Posted on: June 26, 2008 6:41 am
Edited on: June 26, 2008 6:42 am

Wimbledon Day 3 - The Serbian story

Ivanovic won a match that was shall we say - up in the air.  At match point against her she hit a ball that clipped the top of the net and went straight up.  Her heart was in her throat as the ball came down on the side of Dechy and Ana would live to play another day in the Wimbledon 2008 tourney.  The match went to a third set where Ana won 10 to 8.  It took over 3 hours to complete.

Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, was not so fortunate.  He ran into a player who has the ability to beat anyone.  Marat Safin can win the big games.  Djokovic did not play well.  He seemed to throw in a double fault at the critical times - including match point. Did I say Djokovic did not play well.  Safin did play the match he needed to play keep the pressure on today's glamour boy of tennis.  He served well at times and rarely double faulted.  Djokovic had only 4 aces with 10 double faults while Safin had 7 aces compared with 3 double faults.  Safin also made his service returns deep to keep Novak off balance and under pressure.  I wouldn't say that Safin looked like he could beat King Roger with his display of tennis but he might get the boost he needs to give Roger a battle if they play.  It reminded me of last year when Venus played Maria.  Venus did not look well at the beginning but as Maria double faulted and grew unsure of herself Venus grew stronger.  She went on from there to blow through the field hoist the trophy.  It will be interesting to see how far Marat goes in this one.

Category: Tennis
Posted on: March 29, 2008 9:10 am

Just a matter of time

Novak Djokovic has a habbit of bouncing a ball as many as 18 times before he serves it.  It was just a matter of time before an umpire would have the brass to warn him about it.  It can be annoying.  The umpire warned him this time as he was serving while up 2 to love in the 3rd set against Kevin Anderson.  It definitely rattled him.  He went on to lose the set 6 to 3 and was eliminated in the first round.  He is going to have to change this.  Other umpires will follow this precedent now and give him time warnings.  Better to make the change and stay in control of his match tempo than to be unsure about what an umpire will let him get away with.  The crowd was not on his side in this one.  Novak is a player who needs the crowd on his side.  Aren't we all? 
Category: Tennis
Tags: Djokovic, Lines
Posted on: March 23, 2008 6:55 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2008 1:00 pm

Fish versus Djoker

I turned on this match after the first set and saw Mardy look like a centipede in sand. He is not as quick as many of the players on tour including Djokovic. Novak got a break to go up 4 to 2 in the second set and looked like the day was over. Then Mardy broke back immediately and began to rush the net on his serve. The change in tactics seemed to improve Mardys serve some.

The 3rd set started with Novak serving. He got behind love 40 and responded with 3 straight aces, a service winner, and a rally winner. Now Novak is up 3 to 0.

Category: Tennis
Tags: Djokovic, Fish
Posted on: March 6, 2008 8:42 am

Nadal vs Roddick

Apparently these two don't hook up very often.  Nadal holds a 2 to 1 edge on Andy and they have only played once in the last 4 years.  That makes sense because Andy on clay is like, as Maria would say, a cow on ice.  This matchup is very intriguing.  With Roger out almost anyone can win this tournament.  I look for Andy to win this match and Novak to win the tournament.
Category: Tennis
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