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  • U.S. Open draw analysis: Djokovic with Federer again

    2011-08-25 21:53:35

    This is the third of Ricky's five-part U.S. Open preview series, running through Sunday.

    Part 1: Top 25 contenders, part 1
    Part 2: Top 25 contenders, part 2
    Part 3: Draw analysis
    Part 4: Weekly “Approach Shots”
    Part 5: Full tournament predictions

     

    Well, what’s new? Another tournament; another potential semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Just like in every other Grand Slam this season, Djokovic and Federer are on the same side of the draw while Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are on a collision course in the other half.

    None of the four, though, will be looking ahead to the final weekend of the U.S. Open. Federer and Murray, especially, could face difficult tests en route to the last four at Flushing Meadows.

     

    Djokovic’s quarter

     

    Really the only thing that can get in Djokovic’s way is Djokovic, himself—or, more specifically, his questionable shoulder. His draw, therefore, is nowhere as critical as his own health. As for the draw…the Serb is in a relatively talented section. He will cruise into round three, but at that point it could get tough. Nikolay Davydenko can still be a threat on any given day and a serious shotmaker—either Richard Gasquet or Alexandr Dolgopolov—looms in round four.

    While Djokovic did not get the toughest 5-8 seed in his section of the bracket (he has Gael Monfils), he could be in line for a tricky quarterfinal against Tomas Berdych. In fact, Berdych is arguably more dangerous than anyone outside of the Big 4. Case in point: the Czech was taking it to Djokovic in Cincinnati before a shoulder problem of his own forced him to retire after the first set. Berydch, though, has an unenviable road (Janko Tipsarevic in the third round and Monfils in the fourth) before he could meet the world No. 1.

     

    Best first-round matchup — (7) Gael Monfils vs. Grigor Dimitrov

     

    Two of the more entertaining players in the game will be going head-to-head for the first time in their careers. Monfils and Dimitrov are both ridiculous athletes, so some of the points in this one will be absolutely electric. It would not be a complete surprise to see the Frenchman get the win without too much trouble; he has the experience to outlast and outfox Dimitrov in longer rallies. Monfils is also in stellar form right now (final in Washington, quarterfinals in Montreal and Cincinnati).

    But don’t sleep on Dimitrov. The 20-year-old Bulgarian has emerged this season and he is up to a career-high ranking of No. 52 in the world. Dimitrov is already no stranger to the big stage, as he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a fourth-set tiebreaker at Wimbledon—one of the tournament’s most memorable matches.

     

    Best potential second-round matchup – (13)Richard Gasquet vs. Fernando Gonzalez
    Best potential third-round matchup – (9) Tomas Berdych vs. (20) Janko Tipsarevic

     

    What to watch for — Shoulder trouble, or lack thereof. Even if the Gasquet-Dolgopolov winner has a good day in round four, Djokovic should roll into the quarterfinals as long as he is 100 percent. The case should be the same for Berdych in the other half of this section. Not even Monfils can beat him if the Czech is on top of his game and in perfect health. If the shoulders have healed, count on seeing the Djokovic-Berdych showdown that we were supposed to see in Cincinnati.

    Federer’s quarter

     

    Federer fans wanted no part of Fish or Tsonga in their man’s quarter of the draw, and—wouldn’t you know it—Federer ended up with both. Of course, the news really isn’t so bad for the third-ranked Swiss. Fish and Tsonga are on the other side of this section, so Federer can only meet one of them and that won’t come until the quarterfinals.

    As for Federer’s early-round path, it is far from daunting. He will fly into the third round before likely giving a free lesson to one of the tour’s brightest young stars—either Bernard Tomic or Ryan Harrison. Potential fourth-round opponents for Federer include Viktor Troicki and a relatively in-form Radek Stepanek. Even at his best, neither man is a threat to Federer.

     

    Best first-round matchup — (27) Marin Cilic vs. Ryan Harrison

    Harrison upset a big-serving Croat (Ivan Ljubicic) in last year’s first round and he has another chance to do the same once again in Flushing Meadows. Not only is the 19-year-old American exploding onto the ATP scene right now, but he is also unafraid of the limelight. Harrison played Robin Soderling tough at the French Open, crushed Ivan Dodig at Wimbledon before extending David Ferrer in five sets, and in the second round of the 2010 U.S. Open he lost to Segiy Stakhovsky in a fifth-set tiebreaker.

    Cilic is a clear favorite in this one, but it’s hard to imagine him being able to turn this into a blowout. The world No. 27 simply is not playing well enough heading into the season’s final Grand Slam. Cilic ousted Juan Martin Del Potro in Montreal before falling to Djokovic, but he got destroyed by Tsonga in the Cincinnati first round.

     

    Best potential second-round matchup – (29) Michael Llodra vs. Kevin Anderson
    Best potential third-round matchup – (11) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. (19) Fernando Verdasco

     

    What to watch for — This is ultimately a three-man section of the draw, with no clear favorite among Federer, Fish, and Tsonga. Whoever looks better in the early stages of the tournament will be a solid pick to reach the semifinals. Will Federer recover from his Cincinnati loss to Berdych and play like he did against Djokovic at the French Open? Has Fish played too much tennis, to the extent that his foot problem is serious? Which Tsonga will show up—the one who is 2-0 against Federer this summer or the one who got hammered by Alex Bogomolov in Cincy?

     

    Murray’s quarter

     

    Murray’s draw is similar to that of Federer—his quarter is loaded, but it’s loaded on the other side. In fact, Soderling’s eighth of the bracket is hands down the most difficult of the entire tournament. Seeds include Soderling, Gilles Simon, Del Potro, and Isner. Soderling could go up against on-fire American Alex Bogomolov in round two, Isner will open with familiar foe Marcos Baghdatis, and Del Potro is on a collision course with Simon for a blockbuster third-round showdown.

    Murray, on the other hand, should have things in cruise control en route to the quarterfinals. The fourth-ranked Scot’s toughest test prior to the last eight will likely come against Kitzbuhel champion and current Winston-Salem quarterfinalist Robin Haase. The seeds near Murray are nothing to write home about; Stanislas Wawrinka is slumping, Feliciano Lopez has cooled off since beating Fish in Davis Cup action, and Juan Ignacio Chela is a non-factor on hard courts.

     

    Best first-round matchup — (28) John Isner vs. Marcos Baghdatis

    Isner and Baghdatis will be squaring off for the second time in a few days and for the third time in four weeks. Having defeated Baghdatis in Montreal and on Thursday in Winston-Salem, Isner now leads their head-to-head series 3-0. The 6’9’’ American will be favored again next week not only because of their past history against each other, but he is also in better form, is a bigger threat on U.S. hard courts, and has a better track record at the U.S. Open.

    Still, Baghdatis remains one of the most dangerous unseeded players in the field. The Cypriot may not be playing great, but he won two matches in Winston-Salem and he took Isner to three sets in the quarterfinals. Baghdatis also seemed to figure out how to take the big man’s serve early and return it with interest. As a result, this could be more of a thriller than U.S. tennis fans want to endure.

     

    Best potential second-round matchup – (6) Robin Soderling vs. Alex Bogomolov
    Best potential third-round matchup – (12) Gilles Simon vs. (18) Juan Martin Del Potro

     

    What to watch for — What will Soderling and Del Potro bring to the table? Soderling missed the entire U.S. Open Series with a wrist injury and has not played since winning the Bastad title. Del Potro started this season strong following a wrist problem of his own, but during the summer he lost in straight sets to Ernests Gulbis in Los Angeles, to Cilic in Montreal, and to Federer in Cincinnati. If these two huge hitters don’t get their acts together, the Soderling vs. Del Potro fourth-round matchup could become Isner vs. Simon…. That would also likely result in an easier quarterfinal for Murray.

     

    Nadal’s quarter

     

    Nadal needed some good news in the worst way. He can’t beat Djokovic, he lost to Dodig in his Montreal opener, he burned two fingers on his right hand two weeks ago, and he got manhandled by Fish in Cincinnati. Just in time, the good news has come: Nadal is in by far the easiest section of the U.S. Open draw.

    Just how soft is this quarter? Well, let’s just say that a slumping Andy Roddick is probably favored to earn a quarterfinal spot alongside Nadal. David Ferrer is the other top eight seed, but he suffered a minor wrist fracture earlier this summer and is still trying to shake off the rust. The rest of the seeds near Nadal (Ivan Ljubicic, Jurgen Melzer, Mikhail Youzhny, Nicolas Almagro, and Florian Mayer) pose no significant threat right now.

     

    Best first-round matchup — (16) Mikhail Youzhny vs. Ernests Gulbis

    Gulbis has not won a single Grand Slam match since…wait for it…Wimbledon in 2009! For those counting, that’s a span of seven consecutive first-round exits. This, however, presents a decent opportunity for Gulbis. The 22-year-old Latvian is emerging from a slump with a title in Los Angeles and a third-round showing in Montreal.

    Youzhny, meanwhile, looks very beatable at the moment. The Russian is just 20-18 for the season and he is coming off consecutive first-round losses in Montreal and Cincinnati to Michael Llodra, both in third-set tiebreakers. Gulbis leads their head-to-head series 2-1 and they have a split a pair of hard-court encounters. Expect a competitive five-setter.

     

    Best potential second-round matchup – (5) David Ferrer vs. James Blake
    Best potential third-round matchup – (2) Rafael Nadal vs. David Nalbandian

     

    What to watch for — A mass exodus of seeds. Youzhny is not the only seeded player in early danger in this part of the draw. Ferrer could go down to Blake, Mayer is always ripe for an upset, Almagro opens against Julien Benneteau, Melzer is majorly out of form, and Ljubicic will likely run into Nalbandian in the second round. Don’t look now, but the door is open for Roddick to make a serious run in New York when you least expect it. A Nadal-Roddick quarterfinal is possible, if not altogether probable.

     

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Comments

First, I don't think Harrison will have it easy against Cilic. Cilic did play well in Montreal and lost only to the no.1 player, and the first set was close at 7-5. He lost to Tsonga because Tsonga was on fire this summer, having beaten Fed in Montreal before retiring to save his shoulder, in his match against Nole. If Cilic can keep his calm, he can beat the hot headed and sometimes reckless going for too much Harrison. It's Tomic, the cool and patient youngster
from Australia who would give Cilic problem, just like at the AO 2010.

Rafa may not meet Nalby in the third round but Ljuby instead. Nalby not playing well these days and Ljuby sure has the ability to get past Nalby, with his big serving. I think Ljuby will be Rafa's first test here. There're big serving Gulbis and Muller looming around, hopefully Youzhny can deal with them. I certainly am not looking forward to a meeting between Rafa and Muller, not again after their recent Wimbledon meeting.

Sod has the toughest draw among the top eight, poor fella. I remember saying the same thing during the AO this year and look what happened to him, falling to Dolgo in the fourth round.

luckystar , 8/26/11 5:45 AM


We'll see how well slumping Roddick can do in this cream puff section of the draw. He's had 3 bunny hill matches so far, and there's NO reason why he shouldn't continue on and win Winston-Salem. He's not one to ever talk about confidence but maybe he'll finally have some if he can make it to Nadal and the quarter finals...

ts38 , 8/26/11 6:06 AM


Watching Harrison against Nole at Cincy, I wanted to shout at him to slow down. He plays so fast and sometimes it's a good idea to take a little more time serving. He rushes so much and that can lead to a lot of errors. I think Cilic will give him a match. He seems to be showing some signs of getting his game back on track.

Nalby is not a threat at all. He looked just awful against Murray at Cincy. It was painful to watch. He won't be able to stay with Rafa in a best three out of five match. I haven't seen Ljuby recently. I never like Rafa to face any big serving player early in a slam. I definitely don't want Rafa to face Gulbis. He is showing some signs of life lately. This guy can play like crap or play amazing, you never know. The problem with Youzhny is that he isn't looking all that good now.

Yes, we have Muller to worry about, too. I really hope to see Rafa serving well in these early rounds.

Nativenewyorker , 8/26/11 10:11 AM


I can't understand what's the point of endless Nole/Fed SFs... They are still hoping to have Rafa/Fed finale..? They would have better chance to meet in SF...
So I agree... this time Rafa and Nole got lucky... Fed does not have worthy opponent also ... 'till QF... Muzza ( like always ) has a mort difficult road in front... he has a lot of good names... but considering their present form, he should reach SF...
So my predict is Andy/Nole finale... and ofc...Nole will seek for revenge...
AJDE NOLE...FOR THE HISTORY!!!!

zare , 8/26/11 12:34 PM


Thankfully Nadal get an easy draw:-)
He should sail to the SF. Andy vs. Rafa looks a very scary proposition given that they might have to come to play the finals the very next day (if it doesnt rain).

atul1985 , 8/26/11 12:56 PM


Is it a draw or a joke nole and roger on same side i really don't think it is a random draw

axius , 8/26/11 2:13 PM


One thing we have to consider, that is, there's a change in the rankings among the top three. Nole was no.3, no4,no.2 then no.1, whilst Fed was no.1 then no.2 and now no3. Even though Fed and Nole always end up in the same half, if we go by rankings, it's not always no.1 & no.3 always, sometimes it's no.1 & no.4 in the same half. I think the change in rankings do play a part too.

luckystar , 8/26/11 2:51 PM


Since 2008 (other than the French Open and Wimbledon '09 where Nadal withdrew), Djokovic and Federer have ALWAYS been in the same half of the draw. That's...wait for it...11 slams! Odds of this being random? Wait for it again... 1 out of 2048 (or less than 0.05%). The draw is only "random" to a certain point. Just ask Mahut or Isner after this years Wimbledon draw or Scoville Jenkins...

http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/6850893/espn-anal ysis-finds-top-seeds-tennis-us-open-had-easier-draw-statistically-like ly

Conspirator , 8/26/11 4:16 PM


No, FO 2010, Nole was in Rafa's half of the draw. This conspiracy theory is not new, remember prior to Nole became no.2, ie prior to 2010, we always mentioned that Nole being no.3, was always drawn to meet Fed, at either no.1 or no.2, in all the slams except FO. Now that Nole and Rafa are no.1 and no.2 and can only meet in the finals, so we have Fed always in Nole's half, for all four slams this year. Interesting, let's see what happens in 2012.

luckystar , 8/26/11 6:19 PM


Luckystar, I said EXCEPT for FO. Also, the only time Nole and Fed could not be in the same half is if they were seeded 1-2 or 3-4 which has not been the case for any of the 11 slams I've referenced so seeding has had no bearing on this.

BTW, Vamos Rafa! Awesome biography!

Conspirator , 8/26/11 6:37 PM


Poor Fed and Nole again they face eachother. So they will have to face 2 of the top 3 in order to win. Rafa again is favored by easing his way in the final against Murray ( I hope Haase will pull the plug on that one)

So the big guns meat in semi and Rafa can pick the bonesagain??? I wish hope pray that that is not the case.

Sienna , 8/26/11 10:15 PM


Charming comment. I wonder whom it was aimed at.

ed251137 , 8/27/11 2:19 AM


Well I bet if one day Murray surpassed Fed to become no.3, and he still lands in Rafa's half of the draw, some people would still talk the same way, that both Fed and Nole would have to get pass each other and then Rafa to win the title and Rafa would have it easy beating either Fed or Nole and not both! Show some respect for Murray, he has the ability to beat any of the top
three guys. In fact I thought Murray will give Nole a hard time when they meet, more so than a now fading Fed can give; Fed even has difficulty getting to the semifinal on one of his favorite tournament, Wimbledon, so whether Fed and Nole in the same half or not, it won't matter if Fed can't even make it to meet Nole in the semi, like Wimbledon this year. Will it be like FO or Wimbledon this time, we have to wait and see how things unfold.

luckystar , 8/27/11 3:40 AM


Honestly, I think this is gonna be one wild and wacky year at the U.S. Open. So many storylines, and a lot of players looking to prove something big. Honestly, it's not a big shock the way the men's draw played itself out. It's been that way for most tournaments they've played in this year anyway.

Djokovic may very well be the overwhelming favorite, given the year he's had, but I refuse to write off Rafa, Roger or even Murray for that fact. Sure they've had their individual issues this year, but they aren't where they are in the rankings for nothing. Anyone of them could walk away with this year's title, and make a fool out of those who have written them off completely. Doesn't matter about who falls where in the draw, what matters is being able to survive 2 weeks of brutal competition, outlasting 7 opponents, and winning 21 sets, in order to win the title. Anyone in this draw is capable of doing so.

With that said, by the time the U.S. Open is over, the tale will be told, as to who's who, and what's what. Whoever wins, I sure as hell won't be surprised.

djb247365 , 8/27/11 8:51 AM


My B'day present has arrived - Rafa - My Story, but it's going to be wrapped and I'm not supposed to open it until 11th Sept.

The pairings of Rafa/Murray, Fed/Nole is now set in concrete, I'm convinced of that. It's not possible to break it, unless thy have special reasons to do so.

nadline , 8/27/11 8:51 AM


...unless Rafa and Murray are no.1 & no.2, then they'll be in different halves of the draw. Or else, the rankings of the top four are reshuffled, and Nole/Fed become no.3&no.4, then Nole and Fed will not meet in the semis but only in the finals.

luckystar , 8/27/11 9:02 AM


...oh, if Nole and Fed are no.1 and no.2, theyll then be separated until the final.

luckystar , 8/27/11 9:04 AM


Did you watch the Winston Salem SF last night Sienna? You will have to pray awfully hard.

ed251137 , 8/27/11 10:15 AM


Murray has more than enough weapons and a good tennis brain to deal with Haase. If Murray is at the top of his game, the big hitters like Sod or Delpo can't trouble him, so I think Murray should be able to make it to the SF.

luckystar , 8/27/11 10:37 AM


No ednumbers... O Fleur is killing me with youre nick;-)
I did not see the match but look he still did well. he won a lot of challenger this time last year so he will have to scrape the points as many as he can to hold his ranking. Maybe he can make a move the rest of the year. Only by taking out Murray in round 2 he would win any points. So thats is not likely to happen but as we say in the Netherlands ..You never know how a cow catches a bunny. And if the bunny happens to be called Andy who turned up at Montreal it is possible.

But as we say in the netherlands

Sienna , 8/27/11 1:31 PM


As we have only one saying about a cow I cannot think of another one for Andy. So why I ended again with But as we say in the Netherlands...
It is not true BTW we have plenty of them but not to shock you guys...

O and Ed my comment was for all the rafafarians who claim that the draw is rigged to benefit Fed. That is just a matter ofopinion. If you look at it with a objective point of view there are as many reasons to think Nadal is benefited with the Murray semie draw. Is that good english? Probably not, but I am sure 1 of you will understand.

Of course Fed first will have to reach that stage but if he did he is probably the only one who can beat him at a slam. And I have told you guys/gals before to win a match like that take a big chunk out of your mental concentration. Best led it be the final but again the draw did not like that so if it happens he'll have to do the final the next day! Great US Open thanks a lot. Butif he wins then its settled.



Sienna , 8/27/11 2:26 PM


Fed had won five USO with this Siper Saturday schedule being in place all these while, why the sudden worry now? This Super Sat thing affects everyone in the semifinal, not just Fed. Don't forget Rafa and Murray were affected by this and the rain delay, that they had to finish their semifinal match in two days in 2008, while Fed finished and won his much earlier on Sat. It's not just Fed that may be affected, so stop whining. The past three years we saw some rain delays, that the final matches were postponed to Monday, in fact since 2008 till last year, all USO finals for men were held on Mondays, so finalists all have an extra day of rest, except Murray in 2008. In fact Fed had an advantage over Murray in the 2008 final, having an extra day's rest.

luckystar , 8/27/11 3:02 PM


Yess but the point is he is the only one who can take out Novak. So you rather do it in the last match because at FO it took to much out of him. O and do not go on about who is capable of beating everyone else etc. Ricky is the neutrale observer here and on TT that is the truth. Wat happens in the real world well...

I just saw the semi of Haase. Well lets just say he could have got Benneteau, couldn't he?
He actually played great did he choke a bit on his matchpoints and when he served for the match.

Sienna , 8/27/11 3:28 PM


Sienna, I think you worry too much, one match at a time please. Fed has to get past all his matches before he reaches the semi and who knows what will happen?

You may think that Murray is an easier opponent but don't forget who took out Rafa in the 2008 USO. Even if Murray can't make it to the semi, there's somebody, ie Delpo, to take out Rafa in 2009. If I were you, I'll be happier that Fed falls in Nole's half of the draw, for I'm not sure Fed can beat Rafa should they meet in the semifinal, given that Fed has a match up problem with Rafa, and given that Fed has even lost more often now to opponents that he previously owned.

luckystar , 8/27/11 3:42 PM


Sienna. You are right he should have won that match. My point was, if Haase could not finish it off against Benneteau, then it is hardly likely he will be the one to (and I quote your words) 'pull the plug on that one' i.e. take Rafa out in a GS five-setter.

vis a vis Rafa reaching the SF and/or Final, you go on to say: 'I wish hope pray that that is not the case.' Why this idea bothers you so much is not clear to me but presumably you fear Rafa might beat Roger.

ed251137 , 8/27/11 5:54 PM


I think when we say Djokovic as the clear fav-i just doubt his shoulder and also the fact that he might face federer in SF. Reason being Federer needs something in his life to get motivated and in French Open Sf, he showed to us y he is considered as the greatest- and if he faces Djoko again- i m sure it will reignite this champion again to perform his best! ( Read this in this article: http://bit.ly/rf8DlW -Federer Nadal Showdown?)
And if he doesnt win- since 2002 first time no GS- good enough reason for him to be motivated- No?

fantennis , 8/28/11 12:38 AM


hehe... everyone has forgotten... Nole won over ExFed 3 times in row before FO.
He has to reach Nole first... and that is hard to believe... Tsonga became a big obstacle in his mind. So even if he go deep... two guy are waitng for him... sitting comfortably in a back of his head...
And even if he does so... forget about Irene... typhoon "Nole" will devastate NY.
AJDE NOLEEEE... FOR HISTORY :)

zare , 8/28/11 8:40 AM


zare...hehe...Fed will get Novak. No more excuses. Novak is injured. Too many tournaments and he is starting to get pain, exhaustion.

You write Federer off? at you peril!

Time after time, Federer beat Novak, how many times last year? He may have beaten federer 3 times this year but how many times Federer beat him? He can do it again. How many times Novak beaten rafa this year? 5 times. How many times rafa beat him last year?

Time to get revenge.

Fleur , 8/28/11 11:13 AM


Thanks Ricky for all the breakdowns on contenders and draws ... with all the physical questions within the top ten, its hard to know what may happen at this years USO. I just can't wait for the early rounds to start ... if Irene is actually going to let that happen.

Are there still qualifying matches to be played?

smr , 8/28/11 12:43 PM


Why don't they release Serene on Irene?

zare , 8/28/11 4:57 PM


http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Roger-Federer.a spx

...here is link for you fleur... ( Link...you now... place where you can see your answer )
...so if you managed somehow this hard intellectual labour.. OK... but in case you don't ( that I am finding more than probable ) your answer is ONE!
One time!
Uno!

You really have to be blind Fed tard to ask question:" Time after time, Federer beat Novak, how many times last year?"
Besides that ... the question is clearly hypothetical, coz he won't reach QF.

zare , 8/28/11 5:21 PM


zare,

Without the aid of any link i.e. from my memory alone, Roger beat Nole 4 times last year not one or uno. He beat him in Toronto, Shanghai, Basel and at WTF.

numero , 8/28/11 7:02 PM


OK numero...I was speaking about 2011... 2010 is 4:1 for Roge... that's correct, but that was another Novak... with service ruined by Todd Martin... with heavy breathing, allergies ...
But it was looooong time ago...

zare , 8/28/11 7:42 PM


My bad English :(

zare , 8/28/11 7:43 PM


I don't have a good feeling about Joker in this tourney....he's NOT going to win it....and Harrison is not going to beat Cilic either. I'm liking Fed to win it all, and Gulbis to make a splash as well...maybe Kohlshriber too!

scoot , 8/28/11 9:13 PM


there's an article on Tennis.Com that Novak uses a hyperbaric oxygen unit which helps him to recover faster from his matches. The same article was in the Wall Street Journal and some question whether this is legal for him to use this machine. This is very interesting.

scoretracker , 8/29/11 12:55 PM


ha-ha-ha-ha-ha....

zare , 8/29/11 1:16 PM


Now that's what I would call putting the cat amongst the pigeons. Just watch the feathers fly.

ed251137 , 8/29/11 2:04 PM


ahahaaaha...this is just hilarious...I also heard Nole has been practicing his speed and movements with Usain Bolt to be able to run faster on the court...he is also reportedly doing 4 hours of Yoga and Pilates after each match to get his inner peace and to get his mind together...there are evidences found that Nole is helped by the aliens from unknown planet and American Secret Service is working on finding the facts about it...they suspect Nole himself comes from other planet...soon this disturbing news will be revealed by the Wall Street Journal...:)))

natashao , 8/29/11 5:22 PM


Last week as Wall Street Journal reports Nole was training with Gadhafi...
"He showed me how to dig tunnel under the court... so I can surprise opponent from behind. I am very exited and hardly can wait opportunity to use my secret technic now."
...said No1 with with smile...

zare , 8/29/11 7:30 PM


Wow. Who'd have thunk it? Who is the only player in the top three that gets the privilege and advantage to play on the first day? Is it the defending champion (who would traditionally play first if it was Wimbledon)? No? Maybe it's the new reigning Number One in the world? Not him either? Ohhh, it's Federer of course!!!! Natch.

Conspirator , 8/29/11 9:41 PM


C'mon... give man a chance... old bones...old muscles.... and opponent is good .... about 1974364882736 on ATP rankings... and he need that one more day of rest coz he's always playing first....
And a little kids are waiting at home..:)

zare , 8/30/11 5:27 AM


The Fact that His Majesty was given an evening Monday match when the world Number 4 (M Bear) was given a Wednesday start is taking things a little too far in the preferential treatment stakes!
Love him, but he isn't even in the top 2 anymore.
Or the defending Champ.
He must have collected quite a few snaps of various ATP execs in compromising `situations` methinks.....

Sosueme , 8/30/11 2:46 PM


Sosueme, u r on fire today! Seldom do I laugh aloud....but just imagining this...just so daft....

deuce , 8/30/11 2:58 PM


Sos, you could at least have put 'His Majesty' in inverted comas, anyone would think you really meant it. Lol Well his fans will!

nadline , 8/30/11 3:42 PM


The stadium wasn't packed last night for the favoured one, I wonder why? If they scheduled him to draw in the crowd it failed spectacularly. Ah!

nadline , 8/30/11 3:58 PM


The hatred and envy is still very much shown on every thread. Fed is in his twiligth years and finally the hyena's are feeling free to bash him on every occassion. It probably won't even stop after he is retired. The impact of TMF has really left his mark on every tennis fan in the world. Luckily most are fans and admirers, but sadly as shown on this site there are many haters and low midle class persons who keep bringing him down.
Never ever has a sports person been so dominant as TMF.
Fans of the "normal" tennis champions are trying to bring his achievements down but as we all know deep down in our harts that is not possible.

Sienna , 8/30/11 4:57 PM


" low midle class persons"
?!?
What do Shopkeepers and Policemen etc have against Roger M?
Sienna, hardly anyone here now `hates` him @ least I don't see it in the posts darling...

Sosueme , 8/30/11 5:22 PM


The stadium wasn't packed due to a simple little problem. A lot of flights were cancelled on Sunday, and air travel was delayed mucho. The reason is not that Fed didn't draw the crowd, mother nature intervened and put a damper on the flight schedules.Had it not been Fed playing, i think the stadium would have been almost empty.

scoretracker , 8/30/11 5:36 PM


Well I wanted to say trailer park trash, but they would not have acces to internet. Anyway this site is really gone overboard. The hatred towards Fed has reached its peak and it is the Nadaninos who are firing things on. They are the katalysator to ignite the hatred. Of course the Djokerinos are still full of confidence and think the wave lasts forever. So they indolge themself a litle to much in the Fed bashing. I gues the tweener was the ultimate humiliator that can never be forgotten.

What is left is the hope that Fed can take them out one by one. to shut them all once and for all.

Sienna , 8/30/11 7:36 PM


and opponent is good .... about 1974364882736 on ATP rankings...
zare, 8/30/11 5:27 AM

Well let's see :

#1 Nole vs. #197 Conor Niland (WHO?)

#2 Rafa vs. #98 Golubev

#3 Roger vs. #54 Giraldo

#4 Murray vs. # 64 Somdev

HMMMMMMMMM..................

numero , 8/31/11 1:07 AM


Numero
Conor Niland is 29 years old. So it is safe to say that he is age wise from Rogers era. Well guess why he is at this moment able to finaly get true to some slam draws?

Sienna , 8/31/11 9:10 AM


through I know....

Sienna , 8/31/11 9:51 AM


numero... you are missing the point.
Fixing of draw trows a shadow on every achievement on USO...
Yes, Nole had also weeeeeaaaaak opponent and I don't like it. They ARE fixing the draw... it is more than obvious ... and it is disgusting...
I will say that for Fed,Rafa,Andy and for Novak ofc.
Scheduling is one more thing... and my post was sarcastic about that. I am speaking about Andy here... if tomorrow starts to rain... or some other day... it will be total mess up, and guy who is first has enormous advantage.

zare , 8/31/11 5:21 PM


" tweener was the ultimate humiliator "
Nice to mention that Sienna...
After match, reporter asked Fed does he practice that...he answered with smile " Yes... and it never works"... nice and honest answer.
But.... alas... after half hour, on press conference he said something like... I knew very well where he (Nole) was on court... so I aimed to the other side...
That's the point I can't stand with Fed.

zare , 8/31/11 5:28 PM


soderling has withdrawn. Opens up that quarter.
zare, ever the double hander, no not tennis ;)

deuce , 8/31/11 5:50 PM


Rafa has played his first match on Wed for the past 2 years and it didn't stop him winning the title last year, so Murray shouldn't be thinking along those lines. However, the partiality hasn't escaped The Guardian:

USO: Order of Play for Monday September 6, 2010

September 5, 2010 · Print This Article

Monday?s order of play at the US Open will feature Roger Federer vs. Jurgen Melzer, Caroline Wozniacki vs. Maria Sharapova, and Novak Djokovic vs. Mardy Fish.



US Open 2011: Delayed start leaves Andy Murray on cram course for final

The Scot faces an 'unfair' task of seven games in 12 days while Roger Federer can take a two-day break

Kevin Mitchell at Flushing Meadows
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 30 August 2011 22.00 BST


Andy Murray practises at the US Open
Andy Murray practises for his opening match at the US Open against India's Somdev Devvarman. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

When Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in Cincinnati he said: "I can't wait for the US Open." Well, the US Open, apparently, can wait for Murray and his delayed start to the tournament, against the Indian Somdev Devvarman on Wednesday, could yet derail his chances of winning his first grand slam title.

"Is it fair that one guy has to play seven matches in 14 days and one [has to do it in 12 days]," he said on Sky Sports when the draw was announced. "I don't quite get the logic behind it."

The "one guy" he is referring to is Roger Federer, who played his first match in the cool of Monday evening. And "the logic" behind it is that, while it is tough to juggle 64 matches at the start of a two-week tournament, some players will inevitably be treated better than others.

If Murray were to reach the final, his cycle of matches would have him play Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday. Federer's route, having started two days earlier, provides him with a two-day rest at some point before the concluding weekend. He would hope it is later rather than sooner.

The random draw is not supposed to discriminate but the fixture list is very much in the gift of the host broadcaster, CBS, which wants stellar clashes at night and an exciting final weekend.

nadline , 8/31/11 7:30 PM


OMG....andy just got broken....
Deuce.... hung on :)

zare , 8/31/11 8:00 PM


zare, Not worried, Andy always starts slowly. Anyway, if he can't beat Somdev, he's got no business being in the tournament!

deuce , 8/31/11 8:32 PM


...ofc... he will Deuce... that's why I said hung on.... it's just temporary .. :)

zare , 8/31/11 8:37 PM


honey, it's "hang on" "hung on" not used, meat is "hung" :)

deuce , 8/31/11 8:40 PM


Ohhh sorry... Lucky me that you understood what I wanted to say :((

zare , 8/31/11 8:54 PM


zare, of course I did! Don't apologise, you speak/write English far, far better than I speak/write any second language.
And Andy takes the first set! Come on boy, do it in 3 and conserve your energy!

deuce , 8/31/11 9:08 PM


@Zare deuce


honey, it's "hang on" "hung on" not used, meat is "hung" :)
deuce, 8/31/11 8:40 PM

Are you two being naughty?

Sosueme , 8/31/11 9:13 PM


Sosueme: u must be big fan of Kenneth Williams or perhaps Julian Clary....;) me too...

deuce , 8/31/11 9:48 PM


Yeessh never Julian Clary...
I do, however, tend to channel the 'Carry On' movies for some reason when I'm on TT.
Good Call!
But don't be too fooled,
I'm a lot darker than that!

Sosueme , 8/31/11 9:57 PM


sosueme: well some think u r, but u make me laugh too much for me ever to contemplate you have a "dark side."
Meanwhile look at darling Andy :) Come on:)

deuce , 8/31/11 10:07 PM


Actually Deuce dear,
Thinking about it,
I'm actually going more for a cross between Sir John Geilgud in 'Arthur' ,
with a generous dash of Ted Bundy,  than 'Carry On' here.
As for M Bear and Somdi Nan Breads,
When 2 counter punchers play,
It can be the most entertaining tennis..
Or the most dull,
This has been, however, pretty entertaining......

Sosueme , 8/31/11 10:25 PM



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