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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 Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/18/2010 at 09:08 PM

I can count about 10 people clapping for Sod after his victory. This dude knows how to turn the crowd against him for sure. Total opposite of old man Fed.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 08/18/2010 at 09:09 PM

Well done RR sorry Lleyton so close yet so far. Go and rest your body and get ready for the USO.

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 09:09 PM

thanks carnap!

lol robin refuses to kiss the crowd's butt!

Posted by carnap Not-for-Prophet 08/18/2010 at 09:10 PM

BP Kimmy...go for it!

Posted by Colette 08/18/2010 at 09:10 PM

So Sod-Rod it is

Posted by linex 08/18/2010 at 09:11 PM

Congrats to Robin and his fans, good win for him. I see there was not a lot of love between Robin and Hewitt as Sod was celebrating each of the last points won especially some of his aces with a lot of emphasis and his arms held.

Posted by carnap Not-for-Prophet 08/18/2010 at 09:11 PM

sod's friend: That he refuses to kiss the crowd's butt only endears him to me more.

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 09:12 PM

rafa 2010,

robin did nothing to turn the crowd against him.

he just beat their favorite, that's all.

Posted by carnap Not-for-Prophet 08/18/2010 at 09:12 PM

LOVE Fed's Wilson ad where he's the sports psych. "Time's up!"

Posted by John 08/18/2010 at 09:12 PM

carnap, after to finish every point Muzz takes looong time, slow motion, he *looks* sooo tired

Posted by carnap Not-for-Prophet 08/18/2010 at 09:12 PM

John: OK, whatever.

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 09:13 PM

carnap you got that right! he is a self-assured warrior, doesn't need any stupid cuddling!

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/18/2010 at 09:14 PM

Well I hope Mono-Rod can destroy the tennis villain Sod. ha ha. Actually on the 2nd thought Mono-Rod represents greater danger on my project than evil Sod since I can see Mono-Rod beating Djoker & Muzz and giving some problem to Rafa on the Cincy fast court. So I don't know whom to cheer for.

Posted by carnap Not-for-Prophet 08/18/2010 at 09:14 PM

Kimmy breaks! 4-3 in the third set. Kimmy to serve

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hott like me. 08/18/2010 at 09:14 PM

Congrats to Robin, Come on Bethanie.

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 09:15 PM

15-40 for Kim as Bethanie smash sails wide after coming to net behind BH
30-40 Bethanie BH winner
40-40 Kim FH wide
A-40 Kim nets FH
40-40 Bethanie nets FH
40-A Kim gets to drop shot and hit CC which Bethanie nets BH
40-40 Kim nets FH return
40-A Bethanie BH long
Kim breaks as Bethanie half volley did not reach net as Kim hit BH low

Kim to serve 4-6,6-4,4-3

Posted by John 08/18/2010 at 09:15 PM

carnap yeah, whatever

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 08/18/2010 at 09:15 PM

carnap +100 on Robin and the crowd.

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/18/2010 at 09:16 PM

sod'sfriend

Hello, did you see the same match? That wild and weird celebrations over aces and the winner in the last game to rub it into Hewitt were the problems, Way over the top than even Hewitt's C'mons.

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 09:17 PM

carnap:

i think le sod does better when he keeps to himself, instead of trying to please others (players, crowds, whoever).

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 08/18/2010 at 09:18 PM

I love the fact that Sod's is tennis villian especially when he grins and he shows his dimples. Truly evil.

Posted by carnap Not-for-Prophet 08/18/2010 at 09:18 PM

A hold for Kimmy at 5-3...woohoo

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 09:18 PM

Kim consolidates at love as Bethanie BH sails wide. Bethanie to serve 6-4,4-6,3-5

Posted by John 08/18/2010 at 09:18 PM

If Roddick has mono I cheer for Muzz and for Rafa!!!

Posted by scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 09:19 PM

I see ESPN2 is supposed to have coverage from 12-4 and then 7-9. That leaves Fed out! I'm out of luck unless my internet speed somehow increases overnight!

Posted by Ezekiel Mellifluous 08/18/2010 at 09:19 PM

Once upon a time there was a man so wise he forgot everything he knew then remembered it. His fleece was not white as snow but you might say it was beige as...uh...beige. All the townspeople gathered round to watch the sun go down as he annoyed them with hideous tales of conquests won and lost. As the mood grew tense a man was heard to say , " Verily why dost thouest insist upon besmirching what may? " Our hero replied, " Sitteth down and shutteth up you knave for the answer cometh soon from over yonder. " The townspeople then used the man as fuel for a weenie-roast and a good time was had by all. The end.

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hott like me. 08/18/2010 at 09:19 PM

Kim's game is starting to come down to earth, I see the Open, wide open. Starting to have problems with her serve in this match and in the match against Sharapova. This is a good thing because I'm not a Kim fan.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 08/18/2010 at 09:20 PM

T guess the win might of meant a lot to Robin as he usually doesn't celebrate like that even against Nadal anymore. He seems to be a little more contained. Maybe Lleyton has a winning record over him and he hasn't a win against him in a while.

Posted by carnap Not-for-Prophet 08/18/2010 at 09:22 PM

sod's friend: Let's hope he never gets suckered in by the shallowness of the crowd.

Angel: His independence grates on some people...tough. He's always courteous, doesn't cheat, doesn't bully. Three high marks IMHO.

Posted by Rafa 2010 Cincy champ, I told you so 08/18/2010 at 09:22 PM

Well, back on tomorrow, I suppose.

Rafa 2010 Cincy champ project: 20% complete.

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 09:24 PM

rafa 2010,

everybody responds to crowd boos differently. le sod dared them after they repeatedly cheered on hewitt, even when he (robin) won great points.

so why not shove their faces in his shizz once he wins?

the crowd'll come around in time. if not, oh well, they can shove their praise!

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 09:24 PM

40-40 Kim FH winner
A-40 Kim FH return wide as Bethanie came to net behind serve
40-40 Kim FH winner
40-A Bethanie BH long after Kim came to net behind FH
5/13 BP for Kim
Kim wins the match as she hit FH passing shot for winner after Bethanie came to net behind serve

Kim Clijsters defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands 4-6,6-4,6-3

Posted by carnap Not-for-Prophet 08/18/2010 at 09:25 PM

Congrats Kimmy!

Still chuckling at Ezekiel's "...sitteth down and shutteth up..." You sure can spin a story; it was shades of Mary/Lamb, Elton John, and Frankenstein. Horrifying, yet amusing, genetic cocktail.

Posted by Colette 08/18/2010 at 09:25 PM

EzeMell @ 9:19
You were busted long ago

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 09:25 PM

34-29 Kim 32-44 Bethanie W/UFEs

Posted by scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 09:26 PM

Kim wins in the end. That was harder than it had to be but a win is a win.

Tomorrow looks great on paper and at least I'll be able to see some of it if not my fave.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 08/18/2010 at 09:27 PM

carnap agree. He has grown up a lot over the last couple of years and it is nice to see. I think some people might even consider him to be aloof which is something that I can relate to.

The thing that surprises me is that he is well spoken, fairly articulate and quite funny. I always got the impression that he be rather quiet, glad I was wrong.

Posted by Ezekiel Mellifluous 08/18/2010 at 09:27 PM

Somebody had to bring some culture to this dump......

Posted by Colette 08/18/2010 at 09:28 PM

Dump rhymes with ...

Posted by Ezekiel Mellifluous 08/18/2010 at 09:29 PM

I admit nothing; which becomes me.......

Posted by carnap Not-for-Prophet 08/18/2010 at 09:31 PM

Angel: Well, yeah, unless he says, "No yoking." : )

Off to read my book which I highly recommend to any historians in the group: "Master of the Senate" by Robert Caro...LBJ bio. It's actually the third in a series of books on LBJ by Caro, and he's penning the fourth book as I type. He's a pretty old geezer, so I hope he doesn't croak before finishing it.

Posted by carnap Not-for-Prophet 08/18/2010 at 09:31 PM

"that" not "which"

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 09:32 PM

carnap: i agree that le sod should not allow himself to be suckered by the crowd. he almost lost his focus at one point - i'm glad he didn't. it should be a big boost for him to have prevailed tonight.

Posted by carnap Not-for-Prophet 08/18/2010 at 09:33 PM

Indeed, sod's friend. G'night

Posted by antoinette 08/18/2010 at 09:35 PM

Any streams for JZ/Rezai? Would love to watch this one!

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 08/18/2010 at 09:35 PM

G'night carnap, pleasant reading.

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 09:36 PM

surf angel,

thanks for ack'ing le sod's good persona. you hear him speak, and you know he's sweet (and kind) at heart - he's a big "baby," really, but a warrior, nonetheless.

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 09:37 PM

g'nite carnap! sleep tight, and dont let the bugs bite ;0!

Posted by Colette 08/18/2010 at 09:37 PM

Some days nothing becomes me either. Must toodle

Posted by John 08/18/2010 at 09:38 PM

Rafa 2010, I agree with tou
Tomoeeow good matches. I bet for Rafa, Roger, Murray, Nalby

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 08/18/2010 at 09:40 PM

sod's friend anytime. I guess I am attracted to people who are left of centre or are not the most popular. I find them a lot more interesting. Although I am a sucker for blue eyes and a great smile.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 08/18/2010 at 09:41 PM

ationette agree on the women's match but as I am at work it doesn't make much difference to me. I might be able to watch the replay when I get home.

Posted by Ezekiel Mellifluous 08/18/2010 at 09:41 PM

postscript: Yeah though I walk thru the shade in the valley of death I will not be denied my rightful place on The Price Is Right where that dishwasher has my name written on it. And yet once acquired I will exchange it for a spanner with which to slap my woe be gone stepmother Sally. Seeking shelter from the elements I will decompose and then dematerialise forthwith and hence be said to have been , " done with it. " Be not depressed my multitudes for I have merely assumed another form from which to infiltrate your innocent minds which seek to whack a fuzzy, green ball. All is relative and that ain't all. (author's note....derivative, forced--not as good as the first one.)

Posted by John 08/18/2010 at 09:43 PM

Hahaha, *you* *tomorrow* it happens to me when I'm writing too fast

Now I watching Nadal-Dent

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 09:43 PM

funny you, surf angel. you forgot to mention those dimples, too!

antoinette, girlfriend, how you been? still thinking about my "small" picolo? just checking ;)

Posted by linex 08/18/2010 at 09:44 PM

I know he is a warrior as I saw him fighting in a tough five setter in the davis cup context against David Nalbandian in Parque Roca with obviously the whole stadium against him ...

By the way against who is Sod playing tomorrow?

Posted by scoreboarding 08/18/2010 at 09:46 PM

Roddick v Soderling at 7pm tomorrow

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 09:46 PM

linex, i think he plays a-rod. should be fun.

Posted by antoinette 08/18/2010 at 09:47 PM

@ sod's friend....huh?

Posted by CL/Hold the Foam 08/18/2010 at 09:47 PM

So are you telling me that our very own correspondent, Miz Jackie DIDN'T ask Fed about the Truth or Dare Gillette ad? I am soooooooo disappointed!

Well Fed got through nice and easy and in brief, which MAY stand him in good stead going forward.

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 09:48 PM

antoinette,

u forgot already?

Posted by linex 08/18/2010 at 09:49 PM

Andy is not very sharp nowadays so it could be a good opportunity for Sod. Gulbis Murray

Posted by Master Ace 08/18/2010 at 09:50 PM

Thursday Order of Play:

WTA: Montreal at 11 AM - Azarenka vs Li and Benesova vs Bartoli scheduled
ATP: Cincinnati at Noon on Center Court - Gulbis vs Murray(LIVE on ESPN2) to be followed by Nadal vs Benneteau(LIVE on ESPN2) ending with Federer vs Kohlschreiber
ATP: Cincinnati at Noon on Grandstand - Fish vs Gasquet to be followed by Nalbandian vs Djokovic ending with Baghdatis vs Berdych
WTA: Montreal at 1 PM on Court Central - Radwanska vs Kuznetsova to be followed by Clijsters vs Kanepi
WTA: Montreal at 1 PM on Banque Nationale - Szavay vs Zvonareva to be followed by Rezai or Zheng vs Dementieva
ATP: Cincinnati at 7 PM on Center Court - Soderling vs Roddick(LIVE on ESPN2)
WTA: Montreal at 7 PM - Pennetta vs Wozniacki to be followed by Schiavone vs Safina
ATP: Cincinnati at 7 PM on Grandstand - Ferrer vs Davydenko

Posted by ladyjulia 08/18/2010 at 09:51 PM

CL,

Fed was asked in today's presser according to this tweet:

MiguelSeabra

#Federer was asked about Gillete ad @Cincinatti & said they don't want him to say if it's real or not. Means it's fake: http://bit.ly/a6BEGA

Posted by antoinette 08/18/2010 at 09:53 PM

JZ down a break to glamourpuss and there are no streams......rats

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 09:56 PM

"So are you telling me that our very own correspondent, Miz Jackie DIDN'T ask Fed about the Truth or Dare Gillette ad? I am soooooooo disappointed!"

exactly. i hope someone puts it to hi straight, cause i think that thing is a hoax. do-able, but too risky, and no rputable company (wilson/gillete/whoever) would put someone (guy with the bottle on his head) at such risk. doesn't make sense.


Posted by linex 08/18/2010 at 09:57 PM

Sorry my post went through unintentionally i wanted to say that the murray gulbis match could be very interesting in case gulbis decides to hit the ball inside the court. In fact there are many good matches tomorrow with the exception of Fed and Rafa who should both cruise. FEd has a better draw than rafa until the semis this time. I wonder if the Nalbi and Nole match will be tight or not, I guess it will depend on David's serve, if he serves well the match could be tight but if that is not the case Nole could cruise to victory.

Posted by John 08/18/2010 at 09:57 PM

Dent looks *The Incredible Hulks*

Posted by wilson75 08/18/2010 at 09:58 PM

Ladyjulia: No, as I was saying yesterday, if they say if it's fake or not that ends the debate therefore putting an end to all the attention Gillette is getting. It's a marketing ploy. Gillette is looking to sell razors.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/18/2010 at 10:02 PM

Q. Can I ask you about a serve that you didn’t make tonight, but that’s obviously being talked about a lot on the Internet. Is that for real?


ROGER FEDERER: Oh, that thing? Yeah. Well, there’s a lot of the debate at the moment, you know. You know how it is with magicians. They don’t tell how their tricks work, you know. (Smiling.)
I don’t do it that much, but, yeah, it was shot in one piece and it was – the guy took a chance. (Smiling.) It worked out. I’m happy.

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 10:05 PM

ladyjulia,

thatks for the q and a. i have no doubt that roger can hit a bottle from a distance, but why put it on a man's head, instead of, say, on a table? why such risk? (huy could lose his eye/s, you know?

Posted by CL/Hold the Foam 08/18/2010 at 10:06 PM

lady j- THANKS!

Posted by Ruth 08/18/2010 at 10:09 PM

I still think it was fake -- good camera and computer work! :)

Posted by CL/Hold the Foam 08/18/2010 at 10:10 PM

So Miguel Sebra strikes again! In the inaccuracy department. He and Fed need to compare notes more carefully. Either that or I am totally confused which is certainly possible as I am very tired.

Posted by TheMightyFunk 08/18/2010 at 10:12 PM

if the choice is between it was real and Federer is blatantly lying in a press conference, I'll have to go with the former...

Posted by ladyjulia 08/18/2010 at 10:14 PM

sod's friend,

I think Fed can't help being risky with a tennis ball and racquet in his hand. Some kind of disorder, no doubt.

He lives dangerously enough on court...trying to hit outer edges of the line at the most important point...but what I didn't know was that he is just as risky even off the court as long as he has a racquet and a ball.

His confidence is unreal...and I don't know if William Tell was real...but I doubt if William Tell could do what he is known in a designer suit.

Fed's demeanour is so relaxed that he might as well been eating pasta...instead of trying to hit a 80 mph (I assume its about that speed but don't know really) serve inches past a guy's eye.

But yeah...the risk part of the story is unexplained...did the guy sign a waiver. Who does Fed practice this on? Mirka? Whose nose has he broken in getting this right?

Its dangerous, no doubt. I am glad I am not Alex.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/18/2010 at 10:15 PM

There;s mor from presser:

Q. Back to the video for a second, have you ever done anything like that before, knocked something off somebody’s head?
ROGER FEDERER: Um, well, I had to do it before so I knew I could do it, otherwise it was risky for him, right?
But no — what was the – what did you mean exactly?

Q. Knocking the thing off the guy’s head.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, it worked out. I’ve done it before.

Q. So it was definitely real?
ROGER FEDERER: Not saying that. A magician doesn’t tell how his tricks work, so… (Laughter.)

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 10:16 PM

ok, good people, time to catch some zzzz's...

antoinette, picolo says good night to you, too. he says he's fine (not mad), he's not small, he's just giddy to see you - lol.

Posted by antoinette 08/18/2010 at 10:18 PM

Ohh my little Battler is back on serve....go Jay Zee, such a pity I can't see this match.

Posted by CL/Hold the Foam 08/18/2010 at 10:19 PM

Ruth - it is certainly possible, but I don't think Fed would flat out lie. If he had just said the first part, about magicians not giving up thir secrets, I would agree that was a hint that it might have been 'digitally enhanced.' But going on to say, "....yeah, it was shot in one piece, .....i'm glad it worked out...." - well that seems to indicate that it is real. Trust me, I'm not saying Fed is perfect, but he is both too honest, and too shrewd to come out and purposely mis-lead people, especially his fans....not for the sake of an advertising campaign.


My take is that the 'set-up' was fake...that the Gillette people had either seen or heard about Roger's ability to do this little trick, so they found a volunteer/stuntman, and staged that little chat with Fed. But the actual shots were real. As someone pointed out, he is not serving full out, and his control is much greater with lower velocity.

Posted by TheMightyFunk 08/18/2010 at 10:19 PM

could it be that the shot was real but the distance was an illusion? Meaning he did do what we saw in the video but from close enough t hat it wasn't risky? Or perhaps at a much slower pace than what it looked like in the video? That may explain the apparent contradiction in the above statements

Posted by ladyjulia 08/18/2010 at 10:20 PM

TMF and CL,

What do u make of his other statements? What's the trick? Either u hit it or u don't?

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 10:20 PM

P&G (owner of Gilette) is a huge company w/ lawyers out the wazoo. Waiver or no waiver, there's no way in hell they would let Fed fire a serve at someone's head. Not after the year they've had with their other major spokesman, Tiger. Why would they even take that risk? Makes much more sense for them to fake it and sit back and enjoy the ensuing publicity.

Posted by antoinette 08/18/2010 at 10:21 PM

@ sod's friend, I think you and your picolo must have me confused with some other antoinette.

Posted by TheMightyFunk 08/18/2010 at 10:22 PM

ladyjulia - great minds and all that...:) see my "hypothesis" above...

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 10:22 PM

@ ladyjulia,

+1000 what you say about roger living precarious when it comes to a tennis ball and a racquet.

common sense tells me, though, that even with a waiver, gillete and roger would not take someone's eyes so lightly. imagine the guilt he (you/me) must feel if he missed the bottle and hit that unique body part which gives light to our whole body? yikes, goosebumps all over me just writing this!

Posted by ladyjulia 08/18/2010 at 10:25 PM

TMF and CL,

you might want to see this slow motion video of Fed's shot at 1.26 part to 2.04 part. Its awesome!

And u imght want to mute and watch it...

http://www.youtube.com/user/Meepo91

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 10:25 PM

@ antoinette,

ok whatever you say~. peace.

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 10:27 PM

precariously.

Posted by CL/Hold the Foam 08/18/2010 at 10:29 PM

sblily - well, like Fed said, he had to do it before to know that he could could do it. (Positively Rumsfeldian!) Fed has lots of money. If had hurt someone HE could have been sued for lots of dough. Maybe TMFunk is right...maybe the digital 'enhancement' was in making a pretty slow ball seem fast. 'Cause Fed is a goof, but I really don't think he would be comfortable mis-leading people. Corporations do it all the time of course. I guess we will never know for sure until someone wearing a catcher's helmet and mask agrees to let him try it again in front of a lot of witnesses. Arthur Ashe kids day anyone?

Posted by TheMightyFunk 08/18/2010 at 10:29 PM

ladyjulia - thanks, that was cool. :)

Posted by ladyjulia 08/18/2010 at 10:30 PM

sod's friend,

He says its a trick...maybe the ball isn't that fast? He's talking about how wrong Hawkeye is...Hawkeye uses cameras to detemine the speed and spin of ball to calculate the trajectory of the ball (and show whether its out or in).

Maybe that is his point? Maybe he isn't taking a risk at all.

Posted by antoinette 08/18/2010 at 10:34 PM

sod's friend, no problem.

Still trying to find a stream for Jay Z/ Rezai, I suppose I should just give up huh?

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 10:38 PM

CL - *puts on lawyer cap for a moment* It doesn't matter how many times Fed was able to do it. The possibility that he could miss when it mattered is enough. Just not worth the risk. It would be a public relations nightmare, and to what end? Especially when you can create the same effect by doing a safer shot + putting your special effects team to work.

I also don't put too much stock in Fed's presser answers on this topic. He's a pitchman and a dork, so of course he's gonna get a kick out of it and play along. And I don't feel misled or think he's a lying S.O.B. for doing it. *shrugs*

Posted by sod'sfriend 08/18/2010 at 10:38 PM

possible, ladyj.

now the zzzzs are really charging up at my eyes, which kinda makes me feel goofy, so...

"i don't always drink beer, but when i do, i like dos equis." i am the world's most interesting man, living precarious playing squash and all. my mom even has a tattoo on a secret place of her's that says "son."

you laughing yet, ladyj?!

LOL LOL LOL - all the way to my bed!

see y'all l8r.

Posted by CL/Hold the Foam 08/18/2010 at 10:39 PM

lady j - thanks for the slo-mo. I think it was zenggi who said that it looked to her like Fed actually just grazed the bottle with the first shot and hit it square on the second. Because why do it twice otherwise?

Obviously we now need to seen out a posse to find the other person or people whose head(s) Fed had knocked a bottle off of.

Posted by antoinette 08/18/2010 at 10:39 PM

The video is a fake imo...way too risky to be real.

I see that Jie Zheng dropped the first set to lame lady, think that is my cue to go to bed.

G'nite folks.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!/We gonna see, no?) 08/18/2010 at 10:41 PM

I'm off as well. 'night y'all!

Posted by Carrie (Awaiting the return of Elf's forehand) 08/18/2010 at 10:44 PM

Great short Youtube of Rafa and Roger goofily laughing together. What the heck are they laughing about?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt0qcPsh-Zg

I have always thought Satan would have dimples by the way- so it fits that baby punter has them. ;p I don't mind Soderling and sometimes root for him- but he can on occasion rub me the wrong way.

Posted by CL/Hold the Foam 08/18/2010 at 10:44 PM

sblily - maybe he didn't ask? I mean, suppose, just for the sake of argument that NOTHING was staged. And Fed was just there to shoot a commercial and afterwards, this guy Alex asks him something about Hawkeye and Fed sez, basically, 'let me show you' and unless there is an on set lawyer with EXTREMELY good reflexes to throw himself between Fed and Alex, in less than a minutes, its all over. Sine die. ;-)

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