What a negative take on the doubles match from yesterday. Do not like your tone in writing any more.
Posted by andrea
08/10/2010 at 11:32 AM
our coverage cut out just before the nadal/novak match started. would have been fun to watch anyway.
roger had said something before the french about how it was nice, from a presser standpoint, when nadal was not in wimbledon in 2009, since they (rog and rafa) always have to talk about each other. so, he was happy to have a break from speaking about themselves.
and inevitably, with nadal playing doubles with novak, the questions come as to why roger doesn't play doubles with nadal.
Posted by karin1492
08/10/2010 at 11:33 AM
What a negative take on his writing. Do not like your tone in writing ever.
Gulbis didn't finish *that* late - what was it, 10:00? Tignor, will you be recording any video while you're there? (Since you are such a fan of YouTube)
Posted by Puffin
08/10/2010 at 11:37 AM
Very likely Roger gave full answers to press questions in the everlasting hope that journalists would, for once, correctly interpret/understand what he tries to say/mean during press interviews.
Many thanks, Steve, for giving us your thoughts on what's happening at the Rogers Cup.
Posted by CL/Hold the Foam
08/10/2010 at 11:37 AM
Nice post Steve. It is true...for good, bad, or worse, Fed seems to be in the catbird seat of life. Does that undercut his motivation? Not according to him, though he might be the last to know. Neither he nor his fans will be happy if he can't bring himself back to his AO form and win some more Masters and Slams, but in the long view he is leading an enviable life.
Will Ernsie ever be able to really channel his talent on any kind of consistent basis? Stay tuned.
I too am looking forward to some interesting match-ups today.
No idea about the song...I could cheat and Wiki/Google it but that would be WRONG! :-)
Posted by meretricula
08/10/2010 at 11:51 AM
"Nadal had single-handedly won the doubles event at Indian Wells this spring"
not sure that's all that accurate - Marc Lopez is a very good doubles player, you know. there were matches where he was the one carrying Rafa! it really is a pity Rafa and Novak went out in the first round, though; I would have loved to get a chance to actually see them play.
Posted by johnsteinbeck
08/10/2010 at 12:02 PM
a dylan quote, out of one my favorite songs ever. how lovely!
Posted by Sherlock
08/10/2010 at 12:06 PM
Great stuff, Steve. Love your daily reports.
Oughta be a great day of tennis. So many intriguing matchups. Woo hoo!!
Posted by cfdman
08/10/2010 at 12:16 PM
for those of you interested here is a link to both video and transcript of Fed's interview.
Steve - Am enjoying your onsite posts at what looks like a very good and competitive tournament. I liked the use of quotes to set up your reactions in the previous post. You would think that the talents of Nadal and Djokovic would take them far in the doubles but no such luck. I don't imagine they have ever played together before and teamwork is important in doubles. "Ernestsian" - excellent - doubt that word is in Funk and Wagnalls. You are making the tournament even more enjoyable by your presence.
Posted by Jay
08/10/2010 at 01:53 PM
Thanks, Steve. I can't wait until to see some of these matches!
Posted by Slice-n-Dice
08/10/2010 at 02:03 PM
This one had me in stitches, Steve. Thanks for the light-hearted report. Is there something about watching professional tennis in hockey-crazed Canada that brings out the hilarious side of the sport? At any rate, keep 'em coming.
"Gulbis finished late last night, so you have to like Soderling."
Don't be so sure. By playing late at night, our man Ernests wasn't likely able to geet into any mischief. That's got to count for something, no?
And will someone please give PMac a straw hat to eat for suggesting that the top singles players, if put together on the same side of the net, would beat the best doub;es teams every time? It's a different game, and he of all people should know that.
Now, two top singles players with all-court games who are committed to doubles and have developed some good chemistry? Sure, I'd put my money on THAT horse.
Posted by There's no success like failure
08/10/2010 at 03:26 PM
Federer said in his interview that Nadal had asked him to play doubles in Madrid several years ago, but that the rivalry was too intense at the time.
Hope there is some real tennis tonight.
Posted by Tallboyslim
08/10/2010 at 03:29 PM
Song: Love Minus Zero/No Limit
Album: Bringing it all back home
Artist: Bob Dylan.
Posted by fedfan
08/10/2010 at 05:15 PM
Your lists of why you wouldn't want to be a tennis pro remind us of tennis' dusty traditions of character building and sportsmanship, which go back to the days when it was played by amateurs for nothing more exciting than a cup or trophy of some sort. The sport has gotten a bit sleazier as the prize money has grown exponentially, but in some respects, players are still expected to just suck it up, just as they did before they had things like tie-breaks, television broadcasts, and roofs over outdoor stadiums. Oddly I think this is one of the things players like Federer revere about their sport, it's traditions of stoicism. Nadal is the same way, which I think is partly why Federer seems to like him. They both are emotional and egotistical, I'm sure, but they both are punctilious in their observance of tennis etiquette, old school.
Posted by fedfan
08/10/2010 at 05:21 PM
Please don't prattle about Fed's tears when he wins or loses. Those happen after the match is over, and he's held his emotions in for however many hours his match lasted.
Posted by thooz
08/10/2010 at 06:02 PM
This is an important moment in Federer's great career. If he can win one of the tournaments before the US Open, then make a run to the finals in New York, then I would say he's well on his way to regaining his #1 ranking and winning a couple more Majors. Anything less than that will only increase the doubts about his longevity and motivation.
Posted by Tony
08/10/2010 at 07:23 PM
Nice post, Steve. And cool headline. Another great quote from that song: "She's true like ice, like fire." To whom on the WTA tour would it apply?
Posted by Northern boy
08/10/2010 at 07:27 PM
Great wins for the home crowd Canadians!
Posted by John
08/10/2010 at 08:09 PM
What a pleasure to read ST's posts, as opposed to the pompous, wordy Bodo. Straight and to-the-point, without all the histrionics.
Posted by freddy
08/10/2010 at 08:48 PM
fedfan - word on 'traditions of stoicism'. In Fed's case, perhaps this extends to preferring the odd poor line call to HawkEye :)
Posted by tacitus
08/10/2010 at 09:41 PM
I feel Tignor is like a journalist, where Bodo injects some insight. If I wanted matter of fact reporting, I would head over to the AP. Thanks for playing.
Posted by manuelsantanafan
08/10/2010 at 11:44 PM
Don't agree with the declaration that Rafa had single-handedly won the IW doubles title this year.
Marc Lopez, Rafa's partner at IW, is an accomplished doubles player and contributed considerably to the Lopez-Rafa team's success at that tournament.
Posted by Mike O'Donnell
08/11/2010 at 08:40 AM
Dylan's Love Minus Zero/No Limit
My love she speaks like silence
Without ideals or violence
She doesn’t have to say she’s faithful
Yet she’s true, like ice, like fire
People carry roses
Make promises by the hours
My love she laughs like the flowers
Valentines can’t buy her
In the dime stores and bus stations
People talk of situations
Read books, repeat quotations
Draw conclusions on the wall
Some speak of the future
My love she speaks softly
She knows there’s no success like failure
And that failure’s no success at all