• I think you answer your own question when you suggest "stubbornness." Like most of the great ones, Federer believes in his own singularity. The same certitude that serves him so well on the court, can work to his detriment in other contexts.
I remember an interview with
I thought there was also something a little "off" about last week's explanation.
With the full-time coach situation on hold, I think Federer would do well to hire a sports psychologist or, if that term still carries too much stigma, a "performance coach." Again, it's pretty obvious that w/r/t Nadal, Federer still has some mental issues to work through. I think even Federer would agree that these matches are only partially about tennis. A
• Recent history: Federer and Roddick have split their last two hard court matches. Federer hadn't played since Australia, while Roddick looked sharp at two indoor events. Federer has a dodgy back. I didn't pick Roddick to win. (Federer -- who leads the head to heads, 16-2! -- would be the favorite.) Just saying it would have been interesting and a hell of an atmosphere for a potentially decisive match.
• Fair enough. But remember: A) the court surface is all but customized for the Americans. B) We're talking hugely partisan fans. C) Both Federer -- he of the achy back -- and Wawrinka not only played best-of-five singles the previous day, but also need to ration energy to play best-of-five singles the following day.
Incidentally, note to the ATP: anything we could do to update the player photos on the website? I clicked
• We're told this was a first -- the Bryans winning the men's and the Williams sisters winning the women's.
• I don't think so at all. An unwritten rule of Davis Cup surface selection is this: you go with your strength and not the other team's weakness. While the Americans have their troubles on clay -- it may as well be granular kryptonite -- I'm not sure the Croats are much better. I would expect a fast hard court that would play well to
• It's a huge conflict of interest, of course. (How would you like to be working as a line judge when Djokovic plays!) While I can't recall anything quite as flagrant as an active player's family
Taking a more charitable view here: tennis is obviously hot in Serbia right now and it only makes sense to penetrate that market. In addition to seizing the initiative and ponying up the cash, the Djokovic family can deliver the top draw but put him through his promotional paces. ("But I already went to a sponsor party yesterday!" "Shut up and press the flesh, son.") It's not an ideal situation, but you could argue the greater good is being served here.
• Far as we know instant replay has only been used in Davis Cup finals. I think it's simply a matter of cost. I'm told it costs in excess of $10,000 just to install the video boards.
• Good question. I think that -- fueled perhaps by the
• Probably not. Why?
[Ed: can we officially nickname Tomic's combustible dad, "Atomic" already?]
• On an experimental basis, anyway, we're trying a tennis-themed
• Note to the moralizers (I think we're at seven and counting) who have chided Federer for having a child out of wedlock: please stop. The guy's been in a committed relationship with the child's mom since the Sydney Olympics!
• Move over
• The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour today wrapped production of the second stage print advertising for "Looking for a Hero?" Curious tagline, but I suppose it's better that than "Looking for heroine?"
• He knows about the taking clause AND he
• Speaking of ASV, she allegedly gave birth to a child last week.
• Since so many of you asked, you'll be happy to know that
• Speaking of Gilbert, here's
• This week's long lost siblings:
Have a good week everyone and enjoy the finals of Indian Wells!