Men's final guesswork, Henin's hand controversy, more mail
Lots of questions so let's go lightning round again...
• I saw Murray last night and said, "Man, Federer is going to have his work cut out for him." I'm watching Federer simply tune Tsonga and thinking, "Man, Murray is going to have his work cut out for him." Hard to pick a no-time Grand Slam champion over a 15-time Grand Slam champion. Here's what I like though: two guys playing well, on a democratic surface, early in the season, well-rested (on Murray's case on 72 hours rest!), in mild night-time conditions. Expect quality.
• I think that's extreme. But, yes, the coaching from the stands is back. Flagrantly. It's funny because a) she is so fiercely independent we're told and b)
• Hypothetically, Murray.
• I remember being at that match -- Seles was clearly hurt -- and wondering why Hingis didn't donate a game to spare a former champion the embarrassment. Then I realized that elite athletes just don't think this way.
• Of course, I might say: Federer had friggin' mono and didn't complain; Djokovic blames a Grand Slam loss on a bellyache. I think we should tread carefully when assessing an athlete's injury or illness. We can only speculate about their level of pain. The problem with Djokovic is that there's a rich tapestry of injuries and ailments and withdrawals. Does anyone else remember Djokovic's match against Monfils at the U.S. Open years ago -- while still a teenager -- when he
Anyone can lose a match to illness. But when it happens again and again (cue: Roddick's
• A good opportunity to recommend
• Funny, I got hung up on that, too.
• I agree and, more relevant, so do a lot of players. I've heard this complaint many times: "Easy for the guy on TV to say, 'You need come in more.' He doesn't know how demoralizing it is when Rafa's passing shots whistle past." The related complaint is that top singles players need to play more doubles. Again, it harkens to another era.
• Win or lose in the women's final,
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• Justin of Baltimore has LLS: