Federer Continues To Dominate While Young, Azarenka Post Dramatic Wins At US Open; Djokovic, Serena Sunday
by Staff | September 6th, 2015, 12:25 am
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American Donald Young was the feel-good story of the US Open on Saturday, posting his second comeback of the tournament from 0-2 sets down to upset No. 22 seed Viktor Troicki 4-6, 0-6, 7-6(3), 6-2, 6-4.

“I’ve been slaving in the gym, killing it,” Young said. “It was a weak point in my career. I’m not exactly where I want to be, but I’m moving in the right direction.”

Young will next meet No. 5 seed Stan Wawrinka, who defeated Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-4.

Another American punched his ticket for the fourth round when No. 13 seed John Isner advanced when Czech Jiri Vesely retired (neck injury) at 6-3, 6-4.

Isner will next meet world No. 2 Roger Federer, who was a straight-set winner over No. 29 Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

“It’s going to be fun,” Isner said of facing Federer. “It’s what I work so hard for, to get an opportunity like this. On Monday I’m going to have fun with it. At the same time, I’m going to go out there and believe that I can win the match…I’ll be able to leave it all out there on Monday, win or lose…I’m going to go out there and roll the dice.”

No. 6 Tomas Berdych and No. 12 Richard Gasquet set up a fourth-round meeting when the Czech defeated No. 31 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-7(2), 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-3, and the Frenchman brushed aside No. 24 Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

In the late match No. 3 Andy Murray defeated No. 30 Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

“I felt like I played well. I mean, in these conditions, it’s a bit easier to control the ball,” said Murray. “The ball was not bouncing as high. It was a bit sort of flatter.”

Murray also said he’s feeling better after dealing with a cold the last few days.

“When I woke up this morning. I slept like during the day yesterday two or three times. Today I got up, and I slept again before coming out to the courts. Today I felt much, much better. My voice feels like normal again. Still dull obviously, but it feels more normal today and not blocked up or anything anymore, which is good. Yeah, that’s very positive.”

On the women’s side No. 2 Simona Halep led the charge in the night match, defeating chunky American Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-3.

Halep will next face No. 24 Sabine Lisici who beat Barbora Stryvoca 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Also among the Top 10-seeded winners was No. 5 Petra Kvitova rocking No. 32 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-2, 6-1.

Kvitova will next meet Brit unseeded shooting star Johanna Konta, who ousted No. 18-seeded Andrea Petkovic 7-6(2), 6-3.

“I can but not really much, so it’s going to be difficult,” said Kvitova of facing konta for the first time. “I think I never played her, so it’s kind of something new.”

No. 22 Sam Stosur and No. 26 Flavia Pennetta set a meeting of veterans on Saturday when the Italian came from a set down to beat Czech Petra Cetkovska 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, and the Aussie former US Open champ outlasted No. 16-seeded Italian Sara Errani 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.

“We played against each other enough times and practiced together enough times to kind of know little things,” Stosur said of Pennetta.

After dramatic three-set wins on Saturday, unseeded American Varvara Lepchenko and former No. 1 and current No. 20 seed Viki Azarenka set up a meeting. Lepchenko came from a set down to beat Mona Barthel 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Azarenka outlasted and upset a feisty No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

“Every moment was really intense and tough,” Azarenka said. “I just tried to stay focused and tried to give my best at every point. She was playing incredible. She was pushing me. I was pushing her. So, you know, from both sides it was just head-to-head. It was amazing, I think.”

Lepchenko says she will need to be on the top of her game to compete.

“Definitely I have to start from the beginning my next match,” the American said. “Obviously she’s the one who has the pressure, and I have nothing to lose. I hope I’ll start really from the beginning, being really aggressive. I hope to be on top of my game.”

In a freak injury in the women’s locker room on Saturday, 21-year-old Canadian Genie Bouchard fell and injured her head, subsequently withdrawing from the women’s and mixed doubles.

“The severity of the injury was and continues to be assessed by the on-site medical personnel at the US Open,” said Tournament Director David Brewer. “No determination about competing in the singles competition has been made at this time. Bouchard will continue with medical evaluation and treatment for the remainder of the day.”

Highlights of Sunday play include defending champ (9) Marin Cilic vs. (27) Jeremy Chardy, (23) Venus Williams vs. Anett Kontaveit, (1) Serena Williams vs. (19) Madison Keys, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. (23) Roberto Bautista Agut, and all-French in Benoit Paire vs. (19) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, (18) Feliciano Lopez vs. (32) Fabio Fognini, and (25) Genie Bouchard vs. Roberta Vinci.


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143 Comments for Federer Continues To Dominate While Young, Azarenka Post Dramatic Wins At US Open; Djokovic, Serena Sunday

Margot Says:

Phew! It looks as if that one was a lot easier on Andy fans than the last one.
My cunning plan to bribe RZ to leave the country clearly worked…Glad you weren’t watching either Markus…..;)
Sounded much less “full of cold” in interview too.
Gooooooo Andy!


Okiegal Says:

I watched the entire match Margot, while eating a bowl of Lucky Charms cereal……that was the difference….lol


Margot Says:

Lol OK. Now you just get plenty in for the rest of the tourney. You hear?
Don’t get that cereal in the UK so alas can’t join you :)


Okiegal Says:

@Margot….No lucky charms??? That’s a sad state of affairs! Lol…..I would love to see Andy hoist the trophy…. it will be long hard road…..but he is capable! I wish him and his die hard fans the best!


cheat nadal Says:

Djokovic draw is the biggest joke of all time.


jane Says:

hmmm, “of all time” you say? i bet i could find equal/similar draws for any of the other “big 4s”. :)


Jock-KatH Says:

Okiegal

I’ve just bought up every packet of “Lucky Charms” on the USA Futures Market and a gift certificate of the entire stock will shortly be in your possession.


Margot Says:

@Kat
Isn’t Sushi Andy’s favourite food? Think we have to get some in…tho he does like cake too…;) Remember that huge slice of chocolate cake he was given?


Margot Says:

Just googled, seems to be….marshmallows! In UK we would call that “sweets” not “cereal” OK…..;)


Jock-KatH Says:

Spot On, Margot, but we need to handle it carefully, he only gets it if he’s a good wee boy and wins…….


Jock-KatH Says:

Getting worried now about Okiegal’s teeth – presumably she’s willing to sacrifice them for what must be done….


Margot Says:

Kat
Lol! :) Of course she must make sacrifices, after all we’ve all done it….not saying what of course…;)


sienna Says:

Young has been killing it.

Lets face it if your not ready willing to kill it in gym or in trainingblocks then you got no business winning slams.
Murray Nadal both skipped trainingblocks and have said they cut down on training so why the long face after losing matches?


Michael Says:

It is definitely not fun facing Roger. I think Isner was just kidding and he might not have meant that way. He has to prepare himself for the heat on the court bathed by the glittering Sun (unless it is a night venture) as well as tormented by Roger’s all round mastery in every aspects of the game and his effortless sublime Tennis which has earned him accolades and laurels. Although Isner can count on crowd support, yet I do not think he has the necessary arsenal to trouble Roger in this kind of a form. But he might take a set off Roger !!

At the other end, Novak as usual is rock solid and just playing to a perfect plan. His real trouble might arise when he plays Wawarinka. But that is still far away and I just wonder if there is anybody who can stop him holding the trophy other than Roger at his best ?

Andy too after that slip in the earlier encounter seems to be holding things together. He too might fancy his chances having entered the second week of the tournament !!

Thus, the US Open has entered its interesting stage and from hereon matches are going to get tough.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Did the “sabre” come out in Fed’s match yesterday?


Truthsquad Says:

“On the women’s side No. 2 Simona Halep led the charge in the night match, defeating chunky American Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-3.”

Once again, contributors to this site resort to sexism, body shaming, and a thinly veiled contempt for the women’s game and players. It’s 2015 guys. Grow up. Show some maturity and class.


autoFilter Says:

Yeah, TV, the sabre (or SABR or whatever they’re calling it) came out a few times, but it didn’t go so well, really. I think I recall just 3 times –of which 2 were basically whiffed unforced errors and the other was a winner with a lot of help from the netcord. Not its best showing, anyway.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Thruthsquad, thanks for that comment.

And autoFiler. Hopefully he got the duds out of the way. From the USO site, it sounds like this was his least impressive performance of the hard court season, so, hope he hasn’t peaked too early.


Okiegal Says:

@Jock……Don’t worry about my teeth, they’re like the stars…..they come out at night!!!! Bawahaha

@Margot…..Yes, it is a sweet cereal, I’m sad to say. Very popular here. To be a school teacher in the states you first have to have a fondness for hyperactive children…….Lol. Sweets for the sweet, that would be me!!


jalep Says:

hahaha…that’s funny, Okiegal. Can’t drink my coffee — still giggling.


jalep Says:

This is probably old news to tennis fans by now, but a little surprised tennis-x didn’t have it:

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/sep/05/eugenie-bouchard-suffers-head-injury-in-locker-room-accident-at-us-open

Hope she’s okay for her match today.


jane Says:

not sure if anyone is following/watching but cilic/chardy have split the first 2 sets.


jalep Says:

Golly, guess I can’t read. Tennis-x did mention the accident. Didn’t know about it until this morning and heard it on Tennis Channel news. Such back luck for Genie. Must have been a nasty fall to have a head injury.

Anyways, Chardy and Cilic are a set apiece at the moment. Cheering against my pick, Cilic, and cheering for Jeremy — Allez Jeremy!


Jock-KatH Says:

Ah Margot – That wonderful woman made the sacrifice in advance – she’s a seer. a soothsayer – what a privilege to know her. (She’s lying, of course,just to make us feel good).

To Okiegal – You sure are top of the popularity list – stay cool.

Can hardly concentrate on tennis now – but noted Cilic took set 1 but Chardy broke back in 2nd set – closer than first anticipated.


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep…..Glad I made you chuckle. Didn’t make church this morning…..hubby had his gallbladder removed Friday and stayed home to take care of him. He is very very sore….guess he knows how Rafa felt……..Everyone told him that the laparoscopic surgery was a piece of cake! He says NOT! Of course, he’s no spring chicken which would make a difference.


jalep Says:

Good day for watching tennis, jane. Paire, Tsonga, Fognini, Feli, Nole coming up…

Looking forward to Serena vs Keys too, and Venus vs qualifier surprise Kontaveit. Genie? mixed feelings about her playing if there is still lingering questions or symptoms.

But it’s gorgeous outside – nice and cool. My bike is calling me.


Okiegal Says:

@Jock……Me popular?? Don’t think so. The only way I could be popular on here is to change horses in the middle of the stream……saddle up with old Rog…..but thanks!! :)


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep….Agree about the good day for tennis. I’m looking forward to Fogi and Feli…..also Serena…


jalep Says:

Sorry to hear about your hubby feeling sore – at least it was laparoscopic not a full abdominal muscle slicing, old-fashioned cholecystectcomy. But it can still be painful and always look out for infection, Okiegal, you know the signs, I’m sure ;)


jalep Says:

Chardy has been playing well. (was going to say beautiful tennis) but just as I was typing he hits an error…he’s keeping up with Marin this 3rd set.


jalep Says:

ohhh Jeremy. Terrible tie break. Marin up 2 sets to 1.


Okiegal Says:

Thanks, Jalep! Yes I’m watching him like old “Hawkeye” watches the net lets! He’ll be OK….He got to shower today, so that helped! Okieguy is tough!!


jane Says:

cilic seems to have control of that match now, and tsonga with set one over paire. i figured either tsonga or cilic would make the semis on this side.


jalep Says:

Paire is his old self – not the cool one seen playing Kei. Tsonga, Cilic – yeah that would have been the better pick, jane. I went with Kei.

So my day to bask in the sun on top the tennis-x bracket will end soon. (even made main page #20, too) But not for long.

Thinking Isner could be a trouble for Federer. John has been surprisingly great off the ground. He’s winning by breaking serves = 0 tb’s this tourny.


jalep Says:

*sweet* Okiegal.

haha Paire…ranting at self. And Marin serving for the match.


jane Says:

cilic loves these courts, and yet everyone’s been ignoring him. his serve looks great.

congrats on your bracket success jalep :) top 20 is impressive.


Okiegal Says:

I’m impressed…..Cilic has a crease in his shorts! Did the cleaners do that or did he get the iron out and do it himself, Mom or his girlfriend?? Regardless who did it, I’ve got a new appreciation for the male gender…a crease in the shorts, who’da thunk it? :)


Daniel Says:

Cilic serve on today, a lot of aces. Think he is favorite now over Tsonga in quarters to reach semis and have a match with Novak. Good that he is backing last year run a bit. First into
quarters.


jane Says:

yeah, i believe cilic has a winning h2h over tsonga, daniel.


Okiegal Says:

@jalep…..Sweet??? You’ll have to check with family and close friends!! Lol


jalep Says:

The bracket damage will really show up when the points from this round get added, jane. Cilic’s win today will help; but 0 points for Tsonga win. Picked F-Lo to beat Rafa – F-Lo winning over Fogna will help. Of course Nole better win ;)

My WTA bracket is worse by far, always is. But it’s fun. If I ever get good at it, I’m going to Vegas.


jane Says:

ha ha vegas weekend for jalep. :D


jane Says:

cilic hit 23 aces
52 winners / 23 errors

tsonga has yet to lose his serve/be broken

could be a cracker of a quarterfinal between these two. cilic is 4-1 over tsonga, but who knows. each match is a new chance.


sienna Says:

still Cilic is well below 2014 magic streak. 2nd week of Cilic was the highest level any player has reached. can he find the zone?
his opponents are getting stronger round for round.
Tsonga – Djokovic – Federer

he will need to improve every round.


jane Says:

so genie did have to withdraw; what a shame – just when she was getting her groove back. : /


FlyingDoctor Says:

fognini 2 sets down now. someone has to show him some rafas photos or lopez wins in straith sets


Skeezer Says:

^lol.
Cilic and Tsonga both have looked very good this tourney, cruising through the draw, and they are in Nole’s half? Interesting…


FlyingDoctor Says:

its djokovic time now…


jalep Says:

Good one FlyingDoctor @ 5:59 pm :D

Nole has his hc sliding shoes on.

Great respect for Roberto Bautista-Agut.


mat4 Says:

Novak doesn’t play well. To many errors.


jalep Says:

yes, Bobby BA making me a little nervous already but…

nice serving Nole!


mat4 Says:

Who is Bobby BA? No need, I just figured out…

Then, Novak has a lot of problems with Bobby’s FH. Novak has to make less UE and be more aggressive.

Easier said than done. Anyway, Novak’s plays worse and worse from round to round.


jalep Says:

Oh mat4, so dire, so soon?

Break! great dropper!


mat4 Says:

Hopefully, Novak still listens to me.


jalep Says:

arrgh… Bobby is aggressive. ahhhhhhhh 31 shot rally.


jalep Says:

High octane tennis from RBA 1st set but Nole gets it done.


mat4 Says:

RBA lacks a bit of power, but he is a very good player, one among those I find they are usually very underestimated, although a tough nuts for everybody from the top. He’s maturing slowly, being without big weapons, but in the last three years he’s been near the top 20.

It’s a good match for Novak to find his groove. If he wins, that is.


mat4 Says:

I guess that, with a little bit of luck, RBA will have a career like Robredo, or perhaps Ferrer, although he lacks Ferrer’s speed.


jalep Says:

Yeah, I’m not exactly relaxed watching at the moment.


jane Says:

i can’t watch it all but novak has already hit almost 20 winners in 1 set and 2 games… he can’t be playing that badly.


mat4 Says:

@jane: Since you can’t watch…

Novak is now denying RBA rhythm, and it pays off. Break already. RBA has a good, old fashion FH he often hits pretty flat, and it caused Novak a lot of trouble.


jalep Says:

RBA would have lost to Goffin a match ago but Goffin cramped and retired. I’m thinking RBA was giving his best that 1st set v Nole and Nole has broken already this set.

Just want to settle in here and enjoy :D


mat4 Says:

Novak went three times to the net, and refuses to rally.


jane Says:

RBA played fed last year in the very same round. fed won 4, 3, and 2.


mat4 Says:

RBA returns very well, btw, although Novak managed to serve very well on key points. The Spaniard seems vulnerable when attired to the net, and his volleying is shaky. Novak used it to break, playing a short defensive BH.


mat4 Says:

This match could well finish 3,2 and 1, although Novak is furious on himself, having made a few wrong shot selection. But the last point was an example how to prepare a point and finish in on the net.


mat4 Says:

Novak pulls the trigger faster, and refuses a clay like game.

He still has some problems with his shot selection — and seems very unhappy muttering something in his chin (I didn’t hear, but seems it wasn’t about Stan).

Now a big miss on an easy second serve. Agut saves this game, although Novak had 2 BP.

The strategy is finally the good one, but the realisation is not good. Novak isn’t at the level he had in the first two rounds yet.


jane Says:

” it wasn’t about Stan” ha ha ha mat4.
someone on twitter said his contacts are bugging him. :)


mat4 Says:

Novak very aggressive in his services games. Good attack on the net, but in the next point, he plays a FH too close to his baseline and misses a good opportunity, since the court was open, then misses a drop shot.

A good serve. At 30-15, a missed slice BH. Then another good serve.

At 40-30, he attacks once again RBA’s FH, his ensuing volley is not good enough, a RBA manages to pass Novak.

Great dropshot for an advantage… and he loses it after a long BH to BH rally. And he continues from bad to worse to be broken. 4-4.


jalep Says:

Yeah, RBA has a great forehand especially the running cc one. Also when he has time to run around his backhand on that side and fire a missile.


mat4 Says:

It’s mainly Novak’s fault, who is too conservative with his FH, playing it time and time again with too much spin, instead of going for it.

Then, he has no clear plan, except to wait for an error.


jane Says:

18 winners RBA and only 12 errors
26 winners ND but also 22 errors

but he’s 22/27 at net! wish i could watch.
c’mon noleee!


mat4 Says:

This is the worse kind of Djokovic we are watching tonight. Hope it will change.


jalep Says:

Seems to thrive on pace and rhythm, RBA – long rallies too.

First serves needed.


mat4 Says:

RBA is playing freely, going for his shots. Novak just lost the set in a rally where he opened the court twice and didn’t use his chances.


jalep Says:

Cringing whenever Novak goes to the forehand – BBA Breaks and has the 2nd set!


jane Says:

Carole Bouchard ‏@carole_bouchard 21s22 seconds ago
RBA wins 4 games in a row to take the second set vs Djokovic, who played just dreadful from 4-2 up. RBA going for his shots.


mat4 Says:

It looks like a piece of cake for RBA…


Daniel Says:

WTF happened, went to take a shower Djoko was leading 4-3 serve second set, came back and he lost set 6-4?! And is having trouble to hold at 0-1 third set


Daniel Says:

RBA shouldn’t be pressuring Djoko.


mat4 Says:

But he is. Novak doesn’t play well, and certainly doesn’t play wise.


jalep Says:

BBA has a lethal forehand tonight. It’s on.

Thought his level had dropped in the 2nd set – it did briefly but Novak made mistakes and BBA got hot again. Now everything is working for BBA. Lotsa winners off BBA’s forehand. He’s turned into Fognini (without the great backhand)


mat4 Says:

Novak finally started to win rallies. He uses his CC FH with more angle, and it displaces RBA. But still working hard.

He broke, 3-2.


jalep Says:

Much better from Novak. Went after the backhand, didn’t give BBA the time to run around it, and got the break!


mat4 Says:

But now he misses two easy FHs. Still has work to do. 4-3. At least, he won’t get asleep.


mat4 Says:

Now he finally makes RBA running. A few good serves. 5-3.


mat4 Says:

Novak wins the set, but how difficult it was. His shot selection is abysmal. Time and time again he played to RBA’s FH instead of attacking the BH. His serve saved him in key moments.


jalep Says:

BBA is so dependent on the forehand – loves hitting it – more pace on it the better for him. He’s got great form when he hits it running cc. Feet and angle of legs look like he’s slalom skiing a perfect turn position.

Phew! 3rd set in the bag. It’s not easy out there.


Wog Boy Says:

As much as Agut is playing well with nothing to lose, Nole brought him back in this match with wrong play, lousy choice of shots and conservative game.


mat4 Says:

Novak changed his shirt (red for white) and breaks immediately. The point: never wear red against Spaniards!


mat4 Says:

It never wasn’t about RBA, WB. Novak played very bad. He now makes RBA run, and the result is immediately different.


jalep Says:

Highly resenting BBA’s brilliance at the moment. It’s a good match, no doubt. 2nd glass of chardonay getting poured.

Thinking Novak still has this if he can hold serve.


Wog Boy Says:

Wrong, wrong play.


mat4 Says:

Novak should think more. He plays like… Berdych, or Troicki.


jalep Says:

Dang it! Forehando again! This might be a 5 set nightmare.


mat4 Says:

Unbelievable.


jalep Says:

%^&*(%%%$@!


mat4 Says:

Novak finally understand that he fights for his life here.


mat4 Says:

And yesssss!


jalep Says:

yessss +1 dropper!


Daniel Says:

Hope Djoko keeps the lead and close the match. Not watching the match, holiday tomorrow here ik Brazil as well, our independence. Gonna get wasted🍺🍷


mat4 Says:

Novak finally plays like… Djokovic!


mat4 Says:

God! How angry he was…


jalep Says:

hehee… we’re good! (I think) dodged a bullet.


Wog Boy Says:

This, seventh, game was the Nole we know.


mat4 Says:

Best wishes, Daniel!


FlyingDoctor Says:

Djokovic is just in the tournament right now


Wog Boy Says:

He just can’t put two good games together.


mat4 Says:

Unbelievable once again.


jalep Says:

Match point


jalep Says:

Woooot! jane, he made it! BBA was good though, gotta hand it to him.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks God, it is easier for Nole to win the match by breaking than by serving for the match.


Okiegal Says:

Congrats to all Novak fans…..I can’t see anyone beating him……he’s such a fighter!!


mat4 Says:

And a djoker…


Wog Boy Says:

Okie, thanks, but if Nole plays like he did for the most of the night it won’t be good.


jalep Says:

Okiegal, thanks much. But he has a completely different challenge in Feliciano Lopez who happens to be playing better than ever in his old age!


the DA Says:

All players can have an off night, even the very top ones. Still, most players would have been happy to play at Novak’s level tonight. It wasn’t so bad (he wasn’t in any danger) but when you get accustomed to so many nearly flawless performances it causes alarm. RBA played out of his skin – it probably threw Nole off a bit.

So Muzz had a fright earlier this week, Nole had the blip tonight and Roger finally lost his serve (twice) to Kohls. I think that kinda makes things a little interesting, no? ;P


Okiegal Says:

All Novak fans….u r welcome! I loved the match…lots of grinding. So he lost a set?? I wish my guy would have just lost one set…..sigh! Rafa is wearing me flat smooth out……btw!!


Okiegal Says:

Regarding Feli and Fogi, I knew Feli would win that match. The odds were in his favor because everyone who beats Rafa always loses the next round!!


Okiegal Says:

Fogi didn’t even look like the same player who beat Rafa. He didn’t play very good today….imo.


mat4 Says:

Okie

It was a different kind of match. When you face balls with lot of topspin, it is easy to generate power, and since the ball rebounds high here, you can flatten your shots. It’s completely different against low slices. Then, FL serves well, and one can afford to play sloppy service games.

Fabulous Fabio is a bad match-up for Rafa, that’s all. Rafa gives him time playing with lot of clearance from the net, and feeds him with the kind of balls he likes: a bit higher, so he can just slap them.


Skeezer Says:

@mat4,
Agreed. Just like Rafa (uh…used to be) was a bad match up for Fed. There are bad matchups for every player. But the fanatical ones love to false claim the goatownership crescendo with it. Lol.
Why? Just clinging on to the little they got nowadays. Its a bad matchup argument.


Okiegal Says:

@Mat4….. Thanks for explaining the finer points of tennis. It’s natural I wouldn’t pick up on those things. I did notice that Rafa seemed to hit in the same spot and Fogi was teeing up on it and as you said, slapping the ball for the winner. I couldn’t figure out why Rafa kept doing that time and time again. I think Rafa thought he would miss once in awhile, but he had 70 winners! Rafa’s team has got to come up with something else, his game as it is now, is not very productive. I thought Rafa looked better over all. I thought he fought hard for the breaks, but he can’t close it out. That’s got to change. Thanks for the feedback. Appreciate you taking the time to inform me about tennis 101!!


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer…..Since I’m the only Rafa fan posting on this thread, am I the fanatic you’re referring to??


chris ford1 Says:

25th straight QF for Nole in a Slam. It would take his best and huge luck, but Djokovic is making it seem that Rogers totally jaw dropping 36 straight QFs is not impossible to beat.
“Just” 3 more years of making it to the QFs in 2016, 2017, 2018 Slams. Doable…


danica Says:

CF1,
the ESPN stated Nole is now reached 26th consecutive slam QF.


skeezer Says:

OK,
No. Most of these types pre-dated you.


Okiegal Says:

Oh, Ok, good. I don’t want to be stereotyped……Yes, I love to watch Rafa play tennis, but I’ve never considered myself fanatical. Maybe some posters on here perceive me to be……but I am a fanatic OKLAHOMA SOONER FOOTBALL FAN!!! GO BIG RED!!!! BOOMER SOONER!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

@chrisford1 yes but those last years are the hardest ones!


tennisfansince76 Says:

@okiegal plus I think fognini’s back was tweaked. The Rafa match was physically intense. The commentators mentioned that he got treated for it after that match.


Okiegal Says:

@tennis fan76….I missed that bit of info. I’m not surprised, it was an intense match. They both played hard.


Danie Says:

Thanks mat4,

Glad Nole won. Lopez will be a different ball but he was broke almost in all his matches and Djoko is a far better returner than other Lopez opponents. I expect Djoko to win easily, mayne losing 1 set in a breaker or of he loses focus. But he will get a few returns back, make some passing shots and Lopez can’t stay with him from baseline. More interested in the other contest. Both Tsonga and Cilic had good wins and they are playing quality tennis.
Also Djoko tends ti raise his level in later rounds so expect better performances from now on.


Daniel Says:

Danie Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
Thanks mat4,

Glad Nole won. Lopez will be a different ball but he was broke almost in all his matches and Djoko is a far better returner than other Lopez opponents. I expect Djoko to win easily, mayne losing 1 set in a breaker or of he loses focus. But he will get a few returns back, make some passing shots and Lopez can’t stay with him from baseline. More interested in the other contest. Both Tsonga and Cilic had good wins and they are playing quality tennis.
Also Djoko tends ti raise his level in later rounds so expect better performances from now on.


Colin Says:

These slight dips in form on the part of top players make me cautiously optimistic about Andy’s chances. Right now, I reckon he’d be a bad matchup for Nole. Of course, to play Nole in the final, he’d have to get there, which would almost certainly mean getting past a chap called Roger! Even that could be possible, I think, in a best-of-five match. I base that on the fact that, in Cincy, his second set was better than his first, whereas in the final Nole’s performance was the other way round.

Am I an optimist, or what?

By the way, Wog Boy, if you’re reading this, I’m composing a screed in answer to your remarks about Australian national character, and the case of Johanna Konta. It’s all based on my experiences on a now defunct Aussie forum at Sportal.


Jock-KatH Says:

Congrats to Nole and Fans especially as You guys sound like you had a night and a half!

I was really surprised that it was Agut that got Nole’s dandruff going – but he got through – and that’s what matters. I think Nole will easily handle Lopez next round….


jane Says:

Enjoyed the commentary here but maybe I’m glad I missed the match. Phew glad Nole kept the QF streak alive


sienna Says:

Lets face it Djokovic half is a joke.
If he could have handpicked a route to the final he couldn’t have done an easier route then this.


sienna Says:

So Fognini been put in pace by Lopez who of course is an elite player waiting to break through….
What on earth is Nadal doing losing to top 20 guys?


sienna Says:

according to crissie Fort Federer better soon slip to ranking 8-16 in order to protect quarterrun.


Daniel Says:

Colin,

On HC Murray always has a chance against Fed. His sole Slam win was in Australia in 2013. Also, he will have to get by Stan as well. Can’t see Stan losing to Young.


danica Says:

Didn’t see that one coming :(. But Anderson played great.


jane Says:

it was surprising danica.

but to draw a sort of historical analogy, if you tracked cilic’s results last year, you could see he was getting better and better throughout the season. most people should have probably had him picked as a dark horse for at least causing an upset at the us open, if not winning it all.

hindsight is 20-20. maybe there’ve been signs that anderson has improved, his wimbledon effort being one of them?


sienna Says:

Its obvious the slam win Murphy had over Federer had more to do with Federer himself. But a win is a win.

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