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I have zero worry about Rog losing the first set. Had the next 3 sets been close, maybe. But he breadsticked Marcel mercilessly. It should have been 76 61 61. But on a suddenly stormy and humid day, even the flustered Dimitrov got bageled in the first set before turning it around. Energy wise, even though it went to 4 sets, it was Rog's shortest match of the tournament. I'd consider the 19 minute playtime before the rain delay was a practice session for Rog to then mow his opponent down in about 90 minutes thereafter.
Agut might be a tougher test simply because they haven't played before and usually it takes Rog a few minutes to read their game.
16 hours, 48 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/us-open-federer-d-granollers/52621/
@FuzzyLogic @IdleTime That was a handsome, poised and charismatic young man sitting next to MJ. I wouldn't cast him in a role of a "shoe shine boy", even in a crude comedy. MJ promotes athletic shoes. Why would they need to be shined? Sorry. Still not funny.
5 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/royal-box-his-airness-now-a-member-of-club-fed/52548/
@tamaskee @IdleTime @Duke Tennis Except that the video has gone viral and most of everyone is enjoying the humorous moment. It was simply humorous because somehow the ball hit Marinko's butt, that it was unintentional. Sometimes a moment is funny, regardless of anyone's expenses. Marinko is not a baby whose feelings need protection from you. For everyone who instinctively laughed at that moment, I guess they should feel ashamed of themselves? Typical of Anti-Fedders to make a mountain out of a mole, yet again.
5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/photos-video/2014/08/video-federers-post-point-tweener-hits-matosevic-roger-jordan-laugh/52552/
@Duke Tennis Oh for C's sake, he didn't aim for his behind. That why it was funny.
5 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/photos-video/2014/08/video-federers-post-point-tweener-hits-matosevic-roger-jordan-laugh/52552/
@FuzzyLogic @IdleTime I fail to see the humor in that.
5 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/royal-box-his-airness-now-a-member-of-club-fed/52548/
@skmind Federer on several occasions in his career has stated that one of his sports idol is Michael Jordan. Now he's grown up and a sports legend himself and able to meet his sports idol, why the hell not? Even if it transpired through a business opportunity. I don't think it's all that feigned.
Image is the least of Federer's problems.
Who's the guy sitting next to Michael Jordan?
6 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/royal-box-his-airness-now-a-member-of-club-fed/52548/
Any top players could thwart Diego Dwarfman playing 50%. There's actually a modern day male tennis player who is 5'7" tall?
I thought in the 3rd set Djokovic was quite irritable as if the his surroundings were a nuisance for him and just didn't want to be out there.
6 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/us-open-djokovic-d-schwartzman/52530/
@nicky1 @IdleTime I don't think you understand the meaning of "face value" then.
6 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/fans-longing-nadal-says-federer-not-players/52513/
@Take That I wouldn't say *all* of his matches. He can afford to have a 4 setter or two. And of course it takes mental energy to play like Rog does. But the other issue is the physical. If he can shorten his time on court, it wouldn't hurt his chance. But then again he has to strike that balance against not having any challenging matches before heading into the battle finals.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/federers-confidence-soaring-before-us-open/52516/
Roger is simply being matter-of-fact. As he often does even when talking about his achievements. But don't read too much into it, like he "fears" Nadal or something. Quit projecting and putting your thoughts into his words.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/fans-longing-nadal-says-federer-not-players/52513/
#1 seed vs. #2 seed finals and #1 seed prevails? The stats don't support it.
In the past 30 USOs, there have been only eight 1 vs 2 finals. That's 1 out of 4 times.
And in the 8 times that occurred, #2 has the winning edge of 5-3 against #1.
There have been 10 champions that were seeded as #1, and an equal amount of champions that were seeded #2. #1 made it to the finals 16 times, #2 14 times.
Therefore, while it's slightly more challenging for #2 to make it to the finals than #1, #2 has a better record in the finals. 10-4 vs. 10-6.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/how-open-open/52500/
While I think Rog indeed *can* win this year's USO, and would love to see that happen, this article is humorous and entertaining at best.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/stars-spell-roger/52502/
I know I've said that if Novak and Fed meet each other in the finals, Novak is the favorite.
But after reviewing the history of their rivalry, which is more of a true rivalry than the one Fed has with Nadal, I'd have to say that it's 50-50.
When/if the time comes, a Novak-Fed USO final, I will dissect their see-saw H2H for y'all and predict the winner.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/how-open-open/52500/
@tnosugar @Rafessi I don't think all 3 writers are Fed fans. I don't think Ed McGrogan is. And they predict based on the recent events that have transpired up to the Open. And for that, it's reasonable to predict Roger, not delusional.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/expert-picks-2014-us-open/52497/
I'm a big Federer fan and I'm not going to predict him to win it. I'm not going to predict that he's *not* going to win it either. I honestly don't know who's going to win it. If the final is between Novak and Roger, Novak is the favorite. The question is will he get there. I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't make it, and I won't be surprised if he makes it either.
But if he does, Novak is the favorite against anyone. I know that he had a rough summer HC, but it probably meant that the Wimbledon and wedding celebration had just ended and he was still harboring a hangover. He could play himself into form at the USO and in some way would be the fresher one between him and Federer.
But of course he could "easily" be upset by Murray/Tsonga or Wawrinka if he doesn't get his act together before then.
With his form and draw, Roger is almost 100% prime to make it to the finals. If he doesn't, well, then his detractors would have every right to sing the "Too Old to Win a Slam" song.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/expert-picks-2014-us-open/52497/
Where's Steve Tignor's prediction? He's probably going to pick Nadal.
No draw is really easy for Rog these days as he can inexplicably wander off in a match. But no draw is really difficult if Rog is consistently on.
I think Berdych is a danger, especially if he survives through the SF. A Cillic/Gulbis/Berdych encounter is as dangerous for Rog like meeting Wawrinka or Murray or Tsonga.
Rog might not meet Dimitrov in the QF as Dimitrov is 0-3 at the Open. Now he has to win 4 matches to meet Rog. So it could be Monfils who Rog will have to play in the QF. To me, that's not an easy task either.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/live-2014-us-open-draw-breaking-news-and-instant-reaction/52493/
@BOTT @!!!!--Lets go--!!! That's right. 1-4 vs. 13-16; 5-8 vs. 9-12 in the 4th round. Proof?
Here ya go -- look closely at the seeds slots -- https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bvk6ArNIMAEbigI.jpg:large
Novak nominated Conchita Wurst? Haha. He's too cool and just too much!
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/photos-video/2014/08/video-tennis-stars-take-ice-bucket-challenge/52486/
The *only* benefit for Rog due to Rafa's withdrawal is that he'll be seeded #2, one round further away from true HC nemesis, Djokovic. Rafa, if participated, would not go very far to meet any of the top players.
Rog's chance of winning the USO has nothing to do with Rafa, as evidenced by history. Rog's losses and victories at the USO never came in the hands or expenses of Rafa. These two might end their illustrious rivalry without ever playing a match against each other at the USO.
If Novak and Murray are not an equation this year, Rog can still lose to a Berdych or a Wawrinka. I hope he doesn't draw Berdych in his quarter. Rog's biggest threat at the USO open this year is meeting some dangerous floater in the early rounds (ala Gulbis at the French). Rog due to his age can suffer an extended period of on court M.I.A. I'll breathe a sigh of relief once Rog makes it to the 2nd week. And if Novak scrapes his way to the finals and to meet Rog, I'd still give the edge to Novak in this 3 out of 5 setting.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/prometheus-bound/52466/
This article is insulting to the champions Federer, Novak and Murray. The tennis world, especially hard court tennis, doesn't revolve around Nadal.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/prometheus-bound/52466/
Followed the score when it was live. And was really befuddled that Rog almost got bageled by David in the 2nd set.
Having seen the highlights, it made sense. David played lights out after he was able to hold in the first game, echoing Nadal. And Rog got befuddled and confused there after a successful first set. But by playing lights out to dominate the 2nd set, David as a result got tired. And Rog didn't.
In order for David to have a chance to beat Rog, he'd have to win the first set and play like he did in the 2nd. Or as he said so funnily post-match, wait until the Senior Tour.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/reliables/52464/
To be expected. Even if he did participate, he wouldn't go far anyway, so it's good to give up his seeding. This way, Novak and Rog will be the top 2 seeds and be on opposite sides. This means that Murray will get to be top 8.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/rafael-nadal-withdraws-2014-us-open-right-wrist-injury/52465/
@stevemk I don't think fatigue will be a factor in today's match. Rog only played a little over an hour last night. Today's match is in Rog's hand. He should finish off Ferrer quickly. If he allows it to stretch into deep in the 3rd set then maybe the 2 long weeks of playing will have an effect.
But I think Rog is too smart to allow it to get to that stage, especially with the newfound love to rush the net these days.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/cincinnati-federer-d-raonic/52457/
Yes, Raonic played terribly in the first set. But I thought he played quite well in the second and was toe to toe with Rog. He held his serves better in this set than Rog until he got broken in his 4th service game. And that game was a battle.
But Rog is just tough as nail in recent days. Their close matches in their early meetings have given Milos a false sense of hope that he was inches from beating Rog. And the recent scorelines give the impression that Milos is getting worse. But the reality is that Rog tends to struggle/battle with a new player who has big serves at first and then he eventually able to read their serves better. And secondly, Rog has changed his game since 2012 and this perhaps distances himself further from Raonic.
Conclusion -- it's all in Rog's hand.
So Rog is 11-4 against top 10 this year. And will most likely be 12-4 after today (fingers crossed).
If he for some weird reasons loses to Ferrer today, then his head, not his game, will have to be examined.
Andy was double break up in the 2nd set and should have won it. Can't really argue with that, especially for a player of his calibre.
BUT. Stop talking like he should have won the match! I mean, there was a third set, right? And with Fed's consistent and superb play from 1-4 on in the 2nd set, what make y'all think that it would be a gimme for Murray in the third?
I don't think Murray played that badly in the match, but sometimes no matter how well you play, there's no getting over a China wall that happens to be your opponent that day.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/cincinnati-federer-d-murray/52452/
@Helios What a refreshing interpretation of the match, Helios.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/cincinnati-federer-d-murray/52452/
Another record for Rog:
"Federer's defeat of Murray, No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, also makes him the first player in history to win 10 matches against Top 10 players in 10 different seasons. This season, he leads the Tour in victories against the Top 10 (10-4). At the same stage of the season last year, Federer’s record against Top 10 opponents was 1-6."
With the exception of 2011, Nole has always been a pretty up and down player, even when he's #1. It's always been a challenge for him to upkeep his motivation after winning a slam. Other than 2011, he never won more than 1 slam a year. He's simply experiencing a hangover from an eventful couple of months.
The question is will he recover in time for the USO title? I will not be surprised either way.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/first-ball-815-djokers-not-so-wild/52444/
@RichSimmons There's no love from Rog. to Novak, but I don't think he hates Andy at all. Choked up Andy embraced him after losing Wimbly finals in 2012. He wouldn't do that if he feels that Rog hates him. Anyway, I don't think Rog expends much negative energy towards any player on the tour. He seems to Zen for that.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/cincinnati-federer-d-monfils/52442/
It's pretty simple.
If this were the USO or AO finals, Rog would have to hope that Novak's form to dip in order for Rog to win. And on grass, it's the other way around.
If both play to their ability, Rog should win tomorrow.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/champions-ball/52025/
@Prince of Rascia @IdleTime I'm not saying that Rog will win. I counter pointed anyone who so confidently predicts that Novak will win. So you don't want to base things on the past, what factors are you exactly base on for a Novak win? Things that haven't happened yet?
That makes a lot of sense.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/wimbledon-federer-d-raonic/52010/
People who expect Djokovic to win on Sunday need to watch his Wimbly semis match against Roger in 2012.
@topspinner @IdleTime I never said that he had a strong season, but strong *clay* season, by his standards. What's immediately leading up to his QF match.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/fist-ball-73-murray-meltdown-edition/51995/
@topspinner @IdleTime Facts don't prove that Murray is "a shadow of himself". He had a very strong clay season, his least favored surface. And he went through his first 4 matches here with ease and authority. Like Federer, he dropped zero sets. Grigor's win is a testament to his ability to go far at this point in his career.
@Spice26 @IdleTime Spice26, I agree that there are not that many grass specialists out there and obviously I know you don't have to be one to win Wimbledon, since I said Novak isn't one and he won, not to mention Nadal. "Specialist" means that you have the game and movements that suits the surface. I would say that Murray has the wily game that can prove to be successful on this surface. The reason that players Novak and Nadal can be successful at Wimbledon is b/c there aren't that many grass specialists out there. They can go through the draw by the mere virtue of their aura of being the top player on a mission. But their chances are dicey.
So my point is that Dimitrov is dangerous to Novak b/c the guy's got game for the surface.
IDK. I'm predicting Dimitrov upsetting Djokovic. Grigor was a junior champion here. He broke through and won his first grass tournament this year and beat the defending champion soundly. He has game for this surface.
Novak is not a grass master, despite his title here in 2011. In fact, grass is his most awkward surface. When playing against the grass specialists in Murray and Federer, he loses. I mean, 5 sets against Cilic? So why won't he be the victim to the specialist Dimitrov who is ready and seems to have the perfect composure for a champion?
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/fist-ball-73-murray-meltdown-edition/51995/
Federer can't ask for a better prelude to this semis match. He won a tune-up to build confidence, in the process having to play only 3 matches. He got through the first 4 rounds at Wimbly in a breeze and met, at the right time, a challenge in Wawrinka in the QF, to build grits.
This "he's too old to win 7 straight 3 out of 5 sets matches" doesn't really apply on grass given how quickly Rog can get on and off the court.
Having said that, I won't lie that I wish that it was Styrgios (or even Nadal) that Rog plays in the SF, and not Raonic. Bombers like Milos can always pose as a minefield for Rog, especially on a surface that favors the ball-bashers. Rog would have to be on his toe the whole time, something we can't rely too readily for him these days. He can also hope that Milos will find the momentous occasion too overwhelming to perform.
Playing 3 days in a row *might* be a factor for Stan's loss, or it might not be at all. We don't know this. And as a journalist, you want to stick to the facts, not conjectures.
Players play 3 days in a row all the time in smaller tournaments. Playing 3 days in a row at Wimbledon can be less taxing than playing 3 days in a row in, say, the clay tournament in Rome, even in 3/5 vs. 2/3 formats. Matches are shorter on grass and lacking in long rallies. Weather conditions are always cooler here as well.
If fatigue was a factor to Stan's loss, then that is his problem. Fitness is part of the game and if you're not prepared for this, then you deserve to be eliminated. Furthermore, we don't know if he would win if he were fully fit either. He won the first set and never saw another break point for the next 2 1/2 sets, so it was Roger's high level of play that perhaps wore him down.
This was Stan's first QF at Wimbledon, so there was no real reason to believe that he would cross over line with a grass maestro like Federer who knows his opponent's game very well.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/friend-and-foe/51985/
Not to take anything away from Kyrgios, obviously a big win and a big talent. But beating Nadal on grass is nothing to write home about. He has a terrible record on this surface (at Wimbledon and warm-up) in the past 3 years, proving that his earlier success on grass was due more to his tenacious competitive spirit and aura than skills and feels for the surface.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/wimbledon-kyrgios-d-nadal/51965/
That's just horrible! How could he be on Fox and Friends?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on VIDEO: Chris Daughtry apologizes for ‘Off The Clock’ comments on D-Day on Fox & Friends
Idol was not happy that Caleb won. You could tell in Ryan Seacrest's blank reaction after announcing Caleb's winning.
Idol should find better ways to determine a winner, outside and in addition to votings. A Southerner is always going to kick a non-Southerner's butt in the finale when it comes to votings.
Or Idol should either pick all of their contestants to be Southerners or none of them to be Southerners, so that the result would be more reflective of marketability, rather than Southern pride.
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It's great (smart?) to have the opening match on Sunday. And luckily this looked like an 84 minute practice session for Roger. He won't play again until Wednesday, which is when the tournament officially begins for him.
This way, it's like he would only have to play 6 six matches in the span of 12 days. So psychologically and physically, it won't feel too taxing for him if he gets near the championship match.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/05/roland-garros-federer-d-lacko/51546/
My stats show that Caleb will edge Jena tomorrow.
There have been 7 boy vs. girl finale, and boy edges girl by 4-3. This is statistically insignificant. But two other stats can't be ignored:
1) In a mixed gender finale, the eliminated 3rd placer's gender determines the gender of the winner in a ratio of 6-1. Since Alex got eliminated in 3rd place, Caleb will benefit. More significantly...
2) In a finale of a southerner vs. a non-Southerner, the Southerner wins in a ratio of 6-0.
But history might not have much of an impact this year because this is the first year where votings are limited to 50 per device, so whoever performed significantly better tonight can still win. Since I didn't see the show, I don't know how each performed. But during the whole season, there weren't much that separated these two.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on POLL: Who will win American Idol 2014 Season 13?
I can't understand a word she's singing during the verses.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on VIDEO: Jena Irene sings ‘Heart Attack’ on American Idol 2014
Alex should have done something a little different with "Story of My Life". It was a mere repeat/reprisal and that might have hurt him. For my money, he's the only worthy finalist.
Having been the frontrunner and the only girl left, Jena is primed to make it. In the old days of unlimited voting, Caleb would have been a shoo-in for the finale, as he is the only Southerner of the 3. But, musically, in a battle of between a throwback entertainer ala Taylor Hicks (Caleb) and an easy-going breezy singer-songwriter ala Phillip Phillips (Alex), I'm not sure who will make it through?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on POLL: Who’s Going Home on American Idol Top 3? – 05/15/2014
Overrated! Ppl get excited because she's 17, but really that was just decent at best. JLo, sit down, girl!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on VIDEO: Jena Irene sings ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ on American Idol 2014
How can they be s-holes if they didn't know the result before voting? It could be them who has the least votes. But, Rickey, you are just too funny!
4 months ago on Alex Preston and Jena Irene voted to evict Sam Woolf on ‘American Idol’ – Report
If either Alex or Jena is in the B2, then CJ is going home.
4 months, 1 week ago on American Idol 2014 – Top 6 Results – Live Blog and Recap