Wednesday, November 25, 2009

World Tour Finals Day 4

U.S.'s Andy Roddick, left, with Chief Executive Officer of Lacoste, Christophe Chenut  after he announced his renewal of his sponsoring contract with Lacoste in a press conference during the ATP World Tour Finals tennis match at the 02 Arena in London, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. Roddick qualified for but pulled out of the ATP World Tour Finals due to an injury.
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U.S.'s Andy Roddick, left, with Chief Executive Officer of Lacoste, Christophe Chenut after he announced his renewal of his sponsoring contract with Lacoste in a press conference during the ATP World Tour Finals tennis match at the 02 Arena in London, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. Roddick qualified for but pulled out of the ATP World Tour Finals due to an injury.

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Round Robin Day 4 Order Of Play

Center Court - 12:30 PM Start

Kubot/Marach vs Mirnyi/Ram

Followed By
[3]Novak Djokovic vs. [8]Robin Söderling


At 7pm
Bryan/Bryan vs. Dlouhy/Paes

Followed By
[2]Rafael Nadal vs. [6]Nikolay Davydenko

Yesterday's Results

Group A Singles
R Federer (SUI) d A Murray (GBR) 36 63 61
J del Potro (ARG) d F Verdasco (ESP) 64 36 76(1)

Raja finally beat the Scot from a set down and secured the year-end No. 1 ranking. He also proved that he wasn't exactly showing his ass when he claimed that the outcome of this match-up depends more on him than his opponent. The encounter featured some great shotmaking but I imagine the final set wouldn't have been so lopsided if Murray wasn't in such visible physical discomfort.

The US Open champ is still alive.

Czech Republuc's Frantisek Cermak, left, and Slovakia's Michal Mertinak celebrate after winning  their ATP World Tour Finals tennis match against Canada's Daniel Nestor and Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic at the O2 Arena in London, Tuesday Nov. 24, 2009.
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Czech Republuc's Frantisek Cermak, left, and Slovakia's Michal Mertinak celebrate after winning their ATP World Tour Finals tennis match against Canada's Daniel Nestor and Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic at the O2 Arena in London, Tuesday Nov. 24, 2009.

Group A Doubles
F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 63 64
M Bhupathi (IND) / M Knowles (BAH) d M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 36 63 10-7

10 comments:

Craig Hickman said...

Soderling absolutely gagged those two backhands on the second and third of those three consecutive set points.

Dapxin said...

wow.
soderling whips djoke?
I missed it.

royce said...

Djok had a crap attitude the minute he stepped out on court. Really bad day at the office.

Craig Hickman said...

Djoke is beyond tired.

Whole Sight said...

Craig said (in his post): "The [Federer/Murray] encounter featured some great shotmaking but I imagine the final set wouldn't have been so lopsided if Murray wasn't in such visible physical discomfort."

I finally caught up on the full match via TennisTV.com replay. I didn't get the feeling that Murry was injured, just misfiring a lot. Did he twinge himself at some point & I missed it?

Whole Sight said...

Davydenko vs. Nadal, first set: such a comprehensive dismantling by the former of the latter that I am reminded of the title of an old Sly Stone movie, "Demolition Man." For once the commentators get it right when they say it is almost as if N. has never played tennis at this level before; for the moment he seems lost.

Craig Hickman said...

Whole Sight,one of the reasons Murray's serve went AWOL in the final set was because he was having trouble pushing up into it. One of his hips or one side of his groin is out of whack. Other than the serve, the injury was most visible between points. The commentators on TC mentioned it repeatedly.

Craig Hickman said...

Davydenko looks as though he tweaked something a few points ago.

Tennis is grueling to begin with. But this year in particular, the season seems way too looooooooooooong.

Craig Hickman said...

Rafa is playing shit tennis. The floating backhand slices on the big points are inexcusable. He flatout refuses to go for his shots even when the ball is begging to be hit.

This is a tiebreak.

I feel like I'm watching Andy Roddick but without the emotional investment.

Karen said...

Just passing through to wish all my American friends a very Happy and Peaceful Thanksgiving.