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    Just watching Venus vs Minella. This Mandy Minella is not a bad looking young lady. Almost makes me forget Ana Ivanovic (but not quite).
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      Very disappointed that Ryan Harrison lost a fifth set breaker against Sergei Stakhovsky this afternoon after having three match points in the breaker. Stakhovsky played it perfectly, forcing Harrison to hit a winner when Harrison served for the match, which Harrison couldn't do, and then attacking forward and hitting a volley winner to win the match. No one is going to give it to you, so you have to be prepared to hit a winner to win a match.

      It was nice of ESPN to pay lip service to how inspiring it was to see the young American play a tough match, but to be honest, it was a second round match against some guy nobody had ever heard of. It's the same of Wimbledon; Isner-Mahut was an amazing match, but in the grand scheme of things, pretty meaningless.

      That's what bugs me when people rag on Roddick. If it wasn't for Roddick staying in the top ten much longer than all but the very greats do, American men's tennis would have been on par with Belgium for the past five or so years.

      Originally posted by Jason A View Post
      Seriously? Wow. I watched some of his match yesterday online and he hung in there pretty well throughout. I think he had a set point in the third, IIRC. I looked him up and it listed Milwaukee as his current residence. So he lives and trains out of Wisconsin?

      EDIT: BTW, when/where did you play Smyczek?
      I just know he grew up in Wisconsin. It sounds like he mostly trains out of California now, which I suppose you have to if you want to play on that level. I've known some low-level pro guys that say it's literally impossible to effectively train in the Midwest for the type of heat and humidity you face in some of the warmer places that host tournaments.

      I played Smyczek in doubles at our sectional Jr. Davis Cup tournament. I think we only played an eight game pro set, and I know we lost, something respectable like 8-5. I remember feeling like we could have won if we had played better, but it was a 3rd place match the morning after we had lost a tough semifinal and everyone on our team just came out kind of flat. He was like three or four years younger than me, which is probably the only reason we had a chance. I did beat his older(and much less talented) brother in a singles match though.

      It's just funny that he's made it so far. I would have never guessed it since he was always so small. He's only 5'9" now, which will probably keep from having too much success, but he's made it a lot farther than a lot of other kids I would have expected to make it.
      Originally posted by dicaslover
      Yep, you got it. I heart Maize.

      Originally posted by Kristin
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        Murray has been knocked out, which opens up that quarter for Querrey and Isner. Isner should have a tough match tonight, but as of this moment the U.S. has a great chance to get at least one guy into the semis.

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          Isner knocked out by Youznhy. I still think Querrey makes it out of that quarter to play Nadal.

          The Djokovic-Fish match today should be interesting. It's not totally outside the realm of possibility that two Americans end up in the semis, playing Nadal and Federer.

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            Originally posted by Jason A View Post
            It's not totally outside the realm of possibility that two Americans end up in the semis, playing Nadal and Federer.
            Apparently it was.

            Fish was dreadful. Querrey just lost in a fifth set to Wawrinka. All in all, a disappointing tournament for the American men. Everything lined up very well for them and I expected a bit more.

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              Woz is down a set and a break in the semis.

              Edit: And now it's over. #7-seed Vera Zvonareva advances to her second straight Grand Slam final.
              Last edited by Priceless; 09-10-2010, 02:59 PM.

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                Clijsters comes from behind to beat Venus Williams, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.

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                  The USTA is going to be trying out a new youth development system similar to USA Hockey. It sounds like the focus is going to be on the 10 and under age group, getting kids to play on smaller courts where they can have more success.

                  I'm glad to see them try something. The state of US men's tennis has gotten embarrassing on the pro level, and hopefully this changes some things.
                  Originally posted by dicaslover
                  Yep, you got it. I heart Maize.

                  Originally posted by Kristin
                  Maybe I'm missing something but you just asked me which MSU I go to and then you knew the theme of my homecoming, how do you know one and not the other?

                  Western College Hockey Blog

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                    Nadal beat Djokovic in four sets to complete the career grand slam.
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                      The Australian Open has begun. DirecTV once again has the AOExperience on channels 701-707. Among the matches tonight, Channel 704 will feature Ana Ivanovic; her match is scheduled for 4AM Eastern.

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                        It's another terrible showing for American tennis. Maybe it was just a slow day yesterday, but I thought it was kind of telling that ESPN had to send Mary Jo Fernandez out to the very back no-TV court for Oudin's match because they're that hard-up for well-known Americans in the draw.
                        Originally posted by dicaslover
                        Yep, you got it. I heart Maize.

                        Originally posted by Kristin
                        Maybe I'm missing something but you just asked me which MSU I go to and then you knew the theme of my homecoming, how do you know one and not the other?

                        Western College Hockey Blog

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                          Originally posted by MaizeRage View Post
                          It's another terrible showing for American tennis. Maybe it was just a slow day yesterday, but I thought it was kind of telling that ESPN had to send Mary Jo Fernandez out to the very back no-TV court for Oudin's match because they're that hard-up for well-known Americans in the draw.
                          The only Americans of note that played yesterday were Oudin and Isner. The top Americans play today (Roddick, Venus, M. Fish) but mostly the Mothership has to look to foreign players for stars. Federer, Nadal, Djokovic on the men's side, Wozniacki, Henin, Sharapova, Clijsters on the women's. The days when McEnroe, Connors, Courier, Sampras, Agassi and Chrissy dominated the circuit are done for now.

                          Today's schedule:
                          (Rod Laver Arena)
                          Code:
                            Women's Singles - 2nd Round
                            Justine Henin(BEL)[11]	vs.	  Elena Baltacha(GBR)
                          
                            Men's Singles - 2nd Round
                            Andy Roddick(USA)[8]	vs.	  Igor Kunitsyn(RUS)
                          			
                            Women's Singles - 2nd Round
                            Venus Williams(USA)[4]	vs.	  Sandra Zahlavova(CZE)
                          (Hisense Arena)
                          Code:
                           Women's Singles - 2nd Round
                            Caroline Wozniacki(DEN)[1]	vs.	  Vania King(USA)
                          			
                            Men's Singles - 2nd Round
                            Janko Tipsarevic(SRB)	vs.	  Fernando Verdasco(ESP)[9]
                          
                            Women's Singles - 2nd Round
                            Virginie Razzano(FRA)	vs.	  Maria Sharapova(RUS)[14]
                          
                            Men's Singles - 2nd Round
                            Ivan Dodig(CRO)	vs.	  Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]
                          (Margaret Court Arena)
                          Code:
                          Men's Singles - 2nd Round
                            Tomas Berdych(CZE)[6]	vs.	  Philipp Kohlschreiber(GER)
                          
                            Women's Singles - 2nd Round
                            Andrea Hlavackova(CZE)	vs.	  Victoria Azarenka(BLR)[8]
                          
                            Women's Singles - 2nd Round
                            Rebecca Marino(CAN)	vs.	  Francesca Schiavone(ITA)[6]
                          			
                            Women's Singles - 2nd Round
                            Na Li(CHN)[9]	vs.	  Evgeniya Rodina(RUS)
                          
                          Not Before:7:00 PM 
                            Men's Singles - 2nd Round
                            Frederico Gil(POR)	vs.	  Gael Monfils(FRA)[12]
                          Other notables
                          Court 3: Mardy Fish(USA)[16] vs. Tommy Robredo(ESP)
                          Court 6: Bob Bryan(USA)[1] / Mike Bryan(USA)[1] vs. Scott Lipsky(USA) / Rajeev Ram(USA)

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                            I caught the end of Ivanovic's loss. And the Hewitt/Nalbandian match was great tennis -- and would be great tennis in a quarterfinal, let alone a first-rounder.

                            That Verdasco/Tipsarevic match could be a good one.

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                              I have a philosophy I go by...

                              ABR

                              Anyone But Rafa

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                                Originally posted by J.D. View Post
                                I have a philosophy I go by...

                                ABR

                                Anyone But Rafa
                                I also go ABR...Anyone but Roger.

                                I used to be a fan, but his stunt to show up Roddick at Wimbledon really rubbed me the wrong way. Not a big fan of Rafa either. Wish Andy was a touch more competitive. When it comes to wives, he wins hands down

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