Djokovic Masters Monfils In Australian Open Heat; Big Men Del Potro, Berdych, Zverev Advance
by Staff | January 18th, 2018, 7:44 am
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In the marque match of the day, Novak Djokovic overcame a nervous, error-filled start to beat Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 to move into the Australian Open third round.

With temperatures near 100F, Djokovic came out sluggish and after a flurry of double faults, it was Monfils who grabbed an early break and then held on for the opening set.

But just over an hour in, the heat got to the Frenchmen. Monfils motioned to the chair umpire to close the roof, but his request was denied. Despite being a set up, Monfils looked cooked, and he was.

Djokovic, who himself has had his issues in the heat, took care of business and ignored Monfils’ pleas for cover, and rolled to his 15th straight win over Gael.

“It was tough with the tough condition,” Monfils said. “It was really warm. It was tough to breathe. Yeah, I think it was the hardest I have.

“I get super dizzy. I think I have a small heat stroke for 40 minutes. Couldn’t feel like fresh. I try to cool down. But even with the ice towel, the water, I think my body was super warm. Could not, you know, be very fresh after any points, so it was tougher.”

After, Djokovic agreed the heat was tough.

“The conditions were brutal, that’s for sure,” Djokovic said. “We both struggled. Maybe he struggled a bit more, you know, in a period, end of the second set, entire third set. That’s where I think I managed to get on top of him, you know, get even on sets, obviously start off well in the third.

“Here are certain days where you just have to, as a tournament supervisor, recognize that you might need to give players few extra hours until it comes down. I understand there is a factor of tickets. If you don’t play matches, people will be unhappy. You have to take into consideration different angles before making a big call like that.

“But, you know, people might say, Well, at this level you have to be as a professional tennis player fit. It’s the beginning of the season. You kind of work and train hard to be able to sustain these kind of conditions, to be tough.

“But I think there is a limit, and that is a level of I guess tolerance between being fit and being, I think, in danger in terms of health.”

Djokovic will next meet Spaniard Alberto Ramos Vinolas on Saturday.

Dominic Thiem proved he is one of the fittest players on the tour. In the heat, the Austrian came from two sets down to deny American Denis Kudla in five sets 6-7, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

“Especially in these conditions, the physical fitness is the most important,” Thiem said after his second career 0-2 comeback. “It was 3 hours 50, I think, and almost 40 degrees. It’s very tough. Also, if you are physically fit, you stay mentally fresher, for sure.”

Next for Thiem is Adrian Mannarino, who took down Jiri Vesely. Mannarino’s countrymen Juliean Benneteau and Richard Gasquet also advanced. Benneteau bounced No. 7 seed David Goffin, hanging on in a fourth set tiebreaker.

In good battle of big men, Juan Martin del Potro edged Karin Khachanov 4-6, 7(4)-6, 6-7, 6-4 in a rematch of the Argentine’s win last week in Auckland.

Del Potro, who repeatedly received treatment on his leg, now meets 2-time Australian Open semifinalist Tomas Berdych.

“It was really difficult to play,” del Potro said of the heat. “Almost 40 degrees out there is too much for the health, you know. We did a big effort to play good tennis. The weather condition was too high for playing tennis. Also you can see the crowds, nobody was there watching under the sun.

“But I did a big effort. I survive. I will play after tomorrow I hope in different conditions.”

In the evening, Alexander Zverev rolled past countryman Pete Gojowczyk. Maximillian Materer ousted Fernando Verdasco in 5. And Roger Federer came from a break down in the third to beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(4).

But Federer’s countryman and former champion Stan Wawrinka was stunned by Tennys Sandgren 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. Wawrinka, who was playing his first event since summer knee surgery, looked far from his best.

“Match like that I don’t enjoy, that’s for sure,” Wawrinka said. “Never easy to feel that way on the court. But I need to be still positive. I think the last 12 days was more than what I could have dream coming here. I really came without thinking I will be able to play the first match. That’s a big step for me.

“If I look really back, I only had surgery five months ago, five months and three days. To be that far already, it’s more than what we could have expect with my team. For sure, today was extremely tough to feel that way on the court, to lose that way, even if he was playing well.”


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92 Comments for Djokovic Masters Monfils In Australian Open Heat; Big Men Del Potro, Berdych, Zverev Advance

skeezer Says:

Brutal weather day. Remember the days when Novak couldn’t handle the heat? Those days are over. Why?
Wawa came back undercooked. Looking forward to the Delpo/ Bird matchup.
Good to see Fed getting through in 3’s. Old guy keeps a tickin’ ! Ya mon!


lylenubbins Says:

Playing in extreme heat like that, a few times per year, is part of the game. Rewards the players with top fitness – - and Monfils is not one of those payers.


BBB Says:

I myself have a gluten sensitivity. Not an allergy, a sensitivity. It affected my pulse. No matter what kind of shape I was in, my heart rate would jump through the roof.

I avoid gluten (and dairy) and my heart rate no longer goes ballistic.


BBB Says:

Oof, I’m not a fan of the Nike pink from head to toe, but that’s nothing compared to the horror that Fognini is wearing.


Tony N Says:

Roger Federer has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year 2018, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lewis Hamilton, Mo Farah, Chris Froome and Rafael Nadal.

Federer has also been nominated for Laureus Comeback of the Year 2018, along with Barcelona football club, Valentino Rossi, Justin Gatlin, Sally Pearson and Chapecoense.

Garbine Muguruza and Serena Williams were nominated for Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year.

Jelena Ostapenko was nominated for Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year.

Yui Kamiji was nominated for Laureus World Sportsperson Of The Year 2018 With A Disability.

The highly prestigious Laureus awards are considered the Sports World’s equivalent of the Academy Awards. Nominations are by a panel of the world’s leading sports editors, writers and broadcasters. The winner is selected by secret ballot of the Laureus World Sports Academy (a panel of 65 retired sports legends such as Edwin Moses, Jack Nicklaus, Mark Spitz, Nadia Comaneci, Dan Marino, Franz Beckenbauer, Daley Thompson, Lennox Lewis, Katarina Witt, Emerson Fittipaldi, Steve Redgrave) who are the world’s most competent, intelligent and experienced jury on performance in the sports world.

Federer has the most awards (currently 4; later tied by Usain Bolt) as well as the most nominations (currently 7; tied with Tiger Woods and Usain Bolt) for Laureus World Sportsman of the Year. These affirm his status as the greatest sportsman of this era along with Usain Bolt.

As well, two nominations for men’s tennis (Federer, Nadal) as well as women’s tennis (Williams, Muguruza) speak volumes.
https://awards.laureus.com/nominees/sportsman/

Federer was recently awarded the prestigious Eurosport’s International Sports Star of the Year, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Tom Brady and Lewis Hamilton (Nadal was not nominated). As Eurosport explained: “There was no surprise in our second category, which was won by the legendary Roger Federer after a year in which he roared back with two Grand Slam titles.” (Search for “Eurosport’s awards of 2017: British star, international star, team and moment” in Eurosport)

Roger Federer has won the prestigious BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year for a record fourth time (other times were 2004, 2006, 2007). Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt are the only other sportspeople to have won this BBC award three times. An expert panel shortlisted Federer this year alongside Tom Brady (American football), Katie Ledecky (swimming), Tatyana McFadden (Para-athletics), Sally Pearson (athletics) and Michael van Gerwen (darts). Nadal was not nominated. (Search for “Roger Federer wins 2017 BBC Overseas Sports Personality award for record fourth time” in BBC)

Eurosport explained “Roger’s Renaissance: How Federer Reclaimed The Throne”
https://www.eurosport.com/tennis/australian-open/2018/the-renaissance-man-how-roger-federer-reclaimed-the-throne_sto6438312/story.shtml


RZ Says:

Some moron chose Monfils to upset Djokovic and make it all the way to the semis. Unfortunately that moron was me. 😕


Danica Says:

Skeeze,because he took care of his gluten problem and asthma. Why do YOU think doesn’t suffer as much?


Tony N Says:

Skeezer says: “Brutal weather day. Remember the days when Novak couldn’t handle the heat? Those days are over. Why?”

Not because of ‘gluten sensitivity’ according to medical doctors and researchers. Read the article “The Science Is In – Why Gluten Sensitivity Is Probably Fake” — it’s probably due to fructan, not gluten.

Regardless, there is no scientific evidence to indicate that a gluten-free diet gives health benefits to patients without a diagnosed celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity — in fact, following a gluten-free diet when it is not necessary can lead to nutrient deficiencies (from JAMA “Celiac Disease and Nonceliac Gluten Sensitivity: A Review”)

Djokovic’s miraculous transformation in mid 2010 coincided with his getting supplements and treatment from the alternative health practitioner Igor Cetojevic, whose practice goes beyond ‘gluten diets’ and into sports performance enhancement and energetic medicine.


joe strummer Says:

@BBB very civil, penetrating and educated response to Nole’s heat problem. thanks.


skeezer Says:

Danica,
Nerves, maturity, better preparation? I do think the asthma thing was huge. Can’t breathe, can’t play. I am not getting into any other speculations. But he did have major issues with heat and stamina, that is well documented. If his Asthma played a major part of that, so be it. How did he overcome that btw do you know?


skeezer Says:

If you do the no gluten thing will that cure Asthma?


BBB Says:

As to asthma – yes. I have it, but I haven’t used an inhaler since I minimized wheat and dairy in my diet (for me, it’s not gluten per se but the protein in wheat). There’s actually quite a bit of literature on it – essentially, that asthma is inflammation, and if you have sensitivity to these products, you’re contributing to the inflammation. I had this exchange with someone else on the board a few months ago and supplied the links, including one from NIH.

I had one asthma attack last summer. I still don’t know what caused it. I didn’t have an inhaler. It was uncomfortable, but I didn’t feel like I had to go to the hospital.

My resting pulse went from 75 to 68 – same exercise routine, different food.


RZ Says:

Round 2 is complete and Fred Stone has taken the lead in the Racquet Bracket. As Kimberly (now in 2nd place) has pointed out, the two of them have quite different picks, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next few rounds.


j-kath Says:

BBB: Watch out – there’s a huge pain in the derriere on this thread.


Daniel Says:

I used to have major fitness isseus when child and adolescence, was always a sport guy: swimming, volleybal, tennis.

When I got deviated septum surgery, I remember till this day when I remove nose tampom and air flowed full force for the first time. It was bizarre and my condioning improved drastically. I gain weight (workign out also) and can last longer, even playign tennis in Rio 40 degraus noon sun. Once my shoe sole melted during match. AO must be similar, but they probably play wiht new shoes all the time.


Daniel Says:

Also changing diet make huge changes, even if Djoko does not have celiac disease. What you eat affect your condition as well. For him also, he matured, his improivement coincide with him turning 24-25. Man devolep till 21 and these few years after you are not at your peak, hence why the tennis peak year always was 26.


Willow Says:

Daniel off topic, but can i ask a question, i have a problem where most mornings i wake up and im so badly congested, and have to blow my nose alot, and also feel heavy around my eyes, and i sneeze alot all the time, is this sinisitus, or anything to do will gluten intolerance ?


Daniel Says:

Willow,

Probably allergy. I react like this sometimes due to air conditioning. Try to use a humidifier. Or use saline solution to clena your nose and push to the troat to clean all the nasal passages and spit it off. Do this several times a day to clean the passages. I battle nasal issues from tiem to time and pharyngites a lot due to stomach reflux. Variation in weather and sometimes it gets me.


Willow Says:

Thanks Daniel all good advice taken on board, you wont believe how much this drives me and my husband mad ;-)


RZ Says:

Willow – could also be your quilt/comforter or pillow. One of my friends had a similar issue and in her case it was dust and pollen that would get stuck on her hair. She found that showering right before going to bed helped, so that’s another option to try.


RZ Says:

^ Sorry, incomplete thought about the quilt and pillow. You might want to try a different type (i.e., if you use down, try using memory foam or vice versa) to see if that makes it better.


Willow Says:

Thanks RZ , ill give anything a try lol ….


Wog Boy Says:

Nole is diagnosed with celiac disease, and Dr Cetojevic is nutrition specialist and PED specialist, the i.d.i.o.t is back, little bit more about what is celiac disease:

https://www.google.com.au/amp/www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/is-a-gluten-free-diet-behind-djokovics-smash-success-2285004.html%3famp


Wog Boy Says:

^^^. “and not PED specialist” should say


BBB Says:

LOL j-kath.


Wog Boy Says:

I have just seen Nole on the practice court with Agassi, it looks like he didn’t have enough of hot weather:)
It pains me to see Agassi with shaved head on searing heat on court without any cap, I could feel the pain here.


Tony N Says:

Definition of ‘colossalidiot’ is someone who references an outdated old 2011 article from the same British Independent newspaper that six weeks ago debunks with hard scientific facts: “The Science Is In – Why Gluten Sensitivity Is Probably Fake”
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gluten-sensitivity-science-fake-fructan-allergies-intolerance-diet-a8080211.html

Here is an idea of how super-rich top sportsmen handle food sensitivities (to stuff like ‘gluten’). In the late 1990s, I went to the Environmental Health Center Dallas, the world’s top clinic for treatment of hypersensitivities and/or allergies due to food, chemicals, toxins, air, water, etc. (Search for “Detailed Overview of EHC-D”).
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=4489265&page=1

At this clinic’s testing room, I happened to sit next to this gorgeous couple Chad and Tammy (who were surprising chatty, smart and humble) for a couple of hours each day for a week. The clinic staff and many patients were swooning over them. I later discovered he was Chad Hennings, who had won three Superbowls with the Dallas Cowboys and, before that, was a US airforce fighter pilot in Iraq. Their three-year old son (who was crying, limping, withdrawn and suffering in pain) was being tested and treated. They had seen several top conventional specialists, including orthopedic and allergy doctors over the past year, and eventually the kid was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, probably due to an auto-immune disease. The kid’s joints and internal organs were continually inflamed, and he was at risk of dying. None of the conventional medicine experts had been able to help the kid, so in desperation they went outside conventional medicine. Incredibly, after about four days, the kid suddenly seemed happier and was walking more easily. The clinic eventually discovered that the kid was affected by eating tomatoes and so gave him injections to desensitize him to it. Three-year old kids are unlikely to fake illness and recovery so dramatically — so this was a compelling example of the impact of a food sensitivity.

For the Hennings and myself, our doctor happened to be clinic’s founder Dr. William Rea, the world’s top expert in environmental medicine and author of medical textbooks such as “Chemical Sensitivity” Vol 1 to 4 as well as “Reversibility of Chronic Degenerative Disease and Hypersensitivity” Vol. 1 to 3.

Most people affected by ailments such as sensitivities and allergies simply do not have the financial resources or good judgement to seek the best medical care. As environmental sensitivities can affect the brain, some of these people have mental sickness, defensiveness and hyperchondria as symptoms, which ends up perpetuating their illness. Some long-term sufferers I met were convinced that certain things were causing their illness yet sometimes advanced testing revealed that other culprits were really the reason (three different long-term female sufferers I met later told me that my following suggestions had helped them more than their doctors had: Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine; N.A.E.T.; and William Philpott’s Magnet Therapy).

The point is the rich top athletes have the money and advice to seek the very best medical doctors and related experts to find the very best solutions to their problems.

For whatever symptoms Djokovic might have had, he probably and rationally would have consulted several top doctors in private. If a dubious health practitioner like Igor Cetojevic claimed Djokovic was hypersensitive to gluten, it is rational that Djokovic would have sought out the world’s top doctors on food sensitivity (rather than rely only on Igor who is no specialist on food sensitivity) – just as Djokovic had sought coaching from Becker and Agassi. So why was he relying so much on a no-name like Igor… and was the gluten sensitivity story a cover up for something else that Igor was doing with him? If Djokovic was medically unfit to play in Australia’s brutal heat, one would think that he would have been unable to win the 2008 Australian Open or 2007 Brisbane — yet he did. And that Djokovic would have moved to a hot place like Dubai for training (like Federer has done for a dozen years) instead of cooler Monte Carlo.


Danica Says:

There is nothing dubious in Dr. Cetojevic’s resume. And telling that something is “probably” fake does not make it fake. On the contrary. It just points to the FACT that there were/are no arguments to support the claim.


Tony N Says:

You could not pay me enough to engage Igor Cetojevic. I am unimpressed with his resume. If I can find hundreds of more competent experts on food sensitivities — including the very best in the world — I am quite certain Djokovic’s smart advisors can help him to find better practitioners than Igor. What’s revealing is that Igor’s website admits he is into sports performance enhancement and energetic medicine — which is what transformed Djokovic in mid 2010.
https://www.drigor.org/

“And telling that something is “probably” fake does not make it fake. On the contrary. It just points to the FACT that there were/are no arguments to support the claim.”
Fact?? Hypochondriacs reflexively bend logic regardless of the reality.
Of the 59 study participants:
- 24 had the highest gastro-intestinal symptoms after eating fructan
- 22 had gastrointestinal symptoms with the placebo
- only 13 had symptoms after eating gluten!
Maybe this Newsweek article has a better title for you: “Gluten Foods Aren’t Causing Your Gut Pain, But Fructan May Be”.
http://www.gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085(17)36302-3/pdf


Danica Says:

Whatever floats your boat man.


j-kath Says:

And now U see it (above)BBB. It gets worse. Think U weren’t posting during that period.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
The more he posts the more he makes the full of himself, he is an embarrassment for 36 years old fans.
In the second Independent artical at the very beginig is clearly stated:

“Unless you have celiac disease, your sensitivity to ‘gluten’ probably has nothing to do with gluten at all..”

Nole has been diagnosed with celiac disease as it was stated in the “outdated” article so the second article doesn’t negate first one, on the contrary.
That creature has all the symptoms of maniacal depression, he is probably institutionalized and allowed to post as a part of therapy.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks JK,
I don’t know, but it is truly unfair towards players, first, they are not all in the same position, Arenas have a little bit of shade and AC that is flowing down the stands onto the court, outside courts don’t as per Edmunds example. On the other hand some people are saying “they are making good money so let them suffer” which is utterly wrong.
Something has to be done, every industry has unions (at least here) that are negotiating work conditions with employees, I gave example of construction industry, maybe its really time for players to form truly independent union?


Wog Boy Says:

Sorry, wrong thread.


j-kath Says:

Wogboy: As I usually close my eyes and roll quickly down to avoid reading the diatribes, I missed what you pointed out, ……

“Unless you have celiac disease, your sensitivity to ‘gluten’ probably has nothing to do with gluten at all..” Typical ramblings.

Re. the Heat forcing the guys who can face 5 setters, play in that heat could be a problem for AO – it is asking for players to sue them, as one or more could suffer longer term health problems as a result.


Wog Boy Says:

Actually, in the link I posted yestrday on the other thread it says that AO was sued in 2014 by the woman that fell down stairs in one of stadiums due to heat exhaustion when players were passing out too. I don’t know the reasul of the court case.


BBB Says:

WB was the time of Djokovic’s match changed?


Wog Boy Says:

Yes, last minute, for unknown reason


Wog Boy Says:

Sorry BBB, I was driving and had pull off.
Both of them were supposed to have day match, court schedule is done by 5pm for the next day. Strangely enough yesterday they didn’t announce courts until 6pm, just to say that they are both playing noght session, Nole back on MCA, 7pm start local time.
We “discussed” that on the other thread yestrday:)


BBB Says:

Hvala. I wondered when this issue got a lot of coverage if they’d have to do something in response.

Bummer for me personally as I would have been able to watch, but I’m not going to complain about an evening match.


Wog Boy Says:

Nema problema. ATM, Rafa is playing day session tomorrow and Kyrgios evening session.


J.S. Says:

WB Where is tomorrow’s schedule?

I’m so glad Djokovic Is playing on MCA
Fingers crossed Zverev/Chung goes 5 sets and same with Kerber/Sharapova. Maybe all the favouritism will bite AO and their favourite in the assss!
Yep – I am still bitter :)


AndyMira Says:

J.S!…Hehehe…Yeah!!Me too!!…Hope Nole will go straight to semis & meet Fed there & beat him…not because i hate Fed but wanna see Nole kick Craig Tiley & organizer’s in the head for blatantly favoured Fed over & over again…

Oh!..i read our Rafa will play at 11am tomorrow morning J.S…but since i read that he’s ‘soooo understanding’ regarding controversial schedule…oh!what the heck…let’s see he’s playing in the oven tomorrow!


J.S. Says:

MIRA…
They keep changing Rafa from Night to Day to Night and different courts so he doesn’t get in the “rhythm” that Fed said he needed….”same court, same time” for him ONLY! I’m for Djok to take him out too! I don’t hate Fed either but AO is making me resent him! It’s so absurd not sure why they don’t just move Fed to the finals, why have him play at all? Just keep him in the A/C until champioship match.

What did you read about Rafa? Where was the controversial schedule story?? I would love to see it :)


J.S. Says:

HAHAAAAAAAAAA
Zverev and Chun are playing at least 4 – they are even 1/1 LOVE IT!!!!! This is only the 2nd match on RF Court (I renamed it) of the day….Still 2 more before Fed’s turn!


J.S. Says:

OMG!
They have moved the women’s match to MCA to accomodate RF….Twitter is blowing up!


Van Persie Says:

Lol J.S,

But Maria vs Angie could also produce a long, beautiful epic ;)


Van Persie Says:

Osaka finishes in 2 against Barty, my prediction

Chung broke, nice ;)


Margot Says:

Wot? Wot? Nole got a night match? Knock me down with a feather…;)
In other news…Sascha Z looks less like a bean pole, he’s put on some much needed weight. Cheering for Chung, but like them both so win win.
Talking of disgusting kit….Foggy looks as if he’s got an open stomach wound :( Yucketty, yuck.
Am having such a wonderful r-e-l-a-x-i-n-g AO yo all….;)


Willow Says:

Novak got a night match lol, its a great match between Zverev and Chung, and yes Margot Foggies kit is horrendous ….


AndyMira Says:

J.S!…R u sure you’re not my twin the past life??Hehehe…We’re always have the same thought!!…Hehehe..

Oh!…What i meant with controversial scheduling is just what we’ve already witnessed for the past 3 days J.S…I can’t remember Nole been assigned to play B2B at day times before…and Fed 3 night times straight..but this year,they’ve done the unthinkable..so congrats to organizer’s..

Bout Rafa,i remember he’s always got to play 1 day at night and then day times next…so far,not unusual for him J.S…tho from his words maybe he took a dig to someones important when he said this…

https://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/907248/Australian-Open-Rafael-Nadal-Roger-Federer-Night-Matches-Tennis-News


Margot Says:

Willow: Foggy deserves to lose for that kit alone.


Van Persie Says:

Just switched a bit to see Fogna, well, looks a bit like a character from “The walking dead” with that outfit…soo, he fits in this draw


Van Persie Says:

We have decider in Sascha vs. Chung match. Awesome


Willow Says:

Margot lol, i picked Zverev for the final against Rafa, i dont know what i was thinking ?, so if he loses my bracket will be a disaster :-(


Margot Says:

CHUNG!
AM: Your Barty went out to a player who not only played sensational tennis, but looks sensational too. And lovely court side interview too. And Pera is so beautiful too, never seen her before, but a lovely face.
Willow: picked Chung to go very deep…..ahem…;)


J.S. Says:

HAHA I picked Rafa/Zverev too…Someone picked Chung? WOW Good for them!!
He is really good and outplayed Zverev! Zverev cannot win in GS due to 5 sets.

I picked Berdych maybe I will get lucky!

MIRA..TY for the article! Because RF can’t play late, needs his rest, they re-aranged the Aussie womens match. So Djok is starting late, but he doesn’t need his rest! Isn’t WB at the tourney to see Djok??

Peace OUT! lol


Margot Says:

JS…little me….she said modestly…not!


Van Persie Says:

I like Nole’s evening outfit. :)


J.S. Says:

haha That’s awesome she did got that one right! Hats off to her!
My bracket went bad after the first round – I picked all the “upsets” to get thru to 2nd round, LOL

I thought Berdych played really well at Tie Break Tens – so picked him to beat Delpo. These guys that have had 5 setters in the scorching heat, I feel terrible for!

Djok just walked out on court, game time soon!


AndyMira Says:

M!…Hehehehawhawhaw!!…..Yeah!!…My Barty was out!!URGGHH!!…Tennis must be insane!!…Good thang i took her out in 4th!So,the damage is not that bad!…Tho i sits on 6th on TDC..hehe…Tourney is soooo unpredictable..Naomi didn’t do well for months!!..and now out of nowhere she suddenly play beautiful tennis??Urghhh!!

Hey i see we both picked Chung over Sascha…i thought you’re a big fan of wonderkid??

Btw….Novak in 3!!..


Madmax Says:

I think Novak is playing super well, despite the injury to his elbow. He has got his rhythm back and seems confident.

Tony N. We don’t have time to read your scroll, make it shorter please, or at least divide them, then we won’t get so turned off by what you say. Some of it is good. :-)


Madmax Says:

Really hope that the organisers take care of all the players in this searing heat. Everyone should be kept safe, and not just be reliant on what the TV companies and their contracts state. These are players health at risk. Novak used to suffer from Asthma and I remember having seen him have really bad breathing problems, and having to terminate play. What else could he do? Die on the court? Safety of the players must come first, at all times.


gonzalowski Says:

so strange watching Nole with one arm pale, the other browny :)


AndyMira Says:

ARV will crumbles in no time with this Nole…


gonzalowski Says:

god I can’t stand argentinian supporters, their bad form

and Berdych has complaint, too


Margot Says:

AM: Really like Sascha and Chung. Next gen = fabulous
Lol so much for me telling Daniel, I think, that Bird was a “busted flush!” Here he is playing “the match of his life” according to Pech. Is something up with JMDP? Had him going deep.


AndyMira Says:

M!…Hehehe…i like Sascha too…but like De Minaur more atm…Bout DelPo…Yeah!..what’s up with the under dogs all of a sudden playing ‘the matches of their lives’ atm??…Urghh!!…don’t understand??


j-kath Says:

Margot: JMDP was utterly exhausted prior to this match – as a big guy, he’s got a lot of body to push around – when his skill-set drops and is tired, he really struggles. Fits the old phrase: “When he’s good he’s very, very good but when he’s bad…….he’s…….in trouble.


gonzalowski Says:

Chung is not totally new, is he? last season, on clay above all, he did some good things


Margot Says:

gonzalowski: Chung won Next Gen tournament. Got some good wins in against more established players too. He’s fab!
AM: love Alex De M too. So many great young players coming through.
Cheers Kath but strange he was exhausted. Doesn’t really play “exhausting” tennis.


gonzalowski Says:

tomorrow Nadal again scheduled on evening, but not so much hot expected


Van Persie Says:

Well done, Nole.

Have noticed today, he comes more often successfully to the net. Radek’s influence most likely, room for improvement though. Serve not yet the best.
Hope today’s issue with the back is not that serious.

Angie did very well, looks like favorite for this AO.

Did expect a much more balanced match Berdych-DelPO.

Chung next for Djoko. Am sure, Chung will give his best.


Wog Boy Says:

Ok, first question: how did he play?

Second question: how does his box look like, since that’s the only thing I coludn’t see while watching from the stands in Melbourne.

Now, don’t ask me why I didn’t watch it, most bizarre reason, farken😡😡😡


Van Persie Says:

^^ I will not write on WTA thread anymore, Martina wants to have all at one place :)…Tennis X should also change the format a bit.


Wog Boy Says:

Gonza, Rafa is playing day match, worst part of the day, starts after two ladies matches that starts 11am. He might start around 2-3pm.


J.S. Says:

Delpo played a 5 setter in that scorching heat on a small court, no shade at all! I watched it and thought he might pass out – he was toast after that! SAD!

I was impressed w/ Chung’s game tonight!

Djok/Berdych/Fognini/Chung left in Federers, right?

Kyrgios/Cilic/Dimitrov left in Nadal’s, right?

Man I don’t want a FEDAL FINAL this year!
Let’s hope Djok hip is okay, he could really go far, the guy always surprises me!


Van Persie Says:

WB,

He did play good, I would say…not yet at his best, but I would say his level increased from the match against Young, if I should compare. Did not see entire match against Monfils.

He is still double faulting a bit too much, I did not have a look at the stats yet.

P.S. He had 2 MTO’s for back massage


J.S. Says:

WB, I thought you went to Djok match?? What in the world…you were so excited!


Wog Boy Says:

ThNks VP, what about his box, are they bonding and fitting in. For Nole that’s important, I expect Stepanek to be bonding element.


Wog Boy Says:

JS,

I left Melbourne midway Monfils match.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ but going back Tuesday, if Nole is still in.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

I like their body language: Radek’s and Agassi’s, I mean. Looks like they are having a good time together there.
I was not very please when I heard about Radek as coach, but perhaps this might work well. I could only notice positive influence.


Wog Boy Says:

As long as they keep Jelena away from his box Radek is ok…but on the second thought….;)


Wog Boy Says:

As for Chung, the good thing Nole played aginst him in the first round of AO two years ago and I was there watching it, prety straight forward victory, but that was two years ago, things changed a lot since then.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

She did send a tweet during the match, she’s at home with the kids.

I am only happy somebody else is not there :)

P.S…. there is still a reminiscence from last year: the “titting” :(…but, have to learn to live with this. One day it might go away :)


Wog Boy Says:

Agree about TX mobile phone format, I need second mobile phone in order to finish reading the sentence.


Wog Boy Says:

Finally I got TV signal back, too late for Nole, this Chinese girl is hitting double handed BH and FH like Monika Seles use to do, but she is so tiny.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Enjoy the Aga match. Am out for lunch now.


Wog Boy Says:

Enjoy the lunch, I like Chinese girl..as a player, no hunky punky things. I am sticking with Giorgi for the time being.


Tony N Says:

j-kath Says: “BBB: Watch out – there’s a huge pain in the derriere on this thread.”
You keep having this backdoor fantasy, don’t you?

j-kath Says: ‘ “Unless you have celiac disease, your sensitivity to ‘gluten’ probably has nothing to do with gluten at all..” Typical ramblings.’
Wog Boy Says: “In the second Independent artical at the very beginig is clearly stated: “Unless you have celiac disease, your sensitivity to ‘gluten’ probably has nothing to do with gluten at all..” Nole has been diagnosed with celiac disease as it was stated in the “outdated” article so the second article doesn’t negate first one, on the contrary”

I guess colossalidiots indiscriminately believe claims about Djokovic having celiac disease without asking questions such as: who diagnosed Djokovic has celiac disease and how was the diagnosis done?

Alex Gazzola (author of “Coeliac Disease: What you need to know”): ‘Djokovic appeared to have been diagnosed using fringe techniques advocated by a Dr Igor Cetojevic, and his belief – however strong – that his gluten-free diet was responsible for his improvement in form was nowhere near enough evidence of the assertion’s truth. And now the precise diagnostic technique has been revealed, as this extract from the article shows: “Dr. Cetojevic persuaded the tennis star to give up gluten by administering a simple test: He told Djokovic to put his left hand on his stomach, hold out his right arm and resist as the doctor pulled down on his arm. Then Dr. Cetojevic gave Djokovic a slice of bread and told him to hold that against his stomach and repeated the test…”… He appears to be describing kinesiology – which uses such muscle/strength tests to supposedly find imbalances or intolerances in the body. It’s nonsense on stilts, and its pseudoscientific silliness is nicely summarised in this Wikipedia article. The article then describes Djokovic undergoing ELISA testing, finding an “intolerance” to wheat and dairy. I suspect this related to IgG testing, which is unreliable… I assume from the above we can now start laying to rest the idea that Djokovic is a diagnosed coeliac – although I know some out there will find this hard to swallow and would like to maintain the denial of what now appears to be the unchallengeable truth.’
http://www.allergy-insight.com/novak-djokovic-wimbledon-runner-up-gluten-free-not-a-diagnosed-coeliac/

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