USO Day 10: Me? Frazzle?! As. If.
Yeah, that’s total bullshit.
I webcammed a photo of myself during the fourth set:
YUP. Tight Federer matches causes me to sprout eyebrows where eyebrows should never been seen.
After 10 days of upsets, brainfarts and … Melanie Oudin, we finally got a little something I call ‘AWESOME tennis’ in Federer’s 6-0 6-3 6-7 7-6 victory over Soderling.
You know! That thing where players take it to each other, serve out ace bombs and hit screaming winners from all corners of the court?
Yer know, aggressive tennis!
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If you heard moans during the match, some of those were coming from the balls, which were having the nasal mucus whacked out of them. Others were coming from Fedgasms induced worldwide by a certain RFed.
The stats will tell you that it was a clean kill: 56% to 44% of points won for Federer and the Sod, but stats occasionally lie.
Robin Soderling could’ve beaten most players with the way he played and served during the match. But more significantly was the version of Fed that showed up. He brought his TMF-game today, and oddly managed to maintain that level for 4 whole sets, hitting 64 winners to 28 unforced errors in windy conditions. And even on a day like this, Soderling managed to take a set, and very nearly a second one. Le shock, le swoon, l’ecstasy!
Something else to get ecstatic about – 22 grand slam semifinals in a row. We don’t know how much longer it’s going to go for, but you know what? Enjoy every second of it while it lasts.
‘Puny Left Arm’ sighting: AP Photo/Darron Cummings
Lendl, the holder of the previous record (10 semifinals in a row), certainly knows what he’s talking about:
“If you called me eight years ago and said ‘There will be a guy who comes along, and he’ll be in 21 straight Grand Slam semifinals,'” Lendl said. “Well, I would be looking for a polite way to end the conversation as quickly as possible because I’d be talking to somebody out of their mind.” Then he laughed again.
“It’s just ridiculous,” Lendl added. “There is no other way to say it. You can’t explain it to people, it’s just absurd.
“When you slow down and really think about it, it’s almost obscene.”
Tsk tsk, Roger and his obscenities… so what does this say about R-Fed?
“It says,” Lendl mused, “how much better he is than anybody else.”
Geez louise. This Lendl guy has a lot of character flaws, doesn’t he? Apart from missing an “e” from the end of his surname, he also seems to have a penchant for stating the obvious.
Well, Mighty Poop, it’s time to roar!
While 22 straight grand slam semifinals is simply mindfucking, 3 consecutive US Open semifinals is nothing to scoff at either. And that was precisely what Novak Djokovic managed to accomplish in the other quarterfinal.
Nando had his chances in both the first and the third set, but being Fernando, he missed his opportunities. By the fourth set, Verdasco was visibly bothered by his stomach muscle tear (which he played through in his last two matches) and residual foot injury.
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Even so, a solid performance by Djokovic, if a little defensive at times. I don’t know when and why Nole became such a counterpuncher, but it needs to stop. Even if I do want Federer in the final.
If Djokovic comes out with the kind of tennis that he played against Nadal in Madrid or Montreal, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be in the final. Similarly, if Roger doesn’t have a huge emotional letdown after this thriller, there’s no reason why he couldn’t win either.
Yikes, too many double negatives! What I’m saying is that I ain’t givin’ it to anyone yet. I’ll be sad to see Roger go down, but if he does, I hope he goes down swingin’. Unlike a certain second seed.
Ditto for Djoko.
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On the women’s side of things, “believe” became “believed” today as Caroline Wozniacki outclassed Melanie Oudin, 6-2 6-2.
Now that Carol is in her first ever grand slam semifinal with a good chance to be in the final, perhaps it’s a time to brace yourselves for a backlash: Hot Woz made a whole 5 winners for the entire match, taking the art of pushing to a new level.
I like the Danish Delight, who’s classy and charming on and off court. But even I find her tennis uninspiring.
Still, mad props to her for being the only seed in her quarter to live up to (and past) her seeding. The girl may not play gutsy, lights-out tennis, but she certainly gives very little away for free, which in women’s tennis these days is a rarity to be treasured.
So grind on, Coffee Bean!
Wozniacki is due to meet the other–other-Belgian, Yanina Wickmeyer in the semifinal, who progressed past KBond in straight sets. That’ll make it two Belgians in the semifinals. Deja vu?
Good effort by ‘Nina, who took her chances when the draw opened up and earned each of her victories. Surprise semifinalist? Yes. But nothing to be scoffed at by rude commies.
Especially when you consider that she’s turning out to be one of the most endearing personalities on the WTA tour.
Q. What was the funny story about the T shirt? Sorry, my Flemish isn’t all that good.
YANINA WICKMAYER: Well, before my match against Kuznetsova in New Haven I went to see a shop just behind the hotel just to relax a little bit. I saw two T shirts, but they were pretty expensive.
So I said if I win tomorrow, if I beat Kuznetsova, I’m going to get them. I lost 7 6 in the third, so I didn’t go get them because I wanted to be honest to myself.
We got into the car, we started driving to New York, and after a couple of miles my dad went to the back and get me my two T shirts. He thought I deserved them, anyway.
Q. When you came to the U.S., was there something about your dad sold his business or something?
YANINA WICKMAYER: Well, not only his business. He just gave up his whole life for me. Yeah, he just was a normal guy in Belgium. He had friends, he had family, he had cars, he had our house.
He just gave everything up for me. He just left. He listened to a girl that was nine years old and left his life, left his dreams. So I guess I’m always going to respect him for that. I think he’s listening today, so he’s just a great guy.
I think that the place I am right now, the semis I’m going to play tomorrow or the day after, the moments I live every day, it wouldn’t be if he wasn’t there. So he’s the only person that has always stood next to me. He’s always been there for me, even in the bad and the good moments. He’s always respected me and always tried to do the best he can.
So, yeah, I have no words for what he done. I think there is no way of thanking him in any way for what he did, but I hope with my semis here this week I can show him that I really thank him for everything he’s done.
Yeah, it’s been great spending my whole life with him.
Q. Is he here in New York?
YANINA WICKMAYER: Yeah, he’s right there. (laughter.) He told me it’s the first time he comes to a press conference. He just wanted to see how everything works.
Stop it girl! My heart is made of stone. Honest!
Meanwhile, Justine Henin is due to give a press conference tomorrow/today … about her “UNICEF projects”.
Of course Juju, because that’s what we’re really interested in.
With the Kimpossible, ‘Nina, and Juju all making news, the Belgian sports reporters will certainly have their hands full.
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A great day of tennis coming up for men’s quarters: Rafa v Gonzo, and JMDP v Red Hot Cilic Peppers.
May your Fedgasms be plenty,