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

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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 scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 12:56 PM

"Chardy - Murray could be interesting no?"

I think so and Verdasco v Fish too.
And for that matter Gulbis v Melzer! So many matches that I can't watch...

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 12:56 PM

Sauce and Fish warming up (heh). I have a bad feeling about this match; hope Sauce proves me wrong.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/18/2010 at 12:56 PM

ok, folks. Nole is done. Rafa's match should begin in a few minutes.

Ferrer serving out his match with SammyQ.

Posted by Heather 08/18/2010 at 12:57 PM

Thanks for everyone info on Ferrer!

Leaving work early to head to the dentist...ick..hopefully I'll make it home in time for to catch the rest of the the day session! :) Catch ya'll later.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 12:57 PM

Verdasco please make my day!

Posted by sokol 08/18/2010 at 12:57 PM

hmmm, Dinara is serving second in the deciding set, *frazzling*

Posted by scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 12:58 PM

Annie,
Ferrer won his match already. Verdasco and Fish next on that court.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 12:58 PM

Safina you did have love 30 on Nadia's serve,just saying

Posted by scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 12:59 PM

PK seems to want to bagel Falla for the right to meet Fed next (if Fed prevails today of course) :)

Posted by linex 08/18/2010 at 12:59 PM

So Nalbi Isner comes after verdasco Fish no? I will have to wait to see my favourite match of the day it seems.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:00 PM

Go Phil K who is about to serve a bagel to Falla

Posted by linex 08/18/2010 at 01:03 PM

Who knows if Caro is already wearing the new line from Stella, I think that this new line of clothes is much nicer than the previous one. We´ll see though how they look on Caro because so far they looked much better on Maria K. For some of Stella´s look you need Maria K´s physique if not they can look awful.

Posted by GB 08/18/2010 at 01:04 PM

Frazzle going up...Vamos Rafa

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:04 PM

Doug Adler was talking to Dent who is going to hit through Rafa today

Well the courts are playing very fast

We Gonna See No?

Hang on Robbie Rafa wasnt returning all that well against Murray short memory lol!

Doug and Robbie will be the commentators on Rafa's game

Posted by scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 01:04 PM

And a bagel it is for Falla while Safina gets broken to go down 0-2 in the second set.

Posted by Rafadoc Good Stuff 08/18/2010 at 01:04 PM

linex: Anxious to see Caro's new Stella kit. I hated the color of the last season. Style was okay though.

Posted by Rafadoc Good Stuff 08/18/2010 at 01:05 PM

Rafa said the court plays very fast and the ball bounces low...so...gonna be a tough match, no? Oh well. Vamos and lal that!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:05 PM

Thanks for the memory Safina

Posted by Rafadoc Good Stuff 08/18/2010 at 01:06 PM

lal= all. Typo amnesty please.

Dent and Rafa in the hall now...

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 01:07 PM

Hmmm. I hear the announcer introducing Dent and Rafa. Sorry, Sauce. You're on your own. Vamos! *switches to Rafa/Dent stream*

Posted by sokol 08/18/2010 at 01:08 PM

do I dare to ask for a hold, Dinara?

Posted by linex 08/18/2010 at 01:09 PM

For what I see Rafadoc she is still wearing the previous line. A pity why not start wearing now ... After the summer everything will look more dull in the indoor courts, so it is during these weeks that the wta players should show off their outfits.

Posted by TeamNadal 08/18/2010 at 01:09 PM

RAFA TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:10 PM

Both players coming on court

Hmmm he is still wearing that tee.

Umpire for the match is Carlos Bernades

Rafa won the toss and will receive

Posted by Rafadoc Good Stuff 08/18/2010 at 01:10 PM

linex: I agree! Why not start now? Thanks for the info!

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/18/2010 at 01:11 PM

stream is way ahead of tv. the boys are already hitting practice.

Posted by GB 08/18/2010 at 01:12 PM

All this talk about Dent being twice Rafa's size & having already played 2 lefties here isn't helping the frazzle...

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:15 PM

Hmm Safina that was a long game between drinks and you got broken

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 01:16 PM

GB - You're frazzling about DENT?! Seriously? Girl, you gotta ration it!

Posted by Rafadoc Good Stuff 08/18/2010 at 01:16 PM

Looks like perfect weather in Cincy...81 degrees and low humidity. Wish I was there.

Posted by Nam1 08/18/2010 at 01:16 PM

stream anyone??

I am having to watch the women at Montreal when i want RAFA!!!

Posted by Jenni 08/18/2010 at 01:16 PM

I know. Pace yourselves, you're gonna frazzle out by the USO!

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 01:17 PM

Caroline gets an early break and will serve 2-0 against Patty

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:17 PM

sblily Good luck trying to get through to GB lol!

Posted by Rafadoc Good Stuff 08/18/2010 at 01:17 PM

Nam1...there are streams on fromsport.com.

Posted by Sherlock 08/18/2010 at 01:17 PM

Let's not frazzle too much. :) Dent can certainly trouble him for a while, but unless Rafa really stinks it up, he should win. I guess my only frazzle is not staying out there for 3 sets. It'd be nice to get it done in 2.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 01:17 PM

Nam - http://tinyurl.com/33y373z

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:18 PM

Sherlock Dent to me since Medibank this year has been using the drive through at Macca's a bit too much.

Posted by GB 08/18/2010 at 01:19 PM

LOL sblily! *always* frazzle. Some people/unwelcome developments then increase it to terror/sheer terror

Posted by Rafadoc Good Stuff 08/18/2010 at 01:19 PM

Taylor's wife is pretty...did they say she just had a baby?

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 01:19 PM

Tim's new WTA player is one game away from leaving Montreal

Posted by scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 01:20 PM

I know everyone is busy watching 'el numero uno' but surprise, surprise, Falla is up 4-1 in the second set against Kohlschreiber.

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 01:20 PM

Rafadoc,
Yes, Jennifer Hopkins had a baby.

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 01:20 PM

Patty breaks back and serves 1-2

Posted by Rafadoc Good Stuff 08/18/2010 at 01:21 PM

Thanks MA! I thought I heard that. Well, happy for them. :)

Posted by GB 08/18/2010 at 01:21 PM

A break would be lovely Rafa! But no:((

Posted by Nam1 08/18/2010 at 01:22 PM

thx for the streams guys....
this Dent looks like he should be a football player.....why do we have to watch 7 feet tall guys play tennis and serve out of trees?

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/18/2010 at 01:22 PM

Rafa 2010 Cincy champ project launch! Oh yeah!

Posted by wilson75 08/18/2010 at 01:22 PM

Rafa fans don't frazzle. Unless Dent has lost about 15-20 lbs since the last time I saw him play and whether he S&V or stays back, Rafa is going to win.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:22 PM

Oh well Safina you did have a b/point there

Posted by GB 08/18/2010 at 01:23 PM

Pls consolidate Rafa!

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 01:23 PM

Rafa breaks. If Dent doesn't start getting more first serves in, this thing could go very quickly.

Rafadoc - Yeah, Dent & his wife had a baby in January, I think the commies said. Dent still carrying a bit of preggo weight, though. :)

Posted by Nam1 08/18/2010 at 01:23 PM

and this is why Rafa receives first!!!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:23 PM

Should be good ROS practice for Rafa

Posted by scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 01:24 PM

Falla to serve for the set 5-1!

I take it Dent's not making a dent on Nadal :)

Posted by Sherlock 08/18/2010 at 01:24 PM

AM, lol at your drive through comment. :)

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:26 PM

Yeah thats the way Safina you just had a love service game

Pity about the earlier service games.pfft.

Posted by Arun 08/18/2010 at 01:27 PM

"Dent still carrying a bit of preggo weight, though."
ouch. :)

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 01:27 PM

Commie: [Dent] has done well to get 2 first serves in...

Yes, folks, 7 minutes in, and this is what it's come to.

Posted by Rafadoc Good Stuff 08/18/2010 at 01:27 PM

Thanks Sblily. Yah...that post pregnancy weight can be a bear!

Posted by scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 01:28 PM

How and why does PK follow a bagel set with a 1-6 set?

Meanwhile Verdasco/Fish and Gulbis/Melzer are still on serve in the first.

Posted by TeamNadal 08/18/2010 at 01:28 PM

good start for Rafa against the Pillsbury Dough Boy...

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 01:28 PM

Dinara back on serve with Nadia serving at 3-4 final set

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:30 PM

Ok Safina its Drug time

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 01:31 PM

Rafa breaks again. 3-0. Dent doing nothing particularly well at the moment - serve, volleys, groundstrokes... All off.

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 01:31 PM

Look for Andy and Jeremy to be on the court no later than 2:45 PM at this pace while Flavia sent Tim's new WTA fav out of Montreal.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:31 PM

wilson75 Taylor is soo unlike his father Aussie Phil Dent who in his day a great doubles player.Dont know where he gets the genes from lol!

Posted by Arun 08/18/2010 at 01:32 PM

Dent has groundstrokes?

Posted by TeamNadal 08/18/2010 at 01:32 PM

Dent has BOOBS!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:32 PM

Arun Who Knew?

Posted by for the love of sport 08/18/2010 at 01:33 PM

hi people...another Rafa gem from last year...somewhere in the far east I think, after being badgered by fans demanding autographs...Rafa, testy, furrowed brow, "I am one people only no?"

Posted by scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 01:33 PM

I think it's Safina serving 3-4

Gulbis getting in trouble in the tiebreak against Melzer

Posted by Sherlock 08/18/2010 at 01:34 PM

"Dent has groundstrokes?"

Lol. Arun, be nice. :)

Impressive from Flavia.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:35 PM

For The Love Of Sport

LOL! another gem this book is going well.Thank you

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 01:36 PM

Dent has groundstrokes?
~~~~

Precisely, Arun. Precisely. LOL. Dent's kind of screwed at the moment. That S&V thing ain't working out too well, but groundstrokes aren't his thing either. 14 UFE already.

Posted by scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 01:36 PM

In non-Rafa related news:

PK seems to have righted the ship and leads 2-0 in the third.
Gulbis gets back on serve in the tiebreak 4-5

Posted by Rafadoc Good Stuff 08/18/2010 at 01:37 PM

Fab footwork Rafa. Yeah!

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/18/2010 at 01:37 PM

rafadoc: taylor's wife had a bady during queens or wimby. the big question at the time was whether he would go home for the birth. He said no. She understood and supported his need to play.

Posted by Arun 08/18/2010 at 01:37 PM

Sorry, Sherlock. :)
Flavs - ever so... consistent. She almost always defeats the opponents she is supposed to beat.

Posted by scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 01:38 PM

My stream worked long enough for me to hear the commentator say: 'Nice to see that Nadal is human'
Was there ever any doubt? :)

Posted by Kate 08/18/2010 at 01:38 PM

Nam1@1:22 "why do we have to watch 7 feet tall guys play tennis and serve out of trees?"

Oh, yes! I really hate gorilla tennis. Couldn't we have separate divisions? ATP 1 for the people who (IMHO) *play* tennis, ATP 2 for anyone over 6'5" and they can just serve at each other. Over and over and over.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:38 PM

Safina how many game points do you need

Honestly??

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 01:38 PM

Dent holds... somehow. 4-1.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/18/2010 at 01:39 PM

well , i've got stuff to do in preparation for son's departure tomorrow. So I think I'll
tape this one and watch later.

enjoy everybody!

Posted by Rafadoc Good Stuff 08/18/2010 at 01:40 PM

She looks great for just giving birth not too long ago.

Posted by karin1492 08/18/2010 at 01:40 PM

I don't know if any of you have heard, but Henin is out for the rest of the year. She announced that either today or yesterday.

Posted by scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 01:40 PM

Breakfest between Wozniacki and Schnyder.

I see Dent managed to win a game.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:40 PM

Kate LOL!!

As I always say Wake me Up when we get back to clay

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 01:40 PM

Long game at Dinara serving 3-4. So far, she saved 3 break pts(Nadia 4/23 BP)

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:41 PM

Karin1492 Sorry to hear that.Is her injury still not 100%

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 01:42 PM

Karin1492,
Sblily posted that earlier on Justine not returning until 2011 as her elbow is healing slower than anticipated.

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 01:42 PM

Dinara holds. Nadia to serve 4-all final set.

Posted by Sherlock 08/18/2010 at 01:42 PM

"Breakfest between Wozniacki and Schnyder."

Scoreboarding, I'm shocked! :)

Posted by @work 08/18/2010 at 01:42 PM

Late to the party due that four letter word: work! *sigh* bu I like what I see so far.
Vamos Rafa

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:43 PM

Heaven forbid she did it and held her serve

Safina these drugs arent working much at the moment ok

Posted by karin1492 08/18/2010 at 01:43 PM

It sucks that she got hurt so badly. You could tell she wanted to retire when she was playing against Kim, but she played through anyway and might have screwed her arm up worse than it would have been had she just retired.

Posted by scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 01:44 PM

Sherlock,
I know. I bet it's not what you expected from the reigning US finalist!

Melzer takes the tiebreak against Gulbis.

Posted by Kate 08/18/2010 at 01:44 PM

AM: I thank you. How is your eye? All healed?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 01:44 PM

Master Ace Thanks I must have missed that info before on Justine

Posted by sokol 08/18/2010 at 01:45 PM

oh my, Safina with 2 BPs *closed eyes*

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