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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Novak Djokovic’
Posted: January 20th, 2013

b_sharapova_07_08It’s early morning tennis time!

You don’t have to be a tennis fan to appreciate the talents of Maria SharapovaNovak Djokovic and more at the 2013 Australian Open. I won’t spoil anything for anyone, but some great matches take place overnight.

Serbian Djokovic is playing this morning in a real nail-biter. Last year, he played in the final match that took 5 hours and 53 minutes — the longest final in history, but not the longest match by any means.

If you’re a tennis fan, early morning TV is live with the Aussie Open, or check out all the coverage at AustralianOpen.com.

Sharapova has had some great years and some real disappointments after shoulder surgery several years ago. She has been “steamrolling,” the Aussie websites say, this year. Good for her. Serena Williams is playing well also, but sister Venus is out of singles play.  But as a doubles team, the Williams sisters are still contenders.

Matches like these are something to see. For those of us who have played tennis every week for decades, or even if you just take the game up tomorrow — it’s great exercise, great fun and exciting to watch — especially live in the early mornings. G’day!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: September 4th, 2012

In this AP photo by Charles Krupa, Venus and Serena Williams wave to fans after a 6-1, 6-4 loss to Russia's Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova at the U.S. Open.

The Williams sisters, pretty much unbeatable in major doubles’ competitions,  met their match Sunday at the hands of Russian players Maria Kirilenko and  Nadia Petrova. Venus suffers from  Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease, and it clearly affects her play at times. I feel awful for her — she tries so hard.

Victoria Azarenka takes on Samantha Stosur, and the stats side with Azarenka, but Stosur is the defending champion. No matter who wins this one – -the road ahead is not easy.

Sara Errani plays  Roberta Vinci, and these two Italians are a doubles team — after they play doubles today, they will face off in singles.  Serena Williams plays Ana Ivanovic, and Maria Sharapova plays Marion Bartoli. That will whittle it all down to a final four.

I’ve seen Errani play and she has beaten some big names. Williams is playing some of her best tennis ever. Maria can always pull off a surprise and no can count out Stosur, Bartoli or Azarenka.

On the mens side, Andy Roddick plays Juan Martin del Potro tonight, and this will be Roddick’s toughest match yet. I have watched a lot of Roddick because every match could be his last.  Novak Djokovic will take on the winner, so we can all hope Roddick has an extra bag of tricks to extend his wins, but the closer we get to the finals, the more I wonder if Roddick has the steam to get there. And  Roger Federer is guaranteed to be well rested because his opponent American Mardy Fish defaulted yesterday due to health problems.

I am loving the coverage — just loving it — you can watch live on http://www.usopen.org/index.html and of course on TV.

Pam Parker has been a tennis player for more than 35 years.  She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.


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Posted: January 29th, 2012

You don’t have to be a tennis fan to appreciate the talents of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. At the 2012 Australian Open, Serbian Djokovic was the winner with scores of 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5. It was a nail-biter of a record-setting match that took 5 hours and 53 minutes. If you don’t understand those scores, it’s OK — let’s just say it was really close. And long. It was the longest final in history, but not the longest match by any means.

I can’t say I watched every minute, but I watched the last half, and it was an incredible competition. Just imagine, pouring everything you’ve got onto the court for nearly six hours. No subbing in. No lunch and dinner breaks. No half time. You just keep playing, running, jumping and focusing on what you can do to close out a marathon match and win it.

In the end, Djokovic won. But don’t dare call Nadal a loser. As the commentators noted, it came down to a couple of points and lucky bounces. It was tough to watch anyone lose. And after that match, the awards ceremony seemed almost painful as some of the sponsors gave rather lengthy speeches. Poor Djokovic and Nadal were cramping and looked very uncomfortable waiting to accept their awards. Thankfully, the tournament folks saw their discomfort and delivered chairs and water bottles.

It was all good for the game and garnered tremendous interest much like the famous Isner- Mahut match at Wimbledon in 2010. American John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in 11 hours, 5 minutes over three days, and it took 183 games. That match, not a final, was the longest ever, but there have been many matches among men and women that stretched past six hours. Wikipedia has them right here.

Matches like these are something to see. For those of us who have played tennis every week for decades, interesting finals bring excitement to the court — a place I love to play, but not in six-hour stretches.

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Posted: September 11th, 2011

With all the sports this past week, and with today’s date etched tragically in history, it’s a day to credit teamwork. I watched the Green Bay Packers fend off the the New Orleans Saints.
In tennis, Novak Djokovic appeared to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat at U.S. Open Tennis tournament just outside NYC. Not looking his best, Djokovic battled Roger Federer through five sets for comeback that was truly inspiring. It looked like it was over at one point. Federer was one point from victory, but one shot by Djokovic inspired that wild NYC crowd. Djokovic won four games in a row and heads into the finals on Monday.
Every family is a team, and our family is teaming up today on just finding time to get together and break away from all the hectic schedules of work and school. Go team go.

Posted: September 2nd, 2011

Even if you don’t like tennis, you’ll love this story. Last night, during the U.S. Open (televised on ESPN), Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, the world’s top-ranked men’s player, was clearly on his way to bageling Carlos Berlocq of Argentina. The scores of 6-0 and 6-0 told the story in the first two sets. In mens tennis – it’s the best three out of five sets wins a match. Winless in 12 games, Berlocq never gave up.
He wasn’t playing that badly, but you’ll never see that in a news report from Reuters, Associated Press or other news media that indicated Djokovic thrashed, smashed, humiliated and demolished Berlocq.
Those news folks missed some of what I watched.
Commentator John McEnroe said it best: Berlocq was playing the best tennis of his life. He was honestly in a lot of games and pushing Djokovic on some points, but he couldn’t win one game. Then again, Djokovic is a machine. No one beats him.
In NYC, Berlocq’s effort received big cheers. The nighttime crowd in Arthur Ashe stadium rooted loudly as Berlocq battled hard. He came up with some extraordinary shots that would have been winners against any other player. In the third set, after 66 minutes, after losing 14 straight games, Berlocq finally won a game, and even Djokovic smiled.
The crowd rose to its feet in a loud and heartwarming standing O. Appreciative, Berlocq won another game – even beating Djokovic on his serve, but it ended there. Djokovic took control and ended the run in the third set at 6-2.
Berlocq will never forget Sept. 1, 2011 when he took two games from the world’s No. 1 tennis player.
Encouraging words, actions or just a pat on the back for a job well done goes a long way for all of us no matter what challenge we face.
Here in Erie, in less than a month, hundreds of women will don running shoes and enter the 6th Annual Her Times 5K that takes place at Presque Isle, Oct. 1. Whether you are running or not, you can encourage the women who will run. Take a moment to visit http://www.etnextras.com/hertimes5k/.
Encouraging words pack a lot of power. This one’s for the girls.

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