Thanks to the best gay for sending this along. Nice to see the hot boys of tennis getting the love and respect they deserve.
But no Goth Bols or Janko? Blasphemy!
Thanks to the best gay for sending this along. Nice to see the hot boys of tennis getting the love and respect they deserve.
But no Goth Bols or Janko? Blasphemy!
Posted by C Note on May 29, 2009 in Agnes Szavay, Ana Ivanovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva, Fernando Verdasco, Gilles Simon, Jelena Dokic, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Pic This!, Roland Garros, Sorana Cirstea, The Mighty Fed, Victoria Azarenka | Permalink | Comments (18) | TrackBack (0)
Get ready, Paris. If you hated Shrieka, you're going to hate this one.
Disco Cone won a match! And gave an awesome presser to boot.
I'm sorry. What were we talking about? My mind wandered.
I don't know why I thought Jay-Z would do well here.
It's ok, Purple One. Go get ready for Wimbly.
Le sigh. Love you.
This one looked new. Her face isn't all contorted, she's balanced, and she's statuesque.
All credit to ESPN for calling itself out. From their 5 things we learned today feature:
1. Dinara Safina is playing like the favorite: Through two rounds she has lost a total of exactly … uh, two games -- in less than two hours. The No. 1-ranked Russian rolled qualifier Vitalia Diatchenko 6-1, 6-1. Since she ascended to the top spot, Safina has won 16 of her 17 matches on clay. She got to the final here a year ago and made the Australian Open final earlier this year. This, clearly, represents her best chance to join brother Marat as a Grand Slam champion.
Safina's coach, Zeljko Krajan -- naturally -- was again disappointed in her play.
"If one day he's going to be happy, I think I'll finish my career," she said. "He's never happy. Even today, he's not happy."
2. And Ana Ivanovic is starting to play like the defending champion: There have been some dicey moments this year -- like losing in the third round of the Australian Open and her second matches in Miami and Rome -- but her form seems to be returning.
Ivanovic torched Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-1, 6-2 and she said she thinks she can repeat at Roland Garros.
"I do," she said, "and I worked very hard for it and know I have a game."
3. ESPN.com's "experts" asleep at the wheel: The four women tabbed by six ESPN.com writers as sleepers -- Amelie Mauresmo (2), Patty Schnyder (2), Sabine Lisicki and Kaia Kanepi -- all lost in the first round. Sleepers, did we say sleepers? We meant to place them in the early-exit category.
"If Gulbis loses, I'm completely inept with my pre-tournament picks," said tennis writer Bonnie Ford, eyeing the scoreboard with disgust early in the day.
Ten minutes later, Ernests Gulbis -- Ford's male sleeper -- fell to Nicolas Almagro in four sets. What's the French word for inept?
"Incapable," said Ford, who speaks fluent French, explaining that the word is the same in both English and French.
4. Andy Roddick is the last American man standing: As a corollary to No. 3 -- and a public service, no doubt -- we are compelled to further mention that no fewer than four ESPN.com experts (who shall remain nameless) chose Roddick as their candidate for an early exit. With the loss by California native Robert Kendrick to Gilles Simon in the second round, 5-7, 0-6, 1-6, Roddick is the LAMS.
Did we mention that Simon and fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who now appear to be in terrific form, were the other two early-exit choices?
Tapping Momo as a sleeper and Gilly and Jo as early exits weren't bad calls. But Sabine? Everyone knew she was pretty injured coming into RG. Kaia Kanepi? Uh...yeah...I don't know what that was about.
But really, say it with me...ERNIE???
I guess I don't really understand how Bonnie Ford can be SO SHOCKED that Ernie lost. My only guess is that while the rest of us are waking up in the middle of the night to watch Ernie lose ever so beautifully (though let's face it, he hasn't been losing beautifully lately) Bonnie's doing the smart and rational thing and sleeping.
Pfft. Weak humans.
I really kind of meant it in a "lookit all those straight set wins" kind of way, but then I found this...
Posted by Carrie on May 27, 2009 in Agnes Szavay, Alize Cornet, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Andy Murray, ATP, Ernests Gulbis, Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Gonzalez, Fernando Verdasco, Gilles Simon, Guest Blogger, Janko Tipsarevic, Marin Cilic, Na Li, Roland Garros, Victoria Azarenka, WTA | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
So far so good on the men's side on Sunday, which saw all the seeds through though not without a battle of two. Muzz didn't need much time at all in his opening match against Chela. He took care of the Argentine, 2 2 and 1, in an hour and a half. Not sure how I feel about the all black Fred Perry kit, but if it produces these kinds of results, I suppose I'll deal.
But I guess I just gave it away seeing as how if Marat were the one in the 5 setter we all know he would have lost. Nice showing by the Captain who was businesslike in his 4 4 and 4 win over a French qualifier. Gilles on the other hand needed 5 sets to outlast the America Rafa. Nice win for Gilly and happy to see him feed off the home energy (as opposed to pulling a Momo and buckling under the pressure).
Nice comeback win from Lleyton, who took advantage of a physically fading Ivo (who served a record breaking 55 aces in the match) to come back from two sets down. I'm not sure I'll ever really understand Ivo's fitness issues. I know he's a big guy and everything, BUT ALL YOU DO IS SERVE. Like, his service games are so economical that I'm blown away he can get all that tired. And it's not like he engages in ridiculously long rallies during his opponent's service games, either. Go run some hills, Ivo.
If you haven't seen the not-so-fab pics of Gilly and Jo in French Men's Fitness, check out G's write up.
But doesn't that pic remind you of something?
Of course, the headline would make sense if Gilles had rounded off the top 8 making the quarters, but given his form lately, unfortunately I can't say I'm surprised. Has Lubey been tested for doping? That's the only explanation for his recent form. That or he read a good book or something.
Rafa and A-Rod benefitted from walkovers, with PEHK and Kolya withdrawing with left leg injuries. Fed proved that no matter what, he still pwns Blah, Muzz and Fer had quality wins over solid dirtballers (something tells me Pico's going to be RG spoiler), and Elf had to mount a strong comeback to overcome Stanley the Manley.
Singles - Third Round
 R Nadal (ESP) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) W/O (left leg)
 R Federer (SUI) d  J Blake (USA) 62 64
 N Djokovic (SRB) d A Seppi (ITA) 64 64
 A Murray (GBR) d  T Robredo (ESP) 75 61
 J Del Potro (ARG) d  S Wawrinka (SUI) 46 64 64
 A Roddick (USA) d  N Davydenko (RUS) W/O (left leg)
[WC] I Ljubicic (CRO) d  G Simon (FRA) 36 64 63
 F Verdasco [ESP] d [WC] J Monaco (ARG) 75 62
Doubles - Quarter-finals
J Del Potro (ARG) / M Fish (USA) d S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR) 67(9) 62 10-4
Doubles - Second Round
 D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [WC] M Lopez (ESP) / R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 63 67(7) 10-6
N Djokovic (SRB) / D Vemic (SRB) d  M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 62 76(9)
The Great Boobed Owl survived a second set challenge from Kendrick to get through in straight sets. He's the top seed in Estoril. Scawy.
Singles - First Round
 [WC] G Simon (FRA) d R Kendrick (USA) 63 76(7)
P Capdeville (CHI) d  D Nalbandian (ARG) 62 62
 M Fish (USA) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 63 64
M Gicquel (FRA) d P Andujar (ESP) 76(6) 64
O Hernandez (ESP) d [WC] R Machado (POR) 75 16 75
Doubles - First Round
 F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d [Alt] P Capdeville (CHI) / I Navarro (ESP) 63 62
How hard did he have the beg the umpire to give him that one gain? Methinks Mr. Umpire's going to be rocking some new Pradas on Saturday. And yes, I have a huge stupid grin on my face as I type this. I really do hate that Fucker.
Singles - Third Round
 R Nadal (ESP) d R Soderling (SWE) 61 60
 R Federer (SUI) d  R Stepanek (CZE) 64 61
 N Djokovic (SRB) d  T Robredo (ESP) 61 61
 J Del Potro (ARG) d  S Wawrinka (SUI) 62 67(5) 63
 F Verdasco (ESP) d R Gasquet (FRA) 75 64
[Q] M Zverev (GER) d  G Simon (FRA) 64 61
 F Gonzalez (CHI) d J Melzer (AUT) 36 63 75
[Q] J Monaco (ARG) d  M Cilic (CRO) 64 64
Doubles - Second Round
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) 64 63
 D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d J Blake (USA) / M Fish (USA) 63 46 10-6
 L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d I Karlovic (CRO) / D Vemic (SRB) 61 61
 M Bhupathi (IND) / M Knowles (BAH) d S Bolelli (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 76(5) 26 10-3
 B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) d M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 62 64
 M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d J Benneteau (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) 75 63
 M Mirnyi (BLR) / A Ram (ISR) d [WC] D Bracciali (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) 75 63
 J Coetzee (RSA) / J Kerr (AUS) d [WC] F Cipolla (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) 61 75
Q. Was this match, like you said yesterday, you had no reference points to be able to play on clay?
GILLES SIMON: Yes. I didn't have reference points. And on top of this, this match was completely rotten from the first to the last point. So it's not only the lack of reference points.
Q. What is it then?
GILLES SIMON: I don't know. I'm surprised myself. I felt at ease on this surface. I was moving well. But I don't remember ever playing so badly. Nothing was right. Nothing was working. My forehand, my backhand, my serve, nothing.
Q. Do you believe playing a qualifier first round coming back from the United States was a tricky match?
GILLES SIMON: No. On the contrary, I believe this was a good draw. It is always better to play a qualifier, although he won matches just before and he has his bearings.
Q. But you didn't know this one?
GILLES SIMON: Yes, I did. I played him a long time ago. I also saw several matches from him so I knew what he can do well. But I played so bad today that I couldn't have beaten anyone. In the beginning he made a couple of mistakes, but then he understood very soon that I would play a very short point or I would hit the ball out.
Q. When was the last time you played as badly as this?
GILLES SIMON: I believe this match is a record.
Q. Are you worried?
GILLES SIMON: I'm certainly not pleased with that match. But I'm not even worried. If I had lost playing sometimes good, sometimes bad, I would have thought it's strange.
But in this case, I didn't even have good moments. It went so bad that I think the result is normal.
Q. What bothered you in his game? He's a left hander? He was hitting the lines too often?
GILLES SIMON: Nothing special. I was concentrating on what I had to do, and he was putting some rhythm into the ball, which is good. He was serving well, but I was able to return. But I felt lost on the court. The third backhand I was hitting went into the net. The third forehand I was hitting, I was hitting the frame. I think I made 40 unforced errors and just 1 winner. What could I do?
Q. Four winners.
GILLES SIMON: But two aces (smiling).
The dude gives good interview. Makes me wonder about his other oral skills.
Ew! I'm talking about debating! Get your mind out of the gutter. Sheesh.
He seems like he'd be a master debater.
Gilly and the Frenchies had a tough day at the office. And we're not talking Jo and Reeshie, two players whose games may not suit clay. We're talking the dirtball dogs, Gilles and Gael. Gilles lost to Andreas Beck 75 61 (6-1? On clay?), and Gael was absolutely trounced by Janko, 63 61 (Really Gael? [Insert disapproving look here]).
So the other seed is out of Fed's quarter. No wonder the dude looks so damn relaxed.
As for the boys the match of the day was Monfils/Marat.
I'm not really sure *how* Marat blew a 5-2 lead in the third set, but he did. I'm not convinced La Monf even knows how he did it. After being down and out and down two breaks, the match somehow landed in his lap.
In other news, Wolverine, aka, the man who cannot be killed, somehow ropped the first set to Old Man Rainer 63, only to revive himself and issue double breadsticks the next two sets. He lives to fight another day. Also, nice wins for Big Byrd over Blah (and for serious, Blah could not have been more Blah (or is it Blahier?) in that boring as match), and Taylor Dent continued his comeback efforts with a win over a tough but probably still injured Disco.
 R Federer (SUI) d  N Kiefer (GER) 64 61
 N Djokovic (SRB) d  P Mathieu (FRA) 64 61
 A Roddick (USA) d  D Tursunov (RUS) 76(9) 62
 G Simon (FRA) d  R Schuettler (GER) 36 61 61
 G Monfils (FRA) d  M Safin (RUS) 57 75 76(3) - saved 2 M.P.
 J Tsonga (FRA) d [Q] R Kendrick (USA) 75 64
 T Berdych (CZE) d  J Blake (USA) 64 67(3) 63
[Q] T Dent (USA) d  T Robredo (ESP) 75 63
(Pics for Forty Deuce by C Note and Love All)
Poor Gilly. I was worried about him after hearing the interview with him yesterday when he seemingly didn't seem all that concerned about the difference between Davis Cup and any other tennis match you'll ever play. Methinks the rookie just wasn't prepared for what he was about to walk into, especially on a hostile court.
Ain't no shame in losing to Big Byrd, though. It was a tight match that took almost 3 and a half hours before Byrdy prevailed, 76(3) 46 76(2) 63.
Of course, this put a lot of pressure on Jo, who had to face the red hot (play-wise) Worm. Thankfully Jo kept his cool and played solidly, beating Steps, 75 62 76(1). Afterwards, Jo kept it teamy:
God. Recently it seems like every picture of this kid just makes me sad irrespective of whether he's winning or losing. They remind me of Sveta's quote after her loss to Dina at RG 08, "I could not put up much of a fight with her today because first I had to fight myself and that's as far as I can go." Or something like that. I just see a guy who just has no idea what's going on right now and is fighting against himself to get through.
Luckily he did today, beating Tuxedo 63 64. Quite a nice win for him over a very solid opponent.
And the hot teacher/student French-on-French action ended the way that it should, with Gilly winning in straight sets and looking might good doing it. I seriously want to lick his neck in that pic. Nom nom.
Nole and Gilles will face each other tomorrow.
 N Djokovic (SRB) d  M Cilic (CRO) 63 64
R Gasquet (FRA) d  A Murray (GBR) W/O (virus)
 G Simon (FRA) d F Santoro (FRA) 76(3) 61
 D Ferrer (ESP) d  I Andreev (RUS) 75 61
Grigor Dimitrov, a teenage wild card cutie from Bulgaria, pushed Rafa to three sets and really impressed until he started to run out of steam and start cramping. Apparently Grigor is part of the Adidas Player Development Program. At least, I assume so because Sven was watching him in Rotterdam.
Nice that he put on a good show. Even nicer that Rafa was able to pull it out. From all reports it sounds like Rafa's not keeping the best form in Rotterdam. I still think he'll make it to the finals though. The boy just doesn't quit.
Super Mario made a rare appearance today, upsetting #4 seed Gilly in three sets, 64 36 63. It's ok, Gilly. You're still fun to look at, especially with your new bed head look. Cat sound.
Here are the rest of your scores:
 R Nadal (ESP) d [WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) 75 36 62
 A Murray (GBR) d A Seppi (ITA) 76(4) 75
M Ancic (CRO) d  G Simon (FRA) 64 36 63
 G Monfils (FRA) d M Llodra (FRA) 64 64
J Tsonga (FRA) d D Tursunov (RUS) 76(6) 62
[LL] M Gicquel (FRA) d P Mathieu (FRA) 64 63
Yeesh. I'm glad I was too busy at work to pay attention to the livescores. I might have had a bit of a fit. Rafa was pushed to three sets by Goth Bols, eventually winning, 46 62 75. I can't stand all these indoor pictures. After being spoiled by all the great shadows and light from AO, this just looks so bush league. Oh well.
In other drama, Daveed couldn't keep is semi-strong run going, losing to Misha, 62 36 62. I wish I knew what was up with that kid. He had a nice win over Baggy last week in Johannesburg. It would have been nice to see him follow it up.
Meanwhile, the Frenchies roll on, as Jo and Gilly notched tough straight set wins. This winning is getting contagious as even their non-Muskateer countrymen are catching on, with Marc Gicquel and Michael Llodra both winning three setters over Koralev and Dr. Ivo, respectively.
Here are your scores (Kolya and Apricot Bars are still playing):
 R Nadal (ESP) d S Bolelli (ITA) 46 62 75
 G Simon (FRA) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 75 76(1)
 J Tsonga (FRA) d [WC] J Huta Galung (NED) 76(4) 76(4)
M Ancic (CRO) d R Schuettler (GER) 75 62
M Llodra (FRA) d I Karlovic (CRO) 46 63 64
[LL] M Gicquel (FRA) d [Q] E Korolev (RUS) 36 63 62
M Youzhny (RUS) d  D Ferrer (ESP) 62 36 62
How is he NOT the most famous tennis player of all time? HOW?!?
Also? WHY DID I TAKE GERMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE?!?!?
Rafa has yet to drop a set so far but Gilly, as per usual, made him work (62 75 75). He had to adjust his game a bit to deal with Gilly's flat groundstrokes, which were what killed him last time in Madrid. But comparing their Madrid match to this match really showed Rafa's improvement on hard courts. The serve got him easy points, allowed him to hold easily, and his more aggressive hard court game really shined. His willingness to step in and crush his forehand is so great. It was a really fun match to watch.
Afterwards, it was all love between the Spaniard and the Pastry. You just get the sense that Rafa really respects Simon's heart and fight.
Q. Will you watch any of Nadal/González?
GILLES SIMON: I don't know. I really think Nadal's gonna win (smiling). Yeah, I think it's going to be him. I just have to wait, and I have one more day to have my tactic, even if I know it already.
I prefer to play ‑‑ I think I prefer to play against Nadal. I prefer to play the No. 1 always. That's funny (laughter).
Q. Do you have some specific tactics in your mind if it's Nadal?
GILLES SIMON: Yes. I have to run five hours to win. I have no choice (laughter).
Well Gilly made that look a lot easier than it should have been. In what looked like it would be an uber competitive matchup, Gilly took out Average Mario in straight sets, 76 64 62. Isn't this as far as he's ever gone in a Grand Slam? Good for him.
Unfortunately he'll run up against his good buddy LaMonf in the next round. That match is going to have A LOT. OF. RUNNING.
Meanwhile, Jo's back is holding up well so far. He overcame a lapse of concentration in the third set to easily beat Dudi Sela, 64 62 16 61. He'll meet Blah in the next round. Can you think of two more contrasting styles/personalities?
As for Reeshie, he fought valiantly against Gonzo. In fact, it was a really good match with tremendous shotmaking. But as is the trend with both these players, Reeshie won the first two sets handily, held match point in the third set tiebreak but couldn't convert, and Gonzo went Gonzo and started crushing winners from both sides to take the TB and then next two sets. It was a marathon fifth set that really could have been decided by a coinflip.
Sad for Reeshie. I was rooting for him in this one. But this sets up a nice revenge match for Rafa in the next round.
Really fun piece by Kamakshi Tandon on the Four Flying Frenchmen that are set to make 2009 very very interesting.
In addition to his striking resemblance to Muhammad Ali, the 23-year-old Tsonga is the D'Artagnan of the group, a natural leader whose run to the Australian Open final last year may well have helped pave the way for the others' successes. "Since this moment, all the French players played better," Tsonga observed in his still-hesitant English. "So maybe, yeah."
"Richard, it's difficult for him because people are waiting for him to do something unbelievable every day. So it's hard for him, but he's a really nice guy," he finishes, putting his finger on the uber-talented but timid Gasquet.
Did I mention GIlles rules?
Could this be the year France finally puts it all together? Gilly, LaMonf, and Jo, all had to fight a big but they all got through in four sets, with Jo having a particularly tricky match with Lubes. Reeshie had an easier go with a straight set win. He takes on Gonzo next.
And Momo keep on keeping on, beating Baltacha in three sets. She takes on the red hot Vika next.
A reluctant congrats to France who are so far having a solid tournament after two rounds. Cornet, Dechy, Mono, and Mathieu won yesterday and the big names took care of business today and Julie Coin is on court against Vesnina, leading 4-1 in the first set. A plate of Freedom Fries to you all!
Momo and Gilles had easy straight set wins today. Momo took out Olga Govortsova, 64 63, and Gilles had a quick day, winning 64 61 61. Monfils had a bit of tough go in the third, but he came back to take it in straights, 61 63 75.
But the story of the day was Reeshie, who's balls finally dropped in the sweltering heat of Australia. The kid looked like absolute crap in the first set, losing to a Ron Jeremy look-alike, 76(5). But then he finally got pissed at himself and at the world, threw a racquet, and refocused to take the next three sets, 76(3) 63 64.
The hero? Flava Flav. The girl just owns in mixed doubles. She's the highest ranked doubles player in the tournament and she totally knows what she's doing. Everyone knows the key to winning mixed is the strength of the women. Well Flav got picked on my Marat on Saturday and she won that fight. And she got picked on again tonight and she stood firm. Good for her.
Team Pain kicked things off yesterday, beating Taipei 3-0 in a surprisingly close tie. Gilly and The Cone (great band name btw) were definitely rusty, with Gilly missing an inordinate number of easy overhead smashes, and they'll have to tighten things up in the next rounds.
Oh, and The Cone has either been hitting the gym or the buffet over the off-season. I honestly can't tell so I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt and go with the gym. Either way, she's bulked up. As you can tell from the pictures above, Gilly did not.
Next match: Russia vs. Italy tonight at 10:30am local time, 7:30pm 5:30 PST. Marat, Dinara, Flava Flav, and Goth Bols. Bring. It. On.
Well it's Thanksgiving here in the States, the day in which Americans gather around a roasted bird and pretend to forget that in exchange for the generous hospitality the indigenous peoples occupying this great land offered, white settlers gave them disease, war, subjugation, and casinos. So you know, win-win!
Putting all that aside, it is the day where we gather around the table with people we may or may not like and give thanks for the blessings bestowed upon us. This year I'm spending it in NYC with my sister and it looks like I'll be attending a very Felicityesque T-Day with a bunch of NYC transplants. I'm genuinely looking forward to it. Well, the mulled wine at the very least.
All this is a roundabout introduction to my list of the 10 Tennis Related Things I'm Thankful For:
10. JJ -- Shocker, right? But seriously, I'm thankful for JJ. She keeps it fun and interesting. After all, who else would we talk about if she wasn't around? The girl gives good quote, hilarious picture, and non-stop glitter-infused drama. To that, I raise my glass of Aqua Viva water.
9. My Wilson KFactor kTour Racquet -- Sigh. It was love at first strike with this puppy, which I got about 8 months ago. I resisted it for so long because it was Lindsay and Justine's racquet of choice, two players I didn't like that much. But I demoed Masha's Prince 03 White, Ana's Yonex RQiS 1, Nole's Wilson kBlade, and even JJ's Prince Speedport White and couldn't find one I loved. At my wits end I finally demoed the kTour, and it was absolutely perfect. For anyone who's interested, try it out with Wilson Sensation strings at 57 lbs. It's just a pure and clean hit.
8. The First Half of 2008 -- It was fun while it lasted. My girls (Masha/Ana) and boys (Rafa/Nole) were winning, they were looking good, and my life as a tennis fan was all rainbows and handbags. And then we all stepped on the grass of Wimbledon and it all (well, almost all) went to shit.
7. Crazy Eyez Fed -- I love this guy. He needs to come back, ASAP.
6. Crazy Russians -- What is it about the home of Stalin, Rasputin, and Vodka that it keeps rolling out the crazies? Hmmm...I think I may have answered my own question. Between CrazySexLostHisCool and his potty mouth of a baby sister, Casper The Melting Ghost, Underachieving Kuz, NoServe McGee, Angry A-Chak, and of course, their greatest export, Maria "Fuck The French" Pova, they really keep things interesting.
5. New Pretty Faces -- Hot Crazy Elf Train, Gilly, Jo, and Ernie. Not only are they new cute boys to fawn over, but they actually have game and are exciting to watch. Sometimes God does give with both hands.
4. Davis Cup -- Sure, maybe this is inflated given the events of the past week, but still. Even if Spain hadn't won the Cup in the manner in which they did, Davis Cup was awesome this year. And looking forward to next year it can only get better, what with TMF agreeing to grace us with his presence. So for all the HoYay! awesomeness that Davis Cup brings on a quarterly basis, I bring thanks. Now, if only the ladies took Fed Cup as seriously.
3. Rafa -- Sure, I love my Nole, but Rafa's ridiculous 2008 drew me back into men's tennis. I love his fight, his competitive spirit, his strut, his ADD, his humility and grace, and his perfectly bulbous ass.
2. Baby E -- Come on, this one's obvious, right? She single-handedly brought me back into tennis, as it had been a long time since I had a WTA player that I genuinely rooted for. She's a breath of fresh air in the diva world of the WTA. And on this day of overeating let us never forget: She's a nerdy fat girl stuck in a hot body.
1. You guys -- I really didn't know what to expect when I started this blog in July. It all came down to the fact that I had all these stupid and immature tennis thoughts running in my head all the time that it was distracting. So I started the site just to get these ideas "on paper" so I could move on. I never expected a an international coaltion of like-minded tennis fans, who love the sport and the players but don't put them on a pedestal, would come together to create the rad community that we have going here. Seriously, you guys make me check my own site on a quarter of an hour basis to keep up with your hilarious comments and insights. So on the serious, with no sense of cynicism or or irony intended, thanks.
Alrighty, off to get drunk now. If you see a drunken Asian girl stumbling the streets of Spanish Harlem, steer clear. I can't promise the turkey is staying down.
Posted by C Note on November 27, 2008 in Ana Ivanovic, Anna Chakvetadze, Davis Cup, Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva, Equipment, Ernests Gulbis, Gilles Simon, Jelena Jankovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Juan Martin del Potro, Marat Safin, Maria Sharapova, Rafa Nadal, Svetlana Kuznetsova, The Mighty Fed | Permalink | Comments (37) | TrackBack (0)
GIlly looked good early, taking the early set. But then he called for the trainer early in the second set, Nole smelled blood, started yanking him around the court and took the set fairly easily at three. In the final set, Nole was up 3-1 but then sustained some sort of calf injury that forced him to call the trainer. Gilly fought hard to capitalize but in the end, Nole found a way and took it 75. Thus endeth the remarkable 6 month run that Gilly had. Can't wait to see him again in 2009.
It must be kind of nice for Nole to have his girl in Shanghai with him. Then again, maybe she's there to keep him focused on his training, if you know what I mean. But this would be a really nice win for the Troubled One, who hasn't had that great of a run since the USO. This would give him quite the momentum for his title defense in Australia, no?
Much love to The Fed for an extremely valiant and gutsy performance against Muzzah today. He's clearly still recovering from that stomach bug and to top it all off, his "old man" back flared up again, which completely fucked up his serve. The result was pure heart, but in the end he couldn't overcome a determined Muzz, losing 46 76(3) 75.
(This pic rules. Check out the crown)
And thus endeth TMF's 2008 campaign. A solid year by any other player's standards but a disappointing year for Fed. With either Nole or Muzz poised to win this tourney, it will be interesting to see if 2008 was the year the kids took over. I was actually kind of, at times, occassionally, in the stillness of the hour, rooting for Fed to take this thing because it would have been a nice storyline, seeing as how he didn't win a single Masters Shield all year. Ah well, it's not like I'm crying about it now.
Because at the end of the day, this was kind of the perfect result for me. Fed is out of the tournament, but not before proving to me once again that he's got the heart of lion, the fight of a cougar, and the wily magicality of a Liger. Murray has got to be somewhat spent after this hard fought three hour match and will have to turn around to play Kolya tomorrow.
And Fed's loss means Forty Deuce #1 Crush Commodus is into the semifinals!!!
Oh, Gilly. Don't tease me with those chicken legs, stick arms, and that brooding look. He took care of business today, beating The Worm, 61 64. He'll now play Nole tomorrow for a spot in the finals.
You have to think, of all these guys, Nole becomes the front runner here. Andy's tired and Roger's out. He should be able to take out Gilly but let's not forget that in their only meeting of their careers, Gilly beat Nole in Marseille earlier this year. So don't count our boy out.
Muzz is looking good, folks. He's clinched a spot into the semis and will play an ailing Fed next (more on that in a sec). And to those that think he's going to mail it in on Thursday, think again: