Sunday, January 20, 2008

Day 7: Festival Of Chokes

I don't know that any of us expected another day of the scintillating drama that Day 6 offered up. Likely that will go down as the best day of tennis in the Open Era. I was far too tired to stay up all night for the night matches, and to be blunt, neither match interested me in the least.

But the few matches of the day I did see featured more chokes than I saw in the first 6 days. I hate choking. Everyone does it, but I still hate it. After you do it a few times, there's just no excuse for it. The mind is a terrible, terrible thing to involve in a tennis match.

So, in protest of all the choking, I'm posting no photos, no "heavy lifting" as Savannah calls it.

Besides, I'm still hungover from all of yesterday's great stuff.

14 comments:

Karen said...

Hi Craig, like you I just could not get up any interest in the matches last night, and as a matter of fact the commentators did seem a little bit jaded last night. The matches were one-sided. There was no great shotmaking or anything. Just a lot of beatdowns on the women's side and on the men's side, the ever present tennis ball stuck in throat moment. Dont you just hate it when a no-name player takes out a marquee player and then goes on to lose in the very next round of tournaments. It is as if they played outside themselves or played the match of their lives and have nothing left in the tank. I saw where both ElenaD and Vesnina killed their opponents and then in the very next round succumb to the Shrieky One. It just does not make any sense. And will someone please stop hyping Vaidisova. She stopped before she even started. Enough is enough.

oddman said...

So true, karen. Look at Kohlschreiber. Played lights-out tennis to take out Andy, then gagged bigtime next round. Or (to be fair) perhaps he was fatigued from his 5-set win with the shorter turnaround. Anyway, I find it a bit annoying when someone does that to one of my faves, and then loses right after.
I wonder how Lleyton will fare against a rested Djokovic? I'd wager some dough Nole will be calling the trainer at least once. I'm wondering if he's going to do that 'exhausted' routine with the Aussie.

Karen said...

Oddman: I do not particularly care for either Lleyton or the Joker, but in this case I am rooting for Lleyton. Reason being that I just cannot stand the Joker. In his matches so far he has been acting as if he is struggling and I believe has already called out the trainer. One of the reasons why I dont think the Joker will win a best of 5 match is that he absolutely has no stamina. Right now it looks like he is playing well, but that is because the quality of his opponents has not been top notch and no one has brung it. Lleyton on the other hand has something to prove. He believes he still has a grand slam left in him and is hell bent to prove it. Let us see what happens.Like you say tiredness may be a factor but Lleyton is nothing but not a grinder and hopefully he will prevail.

oddman said...

Me too, rooting for Lleyton as well. As for stamina, I think Joker has plenty of it ... he just pretends like he's dead on his feet to lull his opponents, and the crowd. Watch him - he mopes around, then suddenly comes alive and kicking.
Interesting sidenote: JMac is a commentator who really gets down on players who appear injured on court, gets snide right away, even if they really are hurt. But does he ever say anything about Joker's antics? I haven't heard him say a peep yet.

Craig Hickman said...

JMac is so far up Djoke's ass, he wouldn't see the word SERPENT stamped in red letters on Djoke's forehead.

oddman said...

hehehe - only from the inside, eh Craig?

Savannah said...

"I wonder how Lleyton will fare against a rested Djokovic? I'd wager some dough Nole will be calling the trainer at least once. I'm wondering if he's going to do that 'exhausted' routine with the Aussie."

All I kept thinking during Janko vs the Ego King was that Djokovic would never have been able to push Federer like that over that period of time without at least one fake injury.

Alex said...

I have to admit, that the one player who scares me is Djoko. He has the game and it looks like the fitness and desire to finally get over that hump. However Raja is a HARD man to beat in grand slams, and it will take an EPIC effort to achieve it.

MMT said...

BTW new rule: no hyping of anyone whose name ends in either "ova" or "eva" or "enko" or "adze" until they win something worth winning.

Did anyone catch the leader of the "Handsome 8" (Cliff Drysdale) asking Fowler & Co. about the changing of the guards BEFORE Serena whooped up on Vaidisova?

Did you see the looks on Shriver and Cahill's faces? Even Shriver, who pointed out that Vaidisova hadn't lost her serve, looked foolish after Vaidisova wound up bunting Serena's returns off her shoe-laces for 45 minutes.

I guess if I had been on the air for 17 hours straight, I probably would have said some pretty stypid things too, still...

Craig Hickman said...

mmt, you have me cracking up!

tangerine said...

Super Saturday was the most orgasmic tennis experience I've had in quite some time. I'm afraid that in comparison, the second week of AO is going to be awfully disappointing. We'll be seeing a lot less drama and more lopsided, straight set matches. Zzz.

Speaking of Nole-Lleyton, I'm surprised the Aussie press hasn't been able to dig up any obscure dirt on the Djoker to distract Nole with before his match with Lleyton. Worked pretty well with Baghdatis.

Karen said...

Tangi, obviously the press preferred to report the negatives about Baghs instead of on the Joker. Think is that everyone seems to feel so sorry for the poor Serbs. Ooh look we had a war in our country,but we can come out and play tennis and keep smiling and make jokes. What is not to like about them? As to last night's match with Fed/Berdych. Berdych will never win anything significant. Fellow had 2 set points and could not close. Phewt. Call yourself a tennis player. Roger had 1 set point and made it work.

MMT said...

I think you're better off not having played Federer too many times. Tipsy took him to 10-8 in the 5th and he's never played Federer.

Berdych, who beat Federer in 2004 (a good year for Fed) has lost the last 5 in a row. When he had set points in the tie-break he choked.

Blake's pre-match comments are not encouraging.

"Every time I've stepped out on the court with him I've felt IF I PLAY MY BEST, I give myself A SHOT with anyone in the world."

"Just Janko taking him to 10-8 in the fifth shows that it doesn't matter who you are, YOU CAN PLAY YOUR BEST AND TAKE HIM TO THE LIMIT. You know, a couple breaks here and there, that obviously could have been Janko's match."

The problem is, despite Janko's comments, that you shouldn't think you have to "play your best", this is precisely what Blake is doing. And we all know what happens when Blake thinks he has to play his best - he overhits and panicks.

All Blake has to do is play better than Federer ON THE DAY. If he starts playing Fed's pedigree instead of the match, I think it's lights out for Blakey...again.

Craig Hickman said...

Excellent points again, mmt.