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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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

also i didn't know this thread existed!

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

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

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

exactly, that's the thing.

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

Well done Andy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

<3 <3 <3

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

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

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

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

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

one month passes...

henin to unretire

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

can only be a good thing

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

what a fucking match

johnny crunch, Friday, 11 August 2017 03:06 (five months ago) Permalink

Amazing result. Certainly a step up from trying to decapitate Davis Cup umpires. I was kind of shocked he beat Del Potro - figured he was at least another 12 months away from that sort of performance.

A L16 Nadal exit - along with a deep Fed run - was kind of what I was hoping for here, to set up Cincinnati next week as a straight shootout for #1. Better if Murray was still in the mix too, of course. He'll likely be #3 by Aug 21. Still, he gets to edge ahead of Nastase in the all-time list by being spared the drop this week.

Michael Jones, Friday, 11 August 2017 08:49 (five months ago) Permalink

he answered every time it looked like rafa had him in trouble, his composure was almost more impressive than his shots it was truly crazy

johnny crunch, Friday, 11 August 2017 11:35 (five months ago) Permalink

semis now

johnny crunch, Saturday, 12 August 2017 01:12 (five months ago) Permalink

Evidently Azarenka had to withdraw from the US Open because of a child custody lawsuit with her ex.

jon_oh, Saturday, 12 August 2017 14:54 (five months ago) Permalink

yikes fed

johnny crunch, Sunday, 13 August 2017 21:11 (five months ago) Permalink

He doesn't seem to have withdrawn from Cincinnati yet, which was the suggestion after that Zverev defeat. Just aches rather than an injury?

Meanwhile, Lu Yen-hsun has won his *29th* career Challenger. That must be some sort of record? To be that good on the second tier tour, but only have a 42% W/L record on the main tour (forever a hero for downing Roddick on the second Monday at Wimb '10, mind) - kinda of a singular achievement.

Michael Jones, Monday, 14 August 2017 11:38 (five months ago) Permalink

long week, too many coldplay concerts, hopefully hes ok

johnny crunch, Monday, 14 August 2017 11:45 (five months ago) Permalink

i figured theyd re-seed, cant be too often that a lucky loser gets a bye (tipsy @ cincy replacing kei)

johnny crunch, Monday, 14 August 2017 11:51 (five months ago) Permalink

fed out of cincy now

johnny crunch, Monday, 14 August 2017 15:59 (five months ago) Permalink

meaning another LL w a bye -- tom fabbiano

johnny crunch, Monday, 14 August 2017 16:01 (five months ago) Permalink

monfils w/draw also

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:04 (five months ago) Permalink

tiafoe just knocked out a spent sasha zverev

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 16 August 2017 21:18 (five months ago) Permalink

watching flipkens in the quarters @ new haven, shes dwn a set to gavrilova altho could be worse, last yr here i saw her lose in quallies to kayla day

johnny crunch, Thursday, 24 August 2017 18:07 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Laver Cup teams o_o

Team Europe (Borg)



Spain Rafael Nadal 1
Switzerland Roger Federer 2
Germany Alexander Zverev 4
Croatia Marin Čilić 5
Austria Dominic Thiem 7
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 19

Team World (McEnroe)



United States Sam Querrey 16
United States John Isner 17
Australia Nick Kyrgios 20
United States Jack Sock 21
Canada Denis Shapovalov 51
United States Frances Tiafoe 72

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 12:01 (four months ago) Permalink


this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:34 (four months ago) Permalink

Seeing as this is supposed to be the Ryder Cup of tennis, perhaps some Ol' Team Spirit will enable World to prevail, seeing as Europe kept beating USA in the golf with ostensibly inferior players. Strokeplay is not like matchplay, mind, whereas this is still regular tennis scoring.

Weird format though. Matches are worth progressively more over the three days. Europe could win the first eight rubbers, but lose Sunday's four, and it would go to a doubles single-set play-off.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:55 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm admittedly excited to see if Federer and Nadal will play doubles, which is the first time I've been excited about anything to do with Fedal in years.

Roz, Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:38 (four months ago) Permalink

This Nadal/Berdych doubles pairing will be interesting, pretty sure they used to hate each other.

Anyone else watching this? Loving the team reactions tbh, a bit like watching Davis Cup but with players you don't normally expect to interact with each other.

Roz, Friday, 22 September 2017 19:53 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm admittedly excited to see if Federer and Nadal will play doubles, which is the first time I've been excited about anything to do with Fedal in years.

I take this back btw, all the Fedal shipping posts/gifs on tennis Twitter are getting on my nerves.

Roz, Friday, 22 September 2017 20:11 (three months ago) Permalink

its reasonably really needs this pt as w/e singles matchup they structure tmorrow arent v favorable

johnny crunch, Friday, 22 September 2017 21:33 (three months ago) Permalink

berdych is p decent @ the net

johnny crunch, Friday, 22 September 2017 21:34 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

this is what it looks like when a mortal swiss player (chiudinelli) fights off retirement

johnny crunch, Monday, 23 October 2017 21:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Fed withdraws from Paris, which was always on the cards, but it means the race for #1 is essentially over. Unless Rafa gets a season-ending injury in round one.

Bit of a shame, as, with the return of Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka and Nishikori next year (plus the likely Slam-level breakthrough of Zverev et al), I can't see Fed defending all those early-2017 points. So this was likely his last shot at #1. But I think I said that in 2012. He could potentially end the year with just four defeats, eight titles and a six-win streak over Nadal and still be only #2. Can't quite recall how the old pre-1990 rankings used to work (specifically the minimum tournament divisor), but I'm pretty sure he'd have #1 in that system.

Michael Jones, Monday, 30 October 2017 11:38 (two months ago) Permalink

I've come round to the idea that year-end #1 for Nadal at 31 is the greater achievement anyway (I'm sure you are all relieved, it's been a journey). He's played the full mandatory schedule, risking injury and fatigue, not just cherry-picking like Fed. Fed's only regret at this point is probably not that he skipped the clay-court season but that he played slightly *too much*. Pulling out of the Montreal final (or Montreal altogether) and he might have made the final at Flushing Meadow. I wonder if he'll refine this into his 40s, so he basically just sits out 48 weeks, takes wildcards at Halle, Wimbledon and Basel, and wins them all.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:59 (two months ago) Permalink

k3vin k., Tuesday, 31 October 2017 16:01 (two months ago) Permalink

^was watching that live

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 16:49 (two months ago) Permalink

krajinovic is doing his best novak impersonation, into the qtrs of paris

johnny crunch, Thursday, 2 November 2017 16:13 (two months ago) Permalink

isner is tough indoors

semi of isner v kraj ~

star power esp w rafa now withdrawn is really lacking, everyones gonna be pulling for benneteau

johnny crunch, Friday, 3 November 2017 16:04 (two months ago) Permalink

benneteau !

johnny crunch, Friday, 3 November 2017 20:47 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

RIP Jana Novotna

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Monday, 20 November 2017 16:35 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

monfils is insane

johnny crunch, Thursday, 4 January 2018 19:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

mo v de minotaur is fun

johnny crunch, Friday, 5 January 2018 01:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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