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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 10:44 PM

I found this ESPN clip on Shcreampova.

Rather surprised and changed my conceptions a little bit about Papa Shcreampova. The well-known image of him was that throat-cut gesture after a match along with illegal coaching and other negative aspects, but this dude definitely struggled quite a bit, taking all sort of grunt jobs like cleaning grocery store floors and stuff. I am still not a fan of bleeding-ear-queen for the obvious reasons, but this short documentary-type clip wasn't so bad.

Posted by CWATC 08/18/2010 at 10:45 PM

that's an interesting idea 'cause i couldn't for the life of me understand how knocking a bottle off a guy's head proves that hawkeye is innaccurate.
these journalists really need to ask some follow-up questions:

1) was this a spontaneous conversation w/ that guy followed by a demonstration or was it a staged set-up? (leaning towards the latter now)

2)What was the point about hawkeye??

Posted by ladyjulia 08/18/2010 at 10:49 PM

"Because why do it twice otherwise?"

CL, because its the Fed...and he wants to SHOW OFF that he can do it twice. Otherwise anybody can be lucky once, no?

Posted by CL/Hold the Foam 08/18/2010 at 11:00 PM

lady J - yeah, maybe....but I think that he missed slightly..just grazed the bottle...and being Fed he wanted it to be PERFECT. :-)

g-night all....

Posted by ladyjulia 08/18/2010 at 11:06 PM


I think he is trying to prove that you cannot determine the speed and spin of ball with a camera (like Hawkeye does).

But I don't really know....really trying to take a huge guess here...who knows what goes in Fed's mind. He babbles on half the time...its really difficult without a written transcript.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/18/2010 at 11:10 PM


Also...some journos think that the preceding conversation has nothing to do with the rest of the video.

Posted by Ezekiel Mellifluous 08/18/2010 at 11:11 PM

Alas it's fake. Roger shanked his first attempt and brained the make-up girl pretty bad. Always thoughtful he tried again and hit the kid right in the nads. Honored by the by the unwelcome advance the kid asked Roger to autograph the inflamed article then they had a few laughs and went home.

Posted by roadrunnerz 08/18/2010 at 11:17 PM

I think there's arguments for and against the video being real.

Just 'cause Gillette and Fed aren't coming out and saying it's fake, doesn't mean it is. Absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence and all...

And IF it WERE spontaneous, I could imagine there would be some "ooops...what the heck WAS he thinking?" reactions in hindsight. And that alone might want them to have everyone thinking it's fake. It's better that way. Legally.

But, on the flip side, without having the technical expertise to argue either side with certainly... much of it seems kinda staged to me. From the conversation, to Fed's questionable acting, to the fact that he insists that Hawkeye is so SENSITIVE (in a SENSITIVE skin commercial!). And then there's the whole William Tell allusion. Am I the only one who thought it was hilarious that the Swiss sharp-shooting tennis player, chooses a red Swiss SIGG bottle, of all things, to put on the guy's head? I half exepcted the William Tell overture to start playing...

I think the shot is real. But the set-up is staged.

So really, both camps could be right. In a way. :)

Posted by vetmama 08/18/2010 at 11:39 PM

"...the kid asked Roger to autograph the inflamed article then they had a few laughs and went home."


I think there's something familiar about the style of this lump of text, however...

Posted by vetmama 08/18/2010 at 11:42 PM

Carrie, thanks for that link to the goofy Roger and Rafa show.

OMG, Roger is such. a. dork.
I love it when he does falsetto laugh, it's so ridiculous I have to laugh every time.
No wonder all the other players like him.

Posted by CWATC 08/18/2010 at 11:46 PM

Maybe he's trying to show that cameras can create an optical illusion that you see where the ball landed? So he didn't really hit the bottle after all?

I just find the whole hawkeye thing so strange; it's continuous throughout the vid, as he's backing up he says "you can't trust hawkeye" and when he finishes the shots he says to "Alex", "Got it?" and Alex says "absolutely."

Fed says in the video that this is a "trick" I do, rather than, "I bet I can hit a bottle off your head" or sth.

I cannot believe that Gillette would have come up with a "script" like this all about discrediting hawkeye. That had to come from Fed in some form, given his well-known hawkeye hatred.
Very confusing.

Posted by CWATC 08/18/2010 at 11:49 PM

the roger/rafa clip is classic.
roger is so dorky in this one it's actually embarrassing.

Posted by vetmama 08/18/2010 at 11:54 PM

I'm wondering if they were supposed to talk about something, but Roger kept cracking up in the middle of it?
Rafa looks like he's shaking his head, like, "again?"

I wish there was more of the few seconds before Roger started giggling, to give it more context.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/18/2010 at 11:55 PM


Sorry missed ur comments earlier...yeah, looks like we both have the same hypothesis.


The ball did hit the bottle...that's clear from the slow motion video. But you don't need 80 mph to hit a bottle at 20 feet.

I don't really see why the Fed would lie. He's never said a word till date to make somebody happy or be diplomatic ever. Also, I don't think it was scripted because the Fed is quite spontaneous and he isn't that good an actor anyway...but maybe the crew knew what he was going to do. They have exactly two balls and a red water bottle. So, maybe he was going to do it later...but then Hawkeye came up and he started to do it anyway.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/18/2010 at 11:56 PM

What ever is so funny they just heard? Great timing...Fed and RAfa crack up at the same instant...looking at each other!!!

Imagine how much fun they will have in doubles. Can't wait.

Posted by espnalanaldo 08/18/2010 at 11:57 PM

Federer is starting to look like his so-called trick video.

Manufactured and all Bogus.

A pathetic attempt to prop up a waning star.

Hey, that is just the cycle of things. His arrogance is now biting him in the you know what bigtime.

Oh, well.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 08/19/2010 at 12:00 AM

Jie playing a blinder of a third set, pity nobody can watch it though. Some really entertaining ladies matches today.

Posted by CWATC 08/19/2010 at 12:05 AM

I never said Fed lied. He called what he did a "trick" both on youtube and in the PC, and refused to confirm it was "real."

Who knows. My brain hurts. G'night all :)

Posted by Arun 08/19/2010 at 12:05 AM

True, Angel.
Love Jie.. She just never gives up.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/19/2010 at 12:07 AM


Fed said he has done it before...but won't say if teh video is real. head hurts too. I hope someday...somebody gets to the bottom of this.

Posted by CWATC 08/19/2010 at 12:14 AM

BUT, before I leave . . Roger/Rafa the full version:

Posted by ladyjulia 08/19/2010 at 12:20 AM

Fed is a total dork!

Posted by ladyjulia 08/19/2010 at 12:23 AM

Rafa is so cute!

Posted by jackson 08/19/2010 at 12:27 AM

Enough about the video please!!!! Not every little thing that Roger does is amazing and worth three full days of talk about it.

Posted by Or 08/19/2010 at 12:32 AM

After Roger and Gillette none-answers, I'm pretty sure the video isn't real, in a way that they guy wasn't standing there when Roger knocked that can off. It was shot on one take, but the guy was somehow added into it.

Roger can hit the can in one try, but didn't risk it.

Posted by roadrunnerz 08/19/2010 at 12:35 AM

OMG...that Roger/Rafa video is adorable.

Best rivarly/bromance EVER. Flove those two.

Posted by Or 08/19/2010 at 12:41 AM

That Rafa-Roger video was freaking hilarious. I don't know how it would come come out like a decent promo, they were both unbelievably dorky. Roger kept spoiling it for Rafa!

Posted by Sherlock 08/19/2010 at 12:41 AM

I'll have what Ezekiel Mellifluous is having. :)

"Love Jie.. She just never gives up."

I love her for other reasons, but that one is a worthwhile attribute as well. :)

Posted by Arun 08/19/2010 at 12:43 AM

In Roger's defense though, it must have been impossible for him to not laugh while looking at Rafa and/or hear him talking. :)
Reminded me of their "Hit for Haiti" exho (the Original).
Thanks for sharing this one, CWATC.

Posted by Arun 08/19/2010 at 12:44 AM

Well okay. Yeah. She is cute as a button, Sherlock. :)

Posted by Sherlock 08/19/2010 at 12:52 AM

He he, Arun. Indeed. :)

Posted by GB 08/19/2010 at 12:55 AM

Thanks CWATC. that was too cute! I flove when Rafa was all "you broke the best one, the first is always the best for me"

Posted by Juarez 08/19/2010 at 12:57 AM

Rafa beat Dent 6-2 7-5. VAMOS!!!

Posted by Or 08/19/2010 at 01:03 AM

CL -

*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. ;-)*

In that case, I'd expect some banter about what would happen if Roger misses. There's no way the guy would just do it without Roger telling him "Man, don't worry, I can do this, done it before" - and you expect someone else on the set to say something, too.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/19/2010 at 01:04 AM

This is the most delicious vid of rafa and roger cracking up. I don't know where it's from but it's gold:

anybody know where it came from? sorry if it was posted before.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/19/2010 at 01:04 AM

hit "replay" to see it.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/19/2010 at 01:08 AM

CWATC: so i'm late to the party...You have the full version? oh thank you thank you!

are folks still debating whether that bit with roger and the william tell thing was real? No way. The banter seemed a little scripted and it was too dangerous to try off the cuff like that. that's my 2 cents.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/19/2010 at 01:19 AM


But Fed can't act to save his life!!! The guy cannot stop laughing. I can't imagine Roger saying two lines without laughing.

I can't believe he acted out the 1 min 47 seconds William Tell video in one take!

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/19/2010 at 01:30 AM

ladyj: except it was looser and more improv. he's walking around and talking. they could have easily edited out any flubs. and as a few people have pointed out, when he does the target hitting on Kids Day he misses alot of them. I think it's more in the vein of the Andy Murray hitting around London one. they've been asked about it and gillette is keeping mum which leads me to believe they're behind it.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/19/2010 at 01:46 AM


Its a one - take video. Fed himself has said it was one take video. I doubt if he would lie about it not being edited.

Roger has so many lines in that, it would have taken them probably 5 days to make that video.

Besides, the video feels like it was done in one try. No obvious editing.

Let's see, I am sure Jon W will fish out the story behind that.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/19/2010 at 01:51 AM


Gillette did release a statment by the way...they left the debate to the viewers but mention that Roger has incredible skill and ability and the brave guy was a member of the crew from Zurich.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/19/2010 at 01:55 AM

Morning, everyone. :)

Sad for Istomin but if Roger was feeling the difficulty of the Toronto-Cincy transition, perhaps easing into it will be good for him? Not that he'd have wanted that to happen. Also yay for Murray struggling through - a win's a win, after all!

Thanks for the Kim-Bethanie match call, Master Ace, and the order of play for today. :)

I haven't seen the Roger video so can't judge - but if he is playing along and making a game of it, it's just a bit of fun to me, & why not? :)

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/19/2010 at 01:57 AM

Well it will be fun to finally find out! If he did do it, props to the brave soul who stood there. I think someone has asked LJon to get to the bottom of it. he might have mentioned it in today's column. I'll look.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/19/2010 at 02:02 AM

Does anyone know what happened to Kimiko? Saw she must've withdrawn.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/19/2010 at 02:03 AM

nope,at the end of the column he says he'll give a prize to whoever can state with certainty whether the fed vid is real or not. So i don't think even LJon knows.

He also addresses the mics in players boxes question. He doesn't think they'll change the sport organically the way the un-mitigated disaster of on-court coaching does. I think it's going to be a dud anyway. most coaches and families aren't speaking english. maybe they won't do it after all. I would think the players and their families would object too much.

Posted by rg.nadal 08/19/2010 at 02:29 AM

Hi all!

jewell: She withdrew bcos of her strained left quadriceps.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/19/2010 at 02:31 AM

Morning, Annie - love the Rafa-Roger crack-up video, sitting here grinning at it like an idiot. :)

Does anyone have the link to Roger's William Tell video?

Posted by Codge 08/19/2010 at 02:32 AM

Peeking in...hello All.

Yeah, sorry for Isto, and Isner also. Bad day for ankles.

So surprised how much attention that Gillette video's received. It's being RT by non-tennis fans :)
Excellent marketing!

One match I had the opp to see was Fish/Verdasco. I did not recognise Mardy. My word!!! Many is skeletal. Honestly, he could pass for Karlovic.
I hope he's under supervision for this regimen he's on.

Hi Annie.
Are you working the USO this year again?? Surely the memories of painful feet have receded by now, and you've go the "bug" ;-)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/19/2010 at 02:32 AM

Thanks rg! How are you, getting to see any of the tennis? Who are your picks for Cincy?

Posted by manuelsantanafan 08/19/2010 at 02:33 AM

Kimiko has had many leg problems during her comeback.

During her ten or so year sabbatical from WTA tennis, she also tore one of her Achilles tendons.

Tough for any tennis player. Especially tough for someone undersized like Kimiko, who relies more than most on her wheels.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/19/2010 at 02:33 AM

Hello Codge! Yeah...not a good day for injuries. Had enough of them already! I hope both of them will be ok for the USO.

Posted by ladyjulia 08/19/2010 at 02:39 AM


Fed's video:

Posted by rg.nadal 08/19/2010 at 02:41 AM

jewell: Saw a bit of Rafa's match and Nole's andJohn Isner wins. I think Roger or Nalbandian will win it all! As for the ladies at Montreal, may be Svetlana. what abt you? who are ur picks?

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/19/2010 at 02:43 AM

Thanks ladyjulia. :)

Posted by Codge 08/19/2010 at 02:52 AM

Speaking of the "un-mitigated disaster of on-court coaching"

Just read this interview with Carillo, in which she has much to say about it:

First and foremost, on-court coaching simply adds no value to the match, or fan experience.

Mary says sexist, I don't nec agree but I understand her POV. I admit I do feel slightly embarrassed (and annoyed) when they call a coach. It's to the point I only watch the combined tourneys, since it's not allowed.

Brad Gilbert would love for ATP to implement it as well, thankfully that won't happen anytime soon.

Where is AM?

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/19/2010 at 03:08 AM

ladyjulia: i just saw the vid again and i don't know, the second shot looked very real to me. So I'm changing my vote from fake to real. He did say some odd stuff to the guy at the end, though. Like "did you get it?" don't know what that means. I'm sure we'll eventually find out.

Codge! I was asked to come back to do the same job and I declined that offer. However they encouraged us to apply for other posted positions so I applied for what looked like a cool job on the media desk (i'd see pete and steve coming and going all day long!)
setting up the interview rooms and scheduling interviews etc. I would absolutely love it but I received no reply to my application :((( so it looks like i'm going to be a frantic fan this time around. thanks for asking...

On the coaching thing, I agree it's sexist. It makes the female players seem more helpless. I really hate it. JK started a "WTA on-court coaching should be banned" group on facebook. You can join and voice your opinion. btw, Codge, are you going to the Open?

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/19/2010 at 03:11 AM

oh and Brad Gilbert is for on-court coaching because it spotlights his profession and makes them seem indispensible. Self-serving in the extreme on his part. If coaches started coming on court during atp matches we would hear the crowd BOO like crazy!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/19/2010 at 03:12 AM

I haven't really got any picks.

Still can't judge the video, LOL, but Fed does look good in that suit!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/19/2010 at 03:13 AM

Also not a fan of the coaching...I don't know, I don't think it helps the players that much, really...and not in the slams. Also it breaks up the match, to me.

Posted by Codge 08/19/2010 at 03:15 AM

Slugfest tomorrow

I'd kill to see Fed/TinTin and Nalby/Djoko.

Let's hope they're no suprises for my faves ;-)

AM- I was here!

Goodnight All.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/19/2010 at 03:16 AM

Jewell: fed looks unbelievably handsome in that suit. dark suit, white shirt. me happy.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/19/2010 at 03:22 AM

Didn't nalby and nole just play each other in toronto? with nole winning? i could be having a memory fail here.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 08/19/2010 at 03:24 AM

I was wrong on the above. ignore.

Posted by Codge 08/19/2010 at 03:26 AM

Annie, any media position would be good! Still may have to work late, but much less pain ;-)

I may only get one day at the open, the semis. If I manage that, I'll be happy.

On the coaching, well the players had some say, and they agreed to change the rules.
I'd happily join the FB page, but alas, I deleted my FB account. Not a fan. ;-)

Oh yes, Gilbert has a dog in the fight so you'd expect that :)

Jewell, the man can wear a suit!!! Almost as well as he can swing a racquet.

Officially good night now. Fun chatting with ya.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 08/19/2010 at 03:33 AM

'Night Codge!

Posted by rg.nadal 08/19/2010 at 03:34 AM

Annie: hi. Nalby played Murray last week. Not Nole.

jewell: So tough to make a pick on women's side. I totally forgot Azarenka and Kim. Kim might be tired after winning last week.

Hope Ana recovers in time for the Open.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/19/2010 at 04:03 AM

RG Hola you have been missing in action

Ok whats your excuse?

We havent done our picks for Cinncy

Hi Jewell too See Murray did survive I loved the way you left midway through the match?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/19/2010 at 04:04 AM

Codge LOL!! I saw you

A Hat trick

Colour me Surprise!

Posted by rg.nadal 08/19/2010 at 04:19 AM

AM: Hola there. I have had my French exam yesterday. So been busy studying for that till yesterday. Then at office I was told that they are changing my role to part-time after this month end which means I have to start job hunting. Was occupied with that too. I have picked Kuzie and Nalbandian for the titles. What are yours?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/19/2010 at 04:21 AM

Rafa will face Jukien Benneteau on Thursday.Their match follows on stadium court that starts not before 12PM EDT,5PMBST,6PMCEST.

Head to head 1 all

Rafa won AO 2005

Julien won Lyon Carpet 2004

The only remaining seeded player in Rafa's quarter is Tomas Berdych.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/19/2010 at 04:23 AM

RG Good luck with the results in your French exam.I hope you find a job easy.

Azarenka and Roger

Posted by rg.nadal 08/19/2010 at 04:39 AM

Me sorry for Isner. Poor dude. Played so well against Kubot and then gets injured. hope it ain't serious.
AM: Who do YOU think would fare better at the Open? Sharapova or Azarenka? Do you even see Sharapova as a title contender @ NY?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/19/2010 at 04:42 AM

Congrats to Aussie Sophie Ferguson who was granted a w/card into the USO

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/19/2010 at 04:46 AM

RG I saw the replay where Isner rolled his ankle Ahh he was playing soo well too

I would say Azarenka.

Well Matt Cronin on Fox has a article suggesting Maria with her results this summer is in contention for GS again.Though she should have won in straight sets against Kim in the final.Kim was struggling with her game.The rain delay helped Kim.

Her serve is still too inconsistant I dont think it will ever be the same after her Rotor Cuff surgery and her movement at times.She seems to tire easy in games.

Posted by rg.nadal 08/19/2010 at 04:55 AM

AM: Ankle roll is awful. Remember seeing Mark Phillip go through it once at a slam. Think it was at the USO (?). He was carried off in a stretcher. Traumatic stuff!

Yeah. Maria had no business losing to Kim there. May be she will have her revenge at the Open. Something tells me that Kim would not successfully defend her title. Azarenka is a good bet. But when she gets beaten, she really gets beaten! Like in that Wimbledon loss this year.

Posted by Caroline 08/19/2010 at 04:56 AM

Isn't that video with Roger and Rafa adorable. Roger must be impossible to work with sometimes. I thought Rafa was very patient. It couldn't be a fake promo - could it? Rafa is going to Zurich to do an exho with Roger for the RFF - that's wonderful. What a treat for everyone. Maybe they'll line up a few volunteers with cans on their heads.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 08/19/2010 at 04:58 AM

Well, if I ever cared whether the Fed video was real or not, reading through those comments has effectively killed that in me. It’s an ad, for i-can’t-say-what-i-want-to-say’s sake. And kudos to whoever Gillette’s new marketing people are.

Really liked this piece on Sharapova – it’s a bit adulatory, but it has some great moments – about Sharapova going home to Chernobyl to visit with the community there:

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 08/19/2010 at 05:02 AM

Oh my why-can’t-i-say-it this is like some horrific nightmare – work have just discovered the video.

I hate my job some days.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/19/2010 at 05:14 AM

G Welcome to my world!

RG I feel Azarenka is better suited to hard courts though

So far with other players injured there hasnt been any stand out consistant women with form before the USO

I guess if Kim can get another win here she must be fav going into the USO

Serena,Venus,Sam Stosur didnt play.JJ is still under a cloud with her ankle

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/19/2010 at 05:18 AM

RG Justine wont be playing for the rest of the year.Her elbow isnt recovering like she hoped.

So we will see her next year.

Posted by rg.nadal 08/19/2010 at 05:26 AM

Yeah. Too many errors. Hope Sam grabs a slam here. Best chance for her. Why is she not playing at Cincy?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.I'am Back and I Am Taking No Prisoners! 08/19/2010 at 05:30 AM

RG Sam had shoulders problems also this is not the first time lately

Sams best shot is still RG for me.

Anyway I need to sleep before tennis.

I hate these time zones.Matches start here at 1.00am in the morning.Not much better at the USO either.

I cant wait for our tennis Down Under.

Bye RG Good luck job hunting.

Posted by scoreboarding 08/19/2010 at 05:37 AM

"Well, if I ever cared whether the Fed video was real or not, reading through those comments has effectively killed that in me. It’s an ad, for i-can’t-say-what-i-want-to-say’s sake. And kudos to whoever Gillette’s new marketing people are"

Ditto. And I'm a Fed fan.

Still I find it surprising that people would think the shot was made as it appears on the video knowing that with today's technology it is possible to make anything look 'real'

Posted by scoreboarding 08/19/2010 at 05:41 AM

Anyway, moving on.

Who won between Rezai and Zheng? For some reason I can't find the result on my SB

Posted by scoreboarding 08/19/2010 at 05:54 AM

Looks like I killed the thread but I found the answer to my own question :)

Posted by rg.nadal 08/19/2010 at 05:57 AM

scoreboarding: Zie won in 3 sets.

Posted by rg.nadal 08/19/2010 at 06:57 AM

AM: Ciao. Thank you.

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hott like me. 08/19/2010 at 07:08 AM

A big shout out to Sands for the way she played Kim last night, she has improved greatly, and played very well at the Fed cup, giving the Americans the win they needed against Russia, but received little credit or attention. She's playing like the third best American in the WTA. Ok, with so many "great future hopes" for American tennis playing poorly and the USO so close, I thought I would get everybody ready for the excuse making by the American announcers. First up, Oudin. She is struggling because "all the top players are gunning for her, " according to P-mac. Nonsense, Oudin has gone out of ten consective tournaments by the first or second round, and most of those players who took her out were players like Arvidsson who were much lower ranked. Excuse no 2, "the pressure and expectation of Americans is getting to her." Nonsense, most of Oudin's losses have occurred outside the states where there have been little expectations because most don't buy the American hype surrounding her. Excuse no 3, the Sopomore slump. Nonsense, what is wrong with a player who has a below average serve, prone to errors on both the FH and bh wing, no power and no consistent weapon going out in the first and second round of tournaments? Next up Roddick. Roddick is suffering from mono, true, but the problems with his tennis began long before his recent illness. The fact is that Roddick hasn't won a slam in over 7 years because his big serve that used to be such a weapon no longer bothers the top players and even the non top players are able to get it back. Another problem for Roddick, tennis is a fast moving and evolving game, and his game has changed very little. He's basically playing the same game, baseline power hitting with little variety, ie no net play, and that is no longer working as it did seven years ago when he was a slam winner. You stay in place with your game and the game will pass you by. I remember when Serena was slumping (it was during her over weight period) I heard P-mac say after she lost, "We know the Williamses have power, now they have to learn how to play tennis." I dare P-mac to analyse if a 7O mph serve which is short in the box is "playing tennis." Or to examine, if Roddick can still win slams. Hey, whenever Roger loses, he talks about his age and his believe that he will never be no l again. I want to see him talk about whether Roddick who he fawn over will go back into the top ten. Fair play!! Kom sa, Caro, du er den bedste.

Posted by antoinette 08/19/2010 at 07:15 AM

Good Morning fellow tennis addicts!

Love the Fed/Nadal video...Federer is such a child, you could see Nadal getting a tad impatient with all the goofing around by Federer but was too good a sport to show it. I hope the exho in Zurich is for real. That would be fantastic for the RFF.

I see my fave JayZ came back to win in 3 last night..I just love her. Hope I can get to see her next match somehow ; rolls eyes.

Posted by rg.nadal 08/19/2010 at 07:35 AM

Media did go overboard with Oudin. It is not like she is Andy Murray, who is a contender at every tournament he enters (except on clay perhaps).

Posted by Master Ace 08/19/2010 at 08:28 AM

Thursday Order of Play:

WTA: Montreal at 11 AM - Azarenka vs Li(LIVE on 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 (Both matches LIVE on
WTA: Montreal at 1 PM on Banque Nationale - Szavay vs Zvonareva to be followed by 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(LIVE on to be followed by Schiavone vs Safina
ATP: Cincinnati at 7 PM on Grandstand - Ferrer vs Davydenko

Posted by Heather 08/19/2010 at 08:32 AM

SamE: Roddick has practically zero points to defend for the rest of the year so he will be back in the top 10. Since he's been in the top 10 for the past 10 years how exactly has the game passed him by? He's maximized pretty much every possibly thing out of his game and has reached multiple slam finals only to continue to run into the greatest player to play the game. I will agree with you on Oudin though, one run at the Open does not and should not equal the hype she has received.

Posted by Master Ace 08/19/2010 at 08:39 AM

Samantha Elin,
Yes, on Bethanie. In my opinion, Bethanie outplayed Kim except on the final score. She was taking swigns at Kim's serve, especially the 2nd one, coming to net behind Kim's serve, especially the 2nd one, coming to net behind her own serve and coming to net on approach shots(even though some of them were questionable) putting pressure on Kim to come up with passing shots. Early in the match, Kim was floating BH and Bethanie was able to come forward to put away the point but as the match wore on, Kim started to hit with more authority on her BH passing shot that made the volley more difficult for Bethanie but the shot that was working for Kim was her FH. I think Bethanie lost the match where she could not convert 2 break pts for a 5-1 lead in set 2(which would have basically gave her the win) and Kim was able to win the last 5 games of the set forcing the decider. Bethanie's coach b/w sets 2 and 3 gave her some encouraging words like do not change the game plan and he was not with her long telling her this or that.

Posted by Or 08/19/2010 at 08:40 AM

Roger is the biggest goofball ever, at one point, Rafa was getting frustrated. What I loved most was his sarcastic 'go Roger' after Roger messed up the spanish. Hilarious.

Can anyone translate all the spanish Rafa was mumbling there?

Posted by lilscot 08/19/2010 at 08:42 AM

Absolutely loved that video of Rafa/Rog cracking up. It's funny because we think if Roger as the "big brother" of the two and Rafa as the "little brother" but in this video clearly Rog is the mischievous little brother to Rafa. So cool to see them giggling like little kids. You can't fake that kind of warmth between players.

Can anyone imagine Johny Mac and Jimmy doing an ad like that together without killing each other?

Great match line-up for today with the men. I'll be going downtown here in Montreal to watch Kim and Kuzie play their matches today. Kim's match last night was a great one.

Posted by Master Ace 08/19/2010 at 08:52 AM

Have fun seeing the WTA today. Agree about Kim and Bethanie last night. Look like the stadium had a nice crowd for Kim/Bethanie last night.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 08/19/2010 at 08:56 AM

I've studied that video a lot, and I think that laughter's clearly been faked using animatronics and CGI.

No two grown men can giggle quite that idiotically for that long. SHENANIGANS.

Posted by Cupcake lurker 08/19/2010 at 08:57 AM

Love Roger and Rafa's video, goofy and dorky Fed is so endearing.
Hope the exhibition is for real, the hit for Haiti was great.

Posted by Texastennis 08/19/2010 at 08:58 AM

I think the Fed video is obviously a fake - it's marketing deal, people, and kudos to Gillette for the success of it.

Did not see the match last night but I think B m_S has alot of basic talent. But I was thinking that IF Venus and Serena don't play the USO, it's going to be a pitiful situation with the US women ...

Posted by Master Ace 08/19/2010 at 09:02 AM

Agree on the USO being painful for the USA women if WS do not play. Serena tweeted that she is going to play in a celebrity doubles event on 8/25. Fedal is scheduled to participate also.

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