I refuse to get into the would, coulda, shoulda of last nights men's quarterfinal match between Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych. The match speaks for itself. Sure Berdych has to learn to deal with a hostile crowd - all of the top players do - but has the crowd moved beyond being simply hostile when a player is serving and a "fan" of his opponent screams "Are you nervous Berdych?" What is wrong with an official when a player says the crowd is interfering with his play
By the way that also applies to the commentators who are paid to call a match for those of us not in attendance (although you can get those headphones that allow you to listen to the commentary. I find that totally insane since I go to live tennis to see the match through my own eyes not someone else's but that's me). The ESPN announcers almost never give you commentary that improves your knowledge of the game but last night Plan B was also in full fanboy mode(That's you Robbie) so there was no escaping crappy announcers, It was amazing to hear the change in the tone of the commentary when it looked as if Berdych was going to pull the match out. Forced to talk about Berdych the commentators had to scramble to explain why he'd taken control of the match, especially since their fave was the architect of his own destruction. I won't say he orchestrated his comeback because an increasingly frustrated Berdych lost his concentration and the match.
When it was over the commentators heaved a collective sigh of relief and promptly forgot what they'd just seen. As for Lars Graff I used to respect him as an official. Not so much now.
Novak Djokovic won his quarterfinal last night creating the rare semifinal line up where the top four players are competing for a chance to make the Final. And yes there was a medical time out. Shoulder or something.
Marion Bartoli played some of the worst tennis I've ever seen her play last evening against media darling Maria Sharapova. Once again Cliff Drysdale was calling the match and once again I hope he had something over his lap. Marion seemed to expect Sharapova to self destruct but Sharapova, who has been playing very aggressive tennis didn't until the very end and almost gave a set to the struggling Bartoli. Did Maria tire mentally? Lose her concentration? Who knows? Viewers were left to make their own decisions since the post match interview consisted of Cliffy staring at Maria like a love sick school boy while his booth mate asking the questions threw soft balls Maria's way.
Oh well. I guess the WTA is happy since the other darlings Kim Clijsters and Ana Ivanovic are also in the semifinals. Anastasia Pavlychenkova is the woman crashing the private party.
Tweet of the Day
Miguel Seabra was Tweeting live from the Championship event's players party last night. Someone calling themselves "Exposbabe" asked him if the groupies were all age appropriate for the senior tour or if groupies of all ages were in the mix.
He said that sluts, uh, groupies of all ages were in attendance. Hope that made her happy.
Venus Williams late withdrawal from the upcoming WTA Rogers Cup in Montreal. I have to say I wasn't that surprised. A few weeks ago Venus was doing a publicity thing for the event and those who attened said Venus arrived late, ate throughout the presser, and left. With all the power Tennis Canada has now I guess people want to forget that Canada is one of the least favorite stops on both the WTA and ATP tours. I think one year every top player in the WTA was injured or withdrew leaving a depleted field. Memories are short when it comes to tennis aren't they?
The WTA can't be happy about all the empty seats in the stadium. I'm going to give them a pass for the day matches since no one in their right mind is going to sit in 100+ degrees Fahrenheit to watch tennis but the attendance at night matches doesn't seem to be much better. I'm anxious to see how many show up for today's matches.