Sunday, September 13, 2009

US Open 2009 Day 14 Open Thread

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12:  Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point after defeating Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in the Men's Singles Quarterfinals match on day thirteen of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Nadal defeated Gonzalez 7-6 (7), 7-6 (7), 6-0.
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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point after defeating Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in the men's singles quarterfinal match on Day 13 of the 2009 US Open.

Up next: Juan Martín del Potro. Could be a barnburner. I suppose the other semifinal could be as well.

All I'll say is that I'm not interested in seeing another Fedal final. Not even in New York. I'd take almost any matchup but that one. Almost.

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Order Of Play

Arthur Ashe Stadium 12:00 Start Time

Men's Singles - Semifinals
Rafael Nadal(ESP)[3] vs. Juan Martin Del Potro(ARG)[6]

Not Before:16:30
Men's Singles - Semifinals
Roger Federer(SUI)[1] vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[4]

21:00 Start Time
Women's Singles - Finals
[9]Caroline Wozniacki vs. Kim Clijsters(BEL)

54 comments:

Damián said...

Everybody after me: ¡VAMOS RAFA!

pompelmo said...

VAMOSRAFA!

HoiHa said...

Vamos Rafa

Helen W said...

Vamos Rafa!!!

Pamela said...

Vamos Rafa!!

oddman said...

Vamos Rafa!!!!!!

Craig Hickman said...

Serena should be suspended, according to Johnnie Mac, but her suspension should be that she be forced to play the smaller events in the fall that she probably wasn't going to play anyway because that would be good for the sport.

We have entered the Twilight Zone. Completely.

BayouPeach said...

Craig Hickman said...

Serena should be suspended, according to Johnnie Mac, but her suspension should be that she be forced to play the smaller events in the fall that she probably wasn't going to play anyway because that would be good for the sport.

We have entered the Twilight Zone. Completely.
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WHAT??!! He said that? You're right, we have entered the Twilight Zone

BayouPeach said...

VAMOS RAFA!!!!!

lynney62 said...

Vamos Rafa!

Helen W said...

DelPo's playing fantastic tennis out there! Wow -- what a match!

BayouPeach said...

This match is going to be tight. Del Po isn't holding back at all. I'm definitely not counting my man Rafa out, though. He's going to make a move in the second set.

BayouPeach said...

Come on Rafa. He's got to start dictating points. Del Po has him scrambling all over the place.

Helen W said...

DelPo's groundies are lasers! I've never seen him play so well. And he's stood firm under pressure as well. Has he arrived?

BayouPeach said...

I'm not seeing any fire in Rafa at the moment.

Helen W said...

BayouPeach he's off with his forehand again, as he was earlier in the tourney.

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BayouPeach said...

This is just.....there are no words. Del Po is smokin' right now.

Pamela said...

Blah ... not how I wanted it to turn out, although not quite over, it will be soon.

I feared Del Po, and with good reason. He hits a huge ball.

edma1022 said...

Rafa's topspin FH is playing right into DelPo's hitting zone (coz of his height). But I'm not counting him out yet.

Until the last ball is struck.

Helen W said...

Yeah Pamela not my outcome of choice either, but OTOH DelPo's just playing stunning tennis.

Helen W said...

The crowd just cheered DelPo's double fault. I love Rafa, but I just hate that kind of behaviour.

Joe said...

Vamos Delpo !!!! That was awesome. Let's do it in straights and get done with the butt-picker and injury faker.

Ajde Nole - the future king of hardcourt tennis

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I'm not the biggest Nadal fan, but I've never seen the guy use injuries, scheduling or rain delays as an excuse. A Djokovic fan accusing Nadal of overdramatizing injuries is amusing to me. Would you rather he just retire from the match now?

Craig Hickman said...

Joe, loverguy is nothing but a trouble maker. And I'm certainly not in the mood for any of that mess.

I will continue to delete his comments.

Beth said...

Yeah, certainly not looking good at all for Rafa. He just can't figure out how to handle DelPotro right now. Brad Gilbert is right: Nadal needs to take some chances, get inside the baseline more and really push forward a bit more in response to DelPotro. What he's doing right now is obviously not working at all. He's had something like 5 chances to break DelPotro and hasn't been able to do it. DelPotro is 17-0 when winning first 2 sets. Nadal stats are not very good on winning after being down 2 sets. Think they said he's only done it 3 times in his career. In the threads yesterday it was said Nadal would likely prefer to play DelPotro to Djokovic and I totally disagreed about that. DelPotro is far more threatening to him right now than Djokovic. I feared this very match and it looks like it's turning out to be the unfortunate nightmare I had anticipated. I would much have preferred see him play anyone but DelPotro today.

Helen W said...

Joe, tne poster who made those comments is a known troll who appears from time to time. Usually best to just ignore him -- I see Craig has already got rid of his "contributions".

Beth said...

loverguy.....please just go away. You are not welcome.....

Beth said...

Poor Rafa. This match has just gone to hell in a handbasket for him. Well, he at least made the semis. Good for him. And regained his #2.

BayouPeach said...

Definitely not welcome....what a turd...

Anyhoo, it's not looking good for Rafa at all. DelPo has got him on the ropes. The man just can't seem to miss at this point. I'm not mad at him, because I think he's really talented. Maybe this is his break through. If I don't see Rafa in the final, I think a Del Po/Djokovic match would be quite entertaining.

edma1022 said...

Joe: "A Djokovic fan accusing Nadal of overdramatizing injuries is amusing to me."

Me, too. :-))

If at all, Djokovic only needs to retire at the USO so can achieve the career grand slam of retirements.

Joe said...

I think Del Potro is going to win tomorrow, in what will be called a "major upset" if it's against Federer. I like the fact that Del Potro is clearly bothered by the Paris loss, and has mentioned how much it haunts him on several occasions this summer. Of course, this could have a negative effect if he gets into another tight match with Federer tomorrow, but I expect Del Potro to come out firing and play a great match.

pompelmo said...

Delpo is hammering Rafa. I guess edma's comment says it right, when we recall his defeat to Söderling. His topspin forehand does not work against these big hitting big guys.

Pamela said...

Del Po is to Rafa, what Rafa is to Fed. His huge game is just too easy to dominate Rafa, especially when Rafa is serving 72 mph at times. The knees are fine. I think the ab injury is messing with the serve, but not the reason he's losing. Rafa had multiple break chances, and just could not convert. Oh well ... he made the semis again and got the #2 ranking back, so there's that positive.

He can go heal and work on his game. He did to get this far I suppose. Seems like it's destiny for Del Po to be here the way he's playing.

Helen W said...

Joe it looks to me that DelPo has finally overcome some of his head-case stuff and can duke it out with the best.

I too feel for Rafa, but he's being totally out-played out there. I'm sure he will be disappointed, as it looks to me that he is back 100% i.e. no sign of the ab or knee injuries. He's just out of answers to DelPo's game.

BayouPeach said...

Joe said...
I think Del Potro is going to win tomorrow, in what will be called a "major upset" if it's against Federer. I like the fact that Del Potro is clearly bothered by the Paris loss, and has mentioned how much it haunts him on several occasions this summer. Of course, this could have a negative effect if he gets into another tight match with Federer tomorrow, but I expect Del Potro to come out firing and play a great match.

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If DelPo wins today, which it is increasingly looking that way, and he plays the way he's been playing today, tomorrow might be his breakthrough.

edma1022 said...

GOOD GRIEF! My wife just screamed "C'mon, Rafa!" right into my ear....

(I can still feel the buzz in my brain)

:-(

Helen W said...

To my fellow Rafa fans: Remember how Tsonga dismantled Rafa at the AO? And remember how Rafa beat him the next time they met on a hard court? Rafa learns from these matches. I don't think we need despair.

Michael said...

This is amazing! It reminds me of what James Blake did to Nadal the first few matches they had. James was confident and sending the ball too hard to the other side and Nadal couldn't keep up. Since then, though I thought Nadal had made adjustments to add some more weapons to prevent that. But this is essentially the formula Soderling used to beat Nadal at Roland Garros.

My question is why doesn't Roger do this to Rafa? Maybe Roger just isn't used to hitting quite that hard because he doesn't need to. Would the match be different if Nadal didn't have the injury and the scheduling problems? We'll never know, but probably not that different.

Craig Hickman said...

Color me surprised that PMAC referenced the schedule.

pompelmo said...

Michael, Roger is not that tall. Rafa's balls are not that east to control for him.

Helen W said...

What can I say? Vamos DelPo!

Helen W said...

Just to be super clear here -- my "Vamos DelPo" comment was not made in response to haterboy.

BayouPeach said...

Well congrats to Del Potro! He played very well and deserved to win today. I wish him all the luck in the finals and I hope he wins his first major.

As for my favorite player, I think Rafa will learn trememdously from this match and he'll figure out a way to beat him. I'm not disappointed in his performance, just sad. He's so gracious and that was very nice of him to stop and talk to Pam. Rafa is truly the best. I'll see him next year.

Go get 'em Del Po!

pompelmo said...

Congrats to DelPo. New guys! Bring them!

I would love to see Novak defeating Federer.

Craig Hickman said...

So, two youngsters, up till now all potential, have stormed through both draws to contest their first Slam finals.

Maybe I'll get what I want after all.

Helen W said...

So pompelmo supposing you get your wish and we have a DelPo - Nole final, who's your guy?

Joe said...

Man, Del Potro is a matchup nightmare for Nadal. Nadal's topspin balls which give most players so much trouble come right up into Del Potro's strike zone. Also, other than tripping over his own feet late in the first set, I was really impressed by Del Potro's movement for a 6'6" guy. He could stand ten feet behind the baseline when returning and transition easily to playing on top of or inside of the baseline. I was also impressed by how well he played the big points on his own serve.

edma1022 said...

Wow. DelPo's interview rocks big time!

Guys, this kid is a star! ... I think I'm converted!

pompelmo said...

Wozniacki? stormed?

BayouPeach said...

pompelmo said...
Wozniacki? stormed?
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Yeah...that didn't happen. She got incredibly lucky in her draw. That's not to say she didn't play well. But she definitely didn't storm anywhere.

pompelmo said...

Helen, I don't like Nole, but had enough of Roger.

Craig Hickman said...

Okay, so I overstated Wozniacki's advance through the draw.

But the principle remains.

Helen W said...

pompelmo so I take it that's a vote for DelPo? :)

Me too.

oddman said...

That's a tough question - Nole or JMDP - hmmmm....

I'll go with JMDP, whoever the opponent.

Vamos, Juan!!!