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Tommy starts the US Open Series - Los Angeles!

el tenista
07-25-2009, 01:21 AM
The draw must be published in the next few hours. Good news: Stepanek and Gonzalez both cancelled the tournament so Tommy will be the TOP SEED in Los Angeles!!!

TommyB.
07-25-2009, 09:27 AM
[1] Tommy HAAS (GER) - BYE :cool:
[WC] Jesse LEVINE (USA) vs Bobby REYNOLDS (USA)
Yen-Hsun LU (TPE) vs Ernests GULBIS (LAT)
[SE] Robby GINEPRI (USA) vs [8] Marat SAFIN (RUS)

[4] Dudi SELA (ISR) - BYE
Vincent SPADEA (USA) vs Robert KENDRICK (USA)
[WC] Taylor DENT (USA) vs QUALIFIER
Denis ISTOMIN (UZB) vs [6] Sam QUERREY (USA)

[7] Benjamin BECKER (GER) vs John ISNER (USA)
Frank DANCEVIC (CAN) vs Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP)
QUALIFIER vs Marc GICQUEL (FRA)
BYE - [3] Dmitry TURSUNOV (RUS)

[5] Igor KUNITSYN (RUS) vs QUALIFIER
Leonardo MAYER (ARG) vs QUALIFIER
[WC] Chris GUCCIONE (AUS) vs Kevin KIM (USA)
BYE - [2] Mardy FISH (USA)

He should win some matches here, but let's wait and see. Go Tommy!

Wyna
07-25-2009, 12:01 PM
Wow, Tommy is the top seed! It's been a while since I've seen that ;)

rica87
07-25-2009, 12:23 PM
top seed!!! :banana: let's see how Tommy will do on his favorit surface! auf gehts!

Tommy fan
07-25-2009, 12:53 PM
ooh ha.. Interesting draw! Not gonna be here this week, I'll cross my fingers for Tommy, good luck!!! :)

thefly
07-25-2009, 05:28 PM
Well, it's really hard to keep your expectations in check with this tournament. :p To put it carefully, he should win a little more than "some" matches unless he has a major meltdown or is injured. And furthermore, a first round bye? Has LA always been a 28 draw? I doubt it.

Well, at the very least these are good conditions for a smooth start on HC. We'll see what happens.

Hat-Trick?

Can't wait. ;)

16681
07-26-2009, 05:58 AM
My goodness when I saw Tommy seeded #1 in the Tournament with a 1st RD BYE I almost fainted :eek: How long has it been since we have seen that :unsure: And how great it is to see it again :yippee:

sundog
07-26-2009, 05:25 PM
I'll be at the tourny all week so will try to post reports for you guys. GOOOOOOO TOMMMMMYYYYYY!!!!! AUF GEHT'S BABY!

shadows
07-26-2009, 08:43 PM
Good luck Tommy, there's a great chance for another good run here!

TennisFan2012
07-27-2009, 12:24 AM
I'll be at the tourny all week so will try to post reports for you guys. GOOOOOOO TOMMMMMYYYYYY!!!!! AUF GEHT'S BABY!

Thanks, sundog! Go Tommy! NO INJURIES!

Lugburz
07-27-2009, 11:47 AM
I'll be at the tourny all week so will try to post reports for you guys. GOOOOOOO TOMMMMMYYYYYY!!!!! AUF GEHT'S BABY!

It'd be HIGHLY appreciated :angel: :devil: thx in advance ;)


Well,I hate work of mine,don't have time as used to have ,but I haven't missed anything within this board so it's better that way :p

Can't wait for Tommy's match,this has to be a great tour after very disappointing exit from last year to Donald Young :rolleyes:
Now ,as #1 seeded player it would be ridiculous to put Tommy aside as he really have that chance over all players in th draw,a possible encounter with Safin :devil: would be very cool ! ah dammit I can't wait! :cool:

thefly
07-28-2009, 12:42 PM
So Jesse Levine is Tommy's first opponent. He beat him last year in Indy 7-6, 6-2 ... Levine's a lefty, so it might again take Tommy some time to get used to him, but in the end it shouldn't be too much trouble for our man.

sundog
07-28-2009, 05:21 PM
Well the good news is that Tommy was there yesterday! Bad news is I missed him. :crying2:They only have one practice court, so I staked it out all day, not knowing if he'd practice there or not. After about 6 hours I figured he wasn't going to show so I got up and walked around. I came back to the practice court and was watching Ginepri practice. Someone saw my shirt (I had a couple tshirts made that say "Auf Geht's Tommy!" with the German flag on them) and said Tommy Haas is over there. So I head over but he'd just gotten into a car. Dang it! Oh well, will try again today. His first match should be a night match tomorrow vs. Levine.

thefly
07-28-2009, 06:38 PM
Good stuff with the tshirts, cool to see Tommy so professionally supported over there ... ;)

sundog
07-29-2009, 03:58 AM
Success! After 6 hours I finally saw Tommy!!! He came walking by and I asked if I could get a pic. He said yes, so I found someone to take it but the strap was over the lens so I said wait a sec and Tommy goes "yeah, the thing's in the way". So funny. So she takes the pic and I tell him it's my birthday and he wishes me a happy birthday. Then I asked if he'd sign my shirt and he did, he said he liked it. He was so nice and so sweet. I wished him good luck. Wanted to tell him everyone from his website and MTF are supporting him but it's a wonder I got out as much as I did since my brain was mush! Will try to tell him tomorrow. He plays the second night match after the Bryan brothers. I'm still on Cloud 9 right now!!

oranges
07-29-2009, 06:39 AM
Good stuff with the tshirts, cool to see Tommy so professionally supported over there ... ;)

:yeah:

Be loud for all of us there during the match :D

16681
07-29-2009, 01:24 PM
Success! After 6 hours I finally saw Tommy!!! He came walking by and I asked if I could get a pic. He said yes, so I found someone to take it but the strap was over the lens so I said wait a sec and Tommy goes "yeah, the thing's in the way". So funny. So she takes the pic and I tell him it's my birthday and he wishes me a happy birthday. Then I asked if he'd sign my shirt and he did, he said he liked it. He was so nice and so sweet. I wished him good luck. Wanted to tell him everyone from his website and MTF are supporting him but it's a wonder I got out as much as I did since my brain was mush! Will try to tell him tomorrow. He plays the second night match after the Bryan brothers. I'm still on Cloud 9 right now!!
My goodness that would have been like going to Heaven without dying :eek: I don't know how you managed to keep your cool as much as you did--I would have probably just fainted at the very sight of Tommy :inlove:

Lugburz
07-29-2009, 01:37 PM
only the final this year on Eurosport ? :rolleyes:

sundog
07-29-2009, 05:03 PM
My goodness that would have been like going to Heaven without dying :eek: I don't know how you managed to keep your cool as much as you did--I would have probably just fainted at the very sight of Tommy :inlove:LOL...I really don't know how I didn't faint. I was shaking so bad afterward! I'm sure my eyes got really wide when I saw him and I bet he saw that and probably laughed to himself! I met alot of players and had pics with several of them, and I have to say that by far and away Tommy was the absolute nicest one of them. He made me feel really comfortable around him and was just so sweet. I just can't get over how nice he was. If I see him today I'll try to remember to ask him how his knees are feeling. And I'll cheer my butt off for him for you guys tonight! :D

TommyB.
07-29-2009, 05:05 PM
Have fun sundog! ;)

only the final this year on Eurosport ? :rolleyes:

better than nothing ;)

Btw I would say Eurosport didn't show anything from LA since a couple of years (ES 2 maybe?).

thefly
07-29-2009, 05:26 PM
only the final this year on Eurosport ? :rolleyes:

ESPN 2 and Tennis Channel will broadcast bits and pieces from Thursday on, so there may me some streams popping up.

But does anybody know to what extend LA will he featured in the Eurosport Player?

Btw, night match in LA is a brutal time for Europeans .. :p

el tenista
07-29-2009, 07:46 PM
ESPN 2 and Tennis Channel will broadcast bits and pieces from Thursday on, so there may me some streams popping up.

But does anybody know to what extend LA will he featured in the Eurosport Player?

Btw, night match in LA is a brutal time for Europeans .. :p

Indeed!

Well, myp2p.eu says that there will be no streams for L.A. buw maybe atdhe.net or channelsurfing.net will have some. I don't know about the ES player, either, but I don't think that this tournament will be featured in there...When was the last time ES featured an ATP tournament in their player except from the GS...? :confused:

I must get up at 5.50 a.m. tomorrow morning, Tommy should play about this time. 9 hours from L.A. to Germany, right?

thefly
07-29-2009, 10:35 PM
Yup, should start around 5:30.

Concerning the ES player - actually there are a few ATP tournaments covered as you can read in the program advertisement on the website, and LA is one of them, but I stil have to find out if that's restricted to the normal program of ES/ES2, or if there's more to it. I doubt it though ...

Lugburz
07-30-2009, 01:34 AM
hm LA is listed on ES player,Obviously there will be something...

btw thefly,is it possible that our subscribe to the player is still active? I can actually see Indianapolis final on the re-live option...

16681
07-30-2009, 04:19 AM
I really hate it that coverage on T.V. in the U.S. doesn't start until tomorrow :mad: :sad:
At least in L.A. they are starting the coverage with the Rd of 16 while in Indy the coverage wasn't started until the QFs.

16681
07-30-2009, 05:25 AM
Well all I can do is get my information from scoring sites :ras: But the good news is that Tommy leads in the 1st Set 4-1 :D

16681
07-30-2009, 05:27 AM
5-1 Tommy in the 1st Set :D

16681
07-30-2009, 05:29 AM
Tommy won the 1st Set 6-1 :D :D I hope he makes it a short Match because I hate these scoring sites :ras:

16681
07-30-2009, 05:38 AM
1 all in the 2nd set.

16681
07-30-2009, 05:40 AM
2-1 Levine in the 2nd Set. I'm not sure I even spelled his name right so I'll have to take a closer look next time :lol:

16681
07-30-2009, 05:44 AM
2 all in the 2nd Set and the name is Levine.
I don't care what his name is as long as Tommy wins the Match :p

16681
07-30-2009, 05:49 AM
3-2 Tommy in the 2nd Set. Come on Tommy hurry and win this Match :)

16681
07-30-2009, 05:52 AM
Tommy must have heard me :lol: It is now 4-2 Tommy in the 2nd Set.

el tenista
07-30-2009, 05:56 AM
Nice Tommy! :) 61 4-3 up. Now serve it out :devil:

16681
07-30-2009, 05:56 AM
4-3 Tommy in the 2nd Set. Please Tommy win this Match in 2 Sets :angel:

16681
07-30-2009, 05:58 AM
Nice Tommy! :) 61 4-3 up. Now serve it out :devil:
:wavey: It's nice to see your post I was feeling all alone ;)

16681
07-30-2009, 06:02 AM
5-3 Tommy in the 2nd Set :bounce:

16681
07-30-2009, 06:03 AM
Tommy :yeah: Game Set and Match 6-1 and 6-3 :yippee:

el tenista
07-30-2009, 06:07 AM
:wavey: It's nice to see your post I was feeling all alone ;)

2 supporters are always better ;) Tommy won 61 63, very solid! Keep it going versus Safin :devil:

I have to go to work now, bye ;)

shadows
07-30-2009, 10:33 AM
Good win Tommy, I have to leave support to everyone else since it's the middle of the night for me and there's no way I'm staying up just for livescores =p

Safin could be tough, but I expect Tommy to take it!

Wyna
07-30-2009, 11:27 AM
that was a very good start of Tommy, happy to see him start well on the hardcourts!

Lugburz
07-30-2009, 12:34 PM
pretty great start, now onto epic match Tommy vs Marat :devil:

oranges
07-30-2009, 12:57 PM
pretty great start, now onto epic match Tommy vs Marat :devil:

If that is not broadcast (and streamed) my head will implode :mad:

thefly
07-30-2009, 04:01 PM
Good win obviously. Couldn't be here, though, that was just too early in the morning. ;)

Yeah, Tommy vs. Marat is certainly a match I'd like to see. Maybe we're lucky. Of course the outcome of a match against Marat is impossible to predict, but I think a focused Tommy should take this one.

hm LA is listed on ES player,Obviously there will be something...

btw thefly,is it possible that our subscribe to the player is still active? I can actually see Indianapolis final on the re-live option...

Well, I don't know about you, but I cancelled my subscription after that one month. If you don't cancel, your subscription will automatically continue. Guess you'll know when you miss some money ... ;)

rica87
07-30-2009, 05:35 PM
If that is not broadcast (and streamed) my head will implode :mad:

ditto :mad:

sundog
07-30-2009, 06:03 PM
Hi all. Here's my report from yesterday. Tommy arrived about 6pm. He signed my second tshirt but was in match mode so didn't chat much, altho I made him laugh :). He signed some autographs & posed for a few pics then went to get ready to practice. Levine was practicing while I was waiting for Tommy to come practice. I hadn't thought Levine would be any problem but I started getting a little nervous when I saw how he was playing. Note to self: don't watch Tommy's opponents warm up! Then Tommy came and practiced for maybe half an hour or so. He looked really good, but would scowl when he missed a shot. After he was done he signed some more autographs for the kids. When he was warming up at the match his serves were either going long or into the net and I started to worry a little bit again. But never fear, he had no problems as you can see by the score. A little nervous about Marat. If I see him today I'll try to trip him. Just kidding! ;) Oh, you'll be happy to know there were a lot of people yelling Tommy's name and some guys yelling "auf geht's". One guy kept yelling "the Haas is on fire!". So he definitely got a lot of support last night. :D

rica87
07-30-2009, 07:09 PM
One guy kept yelling "the Haas is on fire!".

:lol: haha! great! thanks for the lovely insights!!! :worship:

Lugburz
07-30-2009, 09:32 PM
Well, I don't know about you, but I cancelled my subscription after that one month. If you don't cancel, your subscription will automatically continue. Guess you'll know when you miss some money ... ;)

:eek::eek::eek::eek:
wow thanks for that,really really had no idea :)

Lugburz
07-30-2009, 09:35 PM
Hi all. Here's my report from yesterday. Tommy arrived about 6pm. He signed my second tshirt but was in match mode so didn't chat much, altho I made him laugh :). He signed some autographs & posed for a few pics then went to get ready to practice. Levine was practicing while I was waiting for Tommy to come practice. I hadn't thought Levine would be any problem but I started getting a little nervous when I saw how he was playing. Note to self: don't watch Tommy's opponents warm up! Then Tommy came and practiced for maybe half an hour or so. He looked really good, but would scowl when he missed a shot. After he was done he signed some more autographs for the kids. When he was warming up at the match his serves were either going long or into the net and I started to worry a little bit again. But never fear, he had no problems as you can see by the score. A little nervous about Marat. If I see him today I'll try to trip him. Just kidding! ;) Oh, you'll be happy to know there were a lot of people yelling Tommy's name and some guys yelling "auf geht's". One guy kept yelling "the Haas is on fire!". So he definitely got a lot of support last night. :D

:yeah: You ARE having great time :worship:

sundog
07-31-2009, 05:39 AM
Tommy showed up around 2:45pm today for practice. He practiced for nearly an hour and a half. There were a few occasions where that temper came out and he was cursing in German. Wish I understood German! At one point he netted a ball and threw his racket against the fence. Other than that he was looking pretty good. Saw Safin practice before Tommy and I feel confident Tommy can take him. After his practice I asked Tommy if he was playing a day match or a night match tomorrow. He said he didn't know yet but probably a night match. Turns out it is a night match. I also asked him how his knees were feeling and he said hanging in there, thanks. Still can't get over what a nice guy he is. Auf Geht's tomorrow, Tommy!!!!

Lugburz
07-31-2009, 01:20 PM
Tommy on stream tonight 5am CET ! Such a great news :D
source:good old atdhe.net !

oranges
07-31-2009, 02:37 PM
Yes :bounce: Time to turn on vampire/bat mode :D

Sundog, thanks for first hand accounts. Have a great time there.

thefly
07-31-2009, 03:18 PM
Tommy on stream tonight 5am CET ! Such a great news :D
source:good old atdhe.net !

I guess that will be the ESPN2 broadcast then ... according to the official TV schedule, their coverage won't start until 8:30 p.m. local time (5:30 CET), but I still hope they'll be on on time.

16681
07-31-2009, 11:27 PM
Thanks sundog for all your great reports :D :hug: So far the only T.V. coverage I have had has been of American players' Matches :ras: ESPN2 has T.V. coverage tonight 11 o'clock Eastern time I hope Tommy will be in that coverage. Since Tommy has been in the U.S. so long he is almost considered an American player--don't we wish he really was!!!!!!!! He is very popular in the U.S. so I hope his Match will be shown--figures crossed :angel:

thefly
08-01-2009, 04:23 AM
And here we go. Anything on ESPN yet, Mae? :)

thefly
08-01-2009, 04:40 AM
Ah damn, wasted bp's are never helping ... keep it up Tommy!

rica87
08-01-2009, 04:43 AM
stream anyone? :confused:

thefly
08-01-2009, 04:44 AM
Nothing so far. Obviously ESPN just showed Williams-Sharapova, but that's over now, so there's still hope ...

thefly
08-01-2009, 04:47 AM
http://www.justin.tv/vip_here/old

rica87
08-01-2009, 04:49 AM
thx i was about to post the same! have fun watching! :)

thefly
08-01-2009, 04:51 AM
WTF?! Wish this stream hadn't popped up. What a horrible service game from Tommy all of a sudden! Seems like the wasted opportunities on Safin's last two games got to him ...

thefly
08-01-2009, 04:53 AM
Better: http://www.atdhe.net/7635/watch-la-tennis-open-haas-vs-safin

thefly
08-01-2009, 04:55 AM
Ah, thanks, Marat!

thefly
08-01-2009, 05:16 AM
6-6, don't believe it. Tommy's game is all over the place ... Marat HAS to choke away that TB now ...

thefly
08-01-2009, 05:23 AM
Wooooh, a set full of UE's, with the lucky ending for Tommy! This can only get better.


But what a passing shot to clinch the set. ;)

thefly
08-01-2009, 05:35 AM
That was a great return game by Tommy after all ... but he just can't - convert - a FREAKIN' break point!

Lugburz
08-01-2009, 06:01 AM
yeah!! there's a break ;) btw what's with all those crazy faces he makes,he really really seems happy on the court once again ;)

thefly
08-01-2009, 06:07 AM
Boy, that break was like relieving an almost bursting bladder. :p

5-2 now, Tommy's got it.

Lugburz
08-01-2009, 06:09 AM
:yeah:

Lugburz
08-01-2009, 06:14 AM
niceee win! we're living a dream

thefly
08-01-2009, 06:15 AM
Now on to Querrey, same time tomorrow night I think. Even though Querrey had some good results the last couple of weeks, Tommy should be the favorite, but after tonight it seems like Tommy's feeling a little bit of pressure this week. He has to step up now, but I'm confident he will.
The other semi is a pretty surprising pairing, so the final would be a HUGE chance to put it mildly ...

Btw, good thing they showed this awesome lob by Tommy again from earlier in the first set. ;)

timoe
08-01-2009, 06:17 AM
Lots of room for improvement but relatively easy in the end. :) I'm already looking forward to the Querrey match, should be a very interesting one and another sleepless night for us. ;)

thefly
08-01-2009, 06:22 AM
lol, when a TV channel shows a graphic like the follwing during broadcast, you know there was something wrong in your carrer:

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e131/theriggsFX/haas_stats.jpg

:p

Lugburz
08-01-2009, 06:23 AM
yeah Querrey could be tricky,having some good results recently,but I really can't see any problem for ALL of us.
Tommy has it,and it would be strange with all the determination he has,not to settle that one down ;)
and of course,can't wait for it already :p

thefly
08-01-2009, 06:29 AM
Well, tonight saw lots of light and darkness as far as Tommy's game is concerned. Way too many UE's, but then again great shotmaking and perfect HC tennis at other times. Cut the UE's and get a little more steady on serve, and we're good. ;)

16681
08-01-2009, 06:35 AM
Tommy :yeah: I was a little afraid at first that Tommy was going to let his emotions get the better of him. But in the end I think it was Marat's emotions that got the best of him. It was wonderful to be able to see Tommy on T.V. again :D I want Tommy to win this Tournament ;)

Lugburz
08-01-2009, 06:44 AM
I agree,
I guess those UE's came in with all the emotions and excitement involved here, because for me Tommy just have won the most important win in LA,epic stuffs with 2 legends and great friends. I hope Marat will change his mind and stick around on the tour for a little bit more when he can..

Btw,nice capturing the injuries ,let's hope that list won't change anymore from now on ;)

ok gotta get some sleep now before work takes part at 14.00 :rolleyes:

shadows
08-01-2009, 07:59 AM
Well done Tommy, I'm glad you got through that! Querrey is definitely a match I can see Tommy winning, and if he makes the final he really should win the tourny =D

Tommy fan
08-01-2009, 03:02 PM
Come on Tommy!
Good to come back and see him in the tourny.. Good luck tonight!!

sundog
08-01-2009, 07:11 PM
Man, Tommy was really emotional last night. Lots of German outbursts. My friend and I were sitting behind one of the baselines and at one point during the 1st game of the second set he yelled "punch him in the face!". It was so funny, we were cracking up. Glad he turned it around in the second set. Tonight should be interesting since this is Querrey's home turf. He'll have his Samuri's there supporting him, so my friend and I are going to have to yell our lungs out for Tommy to counter them. AUF GEHT'S TOMMY!!

TennisFan2012
08-01-2009, 10:33 PM
Have fun, sundog, but please don't upset Tommy or his opponent! Sam can be dangerous - very up and down as a player. Go Tom!

sundog
08-02-2009, 12:44 AM
Have fun, sundog, but please don't upset Tommy or his opponent! Sam can be dangerous - very up and down as a player. Go Tom!Don't worry, we wouldn't do anything to upset Tommy. He even said in his post match interview that Sam has his Samuri's so he hopes people will find a way to support him. We talked to him after the match and told him we needed ideas to counter the Samuri's and he said "I'm sure you guys will come up with something!" :D

Lugburz
08-02-2009, 04:19 AM
''the best slice in tennis'' .wow

thefly
08-02-2009, 04:31 AM
Morning .... *yawn*

Boy, Tommy has to make more of those 2nd serve returns ...

Lugburz
08-02-2009, 04:33 AM
morning !

thefly
08-02-2009, 04:36 AM
Damn it. Still not quite comfortable out there, Tommy ...

Lugburz
08-02-2009, 04:39 AM
well,Querrey really looks impressive. but I hope that won't last for long

thefly
08-02-2009, 04:42 AM
Still, too many UE's from Tommy. He certainly had some chances on Querrey's 2nd serve to get closer to a break ...

Lugburz
08-02-2009, 04:50 AM
ok stop trying,break him now Thomas!

thefly
08-02-2009, 05:04 AM
Now's the time to return the favor ... ;)

thefly
08-02-2009, 05:09 AM
Ahhhh, what a wasted chance!! Oh please don't think about that now while serving ...

Lugburz
08-02-2009, 05:18 AM
phew!

thefly
08-02-2009, 05:24 AM
Oh God, what two wasted points again. That was again Tommy's chance, this time to get the set. Come on!

thefly
08-02-2009, 05:26 AM
Ah, it's over. Just badly played, period.

Lugburz
08-02-2009, 05:29 AM
ah this is bad :rolleyes:

Lugburz
08-02-2009, 05:35 AM
ahh those missed chances :sad:

thefly
08-02-2009, 05:39 AM
Great, first I was like "where's that return game coming from", and than Tommy hands Querrey the match point. Thank you very much.

So, not a really successfull start to the USO Series. Tommy doesn't look as comfortable on court as he did the last couple of months. Don't know if he still needs a little time to adjust. Maybe it's the kind of different situation that Tommy suddenly finds himself in. His recent success came pretty much out of nowhere, and now all of a sudden people expect him to win these matches again. That shouldn't be all that new for him, but it's still different compared to the rest of the year so far.

We'll see how he handles that in the next weeks.

Lugburz
08-02-2009, 05:42 AM
well said, I guess Querrey was simply way too good,pushing tommy to the limits. But in any way I was so damn sure Tommy should win.. Not that great start for sure but its better knowing he lost to a guy that played 3 straight finals... Still,it shall be interesting in the next weeks.

16681
08-02-2009, 06:42 AM
I had a bad feeling about the Match right from the start :sad: Why I don't know :confused: Because Sam had just lost the Indy Final to Robby Ginepri who had only won 2 Tournaments during his career (now it is 3) go figure :rolleyes: I had really wanted Tommy to win this Tournament :sad: Some of the problem may have been that Tommy has played a good bit of tennis recently. He didn't seem comfortable with the conditions in L.A. I remember even while defeating Marat he kept not liking the pressure of the tennis balls. And he practiced for like a hour before this Final (according to the commentators) so may be he left his game on the practice court who knows :shrug: Still he will continue to pick up points for his ranking at least so I guess we will just have to be happy for that :) But I don't feel very happy :bigcry:

shadows
08-02-2009, 11:28 AM
Shame for Tommy, but not a big deal really. It's only a 250 and he got a couple of matches under his belt, would have liked to see him win it but I'll just look forward to seeing how he does in the bigger tournies coming up ^^

TommyB.
08-02-2009, 04:01 PM
Shame for Tommy, but not a big deal really. It's only a 250 and he got a couple of matches under his belt, would have liked to see him win it but I'll just look forward to seeing how he does in the bigger tournies coming up ^^

I agree. It was not a bad start for the US Open Series. Tommy said he wants his best form in New York. There's still some room to improve for the next weeks. And every match should help him.

el tenista
08-02-2009, 05:23 PM
We need to calm down our expectations a little bit. He played at least the semifinals in L.A. and will definitely be ranked inside the Top 20 after the US Open because he only has to defend his semi from Washington and the USO 2nd round until the Australian Open! Would someone have thought that Tommy will be ranked as high as that a few months ago? I don't think so. He has come deep into every tournament since RG and played a less strong week in L.A.. Who cares? He cannot win every match now. Of course there are ups and downs. The only thing Tommy needs to do is to have more ups and less low downs. Tommy considers this week in L.A. as a "down" so he sees a big room to improve which is a very good sign.
The weird thing about sports is that a player can play badly for 2 years but if he improves his form and has some good runs in the tournaments the expectations will rise astronomically and everyone, even his own fans, expect the player to continue his good run. He had good run in L.A. although he didn't play near to his best. Remember last year? 1st round loss against Donald Young...Now he obliterates players like him, e.g. Levine, who have no chance against Tommy, anymore.
I think it's good that he did not reach the finals, Washington is much more important than L.A.. Go Tommy!

thefly
08-02-2009, 06:55 PM
First, I don't think that Querrey was too strong; if I remember correctly, Tommy overall hit more winners, which says a lot about a straight set loss.

Anyway, guess we were a little spoiled again, not used to a loss against somebody else than Roger anymore. ;) Well, it sure would have been nice to see that 13th tournament win, and getting the hat-trick in LA, but I agree, LA isn't really that important, and I think Tommy doesn't care too much either anymore. For him it's important now that he gets some matches on hc under his belt, because I indeed think that he still has to adjust a little bit, getting his movement and balance right, feeling the ball better. For players like Querrey this is not much of a problem, since they pretty much only have one kind of game and don't really play a role on other surfaces. Tommy on the other hand just has an amazing run on grass behind him, to which he completely adapted, and after all that S&V and tactical slice game, I don't find it surprising that he needs some matches to find back to his powerful baseline tennis. It was already on impressive display here and there, but ultimately still plagued by a truck load of UE's.
Btw, the good thing to take away from LA was the way Tommy never held back. Even with all those errors, he never got passive but instead continued to go for the lines, and that's at least something I suppose. :)

Now there are three big tourneys ahead to improve. And it's about time for another good run at a Masters Series event, no? ;)

el tenista
08-02-2009, 09:10 PM
First, I don't think that Querrey was too strong; if I remember correctly, Tommy overall hit more winners, which says a lot about a straight set loss.

Anyway, guess we were a little spoiled again, not used to a loss against somebody else than Roger anymore. ;) Well, it sure would have been nice to see that 13th tournament win, and getting the hat-trick in LA, but I agree, LA isn't really that important, and I think Tommy doesn't care too much either anymore. For him it's important now that he gets some matches on hc under his belt, because I indeed think that he still has to adjust a little bit, getting his movement and balance right, feeling the ball better. For players like Querrey this is not much of a problem, since they pretty much only have one kind of game and don't really play a role on other surfaces. Tommy on the other hand just has an amazing run on grass behind him, to which he completely adapted, and after all that S&V and tactical slice game, I don't find it surprising that he needs some matches to find back to his powerful baseline tennis. It was already on impressive display here and there, but ultimately still plagued by a truck load of UE's.
Btw, the good thing to take away from LA was the way Tommy never held back. Even with all those errors, he never got passive but instead continued to go for the lines, and that's at least something I suppose. :)

Now there are three big tourneys ahead to improve. And it's about time for another good run at a Masters Series event, no? ;)

Exactly :) But in fact there will be 4 big tourneys (Washington, Montreal, Cincy and the USO) so Tommy really has some good chances to improve. I'm really curious right now about Tommy's after USO season with the masters in Shanghai and Paris where he can gain lots of extra points. I guess he will be seeded there if nothing strange happens!

thefly
08-02-2009, 09:49 PM
Exactly :) But in fact there will be 4 big tourneys (Washington, Montreal, Cincy and the USO) so Tommy really has some good chances to improve. I'm really curious right now about Tommy's after USO season with the masters in Shanghai and Paris where he can gain lots of extra points. I guess he will be seeded there if nothing strange happens!

Right, but I meant three tournaments before the Open. :) The "post-USO" season will certainly be interesting, but I think right now, the Open are Tommy's top priority, maybe THE event of the year, so it's currently a little hard to look beyond that one. ;)

sundog
08-03-2009, 01:38 AM
I think making it to the semi's is pretty darn great. I'm not sure what the problem was last night, but my friend texted me during the match and said the commentators said something about the light bothering his eyes. Can't confirm this, but at the Courier-Chang match afterward Courier made a comment about the lights. I also know the Samuri's were obnoxious as hell, cheering for every point Sam won and Tommy lost. They didn't sit down the whole night, and would start yelling "BREAK BREAK BREAK" when Tommy was down 0-15. So that probably got Tommy riled up. Go win DC now, Tommy!

16681
08-04-2009, 11:59 PM
I had forgotten in my efforts to figure out what went wrong was the fact that Tommy had knee problems just before this Tournament. But his movement didn't look bad to me :shrug: Why is it that people from other countries can cheer their players on and it all seems so happy and friendly like Marcos' fans, but when Americans try to do the same thing it turns out ugly and awful :ras: