Rafael Nadal Overcomes Slow Start In Madrid; Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic Dominate
by Staff | May 5th, 2016, 7:09 pm
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Rafael Nadal fell behind early 4-1 to American Sam Querrey before firing up the jets and rolling to a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the third round at the Madrid Open. Nadal extends his win streak to 12.

“I hadn’t trained during the nighttime, it was a completely different feeling,” Nadal said. “Today it was a little bit slower. At the beginning, when we were warming up, I was feeling a little bit strange, but actually during the week I’ve been training well and playing well.

“After [the slow start] I just had to come back and turn the match around. Luckily once I did that, the match went well. It was on my side most of the time.

“He was going to serve for 5-3 with new balls. You know that you’re at the limit and you can lose the set. Not the match, because you still have another set to go, but it is tough [to be in that position]. In that moment I decided to step back a little bit and change my game. I tried to close the gap so that he couldn’t just go for it. I think it worked out.”

Nadal has The 4-time champion now meets Joao Sousa in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Earlier, defending champion Andy Murray had no trouble with Gilles Simon picking up his 14th win in 16 tried against the Frenchman with a 6-4, 6-2 win.

“It’s obviously very tricky against Simon. He lulls you into a false sense of security in points,” Murray said. “Sometimes the better you hit the ball, the better it comes back. It’s tough to get the balance between being aggressive and being patient.”

Murray now meets 2012 Madrid finalist Tomas Berdych. The big Czech eased past David Ferrer 7-6(8), 7-5.

After losing his last two matches in Madrid, 2011 champion Novak Djokovic has looked in form. Today, the world No. 1 dismantled Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-1 in just 68 minutes.

“[It was a] flawless performance after 2-2 [in the first set],” said Djokovic. “Everything worked very well. I didn’t give him too much time. I think I used the variation of [my] shots, opening up the court – flat, down the lines, slices and, also, different rotations on the serve. [I'm] very, very pleased with the performance.”

Next for Djokovic is a date tomorrow against Milos Raonic who bested Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-4.

In the final quarterfinal, former finalist Kei Nishikori meets the hot Nick Kyrgios. Nishikori collected his first career win over Richard Gasquet while the Australian bad boy knocked out Pablo Cuevas in three sets.

Nishikori beat Kyrgios last month in Miami 6-3, 7-5.

FRIDAY MADRID SCHEDULE
MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
ATP – [8] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [Q] L. Chirico (USA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs J. Sousa (POR)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [6] S. Halep (ROU) vs S. Stosur (AUS)
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [11] M. Raonic (CAN)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ start 12:00 noon
ATP – [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [7] A. Peya (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [6] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs [5] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)
ATP – TBA – [8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs [4] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
ATP – TBA – [6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)


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157 Comments for Rafael Nadal Overcomes Slow Start In Madrid; Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic Dominate

Michael Says:

Novak is back to form and if the Madrid carnial culminates into a Novak Vs Rafa finale, what a tantalizing prospect that would be especially considering that both the players are now playing their near best.

For Rafa, despite his wins in Barcelona and Monte Carlo, to know where does he really stand, he needs a face off with Novak and for a Tennis Fan that is the ultimate extragavanza to watch, cherish and relish.


anki Says:

Would love to see how Novak will fare against Nick. Want their face off to happen before RG.


Rafafan Says:

Good that he is playing earlier today. Such a slow start yesterday was incomprehensible.


Margot Says:

Andy looking mighty fine, gotta say :)
Come on!


J-Kath Says:

I thought it would be a lot closer. Next up for Andy, Nadal?


Green Lady Says:

J-Kath to be honest so did i, glad it wasnt, if Rafa gets to face Andy, i will always root for him first, but im never unhappy for too long if its Andy that beats him ….


J-Kath Says:

Understand GL…no problem.


Daniel Says:

Murray backing up that he now os a force on clay. In worst scenario he already got 2 semis in 2 Masters.
He may beat Nadal here again and try to defend his title.
But I liked the way he won last teo matches in easy sets. Seema fit and reat to fight next rounds.


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios winning yet another tiebreak, very fast one in 50 minutes.

Kei was overall better first set but lost in the end. Wouldn’t surprise me if he turns it around still. Kyrguos tends to drop a bit early second set afer winning first. Still lack of experience to not manage this drops. Let’s see


chofer Says:

Kyrgios needs to work a little thrigh his shot selection. Too much instinct playing against solid and smart players. But this has to be the best match of the tournament so far. Amazing points by both players!


Margot Says:

Daniel: Nick is serving so well, it’s difficult to break him. But Kei did have some chances in the first set but his forehand has really gone AWOl. Thought it was off in his last match too. Tho., funnily enough his serve is better.
I think, along with Ferrer, Berdych is at the tipping point too.
And, when his serve is off, he has no chance. Andy was serving really well in that match. Seems to be playing better and better each round.


jalep Says:

Hello?


jalep Says:

https://vine.co/v/iQ7nL2vIah7 tweener lob winner — Nick Kyrgios 👍

They are both incredible – Kei and Nick


chofer Says:

Instinct versus intellect: Who wins?


jalep Says:

Margot, it was Madison Keys watching Nick yes’tday. Sock was in his box today.

Just woke up. Andy must be on fire too? yes?


jalep Says:

I would guess Kei wins, chofer. But what do I know!?


chofer Says:

If Nick doesn’t drop his serve, anything goes. If… Amazing match, to me.


chofer Says:

I meant if he doesn’t drop his head, which is akin to his serve, jalep:)


Margot Says:

Cheers re Madison ,jalep. Oooer….;)
Nick serving first looks to have an ad to me.
If Nick could sit on his impulsive temperament he would be a better player, there again, if Nick could sit on his impulsive temperament, he would be a less exciting player.


jalep Says:

The level has been stunning – started watching just before the 1st set TB. Edge of my seat right now.


chofer Says:

Margot

Spot on! Will everybody forgive him for being HIM? You can say whatever you want, except he’s not exciting to watch!


chofer Says:

OMG! Mini-tennis!


chofer Says:

This seems like another tiebreak coming. Please, TV. don’t switch to the Rafa match yet!!


Margot Says:

chofer: I didn’t like Nick at first, I found him too brattish, but I really like him now, and tennis needs him to attract kids into the sport.
Rafa is moidering that niceSousa BTW.


Daniel Says:

If Kei takes second set tiebreak his match with Kyrgios will end later than Nadal x Sousa. Nadal will crush Sousa pretty fast.

Not able to watch Margot, tnahks for the intake.

Hope Murray keep the form, would be great of he and Djoko win the reamimgon Masters this way he, Djoko and Nadal
Will enter RG with Masters title and favorites for the crown.

glad Murray finally decides to be great on clay as well


jalep Says:

Margot, always enjoy reading you here, 😉

Here it comes…2nd set TB.


jalep Says:

Nick over-hitting . 3-0 Kei


jalep Says:

Nick got a code violation…what was it for?
4-1 Kei


chofer Says:

Margot

This match doesn’t deserve a third set blowout. Kyrgios losing his cool. Nishi is like a mouse puzzlig the cat. Tom and Jerry:)


jalep Says:

Time delay – the code violation for Nick in the tb

This tb is all Kei – wins it 7-1


Daniel Says:

Kei takes second set and Nadal having set point for a bagel. Sousa doesn’t have anyhing to troubla Nadal. That match will end in less than an hour before Kei x Kyrgios


Margot Says:

Fabulous play in the tie from Kei, helped by Nick going AWOL and into a third we go!
chofer, hope it’s close….eek!
jalep, racquet abuse by Nick.


chofer Says:

Will Kyrgios keep his composure? I have my doubts. I think the happier with this match will be Novak.


Margot Says:

Thank you jalep. Me too you.


Daniel Says:

Think Djokowill prefer to play Kei, playing right into hos confort Zone. Kyrguos has too much of a serve and powerfull FH and on good day could deliver.

Only risk for Djoko with Kei is if he serves badly because Kei like to attack second server vit he doesn’t vay shots too much and will gibe Djoko the pace he likes.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

The Big Three Formulation of the Week all in form, and a couple very powerful wildcards. Great stuff. Hope I’ll be able to catch some of the Murray/Rafa match, it should be epic.


Daniel Says:

Nadal even with the 7-0 score so far, faced Break Points in 2 of his 4 service games. A more experience returner like Murray or Djoko would capitilize. His serve is still vulnerable.


Dave Says:

I actually think the opposite. I think Nole would have an easier time with Kyrgios. Kyrgios is not as consistent on the groundstrokes and pushes them long a lot. Djokovic would be able to force lots of errors out of Kyrgios. I think Kei is playing well and the backhand down the line when it is on is the one thing that has troubled Nole in the past.


chofer Says:

Tennis Vagabond

Yeah. Who needs the WTA?:)


chofer Says:

Dave

I agree. But Nishi with so litle gas on the tank had nothing against Cilic at the US Open (how come he lost that final, again?) Either way, the happier with this match will be the Serb for sure.


jalep Says:

Stand up straight Nick! No hunching.
Come on! Fight.


Dave Says:

Nishikori does it again on an important point. Goes to close the line instead of playing the percentages. That is another huge difference between him and Nole. Nishikori doesn’t know when to just make sure to live it a foot inside the baseline and play out the point.


chofer Says:

Jalep

Can only see the scores now. For shame! It seems Nishi is runnig away with it. Pity. For two sets until the secont TB was the best match of the week. I think Nick needs to work on his defensive game, too. So much work to do.


Dave Says:

Sorry my bad. It must have touched the line. haha. It looked out.


Margot Says:

And Kei breaks.Either Nick is not serving so well, or Kei has got his eye in at last.
A bit of both probably.
Lots of big shouting at his box, making Andy look like mild mannered Clark Kent…;)


jalep Says:

😕 such a pity. Nick couldn’t sustain the high level for 2 sets, let alone, 3.

He’ll improve – that’s the good news!

IMO — Nole ole, if he wins vs Milos, would prefer Kei. He’s never played Nick – it’s a little more uncomfortable playing someone you’ve never played like NK. Nole knows Kei’s game. I’m not too worried about Nole v Kei.


jalep Says:

I’m worried about Nole vs Milos! First things first…

Kei about to run away with the decider.


Dave Says:

The only thing is that they haven’t played each other much on clay. The last time they played on clay, which was last year it went the distance. The time before that was 2010. So throw that match out the window.


Daniel Says:

I always consider a bog serve hige FH more dangerous. Last Djoko x Kei were all easy wins for Djoko. He will break Kei’s serve and of he can protect his own easy win. With Raonic or Kyrgios tou almost always end up playing a tiebreak and a string of bad points and you end losing a set.

Bur agree with your take about longer points and forcing errors. Is just that Kei’s serve on clay is weak and with Djoko’s return he will break him.


chofer Says:

C’mon Nick, break and make this a match to remember:)


J-Kath Says:

Why is Rafa’s match interrupted?


jalep Says:

Missed opportunity for Nick, chofer. He had a chance to break that last game – Kei wobbled slightly in his service game. 5-2 Kei now.

Nick serving. He holds 5-3 Kei will serve for the match.


chofer Says:

Jalep

I’ve always said Kyrgios is a sprinter, not a marathonist. Hope he will get there someday. Needs to go running every day and stop eating pizza.


jalep Says:

Wow. Deuce! Kei choking a little, too nervous — 4 th match point got it. Kei has been wobbly closing out matches recently.

But that was outstanding.


Margot Says:

And Kei does it! OMG he got tight tho. Nick has never beaten him, but his time will come, no doubt.


chofer Says:

Good running for him, anyway. I think if he keeps up, he’ll get there earlier than Thiem. More dangerous.


Margot Says:

Should say, terrific match!


jalep Says:

Yes, agree, chofer – Nick needs to work on endurance if he’s to win a GS or even a tough 3 set match vs the likes of Kei.

Gluten-free Nick? Come on, do it! Meditate – become tranquillo…


Daniel Says:

Assuming Djoko wins, Kei will move pass Raonic to #4 in ATC race and all top 4 for the year will be contesting semis.


chofer Says:

Margot

Indeed. That’s the thinh with Kyrgios. If he’s out to compete, his matches will always entertain. Except to the people who despise him, and can’t see anything good about him. Their loss, me thinjs. Tennis needs him. Hope he keeps commiting to get “serious”. Unlike is old partner in crime, Tomic. Who keeps being imbecile.


chofer Says:

oops, forgive the typos. I’m rushing out to work.


Daniel Says:

Sousa broke Nadal and is serving for second set. Did something happened to Nadal, physically?


chofer Says:

BTW Rafa resorting to his old self in second set. Not good. Not good.


RZ Says:

Yay Kei!
Still having a hard time joining the Kyrgios bandwagon, tho the guy has game.


Margot Says:

And that nice Sousa takes a set off Rafa. Told yo all he is playing great!
RZ: fortunately for you loads of other “young gun” bandwagons to jump on. And my seat on Atomic bus is now available…;)


jalep Says:

Kyrgios bandwagon will keep stopping for you, RZ – eventually, we’ll get you on it!

Happy for Kei, too.

Had written off Joao Sousa. How did he get a set off Rafa?


J-Kath Says:

Doesn’t Sousa know that it is not in the PLAN for him to take a set. I’m gob-smacked.


chofer Says:

Rafa needs to runaway with this if he’s “sending” a message to Murray or Nole. Isn’t it odd he started playing bad when the rooftop was closed? What’s the matter with him indoors?


RZ Says:

@Margot – thanks but you can give the Atomic seat to someone else. Right now I’m seated comfortably in the Team Thiem transport, though I’ll be splitting some time in the Kokkinakis cab when he’s back on tour.

@Jalep – maybe some day … if he grows up and his family shuts up.


Margot Says:

And….my very favourite doubles team is on court now. The absolutely adorable PHH and the only slightly less adorable Monsieur Mahut.


Margot Says:

RZ: I like 4xK too but I think Wog Boy said he has quite a nasty injury so don’t know when we’ll be able to join his bus. Fortunately jalep has given me permission to leap on multiple bandwagons…………;)


Dave Says:

What did I miss? What happened with Nadal? Can anyone tell me? I’m watching the match now. But didn’t even bother once I sas 6-0 first set.


chofer Says:

Dave

Indoors maybe his kryptonite? Odd.


Dave Says:

So strange. I can’t believe it’s 3-3 in the final set. Not the Nadal I know. Let’s see if Nadal can be resilent here and pull it together during crunch time. Game 7 and on of the final set is crunch time.


chofer Says:

I have some stats for the Rafa fans here to think about:

Outdoors: 6-0 1-0
Indoors: 3-6 4-3 so far…


jalep Says:

Rafa made the necessary adjustment. And he’s going to break now. Will serve for the match…

Just a hiccup when the roof closed.


chofer Says:

Jalep

Indeed. But isn’t it amazing anyway? Rafa has always had “problems” indoor. Why is it? The lights?


Dave Says:

I don’t know if I would give the advantage to Nadal tomorrow against Murray. I think it will be a pretty tall order for Nadal to beat Murray and Djokovic back to back. If Djokovic makes the final that is. If he can pull that off, that would actually surprise me at this point.


Okiegal Says:

Chofer, tell us Rafa fans something we don’t know????? @12:13


Okiegal Says:

The commentators I was listening to said Rafa had adjusted his serve placement and staying a little closer to the baseline…..Having not played tennis before, I would not know to look for stuff like that….anyone else out there see this difference?? Curious about your thoughts……


RZ Says:

@Okie – it’s tough to notice that on the TV as the viewpoint often doesn’t give a good perspective on where the server is standing in relation to the baseline


RZ Says:

@chofer – it probably has more to do with the air/conditions (no wind, less humidity) and the effect on the speed and spin of the balls.


chofer Says:

@Okiegal

I think @RZ has a hint. The lights change completely, too. I have friends (amateurs) who had to wear lenses with artificial lights to adjust. The ones you use for LEDs or computer. But Rafa is entering his 11th season as a pro. So, I really don’t know what to say… Rooftophobia?


Pauly Says:

Murray looks very strong
Poor second set by Nadal
Murray will be favourite on this faster Madrid court
Just might not be same as last years mauling of Nadal
Murray will win unfortunately


RZ Says:

@Margot – nice win for your favorite team!
I somehow missed that PospiSock where playing here.


Dave Says:

I’m not big on the scheduling of Nole match being so late. Everyone else has been done and resting for hours. So the Nole match could start at 10 or 11 at night if the womens match goes long enough. If the Nole match went for 2 or 3 hours he’s not at 1 or 2 am. Not much time to recover for tomorrow.


jane Says:

agree dave.


J-Kath Says:

Saw what appears to be the Rome Draw?????????

TOP HALF

(1) Djokovic-Bye
Qualifier-Qualifier
Cuevas-Mahut
Bellucci-(14) Monfils

(9) Raonic-Cecchinato
Kyrgios-Caruso
Kohlschreiber-Qualifier
(5) Nadal vs Bye

(3) Federer vs Bye
Zverev-Dimitrov
Sousa-Sonego
Dolgopolov- (13) Thiem

(11) Gasquet-Benneteau
Seppi-Pospisil
Gabashvili-Troicki
(6) Nishikori-Bye

BOTTOM HALF

(7) Tsonga-Bye
Karlovic-Qualifier
Fognini-Garcia Lopez
Qualifier-(9) Ferrer

(16) Anderson-F. Lopez
Johnson-Monaco
Paire-Tomic
(4) Wawrinka-Bye

(8) Berdych-Bye
Ramos Vinolas-Querrey
Sock-Pella
L- Mayer-(13) Goffin

(15) Bautista Agut-Lorenzi
Chardy-Qualifier
Qualifier-Coric
(2) Murray-Bye


jane Says:

wow, fed, nadal, novak, kei, thiem, la monf, zverev all on one side.
reminds me of FO draw last year, with nadal, novak and murray all on one side.


J-Kath Says:

Jane – I couldn’t quite believe it…I,ve been waiting for someone to tell me I’ve made a mistake. Wonder if Fed. will play?


Daniel Says:

Jane,

Add Kyrgios and Raonic. Nadal may face one of them in R16, than Novak Quarters.

Suddenly his clay return doesn’t look so promisong anymore. If he loses tomorrow amd in one of this rounds in Rome (possible), than his resulta in Madrid and Rome will be semis and R16/Quarters. Not very great.

Or he could face and lose to Djoko twice in 6 days. If he beats Murray and loses to Djoko Madrid final and than face Djoko again in Rome Quarters. That would be awull for RG.

Anyway, he can also win those matches and suddenly he will be favorite for RG yet again.

Brutal for Federer as well: Dimitrov / Thiem / Kei. Only to have to face Djoko/Nadal semis.

Guess the #2 seed for RG just kissed him goodbye.

Mureay got be pumped up. He shoudp ve the clear favorite to reach Rome final now and if he beats Nadal tomorrow he will have a great clay preparation pre RG. Last year he almost beat Nole, maybe this could be his year, flying under the radar.


RZ Says:

@Jane and J-Kath – does seem lopsided for sure. Interestingly all the headcases (Fognini, Paire, Tomic) and the inconsistent threats (Tsonga, Wawrinka) ended up in the bottom half so it could be more even than it appears.


Daniel Says:

Murray got all players who are in some deep phase: Berdy, Ferrer, Anderson. Gasquet and Tsonga are having some decent resulta but anyone really think they can reah Rome final? I don’t.


RZ Says:

@Daniel – Wawrinka or Tsonga could decide they want to play some decent ball next week. One of them could reach the final if they zone.


Daniel Says:

Dave,

The problem for Novak willbe final. If he wins today he is schedule for semis 8 pm Satirday and final willbe Sunday 2 or 3 pm.

Nadal and Murray played today and tomorrow close to final time, Novak will have 2 night matches and suddenly less than 20 hr recovery for final. Hopom now Kei doesn’t decide to geind too much or Djoko’s return to be top notch.

Let’s see how tonight goes, playing Raonic will have a bunch of fast points and unreturned serves so even of that match goes to three hard to see it past 2 hours. Unless they play 2 tiebreaks.


Daniel Says:

Tsonga just doesn’t have a return game for clay. He just have plan A, similar to Berdy. They don’t adjust in matches. Of coirse when on, they sire can spank the ball and if serving close to 70% hard to break. But I just don’t see it now, they seem slower.

Wawa seems burning out mentally. He just doesn’t have that drive or killer instinct that saw him win 2 Slams and play Novak all those 5 setter in the past. Is like he is mentally tired and doesn’t care anymore. Kind of happy where he is at. Just my reading.

Murray


Daniel Says:

Djoko had one chance and broke Raonic, seema ready to take first set.

Hope he gets another break in set 2 and hold his own. No drama in this match.


Daniel Says:

Djoko start broking second set, 2 out of 5 service breaks when Raonic serve, at this pace he will win fast and with another break this set still. His retunr of serve is outstanding this week in his 3 matches and I think will continue so agaisnt Kei and Murray / Nadal who all don’t have a strong second serve.


chrisford1 Says:

I believe this Euro clay court swing is when Nick Kyrgios becomes the future of Australian tennis and stays there for many years as their number 1, and he will have time in the Top 10, maybe lots of it. Nick is hard working, aches for success, and seems to listen to others on working to mend his boorish ways while keeping his young exuberance.
Tomic I believe is on a different path. Djokovic joins a long line of rock solid successful present and former players who have chided, coaxed Bernard to up his approach to their sport. Tomic has talent. That is not enough. Hewitt, Cash, Fed, talked in public on being asked in interviews. Others over the years have tried to steer Bernard and his dad on a better track. It hasn’t worked so far.


Humble Rafa Says:

Author makes no pretense of even-handedness and proclaims his loathing for Roger Federer’s nemesis, Rafael Nadal, whose victory over Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final left the author “close to meltdown; I remember at one point writhing around on the floor.”


Van Persie Says:

Very good Nole!…some stupid spectators there. They can bow to you.


Okiegal Says:

I am the happiest person in the USA. My cousin called me and said turn to channel 1138……my cable network is now carrying the tennis channel……..I’m in hog heaven…no more watching from the live stream on my pc. It is in high def too…..I hope this is a permanent thing. They took some channels off a couple of months ago and added some new ones. Showing Andy and Berdych now….a replay. Not sure if they showed this match earlier or not but I’m extremely happy with my cable carrier once again again!!


Okiegal Says:

@RZ
@chofer

Thanks for getting back with me…..Roofs are out for Rafa…grass, HC and now dirt!!

RZ…..Commentators are all knowing……lol!


Okiegal Says:

Wow, Rome draw is odd???


J-Kath Says:

Pauly

I note your good wishes to Andy @ 1.15pm. Let’s hope he tries his best to please you.

Okie…your joy has crossed the pond giving us a huge red wonderful sky this evening.


J-Kath Says:

Humble Rafa @ 5.00pm.

What an extraordinary article….it troubled me just reading it..most decidedly OTT.


J-Kath Says:

RZ: Yes the ties sometimes straighten …but rarely have I seen Andy’s section looking so positive at the outset….actually worries me. Good chance Roger will withdraw if he ain’t feeling young and virile and all the other good omens…


Wog Boy Says:

If anybody can tell me, what was the reason for Nole having lousy break conversation in the second set?
Was Raonic just doing good job by saving them or Nole was a bit of a slack arse in converting them, slept in and missed the match, to much food and drink on St George day yesterday…o Gosh I need a panadol, my head is buzzing like Wembley stadium during FA cup final.


Wog Boy Says:

On the other side, I’ve seen Andy’s matches (Simon, Berdych) and he is playing really good, smart and with lot of patience. He has good shot in SF if he can keep it that way for entire match.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “break conversation”🙀 ..silly me, it is to much even for my spelling standards…which are really high, no?


J-Kath Says:

Wog Boy @ 6.49 What are you talking about?…it’s that brandy again I think.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

I am talking about my 6:44pm post and my “break conversation” what should be “break points conversion”,
and yes, it is a brandy…lots of it..


Wog Boy Says:

It looks like nobody watched the match or don’t want to talk to me?
Anyway, one more question, what happened in the second set, some spectator told something to Nole and he got upset?


Travis Bickle Says:

“Humble Rafa Says:
Author makes no pretense of even-handedness and proclaims his loathing for Roger Federer’s nemesis, Rafael Nadal, whose victory over Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final left the author “close to meltdown; I remember at one point writhing around on the floor.”

Thanks for the link, Your Humility!
At first I thought it was a joke, but then realized this is a real published book of more than 250 pages. The author suffered from depression but with the help of medication and psychotherapy, regained much of his equilibrium, but he suggests that the recovery wasn’t complete until he joined the cult of Federer.

One particular quote defines the author and all Federinas for that matter:
“Tennis is a uniquely erotic game . . . with its guarantee of regular ‘climaxes and anti-climaxes”

Exactly my type of book – i’m running to a bookstore to buy this before it’s sold out!


Wog Boy Says:

TB,

Can you get one for me, I’ll send you the money..I love those erotic books..


Travis Bickle Says:

WB,

I heard there are photos in the book, these three are worth the special mention:

1. Photo of the author taken by his wife after Wimbledon 2008 final where he is “close to meltdown, writhing around on the floor.” Amazing photo! Very touching and potent.

2. Photo of the author taken by his wife after US Open 2015 final where he is “in a full-blown meltdown, writhing in a pool of his all urine on the floor, foaming at his mouth and lost his voice from cheering Djoker’s double faults and cursing Eva Asderaki for her fairness.” This photo is very graphic and not for everyone. Warning!

3. Photo of the author taken by a hidden camera after one Federer-Goffin match where the author is “on his favorite sofa and a bag of Kleenex climaxing due to uniquely erotic game he just witnessed.” The photo is X rated, however not much to see really… :-(


Wog Boy Says:

TB,

That sounds like bestseller:)


skeezer Says:

HR,
Thanks again for promoting RF. But…….You read the wrong book. This is the one to read:
“The Roger Federer Story–Quest for Perfection.”
Enjoy on your next fishing trip.


elina Says:

Hahahaha HR thanks for that link.

At least the author is being honest “LMAO”.

I wonder how many cats he has.


Vami Says:

@WG
Novak was very good; Milos who had not been broken prior to this match struggled to keep his service games, almost all of them and Milos didn’t play bad at all. It tells you how good Novak is right now. This is his tournament to lose (as is any other he enters these days). There was some nasty cheering and it did affect Novak, he was over celebrating at the end. We’ll see how the rest of the tournament will play out but I don’t think we’ll see him in Madrid next year.


Vami Says:

Skeezer = Skidelsky
So what? I wouldn’t make fun of anyone with mental issues. If cheering for Roger (or anybody else) helps I say go for it.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks very much Vami, maybe django was right about Madrid.


Wog Boy Says:

Vami,

I just checked the stats and you are right, Milos stats are pretty good, but it looks that Nole’s return game is fully back, I don’t care so much about Madrid or Rome, I just hope that Nole stays focused for FO and foesn peak to early.


Vami Says:

@WG
I just hope that he hasn’t peaked too early; right now he’s a level above everyone, including Andy and Rafa who also play very well but to beat Novak they must hope for Novak having a bad day in the office. Milos is a legit top 10 but against Novak he looked clueless.
This is an interesting tournament, there might be some calculations involved.


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath…..I am OTT!!! I am gonna watch tennis all night…..My high definition TV is so great for sports. I have got to tune in on OKC Thunder and the Spurs….I don’t have much hope for the Thunder after the way they got thumped by the Spurs the other night ……maybe they will get revenge at home! Yes I am so happy about my new channel!!

Wog….sounds like you are at it again!! 🍷🍷


Wog Boy Says:

I watched Andy and Rafa first set, I was still sober;) Rafa was playing aggressive tennis from the base line, I wonder if he retreated in the second to his old Rafa, because I was surprised to see he lost second after watching him in the first.


Wog Boy Says:

Okie, I can’t help it:

“My name is Wog Boy and I am an alcoholic”

Joking asaide, yesterday was St George day in our calendar, and it is house sent or “slava” in our tradition and that’s mean lot of food, drink and music, it goes from father to son for thousand years, so I visited my friend who’s “slava” is St George, mine is St Nicholas. It was all ok until accordion player and singer turned up, then everybody went “crazy”:

It looks something like this just different country, different century, different clothes and backyard but same people, have look:

https://youtu.be/iTYwhD09IU4

Thanks for your offer but I can’t touch it, I would die, today is alcohol free day:)


Okiegal Says:

You Serbians have a good time….lots of erotic kissing going on….I am not surprised you picked this video after all of your conversation with TB…….lol 😈😈😈


Wog Boy Says:

We like kissing..man or woman, doesn’t matter;)


django Says:

Wog boy
He doesn’t need their contempt. Tournament directors probably begged him. He won’t be fooled again.


Travis Bickle Says:

WB

With risk of revealing too much personal detail and sounding like Chubby Gal, I’ll tell you a true story:

The most drunk in my life I was in 2010 when I went to a friend of a friend party in Jersey City. Turned out it was the Serbian Feast a.k.a Slava although the host said he was from Montenegro. And also they didn’t celebrate it in May, I remember it was late November or early December.
They essentially were forcing us to drink – every time my glass would near the bottom they would fill it up. And they didn’t know me before that day, but they treated me as the life-long friend.
The grappa was the main drink that day and it was way stronger than any grappa I’ve tried before that, so fairly quickly I was almost completely out… also I remember that was the most red meat I ate at one sitting…

Overall, it was a great experience – being selfish self-absorbed myself, I’ve held a special place in my heart for Serbs (and Montenegrins) ever since…

So cheers to you Wog Boy and enjoy your feast!


Wog Boy Says:

TB,

If it was in November it was Archangel Michael, if it was in December it was St Nicholas, I would say it was Archangel Michael since you had meat, St Nicholas falls on 19th December durin Christmas lent and you are allowed only seafood not meat if you are doing it properly.
As for Montenegro, that’s the sama people and same tradition as in Serbia, and yes, there speciality is grappa, our is plum brandy, and host duty is to check glasses and to keep topping them up and makes sure there is always enough food to follow alcohol.
I heard there is lot of Serbians in Jersey, I guess it was working class city, but the capitol of Serbians in America is Chicago.
Thanks, but I gave day off to my liver surprise it:)


Wog Boy Says:

django,

Agree, it could be that he did it for Tiriac and Boris.


Van Persie Says:

Good luck to Andy today.
I would be really glad to see that crowd dissapointed.

And yep, Tiriac beged Nole to participate….last year he suffered, because the Nr.1 skiped his tournament.

P.S. Am also a big fan of serbian parties :)


Van Persie Says:

TB,

Foto of you, pls :)


Van Persie Says:

Wow, is this Skidelsky for real?

I cant stop from wondering and laughing…this is to good!!!


Van Persie Says:

David Foster Wallace died in September 2008…maybe Feds loss at Wimbledon had some influence?…Not nice to say this, but it could be possible…


Van Persie Says:

Federer is not a big challenge for Nole in Rome, me thinks


Van Persie Says:

^ sorry, wrong thread


Green Lady Says:

Wogboy happy St Georges day ….


J-Kath Says:

Van Persie
Which photo do you want of WB? Before the Brandy or After?


Green Lady Says:

Wogboy i think weve always got on well, so id be dissapointed if we dont anymore :(( ….


Van Persie Says:

JK,

I wanted a picture from TB. But I forgot, I could watch Taxi Driver again :)

But since you mentioned, WB would also be nice. Before or after brandy…it is up to him ;)


Margot Says:

Kath, have you been partaking of that plum brandy now……… it’s a photo of our very own Robert De Niro she wants..:0
Shame about Bob, must have a heck of a big alimony bill, one rubbish film after another these days.


Van Persie Says:

P.S. My favorite De Niro is the one from “Angel Heart”…lovely movie


Margot Says:

“Slimy sleaze ball grandpa” is surely the nadir? Didn’t see it, heaven forbid, but the trailer was quite enough, thank you.


Van Persie Says:

My pleasure ;)


Green Lady Says:

Exactly Margot, its been years now since De Niro did a decent film now, and Dirty Grandpa was scraping the bottom of a barrel, not sure what he was thinking doing that film yuck ….


Wog Boy Says:

GL,

Why wouldn’t we be good anymore, I don’t see the reason, I wasn’t on internet, had to do some work.

St George wasn’t my family Saint, it was my friends, I was one of quite a few guests…smashed ones;) but thank you anyway. Mine is Saint Nicholas, in December. Usually feast is going for two days, so the people can visit not just one house, but few. I am done, as I said, I gave day off to my liver today and trying to get back in good books with my wifey, I stuffed up last night, but I can remember what, my wifey is very cross with me.. not the first time..


Green Lady Says:

Cheers Wogboy, have a lovely time ;-)) ….


J-Kath Says:

Margot…You should know better….I live in the land of the “Water of Life”…Plum brandy is only for cooking No? – goes well on ice-cream (I think).

De Niro…Do we want to bother remembering him…a strain on the memory bank.

Van Persie
Wogboy did post a pic. of himself some time back – possibly a selfie taken in front of a Djokovic poster….as you do.


Green Lady Says:

J-Kath De Niro do we want to bother remembering him? , err no not really, a bit of a box office embarasment now, time to retire from acting me thinks ….


Noonen Says:

Nole, the Spanish crowds are rude. It may even go back to Franco. They weren’t nice to Andy either. Understanding helps so much to keep us from being hurt or angry. Jesus will help you with that if you will surrender your life to Him. And Stefan. Boys nearly always follow their father’s lead. A boy who sees a strong, God-fearing dad will become just like him.


J-Kath Says:

And what about the girls, Noonen?


Van Persie Says:

JK,

well, I missed the selfie of WB, but I like him a lot, even if I do not know, how he likes like. He’s a cool guy ;)

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