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  1. Rod on February 5th, 2008 3:38 pm

    I agree; Federer has too many shots and skill to try and play tug of war with guys like Novak. He should use a variety of shots and utilize his net game a bit more.

  2. Sam on February 6th, 2008 10:04 pm

    i don’t know what it is, the kid is sick, but he just bugs me. really presses my buttons.

  3. Nick on February 7th, 2008 1:12 pm

    Can’t deny he’s a good player, but I wish he’d just serve the damn ball!!!
    And don’t forget Fedex is number 1 and will be for along time to come, he’s aloud to have an off day once in a while…

  4. Nick on February 7th, 2008 1:16 pm

    FEEEEEEDDDDDDDD-EEEEEXXXXXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This will be his year at the French
    hopefully……

  5. Nick on February 7th, 2008 6:47 pm

    oh man i saw that match and it was incredible, it was like he was incapable of making a mistake it was really cool

  6. Nick on February 7th, 2008 6:48 pm

    hah roddick sucks
    no pun intended.

  7. Natasha on February 7th, 2008 8:03 pm

    Nima, you should learn his forehand.

  8. Allan on February 8th, 2008 8:37 am

    Get used to him everyone, because he’s the real deal. Can hit from both wings, serve and run, plus he has the “winner’s mentality”. Natasha, give Nima a break! He taught Novak that forehand! Great stuff here, Nima.

  9. Sam on February 8th, 2008 9:34 am

    no he just has to work on his attitude, and not be such a dick.

  10. Nima Naderi on February 8th, 2008 1:06 pm

    Thanks for your messages guys, Novak will have tough road ahead of him this year, because of all the points he has to defend, but hes seems very focused, the physical and mental side of it will come into play from here on in.

  11. Cyrus on February 8th, 2008 1:48 pm

    I agree, I think when Fed was slicing his backhand he continued to frustrate opponents a lot. I believe though Fed is trying to show that now that he is getting a little older than he can keep up with the big boys. No matter what though he shows true strength in his physical and mental game

  12. Nima Naderi on February 12th, 2008 10:42 am

    2nd seed Tommy Haas out 1st round to Hartfield. Bad loss for Tommy and Hartfields 1st career hardcourt win.

  13. Nima Naderi on February 12th, 2008 10:46 am

    Moya wins 1st ever match in Brazil plays winner of Olivier Patience (FRA) vs Juan Pablo Brzezicki (ARG) in 2nd round.

  14. StallionDan on February 12th, 2008 11:21 am

    Cool review man. It is much appreciated. I still like the regular breathe 2s the best.

  15. StallionDan on February 12th, 2008 11:23 am

    Yes that match was incredible. I felt bad for Hewitt, but then I looked into his player’s box and say who he was married to and I didn’t feel bad at all. It was like Caleri was playing for her. She is so noble. I love how excited she gets when he plays. Awesome.

  16. Nima Naderi on February 12th, 2008 2:36 pm

    Coria wins 1st match since July 2006 or qualifier Francesco Aldi 6-4, 7-5, Godd job Coria, hopefully Guga can follow in your foot steps.

  17. Sam Holakoozadeh on February 12th, 2008 3:49 pm

    i’m looking for guga to win the french, or at least get to the quarters. gotta go out with a bang.

  18. Nima Naderi on February 12th, 2008 8:19 pm

    Guga out 1st round with a 7-5 6-1 loss to Carlos Berlocq (ARG)

  19. Sam Holakoozadeh on February 12th, 2008 9:33 pm

    i’m still looking for a good result from the guy. he has to go out with an afro and a bang.

  20. Shahin on February 13th, 2008 5:30 am

    The support comes from all over the world…. Make it happen.

  21. Shahin on February 13th, 2008 5:46 am

    Every Genius has a mental disorder that prohibits them to live a nornal life (whatever that is). This is why they underachieve or live a life full of problems.

  22. Shahin on February 13th, 2008 5:48 am

    Guga is done with…. bring on the next generation…

  23. Nima Naderi on February 13th, 2008 9:08 pm

    Moya, Blake, Djokovic all through on Wed.

  24. StallionDan on February 14th, 2008 2:53 pm

    sometimes when things come too easy then they are of no value to that person. Rios played tennis for all the wrong reasons in my mind. That is why he never treated the sport with the respect it deserved. That is why what Federer is doing is so incredible. The guy just never stops.

  25. Nima Naderi on February 14th, 2008 10:43 pm

    Djokovic out to G. Simon in France, 6 Americans move on in Delray Beach.

  26. Sam Holakoozadeh on February 15th, 2008 11:15 am

    ginepri is taking advantage of all that love he is getting from that undeserved wild card.

  27. Nima Naderi on February 15th, 2008 10:25 pm

    Carlos Moya (ESP) comes back from 1-4 down in the 3rd set to defeat Oscar Hernandez 7-5 in the 3rd. Up next for Moya is Nick Lapenti (ECU). Blake (USA) through the semi’s in Delray face to Robby Ginepri (USA). Andy Murray (GBR) and Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) into the semi’s in Marseille, will face each other on Sat.

  28. Nima Naderi on February 16th, 2008 7:53 pm

    The finals are set:

    Marseille: Murray vs Ancic

    Delray Beach: Blake vs suprise finalist, Kei Nishikori from Japan

    Brazil: Moya vs Almagro

    Good for Ancic getting some confidence and result back. Moya claws his way to the finals after all of his 4 matches go 3 sets. Blake looking to stop the Nishikori in this suprise run to the finals.

  29. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN on February 17th, 2008 6:26 pm

    Great stuff!!!

  30. Sam Holakoozadeh on February 17th, 2008 11:37 pm

    i don’t know, i really think this was more of a disaster, then a bad loss for blake. i can understand him losing to this guy in the first round, but you have had nishikori on your radar for a week, had to have been prepared. can’t be losing to 18 years who are ranked 244 in the world when you are a top 10 player.

  31. Alex on February 18th, 2008 12:27 pm

    I think Tommy Haas has a great chance of winning the San Jose tournament. He is always under the radar and won’t have to worry about having reporters in his face all the time like Rodick and Blake who are obviously the home-country heros. He is a great player who just happens to have a major injury every time he gets his ranking back into the top 10!

  32. Alex on February 18th, 2008 12:30 pm

    Murray is a great talent and has a good coach to help him show it off.

  33. Sam Holakoozadeh on February 18th, 2008 6:37 pm

    he probably needs to get a better trainer/nutritionist or something. getting injured consistently sounds of alarms for me.

  34. Nima Naderi on February 18th, 2008 6:52 pm

    Nalbandian through to the second round in Argentina with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Peter Luczak (AUS).

  35. Zach on February 19th, 2008 6:40 pm

    way to go nima

  36. Zach on February 19th, 2008 6:42 pm

    i don’t like novak either. He has too many points to defend and will lose them all. Federer will kick his but everywhere else

  37. Zach on February 19th, 2008 6:46 pm

    Don’t worry about Federer he will be fine. He has a great chance in winning the french if Nadal is injured with his knees. I still don’t understand why Federer can’t play the number four seed and let Nadal and Novak go up against each other. IF the number one seed play the number three seed, then i think that the number 2 seed is better than the number one except for glory.

    HI ROD SUP!!!! HOW ARE YOU?!?!?!

  38. Zach on February 19th, 2008 6:47 pm

    i used to like roddick when he was winning, now i love him even more but FEDERER is still my homie

  39. Zach on February 19th, 2008 6:51 pm

    Did moya win nima. I know he is your guy. What is doing with your media pass, got any progress

  40. Zach on February 19th, 2008 6:57 pm

    Many pro athletes are great players. HOwever, they have problems in life like no fathers, jail, etc. Some also dont give things back to the community. I respect Federer and think he is a great person. GO FED GO.

  41. Nima Naderi on February 19th, 2008 11:57 pm

    Moya and Monaco both out in Argentina. Blake wins 1st round in San Jose.

  42. Nima Naderi on February 20th, 2008 11:29 am

    Murray and Hewitt out in the 1st round in Rotterdam.

  43. Nima Naderi on February 20th, 2008 11:46 pm

    Nadal wins 1st round in Rotterdam, Roddick barely escapes Chris Guccione (AUS) 7-6 in the 3rd in round 1.

  44. Raging on February 21st, 2008 2:16 am

    The Demise of American tennis may get attention but a better title might be Individual Style -a work in development! tennis does not need negative headlines, letting players develop an individual style through a game based approach will always bring more success. It is not about Roddick or Blake or even Young- appreciate their qualities and nurture them. If you build a positive environment then you can build or let a great player develop.
    France and Spain have always had good tournament infrasructure, i.e.heaps of tournaments(game based )and the USTA is following, Germany incidentally where I work and coach is trying hard to build satellites and challengers and my old friends at Tennis Australia have finally got the message.Other countries are chasing this goal to develop tennis and just look at the ITF with Play and Stay.
    Tennis – “GET INTO IT”

  45. Nima Naderi on February 21st, 2008 11:58 am

    Andreas Seppi stuns, Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 for a place in the quarterfinals in Rotterdam. No. 3 Ferrer, No. 5 Berdych and No. 2 Davydenko also fell.

  46. Nima Naderi on February 21st, 2008 9:09 pm

    Thanks for your comment Raging. To respond to what you said, Im not trying to create negative attention for tennis. The U.S. was once a power house in the sport and is very far from that now. You have to remember one thing my friend, guys like Roddick and Blake make millions of dollars a year, and if the fans or media want to get on there cases for there performance so be it. I was suggesting in my article that coaching philosophies need to change and a more individualistic approach must be taken in terms of player development. The U.S. only cares about there top players and the top academies buy all the best players and give them everything. They feel as though they do not have to work hard anymore. Roddick said in a recent article that American players are not hungry enough. I mean its coming from the horses mouth so I dont know what to tell you man. The U.S. needs everything that you said, but it all starts with the right frame of mind and the right philosophies. Here is Roddick’s recent quote: “There’s no substitute for hard work,”. “To be honest with you, that’s one of the things that lacks when you see the young American players. It puts a different dynamic on things when you’re playing tennis to find a way out of the country as opposed to playing for fun.”

  47. Raging on February 22nd, 2008 7:01 am

    My argument is only with the Headline, not your arguments- you could substitute a number of countries in there. American tennis is not on the skids, just the whole world’s playing tennis now, it has got tougher. There is no wonder the player’s aren’t hungry anymore if they get given everything.
    The hunger has to be inside you and that is also something you can’t teach.(like flair) At 10, 12 or even 14 it is pretty hard for this hunger to be naturally there so that hunger has to be nurtured by the parents or a mentor. Having this philosophy or frame of mind is a product of our society and /or the parents.(I am not having a go here at U.S. society, it could be quite a few western countries!)
    Individual Coaching is definitely the way to go but this doesn’t fit in with the philosophy of private or state- run academies. Coaches have the responsibility to have an open mind and philosophy of letting talent develop, if we do our job well then we help create better tennis players and better people.

  48. Nima Naderi on February 22nd, 2008 9:37 am

    Blake, Roddick, Isner through to quarters in San Jose. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) and Michael Llodra (FRA), reaching the upset riddled Rotterdam semi’s. Finally, Igor Andreev (RUS) , Filippo Volandri (ITA) and Jose Acasuso (ARG) make the quarters in Argentina, they join top seeded David Nalbandian.

  49. Nima Naderi on February 22nd, 2008 9:42 am

    I understand what your saying “Raging”, and the reason that I choose this title and I thought it was fitting was because of the current mind set of the American Players. Im a high performance coach myself and I see 1st hand kids between the ages of 10-14 years old who have a lot of money not want it “bad” enough. Believe me Im a super motivated coach, and I hope to guide them in the right direction, but what your saying is true and it does reflect on the society as a whole. Finally, to add on to what your saying in regards to “Individual Coaching is definitely the way to go but this doesn?t fit in with the philosophy of private or state- run academies.” That is why coaches can not keep quiet and must have there voices heard, if they have opinions as to changes that need to be made within a players, or groups game. Great comments, keep it up!

  50. Nima Naderi on February 23rd, 2008 5:15 pm

    Finals preview for this week

    Rotterdam: Michael Llodra (FRA) vs Robin Soderling (SWE)

    Argentina: David Nalbandian (ARG) vs Jose Acasuso (ARG)

    San Jose: Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Andy Roddick (USA) or Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

  51. john on February 25th, 2008 2:09 am

    Wonderful blog about the world of ATP. Happy to know about King David victorious moment.

    Could I have some comment from you on that tournament as well on my blog?

    http://mundoalbiceleste.blogspot.com/2008/02/elsewhere-around-globe.html

  52. Krystle on February 25th, 2008 6:40 am

    Now let’s not put all of the top players’ losses in Rotterdam down to tiredness and injury especially when there was no evidence of it. It’s not like they came from another tournament the previous week. Quite simply they didn’t perform well enough on the day and the fact that Rotterdam doesn’t really lead into any significant tournaments.

  53. Christopher Spiropoulos on February 25th, 2008 8:12 am

    Great read.

  54. Nima Naderi on February 25th, 2008 8:48 am

    John, nice site, I responded to the Nalbandian article. Looking forward to more imput from you.

  55. Nima Naderi on February 25th, 2008 8:53 am

    Krystle, you are right, there are no excuses, and I’m not making any for the top guys. However, as I stated in an article earlier this year, Nadal, Djokovic etc… have a lot of points to defend this year, and I believe its gonna be tough. One reason I was suggesting for this was injury and sickness. Again, not taking anything away from Seppi, Llodra, or Soderling, they all played well in Rotterdam, and deserved the wins that they got. However, Nadal should not be losing to Seppi, plain and simple. But thats mens tennis nowadays, highly competitve and no one is safe. Great comment! Look forward to hearing from you again!

  56. Nima Naderi on February 25th, 2008 6:56 pm

    Blake and Santoro, out of Memphis and Croatia with injuries.

  57. Nima Naderi on February 26th, 2008 7:03 pm

    Ivan Ljubicic wins 1st round in Croatia, Monaco wins 1st round in Mexico. 4th seeded Guillermo Canas returns from injury to win his 1st match of 2008 in Mexico.

  58. Nima Naderi on February 27th, 2008 10:52 pm

    Moya and Monaco both out in Mexico, Nalbandian throught to the quarter-finals. Roddick wins opener in Memphis and Ljubicic and Mario Ancic both win in Croatia.

  59. Nima Naderi on February 28th, 2008 8:52 pm

    Nalbandian, reaches 9 wins in a row in Mexico, to advance to the semi-finals. Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic, both move on in there home tourney in Croatia, to face each other. While, Roddick and Mardy Fish do battle in Memphis, 18 year old Donal Young (USA), reaches his 1st ATP quarter final, and next meets veteran Jonas Bjokman.

  60. Alex on February 29th, 2008 6:45 pm

    Who really cares what he does before the next point? Someone should just tell him to serve the ball before midnight! When Nadal fisrt arrived on the scene, he was a sensation because of his hustle and his demeanor on the court; something we hadn’t seen before. However, now he has become more like everybody else, and not as energetic. He gets talked about less and less each day and I hope eventually his rituals will stopped being talked about too!

  61. Alex on February 29th, 2008 6:50 pm

    The demise of American tennis is just a coincidence. There are more Europeans on tour now than ever before, and the biggest reason it seems like there are no spectacular American tennis players any more is because we went from Sampras to Federer with no transition so it looks worse on Americans than it actually is. If not for Federer, Roddick may have a couple more grand slam victories and possibly Blake with a couple. It’s tough knowing that no matter how well you play, Federer will always be waiting for you in the finals

  62. Alex on February 29th, 2008 6:53 pm

    Djokovic is a great young talent who will carry the torch when Federer eventually passes it down. As well, props to Novak on the Aussie Open victory. I also wish he would just serve the damn ball instead of boucing it 23 times before each serve.

  63. Nima Naderi on February 29th, 2008 7:11 pm

    Top seeded, Ivan Ljubicic to face suprise finalist and Ukrainian lucky loser Sergiy Stakhovsky in the finals of Croatia. Nalbandian, on fire as he reaches his 2nd final in as many weeks, awaits the winner of Almagro, Acasuso in the final. Finally veteran Bjorkman, takes out youngster Donald Young, 7-6 in the 3rd after saving match points. Roddick and Stepanek in action later on in Memphis.

  64. Raging on March 2nd, 2008 4:23 am

    I am glad Federer is there, also Nadal , Djokovic and all the other “monsters”. Roddick has to raise his game and Blake as well. Everyone has to raise the bar and find their place. To be the best you have to beat the best.

    Importantly for US tennis and world tennis, everyone has to work harder- just ask McEnroe on Borg or any other great rivals, the top guy always motivates you to push harder, to get better. The trick is once you get to pro level not getting satisfied with what you have done – keep pushing. For the american kids it is enough, Roddick and Blake are there- that should push all the others, Fish, Ginepri, Isner, Young….whoever you want to name …to go harder at it… to get better. If you can get to 200 then 100 is not far away..jump to 50…Slam final into top 20….hold that level and then push up into top 10..then anything is possible.

    How good?
    As good as you can be.
    No limit.

  65. Raging on March 2nd, 2008 5:02 am

    Federer’s BH slice is a great shot, he used it a lot more in his ealier years but seems to want a quicker result these days! With growing confidence and his game “locked and loaded” the topspin has come more and more into it’s own. He may be stubborn or just more comfortable coming over the backhand, still would be fun watching all the guys bend low and try to get topspin on it, or even force them to slice it back or run around it like Ferrer ,another look for them and maybe make them do something they don’t like?
    On the clay and on the grass it has to be the way to go, instead of trading rockets with them. I am not going to increase the calls for coaching for Federer, he has his team of trainers and his own mindset on this.He will have to find the right mix. His variety is what made him great so he just really has to find the right blend, too many changes are also not good and maybe he has too many options?

    Looking forward to the response in next few months.

  66. David on March 2nd, 2008 9:28 pm

    Djokovic got the other Woodie, Mark Woodforde, to help him with his volleys, not Todd Woodbridge, as it says in your article.

  67. Nima Naderi on March 2nd, 2008 9:39 pm

    Thanks for the heads up David, Ive made the correction.

  68. Raging on March 3rd, 2008 5:28 am

    No one is safe! You got that right Nima!
    Just watch the “monsters” go at each other in Dubai, Vegas and pretty well everywhere!
    If you don’t bring your best game, aren’t 100% fit then you are going down.
    the game has got really interesting and not just men’s tennis.
    Hope that both tours take their chance and push the sport.
    Tennis is hot!

  69. Nima Naderi on March 3rd, 2008 11:36 pm

    Federer out in the 1st round for the 1st time since 2004? What is going on? One has to wonder, if Roger is starting to get worried? Clearly, his fans are starting to wonder.

  70. Nima Naderi on March 4th, 2008 12:18 pm

    Nadal, Djokovic, and Roddick, all through in Dubai. If Nadal wins the title, he will only be 125 points behind Federer, for the number 1 spot. Hewitt, easily advances over Safin in Las Vegas. The Russian’s comeback and future, are surely in question.

  71. Sam Holakoozadeh on March 4th, 2008 6:03 pm

    i really think he is just tired. it is hard to keep that sort of focus and mental ability flexing for so long. i imagine we will see him regain form come the french/wimbledon swing.

  72. Daniel Rumeo on March 4th, 2008 10:01 pm

    I love the way people knock Nadal and say he isn’t talked about as much. You are talking about a guy that can barely lose on clay. A guy that has won the French the past 3 years and has never lost a match there. A guy that almost took down Fedex at Federer’s best tournament the past two years. I agree with the whole rituals thing being over hyped but don’t knock the guys ability. We will see by the end of the year who gets “talked” about the most.

  73. Raging on March 5th, 2008 2:45 am

    Good review of match-ups, tourneys! You are very brave in your tips as anything can happen at this stage of the year! (It ’s what makes it so exciting). Fed is interesting now he is losing and Safin is….Safin!(genius and paradox In one man).

    Federer’s loss and Nadal scraping through just show tough it is. (When Kohli believes it finally he will blow Nadal off his back! No disrespect to Rafa, he knows how to dodge bullets on a bad day!) Murray knows it, can he keep it rolling?

    Indian Wells and Miami will really show how they all are going then the push through onto the dirt, Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg.

    It is wide-open and isn’t that great?

  74. Raging on March 5th, 2008 6:32 am

    Great Points!
    Keeping it simple is definitely the way to go!
    On Court, too much info is not only misleading for beginners but also for the more skilled where it is important to get the message across, Fast! (Even the pros don’t want a biomechanical analysis, they just want a positive correction and then move on!)
    Key Words are always better than long descriptions and so you are helping the reader to get to the point faster.
    Nice job!

  75. Raging on March 5th, 2008 6:41 am

    Wow,
    Murray just got out of jail against Verdasco! Breaker in 3rd! Fernando must be starting to believe a bit more on hardcourts, the screws are tightening and the boys are going for it. Tough battles ahead.It looked windy out there again today!
    Great stuff!

  76. Nima Naderi on March 5th, 2008 2:48 pm

    2] R Nadal (ESP) d [Q] M Ledovskikh (RUS) 64 60, [3] N Djokovic (SRB) d F Santoro (FRA) 63 76(3),
    [4] D Ferrer (ESP) d O Rochus (BEL) 36 75 61, [5] N Davydenko (RUS) d [Q] J Hernych (CZE) 61 64
    [6] A Roddick (USA) d P-H Mathieu 63 64, I Andreev (RUS) d [7] R Gasquet (FRA) 63 64
    F Lopez (ESP) d [8] T Berdych (CZE) 62 75, A Murray (GBR) d F Verdasco (ESP) 63 36 76(5). Hewitt and Canas, on tap in Las Vegas tonite. Roddick vs Nadal in the quarter-finals in Dubai, should be a great pop corn match.

  77. Nima Naderi on March 5th, 2008 2:49 pm

    Raging, your right, the tour is becoming ultra competitive, I hope for some great tennis to played over the next few weeks. Keep up the great comments!

  78. Nima Naderi on March 6th, 2008 9:58 am

    Hewitt out in the 2nd round in Las Vegas, look for Hewitt, to take a hit in the rankings, as he won the tournanament last year. Im sure, Hewitt, will be questioning, what he has left at this point in his career when he’s going down in straight sets to Julien Benneteau 6-3, 7-5.

  79. Nima Naderi on March 6th, 2008 12:36 pm

    Roddick beats Nadal in straights sets in Dubai, plays Djockovic next. Feli Lopez and Davydenko will meet in the other semi final. Great win for Roddick, he has really impressed me this week. He is carrying his serve nicely throughout the tournament, Novak will be tough, winner of that match should take the title..

  80. Raging on March 7th, 2008 2:17 am

    Good article.
    Federer found his “window” and jumped through it for 4 years. It was inevitable that the other guys were going to work him out , improve or that he was going to have some bad days. Not just the law of averages just that he had his streak and by definition that has to end. just depends on what he learns from the losses. it is obvious that the younger ones are coming up- his analysis of murray is incidentally spot-on even if it comes over as sour grapes, the style of waiting for the other guy to miss can only work if he does miss. davydenko didn’t! Murray also did not take his chances.(I think it irritates federer more that he lost to this style of play again!)
    Fed will be challenged this year more than ever, he may really consider getting a coach to advise him how to play certain players as the format of those that can hurt him is getting more obvious. they have been doing their homework and with a bit of help Fed should also do his. If he can do it on his own then he is even more talented than we thought, the point is: does he need to do it on his own for his own ego? Will it cost him a couple of Slam titles??(There is no doubt this is where he measures himself).
    It will be fun to watch.

  81. Nima Naderi on March 7th, 2008 11:23 am

    Roddick beats Djokovic in straight sets, moves on the final, in fantastic form, without losing a set. Feli Lopez beats Davydenko to reach the biggest final of his career. Its clear that this week in Dubai is a servers court. Roddick must be licking his chops at the prospect of having Lopez in the final. However, if Lopez serves lights out he has a chance. In Vegas Gonzalez loses to the young Russian Korolev after saving 11 match points! Ginepri continues his recent fine form, as he takes out 3rd seed Marcos Baghdatis in the 2nd round. Latvian teenager Ernests Gulbis, also reaches the quarters, with his power house game.

  82. Nick on March 7th, 2008 9:48 pm

    good article buddy
    really like the title:)

  83. Raging on March 8th, 2008 1:01 pm

    Huge serving from both in Dubai final!
    A great contest even if it was a bit fast(wham-bam) for the purists.
    Great win for A-Rod , see if he can keep form in U.S. tourneys.
    Nothing resolved on Fed,Nadal and Djoker.
    This is going to be a long run into U.S. Open and even then it may not be resolved.
    Good to see some new finalists again.

  84. Nima Naderi on March 8th, 2008 5:30 pm

    Great and impressive week by Roddick, will be nice to see if he will be able to carry his form in Indian Wells and Miami.

    Kevin Anderson, South African qualifer, into the finals in Las Vegas. He awaits the winner of Guillermo Canas/Sam Querrey who will contest the other semi-final.

  85. Joe on March 9th, 2008 1:26 pm

    great review…. is the 6 month warranty available in the UK?

  86. Alex on March 9th, 2008 4:22 pm

    I’m not a Nalbandian fan at all, but he has been playing extremely well lately. Still I don’t think he is a serious contender for any of the remaining grand slams. There is just too much talent to overcome for him.

  87. Sam Holakoozadeh on March 9th, 2008 9:17 pm

    Usually warranties are only available in the country of purchase. You might want to check with whoever you purchase it from.

  88. Sam Holakoozadeh on March 9th, 2008 9:19 pm

    I don’t know Alex, I think he is a serious contender. You can’t sleep on him at all, he is dangerous. That being said, there is lots of talent to overcome, especially now that Federer is getting treated for mono, lol!

  89. Raging on March 10th, 2008 12:47 am

    Hey guys! Where have you been? Everybody is dangerous! Slams are of course another matter but the next one is going to be very interesting….Why not Nalbandian?? Time he dug in on the clay…will have to get fitter for 7 matches of 5 sets on the dirt…but so will everybody…no more stand and deliver. It is open season on Federer…in more ways than one!

  90. Alex on March 10th, 2008 8:15 am

    I read on the Score ticker that Federer has admitted to currently recovering from some medical condition and has been recovering from it for the past 2 weeks. This would explain his recent struggles.

  91. Alex on March 10th, 2008 8:18 am

    It was a rather surprising victory for Andy Roddick considering his coach just resigned and I thought Roddick would experience major defficiencies after losing one of the top coaches in tennis.

  92. Pea on March 12th, 2008 8:58 am

    Have to wonder if Conners is one of the best coaches? He hasn’t been that involved in coaching “todays” men tennis. Just a thought.

    He definitaley was an amazing player.

  93. Sam Holakoozadeh on March 12th, 2008 2:38 pm

    alex: apparently he had mono for about 6 weeks. it is actually quite impressive he had the australian result with mono, man is incredible.

  94. Alex on March 13th, 2008 8:12 am

    Nalbandian couldn’t win any majors when he was ranked and seeded third in grand slams. What would make me think that he will win one now, as a 15th seed (or somewhere around that seed)? Espescially with the emergence of Djokovic, I just don’t see Nalbandian winning many tournaments, particularly slams.

  95. Sam Holakoozadeh on March 14th, 2008 8:06 am

    i agree with raging, he definitely has the heart and ability to win, just needs to get the fitness up. djokovic doesnt have it in him to win against federer. it took undiagnosed mono to beat federer, novak wont be so lucky for the rest of the season.

  96. zach on March 14th, 2008 4:14 pm

    I think that its not so much that the americans are slowing down…i think its the emerge of other players suck as david ferrer, novak, and many other players. I think that roddick and blake will have to step it up quite a bit…don’t forget about the women’s side with the williams sisters who might be close to what they were before

  97. zach on March 14th, 2008 4:18 pm

    I think this is a great win for Roddick and i think he was happy to see federer out. I hope Rodick can keep it up so there is another “monster” is the mix and maybe we can see a roddick federer finals like a few years ago. Also i think that Nadal is slowing down and that is why (i think) Rodick beet him. I think Nadal has to take it easy

  98. Sam Holakoozadeh on March 14th, 2008 4:29 pm

    really good point zach. i personally think it is a combination of the two. there definitely hasn’t been an american to take the reigns from sampras and agassi though, i think we can all agree on that.

  99. Nima Naderi on March 14th, 2008 9:42 pm

    Safin falls in the 1st round of Indian Wells. That is the 3rd week in a row that Safin has lost in the 1st round. His record for the year is 1-4. Cross roads time for Marat in a big way.

  100. Sam Holakoozadeh on March 15th, 2008 2:30 pm

    maybe a coaching change will help the guy, no? shame to see all that talent go down the toilet.

  101. Raging on March 17th, 2008 2:37 pm

    Looks like weather is making it tough but that makes for interesting results right?? If you think that is cold you should try Hamburg in May! (Probably one of the reasons it is being dropped off the Master’s calendar this year, a shame as the tennis was always very good)
    Good for Tommy he continued his run over Andy, hoping he gets a couple more matches in here and then in Miami.Just enough to get the shoulder warm without overloading! I would like to see him play DC in April against Spain.Kiwi ditto and Kohli against Rafa will be interesting-2 big defenders!
    Pleased Fed has found a bit of form and it would be good if he showed a bit of that dazzle again. We want to see good tennis, right? Hoping Nalbandian keeps improving and Djoko and Murray are in the mix too! Tsonga back to normal in Miami?
    Enjoy the fun.

  102. Nima Naderi on March 18th, 2008 11:50 am

    Great match to end off the day yesterday with Lee taking down Ferrer to reach the 4th round. 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 was surely a crowd pleaser. As well Canas took out countrymen Monaco in an exciting match in Stadium 3, Monaco was upset by 2 bad line calls in the beginning of the 3rd set and that took his focus away as well as the match.

  103. StallionDan on March 18th, 2008 1:07 pm

    Isn’t it time for Carlos to retire and focus 100% on being Nadal’s hitting partner?

  104. zach on March 18th, 2008 2:41 pm

    Roger federer is gonna win and will face either novak or nadal

  105. zach on March 18th, 2008 2:44 pm

    nope if moya is 19 in the world and can be a great threat i think he should keep on going becuase he has the love and the fitness to carry on

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  108. StallionDan on March 19th, 2008 10:47 am

    awesome pics man! Dude you tell Lopez we were calling him the player with the worst backhand in the world at last years US Open?

  109. zach on March 19th, 2008 2:14 pm

    nice pics

  110. Shahin on March 19th, 2008 8:18 pm

    Nice pics…. what a week…..

  111. Nima Naderi on March 20th, 2008 10:56 am

    Nadal edges past Tsonga, will try and figure out the riddle that is James Blake. R-Fed in the quarters, as well as Djokovic, Mardy Fish, Stan Warwinka, and Tommy Haas. FYI, the round of 16 is the day to go, best day of the tournament by far!

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  113. Nima Naderi on March 21st, 2008 2:30 am

    Nadal and Djokovic win their matches against Blake and Warwinka respectivley. This results in a block buster semi, with the loser, not gaining ground in the rankings as Rafa and Novak were the finalist last year. Nadal’s 1st win other Blake should give him some confidence going into this match. On friday,
    M Fish (USA) vs [7] D Nalbandian (ARG) in the 1st quarter final followed by world number 1] R Federer (SUI) vs T Haas (GER), to round out the last 4. Looks like a R-Fed king David semi is on the horizon.

  114. Nima Naderi on March 21st, 2008 10:17 pm

    Mardy fish upsets Nalbandian in the quarters, 7-6 in the 3rd, faces Fed next. Djokovic and Nadal square off in the other semi. Will be interesting to see if Nadal can get past Djokovic who is playing very well this week.

  115. Nima Naderi on March 22nd, 2008 5:56 pm

    Huge upsets in the Desert today as 98th ranked Mardy Fish tunes top seed Roger Federer in just over an hour. I really have no defense for R-Feds loss as Fish clearly has holes in his game that Roger could get to. In the finals Fish will play the hottest player on the ATP circuit this year Novak Djokovic, who brushed aside Rafa Nadal by the same score 6-3 6-2. If Fish can take out Djockovic in the finals, it will be one of the all time tournaments for any player, anywhere. Good luck Mardy, your gonna need it, I do not think Novak will falter.

  116. zach on March 23rd, 2008 7:21 am

    Federer got out!!

  117. Nima Naderi on March 23rd, 2008 9:26 am

    Huge upset! Fed is in trouble for sure!

  118. Nima Naderi on March 23rd, 2008 6:18 pm

    Djokovic WINS Indian Wells, leaves no doubt that he is the top player of 2008 so far……. to be continued in Miami.

  119. alex on March 26th, 2008 3:10 pm

    I believe Djokovic has to be considered the favourite to walk out of Miami with a title. Though Federer is always favoured in every tournament except the French Open, Novak is playing better than everybody else in the field and his confidence continues to grow. I think this will be one of Federer’s greatest tests in a long time because if he doesn’t win this tourny, he’ll find himslef in big trouble heading into his dreaded clay court season.

  120. Nima Naderi on March 28th, 2008 7:44 am

    Marat Safin falls in the 1st round in Miami, his 2008 singles record in 1-5. Rafa and Novak head day 3 in Sunny Key Biscayne!

  121. Nima Naderi on March 28th, 2008 5:36 pm

    Djokovic out in the 1st round of Miami, will lose 500 points as a result. Nadal and Blake move through to the 3rd round easily.

  122. zach on March 28th, 2008 5:38 pm

    I disagree with Alex. I believe that he is the second best player in the tournament, but federer looks pretty good. If federer gets through his early matches with ease, i think federer will have a great chance of winning the tournament. Although Novak is playing the best tennis currently, Federer was not 100 percent when he lost to mardy fish. I think that Federer had a harder draw last tournament and this one he wil be ready. It will probably be a Federer-Novak final.

  123. zach on March 28th, 2008 5:39 pm

    WOW!!! Novak is out. Big surprise.

  124. Nima Naderi on March 29th, 2008 9:02 pm

    Federer and Roddick through to round 3, Murray and Robredo fall in round 2.

  125. Nima Naderi on March 31st, 2008 11:43 am

    Nadal and Blake win again, move on to round 4. Federer Roddick and Davydenko all are in action on Monday.

  126. Nima Naderi on April 1st, 2008 7:22 pm

    Federer, Nadal, and Blake move on in Miami, Roddick will look to join them later tonight. Theatpblog.com will be LIVE from Miami as of Wednesday, to cover the tournament. Blake/Nadal at 3pm should be a good one! Please check back.

  127. Alex on April 2nd, 2008 3:32 pm

    Blake and Nadal have the potential to be one of the best matches in the tournament. However, I see Nadal crushing Blake to advance. Even though Nadal has been struggling somewhat lately, Blake has not done anything of any sort of significance on the court in a very long time.

  128. Alex on April 2nd, 2008 3:39 pm

    Did anybody see what Mikael Youzny (pardon the spelling) did on the court a couple of days ago? He hit his head with his raquet until his head started bleeding. What a wierdo!

  129. rod senehi on April 2nd, 2008 6:23 pm

    nima hope your having fun at your trip. if you have any problems with the stuff just e-mail me.

  130. Alex on April 3rd, 2008 3:21 pm

    I think it may be time for James Blake to find a new coach. After all, he hasn’t gone reached the sem-finals of a major tournament in a very long time. He is becoming one of those players that is just out there. It’s like he is a threat because of his name, but he really isn’t a guy you really have to worry about if your ranking is higher than his. He continues to try to win each match the same way and clearly it is not working anymore.

  131. Alex on April 3rd, 2008 3:24 pm

    There is absolutely no way Federer loses to Roddick. Mono or no mono, Roddick just cannot defeat Roger Federer. Everytime they play, it is an opportunity for Federer to improve his head-to-head record against Roddick. Andy is lucky he got this far in the tournament to begin with because he has been an upset machine for all the unknowns out there, trying to make a name for themselves.

  132. Alex on April 4th, 2008 2:01 pm

    This is a huge opportunity for Davydenko to win a major tournament. It is no secret that he has monstrous problems defeating players ranked higher than him, and now that Federer is out of the tournament, and Nadal still struggling on hard court, that would leave Nikolay with a huge chance to win out. Even with Roddick in his way, I believe Davydenko has a major opportunity to pick up some ranking points and take home a championship trophy from Miami.

  133. Nima Naderi on April 7th, 2008 10:26 am

    Davydenko WINS MIAMI, takes out Nadal in straight sets and collects $590,000 for his efforts. Review for this tournament will be up shortly!

  134. Alex on April 7th, 2008 6:10 pm

    Huge win for Davydenko. He doesn’t get many opportunities like he did in Miami, so when he does get an opportunity it is crutial for him that he takes advantage.

  135. Sam Holakoozadeh on April 8th, 2008 9:34 am

    you are bang on alex. davydenko needs to strike when given these opportunities if he wants to be viewed as relevant in the mens game.

  136. Nima Naderi on April 8th, 2008 10:37 am

    I agree with you guys, but you have to remember that he really didnt have an opportunity here. I mean Fed was out but he still took out Roddick and Nadal is straights. Two players that are in form at the moment. I know Niko is 4 in the world but he had never beat Roddick before Miami 0-5 and he had never beat Nadal 0-2. So I think it just comes down to the fact that he played a brillant tournament. Plain and simple.

  137. Alex on April 8th, 2008 1:56 pm

    Sure it was a great month for Mardy but c’mon; there is a reason this guy was 98 in the world. I give Mardy all the credit in the world for his play this past month. However, it would shock me if this guy duplicates his results in another month for the rest of the year.

  138. Nima Naderi on April 8th, 2008 3:31 pm

    Well your right he was 98, now hes 41. Mardy wont do anything for the next two months because its the clay court season. Look for him to pick it up towards the end of June and onwards. Again we are not saying Fish is the best tennis player in the world. All we are saying is that his tournament and the quality of players that he took out on his way to the finals were all ranked ahead of him and of good quality.

  139. Alex on April 10th, 2008 3:12 pm

    Although tennis has evolved into as Brad Gilbert refered to it “big serve followed by a big forehand”, I find it fascinating that it is still Roger Federer who has dominated this era, and although Federer has a great serve and forehand, he doesn’t have the hardest serve or hardest forehand in the game. At the end of the day, I still believe it comes down to who places the ball better. Federer has showed Roddick and Blake many times that big shots don’t win championships, great players with great poise and patience do.

  140. StallionDan on April 14th, 2008 1:32 pm

    possible one of the best tennis videos ever. Tennis news to be more like hockey. I say, lets allow fights to determine calls and the players in the top ten all have 3 cheerleaders on the sideline for evey match provided by the country they are playing in. Kind of like the models in Madrid as ballgirls. Anyone else agree? Vamos!!!!!

  141. Alex on April 14th, 2008 2:37 pm

    I agree that Federer’s main goal for this year is to win the French Open. I was thinking that part of the reason he has struggled lately is due to the fact that he has been preparing himself more for the French Open and the clay court season. I think it’s possible Federer has not practised as much on hard court as he usually does.

  142. Nima Naderi on April 14th, 2008 11:56 pm

    Fifteen-year-old Ryan Harrison beat Pablo Cuevas in the 1st round of Houston today. Great win for the young American upstart. Donald Young also won his 1st round but fellow American Robbie Ginepri was not as lucky.

    Gael Monfils moved into the second round of Valencia as well as Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

    Finally, in a quiet opening day at the Estoril open, Gilles Simon and Marc Gicquel moved into round 2 French tennis fans must be delighted. Tuesday will see top seeded Roger Federer in action against Oliver Rochus.

  143. zach on April 15th, 2008 1:51 pm

    it was really funy to see him like that…he must have anger management problems

  144. Nima Naderi on April 15th, 2008 9:33 pm

    Federer wins his 1st round at the Estoril Open.

    Safin beats Ferrero in a 1st round match in Valencia.

  145. Sam Holakoozadeh on April 16th, 2008 10:51 am

    i am down for hot ball girls and fighting. make mcenroe the commissioner of the atp aka the rebirth of rock and roll tennis!

  146. Nima Naderi on April 16th, 2008 10:14 pm

    James Blake wins his 1st round in Houston, plays 15 year old Ryan Harrison in round 2.

    Davydenko wins his second round match in Estoril.

    Finally Monaco wins his 1st round in Valencia.

  147. Alex on April 21st, 2008 1:15 pm

    I think Federer has the momentum heading into the tournament after winning on clay last week in Portugal. With Nadal still struggling, this is a big opportunity for Federer to gain some confidence on clay before the French Open, as Monte Carlo is a much more signifcant tournament than the one last week.

  148. honey on April 22nd, 2008 5:17 pm

    Tomas Berdych has a hip injury he got while playing in the Davis Cup recently. He can win tournaments- he already has.

  149. Alex on April 23rd, 2008 5:57 pm

    So far it looks like Federer’s decision about trying out his new coach is helping. He is certainly building some momentum and putting pressure on the other top players to keep up with his results if not better them because Federer is beginning to once again mount some ranking points. Other players must be very cautious of this because they know that if they have a bad result, Federer will make them pay.

  150. Nima Naderi on April 24th, 2008 10:38 am

    Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Ferrer, and Davydenko, all in the quarters of Monte Carlo. Looks like the rest of the tournament will have some blockbuster tennis!

  151. Nima Naderi on April 25th, 2008 6:42 pm

    Semi-finals are set; Federer vs Djokovic and Nadal vs Davydenko. Should be a great day of tennis. Looking forward to seeing a Fed/ Rafa final but Novak has looked really solid this week.

  152. StallionDan on April 28th, 2008 7:53 am

    Great article. I couldn’t agree with you more. I try to be that power hitter but I realize I have much more success when I focus on placement rather that power.

  153. StallionDan on April 29th, 2008 1:25 pm

    The only way Fed can beat Nadal on clay is if Nadal has diarrhea and is afraid of dirtying his white capri/board shorts. I do not doubt Fed’s greatness, but lets be serious, he cannot beat Nadal if Nadal was playing 70% of his ability on clay. I watched the entire final (when I could see the ball off of that stupid Monte Carlo camera angle) and in the second set I see Fed up 4-0 and playing off his breasts! I was like “wow, at least it will go three.” Then I saw him go from Federer to Karol Kucera in 10 minutes! The weather was good, he wasn’t tired and most importantly Nadal wasn’t playing well! Before all the Fed groupies get on me (Oreo), I am not knocking the guy’s game on clay but please do not say he will beat Nadal at the French because it just ain’t gonna happen. Best of 5, usually tough conditions and ummm and history of getting tuned will prevent him from beating Nadal. But Fed fans, there is always hope. Maybe that mystery guy in Feds box (his banker….hahah, makes me laugh) can pull a Tonya Harding and hit Nadal in the knee. Can you see any other way he can win? Stallion 4 life.

  154. Alex on May 2nd, 2008 2:12 pm

    I give Nadal a lot of credit because everytime we as fans begin to count him out, he always comes back. The amazing thing is that he continues to dominate on clay even when he seems to be struggling on other surfaces. It’s like on clay, he is a whole new player. You can just see the confidence he plays with on clay compared to any other surface.

  155. Alex on May 5th, 2008 2:04 pm

    I don’t think Marat Safin will ever be what he once was not too long ago. If he could, he probably would have by now. The guy never pulls off an upset and gets upset more times than not. It’s a shame because he has the talent to compete with the “Big Three” of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, but clearly he doesn’t have what it takes mentally. We always hear about the hours that the Big Three put in and all the hard work they spend to be where they are, yet we never hear the same about Safin. If not for his run a few years ago, we would treat him as a no-name player, and honestly, he should be treated as a no-name player.

  156. Alex on May 6th, 2008 3:33 pm

    I know Almagro has had great showing over the last month, but I disagree with the decision to make him Player of the Month. Rafa Nadal was dominant in April and as you mentioned, even defeated Almagro in Valencia. As well, I don’t see Almagro being able to crack the top 10 by the end of May. He is playing well right now and he does have a claycourt advantage, but looking at the current rankings, I don’t think we will see a new name in the top 10 by May’s end. I think Tsonga, Monaco, and Mathieu all have better chances of making the top 10 compared to Almagro. All this being said, it still was a great month for Nico.

  157. Nima Naderi on May 6th, 2008 11:15 pm

    Although Nadal did have a great month, I believe that he will have an even better May, therefore do not be suprised if June is Rafa month. You have to understand that I’m trying to give everyone a fair shot here at some press and recognition. Almagro is a fine claycourt player and I feel as though he will make a deep run at Roland Garros. But your point is valid Alex.

  158. Nima Naderi on May 7th, 2008 9:23 am

    Federer wins 1st round in Roma, plays some of the best claycourt that Ive seen him play in years.
    Nadal and Djockovic playing in Wed. order of play.

  159. Alex on May 7th, 2008 3:36 pm

    Huge shocker that Nadal is done after just the first round. Federer must be licking his chopps!

  160. Nima Naderi on May 9th, 2008 12:36 am

    Federer, Roddick, Blake, Djockovic, Wawrinka, Stepanek, Robredo, and Almagro all through to the quarter-finals in Roma.
    Great result for the Americans as they are usually not prone to great results on clay. Moving on from here in the tournament will be hard however as Roddick plays clay court expert Robredo and Blake plays in form Wawrinka in his quarters.
    Federer will look to gain even more valuable points over Nadal has I think the only two guys he really has to worry about are Djokovic or Almagro for the rest of the tournament.

  161. Alex on May 9th, 2008 2:28 pm

    What a shame for Federer – out in the quarters after Nadal fell so early in the tournanment. Must be so frustrating for Federer because he can never seem to get over that hump that is the clay court. You got to wonder if it has become more mental with him than anything else. Obviously he has phenominal mental toughness, but this has to be devastating for any top player – especially when your one of the best of all time!

  162. Nima Naderi on May 9th, 2008 7:54 pm

    Truely a shame that Fed went out today. Seems as though the tournament is Novak’s to win or lose at this point. Semi-finals should be interesting as Andy Roddick, yes Andy Roddick makes the semi-finals with a great win over Tommy Robredo. A-Rod faces Wawrinka in the semis on Sat. Djokovic takes on Fed winner Stepanek in the other semi.

  163. Nima on May 12th, 2008 4:27 pm

    Hamburg Masters men’s singles first round
    results on Monday:

    Michael Llodra (France) beat Guillermo Canas (Argentina)
    7-6(7) 6-2
    Andreas Seppi (Italy) beat Michael Berrer (Germany) 6-3 6-0
    Nicolas Kiefer (Germany) beat 16-Paul-Henri Mathieu (France)
    6-4 6-4
    Marat Safin (Russia) beat Marin Cilic (Croatia) 7-5 6-2
    Albert Montanes (Spain) beat Mardy Fish (U.S.) 6-1 6-3
    15-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) 6-4 6-1
    Juan Ignacio Chela (Argentina) beat Jose Antonio Sanchez de
    Luna (Spain) 6-3 6-3
    Olivier Rochus (Belgium) beat Gianluca Naso (Italy) 7-6(11)
    2-6 6-4
    14-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat Nicolas Mahut (France) 0-6
    7-6(5) 6-2
    Simone Bolelli (Italy) beat Marcel Granollers (Spain) 7-5 6-2
    Ivo Minar (Czech Republic) beat Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 6-3 6-4
    Fernando Verdasco (Spain) beat 10-Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) 6-3
    6-2
    12-Juan Monaco (Argentina) beat Filippo Volandri (Italy) 6-1
    4-0 (Volandri retired)

  164. Nima Naderi on May 13th, 2008 10:12 pm

    Tuesdays results:

    Second Round
    Nikolay Davydenko (4) def. Ivan Ljubicic, 6-4, 6-1
    David Ferrer (5) def. Ivo Minar, 6-3, 6-3
    Andreas Seppi def. Richard Gasquet (8), 6-3, 6-2
    Fernando Verdasco def. Michael Llodra, 6-2, 6-0

    First Round
    Carlos Moya (11) def. Julien Benneteau, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)

    Tommy Robredo (13) def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
    Potito Starace def. Luis Horna, 6-3, 4-2 retired
    Jarkko Nieminen def. Rainer Schuettler, 6-1, 6-3
    Jose Acasuso def. Kristof Vliegen, 5-2 retired
    Janko Tipsarevic def. Andreas Beck, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

    Stanislas Wawrinka def. Alberto Martin, 6-3, 6-3
    Robin Soderling def. Igor Andreev, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

  165. Nima Naderi on May 15th, 2008 12:43 am

    Wednesday results:
    Second Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Jarkko Nieminen, 6-1, 6-3
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Potito Starace, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Juan Ignacio Chela, 6-3, 6-1
    Janko Tipsarevic def. James Blake (7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
    Marat Safin def. Tomas Berdych (9), 7-5, 6-4

    Carlos Moya (11) def. Olivier Rochus, 7-5, 6-3
    Juan Monaco (12) def. Simone Bolelli, 6-2, 6-1
    Ivo Karlovic def. Tommy Robredo (13), 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
    Robin Soderling def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (14), 6-2, 7-5
    Andy Murray (15) def. Gilles Simon, 6-3, 6-3

    Nicolas Kiefer def. Stanislas Wawrinka, 7-5, 7-5
    Albert Montanes def. Jose Acasuso, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

  166. Nima Naderi on May 16th, 2008 1:32 am

    Third Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Robin Soderling, 6-3, 6-2
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Andy Murray (15), 6-3, 6-2
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Ivo Karlovic, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
    Nicolas Kiefer def. Nikolay Davydenko (4), 7-5, 6-3
    Fernando Verdasco def. David Ferrer (5), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

    Carlos Moya (11) def. Marat Safin, 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1
    Andreas Seppi def. Juan Monaco (12), 6-0, 6-3
    Albert Montanes def. Janko Tipsarevic, 6-2, 6-1

  167. Alex on May 16th, 2008 3:17 pm

    Even though it is true that the schedule is pretty crazy, it makes it all more important for players to wisely pick and choose which tournaments they enter, and which ones they sit out. It is important for players to anticipate times of year when they know they will be playing a ton, and therefore, should take a couple of weeks off before. As well, conditioning and training has become extremely important as a result of the schedule. Look at Federer; who knows the last time he was injured (not including mono which cannot be controlled)? You have be lucky to avoid injuries, but then again, you also need to be good to be lucky. None of the top 3 players have missed extended periods of time due to injury.

  168. Sam Holakoozadeh on May 16th, 2008 3:50 pm

    you are kind of right alex, the problem comes for the guys who make their career on clay. this year they had back to back masters (with some major clay court tournaments in between). the problem comes when they used to have 7-8 weeks for all these tournaments, this year they 5. lots of points to defend in such a short period of time.

  169. zach on May 16th, 2008 4:08 pm

    It was a disappointment for federer to be out in one of the clay tourneys, i think he has a chance to win rland Garros but he needs to be back to normal.

  170. zach on May 16th, 2008 4:09 pm

    however the schedule is crazy and players need to play these events so they can renew their sponsers

  171. Nima Naderi on May 17th, 2008 1:31 am

    Quarterfinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Fernando Verdasco, 6-3, 6-3
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Carlos Moya, 6-1, 6-3
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Albert Montanes, 6-2, 6-3
    Andreas Seppi def. Nicolas Kiefer, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5

  172. Nima Naderi on May 18th, 2008 6:40 am

    Semifinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 6-1
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Novak Djokovic (3), 7-5, 2-6, 6-2

  173. Nima Naderi on May 19th, 2008 6:03 am

    Finals Review:

    Nadal beats Federer, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3 to win the Hamburg masters. Federer again wastes huge leads in the 1st two sets, as Nadal battles through to take his 11 masters series title and captures the last of the 3 masters series titles which are held on clay.

  174. Nima Naderi on May 20th, 2008 11:48 pm

    Grand Prix Hassan II Casablanca, Morocco

    Second Round
    Agustin Calleri (3) def. Olivier Patience, 6-2, 7-5
    Marc Giquel (4) def. Guillermo Coria, 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2)
    Younes El Aynaoui def. Dominik Hrbaty, 6-3, 7-5
    Gilles Simon def. Boris Pashanski, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

    First Round
    Frank Dancevic def. Oscar Hernandez, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

    The Hypo Group Tennis International The Hypo Group Tennis International Poertschach, Austria

    First Round
    Juan Monaco (2) vs. Carlos Berlocq
    Ivan Ljubicic (3) def. Jan Hajek, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
    Mardy Fish (4) vs. Igor Kunitsyn
    Sam Querrey (5) def. Oliver Marach, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
    Mario Ancic (7) vs. Robby Ginepri

    Robin Haase (8) vs. Sergio Roitman
    Dudi Sela vs. Mischa Zverev, 6-5
    Teimuraz Gabashvili vs. Blaz Kavcic
    Olivier Rochus vs. Michal Przysiezny
    John Isner def. Simone Vagnozzi, 6-3, 6-2

  175. Nima Naderi on May 23rd, 2008 10:20 pm

    Grand Prix Hassan II Casablanca, Morocco

    Semifinals
    Gilles Simon def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (1) walkover
    Julien Benneteau (5) def. Agustin Calleri (3), 1-6, 6-1, 6-3

    The Hypo Group Tennis International The Hypo Group Tennis International Poertschach, Austria

    Semifinals
    Nikolay Davydenko (1) def. Igor Kunitsyn, 6-3, 6-2
    Juan Monaco (2) def. Ivan Ljubicic (3), 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4)

  176. Nima Naderi on May 25th, 2008 7:31 pm

    Day one winners at the French Open May 25, 2008.

    First Round
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Denis Gremelmayr, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
    David Nalbandian (6) def. Carlos Berlocq, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1
    James Blake (7) def. Rainer Schuettler, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
    Andy Murray (10) def. Jonathan Eysseric, 6-2, 1-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
    Eduardo Schwank def. Carlos Moya (16), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-7 (1-7), 4-6, 6-3

    Paul-Henri Mathieu (18) def. Gustavo Kuerten, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Nicolas Almagro (19) def. Boris Pashanski, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1
    Nicolas Lapentti def. Janko Tipsarevic (32), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
    Jeremy Chardy def. Frederico Gil, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1)
    Jose Acasuso def. Dominik Hrbaty, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

    Maximo Gonzalez def. Roko Karanusic, 6-3, 7-5, 4-6, 3-6, 6-2
    Juan Martin Del Potro def. Josselin Ouanna, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
    MiguelAngel Lopez Jaen def. Frank Dancevic, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
    Sebastien Decoud def. Olivier Rochus, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 6-1
    Ernests Gulbis def. Simon Greul, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4

    John Isner vs. Juan Ignacio Chela suspended

  177. john on May 26th, 2008 5:14 am

    This competition will present Argentina’s best ever chance to win a Grand Slam title. The biggest hope has to David Nalbandian. Juan Monaco & Willy Canas are good bets too.

    I’ll be focusing on all the progress made by Argentine players on my blog. Would appreciate if you could drop by and give your thoughts as well…..

    http://mundoalbiceleste.blogspot.com/2008/05/roland-garros-could-this-be-our-year.html

  178. Sam Holakoozadeh on May 26th, 2008 9:10 am

    sad to see kuerten get worked over like that. i was hoping a final serious run, a la ivanisevic at wimbledon a few years ago.

  179. StallionDan on May 26th, 2008 9:24 am

    Two words for everyone:

    VAMOS RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  180. nima on May 26th, 2008 6:05 pm

    Monday, May 26 Resutls:

    First Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Sam Querrey, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
    Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Thomaz Bellucci suspended
    Richard Gasquet (8) vs. Florent Serra
    Stanislas Wawrinka (9) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber suspended
    Tomas Berdych (11) def. Robert Smeets, 6-1, 6-0, 6-0

    Tommy Robredo (12) def. Guillermo Coria, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4
    Mikhail Youzhny (15) vs. Benjamin Becker suspended
    Simone Bolelli def. Marcos Baghdatis (17), 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Santiago Ventura, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1
    Fernando Gonzalez (24) def. Pablo Cuevas, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1

    Jarkko Nieminen (26) vs. Marc Lopez suspended
    Wayne Odesnik def. Guillermo Canas (29), 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (10-8)
    Dmitry Tursunov (30) vs. Daniel Brands suspended
    Andreas Seppi (31) vs. Mario Ancic suspended
    Victor Crivoi vs. David Marrero suspended

    Dudi Sela vs. Victor Hanescu, 3-1 suspended
    Bobby Reynolds vs. Thierry Ascione, 7-6 (7-2), 4-6 suspended
    Michael Llodra def. Olivier Patience, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, 7-5
    Hyung-Taik Lee def. Jonas Bjorkman, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
    Martin Vassallo Arguello vs. Feliciano Lopez suspended

    Marin Cilic vs. Robin Haase suspended
    John Isner vs. Juan Ignacio Chela, 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 1-4 suspended
    Florent Serra def. Santiago Giraldo, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
    Oscar Hernandez def. Ivo Minar, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 7-5
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Sergio Roitman, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

    Albert Montanes vs. Kristof Vliegen, 7-6 (7-5), 3-2 suspended
    Pablo Andujar def. Filippo Volandri, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
    Viktor Troicki vs. Marc Gicquel, 4-6, 3-2 suspended
    Marcel Granollers def. Michael Berrer, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
    Nicolas Devilder def. Chris Guccione, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4

  181. Luke on May 26th, 2008 9:59 pm

    Your predictions are ever so far off:

    “James Blake: Credit goes to the American as has he played a pretty full clay court schedule. He made the finals in Houston and the quarter-finals in Roma. James has a few comfortable matches to look forward to on paper, but on clay nothing is easy for Blake. Look for a hard fought match against veteran Rainer Schuettler right off the bat.”

    Yet, he won in straight sets; hmm.

  182. Nima Naderi on May 26th, 2008 10:25 pm

    Predictions are not far off my friend, James beat the ever aging “where have you been” Rainer Schuettler, in round one. Could have been more complicated but good for James that he came through. Lets see how James does against Ernests Gulbis, in the next round. Gulbis has a Safin type game and if he is on it will be very hard for Blake to advance. But like I said in the review James can certainly make it to round 3.

  183. Alex on May 27th, 2008 2:21 pm

    I think Fernando Gonzalez is a guy to watch out for. He has had some success on clay in the past, and there is really no pressure on him to advance very far. He seems to be under the radar, but he shows flashes of brilliance every once in a while. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him reach the quarters.

  184. Sam Holakoozadeh on May 27th, 2008 3:00 pm

    i’m just not sold on gonzalez for some reason. he hits big, but i’m not sure he has what it takes on clay.

  185. Nima Naderi on May 27th, 2008 9:15 pm

    Tuesdays Results: Rain continues to disrupt play

    First Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Thomaz Bellucci, 1-1 suspended
    Nikolay Davydenko (4) def. Thomas Johansson, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
    David Ferrer (5) vs. Steve Darcis
    Stanislas Wawrinka (9) def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
    Robin Soderling def. Juan Monaco (13), 6-2, 6-3, 6-1

    Mikhail Youzhny (15) vs. Benjamin Becker, 1-1 suspended
    Ivo Karlovic (20) vs. Alejandro Falla
    Radek Stepanek (21) vs. Gilles Simon
    Radek Strpanek (21) vs. Gilles Simon
    Juan Carlos Ferrero (23) vs. Marcos Daniel

    Lleyton Hewitt (25) vs. Nicolas Mahut
    Jarkko Nieminen (26) vs. Marc Lopez, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 2-2 suspended
    Igor Andreev (27) vs. Potito Starace
    Ivan Ljubicic (28) vs. Eric Prodon
    Dmitry Tursunov (30) vs. Daniel Brands, 5-2 suspended

    Mario Ancic def. Andreas Seppi (31), 6-2, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2
    Robby Ginepri vs. Donald Young
    Vincent Spadea vs. Julien Benneteau, 3-4 suspended
    Mardy Fish vs. Agustin Calleri
    Jesse Huta Galung vs. Jiri Vanek

    Dudi Sela vs. Victor Hanescu, 6-4, 1-2 suspended
    John Isner vs. Juan Ignacio Chela, 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 3-6, 1-1
    Scoville Jenkins vs. Luis Horna
    Albert Montanes vs. Kristof Vliegen, 7-6 (7-5), 3-2 suspended
    Marin Cilic vs. Robin Haase, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, 6-5 suspended

    Martin Vassallo Arguello vs. Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 3-6, 2-1 suspended
    Fabrice Santoro vs. Evgeny Korolev
    Jurgen Melzer vs. Peter Luczak
    Gael Monfils vs. Arnaud Clement
    Marat Safin vs. Jean-Rene Lisnard, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 1-2 suspended

    Marc Gicquel vs. Viktor Troicki, 6-4, 6-3, 2-1 suspended
    Bobby Reynolds vs. Thierry Ascione, 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 5-3 suspended
    Diego Junqueira vs. Adrian Mannarino
    Victor Crivoi vs. David Marrero, 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 3-5 suspended
    Paul Capdeville def. Mischa Zverev, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

  186. Erling Tenvik on May 28th, 2008 12:00 pm

    Almagro hit 38 aces during his first 2 maches at rolland garros08. Impresive consider that he have only played 6 sets. I think its a shame he missed hamburg.
    He wil be a top 10 player at the end of 2008. He hit the ball extremly powerfull and has a big serve, and he doesent do to many mistakes.

  187. Nima Naderi on May 28th, 2008 10:41 pm

    Wednesday May 28, 2008 results:

    Second Round
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. MiguelAngel Lopez Jaen, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
    Andy Murray (10) def. Jose Acasuso, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4
    Michael Llodra def. Tomas Berdych (11), 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
    Paul-Henri Mathieu (18) def. Oscar Hernandez, 2-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
    Nicolas Almagro (19) def. Sebastien Decoud, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-1

    Eduardo Schwank def. Marcel Grannollers, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
    Wayne Odesnik def. Hyung-Taik Lee, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
    Simone Bolelli def. Juan Martin Del Potro, 3-6, 7-6 (7-0), 7-5, 6-2

    First Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Thomaz Bellucci, 7-5, 6-3, 6-1
    David Ferrer (5) def. Steve Darcis, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

    Mikhail Youzhny (15) def. Benjamin Becker, 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
    Alejandro Falla def. Ivo Karlovic (20), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-4
    Radek Stepanek (21) def. Gilles Simon, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1
    Marcos Daniel def. Juan Carlos Ferrero (23), 6-7 (5-7), 2-2 retired
    Lleyton Hewitt (25) def. Nicolas Mahut, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

    Jarkko Nieminen (26) def. Marc Lopez, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
    Igor Andreev (27) def. Potito Starace, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-4
    Ivan Ljubicic (28) def. with Eric Prodon, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6)
    Ivan Ljubicic (28) vs. Eric Prodon, 4-4
    Dmitry Tursunov (30) def. Daniel Brands, 6-2, 6-4, 7-5

    Robby Ginepri def. Donald Young, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
    Jiri Vanek def. Jesse Huta Galung, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
    Jurgen Melzer def. Peter Luczak, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    Luis Horna def. Scoville Jenkins, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0
    Martin Vassallo Arguello def. Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3

    Marin Cilic def. Robin Haase, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
    Mardy Fish def. Agustin Calleri, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
    Fabrice Santoro def. Evgeny Korolev, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, 6-4
    Bobby Reynolds def. Thierry Ascione, 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
    Juan Ignacio Chela def. John Isner, 2-6, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4

    Gael Monfils def. Arnaud Clement, 7-5, 6-3, 6-1
    Julien Benneteau def. Vincent Spadea, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3
    Marat Safin def. Jean-Rene Lisnard, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
    David Marrero def. Victor Crivoi, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
    Victor Hanescu def. Dudi Sela, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

    Marc Gicquel def. Viktor Troicki, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
    Albert Montanes def. Kristof Vliegen, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2)
    Diego Junqueira def. Adrian Mannarino, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

  188. Nima Naderi on May 29th, 2008 10:41 pm

    Thursdays results:

    Second Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Albert Montanes, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-0, 6-4
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Nicolas Devilder, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1
    Nikolay Davydenko (4) def. Marat Safin, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-2
    David Ferrer (5) def. Fabrice Santoro, 6-0, 6-1, 6-0
    Jeremy Chardy def. David Nalbandian (6), 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2

    Ernests Gulbis def. James Blake (7), 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
    Stanislas Wawrinka (9) def. Marin Cilic, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
    Tommy Robredo (12) def. Marc Gicquel, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Mikhail Youzhny (15) def. Maximo Gonzalez, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
    Radek Stepanek (21) def. Jiri Vanek, 6-1, 6-0, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3

    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Juan Ignacio Chela, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
    Fernando Gonzalez (24) def. Pablo Andujar, 7-5, 6-0, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3)
    Lleyton Hewitt (25) def. Mardy Fish, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
    Jarkko Nieminen (26) def. Martin Vassallo Arguello, 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2)
    Robby Ginepri def. Igor Andreev (27), 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2

    Ivan Ljubicic (28) def. Diego Junqueira, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Dmitry Tursunov (30) def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, 6-0
    Jurgen Melzer def. Marcos Daniel, 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
    Mario Ancic def. David Marrero, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2
    Robin Soderling def. Paul Capdeville, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

    Julien Benneteau vs. Alejandro Falla postponed
    Gael Monfils def. Luis Horna, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 7-5
    Victor Hanescu vs. Florent Serra, 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) suspended
    Nicolas Lapentti def. Bobby Reynolds, 7-5, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5

  189. Nima Naderi on May 30th, 2008 4:22 pm

    Fridays results:

    Third Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Jarkko Nieminen (26), 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Wayne Odesnik, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2
    Nicolas Almagro (19) def. Andy Murray (10), 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-5
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Mikhail Youzhny (15), 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-5, 6-1
    Paul-Henri Mathieu (18) def. Eduardo Schwank, 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (11-9)

    Jeremy Chardy def. Dmitry Tursunov (30), 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, 6-4
    Ernests Gulbis def. Nicolas Lapentti, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
    Michael Llodra def. Simone Bolelli, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

    Second Round
    Julien Benneteau def. Alejandro Falla, 6-1, 6-7 (5-8), 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-0
    Florent Serra def. Victor Hanescu, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5)

  190. Nima Naderi on May 31st, 2008 4:03 pm

    Saturdays results:

    Third Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Mario Ancic, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Ivan Ljubicic (28) def. Nikolay Davydenko (4), 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    David Ferrer (5) def. Lleyton Hewitt (25), 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
    Fernando Gonzalez (24) def. Stanislas Wawrinka (9), 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Radek Stepanek (21) def. Tommy Robredo (12), 6-3, 6-2, 6-1

    Julien Benneteau def. Robin Soderling, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0, 6-1
    Gael Monfils def. Jurgen Melzer, 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
    Robby Ginepri def. Florent Serra, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

  191. Nima Naderi on June 1st, 2008 5:30 pm

    Sundays results:

    Fourth Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Fernando Verdasco (22), 6-1, 6-0, 6-2
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Paul-Henri Mathieu (18), 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
    Nicolas Almagro (19) def. Jeremy Chardy, 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (9-7), 7-5
    Ernests Gulbis def. Michael Llodra, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

  192. Nima Naderi on June 2nd, 2008 1:47 pm

    French Open Paris, France

    Fourth Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Julien Benneteau, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5
    David Ferrer (5) def. Radek Stepanek (21), 4-6, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
    Fernando Gonzalez (24) def. Robby Ginepri, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-1
    Gael Monfils def. Ivan Ljubicic (28), 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

  193. Nima Naderi on June 3rd, 2008 11:44 am

    Quarter-final results:

    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Nicolas Almagro (19), 6-1, 6-1, 6-1
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Ernests Gulbis, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5

  194. Nima Naderi on June 3rd, 2008 11:44 am

    Quarter-final results:

    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Nicolas Almagro (19), 6-1, 6-1, 6-1
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Ernests Gulbis, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5

  195. StallionDan on June 3rd, 2008 11:51 am

    Wow that Nadal score is scary. I know Almagro didn’t play well but still. Good luck Djoko, you will need it. Vamos Rafa!!!!

  196. Nima Naderi on June 4th, 2008 6:29 pm

    French Open

    Roger Federer (1) def. Fernando Gonzalez (24), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
    Gael Monfils def. David Ferrer (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

  197. Nima Naderi on June 4th, 2008 6:31 pm

    French Open

    Quarter-final results:

    Roger Federer (1) def. Fernando Gonzalez (24), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
    Gael Monfils def. David Ferrer (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

  198. Nima Naderi on June 4th, 2008 6:32 pm

    French Open

    Quarter-final results:

    Roger Federer (1) def. Fernando Gonzalez (24), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
    Gael Monfils def. David Ferrer (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

  199. Shahin on June 5th, 2008 2:33 pm

    As a fellow countryman, I feel that Roger has a great chance to complete his 4 grand slam set. We are all cheering for him. Go Roger Go.

  200. Nima Naderi on June 6th, 2008 7:54 pm

    Semifinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Gael Monfils, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Novak Djokovic (3), 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

  201. Nima Naderi on June 6th, 2008 7:54 pm

    Semifinals:
    Roger Federer (1) def. Gael Monfils, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Novak Djokovic (3), 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

  202. Nima Naderi on June 6th, 2008 7:56 pm

    Semifinals:
    Roger Federer (1) def. Gael Monfils, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Novak Djokovic (3), 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

  203. Nima Naderi on June 8th, 2008 10:03 am

    Final
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Roger Federer (1), 6-1, 6-3, 6-0

  204. Nima Naderi on June 8th, 2008 10:03 am

    Final
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Roger Federer (1), 6-1, 6-3, 6-0

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  207. Nima Naderi on June 9th, 2008 8:25 pm

    Gerry Weber Open Halle, Germany
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    First Round
    Tomas Berdych (3) def. Thomas Johansson, 6-3, 7-5
    Mischa Zverev def. Jarkko Nieminen (7), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
    Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Julien Benneteau, 6-4, 6-1
    Andreas Beck def. Marc Gicquel, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
    Robin Soderling def. Philipp Petzschner, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

    Benjamin Becker def. Denis Gremelmayr, 6-4, 6-2

    Orange Prokom Open Orange Prokom Open Sopot, Poland
    Type: Men’s Surface: Clay

    First Round
    Potito Starace (6) def. Dawid Olejniczak, 6-2, 6-3
    Jiri Vanek def. Carlos Berlocq, 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
    Evgeny Korolev def. Victor Hanescu, 6-4, 6-2
    Marcos Daniel def. Filippo Volandri, 6-3, 6-4
    Florent Serra def. Guillermo Coria, 6-3 retired

    The Artois Championships The Artois Championships London, England
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    First Round
    Hyung-Taik Lee vs. Fernando Verdasco (9)
    Janko Goodall vs. Lleyton Hewitt (11)
    Ivan Navarro vs. Janko Tipsarevic (13)
    Nicolas Lapentti vs. Mario Ancic, 3-2
    Flavio Cipolla vs. Roko Karanusic

    Dudi Sela vs. Viktor Troicki, 3-3
    Alex Bogdanovic vs. Joseph Sirianni
    Chris Guccione vs. Yen-Hsun Lu
    Robby Ginepri vs. Vincent Spadea, 4-4
    Jonas Bjorkman vs. Igor Kunitsyn

    Alejandro Falla vs. Kei Nishikori, 4-2
    Marat Safin vs. James Ward
    Sebastien Grosjean vs. Rik de Voest
    Kristof Vliegen vs. Ernests Gulbis
    Marin Cilic vs. Jurgen Melzer

  208. Nima Naderi on June 10th, 2008 6:34 pm

    Gerry Weber Open Halle, Germany
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    First Round
    James Blake (2) def. Bjorn Phau, 6-4, 6-1
    Mikhail Youzhny (4) def. Dmitry Tursunov, 6-3, 6-1
    Marcos Baghdatis (5) def. Jan Hernych, 6-4, 7-5
    Tommy Haas def. Radek Stepanek (6), 6-7 (0-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
    Michael Llodra def. Ivan Ljubicic (8), 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5), 7-5

    Nicolas Kiefer def. Robin Haase, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
    Jan Vacek def. Scott Lipsky, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
    Fabrice Santoro def. Rainer Schuettler, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
    Steve Darcis def. Olivier Rochus, 6-1, 6-4

    Orange Prokom Open Orange Prokom Open Sopot, Poland
    Type: Men’s Surface: Clay

    First Round
    Nikolay Davydenko (1) def. Pablo Cuevas, 6-3, 6-2
    Tommy Robredo (2) def. Michal Przysiezny, 7-5, 6-2
    Juan Monaco (3) def. Jerzy Janowicz, 6-4, 6-3
    Christophe Rochus def. Gilles Simon (4), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
    Guillermo Canas (5) def. Luis Horna, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4

    Marcel Granollers (7) def. Michal Mertinak, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
    Albert Montanes (8) def. David Skoch, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
    Fabio Fognini def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 7-5, 0-6, 6-4
    Wayne Odesnik def. Ricardas Berankis, 6-4, 6-3
    Santiago Ventura def. Boris Pashanski, 6-4, 6-2

    Oscar Hernandez def. Sergio Roitman, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

    The Artois Championships The Artois Championships London, England
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Second Round
    Andy Murray (6) vs. Sebastien Grosjean
    Paul-Henri Mathieu (7) vs. Marin Cilic
    Ivo Karlovic (8) vs. Joesph Sirianni
    Fernando Verdasco (9) vs. Mario Ancic

    First Round
    Fernando Gonzalez (10) vs. Richard Bloomfield

    Andreas Seppi (12) vs. Arnaud Clement
    Feliciano Lopez (14) vs. Nicolas Mahut
    Mardy Fish (15) vs. Edouard Roger-Vasselin
    Sam Querrey (16) vs. Olivier Patience
    Bobby Reynolds vs. Ivo Minar

    Frank Dancevic vs. Simone Bolelli
    John Isner vs. Kevin Anderson
    Daniel Evans vs. Xavier Malisse

  209. Alex on June 12th, 2008 3:19 pm

    Great points. I agree that Roddick does not deserve to be predictied to play in the finals, or even the semi-finals for that matter of a grand slam tournament. I have been saying for a couple of years now that Roddick does not have the all round game to compete with the Federers, Nadals, and Djokovics of the world. Still, fans (especially Americans) want to look at him as a legitimate threat in each slam except Roland Garros. I find it pretty funny that when he loses in the early part of the second week of a Grand Slam tourny, Americans treat it as an upset.

  210. Alex on June 12th, 2008 3:22 pm

    Can’t argue with this month’s selection. I was hoping that Federer could finally win the French Open, but Nadal proved to be too much. Nadal really did dominate the month, even though I thought he would be vulnerable to an early upset in a couple of the tournaments in May.

  211. zach on June 12th, 2008 5:48 pm

    It was too much for federer to take, and it was Nadal’s month, nevver seen Nadal beet federer that bad.

  212. Nima Naderi on June 12th, 2008 10:47 pm

    Gerry Weber Open Halle, Germany
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Second Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Jan Vacek, 7-5, 6-3
    Nicolas Kiefer def. Mikhail Youzhny (4), 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
    Marcos Baghdatis (5) def. Fabrice Santoro, 6-4, 6-3
    Michael Llodra def. Steve Darcis, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3)

    Orange Prokom Open Orange Prokom Open Sopot, Poland
    Type: Men’s Surface: Clay

    Second Round
    Tommy Robredo (2) def. Wayne Odesnik, 6-4, 1-1
    Guillermo Canas (5) def. Santiago Ventura, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
    Oscar Hernandez def. Albert Montanes (8), 6-3, 6-2
    Fabio Fognini def. Christophe Rochus, 5-4 retired

    The Artois Championships The Artois Championships London, England
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Third Round
    Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Kei Nishikori
    Novak Djokovic (2) vs. Janko Tipsarevic (13)
    Andy Roddick (3) def. Mardy Fish (15), 7-6 (7-5) retired
    David Nalbandian (4) vs. Nicolas Mahut
    Richard Gasquet (5) vs. Mario Ancic, 7-6, 0-1

    Andy Murray (6) vs. Ernests Gulbis, 5-7, 2-1
    Paul-Henri Mathieu (7) vs. Lleyton Hewitt (11)
    Ivo Karlovic def. Fernando Gonzalez (10), 6-3, 7-5

  213. Kevin Chow on June 13th, 2008 12:02 am

    Haha wonderful article. I used to be a Roddick fan and still kinda am. You do bring out many good points in this article. Hopefully Andy will pick it up but then again I don’t know what else he can try and do!

  214. Alexia on June 13th, 2008 11:57 am

    I love Andy but this article is right. Sometimes the truth hurts :_(

  215. John on June 13th, 2008 2:03 pm

    Roddick has always been a contender at slams. It’s obvious that the writer doesn’t know anything about tennis or Roddick as a top ten player if he thinks he isn’t. Roddick’s backhand has improved a lot under Connors’ tutoring (see this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iym4Dj1K-as ) also his volleys may not great but they are good enough to get the job done. Roddick has evolved nicely into a more rounded player, plus he’s beaten the top three players this year alone.

    I have to say that for anyone to question Roddick’s fitness is laughable. His hard working dedication to training and fitness is well known in tennis circles (read the new article about his fitness routine in Outside magazine).

  216. Alex on June 13th, 2008 2:54 pm

    I don’t think that Blake is such a big underachiever; I think that he simply is not good enough. He usually makes it to around the quarters of significant hard court tournaments. He just lacks in too many areas to be a great player. The expectations on him are just too high and that isn’t his fault. Blake is a good player, but not great.

  217. Nima Naderi on June 13th, 2008 5:33 pm

    Gerry Weber Open Halle, Germany
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Quarterfinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Marcos Baghdatis (5), 6-4, 6-4
    James Blake (2) def. Andreas Beck, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5)
    Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Robin Soderling, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Nicolas Kiefer def. Michael Llodra, 4-0 retired

    Orange Prokom Open Orange Prokom Open Sopot, Poland
    Type: Men’s Surface: Clay

    Quarterfinals
    Nikolay Davydenko (1) def. Evgeny Korolev, 6-4, 6-2
    Tommy Robredo (2) def. Oscar Hernandez, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
    Juan Monaco (3) def. Marcel Granollers (7), 6-4, 6-3
    Fabio Fognini def. Guillermo Canas (5), 7-5, 7-5

    The Artois Championships The Artois Championships London, England
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Quarterfinals
    Rafael Nadal (1) def. Ivo Karlovic (8) 6-7 7-6 7-6 (35 aces for Karlovic)
    Novak Djokovic (2) def. Lleyton Hewitt (11) 6-2, 6-2
    Andy Roddick (3) def. Andy Murray (6) walkover
    David Nalbandian (4) def. Richard Gasquet (5) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6

  218. Nima Naderi on June 14th, 2008 12:41 pm

    Gerry Weber Open Halle, Germany
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Semifinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Nicolas Kiefer, 6-1, 6-4
    Philipp Kohlschreiber def. James Blake (2), 6-3, 7-5

    Orange Prokom Open Orange Prokom Open Sopot, Poland
    Type: Men’s Surface: Clay

    Semifinals
    Nikolay Davydenko (1) def. Fabio Fognini, 6-2, 6-3
    Tommy Robredo (2) def. Juan Monaco (3), 6-4, 6-4

    The Artois Championships The Artois Championships London, England
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Semifinals
    Rafael Nadal (1) def. Andy Roddick (3), 7-5, 6-4
    Novak Djokovic (2) def. David Nalbandian (4), 6-1, 6-0

  219. Nima Naderi on June 15th, 2008 3:27 pm

    Gerry Weber Open Halle, Germany
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Final
    Roger Federer (1) def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3, 6-4

    Orange Prokom Open Orange Prokom Open Sopot, Poland
    Type: Men’s Surface: Clay

    Final
    Nikolay Davydenko (1) def. Tommy Robredo (2), 6-3, 6-3

    The Artois Championships London, England
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Final
    Rafael Nadal (1) def. Novak Djokovic (2), 7-6 (8-6), 7-5

  220. Dan Rumeo on June 15th, 2008 6:45 pm

    John, thanks for taking the time to comment. If you read through the entire you would see that I am not bashing Roddick only stating the obvious. As the big fan that you are you must have seen his past few matches against Federer where Andy has seemed to run out of gas. Also, you are entitled to your opinion about my knowledge of tennis but Roddick, a multiple time winner of the Queen’s Club tourny, lost to Nadal 75 64. If ever Roddick should be beating Rafa it should be at the Stella. If you saw the match you would have seen that Roddick’s backhand let him down. We at The ATP Blog wish Roddick then best but we have to call the shots the way we see them. Please post a reply if you wish.

  221. Dan Rumeo on June 15th, 2008 8:10 pm

    good points Alex but to us here at TheATPBlog.com Blake has a great game with some of the fiercest weapons including a forehad that is second to none. Maybe he is a late bloomer but at the same time we think he needs a new coach or some kind of life change.

  222. Nima Naderi on June 15th, 2008 9:07 pm

    First Round
    David Ferrer (1) def. Jesse Huta Galung, 6-2, 6-3
    Igor Andreev (5) def. Grigor Dimitrov, 6-1, 6-3
    Mario Ancic (6) def. Ivo Minar, 6-1, 7-6 (7-0)
    Rainer Schuettler def. Michael Berrer, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4
    Jurgen Melzer def. Victor Hanescu, 6-7 (11-13), 6-2, 6-4
    Steve Darcis def. Florent Serra, 7-5, 6-3

  223. nima on June 16th, 2008 5:58 pm

    Ordina Open ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    First Round
    Richard Gasquet (2) def. Olivier Rochus, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
    Ivan Ljubicic (4) def. Robin Haase, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
    Guillermo Canas (7) def. Mischa Zverev, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
    Juan Martin Del Potro def. Fabrice Santoro (8), 6-3, 6-1
    Rohan Bopanna def. Martin Verkerk, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-2), 6-4

    Viktor Troicki def. Denis Gremelmayr, 6-3, 7-5
    Marcel Granollers def. Kristof Vliegen, 6-0, 1-0 retired
    Massimo Dell’Acqua def. Fabio Fognini, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
    Arnaud Clement def. Benjamin Becker, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
    Marc Gicquel def. Matwe Middelkoop, 6-4, 6-1

  224. Rebs on June 17th, 2008 4:20 am

    I have to go with Alex on Blake. He’s really not that good. Monfils? I think Nalbandian should be on the list instead. Haas should also make the honorable mention. Marat should be #2 and I am in total agreement about the #1

  225. Rebs on June 17th, 2008 4:27 am

    Reeshard is a total waste of talent (so far). I saw his match against Fed in Monte Carlo and against Arod in SW19. 2 sets to love down and he just started hitting BH winners all over the place. All I can say is Amazing!!!

  226. Nima Naderi on June 17th, 2008 9:35 am

    Ordina Open ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
    Type: Men’s Surface: Grass

    Second Round
    David Ferrer (1) def. Massimo Dell’Acqua, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
    Marc Gicquel def. Richard Gasquet (2), 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)
    Jurgen Melzer def. Igor Andreev (5), 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
    Mario Ancic (6) def. Steve Darcis, 6-2, 6-4

  227. Nima Naderi on June 18th, 2008 6:37 pm

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    Nottingham, England

    Singles – Second Round
    [Q] V Spadea (USA) d [1] R Stepanek (CZE) W/O (ribs)
    [3] F Verdasco (ESP) d B Reynolds (USA) 62 63
    [4] I Karlovic (CRO) d S Querrey (USA) 76(3) 76(14)
    [5] G Simon (FRA) d [Q] S Groth (AUS) 67(1) 64 64
    [7] A Seppi (ITA) d E Schwank (ARG) 61 46 76(7) – saved 1 M.P.
    [8] G Monfils (FRA) d J Benneteau (FRA) 36 64 62
    M Cilic (CRO) d [Q] A Bogdanovic (GBR) 64 64

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

    Singles – Second Round
    [Q] V Troicki (SRB) d [4] I Ljubicic (CRO) 57 64 76(5)
    [7] G Canas (ARG) d [Q] R Bopanna (IND) 62 64
    A Clement (FRA) d M Granollers (ESP) 67(8) 63 63
    J Del Potro (ARG) d R Schuettler (GER) 76(3) 76(5)

  228. Sam Holakoozadeh on June 19th, 2008 3:21 pm

    leave nalbadian out of this! he is a perennial force on the tour. without any real weapon, he has managed to give federer fits in major tournaments. underachiever assumes he has all the tools to win majors but doesn’t, nalbandian sadly only has the heart, not much else.

  229. Nima Naderi on June 19th, 2008 6:02 pm

    Ordina Open ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

    Quarterfinals
    David Ferrer (1) def. Mario Ancic (6), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Guillermo Canas (7) def. Viktor Troicki, 6-2, 6-2
    Marc Gicquel def. Jurgen Melzer, 6-3, 6-4
    Juan Martin Del Potro def. Arnaud Clement, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

    The Slazenger Open The Slazenger Open Nottingham, England

    Quarterfinals
    Fernando Verdasco (3) vs. Gilles Simon (5)
    Ivo Karlovic (4) vs. Andreas Seppi (7)
    Gael Monfils (8) vs. Vincent Spadea
    Thomas Johansson vs. Marin Cilic

  230. Nima Naderi on June 20th, 2008 5:45 pm

    Ordina Open ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

    Semifinals
    David Ferrer (1) def. Juan Martin Del Potro, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
    Marc Gicquel def. Guillermo Canas (7), 3-6, 6-0, 6-4

    The Slazenger Open The Slazenger Open Nottingham, England

    Semifinals
    Fernando Verdasco (3) vs. Marin Cilic
    Ivo Karlovic (4) vs. Gael Monfils (8)

  231. IvanAndreevich on June 21st, 2008 3:12 pm

    Sam are you aware that Nalby’s backhand is one of the best on tour? If anything, Nalby is like a stronger version of Agassi without the mental strength.

  232. Nima Naderi on June 21st, 2008 5:31 pm

    Ordina Open ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

    Final
    David Ferrer (1) def. Marc Gicquel, 6-4, 6-2

    The Slazenger Open The Slazenger Open Nottingham, England

    Final
    Ivo Karlovic (4) def. Fernando Verdasco (3), 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (10-8)

  233. Alex on June 22nd, 2008 10:22 am

    I know Federer has not had a good year, and Nadal has gotten better on surfaces besides clay. I also know that Djokovic is a strong contender to win this tourny and a major force (no pun intended) on grass. Still, Federer is kind of like Tiger Woods. Not to turn this into a golf conversation, but you can never bet against Tiger at Torey Pines no matter what condition he is in physically, and you can never go against Federer at Wimbledon.

  234. Kevin Chow on June 22nd, 2008 11:30 am

    Ivan, please don’t make me laugh by comparing Nalbandian’s anthing to the great Agassi. Nalby is lucky to be a ball boy of Andre.

  235. Sam Holakoozadeh on June 22nd, 2008 12:37 pm

    his backhand is strong, i don’t deny it, but one of the best on tour might be a reach. and i have to agree with kevin, comparing him to agassi is ridiculous.

  236. Nima Naderi on June 22nd, 2008 10:11 pm

    Ordina Open ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

    Final
    David Ferrer (1) def. Marc Gicquel, 6-4, 6-2

    The Slazenger Open The Slazenger Open Nottingham, England

    Final
    Ivo Karlovic (4) def. Fernando Verdasco (3), 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (10-8)

  237. Nima Naderi on June 23rd, 2008 8:17 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    First Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Dominik Hrbaty, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Michael Berrer, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
    David Ferrer (5) def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 1-3 retired
    Frank Dancevic def. David Nalbandian (7), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
    Marcos Baghdatis (10) def. Steve Darcis, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3

    Tomas Berdych (11) def. Evgeny Korolev, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
    Stanislas Wawrinka (13) def. Marcos Daniel, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5
    Fernando Gonzalez (15) def. Robby Ginepri, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-5
    Simon Stadler def. Ivo Karlovic (18), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 7-5
    Lleyton Hewitt (20) def. Robin Hasse, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 6-2

    Juan Carlos Ferrero (21) def. Sam Querrey, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
    Andreas Seppi (29) def. Tobias Kamke, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    Gael Monfils (30) vs. Chris Guccione
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Brian Dabul, 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

    Mario Ancic def. Michael Llodra (32), 6-4, 7-6 (9-7), 2-0 retired
    Thomas Johansson def. Vincent Spadea, 6-7 (8-10), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
    Florent Serra def. Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3
    Marat Safin def. Fabio Fognini, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
    Philipp Petzschner def. Hyung-Taik Lee, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-4 retired

    Thomaz Bellucci def. Igor Kunitsyn, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-2
    Bobby Reynolds def. Filippo Volandri, 6-2, 6-2 retired
    Robin Soderling def. Kevin Kim, 7-5, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4
    Olivier Rochus def. Dudi Sela, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
    Simone Bolelli def. Alex Bogdanovic, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

    Juan Martin Del Potro def. Pavel Snobel, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
    Victor Hanescu def. Alejandro Falla, 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-0, 6-4
    Mischa Zverev def. Alexander Peya, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
    Roko Karanusic def. Luis Horna, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-1
    Marc Gicquel def. Kei Nishikori, 4-6, 7-5 retired

    Igor Andreev def. Jiri Vanek, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2
    Albert Montanes def. Carlos Berlocq, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
    Ilia Bozoljac def. Chris Guccione, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

  238. Nima Naderi on June 23rd, 2008 8:17 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    First Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Dominik Hrbaty, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
    Novak Djokovic (3) def. Michael Berrer, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
    David Ferrer (5) def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 1-3 retired
    Frank Dancevic def. David Nalbandian (7), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
    Marcos Baghdatis (10) def. Steve Darcis, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3

    Tomas Berdych (11) def. Evgeny Korolev, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
    Stanislas Wawrinka (13) def. Marcos Daniel, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5
    Fernando Gonzalez (15) def. Robby Ginepri, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-5
    Simon Stadler def. Ivo Karlovic (18), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 7-5
    Lleyton Hewitt (20) def. Robin Hasse, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 6-2

    Juan Carlos Ferrero (21) def. Sam Querrey, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
    Andreas Seppi (29) def. Tobias Kamke, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    Gael Monfils (30) vs. Chris Guccione
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Brian Dabul, 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

    Mario Ancic def. Michael Llodra (32), 6-4, 7-6 (9-7), 2-0 retired
    Thomas Johansson def. Vincent Spadea, 6-7 (8-10), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
    Florent Serra def. Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3
    Marat Safin def. Fabio Fognini, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
    Philipp Petzschner def. Hyung-Taik Lee, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-4 retired

    Thomaz Bellucci def. Igor Kunitsyn, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-2
    Bobby Reynolds def. Filippo Volandri, 6-2, 6-2 retired
    Robin Soderling def. Kevin Kim, 7-5, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4
    Olivier Rochus def. Dudi Sela, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
    Simone Bolelli def. Alex Bogdanovic, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

    Juan Martin Del Potro def. Pavel Snobel, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
    Victor Hanescu def. Alejandro Falla, 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-0, 6-4
    Mischa Zverev def. Alexander Peya, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
    Roko Karanusic def. Luis Horna, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-1
    Marc Gicquel def. Kei Nishikori, 4-6, 7-5 retired

    Igor Andreev def. Jiri Vanek, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2
    Albert Montanes def. Carlos Berlocq, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
    Ilia Bozoljac def. Chris Guccione, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

  239. Alexia on June 24th, 2008 8:49 am

    Love this article. I know it is kinda tough to choose the best strokes. I would take Rafa’s backhand over Novak’s though. His spin is crazy!

  240. Karl on June 24th, 2008 8:51 am

    That video is crazy! After watching it you have to say that Federer does have the best overhead ever! Poor Andy. Always gonna be Federer’s pigeon.

  241. Nima Naderi on June 24th, 2008 9:17 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    First Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Andreas Beck, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0)
    Benjamin Becker def. Nikolay Davydenko (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Andy Roddick (6) def. Eduardo Schwank, 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0)
    Richard Gasquet (8) def. Mardy Fish, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    James Blake (9) def. Christophe Rochus, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4

    Andy Murray (12) def. Fabrice Santoro, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
    Paul-Henri Mathieu (14) def. Oscar Hernandez, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-2
    Radek Stepanek (16) def. Jan Hernych, 6-3, 7-5, 6-0
    Mikhail Youzhny (17) def. Sergio Roitman, 6-1, 6-4, 6-0
    Nicolas Almagro (19) def. Marcel Granollers-Pujol, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2

    Tommy Robredo (23) def. Kristof Vliegen, 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4
    Jarkko Nieminen (24) def. Wayne Odesnik, 6-3 retired
    Dmitry Tursunov (25) def. Nicolas Mahut, 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 7-5
    Jurgen Melzer def. Ivan Ljubicic (26), 6-4, 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, 2-6, 6-3
    Nicolas Kiefer (27) def. Julien Benneteau, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3

    Gilles Simon (28) def. Dawid Olejniczak, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Stefano Galvani def. Jamie Baker, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
    Rainer Schuettler def. Santiago Ventura, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    Xavier Malisse def. Denis Gremelmayr, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Ernests Gulbis def. John Isner, 7-5, 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6)

    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Izak Vander Merwe, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2
    Sebastien Grosjean def. Potito Starace, 6-2, 7-5, 6-1
    Jesse Levine def. Donald Young, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
    Jeremy Chardy def. Frederico Gil, 7-5, 6-7 (1-7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
    Janko Tipsarevic def. Thierry Ascione, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-2

    Agustin Calleri def. Kevin Anderson, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-1
    Arnaud Clement def. Jonas Bjorkman, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Marin Cilic def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
    Viktor Troicki def. Nicolas Lapentti, 6-3, 4-0 retired
    Chris Eaton def. Boris Pashanski, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

    Martin Vassallo Arguello def. Ivo Minar, 6-4, 2-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
    Tommy Haas def. Guillermo Canas, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

  242. Nima Naderi on June 24th, 2008 9:18 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    First Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Andreas Beck, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0)
    Benjamin Becker def. Nikolay Davydenko (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Andy Roddick (6) def. Eduardo Schwank, 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0)
    Richard Gasquet (8) def. Mardy Fish, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    James Blake (9) def. Christophe Rochus, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4

    Andy Murray (12) def. Fabrice Santoro, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
    Paul-Henri Mathieu (14) def. Oscar Hernandez, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-2
    Radek Stepanek (16) def. Jan Hernych, 6-3, 7-5, 6-0
    Mikhail Youzhny (17) def. Sergio Roitman, 6-1, 6-4, 6-0
    Nicolas Almagro (19) def. Marcel Granollers-Pujol, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2

    Tommy Robredo (23) def. Kristof Vliegen, 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4
    Jarkko Nieminen (24) def. Wayne Odesnik, 6-3 retired
    Dmitry Tursunov (25) def. Nicolas Mahut, 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 7-5
    Jurgen Melzer def. Ivan Ljubicic (26), 6-4, 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, 2-6, 6-3
    Nicolas Kiefer (27) def. Julien Benneteau, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3

    Gilles Simon (28) def. Dawid Olejniczak, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Stefano Galvani def. Jamie Baker, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
    Rainer Schuettler def. Santiago Ventura, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    Xavier Malisse def. Denis Gremelmayr, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Ernests Gulbis def. John Isner, 7-5, 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6)

    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Izak Vander Merwe, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2
    Sebastien Grosjean def. Potito Starace, 6-2, 7-5, 6-1
    Jesse Levine def. Donald Young, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
    Jeremy Chardy def. Frederico Gil, 7-5, 6-7 (1-7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
    Janko Tipsarevic def. Thierry Ascione, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-2

    Agustin Calleri def. Kevin Anderson, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-1
    Arnaud Clement def. Jonas Bjorkman, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Marin Cilic def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
    Viktor Troicki def. Nicolas Lapentti, 6-3, 4-0 retired
    Chris Eaton def. Boris Pashanski, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

    Martin Vassallo Arguello def. Ivo Minar, 6-4, 2-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
    Tommy Haas def. Guillermo Canas, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

  243. Nima Naderi on June 24th, 2008 9:19 pm

    I have to agree with Alexia, Rafa to me right now has the best backhand in the game. His defense off of that side is next level right now!

  244. Alex on June 25th, 2008 11:14 am

    Safin and Gasquet have pretty nice backhands as well. Nadal has a good one, but I wouldn’t say it is the best in the entire game quite yet.

  245. Nima Naderi on June 26th, 2008 9:07 am

    Wimbledon London, England

    Second Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Robin Soderling, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
    Marat Safin def. Novak Djokovic (3), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
    David Ferrer (5) def. Igor Andreev, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Marcos Baghdatis (10) def. Thomas Johansson, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Tomas Berdych (11) def. Victor Hanescu, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, 6-2

    Stanislas Wawrinka (13) def. Juan Martin Del Potro, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 7-5
    Simone Bolelli def. Fernando Gonzalez (15), 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4)
    Lleyton Hewitt (20) def. Albert Montanes, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, 6-2
    Mischa Zverev def. Juan Carlos Ferrero (21), 6-4, 6-4, 2-1 retired
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Olivier Rochus, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-1

    Andreas Seppi (29) def. Florent Serra, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Roko Karanusic, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
    Bobby Reynolds def. Frank Dancevic, 4-6, 7-6 (12-10), 6-4, 6-4
    Simon Stadler def. Thomaz Bellucci, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 8-6
    Marc Gicquel def. Ilia Bozoljac, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-0), 6-3

    Mario Ancic def. Philipp Petzschner, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 4-6, 6-3

  246. Nima Naderi on June 26th, 2008 9:08 am

    Wimbledon London, England

    Second Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Robin Soderling, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
    Marat Safin def. Novak Djokovic (3), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
    David Ferrer (5) def. Igor Andreev, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
    Marcos Baghdatis (10) def. Thomas Johansson, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
    Tomas Berdych (11) def. Victor Hanescu, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, 6-2

    Stanislas Wawrinka (13) def. Juan Martin Del Potro, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 7-5
    Simone Bolelli def. Fernando Gonzalez (15), 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4)
    Lleyton Hewitt (20) def. Albert Montanes, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, 6-2
    Mischa Zverev def. Juan Carlos Ferrero (21), 6-4, 6-4, 2-1 retired
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Olivier Rochus, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-1

    Andreas Seppi (29) def. Florent Serra, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Roko Karanusic, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
    Bobby Reynolds def. Frank Dancevic, 4-6, 7-6 (12-10), 6-4, 6-4
    Simon Stadler def. Thomaz Bellucci, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 8-6
    Marc Gicquel def. Ilia Bozoljac, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-0), 6-3

    Mario Ancic def. Philipp Petzschner, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 4-6, 6-3

  247. Nima Naderi on June 26th, 2008 4:47 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Second Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Ernests Gulbis, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
    Janko Tipsarevic def. Andy Roddick (6), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Richard Gasquet (8) def. Sebastien Grosjean, 6-2, 6-2 retired
    Rainer Schuettler def. James Blake (9), 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
    Andy Murray (12) def. Xavier Malisse, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

    Paul-Henri Mathieu (14) def. Jeremy Chardy, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)
    Radek Stepanek (16) def. Viktor Troicki, 6-7 (1-7), 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-1, 6-2
    Mikhail Youzhny (17) def. Stefano Galvani, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Nicolas Almagro (19), 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
    Tommy Haas def. Tommy Robredo (23), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

    Marin Cilic def. Jarkko Nieminen (24), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5
    Dmitry Tursunov (25) def. Chris Eaton, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-4
    Nicolas Kiefer (27) def. Martin Vassallo Arguello, 6-0, 6-3, 6-1
    Gilles Simon (28) def. Agustin Calleri, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
    Jurgen Melzer def. Jesse Levine, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

    Arnaud Clement def. Benjamin Becker, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

  248. Nima Naderi on June 26th, 2008 4:49 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Second Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Ernests Gulbis, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
    Janko Tipsarevic def. Andy Roddick (6), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Richard Gasquet (8) def. Sebastien Grosjean, 6-2, 6-2 retired
    Rainer Schuettler def. James Blake (9), 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
    Andy Murray (12) def. Xavier Malisse, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

    Paul-Henri Mathieu (14) def. Jeremy Chardy, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)
    Radek Stepanek (16) def. Viktor Troicki, 6-7 (1-7), 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-1, 6-2
    Mikhail Youzhny (17) def. Stefano Galvani, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Nicolas Almagro (19), 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
    Tommy Haas def. Tommy Robredo (23), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

    Marin Cilic def. Jarkko Nieminen (24), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5
    Dmitry Tursunov (25) def. Chris Eaton, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-4
    Nicolas Kiefer (27) def. Martin Vassallo Arguello, 6-0, 6-3, 6-1
    Gilles Simon (28) def. Agustin Calleri, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
    Jurgen Melzer def. Jesse Levine, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

    Arnaud Clement def. Benjamin Becker, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

  249. zach on June 27th, 2008 1:00 pm

    that was upsetting both roddick and james out in the first round. sharapova is out many big people are gone, now maybe we cna seee some youngsters but i wish blake stayed in—under achieved in this tourney

  250. zach on June 27th, 2008 1:01 pm

    i cant leave out novak either. one commentator said it would be novak and nadal final i disagree but would like to see novak and fed go at it on grass, i might have a heart attack in the middle though

  251. zach on June 27th, 2008 1:04 pm

    feds forehand is better then nadals i dont see why thats even a toss up

  252. zach on June 27th, 2008 1:05 pm

    nadal’s backhand is probably the best, becuase of its amazing spin, however if u had to go one handed it might be gasquet alex

  253. zach on June 27th, 2008 1:07 pm

    how can someone’s overhead be better tehn someones else, like some peopple’s overhead just sucks, but whats the difference between feds adn novak’s or roddicks and i think fed has a pretty nice serve to he disguises it nicely

  254. Chris on June 27th, 2008 4:32 pm

    I Just got info from my coach Chris Haggard (lost 1st round doubs in wimbledon 7-5 in the fifth) that the security had to restrain Safin after the press conferences from beating up on Djokovic because of the stupid /rude things Djokovic said about safin in the press conference.

    just thought it would be a funny piece of info:D

  255. Nima Naderi on June 27th, 2008 8:26 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Third Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Marc Giquel, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
    Mario Ancic def. David Ferrer (5), 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3)
    Marcos Baghdatis (10) def. Simon Stadler, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-2
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Tomas Berdych (11), 6-4, 6-4, 6-0
    Stanislas Wawrinka (13) def. Mischa Zverev, 7-5, 6-1 retired

    Lleyton Hewitt (20) def. Simone Bolelli, 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
    Marat Safin def. Andreas Seppi (29), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Bobby Reynolds, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

  256. Nima Naderi on June 27th, 2008 8:26 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Third Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Marc Giquel, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
    Mario Ancic def. David Ferrer (5), 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3)
    Marcos Baghdatis (10) def. Simon Stadler, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-2
    Fernando Verdasco (22) def. Tomas Berdych (11), 6-4, 6-4, 6-0
    Stanislas Wawrinka (13) def. Mischa Zverev, 7-5, 6-1 retired

    Lleyton Hewitt (20) def. Simone Bolelli, 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
    Marat Safin def. Andreas Seppi (29), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Bobby Reynolds, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

  257. Nima Naderi on June 27th, 2008 9:03 pm

    Thanks for the insight Chris, we always welcome your thoughts or insight into into the game, Cheers.

    Nima

  258. Nima Naderi on June 27th, 2008 9:19 pm

    After Roddicks second round exit at Wimbledon, seems as though Dan was on to something here……..

  259. Nima Naderi on June 29th, 2008 2:43 am

    Wimbledon London, England

    Third Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Nicolas Kiefer (27), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 6-3
    Richard Gasquet (8) def. Gilles Simon (28), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3
    Andy Murray (12) def. Tommy Haas, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-2
    Marin Cilic def. Paul-Henri Mathieu (14), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
    Mikhail Youzhny (17) def. Radek Stepanek (16), 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3

    Janko Tipsarevic def. Dmitry Tursunov (25), 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
    Arnaud Clement def. Jurgen Melzer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
    Rainer Schuettler def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

  260. Nima Naderi on June 29th, 2008 2:43 am

    Wimbledon London, England

    Third Round
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Nicolas Kiefer (27), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 6-3
    Richard Gasquet (8) def. Gilles Simon (28), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3
    Andy Murray (12) def. Tommy Haas, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-2
    Marin Cilic def. Paul-Henri Mathieu (14), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
    Mikhail Youzhny (17) def. Radek Stepanek (16), 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3

    Janko Tipsarevic def. Dmitry Tursunov (25), 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
    Arnaud Clement def. Jurgen Melzer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
    Rainer Schuettler def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-2, 6-3, 6-

  261. Dan Rumeo on June 30th, 2008 5:24 pm

    Zach, the overhead is a big part of tennis. People underestimate it but when push comes to show one bad overhead could cost the match. As I said in my article, Fed moves better than anyone else to the overhead.

  262. Nima Naderi on July 1st, 2008 8:52 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Fourth Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Lleyton Hewitt (20), 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, 6-4
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Mikhail Youzhny (17), 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
    Andy Murray (12) def. Richard Gasquet (8), 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 6-4
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Marcos Baghdatis (10), 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 8-6
    Marat Safin def. Stanislas Wawrinka (13), 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1

    Mario Ancic def. Fernando Verdasco (22), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 13-11
    Rainer Schuettler def. Janko Tipsarevic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Arnaud Clement def. Marin Cilic, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2

  263. Nima Naderi on July 1st, 2008 8:53 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Fourth Round
    Roger Federer (1) def. Lleyton Hewitt (20), 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, 6-4
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Mikhail Youzhny (17), 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
    Andy Murray (12) def. Richard Gasquet (8), 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 6-4
    Feliciano Lopez (31) def. Marcos Baghdatis (10), 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 8-6
    Marat Safin def. Stanislas Wawrinka (13), 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1

    Mario Ancic def. Fernando Verdasco (22), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 13-11
    Rainer Schuettler def. Janko Tipsarevic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
    Arnaud Clement def. Marin Cilic, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2

  264. Alex on July 2nd, 2008 5:09 pm

    Wow, Federer looked awful impressive against Ancic. Nadal is pretty much guarenteed a spot in the finals, and with all due respect to Safin, Federer should get there too. I can’t wait for the Federer-Nadal Wimbledon Finals (Vol III). Should be a great one!

  265. Nima Naderi on July 2nd, 2008 10:57 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Quarterfinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Mario Ancic, 6-1, 7-5, 6-4
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Andy Murray (12), 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    Marat Safin def. Feliciano Lopez (31), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
    Rainer Schuettler vs. Arnaud Clement, 6-3, 5-7 suspended

  266. Nima Naderi on July 2nd, 2008 10:58 pm

    Wimbledon London, England

    Quarterfinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Mario Ancic, 6-1, 7-5, 6-4
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Andy Murray (12), 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    Marat Safin def. Feliciano Lopez (31), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
    Rainer Schuettler vs. Arnaud Clement, 6-3, 5-7 suspended

  267. Nancy Fitzgerald on July 3rd, 2008 3:36 pm

    I am a Nalbandian fan because of his style of play. It is much more exciting that watching the exhibitions of a Roger Federer. nalbandian’s play at Wimbledon (first round exit) was horrific. I do not think that he is in good physical shape, and he is disappointing his many fans who feel he has talent. I hope he shows us that talent during the US Open series and the Open Grand Slam.

  268. Shane on July 4th, 2008 12:30 pm

    Dude, good article. You might want to read it over again and fix it up, specially the last paragraph. I hope RF wins.

  269. Dan Rumeo on July 4th, 2008 12:51 pm

    Thanks Shane. Fixed.

  270. Nima Naderi on July 5th, 2008 1:42 am

    Semifinals
    Roger Federer (1) def. Marat Safin, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Rainer Schuettler, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4

  271. Nima Naderi on July 6th, 2008 10:52 pm

    Final
    Rafael Nadal (2) def. Roger Federer (1), 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (8-10), 9-7

  272. Shane on July 7th, 2008 3:33 am

    Honestly, Nadal is a warrior!!! Some of the shots that Federer was hitting should have never come back. The angles the Nadal was creating were out of this world. Now we will see just how god Federer really is. A true champion, one that is to be considered the best ever, needs to adapt and change his game in order to beat the best of the best. One thing is for sure, Federer return backhand is much better now, considering he got a steady dose of serves to that side.

  273. Shane on July 7th, 2008 3:35 am

    Is Fed not playing this week?

  274. Nima Naderi on July 7th, 2008 7:28 am

    Federer is off this week and will return to action at the Canadian Open in 2 weeks time.

  275. dstingrayj on July 7th, 2008 9:51 am

    For the past 2 years, I was left sorely disappointed rooting for Federer in the French Open finals. Especially in 2007, where for one set, at least, he seemed to have a handle over Nadal. In this year’s Finals, the less said the better.

    This Wimbledon loss will be good for Federer.

    For far too long, Federer is uncontested as he reigned supreme. If he models himself after Sampras, who also have never won the French Open, it is not too illogical to induce that Federer have a bit less motivation to win at Roland Garros – read his comments during the press interview after the Wimbledon loss.

    For too long, his mental strength and how he reacts under pressure at critical points were not severely tested. Many a times during the Wimbledon finals, he HAD Rafa – e.g. that 13th game in the fifth set, the old Roger would have grabbed his chance and nailed it.

    I am a fan of Federer. I hope this loss rekindles the fight in Federer – just like Sampras’ second half of his amazing career.

    Especially against Nadal, I feel Federer still thinks that he can beat Nadal at his own game – from the baseline. But now brute strength alone is not enough as Nadal gets more consistent and competitive during big points. A little magic and wizardry is in order – how many times during that Wimbledon final a simple drop shot would suffice as Nadal stands three feet behind the baseline to counter punch Federer’s rocket-like approach shot…?

    So I await with baited breath for the Champ to respond in a way he only can. Only then can Federer surpass Sampras, possibly the only other tennis player in history greater than the Fed Express.

  276. Nima Naderi on July 7th, 2008 8:42 pm

    Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Switzerland

    First Round
    Igor Andreev (7) def. Marcos Daniel, 6-4, 7-5
    Guillermo Canas (8) def. Ivo Minar, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3
    Marin Cilic def. Josselin Ouanna, 6-3, 6-4
    Florent Serra def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-5)
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Michael Lammer, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

    Kristof Vliegen def. Martin Vassallo Arguello, 6-3, 6-4

    Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Newport, Rhode Island, USA

    First Round
    Donald Young (6) def. Woong-Sun Jun, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
    Mikhail Ledovskikh def. Kristian Pless, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
    Alexander Peya def. Philipp Petzschner, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-5
    Vincent Spadea def. Simon Stadler, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
    Rohan Bopanna def. Kevin Kim, 6-3, 6-4

    Brendan Evans def. Paul Capdeville, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

    Catella Swedish Open Catella Swedish Open Bastad, Sweden

    First Round
    Jarkko Nieminen (7) vs. Sergio Roitman, 5-4 suspended
    Boris Pashanski def. Nicolas Massu, 6-2, 6-3
    Bjorn Rehnquist def. Michal Przysiezny, 7-5, 6-2
    Filippo Volandri vs. Ervin Eleskovic postponed

    Mercedes Cup Mercedes Cup Stuttgart, Germany

    First Round
    Albert Montanes def. Jose Acasuso (7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
    Juan Martin Del Potro def. Evgeny Korolev, 6-3, 7-5
    Oscar Hernandez def. Santiago Ventura, 6-1, 6-4
    Santiago Giraldo vs. Pablo Cuevas, 4-6, 6-4, 3-0
    Michael Berrer def. Eric Prodon, 6-3, 6-4
    Andreas Beck def. Daniel Brands, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

  277. Nima Naderi on July 7th, 2008 9:57 pm

    Great comment dstingrayj. I do not think Fed can beat Rafa from the baseline anymore. His best shot is to attack but that needs to be altered as well. Roger needs to slice his backhand more and not allow Nadal to feed off the pace of his forehand approach shot. Federer will have to go back to the drawing board, and I sure he will come back with some good stuff.

  278. Kazeldbj on July 8th, 2008 1:02 pm

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  279. Nima Naderi on July 8th, 2008 10:02 pm

    Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Switzerland

    First Round
    Dominik Meffert def. Andreas Seppi (5), 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
    Nicolas Kiefer (6) def. Gianluca Naso, 6-3, 6-2
    Victor Hanescu def. Olivier Patience, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
    Flavio Cipolla def. Jiri Vanek, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
    Jeremy Chardy def. Luis Horna, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (6-8), 7-5

    Stephane Bohli def. Robin Roshardt, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

    Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Newport, Rhode Island, USA

    First Round
    Jesse Levine def. John Isner (5), 6-3, 6-1
    Frank Dancevic (7) def. Taylor Dent, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
    Kevin Anderson (8) def. Gilles Muller, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-3
    Prakash Amritraj def. Joseph Sirianni, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4
    Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi def. Benjamin Becker, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)

    Catella Swedish Open Catella Swedish Open Bastad, Sweden

    First Round
    Potito Starace def. Carlos Moya (5), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
    Jarkko Nieminen (7) def. Sergio Roitman, 6-4, 6-2
    Robin Soderling (8) def. Fabio Fognini, 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5
    Michael Ryderstedt def. Tim Goransson, 6-1, 6-2
    Olivier Rochus def. Marc Giquel, 6-3, 6-4

    Thomas Johansson def. Filip Prpic, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
    Jonas Bjorkman def. Marcel Granollers, 6-3, 6-1
    Steve Darcis def. Daniel Koellerer, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
    Marat Safin def. Marc Lopez, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5
    Ervin Eleskovic def. Filippo Volandri, 6-4, 6-4

    Mercedes Cup Mercedes Cup Stuttgart, Germany

    First Round
    Simone Bolelli (5) vs. Mischa Zverev, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4 suspended
    Agustin Calleri (6) def. Jurgen Melzer, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
    Eduardo Schwank (8) def. Guillermo Coria, 0-6, 6-1, 6-2
    Yuri Schukin def. Carlos Berlocq, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
    Lukas Rosol def. M Fischer, 6-2, 6-4

    Brian Dabul vs. Denis Gremelmayr, 6-3, 5-5 suspended

  280. Nima Naderi on July 9th, 2008 11:04 pm

    Wednesday, Jul 9

    Allianz Suisse Open Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Switzerland

    Second Round
    Stanislas Wawrinka (1) def. Stephane Bohli, 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 7-6 (7-3)
    Marin Cilic def. Paul-Henri Mathieu (2), 6-3, 6-4
    Igor Andreev (7) def. Florent Serra, 7-5, 6-4
    Guillermo Canas (8) def. Kristof Vliegen walkover

    Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Newport, Rhode Island, USA

    Second Round
    Rohan Bopanna def. Mardy Fish (1), 7-6 (8-6), 7-5
    Igor Kunitsyn (4) def. Mikhail Ledovskikh, 6-1, 6-1
    Frank Dancevic (7) def. Brendan Evans, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
    Prakash Amritraj def. Jesse Levine, 7-5, 6-3

    First Round
    Ivan Navarro def. Rik de Voest, 7-5, 6-4

    Mercedes Cup Mercedes Cup Stuttgart, Germany

    Second Round
    Richard Gasquet (2) vs. Lukas Rosol
    Nicolas Almagro (3) vs. Michael Berrer
    Agustin Calleri (6) def. Pablo Cuevas, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1
    Albert Montanes vs. Oscar Hernandez

    First Round
    Simone Bolelli (5) vs. Mischa Zverev, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 3-2

    Brian Dabul def. Denis Gremelmayr, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3

  281. Nima Naderi on July 10th, 2008 5:50 pm

    Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Switzerland

    Second Round
    Mikhail Youzhny (3) def. Flavio Cipolla, 6-3, 6-2
    Victor Hanescu def. Ivo Karlovic (4), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (13-11)
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Nicolas Kiefer (6) walkover
    Jeremy Chardy def. Dominik Meffert, 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4)

    Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Newport, Rhode Island, USA

    Quarterfinals
    Frank Dancevic (7) def. Igor Kunitsyn (4), 7-5, 6-3
    Prakash Amritraj def. Rohan Bopanna, 6-4, 6-3

    Second Round
    Fabrice Santoro (2) def. Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
    Vincent Spadea def. Nicolas Mahut (3), 6-2, 6-3
    Alexander Peya def. Donald Young (6), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

    Ivan Navarro def. Kevin Anderson (8), 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-4

  282. Nima Naderi on July 11th, 2008 7:46 pm

    Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Switzerland

    Quarterfinals
    Stanislas Wawrinka (1) def. Guillermo Canas, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Mikhail Youzhny (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
    Igor Andreev (7) def. Marin Cilic, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
    Victor Hanescu def. Jeremy Chardy, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)

    Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Newport, Rhode Island, USA

    Quarterfinals
    Fabrice Santoro (2) def. Ivan Navarro, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
    Vincent Spadea def. Alexander Peya, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5

    Catella Swedish Open Catella Swedish Open Bastad, Sweden

    Quarterfinals
    David Ferrer (1) def. Robin Soderling (8), 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1
    Fernando Verdasco (2) def. Bjorn Rehnquist, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0
    Tommy Robredo (3) def. Jarkko Nieminen (7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
    Tomas Berdych (4) def. Potito Starace, 6-3, 6-2

    Mercedes Cup Mercedes Cup Stuttgart, Germany
    Type: Men’s Surface: Clay

    Quarterfinals
    Eduardo Schwank (8) def. Jan Hernych (1), 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
    Richard Gasquet (2) def. Albert Montanes, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
    Juan Martin Del Potro def. Philipp Kohlschreiber (4), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
    Agustin Calleri (6) def. Michael Berrer, 6-4, 6-2

  283. Katarina on July 15th, 2008 5:22 pm

    love the article. I am going to pick it up tonight! Chicks play games too you know :)

  284. Rafa Wannabe on July 16th, 2008 5:39 pm

    Wow, thanks for posting this! This line is definitely taking a different direction. Regardless I will buy whatever those guys wear. I know I am a poser but I am proud of it!

  285. Tommy on July 16th, 2008 5:46 pm

    I just realized my lesson by playing with Adidas shoes (turned my ankle). I bought them because they were a bit cheaper than the Nikes but I wish I didn’t. Nadal’s new kicks look kind of cool cuz they are retro-ish. Can’t wait to rock’em.

  286. rod on July 16th, 2008 9:03 pm

    nima the new site is sick

    GOOD JOB!!!!!

  287. Nima Naderi on July 17th, 2008 12:00 am

    Kitzbühel, Austria
    Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    Singles – Second Round
    [4] P Starace (ITA) d [WC] D Koellerer (AUT) 64 63
    [5] E Schwank (ARG) d [Q] D Brands (GER) 61 64
    V Hanescu (ROU) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 62 61
    B Dabul (ARG) d I Minar (CZE) 64 63

    Amersfoort, The Netherlands

    Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    Singles – Second Round
    [1] M Gicquel (FRA) d [WC] T de Bakker (NED) 76(6) 63
    [3] S Darcis (BEL) d A Martin (ESP) 61 76(5)
    T Gabashvili (RUS) d [7] M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 64 60
    C Rochus (BEL) d P Petzschner (GER) 63 64

    Umag, Croatia
    Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    Singles – Second Round
    [1] F Verdasco (ESP) d [Q] M Montcourt (FRA) 76(5) 61
    [3] C Moya (ESP) d V Troicki (SRB) 36 76(2) 75
    [7] F Fognini (ITA) d F Volandri (ITA) 64 64
    M Zverev (GER) d [8] M Daniel (BRA) 64 62

    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    Singles – Second Round
    [2] G Simon (FRA) d B Becker (GER) 75 36 60
    [3] D Tursunov (RUS) d W Odesnik (USA) W/O (back)
    P Capdeville (CHI) d [Q] J Sirianni (AUS) 63 64
    [5] [WC] T Haas (GER) vs J Isner (USA)

  288. Nima Naderi on July 18th, 2008 1:04 am

    Thursday, July 17, 2008

    Austrian Open Austrian Open Kitzbuhel, Austria

    Second Round
    Rainer Schuettler (2) vs. Jan Hernych, 2-6, 6-4, 2-3 suspended
    Jurgen Melzer (6) def. Leonardo Mayer, 6-4, 6-2
    Juan Martin Del Potro (7) vs. Sergio Roitman, 6-2, 2-2 suspended
    Nicolas Devilder vs. Alexander Peya, 6-4, 4-2 suspended

    Indianapolis Tennis Championships Indianapolis Tennis Championships Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

    Second Round
    James Blake (1) def. Woong-Sun Jun, 6-3, 7-5
    Sam Querrey (4) vs. Vincent Spadea, 0-1
    Bobby Reynolds def. Alejandro Falla, 6-1, 6-1
    Yen-Hsun Lu def. Rajeev Ram, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1)

    Amersfoort, The Netherlands
    Singles – Second Round
    [2] J Acasuso (ARG) d E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 63 64
    [4] M Granollers (ESP) d I Navarro (ESP) 64 64
    [5] A Montanes (ESP) d P Cuevas (URU) 64 64
    O Hernandez (ESP) d [WC] J Huta Galung (NED) 63 62

    Umag, Croatia

    Singles – Second Round
    R Karanusic (CRO) d [5] I Ljubicic (CRO) W/O (back)
    [6] G Canas (ARG) d B Pashanski (SRB) 67(3) 63 75
    M Gonzalez (ARG) d [2] I Karlovic (CRO) 36 63 64
    [4] I Andreev (RUS) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 76(3)

  289. Angel Dust on July 18th, 2008 1:01 pm

    I am so pumped for the tourny. Hopefully Nadal shows up but I will be there regardless. How sick would another Nadal/Federer final?

  290. Natasha on July 18th, 2008 4:30 pm

    Thank you for posting those pics. For next time, I don’t like seeing shirts.

  291. Daniel Rumeo on July 18th, 2008 7:13 pm

    Ok Natasha. I will make sure I get shirtless photos of Nikolay “the body” Davydenko for you :)

  292. Tania on July 19th, 2008 10:19 am

    Thanks for the pics and vids! Yes please, I would love to see shirtless Rafa pics/vids :)

  293. Goose Love on July 19th, 2008 10:23 am

    I am so jealous of you guys! That is such a nice club and being that close to the players must be amazing..

  294. angie on July 19th, 2008 4:38 pm

    may success atend you, Rafa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  295. aci on July 19th, 2008 6:48 pm

    Where are the updates?

  296. anna on July 19th, 2008 6:54 pm

    the draw ceremony has started and has technically been going on for nearly an hour and you’ve posted zero things. what gives?

  297. zola on July 19th, 2008 7:30 pm

    you are just awesome. thanks for the pics and videos. keep it up!
    thanks also to the kind posters at rafaelnadal.com forum who provided the link to your blog otherwise I could’t have find it.

  298. Daniel Rumeo on July 19th, 2008 8:48 pm

    We were waiting for the draw to be done. It took them nearly an hour to finalize it.

  299. Laura from Argentina on July 19th, 2008 8:50 pm

    I need more pics of Rafa!!

    Great blog!

  300. anynomous on July 19th, 2008 9:27 pm

    Any pics of Nadal’s girlfriend?

  301. Tania on July 21st, 2008 9:48 pm

    Nice blog :)
    Wish I could see the entire Rafa press conference!

  302. whisper on July 25th, 2008 3:17 pm

    Any pictures yet :) ?….. I found a few at atp.com but would love more. Hardly anyone ever posts the parties outside of the tennis court.

    PLEASE ;)

    Thanks

  303. Daniel Rumeo on July 25th, 2008 6:16 pm

    ^^Whisper^^

    I should be receiving all the pics from Ultra Supper Club hopefully by today. If not I will post the shots I do have by tomorrow morning. There are some cool ones especially of Safin.

  304. whisper on July 26th, 2008 12:10 am

    THANK you Daniel, cannot wait ;) :)

  305. Alex on July 27th, 2008 9:28 pm

    This is obviously a huge week for Federer. After seeing being in attendance for his fist round exit in Toronto, I could tell that Roger seemed very ticked off about his recent struggles. How did Rafa do in Cincinatti last year, and if he does pull out, how many points would he lose?

  306. Nima Naderi on July 28th, 2008 1:36 am

    Rafa lost in the frist round last year, as he had an injury against Monaco. He only has points to gain, Number one coming right up!

  307. Olympic games updates » Blog Archive » Preview for the week of July 28th-August 4th, 2008, Cincinnati Masters on July 28th, 2008 6:26 am

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  308. Angel Dust on July 28th, 2008 1:31 pm

    are those Adidas shoes Andy is wearing?

  309. Angel Dust on July 28th, 2008 1:44 pm

    Cool article. I never looked at it that way. I don’t think it will ever change but then again who knows. It is appreciated that you take chances with your editorials. Good read.

  310. Nima Naderi on July 28th, 2008 2:21 pm

    Angel Dust that is the great debate between the crew at theATPblog.com, I dont think Andy is wearing Adidas but some of the boys at the site think that he is. We will look into this.

  311. Hmm on July 28th, 2008 4:52 pm

    If that’s the case then the only people who should be umpiring a match is those who have played tennis before. Forget about the actual abilities of an individual, only those who have played tennis should be able to ump.

    Ridiculous right? So is this argument. I’m going to assume an umpire is above the age of 14. Most of us over that age realize that men and women are different. I’m pretty sure a female umpire can tell that some male players have more testosterone (or more likely adrenaline) going through them then others. And as for women and their physiology (as you put it), how are women umps suppose to know whether or not the players are lying? As a woman unless someone tells you it’s that time of the month no one knows. I promise. We don’t have a big red dot hanging above our heads for a week or anything. And just because it’s a female umpire doesn’t mean she’ll be more understanding. Some of us realize that using that excuse is just that, an excuse. The female ump might just become a bit more harsh because the player is using that excuse.

    And to put this on a purely logical stance-how do you know there are enough umps in one gender to officiate all the matches? You think there are enough female umps to officiate every women’s match in the world? Same with the men.

    Anyway, I applaud you for putting your opinions out there, just disagree with them. Keep up the great work!

  312. Tommy Skyline on July 29th, 2008 2:44 am

    We just saw Safin and Tursunov in the first round at the Cincinnati Masters. Both seemed to lack energy, frankly, and at one point it looked like they’d go 36 games without a break.

    We arrived just a little late, in the third game, and as we walked in Safin was beefing with the chair umpire. He got more distracted as the game went on, arguing and muttering to himself, and finally melted down completely when called for a foot fault at 4-4 in the second set. He had a two-minute wrangle with the umpire, took a potshot at the line judge, and then flung his racket in the direction of the umpire’s chair when he lost the game.

    Admittedly it was a very tough call — a foot fault, on the second serve, at deuce (I think it was) in a very close match. Replays showed his foot just barely on the line; it wasn’t six inches across. I don’t know if he was being watched particularly for that, or if there’s some history there, but it was a pretty harsh call for that moment.

    Still, it had been a pro-Safin crowd and he lost them with his vitriol.

    He ended the match on a very sour note. Tursonov was serving for the match at 40-0, and his first serve was close but called a fault by the line judge. But Safin was already headed off the court and instead of returning to take the second serve he just waved his hands in disgust and left the court — apparently willing to give up the match to score a petty point over the line judges. The umpire gave Tursonov the point and the match, and that was that.

    They were both huge servers, that’s for sure. It seems like Tursonov may need to pick up his energy and his game to keep moving. Safin, unfortunately, came away looking like a jackass.

  313. Angel Dust on July 29th, 2008 12:54 pm

    that match was like 2 under 12 children playing each other. Both are whinny babies but great to watch when on.

  314. Frankie on July 29th, 2008 1:00 pm

    Thanks for composing these. I love the “Where is Federer” sign. Who is that guy with the knee highs? Is he a pro?

  315. Tommy Skyline on July 29th, 2008 1:03 pm

    This morning’s Cincinnati Enquirer has more details on the match, with Tursunov defending Safin.

    “Safin conceded the final point, even though Tursunov’s serve was called out. In an effort to just finish off the match, Safin called the serve in. Tennis players are permitted to reverse calls that are originally made in their own favor, although Safin’s move was met with booing from the fans at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

    ‘He didn’t do anything unsportsmanlike,’ Tursunov said. ‘It did seem like he walked off the court, but it wasn’t like that. If I had challenged it, they would have called it in, and he still would have lost the match.’”

    So, good for Tursunov for his honest and positive comments. (And for recognizing that it looked bad.)

    As an aside, I Googled the umpire, Cedric Mourier; I was curious about his background. Turns out he’s the guy who told Nikolay Davydenko to “try your best” in that incident last November. He’s also the guy who gave Nadal a time warning in Toronto last weekend. So maybe there’s some history of conflict there I don’t know about.

    But none of that really changes the sour tone of Safin’s appearance.

  316. Nima Naderi on July 29th, 2008 2:16 pm

    That guy is Rob Steckley, he is a former touring pro, played Davis Cup for Canada, he is good friends with Federer, has we have pics and video of him hitting with him as well. He warmed up Nadal on finals day, video’s to be posted shortly.

  317. Alex on July 29th, 2008 9:19 pm

    I would like to think that Novak would be able to take out Nadal in a potential semi finals match; but the way Rafa has been playing lately…… I mean it’s not like Novak played great tennis in Toronto last week. With all due respect to Andy Murray, if Djokovic couldn’t get past him, how on earth would he be able to beat Nadal considering how well Rafa has been playing lately?

  318. rod on July 30th, 2008 10:35 pm

    sick shoes

    i think nadal’s earned it

  319. lala on July 31st, 2008 5:40 pm

    Hi
    Where are the more Safin pics you promised about?? LOL

  320. peroz on August 3rd, 2008 10:20 pm

    Nadal has to improve his service and for more aces. It would accrue more service power game.

  321. pnlnjyol on August 5th, 2008 9:14 pm

    pnlnjyol…

    pnlnjyol…

  322. Charlie on August 6th, 2008 7:03 pm

    Nice review, i was just wondering about the points system (in game) i have heard that instead of it going 15-0, 30-0, 30-15…etc it jus goes 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 is this true or is someone yanking my chain?
    Either way i will buy it!

  323. Daniel Rumeo on August 7th, 2008 12:39 am

    Charlie,

    I don’t know where you heard that. The scoring system is the same. When in career mode,in the first couple of matches the sets are up to 3 but that is the only difference in terms of scoring. It is amazing and I love the game.

  324. Xtremerunnerars on August 8th, 2008 4:49 am

    Great post! Heres how i see it:

    Originally Posted by xtremerunnerars View Post
    upsets I’ve got:

    Round 1:
    Hrbaty over bellucci
    Gulbis over davydenko
    Tipsarevic over ferrer
    hanescu over bolelli
    monfils over almagro
    nishikori over schuettler
    querry over andreev

    second round:
    Gulbis over mathieu

    third round:
    simon over blake
    gulbis over kiefer
    monfils over nalbandian

    quarters:
    gulbis over gonzalez
    MURRAY OVER NADAL!

    and then I have fed beating gulbis, djokovic beating murray, and then fed winning it all over djokovic. Murray beats gulbis in the bronze medal match.

    Gold: Federer
    Silver: Djokovic
    Bronze: Murray

  325. latvian on August 8th, 2008 8:38 pm

    Hey, nice to see your opinion, cuz, of course, my fav is Gulbis as he is my fellow LATVIAN ! I really hope he beats Nalbandyan

  326. latvian on August 8th, 2008 8:41 pm

    wooopa, my bad, i mean Davydenko,ofc, although he is a very tough oponent to meet.

  327. Alex on August 8th, 2008 8:56 pm

    For some reason, I think that some mediocre player is going to win the gold. I think it will be somebody that people have heard of, but most probably don’t even know what he looks like. Somebody like………Julian Benneteau (and I’m not even french).

  328. Alex on August 8th, 2008 9:00 pm

    I know that Simon had a terrific month; but I mean come on! Andy Murray beat the No. 3 ranked player in the world twice including in the Cincy finals. Murray stepped up his game and accomplished more than Gilles Simon in the month of July. With all due respect to Simon, I could probably beat Roger Federer right now!

  329. latvian on August 8th, 2008 9:39 pm

    That would be nice, anyway, if Gulbis beats Davydenko, which will be extremely hard to do, although i havent seen Davydenko for a while, but the last image of him is that he played outstandingly, dont remember where though, then, imho, Gulbis would accomplish the main task.

    After all, he ahs managed to leave a bit of an impression on the whole tennis world, he just needs experience, which must eliminate his ups and downs during play, making his game smooter, if we can say so.

  330. John Reed on August 9th, 2008 1:45 pm

    Thanks! Really interesting. I wish i could spend my time on writing articles…just have no time for it.

  331. Nima Naderi on August 9th, 2008 11:21 pm

    The obvious are not always the chosen, Alex. Again our decision to choose the player of the month takes into account many factors. Juan Martin Del Potro also won two clay court tournaments in July, and with Murray was a top contender for the player of the month honors. Our final decision for picking Simon came down to the fact that his game is not as “big” as the other players such as a Del Potro or Murray, therefore making his 9 match winning streak and defeat of Federer all the more impressive. As well as stated in the article, Simon has played well all year and on all surfaces. Finally he is up to 13 in the world so he does deserve so recognition for his hard work.

  332. shane on August 11th, 2008 7:07 am

    RF 6.4 6.2

  333. Noon on August 11th, 2008 12:28 pm

    Thanks! Really interesting. Big ups!

  334. shane on August 11th, 2008 7:50 pm

    No need to put emphasis on the changing of several shirts by Rafa…. Unless you like it like that.

  335. Nima Naderi on August 11th, 2008 10:29 pm

    I’m merely putting emphasis on the fact that it was so hot that Rafa needed to change shirts. So yes it is important to state weather conditions and how hot it is in Beijing. As always your insight into your comments is greatly appreciated.

  336. NatPbT on August 11th, 2008 11:07 pm

    no more sleeveless for Nadal ?

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  338. shane on August 14th, 2008 8:37 am

    Its going to be a tough match for RF. Too bad that it is rained out. who do you think is going to win the match when play resumes?

  339. Nima Naderi on August 14th, 2008 12:37 pm

    Blake is currently up a set and break, stay tuned…….

  340. Frankie on August 14th, 2008 8:09 pm

    How do you say “Vamos Rafa” in Chinese?

  341. DreLover on August 14th, 2008 8:10 pm

    It looks like Nadal’s Nike sleeveless will have a bit more gold on it come the finals. Just the way Nike wanted it.

  342. Alex on August 15th, 2008 9:02 pm

    Federer and Wawrinka not only defeated the Bryan bros, but they have advanced to the finals, thus, clinching a medal. I feel happy for Roger, since he has had a terrible year, and a guy with as much class as Federer certainly deserves it. Switzerland is lucky to have an athlete like Federer represent them, and I just wanted to give Roger some props heading into the doubles finals.

  343. shane on August 16th, 2008 11:47 am

    I feel that more should be said about the effort that RF has made thus far in his Doubles matches. After his loss to Blake, he could have easily wrapped it up and drowned himself in his own sorrow. But he didn’t. Not only did he win his next match, he is now in the Finals. So, a gold metal might just come to him, just not the way he intended it to happen. He has kept it positive thus far, which will help him in the near future. Go Roger Go. Not to mention that he seems to be having a lot of fun on the court.

  344. shane on August 16th, 2008 3:39 pm

    RF wins his GOLD!!! I don’t think you should call it “desperate”…. I think a better word to use is DETERMINATION!!! The confidence is back. GUARANTEED!!!

  345. Goose Love on August 20th, 2008 3:20 am

    wow, amazing article man! Rob, do you realize how fortunate you are? People would die to have done what have done! You must be very good! Congrats man and here’s to hope to seeing you on tour one day!

  346. TennisPlyr on August 20th, 2008 3:21 am

    Love this article. Out of all the articles I read you don’t get something so behind the scenes as this. Thanks for this article man and I hope we can read more of your stuff soon.

  347. TennisPlyr on August 20th, 2008 3:22 am

    C’mon Roger, you can do it mate! I love this article. It almost made me cry because I felt so bad for him. Hopefully he gets his game back but thanks for writing this.

  348. Randy Nichols on August 20th, 2008 3:30 am

    You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, I?ve spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

  349. Nima Naderi on August 20th, 2008 5:58 am

    Thank you Randy for your kind words. We are always trying to put fresh and exciting information up for our readers. We will continue to do so. Enjoy.

  350. Horacio on August 20th, 2008 11:27 am

    Very interseting post and it points in the right direction.
    I’m sure Roger and Marcelo get along well, admire, respect and most important than everything: UNDERSTAND each other, exactly beacause of what you are saying.
    I am Chilean. While Marcelo played we had magnificent times but many aweful as well…now, 10 years on since he became the first latin american N 1 player, Rios has become sort of the leyend and myth he deserves to be, due to his personality traits and his pure and unique talent.

  351. ButterChurnerrr 101 on August 20th, 2008 12:45 pm

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  353. DreLover on August 20th, 2008 4:50 pm

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  354. RileyOne on August 22nd, 2008 1:50 pm

    I am not a Federer fan but this article did make me appreciate what he has done for the game. Hopefully the guy can bounce back but I am really not sure.

  355. FedEx on August 22nd, 2008 6:10 pm

    Its time to bounce back baby!!! And be crowned the Champ!!! see your A** in NYC!!!

  356. FedEx on August 22nd, 2008 6:15 pm

    Sweet article…. but make sure Rafa doesn’t get to comfortable cause this reign at the top won’t last too long.

  357. Connie Con on August 23rd, 2008 7:39 pm

    Wow. Great article. Everyone in the world wants to ask Roger how he feels after Wimby and you did.

    I want to read the rated R version.

    Keep dodging those German Missiles you cute boy.

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  364. claudia celestial girl on August 26th, 2008 1:16 am

    wonderful article! It’s a keeper. A better summary of Rafa’s career than many a bio I’ve seen. I would love to watch that Andy Roddick Davis Cup match from 2004. Also – would sure love to see tape of that Pat Cash match when Rafa was 14. Cash talked about it yesterday (I think) on the London Time Sports page. He was sure taken by surprise, as was Roddick, probably. Vamos Rafa! You’re going to be at the top for a very long time. ;-) You’ve already left your mark and changed the game of tennis.

  365. NatPbT on August 26th, 2008 12:00 pm

    can we get those one in France ?

  366. FedNadal on August 30th, 2008 2:09 pm

    awesome article man. I really hope Fed can bounce back but he hasn’t looked good so far at the open. A Nadal vs Federer final would be a dream.

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  376. Mad Professah on September 6th, 2008 6:02 pm

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  380. Raging on September 12th, 2008 7:59 am

    Great articles.
    Let us enjoy these great players- Federer and Nadal, they are only 2 men but the contrast makes them even greater champions. they are pushing the level up and forcing Djokovic, Murray and all the others …to improve too. keep raising the level and showing these players and tennis fans that there are no limits..on any one day..you can be a champion too!
    Federer has proved that letting the energy flow and go is not necessarily bad for him. He can evolve and take the crowd with him, people want to see athletes who care. it may not be in his nature but it can help him ride the crowd’s energy wave when he is down.
    If he can do this then he is even better than we imagined.
    Being a champion takes a lot more thought than just hitting a ball.

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  382. Henry on September 14th, 2008 7:12 pm

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  383. Nima Naderi on September 14th, 2008 8:22 pm

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  386. Mr Hard Courts on September 17th, 2008 2:09 pm

    I agree with this article a lot. The Davis Cup should be a lot cooler and more important than it is right now. The unforunate part is that I don’t see anything changes anytime soon.

  387. DreLover on September 17th, 2008 2:45 pm

    Cool article. I think as long as it does well in Europe and semi decent in the US then the Davis Cup will not change anything. The ATP doesn’t really care about the event since it is not directly associated with them. Keep up the good work guys!

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  389. cucio on September 18th, 2008 9:45 am

    Just to be precise, Spain’s DC proper captain is Emilio Sánchez-Vicario, not Nadal. You could call Nadal the flagship, though.

  390. john on September 19th, 2008 2:30 am

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    I’ve got a good feeling that Argentina should overcome the Russian, especially with the strong local fans backing them. Russia will be dangerous that’s for sure.

    But Argentina should have the extra edge to win this tie.

    I feel sad that Marat Safin did not make the trip. I’m sure his presence will add glitter to the whole event.

  391. robbie on September 19th, 2008 11:14 pm

    nice article thanks for that.

  392. Rob on September 22nd, 2008 12:32 pm

    Good to see Jo-Wil has been productive since making the Finals of the Aussie Open…

    I wonder if he got his finalist cheque in singles?

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  394. JoshDragon on September 23rd, 2008 7:34 pm

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  395. tennisfan2 on September 24th, 2008 1:12 am

    the Nadal tennis t-shirt is UGLY. Why is NIKE doing this to him? Dont’ they like him?

  396. tennisfan2 on September 24th, 2008 1:16 am

    TimeForce commercial is hilarious!!!!! Vamos!

  397. Apply food stamp on September 24th, 2008 8:54 pm

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  404. Alex on October 13th, 2008 9:03 pm

    With no major tournament having been played recently, you would think that most of the top ranked players will have had time for a nice mental break, and even a minor physical one as well. Should be an interesting tournament.

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  406. shane on October 17th, 2008 9:58 pm

    do you have these colours in Canada?

  407. Daniel Rumeo on October 20th, 2008 2:26 am

    no only in the US.

  408. St Petersburg travel on October 21st, 2008 2:53 am

    I wonder how they play in Russia at this time of the year, it is freezing there from what I know. Do they plain indoor?

  409. Pat on October 21st, 2008 2:35 pm

    I HATE all the shoes except the 2nd white ones but then I am not 21 any more!!!!!!!!……..I LOVE the Agassi/Roddick video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  410. Daniel Rumeo on October 21st, 2008 9:52 pm

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  411. theGuy on October 22nd, 2008 3:16 pm

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  412. mark watt on October 22nd, 2008 9:05 pm

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  414. Alex on October 26th, 2008 3:57 pm

    So how does Shanghai work? Is it some kind of round robin, or what?

  415. Nima Naderi on October 26th, 2008 8:55 pm

    Shanghai is an 8 player tournament, consisting of the 8 top players in the world. They are divided into two groups, where each player plays everyone else in the group once, with the top two players from each group advancing to the semi-finals. At that point the tournament become a knock out format.

  416. ali on November 1st, 2008 5:18 pm

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  417. Henry on November 2nd, 2008 9:18 pm

    these posts are class, im not allowed to wear adidas but still nice to see what the new stuff looks like.

  418. matthew baker on November 4th, 2008 3:13 pm

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  419. Tennis Observer on November 5th, 2008 9:59 am

    Verdasco is sitting in Ana’s box with Mom and Dad at Doha… Not a typical playboy thing, maybe he’s settling down

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  421. Carlos on November 6th, 2008 3:30 pm

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  422. Carlos on November 6th, 2008 6:07 pm

    What about the adidas racquets?

  423. mark on November 7th, 2008 8:44 pm

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  425. Bobby on November 9th, 2008 4:23 am

    What kind of junk has nike gotten their mind into? These are supposed to be meant for tennis, not skateboarding…

  426. Bobby on November 9th, 2008 4:25 am

    It was probably a joke mark…

  427. bunny on November 9th, 2008 4:33 am

    You didn’t mention that Ferrero had to miss more than three months in summer due to an abductor injury, which largely contributed to a big fall in his ranking in the autumn. He was playing fairly good tennis before the injury.

    Also, if you seriously believe Madrid Masters gave WC to Fognini over Ferrero because they thought Ferrero was no longer popular, that is very wrong.
    Likewise, do you seriously think Manoro Santana has a say over Ion Tiriac, the tournament’s proprietor???
    According to Spain’s Marca newspaper, Tiriac promised the Italian tennis federation that if they granted a WC to Marat Safin, who he represents, they would be rewarded a WC for an Italian player in Madrid. That’s why Safin and Fognini both received WC in Madrid over Spanish players.
    Ferrero was a victim in this Tiriac conspiracy.
    In May, I thought it was strange when Safin received WC in Rome because normally they give WCs to Italian players only.
    The third WC in Madrid went to Moya, which was decided by a fan poll on the Marca. Ferrero was not in the poll because when the selection of the players for it was made he was still ranked high enough to enter Madrid directly.

    But thank you for writing about those three players I like. They tend to get ignored these days. Well, maybe except for Safin, but often for his pressers and racket throwing.

  428. tyler on November 9th, 2008 8:11 pm

    I really hope all the shoes come to the U.S. A lot of the good stuff is sold in Europe only. Damn the French! lol

  429. Nima Naderi on November 10th, 2008 12:52 am

    Great post “bunny”. The context of the article was to bring forward the notion that no matter what the reasons, these three former number ones are in big trouble. I was aware of the Italian wild card situation as well, but again, if Ferrero was good enough to get into Madird he would have no matter what. Another guy like Hewitt will have to also be included in this article very soon.

  430. KRK on November 12th, 2008 7:01 am

    Lleyton always was a fighter. I hope he comes back strong and competes at the highest level – he still has the game to do serious damage.

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  434. Alex on November 18th, 2008 10:04 pm

    How old is Marko? Like……………….13!?!?!? And also what is the Djokovic tourny going to be called?

  435. Pat on November 20th, 2008 4:08 pm

    The only thing that Djokovic does better than Federer is bounce the ball.I hope he NEVER outranks Roger and Nadal.

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  440. Sophie on November 29th, 2008 8:11 am

    Interesting article. I think that Ferrer has a bit more talent than you although he may not have the gifts of some other players. But I think his utter lack of self belief this year has been one of the most interesting stories of the year. I do agree with you that if he can not find his belief again- it will continue to be off the rails. But I hope that he does find it- because his scrap in 2007 was enjoyable to see. Sometimes in tennis it can be fun to root for the short scrappy player.

  441. N on December 1st, 2008 5:14 pm

    This joker can never outrank Roger. He will even lose points, as early as in AO 2009. He needs to defend 1000 points in AO. It is impossible for him to win AO as the pool will be with Roger, Rafa, Murray, Tsonga…. a long list.

  442. suzanne on December 3rd, 2008 5:31 am

    Love Rafa’s current look. Please do not mess with his trademark oncourt sleeveless shirts!

  443. Raps Fan on December 3rd, 2008 8:53 pm

    mark should stay away from tennis. he couldn’t win big when he was in peak shape, now coming back in ‘donut’ form will surely be a disaster.

  444. mark on December 3rd, 2008 9:58 pm

    Nike stuff is cool, whats with all the yellow Rafa!

  445. venice valdez on December 4th, 2008 3:37 am

    I bet it will bring you good business if you allow rafa to wear that sleeveless polka dots. on court. Yes. Dont mess around with his trademark.

  446. crisanna on December 4th, 2008 12:51 pm

    lmao i love the ending. “A lot of ball bouncing awaits us!”

    Adje Nole!!

  447. nancy on December 4th, 2008 11:58 pm

    that brown color is disgusting…..looks like the “Fedex man”. Nike should leave Rafa’s image alone…..he is unique…..he should wear tight piratas with fitted sleeveless shirts in very bright colors….Spanish matador….get it, Nike? Stop trying to turn him into a Federer-clone!

  448. Tim on December 6th, 2008 12:08 pm

    Wow, I’ve never heard that you should use your forehand grip for your serve – I was always taught to use a slice backhand grip.

  449. Jessey on December 6th, 2008 12:28 pm

    To use an eastern or even western grip for the serve?! Isn’t that a big NO NO?

  450. Anne on December 6th, 2008 2:17 pm

    After all these years with no sleeves, it seems the shirts with sleeves will be hard to adjust to — for Rafa and for his fans… Let’s hope he continues his 2009 campaign without sleeves!

  451. Anne on December 7th, 2008 4:34 pm

    They make a great couple. Hope they last a long time. :-)

  452. sabrina on December 8th, 2008 8:49 am

    go rafa

  453. mark on December 8th, 2008 6:12 pm

    I like the blue, nice colour the shoes are awsome!!!!!!!!!

  454. RICH on December 9th, 2008 4:27 am

    Good to know there’s other people out there who enjoy Andy’s off-court training…and sun tanning…

  455. mark on December 11th, 2008 3:33 pm

    I thought Nadal against Karlovic would be in the top five. The score was 7-6 6-7 7-6 to Rafa.

  456. mark on December 11th, 2008 3:33 pm

    I thought Nadal against Karlovic would be in the top five. The score was 7-6 6-7 7-6 to Rafa.

  457. Alex on December 11th, 2008 9:57 pm

    Those 2 Wimbledon matches are ones for the ages. I will never forget that Finals match and where I was when Rafa finally closed it out. In fact, when Federer lost the first 2 sets, I remember saying to my brother as a joke, “hey wouldn’t it be something if Roger won the next 2 sets, only to lose the last one?” Who knew it would actually happen?

  458. Terri on December 12th, 2008 2:29 am

    Rafa should keep his sleeveless look. Nike is trying to change his image and it’s not necessary. He is an ICON in sleeveless. Not broke? Don’t fix it!

  459. nana on December 14th, 2008 3:00 am

    Si il vous plais ne toucher pas à l’image de Rafa et ne changer pas son look.

  460. Nick on December 15th, 2008 4:20 am

    You’re hoping on the Nadal bandwagon. Yes the Wimby final was quite good, but you mistake the fact that he only won 1 set two years ago (on a tiebreak, and then he dropped the next one (and the match) at love) and 2 sets last year (only to drop the last 6-1). Hardly classic stuff. Surely there were some other matches that didn’t involve Nadal that were of higher quality than his match against Moya. Come on, you can do better…

  461. David on December 16th, 2008 9:17 am

    Hi.

    I think I can see Robin Soderling, Philip Kholschreiber and Jarko Nieminen in the third photo. Maybe the rest are also tennis players but I don’t know them

    Am I wrong?

  462. fedfan on December 17th, 2008 3:00 pm

    “That move surprises some (including me) since the two have had a bit of a history but I guess they can put this aside in the name of charity. ”

    Can you tell us more about this ‘history’? I don’t seem to recall anything.. I’m intrigued :)

  463. Patrik on December 21st, 2008 4:01 pm

    And Söderling is switching to Lotto! He already started wearing their shoes and he will start wearing their clothes in Brisbane.

  464. Bob Lewis on December 24th, 2008 12:55 pm

    Uh, you forgot to include what those three events will be. What am I not getting here?

  465. Daniel Rumeo on December 24th, 2008 3:56 pm

    corrected. Thanks.

  466. Roger That on December 26th, 2008 9:52 pm

    Would make sense. I was looking at the pro lineup listed on the Head page at TW yesterday and thinking about their men – and it’s not pretty. They still showed guys who are retired – Agassi and Guga; a few guys in the twilight of their careers – Safin, Youzhny and Ljubicic; a huge underachiever in Gasquet. Only Murray is on the rise. Not sure Head would give Djokovic his own line – might have to become #1 for that to happen.

  467. Dale on January 3rd, 2009 2:53 am

    I like Shakira very much so… It was a shock as well as a breath of fresh air when I saw her on Sky Sports News.

  468. James Curran on January 5th, 2009 5:00 pm

    What is the name of the song in the australian open commercial?

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  470. Nev1 on January 6th, 2009 7:54 am

    I think Nike want Nadal being more hated by french people than he is actually ( if Nadal is going to wear pink t-shirt ). Really hope he will wear the black one.

  471. Contessa ChiChi on January 6th, 2009 8:13 am

    I’m with you guys on your #1 & #2 picks, but I think Fed is gaining in strength and confidence as evidenced by his last matches. He’s not being too hard on himself and has a good attitude. I think Fed will gain #3 place in 2009, with Novak Djokovic coming in #4. I’m going to take the plunge and knock both your #5’s outta the sky and predict Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will take it. So sue me. I’m a novice among giants here..;> I like your blog, guys!

  472. mark on January 8th, 2009 10:18 pm

    I never suspected that Novak was using a head stick all along, I don’t like the white. I think his racket need’s a paint job!

  473. Alex on January 15th, 2009 1:37 am

    It makes a lot of sense for both Fila and Nike. Nike has so many other athletes, and Blake hasn’t really been good enough for Nike to market so much. Fila on the other hand, doesn’t have many top athletes at all (at least in North America) so this gives them somebody to market their products around.

    For Blake though, he can’t be too happy. After all, who would you rather be sponsored by: Nike or Fila? Hmmm………..

  474. JoshDragon on January 19th, 2009 10:55 pm

    I agree, that would be awesome.

  475. keenan on January 21st, 2009 4:17 pm

    that’s Ballistecs with an ‘e’

  476. Daniel Rumeo on January 21st, 2009 4:40 pm

    thanks for keeping us in check. It has been corrected.

  477. Chris on January 23rd, 2009 3:32 pm

    I have no idea what they feel or play like, but they look like Breathe Cage knockoffs to me, and cheap ones at that (perhaps I’m just anti lamé). The Barricade V’s are much more aesthetically pleasing by my lights.

  478. Bobby on January 23rd, 2009 3:57 pm

    at least Moya and Monfils were sporting the real thing

  479. Wilson’s New Tennis Bag Lineup for 2009 | The Tennis Times on January 24th, 2009 7:07 pm

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  480. Alex on January 26th, 2009 3:53 pm

    Who would have thought that Andy Murray, who was seemingly playing the best tennis of the “Big 4″ would be the first to lose? Maybe the other three were right in saying that Murray shouldn’t have been considered a favourite. That’s the beauty of sports right? Nothing is ever guarenteed!

  481. Zach on January 26th, 2009 9:26 pm

    Andy Murray lost!!! Now is the door opened for Roger Federer, or do you think that Nadal is going to win, or someone like Verdasco make it to the finals.(I hope not) I think that Federer has the edge, although I think we all must be impressed with the efforts of Nadal because he has still not dropped a set…the only one left who can still say that.

  482. zach on January 27th, 2009 10:20 pm

    I expected a better battle from Del Potro…I am glad for Roddick…Unfortunately I think he will lose this one but a nice run for Andy nevertheless!!

  483. Henry on January 28th, 2009 8:35 pm

    Looks like a really nice racket to play with, but, does anyone know a when this beast comes out or if there is another site explains what is specs are and stuff? x

  484. Henry on January 28th, 2009 8:39 pm

    Andy had been playing very well, before too many people were getting hold of his serve and consequenlty breaking him then when it came to groundies, he was no match for the likes of Roger, Rafa, Del Potro and many other people inside the top 30. He has had a very good run and I think Djokovic was just soaking too much sun up and couldn’t handle it. x

  485. zach on January 28th, 2009 9:08 pm

    GO VERDASCO GO!!! He I picked him to make it to the finals after he beat murray…Although Nadal vs. Federer would be nice…As long as Federer wins. LOL

  486. alex on January 29th, 2009 7:08 pm

    the question is that nadal didn´t feel well with the new model, so nike made the same model than last year for the australian ,but with the new colors!

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  488. Rafa’s New Balearic Islands Ad : Tennis Connected on January 31st, 2009 3:36 pm

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  489. Andreas on February 1st, 2009 12:07 pm

    Where did Chris’ corner go? He always used to bring the heat.

  490. zach on February 1st, 2009 3:23 pm

    Nice ad. However I don’t think he will ever be number 1 like he plans on being!!

  491. Daniel Rumeo on February 1st, 2009 7:34 pm

    Chris is still with us. We just re-organized our layout. Stay tuned for more from Chris later on during the year.

  492. Alex on February 2nd, 2009 6:07 pm

    This is crazy. The guy was forced to default by his own father. He is only 16 years old, give the guy a break. He is going to develop into a phenom, don’t cost him his chance of future glory because of a dumb decision that his father made.

  493. Henry on February 3rd, 2009 5:27 am

    I disagree there, it’s not at all crazy. It’s his fault walking off the court, he must of taken his fathers side to have done that. Its breaking the rules regardless whether his father told him to. I think the punishment is fair, and that players like this do not deverse to be playing on the “Pro” tour. “Pro” mean acting like a professional such as Federer, Nadal or anyone inside the top 100. You don’t see Rafa’s uncle telling him to walk off the court because it isn’t going his way.

  494. Leslie Zold on February 3rd, 2009 9:26 am

    Dear Henry, what are you smoking? Three years for substance abuse and possible lifetime ban for walking off the court ordered
    by your father? Where is the balance. He is 16 years old. Give me a break. Would you like to sit next to your father in the car on the way home after disobeying him? I don’t think so.

  495. Andreas on February 4th, 2009 10:09 am

    Thanks for the reply. Hope to see more cool things in the coming weeks and months.

  496. Eric on February 4th, 2009 10:40 am

    Phelps’ was asked to apologize in public, but why ? He does WHATEVER he wants… If someone must apologize, it must be the one who took the photo.
    I don’t understand why there is no sportman who dare to say ” I don’t care about what you think about me, if I want to smoke, I smoke, if YOU want to smoke, then smoke, that’s all. “

  497. Leslie Zold on February 6th, 2009 9:29 am

    It’s great that Nadal a high profile athlete spoke in support for Phelps. I wish that other high profile athletes would express
    their views too.

  498. Leslie Zold on February 7th, 2009 10:31 am

    x

  499. Ben on February 8th, 2009 10:57 am

    I’m glad Rafa said that.

    More athletes should speak up, and let the uptighters know that this is excusable, and to an extent acceptable.

    So he smoked some pot… I think it might help his image in the long run.

  500. zach on February 9th, 2009 4:25 pm

    It is fine that he did it…but I don’t think we would like all of our athletes doing it. However, if he was your role model, it might not be so good.

  501. Henry on February 9th, 2009 6:27 pm

    Ok, maybe a life time ban is bit drastic but he is known for coin things like this and it has to stop really. Btw, I dnt smoke!

  502. Johnathan on February 9th, 2009 8:18 pm

    totally ridiculous-this is another example of sport’s governing bodies overstepping the boundaries of what any rational individual would consider adequate punishment. unfortunately this seems to be the trend in sports today and it is very frustrating to see.

  503. the one on February 11th, 2009 4:07 pm

    One time marcelo rios got arrested for misbehavin in a restaurant in santiago de chile. when the cops asked him to step off the police car so he could enter the police station he refused. It took five cops and 30 minutes of struggle to get him off the car. What a badass.

  504. Jerry on February 12th, 2009 11:41 am

    I’ve seen it. Looks like it could be a blacked out Radical OS. The reason I don’t think its the OS version of the Speed is because it does not have the white teflon grommet strip. Another possibility is that it is a custom racket taking a 100″ Speed Pro or Radical Pro frame drilled for a 18 x 20 string pattern. The head looks to be rounder than a Prestige and larger than the Speed Pro that Nole is using.

  505. Tyler on February 17th, 2009 9:46 pm

    What’s with the red babolat strings? Are they, by chance, the same ones roddick was using at Wimbledon last year?

  506. HTC on February 18th, 2009 2:57 pm

    new R-series strings from babolat. a co-poly monofilament that is probably going to play softer than pro hurricane and match up against new offerings like Luxilon M2.

  507. Nima Naderi on February 18th, 2009 10:26 pm

    Those are in fact the strings Roddick used at Wimbledon last year. They will be available late April early May, along with the new pure drives and bags.

  508. HTC on February 19th, 2009 10:07 am

    yes they were tested by Roddick at Wimbledon and by Nadal over the winter. neither of them has stuck with it so I wonder how it plays.

  509. Leslie Zold on February 21st, 2009 2:41 pm

    Roddick’s withdrawal from Dubai has nothing to do for being a
    stand up guy. He is simply tired. This is just an excuse for him.
    Very convenient.

  510. Alex on February 21st, 2009 2:49 pm

    I disagree with Leslie. If Roddick was tired, he would have probably just said so. It’s not like Andy has never withdrawn from a tournament because he was tired. It would be easy for Andy to show up, get some points, especially when Federer and Nadal are both out of the tourny with injuries. I have never been a Roddick fan, but after this, I have cetainly gained a lot of respect for him.

  511. zach on February 23rd, 2009 5:23 pm

    Is it better than Top Spin

  512. zach on February 23rd, 2009 5:24 pm

    On top of what Alex said, why would he just pull out of a tournament that he won (I think) last year. Would it not make sense for him to atleast go and if he is tired, then maybe he gets out first round but to try to defend as many points as he can?

  513. Daniel Rumeo on February 23rd, 2009 7:19 pm

    I don’t know yet, it isn’t out until May. Don’t think of them as a competitor to each other. Top Spin is a sim and VT2009 is a an arcade feeling game.

  514. Henry on February 25th, 2009 11:55 am

    I think Roger and then team are doing a great job. They are professionals in their game at the highest level and know what to and what not to do. As a massive fan of Roger, it is annoying not seeing him play, but we have to understand what his body is up to and that its still partially recovering.
    Keep going big boy!

  515. dan on February 25th, 2009 2:03 pm

    but he is in good shape to go and tease the other players in Dubai by attending the players’s party, should he not be home relaxing and tending to his B A C K / E G O…

  516. Pat on February 26th, 2009 11:10 pm

    Hi Dan are you driving to St Louis or flying?

  517. zach on March 1st, 2009 10:51 am

    Thanks Dan!

  518. marie on March 3rd, 2009 3:18 am

    Please help…I need to know where the Spain/Serbia tie will be
    shown, channel and times in the US / West Coast…thanks!

  519. Daniel Rumeo on March 4th, 2009 11:28 am

    try our “links” section on the site for live streaming of the event. LiveScoreHunter usually has good quality or channelsurfing.net

  520. Ask the leadership coach » Federer’s New Coach = Darren Cahill | Tennis Connected on March 5th, 2009 2:34 pm

    [...] Director Mackenzie Pearce posted a noteworthy aricle today onHere’s a small snippetPlease keep in mind that thus far we have not seen any other sources reporting this. from gototennisblog.com Roger Federer has found his new coach, at. … He noticed that his back had a problem again and wanted to eliminate this before it could become a real handicap,” said Godsick. Federer has trained hard for his back injury over the past 2 weeks with Pierre Paganini and is now totally in shape to play without any problems. He will come to California at the beginning … [...]

  521. marie on March 5th, 2009 3:46 pm

    Thank you for the information on where/how I can watch the Spain/Serbia DC tie, I’ll definitely try your suggestions.

  522. zach on March 5th, 2009 6:05 pm

    Finally it seems like Roger is making a smart decision to get a coach. I hope this is true and that it works out for him. Maybe he will finally play differently if he ever gets to play Nadal again!

  523. Kerry on March 6th, 2009 10:24 am

    Looks cool. Who is that at about 0:57 in the trailer – is that Stefan Edberg?

  524. Daniel Rumeo on March 6th, 2009 10:57 am

    Yes

  525. john on March 6th, 2009 12:21 pm

    As a fan of Argentina, I’m hoping that the tennis Albiceleste will have bright start to this campaign so that we can that painful 2008 final behind us.

    I have to admit that we are going to miss both Nalbandian and Del Potro for this tie. But overall we still pretty much stronger than the Dutch. I’m anticipating a 2-0 lead from Day 1.

  526. Jim on March 11th, 2009 3:56 pm

    breaking news on tennis.com is that the agreement fell through and Cahill will not be coaching Federer after all

  527. Kaya on March 12th, 2009 11:38 am

    Amen Brotha! Nadal made Federer cry. Roger needs help mentally.

  528. marty collins on March 13th, 2009 7:51 am

    Such a healthy attitude to having children. Again, Mr. Federer provides an effective example to all.

  529. Leslie Zold on March 13th, 2009 8:15 am

    Congratulations to Roger and Mirka !!

  530. Pat on March 14th, 2009 12:05 am

    Once Fed becomes a dad his priority will no longer be tennis……To be world #1 at anything means devoting your whole life to that one achievement………Check out Mc Enroe/Edberg/Sampras /Agassi/etc etc etc………He had better win Wimbledon and or the French this year or it will be too late I think.!!!!!!

  531. lenny on March 15th, 2009 3:18 pm

    couldn’t agree more. i still think roger has at least 2-3 more slams in him, but it seems once the kiddies come for some reason it suddenly becomes harder to bend your knees. ask stefan edberg.

  532. Lady Hooligan Kat on March 16th, 2009 2:51 am

    Thanks for the update!

  533. Henry on March 22nd, 2009 6:58 am

    Hey, Rogers shoes look really nice but does anyone know when these shoes are coming out for United States and England?

  534. Daniel Rumeo on March 22nd, 2009 7:26 pm

    Henry,

    These are the holiday line so they won’t be out until after the US Open. You can get both sets of shoes now they are just a different color.

  535. Nathan on March 24th, 2009 4:23 am

    Personally I like them a lot. I am not a big fan of djokovic but these ads are super cool. Regardless though I am still a Radical man myself.

  536. Alex on March 24th, 2009 8:51 pm

    I hope Djokovic remembers to bring his hat. With the problems he has playing in the heat and sunshine, “The Djoker” seems to have become the only “Djoke” on tour. There is no way this guy makes it out of his quarter. I don’t think he’ll get past Berdych or Blake if Novak and one of those other players are able to get to the fourth round. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him lose to Marcos in a potential third round clash. Novak’s problem – too good, too fast, too immature to handle being a famous tennis player.

  537. Michael on March 25th, 2009 2:14 am

    Djokovic is the world #3 and I am sure that he will use his talent and potential to take the trophy. Do not hurry to write him off because he has more talents than Nadal and Federer. His weak point is that he rely more on talent than hard work. Murry is working hard, but his abilities level is far behind Djokovic.

  538. zach on March 26th, 2009 7:27 pm

    I must disagree with you Michael. You must be a huge Djokovic fan because to say that he has more talent than Nadal and Roger is absurd. Roger could be the best player in the game and has quite a few more grand slams then Djokovic. Although I do not like Rafa, he does have a lot of talent and skill. I think your opinion is too biased because the facts speak for themselves. You might be right that Djokovic comes out to the semis, but I do not think anyone can say that he is better then Nadal or Federer except if you are biased!

  539. Michael Schorer on March 29th, 2009 4:38 am

    Hard work is definitely most decisive factor in tennis game. Typical example is Nadal game that constantly evolves. Djokovic preparation is based on light ball hitting exercises. My point is that his wins aer based purely on his talent and nothing more than that. If he adapt hard work regime in his approach to tennis game he will be far ahead of other players within top four group.

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  541. jV on April 3rd, 2009 12:24 pm

    Sorry to tell you but …this article is just ridiculous …are you comparing Philippoussis and Rusedski to Nadal (6 time slam winner in three differnt surfaces at the tender age of 22 yo)? Please, go home and think on a better excuse for diminishing Nadal’s talent and record….You need a huge amount of talent to do what Nadal is doing right now…just in fron of your eyes…enjoy the moment instead of looking for stupid excuses….

  542. Arthur on April 3rd, 2009 12:50 pm

    This seems like a great racket for me, does anyone know where I can get one in my area?

  543. Logan on April 3rd, 2009 6:16 pm

    There is a dealer search feature on the Babolotobsession.com web site, it’s a little tricky to find, click on the picture frame with the racquet in it above the fireplace on the main page, then it’s in the lower right hand corner, I think it says Where to Find, or Where to Buy, something like that… Then you get a pop up and just put in your state and town, it’ll show you the closest ones.

    I’m looking forward to seeing them too!

  544. Nima Naderi on April 3rd, 2009 6:31 pm

    JV- I think you truly missed the point of the article. I am in no way talking credit away from Nadal’s fantastic achievements. I was merely pointing out that because of the slowing down of the court surfaces a player like Nadal is given an even better shot at winning the titles that he does. That is not to say that he would not win the same tournaments a decade ago, but he surely would have had a tougher time. Your opinions as always are welcome on tennisconnected.com. Cheers.

  545. Leslie Zold on April 4th, 2009 5:05 pm

    I hope you feel better soon. I wish you a speedy recovery.

  546. Georgy on April 6th, 2009 11:58 am

    Great stuff…hope to see some more articles from you.

  547. Franky on April 6th, 2009 3:18 pm

    I am liking the podcast guys, keep it coming. Not to be critical or anything but Nima your points are great but it seems you need to loosen up a bit on the mic. That is just my opinion though. Keep rockin

  548. Helloeveryone on April 6th, 2009 3:25 pm

    Loving the podcasts. Hilarious stuff. You wish you dated anna k! Haha. Where can I submit some questions?

  549. Derick Cooper on April 6th, 2009 4:45 pm

    i believe that a man named eric rashi, coming up on tour who currently plays for mcgill tennis team has a shot.
    you should search him up… he is flying up through the ranks and has a solid forehand that, in a couple years, shud be the best on tour…

  550. Xena on April 6th, 2009 6:33 pm

    haaa…wanna see if your assumptions will work:) Good Stuff!
    Keep it up!

  551. Radical YouTek - We Got It | Tennis Connected on April 7th, 2009 8:08 am

    [...] Yes everyone. We got our hands on a Head YouTek Radical OS (I used to think I was Agassi, hence the OS). The racket looks very ala Radical with the orange and black coloring and Head’s new standard white grip. The stick weighs 10.4 ounces unstrung and feels pretty good in hand. I will be taking it for a full test drive tomorrow but for tonight I am busy updating the site. One thing that did seem weird is seeing Murray on the covering instead of Dre but it is obviously understandable. We also have the Head catalogue which lists all 5 (yes 5!) different versions of the Head Speed and the Radical as well as images of all the new balls. In terms of string, Head is changes with the times and they are going the route of offering half packs because the trend is players using hybrid stringing. I think this is a great move because it allows more customization of strings for the players without incurring the larger costs of having to buy to full packsCheck out the high res shots below. What’s also interesting is that they will also being selling natural gut for those players wanting ultimate feel (and money is not a factor). If you want to see the Miami press conference click here. [...]

  552. Pete on April 7th, 2009 11:15 am

    Andy Murray is from Dunblane in Scotland. Dublin is in Ireland not Scotland!

  553. Nima Naderi on April 7th, 2009 11:45 am

    Pete- Thanks for the correction. I have made the adjustment. Cheers.

  554. Jeff on April 7th, 2009 4:07 pm

    “Camilla was also in Fernando’s box when he played his quarter final” and in turn later on Fernando was…

  555. Alex on April 7th, 2009 5:38 pm

    On TV, McEnroe sounds like he has a few ideas as to Federer could beat Rafa. With McEnroe being the prominent figure he is, I think Federer might be more open to making the neccessary tweaks in his game, when those ideas are coming from John’s mouth, as opposed to just any ordinary coach’s mouth. On TV, McEnroe always seems like he so badly wants to help out Roger. I think the two would share a mutual respect for one another and I think John could really help Roger out a lot.

  556. mark watt on April 8th, 2009 5:22 pm

    cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like the orange and black, hopefully it will be a magic wand and help him to win a major!

  557. Shahin on April 10th, 2009 3:47 am

    As much as I love the guy, he needs to change his attitude on the court if he wants to win again.

  558. Goshen tennis team regrouping with new players - Goshen News | Betting Tennis Club on April 10th, 2009 4:15 pm

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  559. Pat on April 11th, 2009 10:51 pm

    Congratulations to Federer. on his marriage……Hopefully now he can concentrate on winning the FRENCH OPEN before the baby arrives.!!!!!!!!!

  560. Shahin on April 12th, 2009 5:31 am

    That explains his lack of focus. Maybe now he can play tennis and not worry so much. A recent survey here in Switzerland showed that most swiss are always worried about something. They cite the many rules of the country as the reasons for worrying so much. Just play… stop thinking.

  561. Shahin on April 12th, 2009 5:38 am

    I agree with you, but remember that Houston is way too hot in the summer time. That might be a factor in all of this. Clay is meant for Europe, not North America.

  562. Novak’s Speed Pro Images | Tennis Connected on April 12th, 2009 10:13 pm

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  563. Rebs76 on April 20th, 2009 1:44 am

    One word. Gotcha!!

  564. John McEnroe on April 20th, 2009 6:07 pm

    You’re the jerk Adam Wexler.

  565. Jeff Ross on April 20th, 2009 6:48 pm

    This “article” is a waste of time. How did a never was like Adam Wexler (who?) end up writing for a respected tennis blog?

    Furthermore, there is a grammatical error at the end of the third paragraph.

    Can I have my 5 minutes back?

  566. Contessa ChiChi on April 20th, 2009 8:49 pm

    This is quite a scoop! Thanks so much for the photos! What beautiful pics and Roger looks very happy, don’t you think?

  567. Stephanie on April 20th, 2009 11:50 pm

    I think what you guys are doing with this site is awesome! This site has quickly become my favorite blog site. The podcasts are a fantastic addtion to the site and I hope other Tennis Connected fans take advantage of this new feature and check it out. Keep up the great work!!!

  568. kishore on April 21st, 2009 3:43 am

    great…..
    roger junior’ll thrash rafa junior in the future
    vamos roger

  569. Roger Federer on April 21st, 2009 6:25 pm

    they’re having a baby boy… Mirka must be due around early to mid August if she’s at least recently five months

  570. Zach on April 23rd, 2009 4:10 pm

    Its dissappointing, especially because I was getting excited to have him in Roland Garros standing 5 feet behind the baseline.

  571. Shahin on April 24th, 2009 3:36 am

    very interesting… You have to have this article reach RF himself. It would make a difference.

  572. Adam on April 24th, 2009 4:36 pm

    Any idea on availability dates?

  573. expert on April 25th, 2009 11:38 am

    i heard something about may 13th

  574. Allan on April 26th, 2009 9:55 am

    The women need new rules which require them to attend a certain number of events, with severe punishment for failing to honor those obligations. If a player can’t play because of injury, they must go on a 30 day injury list and are not eligible for 30 days on any tour event. The “season” requires an off season from November until the Australian Open in late January to permit players a time of year to heal any lingering injuries, but most of all, women’s tennis needs a “leader” among the players who will set an example for the rest of the tour players who just don’t seem to get it. But then again, what can you expect when the current top women are Serena and Venus Williams, 2 players who have given back so little to the game.. Thank goodness for Rafa and Roger. They have elevated the men’s game to new heights.

  575. Christian Duarte on April 26th, 2009 4:56 pm

    Hi there

    I was looking for the Youtek racquets to by and I only found the Djokovic’s one (WHITE/BLACK COLOR), even head.com and I would like to by the ORANGE/BLACK one.
    Coul you help me with that?

    Thank you!

  576. Daniel Rumeo on April 26th, 2009 10:48 pm

    That racket isn’t coming out until mid June

  577. Pat on April 29th, 2009 9:02 pm

    I found Dan’s article re choosing a tennis racquet very interesting and informative……….Keep up the good work!!!!!! Dan.

  578. Nathan Mahaffy on April 30th, 2009 10:14 am

    i have contacted babolat and the release date is may 13th

  579. R-Fed Collect More Hardware | Tennis Connected on May 1st, 2009 6:20 pm

    [...] Although this year may not have led to as many trophies as Federer would have liked, he did receive two awards today in Rome. The former #1 is obviously still #1 in the heart of many people’s tennis fans as he won the ATP Word Tour Fan’s Favorite Award. Either that, or Mirka spent he free time presses vote all day long. He also received the Stefan Edberg award for Sportsmanship. Hmmm, I don’t know if Roger will win this award next year after his classis racket break which you can see here. [...]

  580. Krystle on May 3rd, 2009 5:11 am

    Hewitt has been given a wildcard into Munich this week. Also Hewitt doesn’t have direct acceptance into Madrid, and surely won’t be able to play unless he is handed a wildcard.

  581. sheila on May 3rd, 2009 11:35 pm

    first of all, i am a federer fan and only a federer fan, but watching his match against djokovic simply blew me away. i am a spectator of the sport and not an expert. as a spectator, i c the #s, those being 2 of 10 break chances and 47% first serves in and that says federer has no confidence on the big points. i really felt that federer didnt believe he could win djokovic and djokovic exuded the energy that federer is no longer a problem for him. obviously he has won the last two meetings. murray has that same confidence. federers forehand, in my opinion, seems to have lost that zip it once had. he gave that match to djokovic and he gave the miami match to djokovic and he gave the australian open match to nadal. he isn’t the same player he was 2 yrs ago. yes these guys are terrific players, but when roger was playing w/confidence and his a game he was unbeatable. true he still beats the lowered ranked players but out of the 4 best, i think roger is #4 player, not #2. it was like federer was so aggressive in the first set and then became so passive and thats y he lost to djokovic. i keep hoping that he will win a tournament to get his confidence back and it is so hard watching him lose consistently. the true test will be in the slams, however. if roger doesnt get to the finals and its murray or djokovic that will definitely answer the questions. unfortunately, i c djokovic/nadal french open final. i hope i’m wrong, but every tournament i have seen roger playing this year, i have predicted him to exit b4 finals because his game lacks the confidence. oh if he could only win wimbledon, that would restore the confidence

  582. Nima Naderi on May 4th, 2009 11:56 am

    Great points Sheila. I think you are going to see much of the same from R-Fed for the remainder of the year, because he is not willing to make the changes that are required. The French Open and Wimbledon will be interesting. Cheers.

  583. Alex on May 7th, 2009 5:03 pm

    Roger is completely right, and I don’t think that Federer is knocking Murray, but rather just stating the facts. He did give Murray some credit, but it’s true that he hasn’t even reached the finals of a grand slam tourny yet. I do agree with you though Dan in that Roger should probably be a bit more worried about himself right now, but keep in mind that he probably said this as a response to a question from someone in the media. I don’t think Roger would just randomly say that.

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  585. where's roger? on May 10th, 2009 12:58 am

    If you’ve got the inclination and money I don’t think consequences are on your mind. Or maybe he didn’t want to deal with Roland Garros, who knows? The guy is conflicted.

  586. Zach on May 10th, 2009 10:32 am

    I do think a two year ban is harsh, but maybe two years will help him actually play like a top 10 player. Who knows?

  587. apouge on May 10th, 2009 12:28 pm

    The drug policy is a draconian law reflecting America’s Holy War, the War on Drugs. Banning a promising player twe years from the tournament is virtually killing a talened person’s life and soul.

  588. Adam on May 10th, 2009 9:44 pm

    I think that when you become a professional player you are held to a higher standard than the avg person for a reason. You live the good life and in return have to make a few sacrifices…..and one of them is setting a good example for younger kids out there. If you can’t refrain from putting some powder up your nose than are showing that you want to have your cake and eat it too, and frankly I do not sympathize with Gasquet. I do not think taking coke has any effect on a player’s game (unless of course they are always on it), but rather it just isn’t a responsible thing to do (and even less responsible to get caught).

  589. Zach on May 11th, 2009 6:05 pm

    I agree, but people make mistakes, and for the first time a 2 year ban is quite big, don’t you think?

  590. Adam on May 11th, 2009 11:30 pm

    I do think the 2 year ban is harsh, and there’s probably a great point to made for instituting a repeat offender clause, but what I can’t get over (and maybe it’s just my own jealousy) is that there has to be something that players sacrifice for the millions of dollars (and countless beautiful women) they enjoy playing a sport for a living. We pay good money to see these guys and if they want to be clowns about it then they’re devaluing the sport. I’m sure Gasquet feels awful about the whole thing, and he is def. young. Maybe he should just have to make a normal living for two years (say $70,000 USD, and live in a holiday Inn) but still able to play…??? :)

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  595. Alex on May 15th, 2009 3:58 pm

    This is a great point. I remember last year in Toronto, they established their new record for number of tickets sold (including a sellout of the finals), the day after the epic Wimbledon final. In tennis, a lot of people buy tickets because they want to see Federer and Nadal; and everything else is like a bonus. If Federer or Nadal had an incident like this, it would ruin tennis for a long time to come, especially because the twilight of a tennis career, unlike the other sports, lasts for only a few years. It’s like a limited time offer for the fans.

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  597. Zach on May 17th, 2009 4:31 pm

    Maybe the fact that noone was putting pressure on R-Fed made him do so well. Maybe the year nobody expected him to win the French he will win it. I am happy he finally won an event, and its probably going to boost his confidence for the French Open. I was surprised it went to only 2 sets but hopefully we can all witness some history at the French if Federer beats Nadal.

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  599. Shahin on May 18th, 2009 4:08 am

    Good post. RF looked very confident this week and hopefully regains his form for the rest of the year. Djokovic is 21 years old!! All he needs is a day or two of rest and he will be ready to go. Murray is not a good player. His attitude sucks and I truly hope he loses in the first round in France.

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  601. Brendan Morrison on May 18th, 2009 10:56 pm

    I completely agree that a 2-year ban is far too harsh for a first-time offender of cocaine use. I think that there is a distinction to be drawn when it comes to banned-substances and professional sports, and the penalty should reflect precisely what it is that we are attempting to deter or punish. It seems to me that there can be two categories of drug use (possibly more): the first are performance-enhancing drugs; the second are illicit substances that don’t improve the athlete’s game. While both are worthy of scorn and reprobation, I believe it is important to articulate why we penalize them in the realm of that particular sport (outside the arm of the law) and the punishment should accord to that principle. In the case of performance-enhancing drugs, their use is an affront to the integrity of the game, the fairness of competition, and an insult to the other players and the fans. For this reason, it seems to me that the ATP should punish it quite harshly. Because there is such a strong incentive to use these drugs in professional sports, the punishment must be harsh. A 2-year ban might be perfectly suitable for such drugs. On the other hand, “party” drugs, or the use of substances that are illegal, not merely within the sport itself, but to the public at large, the ATP might punish because it tarnishes the integrity of the group of athletes as a whole slightly or sends a detrimental message to the sport’s youth. It seems to me that these drugs, while certainly deserving of some punishment within the sport, might be much less an infraction than the former category of drugs (at least in terms of the punishment that the ATP dishes out, as opposed to the police). The use of cocaine as it relates to the sport of tennis seems to me less morally reprehensible than performance-enhancing drugs (it relates to conduct outside of the game), and thus warrants something less than a 2-year ban.

    The following is a strong editorial:
    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/05/18/gasquet-allegations-show-fuzzy-line-drug-rules.html

  602. Allan on May 19th, 2009 10:32 am

    In most sports today we are dealing with very young athletes, some of whom will have a difficult time dealing with the responsibilities of being a high profile, high earning person. The ATP, in an effort to maintain the integrity of the game has imposed substantial fines for those dealing in “drugs”. Those rules are made known to the players, and guys like Gasquet who circumvent those rules deserve the punishment that was made known to them prior to taking on the risk. It is not unike situations like professional organizations (those governing lawyers and doctors) which create rules for behaviour that often lies outside the bounds of everyday action.

  603. Allan on May 20th, 2009 10:03 am

    And anyone who hopes that Nadal can be dethroned in Paris should also take notice of the match between Djokovic and Nadal in the semis. Nadal played as well as he could have in the final set and tie breaker and yet was still life and death to pull out the win. Personally, I see Novak as the most talented, athletically, of all the men, and wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the throne in Paris. Either way, both Rafa and Federer should hope to avoid him in the semis. This is no longer a two man race.

  604. Sam on May 21st, 2009 10:47 pm

    That pic of Pete and Andre is CLASSIC! Nice find.

  605. Tony on May 25th, 2009 10:49 pm

    Holako obviously is entitled to his opinion, expert or otherwise (his comments smack of wishful thinking rather than hard nosed analysis). Still, he forgets that two years ago Federer beat Nadal at Hamburg but failed to do so when it mattered the most at Roland Garros. If I were Federer, I would be most circumspect about that victory in Madrid…

  606. Sam Holako on May 26th, 2009 9:55 am

    I am by no means an expert Tony, not even close, just a fan of the game. I agree the Madrid win should be taken for what it was. But Nadal is battling his own demons now: no one has ever won 5 French Opens in a row. Everybody will be gunning for him. I’m actually far more concerned for Djokovic then Nadal truth be told.

  607. Julian on May 26th, 2009 1:12 pm

    There’s a very significant emotional aspect to all this. As much as it could translate into lots of pressure for Roger, the prospect of winning his 14th slam against Nadal on clay…. wow!! it could also translate into an unbelievable source of inspiration and strength… to put it mildly. Never underestimate a champion such as him under these very unique circumstances.

    Furthermore, and another tremendous motivator, is that If Roger wins the French he could pretty much retire for good to his new villa near Lake Cuomo as far as I’m concerned… a $100 million worth. And If he still fancied playing, all he would have left to do is win one more slam to beat Pete’s record… and that would be IT. He would have nothing else to prove regardless of what happened to him for the rest of his tennis years. He would be (no doubt) considered the freaking KING of the universe basically!! Forget the king of clay… he’d be God.

    How’s that for motivation…. or would it translate into pressure…? uhmmm…. you make the call.
    ;-)
    ;-)

  608. Sam Holako on May 26th, 2009 5:17 pm

    The whole premise of my assumption here is based on the emotional/mental aspect. Federer has beaten Nadal a couple times on clay, but hasn’t put it together at RG. This past year has been a very difficult one for Fed, and I think he is ready.

    At Fed’s level, I don’t know how much pressure really affects him, although it can’t be counted out.

  609. Holly on May 26th, 2009 7:38 pm

    If Rafa stays healthy there’s no way Fed will win. Rafa plays with his heart and soul and he wants this win. He’s on HIS surface in RG…Rafa for #5

  610. Harsh on May 27th, 2009 3:45 am

    Hey… I certainly pray that your intuitions come true… amen…

  611. Zach on May 27th, 2009 6:29 pm

    Holly, you think Federer does not want this win as much?

  612. Leslie Zold on May 27th, 2009 7:51 pm

    Re: James Blake.
    Great article. I hope that James will read it and adopt some of
    the excellent suggestions. There is a lots of truce in there.
    Good luck James Blake!
    LZ

  613. zach on May 27th, 2009 8:15 pm

    Great article. I think that every tennis fan should read his autobiography. I read it for a school project and loved it. It is quite sad, and it is a great story. In my opinion though, sad to say it might be time for him to hang up the racquet. As for Brian Barker, I don’t think anyone will convince him to get rid of his life long coach. Maybe he should get someone on top, but he will never get rid of Brian I don’t think, especially after reading his autobiography. Keep up the great work TC.

  614. tommy on May 28th, 2009 2:25 pm

    is there a way to get this catalog mailed?

  615. Daniel Rumeo on May 28th, 2009 10:08 pm

    You need to be a merchant of Babolat to have this mailed to you.

  616. tommy on May 29th, 2009 1:18 pm

    that what i figured
    :(
    thanks daniel!

  617. Alex on May 30th, 2009 10:28 am

    Any chance that Cilic takes out Murray in the fourth round? Murray looked a bit shaky against Tipsarovic yesterday. I guess I’m on the record, so in case you make the same prediction, I can still call myself a genius for saying it first. Good stuff!

  618. Jack Han on May 30th, 2009 12:03 pm

    I can see where you’re coming from. by the way, Im sweatin’ big time for Kohschreiber, who just blew 3 set points at 6-4 5-2 40-0

  619. zach on May 30th, 2009 5:56 pm

    Good stuff!!!! More importantly nice prediction with Kolshreiber winning :p

  620. Julian on May 31st, 2009 1:03 pm

    Uhmm who wuda thunk it… King of Clay dethroned. You think Fed is gonna blow this chance now? As much as I’m sure he would want to win against Rafa… will nailing RG mean any less for Roger?

    Let’s see how Roger handles this once in a lifetime pressure cooker… jeeez… ;-)

    Will Roger still be GOAT material even if he didn’t face Rafa in the final? Well.. he’ll have to win first…

  621. Sam Holako on May 31st, 2009 6:09 pm

    I don’t think so Julian. The win is valid and wont mean any less. These are breaks. People win and lose on any given day in tennis (remember Yzaga beating Sampras at US?) Was Agassi’s career slam any less amazing because he beat Andre Medvedev? I don’t think so.

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  623. Julian on June 1st, 2009 10:33 am

    Good point Sam… the final score defines careers (and history) and not who the matches were won against.

    However, the thought I was flirting with on my previous post was that (if Rodge wins RG) there will be those who will argue that not having beaten his worst adversary (who beat him the last 3 finals at RG) puts in question the worthiness of his achievement/ or “GOATNESS”. I’d love to know how Roger himself feels about it…

    But on the other hand Rafa lost against Soderling! didn’t he? And he wasn’t supposed to lose to anybody but Roger… Does that make the loss less relevant? I think it’s the French who have the saying that in the end it’s always the final score which settles all arguments… ;-)

    (Roger just came back from 2 sets down to win in 5 against Haas…)

  624. Sam Holako on June 1st, 2009 11:02 am

    Seems like you answered your own questions ;) The Soderling loss for Rafa is really bad for him. BUT Soderling played amazing, he was hitting big and flat to Rafa’s forehand, and Rafa couldn’t deal. People can’t help who they play, all they can do is beat whoever they play. The French got it right “…the final score which settles all arguments…”

    You make a valid point about the GOATNESS. I think this is worth a discussion, but let me ask you a question first:

    If Roddick wins the French, will there be an asterisks beside his name because he didn’t beat Nadal? If Nadal beat Djokovic (instead of Roger) at Wimbledon, would that win be any less of an achievement?

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  626. Julian on June 3rd, 2009 9:53 am

    “If Roddick wins the French, will there be an asterisks beside his name because he didn’t beat Nadal?”

    No. Nadal wasn’t good enough to be in the final this time. His amazing clay record stands (unless broken) but he’s only as good as his last match.

    “If Nadal beat Djokovic (instead of Roger) at Wimbledon, would that win be any less of an achievement?”

    No. Roger wasn’t good enough to be in the final that time. His amazing grass record stands (unless broken) but he’s only as good as his last match.

    Conclusion: I think what gets mixed up and can be confusing in this type of discussion is failing to make a distinction between a player’s outstanding record and the consequent assumption that because of it, that’s the player others should “go through” and/or beat in order to earn a worthy win. Which is obviously wrong. The player with an outstanding record is hot until he loses to -anybody-… and no.. his/her loss or win isn’t more meritorious -necessarily- if it was against his/her “nemesis”.

    (Hey, this has helped me further clarify some of this stuff for myself… ;-) )

    P.D (Funny… while we’re having this exchange check out the heated discussion that the moderator “closed” @ tennis.com about the same thing… :-) : http://www.tennis.com/messageboard/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=14185&start=1

  627. Sam Holako on June 3rd, 2009 10:20 am

    I think you are bang on Julian. All a player can do is beat the next opponent and hope to string together 6 or 7 wins in a row to win a slam or masters cup.

    FYI – that discussion at Tennis.com got uh…really heated, lol. Glad it is civil over here.

  628. Julian on June 3rd, 2009 11:52 am

    Your questions certainly helped pave the way !

    Btw… so far it looks like your “gnawing feeling” was bang on too… Roger up 2 sets against Monfils… I’m one for Rodge matching Pete’s 14 (having won all slams) Would he be “GOAT” too? uhmmm…. we haven’t tackled that one yet ;-)

    But in all honesty, who gets any closer than that…? one more slam wouldn’t hurt cementing it though..

  629. Allan on June 3rd, 2009 1:43 pm

    Great article. My sentiments exactly, but why do you expect Roddick to avenge this loss. He is an overrated tennis player, one dimensional and unable to beat the top players in the world. Getting to the round of 16 in Paris was, in my opinion, an upset. If he wasn’t American, we would never hear about him.

  630. Lenny on June 3rd, 2009 4:17 pm

    Allan, i am not a big roddick fan either, but i doubt you can call him overrated. the guy has overachieved being a one dimensional player. in the past 5-6 years other than federer and nadal what other players have consistantly been in the top 10 or made it past the QF’s or better at majors (except the french open)? you could argue that it federer was not around he probably would’ve won 2-3 wimbledon’s, and at least 1 aussie or us open.

  631. David on June 3rd, 2009 6:05 pm

    “Out of the four remaining semi-finalists, only one man has ever reached a grand slam final four”
    a little correction, but 2 have reached a grand slam final four – Federer and Gonzalez.

  632. Jack Han on June 3rd, 2009 7:05 pm

    that’s correct. Federer beat Gonzo in straight sets in Australia, 2007.

  633. Brendan Morrison on June 3rd, 2009 10:29 pm

    Roddick sucks. His only use on the tour is to have Federer snipe balls past him through his legs and then get mocked by him in post-match interviews.

  634. Nima Naderi on June 4th, 2009 2:10 am

    Thanks for the note boys, change made. Cheers.

  635. Allan on June 4th, 2009 7:48 am

    Lenny – my point of him being overrated stems from the fact that since his US Open victory, he has not been a genuine factor in contending for a Grand Slam title. Yes, he has played a couple of finals, but there has always been better players other than Federer and/or Nadal. Personally, I don’t think Roddick has a game anywhere as good as Djokovic or Murray (never has) and, more importantly, he has never made the adjustments that great players make to advance their standing. He may be a top 10 player but to listen to the American press, you would believe that if Federer were not around, Roddick would have been king. In my opinion, that is just not true and, hence, my title of overrated.

  636. Jack Han on June 4th, 2009 1:08 pm

    little typo, “Look for him to take the first serve by a break.” should read Look for him to take the first set by a break.

    my bad
    Jack

  637. Jack Han on June 4th, 2009 1:21 pm

    I agree that Roddick was acting like a brat during the end of that match, but you’ve gotta take into account the dynamics of the match at the time – Monfils serving for the 2nd set (?) at 5-2, Roddick’s best served trying to rattle him a little (it got him that victory against Fed in Miami, where he did the same thing at a very crucial time in the match). As for him being overrated, I don’t think so. He’s in my mind the best and most consistant male American player of the 21st century thus far, and would have won Wimbledon as well if not for Federer or that rain delay in 2004. That makes him just as good as Hewitt (who won his Wimbledon against friggin David Nalbandian) and better than many other one-trick ponies of the recent years (Moya, Gasquet, Philippousis, Haas, Nalbandian etc.) – many of which are more talented than he is. Even Murray and Djokovic, at this time, have not really surpassed Roddick in terms of career achievements. If they hung up their rackets today, would you really claim they did?

  638. Sandra on June 4th, 2009 10:47 pm

    Rafa is actually thinning. Can’t you see he is losing his hair.

  639. apouge on June 5th, 2009 12:01 am

    I don’t believe we need a kind of nationalistic lens to understand what the Parsian showed to the King of Clay a couple of days ago, which means Tony’s idea of Spain versus France or whatever is stupid. The mass always has its freedom to love anyone it wants to love thought it does not directly imply the stupidity of the mass.

    What I am very sure is that the Parisan would show a different attitude if it wwere Federer’s case; people love Rafa because he is a great athlete, but people love Federer because he is more than a great athlete. That differece can be critical in a certain situation.

  640. Leslie Zold on June 5th, 2009 7:24 pm

    After Uncle Toni’s comments I can hardly wait for the 2010 French
    Open. Poor Rafa will be paying for his Uncle Toni’s insults directed
    towards the Parisian tennis fans. He should have kept his comments to himself.
    Leslie

  641. Shahin on June 6th, 2009 4:08 am

    So what happens to his points??? And his ranking??

  642. Phil Naessens on June 8th, 2009 4:03 am

    Hi,

    You did a good job with this and I like the site as well. One of my friends wrote an interesting piece about Fed’s grip for my blog….take a look if you wish!

    http://corfutennis.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/john-yandell-versus-roger-federer-by-robert-firlus/

    Phil

  643. tennisfan2 on June 8th, 2009 8:53 am

    The RG crowd is totally disrespectful. That is the bottom line. Of course fans can cheer for whom they wish, but there is no call for behaving in such a disrespectful and mean-spirited way.

  644. Nima Naderi on June 8th, 2009 2:23 pm

    Nadal will lose his Queen’s points, but remain number one for the time being. His Wimbledon participation will be vital in order for him to stay number one.

  645. Nima Naderi on June 8th, 2009 2:27 pm

    Thanks Phil, Nice site as well. Keep up the good work.

  646. Pat on June 11th, 2009 12:09 am

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  649. Tennis Odds on June 13th, 2009 7:36 pm

    It was a shame he quite a few injuries through his career, but he can retire happy, he achieved a grand slam win, somothing that very few players ever do!

    Put your feet up Thomas!

  650. Alex on June 17th, 2009 7:18 pm

    I think that the grass court season should be a bit longer. Maybe there should even be a Masters Series event held on grass. This would make give players more time to play on grass before Wimbledon, and make the grass season more relevant. As a result, players would have more time to make the adjustments necessary from clay to grass. The time given right now is so small it makes no difference. However, make the grass court season longer, and it would grass court players a chance to succeed on grass before Wimbly, and they would be better prepared for Wimbly.

  651. Holly on June 17th, 2009 9:14 pm

    Lets hope they meet and Andy crushes him!

  652. Zach on June 17th, 2009 9:23 pm

    I dont think it will happen, nor do I want it to!

  653. Anderson on June 18th, 2009 2:05 pm

    What color of wrist band will Djokovic use ?

  654. Matt on June 18th, 2009 7:34 pm

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    just subscribed on itunes!

  659. Max Maxwell on June 21st, 2009 9:51 am

    I have searched the web and this site for about 40 minutes and cannot find what time Andy Murray plays tomorrow. In fact, I can’t even find him on the first day.

    What am I missing??!!

  660. Daniel Rumeo on June 21st, 2009 1:09 pm

    He plays on Tuesday. Time has not been determined yet.

  661. apouge on June 21st, 2009 1:52 pm

    let me share it with my friends

  662. Eleanor Butt on June 21st, 2009 6:08 pm

    Great preview, Nima. Is this a new site? I’m going to check in daily. Love your writing. Keep up the good work.

    Eleanor

  663. Nima Naderi on June 21st, 2009 10:55 pm

    Thanks Eleanor,

    The site is just over a year-old. We’re at it everyday, so please do check back. Thanks again for the kind words.

    Nima

  664. Alex on June 22nd, 2009 4:20 pm

    Didn’t Blake not too long ago say that the number one focus for American tennis players is to do well in Wimbledon and the US Open? And didn’t Blake also come into this tournament saying that there were not going to be any excuses for him? (at least that’s what ESPN said he said) Bringing up the ATP sched sure seems like an excuse to me. He’s a great guy and all, but it feels like everytime he loses early in a tournament, he’s got an excuse all ready to go, and fully rehearsed. C’mon James, you’re better than that.

  665. Nima Naderi on June 22nd, 2009 5:30 pm

    Great points Alex,

    I mean as you could see, I picked Blake to make it to the quarterfinals. Thus his result today was terrbile in many respects. James appears to be on a serious downside, and might be close to retirement at this point.

  666. Alexander Panagiotidis on June 23rd, 2009 6:42 am

    What do you think Janko Tipsarevic can achieve at Wimbledon and in general?

  667. Dan on June 23rd, 2009 7:04 am

    It is always a tough call with Janko. He has always been a tough competitor but never really a contender. It doesn’t help that he has his hands full in that section of the draw. His next match he will be in tough against the big serving american Mardy Fish and if he gets through that he will likely play Novak Djokovic. If he ends up winning his 2nd round match he could give djoko some trouble. Janko is the type of player who needs some momentum and if he can get some he could be dangerous.

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  669. Rob S on June 27th, 2009 6:43 pm

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  670. What? on June 30th, 2009 11:56 am

    What? Did they photoshop the YOUTEK Radical into the photo with Murray? It’s a blatant fabrication. Murrary uses the Microgel Prestige Pro with with a Microgel Radical paintjob. Why does head want to lie to its customers so much? The Prestige Pro is an excellent racquet and should be promoted!

  671. Daniel Rumeo on July 1st, 2009 10:32 am

    @ What?

    1. All racket companies do this
    2. Most players do not use the actual rackets you see anyways
    3. The ones that do, are sometimes incredibly superstitious and wait until the right time. Murray will make the switch after Wimbledon for the hard court season.

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  673. Jack Han on July 2nd, 2009 9:31 am

    I’ll mirror Nima’s picks – I see Murray in 3 and Federer in 4

    Roddick hit about 15 LESS unforced errors than Hewitt yesturday and still had to pull it out 6-4 in the fifth. There is just no way he can out-grind Murray at the baseline.

    Haas is the only guy who’s been serve and volleying consistently on both serves. Federer likes to have a target and Haas does not have an overwhelmingly good serve, especially compared to Karlovic. Haas might give Fed some trouble for about a set and a half, not more.

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  675. Jack Han on July 3rd, 2009 8:17 pm

    136-0? I’m pretty sure you mean just at Wimbledon, because fed lost to Nadal at RG in 2006 after winning the 1st set 6-1

  676. Alex on July 5th, 2009 5:46 pm

    What a match that was today. Not quite last year’s final but Roddick really gave Federer a run for his championship. Even though I love Roger and have never been a fan of Roddick, I must admit that it was tough seeing Andy at the end of the match with tears building up in his eyes. I think Andy felt that he had played a better match than Federer today, but Roger was able to pull it out in the end.

    Also, the challenge machine really needs to be looked into. For starters, why does it leave the shape of an oval when the ball is a sphere?

    Congrats Roger!!!

  677. Leslie on July 5th, 2009 7:52 pm

    Last Friday I wittnessed the most pathetic Grand Slam Ladies singles semifinal between Venus Williams and Dinara Safina.
    Followed up on Saturday by the final between the Williams sisters
    which was not much better quality tennis. How could the WTA
    demand that the prize money be given to the Ladies should be the same as is given to the Gentlemen players? It boggles the mind!
    Perhaps the Williams sisters could hand over half of their prize
    money to Roger Federed and Andy Roddick.

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  679. PaulaV. on July 5th, 2009 9:46 pm

    Great podcast!

    I absolutely agree the Rafa’s problems are more rooted in his family problems than his knee problems. Very sad, and a good reminder that players are human and have problems off the court.

  680. tommy on July 6th, 2009 10:42 am

    guys, r u shocked any didnt move up in the new rankings?
    i knew roger would retake number one, but roddick not getting a top five nod? wow.

  681. Dan on July 6th, 2009 10:53 am

    Yes it is kinda surprising but overall DelPo has had a better year. I think Roddick cares more about the loss than the ranking. The ATP ranking are an imperfect science.

  682. Robert on July 6th, 2009 11:44 am

    Yeah, I’m shocked. He was written off early on and yet he kept knocking opponents down and through to get to the finals and then got as close as a man can to winning. What an accomplishment! He has put the world on notice that he is in the kind of form and fitness that we have never seen from him but should get used to. Top 5 nod appropriate? No question- yes.

  683. Leslie on July 6th, 2009 6:54 pm

    Andy Roddick may haven’t got to the top five, but he handled the
    loss with grace and class!! Good for him.

  684. Alex on July 6th, 2009 7:01 pm

    I give Andy all the credit in the world for his performance Sunday, but I don’t know that I can say he handled it with grace and class. Remember when Roger told him in the trophy presentation that he knew what Andy was feeling after going through last year’s final? Roddick interupted him and said “you’ve won five”. Again, I give Andy credit for how he played but that doesn’t seem like grace and class to me.

  685. Daniel Rumeo on July 6th, 2009 7:45 pm

    In all fairness Alex, I think Andy was trying to be funny. He does have one of those dry senses of humour.

  686. Allan on July 7th, 2009 8:18 am

    I have been highly critical of Roddick throughout his career, but he gained some of my respect throughout this tournament, playing the best tennis I have ever seen him play. A great deal of credit has to go to Stefanki who has made a habit of taking guys who couldn’t get over the hump and making them as good as they could be. I’m still not sold on Roddick and will wait to see what the future holds, but he took giant steps towards being a great player throughout this tournament. I prefer to look at Roger as the greatest player of this generation, because it is so difficult to compare players from different eras. If only the Williams sisters gave back to tennis as much as Roger, tennis would be in an even stronger position.

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  688. tommy on July 13th, 2009 11:07 pm

    guys, what court is that in the pic? i have to google image that!
    :)

  689. tommy on July 13th, 2009 11:09 pm

    daniel, did u ever get this game?
    i love it!
    career mode is a bit thin, but thats too be expected on the first try

  690. Nima Naderi on July 14th, 2009 1:16 am

    Which picture are you referring to Tommy?

  691. tommy on July 14th, 2009 1:13 pm

    the picture at the main page of the clay court describing this article.

    Båstad, Sweden; Stuttgart, Germany. Day 1 review. Vinciguerra wins first match of the season; Daydenko made to work in Stuttgart

  692. tommy on July 15th, 2009 9:56 am

    welcome back raFA!

    also, roddick got his number 5 ranking in the new numbers released

  693. Alex on July 16th, 2009 9:12 am

    Finally, so happy to see him back, hopefully he can add to the tennis drama and do some serious drama!

  694. Alex on July 16th, 2009 9:13 am

    Yahoo, so glad for Roddick

  695. Daniel Rumeo on July 18th, 2009 10:37 pm

    Hey Tommy,

    Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. Yes I did get it. I love it overall but I agree of career mode being a bit thin. Remember, this is EA’s first venture into tennis and if anything it will hopefully push VT and Topspin to make some better games than they have the past few years. Overall, motion plus is cool but not as good as everyone thought it would be.

  696. tommy on July 19th, 2009 12:17 am

    agreed.

    i’d rather have ea work on the basics and the controls in this debut like they did, as opposed to spending time making a fleshed out career mode.

    it was important to get the core experience down first.

    i love that they have the authentic grand slam attire for the players.

  697. Keflex. on July 20th, 2009 5:31 am

    Keflex….

    Keflex. What is keflex used for….

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  699. G. Brown on July 20th, 2009 11:54 am

    I think that Rafa will be back stronger and better than before. It has been in his makeup since he was a child. He can handle whatever comes his way,. Vamos Rafa

  700. Nima on July 20th, 2009 10:58 pm

    Hey Tommy,

    Sorry for the late reply. That picture is available on the Bastad website. Cheers mate.

  701. Alex on July 21st, 2009 11:27 am

    Is this on PC?

  702. zach on July 21st, 2009 11:27 am

    Is this on pc?

  703. PaulaV. on July 21st, 2009 3:37 pm

    Would Martina Hingis have been let back into the game after 2.5 months if she had offered authorities a semi-plausible excuse for the cocaine found in her system? I don’t know. Maybe some tennis insiders knew something about Martina’s background that convinced authorities not to give her a break, whereas Gasquet had Rafa on his side.

  704. Nima Naderi on July 21st, 2009 7:42 pm

    Great points Paula. I think the Hingis really did not care whether or not she would be let back in the game. Her time had come.

    Gasquet is still in the prime of his career, and has many more years of great tennis ahead.

    The Hingis story is still a sad one however.

  705. Harris Smith and Wesson on July 22nd, 2009 2:18 pm

    I could barely get through the first paragraph. Please tone down the purple prose.

  706. gio on July 23rd, 2009 12:46 am

    It seems some of the male readers are uncomfortable with this insightful essay on the emotional pandemonium of the children of divorce. Whether it’s a neighbor or a world class athlete, it’s tough emotionally.

    Rafael may be a killer on court, but is a gentle spirit. Thanks for recognizing that a guy with so much soul feels the pain of his parents’ breakup.

  707. tommy on July 23rd, 2009 10:45 am

    nima, great writing as usual.
    its all in the unique style.
    i love it!

  708. Steph on July 23rd, 2009 11:24 am

    He should’ve come to Indy. :-\

  709. Nima Naderi on July 23rd, 2009 12:07 pm

    There is no doubt, Steph.

  710. Jo on July 23rd, 2009 2:34 pm

    Everyone’s kicking him when he’s down, but I understand that’s the harsh reality of sports. It’s silly to ask him to draw off Federer. Federer had already won 14 slams before his 10 mths slump, it’s a diff. level of confidence. Nobody can be like Fed. Simon struggled all the way to the pro-tour since his teenage year because of growth problem. It’s hard to be as confidence as Federer when he has to fight against the other people’s doubt since the age of 12. Regardless of how he does this year, he’s already achieved more than everyone has ever expected of him and not many players can get into Top 10 over a career. I hope he gets out of his slump, if he doesn’t, I hope ppl won’t undermine his achievement so far.

  711. Nima Naderi on July 23rd, 2009 3:27 pm

    Great points Jo. I am by no means undermining the achievements of Simon. What he has done up until this point in his career is grand to say the least.

    However, what I was attempting to display in the article was the essence of how tough it is to repeat great years on tour.

    If any, the Federer comparison was not silly because it was an over-all idea of how he should conduct himself. It has nothing to do with Federer’s record etc.

    Simon must learn to keep his thoughts and pressures inside. That’s what the greats can do.

    Would be nice to see him chalk up some big wins again, but as I suggested it will not be an easy feat by any means.

    Cheers.

  712. Jo on July 23rd, 2009 4:48 pm

    I just fail to understand how you can suggest he conduct himself like Fed in terms of being confidence despite the pressure. Fed won 14 slams, it’s impossible for him to lost confidence completely just because of 10 slamless months, what’s a 10-mth slump in % to 4 years of domination? Gilles was never a prodigy, took him 3 years to climb from 100s to 7, still everyone keeps wondering why he’s in top10 , thinking he doesn’t have the game for it (and ranking doesn’t lie btw, those ppl should know). So he doesn’t have the confidence built-up like Fed has to keep believing. I understand your point and I’m not disagreeing, he needs to handle the pressure better. I just don’t think you can suggest he learn from Fed bcos what Fed has at this pt is an accumulation of years of success plus his nature talent in skill and physique in order to have some much reserve in his confidence level despite a brief tough time. Gilles doesn’t have what Fed has. In fact, Gilles did quite well without having those natural resources that other top players can rely on. Yes, he needs to have some big wins to restore his confidence and it’s getting very tough at the moment.

  713. Jo on July 23rd, 2009 5:09 pm

    BTW, you aren’t giving credit to him much either, more or less suggesting that he was in the right place at right time in beating Fed in TO and Nadal in Madrid. Fed and Nadal were both cruising for a set and a half before Gilles fought his way back. If they were flat and listless than I can understand you think so that way, but they were actually very commending and playing quite efficiently until Gilles turned it around. Sure, if Fed and Nadal is playing their perfect tennis 100%, no one can beat them, because they are way more talented than the rest of the field. The reason they are the best is because they play with hurt and lows and still manage to win 95% of their matches. And don’t forget, Gilles also beat Fed in TMC, of course I should also remind ppl that Fed’s a back injury from 2 wks before MUST be the factor then, although he was again a set and a break up before losing in 3.

  714. Nima Naderi on July 23rd, 2009 5:47 pm

    Well, I will say this. I was at the match in Canada between Federer and Simon. Federer rolled through the first set, and then for no apparent reason Simon came back. All credit to Simon, but one would have to think that Federer usually wouldn’t lose matches of that sort.

    The Madrid match was of the same variety. Nadal came out playing well, and Simon moved better and Rafa could not keep up.

    The over-lining suggestion of the article is more geared around players who were hot, and then have not been able to keep up their level.

    Magnus Norman comes to mind. Norman had a great 2000, and then fell off the map in 2001.

    And again, when I related Simon to Federer, it is more around the notion that pro players should look to the best in the business as a form of modeling themselves. Through all facets.

    If anything, and I’m not coming down on you here or anything, but you have stated more of the flaws in Simon’s game, (growing up, struggles and such) than I have.

    My simple objective throughout the article was to bring forth the notion of dealing with pressure better, and how truly tough it is to stay at the top.

    Cheers

  715. Nima on July 23rd, 2009 7:07 pm

    Thanks for all the great comments. Cheers.

  716. Jo on July 23rd, 2009 7:12 pm

    Again, I do understand what your objective is. However, since you ask viewers to speak our mind, and I think it’s only fair that there’s another perspective to Simon’s situation. I 100% agree that he needs to handle the pressure better bcos his ability to maintain his top 10 position will only escalate him to another echelon. But ppl tend to think if player cannot maintain their top performance consistently, they aren’t worthy in the first place. I’m saying getting to top 10 is no small task. These all probably have no relevance to your article, I’m merely using this opportunity to voice a view, perhaps you don’t mind, is better than no response, eh?

    I don’t think it’s a problem that a top player like Simon has flaws, there’s no reason to hide the fact that he is not perfect. And yes, he looks mediocre especially physically, and he doesn’t play magnificent tennis. If he is to be admired, that’s for his ability to overcome his own disadvantages to be in the elite group.

    “but one would have to think that Federer usually wouldn’t lose matches of that sort”. Indeed, and you insist that has nothing to do with his opponent. “Nadal came out playing well, and Simon moved better and Rafa could not keep up.” and that has nothing to do with his opponent too? Saying “all credit to Simon” and then suggested that he won because he’s gifted the matches, that’s not much credit, imo. Agassi always said to win is very simple, just play better than your opponent. You’ll be amazed how difficult it is to play better than Fed and Nadal even when they aren’t playing their best. Fed got to the AO SF while suffering from chicken pox. And Nadal’s been suffering from knee injuries for years, still wins 95% of his matches. But frankly, others shouldn’t judge the match by what I said or you said, we both watched it and can only believe in what we saw. I suggest whoever reads this column use their own judgment before they decide on how the matches were won, or lose if you insist.

  717. Nima on July 23rd, 2009 7:43 pm

    Your opinions and views to speak your mind are very much welcomed.

    I suppose the rest of the 2009 season will be a great indication towards both of our views.

  718. honorthegame on July 24th, 2009 6:36 pm

    Nima, great post.
    Rafa will come back roaring!
    He has the HEART & SOUL of a champion!

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  723. Paul Johnson on July 27th, 2009 5:17 pm

    It is a poor decision on one hand but an understadable decision on the other….

    He is a singles player coming up to the American hard court season so he should be concentrating on hard court singles play surely?

    But on the other hand he is just coming back into competition after a questionable first half of the year so maybe it will be a good decision for him?

    Either way i’m sure that he is doing that best thing for himself based on how he feels so lets not knock Novak any more, he has had enough flaque thrown at him this year already!!

  724. Nima Naderi on July 29th, 2009 4:57 pm

    Novak Djokovic/ Marko Djokovic lose first round encounter to the Italian duo of Fabio Fognini and Potitio Starace 6-0, 7-5.

  725. Mina Kaleen on July 31st, 2009 8:16 am

    Djokovic has already played 23 tournaments this year, compared with the top three players, he has definitely played more matches, and yet, he has not secured any ATP 1000 titles this year. After all the ATP Studena Croatia Open event is a minor event, only 25o points on clay, if he manages to win. Djokovic has to win some major 1000 events to keep his current ranking later this year now. And in view of the fact he can be melted in a hot climate as he did in the AO, I hope this long vacation was the best decision for him right now. After all he loves hard courts and I hope to see him win major titles this year. Rap practice with Karlovic would be good too.

  726. Pamela Heinbecker on August 1st, 2009 3:50 pm

    Raphael Nadal is without question the most profoundly gifted and
    exciting tennis player to ever have played the game. I cannot wait
    for his return. The promise of his return in Montreal has kept me going all summer but it took weeks to get over his absence at . His heart break with the pending divorce of his two
    most trusted family members is really painful for him and he was
    smart to take some time to heal both physically and mentally. The game will give him some singular comfort and allow him to focus on something he loves and away from the harsh reality of his
    parents breakup. I only hope his parents can resolve their differences and restore their relationship. Rafa is a wonderful person of uncharacteristic humility and a great competitive spirit.
    I know he can roar back in these coming events. He has the upbringing and character for greatness. He can do it. I care more
    about this person than the tennis pro.

    Thank you for your wonderful article.

    Pamela Heinbecker

  727. Alex on August 1st, 2009 7:42 pm

    Have you, Pamela, by any chance ever met Rafael Nadal. Not to say that what you stated about him isn’t true; but you are speaking as if you know the guy personally inside out. I don’t think he is close to being “the most profoundly gifted and exciting tennis player to ever have played the game”, and I certainly don’t think that somebody who has never met him can come to such concrete conclusions on his character. I think he’s a great player with a lot of talent. I give him credit for the great things that he has accomplished; but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves now, and make him out to be Superman.

  728. Shahin on August 5th, 2009 3:35 am

    A very thoughtful article. It applies to everyday life!

  729. Dorian on August 7th, 2009 10:19 pm

    What?? So who does he thank when he loses??..Pathetic…I guess the other religious players of non Judeo/Christian faiths who lose didn’t pray hard enough? Shiva wasn’t watching? Odin was chilling in Valhalla? …let’s have separation of state and tennis too..keep the junk articles in the trash can. Last time I visit your site…

  730. honorthegame on August 8th, 2009 8:46 am

    I read in one of the blogs that the cross kiss is for his late sister who passed away when she was a child.

    Fingers crossed for a JMDP v A-Rod final in DC. Vamos JuanMa!

  731. fred on August 9th, 2009 10:31 am

    PLEASE let’s not hype Sam Querrey just yet
    he made 3 weak tournament titles with no decent players in them.He lost to Ginepri for pete’s sake in 1 after Ginepri had his appendix removed and beat legend Casten Ball!
    he lost in straight sets to Andy Roddick which in fact tells you that Querrey might be good enough to beat lower tier players but the big boys rolls;he loses.Roddick is not even in the same league of the Federer’s and Nadal’s.
    Querrey lost in the 3th round in Australia
    lost in the 1st rounds in France and London and we’re hyping him?
    Watch him lose early in Mtl and Cinn and the USO as he should
    same with John Isner
    these guys are tier 3 players and they’ll remain that way until they consistently stop losing in early round of ALL 4 majors!

  732. Nima Naderi on August 9th, 2009 12:02 pm

    Fred,

    Your points are extremely well taken, and I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    But you must remember that I’m speaking of one month, which was a quiet month on tour, which Querrey played better than anyone else.

    Again, I certainly agree that Sam will have to step it up in the coming weeks, if he is to defeat higher tier players. Thank you again, great comment.

  733. Alex on August 10th, 2009 4:23 pm

    Congrats to Frederik Niemeyer on his win today. Now he gets to face Federer in round two. This should be an interesting matchup seeing as though these two players are very different: 1 of them is really, really, really good; the other not so much, lol :)

  734. BO STANLEY on August 10th, 2009 8:42 pm

    Just wondering how difficult it can be to put spaces where they need to be. Hope the typist is ok?

  735. Sam on August 11th, 2009 1:28 am

    About Franks match.

    Yes, someone was very Upset in that match.

    Gl in your next preview.

  736. Kate on August 11th, 2009 9:28 am

    Thanks so much for the updates and I am happy to see Rafa back on court. I wish I was there but I am afraid due to finances (and the fact that it is cheaper to go to NY) that NY won out this year. Never mind the boys are back in town next year. Please keep up the good work you are doing a fantastic job and we really appreciate it and also this site is awesome too.

  737. Nima Naderi on August 11th, 2009 11:23 am

    All of the French Open transcripts were like that. Bizarre for sure, and we are sorry on their behalf.

  738. Alex on August 11th, 2009 12:24 pm

    Dissapointing result for Frank, especially because he had been playing much better lately. Hopefully next year, he can go a little deeper into the tournament, when he has a packed stadium cheering him on in Toronto. I remember I saw his match last year on centre court in Toronto when he played Djokovic and even though he lost, it was a really good match, and an incredible atmosphere. (Hopefully Federer doesn’t lose his first match here next year either!)

  739. Jack Han on August 11th, 2009 4:58 pm

    Polansky’s looking good early against Djoker. Going after the Serb’s forehand is a good gameplan. I think he has the game to make a dent here, let’s see how this works out.

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  741. jun on August 12th, 2009 11:08 am

    Well, I do think there is nothing wrong in showing to all that he has a body that is worth to die for. He is definitely gorgeous!

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    How do I get your job?

    Haha, have fun today!

  743. honorthegame on August 14th, 2009 4:27 pm

    Never under estimate the heart and soul of a champion.
    VAMOS RAFA!!!!

  744. honorthegame on August 15th, 2009 9:33 am

    Thanks for the quarter finals analysis. Glad to know that Rafa is improving. Uncle Toni should be joining him in Cincy which is a good thing.

  745. Alex on August 15th, 2009 5:12 pm

    How about this storyline: Andy Murray will move ahead of Rafael Nadal into 2nd spot in the rankings as of Monday morning. I wonder how long it will last as Nadal tries to take back #2 and eventually move back into #1, while at the same time Murray tries to move ahead of Federer for #1. With the way the schedule is, Federer will eventually lose 2000 points before New York, so if Murray can close the gap, the net gain over Federer for Murray could make it happen.

  746. Jack Han on August 15th, 2009 5:34 pm

    Im not familiar with the nitty-gritty details of the ranking points, but Federer does not have a lot of points to defend before the US Open. He just gained a few this week and at Cincy he’s only defending something like a 3rd round of QF showing. That being said anything can happen at the USO. For Murray I feel like he has a shot at number one by the end of the year, but not before.

  747. Aram on August 16th, 2009 2:13 am

    Well, I must say that del Potro deserves to lift the Rogers cup having beaten Nadal.

  748. Nima Naderi on August 16th, 2009 2:17 pm

    I would agree with you sentiments.

  749. honorthegame on August 18th, 2009 9:35 pm

    There are rumours going around from the russian press that Marat’s getting married. Can anyone confirm this?

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  751. Mixxmaster on August 20th, 2009 8:09 pm

    Why does he need boxers? Americans are way too uptight when it comes to showing skin, especially if it’s a man.

  752. honorthegame on August 22nd, 2009 10:23 am

    I’ve seen this platinum standard of competitiveness during the Michael Jordan era. Rafa will leave his blood, guts and soul on the court. No one comes close in tennis.

  753. Alex on August 22nd, 2009 12:09 pm

    With all due respect, I think a lot of players come close, it’s just harder to tell because of the style that Nadal plays, compared to that of many other players. Just because Federer and Roddick, two of the hardest workers and most dedicated players on tour, don’t have tendinitis in their knees as a result of stomping around on the court, doesn’t mean that they don’t leave their blood, guts, and soul on the court too. It just means that they are a little smarter in their decisions of which balls to chase down, and which balls to let go for winners.

  754. honorthegame on August 22nd, 2009 5:47 pm

    Blood, guts & soul isn’t just physical, it’s also mental. Alot of guys do not come close that is why Rafa has been able to win so many masters & slams. As for Roddick being smarter about which balls to chase down, I think he’s limited by his movement. He should have worked more aggressively on improving his game a few years back.

  755. evie on August 23rd, 2009 9:47 pm

    I heard your podcast for the first time today. I also subscribed to you on itunes, so I’ll go back and check out some of the past shows. I enjoyed the tennis banter.

    One comment about the Simon discussion — I can’t tell you guys apart yet, but one of you is sure that Simon knows he can’t win a Slam, and I think that’s just completely wrong. YOU may believe he cannot win a Slam, but I’m quite sure he feels that if the stars align, and the top guys have a bad day or two, he can absolutely win. Every player in the top 10, outside of Davydenko, believes he can win a Slam. I have no doubt about that.

    And really, you saying that Gulbis believes more than Simon was sort of a giveaway — you like Gulbis’ game and believe if he got it together, he could be a contender. You believe Simon is too short (though you didn’t say that) and does not have the power game to win in today’s tennis. That is very different than SIMON not believing.

  756. Salman on August 24th, 2009 2:22 am

    Dear Nima,

    With the obvious advantage of hindsight, I think we can agree that Federer’s problems were not of any technical nature, rather more psycholigical. It’s true, Federer does make more errors on the Forehand (and backhand) as compared to other top pros like Nadal or Murray or Mr. No Unforced Errors (Del Potro) but his forehand also enables him to dictate 99% of the points, an advantage which (in his case) outweighs the disadvantage of unforced errors by a substantial margin. We should also look at some of the former players who have had an eastern (or mild semi-western) grip and one particular player (also a candidate for GOAT) never missed his forehand regardless of the amount of pressure piled on him. Therefore with all due respect, I disagree with your analysis. Semi-Western & Western grips will produce a lot of great players but the GOAT title will always be reserved for the Eastern guys.

  757. Pamela Heinbecker on August 24th, 2009 12:01 pm

    Why was Rafa’s stomach taped before the match with Djokovic in the
    semi final match of the Western and Southern Tennis Tournament?

  758. Drew Hamilton on August 25th, 2009 4:18 pm

    Nadal is amazing competitor, and a pleasure to watch. But I can say with 100% certainty he will not win the US open. Federer, Murray, Djoker, Roddick, Del Potro are all in much better form.

    It is a fact; anyone watching tennis the past 3 weeks knows Nadal is on his way back but simply not there yet.

    2010 maybe, but for now, Federer/Murray will battle it out.

  759. Ayen on August 26th, 2009 6:15 am

    I also believe rafa will capture the US open almost impossibly..its almost an imposition on him to want and long for the final ceremonies watching him flaunting that elusive trophy (while leaving his competitor flood in tears on international tv)..but again..rafa amazes me (and my dad) by the fact that he turns the impossible to a magical reality…he disproved the common notion that he is a clay courter who cannot win in grass and in hard courts, more surprisingly against the top seed..it was almost like trying to disprove that the earth is not the center of the universe..therefore,i have not abandoned the possibility of a 2009 US OPEN WIN..

    Keeping the faith still.

  760. octo01 on August 26th, 2009 9:42 am

    If like me you want to watch live coverage of the US Open but are outside of the US then you might be interested to know you can get live streamed coverage in Asia http://www.totalsports.tv/Sports/Tennis/Events/US-Open-Tennis-2009

  761. Nima Naderi on August 27th, 2009 2:07 am

    Thanks for the comments. I believe Rafa can not be counted out. Let the best man win.

    Cheers.

  762. Pedro on August 27th, 2009 9:27 am

    Hi,

    In the moment of posting this note, Federer is again number one. His forehand is working pretty well. No doubt, eastern forehand grip has its pros and cons just as western grip do, beign semi-western a fairly compromise between both. Nevertheless, when players lose their confidence, no matter what their handle grips are, they lose their matches too. Eastern forehands become erratic, and western deliver short balls easy to attack.

  763. Erin on August 27th, 2009 6:23 pm

    Tennis Channel are running a free sweepstake to the 2009 US open you can enter here
    http://www.tennischannel.com/usopen_sweeps/

  764. Alex on August 28th, 2009 4:27 pm

    After last year’s interesting match to say the least between Roddick and Djokovic, who wouldn’t want to see that one under the lights once again? Novak may not even get that far though, especially because if there is one thing he won’t have in New York, it will be the support of the crowd after what happened last year.

  765. Joana on August 31st, 2009 9:02 am

    Cool! Love all pics I can get of Serena and/or Rafa. Keep em coming. The event looks like it was a lot of fun.

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  768. Manu on September 1st, 2009 12:26 am

    Is it possible to download this? I don’t see it up on iTunes yet.

  769. Nima Naderi on September 1st, 2009 9:43 am

    Hey Manu,

    Thanks for the heads up. We’re in New York currently and will attend to his when we get back. Sorry for the inconvenience. Cheers.

  770. honorthegame on September 1st, 2009 7:04 pm

    I like the Jordan reference. Vamos Rafa!

  771. Daniel Rumeo on September 1st, 2009 9:09 pm

    It is there now. It was a technical glitch. Thanks for letting us know.

  772. Manu on September 1st, 2009 10:21 pm

    Thanks Dan and Nima! Discovered your site just the other day and plan to make it a daily stop.

  773. Jack Han on September 5th, 2009 10:25 am

    So Taylor Dent ended up winning 7-6 (9) in the fifth set against Navarro, hitting 121 (!!!) winners and 50 UEs…

  774. honorthegame on September 5th, 2009 10:35 am

    Nima, thanks for the analysis. You definitely hit it on the nail with JuanMa’s clutch serve.

  775. honorthegame on September 5th, 2009 10:36 am

    Nima, who do you think will win a slam first, Murray or del Potro?

  776. Nima Naderi on September 5th, 2009 3:42 pm

    I think if you look at hard-courts, I would have to say del Potro. As I eluded to in my review if the weather stays cool, del Potro is my pick. Murray is certainly favored on grass, but he has to contend with Federer and Nadal there. Thanks for the comment. Cheers.

  777. honorthegame on September 5th, 2009 6:15 pm

    At Wimbly, Murray also has to deal with the UK press/media/expectations/pressure etc…..

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  779. honorthegame on September 8th, 2009 5:33 pm

    What happened to Murray? I was so looking forward to a JMDP v Murray match.

  780. Alex on September 8th, 2009 7:19 pm

    It’s so interesting to see how much things have changed in men’s tennis from the beginning of the year. Not only the Federer story, but also how at the beginning of the year, we had the “Big 4″. Now we’ve got the “Top 6″. Murray has seemingly had a great year, but everyone wants to talk about his failure to win a major. Djokovic has been very streaky, and has had a tough time in the Slams. Roddick was an afterthought in Australia, and all of a sudden, was the favourite after Roger, to capture the US Open. It’s so interesting to look back and see how the year has changed since the Aussie Open, because everyone looks at that and thinks that it is the best indication of what is to come in the rest of the season.

  781. Kim on September 11th, 2009 11:52 am

    I think Nadal will beat Gonzalez. After Nadal beat Monfils, who I had been following on Prince’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/official.prince.tennis) I think his amazing swings and movement are going to be too much for Gonzalez too.

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  784. Jermain from Toronto on September 14th, 2009 1:57 pm

    How could you think that shot by Federer was not as good as Llodra’s?

    First of all and with no disrespect, Lidora’s shot was at the Sony Erricson Open against Tommy Hass. Federer managed to pull his shot off at the Semis of the US Open against Djokovic.

    It was way better on so many levels. Given the circumstances and the opponent, (who is a decent volleyer) Federer came up with a between the legs cross court passing shot to set up a break point, (match point) which he converted on the very next play with a forehand winner to advance to his 17th out of 18 grand slam finals. Not to mention, he tried that similar shot against Safin at the 2005 Australian Open semis on match point and missed it and ended up loosing the match to Safin who went on to win the title.

    I mean come on,,, I know you are not a “Federer Fan” but you have to give props when its really due, even if you have to drink some pepto bismol afterwards.

    But you did say in your opinion, and you are entitled to one, so I guess that explains it.
    Federer seems to think its the best shot of his career and we’ve seen many spectacular shots from him, but I’d have to agree it was.

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  786. Daniel Rumeo on September 14th, 2009 10:44 pm

    @Jermain from Toronto: Although I am not a “Federer fan” I do think he is the best player of all time and has one of the nicest looking games I have ever seen. I like to think that my personal player preferences do not influence my opinions especially when I post on the site. You do bring up some very valid points. Below is the break down of how I got to my conclusion.

    Circumstance: Federer > Llodra
    Power: Federer < Llodra
    Difficulty: Federer < Llodra (Llodra was running faster to the ball which means he had less time and he was further back on the court)

    Regardless both shots were incredible and I wish I could even hit one like that in my life. :)

  787. Jermain from Toronto on September 15th, 2009 11:40 pm

    Great match from both players but more so Del Potro who did well to overpower Roger and kept him off his A game. Roger had numerous chances to take control of the match but it never seemed likely to happen. Del Potro’s sheer power off the forehand and the way he paced himself during the match kept Roger off balanced and second guessing himself and his opponent.

    With an abysmal service game and his inability to react to an opponent who was quite confident and content to just spin in his first serve and take control of the rally, Roger was basically kissing the US Open’s Trophy (in his mind) but actually goodbye.

    Well done Del Potro.

  788. Zach on September 16th, 2009 4:13 pm

    Roger is right, we gotta fix that rule but i do not think he needed to sware. Should there have been a warning there?

  789. Isabel on September 17th, 2009 5:41 pm

    he’s an awesome tennis player, and Shakira is great, her and her boyfriend Antonio are soooo cute together!!

  790. Dann on September 19th, 2009 5:56 pm

    I hate Djokovic’s polos and Mathieu’s crew. They look tron-like. Tsonga’s shirt classy as always.

  791. Holly on September 20th, 2009 7:01 pm

    Del Po won me over a bit during the USO. I was thrilled at his win over Fed and touched by his sense of humility and his tears. Will be fun to watch his career.

  792. Josie on September 21st, 2009 2:21 am

    I m a great fan of this young man. I m thrilled for him over his stunning victory, but not surprised. I always thought that his determination and game would open the door for him to win his first slam. Now he may get the recognition and praise that he deserves rather than be left in the shadows of the fab four who were all booted out in the us open.

  793. rudee on September 27th, 2009 7:38 pm

    nima, i admire your knowledge of tennis. keep up the good work my man. kudos to you.

  794. Vivian Taylor on September 28th, 2009 7:40 pm

    I hope he could recover soon and come back to the court. American needs more tennis players like him.

  795. Alex on October 2nd, 2009 2:59 pm

    While having a good offensive game is certainly a neccessity (hemm hemm Andy Murray), defense is just as important. The ability to stay in points and get return shots until the opportunity to take a rip at one, is what makes Roger and Rafa so tough to play against mentally just as much as physically. It doesn’t matter how much offense you have if you are unable to return an opponent’s serve, and stay in the point for a while. Even Andy Roddick has improved his defense, understanding how important it truly is. Lastly, keep in mind that Fabrice Santoro made it pretty high considering he plays ONLY defense. If he had some offense to his game, he may have been able to be a much bigger threat in big touraments.
    Great points!!!

  796. Fay Kelley on October 3rd, 2009 6:41 pm

    cool !

  797. Karol on October 6th, 2009 9:08 pm

    Hi Nima, are you here at Beijing, China Open? Or here is someone from your site?

  798. Sara McCoy on October 6th, 2009 11:10 pm

    Wow, I would love to see Agassi play again :)

  799. Nima Naderi on October 8th, 2009 9:16 pm

    Hi Karol, I am not in China, but I do have a writer there. Cheers.

  800. Marie on October 13th, 2009 12:23 pm

    FYI The name of the site is Global Village Tennis News, not Global Village Tennis. Merci

  801. Daniel Rumeo on October 13th, 2009 8:31 pm

    Our apologies. It has now been corrected.

  802. alicia on October 14th, 2009 3:52 pm

    and women? Ana?

  803. liks on October 14th, 2009 4:06 pm

    Novak has the best line- falcon forever!!!!!

  804. Daniel Rumeo on October 14th, 2009 5:15 pm

    Our apologies but at this time we were only given the mens.

  805. PAT on October 14th, 2009 11:57 pm

    I cannot believe that I just watched a Sampras video on Tennis Connected……..the home of the ultimate Agassi fan!!!!!!!!!!!

  806. alicia on October 15th, 2009 10:01 am

    @daniel: OK! thank you for your answer
    I like novak’s line too I hope the rumours of him quitting adidas are just a strategy to get a big life-time deal with them…

  807. Tennis Noise on October 16th, 2009 12:51 pm

    Andy Roddick was recently quoted about the ASTP tour’s grueling schedule.
    “I think it’s ridiculous to think that you have a professional sport that doesn’t have a legitimate offseason to rest, get healthy, and then train.”

    The tennis season is to freakin long. How many other sports have an 11 month season? THe paparazzi would appreciate it if tennis players took time off so they could capture more players in private scandals. The only thing the paparazzi catches them doing now is practiving….sad.

    Tennis Noise

  808. honorthegame on October 17th, 2009 9:51 am

    I’m a big fan of AA but his predictions are a bit premature. Rafa’s still young and has a good 3 years left to dominate. As for Murray, he hasn’t won a slam yet and he gets injured on a yearly basis. I’m not so sure if he can win slams as consistently as number 1 & 2. Dan, what’s your take on this?

  809. Daniel Rumeo on October 17th, 2009 12:32 pm

    @honorthegame

    I agree with your points. In my opinion, I think Andy needs that one big breakthrough and then he will become a serious force. It seems that Agassi sees a bit of himself in Murray with a lot of expectations from others, tons of ability, and no big results as yet. Not to mention they both even use the same Head Radical racket. It is still to early to tell what will happen going forward but we have to remember two things. 1. People will always listen to a guy like Andre that obviously knows the game really well and 2. Andre has a book coming out in about 3 weeks so perhaps he is trying to spark some free press, although I don’t think he needs it.

  810. Vaanya on October 19th, 2009 5:07 am

    Oh i don’t think so. jus cuz he’s wearing that loose sleeves it seems so.

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  812. JoshDragon on October 26th, 2009 1:40 am

    Andre and Pete should stay in retirement, they’re too old to make a comeback and they would just be embarrassed if they played in one of the bigger tournaments with the top pros.

  813. Alex on October 27th, 2009 4:27 pm

    Good for Baghdatis! After all the frustration that 2009 has brought him, it’s nice to see him finally enjoying some success, even if it isn’t at a big name tournament. Hopefully he can continue to put up good results, and get his ranking back into the top 20!

  814. Nin on October 28th, 2009 7:45 pm

    Djokovic can be in his undies anytime, he’s just so gorgeous! Funny as hell too, impossible not to like him.

  815. honorthegame on October 28th, 2009 7:52 pm

    I’ve always been a big AA fan. I’m not surprised but am disappointed with the crystal meth use. I hope Andre addresses the unfairness of how the ATP treats it’s lower ranked or less valuable players. Canas and Coria were treated very differently.

  816. Nima Naderi on October 29th, 2009 12:41 am

    I completely agree. It will be interesting to see how the ATP addresses this issue.

  817. safe on October 29th, 2009 11:29 am

    I want a picture please

  818. Video: Agassi On Why He Wrote His Autobiography | Tennis Connected on October 29th, 2009 5:56 pm

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  819. PAT on October 30th, 2009 12:58 am

    How could a man of Agassi’s stature in any sport lie and get out of this when other players eg Hingis etc were banned? . Why did he not admit it at the time?. Admitting it now is to clear his own guilty conscience………..I do not know how he can look at himself in the mirror. I am SO disappointed in him. I had planned to buy his book but now I do not want to see or hear anything about him. This will be his legacy not all the great tennis and Charity work…….
    The kids at his school have a great role model…..He has taught them a great lesson….If you DO take drugs make sure you lie your way out of it. …….a VERY disappointed ex fan.

  820. Nima Naderi on October 30th, 2009 11:42 am

    Hey Pat,

    Great points. Agassi’s news certainly did take everyone by storm. If anything, it’s not that surprising because Agassi was a dramatic player on and off the court. But you are right, to do it now is a tad bit late. The damage will live for a long time.

    In saying that, I don’t think we can negate his time devoted to his charity work.

    He has raised millions of dollars for underprivileged youth, and that will always be worth something.

  821. Alex on October 30th, 2009 4:55 pm

    So Pat, would you rather Andre have never told the truth at all? He had the option to never let you know, so the fact that he did I think speaks to the character that this man has. Nobody forced him to expose himself, plus it’s not like using meth enhanced his on-court performance. Give the man some credit for coming clean becuase he wanted to, instead of waiting for the day that he had to.

  822. Sarah on October 30th, 2009 10:05 pm

    It is strange that he kept quiet all these years or during his playing years. I for one would’ve liked him to have gone on to accept the punishment and continue to play at that time rather than make the revelations now.

  823. shane on November 1st, 2009 5:33 am

    it was a very comprehensive catalogue. HEAD is my favorite tennis brand. i wish to download a pdf version of the catalogue, once its ready to release. head should make it available on its website.

  824. Matt on November 2nd, 2009 11:58 am

    Hi Dan

    Do you have any indication of when Head are looking to release the Youtek prestige line

    Thanks

    Matt

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  826. safe on November 4th, 2009 3:03 pm

    Whera I can find a picture of this catalogue??

  827. Dan on November 4th, 2009 5:52 pm

    @Matt
    supposedly the line is set to debut at the Australian Open

    @Safe
    as of right now no where that I know. When we get word from Head we will republish the new catalogue.

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  829. safe on November 5th, 2009 6:42 pm

    Thanks for nformation. :)

  830. hiva chahine on November 5th, 2009 10:18 pm

    i lpve rafa too much i love spain from julio iglesias to rafael nadal every one in tis world have a probleme like rafa i hope he will go and continues his life ,,… he is my heros hiva

  831. MLArgentina on November 6th, 2009 11:35 pm

    This gear is the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen!!

    Why Nike’s people want to destroy Rafa? Why do they hate him so?

    I cannot find an explanation to this monstrosity

  832. Nima Naderi on November 7th, 2009 1:26 am

    Seems that you don’t like Rafa’s new gear. We will send the memo to Nike, don’t you worry. Cheers.

  833. Lola on November 8th, 2009 6:03 am

    Is there any way you could get your hands on the women’s stuff for next year?

  834. Germán (ARG) on November 8th, 2009 10:04 am

    Great article!!! I just wanted to correct that he is left-handed, as the picture shows. Good luck Horacio!!! Bye!!

  835. Zach on November 9th, 2009 12:09 pm

    I hear all of you people out there who say now he is a bad role model blah blah blah. Think about this, the guys own father brought him up that he could never lose, he could only be the best of the best, and if i remember correctly, he also gave Andre some pills or som substance before he played his match. He dropped out of school in Grade 9 and all he knew was tennis. So if yur own father told you to cheat, and you hated your life, you might try something like Crystal Meth. You might be in the situation where you lie to safe your ass. I am not saying what Andre did was right, however I do think many people need to ease up on him a bit. As he explains, he wrote this book to set an example of what NOT to do. To me he is still a role model, and always will be. I am 14, and I could not imagine being raised by my dad for me to just win. I competed in a few tournaments, and I could see these kids who cheated, and you could tell if they lost they would have to walk home. Thanks Andre for making this book, will definately read it!

  836. honorthegame on November 9th, 2009 7:41 pm

    Zach, thanks for sharing your point of view. Andre was already emotionally and psycholocially vunerable during childhood with his father’s abusive demands and recklessness. It continues to get worse during adolescence and that’s a time in a young man’s life where drugs/medications, legal/illegal are accessable. If his father was already feeding him pharmaceuticals, I don’t think anyone has a right to pass judgment on Andre’s unfortunate choices. I admire him for getting out of a bad situation and sharing it so others might learn from his mistakes. We all make mistakes, it’s what we learn from them that determines our character.

  837. Nick Morris on November 11th, 2009 3:18 am

    You should have stuck with Agassi’s Odyssey instead of trying to piggy back on the success of my popular song.

    I also think it is not entirely accurate to label Andre a victim. He’s a pretty rad dude who seemed to have the ability to do whatever he wanted, and apparently that something was Meth more often than not. I think the point is partially that he duped us all, and also partially that he might not be the hero that many people thought he was.

    Stay away from my music.

  838. Allan on November 11th, 2009 9:21 am

    Martina was always honest about issues that she had and none of those issues impacted the fact that she was a wonderful tennis player/athlete who set new standards for women’s sports. Andre is a fraud. After all that he now admits, it is clear that he lied to his fan base throughout his career. Who says he is telling the truth now? How can anyone believe anything he says? Your comment that it’s been 12 years so who cares leaves one with the impression that time cures all evils irregardless of the conduct. Each of us is responsible for our acts, but Andre is snubbing his nose at all of us. Strip him of his titles and bar him from all tennis events. Since he “hates” tennis, he won’t mind, I guess.

  839. Allan on November 11th, 2009 9:32 am

    Further to my above comment, I can’t help but refer you to your blog on Gasquet where he didn’t get nearly as much slack as Andre gets, yet he provided the same excuse as Andre when he tested positive and still was suspended. You suggested he become an actor. Perhaps Andre should heed that advice.

  840. db on November 11th, 2009 10:48 am

    It’s a shame Agassi let the world know about his lack of love for the game. I am relatively unaffected hearing about his drug use; probably because it doesn’t matter, all those thrust into the public eye falter at some point. However I think he did the world a disservice by turning himself into the victim and speaking about not loving the game that made him a multi-millionaire. There are children who dream every day of becoming a star, like him. To discredit what they aspire to is unacceptable. Can’t believe 11? titles are now just a footnote to a controversial career.

  841. Adam on November 11th, 2009 11:00 am

    Allan,

    Firstly, I can’t say the above response is a surprise. I think many if not most people feel that way. Andre has tarnished his reputation and credibility. He lied, cheated, and misled his fans.

    But there’s a fundamental difference between cheating to achieve a direct benefit, and ‘cheating’ by breaking a peripheral obligation of being on the tour. Let’s take a baseball or basketball player an example. Many of them have contractual obligation to not ride motorcycles, waterski etc. If, after having won numerous titles, a player was found to have engaged in these activities, would you demand the same reparations? They would be guilty of lying, ‘cheating’, and misleading fans.

    As to the point about Gasquet, you are probably right. Because he will never give as much to the sport and his community as Andre did and continues to do, I am biased.

  842. Allan on November 11th, 2009 11:15 am

    I have less trouble with the fact that he took meth as opposed to his lying to the ATP and bragging about his lying as well as throwing his father under the bus. The drug stuff is old hat and probably is a part of many athlete’s lives. If he had left it at that, I wouldn’t have been so offended.

  843. clay jackson on November 11th, 2009 3:04 pm

    I am very interested in the lastest info about the new Aeropro Drive GT, pictures,release date; I plan on buying 5.

  844. Alex on November 14th, 2009 1:16 pm

    It seems like Switzerland is really moving into that group of top tier of tennis countries. What used to be just Federer has turned into Federer and two other guys in the top 100. Let us not forget that one of those other guys, Stan Wawrinka, was in the top 10 for a short while too. If the Swiss can continue to produce strong talent, they could become one of the top tennis countries in the world, headlined by of course the man who is arguably the greatest of all time.

  845. Zach on November 14th, 2009 1:31 pm

    I urge you all out there whoever has not gotten his book to get it. Number one, I don’t believe he makes money off of this book. Number two, its a must read, although there is a bit too much detail, you really feel for the guy. Number two, you see how his childhood was about trying to trick his dad. Just my thoughts, but it’s worth buying for 30 dollars or so.

  846. Nima on November 14th, 2009 1:35 pm

    Great comment, Alex. Well said. Let’s hope Marco sticks around. Cheers.

  847. Ray on November 14th, 2009 3:14 pm

    Excerpts from the book are certainly graphic…some stuff maybe could have been left unsaid but Agassi has said himself…he wanted to be Open.
    It clearly shows how low and depressed he had become in 1997 and that he somehow made it back from that place is quite remarkable.

    That Agassi lied to the ATP about his drug use is something he will have to live with, the fact it was not performance enhancing, while not irrelevant, shows what a mess he was. He is lucky he made it back and the fact that he did was great for the sport.

    Drug use is wrong but a reality in our society…whether it is alcohol -Cash, Becker, Borg, Wilander or Cocaine – Gerulaitis, Hingis, Gasquet …or other recreational drugs). Tennis is not immune and no-one should pretend otherwise. No-one is safe.
    That is why it needs to be controlled.

  848. Jeff on November 15th, 2009 1:42 pm

    Why does it even matter that he did chrysal meth? It didn’t help his performance on the tennis court.

  849. Norbert on November 15th, 2009 8:00 pm

    Dear Dan,

    Unfortunately i have a little bit of a negative experience with Andre.
    I got to Chapters in Oakville around 3:10 and as i walk in i said to my self “okay he is still there and the line up isnt even that long so it should go pretty fast”… after, i went to the cashier to buy the book, that took about 5-10 minutes, so i bought it and then went to the back to get it signed. I didnt see him there, thought he went to the bathroom ,it was like 3:20 ish…so i walked up to the security guy and asked him where he was… he said “u just missed him” i was like “what do you mean i just missed him???” the secutity guy told me that he just left like 2 seconds before i got there… he also said that there was no line up so Andre got up and left… at around 3:30… and after that i could still see him walking towards me but then he just turned right and walked outside at the back door…
    so i didnt get my book signed,, which pissed me off a little bit to be honest with you… and i also found this a little weird…

    Norbert

  850. honorthegame on November 19th, 2009 9:44 am

    Dan, thanks for sharing your AA experience. I also have his book and look forward to reading it.

  851. honorthegame on November 19th, 2009 9:47 am

    ANDRE HAS EYES THAT TALK TO YOU. The photo on the cover of his book really captures it.

  852. noel lontok on November 19th, 2009 10:41 pm

    Hi kindly inform me where to buy this shoe size 11. Referrals will be much appreciated.
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  853. Daniel Rumeo on November 19th, 2009 10:59 pm

    They are unavailable now. You can maybe check on eBay but they will be difficult to find.

  854. Daniel Rumeo on November 19th, 2009 11:00 pm

    Norbert,

    I am sorry to see you didn’t have the same experience. Hopefully the issue was due to Chapters and not Agassi but who knows.

  855. Alex on November 22nd, 2009 3:52 pm

    Hopefully the shorts they make for him will go down much further than the ones that McEnroe is wearing in the picture.

  856. Nima Naderi on November 22nd, 2009 8:00 pm

    Indeed. Let’s hope for the best from the Tacchini.

  857. Anderson on November 23rd, 2009 10:57 pm

    yeah Right… why don’t he sign Nike then?

  858. Harani on November 24th, 2009 12:16 am

    Wish you Good Luck in your match tomorrow. Met you and Nenad when you guys were here in Montreal. We joked around and friends and I promised to cheer for you guys and we did. People stared at us in a weird way but who cares, we got a wave from Nenad from screaming our lungs off! Say hi to him for me. And All the best.

    P.S. You have the cutest girl on the planet. Very adorable When we saw her, she wasn;t in a good mood but when we waved and her and said hi! she got up and smiled. That same refreshing smile you have. Keep smiling!

    Your fan Harani

  859. Srao on November 24th, 2009 11:15 am

    Hey Daniel,I sit awake [FYI,0215am,India time is the 2nd Singles]watching you all guys play…including the Doubles.I’m a Tennis nut and Fed is my fav.But I still love the doubles.Iwas a wee bit partial to the Bryan bro’s,but i love your game/style.So buck up guys…
    I just enjoyed your post a ton,you really had me lol,a lot.It’s a rare quality to really joke and tease the mighty ones like Fed/Rafa,you did it superbly.
    I know how good critics family/children really are,i hear you,buddy.My son too reminds me how all my years of climbing pursuits are a waste if I don’t make it up in the very next one.huh!
    So another 3hrs for your match…play well,and ofcourse will wait with baited breath for the-one,Fed-Murray match.It’s like the Genius VS the-all-time-Pretender…hehehehe

    Keep your posts coming…Thanks.

  860. Court Two on November 24th, 2009 12:42 pm

    Good luck mate, give em hell!

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    Really sad you lost your first two matches but you did good today beating the M&Ms. You can’t win ‘em all even though I’d like you too. Great year! Come back next year and win everything in sight and if you can’t do that make sure Toronto is your priority – I’ve already purchased my tix for the finals. Good luck for 2010 and thanks for a fantastic 2009!
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    Really sad about your parents, but be strong you can do that
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  866. PK on December 2nd, 2009 9:42 am

    when is the release date for Roddick’s new shoes?

  867. Paula V. on December 2nd, 2009 2:11 pm

    Great insights- agreed that it is odd that Davydenko can’t succeed in a best of five set match — he seems fit enough. Not sure why the ATP World Tennis Final isn’t a best of five format – isn’t this the same caliber (or higher) as a Grand Slam tournament?

  868. Nima on December 2nd, 2009 2:26 pm

    I agree, Paula. The WTF should be best of five sets. I think it comes down to tv time and money.

    Nevertheless, it would be nice to see.

    In terms of Davydenko, I think next year will be last chance to capture a Major title.

    Cheers.

  869. evie on December 8th, 2009 1:09 am

    oh, c’mon. Throw your twitter friend a bone. Wimbledon was quite memorable as well.

  870. Nima on December 8th, 2009 1:33 am

    Hey Evie,

    No doubt, the Wimby final rocked. I based my choice on the entire event, including the post match. Cheers.

  871. Ron on December 8th, 2009 10:58 am

    Very dissappointed with this assessment. I would expect it from a casual tennis fan who only watches the big matches, but not from you. the Semi final vs. Verdasco was better. Dent’s 2nd round match at the US Open was better. Federer Del Potro at the French was better. This match was histotrically significant, and great, but was 100% not the match of the year!

  872. Nima Naderi on December 8th, 2009 2:04 pm

    Ron,

    The choice of this match as my favorite was based on the post-match ceremony more than anything. Rafa’s gesture towards Federer displayed what sports should be about: Going out there and fighting to the end, and then respecting and if need be helping your opponent.

    As well, I still do believe that shot for shot the match did contain better shot quality than the other two matches you mentioned. There is no doubt that those matches were great as well.

    I think your choice is based more on a gripping fifth set; where my choice includes the post-match events. Thanks.

  873. tim fischer on December 8th, 2009 3:23 pm

    Can someone who was there give us an idea how this match went. RH has had some incredible results in his career but I’m interested to know how both players played. Did RH just overpower Levine? I cn’t believe Levine took himself out with errors. RH must have served very well.

  874. tennis served fresh on December 8th, 2009 9:05 pm

    The problem with this is the fact that everybody is going to lose money. The cable networks, sponsors, equipment manufacturers, etc. Besides that Mr. Rafa, think about the money you would be losing out on! I understand that you guys and girls are out there busting your butts to compete, however; us spectators that follow your every move and tweet, want you to play every tournament….

  875. Nima Naderi on December 8th, 2009 11:43 pm

    That is a great point, and it will be very difficult to implement a change at this point. Thanks.

  876. Anand on December 10th, 2009 11:22 pm

    It is strange (to me) that people consider the quality of shot-making in the AO SF was better than the AO Finals. Of course the fifth set was a non-event, but that is no reason to forget the superb display till the fourth.

    In people’s minds sometimes tightness + brilliant play = awesome match. They remember only the “awesome match” part and extrapolate that all aspects of the game including elevating the “brilliant play” to “awesome play.”

    Anyway, my personal choice co-incides with yours.

    Cheers.

  877. Alex on December 12th, 2009 11:02 pm

    Wasn’t this design supposed to be Djokovic’s “Falcon” line? They should have given this to Andy Murray. After all, isn’t Murray just the most interesting personality you’ve ever seen? He seems like the type of guy who would wear this style of clothing. (sarcasm intended)

  878. Manmeet on December 13th, 2009 3:32 am

    im sorry but i completly disagree i mean wimbeldon was absolutly amazing thier were great things in that much such as 2nd set tie break roddicks volley going long not to mention that epic last set.. and the post match ceremony was very good too. i mean fed beating sampras record.

  879. Nima Naderi on December 13th, 2009 11:23 am

    Nice points, but I truly think the Wimbledon final was more of a serving battle than a baseline contest. It’s not to say that Wimbledon wasn’t great—because it was—but when you look at the shot quality in the Oz final it was far better.

  880. Nima on December 13th, 2009 9:30 pm

    Hey Alex,

    Well, it’s easy to see that this clothing was for Djokovic. Murray will have his own line shortly, and Verdasco will pick up Novak’s line for now.

    In a day and age where money rules proceedings, who knows what’s going to happen next. Thanks.

  881. kheliza Jumbe on December 15th, 2009 6:57 am

    Pls Rafa Such is life, What I need from you is to concerntrate on career ( tennis). Pls get back on the winning spirit, Im your proper number one fan.

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  883. PAT on December 18th, 2009 1:28 am

    Great video interviews with Roger in London.

  884. PAT on December 18th, 2009 1:32 am

    Obviously more golfers voted than tennis players. If the vote had been taken in recent weeks I think that there would have been a different #1

  885. Sam on December 18th, 2009 5:44 am

    A cover up Sympathy vote for tiger woods. Nonetheless the effort level and strength required in the 2 games has a MAJOR difference and despite that Federer won more majorz than Woods….. So it obviously doesn’t appear as a fair evaluation of vote

  886. Alex on December 18th, 2009 4:01 pm

    Yes but Lance Armstrong should have won over both those guys. He accomplished something that will probably never be done again, and he did it before, during, and after cancer. Also, Woods and Armstrong have been doing their things the entire decade, whereas Roger only burst onto the scene in 2003. All are worthy of the award, but I personally believe Armstrong to be the most deserving out of all of those athletes.

  887. Zach on December 18th, 2009 4:07 pm

    In my opinion, Tiger deserved it. He has dominated his sport like none other, and has accomplished things nobody else will. R-Fed is one of my biggest role models, but Woods has defied the odds so many times. Woods, won a tournament on practically one knee. Lance had a wonderful career, but i do believe that much of it was his team of cyclists that he had. Without them i don’t think he could ever have been successful. Thus, my winner is Tiger, with R-Fed in second and Lance in third,

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  891. Mark on December 23rd, 2009 5:29 am

    Andy looks more like a tennis player with these clothes.

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    While the idea of this piece may be legitimate (albeit professed numerous times in tennis literature to date), the grammar and word choice makes it utterly incoherent. In so many instances I was baffled by random commas, run-on sentences, “sentences” with no verb, and diction that is downright out of place. I enjoy what you are trying to do on this site, but please exhibit some semblance of editing. This stuff threatens the respectability of this site.

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  894. Emman Arce on December 24th, 2009 1:42 pm

    Beautifully written and I think your point comes across perfectly…at the level these guys play at the difference between being a disappointment and a legend of the game is truly miniscule. It just makes you appreciate what it takes to be a champion tennis player, if a player with the talent Gasquet can’t just roll out of bed and win how good are these guys playing on the ATP? I have thought about this before in terms of all the french players there seems to be a lack of fire there without trying to make any generalizations or explaining (it is probably just a coincidence) but nonetheless isn’t it strange that not only Gasquet, but Tsonga and Monfils seem to be “satisfied” were they are at and don’t seem to maximize their potential? I mean these three guys are so talented it just seems they should have accomplished more between them than an AO final by now.

  895. antimatter on December 24th, 2009 1:44 pm

    Well, this is some fine prose mate.

    Yes, Gasquet has “talent,” and pretty true about the backhand – that is the most beautiful single fisted backhand I have ever seen. And that guy can crunch out a few of those backhand-no-look smashes too.

    “Ambition” might be the word.

  896. Nima Naderi on December 24th, 2009 1:50 pm

    Thanks for the comments guys,

    In the world of writing you can’t please everyone—that was never my attention.

    To the first comment, I would just like to say that we conduct ourselves here at Tennisconnected.com with the intention of bringing forth the most productive product possible.

    I respect the fact that you had problems with article—it was an informal piece—it “was” edited.

    Good day.

  897. Jade Pearson on December 24th, 2009 1:53 pm

    Its hard to belive that there are only 15 days between Gasquet and Rafa and yet Rafa is so much more muture and a hell of a lot better at tennis and for those who disagree with me i have one thing to say look at the rankings and look at the number of Slams Rafa has won compared to Richard.

  898. TIM RUFFIN on December 24th, 2009 2:04 pm

    understand that you are a staunch supporter, but I understand Roger’s finishing third…and I don’t think that it has anything to do with a lack of respect for tennis…
    Both Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong were without a doubt peerless. Tiger was hands down the best golfer of the decade, probably ever. There was never a question in anyone’s mind. Same goes for Lance, I mean its hard to argue with 7 wins plus the whole cancer sub story. Also, let me just comment that I think finishing third is a huge compliment to Federer, when you think of all of the other athletes that he topped I don’t think he’s being snubbed by the press. What we must understand is that over the last 3 or 4 years there has been a real debate going on in the international press over whether or not Federer was the best of his own generation. At the very least, Roger had a peer, a firm rival who often was his foil. The same cannot be said for either Tiger Woods or Lance Armstrong. Its arguable that a health Nadal is better than Federer (not saying its 100% truth, but there is at least room for argument.) I think that if there wasn’t a Nadal around, or if Roger had a favorable head to head against Nadal, he might have finished higher. But when you are talking about losing 5 slam finals to one guy it’s going to take away from your luster a bit. Especially when we are talking about Woods and Armstrong, possibly the two greatest sportsmen ever.

  899. T J on December 24th, 2009 2:06 pm

    I think that everybody believes that the athlete at the top of their respective sport of interest should have won. But to choose the best of them is really like comparing apples with oranges. You cannot simply compare records and number from different sports, it makes no sense. You cannot say “oh, Roger won 15 major events in tennis whiles Tiger only won 12 in golf and Lance in cycling.” They are completely different beasts.

    As a cyclist, I have to say I am all for Lance Armstrong having won, although I can see why the others are up there. I don’t think the argument that the Tour de France is only once a year is a valid one, as winning the Tour de France requires a year round commitment of absolutely epic proportions, a level of commitment which having played competitive tennis pretty seriously for a few years I doubt that Roger Federer would have required. I am not saying that Roger’s achievements did not require a huge, huge level of commitment, just not on the same level as Lance’s did.

    The four majors are basically the biggest deal in tennis. Likewise the Tour de France is the biggest deal in cycling. Roger Federer won most of the biggest deals he entered over the decade. Lance Armstrong won all of the biggest deals for 7 consecutive years.

    Being a tennis enthusiast I am sure that you will disagree with much of what I am saying. Just my two cents.

  900. claudia celestial girl on December 24th, 2009 2:07 pm

    I’m not going to take anything away from Roger being deserving of the top award in this category, but I’m going to make a statement about some other factors that may have been involved – peripheral to the strict numbers, and logic, but tangible nonetheless.

    It’s not just about Tennis vs Golf, it’s about the personalities and narrative of each champion. Tiger is perceived as being dominant in part because he looks dominant on the course. The way he strides down the fairway, his focus (unsmiling demeanor), even his fist pump, are non-verbal communiques to his rivals and the audience beyond. And Tiger’s personal narrative is very compelling, particularly to an American press corps. He is perceived to have come a long way. The way Tiger is presented in commercials (unsmiling, focussed, and with a certain body language – the set of his shoulders, the straightness of his back) only reinforces the perception of dominance.

    Likewise, Lance’s personnal narrative is compelling. He is perceived to have come a long way to dominate the sport.

    Roger’s narrative is … normal. His background is normal. He was neither too rich nor too poor to have a compelling backstory. He’s just talented. Roger is a nice guy, and especially in his early years when he schlepped around the court in a pony tail, doesn’t have an on-court presence that is intimidating. Roger lets his racket do the talking. His very ‘Swiss-ness’ takes away some of the non-verbal alpha-male projection that resonates with an American press corps. Roger’s ‘niceness’ is part of his appeal, and also deeply embedded in the culture of tennis.

    don’t forget that before the advent of Tiger, golf did not have the audience that it has now. And *with* his rivalry with Nadal, Roger is leading a resurgence of interest in tennis – but it is not on the scale of what Tiger has done for golf.

  901. Marianne Bevis on December 24th, 2009 2:09 pm

    I’m glad you wrote this. I’d been girding myself up to do the same and simply ran out of time, but it needed saying.
    Granted that golf and cycling are demanding sports in their own way, and Lance Armstrong has overcome some remarkable personal difficulties – I can go with him.
    I just don’t see golf as anything like the challenge, in the demands it makes on the athlete either physically or mentally, as tennis. Indeed I struggle to come up with a single sport that is so complex and demanding on the individual over such sustained periods, against every single individual…I could go on, but I wrote about the unique quality that tennis has over all other sports a while ago and won’t repeat the whole debate here.
    Suffice to say, I think Federer is in a different class to Woods…but Armstrong deserves all the plaudits he gets.

  902. Emman Arce on December 24th, 2009 2:10 pm

    Tim, I don’t pretend to watch golf nor do I even consider it a “sport” but rather a game I think a 60 year old man nearly taking a major tournament this year kind of proves that. Without a doubt Tiger Woods is the best golfer of his generation but you can make a real argument that Federer has dominated tennis in a way that surpasses even the way Woods has dominated golf. The list of Federer records is jaw dropping and not even close to being equaled by any other player. Woods does not yet even hold the record for most majors (not to mention the 19 second place finishes Niklaus has). It is interesting that you say that Federer is a “front runner” because that is the only criticism I have heard levied towards Woods these last 10 years of having golf coverage shoved down my throat. Was it not only recently that Woods ever won when not leading on sunday? (please correct me if I am wrong) I also don’t pretend to know or watch cycling but friends of mine who are avid fans and riders will tell you that American coverage focuses way to much on the Tour de France, and not enough on the other major races in the sport which though not as prestigious to us in America to the true cycling aficionado mean almost as much as the Tour de France (the Vuelta de Espana and Giro de Italia neither of which Armstrong has ever won or even entered I believe until this year) Many a cycling fan will tell you that he cannot be considered the greatest cyclist because there are others in cycling history who have won all three of these races multiple times. Anyway I also have no desire to take anything away from Woods or Armstrong they are great champions but I cannot help but wonder were Federer would have ended up in this AP poll if he were American. All that being said I agree with Anti-matter that it is one of these subjective discussions that have no real answer.

  903. Tran Duong Dung on December 24th, 2009 2:11 pm

    What, 3rd place, and behind Woods? All guys at AP must be brain-dead or brain-less!

  904. Jake on December 24th, 2009 5:29 pm

    If you ever want to run your pieces by outside eye, feel free to email me.

  905. Reechard on December 24th, 2009 11:21 pm

    “Let’s be serious”: Is the only reason you read articles to count the number of commas in them?

  906. reg guid on December 25th, 2009 2:01 pm

    French players probably under too much pressure from French expectations and the critical French media, Richard Gasquet, Amelie Mauresmo, they found it nearly unbearable to play at Roland Garros – we might not be able to fully understand but, I dont think Richard is “satisfied” at all – he just needs to be physically and mentally much stronger and tougher – let’s hope 2010 will be Richard’s new start, more determined to shut down all critics! Go Richard!

  907. Gil on December 25th, 2009 2:02 pm

    Oh Baby Fed….:)

    A prodigy burdened with expectations….

  908. Mark Allen on December 25th, 2009 2:03 pm

    The doughy, middle-aged men who make up the majority of AP sports writers at least know how to ride bicycles and play golf. Thus they can fantasize about being Tiger or Lance. Roger’s spectacular work is something they lack the insight to understand.

  909. Gil on December 25th, 2009 2:03 pm

    Well, its a fruitless debate. This is a bit of deja vu for us all – afterall…wasnt Kobe Bryant the Athelete of the year over Roger Federer in 2006? And who the hell is it this year. Jimmy Jump or someone? Gotta love AP.

    I dont care if I get a backlash for this, but everyone knows the real deal. American tennis sucks today and it all started coz of one European guy coming over there and has been owning them all for years.

  910. Crispus on December 25th, 2009 2:05 pm

    It amuses me to see you all trying to argue and convince each other about what should have been. The ratings were from the AP. That should say it all. I am going to suggest a simple exercise for you if you really wish to know how things work. Study the list that comprises the AP BOD. Research some of the names on that list. Reflect on the finances of AP and the stand of CEO Tom Curly that lead to the final decision. When at last you realize that typing reams of argument-counter-argument has been futile ( because no one gives a damn. The decision has been made based on a lot more than judging sporting dominance) Move on and focus on writing about an even better year for tennis in 2010.

  911. Sarva on December 25th, 2009 2:05 pm

    Is it not a joke that Tiger wants to take some time (a year in the least) away from golf being fully aware that he can easily “walk-in” later and continue the domination?
    First thing don’t compare apples with oranges. If at all you need to compare, be honest and tell the truth that apple is better than orange in case that apple did what is expected of apple (keeping doctor away) than that orange which gave less juice than what an orange generally gives.
    Btw, as antimatter puts it, its just opinion of AP. And you know of assholes (opinions) coming together won’t necessarily become wisdom :D

  912. Sidarth on December 25th, 2009 2:06 pm

    I think it was very close between lance and roger. Both of them have bought something extra to there respective sport. Even though tour de france comes once a year only but the preparation that goes into it is extensive and year long. Tennis on the other hand is extremely physical and has an excruciating season of 11 months

    Rogers achievement are still spectacular despite having a losing record to nadal. The sort of his domination is unprecedented. Tennis is definitely not a game where you can win all the matches against everybody you play in a year. Another good aspect of federers game is the beauty of it and the more classical approach which seems to be fading away in modern tennis.

    In comparison to roger and lance, I don’t believe Woods case holds water. period. Probably Tiger Woods wont hold himself above wither of the other two…Just a guess..

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  914. Alex on December 25th, 2009 8:45 pm

    This should do wonders for his tennis game. I always knew Djokovic pushed himself to hard on the practise court. Oh wait….no I didn’t!

  915. Nima Naderi on December 26th, 2009 1:09 pm

    Big things are coming up for Novak in the future.

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  917. Alex on December 26th, 2009 1:55 pm

    You would think Federer and Roddick would get a spot in the top 5 given the fact that Andy always seems to run into Federer whenever he gets close to winning something. Plus they have also met in a few grand slam finals, in which Federer’s shot-making ability causes Roddick’s frustration level to exceed what seems possible for a human being. Also, I think this rivalry has been much better, and has been present over a longer period of time than Federer-Nalbandian.

  918. Lenny on December 26th, 2009 10:45 pm

    Perhaps if Roddick actually beat Fed a few times, it would be a worthy rivalry. I would go with Roddick/Hewitt.

  919. Zach on December 27th, 2009 11:00 am

    Alex, a rivalry is when both sides when. If you know baseball, think about Yankees/Red Sox, there is a rivalry for the simple reason of you don’t really know who is going to win and their games are so intense. Lenny is correct that Roddick really never beat Roger that much rather then Roger dominating. I believe you got to put Johny Mac in there somewhere with one of his famous rivals.

  920. Zach on December 27th, 2009 11:02 am

    I guess Murray needs to spend time with his Ferrari!

  921. Peter on December 27th, 2009 1:16 pm

    I think also Djokovic-Federer is a great rivalry,Del Potro against Federer could be one in a few years.

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  923. Liv on December 27th, 2009 10:50 pm

    What? Tiger Woods – player of the decade (big joke)? Roger should have won! AP got it all wrong and they now look like a bunch of biased and worthless old men.

  924. Bojan on December 28th, 2009 12:01 pm

    Actually Novak declined this about a week ago.

  925. Nima on December 28th, 2009 9:56 pm

    I agree that Fed-Delpo could be a good one in a few years.

  926. Nima on December 28th, 2009 9:57 pm

    Murray needs to spend some time working on his forehand and second serve.

  927. Nima on December 28th, 2009 10:00 pm

    Reports state that this gig is still on.

  928. honorthegame on December 28th, 2009 10:26 pm

    He can not be serious! Novak might wind up having a more successful acting career.

  929. James on December 29th, 2009 8:28 am

    Where do you get £300 a day from? his insurance will be a lot, prob around £10,000, it tops out around that, but not £100,000 a year.

  930. evie on December 29th, 2009 1:44 pm

    Hasn’t Fed’s “invincibility” been gone a long time? I’ve been hearing about its demise for years, that’s for sure.

    Agree about Cilic, but I seriously doubt Monfils can end the year in the top ten. And Rafa at #1? Someone is dreaming.

  931. Nina on December 29th, 2009 2:23 pm

    This rumour has been denied in his website (serbian part). Thanks God, 2010 is going to be his best season so far and I don’t want anything to disturb that. Hey Nole, let’s concentrate on tennis and you’ll do great. Plenty of time afterwards if you want an acting career!

  932. The Fan Child on December 29th, 2009 3:19 pm

    Very optimistic of you to pick Rafa – if he can train hard and be as possessed as he was over ‘08 and the first half of ‘09 – maybe.

    Funny, but reading this made me realize that it is incredibly hard to forecast the year end #1 for 2010.

    I think it’s a free-for-all this year, with Fed and Rafa not quite as potent. The door is open for JMDP to dominate but I don’t know if he’ll have the drive after coming so far so fast.

    It’s going to be a fun year. Love the Cilic pick.

    I thin Soderling will remain top-10 though. He’s grown up a lot, and become a lot more likeable.

  933. Alex on December 29th, 2009 4:15 pm

    I’m feeling the #10 pick of my boy Monfils! If he can manage to avoid extended injuries, then he’s definitely got a shot at cracking the top 10. His offense has improved considerably in the last year, and the big serve will always keep him in matches. And of course, he does some things that get the crowd behind him in big matches, which is often a big advantage in grand slams going up against guys like Rafa, Novak, and Roddick.

  934. Zach on December 29th, 2009 5:13 pm

    Nice article, really enjoyed it! I think Roddick could pass Davydenko, and Nadal is iffy. He definately is the best tennis player in the world despite what I want to believe (R-Fed still has it), but his knees have been a problem in the past and I would not be surprised if his knees give way again. Cilic also surprised me, he could crack the top 10, but I think 6 might be a bit to high.

  935. Nima Naderi on December 29th, 2009 10:35 pm

    Thanks for the comments everyone. Will be a great year ahead. Cheers.

  936. Drew on December 30th, 2009 2:55 am

    Oh dear. It’s getting harder and harder to take you seriosuly. I try to like this site, but the Nadal bias is too much.
    -Rafa was 1-8 vs. top 10 players after he came back from injury
    -Rafa did not win a match or a set at the ATP Finals
    -Rafa cleary gets over powered by heavy hitters

    Is he a phenomenal player? absolutely. Top 5? Yes.
    Points wise it is plausible that he could take over the number one

    BUT…LOOK AT HIS RECORD THE PAST 6 MONTHS!!!!!
    He is a shade of his former self!
    You explanation is so weak. Well actually there is no explanation at all.

    Nima i know you love tennis, but you are Rafa Nad-delusional. Give your head a shake. Treat Rafa as you would any other player or this is just a fan site.

  937. Nima Naderi on December 30th, 2009 3:26 am

    Drew,

    Thanks for your comment. I am not a Rafa fan in anyway. I have nothing against Nadal, and this is not a fan site. Nadal is a well respected player and I treat him on an equal playing field.

    You have to understand that if I had picked Federer as the No. 1 player, then Nadal fans would have jumped over me and said the same thing about Federer. (In these situations one can never win).

    Nadal’s record over the past six months was marred by injury and trouble with his family. I’m not convinced that he’s done.

    Again, this was more of a fun article trying to portray a few predictions into next year.

    If you read other blogs (tennis.com) for instance, Steve Tignor constantly chooses the wrong picks and takes the blame at face value.

    Steve is a great writer, and I have the utmost respect for him, but when you’re trying to predict the future, there will always be controversy.

    Thanks again, Drew.

  938. Vinoth on December 30th, 2009 11:19 am

    Yeah. I think picking Rafa at the top is definitely the correct choice. He must finish as #1 since he has very less points to defend the later season. And Federer can even slip to somewhere worse than 3 even. And I dont see Monfils making into the Top 10. He is a brilliant athlete. But modern day Tennis is all about Hard hitting – even on clay. May be Verdasco in Top 10. Good article anyways….

  939. Mim on December 31st, 2009 1:09 am

    Well done Nima Naderi!
    Keep up the good work. A well-written article with well thought-out analysis.

    Good job :) )

  940. The Fan Child on December 31st, 2009 2:51 pm

    I don’t like that the knee still bothers him. It’s a long grind starting now. Hopefully it will not hold him back – conditioning was the difference last year for him.

  941. Zach on January 1st, 2010 12:03 pm

    Wow. That would be quite interesting if he actually came back into the top 10 picture. Over that past few years Hewitt has always been a player to be scared of for the big names in the seed vs seed round, but if he gets his game close to where it was before, he could be a big sleeper in the tennis rankings of 2010.

  942. Nima on January 2nd, 2010 12:53 am

    Hewitt will have a tough go at it in 2010. His game lacks weapons, and there is more than a handfull of players who can clip him in Grand Slam events.

  943. Nima on January 2nd, 2010 12:56 am

    Agreed. Fitness will be the difference for Roddick in 2010.

  944. Sam on January 3rd, 2010 9:29 pm

    Solid interview

  945. Jake on January 4th, 2010 2:58 am

    There’s an off-season? Most of these guys played into early December…

  946. The Fan Child on January 4th, 2010 4:05 pm

    Very solid indeed – sounds like a nice guy – I’ll be sure to look for him when clay season starts again.

  947. The Fan Child on January 4th, 2010 4:11 pm

    I’ll play if they can’t find anyone…

  948. RC on January 5th, 2010 12:01 am

    Nice article, but just want to point one thing out, that Nadal has said previously that he’s tried saying hi to Soderling in the past, while Soderling doesn’t say anything back to him. Also, in 2007 before the Paris masters, Nadal was asked who he would play doubles with and who he would not play with, which he answered Federer to who he would play with, and Soderling who he would not play with.

  949. Donnie on January 5th, 2010 5:01 am

    What league is Marat Safin playing?

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  952. Ray on January 8th, 2010 4:42 pm

    Very brave trying to predict but I think Federer has the toughest job.
    He is defending so many points, as you point out ,4 finals in the slams is hard to repeat and he will really struggle to be that good again.
    Nadal has to improve or does he? not convinced his style of play will last a year. Djoko has really got a great chance, he is defending very little but can he keep it going deep in a slam again? Maybe by US Open!
    Delpo was hot at US, started cold at the Masters and then realised who he was. Also a big chance.Oz Open?
    Murray will have to re-invent himself but he is fit enough.Will still be fit at The end of year Masters but he needs,craves a slam.
    Roddick (if Fed. goes out earlier, Wimbledon!) Davy, Tsonga and Monfils are all good but not number 1s, Cilic is not quite ready.
    Robin Soderling is somebody who could finally take a slam, he just needs a draw to open up and he could punch through. Fears no-one and keeps going for it.French Open
    I think this year will be shared, what went before will be turned on it’s head and I hope we have 4 new champions at the mens slams this year . If we don’t and fed. wins another one then he is truly amazing. If he stays number 1 as his star is fading and he can only defend then he is truly great. Nadal fighting back would also be good, how he manages his body will be key.

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  954. nikola on January 10th, 2010 9:31 am

    how much it will cost?babolat aeropro drive gt?

  955. jeff on January 11th, 2010 3:34 pm

    Blake also switched out of dunlop and moved to Wilson

  956. The Guru on January 11th, 2010 5:27 pm

    I’m pretty sure those images came from Tennis Now. The water mark tells the story…DelPortologo gives proper credit…

  957. Daniel Rumeo on January 11th, 2010 8:35 pm

    Corrected thanks.

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  959. Kathy on January 12th, 2010 10:19 am

    This is an over dramatized article. Marco has been around for a long time on the tour and can hold his own.

    I’m sure he is excited to be doing well, but I just cannot understand why you would make him sound so pathetic in this article (sources)? “Emulate his every move”?? Really? I highly doubt it. You probably should have picked something to write about that you don’t have to blow way out of proportion. How about next time you focus more on Marco the man/ tennis professional and not Marco lurking in Fed’s shadow..

  960. Nima Naderi on January 12th, 2010 12:12 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    If you look through the player’s interview, you will find that I did a one-on-one interview with Chiudinelli which talked about his recent achievements.

    If anything, this article was not meant to talk about Chiudinelli in Federer’s shadow, but to speak of his struggle in regaining his form.

    Going from 603 in the world to 52 is quite an achievement and it took a lot of work.

    Although he’s been around a while, his comeback story was interesting to compare to Federer considering how close they were.

    Thanks for the comment.

    Nima

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  962. evie on January 13th, 2010 12:56 am

    They should be worried. I thought Sydney was a women’s tennis-only event.

  963. The Fan Child on January 13th, 2010 1:30 am

    Sounds a little hokey – but anything that pushes Davis Cup to come up with a platform that gets the world’s best players to show up is welcome to joint the conversation…

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  968. Joan on January 15th, 2010 5:51 pm

    I would love to watch a typical but not less AMAZING final: Federer vs Nadal.

    And sorry, but my heart will always go Fed’s way!

    Greetins from Peru,

    Joan

  969. Alex on January 15th, 2010 6:00 pm

    I believe that Tsonga and Roddick are the big sleepers in this tournament. With the big guns not really looking like they normally do heading into Grand Slams, it would not surprise me if one of Tsonga or Roddick reach the finals. I think that Roddick senses a window of opportunity. We have seen Andy really play with a sense of urgency the last year or two, knowing that he doesn’t have too many opportunities left to win a Slam.

  970. tennis_diva on January 16th, 2010 8:31 pm

    The Termas and Conditions for the AO say the event is not available in the following areas:

    13. Live Stream

    The Live Stream is NOT available in the following geographical locations

    - “Europe” including Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy & San Marino, Jordon, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia & CIS, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican State)

    - Australia

    - New Zealand

    - USA

    - Puerto Rica

    - Canada

  971. Shay on January 16th, 2010 10:23 pm

    then where the hell is the live streaming available if its not even available in its own country

  972. Andrew on January 17th, 2010 2:20 am

    I have to agree with Johnny Mac 100%. What’s up with the suspension? It should be contested.

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  976. Andrew on January 19th, 2010 10:26 am

    EXACTLY, stil ltrying to find footage of full game now >>

  977. bill blair on January 19th, 2010 2:44 pm

    okay tsn enough of this ” American ” focus. We want to see the best tennis and in the early rounds it is NOT the womens.
    Get off Oudin and lets look at Hewitt.

  978. Erika on January 22nd, 2010 1:53 pm

    That reminds me of Stefi Graff’s proposal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61dzv1L_QdQ&feature=player_embedded

  979. Ves on January 22nd, 2010 3:30 pm

    Hey Bro – Happy New Year and keep up the good work. I’m all over this site and heavily back into the game again (watching at least). Looking forward to this match.

    From what I understand this will be on around 5 am eastern time? Hoping to catch some of it live.

  980. Nima Naderi on January 22nd, 2010 9:49 pm

    Thank you for the link.

  981. nazia tasnim on January 23rd, 2010 6:40 am

    hi,rafa don’t be so upset………………u r the champ dude………………u r doing good in the australian open………………….keep it up …………….i know family is an imp thing in every ones life but u should remember that u r the special one.the world loves u and u have go a long way to come back proper by……………………….i love u rafa……………..go on

  982. Adrian on January 25th, 2010 2:39 am

    Nadal vs Murray would be a fantastic semi finals for every fans in australian open.

  983. Adrian on January 25th, 2010 2:40 am

    Nadal vs Murray would be a fantastic semi finals for every fans in australian open.

  984. Adrian on January 25th, 2010 4:55 am

    del potro defeat could make nadal’s reaching final of australina open more easier.

  985. Adrian on January 25th, 2010 4:57 am

    del potro defeat could make nadal’s reaching final of australina open more easier.

  986. Agnes Sihikalo on January 25th, 2010 9:22 pm

    I want to see Andy Murray playing – so far he hasn’t been on once.
    I’m sick of looking at the woman – it always seem to be the woman playing in the slot I get on TSN. Far too many repeats.

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  988. Alex on January 27th, 2010 12:05 pm

    I guess the tournament organizers made the right decision to put Djokovic/Tsonga at night, especially because a lot of people assumed that the nighter would go to Federer/Davydenko.

  989. Kathy on January 28th, 2010 9:38 pm

    Where’s John McEnroe?
    We Miss his Commentary!

  990. Fred Siesel on January 30th, 2010 12:34 pm

    I missed the Bryan Brothers’ final at the Austalian Open. When do you plan to rebroadcast it?

  991. Fred Siesel on January 30th, 2010 12:36 pm

    Any rebroadcast of Bryan Bros. final?
    Thank You

  992. Ben on February 1st, 2010 10:44 pm

    Fred Perry clothing is for 65 year old retired weekenders, not young pros like Andy. Great move to adidas, Andy!

  993. sneha on February 3rd, 2010 7:56 am

    Congratulation to the proud parents !!

  994. Sam Sherwood on February 3rd, 2010 11:24 am

    dude who commented before me get a life! of course rafa is important but i bet to him his family is way more important then his career and i hope above all hopes that things get better! I really just hope that this sudden family crisis it wont affect his career! But still if he needs to take time off from his career let him do it. GO RAFA!

  995. evie on February 3rd, 2010 2:03 pm

    I am so embarrassed for him. Though I don’t know why, since he’s obviously not embarrassed for himself.

  996. PAT on February 3rd, 2010 6:19 pm

    Hi Guys……I have just listened to your podcast and really enjoyed it. I found your comments most interesting and look forward to the next one ESPECIALLY after the French Open.
    I must tell you that Federer WILL win the French again…….You heard it here first!!!!!!!……….Pat

  997. Nima Naderi on February 3rd, 2010 10:39 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, Pat. We’ll have another Podcast in time for the Indian Wells event.

  998. Will Sikes on February 8th, 2010 5:47 pm

    Nima –

    How do I contact you? I’m the marketing and communications person from the Cincinnati event.

    Drop me a line at wsikes@cincytennis.com

    Thanks!

  999. WTF? on February 9th, 2010 7:19 pm

    Are you kidding with this headline? If you know that they are married, and the article states that they are married, then why would you use the ‘GF’ in the title? FAIL.

    And what does ‘looking her down’ mean? FAIL again.

  1000. Daniel Rumeo on February 9th, 2010 7:29 pm

    Thanks for the heads up. Corrected.

  1001. Jeremy@resume service on February 11th, 2010 4:31 am

    Don’t want sound cynical, but Mac could have said it earlier. Not to put Nadal and the other Top 10 players down, but which one of them can match Fed’s consistency in Grand Slam tournaments? My answer is no one. Sorry guys.

  1002. lisa on February 16th, 2010 6:52 pm

    Irresponsible headline on the article.

    Fed’s comment had a narrow scope, and by “that drive” he was refering to the motivation to stay number 1.
    Nadal has stated his primary motivator is daily competition, and ranking is secondary.
    Fed is all about staying at the top of the heap.

    And I agree with him, there are subtle differences between players in what motivates them. I remember Roger talking about the “My Game” Nike commercial he did with Tiger Woods, where one of them says “I love winning” and the other says “I hate losing.” Roger knew immediately he wanted to say the winning phrase, because that was his motivator, whereas Tiger was more motivated by hating to lose.
    To a competitor, these subtle distinctions are important.

    Roger’s a smart guy, and knows that saying Nadal lacks drive in general would be patently ridiculous.

  1003. Maura Deluca on February 18th, 2010 9:37 pm

    How can you not enjoy your time at the Olympics? I’d almost like to be an athlete who has no chance of winning, so that I could spend more time experiencing the event, instead of worrying about winning medals….

  1004. Tennis Oyaji on February 20th, 2010 9:18 am

    Verdasco Switches to Yonex RDiS 200 Racket.

    For one of the Japanese tennis,it is very interesting.This year I wish Verdasco got Grandslam title.

  1005. Rafa_Monster on February 24th, 2010 12:54 pm

    We still miss lot of great players but its o.k

    Not sure about Davydenko after today’s retirement but he still has 10 days to recover

    Should be interesting to see performance of two big Americans on clay,they are in good form

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    I spoke with Yonex this week and they said the RDiS 200 came in two different weights 295 and 320 grams without string.

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  1010. Jana on March 4th, 2010 9:00 pm

    Great post. I actually think that all Djokovic fans have similar concerns about his emotional turmoils. I believe that if it wasn’t for his nervousness and anger on court, he’d be more successful. He gets upset with himself too much, he battles with himself not with his opponents (and sometimes he defeats himself too). However I’m sure most fans like the emotional Djokovic because simply he’s just too entertaining to watch. I have no doubt that he will win more grand slams, the question is how many. I don’t think that he will consistently be at the top like Federer (but that applies to the rest of the players as well) but I think he’s his natural successor. In any case I will always root for him, he’s been my favorite from the start, I love his personality, the drama, the epic, his game style (though lately it’s not what we’ve hoped for). No other player endears himself to me so much. I celebrate and suffer with him, he has that ability to take you on an emotional rollercoaster.

  1011. Nima Naderi on March 4th, 2010 10:53 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, Jana. Djokovic will undoubtedly be around for some time. The question is, as you suggested, will he or won’t he stand in his own way. I guess only Novak knows the answer to that.

  1012. Stephan Shun Le On on March 5th, 2010 6:00 am

    I am a fan of him, but remember, put God first.

  1013. A_gallivant on March 5th, 2010 4:10 pm

    Gotta figure that the Swiss have at least a shot in that doubles. Disappointed that Chui did not put up more of a fight.

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    Shakira the best.

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  1017. Lula on March 8th, 2010 4:20 pm

    Great Nole!

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  1019. solomon on March 11th, 2010 2:36 pm

    why you people talk about openly serena and venus donot play since 2001 indian wells?

  1020. Daniel Rumeo on March 11th, 2010 2:47 pm

    Thank you fo your comment. As of right now we only cover the ATP tour.

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  1022. The Fan Child on March 13th, 2010 1:40 pm

    Seems like an awesome guy. And having quite a bit of success this year.

  1023. Janet on March 13th, 2010 8:51 pm

    I resent your put -down of Federer and Nadal for not giving “more of their personalities to the contest”. They very well might have, and probably would have, contributed more to the repartee – but, Agassi never stopped talking long enough for anyone else to get a word in edgewise. He was egoistic and rude the whole match. Don’t blame the other guys!

  1024. Agarikon on March 13th, 2010 9:02 pm

    “Federer, on the other hand, tried his hand at being charming and humorous, but let’s be honest, it wasn’t funny in the least.

    It was also evident throughout the 45-minute affair that Agassi was truly one of the most engaging characters in the history of the game.”

    Wow, I thought Federer was the only one who was entertaining out there. Nadal and Peter were quiet, and Agassi was tactless from the beginning (are you talking about Steffi’s performance on court or…?). Sad that his sarcasm (his digs were always at someone else’s expense) passes for humor.

    Cheers to Nadal and Federer for being the good-natured mature ones out there.

  1025. Mika on March 14th, 2010 11:42 am

    Agassi is smart; he knows dirt – celebrity dirt that is – sells big. What happened during that match won’t be the last of it. I have to admit that I look forward to what will happen next.

  1026. ed on March 14th, 2010 2:20 pm

    Verdasco was using tecnifibre at his indian wells match.

  1027. Alex on March 16th, 2010 5:04 pm

    That must have been one awkward situation with the crowd not knowing if they should laugh at the jokes/insults that were being tossed, and both Andre and Pete were putting on some really bad fake smiles.

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  1029. Allez on March 20th, 2010 1:08 pm

    Llodra is one of my absolute favourite players to watch. I met him briefly at Indian Wells this year and he was quite friendly and made time for pictures and autographs.

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  1034. The Fan Child on March 23rd, 2010 10:05 pm

    Nice interview – I’ll be looking for him on the clay. Sounds like a nice guy.

  1035. The Fan Child on March 23rd, 2010 10:08 pm

    This might actually (the rest) come clay season. I think Roland Garros might be his best chance for a slam, so he needs to peak in early June.

    Sorry that he and Moya can’t make it though.

  1036. The Fan Child on March 23rd, 2010 10:11 pm

    It is starting to feel like Rog and Rafa will never go head-to-head again.

  1037. The Fan Child on March 24th, 2010 11:23 pm

    Getting pretty excited to see more of Krajinovic. Mr. Bollettieri speaks highly of him, along with Jordan Cox (what is he up to by the way?)

  1038. Ivana on March 26th, 2010 9:32 pm

    Novak, has it come to this? Get your serve back please!

  1039. The Fan Child on March 28th, 2010 1:15 pm

    This should be a nice wake up call for Murray – he’s got a lot of great tennis left to play.

  1040. Ribbons on March 28th, 2010 2:17 pm

    I believe it was Andy Ram who was partnering Llodra.

    The scoreboards are showing that Llodra/Ram retired after the first set. Could you please clarify what went on there?

  1041. Lynsey on March 28th, 2010 2:34 pm

    Much needed luck? It’s not like they’ve never won in the first round before. And…Davis Cup, anyone? :p

  1042. Ribbons on March 28th, 2010 4:21 pm

    Please ignore my earlier question on the score – scoreboards now showing full match results rather than “Ret.” Thanks.

  1043. Andrew on March 29th, 2010 1:01 am

    The Summer lines comes out April 1st.

  1044. sisi on March 30th, 2010 10:51 am

    Hi there
    I like your site and often visit it but why do you post your day summary under analysis. I see no analysis here just a re-cap of what happened. It would be better if you give us an analysis of the upcoming matches that same day instead a re-cap of the previous.

  1045. Nima Naderi on March 30th, 2010 1:33 pm

    Thanks for the feedback, sisi. I do provide recaps, previews and analysis on a daily basis. In terms of this article, I was analyzing what happened during the day’s events.

    Providing stats, shot quality and emotions of the players does classify as some short of analysis. I understand that it’s not in depth, but there will be a time and a place for that as well.

    I will be in Miami as of Wednesday to bring forth live previews, reviews and analysis.

    Talk soon.

    Nima

  1046. Maya on March 31st, 2010 2:50 pm

    Those two should play each other at every tourney. We could quite possibly see fiticuffs at some point. I’d love to see Fernando get Soderling in a headlock, or maybe just beat him with his racket. What is there head to head anyway?

  1047. Daniel Rumeo on March 31st, 2010 2:56 pm

    4-1 Soderling but no meetings since 2008.

  1048. The Fan Child on April 1st, 2010 2:19 pm

    Say it ain’t so – so much history – I couldn’t handle that emotionally.

  1049. Alex on April 1st, 2010 4:40 pm

    The way I see it, as Federer gets older, it takes him longer to recover from matches. It would seem that the day between matches that he gets in the Slams, allows him to to do just that. However, in these tour events, where he is forced to play everyday, he cannot, which would explain why he seems to be a split second late in a lot of the points throughout a tour level match. Although he is obviously very fit, naturally perhaps he cannot help but losing just a tad on his footwork and such. In my opinion, this is why for the last couple of years, he has struggled so much in the week-to-week, play-everyday tournaments, but he continues to show his world-class touch come Grand Slam time.

    This could be totally wrong as I am no expert on anything I just mentioned, but it’s just a thought, and if it’s right, I’m a genious!

  1050. Ilya on April 3rd, 2010 5:40 am

    Competitive spirit doesn’t necessarily beat technique. Yes, Roddick seems to be a favourite, but in this very case Berdych can just overPLAY him. Go Tomas!

  1051. The Fan Child on April 4th, 2010 5:05 pm

    Ever since the Wimbledon semi against Murray, I’ve been loving the type of gusto Roddick has been bringing to the table.

    This is a well-deserved win, and his overall consistency – both this year and throughout his career – is worthy of the highest praise.

    I’m glad he got it done.

  1052. Hartmut Hesse on April 6th, 2010 12:14 pm

    Miami Sony Ericsson Open Analysis

    The first part of the hard-court season is finished with the finals of the Miami Open and the pros are preparing for the clay-court season already.
    The tournament in Miami came up with a few surprise upsets for some of the big names. It also came up with a new name and some very familiar one’s.
    Thomas Berdych is for sure the biggest surprise in this tournament. Not only that he beat Federer in a very close match going the distance and into a third set tiebreaker, by fighting off a match-point, he also kept going all the way to the final. This was a new Berdych, we saw in Miami. He was always considered as one of the next big stars in tennis and Nike gave him a huge contract at an early age. But he could never quite live up to his expectations. The one thing fans and experts were missing in his game, was the fighting spirit and the determination that a true champion needs. Too many matches he lost when it got into a deciding set or when the conditions were not easy and comfortable.
    But here in Miami a different Thomas Berdych showed up. He grinded out the rallys from the baseline, he was much more patient with his shot selection and most of all he never gave up. If he can keep playing with the same attitude, he will finally silence all his critics and become a top 10 player soon. But it will not be easy to carry the momentum into the next tournaments, since the is a surface change from hard-courts to clay-courts. But his newly found qualities will help him even more on a surface like clay. So, it will be exciting to see how he will do in Monte Carlo when all the clay-court specialists show up.
    Not only with him getting better and better, the men’s ranking is getting more interesting, because all the top 10 players a moving closer to each other. Soderling, Tsonga and Roddick are pushing the to 6 players and the top 6 did not do very well in the last to ATP-1000 events. With Daydenko and Del Potro injured and Djokovic and Murray not at their top level, it was only Nadal who showed some signs of form. Even Federer lost some points and opened the door for the other guys (Roger has many points to defend in the next months).
    But besides Berdych, it was Roddick who showed the best form and (even with lucky draws in both tournaments) was the talk of the hard-court season so far. We will see how he can carry the form into the clay-court tournaments, if he plays many at all. But it should give him confidence to try a few more clay-court events this year, especially since his game became much more consistent and he lost some weight. This will all help him on the European clay-courts.

    On the woman’s side there were not too many surprises even though the top 2 players of the tournament went out before the quarterfinals already. Kuznetsova was injured and for new world No. 2, Caroline Wozniacki, Justine Henin was too big a bite, even though she won a set against the former world number one. So, it wasn’t really a surprise to see Henin and Clijsters in the semi finals. And again they showed their fans a thriller that was decided in a tiebreaker again. Just like in the beginning of the year in Australia. And it was the same outcome as well. Clijsters won again and then went on to take the title from a slightly injured Venus Williams 6:2, 6:1! With this win Clisters stormed back into the top 10 and for sure, Justine will follow her soon, especially considering the fact that we will be playing on clay in a few weeks. Serena was not playing in the tournament and if she is not getting back into shape soon, she will lose her No. 1 ranking. Probably to Kim Clijsters, if she decides to play a few more tournaments.
    I think it is great to have the two Belgium champions back on the woman’s tour and I can’t wait to have one of the on the top spot of the rankings again.
    But for sure we will see a big shuffle in both rankings, the woman’s and the men’s.
    Exciting weeks are ahead of us and on top of that, I think the most interesting matches are played on clay, anyways.
    Let’s see what happens and who will shine on the new surface!?

    Hartmut Hesse
    Hesse Tennis Training
    Professional Training and Coaching for Top Juniors and Professionals

  1053. Sofie on April 7th, 2010 3:17 pm

    Just added more pics & thanks appreciate the link Nima!

  1054. The Fan Child on April 7th, 2010 10:01 pm

    To make it a truly wonderful year, Andy will have to snag one more player of the month award in either July or September. We all know he has a chance to do it.

  1055. Exclusive Q&A With Brad Gilbert : Tennis Connected on April 8th, 2010 12:18 am

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  1057. Sofie on April 8th, 2010 1:24 am

    I really love this interview, maybe because Brad is my favy commentator.. He’s the only Commie I unmute to hear what he has to say. thanks Nima for this, always great to hear what he thinks, about the coaching, he should look into helping Rafa I think.. look into it Brad!

  1058. Pete on April 8th, 2010 7:57 am

    I love your weekly podcast and listen to every one. The addition of Brad Gilbert makes this by far one of the best podcasts on the web. Keep up the good work. I would love to see some video podcasts going forward.

  1059. Nime10 on April 8th, 2010 8:30 am

    Brad I love the fact I can now listen to you here as well as ESPN. Awesome.

  1060. The Fan Child on April 8th, 2010 6:42 pm

    BG rocks – I always love to hear what he has to say, and I really respect and admire his infectious enthusiasm for the sport of tennis.

  1061. The Fan Child on April 9th, 2010 12:15 am

    This is definitely not good news. I hope he gets back to 100 percent.

  1062. Alex on April 9th, 2010 7:51 pm

    Always enjoy hearing what B.G. has to say. He’s never afraid to tell it like it is, and he’s got a great TV personality. Brad is a great ambassador for the game of tennis and kudos for getting him to do this.

  1063. Sofie on April 10th, 2010 4:18 pm

    Is this in the states? Never even heard of this one.. it does look yummy though…

  1064. Ivana on April 10th, 2010 9:53 pm

    Go Novak!

  1065. Hartmut Hesse on April 11th, 2010 3:57 pm

    Monte Carlo Preview

    The clay court season kicks off in Monte Carlo this week and will give a first indication who will be among the contenders for the French Open title this year.
    Even though 5 of the top 10 players (Federer needs more rest, Davydenko out with broken wrist, Del Potro also wrist injury and Roddick and Soderling because of ‘ clay allergy…’) are not in the field we will see exciting ATP clay-court tennis.
    Djokovic seeded No. 1 and Nadal at 2 are the defending finalists, with Nadal trying to get his 6th consecutive title in Monaco. Murray and Cilic are the othe 2 players who are in the top 4 seedings and should go to the semis.
    So, with Federer, Del Potro, Davydenko and Soderling there are 4 players not in the draw who are capable of giving Nadal a hard time on clay. A great opportunity for him to get a good start into his clay-court season and finally winning an ATP-title again after nearly one year of empty hands.
    But even with these players out of the draw, there is plenty of competition for Rafa. On his way to a potential final he has to eliminate a few Spanish clay court specialist and maybe Andy Murray in the semi-final. Ferreo, Ferrer, Almagro And Monaco are all in his section of the draw. If he gets through these players he will gain a lot of confidence, but also lose a lot of energy, before he probably faces Verdasco or Djokovic in the final.
    In the top half of the draw Djokovic has his hands full as well and will have to battle his way through Wawrinka, Nalbandian or Robredo, before he meets Verdasco, Cilic or maybe red hot Berdych in the semi-final.
    If Verdasco is completely recovered from his back injury, I see him as the favorite to reach the semis, and if he gets there he will go through to the final as well.
    But it will be very interesting how Berdych will handle he recent success in Miami, where he beat Federer and only lost in the final to Roddick. Was it just another flash of his great talent or was it a final break-through. We will know after this tournament.

    Here is my prediction:

    Nadal wins in the semis against Ferrer and Djokovic loses against Verdasco. In the final Nadal is too strong for Verdasco again and Nadal will get a record 6th consecutive title at Monte Carlo.
    It will give him a lot of confidence back, but it won’t be an indication that he will win the French as well. I still see Federer winning in Roland Garros and getting his first Grand Slam this year. Rafa’s career is slowly going down due to his physical way of playning, his injuries and his tournament planning, but for sure this title will give him a push for the next tournaments.

    Let’s see if I am right

    Hartmut Hesse
    HTT – Hesse Tennis Training
    Professional Tennis Training and Coaching for Top Juniors and Tour Players

  1066. Nima on April 12th, 2010 12:14 am

    Nice picks Hartmut. Should be a great event.

  1067. meyer on April 12th, 2010 4:13 am
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  1071. Costas Vitkon on April 13th, 2010 6:01 am

    I am in Monte Carlo and i would like to share some photos and videos. By the way Nadal seems amazing. He hits the ball like no one else believe me.

    I have uploaded on YouTube a few videos and will be uploading more in the next days as the tournament unfolds with matches highlights and players practices. Here are the links:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdIlw4fL1j8&feature=channel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI8chRYPJtY&feature=channel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyvtqBKk7EU&feature=channel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPKatP3JNdM&feature=channel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az_xg61O1-Y

  1072. carlos on April 13th, 2010 12:52 pm

    Saw LOS apparel worn by Youzny in Miami , wher can I see their clothing line and /or purchase ??? does LOS have a web site ? can you buy in US ?

    Very interested , many thanks

    Carlos

  1073. Nima Naderi on April 13th, 2010 2:56 pm

    Hey Carlos,

    As far as I know, LoS is available only in Europe. Not sure if they have an official site, but I’ll pass along any info I receive.

    Nima

  1074. Ilya on April 14th, 2010 5:04 am

    Come on Rafa, stop playing them mind games. No Fed, no Del Potro, no Soder, Davydenko right after injury – who can actually beat you in MC?

  1075. Gunnar Gerschler on April 15th, 2010 5:11 pm

    Well, I see it quite similar, the most exciting part of the season is the clay-court season. But I don’t think that Kim or Justine will be No. 1 soon again.
    Serena will come back strong and also Ivanovic and Sharapova will come back by the end of the year.
    I also think that Nadal is finished and Fed will have a great chance to get the Slam this year.
    Let’ see…

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  1077. Ivana on April 16th, 2010 10:02 pm

    “As much as we sit around and watch in amazement as Nadal whisks around a clay-court running down each and every ball that comes his way, Djokovic is right there with the Spaniard. There is no question that the pair play different defensive—Nadal is more offensive defensive, whereas Djokovic likes to slice and claw the ball back. But when analyzing the pair’s consistency on the clay, I’d say that they are the two best players in the world.”

    +1

  1078. Milla_RafaKAD on April 17th, 2010 3:43 pm

    Vamos Rafa…get it done!

  1079. chelez on April 18th, 2010 1:12 pm

    awesome performance today. i’ve waited for a year and the reward was so sweet. rafa is such a gracious winner and gives credit to his opponent. vamos rafa! :)

  1080. Alex on April 18th, 2010 3:42 pm

    As much as Nadal will gain confidence from this tournament victory, I don’t think we can forget about what this tourny could do for Verdaco’s confidence as well. Fernando has struggled to do anything of significance this year, and perhaps a strong overall result in Monte Carlo will get him back on track with the majority of the season still yet to be played.

  1081. Sarah Armstrong on April 19th, 2010 4:33 pm

    The product Andy Roddick has opted to endorse is made by some very questionable people! I don’t know if there could be any negative fallout for him, but a bit of investigation might save him some embarrassment!

    The pricipals of Phlo Corporation, who own the Aqiss trademark and are two of only about 4 employees, are James B. Hovis and Anne P. Hovis (husband and wife). Google those names and you find references to Phlo, but usually in light of legal problems. Anne was fined $100,000 for stock trading improprieties. Jim was suspended from practising law by the Virginia Bar for behavior that made lawyers look the way we usually joke about them and total disregard for the legal system. There are also several lawsuits listed and some issues around changing their accountants and legal representatives like most of us change underwear. It would seem that they either don’t pay their bills or won’t employ outside accountants who wish to follow accountancy rules rather than the Hovises’ directions.

    Read the record, it’s actually funny, in a way. The SEC documents discuss Mrs Hovis’ irrational and somewhat hysterical phone calls. The Virginia Bar documents quote some extraordinarly (for other people) vulgar language from Mr. Hovis when confronted about his attempts to intimidate a federal judge in a case against Phlo. There are also a lot of rather amusing anecdotes about their not responding to the legal system at all, and several lawsuits against them.

    Not so funny for Phlo’s investors, though. This is a publicly traded stock. They have not filed any of the legally required quarterly SEC documents in OVER 2 YEARS. They were nearly shut down by the SEC for doing this in the past, among other violations. This publicity, meaning Any Roddick’s endorsement, might well get the SEC moving against them again. I doubt his involvement in the company at that point will do his image much good.

    The stock has traded at over $2, perhaps as high as $7 (prior to a 100 to 1 reverse split). It is now at $0.06 AFTER that split, which is equivalent to $0.0006 before. If Andy wants to be associated with a company this poorly run, and with such a questionable legal history, I am amazed!

  1082. temisan on April 21st, 2010 1:28 pm

    Clay, Gasquet’s weakest surface? What a shocking statement.

  1083. Nima Naderi on April 22nd, 2010 7:06 pm

    Considering that Gasquet has five career titles and only one of those are on clay, coupled with the fact that his worst Grand Slam result has come at the French Open, I’d say that it’s his worst surface.

    Best Major results:

    AO: ‘07, ‘08-4th Round
    FO: ‘05-3rd Round
    W: ‘07-Semifinal
    USO: ‘05, ‘06-4th Round

  1084. temisan on April 23rd, 2010 3:33 am

    The fact that he has a poor record at RG has nothing to do with the surface. For example, Mauresmo’s best surface statistically from ‘03 onwards was clay, but she never won RG, instead she won Wimbledon and AO.
    Back to Richard, since ‘03 he’s won more matches on clay than on any other surface, and his win/loss ratio is better on clay than on hardcourt or carpet, and equal to his ratio on indoor hard.
    However, you can keep thinking clay is his worst surface.

  1085. temisan on April 23rd, 2010 3:40 am

    I thought he needed to change his service motion anyway because the old motion put too much pressure on his back/shoulder. But that’s just a guess.

  1086. Alex on April 24th, 2010 4:38 pm

    Hypothetically if he were to play an ATP event right now, how would those two rankings effect his updated ranking, or what would his updated ranking be?

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  1088. Srdja Babic on April 24th, 2010 6:47 pm

    Djokovic must quit overanalyzing past 6 months and reset his muscle memory to any point of the year 2007 plus some more of upper body fitness.

  1089. The Fan Child on April 25th, 2010 6:01 pm

    Getting over the masters Quarterfinal hump seems to have made Verdasco into a believer in Verdasco. Hopefully he can maintain this form for the rest of the clay court season.

    Soderling has to be pretty happy with himself too – he’s really picked himself up off the canvas after that first round departure at the Australian Open.

  1090. babak on April 26th, 2010 8:38 pm

    this show is nothing without Dan. rock on el matador! nima is just a bouns for us fans. dope DOPE show.. :)

  1091. arsalan khoshkbar on April 26th, 2010 8:44 pm

    It’s unbelievable how much Nima has to offer the tennis world. I super enjoy his insight, retro-thoughts, and future classic tales.

    B R A V O N I M A !

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  1093. The Fan Child on April 29th, 2010 7:53 pm

    A very interesting pairing – not one I would have seen coming – but I’m pretty psyched to know that Gonzo is looking for ways to take his game higher.

  1094. evie on April 30th, 2010 5:22 am

    And let’s be real — the reason he lost that one match was because his foot was covered in horrific blisters and he could barely walk. He all but retired in that match, graciously staying in to give JCF the full W.

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  1096. limewire on April 30th, 2010 8:39 am

    dang sweet story bro.

  1097. alex on April 30th, 2010 2:18 pm

    that is Football not soccer !

  1098. Alex on April 30th, 2010 4:01 pm

    That’s a little unfortunate because I enjoyed listening to Darren on ESPN, but hopefully he is successful in coaching Gonzalez. We all know Gonzo has some big weapons in his game to work with, so it should be interesting to see how this plays out.

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  1100. Sofie on May 3rd, 2010 3:33 pm

    Being that Fernando Fonzalez is my second favorite player I am psyched about the pairing & a lil bummed that I am just finding this out! But thank you for the news! I think this will be an excellent match.. ’cause I’m tired of Fernando losing!

  1101. Hartmut Hesse on May 4th, 2010 7:55 am

    Clay Court Season 2010 – A Latin Love Affair?!

    The first month of the European clay court season is over an it is time for a short check-up on who is among the favorites for the French Open.
    So far it is only a handful of players who were able to claim a clay court title this year and in April all of them carried a Spanish passport.
    But the rest of the season was pretty much a Latin love affair, as well. Only one “white boy” was able to claim one of the 9 tournament titles handed out on the red dirt this year.
    And guess where he is from?!? –Switzerland of course. But surprise, surprise – it was not Roger who did it. It was Stan Wawrinka who took the title in Casablanca, Marocco in the beginning of April.
    All the other winner came either from Spain or South America. Nadal took the two ATP-1000 series titles in April, Juan Carlos Ferrero also captured two titles and fellow spainiards Verdasco and Ferrer won one event. The other two winners are Brasilian Thomasz Belluci and Juan Ignacio Chela from Argentina.

    So, who else will be among the contenders for the French this year?
    For sure it is Roger, who has an easy draw in Estoril this week and will probably win and get some confidence for his title defense in Madrid.
    Robin Soderling, who reached at least a final against Verdasco, is also playing quite well and might have a chance to get to the semis at Roland Garros.
    The most disappointing performance comes from Murray and Djokovic who did not do much damage on clay yet. But as soon as the French start and we will play best of five sets, they will be there again, I’m sure. But I don’t see more than a quarterfinal for them.
    Del Potro and Davydenko are still out because of injuries and this made it much easier for the Spanish clay court specialists so far. But at least Davydenko might be back for the French. But it remains uncertain, if he can show up with confidence and some clay court wins in his bag.

    So, far it all looks like a Latin love affair in Paris or Nadal and Federer again will get it on again… ;)
    Let’s see…

    Hardy Hesse
    Hesse Tennis Training
    Professional Training and Coaching for Top Juniors and Professionals

  1102. Hartmut Hesse on May 5th, 2010 6:31 am

    How To Pace Yourself Like roger Federer

    One thing that is a big step to success in tennis is to learn how to pace your self through a match. Even more important to be successful in the long run, is to have a smart tournament schedule.
    Roger Federer is a true master at this and it is probably the biggest secret to his success.
    When ever it matters Federer is on top of his game. Now many people might say, ‘but what happened in Inian Wells, Miami, and Rome!?’
    Well, the answer is simple. These tournaments don’t matter for him anymore. He has other goals, and I am sure he will bring himself in the best possible position to reach these goals. His goal is to win Grand Slams, not ATP-1000 events. He only uses these events to get in shape and protect his ranking if he needs to. But right now nobody is threatening his No. 1 spot at all. And his biggest goal is to win a Grand Slam (all four grand slams in one year). He secondary goal is to be the No. 1 at the end of the year. And if he wins all 4 grand slam events he will get 8000 ATP points alone for that and will be No. 1 at the end of the year. On top of that he does not have many points to defend at the ATP world Championships. So, there is another possibility at the end of the year to finish as the No. 1. And even if Nadal proves to be too strong for him again at the French Open. He is very likely to reach at least the final at Roland Garros, which would bring him 1300 points. Probably still enough to be the No. 1 at the end of the year. Even if he falls to another clay court specialist in the semis (which is very unlikely, if we look at the grand slam stats of Roger over the past 5 years…), he will have enough time to get some points at ATP-1000 events on hard court.

    The same way he plans his tournament schedule and paces himself to have maximum energy at the start of the slams, he plans and paces his matches. That’s why he does not win his matches 6:0, 6:1, like Nadal, plays so many tie-beaks and close sets. Federer always looks ahead in a set, a match and a tournament. His goals are always long run goals. He is not looking to win a single match in a perfect way. He either wants to win the whole tournament or tries to find his form for future tournaments. When he starts a tournament which he wants to win (let’s say a grand slam) he tries to win the first rounds by loosing as little energy as possible. He does not start a match or tournament with 100%. Even if he gets into trouble, he tries to stay calm and tries to keep playing with maybe 85% energy instead of 80%. Only if he really has to he goes to 100%, but only in the grand slams, not in the preparation tournaments. This saves him a lot of energy and prevents him from being injured. Of course all the pros are good at this and not every player can say that they just focus on the grand slam events. Because they are not No. 1 yet and have not won everything yet. So, for other players it is great to win a smaller tournament or an ATP-1000 event and they don’t care if it takes all the energy out of them for the next tournament (maybe a Grand Slam…). This is the reason Federer might lose to Berdych in a ATP-1000 event. But he will probably never lose to him in a Grand Slam. Federe is not on his maximum fitness level at a ATP-1000 event yet. He is still in a prparation phase at this tournament and he plays with probably 80% of energy to slowly build up his fitness and avoid getting injuries.
    The same way he paces himself through the preparation phase of the tournaments before the Grand Slam, he paces himself throughout a match.
    Federer does not want to reach his top level 4 weeks before a Grand Slam, because it might be hard to keep the level for 6 weeks. And on top of that he wants the feeling of getting better and better, which creates a positive attitude of improving. Rather than having the feeling of not getting anywhere, by just keeping his form.
    It is the same feeling he wants in a match when it comes to 4:4 or 5:5 in the first set. He wants to have the feeling of being able to shift into another gear, rather than being in the top gear already. He tries to sneak himself through the first games, to be able to say to himself that he can play even better when it matters. And at 4:4 with both players holding serve all the time it really matters and the player who has another gear left, will win the set.
    So, Federer is a master at planning his matches and tournaments. But what can junior players learn from him?
    The first thing a junior player has to do is set his goals. And not only his goals for a tournament, but all his goals. His long term goals. Once you know your goals you can start planning how to reach them.
    Of course a junior tennis player has much more ahead of him then a pro, because he still has to learn, improve and develop his game-style. And play at the same time… And win some…Not easy!
    Much more complicated than the tournament and goal setting for Roger Federer!
    A junior player has not each his potential yet. He still explores how hard he can hit the ball (and this changes from day to day as he still grows and get fitter) and how fats he can run and how much pain he can take throughout a match and a tournament and a whole year…
    So, it is more a matter of trying out to find out and this makes it more difficult to pace himself at the same time.
    Roger Federer knows exactly what he can do and what he can not do. He knows what happens when he plays a 4 hour match in the first round of a slam and how his chances decrease of winning the slam in the end. He knows when he is getting close to injure himself, be going to close to 100%. And he knows where his 100% are. A junior player still tries to find out where his 100% is…
    You see that it is very difficult to make the right decisions without having any experience of your limits yet.
    So, how do you do it?!?
    Well, you need a person who is able to compare your abilities to other players abilities and has experience in how much a junior at this age and strength can take. And that is an experienced coach. He will have a good feeling for you energy level and will make sure that you pace yourself right to reach your long term goals.

    Hardy Hesse
    Hesse Tennis Training
    Professional Training and Coaching for Top Juniors and Professionals

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  1105. dekomusic on May 8th, 2010 4:06 am

    Nice article but in my opinion an athlete like Federer has too much pride to “not care” about losing. You can see that from his body language and dissapointment at the end of the last losing matches in Indian Wells, Miami and Rome. So the theory that he wants to be 100% at Slams is right but it doesn’t mean that his preparation to be 100% will go through loses in early stages of tournaments. Oh, and one more thing his No1 status would be threatened even if he won 4 Slams if he didn’t do anything at the smaller tournaments (if he could win all 4 of them which is quite uncertain even for the great Federer).

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  1107. Nina on May 9th, 2010 1:21 pm

    Djokovic has been plagued with problems lately… his messed up serve, which affected his game and confidence, the dismissal of Todd Martin, his usual breathing problems and now allergies… which are severe. I’m positive that once he is perfectly healthy he will start being dangerous on clay again. Hope he recoups for RG and at least gets to the final!

  1108. The Fan Child on May 9th, 2010 4:02 pm

    If Ferrer hasn’t peaked yet, we may very well see him standing when it’s time for the French Open semis.

  1109. The Fan Child on May 9th, 2010 4:30 pm

    I’d really love to see Murray and Soderling play to their capabilities in Madrid. And I’d also like to see Fed and Monfils get on track. Oh, and Gulbis, it’ll be interesting if he can stay in form with a nice performance this week heading into RG.

    Should be a fun event – I truly have no idea what to expect from so many top players at the moment. It’s complete chaos – or at least it seems that way.

  1110. The Fan Child on May 9th, 2010 4:40 pm

    Very good preview by the way, with great analysis of Gulbis, Murray, Ferrer, Verdasco, and many others.

  1111. Alex on May 9th, 2010 8:43 pm

    Although he has been quite eratic in tournaments outside of majors the last few years, I do believe Federer will have a strong showing in this tourny, as he is the defending champion, and this is his last tournament before the French Open. I’m looking for him to make it to, at least, the semis, perhaps even the finals. Here’s to hoping for another Federer/Nadal final for the first time in a while!

  1112. okoh doreen on May 11th, 2010 7:40 am

    Rafa is gettin better and better every day

  1113. Muriel Barton on May 11th, 2010 12:25 pm

    Why can’t I download Order Of Play?

  1114. Nima Naderi on May 11th, 2010 12:51 pm

    I not sure, Muriel. I just tried it, and it works perfectly.

  1115. Andrew H on May 12th, 2010 12:20 pm

    Good article, but Rafa has still not beat a top 5 since May of 2009. He is the favourite of course, but we will see in Paris if he is old Rafa at a major.

    also, great podcast, but work on the pronunciation!

    straight from the ATP site:

    Va-VINK-ah (not Waw-rinka)

    IS-ner (not EYEZ-ner)

    DJO-ko-vich (not DJOCK-A VICK)

    nah-DAHL (not Na-doll)

    -and Frenchies don’t pronounce the S on Monfils!

  1116. Tennis Tours on May 12th, 2010 9:54 pm

    French Open on May 23 – June 6, 2010 in Paris, France.

    Roland Garros is a very popular event in a quiet setting, surrounded by the picturesque and extensive city of Paris. The ground of Stade Roland Garros glow with color and present a lovely backdrop while tennis players battle for the title.

    With Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours this will be an experience you will not likely forget!

  1117. The Fan Child on May 13th, 2010 12:16 am

    The big man is missed – and hopefully, he will soon be well. No matter what his future holds he’ll always have something that so many tennis players dream about and never even get close to.

  1118. Tyler on May 13th, 2010 7:09 pm

    I think Melzer is really underestimated. He’s a great player, amazing at the net.

    Ferrer is just too good on clay. If he performs well here at Madrid and at the French, he should be well into the top 10.

  1119. vamsi on May 15th, 2010 8:50 am

    i think is is better not to write off almagro
    his back hand can cause a lot of problems

    but rafa is rafa

  1120. Emma on May 15th, 2010 5:55 pm

    Don’t see how Federer’s Hamburg 07 victory came with a Rafa injury asterisk at all. Most people seem to accept that as a legit win.

    However I don’t doubt that Rafa will win tomorrow.

  1121. tinman on May 15th, 2010 7:32 pm

    Painful Nadal bias.

    my favourite is:
    “While Federer was winning Wimbledon; making the finals of the US Open, and taking home his fourth Australian Open crown, Nadal was back in Mallorca nursing his battered knees.”

    hhahahahahahhahhah. Nadal missed Wimbledon, but he was certainly at the US open and Australian… getting dusted in the Quarterfinals of both.

    Go fed. Fed in straights.

  1122. James Ior on May 16th, 2010 10:49 am

    While Nadal has proved to be the best player on clay Federrer has proved he is the best player ever on any surface. The latter always makes my day each time I watch him play. He may have started poorly on the clay season but I would give him a chance to pick the the silverware

  1123. Andrew H on May 16th, 2010 7:06 pm

    GREAT article. Unbiased, clear, smart analysis. Fed blew the second set breaker, but Rafa was the better player today.
    I REALLY hope they meet in the French final. I do not like Roger’s chances on the clay of Paris, but hopefully he can make a match of it but converting more breaks.

  1124. elena on May 16th, 2010 7:28 pm

    Great article. Rafa is an epic athlete! I love his cojones on the big occasions.

    Also, it’s spelled ‘conquers’. :)

  1125. Hartmut Hesse on May 17th, 2010 4:47 pm

    Sweet Revenge For Nadal!

    It was the 21st match between Federer and Nadal, and even though Nadal won 13 of the previous meetings, he has never been this eager to win against Roger like this time.
    Too tough were the last 12 months since he lost the final against Roger in Madrid a year ago. His parents divorce and his knee injury ruined a great start of the season for him. He lost his first match at Roland Garros, was not able to defend his Wimbledon title and on top of that lost his no. 1 ranking to Federer again, who also took the French Open title from him. It was clear from the start, that Rafa would fight till the last drop of blood to beat Roger in the first meeting after one year of disappointments.
    And it was probably the first time that Roger really had to prove something, even though he is clearly the no. 1 in the world with almost double as many points as Nadal. But a year ago he collected only his second win on clay against Rafa in Madrid. The only other time he beat him on clay was in wet and cold Hamburg, on a day Roger was not able to miss a shot in the last two sets of the match. And last year, Rafa had to play an extremely tough 4-hour match against Djokovic the day before. On tope of that too many other matches in the clay court season. Besides these two wins, Federer was always dominated by Rafa on clay and never really had a chance to win the French Open against him. And deep inside he probably knew that he would have not won the French Open by now, if Nadals knees had been fins last year and there would have been more harmony in his private life. And maybe Federer would not be no. 1 today…
    Federer knew he had to prove a lot. And Rafa was eager to show the tennis world that Federer will not win the French Open, when he is healthy. Even minutes after the match he was sitting on his bench and pumped his fist again and again. This showed how much this win meant to him. It was a very, very sweet revenge after a year of torture.
    So, there was a lot on the line this time. But more importantly, there was more to lose for Roger than to win. And for Rafa there was much more to win than to lose. And this is how they played. Both were very nervous, but in the crucial moments of the match, Rafa had more to win and therefore was more positive. And he was happy, healthy and not tired this time. And then it is nearly impossible for Roger to beat him.
    Even though I think that Roger deserves to win the Grand Slam this year, I am afraid that it will not happen, because Rafa has gained so much confident through out the clay court season, that he will win in Paris as well. He planed his season much better this year and will be fresh and confident. On top of that Davydenko and Del Potro, the two players who could beat him on clay, will not participate at the French Open. It all went his way after the Australian Open, and that’s why he will win the French. Probably in the final against Roger, but Roger will not be happy with 2nd place again…
    Because then there is no doubt at all anymore, that his win at the French last year, was only possible because Rafa lost to Soderling.

    Hardy Hesse
    Hesse Tennis Training
    http://www.HesseTennisTraining.com
    Professional Training and Coaching for Top Juniors and Professionals

  1126. bullcrap on May 18th, 2010 1:18 pm

    haha. very funny article. Replace “great chance” with “slim chance” and we might agree.

  1127. Sofie on May 18th, 2010 10:07 pm

    This piece is exquisite! Thank you for writing it!

  1128. Rob on May 19th, 2010 9:16 am

    Yes, exquisitely told. One can only wonder how it feels in those first few moments, waiting in the locker room for the moment to arrive. Such a thrill, and so much expectation to deal with.

  1129. sofie on May 19th, 2010 6:59 pm

    Impossible for us to ever know what those moments would feel like, I wish I had the voice to say I knew.. but this piece so well written, makes me imagine..; )

  1130. weak on May 19th, 2010 8:28 pm

    Just a thought, but this article might benefit by adding “Fed hasnt lost before semis in a major since 2004″

    Rafa has a “great chance”?

    wowzer
    lazy article

  1131. alex on May 19th, 2010 9:23 pm

    very cool read
    thanks Nima
    ps
    good last podcast too…

  1132. Nima on May 19th, 2010 9:43 pm

    Thanks guys for the kind words. Much love:)

  1133. martin on May 22nd, 2010 10:58 am

    So, you’re predicting Gasquest who hasn’t been past the 3rd round in Paris will beat Murray and go on to the Quarter Finals? Gasguet, if he defeats Murray, then presumably Chela and then Baghdatis would probably have to play Berdych who beat Gasguet convincingly in Monte Carlo earlier in the Clay season (6-2 6-0).

    You got a bit carried away suggesting that Gasguet would not only better his previous best but also beat players who have beaten him this year on clay.

  1134. Nima on May 22nd, 2010 2:43 pm

    Hey Martin,

    All of what you said is true, yet Gasquet won Nice today, and is on a ten match winning streak. I’m not saying it’s a lock, but he’s ready for a breakthrough.

  1135. Alex on May 22nd, 2010 7:38 pm

    Regardless of Gasquet’s ranking or recent performances, he has always had the talent to be an outstanding tennis player. His backhand is just disgustingly amazing, and he remains one of my favourite players on tour. Hopefully, he has a strong showing at Roland Garros as he tries to build his ranking back up.

  1136. The Fan Child on May 22nd, 2010 8:17 pm

    Interesting look at a player who has been getting attention again after winning 2 challengers and making the RG draw. I’d love to see him get healthy and get back around his career-high 56 ranking. He’s fun to watch.

  1137. dan on May 24th, 2010 3:01 pm

    Federer wins first encounter on his own terms, at the best time of day for him, etc….etc….

  1138. Aaron on May 24th, 2010 5:21 pm

    wimbledon will be the pivot point, but I agree that Rafa has a heck of a statistical chance of regaining #1 in 2010. Fed could take it back if he rebounds in the hard court season and with Davy and Delpo out
    I like Soderlings chances this year (say #4) and Murray will make some wavy/gravy at some point. Cilic isn’t there yet but he will be give him 2 years to ripen. I like Roddick to win Wimbledon. Not sure where to put Djoko, he will play solid but will he win the biggies, don’t think so. my prediction ending 2010 #1 Nadal #2 Federer #3 Roddick #4 Soderling #5 Djokovic #6 Murray #7 F. Gonzalez #8 Verdasco #9 and #10 Ferrer and Cilic you pick em

  1139. Spicy-News.com on May 25th, 2010 1:00 am

    Nadal back at favourite stomping ground…

    PARIS: Rafael Nadal will seek to erase his shock fourth-round exit last year from the memory banks when the mighty Mallorcan makes his tournament bow at the French Open on Tuesday. World number two Nadal, who won in Monte Ca…

  1140. margaret smith on May 25th, 2010 11:17 am

    I love Nadal and love babolat, please enter me.

  1141. margaret smith on May 25th, 2010 11:18 am

    I love Nadal.

  1142. Richard Smith on May 25th, 2010 11:31 am

    Babolat is the best!!!

  1143. Charlie Cowins on May 25th, 2010 3:15 pm

    I can understand his frustration but I’m surprised he would dump out of the doubles and leave Isner in the learch. Hope he can get his motivation back and has a long career.

  1144. Hartmut Hesse on May 26th, 2010 9:14 am

    French Open Preview

    The draw is out and with Nadal seeded at No. 2 there is not much doubt that he will meet Federer in the finals, even though both have some tricky match-ups on their way to the final weekend.
    Especially Nadal might have two tough matches before a potential final with “Fed”. But after a very convincing clay court season from Nadal, I don’t have many worries that he will jump over those two hurdles. But those jumps might cost him a lot of energy and might open the door for Roger, who has a little easier draw.
    So, since everybody expects Federer and Nadal at least among the last 4 players, who will be the other two players, who are most likely to join them in the semi-finals?
    In Federers half of the draw, the top seeded players to meet him in the semi final are Murray and Tsonga. Both did not have a great clay court season this year and might not even get to the semi-final at all.
    But there are some other dangerous players who are more confident on clay and had some good results this year already.
    First of all it’s Mikhail Youzhny who won a tournament on clay this year already and climbed up the rankings lately. Now he is seeded at 11 and might be the big surprise in the semi finals.
    The other hot players are Berdych, Baghdatis, Isner and De Bakker.
    Berdych did not play well on clay this year but had a great tournament in Miami on hard court. If the conditions are hot and dry for the next 10 days he might get through, even though he has to beat Isner, and Baghdatis or Murray to reach the quarter final already.
    Tsonga will face De Bakker in the 3rd round and he lost to him this year on clay already. Youzhnys draw is much easier. He will not waste too much energy before he faces Tsonga or De Bakker. But all these players are very unpredictable. Especially Tsonga will face a lot of pressure infront of his home crowd.
    If I had to pick a player in this part of the draw, it would be Youzhny. All the other players rely too much on good weather conditions (Berdych, Murray, Isner, Tsonga).
    But all these players won’t give Roger much trouble in the semi final.
    And before the semi final “Fed” might face Soderling or Cilic in the quarters. Also not much trouble for him, I think.
    In Nadals part of the draw, his potential semi final opponents are Roddick, Djokovic, Ferrer and Ferrero. And besides these players are not many in this section of the draw, who have the potential for a surprise up-set or have made a splash in this years clay court season yet.
    But Ferrer is probably the best clay court player behind Nadal and Federer this season. Ferrer would be a big challenge for Nadal and this match might go the full distance of five sets and cost Nadal a lot of Energy before the potential final with Roger.
    But before Nadal gets to the semi final he has to beat Verdasco in the quarters first, which will not be much easier than the semi final match up with Ferrrer. And I see another tricky match for him in the round of the last 16 with Thomaz Bellucci from Brazil. A lefty and a great clay court player, who has won on this surface this year already. Nadal faced him at the French in 2008 already, but now Bellucci is a much different player and way more dangerous for Rafa.
    All in all Rafa faces more challenges on his way to a potential final with Roger and it will be crucial for him to save as much energy as possible.
    Here are my picks for the quarters and the semis:

    Quarterfinals:
    Federer – Soderling: Federer in 3
    Muray – Youzhny: Youzny in 5
    Ferrer – Djokovic: Ferrer in 4
    Nadal – Verdasco: Nadal in 4

    Semifinals:
    Federer – Youzhny: Federer in 4
    Nadal – Ferrer: Nadal in 5

    Check out my final prediction next time…

    Hardy Hesse
    Hesse Tennis Training
    http://www.HesseTennisTraining.com
    Professional Training and Coaching for Top Juniors and Professionals

  1145. Hartmut Hesse on May 26th, 2010 9:16 am

    French Open Preview

    The draw is out and with Nadal seeded at No. 2 there is not much doubt that he will meet Federer in the finals, even though both have some tricky match-ups on their way to the final weekend.
    Especially Nadal might have two tough matches before a potential final with “Fed”. But after a very convincing clay court season from Nadal, I don’t have many worries that he will jump over those two hurdles. But those jumps might cost him a lot of energy and might open the door for Roger, who has a little easier draw.
    So, since everybody expects Federer and Nadal at least among the last 4 players, who will be the other two players, who are most likely to join them in the semi-finals?
    In Federers half of the draw, the top seeded players to meet him in the semi final are Murray and Tsonga. Both did not have a great clay court season this year and might not even get to the semi-final at all.
    But there are some other dangerous players who are more confident on clay and had some good results this year already.
    First of all it’s Mikhail Youzhny who won a tournament on clay this year already and climbed up the rankings lately. Now he is seeded at 11 and might be the big surprise in the semi finals.
    The other hot players are Berdych, Baghdatis, Isner and De Bakker.
    Berdych did not play well on clay this year but had a great tournament in Miami on hard court. If the conditions are hot and dry for the next 10 days he might get through, even though he has to beat Isner, and Baghdatis or Murray to reach the quarter final already.
    Tsonga will face De Bakker in the 3rd round and he lost to him this year on clay already. Youzhnys draw is much easier. He will not waste too much energy before he faces Tsonga or De Bakker. But all these players are very unpredictable. Especially Tsonga will face a lot of pressure infront of his home crowd.
    If I had to pick a player in this part of the draw, it would be Youzhny. All the other players rely too much on good weather conditions (Berdych, Murray, Isner, Tsonga).
    But all these players won’t give Roger much trouble in the semi final.
    And before the semi final “Fed” might face Soderling or Cilic in the quarters. Also not much trouble for him, I think.
    In Nadals part of the draw, his potential semi final opponents are Roddick, Djokovic, Ferrer and Ferrero. And besides these players are not many in this section of the draw, who have the potential for a surprise up-set or have made a splash in this years clay court season yet.
    But Ferrer is probably the best clay court player behind Nadal and Federer this season. Ferrer would be a big challenge for Nadal and this match might go the full distance of five sets and cost Nadal a lot of Energy before the potential final with Roger.
    But before Nadal gets to the semi final he has to beat Verdasco in the quarters first, which will not be much easier than the semi final match up with Ferrrer. And I see another tricky match for him in the round of the last 16 with Thomaz Bellucci from Brazil. A lefty and a great clay court player, who has won on this surface this year already. Nadal faced him at the French in 2008 already, but now Bellucci is a much different player and way more dangerous for Rafa.
    All in all Rafa faces more challenges on his way to a potential final with Roger and it will be crucial for him to save as much energy as possible.
    Here are my picks for the quarters and the semis:

    Quarterfinals:
    Federer – Soderling: Federer in 3
    Muray – Youzhny: Youzny in 5
    Ferrer – Djokovic: Ferrer in 4
    Nadal – Verdasco: Nadal in 4

    Semifinals:
    Federer – Youzhny: Federer in 4
    Nadal – Ferrer: Nadal in 5

    Check out my final prediction next time…

    Hardy Hesse
    Hesse Tennis Training
    http://www.HesseTennisTraining.com
    Professional Training and Coaching for Top Juniors and Professionals

  1146. Holly on May 26th, 2010 2:57 pm

    He’s so arrogant.

  1147. Margaret Smith on May 26th, 2010 4:45 pm

    My Babolat racket is getting old , I sure could use a new one.

  1148. eric on May 27th, 2010 9:04 am

    This is silly. For years he himself has been saying he doesn’t have a coach and doesn’t need one. Now all of a sudden, this person whom he always described as his friend and Swiss DC captain who only tags along occasionally, is actually his coach, has been for years and why are you all so surprised!

    And that story of rain delays and getting coaching advice for a match agains the hapless Falla is simply ridiculous.

    Federer craves attention and press inches and would say anything to get it. Remember this? The night after winning USO 2008 he said he slept only 20 minutes, because he always checks his own pictures on the Internet first:
    “I wanted to get a sense of what the fans saw,” he said. “I like to see the pictures before I go to bed. I would never have done that at Wimbledon this year. I have never seen a picture of Rafa [Nadal] holding the trophy and it’s something I don’t ever want to see.”

  1149. Gina on May 27th, 2010 3:43 pm

    Oh Nole you’re crazy man, but utterly adorable and lovely…

  1150. The Fan Child on May 27th, 2010 5:51 pm

    Solid blogging Nima – great stuff! I’m glad that a few matches got finished today – congrats to Fognini for braaking through.

  1151. Zach on May 27th, 2010 6:55 pm

    I think if I was that great, I might be a tad arrogant. However, I am shocked that he now says he has a full time coach, as he has denied that in the past.

  1152. Rob York on May 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    Wawrinka seems to have a certain fatalism about him, almost as though having a good career is enough for him, and asking him to be a champion is just too much. That’s true, though, of quite a few guys on tour (James Blake, for example). One wishes they could be injected with a little bit of Rafa or Jimbo juice.

  1153. joyce lettau on May 31st, 2010 9:31 pm

    May 31,2010
    Would have liked to enter the contest but understand it was over May 23rd —–and also noted it needed a subscription to something or other. Am 80 yrs. young and have followed the Agassi career and now the Nadal career. Feel I picked the best of the best – Rafa Nadal. Enjoy all the matches immensely. Having spoken my mind I say Thank you. Joyce Lettau Santa Maria, Ca. 93454

  1154. Drew on June 1st, 2010 1:53 pm

    good article…. sort of predicted the future as well b/c I think the rain REALLY helped Soderling today. If the conditions are dry, Rafa runs away with the title. If it rains, someone else like Soderling has a bit of a chance to knock Rafa out.

  1155. nicole on June 1st, 2010 3:35 pm

    Well…looks like this article is spot on. Very good chance of this happening now that Fed lost to Soderling. Nice call Nima :)

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  1157. The Fan Child on June 1st, 2010 11:41 pm

    Almagro has the right attitude and I think he can make a match of it if he keeps his errors low.

  1158. The Fan Child on June 1st, 2010 11:57 pm

    To play the way he did – taking on so much risk and hammering away for the corners of the court – is a stroke of genius. I credit Soderling with knowing what it would take to win and for having the courage to take massive swings at anything in his strike zone.

    I don’t know if many other players are capable of such destruction. We saw del Potro do something similar last year, but there aren’t many others.

    Sure, the conditions suited his game very well, but still, he executed perfectly – this was an AMAZING effort from the Swede, and if he can keep it up he’ll be in the finals face to face with Nadal on Chatrier again – wouldn’t that be a fun final?

  1159. Rob York on June 2nd, 2010 1:05 am

    He is quite the competitor, obviously. It also doesn’t hurt that he looks terribly menacing when he’s celebrating, as your photo demonstrates.

    Great work, Nima.

  1160. jm on June 2nd, 2010 10:53 am

    Since Federer lost in the Quarter finals, there has been a ton of buzz in the media about the streak coming to an end: 23 straight grand slam semi finals is outstanding (the last time he lost before the semi-finals Shaq was still playing for the Lakers).

    -Breaking down the streak further: of those 23 semi finals, 20 of them were finals. I always think that calling it a “semi- final streak” cheapens it because it is neglecting that he usually won the tournament or at lest got to the finals

    -during the streak, Federer made it to 10 consecutive grand slam finals. He then lost in the semi finals of the 08 Australian open (with mono, but still a loss) and then made it to 8 straight grand slam finals. That is 18 of 19 grand slam finals.

    -To put this in perspective, look at the Sampras and Nadal, the second and third best players of the past 20 years behind Federer:
    -Nadal’s longest grand slam semi-finals streak? 5
    -Nadal’s longest grand slam finals streak? 2
    -Sampras’ longest grand slam semi finals streak? 3
    -Sampras’ longest grand slam final streak? 3

    The consistency shown by Federer will never be duplicated. He is the greatest athlete we will ever see.

  1161. The Fan Child on June 2nd, 2010 10:24 pm

    Novak has lost the closer mentality – he needs to get it back…

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  1163. Denise on June 3rd, 2010 5:32 pm

    Tennis is never as exciting without Mr. Roger Federer. He has always taken the game to a higher level. Without him — it’s al ittle flat. Still fun to watch, but not exciting.

  1164. Emma on June 4th, 2010 7:22 pm

    This is such an interesting final, so much of it is mental. I’m pulling for Robin but can still imagine Rafa handing out a revenge-beatdown. We shall see…

  1165. mostafa on June 4th, 2010 7:37 pm

    nima is roger fan

  1166. Sofie on June 4th, 2010 11:56 pm

    I am so disappointed..

  1167. Nima Naderi on June 5th, 2010 12:17 am

    Just to clarify: I am not a Roger fan (don’t have anything against Federer), and no need to be disappointed.

  1168. jm on June 5th, 2010 12:21 am

    GREAT analysis…especially the part on Rafa’s exposed forehand, very true. I always think you have major Nadal bias so I was happy to see you picked the Sod. The only thing I disagree with is the part about this final proving anything about last year. If Rafa wins, it does not mean his knees were hurt last year. If Soderling wins, it does not validate his win from a year ago. Last year the better player won on that day, and the better player will win on Sunday.
    If there is any rain, Sod wins. Sunshine and Rafa is #1, and Fed is stuck 1 week behind Pete!

  1169. mostafa on June 5th, 2010 10:33 am

    In their last match in the abu dhabi exhibition 2010 on hard courts nadal won from soderling which shows he had figured a way to defeat him plus nadal is in hot form so i pick nadal in straights or in four , nima’s pick was based on the last year’s match and nadal being defensive . that is my humble opinion.

  1170. Rob York on June 5th, 2010 10:54 am

    Nothing in your track record suggests that you favor Roger or Rafa, so it’s pretty absurd to see people saying that about you. This pick does come as a surprise from you, though. I’m going the other way, well reasoned as your view may be.

  1171. mostafa on June 5th, 2010 11:20 am

    I said the comment of nima is roger fan because i wanted to see if i can add a comment so wanted to write anything, sorry for that comment, my second comment is good.

  1172. Milla_RafaKAD on June 5th, 2010 1:09 pm

    Another awesome preview Nima, but I’m going with Rafa in 4. Vamos!

  1173. Alex on June 5th, 2010 9:34 pm

    Soderling is awful confident right now, and knowing that he has what it takes to knock off Rafa I think helps the confidence of Soderling, but also hurts the confidence of Nadal.

  1174. alex on June 6th, 2010 12:54 pm

    last year Sod kicked out Nadal and lost to Fed in the final …………..

    this year Sod kicked out Federer and lost to Rafa in the final…………..

    in order to win GS with these two in draw you need one of them to be injured (or ill) :
    Djokovic -Fed mono&back problem
    DelPo -Rafa knee injury

  1175. Milla_RafaKAD on June 6th, 2010 3:29 pm

    LOL how did I miss JMac’s comments?
    Well written Nima, looking forward to the Podcast!

    Vamos Rafa~

  1176. Rob York on June 6th, 2010 9:08 pm

    The King is back. Long live the King.

  1177. Alex on June 7th, 2010 1:41 pm

    I’m glad you guys mentioned it, because I was watching the finals, asking myself why Soderling never hits a slice, drop shot, or tries to mix in any sort of variety into his game. I still think Federer is the clear favourite to win Wimbledon, as it is his best tournament and surface, whereas the French Open is the opposite.

  1178. Sofie on June 7th, 2010 9:36 pm

    Summoning the Writing Tennis God’s on this one? ; )

  1179. Sofie on June 7th, 2010 9:47 pm

    Nice article. thanks for the nice words on Rafa!

  1180. Sofie on June 8th, 2010 1:08 am

    Reminiscing, of what use to be.. Just Amazing Writing!

  1181. Ilya on June 10th, 2010 7:04 pm

    Hewitt is simply getting older, and there’s nothing he can do about it. He still moves well, but that just wouldn’t be enough to beat a guy like Del Potro on clay or Soderling on grass. Just think about it for a moment: what was the last tournament Hewitt actually won? I’m not talking about Grand Slams or Masters – just something? He was beaten by Querrey on clay in Houston, no need to say more. It’s such a pity but his time has gone. Just admit it.

  1182. evie on June 11th, 2010 5:09 pm

    On the bright side, he’s played only two fewer matches as Roddick since Miami.

  1183. Tennis Novice on June 12th, 2010 10:58 am

    All the best to Paradorn. He had a nice career. Sounds like he will make a smooth transition from actively playing tennis.

  1184. jm on June 12th, 2010 5:39 pm

    The site has good tennis info but AHHHH the writing is killing me Nima!

    VERB blah blah blah COMMA………….PLAYER blah blah blah.
    VERB blah blah blah COMMA,…………PLAYER blah blah blah.
    VERB blah blah blah COMMA………… PLAYER blah blah blah

    DROPPING the first set in a nail-biting tiebreak, QUERRY captured the first break of the match by either player during the 11th game of the second set.

    USING his blistering serve and improved ground game to fight off the consistency of the German, QUERRY leveled the match at a set a piece before cruising through the third set.

    WINNING 84 percent of the first serve points, QUERRY struck 12 aces during the one hour and 53 minute battle to advance to his fourth final of the year.

    CAPTURING titles in Memphis and Belgrade, QUERRY was also a runner up in Houston.

    REACHING his second career final on grass-courts, QEURRY lost a close match last year to Rajeev Ram at the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Championships in Newport.

    IMPROVING to 24-13 on the year, QUERRY will next face either Feliciano Lopez or Mardy Fish in Sunday’s final.

    SURVIVING 20 aces by his younger opponent, HEWITT required two hours and 24 minutes to record his 16th

    PROVIDING 13 aces of his own, HEWITT won 79 percent of his first serve points, while breaking t

    STRUGGLING with the flat groundstrokes of Petzschner, FEDERER used his soft hands around the net, as well as his pin-point serving to advance to his sixth final in Halle.

    NEEDING 90-minutes to reach his third final of the year, FEDERER will take a 17-7 career head-to-head record against Hewitt into Sunday’s final.

    WINNING 15 matches in a row against the Australian, FEDERER will be the overwhelming favorite to capture his 63rd career title.

    Not DROPPING a set throughout the event thus far, FEDERER will also be vying to win his 30th straight match in Halle.

  1185. jm on June 12th, 2010 5:40 pm

    Good writers MIX IT UP!

  1186. Giselle on June 14th, 2010 8:16 am

    Congrats Nole and Elrich! I loved the final ceremony, you’re cracks!

  1187. Sofie on June 15th, 2010 12:06 am

    This video makes me feel like I wasted my time watching it… =)

  1188. Sofie on June 15th, 2010 12:19 am

    Federer is unable to win in those clinching big moments lately, He’s finding it harder & harder to win matches that he usually would breeze by..I don’t think Fed has another major in him to win & he is def not by any means winning another Wimbledon, hes got diapers to change…vamos rafa!

  1189. Gyerko Szabolcs- Laszlo on June 15th, 2010 4:36 pm

    Very interesting relatation, and I must say that I’m curious how will continue to “flow” Federer’s career

  1190. mostafa on June 15th, 2010 4:52 pm

    what an article ,great nima

  1191. Sofie on June 15th, 2010 7:36 pm

    Nice well written article Nima, I am not a big fan of Fed but whenever i do watch him when he does show emotion it does make me smile.. I would probably enjoy his tennis more if he did show emotion more often. It would make me believe in his perfect lil world there is a real human being in there fighting..

  1192. Mojay on June 16th, 2010 2:33 am

    Brilliant article, and i couldn’t agree more with you.
    I saw Roger practice the day before his semi final with Haas at Wimbledon last year, and it seemed more like an warm-up than a practice session.
    I remember when Ali fought Foreman in Zaire.There was not a lot of training going on with Ali.
    He was doing press conferences daily and visiting the country side and villages,yet all along,and only to his knowledge,he had a plan.a plan how to beat this giant hard hitting Foreman.So he didn’t over complicate his training,he was mentally ready and i think in Rogers legacy this is what he showed be known for.When he wants to win he does, and when he doesn’t he loses.Yes his Head-to-head with Nadal is weaker,but all the players have said that when Roger is on top and decides he wants to beat you,he WILL.so props to the genius for being so relaxed and confident in his game that he doeskin over kill himself,that is why he has had 0 injuries in 7 years!!! So he knows what he is doing.great article.Thank you

  1193. Sport Right Now on June 16th, 2010 2:38 am

    You can see what Fernando and all the other players have to say about the build up to Wimbledon via their twitter accounts on http://tennis.sportrightnow.com

    The cool thing is you don’t have to have a twitter account, or find and follow the players. The site does it all for you, as well as display tweets from the tournaments, journalists, media, and fans.

    If you’re obsessive about tennis, check it out!

  1194. Selena on June 16th, 2010 10:34 am

    “Nadal and Shakira Are Not a Couple”?
    eh hello they are in fact MARRIED.
    jesus, you should do you homework a little better? ;)

  1195. Sport Right Now on June 16th, 2010 1:41 pm

    You can see what all the players have to say about the seedings and build up to Wimbledon via their twitter accounts on http://tennis.sportrightnow.com

    The cool thing is you don’t have to have a twitter account, or find and follow the players. The site does it all for you, as well as display tweets from the tournaments, journalists, media, and fans.

    Your twitter account is in the Blogs section: http://tennis.sportrightnow.com/media/blogs

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  1196. Cyn on June 17th, 2010 9:58 am

    Thank you so very much!!you said it beautifully what I had going through my mind for ages!!

    I hate it when people just read into every single word Roger says!!

  1197. HOlly on June 17th, 2010 10:03 am

    I plan to enjoy tennis in spite of Fed’s continued arrogance.

  1198. al on June 17th, 2010 12:06 pm

    “has not rushed to proclaim his own greatness”

    How long have you been following his pressers?

    There’s not a lot to misconstruct in quotes like “I’ve always been so talented, even as a junior”, “I obviously have more raw talent than him” (about Lleyton Hewitt), “I amaze myself”.

    They are what they are.

    “Devoid of context, these statements sound more than a little arrogant. In fact, context included, they may still meet the literal definition of the term.”

    There you go. The intent of a person to be or not to be arrogant is irrelevant (and unknown to anyone but themselves, by the way, writers spin and project, condemning or excusing – like you do in this article). What matters is what was ACTUALLY said.

    “Or, we can just enjoy the tennis.”

    I do. That doesn’t blind me for smug, twat behavior. Particularly by repeat offenders who are rarely called on it (“s/he’s just being honest!”). Particularly when they aren’t even being egged on by evil journalist trying to make them say bad things.

  1199. alex on June 17th, 2010 1:48 pm

    Football !!!

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  1200. Keith on June 17th, 2010 1:52 pm

    What bothers me with Federer is not his obvious arrogance (that sense of entitlement and belittling of others), but his vanity. He never misses the opportunity to toot his own horn. Without being asked, he always reminds everyone of his achievements. He uses expressions as “amazing” and “fantastic” for his own play. He even plays with vanity, pulling shots unnecessarily cute, which sometimes leads to loss of concentration and loss of matches.

    In short, arrogance might be understood in such a multiple champion; vanity is laughable and contemptible.

  1201. Brodie on June 17th, 2010 10:48 pm

    This article really upsets me. You give evidence as to why he’s a “nice guy”and then evidence to his arrogance and say “I cringed both times, not because I was offended, but because I knew that somebody out there [would be]“. So just because you’re not offended, and someone else is, means he’s not arrogant? That’s how it works?

    You then go on to rip what I believe is a great blogger, Chris Chase (bloggers talk about EVERYTHING, not just what happens on court) and then basically make the excuse “stop paying attention to what he says and just watch the tennis”.

    Not only did you fail to disprove or defend any sort of “lack of arrogance” but you ripped on someone else and basically told people to just look the other way and get over themselves.

    I’m not saying that people shouldn’t be a fan of him, or that he is or isn’t arrogant. It’s the actual lack of evidence or thoughtful writing combined with full out attacks on someone whose very job is to write about the things you tell people to ignore.

    Now that’s arrogant.

  1202. Sofie on June 18th, 2010 10:54 am

    I must say that good writing does provoke strong feelings.. =)

  1203. The Fan Child on June 18th, 2010 2:37 pm

    I always wonder if Fed goes somewhere private to do the really hard sweaty work. He surely must do it somewhere, right?

  1204. mostafa on June 18th, 2010 9:52 pm

    I AM OUT OF WORDS FOR NIMA, SUCH A GREAT ANALYSIST

  1205. anand on June 19th, 2010 4:07 am

    yes great analasis nima , nadal will win this year wimbledon by beating federer and cementing his place in history as a conquerer of greatest tennis player of all time federer. vamos Rafa …

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  1209. eric on June 21st, 2010 7:17 pm

    “Federer and a handfull of the power-hitting men”

    That is a misconception – Federer is NOT a power hitter. He’s a counterpuncher depending more and more on his serve. And today, his serve almost completely deserted him. He double faulted like nobody’s business. Nothing to do with supposedly slower down surface.

    BTW, it is common knowledge that Wimbledon slowed down its surface (changed grass to 100% rye and made ground harder) way back in 2001, after those boring serve-fests almost drove public away. And Federer started winning at Wimbledon only afterwards, mind you.

  1210. Alex on June 22nd, 2010 12:02 pm

    Gilles Simon still plays tennis? All he does is run a marathon on the tennis court as he pushes the ball back everytime. It’s no wonder he has knee problems now.

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    Love the tennis clothing range!
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  1213. eric on June 24th, 2010 4:54 pm

    “The Queen of England made her first appearance at The Championships in 33 years, …”

    Elizabeth II is the Queen of the United Kingdom or Great Britain (consisting of England, Scotland, Wales, Northen Ireland), not the Queen of England.

    It would be as saying that Obama is the President of Alaska.

  1214. Nima Naderi on June 24th, 2010 9:13 pm

    Thanks for the correction, Eric. Missed that one. I made the adjustment.

  1215. Sunny on June 25th, 2010 2:20 am

    Yes, Mahut is a true hero!

  1216. SALLY sHEPHERD on June 25th, 2010 3:26 am

    Please quiten John Mcenroe down,he monopolises all interviews.

  1217. SALLY sHEPHERD on June 25th, 2010 3:29 am

    Please quieten John Mcenroe down he monopolises all interviews and is pompous.

  1218. sabah on June 26th, 2010 5:16 am

    Mahut is incredible, the photo op after the match seemed tacky and to have mahut on court 18 for doubles the same day was in bad taste too. But at least hes won the support of people all around the world. Absolute legend!

  1219. Jo on June 26th, 2010 5:12 pm

    I hope you shut up about Gilles Simon. I get that you hate him and give him no respect. Then stop talking about him if you don’t have good things to say. The slump that you are referring to that he’s in, it’s also called injury. He’s out 4 out of the past 5.5 months this year due to that, and missed 2 slams, resuming competition just last week at Eastbourne. If you are aware of that fact, perhaps you would have pointed that out too? No, you rather make it sounds like he’s not good enough.

  1220. Grace on June 26th, 2010 5:52 pm

    Really poor from Petzschner. Any fool could tell his movement wasn’t up to scratch. Nothing worse than a sore loser.

  1221. sam on June 27th, 2010 4:14 pm

    Really great! Expecting more blogs like this.

  1222. khan on June 27th, 2010 5:11 pm

    that was great prediction…its seems se b so true until now..
    well done.great job! hats off cheers:)

  1223. mostafa on July 2nd, 2010 6:46 pm

    analysis is great but hte picks are just out of this world

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  1225. The Fan Child on July 7th, 2010 2:04 pm

    Bad news for Jo-Wilfried – I hope he can make the U.S. Open.

  1226. Giselle on July 8th, 2010 6:34 am

    Go Novak!

  1227. Jake Willens on July 10th, 2010 9:14 pm

    I like Sod to take this one easy!

  1228. Jake Willens on July 10th, 2010 9:15 pm

    I think he CAN win, but I like Murray to actually win!

  1229. Jake Willens on July 10th, 2010 9:16 pm

    I think men’s doubles dies once the Bryan twins retire!

  1230. Jake Willens on July 10th, 2010 9:17 pm

    I think Fed never wins a major again!

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  1232. Tracy on July 11th, 2010 12:05 pm

    Great! Thanks…

  1233. Nina on July 11th, 2010 8:45 pm

    I don’t agree with your appreciation of Djokovic. He played some awesome matches but he was really nervous against Berdych and played one of his worst matches in the semis unfortunately (even though he displayed “the best defense tennis seen in Wimbledon history” according to McEnroe). He has won Berdych twice before, but obviously ‘birdman’ for on fire and Novak is still struggling with some issues, like his serving foes and lack of confidence. But he’s a true fighter, he has shown that in many matches. Don’t take this match as a standalone, it’s not fair. He broke down in the third set, he had nothing left in the tank.

  1234. Una on July 11th, 2010 9:51 pm

    Bravo za Rafu!!!Cestitke Spaniji zasluzena pobeda!!!

  1235. Jake Willens on July 11th, 2010 10:51 pm

    Fish is going to be super scary this hard court season and will upset someone at the open!

  1236. Jake Willens on July 11th, 2010 10:53 pm

    I wish Nalbo had lived up to his potential and reached # 1 in the world!

  1237. Jake Willens on July 11th, 2010 10:55 pm

    I don’t think Roger ever wins another major– you?

  1238. rafa fan on July 13th, 2010 5:25 am

    rafa you are the 2010 us open champion.go rafa……………………..
    i love you

  1239. Jake Willens on July 13th, 2010 12:02 pm

    I for one love Hewitt’s come one and miss it!

  1240. Anna K. on July 13th, 2010 12:13 pm

    Anna Kornikova is awesome.

  1241. Anna K. on July 13th, 2010 12:14 pm

    Simply awesome.

  1242. Tyler on July 14th, 2010 3:07 pm

    Probably a good idea for the big man, especially since he’s been sitting around at home so much from that injury

  1243. Jake Willens on July 14th, 2010 7:48 pm

    That loss was the best thing that ever happened to Mahut’s career!

  1244. Jake Willens on July 14th, 2010 7:50 pm

    Rafa deserves the award this year!

  1245. Pacman on July 15th, 2010 6:00 am

    With the recent wins and records Rafa accomplished, he deserves more than one award. VAMOS RAFA!!

  1246. Jake Willens on July 15th, 2010 11:27 am

    I am very interested to see how he is when he comes back– that is going to be tough to get back to the top 5 for him!

  1247. Jake Willens on July 15th, 2010 11:28 am

    I think Ferrer is the third best competitor in all of men’s tennis!

  1248. Jake Willens on July 15th, 2010 11:28 am

    I am interested to see how high Q can get– I say just outside of the top 10.

  1249. Jake Willens on July 20th, 2010 12:50 pm

    DavyD seriously needs a change because his career is going the wrong way!

  1250. Scott on July 20th, 2010 1:31 pm

    Is there any truth in what Channel 9 say about ratings? Or is it more a case that they’re struggling to make big sporting events pay, given the decline in TV advertising?

  1251. Jake Willens on July 21st, 2010 2:04 pm

    I am so sick so James Blake and his wasted talent because he can’t compete.

  1252. Jake Willens on July 21st, 2010 2:06 pm

    MOntanes is an absolute animal on the dirt.

  1253. Jake Willens on July 21st, 2010 2:06 pm

    Robredo is moving the wrong way in his career.

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    Good shout by Federer. He needs to do something, as he seems to have reached a plateau. Having just read Pete Sampras’ autobiog, he really had lots of positives to say on Annacone’s strategic thinking and 1:1 communication. El Fed needs a shake up- and that’s coming from a Rafa fan.

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  1259. Jake Willens on July 29th, 2010 2:33 pm

    I think doubles dies once they retire. Sad.

  1260. Gabashvili Changes His First Name : Tennis Connected « Tennis Networking on July 29th, 2010 5:38 pm

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  1261. Two Rackets Better Than One? : Tennis Connected « Tennis Networking on July 30th, 2010 1:45 am

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  1262. Cahill to Coach Murray After US Open : Tennis Connected « Tennis Community on July 30th, 2010 8:22 pm

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  1263. Dr. Don R. Mueller on August 1st, 2010 12:07 am

    In addition to http://www.tworacket.com here in America, there is now the Two-Racket Tennis Federation in Moscow Russia and their website:
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  1264. Querrey Wins Fourth Title of 2010 in Los Angeles : Tennis Connected « Tennis Community on August 1st, 2010 9:47 pm

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  1265. US Open Series TV Schedule : Tennis Connected | The Tennis News on August 1st, 2010 11:00 pm

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  1266. Querrey Wins Fourth Title of 2010 in Los Angeles : Tennis Connected | The Tennis News on August 1st, 2010 11:02 pm

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  1267. Aleksis on August 2nd, 2010 8:11 am

    Not the news to make any tennis fan happy, but thanks CNN for
    tfollowing the situation.
    Something useful to fight cancer:

    http://cancertreatmentideas.blogspot.com/2010/08/microbiological-weapons-against-cancer.html

  1268. Alex on August 2nd, 2010 12:30 pm

    Tennis is always much more fun when you’re winning, isn’t it Mr. Querrey?

  1269. kccrush on August 2nd, 2010 11:24 pm

    Isn’t he getting married?

  1270. Nadal News » Blog Archive » RC: Rafa to attend draw on August 3rd, 2010 12:34 pm

    [...] to TennisConnected, Rafa will be participating in the draw ceremony for the Rogers Cup on Friday. // « [...]

  1271. Anonymous on August 3rd, 2010 2:02 pm

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  1272. Alex on August 4th, 2010 5:58 pm

    Dancevic usually gives us a good show (e.g. Nadal in ‘07, Djokovic in ‘08) so I’m intrigued to see how his tournament will go. Raonic should have beaten Fernando Gonzalez last time in Toronto, so perhaps he could win a match or two, depending on how the draw shakes up. Expectations are pretty low for the other 2, although Tennis Canada does a good job of getting people to buy into all their hype about Canadian tennis players.

  1273. patzin on August 5th, 2010 2:02 pm

    Love that pic of Rafa and Nole. Brings back memories of HFH Oz version. Great time was had by all. Loved it.

  1274. A_gallivant on August 7th, 2010 9:27 am

    Meh,maybe Berdych will bring his A game next week but from what I saw at Legg, I would be surprised to see him as a semi-finalist.

  1275. Jake Willens on August 7th, 2010 5:32 pm

    I hate when guys make excuses like this. Wake up early and get ready!

  1276. Jake Willens on August 7th, 2010 5:33 pm

    I think if Nalbo has enough in the tank, he beats Cilic. He may be too tired and fat, though.

  1277. Jake Willens on August 7th, 2010 5:35 pm

    The #1 ranking is NOT up for grabs for a while, unless Rafa gets hurt again.

  1278. Nadal News » Blog Archive » RC: More draw stuff on August 7th, 2010 5:39 pm

    [...] Rogers Cup: Draw Preview and Analysis [...]

  1279. bibi on August 8th, 2010 2:52 pm

    Thank you! Beautiful pics.

  1280. Jake Willens on August 8th, 2010 10:45 pm

    I want to see Nalbo do some damage here as well!!!!

  1281. Aaron on August 9th, 2010 4:15 pm

    Nalbo will drop first round to Ferrer. I’d bet $1000 on it.

  1282. Rogers Cup: Roger Federer Pre-Tournament Press Conference : Tennis … « Tennis Community on August 9th, 2010 8:22 pm

    [...] Visit link: Rogers Cup: Roger Federer Pre-Tournament Press Conference : Tennis … [...]

  1283. My Tennis Circle » Canadian Bester Earns Big Win In Toronto : Tennis Connected on August 9th, 2010 11:55 pm

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  1284. and so it goes down in history « goats, bulls and ponies on August 10th, 2010 2:39 am

    [...] The GOAT’s pre-tounament presser. And a video of parts of said presser. And [...]

  1285. My Tennis Circle » Rogers Cup: Day 2 Preview : Tennis Connected on August 10th, 2010 12:34 pm

    [...] See the article here: Rogers Cup: Day 2 Preview : Tennis Connected [...]

  1286. Magnum on August 10th, 2010 2:53 pm

    Great interview, My advice to Roger fans is just relax and enjoy the magician till he retires.

  1287. Rogers Cup: Early Day One Results : Tennis Connected « Tennis Community on August 10th, 2010 7:52 pm

    [...] Visit link: Rogers Cup: Early Day One Results : Tennis Connected [...]

  1288. Gene on August 10th, 2010 9:09 pm

    It didn’t rate this year because it came up against World Cup Soccer. Also, the fact that they show completed matches between 10PM and 1AM helped them lose viewers. If they showed more live matches, then more people are likely to watch. Hopefully, Ten’s HD Sport Channel One will broadcast it in 2011 and do it justice.

  1289. Tyler on August 10th, 2010 11:24 pm

    Great read. Always great to hear the players perspective

  1290. My Tennis Circle » Rogers Cup: Roger Federer First-Round Press Conference : Tennis … on August 11th, 2010 1:03 am

    [...] Follow this link: Rogers Cup: Roger Federer First-Round Press Conference : Tennis … [...]

  1291. My Tennis Circle » What Drives Thomas Muster? : Tennis Connected on August 11th, 2010 5:04 am

    [...] See the article here: What Drives Thomas Muster? : Tennis Connected [...]

  1292. john hinman on August 11th, 2010 1:21 pm

    For these players to go out there and play some of these matches for as long as they do, it is amazing the stamina needed to keep chasing that ball up and down the court. After a day on the court they are going to need a Alarm Clock to get them out of bed.

  1293. Bin on August 11th, 2010 3:14 pm
  1294. Local Hopes, O2 Intake, and No Bull for Chardy : Tennis Connected « Tennis Community on August 11th, 2010 11:14 pm

    [...] Read this article: Local Hopes, O2 Intake, and No Bull for Chardy : Tennis Connected [...]

  1295. Nadal News » Blog Archive » RC: 2nd round presser on August 12th, 2010 8:46 am

    [...] by ASAP Sports and found on tennisconnected.com // « RC: 2nd round [...]

  1296. alex on August 12th, 2010 10:30 am

    “A winner on the Canadian hardcourts in 2007, Djokovic appeared uncomfortable the moment he stepped onto the court and eventually summoned for the trainer after going down a break in the second set.”

    djokovic almost every time he is down(in decider set) “calls trainer” aka “taking time out to break opponents rhythm”

    he is doing another similar unfair thing : after loosing set he takes ‘bathroom break” again only purpose of that is to
    break opponents rhythm…….. (he never takes ‘bathroom break” when he is winning)

    these 2 thing he is doing are so obvious and he does them very often ….
    so why ATP don’t do something about it ?

  1297. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer Toronto and Cincinnati Nike Kit … « Tennis Community on August 12th, 2010 2:07 pm

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  1298. Rogers Cup: Finding the Fight; Moving Like a Player; Sod-Off … « Tennis Community on August 12th, 2010 6:24 pm

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  1299. Nadal News » Blog Archive » RC: 3rd round presser on August 13th, 2010 12:42 am

    [...] by ASAP Sports and found on tennisconnected.com // « RC: 3rd round [...]

  1300. jahangir on August 13th, 2010 11:00 am

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    The Cincinnati Masters is an annual outdoor hardcourts tennis event held in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason, Ohio, USA. The event started on September 18, 1899 and is the oldest tennis tournament in the United States played in its original city.1

    The men’s event is one of nine Masters 1000 tournaments on the ATP World Tour. The woman’s event is a $2 million Premier 5 event on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and is the only Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event held in the American Midwest. In 2010, the men’s and woman’s events will be played in back-to-back weeks in August (August 7–22) but in 2011 both tournaments will be played in a single eight-day span. Because of its sponsorship by the Western & Southern Financial Group, the official name of the event is the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters & Women’s Open.

  1301. Rogers Cup: Day Two Results : Tennis Connected « Tennis Community on August 13th, 2010 7:51 pm

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  1302. Nadal Wins First Match Since Wimbledon Against Testy Wawrinka … « Tennis Community on August 13th, 2010 10:44 pm

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  1303. Nadal News » Blog Archive » RC: Post quarterfinal presser on August 14th, 2010 1:19 am

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  1304. Laura on August 14th, 2010 9:09 am

    Go Novak, beat Roger to a pulp!

  1305. Blake to Play New Haven : Tennis Connected « Tennis Community on August 14th, 2010 7:22 pm

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  1306. My Tennis Circle » Cincinnati Masters: Andy Roddick Pre-Tournament Press Conference … on August 14th, 2010 9:49 pm

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  1307. My Tennis Circle » The Flat Factor: Murray Over Nadal : Tennis Connected on August 14th, 2010 9:51 pm

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  1308. Milla_RafaKAD on August 14th, 2010 11:39 pm

    I agree with Rafa, not a bad start to the hard-court season at all. He’ll only get better from here on out. Gotta shake off the rust :D Vamos Rafa!!

  1309. dari on August 15th, 2010 7:40 pm

    Thanks a bunch! What is your source for transcripts so fast?! You’re my go to for the poat-match presses. Thank you!

  1310. G on August 15th, 2010 8:13 pm

    Excellent work Tennis Connected on getting the press conferences up so soon after the matches.

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  1312. My Tennis Circle » The Challenge of a Number: Murray over Federer : Tennis Connected on August 16th, 2010 12:12 am

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  1313. Yana on August 16th, 2010 2:20 pm

    It seems they you always pick Nadal, but I don’t think that he would win against Berdych on the hard court.

  1314. My Tennis Circle » Cincinnati Masters 1000: Draw Preview and Analysis : Tennis Connected on August 16th, 2010 2:58 pm

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  1315. Jake Willens on August 16th, 2010 5:49 pm

    I like Murray to win this thing too!

  1316. Bin on August 16th, 2010 8:29 pm
  1317. Giselle on August 18th, 2010 4:52 am

    Great interview, thanks!
    I like the positive attitude in Novak, he’s always very articulate and confident in his pressers. Charismatic.

  1318. eric on August 18th, 2010 10:26 am

    “Well, we’ll see at the end of my career. We’ll then put a line under it and see what I’ve achieved and what not. I never put a number out there that I have to achieve, otherwise it’s a failure. So I’m all relaxed here.”

    His agent or his wife obviously pointed out how he had previously painted himself into the corner with 20 slams being the plan, so now he’s backtracking. Furiously. While being all relaxed.

  1319. jeanie mceachern on August 18th, 2010 2:20 pm

    alex and roger, your ‘en découdre’ remarks pilloring rafa, pamela, and nima are operose and enmity-inducing. your high-dudgeon venting does not promote anacrustic dialogue. i detect a frisson of male hubris, jealousy, and unwarrented dyspepsia. please endeavour to comply w/ more acceptable protocols of diplomacy in the interest of consuetude among bloggers.

  1320. Alex on August 18th, 2010 5:08 pm

    It’s funny how much confidence he has that he’ll hit this tiny target, with the consequences of a miss being so high, but during a match, he hits his exact spots less than 75% with much less at stake.

  1321. Mark on August 18th, 2010 5:18 pm

    I agree, with the Federer of old, he could hit the lines when it really mattered, if he misses by six inches the guy has a broken nose, same on the court, if he misses by 6 inches he loses the point. I think the video is real cause if you can win 16 slams you can hit a bottle off of a guys head:)

  1322. Alex on August 18th, 2010 7:38 pm

    I would respond to that, except that I honestly have no idea what most of those words mean. The one part that I do understand, I will respond to: I’m not jealous of Nadal. In fact, I am a huge fan of Federer, whose accomplishments in this sport are parallel to nobody, including Rafa. I never said anything about him as a tennis player. I was simply stating that it is unfair to make such concrete conclusions about one’s character, without ever having met them, a statement which I still stand by. Other than that, I really don’t know what you said, sorry. Oh and last thing, how can you be so sure that I have a “male hubris, jealousy, and unwarrented dyspepsia”? Is Alex not a name that can be used by a male or female? And I have had the honour of meeting, conversing, and playing tennis with Nima several times. My comments were, in no way, directed at him, and in no way did I make any offensive remarks towards him. Perhaps it is you who needs to think more deeply about things. Have a nice day!

  1323. My Tennis Circle » Cincinnati Masters: Novak Djokovic Second-Round Press Conference … on August 18th, 2010 10:07 pm

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  1324. My Tennis Circle » Cincinnati Masters: Roger Federer Second Round Press Conference … on August 19th, 2010 1:59 am

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  1325. Del Potro Practicing Without Pain : Tennis Connected « Follow Tennis on August 19th, 2010 10:26 am

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  1326. Milla_RafaKAD on August 19th, 2010 2:26 pm

    Best video since the Nike World Cup Ad. :D VAMOS

  1327. My Tennis Circle » Cincinnati Masters: Order of Play for August 20, 2010 : Tennis … on August 19th, 2010 11:36 pm

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  1328. Cincinnati Masters: Rafael Nadal Third Round Press Conference … « Tennis Community on August 20th, 2010 3:42 am

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  1329. Giselle on August 20th, 2010 5:49 am

    Lack of professionalism? last time I checked Federer was a tennis star not an actor. The video is hilarious and sweet, it’s so refreshing to see these two champions share a laugh. Roger’s giggling was infectious, I loved it.

  1330. Harris on August 20th, 2010 6:56 am

    The female player from Australia should be Jelena Dokic. It will be graet to see two great players (Dokic and Hewitt) playing together.

  1331. My Tennis Circle » Verdasco GQ Photo Shoot Pictures : Tennis Connected on August 20th, 2010 2:38 pm

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  1332. My Tennis Circle » Cincinnati Masters: Roger Federer Quarterfinal Press Conference … on August 20th, 2010 10:35 pm

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  1333. Nima Naderi on August 21st, 2010 9:32 am

    Thanks for the kind words, Alex. You rock mate. Hope all is well.

    Nima

  1334. Cincinnati Masters: Day 5 Photo Gallery : Tennis Connected « Tennis Community on August 21st, 2010 12:11 pm

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  1336. sudev on August 22nd, 2010 9:39 pm

    well done roger

  1337. balen travis on August 23rd, 2010 8:43 am

    Ajustado y estupendo comentario. Saludos

  1338. G on August 23rd, 2010 11:57 am

    Excellent work once again. Thanks for the speedy interviews.

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  1340. Nadal News » Blog Archive » RC: Post semifinal presser on August 24th, 2010 8:17 pm

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  1341. Denise on August 25th, 2010 12:25 am

    If anybody can turn their poor game around heading into the one GS to evade him it is the supreme athlete Rafael Nadal. He has the will, desire, fitness and incredible talent to win. What’s more he deserves this win because he gives a million percent on the court and off. Vamos Rafa! Your legions of fans world-wide are behind you.

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  1344. Marisol Mara on August 26th, 2010 5:11 pm

    Great video and worth watching so you can slo-mo and learn mo all at the same time!

  1345. My Tennis Circle » NIKE Primetime Knockout Event Photos : Tennis Connected on August 27th, 2010 7:12 am

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  1346. Giselle on August 27th, 2010 8:15 am

    The draw is so favorable to both Nadal and Federer that it’s almost ridiculous. Novak has probable the hardest draw in ages, poor boy.

  1347. Giselle on August 27th, 2010 10:12 am

    Novak is a star, great video!

  1348. alex on August 28th, 2010 8:57 am

    thanks
    video is gone from sh&ttube….
    so i had to do some searching:

    http://www.clarin.com/deportes/tenis/Federer-Nadal-pura-risa_0_322767948.html#nav-sociedad_videos

  1349. K on August 29th, 2010 6:07 pm

    Appreciate the analysis, Nima – I come at it more from hopes than informed analysis, but my pick for the men is Federer too. Glad for the intersection!

  1350. K on August 29th, 2010 6:35 pm

    I’m totally with you on your men’s pick, Nima!

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  1352. Chloe on August 30th, 2010 10:59 am

    I have mixed feelings about this one. It both excites and worries me. I’d been looking forward to seeing Isner play in the US Open but I’m worried that he’s forcing himself to do something that his ankle isn’t ready for yet. I want to see him succeed in this tournament and I want to watch him rise to the top for years to come. I’m afraid that if his ankle isn’t fit for this, then he’ll end up making it worse and will be sitting on the sidelines for longer. I sure hope he experienced a miracle and that his ankle is just as fit for this as his body and mind are. I just don’t want to see him hurt himself, but other wise: GO ISNER!!!

  1353. US Open: Day 1 Highlights | The Tencap Tennis Blog on August 30th, 2010 11:36 pm

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  1354. Nadal News » Blog Archive » USO: First round presser on September 1st, 2010 1:31 am

    [...] presser via Tennis Connected: Q. Do you prefer to have a night like tonight to start a tournament: a very difficult match to get [...]

  1355. Jainey on September 1st, 2010 4:43 pm

    Just heard that John Isner will be giving away free US Open tickets tomorrow at Duane Reade in Union square! Vita Coco is sponsoring it. So excited!

  1356. John D on September 2nd, 2010 4:32 pm

    How is the draw determined in US open tennis???
    Is my question
    .
    Your writeup has the wrong opponents facing both Nadal & Federer.

    Seems each year Nadal gets tough opponents while Federer gets push overs.
    Nadel faces 2 tough big Russians in his first 2 rounds while Federer faces oponents who can hardly return more than 3 hits.

  1357. Giselle on September 2nd, 2010 6:22 pm

    This guy is too funny and cute. He has the most charming personality in tennis and he’s just very lovable. He’s not the infamous Djoker for nothing.

  1358. Giselle on September 2nd, 2010 6:38 pm

    A little harsh on Djokovic there, don’t you think? Saying he hasn’t done anything since he won the AO three years ago? That’s a lot of crap and very bad journalism. The guy is not nº3 for three years for no reason, something good he must have done. And yes, he can’t handle the heat and his problems are legitimate, don’t make fun of it. These are not theatrics. I’ve seen him struggling and fainting even when he was two sets up and lose his lead because of his troubles with the heat, so don’t invent things. Last year he was beating Tsonga’s ass at the AO and lost because he had nauseas and vomit. Well, he was winning that match and he lost it after that. He’s not making excuses, you clearly are biased against him. A little weird that he was losing two sets down against Troicky when it was inhumanly hot on court and when the shade came in he started winning all the points and moving well again. Djokovic is a very different player under the sun and out of it. His match against Federer in Toronto during the night was very very close, Roger was lucky he won. Novak was hitting very clean, winning all the points from the baseline, making Roger look bad. He was playing like he did in 2007. So don’t talk crap about him not competing well against the Top 1 and 2. Probably you don’t remember either when he crushed Nadal last year in two different matches in Paris and London. Or when he beat Federer in Basel last year at his home tournament? Get your facts right!!

  1359. Nima Naderi on September 2nd, 2010 10:12 pm

    John my friend, you are reading last year’s US Open preview.

  1360. A_Gallivant on September 3rd, 2010 1:08 am

    It was so wonderful to see Blake playing well. Some of those backhand winners were like the Blake of old. He’s so beloved; I’m happy he ended up with that WC!

  1361. Nima Naderi on September 3rd, 2010 1:16 am

    John: The US Open draw is determined by taking player’s names out of a cup.

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  1366. bibi on September 4th, 2010 6:13 pm

    “Well, Toni arrives and everything under control. (eyebrows up)”

    “Everybody talks about Wimbledon is very slow. Maybe because I won two times. (Smiling.)”

    Cheeky Rafa.

    In his other answers, a thoughtful, realistic and articulate Rafa. Maturing Rafa.

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    HARTMUT HESSE

    Not all of the matches lived up to their expectations on the first “Super Sunday” at the US-Open, but the fans saw some real good tennis and some upsets in the men’s draw.

    The biggest splash was the 4 set win of Stan Wawrinka over Andy Murray, who was the 2nd highest bet for bookmakers to take the title this year. And with Murray going down, we won’t see the much anticipated dream semi-final of the top four players in the world. The Scottish no. 4 seed is out now and this opens the door for a first win at the open for Rafael Nadal. I think Murray was the biggest mountain to climb, if he wanted to take his first US-Open crown and become only the second player after Rod Laver to win 3 consecutive Grand Slam events in one calendar year. A thing that not even the great Federer has done yet! But Murray’s early exit will also bring a new face to a Grand Slam semi final. One of the 4 players left over from the Murray – Berdych section of the draw, Wawrinka, Querrey, Youzhny or Robredo will now go to a maiden Grand Slam semi final. And after Youzhny took out US-boy John Isner in an exciting night session yesterday, the American fans will have to hope for Sam Querrey to be the one to take that spot in the semi final. He beat Almagro in convincing style yesterday and will now take on the second swiss player left in the draw, Stan Wawrinka. For sure this will be a close encounter, since both players will be loaded with confidence. Youzhny will take on Tommy Robredo, who is one of 6 Spanish players among the last 16 men remaining in the draw.
    In the upper section of the top half of the draw, Rafa Nadal had a strong victory over Gilles Simon to join an armada of 3 other Spaniards to contest a semi final spot among them. Even though Gilles Simon was maybe not 100% focused during his match, because his wife had just given birth to their first son back in France and he was eager to get back home and see him for the first time, Nadal still showed a much improved form. He won in straight sets and never looked to be in danger throughout the whole match. He will now take on Feliciano Lopez, who won his match against Stakhovsky, due to a foot-injury the Ukrainian suffered in the second set.
    Another surprise to me was the 4 set win from Fernando Verdasco over david Nalbandian. The serve and the forehand from Verdasco was too much and too good for Nalbandian yesterday. Nalbandian was never able to get into his game and form of the recent hard court events before the Open. But it was more that Verdasco did not allow him to and was able to control most of the points. He will face the 4th Spaniard in this section, David Ferrer, who beat, … you guessed it right… another Spanish player, Gimeno-Traver, to advance to the next round. After he won the first set in a Tie-breaker he had an easy win in 3 sets and will be fresh for the match against Verdasco.
    The development of the upper section of the draw is all playing into the cards of Rafa Nadal. His biggest threats have been Nalbandian and Murray and now they are both out of the tournament. Two players that have beaten him a few times already and know how to handle the pressure playing against him. But now there are only Spaniards left and 4 unexperienced players who never have even reached a semi-final in a Grand Slam event. For me it would be a very big surprise, if he would lose to any of these players and not go to his first US-Open final next Sunday.

    In the women’s matches we saw relatively easy wins for Schiavone, Williams and Clijsters. Ana Ivanovic was not able to continue with her improved form from the first rounds and showed that her slump is not over at all yet. She still struggles with her ball toss on the serve and never found any consistency and confidence in her game. Another disappointing performance for her, and we all have to sit and wonder what will happen to her over the next years.
    Pavyuchenkova had to take a medical timeout against Schiavone, but with the Russians you never know when it is “tactics’ or a real injury, and was chanceless against the Italian Roland Garros Champion. Shahar Peer was fighting like always, but Venus never lost her focus and was just tested in the first set that went to a tie-break. She took the second set 6:3 and will now face Schciavone for a spot in the semi finals.
    The most exciting match was the night session between 2 of the fittest players on the WTA-Tour, Dementieva and Stosur. This was clearly the highlight of the women’s matches yesterday and even though it was not always a great mental performance of the two players, this match had all a night session in New York needs. And it ended not only with a great victory and turnaround from Sam Stosur, but also with a new record for women’s matches at the open. The match finished at 1:43 a.m. in the morning and therefore was the latest finished women’s match at the Open ever. Stosur won it in the third set tie-break after she was down by 0:3 and 3:5 in the set already and fought off 4 match points against her.

    So, we did not see many of the close matches that were expected, but quite some exciting ones and some really good tennis.

    Today there is more good tennis to come and I think this time we will some close matches for sure. Maria Sharapova will take on Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark, who stormed through her first rounds so far. This will not only be a great match-up from the sporty aspect, it will also be the match between Mrs. Russia and Mrs. Denmark, who will fight for the best dresses and style on the court… ;)
    On the men’s side there will be a great match between Mardy Fish and Novak Djokovic, which is also a rematch for the last ATP-1000 event in Cincinnati, wich Fish won against Djokovic. In an all French affair, Gasquet will face Monfils, Soderling will be playing Montanes and the big Fed, who will meet Juergen Melzer from Austria, will also be in action today.

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  1373. Hartmut Hesse on September 8th, 2010 5:03 am

    Best Matchpoint Ever by Fernando Verdasco!

    By

    HARTMUT HESSE

    Not all the internal affairs between two good friends and players from the same country and Davis-Cup teams are always good matches. But this one was! And it was the best match of this years US-Open so far.
    When Fernando Verdasco and David Ferrer met on Louis Armstrong Stadium at 4 p.m. in the afternoon they did not get all the attention form the New York fans right away. But 4 hours and 23 minutes later the stadium was packed with emphatic fans cheering as loud as they possibly could and rising from their seats to give both players a standing ovation for the best match at this US-Open, and maybe for all of 2010 so far.
    It was Fernando Verdasco, who made several comebacks during this encounter between two good friends, and finished the match in a style the tennis world has not seen so far. It was the best and most spectacular matchpoint I have ever seen. It ended the match in the tie-breaker of the fifth set with the score of 7:4 for Verdasco.
    Check out the video to see the whole point at:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEuAyEkRwrM

    But it was not only this match point that put an exclamation mark to this match. The whole match was hard to top in dramatics and shot making. Ferrer tok a 2 set lead which was sealed by a tight tie-breaker in the second set ending at 10:8 for Ferrer. And Ferrer was also up with a break in the fifth set and was leading 4:1 in the tie-breaker of the fifth set. But all that was not enough to beat Fernando Verdasco yesterday. The good looking Spaniard showed unbelievable willpower and never gave up, no matter what score. Especially against a master of footwork and fighting spirit, like David Ferrer, his performance was simply amazing.
    He will be tired but loaded with confidence for his meeting with Rafael Nadal in the Quarterfinal. And the semi-final match against Nadal at the Australian Open 2 years ago, was probably the second best match of his career, even though he lost it.
    Nadal has a great record against Verdasco but he never faced him with this much confidence yet. And with “only” Youzhny or Wawrinka waiting in a potential semi-final, he should not put too much pressure on himself to miss this great opportunity to reach his first US-Open final.
    There are some great matches coming at us at the Open, Federer facing Soderling and Monfils against Djokovic today and tomorrow you should look out for Nadal against Verdasco!

    HARDY HESSE

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  1374. Sprmcandy on September 8th, 2010 10:44 am

    Pretty lady.

  1375. JMAN on September 8th, 2010 10:53 am

    Great, awesome to have a guy like Tommy as a fellow countryman. It would give a real boost to our Davis Cup team if he played.

  1376. ron on September 8th, 2010 3:42 pm

    “But Federer also enjoys playing at night and has a very good record in such sessions”

    Very good. A very good record. He is undefeated at night at the US open.

  1377. Alex on September 8th, 2010 4:12 pm

    The cooler conditions at night should favour Federer significantly. I’d be mildly surprised if Soderling wins more than 1 set tonight.

  1378. Tyler on September 8th, 2010 11:43 pm

    This is a long time coming for the ATP. As much as I don’t want to be away from tennis for two straight months, I understand the importance of the players needing more time to rest and recover after a grueling season. Tennis is, after all, one of the few sports with no REAL off season.

    Really though, players just need to do a better job of scheduling themselves. Just my two cents.

  1379. Kerry Alexander on September 9th, 2010 11:33 am

    We have enjoyed your commentary. What I cannot understand is why the US OPEN puts players thru searing heat, heat exhaustion, winds that push balls, change points. Why not design the playoff location in a venue which designs out the wind, allows the best players to compete and not face heat exhaustion. There, seemingly has been no thought given to blocking out the searing sun, blocking out the game changing wind. This great competition should not be determined by design flaws that cheat the competitors from having the best players win.

  1380. matt on September 9th, 2010 3:24 pm

    The french song that was on during warm ups sounded awesome… does anyone know what it was?

  1381. Tennis Express Stan on September 10th, 2010 3:54 am

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  1382. Hartmut Hesse on September 11th, 2010 7:15 am

    By

    HARTMUT HESSE

    Kim Clijsters played a great match last night against Venus Williams to reach her 3rd consecutive US-Open Final and will meet Vera Zwonarewa tonight to defend last years title.

    After a good match against Sam Stosur, she even raised her level to another gear to beat the only American left in the men’s or women’s draw of the tournament. After losing the first set 4:6 she was able to break Venus in her first service game of the second set. But she was not able to serve out the set and had to go to a tie-breaker to decide the set in her favor with 7:2. The third set was a very close one, as well, but when Venus Williams, also a two time US-Open champion like Clijsters, had to serve at 4:5 to stay in the match, the pressure was to much for Serenas big sister and she was broken by a determined Kim Clijsters. On match point, Clijsters not only showed great tennis, but also big celebration after winning it. It was a great match point and a great match from both players who had to deal with swirling winds throughout the whole match and handled it great.
    Now Kim Clijsters has to be named the clear favorite against the up-coming Russian, who reached this year’s Wimbledon Final already and played also a good match against no. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki to reach the US-Open final.
    The match between the two blonds will take place after the men’s semi finals tonight at 7 p.m. .

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  1383. Hartmut Hesse on September 11th, 2010 9:40 am

    By

    HARTMUT HESSE

    Like always at the US-Open, the two men’s semi finals and the women’s final will be played on Saturday. No. 2 seed Kim Clijsters will take on no. 7 seed Vera Zwonarewa and the top 3 men’s seed, Nadal, Federer and Djokovic will be joined by no. 12 seed Mikahail Yuzhny. No US player on Super Saturday is a big disappointment for the New York fans, but everyone is hoping for the big final between Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal on Sunday.

    It would be the first meeting at the US-Open for the two great rivals and the first overall final for Nadal. On top of that he would have the great opportunity to be the second over all player in history to win 3 consecutive majors in one calendar year, after Rod Laver.
    But before he can think of a final against Federer, he has to overcome the “Youzhny-hurdle” to get there. It sounds not too difficult, but it might be a difficult match for Rafa, because the fearless Russian, has nothing to lose in this match at all. And for Rafa it is the biggest opportunity to make some history. The match-up is a good one for him though, since his heavy top-spin balls is one of the reasons why he seems to dominate the single handed backhand-players at will and also holds a 14-7 record against Federer. And playing right-handed Youzhny today could be the perfect warm up for the possible Federer match tomorrow.
    But Federer has a high road to ride himself, before he can go for a 6th consecutive US-Open title on Sunday. Even though he defeated the same opponent in the semi’s of the past two US-Open already, Djokovic is playing much stronger and solid at this year’s Open. He easily beat Fish and Monfils in 3 sets and looks very ready to give the big Fed a hard time today.
    But no matter what, Nadal and Federer always have to be considered the heavy favorites when they play in the semi final of a Grand Slam. So, it will be exciting and fans will cheer for a dream final on Sunday, 5-time champion Roger against No. 1 Nadal.

    On The women’s side there is a clear favorite, even though Vera Zwonarewa is this year’s Wimbledon finalist and the shooting star of 2010. But 2 time and defending champion Kim Clijsters played better and better in every one of her matches and defeated Sam Stosur and Venus Williams in great fashion. She has the experience and the form to beat the Russian in 2 sets and take her 3rd US-Open crown and another step towards the no. 1 world ranking for the end of the year.

    It will be a great day of tennis, even though many New Yorker will have to put some sad thought in the back of their had today, in order to enjoy only tennis on this September 11th.
    May it be a day of great tennis AND happiness!

    HARDY HESSE

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  1384. Hartmut Hesse on September 12th, 2010 7:27 am

    By

    HARTMUT HESSE

    Roger Federer suffered a really hard loss yesterday against Novak Djokovic and finished the last Grand Slam of the year in the semi finals, a very disappointing end of the Grand Slam season 2010 for him.
    But what might be the end of the Federer reign, might be the start of an even more dominant leader of the pack for the next years to come. Rafael Nadal will not only end this years rankings as No. 1, but he might be the first player in history to have double as many points as the no. 2 player.

    And that shows how much he improved his game over the past years. While Roger Federer was not able to improve his backhand and his return game, Nadal worked with the same intensity on the weaker parts of his game, as he does in every match he plays on tour. He improved his serve speed, his backhand, the depth of his shots and his net game. And most importantly he is playing closer to the baseline which allows him to end the points quicker and make him move less. With his new and more aggressive game style he finishes his opponents faster and saves a lot of energy and therefore has fewer injuries.
    The hard work and the courage to make some changes in his game and with his strings paid off and now he is in the US-Open final for the first time. And I am sure he won’t be there for the last time, if he stays healthy and keeps working on his game like he did. What will happen to Roger Federer remains to be seen and his fans can only hope that he will not blame and injury or illness for his loss, like he did after Wimbledon. If he is not willing to improve and work on his game anymore, he might not win another major. And then I can see Rafael Nadal passing him and winning more than 16 Grand Slams.

    I am sure Nadal will win his 9th Grand Slam title today, even though some stats might indicate a very close match between him and Novak Djokovic. But when it comes to the big matches on the big stage, Rafa was always there and was able to play at his best. But more than that he is able to will his way to success, and that is something that he does better than anybody else. Better than Novak Djokovic, even though Novak is in great form, holds a 7-4 hard court record against Nadal, won the last 3 meetings of the two, has the game-style to beat him on hard courts and should be loaded with confidence after defeating Federer.
    But Nadal will be the fitter player, because he had much more time to recover after his semi-final win over Youzhny and has spent less time on the hard courts of New York so far. On top of that he has some other stats in his favor, that point him out as the favorite in this match. Nadal was broken only twice in more than 90 service games he played at the Open. He had 37 aces to the 22 of Djokovic, had only 11 double faults to Novak’s 24 and saved 88% of the break points against him compared to the 72% of Djokovic. So, he is clearly the better server in this match-up, which hasn’t been the case in the previous meetings. The stats on the return games are almost even. Both players are considered the best return players on the men’s tour and have proven it once more in this tournament.
    But the key to Nadal winning tonight will be his new aggressive game, which makes him less vulnerable to the Djokovic offence. Nadal will not give him the opportunity anymore to take his balls on the rise and hit winners from both wings, because his serve is much better now and he himself takes the balls on the rise and gives Djokovic less time to get in position for winners.
    So, I think we will see the Spaniard taking his first, but for sure not last, US-Open crown today. And this will make him the youngest career grand slam champion (winning all 4 slams) in history and only the second player in history to win 3 slams in a row in the same calendar year (after Laver).
    And hopefully Roger will not quit and come back strong next year to challenge him…

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  1385. boban on September 12th, 2010 9:53 pm

    Djokovic is a best

  1386. Joca on September 14th, 2010 9:49 am

    Wilander also won Majors on clay,grass and hard

  1387. California Employment Lawyer on September 14th, 2010 3:51 pm

    Great game to watch.

  1388. Fresno Divorce Attorney on September 14th, 2010 3:58 pm

    Great game to watch.

  1389. Fresno Divorce Attorney on September 14th, 2010 4:06 pm

    I really enjoy the moment of watching.

  1390. Kristen Stewart Fan on September 14th, 2010 6:31 pm

    I really enjoy the moment of watching.

  1391. bibi on September 14th, 2010 6:33 pm

    “no tears where shed?”

    On the contrary, he wept twice. Once after the match point (see pic above): he was sobbing, with his sides heaving violently – after plopping onto his back, he quickly covered his face with his hands and rolled over to his belly, burrying his head into his arm to hide the fact he was crying.

    The other time was in the last game, at 30 all, when he realized he’s so close – he welled up and barely managed to steel himself to continue.

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  1394. Drew on September 16th, 2010 1:15 pm

    Unfortunately Federer had to enter the hospital again right after the open for another mri on his back (same as wimbledon) and Nadal is a walking pharmacy – we all might be watching him in wheelchair tennis in a few years :(
    http://i56.tinypic.com/iz9lr5.jpg

  1395. Drew on September 16th, 2010 2:04 pm

    Just for your info – the surface is labled as carpet because they lay it down like carpet but its bouncing very high which isnt what one expects from traditional carpet – in the Rezai match Crabass was moon balling and one ball almost bounced over Rezai’s head.
    Looks like our lovely officials have pretty much done away with the quick surfaces of the past.

  1396. Joca on September 16th, 2010 4:31 pm

    He is 460-98 in carrer matches,not 490 :)

  1397. Rio on September 16th, 2010 6:19 pm

    That was taken way before the match though. ;)

    ‘Djokovic was comfortable with himself.’ haha

  1398. Nina on September 16th, 2010 8:47 pm

    Novak, you sexy devil. :)

  1399. jahangir on September 17th, 2010 9:59 am

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  1403. tennis_diva on September 17th, 2010 7:15 pm

    I’m still holding a grudge against Ecuador. :/ :)

  1404. Manu on September 21st, 2010 11:23 pm

    Hey Guys,

    This podcast doesn’t seem to be available on iTunes. After checking everyday since the final and not seeing it up I was afraid you weren’t doing a US Open wrap up!

    Manu

  1405. Joe on September 27th, 2010 2:32 pm

    Country club hacker? “Hackers” play with a lot of margin and loopy topspin. Simon’s technique may be unorthodox, but he is one of the most technically sound players on tour and it enables him to absorb and redirect power so well.

  1406. Monkey on October 1st, 2010 3:15 pm

    Can’t see why they’d want fast to play France – the French are mostly quite happy on that (especially Llodra).

    Besides, Rukort really isn’t that quick, at least not compared to Greenset or recent Gerflor courts.

  1407. eric on October 1st, 2010 6:18 pm

    It’s Martin Damm, not Damn.

  1408. Tim on October 2nd, 2010 11:06 am

    Well of course Nadal’s grunts distract his opponents, they wake sleeping children in other continents! between that, his on court coaching, and grinder style of play, he’s single handedly turning tennis into a sport I dont even want to watch ….

  1409. Kevin on October 2nd, 2010 12:15 pm

    Why loud grunting is allowed, especially when it coincides, or can be mistaken for, the “out” call?

  1410. Russ on October 2nd, 2010 12:58 pm

    Has the work been published?

  1411. Puput on October 2nd, 2010 6:14 pm

    i don’t think Nadal grunt,,,it’s more like “roaring “‘ which is good for tennis,,that shows the passion,excitement ,,and very entertaining,,
    without those ,,,,tennis can be so boring,,right ?

    Every tennis player has their own style to execute their game,,,
    Serena williams grunts ,,but okay ,,right..?

    accept the fact that Rafa Nadal is today best player in the wordl

  1412. Nima Naderi on October 2nd, 2010 7:25 pm

    The work has been posted online by the Public Library of Science.

  1413. Max on October 2nd, 2010 9:02 pm

    Yes well nearly all the players grunt at least a little bit. Nadal is by now means the worst… What about Seles, Sharapova, and the Williams sisters? Besides grunting helps hit the ball up to 5mph faster :-)

  1414. Kevin on October 3rd, 2010 10:54 am

    A fix for this problem is the latest noise-cancelling technology: A tennis ball and some duct tape.

  1415. Kevin on October 3rd, 2010 1:34 pm

    Nima: Please provide link to PLOS article you refer to.

  1416. Joe on October 3rd, 2010 7:44 pm

    This article tested 33 people who watched a TV screen. It has nothing to do with Rafael or his opponents.

    Way to completely twist it around.

  1417. Kevin on October 5th, 2010 4:53 pm

    Baseball players don’t grunt when the hit that homer, Golfers don’t grunt when they hit that 300 yd. drive. Tennis players didn’t used to grunt before the Seles era. Max says you hit the ball faster by grunting. I saw Roddick hit the fastest serve in history without grunting, so that theory is obviously flawed. Occasional “exhale” grunting is understandable, but when it is a player’s trademark, it is designed to distract, and I think shows a lack of sportsmanship.

  1418. Kevin on October 5th, 2010 9:57 pm

    Martina says grunting is a form of cheating.
    http://bit.ly/9LvYSe.
    I’m no expert, just a Tennis Junkie, but I’ll always route for clijsters over sharapova.

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  1420. Fay on October 8th, 2010 5:03 am

    What can one say, he is my favourite player of all time, so much charisma, tenacity AND intensity, he blows me away! God bless you Rafael Nadal and may you continue to shine. Tennis has been so much more exciting with you around!!!

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    Good interview!

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  1424. Kevin on October 12th, 2010 4:34 pm

    Rafa often uses words like “unbelievable” when he is asked about any particular win. Obviously it is not “impossible” , but I would agree that with the parity in the ATP, the task would be formidable. I wouldn’t spend too much time trying to analyze Nadal’s interviews (words), but he sometimes appears to over-compensate with modesty. I don’t think Nadal really thinks it is impossible If you asked Federer the same question, I doubt that he would say the word “impossible.”

  1425. Nip bhuyan on October 13th, 2010 5:59 am

    i dont think it is impossible for nadal… but ofcourse it is a tough task… i wish he stays healthy and continue playing the way he is playing at this moment and win all four slams nxt year.. gd luck nadal…

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  1427. Nadal News » Blog Archive » Shanghai: 2nd round presser on October 13th, 2010 2:00 pm

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  1428. TennisMom on October 13th, 2010 5:38 pm

    This article fails to mention that the Agassi Foundation had to PAY McEnroe to play in this exhibition match for charity. He did not do it out of a generous spirit to help children as this article may lead one to believe.

    Oh, and after the match, McEnroe TRASHED the locker room — he thought Andre should have let him win the match. HA!

  1429. Alex on October 13th, 2010 7:38 pm

    Such a feat may only be accomplished by a player who carefully picks his playing schedule. Physically, Nadal might be able to get the calendar slam, although still improbable. However, if Rafa continues to play the type of schedule he has in the past, winning all 4 majors in the same year would seem “impossible”, especially given his continuous injury problems, particularly with his knees.

  1430. Alex on October 13th, 2010 7:42 pm

    Nima, are you digging the purple shirt? I must say, it’s a nice change from the various shades of blue all the time!

  1431. Nima Naderi on October 13th, 2010 8:06 pm

    Alex: I’m feelin’ the purple mate. Hope all is well chief.

  1432. allen fox on October 14th, 2010 2:13 pm

    What a beautiful article you did on Justin Gimelstob! I’ve known Justin well for over 10 years and you captured him exactly. He is often chastized because he speaks his mind without editing and ruffles some people’s feathers. They don’t realize that if he parses his words he will become like everybody else. He can do what he does because he is tremendously smart and totally honest.. He is one of the few tennis commentators who could do equally well in the major media in a non-tennis situation. Beyond all that, he’s a good guy.
    Allen Fox.

  1433. nike türkiye on October 15th, 2010 7:21 pm

    thank you nice

  1434. dsl on October 16th, 2010 2:05 am

    - If the match goes to a decider, Federer would have probably gone off the boil by then so he’s very unlikely to win.
    - Murray is not winning the tournament.
    Hope this helps.

  1435. alex on October 16th, 2010 10:40 am

    thanks Nima for not picking djokovic !

    i so sick about all this “raving” how good is he….

    please Nima :
    how many wins against top 10 players this year Novak has ?

    yes he did beat Roger on USO, but Roger has lost to Bagdadis, Berdych ( W ), Soderling (RG) & Gulbis (and that clay court specialist in Portugal) this year !!!
    so that is not something totally unexpected

    last year Novak had same (very good) late season as this year ( even won Paris 1000, which he has no chance to do this year)

    he is always strong at the end of year because he is ( as always– again) in top physical form (health problems are there only if he looses, if he wins : no health problems ) and having no GS titles since 2008 he is highly motivated which can not be said for Roger & Nadal who are after all those GS titles during year are very low on motivation & physically spent !

    thanks for your time mate

  1436. Basil Valentine on October 17th, 2010 1:09 pm

    I liked the article about “Shanghai Masters: Finals Preview, Federer vs. Murray.”

  1437. eric on October 18th, 2010 8:44 pm

    It’s not a tennis school/academy – it’s a regular school with some sports facilities, tennis courts among others.

    School will not produce tennis players. It will teach kids English, math and computers, using tennis (with quality equipment, courts and coaches) as a motivator and bonding agent for kids from most deprived different castes, as well as kids with disabilities. School will provide them with medical care, food etc. giving them a better start in life.

    Check out Nadal’s site for details.

  1438. Giselle on October 19th, 2010 6:06 am

    I would vote for Novak too, he is not only rich and sexy but a formidable gifted player. The total package.

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  1440.   Dolgopolov potential Kremlin Cup winner? by The Odds Forum on October 21st, 2010 6:46 am

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  1441. Indoor Sports on October 21st, 2010 9:54 pm

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  1442. Andrew on October 25th, 2010 11:31 am

    all the best to him.

  1443. Pelota Amarilla on October 28th, 2010 1:33 am

    It’s a nice ranking! :-)

    And if you a rafa fan, if you want to have news, if you like to watch pictures, come and join us on :
    http://rn.activeboard.com/

  1444. TennisFan on October 28th, 2010 3:06 pm

    It’s deserved, Rafa is a so charismatic player , with the taste foer hard work !

  1445. Che Blackman on October 28th, 2010 4:35 pm

    this vid was so funny

  1446. four uy on October 29th, 2010 12:05 pm

    i love you daddy i want you to come home for krismass

  1447. Gina on October 31st, 2010 8:46 pm

    LOl Nole, he always steals the show! :)

  1448. kanny ledger on November 4th, 2010 5:24 am

    When are the tickets for the Exhibition MAtches in Abu Dhabi in Dec 10 and Jan 11 ?

  1449. I Castillo on November 5th, 2010 2:03 pm

    Has Nadal withdrawn from the tournament?

  1450. alex on November 7th, 2010 4:32 pm

    “Federer now has one grand slam, one master, one atp 500 and one atp 250 tournament-win this year. One win in each format.”

    and all you can hear/read about Roger these days/year is:” very bad year…….he is done……so old …..anybody can beat him ”

    djokovic has won 2 atp 500 this year

    and all you can hear/read about Djokovic these days/year is:”he is so good…plays amazing tennis….new classic rivalry Rafa vs Nole ……”

  1451. sheila on November 9th, 2010 12:08 am

    hoping hoping hoping roger federer pulls this out. what an opportunity for him to get some ranking points added because of his early departure in 2009. btw, saw federers twin girls @ basel ceremony for first time. they are adorable!!!!

  1452. short balls: dent says farewell to tennis « tennis served fresh on November 9th, 2010 11:57 am

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  1453. Kevin on November 9th, 2010 4:23 pm

    Surprising that Jarkko Nieminen and Andy Roddick have only played once in their ten-year professional run (2010 Rolland Garros)? It will be interesting to see them play on what I’m told is a faster indoor surface than last year’s Paris Masters.

  1454. Kevin on November 9th, 2010 4:32 pm

    BTW, your link to schedule of play is broken. Try: http://bit.ly/dp16oR

  1455. Montasser on November 9th, 2010 11:24 pm

    Please advise, when and where to buy tickets?

  1456. DonIsGood on November 11th, 2010 9:24 am

    The CV of the new coach will need to be good at playing PS3 too…

  1457. Nadal vs Murray Wimbledon 2010 SF Highlights | Live Tennis Video | Best of Tennis on November 11th, 2010 4:37 pm

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  1460. Giselle on November 12th, 2010 6:12 am

    Priceless. :)

  1461. Jonette McMaster on November 12th, 2010 8:31 am

    Could anyone advise me the best way to get tickets for the Barcelona Tennis tournament in 2001? Thank you.

  1462. Soderling cruises to Paris Masters final | Best of Tennis on November 13th, 2010 2:23 pm

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  1463. Isk Youyousova on November 14th, 2010 7:31 pm

    Actually, Davydenko has the best coach sitting on his neck between his ears. He has the experience and the drive to make any corrections to his game from event to event. He knows more about the techniques of tennis than his wife or his brother. Just record his games, sit and actually study his strenghts and weakness, also employing a left handed sparing partner. It’s ALL there DAVYDENKO, just use it. GOOD LUCK, You would be surprised to know how many American fans you have. Here in Los Angeles …” Davydenko For the Ages”, has 213 members

  1464. Nima Naderi on November 14th, 2010 7:41 pm

    Hi Jonette. You can call Grand Slam Tennis Tours at 1 800.289.3333 in the US, or 0800.666.1399 in Spain. Thank you. Enjoy.

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  1466. Sam on November 17th, 2010 4:00 pm

    Classy send-off for a classy player, really enjoyed reading this bro; thanks for that.

    His inside-out forehand was ridiculous:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lzWl1TZQzU

  1467. Kevin on November 18th, 2010 11:02 am

    Nadal’s First match: Andy Roddick on Monday >3PM EST (Tennis Channel). How will skipping the Euro-Indoor affect Rafa? How will the extended stay in Europe affect Andy?

  1468. Nima Naderi on November 18th, 2010 12:46 pm

    I think Nadal will find have a hard time in his first match. He’s been off for quite a bit of time, and Roddick has been serving well. Although Nadal is currently in much better form and that should help him pull it out three sets.

  1469. Kevin on November 18th, 2010 2:25 pm

    AR won their last meeting in Miami. If Andy’s first serve is over 70% then he will shake Rafa’s confidence. Without seeing Rafa play recently, I wouldn’t bet on this one.

  1470. Pedro Liguori on November 18th, 2010 8:53 pm

    Hahahahaha. Besides the suit, look at Ferrer’s size. He is the smallest person on this picture. However, he is a great player, despite heighting only 175cm (don’t know how much feet this is)

  1471. Che Blackman on November 19th, 2010 1:31 pm

    Federer is going to tune Soderling

  1472. Nima Naderi on November 19th, 2010 1:51 pm

    We shall see my friend.

  1473. Alex on November 19th, 2010 2:41 pm

    I’m just waiting for the day when Djokovic comes out wearing in a warmup suit, with a giant picture of his face plastered on the front of his sweater. I hope Ferrer doesn’t beat him to the punch!

  1474. Alex on November 19th, 2010 2:49 pm

    John McEnroe is can provide one with great insight, but also has some John Madden-like tendencies in him. Whatever is most recent in his memory is the greatest of all time, whether he’s talking about a player, a shot, a stroke, or even a slide…

  1475. Nina on November 19th, 2010 10:25 pm

    Where are the images? I can’t see any link to them¿?

  1476. Alex on November 21st, 2010 8:29 pm

    He’s Novak Djokovic, just stay tuned haha

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  1478. temitope Fatai on November 27th, 2010 4:18 am

    I see federer playing Nadal in the Finals

  1479. Che Blackman on November 27th, 2010 7:52 pm

    How many times does fed have to beat somebody you picked lol cant wait for match tmr

  1480. Andrew on November 28th, 2010 6:30 am

    Logically speaking, picking Nadal to win is demonstrating excessive bias and not wanting to acknowledge what is pure facts on the table. Feds hasn’t dropped a set all tournament and has easily beaten all players Nadal has struggled against (Murray and Djokovic) I say Feds in straight sets!

  1481. munks on November 28th, 2010 9:15 am
  1482. Kevin on November 30th, 2010 8:57 am

    Rafa doesn’t have a good poker face, when he steps up to the service line.
    In the third set, when Roger vastly improved his first serve percent to 77%, you could see it in Nadal’s anguished face. “I don’t have the nerve to serve as well.” Result: a 1-6 loss.
    I always thought the best way to play Rafa would be serve and volley, but he showed how well he can pass, or hit those topspin droppers at shoelaces. A great match, by the greatest players. Federer had the mental edge.

  1483. Mostafa on December 1st, 2010 6:50 am

    Fifth Australian Open Title you mean

  1484. alyona on December 3rd, 2010 1:24 pm

    Yeah, I aggre to this. Very good post. Go on?

  1485. Kevin on December 3rd, 2010 2:28 pm

    Llodra should play singles Sunday. If he plays like he did at Paris Masters, this tie is French Toast ;-)

  1486. The Apprenticeship of Federer: Long, Arduous and Fruitful « Sporting Time(s) – Make Time For Sports on December 5th, 2010 9:21 am

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  1488. BOBAN on December 5th, 2010 2:10 pm

    SRBIJA | SRBIJA | SRBIJA | …Serbia is the BEST!

  1489. sureshbavisetti on December 6th, 2010 5:44 am

    hiiiiiiiii fedex i am a big fan of u.

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  1492. Alex on December 6th, 2010 6:21 pm

    It wouldn’t be the first time Serbian fans have ticked some other people off. In fact, come to think of it, some of the Serbian players have ticked some other people off as well. Regardless, it’s nice to see that the players and fans still have a lot of interest in the Davis Cup, and congrats to Serbia for winning it this year!

  1493. HeadRadical.com on December 7th, 2010 3:50 am

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  1494. Giselle on December 7th, 2010 5:43 am

    Congrats to Serbia for a wonderful tournament! And congrats to Nole, my all time hero! Ajde

  1495. Giselle on December 7th, 2010 5:45 am

    I’m not a Serb but I think this victory is outstanding and historical. Congrats to serbia, the whole team, but specially Novak, the true rock behind them. He outclassed Simon and Monfils in this final, showing his outstanding class and tennis. 2011 will be his year, no doubt. Ajde!

  1496. Kevin on December 8th, 2010 11:44 am

    In a storage unit without security or video surveillance?

  1497. Nina on December 8th, 2010 1:13 pm

    He’s really handsome, could be a model.

  1498. Giselle on December 10th, 2010 6:12 am

    You left the USO semis between Djoko and Federer out? OMG.

  1499. Jonathan on December 12th, 2010 3:02 pm

    I’m a fan of Andy’s new clothing. I think fashion and tennis go very well together. It would be nice to have more clothing specific to different players.

  1500. Ethel Juffkins on December 13th, 2010 1:18 am

    He looks great in anything and green is a real cool colour. I wish him the best of tournaments – go Andy go- .

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  1502. Alex on December 16th, 2010 5:30 pm

    This guy is loaded with talent, and it’s just too bad he hasn’t been able to keep his head on straight. It would be shame if he turned into the next Donald Young.

  1503. Tennis Challenge Ladder on December 17th, 2010 10:10 am

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  1504. Amy Bee on December 17th, 2010 4:51 pm

    This is not a recent clip. It’s from 2007. The racket he presents to DJ Bobo is one used to win his 5th Wimbledon final. That’s probably why he looks so relaxed.

  1505. bibi on December 18th, 2010 2:23 am

    “Nadal told the Associated Press”

    Nadal did not tell AP anything. Nadal was on a local radio sports show yesterday night, and they chatted for an hour about all things tennis, few things private and sport in general.

    At one point he was asked to comment about the Contador case, and he briefly said he cannot comment much because he’s not familiar with the case, but he only hopes it will be resolved quickly, because it causes great damage to all sports.

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  1507. Amy Bee on December 22nd, 2010 7:22 pm

    This clip is from BBC’s 2008 Wimbledon coverage, not this year’s.

  1508. Jim Bohnhoff on December 24th, 2010 1:44 am

    Avid fan of Roger Federer

  1509. eric on December 24th, 2010 2:43 pm

    Well, duh! His English is uncertain, therefore his voice and inflexion get uncertain.

    These were a few scripted lines in an ad, but try and listen to his interviews in Spanish. The calm intensity just shines through, even if you don’t understand a word. He’s actually very well spoken and even witty in Spanish.

  1510. jenny domane on December 27th, 2010 6:26 am

    I just heard about you through jenny burnet friend of jose granollers. We have known jose since 1971/2 and are very pleased to learn that his nephew is doing so well with tennis.
    we hope to see him at wimbledon in 2011 jenny and jack

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  1512. William Thompson on December 28th, 2010 1:19 pm

    My goodness, what are athletes going to endorse next, plant food? Too funny. Well, I’m sure he gets his coffee for free.

  1513. Thomas on December 28th, 2010 2:13 pm

    4. Andy Murray – Head Youtek Radical Pro
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    5. Robin Soderling – Head Youtek Radical MP
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    9. Fernando Verdasco – Tecnifibre TFlight 320 VO2 Max racket – unofficial
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  1514. Alex on December 28th, 2010 6:26 pm

    1. Nadal
    2. Federer
    3. Djokovic
    4. Murray
    5. Tsonga
    6. Roddick
    7. Berdych
    8. Verdasco
    9. Cilic
    10. Baghdatis

  1515. Kevin on December 30th, 2010 2:56 pm

    I enjoy Darren’s commentary, but I find Martina Navratilova’s to be most insightful for both Men and Women’s tennis. She can tell it like it really is, and does not have to worry about offending anyone ( ex: “grunting is a form of cheating”). She also has the ability to read the players on the court better than anyone I have seen, and it brings a whole new dimension to the game. Being courtside at a slam with Martina’s commentary in my ear would be the ultimate Tennis experience.

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  1517. Jo-Jo on January 3rd, 2011 4:37 pm

    Vamos Delpo! Can’t wait to see him back in the game.
    I wish him lots of luck.

  1518. alireza najafi on January 4th, 2011 8:30 am

    hi

  1519. jake on January 4th, 2011 12:30 pm

    come on del potro give us all a cheer and go and win the aussie open

    good luck

  1520. Parsa on January 5th, 2011 11:53 am

    Agassi is speaking nothing but the truth about the level of federer and nadal.

  1521. Kim Grisco on January 5th, 2011 5:14 pm

    Congrats on the new line! Looks great!

  1522. rackettec on January 6th, 2011 2:35 am

    Thank you for the response on the correct rackets being used, the general public still are not aware of all the PJ rackets and you really only get to see this if you are at a tournament stringing these frames…

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  1528. Cherry on January 8th, 2011 6:45 am

    Fernando Verdasco is indeed very charming. The way he moves in this commercial seems so natural and effortless, just like when he plays tennis. Overall, it was impressive. http://www.tennisround.com

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  1532. Cherry on January 8th, 2011 6:55 pm

    I couldn’t wait to see who will prevail at the Qatar Open! Both players are very talented. This is absolutely a match worth watching!

  1533. Cherry on January 8th, 2011 6:57 pm

    I hope Juan Carlos Ferrero gets well really soon! It must have been hard for him to withdraw from the competition because of his injuries.

  1534. Moganir on January 9th, 2011 6:32 am

    i’m one of your fun person Mr delpotro i hope you return soon with all your fitness and i hope this year be like the years of 2009

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  1542. Yana on January 10th, 2011 2:27 pm

    Was there any sense in this article if you say that everything you have seen last week is meaningless? Is there something new that you always praise Nadal and always predict him to win – as in London for example? Maybe time to write something more valuable?

  1543. alex on January 10th, 2011 2:34 pm

    hi
    i`m surprised that you`re talking about Soderling & AO and not even mention that Soderling is No4. seed for AO (no Federer in 1/4 as so many times before…)

    in category of “things not mentioned’:

    -another weak Federer year (he only won one 250 title this year)

    - amazing, glorious, supersonic DC win of djokovic

    -troicki proved against Fed in Doha that he is Top 10 material (having 4 match point against Fed speaks a lot)

    ……
    just kidding mate….
    Happy new Year Nima & all the best

  1544. Amy Bee on January 10th, 2011 3:03 pm

    Nima, I didn’t know you were Rafa’s personal physician.

  1545. Nima Naderi on January 10th, 2011 3:25 pm

    @ Yana: The premise for writing this article was to confirm that although I respect the opening events of the season, I don’t believe that they warrant that much credit towards winning the Australian Open.

    As well, if you read my articles on a consistent basis, you will see that I don’t pick Nadal to win every tournament.

    I picked Soderling to win the Paris Masters—he did; I picked Murray to win the Shanghai Masters—he did; I picked Murray to win the USO—he didn’t, and I picked Soderling to win in Cincinnati—he didn’t.

  1546. Tweets that mention Australian Open 2011 Coverage on TSN : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 10th, 2011 3:52 pm

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  1547. Tweets that mention Del Potro Happy About “Beautiful” Return : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 11th, 2011 5:00 am

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  1549. Tweets that mention Australian Open 2011 Live Qualifying Feed : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 11th, 2011 2:55 pm

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  1550. Tweets that mention ATP: The Greats Wiegh in on the Greatest : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 11th, 2011 3:02 pm

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  1551. Tweets that mention Interview With Dr. Allen Fox on his Forthcoming Book: Tennis: Winning the Mental Match : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 11th, 2011 3:07 pm

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  1552. Cherry on January 11th, 2011 5:22 pm

    Sally Peers is just 19 years old but she already has made a name for herself. Congratulations on her Australian Open wildcards! http://www.tennisround.com

  1553. Tweets that mention Australian Open: Djokovic and Murray to Compete in Soccer Match : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 12th, 2011 3:39 am

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  1554. The weekly reading list – 12/01/2011 | Shank Tennis on January 12th, 2011 11:53 am

    [...] Tennis Connected: Dr Allen Fox on his new book “Tennis: Winning the Mental Match” [...]

  1555. Tweets that mention Video: Federer Practicing at Australian Open : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 12th, 2011 1:04 pm

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  1556. Tweets that mention Querrey Admires Dolgopolov’s Potential : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 12th, 2011 1:24 pm

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  1558. Tweets that mention Federer Looks to Help Queensland Flood Victims : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 12th, 2011 1:34 pm

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  1559. Perry on January 12th, 2011 6:59 pm

    Don’t organize anything on Sunday and lose one whole day of practice for everybody, because it’s already a mess with rain predicted for the whole week and everybody vying for one covered court.

    Every player should write a check, it’s much simpler and quicker.

  1560. Tanking Gulbis and the ATP’s credibility deficit | Shank Tennis on January 14th, 2011 1:29 pm

    [...] Schwank was fined $1,000 after losing to Juan-Ignacio Chela in Houston, apparently after a applying a game plan that [...]

  1561. Kevin on January 14th, 2011 8:14 pm

    I have similar picks with Troicki upsetting his countryman. Only difference is that I have Soderling winning it all. I was impressed with his serve & clean winners at Brisbane. It looked like he was ready. We will see if he can stay consistent. He is not my favorite player on tour, but I have a feeling that “Lone Wolf” may take a bite out of this one.
    It is unfortunate that Roddick, Fish and Querry are all piled into Fed’s quarter. This time, I am hoping Fed gets an early exit, (but that is unrealistic).

  1562. Nadal News » Blog Archive » RafaLint: January 14th on January 14th, 2011 11:03 pm

    [...] Tennis Connected’s draw analysis [...]

  1563. Rafa Nadal: “No me veo como favorito” « El Retiro de lml on January 15th, 2011 10:54 am

    [...] de la fiebre que le dejó KO en Qatar ha respondido a las preguntas de la prensa australiana en la entrevista previa a comenzar el Open. El manacorense se ve con fuerzas para hacer un buen torneo, pero ha reconocido que todavía no [...]

  1564. Australian Open 2011 | Jurnal de pariu on January 15th, 2011 3:50 pm

    [...] extrem de bine structurate pe baza tabloului ATP, cu toate informatiile de care aveti nevoie gasiti aici , aici sau [...]

  1565. Australian Open 2011 | Jurnal de pariu on January 15th, 2011 3:51 pm

    [...] Conferinta de presa inainte de AO: Andy Murray [...]

  1566. Australian Open 2011 | Jurnal de pariu on January 15th, 2011 3:51 pm

    [...] Conferinta de presa inainte de AO: Novak Djokovic [...]

  1567. Australian Open 2011 | Jurnal de pariu on January 15th, 2011 3:51 pm

    [...] si analizat extrem de acurat, cu posibile surprize mentionate si multe alte informatii gasiti aici si [...]

  1568. Australian Open 2011 | Jurnal de pariu on January 15th, 2011 3:52 pm

    [...] Conferinta de presa inainte de AO: Rafael Nadal [...]

  1569. Australian Open 2011 | Jurnal de pariu on January 15th, 2011 3:52 pm

    [...] Conferinta de presa inainte de AO: Roger Federer [...]

  1570. Australian Open 2011 | Jurnal de pariu on January 15th, 2011 4:00 pm

    [...] Conferinta de presa inainte de AO: Caroline Wozniacki [...]

  1571. Prove tecniche di collegamento. Gulbis alla Wilson | Le ali della farfalla on January 16th, 2011 4:56 pm

    [...] delle novità del 2011 è che Ernest Gulbis è passato alla Wilson, più precisamente giocherà con una BLX Blade Tour. Ha abbandonato la sua Head. Si vede che in [...]

  1572. Isobel on January 16th, 2011 5:09 pm

    I’m getting more and more pissed off at people calling it the Rafa Slam, as if Serena hadn’t already done not too long ago. Just because he’s a guy doing it doesn’t mean it should supersede her accomplishment!

  1573. Australian Open 2011: Headlining The Rafael Nadal , Roger Federer Rivalry « Sporting Time(s) – Make Time For Sports on January 16th, 2011 9:42 pm

    [...] Australian Open 2011 Men’s Draw Preview and Analysis (tennisconnected.com) [...]

  1574. Alex on January 17th, 2011 12:30 pm

    It’s a good thing Federer won and did so, nicely, because with the Patriots losing to the New York Jets earlier in the day, I was not a very happy camper yesterday.

  1575. Adam W on January 17th, 2011 1:35 pm

    Isobel – I think that is a great point. It would be interesting to know whether the term “Rafa Slam” originated from a reporter/member of the press, or a fan.

  1576. Cherry on January 17th, 2011 4:44 pm

    Federer is a caring dad. He understands that his twins, Charlene Riva and Myla Rose, are still babies and not old enough to play, but it seems he plans to train them early. http://www.tennisround.com

  1577. Giselle on January 17th, 2011 5:06 pm

    Djokovic will win AO2011.

  1578. Ernesto Guevara on January 18th, 2011 11:29 am

    Hewitt has, once again, shown how lowly and immature he can be in the loss – being unable to control his body language throughout the match and in particular after he lost, when he had to pass by Nalbandian to leave the court, without a glance towards the winner. Not to mention a congratulations after such a fight…….. Hewitt really managed to show why, in spite of his quite good skils, he will never be able to enter the hall of respected greats of the game!

  1579. Kevin on January 18th, 2011 12:13 pm

    A Soderling/Murray 1/4 would be epic. The most interesting R2 matches are in Djoker’s quarter.

  1580. Sammy J on January 18th, 2011 5:43 pm

    Golf experienced its own version of this back in 2000-2001 when Tiger Woods won 4 consecutive majors over two seasons. Writers dubbed it the “Tiger Slam”. So this debate is nothing new. Personally I felt in 2001, as I do now with Rafa, that the real achievement is in dominating one’s sport for a sustained period of time. Winning 4 slams in a row, regardless of whether they happen within a single calendar year, is incredible, and worthy of whatever accolades people wish to bestow.

    Ps: this Nalbandian-Hewitt match is fantastic!

  1581. jenny crawford on January 18th, 2011 7:09 pm

    HI Tom

    Your mum sent me your blog site. Loved reading all of this. I’m heading to Melbourne today with Mardi Gooding and Trish Hollow (blasts from the past from Ax T.C!) We have done the Oz Open on and off for 10 years.
    May bump into you somewhere. Will be interested to keep reading your blogs. Last night’s match between little Lleyton and nasty David was a ripper!
    Take care and best wishes…………..Jenny x

  1582. Adam W on January 19th, 2011 1:35 pm

    Sammy J – agreed……especially given the young age at which Nadal has accomplished this. the only thing I wonder is whether he must do it young, as I am not sure his body will hold up.

  1583. George on January 19th, 2011 11:19 pm

    Good Luck Milos in Australia,, Your living the Dream,,

  1584. evie on January 20th, 2011 5:33 am

    Freakishly poised considering this is his first big result in a major. Impressive. He’s got a nice game — though what’s up with his hunched shoulders? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a tennis player with shoulders turned down like that.

    The match against Youz will be one to watch.

  1585. Cherry on January 20th, 2011 5:10 pm

    Nadal is keeping his feet on the ground even though he has achieved so much in his career. It is nice to hear him say good things about his opponent. http://www.tennisround.com

  1586. Tweets that mention AO: Roger Federer Third-Round Press Conference : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 21st, 2011 11:04 am

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  1587. alex on January 21st, 2011 3:41 pm

    Football is reason for European Dominance on Tour ( plus South America( DelPo) …Football is huge there too )

    Fed ,Nadal, Murrey &Djokovic are all into Football ,they have grown up playing football ,kicking ball …..footwork & movement that is the key

    cheers

  1588. Tweets that mention AO: Nadal Overcomes Tomic Challenge : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 22nd, 2011 11:30 am

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  1589. Tweets that mention AO: Bernard Tomic Third-Round Press Conference : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 22nd, 2011 11:35 am

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  1590. Tweets that mention Murray Lends Career Success To Nadal : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 22nd, 2011 12:02 pm

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  1591. Tweets that mention Dolgopolov Credits Medvedev for Current Success; Sizes up Soderling : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 22nd, 2011 12:44 pm

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  1593. Tweets that mention Gasquet to work with Grosjean on Part-time Basis : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 22nd, 2011 4:29 pm

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  1598. Caroline Wozniacki’s kangaroo and Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes Vamos their opponents (Satire) « Sporting Time(s) – Make Time For Sports on January 24th, 2011 10:09 am

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  1599. Tweets that mention AO: Rafael Nadal Fourth-Round Press Conference : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 24th, 2011 12:20 pm

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  1600. Erik G. on January 24th, 2011 4:33 pm

    Nima,

    Great points made about the first week at the AO. With regards to Justine, her “lack of matches in recent months” was due to injury and not from any other off-court obligations. She may be coming back now and though the elbow hopefully will be 100% soon, I feel Henin is missing some of that “mojo” she had in her first career. She could get it back, but I expect most players don’t fear playing her as they once did.

  1601. Cherry on January 24th, 2011 5:03 pm

    I can’t wait for the Nadal-Cilic match! Ferrer will surely have a tough time fighting Nadal or Cilic. http://www.tennisround.com

  1602. carolyne mcmahon on January 24th, 2011 8:59 pm

    how can I purchase photograph/poster of all players who competed in Rally for Relief. Poster advertised for $5 on TV and cannot find website
    Would love to purchase one.
    Always enjoy watching tennis.
    Thank you.
    Regards,
    Carolyne.

  1603. Tweets that mention Video: Nadal and Federer Practice on same Court in Australia : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 24th, 2011 10:12 pm

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  1604. Tweets that mention AO: Order of Play for Wednesday January 26, 2011 : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 25th, 2011 12:55 am

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  1606. Tweets that mention AO: Roger Federer Quarterfinal Press Conference : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 25th, 2011 4:41 am

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  1607. kerri moore on January 25th, 2011 5:38 am

    Is there a dvd of the rally for relief and if so how do I get it.I missed it on tv and have watched some on line,but would like to see it in full if possible.

  1608. Tweets that mention AO: Novak Djokovic Quarterfinal Press Conference : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 25th, 2011 1:11 pm

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  1612. Federer se da un paseo con su amigo Wawrinka para alcanzar las semifinales « El Retiro de lml on January 25th, 2011 6:36 pm

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  1613. Kevin on January 25th, 2011 7:45 pm

    It looked like Stan resigned himself to give Federer a practice session after first set spanking. His body language looked like he checked out. Who knows what was going through his head. When Wawrinka beat Roddick in straight sets, at least Andy’s body language looked like he cared, and Wawrinka sure did pump his fist and scream during that match. Glad that Wawrinka and Soderling are out, they both seem like self-centered babies.

  1614. Alexandr Dolgopolov’s unpredicted run ends predictably: Andy Murray triumphs in four sets (Satire) « Sporting Time(s) – Make Time For Sports on January 26th, 2011 3:54 am

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  1615. Alexandr Dolgopolov’s unpredicted run ends predictably: Andy Murray triumphs in four sets (Satire) « Sporting Time(s) – Make Time For Sports on January 26th, 2011 3:55 am

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  1617. BABILA GODWIN NDASI on January 26th, 2011 8:55 am

    hello
    Kim Clijsters is the best no one will challenge her this year.

  1618. Allan on January 26th, 2011 9:43 am

    Isobel – with all due respect, to win all four in the men’s division is much tougher than in the women’s side. I won’t win friends with this comment, but the lack of depth on the women’s side makes it easier for a woman to win all 4 majors. The fact that Clijsters and Henin can come back out of retirment and return to the top of the rankings is an indictment of the women’s draw. The fact that they play 2 out of 3 sets makes the ordeal less demanding. It is still a great feat, but don’t get so upset when it is suggested that winning 4 on the men’s side is the same as on the women’s. It isn’t. BTW, I love Kim Clijsters – she is great for the sport of tennis and makes a far more valuable contribution to the game than both of the Williams sisters combined.

  1619. Allan on January 26th, 2011 9:44 am

    And, after today, the argument is moot.

  1620. Tweets that mention AO: David Ferrer Quarterfinal Press Conference : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 26th, 2011 12:54 pm

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  1621. Tweets that mention Henin Retires from Tennis, Again : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 26th, 2011 4:52 pm

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  1622. alex on January 26th, 2011 8:47 pm

    hi
    Nadal…..
    to quote you Nima ” Why is he playing “Asian tour ” (ATP Bangkok,ATP Tokyo & Shanghai) after winning US open in 2010 ?”

    in 2009 Federer lost final US O and then skipped going “east”.. sure he lost Basel final & WTF but he was ready for AO 2010 …..

    about SF picks…. hope you are right
    cheers

  1623. Alex on January 26th, 2011 9:13 pm

    The problem for Ferrer in this matchup is that everything he does, Murray does better, and everything he doesn’t do, Murray does. In the other matchup, Djokovic has played very well so far, but if Federer plays like he did against Wawrinka, he Roger should get past Novak without too much trouble. Looks like we could be headed for another Federer/Murray Aussie Open final.

  1624. Rafael Nadal’s shattered dream, Justine Henin’s farewell letter and musing tweets « Sporting Time(s) – Make Time For Sports on January 26th, 2011 11:36 pm

    [...] Henin Retires from Tennis, Again (tennisconnected.com) [...]

  1625. Rafael Nadal’s shattered dream, Justine Henin’s farewell letter and musing tweets « Sporting Time(s) – Make Time For Sports on January 26th, 2011 11:54 pm

    [...] AO: Ferrer Upsets Nadal in Quarterfinals; Murray Fights Past Dolgopolov (tennisconnected.com) [...]

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  1629. Tom Brennan on January 27th, 2011 2:15 pm

    Joker, was on his game today. His fitness looks like he can carry himself to victory in the finals.Just a side note . @Head_Tennis racquet he is playing with seems to have made a difference in his ball striking.

  1630. Cherry on January 27th, 2011 5:04 pm

    It was a sad day for Nadal’s fans. Rafa could have done better if he was not sick and injured. http://www.tennisround.com

  1631. naveen on January 28th, 2011 2:22 am

    dun worry roger , eventhough u loss , take this game as a lesson , ur always my idol

  1632. Tweets that mention AO: Kim Clijsters Pre-Final Press Conference : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 28th, 2011 12:15 pm

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  1634. Tweets that mention AO: Andy Murray Semifinal Press Conference : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 28th, 2011 12:42 pm

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  1635. JET on January 28th, 2011 2:16 pm

    Painful to watch. Those reporters ask the STUPIDEST questions. Talk just to hear themselves.

  1636. Tweets that mention McEnroe Talks Nadal : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 29th, 2011 1:13 am

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  1637. shane west on January 29th, 2011 9:08 am

    Hello na li,
    After watching the final of the australian open 2011,you are one step closer to become china’s first grand slam winner,what does this mean to you and for china and what grand slam is your favourite.

  1638. Tweets that mention AO: Li Na Finals Press Conference : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 29th, 2011 11:13 am

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  1639. Tweets that mention Fragile Rafa Loses Down Under : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 29th, 2011 8:32 pm

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  1640. Tweets that mention Australian Open 2011 Issue 14: 30 January : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 29th, 2011 8:36 pm

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  1641. Tweets that mention Clijsters Wins First Australian Open Title : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 29th, 2011 8:43 pm

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  1642. Tweets that mention View Point: What Happened to Serve-And-Volley Tennis? : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 29th, 2011 8:43 pm

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  1643. Tweets that mention Australian Open 2011 Men’s Finals Preview: Djokovic vs. Murray : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 29th, 2011 10:55 pm

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  1644. Eno on January 30th, 2011 4:30 am

    This article actually reads like a joke. Three things I venture in reponse, even though much of it is screaming out to be torn down and dismantled:
    1) You say that “trailing 2-0 in the first set against David Ferrer I believe his mind (which is one of his greatest strengths – especially when facing a break point) let him dow” – In the 2nd game of the match? Is this the first time Nadal has been broken in his first service game in a match? How come he suddenly broke down in this one? Maybe something else?
    2) At the French Open, after is loss to Soderling, he did not mention injuries or talk about injuries. You should go do your research before you make erroneous conclusions. News about bad news only surfaced way after the loss, and were not mention by Nadal. Here’s a link that perhaps might help: http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2009-05-31/h.php
    3) This writer definitely did not attend or read the press conference after.

    I doubt this writer has ever watched Nadal play. Sounds like an article written by someone who trolls the internet and comes to his own conclusions.

  1645. Tweets that mention AO: Andy Murray Finals Press Conference : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 30th, 2011 11:41 am

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  1646. Dipankar Sinha Mahapatra on January 30th, 2011 12:42 pm

    Roger is always the best.i think he will continue up to 2014 ending with at least 20 grand-slam titles.wishes a happy tennis carrier for Roger.

  1647. Tweets that mention ATP World Tour Draws for Johannesburg, Zagreb and Santiago : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 30th, 2011 1:05 pm

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  1648. Tweets that mention Djokovic Captures Second Australian Open Title Over Murray : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 30th, 2011 1:12 pm

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  1649. Courtney on January 30th, 2011 2:43 pm

    Great Job Andy!! Your the man!!! Just had a bad night, thats all.

  1650. Tweets that mention AO: Novak Djokovic Champions Press Conference : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 30th, 2011 3:58 pm

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  1651. Lili on January 30th, 2011 5:53 pm

    Spot on. I’m extremely tired of excuses, both prior to matches and afterwards. You’d think no one else struggles with niggling injuries. If you’re fit to play, you’re fit to play. Act like someone who received the sportsmanship award. As it is, he can’t stomach losses, and breaks the rules constantly both by time wasting and getting coaching.

  1652. Bryan on January 30th, 2011 6:22 pm

    I might slightly agree with the fact that injury wasn’t the only thing plaguing Nadal in that much, but I think you’re being really silly if you think Nadal losing that 17-min game was what killed him mentally. and that he wasn’t prepared to battle Ferrer, considering what Ferrer is known for and the fact that they’ve played lots in the past.That’s just not the attitude of a professional at all, much less Nadal.

  1653. The Tennis Emporium on January 30th, 2011 8:09 pm

    Shame about Murray today, he just seemed to freeze under the pressure of a Grand Slam final, just like he has done three times now. He has the talent to win but he needs to get past his own head and to do that he needs to accept help. But is he too stubborn to do this?

    Christian
    The Tennis Emporium

  1654. Tweets that mention Wrapping Up the Mayhem in Melbourne : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 30th, 2011 10:42 pm

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  1655. Cherry on January 31st, 2011 5:22 am

    This is probably another surprise for many tennis fans. The crowd favorites like Nadal, Federer and Murray did not win the Australian Open Title this year. Congratulations to Djokovic for winning the title. http://www.tennisround.com

  1656. nadian on January 31st, 2011 5:25 am

    Well, it does sort of refute the premise that his mind let him down, when he was broken at 2-0, if he immediately broke back for 2-1, doesn’t it?

  1657. puput on January 31st, 2011 7:27 am

    This writer ,( i don’t care who they are) is definitely very very low and so so negative minded against the best tennis player ….

    The good thing is , as a tennis fan of nadal and in general,,,i don’t believe at all the content of this article.

    i mean, we’re human, if you’re ill,you’re ill, nadal doesn’t plan to get sick,, may be those u mentioned were just coincident.

    besides,,tennis without the great nadal, would be so boring and “blunt”‘, don’t u think ?

    so lets enjoy tennis in positive way and respect , while we stil can

  1658. Tweets that mention Video: Djokovic vs. Murray Australian Open Finals Highlights : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on January 31st, 2011 9:02 am

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  1659. Amy Bee on January 31st, 2011 4:29 pm

    “eclectic backhand” ??? What does that mean?

  1660. serengetisunset on January 31st, 2011 5:19 pm

    Great article. I grew tired of Nadal’s excuses a while ago and am glad I am not the only one who feels that way.

  1661. John m on January 31st, 2011 5:40 pm

    I am a huge federer fan. This is a terrible tennis article. Rafa is one of the toughest athletes on the planet. He plays a brutal physical game that takes its toll on his body. Questioning his heart and toughness is absurd. Watch 5 of his matches and you will understand why

  1662. Giselle on February 1st, 2011 7:44 am

    Great article!!!

  1663. Tweets that mention Del Potro Down to No. 485 in the World After Loss in Melbourne : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 1st, 2011 1:08 pm

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  1664. Tweets that mention Nadal Suffers Adductor Longus Rupture in Right Leg : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 1st, 2011 1:36 pm

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  1665. Tweets that mention Raonic Defeats World No. 37 Lu to Reach Second-Round in South Africa : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 1st, 2011 2:22 pm

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  1666. Gem on February 2nd, 2011 1:52 am

    Well, somebody got guts. A lot of casual tennis fans have been seeing this act of Nadal played time and again – warrior, when he feels he’s juiced enough to win a match; injured, when he knows he can’t win. Bravo, for hitting the bull’s eye (figuratively and figuratively).

  1667. Vaibhav on February 2nd, 2011 7:13 am

    Mind blowing site……love dis site bcoz i got Nadal’s 2011 calendar for free and other are costing dollars for it…thanks buddy……..cool site…

  1668. The Tennis Emporium on February 2nd, 2011 8:52 pm

    Poor old Lopez, he needs a bit of a tonic it seems.

  1669. eric on February 3rd, 2011 11:34 am

    “Why is it that when Federer loses he never has an injury?”

    Hello? What about his Wimbledon 2010 loss to Berdych? In his post-match presser Federer said his back and leg were injured, and when healthy, he beats “these guys”.

    Michael Emmet is a self-confessed Federer fanatic, not a journalist. Google his articles, particularly the one after his idol lost at Wimbledon 2008.

  1670. Katie on February 3rd, 2011 3:48 pm

    I don’t agree that it was a ’similar Murray’ in the final – he didn’t play anywhere near the level he should and could have. Agree about Djokovic though, he was awesome. Such an improvement from this time last year, hope he can continue at this level for the rest of the season.

  1671. Cherry on February 4th, 2011 9:00 am

    Ivanisevic is still a great tennis player despite losing that match in Croatia. I wish him all the best in his tenns career.
    http://www.tennisround.com

  1672. Tweets that mention Video: Babolat Pure Storm 2011 : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 4th, 2011 10:08 am

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  1673. Tweets that mention Djokovic Pulls out of Rotterdam Event : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 4th, 2011 1:52 pm

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  1674. Tweets that mention Anderson Wins in South Africa; Dodig Prevails in Croatia; Giraldo Moves on in Chile : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 4th, 2011 7:12 pm

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  1675. Tweets that mention NIKE CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 5th, 2011 2:02 am

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  1676. The Next Point » An Ever Expanding Category on February 5th, 2011 5:58 am

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  1677. Esther Ahonen on February 6th, 2011 4:16 am

    I for one will remember Safin as long as I have memory of such things as tennis matches. I miss him very much and do not believe there is anyone who can take his place. I hope he does go on and do something special with the rest of his life. God bless Monsieur Safin and happy trails down the non-tennis paths of life! Thanks for the joy and fun you gave us.

  1678. Cherry on February 6th, 2011 7:52 am

    Congratulations to Anderson, Dodig and Giraldo! Soon, we will have a new SA Tennis Open Champion. http://www.tennisround.com

  1679. Tweets that mention Is Djokovic the Next Sampras? : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 6th, 2011 8:57 pm

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  1680. 3 Screens Strategic Advisors Limited » Blog Archive » 1 Billion Mobile Web Users To Have Access To ATP news and products on February 7th, 2011 4:04 am
  1681. Tweets that mention Nadal Named Laureus Sportsman of Year : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 7th, 2011 1:25 pm

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  1682. Tweets that mention Movers and Shakers: Rising to the Winner’s Circle : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 7th, 2011 4:24 pm

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  1683. Debbie on February 8th, 2011 5:03 am

    What date does the Barcelona start

  1684. Cherry on February 8th, 2011 8:36 am

    Cilic was unlucky in Croatia but got through the first round in Rotterdam. I hope to see him play better as the tournament progresses. http://www.tennisround.com

  1685. alex on February 8th, 2011 11:20 am

    great read….
    “Finding it difficult to find ends meet, ……………. ”
    this is something many tennis players find very familiar
    cheers

  1686. Nima Naderi on February 8th, 2011 1:42 pm

    Debbie: Barcelona starts April 18, 2011.

  1687. Tweets that mention Fernando Verdasco Pre-Tournament SAP Open Press Conference : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 8th, 2011 2:33 pm

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  1688. Tweets that mention Blake to Finish Career without a Full-Time Coach : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 8th, 2011 3:38 pm

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  1689. Tweets that mention 2011 Sony Ericsson Open Player Field Announced : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 8th, 2011 8:25 pm

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  1690. Tweets that mention Andy Roddick Regions Morgon Keegan Championships Pre-Tournament Press Conference : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 9th, 2011 1:02 pm

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  1691. Kevin on February 9th, 2011 1:08 pm

    It was very interesting to read his insight about how it is now tougher today for a teenager to break into the mix. He also suggested that the media, (and I would include we tennis fans) are too quick to either elevate or condemn the player’s future.
    Thanks for sharing.

  1692. Tina Marie on February 9th, 2011 6:25 pm

    Rafa will be in Belgium March 4-6. Do you really expect him to fly to Eugene, Oregon to play 2 sets??? Was his famous name mentioned only to bring in buyers….i wonder.

  1693. Cherry on February 10th, 2011 9:30 am

    Congratulations to Milos Raonic and Richard Berankis for making it through the second round! The SAP Open this year is really interesting! http://www.tennisround.com

  1694. Tweets that mention Video: New Nadal Kia Commercial : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 10th, 2011 12:05 pm

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  1695. Tweets that mention Berdych and Baghdatis Advance to Quarterfinals in Rotterdam : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 10th, 2011 12:19 pm

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  1697. Bonus Pariuri on February 10th, 2011 4:07 pm

    In any game, winning is an absolute goal. You might intend to have fun, but winning is still part of it. After all, no game is fun if the players do not try their best to win.

  1698. Jo-Jo on February 11th, 2011 12:07 am

    Great to see Delpo back in action. I wish him lots of luck in San Jose. Great start to a long road back.

  1699. Shahed noor shirazi on February 11th, 2011 2:47 am

    Roger u r genius.U r the greatest of all the times in history. I really wish u from the bottom of my heart a super super 2011. Because I love to see u always on the top because u have no pride and u r humble .

  1700. Tweets that mention Clijsters Becomes New World No. 1 with Win over Dokic : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 11th, 2011 4:23 pm

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  1701. Tweets that mention Raonic Reaches Finals After Monfils Withdraws in San Jose : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 12th, 2011 3:02 am

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  1702. Tweets that mention ATP Singles Draws For Memphis, Marseille and Buenos Aires : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 12th, 2011 12:43 pm

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  1704. Tweets that mention Monfils out for 4-6 weeks following Injury : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 12th, 2011 1:40 pm

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  1705. Tweets that mention Soderling Defends Rotterdam Title : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 13th, 2011 12:30 pm

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  1706. Tweets that mention The French Open to Stay in Paris : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 13th, 2011 12:56 pm

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  1707. Tweets that mention Jankovic to sue Sperm Bank over Ad : Tennis Connected -- Topsy.com on February 13th, 2011 2:26 pm

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  1708. Kevin on February 13th, 2011 11:33 pm

    Verdasco acted very immature by not giving Raonic a sincere congratulations at the net for his first ATP tour win. Angry body language sitting down when they announced his own runner-up congratulations. Total baby, lost all respect for that jerk.
    I hope Milos wins again against Verdasco 1R Memphis.

  1709. Danny on February 13th, 2011 11:39 pm

    This kid is for real, doesn’t hesitate to hit the ball very hard, and I believe he will be knocking on the doors of the majors very soon
    I believe it is great for Canadian tennis!!

  1710. Kevin on February 14th, 2011 12:37 am

    Agree with Danny, great for Canadian Tennis also cool that Raonic is teaming up with Andy Roddick to play doubles in Memphis. Hopefully the success by Milos will spur (US-Canadian partnership?) Versus Channel to cover more Tennis matches. The Tennis channel has not committed its resources to cover enough ATP matches in US/Canada.

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  1713. Cherry on February 14th, 2011 8:52 am

    Raonic got into the finals because of Monfils’s injury. Now, Raonic proved to everyone that he’s worthy to be in the finals and to win the title! Congratulations! http://www.tennisround.com

  1714. rick devereux on February 14th, 2011 8:57 am

    Quite a day for Canada – The fire from the north wasn’t all in LA winning Grammys. There were major northern lights when Milos cranked up the 145’s in San Jose, firing 13 aces among 20 service winners and 50 winners overall to take his first ATP title and end Nando’s little winning streak.

    Down here in the USA, where we’ve been used to being the might in our hemisphere, we’re now surrounded by guys 6?, 6? who:

    - launch missiles up to 148 mph with smooth deliveries

    - close in and volley as comfortably as Pistole Pete, our last great Yank

    - hit through or past opponents with FHs down-the-line or cross court

    - run around BHs like Federer or Nadal

    - have the poise to come back from down 2 – 6 in a tie-break in their first ATP final

    Raonic seems minus a reliable BH, which he misses too much trying to change directions down-the-line, and needs work on his footwork to play defense quite as well as Pete.

    BUT even with those liabilities, he could end top the year a 10 player.

    AND in another 2 to 3 years, Canada should become the next ’small’ nation to own a top 4 player. Nadal, Federer and Joker might twist him around enough to beat him – for now. But time is on his side.

    With another 2 years of Major experience and work on his weaknesses, you have a top 4 player and major winner.

    Minus a Rafa and a Roger able to dominate, you have a contender for #1.

    From Canada. Go figure. Too tall for ice hockey, too short for small forward for the Raptors… a reject, I guess. Their good fortune. Doesn’t happen in the USA.

    Rick Devereux, BlogDev

  1715. rick devereux on February 14th, 2011 9:06 am

    Quite a day for Canada – The fire from the north wasn’t all in LA winning Grammys. There were major northern lights when Milos cranked up the 145’s in San Jose, firing 13 aces among 20 service winners and 50 winners overall to take his first ATP title and end Nando’s little winning streak.

    Down here in the USA, where we’ve been used to being the might in our hemisphere, we’re now surrounded by guys 6?, 6? who:

    - launch missiles up to 148 mph with smooth deliveries

    - close in and volley as comfortably as Pistole Pete, our last great Yank

    - hit through or past opponents with FHs down-the-line or cross court

    - run around BHs like Federer or Nadal

    - have the poise to come back from down 2 – 6 in a tie-break in their first ATP final

    Raonic seems minus a reliable BH, which he misses too much trying to change directions down-the-line, and needs work on his footwork to play defense quite as well as Pete.

    BUT even with those liabilities, he could end top the year a 10 player.

    AND in another 2 to 3 years, Canada should become the next ’small’ nation to own a top 4 player. Nadal, Federer and Joker might twist him around enough to beat him – for now. But time is on his side.

    With another 2 years of Major experience and work on his weaknesses, you have a major winner.

    CONGRATS, NEIGHBOR!

    Rick Devereux, BlogDev

  1716. Adam on February 14th, 2011 12:59 pm

    Here’s to hoping his next title is not as far out as the Leaf’s!

  1717. Kevin on February 14th, 2011 1:39 pm

    More good news for Canadian Tennis: Canadian Sports channel, Rogers Sportsnet will be showing a number of ATP tour events and even highlight shows.
    Another hardy congratulations to our Canadian Neighbors. This is a huge boost to competition from the Americas to compete with the dominant Europeans!

  1718. Ralph on February 14th, 2011 7:48 pm

    According to media, Raonic has TWO current passports in his pocket, Canadian and Montenegrin. And he reportedly said he didn’t exclude a possibility to move back to Montenegro sometime in future, just like his two elder siblings did and his parents intend to do.

  1719. Ralph on February 14th, 2011 8:04 pm

    Please, ease up on hype. This was a commendable win, no doubt, but indoors, on super quick court, against a notorious headcase Verdasco. And he’s on his first upward surge, his game still not read by others. Everything after this becomes so much harder.

    Against a solid Greul he meekly lost in the 1st round just a few weeks ago. And against a good returner like Ferrer his mighty serve means little, while awful return of serve, poor movement and wonky backhand are exposed.

    He strongly resembles isner and it would be huge if he somehow manages to do as well as him. But don’t proclaim him a future top player yet, for crying out loud!

  1720. Nima Naderi on February 14th, 2011 8:10 pm

    Ralph: The court in San Jose was an extremely slow hard-court btw. That’s why a player like Verdasco has done well there. Also, Raonic does have along way to go, but he has proven that he has the demeanor of a top-ranked player.

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  1722. Kevin on February 15th, 2011 2:32 am

    I saw a better view when I watched it on TV. I agree with chair. Big Serve, Big Ace. The fan yelling was irritating yes, but that match was not decided because of it. Nando didn’t get his stick on it.

  1723. Kevin on February 15th, 2011 2:44 am

    Very polished, intelligent. Canada should be proud of this young man.

  1724. kccrush on February 16th, 2011 1:16 am

    I agree with Kevin. Super personable. Charming. He’s going to be a real favorite soon.

  1725. Cherry on February 16th, 2011 8:26 am

    Congratulations to Cilic for making it through the first round! I hope he gets further in this competition in Marseille. http://www.tennisround.com

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  1732. Kevin on February 17th, 2011 1:09 pm

    After Raonic beat Nando for second time in a row, he proved he has got the best shot of the younger players. The most impressive part of his game is (no, not his serve) his composure. He gave his coach a lot of respect for kicking him in the but after his early exit in Johannesburg. I think he is a coaches dream, and therefore will improve his backhand and climb the rankings. We need another North American in the top ten. Andy Roddick has been the Lone Ranger for too many years and could use some help vs. the European domination.

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  1734. Cherry on February 18th, 2011 6:05 pm

    I like that Raonic does not waste time. He takes the necessary steps to prepare for bigger events like the Davis Cup. I hope it does him good. http://www.tennisround.com

  1735. Kevin on February 18th, 2011 6:24 pm

    I wish he would have taken a wild card slot at Delray Beach because I have tickets, but I wish him well on the dirt.

  1736. Zach on February 19th, 2011 2:06 pm

    I really want Milos to meet Verdasco on clay and destroy him. That would make my day and probably every single Canadian tennis fan’s day too!

  1737. Kevin on February 20th, 2011 3:36 pm

    I am hoping that the pinched nerve in Andy Roddick’s right shoulder/neck is not a factor, so that the final vs. Raonic is a fair test.
    If healthy, Andy should have the experience edge in tie breakers. It would be his 30th tour win. I predict he makes it 10 straight years as the #1 ranked North American.

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  1739. John on February 21st, 2011 6:17 am

    Your very smart and great tennis player

  1740. Kevin on February 21st, 2011 11:50 am

    Nice work Andy. Drop some bandages, ice, decongestant and tissues in that Memphis Vase and fly down here to warm Delray Beach. The weather is great, I have some box seats, and will be routing for a Boca Prep final .

  1741. JoeVancouver on February 21st, 2011 5:22 pm

    Re: Milos coming to Acapulco demonstrates that he’s not only a brilliant tennis star on the rise but a true patriot as well. I’m with Zach – I’d love to see him beat Verdasco on a “real” surface as the Spainard put it..

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  1744. rick devereux on February 21st, 2011 9:38 pm

    Yesterday Raonic set a new tournament record in Memphis for aces (129), but showed again that he is much more than a 150 mph serve, which is what he delivered at 4 – 5 and deuce in the 3rd. On the final point of the match, he had worked his way to the net with big FH’s, and hit what was another perfect crosscourt FH volley into open court that only a Rafa could hope to run down (Roddick got there by air).

    Good stuff. But Raonic hasn’t run into and through the top 5 yet this year (he won’t see top 5 players until Indian Wells, where the tournament director has wild-carded him in with the top 30). Other tall, promising servers (think the IQ boyz) have stalled out in the fumes of the top 10, residing somewhere between 15 and 25. Nice real estate, automatic access into all ATP 1000’s, capable of creating some pre-Major buzz as early round threats, but finding no air in their 2nd week.

    All the talk of Milos being a shoe-in to the top 10 is just that: talk. But the talk is exciting because of what our eyes see within the young man with the newest nuclear serve in the block. And, when you win 1 in 3 service points with an ace as he did in Memphis, and win another one in 3 with a service winner, the rest of your game doesn’t have to as much work (do the math). On top of that, he serves well on big points.

    Here are a few observations, comparing and contrasting him (YTD) with others who’ve bubbled up big only to pop prematurely, or gone on to the top 10:

    Raonic vs. #18 QUERREY (age 23)

    Sam’s year as a 22 year-old in ‘10 included some major carnage and a lot of W’s:

    - Titles at LA (over Murray), Queen’s (over Fish), Belgrade and Memphis (over Isner)
    - 2 other final appearances
    - two 4th round Major appearances

    Comparable? Not really. Sam’s wins over top 10 players have been few and far between over his 4+ years as a pro, and he’s not had a title run or a streak better than last year when he pounded his way through the US hard court minor league circuit, with his best wins over high ranked dirt-ballers like Almagro (Murray was his only ‘major’ scalp).

    Raonic vs. #24 ISNER (age 25)

    John’s best wins in 2010 were over Davydenko, Monfils and Wawrinka, and took both Joker (in Davis Cup) and Rafa (at Indian Wells) to a final set, while reaching three minor finals and winning 1 title (Auckland).

    In 2009, he beat Roddick (at the Open, equaling a 4th round best Major result), Tsonga, Berdych and Monfils (again), but failed to even reach a final. Before ‘09, he rarely won more than two matches in a row.

    No comparison, other than the cannon of a serve and the 2nd serve which bounces over trees. They could also play for the first time in Delray.

    Raonic vs. #7 BERDYCH (age 25)

    Given the Czech’s ranking, we’d expect to find more excitement in his curriculum vita than we do, outside of his Wimbledon final last year after beating Federer in the quarters and Joker in the semis.

    Berdych’s never won more than 1 title in a year, and has only 5 in 7 years on the tour. Last year, he didn’t win a single title, and only reached two finals, although both in important tournies (Key Biscayne was the 2nd).

    in 2010, his best year by far, outside of Wimbledon, Berdych beat Murray, Roddick (twice), Soderling, Verdasco, Youzhney, and Federer (twice).

    No comparison, yet…

    If Raonic were to have a year like Berdych’s at age 20 or 21 (next year) instead of 25, we would be talking bigger than Berdych, as in Del Potro, whose 4 tournament run in ‘09 at age 19 culminated in the US Open upset of Federer in the final.

    The Raonic game, replete with the biggest serve of them all on top of groundies and a comfort at the net seen only in the top 3, suggests he’s headed toward the top 5. There could even be some Sampras in his future, though it would take way more than a few titles and leaping smashes – like the rest of his career – to prove the merit in such a comparison.

    NEXT WEEK FOR RAONIC: The ATP 500 Albierto Mexicano Telcel event in Acapulco for clay court competition with, by the 2nd round, 6th seed Dolgopolov, before Wawrinka, Ferrer and, were he to reach his 3rd consecutive final, Verdasco, again.

    How much can dirt and heat slow down a 150 mph serve? We’ll see.

    Milosh says he likes the clay, but I don’t see him going far down there in the heat after the last brutal week indoors on a hard court. And, he only needs to prepare himself for an easier test on the clay: Canada’s tie with Mexico, March 4 – 6.

    The fact that he’s now the best player ever (#37 as of tomorrow) to represent Canada in Davis Cup, that tie may do more to test his ability under pressure than a couple of finals he wasn’t expected to reach or win.

    I hope to see him in person in Indian Wells, and maybe catch something more than a glimpse of a 148 mph serve (like a ball after it bounces over the backstop).

    Rick Devereux

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  1746. Love 40 on February 21st, 2011 11:17 pm

    Fernando Verdasco on the news of Milos’ withdrawal: “Thank God”.

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  1748. Leslie Geddes on February 22nd, 2011 1:30 am

    “In a year that witnessed Nadal forfeit his chances at winning four straight majors”???is how you open your article.
    Nadal won three straight majors and four other tournaments in 2010, answering all the critics who wrote him off at the start of the year. Surely you are not going to make that mistake again.
    How could anyone take the rest of your article at all seriously with such a ludicrous opening?

  1749. eric on February 22nd, 2011 5:14 am

    And there are more ludicrous bits to follow that opening.

    For example, the claim that “Raonic continued to save break point after break point with his sonic serve in Memphis, while never really showing any signs of fatigue”.

    On the contrary, he did show signs of fatigue by serving slower and slower as the match progressed, displaying his sonic serve only ocassionally. Why do you think there were suddenly so many rallies? His serving shoulder finally tired and probably even started to hurt, as evidenced by his subsequent withdrawal from Acapulco due to shoulder strain.

    And that is his second shoulder injury in the last few months – he had to take the end of the last year off because of that, after losing to Nadal in Tokyo and withdrawing from the Tashkent Challenger with small tears in his serving shoulder and biceps.

    He is simply serving way too hard, for which there’s no need really, when good placement and slightly less power would do the trick instead. But the fact is he needs those aces and serve winners to avoid rallies, otherwise he would have to run more, for which his body is not suited.

    Then there’s a ludicrous claim that Roddick managed to “take down a younger, stronger man”. Younger yes, but stronger?! Roddick was ill with flu, had pinched nerve, yet he battled this out. And his younger opponent was unable to continue serving bombs, his main weapon with which he downed opponents failed him, so he lived by the serve and died by it, as it were. So, who was stronger there in every sense, physically, mentally, tactically and strategically?

    Young Raonic has a long way to go, and not the ideal body to do it. He is too tall and disproportionately built (short trunk, long legs) to be a truly great tennis champion. He might turn out good or even very good. Or he might not.

  1750. Cherry on February 22nd, 2011 9:00 am

    I was a bit disappointed since I wanted to see him play in Acapulco. I just hope he will be able to recover from his fatigue real soon. http://www.tennisround.com

  1751. Amy Bee on February 22nd, 2011 10:10 am

    It’s significant but not surprising. With absolutely no points to defend after the Australian Open, it was expected that Del Potro would quickly rise up the rankings.

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  1755. Parsa on February 23rd, 2011 7:47 am

    I’m glad to read the responses to your article but I couldn’t help to respond to them. @Rick fantastic analysis, but this guy is as good of a top 10 prospect as we have. Clearly in the short off season he put in the work necessary to fill the gaps in his game and that professional mindset with a strong sense of belief will most definitely guide him into the top 10 barring any major injury. What will be very challenging for him is more of the ‘other’ things: length of the season, adjustments to different conditions, and most importantly players beginning to figure out how to play the young Canadian. And the most challenging of all will be for him to defend what he has and will do this year when the 2012 season rolls around. Every young guy you mentioned in your comment continues to battle the points.
    @Leslie another sensitive fanatical nadal fan? I mean cmon if you weren’t skeptical before of rafa’s injuries before the start of 2010 you can’t be taken seriously. Rafa has temporarily proven to solve the riddle of his knees and he has once again proven the champion he is with his remarkable 2010 season. I’m pretty sure though that in rafa’s failed attempt at the rafa slam new faces have appeared on the horizon….
    @Eric you want ludicrous? Your sentence stating that raonic is “simply serving way too hard.” what!? That’s the very thing that has catapulted him onto the world stage and you want him to slow down and place the ball. Sorry you lost me right there. You need a huge weapon or 2 or 3 to win a slam in this sport. Milos whatever you do don’t slow down!

  1756. Love 40 on February 23rd, 2011 12:21 pm

    Poor Fernando, after two straight losses to Milos Raonic he got to play a “real match” on clay like he wanted but lost! I guess what Fernando meant by a “real match” is one which he wins.

  1757. eric on February 23rd, 2011 6:18 pm

    If Raonic continues to serve in the region of 130-140 mph each and every time, he’ll end up with a permanently damaged shoulder, multiple suregeries and premature retirement, just like a bomb-serving Joachim Johansson.

    Slowing down means just taking down a notch, say to 120-130 mph on the average, and save the extra special power for important points only. And learn the fine art of placement.

    That way he would still serve faster than the others, but shoulder would be preserved.

  1758. rick devereux on February 23rd, 2011 9:00 pm

    I’d wondered why Raonic wasn’t in Acapulco before I read Eric say (a couple of comments above) that he was out of because of shouder strain. I agree with him that Raonic needs to manage his power and slow it down some, but I’m not convinced he isn’t out because of overall fatigue from the last 2 weeks. With the Davis Cup in another 2 weeks, Raonic and Canada had plenty of reason to sit him out of this one. When he entered, he never expected to have played as much in the last 2 weeks.
    As to Roddick ‘taking down’ Raonic, I doubt Andy’d see it that way. He admitted he eked out a great win with a match point shot of a life time. Had Raonic played a perfect match, or even the best tennis of his week? No. Which makes the way he lost more noteworthy.
    There are losses, and there are losses. The ones we’d prefer to forget are BAD ones, which I define as ones where our opponent does little to beat us, we have chances to win in spite of our play, and we lose anyway by beating ourselves. This happens rarely – almost never – to great players. The ones we should remember are ones in which the quality of our tennis is good enough to give us chances to win against an opponent who is playing great, perhaps the match of his life. This is often how a Federer or a Nadal loses, when they do (think Tsonga’s upset over Rafa in Oz ‘08, Safin over Rog in Oz ‘05). Or, think how well Roddick played in losing to Roger in Wimbledon ‘09 (at least until the last game). These are GREAT losses.
    Raonic’s loss to Roddick was much closer to the later than the former. He isn’t close to great yet, and as others are right to point out, he has a lot to prove in terms of being able to manage himself through a season in which experienced players are going to be ready for him and more ‘on’ to him and up for him.
    But he is THE exciting story in 2011 so far (for men or women), when not many others with potential are making moves (Amalgro – sorry – not exciting that he wins a couple of tournies).
    Rick

  1759. Cherry on February 24th, 2011 5:00 am

    This interview is awesome! Federer is nice and very down-to-earth! http://www.tennisround.com

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  1761. eric on February 24th, 2011 7:02 pm

    Oh no, not another one from the chorus of deliberately obtuse Verdasco bashers.

    Verdasco never said that he only considers a clay match as a real match.

    He said that a serve-only match is not really a tennis match. And that on clay he would be able to return a bit better, so there would be rallies.

    That’s what Federer said about Karlovic during 2009 Wimbledon, in those very words (“That’s not really a tennis match.”). And that’s what all other players think about big servers.

  1762. Love 40 on February 25th, 2011 11:06 am

    TennisR:
    ‘”For me that’s not a real match in tennis,” Verdasco said. “I hope to play soon against him in clay court to show him what it is to play tennis, and play rallies, and run, and not only serve.”…

    I’ve always known Verdasco was a ridiculously sore loser and bitter man but this is just on another level…

    Funny how a man [Raonic] who can only serve created around 11 bp chances the whole match while Verdasco created only a couple.’

    YAHOO! SPORTS CANADA:
    ‘If hard court tennis isn’t “real” tennis, then are we to consider Verdasco’s two non-clay tournament titles to be null and void? Does Roger Federer only have one Grand Slam title now? Did Rafael Nadal waste his time retooling his game to improve on grass and hard? Will history judge Pete Sampras to be a lesser player than Gaston Gaudio?

    You got beat, Fernando. Deal with it.’

    I Take Thee Tennis:
    ‘So, I guess Federer is not really that great of a tennis player then, since he only won one of his grand slams on clay. And I guess Rafa’s Wimbledon and Australian Open titles don’t count for much either.’

    By the way Eric here is what “deliberately obtuse” actually equals:
    “If Raonic continues to serve in the region of 130-140 mph each and every time…”

    While Raonic does serve sometimes in the 130-140 mph range Eric he doesn’t do it “each and every time”. I watched Raonic hit lots of first serves below 120 mph in the two matches against Verdasco and the matches against Fish and Roddick.

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  1766. Zach on February 25th, 2011 6:29 pm

    I guess Roddick is not a top 10 player and his grand slam title does not count. I’d rather be Roddick than Verdasco. And Federer never blamed his loss on Karlovic having a massive serve. I believe Federer actually won that match. Also, I think Raonic has a bit more of a game than Karlovic.

  1767. puput on February 26th, 2011 6:06 am

    yes, i agree with the writer,,

    as nadal’s huge fan ,,hope that nadal stays healthy and cautious with his schedules.

  1768. Ja on February 26th, 2011 2:04 pm

    I think age is rather irrelevant nowadays in this sport. Not meaning that guys can be legitimate slam contenders in their 30s, but players like Soderling and Berdych didn’t really develop until they were 24, and other players like Melzer, Wawrinka and Youzhny are breathing a second-life into their careers at an older age.

    I think that Dolgopolov’s game is still a work in process, but once it get’s to the point where it needs to be, he will be one of the most-feared players on the tour.

  1769. Cherry on February 27th, 2011 4:23 am

    Ferrer has done it again! Congratulations to him for winning his 11th career title! http://www.tennisround.com

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  1771. DJOKOVIC, IMPARABLE « TIE BREAK on February 27th, 2011 7:14 am

    [...] Hizo el serbio un primer set perfecto, sin ninguna fisura y sin dudas, con un saque potentísimo que le ha hecho ahorrar esfuerzo ganado puntos fácilmente. Un solo break le bastó para conseguir el 6-3 ante un Roger Federer triste y gris, sin ganas de ganar, golpeando sin pensar ni acertar, jugando constantemente a la derecha del serbio, que no tenía ninguna dificultad en pasarle una y otra vez, una y otra vez. Como él mismo aseguró en la rueda de prensa posterior: “El partido lo he perdido yo”. [...]

  1772. Cherry on February 28th, 2011 8:51 am

    Del Potro’s hardwork paid off! Congratulations on his newest title in Delray Beach!www.tennisround.com

  1773. Kevin on February 28th, 2011 1:20 pm

    I watched the event (and a Delpo practice session) live. Delpo is tough to read. It seemed that he was struggling with something that he was complaining about to his camp. I don’t know if it is his fitness (quad was wrapped in Memphis?). JankoTipsarevic had his chances, and he was more disappointing that Juan Martin was impressive. But I was very impressed how Delpo can really wind up, step in and hit a 105 mph forehand on the line when it matters. If you give him a chance to build his forehand, look out.
    What Mardy Fish couldn’t do in his match with Delpo, is bring his big serve. Mardy’s return game was great, but his serve escaped him in Delray Beach. You need to get more free points against Delpo, move him around alot, and don’t give him time to breathe.
    Right now, I think Delpo should be ranked in top 15. If he can get fit without injury, another slam and a top five ranking is likely.

  1774. Kevin on March 1st, 2011 5:55 pm

    My understanding is that it is an impingement issue with rotator cuff. I have that, and it sucks big time. The recovery for it can be tough. I have avoided surgery so far, but it is taking more than a year rehab. Sam is much younger than I so I hope his recovery is quick.

  1775. nono on March 2nd, 2011 3:35 am

    they played some good tennis. pete was really enjoying himself out there!

  1776. Cherry on March 2nd, 2011 7:46 am

    I love Federer’s smile! He looks gorgeous in that ” all-white”outfit! http://www.tennisround.com

  1777. rackettec on March 3rd, 2011 2:28 am

    Thanks for posting, if a complete list of all the top players was available it would be a great resource to show stringing clients, I appreciate the wilson info however. ,

  1778. Fish Commits To Newport Title Defence : Tennis Connected on March 3rd, 2011 12:20 pm

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  1779. Cherry on March 4th, 2011 7:59 pm

    I wish I could go to this event. I wanted to see Ljubicic in person. http://www.tennisround.com

  1780. Somdev Devvarman’s brave fight in vain: India lose 1-4 to Serbia « Sporting Time(s) – Make Time For Sports on March 7th, 2011 4:05 am

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  1781. Kevin on March 7th, 2011 2:28 pm

    The best part for this fan is that there is hope that the new pair underwear don’t give him a “wedgie” prior to each serve. Now if we can only get Andy Roddick a Lamisil jock-itch spray commercial, my box seats for the USA/Spain quarterfinal at the Alamodome will be more comfortable.

  1782. Amy Bee on March 7th, 2011 4:16 pm

    As of 2009, carpet is no longer used as a court surface on the ATP. According to Davis Cup rules and regulations the court surface must be one that is used at the Grand slams or at least 3 tournaments on the ATP tour in the year previous to the tie. So, the USTA cannot use carpet.

  1783. Giselle on March 8th, 2011 5:54 am

    Go Nole! Make it to #2 at IW! You’re the real one.

  1784. Aus der Fern on March 8th, 2011 6:31 am

    Petzsche, congrats, fantastic play, you are a genie – waiting for your breakthrough, this is your year, GO for it !!!!!

  1785. Minhaj Ali Shahid on March 8th, 2011 11:58 am

    @Amy Bee

    When I was reading the article I was thinking of the exact same thing.

  1786. Nima Naderi on March 8th, 2011 12:23 pm

    @Amy Bee, and @Minhaj Ali Shahid. Thanks for the remark about “indoor carpet courts,” but I was trying to infer that it will be difficult for the Americans to win—I am aware the indoor courts are no longer around. It was a joke :-) Thanks for your comments.

  1787. Amy Bee on March 8th, 2011 11:04 pm

    Nima, That’s good to know because they are some of your colleagues in the media who think that carpet is still being used :) ). So, what surface you think the USTA will chose? Rumor is that they’re looking at grass. I think that will be a mistake.

  1788. Nima Naderi on March 8th, 2011 11:12 pm

    @AmyGrass will be a huge mistake. I think you have to go with the fastest hard-court possible. If Nadal doesn’t play–he said that he will for now–then Lopez and would likely play. All in all, the Spaniards are the huge favorite, but the timing of the tie could help out the Americans.

  1789. Minhaj on March 9th, 2011 10:25 pm

    I am a Nadal fan, but probabilities are present that Nadal could loose the number 1 spot. Typically Nadal has been able to defend points on clay only, and even there hi-coughs can occur.

  1790. Kevin on March 10th, 2011 1:57 am

    The Sod has had trouble with Kohlschreiber in the past, and either Dolgo or Delpo will be a force to contend with. I’m going out on a limb on this quarter and say the quarterfinalist’s last name starts with a D. Will the Swedish Sod dry out in the Desert? Vamos Juan Martin!

  1791. puput on March 10th, 2011 2:42 pm

    should nadal or federer win this masters 1000 , is going to be his 19 not 18th.
    i pick nadal.

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  1793. Hello, Indian Wells « TIE BREAK on March 13th, 2011 12:40 pm

    [...] también salió cabizbajo del torneo después de perder contra Donald Young, 143 del mundo, que espera conseguir muchas cosas, pero reconoce que aún está trabajando para ello. Para Murray -y sus seguidores- supuso un jarro de agua fría porque se veía que 2011 iba a ser un [...]

  1794. Hello, Indian Wells « TIE BREAK on March 13th, 2011 12:43 pm

    [...] Murray también salió cabizbajo del torneo después de perder contra Donald Young, 143 del mundo, que espera conseguir muchas cosas, pero reconoce que aún está trabajando para ello. Para Murray -y sus seguidores- supuso un jarro de agua fría porque se veía que 2011 iba a ser un gran año para el británico, que tiene mucha presión a sus espaldas y no consigue sacudírsela. Después de ser finalista del Open de Australia, donde perdió contra Djokovic, todos confiamos mucho en el juego de Murray. Esta derrota vuelve a poner en dudas el potencial que atesora, pero que no sabe sacar en los momentos oportunos. Aunque seguiremos pensando que puede conseguir cosas muy grandes si se centra cuando debe y no deja que su brazo se agarrote cuando está a punto de conseguir la victoria. Pero en este partido no tuvo su día. Aunque comenzó bien, a su ritmo, a final del primer set no le salió nada y acabó doblegándose por 7-6 (4) y 6-3. Amarga derrota para Murray, que aceptó su mal día, no le salió nada y Young sumó confianza conforme sumaba winners. [...]

  1795. Love 40 on March 14th, 2011 7:06 pm

    Andy Murray’s mother must be one of the “staff” writers at the Indian Wells website.

    Tennis Connected:
    “…No. 25 seed Tommy Robredo ended the fairytale run of Donald Young by defeating the American 6-0, 6-4. Young was entering the third-round match after dismissing No. 5 seed Andy Murray in the previous round.”

    Indian Wells official website and the article ” Soderling Slips Up In Third Round”:
    “…Spaniard Tommy Robredo, the No. 25 seed, dismissed American qualifier Donald Young 6-0, 6-4 in 68 minutes. Young had earned his place in the third round with a career-best win over World No. 6 David Ferrer on Saturday.”

    I hope they change that last sentence over at the Indian Wells website soon as it makes them look like they have been hit in the head too often by some hard tennis serves.

    Some things I like about Tennis Connected’s site is that it gives good and accurate reporting as well as interesting features.

  1796. Domingo en Indian Wells « TIE BREAK on March 14th, 2011 7:10 pm

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  1797. Nadal News » Blog Archive » IW: Post 3rd round presser on March 14th, 2011 11:59 pm

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  1798. Una lección de tenis by Roger Federer « TIE BREAK on March 15th, 2011 6:39 pm

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  1799. Una lección de tenis by Roger Federer « TIE BREAK on March 16th, 2011 4:26 pm

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  1801. Nadal sale de la boca de Karlovic in extremis « TIE BREAK on March 18th, 2011 3:54 pm

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  1804. Catherine on March 18th, 2011 6:58 pm

    BNP Paribas Opening for Tri Level champsion tennis
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  1805. "Harrison n’a rien à perdre" – Roger Federer – We love tennis ! | News, Gossip, Celebrities & Fun on March 19th, 2011 12:59 am

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  1806. La final de Indian Wells 2: Novak Djokovic « TIE BREAK on March 19th, 2011 8:06 pm

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  1807. minhaj on March 19th, 2011 11:31 pm

    Overall considering the form Djokovic is in, he is the favorite, even if marginally. Beating Federer in 3 straight matches in a 2 month period is easier said than done.
    Nadal is not playing his best ball overall, so advantage Djokovic for the final.

  1808. Giselle on March 23rd, 2011 7:17 am

    Wow, he really did fly! Amazing charismatic guy!

  1809. Kevin on March 26th, 2011 4:52 pm

    Roddick is 16-4 and takes a nosedive in rankings and career low point. Nadal is 16-3 and is soaring at #1. That’s the Tennis ranking system.

  1810. Alex on March 26th, 2011 7:06 pm

    Kevin, you have to keep in mind that Nadal and Roddick have not played in all the same tournaments. Nadal goes further in the bigger tournaments like Aussie Open, Indian Wells, etc. whereas Roddick is getting a lot of his wins in Memphis and other lower-level tournaments, meaning his competition is not as significant.

  1811. minhaj on March 26th, 2011 10:28 pm

    Not to mention that Nadal holds all the points for the European clay court season and all the 3 slams to come in the year.
    Rankings are not made on performance in 3 months but the year.
    Nadal is a better player than Roddick on any surface, I am sure most people and the results agree with me on this.

  1812. Richard Sretcher on March 27th, 2011 5:04 pm

    Below you will find the complete men’s singles draw for the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open. Did you bother to look below?? Somethings missing? Nice work with the draw posting!!!!

  1813. Nima Naderi on March 27th, 2011 8:56 pm

    Richard: Nothing is missing my friend. The draw is provided by a link, as it always is. You can also find the draw in our tourney tracker. Cheers.

  1814. Giselle on March 29th, 2011 4:23 am

    Hahaha, greatest doubles point ever. And Muzza had to shank that one, poor one. Nole’s reaction is great. Love these two together.

  1815. rick devereux on March 29th, 2011 7:16 pm

    At the beginning of the season, Andy was talking about how much his mental and physical conditioning had improved since 2010, saying he was ‘over’ letting a loss create another ‘dis-spirited effort’ like the one in the months following his final loss to Roger a year ago in the Oz final.
    Now, having lost all of his matches since losing Oz Open final #2, he’s taking a month off before he competes again in Madrid. And he’s parted ways with another coach (Alex Corretja).
    So much for that theory, and the coach who helped him believe it. Maybe he’s a momma’s boy. We’ll see when she returns to the sidelines. Whatever, as long he starts winning again and can afford a new set of dentures for her.
    I’m don’t mean to be mean – I’m just dispirited. Really. I was thrilled when Andy came on the scene and started his upward jump at Wimbledon ‘07, coming back from 2 sets and a break down to upset his promising young rival, Richard Gasquet. But in working on his game, along with improving his serve his well-intentioned effort to be more disciplined his shot selection seems to have resulted too often in his playing without the inspiration that made him exciting – and dangerous. From being the king of funky drops, lobs and off-speed shots, Andy’s become another boring baseliner. Ironically, the most boring and imposing baseliner of them all, Rafa, took a page from Andy and Roger’s book, and became a shrewd user of the drop shot , the slice and the sneak attack to the net. Joker’s drop shot attempts from the baseline make Andy look like he takes orders from the conservative Bank of Scotland.
    In short, for one reason or another, Andy’s has an ongoing identity crisis. Maybe he’s listened too much to too many coaches, and second guessed his own instincts. I’d like to see him come back to the tour with a support team to cheer him on to play positively. If there’s a coach on the team, I vote against Mom and anyone else who wants to re-make him into theold Andy or into someone else’s image. Let him decide who he wants to be and how he wants to play. As long as he trains hard, I think he has the potential to be a rival to Joker, Delpo and the next gen.
    Otherwise, he’ll continue to be toast, never the toast or Sir Andy.

  1816. ATPFan on March 31st, 2011 3:36 pm

    Fish will be #1 in the world. (outside Europe)
    Even better perspective, right?

  1817. Sam on March 31st, 2011 4:57 pm

    I love what makes news in the tennis world.

  1818. eric on March 31st, 2011 11:02 pm

    Stop spouting this non story. He did not WHACK the ball at the baby, he gently lobbed it in the general direction of the stands.

    This sillyness all started from one Peter Bodo, who took the opportunity to whipe up animosity towards Spaniards before the Davis Cup quarterfinals US vs. Spain. And you just meekly add to it.

  1819. alex on April 1st, 2011 4:59 am

    @ eric
    you are right mate

    Peter Bodo ………. amount of stupidly that man produces is unbelievable
    no wonder state of US tennis is in todays shape when
    somebody like (brain dead) Peter Bodo is authority on subject !

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  1821. ATPFan on April 1st, 2011 11:24 am

    It appears his flamboyant style of play is more stressful, no? Not as cat-like or graceful like Federer, yes?

  1822. Nadal News » Blog Archive » RafaLint: April 1 on April 1st, 2011 2:28 pm

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  1823. ATPFan on April 2nd, 2011 11:28 am

    I think Fed will continue to have the least injuries of the three, even though he is getting older. Don’t count him out; he just had one of those off days in the final against Nadal, who was in top form.

  1824. abee on April 5th, 2011 12:21 am

    You can still do it Roger, You may not be young as Nadal and jocovic but you have the endurance. these young players can easily be injured by the way they are playing. You should be there to pick the pieces. I hopoe you will MASTER your ACES. That will be your best weapon.

  1825. Giselle on April 5th, 2011 6:38 am

    Excellent article, thanks!
    Novak my n#1 forever.

  1826. Michael on April 5th, 2011 9:13 am

    Very educational! I like the way you emphasize his desire for learning and improvement.
    Young players should read the article and understand that physical qualities alone do not determine champions. Constant improvement is the only way to become champion.

  1827. Neha on April 6th, 2011 10:07 pm

    The most important thing you can do to prevent shoulder injuries is to warn up properly and strengthen the rotator cuff muscles.

  1828. Jeric on April 8th, 2011 12:37 am

    where can i buy this one in the Philippines… ?

  1829. Yana on April 9th, 2011 10:57 am

    You always think that Federer would fail – nothing new hier…

  1830. Nima Naderi on April 9th, 2011 10:40 pm

    Yana: Just to let you know, I don’t always pick against Federer. In fact, I picked him to win the Australian Open. My picks are never based on player preference; they are based on who I think is playing the best at the time. To me, that’s not Federer at the moment.

  1831. puput on April 10th, 2011 6:46 am

    to you, writer,,,
    i couldn’t agree with u more….

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  1833. ATPFan on April 13th, 2011 11:09 am

    It will be interesting to see who Spain picks to play Davis cup in July.

  1834. Henry Moore on April 13th, 2011 9:33 pm

    Not just the US Open and Aussie Open played under the lights, Wimbledon 2010 played it’s first match under the lights which included Novak Djokovic and Oliver Rochus.

  1835. Yana on April 14th, 2011 4:28 pm

    The majority of the journos pick against Federer for quite some time already – I admire this man for being able to ask so many negative questions over and over again and not getting depressed! He is on decline for years now, many journos said he would never win a tournament let alone the slam after his loss to Nadal at Wimbledon. Anazing how little respect the journalists show to the man who achieved much more than anybody. Double standards are the apeciality of many, unfortunately. A do admit that Nadal and Djokovic are playing good tennis but some more ojective look would be nice to see/hear!!!

  1836. ATPFan on April 16th, 2011 4:42 pm

    Grunting Spaniards on Clay. Sorry, I’m saturated…yawn.

  1837. Amy Bee on April 18th, 2011 1:39 pm

    Nima, I’d just like to say I enjoyed your latest podcast. Some thought provoking ideas about the top 4. However, I tend to agree with what you said about Murray. It was a good performance but not a significant indicator of what he will do during the rest of the clay season.

  1838. Holly on April 18th, 2011 7:51 pm

    It’s amazing to me that Rafa just won his 7th MC title, something that no ATP player has ever done and has now won 19 Master titles and you write about his decline? This seems irresponsible to me. Can we simply have one week where we celebrate his achievements?

    By Grag Sharko/ATP World Tour – At age 24, Nadal is already among the all-time clay court title leaders and he’s already more than halfway to the most clay titles in the Open Era
    No.
    1) Guillermo Vilas 45
    2) Thomas Muster 40
    3) Borg, Orantes, Nadal 30
    6) Ivan Lendl, Ilie Nastase 28
    8) Jose-Luis Clerc 21
    9) Mats Wilander 20
    10)Andres Gomez, Carlos Moya 16

    CLAY COURT DOMINATOR – Here’s a year-by-year look at Nadal’s clay court supremacy since 2005, compiling an 181-6 match record and 29-2 mark in clay court finals on the ATP World Tour:
    W-L Clay Finals
    2011 – 5-0 1-0
    2010 – 22-0 4-0
    2009 – 23-2 3-1
    2008 – 24-1 4-0
    2007 – 31-1 5-1
    2006 – 26-0 4-0
    2005 – 50-2 8-0
    Note: His last clay court loss came to Robin Soderling in 4th Rd. at ’09 Roland Garros

    Mr. April on Clay – Nadal posted his 62nd straight match win on clay in the month of April. During his clay court streak in April he has won 11 titles – seven in Monte-Carlo and four in Barcelona. His last loss on clay in April came on Apr. 8, 2005 to Igor Andreev in the quarter-finals of Valencia.

    Milestones: Rafael Nadal is four wins away from 500 and he could reach that plateau by reaching the final (without a walkover) in Barcelona. He has a career mark of 496-105. Nadal also picked up his 200th career ATP Masters 1000 match win during Monte-Carlo and he is one of three players to reach that mark …Roger Federer (234-71), Andre Agassi (209-73), Nadal (201-40) are the trio.

    Nearing Century Club: Nadal is at 92 weeks at No. 1 in the ATP World Tour Rankings. If he remains No. 1, he would hit the 100 week mark on June 13 (after Queen’s).

    ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 TITLE LEADERS — Nadal captured his 19th career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and here are the leaders (since 1990):
    No.
    Rafael Nadal 19
    Andre Agassi 17
    Roger Federer 17
    Pete Sampras 11

  1839. Nima Naderi on April 18th, 2011 8:16 pm

    Holly: I’m in noway discounting anything that Nadal has ever done; I love watching him play and consider him one of the all-time greats. I’m speaking of another issue which is his age in relation to time spent on Tour. With all due respect, writers can never make everyone happy. You’re either a Federer hater; Nadal lover; Raonic bandwagon jumper.

    I am neither of those. I just call the sport how I see it. Finally, you along with other tennis fans have all the time in the world to celebrate Nadal’s accomplishments. He’s thankfully not going anywhere.

  1840. Eric on April 19th, 2011 1:14 am

    This piece shows that fatal flaw of all sports journos: striving to see trends in everything, at all costs, even at the price of sounding silly. Invent trends, if need be.

    Better try to analyze the game, see if you can explain what caused the results or career arcs. Don’t try to predict things. Who needs that?

    Leave the crystal ball gazing to fortune tellers and gamblers.

    The most boring and ridiculos articles (but for some reason the most common) in tennis: previevws and predictions of matches, tournaments, whole careers.

    Stop this, please. It’s not interesting.

  1841. Stush on April 19th, 2011 9:39 am

    You talk a lot about the strain on Rafa’s right shoulder. Don’t you mean his left shoulder?

  1842. MG on April 19th, 2011 9:52 am

    You just want to create some sensation with your article title don’t you? Tennis is a sport and Rafa is one of the greatest, you can’t come up with a decline prediction after he wins a title. Just like some people write off Federer nowadays, he sure can’t maintain his brilliant form but he can still win titles and beat most of the players on tour and who knows even win a Grand Slam.

  1843. Nima Naderi on April 19th, 2011 1:25 pm

    Stush: Thanks for the correction! MG: It’s never a problem to provide an opinion. Nadal is a great champion, but I do feel that he’s closer to a 30-year-old in tennis years than a 24 year old. Look at Hewitt; he’s almost gone from the game. A grinder who began at 15. I do hope that Nadal will be around for years to come.

    Eric: It’s interesting that you talk about “who needs predictions?’ because that is what people like to read the most. There’s no doubt that explaining the “arc” of someone’s career becomes vital, but I feel that I did that by talking about Nadal’s age, his forehand grip and serve, and how many years he’s been on Tour. He is nowhere near as fresh as he used to be and he’s only 24. I don’t think he can keep that up for another six years. Federer is still there because he plays effortlessly. Agassi played until 36 because he took the ball early. When you have to rely on your legs exclusively to win points, then you are in trouble as you age. In saying that tough, I do hope Nadal sticks around for many years. He’s great for the sport.

  1844. Nycsandygirl on April 19th, 2011 5:51 pm

    Nadal has to rely exclusively on his legs to win points?! Is that brutal forehands, impressive volleys, sweet dropshots, backhand cross-court winners aside? Maybe you stopped watching him years ago when he mostly played defense? Now his game is pretty complete I would say although he has backed away from his killer USO serve as you say. Intensity is not as consistent but I do attribute that to the admitted tiredness from the long grueling seasons and little rest he and most top players get.

  1845. Jmm on April 19th, 2011 6:20 pm

    This is a good article… even if you disagree, the logic is there. Nadal is still winning, but his margin for error is certainly smaller than it was.
    It is interesting to watch an older Nadal still have to out run his opponent to win. That sort of game suits a young up and comer, but it is harder and harder to do as a player ages.

    I would be surprized if he got to 16 majors….. but there is still gas left in his tank. Stay tuned!

  1846. Eric on April 19th, 2011 9:30 pm

    “I don’t think he can keep that up for another six years.”

    What do you mean by “that”? Spot number 1? Winning slams? Winning almost everything on clay? Remaining top ten? Winning tournaments? Playing tennis?

    This is lazy journalism. Of course he’s not as fresh as he was 7 years ago, when he first won at MC. Nobody is. What’s your point?

  1847. Nima on April 19th, 2011 9:42 pm

    Eric: My point remains that Nadal’s overall game: his serve, movement, mentally, and ability to dominate the Tour like he used to is not the same. That is my point; nothing less, nothing more. I felt as though I proved that in the article. No laziness here, mate. I’m writing you back. Try and get that from other journalists.

  1848. Nima on April 19th, 2011 11:46 pm

    Thanks Amy, I’m glad you enjoyed the show.

  1849. Dantonos Pasaribu on April 20th, 2011 1:14 am

    Roger Fereder, bangkitlah dan kalahkan lawanmu, dan ingat impian untuk meraih rangkin 1

  1850. Dantonos Pasaribu on April 20th, 2011 1:14 am

    bangkitlah dan kalahkan lawanmu, dan ingat impian untuk meraih rangking 1

  1851. Alex on April 20th, 2011 2:04 pm

    Footwork is key, no doubt about that!

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  1853. sharon on April 21st, 2011 7:27 am

    Well, your point remains inane. Rafa is still dominating the game. He is still #1. Whether he is playing the game the way he did when he was a 17 year old is a moot point because he is still winning more than he did then. To say someone who has been #1 or #2 for the past 7 years isn’t dominating the tour is just a dumb statement.

  1854. ATPFan on April 22nd, 2011 12:58 pm

    After the Ferrer-Nadal final in Monte, and now the Spanish domination of Semifinals in Barcelona….the clay season is becoming an intramural event. I don’t expect world tour tennis ratings to climb until we develop more parity outside Spain, and Europe. I am a big ATP fan and he thought of a repeat Spanish dirt final (and semifinal) doesn’t excite.

  1855. Nima on April 23rd, 2011 11:00 pm

    The clay remains dominated by Spaniards. I don’t see that changing for a while.

  1856. Joca on April 24th, 2011 5:48 pm

    Rafa is 30-1 in Barcelona (Nalbandian W/O in Q 2009.)

  1857. Nima Naderi on April 24th, 2011 6:56 pm

    Joca: Thanks for the note.

  1858. ATPFan on April 27th, 2011 4:04 pm

    Tomorrow evening the classy James Blake faces the sassy Donald Young here in Sarasota. I’m thinkin’ the tennis-savvy attendance will be cheering for “class”, not “ass”.

  1859. Alex on April 27th, 2011 6:09 pm

    Hope he gives it another go. When he’s playing his best he can be a nice player to watch and really push the top guys. It’s unfortunate that he always seemed to sustain a significant injury when he solidified a strong ranking.

  1860. riya on May 1st, 2011 7:30 am

    cool……..

  1861. Amy Bee on May 1st, 2011 8:56 am

    Unfortunately, Kuznetsova lost or was losing as you were writing this piece. Her form has been very inconsistent this season and there was no way she was going to be the champion.

  1862. Zach on May 1st, 2011 2:03 pm

    Great to see Del Potro returning strong and quickly moving up the rankings!

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  1865. Sam Sam on May 6th, 2011 5:10 pm

    I got to say you have a point, but to be honest it’s not like this in tennis..not calculations and anaylis, it is the way the two players feels the court, and the confidence issue is the key on this level of competition.
    SO i guess guessing it is a wrong way to approach such clashes.

  1866. Afzaal on May 6th, 2011 6:27 pm

    Yeah i agree it depends on the player on that very day how they feel and play statustics are just statistics nadal has beaten fedex when he was d bst so u cant say nadal is d bst nw so fedex cant beat him but in d end all of it depends how they play on that given day thats it

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  1869. strapping tensioner on May 7th, 2011 4:29 am
  1870. Bobby on May 7th, 2011 6:31 am

    It depends… This ‘cardinal sin’ you mention definitely is a classic ‘concentrate and focus’ mantra dished out for generations to sportspeople. But who’s to say there isn’t the odd person out there for whom it makes little difference? Federer’s career results can hardly be questioned in that respect.

    Likewise – Tennis is a battle of wits. If you think you can play quicker the things which really matter are not just how YOU have recovered (mentally or physically) from the previous point(s) but also how your opponent has. So, if he’s recovering slower than you then playing fast could be the better option as (assuming you’re not running yourself ragged) you’re potentially lumping more and more pressure on your opponent and preventing them from ‘resetting’ their groove.

    This indeed may be why Federer so infrequently loses to lower ranked players – only 2 or 3 times in the past 8 years to someone outside the top 10 in slams – is because they are confronted – more like stunned – by the sheer pace of his play. No let ups, no rest. It has to add so much more pressure than normal on the opponent’s serve when they just lost a receiving game in 60 seconds.

    There may also be a little element of strategy in this these days in how Federer calls the coin tosses, often preferring to be in the position to serve after ends and leave the opponent no break before theirs.

  1871. Jack Han on May 7th, 2011 6:14 pm

    Good points Bobby. The main thing I’ve been wondering about is whether he’s always been playing this fast (like Andre Agassi throughout his career), or if this is a more recent development, hence my inclusion of the Lendl example at the top of the article. If he’s always played at a super fast pace, then it’s probably not the reason for his dips in form, though I’ve been watching Federer play since 03 wimbledon, and it always seemed to me as if he took his time a bit more in the year past in between points.

  1872. Al Palomar on May 7th, 2011 6:53 pm

    A tennis fan and neighbor told me that he thinks Djokovic is on steroid. I believe this is a compliment because that suspicion is based solely on Novak’s unbelievable seson. Yes, the Joker does play these days as if he were on steroid , but I think this will spur Nadal to keep improving his already incredible game.

    Nadal’s backhand could certainly improve because even I noticed that that one weakness cost him the last two hard-court matches they played in the U.S. It’s totally uncharacteristic of Nadal to have won the first set and lost the tournament, but his backhand let him down at critical moments. .And he didn’t fight. He made me think he wanted Novak to be Number 2. Sorry, Rafa. .

  1873. Amy Bee on May 8th, 2011 9:44 am

    Julia Goerges and Dominika Cibulkova are no longer contenders as they have pulled out of Rome.

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  1878. Nadia on May 9th, 2011 3:15 pm

    There’s still a lot of tennis to be played between now and then, but I think I speak for all the fans of this great sport when I say that Djokovic’s level of play this year has added an extra layer of excitement prior to Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

    I couldn’t have said it better. And about time might I add! Laste year it was too boring, Nadal didn’t have opposition. Now Nole is making things very interesting. Would be curious to see how far his winning streak goes. That’s something for the history books.

  1879. Nadia on May 9th, 2011 3:17 pm

    If anything, Nole has shown us that Nadal has weaknesses. Who would have said.

  1880. Al Palomarr on May 9th, 2011 5:15 pm

    I believe Nadal will play a lot better when the pressure to win falls on Djokovic’s shoulders. . Rafa has allowed Nole to get into his head. (for now). Nole has also taken the God factor away from Rafa. Djokovic makes the sign of the cross in matches–something we expect from the Catholic Nadal. Crazy notion? Not when the competition isthisclose. Every psychological or spiritual edge counts. If Nole thinks his faith helps him get lucky ( like when the ball fallis over his opponent’s side of the net cords, Nadal will start thinking. Nadal is not superstitious ? Give me a break. He has OCD. just like other geniuses.

    My prediction : The 2011 French, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open trophies will have Rafa’s teeth marks.

  1881. Alex on May 9th, 2011 7:05 pm

    Everything he hits, including his defensive shots, are deep. He just backs you off the baseline until you give him a short ball. How do you beat this guy right now?

  1882. Nima Naderi on May 9th, 2011 7:24 pm

    Alex: You couldn’t be more right with your analysis. Djokovic is playing some such great depth these days that there’s not much a player can do. I think you’ll see Nadal pick up his game in Roma.

  1883. Mehrdad on May 10th, 2011 5:08 am

    I hoped Nadal won the match. I can’t understand why he couldn’t.

  1884. Amy Bee on May 15th, 2011 7:05 pm

    Nima, at the time this piece was written the head to head was 16-10 not 10-6.

  1885. Nima Naderi on May 15th, 2011 7:26 pm

    Thanks Amy, correction made.

  1886. Holmes on May 15th, 2011 8:10 pm

    I think you meant Sue Wilson was a psychologist, no?

  1887. Nadia on May 15th, 2011 10:36 pm

    I’m out of words right now. Adjectives don’t begin to describe it… Impressive, awesome, mindblowing, historic, brilliant, superb, gutsy, incredible, legendary… you name it. Go Nole!

  1888. Arvis on May 16th, 2011 11:48 am

    Another good podcast, guys! Re: Djokovic in a Grand Slam, don’t forget how dominant he was at the Australian just a few months ago. Did he even lose a set? I think it’s pretty clear he can continue to beat anybody, regardless whether it’s best of 3 or best of 5.

    What’s with all the dead air at the end of the show? :)

    -Arvis

  1889. Nima Naderi on May 16th, 2011 2:25 pm

    Hey Arvis, thanks for the kind words, and not sure what the dead air was about. We’ll look into it for next time.

    Nima

  1890. Giselle on May 17th, 2011 7:23 am

    Agree with everything!

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  1893. Giselle on May 20th, 2011 8:46 am

    I hope Nole overtakes them, he’s much more marketable!

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  1895. Amy Bee on May 20th, 2011 8:54 pm

    Berdych reached the semifinals not the final of Roland Garros last year.

  1896. gallazent on May 21st, 2011 7:37 am

    What’s with your infatuation with Tomic? It’s not that he seldom plays outside of Oz – he’s in a lot of tournaments around the world – the reason he seldom plays is because he loses in qualifying or the first round. He’s a loser. Period.

  1897. Vyankatesh on May 21st, 2011 11:24 am

    Read my thoughts about French Open 2011

  1898. Brandon Lewis on May 23rd, 2011 3:53 pm

    Hey not bad.

  1899. Arvis on May 23rd, 2011 5:14 pm

    Loving the podcasts, I’m really glad I found this site. Thanks guys.

    Thoughts:
    Almagro got forgotten last year because Nadal won everything of note during the clay season (and beyond). But he was actually the closest to beating Nadal on clay that year!! It seems like few people remember, but he took El Matador to two tiebreaks in the 2010 French before succumbing 6-4 in the 3rd (no one else came close to doing that). It was a ferocious effort on Almagro’s part. He also took a set off Nadal in Madrid that year. If he can recapture that same form he could probably win the entire tournament. But that is a big “if.”

    Nima, you were spot on about Fed’s first round match. :)
    Now, I’ve noticed a lot of people are mentioning Monfils as someone who could upset Fed and completely ignoring/forgetting Ferrer. I think this is a mistake.

    Gotta go, I’ll listen to the rest of the podcast later.

    -Arvis

  1900. dari on May 24th, 2011 12:16 am

    Yeah, not bad at all, NOBODY coulda called that berdy loss!
    But your fed and delpo are spot on!

  1901. Jack on May 24th, 2011 2:09 am

    thanks for the comments guys. looking forward to the rest of the tournament for sure!

  1902. Alex on May 24th, 2011 12:51 pm

    Although some people may view Nadal’s first round match as a sign of trouble, I think it is important to remember that Isner is not a typical first round opponent. Isner has a history of playing 5-set matches at the majors and often pushing better players to their limit. That being said, Nadal would’ve lost this match if Isner was more serious about his fitness. I think this match shows that players like Del Potro and Soderling can beat Rafa at Roland Garros if they are playing at their best. It will be interesting to see how his matches play out as the tournament progresses.

  1903. M on May 24th, 2011 2:07 pm

    That spread is so beautiful. As is Ferru!
    Thank you for the feature!

  1904. Arvis on May 24th, 2011 3:20 pm

    Thoughts (Cont’d):

    After Nadal’s 1st round match today, do you still feel confident that he can roll to the final AND beat Novak? I am thinking he’s vulnerable again this year. Last year, he took the French without losing a single set. Now he’s lost two in his first match. And he still has the likes of Andy Murray, Verdasco, Soderling, and even Gilles Simon looming before him. Form-wise, right now it looks like Andy Murray is ready and waiting to take Nadal out of another Grand Slam, this time on clay.

    I know it sounds unoriginal, but after the 1st round matches, it’s Djokovic who really looks ready to take it all the way.

    Last thought: You guys don’t follow the women’s side at all?

    -Arvis

  1905. Zach on May 24th, 2011 3:37 pm

    I think this should cause serious concern for the Nadal camp. Isner is a hard court/grass court player and he was able to take Nadal the distance. Isner is not a very consistant player and on clay, that plays right into the hand of Nadal. There must be something that we don’t know about with Nadal, but he needs to step up his game or there could be a major upset coming up.

  1906. Andrew on May 24th, 2011 9:59 pm

    Sorry but this is a very stupid article. Roger himself has said he has many years left in the game.

  1907. Raghu varma on May 24th, 2011 10:13 pm

    If Federer wins any of the slams left this year? then what is the situation? you must remember one thing that Federer is such a player who can win on any conditions…… if you’ve your idea just keep inside your brain don’t let them out…. round the world there are millions of fed fans and we like to watch Federer playing such a classic game all the time, whatever may be the result of the game

  1908. Raghu varma on May 24th, 2011 10:17 pm

    And Federer has himself self said that he’s eyeing big on next years olympics….. so your prediction is such a stupid one, means only you can accept such worst stories

  1909. Rafael Nadal on May 24th, 2011 10:24 pm

    Michael Emmett, congratulations on writing the worst article I’ve ever read! Did you just start watching tennis last week? All of your arguments have no backbone and your writing style is pre-high school level. I can’t believe I even wasted my time reading this stupid article. Idiot!

  1910. Lee Jackson on May 24th, 2011 10:41 pm

    Federer has already said that he will play to 2012 since he wants to play in the Olympics. So no he is not retiring at the end of this year.

  1911. Bobby Jr on May 25th, 2011 12:27 am

    There is some epic logic failure in this article.

    Near the end of last year Federer won 3 in a row against Djokovic. What did those numbers suggest? That Federer would never beat him again?… the mind boggles how some of this stuff gets read as if it has any basis in reality.

  1912. Reggie on May 25th, 2011 4:04 am

    This is rubbish – see his 2011 record of SF/W’s and its very respectable. Federer made it absolutely CLEAR he wants to be at the London 2012 Olympics so that is another full year on the circuit.

    2014 when (of, ‘if’) R2/R3 exits start appearing then let’s talk about retirement.

  1913. Amy Bee on May 25th, 2011 8:47 am

    This article is a clear case of projection. I’ll be waiting for your response when Federer doesn’t make his retirement announcement after the USO.

  1914. Ryan on May 25th, 2011 10:55 am

    After he just strolled through the first 2 rounds of the FO..you write this crap.. EPIC FAIL. What a meaningless stupid article

  1915. Anna on May 25th, 2011 11:49 am

    Let’s hope Emmett understands how weak his analysis is :)

  1916. Nima Naderi on May 25th, 2011 12:23 pm

    Thanks for the comments, Arvis. I think Nadal will be just fine; Isner is a tough first rounder and the highest ranked guy Nadal has ever faced in the first round. Fed should get by Monfils, and we do cover the women’s game from time-to-time. The ATP is our focus however. We have a few writers that preview and wrap up the WTA during the big events.

  1917. Arvis on May 25th, 2011 1:45 pm

    Meant to say, looks like you and I were both way off about Almagro. What a disappointment.

    I think you’re right about Nadal, I don’t think he’ll have any trouble til the 2nd week. I still believe Murray has the game to beat Nadal here. At least, the version of Nadal that showed up against Isner.

    -Arvis

  1918. Mark on May 25th, 2011 1:59 pm

    This article is astonishingly bad. Short sighted, factually inaccurate and poorly written.

    1) Federer has said for years now that he will compete until at least the 2012 Olympics at Wimbledon. He repeats this all the time and said this in his press conference this week. Most tennis fans are well aware of this fact.

    2) Federer beat Murray, Djokovic and Nadal in the same tournament 6 months ago at the ATP Finals. Djokovic and Nadal are playing better tennis than Federer currently is. However Federer will probably be one of the two favourites to win his 7th Wimbledon in a few weeks.

    3) “He had a streak of 23 consecutive grand slam semi-finals appearances (that ended at last year’s Australian Open)”
    -Federer has made every Australian Open Semi-final since 2003. Most casual fans know his streak ended at the French last year.

    4) “He has more than enough cash for him and his family”
    -I am honestly cringing reading this. Federer has had “more than enough cash” for a long time. As he says in many of his press conferences, he loves playing the game and will play for years to come.

    I guess in order to be “Director of Tennis Operations” you don’t have to know much about the current events of tennis. I have read thousands of sports articles in my life, and this might be the worst I have ever read.

  1919. stefan ramjag on May 25th, 2011 6:08 pm

    very very foolish…….one of the dumbest things i have ever read in my life…….a two year old makes more sense……im not gonna waste my typing on a response to this…..when fed bags another slam we’ll all laugh and say that guy michael emmet is such a fool.

  1920. veljko on May 27th, 2011 6:38 am

    No chance Djokovic will loose this match, as it is impossible that Del Potro takes 3 sets from the player who had not lost two sets for more than 6 months now!

    Maybe if it was hard court, DelPo in life form and Djokovic not at his best…

    Gasquet is also a new player now, more stable and patient, which is not always a quality of Bellucci. It is possible, but unlikely…

    Not to be offended, it seems to me that you are playing on surprise in which case you would prove great tennis knowledge going against the majority.
    If it would be to bet your life on it, would you bet on DelPo?

  1921. Jack on May 27th, 2011 1:18 pm

    not sure Id bet my life on any tennis match, because the outcome is difficult to predict at every turn.

    remember that nadal demolished soderling 6-1 6-0 just a week or so before the 09 french open, and that soderling wasn’t considered much of a threat on clay at the time. it could happen again

    sooner or later djokovic is gonna start getting a bit tense about beating mcenroe’s streak (and look up how that ended, in the final of the 84 french open against lendl). if that’s coupled with physical duress (he’s had his left knee taped up for a while now, not sure how serious that problem is), then who knows what can happen.

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  1923. April on May 27th, 2011 4:49 pm

    It was probably a good decision to keep the tournament in Paris considering it has many hotels, things to do, and Roland Garros is a fantastic site for the tournament.

  1924. April on May 27th, 2011 5:07 pm

    The French Open should be full of excitement and surprises this year. Playing at night will add to the hype and will generate excitement.

  1925. Peggy Dickson on May 28th, 2011 4:04 am

    Why is Sharapova allowed to shriek everytime she hits the ball?It is the most dreadful noise & very unpleasant & distracting to listen to,especially I would think for her opponent. At home the only way I can watch her matches is to hit the mute button.

  1926. veljko on May 28th, 2011 5:55 pm

    Don’t wanna poke your eyes, but would like to reply to another statement of yours.

    I am 100% sure Novak does not have any problem in handling pressure of McEnroe streak.

    I am sure he is dealing with pressure due to great expectation that everybody share when he is in question. Still I am sure he forgets that on the court, specially as the match rolls.
    He will be beaten one day because someone played better tennis in that match, not because he succumbed to great pressure

    If he keeps the motive and drive for tennis, he will be dominant for long (beatable sometimes, of course)

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  1929. Robert H C Chan on May 30th, 2011 12:52 am

    Among the 4 Grand Slams, I like Roland Garros French Open Tennis best.
    WHY ???
    I like the carnival like atmosphere and the atmosphere.
    I like the colour, reddish orange clay on screen.
    I like its peculiarity & you can slide on the surface.
    It takes alot out of each player. You have to be fit & good to win.
    It is difficult to predict the winner, though Nadal won the last 5 times. Big seeds can fall along the way like Caroline Wozniaki & Kim Clijster, Thomas Bernych etc
    Hope I can have the opportunity to see tennis live at Roland Garros one day.

  1930. shulbuz on May 31st, 2011 1:57 am

    I see the seeds for the semi-final draw was reversed from last year to again shield Nadal from Federer or Djokovic. It appears to be deliberate in most of the Slams. Esp the US.

  1931. BULLZ1LLA on May 31st, 2011 4:50 am

    Did the writer of this article just say Rafa hasn’t come close to the velocity of his US Open serve? He’s served 132mph numerous times since the US Open, including at the Australian Open. That is definitely close to 135mph, and he rarely served 135mph at the US Open anyway. Talk about being blinded by overreaction….

  1932. Arvis on May 31st, 2011 3:01 pm

    Good stuff again, guys. You going to do a Finals Preview podcast or are we not getting another one until the FO is over? :)

    My head tells me we’re going to get a Nadal/Djokovic final, but my heart wants a Federer/Murray final. Just because I think it would be interesting. :D

    -Arvis

  1933. Nima Naderi on May 31st, 2011 7:53 pm

    BULLZ1LLA: If you honestly think Nadal’s serve is as good as it was at the USO, I’m not sure what you’ve been watching. He might have clocked a serve here or there in the 130s, but that is a far cry from using his serve as a weapon. He’s said himself that his serve is a major problem at the moment. Again, everything I said in this article–weeks before Nadal said them himself–have been confirmed at the French Open.

    He is feeling old and rightfully so–he’s been on Tour for 10 years and he’s only 25.

  1934. Alex on June 1st, 2011 10:46 am

    Geez, you would think after getting caught twice and knowing the consequence for a third offence, he would stop doing this. The ATP deserves credit for monitoring him and cracking down, even though Koellerer isn’t a prime time player.

  1935. Jack Han on June 2nd, 2011 6:10 am

    The supreme irony here is the “Crazy Dani” is known to be one of the most hated, biggest jerks among ATP players. He’s pretty notorious for acting out toward fans, umpires, line judges and other players. I’m sure many, many people are happy to see him banned for life but this is a bit surprising considering he mostly acts out because he wants to win too much.

  1936. jimmy on June 2nd, 2011 12:07 pm

    Where do you get these writers from? Novak is the fave but to totally dismiss Roger seems foolish to me. Rogers serve and volleys are all better than Novaks and I can see this going the distance. Fitness also favours Roger as Novak has had a lot of matches and has a history of tiring and retiring. The added pressure of maintaining the streak and getting number 1 can also add pressure. Federer in 5!

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  1940. Shirley Caldwell on June 2nd, 2011 3:46 pm

    Why can’t I print the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles Draws?

  1941. puput on June 3rd, 2011 7:50 am

    pick nadal in 3

  1942. jimmy on June 3rd, 2011 4:04 pm

    see! Don’t bet against fed, I want a blog saying sorry for being so wrong! FED FED FED

  1943. Alex on June 3rd, 2011 4:48 pm

    Your analysis was 100% spot-on. I don’t think I’ve seen Federer serve that well in a big match in a long time. It was great to see him clicking on all cylinders, which I haven’t seen in a really long time. This will surely go down as a classic.

  1944. Zach on June 4th, 2011 12:56 pm

    I think that this is one of Federer’s best chance to take out Nadal on clay. Nadal hasn’t been Nadal, whereas Federer has been playing solid tennis. Taking out Djokovic yesterday I think gives Federer enough momentum, and belief that he is able to take out Nadal. Federer just beat the best player in 2011 and I think that he will be able to make history once again.

    Federer in 4.

  1945. zarma on June 4th, 2011 7:11 pm

    i hv always admired Federer until Nadal came on board the global tennis scene.Its a litmus test to them both in tomorrows final in Paris.Then the question of who is greater can have an answer.

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  1947. Foxcrawl on June 5th, 2011 3:26 pm

    i think now it is the time for another great champion,,,Mr.Djokovic. unfortunately he was a bit injured in Paris, otherwise could have demolished Federer and Nadal as he did it several time this year. Viva Novak. Sorry for not taking part in wimbledon

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  1949. varadharajan on June 7th, 2011 8:18 am

    why nadals total points shows only 12070 even after winning french open. Nadal is supposed to get 2000 points for winning french open.
    Both Federer and Djo got the points. I am not able to understand the system. Please explain

  1950. Amy Bee on June 7th, 2011 3:35 pm

    varadharajan: Nadal had no points to gain because he was defending champion. He got to keep the 2000 points he got last year, i.e he defended his 2010 points. Federer and Djokovic gained points for doing better at this year’s tournament than last years.

  1951. tennis fan on June 8th, 2011 10:50 pm

    Wasn’t as “remote” a chance after all, when Fed beat Djokovic just days after your idiotic article…que tonto!!!

  1952. foad on June 11th, 2011 5:23 pm

    you are the best tennis player for ever. you can be world no.1 in this season come on roger. you are champion in Wimbledon and us open.

  1953. crishna marie on June 13th, 2011 12:40 am

    loved the article!

  1954. MJ on June 18th, 2011 10:56 am

    Great article…good insights….agree with you until that very end part!!! :) VAMOS!!!!!!