Here’s Roger Federer after defeating Juan Monaco in a quick R4 encounter, 6-1 6-2 6-0
For those keeping track, that’s 30 consecutive QF appearances at Grand Slams for Federer at the grand age of 30 years. Everyone pick up your jaws from the floor now. Matt Zemek notes, “As a point of comparison, Novak Djokovic has made 10 straight quarterfinals. He’d tie Federer’s 30 at the 2016 U.S. Open.” Take your pick of the many colorful insults to hurl at Federer fans, but delusional they are not. Respect!
En route to his potentially frightful QF encounter with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Federer’s conqueror in their last two meetings), Federer also had the chance to thrill us with his pressers. Say what you will about the man, but it’s always entertaining when he refuses to stray from the party line of never-doing-false-humility:
After defeating R2 opponent Dudi Sela,
“I just think I was superior today.”
After defeating Cilic in R3, he was asked (for the 942482 time) about gluten-free diets:
I don’t think we should have any fat athletes, to be honest. We do too much sports and we should be too professional to let that happen to ourselves. If it happens, well, we should wake up. You don’t have the right entourage. They’re not telling you that you’re a bit fat.
Anyone else wonder who among Federer’s entourage is the poor soul responsible for intervening when/if Federer’s waistline expands in the coming years?
On the American side of the tennis spectrum, Mardy Fish lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a tight five-set encounter. Tsonga came from two sets to one down to win a match that was almost as notable for the dramatics. Tsonga first complained about the noise coming from the Fish player box, only for Fish to retaliate later.
When asked which comments from Tsonga’s player box were bothering him, Fish replied (to the umpire or to Tsonga): “I don’t speak French, dumbass.”
Lol…only at the US Open. I’m sure “dumbass” is an insult even the precocious children consider themselves to be above. Mardy, did you not pick up on any other words at the Andy Roddick school of hard-knocks? You would have been a marked man had you combusted like that on the clay courtz of Roland Garros. Ah, Mardy. I was just starting to change my mind about you too. Thankfully, everyone was chummy at the end as both players shared a hug at the net.
Now Tsonga, I love watching you especially when you’re out there beating a sourpuss in a five-set heartbreaker. But kindly roll over and lose to Federer in the next match, please? It’s for the greater tennis good (I may/may not be revealing my preferences here…)