Break Points: October 11, 2013

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Today’s notable results:

  • Shanghai: Gael Monfils d. Roger Federer, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3
  • Shanghai: Stan Wawrinka d. Milos Raonic, 7-6(2), 6-4
  • Shanghai: Nicolas Almagro d. Tomas Berdych, 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-6(4)
  • Shanghai: Florian Mayer d. David Ferrer, 6-4, 6-3
  • Linz: Sloane Stephens d. Andrea Petkovic, 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-3

News and Links:

Via The Slice, Roger Federer talked about Twitter:

On how he came up with the name for his doubles team, FeZerer: “I don’t know. You’re messing around, right? Hashtag, let’s have some fun. I mean, what is it? I saw so many tweets, people trying to come up with different type of names. You just sort of go with it, communicate.”

Kevin Skinner, one of my favorite tennis commentators, went viral for his work:

After last week’s Breaking Bad finale, tennis announcer Kevin Skinner paid homage by dropping a number of references to the show during a match between Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki.

The best reference? Easily the S.W./W.W. comparison. Best line? “Serena Williams has gotten all Heisenberg on Caroline Wozniacki saying I’m not in danger, I am the danger.” Well played, Kevin.

Rod Laver weighed in on Roger Federer’s struggles, via SI:

“The only thing I can say is sometimes when you get to be in your 30s, 30 to 35, somewhere in there, in my game, I played a match the day before, I played a terrific match, played 100 percent, as good as I was [when I was 21],” he said. “The next day I go out and there’s nothing there. So what is it? Is it the desire? Is it your emotion? Is your adrenaline not flowing as well as it normally does in a match? That’s the times I found a problem. I don’t know whether Roger’s feeling anything of that nature. But sometimes I notice him, he just doesn’t have it that day. But the day before he was magnificent.”

Tennis on Twitter:

Amy can be spotted on a tennis court in the Philadelphia area, shanking backhand volleys.

One Response

  1. James
    James October 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm |

    I’m finding it so hard to watch Fed lose like this… week after week… I don’t want him to hang up his racquet, I just want him to get his mojo back!

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