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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 tennisesq. 08/15/2010 at 04:25 PM

But when she's on, Kim has no business losing to Shrieky.

Posted by Ezekiel Mellifluous 08/15/2010 at 04:26 PM

When the rain comes they run and hide their heads


They might as well be........


Not necessarily stoned but beautiful


Posted by roadrunnerz 08/15/2010 at 04:26 PM

Is the match officially postponed until tomorrow? Why wouldn't they continue play later in the day?

for what it's worth...it's CRAZY hot and humid in Toronto at the moment. Feels like you can drink the air. I like Nole, but, Fed-fan bias aside, I'm really glad he isn't playing this one. Totally think he wouldn't have lasted an entire match.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!/We gonna see, no?) 08/15/2010 at 04:27 PM

Rafa 2010 - What, you don't think Fed would give Muzz & Judy a ride on the jet? LOL Now THAT could be a fun ride.

Matt Z - Your lack of faith in the cockroach disappoints me.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 04:28 PM

Well if you were not a fan of Sharapova, get ready for the cries from the gallery about how she is the lead contender for the US Open trophy. It has after all started. ESPN will be doing a feature on her visit to Chernobyl.

Eurosport talking about this title being great preparation for it. Oh yeah, give the title to her now because as far as the media is concerned there are no other contenders. Not with those old fuddy duddies out.

Posted by Or 08/15/2010 at 04:30 PM

Guys, what's going on? Has the match been postponed?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 04:31 PM

tenniesq I agree there.Though today Kim is far from the player she usually is.

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 04:31 PM

Or: There's a rain delay.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 04:32 PM

Or Players are back in the locker rooms at the moment.The rain got heavier.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 04:32 PM

Crowd either wants more tennis or they are firmly in Clijsters' camp. Hard to tell

Posted by tennisesq. 08/15/2010 at 04:32 PM

JK,
LOL. I think a victory here will give Shrieky a false sense of security. Kim is practically gift wrapping the match.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 04:33 PM

Rain started in Cinncy now

Can you believe it soo close for the match to end

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 04:34 PM

rain everywhere. hm hm..

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 04:35 PM

@tennisesq, Kim and the draw that Sharapova will get in New York will guarantee that she makes it to the second week, but I really do not see her winning the title, especially if either of the Queens decide to play.

No matter how good Sharapova is, on either of the Queen's worst day she cannot take them out. Maybe Venus because of the gimpy leg and hard courts not favouring her, but Serena. There is a mind block there right now and no amount of screeching from the gallery or from Sharapova will change that.

Kim has already expressed an interest for more children and she is not going to be out there until she is 30 playing tennis and raising children. Nope.

match suspended - rain

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:37 PM

They are drying the courts in toronto...

Posted by scoreboarding 08/15/2010 at 04:38 PM

ESPN is switching to Cincy saying they'll get back to Toronto later.

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 04:38 PM

I said this is going to be a marathon match...

Posted by tina (...then there's ARMY STRONG) 08/15/2010 at 04:38 PM

Tim, I think the first year the Volvo International was played in New Haven, the final had to be played on Monday. But this was 20 years ago, and the calendar slot was earlier than the current one. Both of these guys are high seeds in Cincy, even if they had to finish tomorrow, it wouldn't affect their schedules too much.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/15/2010 at 04:38 PM

Horrible time for a rain delay!

Didn't Kim miss the FO due to an injury? Not saying she can't play more, only that it is not necessarily purely down to choice. Only watched the last couple of games - and on a pretty dreadful stream - so don't know if she is gift-wrapping this match but my impression has been that Sharapova is dragging herself up towards better and more consistent results recently anyway.

Don't think I'll catch the end of Roger-MAndy if they going to restart in two hours! Oh well.

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 08/15/2010 at 04:38 PM

ESPN2 caught up to the current rain delay.

Posted by Arun 08/15/2010 at 04:39 PM

Boo. I hope the Murderer match-up can be settled through some Wii Tennis, coin-toss or something.
This rain delay is frustrating. They need to get out of Toronto, ASAP.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:39 PM

TriplrF,

LOL

Posted by tennisesq. 08/15/2010 at 04:39 PM

JK,
Kim seems to play her best against Vee and Ree. I really believe they bring out the best in their opponents. It's an indication of their stature.

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 08/15/2010 at 04:40 PM

Hopefully they'll switch to the live Fed/Murray match after the rain.

Posted by Jerell (Finally, a Great French Open Final Weekend!) 08/15/2010 at 04:40 PM

Well, got to chime in.

What a poor display from Clijsters today, and it is clear that the Shriester is in her head. Just like they played last time, Clijsters is lacking full convictions. When she gets hit by Sharapova, she just doesn't hit back at the moment.

And yup Karen, Mary Jo will lead in the chorus of bigging up the Shriester, but hopefully this will diminish the number of excuses meant for her.

To the Rogers Cup, and Andy Murray stayed the course in that crucial 11th game. Still, even with him winning the set 7-5, there is some concern over him just giving two breaks back like he did. Nevertheless, he came through.

Hopefully everyone is doing well folks, since I haven't been here in a while.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 04:41 PM

tennisesq, that is true. The thing is if you want to be the best you have to beat the best and they are the best. No doubt about that one.

Posted by linex 08/15/2010 at 04:42 PM

So my steam for the Sharapova Kim match stopped. So it was due to the rain? I think that Shara reached to match points on Kim's serve what a moment to stop the match. I am thinking that it really helps when like in Hamburg, Australia, now Wimbledon, I think in Madrid new AMS too, there is a retractable roof. I still remember last year's Super Saturday at Flusing when only a late semifinal between Kim and Serena was able to be played due to heavy rains.

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hott like me. 08/15/2010 at 04:42 PM

Hej alle, Maria is playing very well, looks good, serving better, but have to say that this is the worse I have seen Kim play, since she losts in straights to Petrova. It's very rare for her to Df so much. Every player has a day when they shouldn't get out of bed and this is her. Excellent job by Sharapova though. Off to swim in the rain.

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/15/2010 at 04:42 PM

Papo (Got Nadal?)

sure, hopefully they will.....when they come back tomorrow afternoon!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 04:43 PM

Oh well at least Fox is showing the Roger v Nole match again

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 04:45 PM

Jewell We need Neil ASAP

Rafa 2010 you were quick for your change of moniker I see lol!

Posted by tina (...then there's ARMY STRONG) 08/15/2010 at 04:45 PM

So what will ESPN2 do at 5:00, repeat what we're seeing right now?

Posted by Tim (Outlaw the Moonpie!) 08/15/2010 at 04:45 PM

golf is so utterly weird, a whole group of guys ive NEVER heard of, battling for a Slam title..isnt that like four unknown semifinalists at US Open? it just would never ever happen... golf is weird, and frnakly I wouldnt be remotely interested in a tennis slam with 4 semifinalists I wasnt familiar with, i mean, who to cheer for?

golf is weird...

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:45 PM

the sun seems to have come out at Toronto..

Posted by tennisesq. 08/15/2010 at 04:45 PM

ESPN just switched to Cincy. I really wish MJF would stop calling Shrieky's matches. The conflict of interest is appalling.

Posted by CL/Hold the Foam 08/15/2010 at 04:45 PM

Well, this is just silly - Roger looks completely flat to me...verging on sleepy. Which has clearly affected his brain as his shot selection has ranged from the bizarre to WTF??!!! That 5-6 game!!! Who WAS that out there??!! He hasn't really played all that badly, overall, but he looks like a man trying to play with ankle weights. And I think the rain delays have actually made it worse...not providing any real rest - just enough time to stiffen up again.

As for Muzz..he is proving why he is such a good HC player. Great returning from him. Fed's 1st serve % isn't that low but he is winning a ridiculously low number of pts even when he does get the first serve in. And that's all to Muzz's credit.

Anyway - if Fed is stiff and tired, it is all his own fault...

Posted by Jerell (Finally, a Great French Open Final Weekend!) 08/15/2010 at 04:45 PM

It is pouring in Cincinnati....this could take a few hours.

Here's a live feed:

http://www.fromsport.com/v-0/2/132/v-33254.html

Posted by Matt Zemek 08/15/2010 at 04:46 PM

Sblily:

No, I'm just conceding that your diabolical plan has won the day.

Fed has points to defend in Cincy. He needs to be there tonight and sleep his heinie off for a good two days. The value of this title was already minimal once Murray won the first set. Now, it's really counterproductive to fight for 3 sets and win. Truly. He can't be spent the way he was after the last time he won Toronto (2006). Carillo will say he tanked a match again. :-)

(And I say that as a Carillo fan - that was her worst day on the air, by far... I know you have, oh, 39 to 57 other nominees for "Carillo's Worst Broadcasts" :-)

Posted by Ruth 08/15/2010 at 04:47 PM

Hi, Jerell...long time no see -- as your FO-themed moniker reveals. :-)

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 04:47 PM

ladyjulia
Where are you getting Toronto updates?
(am logged in on ATP livestream and they still showing Nole Fed's)

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 04:47 PM

Jerell, how you doing sweetie. Long time no see. Yaayy

Oh yeah, I can already here it. I can tell you right now that if Serena or Venus does not play the Open (and from where I am sitting I doubt if they will be) then look for the band wagonning to start. I wonder if they will do a presentation of the dress like they did the last time she was a contender at the Open. What was it 2007? When everyone who was a threat was on one side of the draw and the other side was made up of head cases and also rans. I hope that never happens again. Really and truly. Was a dark day for women's tennis.

Posted by Ezekiel Mellifluous 08/15/2010 at 04:48 PM

About Roger answering in his post Djoker presser, " It's very romantic," in response to the question of what his relationship with Annacone is like I say they should move to California and get married! But what to do about Mirka? I blame the rain.

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 04:49 PM

ladyjulia: what's the status on court? I'm in the same boat as FFF.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:49 PM

yeah...I vote for finishing this match as painlessly as possible.

Cincy is 1000 points and the surface suits him a lot better..its better to do well there. Anyway, he's made up for some points by reaching the final.

This way...he's gonna be tired by the time USO comes around...if every single match is going to take hours and hours to finish.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/15/2010 at 04:49 PM

LOL AM. I love Neil's rain-dancing. :)

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!/We gonna see, no?) 08/15/2010 at 04:50 PM

Matt Z - Hey! It was Bring on Cincy's plan, not mine! I'm evil, but not THAT evil (or forward-looking). LOL.

Posted by carlos 08/15/2010 at 04:51 PM

sharapova just can blow kim off the court like she does against all the pushers.if sharapova doesn't miss kim ,caro,radwanska and all the pushers will never beat sharapova.
this match is not and never will be about kim ,it's about sharapova serve and ground game

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hott like me. 08/15/2010 at 04:51 PM

Carillo's worst broadcast, "The kid is better", after Maria lost to Serena at the AO. When I think of worse, it mean when you make yourself look stupid. Still shaking my head at the way Kim played.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:51 PM

c1 and TripleF,

I have espn3 on...they are showing the court live...it looks sunny and people are all over it drying it...

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 04:51 PM

CL: I wouldn't be so hard on Roger, he's 29 years old. If this was 3 or 5 years ago, he would be able to bounce back from playing 2 three setters two days in a row. But he can't plus, the tournament in the infinite wisdom decided that the match should start @ 1.30 instead of 3 or 4 pm.

Posted by Jerell (Finally, a Great French Open Final Weekend!) 08/15/2010 at 04:52 PM

Yup Matt, Cincy is really important. Fed could easily slip back to 3 or 4 with a shaky performance, and be 50/50 then to be on Nadal's side of the semis.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:52 PM

The machines for drying are still running...

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 04:53 PM

Carlos you are quite right at your 4:51 p.m. I have to say that I am really and truly shocked to see Sharapova out defending Clijsters. Just really bizarre. I expected a Clijsters win in 3 sets based on the fact that Sharapova played a late match yesterday and the fact that Clijsters returns so well, but she has been hitting balls in the bottom of the net, long, wide and just double faulting all over the place. Very bizarre match and really bad effort from Clijsters.

Posted by tina (...then there's ARMY STRONG) 08/15/2010 at 04:53 PM

The Queens aren't playing in USO?!

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:54 PM

They stopped the machines...but no announcement yet.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!/We gonna see, no?) 08/15/2010 at 04:54 PM

Ugh. Kim keeps trying to lose this match and Maria just won't let her.

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 04:54 PM

Thanks ladyjulia.
I have 2 windows on my laptop and TV turned on. Everywhere they are showing replays. The irony would be if Toronto resumes and if ESPN continues Kim-Sharpie. I bet they will

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hott like me. 08/15/2010 at 04:56 PM

Carlos, NOBODY would ever call me a Kim fan, as a matter of fact I wasn't pulling for her in this match, but Kim when she plays her best is fully capable of beating Sharapova. Carlos, I hope you're not saying this is how Kim normally plays because she is a far better player than what we saw today. This was full of DFs and bad error that you rarely see in her matches. This match is a combination of extreme poor play by Kim and well played by Maria, but I don't think this is typical.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 04:56 PM

@tina, from where I am sitting, I doubt it very much that the Queens will be playing the USO. Usually when they are practising etc., the hitting partners and even themselves will be all over twitter updating on practice etc. Last time I saw pictures of Serena she was still wearing the boot.

Her hitting partner is back and he is posting more about karoake than anything else. Nope, do not see Serena there, but Venus is a question mark

Posted by tennisesq. 08/15/2010 at 04:57 PM

I disagree re: Clijsters. I'm no fan of hers at all and think she's an opportunistic fake happy person. But, she can match power for power with the best of them and has excellent defense, blah blah blah. Kim's best would beat Shrieky's best, hands down. See USO '05. What Kim lacks is between the ears.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:57 PM

I think they have completed the drying process...lots of cheer in stadium

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 04:58 PM

Players are out on court

Some blue sky as well

Not I am not seeing things either

Posted by Or 08/15/2010 at 04:58 PM

boys back on court!

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:58 PM

Players are on court in Toronto...warm up

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 04:59 PM

nice and sunny now...

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 04:59 PM

Alright...the boys are back. Warming up again...am tired watching it. How do these guys do it I wonder. But then if I clock 30-40 million a year on endorsements (Fed does about $38M/year) and the payout is a million here...I guess I will work on a Sunday like this.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 04:59 PM

According to twitter...there's another black cloud coming up...they are saying a window of 30 min of tennis is there...

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hott like me. 08/15/2010 at 05:00 PM

Forgot to add, she's fully capable of handling the power of the big hitters, today is not the norm.

Posted by linex 08/15/2010 at 05:00 PM

So the players are out again in the court. Hope they put up a good show despites the delays. It would be great if Roger breaks back. I do not agree with your save your body for Cinci language. You need to seize the opportunites that are presented to you and a final is one of them, you never know when you will be arriving to another one ...

Posted by wilson75 08/15/2010 at 05:00 PM

JK: I think Venus will turn up but I'm with you on Serena. That cast gives the impression that her injury is more serious more serious that what we've been told.

Posted by Alexa 08/15/2010 at 05:01 PM

Downtown Toronto, rain coming down in buckets. Hope weather holds up where they are.

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 05:01 PM

Given the chronology ESPN should show Toronto Live.
But then... The Confederacy of the Dunces...called ESPN what do you think?

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 05:02 PM

linex,

there's more rain expected...

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

There's a tornado warning for the area...

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 05:03 PM

Alexa
People are seeing their own shadows and all...light, natural light...Sun is out here.

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

In Toronto I mean...

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

i don't think the normal kim can beat sharapova unless sharapova makes 40 plus ue.
the kim from the usopen last year is not the real kim.there she was agressive ,but the normal kim is a better version of wozniack.
when sharapova is playing well she just blows kim off the court.that was what happened the last four times they played

Posted by Nam1 08/15/2010 at 05:04 PM

thunder and rain in toronto and I am about 30 mins south of the venue.


Rafa was smart to lose yesterday; he's probably playing nintendo games in his nice hitel in Cincy and grinning at the rain clouds on the TV!!!

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

Yeah ... I mean, Masha should have just quit playing after she won the 3 GS titles and not inconvenienced us with a comeback, as she's one dimensional, her shriek is annoying, she's unreasonably marketable + she simply can't beat the sisters on their worst day ... unless she's handed the match.

Please ... if she truly does get back to 100%, she'll have a shot at anyone out there ... healthy or otherwise. If she can do it at 17, there's no reason on earth why she can't do it now ... especially with most of the Top Dogs pushing 30.

Posted by Nam1 08/15/2010 at 05:05 PM

hitel=hotel

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 08/15/2010 at 05:05 PM

WTH?!! ESPN2 is not going live? What a bunch of jerks!!

Posted by tennisesq. 08/15/2010 at 05:06 PM

Carlos,
Kim currently leads the H2H 4-3. But it seems certain Shrieky will even it after today.

*I can't believe I'm defending Clijsters*

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hott like me. 08/15/2010 at 05:06 PM

Kim looks like she had a brain cramp and forgot how to play. I still see her as strong contender for the open, and one match doesn't change that.

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 05:06 PM

WHAT A FKing point! Goosebumps

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 05:06 PM

Great rally!

And Fed with a huge "Come on"!!!!

Posted by crazyone 08/15/2010 at 05:06 PM

break back! now let's see if Fed can hold.

Posted by Cupcake lurker 08/15/2010 at 05:07 PM

OK who is that playing in pink, doing shots so bad it makes me want to cry and is 3/3 in BPs.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 05:07 PM

Fed is more spirited now...still making errors but not grumpy anymore...

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

Roger seems back on track

His f.hand has found its range

Posted by ladyjulia 08/15/2010 at 05:09 PM

Fed is still alive!

Posted by Ezekiel Mellifluous 08/15/2010 at 05:09 PM

Fed suddenly dialed in. Please stay dialed in.

Posted by Jerell (Finally, a Great French Open Final Weekend!) 08/15/2010 at 05:09 PM

The rian looks to have stopped in Cincy, as the ball kids are going back on the court to start the cleanup.

Ruth, I had thought I updated my theme since I was around for Serena's and Rafa's celebration at Wimbledon, but to no avail : ) I'm kind of glad that I did though, because seeing Schiavone win was probably the most satisfying moment in all of sports for me this year (and that's coming from a Serena and Venus fan here of course. )

J.K., as always holding it down big time.

For Carlos and his continued love of the Shriester, it really comes down to Kim not letting Sharapova get in her head. Her form, especially on the big points in the first set was absolutely dreadful.

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 05:09 PM

TMF is back briefly...the FH is screaming...Screaming...both wings.

(what a bunch of freakin jerks ESPN honchos are! Perverse sadistic retards)

Posted by tina (...then there's ARMY STRONG) 08/15/2010 at 05:10 PM

We've just seen the Cincy opening set-up and up to the third game on television. My bet is they will now NOT go back to the beginning, so anyone just tuning in will just get dropped right into the match. But I've also got an eye on ESPN3 - and I don't see a single umbrella up in Toronto.

These aren't slams - and ESPN has been brilliant with Slam coverage hours - but since it's the *explicit* US Open Series, they'd save themselves a few headaches if they just planned on televising matches LIVE. Then everyone would get it if there was a rain delay and a jump to the other tournament.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/15/2010 at 05:10 PM

A break and a hold. Who knew. Talk about motivated. Fist pumps and come ons. Who knew that the old Junkyard Dog had it in him

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hott like me. 08/15/2010 at 05:10 PM

Carlos, if Maria is so much better than Kim, why does Kim lead in the H2H, even if she wins today, they will be tied. Sorry, but I think you're looking at two players when at their best are closer to equal. I see a wide gap between Serena and Sharapova because the H2H indicate that, but no wide gap between Sharapova and Kim

Posted by CL/Hold the Foam 08/15/2010 at 05:11 PM

wilson - I wasn't really being hard on Fed...or maybe I just didn't explain it correctly. In one sense I don't blame him for coming out flat and being both mentally and physically tired. For sure, it is harder to bounce back at 29 then 23 or 24. BUT, it isn't just his age, which he can't control. its that he let himself get dragged into such long matches. Which he USED to be able to control. Of course the Djoker and Byrdy stepped up and played well..but Fed gave away way too much.

Back to the SB for me.

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 05:12 PM

If Fed is #2, why he is in Rafa's half in Cincy?
Someone please explain.

Posted by TripleF(FedFanForever): Not Fuchsia! Pink it is. 08/15/2010 at 05:13 PM

Oh I get it. By the time the draw was drawn, Fed was #3. Ok. Thanks.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/15/2010 at 05:13 PM

great b/hand approach Andy

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