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

103387895 [[Pete is on vacation from today until Wednesday, the 18th. He'll be back with a post on Thursday.]]

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 Yet Another Lurker 08/15/2010 at 02:52 PM

ladyjulia... don't mean to lecture... and I understand "heat of the moment" etc... still, the one thing Federer does know how to do, having demonstrated it on at least 16 occasions, is get the ball over the net "at an important point." Anyway... I'm off to the movies... regret my intrusion, I always forget how comments sections are for immediate reactions, regardless how kneejerk, to immediate events...

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 02:52 PM

2 DFs in this game as Murray is trying for big 2nd serves

Posted by Christopher 08/15/2010 at 02:52 PM

"Federer seems a bit like the player of 2002 who had lots of options on his shots and couldn't pick the right one."

Andrew-- Exactly right. I wonder if it has to do with a drop in confidence this year.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 02:52 PM

Thanks Arun...its working now.

The commentators were better on the stream but the espn3 dosen't freeze.

Oh well...can't have everything.

Posted by Nam1 08/15/2010 at 02:53 PM

About Roger perspiring; it is wicked hot out there; I went down the street to pick up my daughter from her play date and my tee shirt was sticking to me with sweat.

I feel for these guys.

Posted by Cupcake lurker 08/15/2010 at 02:53 PM

"Whatever happens, I'm satisfied, Roger's had a good week."

+1, It has been better that I expected.

Posted by Kim (Swiss in Brisbane) 08/15/2010 at 02:54 PM

TripleF
That's positive thinking!!!

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 02:54 PM

Tim (Outlaw the Moonpie!) like Muzz's game for the most part? what what what? I thought you were a Fed+Delpo guy and hated pushers like Rafa and Muzz with passion? Why sudden change of heart? Don't discriminate one pusher from the other, man.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 02:54 PM

YAL,

Sorry didn't mean to offend you.

Posted by Nam1 08/15/2010 at 02:54 PM

Andy Andy, keep your cool, its just one shot; more lessons from BFF Rafa please!!

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 02:55 PM

for a second I thought Fed was going to try a FH dropshot on that point for game. and it would have been a horrible idea.

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 02:55 PM

That's it Fed, bring out cranky Andy with more dropshots ;-)

Posted by Andrew 08/15/2010 at 02:56 PM

Three holds start set 2, Federer 2-1 on serve. Federer seems to have regained his rhythm on serve, but that's 'cos Murray's stopped whacking it. And Murray's service game was odd - he's started trying to whack his second serve, yielding a 2nd serve winner and 2 DFs.

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 02:56 PM

Kim
Merci. It is overflowing the ether and reaching the courts ...watch it.

Posted by Tim (Outlaw the Moonpie!) 08/15/2010 at 02:56 PM

Andy played both power and touch yesterday, which I like, always have always will ...

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 02:58 PM

raining again, play is stopping

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 02:58 PM

rain delay...

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 03:01 PM

Hmm...it will help Muzz calm his nerves...

Posted by NP 08/15/2010 at 03:01 PM

LOL, the genius ESPN announcer just said the match between Andy RODDICK and Roger Federer is coming up. To his credit, though, he did correct himself and pronounce the right name the 2nd time around.

Posted by Tim (Outlaw the Moonpie!) 08/15/2010 at 03:01 PM

who's in Toronto? does this look like a long one? grandpa could use a break i guess, right?

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 03:01 PM

of course, Paul Annacone isn't actually there when there are rain delays...

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 03:01 PM

One thing that's certain these 2 years from Fed...UFEs do happen a lot on neutral position points..it used to be when Fed neutralizes, the point used to be invariably his (apart from Rafa matches). One great shot later, he would be commanding the point...as he defends to get to neutral position the point would be over in Fed's favor. Mmmmph! That's certainly not the case now. Nowadays they result in lot of UFEs. I guess one gets used to it...

Posted by tina 08/15/2010 at 03:01 PM

I guess they'll go live on television now? The spinning ESPN3 logo is seizure-inducing, can't look at it.

Still trying to get over Brad's "explicits" gaffe.

Posted by Matt Zemek 08/15/2010 at 03:01 PM

Let's also realize, as the 16-time major champion gets buried with criticism, that players are not SUPPOSED TO BE IN PEAK FORM IN CANADA! They've had a month off. Fed is learning the Annacone Way, and while he's been all over the place, he found his junkyard dog and dug out two very nice wins that have him at No. 2 for the moment.

Even in the Pax Federana year of 2006, Fed struggled in Toronto, playing 3-setter after 3-setter (it's why he was brain-fried and thoroughly cooked when he faced Murray in the match where Carillo idiotically said he tanked) and being quite up-and-down in form.

Federer should be playing this tournament - and frankly, he HAS BEEN DOING SO - with a high-risk approach: hit out more, especially on the return, and be willing to litter the stat sheet with a lot of errors. His worst moments against Berdych and Djokovic came when he turned into the passive creature that got drummed out of Wimbledon, and I'm sure Annacone is telling him to be a more proactive player instead of the wait-out-the-other-guy and turn-defense-to-offense animal he's been throughout his tennis life up to this point.

We shouldn't be expecting Federer to be at his best. We should be expecting errors. It's natural to be spoiled in light of what Fed's done in his career, but as he gets older, he's simply going to be less consistent. Fact of (tennis/sports) life.

Give Andy Toronto. Give Rafa Cincy.

I'll take Manhattan... or to be more precise, Flushing.

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 03:01 PM

oh yeah, rain came. Finally. Now old Fed can rest up and come back tomorrow and win this. Then play on wednesday again and from then on, no day break. With a win bagged here, Fed won't push too hard and lose before or to Rafa.

oh ha ha ha. Rafa 2010 Cincy champ project back on.

Posted by Arun 08/15/2010 at 03:02 PM

seriously, crazyone?? ugh.

Posted by Cupcake lurker 08/15/2010 at 03:02 PM

Those sweaty locks of Roger + the dark circle from the other day, do not sit well with me, anyone think something might be off.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:02 PM

Good Morning Everyone,

Ok what is going on?

Hmmm Rain pfft.

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 03:02 PM

The commentators say this is not supposed to last long. They said the clouds are expected to move over.
The players are still on the court.

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 03:03 PM

Not sure whether the ESPN idiots are going to show the match LIVE or do it from the start. That would be an arseh*le move.

Posted by antoinette 08/15/2010 at 03:04 PM

I think Andy will take this in straights. Seems to be a match too far for Federer. I don't see the intensity and focus that I have seen all week even with the lapses against berdych and Novak there was an intensity in those matches that is missing today. Hope that he can find a spark from somewhere because he is not being blown off the court and has the game to come back and win, but not sure he has the will to win today.

That being said....c'mon Pinky!!!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:04 PM

Hmmm I ordered the rain and the win for Rafa in his game against Murray

Cause I knew Muzz cant play in those conditions

Those idoits got the wrong day

Wait till I get them

I am not impressed

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 03:04 PM

Of course the CLOWNS at the ESPN decided to show it from the start. Shameless their judgment calls are. Freaking IDIOTS

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 03:05 PM

stupid rain, stopping again.

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 03:05 PM

Roger is still in his seat but Andy is up swinging his racket.
Looks like play will resume shortly.

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 03:05 PM

aussiemarg, I haven't seen much wind today.

Posted by manuelsantanafan 08/15/2010 at 03:05 PM

NP:

I agree that Murray has been going for more on his FHs, especially when he was up two and one breaks in the first set.

And Federer, perhaps, has come to the net a bit more in this match than he tended to do in the past against Murray on an HC. That's a big perhaps, b/c I don't watch Fed enuf to be sure.

Despite the DFs, wondering if Murray's kick serve to Federer's BH on second serve is somewhat improved or if it just seems that way because Federer isn't doing much with that serve (realizing it is harder to attack such a serve with a one-handed BH.

Posted by Andrew 08/15/2010 at 03:05 PM

Just a quick observation - Federer is 0-3 on S-and-V. Murray's passing game is on song. So the question of how to play FHs is a tricky one. If he hits the rolling FH, Murray has the speed both to get it back and reset the point. And the flattened FH is the higher risk shot. So it ain't obvious. Couple of drop shots a couple of games ago might induce Murray to play a step closer to the baseline.

Posted by Tim (Outlaw the Moonpie!) 08/15/2010 at 03:06 PM

ah ok, well grandpa Fed, rest those legs while u can, no rest for the weary! Fed has achieved more than enough this week for me, would be great to see a win but he's pushed his luck enough, Id say ... beating the bird and the djoker is a GOOD week for him, period,and he's clearly tired or of kilter today, but has enough game to almost win the set anyway, its good...

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 03:06 PM

AM,

LOL..

I hope Fred is buried and cremated. Only TMF and Roger remaining. Roger will do.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!/We gonna see, no?) 08/15/2010 at 03:07 PM

Cupcake - Dark circle?

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 03:07 PM

Chris Cornell doing Black Hole Sun? Funny american hard court change overs are

Posted by tina 08/15/2010 at 03:08 PM

Crap, I got my laptop set up in front of the upstairs TV before I realized ESPN2 would go back to the start of the match. Explicits!!!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:08 PM

CI See they cant even get that right

I need to change my contacts ASAP

Posted by Nam1 08/15/2010 at 03:09 PM

Matt Zemek,

I thought Roger won in 2006 final against Gasquet on Toronto; I was there that day.

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 03:09 PM

Fed had enough of sitting around and decided to head back to locker room. YES! YES! Rest up, old Fed. Rest up. And come back tomorrow.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 03:10 PM

I mean as long as Fed loses by a respectable score,its still been a great week for him.

Very positive play against Berdych.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:10 PM

Thanks Fox we are now looking at a replay of Roger v Nole from yesterday

Posted by zenggi 08/15/2010 at 03:10 PM

How considerate that rain delay was. Fortified with my diner and ready as I can be. Roger has regained confidence during this tournament and that's crucial going to the USO. Maybe a little bit due to Annacone's presence but mostly because he is over his injuries and he's willing to try to be more aggressive despite the results.

Posted by linex 08/15/2010 at 03:10 PM

After breaking back Andy 2 times Roger lost the plot in that game when serving at 5-5 a pity, he had Andy just in the place he wanted but spoil it with some lousiony drop shots executions.

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 03:10 PM

Well the player have left the court and it's raining harder now.

Posted by Andrew 08/15/2010 at 03:11 PM

Lord have mercy, Peter Fleming is explaining that Andy Murray has no GSs yet, but he's 23, and Roger Federer was 23 when he won his first GS - so it's all good!

Sadly, no. Federer was 21 years, 10 months when he won Wimbledon in 2003. By the time he was Murray's age, he had won 4 GS tournaments: the 2004 US Open just after he turned 23.

Not going to change the outcome of this match, which is now rain delayed. Gives Federer a chance for a quick word with his new coach,. Federer has to be pleased that Annacone came to Toronto for moments like this.... :-)

Posted by Sherlock 08/15/2010 at 03:11 PM

Lol, Tim. You're making Fed sound like 35, or whatever, year old Andre having to face Fed the day after Super Saturday. :)

Posted by ...?...(the artist formerly known as Big Swifty, Lump Of Kohlschreiber, the artist formerly known as Lump Of Kohlschreiber and who's real name certainly isn't Mugs McGeehoo etc.) 08/15/2010 at 03:11 PM

A question for anyone here who may know......

What is this LOVE MEANS NOTHING.CA slogan on the wall? I'm completely baffled by this. Who would endorse such a terrible sentiment for a slogan?

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 03:11 PM

player = players

Good time for a snack

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 03:12 PM

Andrew,

Annacone is not present at the match.

Posted by Tim (Outlaw the Moonpie!) 08/15/2010 at 03:12 PM

Annacone mystery solved re rf.com...

one of the commentators said he had lunch with Paul Annacone who told him he would not be sitting in Roger's box but elsewhere as he is still working for Great Britain and did not feel it was proper for him to be in Roger's box for this game against Andy Murray.

Posted by Kim (Swiss in Brisbane) 08/15/2010 at 03:12 PM

Andrew
I haven't seen Paul.

Posted by Cupcake lurker 08/15/2010 at 03:13 PM

sblily, that is a word I do not know in English "ojeras", so I did the best I could, but he had theme the other day either in the match against Berdych or the one before.

Posted by Andrew 08/15/2010 at 03:13 PM

ladyjulia: yes, I know. Hence my (mildly ironic) comment with the :-) at the end.

Posted by manuelsantanafan 08/15/2010 at 03:14 PM

Rain delay Czech motorcycle races results:

Lorenzo wins, Pedrosa second in MotoGP

Spaniard wins Moto2.

Spaniards take top three places in 125cc race.

So, Spaniards take six of the nine podium places.

The MotoGP show returns to the U.S. in a couple of weeks.

Posted by Kim (Swiss in Brisbane) 08/15/2010 at 03:14 PM

Tim
Thanks for the explanation.

Posted by Caroline 08/15/2010 at 03:15 PM

Lump - that horrible slogan belongs to Tennis Canada. I guess they think it suggests something dangerous :) Not exactly promoting safe anything.

Posted by Nam1 08/15/2010 at 03:15 PM

Annacone works for Great Britain? what does that mean? Is he their Davis Cup coach or something?

Posted by Andrew 08/15/2010 at 03:15 PM

Although Tim may know more than I did... :->

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 03:15 PM

Andrew,

oh ok. Missed that.

However, I hope Tim is right and Annacone is sitting elsewhere. Which means he is available for consultation during rain delay.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!/We gonna see, no?) 08/15/2010 at 03:16 PM

Cupcake - Ah, you mean dark circles around his eyes?

Posted by Tim (Outlaw the Moonpie!) 08/15/2010 at 03:16 PM

grandpa Fed, my new name for Fred :) i like it!

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 03:16 PM

Nam1,

Annacone is with the LTA till Nov.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:17 PM

Manuel I hope you saw my message.I need to have my ears checked lol!

Pedrosa had pole postion.

Posted by Nam1 08/15/2010 at 03:18 PM

oh ok thought it might be something like that though why he thinks it would be a conflict of interest, I dont know.

thx ladyjulia

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 03:18 PM

weather update, anyone?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:18 PM

Kim Hi your up nice and early lol!

Though 5.00am in the morning not too bad

Better than a 1.00am start hey? lol!

Cant wait till tennis gets to Australia again

Posted by Tim (Outlaw the Moonpie!) 08/15/2010 at 03:19 PM

rf.com is over the top for me, but if you want scoops on Rog, that's' where to go ... believe me there are plenty of Swiss mama lions there, which is totally understandable of course ...

Posted by Andrew 08/15/2010 at 03:19 PM

If Annacone is there, I hope he suggests that Federer trusts his first choice and play more by instinct. Don't overthink the points. But I'm not a top flight coach...

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 03:20 PM

Nam1: Annacone works for the LTA aka British Tennis Federation.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:20 PM

Most important question

Stuff Paul etc

As anyone caught a glimpse of Mirka's Fab Bag yet

I wish the camera would zone in more closely on her

Hmm.

Posted by manuelsantanafan 08/15/2010 at 03:20 PM

Aussiemarg:

Got your message.

At least Pedrosa managed to finish the race.

When I went to Laguna Seca a few weeks ago, Pedrosa had the pole, was leading, and crashed out.

Three other Spaniards also crashed out of that race. But, at least Lorenzo won it.

Posted by Tim (Outlaw the Moonpie!) 08/15/2010 at 03:21 PM

i think fed is on fumes and that affects his judgment and game plan quite honestly, he seems more in survival mode, just hanging in there, trying his best to be sure, but a tad jaded, no doubt ... part of tennis, nothing to be done, do your best

Posted by ...?...(the artist formerly known as Big Swifty, Lump Of Kohlschreiber, the artist formerly known as Lump Of Kohlschreiber and who's real name certainly isn't Mugs McGeehoo etc.) 08/15/2010 at 03:22 PM

Sweet Caroline

Thanks for clearing that up. I figured the CA meant Canada. The wrongheadedness of the thing is staggering. Why not LIFE IS USELESS or WHY BOTHER ABOUT ANYTHING, IT'S ALL POINTLESS ANYWAY? Incredible.......

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 03:22 PM

Tim: I agree with u on rf.com. The definition of Federermania but you do get some scoops and good pictures.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:22 PM

Manuel I didnt get to watch the race.I will watch it on replay

Rain affected track again I noticed.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 03:23 PM

I hope Annacone does a good job during this rain delay. The Muzz will come out stronger (after calming his anger) and he's a set up anyway.

Posted by NP 08/15/2010 at 03:24 PM

MSF, good to know. I've talked to a number of coaches and nationally ranked players before, and one thing I often hear is that not many of us fans understand how hard it is for the players to change their strokes and style of play that have been ingrained since their youth. That can't happen overnight or over the course of a match. It takes months if not years to complete that transition. And it's not without its risks, either: If you improve on a single area of your game by, say, 5%, the rest of your game possibly goes downhill by 15% and you drop out of the top 10 and wonder what the hell's up. I was just afraid thought you might have fallen into this trap.

As for Muzz's kicker, there was one point late in the 1st set where the nasty kick on his 2nd serve forced Fed to shank. That was almost Edberg/Rafter-like. I don't recall any other example that rivals it in its take-that-sucker-ability.

Posted by Caroline 08/15/2010 at 03:24 PM

AM - I think she's being using a Louis Vuitton and the blue Birkin, both from a few years ago. She's obviously economizing :)

Posted by Cupcake lurker 08/15/2010 at 03:24 PM

sblily, yeah, I have to be more specific :P. It's probably nothing but the sweaty locks are such a rare thing and bring back so many bad memories that I was wondering.

So PA is there, that's good, I guess, let's see if he can say anything useful to Fed.

Posted by antoinette 08/15/2010 at 03:25 PM

I am a regular poster at rf.com and I don't get why it is so suprising to people that it is Roger love all the time over there, it is rf.com after all.

Posted by Andrew 08/15/2010 at 03:25 PM

No sign to me that Federer is "on fumes." Murray has been aggressive on the returns, and he's defended very well. To my eyes, it's Federer's decision making which has been off, not his legs.

Rain getting heavier. If this isn't back on in about 20 minutes or so, I'm off to the hotel.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 03:25 PM

Nobody watching the Clijsters/Sharapova match.

2-1 Kim first set. Kim saved 3 break points in that game with some stellar serving and some really poor returning from Sharapova.

Commentators just mentioned that Sharapova has no racquet contract.

Posted by Northern boy 08/15/2010 at 03:28 PM

Does anyone have a functional stream for the Clijsters/Sharapova final?

I disagree with Bodo that last night's match wasn't of great quality. Once he broke back in the 2nd, Djokovic was playing some of the best baseline tennis we've seen on the ATP all year. He dominated virtually every rally.

However, I agree with an earlier poster's point in that one skill Djokovic lacks and Murray possesses is the ability to rush forward and cut off a defensive return with a block volley. He'd have such an easier time finishing off matches. Fed definitely had some luck in winning that match as Djokovic was the better player up until the last game. Very reminiscent of Roddick at Wimby.

Here's predicting a straight set win for Clijsters.

Posted by ...?...(the artist formerly known as Big Swifty, Lump Of Kohlschreiber, the artist formerly known as Lump Of Kohlschreiber and who's real name certainly isn't Mugs McGeehoo etc.) 08/15/2010 at 03:28 PM

TIM
RF.com is pretty lame but the GO ROGER fansite is great which you probably already know but for anyone interested go there.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/15/2010 at 03:29 PM

Can't wait out the rain any more - must find something to eat. See you all later. :)

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:29 PM

Caroline Thanks.

Hmmm I have seen that Birkin do you know how much they cost??? also you have to got on a waiting list.

Seeing she is friends with my idol Miss A.Wintour she probably got it ASAP

Well she is a mother now and is probably cutting back a bit

Still.....................

Posted by Flyer 08/15/2010 at 03:29 PM

Well - I sure as hell hope Roger comes out and takes this set and match by the throat and doesn't let go until he's holding the Champion's trophy.

He hasn't played his heart out all week to meekly let Murray take it away from him.

So hope the rain delay heats up Fed's game - and dampens Murray's to a wet limp noodle rag.

And that's just the way I feel....

Nah!

Posted by Caroline 08/15/2010 at 03:29 PM

Cupcake Lurker - I didn't think it was sweaty locks. I thought it looked like a bottle of cold water over the head.

Posted by Texastennis 08/15/2010 at 03:29 PM

Sharapova has no racquet contract? Amazing...

So is that match on tape delay too?

Any news on how long the delay is going to be in Toronto?

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 03:30 PM

antoinette: I have no problem with the Roger love...well I do. It get's to be over-top sometimes. I don't understand why someone will want to running to see Roger on the practice court everyday of a tournament. Plus, some fans are irrational and delusional.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 03:31 PM

I cannot hang around at rf.com either...the worship is way over the top.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:31 PM

Karen Good Morning

I will switch over to the ladies

Sharapova comment Ouch!

Posted by tina 08/15/2010 at 03:32 PM

@ TAFKALOK: Even though it is true that in tennis "love" means "nothing" - I see it as counter-intuitive advertising, like the legendary "Lemon" ads for the VW Beetle. Here we tennis fans are, discussing the meaning of Tennis Canada slogan

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