It took Federer 17 tries to win his first masters series title – Djokovic won his first masters in his tenth attempt —
Fed won his first grand slam in his 17th major appearance while Djokovic won his first in his 13th try –
I don’t know if its the slower conditions with the cooler humid air, but the Djoko-Fed finals at the US Open is totally different than the match up they had three weeks ago in Cincy. In the Mid-West, Federer looked supremely confident, tonight in Flushing, Fed is down a set and fighting for his life. He even just tried the saber twice in a row at 1-2 Fed in the second set, and twice Djoko lobbed over Fed’s head for winners. Fed is missing a whole lot of backhands, into the net, wide and long. Fed is fighting for his life. Johnny Mac in the announcer’s booth thinks Fed is anxious knowing this could be one of the last chances he has to win no. 18 in the slam department, but while Fed is fighting to win every service game, Djoko is mostly blasting through his.Continue to read full article...
(Note: This Biofile was done about ten years ago at the US Open players lounge)
Status: 2015 US Open champion
Ht: 5-7 3/4 Wt: 128
DOB: February 25, 1982 in Brindisi, Italy.
Childhood Heroes: “Superman I think [smiles].
Tennis Inspirations: “I like Capriati and Seles. I had the posters on the wall and I always saw them play and I love [them] so much.”Continue to read full article...
You wait all year for a day and afternoon and evening and night like today/tonight. All four semis will be played along with possibly the best match of the day, John McEnroe/Pat McEnroe vs. Pat Cash and The Flipper, Mark Philippoussis. But seriously folks, who would’ve thunk that a pair of Italians, 32 and 33 years old, never talked about in the highest echelons of the game, would be in the semis?Continue to read full article...
Last week after Roger Federer beat Steve Darcis in straight sets at the US Open, I attended the number two seed’s press conference and asked him if he had a vote to induct Marcelo Rios into the Tennis Hall of Fame, would he vote “yes” or “no”?
To the surprise of some, Federer answered: “I don’t know what it takes, to be quite honest — he was one of my favorite players to watch so I would vote yes”
This past weekend, a reporter from a Chilean newspaper HoyxHoy named Nicolas Labra, contacted me for an interview —
Question- Why did you decide to ask Roger Federer on possible inclusion of Marcelo Rios in the Hall of Fame? It was something spontaneous or you are behind a campaign to included Marcelo in the Hall of Fame?Continue to read full article...
I watched the whole match and while I found the power quite intoxicating at times, and I was excited by Venus’ comeback and winning of the second set, 6-1, I was mystified by the third set. Why didn’t Venus challenge the missed second serve by Serena that would’ve put her up love-30 on Serena’s serve […]Continue to read full article...
Second week Tuesday always means three things – the grounds are practically empty of fans, most of the players have already gone home, and the US Open and east coast summer is almost over.
The electricity and energy of all the matches on the outer courts is replaced by near vacant food courts and footpaths, save for a few junior and wheelchair matches.Continue to read full article...
John Isner, better known as Izzie, lost in straight sets to Roger Federer last night in the Round of 16 after Donald Young, better known as DY, lost in 4 sets to Stan Wawrinka. While DY is a middle-weight, listed at 6-feet he’s really probably 5-10, Izzie is a heavyweight with the biggest serve in […]Continue to read full article...
If you look at the final 16 players who entered the Round of 16 in the women’s draw of the US Open, at least 11 of them would have to be termed, “Big Babes.” Now I don’t want to go into a detailed account or definition of what qualifies a player to be called a […]Continue to read full article...
Who’s going to win slams after Fed, Djoko, Murray and Wawrinka in a few years maybe are too old to win them? Sure there’s Cilic, who’s only 26 still. But if you look at this year’s US Open, all the “Young Guns” who were cast as future slam winners have all fallen fast and hard. First on that list is Grigor Dimitrov, who at 24 has had one of the worst years for a touted future slam winner. Then there’s Kei Nishikori, who at 25, after reaching the US Open finals last year, went out in the first round this year. Then there’s Milos Raonic, who at 24, can’t seem to ride his missile serve much past the quarterfinals of any slam.Continue to read full article...