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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 Carrie (typos are my freinds) 08/18/2010 at 03:20 PM

Kate - now you have me thinking about the Good Morning burger from the Simpsons, which consisted of

18oz ground beef patty
6-8 tbl. of rich creamy butter
8 stripes of bacon
4 slices of ham
3 fried eggs

Sounds like the Rafa/Dent match was no great shakes but at least Rafa got through.

Darn- neither of the fellows I wanted to win (Jurgen and Nando) won their tight matches. It seems like Nando has been frustrated lately- he is stalling/regressing and that has to get under his skin

Posted by Anna 08/18/2010 at 03:21 PM

Has any channel showed aDinara's press? She must be thrilled, this is great for her confidence, maybe she will be a sleeper for the USO!!!

Posted by linex 08/18/2010 at 03:21 PM

Master Ace, I only saw parts of the match so I cannot make a fair assesment of her serve, for what I saw she was serving with a good first serve percentage and effectively, but I did not see aces or service winners. As to her forehand I saw her hitting it as she usually does, I did not see any change, her shots in general were loopy today perhaps as a result of the excessive top spin that Patty uses in her shots.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 03:22 PM

Hmmm I will Have to watch Richards game tomorrow then.Not fussed about his opponent though

Beth wont be either.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/18/2010 at 03:26 PM

Hey Jax, thanks for another great report. To answer your question, Rafa's english has improved alot over the last couple of years. So it makes sense you are understanding him better!

Dinara's presser might be posted on the Rogers Cup website. If not there, check you tube.

Posted by Kate 08/18/2010 at 03:27 PM

Carrie: Well, we have the Simpsons Donut Burger, so the Good Morning Burger will be next.

Urgh. Trying to add up the calories on that one, but my in-head calculator won't go that high.

After Murray beats Chardy and then Gulbis, who is next on his list?

Posted by tina 08/18/2010 at 03:28 PM

Pleasantly surprised that Ernie pulled that one out - when I saw that he was down 2-4 in the TB, I thought he was a goner. Wish I could have seen that.

Posted by Nam1 08/18/2010 at 03:29 PM

what is up with Hott sauce? How on earth is he still in the top 10?

Posted by crazyone 08/18/2010 at 03:29 PM

yay for Ernie pulling out a tight match! A year ago, this was definitely a match he would have lost.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP!) 08/18/2010 at 03:30 PM

OK, guys, I know this has been alluded to, but I can't resist posting Murray's Vogue shoot with Mario Testino.

http://tinyurl.com/337zypd
http://tinyurl.com/36f8gac
http://tinyurl.com/3xeadcz
http://tinyurl.com/2urpdpc

And my personal favourite:

http://tinyurl.com/35xcabt

I know this is going to be an unpopular opinion .... but he's gorgeous. I always thought so, but in a 'I find weird people attractive' way.

The accompanying article is a lot of hideous tosh. I thought I'd never read anything worse than that description of Rafa's biceps being ripe aubergines or something, but comparing Murray to a rutting stag? Just edges it. But it had this which I liked:

"I prod him to talk about clothes because I guess he maybe doesn’t think about new trends in menswear all that much. In a voice like Atlantic breakers dragging on gravel, with the Scottish accent giving him American-style clarity around the R area, he says no. “I don’t, actually. At all.” He is more of a “shorts-and-T-shirts guy—I spend all my life in them because of playing.” But he liked getting dressed up. Mario had to tie his tie for him: “I had no idea how.” He must have black-tie gear in his wardrobe, though? “I don’t, no.” But doesn’t he go to black-tie dinners and stuff after the Wimbledon tournament finishes? He says, “You do if you win.” Right. “The stuff was really nice. Really, really nice.” I urge him to expand on “nice”—like, what was nice about the tux he’d had on? He says it had a darker stripe down the side of the leg.
OK. This young man is not prickly, grouchy, grumpy, humorless, or miserable: He is deadpan funny."

http://tinyurl.com/3a4gb4m

Anyway.

/Murraymania

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 03:30 PM

Verdasco did have set points in that 2nd set

As usual his headcase tendacies previaled

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 03:32 PM

G. Well Murray did have one of the best Fashio Photographers on his shoot in Mario Testino.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP!) 08/18/2010 at 03:35 PM

AM, you know I'm completely fashion-impaired.

But I am grateful for that last photo. Eternally.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 03:36 PM

G lol!

Posted by chicklet 08/18/2010 at 03:37 PM

"but in a 'I find weird people attractive' way"
LOL. At least you admit you have a problem.

Murray's not bad as long as he isn't smiling (or grimacing).

Posted by Colette 08/18/2010 at 03:37 PM

Mammamiamurraymania - you're gonna turn us into Murray fans with that last one

Posted by Frances 08/18/2010 at 03:37 PM

Hi AM!!!!

im excited for RAFA to come here to new york

he better play good here:P wink wink

Posted by wilson75 08/18/2010 at 03:39 PM

Murray can't say that his PR firm 19 hasn't been trying to build his popularity. I don't know if a fashion shoot will help to overcome his lack of a personality.

Posted by linex 08/18/2010 at 03:39 PM

Not a good way to start a match against John Isner who is not likely to drop his serve ...

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 03:39 PM

Nam1 - I think Sauce played too much earlier in the season. He hasn't given himself time to let his injuries heal and now his game is crap and he feels like he has to play more to make up for all those early-round exits. He's become part of the soft underbelly of the Top 10 -- technically in the Top 10, but ripe to be picked off by any player having a decent day.

Wish he'd take off next week and focus on getting healthy (or healthier) for the USO, but he'll probably play New Haven. *sigh*

Posted by Pspace 08/18/2010 at 03:40 PM

*dies laughing @ Muzz trying to look all hott*

Geeks FTW!

Posted by Carrie (typos are my freinds) 08/18/2010 at 03:40 PM


I think Murray has grown to be an attractive young man. He does not look his best when smiling though imo, is so pale that he makes the term “pasty white” seem like a vast understatement and can take some unfortunate pictures when he is in action where he looks like a zombie searching for brains. But- I think he is attractive. He has nice cheekbones and can look very handsome sometimes. He does not make my knees go weak the way say Pico of the Magical Hair can (but really who does)- but I think he is nice looking.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 03:42 PM

Frances Will you be going to the USO at all?

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hott like me. 08/18/2010 at 03:43 PM

Demmy cruising in her match.

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 03:44 PM

Elena takes the first set 6-2 while Victoria leads 6-4,4-1

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 03:45 PM

If John was to somehow defeat David, ESPN2 will be hyping him like he is the player of 2010 when he plays Novak tomorrow.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/18/2010 at 03:48 PM

By the way

Doug Adler hates Head Racquets

Posted by robbyfan 08/18/2010 at 03:48 PM

Master Ace-you say that like that is a bad thing. Go Izzie.

Posted by Heather 08/18/2010 at 03:49 PM

MA: that's so true so let's hope Nalby takes him out.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (FOTHB - Roger and Venus) 08/18/2010 at 03:49 PM

Rant to Tracy Austin: Every single player who steps onto a tennis court, regardless of their rankings. Regardless of who much money they have made and regardless of their accomplishments steps on to a tennis court with one thing in their head and one thing only. They want to win.

It is not for her to speculate as to which players put in more effort more than others. The ones who have made millions off the court are blessed with wonderful agents and have a look that advertisers like. The ones who make their money the old fashioned way are just as hard working as the so-called glamour ones.

The ones who turn up and win major tournaments do not do so because they are lucky. They do so because they put in the hard work off the court. Hard work that you, Tracy Austin, and many others of your ilk, are not invited to see.

It is also very vulgar, Tracy Austin, to continuously point out how much money players are entering and whether or not they have mortgages on their houses or to speculate on national tv during the airing of an international tennis tournament as to whether a player is getting a mortgage or not to pay for a house. That is none of your business and is downright vulgar and very unsophisticated. Polite and well bred people do not discuss these things in public.

Finally, Serena and Venus Williams do work hard. I will even go so far as to speculate that they work just as hard as many of the women on Tour. They have many business interests that they have to oversee and they still find time to compete at a very high level in tennis.

End Rant

Posted by linex 08/18/2010 at 03:49 PM

If John actually beats Nalbi it would be a good achievement as Nalbi is well known as on the tour's best returners of serve. The matchup with Nole though would be more interesting if David plays rather than John in my view.

Posted by Aube,Hope V plays at the US OPENt 08/18/2010 at 03:50 PM

Anyone knows if JJ is hurt still or just was beaten fair and square?I'm really stunned of her hardcourt record so far this summer?what's up with her?

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 03:50 PM

If you are a WTA fan and wants to see Montreal live this week, please catch a live stream as all matches on ESPN2(except for maybe on Sunday) and Tennis Channel will be taped delayed.

ESPN2 will cover Cincinnatil tomorrow from 12 to 4(Djokovic and Nadal should be featured) and at 7(Roddick or Federer should be featured if they win today)

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP!) 08/18/2010 at 03:51 PM

Well ... I obviously think Murray is attractive. Not in a pin-up perfect sort of way - which I often find a massive turn-off - but in an interesting, real way. I like his awkwardnesses and imperfections; they're compelling.

But then I like his personality, too, and I think he has the game to win a Slam, so there may be no hope for me at all.

El Rey, meanwhile, gave up his first service game as he likes to do and is now paying for it.

Posted by chicklet 08/18/2010 at 03:51 PM

Is this the first matchup between Nalby and Isner?
I wonder if Nalby needs some time to adjust to the angle of Isner's serve.

Posted by Nam1 08/18/2010 at 03:51 PM

From Murray's Vogue interview "But doesn’t he go to black-tie dinners and stuff after the Wimbledon tournament finishes? He says, “You do if you win"

Poor Andy...why would anyone ask him that , do they not know that only the winners dress up and go to the "Champions Dinner" at Wimby? UMMM that why its called Champions Dinner!!!

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 03:51 PM

Victoria vs Na tomorrow from Montreal

Posted by TeamNadal 08/18/2010 at 03:52 PM

LOL - WTF is that? an haute couture life jacket!

http://www.vogue.com/blogs/voguedaily/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/andy-murray-2.jpg

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 03:52 PM

Congrats to Carlos Moya and his girlfriend, Carolina. :)
http://tinyurl.com/25b8ahh

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 03:52 PM

Robbyfan,
I just stated my opinion and typed from ESPN2 experiences whether it is a good thing or not.

Posted by linex 08/18/2010 at 03:53 PM

I wonder if it was Nalbi who chose to serve in this match or if it was the other way round because those distractions in the first game and his double fault therein cost him dearly.

Posted by wilson75 08/18/2010 at 03:56 PM

gauloises: Are you British?

Master Ace: I can guarantee that if Roddick wins today, ESPN is going to feature that match instead of Federer. BTW who does Roddick play if he wins tonite.

Posted by manuelsantanafan 08/18/2010 at 03:58 PM

How To Lose Yet Another Tiebreaker

The Abridged Version

English Translation

by

Fernando Verdasco

1. Take control of a point with a good down the line passing shot, then roll your forehand into a once open court, so Fish can intercept the ball and steal the point.

2. Float a slice backhand long in a neutral rally.

3. Hit double fault no. 6, so that double faults exceed aces for the match.

4. Expletively yell a string of expresslies, in honor of Brad Gilbert.

5. Hit a forehand long in a neutral rally.

6. Flail helplessly in the direction of a Fish winner, which ends the tiebreak and the match.

7. I'm done.

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 03:58 PM

Roddick would play Soderling or Hewitt tomorrow if he won

Posted by robbyfan 08/18/2010 at 04:00 PM

I have it on good authority that jacket Murray is modeling is what sheep shearers wear in the Highlands of Scotland. Good on him for promoting Scottish tourism!

Posted by linex 08/18/2010 at 04:00 PM

Oh Isner got his ankled torned or something poor him but Nalbi is not in a good position niether as he was serving to stay in the set ...

Posted by crazyone 08/18/2010 at 04:00 PM

msf, didn't he call them "explicits"?

Posted by TeamNadal 08/18/2010 at 04:02 PM

LOLOL crazyone! :)

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP!) 08/18/2010 at 04:02 PM

Yes I am, wilson75.

Posted by wilson75 08/18/2010 at 04:02 PM

Master Ace: Thanks, well for sure ESPN will show Roddick. Federer, if he wins will be playing Kohlshreiber, aka a player not know in the US.

Posted by magaroni 08/18/2010 at 04:02 PM

TeamNadal:

it's a weight vest for fitness training

http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=3408561

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

Anyone have a stream for Isner/Nalby?

Posted by linex 08/18/2010 at 04:05 PM

sblily I am watching it on Tennistv.com

Posted by Kate 08/18/2010 at 04:05 PM

Isner is seriously injured? Or just taking an MTO?

Posted by wilson75 08/18/2010 at 04:06 PM

gauloises: I thought so.

BTW, I am too.

Posted by linex 08/18/2010 at 04:07 PM

Kate I do not know if it is serious or not I guess not, it did not look to bad the way he twisted it. My selfish concern here is for David not to lose the little rythm he got in this match.

Posted by manuelsantanafan 08/18/2010 at 04:11 PM

crazyone:

You're probably correct.

I couldn't do full justice to the Gilbertian malapropism due to a failing memory and lack of time to fully research.

I settled for getting into the spirit of the Gibertism.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 04:12 PM

Damn. Isner just retired.

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 04:13 PM

Bad luck to John.

David vs Novak tomorrow

Posted by Kristy 08/18/2010 at 04:13 PM

Gauloises, I've always thought Murray was very good looking, and that final photo you posted was HOTT. There's no accounting for taste, but I think he's objectively handsome and I'm floored when other people don't think so! Thanks for the Murraylove. You're not alone.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 04:13 PM

Play-by-play of Isner injury/retirement from Greg Couch's Twitter feed:
https://twitter.com/gregcouch

Posted by chicklet 08/18/2010 at 04:14 PM

Hope Isner is okay. Tough break for him.

Posted by Heather 08/18/2010 at 04:14 PM

Isner retired? I feel guilty now because of my anti-Isner-ness.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP!) 08/18/2010 at 04:15 PM

I would not have guessed that, wilson75.

Poor Isner. He looked gutted. A brief but nice exchange with Nalby at the net. Nalby came, quite literally, up to his waist.

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/18/2010 at 04:15 PM

another blow to Sam-Isner double team's quest to qualify the year end champ. Ankle injury to Isner mean no double team later on today. Since French Open where Q-man quit, this has not been good on them. They were way in top 8 and now, will be out of top 10, obviously. Their chances at US open doesn't look good, either. Shame...

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP!) 08/18/2010 at 04:16 PM

*high fives Kristy for Murraylove*

You have excellent taste :)

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/18/2010 at 04:18 PM

QueIsner team is about 250 points behind top 8 double team. They won't getting any point this week and chances are they won't be getting much points at US open, either. Once promising double team is not looking good...

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP!) 08/18/2010 at 04:20 PM

Meanwhile, the object of my affections has been serving at around 20-5% this set, the rascal.

It'll be less amusing when he loses this set for no apparent reason, because it's not like Chardy's exactly lighting up the place.

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 04:22 PM

1 hr 9 min for these scores

Elena leads 6-2,5-4

Yanina leads 7-6(5),1-all

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/18/2010 at 04:28 PM

Sorry to read about Isner and also about Henin.

Love the Murray pictures, Gauly! I am in the "quite hot" camp as well.

Posted by TeamNadal 08/18/2010 at 04:30 PM

magaroni, only the best for Andy....his is made of the finest silk!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/18/2010 at 04:30 PM

Think I jinxed Murray by starting to pay attention...

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP!) 08/18/2010 at 04:30 PM

This Murray-Chardy encounter is rapidly devolving into the worst match I have ever seen.

And I watched Dementieva-Petrova at Wimbledon 2008.

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/18/2010 at 04:31 PM

I feel like watching a WTA match in this Muzz-Chardy match. 6 straight breaks. Double faults all over and no one can put in 1st serve...

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 04:32 PM

See Andy could not close the deal on Jeremy

Posted by Amit 08/18/2010 at 04:32 PM

Gauloises @4.30pm,

Did you miss Murray-Monfils last week?

Posted by robbyfan 08/18/2010 at 04:32 PM

I can't help but speculate some of Murray's morose appearance may be in part to the horrors of his childhood.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP!) 08/18/2010 at 04:33 PM

No, Amit, I watched it. But I swear to Blind Io, this is actually worse than that second set against Monfils.

Posted by chicklet 08/18/2010 at 04:33 PM

Muzz has such a lack of focus in these matches. It's like he's determined to play down to the level of his opponent.

Posted by Jenni 08/18/2010 at 04:36 PM

Nothing could be worse than that USO semifinal we don't mention around here.

Posted by chicklet 08/18/2010 at 04:37 PM

Jenni - Do you mean USO quarterfinal?

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP!) 08/18/2010 at 04:37 PM

Can you mention it enough so that I know which one you mean, Jenni?

Posted by chicklet 08/18/2010 at 04:37 PM

TB! Just make it stop Murray.

Posted by Arun 08/18/2010 at 04:37 PM

Kuzzy-Szavay?

Posted by TeamNadal 08/18/2010 at 04:38 PM

magaroni, only the best for Andy....his is made with the finest silk!

Andy, wake up please!

Posted by Kristy 08/18/2010 at 04:38 PM

Come on, Andy!

Maybe the Vogue coverage has wrecked his focus.

Posted by Amit 08/18/2010 at 04:38 PM

Gauloises,

Well then. Didn't think one could top that...maybe it is a Murray/Frenchman thing.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP!) 08/18/2010 at 04:39 PM

Maybe he's giving up tennis to become a model.

Posted by Jenni 08/18/2010 at 04:40 PM

It was Kuzzy-Chakvetadze, but yes. It was godawful.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP!) 08/18/2010 at 04:41 PM

He hasn't lost to a Frenchman since 2007.

And people say he isn't a true Brit.

Posted by Sherlock 08/18/2010 at 04:41 PM

Nice pics, G. :)

Murray's a good looking guy. Interesting chap, too.

And no, I'm not British.

Posted by Carrie (typos are my freinds) 08/18/2010 at 04:41 PM

Jenni- what USO match????

In terms of angst my personal worst.match.ever was the 2009 FO ladies final. Seeing Safina collapse like that elicted several primal screams on my part.

Posted by Sherlock 08/18/2010 at 04:42 PM

Was Caro finally able to serve it out against Patty? :)

Posted by "" 08/18/2010 at 04:42 PM

from twitter:
Serena Williams says:
# I will be participating in a @niketennis event on the 25th! For info visit: http://go.nike.com/06mnubol 5 minutes ago via web

The event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126466830732358

Posted by Arun 08/18/2010 at 04:43 PM

oh right. Chaky. Like Szavay, her game is just...

Apparently, Muzz and Chardy were trying to win this set. then tried losing it.
now they don't even know what they want anymore.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP!) 08/18/2010 at 04:44 PM

Well, that was just about the worst thing ever.

It can't get worse ... can it?

Posted by Arun 08/18/2010 at 04:44 PM

Shame, Muzz.

Posted by Or 08/18/2010 at 04:44 PM

Well. Chardy is making life difficult for Murray.

Will Chardy be to Murray what Murray was to Fed in 06?

Murray serving like crap again.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/18/2010 at 04:44 PM

So we go to a third! And I probably fall asleep somewhere in the middle.

Posted by Carrie (typos are my freinds) 08/18/2010 at 04:45 PM

Is it bad that Genepri is one of those players that I forget exists until I see his name on the scoreboard? I call it the Seppi Syndrome.

Looks like Andy wants to be sure that the spectators get nice and boiled- onto a thrid set.

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