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Old 07-04-2009, 04:01 AM   #16
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This is exactly what I was talking about.

Safina is the world number one, and still will be regardless of the final result, but she shouldn't even have bothered showing up to her semi in hindsight. The Williams sisters are really the only consistently good women's tennis players of the past few years, at least.
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Old 07-04-2009, 04:22 AM   #17
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Once again another Williams' sisters finale to Wimbledon '09, how many times have we seen these happen, a lot I guess. Venus Williams is going for her 6th Wimbledon crown and I honestly think she'll get it.
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Old 07-04-2009, 04:45 AM   #18
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Tennis has been my favorite sport to keep up with the past 2 years - right after NFL and the NHL. In some ways, I prefer tennis as I'm one of those that believes parity (caps & free agency) has killed true superstars and long, bitter and empassioned rivalries in team sports. Worse yet, Canadian teams bleed top talent annually and well, you get the point.

For above reasons and more, I started watching tennis about 2-3 years ago, right when Roger Federer and Nadal we're in the height of their rivalry. Honestly, the ups & downs in the tennis world the past year have been incredible. I've already put up one thread on my purported (the girlfriend's claim) man-crush on Roger Federer (ref tennis affairs).

Loved the fact that Roddick made it through the Murray hype. I really want him to win one...unfortunately, not against Fed. And with Fed pretty much making every Final, well, I suppose poor Roddick (in my heart) just has to suffer.

Amazing that most Americans then (I can only speculate based on the terrible, terrible TV coverage in the US) don't seem to care for their tennis champions. Roddick's peaking at a time when he's supposed to be going the other way. 26 is on the other side of one's tennis prime and for him to have disposed of whiny, bratty, Murray, is a triumph for one of the good guys in my opinion.

Three of the four Wimbledon single finalists this year are from the US. Show them some love folk. Some of the greatest players in the history of the sport are American, so why the lack of support? Absence of tennis coverage/importance is everywhere from ESPN/CNN SI boards right through tele programming.

As a Canadian rooting for Roger Federer (Swiss) to win his 15th Slam - sheesh, I won't go on about what the man's accomplished - it shouldn't be my role in expressing these thoughts. I just feel bad for Roddick, perhaps with more support/love, his career might have been a little brighter.
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What the women's game needs is the return of Henin and Hingis...
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Nah, I think the womens game is fine, lots of young talent coming through.
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Nah, I think the womens game is fine, lots of young talent coming through.
.. and what about the tennis ?
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.. and what about the tennis ?
I guess the tennis is good, too.
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Tennis has been my favorite sport to keep up with the past 2 years - right after NFL and the NHL. In some ways, I prefer tennis as I'm one of those that believes parity (caps & free agency) has killed true superstars and long, bitter and empassioned rivalries in team sports. Worse yet, Canadian teams bleed top talent annually and well, you get the point.

For above reasons and more, I started watching tennis about 2-3 years ago, right when Roger Federer and Nadal we're in the height of their rivalry. Honestly, the ups & downs in the tennis world the past year have been incredible. I've already put up one thread on my purported (the girlfriend's claim) man-crush on Roger Federer (ref tennis affairs).
The Federer/Nadal rivalry is still going strong...they met in the Australian Open final again this year, and had Nadal not gotten injured, he may well have made it to the final of the French and not withdrawn from Wimbledon this year.

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Loved the fact that Roddick made it through the Murray hype. I really want him to win one...unfortunately, not against Fed. And with Fed pretty much making every Final, well, I suppose poor Roddick (in my heart) just has to suffer.

Amazing that most Americans then (I can only speculate based on the terrible, terrible TV coverage in the US) don't seem to care for their tennis champions. Roddick's peaking at a time when he's supposed to be going the other way. 26 is on the other side of one's tennis prime and for him to have disposed of whiny, bratty, Murray, is a triumph for one of the good guys in my opinion.

Three of the four Wimbledon single finalists this year are from the US. Show them some love folk. Some of the greatest players in the history of the sport are American, so why the lack of support? Absence of tennis coverage/importance is everywhere from ESPN/CNN SI boards right through tele programming.
This era just has not been great for U.S. men's tennis. As well as Roddick has been playing recently, his career as a whole has been disappointing, and he's never seemed to have the skillset necessary to beat Federer or Nadal, he's never seemed to be a truly elite player. Outside of Roddick, this era of men's tennis has given the U.S. no one to route for. But make no mistake, give the U.S. someone to route for, and we will. In the previous generation/era/whatever of men's tennis, the U.S. had two of the top ten greatest players ever in Sampras and Agassi and there was never any shortage of support for them. When Agassi lost the final match of his career at the 2006 U.S. Open in New York, the crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium gave him an eight minute long, non-stop standing ovation. They truly loved him. Also, I'd say 30 rather than 26 is on the other side of one's tennis prime.

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As a Canadian rooting for Roger Federer (Swiss) to win his 15th Slam - sheesh, I won't go on about what the man's accomplished - it shouldn't be my role in expressing these thoughts. I just feel bad for Roddick, perhaps with more support/love, his career might have been a little brighter.
I'm a Nadal fan. Federer winning everything makes tennis boring. I'll be routing for Roddick.
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Serena was on her game today, nobody was beating her. Venus' serve got away from her in the 2nd, and I think her knee was giving her problems...but even if she was 100% I think Serena wins that match.
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namkcuR:

Much appreciative of your responses to my posts, however there are a few things I see somewhat differently:

Nadal lost to Soderling at the French. The first time the words "Nadal" and "confirmed injury" were thrust together were post that.

A rivalry isn't much of one when one side isn't even participating. There are lingering concerns - Nadal's playing style isn't prone to longevity, if/when he comes back, will be change his hard-on-the-knees approach? Personally, I don't much care for Novak or Murray, so I'm one Fed fan that hopes and wishes for Nadal to make a quick and speedy return because the game needs him.

You're right, the drama and suspense without Nadal is missing as he's the only one to consistently thwart Fed from winning everything.

Popularity and success in tennis haven't always gone hand-in-hand. Anna Kornikova (sp?), Sharapova, Sabatini are just some names from present/past that haven't accomplished much but been very, very, popular. At one time, Sharapova was earning more than Federer if I recall right.

Which leads back to my original point about tennis and America's lack of passion for it. Aside from Switzerland & Spain, the rest of the world hasn't exactly had much to cheer for on the men's side the past five years - yet, observe the excitement over Murray this year at Wimbledon or, Monfils/Tsonga during the French Open.

Aside from Federer, Roddick's been the only other player to have held a top 10 ranking for the past 6 years - which is no mere accomplishment. Then there's the women's side where you've had the dominance of the Williamses for the better part of the decade.

Sure, of course, this era (pertinent to the US), cannot compare to the previous one where Sampras and Agassi dominated. But should that directly lead to such a lack of interest in the sport at all? I mean, come on - Nathan's Hot Dog contest is run live on ESPN while the finals at Wimbledon (where 3 players are AMERICAN) are tape delayed because of broadcasting rights by NBC. It's just sick - oh well, at least you have the satisfaction of having the American scarf the most dogs over that Japanese kid.

Sorry, aside from football, baseball, basketball and golf (in that order), Americans aren't interested in other sports in collectively large numbers - which is a shame because Tennis and Ice Hockey are truly incredible, passionate and beautiful in their own right as sports.

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No way in hell the men's tennis prime is at thirty. All the greats had their major accomplishments between 20-30. Aside from Agassi (who seemed to burn brightest after 28), name one other player who dominated after 28.

Saying that, I do hope you are right though. I'd love nothing more than another 5 years of Federer brilliance.
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No way in hell the men's tennis prime is at thirty. All the greats had their major accomplishments between 20-30. Aside from Agassi (who seemed to burn brightest after 28), name one other player who dominated after 28.

Saying that, I do hope you are right though. I'd love nothing more than another 5 years of Federer brilliance.
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Good to see the cool Williams sister prevail and not her annoying sister.

C'mon Fed tonight. Roddick did an awesome thing in eliminating that pest Murray, but Federer is just awesome.
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Woo Hoo!!!! Roger Federer is the man. He inspires me to get off the couch and play some tennis.

okay, maybe he's not THAT good...but I still want him to win Wimbledon. And the US Open. That would be enough for '09.

Beyond that, I won't root (to borrow somebody's word) for anything else till '10.
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Wow. Roddick had four set points in that second set tiebreak, and he squandered six straight points. The momentum seems to be going Fed's way now.
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