Djokovic Dominates In First Match In Six Months At Australian Open; Federer, Wawrinka Winners
by Staff | January 16th, 2018, 7:24 am
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The big story Tuesday on the men’s side of the Australian Open was the health of 6-time champion Novak Djokovic. After not having hit a ball on the pro tour since mid-July due to a right elbow, the Serb didn’t disappoint by hammering American Donald Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

“It felt great to be back on the court and compete again,” said Djokovic. “It’s been a while obviously you don’t know how you’re going to start off. I was putting a lot of hours on the court in the past couple weeks.”

“Well, the first two sets went extremely well, considering that I haven’t played for six months. The third was, you know, up and down a little bit, but in general was a great performance.”

Djokovic did drop serve once, but otherwise was rock solid in his delivery. And under the watchful eyes of Andre Agassi and new coach Radek Stepanek, Djokovic looked to be in prime form off the ground.

“Second serve was very, very good. I’m very happy with the second serve. First serve was kind of up and down,” Djokovic said. “When you come back after a long time and you play first match, you know, obviously all the things are a bit exaggerated, whatever is not working well. You think, Wow.

“All in all, I’m quite pleased. I know that it’s going to take a little bit of time for me to kind of work my way in and get used to the specific changes that I’ve made in my service motion.

“It wasn’t ideal, but it was still good. I’m looking forward to work on it more. I hope to improve in this aspect.”

While Young offered little resistance, that should change Thursday for Djokovic when he faces not just a heat wave but also Gael Monfils.

Djokovic wasn’t the only former champion making a comeback. Like Djokovic, Stan Warinka also hadn’t played since Wimbledon, his ailment was a left knee. The Swiss, though, prevailed in a tough 4 set win over Recardis Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6. Berankis actually led with a break in the fourth but couldn’t hold it.

“It’s great to be back. It’s great to win, for sure. Was a tough one in all aspect of the game, of the energy,” Wawrinka said. “In general, I’m really happy to get through a match like that, to fight the way I did today, to win the match like this.”

Tournament favorite Roger Federer took to the court in the evening to open his title defense and had no trouble with Aljaz Bedene rolling the Slovenian 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. Federer now meets Jan-Lennard Struff on Thursday.

Also on the last day of the first round, No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev saved a set point in third to beat Thomas Fabbiano 6-1, 7-6(5), 7-5.

“The first set was really good,” Zverev said. “It was similar to what I felt like in practice and the week before. As I said in the press conference before, I felt really good in the practice week. And then got a little bit sloppy, but I think that’s normal. That’s just lack of matches.

“But I’m happy to get through, and hopefully it will be better in the next round.”

Former semifinalist Milos Raonic was the big upset of the day going down to 30-year-old Lukas Lacko 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(4). And recent Auckland winner Roberta Bautista Agut was bounced by countryman Fernando Verdasco.

Tomas Berdych dashed the hopes of promising Aussie 18-year-old Alex De Minaur.

“I’m happy with the effort I put in and the fight,” said De Minaur. “I managed to get that set. But then he was just too good for me. He blew me off the court. I left it all out there, but it wasn’t enough.”

Other winners were Dominic Thiem, Fabio Fognini, David Goffin and Sam Querrey who blasted Feliciano Lopez.

In the last match of the night, Juan Martin del Potro made his return to Melbourne after a 4-year absence by knocking out American teen Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. The Argentine will next face fellow big man Karen Khachanov in the heat on Thursday.


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157 Comments for Djokovic Dominates In First Match In Six Months At Australian Open; Federer, Wawrinka Winners

Tennis Vagabond Says:

And like that, we have a new contender, and again, Fed’s odds have to go down a bit. (Well, all Fed can do is win, most people expected that. What we didn’t know were how good his rivals would look.) Sounds like Novak was awesome, and that’s against a tough opponent, probably the best the Oz Big 4 faced. His next test will be even more severe. Monfils in the 2nd round! That’s tough.

If he gets through that, he’s got Zverev in the fourth and Thiem in the QF. Crazy draw for Novak. Very similar situation to Federer last year. If Novak’s comeback really sticks, a semi with Fed would be epic.

Meanwhile, Del Potro also looked great against a tough opponent, and tonight we get the first real popcorn match: Shapovalov vs Tsong!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

We’ve got a great turnout of young and old stars in the 2nd round. Lots of drama to come. Feels quite wide open.
Unusually good slate of 2nd round matched:
Novak/ Monfils; Shapovalov/ Tsonga; and Del Potro/ Kachanov

3rd round possibilities:
Fed/Gasquet; Del Potro/ Berdych; Zverev/ Medvedev or Chung; Tsonga or SHapovalov/Kyrgios.

That’s a pretty great first week to look forward to.


lylenubbins Says:

For Novak-Monfils, the heat wave helps Novak, Monfils’ fitness level is usually a vulnerability.


Daniel Says:

Great news for Novak, hope he keeps going further. Maybe somethign in AO air will trigger his inner drive. The man is 6-0 here, amazing.

Agree TV, above average first weeks quality matches and we have a share of upset of mid sees also, so it’s more unpredictable than in the past when top seed cruise in first rounds


RZ Says:

After the first round, our Racquet Bracket leader is Kimberly. While the rest of the placements are separated only by a point, Kimberly has a 5 point lead over 2nd place.


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/billsimons1/status/953222235501637632
Good ole fed. Always looking for special treatment.


Willow Says:

Never in doubt, and it doesnt look the elbow is an issue anymore
….


Willow Says:

Disagree with those saying about being glad Novak isnt on Rafa side of the draw, not relevant but i wish they were ….


j-kath Says:

Wow Giles: Comments on Twitter!!!.


Kimberly Says:

I want to think my early round suceesss was because I watched Auckland and Brisbane but I will tank soon, picked Delpo too far I’m feeling.


Willow Says:

Nice to see you here, its been a long time Kimberly ;-)


AndyMira Says:

I knew Novak will come back with a bang!..and he will keep on bang it if his elbow not suffered a setback for the rest of the year….

Now waiting patiently for Andy to do the same…


Madmax Says:

Willow Says:
Never in doubt, and it doesnt look the elbow is an issue anymore
….

January 16th, 2018 at 11:41 am

Willow Andy Mira, great that Novak is back. I wish him all the very best. Sometimes when an injury is discussed too much, it is almost like a warning to others that things aren’t right, (obviously), but at the same time it can also lull opponents into a false sense of security. Novak is fit enough to play and I would not be surprised in the slightest if he lifted the trophy.

Federer, a delight, as always! Well done Maestro. You floor me with your majesty and grace.


Madmax Says:

Andy Mira, agreed about Andy Murray. Wish him a more than speedy recovery process. Go Andy!


Willow Says:

Madmax i wouldnt be surprised either, but im pulling for my favorite ….


gonzalowski Says:

2nd set for Rafa, yes! Rafa serving very well, and drive better than the other day.
Next opponent for Rafa if beating Mayer (who btw is being coached constantly) is Dhumzur, who beat Millman, and had a real ‘barra’ of supporters among the crowd today.


Margot Says:

Rafa looking good, and I’m not just talking about the way he’s playing either. Love pink/grey as a colour combo.
Meanwhile, Brit’s very own Kyle breezes on through the draw. Think he has a new coach, actually playing well these days :0


gonzalowski Says:

Kyle Edmund has a ‘good draw’ until facing Dimi on QF, hasn’t he?
let’s see if Rafa’s knees behave!
Woz and Tsonga, great comebacks today, with 5-1 and 5-2 on the last set


gonzalowski Says:

About Novak: “The variety in the weight of the balls, key in the plague of injuries in world tennis”:

Marc Boada, physiotherapist of Feliciano López and Richard Gasquet. “As far as the elbow is concerned, the constant change of balls from one tournament to the other influences, partly due to advertising interests. Some have less air and weigh more. The rackets are made to hit the ball harder. By forcing both the rotation movement of the elbow, the damage occurs »


j-kath Says:

Andy is evidently still in Melbourne. Had lunch with Judy – said it was as hot and exhausting as a 5-set match. Meanwhile, Margot, hope Kyle doesn’t flake out…his play is somewhat too predictable.


Giles Says:

Just reading that ole man fed requesting night matches and AO obliging. Wtf is this?


skeezer Says:

^link?


RZ Says:

@Giles – So? Players make requests or state what they want all the time. The tournaments may or may not oblige. And most likely the AO would have given Fed a night match even if he hadn’t requested it based on TV rights/ratings and having a premier name on at night.


Giles Says:

^^^ Lol. You may or may not be aware of the soaring temperatures atm in AO. Wouldn’t it be fair to schedule some of the top players to play in the night session instead of during the day in the sweltering heat?


Margot Says:

Kath: Don’t really like Kyle’s tennis, just intrigued he’s suddenly doing so well. Had some good wins before AO
RZ: love Thiem’s tweeny! So good to see him looking relaxed and happy. Have great hopes for RG.
Dimi looked befuddled and bewildered. McDonald targeted his back hand and it just broke down. One handed may have more range than two, but seem far more susceptible to attack.
In contrast Naughty Nick is looking, are you sitting down folks, calm, cool and collected! Blimey! C’mon!


RZ Says:

@Giles – I am aware of the heat and I agree that it’s unfair for officials to always put the same players on at night (this is also an issue at the U.S. Open). But I disagree with the implication that the problem has to do with Fed requesting the night session. He can request whatever he wants. It’s up to the tournament to say yes or no.


skeezer Says:

@Giles,
Re: Link. So? WTF?
Telegraph your Rafa Love to ask for a night sessions only if you think it is unfair. Am sure the tourney will listen. He’s seeded #1! Lol….
Imo Rafa will have no problem playing day or night, he is playing hungry, fit, and on point.


Giles Says:

Skeezer. My comments were not related to Rafa but to the unfairness of the scheduling. BTW Rafa likes playing in the daytime, I think.
Fed doesn’t even sweat, he’s so blessed. 😉 A nice hot day match will do wonders for his complexion. He should try it and not be a wuss! ROFL


Daniel Says:

Either he plays R3 agaisnt Gasquet or R4 durong day. Because, QF, Semis and Finals dor sure will be night matches.

Nadal already played 1 day match so from now on all his matches are night. Inless Grigor x Kyrgios blockbuster R16 happens and tgat will be noght so Nadal x Dolgo may be day also.


j-kath Says:

Gosh Giles…speechless.


Chris Ford Says:

I believe as last years winner, Fed does get a certain amount of dispensation, even though for the (much) larger night time audience – I believe they would rather see Gaels-Novak battle. There is that contingent of course that wants Fed in a night game so they can worship him.
(And yes, there have been a few years when Djokovic was shafted in the schedule even if he won the AO (or Wimbledon) the year before.)

Funny Fed Fact of the day – Roger is the 1st living Swiss in their history to be put on a Swiss postage stamp.

Interesting if Margot’s report is right that Andy is still hanging around in Australia. Heat wave and all. Me? If I was him I’d head back and have a stopover mini-vacation in a cooler place. Perhaps not Irkutsk, which was -67 DEG Celsius yesterday.


skeezer Says:

Yolita?
Speechless. LMAO.


RZ Says:

Oh please. Does anyone really think Roger would refuse to play a day session or on a court other than Laver if that’s what he’s assigned? Just because a court assignment is unfair it doesn’t mean there’s a conspiracy underfoot. Asking to play in the evening on Laver and playing wherever the tournament assigns him are not mutually exclusive.


Giles Says:

Where is t4t ? Hope he surfaces soon.


Willow Says:

Cant see Monflis beating Novak, although it might be 3 tight sets, Monflis might get a set, but cant see him beating Novak ….


Wog Boy Says:

“Because, QF, Semis and Finals dor sure will be night matches.”

QFs are not all night matches, one is day match one is night match, there is four QFs each day, two ladies and two men.

Of course it’s unfair to put six time champion two days in a row to play day matches on two different arenas, he wouldn’t mind playing night match today even on MCA. Rafa’s second match was daytime.
Organizers knew about soaring temperatures, 36 years old will play day match when it suits him and orginizers, definitely not on day like this. BTW, tomorrow will be even hotter and then it should be fine until the end of AO, so 36 years old can pock and choose day to play daytime, probably Saturday.


Wog Boy Says:

Before anyone says that Nole is #14 in the world, remember that 36 years old was #16 in the world last year and played all seven matches on RLA, one of them day match(?), even last year as #2 Nole played on MCA.


Danica Says:

Sorry to say, but Nole is more often than not screwed up with scheduling. AO 2009 was a beautuful example. Or Wimbledon 2007 and 2016, just to name a few. But tennis is a business nowadays, not a sport.


Daniel Says:

“QFs are not all night matches, one is day match one is night match, there is four QFs each day, two ladies and two men.”

Yeah, but as his side of the draw is loaded and a potential Delpo QF that would be prime time, night match, same as semis against Djoko. Last three rounds he will play night match, regardless of opponent.

As he already got 2 night matches early rounds either they will put him with Gasquet on day or R16 against Querrey. I don’t think he had ever played all matches at night, nor think he will now.

Regarding main court, Fed will only play main court the rest of his career, the man is 36 and he is a legend and tourneys don’t know how much longer he’ll play. Same will happens with Nadal next year when he will be 33. They are the main attraction and tourneys are milking the cows as much as they can, regardless if they ask it or not.

btw, last year he was #17.


Daniel Says:

What matter is star power and ability to fill stadiums. The more the player draws attention the better courts they will get. When Djoko is 34+ if he’ll still be playing at a high level and with more Slams to his count, once Fed is done, him and Nadal will get main courts all the time.

As Danica said, its a business.


Wog Boy Says:

If Nole makes QF, big if, that will be his third , possibly fourth day match, since every round but one, night slot on RLA in his half will be reserved, the only day he is guaranteed to play night slot on RLA is SF..if he makes it that far.


J.S. Says:

Another Tweet from (INSIDE TENNIS @BillSimons1) regarding RF strongly suggesting he wants same time, same court for his “rhythm”. I have a huge problem with this……They are all athletes gunning for the same prize and monies! No one, including Rafa, Roger, Novak should be able to strongly “suggest” a specific court or time if it offers an advantage to the player! Roger is NOT the only player that sells out arenas, this is by far emberassing to Roger and his team to make such a request!

I will be streaming the Novak match tonight over RF just because I think it will be a better match. Would go to that match to if I were there…..So, “Roger is more popular” isn’t so in this case….most fans want to watch the better match!

I’m not saying I like RF or Novak better then the other! But, Rafa played day match yesterday in the blistering heat, he is #1. Everyone including ROGER should be rotated to a day match or possible consequences assuming other athletes will resent the blatant cushion treatment!

Hope I am not out of line here….hate the fan battle on “who is better” so don’t misread anypart of my post as saying such!


Wog Boy Says:

“..ability to fill stadiums.”

At AO main Arenas are sellouts regardless, if you see empty seats thats because it is hot or people decided to give it miss for various reasons, tickets are sold anyway. AO has best record in attendance out of all four GS, they even beat USO in number of people going through the gates during two werks.
People come because they treat AO as a festival, as a Fair, very big Fair, they plan their holidays year in advance, fly from all over this big country, how else you can explain that 25 milion people country, 4.000km in diameter can beat USO in attendance.


Willow Says:

Giles has really put the cat up against the pigeons lol ….


Daniel Says:

If people know Fedal are playing, they will stay, hence filled stadiums.

Last year there were several cases of people who would leave earlier and once they realize there will be Fedal final they change flight, paid more than U$ 2000 for tickets and so on. They mobilize audiences like no other. Once he retires, probably in 2 year time. Can not see him playing at 39-40 the rest of the field will have their chance to shine.

The average tennis watches is only interested in Fedal, or people who don’t even know how to track tennis score, believe me I’ve been to RG (twice, Wimby and USO) and there are several of those. Nor everybody is like us and most like several different players, or they are just happy to be attending.


Daniel Says:

I am not denying he gets fair schedule. But you, the ones who dislike him, don’t comprehend what he represent to tennis as a whole. and specially what he is doing at 36.


skeezer Says:

“Where is t4t ? Hope he surfaces soon.”
Why? Nobody else has showed interest.
——
Not about just filling the stadium but TV rights, getting the most viewers for the $. Remember, it’s not about your favorites, its always about the money. RF, like it or not, is the most popular tennis player on the planet.
—–
“Before anyone says that Nole is #14 in the world…”
Nole is #14 in the World.
There, said it. I mean, he is, right? at 30?
LOL…ok WB, left yourself open for that. Seriously, Nole is looking good, glad he is back. However, Rafa is looking super sharp! Look out.


Wog Boy Says:

“I am not denying he gets fair schedule.”

Wrong, should say:

“I am not denying he gets privileged schedule.”


Daniel Says:

Yeah, Skeeze. Just because 70 % of this site can’t stand Federer that is not representative of the whole.

In my life here in Brazil (Rio, Sao Paulo), many tennis clubs I have only met 1 person who dislike Federer. My uncle, but because he is a diehard Sampras fan and Fed came and ecipsed Sampras record and legacy. And he was a serve and volley player, always offensive as my cousin who played competitive for a while. Every other person you talk, who played, follow onTV and so on, or at work like Federer, Nadal and some even Djoko. A friend of mine has a retriever who is named Djoko.


RZ Says:

What’s missing from this debate is the fact that nothing is preventing Djokovic or Nadal or anyone else from requesting a night match. I agree with those who say that it’s unfair when the same player gets the prime court assignment each time (it is), and I agree that many of these decisions are made for business reasons rather than fair sporting decisions. I also agree that Djokovic vs Monfils should be considered the marquee match of the day over Federer vs Struff. But I don’t agree with the insinuation that a player who requests a certain court and/or time slot is to blame for unfair court assignments (or anything else for that matter).


Daniel Says:

“I am not denying he gets fair schedule.”

That was intentional hehe. Privileged schedule is the same as not fair schedule, no?!


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.

Agree, very fair, no biased post.


Daniel Says:

I am cheering for Fed because I know his window is closing, but actually the greater news would be Djoko winning. That would spark things up and make the race that much more interesting, and he would already prove he is back and take the monkey off his back and be able to play freely. But that largely depends on his elbow. Today Monfils match can give us a better glimpse.


j-kath Says:

ChrisFord: I am the culprit that mentioned Andy was still in Melbourne having a meal with Judy….it’s not too ridiculous for him still to be in Aussie considering that’s where his surgeon resides. For your interest he has subsequently left for the UK – so his physical condition must have met with approval.

J.S. I also read a similar article to the one you referred to and confirm that Roger wants to play in the evening to establish his “rhythm”. If I was a male competitor I would not appreciate my requests being ignored and someone else’s being approved ….no matter who it was for.


J.S. Says:

I never said I didn’t like FEDERER….Never said such a thing!

My point was everyone deserves the same treatment! Regardless who my “favourite” is (I have several) I would be emberassed if they won due to special treatment. This would be in any sport, we are talking lots of $$$ to the winner and I am sure other players don’t like their pockets being compromised because someone is 36 and/or special.


J.S. Says:

RZ,
Are you saying Djok can ask for night match/court and they would give it to him over RF? I’m confused….I don’t think anyone get’s that option but RF, am I wrong??

If I am, I would like to know….Because what I am reading, RF is the ONLY one that is offered this. That was my point, and GOD I hope this is just media BS because it really bothers me!!


j-kath Says:

J.S.: RF is not being OFFERED it, he is requesting it according to the articles.


Okiegal Says:

Regarding Fed’s rhythm…….waa waa……they don’t want tears from Feddy Bear!! 😢😢😢

Regarding Rafa and his kit…..he’s rocking the new look! I applaud the sleeveless shirt 👏👏👏 because he might be saving a second or two with his service routine……I said “might”…… 💪💪 LOL!!

Weather in Oklahoma…..it got down to 3 degrees last night!! Baby it’s cold outside!! Brrr…..

VAMOS!! 🐂🐂🐂


RZ Says:

@J.S. – I’m not saying they would or would not give Djokovic a night match over RF. But as far as I know, Djokovic hasn’t asked for a specific court/time assignment. This outcry is because Fed has been open about his preference and that he requested the night match, and people seem to be blaming Federer for daring to make a request.


RZ Says:

My overall point is that no one should blame a player for looking out for his individual self-interest. If a player is going to make a request for something, of course the request will be for something that will benefit him. That’s fine. It’s up to those in control to say yes or no.


J.S. Says:

RZ – I agree it’s the TD decision – I guess being “fair” isn’t their objective!

BTW, where do I see the bracket? Not that I am excited to see my lousy picks, LOL :)


AndyMira Says:

Actually i don’t blame Fed in this RZ…but ALL tennis officials not only at AO but every venue…They are soooo unfair & biased…they didn’t even feel ashamed to do it…Rafa complained how he had to play on court 1 several time at wimby last year..but Fed been given to play on CC almost all the time…on evening session of coz…

And now,i’m not surprised Novak & Rafa will play daytime several times..and Fed of coz again in the evening…


J.S. Says:

TY – RZ!
I bookmarked it….not as bad as I thought, very interesting!


J.S. Says:

MIRA,
That was my point exactly….I don’t blame RF and/or his team either.
It’s just unfair to all the athletes!

So sad to hear about this, I had no idea this was happening, glad others feel the same way! :)


AndyMira Says:

Yeah J.S!…And i feel very sympathy with Nole who’s compared to Rafa got the barrage of unfair treatment everywhere he goes…i mean,how ridiculous it is Dimitrov who’s still slamless got to play on the evening on RLA but 6 time champ play 2 day times in a row….pretty stupid organizer’s me thinks…i would love to see Fed get the same schedule & still winning…


AndyMira Says:

Miss Jan!!…You’re happy with Rafa’s form & result yesterday?


AndyMira Says:

HAH???I CAN’T HEAR U MISS JAN!!!…YOOOHOOOO!!


Okiegal Says:

Headed to church Miss Mira……I will have to get smart with you later!! Lol. Very happy by the way!!


skeezer Says:

@Daniel
👍. @ 5:43.
LOL on the retriever!

@RZ
Truth @ 6:34.


AndyMira Says:

Hehehehe….Okay Boss!…Drive safely!…Oh!Rafa told me the allowed speed limit for u is 10kmh…u hear??


Purcell Says:

When discussing match ‘timetable’ the Eurosport commies mentioned that Novak’s team were keen to point out that he/they requested a day match. That’s the latest, say about twenty minutes ago. Believe what you will. I have my own theories about this scheming little plan.
PS: Yolita is notorious in her dislike of Federer and her adoration of Djokovic. Sound familiar?
PPS :’Come on now, Daily Express!


Willow Says:

Agree with J.S January 17th 6.13 pm, people think to want fair treatment automatically means you are some hater, cant people just open their minds for a minute, and see that all fans want is for players to be all treated the same, im not even a Novak fan but i can see that he does get a raw deal regarding the scheduling alot of the time ….


Willow Says:

Hmm just seen this interview, my husband doesnt even like tennis, as a matter of fact he hates it, but hes sat next to me its unfair for any player to get special treatment, but tennis is a buiness, and Federer is still the biggest draw ….


Wog Boy Says:

@7:25am

Stop posting lies and BS, Nole never asked to play day match, if there are fanatics it’s you and your cult members and not Yolita. So, what are your “own theories about this scheming little plan”, when we all know that Nole didn’t ask to play day match, who on earth in their right mind would ask to play on 40 degrees air temperature?!


Margot Says:

As a neutral, I support Wog Boy. No way on earth would ANY player “request a day match.” It is hazardous to the health to say the very least.
I remember one US tournament where Andy played every match in the scorching heat, despite repeated requests for evening matches. Surprisingly enough, he didn’t win :(


Willow Says:

For whats its worth me too Margot ….


Margot Says:

Willow: I’m not a fan of the “rigged draw” thesis, but the “rigged scheduling” why certainly.
But I don’t think Fed’s to “blame.” Blame ATP and tournament officials, sponsors, advertisers, climate change, inadequate, unsuitable conditions at the AO and the power of the dollar, if you like.


Willow Says:

Margot exactly, i dont believe in rigged draws either, but the scheduling leaves alot to be desired, they are two completely different things, this aint about Federer either, so lets put that theory to one side, its about all players been treated equally ….


Willow Says:

And it seems Giles agrees, and hes the one that put the links up, and hes not even a Novak fan either, and ive even heard Federer fans on TG defending not only Novak but other players on this issue too, so its not as cut and dried as been fairness to Novak, so you must automatically be a Federer hater WTF ?


BBB Says:

Margot, the only question I have about the power of the dollar is that a Federer nighttime match in Australia is bad timing for the highly lucrative American TV audience/ad money. That’s the justification for giving Federer nighttime matches in NYC, for example. They can’t have it both ways – if money is the justification for match timing, then so be it, but consistency would have Federer not getting nighttime matches in both Melbourne and NYC.


skeezer Says:

BBB,
Agree it is bad for USA TV. Night matches are in the middle of the night. But alas USA is not an island, but it probably thinks it is.


BBB Says:

My point, skeezer, is that if it’s not the justification for Federer’s night matches, we shouldn’t say it is, and if it is the justification for his night matches, then there’s a logical flaw with respect to Melbourne.


Truth Says:

I love Djoker but he decided to flake out with his brother & guru, and now no one is afraid of him.
Media & Slam organizers don’t respect him as much as before. If he is so naive to think most people cared about him & his Slam total, he’s mistaken.
He better not play the bashed victim now. He’s lucky that Monfils’ in rough shape.
Otherwise, Monfils would’ve beaten him in 5 sets.
Frederer admitted he requested the night match because Djoker was playing the day match.
You know the trash would jump at any chance to see Djoker destruct for years.


Daniel Says:

As Federer said today in his interview, him and probaly 60 otehr players requested night match. No one would want to play on AO day heat.

Courier than asked if he gest “preference” due to who he is and he replied, probably yes. But it’s not his call, depends on what fans want, TV, organizers and so on.


Giles Says:

Need t4t here right now.


BBB Says:

I’d have to listen to the interview again, but I don’t think that’s quite what Fed said. He said guys make requests. He didn’t specify what kind of requests. It came across was a cagey response, particularly in light of the fact that some unknown person is peddling the theory that Djoker & Nadal ask for day matches.


skeezer Says:

^Just as much as we need Tony N.


skeezer Says:

Re: Giles


BBB Says:

Lol skeezer, I knew what you meant.


Okiegal Says:

Courier put him on the spot…….but arrogance prevailed…..nobody puts baby in the corner! Waa waa!! 😂


j-kath Says:

It is simply not sporting to accept privilege. Those who seek and/or accept are accepting advantage – and they know it. There has to be honour and fair play otherwise the dice is loaded. Don’t care what anybody else says.


Okiegal Says:

@JK 12:45……good comment…..agree 100%!


Daniel Says:

BBB,

he specifc said that him and probably 60 other guys asked night matches and when Courrier asked if he gest advantage (implying who he is) he said probably Yes. And than said it was not his call at the end and there are other interests.


Daniel Says:

j-kath,

This doesn´t make sense in tennis or any other sports. Otherwise, Federer, Nadal, Djokovi and Murray would have to request to play on court 18 or the ones who don’t even have TV coverage.

The world is not fair, we try to pretend that everybody is equal but we are not, same with this supertars. They are more important for organizers with their star power than the average journeyman. It is how it is and had always been.

I mention again, the scheudling overall was alywas fiar towards top players. This year and in the case of Federer, his age, who he is and what he rperesents, he will get main court 90% of time whenever he plays from now on. It’s not his fault, as he himslef said once, he created a mosnter;-)


Daniel Says:

They know who they are, and their opinion and imput matters more.

The same thing as Nadal asking to not have Bernardes umpiring his matches for a whole year, and ATP conceiving. Do you guys think that is not privilegd or if Dzumur asked this he would get it? A bit naive utopic view regarding a multimillion dollar sport.


BBB Says:

No, Daniel, he didn’t. As I said, you had to listen carefully. Link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiQFeLFsM1k

As I suspected, he said there are 60 guys who ask for “stuff” and he’s one of them. Then he said something about others guys they might listen to, like Novak, but he never said Novak asked for a night match.

Of course, the rumor going around at the time he said it was that Novak was asking for a day match, not a night match.

I’m interested in facts, not partisanship. I defended the Wimbledon scheduling when it favored Federer because the scheduling made sense in terms of the quality of matches. But people are bending themselves into all sorts of pretzels to pretend this is something other than what it plainly seems to be – scheduling that favors one particular player, at the expense of the quality of the matches being played.


BBB Says:

And just to be perfectly clear – he actually never said anyone else asked for night matches either. Just “stuff.”


Daniel Says:

BBB,

I never said nothing regarding what Novak asked or not. To me that aprt is all media hyping it.

Regaridng orhter guys asking night matches, to me it was perfclty implyed. He was responding to a questionh regarding night match request and than he mention the 60 guys stuff. He can’t know for sure. But I bet he is not the only one asking for it.

It is scheduling favoring one partucilar player because right now Federer is the monst imoprtant tennsi player on the palnet. That is my point all along. At 36, he earned it, the man dedicate 20 year to tennis by now and he is beating the clock. They (touenrys) don’t know how much longer he will play and they won’t to milk the cow as much as possible. He knwos it, everybody knwos it. But you guys seems to really thing that Djoko x Monfils R2 is more important than any Federer Grand Slam match right now. It isn’t.

When Nadal and Djokov are 35-36 (if they are still palyign and Fed probably no longer around) they well have the same prestigee and privilegies.


Daniel Says:

My points is that you guys are looking at the situation as if it was 3-4 years ago.

He is old, on his last grasp of his acareer, a legend, defending champion, #2 and 95% of the world is happy when he wins, even players he played against are. When he broke Petes record several voiced they wanted him to break that record.

He is not a normal players and right now he is not Nadal, Djoko, Murray equal, with all the circusntances I mention above. If you can’t see that nothign I can do. But it is what is for the majority of the world and tennsi community bar a few exception.

Sampras was in this territory a while back, Agassi as well and now is Federer time. In a few year will be Nadal and than Djoko. It´s justa matter of time.


BBB Says:

I told you he didn’t say it, you said he said it, I proved that I was right and you were wrong, and now you’re trying to weasel around it by saying he implied it. “BBB, I apologize, my mistake” is the correct response in this situation.

And don’t compound your mistakes by mischaracterizing my argument. I am not “you guys.” I am making the specific argument that the best matches should be on the best courts at the best times. As I said, if Federer were playing Monfils, and Djokovic were playing Struff, I’d have no problem with the schedule.

So which is it? Federer “earned” it? Or it’s because of TV, even though people in the most lucrative market in the world were asleep when it happened? I have no interest in seeing Djokovic get to play a crap match at a favorable time just because he’s old. These people are meant to be running a business, not voting for Prom King.

Whoever said this is why the players need to split from the ATP and form their own union is exactly right.


Daniel Says:

BBB,

He was replying and interview. i didn’t have the copy, I just watched it this morning when I wake up. You need me to apologyze just because Fed didn’t said the exact words I type ?! Lol

Watch the interview again and If you don’t think he mention the 60 guys inferring that other players are asking night math schedule as qell we have different opinions. We do thos all the time here. Players said stuff we infer wahtever we want we are boas or not or assess the situatikn, context of question and all. To me that was a no issue. If it is inprotant for you. I was mistaken as Fed didn’t said ot like I typed. But as they are political in their response we can subtle the way we want. The pther question which was more direct, regardign privilege he replyed with an yes.

Also. Who determine what is the best matches. To tiu, me and many other fans, Djoko x monfils qere more important but with teh reasons I gave towarda Federer atatus roght now, many consider him playing, whenever he plays, whoever he plays more improtant.

This os my point all along. Federer is the main draw now. I think the only oke this AO who may have more importance would be Kyrgios ig he went dee as local boy. But he is not at his side of the draw.


Daniel Says:

The average tennis fan when they get their night session tickest they have one thing in mind: I want to see Federer or Nadal play. Unless you are Wog Boy.

Some only get tickest for 1 or 2 days and they don’t think of having the most competitve match, they want to see the superstars. If it happend to be a well contested match, the better, but many knows for top players this only happen R4 onwards.

Imagine Nadal fans who go ticket for RLA only today, probably thinking for sure, early round they would got to see Nadal play. They must be pissed because he was moved to MCA and some won’t habe a chance to see him play, nor Federer. Yeah, I know with travelling to AO, many must have ticket for several sessions, but even so, the main focus is Fedal.

We, who are diehard tennis fans and are more interesting in competitve matches and big names and great HxH. I also think Djoko x Monfils should be night match, but I totally understand why Fed is RLA night match with his circusntances.


j-kath Says:

Daniel: Just because you think it works on several levels does not make it equitable.


Daniel Says:

Yeah J-k, As I like Federer, its a no issue for me. I acknowledge he gest preferre schedule, but understand why.

Once he retires, Nadal and Djoko will be elevated to tennis legens status (they alreayd yes, but not the same as Roger due to his 36), these exact same things will happen, specially if they are at high level as well.

My point is the bigger picture and what Federer represents to tennis now beyond individual fan preferences.


j-kath Says:

Daniel: I do understand – but simply don’t agree.


BBB Says:

No, Daniel, I expect you to apologize because you said I was wrong when I wasn’t. I said he didn’t mention night matches, you said he did, I sent you the video. We’re only still talking about it because you’re pretending that’s not what happened.

I’m extremely familiar with people who use language to dodge an uncomfortable question. Got a CFO of a Fortune 25 company fired for just that, as a matter of fact.


Daniel Says:

BBB,

I never said you were wrong, I just replied. That is the problem with written word, one imply what they think and infer as if the other started of mind or tone is different from what it actually is. I was not arguing, just thought you didn’t watch the on court interview, and wanted to give a context of his reply. He mention “stuff”, which is pretty vague and can be anything. To me was crystal clear he wanted to imply other players asked for night matches, even with the use of a random number (60) without pointing fingers. A dodgy reply.


BBB Says:

Daniel Says:
As Federer said today in his interview, him and probaly 60 otehr players requested night match.

BBB Says:
I’d have to listen to the interview again, but I don’t think that’s quite what Fed said. He said guys make requests. He didn’t specify what kind of requests.

Daniel Says:
BBB,

he specifc said that him and probably 60 other guys asked night matches

***

Perhaps you and I have a different understanding of what “specifically” means.


J.S. Says:

Daniel,
This is NOT an exhibition tournament! Everyone who qualifies should be treated the same….Lot’s of $$$ to the winner. If one person has an advantage to the final, their win is “fixed”.
Usually I don’t get into this Fed favouritism stuff, although AO has gone above/beyond to be blatant about assisting him to finals. That’s a HUGE problem for me!

I have traveled the world the last 2 years to follow Rafa and I would say the same if he was being “helped” to make any finals! AO just tweeted to a question regarding when is RF getting a day match…their response was “he will get day match very soon”. Someone responded waiting for the weather to cool off before that happens! LOL

Yesterday was terrible scheduling in the horrific heat and blaming Djokovic for requesting the match, put me over the edge! It was 100% NOT true – I am super unhappy with AO and will suck up any backlash for saying this on here!


Daniel Says:

Yeah, I already apologize by the wrong use of word, I didn’t do a literal transcript. But in the end of the day, its crystal clear: Federer implied he is not the only guy asking night matches. Otherwise he wouldn’t use the 60 nor stuff.

But, at any point of this I said you were wrong. So, you and I have a different view about saying somebody is wrong or not. If I thought you were wrong I would, say. BBB, you are wrong, as I said many times when people right stuff that is wrong, number, stats and so on.

Curious now, what do you think he wanted to say when he replied a question about he asking night matches with the response he gave? That 60 guys are asking stuff? What you think stuff means? He can only speak for himself and he said he asked night math, But he knows others do it as well hence his reply.

BBB says
“It came across was a cagey response, particularly in light of the fact that some unknown person is peddling the theory that Djoker & Nadal ask for day matches.”

Your sentence above exemplify the exact same thing I did. You read between the lines and came to a conclusion, that he gave a cagey response.


Daniel Says:

J.S.

That is the problem. There were just 2 rounds so far. You can only say he had a favorite schedule if he played all 7 matches night match on RLA.

I already said, R3 he gets Gasquet who last won a HC set off him in 2006, almost a bye and R16 he will get and easy match whereas Delpo, Djoko x Zverev probably will be the center stage.

But if Fed loses early hence he wouldn’t play during day. Its too early to make all this fuss in my view. Mainly coming from Djoko fans because they knew he was overshadow by playing the same days as Federer. If Djoko x Zverev happens R16, I bet that would be night match RLA. That is the most anticipated big match in R16 with the way the draw played out on bottom half. Grigor x Nick will be the biggest one on top half.

Djokovic will probably play all his remaining matches on RLA and few at night depending on who he plays. The early rodent where there is less big matches they are going with the big names. Nick (hoe boy) is playing night today for example.


Daniel Says:

^Nick (hoe boy) kkkkk, should be home boy and early “rodent”, rounds.


BBB Says:

Oh you apologized? Gosh, I missed that.

I don’t know if you’re being obtuse on purpose, but the problem isn’t that you got it wrong the first time, or that you used the wrong word. Happens to all of us. It’s that you corrected me when I in fact had it right. And then dug in that somehow you were right anyway. I guess we’ll file this under #sorrynotsorry, eh?

Federer’s words are the opposite of crystal clear. They obfuscate. “stuff” is ambiguous; “night match” is not. You’re welcome to interpret his comments as you wish (I was very upfront that they came across to me a particular way – i.e., an opinion, not a fact), but to contend that they’re not ambiguous is laughable.


Wog Boy Says:

““Sure, I was watching the other players suffer. As long as nothing bad happens, it’s all good.”

According to 36 years all is good unless somebody drops dead;)

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tennis/extreme-heat-hits-australian-open-as-melbourne-swelters-to-near-40-degree-temperatures/news-story/6ec7a3d0ff1acbeeb1b5efa20ae8c096


Purcell Says:

8:05 ……well, well Wog Boy, that’s not very nice. ‘BS, cult, fanatic, liar.’ Nought out of ten for attitude and vocabulary.


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.

36 years old is playing tomorrow day match, nice and cool day, same as Nole (third in a row), and I bet they’ll put him on MCA as PR stunt due to backlash, people, media (and players) keep asking the questions.


Wog Boy Says:

That’s just natural response to liar, who is yet to explain “the little Nole scheme ?


Daniel Says:

BBB,

Read my 2:01 post I said I was wrong with the exact word.

I was not “correcting” you, at any point. that is the thing with this blog, people think you are arguing all the time. You miss interpreted me, as I replied with what he said (using “specific” wrong) and than what he said next, regarding preferably schedule.

I repeat, I never wrote you are wrong, there isn’t it in any post. Now you are the one taking conclusion and implying stuff (for you who seems too literal at words it is antiteses). You create this line of thought that I was correcting you when I wasn’t, otherwise I would say you are wrong for this and that.

I was just moving the story forward and complemented on what he said next to shred some light and the bigger picture. But if you need so much to be “right”. I am sorry I used the specific world as it was not said by his mouth and if you think I was “correcting” you, that was not my intention.


J.S. Says:

WB,
Really? Where is tomorrow’s schedule? He escaped the heat though, right?

TY – Not sure it makes me feel better, but it’s not about me…LOL


Daniel Says:

ambiguous in what way? His response was regarding night match request, he replied he did and 60 (out of 128) ask for stuff. If you can’t see he wanted to say other players ask night match as well, or at least 1 out of these 60 stuff request is night match than that is laughable. I can even think what other stuff they were asking? bananas, more towel, specific times for massages…


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.

They are yet to schedule courts, but time slots had bern scheduled yestrday, as I said, since both of them have day time slots I bet they’ll put 36 years old on MCA as PR stunt due to backlash, too little too late.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^
Just one correction, Nole time slot was scheduled yesterday, but 36 years time slot was scheduled this morning local time, that even explains it better;)


Willow Says:

J.S they have Rafa scheduled to play at 8 o clock in the morning here in Britain it looks to be listed as the last one, this was according to my teletext anyway ….


Wog Boy Says:

As for court scheduling, it is always done in the afternoon day prior matches, meaning this afternoon local time.


BBB Says:

Daniel, you contend you’re not arguing while using one misdirection after another, which is not only argumentative but dishonest. I promise you I will not stop pointing it out. I really dislike dishonest arguments.

(1) You said you apologized already for using the wrong word. Now you just say you acknowledged you used the wrong word. That’s not an apology. So, another erroneous statement.
(2) When I say “he didn’t say x” and you respond by saying “he specifically said x” you are correcting me. You are saying I am wrong. You don’t have to hire a plane with a banner that says “I am correcting you” or in order for you to in fact be correcting me.
(3) As I said before, I really don’t care if you got it wrong, or if you choose to interpret his words in a certain way. What I don’t like is being corrected, pointing out that I am right, and then getting a bunch of disingenuous garbage in an effort to pretend the correction was somehow appropriate.

This isn’t about my need to be right, but about your need not to be wrong, and the bizarre contortions you’re willing to go through over it.

This is how the exchange should have worked:

“Daniel, I don’t think Federer actually said that.”

“BBB, I’m pretty sure he did.”

“Daniel, here’s the video.”

“BBB, sorry about that, you’re right. It’s what I took him to mean, and what I think he meant.”

“Daniel, I took it differently. To each his own.”

And then it would be over!


Daniel Says:

BBB,

Simple, If I think you are wrong, I would said so, if you track my post here back from 2006 when I am arguing somebody for something that I think they are wrong, which usually is to number associated, or track records which is the only certainties we have. everything else is speculation and inference.

At the end of all these, one thing is clear to me, you have an issue with this “getting corrected”, and these need for people to be apologetical, as you crystal clear wrote now: “What I don’t like is being corrected”. So, you will see it whenever you want and how you want, nothing I can do, It’s your issue.

I could use the same road and say: you need to apologize to me because you accused me of saying you were wrong when I never typed you were wrong. You choose to think that I was correcting you. See, “the beauty is int he eye of the beholder” and the opposite as well.

To me, the person in a conversation has to say it out loud, or blogging type: YOU ARE WRONG. I almost always use, I think, probably, because we have very few certainties.


Daniel Says:

Classical projection.

I didn’t apologize as you wanted me to, because I wasn’t correcting you in the first place. Re read everything and you will see you were the one bringing right or wrong in the first place. Its your issue.

I was just having a nice conversation about a polemic topic with fellow tennis fans and you turned it into an “I am right battle of husband and wife”.


Wog Boy Says:

Daniel,
Can you try not to use my name in your arguments when I had nothing to do with them. You are obviously obsessed with being right even when you are wrong, and that’s ok, but it is not ok to use me as a leverage.


Daniel Says:

I only need to apologize to someone if I offended them in some way or if I told a lie or something. To me, if i never wrote you are wring, than I did not say you are wrong.

You brought: wrong, right, corrected and apologize in the first place.

I dislike dishonest argument just the same as you and you are not even given me the benefit of doubt, You just assumed a line of thought and never even consider that I was not correcting you. Again, your issue, not mine.

But just because you had a line of thought I am not obligated to comply to it, specially as I know I wasn’t. so..nothing I can do. Just to be dispaointed.


Daniel Says:

I am sorry WB, will never address to you again. Just used to make humor regarding you attending a Fedal match.


Wog Boy Says:

I did attend Rafa match and thoroughly enjoyed it, unfortunately I had better things to do next night during 36 years old match, I was in Greek restaurant having slowly cooked lamb shanks which was much better choice than watching 36 years old match. You don’t go to Melbourne, biggest Greek city outside Greece and not to have a dinner at proper Greek restaurant?
My apologies to his fans if I disrespected 36 years old in any way…you see, it is not hard to apologize…


skeezer Says:

WB,
Am sure Fed did not miss you, along with the sold out stadium. Not a problem.


AndyMira Says:

Now,i am totally agree that the player’s should form their own union & fight for everythings that need to be fight.not only about money but schedule too…they’re also can pressed longer breaks after the season are finished since so many player’s are injured due to the limited rest in the off season…

First step..boycott AO next year..shows to them that other player’s existance also important too and tennis is about 127 player’s and not jut 1 important player…i think that way,ATP or ITF don’t have a choice but listen to them…i mean,as much as those guys love & adore Fed..i’m sure they love money equally…


J.S. Says:

WB…I don’t see tomorrow’s schedule, I have looked everywhere.

Dimitrov will have the toughest time today, 3rd match (daytime) poor guy! Also, the weather doesnt’ cool down until about 8 tonight, right? So, Kyrgios and Nadal will have heat too at 7pm….

Tomorrow is suppose to be really nice for any day matches! So the debate is over, leaves with the heat wave!!! DAMAGE DONE!


J.S. Says:

SKEEZER – GS are sold out regardless who plays, months in advance, not just because of one player!

MIRA – I am with you on this topic NOW. After the first 2 rounds at AO I have changed my opinion and feel it is very needed! It is time for 100% EQUITY, like I said before this is not an exhibition tournament. AO has made me flip about a lot of things in the last few days. They have pushed the envelope w/ fans/athletes and should take credit for helping w/ reasons to support a union for the players! They have made many poor decisions, sometimes profits/greed can ruin a good thing!


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.
You probably missed my next post, courts are not scheduled yet but time slots are, they are both playing day time, courts will be scheduled in a few hours time, but as I said I bet they’ll put 36 years old on MCA as a PR stunt due to backlash and lot of questions asked.
So they can say, including cult members, “you see, he plays day match and he is even put on MCA”.


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.
I would ignore instigator, provocateur and $itstearer.


AndyMira Says:

J.S!…YAAAAYYYYY!!….Thank u for agreeing with me buddy!!…God!I’ve never felt so disgusted in my professional watching tennis life!…but yesterday i felt soooo pi$%ed..seen Novak & Gael almost ‘dying’ on court under the extreme heat…but Fed not even broke a sweat last nite!!URRGHH!!….THIS IS SOOOO UNFAIR!!

Hope Novak as a President could do something about it…i’m sure if he approach this to player’s…many will agree with him…They have to do it..This BS is going on for so long….


BBB Says:

I see Daniel. Now you’re quoting statements of context. Can’t you make a point with dissembling?

Are you really going to take the position that if I say “Roger didn’t say that” and you then claim he did, only to find out he didn’t, that you weren’t correcting me? Because you didn’t use the precise word “correct” or “wrong”? Do you have a phd in pedantry?

More broadly, is integrity always this much of a struggle for you?


Wog Boy Says:

AM,
The problem is, certain one is against it and the only reason he is against it is, he was caught off guard and wasn’t first one to suggest it. The idea has to be his.


J.S. Says:

OMG ME TOO!!! I couldn’t sleep last night…was disgusted!

Imaged this….
RF skipping out to court for the championship match, doing Richard Simmons style jumping jacks waiting for his opponent.
Opponent comes out in wheel chair!

Fans go crazy when RF wins….The BEST EVER, GOAT, KING etc etc!

I don’t even want a FEDAL final! I’m watching until my favorites are all out and then taking a breather!

AO has really caused themselves some trouble….I’m not the kind to jump on the bandwagon with controversy BUT I think it’s the right thing to do in this case! I AM 100% on board for a CHANGE!


J.S. Says:

WB tomorrow the weather will be lovely for daytime matches….LOL – cooling off to 70′s – POINT MADE!!!!


AndyMira Says:

J.S!…U TOO???Ohohohohoho!!…My God!I can’t believe it!!…And it made me angry even more when i heard Fed said he don’t want to play day times coz it will disrupt his rythmn…WHAT??..What about other player’s who’s risking their lives playing in the oven out there??I mean,i was born & lives under the heat my whole life J.S..but even with my hippo skin,i can’t stand sit under the sun..not even 10 minutes..and those guys were born & lives in a cold their entire life…This is abuse!

WB…Yeah!!…that is the main problem!…


BBB Says:

The upside about the Djokovic match is that it’ll be prime time on the U.S. East Coast.

I thought this write up was funny: https://deadspin.com/gael-monfils-and-novak-djokovic-played-tennis-in-a-new-1822184604


J.S. Says:

EDMUND/BASIL in tie break….They are red faced but playing great tennis so far!
The stands are empty on one side due to sun, packed house in the shade, very windy too!

Edmund is impressive!

MIRA – It’s over the top for me! It makes my tummy hurt, I didn’t watch the game but watched RF interview today and on Tennis Channel today “he has earned it” so just more of the same!


Daniel Says:

BBB,

I said it my intention wasn’t correcting you. You only typed the first part of the interview, I was more focus on the whole, hence I typed when he added the “yes” to him having preference in tourney and than add there was more things to it. To me is was a no issue that he didn’t specify said 60 guys asked for night sessions because when I hear the on court interview I got that impression. It had nothing to do with correcting you, I just wanted to expend the topic.

My mistake was not saying, “I think Federer said”. I just wanted to expose my views, the “need” to correct was not the goal, otherwise I would start with a Wrong from the get go. That is who I am. You refuse to see that and accept it because you already made your mind the minute you read my post. You were on defensive mode, when I wasn’t on attacking mode, This was the miscommunication.

I got off guard when realize you were going that direction and that it was a big issue for you, because to me it wasn’t hence I acknowledge the miss use of specific and was on expanding why I think Federer got preferred schedule.

Now you are attacking my integrity, a person you don’t know, who post on this blog since 2006 and hardly ever get into arguing with poster here. Just because you assume I was correcting you.

I won’t elaborate it any longer. You choose to believe whatever you want. I replied to you many times and explained.

And I ask you these agin, Just consider for a second that I wasn’t correcting you and follow the line of thought from my point of view. I put misled in your position and can see how you got it, but said if I was correction you I would said so. Most of my posts was regarding Federer unique status now and why organizers took their action.

If I wanted to correct somebody I will write, you are wrong, as I did many times before, and show it why. Usually for things that are certain, records, numbers and stats. Not views, innuendo, and so on.

If you are gong this road of calling me pedantry and accused my integrity for something you assume I did, please stop doing so. I already explain my point and notice its a sensitive topic for you, believe people are correcting you, apolgies and so on. I won’t apologize for something I did not do (correct you) and it was never my point. Bye, be safe!


BBB Says:

Daniel, I can only go by what you write, not what you claim to be your intent. One post after another contains misstatements, misdirections, and mischaracterizations. I have identified them as we’ve gone along. Instead of knocking it off, you doubled down.

You’re responsible for what you write here.


Daniel Says:

If you could go by what I write you will see that I never write YOU ARE WRONG and that is my MO here. When I specific want to correct somebody I will say so directly, and only do so when I am 100% positive with numbers to back it up.

I take full responsibility for what I wrote. You are the one who has to choose to accept it or not, give the benefit of doubt or not or as you already implied, believe I was correcting you. Nothing I can do.

If I had write you were wrong and proven write I will apologize immediately, as happened here many times before. I even miss some math which is known to be my forte.


AndyMira Says:

BBB…Yeah!…That article certainly can cool of my insides!..heh heh…


BBB Says:

Daniel dear, this is precisely why I asked if you have a phd in pedantry. However, we’re in an infinite loop where I explain why your arguments are inapposite (the kindest word I can use), and you repeat your arguments anyway, as if it’s some kind of rebuttal.

Glad you liked it Andy. The comment section is hilarious as well.


J.S. Says:

BBB
That was so great and very happy to hear Fowler isn’t well liked. He is the one who started the Djok rumor about requesting a day match….his twitter is LIT with comments and complaints about him being wrong. He still swears Aggassi requested Day Match even after Djok said he didn’t at his presser. The guy won’t stop!

Anyway great article BBB! The comments were the best!

Anyone watching Edmund/Basil on court 2! They are barely hitting the ball, lots of UE, going into 4th set now, over heated and struggling?


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