Federer, Nadal Open Play Wednesday In Montreal; Thiem Tamed By Schwartzman
by Staff | August 9th, 2017, 12:45 am
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On a big Wednesday of play, former champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal open action in Canada. Federer, a 2-time winner, will face Canadian Peter Polansky first match on center while 3-time champ Nadal collides with Borna Coric in the early evening.

Former finalist Milos Raonic is on against Adrian Mannarino and 2016 runner-up Kei Nishikori clashes with Gael Monfils in maybe the best match of the day.

Juan Martin del Potro returns to face 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov who saved four matchpoints in a win today over Rogerio Dutra Silva. And Washington winner Alexander Zverev begins play against 2-time Canadian finalist Richard Gasquet.

On Tuesday, third-seeded Dominic Thiem was ousted by Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 7-6(7), 7-5. Thiem, who was down a set and a break, led the Argentine by 5-2 in the decider and held a total of four matchpoints, but lost the last five games of the match to the world No. 36 who collected his first career Top 10 win.

Also in the second round, American 20-year-old Jared Donaldson kept his run going beating his second straight Frenchman in Benoit Paire 6-2, 7-5.

In the first round, Jack Sock, Kevin Anderson, Sam Querrey and David Goffin were all winners. Pablo Carreno Busta ousted Karen Khachanov.

Tomas Berdych was expected to start the Center Court session against but the Czech withdrew with a rib injury. American Ernesto Escobedo took his spot and made the most of it beating Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6(4), 6-4.

Also tomorrow, Querrey faces 2014 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Grigor Dimitrov meets Mischa Zverev and Sock faces David Ferrer.

WEDNESDAY MONTREAL SCHEDULE
COURT CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
[WC] P. Polansky (CAN) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)

Not Before 2:30 pm
[WC] D. Shapovalov (CAN) vs J. del Potro (ARG)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] R. Nadal (ESP) vs B. Coric (CRO)
A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [6] M. Raonic (CAN)


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47 Comments for Federer, Nadal Open Play Wednesday In Montreal; Thiem Tamed By Schwartzman

Tennis Magic Says:

Thiem is just too erratic and Zverev is getting to be more consistent now


lylenubbins Says:

Nice win for the Schwartz. I think he practices with Thiem so maybe that played a role also.


Giles Says:

Andy out of Cinci


Roman Says:

Thiem is starting to pay playing so much tennis, he should start to pick more carefully the tournaments.


Daniel Says:

With Andy out of cincy either Fed or Nadal will be #1 entering USO.

- Andy: 7750 – 600 – 7150 pts
- Nadal: 7465 – 90 (cincy 2016) = 7375 pts
- Federer: 6545 pts.

So even if Nadal lose first round Montreal and cincy next week, with his amount of pointa he will be ahead of Murray.

Fed has to win 830 pts more than Nadal in Montreal-Cincy7 to be #1 on Aug 21st after Cincy. Menaing basically he has to win one of the 2 Masters. goes to semis in the other and Nadal doesn´t reach semis in neither masters. or Finals and title and Nadal doesn´t go deep.

Odds are Nadal will be #1 for USO, he can do it this week already with semis. Today´s matches can give us more insight in their current level


Daniel Says:

Fed already 3-0 in 6 minutes!


skeezer Says:

For Fedal fans, main thing is that they both get top 2 seeds coming into USO…


skeezer Says:

Fed up 4-0 second…..


Daniel Says:

Well, that was fast, 53 min 6-2 6-1 victory. If Federer keeps playing this efficiently he can have an even longer career.

Looks like his form wasn’t hampered after 3 weeks out.


Markus Says:

Skeezer, I had to take a second look at your 1:20 pm post: “Fed up…”. Hahaha! No, I will never get “fed up” seeing Federer going 3-0 or 5-0 against his opponents. Well, it didn’t quite go to 6-0 against Polansky but I’m not going to bicker about that.


Giles Says:

Montreal’s birthday gift to fed in the form of some dude named Polanskiy! Pfffft


Okiegal Says:

Glad that’s over……boring…..now we can watch a tiebreaker……more exciting…..


Markus Says:

Hopefully, Nadal will get into some really tight tiebreakers when he plays so Okie will not get bored.


Okiegal Says:

I will have to give the devil it’s due…..GORGEOUS KIT Mr. Federer has blessed us with….he’s rockin’ the pale pink and navy! Loving it….great choice of attire!!! Now my eye sight ain’t what it used to be…..is the navy right or is it black?? Lol


Jatin Says:

That was some amazing masterclass by fed.
He is coming to the Net with such authority now. Full fledge attacking tennis at its finest. Chip charge, serve volley, great backhand returns, flashy forehands.
Welcome back to hard courts fed :).
Its been a while.


Giles Says:

The nose is growwwwwwing. Should cover his face soon! Lol


Daniel Says:

Coric won at least 1 set in all 3 meetings with Nadal. Beat him twice on HC in straights and the one he lost USO 15´he also won a set.

If he passes him confortably will show us where his level is at.


Okiegal Says:

@Markus……Hey Babe……….no doubt it! I have watched Rafa so many years through the good the bad and the ugly. If it ain’t clay ………he’s sketchy………so you are right, I won’t be bored! Hard sur-fraces, as Rafa would say, scare the living crap out of me…..yep I get as nervous as Rafa!! Eeek!!! LOL #❤️🤠🎾&rocknroll


Okiegal Says:

But having said all that in my above post….he has shined two times st the USO and once at the Aussie open and two times on grass…..not too shabby for his resume! VAMOS!!


Markus Says:

Okie, do you get bored when Nadal demolishes his opponents on clay? I hope not. I hope you focus instead on how good he is in that surface. That’s how I feel about Federer, except maybe the last Wimbledon. I am happy he won but that final was indeed boring. Hehehe!


madmax Says:

Yes, a very clinical match from Roger. Yes Oki, navy and pink and again, you are correct. GORGEOUS KIT!

Some of those shots that Roger made, appear very ‘over the top’, he is really playing with confidence and finesse, makes a difficult shot, look very easy indeed.

Great to see. Great to experience.


Daniel Says:

Monfils winning in third set tiebreak versus Kei. Looks all top seeds in Fed´s half are dropping: Thiem and now Kei;-)


Okiegal Says:

@Markus…..LOL…….I should say “Of course not”…….but yes I have seen some boring clay matches that Rafa has played…..but you are right, I do marvel at his prowess on his best surface….. just like you do regrading Roger. I mainly drafted that. comment for feedback and it work…..as I’m very lonely today and needed to have conversation desperately!!! It worked…..nice chat Dear Markus!! Lol


Daniel Says:

DelPo out!😱


Markus Says:

Okie Dokie Doll (hope you’re not a staunch feminist), you are a bright spot in this occasionally murky blogsphere. Except when we disagree…but you are one pleasant lady I can argue with and still keep a smile on my face. Please, don’t become evil. I hate evil people as you can probably tell from some of my posts.


Markus Says:

It’s sad to see the very talented del Potro become ordinary because of his injuries.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Sorry, the Shapovalov Bandwagon is full. You are too late. Better luck with Felix A-A.


Okiegal Says:

@Markus 4:38…..Awww shucks…….I love it when some guy calls me Okie Doll…..I’m just busting my buttons after reading that sweet comment! A feminist I am not! Yes you and I have always been able to chat, agree to disagree and still be civil to each other. Regarding Rafa’s match just now ….it was boring……I will admit. But I am so glad he got past his first match in flying colors! Yippy Skippy I’m a happy camper!!!

PS……I called you Babe first! Lol


Markus Says:

Okie, I watched the Nadal match while at the gym (yes, I have to maintain my beautiful body). It was so boring I almost killed myself because I got drowsy and nearly fell off the treadmill. But admit it, boring is good if your favorite wins…like Fedal today. Don’t feel down and low. Your boy is about to become numero uno! G’night!


Daniel Says:

Raonic also out, Goffin down a set and 0-4 and Tsonga in third set. Looks like only ones in the way of a Fedal final is Zverev, and that a big maybe.


Daniel Says:

Goffin and Tosnga also out. Querrye seems on a high.Nadal could afce either Zverev, Kyrgios, Anderson or Querey in semis. Can’t see him losing next round nor QF versions Hung or Mannarino, so he is now 98% with the #1 rank guarantee on Monday Aug 14th.

But if he fails to reach finals as he ay have a test on semis and if Federer wins the title. They will be a few points battling in Cincy to see who will be top seed for USO.

Even so, they will be #1 and 2 in USO, don’t even recall last time they were top 2 seeds in a Slam.

Can’t see Fed losing to Ferrer (16-0 HxH), nor Monfils QF nor Dimi semis. So he is virtually on the final. Monfils has the best chance of upsetting but he needed to save a bunch of MPs today. Dimi can play great until he faces Fed in semis, we’ve seen that movie before.


Okiegal Says:

@Markus…..Good on you for having the fortitude to work on your body! Please don’t fall off of the treadmill…..if you do don’t blame my guy!! Lol This number one thing is crazy…..having a tough time wrapping my head around this. Who woulda thunk it??? R&R going after the number one ranking…..cray cray! Good nite to you too!!😴😴😴


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax…..Thanks for helping me out with Roger’s kit…..I thought it was navy…..a real classy outfit!


Willow Says:

Havent seen Rogers outfit yet, so ill make my mind up when i do, im watching Rafa, and i do like the yellow and navy hes wearing, agree on the match though quite boring, but an easy win to get matches under ones belt suits me, about the number 1 ranking, if he gets it fine, but im not obsessed with him getting it ….


Willow Says:

It would be alot let irritating when im watching Rafa if Annabelle Croft could for once just resist the temptation to bring up Roger Federer everytime …..


Willow Says:

The conversation between Markus and Okie is very funny ….


madmax Says:

Okiegal Says:
@Madmax…..Thanks for helping me out with Roger’s kit…..I thought it was navy…..a real classy outfit!

August 10th, 2017 at 3:36 am

hehe

Willow, ignore Annabelle; she can be super annoying, but means no harm. I haven’t seen Rafa’s outfit yet, so will check on that. :-)

Remember though, Roger always brings Rafa up in his interviews and answers admirably. These two just really love each other. Bromance.


Okiegal Says:

@madmax…….Regarding the bromance……I have noticed that too! They have mega respect for each other! Two awesome athletes…….both great champions! Love Fedal!!!


madmax Says:

Me too Oki. Me too. This is shaping up to be an interesting tournament.


Markus Says:

I would not go that far about bromance between Roger and Rafa. Sounds icky. Hahaha! But they certainly are very respectful of and laudatory to each other.


Daniel Says:

Agree Markus,

They are not friends, in the strick sense of the word. They know each other for 14-15 years now on tour. They are more friendly towards one another and as you mentioned, very respectfull.

It´s not like Nadal and Monaco and other spanyards, or Fed with Haas and Wawa.


Willow Says:

Madmax however shes not nearly as annoying as Virginia Wade, you can hear the distain in her voice whenever any player dares to beat Federer …..


Willow Says:

I Think its mutual respect rather than friendship, i would much rather my favorites werent too friendly with their biggest rivals anyway, for me Andy was way too friendly with Novak to the point it became irritating, i suppose i felt that way because of all those defeats Andy suffered at Novaks hands, when he shouldve been keeping his distance and trying to figure out a way to beat his rival, anyhow just me, and no relevance at the moment, so moving on ….


madmax Says:

Willow, you are making me laugh this evening, you are getting much more irritated by things than you ever used to – more human, less angelic. You go girl!

Long may the bromance continue. More than a friendship and more than respect. The charity events, which they have helped each other with, the exhibitions, it’s a grower, that’s for sure.


Willow Says:

Madmax i think you find at times when you werent here, that i did have some rather ugly disagreements with a number of people here a fair few from that Novak fan base, they made it personal, im far from angelic ….


madmax Says:

Willow, I think you are angelic by comparison. You are beginning to establish a much more robust persona and I love it! You have a strong fan base here, and who cares anyway what others think. I think, times gone by, you tried to be everyone’s mate. You didn’t want to rock the boat.

I like this Willow much much more, you are real. Human.

So, I don’t know so much about the rising star Shapovalov (sounds too much like Sharapova)…but I do recall a Davis Cup disaster when he hit the umpire, by mistake in the eye. 18 years old. A lot to learn and he could be the next best thing. Having beaten Rafa, he is probably still in shock, as am I.

Take care Willow.


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