Serena, Nadal Roll; Venus Surprises on Day 1 at US Open
by Staff | August 26th, 2013, 11:53 pm

Spaniards No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 4 David Ferrer dodged the rains and the upsets Monday on Day 1 of the US Open amidst a handful of upsets and suspended matches.
Nadal rolled American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, and Ferrer tamed Aussie comer Nick Kyrgios 7-5, 6-3, 6-2.

“Always the first round is not easy,” Nadal said. “The conditions out there today were difficult, so happy to be through. Win in straight sets, so is a good start for me…I am enjoying the week before practicing. Today the first match after two years in Arthur Ashe, so it’s a great feeling.”

Nadal will next face Canadian Vasek Pospisil or Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil, who will resume their first-round match Tuesday, after rain cancelled play with Pospisil leading two sets to one.

Orchestrating upsets were Brit Daniel Evans easily over No. 11 Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4, 6-2; Croat Ivan Dodig winning a slugfest over No. 27 Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco 6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3; and Austrian Andreas “Don’t Be a” Haider-Maurer toppling No. 30 Ernests Gulbis 3-6, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-4.

“I knew I was a good player, but I just hadn’t put it all together,” Evans said after dispatching of Nishikori. “I was pretty calm today. It wasn’t that much of a big deal what was happening on the court. I wasn’t nervous serving it out. I’ve played some good matches for the last five weeks. I really want to go far in the tournament, win a few more matches.”

Other notables finishing matches and advancing were Nikolay Davydenko over American Rhyne Williams 6-0 in the fifth, and Bernard Tomic in five over Albert Ramos.

Among other seeded winners were No. 8 Richard Gasquet, No. 18 Janko Tipsarevic, No. 19 Tommy Robredo, No. 23 Feliciano Lopez, and No. 32 Dmitry Tursunov.

If there was any doubts about world No. 1 Serena Williams’ focus at the onset, it was dispelled in her first round 6-0, 6-1 beating of former French Open winner Francesca Schiavone.

“I definitely was good off the ground,” Serena said. “But I tell you, it wasn’t very easy out there. We were both grunting and running and fighting. I just wanted to stay really focused out there.”

Joining Serena in the second round were Top 10 seeds No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska cruising past Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-2; No. 5 Na Li handling Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-2; No. 8 Angie Kerber a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Lucie Hradecka, and No. 9 Jelena Jankovic subduing American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-4.

Other seeded winners were No. 15 Sloane Stephens in three over Mandy Minella, No. 16 Sabine Lisicki, No. 18 Carla Suarez Navarro, No. 19 Sorana Cirstea, No. 23 Jamie Hampton, No. 24 Ekaterina Makarova, No. 25 Kaia Kanepi 6-1 in the third over Vania King, No. 30 Laura Robson, and No. 32 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

There were only two upsets on the day after former No. 1 Venus Williams gained revenge with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over No. 12 seed Kirsten Flipkens after losing to the Belgian over the summer, and Austrian Patricia Mayr-Achleitner outlasted No. 29 Magdalena Rybarikova in three sets.

“My serve was a lot better,” Venus said. “In Toronto I wasn’t really feeling that great about my serve. Just coming back I’ve had to do a lot of work on my serve. Honestly, I think that made a huge difference. I think I was serving in the 40 percentages all my matches this summer, so it was very challenging…I haven’t had a lot of chances to play this year or a lot of chances to play healthy this year, have had injuries and what have you, so I’m just going to have to keep working my way into it maybe more than some of the other players, but I know I can do that.”

Unseeded winners of note into the second round were Eugenie Bouchard, Coco Vandeweghe, and comeback player Alisa Kleybanova in three sets over Puerto Rican comer Monica Puig.

Highlights to watch for on Tuesday include (7) Roger Federer vs. Grega Zemlja, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Ricardas Berankis, American Victoria Duval vs. (11) Samantha Stosur, Julia “Gorgeous” Goerges vs. American Christina McHale, (12) Tommy Haas vs. French veteran Paul-Henri Mathieu, (27) Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. American Mallory Burdette, (14) Maria Kirilenko vs. Yanina Wickmayer, and (22) Elena Vesnina vs. German comer Annika Beck.


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157 Comments for Serena, Nadal Roll; Venus Surprises on Day 1 at US Open

Tyrion Says:

In Roger we believe !

tennisfan Says:

Good win for Rafa. Maybe the best R1 match that he has ever played at the US OPen

Tennis x Hippy Chic Says:

Bizare shedualing IMO,Murray doesnt play his 1st match till Wednesday,although hes in the same half as Nole who plays his 1st match today(sigh).

tennisfan Says:

Always happens at the USO. One top seed plays thier 1st round match on Wednesday

rafaeli Says:

Murray should have had the night slot on the opening day as the defending champion. Fed always has to play on the first day, no matter his ranking or whether he is the defending champion or not.

Rafa always likes to start on the Wednesday, but Fed is on his side of the draw so he had to play on the first day, which is good for him in the end. H e now has time to work on what he’s learned from his first match.

Ty Says:

Lisicki looks so good out there. Her game is strong. The serve is great. And those hips, to die for.

the DA Says:

@rafaeli – “Murray should have had the night slot on the opening day as the defending champion.”

Exactly, or at the very least a night slot on the Tuesday. As always, USO scheduling sucks. Federer’s match already postponed to today and more rain has been forecast. None of the top seeds should be vulnerable to be at a disadvantage compared to the others.


Giles Says:

@rafaeli. FYI Rafa likes to start play on a Wednesday only in other tourneys, not in the GS’s.

Giles Says:

^^^ I should have said “not necessarily in the GS’s”.

Brando Says:

Ditto. Muzza as defending champ should open the entire thing. USO scheduling= fail!

Jimmy Says:

And rain affects the half that goes second more than the other half. Also if the quarters are Murray – Berdy and Djokovic v Del Potro, they play thurs not Wed like Roger-Rafa and have a brutal semi on Sat. Hate to see favoritism affect the outcome.

Jason Says:

SERENA <3 61-4 VAMOSS!!!!

M Says:

“Also if the quarters are Murray – Berdy and Djokovic v Del Potro, they play thurs not Wed like Roger-Rafa “

How are you sure so early that Roger & Rafa (assuming they both make it) are going to play Wednesday …?

Jimmy Says:

The half that plays first has Wed quarterfinals

Jimmy Says:

They always make sure there is a mens night match every day possible.

the DA Says:

Now I’m reading that Andy might be first on Ashe tomorrow. Way to go USO. Put the defending champ on early in the morning when the stadium is half empty. grrrr

@Lindsay Davenport ‏just spoke her mind:
“Gosh I’m not a fan of men’s 1st rounds spread over 3 days. Unfair to Murray and others who start Wednesday.”

Also, how are they going to get Nole and Andy back to parity and playing on the same days? If Novak starts today, he’ll play again Thursday, right?

Jimmy Says:

That’s where Novak got screwed last year, thur night quarter v del Potro, Murray on Wednesday, then Murray first match in sat before the big storm and Novak forced to play three sets Sunday, on Monday Murray has better legs in the 5th set. A scheduling victory.

the DA Says:

BTW I found a site that is miles better than the USO slamtracker:

Quicker and much easier to check multiple matches at a glance.

nadalista Says:

Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent

“Poor old John Isner. He has had a stellar American summer – winning Washington and taking out Gasquet, Raonic, Djokovic and Del Potro en route to the final in Cincinnati – but he still has to defer to Roger Federer in his home Grand Slam. The American was due to play Filippo Volandri on the Arthur Ashe show court but was relegated to Grandstand as soon as it became apparent that Federer’s opening match would need to be rescheduled because of Monday night’s rain.”

the DA Says:

LOL. Jerzy Janowicz loses the first set. Another player with a golden opportunity to go deep.

the DA Says:

Now it looks like Dimitrov is on his way out. Down 2 sets to 1 and a break in the 4th. I don’t know – these young guns.

Humble Rafa Says:

The American was due to play Filippo Volandri on the Arthur Ashe show court but was relegated to Grandstand as soon as it became apparent that Federer’s opening match would need to be rescheduled because of Monday night’s rain.”

Could it be that people come to watch tennis not a ping pong match? Have you seen a match involving Tallner?

You can watch paint dry and get more excitement that from his matches.

the DA Says:

Dimitrov fought back to force a decider and promptly got broken. Janowicz looks like he’s going out in straights. Heard he had the trainer on at one point.

gonzalowski Says:

JJanowicz in seriuus problems with argentine Gonzalez… he’s gonna lose!
Ferrer’s quartet looks cleaner

Ben Pronin Says:

Humble Rafa, how in the world does Isner play ping pong tennis?

the DA Says:

^ yes, but I read earlier that Ferrer has his own physical issue. His hip, I believe. Damn, for once I wish Andy had remained No.4 ;)

Steve 27 Says:

Poor Isner, indeed. it is blasphemy to say raise your hand to god.

Ty Says:

Wow. These young guys need to go get on Djoko’s “diet regimen” or something. They need that something extra to get em over.

…getting back from my 60 minute lunch break…

I got 60 minutes to watch a little US Open. What do I see? Two women slugging it out, or not so much slugging but gliding, aiming. This is why I can’t stand women’s tennis – the women are playing not to lose. It isn’t good entertainment. It’s not thrilling to see a woman with 2.1 million on the line get broken 4 times in a row in the third and still BE IN THE MATCH! Nor is it enthralling to see the victim somehow produce world class AAA tennis after having been broken and now with nothing to lose. It is embarrassing. It is sad, almost.

The only view of Janowicz I got was him serving and flaming out to some nobody in straights. Querrey being irrelevant again. A couple other women not wanting to win.

Ty Says:

Baby Fed’s almost out as well. What a sad state of affairs for tennis.

gonzalowski Says:

^ a blasphemy, lol…

(but you’re right, indeed)

Fed or Nadal (in reaching it)could have a comfortable SF, if Ferrer falls, too

Giles Says:

JJ outttt!!

Ty Says:

JJ out to the much feared hard court expert Maximo Gonzalez, born in Tandil, Argentina; where you have to drive over 5000 miles of muddy clay to even find a hard court. This Gonzalez, he is a predator. With his 23 match wins and NONE this year, with an astounding record at flushing meadows going all the way back to 2008 where he was beaten in the first round. The next year it was the second. Then the first. And the first again in 2012.

Giles Says:

Grigor outtttt!!

the DA Says:

JJ and Gulbis should go out and get drunk and tell each other sob stories about dark horses blowing their chances. Dimitrov should not be losing to Sousa at this stage of his career. Who is going to step up to challenge top guys? Still waiting.

Ty Says:

Another scalp was earned this fortnight as the perennial contender, Mr. Sharapova, ran into formidable hard court expert Joao Sousa(???) from …data not found…

Sousa relied on his varied grand slam experience to wear down the mentally formidable Bulgarian 6-2 in the fifth set. Soasa, no doubt relying on the experience his 15 match wins on tour provided him, was able to turn away the future world no. 1.

Dimitrov, minutes after the match spotted occupying his newly acquired porsche had little to comment about. “He was the better player today.” And he gave a little laugh. “Got to go change the dog water. See ya in Australia.” As he sped off he laughed again.

Ty Says:

Please tennis Gods, not one more red carpet quarterfinal for the top four…. at least make them work for it.

the DA Says:

Well well, the schedulers finally do something right and give Andy first evening match tomorrow. Well done USO (for once). More appropriate start to his defense.

Giles Says:

And Isner deserved to play in grandstand. Serve, serve, serve.

the DA Says:

To add to the odd events of today both Isner and Monfils go through in straights.

Ben Pronin Says:

DA, not just in straights but they barely lost any games. Very impressive.

Humble Rafa Says:

Ben Pronin Says:
Humble Rafa, how in the world does Isner play ping pong tennis?

G-man has got you covered!

Giles Says:
And Isner deserved to play in grandstand. Serve, serve, serve.

Giles Says:

Fed is strolling with his old “bat”!

the DA Says:

Almagro down 2 sets to Istomin? Okay.

Tennis x Hippy Chic Says:

Almagro is two sets down,was a break up in the 3rd set but threw the advantage right back(sigh).

Ty Says:

Looks like this tournament is going to shake out to a “top three vs the field” type of arrangement. Yawn.

Ty Says:

P.S. What’s up with Donald Young? He’s winning easily.

the DA Says:

And Donald Young is cruising 6-1 6-0 against Klizan? More freaky occurrences.

skeezer Says:

If Fed continues this style of tennis he won’t make it to the Qtrs. What happened to the hitting out on ROS that helped get him back to #1 last yr? Chipping his returns back nowadays to the top 3 will be like giving a Minnow to a Shark.

Humble Rafa Says:

If Fed continues this style of tennis he won’t make it to the Qtrs.

Don’t we already know, Arrogant 7 is not making it to the quarters.

M Says:

“Almagro is two sets down,was a break up in the 3rd set but threw the advantage right back(sigh).”

He’s out. He hasn’t had a decent match since clay season, which just … bugs me.

Istomin is always a threat – he’s made me nervous playing more than a few of my favorites in early rounds – but Nico is better than this.


Ty Says:

Good GOd!

47% First serve percentage
37% Win % on first serve
13 Winners
43 Unforced Errors!

Nevermind. That explains it.

Ty Says:

Is it Donald’s birthday or something?

skeezer Says:

“Don’t we already know, Arrogant 7 is not making it to the quarters.”

Thank you for the arrogant response.


skeezer Says:


Klizan DF matched point. It didn’t even hit the doubles alley.

Young did play out of his mind though ;)

Josh39485 Says:

@skeezer Let’s not be too harsh on his performance yet. He got into a strong serving rhythm today, hit at least 11/12 aces, and won 20/21 points at net. He didn’t need to play extraordinarily well because his opponent’s game was not working well enough. It’s just the first match of the tournament, so he must be easing into some sort of groove with the return of serve.

the DA Says:

@ skeezer – You may be onto something. Someone just took a photo of him back out on the practice courts. Not often he does that right after a match.

Brando Says:

Come on now (specifically Skeezer) let’s not be too harsh on the Fed.

For a first match I thought he did fairly well.

Since his return post clay swing he reached QF at Cincy where he pushed Rafa very strongly and he has won his first match here fairly comfortably: that’s not bad at all all thing’s considered for a 32 y/o!

IMHO: Fed will pretty certainly reach the QF. He’s in good enough form to do so and he also has a very, very safe route to such a stage.

He’ll be fine to get to that stage.

andrea Says:

watching stosur collapse is painful….

the DA Says:

Well from what I saw that was a very easy win for Nole. He looked his usual indomitable self on this court. Berankis had nothing to hurt him with. I was actually distracted by the Duval/Stosur match which was a real stormer.

Now a little dance to ward off the forecast thunderstorms for tomorrow night so Andy can play his 1st round match. Goodnight y’all.

Nirmal Kumar Says:

I think Roger is in perfect mindset for this tournament. He is really eager to win and is out of the comfort zone which he got himself into after reaching No 1 last year.

I understand he cannot go beyond quarters if Nadal is waiting for him, but sounds good for the rest of the year.

nadalista Says:

Hahaha! There’s one guy who will not be buying Novak’s diet book:

RT @usopen: “Say what @rogerfederer??? “I eat #extragluten” The lowdown on #Federer’s diet & more #OpenNightShift #USOpen #gluten”


nadalista Says:

Eh, Mr Nadal will not be in the autograph queue either:

“Nadal is not even convinced gluten-free will be the top athletic diet in the next few years. The same way people believe Twitter and Facebook could be overtaken by the next social media site, Nadal says gluten-free dieting could lose its standing.

“Now, it seems like the gluten-free diet is great,” he said. “After three years or four years, we will find another thing that will be great too. Then the gluten-free will not work anymore.”

Margot Says:

Nole’s diet is one you’d lose a stack of weight on, even if you didn’t exercise like the No 1. No wonder he is so skinny.
Damn disgrace, Andy going out Wednesday evening. And..if rain disrupts play, even worse :(
@ the DA
Keeeeep dancing! (Catch phrase of reality TV show in UK btw ;))

Nadalista Says:

Can’t imagine life without a slice of good ol’ fashioned home made bread. Where’s the fun in that? Can tell you a WHOLE lotta ways to drop some serious lbs AND enjoy yourself doing it!!

Ben Pronin Says:

Looks like Nadal, and nadalista, are uninformed as to what a gluten-free diet is for. It’s not about losing weight. People have a gluten intolerance. Not unlike people with lactose intolerance. That it’s become a fad is quite dumb but it’s not supposed to be. If you can’t eat gluten, you shouldn’t. It’s also not the same as a carb-free diet. You can still eat bread, just without gluten.

Funny how Djokovic usually praises and respects Nadal but good old humble Rafa has to take these subtle digs at Novak. Sportsmanship at its finest.

hawkeye Says:

^^^ well it’s all about the context, no?

Sportsmanship? Really, Ben? Really?

The dig, if any, is not at Nole. The dig is about media oversimlpification and generalization.

Ben, you’ve basically paraphrased Rafa’s whole point on this. Nowhere does Rafa mention weight loss BTW.

Q. In recent years some players have tried the gluten free diet. I was wondering if at some point you were interested in that or not at all?

Rafa: Not all the players who had success in the history had the same diet or had the same style of play. Everybody’s different. Now seems like the gluten free diet is great. After three years or four years we will find another thing that will be great, too. Then the gluten free will not work anymore. So all these kind of things that are news, personally I am not doing. I am happy with the normal diet. But I don’t say is negative.


hawkeye Says:

Not Roger Federer ‏@PseudoFed 12m
Just heard that @andy_murray ‘s first round match has been moved to next Tuesday at 7:30am. Well, it isn’t like he’s the defending champ


Ben Pronin Says:

There is no tradition at the US Open, French Open, or Australian Open, with regards to the defending champ and when he plays. Only Wimbledon cares. The outrage, if one can call it that, should be aimed at the ridiculous 3-day first round nonsense the US Open continues to pull.

hawkeye Says:

USO tradition is that Roger’s half plays first.


skeezer Says:

I also see more “posts” from the rafafanatic gang than any other fan base from a “psuedofed”, like he/she is some kind of authority on the game, thus the must post important posts.


Ben Pronin Says:

Good thing Nadal is in his half then, no?

hawkeye Says:

Good for Rafa, yes.

But it doesn’t make it fair though. Half with defending champ and world no. 1 should play before bottom half.

Same old, same old…

2009: Fed was No. 1, Fed defending champ – Fed plays Day 1, Rafa plays Day 3 (Fed plays his 2nd rnd match on Day 3!!!)
2010: Rafa was No. 1, Delpo defending champ – Fed plays on Day 1, Rafa on Day 2
2011: Nole was No. 1, Rafa was defending champ – Fed plays on Day 1, Rafa and Nole on Day 2
2012: Fed was No. 1, Nole defending champ – Fed plays on Day 1, Nole plays on Day 2


skeezer Says:

^cause Fed was/is the bigger media draw(despite the mini me rafa’s on this particular blog whining)


Ben Pronin Says:

Hawkeye, can you look further and post the years prior?

I agree it’s not fair, but as you and skeeze keep hashtagging, it’s nothing new. Like I said, I don’t agree with it, but not becuase of the defending champion stuff. A 3 day first round makes me think monkeys are making the schedule.

hawkeye Says:

Just like the rigged draws, “LMAO”


hawkeye Says:

Ben, yep, USO has always been the joke major in terms of scheduling.

Five years is tradition enough for me. Don’t need to look any further.

Ben Pronin Says:

Five years isn’t a tradition. I’m just curious how the schedule was when Federer was 1 and defending champion.

MMT Says:

Please note that the top players are asked if they would like to start early or later, and generally their preferences are granted.

This has been the case at majors since there were majors.

nadalista Says:

@Ben Pronin says:

“Looks like Nadal, and nadalista, are uninformed as to what a gluten-free diet is for. It’s not about losing weight.”


Oh dear, poor Ben Pronin cannot contain his pain any longer, otherwise he would have noticed that I was responding to @Margot’s post. But hey, go ahead my fan, drool. And oh, I expect your cheap jibes to come in full force as the Fed – Nadal “show-down” gets closer……


hawkeye Says:

So, MMT, let’s carry that generalization a bit further then.

First of all, I’m pretty sure top player and defending champ Murray didn’t want to start Wednesday night with risk of rain.

Pretty sure, at majors (important qualification), they all want to start on day 1.

Why would a player want to start a major later in the week having to play his matches over a condensed schedule with the risk of inclement weather making it even more condensed?

When asked, Nole and Muzz must have said, no, let Fed and Rafa play first. They need the extra rest.

Muzz is probably hoping it rains tonight so he can get an even later start, “LMAO”.

nadalista Says:

“Ben, you’ve basically paraphrased Rafa’s whole point on this. Nowhere does Rafa mention weight loss BTW.”

@hawkeye, you are assuming @Ben Pronin can read…..he sees the word “Nadal” and “@nadalista” and he gets dyslexic………….


hawkeye Says:

Julie Bertagna ‏@JulieBertagna 12m
Brand new rules for defending #USOPEN champions: they must play last of all, during thunderstorms – and on one leg


nadalista Says:

@hawkeye 10:49 am


nadalista Says:

No, draws are not rigged, even less so the scheduling…

“Yeah, fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me
Yeah I saw it, I saw it, I tell you no lies
Yeah Fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me
I saw it, I saw it with my own two eyes,”


Margot Says:

Andy tweets:
“I’m playing my first round match at the USOpen at 7pm on Wednesday.”
Doesn’t sound overly thrilled tbh…in fact, do I detect a wee bit of sarcasm there?
Berd, his opponent in quarters should they both progress, played yesterday.

nadalista Says:

@Margot, I think the word you’re looking for is Muzzacastic……


Ben Pronin Says:

Hawkeye, do you know Murray on a personal level? How do you know what he prefers?

I also don’t understand why Nadal fans care so much. They got their wish with Murray in Novak’s half (because tennis is dumb) and this might even help if Murray manages to beat Novak then he’s utterly depleted. Bam, another easy slam for Nadal. Isn’t this what you want?

Slice Tennis Says:

Rafa is doing extremely well. So obviously it causes delirium, dyslexia, etc.
I hope Sean pitches in and puts a lid against this crap from a certain poster again.

hawkeye Says:

Actually, yes, Muzzy and I are good mates.

He still owes me a tenner when he bet me that the USO wouldn’t have the gall to have the defending champ play his first match after everyone else in the draw.

Ol’ Muzzy, he’ll never change.


Tennis x Hippy Chic Says:

Ben this Rafa fan is also a fan of Murray,so thats the reason i wanted them on opposite sides,as it gives me the possibility as a fan of both to actually see them meeting in the final for the 1st time,thats obviously assuming that they both get that far,no ulterior motives or jumping on the Murray bandwagon,however what your saying about it taking 3 days to complete the 1st round i firmly agree with,defending champion or no defending champion is completely ridiculous.

Brando Says:


It’s for you, Life just called, it ask’s:

Will Ben ever stop his stupid hissy fit’s against Rafa and just move on?

Holding the phone for you now Ben, so what’s the answer:

will you move from being a rabid hater and boring everyone with your consistent spite ridden posts v Rafa?

Or will you stick to form and continue with your tiresome nonsense against the guy?

Ben Pronin Says:

Slice Tennis, LOL.

Hawkeye, I’m sure Murray is going to be asked 6 millions times tonight about the scheduling. We’ll see what he says. To me it just doesn’t matter if he’s the defending champion. Del Potro plays his first match today, too. So does Hewitt. So do a crap ton of other players. I mean it’s just ridiculous.

It’s also funny because the US Open is the one slam where you only need to win 2 matches and, bam, you’re in the second week of a major. It makes the second week seem like a super Masters event.

Hippy Chic, I wouldn’t mind seeing that happen, either, but not at Novak’s expense ;)

Slice Tennis Says:

Greatest ATP No.1 ever. Dominated ALL his rivals and finished 6 consecutive yrs as no.1.

Ben Pronin Says:

Brando, I’m sticking to the nonsense. The only reason it’s so prominent is because the site has so many Nadal fans now. A lot of you guys, including you, Brando, spew hate towards Novak and Roger regularly. But you’ve driven so many of their fans away that when you guys say something, there are no angry mobs to complain about your tiresome nonsense.

I read what Nadal said, the whole thing. To me, he was taking a dig at Novak and his regiment. I’m free to my interpretation just like you’re free to think Federer is arrogant and Djokovic is a drama queen.

the DA Says:

@ MMT – “Please note that the top players are asked if they would like to start early or later, and generally their preferences are granted.”

I’m sorry but I would like to see evidence of this. Or do you mean early or later on a particular day? Although he loves night matches there’s no way Andy would’ve asked to play on Day 3 at 7pm. I suspect no player prefers 7 matches over 12 days, especially in case of rain. The only time I remember a player asking specifically for Day 3 was Roddick – I can’t recall the reason why.

Slice Tennis Says:


How in the hell you can expect these things to stop ?

You got to ask Rafa to stop beating the crap out of tennis Gods Federer and Djokovic. Blasphemy.


Brando Says:

Re Muzza:

My take is:

It is what it is.

Folks are to fixated with looking at the glass half empty and thinking of a doomsday scenario for Muzza when it really is NOT quite like that.

The following:

1. USO standard farce:

We ALL knew going into the Open that someone- as always- will draw the short straw and end up with a slightly crappy schedule. We knew that.

They are star focused and unfortunately with Andy being the 4th big name out of the big 4 he was always likely to be the one who got the late start.

Yes it’s stupid, yes it’s crap for him- but guess what?

Welcome to the way of how the USO has been doing things year in year out for many a year.

It’s old news: so no point complaining about it.

On the positive: Andy has been the late starter for EVERY year except one. So he knows how to handle it IMO.

2- It’s not all bad:

Consider this:

– Andy has had 9 days to practise, acclimatize and prepare for the USO: that’s useful for him IMO.

– He will STILL have a day break between matches: just like he would get at ANY other slam event.

– He has a very, very favorable draw to the QF. ANY time unnecessarily spent on court will be Muzza’s fault since with such a draw: he should breeze through to the QF.

– His and Novak’s QF will more than likely be played on the same day: no disadvantage there.

Therefore – IMHO- Andy should he play his best will likely get to the QF with very little additional time spent on court.

Berdych will be a problem, but no more or less than say Del Potro will be for Novak on paper.

IMHO Andy’s ONLY real issue is:

the weather. That’s it. And that’s something that he nor anyone can do anything about.

So long story short: it’s NOWHERE near as bad as some think it is. Andy just need’s to focus on the business on hand: do that and he’ll be more than fine!

Brando Says:


stick to your nonsense then.

you are free to do so if you wish.

Have fun with it amigo.

Ben Pronin Says:

Brando and Slice Tennis, look at Faleye o kehinde’s comment on the Djokovic coaching article and tell me how it’s any different from my attacks on Nadal.

nadalista Says:

Yes, it’s all Rafans fault:

Bird flu, Sars, Anthrax……


Brando Says:

@Slice Tennis:

LOL: you hit the nail on the head there!

That’s exactly ALL that is the problem here:

NO Rafa hater would give a damn about him IF:

– He did not win like he has v Fed or Novak

– And he wasn’t as successful as he is


WHO moans about a unsuccessful player: NO ONE.

LOL: The ONLY thing Rafa has really done wrong is put the whooping to their fav’s and won so many big prizes.

That’s it.

THAT is the root, start and end of why they hate Rafa.

Seeing as that’s the case as a Rafa fan I truly hope they continue to hate Rafa for many, many more years to come as it would ONLY mean one thing:

Rafa’s kicking more butt on tour and winning some big prizes.


Haters- keep hating.

Rafa- keep whooping the competition.


Slice Tennis Says:

Just asking, what do you do for your living ?

And do you have a life outside tennis-x ?

Giles Says:
Lovely story. Good luck Conner!
Vamos Rafa!

the DA Says:

@ Brando – Of course what you say is true. Andy will be professional and will deal with it. I’m not trying to start something about favoring other players – I would state the same thing if it was any of the other 3. It’s just that the USO scheduling sucks big time. They’re started to get their act together especially with giving a day off between SFs and the Final. It’s just a shame it takes an embarrassing situations for them to take action.

Ben Pronin Says:

Slice Tennis, I don’t see how that’s any of your business.

Brando Says:


It is. Saw that last night.

That Conner kid is an amazing fellow for showing the heart has considering the disadvantage life has given him. Truly a amazing spirit.

And him liking Rafa and getting to meet him is wonderful also.

Good luck to Conner in life!

skeezer Says:

I am outta here. The conversion to TT is complete. Gone are quality posters like VM1, jane, kimberly, MMT (who rarely posts), dave, grendel, etc,(no, not just Fed fan posters) and posters who were not only fans of the game but clearly played it as well. What used to be discussing and debating tennis technique, style and personality has turned into a place for herd cheerleaders only with childish re tweets, imagelinks, and
sick mocking. Obectivity in any sense is gone.

Ben, have fun with this group.


Brando Says:

@Slice Tennis:

Take it easy on Ben.

All thing’s considered: he is a nice chap with his contribution to TX.

I like him. He DEFINITELY knows how to fire up a thread with his take on things LOL!

Slice Tennis Says:

“LOL: The ONLY thing Rafa has really done wrong is put the whooping to their fav’s and won so many big prizes.”

Yep….Rafa has been a pain in their a.s.s.
Some notable ones:
FO finals 06, 07, 08, 11, 12
FO semis 05, 13.
Wim finals 08
AO finals 09
USO finals 10
Olympics semis 08
Too much to swallow…

In short 21-10 and 21-15.

Tennis x Hippy Chic Says:

Aww thats such a sweet story Giles thanks for sharing the link.

the DA Says:

@ Ben – You know that these influxes of fans are cyclical depending on a player’s success during a particular season. During 2011 there were a lot of Nole fans. Last year during the spring/summer Fed fans were in their element here – especially around Wimbledon. A lot of Rafa fans were suddenly absent except the stalwarts like Brando and Alison.

It could all change again very suddenly during this USO. Just sayin’

Slice Tennis Says:

Sorry Ben. Just thought of helping you get out of this mental mess….out of good will.

Brando Says:

@the DA:

Relax the DA: I know you would the same even if it was someone other than Muzza. That goes without saying really: your a class act poster, so I know you would.

The reason why I posted that post was to counter the thought that Andy- in simplest terms- is screwed over due to the scheduling.

Yes: it’s not ideal, but he still can come through it all very, very successfully IMO.

He’s got a real chance: what Andy need’s to do is just find his A game.

The rest will take care of itself.

Personally I am glad he has not even commented on it all. Shows that he’s focused on what matters: business on court.

Personally: i’m pretty pleased with how things are shaping for him. My ONLY hope is that the weather does not affect his matches, since if that doesn’t (touch wood) then I think he has more than a real chance here.

Ben Pronin Says:

Brando, I agree with most of your post @12:10. There’s plenty in between for why I don’t like Rafa, but I probably wouldn’t consider if he hadn’t started beating Federer.

That’s sports, though. Look at the NFL. Division rivalries are blood baths.

You guys attack Federer and Djokovic all the time. Nadalista with her little dig right there. Like I said, you guys now have an army to back each other up so I stand out when I say something. But if that’s the way it is then oh well, I have no intention of stopping.

the DA Says:

It just started pouring in Manhattan and will soon hit Flushing Meadows. hehe Brilliant.

nadalista Says:

Enough talk about Rafa, a recap of the GOAT’s 2013 season so far:

Am sure there’s a recap of Rafa’s 2011 season out there!


Brando Says:


And yep you are right: I have also noticed the USO is starting to shape up re scheduling.

Thankfully a day break exists between SF and final now.

hawkeye Says:

Just talking to Muzz (the cheque’s in the mail).

Turns out he’s regretting telling the director he wanted to play his first match at the last possible moment.

This doesn’t look good.
Retweeted by Steve Tignor


Slice Tennis Says:

“I have no intention of stopping.”

Thanks for that. And please dont ever think of stopping it. We need to have something or someone to fire up these discussions. Else it will be too boring.

Brando Says:


It’s cool.

I don’t like the nonsense (well I see it as such) you fire at Rafa at times (not all times: you can be very fair I know from past exchanges I have had with you).

But I rather have you doing as such rather than leaving here.

So in short:

Post what you think, feel as you do so anyhow even if it winds me up most of the time as I rather have your mad take on Rafa than not having it here on TX!


nadalista Says:

@Ben Pronin, for what it’s worth, I think your posts are funny, it’s a pity you, are not. Seriously, bro, take a chill pill. Relax. Chillax.

If you are offended by my sad attempt at humour, I do apologise.

Let’s watch some tennis, shall we?


hawkeye Says:

Well, I for one happen to like Nole even though he kicked Rafa’s butt thoroughout (Rafa was the only one who could consistently make the finals against him). For me, given the competition, his run in 2011 was the best of all time.

He raised the bar in 2011.

(This year Rafa jumped over it).


hawkeye Says:

^^ throughout 2011


Tennis x Hippy Chic Says:

The DA i will always stick around as long as i have access to a computer,all i ever try to do is be a fair and objective poster,seeing things from all angels ,and for what its worth i have never thought Rafa was perfect anyway,its a shame that many great, posters think that they have been driven away,the site i agree is probably a little Rafa heavy ATM,but as you say it goes in fits and starts in that regard anyway depending on the success of a particular player,be a shame if the site went the same way as TT and ended up closing down as there is still alot of great posters.

Brando Says:

@the DA:

12.23: SPOT ‘Frigging’ ON!

It’s the truth!

I said this a long while ago:

TX- like ANY tennis site- get’s dominated by the player who is most successful at the time.

Right now it’s Rafa, hence more fans of his appear.

2011? This site was packed with nole fans.

2012? Fed fans were here in abundance.

It is what it is:

When a fav player is successful, his fans are DEFINITELY there to make some noise about it.

Real fans- IMHO- stick around when the sh!t hits the fan and their fan is on a downer:

Kudos to them who do so.

Heck: Fed is on a downer right now so it’s great to see the likes of Ben, Madmax show up and still root for him.

Also Courbon for Novak.

However, it is disappointing and to see that a whole host of Novak fans have left here as promptly as his results have gone south.

I bet they will reappear IF he starts winning again.

Mark my words on that one: it shall then turn from a so called Rafa fansite to a glorious anyone but him site.

LOL: hypocrisy in blogging knows no limits!

Brando Says:


Re absent posters:

I could not give a monkeys!

IF they cannot handle Rafa’s success, his fans enjoying it then: long may they stay away from here as far as I am concerned.

NO ONE is telling them to leave, is forcing them not to post here, not to root for their fav etc etc.

It’s out of THEIR choice that they choose not appear here: and that quite simply is linked to the success Rafa is experiencing and the lack of success their fav is experiencing.


To me it shows who are the real fans and who are the glory supporters, and rather bitter losers.

Guidelines are in place now.

WHO is bullying who right now? NO ONE.

And yet they are still away silently: We ALL know why.

I guarantee you:

those posters will reappear as soon as their starts to do well.

They’ll be here shamelessly to celebrate and gloat about it before anyone even asks them:

where the hell were you when your fav was getting whooped or when Rafa was winning?

LOL: you could bet you last dollar on that one!

Slice Tennis Says:


Great opost at 12:35.

“But I rather have you doing as such rather than leaving here.”

I completely agree to this. Same with skeezer too.

If these two stop posting their crap here, I will completely shun this site.
Words cannot the explain the pleasure in reading their posts when Rafa is winning.

nadalista Says:

Brando Says:


Re absent posters:

I could not give a monkeys!

IF they cannot handle Rafa’s success, his fans enjoying it then: long may they stay away from here as far as I am concerned.



And the blatant attempt to put Rafans on a guilt trip for anyone’s absence is laughable, hahaha!


the DA Says:

Play suspended.

Slice Tennis Says:

Not many interesting matches today. Hoping to get a great one tomorrow between Monfils and Isner.

Brando Says:

@Slice Tennis:


Tennis x Hippy Chic Says:

I hope Skeezer has a re think after taking a break,it would be a shame if he had gone for good.

Ben Pronin Says:

DA, and there’s a huge storm heading in from New Jersey.

So now there’s a chance of first round matches being played on Thursday. How does the US Open continue to schedule this way? If you know there’s a good chance weather will affect the schedule (every single year), wouldn’t you want to schedule matches in a more condensed way so that you have more wiggle room if the situation demands it? Seriously, monkeys are in charge of the schedule over there.

Brando Says:


Completely agree 100%!

This BS nonsense of Rafa fans driving out others fans is utter crap IMO.

Name me ONE poster driven out of here by a Rafa fan?

Give me a name.

There’s NO ONE.

It’s just another trashy theory pushed by those who want badmouth Rafa fans. The age old nonsense from the same corner.


I will say this though:

I know of a fair few posters who have left this site due to Rafa. NOT because of his fans, or some bullying as their is ZERO evidence for that but because they:

CANNOT handle the success he has had this season.

It riles them, peeves them badly, they get envious of it and are annoyed that their fav is unable to anything about it and does not have the trophies to back up the loud talk they like to utter about him.

I want name them: as we all know who they are.

Personally I go back to my original point:

I could not give a rat’s behind as to them not being here.

For me the good posters are still here, I more than enjoy reading the thoughts of others, the banter and above all else:

seeing Rafa play some great tennis in among other great players also playing at a high level.

Brando Says:

‘Seriously, monkeys are in charge of the schedule over there.’:

Agree 1005!

But the TRUTH is this:

The reason why the USO is easily the most f’d up slam in terms of organisation is because of:

MONEY interests.

The organizer’s place the emphasis on the $, the big TV audience, the show etc as opposed to run a smooth running event they way a major should be done so.

They have signed up to many big TV contracts and made promises of providing them with show piece matches, ratings which has led them to holding the players ransom to this stupid, inane, clown made schedule.

Sadly it’s a reflection of the way things are today:

interest’s of big corporations >>>>> doing the right thing!

Slice Tennis Says:

As per my opinion…..

jane was driven out by danny morris
kimberly and MMT are very much here
dave would have lost his fingers and hands to a disease called typopia caused by typing loooooooong posts…..or would have expired his life-time quota of posting crap on the internet.
grendel cannot be driven out by anyone….he is too cool, composed and level headed to be driven out by some stupid fans.

Who else are we taking about being driven by Rafa fans ?
Specifically who was driven out by which Rafa fan ?

Skeezer, Ben,
I request your response.

Tennis x Hippy Chic Says:

Ben said the USO is the only GS where you only need to win two matches and bam your into the second week,like a super Masters hmm,but Masters are best of three sets where as GS are best of five sets,back to back days playing possible 5 setters is rather unfair on the players IMO.

Slice Tennis Says:

So thursday we may get to see first and second matches. Great scheduling.

nadalista Says:

RT @chaztopher: At this rate, a woman will advance to the U.S. Open quarterfinals before Murray plays a match.

Slice Tennis Says:

* second round

Brando Says:

This is looking messed up for Muzza- even I have to admit.

Delpo and Serena still have to play on the same court: a potential 4 hour of match play still left for that court: aside from the rain delay!

Who play’s a round 1 match at a slam on a thursday?

Abysmal organisation yet again from the USTA!

Ben Pronin Says:

Hippy Chic, that’s why it’s a super Masters. 5 matches in a week except all best of 5. It’s unfair, I know.

Brando, regarding all the contracts, I’m pretty confused about this. I know that Super Saturday is still around because of the CBS contract and hopefully they can do away with it once that expires. But what’s the contract with ESPN? USA used to show the early rounds so I would guess they had the contractual obligation? So I guess they just made the same deal with ESPN? I don’t know.

Brando Says:


Sorry Ben I am no wiser than you on that one.

I just don’t know how the telecast of this event is set up in the USA.

I know of the CBS deal as that has been referenced a few times when folks lament the ‘Super Saturday’ farce.

But I would bet they have a fair few sponsors to satisfy:

The USA is a massive country with a lot of different potentially large contracts available to the USTA via them selling rights for coverage of the USO.

I just would not be surprised at all IF they have sold rights to various companies regarding this event and the coverage of it.

At the end of the day this is a entertainment show: and how many big companies would not want a piece of that pie?

Many would.

Without knowing for certain, I bet from afar Ben that the USTA has signed up to many large contracts which have a great say in how the event is run and matches are scheduled.

Margot Says:

“..talking to Muzz…” What? What?

Gosh you guys, try being a Murray fan, will yer?

Tennis x Hippy Chic Says:

Im going away till a week on Sunday,so i wont be blogging during that time,i was thinking that ill probably miss alot of the matches,however at this rate this GS will still be going on when i get back,i wont get to see Murray play as i go away early in the morning,i will record everything,but somehow its not the same,as watching the matches live (sigh).

hawkeye Says:

“It’s the same old story,” Nadal told referee Brian Early. “All you think about is money.”

USO reverts to a Sunday final and moved to Friday SFs starting in 2015 once CBS contract expires.

nadalista Says:

RT @scambers73: “Has any man ever played their first round match on day four at the US Open and won the title? #don’tknowtheanswer”

Margot Says:

Yes,sure Andy has a “nice” draw till he gets to Berdych, but that’s just happenstance. Whereas the USOpen scheduling is…..oh wait, merely happenstance as well it seems….;)

Brando Says:


LOL: I know what you mean Margot.

It’s a farce, but I hope Andy’s tennis is far, far too good to fall to victim to such a shambolic schedule.

I’m just trying to maintain a glass half full outlook for Andy. Tough doing so since the USTA seems hellbent on making me think otherwise with how they are running the show… apparently.

Ben Pronin Says:

The thing is, I can see the incentive in having such a stretched out first round. Not just financially, but for the fans.

The first 3 days of the US Open, quite frankly, are the 3 most awesome days of tennis all year. You have soooooo many matches, big names, small names, up and comers, stars, everyone, everywhere. It’s super crowded, super busy, super awesome. By the time the second and especially third rounds get into full swing, it’s just not the same anymore. Plus, since it does rain so often, this gives people more options.

It’s just not fair to the players.

Alex Says:


Its not Nadals success that’s driving posters away, don’t delude yourself into thinking that.

Its the hordes of Rafafatics talking endless crap.

All they do is insult other players and talk
illogical hog-wash. Its become akin to reading live comments on sportslemon.

Who on earth wants to read that but a Rafatard?

If you think the current Rafagang here are intelligent and nice-to-read people, you must be joking!

Most of it is completely childish and stupid. Its unreadable, serves no purpose except one: Make Nadal look good and upset others.

Go back in time, this place used to be a place for good tennis talk. Now its just a trolling ground for Potatoes with no manners and wayyy to much time.

I’m surprised by you. I always thought you were a fair poster. In the last 8 months it seems like you’re becoming increasingly less fair. I suppose the bad habits from the newly arrived Rafa-extremists is rubbing off on you.

For instance, I never see you defend anyone(anymore)that’s being needlessly attacked by Rafatrolls(and there’s lots now). Yet you converse with them and are more than happy to laugh at there jokes. So you’re basically accepting there behavior,if not directly, then indirectly.

I think you’re better than that, but its your choice. Just don’t wonder why Tennis-x is fast becoming an exclusive group of Rafafans, Trolls and Rafa-Extremos enjoying each others company.

What does that say for Tennis-x?

Its over-run by MR no-good reading.

Yeah take a break, no point.

Polo Says:

My posts don’t get through. Have I been banned? If so, why?

Ben Pronin Says:

Polo, I’m not seeing any of your comments pending, trashed, or otherwise.

Brando Says:


Whoo, whoo, whoo there pal: take it easy. Your post reads like someone who blew a fuse whilst writing it my friend!

And what are you on about me being one of the fair posters? I’m the best poster here period!

LOL: just kidding!

Now in all seriousness:

2 people can view the same incident and have a completely different perspective on it. Enough so that some may think: did they actually view the same thing?

On this topic I have my own- above stated- views, and clearly you hold some of your own. Very strong one’s I may add.

Let’s just agree to disagree on this one Alex since above all else me and you get along just fine and I rather maintain that than embark on a discussion that’s going to lead to a inevitable clashing of 2 posters with very strong views on a particular subject matter.

Alex Says:


” like someone who blew a fuse whilst writing.”


Alright, we can “agree to disagree.”

I appreciate you being honest.

nadalista Says:


RT @carole_bouchard: “Djokovic said 1s round in 3 days was ok : “That’s a compromise the tournament made with the players.” Price to pay for end of Super Saturday”

nadalista Says:

RT @tedwoody71: “Seems they never learn the lesson on scheduling at #usopen 1st R matches on a Wednesday is #joke. Severely disadvantages players chances.”

The players? Who are they?

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