bracket when it was around. A poster here, Kimberly started a bunch of us doing it. I had some better results than this – but never great at it.

Sure, look into whatever you can find! Tennis Channel now charges money for setting up a private pool. GTN was free. But they don’t have a WTA one.


calmdownplease Says:

@assia

I AM from Hampstead (and continue to live there)!
And, amazingly, I couldn’t care less about your assumptions on the matter, whoever you are…
Oh, nice name you’ve got there too
Very apt ;0)
lol


Navdeep Says:

fish-lopez could be a long battle


Ben Pronin Says:

Do you people know there’s tennis being played?

It wasn’t as hot today this morning.

For those interested, read Fish’s piece in the playerstribune. It’s a great read. I have a lot of respect for the guy and I hope that he has a great run here. Looks like he’s doing well against Lopez.

Is anyone going to watch Nadal today?


jane Says:

ha ben, and yes raonic just won set 1 over verdasco 6-2. i was kind of surprised tbh.


jane Says:

here’s the piece on mardy that ben’s referring to i think; it is very touching

http://www.theplayerstribune.com/mardy-fish-us-open/


Margot Says:

@RZ
I was doing really, really well on the AO bracket. Front page news.
Then Andy lost :’(


sienna Says:

Well done US Open.

Ballboy with down that certainly is great to see.
Eastern Europe pay attention!

Maybe next year we take on board CDP hadicap so it truly will feel everyone is on board.


jalep Says:

Glad Mardy is telling his story. I have panic attacks too. But it can be a good guideline for whether or not I’m in the right job, relationship, ect. Exercise is a must in my own management of the problem but competition at a high level is another matter. If I was running, it was fine. Playing a piano recital – no. Can’t do it.

Playing tennis – competing in the top 10? Not sure how he can do it…how does he manage that?

Would love to ask him for more details!


jane Says:

jalep, i can see how the difference between exercise and competition would be day and night when dealing with anxiety. it’d be the high pressure that would exacerbate things. and yeah, it’s good that he’s sharing.

just sort of imploded at the end of the 4th set there. couldnt serve it out and then was broken.


Daniel Says:

Poor Fish, served for the macth at 5-4 and now lost fourth set 7-5. If he is to go down his last USO match, I’ll rather lose straight forward than choke a lead. Think Lopez takes fifth set as wellnow.

In the mean time, Raonic is two sets up and Fognini took furst set 6-3 even being down 2-3 Break agaisnt.


Daniel Says:

Well, CDP is a millionaire, that explain a lot of his behavior on here;-)

Do you have a guest room?! LOL


jane Says:

agree daniel. sad it happened like that in the fish match. : /


Daniel Says:

Okiegal, Hampstead has the most millionaire per square meter in London area.


Daniel Says:

Jane,

He is still alive at 2-2 but he is serving second and I bet at 3-4 or 4-5 or 5-6 he will get broken. Don’t see this going to a tiebreak. He will get nervous by the end and Lopez has the momentum now


Navdeep Says:

Let’s just hope its not the last match of fish


Daniel Says:

Cilicalso won first ser easy 6-2. Hope he and Dimitrov wins, their third round match could be a cracker. Maybe for Dimibearing defending chamoion could ignite something. Theat prt of draw is kind of open for Cilci, Dimitrov, Ferrer or Tosnga to make semis. I hope that either Dimi or Cilic male ot that far. Tsonga is too inconsistant and Ferrer is not going to be in finals after 6 weeks out. So hope for one of the “young” ones, they need it more at this point


brando Says:

Rafa and Novak announce exhibition match for October. This is 3rd match they have set as exhibition and also embarked on a South American tour together. From all the fierce rivals in sports these 2 seem to be very comfortable and chilled out with another among many. Just the other day nole photobombed rafa and I remember rafa laughing and joking with nole in his free time at Wimbledon. I think after Andy, Nole seems to be the one elite player rafa most gets along with. Good to see for sure.


jane Says:

yeah i am following daniel…just disappointing because he had it on his racquet. now f-lo is likely to win.


brando Says:

Correction: 2nd exhibition. Rafa set up a match for his foundation many years ago in Madrid, at the stadium of real Madrid which was a huge deal for him. He asked nole to play who gladly accepted, unfortunately rafa got injured and that got cancelled. Imagine that match: rafa v nole in a 90,000 plus world famous arena: wow!


Daniel Says:

See, Fish was broken down 3-4 and now Lopez serving for the math, hate being right.


jalep Says:

jane. Doing the brackets makes me shallow and insensitive. Feli is my pick.


jalep Says:

Well, sorry Fish lost the match. But I don’t feel too sorry for him in general. He’s doing great. Good man, Mardy Fish.

Congrats Mardy and keep fighting!


Emily Says:

Mardy was cramping and clearly exhausted by the end. He needed to win in 4 but feli was very gracious, saying he thought mardy deserved to win. Now just one more match before Rafa comes to Armstrong


Kimberly Says:

Hi all! Missed the bracket. Went on a great family vacation to England. Colin and I did do last minute a mens bracket on tennis channel names are colinthestar and kimberlithestar. Sad to see Fish career end this way.

Raonic seems to have something going on physically too


Daniel Says:

Fognini servng for the match alteady down 0-30.


Okiegal Says:

@Daniel….I guess Hampstead is akin to the Hamptons?? Is CDP male or female? I’m not really sure. The comments from him or her sounds more female to me……You know the type that movies are fashioned after?? “Mean Girls” comes to mind……:)


Okiegal Says:

Raonic does not want a 5th set…..he’s hurting….


Daniel Says:

Fabio takes it in three. Nadal next, could be interesting, if Fognini was giving Nadal trouble on clay he should be more dangerous on this courts. But also Nadal is playung more agressive so…

Indeed Kimberly, Raonic seems slower than usual


Daniel Says:

Cilic through. Hoping Raonic wins as well


Daniel Says:

Oki, pretty sure cdp is male. To cocky, sassy and now “posh”. Lol


Okiegal Says:

@Daniel…..You’re probably right…..I’m not very perceptive.


FedExpress Says:

come on bertens. save tennis


FedExpress Says:

serenas antics start now


FedExpress Says:

plz dont fall for it like watson did


FedExpress Says:

serenas trying to intimidate bertens with screaming

seen it all before. disgusting


FedExpress Says:

this script is just disgusting


FedExpress Says:

wtf was that. disgusting player serena is


FedExpress Says:

crying, yelling, screaming


FedExpress Says:

drama queen.


Markus Says:

Since when has screaming been considered an intimidation in tennis? All the other players are just rubbish. They see Serena and just melt. Serena is playing poorly but Berthens is still quaking in her boots. Rubbish.


FedExpress Says:

4-0 led bertens in the tiebreaker. 5-5

peak wta


FedExpress Says:

Nadal is more GOAT than serena ever will be


sienna Says:

Kiki choked the breaker… Over and out you feel.
would have been something for aan dutch girl to upset sporting world twice in alle week.


Okiegal Says:

They’re both showing bits and pieces of drama….Bertens just slung her raquet down. Serena isn’t the only drama queen on the court……


Markus Says:

Bertens should have smacked herself with her racquet, Youzhny style. It was all her fault anyway. She had all the chances and blew them. And she call herself a professional. WTA ia a joke. Give the Grand Slam to Serena already.

Now on to real tennis. Nadal is playing well. My wife says she’ll buy me Nadal’s outfit, from head to toe. I told her to include the watch.


courbon Says:

Nadal is solid, Shwartzman not bad either, but with average serving he will not beat Rafa.
Rafa is so good on the net-it’s shame he does not go more often there.
and while I’m writing, Diego had good service game.Tiebreak


Daniel Says:

Schwartz is not respecting Nadal at all.

How many times have Nadal served for sets or matches and was broken this year?! Seems he still isn’t fully confident.

tiebreak


Okiegal Says:

@Markus….He be lookin’ fine in the neon lime green…..Will you?? Lol


Daniel Says:

Schwartz with2 serves to close tiebreak, nerves.


Daniel Says:

He did nothing with the short ball Nadal hit and Schwartz missed the volley, set point Nadal. Kind of lucky if he scape this tiebreak because he is not playing great.


FedExpress Says:

Disgusting lucker this rafa is


Daniel Says:

But this is the thing with lower ranked players, Schwatrz was playing great until suddenly he was 5-3 in tiebreak. He missed a BH he was’t missing and than a ball he didn’t finish.

That’s why they need extra mental fortitude in order to overcame.

Nadal with 17 UE is too much even for a long set.


Markus Says:

Schwartzman is WTA material.


courbon Says:

Rafa lucky, Diego got the nerves


Brando Says:

Excellent to see Rafa face setbacks and overcome them.

It’s a important thing he’s failed to do this year: cop a setback and then wash it off.

Novak (quite a few times actually) served for sets, got broken but still took care of business.

Winning ugly set’s is good thing: beat’s losing them.

Especially on a new court you have not played on for years, in these new conditions (first day match).


FedExpress Says:

Murry basically ended dimis career in cincy. Dimk down two sets. Big disappoinment of the year


Daniel Says:

Now Schwartz is unleashing BH cross court and got the early break in second set. Let’s see how long it lasts


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a point and lobby


courbon Says:

And Rafa not solid at all anymore…


FedExpress Says:

Not long. Argentina producing so many mental midgets

nalbandian, coria, gaudio etc


Okiegal Says:

Rafa not playing as well as he did first match. If he gets past this guy…..eeeeek, Fabio!!!


Okiegal Says:

Serena is on the practice court working on that serve…..wow, just wow!!


van orten Says:

looks like Nadal vs halep…entertaining match though


courbon Says:

and yet they gave us DelPotro, Maradonna…
seriously, how can you say that one country produces mental midgets???? which country in your opinion give us strong mental people ?
Think before you post…


Okiegal Says:

Rafa not very confident atm…..not going after shots like he did against Coric……


jalep Says:

Dimitrov is pretty much terrible until now – he might get a set. He seems lost to me.

Cheers Kimberly! Happy to read you here. I have a wta bracket on the tennis channel under Contessador. It’s as great an example of embarrassing bracket picking as you will ever see. wta, picks are slippery.

Bouchard is going to win another match! sheesh…just when I stop picking her to win anything.


Colin Says:

Regarding the unspeakable Roy, I am disappointed that nobody mentioned his automatic use of the term “leftist” to apply to anyone of whom he disapproves. For pity’s sake, what IS it with so many Americans that they have this pathological fear (because it is fear) of any politics slightly less right-wing than Genghis Khan? It’s hilarious to see “socialist” applied to Obama, who’s about as left-wing as Margaret Thatcher.
End of rant.

As for Hampstead being posh, when I was first in London (1958) I lived in a tiny rented room in Swiss Cottage, which is almost Hampstead, so that makes me a teeny bit posh!

Anyone thinking Andy is a wimp should remember the occasion when he (probably mistakenly) thought Del Potro had insulted Judy Murray, and was all set to pick a fight with the Large Argie.


Brando Says:

Stats? Rafa has best % win of net points from famous 4.

Legendary net players? J Mac calling Rafa a brilliant volleyer.

Non-fans? Gosh Rafa is good at net, he needs to go there.

Sight sees? Brilliant volley to bring BP by Rafa.

- Rafa:

Get to the f–cking net! All can see you can do some damage there, get your behind there more often!


courbon Says:

Colin, I lived in Nothing Hill ( Portobello road ) for years and I’m posh as open tin of sardines on the side of the road…


courbon Says:

Brando-true.By the way, good post about your marshal arts instructor.True, again


jalep Says:

Colin

Hilarious rant – loved it. So true, too. Always thought of you as Posh ;)


Brando Says:

2-0 down to claim set 6-1 from there, vamos Rafa!

Aggression is the solution for Rafa: when he’s aggressive, to be honest as a long time Nadal fan, he still plays like his peak period best.

I think that’s what Rafa needs to do now to be back to his best:

Minimize, eliminate the passages of passive play and maintain the aggression. Do that and I think he’ll be fine.

Even in this match alone he’s shown immense progression from the nadir of only a few months ago.

He’s on the right path IMHO.


Brando Says:

@Courbon:

Thanks, and re your post on other thread: thanks, likewise it’s good to see you here more frequently than previous months. Always a welcome sight seeing a post from big C.


courbon Says:

Brando thanx. I’m off to bed-Rafa will wrap this up now ad hopefully Novak will win tonight-will see in the morning.


Brando Says:

And another volley to win the game, brilliant!

I know some may think this is ridiculous but:

I actually like Rafa facing adversity. Right now he needs tough matches, tough wins since easy wins really ain’t doing much in preparation for a big match.

He needs to have experience of facing adversity and overcoming them.


Daniel Says:

Dimi got fourth set and is serving first fourth. Let’s see if he can break at the right time and force a fifth. That could be huge for him


RZ Says:

“Schwartzman is WTA material.”

Come on Markus, you are better than that.


jalep Says:

Got a song for you, courbon ;)
(and cdp, maybe)

Portobello Belle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOCikp4GG18


jalep Says:

Dimitrov stays alive. 2 sets each. Kukushkin not too happy about it – takes another comfort break.

5th set might be good.


Daniel Says:

Hope Dimi wins in five. He sure needs a big win


jalep Says:

3 great matches on right now

Rafa (he’s got this)
Grigor ???
Bencic – lost 1st set to Doi!?


jalep Says:

Dimi is broken again. Kuku in the driver’s seat now.


Daniel Says:

Dimi a break down. Seems he still is mentally weak. I wonder if he’ll ever overcome that?!


brando Says:

Dimitrov will win since kush is a bigger choker than grigor. Dimi keeps the error count low from here: he’ll win.


jalep Says:

He’ll figure it out I think, Daniel.

Grigor just has to sort out some issues – lots going on off court. He’ll get his priorities straight again.


RZ Says:

I read that Dmitrov switched racquets recently. It takes time for some of the pros to get used to their new racquets.


RZ Says:

Big upset in doubles: Mayer and Sousa took out PospiSock in straight sets. Didn’t see that one coming. Was Vasek still hurting?


Daniel Says:

Last shot for Dimi to break. Kuku will serve for the match


jalep Says:

That’s right RZ – heard or read about the racket too. Tough adjustments of all kinds.

Oh that was good. Kukushkin. Give him credit.


RZ Says:

Kukushkin has to be considered a dangerous player who is capable of pulling an upset. He’s had some quality wins over the past few years.


Daniel Says:

Well if Dimi’s head hold long enough to wait Djoko/Murray/Fed/Nadal are out, maybe he will have a shot, but no so sure anymore as it once was. Too bad


jane Says:

*waving at kimberly!!!*

too bad dimitrov just can’t seem to find any form consistently.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I am not a bull on Dmitrov’s prospects. At his age (24!), he shouldn’t be going backwards if he’s planning on winning Slams some day.


jane Says:

darn, popsicle and sock lost. :/


jalep Says:

On my way out the door …

One last post @ Tennis Vagabond – think about Stan Wawrinka, yes? There is still time for Grigor :D


Tennis Vagabond Says:

jalep, quick, name me ONE OTHER player with a career arc like Stan’s!
If there’s just one in a hundred years of pro tennis, that’s called the exception that proves the rule.

(I’ll wait till you get back in the other door)


Skeezer Says:

Kuku beats Dimi? Really? A new low.


the_mind_reels Says:

@Skeezer: I sat courtside for most of the match — the new Court 17 provides an awesome intimate atmosphere — and Kukushkin did nothing remarkable. All credit to him, though — he stayed tough and returned well when he needed to. Dimitrov’s backhand is a liability. He hardly came over it throughout the match, and Kukushkin had very little trouble with the slice, so…not a great tactic.

When he did come over it, he missed frequently. And, when Kukushkin attacked it, it broke down almost at will.

Dimitrov’s definitely in a little bit of a funk.


jane Says:

well at least you saw a nice long match the_mind_reels


Skeezer Says:

@the_mind_reels
You’re @ the Open! Awesome…thanks for the first hand look 👍


Daniel Says:

Time for Djoko to take control, 0-30 4-5. Break, grab the set and start leading.


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a game. He return 3 unbelievable serves taking “uohh” from the crowd. And close the set with a lobby.


jane Says:

sweet lob-o-vic to seal the set. ;)


mat4 Says:

Novak is slowly finding his rhythm. Kudos Haider-Maurer for such great serving.


jane Says:

oh novak – defense to offense.


Daniel Says:

think Djoko wants to spend minimum time on court this first week.

Can’t see him being tested before Quarters (Nadal, Raonic, Fognini, Lopez). Semis depends who will be there (Ferrer, Tsonga or Cilic). On paper only a in form Nadal could pose some threat, but that is a big if, specially from what we saw today.


jane Says:

jamie foxx in novak’s box :)


Daniel Says:

Djoko coming in whenever he cans, shorten points.


Daniel Says:

Djoko is playing flawless tennis. HM can’t hit winners but he is not missing easy shots and staying in the rallies, until Djoko penetrates and find a way to win a point.


jane Says:

he started a bit slowly but yeah he’s hitting his stride now. i like how much he’s mixing it up, with drop shots, volleys, slices, and some great groundies and returns.

hm continues to serve well, though, but he foot faults too much.


jane Says:

a couple of cool stats for novak fans (from fowler/espn):

the last time a player made 10 finals in a row in a season was fed in 2006. j-mac made 11 straight in 1984. novak already with 10 in 2015.

also, he’s now 18-0 under the lights at the us open.


b3anz Says:

ill say this about Murray… Aussie Open SF, Berdych started to get at Andy, even grilled him hard on a changeover… and he never said one word or even looked his way… i was hoping for something cuz i cant stand Berdych anyhow… but the next match of any real significance that Andy should be winning is Davis Cup tie


courbon Says:

Thanx Jalep.I know that song-they played in some pubs in Portobello road before they become big.

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