Djokovic Hangs On To Beat Lopez At US Open, Will Meet Cilic In SF; Federer, Wawrinka Favorites Tomorrow
by Staff | September 9th, 2015, 1:22 am
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Novak Djokovic had to go deep into the night to stave off elimination beating an in-form Feliciano Lopez in four sets 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.

The Serb who was playing in his 26th straight Grand Slam quarterfinal, wasn’t at his sharpest but fended off a series on break points to improve his mark to 6-0 against the Spanish lefty and keep his record a perfect 9-0 in the US Open quarterfinal round.

Djokovic will face Marin Cilic on Friday in the semifinal. It’s his 9th US Open semifinal. The World No. 1 is trying to win three Slams in a season for a second time after 2011. And he’s trying to reach the finals at all four Slams for the first time in a season.

Earlier in the day, defending champion Marin Cilic outlasted Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a tough five sets 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(3), 6-4.

Cilic actually held three matchpoints in the fourth, then finally closed it out on five for his fourth straight win over Tsonga.

“I came to the tournament knowing that I can play well here, that I, you know, just need few matches to get into the rhythm, and that’s what happened,” said Cilic. “I was feeling that, you know, I was starting to hit the ball much better. In the previous match with Chardy I finished with the third and fourth set really strongly. I was playing really good tennis. Today, to beat Jo with, you know, a demanding day like this, it’s of course a huge accomplishment.”

Cilic has won 12 matches and after three straight long match will have to luxury of two days off before playing Djokovic on Friday in the semifinals.

“If it’s gonna be him in the semis, definitely toughest match for me, toughest matchup, I would say,” said Cilic. “I haven’t beaten him ever in my career. I had close matches last few years, but I haven’t found the right formula to be able to win a match. We will see. Trying to approach every match as a new one. You know, of course when you look at the statistic that he won that many matches against me, doesn’t, you know, go in my favor, absolutely.

“But when you’re coming to the match it’s always going from zero, so it’s a new match. It’s different stage, and I’m feeling good here on the court.”

After reaching the French Open semifinals, Tsonga was trying to make his first US Open final four. And came into the match winning all 56 service games, but it wasn’t to be.

“He just hit the ball a little bit more properly than me at the right moment, and that was a huge difference at the end, because he just made it. He just made it,” said Tsonga. “Today I just served, I would say, very bad compared to the other day.”

The final two quarterfinals will be contested Wednesday. Stan Wawrinka tries to stop a 4-match losing streak to the man who knocked out Andy Murray, Kevin Anderson.

“It’s going to be a tough match,” Anderson said. “I think especially in the last few years, he’s really put himself up there as one of the main contenders for slams. I really feel he’s playing some of his best tennis. To win two slams in the last year and a half is obviously a testament to that. He knows what it takes. He’s been in that position. It’s my first time, but I feel like I’m hitting the ball very well. I know what to expect going into the match. It’s just about giving myself the best opportunity and obviously trying to execute as best as I can.”

And 5-time champion Roger Federer meets Richard Gasquet for a 17th time. Federer has won 14 and the last six.


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208 Comments for Djokovic Hangs On To Beat Lopez At US Open, Will Meet Cilic In SF; Federer, Wawrinka Favorites Tomorrow

van orten Says:

oh my god!!! djoker needed 4 sets to beat lopez ????
what is wrong with that guy. heard he played unbelievably bad. of course he did otherwise he would have crushed him 6:0 6:0 6:0
yes he is that good.

i do not want to be to critical on djoker. but i am totally dissapointed by his Performances lately….,-)


chris ford1 Says:

Not sure where Fed and Nole will go in the near future, but credit to both of them for being Ironmen of impressive consistency in how much they remain standing in the end stages of tennis tournaments.

I think of Nole and if he can be as good as Federer at 34 – likely he can, I think, but I don’t know if he wants to play into his mid-30s….Soon he will be set for life if not already so, nothing left to prove, and he has serious interests outside tennis. Physically, Djokovic plays a low impact way in terms of wear and tear on his legs. He spends an hour each day and more if playing that day, doing flexibility exercises for limbs, spine, and neck. And he is carrying the minimum mass for what he wants to do. He and Fed almost look unhealthy and too scrawny when you see them.


dapris Says:

After analyzing djokovic performance against Roberto Batista agut and today against feliciano Lopez, I have an important finding:
the fact that both took sets off djokovic in matches I expected him to steamroll through is very telling.Boris Becker talked about the importance of those tough matches Andy Murray played early on.Too bad for Murray he could see it through to the final 4.But am sure Boris is trying to get djokovic to optimum physical levels before any potential 5 setter in the semi’s or finale against Stan or Federer.Both Stan and Federer have steamrolled through(federer more so) and it will be a physical battle in any potential final against Nole.If that’s the plan Boris, then I can see Nole’s camp got it figured out.Hope Nole hoist that trophy…Idemo Nole


sienna Says:

nothing left to prove?
Nadal has 1 goal to get #17 or Federer gets 18 then it is 18.
in his mind he can smell it but realistically this year has derailed him slightly.

He needs to regroupe and get 2 slams in 2016 with minimum of 1(garros).
without Garros 2016 his lifelong ambition of becomming slamleader or equal are near impossible.

Where is the motivation comming for Rafa? He already had a period with less passion so those feelings are already in his system. His drive passion is mainly for getting the # s not the play himself.
He cant get the motivation going when he loses early.

Djokovic prime objective will be equalling Sampras Nadal before he can think about #17…. but he gets double motivation playing Federer keep him at bay and gaining ground…
Winning a title against Federer at this point counts double.


aku Says:

Well when you take a look at stats at the end of this match, Nole’s numbers are really good. I have only seen the last set, where he came up with solutions every time problems were presented. Don’t know what happened in that second set. And most important thing is that he served good today.


jane Says:

not really: low first serve %, low return %, bad day at net.
his errors were kept to a minimum, though, and his second serve was good. he did hit some nice winners too. but in general those aren’t great stats for novak imo. just average.


Michael Says:

I feel that this encounter with Cilic is going to prove very tricky for Novak although he can take consolation from the favourable H2H where Cilic has never managed to get the better of him !!

It is apparent that Novak is not in the kind of form he would like to be in with the way he lost sets to Agut and Lopez. But, being a Champion that he is, you can always expect him to peak at the right time !!


Margot Says:

Wow! Cilic suddenly coming through again, picking his moment.
Does this mean I might have to congratulate Sienna on her crystal ball? Nooooooo, tennis gods you wouldn’t be so cruel to me…would you?
Hope Kev doesn’t have a Fosberry Flop. That match might be very close and difficult to predict if he doesn’t.
Can I add Santoro to that list of amazing talent who didn’t achieve? A magician and a charming man.
@Skeeze
Re GOT. John Snow better not be dead is all. Where’s the eye candy if he is, eh?


Tennisfan Says:

How is playing taxing matches early a good thing for potential 5-set finals? You would just wear yourself out early and increase your chances of injury etc. before the final. Although its true you don’t want to breeze through before the later rounds- that’s more about the level of opponents you play than the time spent on court. Nole’s four-set matches were against Lopez and RBA, who he should steamroll based on his superior level of play.
Regardless, he has sufficient time to refocus so he’s still the overwhelming favorite.


aku Says:

Number of aces, 1st and 2nd serve points won percentages are good if not great. Winners unforced errors ratio is also great. 1st serve percentage and net play are 2 categories where he is usually better, but nothing that bad. And what always puzzels me is distance covered where he is the one who runs less.
Anyway, his serving is the thing that brought him so much success this season and I hope that he can fine tune it in next 2 matches.


Margot Says:

At least we’ve got one Murray in the semis!
@Tennisfan
Completely agree. You certainly do not want long, tough matches in the first week of a slam. The second’s different, of course.


nits Says:

I am rooting for Anderson


nits Says:

& federer


nits Says:

Media didn’t paid much attention the defending champion. There coverage revolves around big stars.Cilic is doing his hard work wining tough matches trying to defend his title. A praise worthy effort in my opinion.But still not getting enough. He is in last four 25% chance of wining. I hope he wins & join 2 slam club of Murray wawranika


calmdownplease Says:

`Re GOT. John Snow better not be dead is all. Where’s the eye candy if he is, eh?`

Jesus, is this what women now consider `eye candy`?!
Actually, I know someone that knows Kit Harrington.
He’s technically a midget you know Margot. lol
But he is a direct descendent of King James, so he has quite an interesting pedigree.
Or was it from Charles 2nd,
One of the Stuarts I think anyway.


calmdownplease Says:

And he is obviously going to be back for season 6

#purlease


calmdownplease Says:

I’d prefer Cilic defended it than the usual suspects got it myself
he does love the courts here and well why not?
Not worried about Wawrinka or Cilic in relation to Andy however & wish them both all the best.
Andy will get what he deserves eventually..


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Novak did not have a great night. Lopez was practically begging Novak to destroy him with those high sitting backhands, and Novak had no interest in ‘taking the fight’ to him.

However, Novak has been like Serena this year. B+ in the early stages, A+ in finals. I think he’s learned how to zone at the right time. The bigger worry than his quality of play is style. He is too passive. I think his defensive game is one of the best of all time, and he will win MOST matches against Stan/Rog with it, but if a top aggressive player like that finds form, Novak will be helpless unless he gets back to his controlled-aggression mode and takes the winners that present themselves.

I am expecting a good fight from Cilic. Right now, I think he is probably getting that feeling that he can do it again. I think Rog and Stan will win today, I don’t expect either to be easy, but I don’t expect any five setters either.

IF they do go through, what a semifinals we’ll have: 3 of the New Four, and the defending champ.


Giles Says:

Soooo, last nite Arthur Ashe half empty, people walking out at the change of ends, lol. Says a lot about people wanting to watch the #1 player. NOT! Not surprised, must have been too boring for words. So what else is new? ROFL


brando Says:

” I think he’s learned how to zone at the right time.”: OR learnt how to keep himself from laughing at his luck in the face of a complete mental breakdown which opponent admits to post match (Murray, AO final) and getting tough with a poor 34 year old past who is vulnerable physically (Wimbledon final). Yeah, he’s really learnt how ‘peak’ in those moments. Less said the better about his other “peak” moments in grand slams in 2014,2015 when he’s not facing meltdowns and players long past their physical prime.


Jock-KatH Says:

Brando – I believe it’s called “making your own luck” – (plus enuf skills, talent and determination to maintain a huge ranking points lead over all opponents).


brando Says:

@JKH: I disagree. This sport is simple: you beat the one in front of you. Now if hes meek, old, has a mental breakdown: call a spade a spade no? Let’s not extrapolate the hyperbole to a ridiculous height. Ranking lead? What over a 34 year old who is 2nd, a player who has a all time low career year and can be top 6: LMFAO: what a warrior to tower over such mighty challenges. Real tough guy. Same with Serena. Let’s get it straight: we ALL know weak the WTA is. Powder puff circuit.


brando Says:

Wow:Richard Williams was channel surfing when he saw a tennis player win $40,000. 25 yrs on, his daughters have won $100,000,000 #Serena #Venus


Ben Pronin Says:

Novak Djokovic: King of the Weak ATP Tour that has passed by Rafael Nadal. I’ll take it.


brando Says:

^come on now the pictures not quite complete: Novak Djokovic, also the new beneficiary of collecting grand slam titles at the expense of rafas old punchbag: ol goat. That about sums it up accurately.


Ben Pronin Says:

The old punching bag 10 years removed from his prime still more relevant than Rafa.


jalep Says:

So, these posters don’t watch the match, or they watch it half-baked, but see that it took Novak 4 sets and deduce that it’s Novak’s pitiful play.

Not quite so fast — credit to F-Lo fighting for it after a feeble 1st set and finding the best go for broke tennis of his life. See Fognini vs Rafa Nadal match. Also Anderson vs Murray – it wasn’t all Andy’s fault – Anderson was on fire; not all Rafa’s fault nor his death knell – Fognini fought for something to tell his grandkids.

From a Novak fan POV, he could have done better but let’s give some credit to Feliciano Lopez and Roberto Bautista-Agut the previous match.

Perfectly reasonable that these late twenties, early thirty year old’s are fighting hard to adapt, revive – whatever it takes to get the most out of their tennis games and use their experience and hard work for a shot at a major or at least going deep.

Berdych evidently isn’t quite doing that at this point in the season but maybe he’ll reboot for 2016.


Ben Pronin Says:

Berdych’s drop off is, I don’t know, almost irrelevant.

If there’s ever a player who should play some smaller events to boost his title count, it’s this guy. If you look at his schedule, he doesn’t add too many events outside of the mandatory. But he often doesn’t win those, either. Simply put, he doesn’t know how to win titles. So no matter how well he’s playing and how big his game is, he can’t bag a slam or even a Masters if he has trouble bagging Rotterdam-type events.

I didn’t see any of Djokovic-Lopez so I can’t comment on the match. But Lopez has had a nice summer. He beat Nadal and played Federer pretty tough in Cincy. And he’s moved through his draw pretty nicely to get to the quarters here. But he also should have lost to Fish, so there’s that.


brando Says:

@Jalep: fair post.


jalep Says:

Well, Berdych just got married. Maybe it’s down to that — taking a break. Maybe he needs a Swedish coach.

Lopez should have lost to Fish. The problem was Fish though — can’t cope with the weather which is a big part of doing well at US Open. Kokkinakis should have beat Gasquet. Kokkinakis seems like a bright kid. Thinking he’ll do all he can to make himself into a hot, humid weathered marathoner.


Ben Pronin Says:

Yes Kokkinakis should have beaten Gasquet. But both Gasquet and Lopez really upped their games after near losses.

Fitness has became a vital part of the game and credit to these guys for being able to hang tough when they need to.

I just can’t see Gasquet troubling Federer. The h2h stands at 14-2 and the 2 wins were third set tiebreaker wins on clay. In other words, Gasquet needs Federer’s help to beat him and even then it’s not at all easy. There isn’t a single weapon in Gasquet’s arsenal that’s better than Federer’s counterpart. It’s an awful match-up for him.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

jalep, I don’t think anyone is saying Novak played pitifully. He’s the #1 player, by a mile. His standard of play is extremely high. In my opinion, he didn’t play at his best level, and his tactics were passive.

Novak can still win grand slams playing passive, if he executes well. His defense is that good. But he’s more vulnerable. And more importantly, I get more entertainment when he plays more aggressively, and that’s what they should really be aiming for. Entertaining ME.


Ben Pronin Says:

Spot on, TV, spot on.

I’ve disliked Tsonga in the past for excessive celebrations and for beating my favorites (petty, I know) but I have to admit I loved watching him play last night. When he pushed it to 5, I was going nuts. He definitely loses because he’s a little too aggressive at the wrong times, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t a thrill to watch him in action. If he can get healthy and improve his abysmal backhand, I’d love for him to snag a slam. A true entertainer.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Ben, I’ve always enjoyed Tsonga’s game, and he seems like a very cool guy. If he would just ditch his signature Look At Me celebration, I’d like him a lot more.

I feel like his time has passed, but who knows?


Giles Says:

Lol. “Berdych just got married ……”. Murphy was winning match after match after he got married saying “marriage works” and some of you guys agreed with him. So now it does not work for Berdy. Any explanations??


jalep Says:

They have upped their games, the flotsam fights back, TV. Lopez was showing signs of that before the US Open. I picked him to beat Rafa, not Fognini beating Rafa. But Rafa is progressing slowly — I don’t write him off. He’s got resources and will find a way if there is one.

Don’t see Gasquet troubling Federer either — unless it goes to 5 sets – then, well it would be exciting. Too bad, working tonight :/

Stan Anderson has potential too. Also this is a possibly more competitive half of the women’s draw. But Simona is very beat up at this point – should be a straight set win for Vika but Simona will give it her all.

Panetta v Kvitova? Kvitova should get the win. But you never know. I’ll try to watch what I can.


Ben Pronin Says:

Yes that “look at me” celebration grinds my gears but I would’ve have been doing it with him if he had won yesterday. So, it’s all relative I guess.

He is a little bit older but he still has the big game. His problem is staying healthy and his god-awful backhand. But if he’s healthy he can hide it. But getting older might not help that healthy issue. Yeah it’s not looking good for him.


Jock-KatH Says:

OK Brando – OK can’t comment on examples of WTA as can’t get by the noise level and seldom watch which is why I can’t give any opinion there.

But, but…you said it yourself – you beat the one in front of you and Nole has done it in spades – he’s No. 1 and if his opposition is weak, it’s not his fault ….it is what it is.

PS: Surprised to be in a position of defending Nole – hope nobody takes offence (if that is what I’m doing)- but being an Andy fan makes reality very real.

PPS: Do I recall correctly – you are a Brit.? Just curious….


jalep Says:

Tsonga has had a stunning gf in his players box for most of 2015 (hadn’t noticed her before 2015). Not that it’s relevant but maybe inspiring/helping. Depends.

Monfils *sigh* nothing to say.


Docpops Says:

Surprise of surprises, Giles is making disparaging remarks about the Djokovic again. In response to your nonsensical gibberish, you might like to take into account the fact that it was a Tuesday evening and next day was a work day for most people and here is the biggie, the game extended well past mid night. However, why consider logic when you can attempt to befuddle with ‘make believe’. Giles, AKA, Mr. Buffoon, exit stage right!


Ben Pronin Says:

Tickets for nosebleeds were over $300. Djokovic is my favorite player and there was no way I was going to pay that.


jane Says:

claps at jock-kath-h at 8:19 and jalep at 9:46. great comments.

jalep too bad you can’t watch. i hope petra gets through. vika vs halep could be huge battle. i suspect the semis on this side will be brutal too.


jane Says:

“his serving is the thing that brought him so much success this season and I hope that he can fine tune it in next 2 matches.”

me too aku. would like to see a higher first serve % and more aces ideally. good to get those easy points. luckily his second serve is so good that he can get by with it at times. not sure how good cilic is/was returning.

ben, do you have any thoughts/feedback on cilic’s return from y’day’s match?


Ben Pronin Says:

He’s a decent returner. Nothing out of this world but he has good reach (obviously) and the natural power to block good serves back. However, he doesn’t attack second serves all that much. Tsonga’s serve was also very up and down (mostly down) and Cilic only broke him 3 times (although he had a lot of chances). If Djokovic is serving well I don’t see Cilic doing a lot.


jane Says:

yeah, cilic’s “wing span” is huge; really helps in terms of possible movement shortcomings, though i think he’s one of the better movers of the “tall guys.” i remember being struck by his reach/gets last year.


Giles Says:

Hey Docpoops. Are you stalking me?


Daniel Says:

Despite not getting what he wanted the most, RG this has been a pretty great year for Novak and conitnue to do so.

Won multiple Slams, can add a third, can reach all finals in a season (something Nadal hasn’t done), will be #1 for the whole year (something Nadal hasn’t done), will surpass Nadal in YE#1 with 4 (one shy of Fed’s and Connor’s 5), alfeady surpassed Nadal as weeks as #1. If he wijs this title suddenly catching Sampras and Nadal’s 14 is within reach and even going for 5 YE#1 next year. Knowing that he win multiple Slams this years he know he can do it again next year as he will 28-29. A lot to play for next year, regarldess of this USO result:
- Win RG and complete Career Slam
- Wim multiple Slams in a season again (for a third time)
- Surpass 200 weeks as #1
- Aim for 5 Year End #1
- Get Masters Records
- Wins Cincy to complete Master Set
- Win Olympics in Rio
- Win another WTF (if he wins a fifth this year he could tie Federer next year with 6)
- Keeps the consecutive Grand Slams Quarters, Semis and Finald going

He is emulating his career a lot like Federer and if 30 is the new 28 we don’t know how far he can go. He can even tie Sampras and surpass Fed with 6 YE#1 in 2017, but to do so he will have to be Year End #1 after 30, which I thibk never been done before.

I know it is a speculatuon post, but with his results, consistency and dominance lately (even reaching semis with his B+ game as many are saying) I can’t help but wonder.
Mand of Fed somehow wins this USO, even beating Djoko in finals, he and the field will have a lot to look for. I know not everybody is RF but if both swiss win Slams after 30 and so manu players are having their best reuslts after 29, future looks bright for everybody.
There is a shift in tennis age, Slams are atill hard to get after 29 but slowlly things are changing. And everybody seems to bebwrling harder in fitness. Lopez even went for a run in Centrla Park yesterda.


Markus Says:

I am happy to see that I’m not the only turned off by Tsonga’s “Look At Me celebration”. That’s why I never root for him so that I won’t have to see it.


Markus Says:

Djokovic was not very impressive last night. Ironically, it’s the same thing that makes him so impressive. He finds a way to win regardless of whether he is off his game and his opponent is playing great.


Brando Says:

‘ Tsonga’s “Look At Me celebration”. That’s why I never root for him so that I won’t have to see it.’:

He’s tennis’s Ali: there’s nothing to hate.

He’s exuberant, flashy and a cool guy.

IF he ever had won a slam I bet many would be far happier than dismayed.


sienna Says:

but playing among players that win slams is widening and winning slams mid 20 is not aan given to win slams 30 +.
Probably other players emerge as slam champion.
look at Nadal. Wawa…
for djokovic to keep winning slams past 30 hè will need to adjust.

Goalkeepers in tennis do not win slams after 30….
the future is for the big Guns with power groundstrokes and service bombs.

or the anomaly TMF…..


Markus Says:

I too would be happy for Tsonga if he wins a slam but I would still hate to see the “Look At Me celebration”.


jane Says:

kvitova struggling to hold onto her 1 break lead…

daniel, thx for putting things in perspective. he has a couple of his own achievements too this season, with 3rd iw-miami double and 5th AO. us novak fans can’t complain, no matter what happens next round.


Daniel Says:

The problem for Cilci is that he plays exactly to Djoko’s confort zone. Lipez at least had a slow BH, slices, was alroaching with DTL shots all the time (actaully at won poont is kind of predictable, he only aproaches DTL to deny angle and cover cross court) hence Djoko was hitting some FG DTL passing shots on the run to Lopez disbelief.

For Cilic to have a chance he has to be on, serving great and Djoko of. Because if they exchange too many ballas Djoko will take the better of him as HxH shows.


Daniel Says:

Hope is Kivitova x Virka. They at least can make a match agaisnt Serena. Kivitova has the serve and as a lefty t changes the dynamics a bit. Still think Serena takes this Open.


Daniel Says:

Kivitoca struggling to hold and take first set. Just DF on set point


Daniel Says:

Agree Sienna, and I think he is heading that direction, improving his serve and coming in to volley. But as hjs defense is so good sometimea he is not super agressive. In the begginig of the year he was more agressive in slower courts, kind of he knew he had fo be otherwise would be eternal pointa. But now that courts ate faster he is not that agressive. Yesterday a lot of his DTL FH had too much spin, he could hit a bit more flat.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Kivitova recovering from 40-0 with a bunch of unbelievable returns and takes the set after DF by Penneta.


SG1 Says:

Tennis Vagabond Says:
jalep, I don’t think anyone is saying Novak played pitifully. He’s the #1 player, by a mile. His standard of play is extremely high. In my opinion, he didn’t play at his best level, and his tactics were passive.

——

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see Novak’s match last night. While Novak plays a baseline game, I wouldn’t necessarily call him chronically passive. He can move you around and ultimately create space to hit some winners.

The worst match of this tournament was played by one Andy Murray against Kevin Anderson. Now, if you’re looking for the text book definition of passive tennis, Andy gave an excellent example of it in his loss to Anderson. I saw Venus hit bigger forehands (…and more of them)in her loss to Serena than Murray did playing Anderson for 4 hours and 18 minutes. It was sad. Murray’s shots consistently landed with nothing on them at midcourt. It’s a minor miracle (…and a condemnation of Anderson) that this match actually had a shot at going 5 sets. Murray was waiting for Anderson to choke and Anderson almost obliged him. The 7-0 tie-break at least saved some face the Anderson though.

I just don’t understand what Murray is doing out there. Does anyone else? Bunting the ball to the middle of the court is not a strategy.

Once again, the best player going into the semis is Roger Federer. He has a tough road ahead and him winning this thing is still a bit of a long shot but if he gets through Stan, who knows?


SG1 Says:

Sad thing is, I was pulling for Murray to win that match though he wouldn’t have deserved it if he had. His incessant squawking to his box has become a real sore spot for me though. It’s much more irritating (…to me at least) than watching Nadal do the “Twitch’n Pick”.


madmax Says:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/roger-federer-always-has-home-court-advantage-1441751476

Such a lovely, inspiring read, starting with a 6 year old’s comments!

You go Roger!

Really enjoying watching Roger playing, his style is unique, but then Gasquet can be dangerous.

How beautiful to be able to watch that one-handed back hand from Gasquet, up against the fed’s one handed back hand.

Allez /Fed!


jane Says:

petra and flavia are now level


Margot Says:

Watching Kvitova v Penetta. I thought Kvitova would give Serena a run for her money if they both made it that far, but now I’m not so sure. Kvitova looks absolutely knackered. Is it the humidity, thigh injury or mono back? She looks so slow and lethargic. Am wondering why she isn’t being given time warnings too, so slow to serve.
Into a 3rd anyway. Expecting Penetta to make her run and run. In the last game we had two drop shots.
CDP @7.20
Tsk! Tsk! Harrington Hair Hater? Never mind sugar plum, Baldy Bruce Willis is ever so attractive, or so my Great Aunt Mathilda tells me….


skeezer Says:

Thanks madmax…very cool ;)

So, do you all have what it takes to be a Linesmen?

http://graphics.wsj.com/are-you-good-enough-to-be-a-tennis-line-judge/


jane Says:

totally wasn’t thinking about mono margot, but could very well be impacting petra


sienna Says:

the way he performs on hardcourt…sliding aroundetc I just cannot see him maintaining that fysical ++ into his 30. and he never will be a wawrinka or Anderson to blow the opponent off court.
when he slips a fraction, his slamwinning days are gone.

He has upped his serve but to get mindset and ability to go first strike tennis is different ballgame and you dont change when yourein winning circle. you should but they just dont.
I thought Nadal went that way but he fell back into his old game.

If you do it then there is no way back and no certainty to stay on top.


Ben Pronin Says:

I think Djokovic is passive in that he stops taking chances. He doesn’t necessarily gift players easy shots. He moves the ball around. But when all he does is rally and wait for an easy opening, that’s being passive. I’m not saying he needs to start pulling the trigger early, but waiting too long or just waiting for your opponent to pull the trigger and HOPING he misses, that’s passive play.

I like Anderson. He’s the least polarizing player I’ve ever watched. And his game is very impressive when you factor in how tall he is. But I’m not sure he can take out Wawrinka on this big a stage. I am very curious in seeing how Federer and Wawrinka would play out. They’re in very different forms than they were at the French Open. And the surface favors Federer (he can rush Wawrinka into more mistakes).

Only 5 matches at the last slam left. It’s going to be an exciting finish.


Margot Says:

@jane
Of course Petra has the power and very impressive it is too, but I’m also really impressed with the way Flavia is competing and not getting intimidated either by that power or those awful roars!


FedExpress Says:

kvitova is toast. heat, mono, leg all are again kvitova

azarenka has to save tennis somehow


jalep Says:

Find myself pulling for Flavia. Forzaaa!

Not that I don’t like Petra but find myself pulling for Flavia. Forzaa!

Vika’s my favorite to face Serena, anyway.

Giles, getting married can work either way – as you might guess. Marriage works for Murray and Feli immediately afterwards – but maybe Berdych is taking a break enjoying or adjusting and not as focused on tennis. Happy you are in such a lol’ing good mood, anyway. ;)


jalep Says:

Repeating myself …….aaaaaack


jatin Says:

I don’t think roger will have much trouble against Richard. He is playing some really good tennis ( Probably the best in the USO after 2009 in my opinion). I would love to see the more of SABR at the ending stages of the open.
Just want to see him holding the GS trophy one last time.
Stan vs anderson should be a cracker but i would give an edge to anderson as he has won the last 4 against stan. His confidence must be sky high as he defeated one of the best returners in the game.

I am expecting a Kevin vs Roger semis. But you never know with Stan( When in zone, he is unbeatable)


Margot Says:

And Favia wins! Well done! Not surprised, Petra lacking energy.


Margot Says:

Because of weather worsening they’ve now moved Rog’s match forwards.


Ben Pronin Says:

When in the zone? Autozone!

When Federer is in the zone he is also unbeatable. What do you do when 2 players zone? Call it a draw.

I always find it funny how “saving tennis” is when someone prevents your most hated player from winning. Nadal fans say he “saved tennis” by beating Federer. Djokovic/Federer fans say Djokovic “saved tennis” by beating Nadal. I don’t think tennis was really dying in either scenario.

But I do hope Azarenka wins the title. She’s been playing very well and it’d be huge for her to get back in the mix. But if we’re being honest about what’s best for tennis, Serena winning is the obvious choice. Everyone, not just tennis fans, not even just sports fans, but everyone will know what Serena will have accomplished.


FedExpress Says:

the serve is a liability in wta


Margot Says:

^ One of the many reasons Serena is so successful, her serve isn’t.


FedExpress Says:

only when she finds the 1st serves
her 2nd serves are a mess


FedExpress Says:

halep is the female version of davydenko


FedExpress Says:

wtf. i thought halep was a pusher


FedExpress Says:

we need a female karlovic or isner. pronto


calmdownplease Says:

`Tsk! Tsk! Harrington Hair Hater? Never mind sugar plum, Baldy Bruce Willis is ever so attractive, or so my Great Aunt Mathilda tells me….`

???

WTF are you ON about M?
Actually, best you don’t say
I never said anyting about his hair
I said he was a little person (fact!)

hahaha

(and he will be back on GOT so don’t fret chuck :)


jalep Says:

What about just saying it to yourself, though? “_____ saved Tennis” when he beat Isner, Karlovic or similar Giant….” fill in the blank.

Reilly Opelka – age 18, looms on the horizon at 6’11″ tall – if he grows a little more, which I recently heard he had, will he be the first 7′ tall tennis player? Where does it end before they put them in their own league with a proper sized net? Like Boxers and Wrestlers are classed by size…

http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2015/04/my-interview-with-reilly-opelka-on.html

Dimensions relative to the net become very disproportional, say, comparing Diego Schwartzman to Reilly Opelka. Is it fair? It’s hardly the same sport for Diego and Reilly.

Been puzzled by this for years about tennis. Blending heights in basketball works to a degree – it’s a team effort, but largely it’s a game for giants.

Okay, it’s probably a dumb and biased question but still – there’s a point, I think. It’s my rant – let it go, jalep. Let it go.


calmdownplease Says:

`I just don’t understand what Murray is doing out there. Does anyone else? Bunting the ball to the middle of the court is not a strategy…`

He was being a kn*b
That’s my technical assessment of his performance.
He actually said he wasn’t tired which is nice but probably not the truth, he looked out of it from the start really.
Its a little bit of a long shot but I hope Britain wins DC this November and Andy retires..
From the DC!


pitchaboy Says:

Murray had fatigue from too much tennis and a viral upper respiratory infection. The heat and humidity did not help either.


Ben Pronin Says:

Jalep, besides fighting sports where you have weight classes, what other sports separate you based on physical attributes? Football, soccer, tennis, basketball, baseball, volleyball, swimming, etc. Height is a natural advantage in some respect but not in all ways. Taller players tend to be slower and not as technically astute.


Markus Says:

From my recently acquired knowledge of the game, yes, Halep is a pusher.


Markus Says:

The only sports with weight classification are boxing, wrestling and weightlifting. There isn’t any for height.


Margot Says:

Jalep: Simona looked tiny next to Vika at the net. Simona seems to be playing better than her last match.
CDP: Come off it I spy major hair envy…in fact there’s a real vertically challenged person on the show and it sure ain’t Kit ;)


jalep Says:

Tennis is unique though, right? I don’t have a problem (anymore, okay admit I used to) with a sport like basketball where it’s a team and the basket is a certain regulation height but clearly it helps if you are well over 6’0.

Tennis, we have that net. I remember how hard it was as a kid having to hit the ball over it…was easier as I grew – much different perspective and feat to hit the ball – trajectory is so different. But I see what you are saying about advantages and disadvantages of being giant vs average height.

Nevermind…I’ve always questioned effort and achievement variables and how realistic they are in sports. Took me a long time to accept basketball – cheering for someone that can just reach up and dunk it seemed dumb at first. Finally I caught on – just went with it.


jane Says:

“Because of weather worsening they’ve now moved Rog’s match forwards.”

margot, do you mean they moved it ahead of men’s doubles (“elders” ;)) or are they moving it to another court?

—-

wow, so petra lost; maybe it’s best if she’s so out of energy. i see vika is coming back in the 2nd, but halep is such a fighter so it’s hard to see vika winning two sets? dunno.


Ben Pronin Says:

Jalep, do you watch a lot of basketball? The NBA has been headed in the small-ball direction for the past few years. Dominant big men just aren’t showing up as much anymore.

But tall enough to dunk doesn’t really help if you can’t get yourself in the best positions and if that’s all you can do. If the opposing team knows you’re going to dunk, you’re going to be double-teamed and either develop a good passing game or become a turn over machine. Look at Dwight Howard. 6’11 and is known for being a defensive juggernaut but isn’t great on offense. In fact, he sucks at free throws. Being able to shoot the ball seems like one of the most basic skills in basketball. Then there’s 7’2 Roy Hibbert who’s an anomaly in being a decent FT shooter but sucks at everything else. How do you record 0 rebounds with that height? Mind boggling. But then you have a guy like Blake Griffin who literally only knew how to dunk but has developed his game and is a great passer as well as a good mid-range shooter.

This is why I’m so impressed by Anderon’s game. He’s 6’8 but defends well. He moves well when compared to Isner or Karlovic. He has solid ground strokes and good volleys. Along with the monster serve that’s more or less a given because of his height.


Margot Says:

jane if you go on the USOpen site the message about the match comes up.


Ben Pronin Says:

Impeding conditions? It’s sunny outside. Is it supposed to rain?


jalep Says:

Yeah, okay Ben. Thanks for spending time on this subject with me. You don’t know how many dates I turned down to see the Portland Blazers because basketball – just thought it was useless fawning over the ridiculous. It was very noticeable that a giant center could repeatedly miss a free throw that should have been easy, ect… Not sure of the language – point guard is it? the ones who can be shorter and more speedy and mobile were more fun to watch.

Same applies in tennis but I’d hate to see it go to a giants game which boils down to a serving contest, where an agile 7 footer has a distinct advantage standing there at such height.

Anderson has become quite a good mover. I think he’s better than Cilic now that Cilic is bulkier than a few years ago. But Cilic had that pop on his serve and ground strokes last summer. He’s been a tad off the mark since his surgery but improving.

Anderson has that wing span advantage too and he used it well vs Murray. I have to get over it – build a bridge and get over it, the giant servers are here to stay in tennis – appreciate it or find another sport.


funches Says:

Halep is 12-1 this year in the completed third sets of hard court matches.

Her one loss was 7-5 to Serena in Miami.

I still like her chances in the third set if her forehand doesn’t collapse.


Ben Pronin Says:

Jalep, giant servers have always been around. And tennis has gone upwards over the years. Federer is 6’1? Sampras was, as well. But Sampras was on the taller end during his time. Nadal and Djokovic are around 6’2. Murray is 6’3. They’re not exactly small guys.

Yes, point guards tend to be the smallest guys. Shooting guards can be small, too. The Blazers are a big question mark heading into this season but you have Damian Lillard who was one of my favorite players in 2013/2014. He dropped off this past season but I hope he can get back to it because he is a very exciting player. The kind I’m sure you’d enjoy watching.


Giles Says:

Come on Vika! Can’t stand that Halep woman! :(


Markus Says:

jalep is number 2 in the world. The sorry state of women’s tennis.


jalep Says:

Yeah, I realize that about giant servers being around. Also suspect a trend for more of them in tennis – which to my crazy mind begs some questions. I won’t get a panic attack over it ;)

I’ll look into Damian Lillard. Of traditional American team sports, basketball with it’s imperfections is more enjoyable than football, that’s nutz, or baseball. Naturally like hockey for the skating skillz – and winter sports are my gig.

Meanwhile, Vika is going to win, I think. And Markus brings it up on this thread, but I don’t get the ‘pusher’ problem as a derogatory idea.

Simon happens to be one of my favorites. I’ve heard him called that.


Daniel Says:

Actually Nadal is 6’1″ as well, same as Fed. Djoko 6’2″ and Murray between 6’2″ and 6’3″;-)

Nice match, a lot of great points and the quality is high.


Jock-KatH Says:

Margo – Noted your weather comment to Jane – and yes the US Open states weather situation –

….the women are still playing pre Stan v Kevin match – hope it won’t be delayed – never intended watching Federer v Gasquet because of the lateness so hopefully they will bring it forward on another court….

Really wanted to say, Inglot+ Lindstet won – goodness, let’s hope they let Andy off playing doubles in Glasgow…PS disaster struck re. me & Sis (Christine). going…


Margot Says:

Oh Kat, what a shame!
Yes Dom doing great and “the other Murray boy” also into semis. I believe Andy’s stayed on to cheer them.


Ben Pronin Says:

Daniel, thanks for the clarification. My point is they’re much taller than the previous generations’ top players.

Jalep, American football is the most exciting sport I watch. I cannot freaking waiting for Thursday night.


jalep Says:

Markus, you are on my ignore list :D

I’m jalep, Simona is Halep.


Markus Says:

Rain delay. Advantage: Djokovic.


Margot Says:

Raining now. Forecast was right.
“Pushers” get the balls back over the net, I believe. I also thought that was one of the objects of the game…;)
Like Simona and Vika and Petra btw


Markus Says:

Mother of all oops! Please, read: SORRY, jalep.


jane Says:

margot when jamie won y’day murray tweeted that it made him “feel better.” :) makes sense to stay in new york and watch – nice place to be i presume


Margot Says:

jane, sooo sweet :)
Yep New York is a very interesting city. Amazing art…tho I don’t think our Andy would be too interested. Amazing sushi more his style :) And of course lots to do when it rains..;)


jalep Says:

Well, I’m one of the few that just doesn’t, (and I’ve tried), get excited about football. Tail- gating? sure! Who doesn’t love tail-gating.

Markus. You’re off ignore already – you made me laugh.

Gotta go. Enjoy the tennis matches everybody!


jane Says:

OMG did you guys hear about this?!
EXCLUSIVE: James Blake, former tennis star, slammed to ground and handcuffed … – New York Daily News http://dlvr.it/C665cB

ugh – how utterly horrible.


Jock-KatH Says:

Yep – Pretty nasty!!!


Daniel Says:

Bizarre incident Jane. I think we’ll never live in a world where some see a black dude in front of a fancy hotel and believe he is innocent.

I am black descend as well (6’1″, 178 lbs) and live in Ipanema, which is a rich neighborhood in Rio. I dress kind of “prep’;-) and even so, noticed some people changing sidewalks at night to avoid getting closer. I even joke with m friends that I like to live here and go to posh places just to bring some color to it. LOL
And I don’t look ‘suspicious” at all.

I bet if he was “all american look”, which is one of THE most bizarre sentences ever, he wouldn’t be thrown at the floor.


Ben Pronin Says:

The US is an ass-backwards country.


Margot Says:

Perhaps New York not as nice as I thought.
That’s bizarre Daniel, I think I’ve read somewhere that Brazil is the most ethnically diverse country in the world. True?
Don’t thinkus Brits will be watching tennis tonight Kat. Only Andy gets midnight devotion from me.
Do they cover the courts anyone? And if not, why not?


Daniel Says:

Yes Margot,

Almost everyone has african, indian, european, middle east and even so, there are some people who think they are “caucasians” in the literal sense of the word. Very prejudice people here regarding almost everything, which I am not proud of at all. We compensate being warm, fun and lovable but even so judgmental.


Margot Says:

Daniel, I guess people try to establish a pecking order, whatever their circumstances. It’s sad.


Margot Says:

“Girl from Ipamena” great song/tune btw!


Margot Says:

Oops got my n s and m s mixed.


Jock-KatH Says:

Thanks Margot – Is about my sister’s Dog (Bruno)- Rotweiler a 15 month old soft-as-melted-butter about 7 ft high on his hind-legs – got the footballer condition “cruciate syndrome” (femur/tibia)- goes for implant/op. 16th Sept…in Stirling

Now too late for other arrangements as we were the only 2 planning to go…….


Margot Says:

Really hope you do make it Kat. It would be amazing.
Not gonna wait for thunderstorms to end. Night hon.


Bob Lewis Says:

What is the forecast? Tourney might be in a situation where they are forced to play both men’s SF simultaneously on separate courts, to even have a chance of finishing in a reasonable time. Or push final back to Monday, if necessary.


RZ Says:

@Margot – The US Open doesn’t cover the courts. They finally have a roof on Ashe, but outside of that no real rain coverage. I remember several years ago watching about 20 USTA staffers wiping the court with towels to dry it. The year after that they brought out a blower to dry the courts that they have been using.

(Also, a belated hug to my fellow Andy fan).


Ben Pronin Says:

It’s supposed to rain tomorrow but that’s it. Sunny throughout the weekend with a chance of shower on Sunday.


Bob Lewis Says:

I meant to say tonight’s men’s QF matches, if the poor weather continues. They might consider moving one to Armstrong and play them both at the same time?


Ben Pronin Says:

Looks clear right now but there’s supposed to be a thunder storm.


Jock-KatH Says:

Thanks Margo /RZ – seeyah!


sienna Says:

a pusher just pushes the ball back in court. Like Murray did in first 2 sets or 1 1/2 set. only 10 winners and 5 unforced errors tells the tail.
he should start like he finished the match then Anderson would have been tucked away in 3/4 sets.

Lendl couldnot change it and Murphy is not pushing himself to change.
If he cant or wont try to evolve he will be overhauled. should he somehow find the selfbelief and guts to become a dominator then he can become the new standard. He has all the tools to become one off the greatest but I doubt he has that mental fortitude needed to make it happen.
His mother has it that is for sure.


funches Says:

I knew Halep would win if it came down to nerves at the end. For all the belief around the world about Azarenka as the ultimate fighter, that honor goes to Halep when she’s motivated.

Halep is now 13-1 in 3-set completed matches on hard courts this year, and she has the prettiest game on tour. Neither of those things will help her beat Serena in the final, but it should be a reasonably competitive match.


Daniel Says:

Great tune Margot. And the lady that inspired it is a hotty until today after her 60′s, Helo Pinheiro.

100% chance of rain at 11 pm. Federer has 3 hours to finish his match and avoid any rain delay. Hope Gasquet is his usual self and doesn’t decides to deliver as many guys are doing latelly😜


RZ Says:

Just saw this on Buzzfeed. Mildly amusing. :-) 16 Things Roger Federer Does While He Waits On His Opponent
http://www.buzzfeed.com/annamendoza/patience-is-a-virtue?utm_term=.cb0Va9zkkR#.fym735Y9l


Wog Boy Says:

Wawrinka / Anderson moved to Armstrong, advantage Anderson.


mat4 Says:

Daniel:

I’ll recommend you two books to read, if you want to understand well the principles that work in human society: Johan Van der Dennen, “The origins of war”, and Howard Bloom, “The principle of Lucifer”. Those works are complementary, and analyse well the essence of human nature and the anthropology of groups.


mat4 Says:

BTW, Van der Dennen has published his work on the internet, and it is freely available.


mat4 Says:

@jalep:

In the last 50 years, there has been a slow but steady growth of human height, especially of the urban population. In average, men are leaner, taller, and their feet grew disproportionally.


mat4 Says:

Watching a bit of Wawrinka-Anderson now. It’s interesting to see how Stan has peaked for this tournament, playing very well so far, while Andy and Novak arrived here playing below their best.

I have the impression that playing deep in two masters in a row, back to back, is not very wise before a slam, especially when one of them is physically taxing like Cincy.

We saw that both Djokovic and Murray didn’t play well neither in Cincy, nor here. Djokovic seems to have peaked in the first rounds, Murray was off from the beginning.

I think that less mandatory tournaments would be good for tennis players, in so many ways.

Sincerely, I think that the system before 1990, with a lot of “middle” tournaments was better. It was better for the young players, who had reasonable chances for a break through early in their career, for tennis diversity — a lot of city could organize a good tournament, and for the file and ranks of the players, who made more money, while the earnings now are concentrated in the hands of the few top players.


Daniel Says:

Thanks mat4, will search for them. Love anthropology studies, especially observation of human behavior. Part of me always wanted to study psychology.


jatin Says:

Some nice play by roger.
5-2 already


Daniel Says:

Wawrinka is the only other player than novice to reach all Quarters this year. Actually he is on a streak of 6 now. Him and Djoko are right now the big match players, Djoko has 3 out of last 5 Slams, and Wawa has 2 out of last 7. Only Nadal and Cilic won Slams since Wawa got his first, Cilic is yet to deliver again and Nadal, well… no comments.


Daniel Says:

0-0, triple set point for Fed. Guess this match will finish before Wawa x Anderson. Fed just doesn’t allow time to Gasquet and he can’t play his game. Eventually he gets frustrated and lose serve. And today Fed is returning extremely well.


jatin Says:

1st set in the bag. 17 winners already by fed.


Daniel Says:

Fed should have taken the set 6-2 and start serving second set. Too casula sometimes, he knows he ain’t losing this and so does the crowd who didn’t even make sound when Fed had set point.

Meantime Wawa serving for second set. That semis with Fed could be a cracker. Either of them infants with Novak will be a great match.

Kind of curious to see Wawa in another Slam final to see if he’ll keep his perfect record in Slam finals.


Daniel Says:

Wawa 2 sets up.


jatin Says:

Fed playing lights out.
Up with a break. Leads 2-1


jane Says:

reeshard playing way far back again…

daniel i am curious too; stan 2 sets up. i’d be surprised if he doesnt come through now.


mat4 Says:

I am not certain about Fed, nor would I be about Stan, had Anderson not crumbled under the weight of the opportunity — he won his last four matches against Stan, and thought too much about the semi. Experience.

I wrote so many times that the margins are very small. If Richard manages to make a fight of this match, he could well create a surprise.

So often here people root against a player dangerous for their fav. In this case, the reason why I root for Gasquet should be evident. Wawrinka is from my neighbourhood, so I have a penchant for him, although not quite — you should know that we like to make joke about Swiss and Belgians, and they do the same about us.


mat4 Says:

The time I wrote a post and Fed broke. Nothing of the surprise here. Circulez y a rien à voir. Richard, Richard…


mat4 Says:

So, I guess we’ll have a semi with the top three players in the last two years and last year winner. Quite fitting.

Richard is missing his opportunity so cheaply…


jane Says:

now is my chance to say “i told you so” about stan. ;) i posted before the us open started the reasons why i considered him a top contender here. and here he is, just a few games from the semis.

he and magnus – peaking for the slams.


mat4 Says:

@jane:

I read that post, although I didn’t comment. Yes, indeed, they are doing a good job choosing their objectives, and the results are here.

Novak said that the courts are faster than last year. How do you think it will impact the tournament?

mailbox


mat4 Says:

Meanwhile, Anderson was bageled in the third. He is still tender mentally.


jatin Says:

So fed had whopping 18 winners in the 2nd set. Total Winners count 35.
Loving his performance so far. He seems like he is not even trying against the world no. 12. Outrageous


Daniel Says:

Yeah Jane, you were right. Still Wawa has to get by Fed for me to truly believe he can take this title. On a fast HC advantage Fed. Plus Wawa keeps over celebrating and screaming, curious to see how Fed will behave and if it will affect tier dynamics. A lot at stake in that semis for both.


Daniel Says:

Hope Novak see this both performances by one of his potential final contender and decides to play like world #1. Time to peak, maybe he’ll do like Wimbledon and peak for finals.


jatin Says:

Fed is toying with gasquet. 3-0


tennisfansince76 Says:

@ it must be said that Gasquet is a great matchup for fed. His serve doesn’t put much pressure on Fed’s serve and his return game doesn’t much bother the federer serve.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@mat4 I would say faster courts benefit federer and cilic.


jane Says:

i just think richie’s court positioning is so bad. why wouldn’t his coach tell him to step in and rip those backhands, like stan does?

daniel “On a fast HC advantage Fed.” perhaps though they haven’t played much on fast hard since stan became stanimal, have they? stan pushed pretty hard last year at WTF.


Markus Says:

Lately, Wawrinka has been getting increasingly bothersome to Djokoic and Federer. This makes for a very interesting next round or two.


jatin Says:

This is the best i have seen fed play USO since 2009. He has been broken only twice and hasn’t lost a single set. Playing ultra aggressive and his serve is so lethal right now.
Just loving it. Should reach the finals.


Markus Says:

Sorry. I left out the “v” in Djokovic and made his name sound like “jock itch”.


jatin Says:

At the end of the match fed had 50 winners to gasquet 5.
6-3,6-3,6-1


jatin Says:

Keep playing the same way Rog :) Vintage Fed it was


FedExpress Says:

Get in. Now one step further than last year rog plz


jane Says:

“I guess we’ll have a semi with the top three players in the last two years and last year winner. Quite fitting.”

agree mat4.
pretty decent semis.

women’s
williams/vinci
pennetta/halep

hope the final is williams/halep


Skeezer Says:

When is the final, Sun or Mon?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

WOW.

Amazing. And now Stan used the SABR? Hilarious.

Ach, I get so much pleasure from seeing Rog play like this. What can you say? Magic.

I hope he can bring it like this against Stan, that will be a totally different dynamic against someone possibly MORE aggressive.

I don’t see Cilic troubling Novak, but he surprised us last year doing things we’d never seen before.

I would love to see Novak against either Swiss in the final, I think either match could be a classic, but I hope it will be Rog.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Yeah, I’m excited about the next two rounds!


Skeezer Says:

Stan has played sloppy Tennis. But he in the semi final, and is stepping up his game as he progresses through the draw. Lookout.
The other semi? me. Cilic is wounded.


jane Says:

so we have 3 of the current slam holders (novak wimbledon/AO; stan FO; cilic USO) and fed, the #2 seed and with a few slams of his own ;)

it’s interesting to see cilic and stan step up again like this.


Skeezer Says:

Ok Sun is the final. Thought they moved it to Mindays permanently? Oh well, glad to see its on Sun again.so winners have Sat rest, play Fri. Good deal.


Skeezer Says:

“I would love to see Novak against either Swiss in the final….”
Thats a guarantee!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Not quite yet, Skeeze. I have Novak a big favourite in that match, but Cilic is not Lopez. Ciic has a slam. This one. I wouldn’t write in anyone’s name just yet.


Skeezer Says:

Fed looked focused and his concentration was solid. Hope this continues for 2 more matches.
GOAT.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

This is pure fan-dom here, but I really enjoy how Roger talks about Stan and has for years. I don’t know that I’ve seen two tennis rivals talk about each other that way, from such a personal point of view, always cheering for each other, publicly saying they’re rooting for each other, etc.

Seeing Fed’s excitement at Stan’s pseudo-SABR was priceless.


mat4 Says:

@TF76:

Glad you’re here more often again. I liked the times when you were writing more on this blog, and when skeezer wasn’t only riposting to the nadalfans provocs. Learned a lot from you both.

I had the impression that Stan was using well the speed of the court tonight. He didn’t have to hit very hard to make winners, and he also wisely used Anderson pace. He played very, very well.

I wasn’t impressed that much by Fed, who looked casual at times, and could always count on his principal weapon tonight, I mean Richard’s forehand. I still have doubts what was more efficient for Fed: that FH or his own serve.

Yes, Richard is a good match-up. He needs time and plays far from the baseline. He had no clear vision about what he should do, and his FH cruelly lacked depth. He was also very tense on the few occasions he had, and botched easy returns of second serve, although Fed wasn’t that efficient on second serve.

I am not disappointed: Frenchies had a good tournament — Jo and Richard made the QF, and Jeremy made the 1/8. I believe that Chardy, with some belief and a lot of work in his physical preparation, could overtake both in the rankings soon. He has the quality of a top 20 player right now, and I hope he has finally understood it. He always was a great talent, it’s now or never to prove it.


mat4 Says:

@skeez:

ESPN bought the TV rights. So, there is no “Super Saturday” any more, and no need to play the final on Monday.


FedExpress Says:

I could cry now. I am away over the weekend. Have to find cable tv somewhere

can some1 plz tell when fed will play on friday (european time)?

And when is the final?


Flyer Says:

Quick clean efficient matches by the Swiss men.

Good for them.

Theirs’ will be a tough physical semi.

Cilic’s ankle was swelling after last match – he will be one very dark and slightly hobbled horse in the other semi – will be a shock if he wins.


mat4 Says:

@jane:

Glad for Flavia. I watched ten minutes of her match and she lost the first set. I thought that Kvitova would win then.

Two Italians in the woman semi, two Swiss in the men semi.

BTW: the number of players from ex-Yugoslavia is staggering. This country produced once a great basket-ball team, they were good in hand-ball, volleyball, waterpolo (won olympic golds in all those sports). But now, tennis:

Djokovic, Raonic, Cilic, Karlovic, Troicki, Tomic, Coric, Krajinovic, Lajovic, Tipsarevic, Dodig…

Then,

Ivanovic, Bencic, Petkovic, Jankovic, Mladenovic, Tomljanovic, Kovinic, Krunic…

This south European population seems extremely gifted for sport.


Flyer Says:

Think Fed/Stan match Friday @ 3:00 PM EST

Final on Sunday – weather permitting


FedExpress Says:

Ty flyer


mat4 Says:

A few stats about Novak, to situate him in the open era.

Slams won: 5th (could finish 4th)
Slams finals: 5th (could finish 2nd or 3th)
Slams semis: 4th (could finish 2nd)
Slams QF: 4th (could finish 2nd)
Slams match wins: 5th (could finish 2nd)

ATP tournaments wins: 10th (could finish 5th),
Wins against top 10: 2th
Wins in deciding set: 1th

Masters tournaments wins: 2nd (could finish first)

Then end comes often very fast, but if Novak wins 13 slams, and if he wins the FO, I would consider him the no 2 of all time.

I don’t know if it’s possible, though, but he has a good shot.


Emily Says:

Stan officially qualifies for the WTF by getting to the semis. Only 4 spots left and the Open isn’t even over


mat4 Says:

He was already officially qualified, having won the FO. If Cilic wins the USO, he will qualify too, so there will be only three places left.


Daniel Says:

mat4,

If he wins this Open, he will finish this year with 10 and having won 3 this year, 4 out of last 6. Suddenly 14 is reachable if he wins multiple Slams in 2016 as well (minimum 2). Then he will go for history in 2017. That’s why this USO os crucial for his future. Ending this year with 10 almost guarantee he will pass Borg and Laver. An dif he reaches Sampras and Nadal (if he doesn’t add anymore) will depend on his 2017 year.

He already misses a huge oportunity last year. He can’t mis ot again. Can’t aford to lose another Slam final to Wawa (if he is in the final) and losing to a 34 wouldn’t look good as well. Plus, he just became positive in Slams finals with 9-8. Another losa and he gets back to 50% ratio. He should be winning his next finals. But it will be a dog fight bevause all man left wants this title badly and believe in their shots equaly.


skeezer Says:

This isn’t all about if Novak wins, which does carry revelence. But there are other important stories as well. Possible 18 for Fed? Stanimal and Cilic another Slam in the “Nole” era?
Stuff to ponder.


mat4 Says:

@skeezer:

Of course. We have a lot of players that have matured very slowly, in a system that doesn’t allow players to mature faster. It speaks also about the quality of the generation faced by Federer and Djokovic, and the overall quality of their records.

Let’s remind that both Federer and Djokovic have faced top opposition in almost all the tournaments they played — without being able to duck opposition, a normal practice until 1990.


Daniel Says:

Yeah skeeze.

I want Fed to win #18, just because I don’t like the #17, round number kind of guy.

Fed winning at 34 would be great for sport also, show everybody that if you work hard and keep improving 34 is not a retiring age for tennis anymore, unless you are plagued by injuries, mental burn out or other issues. That would be epic in ever sense of the word.

My take is more how Djoko should approach this phase of his career. Only positive form losing USO final is if he wins AO next year to remove the bad loss, similar to what he did in Wimbledon after RG.

He is an phase that every 2 Slams he has to win 1 as dominant world #1 he is. Already lost to many opportunities and it’s his time to shine.


jane Says:

mat4 i was thinking how flavia has even outdone fabio! indeed, a very impressive run for her.

cool stats on novak. i think for consecutive slam semis and quarters he’s even higher.

i was just thinking that no matter who wins this slam, they’ll up their already extant count since they all have at least one. there’ll be no first time winners this year, unlike last year when we had 2.


jane Says:

Greg Sharko ‏@SharkoTennis 2h2 hours ago Florida, USA

1st time since ’95 @usopen all 4 SFs have won at least 1 major title:
.@rogerfederer 17
.@DjokerNole 9
.@stanwawrinka 2
.@cilic_marin 1


skeezer Says:

^Now that is a nice “stat” ;)
#deserving


skeezer Says:

@mat4
was pondering that also, that late bloomers have made strides against the field. Different times?


jane Says:

the first time since 1995 skeezer, 20 yrs!


Colin Says:

Once again we see the futility of basing predictions on existing runs or recent form. Andy couldn’t beat Nole, we were told, because Djoker had a winning run against him. But exactly the same logic said that Anderson couldn’t beat HIM this week! Matches are played by human beings, not by sets of statistics.


skeezer Says:

@Daniel
Yes!


dapris Says:

dat match federer vs stan is a must-see.God I just can can’t imagine what will happen


sienna Says:

well if fed wawa gets primetime over djokovic cilic then that would be disgracefull to current champion and #1.
Surely they wouldnot dare move federer up for evening match.


sienna Says:

Colin is absolutely right but what usually is underestimated is momentum.
eapecially between djoker Federer momentum seems to be sometimes the only variabel not at peak or controled bytes any of them.

After the cincin massacre momentum is shifted towards Federer. and these courts dont allow the defender to gaincontrol like at slow hardcourt or second week wimbledon pitch.


Michael Says:

Well the way Roger dismantled an experienced competitor like Gasquet is seen to be believed. He just outsmarted him on court and left him dazzled struck in amazement at the sheer genius of his opponent.

Looking at the way, Roger is playing with such imperiousness and elegant touch it gives me a confident feeling that may be this time, he is going to fetch his 18th major crown despite Novak at the other end. Roger is yet to lose a set since Cincinnati and at 34 can anybody get any better ? Roger is just rewriting history books with such unbelievable feats and has proved conclusively that even the oldies can dominate this young man sport. He is definitely the man to beat in this tournament and to help his cause, the Courts are definitely playing faster this year than they did in earlier years !!


Tennisfan Says:

Agree with you Michael about how incredible Roger is playing but honestly I’m still worried about his match with Stan and then whether he’ll be able to outlast Djokovic. Those two have the game to challenge him, so it will just depend on what kind of Federer and Stan/Nole turn up


FedExpress Says:

Stan hasnt beaten him on hard court yet and fed will be fired up for two reason.

1. He doesnt want to repeat last years semi performance
2. He knows what stan is capable of and will be mentally better prepared than at the french open. Fed missed bunch of break points in the 1st set to break back.

After coming two times short to reach 18 courtesy of nole it would be sweet if he beats him on a hard court slam. Would also shut some mouthes.


sienna Says:

we will see a hard killer Federer against Wawrinka.
He will jump on every ball taking time away from wawrinka.
Federer will raise his level even further.

lets hope for Djokovic-Federer final. Federer takes him out and will clean out remaining Atp year. Turning playing field between him and Djoker.


Wog Boy Says:

“Would also shut some mouthes.”

With due respect, you have the biggest mouth on this forum.


django Says:

Interview with Goran ivanisevic today, he said cilic ankle is OK.


jane Says:

^ good to know django. thanks.

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