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Sunday Tribal Brunch 11/08/2009 - 8:07 AM

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So if I'm Team USA Fed Cup Mary Jo Fernandez, I call Alexa Glatch and Melanie Oudin into the locker room, sit them down real close to me, look them in the eye, and say, "Girls, we go 'em right where we want them!" Try to give them a little confidence - better deluded than dispirited, right? It look's like the USA's back is really up against the wall against this nicely balanced, talented, spirited team of Italian veterans who won both of yesterday's singles in the Fed Cup final at Reggio Calabria, Italy. Neither Flavia Pennetta (who beat Alexa Glatch) nor Francesca Schiavone (who topped Melanie Oudin after a tight, tiebreaker first set).

Reggio Calabria - isn't he Roland Garros's second cousin?

Anyway. The other big news of the day was Novak Djokovic's match-point dismissing win over Radek Stepanek, which earned the Djoker a place opposite Roger Federer in the Basel final. Federer is the definition of "classic" as well as "classy" in tennis, so it only figures that he's on the cusp of winning the tournament where he once worked, dreamy-eyed, as a ballboy. This kind of thing, unsurprisingly, happens quite often in tennis. So maybe you should forget all those expensive tennis lessons and set aside the brochure from the IMG Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy and just send your kids out to ballboy at any event they can find.

Anyway, have a good Sunday, I'll be back tomorrow morning with some red meat.

-- Pete




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Posted by yello fuzzy 11/08/2009 at 08:17 AM

first!?

Posted by Jamaica Karen (Conflicted over today's Cowboys Eagles game) 11/08/2009 at 08:23 AM

Second

Posted by James 11/08/2009 at 08:30 AM

second

Posted by .com 11/08/2009 at 08:32 AM

James, I guess you meant 'third'... ;)

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 11/08/2009 at 08:32 AM

Mornin' all. I'm waiting for MA to wake up and post the schedule of play for the day....not used to having to look it up myself:)

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 11/08/2009 at 08:44 AM

Copied from MA's post last night:

Basel
Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic vs Bob Bryan vs Mike Bryan at 7 AM
Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic at 9:15 AM

Valencia
Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak vs Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo at 7 AM
Andy Murray vs Mikhail Youzhny at 10 AM

Bali - Marion Bartoli vs Aravane Rezai at 1:30 AM

Fed Cup - Tennis Channel to broadcast matches LIVE at 5 AM

Posted by Helen 11/08/2009 at 08:50 AM

any live stream at Basel. thanks

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 11/08/2009 at 08:51 AM

Looks like Blake/Santoro about to start.

WAKE UP MA!! (This is hard work trying to be as informative as MA)

Posted by Basel final 11/08/2009 at 08:57 AM

Does anyone know any sites where I can watch Federer And Nole live? For free..

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 11/08/2009 at 08:58 AM

Helen: no streams yet at atdhe.net, but channelsurfing.net appears to have streams for both valencia and basel.

Posted by Helen 11/08/2009 at 09:02 AM

Mr. and Mrs. D. Thanks

Posted by Flyer 11/08/2009 at 09:04 AM

Here's to hoping Roger wins his 4th straight Basel title.

Posted by Helen 11/08/2009 at 09:04 AM

Mr. and Mrs. D. , thank you very much!

Posted by yello fuzzy 11/08/2009 at 09:07 AM

how about a nice Bronx cheer for the nincompoops at TTC..tape delayed finals!

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 11/08/2009 at 09:07 AM

'morning folks.

Go to channelsurfing.net and then scroll down until you find Basel. It's very easy. :)

AM: you around? rafa website is really lame. Juan Monaco can't possibly be a childhood friend of rafa's since he's from argentina. It's possible they've known each other for a long time but...still it would be fun doubles to watch.

Posted by Andrew 11/08/2009 at 09:10 AM

Morning, all.

TennisTV.com informs me that the live event will be starting shortly. What ho!

In the meantime, astronomy buffs out there might be interested by this blog by Ethan Siegal, with a jumping off point to Ethan's ratings of the biggest events in astronomy by decade. Good stuff if you sometimes get the timing of the discovery of cosmic inflation mixed up with the introduction of oversize racquets:

http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2009/07/the_last_100_years_1998_and_th.php

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 11/08/2009 at 09:11 AM

yf: they've chosen to show fedcup live. wouldn't have been my first choice but i kinda can't blame 'em.

Posted by Mr. X 11/08/2009 at 09:12 AM

Hi everyone.
First things first. Bravo, Flavia. Bravissimo.
http://estaticos04.marca.com/imagenes/2009/11/08/tenis/1257683209_extras_noticia_foton_7_0.jpg
Yes, she's all kinds of awesome. Not a big surprise in the outcome though.
So i see Nole had quite a tough tme yesterday with the Worm. That guy is not easy to beat anywhere, and he sure will be dangerous in December.
In Valencia, looks like Lestat is reappearing slowly, and he just drained FeVer, whose head got in the way once again.
Waiting for the Basel final to start. I'm hoping for Nole, but Fed is the obvious favourite.

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:12 AM

Go Rogi. It's high time you defended a title this year :)

If he won't have a second-set walkabouts, Roger in two. If it gets to three, I'll get antsy, given their earlier matches this year.

I'm worried, becuase the last time I thought Roger would storm through an opponant in a final, I found myself sitting teary eyed on a subway train from flushing meadows to Forrest Hills.


Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:13 AM

I have ATPTV ready, hopefully it work better than it does at home, apperantly my router is the reason why it's buffering so badly.

Posted by Basel final 11/08/2009 at 09:14 AM

TennisTV.com informs me that the live event will be starting shortly. What ho!

For free?

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 11/08/2009 at 09:17 AM

Thanks Andrew....saving it for my son to check out.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 11/08/2009 at 09:19 AM

Basel final: i doubt it's for free but maybe you got lucky! did you log in? It's definitely a pay site and imo worth every penny.

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:19 AM

No, not for free.

Posted by Mr. X 11/08/2009 at 09:20 AM

Hometown boy getting on court to a huge ovation. That must be the only red court in the tour. I like some variety.
"I want it all" is the music. Doesnt he have it all already?:)

Posted by Andrew 11/08/2009 at 09:21 AM

Players on court. Bit mean of the spotlight guy to try and lead Djokovic off the stage, but you have to expect this in Basel when you play the local favorite.

Posted by TripleF-FedFanForever 11/08/2009 at 09:21 AM

The Master just stepped in. All rise.

Posted by Master Ace 11/08/2009 at 09:22 AM

Sunday Order of Play

Basel
Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic defeated Bob Bryan vs Mike Bryan 6-2,6-3
Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic to start shortly

Valencia
Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak defeated Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo 6-4,6-3
Andy Murray vs Mikhail Youzhny at 10 AM

Bali - Aravane Rezai defeated Marion Bartoli 7-5(retired - left quad strain)

Fed Cup - Italy wins tie 4-0 over United States
Flavia Pennetta defeated Alexa Glatch 6-3,6-1
Francesca Schiavone defeated Melanie Oudin 7-6(2),6-2
Flavia Pennetta defeated Melanie Oudin 7-5,6-2
Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci defeated Liezel Huber and Vania King 4-6,6-3,11-9

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 11/08/2009 at 09:22 AM

Ajde Nole! Actually I'm just hoping for a competitive match.
I really like the red court. classy and different.

yesterday the commies described Basel as the Monte Carlo of Switzerland.

Posted by Azhdaja 11/08/2009 at 09:23 AM

Djoker vs Rog in a final! Always a juicy one!

Posted by Azhdaja 11/08/2009 at 09:23 AM

Djoker vs Rog in a final! Always a juicy one!

Posted by Azhdaja 11/08/2009 at 09:24 AM

i believe Rogi is gonna remain a ball-boy in Basel.

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:24 AM

Kick ass, Roger.

Two sets, plz. You still have a lot of work to do this year.

Posted by James 11/08/2009 at 09:24 AM

does anyone know where we can watch the Basel final LIVE?
Lets go Roger!

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 11/08/2009 at 09:26 AM

channelsurfing.net

Posted by Mr. X 11/08/2009 at 09:26 AM

Spanish commentators informing that Fed has played 13 tournaments this year, while Nole has played 23. Well, that's quite an efficient year by Fed, i would say:)

Posted by yello fuzzy 11/08/2009 at 09:27 AM

Annie
like yesterday, Fed cup is finished and the mens matches are just getting started or still in progress... somehow they couldn't manage to make time for live broadcasts, of the ONE sport that they cover! How many jerks in a boardroom does it take to figure out that fans want to see live tennis.
so instead of live tennis they are going rerun some of their old programming...meanwhile I will watch the match on a spotty stream online and probably get so frustrated by the buffering, that I will just give up and check the results later

Posted by James 11/08/2009 at 09:28 AM

haha I agree with Mr. X

Posted by James 11/08/2009 at 09:28 AM

and thank you Annie

Posted by Tfactor 11/08/2009 at 09:28 AM

Basel
http://www.atdhe.net/7637/watch-atp-basel

Posted by Master Ace 11/08/2009 at 09:29 AM

Roger vs Novak
http://atdhe.net/7637/watch-atp-basel

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 11/08/2009 at 09:29 AM

Did i hear that correctly? Fed has yet to be broken this week?
39 service games won. outstanding.

Posted by Mr. X 11/08/2009 at 09:30 AM

Fed holds at 15 to start the match, starting the game with 2 unreturned serves and taking advantage of 2 long FHs by Nole.

Posted by Basel final 11/08/2009 at 09:30 AM

I guess I would have to pay. A video does come up, but blank. (TennisTV)
Oh well, I'll just watch live scores. hehe

Napred Nole! Ajde Srbine!!

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 11/08/2009 at 09:31 AM

yf: didn't realize Fed cup was already over. That IS ridiculous.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 11/08/2009 at 09:32 AM

baselfinal: try the stream that was just posted above.

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:32 AM

Hmmm, Nole seems quite determined.

Posted by Mr. X 11/08/2009 at 09:33 AM

Nole holds at love to get to 1-1. He started the game with an ace, then Fed sent 2 2nd serve returns that he was trying to be very agressive with out, and Nole close with an OH in the last point. Early stages still.

Posted by B.Lara 11/08/2009 at 09:33 AM

http://www.fromsport.com/video-108254.html

Posted by Mr. X 11/08/2009 at 09:35 AM

Fed holds at 30 to go up 2-1. He got several easy points with his serve in that game, that made the couple of BH errors he made irrelevant.

Posted by Andrew 11/08/2009 at 09:36 AM

Three solid service games, and we're underway, 2-1 Federer on serve. Not much to say - first serves are mostly serve winners, second serves lead to rallies. Djokovic putting more mustard on his second serve than he did in Cincinnati, which is smart.

Posted by just a note 11/08/2009 at 09:37 AM

http://channelsurfing.net/watch-davidoff-swiss-indoors-basel.html

This one working well so far, English language.

Hi everyone!

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:38 AM

Yup, better serving from Nole... um, or not. DF as a result of that mustard you've mentioned, Andrew.

Posted by just a note 11/08/2009 at 09:39 AM

Andrew - didn't get to tell you yesterday really enjoyed your comments;)).

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:39 AM

Nole with punishing groundies.

Roger need to be very solid on serve here.

Posted by Mr. X 11/08/2009 at 09:40 AM

Nole holds at 15 to get to 2-2, after Fed sends a return long. The only point he lost there was a DF, but he is doing very well in the baseline rallies, being agressive, keeping Fed behind the baseline and closing at the net.
Now, he needs to find the way to attack Fed's serve. Not an easy task, though.

Posted by Master Ace 11/08/2009 at 09:41 AM

Half volley winner from the baseline after decent return by Novak

Posted by Andrew 11/08/2009 at 09:42 AM

jan: thanks. Still on serve, 3-2 Federer. Two ridiculous points by Federer - a flowing BH winner and a half volley BH winner from the baseline. But Djokovic has started well, with a good game plan, too.

Posted by Mr. X 11/08/2009 at 09:42 AM

Fed holds at 15 to go up 3-2, after a crazy half volley winner from the baseline answering a good return by Nole, How the heck does the freakin' guy do that?
At 30-15, Nole was again dominating the rally and keeping Fed behind the baseline, but he hit one of those loopy FHs imjimmy usually criticises and Fed made him pay with a BH winner.

Posted by FortuneCookie 11/08/2009 at 09:43 AM

Can't get a single stream to work for me :(
Back to scoreboard following instead!Typically,it would have been on in the UK on Eurosport,but apparently they withdrew their coverage because of the whole 'tobacco sponsor' controversy...

Posted by jb (?!) 11/08/2009 at 09:45 AM

morning twibe! good match so far - both men playing well i think.

Posted by Mr. X 11/08/2009 at 09:45 AM

Nole holds at love to get to 3-3. I'm liking his attitude. No nonsense, no happy-go-lucky guy. Just going for his shots, being agressive most times and hitting his FH with deep and strength (most times)

Posted by jb (?!) 11/08/2009 at 09:46 AM

i just noticed that fed seems to match the lines people's uniforms. :)

geesh - these guys are playing paint the lines tennis today.

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:47 AM

Both guys very much at the top of their service games.

Roger need to start returning better, right now he has issues. Nole playing more aggressive than in the USO, and less errors, too.

Posted by Andrew 11/08/2009 at 09:48 AM

Two more holds, 4-3 Federer. Mr. X is right - Djokovic is taking the ball on early, like Chiudinelli yesterday. Nice aggression.

Posted by Mr. X 11/08/2009 at 09:48 AM

However, Fed is close to impossible to break when he serves this way. Again, a couple of aces in this game, and another serve that gave him a very clear lead in the point. When he gets a look at a 2nd serve, Nole is doing well, and he is dominating most rallies. Good BH by Fed in the first point of that last game though.
Nole to serve, down 3-4.

Posted by Peg 11/08/2009 at 09:50 AM

"Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci defeated Liezel Huber and Vania King 4-6,6-3,11-9"

Well, at least doubles went to twenty games in the third set.
*glass determinedly a fifth full*

(Come to think of it, a bit of a fifth would go down easy right around now, but I'd have to walk to a bar to get to it. Maybe later, especially if there's any second set brain cramping...)

Posted by evie 11/08/2009 at 09:50 AM

Fed cannot get into Nole's service games at all. The few chances he's had, he's made errors.

I think he's won five points on Nole's serve, two of them DFs.

Posted by Mr. X 11/08/2009 at 09:51 AM

Unless someone has a brain cramp (yes, i'm looking at you, Nole), this looks like it's going to a TB, as Nole holds at 15 to get to 4-4. Again, the only point he lost was a result of a DF (he's trying to be very agressive even with his 2nd serves, so it's normal). Otherwise, he's serving well. He had some help from Fed there, in the form of a couple of FH UFEs.

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:52 AM

Quality serving + aggression from Nole, which is what I remember him from 2007 -early 2008.

Can't say that pleases me right now.

And Oh, Oh. Roger with a silly bh into the net.

Posted by Master Ace 11/08/2009 at 09:52 AM

Peg,
That is the supertiebreak score on the Fed Cup doubles match and not a full set.

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:52 AM

Ughhhhhh. 2 BP.

Save, Rogi!

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:53 AM

Shit.

Posted by Basel final 11/08/2009 at 09:54 AM

YES! COME ON NOLE!

Posted by Mr. X 11/08/2009 at 09:54 AM

And shockingly, it's Fed who plays a terrible serve game, with a DF, 2 FH UFEs and one BH UFE. Nole breaks to go up 5-4 and will serve for the set next.
Now, try not to do anything stupid.

Posted by Azhdaja 11/08/2009 at 09:54 AM

Djoko takes 5:4 lead. Breaks...will serve for the set.

Posted by Andrew 11/08/2009 at 09:54 AM

And Federer donates a break to Djokovic: DF, BH error in the net, FH long, FH net cord wide. Under no pressure, just steady play from his opponent. Tsk. 5-4 Djokovic.

Posted by Master Ace 11/08/2009 at 09:54 AM

Unlucky bounce give Novak the chance to serve for the set

Posted by TripleF-FedFanForever 11/08/2009 at 09:55 AM

Man is broken. At the crucial 9th serve. Oh well. This set is as good as gone. Such high quality of serves for about 8 games...

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:55 AM

How long has it it been since Nole took a first set from Roger (excluding Australia 08). Toronto 07, right?

Posted by TripleF-FedFanForever 11/08/2009 at 09:56 AM

Hello JB!

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:56 AM

0:30

Come on, break back!

Posted by jb (?!) 11/08/2009 at 09:56 AM

and right on cue mr x - its fed w/ the brain cramp.

or - agreed, nole seems to be playing with the confidence, the nervelessness that he had back in 2007. which bodes well for him - and should sound a warning bell for the rest of the boyos!

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!) 11/08/2009 at 09:56 AM

*staggers in, still sleepy*

Mornin' all.

C'mon Nole!

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:57 AM

Ack, so close.

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:57 AM

He had too much time to think about the pass.

Posted by jb (?!) 11/08/2009 at 09:58 AM

pfft. fed shouldn't have missed that passing shot - golden opportunity gone begging.

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 09:58 AM

Damn, I thought that was in.

Posted by evie 11/08/2009 at 09:58 AM

Classic Federer challenge.

Posted by Peg 11/08/2009 at 09:58 AM

Whoops. Thanks for the correction, MA.

*resets*

Well, at least the dubs went to a supertiebreak.

*resolutely still seeing the glass as partly full*

Posted by evie 11/08/2009 at 09:59 AM

Error by Nole keeps Fed alive in the game.

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 10:00 AM

BP, Roger tempting Nole in with the short ball.


Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 10:01 AM

And again, inches out.

Pffffff.

Posted by Azhdaja 11/08/2009 at 10:02 AM

now, poor performance of Djok`s in the 10th game?? again, whenever he has to step up and finish his opponent he backs to the defense??!

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 10:02 AM

AHHHHH, Roger! Stop doing that!

Posted by Azhdaja 11/08/2009 at 10:03 AM

2 double errors in serving for set game???

Posted by roadrunnerz 11/08/2009 at 10:03 AM

Oh, Roger.

Another one into the net? At break point?

Posted by Or 11/08/2009 at 10:03 AM

Good return keeps Rogi alive.

Come on, break!

Posted by lollipop (rafelfole forever) 11/08/2009 at 10:04 AM

Error by Fed, gives Nole another lifeline. c'mon man, serve. it. out!

Posted by Azhdaja 11/08/2009 at 10:04 AM

too many unforced of Djoker's in the 1oth game??! not a sign of a true champ.

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