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Toronto Last Call 08/15/2010 - 11:30 AM

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By Jackie Roe, TW Contributing Writer


Hey there, TWibe. Are you pumped for today's final? I'll be in attendance at Federer-Murray in Toronto, then heading straight to Cincinnati for more live tennis action. Stay tuned to TW for my daily reports in the Queen City.

Before I preview today's final, I thought I'd give you a run-down of all that's happened here since I posted last (in Friday's Deuce Club):

Friday, 8/13

(Unfortunately, I spent much of the afternoon in the press room, wrapping up the DC, so I didn't catch all of the action. Apologies for the gaps in match coverage.)

Centre Court for Murray-Nalbandian. Rooting (silently, of course) for Nalbandian but good to see Muzz playing so cleanly and not getting down on himself.

Caught the beginning of Nadal-Kohlschreiber. Not surprised about Rafa's slow start - not the first time that's happened. Left shortly after it started to write so I can't say how either guy played. Check out Steve's post on the match for more.

Murray presser. When I first attended one of these, back in Cincinnati, my most salient impression was how nervous he was. Still the case: Poor eye contact, hands in hoodie pockets, serious. Called the match one of the best he's played all year.

Nalbandian presser. Demeanor not altogether different from the last one, despite the different results. Still open, easy-going. Said he feels tired, but would be fine in a few days. Arrived to the ball more slowly because of the fatigue.

Federer-Berdych.

  • Missed the first set as I was still in the press room. Expected it to be more competitive at the outset, but not so. Beth left this message for me in the DC, which is funny in retrospect: "If you don't hurry out there, Jackie, Federer is gonna be done. He is on a mission, from what it looks like via scoreboard."
  • Intense. Fed with emphatic "Come on!" in the second set.
  • Berd didn't look 100% physically. Movement a little labored, maybe?
  • Loads of crowd support for Berd in the second set. Fans wanted more tennis!
  • Described the last game of the second set - when Berd broke to even up the match - as "odd." Fed double-faulted twice, then the awful shank at set point. Happened in the blink of an eye; it was like an accelerated version of his typical mid-match walkabout (i.e. going to Mirka Land).
  • Third set - both guys beating the felt off the ball.
  • When Berd hits his stride and has his mojo/confidence flowing, he's intimidating. Develops almost a swagger, actually feels like he belongs. Gone are the days when you trusted he'd collapse in any pressure-packed situation. (Later in the third set, I added a "Okay, maybe not.")
  • Obvious how much this match means to Fed. Another big "Come on!" to go up 0-40 on Berd's serve at 1-1 in the 3rd. Only to squander them all, as is typical for Fed.
  • The game at 5-3 was when all hell started to break loose. Waves of applause for Fed, urging him to break. Every point won by Fed met by deafening applause and a standing ovation.
  • Then my notes just became a mess. This is what I have: Heart attack! Fed BP. Wasted. Another. Wasted. And another. Wasted. And another. CONVERTS! This place is a madhouse.
  • The unruly crowd surprised me. Isn't impoliteness a felony in Canada," as Codge said? I hated when the guy yelled, "Berdych, are you nervous?" in a mocking tone. At least it only seemed to fire him up. Saw on Twitter that the crowd's antics were obvious on TV. What did you guys think? (There was one funny moment, though. When Lars Graff said "Thank you" to quiet the crowd, a guy called out, "You're welcome!" There was so much laughter that Berd had to step off the service line.)
  • I realized this was the most nervous I'd ever been watching live tennis.
Met up with Sher again - and met Grant for the first time! We didn't get to chat much since I was about to fall over from starvation, unfortunately.

Federer presser. Re: that "odd" game, Fed said the transition from day to night was rough. Hmm. Appeared a tad irritated, but maybe he was just tired.

I missed Berdy's presser so I could finally get food. But Mariya at TalkAboutTennis.com said that it was tough to sit through, as he was almost beside himself with disappointment.

Saturday, 8/14

Cermak/Mertinak vs. Benneteau/Llodra on Centre.
  • Bendra are uncannily in sync with one another. Was easy capturing them on camera since they seemed to never be more than a few feet away from each other, mirroring the other's movements.
  • Cermak/Mertinak are like twins, too. When receiving, they act out the same routine in unison (take a few steps, kick last leg, step back).
  • It's been said countless times but I'll repeat it again anyway - live dubs is incredible. Exciting, engaging, fun.
  • Shallow observation of the match: I wish all dubs pairs dressed in the same outfits, like Bendra.
Nadal-Murray up.
  • Whenever I watch Rafa, I catch myself literally gasping at his shots. I don't know that I do that with anyone else.
  • From the very beginning, Rafa didn't look like himself ... playing too passively.
  • Murray looked focused, dialed in, and even postive. None of the dour/whiny stuff we saw in the Monfils match. Served increasingly better as the set went on.
  • At 4-4 in the second set, it started to sprinkle; fortunately, the match ended shortly thereafter.
  • Rafa gave a look of resignation after a wind-induced UFE at 5-4 in the second. I can't remember the last time I saw that kind of a look from him.
Murray presser. He looked more relaxed than he did yesterday, but still far from comfortable. Speech is monotone, slow, measured. (I guess I'd appear that way, too, if I had to reckon with the British press.) Said he actually likes being aggressive and more offensive - I wish he'd do that more often!

Nadal presser. Looked great in green, came in munching on a snack. Clearly not too bent out of shape over the loss. Called his serve the "worst thing in [his] game today" and noted that he didn't practice that particular part of his game much because that's how he injured his abs last year. Also said that he was slower than usual and that he needs to improve his backhand, since he had to "think too much" when playing those shots during the match. When asked how he's feeling now vs. a year ago, he responded with "I never like comparations." Perfect response

Federer-Djokovic next.
  • The crowd energy was off the charts before the first ball was even played.
  • Nole was clearly edgy at the start; changed his racquet after his first service game (was broken).
  • Nole already looked spent by the fifth game. Atrocious serving. (Remember how he served back in '08? My, how things have changed.)
  • Confident and crisp Fed. Nole trying to be more aggressive on the return but generally looked sluggish, defeated, pained. Couldn't buy a first serve.
  • Momentum shift in the second, with the crowd trying to pump up Nole. It worked.
  • Noticed that Fed wasn't as expressive today as he was yesterday. No loud "Come on"s (until late in the third). Did the Berd match affect him more emotionally? Psychologically? Or perhaps not ... just a different match, different conditions, different crowd.
  • After Fed squandered a boatload of break point opportunities, I scribbled down, "Fed's gonna get broken now, huh." What do you know, I was right. The one time I didn't want to be.
  • Fed's little exhalation before serves is much more apparent in real life than on TV. Which also makes it more disconcerting.
  • "The fat lady is still warming up her pipes." I wrote that when Nole broke back at 2-4. Kind of sums up that last set.
  • Overall, it wasn't a great match, quality-wise. Still, the drama of the third set was worth the price of admission.
Djokovic presser.
  • This may have been my very first Nole presser, at any tournament. Anxious to see him in that context in real life.
  • Looked very "king of the castle" in the chair, with both arms on the arm rests and legs spread apart.
  • Confident speaker. Articulate. Thoughtful analysis of the match and his/Fed's games. Likable. Charismatic. Not negative, like I had expected after the loss.
  • Was unsatisfied with all of the unforced errors but overall felt that the tournament was a success.
Federer presser.
  • Re: Murray, knew from the first time he played him in Bangkok, he'd be one of the best in the world.
  • What did Nole say to Fed at the net? That he should've won earlier! Fed described Nole as a"good sport."
  • Fed was asked about how his relationship with Annacone was going. His response: "It's very romantic." Quote of the tournament. (His real answer was that he's taking it week by week, that Annacone might not be in Cincy since Severin will be there.)

And now we've arrived at the final, between Federer and Murray. My thoughts:

  • Muzz has shown fine form, particularly in his last two matches. He described both as being one of the best he's played all year. Fatigue won't be a problem.
  • Fed showed some rust early but winning two tough 3-setters in a row should do wonders for his confidence. Particularly the victory over Berd, who's had his number. Still, have these matches taken their toll? Even Fed alluded to this in his presser last night, saying, "Hopefully I won't be too banged up." Even if that's the case, this Fed fan is glad he got the match play.
  • Looking forward to a competitive match. Murray leads the H2H at 6-5, but Fed took their last three matches. I don't have a clue what the outcome will be, but I'm just glad I get to witness it.

This is where you should be to call the Toronto final. Enjoy it, guys! (I'm flying to Cincy this evening, and will be posting from there the next few days. Make sure to check out my reports here, and for some added coverage, follow me on Twitter, @JackieRoe.)


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Posted by nina 08/16/2010 at 05:56 AM

NOOOO AM, I'll forget Birkin(the blue one) for this horrible looking silver US open vase in Rafas hands, what more Sacrifice this Rafa wants.

Posted by nina 08/16/2010 at 06:00 AM

It's good guys aren't here. what is hell is going with TW, shoes bags, looks like sara jessica parker fan club. lol

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/16/2010 at 06:03 AM

nina As Rafa fans we have to keep our eye on the prize for Rafa

The USO is the only slam he hasnt won.Which will give him his career slam

We must sacrifice everything ok lol!

The Bags,Shoes can wait.

Posted by nina 08/16/2010 at 06:05 AM

You have to go to NY AM. Now there is fantastic "barney"s sale there, oh it's a dream for our kind of girls. NO bags though, but shues of your dreams

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/16/2010 at 06:07 AM

nina I used to live in NYC.Barneys and I are great friends lol!

Posted by nina 08/16/2010 at 06:07 AM

Yeeee, career slam, only 8 players have it.

Posted by nina 08/16/2010 at 06:10 AM

Really, AM. I lived there too. just love NY. At 33 street ten blocks away from UN building.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/16/2010 at 06:11 AM

nina Well Rafa could be the lucky no 9

Well I have to go and get some dinner and have a sleep before the tennis

Its been great talking to you and getting to know you better

I love your sense of humour and also your love of Bags and Shoes and Rafa of course

Bye for Now

Posted by nina 08/16/2010 at 06:12 AM

AM, see you later

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hott like me. 08/16/2010 at 06:22 AM

Darn, darn, I went out and miss the third set of Kim and Maria because I thought it was done. So much for Carlos who said Maria was so much better than Kim when in fact Kim is slightly better when they both play their best or play at their worse as they did last night. Their H2H is 5-3 in favor of Kim, and excluding a few match, Kim's serve is more reliable and she's more consistent. Darn I wanted Maria to win this.I swore Maria had this match wrapped up based on the score at the rain delay, and the way Kim was playing, can anyone tell me what happened? Thanks. It's rare for Kim to play this bad, never have I seen her Df this much or the errors, she's usually consistent. Congrats to Kim and her fans, great comeback. I think Sharapova is a contender for the USO, but far from the top contender. I would put her in the top 5, but probably at five behind players who I think are better player than she is. And I also believe that bad serving catches up to you as it did at the end of this match. Any word on Serena??

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hott like me. 08/16/2010 at 06:30 AM

Just read over at the WTA site that Maria has withdrawn from Montreal and said that after the rain delay, she felt pain in her foot during the third set. Now Roger and others get into trouble when they complain about injuries after losing. I'm going to wait and see if Sharapova takes the heat as JJ, Roger and other do. I have a feeling I'm going to have a long wait. I've seen this before when Justine says come on when her opponent hits error, Carillo goes into major convulsion, but she laughed when Maria did it. Not Maria's fault, but some fair play by the announcers would be nice. I'm not saying Sharapova wasn't injured during the match, I have no way of knowing that, but I will say that she doesn't need an injury to df her way out of a match. She is quite willing to give her opponent free pt. That said, some good sign for her in her comeback and i loved her dress.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 08/16/2010 at 06:51 AM

Morning Samantha.

Maria actually took an MTO to get her foot strapped up during the third set, I think after Kim’s initial break, and looked to be having some real trouble pushing off/landing on that side throughout the match. So it was something that was noticeable during the match and looked to contribute to her third-set collapse.

Posted by Jacko 08/16/2010 at 07:23 AM

Maria injured her ankle early in the third right??
I think MAria is just sadly a victim of badtiming.....there are many ifs which would result in her winning....like if it had started raining 5 minutes later....but she said herself Kim came out swinging after and Maria didnt...
She must think Cincy is out to jynx her after the powerout against Pavs too....
I also thought her serve was really great for the first and second set.....I can't speak much on the third as I didn't see it fully....but usually ankle injuries can affect your serve, yes??? She hit a few double faults that in most games proved to not be important, and most of her DFs came cos she really went for her second serve...and as well as her high(ish) ace count...she also got a lot of easy points from short returns

Posted by ladyjulia 08/16/2010 at 07:32 AM

For fellow fed fans:

A nice article in the Toronto Sun about cheering for Fed (there is some criticism about Murray (which I don't agree with) who didn't look cheerful enough for winning (they say "Murray, who said he felt incredibly happy, looked like someone who just learned his dog had been run over by a car.")):

"Inside, just about everybody at the Rexall Centre was cheering for Federer on Sunday, and why not?

This may be the last time we ever see him at this level in Toronto. He isn’t the absolute dominant near-perfect Federer of years gone by. That ship has sailed — and what a joy it was to behold.

This is a different Federer. A little more challenged. A little more fallable. Older and occasionally flawed. He missed sometimes. He makes more unforced errors than he used to. But he’s still the legend you pay to see.

And we won’t see him in Toronto again like this. Should Federer come back in two years, what will he be then? The decline has already begun for what might be the greatest athlete of this generation. Someone needs to say thanks for the memories."

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 08/16/2010 at 07:33 AM

It was a series of unfortunate events. Poor Maria Baudelaire ...

I hope she brings the same form to the USO that she showed this week. It was scary. In a kind of freakishly hot way.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 08/16/2010 at 07:49 AM

"Murray, who said he felt incredibly happy, looked like someone who just learned his dog had been run over by a car."

Pfft. That *is* incredibly happy for Murray. Normally he looks like he just learned his mum had been run over by a car.

Seriously, though, what were they looking at? He looked so happy to win, I thought it was actually a bit remarkable. Can’t remember the last time I saw him react to a title so joyfully. But of course just because he doesn’t lawnmower or run around grinning, he’s not happy enough. Not that there’s anything wrong with doing that, but it’s not the only way to react to something. Some people are a little bit more self-contained, that's all.

Posted by Caroline 08/16/2010 at 07:50 AM

This is a bit of fun for Fed fans, thanks to RF.com - Roger having a William Tell moment, but not one of the twins with an apple on her head.

Nerves of steel - not Roger, the other guy:)

Posted by Caroline 08/16/2010 at 07:51 AM

Silly me, forgot the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTl3U6aSd2w&feature=player_embedded

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/16/2010 at 08:02 AM

Morning All.

Wow what a nice video to wake up to on a Monday morning when my arthritis has been acting up all weekend long. Thanks for posting this Caroline. Oh, I really need to play some tennis to get my joints working again. My shoulder is killing me. Ugh.

Posted by nina 08/16/2010 at 08:03 AM

OHHHHHH Caroline, the other guy is the brave one

Posted by nina 08/16/2010 at 08:06 AM

Why Rogar never does it during exebitions, can't find brave guy like this?

Posted by Samantha Elin 08/16/2010 at 08:07 AM

Gauloises, thanks for what happened in the third. As I said I have no way of knowing whether she's injured or not, but I know that other player who say the same thing even when they take an injury time, still take the heat. Case in point JJ. To be fair, Maria doesn't have JJ's reputation so I think she deserves the benefit of the doubt. I like Maria more than Kim because I think she's very real and at times funny. Remember after Vika beat her and she said I'll get my revenge. Or when she said about Vika "is her name Jankovic? when she asked for a time out. I find her to be very real and genuine. Now Kim, beware of the person who appears to nice. The real Kim is more like the one who lost the IO to Nadia and claimed she beat herself and all Nadia had to do was be there. And unguarded moment, but a real one. Maria is herself, no pretense, fiercely competitive and speaks her mind. I like that, more real to me. Anyway, Montreal is still strong. Notice Melanie drew Kim in the second. She can't catch a break. Go Caro, Scandinavia's no 1, world's no 3, reigning USO finalist, reigning FO quarter finalist, winner of 8 WTA titles, youngest player in the top 20, first Scandinavian girl to make the final of a slam, first to be ranked in the top 5. Du er den bedste
Caro.

Posted by wilson75 08/16/2010 at 08:08 AM

Caroline: Thanks for clip it was fun. I can see why people always say he's a cool and nice guy.

Posted by nina 08/16/2010 at 08:09 AM

hey Karen, hope you'll be fine soon.

Posted by Samantha Elin 08/16/2010 at 08:11 AM

should read AO. I mightn't like her, but all credit to Kim on a great comeback. She really is an excellent player, combining the consistency of a retriever and the pace of a power player. (Most of the time)

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/16/2010 at 08:15 AM

Thanks nina. I just need to get a little bit of physio going to ease the joint pain. Also need to get more calcium in my diet and more fish.

Posted by nina 08/16/2010 at 08:20 AM

Sure you'll be ok, there is a lot of fish and seafood in jamaica. love it

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 08/16/2010 at 08:26 AM

"As I said I have no way of knowing whether she's injured or not, but I know that other player who say the same thing even when they take an injury time, still take the heat."

I can't even begin to tell you how much sense that makes.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/16/2010 at 08:26 AM

Indeed, I am going to go to the seaside later today to get some fresh ones. I can always tell when I am not getting enough good stuff in my diet. Oh well.

So how is everyone this morning. I have women's tennis on my tv today from Montreal -whoo and I also have men's tennis on my tv from Cincy. Today is going to be a good tennis watching day for me. There are times like this when it is nice to be in Jamaica as the different channels that I get give me good tennis. Nice

Posted by ladyjulia 08/16/2010 at 08:32 AM

Gauloises,

"Pfft. That *is* incredibly happy for Murray. Normally he looks like he just learned his mum had been run over by a car."

LOL! I agree with you...some people are more self-contained. That's why I disagree with the writer over that part. I mean Muzz is saying he is happy, no? Let the guy enjoy his moment in whatever way he chooses.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/16/2010 at 08:32 AM

Gaul, not sure if your 8:26 is sarcastic or not, but I agree with the statement as well.

Posted by nina 08/16/2010 at 08:33 AM

I have russian tennis channel, wich brodcasting every possible live tennis, mostly ATP but as i see you guys have a lot of problems with ESPN, Tennis channel etc. too bad

Posted by ladyjulia 08/16/2010 at 08:34 AM

Caroline,

OMG..that guy *is* brave.

Posted by Texastennis 08/16/2010 at 08:35 AM

Maria may have some minor problem but that's not why she lost - she was moving fine in the 3rd set, showed no discomfort etc. Kim found her game, no doubt with a telling off from her coach during the rain break.

Posted by Samantha Elin 08/16/2010 at 08:39 AM

Gauloises, my point was simple, that all players unless they have a reputation(JJ) should be given the benefit of the doubt rather than the bashing they get in the media. What you give to one, you give to the other in the interest of fair play. Roger should have NEVER been bash for saying he was injured because like Sharapova he has no history of blaming injuries for a loss.Davenport:"It's uncharacteristic of Federer to blame an injury on a loss." I agree with this. Fair play.

Posted by Samantha Elin 08/16/2010 at 08:45 AM

99% of the WTA needs a serving coach, in the ATP most of the players can serve.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/16/2010 at 08:59 AM

Now this is a first. Early round matches of the WTA event in Montreal will be available on live streams starting today.

If there is anyone who is interested (and why would there not be in interest in the WTA). Live streams for the matches can be found at livescorehunter.com. Please bookmark for ease of reference.

Posted by Master Ace 08/16/2010 at 09:09 AM

Monday Order of Play:

WTA: Montreal at 11 AM - Kanepi vs Peer, Shvedova, Razzano vs Schnyder and Groth scheduled
ATP: Cincinnati at 11 AM - Wawrinka vs Almagro, Mathieu, Dent vs Lopez, Monaco, Stepanek vs Troicki, Querrey vs Petzschner, Ferrer, Robredo and Melzer vs Giraldo scheduled
WTA: Montreal at Noon - Errani vs Benesova
WTA: Montreal at 1 PM - Rezai vs Kvitova to be followed by Petkovic vs Safina
ATP: Cincinnati at 7 PM - Roddick, Ginepri and Bellucci scheduled
WTA: Montreal at 7 PM - Wozniak, Dubois and Wickmayer scheduled

Posted by Pspace 08/16/2010 at 09:10 AM

*happy dance*

Couldn't watch the matches this weekend. But, Muzzah! Rafa and Rog without dropping a set! Sweet. Who cares about slams when we have a MS! Now, to do something even ze Fed hasn't done...win the Canada-Cincy double.

Nice to see Fudd find some form, and win a few close ones for a change. Lol. I thot he was toast against Bird after dropping the second. Agree with the previous posts that "the old Fed is not quite the Fed of old". He looked really slow against Bird. Really curious to see how many slams he finishes with. 20 sounds like a bit of a boast, imv.

Posted by TeamNadal 08/16/2010 at 09:13 AM

BerdBrain Tie-Break Quiz FAIL:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2010/08/Tiebreak-Quiz-Tomas-Berdych.aspx

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 08/16/2010 at 09:21 AM

Pspace! Always a pleasure, my Muzzah-lover brother from another mother.

I think of you every time I read about chaos theory. Which seems to happen more often than you'd think. (I know that's not what it means. But it's what I think it means, which is way more important.)

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 08/16/2010 at 09:22 AM

Sam, I was just amusing myself because the sentence I quoted made it sound like you didn't want to bash Maria, but damn, if other players were going to be bashed, you were going to make sure it was spread around evenly.

I am easily amused.

Posted by wilson75 08/16/2010 at 09:30 AM

At this stage, is James Blake in the direct entry list for the USO or does he have to depend on a WC or qualify into the event?

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 08/16/2010 at 09:34 AM

Direct entry - he's ranked 107 right now.

Unless he has some sort of huge run in Cincy or New Haven to defend that I've forgotten about.

Posted by wilson75 08/16/2010 at 09:49 AM

gauloises: Thanks for the info. New Haven wont count because it will be going on the week that the draw comes out and I don't expect him to do anything in Cincy. He has to play a qualifer 1st round, I think it may be Istomin and then if he wins he has to play Roger 2nd round. Unless, Roger can't move on Wednesday, I don't see Blake winning that. Furthermore, Roger has a score to settle, I think the last time they played was in the Olympics.

In fact, after I posted the question, I remembered that apparently the USTA is honouring him among others on opening night for his charity work. I can't see the USTA, refusing him a WC if he doesn't get in directly but inviting him for the gala opening.

Posted by Pspace 08/16/2010 at 09:59 AM

LOL, gauloises. I'm flattered to be associated with chaos theory. Cheers!

Posted by Texastennis 08/16/2010 at 10:02 AM

Jackie has a new post up for today's discussion - shall we go over there?

Posted by brewer 08/16/2010 at 10:16 AM

Wilson75, they played against each other in Madrid in 2009, Fed won that match easily.

Pspace: I thought Fed was moving really well in the match against TBird, I was thinking to myself, hey, he can still be fast, that's good news :)

Posted by wilson75 08/16/2010 at 10:18 AM

brewer: Thanks for the correction, I don't remember them playing in Madrid.

Posted by Arun 08/16/2010 at 10:21 AM

Hey Pspace! Try watching the SF and Final highlights if you can.
Phenomenal tennis by the Muzz. Aggression (even in his FH) and 'colm' in equal measures.
IIRC he even won a FH vs FH battle against the Fed. haha.

Posted by Fot 08/16/2010 at 04:28 PM

Aussiemarg said: "Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/16/2010 at 04:50 AM
nina Personally I cant why anyone isnt drawn to Rafa"

I don't know. I have nothing against Rafa and I respect what he's done in tennis - but I'm not drawn to him. I guess we all have different taste. lol! But he's done really well in tennis and congrats to him for what he's done so far.

I'm glad Roger got to the final. I would really have loved to see him win - but I guess we have to start somewhere. Getting to the final is great; getting back to #2 is great. Now I hope he can keep that #2 ranking this week, going into the US Open. Since both he and Djokovic got to the final last year, I know Roger can't make any points this week, but maybe Novak can go out earlier? lol!

Good luck to Roger in Cincy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by Fern 08/16/2010 at 04:31 PM

Caroline - thanks for that video, love it! Great to see Roger so relaxed and confident - and his 'target' even more so :)

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