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Your Call, Aug. 20 08/20/2008 - 10:52 AM

Smallyourcall_5 Mornin', everyone. I'm going out to the US Open qualies today, to pick up my credentials and poke around a little. Not much more to add for now, except to say that I'll be posting later in the day, and expect to bump into some of you out at the BJKNTC this afternoon. Tomorrow, we have the US Open official draw ceremony, and then Friday I'll be back out at Flushing Meadow. Enjoy today's tennis action and comment on it here. Also, keep your eyes open for Thursday's Deuce Club posts, where I'm going to ask those of you who will be attending the US Open, and may want to hook up with fellow TWibe membere, to make yourselves know.


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Posted by Backhand blaster 08/20/2008 at 12:54 PM

Arun: I agree, not good. But there is this piece of good news at the end of the article: "Although it is unlikely that women as old as Ms. Wu and Ms. Wang would be forced into hard labor, many of those sentenced to laojiao often toil in agricultural or factory work and are forced to confess their transgressions."
I wonder if this was the Olympic ideal James Blake was talking about in his presser after his loss to Gonzalez?

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 12:54 PM

aussiemarg, NP, ron: Cool, I like Tom Petty too.

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 12:56 PM

ron: I got my info from the ATP site. If he is not in qualifying you can also be certain that he is in.

Posted by NP 08/20/2008 at 12:56 PM

jewell, I actually had in mind the courts (and balls) in SW19, which are, contrary to the claims of the officials who apparently think we're dumb as sticks, slower today compared to just a decade ago. And I didn't mean to suggest that only court surfaces affect playing styles. Of course there are other factors, modern racquet tech being probably the most important one.

Posted by Nancy 08/20/2008 at 12:57 PM

Greenhopper - thanks!
we can hire Cavic if you want :)

Tari - Uh.Yeah is right
those italians can do no wrong
I have a gut feeling that Cannavaro will definitely help me get over the Nalby horror episodes pretty fast
http://tinyurl.com/68bjse

Rachael - I'm afraid Biffy clyro will make wanna trash the place and go punch Nalby afterwards

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 12:57 PM

sam, the eternal mantra who excels in everything cool,

tom petty and the heartbreakers is a

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 12:57 PM

Hello everyone *waves and smiles* Enjoy all the tennis and non-tennis discussion of today!

Nancy - *waves and smiles* Good to see(?) you again. I hope you are feeling much better now ;-)

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 12:59 PM

oops my post wen't haywire there,

tom petty and the heartbreakers greatest hits is great buy it

Posted by Chiconinja 08/20/2008 at 12:59 PM

Does anyone know how many more points does Rafa need to clinch the year end #1?

I know no one's talking about this but I'm curious.

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 01:03 PM

Psycopatty gets the early break in the 3rd set. Leads 2-0.

Posted by NP 08/20/2008 at 01:03 PM

Sam, you just confirmed why you're one of my faves around here. :)

As for Petty, no one will mistake him with Dylan or even Cohen, but how many songwriters have written so many catchy licks? Not many. And the fact that he's the one behind the most American of all bands doesn't hurt, either.

Now my fave Petty tunes, in order:

1) American Girl
2) Runnin' Down a Dream
3) Mary Jane's Last Dance (and great music video to boot)

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 01:04 PM

And, seems like Momo threw away 4 (yes F O U R) opportunities in the very next game to break back!

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 01:06 PM

Rafael settling in as #1:

“I was happy being the No. 2 and I'm happy as the No. 1”.

Nadal will be inspired for a third straight Grand Slam title this season after his success over Federer in Paris and Wimbledon. “But I have no time to celebrate”, confessed the 22-year-old. “The Open starts so soon”.

Posted by Black Matt 08/20/2008 at 01:07 PM

NP -

Why are Paul's passes more difficult? Because he throws endless lobs to Tyson Chandler? All he has to do is get the ball up near the rim, and the big man does the rest.

In any case, the quality of a man's passes has nothing to do with difficulty. If Paul does more difficult passes in truth, then that makes him a LESS effective Point guard. Consider John Stockton, the greatest passer in history, who mostly through simple, non-flashy, but EFFECTIVE passes. I'd say if Williams is throwing simpler passes (and I'm not quite sure he does) than if anything that makes him a BETTER passer. Really, the same thing applies in tennis.

As for Paul's defense, it may be fun to watch, but it's detrimental to the team. I'd rather have the guy who will body up his man and not risk getting burned, which Paul often does.

Sorry, but I'll still take Williams. Paul might have gotten a lot more MVP votes, but that's because he has been the more hyped player since college, even though Williams has always enjoyed more success. It doesn't help that Williams is playing in Utah and Paul in New Orleans.

I admitted Paul's rebounding and ballhandling are better than Williams. As far as rebounding, Williams plays on a team with two double-digit rebounders in Boozer and Okur, along with other good rebounders in Kirilenko in Milsap. Rebounding is not, and should not, be Deron's concern. And as far as ballhandling, yes, Paul's is better, but that's not to say by much. Deron has a fantastic handle...CP3's is just a bit better.

Finally, you say Williams takes more shots. Sorry, but it's simply not true. A quick check of their stats reveals that Paul takes 16 shots per game, and Williams takes 13. And this is both of them averaging about 37 minutes per game.

Deron Williams all the way.

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 01:08 PM

np love stop draggin my heart around the duet he sings with stevie nicks,from fleetwood mac is just pure rock,goes for 4min on their greatest hits cd!

Posted by Nancy 08/20/2008 at 01:08 PM

Hey Avid *waving and smiling back*
I'm much better now...just needed a little break trying to forget Nole's tears, Nalby muttering to himself "it's not fair" while Monf was serving for the match and ofcourse Gonzo losing the gold....painful memories
I was telling Rachael a few days ago (in my many depressing emails) that i've put Nalby's loss down in the "Huh?! WTF?!" list and moved on...so all good now.

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 01:08 PM

But, Momo breaks back in the 4th game.. Back on serve now!

Posted by Black Matt 08/20/2008 at 01:09 PM

NP -

Just to clarify, I think Paul is a tremendous point guard, and I don't mean to sound like I'm "knocking" him in anyway. I would just take Williams first, that's all. I think he's just a better player.

But in the end, I'm pretty positive Utah would never trade for Chris Paul, and New Orleans would never trade for Deron Williams.

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 01:10 PM

Greenhopper: "Psycopatty" while I know you are trying to be funny is this not player abuse?

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 01:10 PM

sam, the external mantra who excels in everything cool

np is saying your one of his favs around here!

my oh my,does he know the real you?

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 01:10 PM

NP: Thanks, my friend. I actually haven't listened to Petty in a while, but I like those songs you listed. I also really like
You Got Lucky, Don't Do Me Like That, Listen to Her Heart, I Won't Back Down, Runnin' Down a Dream, I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better (though I prefer the Byrds version better)

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 01:11 PM

Tennis Fan-
Can you take a joke?
Its no secret that she does crazy things out there.

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 01:12 PM

aussiemarg: 12:51 p.m.

Stop it, you're killing me here! Stevie Nicks is my favourite female singer! I've been in love with her for years. There's an old Tom Petty album with a song called Insider on it that Stevie also does back-up harmony on and it's so chilling. That song was actually written by Tom for Stevie to sing but he liked it so much he told her he just had to keep it for himself.

And Leonard Cohen...may we all kneel in prayer now. Sigh.

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 01:12 PM

Nice article on power baseliners and the future of tennis, really a good read:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/48928-power-baseliners-and-the-wave-of-the-future

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 01:12 PM

Beth @11:17 on the previous thread: Hey now, NP has nothing to do with my missing "a"... ;)

AM (time irrelevant because it will only cause confusion) on the previous thread: The alcohol will counteract the platelet aggregation caused by the high fat, high glycemic carb meal. So it's a wash ;)

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 01:13 PM

Greenhopper:

'crazy things'

such as?

'out there'

Out where?

Schynder takes the second set?

Posted by jewell 08/20/2008 at 01:14 PM

Dylan! Cohen!

*sighs*

NP: I didn't mean to suggest that you thought only surface made a difference, but if s + v works best on fast courts, there are plenty of them outside SW19, so there should be room for s + v players - I guess as you say the racquets and strings making returning easier are probably having an effect there.

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 01:14 PM

I meant Cirstea takes set II over Penneta. Mauresom and Schynder are on serve 3-2 in the third.

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 01:14 PM

Nancy - :) that is good. I think he will also have to play himself back into form. So the more matches he wins, the better he'll be back in form ;-)

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 01:16 PM

russ i was getting a bit worried about you,glad to know your back where you belong,still getting my head around the cocktail thing?

Posted by naughty T 08/20/2008 at 01:16 PM

Nancy you cannot have the Italian football team working in the bar. They would be continually falling over if anyone so much as looked at them and then rolling about on the floor screaming as if a leg had been amputated.
None of us would ever get a drink for heavens sake, and I have a feeling we are going to need one or two during this us open.

Biffy Clyro... equals ugo. sorry rachael. Perhaps he can come on the really late shift when we are all drunk enough.

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 01:16 PM

Allez Amelie! Apparently she breaks again to go up 4-2 in the decider.

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 01:17 PM

Aaah.. arrest me, will you?
Are you telling she can't be a "head case", sometimes?

Posted by Ruth 08/20/2008 at 01:17 PM

Hi, Sam! Hope that you'll be joining me in representing the Philadelphia area at the USO this year.

I'm looking forward to posting my USO dates and finding out about other TWers' dates in the Deuce Club tomorrow. It was fun last year meeting Pete, snoo, and GVgirl for the first time at our official meeting place by the AA memorial statue. And while hanging out at that spot, I got to Murphy Jensen filming for his show as well as several foreign journalists who seemed to find "our location" the perfect place from which to send home their televised reports.

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 01:18 PM

"Stop it, you're killing me here! Stevie Nicks is my favourite female singer! I've been in love with her for years. There's an old Tom Petty album with a song called Insider on it that Stevie also does back-up harmony on and it's so chilling."

ron: Stop dragging my heart around! I think Ann Wilson is the best female singer of that era. The era of true Rock'n'Roll muscianship. But Stevie is good. However, I think her bandmate and lessor know Christine McVie was just as good if not better!

Posted by Rachael 08/20/2008 at 01:19 PM

"I was telling Rachael a few days ago (in my many depressing emails)"

don't listen to this girl. here emails are the sole reason for the internet.

at least Nalby didn't lose to Troicki.


and I don't care what people think of Simon Neil, I'm having him. I could bring in much, much worse if you're not careful.

Posted by jewell 08/20/2008 at 01:20 PM

naughty T: lol.

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 01:21 PM

Does "head case" = psycho? They all can be headcases form time to time. It's part of the game.

I know you were trying to be funny, so you will not be arrested today.

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 01:21 PM

For anyone who's a real Tom Petty fan they should get the four-disc collection called Runnin' Down A Dream. The first two discs are a film/documentary made by Peter Bogdanovich which is most excellent and then the other two discs are music. One is their 30th anniversary concert in Gainesville, Florida and the other disc is bonus songs from soundtracks. The whole thing is amazing.

Rock and roll dudes!

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 01:24 PM

NP: 1:03 p.m.

I love love love Mary Jane's Last Dance. Also, Free Fallin', Insider, The Criminal Kind, Refugee, Even The Losers. The list goes on.

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 01:24 PM

"I have a feeling we are going to need one or two during this us open"
nT: Oh no - don't tell that, pls - unless, you're kind enough to drink for the losing pros who you don't root for ;) Howz the (un)packing coming along?

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 01:24 PM

Okay, I'll read your book on "1000 appropriate words to describe Tennis players" when you release it.

>>I know you were trying to be funny, so you will not be arrested today.<<
Yay for me! Just called party supplies.

Posted by piyush sharma 08/20/2008 at 01:26 PM

the US open is going to be a nice time to identify possible future champions ; gulbis, del potro, kishikori, donald young, ..... all potential future champs;

for the present nadal-joker-murray ;

for the delusional : roger federer

Posted by afwu1216 08/20/2008 at 01:26 PM

Maria Sharapova and Olympics gymnastics all-around women's champion Nastia Liukin will do a magazine photo shoot in New York on September 8.

"When she got an email from Sharapova inviting her to do the shoot, it was about as big as winning the gold medal," Liuikin's agent Evan Morgenstein told AP.

UGGH!! That drives me crazy when injured players are off doing other things. They should be home resting and rehabing.
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Mauresmo breaks for 4-3, dumps the break and is now down 0-40 at 4-4. WHAT A PSYCHO!! Even I wouldn't hit a DF at 0-15!!

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 01:28 PM

guys seeing we are in awe of the leonard cohen,my all time fav song,which i am about to play is hallelujah,truly a song of all time,heard a lot of versions of this one,but leonard just kills this song,which goes up there with my all time songs of all time,one of my fav all time songs is stairway to heaven!!!!,saw led zepplin live,hello the all time rock god,robert plant,what can i say about him,living legend,melts me the the bone and core,wen't straight to heaven that night in nyc,died and came back to earth,to see him live is a expierence i will never forget!mmmmmmmm,sigh,sigh,sigh,

Posted by jewell 08/20/2008 at 01:28 PM

Oh, Amelie, don't do it to yourself...Win!

Posted by naughty T 08/20/2008 at 01:28 PM

hooray pish tush is back, but now we have no idea where from

Arun, I will use any excuse to drink. It is part of my charm

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 01:29 PM

This has been one strange set for both the players.. Schnyder leads 2-0 first, MoMo takes 4 in a row then, and Schynder comes back to take 3 in a row - she's serving for the match now :(

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 01:29 PM

Please please please let Amelie win over Patti. Are you listening tennis gods???

Tennis Fan:

Totally love Heart. One of the best concerts I ever went to was an all-day concert in 1978 or '79 that had Ted Nugent, Blue Oyster Cult, Loverboy, and headlined by Heart. Ah, good times.

I also loved Christine in Fleetwood Mac, one of my all-time favourite bands. She was the perfect balance for Stevie's harder edge. But, Stevie is my goddess.

Posted by naughty T 08/20/2008 at 01:30 PM

oh and Arun so far the (un)packing is a non starter but have a lovely new haircut.

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 01:30 PM

AM: Actually, where I belong is in the SAS environment running T-tests and the odd ANOVA. You, er, guys are just too dang irresistible. Are the Swiss Alps in the Sicilian or Parisian section of Switzerland, by the way?

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 01:31 PM

aussiemarg:

All I can say to you is, Hallelujah! No one can give me goose-bumps like when he sings that.

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 01:31 PM

"Mauresmo breaks for 4-3, dumps the break and is now down 0-40 at 4-4. WHAT A PSYCHO!! Even I wouldn't hit a DF at 0-15!!"
afwu1216: seems like like Schnyder returned the favor - @ 15-30

And yay, Momo breaks back for 5-5

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 01:32 PM

5-5.
afwu1216 - did you say psycho? watch out for the "appropriate" patrol!

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 01:32 PM

NP: Can you please start a debate with piyush sharma?

Posted by naughty T 08/20/2008 at 01:32 PM

If Donald Young is a future champion so am I

Posted by Rosangel 08/20/2008 at 01:33 PM

Ruth @12.27: agreed. This is a subject that needs to be discussed with honesty, not the kind of defensiveness that has sometimes been seen around here from people who would normally be seen as reasonable. And I say that as one who was deeply upset by one particular concerted attack from a group of usually trusted Federer fans here, on this subject. Apparently in some minds asking questions about the subject was tantamount to a form of lese majeste, and the attacks got pretty personal, while no intellectually justified answers were ever offered by those individuals. The whole experience was upsetting enough that I was reluctant to post here for a while on anything much, and also enough that i still hold back on quite a few things that I'd otherwise air. Though in fact, I'm, more than ready to consider the nuances of the subject, and think that the "weak era" debate might profitably be renamed as the "relative depth" debate, in that none of the greats have in fact reigned over anything that could credibly be described as a totally weak era.

Posted by afwu1216 08/20/2008 at 01:34 PM

"If Donald Young is a future champion so am I"

naugthy t:

I LOVE YOU!! LOL ROFTL LMAO!!

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 01:34 PM

"NP: Can you please start a debate with piyush sharma?"
Russ: NOW, I need to be added to the alert list like Sam!

Good for you, nT!

Posted by Nastia is Superior 08/20/2008 at 01:34 PM

I LOVE NASTIA LIUKIN!

Posted by Nancy 08/20/2008 at 01:35 PM

"at least Nalby didn't lose to Troicki."

Yeah but he did lose to the french skeleton at the FO
This is great...we've come to that desperate point where we compare our "Huh?!WTF?!" losses of the season
when it comes to WTF losses Nalby is #1..good Andy is no where near him.
Go Nalby, Nancy's #1 !!
Go Andy, Rachael's #1 !!

Naughty - I know about your "deep love" for the italian team
but god knows i need them...if the TW ladies don't want them then i'll be more than happy to have'em all for myself

Posted by Grant 08/20/2008 at 01:36 PM

"In any case, the quality of a man's passes has nothing to do with difficulty. If Paul does more difficult passes in truth, then that makes him a LESS effective Point guard."

That would be the case if those difficult passes didn't increase the odds of the possession resulting in points. Obviously difficulty should not be its own reward in basketball, but frequently the point of a difficult pass is that it leads to an easy basket for the recipient.

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 01:37 PM

russ you can't help yourself,getting in a plug of your fav player roger,re switzerland,no i am not going there by the way,i am not going to get a autograph for you either,sorry not coming in on that one!,next you will be asking me,if manacour is near sydney australia?

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 01:39 PM

"I think Ann Wilson is the best female singer of that era"

Ooo, good choice, Tennis Fan. Great voice.

Ruth: I'll be at the USO in spirit. ;-)

Posted by CherryNYC 08/20/2008 at 01:40 PM

Thanks Backhand Blaster at 12:41 for posting that story about the elderly women sentenced to "re-education" (the word alone makes me shudder) -- I was trying to do it myself (how does tinyurl work?? -- yes, I'm thick). It was a reality check. I do wonder if there will be any demonstrations re: China in the vicinity of the USO. I live in the UN neighborhood and there has been a small, but vocal crowd standing on First Avenue every day this summer demonstrating against China's policy toward Tibet. On one day they were singing a song, which I learned was a Tibetan song akin to a national anthem. It was really beautiful. I do wonder if Fed, Nadal and company think about these things.

Anyway, does anyone know if Fed is here yet? I really want a sighting this year. Last year, Mr. Cherry had lunch a couple of tables away from Roddick and Connors. Being only a casual Andy fan, he could not figure out who was eating with Connors -- totally did not recognize Andy up close and without the hat! I seethed with jealousy for days.

And the weather continues to be awesome and September-like. Today it's in the low 70s, bright, sunny and gorgeous. It just puts you in a good mood - -may it have the same impact on Fed. He could use it.

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 01:41 PM

Mini-break to Schnyder
1-3 Mauresmo on serve.

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 01:42 PM

AM: Actually, that was more a plug for the Oxford Atlas of the World. By Manacour, do you mean Manacor, where Rafael Nadal hails from? If so, allow me to make a second plug for the Oxford Atlas of the World. Or just a decent spell checker. ;)

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 01:42 PM

naughty T: 1:32 p.m.

LOL!

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 01:42 PM

Handed right back. 3-3.

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 01:42 PM

greenhopper: following the way this match has gone by, I won't be surprised if Momo wins the tiebreak 7-4 or 7-5!

Posted by piyush sharma 08/20/2008 at 01:43 PM

It is easier for fedex to compete with roddick-safin-hewitt-davydenko-gonzales than with nadal-djokovic-andy murray ;

it is difficult for fedex to win grand slams in the times of nadal-djokovic-andy murray than in the times of roddick-safin-hewitt-davydenko-gonzales ;

fedex’s 12 grand slams in the times of roddick-safin-hewitt-davydenko-gonzales would be worth say : 6 grand slams in the times of nadal-djokovic-andy murray;

not a good way of putting a argument;

but there is a point in it ;

Posted by naughty T 08/20/2008 at 01:43 PM

Nancy maybe they could work in the stockroom and you can check up on them regularly.
grrrrr

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 01:43 PM

Break for Mauresmo 4-3.
Oh wait, Patty levels it at 4-4.
Is this a joke?

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 01:44 PM

Man, can this match with Amelie and Patti get any wonkier???

Posted by NP 08/20/2008 at 01:45 PM

Black Matt,

I said pretty much the same thing (that I just prefer Paul) on the other thread, but here's my full response if you're interested:

Oh, boy. Here we go again. This is why I'm not very keen to jump into the Paul-Williams debate 'cause both sides can make their case, but since you wrote a detailed response I'll respond in kind.

My point was that Paul makes his difficult passes SUCCESSFULLY. Of course difficulty doesn't matter at all if the pass gets intercepted or doesn't reach the target, but if one successful pass is more difficult or flashier than another then, yes, I say the flashier one is better. And I wasn't saying that most of Paul's passes are of the flashier kind. He doesn't go for broke (tennis pun intended) more than is necessary--kinda like Stockton, really, who also made flashy passes quite often when the success rate was high enough.

As for your claim that Paul often risks getting burned in defense, my viewing experience and observations tell a different story. You're gonna have to gimme some examples if you wanna convince me otherwise. And the stats don't really support your claim, either, as Paul does make more steals per game than Williams. Unless Chris' TOs are much higher than Deron's I think it safe to say Paul's defense is at the very least just as fine AND safe as Williams'.

And I'm not sure their respective teams have much to do with their reputation, as NO and Utah are actually very close in their win-loss percentage. In fact Jazz have not just Deron but also Boozer as their big-name stars, while I can't think of another big name besides Paul when I think of the Hornets. You may be right that Paul's MVP votes may have something to do with hype, but it's by no means the only factor.

Now the shots. I don't know if the shot-attempt stat is for the past season, but if it is then I say Paul and Williams are just about even in scoring, 'cause Chris did average a higher PPG than Deron.

Look, you're free to stick up for Williams. Both Chris and Deron are great players. I just think Paul is a little better. Unless I made a glaring error I think we should just leave it at that.

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 01:46 PM

mini-break-fest
5-4 Patty.
5-5 Mauresmo.

And they actually hold serve after all.
6-6.
Bring it on. We're here all day.

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 01:46 PM

Okay, now 5-6 Amelie in the tie-break. Match point Patti.

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 01:46 PM

russ yes of course i meant the place where

rafal nadal no 1 player in the wrold

rafa nadal wen't for gold,got gold in singles olympics 2008

sorry russ love typing that,i had a rafa moment,where were we,yes the ilsand where god comes from,gosh i don't know how to spell it,also not a fan of the oxford atlas of the world either.

Posted by Master Ace 08/20/2008 at 01:46 PM

Schnyder is tied with Mauresmo 4-6,6-3,6-6 (6 all in the TB)

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 01:47 PM

Evening all. Wow, work makes it hard to keep up with TW.

What's this I see ... Maid Marin lost a set to Jurgen "Complete Nonentity" Melzer? No, no, no, no, no. Man up, Marin! This sort of behaviour cannot be tolerated!

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 01:47 PM

I can't keep track of the service breaks with these two women, geesh! 6-6. Someone win this darned thing.

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 01:47 PM

And whadya know, Mauresmo wins it 8-6 in the TB.
Good fun.

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 01:48 PM

Amelie wins!

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 01:48 PM

am: loved your post @ 1:46! (I don't mean the content) ;)

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 01:48 PM

PS: You are correct. Everything you say is absolutely, incontrovertibly and unquestionably true. Now go play somewhere, we're busy.

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 01:50 PM

Allez Amelie!!

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 01:50 PM

And Dechy-Dellaqua get broken serving for the first set at 5-4.
Now serving to stay in the set at 5-6.

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 01:50 PM

arun just trying to please lol

Posted by afwu1216(momo for USO O8!! 08/20/2008 at 01:51 PM

MOMO WINS IT 6-4,6-3,7-6. Hopefully she will get TV coverage tommorow!!!!!! ALEZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!

Posted by Jacko (Private Detective) 08/20/2008 at 01:51 PM

TWibe i have returned but only for a second as i am now off to play tennis!!!

*loves tennis*

nice to see amelie win a tough match again!! maybe this win will relight her fire??!!!!!

and sadly the female santoro (niculescu) was clinically beaten 6-3 6-3 by the wonderkid wozniacki . . . .watch that space at the USO!!!!!

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 01:52 PM

AM: Apparently not. But perhaps you could become a fan of http://www.spellchecker.net/spellcheck/

It costs less than a cup of coffee a day, and can make a difference in the lives of many posters on this board. Okay, maybe not many, but at least me. Whaddya say, huh?

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 01:54 PM

russ you just cracked me up!!!!!, i am speechless,hello,what can i say,tears of laughter,running down my face,i think i have lost it big time,pls give me a break?????????

Posted by Sher 08/20/2008 at 01:55 PM

I can see that piyush sharma has learned something from the Ward discussion. That's nice.

ron, haha, no I was picking on NP.

Posted by Samantha Elin 08/20/2008 at 01:55 PM

I love Amelie's game, everything about it, never heard of most of the singers people are talking about. My favorite is Justin Timberlake and bringing sexy back is my favortie song, everytime I hear that song I think of Cliffie and his too hott self. Nancy good picture but not my type. One more day before the draw.

Posted by lpb 08/20/2008 at 01:56 PM

From L. Jon's Tennis Mailbag about Fed:

"Before we discuss the Olympics, the U.S. Open and sundry other topics, how about we pause for a moment and salute the end of a sensational era.

I love Federer's last act as a No. 1. Playing in the Olympics, he suffers still another crushing defeat, this one an upset loss to James Blake in the quarterfinals. He's failed to achieve one of his long-avowed goals of winning a medal. This is unquestionably devastating. Yet he regroups and teams with Stan Wawrinka to win a gold medal in doubles. Obviously not the gold medal he had in mind; but I think that speaks awfully eloquently about Federer's character."

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 01:57 PM

samantha elin, yes i am afraid some of these songs were made,before you were born,but i like justin too,don't know about him and madonna though?

Posted by Tari 08/20/2008 at 01:58 PM

Rosangel, as it was me that you addressed during the described recent discussion, and for which I corrected your perception of my comments, I am sorry to read the above post. Suffice it to say that I have no intention of contributing to this debate in the future, as someone who is apparently "usually" trusted, so by all means, feel free. Goodness.

I'm done.

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 01:58 PM

OK, sorry if this has already been posted, but if you haven't seen it, check out the photo of JMDP, a.k.a. the Pied Piper of Pilot Pen:

http://tinyurl.com/6lgb9n

And tell me that isn't the craziest, most magical elf in all the land.

Posted by NP 08/20/2008 at 01:58 PM

Sorry, AM, but I'm just not a big Stevie Nicks fan. I'd still not dig her if she did a duet with the Muses themselves. No offense, of course.

Sam, no problem. And those are good choices. That said Petty shouldn't have done that atrocious Super Bowl halftime show. He just looked like what he was: a geezer. Not the best way to promote yourself, if not your music.

jewell, correct, the racquets probably have more to do with today's baseline game than anything. Hopefully another Sampras will emerge (an unlikely prospect, I know) so S&V will get its necessary boost.

ron, I'm glad. :)

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 02:01 PM

AM: You will have a break for the next 2 hours, at least... I'm off to focus on work, which I cannot do as long as this window is open. Enjoy your day, er, night, er, oh, whatever time it is wherever you are!

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