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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 Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 06:00 PM

mcakron,
I dont think today's match would have an important effect on what could happen at the USO between these 2, just because Fed is a very different player at the Slams at this point of his career. I feel that he doent care all that much about the Masters anymore.

Well, now, this looks like Muzz's tournament. In his match today, i thought he wasnt as good as yeaterday. The first set was nothing special. When your opponent has 4 winners and 21 UFEs, you are gonna win the set. It could be said that Kolya's bad play was cause by Muzz, but i saw the match and many of Kolya's UFEs were simple because he hit bad shots, not because of Lestat's influence. In the 2nd set, Kolya raised his level a little bit, and started to have less problems to hold serve, but Muzz got many cheap points with his serve (even though his % wasnt very good), and he didnt really had the chance to break. And in the last game, Muzz, to his credit, gave a clinic of deffensive tennis, and made Kolya lose patience and start missing again. Of course, if the best Tsonga appears, he could be a challenge, but i dont think it will happen. Muzz will be a much more focused player than Fed was today, as he will probably be playing to get the No.2 ranking, and he is apparently in great form. The challenge for him, in my opinion, is to keep that form till the USO, and make sure he didnt peak too early.

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:00 PM

LOL Grant: Positively shaking in his shoes as he hoisted RG and Wimby, too...not to mention Madrid. Those wins really did him in.

Posted by Mike 08/14/2009 at 06:00 PM

Weird stuff seems to happen a lot of times with Fed when either he can't find his serve, or his pace is compromised. Oh well ... can't win them all, even when they look like sure wins. USO is the real test, as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by sally 08/14/2009 at 06:01 PM

he would have been shaking in his shoes if it had been rafa across the net at roland garros instead of soderling.

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:01 PM

Even if he doesn't win USO '09, I'm content.

Posted by thebigapple 08/14/2009 at 06:01 PM

Icarus, for comparing Rog/Tsonga in a two-bit torney is a different thing from Rafa/Sod does not work. You know, like flying too close to the sun.

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

"if you tried any harder to torch this place, you'd need a burn permit. Come on. Now is certainly not the time."

Yeah, but maybe the practice will help her get better at it.

"In that same vein, do any Rafa fans feel like a loss tonight would be a not bad thing? Save those knees for future hardcourt battles?"

If it weren't for the ranking issue I suspect this idea would have a lot of support.

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

It actually reminded me of the RRH match, MC R32 2008. As I saw it, Tsonga was in pure nothing to lose mode from 5-2 onwards, but critically it seemed as though Federer allowed his concentration to go and then he couldn't find his timing again.

From 5-3, Tsonga was back in the match: he had to make shots and play some defense. But it was as if his earlier lack of interest communicated itself to Federer, who looked a bit bemused and disgusted by it all.

It was as if (I'm speculating here) that he almost saw it as a breach of etiquette for Tsonga to try to get back into the match having apparently given up on it so nakedly.

Anyhow, in the end, not too much damage done. The streak ends at 21, which is a pity, but I wasn't holding out too much hope it would get to 36. And with any luck it's a kick up the backside - *any* time you have your foot on your opponent's throat, never, ever take it off. Press harder. I think I'll try to remember that in my own tennis.

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

LOL thebigapple

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

Sherlock: Agree. Rafa is in better form than I expected so s'all good to me. I think he has met his goals too. As long as he is competitive and has "good feelings" on court tonight, he should be really happy.

Also, ahem, the Cubs won 17-2 today. Hee. (kind of wish they would have "saved" some runs for the rest of the weekend though).

Off to get smashed before Rafa plays (kidding AM). See you all later. :)

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

Carnap, thanks. Exactly. He has to be looking to peak at the USO, no wasting it at Masters events anymore. Probably hard for a competitor to switch it on and off like that, but better for him in the long run. I wonder if Gauloises would let me root for her Elf tonight? :)

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 06:04 PM

Tsonga's stop-start attacking style worked well today, never letting Federer get into a rhythm.

Posted by Icarus 08/14/2009 at 06:04 PM

Murray is the no. 1 out there right now - the Roddick loss at SW19 was 1 in 100 (ok, maybe 2).

As matter of fact, I see Roddick getting more and more defensive in each match, and I believe his hype is totally overrated right now.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 08/14/2009 at 06:04 PM

I hate watching Caro when she plays like this but I waited such a long time to see her and I haven't seen her since she played in Sweden.

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:05 PM

Samantha: She's still very young and has accomplished a great deal. This just wasn't her day.

Posted by Black Matt 08/14/2009 at 06:06 PM

Federer loses two tiebreaks to Tsonga, but none to Roddick? His serve disappears against Tsonga, but not against Roddick?

Bitter, bitter, bitter, bitter...

:)

Congrats Tsonga fans. Sorry Federer fans...your man will bounce back...at the US Open...probably against Andy...

bitter bitter bitter bitter bitter bitter bitter bitter

Posted by Sherlock 08/14/2009 at 06:06 PM

"If it weren't for the ranking issue I suspect this idea would have a lot of support."

Good point, Grant. Crap. :)

He he, Rafadoc. Hope you find your way back. :)

And go Cubbies!! Forget the first part of this week, and catch those Cardinals!

Posted by Icarus 08/14/2009 at 06:07 PM

To Tsonga, this one could be a career turning match, as he was constantly losing with the big 4 - like Del Potro overcoming Nadal in Miami this year.

Watch out The Kid.

Posted by CL 08/14/2009 at 06:08 PM

Heh - anyone who thinks this is a 'freakish' Fed loss hasn't been paying attention. He has blown similar matches and leads against Rafa, The Djoker, Muzzah,Simon and a few others. 3 set matches have become a kind of 3rd rail to him. But as long as there was no physical problem causing the serving disaster, he'll regroup fine. Last year he hadn't won a single MS tourney OR GS when he cruised into NY
Sherlock - I think its 50/50 for Rafa in whether a loss at this juncture would be 'good' for the knees. Maybe. OTH, a win would be great for more match play and confidence, so 50/50. The Elf certainly stuggled the other day with his shoulder and serve so its all kinda up in the air.

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 06:09 PM

Mr. X : I agree with your forecast. I hope we get a good competitive final with whoever makes it from the other section of the draw. I think we will.

"It actually reminded me of the RRH match, MC R32 2008."

Andrew : I was thinking exactly that this match was some sort of divine retribution for that win.

Posted by mcakron 08/14/2009 at 06:09 PM

Mr X -- mostly in agreement about Fed and the Masters anymore, but then again, I'm thinking the Madrid victory meant something leading up to the FO. But then again, that's against Nadal on clay. Not Jo Willy on HCs. Oh well, much more weird and comedic than tragic and alarming.

And kudos to JoWilly. Would be nice to see him continue forward and begin to realize the potential we saw at the AO '08. Hope his arm and elbow are fine overnight and he can give the Muzz a competitive match tomorrow.

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:10 PM

I really don't see Tsonga getting all the way to the top. As I've said before, his physique, style of play, and back injuries remind me too much of Taylor Dent.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 08/14/2009 at 06:10 PM

Thanks Carnap. I just want a GS champion from my part of the world so BADLY.

Posted by Icarus 08/14/2009 at 06:11 PM

carnap

I wasn't talking about the loss, but of losing THAT WAY. Completely shocked, sorry.

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 06:11 PM

I wish the Nadal-Elf match was scheduled first. I wanted to get a good assessment of Del Potro's level, but that match might be too late for me.

Posted by Or 08/14/2009 at 06:11 PM

Andrew -

I'd agree with you, if I wasn't worried it was going to mess his confidence over a tight three-setter.

I would like to see him win a HC Masters soon.

Posted by Carrie 08/14/2009 at 06:12 PM

If Rafa loses his number two ranking I will feel a little bit sad, I will admit. But I would rather see him peak at the USO then over exert himself too early. Build into the summer hard court swing. Also- he can gain some points back at Cincy- although I don’t think that is too likely as that is his worst Master’s in terms of performance.

And heck- it is not like Murray is some scrub out there. ;) The guy is….actually a pretty darned good player.

And shoot- even if Rafa stays number three for the rest of the year- I am still so happy that he won AO.

I still have no idea who I want to win the Elf/rafa match. I won’t be able to see it anyway….grumble, grumble.

Posted by thebigapple 08/14/2009 at 06:12 PM

Rafa knees are prolly going to be OK. So I want him to go for the win.

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:14 PM

Samantha: She'll do it. I just wish she'd play fewer tournaments; she needs a rest. She's certainly shown more consistency than Azarenka and Lisicki.

Posted by Icarus 08/14/2009 at 06:14 PM

I was seeing the match in one of those sport betting sites.

Whoever made a bet in Tsonga's victory, in the beginning of 3rd set or the end of the 2nd, must be rich right now.

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:15 PM

Carrie: Agreed, Murray is definitely not "some scrub out there."

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 06:15 PM

mcakron,
Yeah, Madrid probaly meant more to him than any other Masters in recent memory, as he saw a great chance to beat Nadal on clay, and was able to take it. We will never know how that would have affected their FO final. And here i have bad thoughts about the Sod again. It hadnt happened for almost a week:)

Posted by Andrew 08/14/2009 at 06:15 PM

Or: there's no question he'd be kicking himself right now if he had the accuracy with which to find his backside. Given the third set, not so sure he'd hit it.

Weird the way the 1st serve went AWOL at the end of sets 1 and 3. The motion seemed OK, it was just as if he stopped trusting it.

I honestly will not read too much into this. Let him get it out of his system before the US Open.

Posted by Or 08/14/2009 at 06:16 PM

Yup. He can definitly let leads go. Even (or maybe - usually) when he's well in control of the match. Those seem to be the matches he tend to lose most - being broken again right after losing a break, etc, etc.

I just didn't think it would happen today.

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:17 PM

Feel sorry for Fed. How DARE he not win every match? The nerve! Doesn't he know he's supposed to be perfect?

Posted by Icarus 08/14/2009 at 06:18 PM

carnap:
"Feel sorry for Fed. How DARE he not win every match? The nerve! Doesn't he know he's supposed to be perfect?"

lol

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 06:19 PM

"Or: there's no question he'd be kicking himself right now if he had the accuracy with which to find his backside. Given the third set, not so sure he'd hit it."

Word.

Posted by Sherlock 08/14/2009 at 06:20 PM

Good point, CL. It's such a fine line. Match play and confidence versus the knees. If he loses early in Cincy, I'll probably be wishing he had gone longer here.

Oh, well. I'm probably boring everyone. :) Andy and Nole in 40 minutes, correct?

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 06:20 PM

> Or: there's no question he'd be kicking himself right now if he had the accuracy with which to find his backside. Given the third set, not so sure he'd hit it.

lol andrew!:)))

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:21 PM

I'm celebrating the return of my appetite with spanakopita and moose caca.

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 06:22 PM

Surprised that ESPN2 decided to show Caroline and Elena match instead of Dinara and Kim.

Posted by mcakron 08/14/2009 at 06:23 PM

Well, provided his knees are healthy, and thus far we haven't been given reason that they're not, I think Rafa could use the work. Yeah, we all know the burnout stories of the past regarding the USO, but he also never had two and a half month's rest.

That said, gotta believe DelPo is the favorite in this one. Rafa's movement has looked fine to me but his overall form has not, which is to be expected. But who knows, sometimes these guys' games can turn on a dime. Maybe he comes out tonight and looks like the AO '09 version of himself.

Posted by Ruth 08/14/2009 at 06:23 PM

"...and see his obituary being written for the zillionth time."

Come on, Christopher, just one commenter has decded that the end of Fed is here. Let's not exaggerate. And, BTW, that same commenter gets the full diaper in the face that I promised about a week ago to deliver to the first person who blamed a Fed loss on Myla and charlene.

Shame on you, KM!

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 06:23 PM

Hey, how about some lurve for Jo ?!?!?! Too much to ask, atm :-). He just took down the monster!!! Yaba daba dooo!!! First set was awesome all the way. And, he never lost a point on his serve in either TB. Clutch baby.

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:24 PM

MA: I'm not surprised. Caroline is one of the beauties. That's their criteria for televising women's matches. Talent and accomplishment are forgotten....not that Caroline is lacking is those areas.

Posted by mcakron 08/14/2009 at 06:24 PM

Sorry, X. Wasn't trying to get you thinking of Sod again.

Posted by Sherlock 08/14/2009 at 06:25 PM

mcakron, agree completely. I'm just gunshy on those dang joints now. *forced smile*

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:25 PM

Yeah, Pspace, and he did it with a cracked racquet, broken arm, and one leg. : ) Seriously, well done, Tsonga.

Posted by lottis 08/14/2009 at 06:26 PM

"In that same vein, do any Rafa fans feel like a loss tonight would be a not bad thing? Save those knees for future hardcourt battles?"

A loss against Del Potro wouldn’t be bad as I didn’t think he’ll play today at all, figured he would be out after his first, maybe second match if he had a good draw. So I’m happy he got this far and if he leaves Canada with a good feeling that is great.
But I don’t think a loss here is some sort of blessing in disguise like his loss at Rome last year was. He doesn’t need more rest on his knees, he needs to a few play matches, get his confidence back when playing. If he knees wouldn’t be able to stand up for a few matches on hard court now he has a lot more serious problem with his knees that rest won’t fix.
And there is the whole ranking thing so a win would be kind of good really. But I guess I already surrender to the idea of him being #3 and well I'm sure neither Roger or Andy would want him on their side of the draw.

Posted by Icarus 08/14/2009 at 06:26 PM

I hope Fed can smile a bit about this one, and refocus on what really matters - USO.

Still think he's the big thing in HC out there... well, maybe the big thing in HC Slams (Wimby would be his courtyard to the end, I think).

But, like I sad, Murray is stepping over. I'd love to see a Fed-Murray, tomorrow, and state their games. That was the big loss tonight.

Anyway, hail to Brave Tsonga.

Posted by Mike 08/14/2009 at 06:27 PM

"he would have been shaking in his shoes if it had been rafa across the net at roland garros instead of soderling."

Why, Sally? Why do you insist on posting 'what if?' pot stirring nonsense?

Are you that bored?

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 08/14/2009 at 06:27 PM

Hi, everyone,

Weirdest match I've seen in ages. Congratulations to Jo and fans,
commiserations to Roger and fans ... that is all I can say.

Posted by Or 08/14/2009 at 06:27 PM

Andrew -

I'm just freaking about the USO, I guess. I don't want to see something like that in the third round - and yes, I know he's a different player in best of five.

I really had hoped that all those close victories in the FO and Wimby would make him stop blowing those leads in those close three setters.

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 06:28 PM

Toronto will be doing the WTA draw shortly

http://www.topspinradio.com/

Posted by thebigapple 08/14/2009 at 06:29 PM

Tsonga has exciting talent but his consistency is a prob. Isner (?) just took him out of the Legg Mason. Seriously, dude.

At 5-1 up, the Fed focused should/would have closed that out. But such is the game.

Forza Tsonga! (Vamos seems to be taken)

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 06:31 PM

ahh mike, just scroll. and remember how to deal with the what ifs..

'what if he'd been born a unicorn? what then?

that still makes me giggle. because what ifs can go all around, in all sorts of ways and change any match you'd like to suit the result you'd like.

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 06:31 PM

Cincinnati ATP Main Draw:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2009/422/mds.pdf

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 06:32 PM

Looking ahead to the match that's coming, let's heat things up a little bit.
First, the words that started it all:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuKfkAAmKpY

Then, the most shocking moment of last year:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTPnHN_yJpY

And then, what happened this year, to make things even worst:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh4RAdQPLbY&feature=related
And the opinion of an outsider, just to make it more spicy, at around 1:38:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S93YvQiCpE&feature=related

Now bring on some bad blood.

Posted by Vie 08/14/2009 at 06:33 PM

How can anyone lose a 5-1 lead?

Glad that the younger ones are catching up and having luck.

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 06:33 PM

About to post something from Gimel's twitter. Ahem. *shame*
Although it is tennis related and not stupid.

justingimelstobJust did the draw for @Cincytennis with @holtermedia. Some great 1st rd matchups.Haas/Isner safin/Ginepri Soderling/Hewitt

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:33 PM

UOAT...I like that.

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:34 PM

Whitney...NO!! NO GIMELSLOB!

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 06:34 PM

Fortubately, those casually messed up volleys (several in this tournament, at matchpoint down against Murray in Doha) are staying away in the GS tournaments. For now. Maybe it is a question of desire and mentality.

Posted by Tim (2009 Year of Red Rogie ) 08/14/2009 at 06:34 PM

exactly people except for the tennis nuts on TW, the only thing the general public care about are the Slams, and the only thing they remember...

honestly anyone who thinks Federer has anthing left to prove to anyone is just bonkers lol ... crazy match though, still, I think its ok, might get his attention a bit I hope...

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 06:34 PM

NO. soderling hewitt?! crap.

Posted by Crazy-for-Rog 08/14/2009 at 06:35 PM

Disgusted by the match ! Roger ... that was disgusting and embarrassing !

It's no longer even shocking, though ... him losing big leads. It's happened so many times over the last year and a half, that I want to slap the commentators when they keep repeating "Federer is just such a great front-runner!" That statement was valid 2 years ago. Not any more.

Posted by toonie 08/14/2009 at 06:35 PM

This is one Fed fan who actually for once does not have the magor let down when their guy loses. I think I need to pick someone new to cheer on instead of having all the eggs in one basket. So what up and comer should I cheer for? I liked the look of Polinsky (sp)

Posted by Ruth 08/14/2009 at 06:36 PM

"Hey, how about some lurve for Jo ?!?!?! Too much to ask, atm :-)."

Yea, it would be good for us to remember that Jo won the first set before his damaged elbow apparently gave him magical powers and before Roger went on walkabout (hate that claim as much as Goolagong reportedly did) in the third set.

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 06:36 PM

Oh there you go Master Ace - thanks for the draw

Can someone please delete my post? haha

Not even sure why I still follow Gimel except he gives scores sometimes and takes lots of pictures.

Posted by Grant, rocket scientist 08/14/2009 at 06:36 PM

"How can anyone lose a 5-1 lead?"

The same way you jump out to a 5-1 lead, but in reverse.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 06:37 PM

Hey Rafadoc dont worry I came back just in time to see that comment lol!

Posted by imjimmy 08/14/2009 at 06:37 PM

""In that same vein, do any Rafa fans feel like a loss tonight would be a not bad thing? ""

Let's not count Nadal out so soon. He is the greatest warrior in the game today. Even if he's not close to his best, he'll still be super-competitive. DelPotro will have to play a cracker to beat him.

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 06:37 PM

mcakron,
If the Nadal from AO shows tonight, i will make a post saying "mcakron is God". That's a promise. It probably wont happen though.
And no problem about the Sod. Actually, i think about him sometimes, when i want to hit the tennis ball harder:)

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:37 PM

I'm never disappointed by the commentators' tripe.

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 06:38 PM

Draw for the WTA has not started yet...

Posted by Vie 08/14/2009 at 06:38 PM

Rafa also had a similar 2-break lead agains delpo in Miami, I think. Then he lost it.

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 06:38 PM

Maria Sharapova just took her seat at the draw ceremonies.

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 06:39 PM

Fortunately, not "Fortubately".

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 06:39 PM

Draw show has started from Toronto

Posted by wilson75 08/14/2009 at 06:40 PM

Roger's presser:

http://www3.rogerscup.com/men/english/interview/2009/R.Federer_08.14.09.doc

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:40 PM

MA: Was she taller?

Posted by mcakron 08/14/2009 at 06:40 PM

Mr X -- yes, quite a history between the two in a short time, though to Roddick's credit he took the high road in the post-match presser after Nole's retirement.

Should be an interesting match.

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 06:41 PM

Are my eyes deceiving me or will Sam Q and Andy R. meet in the second round... uuuughhghg

Posted by Or 08/14/2009 at 06:41 PM

Roger got Roddick in the Q for Cinci. And Stan earlier on AGAIN. And didn't Acasusu gave him a hard time in the French?

Dudi? He got screwed with Almagro and then Murray in the second round.

Posted by Sherlock 08/14/2009 at 06:44 PM

imjimmy, I wasn't saying anything prediction-wise about the match. I was just asking, if he does lose, if that wouldn't be a good thing actually.

Either guy could certainly win tonight.

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 06:44 PM

Williams Sisters are on opposite half

Dinara/Venus Serena/Elena

Posted by Or 08/14/2009 at 06:45 PM

Roger doesn't seem heartbroken about the match. Hopefully, nothing (other than losing the USO) would get him heart-broken this year.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 06:45 PM

Mr X are you on drugs? yeah sure Rafa will show his h/court play tonight against The Elf,win the tournament,then back up win Cinncy then wipe out the field in the US OPEN.

Posted by Peg 08/14/2009 at 06:46 PM

Thanks for the link, wilson75. Nice to see Roger giving Jo due credit.

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 06:46 PM

Thanks, Wilson.

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 06:47 PM

Dinara/Jelena/Victoria/Dominika
Venus/Vera/Nadia/A Radwanska
Svetlana/Elena/Flavia/Amelie
Serena/Caroline/Ana/Marion

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 06:47 PM

Pspace If you are around I have a proposition for you,goes this way

Let your man lose s/final ok,I will allow him to defend and win his title at Cinncy.I known I am all heart lol!

Then still deciding what my ultimate plan is for the US OPEN,it all depends on you ok.

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 06:48 PM

Good presser from Fed, pretty objective and lots of credit to Tsonga. You can tell he's not overly fussed, though he's trying to show he really cares.

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 06:48 PM

Or,
After checking the draw a little bit, maybe Rog wont play Stan, but Ferrero, who is in great form, and also in that section. Nadal is awfully close to the Doctor.
Vie,
He did had a 2 break lead. And he blew it, big time. Probably the worst final set i have ever seen him.

Posted by Azhdaja 08/14/2009 at 06:48 PM

rOG'S major sponsor bought FO and Wimby for him.
How can you explain rafa's and Djoko's early exit at FO? They were favourite.
Rafa even din't bother going to W this year!?? That much injured? I do not think so. All he needed was to make it to R16 to retain his #1, yet he didn't!? Too much coincidncies in Rog's regaining #1.

He will eventually retire before USO!
Expect news as of next week:: ROGER FEDERER RETIRED!

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 08/14/2009 at 06:49 PM

Hope Jo isn't going to suffer any repercussions from that fall today.

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 06:49 PM

AM,

That's the spirt! I take it you've said all your prayers and have your holy water at hand :)

I'm thinking Djoko is going win tonight. Rafa and DelPo is just going to be big frazzling time for me

Posted by thebigapple 08/14/2009 at 06:49 PM

Good presser.
No bad words/expletives in it...words that would drive fear into us. Fearsome words like "back"...Comparable to "knee" for others.

Posted by Tim (2009 Year of Red Rogie ) 08/14/2009 at 06:50 PM

rafa has a cupcake in cincy, roddick murray del po all other side...Tsongie will flame out early there, he's French he cant play well two weeks in a row :)

doesnt get easier for Feddie, and those Cornhuskers will want blood if he plays roddick... poor Feddie...

well, maybe Rafa will get Karlovic, unless he flames out early too...

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 06:51 PM

AM,
It wasnt me who said it in the first time. I dont think there is a chance in hell that will happen. Not on drugs right now. If you consider alcohol a drug, tomorrow at this time will probaly be:)

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