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Monday Net Post 02/09/2009 - 1:05 AM

PennettaBy TW Contributing Editor, Ed McGrogan

Verbose; bare bones. Reliable; fleeting. At various times during the last few months, any of these adjectives could have been used to describe the chameleon-like Monday Net Post. But consistency will prevail in the end. Going forward, the MNP will be as follows:

Last Week's Tournaments

Movistar Open (ATP - Clay - Vina del Mar, Chile)

Singles: Fernando Gonzalez def. Jose Acasuso
Doubles: Pablo Cuevas/Brian Dabul def. Frantisek Cermak/Michal Martinek

PBZ Zagreb Indoors (ATP - Indoor Hard - Zagreb, Croatia)

Singles: Marin Cilic def. Mario Ancic
Doubles: Martin Damm/Robert Lindstedt def. Christopher Kas/Rogier Wassen

SA Tennis Open (ATP - Outdoor Hard - Johannesburg, South Africa)

Singles: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. Jeremy Chardy
Doubles: James Cerretani/Dick Norman def. Rik de Voest/Ashley Fisher

Fed Cup

Russia def. China 5-0
Italy def. France 5-0
United States def. Argentina 3-2
Czech Republic def. Spain 4-1

McGrogan's Heroes

ATP - Ivan Dodig

Yes, all three men's title winners went through their draws without losing a set. But none of them even had to defeat a player in the Top 35. That's not their fault, of course -- you play who advances -- but because of this anomaly, the Hero award goes elsewhere this week.

Ranked No. 425 in the world heading into the Zagreb Indoors, Ivan Dodig had not played in an ATP main draw since last February in Marseille. That visit to the big leagues was a short one, as he lost 6-1, 6-4 to Novak Djokovic, the top seed of the tournament.

After winning three qualifying matches to reach the main draw of Zagreb, Dodig was once again, in a cruel twist of fate, slotted to play the tournament's top seed. This year it was Igor Andreev, the No. 19 player on the ATP Tour. Another top seed, another 6-1, 6-4 score. But this time, it was the underdog who came out on top, in a stunning result.

Following this shocker, Dodig surprised again, defeating the talented Ernests Gulbis, also in straight sets (7-6, 6-4). Dodig would bow out in the quarterfinals against Mario Ancic, an eventual finalist, but the qualifier's week was already a great success. For his efforts, Dodig moved up 83 spots up the world rankings ladder, and won 10,850 euros, or, more than 10% of his career earnings on tour.

WTA - Flavia Pennetta

Yes, Flavia Pennetta didn't impress with her decision to communicate with the chair umpire via "a gesture" and "verbal abuse". (I'd say tennis is doing just fine if that's the sport's controversial story of the week.) But the Italian impressed in every other way during Fed Cup play against France, where she won two matches in enemy territory.

In the tie's opening rubber, Pennetta fought from a set and a break of serve down to defeat Amelie Mauresmo, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4. Pennetta also saved a match point during this spirited rally. And although Mauresmo was clearly a different player back in 2006, it's worth noting that she clobbered Pennetta 6-1, 6-1, in this exact situation (a quarterfinal tie at home) three years ago.

After Francesca Schiavone defeated Alize Cornet in another dramatic contest (Schiavone won 6-1, 2-6, 8-6), Pennetta had the opportunity to close out the tie in the third rubber. In stark contrast to the first two matches, the third was settled in short order. But once again, the Italians came out on top, as Pennetta defeated Cornet 6-2, 6-2.

Pennetta upped her career record in Fed Cup to 10-3 with the pair of victories. Her next challenge for team Italy will come when they host Russia in the tournament's marquee semifinal in late April. This will be a rematch of the 2007 Fed Cup final, when Russia shutout Italy (4-0) en route to the title. Pennetta did not participate in that tie.

This Week's Tournaments

(TV Schedule)

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament (ATP - Indoor Hard - Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Singles Bracket
Doubles Bracket

Brasil Open (ATP - Clay - Costa do Sauipe, Brazil)

Singles Bracket
Doubles Bracket

SAP Open (ATP - Indoor Hard - San Jose, United States)

Singles Bracket
Doubles Bracket

Open GDF Suez (WTA - Indoor Hard - Paris, France)

Singles & Doubles Brackets

PTT Pataya City Women's Open (WTA - Outdoor  Hard - Pattaya City, Thailand)

Singles & Doubles Brackets


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Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 09:48 AM

By reading the comments, it seems like Nicole do not want to be in Paris as Emilie does not have a great serve.

Posted by gauloises 02/10/2009 at 09:48 AM

lira v ... Loit's serving well, but honestly, Nikki V isn't even moving for some of them that are very gettable.

Posted by lollipop 02/10/2009 at 09:49 AM

I think it would help if we had a "last" page so we didnt have to keep clicking next to be able to see the most recent posts. Just a suggestion.

Posted by neil in toronto 02/10/2009 at 09:50 AM

vie: www.justin.tv/dragonblades5 :)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 09:51 AM

Vie:

http://www.supernanny.com/

I want her to be my mother.

Posted by Budour (Break the Siege!!!) 02/10/2009 at 09:51 AM

C'mon Honey Badger!

Posted by neil in toronto 02/10/2009 at 09:52 AM

The Rotterdam link is so sometimesy. I watched Kolya's match yesterday, and later on, i kind of watched Seppi's match, but it seems they pick and choose which matches to show.

Jewell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice that Rafa has treated himself to an Aston Martin, not the usual luxury sports car choice, but certainly a nice one!!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 09:54 AM

Neil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And doesn't he look good next to it? ;) There's a whole new range of daydreams to be had.

Posted by neil in toronto 02/10/2009 at 09:55 AM

well at least ferru won. Weird that the S.B. on the rotterdam sight has just caught up. They already posted that he won like 10 minutes ago.

Posted by lira vega 02/10/2009 at 09:55 AM

Yeah G, so I see. I'm surprised Chris B. and Jo D. (?) are so apologetic about it, though.
Dress is a mess, but her hair looks nice and it seems she's lost some weight too.

Posted by 02/10/2009 at 09:56 AM

Yeah...Ferru wins!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 09:56 AM

yay for Ferru. :)

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 09:56 AM

^ C'est moi.

Posted by neil in toronto 02/10/2009 at 09:56 AM

LOL jewell yes, yes it does. I never did want to be cramped in a Kia LOL

rafadoc and avid and i are gonna take turns in the passenger seat, so grab your headscarf and immense sunglasses and get in on the fun :D

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 09:58 AM

Hi Neil. Have you tried watching from the website today? I finally found the right plug in (I think) but I still can't see anything on the screen. Maybe they are not broadcasting yet???

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 09:59 AM

Indeed Jewell...we will look fab in that passenger seat, no? :)

Posted by neil in toronto 02/10/2009 at 10:00 AM

hey rafadoc, yeah, i've pulled the link up, but nothing yet. I think they just feature one match each session.

I did manage to get the screen to go full size last night during Seppi's match, a relief, since watching the tiny screen felt like i was somehow transported back to the 1950's

Posted by Budour (Break the Siege!!!) 02/10/2009 at 10:01 AM

Congratulations, Jenni and all Ferru fans. Great win. Melzer is a very tricky first round opponent especially when you are struggling with your game and cofidence. Ferru did well to come from behind. Plus, winning a tight match against a dangerous opponent should give him a lot of confidence.

Posted by lira vega 02/10/2009 at 10:02 AM

Congrats to Ferru fans!

Am I the only one annoyed with Dimitrov hype? I mean, he's OK, but this whole "Baby Fed 2" is getting on my nerves, especially cuz there's not much about his game that's similar to Fed's.

Urgh, Nikki trying to slice is not a pleasant sight

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 10:02 AM

Thanks for the info Neil :) I was going to pay the 20 bucks to watch on tennistv but they aren't broadcasting until Thursday anyway...I am hoping to get Rafa's match tomorrow.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 10:04 AM

*adjusts hair under scarf and settles sunglasses more firmly on nose in expectation of wild James Bond-ian driving*

We will be the envy of Manacor, LOL.

ptenisnet - sorry to ask but I'm completely lost on Loerschke POERSCHKE, what does it mean? It's driving me mad. :)

Posted by Annie 02/10/2009 at 10:05 AM

neil, jewell, rafadoc: i've got a nice stream from the rotterdam website. showing the ballgirls and boys right now. monfils being introduced? yeah!

Posted by ptenisnet 02/10/2009 at 10:08 AM

Jewell
It's the name of the WC that Tommy Haas beat last night at the SAP open.

Posted by ptenisnet 02/10/2009 at 10:10 AM

And is Blake out of the SAP open? Or is it a back "injury" because he didn't want to play the Exo?

Posted by Arun 02/10/2009 at 10:10 AM

Lira Vega: The 'Baby Fed' tag is the expressway to doom ;-).. But yes - though Grigor's game is impressive for his age, I hope the media and fans stop the hype and importantly the comparison with Fed. That kind of pressure can only be a bane for a young player (as we saw in the case of Gasquet).

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 10:10 AM

thanks ptenisnet. :)

Go, Gael!

Posted by gauloises 02/10/2009 at 10:11 AM

Great celebration from Loit. But oh, Nikki :(

OK, salvation plan: Brad and Angelina should adopt her, and then hire Supernanny to sort her out.

Get on it, Brangelina.

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 10:11 AM

Cool Annie-thanks for letting us know...now I can try out my stream to see if I am up and running....

Posted by gauloises 02/10/2009 at 10:13 AM

Thanks for the heads up on the Rotterdam stream, Annie.

Does anybody else automatically get the Beautiful South song in their heads?

Posted by Vie 02/10/2009 at 10:14 AM

jewell, nice, thanks for Supernanny link. I got two TV clips,one the voice training one, but my Internet Explorer cannot connect to other clips, probably some IE settings. Yes, nikki V needs a mother, ha, she need some TLC, I think.

Posted by lira vega 02/10/2009 at 10:15 AM

Yeah, Arun, his game is more like Richie's to me, no? Though, Richie has better volleys, methinks. Anyway, I sorta liked him, but these days I'm finding myself more on the hateration side of things. Not his fault, but I can't help it

EL NV
Winners: 22 15
UEs: 10 25
Aces:10 3

Posted by Budour (Break the Siege!!!) 02/10/2009 at 10:16 AM

Master Ace: How can you explain Niki V's spectacular collapse in the last two and half years?

Posted by neil in toronto 02/10/2009 at 10:17 AM

Annie...that's not fair!!!

Mine is not working at all, the same stream from the website. MMMPH, could be a sign i should be doing something productive, luckily i ignore such things

LOL jewell, somehow i get the feeling Rafa will not drive that car above 35 mph, not sure...but it'll be nice sight seeing, and i'm sure the surroundings will be nice as well.

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 10:18 AM

Okay...stream is finally working on my desktop pc -I'll take it! Thanks for the help everyone :)

Posted by neil in toronto 02/10/2009 at 10:18 AM

yaaaay...my stream is up and running now!!

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 10:20 AM

Yeah Neil! No need to go do something productive now ;-)

Posted by Arun 02/10/2009 at 10:21 AM

Lira Vega: From what I'd seen on Youtube, Grigor clearly seemed to have molded his game based on Roger's; especially I find more similarity in their BHs (and Reeshard's seems different from that of Fed/Bolelli/Grigor) -- but this is simply too early to make a comparison imo.

Posted by ptenisnet 02/10/2009 at 10:22 AM

I think there are like 3 people in the stands watching this match.

Posted by neil in toronto 02/10/2009 at 10:24 AM

rafadoc, productivity is so highly overrated.

Sigh

if only i were independently wealthy....oh the laziness that would ensue.

Posted by Stella 02/10/2009 at 10:26 AM

Morning everyone

Can someone post the link to Rotterdam?

Posted by Sher (On TypePad no one can hear you scream. Particularly if your comment gets lost...) 02/10/2009 at 10:26 AM

Rosangel,

I'm glad to hear they've resolved the old-comments bug. At least that's something.

I noticed that their representatives are starting to tell us about how we should be happy they are helping us at all.

Which is kind of irksome. I wrote up a response that I didn't end up posting there because this is a matter for Pete & the rest of you guys to deal with, but this is how I personally feel about the matter:

===

I am glad that our community has been so helpful in testing and identifying the bugs in your software. We will all try to maintain a positive attitude while our experience on the blog is destroyed and hope that eventually the TypePad team will provide us with a basic navigation such as first/last links, as well as a way to modify the hard limit for the comments to be above 100 per post. We are simply happy that despite being used as guinea pigs to test out software that is not release ready, there is someone working around the clock to keep us positive about the way our blogging experience has become worse.

===

argh.

Okay, I'm done.

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 10:26 AM

I hear you Neil.

ptenisnet...I think I counted 4.

Posted by gauloises 02/10/2009 at 10:26 AM

Meh, I'm not feeling this match.

Maybe if I go and do the washing up, by the time I come back some drama will have ensued ...

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 10:28 AM

Sher-you hit the nail on the head, imo. How crazy is it that they seemed to have launched us into this without the "enhancements"/navigation tools in place...where is the customer service in that? *end of rant*

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 10:28 AM

Budour,
Great question on Nicole.

My theories(no certain order):
(a)Fell in love with Radek Stepanek
(b)Did not improve her game due to early success in her career
(c)Let her coach(stepdad) go early in 2008

Nicole has not made a final since winning Strasbourg in 2006. Nicole has not made a Tier 2 or above final in her career. I am wondering if Nicole has not been the same since the French Open semifinal in 2006 where she served for the match against Svetlana Kuznetsova and got broken as she led by a set and a break. Also, she led Ana 5-3 in the deciding set at 2007 Wimbledon QF but lost.

Posted by Budour (Break the Siege!!!) 02/10/2009 at 10:30 AM

Don't tell me Dimitrov is being dubbed "baby Fed". Pffft. One of the reasons I was reluctant to join the Gasquet bandwagon at the start was the Fed comparison. And really, Gasquet's game is very different from Fe's... And judging by the Youtube highlights, Grigor's is game is more like Gasquet's as Lira pointed out. Not every player with a OHBH and a stylish game should be called 'baby Federer' for crying out loud...

Posted by lira vega 02/10/2009 at 10:31 AM

Really, Arun? His BH seemed like a carbon copy of Richie's when I watched him.
Did you have a chance to see Bhambri yet? I was really surprised when I saw him at no.1 last season, cuz when I previously checked the rankings (somewhere around USO) I don't think he was even in top 10.

For Mariners out there, he decided to skip Marseilles and go home for some rest and celebrations. He hasn't lost a match to a player outside of top 10 since Beijing and Gonzo, he's hoping for some good results on MS and GS tournies now and maybe breaking into top 10 since he doesn't have much to defend in next couple of months.

Posted by Vie 02/10/2009 at 10:34 AM

Stuck, Federer's #1 Focus: http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/5/en/deuce/january2009/federer.asp

Roger needs to slide down a bit more, and Rafa needs two more wins at next Majors to approach Roger's aura as current Best. Especially after Roger's record. I guess that is why, Roger is quite resistant at losing matches and status.

Posted by lira vega 02/10/2009 at 10:34 AM

Budour, word.
And I didn't know you were Aga fan, too? Did you here something about her not speaking to her father around AO? Girl is worrying me, wish I could understand polish...

Posted by lira vega 02/10/2009 at 10:36 AM

here=hear

Posted by ptenisnet 02/10/2009 at 10:38 AM

OT: Is there any reason old/fighter planes should be celebrated today?

Posted by Annie 02/10/2009 at 10:38 AM

neil: this is nice of the folks at rotterdam to provide a stream but wow noone is there. Bet the stands will be packed tonight for rafa's match, no?

i see you guys are talking about the aston martin. that is one beautiful set of wheels. ooh la la. do they have highways on mallorca? i picture it kind of like bermuda with winding single lane roads. whatever, he deserves to drive any car he wants. it's a lot classier than those tricked up esplanades you see on MTV cribs.

Posted by Budour (Break the Siege!!!) 02/10/2009 at 10:42 AM

Intersting, Master Ace. I also wonder wheter she ever recovered from that loss to Kuzzy. She did reach the AO SF in 2007 losing to the eventual champion in two relatively gight sets. Her only good results in Slams since her Wimbledon 2007 QF loss to Ana (she had a MP iIRC) were a fourth round loss to Serena in the 2008 AO and a Wimbledon QF loss to Zheng.

Posted by neil in toronto 02/10/2009 at 10:42 AM

Its nice that they provided it, but it keeps stopping and starting.

All i really got to see was Bohli's baked potato feet in those shoes...i'm craving sour cream and chives now

Aston Martin is so regal, i would have thought Rafa would have got a Ferrari, or Lambo, as all the kids do hehehe, but bravo!

Posted by gauloises 02/10/2009 at 10:44 AM

lira v, thanks for the Marin info. Good to know where he's at.

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 10:46 AM

Annie: MAndy plays tonight...Rafa tomorrow night

Posted by Sher (On TypePad no one can hear you scream. Particularly if your comment gets lost...) 02/10/2009 at 10:48 AM

rafadoc,

I know.

I'm just so happy that they can deal with OUR pain! *rolls eyes*

Posted by Budour (Break the Siege!!!) 02/10/2009 at 10:49 AM

I'm a huge Aga fan, Lira. Really like her game that reminds me a bit of my beloved Hingis. I don't know about the story with her father but I'm almost sure that she has some personal problems which is worrying me, too. At least she finally won a match :)

Posted by Arun 02/10/2009 at 10:49 AM

Budour: re the 'Baby Fed' thing, see my 10:10. Though I'm not expecting anything similar to the Big boom that Nole and Murray showed in the last 2 years, I think this could be the year of Gasquet; he simply cannot do any worse than last season, and also the monkey is off his back since a majority of tennis fans seem to have already written him off.

Lira: haven't seen any Yuki videos yet. I think he started blooming after USO'08 - an Orange Bowl and now the junior AO. I hope he doesn't rush his entry into the pro tennis. I know Grigor has quit the junior circuit already. Also, not sure if Krajinovic (fwiw 'Baby Agassi' ;)), Tomic, kontinen will quit playing the juniors' tennis soon.

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 10:50 AM

Sher: I agree...not a good sign that they are starting to congratulate themselves on all the help they are giving us. Sounds like they are preparing to go in "defensive" mode-hope I am wrong.btw, just noticed your moniker-lol!

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 10:51 AM

btw Sher-thanks for all you are doing to help with the situation :)

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 10:52 AM

Budour,
Thanks for adding that Nicole lost to Serena at 2007 AO SF.

Posted by Sher (On TypePad no one can hear you scream) 02/10/2009 at 10:52 AM

Heh, have you guys seen this?


http://uk.reuters.com/article/tennisNews/idUKLA75727420090210


[She said she could not understand why Federer felt the need to hit out at women's tennis while his great rival Rafa Nadal, who took over from the Swiss as world number one, was so "humble".

"Why should he even care? I don't like putting my nose in other's business.

"I mean, one thing I like about Nadal is that he is such a great champion, he is so humble, always has kind words for everybody, he is a role model for everybody," said Jankovic

"Federer is a great champion, I don't want to get in a fight with him but why does he care, I really don't understand. Why does he need to do that?"]

Sorry JJ, but that's kind of the whole point. He does care.


Also read her defense of Djokovic....Thems fightin' words!

Posted by Stella 02/10/2009 at 10:53 AM

Pfff the stream is not working for me, oh whatever I hope there is a stream for Rafa's match.

Found this on SI is the swimsuit edition with tennis players, they are also pics from the future Mrs. Roddick.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009_swimsuit/tennis/

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 10:55 AM

Budour,
Surprised that Aggie did not have a good Australian swing but I am afraid that she will not get higher than 9, unless she improves her game, as she does not have the game to deal with the power hitters.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 10:55 AM

"38 - If you were the opposite sex for one day what would you do?

[Roddick:] Be number one in the world."


zingggg!

Posted by lira vega 02/10/2009 at 10:55 AM

Ah, Sher beat me to it...

I think some JJ-Fed smack talking would be great fun

Posted by Annie 02/10/2009 at 10:55 AM

peanut: i'm a bit of a military buff. why are you asking? i saw a top ten fighter plane show on the military channel and the wwII mustang was ranked #1.

Posted by Sher (On TypePad no one can hear you scream) 02/10/2009 at 10:56 AM

Rachael, where's that answer from?

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 10:57 AM

Sher: Thanks for posting that. JJ seems quite annoyed at TMF, no?

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 10:57 AM

thanks for the SI link Stella.

what in the hell? why does Tati look the best?

Posted by Sher (On TypePad no one can hear you scream) 02/10/2009 at 10:58 AM

lira vega,

Yup.

Particularly since I've always defended JJ's being number one but that does not mean that I disagree that the way Rafa got to #1 is more impressive.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 10:58 AM

Sher - Roddick does this thing on his blog called "Hot 50"
just 50 questions from fans which he answers as inanely as possible.

Posted by Annie 02/10/2009 at 10:59 AM

rafadoc: thanks for the info about when rafa is playing. question: since he's not scheduled to play 'til tomorrow, could he have (if he wanted to) stayed home until then? this is if he didn't play doubles. Or do all the players have to be on site from day 1.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 10:59 AM

thanks Sher. Poor JJ...

Rachael - that's hilarious! *laughs*

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 11:00 AM

oh my, that video of Kiri on her SI page..
*fans self*
Roots is one lucky mother.

Posted by Master Ace 02/10/2009 at 11:01 AM

Sher,
Interesting that Jelena decided to defend her position and Novak.
Also, Roger talking about players and their possible shortcomings is not a new issue(ie - Murray after loss at 2008). Wondering what Samantha Elin will say once she reads the article.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 11:03 AM

"Wondering what Samantha Elin will say once she reads the article."

Me too, Master Ace.

Posted by ptenisnet 02/10/2009 at 11:03 AM

Annie
I am doing a puzzle (it's a daily one) and todays has a whole bunch of clues that seem to be about fighter planes.

Posted by Stella 02/10/2009 at 11:04 AM

Thanks for the article Sher. A catfight between Fed and the Glitter Queen, I flove it. Sorry JJ but Fed is right.

Posted by Annie 02/10/2009 at 11:04 AM

rachael: wow. i am so going to check out roddick's blog. thanks for that. *off to google Randy*

Posted by Sher (On TypePad no one can hear you scream) 02/10/2009 at 11:05 AM

Actually, one thing I've found to be funny is that:

Rafa is always "kind and humble" when it comes to dealing with the other pros. You won't hear him be negative about a fellow player. But he will have a go at the yearly schedule, atp officials, court scheduling, rules etc like nobody's business.

Roger is always easy going and accepting when it comes to dealing with scheduling, rules, courts, atp officials. You won't hear him be negative about the schedule or when he was on court, or the new doping rules. But he'll have a go at someone he feels is abusing the system.

Both are capable of standing up for what they feel matters, and both are quite diplomatic the rest of the time. :)

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 11:07 AM

Annie - it'll only be on Club Roddick which you have to pay to be get access to.

a kind soul in Rod's MTF forum posted it though:
http://tinyurl.com/djqwqw

Posted by Sher (On TypePad no one can hear you scream) 02/10/2009 at 11:09 AM

"Sorry JJ but Fed is right."

I think one thing Fed & Rafa fans can agree on is that Rafa's ascend to #1 was more impressive than JJ's. LOL!

(And yes, I do think she deserved to be #1 because she was #1, simple as that.)

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 11:11 AM

Annie-Good question...I don't think there are any rules about when a player has to arrive unless they have some press obligations, which it appears Rafa had-he gave a trophy to tourney organizer (yesterday?) for becoming a 500 tourney....I think he likes to get there early though to get used to the court, which I think is playing fast from what I hear.

Posted by Sher (On TypePad no one can hear you scream) 02/10/2009 at 11:13 AM

[16 - Where are you going on your honeymoon?

Andy: Costa Rica... I can't wait. I have never been on a vacation where I haven't had work so I am anxious about it]

lol

Posted by Tennis Fan 02/10/2009 at 11:13 AM

JJ and Fed going at it - very interesting. JJ just put your money where your mouth is an win slam.

Just food for thought. Why doesnt Fed or anyone else go after the Serena or Venus for not putting in the effort to be #1 like the guys rather than attacking the system or the player that benefit from thier non-chalance?

Posted by Annie 02/10/2009 at 11:14 AM

rachael: thanks for that link and to the kind soul who posted it. okay, so Randy charges money to get into his blog? i'm not sure how i feel about that.

Posted by gauloises 02/10/2009 at 11:15 AM

MaKiri is just stupidly gorgeous.

But those shoots are so tacky.

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 11:15 AM

Sher...great observation on Rafa v. Roger being outspoken about different things..one observation I would highlight from that is that Rafa's criticisms seem to aimed more at "groups" of people, rather than individuals, which will usually be more widely accepted, because "one person" is not going to feel targeted. (although he was critical of outgoing ATP boss). *2 cents*

Posted by greenhopper 02/10/2009 at 11:15 AM

Berdych lost to a kid?
Hmmm...

Yay for Dlouhy/Paes. KohlschKas are tough.
Go N/Z. Show no mercy.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 11:16 AM

Annie - the proceeds go to his charity foundation.

Posted by rafadoc 02/10/2009 at 11:17 AM

Okay...so I totally lost interest in laMonf's match...I assume he won:)

Posted by lira vega 02/10/2009 at 11:17 AM

Budour,
Aga's life would be so much easier if she wasn't so stubborn and err, opinionated . She doesn't want sponsors, fitness coach, better serve, gets into fights with her father/coach, goes to Paris and tells journos how she never wanted to be there in the first place...hmmm, I guess she has shades of Martina in her attitude too.

Arun,
I figured Yuki must've went on a rampage after USO, pretty impressive from him, I think he's good friends with "baby Agassi" (hee, liked that, he's actually as much of an Agassi as Grisha is Fed).
I think Filip will maybe play junior slams this year, but maybe not even that. He lost in San Jose qualies last week to Devvarman (I think he was set and a break up and then lost 8 consecutive games and the match).
I'd be surprised to see Tomic playing more juniors, not sure about Kontinen (I think I like him the most out of that gang...or Tomic maybe?).

Posted by Vie 02/10/2009 at 11:17 AM

What Roger cares about in a tunnel-minded sort of way is #1 and reaching GOAT record with Sampras. So, he probably feels one has to be almost as deserving as him to be #1. Thus, he probablw was incredulous that someone got to #1 without any Slam. Excuse my psycho-babble.

Posted by Sher (On TypePad no one can hear you scream) 02/10/2009 at 11:17 AM

Oh andy how I love thee...


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44 - Have you ever worked with a sports psychologist?

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LOL!!

Posted by Jackie 02/10/2009 at 11:18 AM

Oh, JJ. Just when I was starting to like you.

And why is it that those ladies look 500 times better on the court than in those pics? Or maybe it's my old eyes.

Oh. Hey, everyone. :)

Posted by Stella 02/10/2009 at 11:18 AM

Good place for a honeymoon, Costa Rica is a beautiful country been there twice great beaches, cool volcanoes and the people are so nice.

Posted by gauloises 02/10/2009 at 11:19 AM

rafadoc - Bohli retired.

Posted by Rachael 02/10/2009 at 11:20 AM

someone on MTF also uploaded a photo of Roddick warming up with Sampras, wearing the light blue polo greenhopper spotted.
looked good, for real.


oh no, I think the scoreboard has bust. NO

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