Tennis TV commemorates Cincinnati 2009 tournament

Fedeonic

Hall of Fame
Tennis TV has clearly upped its game in publishing a lot of highlights and best-of videos. Today is the turn for the M1000 Cincinnati 2009 which in its time was called The Real Slam, due to the presence of the Big 4 in the semifinals of the tournament.

To be honest, I only remembered the SF between Federer and Murray, and how much I wanted that Fed win against Andy.
 

Bhagi Katbamna

Hall of Fame
I was there at the tournament. We still have videos of my family and I yucking it up behind Chris Fowler and Brad Gilbert while they were broadcasting on ESPN. That was the tournament my son got one of David Ferrer's broken rackets the TT Vendetta. Also Safin was there and after his practice session, would run off as quickly as possible so he didn't have to stay there forever signing autographs. It was a really fun event to attend.
 

Bhagi Katbamna

Hall of Fame
This is fantastic, since Marat retired in 2009. You were privileged to see him play one of his last professional matches. (y)
I remember that he got a terrible line call when he was playing against Ferrer(I think) and after that point, he stopped trying. The woman who made that call was the same one who was threatened by Serena for calling a footfault.
 

Fiero425

Hall of Fame
I remember that he got a terrible line call when he was playing against Ferrer(I think) and after that point, he stopped trying. The woman who made that call was the same one who was threatened by Serena for calling a footfault.
That woman has traveled the world; even "down under" making calls the camera has to focus on and ask "who TF?" :-D
 

Fiero425

Hall of Fame
The 5th Major has been named, utilized, and then moved on over the years! In my day early on it was the WCT Finals Ch. in Dallas! After that the biggest tourney outside of the Majors and the YEC's was a 2 week event in FLA called The Lipton Int'l created in '85! The old, rich guy out in Palm Springs has been in constant competition and it's now thought that his Indian Wells Masters is the 5th major! :-D
 

tsp_207

Rookie
When he wins his golf tournament and withdraws citing “a need to rest the body for more important things.”
 

Devtennis01

G.O.A.T.
Nice. But let's not act like the purpose of this is anything less than reminding tennis fans tennis can be good and not like its current state.
 

guga_fan

Semi-Pro
Both Djokovic and Nadal's forehands seem so different from one or two years later. After AO09 I thought Nadal would start to be a dominant force on HCs, but it only started happening after 2010, and the forehand seems to have changed a lot in that time. Djokovic's racket change certainly did not help his forehand, either, very different swing from 20067-2008 and from 2011 on.

The match between Murray and Federer decided the winner, as Murray should trounce either of the other SF players also. Federer movement, especially going forward was magnificent in that tournament. :love:
 

guga_fan

Semi-Pro
Nice. But let's not act like the purpose of this is anything less than reminding tennis fans tennis can be good and not like its current state.
I actually think this week is very interesting and promising for tennis. The big 3 next gen are going forward in commanding fashion (maybe not Tsitsi in this last round), Hurkacz, PCB and Ruud playing great tennis and Rublev maybe finding some form. If the next gen start to clash regularly in later rounds of big tournament, their rivalries will be much more interesting, as long as they can bring their best level. It seems to be starting to happen now, but it may be too soon to tell.

Tennis still misses quite a bit from the absence of Djokovic, Nadal and Thiem, though. I don't count Fed because he has been out for most of 2020 and 2021.
 

Third Serve

G.O.A.T.
And here's the TTW highlights:

Today's semifinals feature the top 4 players. Unlike the last 2 "Slams". I contend that whoever wins here is the real #1 and the GOAT. I have a feeling it won't be the guy with the elegant strokes.
Another quality thread from tennis guru Suresh.
Fact is, Fed is up against 3 players who have all beaten him in the past, and who share the attribute of not having too much love for him. Quite different from a Roddick or Del Potro or Haas or Soderling who lose a match to him before the first serve is struck. This is his real test as a champion.
Federer beats Murray in straight sets in the semifinals

The Real Champ Just PWNED the Pretender at the Real Slam.....Fed beats Murray 6-2, 7-5 and improves his H2H as well
Yes, I saw the match. Federer's BH did not impress me a whole lot.

Tomorrow he will face real opposition. He better bring his A game or Nadal is gonna show him who is the real boss.
Djokovic takes out Nadal in the semifinals

Wow, Nadal must be real good if he can show Federer who's boss without even playing in the match.
Federer defeats Djokovic in straight sets in the final to win the championship

Well, your feeling was wrong. :)

Anyway, it's nice of you to concede that Federer is the true number 1 and GOAT.
Fed did well today. But his result is still tainted by the fact that he did not face Nadal.
 
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