Archive for October 2012


This score just scrawled by on the ticker as I’m watching Isner-Llodra–”Querrey def. Djokovic, 0-6, 7-6, 6-4.” You Can’t Be Serious! I saw
Querrey lose to Djoko in Toronto this summer and unless they made the width of the court narrower, I can’t possibly see how Querrey won. This is Querrey’s biggest win of his whole career, bar none. Maybe he’s hooked up with some hot Parisian girl and is flippin’ in confidence because result is amazing. American tennis might be going down the tubes, but the world No. 1 has just lost in one year to Isner and Querrey.

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Roger Federer dropped a third-set breaker to Juan Martin Del Potro at his home tournament in Basel and then promptly pulled out of the Paris Masters with some “niggles.” Ever since Fe embarrassed Djoko to win Cincy, he has been knocked out by Berdych, Murray and now Del Po. Last year, Fed dominated the indoors circuit.

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Oct/12

24

Brad Gilbert On Boxing


I did this interview with Brad Gilbert a few years ago at the U.S. Open and then the boxing magazine that ran the feature discontinued it. Check it out, there are some interesting insights about Agassi, Butterbean and the 1988 Olympics…

Introduction to boxing: My grandfather who drove a cab in San Francisco for 50 years loved boxing. And when I was a kid, boxing was huge. It wasn’t huge, it was Wide World Of Sports and it was Ali and it seemed like it was a very visible sport.

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Oct/12

22

David Goffin Biofile


Status: ATP #45.

First Tennis Memory: “I was six years old when I played my first tournament and I was so excited to play my first official tournament in Belgium. I did not do so good but it was my first official tournament. I didn’t have a ranking when I was six. But I loved that day, I played a lot of tournaments after.”

Tennis Inspirations: “My father (Michael) was a professor. I got in tennis because of him. And my brother (Simon) was also playing good. And I was watching a lot of Pete Sampras when I was young. That’s why I began to play tennis.”

Current Car: “Alfa Romeo MiTo (gray).”

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Oct/12

22

In Pursuit of Djokovic


In Pursuit of Djokovic
By Dan Markowitz

Hi Dan,
The interview is fine but I am unable to tell you when in Toronto, because
we don’t know when Novak will be there after Olimpics (sic).
Regards
Edoardo

After many weeks of emailing Novak Djokovic’s manager, Edoardo Artaldi, trying to set up a one-on-one interview with Novak in Toronto, I now had confirmation. Setting up an exclusive interview with the world’s No. 2 player is not an easy endeavor.

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Cristy M., an Asian chemistry teacher now in Thailand, found my Rios article and mentioned it in her blog. She made some very nice comments about Rios and she appreciates his unique character.

Tennis great, Marcelo Rios
Posted 1 week ago He was one of the reasons why I started watching professional tennis sometime in the 1990’s. I love his game and I love the way he carries himself: like a rebel, like someone who doesn’t really give a damn about what others think. He was a joy to watch.

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Justin Verlander is probably the best pitcher in Major League Baseball this year. He has lead the Detroit Tigers to one game from a sweep of the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. In the newspaper yesterday, there was an article that showed the former Cy Young Award winner averaged 91.4 mph on his pitches in the first three innings, 93.5 mph in the fourth thru sixth innings and 97.9 to get the final outs.

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Has anyone noticed the resemblance? You ever notice the little Beavis smile Murray gives when he’s about to return serve? It’s almost like he’s saying, “Heh, heh, I’m going to slam this return down your esophagus, Novak.”

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Jack Sock, who is already a Grand Slam mixed doubles champion, gets a lot of criticism for his up and down results around these parts.

But the “Young American” had a stellar week at the Tiburon Challenger last week. Sock got a default win over #1 seed Ben Becker, then socked Rhyne Williams in three sets, Steve Johnson 64 76 in the semi.

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Oct/12

13

Has Murray Figured Out Federer?


Andy Murray posted an impressive win over Roger Federer 64 64 today at the Shanghai Masters Series semifinal. It was almost a dominating performance by Murray who seemed to return the Federer serve more effectively than usual, similar to how the Djokovic return has so often stymied Federer when it is ooperating a full precision.

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