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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

5 months pass...

Andy Murray wins something

Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 3 August 2008 21:42 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

also i didn't know this thread existed!

lex pretend, Sunday, 3 August 2008 22:09 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

they're on every week! televised or not is another qn

lex pretend, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:22 (6 years ago) Permalink

exactly, that's the thing.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

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 (5 years ago) Permalink

Well done Andy!

ailsa, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:02 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

I predict Murray will cave under the pressure and be out by round 3.

ailsa, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:09 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

in other news, larcher de screamo gets a wildcard to wimbledon. FUN.

Roz, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:56 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_loaf

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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

Haas beat Djokovic in the Halle final this week too.

!!! interesting result for sure. fed dropped out?

Lamp, Sunday, 14 June 2009 17:22 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

waht

French tennis player banned for betting found dead

Natural causes apparently.

RIP Mathieu

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 15:55 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh right, sorry! To avoid confusion to others: it's Mathieu Montcourt.

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 16:08 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

her ban ends in january right? think she'll come back?

Roz, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 21:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=58340

<3 <3 <3

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:43 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

i am enjoying Del Pony's hardcourt domination of Roddick v much.

lex pretend, Sunday, 16 August 2009 09:47 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah, if he wins today he'll be back at no 5.

lex pretend, Sunday, 16 August 2009 10:03 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

henin to unretire

mookieproof, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

can only be a good thing

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:03 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

Bacsinszky's post-match presser goes v deep on surviving teenage prodigyhood

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=107443

Well, I have been a kid of like a syndrome of pushy parents. I think it happens worldwide. Yeah, sometimes, I mean, many, many stories, they never get heard because the players are not good enough and they don't want to talk about it if they are not good enough.
Anyway, it's happening a lot, especially in tennis, because ‑‑ especially in women's tennis, because for sure, as a woman, as a young girl, you can never go against the power of a dad. You have no money or nothing.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 22:45 (1 week ago) Permalink

tomic/djoko is gonna be an interesting match style-wise, im bummed ill miss it

johnny crunch, Thursday, 19 March 2015 01:54 (1 week ago) Permalink

timea has mostly played p well here, but is maybe fatiguing a lil

johnny crunch, Thursday, 19 March 2015 03:33 (1 week ago) Permalink

Sock's backhand is tragic

Matt Armstrong, Thursday, 19 March 2015 04:26 (1 week ago) Permalink

Oh Flavia, how could you lose to Lisicki on a slow hard court. How could you?

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Friday, 20 March 2015 07:20 (1 week ago) Permalink

I haven't seen any of her matches but how the hell has Lisicki posted her first ever notable hard court result on these slow-ass courts. Have literally thought she'd lose in every round so far. Vinci, Errani, Garcia, Pennetta, that's not a bad run either.

lex pretend, Friday, 20 March 2015 07:37 (1 week ago) Permalink

The prospect of an actual Jankovic revival through winning a relevant title is too horrifying to consider.

Maul her, Simona.

Fed looks ridiculously awesome v Berdych. Then I somehow failed to watch Raonic beat Nadal because, er, it was Raonic playing Nadal.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 21 March 2015 05:37 (1 week ago) Permalink

I haven't seen any of her matches but how the hell has Lisicki posted her first ever notable hard court result on these slow-ass courts. Have literally thought she'd lose in every round so far. Vinci, Errani, Garcia, Pennetta, that's not a bad run either.

lisicki is crazy talented, should be dangerous anywhere. Emphasis on should.

Matt Armstrong, Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:01 (1 week ago) Permalink

Serena w/d in another IW SF? That's...unfortunate and ironic. The crowd were good to her and she says she got closure and will be back next year, can't help but feel that it's a bit of an anticlimax without walking away with the trophy (or, lest we forget, an official apology).

lex pretend, Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:34 (1 week ago) Permalink

As far as tweets after getting thumped go, this from Richel Hogenkamp is pretty funny: https://twitter.com/Richelhogenkamp/status/578898176419168256

lex pretend, Saturday, 21 March 2015 08:03 (1 week ago) Permalink

really nothing much to say about that destruction of Murray by Nole, except lol @ Murray winning 46% of his second serves in the first set and merely 22% of his first serves

lex pretend, Saturday, 21 March 2015 19:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

wtf is halep doing

groovemaaan, Sunday, 22 March 2015 18:53 (6 days ago) Permalink

winning?

kind of an epic of great rallies followed by untold unforced errors and a choking JJ. 18 breaks of serve and Halep at maybe 70% of her capabilities winning her biggest title.

JJ still fretting to her coach about blowing the 2nd set midway through the 3rd is all you need to know about her mentality really.

pandemic, Sunday, 22 March 2015 21:37 (6 days ago) Permalink

JJ single-handedly justifying on-court coaching in last night's changeovers. Amazing how she was completely immune to the most positive peppy motivational talks from her coach. She wasn't there for that, she just hauled him down to have a moan. Obv she was justified, she totally threw it away - Halep was very subpar and frequently outplayed but always the better competitor - the minute JJ failed to serve it out it was NID.

Was so tired I fell asleep during the men's final, briefly coming to for that absolute mess of a second set TB. Thought Federer was going to throw it away with terrible drive volleys but Nole repaid him with those b2b DFs.

lex pretend, Monday, 23 March 2015 07:08 (5 days ago) Permalink

Ugh, Bob Hewitt. Him & Frew McMillan were so much a part of my childhood Wimbledon viewing. I remember them outclassing McEnroe-Fleming for the title in '78 (Mac was 19 and hadn't developed *that* serving-round-the-corner-of-a-building action just yet).

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:17 (4 days ago) Permalink

impressed by 18yo Hyeon Chung's ATP debut - 60 46 64 over Granollers - and his game, he hit some fantastic BHs, though Granollers will make anyone look like a world beater

lex pretend, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 19:56 (3 days ago) Permalink

serve em twice, serve em twice

lex pretend, Thursday, 26 March 2015 17:02 (2 days ago) Permalink

I love this woman so much

DJP, Thursday, 26 March 2015 17:08 (2 days ago) Permalink

oof what a ghastly ending to the first set from Delpo

had two BPs at 4-4, lost 8 straight points, the last two of which were a DF and a terrible shank

lex pretend, Thursday, 26 March 2015 19:20 (2 days ago) Permalink

that Coric/Haider-Maurer final set felt like it would never end, NID that Coric wanted it more in the end though

these courts are slow as hell

lex pretend, Thursday, 26 March 2015 19:54 (2 days ago) Permalink

Purple clay

Matt Armstrong, Thursday, 26 March 2015 21:04 (2 days ago) Permalink

Imo miami should just switch to clay and indian wells should be sped up. These two hardclay events add nothing to the season.

Matt Armstrong, Thursday, 26 March 2015 21:05 (2 days ago) Permalink

impressed by 18yo Hyeon Chung's ATP debut - 60 46 64 over Granollers - and his game, he hit some fantastic BHs, though Granollers will make anyone look like a world beater

The glasses bother me

Matt Armstrong, Thursday, 26 March 2015 21:06 (2 days ago) Permalink

Gavrilova is fun to watch

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 27 March 2015 01:29 (Yesterday) Permalink

Saw the first set, she has moxie! Strutting around like she expected to win. Thought she'd blown it after failing to serve it out but Sharapova descended badly in the tb. Good win for my betting account

lex pretend, Friday, 27 March 2015 06:58 (Yesterday) Permalink

Some v tantalising R2 matches on today's schedule...Halep/Vaidisova, Jankovic/Azarenka, Stephens/Keys, Serena/Niculescu pt 2

lex pretend, Friday, 27 March 2015 08:26 (Yesterday) Permalink

Vaidisova showed flashes of the old talent against a very subpar Halep but totally collapsed in the third set. Don't think she's that far off Tour level though.

Azarenka ultra-sharp right now, albeit Jankovic isn't providing much resistance. Her dropshots have been especially immaculate.

lex pretend, Friday, 27 March 2015 18:40 (Yesterday) Permalink

lol the first 6-1 set lasted 29 minutes
the second 6-1 set lasted an hour, most of which was a ludicrous final game in which we all aged about a decade

lex pretend, Friday, 27 March 2015 19:14 (Yesterday) Permalink

unsure why Thiem's results have been so bad this year, he looked great beating F-Lo there

lex pretend, Friday, 27 March 2015 20:40 (Yesterday) Permalink

Didn't he fire bresnik

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:08 (Yesterday) Permalink

I agree he looked very good there, encouraging.

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:08 (Yesterday) Permalink

If thiem could consistently take the ball early like he did today the sky's the limit imo. Can't keep playing behind the baseline so much.

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:10 (Yesterday) Permalink

Saw the first set, she has moxie! Strutting around like she expected to win. Thought she'd blown it after failing to serve it out but Sharapova descended badly in the tb. Good win for my betting account

She's very funny and easy to root for imo

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:11 (Yesterday) Permalink

Horrible winds and rain all day, this tournament is the worst masters 1000 by a mile

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 27 March 2015 22:46 (Yesterday) Permalink


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