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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2012, 10:14:55 AM »
Isner gone is a good thing, because he's very deadly on this surface.
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #21 on: August 12, 2012, 11:45:47 AM »
Isner gone is a good thing, because he's very deadly on this surface.

His record at Cincy is 3-5.  :whistle:
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2012, 11:48:31 AM »
The trouble with Isner is he screws up your rhythm. That's what happened to Roger in the Olympics.
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Western & Southern Open
« Reply #23 on: August 12, 2012, 01:40:39 PM »
Isner has been playing tennis non-stop...so I don't think he would have done too much in this tournament either.

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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #24 on: August 12, 2012, 09:00:39 PM »
I'm going to have a fairly quiet day today. Looking at the OP, I'll try to see Radwanska - Robson on Court 3 and then move to Center Court for Harrison - Tomic and Anderson - Blake.  Anyone with any spei cial suggestions?

I followed the above plan and had a very enjoyable lazy day spent mostly watching tennis in the sun.

I arrived early at the first just as Falla was about to lose the first set to Lu. He also lost the second. Lu, I believe, is they guy who took out Gulbis in qualie1. He has a similar game, which might account for it, although he is of much lighter build. Radwanska - Robson was one of those games whose outcome was always uncertain even though the former, who eventually won, was mostly on top of things.  There always seemed to be a possibility of a major reversal. I notice that Goffin is gone, beaten by Dodig in qualies2.

Both Tomic and Harrison have improved greatly since last year but it was a very strange match chock full of low-percentage tennis shots. Neither is very likeable and both annoy me on court in the same way that Andy Roddick does. Tomic reminded me today of Andy Murray several years ago, when Andy insisted on attempting drop shots at inopportune moments and sending them into the net. He eventually of course got quite good at them but I think at the time it was tough for Brad Gilbert. Tomic could have won earlier this afternoon if he had played more conventional tennis. But I must admit that it was fun to watch and there were some eye-popping exchanges at the net. Needless to say, Harrison became increasingly unhappy towards the end. It was a close match at something like 6-4 7-6.  Carlos Bernades was in the chair, probably chosen for his moderating (as in nuclear reactors) excellence.

Blake played remarkably well to win at something like 7-5 6-4 tonight over Kevin Anderson. He knew what he wanted to do on the court and could do it. The years of experience showed. Anderson also knew what he wanted to do but could not. He is a tall guy and normally gets lots of points with his serve but not tonight. Blake did every bit as well in that department.

Well, today we perhaps saw the future of Australian tennis. Tomorrow night we turn to past greatness with Lleyton Hewitt playing Mikhail  Youzhny. Should be a good match! There was a story in Australia that a few years ago Hewitt offered to hit with Tomic but Tomic made it clear that he didn't want tp pick up bad habits. That didn't go down well!
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #25 on: August 13, 2012, 06:49:53 AM »
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I look forward to these particular posts all year long. :))

I especially like your comment about Tomic & Harrison being as unappealing to you as Andy (not Murray).  That's downright insightful!
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #26 on: August 13, 2012, 07:10:30 AM »
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I look forward to these particular posts all year long. :))

I especially like your comment about Tomic & Harrison being as unappealing to you as Andy (not Murray).  That's downright insightful!

Whoever would have guessed it!  :innocent:
To quote W.S. Gilbert "Isn't your life extremely flat if you've got nothing whatever to grumble at."  :mad1:

Today it looks like I'll aim mainly for Troicki vs Dodig and in the evening Jankovic - Peng followed by Hewitt - Youznhy. Hoping the rain stays away.


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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #27 on: August 13, 2012, 10:40:54 AM »
Good stuff E.   Thanks for the report.
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« Reply #28 on: August 13, 2012, 10:42:44 AM »
Davydenko is putting a whipping on Dolgo.

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« Reply #29 on: August 13, 2012, 01:39:31 PM »
Davydenko is putting a whipping on Dolgo.

dolgopolov has become a clown........i remember he said he wanted to be like rios but that is just not possible in this era........consistency has taken over high risk tennis in this era and consistency is more rewarding than high risk tennis........he will just continue being what he is unless he shifts his game towards consistency........

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« Reply #30 on: August 13, 2012, 01:44:42 PM »
They are back playing after a short rain delay. Looks like the rain is following the tennis calendar!

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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #31 on: August 13, 2012, 02:25:13 PM »
Jesse Levine defeated Donald Young.  When is the last time Donald won a match?  Geesh.
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #32 on: August 13, 2012, 03:04:04 PM »
Jesse Levine defeated Donald Young.  When is the last time Donald won a match?  Geesh.

His kast win was against Dimitrov in Memphis.

Memphis: l. to Isner
Delray Beach: l. to Sweeting
Indian Wells: l. to Darcis
Miami: l. to Goffin
Casablanca: l. to Paire
Monte-Carlo: l. to Mathieu
Madrid: l. to Troicki
Rome: l. to Simon
Nice: l. to Bellucci
Roland Garros: l. to Dimitrov
Eastbourne: l. to Baker
Wimbledon: l. to Youzhny
Newport: l. to Russell
Atlanta: l. to Johnson
Olympics: l. to Seppi
Toronto: l. to Chardy
Cincinnati: l. to Levine

Just 4 defeats away from equalling Spadea's record.
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #33 on: August 14, 2012, 12:32:45 AM »
1:30am, Tuesday. It was a bit like the Australian Open with midnight tennis and Lleyton Hewitt except that the Cincinnati crowd had mostly gone home long before it ended.  Lleyton put in a fine match, beating Youzhny 6-4, 6-4. He said afterwards he was pleased with his performance after his 5 surgeries and not having played much this year. To me, Youzhny looked to be in the better shape by far but he could not match Hewitt whose tenacity in forcing an error in long points was something to behold. I'm glad I saw this one. It may be the last Hewitt win I shall see.

The ladies match Peng - Janovic went on until 10 45 or so with a long rain break in the middle. The score (Peng won) of 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 only partially indicates how slow it was as there was break after break and Janovic had 5 match points at the end and still didn't get it. Still, I enjoy watching Jelena. Her flexibility is amazing and she has a great smile and tremendous style.

Earlier on I caught the end of the Baker-Kohlschreiber match and can report that the most recently famous member of the Baker clan is as good as they have said he is. The Troicki - Dodig encounter, which Troicki won at 6-4, 7-5 was closely contested and a good one too. Troicki plays a lot better when that other Serb is not around. He has a pretty amazing two-handed backhand, which can be devastating to an opponent when aimed down the line. Dodig comes to the net often and very effectively. I think we will be seeing a lot more of him.

Not sure how much I will get to see tomorrow.  :ZZZZZ)


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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #34 on: August 14, 2012, 04:43:01 AM »
Jesse Levine defeated Donald Young.  When is the last time Donald won a match?  Geesh.

His kast win was against Dimitrov in Memphis.

Memphis: l. to Isner
Delray Beach: l. to Sweeting
Indian Wells: l. to Darcis
Miami: l. to Goffin
Casablanca: l. to Paire
Monte-Carlo: l. to Mathieu
Madrid: l. to Troicki
Rome: l. to Simon
Nice: l. to Bellucci
Roland Garros: l. to Dimitrov
Eastbourne: l. to Baker
Wimbledon: l. to Youzhny
Newport: l. to Russell
Atlanta: l. to Johnson
Olympics: l. to Seppi
Toronto: l. to Chardy
Cincinnati: l. to Levine

Just 4 defeats away from equalling Spadea's record.


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i expected him to do ok this year but this.... :confused1: :confused1:
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« Reply #35 on: August 14, 2012, 05:31:49 AM »
I am glad Hewitt win his 1st match.

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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #36 on: August 14, 2012, 06:36:16 AM »
I am glad Hewitt win his 1st match.
Me too. Especially as, according to EUROKA1 above, Youzhny played well. 

EUROKA1 - thanks for your report.  I look forward to your "at the scene" observations.   Dolgopolov has a game which, when on, I could watch all day.  But to go out like this is a pity. I know he suffers from some disease that can impinge on his prowess, but I'm not sure this is why he has been out of it for a while.  It's nice to see Davydenko getting through.

Kohlshreiber might still be getting over whatever it was that made him withdraw from the Olympics. Pity he is out so early.   I'm looking forward to the Ferrer / Wawrinka & Nalbandian / T. Haas matches.

I hope you'll enjoy your day there today, Euroka!
 
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #37 on: August 14, 2012, 08:01:51 AM »

Kohlshreiber might still be getting over whatever it was that made him withdraw from the Olympics. Pity he is out so early.   I'm looking forward to the Ferrer / Wawrinka & Nalbandian / T. Haas matches.

I hope you'll enjoy your day there today, Euroka!
 


Thanks

Without diminishing Brian Baker's performance, I did feel that Kohlschreiber was playing way less than his best from the little that I saw.

Still feeling the effects of the late ending last night. But it was really worth staying up for it.
Shall go over sometime late morning. It is good to be within walking distance of the courts although the car was handy for the late return last night.

Here is today's O of P.
http://assets.usta.com/assets/663/15/Tuesday_OP.pdf

Present feeling is to stay away from Centercourt except perhaps for the last match and to concentrate on Grandstand and Court 3. Both of those are nice because you can be close to the action.

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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #38 on: August 14, 2012, 08:40:05 AM »
Euroka, long time no see  ..-)

I've always enjoyed your live reports and such!  ;-()


I'm also looking forward to Stanley-Ferrer match up. Will be interesting one if Wawri keeps his focus hehe
Also Haas/Nalby ofc  ..-)
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2012, 12:24:31 PM »
Superb match between Nalbandian / Haas. Enjoying it a lot - even though these are long sets, it's a good pace & nice exchanges!  DN up a set 7-6, and Hass serving to stay in at 4-5 in the second.

Great serving by TH to go 5-5.  Apparently he is the oldest man in the draw at 34!

Some careless play by DN on serve, but he gets it to 6-5.

DN really playing well & gets it to 0-30. TH in trouble.  Very well played by TH to pull back the game. I like his positive attitude.

Tie break.  Good all court tennis to get to 3-3, with TH serving. He is playing great tennis - moving well & great depth to his shots. He's gone up 5-3.  Breaks DN's serve to go 6-3!  Serving on Set point. Loses a point but still set point. And he serves a beauty  & takes the second set!

I hope the 3rd set is as entertainig - what a treat!

LUGBURZ - are you watching it! You should if you can!   :)  Quality tennis here.
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