• Djokovic begins Rome campaign against Montanes

    5/14/13 3:23 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Djokovic begins Rome campaign against Montanes It will be a qualifier first for world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, as the Serb begins his campaign for a second clay Masters shield this year.

    Last week in Madrid, Novak Djokovic faced down the on-fire Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in his first match. Dimitrov pulled off the upset over the hobbled Serb, sending Djokovic to Rome early to prepare.

    This time around, Djokovic will take on Spanish qualifier Albert Montanes, a 32-year-old veteran who has faced the world No. 1 on four other occasions.

    Djokovic will undoubtedly find this an easier matchup than Madrid's Dimitrov. Montanes is ranked 89th in the world and has had difficulty competing even at the Challenger level; he was ousted in the second round of the Rome Challenger event last week.

    Last week, the Serb was struggling with a bum ankle, and injury he picked up in Davis Cup a month ago. If he's recovered and fully fit, he should breeze through this one in straight sets.

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Why is Djokovic being pushed by.................Montanes???? Montanes has the first break. Djokovic will still win but the fact that he is dropping serves to players such as Montanes has got to worry him........

rafaisthebest , 5/14/13 5:22 PM

ritb, it's clay... you get broken more on this surface than on any other, and it's early in the match... Djokovic only has to worry (a little) if Montanes pushes him a lot in the remainder of the match

chlorostoma , 5/14/13 5:34 PM

Still, it's only Montanes.............he shouldn't be taking games off the #1, even on clay........

rafaisthebest , 5/14/13 5:38 PM

Sometimes when a match is too easy I have seen players lose concentration because they are bored, literally, and make more mistakes than usual.................

rafaisthebest , 5/14/13 5:46 PM

Djokovic is moving very well so i guess his ankle is absolutely fine. He also hasn't asked the crowd to fellate him yet, so all good from him so far and the crowd are probably a bit relieved.

Scrotracker , 5/14/13 5:49 PM

LOL Scoretracker really has gone crazy

willmw101 , 5/14/13 6:36 PM

Montanes should get plenty of games against just about everyone on clay. Calm down.

RickyDimon , 5/14/13 9:00 PM

@Ms. Murray/Ricky, do you think you can do something about the posts written by his poster"Scrotracker' @5/14/13, 5:49PM, which is conspirator/willmw, impersonating me, whenever she has something ugly to say about Djokovic?

The MO is: Conspirator writes her *Scrotracker* posts, and then willmw comments. They are one and the same poster.

It's absolutely ridiculous that this sort of stuff is allowed to continue. How long are you going to allow this kind of behavior?

scoretracker , 5/14/13 9:20 PM

e-mail Cheryl or the tech people. I can't see users' IP addresses, so I can't prove if what you claim is true. Nor do I care enough even if I could.

RickyDimon , 5/14/13 9:39 PM

I mentioned it because I don't want for the djokovic fans to feel that it's me who's vilifying their player.

I don't know Cheryl's or tech people's email addresses.

scoretracker , 5/14/13 9:44 PM

S/C: You've pulled that trick before -acting dumb you dont know how to get the TT email address. Just in case you've forgotten since it was last explained it to you - use the link on this page.

ed251137 , 5/14/13 10:50 PM

really? I asked another poster who stated that they did not know. So how am I playing dumb? (Those are your tricks not mine, i.e., playing dumb, like the article you posted trying to show up others in psycho terms, pretending you didn't understand it. LOL.) No one else explained how to contact the mods to me nor answered.I f so, show me the explanation. Man, you're good, a war specialist. and, where's the link you speak of on this page?

scoretracker , 5/14/13 10:59 PM


ts38 , 5/14/13 11:06 PM

For crying out loud. It's at the bottom of this page. And dont tell me you never go to Cheryl's Blog page where it's spelt out for all to see.


ed251137 , 5/14/13 11:22 PM

Oh for crying out loud! For someone who presumes to have this superior intellect, how clueless can you possibly be? Anyone with half a brain knows where to find the contact information for Cheryl!

I just can't get over how someone can call others like myself dumb, stupid and so many other disparaging names, yet is incapable of finding a link that is clearly stated on Cheryl's blog page or at the bottom of the page where it says in plain Englihs- Contact us!

Nativenewyorker , 5/14/13 11:31 PM

ts38: You forgot to explain that [at] has to be changed to an ampersat.

ed251137 , 5/14/13 11:36 PM

thanks ts38.

@ed, FYI, I never asked you the question, but as usual you just couldn't let the opportunity pass by to be your usual abusive self, isn't it? BTW. I'm still waiting to see the post you mentioned where I was given instructions. Can't find it eh? Not at all surprised. dumbo!!!

scoretracker , 5/14/13 11:37 PM

LOL, look who the cat dragged in! funny, when I asked the question many months ago, all I got was a bunch of abuse making fun of me and no insturctions now all of a sudden they are this fountain of information, but just anolther excuse to be their absive selves, and their sick attempts to be abusive and preach, froth and foam in action. Hyhpocrisy much????LOL

In my dictionary there's nothn g like an ampersat, ampersand is more like it. dumbo

scoretracker , 5/14/13 11:43 PM

I love how you bunch make it your mission to follow me around from thread to thread just to be abusive, geez, do something more productive will ya!

scoretracker , 5/14/13 11:54 PM

ampersand = &, @ = at. this is for 11:36PM. We do not use ampersand in an email address.

scoretracker , 5/14/13 11:56 PM

'We do not use ampersand in an email address'.

Is that the Royal We? But you're right: nobody uses an ampersand in an email address. For your information they use an ampersat.

You need a new dictionary.

ed251137 , 5/15/13 12:09 AM


Yes, I looked it up! Good for you! Gosh you're smart. :)

Nativenewyorker , 5/15/13 12:18 AM

Keep your information to yourself I don't need it, nor did I ask you for any. You keep following me around from thread to thread just to harass me and to get me embroiled in an argument with you and your cohorts, coz this is your sordid way of obtaining cheap entertainment. Leave me alone weirdos.!

scoretracker , 5/15/13 12:29 AM

Not that smart nny. I don't have a degree in engineering ;-)

ed251137 , 5/15/13 12:31 AM

Ampersat 12:29 AM

Are you addressig me or NNY?

Now are you going to dig yourself out of the hole or do you want me to help you

ed251137 , 5/15/13 12:39 AM


You are on fire! Love it! You know for an old lady, I think you've still got it. LOL!

Regarding your post @ 12:39 AM, do we really want to know the answer to that question? Maybe it was a two for one kind of thing. You know, go after two all at once in the same post.

I would think you would at least get a - thank you - for your efforts to correct the error about Ampersand. You were just doing a favor.

Honestly, last night I just had to get out of here to escape the poison, but today you have put a smile on my face. At least we can use humor to try to keep up our spirits until this latest meltdown goes away.


Nativenewyorker , 5/15/13 12:48 AM

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.

S/T has clearly had a sense of humour by-pass and gets very worked up when her leg is pulled.

Poor Cheryl wont thank me for revealing her email address. I rather regret helping out when I think of the diatribes she will now receive.

ed251137 , 5/15/13 1:16 AM

Scoretracker is having meltdowns on more threads than ever before. The apocalypse is nigh

willmw101 , 5/15/13 1:25 AM

yeah, about all she's got going for her. People liken women of a certain age to australia. everyone knows that it's down there, but no one wants to go there.

scoretracker , 5/15/13 1:26 AM

LOL @ scoretracker 1:26am!

I sure want to go to Ozland but I am sure no one will want to go to ed. [I mean new-yapper thinks ed is OLD! imagine that! she must be pushing a zillion years - great achievement ed.]

Seriously though, don't waste time with the grannies. they can afford to spend all day here as they have no work [thank you Social Security, LOL]. This is what passes off as SOH in rafabot caves!

Fedkovic23 , 5/15/13 1:39 AM

Its nice that two genuinely retarded people have found love, thats probably quite rare. Fedkovic and Scoretracker/Scrotracker (i've lost track of who you are) you very much deserve each other, I wish you the best. Please continue posting these hilarious, long essays which act as windows in to your fascinating, if very strange, psyche, your posts are HILARIOUS.

willmw101 , 5/15/13 1:45 AM

Fedkovic the RACIST!!!

Conspirator , 5/15/13 1:45 AM


A lot of old people call "@" as ampersat. The younger generation refer to it as just "at".

novakisthebest , 5/15/13 1:49 AM

LOL didn't realise you were so old scoretracker, do you find this modern world a bit confusing?

willmw101 , 5/15/13 1:52 AM

I see the rafatards getting crazier by the day. As novak keeps looming larger and larger, the insanity will keep increasing. You think rafafans are afraid of rosol? they are absolutely scared of Djokovic, much like their idol - who openly admitted his fear of Novak. He prayed for fognini to beat nole in the semis @ MC. too bad, Djokovic was not generous enough, put a sound beating on both fognini and nadal. He almost bageled nadal in the final.

novakisthebest , 5/15/13 1:59 AM

^^^^ blah, blah, same old boring rhetoric.


Conspirator , 5/15/13 2:06 AM

@novakisthebest, those women are just busybodies who have nothing to do. I never asked them for info on the mods, but as usual they can't leave anything alone when they see some posters screenname. Funny, how no one wanted to supply the info to me when I initially asked for it. And, I'm still waiting for the posts where dear old ed claimed it was supplied to me. I wonder how she'll dig herself out of that mess? The ampersat is a derivative of the ampersand, and is archaic, except in publishing (editorial) it's not rocket science, but small minds like to make a big deal of nothing, and want thanks too. LOL. I think they are best ignored.

scoretracker , 5/15/13 2:32 AM


Hah! You couldn't ignore us for all the tea in China! This is what you live for! It's all you have. Now you've got another sidekick in this Fedkovic who is just as big a loser and a failure.

Just remember - it's only people who are unhappy, who have rotten lives and who have zero self-esteem, who go online to hide behind anonymous screen names and hate on people!

Oh and for you dumbbells, you can't collect social security unless you have worked! So Fedkovic, you better get out there and find something worthwhile to do and I don't mean being a garbage man or janitor! LOL!

Nativenewyorker , 5/15/13 2:41 AM

fedkovic might want to look into proctology. Seems to be interested.


Conspirator , 5/15/13 2:45 AM


LOL! That's a good one! Considering the fascination with Rafa's butt!

Nativenewyorker , 5/15/13 2:52 AM

Djokovic played well and looked very calm and composed...impressive! Fed also played well...looks like Rome will be keenly contested

atul1985 , 5/15/13 4:25 AM

I am not going to judge Djoker or Fed's form based on their first match. I would expect both of them to try to step it up in this last clay Masters tournament before RG. But I am going to just sit back and watch and see if they can keep it up as they come up against better players.

Nativenewyorker , 5/15/13 4:40 AM

@atul, 4:25AM, agree that Djoko played well, but that was mostly due to Montanes playing some of the big points very badly. Montanes got the first break but then gave it back, and that seemed to set the tone of the match. He did show a lot of effort, and even the comms stated that some of the shots he ran down most players would not do so. It was a 'nothing to lose' match but he made it competitive.

Fed's match result was as expected. He always nearly beats those players he's expected to beat, and he did just that today. Hopefully, he'll be able to keep up his performance coz his next opponent could be Simon who gives Fed all kinds of problems.

scoretracker , 5/15/13 5:54 AM

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