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Montreal Crisis Center, Day 5 08/14/2009 - 1:35 PM

89735298 Howdy, everyone. I'm a little late to the barn today, sorry 'bout that. Just had a big editorial meeting planning out our US Open coverage, for the magazine and website. I'll be doing the same-old, same-old, and also working on a few pieces for the magazine. Next week, I'm on vacation, but mostly lolly-gagging at the farm, so I'll  be on-line and keeping an eye on things. We'll have the usual Crisis Center posts (Rosangel pitching in a few of those days) but we'll go light on the red meat.

Week after (24th to 31st) is qualifying week at the US Open, and I'll be going out there pretty much daily, And once again let me remind you all that the US Open qualifying event is - by far - the best deal in tennis: admission is free, the concessions are mostly open, and the field always features surprisingly big names. You can sit courtside, basking in the sun, 15 feet from the players battling it out for a coveted spot in the main draw.  Get out there if you can.

I need to apologize for writing yesterday that Kim Clijsters is from the land of tulips and windmills; it was a silly error, not my first or last. Feel free to think of me as an ignorant xenophobe, but I'm pretty content with the stamps in my various current or expired passports, my European roots and all the cultural baggage that came with it, and my ability to get around in four or five languages. But that sounds self-justifying, doesn't it?

Anyway, you can also read more of my thoughts on Champagne Kim Clijsters over at ESPN today, where I go on a bit of a rant about the abuse of the verb "to retire," and the gerund derived from it. Now many of you know that one of my guilty pleasures is poking fun at Clijsters, which made it easier for me to connect a few dots that have been knocking around in my brain for some time now to get myself in a good mood to vent. But the reality is that I'm tired of the way the idea of retiring has been hijacked by some athletes (in the interest of fairness, Justine Henin is a culprit here, too - until proven otherwise in, oh, 10 years or so).

Let me make summarize: You retire when you get too old to work, or you get shoved out of your workplace because of your age. If you've ever seen a 72-year old geezer trying to fit a lady's foot into FM pumps at the shoe store, you'll know what I mean. Granted, the retirement age for a tennis player is far lower than for the average working stiff, but the idea that a 22 or 24 or 26 year old can "retire" is absurd. Maybe this is just semantics (you know, the way some people use "reticent" as a synonym for "reluctant"), but the reality is that "retire" is the wrong choice of word. After all, did you "retire" from that job collecting carts at the Price Chopper when you were in your senior year of college, or did you just get bored and quit?

Likewise, Clijsters got sick of tennis and she up and quit in the Spring of 2007. I'll hasten to add that there's no sin in that. It's her life, right? Or you can mute the idea and say she took a break, although she never said that herself (as far as I recall) - she preferred to declare that she was "retiring": done: finito, outta there, quit, shed of it, put it any way you want, but not that she "retired." People don't retire at age 24.

A player coming out of a proper retirement, to take one more shot at the golden ring, always plays on our heartstrings. And as much as some of us like Clijsters, I don't think we ought to get overly sentimental about her return to the game. Look at it this way: While Clijsters took her break, most of the other women of her generation on the WTA Tour kept doing the heavy lifting, and the punishments thereby incurred (see "S" for Sharapova). Clijsters is now returning at age 26, and while taking a long break from the game is always risky, it also has a variety of upsides (I'm sure Rafael Nadal fans have been making those cost-gain flow charts for weeks now), including the fact that she's got fewer miles on her clock than her main rivals.

Is it a mere coincidence that Clijsters is making her return exactly when it's obvious that Sharapova is beat up, the Williams sisters are increasingly erratic, Amelie Mauresmo is working her way out of the picture, and Henin is presently no factor in the game? Perhaps. But I suggest that there might have been some shrewd calculation involved here, too. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, either. All is fair in love, war and tennis. But let's not get carried away and pretend that Clijsters is like one of those old, punch-drunk tomato cans, climbing back into the ring one more time in some doomed, hopeless underdog's Quixotic quest. She did what she had to do - that is, quit - for reasons of her own, and she's coming  back for reasons of her own.

So that's my rant, Part II, and it plays into my long-time feeling that Clijsters is not exactly the happy-go-lucky girl next door, upon whom most everyone has bestowed that most anodyne of accolades "She's so. ..  nice." My feeling is that she always traded heavily on her niceness, and has expertly done so with this retirement narrative. She's a clever girl, that Kimmy, which is different from being merely nice, even if the two do intersect here and there. More power to her. The big question for me is whether she'll be more able than before to deliver the real goods - suck it up and respond to the call, doing what needs to be done to win the big titles.

The rest of it always was, and still is, a no-brainer for a player as young and blessed with talent as Clijsters.

-- Pete

As at 9:20pm ET, overflow going up.  Andrew

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Posted by evie 08/14/2009 at 01:40 PM

Link for the Safin/Kimmie match, anyone? There was one on atdhe, but it's blank at the moment.

thanks.

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 01:44 PM

Thanks Pete. Four or five languages, WOW!

Three breaks in a row. C'mon guys!

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 01:45 PM

Cincinnati Order of Play:
Elena Dementieva defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2,6-1
Dinara Safina vs Kim Clijsters at 2:15 PM
Flavia Pennetta vs Daniela Hantuchova
Jelena Jankovic vs Sybille Bammer at 7 PM

ESPN2 will have delayed coverage from 5-7 PM
Tennis Channel will have delayed coverage from 9 PM to 1 AM

Montreal Order of Play:
Andy Murray leads Nikolay Davydenko 4-2. Match is live on ESPN2
Roger Federer vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on ESPN2
Andy Roddick vs Novak Djokovic at 7 PM on ESPN2
Juan Martin Del Potro vs Rafael Nadal

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 01:47 PM

Murray holds. Davydenko to serve 2-5

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 01:50 PM

Davai, Kolya!

Posted by GOD 08/14/2009 at 01:50 PM

As a sweet Caroline Wozniacki fan I am not pleased. Elena has been a very bad girl.

Posted by lollipop 08/14/2009 at 01:51 PM

looks like murray has bagged the first set. c'mon kolya, give him some sort of fight!

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 01:51 PM

Well I was confident about Murray but I was hoping Davy could keep it close. Maybe he will come back in the second?

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 01:51 PM

MAndy with the first set :-(
Davai, Kolya!

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 01:52 PM

How many times has Kolya held serve in this set? Mmm...kay. That's mah boy Andy. Passive shmassive.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 01:53 PM

Murray 1st set 6-2

Though both players have been making too many u/e

Kolya serves needs to improve ASAP

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 01:53 PM

Pspace, going by your own explanation yesterday, it's all down to Kolya's poor serving. ;-)

Posted by lollipop 08/14/2009 at 01:54 PM

god, what is up w/ kolya? tooo many UFE's

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 01:54 PM

Psapce yes Murray has been too Passive at times,sorry all the commentatos have been saying the same thing.

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 01:54 PM

Pspace: Umm, as Robby so eloquently explained, you get an idea of how much the Fed attacks the ball when his game is a tiny bit off, when other players games are off they miss lines, the Fed shanks miles out or dumps into the bottom of the net...in any case the Fed still has to get through Zonger first and sitting pretty with 15MS you guys can have Montreal, we don't want to come off as greedy, no?! (insert evil laugh here)

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 01:54 PM

sigh - kolya not playing a nice crisp game here, too many errors. :(

murray looks pretty good though - he looks to be in good form for the hard courts.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 01:56 PM

Also Murray gets Cup Cake draws all the time as well.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 01:56 PM

ooh - now this is interesting. at deuce first game.

and FWIW, i do totally heart cahill. just sayin. :)

Posted by GOD 08/14/2009 at 01:56 PM

Don't bet on Nicoly!

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 01:56 PM

Grr.. Kolya's annoyed at himself for sending that one long.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 01:57 PM

Kolya return game has gone off too

Posted by Cayman Karen (as defined by Ruth and Master Ace) and Bring on the FedTwins - 2 many names 08/14/2009 at 01:58 PM

Aah Pete, did you see my comments about this particular subject yesteday when I stated that it is all well and good for people to say that Kim is here to save the WTA. She is coming in at the tail end of the Season (calculated ploy) and she knows that by this time of the year most of the players are nursing little niggling injuries, fatigue, motivation etc. For my money the only people who do well at this part of the season are those who have not done well during the long haul - the hard/clay/grass portion of the Season. 3 of the majors have already been played and this is the first time in a long while that many of these players have taken a break. For my money Kim is doing what she has always done, taken advantage of opportunities when they are presented to her. I am like you as well Pete, I have never bought into the whole "she is so nice". Maybe I am just a cynical person, but anything or anyone that looks too good to be true, is usually too good to be true.

Posted by lollipop 08/14/2009 at 01:59 PM

ok- so C Note confirms that Todd MArtin is with the Djokovic team..
http://cowbell.typepad.com/forty_deuce/2009/08/birds-of-a-feather-flock-together.html

Posted by karin1492 08/14/2009 at 02:01 PM

I can't believe that ESPN 2 isn't going to show the Clijsters/Safina match. It's by far the most attractive match-up in Cincinnati with both Williams sisters out of the picture. Sometimes, I wish that actual tennis fans were in charge of programming what tennis matches are shown on TV. Some of these decisions make absolutely no sense.

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:01 PM

Well, if Clijsters feels she can fill a void in the women's game for whatever reasons (lack of competition etc.), I'm all for it.

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 02:02 PM

AM, who are these commentators? And, what the hail do they know about Lestat's game? This is new tennis...few ppl understand it.

VC, hehe. Kolya has been serving badly...I don't know the stats but can't remember the last time he put a good first serve in. Every point is being played.

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 02:04 PM

This is new tennis...few ppl understand it"

hehe... ah the priveleged few :)

Phew! Davy holds.

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:04 PM

"AM, who are these commentators? And, what the hail do they know about Lestat's game? This is new tennis...few ppl understand it."

He he Pspace, I've seen the light now. ;-) Why bother when you can wait for the other guy to make errors? ;-)

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 02:04 PM

Beckham, what's so eloquent about that explanation? Yeah. Fed attacks. He'll shank it all if plays Muzz. Your point?

Posted by Whatthedeuce 08/14/2009 at 02:05 PM

Your pet peeve with the semantics of 'retiring' seems a little like pointless ranting for its own sake in an effort to be provocative. I mean it as a compliment when I say that this is well below your standards. There are some great stories in tennis this week... how about the top seeds in 'la belle province'. Some great match-ups lined up there...should be fun (I know I overuse the triple dot...please don't pick on me!)

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 02:06 PM

you can wait for the other guy to make errors? "

Well to be fair he hasn't had to wait too long today :)

Seriously though, from what I saw yesterday against Gonzalez I didn't think Davy had a real chance against Murray.

Posted by GOD 08/14/2009 at 02:06 PM

Kim's a cute kid but let's stay on point here. The point being this....Will Mopey Murray's man-boobs get out of his way long enough to allow him to compete with the Glorious Roger? GOD says no!

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 02:06 PM

i guess i figure if kimmie wants to come back and can compete with the top players, i'm all for it. hail, she is young, she's very talented, and is obviously over her burnot.

and finally kolya holds serve. and a break would be lovely now.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 02:07 PM

Jason The tennis Guru

Douggie Well I dont need to say anymore there surely?

Look my point previously,Murray in the last game of the 1st set,had Control of the point then continued to play all these shots when he should have gone for the winner and put it away,Kolya hustled and Won the point?

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 02:07 PM

Pspace: I was trying to be haughty, I guess it was an epic fail...lol

"This is new tennis...few ppl understand it"
Exactly wonderful in 3 setters, epic fail in 5 setters (against the top guys of course) ;)

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:07 PM

Kolya needs to get into the rhythm of holding a couple of service games comfortably to get into this match. Right now, it's not happening.

The cameraman is doing a good job focusing on some of the members of the crowd.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 02:09 PM

i just popped on the tennistv feed for the commies! or actually the lack of commies. much less distracting not to here the constant chatter.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 02:10 PM

Douggie loves the colour of Murrays racquet,he also plays with a bright Orange one.Thanks Doug good to know.

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:10 PM

Nice inside-out BH from Murray. Kolya holds with a forehand winner. Encouraging hold, that.

Posted by FM 08/14/2009 at 02:11 PM

Links to Cincinnati please!!!

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 02:11 PM

Another hold by Davy. Keep it up!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 02:12 PM

Koyla loves to take the ball on the rise,agressive play from him

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:12 PM

Great dictating point from Kolya for 15-15. Murray's defense is exceptional on this surface. And he's now getting free points off his serve.

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 02:12 PM

AM, it's sorta like the argument for more net play. Sure a guy can hit 5 passers a set. But, can he hit 20 good ones? What about 30? Muzz makes a similar gambit from the baseline. He'll lose points where the other guy hits a great winner...did you see the shots Kolya had to come up with to get those points? He can't hit 30 of them in a set. The pressure keeps building up.

Anyways, Muzz's passivity is a popular opinion. I think it's wrong ;-). Feel free to disagree.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 02:13 PM

Wowser rally by both guys

Kolya wins,cause he took the ball early,Murray happy just to return the ball

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/14/2009 at 02:14 PM

Highpockets! my moniker has never been more apt, no? (referring to your lovely biblical metaphor on the other thread)

espn commies saying fed likes to take digs at murray and his game...

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:14 PM

Kolya runs Murray ragged with another excellent, corner-to-corner rally. 30-30. Return goes long for 40-30. And again to give Murray the hold.

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 02:16 PM

Beckham, hehe, we do not talk about best of 5 on Planet Lestat.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 02:17 PM

Pspace Murray has got a superior serve to Koyla thats where he gets a lot of free points,ok,take the serve away? sorry I feel at times when he is in control of the point especially on a hard court you put it away.Dont wont to get into long rallies on a h/.court.

We will have to agree to disagree.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/14/2009 at 02:17 PM

I've never seen Davy stage a come from behind victory. would be nice if he could do that here.

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 02:19 PM

AM, I have said 1000 times that Murray can't play the way he plays without a great serve. Why do you want to take the serve away? ;-) It's a good thing.

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 02:19 PM

davai, Kolya!

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:19 PM

"Anyways, Muzz's passivity is a popular opinion. I think it's wrong ;-). Feel free to disagree."

Pspace, it certainly works for him. I understand it's part of his makeup as a player, and hence, should not be over-criticized. But it always seems like he's holding back on a few of his options, because he shows every now and again that he's capable of playing aggressively. The defense-first approach always leads to questions about long-term sustainability and against in-form big-hitters that have stopped him at the Slams so far.

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:22 PM

Good hold for Murray, I think he'll up the ante here...

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 02:22 PM

well my link just switched to Dinara/kim, any new links for the men?!

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:23 PM

Beckham, are you watching it on atdhe.net?

http://atdhe.net/8393/watch-atp-montreal-murray-vs-davydenko

Posted by Grant 08/14/2009 at 02:23 PM

"Muzz makes a similar gambit from the baseline. He'll lose points where the other guy hits a great winner...did you see the shots Kolya had to come up with to get those points? He can't hit 30 of them in a set. The pressure keeps building up."

The danger with this is that when a streaky player catches fire against him it turns into "hey, thanks for helping me find my range last set, gg".

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 02:24 PM

Pspace Please put your sometimes wonderful brain back intact? lol!

I used that,take Murrays serve away where he does get free points as a example that it kinds of puts him back on a even playing field,when you are in control of a point use it to your advantage,put it away.

Douggie has tipped Roger to win this tournament.

Robbie has gone with Murray.

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 02:25 PM

Kolya playing better this set. He seems to have adjusted a little, and playing more to Muzz's fh, while he was going to the bh more. Better serving as well.

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 02:26 PM

a break would be nice here... Davai!

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:26 PM

Kolya with a good hold for 4-4. Murray's serving has been too good in this set so far. Will he give Kolya a sniff?

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:27 PM

Ahh... Kolya.. your touch at the net let you down there. Still a great pass from Murray.

Posted by Todd and in Charge 08/14/2009 at 02:27 PM

Oy -- I don't know what is it about you and Champagne Kimmy.

So she was insincere about her retirement and planned her return as a calculated career booster right when the women's field is in total disarray?

Question -- when is the women's field not in total disarray?

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 02:27 PM

when is Dinara's match starting? I hope she can stop the "Magical run" of Kim :-))

Posted by rudy3 (Proud Rafaelite since 2005) 08/14/2009 at 02:28 PM

Doug Adler?
He is a known Fedophile, who do you expect him to pick.

I say the final is going to be between the Andys, and this time MAndy comes out on top.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 02:28 PM

Great athletice ability by Murray there,

Kolya defended the middle of the court there,forgot the angle

Posted by ladyjulia 08/14/2009 at 02:28 PM

Dosen't look like Davy can break...

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 02:29 PM

Grant, true. But, there's danger with every strategy, no? I guess the reason that his strategy gets criticize is because the key to beating it is not perceived to be in his control. He doesn't think so. Anyways, against a streaky attacker, Muzz needs to serve well. If he doesn't, it's gonna be a slog.

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:29 PM

Murray's serve too good again. Kolya really should have won the first point there, but after that Murray was clinical.

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 02:29 PM

Moment of truth for Davydenko now. Let's see if he can hold to stay in the match.

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 02:30 PM

"the final is going to be between the Andys'

an all-Andy final? let's see what Fed and Delpo have to say about it, and Rafa maybe...

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 02:30 PM

Safina match coming up

I am off to raid the drug cabinet.

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 02:30 PM

Safina throws in 3 DFs to donate the game to Kim...nice!!!

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 02:31 PM

Come on, Kolya, hold... pleeaaaaase

Posted by Abhijith 08/14/2009 at 02:31 PM

Pete,

The ESPN link has a typo and needs correction (http://http//sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=bodo_peter).

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 02:31 PM

Pspace See we do agree.Wonders never cease lol!

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 02:32 PM

"Safina match coming up

I am off to raid the drug cabinet."

lol

I would be careful, as she plays often lately you can become an addict :-))

Posted by IBM 08/14/2009 at 02:32 PM

Does anyone have a Clijsters stream in English? I've been so used to being on site, it's touch having to adjust to streams again.

Posted by IBM 08/14/2009 at 02:32 PM

*tough

Posted by WTA 08/14/2009 at 02:32 PM

http://atdhe.net/7622/watch-wta-cincinnati-safina-vs-clijsters

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:32 PM

Kolya dumps a volley into the net again... Murray takes the next point with an excellent rally. Alarm bells ringing for Kolya. 15-30.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 02:33 PM

I am glad Safina is showing her usual consistant form by serving 3 d/f in her match.Way to go Safina.

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 02:33 PM

Koyla can't find a 1st serve, stick a fork in him, he's dead...

Posted by Jake 08/14/2009 at 02:33 PM

Oh boy live tennis on ESPN2! Priceless!

MAndy, please hurry up, finish Kolya off, I have a small window tl 3:30 to see Roger live. Please. Kolya fans, look at the positive side, if he loses he get extra days rest for Cincy, eh?

Nice piece, Pete, about Kimmy.

I like that part about she being the one to retire and unretire - ON HER OWN TERMS. If Lindsay Davenport and Mary Pierce follow suit and hit the tour successfuly again, that should say a lot about the durability of these womens' bodies after childbirth!

Good afternoon, TWibe.

Posted by JohnC 08/14/2009 at 02:34 PM

Well, that's it then. Less of a match than I had hoped for.

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 02:34 PM

Just like I imagined Andy breaks to take the match.

Mighty daddy is next.

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 02:35 PM

"Safina throws in 3 DFs to donate the game to Kim"

oh no :-((((... Come on, Dinara, you don't have to wait until the match point against you to start fighting... start from the very beginning, it may be easier this way.

Удачи, Динара! Давай!

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 02:35 PM

I've been waiting forever to see Fed/Tsonga play each other. I didn't see their first one. I hope it's a good one.

Murray comes through. Commies to Davy fans.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 02:35 PM

oh kolya. just dang. what the hail? too many easy shots missed - including that last one. sigh.

oh well, MAndy definately deserved it!

*hugs kolya*

fed / tsonga next. mhm. think i'll go get lunch while waiting.

Posted by Jake 08/14/2009 at 02:35 PM

And it's all over as I finsih this!

Congrats Murray and his fans. Commies to Kolya and fans.

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 02:35 PM

And, Lestat breaks FTW.

Congrats to fellow Lestat fans. Commiserations to Kolya fans. Bring on the Swiss or Frenchie.

Posted by Sunshine Breeze' 08/14/2009 at 02:35 PM

Hi Everyone!I think Safina will choke this match away because its Kim she's playing.And i hope Tsonga takes it to Fed;)

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:35 PM

Game, set, match Murray. He waited for Kolya to throw him the slightest openings in every game, and pounced. Serving was excellent in the 2nd set, and when he cut off the UEs, he was able to make Kolya pay at the right times. Very good performance, and a favourite to reach the final.

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 02:36 PM

Relax Dinara fans, she broke right back and now Kim can't handle the pace of her shots...

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 02:37 PM

Congrats to MAndy and his fans. His win was expected, even though I thought Kolya would put up a better fight....

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 02:37 PM

"Well, that's it then. Less of a match than I had hoped for."

I agree, I thought Kolya had it in him to make it much closer, but you can't afford 36 UEs against Murray.

Posted by CherryNYC 08/14/2009 at 02:38 PM

Bring on the Fed! Have not seen him on a screen of any size since Wimby. I should just go home, 'cause I'm not getting any work done. Murray looked good, but not overwhelming -- Kolya had a bad day.

Posted by Black Matt 08/14/2009 at 02:38 PM

Not a lot of drama to that last match, and frankly I think Federer-Tsonga is going to be a stroll for Roger. He neutralizes the big hitters and then proceeds to artfully dismantle them. I don't see Tsonga presenting much of a threat, though if he DOES manage to go on a tear I can see him winning a set.

The real good matches are going to be tonight, I think. Roddick-Djokovic are pretty evenly matched and they usually provide (melo)drama, while you have a rusty Nadal and a nicked up Del Potro after that, one looking for revenge, the other looking to take advantage. I think tonight's matches might end up being the two best of the tournament.

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 02:39 PM

"Relax Dinara fans, she broke right back and now Kim can't handle the pace of her shots"

thanks, Beckham, for the update... :-))

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 02:39 PM

Murray too good,

Koyla made too many u/errors and his 1st serve let him down miserably

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