Tuesday, June 3, 2008

There are officially no more pun headlines to use for 'Serb' or 'Serbia'

I've used "Serb"-ing Notice before, and then I thought I could go with "Youth Is Serbed," but if you Google that, it's all over the Internet!

The point being, I wanted to mention the feat by Serbia's three stars—Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic—all getting through to the semis today. Djoko got pushed around a little by his old buddy, Ernests Gulbis, but still won in straights. Next up for him? Oh, just that Rafael Nadal fellow, that's all. I feel safe to say this (as opposed to those crazy, fleeting thoughts I had about Nicolas Almagro): Novak should make Rafa work a little; at least way more than anyone else has this tournament. Does he have a chance? If he hangs in there physically, sure. It's going to be like a boxing match and he'll have to go toe-to-toe with Nadal, making sure he doesn't get jerked around. I'm still going with Nadal, though.

As for Ivanovic and Jankovic, it's actually a shame that they have to be meeting at this point in the tournament as opposed to the finals. They've clearly been the dominant players. I think the winner of this match is strong enough to beat anyone on the other side. Among the three Russians and the Estonian on the other side, the only one with a major title is Svetlana Kuznetsova. Elena Dementieva's been in Slam finals, while this equals the best run Dinara Safina has ever had. I'm pretty sure Kaia Kanepi's dream run will end in her next match. The point I'm trying to make is that no one has any overwhelming experience to top the two Serbs.

(Photos: Getty Images)

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