Random thoughts, observations, links and other goodies from the tennis world this week …
• Novak Djokovic can’t stop dancing to Daft Punk’s Get Lucky.
“It was a little agreement I had with my friends when we had vacation time a few weeks ago,” Djokovic explained after his second-round win at the Rogers Cup. “This is one of the summer hits. We listened to that song quite a lot. We had a lot of dancing going on. I said, Why not? I’ll do it after the first match in Montreal. If I keep on winning, I’ll do it after every match. If I win the next one, you can expect the same song but maybe little bit different dance. We’ll work on it.”
Here he is after Thursday night’s third-round victory over Denis Istomin:
• Milos Raonic certainly didn’t help himself when addressing the controversy surrounding his victory over Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday. All he had to say was that he thought the ball was dead on the point in question and thus his touch of the net didn’t matter. Instead, he focused on the fact that it was a crucial point and questioned whether any pro would have owned up to the violation in that moment. To make matters worse, he sounded relieved that chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani didn’t see the net touch (del Potro didn’t, either, until he watched the replay on the big screen). Raonic is a smart, well-spoken, thoughtful guy. I was surprised he went there. I’m curious how this will go down in the locker room.
• That being said, “Hypothetically yes, technically no” is my new favorite catch phrase.
• I couldn’t help but laugh at the idea of Andy Roddick or Marat Safin being in del Potro’s situation. That would have been a viral video for the ages.
• I’ve been mesmerized by this Vine all week:
• The Martina Hingis doubles comeback has not picked up any traction. Through two tournaments, she and partner Daniela Hantuchova have yet to win back-to-back matches.
• Aga Radwanska, everyone:
• Kudos to the Canadian crowd in both Montreal and Toronto for its vocal, sometimes boisterous support of its players. The Davis Cup atmosphere has undoubtedly helped Vasek Pospisil have a career week. He single-handedly beat the Czech Davis Cup team in back-to-back matches, ousting Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych.
• Raonic wore a different-colored shirt for each of his first three victories this week. When Canadian reporter Tom Tebbutt asked why he didn’t just stick to the first shirt after winning in it, Raonic revealed that he isn’t all that superstitious. “It’s a shirt, Tom,” he said. “A shirt is not going to win a match for you.”
• Would you like Andy Murray’s thoughts on the Royal Baby? “Lot of pressure on that baby, that’s for sure,” he said. “The guy knows a thing or two about pressure.
• The men have voiced their displeasure about the balls being used in Montreal. “I don’t really like these balls,” Jerzy Janowicz said after his first-round win. “These Penn balls for me, a lot of players are complaining about these balls. It’s not easy to control these balls. [They're] flying so much. I’m surprised they change the ball from Head ATP. For me, [that] was an unbelievable ball.”
Here’s coach/ESPN analyst Darren Cahill:
Swapping balls week to week encourages shoulder & arm issues. They are both good but play & feel different.—
Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) August 04, 2013
• Funny observation about the WTA locker room from Alisa Kleybanova, who this week played her first tour-level tournament in more than a year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011. “It’s a little bit strange because obviously I’m not so used to seeing those people anymore,” she said in Toronto. “[A]ll the atmosphere of tension at the tournament, when you’re there all the time, you get used to it. It seems normal. But being out and then coming back in, you feel like, Oh, my God, everyone is so stressed, rushing everywhere, trying to do a million things at the same time.”