Saturday, June 27, 2009

Wimbledon 2009 Day 6 Open Thread

Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves to Mardy Fish of the US in a Men's Singles third round match on the fifth day of the 2009 Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Tennis Club, in southwest London, on June 26, 2009.
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It's the end of the first week of the fortnight and remaining third round matches are up for grabs today.

As usual, Centre Court is the ticket, but who does former champion Amélie Mauresmo have to do stroke to get a Centre Court or Court 1 appearance in the first week? She could be out of the tournament by day's end, and she never played a point on the biggest show courts. Such treatment for a former champion is intolerable.

Venus ought to exact revenge, Melzer ought not, Haas ought to complete another 5-set meltdown in his heldover encounter, and I see at least four upsets.

CENTRE - SHOW COURT - 1.00 PM START

1. Venus Williams (USA) [3] vs Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
2. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) [26] vs Andy Roddick (USA) [6]
3. Andy Murray (GBR) [3] vs Viktor Troicki (SRB) [30]

COURT 1 - SHOW COURT - 1.00 PM START

1. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) [12] vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) [20]
Tommy Haas (GER) [24] vs Marin Cilic (CRO) [11] 80 T/F 7/5 7/5 1/6 6/7(3) 6/6 0-0*
2. Sabine Lisicki (GER) vs Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [5]
3. Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) [10] vs Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)

COURT 2 - SHOW COURT - 12.00 NOON START

1. Samantha Stosur (AUS) [18] vs Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [13]
Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs Igor Andreev (RUS) [29] T/F 1/6 6/7(5) 6/4 5/5 0-0*
2. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs Philipp Petzschner (GER)
3. Dinara Safina (RUS) [1] vs Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)

COURT 3 - SHOW COURT - 12.00 NOON START

1. Melanie Oudin (USA) vs Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [6]
2. Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) [17] vs Flavia Pennetta (ITA) [15]
3. Victor Hanescu (ROU) [31] vs Gilles Simon (FRA) [8]

COURT 4 - SHOW COURT - 1.00 PM START

1. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [9] vs Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) [20]
2. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) [19] vs Jesse Levine (USA)

COURT 18 - SHOW COURT - 12.00 NOON START

1. Radek Stepanek (CZE) [23] vs David Ferrer (ESP) [16]
2. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [11] vs Na Li (CHN) [19]

61 comments:

J said...

Oudin broke back to stay in the first set.

Karen said...

Morning All, if anyone here has Dish Network, can you let me know which channels are showing additional courts during ESPN's broadcast times. Thanks.

Karen said...

Hi J, I saw that. Oudin is a very fiery player. Lots of fist pumps and in your face come ons. I think she is annoying JJ a little bit, plus the crowd from what little I can see is on her side. Did not help that JJ was complaining about the crowd making noises during the rallies.

J said...

Yeah, JJ ain't happy.

oddman said...

Morning. I like Carla S-N alot, she seems like an up and coming young player. That being said, I doubt she'll make any headway against Venus. But I do like her game.

JJ's having a rough time of it all lately. Don't think she'll get too far.

Men? AndyR, AndyM should advance, no? I hope Tommy Haas has found some mental fortitude and can finish his match as the winner. And Ferrer? Go, ya little Spanish energizer bunny! Vamos!

Can't watch today, work gets in the way. Enjoy the matches, everyone.

J said...

After winning the 1st set tie-break (not by spectacular play) JJ takes a super long medical break (overheating?) and then loses her serve to start set 2.

Matthew said...

I'm so glad that ESPN2 is staying with Venus Williams as she massacres Suarez Navarro. This isn't even particularly good tennis. S-N isn't even in it.

Matthew said...

Does anyone else think that Dick Enberg is sort of in love with one or both of the Williams sisters?

Karen said...

I think he is in love with Venus actually. Another one who is in love with her is that South African fellow - Cliff Drysdale. Man, the way he speaks about her and calls her name lovingly. Oudin just broke. Heres hoping she can serve for the second set. CSN seems to have gained a little bit of confidence. I actually wanted Venus to give her a double bagel. I want Venus to have supreme confidence going into the fourth round. Come on Venus. 3 big serves now.

Matthew said...

Also, this is pretty ridiculous, trying to get to live streaming on the NBC website:

http://wimbledonlive.nbcsports.com/player.html?r=&j=2_27_186

"There is no live coverage of Wimbledon currently available. Live coverage is available from June 27-July 5."

What day is it, again?

Craig Hickman said...

I wish Oudin had the belief to put this poor excuse for a tennis player out of her misery.

Matthew said...

Berdych is playing unbelievably well. I don't see Davydenko coming back from this. Assuming that Roddick makes it through Melzer (a good bet) he could slam into Berdych-brick wall.

Pamela said...

Craig said:

I wish Oudin had the belief to put this poor excuse for a tennis player out of her misery.

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Wish granted, Craig. My wish too.

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mznblue said...

Mary Jo must be over the moon.

Go Melanie

pompelmo said...

Venus - Ivanovic seems the only interesting matchup for the next round.

b said...

I saw nearly the entire Venus-CSN match until my browser crashed in the last game.... found it to be quite good - even the 1st set CSN was fighting a lot, just couldn't get the important points - scoreline was very deceiving...... and then Venus did her vanishing act (briefly) in the 2nd... I am impressed w- her game but think she stands way too far back for such a small person, especially on grass.... was thinking that the last time I saw her - playing Azarenka at RG.

Saw bits and the end of the Oudin match.... JJ whether because of illness or general bad attitude, was not running for balls that she would normally make..... and oudin was quite fiery..... was fun

Anyone notice how Anna Ivanovic has been majorly snubbed in the court assignments today was her highest assignment - court 2.... the others were 4 and 18.... Interesting after all the raving about her talents and beauty...

I don't care for the girl but the truth is, although in a slump now, she is really well known - was a GS winner last year, was injured thru the summer, won titles in the fall and was semifinalist and wimbledon 2 years ago.... that to me should qualify her for centre and/or court 1 way over sharapova, wozniacki etc etc

J said...

Are you kidding me? Levine takes the opening set. Could this be a great day for U.S.?

Matthew said...

The Roddick-Melzer match is embargoed on ESPN? Man, I hate tennis broadcasting so much.

Pamela said...

And my other personal wish was granted. Haas defeats Cilic in the 5th set.

Um Levine .. pay attention. He's aiming for week 2. I hope he gets there, I don't care for Wawrinka anyway. Go Jesse!

Craig Hickman said...

The Roddick/Melzer match is high octane stuff.

Talk about using the entire court.

Craig Hickman said...

Levine was up a set and a break before gagging and dropping the second set. But this match is still winnable. Grass is far from Wawrinka's favorite surface.

b said...

I've noticed the sexits scheduling for the first 2 coursts - 2 women's matches to 4 men's always so far, would make more sense to have 3 and 3 - they could even have put 1 women's match on center and 2 on 1 and still feel as if they were retaining tradition..... Well now I see today tops it all - there is an extra 4th match on court 1 and it's a men's match - does that even make sense? I know it was apparently b/c the haas match is carried over..... but since the men's matches supposedly take longer, why not move Safina, Ivanovic or Mauresmo (esp mauresmo former champion) to court 1?

Wow, Kuzzy, Lisicki is pretty exciting - Craig I think Lisicki seems to be playing the type of aggressive tennis you crave hope you have a chance to watch...

Matthew said...

Oh, Craig - I'm so jealous. ESPN isn't showing the Roddick match live... they've embargoed it, so they're not even announcing the score. Of course, I'm crazy about checking the score updates, so whatever.

But I guess they're going to play it after the Murray match? It's just bizarre.

Craig Hickman said...

If someone was frustrating me with dropshots the way Melzer is frustrating Andy, I'd whack a ball right at them when they came to the net.

Tennis is vicious.

Roddick is going to drop the third set.

Craig Hickman said...

Andy Roddick is so terribly predictable.

Craig Hickman said...

Melzer saves 6 or 7 break points and Roddick loses his first.

Craig Hickman said...

Andy's head is down and his net play has vacated his game. He's in deep doo doo at the moment.

Craig Hickman said...

Another break coming up?

Craig Hickman said...

Lisicki is gagging big time. So far she's wasted multiple match points.

b said...

One thing made clear from this match is that Lisicki has an enormous variety of shots at her disposal.... bodes well for her future prospects...

Matthew said...

Roddick has establish a pattern, hasn't he? Win the first two sets, lose focus for one game in the third, then come back in the fourth... at least, so far.

Tennisfan said...

Kuzzie.. :(

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b said...

Wow Grace Jones in audience - fabulous.... was just thinking of her earlier this morning and imagining what it would have been like if she'd gone into professional tennis....

Very impressed w- Lisicki, even more so during the interview when she stated that prior to this wimbledon she had NEVER WON A MATCH ON GRASS!!!!

Matthew said...

ESPN has better fricking show that Roddick match. Two tie-breaks, 122 winners to 47 errors? That's awesome. Coverage is supposed to end at 3, so they're not going to have time to show it all after the Murray match.

Pamela said...

An absolute must read, Jelena Jankovic's interview:

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2009-06-27/200906271246120861468.html

Karen said...

Before I go out to do my regular Saturday chores, I am going to sit down, take off my glasses and try and objectively watch Andy Murray's match. I know his opponent does not have the game to beat him (or does he), plus he apparently has an allergy to gras (huh?). Anyway, let us see what Viktor has and I wil try and watch Murray's match objectively and try my best not to vomit my really sweet grapes

Tennisfan said...

Does any body know how to play Andy Murray's junk balls? This is supposed to be the best in the game nowadays? Sigh,, Sigh..

Karen said...

I just cannot stand Brad Gilbert. I wish Rafa was in the draw so he could stop all this freaking Murray hype. Man, just ridiculous.

Karen said...

It is rinky dink tennis. Slicing and chipping the ball. I am so out of here. It is like playing amateur tennis. And will someone please shut up Brad Gilbert. Man

b said...

Pamela - I'm reading the article and didn't get to finish yet - had to come back here and type - OH MY GOSH!

and
GOD PLEASE HELP THIS WOMAN

I heard that steffi once attributed either a loss or just poor play to the fact that she was in a lot of pain to the same thing but anyway I'm just thinking way TMI

Karen said...

I just read JJ's interview. Oh man, reason No. 1,251 why I really dont like her. She says Oudin has no weapons, like she has any. I wonder if she realises that all the things that she has been saying about Oudin are the same things people are saying about her. Miss Keep the Ball in Play. LOL. Ah boy, there are none so blind as those who cannot see. Heading out to do chores. Leaving Murray and his rinky dink tennis. Man, if he gets to the final against Roger, I hope you guys cheer on Roger, because I will surely be cheering on AndyR if he gets to the semi against this idiot.

b said...

Funny, the way Jankovic describes Oudin is the way some others might describe her (i.e. Jankovic) - wonder if she realises it


Some tidbits

"Q. She's still very young, but can you tell us what you think her potential is?

JELENA JANKOVIC: No, it's tough to say. But, you know, from what I have seen, you know, she can play if you let her play. But she cannot hurt you with anything. She doesn't have any weapons, you know, from what I've seen........."
........................
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Q. Except for her movement?

JELENA JANKOVIC: She's a consistent and quite solid player. She doesn't make so many mistakes. But she doesn't do anything either, so it's like she's depending kind of on you...........


WOW

I'm going to sound like a broken record but can you imagine if that has come from a williams?

b said...

Haha Karen we just typed the same thing about JJ


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on another note I will try to watch murray - I really like his style of play

kraa said...

I love Murray's game. Will be chearing for him against all those brutes (Gonzo, Roddick etc.) :)

kraa said...

As for Jankovic/Oudin match - I saw some of it and Melanie was an aggressor in it. She has a really good forehand. Too early to tell about her future, but there aren't all that many 17 year olds reaching the second week of a GS...

Craig Hickman said...

Brad Gilbert is still shocked by Ferrero's results at this event.

"Maybe he's got an opportunity to get to the quarterfinals."

As though he's never been there before.

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ESPN doesn't show a single point of Roddick's match, but plays a piece of his post-match interview live?

I want someone to tell me what the hell Roddick did to get blacklisted by ESPN.

The network refuses to show his Slam matches unless he's playing a Top 4 player.

Tennisfan said...

Gossip time..

The Queen will come watch Murray in the final.. :O

Craig..

I think Andy R's match would be shown in NBC..

Craig Hickman said...

Despite Andy's frustration in the third set, it's a really good match.

Jurgen Melzer could actually win something if he had the gonads. He certainly has the tennis.

Craig Hickman said...

The Ferrero/Gonzo match is off the chain.

I'm been relatively bored by this Wimbledon, but today, some of the matches are enthralling.

Craig Hickman said...

Networks should establish a rule:

If you are related to the agent of ANY player OR if you have ever been a player's coach, you simply should not be allowed to call ANY of that player's matches.

Period.

Tennisfan said...

There ought to be a flooding in commentator booth because of all the drooling over Murray..

Joe said...

There is no Roddick "blacklist." NBC wants to show his match at 3, without everyone having already seen it. If anything, the networks are showing a preference for Roddick, not a bias against him.

Karen said...

Brad Gilbert needs to remember that he was fired by the AELTC while he was coaching Andy Murray. He should also remember that we all saw that Hamburg when Andy Murray told him to f*ck off because he Andy was injured and Brad was telling him to suck it up and play. Now he has the best game in the ATP and can kill anybody and Roger Federer with 14 GS titles, and 59 titles overall is a has been. Boy, I tell you. And Craig, I am in complete agreement with you regarding commentators calling matches and that goes for the Roger Federer fan club as well.

Craig Hickman said...

Joe,

We're not talking about the same thing. You use the word "networks". I'm not talking about the "networks".

I'm talking solely about ESPN.

ESPN has rarely aired a near-complete match of Andy Roddick in a Slam before he faces a Top 4 player in the last few years.

In today's case, you are correct. NBC wanted the match. But even NBC only started with the 1st set tiebreak.

ESPN has shown little more than a set of a Roddick match at any given Slam ESPN has the rights to air before he faces a Top 4 player in the last few years.

Even two years ago when he blew a 2-set-to-love lead against Gasquet in the quarterfinals, ESPN, despite promoting it as such, didn't follow the match as the feature match until Gasquet started his comeback. I had to watch the match on Wimbledon Live just to see the whole thing.

This happens so much in the Slams ESPN has the rights to air, I was compelled to put the word "blacklist" in my comment today.

Whether it's technically a blacklist or not, but as an admitted fan....

Craig Hickman said...

And one last point:

I watched the ENTIRE Roddick match free on the Internet, even against my better judgment.

If NBC thinks people haven't seen a match, even while ESPN airs the post-match interview live, then NBC needs to stop tripping just because they can afford to buy the rights to whatever they want to air on tape delay while blocking out live coverage on US television.

Mad Professah said...

I'm sad for Kuznetsova but she played like a hack out there....

Venus SCHOOLED Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0 6-4 and it really wasn't that close.

Oudin has game but Jankovic is a shadow of her former self.

It's pretty clear Ivanovic IS the more talented of the two, but she really has no chance against Venus, if Venus circa 2007-2008 shows up and not 2005-2006.

Glad Amelie got through that! Hope she can take out Safina in the 4th round.

Joe said...

Craig,
I haven't gotten the chance to watch too much TV coverage of the early rounds of Slams for the past few years, so I'll take your word for it on ESPN's failure to show Roddick matches. While this would surprise me a bit, it does seem like they've focused their coverage a bit more on the top-4 over the past couple of years. Also, ESPN is generally excellent at screwing things up, so there's that too. As for NBC, I have no idea why they continue to think that showing sporting events on tape delay is a good idea. I thought it was terrible during their Olympics coverage, and I don't like when they do it with tennis either. There's no way that fans won't see what the result was (even if the post-match interviews aren't shown), and it takes so much out of the viewing experience.

shivashankar said...

Where has my previous comment gone?

shivashankar said...

where has my previous comment gone?