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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 Alexa 08/15/2010 at 03:33 PM

I'm in Toronto. It's looking good. Don't wander too far away.

Posted by Andrew 08/15/2010 at 03:34 PM

RF.com is a fan site where you get all sorts. Lots of smart comments, a few eyebrow raisers - just as we have here (difference being this is a site for FOAPs). I enjoy reading the comments, trying to stay current, and posting there from time to time if I can add to the conversation. I'm sure VamosBrigade has the same kind of mix.

Posted by Northern boy 08/15/2010 at 03:36 PM

Anyone have a stream link for the Clijsters/Sharapova match? None of the ones at atdhe.net are working

Posted by Rafaito 08/15/2010 at 03:36 PM

Annie @ 1:30 Word! Can't comment without being belittled by "tennis expert". I was sad about Rafa losing (especially when Chase review showed in the first set that Andy had actually double faulted and HE was the one who should have been down a break) and sometimes Fed irritates me--I see that I should not have posted here. And no, I don't think Rafa fans enjoy the snarky "silly" comments made, just as Fed fans don't enjoy it when the shoe is on the other foot. Direct our comments to the PLAYERS?? WTF??
Old man, grandpa, tired old Fed? whatever. Not so friendly here. Have been following for 3 years and not posting, seems I need to stay lurking and scroll. Not in the "in" crowd. Kinda like high school. :-/

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:37 PM

Andrew Yes Vamos Brigade does have the same mix.

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 03:37 PM

Andrew: I must admit you do bring some sanity to the site. Some of them and I wont name names, are just off their rocker.

Posted by Cupcake lurker 08/15/2010 at 03:39 PM

"I thought it looked like a bottle of cold water over the head."

Really?, That's not normal either.

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 03:39 PM

Cupcake Lurker....3:02

Noticed that myself. Lots of miles on the odometer now and the babies etc. Poor Rog is getting old and Mirka just sails thru it all looking fresh as a daisy. I predict gray hairs will arrive soon if they haven't already (his hair does look a bit colored).

Posted by Alexa 08/15/2010 at 03:40 PM

Uh oh, just heard thunder. I,m a few miles south of the venue, hopefully it misses them.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:40 PM

Rafaito Hi.May I say regardless of that incident.Rafa was out played by Murray.His serve and his ROS werent good at all.Murray had the perfect game plan on a hard court to beat Rafa and he executed it well.

On a hard court those 2 in the past have had close games.

In regards to the comment by Roger personally I could not see anything wrong with it.Thats just my personal feeling.

Posted by tennisesq. 08/15/2010 at 03:41 PM

Kim DFs on break point, her 6th so far. Ugly ugly match.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 03:41 PM

NB, please try livescorehunter.com. The streams are shutting down now with "copyright claims" so be guided accordingly

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 03:42 PM

This is a terrible match between Sharapova/Clijsters. Lots of UFEs and double faults already. As with most of Sharapova's matches these days, good off the ground but getting the ball in play seems to be the never ending problem. Clijsters just double faulted her service game to give Sharapova the break.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:42 PM

Karen I see Kim has been struggling with her serve and Maria has just broken

Posted by tennisesq. 08/15/2010 at 03:43 PM

The Shrieky-Clijsters match will probably come down to who can play less worse.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 03:44 PM

AM, yeah

Posted by Northern boy 08/15/2010 at 03:44 PM

Thanks Jamaica K!

I'm just trying to catch as much as possible. I've just made the final of our 5.0 club championship which is scheduled to start in 20 minutes. We've got the only clay courts in Edmonton - I'm up against the defending champ!

Happy tennis everyone.

Posted by Cupcake lurker 08/15/2010 at 03:45 PM

RF.com is a fan site, so is all Roger 24/7, but once you get over the initial shock of the over the top comments is great, there are some really knowledgeable posters. If you want to know something of Roger is probably there.

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 03:45 PM

Muzz and Fed back on court.

Posted by Northern boy 08/15/2010 at 03:47 PM

Sharapova hits back to back aces down the T to hold and lead Kim 4-2

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:48 PM

Mother Kims timing is way off at the moment

Posted by Texastennis 08/15/2010 at 03:49 PM

Rafito - welcome to commenting. No worries, Fed irritates me sometimes too... just note when people comment about Rafa irritating them (which he does me sometimes too) that this is the same matter:-)

Posted by Franchise 08/15/2010 at 03:49 PM

People say that the matches between Venus and Serena are ugly, well some are but they are CERTAINLY not worse than this match
ugly ugly ugly stuff and Kim is just horrible (she has at least now SEVEN double faults after seven games), no wonder she lost miserably against Petrova in Australia playing like that

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 03:49 PM

Tina

I didn't get the love means nothing in reference to score thing. I feel dumb. For 3 days I've been bamboozled by the thing. Correction---I don't feel dumb---I am dumb. Next year I suggest DEUCE DOESN'T MEAN SHIT!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:50 PM

Hmm another break

Maria 5-2

This set is over

Posted by tina 08/15/2010 at 03:50 PM

ESPN3 has a quality live stream of Kim/Maria for those of you having problems.

Brad apparently didn't realize his mic was live as he started a gossip session with Cahill on air, saying that he went to the players' restaurant and Annacone was there, pacing and on the phone. BG thinks "Cone" can't officially "coach" Fed. Then ESPN3 cut the live feed before he blurted out anything further.

My cousin who works for Head also used to work at Prince. Maybe he can explain what Maria's deal (or lack thereof) is.

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 03:51 PM

Murray about to serve.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 03:51 PM

Clijsters gets broken again. Sharapova just killing her from the baseline and just hitting her off the court with pace and depth.

Posted by jb (FOOPs unite!) 08/15/2010 at 03:51 PM

...?...etc - it took me till last nite to get that! lol - glad i'm in good company.

Posted by Flyer 08/15/2010 at 03:52 PM

GO Roger - come out smoken' hot!

Posted by linex 08/15/2010 at 03:52 PM

So the players are back in the court in Toronto, hope the break does Roger good. Not a very good match for Kim in these last games that I watched on tennistv.com

Posted by Northern boy 08/15/2010 at 03:52 PM

It's so odd how Kim Clijsters was SO on when she came back last year. Her depth of shot was so well measured. This year she's been on and off. Big wins and big losses all around. Henin must be frustrated to see her so erratic against other players but playing her best at times against her.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:53 PM

Pfft ist raining again in the middle of a service game

Players are sitting down

Posted by Cupcake lurker 08/15/2010 at 03:53 PM

Lump, Old age is a good a guess as any.

AM, this are the only pics I've seen of Mirka with a bag no idea if it is a Fab designer bag though.

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww34/mooraie/Fedou/0b311ef2.jpg

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww34/mooraie/Fedou/dd4323b0.jpg

From RF.com, of course.

Oh C'mon that was only 2 points.

Posted by Alexa 08/15/2010 at 03:53 PM

Dang weather. Urph!

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 03:54 PM

Cannot believe that this is the same player that tore Venus apart earlier this year in Miami and bamboozled Justine at Wimbledon. Good grief.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 03:54 PM

No horse in the race, but Sharapova just killing Kim out there.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:54 PM

Maybe this match will finish just in time for the USO to begin

Posted by Tim (Outlaw the Moonpie!) 08/15/2010 at 03:55 PM

I think after reading a few more rafa fan posts that its clear, there is something to the Mars - Venus theory, people just done get each other sometimes, which is normal, but I dont see any Rafa fan posts directed at fed or his style or whatever so much as theyre harrassing ME about my opinions of .. Rafa! Its just wierd... leave me be, let me post and scroll if you dont agree, this isnt difficult ...

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 03:56 PM

I hope Fed doesn't get broken here...

Posted by Matt Zemek 08/15/2010 at 03:56 PM

Nam1:

I was away for awhile.......

I know Fed won in 2006. It's just that it was a struggle and he dipped in and out of form. He played 4 straight 3-set matches, I believe. Someone on Thursday (I forget whom), Malisse on Friday, Gonzalez on Saturday, Gasquet on Sunday. Junkyard Fed was digging out matches - not 7-5 in the third, but three sets for each and every win over the last four rounds. He wasn't dialed in, and that's my larger point. One shouldn't expect players to be at their peak in Canada. It's worth noting that since Murray played Los Angeles two weeks ago, he isn't nearly as rusty as Fed is. Prone to lapses, but not because of weariness, just a lax attention span.

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 03:56 PM

Kim is frustrating to watch because you never know what Kim you going to get from match to match.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:57 PM

Cupcake Lurker Thanks.Yes that is a Fab Designer bag alright

I think its Louis Vution by the look of it.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 03:59 PM

If Neil from Toronto was around he could do his legendary Rain Dance number on his roof like 2 years ago when it was raining cats and dogs.lol!

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 04:02 PM

this is exactly what I was worried about...

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

Fed down 0-30

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

Play has started again

Fingers crossed

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

Come on Fed

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:04 PM

Fed is broken.

Come Fed...fight...

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 04:04 PM

ugh...so predictable.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 04:04 PM

I have honestly lost interest in what is happening in Toronto. I think the players have lost interest as well.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 04:05 PM

Roger gets broken

Murray with a early break

I see the break hasnt affected Murray at all

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:05 PM

Why is Fed so grumpy?

He was sooo on fire during Berdych match

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 04:05 PM

rain, come back! Old Fed needs rest once again...

Posted by Cupcake lurker 08/15/2010 at 04:06 PM

Oh great! And Andy brakes.

AM, you're welcome.

Posted by Andrew 08/15/2010 at 04:06 PM

Murray holds with two serves, then breaks in a familiar way, inducing Federer to muff the FHon severalpoints. Tsk. 3-2 Murray with a break.

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 04:06 PM

oh no I get back to see him get broken in the second. Break back Roger!

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 04:06 PM

Murray can have Toronto. So long as Roger wins the USO, I'm fine with it.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 04:06 PM

Boy with Clijsters playing like this you have to think that her USO win last year was without a doubt a fluke. Just doing absolutely nothing to consolidate the break. She has gone back to the real Kim Clijsters. The one that chokes up with expectations.

Posted by manuelsantanafan 08/15/2010 at 04:07 PM

Toronto tournament has featured a coupleof Buddhaesque linemen.

Are the players allowed to rub their tummies for good luck?

Posted by linex 08/15/2010 at 04:07 PM

Undoubtedly, the break did Roger no good.

Posted by Franchise 08/15/2010 at 04:08 PM

Oh Clijsters, definitely not an all-time great like Serena or Justine!

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

Raining again

Players going to their chairs at 30 all

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 04:08 PM

Moderator, clean up at 4:06 p.m.

Posted by Andrew 08/15/2010 at 04:08 PM

Federer giving Murray a different look on the second serve at 15-30, good to see. Um, the execution, not so much. 30-30.

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 04:09 PM

oh yeah, Rain came back. Fed rest up.

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 04:09 PM

JK: Remember, Kim was the freshest player in USO last year so it stands to reason that she would've won. A whole year into her comeback she hasn't played at the level she was in NY.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 04:09 PM

@Franchise, she never was. It is the media who wants her there. She is right where you see her now.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 04:09 PM

Players are going to the locker room

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:09 PM

rain again..

Either way, it dosen't seem that there's much time left to finish the match. If the rain will stop for 20 min,I think the match will be over anyway.

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 04:10 PM

rain again?? really? Just as I sit down to see.
Who was that saying that this is ridiculous?

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 04:10 PM

back into the locker rooms...

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 04:11 PM

@wilson75, indeed. She came back when everyone else was banged up and bruised and dealing with injuries and played against a newbie playing her first Grand Slam. Talk about opportunistic. All of a sudden she is mentally tough and a warrior. This is the real Kim that we are seeing now.

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 08/15/2010 at 04:11 PM

The delayed ESPN2 stream may catch up to the live action. Hope they show the match live if it does.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:11 PM

Did Fed get to speak to Annacone? Anyone know? His mood is darker than the clouds over there...

Posted by Texastennis 08/15/2010 at 04:11 PM

Clijsters was misled by the USO victory I think into believing she can be a top class player doing it part time - the year since then has shown she can't. She has to play more to find more consistency.

Posted by Tim (Outlaw the Moonpie!) 08/15/2010 at 04:11 PM

I think all these stops and starts make Rog care less about this result, quite frankly, right or wrong, it destroys the riddum and momentum big time ... im losing interest by the second here, on the CIncy, rest up, Swiss Grandpa, probs play Blake on Wednesday night...

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 04:12 PM

Well at this rate, ESPN will be live at some point? Unless the rain goes over their window and they move on to replaying Cincy?

Agree with the poster who talked about how frustrating Kim Clijsters can be.
I still expect a second set let down by Maria.

Posted by Flyer 08/15/2010 at 04:12 PM

Take this friggen set Roger!

Still with ya!

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 04:13 PM

Texastennis: I agree Kim has to play more in order to get more consistent.

Posted by Tim (Outlaw the Moonpie!) 08/15/2010 at 04:13 PM

KIm already met her goal, she's less hungry and eager now, i mean she takes weeks off in a row, for family reunions or whatever, isnt there plenty of time for that in retirement, doesnt seem like she's totally committed anymore, she's done what she came back to do...

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:14 PM

I think its raining pretty badly now..

Are they still haveing the match today?

Posted by Flyer 08/15/2010 at 04:15 PM

Roger can still come back.

And yeah - I'm still interested in him winning this thing.

Aint over till it's over damn it!

Reset yourself Pink Panther - and come back with claws ready to climb back into this match!

Posted by tennisesq. 08/15/2010 at 04:16 PM

I feel sorry for the fans in Cincy. There might be even less people who show up to the women's tournament next year.

Posted by Moderator 08/15/2010 at 04:16 PM

Lump of Kohlschreiber: knock it off. Last warning.

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 04:17 PM

tennisesq: I think Cincy is supposed a combined event next year so the crowds might better.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!/We gonna see, no?) 08/15/2010 at 04:18 PM

Hmph, Bring on Cincy's diabolical plan seems to be working out just as planned. Storms in Toronto + storms approaching Cincy = travel nightmare for the men's finalists.

Posted by Arun 08/15/2010 at 04:19 PM

"he let out some 'explicits'" -- oh Brad.

Posted by tina 08/15/2010 at 04:20 PM

Did Fed get to speak to Annacone? Anyone know? His mood is darker than the clouds over there...

@ ladyjulia: According to something BG blurted out when he didn't realize his mic was live, it sounded like the answer is no. Hey, TV will catch up to "Live" very soon...

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 04:20 PM

Break for Maria now in the 2nd

Hmm Kim.

Looking like rain in Cinncy too

Maybe that might be a blessing for Kim

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 04:21 PM

Oh I seem to be wrong all the time these days! Sharapova is up a break in the second, serving 4-3

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 04:21 PM

sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!/We gonna see, no?)

oh ha ha ha ha ha, Excellent.

Don't worry. Fed will rest up and come back fresh tomorrow and win this. Then he can waltz into his lux hotel suit and wait for his lux private jet to be ready. It's all good. The only dude gets really screwed is Muzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 04:22 PM

Karen I feel Kim has to play more tournaments.She is struggling in areas of her game.

She isnt a Serena thats for sure lol!

Posted by Franchise 08/15/2010 at 04:22 PM

right @jamaicakaren

Posted by Matt Zemek 08/15/2010 at 04:22 PM

Sblily:

The cockroach is getting drenched... and he won't be scuttling around with a trophy tonight, either.

Further proof that Rafa always knows what he's doing.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 04:22 PM

Tim, you are right. She came back to get one more major and that was it. If her results do not pick up by the end of this year I see her once again leaving the sport, this time for good. This is just awful from her. I expected a better match seeing as Clijsters never even played a semi last night. Sheet, at this rate Ivanovic could have given Sharapova a better test.

Posted by TeamNadal 08/15/2010 at 04:23 PM

Arun, I was LOL at Brad too.... Cahill's like "you mean expletives?"

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:23 PM

On twitter,

they are saying that play won't resume till 6 pm...

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 04:24 PM

Kim Thats right she keep lobbing to Maria?

Like brain snap

Maria found the open court and just put it away

Posted by Tim (Outlaw the Moonpie!) 08/15/2010 at 04:25 PM

have they ever called a draw or cancelled a Masters Series finale?

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