Why are Djokovic and Federer ALWAYS in the same half?
I think Gasquet will be the only (or should be) tricky opponent for Djoker, but let's see what happens. I think Fed got the toughest quarterfinal match-up.
I disagree about Gasquet. He usually falls into place in the slam events. The only player in Djokovic's quarter who could really trouble him is Berdych. Monfils likes to grind out points too much, but Djokovic is so much better at it. My picks:
This just in; Caro's game is still flimsy, but CaRory rocks!!
What did they do now?
According to Fish and Federer the courts are slower this year. Fish said they're slower than Montreal and Cincinatti. Fish complained about it and said he might have to alter his strategy and come to the net less often. I would think Nadal and Djokovic would benefit the most from this. Article: http://www.thesportreview.com/tsr/20...g-of-flushing/
That would suck but if I don't like Fed's chances either if they met.
I think the second greatest achievement of the year, after Nole's incredible run, was Roger getting to the French Open finals for the fifth time (he is, of course, the only player to make all four Grand Slam finals five times at least [not to mention that he was the only player to do it four times to begin with]--a record that won't be broken in my lifetime, nor that of my children, for that matter), but I don't see any hope for him winning the US Open, given his recent play. If he proves me wrong, it will be fine with me.
I've seen enough of Tsonga through the years. I don't buy this more than just a playing well streak. It happens.
It's not that Tsonga has gotten that much better, it is that Roger is falling back toward the pack.
Originally Posted by Green Men Rule
Thought Sharapova would go down this afternoon, damn.
It's a funny thing. In three set matches anyway, "nobodies," male or female, who take first sets off "somebodies" had better win in two sets, because they almost never win in three. Once the second set was registered, the match really wasn't that much in doubt.
For a professional tennis player, qualifying for the main draw at any level of tournament, whether it be Futures or ATP World Tour events, is a great feeling. In tennis it happens every week in every tournament all around the world. To qualify is something to be proud of, but it is fairly common on the tennis tour.
However, what Frank Dancevic has done, qualify for all four Grand Slams in one calendar year, is so special that it has never been done before. When the Canadian defeated Romain Jouan in the final round of the US Open qualifying tournament last week, he made tennis history.
“I had no idea that I was the first one,” admits Dancevic when asked how it felt to make the tennis history books. “I have had a lot of injuries throughout my career, and I started off the year just trying to work my way up the rankings and get my identity back this year. Starting from scratch, playing the qualifying rounds at all the Slams and having to win all those matches was tough, but worth it. I believe that I am a Top 100 player and deserve to be back there. I had confidence going into every qualifying match at each of the Grand Slams. Honestly, I felt that I deserved to be in the main draw and that sort of helped me through my matches.”
A look back at Dancevic’s playing activity supports his claim. Though his current ranking is outside the Top 100, he was once ranked as high as 65. He has made the finals of two ATP World Tour events (Eastbourne ’09 and Indianapolis ’07).
Gulbis starts off with a very nice win over #16 seeded Youzhny, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. I just saw the third set, and when Ernests wasn't hitting his dreaded drop shots, he dominated the match. Now if someone could only find a way to get him to stop hitting drop shots....
Serena's first outing against Jovanovski could be worth a look-see. I saw Bojana, only 19, in Toronto and I thought that she had excellent potential. She gave Sharapova fits before succumbing in three sets. If Williams thinks she can just steamroll the kid, Serena might be surprised to find that she has a match on her hands.
Golubev playing brilliantly gets the first break in the fifth game of the first set against Nadal, who definitely needs to pick it up a notch...and he does break right back...in fact, Golubev doesn't win another game that set and then, defying logic, immediately spurts out to a 3-0 lead in the second.
Golubev had his chance but has blown it. I was in Toronto for Jovanovski/Sharapova this year, Jovanovski played very well but her serving was pretty bad. I hope she can beat Serena, I'm rooting for anyone but Serena to win on the women's side. Seeing her press conference this week reminded me of just what an unlikable ***** Serena really is.
Gulbis has a chance to make a run here if he can keep his head on straight. One of Gulbis, Muller, Kunitsyn and Melzer will probably face Nadal in the fourth round, and you never know what you'll get from Melzer. It's incredible yesterday was Gulbis' first win at a major since Wimbledon 2009.
Pospisil's first up today against Rosol, which is a pretty winnable match. It would be nice to see him take that, he seems to be really building confidence as a singles player.