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Anyone besides me watching this? Got a pretty sweet match coming tonight with Federer/Agassi. I'll probably have to turn the volume off cause the announcers will be having a love fest trying to see which one loves Federer more. It's good to see Andre get this far, especially after he withstood 50 aces from that dude the other day. Here's to hoping that he knocks Federer out.

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.71
I'm watching as little as possible, but I can't avoid it. Sometimes it's the best thing available free to air.
Apart from the Federer love, we get unending comparisons to Leyton Hewitt and projections to what will happen if Hewitt and Federer meet. Add in the recent Alicia Molik run and it's quite overly patriotic.
That said Molik beating Venus was surprising.
The best bits of our coverage are Jim Courier and Martina on commentary.
I can't see Agassi beating Federer. I wouldn't be shocked if he did, but I don't think he will.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.41
Caught the end of the Federer-Agassi match early this morning when I was working out. Looks like Federer handled him quite easily in 3 straight.

Over on the women's side, the Serena-Sharapova Wimbledon rematch in the Semis will spark more than a few news stories but the way that Serena has been playing, I don't think that Sharapova will have enough.



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The Johansson-Agassi match might have been the most incredible match I've ever seen, with Johansson hitting all those bombs and Agassi weathering the storm, especially breaking back at 1-1 in the fourth set.



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I have been watching almost all of the coverage that ESPN2 has had during the night hours here in the States. I have it on in the background while I am reading or reading this fine message board or something else. I love watching live sporting events that are on at odd hours here. There is something really calming and enjoyable about it. I couldn't wake up at 2:30 this morning to watch the Agassi/Federer match though, as much as I would have loved to have done so. I'm glad I didn't now, as Agassi got blown out.

The announcers that we have had on ESPN2 have been quite good this year. I was surprised to see Dick Enberg doing some matches, but he has been doing a great job. I would love to hear Courier do some commentary, as I have heard he is very good at commentating.
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I can't remember the last time there were so many good matches and so many 5th set tie breaks. It was pretty cool to wake up today for my 9 a.m. class and catch the end of the Federer/Safin match. It was awesome seeing Federer go down though I would've like to see Roddick do the dirty work.

It'll be interesting now that Roddick/Hewitt is seemingly the big time match. That is unless Hewitt makes it to the final. Roddick is more rested after only playing 3 sets and Hewitt going the full 5 against Nalbandian. But if Hewitt can somehow get to the finals, that crowd and country will go nuts and will be great to watch.

In other news, Sharapova choked big time. It looks like Serena is back to being great and the womens ranks are going to provide some great matches for the rest of this year.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.71
    Originally posted by Santa Sangre
    But if Hewitt can somehow get to the finals, that crowd and country will go nuts and will be great to watch.

    In other news, Sharapova choked big time.

I hope Roddick smashes him. The crowd will be going nuts tonight that's for sure. If he makes the final the crowd will be psycho. Part of the country will go nuts if he wins, sure, but not the whole country, like if he was Pat Rafter. Or even half the sportsman Pat was. The "Come on!" and the "chainsaw" lose him alot of friends, not just amongst the opposing players, see: Blake, J.
I watched the end of Sharapova-Williams, she definitely shouldn't have lost that, but that one cross court return of serve, down match point, from Serena nearly left a crater she smoked it that hard. The women's draw has been interesting, and the final should be close.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.41
Turned on the Roddick-Hewitt match this AM during the 2nd set tie break. Roddick had a chance to go up 2-0 but couldn't close him out. Got up 4-1 in the 3rd set and then was up 3-1 in the 3rd set tiebreak and he never sniffed match point. Had to leave for work at that point but from what I understand, it wasn't even a match after that as Hewitt steamrolled Roddick 6-1. You have to wonder if Roddick just gave up seeing that he had every chance to close out Hewitt in 3 straight and couldn't get the job done. Hewitt-Safin should be an entertaining final but it will get next to no press or ratings back here in the states.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.71
The number of times Jim Courier said something like "That's totally the wrong tactic" just before Roddick lost a point or "Why would he try that" after he lost one seemed HUGE. I really think Roddick should have won, physically he had to be in better shape, but mentally he didn't seem to be able to cope with Hewitt just getting the ball back all the time.
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First off, I thought both the finale fights were very good. Lotta heart & desire (plus all the guy-words like "balls" & "guts"). Good work.
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