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Miami 2R: Kevin Anderson Defeats Novak Djokovic 7-6(1) 3-6 6-4

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Albop
03-28-2008, 08:20 PM
Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Dedicated to farenhajt,bascule,aloimeh,manon and clay death

LocoPorElTenis
03-28-2008, 08:20 PM
The only point "tb king" won in the first set tb was an Anderson df :rolls:
Nole was leading *2-0 in the third :rolls:
99% of MTF will be immensely happy with this result :rolls:

:woohoo: :yippee: :woohoo: :dance: :woohoo:

HeretiC
03-28-2008, 08:20 PM
Here comes the first big surprise. A lousy uncharacteristic TB for Djoker (he won only 1 point), then he got the second and a break 2-0 in third. It looked like a routine job but after that Anderson won the next 4 games. Both IW finalists out in their first match. :eek:

FedererBulgaria
03-28-2008, 08:20 PM
Kevin:eek:Great win,can`t believe it!:worship:

Masta_Rue
03-28-2008, 08:20 PM
Yesss!!!

Edit: Some users were a few seconds earlier so a mod can delete this thread

TheBoiledEgg
03-28-2008, 08:20 PM
:woohoo:

Ding Dong the Djokovic is Dead :banana: :devil:

Loftra
03-28-2008, 08:20 PM
Has anyone already seen this guy play?
Anyhow, great stuff from Anderson not to choke it away after wasting the first two match points :worship:

osalsyst
03-28-2008, 08:20 PM
Somewhat expected tank from Nole but still, he had 2-0 in the third! Anderson reeled off 4 straight games and the rest is history.

NinaNina19
03-28-2008, 08:20 PM
:help:

Labamba
03-28-2008, 08:21 PM
Nole wtf? :haha:

King Kev :worship:

Byrd
03-28-2008, 08:21 PM
Heh, so Nole actually loses points for the IW-Miami tourneys on a whole LoL....

Well done Anderson.

Wojtek
03-28-2008, 08:21 PM
I love Kevin :)

morningglory
03-28-2008, 08:21 PM
:spit: x128731297382173817293721837182470132570

bokehlicious
03-28-2008, 08:21 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

HoistDaColors
03-28-2008, 08:21 PM
I thought Anderson won't get it done. DF at the first match point.

Nole...:eek:

PiggyGotRoasted
03-28-2008, 08:22 PM
6 threads on this.

But WTF!

LocoPorElTenis
03-28-2008, 08:22 PM
7 threads for this most AWESOME result :haha: :woohoo:

*Ljubica*
03-28-2008, 08:22 PM
Amongst the doubtless hundreds of trash-talkers, trolls and haters :rolleyes: I would just like to say well done to Anderson. Yes I am a Nole fan, and I am very sad for the loss, but Anderson won the match fair and square - good luck to him.

LeChuck
03-28-2008, 08:22 PM
King Kev you fucking legend :worship:. What an awesome victory for him, against the best hardcourt player in the world.

Fee
03-28-2008, 08:22 PM
This absolutely stuns me. If the surface is that slow, it can't be Anderson's serve. There must be something going on with Novak (allergic reaction to all that hair gel?).

hablovah19
03-28-2008, 08:23 PM
:woohoo:

Ding Dong the Djokovic is Dead :banana: :devil:

:haha:

m9m9m9m9m9
03-28-2008, 08:23 PM
Kevin Anderson for the Bandwagon player of March :worship:

Sunset of Age
03-28-2008, 08:23 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

:lol:

On behalf of Roger and Rafa, thanks a lot Mr. Anderson! :hatoff: :smooch:

RogiRafaFan86
03-28-2008, 08:23 PM
Oh it is so good.

Even if the Djoke had come back to win, it still would have looked pretty bad.

Now watch Karma bite me in the ass with a 2nd round Rafa loss. :lol: Oh I don't care!

Rafa should really take Kevin out to dinner or something.

Really, beyond all of that - it's a great win for Anderson. He should be very proud of himself.

Albop
03-28-2008, 08:23 PM
Kevin Anderson :worship:

Argenbrit
03-28-2008, 08:23 PM
:lol:

richie21
03-28-2008, 08:24 PM
To be fair,i don't think this loss will stop Djokovic to sleep.
It was a bit predictable anyway after his win last week

Clay Death
03-28-2008, 08:24 PM
Kevin:eek:Great win,can`t believe it!:worship:


Fed and Nadal are taking Anderson out to eat later today at one of Miami`s finest restaurants.

later Anderson will be supplied with 3 high priced hookers. all paid for by Nadal and Fed.

Fedexex
03-28-2008, 08:24 PM
welldone!!!

nole:hug::lol:

TheBoiledEgg
03-28-2008, 08:24 PM
Somewhat expected tank from Nole but still, he had 2-0 in the third! Anderson reeled off 4 straight games and the rest is history.
:rolleyes:
it would have been a tank if he'd lost in 40 mins

1 week without seeing this clown on TV is gonna be great :devil:

Lunaris
03-28-2008, 08:24 PM
As usually after a great tournament comes an early exit. Still a surprise though.

Roland9
03-28-2008, 08:24 PM
All I can say is, damn this TV coverage.

prima donna
03-28-2008, 08:24 PM
Hahahaha.

Manon
03-28-2008, 08:24 PM
0-2 in third and then 6-4 for Anderson....

I am sooo disapointed.

Duncan
03-28-2008, 08:25 PM
What a result! Great.

tangerine_dream
03-28-2008, 08:25 PM
Now Nole can join Roger and Rafa in the "their careers are over" thread(s).

fuck you novak.
you stupid bucket head
:haha:

Bascule
03-28-2008, 08:25 PM
This was expected. Same old Nole. :devil:

TMJordan
03-28-2008, 08:26 PM
Fuck you Djokobitch.

Jadranka
03-28-2008, 08:26 PM
What can I say?.. Smotuljak :lol: :lol: :lol: :rolleyes:

Chiseller
03-28-2008, 08:26 PM
-500 that has to hurt.

stats:
http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/3227/statszz5.jpg

Blue Heart24
03-28-2008, 08:26 PM
:woohoo: :woohooo:

Lee
03-28-2008, 08:26 PM
Congrat Kevin Anderson for his biggest win in ATP so far. :yeah:

babuska6
03-28-2008, 08:26 PM
I am disappointed..Nole whyyy?:sad:

OSmeone
03-28-2008, 08:27 PM
was anyone able to watch this, and can they describe how well the players played?

FNT
03-28-2008, 08:27 PM
Go home and write another book, you freak!
I am soooo happy!

Mansave_75
03-28-2008, 08:27 PM
I really love this threat! That's what I was asking for, Get out "clown" Nole, real numbers 1 and 2 up! C'mon Rafa and Roger!!!
We want to see finally a final between these two living legends

Snowwy
03-28-2008, 08:27 PM
Somewhat expected tank from Nole but still, he had 2-0 in the third! Anderson reeled off 4 straight games and the rest is history.

Wait what? Expected tank? Are you retarded.

This post alone makes you worse than dimonateur and should lock up a seed for the ACC.

dodoboy
03-28-2008, 08:27 PM
:sobbing:

Kevin better do well here!

tulsatea
03-28-2008, 08:27 PM
Anderson could turn out to be quite a player.

Loftra
03-28-2008, 08:28 PM
All I can say is, damn this TV coverage.

Yeah, another night of nailbiting scoreboard staring

Mateya
03-28-2008, 08:29 PM
:spit: :spit: :haha: :rolls: :rolls: :bigcry:

Looks like that Las Vegas final wasn't just a fluke. This dude can play.

LeChuck
03-28-2008, 08:29 PM
This tournament represented the first time in his career that King Kev had qualified for a masters series event. It's safe to say that he has already made a major impact here :).

Naide
03-28-2008, 08:29 PM
Expected.

Labamba
03-28-2008, 08:30 PM
shame this wasn't on TV :awww:

Deboogle!.
03-28-2008, 08:30 PM
Has anyone already seen this guy play?For a big guy, he actually is good from the baseline and not a bad mover. He goes for his shots and pulls off some nice winners, I saw a couple of his matches in Vegas and I was very highly impressed.

Somewhat expected tank from Nole but still, he had 2-0 in the third! Anderson reeled off 4 straight games and the rest is history.surely not even people who dislike Novak would suggest that, as defending champion and closing in on #2, he would tank this event. Come on now.

Amongst the doubtless hundreds of trash-talkers, trolls and haters :rolleyes: I would just like to say well done to Anderson. Yes I am a Nole fan, and I am very sad for the loss, but Anderson won the match fair and square - good luck to him.:yeah:
This absolutely stuns me. If the surface is that slow, it can't be Anderson's serve. There must be something going on with Novak (allergic reaction to all that hair gel?).The conditions are different, but Miami is not as slow as IW, court's less gritty from what players have said :shrug:

HeretiC
03-28-2008, 08:30 PM
Match Summary K. Anderson N. Djokovic

1st Serve % 76% 55%
Aces 3 4
Double Faults 1 0
W % - 1st S Pts. 26/34=76% 16/24=67%
W% - 2nd S Pts. 8/11 =73% 12/20=60%
Volley Winners 1 1
Overhead Winners 1 0
Forehand Winners 5 3
Backhand Winners 1 3
Total Winners 18 15
Unforced Errors 16 22
Break Point C. 1/1=100% 0/1=0%
Net Approaches 5/8=63% 5/6=83%
Total Points Won 50 39
Fastest Serve 138.0 MPH 126.0 MPH
Average Serve 124.9 MPH 117.1 MPH

Saumon
03-28-2008, 08:30 PM
http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/8004/7threadshf4.png

:inlove:

jasmin
03-28-2008, 08:30 PM
Wow...who is this Kevin. New kid on the block might give a lot of people trouble. He did really well in his last tournament. Good for him.:D

EagleWatch
03-28-2008, 08:30 PM
nole, u suck... baddddddddd...
time to find a more suitable career

Byrd
03-28-2008, 08:31 PM
Anderson is a very technically good player off both wings, and is probably the best mover for such a tall guy, a good serve, basically very hard to beat if hes on, which he was.

Clay Death
03-28-2008, 08:31 PM
This absolutely stuns me. If the surface is that slow, it can't be Anderson's serve. There must be something going on with Novak (allergic reaction to all that hair gel?).


it does not shock me. Anderson is a rising star who is actually really very solid off the ground for a guy who is nearly 6 foot 7.

his backhand return of serve is near magic. evidently he was just not be to be denied today no matter who was on the other side of the net.

Echagaray
03-28-2008, 08:31 PM
Novak :sad:

FNT
03-28-2008, 08:32 PM
What you could clearly see from the scoreboard was that Djokovic's serve was gone AWOL. Surprisingly, Anderson wasn't serving aces like a madman (I assumed this was the way to beat Djoko), but 76% is still awesome.

TMJordan
03-28-2008, 08:32 PM
Expected.

:retard:

anon57
03-28-2008, 08:32 PM
:hatoff: Great win for Anderson, A letdown was expected for Djokovic after IW but to lose to Anderson is very unexpected. Shame there was no coverage, I'm very curious to see how both players played.

Corey Feldman
03-28-2008, 08:32 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha::haha: :haha: :haha:
Ohhh McNoleo :worship:
some defence of your first ever big title - maybe you should write a book about this experience as well :haha::lol:

:bowdown: Kev, i forgive you for beating Calleri and take it all back !!!!

Craig
03-28-2008, 08:33 PM
:o

Alex999
03-28-2008, 08:33 PM
Too bad too sad. I'm very disappointed but that's life. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Congratulations to Anderson. Well done. I can only hope that Djokovic didn't underestimate him as he tends to do that against lower ranked players. Great job Kevin.

ChinoRios4Ever
03-28-2008, 08:33 PM
yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

:woohoo: Anderson the new GOAT :D

dejosav
03-28-2008, 08:33 PM
I guess this is "new quality" he was talking about :rolleyes:

FedFan_2007
03-28-2008, 08:34 PM
Fed and Nadal are taking Anderson out to eat later today at one of Miami`s finest restaurants.

later Anderson will be supplied with 3 high priced hookers. all paid for by Nadal and Fed.

Clay Death - I have to hand it to you. Post of the day. :worship::worship::worship:

World Beater
03-28-2008, 08:34 PM
it is a surprise that novak would lose to anderson but its not surprise that djokovic was probably going to mail his effort level in for this tournament.

djokovic has a history of doing this type of stuff. He doesnt do well in back-back tournaments. Maybe it has to do w/ his stamina?

i.e. cincy 2007. He gut clubbed by moya.

It really does put federer's defeat into perspective, doesn't it. :lol:

nole loses to Anderson and he is still known as nole GOAT, but federer is the one in decline. :lol:

mangoes
03-28-2008, 08:34 PM
EXTERMINATED......

:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Uraitan
03-28-2008, 08:34 PM
Congrats, Anderson :banana: :bounce:

Good winner ... :rocker2:

Deboogle!.
03-28-2008, 08:34 PM
:inlove:OMG :haha: :rolls: :spit: :worship: :haha: :lol: :spit: :haha: :hug:

Jozie
03-28-2008, 08:35 PM
Awesome win Kevin. Pity there was nothing in the news about you playing Nole today, to get SA excited. Hope you make headlines tomorrow!!!!

Chiseller
03-28-2008, 08:36 PM
Damn, whole MTF was lagging as the match finished. :haha:

Fee
03-28-2008, 08:37 PM
Wait what? Expected tank? Are you retarded.

This post alone makes you worse than dimonateur and should lock up a seed for the ACC.

:haha: The new definition of the ultimate insult on MTF - 'worse than Dimonator.' :lol:

finishingmove
03-28-2008, 08:37 PM
i guess im rooting for federer now :)

the next best thing

r2473
03-28-2008, 08:37 PM
djokovic has a history of doing this type of stuff. He doesnt do well in back-back tournaments. Maybe it has to do w/ his stamina?

Ya. I guess you mean like IW and Miami last year, right :rolleyes:

croat123
03-28-2008, 08:38 PM
The King Is Dead, Long Live The King

ShotmaKer
03-28-2008, 08:38 PM
:clap2::clap2:

:bigwave::bigwave:

Clay Death
03-28-2008, 08:38 PM
Clay Death - I have to hand it to you. Post of the day. :worship::worship::worship:


thanks. as crazy as it may sound, i knew that Anderson had a chance in this match. I have seen Anderson play a few times. he is a rising star.

he is simply huge on hard courts.

lifetime supply of high priced call girls for Anderson. paid for from Fed & Nadal slush fund.

Greenday
03-28-2008, 08:39 PM
:haha::haha::haha::haha:

Smoke944
03-28-2008, 08:41 PM
From cheering for Kevin in futures, to winning his first ATP match and getting all the way to the finals, to beating Djokovic after being down a third set break
Keep it going big man :cool:
Now if only alittle bit of this would rub off on Delic, Ram, and De Heart ;)

Tiklish
03-28-2008, 08:41 PM
Just the second round and there's already a happy ending!

FedFan_2007
03-28-2008, 08:42 PM
Already update:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Anderson_%28tennis%29

This guy Anderson is no clown. He just made the final of Las Vegas a few weeks ago.

gogogirl
03-28-2008, 08:43 PM
Hey All,

What happened to the new anointed by some - "Lion King - No-le?"

Last year, he made the final at IW and followed it up a/another final in Miami, so the argument that he doesn't do well in back to back tourneys, flies out the window.

Oh well, at least he won the big one out west, and as we all know, stuff happens. The tour is deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!

Guy Haines
03-28-2008, 08:45 PM
Anderson :worship:

Anyone who saw Kevin Anderson play at the Tennis Channel Open knows he's for real. He should have won that tournament.

It looks like Novak was not ready for Anderson. I wasn't -- I hadn't realized he was Novak's first-round opponent. Anderson's name is so generic that I blanked. Won't do that again! :lol:

I could see how Anderson could give Novak fits. Anderson is very consistent for a tall guy, has clean ground strokes, and his backhand is formidable. Aside from his game, I was impressed with Anderson's maturity in Las Vegas. He's much more calm than Querrey and other players his age or older he faced there. That maturity obviously helped him today, because most of players would have folded after Novak took the second.

That said, the 7-1 in the first set tiebreak has me wanting whatever first-hand reports are available. Did Novak wild out and totally lose his temper or what? :confused:

He's finding out what Federer and Nadal -- or at least Nadal ;) -- already know. It ain't easy at the top.

One thing: Novak is having trouble adjusting to #1 status. He got pissy when he had to play the role against underdog Tsonga in the US Open. He was similarly haywire when he faced Fish instead of Federer in the Indian Wells final. And now this match, where I'd have to guess the crowd was probably going wild for Anderson.

Federer has long had crowds eating out of the palm of his hand. Novak may be a showman but it's in terms of personality rather than play, so he won't have that luxury.

Nadal has won all those clay matches in Paris and elsewhere with the crowd relentlessly hoping for his downfall. Novak better toughen up quick.

The koosh ball hacky sack frolics have commenced. Gotta wonder what the mood was like in the locker room or hallways with Djokovic leaving the court and Nadal entering it. ;)

Spes
03-28-2008, 08:48 PM
I'm not all that surprised, I knew how dangerous Kevin was coming into the match. Novak found it very difficult to break his serve in the first set, but really should have stepped on the gas in the third.

Kevin is a player on the rise, I think results like this will start to come more often for him. I became a big fan of his in the qualies of Las Vegas and it's nice to see that he is realizing the potential that he has.

Obviously I am disappointed for Novak, but this loss isn't going to break his career. He will just come back stronger next time.

Haters, have fun with this. ;) :lol:

FedFan_2007
03-28-2008, 08:49 PM
Hey All,

What happened to the new anointed by some - "Lion King - No-le?"

Last year, he made the final at IW and followed it up a/another final in Miami, so the argument that he doesn't do well in back to back tourneys, flies out the window.

Oh well, at least he won the big one out west, and as we all know, stuff happens. The tour is deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!

Puts additional perspective on Fed's B2B IW/Miami doubles as well as how hard it is at #1 defending all those points successfully. Of course Fed couldn't defend 8370 points he had at end of 2006, but he still finished with 7200.

Clara Bow
03-28-2008, 08:50 PM
djokovic has a history of doing this type of stuff. He doesnt do well in back-back tournaments. Maybe it has to do w/ his stamina?

i.e. cincy 2007. He gut clubbed by moya.

That is true after a big win (win, not being the losing finalist). Cincy after Montreal, Marseilles (or Rottedam?) after the AO and he only one one match at Monte Carlo last year after winning in Miami. He will probably be able to go deeper in tournaments following big wins as time goes on.

Congrats to Kevin- he is having a great year. No matter what the reasons for for Nole's loss- this is a great win for KA and a big scalp to have.

zcess81
03-28-2008, 08:56 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

I bet this was as much fun as you've had in years. See, Nole's thinking of you too...him losing brings you the only joy you have in your life. You should be grateful :)

anutam
03-28-2008, 08:58 PM
Roger practiced with Kevin Anderson yesterday.:)
Good job!!!:rolleyes:

Corey Feldman
03-28-2008, 09:00 PM
zcess81 - http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/spezial/Fool/vis.gif

MIMIC
03-28-2008, 09:01 PM
What the fuck :haha:

Damn, Nole. I wanted you to pwn Federbot :(

Bascule
03-28-2008, 09:02 PM
zcess81 - http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/spezial/Fool/vis.gif

Bwahahaha! What a smiley! :haha:

Roland9
03-28-2008, 09:03 PM
Roger practiced with Kevin Anderson yesterday.:)

Indeed, it seems so...

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b199/krist1124/Miami08/Thu_327/Thu_327_P23s.jpg

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b199/krist1124/Miami08/Thu_327/Thu_327_P160s.jpg

raven gypsy
03-28-2008, 09:03 PM
Now Nole can join Roger and Rafa in the "their careers are over" thread(s).


:haha:


Nole too busy writing the next chapter of his book to prepare :rolleyes:

Isn't Fed the only one to win IW/Miami back to back?

Anyway, congrats to Kevin!

squirrel
03-28-2008, 09:05 PM
The only point "tb king" won in the first set tb was an Anderson df :rolls:
Nole was leading *2-0 in the third :rolls:
99% of MTF will be immensely happy with this result :rolls:

:woohoo: :yippee: :woohoo: :dance: :woohoo:

You are exstrordinary right....

Albop
03-28-2008, 09:05 PM
I bet this was as much fun as you've had in years. See, Nole's thinking of you too...him losing brings you the only joy you have in your life. You should be grateful :)

what a loser :haha:

Alonsofz
03-28-2008, 09:05 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

There's a new king :worship:

MIMIC
03-28-2008, 09:05 PM
So Andy wins Dubai, loses early in IW. Djokovic wins IW and loses in early in Miami.

Twists of fate should be the 2008 headline.

rofe
03-28-2008, 09:05 PM
Nole too busy writing the next chapter of his book to prepare :rolleyes:

Isn't Fed the only one to win IW/Miami back to back?

Anyway, congrats to Kevin!

He is the only one to do it twice. I am pretty sure others have done it back to back once - Agassi, Rios etc.

Grinder
03-28-2008, 09:07 PM
Anderson will keep following this up with good results. I've said it before and I'll say it again, this guy has a huge game. His serve is pretty big like a Feliciano Lopez and he's got a big forehand and moves well for a guy his height. He's more of a baseliner, the way he plays reminds me a bit of Joachim Johansson.

:haha::haha::haha::haha::haha:

Who's laughing now douche? :lol:


Well done to Big Kev, he has a monster game and will at least be top 50 by this time next year, his game is too big for him not be.

Sunset of Age
03-28-2008, 09:07 PM
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b199/krist1124/Miami08/Thu_327/Thu_327_P23s.jpg

Kevin: "I'll show you how to do the job tomorrow, Roger!"

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b199/krist1124/Miami08/Thu_327/Thu_327_P160s.jpg

Roger: "Okay mate, DEAL. I'll take you out to dinner afterwards."

rofe
03-28-2008, 09:08 PM
Well done Mr. Anderson. I think Fed said it best - at that age (that is Djokovic's age) your highs are really high and your lows are really low and you get to adjust that as you grow older. He learnt that the hard way and Novak will probably do that as well.

elessar
03-28-2008, 09:08 PM
http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/8004/7threadshf4.png

:inlove:
:lol: he should do a contest with roger, who can have the most hate thread on GM after a defeat :inlove: I think I stil have a capture of Gm after the Murray loss :spit:
Indeed, it seems so...

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b199/krist1124/Miami08/Thu_327/Thu_327_P23s.jpg

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b199/krist1124/Miami08/Thu_327/Thu_327_P160s.jpg
That's the kind of details I love :lol:

tangerine_dream
03-28-2008, 09:16 PM
Serious question: I've never seen Anderson play but I remember a quote from Novak recently where he said that he's only just learned that he doesn't have to bring everything to the table in the first rounds of a tournament. Is it possible Novak underestimated Anderson and thought he could cruise through? Does Novak overestimate his own ability and/or intimidation factor? I don't think Novak has that intimidation factor just yet, IMO. Neither Roger nor Rafa got theirs until about a year after they consistently beat up on their competition. I get the impression that other players still feel that Novak can be had. What do you guys think?

Marek.
03-28-2008, 09:18 PM
:speakles:

I'll comment more on this when I have time.

davis
03-28-2008, 09:19 PM
99% of MTF will be immensely happy with this result :rolls:


I can happily announce that I belong to a 1% elite...:cool:

The worst part is that no broadcasting was available of this anywhere. Ridiculous, considering the size and importance of this tournament. :mad:

finishingmove
03-28-2008, 09:19 PM
nole obviously underestimated him, and he goes ballistic if he loses the first set so...

another thing is that he tries to break his opponents early , in the 2nd - 3rd game. he must've been pissed as anderson obviously served better

Jozie
03-28-2008, 09:19 PM
What did Anderson have to lose today? Just went out and gave it his best.

KitinovRules
03-28-2008, 09:23 PM
On a serious note, Anderson probably is a bad match up for Faker. Big servers are not favourite thing what Faker wants in the 1st round of AMS.

finishingmove
03-28-2008, 09:24 PM
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b199/krist1124/Miami08/Thu_327/Thu_327_P23s.jpg


that 3rd guy is from The Matrix :cool: something is definitely going on there ...

Snowwy
03-28-2008, 09:24 PM
:haha: The new definition of the ultimate insult on MTF - 'worse than Dimonator.' :lol:

Well its important to remember his legacy, who else could get 4 bans in 6 months.

I'm not all that surprised, I knew how dangerous Kevin was coming into the match. Novak found it very difficult to break his serve in the first set, but really should have stepped on the gas in the third.

Anyone who says they arent surprised is lying. There was nothing to make anyone believe Anderson would win this match.

Roland9
03-28-2008, 09:25 PM
Serious question: I've never seen Anderson play but I remember a quote from Novak recently where he said that he's only just learned that he doesn't have to bring everything to the table in the first rounds of a tournament. Is it possible Novak underestimated Anderson and thought he could cruise through? Does Novak overestimate his own ability and/or intimidation factor?

He indeed said that he was now able to store his energy & focus at the first rounds of a tournament.

I don't think anybody has seen the match as there was no coverage, so I won't buy anything written on this thread, but I'm assuming this match was a combination of both a solid display by Anderson and a not-so-good Nole. I have never seen Anderson play but reading around reveals he has a powerful serve (well, he is tall) and a decent baseline game.

Garson007
03-28-2008, 09:25 PM
I want some opinions from people who actually saw this match. I.e. what happened?

elessar
03-28-2008, 09:25 PM
Serious question: I've never seen Anderson play but I remember a quote from Novak recently where he said that he's only just learned that he doesn't have to bring everything to the table in the first rounds of a tournament. Is it possible Novak underestimated Anderson and thought he could cruise through? Does Novak overestimate his own ability and/or intimidation factor? I don't think Novak has that intimidation factor just yet, IMO. Neither Roger nor Rafa got theirs until about a year after they consistently beat up on their competition. I get the impression that other players still feel that Novak can be had. What do you guys think?

I think you're probably right, especially since Novak seems to have so many ups and downs (most of the ups being during big tournaments ;)) On his best day they don't stand a chance but he still has enough bad days for them to believe they can beat him when they step on the court

Shirogane
03-28-2008, 09:25 PM
He is the only one to do it twice. I am pretty sure others have done it back to back once - Agassi, Rios etc.
Federer (twice), Agassi, Sampras, Rios, Chang and Courier.

Deboogle!.
03-28-2008, 09:28 PM
I want some opinions from people who actually saw this match. I.e. what happened?
Sadly, we'd have to find someone there because there's no TV coverage of this event anywhere until tomorrow.

MIMIC
03-28-2008, 09:28 PM
Serious question: I've never seen Anderson play but I remember a quote from Novak recently where he said that he's only just learned that he doesn't have to bring everything to the table in the first rounds of a tournament. Is it possible Novak underestimated Anderson and thought he could cruise through? Does Novak overestimate his own ability and/or intimidation factor?

I think that's the real difference between Federer and Djokovic. When Federer plays someone, no matter who it is, he plays his heart out. Djokovic does only what it takes to get by...and THEN gets aggressive with the top players.

If Djokovic is serious about being #1, he better take a page from Federer's book.

Branimir
03-28-2008, 09:28 PM
This lose in good for you Nole. :)
But it is not first time this kind of thing happens to Novak. I don't understand it.

Rogieva
03-28-2008, 09:31 PM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Jimnik
03-28-2008, 09:31 PM
Unbelievable. This Anderson must be good.

The battle for #1 in the ATP Race just took another massive twist.

shotgun
03-28-2008, 09:31 PM
Great stuff from the man from Johannesburg.

Hopefully more surprises to follow in this tournament. ;)

Goonergal
03-28-2008, 09:36 PM
Nole :o :help:

Polikarpov
03-28-2008, 09:39 PM
Maybe we do live in a parallel universe.

Fee
03-28-2008, 09:39 PM
I saw Anderson lose to Mike Yani in a Futures final in 2006. He was a massive server back then but he did not use the rest of the court very well. I did not see any of his matches in LV (yeah, it was on TV but I just didn't pay attention), but I guess we can gather that his time at Illinois playing college tennis was well spent and he has developed his game well. I would like to see him get in to the Top 50, but I'm not sure if he can be consistent enough to do that. This is a huge win for him, and he deserves a lot of credit for it. I really hope that there is a good match report somewhere because I am very curious how this happened. It still doesn't compute with me, even after reading the observations and opinions in this thread.

~*BGT*~
03-28-2008, 09:39 PM
:spit: x128731297382173817293721837182470132570

:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

EXTERMINATED......

:haha: :haha: :haha:

I agree with the above. ;) :p

Indeed, it seems so...

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b199/krist1124/Miami08/Thu_327/Thu_327_P160s.jpg

Roger has a baby bump. ;) :p

Horatio Caine
03-28-2008, 09:40 PM
Really shocked by this. I mean, Anderson is a good player (should be top 50 as Seth says), but his 2nd serve is attackable, and he often doesn't do a whole lot with the ball in the baseline rallies...he's solid, but doesn't do anything special. What happened to Nole? :eek:

Burrow
03-28-2008, 09:41 PM
Wow...

tangerine_dream
03-28-2008, 09:41 PM
I guess Novak got a warning for slow play, then the crowd jeered him, and that all rattled him:

From Reuters:
Defending champion Novak Djokovic went into a funk after being warned for taking too much time between points Friday, then blew a third-set lead to lose his opening match at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Qualifier Kevin Anderson, a 6-foot-7 former NCAA doubles champion at Illinois, beat the third-ranked Djokovic 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4.

Djokovic won his first Grand Slam title at this year’s Australian Open and was coming off a title at Indian Wells last week. But he struggled from the start against Anderson and was rattled by the warning from a chair umpire.

Serving at 2-0 in the third set, Djokovic won the next point after the warning to reach deuce, then lost 13 points in a row. Jeers from the crowd further agitated him, and by the time Djokovic collected himself, Anderson was up a break at 3-2.

Anderson, a big-serving South African, played for three years at Illinois and won the 2006 NCAA doubles title. He turned pro last year and is 6-2 this year, which has lifted his ranking to No. 122.

KitinovRules
03-28-2008, 09:42 PM
I saw Anderson lose to Mike Yani in a Futures final in 2006. He was a massive server back then but he did not use the rest of the court very well. I did not see any of his matches in LV (yeah, it was on TV but I just didn't pay attention), but I guess we can gather that his time at Illinois playing college tennis was well spent and he has developed his game well. .

Don't you think maybe, maybe it will be appropriate if you change your avatar? :devil::devil::devil:

BIGMARAT
03-28-2008, 09:44 PM
over confidence

Tommy fan
03-28-2008, 09:45 PM
The only point "tb king" won in the first set tb was an Anderson df :rolls:
Nole was leading *2-0 in the third :rolls:
99% of MTF will be immensely happy with this result :rolls:

:woohoo: :yippee: :woohoo: :dance: :woohoo:

Couldn't say more

Kev :worship: :D

Novak Hahahaaa

Renaud
03-28-2008, 09:45 PM
Anderson's fairy tales > My first grand slam

Cheaper but better.

Garson007
03-28-2008, 09:45 PM
Sadly, we'd have to find someone there because there's no TV coverage of this event anywhere until tomorrow.
I know... I guess we'll have to wait until the end of Today's Grandstand matches. :/

KitinovRules
03-28-2008, 09:46 PM
I guess Novak got a warning for slow play, then the crowd jeered him, and that all rattled him:

From Reuters:
Defending champion Novak Djokovic went into a funk after being warned for taking too much time between points Friday, then blew a third-set lead to lose his opening match at the Sony Ericsson Open.

.

Finally,

Who was at chair at this match?
He's got a few rounds of beer on my account

danton
03-28-2008, 09:47 PM
Bloody hell! I thought 'no it can't be, its a joke' especially after that I love my self book he's done.

Brilliant bloody brilliant.

vincayou
03-28-2008, 09:48 PM
:)

ASP0315
03-28-2008, 09:48 PM
Always a great day for tennis if djvokovic loses.

Well done big man kevin. :yeah:

Jelena_78
03-28-2008, 09:54 PM
Congrats to Kevin!

Renaud
03-28-2008, 09:55 PM
Anderson's tales > My first grand slam

Cheaper but better.

LK_22
03-28-2008, 09:58 PM
Nice to see an up and coming serve and volleyer score a big win :yeah:

Clay Death
03-28-2008, 10:00 PM
Always a great day for tennis if djvokovic loses.

Well done big man kevin. :yeah:


breaking news:

Fed and Nadal have banded together to create a slush fund for the express purpose of supplying Anderson high priced call girls for the rest of his life. all courtesy of Fed & Nadal slush fund.

both #1 and #2 ranks are safe for now, thanks to Anderson.

osalsyst
03-28-2008, 10:00 PM
Wait what? Expected tank? Are you retarded.

This post alone makes you worse than dimonateur and should lock up a seed for the ACC.

First of all, I said somewhat expected. If I had bet, it would've been on Novak and after that second set, I thought it would be smooth sailing. But honestly, I didn't really expect Novak to put the hammer down like he did two weeks in a row. I never predicted that Anderson would win either but I can't say it was unbelievably surprising. This has happened to Novak several times where he's done very well in a tournament and then lost a match he should've won soon after. (ex: Queens Club, Umag, Paris) Maybe tank isn't the right word for it but it happens to everyone. I think if Novak was totally there mentally, things would've been different. I'm not trying to take anything away from Anderson. This is just what I think. :)

Deboogle!.
03-28-2008, 10:09 PM
I really hope that there is a good match report somewhere because I am very curious how this happened. It still doesn't compute with me, even after reading the observations and opinions in this thread.This one's pretty good.

Finally,

Who was at chair at this match?
He's got a few rounds of beer on my accountNorm Cryst...
================
The Evans Report: Bolt Bounces Champ
By Richard Evans
Friday, March 28, 2008

The sensations are coming early at this year’s Sony Ericsson Championships. Mardy Fish losing to Arnaud Clement after reaching the final at Indian Wells was a shock but predictable in a way. Not so the bolt from the clear blue skies that hit the Indian Wells champion Novak Djokovic here this afternoon.

The man who was the reigning champion out here on Key Biscayne; the man who won the Australian Open in January and has been breathing down the necks of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all year was out served and outhit by a tall, lean 21-year-old South African qualifier called Kevin Anderson 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-4.

"I felt in my heart I was ready to play and, obviously, it was a tremendous experience for me," Andersons aid. "It was tough because he was moving so well and a couple of times I was almost ready to let up because he was he was hitting so hard. But I sort of got a second wind at the start of the third set and and got a lot more confidence when he started to make a couple of mistakes."

Irrespective of who was playing, this was a tremendous tennis match, played in the modern idiom. The serves were huge — inevitably because Anderson stands 6-foot-7 — while the backcourt hitting made one wince. But Anderson won because he proved, throughout the match and especially on his third match point, that he could stand toe to toe with a player who is as solid from the backcourt as anyone in the game and stare him down.

Anderson knew his moment of truth had arrived when he walked up to serve for the match at 5-4 in the third, having broken back from 0-2 down in controversial circumstances. Djokovic, obviously unnerved by the power of Anderson’s hitting received a time violation for going to extremes with his habit of bouncing the ball up to twenty times before serving. Nine bounces is normal for the Serb but whenever he gets nervous the count spirals to ridiculous proportions and umpire Norm Chryst rightly called him on it. The crowd got into the act; a few started counting when Djokovic went into his routine yet again and then applauded when he missed a first serve. Not nice. Djokovic is an emotional character and he did well not to react more obviously than he did.

But the result of all that was a break back, followed by a change of shoes by Djokovic and then another loss of serve as the world No 3 lost his focus. Anderson, who began the tournament ranked 122 on the ATP computer, had signaled his arrival on the tour by reaching the final of Las Vegas a few weeks ago but this was something quite different. He was now in sight of a career-changing win and everyone was wondering "Can he hold his nerve — and therefore his serve?"

The answer was emphatic. He came up with a handful of unreturnables, ranging from 127 mph to 138 but it was not just that stinging delivery that won this match. The nerve held when he had to take a second swipe at an overhead and the put away a volley. And it held in that final rally of the match when, finally after some twenty strokes, it was Djokovic who found the net. Off went Anderson’s cap to reveal the sweaty blond curls as the young man held his head in his hands, trying to make sense of the thoughts that were swirling in his brain. He must have known; as we now know now, that he is going to give South Africa the tennis star it has been craving for so long.

"I lost focus with the time violation and lots of things," said Djokovic as he tried to collect himself afterwards. He tried — and failed — not to mention that he was tired after Indian Wells and that his shoelaces came undone on the final point but, to his credit he did say this: "But that’s OK. It’s all part of the game. He deserved to win. He surprised me with the way he served because I have never seen him before. I wasn’t moving well enough on my returns and I wasn’t aggressive enough. He’s so tall you don’t expect him to move as well as he does. He has good co-ordination. He’s a good player."

Anderson, who studies at Illinois University and returns to Champagne to train, said he began realizing he could compete with some of the best players just a few weeks ago. He started playing tennis at six and was coached by his father in Johannesburg before Craig Tiley, the former South African Davis Cup captain who is now tournament directoor of the Australian Open, suggested Anderson go to Illinois where Tiley himself had coached.

PiggyGotRoasted
03-28-2008, 10:09 PM
both #1 and #2 ranks are safe for now, thanks to Anderson.
That is untill davydenko wins miami, french open, rome and monte carlo

dylan24
03-28-2008, 10:10 PM
for the sake of tennis, federer needs to get back to kicking ass.
its a disgrace for tennis if this asshole novak djokovic is top dog in mens tennis.

Albop
03-28-2008, 10:11 PM
"In the last point my shoelace was broken but I'm not trying to find excuses"

LOL :worship:

Lee
03-28-2008, 10:16 PM
Thanks for the report, Deb.

juninhOH
03-28-2008, 10:17 PM
hm, I thought Djokovic was over that point already, of having a great week then having a week off. He is not ready to steal #1 yet. Has the toos tho.

rocketassist
03-28-2008, 10:22 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:


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Lucinda
03-28-2008, 10:23 PM
Thank Heaven. Nadal's ranking is safe... for now...

Clay Death
03-28-2008, 10:26 PM
Thank Heaven. Nadal's ranking is safe... for now...


right but he still has to find a way to improve. cannot keep relying on Fed and Djokovic to help him out.

BalkanBoy
03-28-2008, 10:32 PM
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :shout:

anon57
03-28-2008, 10:32 PM
snip
Anderson knew his moment of truth had arrived when he walked up to serve for the match at 5-4 in the third, having broken back from 0-2 down in controversial circumstances. Djokovic, obviously unnerved by the power of Anderson’s hitting received a time violation for going to extremes with his habit of bouncing the ball up to twenty times before serving. Nine bounces is normal for the Serb but whenever he gets nervous the count spirals to ridiculous proportions and umpire Norm Chryst rightly called him on it. The crowd got into the act; a few started counting when Djokovic went into his routine yet again and then applauded when he missed a first serve. Not nice. Djokovic is an emotional character and he did well not to react more obviously than he did.

Not really a fan of Djokovic but to count along with Djokovic's ball bouncing isn't very sporting imo, hopefully it was just a few individuals. His pre-serve routines can get pretty annoying but still.

hablovah19
03-28-2008, 10:34 PM
Anderson knew his moment of truth had arrived when he walked up to serve for the match at 5-4 in the third, having broken back from 0-2 down in controversial circumstances. Djokovic, obviously unnerved by the power of Anderson’s hitting received a time violation for going to extremes with his habit of bouncing the ball up to twenty times before serving. Nine bounces is normal for the Serb but whenever he gets nervous the count spirals to ridiculous proportions and umpire Norm Chryst rightly called him on it. The crowd got into the act; a few started counting when Djokovic went into his routine yet again and then applauded when he missed a first serve. Not nice. Djokovic is an emotional character and he did well not to react more obviously than he did.


Reminds me a bit of the Fed Cup fiasco with Sharpie : when the Israeli crowd starting imitating her shrieks. :tape::lol:

Stefwhit
03-28-2008, 10:38 PM
Novak Djokovic - 3.28.08
K. ANDERSON/N. Djokovic
7‑5, 3‑6, 6‑4
An interview with:
NOVAK DJOKOVIC


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You seemed to be turning that match around quite nicely. 2‑Love in the final set, and then there was that time violation warning. What did you make of that instance, and how much did it affect the course of the whole match?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it's, you know, I didn't focus myself in that moment. Obviously, the time violation and a lot of different things affected on my service game loss.
But, you know, that's okay. It's all part of the game.

Q. You could say different things. Are you able to say?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, the shoe, for example. In the last point my shoe lace was broken. But, that ‑‑ I don't find excuses. It's just that he deserved to win.

Q. What physical condition did you come into this tournament having had such a long tournament in Indian Wells?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I tried to recover, but obviously I was a little bit tired from the start. But it was okay, you know. I could play, but the thing is that I didn't know the way he's playing. It was our first meeting, and I never saw im playing before. He surprised me with the way he was serving. I wasn't moving on my returns good enough, and obviously that resulted in easy service games. He was winning too easy in the first set his service games, and I wasn't aggressive enough. Then when I needed to use my chances in the third set, I made some unforced errors which were really crucial.

Q. Were you surprised at how well Kevin Anderson was able to defend from the back of the court? Because I think everybody was expected you to win, the majority of those baseline exchanges, but it didn't always work out that way.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I made some unforced errors and I was maybe going for too much. Obviously, he's really tall, and with that height you expect him not to move so well. But he obviously has a good coordination. He has a good feel for the ball. So he's a good player.

Q. In those circumstances when you do get a chance, you really have to take it. I suppose you'll think just when you had the opportunities you didn't really impose yourself.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah. Yeah, well, I was ‑‑ in that moment I was nervous. Maybe I went for some shots too much, and he was wisely waiting for my mistakes. That was a crucial point.

Q. How difficult is it to win these Masters Series back‑to‑back?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, now if I start talking about the calendar, you know, it's going to take a while. So this is just a part of sport, and we have to deal with it the way it is. They don't intend to change the schedule soon, so it's all the same for everybody.

Q. In the long scheme of things, this is just a temporary setback, obviously. Now you're looking forward to the clay court season to reassert your winning ways. What can which expect in the next few weeks and months?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, you know, there is a lot of expectations, of course, as the third player of the world, and first player of the world this year. I had the best results so far. And, obviously, going to the clay, which is not my favorite surface, but still I can play good tennis. The good thing about this loss is that I can get a bit longer period of preparation and vacation as well.

Q. Can you talk about particularly in this tournament that you were talking yesterday after winning here last year, you had such good memories here, to go out so early, what your emotions are?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, it's too bad.

Q. Do you think there might be too much off‑court activities in between the tournaments?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No.

Q. Did you know anything about Kevin before?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, I just said. I never saw him before.

Clay Death
03-28-2008, 10:39 PM
Reminds me a bit of the Fed Cup fiasco with Sharpie : when the Israeli crowd starting imitating her shrieks. :tape::lol:


wow. that is news to me. so it would appear that Djokovic was affected big time by Anderson`s ability to stay in the match with him.

what about the medical timeouts? were there any medical timeouts? i am still trying to figure out if they are real or orchestrated.

Mansave_75
03-28-2008, 10:45 PM
He deserved to lose today, that's all ;he's no unbeatable.

leng jai
03-28-2008, 10:45 PM
So how many MTF prophets expected this result?

Stefwhit
03-28-2008, 10:46 PM
Kevin Anderson - 3.28.08
K. ANDERSON/N. Djokovic
7‑5, 3‑6, 6‑4
An interview with:
KEVIN ANDERSON


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. I don't know if you've ever heard of Red Grange, possibly the greatest football player in Illinois history. But I suppose this might earn you a picture up on the wall at the athletic department alongside Red.
KEVIN ANDERSON: Yeah. I'm just pretty happy with my picture up at the indoor facility. It's just I feel, such a great honor and pride being part of such a program. It means so much to me.
I feel, I mean it's really my home away from home. And all the guys that were traveling up to play Northwestern today. When I called the coach, I had a full applause from the back. It really felt good.

Q. So I guess you made the right decision to turn pro then.
KEVIN ANDERSON: I think looking back I feel pretty happy with the decision I made. It was really hard at first, especially the first couple of months. Suddenly being by myself and knowing that I still had another year left at school. You know, I had spoke to Brad quite a bit about it. He put forth sort of a proposal that I could maybe stay at school and still play tournaments. I just felt in my heart that I was ready to play. I think looking back at it, I think I made the right decision.

Q. What's been the thing that you've noted the most as far as having to make the transition? Like you said, being on your own more, but beyond that.
KEVIN ANDERSON: Yeah, definitely I think that part was the biggest part. Just being by myself with no one to travel with, no coach and stuff. And as I've sort of worked up a little bit from challengers and now playing a few more ATP events, I think just the mental toughness and competitiveness for each and every single point is a lot higher than in college. You really can't get away with anything here. You have to be fully focused and really prepared for every single game. I think in college there are a few games where you can get out of it. You can be maybe sort of worrying about what's going on elsewhere and still get through your match. Here, it's just, I mean, just the competitiveness is really at the highest level.

Q. When you got through the qualifying and you saw the draw and you see that you have Novak Djokovic in your initial match, how did you prepare for this?
KEVIN ANDERSON: I actually didn't look at the draw. I just saw that I was playing ‑ I was playing, Wow, I completely blanked on his name, Calleri. Yeah, so actually I only found out who I was playing after I actually won that match. I kind of tend not to look too far. Just sort of focus from match to match. At least that's what I've done in the past. When I found out I was playing Novak, I was really, really excited about it. Just the opportunity of playing, I think, the best player this year, and third in the rankings and also at the stadium, I was really excited for it.

Q. When the umpire called that time violation on Novak he won that point, but you won the next 13 in a row. Was Novak's sort of ball bouncing and so forth, was that an irritant to you at all?
KEVIN ANDERSON: I didn't feel it was that bad. I kind of tried to not get ready straightaway. I kind of got ready maybe a couple of seconds after he started. Actually noticed, yeah, in the third. Sort of ten points had gone by, and I suddenly realized that I had won quite a few points in a row. I didn't feel ‑ I kind of maybe just felt a little maybe a second wind going. I definitely felt a little tired during the second and the beginning of the third. He had all the momentum and came back from Love‑40. I really knew I needed to win that game. Somehow I got through that game, and I definitely felt a lot better going into the next game. I think I held pretty easy, and then I got a little more confidence going in sort of in the fifth game of the third set.

Q. From the first matchpoint, was that a tight one for you?
KEVIN ANDERSON: Yeah, just the crowd and the noise was unbelievable. Just kind of the reality of the situation was right there. Yeah, I missed that second serve by quite a bit. I just knew I had to go after it, and he played a pretty good point then. Fortunately, I hit a pretty good second serve at deuce, and it gave me another chance at a whole other matchpoint.

Q. You seemed a bit in disbelief when you won.
KEVIN ANDERSON: I mean, yeah, yeah, I still am. Yeah, it's ‑‑ yeah, I really don't know even what to say right now. I really tried to give myself the best shot walking in today. I kept telling myself I can do this. I've just got to believe in myself, play my game. But even still, just knowing what he's done and what a great player he is, and to have actually beaten him, I mean, it's a tremendous experience for me.

Q. How many text messages and phone calls have you received already since the end of it? And has Tiley been one of those?
KEVIN ANDERSON: Craig hasn't been one yet. But I looked at my phone, and I think I had 17 texts, and my phone's actually vibrating right now. So I've had quite a few. It's just been great to get all the support from all the guys at Illinois and friends and family back home as well.

Q. What were you studying, and how does a guy from South Africa get to Illinois?
KEVIN ANDERSON: I was studying business, and I was probably going to major in economics if I had stayed. And Craig Tiley, who was our Davis Cup captain, he recruited me. And our team, Illinois had just won the 2003 National Championships the year before, So I kind of knew a little bit about their program. It was just one of those things that my heart was set on it from the minute I started talking to Craig. I always knew if I had a place in there I was always going to go, and fortunately it all worked out well.

Q. How about the decision of going to college versus just joining the tour right away? Was that even an option?
KEVIN ANDERSON: Actually, yeah. In the beginning of the year I had no intention of going to school at all. I didn't know that much about it. It kind of had that stigma about it. If you went to college, you couldn't have made it, and that was a second best option. When coaches started to call me and inform me about the system, I started speaking to other players. I really thought it could be a great system for me. I could play a lot of matches for spring, and also the opportunity to play for futures and challengers during the summers as well. Yeah, looking back, I'm really happy I made that decision. I'd definitely make it again if I had to.

Q. At what age did you come to the U.S.?
KEVIN ANDERSON: The first time I came to the U.S. was when I was 18 on a few recruiting trips, and I played the junior US Open. I started my freshman year was in 2005, January, 2005.

Q. Did you feel, from the beginning of the match, Novak was a little off? That your game was throwing him off? What were you sensing from him?
KEVIN ANDERSON: It's really hard for me to say. I've never stepped on the court with him before, and I've just seen him playing on TV. Sometimes it's a little different the perspectives on TV than actually playing somebody. But to get through that first service game, I think was pretty important for me to start on the level playing and going down a break straightaway. I think sometimes is the case when you're playing, you know, somebody ranked as high as he is on such a big stage. I felt I played a pretty good service game. In the first few games I was hanging with him and got to a tiebreaker. Tiebreakers can really go either way, and I served pretty well and played a few points. The next minute I had won the first set. So, yeah, I think it was ‑ I mean, he was making a few sort of easy mistakes I felt. I mean, obviously, coming from a win last week it's never easy to regroup and start off. But, I mean, still obviously giving it everything, being defending champion here, obviously had a lot of points this week.

Q. Are you by yourself here? Or are you traveling with anybody?
KEVIN ANDERSON: I have been traveling by myself. This week I have a few people, Mike Daley, and his colleague, John McDonough. My girlfriend, Kelsey O'Neal, actually flew in yesterday, and a really good friend Fritz Wolmarans, who is from youth Africa. He plays tennis as well. And a friend from Illinois. So I actually had eight or so people in my box. It was really fun having them watch me, because I've played a lot of matches by myself.

Q. Where are you based here in the States?
KEVIN ANDERSON: I'm still based out of Champagne. When I'm not playing, I go back there. I have all the facilities that I need. I have a strength coach and Brad Dancer actually still coaches me when I go back. He's the guy when I'm traveling I'm calling him and asking him advice and stuff. I practice with all the guys on the team as well. So for right now, I feel it's a good setup for me.

Q. Mike said that Tiley came to Wimbledon this year. Was that a Wimbledon junior tournament?
KEVIN ANDERSON: It was.

Q. And what impact did that have on your decision to go to college?
KEVIN ANDERSON: He actually worked up with me, and Wayne Ferreira was by his side. It was the first time I got to meet him as well. So it was probably a good little opening statement from Craig. And, yeah, just speaking to him, he had a really good reputation as Davis Cup captain. He had done a good job. And he had just led Illini to a national championship. It was really good talking to him. He showed a really big interest in me. We just kept on talking. And couple months down the line he said there was a spot there for me.

Q. Did he give you any advice at that time?
KEVIN ANDERSON: Not really. It's a little bit against NCAA rules. You can't really get too, too involved. You've just got to stick to the recruiting spots. So there was no sort of advice on play.

Q. Do you think Cliff Drysdale will introduce himself to you now?
KEVIN ANDERSON: I don't know. Hopefully. I'd like to get to meet him.

Q. Are you saying you don't think you want to travel with a coach at this point?
KEVIN ANDERSON: No, I'm definitely looking for a coach. I think it's really important, especially right now. I just don't want to rush into it. I want to find the right person for me. Somebody I get along with and knows my game and works out well. I've had a little bit of a tough time trying to find that person. So, definitely, if the right person comes along, I'm definitely interested in finding somebody to travel with.

Q. South Africa used to be a presence in tennis, and that's fallen off. When you were growing up, was there anyone you looked to, perhaps, Ferreira, I don't know?
KEVIN ANDERSON: Yeah, it was pretty tough. There wasn't a lot of opportunities. Our federation had a lot of problems financially. They tried to turn things around, and I think it's slowly started to turn around. Growing up, there were not a lot of people to practice with as far as, you know, turning pro. Firstly, because everybody is touring around the world, and it's hard to go back to South Africa just because it's so far from everywhere. There wasn't a huge incentive to go back. So most of my practices were done with my dad who coached me. He has coached me since I started playing. Since I was six. And my brother, too, he plays as well. And that was most of my practice. Then just before I hit with Louis Vosloo quite a bit, and he was a pro. But there was definitely ‑‑ well, we tried our best to find as many people as we could. It was mostly people who had maybe tried and didn't and stopped play. There was no sort of current turning professional.

Q. Where was that?
KEVIN ANDERSON: Where was?

Q. Where you were growing up?
KEVIN ANDERSON: All in Johannesburg. That's where I'm from.

Q. Is your father a tennis coach?
KEVIN ANDERSON: He played a little himself. And he just taught the game himself. He's coached me and my brother since we started playing. Maybe five, six years ago he got coaching just to further his knowledge. But he's only coached me and my brother.

Q. You're earning a nice paycheck here and Vegas as well. But I'm told I should ask you about the Ferrari you received for your birthday.
KEVIN ANDERSON: Yeah, I actually got to drive a Lamborghini last year. I stayed with a family in Louisville, and they actually let me drive their car which was really fun. And hopefully, one day I'll be able to get one on my own.

Q. Are you 6'5" or 6'7"?
KEVIN ANDERSON: I'm 6'7".

Q. It's unusual to see someone that height as agile as you are, particularly your ability to hold the baseline. Your footwork seems to be surprisingly good. Where is that coming from? Were you a football player when you were younger also?
KEVIN ANDERSON: No, I've just spent my whole life playing from the baseline. My dad's really reinforced the idea that it's really tough in today's game just to be able to rely on coming to the net. He really believes you've got to be comfortable from the baseline. The thing I've worked the most on in the last few years is trying to come forward more, be more aggressive. I'm doing a lot better job of that. Before I was even too defensive. I'm trying to find more opportunities to come to the net. But since I've been playing, I've always played from the baseline, and I've worked really hard on it. I've done a lot of agility work and worked with a couple of people who helped me with that. But I still know that is my biggest thing I continue to improve on is my speed and my footwork, and I spend a lot of time doing that.

Q. People say they learn more from the losses typically than their wins and it might be too soon afterwards. But do you think you might look back and see that anything you learned from today's win?
KEVIN ANDERSON: Definitely. I think the biggest thing is just that I can compete with the best in the world, and I showed myself that today. Regardless whether he was on form or off form, it's still a win, and that's still really important for me. I still feel during the matches a couple things I can continue to improve on and need to improve on if I'm going to be able to do this on a consistent basis. But looking back, I just think, you know, playing in that situation and actually coming through is a really, you know, really positive aspect for me.

Q. You said at the beginning that you've watched him play on TV, but sometimes it's different when you play them in person. How is it different? What did you expect going in, and how is he different than what you see on TV when you're actually playing him?
KEVIN ANDERSON: I would say it was maybe a month and a half ago when I started playing a few more guys on the tour. Just on TV it just seems like the ball's coming so hard. I mean, it is coming hard, but it's not as hard as I thought it was. You know, playing a few guys in Las Vegas was really good for me. Just seeing that I can compete with these guys. Coming in today was, I mean, I knew what I was up against. I mean, I knew he had a good first serve, and I managed to break him a couple times in the end. But before that I wasn't getting a good look on his serve at all. He moved really well. It was tough getting the ball past him a lot of times where I almost let up because I thought he was either not going to get there or I'd have a really easy shot and he was completely back in the point. So that was definitely there. He's got a really good backhand which was there. Yeah, but it was just good for me right from the beginning. Being able to, you know, stay with him right up until, well, you know, getting that first set was a really important thing for me to do.

finishingmove
03-28-2008, 10:46 PM
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it's, you know, I didn't focus myself in that moment. Obviously, the time violation and a lot of different things affected on my service game loss.
But, you know, that's okay. It's all part of the game.

Q. You could say different things. Are you able to say?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, the shoe, for example. In the last point my shoe lace was broken. But, that ‑‑ I don't find excuses. It's just that he deserved to win.



L O L

nazgul82
03-28-2008, 10:54 PM
I don't like Djoko too much, but I think that he is the best right now. Then WTF happened to Djoko ????

star
03-28-2008, 10:55 PM
:haha: I laughed when I saw this result. It's so funny that both Fish and Djokovic lose in the first round. Djokovic has to learn how to put wins under his belt and move on to the next tournament without losing focus. :hug:

Now for Rafa for the win. :)

Clay Death
03-28-2008, 10:58 PM
He deserved to lose today, that's all ;he's no unbeatable.


here is what a lot MTF folks dont realize:

1. Anderson can serve. at one point against his match against Ginepri in Vegas, he hit 4 serves in a row that hit 134+ mph.

2. both Ginepri and Djokovic walked away from the match really impressed with Anderson`s baseline game. for a guy 6 foot 7, Djokovic said today that he is really very well coordinated and solid off the ground. Ginepri said that Anderson`s ground game is more formidable that his serve.

3. His backhand return is pure magic. smooth as silk and consistent as hell. and lethal.

bottom line is that Anderson is a rising star. people should have been able to see that in Vegas.

i think he will hit top 20 in a year.

elessar
03-28-2008, 10:59 PM
Novak Djokovic - 3.28.08
K. ANDERSON/N. Djokovic
7‑5, 3‑6, 6‑4
An interview with:
NOVAK DJOKOVIC
Can anyone tell me why this was merged :confused:
I don't recall all the threads about Federer's or rafa's post-losses interviews being merged

Deboogle!.
03-28-2008, 11:00 PM
here is what a lot MTF folks dont realize:

1. Anderson can serve. at one point against his match against Ginepri in Vegas, he hit 4 serves in a row that hit 134+ mph.

2. both Ginepri and Djokovic walked away from the match really impressed with Anderson`s baseline game. for a guy 6 foot 7, Djokovic said today that he is really very well coordinated and solid off the ground. Ginepri said that Anderson`s ground game is more formidable that his serve.

3. His backhand return is pure magic. smooth as silk and consistent as hell. and lethal.

bottom line is that Anderson is a risng star. people should have been able to see that in Vegas.

i think he will hit top 20 in a year.I think a lot of MTF people did not have the opportunity to see him in Vegas. I agree with you - of the guys over 6'6 or so, i'd say he's by far the most solid mover and the most solid from the baseline. Whether he can keep up the consistency to make it to the top 20 remains to be seen but he seems like a nice kid with a good head on his shoulders and he really does have a lovely game to watch so I wish him the very best :)

Allez-Ollie
03-28-2008, 11:02 PM
Djokovic would have won had he held for 3-0, but that time violation warning distracted him then the crowd got involved. Even Anderson admitted that breaking that game was crucial.

"I kind of maybe just felt a little second wind going. I definitely felt a little tired during the second and beginning of the third set. He had all the momentum and came back from love - 40. I really knew I needed to win that game. Somehow I got through that game, and I definitely felt a lot better going into the next game. I held pretty easy, and then I got a little more confidence going."

Source: http://www.inside-tennis.net/tennis-news_3207_Reigning-champion-is-out.html

Fee
03-28-2008, 11:03 PM
Don't you think maybe, maybe it will be appropriate if you change your avatar? :devil::devil::devil:

Why would I do that? I don't give up on my favorite players for losing one match. You may be that fickle, but I am not.


breaking news:

Fed and Nadal have banded together to create a slush fund for the express purpose of supplying Anderson high priced call girls for the rest of his life. all courtesy of Fed & Nadal slush fund.

both #1 and #2 ranks are safe for now, thanks to Anderson.

It takes a lot to burn out a joke within the space of one thread. Congratulations.



Deb thanks for posting the Evans article about the match. Better than the wire reports. :)


Excellent press conference from Novak. Now, if Federer doesn't settle down and win this event, I will hunt him down and smack him myself.

star
03-28-2008, 11:05 PM
Excellent press conference from Novak. Now, if Federer doesn't settle down and win this event, I will hunt him down and smack him myself.

And I will hunt him down and smack him if he does. :p

Clay Death
03-28-2008, 11:06 PM
I think a lot of MTF people did not have the opportunity to see him in Vegas. I agree with you - of the guys over 6'6 or so, i'd say he's by far the most solid mover and the most solid from the baseline. Whether he can keep up the consistency to make it to the top 20 remains to be seen but he seems like a nice kid with a good head on his shoulders and he really does have a lovely game to watch so I wish him the very best :)


one of other things that impressed me about him--and you mention this as well Deb--is how cool, calm, and well composed he is on the court no matter what the score.

just a great bloke. i wish him the best also. he is not likely to win here but he is clearly going places.

Kolya
03-28-2008, 11:07 PM
Hilarious! :haha:

Must be the hair :p

gnaz
03-28-2008, 11:07 PM
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Clay Death
03-28-2008, 11:09 PM
Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Dedicated to farenhajt,bascule,aloimeh,manon and clay death


what the hell happened to Aloimeh anyway?

incidentally, i expected this result. i know how good Anderson is. i also said that Fish would lose 3 days ago. check the posts.

camnation
03-28-2008, 11:10 PM
What. The. Hell!
This can't be real...

KitinovRules
03-28-2008, 11:13 PM
what the hell happened to Aloimeh anyway?


You beat me to it.
I wanted to post the same thing.
Also where is bascule?

FedFan_2007
03-28-2008, 11:15 PM
Federer better wins this now. I want a Fedal final on hardcourt!

FedFan_2007
03-28-2008, 11:16 PM
Federer better wins this now. I want a Fedal final on hardcourt!

freeandlonely
03-28-2008, 11:16 PM
:eek:

Clay Death
03-28-2008, 11:18 PM
You beat me to it.
I wanted to post the same thing.
Also where is bascule?


bascule is around and is probably upset about the Nole loss.

there is no sign of Alomieh?

camnation
03-28-2008, 11:18 PM
You beat me to it.
I wanted to post the same thing.
Also where is bascule?
They've gone into hiding after this loss. Maybe they knew beforehand and prepped up?

RogerFan82
03-28-2008, 11:19 PM
Djerkobitch :bigwave::bigwave::bigwave:

Clay Death
03-28-2008, 11:19 PM
They've gone into hiding after this loss. Maybe they knew beforehand and prepped up?


Farrenhajt just told me on the t4u board that he is really pissed off about the Nole loss.

Clara Bow
03-28-2008, 11:19 PM
Anderson knew his moment of truth had arrived when he walked up to serve for the match at 5-4 in the third, having broken back from 0-2 down in controversial circumstances. Djokovic, obviously unnerved by the power of Anderson’s hitting received a time violation for going to extremes with his habit of bouncing the ball up to twenty times before serving. Nine bounces is normal for the Serb but whenever he gets nervous the count spirals to ridiculous proportions and umpire Norm Chryst rightly called him on it. The crowd got into the act; a few started counting when Djokovic went into his routine yet again and then applauded when he missed a first serve. Not nice. Djokovic is an emotional character and he did well not to react more obviously than he did.

It sounds like the crowd went too far here. He got the time violation as it sounds like he deserved to, so the ump was doing his job. No need for them to jeer and heckle him afterwards. Norm should have told the crowd to hush it because that has to be distracting. But Norm never seems to really like the players anyway.

groundstroke
03-28-2008, 11:20 PM
Anderson is ranked 122 in the world. Djokovic fans, how do you defend this?

Kuhne
03-28-2008, 11:24 PM
Djokovic is such a one slam wonder it's actualy pathetic, the guy had everything right going for him at the end of last year and the begining of this year. he should have two grand slams considering how crappy federer played the US Open final yet he only managed to win the australian. He benefited from Roger and Rafa playing poorly lately and even then he manages to lose against a guy named Kevin Anderson? this guy is gona go the way of Carlos Moya, except Moya was #1 in the world for a month or something and Djokovic won't

Merton
03-28-2008, 11:25 PM
Great win for Anderson, hopefully he will back up this result. As for Nole, he gets some more time to prepare for the clay court season.

l_mac
03-28-2008, 11:26 PM
I guess Novak got a warning for slow play, then the crowd jeered him, and that all rattled him:

From Reuters:
Defending champion Novak Djokovic went into a funk after being warned for taking too much time between points Friday, then blew a third-set lead to lose his opening match at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Qualifier Kevin Anderson, a 6-foot-7 former NCAA doubles champion at Illinois, beat the third-ranked Djokovic 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4.

Djokovic won his first Grand Slam title at this year’s Australian Open and was coming off a title at Indian Wells last week. But he struggled from the start against Anderson and was rattled by the warning from a chair umpire.

Serving at 2-0 in the third set, Djokovic won the next point after the warning to reach deuce, then lost 13 points in a row. Jeers from the crowd further agitated him, and by the time Djokovic collected himself, Anderson was up a break at 3-2.

Anderson, a big-serving South African, played for three years at Illinois and won the 2006 NCAA doubles title. He turned pro last year and is 6-2 this year, which has lifted his ranking to No. 122.
:eek:

I feel a little bit bad for Nole, but such a reaction has been a long time coming. Still, I'd rather not too that sort of thing.
So how many MTF prophets expected this result?
Well, I wanted to pick Kev for TT and I won 7000 vcash on him :shrug:

I think that makes me closest :cool:
Now for Rafa for the win. :)
:yeah:
And I will hunt him down and smack him if he does. :p
:rolls:

Excellent day results wise for me. Nole Loss + Rafa Win = :woohoo: :woohoo: :aparty: :aparty: :yippee: :yippee:

mangoes
03-28-2008, 11:27 PM
I'm not going to feel any sympathy for Djerk over the crowd. Djerk is too arrogant, so if this serves to deflate his oversized ego, then something good came from this match. I can't imagine following tennis with such an arrogant prick as no. 1 and I'm quite sure he will be at the top of the game for some time.

Furthermore, I'm sure there's more to this story. http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=3317564

The Pro
03-28-2008, 11:28 PM
I don't want the crowds to heckle The Djoke.

The fun is when he loses, not when he suffers. :awww:

I can't kick a dog when he's down. :mad:

gnaz
03-28-2008, 11:29 PM
breaking news:

Fed and Nadal have banded together to create a slush fund for the express purpose of supplying Anderson high priced call girls for the rest of his life. all courtesy of Fed & Nadal slush fund.

both #1 and #2 ranks are safe for now, thanks to Anderson.

:cool:

elessar
03-28-2008, 11:30 PM
It sounds like the crowd went too far here. He got the time violation as it sounds like he deserved to, so the ump was doing his job. No need for them to jeer and heckle him afterwards. Norm should have told the crowd to hush it because that has to be distracting. But Norm never seems to really like the players anyway.

I agree, there's no need for the crowd to get on his case even more. Frankly all it shows is that the umpires aren't doing their job well. If it gets to the point where the crowd is so tired of time wasting that they start to jeer a player that pretty much means the warning should have come earlier...

tennizen
03-28-2008, 11:32 PM
I don't want the crowds to heckle The Djoke.

The fun is when he loses, not when he suffers. :awww:

I can't kick a dog when he's down. :mad:

Me too, I enjoy his losses but I don't care for the crowd heckling thing much:sad:

Sunset of Age
03-28-2008, 11:33 PM
I agree, there's no need for the crowd to get on his case even more. Frankly all it shows is that the umpires aren't doing their job well. If it gets to the point where the crowd is so tired of time wasting that they start to jeer a player that pretty much means the warning should have come earlier...

Well said. Perhaps the umpires will now finally take notice of the time wasting more often and do their job better.

danton
03-28-2008, 11:33 PM
Isn't this the same tournament either last year or the previous where Blake was playing Benneteau and any Benne errors were applauded but winners met with silence. THe crowd that match was digusting I was v please when Benne won.

Skyward
03-28-2008, 11:35 PM
It sounds like the crowd went too far here.

I agree with this.

elessar
03-28-2008, 11:38 PM
here's another article, don't know if it was already posted that may explain the crowd's reaction a bit better :
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=3317564
Djokovic, leading 2-0 but facing break point, was dribbling before a serve when umpire Norm Chryst warned him for taking too much time. Djokovic whacked a forehand winner to end that point and then screamed in the umpire's direction and shook both fists. The crowd hooted at the Serb.

Two points later, when Djokovic hit a first serve into the net, several fans cheered. He glared toward the stands and then lost the point and the game when he blew an easy volley.

Djokovic said he broke a shoelace during that rally.

"Obviously, the time violation and a lot of different things affected my service game," he said.

He rapidly unraveled from there, losing the next two games at love. Once Anderson took the lead in the final set, he kept it by serving well down the stretch, and on match point Djokovic slammed a forehand into the net.

Djokovic said he battled nerves on important points against Anderson.

"Maybe I went for some shots too much, and he was wisely waiting for my mistakes," Djokovic said. "That was a crucial point."

Djokovic said he also felt a little tired. He's 17-4 this year as he heads to clay -- not his best surface.

"The good thing about this loss is that I can get a bit longer period of preparation and vacation as well," he said.

mangoes
03-28-2008, 11:39 PM
I agree, there's no need for the crowd to get on his case even more. Frankly all it shows is that the umpires aren't doing their job well. If it gets to the point where the crowd is so tired of time wasting that they start to jeer a player that pretty much means the warning should have come earlier...

Good point Claire:D

gogogirl
03-28-2008, 11:42 PM
All,

I saw Kevin and Sam play in the final at las Vegas. They both gave it their all. For the most part in the third set, Sam held his nerve better. He was winning his service games very easily in the end. It was a matter of who would blink first - and Kevin did. All in all, Kevin played a great match. But we have to give Sam his props for playing better during the important points in the third. I did say to meself that Kevin hung tough very well. The commentators were saying that he might have been a little tired - because I think he won three qualifying matches first - so he did his thing.

On any given day. Kevin did win 10 more points than Nole - so there you go.

Those pics w/him and Fed are priceless. :eek:

Clay Death
03-28-2008, 11:48 PM
All,

I saw Kevin and Sam play in the final at las Vegas. They both gave it their all. For the most part in the third set, Sam held his nerve better. He was winning his service games very easily in the end. It was a matter of who would blink first - and Kevin did. All in all, Kevin played a great match. But we have to give Sam his props for playing better during the important points in the third. I did say to meself that Kevin hung tough very well. The commentators were saying that he might have been a little tired - because I think he won three qualifying matches first - so he did his thing.

On any given day. Kevin did win 10 more points than Nole - so there you go.

Those pics w/him and Fed are priceless. :eek:

couldnt agree more. same deal here. i think he had to play 3 qualifying matches here. he is paying his dues big time.

i think he has a much bigger game than Querrey. in time, his talents are going to surface. we all saw a glimpse of what he is capable of today. one of his biggest assets is his mind. he believes in his abilities and he is calm under pressure.

i expected this from Anderson. i saw his matches in Vegas.

Alex999
03-28-2008, 11:53 PM
Anderson is ranked 122 in the world. Djokovic fans, how do you defend this?

Djokovic is such a one slam wonder it's actualy pathetic, the guy had everything right going for him at the end of last year and the begining of this year. he should have two grand slams considering how crappy federer played the US Open final yet he only managed to win the australian. He benefited from Roger and Rafa playing poorly lately and even then he manages to lose against a guy named Kevin Anderson? this guy is gona go the way of Carlos Moya, except Moya was #1 in the world for a month or something and Djokovic won't

He lost, I'm not happy, but as I said earlier, life goes on. I hope that Djokovic will learn his lesson from this defeat. I don't think I need to defend Novak. He is more consistent than last year, but not consistent enough. I hope he can work on his stamina. He also needs to control his nerves better. I also think that he is under pressure to be the best he can now when expectations are so high.

Kuhne, I try not to attack anyone here but what you are saying does not make any sense. I know from your posts here you don't like him and that's fine with me. Djokovic is 20 yo (I hate to mention this fact again here as it was said 1000 times before, but Federer won zero GS when he was 20yo). Djokovic is a fighter and I'm sure he'll improve his game even more. Even after this loss he still has the best results so far this year. I am 100% sure that Djokovic will come back stronger. So, please do not write him off yet, it's too early for that.

As for haters, all I can say, have fun, enjoy your day. I hope both Federer and Nadal (or whoever is your favorite player) do well in Miami. Cheers :).

Rogiman
03-28-2008, 11:55 PM
Go home and write another book, you freak!:lol:

I doubt it Djokovic is going to lose sleep over this loss though.

Clay Death
03-28-2008, 11:58 PM
He lost, I'm not happy, but as I said earlier, life goes on. I hope that Djokovic will learn his lesson from this defeat. I don't think I need to defend Novak. He is more consistent than last year, but not consistent enough. I hope he can work on his stamina. He also needs to control his nerves better. I also think that he is under pressure to be the best he can now when expectations are so high.

Kuhne, I try not to attack anyone here but what you are saying does not make any sense. I know from your posts here you don't like him and that's fine with me. Djokovic is 20 yo (I hate to mention this fact again here as it was said 1000 times before, but Federer won zero GS when he was 20yo). Djokovic is a fighter and I'm sure he'll improve his game even more. Even after this loss he still has the best results so far this year. I am 100% sure that Djokovic will come back stronger. So, please do not write him off yet, it's too early for that.

As for haters, all I can say, have fun, enjoy your day. I hope both Federer and Nadal (or whoever is your favorite player) do well in Miami. Cheers :).


well said dr alex. its a brutal sport. look what happened to Nadal at the Australian Open or in Chennai earlier.

Anderson has a tough game. its really that simple. nobody can show up time and again and perform at the top of their game. Djokovic did win a Slam and a big time masters event. who else can say that?

Rogiman
03-28-2008, 11:59 PM
He lost, I'm not happy, but as I said earlier, life goes on. I hope that Djokovic will learn his lesson from this defeat. I don't think I need to defend Novak. He is more consistent than last year, but not consistent enough.Pretty consistent IMO.

Take Federer's 2004 season for example: he won AO, lost in Rotterdam to Henman, won Dubai and then IW, and made a 1st round exit at Miami few days later.

Almost identical.

tennizen
03-29-2008, 12:00 AM
He lost, I'm not happy, but as I said earlier, life goes on. I hope that Djokovic will learn his lesson from this defeat. I don't think I need to defend Novak. He is more consistent than last year, but not consistent enough. I hope he can work on his stamina. He also needs to control his nerves better. I also think that he is under pressure to be the best he can now when expectations are so high.

Kuhne, I try not to attack anyone here but what you are saying does not make any sense. I know from your posts here you don't like him and that's fine with me. Djokovic is 20 yo (I hate to mention this fact again here as it was said 1000 times before, but Federer won zero GS when he was 20yo). Djokovic is a fighter and I'm sure he'll improve his game even more. Even after this loss he still has the best results so far this year. I am 100% sure that Djokovic will come back stronger. So, please do not write him off yet, it's too early for that.

As for haters, all I can say, have fun, enjoy your day. I hope both Federer and Nadal (or whoever is your favorite player) do well in Miami. Cheers :).

Alex, MTF is the place where you should let your evil side out, not the good side:hug:

Clara Bow
03-29-2008, 12:01 AM
here's another article, don't know if it was already posted that may explain the crowd's reaction a bit better :
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=3317564

Well- that does explain it a bit more. Nole should not have acted that way after the time violation by sceaming and shaking his fist. Still...not fond of the crowd counting his bounces, etc. It sounds like Nole over-reacted about the time violation and then the crowd in turn over-reacted about his over-reaction. :lol:

Lee
03-29-2008, 12:02 AM
All,

I saw Kevin and Sam play in the final at las Vegas. They both gave it their all. For the most part in the third set, Sam held his nerve better. He was winning his service games very easily in the end. It was a matter of who would blink first - and Kevin did. All in all, Kevin played a great match. But we have to give Sam his props for playing better during the important points in the third. I did say to meself that Kevin hung tough very well. The commentators were saying that he might have been a little tired - because I think he won three qualifying matches first - so he did his thing.

On any given day. Kevin did win 10 more points than Nole - so there you go.

Those pics w/him and Fed are priceless. :eek:

couldnt agree more. same deal here. i think he had to play 3 qualifying matches here. he is paying his dues big time.

i think he has a much bigger game than Querrey. in time, his talents are going to surface. we all saw a glimpse of what he is capable of today. one of his biggest assets is his mind. he believes in his abilities and he is calm under pressure.

i expected this from Anderson. i saw his matches in Vegas.

Kevin played 2 qualifying matches plus a 3 setter in first round vs Calleri. ;)

Clay Death
03-29-2008, 12:05 AM
Kevin played 2 qualifying matches plus a 3 setter in first round vs Calleri. ;)


thanks Lee.

Bernard Black
03-29-2008, 12:06 AM
This defeat marks the end of the Djokovic era of domination in tennis. Retirement beckons.

RagingLamb
03-29-2008, 12:07 AM
from what I've seen in '08, this guys should now lose in the next round.

aeronatasha
03-29-2008, 12:10 AM
Ohhhh that was really disappointing. I know Novak usually plays crappy in his first round, but still..

I really didn't expect this.:eek: I didn't watch the match so I don't know what to say.
I guess Novak underestimated his opponenent and it blew back in his face.
Fair enough.

Hope he learns something from it. Congrats to Anderson though. :)

Young Boss
03-29-2008, 12:13 AM
anyone know how many points he just lost?

sawan66278
03-29-2008, 12:14 AM
:eek:

I feel a little bit bad for Nole, but such a reaction has been a long time coming. Still, I'd rather not too that sort of thing.

Well, I wanted to pick Kev for TT and I won 7000 vcash on him :shrug:

I think that makes me closest :cool:

:yeah:

:rolls:

Excellent day results wise for me. Nole Loss + Rafa Win = :woohoo: :woohoo: :aparty: :aparty: :yippee: :yippee:

I've said it multiple times: Djokovic's antics with respect to the ball bouncing are cheating...and true tennis fans are getting tired of this. Norm Cryst is not an umpire to be trifled with. Combine this with his reactions when the crowd pulls against him...and the few unruly fans who DO NOT represent the vast majority of Serbians...and you have a recipe for "villain status". Darth Cheater, indeed.;)

I knew this match would be difficult...after watching (yes, I'm pathetic) quite a bit of the Tennis Channel Open. ANYTIME you have a huge server, the potential is there to be blown off the court. Even Isner took a set off of Federer at the U.S. Open last year.

Again...not to beat a dead horse, but this shows that ON ANY GIVEN DAY...the top seeds can be eliminated. It happened in the past...it can happen now. Even Rafa struggled in his first match against Benjamin "Agassi Killer" Becker.

This is why Federer's run is SO amazing---he, during that streak, almost never lost early. That is why there is one Federer...and MANY Novaks in tennis history. Novak (and Rafa as well) are all-stars and future hall of famers. Roger is a LEGEND.

Even though Rafa is not at the Roger level, this loss ALSO emphasizes the Rafa streak. When was the last time Rafa lost early in ANY major tourney (when not CLEARLY injured)?

HeretiC
03-29-2008, 12:16 AM
Djokovic is such a one slam wonder it's actualy pathetic, the guy had everything right going for him at the end of last year and the begining of this year. he should have two grand slams considering how crappy federer played the US Open final yet he only managed to win the australian. He benefited from Roger and Rafa playing poorly lately and even then he manages to lose against a guy named Kevin Anderson? this guy is gona go the way of Carlos Moya, except Moya was #1 in the world for a month or something and Djokovic won't

Great post for bumping after some time. :devil:

EagleWatch
03-29-2008, 12:20 AM
i say-start playing barefoot

The Pro
03-29-2008, 12:23 AM
Well- that does explain it a bit more. Nole should not have acted that way after the time violation by sceaming and shaking his fist. Still...not fond of the crowd counting his bounces, etc. It sounds like Nole over-reacted about the time violation and then the crowd in turn over-reacted about his over-reaction. :lol:

Haha, The Djoke only loves us when we love him. :lol:

I think the honeymoon period is over...

elessar
03-29-2008, 12:24 AM
anyone know how many points he just lost?

495

Scotso
03-29-2008, 12:24 AM
Great win for Kevin :yeah: congrats!

I figured Nole would have trouble with this one.

Collective
03-29-2008, 12:26 AM
Losing in a first round against a nobody.

The dude should retire. He's clearly in decline! ;)

NYCtennisfan
03-29-2008, 01:13 AM
It might, just might, dawn on some of the posters here that men's tennis has been at its most competitive level for years now. Federer being invincible for the past 4 years clouded that. There are dozens and dozens of players who will beat you on any given day if you don't bring your game. Go out to some of these events and watch these guys practice; there's not much between a lot of them, it's all about how they play on a given day.

Back in the 80's, this was not the case at all. The athletic ability, fitness, speed, everything is just at another level even from about 8 or 9 years ago.

The Kaz
03-29-2008, 01:14 AM
Djokovic :tape: :sad:

Poor loss...rebound in the clay season.

Well Done Kev

HNCS
03-29-2008, 01:17 AM
PROBABLY already posted. but i'm still working my way through this thread.

anyways,

Kevin Anderson praticed with Roger Federer the day before.:)

Edit:

yep, indeed it has been posted.

Well, lol don't have anything else to say, but Classic MTF thread. :worship:

Rumour
03-29-2008, 01:18 AM
This defeat marks the end of the Djokovic era of domination in tennis. Retirement beckons.
Losing in a first round against a nobody.

The dude should retire. He's clearly in decline! ;)
Yes, that's the true MTF spirit :devil:

Again...not to beat a dead horse, but this shows that ON ANY GIVEN DAY...the top seeds can be eliminated. It happened in the past...it can happen now. Even Rafa struggled in his first match against Benjamin "Agassi Killer" Becker.

This is why Federer's run is SO amazing---he, during that streak, almost never lost early. That is why there is one Federer...and MANY Novaks in tennis history. Novak (and Rafa as well) are all-stars and future hall of famers. Roger is a LEGEND.

Even though Rafa is not at the Roger level, this loss ALSO emphasizes the Rafa streak. When was the last time Rafa lost early in ANY major tourney (when not CLEARLY injured)?
Good perspective and much appreciated by this spoilt Federer fan who's not particulaly fond of Nadal but respects his accomplishments and how he's attained them. As for Djokovic, it is amazing how quickly I've soured on him after almost being won over to his side midway through last year. He's still young and there is time left for him to not only gain more consistency on court but improve his overall image, but I'm starting to wonder if maybe his rabid haters have had it right all along about his attitude...

sawan66278
03-29-2008, 01:27 AM
It might, just might, dawn on some of the posters here that men's tennis has been at its most competitive level for years now. Federer being invincible for the past 4 years clouded that. There are dozens and dozens of players who will beat you on any given day if you don't bring your game. Go out to some of these events and watch these guys practice; there's not much between a lot of them, it's all about how they play on a given day.

Back in the 80's, this was not the case at all. The athletic ability, fitness, speed, everything is just at another level even from about 8 or 9 years ago.

Excellent, and true, analysis.

HNCS
03-29-2008, 01:32 AM
Pretty consistent IMO.

Take Federer's 2004 season for example: he won AO, lost in Rotterdam to Henman, won Dubai and then IW, and made a 1st round exit at Miami few days later.

Almost identical.

yeah but in 2006 he was more consistent. :)

gusman890
03-29-2008, 01:33 AM
Kevin Anderson.

Where is the bandwaggon now?

HNCS
03-29-2008, 01:34 AM
It might, just might, dawn on some of the posters here that men's tennis has been at its most competitive level for years now. Federer being invincible for the past 4 years clouded that. There are dozens and dozens of players who will beat you on any given day if you don't bring your game. Go out to some of these events and watch these guys practice; there's not much between a lot of them, it's all about how they play on a given day.

Back in the 80's, this was not the case at all. The athletic ability, fitness, speed, everything is just at another level even from about 8 or 9 years ago.

great post.:D

*Viva Chile*
03-29-2008, 01:38 AM
never in doubt

StevoTG
03-29-2008, 01:39 AM
It might, just might, dawn on some of the posters here that men's tennis has been at its most competitive level for years now. Federer being invincible for the past 4 years clouded that. There are dozens and dozens of players who will beat you on any given day if you don't bring your game. Go out to some of these events and watch these guys practice; there's not much between a lot of them, it's all about how they play on a given day.

Back in the 80's, this was not the case at all. The athletic ability, fitness, speed, everything is just at another level even from about 8 or 9 years ago.

:worship:..just.... great post :)

CyBorg
03-29-2008, 01:40 AM
Djokovic is finished. I mean, clearly.

didadida
03-29-2008, 01:41 AM
Fed and Nadal are taking Anderson out to eat later today at one of Miami`s finest restaurants.

later Anderson will be supplied with 3 high priced hookers. all paid for by Nadal and Fed.

:haha::haha:

Clay Death
03-29-2008, 01:48 AM
:haha::haha:


:haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha:

Sean.J.S.
03-29-2008, 01:55 AM
Omg. :eek:

Nole. :hug:

Congrats to Kevin though. :D

Gonzalez88
03-29-2008, 01:56 AM
What a surprise!!!

Bascule
03-29-2008, 02:08 AM
:haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha:

Hi, CD, also to Camnation, Kita rules and the rest of my fellows worried about me!
Here I am, I already posted here, why don't you follow the thread?!
I also posted on other threads about Nole's loss. And I feel fine, thanks. :wavey:

Kuhne
03-29-2008, 02:19 AM
Great post for bumping after some time. :devil:

:) I know. been doing some stuff lately and my pc was dead but im back :)

Corey Feldman
03-29-2008, 02:40 AM
:lol: at the corwd giving McNoleo a hard time, was that the crowd 'loving' to cheer for new faces like you Nole?

:rolls:

Anderson practised with Fed = how he knew to defeat Nole.

GSM Federer.

Deboogle!.
03-29-2008, 02:43 AM
one of other things that impressed me about him--and you mention this as well Deb--is how cool, calm, and well composed he is on the court no matter what the score.

just a great bloke. i wish him the best also. he is not likely to win here but he is clearly going places.Agreed completely :yeah:

W!MBLEDON
03-29-2008, 03:04 AM
well done kevin :yeah: an anderson, just like me :)

nole :hug:

Art&Soul
03-29-2008, 03:07 AM
:haha::haha::haha: Fakevic "i'm the best right now" :haha::haha: and lost to nobody :haha::haha: Its so good to see him losing like this, make the MTF day :banana:

nsidhan
03-29-2008, 03:08 AM
I am so happy right now. I shall remember this day for the rest of my life!

aussie_fan
03-29-2008, 03:10 AM
:haha:

best result ever.

Clay Death
03-29-2008, 03:20 AM
Agreed completely :yeah:

that being said, would love to see the South African make the quarters or better here. it will help his rankings. he does not need to be playing the qualies. he is too good.

Deboogle!.
03-29-2008, 03:32 AM
that being said, would love to see the South African make the quarters or better here. it will help his rankings. he does not need to be playing the qualies. he is too good.If he could get himself to around 100 by early May, he'd be in great shape to get direct entry to Wimbledon - he could seriously do some damage there with a good draw, I would think grass would be a great surface for his game.

Deivid23
03-29-2008, 03:32 AM
Knee jerk reaction at its best :haha:

It´s not like Djokovic is supposed to win all the tournanents from now and on. A first round exit here is not that painful considering how well he has done earlier in the year. He´s not as consistent as some people had assumed, but this is not sth new.

PD: Looks like this Anderson is now a future top 10 :lol: . It will be funny to see those gloaters´ answers when he´s losing to no names frequently soon enough

Corey Feldman
03-29-2008, 03:36 AM
Knee jerk reaction at its best :haha:

It´s not like Djokovic is supposed to win all the tournanents from now and on. A first round exit here is not that painful considering how well he has done earlier in the year. He´s not as consistent as some people had assumed, but this is not sth new.

PD: Looks like this Anderson is now a future top 10 :lol: . It will be funny to see those gloaters´ answers when he´s losing to no names frequently soon enoughLOL do you want a tissue, parrot?

:rolls:

Voo de Mar
03-29-2008, 03:50 AM
I can't believe it :shrug:
This Anderson must be good :)