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Back in business indeed! After our big move, the Freakyteam finally has internet service!
At least the timing is good, it feels like three quarters of the tennis world is just coming back from a long summer break. Let’s all remember this come October, when all the whining starts about how long the tennis season is.
So now that the training sessions, beach vacays and Nole’s one-man assault on late-nite television are over, the men and women are touching down in Canada for the big-time Rogers Cup tournaments in Montreal and Toronto. And for those tennis fans amongst us who have also taken a summer break, we don’t really have that much catching up to do.
I’ll spare you the US Open series pop quiz:
Week One: Mardy Fish beat John Isner in the final of the Atlanta Tennis Championships
Week Two: Serena Williams beat Marion Bartoli in the Stanford final – some nice revenge after losing to the Frenchwoman at Wimbledon this year. She also steamrolled Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 in the quarters.
In Los Angeles, Ernests Gulbis took out Mardy Fish in a three-set final. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic chilled out in Beverly Hills.
Week Three: This afternoon, I dipped my toe back in the tennis waters by watching Radek Stepanek slicing and dicing his way to victory against Donald Young in the semifinals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. It was a fun way to return to the spectating game. John Isner takes on Gael Monfils in the night match. In San Diego, the winner of this evening’s Zvonareva vs. Ivanovic semi will take on Agnieszka Radwanska (def. Petkovic today) in Sunday’s final.
So going into the Rogers Cup. . .nothing’s really changed.
Here’s a quick look at next week’s Rogers Cup draws.
THE ATP in MONTREAL:
Rafa, who was suffering from some kind of foot problem last time we saw him, fit in two practice sessions on Monday in Montreal. Rog managed to fit in some practice around his sightseeing trips – old town, Olympic stadium, toxic frogs (no, that’s not a bar). Nole’s apparently returned to reality, as well, after what looked like one hell of a post-Wimbledon celebration and a whirl-wind Hollywood tour. Andy “King of the Masters” Murray is going for his third Rogers Cup title in a row.
The potential Round of 16 match-ups look pretty tasty (from top to bottom): Djokovic vs. Del Potro, Troicki vs. Monfils, Federer vs. Tsonga, Gasquet vs. Almagro, Fish vs. Youzhny, Wawrinka vs. Murray, Berdych vs. Simon, Verdasco vs. Nadal
Are we mentally prepared for a Nole vs. Fed semi? More important (I guess): Is Roger?
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Whatever happens, there’s always Cincinnati.
THE WTA in TORONTO
The tournament scheduling may be different this year, with the women playing the same week as the men but it’s the usual (alphabet) soup of a draw with a perplexing number of players having a chance to take home the title. The focus will likely be divided between the Williams sisters and this year’s Wimby finalists Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova. Kim Clijsters is also back in the mix after a long injury lay-off. Check out the potential Round of 16s – a number of them could be Major finals these days. Masha vs. Bartoli, Clijsters vs. Serena and Wozniacki vs. Venus are particularly exciting possibilities.
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From top to bottom: Wozniacki vs. Venus or Cibulkova, Stosur vs. Li, Zvonareva vs. Radwanska, Petkovic vs. Kvitova, Sharapova vs. Bartoli, Pavlyuchenkova vs. Azarenka, Schiavone vs. Kuznetsova, Jankovic/Serena vs. Clijsters.