Nadal Impresses At US Open, Another Easy Day For Djokovic; Murray, Del Potro Saturday
by Staff | September 3rd, 2016, 1:31 am
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Rafael Nadal finished off the first week of the US Open in style routing Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in the third round Friday night.

“I think I played well tonight,” Nadal said. ‘Very happy about the way I played. First set especially was very high level.”

The win lifted Nadal into his first Grand Slam fourth round since the 2015 French Open where he made the quarterfinals losing to Novak Djokovic.

The 2-time champion wasn’t picture perfect, getting broken twice in the second set, but his forehand sizzled and he hit 22 winners under the lights of Ashe. And it was this round a year ago when he was stunned by Fabio Fognini.

“I don’t know where I am today,” Nadal added. “Only thing I know is I am happy. I am excited to play the US Open. For me is a great news that I am on the tour again, and I am playing every day with less pain on the wrist. That’s most important thing.”

Through three matches this week this year, Nadal hasn’t dropped a set and next he’ll face Frenchman Lucas Pouille who needed five sets to win his last two matches, including Friday over Roberto Batista Agut.

“He is a great player,” Nadal said of Pouille. “He is young. He has all the shots: good serve, good forehand, good backhand. He’s a tough opponent. I practice with him a couple of times and I played with him long time ago.”

I know he’s able to play a very high level. I know going to be a very tough match. I need to be ready for the match. I need to be ready to play my best if I want to keep going.

Nadal joins rival Novak Djokovic in the fourth round. After a walkover thanks to a forearm injury to Jiri Vesely on Wednesday, Djokovic had another easy day at the office playing just six games before 2-time US Open semifinalist Mikhail Youzhny retired with a hamstring injury at 4-2 in the first set.

“This particular situation I never had in my Grand Slam career,” Djokovic said. “But considering the stage of the season, you know, the amount of matches I’ve played, what I’ve been through with my body, I think it’s actually good to have some days off and then shorter matches from one side.

“I’m not too concerned about my game itself. I’ve worked hard last couple days. Health-wise I feel much better than I did at the beginning of the tournament. You know, I’m confident that everything is going in the right direction.”

Djokovic will now have played just six games in five days going into his fourth round meeting Sunday against Brit Kyle Edmund.

The 21-year-old Edmund arrived after ousting an exhausted John Isner in four sets to reach his first Slam fourth round.

“He’s obviously a great player,” Edmund said of the Serb. “What everyone sees, how you play against him, he’s tough to break down. Makes a lot of balls. You know, very quick around the court. He has lots of good abilities. He’s world No. 1. He’s good in all areas.”

But Isner wasn’t the big upset of the day. That belonged to his countryman Jack Sock who stunned the hot-handed Marin Cilic in straight sets to reach his first career US Open fourth round.

“I think with every year, every tournament, I mean, every experience can only help,” Sock said. “I think just all around I think I’m putting things together better and better. I definitely feel more confident out there in everything I’m doing.

“Used to be some liabilities people would talk about in my game. I feel like I have cleaned those up pretty well. Returning was big for me. I think I’ve gotten a pretty good hold on that. Feeling comfortable. Getting in a lot of guys’ service games now. Overall I feel my purpose out there. I’m executing it well and I feel like I know what I’m going to do on almost every point.”

Cilic had won his last eight matches and had looked good all week, but the 2014 US Open chamiopin had no answer for Sock and fell lto the AEmrian for th second time this summer.

Frenchman Gael Monfils and Jo-Wifreid Stoanga also joined Pouille in the fourth round. Monfils breezed past Nicolas Almagro while Tsonga snuck by fellow 2015 quarterifnalist Kevin Anderson.

Former Australian Openm finalist Marcos Baghdatis outside qualifier Ryan Harrison in four sets. He’ll meet Mofils on Syunday.

Tomorrow, Andy Murray is back in action against surprising Italian Paolo Lorezi and Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka return.

Del Potro takes on 2-time US Open semifinalist David Ferrer in the men’s match of the day.

US OPEN SATURDAY SCHEDULE

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start
Timea Babos (HUN)[31] vs. Simona Halep (ROU)[5]
Not Before: 1:00 PM
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[2]

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM Start
Laura Siegemund (GER)[26] vs. Venus Williams (USA)[6]
Nick Kyrgios (AUS)[14] vs. Illya Marchenko (UKR)

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM Start
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)[11] vs. Elena Vesnina (RUS)[19]
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[4] vs. Caroline Garcia (FRA)[25]
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) vs. David Ferrer (ESP)[11]
Daniel Evans (GBR) vs. Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[3]


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98 Comments for Nadal Impresses At US Open, Another Easy Day For Djokovic; Murray, Del Potro Saturday

Margot Says:

K Y L E!
WTH’s happening to British tennis? Perhaps HR can explain.


Van Persie Says:

Damn, Margot!

Look what your Brits are doing to our racquet bracket!:)
Congrats for Edmund!


Margot Says:

Lol VP to my utter shame I did not choose either Kyle or Dan to
get further than the 2nd round. :(
Interesting re Sock tho., if he’s working on and improving his ROS, he’s gonna be very good.


Margot Says:

Hmmmmm a perfectly innocent post with no innuendoes or rude words has gone into moderation. WTF?


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

The world KYLE was the problem?


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

2:12 am. Then you should not pick them in the future, perhaps they would be jinxed ;)
Yep, Sock should not be ignored.

P.S. Another ecord for Djoko: First player in the Open Era, who won 3 matches and played 4 complete sets. Bodo noticed that, not me :)


Van Persie Says:

correction: redord, not ecord.


Margot Says:

Lol VP is it rude?


Van Persie Says:

Who knows, Margot. Perhaps somebody from the staff is suffering from Kylofobia :)


J-Kath Says:

Margot:
They’re wary of that scintillating Welsh humour.

And as for the Queen’s warriors from the UK and Commonwealth:

Three cheers for “Dan, Dan the funni wee man” and the raging, ranting “Nick of the big mouth”.

Another three cheers for Kyle from RSA now a fully 100% Brit and not forgetting our Aussie colony star Johanna now our fully fledged UK female star.

How can RZ be expected to keep hold of her no. 1 position in the Bracket with this lot?


AndyMira Says:

@Sean…Sorry to say,your no 3 and 4 has lost respectively..BUT go down a little bit….>Ooppss!No 7 is still alive and kicking!And look so d@#$ hot!Guess Rafa will keep on kick your A$% till SF at least!Serves you right for putting him behind Milos and Marin and Kei!


Giles Says:

Breaking News: The FAKER says he’s feeling much better! Lol


skeezer Says:

Novak is just jealous he didn’t come up with the Laver Cup idea.
As far as the scheduling and its impact on injuries, I’ll leave his words to speak on the matter:
“But schedule today is the same as it was so many decades ago.”


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

I do not see any sign of jealousy in Novak’s words. He has a problem with the whole schedule in tennis. He complained already in the past about the Davis Cup format.

AM,

We will know only on Sunday, if he really feels better. Hopefully his opponent will pop up :). Novak needs matches now


Django Says:

Nole should just not play if the schedule is not to his liking…Is it mandatory?


AndyMira Says:

VP..Yeah,he needs matches but Novak is one of the great player that don’t need much time or have trouble to adapt to any situation that was required of him to do so..He’s already proved it plenty of times in the past..


Van Persie Says:

Well, the walkover from Vesely was good for him (not nice to say it, but it is the reality). No dammage, I hope, that he played only 6 games in 3 round, but he really needs to play on Sunday. :D


skeezer Says:

“He has a problem with the whole schedule in tennis.”
He has a problem but the schedule has been the same “for decades”.
I do not see a mountain of players saying the same thing. He has a right to say whatever he wants, but the scheduling has been the same. Injuries are NOT the case of the schedule. Maybe HIS scheduling is.


J-Kath Says:

VP

Was it the format of the Davis Cup Nole didn’t like, or was it the timing/schedule and frequency? They do charge a chunk of money to be in the audience, and if it were down-graded to 3-setters there’s lots of people wouldn’t be interested in attending – it’s not exactly inexpensive….e.g. if it is non-competitive you could be in and out in less than 90 minutes…a good movie and a la carte dinner would be better value.

I do agree the timing and frequency very much needs to be reviewed, e.g. Olympic Year; proximity to GS’s et al.


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer, Djoko played some matches this year. Your guy can now participat at such “tournaments”, like the Laver Cup thing. Nole is still active. Does not have the time for the moment.


Van Persie Says:

JK, Will research, what he exactly said and will come back once. Idea was, the schedule is inappropriate for the top players. Had nothing to do with 5 setter, I guess. Am out now.


RZ Says:

@J-Kath – So far so good, I even extended my lead by a few points! Still don’t think it will last but I’m enjoying it for the present. It helps that I picked Kyle to win a few rounds, though I didn’t pick him to take out Isner and I didn’t pick Dan to take out Zverev. Still glad for it though! A lot of my pool now rests on Monfils and Thiem making the semis.


J-Kath Says:

RZ: Great. Shows how little I know about the Bracket.
Fingers crossed for you.


jalep Says:

Smart picking, RZ. I completely overlooked Kyle Edmund. But that’s the last time I over look him or Donaldson! Cheers!


jalep Says:

Yeah, having second thoughts about picking Thiem so deep, while watching some of his match vs PCB. I picked Thiem over Delpo, thinking Delpo’s durability isn’t maybe as good as Dom’s. Well Delpo has to get through this Ferrer match first. Vamos Delpo!

Didn’t think lucky Lucas Pouille would beat RBA! So, it’s Pouille, Donaldson, and Edmund — they’ve all got my full attention now.


AndyMira Says:

I have to say,i never saw this coming..Have to give full credits to Lorenzi for not intimidated by Andy..and after the 5 setter with Simon the other day,we thought he would waver and rusty a little bit but amazingly it was Andy who changed places with him..Not sure what happen to Andy..UE’s mounting unnecessarily..BUT i have no doubt Andy will come out on top from this..At some point Lorenzi’s leg will fail him..And Andy has no choice but ‘shut’ him down in 4 sets..Must save energy for the much more important matches ahead..C’MON ANDY!


Wog Boy Says:

“He has a right to say whatever he wants,”

No, he has duty and obligation as President of ATP players council to represent players and their opinion and that’s is excatly what he is doing. I personally don’t like he took that role since it can take his focus away from tennis.
As for Roger and RLC, Roger is irelevant on tour and has been for a while now, so he has time on his hands to orginize (and play) legend tournaments…after he serves silent ban..


J-Kath Says:

WogBoy

I was interested in VP’s research re. Nole as it is always a contest for the big guys, do they support their country or do they sigh and say “if only it wasn’t happening At This Time (just when I had my schedule all worked out)” etc. etc. So Yes, if it can be thrashed out what is reasonable for the top players and good for home audiences then all us reasonable folk would agree. I’m going to the Emirates this month and quite frankly the cost, the travel, the overnight cost etc. would be a waste of my time if each match was 3-setters…and ended up a 2-setter when players weren’t competitive and I got 90 minutes entertainment only, so to speak.

I think some improvement re. part of what Nole suggests would suit me fine as an audience participant, and nobody can dismiss decisions that would affect audience interest…or attendance would be affected.

PS: Roger and legend tournaments: I vaguely saw an article today that said Nole thought it a good idea but questioned the timing??? I’m hoping Andy doesn’t waste his time either.


AndyMira Says:

Well done Andy!!Off to 4th we go!!


mat4 Says:

A few words:

First, what’s that nonsense about the Laver cup? If Novak decides to play it, he will be one of the greatest star, and play probably as the no 1, which he is for half a decade now. But right now, this competition makes no sense: among the top 20 players, 15 are from Europe; in the top 10, 8 are from Europe.

If “Europe” means the EU, than Djokovic, Federer, Wawrinka, and perhaps Murray, will play for the rest of the world. It’s a bit more sensible, but as an exhibition, not a competition.

Two. Schedule is just one side of the complex evolution of tennis in the last two decades. It has to change, but the point system too, the repartition of prize money also, etc.

The ATP stopped protection players years ago, and another organization should probably step in. Good, global solutions already exists, but while they are good for the sport as a whole, they are probably not so good for the established top players and the tournaments organizers.

Anyway, like WB wrote, Novak has to speak out for his fellow players, and that’s what he does already for some time.


mat4 Says:

Sorry, I guess I am very tired, I made a lot of errors:

The ATP … protecting … solutions already exist…


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

Absolutely agree about DC, it has to stay best of five, it is three day event and fans are fired up, they need full day entertainment, but also agree that they have to think about changing scheduling and doing it differently.

As for Nole and that Cup, I’ll scratch him off my list if he only dares to play it while active, but I am pretty sure he won’t.


Wog Boy Says:

Hi mat4,

Good to see you back:)


J-Kath Says:

Mat 4

Does Nole really have to speak out for/against Fed’s new proposal/Laver Cup other than for himself? It is an event that is not being organised as an integral part of the so-called Tennis authorities so Nole does not have to make the decision apart from will he decide to join in. Doubt he can bring it up officially no matter what his position is. PS: What you said WB said is actually incorrect. Please re-check.

Don’t quite understand that Fed,Wawrinka and possibly Murray will play for the rest of the world rather than the EU. Switzerland is in the EU (with reservations) and GB is in the EU at least throughout 2017. I thought it was Europe vs. rest of world??? I may be wrong.

Anyway this is of no great interest…simply a new form of exhibition without individual ranking points (at least that is how I understood it) – maybe I’m wrong but it really sounds to me a means of Federer keeping himself relevant in the next 2-3 years.

i await the blows on my head.


skeezer Says:

WB / Van Persie,
Did I mention Roger Federer? Noooooo you did.
“he has duty and obligation as President of ATP players council to represent players and their opinion and that’s is exactly what he is doing.”
I do not see a mountain of players saying the same thing about his view on the schedule. So is he representing the players as is his duty?


AndyMira Says:

Oh wow!Dan Evans leading Wawa 2-1!


J-Kath Says:

Skeezer

Roger’s duty and obligation as President of ATP players council means he should first discuss the formation of a Laver style event and not simply arrange it through his marketing company and then announce the creation of such and look for willing participants.

PS: Is he still President?


Wog Boy Says:

Jk,

What are you referring at as incorrect, I lost you?


Wog Boy Says:

“I do not see a mountain of players saying the same thing about his view on the schedule.”

You have got to be joking, top players keep complaining for a years about tight scheduling and needing more rest.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

Nole is President, elected week ago, and I don’t like it he accepted it.


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy – following:

“He has a right to say whatever he wants,”

No, he has duty and obligation as President of ATP players council to represent players and their opinion and that’s is excatly what he is doing


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy

I thought Nole was the new President but was too tired to challenge. Just trying to stay awake to see if Dan pulls off a shock against Stan (who I like).


RZ Says:

Watching that 3rd set TB between Evans and Wawrinka, all I kept thinking was “Why is Evans going after Stan’s backhand?” I thought it would cost him the set but he pulled it out.


skeezer Says:

J-Kath,
lol ;)

Meanwhile,
Let’s vote. What will be more popular and fun to watch; the upcoming Laver Cup or this years USO…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………


Wog Boy Says:

“Did I mention Roger Federer? Nooooo you did.”

Excuse me:

“Novak is just jealous he didn’t come up with the Laver Cup idea.”


Wog Boy Says:

USO of course, you have world #1 and #2 playing and more to choose from, instead TEAM 8 stable players plus Rafa, really easy choice.


J-Kath Says:

Skeezer

Tennis for the sake of tennis is less interesting for me than those who fight for every point (and ranking point) such as wee Dan from the UK vs. excellent Stan Waw. this evening.

I believe the Davis Cup (which needs some attention) satisfies country vs. country requirement. Not sure we need areas of the world apeing that. I wouldn’t bother watching it. Not saying others might love it – can only speak for myself and the few neighbourhood fans I know.

Off to bed well after midnight with me and Dan and Stan have already worn me out.

Cheers to You.


skeezer Says:

“Excuse me:

“Novak is just jealous he didn’t come up with the Laver Cup idea.”

He is.


skeezer Says:

J-Kath,
Ever been to a Davis Cup match live?
I think if you did you would think differently as a fan. Its fun, crowds are outrageous, and great tennis in a weekend, no could be boring matches over two weeks.


Wog Boy Says:

How can one who commended and applauded idea be jealous?


Travis Bickle Says:

Skeezer,

You would rather watch Laver Cup than this year USO? That’s fine, you are known as a guy with questionable taste.

However, normal folks love real tennis, as demonstrated by yesterday record attendance at US Open. the afternoon session yesterday set the biggest single-session attendance in history of the tournament.

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2016-09-02/2016_us_open_sees_record_crowds_on_day_5.html?chip=16

Feel free to wait for an exhibition tennis while we normal folks enjoy competitive matches ;-)


Daniel Says:

Wawa 2 sets to one down and 5-5 fourth set. tnese times for him, could be another upser in men’s side. Evans will have to close in 4, if it goes to fifth, think Wawa wins it.

Glad Dimitrov reach fourh round to play Murray. He needs to play the best to see where his game is at. Kei also came through, so far no upsets today.


Wog Boy Says:

Is Stan picking colors for his outfits?

Evans is possessed, everything goes in, Stan is losing this one.


Wog Boy Says:

Well, Evans blew his chance, now I expect momentum shift and Stan to win.


Humble Rafa Says:

It is good to a Swiss fight match points, fight it out and win in 5 sets. Even with the BH misfiring, The Best Backhand in Switzerland is a level above the others.

#thatfeeling


Humble Rafa Says:

Is Stan picking colors for his outfits?

Sometimes, you reach your best and never come back to that level. That French Open shorts were the best. No amount of research and expert ideas can match that.


AndyMira Says:

Well..i guess Dan has tried..It’s just a matter of whether you can take a chance or not..Full credits to him for an exciting match..


AndyMira Says:

Now,very excited to see how Kyle’s gonna fare against Novak..From his word,it sure promised some exciting match..But,that’s the thing..theory and practical is two different things..especially when at the other end is one of the greatest player that has ever lived..BUT,on the other end..youngsters is known for their ‘Never afraid attitude’ especially Kyle who’s very high on confidence after win over Isner and his dramatic win in Davis Cup..Let’s see how it goes..


Humble Rafa Says:

At age 37, Servovic is about to enter the top 10 again. For the intellectually challenged, 37 is greater than 35.


Wog Boy Says:

If Kyrgios only can get serious about tennis he could be easily #1, pity he doesn’t get serious. Though there is a chance, his mother is now full time (almost) with him on the road…and he wins first set.

AM, you should be cheering Nick, he is half Malaysian.


Wog Boy Says:

Very physical match, who is going to break down first, good match so far, Nick is hitting BHDTL really good, and his return game improved.


Humble Rafa Says:

he is half Malaysian

In the locker room, someone refered to him as half-human. Not sure which one of you is right. As a general rule, if someone refers to you as half-something, you have a problem.


Wog Boy Says:

HR,

You might be right, but in that case I have a problem too, though I don’t see it as a problem but advantage against full blooded ones, same applies for my kids, they have so many advantages over full blooded Aussie kids due to their mixed background that I won’t even try list them (advantages) and they are smart enough to take advantage of it.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^
I know, to many “advantage” words, but you’re getting there.


Wog Boy Says:

This is really good match, what a point by Kyrgios, just wowed!
You can’t see that on legend tournaments..


Wog Boy Says:

Kyrgios body is giving up, me thinks. I like Marchenko sponsors, “Hydrogen”, cool logo, Bolelli has the same one.


Wog Boy Says:

It was fun while it lasted, but Kyrgios is finished, he’ll retire.


Emily Says:

If Kyrgios is going to retire, they should’ve given the Saturday night slot to someone else. It seems like Armstrong was the place to be today (very happy with Stan’s win, thought he was on his way out)


Ronald H. Witt Says:

Ronald H. Witt and look what happened to Stan today. Anything can happen but Id like to see two well known talents in the final


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t get it, why is NY crowd is booing Marchenko, why they don’t show little bit of respect for Marchenko when Nick retired, it is not his fault, just spoiled biggest moment in his tennis life, sad:(


AndyMira Says:

@WB 10:07pm..I am WB..He’s fascinated me with his talent..When we look at how many spectators filled the stadium just to watch him played,and same thought came to my mind..If only he’s serious and realize how big a talent he’s got and not waste his time with meaningless behaviour and just focus his energy to reach the main goal..Though i’m still hoping that one day,i’ll be able to see the new Nick Kyrgios..If only…

Btw WB..do you know that he’s part of our Royalty family?Very wealthy..


Wog Boy Says:

AM,

Yes, his mother belongs to certain Malay royal family, she is the Princess back in Malaysia, but doesn’t behave like that here, she is academic.


AndyMira Says:

I don’t think she’s a Princess anymore WB..she gave up that title when she decided to marry Nick’s father and emigrated to Australia..


Wog Boy Says:

AM,

I see, she chose between the two and looks happy with her decision, that’s what matters.


AndyMira Says:

Yeah WB..But from what i’ve heard,she’s still got a good relationships with other Royal members..and always come home to see them..


skeezer Says:

Nick retires. Another 2016 USO bad boring moment. Seriously can this USO get any worse? Delpo has saved the tourney so far.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Rafa agrees with you. It did not help, that he was president of atp player council. Will be a bit of aaste of time for Djoko. Agree with Rafa, there should be more tournaments on clay.

http://www.tennisworldusa.org/news/news/Rafael_Nadal/35818/rafael-nadal-no-one-listened-to-me-in-the-atp-player-council-hopefully-djokovic-can-do-more-/

Skeez,

Might also be interesting for you.


Van Persie Says:

correction: waste of time


skeezer Says:

No one listened cause it was self serving. Maybe Novak can do better, like listen to the majority of the players like Fed did.
Meanwhile, at the most attended USO in history, attendees spend more time drinking eating shopping than actually watch the matches. Yes, its that entertaining.


Van Persie Says:

J-Kath,

NovK did not complain about the schedule of Laver Cup. Will reposte the link from AM. The title is incorrect, as Djoko first applauded Roger’s iea. He told, he would speak with his team about an eventual participation next year, then he spoke about the whole schedule in tennis…

http://www.tennisworldusa.org/news/news/Novak_Djokovic/35905/novak-djokovic-i-feel-much-better-laver-cup-is-a-great-idea-but-the-schedule-needs-to-change-/


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

Looks like Federer pretty ignored the opinions of his ATP colleagues:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1025056-nadal-criticizes-federerwill-shorter-atp-tour-benefit-all


Van Persie Says:

correction: Top ATP players


Travis Bickle Says:

What do you expect, VP?

That arrogant, self-serving douchebag like Federer respects opinions of others???

Good luck with that!
It’s like expecting Kim Kardashian to stop posting selfies on the internet.
Or like expecting skeezer to understand a logical argument.
All virtually impossible things…


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

You go girl:)

Thanks for the link, at least Rafa is honest, as he always was, not like certain self serving one.

Don’t worry about skezze, he is playing spoiler and provoking more hits for Sean’s forum, he works on commission.


Wog Boy Says:

I swear to God I haven’t seen TB’s post, but we have same (self serving) thought.


Van Persie Says:

Haha, TB,

I guess there is still hope :)

One last link for Skeezer, paragraphe 4 sais it. Fed was also self-interested sometimes:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/gametheory/2012/03/player-rankings-tennis


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Yep, going back to bed now :)

Wanted to see the score from Nick’s match and ended up reading comments on Tennis X and posting links. Allready an addiction for me the Tx thing. Have to take it easier :D


Margot Says:

What a shame about “Naughty Nick.” Suppose his dubs with Dan is off now too.


mat4 Says:

J-Kath,

Switzerland is not in the EU. After the last referendum, I doubt it will ever be. Swiss are sensible persons. I am also aware that British politicians will do everything they can to betray the will of the people, just like French politicians did after 2005, but, let’s wait and see.

Finally, the EU is not Europe. It’s just an American creation to tame the European nations. But this, we all know it, do we?

Richard Pagliaro wrote that Novak thought that the Laver cup was a good idea, so I don’t understand what it’s all about. He was probably asked about it. I didn’t check the interview itself, but I don’t see why Novak would be jealous, when it’s another opportunity to popularize the sport and make money.


mat4 Says:

J-Kath,

About the relevance of that competition, we agree. No blows. Just details.


J-Kath Says:

Mat4

That’s what I said (re. Switzerland) in reference to your previous comment – they do have “arrangements” with it. Also agree the EU is not Europe – I read your piece as offering EU (as opposed to Europe). I also read an article what Nole said: basically he said it was a good idea but was cautious about how to schedule it….overload being the problem. I didn’t read anything about Nole being jealous – surely he would obviously be welcome to participate.


mat4 Says:

Yes, I understood what you meant, and it was clear we agreed in general, just a few details required explanations. I tried to find a competitive meaning to the Laver Cup, but it has almost none; that’s why I looked at different scenarii who could play in different teams.

I thought that the rating system and less mandatory events would do a lot of good to the ATP. Points in the current form could be used for the WTF, while seeding would gain by using the ratings, where every victory counts, and luck is less important. It would make lesser tournaments more meaningful and attract players and sponsors, helping those ranked below the 50th place to make a living. It would also put less pressure on the players to play more to defend points.

In the long run, the Laver Cup is a good idea. But we also have to think about the lower ranked players — there’s almost no young players in the top, and the renewal is very, very slow. Winning a challenger means less that winning a match in an ATP 250, and winning an ATP 250 means less that winning two matches at a slam. There’s something wrong in all this.

Tennis needs democratization: a handful of players and a handful of tournaments get all the attention and almost all of the money. Soon, we will face the consequences of this kind of policy. The likes of Thiem, Kyrgios, Zverev, Kachanov, are second rate players. At their age, all the great champions of the past had won big tournaments. They are nowhere near.

If we want tennis to stay healthy, we have to change it the sooner the better. But it follows the same dangerous path like our societies.


J-Kath Says:

Mat4

“Tennis needs democratization: a handful of players and a handful of tournaments get all the attention and almost all of the money”.

How could this successfully be changed? Jo-public generally want to see the Top Players. Hence tournaments seek to pump up their attractiveness to the public by persuading as many top players to enter as possible.

It’s the decade of the celebrity: sport, music, actors, even politicians.


Margot Says:

Yes Kath and that explains why “naughty Nick” gets so much media attention and with it, why he’s become such a huge draw.


Giles Says:

Oh geez!! mut4 is back. Boooooring old f@ rt. 😡🙄👹😩😖


mat4 Says:

Pouille has an excellent chance of winning. We would have three French in the QF, for a change, and all three played well. He dominated Rafa in the first set, was a bit unlucky in the second, played well in the third.

Let’s see what’s left in store.


mat4 Says:

And Lucas won! Sorry Giles. Your agony seems to continue. You should listen to Wagner, you know? Twilight of the Gods would suit you well, poor boy.

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