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|Sep-07-14|| ||shivasuri4: <Nishikori: the first player in the Open era to defeat three Top 5 seeds to reach the last stage of the Flushing Meadows men’s singles.> Wow. But of course, the higher seeds can't possibly do this.|
|Sep-07-14|| ||achieve: Q. We have seen some guys knocking on the door, but not necessarily these two. Are you surprised that these are the guys that are now in the final?|
ROGER FEDERER: I'm more surprised with Cilic, to be honest, because he's older. I think he is, anyway. He's been around for longer, you know, but he's really been able to make a nice transition in the last few years in his game. There is a significant difference in how he plays. Whereas with Kei I always thought unbelievable talent way back when I played with him for the first time when he was 17. Just wasn't quite sure that in a best-of-five-set tournament if he could get all the way to the back end of the tournament. But he's beaten, you know, myself twice already, other top guys, you know, before. <He was destroying Rafa in the finals of Madrid.> He's shown what he can do, and that's why with Kei I'm not surprised, really.
Kei is here to stay.
|Sep-07-14|| ||HeMateMe: <Williams already had lost at Wimbledon in the third round, leaving her 0-for-2014 in Grand Slam events, with a fourth-round berth at the Australian her best showing. There were rumors of strife in her love life — she is said to be romantically involved with her 44-year-old French coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who admitted during Wimbledon they hadn’t spoken for two days.>|
SI has a good story this week, about Serena. They were writing about her strange incident at Wimbleldon doubles with Venus, where she came out all dazed, whiffed at balls, and I think retired ten minutes into the match. As usual, there were no straight answers about medicine overload, or whatever else might have left her lightheaded. She did say that she has never taken PEDs, which I believe. She was just born with that body.
If I read the story correctly, they did a drug test on her the next day, in the early morning. When the drug testers knock on the door, you have to let them in. She said she was barfing right at the moment the drug person arrived. Apparently the drug test results are given to the player within 30 days and are more broadly released within 90 days.
She may have just had a virus. Because she had been vilified in other events for blaming losses to injuries or withdrawing, she felt she "had to try". Venus didn't even want her to go out there, but relented and let Serena take a shot at it. A viral infection, with that heat, dehydration--bad stuff happens.
|Sep-07-14|| ||perfidious: Wouldn't mind being involved with Serena.....|
|Sep-07-14|| ||HeMateMe: She'd make you a bottom, perf!|
|Sep-08-14|| ||HeMateMe: serena beat Wozi for no. 18
<Williams has been at or near the top of her sport longer than almost any other athlete, male or female, has ever been at or near the top of his or hers. She has earned more prize money—over $56 million—than any female athlete, ever. She has been ranked No. 1 on six separate occasions, including now. She is the most recent player, man or woman, to hold all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously (she did it in 2002–03).>
Can she get 4 more and tie Graf at 22? Tall order...
The 2002-03 line above--I assume that means she had a grand slam, but not in one calander year? I've always thought they should change the rule on that--4 in a row is 4 in a row. It matters not that it is done in a calendar year. It's a slam, and if the tour offers bonus money, she should have gotten a check.
great photo from past open
|Sep-08-14|| ||perfidious: Hail, man, Ah'd let Wozniacki beat me! Her and Ser-e-na in one go wouldn't be no Scylla and Charybdis type-thing: while it lasts, heaven kin wait!|
|Sep-08-14|| ||Jim Bartle: Women's and men's finals: 6-3 6-3 6-3 6-3 6-3.|
|Sep-08-14|| ||HeMateMe: Seemed weird watching a bit of the men's final today. I had never heard of either player before. Perhaps this was one of those "bridge" finals, as Rafa and Fed slowly become quarterfinalists and the younger guys like djoko get to rule for a few years.|
|Sep-08-14|| ||Jim Bartle: I would bet against either becoming a really dominant player. Cilic had a great tournament, but maybe he was just "on" with serve and ground strokes right now. I see him more as a Berdych/ Tsonga type. Nishikori, I'm not sure. Maybe he'll take the current "Murray" spot.|
|Sep-08-14|| ||HeMateMe: right, that was my "bridge" theme. Sort of like a Patrick Rafter winning a non-French grand slam. Every ten years or so, as the best players age and don't make the finals, a surprise player makes a final or wins a slam, sort of like Zina Garrison being in a Wimbledon final, because Evert and Navratilova were getting older and Graf wasn't established yet.|
|Sep-08-14|| ||Jim Bartle: Not too many women outside thebtop five or six have made finals, unless Arantxa Sanchez was low-ranked when she won the French in 1989.|
Zina Garrison reached the finals of Wimbledon in 1990, but Graf was already a dominant force. Garrison beat Graf and Seles in the previous rounds. But Graf was already a dominant force, having already won 9 majors.
|Sep-08-14|| ||Jim Bartle: Sanchez Vicario was the 7th seed when she won in 1989, so she wasn't one of the big favorites.|
If you want to look at a "bridge" champion, how about Hingis? She came up just as Graf was fading, and just before the Williams sisters, Davenport, Clijsters and the other Big Babes arrived. She won most everything for a couple of years, then the more powerful players overtook her.
|Sep-08-14|| ||HeMateMe: I guess that makes sense. I was thinking more on the lines of when someone who is not going to be a great champion appears briefly within reigns, steals a grand slam final appearance, then quickly disappears. Pat Cash, perhaps?|
|Sep-08-14|| ||Jim Bartle: Among the women, Conchita Martinez and Iva Majoli stand out. And pre-Nadal there's a long string of players who won their only Slam at the French.|
|Sep-09-14|| ||HeMateMe: Whatever happened to that Brazilian fellow, the one who, between points would toss his racket 30 feet in the air and catch it? Just for a moment it seemed he was reaching the semis in GS events, then immediately disappeared.|
|Sep-09-14|| ||Jim Bartle: Gustavo Kuerten? Retired with chronic hip injuries.|
|Sep-09-14|| ||Jim Bartle: Kuerten was great, very exciting. Lucky he came along earlier, though, would have zero chance with Nadal or Djokovic.|
Last player to beat Federer before the quarters of a major for nine years. Beat him in 3rd round at French in 2004.
|Sep-09-14|| ||Jim Bartle: Re-posted that.|
|Sep-09-14|| ||HeMateMe: Agassi hitting
|Sep-09-14|| ||MarkFinan: Sampras is the goat. Federer second. ✌|
|Sep-16-14|| ||shivasuri4: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/th... One on Nadal and Federer.|
|Oct-11-14|| ||lolchair: Federer just won from Djokovic in the Shanghai Masters semi final. Chance for him to not lose another final tomorrow (against Gilles Simon).|
|Oct-17-14|| ||shivasuri4: Nikolay Davydenko retires.
|Oct-17-14|| ||shivasuri4: Davydenko is one of the few people to hold a winning record against Nadal (6-5 in the end).|
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