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08/20/2012

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Jenny

US Open wildcards

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-15/lleyton-hewitt-james-blake-get-u-dot-s-dot-open-tennis-wild-card-spots

Jenny

Any news of Soderling or Monfils?

Bettyjane

Soderling just tweeted last week that he hopes to be back playing matches "as soon as I can". Still frustratingly yet understandably vague and man do I miss what he brings to the mix.

Stella

as far as I know Jenny they said during Cincy last week that Monfils had pulled out of the USO

Bettyjane

Dammit---Fed and Murray got drawn together for a potential semifinal pairing. Damn. Djoker gets Ferrer.

Jenny

"Dammit---Fed and Murray got drawn together for a potential semifinal pairing. Damn. Djoker gets Ferrer"

Double damn. At least they can't meet in the early rounds.

chipnputt

Coud be very interesting. Roger has drawn Andy in his half and Djokovic has DelPo in his quarter.

Bettyjane

I have to say on second glance, this may not be horrible. Berdych has simply not been there this year and Fed will and should handle him with ease. I'm glad he doesn't have Delpo to deal with wrist notwithstanding. (Does anyone know how that situation is.) And Djoker could face Tsonga.

Leon

I was always smiling at those fans on some sites who predicted a manufactured draw (in this case, "I swear Fed will enjoy Ferrer in his half", so on).
That said, after having occasionally seen the draw procedure today (the stream was more than perfect!) I must admit that in the way it was made it's more than easy to fake it up (by no means I allege it was really faked!). Look,
(i) the decisive operation is made by not a child, a neutral person or some random lottery machine but a top local (USTA) official. Ridiculous, no? Next,
(ii) the operation itself is extremely simple - to extract 1 piece of 2 (in the Murray-Ferrer case) from an open (rather wide) cup. Not saying about the chance to readily see a desired piece at such circumstances, there are plenty of ways to label it with a tiny (invisible) difference, and I doubt (proceeding from what I have observed) anybody from the crowd would venture to investigate the piece for this matter.
So on, so forth.
Again, I personally think the draw is fair (at least, it's a lot easier to me to think so), but if you broadcast the procedure worldwide, why to give some fans with excessive imagination so much meat to speculate on this "evergreen" topic?

Just to chat a little bit before the event.

Lobbo

Armstrong won't fight charges.
Associated Press, August 23, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas -- The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday night it will strip Lance Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles after he declared he was finished fighting the drug charges that threaten his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists of all time.

Travis Tygart, USADA's chief executive, said Armstrong would also be hit with a lifetime ban on Friday.

http://espn.go.com/olympics/cycling/story/_/id/8298135/usada-ban-lance-armstrong-life-strip-seven-tour-de-france-titles-charges-used-performance-enhancing-drugs-cycling-career

The_Axl_Rose

Looks like the Old Man has his handsfull with Fish/Berdych/Murray and then Djokovic

Barbara

Leon, I was watching the men's draw yesterday and had exactly the same impression - that it could be very easy to manipulate this procedure.

Brucelee

All is fair, must be said. Last year Djokovic had to fight Federer (3) in SF and than Nadal (2) in final. This year, situation is the same....

Leon

Can anybody to clear up a simple thing:
How does direct acceptance work at, say, US Open (or other slams)?
Is there any description of the rules?
I mean, we have 16 qualifiers and 8 WCs. 104 lines remain. No special exempts, I think? Then, these 104 follow the rankings? Of what date? How many weeks back?
Because I see e.g. No 77 Sijsling seeded No 1 in qualification whereas Stakhovsky, recently floating between 96-104 is directly accepted (there are also other similar examples). As far as I know, Stakhovsky has no protected ranking or so. What's the matter?
Thanks for the answer in advance.

Jenny

Leon,

I haven't had time to wade through this but you may find an answer here.

http://www.itftennis.com/media/107012/107012.pdf

Leon

Thanks, Jenny, I'll try.

Leon

Thanks again. It was really helpful.
It is really 104 DA according to rankings, but! six weeks prior to the start (as distinct from seeding that uses the last ranking list).
Then no problem: as of July 16 Sijsling was as low as 113 and Stakhovsky still held 94. So on. In particular, Rosol fell to 107 then. Amazing, exactly his 3rd round Wimbledon with 90 points (and sacrificed challenger-125 because of that) costs him a USO place! Well, he has to tell smth to his grandchildren instead...
So some top 100 players should be especially careful to exactly those 6-weeks-before rankings, important day, indeed.
Funny stories are hidden behind the rules and numbers.

Claire

Actually, the above was from me - on my son's computer :) Claire

Tennis Planet

Claire,

Oops, saw your message after I deleted the post. You can post again.

claire

Great federer site. http://www.federerfan07.com
Another great site https://www.thedailylinker.com
my. Son's site
Hope all my. "TP" friends are doing well. Really looking forward to next couple of weeks :)

Jenny

Hi Claire, nice to see you, thanks for posting. Enjoy the tennis.

kitty

I am able to watch US open like prior years at www.usopen.org
IBM rocks! high-def, pic-in-pic option -- except commentary everything is just awesome there

claire

Hi Jenny
Its been a busy summer chemo 2weeks then one week off. So far bone. Ca uncertain is stabilized. Glad Murray to next round. He really looks like he bulked.
hes bulked up when I watched his interview

Jenny

I understand, Claire, you have been in my thoughts. It can't be easy for you, but glad to hear positive news. I didn't expect Murray to crash first round. I suspect Lendl has got him hard training because talent alone will never get a player through even against lesser players who have nothing to lose.

Jenny

I heard about the excellent stream, Kitty. Pity we can't access it in Europe. I'm watching on Eurosport TV, broadcast stops at midnight BST. Today only Louis Armstrong court, better than nothing but it is limited.

Rick

I know this isn't a high priority topic on this site - on two counts: women's tennis and who cares about Germany anyway? - but I just noticed on the U.S. Open site that this was a particularly bad day for German women's tennis: Gorgeous, Lisicki and Petkovic all out in the first round, all but Lisicki in straights. Only name recognition player left in the draw is Kerber, don't know when she plays (and even I am not interested enough to look it up :-)

Rick

Oh, and of perhaps (slightly) greater relevance, st least for local purposes, Mayer retired in the third set against Jack Sock. So all around not a great day for das Vaterland.

kitty

why is Fed sweating so much? never seen him like this before..that too just after one set

Rick

Ha, you heard it here first:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/20120827/us-open-day-1-mailbag/

"Once a rising commodity on the tennis market, the German women had a rough Day 1 at the U.S. Open. Jon Wertheim looks at the once powerhouse and empties the Mailbag."

Maybe I missed my calling....

saras

I was there last night watching the match . It was quite humid in spite of the breeze .

Rick

AND Mona Barthel (GER) lost in the first round today.
And that, as they say, would be that.

sperry

Fun match... upset coming... Stephans vs. Schiavone. 19 year old showing a TON of poise.

Frances

Stephens WON.
Schiavone did not get the shot back LONG before the "out" call was made -- it was really in--- match over!

Frances

OK... I'm time delayed... match might be over... I'm referring to the 5-3 match point that Stephens won but her shot was called out... replay... WRONG!

sperry

THANKS AND GOOD-BYE KIMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Classy lady.

chipnputt

Ya, she's a class act but I preferred watching the tennis of her compatriot.

3 guys -- Tipsarevic, Muller, and Gulbis -- came back from 2 sets down today. How often does that happen?

sperry

She's got a lot of compatriots. But we may see a lot more or Kim... she's got Bob Bryan in mixed. And, as we know, anything can happen there. I'm not holding my breath on the team of Clijsters/Flipken.

chipnputt

I meant Henin. One of the most beautiful styles of play -- man or woman -- I have seen. C/F may do well. Both out of singles so will be focused on the doubles.

sperry

I was afraid you menant Henin. I could never look past the personality to the style which so many raved about. I never really studied her style... remember the backhand only slightly. I've heard is the best woman's ever... but I was watching Schiavone the other day, and I would put hers right up there with the best. (If not the most gorgeous, at least the most wicked.) If I had to bet my retirement on anyone's backhand, it might be Venus's.

Jenny

Love Kim, I will miss her too. Tennis styles my faves Henin, Schiavone, Kuznetsova. Little Carla Suarez Navarro has a stunning single hander too. I'd like to see some of the younger women display more variety, net play and guile, [eg Francesca] than just sheer power and bash from the baseline.

Jenny

I include Radwanska in my enjoy to watch.

chipnputt

Schiavone? Venus? Not a chance. There is only one backhand you can compare to Henin :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hxDfRvo-NA

Jenny

My fave single hander for men - Richard Gasquet.

sperry

Champions are championms because they can keep a high level of play. I have NO idea what's going to happen in this match, but right now Klizan is making Tsonga look pretty average. He is playing very, very well.

Dom

I think Tsonga is actually playing average, Klizan is playing very good in my opinion, but Tsonga can play way better than this, is like he is not even there mentally (which I think is his biggest issue in most of his tourneys).

Ricke

Andy Roddick just announced his retirement after the Open..........Ricke must go in a dark room and cry tears of nostalgia. I knew it was coming, but I am still in shock. Please TP....be kind. Wait awhile for the Roddick bashing. The wound is still fresh.

Bettyjane

Really sympathize with you even though I wasn't a fan (except of his press conferences).

Jenny

I sympathise too, Ricke.

Ricke

Best way I can explain it Bettyjane......you have this kind of naughty child, who embarrasses you with his behavior at times.....but then he does other things that are hysterically funny, kind-hearted, and he never gives less than 100% effort. So you forgive him his vices and can't help but root for him to be successful.

sperry

RE: Roddick. He crossed the line once too often for my taste... but then I hear he's doing stuff for kids... and my heart melts. And Sperry is about to be tarred and feathered and run out of the blog on a rail... but here goes: MOST EXCITING MATCH OF THE TOURNEY SO FAR AWARD GOES TO...... (drum roll) Oudin and Sock beating the #5 seeds in mixed. Have defending champs ever been unseeded? What a fun match.

Claire

Sad day - Roddick retiring BUT Blake played awesome and Fish came back to win, Jack Sock also won!

Turned on radio in car one Sat. and there was Roddick hosting a sports radio show! He was really good- had me laughing!

chipnputt

A good player and the best press conference ever by a tennis player and he gave me one of the more exciting GS finals at Wimbledon 2009. But he liked to humiliate people who couldn't fight back and that is not a good thing.

chipnputt

Just checked the results of the poll. 115 (Fed) to 35 (Rest of the 128). Wow! And the bookies have Djokovic as the favorite. Man, TP, what is going to happen to this blog when Federer retires?

Jenny

Well played AndyR and Lleyton!

Rick

There was nothing else to watch when I got home from the hospital last night (very minor hand surgery -- all fine, thanks; even opted for no sedation, which was interesting -- "Um, yo, you know that incision you just made? I felt that...." :-) except Kerber vs. Venus Williams. Have to say Kerber impressed me. Venus was playing miserably fugly powerball, on again, off again, and compensating by trying to intimidate, but Kerber never lost her cool or her focus. And man can that woman retrieve....

Good on Robson for a second big win. Next up: third Grand Slam champion (Stosur) in a row. What a draw. Are the Brits going into overdrive about it, Jenny?

And good on Roddick for shutting out Tomic. Roddick always seemed not far from or very much better than a bully frat boy to me (kiss up to those you perceive to be your betters, dump on and abuse those you perceive to be your inferiors), but I'll cut him some temporary slack for the sentimental (short) duration.

And man is Djokovic cleaning up or what? Haven't seen any matches but the scorelines are truly impressive. No wonder the bookies have him as the favorite.

And did I have the stomach (or ears) to watch Azarenka paste Zheng?

Uh. No.

Why so many women's matches during prime time?!?!?

sperry

KIMMY LIVES ON!!! And with Bob Bryan... who knows? What they did to their opponents tonight was truly ugly, but they were a weak team. If they go against Sock/Oudin... it will be torture for me. I'll hope for a tie, I guess.

 Jenny

Rick, Glad all went well at the hospital. We're delighted for Laura Robson, she's been the best tennis girl to come out of the UK for years, and she plays quiet! Heather Watson is pretty good too. UK WTA is looking good at long last! British overdrive? Not quite, I'm afraid tennis isn't the preferred sport in the UK, possibly due to lack of terrestrial TV cover, not everyone has cable or satellite here. The Beeb have always broadcast Wimbledon and the British grass courts, from this year ITN have the French Open - both terrestrial and available to all at no extra cost..

My US Open has been limited this year because I haven't subbed to SKY Sports TV where one gets court choice, Eurosport TV are only showing live matches on Louis Armstrong ATP/WTA [16.00-0.30 BST] although I did watch a stream for the Ferrer/Sijling match on Grandstand. I always get my moneyworth watching him, ebtertaining, variety, nicely filled stadium and appreciative crowd. The final match on our TV was the Sharapova match, Jens decided not to watch that one, the screaming late at night is too much, seeing the result it looked to be a boring, uncompetitive whitewash. No night matches on our TV, but too late for me anyway. We do get highlights from 13.00-16.00 the following day.

Djokovic looking very impressive, not surprised he's the bookies favourite. Saw a little of his match with the Granola Bar [Granollers from Barcelona!]. I like GB a lot, great attitude, nice guy lol albeit a very noisy boy, good player, movement not so good, no real competition for Nole.

Jenny

As suspected, David and Lleyton are beating each other up on Armstrong, this could go on for some time! Stretchers and oxygen at the ready. Long first set breaker - David.

Ricke

Roddick looks tired, but has the break in the fourth......hopefully he survives to play once more. Don't think he will win against Juan Martin if he gets the chance.

Rick

Was rooting for all the underdogs today, but so far all the (higher, with the exception of Wawrinka -- but you could still say he was the more established player) seeds are through.

Robson gave Stosur some trouble at the end, but like Stephens, needs greater consistency. Easier said than done, of course, but they can start by working on their first serves, which would give them a lot more breathing room.

Both rounds of 16 (singles) look pretty interesting, actually.

Rick

Ah. Hadn't heard that Stephens was playing with abdominal strain.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/20120901/us-open-ana-ivanovic-sloane-stephens/

Robson, however, looked like she was playing with mental strain.

Jenny

I didn't see the Robson match which wasn't broadcast on my channel, we'll get highlights tomorrow. She's only 18 with lots of potential for the future.

Rick

Nothing but women's matches again this evening, agh. Women's tennis is so weird. There's so little back and forth in the momentum. Instead it's mostly just one player either dominating or collapsing, and not much in between. The scoreline in the Bartoli vs. Kvitova match pretty much tells that story in one way (WHAT is UP with Kvitova??), as does the Azarenka vs. Tashvili scoreline in a different way. The Petrova vs. Sharapova match is at least getting to be a little interesting, even though it's just a minor variation on the same theme: Sharapova dominating the first set, collapsing in the second, pulling back from down 0-4 to even it up, only to lose the last two games. And she's a complete mess at the beginning of the fourth set. Luckily for her, it started to rain. All told: bleh.

RIck

third set :-)

sperry

Something I don't know about Kvitova? I find her to be one of the more charming players on tour, and the fans were 99% in back of Bartoli. Were they pulling for the underdog? I respect Bartoli's competitive drive, don't like her antics. They aren't quite "in your face," (she isn't directing them at her opponent) but .... ugly somehow. She gets my vote for most awkward service motion on tour... man or woman. As long as I'm randomly nominating ... Most "Light Them Up" smile? Clijsters. With no one in second or third place. By the way... everyone says that Sharapova only has a Plan A (smack the ball really hard) are all wrong. She does have a Plan B: Hit the ball REALLY, REALLY hard.

Bettyjane

Agree with everything you just posted Sperry. And why is it that I as a New Yorker never pull for the player these fans are for. Geez.

Rick

LOL, I confess to having a not-so-irrational dislike of Sharapova. She definitely profited more from the rain delay (and concomitant coaching). It would be great to see Petrova still pull this out, though it's looking dubious. If Sharapova gets through, I hope Serena eventually gets to whip her ass again. But win or lose, mostly one can't help but wish that Sharapova would just STFU.

Rick

Oh crap. Well, if there's no chance that my second wish will ever be fulfilled before she retires (barring laryngitis), at least I can still hold out hope for the first wish.

chipnputt

Bartoli has quirks and she certainly isn't the most elegant of players. But I doubt she is doing things to deliberately throw off her opponent. I like her -- she is probably the biggest non-athlete competing out there and I respect the effort that makes her as good as she is. On smiles -- see Sloane Stephens. Not comparing it with Clijsters (to each their own) but Stephens can light up the place. Lastly, on Plan A and Plan B -- interestingly, Nadal only has a Plan A when it comes to playing Federer. If you read this book, he says that his only plan was to hit to Federer's BH. That's it. That worked out quite well. Pn the other hand, you saw the risk to only having a Plan A when Nadal played Rosol. he was getting beaten but had no other strategy in terms of altering his game, so you got delaying tactics, complaints, a bump etc. That didn't work out so well.

sperry

I don't think Bartoli does anything to bother opponents. And I've heard interviews where she comes off as positively sweet. NONE of that ferocity that we see when she competes. It just gets tiring to watch her go through that crap after every point. I admit... I am 100% unable to judge smiles objectively... I've always loved Kim. (SS has a great one.) Did you see Kim's last match... the mixed doubles? She was twinkling and smiling at hubby and her daughter. Had she not been married, I'd have shot her an e-mail proposing marrieage.

chipnputt

I didn't see Kim's last match but then I'm not the fan you are -- I like her, but always preferred the game of Henin. Like Mauresmo, Graf -- you can see where I'm going -- I like one-handed BHs. The only woman with the two-handed BH I've really liked was Hingis because of her court craft. Like Radwanska now for the same reason.

You could still try the proposal. My guess is some PR guy will send a you an autographed photo thanking you for your support.

Rick

And there is a special boredom reserved for a John Isner servathon.
Unless it goes past one day.
Well, maybe especially then.
Huh, Kohlschreiber just broke him for a chance to serve out the 4th set at 5-3.
Yep, going to a 5th set.

On Bartoli, yeah, the practice swings can get to be a little much. But last time I heard an on-court post-match interview with her, I remember thinking, hm, she's actually kind of pretty. Another one cursed with a weirded-out tennis parent, but he did also somehow turn her into a tennis pro. And maybe the ice cream wasn't such a bad idea after all, when I look at the likes of Kerber and Kvitova. :-)

Which reminds me: I was wondering yesterday how Ivanovic generates her power. She doesn't seem taller -- and certainly not buffer -- than other players. Oh, I take that back, she's actually 6'1". Never looks that tall on screen. She was definitely overpowering Stephens at times yesterday.

Bettyjane

Regarding the Stephens-Ivanovic match. Again the understandable crowd support for Sloane. I get that. But when they were doing the post-match-on-court interview with Ana afterwards she mentioned that support and even said that it was understandable (given home crowd of course)and the crowd STILL jeered. They did the same thing to Kerber after defeating Williams the other night. Get real NY fans---are you denying your behavior. Djoker made a far worse gaffe against Roddick years ago, flat out saying something to the effect that you don't like me, but that was a stupid thing to say and I just eye-rolled but understood the crowd getting in his face about it.

Jenny

Bettyjane, I didn't see the match. I agree with your comment, this is not the way to behave, it's just bad manners pure and simple. What were they like during and after the Isner/Kohlscreiber match?

Bettyjane

Unfortunately I was fried from watching matches all day and didn't see it. I'm see that the match ended at 2:25 AM

sperry

Jenny...The crowd (during... I didn't see the end) was typical NY. They were wildly pro-John, but I didn't see/hear any disrespect for Kohlscreiber (but John was ahead when I was popping in and out). (Isner is the epitome of boring men's tennis. (I like the GUY... just not his tennis.) I only watched a set or so, off an on while playing chess with my computer.)

Jenny

Thanks Sperry. I know what you mean about John's tennis, he's not a chosen watch for me, nothing personal, nice guy. I looked at the stats, no tiebreaks, 22 aces to 5, unforced errors - 57/31 - those errors were his problem.

Murph

It was just announced w/o a reason Mardy Fish has just withdrawn from his US Open match with Roger Federer today. How sad.

Jenny

I just heard about Fish, sorry to hear it. Cilic/Klizan now moving to Ashe, that court not on Eurosport TV today, was looking forward to it. Must say I'm pleased they diverted the planes, they were going over every 5 mins while watching Tomas/Nico, it must have been tough on the players, even our comms remarked on it, very annoying and I'm at home watching on TV. I was so tempted to press the mute button! Hadn't noticed it before now.

Bettyjane

I'm worried about Fish. Apparently he didn't attend his post-match presser after his last match.

Jenny

I just heard [comms] Fish was suffering 'palpitations' during the Simon match. No way can he play. Take care Mardy.

Tomas through, Nico started so well, has talent, loses heart.

Rick

Hm, I'm not ecstatic about Fed facing Berdych without having had to get through Fish first...but certainly also hoping that Fish is OK.

But Fed's confidence level seems to be up these days (probably not unrelated to not having Nadal in the mix), so maybe it'll be OK.

On the Isner/Kohschreiber match, I caught the last set and a half (not that late my time). As sperry said, the crowd was wildly pro-Isner during the match, but not rude to Kohlschreiber, and seemed pretty respectful of him during the post-match on-court interview. However, there were only about 1000 people left at that point, so only the die-hard fans, who are likely to be more respectful of all the players anyway.

And yeah, watching Isner is like watching molasses drip. Well, except when he came totally unglued after a misunderstanding about a Hawkeye challenge and then a foot fault (here we go again) in rapid succession. Got a warning for hitting a ball into the upper deck in frustration at losing a point and then later a point penalty during a changeover as he sat in his chair beating the crap out of his racket.

Kohlschreiber played really smart the last set and a half and did a good job of not losing focus while Isner self-destructed. (Maybe it was past his bedtime. :-)

Jenny

Berdych looked impressive, good serves, clean striking, power, moving well, he was also coming to the net which you don't often see. By the same token, Fed is no Almagro. Fed will need to stay on top of his game though, plus he gets an extra day's rest.

Jenny

Wed: Another day of bad weather. Live play should have started 2hrs ago, backlog of incomplete matches from Tuesday already. The scheduled players have to report for duty, hang around until the weather gets better or told they can go home. I feel for the players and fans. LOL I really don't want to see an umpteeth replay of the Murray/Raonic match and Milos back in Canada doing his thing.

Chicago fan

Hello All,

I've been away for a while from the TP crew, but I felt compelled to post an interview that I read. I have never been a fan of Bernard Tomic. I think he is talent is overrated, and his boorish, unprofessional behavior is underestimated. He basically tanked his match with Roddick the other day. I don't care how talented you are or how overwhelmed by the circumstances you might be, that is unacceptable!

An excerpt of the interview is below. You can read the full article at http://tennis.si.com/2012/09/03/bernard-tomic-us-open-reporter/?sct=tn_bf1_a5.

“Well, you go in with a plan to win. You know, he’s playing well; you’re nervous,” Tomic said. “He’s getting you on little things. You’re not quite happy with yourself. … All I could see was 3‑Love down all of a sudden in the third set. I don’t think I was responding with my legs the way I should have.”

When a reporter relayed McEnroe’s observation that Tomic stopped trying in the third set, he didn’t dispute it.


“Well, I think he’s probably right,” Tomic said. The answer seemed to surprise the press corp, leading to this follow-up exchange:

Q. They made a pretty big deal of it on the last set, tanking, all that stuff.

Tomic: Really? What do you think?

Q. I’m not sure. I think your relaxed style, sometimes people get the wrong impression.

Tomic: That’s how I play. Do you have a problem with that?

Q. No. It was on TV. It was a big deal. Better to give you the opportunity now to talk about it surely.

Tomic: Yeah, no, that’s your prediction. I have mine. That’s how I play. If you think that’s that, it’s up to you. What is your name, by the way?

Q. Will.

Tomic: Will who?

Q. Will Swanton.

Tomic: From?

Q. Reuters.

Tomic: I’ll remember you.

The reporter’s question was fair, put forth in a professional manner, and if anything he was trying to give Tomic the opportunity to clarify what sounded like an admission to tanking.

Jenny

Hi Chicago fan, nice to 'see' you and thanks for posting. I'm not a Tomic fan either, I agree with your reasons. I don't know how true it is but I read on another site that he refused to practice with Lleyton Hewitt! Grow up and show respect Bernard, right now you're a small fish in a big pond.

Chicago fan

Hi Jenny,

Thanks for the virtual hello. You're always such a gem!

I had not read about the Lleyton Hewitt episode, although it would not surprise me. I did read about an episode during the Australian Open where Tomic was stopped for speeding and ranted and roared at the police officer. There's just a serious sense of entitlement there, and I don't think it's good for the game.

Roger and Rafa--and even Novak--are such strong ambassadors for the game. Tomic just doesn't fit. I know several people will respond with "oh he's only a teenager." Well, as teenagers, Roger and Rafa were winning slams.

Can you ever imagine Roger, Rafa, or David Ferrer tanking in a match?

Jenny

"Roger and Rafa--and even Novak--are such strong ambassadors for the game"

Too right!

Can you ever imagine Roger, Rafa, or David Ferrer tanking in a match?

Let's put it this way, if they did or I suspected they tanked, I might have to give up bothering to watch them.

Rick

God, Djokovic is grinding Stan Wawrinka down into a paste, it seems.
I last checked in when Stan was serving to stay in the first set at 4-5 after having broken Djokovic, only to get broken right back. And it appears to have gone only downhill from there.
Oops, I was about to ask what was up with Wawrinka, and the answer is: he just retired at 3-1 in the 3rd set.

The final rounds of the tournament are going to get very interesting.

Meanwhile, JDP and Roddick are going toe to toe. This looks like it's gonna be tiebreak city.

Bartoli was not playing at the level she was at in the first set yesterday, and so Shriekapova ground her down as well. But Bartoli at least stayed in the mix until the end. I don't think Shriek can take this, her first serve is still too unreliable, and even Bartoli was feasting off of it. Imagine what Serena will do to her.

Bettyjane

While I'm bummed that Stan is hurting, I'm also relieved that this may be why he was getting trounced. Djoker is on fire right now and has that look in his eye that I haven't seen for a while. Berdych is looking relaxed and confident as well. God knows what time THAT match will start.

Sorry to see Bartoli out. Not a huge fan of Sharapova. Painful to watch Bartoli's dad watching his daughter play.

Ricke

In Tears.......Goodbye Andy.....I will miss you....

Rick

Sorry, that was supposed to be: Bartoli was feasting off the *second* serve. If Shriekapova can't get the first serve in, she's vulnerable.

Rick

Yeah, here I am letting my eyes burn over this -- and I've never even liked the guy -- and meanwhile Cilic takes the first set and I miss it entirely.

And Jesus Maria, he just broke again to go up 4-1 in the second....

Wow.

chipnputt

Cilic is choking it away.

Rick

Good Lord, I am such a jinx I can't believe it.
Cilic was up 5-1 in the second set.
Murray is now up 6-5 and Cilic is serving just to take it to a tie break.
I guess this means I can't watch the Berdych-Federer match tonight, huh?.... :-)

Susan

Excuse me, but am I the only one who is horrified that Andy didn't bother to specifically thank his wife???
He thanked his parents, and his "team", but Brooklyn has a name, and she should have been recognized!

sperry

RE: Cilic Murray second set... uh....

Bettyjane

ESPN seems to have abandoned the match entirely for the Serena "thriller" ahead. My IBM stream is finally having hissy fits.

Leon

Jenny...with all due respect...just satisfy my silly curiosity...Were you literally/100% serious in that your last statement?
Meanwhile, a day of interesting matches, no?

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