Jorge Fernandez assessment of the US Open championship match

Defcon

Hall of Fame
What a sore loser. His daughter at least apologized for her temper tantrum and whining about the MTO. Its the typical 'she lost because she didn't play her best, not because she got destroyed' bs.

'she wasn't close to her best. she didn't play top-10 tennis' lol, what a moron making cheap excuses. Leyla playing that game would've beaten almost anyone else, she did take out a bunch of former #1s.

learn some humility and class, give credit to Emma who was better in every way and destroyed your player.
 
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donquijote

G.O.A.T.
His assessment is accurate. In this tournament she had never served 40% first serve which lasted until she tried to come back, then it was too late. Just one of the things she fell short of her standards.
What did you expect a father and coach say? He did say that Leylah lost to the better player on that day and it was fair.
Time will show who will have a better career but because of her physique, Leylah will always have to work harder.
 

Defcon

Hall of Fame
His assessment is accurate. In this tournament she had never served 40% first serve which lasted until she tried to come back, then it was too late. Just one of the things she fell short of her standards.
What did you expect a father and coach say? He did say that Leylah lost to the better player on that day and it was fair.
Time will show who will have a better career but because of her physique, Leylah will always have to work harder.
he claimed Leyla played much worse in the final than the rest of USO (in which she had a number of big wins) and somehow gave it away which is total bs. Her game didn't drop at all and she wasn't tired.

'better player won' is true by definition for every match its meaningless PR.

If he had any class/honesty/actual insight he couldve talked about what tactical adjustments she needed or areas in which Emma was far better such as ROS, aggression etc, its not like the result was a surprise. The fact is Emma is better technically, tactically and mentally and it showed.
 

donquijote

G.O.A.T.
You need to calm down.
Leylah played worse overall than other matches except for some sparks. She was mentally tired at least after beating 3 Top 5 and 1 former No1 & multiple GS winner. I gave one example, her 1st serve was 40% percent! until she attempted a late comeback. She did very uncharacteristic unforced errors. Of course, one has to play less to lose and that is all normal. If both had played 100% of their potential, it'd be awesome. Emma seems to be the better player for now but it's early to say who will win more. Hopefully we'll see more matches between these two.
 

tin

Rookie
His assessment is accurate. In this tournament she had never served 40% first serve which lasted until she tried to come back, then it was too late. Just one of the things she fell short of her standards.
What did you expect a father and coach say? He did say that Leylah lost to the better player on that day and it was fair.
Time will show who will have a better career but because of her physique, Leylah will always have to work harder.
Agree. You really can't get a break here, can you? I don't see anything wrong with what he said. Of course he's gonna focus on Leylah's game. He's her coach. He's not gonna go on about how great Emma was. DUH. Fair assessment. He did say Emma was the better player that day.
 

bullfan

Legend
Didn’t watch Dad interview. Guy stayed away for a reason, he would likely be a negative factor during her matches. Assessment was Leyla had a much rougher path to the final, and yet players only play who is in front of them. Leyla didnt play with the same quality during the final that she had once she played Osaka. winner wins final, so Leyla didn’t step up like Emma did. Hence Emma won.
 

Oval_Solid

Semi-Pro
seriously his assessment was fair and accurate
leylahs level dropped in the finals and he gave some good insight into the reasons for it
hes a honest person has a honest relationship with leylah as he said he doesnt sugar coat everything

the only criticism of this guy i can have is why wasnt he at the us open
what other important thing did he have to do?
 
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Mr.Lob

Legend
seriously his assessment was fair and accurate
leylahs level dropped in the finals and he gave some good insight into the reasons for it
hes a honest person has a honest relationship with leylah as he said he doesnt sugar coat everything

the only criticism of this guy i can have is why wasnt he at the us open
what other important thing did he have to do?
During an in home interview, he said he wasn't at the match because he was "highly superstitious" .
 

Visionary

Professional
His assessment is accurate.
I don't think so because he does not take a few factors into consideration
In this tournament she had never served 40% first serve....
Leylah was under stress and pressure to have to serve different than usual. Her opponent, Emma, had demonstrated some extremely agressive return on everyone she had played against prior to the final. Knowing that puts every single tennis player in an adjustment mode and with quite a different mindset.
then it was too late.
For Leylah, "it was too late" from beginning to the end.
Just one of the things she fell short of her standards.
Leylah's standard wouldn't have helped her against Emma
What did you expect a father and coach say? He did say that Leylah lost to the better player on that day and it was fair.
I think that out of the bitterness for his daughter's loss the man muddied his response.
Leylah played worse overall than other matches except for some sparks.
She played a different opponent in the last match. The fact that one plays the final also may be distinct from other matches that have a lower significance to the most important match. I am talking about the ability to cope with the atmosphere (crowds of Canadians), the expectations and really the whole thing it is the last match in historical Flushing Meadows. True champs learn how to deal with that regardless their weaknesses.

Seems that her dad does not clearly understand some of the important aspects of professional tennis and so his assessment is irrelevant. I hope Leylah will be better managed than by her dad's suggestions an evaluations as she is at some crucial crossroads that either may lead her to the top or drag her to the second half of the first 100 ranked players.
 
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Defcon

Hall of Fame
Everybody calm down now. This is only their first match. We are in for some great rivalry, hopefully and probably for years.
It's their 2nd match and Emma won the first in straight sets too.

The dad is wrong period. He claims his daughter didn't play her best which is just completely wrong.
 

mwym

Semi-Pro
It's their 2nd match and Emma won the first in straight sets too.

The dad is wrong period. He claims his daughter didn't play her best which is just completely wrong.
Leylah now knows what it is like to fight a mind that will not bend / collapse easily. So, she now knows your best tennis is not enough there and what to improve. If she remains too impressed with past events instead taking care of future ones, she does not stand a chance. Cause Emma's ability to improve a lot in a short period is pretty scary.
 

Tennisgods

Hall of Fame
Raducanu had the much softer draw, do we ignore this fact?
She‘d barely played on the tour to that point. She came through qualifying. She didn’t drop a set or face a tie break. You’re out of your mind if you even think for one second that the draw is relevant in Raducanu’s amazing victory.

The hilarious thing is that the vast majority of her opponents would have seen Raducanu as an opportunity, I guarantee it. They won’t make that mistake again.
 

Tennisgods

Hall of Fame
Geez. Here they come now. I'm so high from the tennis we've seen recently that I'm bummed these fans are ruining it for me. :rolleyes:
I don’t understand why this is happening. It’s like people are salty about a young woman’s achievements.
 

Wurm

Semi-Pro
leylahs level dropped in the finals and he gave some good insight into the reasons for it
Except the one that matters: the other player's impact on the level she was able to deliver. Instead he made some TTW style excuses and talked like she was already a long established top 10 player who lost to some scrub she fully expected to beat (not someone she also lost to in straight sets last time they met).

Of course there are days you lose when you're simply playing badly. Of course there are days you lose when your opponent is on fire and the only way you're winning is if you're equally on fire. What I remember of the final neither of these things happened - Raducanu wasn't at her best but played well. Fernandez could've served better in the first set but played well.
 

RaulRamirez

Legend
He wasn't overly gracious toward Emma - nor was Leylah - BUT their response was still okay in that regard.
Here, he was giving an honest assessment, but with the dual perspective of coach and dad.
He's not Johnny Mac, Chris Evert, etc -- much different dynamic.

(Yes, I wanted Emma to win, and thought she would, but let's not beat up on Leylah and family. She was also a revelation!)
 

Dolgopolov85

G.O.A.T.
Except the one that matters: the other player's impact on the level she was able to deliver. Instead he made some TTW style excuses and talked like she was already a long established top 10 player who lost to some scrub she fully expected to beat (not someone she also lost to in straight sets last time they met).

Of course there are days you lose when you're simply playing badly. Of course there are days you lose when your opponent is on fire and the only way you're winning is if you're equally on fire. What I remember of the final neither of these things happened - Raducanu wasn't at her best but played well. Fernandez could've served better in the first set but played well.
He is not obliged to spill the beans in public about how Raducanu affected Leylah's game. There's a reason you didn't hear Sakkari or Bencic talk about it either apart from praising her fearlessness (which is vague anyway). He is not here to give you the hot take on why Raducanu beat Leylah. He is Leylah's father and coach so he can only talk about where Leylah faltered. He has an obligation to protect his daughter...especially when it's way too soon to start fussing about how to beat Raducanu.
 

donquijote

G.O.A.T.
You don't play the draw, but the player in front you.
And Raducanu beat three players in a row that were zoning: Fernandez (took out seeds #2, 3 and 5), Sakkari (took out #4, 6 and 10) and Bencic (took out #7 and Olympic gold medallist).
Absolutely. Emma is sweet and brilliant and we can only wish the best to such a player.
But don't forget that beating the players who upset the top players (including Leylah) is not the same as beating the top players yourself. So Leylah achieved more until the final but Emma had the better nerves and a game that forced the opponent to lose confidence. As noted, she is the better player at the moment.
 

The Fedfather

Hall of Fame
I can see why people are taking digs at what he said. He was asked to assess the match, not just his daughter's performance. It would be nice to start by giving credit to the opponent. Especially considering how well Emma played, it would be appropriate for him to mention her effort before diving into how poorly Leylah played and why. He really said only one phrase about Emma's performance.
 

NTB-MTL

New User
I don't usually comment on other comments, but he just been asked to assess his daughter on the final match, in which Leylah was trying to put too much on the 1st serve, which she only got 40% and generated some double faults, so yes she do played a poorer match compared to the 3 previous one! In the end, Emma was more precise on her shoots and won the game. I don't see what's wrong with his assessment!

And oh! if you watch his previous interview, some are in French, he was also recommended Leylah to seek for other coaches, because he only knows 60% of tennis, but she refused it (for now).
 
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Oval_Solid

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Except the one that matters: the other player's impact on the level she was able to deliver. Instead he made some TTW style excuses and talked like she was already a long established top 10 player who lost to some scrub she fully expected to beat (not someone she also lost to in straight sets last time they met).

Of course there are days you lose when you're simply playing badly. Of course there are days you lose when your opponent is on fire and the only way you're winning is if you're equally on fire. What I remember of the final neither of these things happened - Raducanu wasn't at her best but played well. Fernandez could've served better in the first set but played well.
he can only talk about what he knows and that leylahs game. theres no other person on this earth other than leylah herself with more insight into her tennis. he doesnt know anything about emma or her tennis
in a way even if hes wrong with his assessment you cant fault him for it because hes not suppose to be an expert in the opponents game. "emma was hitting her forehand really well especially her down the line approach shots" he wouldnt even know if this is true or not all he can say about emma are general point less things "she used a tennis racket, she wore a red shirt, she had blood on her leg" etc
yes in the game of tennis your level is effected by your opponent but saying this isnt giving any useful info its just pointless
"why didnt this guy talk about the weather?" weather conditions has alot of effect on the outcome of a tennis match
this guy must hate the weather
 
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BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
What a sore loser.
I'll say, This tool says "it was a difficult day to get out of bed."

Try losing your job, getting a cancer diagnosis, losing a loved one to COVID, having a drunk driver slam into you and put you in a wheelchair the rest of your life. Those people have real problems while your kid just pocketed 1.5 million dollars hitting a ball across the net, yet you complain.

I don't follow women's tennis, but this father is one big POS excuse-maker. Your daughter lost, get over it and show some class to the winner.
 

AlexSV

Rookie
TSN is one of the two main sports channels in Canada. The whole country was talking about Leylah being in the final, and this is an interview about Leylah for Canadians. Their audience isn't really concerned about Emma.
 

Legend of Borg

G.O.A.T.
The Fernandez clan seems very unlikable.

They may be good people in private but first impressions are pretty hard to shake off and they certainly aren't helping their case.
 

tin

Rookie
I'll say, This tool says "it was a difficult day to get out of bed."

Try losing your job, getting a cancer diagnosis, losing a loved one to COVID, having a drunk driver slam into you and put you in a wheelchair the rest of your life. Those people have real problems while your kid just pocketed 1.5 million dollars hitting a ball across the net, yet you complain.

I don't follow women's tennis, but this father is one big POS excuse-maker. Your daughter lost, get over it and show some class to the winner.
The digs at Jorge here are just getting more and more absurd.
 

Brian11785

Hall of Fame
I'll say, This tool says "it was a difficult day to get out of bed."

Try losing your job, getting a cancer diagnosis, losing a loved one to COVID, having a drunk driver slam into you and put you in a wheelchair the rest of your life. Those people have real problems while your kid just pocketed 1.5 million dollars hitting a ball across the net, yet you complain.

I don't follow women's tennis, but this father is one big POS excuse-maker. Your daughter lost, get over it and show some class to the winner.
The old "appeal from privilege" tedious internet posture. Using your mentality, that list of people you describe have no right to complain either because there are people out there who live in third world countries who have it much worse. "Lost your job?! So what? There are people in third world countries who are literally about to starve to death. Shut up with your whining."
 

Sudacafan

Talk Tennis Guru
There's something I don’t like about how this man talks. Some things he said, he should have kept to himself.
 
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Defcon

Hall of Fame
Absolutely. Emma is sweet and brilliant and we can only wish the best to such a player.
But don't forget that beating the players who upset the top players (including Leylah) is not the same as beating the top players yourself. So Leylah achieved more until the final but Emma had the better nerves and a game that forced the opponent to lose confidence. As noted, she is the better player at the moment.
No Leylah didn't achieve more that's a really contrived way to look at it. Go watch the matches Emma destroys opponents playing risky high quality tennis and was clearly a far better player.
 

BGod

Legend
She‘d barely played on the tour to that point. She came through qualifying. She didn’t drop a set or face a tie break. You’re out of your mind if you even think for one second that the draw is relevant in Raducanu’s amazing victory.

The hilarious thing is that the vast majority of her opponents would have seen Raducanu as an opportunity, I guarantee it. They won’t make that mistake again.
Her draw was definitely softer, what evidence to the contrary do you even have? She faced a Lucky Loser in her first match and no seeds until Quarters getting #11 & #17. She absolutely lucked out on facing Rogers after she beat Barty in a 3 setter (particularly the 3rd set both physically and emotionally). Sakkari meanwhile played Andreescu till she was hobbling in a marathon as well. Bencic also had a much longer 2 setter than Rogers put up.

So no, Raducanu absolutely got as much of a gift draw as you can ask.
 

Tennisgods

Hall of Fame
Her draw was definitely softer, what evidence to the contrary do you even have? She faced a Lucky Loser in her first match and no seeds until Quarters getting #11 & #17. She absolutely lucked out on facing Rogers after she beat Barty in a 3 setter (particularly the 3rd set both physically and emotionally). Sakkari meanwhile played Andreescu till she was hobbling in a marathon as well. Bencic also had a much longer 2 setter than Rogers put up.

So no, Raducanu absolutely got as much of a gift draw as you can ask.
So what? Honestly, so what? She would have barely been expected to get out of qualies. It’s not like Big 3 fans looking at the draw trying to work out who might have least time on court. To be honest, it just sounds like you’re trying to play down her achievement and I’m struggling to understand why you’d do that.

She sustained a very high level throughout. She was by some distance the better player in every match she played.

They were both unknowns. The draw had no relevance in the outcome. None. The best players made it to the final and the best of the two on the day won it.

That’s it.
 
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