Posts Tagged ‘roger federer’

Nadal Owns Oz

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Rafael Nadal made my guy cry. During the presentation of trophies following the four and a half hour match, Federer was obviously upset when asked about trying to tie Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slam titles.

If you feel like you could use a good cry, here it is.

All that aside, congrats to Nadal. An amazing athlete and gracious winner.

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It’s Nadal v. Federer, Again

Friday, January 30th, 2009

I was really hoping for a different outcome. After an amazing 5+ hour semifinal match it will once again be Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the finals of a Grand Slam event. But that’s not the big story here.

I turned on the t.v. this morning for my daughter to watch Mickey Mouse so I could throw in a load of laundry (Yes, I know. The life of a stay-at-home-mom is very glamourous). The t.v. was tuned to ESPN and in the final set of the Verdasco/Nadal match. I was on the edge of my seat hoping the underdog, Verdasco could pull off a dramatic upset.

In the end of course he wasn’t able to overcome, losing the tiebreaker with a double fault. But for anyone watching, it was a chance to see what great sports is all about. Two fierce competitors battling back and fourth until finally, when it couldn’t possibly go on any longer on of them breaks. Good stuff!

On a side note, how could I have left Verdasco off my list of hot tennis players???? Well, I’m officially adding him. He may have lost against Nadal, but don’t feel too sorry for Fernando. I’m sure his girl, Ana Ivanovic will help him recover.b_0829_043_verdasco

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3 Down, 1 To Go

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Okay. So, on one hand I was right. Roger Federer did beat Andy Roddick to move on to the finals at the Australian Open. If he wins it will be his 14th grand slam title, an impressive number to even the most unenlightened tennis fan, such as myself. On the other side,  I was happily proved wrong. 

Yesterday, I picked Elena Dementieva to move past Serena Williams in the semifinal and go on to win the title match. Williams made quick work of Dementieva in 2 sets and will meet Dinara Safin, sister of past Aussie Open champ, Marat Safin. The ladies are not only vying for the Open title but the coveted number 1 ranking.

240px-serena_williams_july_2008I’ve been proven wrong with most of my predictions for the women in this tournament. First, I claimed it would be an all-Russian women’s final. Then I went a step further to pick Dementieva as the overall winner. Being wrong on both points I would hate to jinx Williams and make her my new pick to win but, what the heck. After playing with consistency against Dementieva, Williams will carry that through to take the Australian Open.

With 3 semifinal matches now decided lets wait and see who will take the last to face Federer in the final.

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Semi-Finals Set

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I wish I could say that I had the time, the patience and the inclination to be a dedicated follower of tennis. Any given year I’ll watch the final rounds of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and if I happen to be home and the television happens to be tuned to the right channel I’ll watch the finals of the French and Australian Opens.

Now that the semifinals in this year’s Australian Open are set they have definitely shaped up to be view-worthy. I have my PVR set to catch the match between Federer and Roddick. The patriotic side of me is pulling for Andy-boy while the sports fan in me loves to see a master like Federer play to his potential like he did against Del Potro in the quarterfinal.

If the Roger Federer that played in the quarterfinals shows up in the semis, then Roddick doesn’t stand a chance. But if the leaner, meaner Roddick, who is playing well in this tournament under new coach, Larry Stefanki, meets the Roger Federer who struggled to get things going in the fourth round against Tomas Berdych then there may be hope.

The other men’s semifinal will see Fernando Verdasco of Spain face off against Rafael Nadal. As much as I’d like to see things go in a different direction, I still believe we’ll see Federer and Nadal in the men’s final.

On the ladies’ side, again, I want to see Serena Williams in the final against a Russian (both competitors in the other women’s semifinal match, Vera Zvonareva and Dinara Safina are Russian) but my gut tells me it will not be so.

Elena Dementieva has played well against Williams in the recent past and she is due to win a grand slam title. So, for no other reason other than timing I’ll stick with my earlier pick of an all-Russian women’s final and go one step further to say the winner will be Dementieva.

Elena Dementieva, my pick to slam down a victory and win her first grand slam at this year's Australian Open.

Elena Dementieva, my pick to slam down a victory and win her first grand slam at this year's Australian Open.

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Quarterfinals Set At Aussie Open

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Here is how the ladies’ quarter final round will shape up:56568691

  • Marion Bartoli (France) v. Vera Zvonareva (Russia)
  • Dinara Safina (Russia) v. Jelena Dokic (Australia)
  • Carla Suarex Navarro (Spain) v. Elena Dementieva (Russia)
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) v. Serena Williams (U.S.)

For the gentlemen:

 

  • Rafael Nadal (Spain) v. Gilles Simon (France)
  • Fernando Verdasco (Spain) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)
  • Andy Roddick (U.S.) v. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
  • Juan Martin Del Potro v. Roger Federer (Switzerland)

 

My predictions- a Russian will win the women’s title and Federer will meet Nadal in the finals for the men.

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Australian Open Field Narrows

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Thins are swinging right along at the Australian Open.

One the men’s side Roger Federer managed to gut it out against Tomas Berdych. RFed will now face Argentenian, Juan Martin Del Potro. Andy Roddick got past Spaniard Tommy Robredo in 3 sets and now will face off against Novak Djokovic which worries me a bit.

He’ll have a tough time with the Serbian Djokovic. Let’s hope he can hang on for one more round.  I’d rather watch Roddick get tossed from the tournament by Federer in the Semi-Finals. The other half of the men’s quarterfinal bracket will be decided tomorrow.

In ladies’ singles the Russians have the potential to sweep the quarterfinals to move on to an all-Russian semi-final. First they must get past a few speedbumps in their path, mainly Serena Williams (this woman is an amazing physical specimen, wow!).56567882

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Balls Not Only Flying Objects at Open

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

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  • Flying Objects Part I    The biggest story of the day wasn’t a battle on the courts between two highly-disciplined, well-trained athletes. No, day six brought us a full-out ethnic scuffle between fans of Novak Djokovic and Amer Delic. Chairs, bottles and racial slurs were sent flying as the Serbian supporters of Djokovic and the Bosnian fans of Delic clashed just as the match wrapped up with Djokovic coming out victorious. One woman was hit in the head by a projectile chair but not seriously injured and police quickly got the ruffians under control.
  • Ana Ivanovic, one of our Hot Sporty Chicks, was ousted from the competition by Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova.
  • In the battle of brooding handsomeness Roger Federer came out ahead (on our list and on the court) over Marat Safin. After the match Safin remarked to reporters that this would likely be his last year of competition.
  • Everyone’s favorite American tennis star, Andy Roddick advanced to the next round.
     
  • Flying Objects Part II  The Williams’ sisters, Venus and Serena won their doubles match despite being distracted by a naked man (and no doubt his jiggly objects) dancing across the court. The nudie and his unmentionable parts were contained and arrested by police.

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Aussie Open Update

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Now into the 5th day of the Australian Open there have been some matches to note.

  • Venus Williams, 6th seed and reasonable contender for any tournament in which she participates, was ousted yesterday in a huge upset by Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. 2nd- seeded sister Serena is cruising along just fine up to this point.
  • One of our tennis hotties, Tommy Haas, has a tough draw in the next round as he’ll face 1st seeded, Rafael Nadal.
  • Speaking of our hottie picks, two of them are set to face off. Roger Federer and Marat Safin’s match may be one worth watching, if not for the tennis then for the eye-candy!

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Aussie Open Attractions

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Since the 2009 Australian Open is underway, I thought what better way to interest those of us who may not follow tennis closely in this event than by listing the hottest guys to swing a racket.

1. Andy Roddick (U.S., 26) So far, so good. The hottest guy on my list (and on many others according to my research) won in the 1st round.

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2. Roger Federer (Switzerland, 27) I had a tough time not putting Federer at the top of the list. Though not conventionally sexy, he looks like a man among boys both on the court and off! Not to mention he has pretty much ruled men’s tennis for the past 5 years or so. Hail to the king!

roger_federer 3. James Blake (U.S., 29) One word to sum up this NY native- yum!

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4. Lleyton Hewitt (Australia, 27) The only guy on the list to lose in the first round, the Aussie , is still recovering from a hip surgery (performed last August).

images5. Marat Safin (Russia, 28) This bad boy arrived at an competition earlier this month with a bandaged hand, two black eyes and a few cuts as a result of a fight in Moscow several weeks earlier. He is well known for emotional outbursts on the court and as of 2005 was thought to have broken about 300 rackets.

marat-safin-026. Tommy Haas (Germany, 30) The highest world ranking he reached was Number 2 in 2002, though he comes in a little lower on this list at number 6. He was also featured in the SI Swimsuit edition in 2003 looking mighty fine!

tommy-haas7. Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic, 23) The youngest of the top 7,  his gorgeous blue eyes got him on the list

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