Zverev Shocked, Shapovalov Upset Run Continues at US Open; Federer, Nadal Return Thurs.
by Staff | August 31st, 2017, 1:06 am
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Roger Federer nor Rafael Nadal played on Wednesday at the US Open, but there was still tennis to be had — and upsets galore.


On a day where Tuesday rain made for a giant Wednesday schedule, No. 4 Alexander Zverev fell to Borna Coric 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(1), 7-6(4), and No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was beaten by streaking Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3).

“I just played very, very bad in the second and third set,” Zverev said. “I should have won the third. I definitely should have won the fourth. It’s upsetting because the draw is pretty open in the bottom part. I felt like I should have been the favored there. You know, I just played a very, very bad match, so it’s unfortunate. But that’s how it is.”

Shapovalov saw his dream summer continue on one of tennis’ biggest stages.

“I always dreamed of playing a night match on Arthur Ashe,” the Canadian told the crowd afterwards. “It’s a dream come true for me, thanks for making my dream come true guys.”

The remainder of the Top 10 in action advanced with No. 6 Dominic Thiem beating Aussie Alex De Minaur 6-4, 6-1, 6-1, No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov rolling Czech Vaclav Safranek 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, No. 9 David Goffin needing four to get by Julien Benneteau 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, and No. 10 John Isner topping South Korea’s Chung Hyeon 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.

Lower-seeded winners on Wednesday were No. 11 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 15 Tomas Berdych, No. 16 Lucas Pouille who needed five to beat American Jared Donaldson, No. 17 Sam Querrey, No. 18 Gael Monfils, No. 24 Juan Martin del Potro, No. 30 Adrian Mannarino, No. 31 Feliciano Lopez who needed four to beat Andrey Kuznetsov, and No. 33 Philipp Kohlschreiber.

“I think to play my first round, I play good enough,” Del Potro said. “I need to improve something for my next round. But also, it’s not easy to come back and play the first round on Arthur Ashe in front of all the crowd, but I did with all that pressure and I did well.”

Other players seeing through lower-seeded upsets were Aussie John Millman downing injured countryman and No. 14 seed Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, unheralded Italian Stefano Travaglia ousting No. 22-seeded countryman Fabio Fognini 6-4, 7-6(8), 3-6, 6-0, Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer coming from a set down to beat No. 26 Richard Gasquet 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2, and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur who dismissed No. 27 Pablo Cuevas 7-5, 7-6(3), 6-1.

“Played a great second set,” Kyrgios said. “Was feeling good. And then I don’t know. I just — something didn’t feel right in my arm…I have had a diabolical year at these slams. It doesn’t surprise me. It’s just the story of my career, really. I will have good weeks; I’ll have bad weeks. It’s just a roller-coaster.”

Notable unseeded winners were Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco who advanced when Vasek Pospisil retired after the first set, and American winners Taylor Fritz who defeated veteran Marcos Baghdatis in straights, Bjorn Fratangelo who topped “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic in four, and Donald Young who beat German Maximilian Marterer in four.

Matches to look for on Thursday at the US Open include (3) Roger Federer vs. Mikhail Youzhny, (1) Rafael Nadal vs. Taro Daniel, (6) Dominic Thiem vs. Taylor Fritz, (18) Gael Monfils vs. Donald Young, and (31) Feliciano Lopez vs. Fernando Verdasco.

THURSDAY US OPEN SCHEDULE

ARTHUR ASHE 11:00 AM
Elina Svitolina (UKR) [4] vs. Evgeniya Rodina (RUS)
Not Before: 1:00 PM
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [1] vs. Nicole Gibbs (USA)
Roger Federer (SUI) [3] vs. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)

7:00 PM
Ons Jabeur (TUN) vs. CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) [20]
Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1] vs. Taro Daniel (JPN)

LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM 11:00 AM
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [12] vs. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
Andrey Rublev (RUS) vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [7]
Not Before: 5:30 PM
Tatjana Maria (GER) vs.Madison Key s (USA) [15]


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156 Comments for Zverev Shocked, Shapovalov Upset Run Continues at US Open; Federer, Nadal Return Thurs.

Willow Says:

Dissapointed in Zverev going out, had him going deep, however nothing changed, still want Rafa to win the whole thing ….


Okiegal Says:

Willow…..I want him to win to, imagine that….. VAMOS!!


Margot Says:

C’mon that chappy Shappy, make me happy ;)


James Says:

So much for Zverev. Been hyped up too much. His slam results this year are not top 10 at all, let alone higher. He showed his mental weakness and lack of ability to adapt yesterday against Coric – and Coric showed just the opposite, amazing composure, great strategy exploiting all the tiny weaknesses of Zverev.

I wonder how many top 10 players are left in the draw?? Nadal, Federer, Dimitrov, Cilic. Anyone else? Two of these are not 100% fit. One is Dimitrov. That leaves Nadal with the title. Unless someone outside of top 10 wins – when was the last time that happened at any slam – Delpo in 2009?

Speed up the courts, organizers. Too many injuries with these long rallies and long matches. Too much overreaction to the Sampras Ivanisevic era where you hardly saw any rallies (which was bad too). But now its the other extreme – too many rallies that are 10 shots or longer, so many of them 15, 20, 25 shots or more. So players also develop their defensive skills more, which exacerbates the problem. Reward offense and serve & volley EQUALLY – as much as you reward baseline grinding. At least on hard courts, since there is always clay for anyone wanting monotony.


Gordon Says:

Denis appears to be the real thing. Here are his last 10 opponents between the Canadian Open and the US Open – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Daniil Medvedev, Jan Satral, Gastao Elias, Denis Kudla, Alexander Zverev, Adrian Mannarino, Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, Rogerio Dutra Silva. His ONLY loss was to Zverev.

He goes from being ranked 69 in the world yet refused a wild card into the main draw to getting prime time at Ashe where he shone.

To the commentators who praised him in Montreal yet said he would now go back to the Challenger circuit for awhile: WRONG.

Next up: Kyle Edmund, who he beat on grass in tourney leading up to this year’s Wimbledon.

What a month this Canadian has had!


Giles Says:

James. I think it’s best you stop watching tennis. You don’t seem very happy.


BBB Says:

“Too much overreaction to the Sampras Ivanisevic era where you hardly saw any rallies (which was bad too). But now its the other extreme – too many rallies that are 10 shots or longer, so many of them 15, 20, 25 shots or more.”

I agree, with the caveat that it’s good to have four different surface speeds, so I wouldn’t try to make Australia and New York the same, for example.

I’ve heard people say that you have to address racket and string technology as well as surface if you want to reduce injuries.


Pamela Says:

James, you don’t think anyone but Nadal has the chance to win the title? I’m wondering why you think Roger’s not in there as competition to Nadal… it really is too bad Andy decided to wait until the draw had come out, especially as it seems he was not looking well on the practice courts. Roger could have been moved to #2, and him and Nadal may have met in the finals… the side that Andy was supposed to be on, especially with Zverev out… it’s wide open.. Gotta love Shapovalov. He will for sure be a top player… very exciting to see


James Says:

Giles, you should stop talking about things you don’t know anything about, like how other people who you don’t know are feeling. Stick to discussing tennis, not people you don’t know. There are other help groups for that, look it up.

Pamela, Nadal seems to have a good chance. Not convinced about Fed yet. It is entirely possible some new champion appears – but slams are tough business (as Zverev is finding out). Shapovalov seems to be the real deal, but his game is still too error prone in my opinion to last 7 best of 5 matches. I do think he has Kyrgios level talent with far superior attitude, and is just 18. Dimitrov? Possible, but would be very surprising. Cilic might do it again, but very unlikely. It looks like this is Nadal’s to lose.


Daniel Says:

Berdych out to Dolgopolov. Fedal path getting clear by the day, only Dimi (who just lost a break lead) and Delpo / Thiem standing in their semis way.


El_Flaco Says:

This draw was weak at the beginning and now it is a joke.


madmax Says:

It is just a crazy tournament, this year’s USOpen. Somehow, I just can’t get as excited about this slam.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Dimitrov 2 sets to love down to rublev, who is another young one promise. Did not see that coming.

Nadal path looking easier, no Berdych and now no Dimi (as if he would beat him in best of 5, yeah right;-)


Margot Says:

Berd out and Dimi in serious trouble! Wow this is some open. Rublev is very talented- and very young too, 19.
Really enjoying this Grand Slam TBH – totally relaxed and stress free zone, me :) The good and the bad news….


Okiegal.... Says:

@James 11:09……The survival of the fittest?? Is that what iboils it boils down to in this era of tennis???


BBB Says:

I won’t lie. I’m watching the Lopez/Verdasco match.


Humble Rafa Says:

I’m watching the Lopez/Verdasco match.

There is nothing wrong in watching women’s tennis. No need to apologize or feel guilty.


lylenubbins Says:

I think those awful adidas outfits have something to with AZ and Tsonga’s upsets


BBB Says:

Humble, I’m surprised to see you dis your countrymen that way….

Are the adidas shirts throwbacks? I am too lazy to look it up but they seem very 70s Borg. If so, they didn’t do Sasha any favors, as the pressure seems to have gotten to him.


Daniel Says:

Dimi out in 3 and Fed playing like he should, 5-0 against Youzhny in 20 min.


James Says:

Okiegal, don’t know if this is survival of the “fittest” or survival of the “fit ones remaining”.

Dimitrov also out. Just a few hours ago I expressed serious doubts about him. He just can’t deliver on bigger occasions. Needs a Kyrgios across the net.

Federer is having fun with Youzhny. Good for him.

I am actually looking forward to a new young player winning a slam. I doubt if Shapovalov can do, but I would be thrilled if he did. Wouldn’t mind Isner winning too – really nice guy who has worked very hard for quite a while. Of course, I woudn’t mind Fed or Nadal winning it!


Daniel Says:

madmax,

once we are in QF and if Fedal are there, than everybody will be excited again, similar to what happen in AO, roudn by round. Off copurse, different circunstances there as nobody expected tham to recah finals. But thay match, should it happned for the firts time in New York, will be epic and the advance final, plus #1 ranking in the line and more Goathood: Fed’s possible 20 or Nadal’s 16 closing the gap!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

You see what happens when you leave the kids in the house Novak? YOU SEE?? Chaos!

This is insane. The janitor is going to wind up in the finals from the bottom half. Will the last seed exiting please turn out the lights?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

BTW, did anyone notice the difference in post-match handshakes between Zverev and Tsonga after their losses? Hope Zverev grows up a bit.


Daniel Says:

BBB,

Felt the same, those addiads look vintage, plus the bandanas.

Found Coric attire amazing, spceially that with sweat it got darker. Really nice outfit, ther best so far.

Nadal in pink is a bad omen, remember RG 2009?


Humble Rafa Says:

Humble, I’m surprised to see you dis your countrymen that way

Deliciano understands. It’s all good Spanish fun.


Daniel Says:

Top 10 sseds remaing: Nadal 1; Fed 3, Cilic 5, Thiem 6, Goffin 9 and Isner 10.

Goffin down a set, so another one could go, and Nadal, Thiem have yet to play R2. Only Cilic top 10 from bottom half.


Daniel Says:

Haha, Fed getting broken early second set.


Okiegal.... Says:

@Margot 3:06 says: “Wow this is some open” …….and I say: “Yes, and it’s all Andy’s fault”…,,,,LOL! 😜😜😜


Daniel Says:

And he broke back.


El_Flaco Says:

Youzhny was good like 10 years ago.


skeezer Says:

@James
“Federer is having fun with Youzhny”
I think he is not having fun atm.
;)


skeezer Says:

Fed all of sudden no moving well. Uh oh…..


Daniel Says:

Federer playing with fire, checked socre and he was serving 5-4 and got broken (again serving to close a set match, as was the case agaisnt Tiafie) and is now in tiebreak. He better wake up, last thing he needs is another long match.


skeezer Says:

And there ya go. He is not getting ready for his shots like he was earlier. also not going all out on his movement. He is all over the map on his first serve location on the deuce side….
Suspicious minds of the suspicious back……


Daniel Says:

At least I am leavong work and will soon catch the end of the match. Not looking good for Federer long term, 3 sets lost already and he shouldn’t be losing a tirbreak to Youzhny.

He is strugling bit so is everybody else.


El_Flaco Says:

Fed looks awful.


Berghain Says:

Fed is done :(


skeezer Says:

Hate to say it, but Fed is NOT moving well, thus all kinds of errors. If his serve lets him down, he is gonna go down. The good news? He is playing Youzhny, so there is that.
I am calling it, he re-injured his back. Youz just broke by Fed deciding to hit a very wimpy second serve and lazily comes to the net whilst getting passed. Ugh.
Dude call a trainer, get that back rubbed or something….


Berghain Says:

take a massage! or drop shots… cmon fed.


FedExpress Says:

To not serve the 2nd set out cost him.


FedExpress Says:

what tf has happened after the 1st set. i cant explain it.

this is just shoiitt


J-Kath Says:

I’m betting Federer will get thru it. He’ll find his second wind which is what he needs – he’s just temporarily run out of energy.


FedExpress Says:

when j kath. this is already the 3rd set.


Daniel Says:

Federer has to at least male Youzhny serve for the set. Has to hold now.


El_Flaco Says:

Movement is definitely compromised.


FedExpress Says:

and where dors this defending come.from youzhny

did he drink.soemthing before the match or what


FedExpress Says:

Youzhny will have chances to break. cant see federer breaking him. another five setter
i dont beliebe in it.


FedExpress Says:

game over


FedExpress Says:

20th GS and number 1 ade.

just sad. golden chance to lead 2-0 and then total implusion.


J-Kath Says:

Yes – but he just needs to take set 4 to even up.


Daniel Says:

Ih hate month of August, last day and Fed on his way out.

Another five set back to back if he wants to stay alive this tourney.
Only positive is he will face Lopez and than Kohlshreiber, so he can get easier matches (on paper). before QF. Let’s see if he can get this set first.

Thiem serving fir second set. Coffin 1 set a piece and Monfils about to lose second set tiebreak


FedExpress Says:

Its over j kath. something is wrong. mentally gassed or an injury.

dont think we will even see a five setter.

reminds me of the gulbis match in 2014.


Daniel Says:

2 second serves retuned missed after 15-15, he is bad


Daniel Says:

Fed needs to save himself with serve and hope Youzhny collapse in a game, DF, and 2 UE.


FedExpress Says:

matter of time till fed getd broken.


Markus Says:

Anybody who wears such a hideous outfit deserves to lose. It hurts my eyes to look. I need to put on my solar eclipse glasses.


James Says:

Well, Fed is out. In hindsight, he should have skipped montreal and prepared better before hitting the hardcourts. Might be the end of the line for him – back troubles are what finally pushed Agassi into retirement.


skeezer Says:

Fed’s BH of AO – Miami is long gone. No stepping in and consistently catching on the rise, and more importantly not a consistent offensive weapon. He has went back to the od style of keeping it play and chip, chip, slice, top, etc. . As a result he is running around his FH more, and that takes alot more energy. One more set to see if he can turn it around, but he’ll have to play way different and keep his serve going….


El_Flaco Says:

Youzhny just choked that backhand in the net on break point. That was his worst backhand of the match.


FedExpress Says:

Youzhny will have chances if not in this set then in the 5th but he will.

Wasnt donskey coached by youzhny?


Daniel Says:

Fed take it to Youzhny this game and he held his arm. Fed 3-1, time to hold and pump himself up.


Daniel Says:

Fed won last 8 points, time to keep the momentum.


El_Flaco Says:

Now Youzhny is having leg problems. Two geriatrics battling on center court.


skeezer Says:

@El_Flaco,
agreed lol, that was horrible.
—-
Well Fed is up this set, will he get it going now? Youz calls a trainer, wtf? Tell that trainer dude to go check !on Fed!


skeezer Says:

@EL Flaco,
Re: 5:30 post


FedExpress Says:

So momentum stopped by youzhny. clever actually to disturb feds flow when he is starting to build confidence

Hope federer serves first in the 5th


Daniel Says:

Perfect for Fed will be hold now for 5-2 and break Youzhny to close the fourth and serve first fifth set. He was 3015 on last game, so Youzhny is not holding easy.


James Says:

combined age of players 71. is this a record at a slam??


FedExpress Says:

youzhny will give everything in a possiblr 5th set. he wont go away.

and federer has sometimes those mental brain farts.


Daniel Says:

Hope Fed breaks, Fear of him serving for a set again: Tiafoe and today’s second set. But he is serving better and Youz making more errors.

His BH this USO is off (probably back), commentors said he made 50 UE in his two matches so far, even with longer matches.


Daniel Says:

2 points away, 15-30


Daniel Says:

Time to serve and force a fifth, c’mon!


FedExpress Says:

nervy times.

but to not serve first in the 5th is quite wortiying

had good chanves in the last two servicr games to break


Daniel Says:

Why drop shot 30-15 up?!


El_Flaco Says:

Fed tapping out again with s&v on 2nd serve.


Daniel Says:

Can’t believe this is happening, 30-0 and he loses 4 straight points. It’s confidence issue, Federer can’t serve a set anymore, bizarre.


FedExpress Says:

Go home federer.

this is just pathetic.


Daniel Says:

He is not confutable, kind of in a rush to end, drop, serve and volley second serve. Didn’t put the first serves in.


FedExpress Says:

Mentally garbage. He had his moments tbis year but some really bad bad losses and situations.


Daniel Says:

third time he is 2 points away from this set. 15-30


Daniel Says:

Set point, great wide cross court return.

Youzhny is not moving great also, seems something is bothering him


Daniel Says:

How the H, this bll landed in?!!?! S t


FedExpress Says:

i am oout


Daniel Says:

Youzhny serving is weak, 140 mph. Think Youzhny is gone now. Perfect for Fed to break and now will serve first fifth set.

But how did he managed to get broken serving for the set in 3 of the 8 sets he played this Open?! And from the 5 set he won, he won 3 breaking to close. He has to address this issue


FedExpress Says:

i cant.

this is the strangest match. the fourth strangest this season.

donskey
haas
tiafoe
now this

i am not confident that federer will beat an injured guy


FedExpress Says:

140 mph isnt weak daniel


Daniel Says:

First time in Fed’s career that he has to face 2 five setters back to back to open a major campaign


Daniel Says:

90 MPH FedEx, typed wrong, and for a first serve it is


FedExpress Says:

daniel, wrong

AO 13 quarter and semis

tsonga and then murray in the semis

won the the first 5 setter, lost the 2md one


Daniel Says:

Tis last serve was 94 mph. and even so Fed didn’t won the point


Daniel Says:

FedEx, first two rounds five setter, first time.


Daniel Says:

Fed evil, drop and lobby to break Youzhny for good.


skeezer Says:

Youz cramping


James Says:

Nobody beats Youzhny 17 times in a row!


Roman Says:

Thanks guy, I can’t watch the game right now, so im following it through your comments XD


Daniel Says:

Youz is serving so weak that Federer is missing returns, kkkkk


Daniel Says:

When Federer move around the court he wins the point.


FedExpress Says:

Youzhny on one leg and federer still cant break hin

of youzhny wins he wont play.the next round thats for sure


FedExpress Says:

youzhny wont lie down.

Federer has to be awake


Daniel Says:

Too much Federer.


Daniel Says:

Another BP, this is it Federer, finish him.


FedExpress Says:

hahahahaha

youzhny you fake. running like nothing has happened


Daniel Says:

Damm it, the BH DTL thought the point was over and Youz got it,


FedExpress Says:

youzhny is faking something.

thats dangerus now


Daniel Says:

Dangerous game, Fed should have broken.


Daniel Says:

Humm… DF


FedExpress Says:

now federer getting broken wouldnt surprise.me at all


FedExpress Says:

i cant hahahahahahh


Daniel Says:

Thiem lost a set aldo and Goffin is down 1-2. Only Cilic so far won easy both matches. Nadal can do it too tonight.


FedExpress Says:

cant break a 80mph serve. lmfao


Daniel Says:

0-40, well, it can’t get any better than this


FedExpress Says:

if he cant do this

wow

his glory this year aside. but the losses have been chokes apart the zverev one. and the berdych and kyrgios match at miami also nearly a choke.


Daniel Says:

Bad luck


Okiegal.... Says:

Oh ye of little faith….. Fed gonna get a break right here……


Daniel Says:

Well, it can get better than that, DF on BP in fifth set.


Daniel Says:

Well, Roger, better break, because if you serve for the match and got broken, man…


Humble Rafa Says:

It seems the Tennis God wants to punish you for one more day.


FedExpress Says:

Daniel, the clutchness to save BPs in important moments is gone.

The last service gane vs nadal at australia where he saved 2 BPs. that was clutch play. i am missing it.


Daniel Says:

Another MP.


skeezer Says:

Well that was ugly. Fed found a way through. Fed better get his act together next rd. Kudos to Youz for giving it is all with the tools he had.


Daniel Says:

Well, This Federer won’t win the tourney. I will only believe it if he wins next 2 rounds in 3 sets under 2 hours.


skeezer Says:

HR,
Glad you’re still having the Fed obsession. Enjoy.


Daniel Says:

How is Fed five set record now, with the 5 wins this year?


J-Kath Says:

Fed. needs his next matches to be only 3-setters. Off to bed – good luck to Rafa.


mjj288 Says:

Fed won Wimbledon with dropping a set.

Now he is going for winning the US Open with playing 30+ sets. Another record he now has his eye on. ;)


Daniel Says:

Found it, 29-20 now, after these 2 wins.


El_Flaco Says:

Serena’s coach on ESPN2 saying Fed’s back is diminishing his play; movement and serve


El_Flaco Says:

Lopez is older than Youzhny by 9 months, but physically he is playing younger.


Humble Rafa Says:

I told you guys to call the ambulance after the last round. I guess you didn’t pay attention.

Humble is fit as a spring chicken.


skeezer Says:

The points will be shorter against F-Lo. It won’t be a stamina contest. But he’ll need quicker movement and reflexes, hope that back gets warm.


Humble Rafa Says:

Serena’s coach is the most flexible guy I know. He goes from coach to Serena boyfriend to coach to nanny in a few years. That’s a lot of roles. He may be shocked when the baby is born – he or she may look like him.


Daniel Says:

Indeed FedEx, he was broken 2-2 against Tiafoe and today also broken 4 times, saved 4. He better improve these numbers.

Seems he got desperate after he was broken second set. Felt still in the third. But when he played calmer, moving himself and constructing points he played his best.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am struggling with my back. #Federer to Alex Corretja on Eurosport program Game, Schett & Mats.


El_Flaco Says:

@Humble Rafa

Corretja is the real GOAT. He has a winning H2H against Fed.


Humble Rafa Says:

Do Japanese really name their kids Daniel or is it an English version of Yokahama?


Humble Rafa Says:

Can you ask the line umpire to move back. I need three more steps back to receive serve?


Skeezer Says:

Rafa better deal with this kid quickly. This kid can run,
and run fast. He is making Rafa run around like a jack rabbit.
First set to Daniel..:.wtf?


Humble Rafa Says:

If the wind picks up a little, it will pick him up and throw him out of the stadium.


Humble Rafa Says:

When I get tense, I move back to receive serve. There is no room. And it is loud.


Skeezer Says:

Sad when HR is rhe only Rafan posting. When you have to comment on yourself, you know the rook is empty.
Daniel up a early break in the 2nd…another 100 plus ranked player giving him the willies…


Skeezer Says:

Note to tennis crowd:
2-2 in second set
Time: 1 hour 22 minutes.
Will be time for second breakfast soon.


Wog Boy Says:

“…another 100 plus ranked player giving him the willies…”

Frances Tiafoe #70
( 19 years old puppy, five sets with 36 years old)

Mikhail Youzhny #101
(semiretired 35 years old, five sets with 36 years old)

Lucky 36 years old had cupcake draw, otherwise he would be out of USO by now;)


Skeezer Says:

^one small minute difference, Fed hasn’t consistently lost to 100 + and WC’s. Rafa? Ahem.


Markus Says:

Of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, who gets beaten the most by teenagers and very low-ranking players?


Markus Says:

Oops, skeezer gave the answer as I was typing my questio. So let’s change it to who makes the most retirements during a match?


Humble Rafa Says:

I had to take care of a hairy situation. It’s all under control now. I can get this done in 4 hours.

Retirements show courage. It shows that you respected the fans and showed up to play. I don’t come and talk on the mic when I am injured like lesser players.

Also, Xisca only opens her mouth for certain activities. She won’t bad mouth other players.


FedExpress Says:

Nadal and Federer will have about the same amount of court time spent after 2 round though Federer played 2 five setters.


Humble Rafa Says:

Genius,

It’s not the time, it’s the quality of tennis. You are watching top notch tennis right here.


Mjj288 Says:

Imagine if tennis had foam sticks you could bang on the stand walls like in football. I think Roger and Rafa would both already be out due to the noise.


Humble Rafa Says:

My NY friend says he has never seen those sticks in a football match.

#dumb kids


kjb Says:

@fedexpress

Ya, but thirty percent of Nadals on court time is spent picking wedgies and tucking imaginary hair behind his ears.


Humble Rafa Says:

Ya, but thirty percent of Nadals on court time is spent picking wedgies and tucking imaginary hair behind his ears.

I could make it efficient by asking the ball boys or girls to pick my wedgie. But it’s not fair.

Those imaginary hairs..I used to have hair there at one point. Not sure what happened. It is a part of routine, it’s like magic. If I don’t do it, I can’t function as a tennis player.


Humble Rafa Says:

So many empty seats at mid night. So disappointed with American tennis fans.


chrisford1 Says:

Humble – It’s the ridiculous concession prices for beer and other stuff. What reason would people have for staying after midnight anywhere except to get hammered and Party Down”"
It would take a QF or higher match with a star to get me to stay after midnight and only if the star was playing well.
Things might get interesting if New York legalizes pot. Then you can stay after midnight and watch a crap match and not care so much that it is a crap match – there is always your wife and friends telling lame jokes, watch the thousands of moths drawn by the lights and the bats eating them all flitting about, etc.


Daniel Says:

Wow, even nadal lost a set. Second straight match he doesn’t start well, Lajovic serve for the first set in his opening match.

So only Ciloc so far hasn’t lost a set


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