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The promotional advertisements for the Madrid Masters Series are so bleak. Transformers are for 5 year-olds, not your average tennis fan. Plus, they couldn’t even get a designer to make it look realistic. Novak’s head looks like it was pasted on in Kid Pix. Irregardless, I will still be watching the Madrid Masters Series and so should you.

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Trophy Case: Jo Strikes Back

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga avenged his Australian Open final loss with a 6-4, 7-6 defeat of Novak Djokovic in the final of the Thailand Open.

Jelena Jankovic pulled within 21 points of Serena Williams for the number one ranking with her defeat of Svetlana Kuznetsova in the China Open final.

Andy Roddick won yet another Mickey Mouse title with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 win over Dudi Sela in the China Open final.

Maria Kirilenko battled for her third title of the season with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Samantha Stosur in the Korea Open final.

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Papa Djerkovic Gets in on the Djerking

Srjdan Djokovic, Novak’s father, apparently thinks the draw for the 2009 Davis Cup is rigged.

“Does anybody really think that it’s just a coincidence that we’ve gotten toughest opponent second year in a row, Russia in Moscow, then trip to Spain? Of course it’s not. Simply, nobody wants us to win DC”.

You’re right Srjdan, Davis Cup is just one big game of keep away from Serbia. His logic behind this; he thinks nobody in the ITF likes the Serbian Federation president.

“Our president left Bratislava on Sunday afternoon, he didn’t even wait for matches to end. If he at least went to Madrid with few influential people and journalists to try to affect the draw with his presence. Nobody’s fighting for Serbia’s interests and that is way we get this treatment. And when time for DC rolls around everybody will be expecting Novak to give his 150% and beat Spain on clay”.

Good Lord, that was unintelligent.

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Grand Slams 2008: A Look Back

What a year it was for grand slam tennis. With the last major of the year drawing to a close in New York, I think this is the perfect time to look back at the year that was. Let’s begin after the cut, shall we? Read the rest of this entry »

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Novak Fakervic, Will You Please Stand Up?

This isn’t the first time Novak Djokovic was accused of faking an injury/fatigue when things got tight and somehow I don’t see it’s going to be the last. Tommy Robredo, who took Djokovic to five sets earlier today, was the latest victim of Novak’s antics:

“Q. You sound like you don’t believe Djokovic’s ailments . Is that true?

TOMMY ROBREDO: That’s not that I don’t believe. I have pain, as well. I was running like hell and my feet were burning but I say nothing, no? I think that if you’re not fit enough, then don’t play.

But after every time he was asking for a trainer, he was running like hell and he was making the shot, but he does what he does a lot of times.

So I think we should take care a lot more of these things, because one thing is that if you fell down like I did, I can have blood and it’s normal that trainer gets in because there’s blood or whatever. But for having pain, I had pain, as well, all over my body because I think I run a lot more than him, and I said nothing, no?

So did I trust him? No. No. I think he took his time because he did it because he was a little bit more tired and that’s a part of the game. It help him a lot.”

Andy Roddick also had something to say on the matter:

Q. When asked about his injuries today, mentioning the right ankle as opposed to the left ankle, the other day ‑‑
ANDY RODDICK: Isn’t it both of them? And a back and a hip?

Q. And when he said there are too many to count.
ANDY RODDICK: And a cramp.

Q. Do you get the sense right now that he is…
ANDY RODDICK: Bird flu.

Q. Lot of things. Beijing hangover.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. He’s got pretty long list of illness.
ANDY RODDICK: Anthrax. SARS. Common cough and cold.

Q. Got a lot of things going on with him.
ANDY RODDICK: Sure.

Q. Do you think he’s bluffing?
ANDY RODDICK: No, I mean, I’m sure ‑‑

Q. The way you’re saying it, almost means you feel like…
ANDY RODDICK: No, if it’s there, it’s there. There’s just a lot. You know, he’s either quick to call a trainer or he’s the most courageous guy of all time. I think it’s up for you guys to decide.

Maybe he really was hurt, but history isn’t on Djokovic’s side. Who can forget the time Novak retired a set down to Roger Federer because of a sore throat? Let’s face the facts, people, Djokovic isn’t from the steely stock of a Nadal or a Federer.

On the plus side, this outfit is much better than the previous two kits.

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Bleck.

Why do Novak’s adidas kits have to look like a box of crayons threw up on him? This isn’t quite as bad as the orange kit, but it’s still pretty off putting. The guy is unlikeable on the court enough as it is, you would think adidas would help him out with something pleasant to look at.

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Quick Hits: U.S. Open Day 3

  • Jelena Jankovic was pushed to the limit (see above) by Sofia Arvidsson. JJ pulled it out 7-5 in the third.
  • Lindsay Davenport cruised along to the third round by beating Alisa Kleybanova, 7-5, 6-3.
  • Vera Zvonareva went out to Tatiana Perebiynis, 6-3, 6-3.
  • Caroline Wozniacki smashed Maria Elena Camerin, 6-1, 6-2. I’m telling you, Caro is going to do some damage.
  • Chinese Li Na and Zheng Jie advanced to the third round.
  • Novak Djokovic hurt his ankle, but held on to beat Arnaud Clement in straights.
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shook off some 1st set rust and beat Ventura in 4. I’m so glad Jo is back, he is just so fun to watch.
  • Ernest Gulbis sets up a potential second rounder with Andy Roddick with a straight sets win over Thomas Johansson.
  • Nikolay Davydenko took out Dudi Sela, 3, 3 and 3.

Matches to watch on Day 4:

Michael Llodra v. [6] Andy Murray – Their contrasing styles should make for an interesting match-up.

[17] Juan Martin del Potro v. Tomaz Belluci – Del Potro is playing fantastic tennis, you need to check it out.

[4] Serena Williams v. Elena Vesnina – Serena under the lights never disappoints.

Kaia Kanepi v. [32] Amelie Mauresmo – When she’s in form, Amelie’s game is just beautiful and it seems like she’s regaining some confidence and game.

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U.S. Open 2008: Men’s Draw Predictions and Previews

Quarter One:

New world number one and gold medalist, Rafael Nadal, is seeded first in a major for the first time in his career. Rafa traditionally has had sub par results at Flushing Meadows, But Nadal 2008 is clearly different then ones of years past. Rafa’s main challenges should come from James Blake and David Nalbandian, but their form is always in question. Tomas Berdych could also do some damage with his big hitting game. Rafa could also face a fourth round test from Ivo Karlovic, which is never fun on such a fast surface. However, I just don’t see him losing this early.

Semifinalist: Rafael Nadal

Quarter Two

David Ferrer is the highest seed in this quarter at four, but his game is not well suited on the fast courts of New York. Sixth seed, Andy Murray should be the favorite for this section if he keeps his head together. Andy’s recent play shows signs of a breakthrough at a major. Don’t count out Stanislas Wawrinka or Mikhail Youzhny who have been playing consistently all year. The surface is perfect for Feliciano Lopez’s big game, who took a set off of Roger Federer here last year. Juan Martin del Potro comes in off of four straight titles and could make some noise if he continues his red hot play.

Semifinalist: Andy Murray

Quarter Three:

Last year’s finalist, Novak Djokovic, starts his U.S. Open campaign in the third quarter. Andy Roddick is the next highest seed, but I honestly see him losing in the second round to Ernest Gulbis due to his recent horrendous play. Marat Safin is also in this quarter, but who knows what we’ll see from Marat. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is scheduled to make his return to the tour after knee surgery,  but his form will be very questionable at best. This quarter should be Djokovic’s for the taking, if he doesn’t crash out like at Wimbledon.

Semifinalist: Novak Djokovic

Quarter Four:

Roger Federer is entering a major not seeded number one for the first time in almost five years. Fed is the four time defending champion, but he just hasn’t been himself all year. Lucky for him, he has a relatively easy quarter. Nikolay Davydenko is in this section, but has never been one to show up at majors. Richard Gasquet is in this section, but he is very streaky. Other than that, Roger doesn’t have much resistance for a semifinal berth.

Semifinalist: Roger Federer

Semifinals: Nadal def. Murray, Djokovic def. Federer

Final: Nadal def. Djokovic

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Photo Op: Rafa Brings Nole to Tears

Novak Djokovic cries after his gold medal hopes are crushed by Rafa Nadal. Novak, I’m not even gonna call you Djerkovic tonight because I feel kind of bad for you.

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Quick Hits: Olympics Quarters + Semifinals

  • Rafa continues his stellar year and defeats Novak Djerkovic in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. He’ll next face Fernando Gonzales for the gold medal.
  • James Blake wastes three match points against Gonzales and loses a thriller, 11-9 in the third. After the match Blake accused Gonzales of unfair play.
  • JJ loses to Dinara “WTA Tour Savior” Safina, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
  • R. Fed redeems himself in doubles with Stan Wawrinka, upsetting the Bryan Bros. in three sets.
  • Venus and Serena remain the last Americans still in contention for gold after smashing Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva in dubs.

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