Saturday, March 22, 2008

Last American Standing



Mardy Fish upset David Nalbandian 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(4) to advance to his first Masters semifinal since 2003, where in his quarterfinal match he happened to beat none other than David Nalbandian.

He gets a shot at the well-rested Roger Federer, who got yet another walkover at a big event from Tommy Haas. Wonder what's going on between those two...

It's a great result for Mardy who has struggled with injury after injury after injury over the past few years but has never given up the fight.

In the other semifinal, I'm picking Rafael Nadal to overcome Novak Djokovic in three sets.

In the women's final, Svetlana Kuznetsova will beat Ana Ivanovic in three sets.

14 comments:

oddman said...

A great result for Mardy, but I think this is as far as he's going to get this time. Unless.... we know Fed hasn't had a lot of match play, and doesn't always do well against opponents he hasn't played for a while. Hmmm. Would be nice to see an attacking Fish win this matchup.
I agree with you, Craig, I really think Rafa's going to win over Novak. It won't be as easy as last year's final, but he survived two of his own personal 'players from Hell' and has been hardened by the fire.
When was the last Fed-Nadal final? Wimbey? Think we're in for another. If that's the case, watch out, Roger!

kraa said...

I think the opposite will happen (Djokovic and Ivanovic in three).

Savannah said...

Thanks for the jinx Craig! LOL

Seriously though Rafa came into the match tired. Then he got the blister on his foot. He kept kicking at his left heel as if the wrap wasn't comfortable. Uhlrich should be ashamed of himself btw.

Michael said...

Just who does Mardy Fish think he is? A win over some guy named R. Federer, 6-3 6-2??

WOW! Great to see.

Helen W said...

Wow! Who would have predicted that both Federer and Nadal would go down in straight sets with identical scores?

I was shocked by the chair umpire's reaction to Rafa's request for a trainer in the first set. He had every right to request a trainer, and he is known as a player who does not capriciously ask for injury time outs.

Did anyone else find the commentators at the ATP Masters TV biased against Nadal? In every match I watched -- Young, Tsonga, Blake & Djokovic, they seemed to fawn over his opponent and hardly mention that there was another player on the court. They even stated that Tsonga was slowly increasing his first serve percentage in the second set (it went from 58% in the first set to 50% in the second).

Anyway, GO MARDY!!!

Helen W said...

Savannah I too noticed Rafa kicking at his foot and trying to get it more comfortable. He also was going for broke on a lot of shots trying to end the points quickly.

Savannah said...

The announcers were biased against Rafa Helen. They always are.
There was no reason for Uhlrich to refuse Rafa's request. It affected the outcome of the match. Yet the announcers said Uhlrich had done a fine job.
Right.

Craig Hickman said...

A jinx? Me?

Savannah said...

Yeah you Hickman.

Craig Hickman said...

I don't think I have the power to jinx Rafa. He's not on my jinx list.

oddman said...

No, I don't think he is. He better not be, grrr grrrr. (wink)

Am so disappointed with my Rafa - what happened? What's the story with the foot injury? Did Nole just overpower him? Sigh.

OTOH, way to go, Mardy!

Helen W said...

Well oddman, he certainly did not come out playing at the same level as he played against James Blake.

In all my years of watching tennis, I have never seen a chair umpire refuse a player's request for an injury time-out. Is Uhlrich's decision based on any rule? IAC, I've never seen Rafa so upset on a tennis court. I wonder how much that incident had to do with the outcome of the match.

kraa said...

Umpire was unnecessarily harsh, but I think he did it according to the rules... Minimal impact on the outcome, though.

I was right about Ana and Nole winning. If one puts all bias aside it was a common sense to predict that...

Karen said...

Do you know why I like coming to this board. It is all the objective commentary that I read here. Fed clearly got beat by Mardy Fish, but poor Rafa was suffering from blisters and was tired. Hmm. O.K. then. That will work as well. Far as I am concerned both players got their a**es handed to them on a platter in straight sets. Does not happen very often but guess what it happened this time around. Just as how the so-called fear factor of Fed is dying, according to some, I would go so far as to presume that the fear factor of Nadal's game is also a thing of the past. Perspective here people, perspective.