In this episode, we discuss some possible rule changes coming to the ATP Tour, and give some of our suggestions on how to make the game better for players and fans. Even though the season is winding down, there is still lots to talk about. Be sure to follow us on twitter @Racketradio and subscribe to our podcast through iTunes.
What a way to end the 2012 US Open with high drama and two finals that both went the distance. Listen as we give our analysis and recap the highs and lows of this years US Open. Both Andy and Serena continued the confidence and momentum from the Gold Medal into a US Open championship. Even though, neither of them are currently ranked number 1 in the world, we discuss and believe at this point Andy and Serena are the best players.
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It’s here the greatest day of matches of the entire tennis year; men’s semifinals Tomas Berdych vs Andy Murray followed by David Ferrer vs Novak Djokovic with the nightcap Serena Williams vs Victoria Azarenka. Be sure to stock up the fridge and load up on snacks because this could be an 11 hour day of tennis (especailly the way Ferrer plays). We recap the epic 4.5 hour match with Ferrer-Tipsarevic that ended in the ultimate pressure situation 5th set tiebreaker, talk about Novak-Delpo and give our expert predictions for Super Saturday. Plus, we give some doubles love to the Bryan Bros for another Grand Slam victory.
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For a set and half, it looked like Andy Roddick would live to play another day and maybe rekindle the fire that brought him the 2003 US Open trophy. But his opponent, Juan Martin Del Potro showed why he was able to hold that same trophy himself in 2009 as he was firing forehands and was too steady in the end. Delpo showed tremendous class in the end, giving Andy the moment he had earned after a remarkable career. It was tough to see Andy fighting back the tears in the last two games, but he at least held serve one final time on Ashe before saying goodbye.
With Roddick now retired, Tomas Berdych made bigger news with his dismissal of Federer in the night session. Clearly, Roger was not at his best as the time off and rain really affected his routine and timing, as his forehand was missing for 2 and half sets. He was able to put together a run and give the crowd hope, but Berdych stayed confident and calm and came through in the end.
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What a first week it was for the US Open as we said goodbye to former champions Clijsters and eventually Roddick in another match or two. It was a great first week for the Americans, but Labor Day weekend turned out to be a nightmare. We lost James Blake, and upstarts Jack Sock, Steve Johnson, Sloane Stephens all of whom we knew would lose eventually and over achieved. But to lose John Isner and Mardy Fish on the same day (since Isner lost at 2:30 am) was a tough blow to the American hopes.
So now the stage is set for an epic showdown and the hearts of the US crowd will be with Andy Roddick as he tries to turn back the clock one more time, and keep the fairytale Sampras ending alive for another two days. The roars of the crowd should rival that of the pro-Connors middle aged semis run of the distant past, and give Delpo the feeling of a David Cup road match. But the big Argentine relishes these moments taking out Roger on this same court a few years ago, and stealing the bronze medal from Djokovic just a month ago.
First Clijsters now Roddick.. What shocking news from Andy on his birthday calling it a career, but not just yet. Andy came out firing and played one of his best matches in several years, showing he is looking for one more run before heading off to Brooklyn (Decker). Now that we are through to the third and fourth rounds, we take the time to break down some matches and start to look ahead to some blockbuster showdowns in the 4th round.
With Tsonga out, Cilic and Nishikori are playing with some added pressure as they have the opportunity to advance and step into the spotlight. This could be a career changing match for the winner and springboard them into the top 10 next year. Steve Johnson took advantage of his opportunity today and bounced back after choking a set point, and advanced to the third round. This win should propel Johnson in to the top 100 next year.
We talk in depth and give our insight on the men’s and women’s side.
It’s so hard to say goodbye, especially to such a class champion like Kim Clijsters. Once again, she was a class act even in a disappointing defeat in her final singles match. We discuss her career and the start of a new one, with Laura Robson. Also, we take a look back at the completed first round, including a wave of American upstarts, and preview some big time second round showdowns.
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Listen to our latest show as we talk Day 1 results and look ahead to Day 2 and 3. What a performance from the young American, Jack Sock, which was our upset pick. Also, we discuss some women’s seeds, going down on Day 1 along with some typical Bartoli antics.
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Here is our second episode of “Break Point” Podcast, where we discuss some of our intriguing first round match ups, and which top seeds should be on “upset alert.’
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There is nothing better than home cooking, especially if you’re big John Isner. Isner was able to defend his ATP Winston-Salem title as he knocked off Tomas Berdych, 7-6 in the third. Playing in his home state of NC, Isner was able to ride the home court advantage to two impressive wins the last two days, knocking off Tsonga and Berdych both 7-6 in the third.
Beating two top 10 players in a matter of 24 hours, has to give “Big John” a lot of confidence heading to NYC and put some fear into the top 3 guys as a legitimate threat. After a disappointing spring, Isner has rebounded on what is his favorite surface, hard courts and looks to be in good form. Even better news for Isner, came on Thursday when the draw gave “Big John” a “Big Opportunity” as he is in the section where Nadal should be, giving him the best chance for a break through slam.
The Grand Slams have been a little bit of a disappointment so far in his career, as he has had some memorable wins over Roddick and of course Mahut, but also a lot of early exits. After this win, there will be even bigger expectations and more pressure. Couple that with playing a lot of matches this week, could take its toll on him as he advances and hurt his chances.
We know the crowd will be on his side, and looking for some “Big Wins.”