Andy Agony at the Sony Ericsson Open

 

Photo Courtesy of On the Go Tennis

Losing Streak

Andy Murray is officially in a slump. Britain’s great hope for a major fell to 118th ranked American Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-1, 7-5. Murray could not buy a service hold. Dating back to his loss in the final of the Australian Open he has lost nine consecutive sets.

When asked a question about whether or not he has problem with his confidence : “No, I think it’s more than that.  I mean, I played poorly last two weeks.  You know, I was happier with the way that I competed this week than last.  But, yeah, I mean, confidence could have something to do with that.”

“Tennis for Japan”

Tennis Family Unites To Raise Funds for Japan Disaster Relief

 

Football Jinx?

Has anyone else noticed that most of the players who participated in the soccer game to raise money for Japan earlier in the week have lost early? Case in point – Andy Murray, Fernando Verdasco and Stan Wawrinka all lost on Friday.

 

Upset Specials list for Friday:

[Q] A Bogomolov Jr. (USA) d [5] A Murray (GBR) 61 75

P Andujar (ESP) d [9] F Verdasco (ESP) 36 76(3) 64

M Granollers (ESP) d [12] S Wawrinka (SUI) 60 67(4) 63

J Del Potro (ARG) d [29] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 67(4) 64 75

K Anderson (RSA) d [24] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 57 64

[WC] J Blake (USA) d [27] T Bellucci (BRA) 26 64 76(6)

S Devvarman (IND) d [31] M Raonic (CAN) 76(5) 75

V Razzano (FRA) d [14] K Kanepi (EST) 63 76(5)

L Dominguez Lino (ESP) d [31] T Pironkova (BUL) 57 63 64

E Makarova (RUS) d [22] A Kleybanova (RUS) 75 63

 

Beat Downs of the Day

Novak Djokovic is now 19-0 in 2011. He served a bagel and a bread stick to Denis Istomin.

Kim Clijsters served a pair of bread sticks to Yakimova 6-1, 6-1 in 50 minutes.

 

The “Beat Down” list for the day

[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d D Istomin (UZB) 60 61

[6] D Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] I Kunitsyn (RUS) 62 61

[2] K Clijsters (BEL) d [Q] A Yakimova (BLR) 61 61

[9] A Radwanska (POL) d B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 61 60

[12] P Kvitova (CZE) d V Lepchenko (USA) 61 62

[17] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d A Szavay (HUN) 61 62

 

Question of the Day

From Rafal Nadal’s News Conference:

Photo Courtesy of On the Go Tennis

Q. Novak recently joined Twitter. You’re very present on Facebook. Do you have any plans to join Twitter?

RAFAEL NADAL: Not for the moment. I happy with the Facebook. I don’t know. No, for me is enough for the moment.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

There may be no more US women left in the Sony Ericsson Open draw but there are still plenty on men. Moving on in the draw – surprise winner James Blake who took out Thomaz Bellucci, along with John Isner, Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey.

Serena Sighting

Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki take in a Miami heat game.

 

Fish Tales

You have to give credit to Mardy Fish for having a sense of humor. First posing with a dolphin at the Seaquarium earlier in the week ..

Mardy Fish and Dolphins Cheerleaders courtesy of the Sony Ericsson Open

and on Friday posing with the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders on Friday. For you non football fans many people refer to the dolphins as “the fish.”

Sony Ericsson Open – Results and Order of Play

Sony Ericsson Open – Media Events of the Day

Sony Ericsson Open Broadcast Schedule