John Isner said after his latest win over Marcos in Winston-Salem:
"It was the second time I’ve played him (Marcos) this summer and I’ve had good success. For sure I don’t give any players rhythm because on my serve I’m keeping the points short. I think a lot of the guys like rhythm and Marcos is one of the guys. When he gets into a groove from the baseline, that’s when he plays well and has good results."
if Marcos is so easily "deciphered" by a player with huge serve and mediocre everything else, guess then top players' perceptions of Marcos, how they see him, what he means to them... hint: that means if Marcos' serve is not on, any match against him is a walkover almost... or, when Marcos starts playing in the zone then he's a show pony at best... not, a race horse...
now Marcos is looking for ways to work his arse off, to fight and claw to get better and dispel any misconceptions about him.
wait, Marcos. not just work your arse off but really focus as you work your arse off.
Soderling vs Qualifier Bogomolov vs Johnson Ginepri vs Q Baghdatis vs Isner
Del Potro vs Volandri Junqueira vs Beck Garcia-Lopez vs Gimeno-Traver Mello vs Simon
Wawrinka vs M.Gonzalez Young vs Q Tursunov vs Darcis Matosevic vs Chela
Lopez vs Ito Q vs Rosol Machado vs Haase Devvarman vs Murray
if Marcos downs John Isner he will move on to face either home favourite Robby Ginepri or qualifier Joao Souza. Marcos has his chances in the third round; Soderling is just coming back rusty from injury. Delpo in the fourth? well, i'm not not convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that Juan returned to his former self. Marcos then will meet Andy in the quarters. me being a huge fan of Muzza, i might be rooting for him there.
speaking of Marcos, where's he now? isn't his silence deafening?
Third Quarter It’s nice to be the fourth seed these days. It's not that Andy Murray hasn’t earned the position, but it does make life a little easier knowing that your section won’t include one of the winners of the last seven majors. Instead, Murray looks across his quarter and finds sixth-seeded and currently-in-decline Robin Soderling. He also sees, in this relatively quiet corner of the tournament, Juan Martin del Potro, Stanislas Wawrinka, John Isner, and Marcos Baghdatis.
Murray is in a familiar situation. He’s pulled himself together admirably, after the sting of a late Wimbledon loss, to win one of the Open tune-ups, this time in Cincinnati. In other words, he’s gotten his fans hopes up yet again, and we know what happens then (the hopes go down, in case you don’t know). Two years ago Murray lost early and badly to Cilic; last year he did the same against Wawrinka. Murray has always loved the Open, he won it as a junior, and it once seemed to be a more likely place for him to break through than in the cauldron of Wimbledon. It still does, and I’ve picked him to win here before. His draw looks good this year, and he’s on the opposite side from Djokovic, but lots of things have looked good for him in the past.
Dark (and exceedingly tall) horses: Del Potro, who has a soft first few rounds, and John Isner, who is in Soderling’s section and has had a good week in Winston-Salem.
Tricky first round: Murray vs. Somdev Devvarman; the Indian won’t give the counter-puncher much to punch
Budding American feel-good story: Alex Bogomolov, Jr., who is having an unlikely Indian Summer; he might get the Sod in the second round
The Hyphen Bowl: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs. Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Who has the better hyphen? We’ll find out soon)
Quiet Saturday at US Open tennis facility as Hurricane Irene approaches
By Associated Press, Published: August 27
AP National Writer Eddie Pells contributed to this report.
NEW YORK — As Hurricane Irene’s first showers arrived, the site of the U.S. Open was quiet and nearly empty Saturday, a stark contrast to the customary hustle and bustle two days before the Grand Slam tennis tournament’s start.
Normally, thousands of fans attend the celebrity-and-music-filled Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, but that event was canceled because of concerns about the approaching hurricane. And while dozens of players usually would be scattered around the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, a light rain pushed them off the courts before noon.
“Sure, it’s somewhat scary, you know, because we don’t know how hard it’s going to hit us. I’ve got family. We’re in New York City; it’s not just a regular city. It’s quite something with all the buildings,” 16-time major champion Roger Federer said. “So it’s unusual, but we’ll follow the news closely.”
Maria Sharapova, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, shrugged her shoulders when asked about the hurricane.
“Well, I’m a Florida girl, so I’m used to this stuff. I think everyone’s a bit overreacting about everything, but of course you have to take precaution and all that. But, I mean, where are we going to go?” said Sharapova, who moved from Russia to the United States as a kid.
“I just hope that our hotel is nice and tough and sturdy,” she added with a chuckle. “That’s all we can do, right?”
She and Federer spoke at pre-tournament news conferences Saturday; top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were originally scheduled to attend but did not.
The tennis season’s last major tournament is scheduled to begin Monday and finish on Sept. 11. Each of the past three years, rain disrupted the end of the tournament, pushing the men’s final to Monday and sparking discussion about whether the USTA should put a roof over a court. This year, the bad weather is hitting at the start.
Workers prepared Saturday for the brunt of the storm by “taking away anything that was not secured to the ground,” U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said. That included wood benches, potted plants, banners and television equipment at the six courts from which matches are broadcast.
The entire facility was being shut before 5 p.m. on Saturday, and will be closed to the public on Sunday. After the hurricane moves out of the area, the USTA will assess whatever damage there might be.
Organizers will consider several factors before deciding whether to go ahead with play on Monday, including the condition of the entire facility, whether there is electrical power, and whether players, officials, tournament employees and spectators can make it out there. The city’s transit system was shut down Saturday and won’t reopen until at least Monday.
“Based on the most recent forecasts, we’re looking at winds in the 40 to 60 mph range. We know our structures are certainly capable of withstanding that. They’re all structurally sound,” said Daniel Zausner, managing director of the National Tennis Center. “If the forecasts are off, and things are significantly worse than that, then we’re going to be in the same position as everyone else in the area.”
Marcos Baghdatis vs. John Isner-2011 US Open match preview
By GokulPillai (TennisEarth.com), 31-Aug-2011 21:00 GMT+0300
John Isner is sailing high on confidence after his title win at Winston-Salem. He will be facing Marcos Baghdatis in the first round of the 2011 US Open which is being held at Flushing Meadows.
John Isner is ranked at number 28 in the world. On the other hand Marcos Baghdatis is ranked at 60 among the ATP rankings.
Baghdatis has been struggling to find good form this year. As part of his best performance he reached the quarterfinals in Hertogenbosch and then managed to snatch a quarterfinal spot at Washington recently. He also got among the last eight in Brisbane and lost to Isner in the early rounds at Winston-Salem. He will be trying to get some victories at the US Open.
Isner has been striking all targets at this US season as he has managed to win the title in Newport and then followed it up with a final spot in Atlanta after which he made it to the final four in Washington too. He then eliminated Andy Roddick in straight sets and took out Julien Benneteau to win the title at Winston Salem too.
Both the players have met three times before and the head-to-head stands at 3-0 in Isner’s favour. The last time they met was last week at Winston-Salem where Isner emerged victorious. Baghdatis can move at lightning speed around court and can strike massive forehands. On the other hand Isner can thunder down serves and club them well with aggressive forehands. Isner should be able to come through in three straight sets.
No player has won as many matches on the ATP Tour this summer as John Isner. The former Georgia Bulldog and No. 28 seed notched his 18th victory in the last two months, beating a game Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (2), 7-6 (10), 2-6, 6-4 on Louis Armstrong Stadium in a first-round encounter on Wednesday evening.
The opening two sets were tight between the two former top 20 players, Isner squeaking through both of them in tiebreakers.
"Those first two sets were essentially a coin-flip," Isner said on court after his win. "I just happened to win them. Credit to Marcos; he always plays well."
But not quite well enough in the second set tiebreaker, which was a tight and thrilling affair. After winning the opening point with a sizzling down-the-line forehand winner, Baghdatis hit a 131-miles-per-hour ace to lead 4-3. Baghdatis would have set point three times to even the match, but could not put a return back into play.
At 11-10, Isner served and volleyed, kissing a forehand ball off the top of the tape to close out the breaker 12-10 and secure a two-sets-to-none lead.
Isner's summer has been a successful one leading up to the Open. He began it ranked N. 46 in the world before registering a title at the post-Wimbledon grass event in Newport. He made the finals in Atlanta and semifinals in Washington, D.C., before picking up just one win in two Masters Series' events in Montreal and Cincinnati, respectively.
But that one match win was against Baghdatis, who he also beat last week en route to his second title of the summer at the inaugural event in Winston-Salem. The North Carolina native also took out countryman Andy Roddick on his way to a finals win over Frenchman Julien Benneteau.
On Wednesday, Isner won his sixth straight match coming off of Winston-Salem, bringing his record to 18-4 since Wimbledon.
"It wasn't pretty out here," Isner said, noting his 62 unforced errors in the match. "But this crowd was behind me the entire way ... this is my favorite Grand Slam. I just really enjoy playing here."
Baghdatis enjoys playing in New York, as well. He's most well-known by American fans for his electrifying second-round match with Andre Agassi in 2006. Agassi won that encounter 7-5 in the fifth set to notch the final match win of his career.
But the Cypriot, now ranked 59, has underperformed at the Open since that match. Because of injury, he's played here just once in the last three years, and has never advanced past the second round.
He looked bound to be making a case for a second-round appearance in the third set, when he broke Isner's booming serve twice, including to win the set on an Isner forehand into the net.
Yet Isner -- the crowd favorite -- stymied Baghdatis' speed and flare with a subduing forehand and cracking serve. He put Baghdatis in trouble in his opening three service games of the fourth set, finally breaking at love in the seventh to take an insurmountable 4-3 lead.
Isner closed out the match fittingly: hitting his 14th ace of the day.
The 6-foot-9 Isner has played well in the past at the Open, advancing to the fourth round in 2009. It was that year that Isner beat Andy Roddick in a fifth-set tiebreak in a third-round encounter.
In the second round, Isner takes on another American, Robby Ginepri.
"We're really close. He's a Georgia boy and is such a good guy," Isner said of Ginepri. "It's great to see him to get back on the winning track [from injury]. But, in my case, I'm going to look to send him home early. It's going to be a tough match for sure."
It was their third meeting this summer and it was the closest by far, with in-form American John Isner ending Marcos’ US Open campaign with a 7-6(2), 7-6(11), 2-6, 6-4 victory on Wednesday night in New York.
After his superb effort in front of an enthralled Louis Armstrong Stadium, Marcos told www.baghdatis.com, “The only thing I can say is that...I promise to all that people that I LOVE that I will keep working so hard and I know that one day we will celebrate and have the best emotions of our lives. That's all I can say at this moment...”
Neither player was able to engineer a break of serve in the first two sets, but it was the big-serving Isner who came out on top in the tie-breaks. Costly errors proved Marcos’ undoing in the first, but the second was a much tighter affair, opened with a flash of inspiration by Marcos as he guessed right on a powerful forehand by Isner to guide it back up the line for a winner.
Marcos went on to hold three set points at 6-5, 8-7, and 10-9, but each time was denied by 6’9’’ Isner’s huge second serve. The American was then presented with a fourth set point as Marcos hooked a backhand wide, and he converted with a forehand volley winner to take a commanding lead.
Marcos showed great resilience in the third set to put behind him the disappointment of the two tie-breaks and secure the first break of the match, whipping a forehand passing shot down the line to lead 2-0. Isner’s level dropped in the third set and the American paid the price for 16 unforced errors as Marcos then broke serve again in the eighth game to claw his way back into the match.
Isner’s dip in form did not last long, though, and he had Marcos under the cosh early in the fourth set. Marcos fended off break points in the first and third games, but could not keep the American’s advances at bay in the seventh game and lost his serve to love. The break proved to be decisive and Isner went on to blast through his final two service games, claiming victory in three hours and 12 minutes.
Marcos will now have some time away from the court, returning on 19 September for the Open de Moselle in Metz.