Federer Weathers Warwinka; Djokovic Stays Alive In Cincinnati Title Hunt
by Staff | August 18th, 2018, 1:56 am
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Several of the top men were forced to double-up on Friday after the heavy rains a day earlier. Seven-time champion Roger Federer won both his matches, cruising past Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 7-6(6) in just over an hour, then returning in the evening to take on Stan Wawrinka.

Wawrinka, who earlier finished off Marton Fucsovics, held off break points late in the first then snared the tiebreaker for a one set let. But with his back against the wall, Federer came back to win a thrilling second set breaker and force a third.

After just two points in the final set, a lightning storm delayed play for about 20 minutes. When play resumed at approximately 11:30pm local time, Federer took control and wore down Wawrinka with a 6-7(2), 7-6(6), 6-2 win.

“Maybe he came out a bit heavy after the rain delay,” Federer said. “I also felt heavy for a second, because it has been a lot of tennis and a lot of focus we had to put into it. Maybe it felt a little bit easier for me and maybe it was a little bit clearer what I wanted to do also from the baseline. And I just didn’t want to overhit, to be honest, because I felt like I did that quite a bit the first couple of sets.”

“But again, Stan has the power, and I’m so glad he’s back on the tour and playing well and moving well. So I really enjoyed the match for what it was. It’s difficult to always play against him, but I’m happy I was able to find a way in the breaker in the second, because it was a frustrating night, for me, for the most period, and in the third I was able to find a way.

“I think it was partially because he maybe dropped his level, for sure, but maybe me, I also played a bit better then.”

It was the 37-year-old’s 13th straight win in Cincinnati and it marked the first time since 2004 Gstaad that Federer played two matches on the same day.

“It was exciting to go through something new, only it was something I have done for the second time of my career maybe at the professional level,” said Federer. “Felt like two separate days, actually, because this morning it was daytime, or this afternoon it was daytime, windy and breezy, and then we came out in the nighttime and it was black, and the sky totally different. No wind at all. Different atmosphere. It was quite interesting, actually.”

Wawrinka, who began the summer ranked outside the Top 250, will now return to the Top 100. But he falls to 3-21 against his countryman.

“For sure it was a great level,” Wawrinka lamented. “I think I’m playing great in general. I’m playing better every day, every week. Last week was really important and really good for myself, for my tennis, for my confidence…. I’m happy to see where I am right now. I had a tough match last week against Rafa. Close match, also. Today was against Roger. They are No. 1 and No. 2 in the world. I beat Schwartzman, I beat Nishikori, so the level is good.”

“I need to keep improving, keep working, keep doing the right thing and keep pushing myself. For sure tonight I’m sad and disappointed to lose, but for me it’s a big victory for myself after what I had last year. It was exactly one year ago. To see where I was also few weeks ago, I’m really happy to be here.”

Federer will get no day off as he returns Saturday evening at 7pm to take on David Goffin. The Belgian registered two Top 10 wins on Friday beating Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-4 and then returning to oust Juan Martin del Potro 7-6(5), 7-6(4).

“It was a tough day,” Goffin said. “It was a great intensity against Delpo and some rallies with his backhand crosscourt, so it was not easy tactically to find a solution. But at the end, two tie-breaks and I made it. So I’m really happy to be in the semi-final for the first time.

“Tonight was a great battle. So I’m feeling great, moving well. I think when I move well, that’s the key for my best tennis.”

Goffin enters his first Cincinnati semifinal as a big underdog against Federer at 1-6 against the Swiss, but he’s 10 years younger and he stunned the World No. 2 in the semifinals of the ATP Finals last November.

“He plays so well here in Cincinnati. He loves the centre court. It’s fast courts, fast conditions, so he likes it. And it’s not going to be easy,” Goffin said of Federer. “It’s always special to play against Roger. You have to be focused on what you have to do and not on his side, because you know that all the crowd will be behind him and you have to play your best tennis and be focused on your game. So it will be tough, like always.”

Novak Djokovic kept his hopes alive for a first Cincinnati title, first finishing 2017 champion Grigor Dimitrov 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. The Serb led by a break 2-1 in the third before rain at 10pm Thursday cancelled play.

He then returned and knocked out a game Milos Raonic 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. The Canadian fired 21 aces and continuously bombed serve. He led by a break in all three sets but couldn’t maintain the lead in the crucial third set. Raonic falls to 0-9 against Djokovic but he did snap a 16-set losing streak to the Serb.

“I’m very pleased with my fighting spirit and staying mentally tough to overcome deficits in both matches,” Djokovic said. “Obviously the match against Dimitrov yesterday didn’t start so well for me. He started tremendously well. We were not the only ones [dealing with rain interruptions], but it just makes it harder, because you’re warming up, you’re cooling down.

“We went home around 10:30, came back this morning again to play him, and then [you have a] couple hours of rest. And to go back on the court again against Raonic, who was serving 140-plus miles from the first game, that got me going, for sure, from the beginning.”

Djokovic will meet Croatian and 2016 Cincinnati winner Marin Cilic Saturday afternoon. Cilic also won two matches beating Canadian Open semifinalist Karen Khachanov 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4. And then Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6(7), 6-4.

Djokovic leads Cilic 14-2 but Marin has won the last two meetings including Queen’s where he saved a match point.

“Novak is playing really well. I just watched the end of his match, and the level was definitely high and he’s definitely in really good form,” Cilic said. “We played a tough match in Queen’s, but that’s grass and definitely different. So I have to get ready and give [it a] full shot.”

SATURDAY CINCINNATI SCHEDULE
CENTER start 12:00 pm
WTA – [8] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs Kiki Bertens (NED)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [10] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [7] Marin Cilic (CRO)
Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – [1] Simona Halep (ROM) vs Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [11] David Goffin (BEL) vs [2] Roger Federer (SUI)
WTA Doubles Final


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153 Comments for Federer Weathers Warwinka; Djokovic Stays Alive In Cincinnati Title Hunt

Old School Says:

In Mason, nothing like watching the best hitters in the world live. Been surreal, with weather and doubling up. Delpo ran out of gas, others able to absorb the challenge. Halep looks exhausted but she’s so tough. Novak is focused, Stan gave it his best, been a long time since I saw Roger blow a sitter at net.

Tidbit for historians: in 1940 Riggs won Cincy, defeating Arthur Marx, Groucho’s son.


Nitesh Says:

It was good to see improved level of Wawrinka and Raonic


FedExpress Says:

Choker Cilic useless as it gets


FedExpress Says:

BP choked in true Cilic fashion


FedExpress Says:

Cilic and Wimbledon champ? Some Sky commentator drunk too much las night.


FedExpress Says:

5-3 Nole


FedExpress Says:

3 BPs for Cilic in the 2nd

2 mugged up in true Cilic fashion


FedExpress Says:

And finally he breaks


FedExpress Says:

Cilic robbed

Deuce


FedExpress Says:

Nole has been lucky all tournament to play 3 chokers in a row


FedExpress Says:

Bp for Nole after 40-15 for Cilic


FedExpress Says:

No Djokosmash by Cilic. Bravo.


FedExpress Says:

Winners in the 2nd set

Cilic 14
Nole 1

Anti-Tennis by Nole


FedExpress Says:

When Cilic connects well, boy he is in destructive mood then


FedExpress Says:

5-1 Cilic


FedExpress Says:

Nole gets one break back

Surely we wont see a typical Cilic meltdown


FedExpress Says:

Cilic wastes 2 SPs on Noles serve

Cilic now serving for the 2nd time to close out the set


FedExpress Says:

Set Cilic

Nole will have the luxury to serve first in the 3rd.

But Cilic was into his last 3 service games. Broken in two of them.


FedExpress Says:

Why did Cilic take a piss break?


FedExpress Says:

Nole all of a sudden goating


FedExpress Says:

Lucker Nole

Netcord to gain BP


FedExpress Says:

Choker Cilic gets broken


FedExpress Says:

0-30 Cilic do something with it


FedExpress Says:

3 BPs

one saved by Nole


FedExpress Says:

Cilic you are a joke

Wasted all three


FedExpress Says:

Cilic breaks back with some good returns

Nole DFed on BP


FedExpress Says:

2 BPs Nole


FedExpress Says:

Nole makes a brilliant pass to break

Serves for a place in the final


FedExpress Says:

Novak into the final for the 5th time.

Cilic couldnt deal with the pressue.

Novak again got out of jail. Three times in a row.


Van Persie Says:

FedEx,

Thank you. Always a pleasure to read you :)


Van Persie Says:

6th final for Nole. Hope he gets the titel this time.Idemoo!


Daniel Says:

Yeah, Djoko is in another final. Now hope Fed join him and who ever wins I am happy.

If Djoko wins he will have won 2 of the last 3 big titles. Apart of course from completing the Master Sweap!


Daniel Says:

Djoko will rise to #7 unless he loses finals to Goffin as he will than be #8. Guarantee top 8th seed for USO.


FedExpress Says:

After the Rome MAsters (8 final apperances) he has in Cincy the most final apperances (6).

Will be a records if he loses the final again to lose 6 times at the very same tournament without winning it


Van Persie Says:

Yep, win or lose, Nole will reach a record ;)


chofer Says:

What a boring match.


Van Persie Says:

I liked it. Well 2nd set not so much


j-kath Says:

Well done Novak – love to see come-backs in all players.


FedExpress Says:

Fed servebotting only

no groundgame whatsoever

netting BHs for fun


FedExpress Says:

Losing every rally exchange. Didnt see one groundstroke winner so far.

only his serve keeps him in the set.

if he wins today somehow and plays like that tomorrow then good night.


Daniel Says:

Also Goffin service placement is impeccable tonight, Fed having a hard time returning his first serve. Goffin 100% points won.

But no BP and Fed leads 5-4. Just one bad game by Goffin or Fed fine tune his return and he will create shots.


FedExpress Says:

Daniel, the movement of Fed is worrying. Serve keeping him in the set.

Started to play a little better from the baseline.


Daniel Says:

Fed again 2 points away from set, as last Goffin game.


Daniel Says:

Wicked return and passing shot n the run, SP


Daniel Says:

3rd SP, c’mon Fed!


FedExpress Says:

3rd set point

too passive

others were unplayable.

TB time. History tells us Goffin should win it after that near escape.


FedExpress Says:

Happily i was wrong

Set Federer.

But boy was that a struggle


FedExpress Says:

weird end.thought goffin was getting better.

But Fed will take the extra rest.

On form its difficult to say who wins tomorrow. both werent convincing so far.

Fed has the chance also to ewual the h2h.


jatin Says:

Good Enough performance by Fed. Much better in his forehand side today and played good after 5-5.
Didn’t wanted this match to over with Goffin’s injury though.
Still, its Novak vs Fed tomorrow.
Hope Fed comes up with his A game. Very EXCITED.


jatin Says:

Fed Express
Lets see what sort of game plan Fed comes up against Novak this time. Its been more than 2.5 years since they faced each other.


FedExpress Says:

Federer sounded in the interview not that optimistic that he will be in top shape tomorrow.

one last match Fed for this week. will help his confidence bigly if he wins.

But Nole is the favourite.


Okiegal Says:

Roger/Novak final…..Yippy Skippy!! This wiil be a great match……..You can’t keep the old dogs down!!! Now that’s what I’m talking about!


Humble Rafa Says:

The Arrogant One is playing Tallner type tennis. Serve and nothing else.


BBB Says:

Bummer about Goffin. He must be disappointed.

Roger looks a bit discombobulated, which is unusual. I imagine he’ll pull it together to even up his record with Djoker.


AndyMira Says:

Yeah Miss Okie!…Really happy ol’ dogs still show their fangs!…I’m not too keen on the Nextgen thingy.. xcept for Tsitsi!…Whoever win tomorrow,it’s certainly will make USO much much more interesting!!Yeehaa!!….C’mon!Bring it on!!


Mystic - Willow Says:

At this point the only thing i really give a damn about is my favorite, or favorites winning titles, whomever they beat in the final is of no relevance to me, winning the title is all i care about, thats just me, go Roger ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

And when it comes to the USO i just want my favorite winning his matches as easily as possible, when it comes to interesting or exciting, my favorites always seem to be on the wrong end anyway lately ….


Okiegal Says:

@AM 10:06……..The next generation of players are leaving me scratching my head??? I don’t know what to think….if the old dogs retire….. I have no clue whose band wagon I’d hop on??? I like Theim the best…..for now…….


Van Persie Says:

Watched only a few games from Goffin- Fed match, and Fed did not impress me much, excepting his serve. If I should compare: Cilic played better then Fed did…..but Fed played for only 1 set.
New day , new match for both: Djoko and Fed, and I am sure, they will rise their level today.
Fed should be favoured, as he won it 7 times, the pressure should be more on Novak , perhaps.
If Nole’s ROS will be at high level tonight and he could force Fed in some long rallies, Nole should win this.


Amit Says:

Djokovic isnt playing great but Fed is playing worse! No good win in this tournament for Fed unlike Djokovic who has way more convincing wins! Mind chooses Djokovic to win the title but heart hopes for Fed.. Djokovic has played at a higher level throughout though, this masters!


BBB Says:

Djokovic hasn’t played all that well. He’s had a bunch of 3 setters and been down a break in the third more than once. He’s scrapped his way back – which is a really good sign, actually – but he goes on mental walkabouts here and there. I’m not sure he can afford that with Federer.

We’ll just have to see which Djoker shows up, and which Fed shows up. Echoing VP, it comes down to Djokovic’s ROS, unless Fed is able to clean up these uncharacteristic errors.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

true that Fed and Novak are not playing their best- yet they’re in the finals. These are Titans. The rest are, with a few exceptions, pygmies, next to them.

The tour could not be in a better place going into the USO. After a two-man show in 2017/ early 2018, we now have both Rog and Rafa still proving they are favourites, but Novak, Del Potro, Stan and Cilic all back in the conversation as legit challengers, PLUS Anderson and Raonic, and on the outside, Zverev, Kyrgios and Thiem.

Whoever wins today, we are set for the most interesting and competitive Slam we’ve had in a couple years.


Margot Says:

Like Okgiel, I’m puzzled. We’ve had the so called “lost generation” of Dimi, chofer’s fridge, Kei and so on but where, oh where, are the next gen? We’ve got Stan and JMDP, side lined for ages with injury, giving them a real run for their money and getting to the later stages of 1,000s but the teens/early twenties are nowhere to be seen. Are they waiting for the 30 year olds to be pensioned off?


Truth Says:

Oh wait, will willow tell you to stop mentioning old players from 2003 and 2016?
In 3 years, she’ll say Dimitrov & Comic were old news, not worth talking about.
Yeah, as long as you pretend you love her, she won’t insult you. Poor snowflakes.
What’s wrong is right. What’s good is wrong.


AndyMira Says:

Miss Okie!…I think u should hop on Tsitsi’s band wagon after Rafa retires Boss!….He’s got a quality almost like Rafa…he’s humble,his game a bit like Rafa too[tho,Rafa wayyyyy amazing],his mental toughness also like Rafa …He’s awesome on clay & HC too…What more do u want Boss?He’s perfect 4 u!!


Truth Says:

“It’s not like we have played in the last few weeks and everybody knows what to expect. We know how we could look like, but we’re not quite sure, the fans, you guys, us as well to be honest.”And look what happened after the French [Open]. Everything turned. He could have won Queen’s, should have won Queen’s, maybe. He ends up winning Wimbledon and he’s back in another final. It looks like he hasn’t missed any tennis at all over the last few years.

“I think it gives him a lot of confidence winning all those three-setters now, because in Indian Wells and Miami, what I saw there was a tired Novak, which was very rare to see. But that’s why it wasn’t real. He hadn’t had enough practice yet, still coming fresh off his injury.

“So I think he’s playing much better tennis now, much more solid off the baseline. I still think he’s got room to improve. It will be interesting to see how he finishes the year.”
http://www.beinsports.com/en/tennis/news/federer-unsure-what-to-expect-from-djokovic-1/956923


FedExpress Says:

Amit, Nole has played rubbish. Dont be delusional.
Feds serve hasnt been broken yet. Lost one set all tournament.

Nole was lucly that Raonic and Dimitrov shat in their pants.


Madmax Says:

HI Jatin.

FedExpress Says:
Happily i was wrong

Set Federer.

But boy was that a struggle

August 18th, 2018 at 7:57 pm

What’s a struggle these days FedEx is reading your posts here. You really have earned the name, the grim reaper, none of that is good or healthy. Brings me down a whole lot, so from now on, as at today. I will skip reading your posts, good or bad.

Okie, where have you gone? Still celebrating Rafa’s win previous tournament?

Final between Novak and Roger. Couldn’t be any better.


jatin Says:

Hi Madmax
I am nervous and excited at the same time. Hope for the best :)


FedExpress Says:

A surely nerve-wrecking final about to start.

Come on Roger.


FedExpress Says:

Federer will start serving first


FedExpress Says:

Lets go.


FedExpress Says:

Federer very attacking already.
30-30


FedExpress Says:

BP Nole

mannnn


FedExpress Says:

Saved

Yesss


FedExpress Says:

BP again


FedExpress Says:

3 unreturnables and holds.


FedExpress Says:

Easy hold for Nole


FedExpress Says:

Rally point won by Federer

Yippi


FedExpress Says:

Artistic hold by Federer


Daniel Says:

Djoko way more aggressive today, even the 2 BH he lost this game he went for huge angles to open court. 2-2


FedExpress Says:

Netting these top spin FHs

YIIIIIIIIII


FedExpress Says:

Fed pushed the ball in and waited for Noles error

Glorious BH DTL in process to win the point


FedExpress Says:

1 more hold and that will be Feds 100th consecutive serveice hold in Cincy


FedExpress Says:

Or hast he already the 100th hold?

Yes he has. Wow


FedExpress Says:

Nole serving really well


FedExpress Says:

He dumps too many 2nd serve returns into the net though


Daniel Says:

Fed missing too many BHs. Similar to Goffin match.

Djoko seems more composure than previous rounds.


Daniel Says:

Finally Djoko making a mistake in a long exchange.


Daniel Says:

Fed has to improve 1st serves in, less than 50% right now.


FedExpress Says:

Nole very clever to manouver the ball.
He is moving Federer around without any fuss.


FedExpress Says:

DF for BP Nole


FedExpress Says:

and broken


Daniel Says:

Djoko’s tempo todays is ON.


FedExpress Says:

Nole clearly the better player. Federer hit and miss so far.


FedExpress Says:

But how did Federer miss that ball?


vk Says:

Roger gets a code violation which I am sure will be forgotten while the sportsmanship awards are announced


FedExpress Says:

Federer has been laughable in the returning games


Daniel Says:

Djoko raising his level when needed like old Djoko. If he plays USO like this he definitely will be top 3 favorite, iif not THE favorite.


FedExpress Says:

How did Federers form disappeare after the Shanghai Masters final?

He has been below par this season compared to last year but somehow still won the AO.


FedExpress Says:

Maybe expectations went higher after the success whereas at the start of the comeback he had no pressure at all and played freely like it was nothing on stake.


BBB Says:

Federer’s been irritable the last couple of matches. Unusual.


FedExpress Says:

After 0-15 to 40-15 in no time

Looks like a 2 set defeat. Think he beat Nole only one time from a set down (Dubai 2014 SF?!?!?)


Daniel Says:

Too many simple second serves missed. Only game Djoko was slightly pressure was one 30-30 down 3-4,other than that he dominated his games.


FedExpress Says:

No return game and heavily relying on his serve.

Pity, I thought he would make this competetive.


vk Says:

How did people miss the big F bomb Roger dropped in the middle of the set when he got his serve broken. His highness felt his serve should never be broken

:D :D


Daniel Says:

1 set away from Career Golden Masters and Top USO contender. Comeback with a Bang should he win today.


FedExpress Says:

0-30 already
40-30

Deuce
Luthi already giving up hope

Fed holds somehow


FedExpress Says:

Reaction are declining. Karlovic like returning by Federer and Karlovic like serving by Nole.


Daniel Says:

Damm,Djoko feeling the pressure. Fed breaks after Djoko DF.


FedExpress Says:

Lol. Didnt see that coming in all honesty.


FedExpress Says:

But expected this

Federer, why?


FedExpress Says:

What kind of mode is that Federer?

First that overhead smash not that volley?


Daniel Says:

The power of a great return, a serve that normally wouldn’t come back, got back and he missed.


FedExpress Says:

WTF was that
WTF was that
WTF


FedExpress Says:

Absolute sitter missed after that break


Daniel Says:

Djoko getting another time violation as yesterday. Don’t understand why he waste time complains, there is a shot clock. He may get another and lose a point if he doesn’t get careful


FedExpress Says:

Nole pushing every ball back and Federer under immense pressure


FedExpress Says:

Missing absolute sitters, open forehands.


Daniel Says:

Even Djoko’s second serve is great today.


FedExpress Says:

His groundgame was letting him down all week and now his serve also


FedExpress Says:

USO `11 return right tehre


FedExpress Says:

Never seen Federer so helpless in a long time.

Most of his losses this year he at least made it competitve somehow even by not playing well.

Today just off in every apartment


FedExpress Says:

This match shows that Federers reflexes on half volleys are so bad now.


Daniel Says:

Djoko is 11/13 (85%) in second pints won, that is costing Fed the match. more than half those points Fed didn’t even make the second serve return in. bIzarre!


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@fesexpress ha ha ha. The Karlovic comparison is harsh but true.


Daniel Says:

Making misses with loss of confidence now, holding his arm. 40-0 to deuce.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Djokovic is looking dialed in today. Federer is sucking eggs.


FedExpress Says:

Hahahah this game from 40-0

clowing at its best


BBB Says:

Fans are so weird. They’re the unkindest to the people they supposedly admire.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Are we watching one of the all time greats or a club hacker today?


Daniel Says:

This was a game Fed couldn’t afford to lose. 40-0 hurts.


FedExpress Says:

Bye bye

Absolute embarassing performance.

Nole played well and deserves it. Truly a wall.


Daniel Says:

Don’t understand why he doesn’t adjust his return position more far behind, he is giving too many free points for Djoko. Today he is stubborn n his aggressive return mindset and is not working.


Okiegal Says:

Poor choice.. Fed…


Daniel Says:

Drop shot when he should have gone for his bread and butter inside out FH. chance to even the game. Everything is not working today. Missing volleys.

Only if Novak gift next game to him feeling pressure when serving for the match, if he doesn’t broke Fed now.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@BBB I don’t anybody is being unkind. But damn this is painful to watch.


Okiegal Says:

Novak on the verge of being the first player to win all nine masters events….


j-kath Says:

Go Nole, go!


Daniel Says:

Well, at least he makes Djoko serve for the match and title. He may feel a bit pressure as he is so close to history once more.

uBut, to have any chance Fed has to keep the returns in, specially 2nd serves.20% second serves returns points won I think is a stat never happened for Federer before, not even against the serve giants.


Daniel Says:

See, 2 second serves and he couldn’t return ball back in play, bizarre!


Daniel Says:

Finally he wins 2nd serve, with a return winner. Went for broke.


Daniel Says:

MP Djpko. he must be so tense, so close!


Van orten Says:

Roger has nothing to prove anymore. Bad day at the office. Why is it drama him losing him in a final instead of enjoying the fact that he is still making finals . Now everyone will praise rightly so the djoker again as the man to beat . Poor guy when he starts losing again only for others to judge age, motivation , lifestyle etc once again. Congrats To djoker and real fans


Daniel Says:

Finally!! Well deserved, better player today and comeback fully on.

Many more big titles for him to come. Won’t be surprised at all if he wins USO now. He must be relieved and will play more freely. Also this starts making Year End #1 race more interesting.

MAsters 31st, 1st Cincy and Golden Masters Sweap, well deserved for one of he most complete players ever.

Nadal 6.760 pts
Federer 4.620 pts
Djoko 4.445 pts
Zverev 4355 pts

If Nadal wins USO year is over and #1 settled. Anybody else winning will make for a more interesting race, even if not one of the other 3 above.


BBB Says:

I get that it’s painful to watch. He played poorly. I’m a Djoker fan, so I can tell you, plenty of pain has been felt. But “hahaha 40-0″ and what I think is a reference to “clowning” – nope, not kind. These guys are human. They don’t owe us perfection.

Anyway, rough day for Roger, I happen to think it was fun to see him swear, but it’s his first tourney back. This signifies nothing for the USO.

For my purposes, more importantly, Nole notches a victory that was really important to him. Congrats – Wimby + the Masters 9, after what was a soul-crushing start to the year.


FedExpress Says:

3rd masters final ina row lost

Fed should be happy if Nole is not in his quarters.

he has nothing to prove but i dont think he has another Masters title or GS in him. His ground game non existent and hell to nervy.

That Delpo loss has made him very vulnerable.


skeezer Says:

BBB,

Well, if Nole stopped now he would have left his mark in Tennis history. All 9 Masters titles and holder of all 4 Slams makes him stand out among todays greats, and the past greats. Congrats Novak!


BBB Says:

Many thanks skeezer! I very much enjoy seeing him emerge from that rough time having gone back to his original team, achieving things he hasn’t done before.

And it’s fun to have some intrigue for the USO. I’m hoping Murray’s hip is in fine form and we can have everyone duke it out.

Fed’s been grouchy at least the last few matches, and his play subpar, but I don’t think it has any bearing on how he’ll do at the USO. He had a long layoff after Wimbledon, and it’s a different surface. We’ll see in a week!


Truth Says:

Get over yourself, Fed fanboy. How was Fed clowning with his easy draws while Djoker embraced mental illness and confessed he was living “on the edge”? Cry me a river, arrogance promoters.

I have to give credit to ONE Murray fan. They are not avoiding Djoker & his fans. Murray is crying with emotional pain even after 2 matches. He still appreciates his nice life and tennis fans.
Fed sweared like he was still playing without Djoker, in numerous cakewalks. He is a two faced, dull brat with smiles for tennis fans, until he gets the beatdowns… He’s trying hard for every sportsmanship award with the Fake praise to Master Djoker. Recovery from incredible old age and injuries must e on this suffering Swiss.


Truth Says:

* be tough for this suffering Swiss


FedExpress Says:

Yeah, Nole is Mister Niceguy.

Scaring the shait out of ball boys, complaining, time wasting etc, breaking racquets. Are you seriously blind, Truth?


j-kath Says:

BBB: “Fans are so weird. They’re the unkindest to the people they supposedly admire”

Isn’t it a bit like parenthood? – who else can inflict some form of punishment and get away with it.”


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