Indian Wells Preview: the Sick, the Injured, the First Masters of the Year
by Ben Pronin | March 11th, 2010, 10:41 am

The first Masters 1000 of the year has a really wide open draw. It’s so wide open that I’m ready to break my computer out of frustration while trying to pick the right bracket. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, check out the ATP Bracket Challenge. It’s officially a year old and it’s almost fun if you don’t care about the result. ADHEREL

 Back to the actual tennis, these Masters are becoming real tricky to predict as the years go by. In 2005 and 2006, Roger Federer scooped up eight MS titles and reached the finals of almost everything else. Nowadays, the Swiss isn’t a master of the Masters the way he completely dominates in the slams. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of great tennis to enjoy.

Federer’s Quarter: Not exactly the most daunting draw, but this quarter is filled with some of the most talented (underachieving) players on tour. David Nalbandian is dealing with injury but could be inspired after a great win in Davis Cup. Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils are slated to play in the second round. Jankko Tipsarevic could try to upset another Andy in his second straight tournament should he make it to the third round against Andy Roddick.

But the match I’m looking forward to most is a potential third round clash between Marcos Baghdatis and Roger Federer. I can’t see Federer losing, or rather, Baghdatis actually closing it out, but this will be a match that will feature excellent rallies from two of the most talented ball-strikers of today. Radek Stepanek can always cause trouble but, should he make it through Dudi Sela and Tommy Robredo, Federer will take care of him.

Semifinalist: Federer

Murray’s Quarter: Having been a finalist last year, Andy Murray is one of the clear-cut favorites. He’s not particularly injured and he’s had plenty of time to recover from his Australian Open defeat. He’s also probably looking forward to this event and the one in Miami since these courts suit him almost perfectly. A tussle with Igor Andreev could occur in the third round. And his fourth round opponent can be one of David Ferrer, James Blake, or Ivo Karlovic. None of these guys will probably beat Murray but they can give him all sorts of fits.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Robin Soderling, and maybe Michael Llodra are the only guys I can see that have the potential to make it through. Llodra and Tsonga nearly retired against each other in Dubai but Tsonga played on. Soderling isn’t physically injured but he’s 0-1 in big events so far this year. However, these courts should suit him well; they’re slow but not slow enough to stop his ferocious forehand and backhand.

Semifinalist: Murray

Nadal’s Quarter: Rafael Nadal is currently 3rd in the world but I would say that Murray is definitely playing above him at the moment. Nadal is a two-time champion and the defending champion at the moment, so I feel like betting against him is not the best idea. But nonetheless, the players are too confident against him today. If he plays a couple of guys who try to blast him off the court, his body might not be able to handle the grind of playing a top player in the latter stages of the tournament. With that, I think this is going to be Sam Querrey’s breakout Masters. I think he’ll get through John Isner in round three and then score the biggest win of his career in the fourth round against Nadal.

Nikolay Davydenko is coming off injury and has never played particularly well in Indian Wells. Ernest Gulbis is coming off his first title and I think he’ll have enough confidence to upset Davydenko and then get through Fernando Verdasco to get a rematch with Querrey. They’re 1-1 but Querrey won their most recent meeting on hard courts in straight sets.

Semifinalist: Querrey

Djokovic’s Quarter: Gilles Simon makes a notable return after dealing with several injuries in the past few months. He should be able to grind out a few wins since the surface favors him, but Djokovic should take him out in the fourth round. Besides that, Djokovic’s other test might come against Philipp Kohlschreiber, but I don’t think that’ll be much of a match considering the poor display the German put on in Davis Cup just recently.

Marin Cilic has a favorable draw and should be able to take care of Juan Carlos Ferrero despite the Spaniard’s hot streak. It’s a real toss up between Cilic and Djokovic. Cilic has never beaten the Serb but their matches have often been close. Cilic has been playing the best tennis of his life in recent months whereas Djokovic has yet to muster up any kind of top form. Djokovic has managed to stay consistent and he hasn’t lost a match in a couple of weeks now. Cilic is confident and I think he’ll continue to prove himself.

Semifinalist: Djokovic

Federer def Murray

Djokovic def Querrey

Champion: Djokovic

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79 Comments for Indian Wells Preview: the Sick, the Injured, the First Masters of the Year

Reaniel Says:

I don’t know… Considering the fact that Rafa being a great returner, and that Querrey is… well… Querrey! I’m having a hard time picturing Sam with the weapon needed to dispatch Rafa.

As talented as Sam Querrey is, I’m afraid he’s no DelPo.

tennisfan#1 Says:


You have almost the exact same picks as me, but I have Ferrer making the semis to play Federer. I also have Djokovic vs Federer in the finals. I must say those are some good picks. Cheers.

tennisfan#1 Says:


I have Federer def. Djokovic in the finals to become the only person to win the Indian Wells Masters 1000 4 times. I could be totally wrong though as Federer does not put the same stock into these events, and may just want some match practise. We will see. Cheers.

rafa is the goat Says:

Nadal will rule once again I am sure of it. He just let Federer have a few slams, and now he is back to rule the tennis world. His injury is done for good, and he will win the rest of the big tournaments this year.

Murray def. Roddick
Nadal def. Djokovic

Nadal def. Murray

rafa is the goat Says:

Federer is done, and needs to just take care of his kids while watching Rafa break all his records. Anybody who thinks that panzee Federer is going to win another French Open has lost their mind. Rafa will win the French Open and Wimbeldon this year. After that he will win the US Open leaving Federer and the rest well behind. Rafa is the GOAT. The only true stat in tennis is h2h records, and Rafa owns Federer. This makes Rafa the GOAT. I dare anybody to say Federer will defend the Roland Garros crown. Look forward to checking back.

tennisetviola Says:

Querrey and Verdasco are not tied 1-1. Verdasco won the only meeting at New Haven last year.

Polo Says:

Ok, rafa is the goat, I will sit back and watch Nadal break all of Federer’s records. Nothing wrong with dreaming. Sometimes they do come true.



Did you steal my call on Gulbis? Just kidding.

The 1st possible upset is a 2nd round matchup between Davydenko and Gulbis if he wins his 1st round match. Gulbis is playing much better than his ranking and Davydenko is coming off an injury.
March 9th, 2010 at 8:14 pm


Oh brother. Another rafa jock sniffer. DO you get a tingly feeling up your leg when you watch him pick at his wedgy? He has a good chance of winning the French, but the U.S open? C’mon. You lost your credibility.

Ben Pronin Says:

Querrey and Gulbis are 1-1

Polo Says:

Winning Indian Wells will be very important for players like Nadal and Murray because they have had tremendous setbacks recently, Nadal with his injuries and Murray with his Australian Open finals loss. If Nadal limps out of the tournament again, his futute will be bleak. If Murray does not play well, it will cause further damage to his confidence. Federer is simply adding more icing to his cake so it would not matter much if he loses.

Lion Says:

rafa is the goat? in what? ass picking? Djokovic is going to confirm that rafa is his bitch on hardcourts. look at fall 2009 for some mighty nadal ass kicking from djokovic.

rafa is done winning slams. he got kicked from the no.1 position before rafa fans barely said no.1

with delpotro, djokovic and murray around, it’s good bye no.1 for nadal. at best he will keep retiring like a sissy, like he did at australian open so that his fans can keep using the injury excuse and be in denial. but how long can their stupidity keep them in denial? good luck rafa fans!

Ezorra Says:

Wow! rafa is the got and Lion, how old are both of you? 3? Come on guys, GROW UP!

Ezorra Says:

rafa is the “got” is supposed to be rafa is the “goat”…
sorry for the misspelling…

winepig Says:


For all the stupidity spewed by the clowns you mentioned, I gotta agree with Lion’s assertion that Nadal is, without question,the greatest ass picker in all sports, not just tennis.

sar Says:

I would be happy if Nole gets to the semis. Heading to Indio this afternoon.

madmax Says:

I dare anybody to say Federer will defend the Roland Garros crown. Look forward to checking back.

March 11th, 2010 at 11:24 am

I’ll be the first then – Federer will defend FO – “rafa is the gloat” cos that what you are doing – gloating. And I cant believe how disrespectful you are being to both federer and to rafa.

rafa is the goat Says:


You do not really think Federer is going to defend the French Open do you? Ofcourse you don’t. He has never beat Rafa at the French and never will. Rafa will win this tournament and the French Open with every tournament in between.


Rafa is not done winning slams and when the French Open comes he will prove it to you. Djokovic, Delpotro, Murray, Davydenko, Cilic, Verdasco, Soderling, and yes the so called “GOAT” will all fall to the real GOAT.


FO- Nadal def. Djokovic
WI- Nadal def. Murray
UO- Nadal def. Delpotro

Challenge that prediction if you dare!

madmax Says:

rafaisNOTthe goat,

Sorry mate. I really do believe that Roger is going to defend the FO. Why shouldnt I?

Just because Rafa isn’t in a GS final, doesnt mean that whoever wins that final doesnt deserve it, and let’s face it – that’s Roger’s aim more than anything now.

He is a competitor and I think is playing the best he has since 2007 – He. Just. Gets. Better.

madmax Says:

FO: Roger beats Davy
WI: Roger beats Murray
USO: Roger beats Novak

I like to think positive thoughts and why not?

chloe Says:

I like the way Fedfans like to lead everyone to believe that Federer doesn’t really want to win anything but slams, why then would he smash his racquet when he was being beaten by Djokovic.

Rafa is going to defend this title, then you’ll all swallow your teeth, I mean those who have written him off. I watched his match against Murray at the AO today, and Rafa made a lot of UE, but once his game is back on track, they’ll all be wishing he wasn’t in their draw.


chloe Says:

Roger has won his last slam.

steve Says:

I believe that Federer will defend his Roland Garros title.

Frankly Nadal is the least of his worries at the moment. He has not had to play Nadal in any of the last five majors. But even if he does play Nadal I believe he will win.

Daniel Craig Says:

Rafa will win French and, if not this tourney, everything in the clay season as he always has. Wimbledon I think he has a great chance to recapture his title. Now, US Open – it all depends on his health. If he comes in well rested he will win but hell need delpo to screw up early and murray to have food poisoning. Still, he will kick murrays ass should they play again, that brit trees out of his ass against rafa more than anyone else…

Margaret Says:

Nadal is far from a lock to win the French – it depends on his health and I’ve seen nothing yet to indicate he’s back to his form of a year ago. As for breaking Federer’s records, ha. That is very unlikely given the stress he’s already put on his body at only age 23 1/2. There’s nothing credible as of now to suggest Nadal will finish anywhere near Fed’s 16 slams. Fed may in fact finish with a couple more, given his ability to stay relatively fit for such a long period of time. Regardless, calling Nadal the GOAT now is incredibly stupid.

chloe Says:

Federer will not win another slam until he retires.

Growltiger Says:

If this were a slam, I’d say Federer, but he doesn’t seem to give much of a damn about non Slam events. He saves himself for the big ones because he’s no longer chasing money, he’s chasing records.

steve Says:

chloe: he made errors because he was trying to go for too much.

Nadal’s game plays right into Murray’s hands. The topspin forehand that gives Federer’s one-handed backhand so much trouble is perfect for Murray’s two-hander. It bounces into Murray’s strike zone, and the spin gives Murray time to set up his shots.

Against Nadal, Murray can use his backhand as his primary offensive weapon, essentially as if it were a forehand. Since he can go very well both crosscourt and down the line, Nadal can’t read it so easily.

Serve and volley can be effective against Nadal because his returns are usually heavily spun and not that deep or flat. Murray threw it in to mix things up.

Murray knew all this and exploited it brilliantly. Nadal knew he had to make an effort to be more offensive, otherwise Murray would dominate him. But the cost of that effort was more errors because he was going for lower-percentage shots.

Growltiger Says:

To insure the best matches in the semis, it’s usually No 1 vs No 4 and No 2 vs No 3. This is how Indian Wells came out — and most of the draws.
Not so with Madrid last year. Nadal was No 1, Fed No 2, Djoko No 3 yet No 1 and 3 played in the SEMIS. Am I the only one who thinks the tournament directors “fiddle” with the draw trying to insure a Federer-Nadal final? Does anyone else think Madrid put Djokovic in Nadal’s half because they thought he’d beat Federer? Too bad if they did because the best match of the tournament was Nadal and Djokovic.
Unfortunately, they wore each other out and gave Federer an easy win which gave him the confidence to go into the French where Nadal was injured and Djokovic just plain worn out.

Fot Says:

Growltiger…no one “fiddle’s” with any draw as they have ‘players’ or someone else doing the actual draw IN THE OPEN! It’s not like the draw is done behind closed doors. And it’s ‘pot-luck’. You’ll either have 1 vs 3; or 1 vs 4 in the SF. The only ‘guarantee that you will have in a draw is that #1 will be at the top; and #2 will be at the botton.

a bit of logic Says:

the rafa is the goat “the only true stat in tennis is h2h records”

Would that make murray or even simon goats since they have a positive record against roger?

Or would davydenko be the goat since he has a 5-4 in h2h against rafa.

h2h for sure are important, but considering federers records, you have to be out of your mind to put rafa infront of him, rafa is still very young lets see what he can produce, i highly doubt he will get to 10 slams.



You can refer to section 7.16 of the ATP rule book for the seeding placement. As FOT said, it is random whether or not it will be 1&4 or 1&3

skeezerweezer Says:

rafa is the goat,

uh, I really appreciate your enthusiasm for Rafa and the passion you have for your fav, however,


FO- Nadal def. Djokovic
WI- Nadal def. Murray
UO- Nadal def. Delpotro

Challenge that prediction if you dare!”

Are you uh ….sure?

I will challenge that. I am not anti-Rafa, but he will not win 3 slams this year. No worries RafaGoat, I am not picking Fed to win all 3 either.

IMO the level of play is catching up to both of them. Murry, Joke, DP, etc. You think these young guys who have already proved they can play with both of these guys are going to get worse? Hey Fed is my fav but reality is reality. NOW, I HOPE he wins 3 but I am not going to be betting my money with my heart…….

skeezerweezer Says:


“I like the way Fedfans like to lead everyone to believe that Federer doesn’t really want to win anything but slams, why then would he smash his racquet when he was being beaten by Djokovic.”

I am not in this group that thinks when Fed enters any tourney he doesn’t try his best to win it. How un-professional would that be? If Fedfans are thinking that they are trashing the credibility of the guy.

Ok, let’s get this straight.

First, tennis is “A GAME”. The object of the game is “TO WIN”. I am sure when Fed enters a tournament he is expecting and trying to win every match and win the tourney, otherwise, WHY PLAY? It doesn’t surprise me that he smashed his racquet, he wanted to win.

That said, He has been quoted as saying Slams are the most important of tournaments to him. They are for every ATP player, they are the biggest and most meaningful most watched tournaments of the year. If that means he doesn’t play in a tourney here or there to prep better for a major he will. But you can be sure when he does enter any tourney he is playing to win…..

So I am lost here, someone help me?

skeezerweezer Says:


Dang how un-professional of me to spell your name wrong, sorry :( yikes!

Lion Says:

rafa, lets just hope doesn’t get elbow tendinitis picking his butt.

IF nadal plays 3 slams, djokovic will beat him at the french – before the final.

wimbledon, federer will beat him before the finals and win the whole dang thing.

US open, nadal will either not play at all (due to tendinitis creeping deeper up his you know what) or retire like he did at australian open.

either way, he will continue breaking his ass-picking record to the delight of his retarded fans.

mem Says:

NELTA, what have you, lion, and steven been sniffing to make you so dense? did you guys get tennis knowledge from the Dollar General store?

when will you learn that resorting to the usual negative, maligning language to refer to rafa is not going to deter him; in fact, it serves as a motivating force! i know that is the only way that you guys have of making rafa appear lesser than the other top players, but, it won’t work, you want to, but rafa just doesn’t entertain those kinds low level childish, petty,

steve Says:

mem: I just calls it like I sees it.

I should say, however, that the snide remarks on Nadal’s picking at his shorts are malicious and totally unnecessary.

mem Says:

as i was saying Nelta, low class, childish, petty derogatory tactics!

many of you claim that rafa is “done and knees are gone”, but what’s confusing me is if that is the case, nadal shouldnt be even in the topic for discussion. he is use to being placed at the bottom of the potential winners anyway; i doubt he’s crying himself to sleep over it! i’ve never seen so many people worry about a player who can’t cause any damage! you’ll have to explain that one to me.

rafa fans should start worrying when and only when his critics and that include people like you guys can get inside his psyche and stop him from believing in himself; or when you can guarantee that he will lose; until then, talk is worthless; anybody can do it!
when predictions become a certainty, then we will worry; otherwise, we will see what happens! all in due time! all in due time!

Lion Says:

any sniffing or “injecting” must be rafa or his fans. (not to mention picking – gawd! it must be awful sniffing after the very well known “picking”)

mem, you should be the last one to talk about “tennis knowledge”. my dog has more tennis knowledge than you and your alter ego “rafa is the goat”. stop talking with two tongues and own up to what you truly are. just for the record, what tennis knowledge they sell in a dollar store is more than your pea-sized brains can take.

contador Says:


how realistic is it to think rafa can win all – this tourny, miami, the entire clay court season, the FO, Wimbledon AND at the end of summer, have the knees to win the US open. Not even in his best year 2008, could he do it. i always think, “it was the beijing gold medal win that pushed him over the edge, that year.”

live and learn.

i’d never write rafa off, not until he officially retires, but i imagine team rafa has more sense than (some) rafa fans posting here.

maybe rafa and team will try skipping most of the summer hard court season and get him peaking to win the US open. i’d give him that much. he could win 3 GS titles this year, sure. 3 are left to kiss or bite.

after all, roger won 3 GS titles in seasons 2004, 2006, 2007. for 2 of those GS wins in 2004, rog was raf’s present age, 23 yrs old. for you who are obsessed with age.

however, technically rafa will be 24 if he wins 3 this season and wow…going by age, he could win 4 GS titles before turning 25. gives him 10 total = 2 more than RF at the same age! GS titles are so easy to win, right?

lets have a look-see. though we all know rafa started winning at a much younger age…. 4 FO’s, 1 wimb, 1 AO, -O- US Open.

GS’s based on RF age- BD 8/8/1981; not tennis seasons.

age 21- roger won 1 GS. wimbles; shockingly old at his start.
age 22-roger wins 2 GS AO, wimbles
age 23-wins 2 GS US Open, wimbles
age 24-wins 3 GS Us Open, AO, wimbles
age 25-wins 3 GS US Open, AO, wimbles
age 26-wins 1 GS US Open ( won us open 2007 but lost AO08, FO once again, wimbles 08 – of course, rafa’s best year ever; roger’s worst)
age 27-wins 3 GS, US open, FO, wimbles 2008-2009 till BD. WOW! surprised myself! married mirka, had twins…oo-lala
age 28-wins 1 GS so far AO….2010-.maybe more, maybe not.

i’m satisfied. but it’s seriously tough to work in that missing piece for a career slam. amazing to have 2 players in the same era with that much talent.

even thinking rafa can pass federer, it’s possible, but he better get cracking! especially take care of that US Open winning thing….but can he also get married and have twins sooner than roger?

Federer himself has predicted: rafa’s best is yet to come. okay.

Lion Says:

” you guys can get inside his psyche and stop him from believing in himself ”

right! like getting your ass handed 3-0 in tennis masters cup has shows, rafa is SO full of belief.

YAY for the state of denial. nothing like it.

mem Says:

steve, you’re right, you call it like you see it, not like it is!

mem Says:

lion, you don’t have to convince me, i’m sure you are as low class as you sound; like i said, people like you hail from the gutter, that’s the only way you can get attention because your words have no substance! Newsflash! you’re not original, what you have said has been said many, many, times before, but, don’t worry, i won’t be sharing your sewer!

O-Kerr Says:

If Sam Queer and/or Djoker make semifinals, I will be truly shocked.
I predict Cilic to play Federer in the final, though Nadal-Murray final is not far fetched.

Lion Says:

no players injuries have been “predicted” like nadal’s. go check or any other non-nadal fans infested site and this fate for rafa was predicted way back in 2005.

yet we have people like mem, who bury their heads in the sand and act as if people are predicting rafa’s doom only now. rafa will win less than 10slams when all is done. we will know in due time. who knows it might just be 6 :)

denial is NOT a river in egypt, mem. its what makes most of the grey very very tiny thing most of you nadal fans have. keep swimming in the nile.

here is a prediction for mem and/or rafa is the goat – djokovic will thrash nadal like he did at cincinnati, tennis masters cup and paris. keep your injury excuses ready and dont tell us you haven’t been told.

Lion Says:

you wont be in a sewer because you are unworthy of even that. check if rafa can rent his butt, mem.

mem Says:

contador, don’t let my comments drive you over the edge; just my personal beliefs; you have yours; no need to panic and run for the stat sheet; our comments don’t guarantee a thing. my motto is, time has a way of revealing what will be!


I usually stick to the cold, hard tennis facts, but every so often I enjoy slinging some mud when the Nadal jock sniffers are under the influence. Are you making the same predictions as RAFA IS GOT that he will win all the big tournaments this year including the 3 remaining grand slams? I expect him to have a good clay court season and possibly reclaim his French Open crown, but I’m not making any predictions beyond that.

I was the #1 junior 18 and under in my USA regional section. Played all the national tournaments including Kalamazoo and was ranked #48 nationally.

I still have the rankings flyer/draw for boys 18 and under singles 1987 and the Kalamazoo draw. The top rankings that year are listed below. Unfortunately I never got the chance to play against anyone that would one day become famous. They would have crushed me, but it would have been fun to say, Hey I played against so-n-so in the juniors.

USTA 1987 rankings boys 18 and under
1. David Wheaton
2. Jim Courier
3. Michael Chang
4. Malivai Washington
5. Jonathan Stark
6. Pete Sampras
7. Chris Garner
8. Jason Netter
9. Ty Tucker
10. David DiLucia

contador Says:

no owrries mem. you know i love roger and rafa, i think we used to talk tennis somewhere.

i respect your opinion. *smiley face*

skeezerweezer Says:

Live from WTF! Network..

It’s Lion vs Mem!

Round 1) Lion comes out with some some “butt pickin’ name callin” and lefts and rights, while Mem counters with a “dollar store” uppercut!

Round 2) Mem is the aggressor now as he uses “petty derogatory tactics” with his blows, Lion reeling takes a step back but roars back with “my dog has more tennis knowledge than you”, has he grazes one on the side of the head.

Between rounds: Contador gives the crowd a well needed break by posting spectacular facts and witty insights.

Round 3) Mem comes out again, but with a low blow “i won’t be sharing your sewer”, knocks Lion down. But Lion gets up and roars into mem with 2 blows back to back “denial is NOT a river in egypt” and “keep swimming in the nile”….what a round folks!

Skeezer reporting for WTF! Network reporting “live” as it happens…

contador Says:

and mem. obviously you didn’t read my post.i give rafa lots of time left …..federer said it: rafa’s best is yet to come. i wouldn’t doubt federer. so take heart. no panic at all.

calm down. let’s have fun. mm-kay?

contador Says:

skeezerweezer……thanks. trying to lighten things up.

let’s cut to the mens synchronized swimming!


contador Says:


wow, impressive, seriously.

and i read on another thread, you might be cheering for Gulbis?

can he take out chewy? eeeek!

mem Says:

skeezer, i enjoyed the humor! it’s all good!

Kimmi Says:

Ben, Last time you made a prediction for the AO you were close. If I am not mistaken you predicted Murray to win it all and he reached the final..almost..almost. I don’t remember who you had him beating though..davydenko?

Anyways, If we take only one result, you were not bad at all…let see what happens a week on Sunday.

I pick Nadal winning it all, he loves IW.

skeezerweezer Says:

Thanks mem :). You know I am a Fed fan, but I truly hope the best for Rafa’s return. I know tennis needs him….he’s a proven champ!

Kimmi Says:

Skeezer! hehehehe That was funny!

Kimmi Says:

Contador; Gulbis v Chiudinelli going at it today..I say YEAH BABY! (hoping for the same from Delray beach) Gulbis in 2.

Skeezerweezer Says:


Thanks :) All in good fun! Not trying to “make fun”. :)

IW, should be an interesting weekend …

contador Says:

kimmi. it’s the very last match of the day.

all day i have livescore on. trying to remain calm about the gulbis v chewy match. now i must to be out this evening. maybe a good thing. EG has my hopes up too high after del ray.

jane gives the best advice on Gulbis. but i agree with you, kimmi. Gulbis in….3. a win in 2 would be a very good sign, tho.

YEAH BABY!! c’mon ernie, YES, WIN, WIN, like you know you can!

think he heard me? sorry chewy, you being swiss and everything.

will sar be there yet? peer over a fence sar and cheer ernie on! please.



Gulbis was my pick for the 1st big upset, but he has to beat Chiudinelli to get a crack at Davydenko. Don’t bet money on it though. I’m not making any promises. I just feel this is the most likely upset in the 2nd round. Oh by the way, Ben and Sean stole my pick for their articles. Ha ha.

Kimmi Says:

“think he heard me? sorry chewy, you being swiss and everything”

hahaha the whole nation from Switzerland gets a nod from Contador.

I will follow gulbis match…aaaarg! hope there was live streaming, looks like we have to wait till saturday :(

Mario Ancic on the court as I write..C’mon Ancic, it is been a while.

Skeezer..I know..all in good fun and I understand

bstevens Says:

Since everybody likes to make predictions, here are mine (pretty much out of my head):

French: Nadal def. Djokovic
Wimbledon: Federer def. some surprise finalist
US Open: Nalbandian def. Roddick

Now that was fun!

Seth Says:

Just. Stop. With Federer-Nadal wars. Seriously.

Von Says:

Why is it every time there’s a discussion concerning Nadal and Federer, a few posters have to drag Nadal’s clothes fixing (a quirk, IMO, just like Fed plays with his n ose) into the discussion and harp on his alleged ‘butt picking’? In fact, it’s not actually butt picking at all, because for Nadal to do so, he would have to go through about three layers of clothes to actually pick his butt, not 20 seconds. And, how is this Nadal quirk of importance to how he plays the game and his H2H vs. Federer?

There are many here who are so sanctimonious and slaughter other posters, claiming their posts are rabid, et al., and they turn posters away from this site, for defending themselves which entails getting into a heated discussion with other posters. However, these same posters don’t see anything wrong with the disgusting butt picking topic? How so?? Nor, do they see when other posters are told their posts are *rubbish* (how degrading) and are unmercifully picked on for airing their views, as we are all entitled to do, since Tennis.X is the “Dysfunctional Tennis Blog’ Unfortunately, only some are accorded that privilege because they are A FED FAN. Just being a Fed fan is enough for any poster to say whatever they want without facing repercussions, because the whole gang of likewise minds back them.

We all know that this site is a predominantly Federer fan-based site, and any poster who’s a Fed fan gets free license to criticize freely any player, but sadly, this privilege is not accorded the fans of the majority of players.

Albeit, I’m not a Fed nor Nadal fan, I happen to see good in both champions, who have taken the sport to higher levels in the world of sports. I also have friendships with Fed fans, some of whom used to post here, and sadly have stopped doing so, due to the tone of the posts over the past 3-4 months. My Fed friends are neither Fedtards nor Fed fanatics, and are highly intelligent people, but cannot in conscience indulge in the mud-slinging that’s on-going vs. Nadal, and to a lesser extent other players.

What’s wrong with this picture??

tennisfan#1 Says:

Predictions for 2010 Slams:

FO- Federer def. Djokovic
WI- Federer def. Murray
UO- Federer def. Djokovic


Federer is done, and needs to just take care of his kids while watching Rafa break all his records. Anybody who thinks that panzee Federer is going to win another French Open has lost their mind. Rafa will win the French Open and Wimbeldon this year. After that he will win the US Open leaving Federer and the rest well behind. Rafa is the GOAT. The only true stat in tennis is h2h records, and Rafa owns Federer. This makes Rafa the GOAT. I dare anybody to say Federer will defend the Roland Garros crown. Look forward to checking back.

March 11th, 2010 at 11:24 am


RAFA IS GOT’s childish post started it by saying fed is “done” and a “panzee” so a few people including myself took the liberty of slinging some mud back at him for fun. It was far funnier watching Soderling do the imitation at Wimbledon, but Nadal had the last laugh at least for that tournament.

Ben Pronin Says:

Von, I think there have been more fair posters recently. That or the “fed fanatics” have become more ridiculous. You know I love Fed but the things that some of these other pro-Fed guys are saying is just ridiculous. These arguments keep ensuing because people are fed up with people claiming things like Federer craps gold.

Basically, Von, you’re post is perfect and I couldn’t agree more. Things are just getting ridiculous.

Von Says:


I understand what you’re saying about who started what on this thread, but have you read the other threads where nothing is said by a Nadal fan to instigate an attack and the *butt picking* talk just begins unprovoked? It’s done most of the time and I find it to be very infantile/juvenile. Surely, there must be something of more importance to talk about, viz., the sport of tennis itself, than Nadal’s supposed *butt picking*??

As a Roddick fan, I’ve had to endure similar attacks from *some* Fed fans towards Roddick, and came to the conclusion that a Roddick fan has no business posting here. Most of the roddick fans have move on out of here. Roddick was recently likened to a “Bronx street fighter”. OUCH. Some people talk senselessly without facts. I wouldn’t like the writer of that post to ever have an encounter with a Bronx street fighter, inasmuch as I dislike that poster, because it’s not a very pleasant scenario at all.
Ben: I seldom post here nowadays for several reasons. One is due to the influx of some new posters who feel they could say anything due to being in a group of email friends, who would back them, right or wrong. Posters are being lambasted because they dare to have the chutzpah to have an opinion and air it openly. Isn’t that the purpose of a blog to state one’s opinion without being treated to a case of ankle-biting?

I’m sure you remember, Ben, when Tennis.X used to be a mix of many discussions, and posters of several players posted their comments with unbridled passion. However, that’s all been changed and the clique now rules.

Polo Says:

The flurry of butt picking comments about Nadal is the direct consequence of Nadal’s incessant butt picking when he plays. It is a disgusting habit which proper etiquette dictates that everyone should avoid doing in public, let alone televised and broadcasted all over the world. I wish he would break that habit. Don’t blame people who comment about it. Tell Nadal to stop doing it.

skeezerweezer Says:

Ben & Von,


I think some of the good posters up here get caught up when they are called out, by name calling or whatever. I have thick skin but I know posters up here may not have. I respect that.

I think they never took a HS school class in debating( AND, some of them are still in high school, don’t you think I know who you are! ).

Off limits are name calling, personal attacks, etc. On limits are being obsessive and passionate for your fav and the defense thereof with your opinion and hopefully some facts to back it up. But take note!

WITH respect to your fellow man/womans opinion your talking too.

A BIG however, for good or bad we live in a country of free speech, and it’s limits are always pushed, so I (we) have to respect that also. But in that spirit we don’t have to read/listen/acknowledge it either!

I think we all( uh…most of us….) up here know when the lines are being crossed and when we are having fun joking around to break up the ice when it gets too tense.

May I suggest just ignoring these folks posts and respond only to the ones you want too??

The point is the more you respond or acknowledge them the more we all give them credibility. That is what they want, “attention”.

I am calling out myself on this too, as I for one can’t cast the first stone :)

Wow. way too long of post..sorry.. was up early posting also…..geez….I’m out!

Von Says:

Hey Skeez:

How ya doin’ my friend?

I agree with all of your points, but you know it becomes tiresome to read the same ole same ole all of the time, especially the didactic/preachy ones. Hey, i’m not even a nadal fan, and i become frustrated reading the comments that are written.

With respect to ignoring some posters, WOW, do I bite my lip/tongue, et al., read and just walk away, as I had to do when Roddick was referred to as a ‘Bronx street fighter’. OUCH. And, in in case you haven’t noticed, I don’t post much, and I DO ignore those posts, to the point of not responding anymore. I just say to myself, I didn’t read that, did I?

BTW, you must be in heaven with IW being so close to home for you? Any plans for going to watch at least two matches and see your fave face to face? I hope so.

Catch ya later, skeez, and enjoy the tennis and your new job as the WTF reporter.LOOL.

Ben Pronin Says:

Does anyone else here do the bracket challenge by chance?

skeezerweezer Says:


So nice to see you up here, I WAS worried you were staying away from all the “tennis boxing”, but probably a smart move, lol! I do understand why you don’t post as much now :)..Why am I? Go figure..

I am not going to IW this year( I am in Mendocino this weekend, ahhhhh ).

WTF! Network gave me a much needed vaca after the “Team K” debacle in Hawaii.

It was not fun following them out into the open ocean to find out they were suppose to be competing in an Olympic pool in Ala Moana Park on Oahu! Not on the Island of Niihau? WTF?

Anyways, Talk about seasick Ugh!( But the Whales were cool! ) I am still trying to hunt down the “so called” coach of the team, “Borat”?….WTF? Last reported sighting of “the coach” was on Waikiki beach in Polka dot speedos……unshaven.

I have several friends from my club going there (IW)this weekend through next Thursday. The event is great for anyone that can make it from what I hear because the practice courts, where the pros are, are very accessible for fans. In other words, it is a great tourney to get up and close to your fav….wish I was there and “stoked” to see the top players gathered together again…..I am sure it will be a great tourney to start of the spring :)

Cheers Von and Good Luck Roddick, Crush that serve and forehand baby!

Von Says:

Hey Skeez:

I’m always around reading, but not posting so much anymore. I think you know why you’re still posting, because you love the sport and also because I TOLD you to do so. LOOOL.

I suppose just talking about Oahu and Hawaii brings back great memories for you. I hope you enjoyed every minute of it all.

Yes, I’ve been told that IW is one of the most player/fan friendly of all the North American tournaments due to the proximity of the practice courts and the distance from where the fans are allowed to watch. I’m hoping to go to Miami and combine this with a cruise after on the new ship “Oasis”, this year. I’ll give you all the details, that is if I don’t get lost on the ship.

I’m hoping my sweetie, Roddick, will indeed pop some huge serves and whack his forehand, but not too hard now, as we don’t want tendinitis. All ‘itis’ conditions are bad words. LOL.

See ya around Skeez, and be good, but if you can’t at least be careful, will ya!

skeezerweezer Says:


LOL you did tell me lol so true so true, have fun on your cruise and love to hear the details,,, :)

Skeezerweezer Says:

Ben Pronin Says:

Does anyone else here do the bracket challenge by chance?

grey Says:

I do the bracket challenge, I have a Joker vs Fed final, Fed takes it 6-4 7-5

Nadal reaches semis.


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