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Queen City Diary, Day 3 08/18/2010 - 11:53 AM

103357700 [[Pete is on vacation from Sunday, the 15th, through today. He'll be back with a post tomorrow.]]
By Jackie Roe, TW Contributing Writer

Good morning, TWibe. Another day in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters has come and gone, and I have plenty of stories to report, as usual.

Just as I did on Monday, I tried my best to catch as many matches and practice sessions as my aching feet would allow, but I'll give you a rundown of those in the Deuce Club this week or next. What I thought I'd focus on in today's update are my press conference impressions; the big four held their pre-tournament pressers on Tuesday and we heard from some of the Americans, as well. Sure, you could just look up the transcripts, but where's the fun in that?

Blake's post-match presser was up first, following his loss to Istomin. I wasn't present for either the match or the presser, but as he revealed quite a bit about his state of mind and his upcoming plans, I thought it was worth sharing with y'all.

- Throughout the presser, he noted that he was still feeling the effects of a number of injuries. He didn't attribute the day's loss to illness or injury, though - he just wasn't at his best.

- He plans to take a break for a little while after the Open.

- The last question asked was about Pam Shriver, and he let us know that he received a nice e-mail from her. So they've quashed their beef, I assume.

Federer's pre-tournament presser took place a few hours later. He arrived dressed in his training gear, as he was scheduled to practice for the first time in Cincinnati later that day.

- There was something slightly off about his demeanor during the presser; former TWiber CNote and I described him as "testy," as he demonstrated too much of the reflexive defensiveness that makes even the most ardent of Federer fans wince. Still, he was talkative and self-assured and responded to each question with that singular Federer openness.

- Generally, the presser was far more serious than the ones in Toronto, but there was one light-hearted interaction with a reporter:

Reporter: The perception is that your level has decreased ... I don't necessarily think that's the case ... what's the-"

Federer: Thank you.

- When asked if he preferred the men's and women's tournaments being separate or combined, he decisively chose the former, saying it's much more quiet and "everything is a bit simpler."

- Another reporter brought up his inconsistent results at the tournament - he either wins the championship or he's knocked out early - and Federer responded with, "Well, I prefer it that way than playing quarters every time." Is that how all players feel, I wonder?

Murray's presser was up next. (No transcript for this one. That makes me feel more useful.)

- I was happy to see his eye contact improve as the presser progressed; the public speaking instructor in me always emerges when I watch him speak because his discomfort is so palpable.

- He was asked about the role his mother plays, and he revealed that he doesn't actually speak to her before his matches, though she does try to scout his opponents. She's not fulfilling the role of a coach, really - he said it was just nice having someone in his family around.

- He fielded several questions about his coaching situation, and he stated that he wouldn't replace Maclagan anytime before the Open "for sure," and that in some ways it's nice to be on your own. More responsibility in figuring things out, more freedom.

- As for this tournament, he said he'd still feel confident going into the Open even if he doesn't have a great result here.

After a never-ending wait, Nadal arrived for his pre-tournament presser. (You'd think that pricey watch would help him manage his time a little bit better!)

- In contrast to the Federer and Murray pressers, the vibe in this one was much more light. Nadal was his usual good-natured self and smiled/laughed often. Instead of describing his responses to questions, I'll let him speak for himself. Notable quotes include:

I am not superstitious.
If you play well, you win, if you play bad, you lose.

I don't think if I am number one or number five. I am Rafa.
(after a reporter asked a drawn-out question) I do not understand nothing.
Physically I'm perfect. Remain two weeks to broke everything. (Even more hilarious in person.)

- Another insightful part of the presser was when he discussed his previous performances at the Open and how his disappointing (for him) results had less to do with his physical state than his mental one, contrary to what most observers argue. Particularly interesting was his comment about the '08 Open, when he said he was actually fine physically but "destroyed" mentally, following his dream summer. We see, then, that while winning is nice, it takes its toll, too.

- I had to mention that my understanding of Nadal's English has vastly improved from the first time I heard him speak in person. Have I just gotten used to it or is he getting better?

I missed Djokovic's presser, unfortunately, but ended my day at Isner's.

- This was a fun one, more like a conversation than any of the others. Isner in person surprised me a tad; he's quite serious and a thoughtful, polished speaker.

- He spoke at length about the after-effects of the Wimbledon marathon match, expressing that his win over Kubot was the best he's felt on court in a long time. He's been gassed for a while, and the fatigue hit him especially in DC, which prompted him to skip Toronto. He went home, didn't think about tennis, just hung out with his family (and his dog, a cocker spaniel!). He even turned off his cell phone.

- Regarding the renovations, he said that the locker room is the best part, that it has more space that any other he's been in.

- We all had a good laugh when he said the following, of his doubles success with Querrey: "We really don't know to play doubles. We have big serves."

After the presser officially ended, I mustered up the courage to ask Isner a couple of questions about wrestling. He was gracious enough to humor me and chat briefly about the WWE pay-per-view event on Sunday and his affinity for WWE Raw ("I never miss it!") as he was on his way out of the interview room. And here I thought I was the only one who appreciated both tennis and wrestling. That was a fun cap to a whirlwind day.

That's all for now - time to head out to the courts. This is my last day here, so I have to make it count! I'll be back with some final words about my experience in Friday's DC, and you can also track my movements via Twitter (@JackieRoe).

As always, use this space to call today's matches.

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Posted by TeamNadal 08/19/2010 at 01:07 PM

I think Ernie can win this match

Posted by beth 08/19/2010 at 01:07 PM

I don't know why the French do seem to get under Mardy's skin -
I forgot about the Benneteau remark
as if Fish is anything other than a journeyman pro
how many Masters events and Slams have you won , you tool

Posted by Aube,politically correct?P- liizzzz! 08/19/2010 at 01:07 PM

wow, hello!I did not think Ernie will serve it out,way to go Gulbis!

Posted by sokol 08/19/2010 at 01:08 PM

OK, lunch break is over, back to work.

Good luck to Gulbis.

Davai, Sveta and Vera! Make me proud, lol

Posted by TeamNadal 08/19/2010 at 01:08 PM

oh boy, Taylor and Marion spotted at the ice cream stand....

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/19/2010 at 01:09 PM

Beth A bit of a "legend in his own mind" lol!

Posted by wilson75 08/19/2010 at 01:09 PM

Kristy: I think Murray's htting partner, Danny something (I can't remember his last name) from Venezuela. BG was raving about him last week. I don't know why but he was talking about him alot. According to BG he used to play college tennis.

Posted by scoreboarding 08/19/2010 at 01:09 PM

ESPN back to Fish. Looks like they may be sticking with this match for a while.

Too bad my streams don't work properly because I wanted to keep an eye on Gulbis.

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 08/19/2010 at 01:09 PM

scoreboarding: Yes, you're right ! Lol !

Posted by tina 08/19/2010 at 01:11 PM

New post up.

Posted by beth 08/19/2010 at 01:11 PM

temper , temper - Richard

Posted by Kombo 08/19/2010 at 01:12 PM

Go Gulbis! I have to go to lunch. With any luck, I'll return to a straight set win by Gulbis.

Posted by Heather 08/19/2010 at 01:14 PM

Beth your comment at 1:07PM made my day :)

Posted by scoreboarding 08/19/2010 at 01:14 PM

Is the new thread where we are supposed to be?

Posted by Master Ace 08/19/2010 at 01:24 PM

Time to move to the new thread if not done already...

Posted by Rafadoc Good Stuff 08/19/2010 at 01:24 PM

Sblily: Nooooooooooo! I think I need a Mardy voodoo doll then. (you are so right though)

Posted by for the love of sport 08/19/2010 at 01:38 PM

Cannot bear or understand Murray's body language...for a world class athlete to always look so negative and hang dog...bizarre....As for Ernie...what enormous talent...and what colossal wastefulness...! This kid has the talent to be a top ten player!

Posted by Pspace 08/19/2010 at 01:55 PM

Cool. Nice racquet smash from Ernsie. Muzzah with ze break. All is well with the world.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/19/2010 at 02:02 PM

Wow! Ernie up to his usual genius tricks. But letting murray even things up makes me think muzz will pull through.

Posted by lea 08/19/2010 at 02:03 PM

has this been posted yet? Apologies if it has...

the fedal wars should officially end now because of it :-)

Posted by sebastiandiplo 08/19/2010 at 02:13 PM

these are my winners for today:

well for the match between andy and soderling, Im not Sure, If andy play good and robin play bad, then roddick win, if andy play good and soderling play good, then soderling win, if roddick play high quality tennis and soderling good, then roddick wins, but based on theyre previous matches andy is playing good and soderling sometimes good sometimes bad, so i dont know, guys what do you think about this match????????

Posted by temes 08/19/2010 at 10:14 PM

Mommy Kim is such a juggernaut. Sometimes I feel she just should win everything. Or atleast a lot more. Yet she doesn't.

Posted by FED FRED 08/20/2010 at 07:28 AM

Murray wants to throw up his kilt
but Gulbis will not help him.

Posted by cheap jordan shoes 08/23/2010 at 03:44 AM

The tennis is very good, I like it very much.

Posted by air jordan shoes 08/25/2010 at 02:34 AM

I was a tennis fan, I liked Andy Roddick.

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