Federer v Dimitrov, Kyrgios-Berdych Highlight Friday At Australian Open; Unloved(?) Djokovic Sent To MCA
by Staff | January 21st, 2016, 8:33 am
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It’s quite a line-up Friday at the Australian Open. Former champions Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are all in action for the opening of the third round.

Sharapova and Federer are on the day session against Lauren Davis and Grigor Dimitrov, respectively. Federer has beaten Grigor in all four prior meetings but the Bulgarian grabbed a set most recently in Brisbane earlier this month.

Grand Slam finalists Kei Nishikori and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are also on court along with Dominic Thiem who faces David Goffin in a sneaky good battle.

Then at night Serena Williams and Nick Kyrgios share the spotlight on Rod Laver. Serena meets rising star Daria Kasatkina who just beat Venus Williams in a tune-up.

“I don’t think it’s gonna be easy,” Serena said. “Any time someone is beating Venus they are more than likely playing really good. So I definitely will be ready for that. I obviously will ask Venus what she thought of the match, and I’m sure Patrick will know everything about her match and stuff. He’s really good at studying.”

Australian sensation Kyrgios takes on Tomas Berdych who has made the semifinals the last two years. It should be a heck of a battle.

“The crowd’s going to be crazy,” Kyrgios said of the encounter. “They all love Berdych. He has a massive fan base. He’s one of the greatest players right now. I’m not really thinking too far ahead. It’s going to be a really good match.”

Added the apparently much-loved Berdych on the youngster, “He’s going to play aggressive. He’s serving well. As I said, you know, it’s a guy that he likes to have a big matches. So I have to be really, really being there, being prepared, being very focused from the first point.”

Despite winning the event five times, in the midst of one of the great runs ever and ranking far and away as the World No. 1, Novak Djokovic couldn’t manage to get a slot on Rod Laver against a seeded player. So he was sent off for a rare match on MCA in the evening against Federer’s 2015 slayer Andreas Seppi.

“I think he deserves a lot of respect for the amounts of years that he spent in top 30,” Djokovic said. “Very solid. He likes playing here. He’s not really overwhelmed by a big occasion. Played many, many, many times on big stadiums against top players.

“So I expect him, you know, to try his best to win. It’s going to be a tough one. I need to earn my points. I need to be ready for rallies. It’s going to be physical match. But the way I’ve been playing, I have a lot of faith and confidence in my game.”

Will Federer and Serena also be put on MCA during this event? Or is Djokovic still the lesser draw?

FRIDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena 11:00 AM Start
Belinda Bencic (SUI)[12] vs. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)
Lauren Davis (USA) vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[5]
Roger Federer (SUI)[3] vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)[27]

Rod Laver Arena 7:00 PM Start
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Daria Kasatkina (RUS)
Nick Kyrgios (AUS)[29] vs. Tomas Berdych (CZE)[6]

Margaret Court Arena 11:00 AM Start
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)[26] vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN)[7]
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[9] vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[4] vs. Monica Puig (PUR)
Margaret Court Arena 7:00 PM Start
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA)[28]
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)[10] vs. Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS)

Hisense Arena 11:00 AM Start
Dominic Thiem (AUT)[19] vs. David Goffin (BEL)[15]
Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) vs. Roberta Vinci (ITA)[13]
Federico Delbonis (ARG) vs. Gilles Simon (FRA)[14]
Not Before: 5:30 PM
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)[28] vs. Daria Gavrilova (AUS)


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235 Comments for Federer v Dimitrov, Kyrgios-Berdych Highlight Friday At Australian Open; Unloved(?) Djokovic Sent To MCA

Gypsy Gal Says:

Unloved Djokovic,and is Djokovic still the lesser draw,rather disrespectful of the tennis-x writers to talk about the world number 1 like that….


Sarah Says:

Lol. Giles wrote the article


Wog Boy Says:

GG,
Don’t worry, it is click bite writing:)

Something else made me laugh:

“The crowd’s going to be crazy,” Kyrgios said of the encounter. “They all love Berdych. He has a massive fan base. He’s one of the greatest players right now. I’m not really thinking too far ahead. It’s going to be a really good match.”

Is Nick the Kid is having us on, I mean “They all love Berdych…He has a massive fan base.”
I personally like Berdych’s game, but ..Helloo…..you can’t be serious..


Margot Says:

That tired old trope again re Nole. The problem is the media has bigged up Fedal for so long, they can’t let it it go, golden goose and all that.
Lol Sarah!
Meanwhile Goooooo Nick! And Gooooo Atomic.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy cheers,i just it was unfair to Nole,whom i do defend on this forum contrary to what some of your fellow fans might care to believe,and the rest of your post you have to look down to see which legs been pulled….


Wog Boy Says:

GG,
I know what you meant and that was nice of you, but it is old mantra, as Margot pointed out, and we (Nole fans) are used to it.
As for Nick, well he is Nick the Kid after all ;)


Ben Pronin Says:

Serena is a bigger draw than anyone. Federer-Dimitrov is obviously a big draw. I can see why they’d get the night matches over Djokovic. Which leaves day time slots. Sharapova is obviously a big draw and Kyrgios is a big draw. Which leaves Bencic. Something tells me Djokovic asked not to play that early in the day so they gave him a night match on the second stadium.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy indeed he gets his fair share of flack,but these days more often than not most Federer fans have him as their second favorite anyway,and defend him in favour of every other player not named Federer,so its not like your on your own….


Sarah Says:

GG, I guess the majority (but not all) from Nole, Fed or Rafa fans, has as second favourite Andy, Stan or another one


Wog Boy Says:

Sorry Margot, I can’t follow you when it comes to Tomic, I’ll rather go for Cindarella story called Millman,though he doesn’t stand a chance against Tomic, but hope dies last.
As for Berdych/Kyrgios, I will be pragmatic,cheering the one who has more chances of knock Roger out..I think it fair from me, no?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy which one are you talking about?Berdych has beat Roger at GS a couple of times i believe,and relishes and doesnt seem intimidated by him,Kyrigios has but not at a GS i dont think,although both are playing well so both could beat him,but then again so has Roger….


Wog Boy Says:

Sarah,
I am one of those “but not all”, until 2010 Rafa was my second favorite (sorry mat4, nobody is perfect..), since than I don’t really have second favorite, but searching for the one favorite who is going to replace Nole when he retires, it can’t be any of existing top players, it is just not logical to be. It has to be new face, closest I got at the moment is 4K, but still waiting for that spark that makes you hooked for one player, hopefully it will come.


Wog Boy Says:

GG,
I am yet to decide.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy you could come back to the Rafa fan club although i know that you wont lol,and Mat4 once said to me that i was so nice he wished i was a Novak fan,i must admit your a pretty cool bunch its just the odd 1 or 2 that get on my nerves and seem a bit too rabid,thankfully they arent here all that much,and i ignore them when they are well for the most part….


Sarah Says:

Well WB, that makes 2 of us:) Starting with 2011 I commited myself to Nole


Dave Says:

I was super happy about seeing the schedule. Federer has to play in the heat during the day 2 matches in a row. Nole gets to play at night out of the heat 2 matches in a row. I wouldn’t care what court it was on. Get me out of the hot sun and preserve my energy for the bigger matches coming up. If Dimitrov pushes Federer for 3 or 4 hours, Federer will have a tougher time recovering after being in the hot sun all day, than if it was a night match. Having said that, the courts will play faster during the day, which gives Federer a bigger advantage.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,
It is not going to be very hot , onlly first two days were hot, specially monday, today was even little bit coolish. Tomorrow they expect some rain in the morning maximum 27 degrees and lightning later in the day, so it could even happen that they close the roof, like they did today for the first match in RLA, Roger is one lucky dude…wel and good player too..


Giles Says:

Eeeeek Margot supporting Nick cos he said nice things about Andy and vice versa. Lol and Eeeeeeeek again


sienna Says:

aan #1 selling matches deserves to be put away on lesser courts.


markus Says:

Oh, how I love these 5 set events. They’re the most exciting to watch, regardless of how long a match gets…except matches that involve Isner. I avoid them like the WTA.


Chrisford1 Says:

I dispute the premise of Serena being a bigger draw than any of the Big 4, Wog. Maybe in Murika…and even there, she is polarizing.
Margot – It’s just so hard to get to root for the Tank Engine. Other Aussies, yes, not Tomic. He just tanked his last event before the AO, even. I happen to like young Dasha Gavrilova as a new Aussie to track. Has talent and a great attitude.

Kyrgios saying Berdych is wildly popular in Australia? Uhh, right. He isn’t even the most popular player in the Czech Republic. Sounds like Nick is doing a little mental self defense. If he gets heat from the fans, he can just say “Well, thats just fans cheering for Tomas the God – nothing to do with me, not like I’m a boorish wanker in any fan’s opinion.”

Is there any more tired and dishonest a meme that Djokovic is unloved outside the Fedtard community of fans and the Fedal writers???

Agree with Wog that it’s time to start thinking about adding a new face in the crowd to cheer for. In 2007 I picked Djokovic as a player I was behind. Then in 2008 added Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro.
Happy with those selections, obviously.
On the woman’s side, many “likes”, but the woman’s game is so full of erratic players and the injury of the month club – it is hard to commit to rooting for those woman players I just like. Such as Hantuchova in the past, Vika, Halep..


Django Says:

If Nole is upset about MCA it will just motivate him more this tournament


RZ Says:

@Wog BOy – I cracked up when I saw that quote from Kyrgios, as well as “apparently much-loved Berych” in the next paragraph.


J-Kath Says:

@ RZ – Me too.
Nic is learning what he should say prior to matches but someone is evidently coaching…Berdych, oh my.
Nonetheless go Nick.

Can’t get any warmth towards Tomic…simply don’t like him…

As for prejudice against Nole…absolutely GOSH!


RZ Says:

Wasn’t it at the Australian Open where Berdych got booed for how he behaved against Almagro? LOL


FedExpress Says:

think fed could get out tomorrow. dimi will be up for it. and at some point he will lose to dimi just like he did to cilic, delpo, soderling etc


MMT Says:

“RZ Says: Wasn’t it at the Australian Open where Berdych got booed for how he behaved against Almagro? LOL”

YES! It was a 4th round match in 2012 where Almagro drilled him in the arm with a passing shot off of a weak Berdych volley. He apologized immediately, but Berdych ignored him, then proceeded to refuse a hand-shake at the end of the match.

Now, Berdych was excoriated for his reaction to Almagro (http://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/16670450), who ACTUALLY hit him with the ball. Compare that to the treatment that Andy Murray got for carrying on against del Potro in Rome in 2008 when he didn’t even get hit by the ball, and then proceeded to lie about the whole thing to the press afterwards.

http://tennis-column.blogspot.com/2008/05/world-according-to-andymurray-that-is.html


J-Kath Says:

Value MMT’s writing skills but too muuch imbellishment re. Murray v Del Potro. Andy never allows criticsm of his mother. Perhaps he was totally out of order, but when he believes “something” happened he gets on his high horse.

One thing I do know Andy does not deliberately lie….no matter what you assume/say.


courbon Says:

Good evening everybody…
I’m back from my self-imposed exile…So what we have here…
Wog Boy doing his usual Wheater man role for Australia Open and hiting on any new ( and old ones still ) girls that comes to the site…which brings me to Sarah-Hi there! I think you are new ( maybe I’m wrong???) so I want to warn you about two posters:Wog Boy and certain French intelectual.They are both the same ( different style but same intentions )-they only want one thing from the girls…beware! I can see you are Novaks fan-I already like you!

GG:Hi there’I hope all well in Yorkshire and oldies listen to you.

J-Kath:Bonsoir Madame…You are so right about Andy-he might not be a bundle of charm but he is straight down the line-I like that about him.

and last Wog Boy: Gde si brate, kako kod tebe? Kako su sve tvoje devojke u kuci? Mene moje izludjuj ali nemam izbora….(-:


RZ Says:

@MMT – my point wasn’t to call out any players for behavior, but rather to underscore the hilarity of Kyrgios saying that the AO crowd loves Berdych when they booed him just a few years ago.


Wog Boy Says:

When I thought we finally got read of that soft speaking Frenchie that is seducing all the girls on TX, he is back like a Yo-Yo.

Tu sam brate, sto se tice devojaka to ti je tek pocetak, cekaj dok dodjes u moje godine, a opet bolje nego sinovi, oni mugi i da te biju kad omatoris, ćao zurim.


courbon Says:

WB: That is strange…they use to came Yo-Yo when I was little.Apparently I use to bounce up and down all the time…Ajde idi, pa se cujemo.


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon…..So glad you are back!! Miss your humor…..Too many stuffed shirts on here. I like to laugh and you are the one that puts a smile on my face!!


Wog Boy Says:

As I predicted last night, the weather in Melborne is miserable, raining, cold, temperature is 18 (64) degrees and all the roofs are closed, RLA, MCA and Hisense Arena.
Lucky AO has three arenas with roofs, by far best facilities of all GS tournamets, it can rain two weeks and yet they would be able to finish tournament on time.


Wog Boy Says:

Nishikori won tight first set, but then had MTO for his right wrist and is down in thecond set 1:4.
Thiem and Goffin are one each, I like Goffin’s tennis but he looks physically weaker of two, we’ll see.


Dave Says:

It seems like it will be Tsonga and Nole in one of the Quarter Finals. The other quarter finals in this half seems very unpredictable. I won’t guarantee Federer making it. If he gets out of the 3rd round and Goffin gets through, Goffin won’t beat Federer. Not enough fire power. The other player could be Berdych, Kyrgios or Cilic. I have no idea which one is the favorite of those 3. It’s all pretty even to me. Will have to wait and see.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Wogboy i’d think you would be happy to see Federer in the semifinals as Novak would be the heavy favorite. another notch in the head to head.


tennisfansince76 Says:

i like thiem’s game. he has a nice al around game. good serve and nice groundies with good power. he is not great at constructing points yet. also his second serve is getting murdered tonight.


tennisfansince76 Says:

i have a feeling grigor could make some noise tonight.


Wog Boy Says:

Goffin is through, this was really excelent match to watch, I am glad I switched from Nishikori/Garcia one to this one, nowhere near as good as Goffin/Thiem one.


Dave Says:

Tennisfansince76, I have the same feeling. It could also be an absolute blow out with Federer cruising. Dimitrov will need to get his teeth into the match. Federer likes to start fast and overwhelm his opponents and get them discouraged. He is a master at doing that. I still say Federer in 4 tight sets. Hoping for Dimitrov in 5. Let’s see what happens.


Wog Boy Says:

@tennisfansince76,
Hmm .. not sure about that one, Roger is Roger, but I would prefer him to Kyrgios in Australia..
First thing first, Nole hast get to SF first, just one match at the time, not looking to much ahead.


Dave Says:

Wogboy, let’s be honest, Seppi and Simon aren’t beating Nole in a best of 5 set match. Nishikori is not in top form. He just hasn’t looked even close to his personal best. Neither has Tsonga. Don’t see either of them winning in the QF. Your right. Nole never takes any opponent for granted and neither should we. I still just can’t see him losing any of the next 3 matches.


Wog Boy Says:

After watching Dimitrov few times this year (Brisbane, Sydney) I found he is playing better than last year, but the problem is he can’t sustain the same aggressive level through the match and keep reverting to defensive mood, and becomes sitting duck, and that is in best of three, even less chance in best of five.


kjb Says:

Goffin-Thiem match was nice. Goffin plays alot like Davydenko, Thiem definetely has potential but he needs to shore up that second serve and play closer to the baseline, some of his backhands were ridiculous. If Federer serves like he did last match Dimitrov has 0 chance of winning.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,
You right, but I don’t know if any of that rubbish that is going around affected him and how much and whether his team managed to protect him and motivate him right way.
You are right about Nishikori, if it was any better player opposite him today he wouldn’t make through, but than again he might lift his game for the next rounds.


Dave Says:

Dolgopolov’s terrible effort on the return game made Federer’s serving look better and made federer probably more relaxed than normal. He wasn’t even guessing or moving for a lot of returns. It was pretty bad. I watched the whole match.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@wogboy it is true that roger is roger but at this point novak is novak and that right now counts for a bit more. the only way i could see roger winning against novak here is if it was during daytime in extreme heat since heat remains a bit of an achilles heal for novak. but the semifinals are played at night.
i was watching the goffin/thiem match as well. excellent tennis.


Wog Boy Says:

kjb,
Keep in mind that it was sunny and hot day last time, today is cold and humid so Roger serve might not work that well even if they have to close the roof, and Roger as of late tends to have more often off days when it comes to serve. I also don’t give Dimitrov great chances, but if can somehow stick to the aggressive game from the second set in Brisbane, he might as well surprise us.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,
Good point about Dolgopolov

tennisfansince76,
Yes, agree.


kjb Says:

Fed is 76/84 on first serve points won this tourny. I just don’t see Grigor winning today. Might get a set but I doubt it.


Humble Rafa Says:

Killing your own baby is not good. Sometimes, it’s good not have babies.


Dave Says:

Fed looks off today. His backhand hasn’t looked good the last few matches. He will still probably win. Just looks off. Lots of miss hits so far.


Humble Rafa Says:

His backhand hasn’t looked good the last few matches.

You do know that he can’t hit three backhands in a row, right?


Dave Says:

So how are people possibly thinking he will beat Nole with his backhand looking this bad? His backhand was in form in the U.S. Open final and Wimbledon. He wouldn’t even have won a set in either of those matches if it wasn’t. He won the first set today, but doesn’t look that great.


Dave Says:

Honestly, Federer looks off tonight. He seems moody. The body language doesn’t look good. Dimitrov has a huge opportunity today. Will he take advantage? That’s the big question.


jatin Says:

Hey guys, how’s going ?
Things aren’t looking too good for Fed right now.
Fed is just not converting the break points at all.
Dimi leads 5-2


Okiegal Says:

Grigor has picked it up notch!!! Way to go!


van orten Says:

This is typical Fed making his opponent stronger. If he uses his chances we all know he will win


Markus Says:

Federer looks lost. Recently, when Roger starts to play badly, he has difficulty turning it around. Dimitrov is playing more aggresively than I’ve seen him play before.


Markus Says:

Crappy break point conversion by Federer.


van orten Says:

so still playing badly? still not turning it around,
why still doubting federer ???


jatin Says:

Fed in control now :)


Markus Says:

Because that’s how it looks like to me.


Dave Says:

Federer still isn’t playing that well. 48% first serve percentage in the 3rd set won’t cut it against a great returner. Federer upped his level for sure. But Dimitrov didn’t make him pay for such a low percentage of first serves in.


van orten Says:

i prefer him Play badly the next rounds and if if he meets djoker he should Play for once his absolute best in a slam. the last time they played he schooled murray and wawa and we all know how it turned out


Sarah Says:

Good morning to you all!

Come on, Grigor! Force Roger to play 5 sets at least!!


Dave Says:

Dimitrov’s biggest tactical error of the whole match has been going WAY to much to the Federer forehand when it really hasn’t been necessary. Federer’s backhand has been absolutely terrible in this match. That’s been the biggest issue I have seen.


AndyMira Says:

How roger gonna face novak if he play like this?Too many unforced error..not good at all..


FedExpress Says:

Dimi is a mental midget
and dave is a fed hater


Dave Says:

I’m not a Fed hater. I’m just calling it like I see it. If you think the Fed that’s playing tonight has a chance to beat Nole, we are watching different matches. If I was a Fed supporter, I wouldn’t be happy with this performance.


FedExpress Says:

He has a chance. As always. Its more mental than anything else


Gypsy Gal Says:

IMO Dave is a very fair poster and a good reader of the game,the only thing hes doing that i can see is anylising the game of Federer,but certainly not hating….


FedExpress Says:

Bh dtl. Hope u saw it dave


Dave Says:

FedExpress. If I thought Federer was playing great tennis, I would absolutely say it. If Nole is playing bad during a match, I will absolutely say it. Federer has made a lot of mistakes in this match and Dimitrov hasn’t made him pay for it. Simple as that.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Agree he can get away with playing poorly,and just playing well enough when it matters,hes playing someone whos a poor imitation of himself,i doubt he will get away with it against one of the better players especially Nole….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Dave your a very good reader of the game,your posts are never about emotional bias or prejudice….


FedExpress Says:

Better play now crap and go through than in the semis. Nole also played shiiit in his gs matches before turning it on in the final (bar rg). Fed did vice versa


Markus Says:

If Federer plays another match like this, he won’t even reach the second week. And I am a Federer supporter.


FedExpress Says:

*last year


Dave Says:

one back hand down the line isn’t going to change my opinion for how many he has dumped in the net during this match. And again, Dimitrov left that shot short giving Federer plenty of time to set that back hand down the line up. He should make that shot. Lesser players make that shot when a guy leaves a ball short.


FedExpress Says:

Hahahhahaa markus. U see him losing to goffin???


jatin Says:

I prefer to see Fed play like this in early rounds. Infact i am kind of loving it. He needed a tough match and he got it. He has a very tough draw as well with all those new generations guys.

I certainly don’t want to see him beating all these guys in straight sets without getting broken and play all nervous with forehand way below par against Novak like he did in the US open.
He has to bring his absolute best in his semis ( if he reach there ) against Novak. Anything below it would simply not do.

Personally, i am not even thinking about those possible semis. I am just enjoying fed’s game in his 34 :)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Markus hi long time no see,you too are very knowledgeable when it comes to tennis….


FedExpress Says:

Fed and bps suck


Markus Says:

Well, maybe not to Goffin. But if he plays like this, it can give me some anxiety.

Hi, Gypsy Gal. The majors always wake me up.


Dave Says:

If he can lose to Seppi here, he can lose to Goffin. Goffin looked very good today. He surprised me how mentally strong he was and how he held it together today.


FedExpress Says:

Wow fed.


FedExpress Says:

Seppi would be the biggest troll today if he beats nole today


Vinod Says:

Fed not able to close it out


Dave Says:

IF he is playing at night and the courts are playing slow, Goffin is mentally stronger than Dimitrov. His backhand is more solid for sure than dimitrov’s. You never know, Goffin has taken a set off Federer in a major before, when he was way younger and wasn’t even close to as good as he is now.


FedExpress Says:

Gsm fed


jatin Says:

He is through…. :)
Onto the 4th round.


kjb Says:

@dave

Goffin has zero weapons that can trouble Federer on a hard court.


Dave Says:

Federer even said in the interview that he wasn’t feeling it out there today. It was pretty obvious that he wasn’t sharp today. I wasn’t trying to pick on him, Fed express. Just commenting on what I saw. That’s all.


FedExpress Says:

forgive me dave. u r nice lad


van orten Says:

fed is the worst Player of the tournament so far. do not know how he got into the fourth round with that kind of game.
and now the Monster goffin is waiting !!!! sigh, double sigh, oh nooooo goffin j Fox is waiting


FedExpress Says:

worse than nadal


J-Kath Says:

Welcome back Courbon….I wondered when you’d honour us again.


Tennisfan Says:

Fed has little-to-no chance to win this tournament imo. Just a matter of when he’ll be knocked out
I’m looking forward to watching the Berdych/Kyrgios match- hopefully it’ll be a competitve one.


Sarah Says:

Dave, Are U still there? I am at work and cannot watch Nole vs Seppi. Are you please so kind, to inform once in a while, how he plays?
Thanks in advance


jane Says:

hi sarah, novak is off to a good start so far. hopefully he carries on this way. he’s got a bit of a 5 o’clock shadow tonight, which is unusual for him. :) idemooo!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon hi and welcome back,always great to see you here,as Okie says theres alot of stuffed shirts so its nice to have a poster with humour,must correct you though as i havent lived up North in Yorkshire for almost 20 years now,anyway gutted Rafa went out but not entirely surprised,will pull for Murray or Stan in that order now,Novak does look invincible though….


Sarah Says:

Thank You Jane :)
Nole idemooo!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Looking forward to the Berdych/Kyrigios match….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Designer stubble we call it where i come from,personally i prefer a man with a bit of facial hair,shows they are manly and not too obsessed with what they look like ;)….


jane Says:

6-1 first set, sarah.
very nice, clean and focused tennis from novak.
we’ll see how he does in set 2.
it’s not that seppi is playing badly though he does have less winners and more errors so far. but nole is putting a lot of pressure on andreas’ serve, esp the second.


jane Says:

never heard that one, gypsy, but i don’t mind a bit of facial hair either. some people suit it more more than others though, i guess, just like all things.

seems like seppi is coming on stronger in the second.


Michael Says:

Congrats to the Maestro for his 300th win and he just steps on Court and records follow him. Baby Fed is still not upto the Senior’s level and Roger tamed him without much fuss and despite not playing his best Tennis and at the other end you have Novak literally slaughtering Seppi in the first set !!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jane ha ha yeah true,my hubby dont look bad either,designer stubble came from here in England i think?
Anyway yeah Novak looks very good straight sets win….


Gypsy Gal Says:

I hope Jo Konta can carry on her run here,a very solid player that handles pressure very well,hoping in time she will become the female Andy Murray….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Michael,Novak looks almost unbeatable, not his fault,but i just wouldnt mind some of his matches been a bit more competitive….


jane Says:

sarah, the second is a much tighter set. seppi has settled in and novak has missed more first serves and become a little passive with positioning at times. still on serve but he did face bps.


jane Says:

haven’t watched konta gypsy. did she have an upset win here?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jane she beat Venus first round,probably not too much of a shock these days,although Venus is a 7 time GS champion,and also back in the top 10 after a career resurgence,and she beat Zheng today….


Sarah Says:

Thanks Jane, am now releaved… I have seen on live scores, that he broke Seppi…hope, he will close the set now.


Sarah Says:

sorry, meant relieved :)))


sienna Says:

Hahaha I see sticking his thump up in praise of Seppi.

Wtf again when he is leading the match and set….


FedExpress Says:

hope simon can challenge nole. nishi injured and tsonga past his prime wont be able


Wog Boy Says:

Nele had crisis in the second, he wasn’t moving his feet the way he does and Seppi uped his game, very important set, not over yet. The quolity of tennis Seppi played would beat just about anyone.


Wog Boy Says:

I just can’t believe, they switched off Nole and Seppi and put Gavrilova on one and Kyrgios on other channel.


jane Says:

oh that’s right gypsy. i think i saw highlights of that. i’ll try to catch her next match if possible.


Sarah Says:

Hi WB, I guess that’s because Kyrgios and Gavrilova play for Australia….


jane Says:

kyrgios should ditch the sleeveless look.
already down a break.
berdych looks strong out of the gates.


FedExpress Says:

so nole looks better compared to fed though his BH isnt firing


FedExpress Says:

vintage nole. from 4-2 to 4-5 down in the Tb


van orten Says:

i d say vintage nole saving two setpoints as usual


FedExpress Says:

biggest lucker the past 12 months nole


van orten Says:

hahahaha so pumped up oh Lord. his survival instincts are pretty amazing


Sarah Says:

Well, Nole won his match in 3 sets ;)


van orten Says:

but nothing lasts forever. nothing


Wog Boy Says:

What a magnificent two sets played by Seppi, he would beat anybody else but Nole tonight…uhh


Sarah Says:

yep van norten, not even Fed


van orten Says:

we all have known since 2009 that nothing lasts forever even for fed.

i feel a strange denial constant as time rythmic as Change….


van orten Says:

zzarahhhhh or is it Sarah or sara or zara i forgot


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t know if it works overseas, it should, you can download app 7tennis, for free and watch any match from AO. So app is .. 7tennis.


van orten Says:

rhythmic as Change , constant as time
Lonely
Insistent whispers
Somber as a wave bye bye sorry but that song is great


Gypsy Gal Says:

It was,but he still had nothing to show for it,brave effort,Novak always manages to find that little bit extra,thats why hes number 1….


Sarah Says:

Van Orten, I do not know about you, but I know since I was a child, that nobody is imortal :)


Sarah Says:

Van orten, call me as you wish :)…I really do not care


Wog Boy Says:

Berdych is hammering Kyrgios.


Sarah Says:

WB, thank you for the info. Will try it :)


Gypsy Gal Says:

I wish i could put up links as the song Nothing Ever Lasts Forever is a classic by Echo and the Bunnymen,quite poingant when you think of an end of an era,or the end of anything else….


Wog Boy Says:

I like those fed fans waiting in despair for Nole to lose..


Wog Boy Says:

If this Seppi was playing Roger today, it wouldn’t be even close. Roger would be boarding first plane for Europe.


Sarah Says:

I will see the match tonight. I am really curios how the 2 played


van orten Says:

Sarah i was really just kidding , see on thursday ;-)


Sarah Says:

No problem van orten ;)
I guess the semifinals for the men are on Friday…and I think Nole will play against Berdych, but let’s see ;)


van orten Says:

hahaha ok but normally the first semi in melbourne is played on thursday.. so do not miss it


Sarah Says:

I guess I made a confusion with WB, where the both men semifinals are on Friday…am not so sure. Have to check this.
Will not miss it for sure
Enjoy your weekend :)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sarah i wouldnt count my chickens just yet,as it looks like Nick is making a come back in this third set….


FedExpress Says:

yeah seppi would have beaten fed today. in what f+ing world are u living. its all about match ups.

and birdshit is shiitt in the 3rd set.0-5


FedExpress Says:

that FH. joke


Sarah Says:

Berdych relaxes in 3 set a bit :)…That’s all


FedExpress Says:

This birdshit is a threat for Fed?!?!?!?


Sarah Says:

FedExpress, why do you have to be so agressiv?
Calm down


Wog Boy Says:

“yeah seppi would have beaten fed today. in what f+ing world are u living. its all about match ups.”

In what f+ing world are u living, Seppi beat Roger last year at this very AO and he wasn’t even playing as good as tonight.


Wog Boy Says:

Where is that douchebag komsija living in Holland, Cilic lost in three..


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy see post at 4.38am,crucifying Novak for applauding one of Seppis shots,and i have to say i do cartwheels when Cilic loses after seeing him pictured with that racist pop star….


Wog Boy Says:

GG,

Thanks for pointing out, I didn’t have time to go through posts.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Cilic winning a GS was 1 too many for my liking….


Wog Boy Says:

I didn’t have my favourite in Berdych vs Kyrgios match, but Kyrgios antics made me cheering loudly Berdych. I doubt Kyrgios would have guts to do and say what he did and said tonight in London or New York, particulary his behavior towards chair umpire, I just wish Ferguson was in the chair. Good job Berdych, you put him back into his place.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ Fergus Murphy should say, instead of Ferguson


Gypsy Gal Says:

Not good Nick when kids are asking pretty please for an autograph,and you just ignore them,a very talented player with alot of charater,and i did feel for him at times when the ump did nothing about some of the sounds he was complaining about….

Kudos to Berdych for keeping his head down and going about his buisness in spite of the drama,and also playing homage to the AO crowd,people give this guy such a hard time which is so unfair at times….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy i didnt think you would see it that way,but that was a very fair post,Berdych handled everything very well….


Margot Says:

How irritatingly flashy Dimi is. One minute he is up with the shooting stars, the next he has crashed to earth.
And I see Nick the kid lost too, and Thiem and Coric. Lost track of Atomic, expect he has too.
When are these bloody kids gonna make some proper waves, I’d like to know?
@GG
Glad Cilic lost too….but not just for that reason….knowwhoImean….;)
@giles.
Um no! Simply because tennis needs new stars and, altho I think Nick is talented, it’s time he put his money where his mouth is. By the heck eek, it surely is!
@MMT
It’s well documented that JMDP said somethng like “You and your mother are just the same” and Andy went off on one. Both have long forgotten and forgiven. It seems fans have longer memories than players.


Wog Boy Says:

GG,
When Berdych is on, he is playing such silky and smooth tennis, but at the same time he is hammering his oponents, just joy to watch if one appreciates tennis game.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Fedexpress,Berdych is a threat to Federer,im not saying he will win,but he relshes their matches,and is not intimidated by Roger….


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,
Very pragmatic:)

Tomic plays tomorrow and if he loses, against Millman, he should jump of Sydney Harbour Bridge…I wish he loses..


Gypsy Gal Says:

Margot i know i make too much of an issue about it,but i just cant seem to let it go….

Wogboy tis true,but alot of people give the guy such a hard time….


Margot Says:

@Wog Boy
;)


Michael Says:

Alison @ 4.11 am,

Seppi did make it competitive in the 2nd & 3rd sets. But, as you rightly said, Novak looks invincible and it will need a miraculous play to upstage him. Roger has it in his arsenal to produce such a blitzkrieg performance. But the question is will he raise to the occasion ?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Michael Stan or Andy from the other side,or Nishkori if hes fit and plays ala USO 2014….


Sarah Says:

Hi Courbon,

Nice to meet you!
Have seen only now, you adressed also to me the other day.
Sorry for my late “hello”.


Chrisford1 Says:

GG – ” i do cartwheels when Cilic loses after seeing him pictured with that racist pop star….”

============
1. What pop star?
2. Why is that unnamed pop star ‘racist’?
3. Who is that ‘racist’, racist against?
4. Why is Cilic racist for being photographed with that person?
5. If guilt by association makes one a racist, where does Serena stand not just being photographed with, but after dating, Common and Drake – who have at times disparaged other races?

Seriously, who is the pop star..
Have you seen who other tennis players are photographed with?
Maria & Vladimir??


Dave Says:

When Berdych isn’t intimidated by a player, he can be very dangerous. Federer happens to be a player that he is not intimidated by at majors. I remember watching a Quarter Finals night match at the U.S. Open Berdych vs Federer. I remember thinking that Federer always wins the night matches in New York and that Berdych didn’t stand a chance. He totally surprised me by over powering Federer and winning it in 4 sets. And than there was the match at Wimbledon where he came back and beat Federer. I even noticed lately that he is playing Nole tougher than before. Even though he is still losing, the fear seems to be going down quite a bit. Berdych winning against Federer wouldn’t surprise me one bit. He showed surprising mental toughness tonight. I watched him close it out in the 4th set. Good stuff. As far as Simon goes, I have to give him respect. He always plays Nole tough. I do believe the most realistic outcome is Nole in 4 sets. It would be quite impressive if Nole pulled it off in 3. But I believe Simon will push him and take a set off of Nole. Simon even plays Federer tough at times. That Shanghai final a few years ago was very close. I think Simon lost 7-6 7-6 and had set points in both sets. The only reason I gotta give Goffin a chance, is because the surface not playing fast helps him a lot. He is also a better player this year than last year. I really believe getting to the final of the davis cup really helped to mature him and that his best is on it’s way. He almost beat Nole last year I think nole was down a break in the final set of one of their matches. If it’s a day match and it’s super hot, Federer will beat Goffin in 3 sets pretty comfortably. The conditions aren’t playing out that way though. And Goffins 2 handed backhand looks much more solid than Federer’s at the moment. He won’t let Federer off the hook by making a huge tactical error like Dimitrov did, by going to Federers forehand at important times when he should be hitting it deep and hard into the Federer backhand wing. Dimitrov let Federer off the hook so many times when he looked like he was leading in the rally and than just sent it to the Federer forehand and Federer won the ponit with a winner. I don’t see Goffin doing that. He has more control with the 2 handed backhand. Well see what happens though.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Chris Ford1 it was a couple of years ago before you even posted on this forum,i believe it was either Wogboy or another poster called the DA that posted the link(Wogboy can probably confirm,although the DAs not here ATM),of Cilic having his picture taken with a neo nazi pop star called Marko Perkovic of a band called Thompson,with the headline #PROUD after he won the USO IN 2014,im not saying its Cilics ideology or policy,but it seems he supports it by having his picture taken with this person,ive said this before and i have had Tennis Vagabond and Markus support me and feel exactly the same way,and obviously feel the same way Wogboy and the DA both said Cilic should watch the company he keeps,i wouldnt want my husband seen with a guy like that,and so i certainly wouldnt want a supporting icon to either,and one thats supposed to be a roll model for kids and im not about to change my stance on the matter either,if you dont like it sorry….


Gypsy Gal Says:

^FYI I didnt actually know about Maria or Serena,but i will never condone anything racist,or anyone who supports that ideology either^….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sorry sporting icon,not a supporting icon….


Sarah Says:

GG, I do not know this band Thompson and do not know about such picture of Cilic, but please read on Wikipedia, that David Bowie (who may RIP) was also a fan of the Nazi Propaganda, he did appologize later for this. The fact, that David Bowie had and has so many fans, do not makes us Nazis. Sorry….


Sarah Says:

PS : I am not a Cilic fan, but I guess he diserve also some respect as a tennis player. It is a pity to trash them with such childish things….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sarah about David Bowie yeah i did know that,but as you say he did see the error of his ways,but when you have a picture with the headline #PROUD hmm,as i say probably not Cilics policy but he obviously condones this to have his his picture taken with that guy,if he didnt know which i dont believe for a minute then he wouldve put up an apology afterwards, saying sorry if i offended anyone and also had the picture taken down,i think Cilic is a fantastic player and one i did like, and i thought him winning the USO was amazing,but im afraid i lost all respect for him when i heard about this,i dont think im being childish its just something i found offensive,and i never said you were racist either so please dont put words in my mouth….


sienna Says:

biggest lucker? only spelled differently.


Sarah Says:

GG…I do not care…


Sarah Says:

Bye, have a lovely evening


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sarah(sigh)fair enough but you did ask,its a shame i got pulled to pieces just because i have morals,and relatives of different nationalities….


Sarah Says:

What did I ask You? I only did say something to you…


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sarah you didnt ask me no thats true,i just gave you feedback when you said i dont care,i just get upset and feel strongly about some things to do with race….


Markus Says:

It’s Cilic ideology that Gypsy Gal is not in favor of. She has always admired his game. But what we represent can affect how people view us, hence GG’s indifference to Cilic’s success as a tennis player. She is entitled to that. We all have reasons for liking or disliking anybody and as long as we don’t impose it on others, that’s fine with me. Hopefully that should be fine with others, too. If not, GG, I believe is OK with that also.

Back to tennis… I was happy that Federer won last night but I was not happy with his game. Dimitrov is getting worse with age. He should be peaking at this point but he seems to be moving backwards. He is physically able but mentally weak, I think.


Sarah Says:

I have no problem with races….You have seen some pictures, which do not prove anything regarding a potential “rasism from Cilic”. It is nonsense…I will stop speaking about that. You do not have enough information in order to say if he is or not a rasist…and sorry, it is childish….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Thankyou very much Markus,you summed up what i am trying to say,i struggle to get my point across though ;))….

Agree about Roger and Grigor too,theres alot of talent there but hes so flaky its difficult to take him seriously….


Sarah Says:

I have seen now the Berdych-Kyrgios match…I personaly think, Berdych was the best player today, better then Nole. I would now prefer to have Fed for Nole in the semifinal…
You are right Markus, Dimitrov is getting worse…


Dave Says:

Sarah, Nole seemed to have played it safe today. He didn’t seem to take huge risks today. The courts look to have been playing really slow during his night match. It isn’t so easy to hit through players on this court. Berdych does look really good. I have to admit the same. If Berdych does get to the Semi-Finals, Nole will raise his game as needed. We still haven’t seen Nole go all out yet. He is still building up. He hasn’t looked bad at all or anything. I am actually happy that he has improved his overhead smash this year. At least from what I have seen, he seems a lot more confident with it this year so far.


Sarah Says:

But Nole will rise his level, I am sure :)


Sarah Says:

Dave, agree with you. My boyfriend observed something regarding Nole: in almost all matches Nole plays only a bit better as the oponent, in order to win the match. But he rises the level of his play with difficult oponents :)
Bye, wish you a nice day or evening

GG, hope we are ok. I misunderstood you. ;)


J-Kath Says:

Sarah: Indeed Nole will.
Nole is definitely in the final…he will face either Stan or Andy. Many may not agree but Yes.


Dave Says:

That is a very good observation Sarah. He is right. I have had to get used to that over the years, to be honest. Nole won’t bring it out of himself until he is absolutely forced to bring out all the weapons, with his back against the wall. He needs to be forced, or he will not take risks or chances during a match.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sarah im a bit upset that i actually said anything now,i have my opinions about such things,and when i feel strongly about something i get a bit too emotional sometimes,anyway ill leave it at that,its all cool so back to tennis,and agree with yourself and Dave in that Novak will raise his level as the competition gets better ;))….


Gypsy Gal Says:

J-Kath thats exactly what ive said all along,Nole on one side and either Andy or Stan from the other….


kriket Says:

Gipsy Gal, hats off for even noticing that what you were speaking about concerning Čilić.
I wouldn’t go as far as calling him racist, but that picture you saw, and the whole thing celebrating the victory with Thompson was in very bad taste. Thompson is not a band, it’s an adopted nickname of the aforementioned “popstar” Marko Perković, who is having a career in Croatia by representing their local nationalistic (even nazi) folclore, which is offending to Serbs, Jews, Roma, who were to be exterminated in the World War 2 nazi-puppet state of Croatia (NDH – so called Independent State of Croatia), which by looking up to nazi Germany had racial laws, proclaiming Serbs, Jews, and Roma the “inferior races” and held German-Nazi-like death camps, where they killed innocent civilians, even children in a horryfyingly brutal ways.

Anyway, Thompson stands for all that WW2 Croatian folclore, glorifying it in his songs and interviews, and his concerts have highest attendances in Croatia of all the local “pop stars”.

So, I guess Čilić doesn’t really recognize how his “best buddies” celebration with Thompson would be offending to many people, but he should really know better.

Hats off to you (again) for recognizing it :)


Chrisford1 Says:

On the fact that Cilic has a nationalist fan – no racism, the jews were after the musician on anti-semitism, and the Catholic Church in America and at the Vatican said the jews were targeting a person with no sign of it. He had an audience with POpe Benedict a few years back. And it is true that as a Croat nationalist, and war veteran who fought invading Serbs – some if his songs are Croats are the good guys and Serbs are the bad guys.

And all that has nothing to do with Cilic. Cilic is much like Djokovic, a pan-Balkan Slav. And he hangs with NOvak now and then and so does his coach Goran Ivanisevic.

You can’t pick your fans. They pick you. I am sure there are some unsavory Serbs that got in a photo with Novak, some conroversial black racists with the Williams sisters, perhaps Sharapova has not stood up to Vladimir Putin on gays in the runup to Sochi – but that’s life.
I don’t believe in guilt by association..


Gypsy Gal Says:

Kriket thankyou so much,i have mixed cultures in my family,and thats why i find these things offensive,and my husbands ancestors are jewish….

Anyway ill say no more,your a Nole fan and he is playing well but not brilliantly,just doing enough at the moment,he will raise his level as the opponents get better,THANKS AGAIN HAVE A GOOD EVENING CHEERS…. ;))….


Wog Boy Says:

CF1,
I was sure you had a better knowledge about what was going on Balkans and why and history of it, about puppet state called Independent state of croatia during the secenod world war that is responsible for the death of one million Serbs, Jews and Gipsies in concentration capms on their territory that even a nazi were horrified with way those people were killed, including concentration camp for childern where tens if thousands of childern died whose inly fault was that they were born as Serbs, Jews ir Gipsies. Marko Perkovic Tompson is glorifying that part of history of Croatia in his songs and his concerts and his followers are dressed and carry the uniforms from that period, he is banned from performing in guite a few European countries and Canada ((not sure about USA, but believe there too) due to his glorification of basicly nazi ideology. That Tompson was special guest on the celebration of USO win of Cilic orginized by Cilic brother and family in his village and Cilic was singing with him on the stage. He was criticized for that, but to make sure everybody knows his feelings he posted picture of him and Tompson hugging withe message “Proud of it”. Enough said.
And as for this comment of yours, I see you really know nothing about what was going on in the Balkans:
“….who fought invading Serbs …”
Tha is an insult, it was no invading Serb, frw volontiers here and there, they were local Serbs, who survived horrors of second world war and didn’t want to meet same destiny as their grandparents in the newly declared independent state. I’ll stop here, but honestly you surprised me.
GG, you did nothing wrong, all what you said is true, thanks.


jane Says:

“andyroddick ‏@andyroddick 39m39 minutes ago
Roger and Rafa Twitter fans shock me …. It’s as if you’re not allowed to say something nice/respectful about the other guy”

i hope he does more tennis commentating. he was excellent at wimbledon last year. just fab.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Thankyou Wogboy ;))….


RZ Says:

Jane – where would Roddick get such an idea? I don’t know what he’s talking about. :-)


bojana Says:

I did see in the some of CF1′s comments that for him Serbs were invading and destroying Croatia.
As I know if You are born in one country and You and Your ancestors lived there all Your lives , You cant be the invader of that country.When Jugoslavia was destroyed Serbs in Croatia had some right or You think that was right when Croats expelled them from Croatia?


bojana Says:

I did see in the some of CF1′s comments that for him Serbs were invading and destroying Croatia.
As I know if You are born in one country and You and Your ancestors lived there all Your lives , You cant be the invader of that country.When Jugoslavia was destroyed Serbs in Croatia had some right or You think that was right when Croats expelled them from Croatia?


bojana Says:

Sorry for two the same comments.


Markus Says:

That’s perfectly fine, bojana.


Chrisford1 Says:

I do have some sense of the history. A great grandfather and grandmother that were Serbians who came to the US and steeped my grandmother into a fine hatred of all things not Serb in the Balkans. When invading Serb regular forces shelled Dubrovnik and Bosnian Serbs armed by Milosevic did a string of massacres in towns they invaded and reduced, Grandma, who was still alive, saw it all justified because of WWII 59 years earlier.

You can do a lot of finger pointing on all sides. In the US, many families in the South still call the American Civil War the “War of Invasion and Northern Aggression”.

Santayana was wrong. Those who do not remember history are not the problem – it is those that wallow in it and long past grievances that are condemned to repeat it.
And hold many dysfunctional ideas as cherished wisdom and legacy.
Every nation, every race and ethnicity within every nation, can harbor and dwell and stew on all the offenses and atrocities and grievances of the past – or instead elect to move past that and create a new future.
In their day, Becker and Graf in no uncertain terms said they were part of a new Germany that abhorred war. A new generation. Djokovic, Cilic, Ivo Karlovic and so on all saw the awfulness and deprivation that comes to even non-combatants in wartime. And don’t want more Civil War recurring in their generation or their kids.
In the American Civil Wars aftermath, for every one that clung to hate and justified everything their side did as morally right – 10 did not.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Many thanks to Markus,Wogboy,Kriket,Bojana for seeing what i was talking about ;))….

Chris Ford1 your missing the point im afraid….

Bojana lol,as Markus says repeating your posts is perfectly fine,and he should know ;))….


Sarah Says:

CF1, I really like your comment. There is no nation on earth with a “clean” history. My grand grandmother from father side was a Serbian. I suffered during the war in Old Yodoslawia, for what happened there….and I am suffer now to see that the war continues somehow on a tennis blog….


Sarah Says:

Edit: Yugoslavia..


Gypsy Gal Says:

One comment i made about Cilic,and it all rather snowballed from there,lets put it this way,with wars and prejudice its all wrong,subject closed….


Margot Says:

@GG
If you “voice” an opinion you are bound to get disagreement, but this “world” is not real. Don’t take it to heart so.
I too was glad Cilic lost, but mainly because he is a certain extremely irritating poster’s 2nd favourite and is gonna win all slams from here on in.
In fact I encountered Cilic at Queens and, on a personal level, he was utterly charming.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Margot take to heart no far from it,we are all entitled to our opinions,didnt realize it was get such a reaction though,sort of like throwing a stone on a wasps nest lol,anyway i would like to say what an amazing win for RBA,and i wonder how far he will go whos he got next round?….


MMT Says:

J-Kath: if you think I’m exaggerating, just compare what he said in his press conference to what actually happened, and what he actually says in the video on the changeover. In the press conference he claims to have said:

“…I just said basically said, What are you doing? Watch your mouth. You don’t say stuff like that on the court.”

…and on the video he doesn’t say ANYTHING like that at all.

“Murray: You try and hit a ball at me and you think it’s fine.
del Potro: You are always the same hey? You never change.
Murray: You yeah.
del Potro: And your mother, she’s the same always.
Murray: Do you want to speak about my Mum again? Huh?
Umpire: Andy…
Murray: No, no, no… that’s unacceptable.
Umpire: That’s what I’m just about to say, let me handle it…
Murray: This guy hits it straight at me…
Umpire: Well, he can do that!
Murray: Then I can say something when he’s hitting off the frame too!”

So far from del Potro just having a go at his mother – it was Murray (and his mother) instigating del Potro (by cheering his errors). And del Potro was minding his own business on the changeover until MURRAY laid into him for not apologizing for NOT hitting him with the ball. After all this, Murray is surprised that she comes into criticism – suddenly she’s off limits? Sorry, but I call BS on that one.

Riddle me this: you hear what del Potro says to him on the changeover, that he and his mother are always the same. Why, in he abstract is that having a go at his mother? And then for some reason Andy declines to elaborate on what del Potro said about his mother? Why? Because if he did, he would have revealed that 1) what del Potro said wasn’t an insult 2) he was instigated on the changeover by Murray and 3) he and his mother were cheering del Potro’s ERRORS – which is a no-no and PRECISELY why Murray did it.

I didn’t embellish any of that – and I should also point out that Murray claimed del Potro aimed at his head, which is a bald faced lie – the shot hit his racquet on the way out, so he just lied. del Potro hit it at him, but not at his head, as he claimed – THAT was embellishment for effect.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

CF1, that was an exceptional post!

Not sure how its relevant to the GOAT debate though, can you expand?


J-Kath Says:

OK MMT – I found it. However, I am far from convinced basically because you are explaining i.e. interpreting. Sorri. When you go for a parent it gets messy….as we’ve seen with other players.


Margot Says:

“Your mum” is huge insult in UK, however it’s said. Same in states or not?


MMT Says:

Margot: del Potro didn’t just say, “Your mum is a tart,” or something like that. To begin with, Judy Murray was cheering del Potro’s errors in an empty stadium. Secondly, del Potro wouldn’t have said anything if Andy Murray hadn’t antagonized him by 1) cheering his errors and 2) instigating a confrontation at the changeover.

Just watch the video, and you’ll see – don’t take my word for it, but del Potro didn’t just have an unsolicited go at his mother – that is patently false.

And if Andy Murray wants his mom to be off limits, like other moms, then she can behave like other moms. But if she’s going to antagonize Murray’s opponents by cheering their errors, etc. then like ANY coach who does such a thing (like Brad Gilbert used to do years ago when coaching Agassi – just ask Thomas Muster) she will rightly come into criticism.

That’s a far cry from someone just spouting off on his opponent’s mom!


MMT Says:

J-Kath: I’m not interpreting anything – I’m recounting what happened in the video (which you can see for yourself) and what was said in the press conference (which you can read for yourself).

I do propose a theory as to why Murray doesn’t explain the supposed insult to his mother – because it wasn’t an insult at all, and the explanation would reveal their roles in antagonizing del Potro.

The rest is a verbatim recounting of what happened and what was said – I didn’t embellish or interpret. If you’re of the opinion that Murray does not and has never lied in a press conference/interview, that’s a different story – I’m not going to disabuse you of this notion, so I’ll leave it at that.

But to claim that I embellished the story isn’t accurate. Don’t take my word for it – just watch the video and compare it to his press conference.


Margot Says:

MMT you don’t have to say anything like that for it to be regarded as an insult. The insult is usually implied but not said. “Your mum” is quite sufficient.
This all happened donkey’s years ago and is long forgotten by both players. Why are you re-visiting?
If I could be bothered I’m sure I could drag up plenty of examples of poor behaviour by other parents/coaches, but I can’t.
However, I do agree it is poor form for anyone to applaud mistakes and that goes for fans, coaches, parents, hangers on and players.


MMT Says:

Okay Margot: the horse is dead. I just didn’t like that J-Kath said I embellished the story – that’s the only reason I kept beating it. I also don’t like it when players BS or tell half truths to the press, especially to make someone else look bad.

But it was a long time ago…so I’ll leave it.


Margot Says:

OK MMT, fair enough.
Love the stuff you write normally so was quite surprised.


skeezer Says:

MMT,
That was another fun read. Most entertaining was for me was the plethora of satirical words/phrases throughout(Djerk-ovic’s? the infant terrible?, etc etc.) I would only add in both of their defenses
this was eons ago, and both were very young. They were both in Kyrgios behavioral mode(present tense).


mat4 Says:

CF1:

I beg you to avoid writing about the Yugoslavian wars in the future. You really know nothing about it, and here is not the place for such things.

Margot, J-Kath:

MMT wrote what really happened, I watched a few times the whole scene (I didn’t understand what was Murray’s point) a few years ago, and I gave it a look again. I don’t understand why you are in denial.

It was an important match, players are sometimes tense, and they all make errors of that kind.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Mat4 im afraid i might have started this all when i mentioned Cilic :((….


mat4 Says:

GG:

It’s ok.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Mat4 its all rather snowballed….


MMT Says:

skeezer: re-reading that post from so long ago, I must admit that I WAS very hard on him – I stand by it, but still….

;-)


calmdownplease Says:

I’m just going to put it out there
That Delpo actually didn’t mean ‘Judy Murray’
Andy misunderstood him, he said it ‘always the same with you’ or something in a thick SA accent.
And it’s water under the bridge, really.

hehe


MMT Says:

calmdownplease: Not taking the bait.


calmdownplease Says:

I am not trying to ‘bait you’

I do not agree about your account on this, however.

I’ll produce the youtube account but he didnt say that.

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