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Federer was too busy not thinking about yesterday

Matt, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:05 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Andy Murray wins something

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

also i didn't know this thread existed!

lex pretend, Sunday, 3 August 2008 22:09 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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:

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:
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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

exactly, that's the thing.

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

ten 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well done Andy!

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

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

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

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

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

three weeks pass...


French tennis player banned for betting found dead

Natural causes apparently.

RIP Mathieu

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

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

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

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

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

four 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

<3 <3 <3

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

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

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

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

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

one month passes...

henin to unretire

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

can only be a good thing

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

Dimitrov otoh is about as good on clay as he is on hardcourt and he's been maybe the best hardcourt player in 2017

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 3 March 2017 04:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i think milos got p far at the french last yr iirc

johnny crunch, Friday, 3 March 2017 04:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

He had a pretty bad clay season. R16 at the French where Ramos-Vinolas handled him

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 3 March 2017 04:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

kyrgios is playing like such a maniac

johnny crunch, Friday, 3 March 2017 04:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Kyrgios talent, what can you say

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 3 March 2017 05:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

16 aces in a set vs Novak Djokovic

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 3 March 2017 05:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

That Murray/Kohlschreiber TB was ridiculous. About as good as I've seen Kohlschreiber play. He really only had one MP on his racquet.

Kyrgios has now beaten Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in his first meetings with all three. He's 3-1 against them combined...and 0-5 against Murray, lol.

I would probably go further than Matt A's six: if the current state of the tour persists we could be looking at a pretty random winner to back into a collapsed draw. Not as likely as in the pre-Nadal era but if for whatever reason the established winners flop, I don't think the anointed next-in-lines will take advantage. Thiem is running his career into the ground with his schedule and other than last week's weak Rio title has had mediocre results for half a year now. I don't think I'll ever be convinced of Dimitrov's mental strength in a Slam final unless it actually happens.

I would definitely add Tsonga to the list of serious contenders though, with the start of the year he's had and his historic peaking at home.

lex pretend, Friday, 3 March 2017 07:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

meanwhile very interesting to see the new head of the FFT come out with such a strongly worded statement against a potential Sharapova RG WC...

lex pretend, Friday, 3 March 2017 07:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Thiem is still essentially a clay specialist and he's won his only clay event of the year so I think it's viable.

His scheduling is a curiosity and Bresnik said they're finally going to stop it.

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 3 March 2017 10:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

A real wild, chaotic, 90s/early 2000s fluke slam winner pick would be Goffin

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 3 March 2017 10:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the more I think about it...I think RG might be the least likely to have a rando winner atm. Like, a LOT of established clay-proficient names have to flop for that to happen and if Nadal, Wawrinka and Djokovic are still around at the QF stage they're probably in good enough form not to lose to anyone.

But at Wimbledon you can definitely envisage carnage à la 2013 and someone like Delpo peaking. PLEASE GOD NOT RAONIC.

lex pretend, Friday, 3 March 2017 12:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

watched the re-air end of kyrgios lmao @ him firing tshirt cannons into the audience after the win

johnny crunch, Friday, 3 March 2017 23:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

rafa looks good

johnny crunch, Saturday, 4 March 2017 01:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

wow @ rafa

johnny crunch, Saturday, 4 March 2017 02:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

cilic has actually come back and played better this set and pushed him, he looks kindof incred

johnny crunch, Saturday, 4 March 2017 02:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

nadal / fed / novak (plus delpo, kyrgios, sasha zverev) all in the bottom qtr of indian wells

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 13:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I cackled when I saw that quarter

I'm worried about Serena, there are way too many "imminent retirement" alarm bells ringing right now

lex pretend, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 15:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

rolling list of players speaking out against Sharapova getting WCs:


and NID that Cornet is piping up

lex pretend, Thursday, 9 March 2017 13:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ahahaha that is fantastic

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Thursday, 9 March 2017 14:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Tomic's footwork in this match is identical to mine when I try to play through a hangover, it's uncanny

lex pretend, Thursday, 9 March 2017 20:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

General attitude for that matter

lex pretend, Thursday, 9 March 2017 20:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Tiafoe's W/L record in ATP MDs falls to 3-13 with this loss to Lajovic. Not great for someone touted as the future of US tennis

lex pretend, Friday, 10 March 2017 07:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

come through Caroline

lex pretend, Sunday, 12 March 2017 07:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

pospisil played soo great yesterday

johnny crunch, Sunday, 12 March 2017 21:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Fritz takes out Cilic from a set and a break down. Seems like he might be pulling himself back up to Tour level.

Michael Jones, Monday, 13 March 2017 11:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sock/grigor has been v entertaining

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 02:45 (one week ago) Permalink

impressed w sock to not crack there, & malek jaziri his opponent next rd

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 02:49 (one week ago) Permalink

Indian Wells really lends itself to messy chokes, huh? Bertens/Bacsinszky, Kerber/Parmentier, Young/Pouille and those are only the ones I've seen (missed Nishioka gloriously beating Berdych from 1-6, 2-5 down). Cackling that Dimitrov has reverted to his usual chokey self though.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 07:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Novak Djokovic post-RG16

Matt Armstrong, Thursday, 16 March 2017 00:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Djokovic beats Delpo and loses to Kyrgios in b2b tournaments. Didn't see Acapulco but here he really looked like he had no idea how to counter Kyrgios's weird junk x power random variety. Actually, seeing Kyrgios bring out so many changes of pace and rhythm against Djokovic, completely makes sense how Murray is the only one of the big 4 he struggles against

lex pretend, Thursday, 16 March 2017 00:13 (one week ago) Permalink

I cannot believe what I just saw

Matt Armstrong, Thursday, 16 March 2017 01:38 (one week ago) Permalink

nick k pulling out of his match w fed for food poisoning is interesting

johnny crunch, Friday, 17 March 2017 20:09 (one week ago) Permalink

My favorite tennis photo in a while

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 23:01 (six days ago) Permalink

Tiafoe looked like a future number 1 tbh

― Matt Armstrong, Thursday, March 2, 2017 8:46 AM (three weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ok you're going to have to explain this one. I keep tuning into his matches in the hope of seeing what the Future Of US Tennis hype is about and every time I see horrible, clunky movement and horrible, clunky technique. The wind-up on his FH makes me wince. And so many errors. It's like watching the male Bouchard. He's currently struggling against Challenger-level nonentity Kravchuk.

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 March 2017 21:16 (five days ago) Permalink

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