Sunday, August 31, 2008

Day 7: Sunny and windy and underway



Day 6 was amazing for the most part, but it kind of fizzled a bit as Mardy Fish exterminated James Blake without ever having to rescind their friendship or having to kick Blake out of his wedding party next month.

Leave it to Blake to go down without a fight. I know that is harsh but I can't praise every tennis player, or can I?

Today it'll be 2003 Champion Andy aka American Izod Roddick, looking to book a spot in the round of 16. He'll be playing Italian Andreas Seppi. That is the third match on Ashe. It will come after Roger aka our holy father takes on Radek aka the worm Stepanek. This will be a test for our heavenly father aka # 2 in the world, as Stepanek is a seeded player (28) with a lot of guile in his bag. Let me put it to you this way: I'll be watching just in case all hell breaks loose.

I'm glued to CBS' coverage and they just presented a piece on how much ground Jankovic covered on a single point. They basically trailed her with a red dotted line. It was a pretty good run - interesting because it really looks like these players are just chilling out and smashing the ball when you watch on TV. Not the whole story, kiddies. You break a sweat when you play this game. Probably explains why the 18 and 19 year old set is having a coming out party yet again.

Did anyone see the 18 year old Japanese gun slinger, Nishikori yesterday? What a match he had with David Ferrer out on the grandstand! He took it in 5 sets with a very tight finish. It sets up a round of 16 showdown between Nishikori, a Bolletieri boy, and Juan Martin Del Potro aka the Argentinian that could (winner of his last 22 matches), age 19. This match will take place on Monday.

Here's the draws for today - there is so much going on, it's absolutely ridiculous. This is the pinnacle of tennis, and sadly, it'll all be over next Sunday. The majors will be done for the year. I'm keeping that in the back of my mind as I enjoy this. It is bittersweet at times.

You guys enjoy the day. Don't be afraid to turn to CBS ever so often while you're vegging there on your couches!!!!

Today's schedule of play.

I've got to get back to watching Jankovic v. Wozniacki in the third set. They are braving the wind and really starting to slug.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Day 6: The Red Badge of Courage



Two amazing comebacks have highlighted the action on the Men's side on Saturday. Man, I love me some 5-setters.

Stan the man Wawrinka lost the first two sets to Italian Flavio Cipolla, but recovered to win in 5 sets, 5-7, 6-7, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4. (4 hours, 14 minutes)

On Grandstand, Andy Murray performed a minor miracle of his own, taking the last three sets to defeat a beleagured Jurgen Melzer of Austria, 6-7, 4-6, 7-6, 6-1, 6-3. (3 hours, 52 minutes)

Murray and Wawrinka, seeded 6 and 10 respectively, will meet in the round of 16 on Monday.

Elsewhere:

Both Williams sisters cruised.
Nadal gutted another helpless foe.
Querrey surprised the giant karlovic.



And that Ain't all! Click here for draws from the official U.S. Open website.

The Woman's draw: a mess as usual

We are just starting day 6 and already the # 1 and # 3 seeds have tasted asphalt. I'm referring to Ivanovic and Kuznetsova.

Who's next?


Here are the draws, for those that are curious.

If it weren't for Serena and Venus meeting in the quarters I'd say it'd be another all-Williams bonanza. But since one of them will be choking on asphalt by early next week, I'm holding out hope that either Safina or Jankovic can find some magic and make this a tournament to remember. The draw also looks favorable for #5 seed Elena Dementieva, since Kuznetsova went down.

I think the best woman's match today will be #9 Radwanska v. # 18 Cibulkova. Both girls have been having decent years. I'm also keeping an eye on # 17 Alize Cornet from France. The girl is tough from the baseline when she gets it going. It'd be fun to see her win her third round match and set up a round of 16 showdown with Safina.


Friday, August 29, 2008

Day 5: Davenport Ousted



2007 finalist Marion Bartoli, seeded 12, has plunged her spear into the heart of Lindsay Davenport. The final was 6-1, 7-6.

Before the match I said the following words: Bartoli will win in straight sets. If any of you are thinking of betting on these matches you might want to consult me first.

So Bartoli is through and has the Austrian Sybille Bammer next, in the round of 16.

Elsewhere, Safin has bitten the dust, with Tommy Robredo triumphing over him in 4 sets. So much for Safin once again becoming a fixture in Major Semifinals.



As for prime time day 5, Roddick and Gulbis will take the court now. I'll put the money on Gulbis. It's a longshot but if I'm right it'll pay.

Meanwhile, as I blog, Tsonga and Moya are duking it out in the 4th set.

Day 5: Gol damn!



Jelena aka Houdini Jankovic, the highest remaining seed in the Woman's draw, served horribly and still won over Jie Zheng (7-5, 7-5).

Though it was winning ugly for Jelena (14 Service breaks in 2 sets), Zheng is no pushover. She was the first ever Chinese to participate in a Wimbledon Semi just 2 months ago. Still, I think that Safina is looking better than Jelena right now. Here is another great chance to get the # 1 ranking, as Ivanovic has already lost, and Jelena just can't seem to get her serve working. That is what is holding her back. It's so obvious.

In other matches:

Haas coughed up a two set lead on one of the sidecourts, losing to #130 in the world, Gilles Muller from Luxembourg. Who? I'm still not sure, but evidently he's in shape. It was hot out there today, and it must be tough to play the 11AM timeslot - lots of sunlight out there.

Not much wind though. It looks awesome, like perfect tennis weather. Federer is currenly dismantling Thiago Alves of Brazil. I'll now flip through my directv channels:

701: US open mix shows 5 matches now showing.

CLICK 704: Kuznetsova is warming up with Srebotnik on Armstrong. 1-1 all time with Kuznetsova taking their last meeting. This is the match I may settle in on with lunch.

CLICK 705: Ginepri, a feisty yet somewhat guileless American is even at 1 set with Cilic, on Granstand. Cilic is a young and promising Croatian, albeit unproven. Half of the court is bathed in late afternoon sunlight while the other half is shaded by the overhanging and aptly named granstand. I'll be checking back.

CLICK 706: Fernando Verdasco is looking for an opening against Machado (never heard of him, ranked 218!). They are 5-5 in the first set.

CLICK 707: Almagro and Warburg have just gotten underway on court 13.

All the courts have the same blue green color contrast. It is tennis nirvana. Someday fedex me a plane ticket and I'm there. Where the fuck is my sponsorship? I've got 12 million readers in the U.S. alone.
Ah, well, lot's of tennis to play. I really think this is the best time of the tourney because there is such a high volume of really intruiging matches - and don't be fooled, all these guys really want these matches - there are a few dollars on the line here.



In other matches: Davydenko won in straight sets and looked impressive. As did Fernando Gonzalez.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Day 4: A huge upset!

Man, if you don't have direct tv, you need to get it. I've got 5 channels plus a mix on channels 701-706 - I'm getting almost every single match.


I clicked on the telly today to see that Ana Ivanovic was in dire straits. A qualifier by the last name Coin (but actually sounds more like Kwan) was serving like a maniac, and making a serious run with a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set. She got a match point while serving at 5-3 and double faulted. Ivanovic wasn't playing bad - Coin, ranked 188 played the match of her life. After the double fault I had a feeling she may not cross the finish line. But she did.

This is the match of the tournament so far.

Lot's of great 2nd round men's and third round Woman's slated for Friday. Tomorrow's night session (Davenport v. Bartoli and Roddick v. Gulbis) could be the most exciting night session yet.

Also going:

Safin V. Robredo.

Tsonga V. Moya

Already the draws are providing some enticing matchups: Saturday's best match might be upstart Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Frenchman Gilles Simon. Del Potro has humbled his last 21 opponents and the 19 year old appears capable of a shot at the top 10 in 2009.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

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1ST ROUND: August 25th