watching the men’s semis: nole + ferrer, roger + kolya


Congrats to Novak Djokovic for downing David Ferrer in three easy sets — 6-4, 6-4, 6-3; and to Roger Federer for beating Nikolay Davydenko (le sigh) after a seesaw third set that saw a million breaks of serve (7-5, 6-1, 7-5).

A few things I noticed while I watched these U.S. Open men’s semis with Chris and Matt:

  • Using the ball bounce as a beat was great sound for the opening montage of CBS‘ coverage.
  • We laughed out loud at the Tina Fey AmEx commercial. It was like a short episode of 30 Rock! “No, the other kind of german shepherd!”
  • Srdjan Djokovic takes off his shirt after his son Nole does so after his win. And the father encourages the rest of the Djokovic box to do so. Uhm, NO.
  • Apparently Justin Gimelstob was talking about Tommy Haas‘ nipples on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
  • As of 3-2 in the first set, CBS had not panned to Mirka, nor had the commentators Dick Enberg, John McEnroe, and Mary Carillo made any mention of R-Fed besty Tiger Woods.
  • We were fans of Ferrer’s multiple necklace charms, as well as Davydenko’s wedding-ring-on-the-neck. Kolya’s hot wife, Irina, was there to cheer him on. As was his brother and coach, Eduard (also wearing Airness).
  • Celebs in the stands: Catherine Zeta-Jones, plus Kirk and Michael Douglas. Also Robert De Niro, Ilie Nastase, Boris Becker, and Anna Wintour.
  • Nevermind. The Mirka sighting was at 3-3 in the first set.
  • And comparison to Tiger in the eighth game.
  • Kolya, in all his matches at this year’s Open, was never scheduled for a night match. Is this what being the fourth seed affords a player?
  • As Enberg waxed nostalgic over the last two weeks, he mentions that Jankovic has recently been signed to endorse toothpaste.
  • Speaking of Dick (dick?), did he really say something — at two different occasions, even — about Roger’s back muscles? He was in awe of Federer’s “two ridges…” Whaa?

>> TSF’s u.s. open coverage continues…


8 Responses to “watching the men’s semis: nole + ferrer, roger + kolya”

  1. Michael Says:

    Good call on the ‘back muscles’ comment, Ewrin. ‘dick’ indeed.

  2. kaylyn Says:

    hahaha. i was like woahhh dude “back muscles”?
    not exactly normal
    i’m praying for djokovic 🙂
    oh yeah
    tina fey commericial was great

  3. Michael Says:

    FRom the New Yorker Sporting Scene, here’s Nick Paumgarten:

    “…Anyway, here’s an uncourageous prediction: Federer in four. Here’s another: in the second set, Dick Enberg will make a creepy comment about Federer’s musculature, which will be greeted in the broadcast booth by a silence that feels a little too long.”

  4. Nick Says:

    I do enjoy the shirtless Djoko pictures. And CONGRATS on the article Erwin! That’s so cool.

  5. yoyo Says:


  6. yoyo Says:

    please! I need photo for Nole.

  7. Golf Blogger Says:

    Will Tiger overtake Jack?

  8. stay, don’t go* « tennis served fresh Says:

    […] over. You’ve been a beacon of journalism, but your U.S. Open (over)statements, the Federer hyper-adulation, were sometimes ridiculous. “He’s a Greek god!” and “Djokovic gasping for air, Federer […]

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