Toronto Preview: Lone Big 4 Entrant Novak Djokovic Returns As Heavy Favorite
by Sean Randall | July 23rd, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Thanks to the Olympics, the summer schedule this year is as claustrophobic as you will ever see. And it especially hurts the first Masters event of this hardcourt swing, the Canadian Open Masters in Toronto. With the start of Rio exactly two weeks away, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal said no thanks to Canada. So too did former champion JW Tsonga.

Novak Djokovic, however, is in. And with a tough Toronto-Rio-Cincinnati trifecta ahead, I wonder how much convincing it took from the ATP and tournament officials to make sure he showed up. Is he really going to play all three, then take a week off and then his US Open title defense? Seems like a longshot.

Anyway, the three-time champion Djokovic is in Toronto and he is in the draw. That’s good. And no surprise, with little opposition, he’s the massive favorite to win it for the fourth time.

Novak Djokovic Quarter
I don’t see much issue for Djokovic here. Benoit Paire in the third round? Tomas Berdych could meet John Isner in his third round. So some quirky big hitters, and let’s include Gilles Muller. If Isner gets through maybe he can bother Novak some like he did in the summer three years ago in Cincinnati. But there shouldn’t be much drama otherwise.
The pick: Novak Djokovic

Milos Raonic Quarter
In one of the best second matches, Canadian hope Milos Raonic could face 19-year-old Alex Zverev. Right now, I think Raonic is just too strong for the German but it’s an interesting match. Raonic then might face Steve Johnson then maybe David Goffin, or Gael Monfils or Sam Querrey. Note that Zverev, Johnson and Monfils are all playing in the Washington semifinals today, so they might be a little fatigued next week, especially the two finalists. So I’ll lean to Goffin to get through but Raonic takes him down to reach the semifinals. After that Wimbledon final, Milos has to be feeling pretty good about where things are at. And we know the serve will be there.
The pick: Milos Raonic

Kei Nishikori Quarter
The bottom half is really wide open and just about any of the top names could get through. In the third quarter, that includes Kei Nishikori, Nick Kyrgios and Marin Cilic. After giving away two 2-0 set leads in the last month and dropping his coach Goran Ivanisevic, Cilic may not be seeing things clearly. Kyrgios remains unpredictable while Nishikori is always an injury away. I think one of those three will get to the semifinals, and right now my gut tells my that guy is Kyrgios. Looking at Nick’s recent losses, they’ve all been to quality opponents and if the courts are playing quick that goes in his favor.
The pick: Nick Kyrgios

Stan Wawrinka Quarter
Not many at the top have struggled more this year than Stan Wawrinka. And he’s lucky to still be ranked No. 4. He made the semifinals at the French – albeit without beating a single Top 20 player – and then won just one match on the grass under temp coach Richard Krajicek. But here again, another great draw that gets him to the quarters and that’s where it ends when he goes up against Dominic Thiem. That is if Thiem can transition from the Kitzbuhel clay to the quick courts in Canada, he could make a semifinal run. Wait…On second thought, I think Thiem, who needs to show me more on a fast hardcourt, gets upset maybe by Kevin Anderson and Stan takes advantage of another superb draw.
The pick: Stan Wawrinka

Semifinals
Djokovic v Raonic: I like Djokovic here.
Kyrgios v Warwinka: Rematch from last year and the result is the same – it’s Kyrgios!

Final
Djokovic v Kyrgios: After missing out on Wimbledon, Novak will get back on the winning track.

Like I said, too bad the Olympics has jammed up this summer schedule leading to thos top withdrawals plus the absence of guys like David Ferrer, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon and Juan Martin del Potro. And I wonder how many guys will give it their all in Toronto with that trip to Rio looming. So for guys like Kyrgios, Thiem and Raonic, etc., next week presents a fantastic opportunity to pick up some points and maybe get to a Masters final.

And I’m interested to see how Novak responds after that weird finish at Wimbledon. Let’s see if whatever that was bothering him in London – and something was – is no longer an issue. The fact that he’s playing tells me he’s on solid ground again. And it’s his favorite surface.

Novak or the field, who do you pick?


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107 Comments for Toronto Preview: Lone Big 4 Entrant Novak Djokovic Returns As Heavy Favorite

chrisford1 Says:

It is an ambitious schedule Djokovic has set. 4 big events, one after the other, and he he also has set doubles for Toronto and the Olympics with buddy Nenad Zimonjic.
Seems he is recharging as much as possible prior to this run. Then planning to hit it, prioritize it and hope the peak falls right after the USO is done. And he can fall into another good long recharge before the Asian swing starts.
Novak is in a space where to fans, each event he enters can get him closer to some record, or beat it. But his own stated top goals at the start of 2016 were the French Open, the Olympics, staying #1.
Of the 4 events in this compressed 45 day period Toronto-Olympics-Cincinnati-USO, Toronto is likely the least important to him, but dong well there will help the priority of being #1, as he can build his margin up against Andy there.


Wog Boy Says:

CF1,

I think they will play by ear, depending how deep he will go in each tournament, but Olympics are priority. He had really good break, partly thanks to Sam Querry, and can’t complain that he is not rested, on the other hand Andy really needed longer brake since he made evry single final since MC, plus he played one more tournament than Nole, Queens.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “break” and not “brake”


danica Says:

I voted “Someone else”. Nothing more to say :)


Okiegal Says:

Heavy heavy heavy favorite…….


Dan Martin Says:

I have predictions up for tomorrow’s 3 ATP finals tomorrow at http://tennisabides.com I am glad Novak is playing the Rogers Cup – It is a shame that a Masters 1000 event is having its draw messed up over the over crowded schedule.


Mrs M M Oloughlin Says:

thak god andy murray has pulled out of rogers cup mr no personality.we at last watch a tennis match without his name being mentioned bycommentaters.


skeezer Says:

Rogers Cup is “in the Trunk” and its easy to see why.


Humble Rafa Says:

Rogers Cup is β€œin the Trunk” and its easy to see why.

I am glad you finally understand that its name is responsible for it being in the trunk. Who you hang out with matters even if you are from Canadia.

It was always a bad idea to name a cup after someone so arrogant. I only have a museum, not a tournament named after me because I believe in humility.


Willow Says:

Mrs M M Oloughlin, i think you would be surprised, as Andy can be quite a funny guy, case in point when Annabelle Croft asked him when he played the DC last year, hows the groin Andy? to which Andy replied very well thanks Annabelle hows yours ?, ;-)) ….


skeezer Says:

“It was always a bad idea to name a cup after someone so arrogant”
Rogers cup is named and sponsored by Rogers Communication from CA.
Nice try Humble, go back to the Fishing.


Khb Says:

Novak had the habit of talking about how tired he was or downplaying his talent level. he was given a time out by Querrey and there’re no careless Olympic matches anymore because he’s the best player ever.

people mention 32-34 as old age, but Lopez and lorenzo had no trouble winning.


Okiegal Says:

I would πŸ’œ 2 b 🐟🐟🐟 with the Spanish πŸ‚ off of the island of Majorrca…..just saying……I am impatiently waiting for his return…..VAMOS!! πŸ’œπŸ’œ me some Rafa 🎾!!!

πŸ†—iegal…….feeling blessed and creative today!


Markus Says:

For people too dumb to know, of which there are many here, it is Rogers Cup, there is no hyphen between the r and the s and thus not a possessive noun. And Federer’s first name is Roger, not Rogers.


BBB Says:

I thought it was a joke….

And I think you mean apostrophe, not hyphen.


Wog Boy Says:

HR,
Is having some people on and they fell for it, good job your humbleness to expose their dumbness;)


Wog Boy Says:

BBB,

:))


BBB Says:

Hi Wog Boy. Hope you’re well.


Wog Boy Says:

Hi BBB,

Couldn’t be better, thanks for asking, hope all is well with you too.


Travis Bickle Says:

How dumb one has to be not to realize Humble was joking about the Rogers Cup?

Interesting to note – only two people corrected Humble. So, the award goes to, or better yet, is shared by … drumroll …

Skeezer and Markus

Congrats guys! You enlightened us all that Rogers Cup is not named after Roger Federer!

Bonus points to Markus who tried to teach us all some grammar by telling us that a possessive noun is marked by a “hyphen between the r and the s” like in, for example, Roger-s fans. Thank you Markus! By the way, aren’t you a Roger-s fan?

Hyphen, apostrophe, tomato, potato, … it’s all the same anyways ;-)


skeezer Says:

Humble wrote it, we didn’t. Who’s dumb?
Here we go with the CON cult chiming in with a Roger Federer post. Obsessed much? The jealousy never stops. Yes he still has 17, it’s not gonna change. Believe in it, embrace it, accept it, deal with it, love it.
Keep on keeping on.


chrisford1 Says:

Djokovic played a game of informal hockey today, with NHL players and Canadian junior players. Said it was his first time ever doing street hockey, or any sort of hockey. Thanked the NHL players for taking it easy on him and the other tennis players.
He’s going for being the 1st to win 30 Masters. Yesterday marked the ten year anniversary of his 1st title in the ATP, a 250 event.
Toronto is where he had his 1st huge impact as a young player, becoming the 1st to beat the #3, #2, and #1 players all in a row since 1974. Roddick Nadal Federer.


chrisford1 Says:

Skeezer, Humble made you look silly. His posts can be very funny and also insightful on Rafa. You may have heard Rafa humbly built a museum people can visit to marvel at his exploits. Humble Rafa mentioned that in another post.

For credit, Skeezer, identify who Rogers is!

1. Brit supersoldier Robert Rogers. Honored for giving the French and their Indian allies hell in Canada and Northeastern USA. Nabbing and helping hang Nathan Hale. Credited with being the historical inspiration for Canadian light scouts, US ARrmy Rangers.
2. Edwin Rogers, radio pioneer.
3. Fred Rogers, who Canadians proudly note, created Mr Rogers Neighborhood in Canada 1st.
4. Maurice Rogers, noted enforcer of the NHL. On Nov 6, 1956 he became infamous for shooting a broken tooth he saw lying on the ice into a goalies face. momentarily blinding him and allowing Maurice to scoop the puck the goalie was trying to clear into the goal. Seeing him as a paragon of Canadian virtues – ennis fans honored him by naming their Cup after Maurice – saddened that Stanley got his name on Hockey’s Cup 1st, so Rogers could get named to that.


skeezer Says:

CF1,
Ha….t ..Ha HaHa.
Oops, just hurled. Sorry.
Come again? You forgot “Buck” Rogers!,


skeezer Says:

Then of course you have this very famous name;
http://www.biography.com/people/groups/famous-named-novak


Willow Says:

Hi Okie yeah me too ;-)) ….


Okiegal Says:

Oklahoma’s native son, Will Rogers……don’t forget about him……he’s the guy who never met a man he didn’t like……I try to follow old Will’s logic…..I never met a man I didn’t like either……until I joined the TX forum….πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹


Okiegal Says:

@Willow…..Will we ever get to see Rafa play again?? Having withdrawals….


Okiegal Says:

Loved Kim Novak in Hitchcock’s movie Vertigo. Watched it a few months ago. One positive thing about getting old is you can recycle old movies and it’s like seeing them for the first time! When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!!


Van Persie Says:

My favorite “Roger” is Roger Waters

@Humble R,

Funny post at 11:54 am, July 24. ;)


Van Persie Says:

^^ to early for me, realized you are talking about “Rogers” here, not “Roger” :D


Van Persie Says:

Yes TB, The funny entertainers of this thread are “Dumb and dumber” :)


MikeD Says:

Nole will win in Toronto for sure. He’s usually the only one out of the top 4 who shows consistently. It will probably hurt him on the road to the US Open though.


Margot Says:

My favourites: Rogers Allum, Rogers Moore, Rogers The Dodgers and Roy Rogers.


MADMAX Says:

Showing your age Margot :-)

CF, Wogboy, Skeezer is anything but silly. I think you must mean Intelligent, loyal and knows his stuff.

Would beat you in a card game any day of the week!

My favourite Roger. Roger Federer. Great genes. Tenacious talent. Amazing Ambassador for the sport. Here’s hoping for the best for Federer for the rest of the season.

Hoping that the 02 is still on the cards and he can qualify for the top 8.

Been an incredible ride so far.


MADMAX Says:

VP,

Dumb and Dumber?

CF and TB. Oh, I have to toss a coin there. CF/VP and/or TB/WB? Simply too close to call.


MADMAX Says:

Oki,

He is back soon. You will be happy for that.


Van Persie Says:

madmax is back :)…with capital letters this time. TB taught her/him something last week. It is a good start.

Well MADMAX, it was obvious, that I meant 2 of your fellow fans, but now, you eclipse them ;)


J-Kath Says:

Hello capital letters, hello missing “r’s; t’s and a whole pile more.

No, I haven’t “totally lost it”. I’ve got a new key board. My last one joined Andy Murray in the bath and retired from life as it knew it.

Now I can catch up on all my favourite tasks starting tomorrow: VAT returns and other wonderful exciting tasks.


Willow Says:

Roger Daltry from rock band The Who, as i love a dirty rocker type ….


RZ Says:

Unless the Stanimal shows up, I don’t see how Djokovic doesn’t win this.


RZ Says:

@AndyMira – thanks for the article. Tennis at the Olympics sometimes ends up with odd results on the men’s side (with winners like Marc Rosset, Nicolas Massu – heck even Leander Pays got a bronze medal in SINGLES!). I’m wondering if this will be another one of those odd years, though I would put my money on Djokovic getting the gold.


RZ Says:

@Margot, J-Kath, Willow, Jalep, AndyMira, Okie and other fans of Andy (whether all the time or sometimes) – this “Mock the Week” episode is a few weeks old but is really funny and shows Andy’s good humor. He is mentioned and shown throughout the show. I think it’s telling how much these comedians like Andy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLNRmiW2IB0


AndyMira Says:

Hey RZ..nice to hear from you..sorry bro but i still believe Andy has a good shots at ‘BLINK BLINK’..although yeah as usual novak sure the favourites..i wonder what will you do next if Andy win a gold for the 2nd time?I don’t want to hear you laugh this time..how about go and hugs Andy instead?Besides we have to prove our loyalty..Heh!heh!heh!


RZ Says:

@AndyMira, now that I think about it, Andy is a shoo-in to win the gold! Are you listening Margot??? I’ll be away during most of the Olympics and won’t have any access to Rio news during the final rounds of the tennis.

I’ll have to plan what I am going to do if he wins. You’re right – he deserves more than just laughter. :-)


AndyMira Says:

Yeah!!That’s the spirit RZ!!Now..if we think carefully..Andy NOW is not the same Andy at AO last january..WAYYY different… i read after he won wimby weeks ago..a fan jumps into the Thames to celebrate it..and i think you should plan from now on what to do..coz it’s possible..are we reaching for the stars here?No..i think not!


AndyMira Says:

Hey RZ..coincidentally look at what i found after i talking to you..http://www.sportskeeda.com/tennis/top-seeds-pull-out-of-rogers-cup-heres-why-thats-a-good-move/4


J-Kath Says:

RZ: I posted on the Mock the Week re. Andy. I watched it and also thought it was hilarious. (Mrs. Somebody-or-another who stated Andy was boring until Willow decided to straighten her out, should see it to).

Right now, I’m still thinking Canada. And if I’d remembered (when I was in town today) I would have placed a bet on Milos winning. Don’t like doing bets on the web.

As for Rio, I don’t really care who wins it. I guess who-ever wants it the most…so my guess is Nole or Rafa.

Okie: My goodness gal…you are running hot at the moment. Next thing we know, you’ll be on an airplane??


Margot Says:

RZ and AndyMira:
I have my fingers in my ears and I AM NOT LISTENING!


Okiegal Says:

@Margot regarding Roy Rogers…..he doesn’t belong in the Rogers discussion…..real last name is Slye…..lol! But gotta love Roy…..we are dating ourselves!! You can’t get by with anything on TX……someone is always standing close by……ready to zap you back into reality! Lol Yep I am old……Will be 71 August 4…….me thinks 71 is the new 41??? Lol


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax…..I just hope when he comes back that he will be ready to go and not rushing it. This wrist injury is a worry……just can’t help but think about DelPo and all of his wrist woes……we will have to wait and see what’s in store for Rafa and his fans!


Margot Says:

@OK
“Trigger” is referenced on a BBC TV show called, “Only Fools and Horses.”
And anyone of any age can find Roy on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGgoJtdFPQA


AndyMira Says:

Awww..c’mon M!We have to stay positive..if he lose in Rio..it’s okay..there’s so many chances ahead still waiting for him..USO,WTF,the remaining masters,AO next year..besides the winning from wimbledon still fresh and full in our chest..i doubt Rio lose will hurt that much..right?


RZ Says:

@Thanks J-Kath. Sorry I missed your posting (been traveling a lot for work) or I would have watched it sooner. I discovered that show after they had Andy on following his runner-up showing at Wimbledon in 2012. I’ve tried to watch it when I can after that. I don’t always get the political or local references, but overall find the show hilarious. Unfortunately there aren’t any regular comedy panel shows here in the U.S.


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath……When I think about getting on a plane my claustrophobia sets in……..I just don’t think I could set elbow to elbow for hours. That would be akin to sardines in a tin can. NO WAY! I will have to be content with travel not abroad.

JK….this old broad is running hot…..those “flashes” I get make me want to jump in an ice bath with Andy! Lol Prefer Rafa, but Andy will do…..he photographed well in his ice bath and I do like his sense of humor!! Lol He’s still my 2nd favorite……


Margot Says:

Dear AndyMira: better to think the worst….then you are never disappointed. ;)
I think you like to travel hopefully. :)
I honestly don’t know how Rio will pan out.


AndyMira Says:

@M..i know what you mean..it’s self defense mechanism right?I don’t blame you M..but..we’re also have a right to hope NOW..unlike before..Lendl brought ‘something’ in Andy that we haven’t seen since he departured from Andy’s life 4 years ago M..and this ‘something’ radiated so strongly from Andy’s mere physics..we can spot it a thousand miles away..and he already proved it at wimby..doesn’t matter without nole’s presence or not..Andy’s 2012 & 2013 is back M!And that means more success..believe in him!


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…..didn’t intend to lump you with the older set because you knew about Roy. Yes, you tube has everything. Spent many Saturdays at the theater watching Roy and Dale and Trigger! Gene Autry movies were very popular too. You could watch all day long for a quarter! Aww the good old days……

Happy Trails To You, Margot! 🐴🐴🐴


J-Kath Says:

Okie

A friend said: When you’re walking through a supermarket in a bikini and everyone else is wearing a fur coat…..you’re having one of those “flashes”. I’ll bet you’ve got the bikini on under the fur coat…..some of those aisles get cold!


J-Kath Says:

Andy-M

Kind of you to worry about Andy at the Olympics, but, to quote a somewhat dated phrase: “Been there, Done that, Already got the T-shirt”.


J-Kath Says:

Talking about films and such like – is anyone watching this very sultry 6-part series called “Take Me”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Freeview 61/Freesat 142/Sky 184/Virgin 189


Okiegal Says:

@JK…..What cha’ talking about, girl?? It’s a Rio thong for me and a pair of flip flops!! Lol πŸ‘™πŸ‘™πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘’πŸ‘’πŸ‘“πŸ‘“ I’m all ready to go! πŸ›„πŸ›„πŸ›„πŸš’πŸš’πŸš’


AndyMira Says:

@JK..i’m not worry about Andy..it just happened that i feel very strongly that we’re gonna see possibly another nolandy in final..of coz i maybe wrong but seeing Andy in his 2012/13 form once again and it gives me something to hope..


AndyMira Says:

OKie!!!You’re funnyyyyy!!!Ha ha ha..hey..where’s your suntan lotion and mosquito repellent?And zika ran amok in Rio..and you still think about bikini and beach?Okie!!!


Willow Says:

Okie true that, what i dont get is Delpos suffered no end of injuries just like Rafa, the difference is people always predict the end for Rafa, but Delpo returns to tour, and people still predict big amazing things for him, and ive still not seen anything that suggests to me Delpo is ready to be a factor at the top of mens tennis, put it this way i know which player i would money on ….


Margot Says:

Like Westerns very much especially Eastwood’s “Pale Rider” and “Unforgiven.” Liked “Play Misty For Me” too, which he directed.
Many Sergio Leone classics too.


Margot Says:

^ meant for OKiegal


Willow Says:

Margot Loved play misty for me, and Every which way but loose, and the spag westerns, Fist full of Dollars etc ….


Okiegal Says:

@Willow…..I am deeply concerned about the wrist……but the doctors will lead him in the right direction. I will put my faith in his medical team.

@Mira…..eeka….forgot about Zika…..change of plans…..I better stay home……wearing a 😷 isn’t
my 🍡 of tea!!πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸ˜•


Okiegal Says:

@Margot……What about Lonesome Dove?? The best western ever. Not a movie, but an awesome mini series for sure. Loved it so much. I bought the CD of it and I also have Open Range…….πŸ’œ me some western!!


Okiegal Says:

Margot, watched The Unforgiven about 3 weeks ago and Pale Rider was being shown this past week-end. They never get old…….


J-Kath Says:

Me too Willow:

Expect Rafa back
Don’t expect Delpro to make significant headlines.
Certainly an appealing guy, but wasn’t around long enuf to do more than raise expectations – now 27 years old. Top ten max. now.


J-Kath Says:

Everyone to his/her own taste.
Never enjoyed trad. Western films …must have been an American native Indian in one of my former lives.
Did like Breakback Mountain.


J-Kath Says:

Back to Tennis:

I will be watching out for John Millman. He could surprise.


AndyMira Says:

@Okie!..ha ha ha..i knew it you forgot about zika..so just stay home and just enjoy them only through your magnificent TC HD okay?’sides it’s replica of watching live also when we can see every pimples and on their faces!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/djokovic-plays-ball-hockey-with-atp-nhl-stars-toronto-2016

Would have loved to see this! Its great that Novak still gets excited by these unique opportunities even with all the pressure and fatigue and repetitiveness of his life on tour.


AndyMira Says:

Btw okie..did you watch the battle of the young kyrgios vs shapovalov right now?If Denis can pull this through,it’s going to be the upsets for the day..


AndyMira Says:

YES!!Upsets of the day!!Denis deserved to win..he wants it..while nick as usual doesn’t seem like he wants to be there at all.. maybe he’s injured but the bad body language continue..


Daniel Says:

Gladd Grigor got a decent fight win today while Kyrgios showed no interest whatsoever


jane Says:

Shapovalov!!! :D


Okiegal Says:

@JK …..Breakback Mountain…..modern day western…..I passed on that one. I will stick with Lonesome Dove and the Eastwood spaghetti westerns…..yep to each his own…..

Mira, didn’t watch tennis today. I rolled my ankle and it is big as all outdoors…..total concentration on that atm. I have to go soak it in a bit. That is the only time it feels good is when it’s in water as hot as I can stand it…..but I will be OK……I’m so dang clumsy!


AndyMira Says:

OH Okie!do you need to go to the hospital?Is Derek know about this?Call him tomorrow if the swelling got worse do you hear me?Don’t forget to put an ice okie..also take painkillers if the pain worsen tonight okay?


Margot Says:

@OK
“Bad Day at Black Rock?” Adore that film, am always referencing it as when Andy loses to Nole, it’s a very “Bad day at Black Rock!” :’(
AndyMira is always full of good advice. As Danica already has “saint award” must think up another for her…..hmmmmm ;)


Margot Says:

PS Thought you should ice a swelling. Indeed ICE, as in “ice, compress, elevate” is the advice.


J-Kath Says:

Okie

If you do things like that to yourself, what will you do to other people? Tut, Tut. Seriously, spoil yourself…feet up, relax and replay your favourite films. PS: Confess I’ve never seen “Lonesome Dove”.


J-Kath Says:

Yes Jane!
What is the matter with Nick?
I think he’ll retire before Federer.


AndyMira Says:

@M 3:25am..you be careful with what you thunk you hear me?..we don’t want JK got sick once more..and this time there is no excuse anymore because she don’t eat cream cakes today..


Willow Says:

Okie i can honestly say ive never seen Lonesome Dove, but i must say i would love to, Brokeback Mountain have to say doesnt appeal to me, i love Australia though (ahem) for obvious reasons, just thought id throw that in there lol ….

How about tennis though, maybe Nick should retire if hes not interested, and find something else to do, talent only gets you so far, unless your willing to put in the hard work and application, as for Novak i expect him to bounce back and take this, unless Stan has a day where he plays hot rather than cold, HCs after all, missing all the rest of the big 4 though ….


Willow Says:

Okie and so sorry about your ankle, like everyone says, ice to reduce the swelling, painkillers especially Asprin for swelling ….


J-Kath Says:

Willow

I’m guessing Milos.

AM:

Margot will never have anything to fear from me. But You? Be afraid, be very afraid.


AndyMira Says:

@JK..as you wish Madame..


Willow Says:

J-Kath, Raonic is possible, and he has developed his game, i just have my doubt against the very elite players, as for Delpo, i think he can have the odd flash in the pan result, like he did against Stan at Wimby, or pushing Novak pretty close in 2013, but they all seem to be one offs, no consistency, he beat Stan then lost a match you wouldve expected him to win handily, to be honest i dont think his tennis is even top 10 IMO, its 20 / 30 at best ….


J-Kath Says:

Willow

I think I was being kind to Delpo….more time to progress perhaps. As for Raonic- think he’s seriously determined to improve – also has a brain – look forward to his match with Nole which should be on the cards.


Willow Says:

J-Kath true, and he seems to have a very mature head on his shoulders, time will tell if he does go on to do big things, sadly i wont get to see him against Nole, like RZ i will be away and wont see much tennis for the next 3 weeks or so, but happily i have another camp coming up, and the Pagan pride festival to look forward to, so tennis will take a back seat, but i will be back ….


Willow Says:

And as much as i like Delpo, i think his best days are gone ….


J-Kath Says:

Have a great time, Willow. “See” U when you return.


RZ Says:

@Okie – I hope your ankle heals up soon. Stay off it as much as you can for the next week.


RZ Says:

No appropriate thread to post this (without going back a few weeks)…Marcus Willis got engaged: http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2016/07/what-month-willis-announces-engagement-after-fairy-tale-wimbledon-run/59611/#.V5eDMbgrKVM


Okiegal Says:

Thanks to Willow, RZ, JK, AM, and Margot for the ankle advice. I did ice it with a bag of frozen veggies when I first did it. Soaking it in the hot bath seem to make it more supple and movable…..didn’t seem nearly as stiff. Probably doing it all wrong…..but it is getting better.

Mira, Derek knows all about it, he was with me when it happened…..klutzy Mom!

JK and Willow……you have got watch Dove sometime…..well worth the 8 hrs it takes to see it all. I believe it was a 3 or 4 night mini series. So good!

Margot, our family always uses the term “bad day at Black Rock” too when something goes awry! Loved Spencer in that one…..a real classic! I will agree with Willow, Australia is high on my list too…..Mr. Jackman is the BOMB!!


Margot Says:

Willow: have a great time, hope the weather is kind.
OK: glad ankle is better. Such a splendid film! Very uplifting.


Okiegal Says:

Thanks, Margot! ^^^^ atm I’m horizontal with elevated footsy….just don’t have anyone to wait on me! πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸ˜•


J-Kath Says:

Okie: If you are using hot water put some baking soda in it. Used to do that when required. Some kind of elastic bandaid can also help but don’t wear too long as it cuts off circulation. Am not an expert but have had some experience re. Walter’s DVD that followed last trip to US.


Willow Says:

J-Kath,Margot, Okie thanks i will still blog till i go, and ill miss all you guys ;-)) ….


AndyMira Says:

Hey okie..how’s the ankle today?Stilll swelling?Are you in pain?


J-Kath Says:

Willow

Will miss U too. But most important you have a ball and come back all buoyed up and full of energy,vigourand enthusiasm.

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