Federer was too busy not thinking about yesterday
― Matt, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:05 (7 years ago) Permalink
i was only referring to his disinclination to play davis cup.
and i was kidding about that anyway - i care no more about it than he does.
still, 'unpatriotic' was probably a poor choice of word. well done young man!
― Upt0eleven, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:35 (7 years ago) Permalink
It was more the "little shit" that you coupled it with, to be fair.
Anyway, yes, two out of three won against Federer now.
― ailsa, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:37 (7 years ago) Permalink
God knows why he'd want to play the Davis Cup. Who else is going to be on the team? I wouldn't want to be winning matches and carrying a team full of useless people in a tournament that has long since lost its cachet and relevance except in the eyes of really, really old tennis commentators.
― edwardo, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:38 (7 years ago) Permalink
x-post take umbrage wherever you like it was all meant in jest, apart from the congratulatory bit. internet does not do deadpan.
But I genuinely like Murray. I also agree with the above post. I can't be arsed to even watch Davis Cup so I can't blame him if he's rather not play in it.
― Upt0eleven, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:45 (7 years ago) Permalink
Andy Murray wins something
― Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 3 August 2008 21:42 (7 years ago) Permalink
He has won about 4-5 career titles before...but yes, its his biggest win
― xyzzzz__, Sunday, 3 August 2008 21:45 (7 years ago) Permalink
this is his third title of 2008 alone. by far the biggest though! wish i could've seen it, sounds like a fantastic match, and it's good to see him encroaching on THE TRIVALRY even if i do like nole more (lol the way fed's playing, nadal/djokovic/murray is the real trivalry).
on the WTA, dinara safina has won two big titles in a row! she is the only woman out there who is stepping up to fill the void at the top. jankovic is going to be world no 1 next week, that is embarrassing. the WTA is probably in the worst shape i've ever witnessed.
― lex pretend, Sunday, 3 August 2008 22:08 (7 years ago) Permalink
also i didn't know this thread existed!
― lex pretend, Sunday, 3 August 2008 22:09 (7 years ago) Permalink
Oh I know he's won stuff before but not a big tourney. It was a good match. He looks so much fitter and stronger than he was a year or 2 ago.
― Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 3 August 2008 23:53 (7 years ago) Permalink
Nadal will be #1 on 18/8. Can't quite believe Fed's slump post-SW19; loss to Simon, near-loss to Ginepri, loss to Karlovic. Thought he might have at least made a fight of the #1 ranking (his form was fine for 18 of 19 matches in Paris, Halle and London); I had this romantic notion of the baton being passed as Fed beat Nadal at Flushing Meadow (Nadal's points surge taking him past the repeating champ despite the loss). Fed will be lucky to get out of the sixteens in NYC. Does Beijing have any ranking points?
― Michael Jones, Monday, 4 August 2008 00:04 (7 years ago) Permalink
yeah, it does. i think a few less than a masters event for the dudes, a few more than a tier ii for the chicas.
GOD that feels ridiculous looking at it! thinking about how much the olympics mean to, like, track&fielders and rowers and the like, and in tennis it's like...a TIER II.
anyway in other news, THIS is the 15-year-old saviour of the WTA who in the past month has taken sets from both serena and sweta, michelle larcher de brito: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kxaLo1riGo&feature=related
she makes sharapova sound like a trappist. seriously i can't believe she hasn't been asked to stop that bullshit yet, or like MURDERED ON COURT by a deafened opponent. that's not a grunt, that's a scream with a sustain pedal on. i'm not sure i'm going to be able to actually watch any of her matches.
oh and in other news silliams has pissed on her phone at the beach: http://serenawilliams.com/home/
sometimes you just long for the days before celebrities discovered how to work the internet themselves :(
(also note "enuf boring stuff" LIKE TENNIS)
― lex pretend, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:19 (7 years ago) Permalink
you know, i used to watch all the nonslams cuz my stepdad taped them. then i didn't speak to him anymore. i wish i knew when they were on -- i think i'm gonna have to get on top of that!
― Surmounter, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:20 (7 years ago) Permalink
they're on every week! televised or not is another qn
― lex pretend, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:22 (7 years ago) Permalink
exactly, that's the thing.
― Surmounter, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:23 (7 years ago) Permalink
Blake was asked about the partisan crowd before today's final and reminded everyone he's half English :)
BBC giving it "Blake is just happy to be here" bollocks - dude isn't here to make the numbers up. I think I'll be pro-Blake today, as he does things like this
― SB "A Good Story" (onimo), Sunday, 14 June 2009 13:17 (6 years ago) Permalink
Well done Andy!
― ailsa, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:02 (6 years ago) Permalink
Bit of a dull game lit up by a few stunning forehands. Shoddy line calls all day, none of which helped Blake. Well done to Murray on being the first Brit in yonks to win Queen's, which I'm sure won't lead to even more Wimbledon hype.
― SB "A Good Story" (onimo), Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:08 (6 years ago) Permalink
I predict Murray will cave under the pressure and be out by round 3.
― ailsa, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:09 (6 years ago) Permalink
he doesn't seem to be the sort to cave under pressure. but a friendly first-week draw would certainly be nice...
didn't watch the Queen's, but watched the Edgbaston SFs (Li d. Sharapova and Rybarikova d. Mirza) and a bit of the final today - Magdalena Rybarikova is a real discovery, such a classic grass-court game! Slices and volleys and good serving! she looks weirdly like Samantha Morton, too. i remember seeing a photo of her from her junior days when she lost some random final - she was posing w/the trophy and seriously looked like she was about to go bowling for columbine. so it was lucky for Edgbaston that she won today!
Haas beat Djokovic in the Halle final this week too.
― lex pretend, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:25 (6 years ago) Permalink
in other news, larcher de screamo gets a wildcard to wimbledon. FUN.
― Roz, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:56 (6 years ago) Permalink
The weird transatlantification of Murray's pan loaf accent has meant I can't actually hear what he's saying - it's just a series of droning noises that makes my ears stop working.
― SB "A Good Story" (onimo), Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:04 (6 years ago) Permalink
pan loaf accent
is that how you talk with your mouth full of bread?
― Beth Parker, Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:17 (6 years ago) Permalink
It was once more expensive and regarded as more fashionable than the then more common plain loaf. Hence, to speak with a pan loafy voice is to speak in a posh or affected manner.
― SB "A Good Story" (onimo), Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:19 (6 years ago) Permalink
How on earth does Murray speak with an affected accent?! He just mumbles.
I found that picture of Rybarikova looking like she's ready to go bowling for Columbine after losing the Wimbledon juniors final!
Fortunately today was more to her liking.
― lex pretend, Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:41 (6 years ago) Permalink
!!! interesting result for sure. fed dropped out?
― Lamp, Sunday, 14 June 2009 17:22 (6 years ago) Permalink
yeah...Djokovic was lucky to be in the final at all, he had to come back from 5-7, 2-5 down and save 5 match points against Florent Serra (!) in the 2nd round.
― lex pretend, Sunday, 14 June 2009 17:26 (6 years ago) Permalink
French tennis player banned for betting found dead
Natural causes apparently.
― anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 15:55 (6 years ago) Permalink
Fuckin' hell. (Though my initial shock was because I thought you meant Paul-Henri Mathieu...)
― Michael Jones, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 16:00 (6 years ago) Permalink
Oh right, sorry! To avoid confusion to others: it's Mathieu Montcourt.
― anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 16:08 (6 years ago) Permalink
The Lex's favourite choker, Richard Gasquet avoids getting suspended after testing positive for coke.
The full findings are here (pdf): pretty lol-worthy just for the kissing descriptions and finding out that he was allegedly "contaminated" at a Bob Sinclar event.
― Roz, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 20:32 (6 years ago) Permalink
hingis should've found a french waiter of her own to blame. or maybe just one of the 9494439 atp players she'd slept with.
― lex pretend, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 20:42 (6 years ago) Permalink
her ban ends in january right? think she'll come back?
― Roz, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 21:03 (6 years ago) Permalink
wtf federer?! 5-2 up in the final set, somehow fails to serve it out twice and then DFs on match point in the tie-break to give Tsonga the win.
all credit to Jo-W for stepping it up right at the end, but still... that was some breakdown.
― Roz, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:25 (6 years ago) Permalink
5-1 up in the third! :o
at the same time I was watching Flavia Pennetta try to choke away her match - she beat Venus in the last round, and winning this would mean a top 10 debut. 6 match points came and went, double faults on at least two of them, but her opponent was Hantuchova so it was OK in the end.
btw, Serena's post-Wimbledon record = QF loss in Stanford to Stosur and 3R loss in Cincinnati to Bammer, who now owns a 2-0 record over her. The Real Number 1!
am endeavouring to pretend the horrific Clijsters comeback isn't happening. never liked her.
best recent press conference = Marat defending baby sis by telling the press to "go fuck themselves" <3
― lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:32 (6 years ago) Permalink
obv didn't see the Fed match but am guessing that J-W just started going even more for broke than usual when down 1-5, and everything began going in.
― lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:33 (6 years ago) Permalink
yep and suddenly firing aces as well when he hadn't been able to get a good first serve in since like the end of the first set. meanwhile fed's serve just went to pieces after that.
also yay dinara fighting back a break in both sets to beat kimmy. would've hated it if she lost this one.
― Roz, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:39 (6 years ago) Permalink
best recent press conference = Marat defending baby sis by telling the press to "go fuck themselves" <3
this whole presser was fucking classic.
Q. Now that you stopped, what about coaching her?
MARAT SAFIN: Oh, you want me to hang myself? (laughter.)
― Roz, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:41 (6 years ago) Permalink
<3 <3 <3
― lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:43 (6 years ago) Permalink
Wow, Pennetta will be Italy's FIRST EVER top 10 woman! Both Schiavone and, before her, Farina Elia peaked at 11.
― lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:45 (6 years ago) Permalink
Meanwhile, Andy Murray becomes the first man not named Roger or Rafa to hold a spot in the top two since forever. More importantly, Del Potro beat Roddick.
― Michael Jones, Sunday, 16 August 2009 09:25 (6 years ago) Permalink
i am enjoying Del Pony's hardcourt domination of Roddick v much.
― lex pretend, Sunday, 16 August 2009 09:47 (6 years ago) Permalink
Does it mean Del P gets his #5 ranking back? I know he lost a bunch of points in the second half of July. In fact, I'm happy to support Juan Martin today if it makes the difference... ;)
― Michael Jones, Sunday, 16 August 2009 09:55 (6 years ago) Permalink
yeah, if he wins today he'll be back at no 5.
― lex pretend, Sunday, 16 August 2009 10:03 (6 years ago) Permalink
How is Nadal doing post-injury? Lost an edge, or is it too early to tell?
― xyzzzz__, Sunday, 16 August 2009 10:23 (6 years ago) Permalink
he's only played two or three proper matches so yeah still rusty/cautious but he seems to be getting better everyday.
gonna be a great USO - with Murray at number 2, it's likely that Nadal will end up on the same half of the draw as Fed which is just weird to think abt. they've both been at the top for *ages*.
― Roz, Sunday, 16 August 2009 11:06 (6 years ago) Permalink
henin to unretire
― mookieproof, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:09 (6 years ago) Permalink
can only be a good thing
― pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:03 (6 years ago) Permalink
i have no problem with these comebacks, but geez, i wish these "i am gonna quit tennis"-people just announce a sabbatical instead.
also, on another forum i heard a theory that Henin will have a much more difficult time getting back in top shape, since "she's no athlete" and only got to number 1 after years and years and years of hard work.
otoh Clijsters had a kid.
― Ludo, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:09 (6 years ago) Permalink
"Subconsciously, it might have had an impact," Henin said of Clijster's successful comeback. "But it certainly was not the most important reason."
loooool keep telling yourself that, honey
― Roz, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:39 (6 years ago) Permalink
bad job by andy in that tiebreak, smart of stan to just back up & let andy fuxx up
― johnny crunch, Friday, 20 November 2015 21:22 (1 week ago) Permalink
what a bizarre collapse
― lex pretend, Friday, 20 November 2015 21:23 (1 week ago) Permalink
this comparison strikes me as so obvious that surely it's been made before but Murray = ATP Jankovic in so many ways regarding needless and inexplicable psychodrama
― lex pretend, Friday, 20 November 2015 21:28 (1 week ago) Permalink
WAIT SVETA'S DOG HAS HIS OWN INSTAGRAM
― lex pretend, Friday, 20 November 2015 21:34 (1 week ago) Permalink
that's a great dog
― I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Friday, 20 November 2015 21:36 (1 week ago) Permalink
― lex pretend, Friday, 20 November 2015 21:38 (1 week ago) Permalink
strange resolution there was hoping murray could get his shit together and get it to a 3rd
― johnny crunch, Friday, 20 November 2015 22:09 (1 week ago) Permalink
it looked like he was going to for a second. pretty strange match but happy for Murray that his unpleasant week in London has been put out of its misery at last
really hope Stan and Roger reprise last year's dramatics, that was the one match I missed (the only one that was worth watching obv)
― lex pretend, Friday, 20 November 2015 22:12 (1 week ago) Permalink
BAGEL HA, NOVAK
― lex pretend, Saturday, 21 November 2015 14:27 (1 week ago) Permalink
No bagel but that's more than enough to convince me that this will be over 6-3 6-2 so I can go to bed and get up early for Roger/Stan.
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 21 November 2015 14:53 (1 week ago) Permalink
Which I'm going to miss for the second year running -_-
― lex pretend, Saturday, 21 November 2015 14:58 (1 week ago) Permalink
lmao Novak toying with Rafa for fun in this game, these casual experiments in dropshot-lob combos and he wins both points anyway
― lex pretend, Saturday, 21 November 2015 15:33 (1 week ago) Permalink
H2H finally evened at 23-23!
Novak is 21-22 against Federer, got a chance to even that back this week.
And next year we take the lead in both H2Hs, hopefully :)
― lex pretend, Saturday, 21 November 2015 15:37 (1 week ago) Permalink
yea the drop shots were not good
― johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 November 2015 15:57 (1 week ago) Permalink
rafas current game is 1 of the least likely to give novak trouble tbh, hes just not going to lose long rallies regularly
― johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 November 2015 15:59 (1 week ago) Permalink
23-23 vs Rafa22-22 vs Fed
Fed got Dubai, Cincy and the YEC round robinNole got Wimbledon, the US Open, the YEC final (and IW and Rome)
Kind of amazing that their rivalry in 2015 breaks down so simply. Even two days after getting dominated by Federer in RR, the bookies had Nole as the heavy favourite today. Mediocre match though, to conclude another generally mediocre YEC (the two Nishikori three-setters notwithstanding)
― lex pretend, Sunday, 22 November 2015 22:46 (6 days ago) Permalink
Has to be said that Novak's 2015 is probably the best season of the last two decades. Two more years like that and he's the GOAT, not Federer. I mean, how many M1000s has he won? It's insane, nobody's ever dominated that tier while also racking up the slams at such a rate.
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Monday, 23 November 2015 00:40 (5 days ago) Permalink
@jrcunniff: Djokovic completes best year of career, going 82-6.
Earns 16,585 ranking pts out of possible 18,790.
― johnny crunch, Monday, 23 November 2015 01:53 (5 days ago) Permalink
@jrcunniff: Since the 2014 U.S. Open, Djokovic has played 20 events, won 14 of them, and compiled record of 99-7 (5-4 vs Federer, 94-3 vs all others)
― johnny crunch, Monday, 23 November 2015 01:54 (5 days ago) Permalink
Federer 2006 was 82-5 (losing to Nadal four times and Murray once). Fed had three consecutive years at 92% W/L or better; Djokovic has just posted his second (after 2011), Nadal has had one (2013).
They're all around 82% career-wise. It's a toss-up at this point. You'd fancy a rejuvenated Nadal to win one more Roland Garros before he quits, and Novak to win anywhere from three to eight more Slams before he reaches Roger's age. Roger might have a Wimbledon left in him.
They're still not Guillermo Vilas ;) (145-14 in 1977; never mind the %-age, feel the quantity)
I think Fed played ok yesterday, I'm just not sure how you attack someone who is hitting every backhand to within 30cm of the baseline.
― Michael Jones, Monday, 23 November 2015 11:46 (5 days ago) Permalink
Djokovic's second 90%+ year, I mean.
― Michael Jones, Monday, 23 November 2015 11:47 (5 days ago) Permalink
it's still so incredibly weird to me that GBR are in the davis cup FINAL
― lex pretend, Friday, 27 November 2015 12:55 (Yesterday) Permalink
I only have the dimmest memories of '78. Buster M beating Gottfried from mp down at a purpose-built venue in the middle of the CA desert? And 19yo McEnroe winning his two singles easily. But I don't think I've ever seen footage - it was only newspaper reports.
And Edmund is a decent high-end Challenger level clay-courter so could conceivably win his opening singles. It might be over by Saturday. To lose against Spain, Argentina, France, etc on this surface would be no disgrace. But Belgium would be a real downer.
― Michael Jones, Friday, 27 November 2015 13:08 (Yesterday) Permalink
Edmund's got a lot of potential to be more than that in the future imo. Anyway, Goffin's looking incredibly tight, Edmund's completely relaxed and bullying him around the court. 5-0!
(Got to think Bemelmans is going up against Murray to save the energies of Darcis or Coppejans to take on Edmund on Sun if it comes down to that) (it should be Coppejans if they've got any sense, who's an erstwhile junior rival of Edmund and leads him 2-0 on clay, including once this year)
― lex pretend, Friday, 27 November 2015 13:11 (Yesterday) Permalink
Edmund held an 12-min opening service game, sped out to 5-0 in the next 20 minutes, then it turned into a bit of a struggle but he got it done 6-3. Long way to go though and Goffin's got his teeth into it now.
― lex pretend, Friday, 27 November 2015 13:28 (Yesterday) Permalink
tempted to watch the next rubber because if you squint Bemelmans looks like Justine Henin.
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Friday, 27 November 2015 13:39 (Yesterday) Permalink
oof @ Goffin freezing up even more
― lex pretend, Friday, 27 November 2015 13:46 (Yesterday) Permalink
hands over double break with terrible DF
― lex pretend, Friday, November 27, 2015 1:46 PM (7 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
repeat down set point ://///
― lex pretend, Friday, 27 November 2015 13:54 (Yesterday) Permalink
lmao @ the cut-away to Clijsters in the crowd looking absolutely disgusted
― lex pretend, Friday, 27 November 2015 14:00 (Yesterday) Permalink
Goodness. I came back in here to retract my statement above because I thought Edmund was up against Bemelmans. Didn't think he would trouble Goffin.
Goffin now a break up in set three.
― Michael Jones, Friday, 27 November 2015 14:14 (Yesterday) Permalink
I've only seen two games (the last two games) but I'd be amazed if Edmund does any better than 2-6 in the decider. :/
― Michael Jones, Friday, 27 November 2015 15:05 (Yesterday) Permalink
seemed like Edmund got a bit sloppy at the start of the third and Goffin seized his chance, and now he's finally stopped choking is just out-manoeuvring Edmund...
― lex pretend, Friday, 27 November 2015 15:16 (Yesterday) Permalink
I've seen lots of comebacks but so rarely such a 180 from "frozen and terrified on court" to "free-flowing and confident"
― lex pretend, Friday, 27 November 2015 15:33 (Yesterday) Permalink