Sunday, November 29, 2009

Quote For The Day

“This tournament has a great champion, like Nikolay. He worked hard to beat every player here this week. So maybe I have to improve a little bit the little things. But he played much better than me, and that's it. He played unbelievable tennis. He beat me in a good way. He's very strong. I never beat him on hard court or indoors. He's very fast. He plays like PlayStation. He runs down everything. It is very difficult to hit winners. But I think he is a great champion. Nobody knows how we can beat him.”--Juan Martin del Potro


Helen W said...

Classy guy, this Juan Martin!

Looking forward to a rip-roaring 2010 season.

Michael said...

I am very impressed with Davydenko's win here. I really didn't think he had it in him to beat the top players - his record is bad against most of them, but his version of finishing off the leftovers was even better than my turkey curry.

I thought Del Po looked sluggish, like Craig said. But Davydenko played well- serves, return, ground strokes, and volleys. Didn't think about the shorter turnaround for him, though it is true that Davydenko had a short turnaround then beat Federer.

But people take this too far, even Del Po (Nobody knows how we can beat him???). It's an excellent breakthrough for him, to be sure, but it doesn't matter for big tournaments next year. 1) This is a weird round-robin event where it's OK to lose. 2) It's best of 3-sets. 3) It's indoors. 4) You only have to win 4 matches to win the whole thing (it's possible with even 3). WTF? Oh yeah, that is its name. This is a far cry from winning 7 best-of-fives in a row.

Others with a similar breakthrough here have not blitzed the field in the following year:
2005 Nalbandian won (amazing 5-set win) - then didn't make it past semis in slams (Aussie and French) or semis in Master's.
2006 Blake made the final (but got whipped)- then didn't make it past 4th round in slams and only one Master's final (Cinci).
2007 Ferrer made the final (great run to it, too) - then made one QF in slams (Aussie) and one QF in Master's.
2008 Djokovic won - then one SF in slams (US Open) but did do well in Master's (won 1 and 4 finals)
2008 Davydenko runner up - 2009 had one slam QF (French) and 2 Master's wins (Shanghai and London WTF).

Bottom line, this didn't change anything for any of them. I still don't expect a slam final or win from Davydenko. But I am still impressed and happy to see him win this thing.

The Fan Child said...

Play Station indeed!

Craig Hickman said...

Good write up, Michael.

Michael said...

Serena has been fined $82,500 for the US Open incident, and an odd probation is attached to her for the next two years that could double that and ban her from the next US Open if there is another "major" incident.

from NPR via AP.

This seems reasonable to me. Not sure what else they could do. Serena can still play, but can't do it again.

Christopher Crocker said...

I'm not a fan of Serena Willaims - at all - but that fine is ridiculous. But, it's not really about the number following the dollar sign, the whole process has been unnecessarily absurb.

Karen said...

I think the whole decision is punitive. She is under probation for 2 years. That means any infraction, no matter how simple and she will be suspended for 4 years. I think that is draconian to the extreme. In addition, the fine as levied is substantially too high. I am not quite sure what the ITF are hoping to achieve with this decision. Yes, her behaviour was bad, but by the same token I would think that her past conduct should have played a mitigating role in the ITF's decision. For my money, it just seems as if they are throwing every infraction that has ever been done by every player at her. What happens if she breaks a racquet or mutters something under her breath which in other circumstances would not even warrant a sanction, would she then be suspended because she is on probation. I truly hope that she appeals this decision as it is draconian to the extreme. I am sorry to say this, but this is the way that law enforcement treats people who have committed crimes in the US. For the rest of your life, any infraction, no matter how small, comes back to bite you just because of one incident in your past. As far as I am concerned it does not seem as if there is anything in the judicial system or otherwise for rehabilitation.