17 Burst results for "Rafa Novak"
"rafa novak" Discussed on The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast
"I think that's incredible because you know we know the the injury problems i think nidal has suffered over the years. The timing spin off call and still to kind of be able to a thousand tour level. Victory is it's a pretty impressive achievement. Is i mean he's a any one of the four people that have have reached that that mauka jimmy quotas federa and even lendl in a now rafeh say considering. Everyone thought he was going to retire. Twenty something with with knee injury and because of all the entire on way. I think it's remarkable that he's actually you know. Go over that fence and yet to share she that she. He's had a lot more longevity in his career than a low people which would have given him credit for and he hadn't he still hasn't won paris bessie which was he that he's he's coming into this week. You know it wasn't just the practice bore for the atp finals but it was to try and win until he'd never wonderful but Yeah the indoor core still syllabi tricky For rafeh he's still not quite as formidable on the surface as as on others. And i think is the for. He doesn't play much on indoor hard. This not that many indoor hall events. Paris is typically. You know the first one that he would play in a in a given year and it's also a makeshift goal. You know it's not like a regular hardcore that's just go repave alike Like arthur ashe stadium for example in these courts edges kind of purpose built. Say there's also a bit of a difference between those sorts of things It's not an outdoor venice. Become enjoy is appear indoor hall school and that's always been his his nemesis. i suppose in terms of surfaces. Yeah he didn't. He didn't look right if i'm being honest I know this was a up and yes. He wanted to win the event because he won before but he didn't really look at e. I think even victory You know this week. A particularly against on pez. I mean that was a very tight. Three sets i think could have gone either way karenni vista as well Very tight confessed couple of sets. And yeah he was not even that kind of the school line was tight between him and and zero in the semifinal zev really just had a bit too bit too much to to offer the yeah it is interesting because you know indoor hard it does feel like the dallas their achilles heel. Yes there ought not that many adore hot tournaments you know and also i think they tend to come a point in the season when nidal you know in the past has had injuries. He's he's mason will have the opportunity to be able to perform on this surface interesting. The kind of reading came. He's going to have a one once a tournament once on an indo hot cool which is all the way back in two thousand and five in madrid when it when it was when it wasn't a hot hardcore. Yeah but that would have been trying to think that was when it was played in november so they would have had the reef because oversee the caja mashego. However you say that does have feeder. Refit can be in place. But i suppose that they would have been fully clinically. Thank god that is such a long time ago. Isn't it. joe roy. Kirsh be honest with the. Just go back to that thousand wins. I think what is the. He's one he's one four hundred and forty five of those on a clay court. Which just shows you that. Even though he does have like achilles heel arguably is probably a very small colegio competitive one of his greatest strengths is the fact that i love the simple master. He's one hundred matches very long hours. Ten percent of his his toll level winds have come along. Garo say i mean is. It is an incredible achievement. It's just very it's just one of these quakes isn't it. When it comes to indoor hard is just it's just not able to perform in this. We just kind of out you know. Just you know if you look at his four hundred particularly. I think like it's just not it. Just doesn't look as devastating and damaging and his impact for elliot's i call on other surfaces and it it just feels like the the the the court nullifies it before it gets to the opponent and then once against the opponent you know they're able to kind of do much much more with it versus say china clay cool and we'll see how natale changes his strategy for the the tool finals in in london. But i think he's going. He's going to need to because you know if he plays the tennessee. Did this week in in london came. He's going to be the player who's gonna go the the haven step up in offense to feliciano lopez children thompson. But it's a bit of a step up from them. She the world's top say yeah. I'm hoping that like actually i mean. I'm glad that rougher through and played a four matches valuable time on call in practice. So i was replaced. He didn't ford at the first hurdle. But yeah we've got. We've got the final eight set for four london. So we've got a rafa novak. Dominic thiem medvedev sit surpassed of Rip live and diego. Schwartzman is lost candidate in that final eight and that was because i think public rapist to loss to kind of decided it so i mean. I think that's a pretty good lineup. I think it's a very open filled. Actually i..
"rafa novak" Discussed on Slate's Hang Up and Listen
"Like all pandemic era sports, this year's French Open was weird it was delayed. Of course it was cold in Paris with players dressed in leggings and mock turtlenecks. Some fans were allowed in the stands which seemed wrong given a surge in corona virus cases in France Serena Williams withdrew early with an Achilles, injury and Roger Federer was missing entirely after knee surgery and the winners couldn't have been more different thirty, two year old Rafael on the doll once again, demonstrating greatness and nineteen year old IGA Veon tack introducing herself to the tennis world but Louisa. The winters did share one thing in common not dropped a set and route to their titles. Let's start with Rafa. Novak Djokovic in the final six, love six to seven, five, twenty. If major title tying federal for the most all time. Thirteen French winds is absurd. It's five more than anyone has won it any other major? Why can't anyone touch the doll on Roland Garros is clay. I think we should start by acknowledging that no one can really touch him on any other surface with the exception of Novak Djokovic High Nidal decided to come to new. York earlier this year actually last month he would have come in as the defending champion. So that said there are certain aspects of his game that are very well suited to the client Roland Garros his bent the way he hits his forehead with his come extreme Western grip causes his falls die down leap up really high especially when the conditions are hot and dry as they usually are in June, this is October the conditions were damp and cold. What was so incredible about His performance here was that the wasn't actually were very well suited to him. At least we've come to understand his game and he was pretty unhappy threat. He thought it was cold. It shouldn't is not tennis weather it was dangerous you know, and then the Boston suit him and all this stuff and he still comes out and in one of the most incredible performances ever seen absolutely crushes Novak Djokovic and the thing is in the first set of that match. Jovovich played pretty well, I mean with the exception of over reliance on the dropshot he was playing as really the best player in the world to play and he lost that set six. Zero and at all to his incredibly immense credit wasn't even really working his what we know as his best shot his inside out forehand. He was really complained playing back in backhand who is playing strategically good match and he yeah, I actually think of very many incredible performances I've seen from not rattling it all this is up there and even joke knows this game better than anyone said he was surprised let me ask this question then is a. Non Tennis no matter how often is tennis played in weather like this because I think that's something the the idea that they're wearing sweats and wearing all these we you know we'd like warm weather clothes i. it seems like also you wouldn't be able to move quite as well but maybe I'm sure there's been no advancements tennis clothing technology but I, assume that this is not common for them to play and cool rainy weather so and so forth right? It's not tennis players are little. Soft that way it's the oddest. Close. The roof close xactly. So tennis actually has and indoor season you would know it because if you're following tennis is a casual fan none of the slams her indoors I think actually actually all the slams our endorsed sometimes now because everybody's gotta roof but there is an indoor tennis is played in Paris in the fall indoors played in London in November indoors by we don't see a lot of that players also took players aren't really used to being. Exposed to the elements as it were it happens there was a particularly notable French Open years ago when the.
"rafa novak" Discussed on Beyond The Baseline
"On, clay, she made a semi final run at the French Open but it was eight years ago. But boy if you told me, there was a multiple time. Champion who got to the semi final without dropping a set? And the three other players remaining were to be a cat into. WHO. Has Never lost it is not the kind of player that's gonNa out hit her A. Polish teenager who was seated in a player came through the qualifying draw. You'd say oh my Gosh, this is patrick fit of she. She came within a matter of doing it at the twenty nine feels really open and now it's really lining up. This is GonNa be the Comeback Story of all time in tennis and. It still seems as though. People are a little nervous about Petras Chances I mean to me she's the story of the women's side. And the player I would I I, mean I I think there's a fairly heavy favorite to win the title but We shall see it's it's been. It's been a strange tournament I. Wish I. Wish I knew who? Originally, came up with us because to me. This is one of the great staff of the tournament, which is that we had thirty two seats women's draw as we as we have for the last two decades. That's one out of every four players seated and there have been four matches. In. Kenan Kenan, critical will be the fourth match. Obviously, the final won't be once we can now say definitively four matches out of one hundred, twenty, seven matches will be seated players to seeded player. That tells you all you need to know about how many upsets there are I mean that to me is just that's unprecedented and to me is the that sort of the. Most That's most obvious representation of just how upset. Late in this tournament has been on the women's side on the women's side for sure. Yeah. On the men's side, of course, we still have one in two and We have. Jovic. Facing against it's poss- who has been. Looking pretty good throughout this whole tournament, and then of course, the doll will face Schwartzman after that long five hour plus match against Dominic. T who I thought, you know after his US Open win and was a quick transition service change everything I thought that he actually did pretty well, I know we were talking about how he would do here after all that and. I think it was a good showing, and now we'll see if we get a joke of the Dow final or if we'll have another upset. Yeah. I. Mean I. Think we this is what we say it's so many terms I think it's Great for tennis I mean if if you want. Sustained excellence and you WANNA see people at the peak performers. You have men's tennis you have reliable stars we asked what are we do we have Rafa Novak who the too overwhelming favorites. We have Diego Schwartzman who beat team but team just absolutely ran out of gas at five Cent Majesty English words.
"rafa novak" Discussed on TennisPAL Chronicles
"Let's let's start with the men because I felt like that was more epic. It was epic I. I. was really shocked. I almost was like not GonNa Watch like you know I was like doing dishes and stuff instead of glued to the TV 'cause I was like I can't believe how one sided. I cannot believe how on fires varies. Is and I just really thought team was going to take it a lot easier but I never thought it was over personally because I thought nerves in the moment would start to. And that eventually team would make it interesting. I still thought he would lose because it's such a big deficit to crawl out of. But I thought he would make it interesting and then end up losing and four. Maybe five but I've heard people say the quality wasn't great but I, actually I mean I really enjoyed it i. thought they were smack I love watching team. He smacks ball like just kinda reminds me of Rafa. Just like how hard he hits every ball it's insane to think that he does that for five straight hours. Yeah. How? I. Can't even do it for like fifteen minutes. Yeah I and make it go in the court to. Court. Sense. I I mean for me. I was really shocked at kind of like the level of the fourth and fifth set honestly not in any way degrading who they are but just that they were so human and so really it felt super like like club tennis it really felt like, wow, nerves were just destroying their body taking away their talent and their skill and. They just could not hit the ball. It was insane. They just really couldn't, and you just don't see that with you Roger Rafa Novak you know. So it really made me feel like, oh my gosh. If the big three or here, they would just be they would destroy either of these players. If they had those kinds of nerves, you know because they just couldn't. Do. What they were built to do. It was so insane and I think the highlight has to be. Zavarra of WHO has one of the best serves in tennis on match point serving a sixty eight mile an hour serve right I mean his body and his mind could do nothing but that in that moment. And for me that was like, wow, that is so relatable. That's me. That's my tennis. You know that's like me choking trying to close out he he he could close it out. He was out right now six five and. You know that just seemed super like human and super normal. That's what it felt like to me and I and I didn't I don't really enjoy that because I really want to look up to them and just know that they're so much better than me. So for me, the relatable thing is not super great. It just didn't make me feel great about them because then I made me feel like. Well, if joker was in there, he would have destroyed them. You know they're. The the three or so much stronger and I. Don't know if it's just because it was their first time totally so much on the line to actually have a slam you know and I understand that that's that's absolutely what it was and human the human feeling of that and it put me in that situation I would never be able to be, and that's because I'm not good enough but put me in that situation and I. Wouldn't even be able to you know win a game. So it's not. I'm not saying in any way that I'm better than them but I, just kind of thought that both of them were better than that and especially team because I feel like he is so physically strong as a person he plays so much you know and that's the whole idea is you keep playing and playing playing so that your match level is is high and and. And sure they didn't get to play them very much during it I understand that but. But. To have that nerve breakdown was just stunning to me. It's true. I think I think. The fact that the big three weren't? A factor did play into their nerves. Oh Yeah. Because it's such an opportunity right this is it this? Dog It's knocked out of Roland Garros and like. Like I thought Oh, my God Roger's GonNa blow it. Or joke one year like you know like whoever is waiting in there like Oh, my God, you know this is my lunch. Like must've been thinking that but then also like I think team had seven and one record against Vera or something like that. So in a way, Zverev rose to the occasion in the first two sets. No doubt. I mean. He just couldn't finish it and he just needed one more set and it was so hard. It was so hard to watch. It was like a train wreck like watching a train wreck. You know. Yeah. But you know what? I mean also like when Roger served out for Wimbledon Yeah had two match points right on a surf. Like I feel like the big ones sometimes also are human and how moments they just don't blow to who sets to sets in a break up leads. But see then the find him. Yeah. But the huge huge difference there is joke or.
"rafa novak" Discussed on Beyond The Baseline
"Some real dissonance. If Serena Williams Roger Federer Rafa they can only bring one one person with them so we talked with Docker hainline about these small bubbles. I had heard that right now as it stands. They're talking about a player plus one guest so that could be anyone that could be a sibling. That could be a coach but you only get one guess per player The way it was framed to me was these top players. This is going to be like being in the band not having the drummer. The keyboard player that this is going to have a real impact on these top players who have grown so dependent to having this this large team around them and that when we talk about playing amid cove and we talk about no fans and we talk about sort of the the logistics in the Locker Room. In what you said just a bandwidth devoted to do. I use hand sanitizer as a safe to go here. Should I wear a mask? I mean that that takes a mental price. Pay Pay attention to this limit on entourage's because Again this is a top player. Said to me this this is something that's really going to impact the stars so just I mean again. We should back up and say all of this presupposes. The event actually happens which I would put it bets at a fifty fifty proposition right now. I mean having having been in New York and having been a few miles from the national tennis center. It's still to me is really quite a stretch to think we're going to be a position to hold a a major event there later this summer. But you know if this if this does happen. There's a part of Austin roots for tennis in hopes does keep an eye on a number of factors but again the the one that was said to me which. I think is really interesting is note. Note the limits on entourages and how that may affect top players. Yeah that's definitely interesting. You don't think about you. Don't think about that until you're walking the grounds at the US Open and you see a player and you see about six or seven people behind them just kind of kind of walking there and then start to pick out who each of these people are It will be interesting especially building on the practice courts and you know we always see at the. Us Open Different players. That's a great place to be. Sit Up there on those bleachers and watch some of these players back this but is there going to be A. US Open designated hitting partner for all players. Are they even going to have that opportunity? It's it's going to be very different and again I think it will make this. Whoever wins this you open? You know assuming it happens the astronaut on this. I think we'll go both ways. We've talked about the competition part of it and how that will be affected if not everyone is able to or willing to come to the tournament but also on the flip side. I think it's a it's a special one. I think there's GonNa be a lot of obstacles. You mentioned mentally and physically or a player to overcome in order to win a match and win a string of matches or to to win the title so definitely putting putting a star on this twenty twenty us open title. Should it happen? I think that's really. I think that's really perceptive. I think you're right. I mean I think the what what we tend to say reflexively especially if the field is depleted especially if Roger Rafa Novak say thanks but no thanks. I think we're going to say somehow. This event is deluded. But I think your point is Deluded and diluted but I I think your point is really a good one. Which is the flip side of that is man. What resolve what fortitude. What does it say about your professionalism and your ability to compartmentalize and stay in shape if you know? Just pick a name out of the hat of if Dominic team wins the. Us Open boy. That really speaks well for his level of professionalism winning twenty one cents after a global pandemic. You could easily spin that into in some ways this. This title is freighted with even more significant adaptation. I didn't just have to overcome. You know seven opponents but also circumstance and inactivity and general global fear and paralysis. I really think it's a really smart point. Yeah so We're still on that better than nothing. Drain though so we got a before. We start talking about Favorites AND DRAWS. We need to a yes or no over down on whether or not this is actually happening as a as a final note Should I top locate this further nasty? Please I did I did note that the French Ministry of Health seems to be speaking of very favorably. Seventy-three reported corona cases in in France. And there's an overall decline and I'm looking here there. You know fifteen hundred patients and incentive care but Number clearly are stabilizing in western Europe. I wonder if we aren't more likely to have a French. Open than the. Us Open Just something to Something to discuss and also keep in mind that for the majority of players given the the Sports Gravitational Center is Europe There will not be getting on planes and Roger. Federer's a three hour train ride away from Basel to Paris. Should he choose to go that way? So we're talking a lot about the US. Open for for obvious reasons. Not least it's it's the next one on the calendar but He keep in mind there as of now is twenty twenty French Open on the books as well in a part of the world where there does seem to be the destabilizing numbers so anyway A A wait-and-see. We'll get some answers soon. We hope Jamie as always. It's a pleasure. Thanks for Thanks resume thanks resume. I was it was fun. We will do it again. Next week. I will encourage people to check out your podcast you did a great piece on Diana to Rossi in the record. The new sports illustrated podcast. 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"rafa novak" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Listen this is what's going to happen if you try really hard and I'm trying really hard okay and I don't WanNa do that for three sets. Oh Oh you are now hanging on. Jeez well we've got a bit unlucky. I dropped my serve now. Umbrella break you and then I told you this what's going to happen because it says love. They both served at sea. That difference is so massive compared to how city runs away with matches in the end. or how Medvedev so so to me. The skill level of those three is so much higher than everybody else technically tactically physically. Now you add the emotional emotional and physical confidence they have from winning all these majors and the ability to still look at it individual player on that day and say really. Do you really think you have chance to beat me today. Yeah you might but I'm going to make sure that you are feeling so awful at the end of this match that you not gonna be able to beat my my buddy Roger into days now. It's as long as those guys from underneath are not physically better than the three top. The players I don't see it that has to be the first thing that happens and I think you see Chappel valve better than fifty ciano Lopez. Did I mean those guys are starting to fade out Fernando Velasco not as good as shepherd. Lefty lefty lefty but with Roger. He's still better physically. So's Roger Roger. I mean so. There's nobody can rougher mentally. Obviously the mountain is much much much much much too tall for them to claim. The Cup gave a different kind of run into this event and I just had A. I was curious as to whether the way they peak might be different because of that I there. It was a lot of emotion involved for Jock Itch. Played a lot of matches and raft on. The Dow has looked quite tired little fatigued. Do you think that could be effective. Took I think yes I think for rougher it is a huge factor because of Davis Cup and cup and I don't know I would yes I would agree one hundred percent that it's not perfect preparation to be able to play not to to to be put in the position where you not only playing for yourself where you have outside forces driving you on and then suddenly you end up in a match at the open and it's five cents and it's windy and it's raining and close to roof and you're sitting sitting there and you're playing some guy who doesn't who you don't believe in you don't want to be there and you have no one cheering you on except your coach. Who's been with you for fifteen years on and on and on yeah? I don't think it's perfect preparation. I love the I love the format and I loved the idea and I love that. I think that it's going to prolong their career. Because there's another reason for them to play tennis because I don't think you I mean the emotional involvement from Rafa. Novak is so great that I think they'll be looking looking forward to playing the ATP Cup for many many years and the Davis Cup too. If you take that away the be a reason another reason it'll be a reason taken away why they shouldn't keep playing the slams. Obviously you keep it adds to the regular day but at the same time as a preparation I agree with you. I don't think it's perfect. Preparation and therefore uh I think Roger is probably the freshest of the three yeah. I'm just a final thought. I mean the numbers. We talk about them. Probably most grand slams between in those three and the way they drive them on him and it is incredible. Isn't it to think twenty nineteen sixteen for Federal Donna Jackovitch respectively. Any any thoughts as to where they're GONNA end up. I'm not really because I think that the most Um The coolest thing about their rivalry the three of them is that it seems that it goes. Oh it's rough time. Oh it's Novak's time suddenly Rogers Rogers time again and he wins three majors in two years. What houses so it's unpredicted always been pretty unpredictable MM that when one guy gets it gets top of the other two than he stays ahead for year or two. And that's why it's hard to say because if no it's on a run then suddenly what who's going to stop him winning six out of the next eight majors. If he gets another run not one of them is because he's done it in the past. How is he going to get on if it doesn't get on the run or then? He's not winning more than one year because he psychologically dollar if he's not afraid of nobody he wins the two or three every year. So it's what they know about going to wake up and say you know what I'm done. I'm going to run for the president of Serbia instead of playing tennis. I don't know when that it happens but physically. Clearly you would say that Novak even though he's four behind physically I say that he's much probably in the best persuasion to have the most majors at the end of everything if it was all a physical thing so there's not spent under I I just find myself almost not breathing when he tall. Because I'm so transfixed with the stuffy saying because I don't know where it's going to go next and it's just so interesting think from from so many different perspectives. One because he he. He's in love with tennis. He's in love with watching it. He loves all of these guys. He's a view of it all. He'll he'll watch tennis until the cows come and yet he's also done everything. Yeah it's infectious. What Jing Mitzvah under watch tennis is better than watching tennis? Say That lightly experience of that it really is. He lives in he can be watching. What was the example Tampa? We used to have a a niche tennis match. When we had Charlie on the Gothenburg history? Yeah he would be watching golf. I'm betty through and and living and breathing every moment of it. It's yet infection. You make interesting. He's I mean in the three years before there's a proper changing of the guard I mean Amazon had an interview Andy Murray around the time with the US Open last year and he said he would it be twenty twenty one but define changing of the guard. I suppose is the thing and I think Matt's has come up with a interesting definition of it is in one one off next-gen or someone else. Winning a slam does does not signal changing of the guard. It needs to be more sustainable and it needs to be someone going through two or more of the big three to prove you've they can beat them the I'm gonNA hiding nothing by querying the words of Philander but his questioning of those young guys physically. I do find surprising team Memphis sits pass. I mean we know Medvedev. Sometimes it's like. He's held together by sticky tape but doesn't seem to affect his standing in his ability to win and go the distance physicality and yeah. I mean for me. I don't have the physical question marks about them. I certainly think there are mental. Varying degrees of men into question marks and maybe that mental stress affects them physically in tight moments. I didn't but I think they're fit and strong enough to I certainly think that breakthrough team sit surpass. Definitely are I think Medvedev has got to final nearly beaten the Dow which I still don't know how he did give given the state. He was in earlier in that tournament But he did it and it's just I do feel that he will sometimes hit the wall like he did at the O two It doesn't give me as much you never see Nadal Djokovic your federal hit the wall you you just don't see that but but that also comes from what I was saying the other day about their smarter scheduling that. They're not gonNA put themselves in a position where they're going to hit the wall at a Grand Slam because they are intelligent enough to know that these the events where they need to peak and they've been doing it for so along maybe that's a team and disagreement about the schedule. Maybe teams August. The amounted musty. US to play. He used to play oldest summertime. Bresnik didn't they a AH president and communist coach and we all thought when teams split from Gunter Bresnik the shuttling would change significantly. And maybe as a bit I think it has a bit sort of earlier in the year but I am still. I asked Dominic about his shedule and he didn't really like it did then I probably wouldn't like it in his shoes okay. Well I'm looking forward to tomorrow. It's going to be great. Isn't it hope you are to make sure you watch as much as you can. We'll be bringing live common. 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"rafa novak" Discussed on The Body Serve
"He carried that Spanish team to that title and that was able to brush over a lot of the flaws that could have sunk this event in the first year right. So what was there? What were does that? The buy in from players was was clearly present. Rafa Novak the Canadian team there was so much to love about the actual tennis being played like you said not. All I mean just lit up. He's won the Davis Cup several times before this. He has an incredible record in singles. And the week on an indoor hardcourts at the end of a long season out to where he doesn't normally excel. It's just he made such a case. For this event. In this format the event also succeeded in giving double such a prominent place in the event. Right because each tie I guess only had three rubbers. Two singles and then the deciding was always the doubles. The third rubber was always doubles in some cases. The doubles was not played but in many cases doubles was the decider throughout the week. Rafa Beats Huchon of he beats doted. Popovich in doubles defeats Schwartzman in the quarter-finals Plays a Dan Evans. Great Britain in the semifinals. He in Feliciano Lopez Defeats Cup. Ski and Murray. He Beats Danish up over love who was on such a run in the finals against Canada. And I haven't mentioned all of his matches but the caliber of opponents was there in a way that it's not always in Davis Cup and the ease with which he beat some of these opponents giving or allowing Diego Schwartzman. What two or three games indoors? That's that's crazy in that final. After all that he's played something like eight matches in five days by the end of it. The final match he plays. He has the opportunity to secure the Davis Cup by beating shop of all of and he does it in straight-sets after his countrymen comes back from his father's funeral and beats Felix. Oj assume in the first match of that final. Can we talk about Canada? Sure this team. The Canadian team is so deep because for most of the tournament they did not play Felix. They didn't play me Loesch. This Vashem pospisil and Dennis shop of all of doing almost everything for Canada. A healthy Canadian team is very deep. Because that would include me. Loesch rummage right. I would argue that. Canada made made it this far because of Russia. Pospisil say what we have sayid over the course of this past year bash But he was resurgent at the end of the year winning some Challenger matches and events and he parlayed that into Davis Cup magic of R- beating players that earlier in the year. Absolutely no chance keep in mind. He was off the tour for months. Rehabbing an injury and so this is exactly the type of momentum to get him back into the feeling of being a top thirty. Atp Player again. It wasn't that long ago that he was a player of Haft on eighty murder and there are all higher ranked than is open Oko Fanini. He and Dennis teamed up to play out John Van Ruby in doubles and one and then shove evolve. Beat Bertini Taylor. Fritz Chana of these. Are you know? Canada knocked out. Basically four world powers in men's tennis Italy USA Australia and Russia to reach his final two things. That didn't work. It has to be said that it is unfair given the history of this event that one team maintains such a strong home-court advantage throughout the entirety of the tournament. Right when the character of Davis Cup historically has been these raucous home court advantages these home crowds and a lot of fans weren't are just simply not going to be able to come and create that kind of atmosphere so Spain had kind of an unearned advantage by being at home or being in bed with Peking I mean what are the ways there to look at why was Madrid? Pick does the first host but at any going forward. This is the format any country is going to be seriously advantaged the website. The APP was atrocious. I mean if we mock Grand Slam sometimes when they have Faux Pas. We've seen this time and time again but this this took the cake. This was bad from snorre finish. I think that's a larger thing in tennis. Like why? Should we not use Google and all these scoring APPS wikipedia? Even what are your digital properties doing better than those in you know when you're following a tennis match and you need to find something out you need to find out. Well what is the head to head of this player against that player? Are you going to go to the ATP website or the W. T. website? I don't know. Are you going to where you're going to go to get a live score? Are you going to take the time to open the pro score APP? Or you're going to just google the name and the new Palmer right down there. It is disappointing that there isn't one spot where you can feel comfortable to get everything that you need to follow tennis. If you are that keen about there was too much tennis in the sweet. I think it's it's too much to pass to pack into one week and the matches way too late. It's not great for fans. It's not great for the players. That's something that I hope that they work out in the future and the larger issue that this is going to bubble up a lot over the next few years is that the calendar is problem right over the past few decades. These tennis associations have been trying to balance a lot of interest in their calendars and you've added Labor Cope which is Roger Federer's event through the ATP you've now added the ATP Cup in January and. There's the Davis Cup. So you have all these team events that are supposedly happening every year. And you worry about oversaturation Buying from players and the thing like with players. If there's money and there's this sheen of prestige involved the top players are going to play and they're going to try because that's just who they are well to answer your question. Maybe the problem that you describe of oversaturation. The answer to that from the organizers was just to not make it accessible to folks they just can watch because who could really find the difficult to watch it. I know this is going to be an issue going forward because these events are novel now but in a fury few years. They won't be. They're not going to be as exciting because it won't be new so you have to find a way to make this sustainable in the future Davis Cup. I was prepared to hate it. I didn't hate it. I found myself interested by the end of it. Of course I like a lot of the Spanish players so that was not surprising in that respect and I also live in Canada and I have a vested interest in following Canadian Tennis Rent. So for us it was. It was about as good a result as it could have been in terms of keeping our interests throughout the week. Roger Federer and Alexander's Verve did not have a vested interest in Davis Cup. They were like fuck that will federer other things going on. I don't think it's shocking that he should choose not play Davis Cup in this format at the end of the season now like he had scheduled this Latin American exhibition tour which is awesome because how often to South America and Central America get to see Roger Federer if ever and he took a long young Alexander Zverev as a partner who we know. Hated this iteration of David. He talked about it like it's something that he's known his entire life. And how dare they have messed with it right? When in fact he's like two or three times but his opinion as I sit here mocking him was that it was a travesty. It was terrible that they were doing this Davis Cup and he had no desire to be a part of it and that is an entirely valid opinion. Yeah no I'm not mocking that. At all I think is Latin. American tour is awesome. I think bringing tenants to fans in different countries that rarely get it is super cool. They in Santiago. They had to postpone or cancel the match in Boas because of protests and we get to Mexico City and forty two thousand people attendance match. This has possibly the biggest attendance ever for a tennis match. I couldn't verify that. But that's what that's what I've been hearing. That's what we've been told. And they expect it to be broken. Nadal and Federer Plain South Africa so honestly I'm not one to complain about exhibitions because you know it's not the same exertion as as real real matches that actually count. Let them make their money and let them complain about the calendar too. I think those are not mutually exclusive. Which is to say. Somebody can complain about the calendar and still be able to go make a few bucks here yet without you being because it's not the same without you being nasty about you know folks like to sit here and tell you what you can and cannot do. Just sit there right. Sit there on your mother's coach in the basement and just just let it be food and lent Mexico City while out because Roger Federer is there but what I did find was some folks who traveled to Mexico City to go see that match were then having things disabled people who traveled to Madrid. What's Davis go like handler man? What is going on let people live? This is tennis in the in the middle to end of November. Let's just get through it so we asked you again a few questions about your impressions of the ATP season and you are all very generous and sharing your feelings we asked. What will you remember most which I realize is very open ended? Well we want to get as many responses as we can and to the question of what will you remember? Most bad toss says transcendent RUFFO. Resurgent Andy Surging team and plummeting Gimelstob. We've touched on three of these four things already. We have not talked about plummeting Gimelstob but I think we well and truly covered this topic throughout the year. We did so. We encourage you to go back. We make time stem so that the stuff is easily accessible to. I was going through our outlines for all the episodes this year. We talked about players council and Gimelstob like a lot so I hope you all were interested because I started to get a little bored of it. But bad toss. She hit on a lot of things that you all responded with that. Us Open final. And the Wimbledon final. Those are things that kept coming up. Simpson's paradox out. Little wonder one sixty eight mentioned Rafa kneeling to catch his breath in the fifth set. And there's a lot of symbolic import to that as well because we know how much went it was very touching go into that well into that fifth set brad hunter offered the Medvedev experience at the US Open and his relationship with the crowd from match to match. Oh he went from embracing this role as villain to accepting culpability for stuff. He may have done wrong cord. And then transforming into Cinderella almost by the end of it swing volley mentioned that one of the things to remember most was members of becoming a troll. Master shows. Talk Tennis had a similar response right. He became quite skilled at it as the week goes on and I do want to circle back to something that we set on her. Us Open final. Which I think could have been misconstrued because we mentioned the stereotype of this kind of Cold War Soviet villain whether you saw throughout us culture for many many years and I grew up in the US. I I saw that growing up. I don't I don't want people to think that we were supporting that. No like what I thought. Medvedev was doing was ironically embracing that that villain archetype. So I if I was misconstrued was probably our fault anyway but I don't want people to think that I That's how I see the world but also even if media weren't in the moment aware of that aspect of it in in fact that's a whole lot of it played out right to the people in the stands on the casual especially the casual viewers watching tennis right. We have the rise of team and CNC POSS from at Russell Underscore neary. I think James Shank wrote Robert Fara. That's a that's that's the tweet that's twenty nine hundred. Which if you're not a social media follower of Tennis. I think what James is referring to. There is Robert. Ferrers insistence on thirsting. His instagram it could be just workouts. Could be just that Brad. The weight shot and the angles and this and that and the what have use it presents a different kind of viewing experience or other storage esque. I'd say there are a lot of these men who are Angling for that thirst trap Po Position. We've talked about this entire segment on the show. Before Marinko is kind of the most obvious about it I would say and self aware I mean. He went through a little phase after the break up with package where he was out here advertising what he had to offer correct. And so what I want to ask of you now is what were or who were the thirst. Trappers twenty nineteen led topic. I think it's the usual suspects you have. Vasko Gratuitous Chore Itch. Were Rinca Fara Ah anyone deeming trove a lot more classy about oh definitely damaged. I'm not here to to slut. Shame anybody that's not what this is about. But Gregor has a different aesthetic that he puts forward right all right moving on and then you have the folks who who want you to think that they're not strapping but Stephanos seats. A bus is Thir- strapping. If you recall one of his blogs he just casually wakes up out of his bed and he's in his underwear and he's taking extended strolls across the living room in said underwear it and goes to the bathroom and said underwear. Was that a choice and so might task to ATP players in twenty twenty is to keep the bullshit at a minimum and keep the thirst trapping coming and diversify keep it interesting. Give us different. Looks Mt Way Scholes? Talks Tennis Submits King Felix's runs at Indian Wells and Miami but wasn't and Anyway oh I thought it was a handle if he looks had an immense first half of the year struggled in the second half but he's beaten twice he's been for Nina Buzkashi league twice shallow curious. Need I go on semifinals in Miami. His first final. Rio Losing to share as the case when we ask these questions is a lot of overlap. One of the popular responses was Andy. Maher telling Fabio phony to shut up something that I still. I won't attempt to try and replicate. What the accent. You've you used your actual accent like that you were born with. It would be a lot closer. Showed up well no sorry. Shut up when you moved to Canada. You just started dropping your T.'s. I think shots up whatever. We're not doing this again. Andy Moore was also a a big response from folks as far as moment of the year. Things that you won't forget easily based on his retirement and comeback and winning the Ark of Andy Moore was a big response here so to us..
"rafa novak" Discussed on The Tennis.com Podcast
"TENNIS DOT COM podcast. I'm your host Nina Pantic. My Co host Irena. Falconi is out playing on the pro tour right now. Our guest today is Paul Annacone. Paul is eight absolutely esteemed tennis coach former player and tennis channel analyst. He joins us in the La Studio. We can talk about his incredible resume. which includes Pete Sampras Tim Henman Roger Federer Sloan Stevens and now Taylor? Fritz is the author of of a book coaching for life and he's been a tennis channel analyst for five years he also happens to be a former player ranked as high as number twelve in the world in singles and number three in doubles. Let's jump into that chat right now. Paul annacone welcome tennis dot Com podcast. Thanks for joining us. Thanks for having me. I was wondering when I was going to get on this. Selena waiting for your invite and luckily squeezed me announce good. It's an honor to have you with specially in Los Angeles. Because you're comfortable here. You just got off set your covering the ATP the finals what is life like for you in the stretch of the season right now You know it's always fun because it's been a long year but it's been funnier. The scene a lot of new faces both the men's and women's tour and whenever we get to come into the studio it we have a great time and it's such a good team We get to combine a lot of good work with a lot a good laughs and I think that's what makes the day go by so fast and you combine that also with all the tennis and this year it's really interesting the end of the year Get to see the year end championships. Abune ships the top eight players. See where they finish up couple. Fresh new faces. That are there so look. It is a culmination of a long year. But funnier what excites you the most when you look ahead. Twenty twenty other players that you're amped up about to walk to talk about well. I I think it's been interesting. 'cause we've seen a bunch of new fresh faces on tour. You're in for a long time. Now we've been wondering if Roger and Rafa Novak are ever going to open the door at all so these young players can get in. And they're still dominating the majors this but look we've got three new players at year end championships in the top. Eight which is terrific You see city pass their You See Bertini there and you see Medvedev up there. And so that that's their first time and then there's a huge group behind them as well shop of all finished so great at the end of the year Alex de Minora's wealth L. Felix OJ. aaliyah's seems to the new fresh faces and of course I've got a little biased too. Because I get to work with Taylor. Fritz and Taylor's had a good years well finishing right around thirty in the world so a lot of promise a lot of possibility and for me. It's fun to kind of speculate and project and to see what they can do who In Two thousand and twenty is GonNa be a lot of fun. Let's talk a little bit about Yale do that. I think I think we have so your tennis. Channel analyst commentator commentator tennis coach former ATP number twelve former ATP doubles number three. What did you? You've been studying a lot of studying. Hush what do you consider yourself former player. Current analysts covers Junkie Junky. I'm a tennis lifer I've been very spoiled. I've had a great life. I've gotten to you chase dreams that I've had since a little kid and I've been able to do it all the way through my middle age. You know I've been in so many different aspects of the game and learn so much Through all the different roles playing on tour was was a dream. Come true you know getting a plan center court at Wimbledon Senator the US Open and to be able to live a life chasing a dream and a fuzzy yellow tennis ball. Not many people get to do that. And through that a lot of pathways Doors have been been open. I've been a lot of things in tennis I've been on. ATP Board of Directors. I've been consulting a tennis tournaments I've had tennis academy have run charity events. I I've had a lot of different roles in each and every one of them the commonality has been really just connection with the people. I love that I get to do things with people that I like and to me that's really what it's been like since the beginning and it's interesting interesting because our whole life has kids chasing a dream is it's all about us. It's an individual sport. When's my next practice wins? Mimics torment wins. My me me me me so to transition from that into environments where you have to collaborate with others has been fun because you've done things as an individual athlete in isolation and now you get to do it with teams and here for the last few years at tennis channel. It's been really a joy because we have such. It's a good team and we have a lot of people who care about each other who loved the sport and Generally have really good sense of humor so we have fun doing it too. I mean speaking of making changes from me to team. How did you transition from player took coach and was there a period where you weren't involved in tennis ever or did you just jump bright into working with Pete Sampras one of the greats of the game I think one of the biggest things is we all get dealt a certain hand of cards? That's right and when I was twenty twenty nine I got injured amid surgery on my foot I was out for seven months And that gave me in my first sense of kind of reality of mortality of tennis mortality. And in that time I got my real estate license I got involved with the ATP ATP player Council than ATP Tour Board of Directors. I became a consultant at the new haven tournament. And I started to branch out a little bit and I saw the window. Oh starting to close so in a weird way that was a good reminder to make good awakening of what was next and and it wasn't so sad it was kind of like this is life it was I think it was a really good reminder of opportunities that can come up and that you have to enjoy what you do in that moment but also know there other things going on in their other possibilities that can be kind of chased and looked at it and so I looked at that injury time. Is something really good growing experience for me so ultimately when my herniated back made me kind of hernia disembark kind of forced me into retirement. I then started some coaching. I did some stuff Jim Grabb I did some stuff with the Doug Doug flack I worked a little bit with some of the other players and and and then I was friends with With Pete and and with the late great right Tim Gullikson his coach. And when Tim Gullikson got sick with Brain cancer I I basically was just kind of called in to help make a horrible. The situation a little bit better because we're all pretty friendly and It worked out Pretty Tragically Timmy past And then for me it. It became a catalyst to a coaching career. That I've been pretty lucky to have you know. been around some great players and I would always argue that as great as the players have been there per their their personalities and who they are as people are better you know Pete Sampras and Tim Henman Roger Federer and and Sloan Stevens And now helping Taylor. I've been around really good group of people and Within that time also been what I would I categorize as involved in institutionalized tennis which which is working with federations are in player development for the USDA head coach of men's tennis for the Lawn Tennis Association in England. And I've been involved with tennis Australia helping Craig Tighly with their player development as well so institutionalized tennis has an institutionalized me yet but it's you know keeps you on the brink bureaucracy and administrative responsibilities. So I've had I've been really lucky I've been really really lucky and A lot of Nice people and a lot of great opportunities and most importantly a lot of good personal experiences. And you've never gotten tired of watching tennis. No I you know I'm first of all on the fan of greatness in anything people do. I really enjoy watching how people achieve and learning the different processes as of The pathways to that achievement. And that that kind of got me into writing a book. Shameless plug look. I mean I wrote a book. A couple years ago came out called coaching and life. which is really just a culmination of my journey? which to me is all about just keeping my antenna up and watching watching how people become successful in Roger Federer Pete Sampras and look at these traits that people have that become successful so for me to watch tennis as I still am so intrigued to see people try to problem solve under pressure and one of the most amazing things about tennis is? You're out there basically naked. It's just you you've got to figure it out. There's no team there's nobody else around you. It's you against one other person and you have to problem solve and in life and In human nature. There's nothing more interesting to me than watching how people react and act under pressure and that to me is interesting. It's enjoyable and it's provocative you mentioned this resume casualty got Pete Sampras. Tim Henman Roger Federer a little bit slow and Stevens Taylor. Fritz what is a stand-out memories of a favorite memory of your time. I'm with Pete or a favorite memory time with Roger because both were were lengthy. Stints a with Pete for over seven years with Roger for four. I think Pete's was. They're all very different. You know and and different personalities to me. Look best the key to coaching an individual sports very different than team. Sports Team Sports. The teams tend to kind of fall into line with the coaches philosophy and the coaches mantras and how they do things in individual sport. If you're GONNA be really good at it I think if you're going to be effective you've got to learn to teach each your philosophy and strategy but you've got to learn to do it in different ways insane in different ways because each person reacts very differently to receiving Information Roger. Roger is very different than Pete. WHO's very different than Tim? Henman who is very different than Sloan. WHO's very different than Taylor? So you have to figure out how to get your beliefs in your foundational on Dacian all kinds of techniques across but the way the player can receive so all the players have given me Very different memories. I think Pete's it's was such a lengthy an interesting and fun relationship. It was my first major one with a legend and I learned. Dare I say probably a ton more from him than he learned from me and Very interesting because I talked to you just briefly briefly about how people deal with adversity. He was he was amazing. I I've never met a human being. That is more able to understand and know what they want to accomplish and be more confident about how they're going to do it and get less distracted. I mean he knows lose himself so well new himself so well he did things very differently but he knew how it worked for him and Probably my two biggest memories with a year that he won Wimbledon when he broke Roy Emerson's title of major titles. 'cause he was injured most of that tournament and had to you get a lot of medical treatment just to play. got a bunch of injections in his Shin couldn't practice on the off days and he found a way to win that year. which taught me an incredible? Oh amount and then the last title that he won in two thousand and two against Andre which was so many different ways of poetic finish For same guy that he'd played played twelve years earlier winning his first major New York City. hadn't won a terminal. I believe in twenty five months people were doubting him and to see see him kind of get back on track and to watch him lock in the last six weeks or so to prepare for. That was just an amazing kind of laser. Like focus and self-belief so those two things for Pete Really Rung True Roger. My biggest memories were his kind of undeniable. An indefatigable ecoboost joy of tennis. I've never seen anyone at that. Level of expectation of accomplishment that truly embraces..
"rafa novak" Discussed on Yeah, We Said It
"Yeah. I mean it's pretty cool to have somebody up there into have them really challenge because nobody audio's really pinched. Rafa until their final right so it's good to see somebody get there and then not get completely just run over because he also dig it run over in that and the the Canada final earlier in the summer so I was. I was interested in seeing what he he was going to do to try to change that result to not you know get massacred again that way. I really like after watching Medvedev this over the summer. I really like the way he plays like He. He can be very offensive but he can also turn the aggression like when he sees opportunity when he really needs it cracks in it changes throughout the entire match so I think he's doing that kind of disrupts. His opponents rhythm bit yeah yeah. I think it's a is is very interested in Washington watching play. I think it's GonNa be fun to watch him. In London and part of the you mentioned his like his movement is defensive skills like and I felt like a lot of the commentary during his matches was about this but then man is six six six six in that blows my mind. He's the same poll tro just doesn't you don't feel that at all. I mean he moves so well. Yeah it is the talent is there. I also enjoyed he kind of made himself the villain of sorts during this US Open but he you know he stated that it was a learning experience and he was trying to become better after all of it but I mean mean that fueled him so you know if he can even if he's the underdog and everybody's ruined against him he can find a way to win. It feels him so that's that's also good to see. Honestly he does his Melt Elton Presser and then of course you have Rafa this is major title number nineteen the Lord his fourth. US Open title Yes okay and like I said he didn't get passed into the final Chile's minister take off him but it was one into in two in the third and fourth sets after that so the whatever we pretty much we all knew he was making the final because he was stopping him the bottom hair. I figured the only person he will lose to Novak and then of course Novak didn't get anywhere near it so aw I figured Novak rocker would make the final together and I picked up the win that match I just for whatever reason I just his drawl always too easy for him not to make it through and their firm to get to the final I I still haven't I haven't felt like been playing very well at all for awhile right so I just thought I had I felt like rockaway walked over emanate and I take shots but even have to do I am why is rough and not number one a uh because he did not play at the end of last season so he has points today. Yeah he has nothing but points to gain from here on out what I believe okay 'cause I was just like I was like okay like I mean just slam results alone you have a final. Roland Garros winner her and then Wimbledon Siamese again and then winning the US Open. I mean that's that's a pretty strong year. Yeah he he'll. He'll probably early in the year number one just in just looking at this point he just wanted. US Nineteen Slam so he's behind. Federer now his fourth isn't his fourth. US Open he's one more US Open this decade than anybody else man or woman like like it's Kinda. It's very surprising when you look at it for some people. This is silly kind of it kind of puts things into what should be a bit more perspective for people who say he can't play. Also you know he's not good also clear whatever he's one more. US opens this year than Roger Federer header more busier than Jovic federal did win the US Open. this decade like sure. Did I mean he was fired. Roy Hand nothing says nope. I don't know with some interesting the whole I don't I hate discussing the men's goat debate or whatever because you really can make an argument all three of those news but it's as things that things are getting a little bit murkier when when it comes to people who wanna just like flat out say it belongs to federal are what was that a I retweeted I think but it was like it it was just it was only the majors but the top threes records against each other and Roger Ten and twenty eh against Rafa Novak at the Majors Tan and twin t how okay I'm still leave it there militia think about it leave there. I got the graphic right here. In front of me is ten twenty overall six and ten hours Djokovic judge in Foreign Timber Senegal Ugly Djokovic is sixteen fifteen overall tenants six versus. Federer six and nine percent up Rasa is nineteen in ten overall ten over spider nine six joke fish. All of this is silly. They're all annoying. I'm I'm literally sick of all of them. I was so ready for when an actor and can't celebrate literally anybody else winning slam other than those three players because I'm just exhausted and I know I say it every time but I mean it every fucking time onto. I'm exhausted yeah. It would have been really really nice to have somebody win it hopefully but hopefully this is hopefully we're trending in the right direction like only one of the semifinalists here. This year was in his thirties so you know it's getting there. You know we gotta skip over our generation and you know really after after the Dmitrov estimates are the better I was really pulling for him. I was like you know what I need to win the title now because he got put on he got put on for this generation because they just got completely. Please get over my head. I kind of figured he would be the one out of the players who were left at that point to really you'll be the only one that really test. Rafa in a final I thought he was going to be the one the only way they could really push him. It doesn't prove me wrong of course but yeah. I definitely thought like had the best shot at those players when I agree but I didn't. I didn't think that because of you know I thought less doc. Maybe that's ability. I just figured it would be too tired to really put up a fight in this matter which way too much for him and some some some way somehow he quit stepping the five cents. I'm so like I still can't believe it. I personally enjoying the vacation right. Now is no he's tired. Wow you know he's tired. Oh my goodness I wouldn't play for a while if I were here no for real kick kick back on a beach somewhere just chill well congrats to Rafa. Whatever title it number Nineteen O K ready to go outside title number number nineteen in ultimately yeller? I'll tasting behind Serena anyway so there's that Yup. I wish she would pull away again. I'm I'm not the world to fucking. They get too damn cold. They get quotes and getting unders seriously. I mean heard to to get it together while he's still pulling up like this think tank okay. We didn't address this. I I no no no. We don't want to talk about Serena anymore but why why did she wear the castle in the final. I mean I don't know I I just I don't know like I would like to seven games in three matches with that outfit on and how nonchalant for the final with it. That's just she you know 'cause. He likes to talk about how she's not superstitious. Whatever so I guess she wanted to wear the purple for whatever reason I don't know I have no clue like does she stopped being superstitious because I remember Serena who he used shower in the same stall at the Australian Open every single tournament every year where what happened to her. I remember when Serena she changes in society and always have to shake umpires and I they bring it on you know. I swear I'm Tony. I swear I feel like she put on the football to try to prove that in just to try to say like it wasn't the catsuit that was you know getting hurt wins. Whatever with I mean in all actuality of course it wasn't but the confidence that that's outfit could have given her exactly like buy into it by into it. Yeah I'm winning because I'm wearing this fucking Gansu putting on again in win some more like more and I'm very much looking like that as a distraction for anybody hello go ahead. You know play to your strength okay. I don't get it. The point and everybody like everyone's on twitter. You gotta go back in that room and change everything. You better go back and change. What are you doing with them. Purple and I thought for a second and it was me and like Jason. We were like wait. A minute is the trump castle because either asking for passage but then it wasn't so there we go now. Hopefully we see hopefully we see more during this year but if not actually in I'll skull can specify we want to see Serena encore not nougarede fashion week not on instagram not at the beach not on a talk show not on. HSEN WE WANNA see are actually along the tennis court. Okay we have to specify there. WELL DO WANNA do power rankings yeah okay for the women. I Have Andress cute number one of course Serena number two. Do I have bitch at number three take out the look at the time the one soccer and defending champion even if a stock was injured or whatever it's still it's still a pretty big scalp a major as Vita lean at number four and because I had to go all the way back to the fourth round of Tenement to find a fifth person I put it Taylor Townsend number five because she played a great tournament. Okay I have INDRESCO number one serena number two so it's Lena number three because the second in St a semi truck stricken second straight slam semi so don't thinks he's riding high bench number four because she she will finally worked her way back in soccer at number five because I like I said earlier I feel like that..
"rafa novak" Discussed on WHAS 840 AM
"I was a mixed bag of a little begin on a roll inches we had to overcome listen please enter your big horses have been doing just our style of play for a few weeks yeah the Astros Lee Dale west by seven and a half games over the days has some fascinating offer conversations with mad during that time certainly he'll be glad to see them back on top of the tennis now Roger Federer ones want one his one hundredth match at Wimbledon and put the eight time champion into is thirteen semi final the all England club better was broken in his opening service game but didn't have to match them that much trouble after that beating eight seeded kinda Shikari for six six one six four better is the first player to win one hundred matches at one grand slam tournament and that now sits up of course a super match with Rafael Nadal who beats and query seven five six two six two better talking to reporters about the fact that now no active player under the age of twenty eight as ever played in a major tournament final it's definitely not a that is a a a regular time in tennis in the men's game because I don't think we would have thought of Novak me on behalf of all of us is going to be so solid so dominant for so many years you know so I think that number one stopped a lot of runs from the younger guys number one number two I'm not sure what they asked talented as Rafa Novak and myself and others maybe also not and college football news Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt committed a minor incidentally violation by tweeting out his congradulations when the high school we attended one an Alabama state basketball title it issued a tweet March first to salute Plainview high school state title the tweet was deleted after compliance official noted that constitute an impermissible endorsement of high school team and its coach Perrin the balls will take the podium in SEC media days a week from today in Birmingham and finally a first world problems for the association NBA commissioner Adam silver once the head game fix to silver's mindful that it was awkward for draft picks this year who were selected by one team and already been traded to another because of league rules the players were unable to be introduced either actual franchise for more than two weeks summer says a discussion at the league's board of governors meeting a Vegas was about how to change that going forward tough issues facing the be a today.
"rafa novak" Discussed on Toure Show
"Close you see someone that is very he's ritualistic in a very different way than Ruffin at all <hes> but this guy there's not a ball that you can get by them so what I looked. What I looked at damn is what he does off the court to get ready for his matches so physically he's like a rubber band is like Gumby you can put his leg every every which way and and not he's not going to get hurt until trained is still you'll find balance right? He's got the endurance the last for five hours out there but even more so is the balance that comes with that flexibility so this guy's full split on those and and he's imbalanced hit the perfect shot and Lincoln Kim push off and recover he makes the court wider for himself right like he can go to the edges of the doubles alley and beyond and hit great shots whereas other people you know there with will only be within a step of the singles lines he can keep it going longer. That's a very good observation and parley partly because of the way that he hits hits open stance on those size and in with that you know that split that makes a court bigger for him but you look at a guy where where people said he couldn't and he's shown us that he not only could but has and continues to particularly with his comeback. You know he fell off the face of the earth couple years ago and and yet he got it back together in that's all mental physically was always there but it's having that confidence in himself in that belief and you know he goes to the to the ends of the Earth with his fitness with his nutrition and with his meditation all the things that worked for him and just because it works for him doesn't mean it's going to work for. You and I think that's that's an important lesson for a lot of these young players. You're never going to be Roger Rafa Novak you know Aranka. You're not gonNA be these guys. You can only beat yourself and find out what makes what works for you. What does the endurance plan that works for you? What is it quick the fast fast plan that works for you as far as your fitness? What does the nutrition that works for you? You can learn from them and try to emulate them but there's always going to be something that you're going to have to tweak for yourself because you may not have the personality that these guys it's half and I look at Wawrinka because I mentioned him watching. 'em Comeback is fascinating amazing with with the you know the knee injury that he had and he's he may not get back to number four in the world when he was one of the big four or Andy Murray for that matter but in knowing the work ethic and what he's put into in trying to get back to even have showings in wins is phenomenal. We'll get back to interview one second but I wanNA give a shout out to longtime supporter of the show saks underwear wants you to check out their cannonball swim shorts which comes with their patented fall apart the whole thing saks underwear. If it looks great you put it on and you forget about it because they take care of you. They keep everything together. You just want underwear that looks good and you forget about it. It doesn't ride up. It doesn't make achey shape. It doesn't give any weirdness and Sachs's got the ballpark out that takes care of you and they have that in this short and the underwear. That's why it's my favorite underwear. That's why it's all that I wear they sent me a bunch of payers and it's all been and wearing for months now. It's super comfortable Super Fun lightweight. It just feels good may send me the cannonball swim shorts to they look really good. I've been playing tennis in there too and one short.
"rafa novak" Discussed on Yeah, We Said It
"Looks pretty good like it's very it's not austin that you see him in a really ugly kid like but a you know and we're saying like i feel like like rafa novak don't typically care really what they're wearing a but with roger i always figured he did care about his parents encore and what he was wearing but maybe not this this tournament guys that you should have spoken up he should have yeah i'm 'cause those terrible jack's he could've you could've got something from the unique little store enter that anyone would have been dish 'em now well it'll be hard to mess up all white at wimbledon so we'll see what they were anything especially through at wimbledon wimbledon really all comes down to the fit yeah especially now with the the stricter rules everything yeah the orange shoe yeah so yeah the orange su he ruined it everybody because he had the orange bottom going issues and people start complaining about that and then he started saying oh well serena hasn't ones bottom under her dress and there's just too much serena was getting away with a lack of she purple bottom like i think that she started doing at my two thousand eleven i think yeah about it i think about that you would like navy blue or black or something but yeah she was she's not surprising if you're we're with sketch solid color one that kim is more 'em which one that twenty thirteen kids just oh yeah i am a i'm still pretty best pressed about that but 'em i dunno should we move onto the power rankings 'em sure i don't have been sure oh i will try go slow and give explanation but you have time i think he's a m v ladies of course i have asked bart t at number one having one roland garros 'em only dropped a couple of sets the whole tournament so playing tennis she'll be competent going onto the grass so she definitely had a little bit of events that being her best surface historically the foreign her career she still really young so i don't but you know even still a bunch of i had to put a number two you know making the finals at nineteen years old 'em even if she was overmatched in very nervous in the final a it was still a great song from her to get their 'em should be in pretty good players and it'll be interesting to see what she does from here number three i actually put anisim move at number three m just because like i mentioned earlier she a has played her best tennis so far this year at the slams 'em end it usually takes a pretty special player players to do something like that 'em and she's only seventeen so a you know her upside looks to be pretty good she's very confident a she played well i i described ground stroke she doesn't hit as hard as similarly madison but her ground stokes to me are very they're like lasers they're very linear they're very ships with a lot of depth 'em clean strike of the ball and i think she'll be going to get even better to move to that next level in a club will be more consistent 'em from me her movement is something that finds out that she's really got to probably work on so a but i'm excited for her and like i said i like her so number four i have simona halep 'em of course you know going out on the quarters but i think we said you know before the tournament decided that she would be good for quarterfinal any way 'em her draw at the time look a little bit cake guess so i think i might have said she might go further but then she ended up going for it i didn't see anisim over making it to the quarterfinals in the first place let on the semi's right m you know we couldn't have foreseen is she gonna go out like that in the quarterfinals but even still that's good for her you know in her first time defending ain't slam to make it back to the quarters you don't wanna see the defending champion in the first and second round which she very well could have 'cause she was taking threes that's a couple of times of where she got to the quarterfinals right but still good on her eyes she's still one of the top players on clay in stolen top players period so 'em number five i actually got a really have to inflame is one i put a britain's at number five was okay so here's the thing okay 'em burton's was my favorite going into the tournament and a lot of people's favorite just based on her form in her results going in 'em she definitely lost early but i liked the things that she said impressed about her loss after about how she she recognized de opportunity and that she kind of fumbled the ball there an does she really missed out on a really huge opportunity for her 'cause she really really could've won the tournament yeah well i would say she did something to herself but whatever 'cause you know she retired in her second round right so she feels like she i think she might have injured herself in practice or something i you know and i was i was disgusted when i got up and i saw that she had a retired from her master because 'em this is the slam there's so we don't do that a place play through that shit do whatever you gotta take a medical time do whatever you have to do but i think it was some sort of like a like a stomach bug gassed one i dunno like it was something that makes me think yeah and i'm just like girl if you don't take a seat back out on the court like what do you better take a couple of times as get back on the court you could win this tournament but you know the pharmacy day but like i said she did recognize that she a you know boston on a huge opportunity in sometimes i'm not saying it won't but sometimes you know you don't get another opportunity like that in your career i'm not saying that won't happen that's that's the way it's gonna go for her because she's still really young and she's does playing a time to get those opportunities back as long as he stays healthy and plays well but you know like opportunities like that don't come all the time in every slam she might not get the same draw again for wimbledon usa opener next french open and whatever so but at the same time i still think i still think she's playing well enough where she when she doesn't have a stomach ache an m i i don't i didn't look up her grasp of some last year but 'em even if she doesn't fair though well on the grass the hardcore still coming up when we know she could play on a hardcore too so i would like to see her she's you know she's been doing well at the tour events and winning some of these bigger titles i would like to see her it's really start to bring that same though by the flames to yes she did quarterfinal they won't be the last year okay so she's in there she she's a an all surface kind of player so a guy still have her our number five i didn't really feel like put in anybody else in that slot i am convinced about having gone out early a small going off the counting the quarters in straightsets i mean like molly waft so yeah i just put britain there because i feel like on forum she's still one of the top girls okay m you see her mind as you know those together just real quick i had a body number one having just won the french open and chanel number two in the world into heaven undergrad which everybody said surface so i'm assuming she'll do well a bond sober at number two because nope nineteen years old just made it a slam final i think she'll kerry i think she'll kerry a lot of that over into the grass and hopefully hopefully she'll build on it because the pressure could fucking killer wallet now oh axe halep at number three just because she wants us you wanna be the only top four seeds and make the quarters in i'm sure she's perfectly bumped i'm one hundred percent sure she's perfectly content with this quarterfinal lost and i don't think it's gonna really affect her at all i think she'll she'll play just do just fine when the gray in pretty much stay where she is a in some over at number four per making the semifinal i fully expect her to build on this result an apple stock at number five just for the fact that she managed to hold onto their number one ranking oh yes she did it was a it was between like her in like three three or four people like i think like three or four people could have left his time with that raking in they all lost thoroughly so she she managed to hold onto it good per yeah had it for a little while no you're right on the men's side for me of course i have rafa at.
"rafa novak" Discussed on The Tennis.com Podcast
"He's interested pretty much any tennis player, you can think of including Rafa Novak Djokovic tonight, only Asaka, and he's worked alongside some of the biggest analyst in the sport, including Mary Carillo, Lindsay, Davenport, Chander, Ruben, Paul Annacone, you name them. He's worked with them. He tells us his career path from humble beginnings. Alpine Michigan to where he is today. And he also shares of specic spirits is moments race felt starstruck. Any gives us some advice for anyone trying to get into broadcasting. Hope you enjoy the episode. Here's Steve Weissman. Well, they why phone welcome to the podcast having to be here in the making. But glad it all worked out. I mean, honestly thrilled we see on TV all the time. We see you all over social media. So it's nice to meet you in person and hear about your story for change. Thanks. Feeling a lot of times or do you think players were not ever known ever? Here's our story. So that's what this podcast gonna try and do. My first question is when did you know you on broadcasting sports casting? And how did you get that all rolling? I was third grade. So it was like eight and I had a project in elementary school called thinking opportunities for kids, and I went to like a separate school. They would bus to a separate school, and we had a career project exports casting. And there was this guy. Glenn Brenner who was the broadcaster for the CBS affiliate in Washington DC and Washington every night, and he was witty and who's creative different. And I love them. And somehow I got to interview him for this project when I was eight, and I still have his head shot with the autograph on it and everything said that he passed away. But, but he was the first person that really I wanted to emulate and really inspired me. And then I I played sports like I played a basketball and tennis and a lot of stuff growing up and. But I always knew I wanted to be sportscaster. I wasn't going to be a professional athlete. I wanted to hang out with them. So. Winson northwestern college journalism school, and then kind of you know, started in the middle of nowhere making no money. And then you know, kinda Drake start at the bottom. Now, we're here deal. Al pita. Michigan was my first job. And literally you've never heard of it. It's the eastern northeastern portion of Michigan on lake Huron third smallest TV market in the country's market to await is two hundred ten TV markets in the country goes like north Platte, Nebraska dot Montana, alpena, Michigan. So my yearly salary was fourteen thousand dollars a year. So my two week paycheck after taxes was less than four hundred dollars. And my first story is fishing covered snowmobile racing. And it was all like high school sports, and it was freezing. But and I was a one man band shot all my own stuff edited everything, I ran my own teleprompter. Literally do everything yourself and make no money, but it was great awesome experience. Because I love doing what I do. And so took that got a job in Madison, Wisconsin at the local NBC affiliate. Got to cover the Packers, and Wisconsin, basketball and football. Then took a job in Saginaw. Michigan the local CBS affiliate, right? When I got there the pistons were on their way to winning the NBA finals. So I covered that was down at Auburn Hills. And with the team the super is in Detroit while I was there. Michigan state went to the final four while I was there to cover all those things Tiger Woods was still playing the Buick Open. Sponsored by Buick at the time that was in grand Blanc, Michigan, which is super close deciding also cover that every year. So just a lot of good sports things going on. And then from there. I went to a Philly for Comcast sports net was there for three and a half years. And then went to..
"rafa novak" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"It's Friday, we already know who's going to be in the semi finals. So what we do is just dinner Leone Smith on me sitting here without coffees ahead of what is essentially a dead rubber Leon, and we're just gonna go from the coffees of thing to the whiskey, maybe, you know, a few dead rubbers in the Davis Cup chairs the lake, but there's a bit more stake in these ones with the prize money. That's on often. Just Hello Matt's. Good evening news. Excellent semi final lineup is actual against Kevin Anderson. It is Russia federa against on this afternoon. We have had very have coming through winning in straight sets. I very tight against Jonas. Who I don't know? What do you think? What did you think of that match today? How did you feel? It's going on. The first set was pretty good from both players. It was kind of a classic is no match in many ways. I always think of is no matches. Maybe if the journey isn't all that interesting. You do end up quite a decent destination. You you get good moments in is no matches. And we had that at the end of the first set where he had a he pulverized inside out forehand set up a set point. It's very offended it off and then grabbed the tiebreak. And then once that I was over is the new he was eliminated. So I just had to win the Mexico FAI and the second set kind of faded and it was over fairly quickly. What do you think on verve and the progresses make him because he sort of splits opinion with the people that I speak to it is much his overseas doing incredibly wet. He's winning big tournaments. He's tall painting the world. And yet he's any reached one gram slam quarter-final. Yeah. That's the obvious one to look as the the grand slam records on its. Why is no real surprise? What he brought in Yvonne Lendl obviously into his coaching team to start. Adding that belief, you know, he really believes Yvonne Lendl that's obvious that obviously known each other for a while. You know, what even will bring his instilling that belief that you can do this. You really can if you stick to what you're doing we develop some of your game. And you execute it. And moreover the conversations in the locker room or the evening before the matches just talking through how you're feeling even knows how it feels. But when all said done is on absolute amazing trajectory, it just happens. We made that trajectory during such a incredible era of of men's tennis. And you know, he probably wouldn't have expected a few years ago that he would still have to against a peak form of Novak Djokovic Roger Federer around the corner. Andy Murray is going to be back next year. We'll say had Brinker. He's gonna come back as well. And he's it's it's such a tough moment for them that way Rafeh on clay. How's it going to get past him? Rapids still going domini on clay Bobi next. How many years is gonna take? No one knows because is going to go on. And it's not it's not stopping anytime soon. It's going to go on with these thirty plus somethings that the greatest of all time, and that's was very it's going to have to look at game and start figuring with event said how is my game gonna start disrupting those four five plus I find that fascinating that he. It's not going to be like Nidal necessarily when he came on just blitzed through a grand slam title. And this this group, isn't that? It's very visit. But this does other young kids as well. But do do you not feel that any of the men are in in the near term in the short term? We're going to be at a breakthrough that group because of of what you just described what we say breakthrough officer referring to winning slams an issue is it's not like there's one or two. That's the thing. It's it's the whole pack comes back in healthy next year. Then he's not going to get two quarterfinal staging going to have to beat the lakes of Rafa Novak Roger Andy, STAN. And then dope. Oh, Dobos by he'll be back nature..
"rafa novak" Discussed on WEEI
"The home fans happy in dc is he is the two seat whole matchup with the braves of freddy freeman also on that side of the bracket max muncie becomes the fifth consecutive year dodger has been in the homerun derby he's going to take on the cubs heavier buyers the one seed hey the brewers will take on the phillies reese hoskins the astros alex bregman faces the cubs cows forber speaking of aguilar he wins the national league file vote to be selected to the all star game gene segarra of the mariners wins the american league final votes on the diamond on wednesday the red sox win their ninth straight behind chris sale for two over the rangers buster posey with a walk off single in the bottom of the thirteenth inning as the giants defeated the cubs five four couple of other walkoffs in extra innings the mets get three one brandon nimmo home runs beat the phillies and the bottom of the tenth three nothing the marlins a five four walk off hit over the brewers in twelve other finals the raise beat the tigers four to with the pirates over the nationals to twin three the royals eight five was the yankees blanking your heels nine nothing indians with a nineteen routes of the reds it was the braves nine five over the blue jays white sox cardinals for nothing as eight three over the astros rockies diamondbacks nineteen meredith dangerous three nothing dodgers a four two victory over the padres in soccer croatia has advanced to their first ever world cup file as they came from behind england in extra time to once and they will face france on sunday england belgium will play in the third place match on saturday tennis at wimbledon kevin anderson rallied from two sets down to upset roger federer and advances i semifinals rafa novak djokovic american john isn't ner moving on as well this nbc sports radio is going every night any death sports.
"rafa novak" Discussed on WEEI
"The home fans happy does he is the two seat oh match up with the braves of freddy freeman also on that side of the bracket max muncie becomes the fifth consecutive year dodgers been in the homerun derby he's going to take on the cubs havi baya's the one seed hazing sackler of the brewers will take on the phillies reese hoskins the astros alex bregman faces the cubs couch warburton we could've aguilar he wins the national league file vote selected to the all star game gene segarra of the mariners wins the american league final vote on the diamond on wednesday the red sox win their ninth straight behind chris sale four two over the rangers buster posey with a walk off single in the bottom of the thirteenth inning as the giants defeated the cubs five four couple of other walk in extra innings the mets get a flu on brandon nimmo home runs beat the phillies and the bottom of the tenth of three nothing the marlins a five four walk off hit over the brewers in twelve other finals the raise beat the tigers four to the pirates over the nationals to nothing twins beat the royals eight five with the yankees blanking yorio nine nothing indians with a nineteen route of the reds it was the braves nine five over the blue jays white sox cardinals for nothing as eight three over the astros rockies route ninety bax nineteen to mariners point angels three nothing the dodgers four two victory over the padres in soccer croatia has advanced to their first ever world cup final as they came from behind to stunned england in extra time to once they will face france on sunday england federal belgium will play in the third place match on saturday tennis at wimbledon kevin anderson rallied from two sets down to upset roger federer and advances i semifinals rafa novak djokovic.
"rafa novak" Discussed on WFAN Sports Radio_FM
"Afternoon job mako here's what's going on world cup final number two today inc advances to the world cup final for the first time beating england two one in extratime garin aaa gave england one not leave with a fifth minute free kept gracia ties the match in the sixty eighth minute yvonne peres with the goal one hundred ninth minute mario manzu kit with what turns out to be the winner so it'd be creation france for the world cup on sunday the top seed roger federer who had not lost a set on route to the quarters against kevin anderson the men's quarterfinal accident wimbledon today in federal wins the first two sets but henderson storms back to win the next two that are had match point at five four two third wins the anderson does thirteen to eleven to advance the semis rafa novak djokovic john is they're advancing to the semis as well while the yankees starts today three and a half of the red sox in the american league east have won only four of nine meetings dnc orioles season series finale tonight in baltimore sunday gray gets another start yankee baseball fan yankee pregame coming up at six point five red sox and rangers at fenway boston now in the midst of an eight game win streak mets and phillies series finale tonight at city field afternoon scores rafiq tigers for two wins eight five on the royals the pirates banking washington to nothing in the giants erased the cubs well they lead the cubs four one in the fourth inning nfl supplemental draft round three giants taking the western michigan corner sam beal eighty six degrees skies mostly cloudy and that's what's happening with clashes a top of the hour job cohen wfan sports radio one zero one nine fm and sports radio sixty six or flagship station for new york sports listen to us anytime anywhere download.