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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 vetmama 08/14/2009 at 04:27 PM

Mo is right with the overrule, as usual.

The Zeus of umpires.

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 04:27 PM

Cincinnati Order of Play:
Elena Dementieva defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2,6-1
Dinara Safina defeated Kim Clijsters 6-2,7-5
Flavia Pennetta leads Daniela Hantuchova 4-3
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 6-2,6-4
Roger Federer leads Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7(5),6-1,1-0. Match is live on ESPN2
Andy Roddick vs Novak Djokovic at 7 PM on ESPN2
Juan Martin Del Potro vs Rafael Nadal

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 04:27 PM

Nah, your future looks as dark as your new shirt, Jo. Horrible game to start the 3rd set, between DFs and missed FHs. Fed breaks and is up 1-0.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:27 PM

Nahh Joe cant get a 1st serve in now

That forearm must be gone,sad to see.

Posted by Or 08/14/2009 at 04:28 PM

The first set was very high quality by both player, though I think Roger was definitly the better player, but as usual - his issue was taking advantage of the BP... he needs to stop doing that.

However, Roger made 44% FS percentage in the first set, now he's at 80%, so big improvement.

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 04:28 PM

@#$%. Grrr! Jo donates the break. Good of him to stick around to give Fed the win. 'cos that's all he's doing at this pont.

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 04:28 PM

"I agree about finding (some) chest hair hot.
I like my men to look like men, not boys.:)"

me too :-))

not to the point like in those cave man commericals :-)), but some hair is OK, not on the back though...

Posted by lionheart 08/14/2009 at 04:28 PM

and fed opens the set breakin jos serve ..poor jo hes serve has fell apart

Posted by greenhopper 08/14/2009 at 04:29 PM

sweet of you, r'doc, but continue watching if you like. Much as he whines on court, dude is pretty upbeat for the next tournie/match. I like it that for once, he held up against a big server and took a set in a TB.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:29 PM

lol - i see the 'hairy chests - oh yeah' group is growing! :)

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 04:29 PM

Mr. Bodo, how do you really feel?

Posted by Kristy 08/14/2009 at 04:29 PM

Hi everyone,

Wow, Tsonga got a set! But the commies are saying very negative things about him now.

jb -- you said ages ago you heart Cahill -- me too and I heart your statement. :)

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:30 PM

Jo sticking it out till the bitter end...nicely done, but don't underestimate the Fed's ability to get broken at WTF moments...nice pick up volley from his shoe laces...

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 04:30 PM

Sadly, I don't think this match is any kind of preparation for the semis.. if he closes it out, that is.

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:30 PM

I think the crowd is like WTF happened to the 1st set of tennis we were watching..

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 04:30 PM

Fed holds at 15 to go up 2-0 in the 3rd. He wants to go fats now, as he's probably wondering what's going on with the girls. He succesfully charged the net on several points in that last game, closing it with a vintage half volley.

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 04:31 PM

why doesn't Jo retire to save that wrist... why risk it? he's not going to win this at this point anyway...

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:31 PM

Good point made by Jason

tsonga maybe should try to take the pace off the serve a little,try different things,instead of going for the powerful serve all the time.

Posted by Or 08/14/2009 at 04:31 PM

Tsonga is going for broke on every shot. He doesn't even try to rally.

Oh, that's Roger's best BH of the match. Finally managed the pass.

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 04:31 PM

Backhand flick passer!

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 04:31 PM

Mr. X, hehe, I won't ask why you attempted to do something that looks so horrifyingly painful as waxing. Competitive biking or swimming are the only excuses I can think of.

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 04:31 PM

0-30 for Daniela as she hit BH winner DTL
15-30 Daniela nets BH return
30-30 Daniela BH return long
30-40 Flavia FH long
40-40 Flavia volley winner set up by BH approach
A-40 Flavia running BH DTL passing shot winner after Daniela ran her side to side
Flavia holds as she hit FH winner

Daniela serving to stay in the set 3-5

Posted by JohnC 08/14/2009 at 04:32 PM

Tsonga's problem is not his elbow, unless that's where he keeps his brain. An all-too-familiar pattern from the Frenchman.

Posted by mick1303 08/14/2009 at 04:32 PM

Penetta looks better and better. If she can keep the focus, she will camp in top 10 for a while. Ability is definitely there. She plays smart, with variety and has decent power along with excellent movement.

Posted by .com 08/14/2009 at 04:32 PM

"The 3rd set is going to be tight...at least he didn't go down in straights..."

I hope your work has nothing to do with predictions...

Posted by rafadoc 08/14/2009 at 04:32 PM

GH: Okay. :) He took a set in a TB...so that is good. Hopefully he can recover fully for Cincy and USO. Nice run here though. Nothing to be ashamed of.

Posted by Grant 08/14/2009 at 04:32 PM

"I think the crowd is like WTF happened to the 1st set of tennis we were watching.."

It could be worse, they could be having a chest hair debate.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:32 PM

This game sucks.not worth watching.

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 04:32 PM

thank you, MA, for match calls

Posted by Icarus 08/14/2009 at 04:33 PM

Hi TW

Two quick thoughts on Federer:

- TMF's game is much more reactive than it's used to be
- Rog clearly also lacks, IMO, match intensity throughout the week: is this temporary or the inevitable effects of the new life?

Tsonga is not ready yet to win the big ones. Right now, I definitely pick Murray to win Montreal 2009.

Posted by Or 08/14/2009 at 04:33 PM

I don't think it is his hand, it doesn't look like it is hurting him - he totally lost focus, maybe the injury scare threw him off.

Posted by rafadoc 08/14/2009 at 04:34 PM

lol Grant.

Come on Jo-at least get a game, kay?

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 04:34 PM

did Dinara call her coach on court today?

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 04:34 PM

What a shame. The match got a little exciting towards the end of the first set and now it's just a formality until Fed wins.

Oh well I shouldn't complain since I wanted Fed to win (I'm loving all the greenery on my challenge draw) but I just prefer a competetive match more than anything else.

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 04:35 PM

"go fast" not "go fats". Although it sounds kind of funny:)
Jo's inconsistent self has come back, and he wont leave. He hit a couple of good winners in that last game, but the UFEs kept coming, and Fed breaks again. He's up 3-0 in the 3rd with a double break. In my book, this is game over.
Gee, i really hate the Spanish Tv commentator. He's simply awful. Always talking nonsense during the points and many times doesnt realise how a ball has been called and loses account of the score, even though it's right there, on the down left corner! How i miss Corretja. He was able to control this moron, and the broadcasts were actually very good.

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 04:35 PM

15-40 for Flavia as she hit BH winner set up by good approach shot to deuce side
Flavia takes the set as Daniela FH sails wide

One more set and Flavia kicks Ana out of the Top 10

Flavia serving at 6-3 to start 2nd set

Posted by lionheart 08/14/2009 at 04:35 PM

ok jo has leave the stadium ..so now pleasse fed close it ou quikcly
but why jo dont retire i mean he can have a more serious injury if he continie to play
meanwhile flavs takes the 1st set forza flavia

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:35 PM

Gee Joe came down Hard on his elbow

Cause thats going to effect your serve,geez.

He had treatment on his forearm to his elbow.

Posted by vetmama 08/14/2009 at 04:36 PM

LOL, jb.
(did you see my question earlier: are you going to IW again?)

I think chest/belly hair can be incredibly sexy, very masculine.
Especially the crisp curling kind, as opposed a few scraggly ones.:)

Totally agree with sokol, caveman amounts are way too much.

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 04:36 PM

Meanwhile Flavia wins the first set 6-3

I don't know even a hairy debate seems more exciting than this match right now

Posted by rafadoc 08/14/2009 at 04:36 PM

Tfactor: Heh. I had Gilles taking out Fed this round. Lots of "cross out" marks on my bracket. ;-/

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:36 PM

From 40-love to deuce, what was that I was saying about getting broken at WTF moments...lol

Posted by rafadoc 08/14/2009 at 04:37 PM

Grant: Avert your eyes/ Vetmama: Belly hair is another story. ;-)

Posted by Kristy 08/14/2009 at 04:37 PM

LOL Grant!

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 04:38 PM

aussiemarg - think Fowler said the same thing about Tsonga's serve.

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 04:38 PM

Fed seemed to be going for another ultra-fast hold, but he made 3 consecutive UFEs out of nowhere to get to deuce. However, he hit 2 very good FH winners to hold and go up 4-0.
Tsonga's only goal right now seems to be avoiding the bagel.

Posted by Disgruntled Cincinnatian 08/14/2009 at 04:39 PM

You're entirely entitled to your opinions, but this attack that you have directed at Kim is little more than yellow journalism. I understand that this piece is meant to be an opinion,a forum for expressing your views. This is not a little "guilty pleasure" its a wholly antagonistic criticism of one of the most beloved players on tour. I am not saying that because she is popular she should be left alone, I am merely stating that, for whatever reason, you are dissecting the mannerism of Clijsters in a deliberate attempt to disprove the popularity she has amassed. Readers of this comment (if there are any who care; I fully acknowledge that this is meant to be a cathartic, personal statement.) you are free to criticize me, after all that is the same right that I am utilizing, as is Mr. Bodo. The only distinction is that Bodo has some level of esteem in the world of the press, and should therefore use a little more discretion when attempting to berate a welcomed return by a favored player. Frankly with the dramatic overtures that the tennis world has endured with excessive confrontations between players, abuse of medical timeouts and a disregard of sportsmanship, I turn to Kim Clijsters as an example of - yes - kindness. I admit, I am a wholehearted Kim fan but even if she isn't the epitome of niceness that the press can paint her to be, the commitment that she has shown to the fans and players is unprecedented. Frankly, the only forum Clijsters has not been overly kind in is with members of the press. And after a piece like this, I can hardly blame her.

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 04:39 PM

Rafadoc
I too wanted Simon to go through but I'm usually able to leave my feelings behind when picking (except for Rafa of course), so I've been dead on from the third round on.

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 04:39 PM

Sokol, Jenni, Aussiemarg, and fans,
Congrats to Dinara for stopping the magical ride of Kim

0-30 for Daniela
15-30 Daniela nets FH
15-40 Flavia DF
Flavia coach looking on
Daniela breaks with FH winner DTL to ad side set up by CC FH to deuce side

Daniela to serve 3-6,1-0

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 04:40 PM

"Tsonga's only goal right now seems to be avoiding the bagel"

and, I think, Fed understood it :-), 4-1

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:40 PM

I have same problem with my right elbow,it hurst when i play my 2hb/hand at the moment,I am a lefty too.

Posted by Or 08/14/2009 at 04:40 PM

I think Roger, generally speaking, looked pretty sharp. Yeah, he had some silly misses, but his FH looked good, sharp. The serve looking pretty good. And there were fantastic points in the first set, that he just didn't play earlier in the year.

Definitly not panicking watching his matches like I was a couple of months, when his serve was barely over 50%, and his FH could go away for hours at a time.

I would dearly love for him to beat Murray tomorrow.

Somehow, I get the strange concept that eventually, Rafa would emerge from his side of the draw, and we'll have a Roger-Rafa final.

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 04:40 PM

Mr. X: I didn't know Dick Enright was Spanish.

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 04:41 PM

Well, Jo did avoid the bagel, as he found some good serves to hold and get to 4-1.
Pspace,
The reason was none of those you mentioned. Much more stupid:)

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 04:41 PM

Nestor/Zimonjic leads Moodie/Norman 3-0

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:41 PM

Master Ace Yes quite a shock,she did it straights as well.Still coming to terms with her win.Though I am only taking one match at a time.

Posted by vetmama 08/14/2009 at 04:41 PM

I wrote that just for you, Grant.:)

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 04:42 PM

Good point by Tsonga - more reminiscent of the first set. There for everything Fed threw at him.

Posted by sukhi 08/14/2009 at 04:42 PM

Looks like Fed doesn't like to win easily. He likes to make it interesting.

Posted by CherryNYC 08/14/2009 at 04:42 PM

Now that was an excellent point.

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 04:42 PM

Or, Jo's hitting his first serve about 20kph slower. The winning % has gone down from 84% in the first set, to 67% in the second, to 57% in the third.

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 04:42 PM

Mr.X.,
I saw the last few games of the first set and all of the 2nd set, Caroline had a bad day at the office

Daniela consolidates at 15 as Flavia nets FH

Flavia to serve 6-3,0-2

Posted by greenhopper 08/14/2009 at 04:43 PM

Jo is paying for not matching outfits with Mo.
Uncool, dude.

Posted by vetmama 08/14/2009 at 04:43 PM

Zeus' commandments again are correct.
Don't mess with Mo.

Posted by sokol 08/14/2009 at 04:44 PM

see you all later...

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 04:45 PM

Well, that game was much more entertaining than the last. A great rally won by Tsonga to get to 15 all, but Fed answeres with some good serves. Jo, dont question Lahyani's calls. The guy has HawkEye incorporated in himself.
Tsonga serving to stay in the match, down 5-1.
carnap,
I dont know this Dick person, but i doubt he could be worst than the goof in the Spanish TV. I have the sound off, just to avoid his commentary.

Posted by rafadoc 08/14/2009 at 04:46 PM

Tfactor: See...that is how bad I suck at the bracket thing. I actually *thought* Gilles would get through and get a shot at Fed.

Posted by lionheart 08/14/2009 at 04:46 PM

seems that fed is in control now and flavs is havin problems now
hope both can win
have a nice afternoon see you later folks

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 04:47 PM

When is the next match? Directly after this one?

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 04:47 PM

Tsonga holds at love to get to 5-2. Fed looked like he was thinking: "Let's get this game out of the way, i'm serving it out next"

Posted by FortuneCookie 08/14/2009 at 04:47 PM

Haha,whatever they were showing on the screen just then,Fed looked digusted!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:47 PM

Rafadoc I thought the same too with Gilles,after that performance against Joe he joins the Birdman on my Death List.

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:47 PM

MrX: yup he does that quite a lot of late, prefering to serve out the match, he usually hits kamikaze FHs that all land a gazillion miles out...

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 04:48 PM

Well, thankfully, Dinara took care of Kimmie today. Otherwise, we would've had another round of who deserves to be No. 1. I'm a little disappointed that there were no baked goods involved!

Posted by greenhopper 08/14/2009 at 04:48 PM

D'ya think Jo will have a Dinara moment here? No? Me neither.

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 04:48 PM

Mr. X: Dick is equally incompetent, and should be put out to pasture. When presenting Henin with her 1st USO trophy, he called her Christine. The second time he had to present her with the trophy, he called her Justine Henin-Hardenne, even though she'd divorced her husband and had reverted to her maiden name
He's also never quite sure of the score when he's doing the commentary.

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 04:48 PM

VC,
Roddick-Nole starts at 7 PM TW time, in a little more than 2 hours.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:48 PM

vetmama - yep! IW all booked, just the flights to find! coming in on thursday - leaving, well, i may just never leave... :)

and silly grant, its not a debate, its a vote! :)))

mhm. feddy muzzah semi - that should be fun! IF fed serves it out and doesn't hit dopey shots like that... lol:)

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:48 PM

Another stoned volley...love 30...nicely done, at least he's got 2 breaks...

Posted by rafaholic 08/14/2009 at 04:48 PM

I am seeing the Federer we used to see. He has stepped up his game when needed. He is the 5th gear right now.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:48 PM

VC Roddick is next up

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 04:48 PM

Fed's rushing a bit.

Posted by Grant 08/14/2009 at 04:48 PM

"I wrote that just for you, Grant.:)"

Um, thanks?

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 04:49 PM

40-40 Looking at Montreal scoreboard
40-A Daniela BH return to ad side too hot for Flavia BH
40-40 Flavia FH winner DTL to ad side
A-40 Daniela nets FH return
40-40 Flavia FH long
40-A Flavia FH long
40-40 Flavia FH winner to open court set up by drop shot that Daniela got to
A-40 Daniela steps inside the court but hit FH long
Flavia holds as she aces at the T

Daniela to serve 6-3,2-1

Posted by Master Ace 08/14/2009 at 04:49 PM

Oops, Daniela to serve 3-6,2-1

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 04:49 PM

Glad I got home in time to see Fed/Tsonga.

Posted by Tfactor 08/14/2009 at 04:50 PM

Oh I see Rafadoc. I just don't have that much confidence in Gilles but I tend to root for players when they're struggling a bit. So many a time I find myself rooting for the player I didn't pick.

Now Hantuchova with the break in the second set, serving 2-1

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:50 PM

BP Tsonga...le sigh...

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 04:50 PM

Brad just said TSonga's playing with a cracked racket.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever 08/14/2009 at 04:50 PM

Gee rogers just great at the net play

Posted by Beckham (Gulbis?! Pffftttt!!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:50 PM

And Tsonga breaks on his 1st BP opportunity of the match...ooh Fed...ridiculous!!!

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 08/14/2009 at 04:51 PM

these last few games jowilli has been playing much better.... and we have a break chance here!

some great points here.

and he breaks fed back. its does appear that it was his mental focus that went away.

Posted by VC 08/14/2009 at 04:51 PM

Thanks, Mr. X and Aussiemarg. Tsonga gets one of the breaks back. Very dicey performance from Fed, this.

Posted by carnap 08/14/2009 at 04:51 PM

Why on earth would someone play with a cracked racquet? Gilbert surely got that wrong.

Posted by roadrunnerz 08/14/2009 at 04:51 PM

Oh, Fed. Nice time to go on walkabout...

Posted by Tim (2009 Year of Red Rogie ) 08/14/2009 at 04:51 PM

some friggn amazing points out there, 3 i can think of were get out of your seat stuff...Fed only won one of em, but it was the best one

:)

Posted by CherryNYC 08/14/2009 at 04:51 PM

Beckham - a WTF service break, just as you predicted. At least he's up a double. Lord, Fed, get this over with and go back to your babies. I'm sure Mirka needs a nap.

Posted by Mr. X 08/14/2009 at 04:52 PM

carnap,
Then those 2 must be long-lost brothers:) I remember the "Christine Henin" incident, but didnt know it was that guy.
Woa, and Jo suddenly comes alive (with some help from Fed, 2 ugly errors in the first 2 points). From 30 all, he hits a passing that Fed cant answer and a brutal return, breaks and gets to 5-3.

Posted by Pspace (Lestat Time!) 08/14/2009 at 04:52 PM

LOL. Fed is playing like he's in a club level match. Prolly will wake up now. Or not.

Posted by Whitney 08/14/2009 at 04:52 PM

I don't know carnap - Brad said from where he's sitting the racket sounds like its cracked.

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