Friday, November 14, 2008

A Tale of Two Matches

by Savannah



Novak Djokovic played Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in another rematch of the Australian Open final to close out play in the Gold Group. On the line for Djokovic if he won was the possibility of taking the Number 2 ranking away from Roger Federer. He came out strong and easily won the first set over an overwhelmed Tsonga. Tsonga revived himself and pulled out the second set 7-5 setting up what should have been a very interesting third set. Instead in one of the most remarkable for its arrogance and disrespect to my eyes Djokovic tanked the third set. He did enough to avoid the bagel but handed the set to Jo 6-1. I'm saying that to my eyes Novak tanked the set.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum was the match between Andy Murray and Roger Federer.

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12 comments:

Beth said...

I cannot believe these matches are not being aired! What happened to Tennis Channel? Haven't they been airing the doubles matches? I have ATP Masters TV but have been unable to view the matches when they are happening live as I'm at work. I would have loved to have seen the Federer/Murray match! I know I'll be able to see some of these in 'archives' on the ATP Masters TV site after the tournament is over but....

Savannah said...

Unfortunately Fox Sports Network has the rights to air these matches on tape delay here in the States. Where I live they're being aired by MSG+. I have my DVR set to record any tennis at any time on that channel otherwise I wouldn't know. Maybe when they move things to London that will get fixed.

Pamela said...

Ok, is it just me, or does Djokovic become more unlikeable as time passes? I was never a Murray fan because he looked like he would break in half if the wind blew too hard, it was just awkward watching him. He of the new fitness is growing on me.

I feel bad for Fed, but I don't think he should have played to begin with. When does Fed ever take an injury time out, I mean really.

I won't go on a "the season is too long" rant, we all know it's true. I kind of hope Simon wins just for the sheer audacity of it.

Helen W said...

Like you, Pamela Murray is beginning to grow on me. Wow is he ever fast around the court! Some incredible gets by both guys today.

I still am trying to keep an open mind about Nole, but it becomes wearing. I was also underwhelmed by Tsonga complaining that the ball boys didn't get his towel to him fast enough, causing him extra walking.

My new fave is Simon (he of the witty quips). Hope to like Cilic & del Potro as well. And, as always, I hope for a resurgence from Marcos Baghdatis, who has apparently dropped out of the top 100, and I continue to hope for great things from Ernests Gulbis.

But, as always, Rafa is No 1 in my heart! Vamos!

tennisnoise said...

I've tanked plenty of setsin the past playing when I should have pulled out a victory. Even the pros are prone to having "a bad day". Novak will be back..... stronger than ever..... I hope

A said...

So, does Federer now hold onto his #2 spot no matter what?

Following up on Helen W's comment: what happened to Marcos this year?! All injuries? Lack of fitness? Such a disappointment...

Savannah said...

Tennisnoise by every count I've seen Djokovic will end up ten points short even if he wins the TMC.
Federer ends up with 5305. If he wins Djoke will have 5295.

Karen said...

I posted my comment over at Savannah's blog but for some reason my comments hardly ever get published. I had said a big thank you to Savannah for the post as although I did not watch the match, from the comments generated on the boards, it would seem as if Roger was in some serious pain but fought off that pain and went on to lose the match. Just another way where his season has gone downhill in terms of results, but in terms of the Warrior factor, strong as ever. He may not be winning tournaments left right and centre this year, but at least he is garnering the respect of fans everywhere for his fighting spirit which seemed to some to be MIA. Good on you Roger. Fan for life this girl is.

Savannah said...

Karen I did post your comments. There is a delay sometimes because I moderate them.

Karen said...

ok cool

Nina said...

This is first time i see roger takes Medical timeout!

Craig Hickman said...

Did he take a medical timeout? I thought he only got worked on during changeovers.

But the match was a blur, so I might have missed the timeout.