Archive for November, 2009

WTF?

Posted by Brodie under: Koyla, Nole, YEC

23 Nov 2009

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WTF is going on in London? …oh, the WTF. WTF? … ok now this is turning into a bad Monty Python joke…

I only saw the third set, but a hell of a match. Nole fought in the middle of the set to hold serve in a 12 minute game (4 of which Nole spent bouncing the ball before serving) and then Koyla somehow managed to break back to stay in the set… only to be broken the very next game, pretty handily, for Nole to serve it out. They then swapped shirts and totally non-homoerotic man sweat. Of course all Rafa fans want this to become a ritual, so they can show how much hotter Rafa really is than Fed. I’m assuming.

Unfortunately for Nole, after a match over 2 and a half hours, he said he’s having “physical problems, you can’t fight nature”, which I believe is Serbian for either injuries or being really tired. Tough to blame him for either really. I haven’t the slightest clue who the favourite is anymore, in this group… or overall really. Muzz? Fed? Will Nole be able to fight through it all? Will Rafa step it up next match? STAY TUNED!

Tomorrow’s OOP is Delpo/Fergasm at 12:30, and Fed/Muzz at 7pm. I’ll likely miss all of the first match, and miss the first hour of the second and catch the rest. Bring it on.

Fire Breathin'

Posted by Brodie under: Rafa, Sodomy, YEC

23 Nov 2009

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It was supposed to be wonderful. After his heart breaking loss to Sod at the French Open (not to mention the Wimbledon antics he pulled on him) Rafa would have sweet revenge in London in his first round robin match… right?

Not to be the case. Rafa apparently had a hell of a time with his first serve in the first set, with Sod pushing him around the court. And despite trying to mount a comeback, Sod would call forth the power of the anti-Sven that is Fed’s children and the spirit of Brad Gilbert and down Rafa, 6-4, 6-4. Well at least he came to play, right? One has to wonder how Rafa would have faired against a healthy Dick.

Overall, I wouldn’t be too worried about Rafa. Its late in the season, he’s clearly having trouble finding his form, and especially his consistency. And yes, he has to play Davis Cup. But he’s also going to have a whole month to recover, to work on stuff, and figure it out. He couldn’t defend RG, he didn’t have a chance to defend Wimbley… oh, he’ll be focused and ready to go for Australia, don’t worry kiddies.

Le Sigh

Posted by Brodie under: Federror, Fergasm, YEC

23 Nov 2009

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Of course you did Fer. Be on your game, with Fed looking beatable, fail to capitalize on match turning points, blow the set, and there’s the match.

Fer got off to a rock solid start, with a cracking forehand and a serve that just seemed to confuse the hell out of Fed, to be honest, especially on backhand returns. He got an early break and took the set 6-4. He was right there the second set too, wobbly on serve at points, but fighting, and staying with Fed until 5-5. Then an early 0-40 chance on Fed’s serve… couldn’t capitalize. And you just got the feeling like that could be the match there, Fed doesn’t offer many openings… what do you know, Fed fights back, pumps himself up, and breaks Fer, who would only win one more game all match. Oh Fergasm, are you turning into the Lena of the ATP? I sure hope not. But that’s just Fed being Fed, 2009 style, no?

Here’s the OOP, 12:30 local:

No. 2 Bob Bryan (USA)/Mike Bryan (USA) vs. No. 7 Max Mirnyi (BLR)/Andy Ram (ISR)
No. 2 Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. No. 8 Robin Soderling (SWE)
At 7:00 pm
No. 4 Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)/Leander Paes (IND) vs. No. 6 Lukasz Kubot (POL)/Oliver Marach (AUT)
No. 3 Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)

Both highly intriguing matches, we’ll see how Rafa is looking, and if Sod can make an impact on this tourney. And of course the red hot Nole will take on the … partially crimson hot Koala Bear in the final match.

A Stumbling Start

Posted by Brodie under: Elf, Muzz, YEC

22 Nov 2009

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Well, isn’t that what we were expecting? A scrappy match, with some great winners, some crappy errors, and a Muzz win in three sets. Muzz actually said that he was expecting a scrappy match since neither have played much since the USO. Ah, indeed. The good news is that Elf took a set and clearly isn’t injured to the point where he’s completely useless, even if he is rusty.

And how bout a sold out O2 arena? I know Muzz is at home, but come on. Fer will take on Fed later, 9:15pm local time, a match I will watch hopefully all of (at least the first set). And yes, the year sum up posts will come, wasn’t expecting to be this busy this weekend, but I’ll finish em up over the next couple of days, along with everything else.

20 Nov 2009

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(Bigger version of the pic here) Its so great how ATP guys look in suits. Especially if you remember the Paris pics from last year. This looks like some sort of international super star mafia or something.

Fer looks like he knows he killed someone, and is damn smug about it. Elf looks like he’s about to come flying at you and pull you up by your throat. Nole is probably the only one in this pic who doesn’t look like he’s actually killed someone… he looks kinda boyish… Fed is well, who knows what’s going through his mind, but he’d probably like to kill you. Rafa and Sod are both totally eyeing someone over there who needs to be killed. Muzz looks constipated… maybe just sick, cause he just killed someone. And Koyla probably has someone stuffed in his trunk and his trying his damnedest to not look totally guilty. Oh, this is going to be a fun week.

My second of third essay this term is officially DONE (BOOM) and I have a pretty free week next week, so I’ll be catching tons of action, probably even more than the WTA YEC, class schedule permitting. I’ll finish up my final 5 WTF look aheads tomorrow. Bring in the fuck on.

Incoming WTF: #6 Andy Roddick

Posted by Brodie under: Dick, YEC

19 Nov 2009

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This post serves two purposes: one, to wrap up his year, and two, to yes, acknowledge that he won’t actually be in London. Its kind of too bad, to be honest, he’s had a great year. The point of these is to wrap up the top players year, and I might do a Sod one if I get time/am interested. Dick’s year can probably be summed up in one interesting stat. His record against Fed, Elf, and Rafa? 0-7.

Tournaments Won in 2009: Regions Morgan Keegan Championships
Year End Ranking Points: 4410

The Land of Oz and American Hard Stuff

Dick’s season got off to a solid start, taking out Monf in the semis of Qatar before falling to Muzz in three in the finals. He then went to Australia, tore up T-Rob, forced defending champ Nole to retire after taking the second and third set, and was then ripped in half by Fed in the semis, in straights. As the top seed in San Jose, he fell to Steps (I mean wut?) in the final, in three sets. He then turned around and got revenge the next week in Memphis, where yes, he beat The Sex in the finals, this time in straights. He had a convincing win over Nole in the quarters of Miami, but then fell to Rafa in straights in the semis. And then of course was Miami, with the classic ACE HIS ASS quarter final loss to Fed.

Gettin’ Dirty

Figure this out: Dick played more matches at Wimbledon than he did on clay. Something tells me he might prefer grass to clay… hmm. Only Madrid and the French, quarterfinal loss to Fed (re-occurring theme) and a “you’re not good enough to be that cocky… but you still beat my sorry ass in straight sets” loss to Monf in the fourth round of the French, which is actually a pretty solid result for him.

High On Grass

Or you know, low on grass… first Queens, where he retired to Blah in the semis at 4-4. Then of course came Wimbledon. Many people actually don’t remember his tight 5 set win (6-4 in the fifth) over fellow flat serving, hat wearing, fist-pumping whitey the Rusty Lawnmower, which was actually a really entertaining match, from what I saw. Of course he then took out home favourite Muzz in a really tight and entertaining match (even if it wasn’t the outcome I or everyone in the stands wanted). And then yes, 16-14 to Fed, in the longest fifth set of a final in Wimbley history.

Hard For America

Andy’s year is pretty sparse after Wimbledon, with a crazy third set tiebreak loss to Elf in the Washington final (I was in Toronto, definitely need to watch the final set of this match over Christmas, methinks) and then again to a hard fighting Elf in Montreal, after basically losing his shit in the third set (and beating Fer and Nole in previous rounds). Then the really weird shit. An opening round loss to Sammy Q in Cincinnati (two tiebreak sets) and then of course the absolutely ridonkulous loss to big man Tree in the third round of the USO, where he was seen as a serious contender.

Asia and Beyond

Yeah, not much Asia, and not much beyond. He fell to Kubot in the first round of Beijing, retired in his first match in Shanghai, and hasn’t played since, due to a left knee injury, which despite all his complaining about the length of the season and the injuries it induces RIGHT before hand, seems pretty legit. This is his 7th time in a row qualifying for the WTFs, by the way, an event which he has never wo.

Incoming WTF: #7 Nikolay Davydenko

Posted by Brodie under: Koyla, YEC

17 Nov 2009

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Tournaments Won in 2009: ATP Studena Croatia Open Umag, International German Open, Shanghai ATP Masters 1000, Proton Malaysian Open
Year End Ranking Points: 3630

The Land of Oz and American Hard Stuff

The Fuzzy Koala’s ranking is pretty insane when you consider how much time he missed early this year. In Chennai, he was forced to exit in the second round due to a heel injury. He would miss the Australian, and wouldn’t get back into action until February 9th, where he would then lose to Julien in straights, and then also miss Indian Wells and Miami due to injury. That’s a pretty huge chunk of time and a hell of a lot of points.

Gettin’ Dirty

Koyla wasn’t back into proper action all the way into April, where he managed to topple Feli and Steps on the clay in Barcelona before falling to Rafa in the semis. He was dinged out early in the second round of Rome to the Melz. At the Estoril Open in May, he was the second seed, but fell to fourth seeded Blah in the semis (lolwut). He gave a walkover to Dick in the third round of Madrid, but managed to put a solid run together at the French, taking out Stan and Fergasm before falling to the Rafa-killer Sod in the quarters.

High On Grass

Only Wimbledon, and only the third round, falling to the T-Berd in the 3rd round.

American Hard Stuff

Oddly enough, Koala managed to find his form in the strange “wtf there’s still clay tournaments?” following Wimbledon, winning Hamburg by taking PHM out in the final, and then taking out JCF in the Umag final (and winning the biggest trophy for the most insignificant tournament, as seen above). As for the ACTUAL hard court season, he managed to take out Gonzo in the third round of Montreal, but fell in the quarters to Muzz. In Cincy he fell in the third round to Gilles, and got to the New Haven quarters, losing to finalist Sammy Q. The US Open was more of the same, falling in the fourth round to Sod, once again.

Asia and Beyond

Koala has been wrapping up the season nicely, and earning himself a spot in the WTFs. In Malaysia, he toppled Gael, Sod, and then Fer in the finals to take it. After falling to Marin in the third round of Beijing, he brought out the big guns, and won his third Masters shield in Shanghai, beating Nole in the semis and Rafa in the finals. Of course after that he kindly lost to Marat in three in the first round of the Kremlin Cup (or was tired, or whatever). As for his last two tournaments, he lost to Youz in the semis of Valencia, and the third round of the Paris Masters to Sod, once again.

16 Nov 2009

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Tournaments Won in 2009: Pilot Pen
Year End Ranking Points: 3300

The Land of Oz and American Hard Stuff

Oddly enough, Fer’s year will best be remembered for the beginning of it, and specifically for a match that he ended up losing in 5 hours and 14 minutes. He started the year in Brisbane where he made a run all the way to the final before losing to The Sex Stepanek in three sets. It wasn’t until the slam where shit started getting rolling for Fergasm, and his off season training really started to pay off. He demolished The Sex in the third round, 4 and two bagels, and then downed Muzz in five and Jo in four. And then of course the semi… 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 7-6, 4-6. Insanely long. Apparently the first match ever where both players reached triple digits in the winners category. I still remember waking up, throwing on the computer to check to see who had won, at around 8am my time… the thing was still going on, and I saw most of the fifth set. Holy drama. Will definitely be watching that match over the Christmas break, in increments. I’ve seen youtube clips, the shot making is just insanity. As for Miami and Indian Wells, Fer lost to Fed and Muzz in straights respectively.

Gettin’ Dirty

Pretty safe to say, unlike a lot of his fellow country men, Fer isn’t exactly gasming over clay. He fell in the quarter finals of Barcelona to Gonzo and Rome and Madrid to Rafa… so crap luck of the draw, literally. Though the matches against Rafa weren’t nearly as close as Australia. He lost in the fourth round of the French to the Koala, in straights.

High On Grass

Oddly enough, Fer played two grass warm up tournaments, but didn’t find success until he hit Wimbledon. He lost in the always prestigious “Gerry Weber Open” to Pesky Petz in the first round, and Becker in Ordina in the second round. As for Wimbley itself, he was sent to four tiebreaks against Dr. Ivo, and lost in the fourth set TB 9-11.

Hard For America

Fer found mixed results pre-USO, losing in Montreal in the third round to Dick (in a third set TB) and Garcia-Lopez in the first round of Cincy. From there he captured his only title of the year in New Haven, the week before the USO, without losing a set, and beating Sammy Q in the final. Not a bad USO run either, losing to Nole in the quarterfinals.

Asia and Beyond

As the second seed in Malaysia, Fergasm made a run to the final where he lost to the heating up Koyla. In Beijing he lost to Nole again, in the quarterfinals, and bowed out in the second round of Beijing to the rallying Old Man Ljubs. And of course in the past couple of weeks, he lost in the semis of Valencia to eventual champ Muzz, and the third round Paris to Marin.

No insanely impressive results from Fer, but he’s clearly upped the quality of his game over this year, and has incredibly consistent results. This will be his first ever YEC and obviously his highest rank to end the year.

I Drink Your Milkshake

Posted by Brodie under: Nestor, Paris, Zimo

15 Nov 2009

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He plays tennis. He’s Canadian. He’s 37. And he’s a fucking freak of nature.

Danny Boy and Nenad toppled T-Rob and Granola Bars today, 3 and 4, giving Daniel his 64th ATP title, ninth of the season, and he’s got the most out of any active player right now. And he’s now won every single tournament at least once that he’s entered in his career. And he’ll be going for his third straight YEC victory, second straight with Zimo. Do it up dude.

Well Hello There

Posted by Brodie under: Monf, Nole, Paris

15 Nov 2009

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Oh Nole. I’m excited to be back too.

Wonderful final, after a pretty poor, half hour set from Monf where he was thrashed 6-2. He finally started busting some ass in the second, with Nole leading 3-0, Monf managed to take it after a late break, 7-5.

The third set was a whirlwind, with Nole once again up a break at 4-1. Monfie hung in there still though, and after a weird 3 ace, two DF, one unreturnable serve game, he broke and it was a whole new ball game. Nole was just too focused, and too on his game at the end though, and took it pretty easily in the tiebreak without losing a point on his serve.

An absolutely huge win for him, beating Rafa in the semis, and considering he beat Fed in the final of Basel last weekend, he’s on a huge winning tear. He is most definitely the best player on the tour right now, and is looking like he’s hitting a mid-season stride with things wrapping up (or perhaps finding some of that brilliance that he had during the clay season). We’ll see how the WTF goes.

As for me, I miss tennis like a crack baby misses… tennis. First time I’ve been able to catch a full match in some time (or at least what feels like a long time). I’ll be doing my manly version of “Incoming WTF” starting tonight, wrapping up the years of the past 8 a player and a day at a time. And come next Monday, I’ll be done two of three essays and will be in great shape to catch a shitload of London. I can’t wait. Good to be back!

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