Friday, January 30, 2009

Comment Of The Week

Helen W said...

Well, if Tsonga wanted an extra day's rest, maybe they should have moved him instead of the whole draw -- maybe he would have liked to play Federer instead of whomever he got? Works for me.

I read the same thing about always putting last year's winner up first, but certainly that is nowhere on the AO site, and this question has come up quite often, so you'd think that if that really were the reason, they would say so publicly.

My guess is that, once again, the Tennis Establishment was hunting for ways and means of giving Roger every possible advantage. They certainly gave him a nice, comfy draw. And they certainly helped him out at the last US Open, and at Wimby 2007. Last year, Djokovic was regarded as the main threat, so of course most of the time he was on Rafa's side of the draw. This year the main threat is Andy Murray, so it is no surprise that Murray ended up on Rafa's side. I know, I know, it's all random.

Now if they could just find someone -- anyone -- who could beat Rafa on clay at RG, they'd be in heaven.

I, for one, fervently hope these machinations come to nought; that Rafa somehow recovers in the short time allotted him, and takes his first hard-court slam.



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Tennisfan said...

I found this quote from Tennis warehouse forum and I think it is fitting here.

"""A tough draw, is the draw Rafael Nadal gets. An easy draw is the draw Roger Federer gets" by Malakas explaining the new forum rules.""

I know this is not pro-Fed blog and I respect everyone’s opinion. But still, I got to chuckle.

As if the entire pro tour evolves around Roger and Rafa. Not one other player even exists. Everything that happens has something to do with these 2 players.

To me, Djoke was treated the worst at AO, and I am not even his fan. It is a disgrace how they treated the defending champion. Oh!!!! Perhaps,... perhaps,... may be AO official screwed up Djoke’s QF schedule because they wanted Roger to play a very easy SF match against his non-rival Roddick. Hmm...... quite interesting scenerio.

If I remembered correctly, Djoke was placed in Roger’s half in 3 out of 4 2008 GSs.

I am not saying there wouldn’t be bias. I don't know. It is very possible that officials could play favoritism just like many other authorities. But the whole conspiracy story is laughable.

SarooQ said...

I agree with Tennisfan that the draws are not rigged! Its random! It was just Rafa's luck that he got to be in the half that played second. However, as someone mentioned in the comment section of an earlier post, i think this is all about the MONEY! I think they were trying to sell more tickets by making the events on two seperate days. Its unfair! And Tennis Australia has and probably will be forced to never do this again.

But i doubt, Roger, Djoke or any other player had anything to do with it. The draws are random.

Craig Hickman said...

I wonder if Djoke was treated badly because his family has turned off so much of the establishment.

Just thinking aloud here.

All conspiracy stories are laughable to those who see no validity in the story.

But that doesn't mean they're all untrue.

I remain consistent in my observation about Federer:

Conspiracy or not, like him or not, the greatest or not, he's the luckiest men's tennis champion I've ever seen.

I'd love to read his chart.

SarooQ said...

Lucky? yes. Federer does have some unbelievable luck! Magically appearing rain delays, getting to play at night and not the day on an incredibly hot day....etc. LOL. I dont blame him. I love Federer, but he does have some unbelievable luck. I strongly believe in Kismet (fate, destiny). I think Federer has an amazing one.

Craig Hickman said...

SarooQ, you are the first Federer fan I've encountered who has admitted to his luck.

It's not his fault he's so lucky. But he certainly is.

Nice to meet you. ;)

oddman said...

Yay, SarooQ! Awesome of you to say that. I've been saying that for a while, Fed does indeed have some great luck. It is what it is. I've had to accept it and move on, otherwise I'd go crazy.

Vamos, Rafa!

cate said...

My guess is that, once again, the Tennis Establishment was hunting for ways and means of giving Roger every possible advantage.

Sheesh. What a bitter comment there. tsk.

I agree with what people are saying about Djokovic getting the short end of the stick. AND of Roger's incredible luck. BUT, is it his fault that the other players are subjected to delays and 4-5-setters? (pictures Federer waving his racket to the sky, praying for rain) Uh... no.

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As for scheduling, I've heard around that they scheduled EVERY LITTLE THING around the Dokic matches. No surprise. They stopped to care after she lost to Safina.

Helen W said...

@cate:

Did someone say the length of a match being 4 or 5 sets was someone's fault? I must have missed that.

How does the scheduling of the women's draw have any effect on the men's scheduling? And do you have any information as to why Roger's half of the draw played first this year, even though he was not the No 1 seed? I know last year the top half played second at Roger's express request. Why the break with tradition this year?

Are the players wrong in suggesting that it would be fairer to have the semis played on the same day?

Beth said...

Craig, Roger is damn lucky. You got that straight!

Beth said...

"Are the players wrong in suggesting that it would be fairer to have the semis played on the same day?"

Helen W....they are absolutely right in suggesting that. It's really the only fair way. It sucks plain and simple that Rafa is going into this final the way he has to. Just sucks. I have no better words for it.

And sorry, folks, take it how you want to, but Federer indeed does have a horseshoe up his ass. I like the guy though but still.

cate said...

Oh whatever.

Incredible luck, shtick up his ass, favors... whatever you call it.

(as for the dokic thing... like i said, i read it from yet another one of these blogs, in the comments section.)

"Are the players wrong in suggesting that it would be fairer to have the semis played on the same day?"

didn't say they are. it's entirely fair.

Did someone say the length of a match being 4 or 5 sets was someone's fault? I must have missed that.

a lot of people make it sound that way (to me anyway) -- that every time roger gets "lucky" - crap draws, tired opponents -- he gets hell for it. I don't hear that crap for other players. (oh yeah, other players don't get that 'treatment'. /sarcasm)

Beth said...

I stick to what I said....he always has luck on his side. Yes, he's a phenomenal player, no doubt about it but lady luck has always smiled on him.

Helen W said...

@cate:

Of course the Australians wanted to showcase one of their own (Dokic) when she went deeper into the draw. But, since you keep repeating it, please explain how Dokic figures in on whether the top half or the bottom half of the men's draw played first.