2009 SAP Open (4)

Coverage from the ATP World Tour 250 tournament in San Jose, California, USA, February 9-15, 2009.

Sunday, 15 February 2009 03:00

SAP Open Awards (SAPpies) 2009 Edition

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Wormiest: The 2009 SAP Open champion, Radek Stepanek, donned a San Jose Sharks jersey after winning the title. Then he did “The Worm” and suggested his signature move could be re-named the “Shark Dive.”

Fishiest: Runner-up Mardy Fish proved to be a lesser actor following a similar script to Andy Roddick’s semifinal loss to Stepanek. The 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 final was a paler imitation of the fiercely competitive 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 semifinal.
Saturday, 14 February 2009 14:54

Playing with a "-Ful" Deck

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Insightful:
  • James Blake’s understanding of how his opponent must feel, post-match. “I’m sure Mardy [Fish] doesn’t feel the same kind of satisfaction getting a win today, but it’s more so than getting a walkover, or being up 6-3 and getting a retirement. It feels like it cheapens the other guy’s victory a little bit, and I don’t feel like I need to do that. The only reason I would do that is if something was going to get a lot worse, if there’s a chance I could tear a muscle somewhere. So if I wasn’t going to hurt it any more,
Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:05

An Interview with Pete Samprass

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THE MODERATOR: Thanks, everyone, getting up this morning and joining Pete for today's call. Pete returns to the 2009 SAP Open to play an exhibition match against fellow American James Blake on Monday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m. Pete played in an exhibition at last year's SAP Open, where he defeated Tommy Haas. In his career Pete has played at the SAP five times, capturing the title in 1996 and '97. This will be the second time that Pete and Blake have met. In their first meeting this past December, Pete defeated Blake at a charity event in Baton Rouge which benefitted victims of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.
Before we start I'd just like to have Bill Rapp say a few comments. Bill?
BILL RAPP: Good morning, Pete. Just wanted to thank you again for being on the call, and we're very excited to welcome you back to the HP Pavilion in San Jose. Two part question for you. Back in '96 I remember well the final where you played for the No. 1 ranking in the world here against Agassi. If you'd talk a little bit about that match, and then also give us your thoughts about playing on opening night against James Blake here at the SAP Open.
Friday, 13 February 2009 22:12

Friday: "Able"-Bodied

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Notable:

  • James Blake’s balance on the run. His speed allows him to chase down a lot of balls, but his balance is what allows him to wallop the ball—even when he’s scrambling.
  • Sam Querrey’s height. It doesn’t look so scary when he’s on the court, but try standing next to him as even 6’1” people look straight at his Adam’s apple.
  • Andy Roddick really IS chasing down balls he would not have reached last year. And much of the time he can do something with them. Exhibit A? His running backhand cross-court passing shot winner to close out Tommy Haas 7-5, 6-4.