Toronto/Cincy: A series of unfortunate events.

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This is not a fair game.

For all my dislike of Ana Ivanovic and the trend of mental infantility on the WTA she represents, no one wants to see a pretty girl crying on a tennis court because Lady Luck, the Tennis Gods or her own body (depending on your tennis religion) wouldn’t let her play. Nobody deserves to have the story of their career turned into a Lemony Snicket book.

Nobody.

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Ivanovic barely made it through 3 games in the open set before calling a trainer on her left food and retiring after returning on court and being aced by Clijsters.

“I was very scared. All of a sudden on that one shot, I felt something crack a little bit,” she told reporters.

“Just on that one forehand when I went to step around it, I just felt like pain all of a sudden, so much pain in my foot and I couldn’t step on it anymore.

“I tried a bit of tape, but I could not put any weight on it and there was no point in me continuing.”

Get well soon, Ana.

In the other Cincy semifinal of the day, Maria Sharapova maintained her perfect record in semifinals this year with a win over Nastya Pavs, 64 36 62. Only saw the last set when Federer v Djokovic wrapped up and what I saw was torture – Pavlyuchenkova could barely get a serve in, Sharapova could barely get a return in play. At the end of the day, the lack of a working serve is much more fatal than the lack of a working return game. Just ask Ivo Karlovic.

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Maybe it’s just because they’re my “dogs” in the fight. Maybe it’s pure coincidence. Sharapova and Federer have had parallel weeks. Both led today early on, looking untroubled as they closed out the first set and went up an early break in the second. Both failed to maintain their lead, getting drawn into dramatic slugfests all the way into the final set. Both played messy, ugly, yet disgustingly compelling tennis to win, knowing that it significantly diminished their chances the next day.

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Stats to cry over:

Fed

Federbear deserved a round of spanking for failing to keep the momentum going in the second set, despite having chances to go up a double break. Of course, credit goes to Novak too, for making this match anything other than a flat, underwhelming beat-down.

For a few games in the second set when he loosened up and began to swing for the fences, he reminded me of the player he used to be. The guy I once liked back in early 2007, before personality and off court dramas got in the way, before ‘dropshits’ and squash shots and mangled serves turned him into some form of clay-hard court hybrid, strong defensively, consistently mediocre, with momentary flashes of his early promises.

Golly, do I sound nostalgic or what?

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It’s just as well then that Federer was playing Djokovic, the only guy in the top 5 capable of out-imploding Furd. Djoko had his chances to take the match at 5-5, Roger Federer held on by the skin of his teeth while a few continents away, inside Dootsie’s house, Federbear dangled precariously above a cup of steaming hot water. Even Monkey breathed a sigh of relief when it was all over.

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At the end of the day: happy, relieved, exhilarated to see him through. No expectations for tomorrow: the only word to describe Murray’s performance over Nadal would be stunning. I got what I wanted from Roger this week. Federbear clemency looking like a probability.

xx doots

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12 responses to “Toronto/Cincy: A series of unfortunate events.”

  1. ovoorigo says :

    Yeah, not much expectation/frazzling for the next match. Just hope for a good showing by Roger. I think he absolutely wants to win this, tho. Anyway, overall a good start to the summer swing. Yay!

  2. Matt Zemek says :

    Geez, I thought bubbling hot lava awaited Federbear. Hot water? He probably would have loved that. Bear porn and steamy environs go together, right?

    You’re so full of bluster but are just a Federbear underneath!😉

    And now, the theme for today’s almost-certain loss to the Scotsman from Dunblane:

    “Half a league, half a league,
    Half a league onward,
    All in the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.
    ‘Forward, the Light Brigade!
    Charge for the guns!’ he said:
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    ‘Forward, the Light Brigade!’
    Was there a man dismay’d ?
    Not tho’ the soldier knew
    Some one had blunder’d:
    Their’s not to make reply,
    Their’s not to reason why,
    Their’s but to do and die:
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.”

    -Alfred Lord TENNISON😉

    • dootsiez says :

      *sniffles* bloody Tennyson. Why so bleak?

      And what to do about that hope? Just maybe …*don’t wanna go there*

  3. DV says :

    Fed made my day. As for Ana two words “ankle taping”.

  4. Jack says :

    I’m with you doots, no expectations for tomorrow too. Same goes for Maria.

    If they both win, obviously that’ll be great. But if they don’t…….we can just come up with a million excuses that they were tired and had nothing left!😀

  5. Matt Zemek says :

    Doots,

    Andy can have Canada, Rafa can have Cincinnati.

    JUST GIVE ME NEW YORK and that 2008 feeling!

    • jfK says :

      + 100000000000

    • flo says :

      true dat…if Fed won I’d just worry that he was peaking too early instead of worrying about his game/forn still missing something…always something to fret about…I am bit disappointed because I thought Federer had figured Murray out and gotten into his head a bit.

      As for the match, Fed was playing catchup from the first set on and matches are always going to be hard when you put yourself behind like that…congrats to Murray

  6. PJ says :

    I know we (you, me and Jodi) said that as long as Wanker wins USO2010, we don’t care about blardy Toronto and Cincinnati. Yeap I still don’t care…much. He played like an imploding headcase (after being broken in the 2nd set and then onwards) against Djokovic AND STILL WON because other guy was a bigger headcase.

    Bottomline is, he did better than last year, gained some points, should have some sort of momentum/confidence going into USO (hoping he at least plays decent-ish in Cincinnati). Have an awful sinky feeling that Mandy will kinda roll all over him (Mandy more rest, and from what I can see is less of a headcase and I betcha he wants to inflict PAAAAAAAIN on Feddy for AO this year) but meh.

    And Ana. Poor girl, but oh well. If that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Totally rooting for Shrieky to win this.

    Great wrap, Doots. xoxo

  7. roadrunnerz says :

    “Both played messy, ugly, yet disgustingly compelling tennis to win, knowing that it significantly diminished their chances the next day.”

    “Federbear clemency looking like a probability.”
    🙂

    Every post reminds me a little more why I flove your blog.

  8. pban says :

    yep no expectations for today but am glad to see him at least trying something.Have zero hopes for Cincy since every alternate year he crashes out in the 2nd round.But I will forgo everything if we get a repeat of 2008 at the US open

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