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April 2, 4:00 PM ET
Chat during the Sony Ericsson Open!

Bonnie Ford
  (4:02 PM)

Greetings from Key Biscayne. Fire when ready!

Bonnie Ford
  (4:05 PM)

Ana Ivanovic survived her first match here today, and Svetlana Kuznetsova is about to tee off. Venus Williams is on tap tonight.

Bonnie Ford
  (4:08 PM)

Other women's winners include Radwanska, Wickmayer, Bartoli, Hantuchova (over Schnyder). And Petrova beat comeback "kid" Kimiko Date Krumm who's out there representing well for 39 year olds.

Fico Sanchez (Key Biscayne)

Bonnie, my mother is crazy about tennis and wants to know if there is someone in the womens field that has the potential to consistantly make Finals of tournaments(aka compete with Serena) she has doubts that Kim and Justine can do that.

Bonnie Ford
  (4:12 PM)

We need time to see how both Belgians progress in their comebacks. There was a lot of talk about how "easy" it was for them in each of their first Grand Slam events, but their trajectories have not been totally smooth since. Either one is capable of matching wits with Serena when they're at their best.

Lori (VT)

What do you make of Jelena Jankovic and her Indian Wells run? Is she back?

Bonnie Ford
  (4:15 PM)

Huge confidence builder for a confidence player. She says she's comfortable in her own skin again after a season where she overtrained. It'll be interesting to see how she does here -- recent history tells us that Indian Wells winners struggle in Miami.

Mark (VA)

Do you think the Masters events get enough recognition? It's like a Slam without the crappy first-round matches.

Bonnie Ford
  (4:17 PM)

Well, the byes for seeds help in that regard, Mark. I'm only personally familiar with the U.S. events but I can tell you these March tournaments have an electric feel and are well-covered by the international media.

Bonnie Ford
  (4:21 PM)

NCAA hoops quote of the day, as usual, supplied by Andy Roddick, talking about Northern Iowa's upset of Kansas last weekend: "There was a loud noise, and I didn't know what it was at the time. I was on the court against Soderling, and apparently it was my bracket blowing up."

Sharon (Jersey City)

Hey, what ever happened to Alexandra Stevenson?

Bonnie Ford
  (4:25 PM)

She has played in several qualifying tournaments but far as I can tell, hasn't won a match this season.

Aaron (MA)

I see that Hingis has a lot of exhibition matches and events planned for this summer. Any chance she will attempt another comeback? And if so, how well do you think she would do?

Bonnie Ford
  (4:28 PM)

Great question, Aaron. We've all wondered whether she regretted not fighting her cocaine suspension, given that Richard Gasquet did and only wound up missing a couple of months. No doubt she'd like to have her second (or third) career end on a different note. The bigger issue is whether she could play consistently without re-aggravating her old injuries. She did some damage when she was healthy.

Fico Sanchez (Key Biscayne)

What are that odds that Thomas Berdych is going to one day break into the top 10 and consistently start beating people he should? The guy has what seems to be so much potential.

Bonnie Ford
  (4:32 PM)

He's still only 24, but if you look at his results over the last three seasons, he seems to have leveled out. The kind of progress you're talking about would require a breakthrough in the majors.

Bonnie Ford
  (4:35 PM)

Berdych's lone Slam QF was at WImbledon in 2007 and he doesn't seem to be able to push through that ceiling, especially against top 10 players.

Erik (Los Angeles, CA)

Bonnie, speaking of Belgians, what are your thoughts on Yanina Wickmayer, whose currently higher than both Clijsters and Henin. Does she have what it takes to win a Slam?

Bonnie Ford
  (4:42 PM)

Good point on the rankings, Erik. I see a lot of upside for her. Seems to be very tough mentally, and that goes a long way in the women's game today. Needs more consistency before I'd make her No. 1 on my next-to-win-a-first-Slam list.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Which Current Tennis Player would you think would be a great Broadcaster either on the Men's Tour or the Women's Tour?

Bonnie Ford
  (4:49 PM)

Interesting hypothetical. It's a job you grow into. A lot of ex-players find it hard to shift right into critic's gear when they're talking about athletes they've so recently competed against, some of whom may be friends. I'd love to hear Kuznetsova or Roddick take a crack at it. We would not be bored in either case.

Bob (Texas)

Who do you think will win the men's singles?

Bonnie Ford
  (4:54 PM)

I know this isn't going out on a limb, but I like Federer's chances; Djokovic and Roddick are in the mix; and I liked the way Robin Soderling was playing at Indian Wells.

Bonnie Ford
  (4:54 PM)

Five more minutes til we wrap here, folks...

Tracey (NY)

Shouldn't the players be more selective in the tournaments that they enter? As opposed to entering all masters games, burn themselves out and play poorly in the grand slam events.

Bonnie Ford
  (4:59 PM)

Tracy, don't forget that the top players in both tours have mandatory minimums. I think more are trying to take strategic time off these days.

Bonnie Ford
  (5:00 PM)

That will do it for today - thanks for joining me. I'll be back tomorrow, same time, same channel.

Buzzmaster
  (4:25 PM)

Sorry guys but Bonnie is having wireless issues and is unable to chat today. Greg Garber will be here Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET to fulfill all your tennis needs.

Buzzmaster
  (11:20 AM)

Greg Garber will be here at 4 p.m. ET to take your questions!

Greg Garber
  (4:02 PM)

Greetings, tennis fans.Thanks for checking in on the doings in Miami. The Sony Ercisson Open is crackling with energy today. It's 75 degrees and sunny and many of the world's best players are in action ... Venus Williams is already through to the semifinals. Andy Roddick, after falling into a 1-4 hole, is a game away from beating Benjamin Becker. Mardy Fish (hip?) retired against Mikhail Youzhny. Still to come: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, etc...Let's get to your questions and comments...

Pete (Cali)

Hey, why does Mardy Fish seem to come to life only certain times of the year?

Greg Garber
  (4:06 PM)

Good question, Pete. Remember the 2008 Indian Wells tournament, when he took out Davydenko, Nalbandian and Federer -- all ranked in the top 10 -- before losing in the final? He was at it again, until he slipped today and tweaked what looked to be his hip. He's heading to the interview room now, so we'll find out exactly what it was...Check out my story later on the amazing transformation he's made - he dropped more than 25 pounds and looks terrific.

David booker III (New York, NY 10001)

How many grand slams do you think Venus can realistically add to her total before she retires.

Greg Garber
  (4:09 PM)

With Venus whistling through the draw here in her home tournament, that's a money question David. The reality is that five of her seven majors came at Wimbledon -- and the last one was two years ago. I'm thinking All-England is her most reaistic shot ... With Serena, Safina and Sharapova ailing, maybe this is the year she slips through. I'll give her one more. A nice career...

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Will there ever be an Exhibition Match in the Future between Serena Williams & Roger Federer?

Greg Garber
  (4:12 PM)

Chris: Hey, they've both played the exo at Madison Square Garden, now that you mention it. My guess is you won't be seeing a Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King-type Battle of the Sexes. What would it prove, really? I'd rather see Federer-sampras again. Or better yet, Sampras-Agassi. Check your weapons at the door...

Master Ace (Birmingham,AL)

On Odesnik pleading guilty of importing HGH, what is your take on the situation and what do you think the ITF or ATP is going to do?

Greg Garber
  (4:14 PM)

Master Ace: Hard to say, but you have to believe he's looking at a year or two off the tour, a serious chunk of a tennis player's career. The larger question is how prevelant is the use of HGH among players? Tennis is a very difficult sport on the human body. If the sport elected to test for HGH -- the technology exists -- there wouldn;t be any or questions.

Eloise (Philly)

Federer and Serena are so good, and they keep on winning everything. Do you think if they were mixed doubles partners, that they would do well together?

Greg Garber
  (4:16 PM)

The best two players in the game? I think they'd be grat. Just not sure Serena has the time (or the inclination) to play a third tournament at the majors. She and Venus, who won three of the four Slam titles last year, are gunning for the Olympic title in London.

Greg Garber
  (4:20 PM)

Rafa just came out onto the stadium court, where he will play fellow Spaniard David Ferrer -- a battle of wills. Saw him earlier coming off the practice court and he was followed by dozens of giddy, young kids looking for autographs. Quite a scene. Interesting to see if he can get to the final and face his old friend, Federer. They haven't played in 10 months, going back to the Madrid final.

Adam Ruggle (Iowa City, IA)

What do you make of Rafa watching Fed play yesterday? Do you seem them teaming up for doubles sometime soon?

Greg Garber
  (4:23 PM)

Adam: I thought that was interesting, too. They asked Roger afterward if he had ever watched Rafa play -- other than from the other side of the net -- and he said no. Doubles? These two players are sportsman and have developed what appears to be a mutually respectful relationship. Would be fun to see it.

Paul (Jacksonville, FL)

What on earth happened to Kuznetsova vs. Bartoli? Just one of those days where all of Bartoli's double-handed shots were painting the lines?

Greg Garber
  (4:25 PM)

About, what you'd expect, Paul. A bad injury. Kuznetsova said her shoulder was killing her. On the other hand, Bartoi rarely gets the love she deserves. Seven of her last 11 matches have featured wins over top-5 players. Either that's amazing - or it speaks to the injured state of the women's game. Bartoli meets Wickmayer in the first night match. Not sure who I like there...

Greg Garber
  (4:25 PM)

About, what you'd expect, Paul. A bad injury. Kuznetsova said her shoulder was killing her. On the other hand, Bartoi rarely gets the love she deserves. Seven of her last 11 matches have featured wins over top-5 players. Either that's amazing - or it speaks to the injured state of the women's game. Bartoli meets Wickmayer in the first night match. Not sure who I like there...

Phillip (Miami)

What did you see from Murray this week and in Indian Wells? I.e. is this something to be concerned about? Or is he experiencing 'Masters fatigue" that the Slam champions sometimes (i.e. Fed especially so) have.. obviously the caveat being that he's done everything but win a Slam, but generally no tennis accomplishment will matter for him anymore until he wins a Slam, no?

Greg Garber
  (4:28 PM)

Phillip: Maybe a little bit of both. It's tough for these players to give strong back-to-back efforts in a compressed span of three weeks. Against Fish, Murray was typically passive. Talking with Paul Annacone last year, the British elite coach, he said that Murray needed to stop trying to be so perfect and centering his shots and start ripping for the lines at appropriate times. He didn't do that against Fish, despite the fact he has a place in Miami and trains on these very courts. I thought he wuld break through with a Slam win last year ... now I'm not so sure.

Greg Garber
  (4:28 PM)

Phillip: Maybe a little bit of both. It's tough for these players to give strong back-to-back efforts in a compressed span of three weeks. Against Fish, Murray was typically passive. Talking with Paul Annacone last year, the British elite coach, he said that Murray needed to stop trying to be so perfect and centering his shots and start ripping for the lines at appropriate times. He didn't do that against Fish, despite the fact he has a place in Miami and trains on these very courts. I thought he wuld break through with a Slam win last year ... now I'm not so sure.

Raj (Philadelphia)

Tsonga looked fantastic today against Ferrero (thank you illegit streaming video at work); would you rate him as the favorite against Rafa assuming Rafa comes through against Ferrer?

Greg Garber
  (4:31 PM)

Hey, Raj, thanks for checking in. Tsonga DID look good. He's resting comfortably at the moment, probably watching Rafa-Ferrer. They've just started with Ferrer holding serve. In another fourth-round match, Soderling is up on Gonzalez 6-0, 4-3...I'll go with the chalk, Rafa, against Tsonga, assuming he surives into the quarters.

Nicole (New York, NY)

do you think sharapova will every truly recover from her shoulder injury and be a consistent top 10 player

Greg Garber
  (4:34 PM)

After the last two years, this is a valid question, Nicole. Just when you think she's gotten past it, she's forced to shut it down. Even if she gets past the physical issues, you have to wonder about her confidence, particularly with her serve. Tennis could use a dash of her drama.

Sean (Tallahassee, Fl)

Do you think that Ferrer has any chance to upset Nadal in the upcoming match, or is it a certainty that Nadal will advance?

Greg Garber
  (4:37 PM)

Of course, Ferrer can challenge Rafa. The last three times they've played on a hard surface, Ferrer has won twice -- both in 2007, at the U.S. Open and the Tennis Masters Cup in China. The other time, last year in Montreal, Ferrer retired with a knee injury. Ferrer, on cue, just broke rafa to take a 2-0 lead...

Breezy (Miami)

Given the way Venus is playing, do you honestly think she only has one more major left in her? If she continues to play like this throughout the next 4-6 months I don't see very many players beating her...What am I missing?

Greg Garber
  (4:38 PM)

Breezy: You can only go on what you see. Here are the fact: Venus turns 30 in June and hasn;t won a major in nearly two years. That has to give you pause, no?

Aaron (IL)

I hear the Lleyton Hewitt is plainng on playing in Houston. Do you think he will have success after his hip surgery?

Greg Garber
  (4:40 PM)

Tough call, Aaron. Hewitt is 29, ancient by the standards of professional tennis. Hips are a tricky thing. Success might be defined as playing to a .500 record and never again reaching a major quarterfinal...

Will (Hialeah, FL)

Greg, do you know if ESPN is going to start televising the Indian Wells/Miami Masters Series events again? I honestly believe that the airing of these events on FSN/Tennis Channel (except for the finals of Miami on CBS) has hurt visibility.. I am a huge tennis fan but get neither of these channels, and have barely watched the online feeds, and I generally feel that it has hurt these events' coverage.. any insight?

Greg Garber
  (4:43 PM)

This question comes up a lot. ESPN used to televise these back-to-back events, but elected to go after the rights to the four Grand Slam tournaments, which they successfully did. Apparently, the numbers back this decision up -- since causual fans apparently aren't drawn to Indian Wells or Miami. I can tell you, though, last year's numbers for our on-line stuff -- chats incuded -- were terrfic. There's something about Miami (Spring in the air?) that gets people fired up.

Greg Garber
  (4:44 PM)

Quick correction: The in-house scoreboard had it wrong. Rafa leads ferrer 2-1, but faces a break point.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Out of all the ESPN Tennis Broadcasters who do you think was the best at playing Tennis?

Greg Garber
  (4:47 PM)

Intriguing question. I'll give you the trick answer: John McEnroe was added to the entourage for last year's U.S. Open, so I'll go with his seven Grand Slams ... after that? Brad Gilbert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Cliff Drysdale, Patrick McEnroe, Pam Shriver ... I'll go with Pam's many, many doubles titles. Oh: I've seen Bud Collins hit the ball...not bad for a guy close to 80 years old.

Dan (Miami)

I have never been to the tourney. is it a nice venue?

Greg Garber
  (4:49 PM)

Dan, you live in Miami. Get yourself down here. Seriously. It's a wonderful venue, which is why Indian Wells and Miami are seen as the next biggest and best events after the four majors. Gorgeous day, today, perfect for sitting in the sun and watching Rafa-Ferrer (now 2-2) -- after I get my Mardy Fish story done.

Carol (Ashland, Oregon)

I'd love to hear you comment on Murray's tendency to always appear hurt when he's losing. He will literally limp when losing and then walk just fine two points later. It seems to me that more commentators are calling him out on this, both seriously and with humor. Do you see that? (also, please ask Pete Bodo if he really thinks that Federer's Grand Slam has an asterisk)

Greg Garber
  (4:51 PM)

Carol: I think it's a natural inclination for any athlete to embellish injuries when things aren't going so well. I noticed this all the way back in high school. Peter Bodo, sitting just behind me, has left his seat. Fire me that question tomorrow on Fed's Grand Slam and I'll get an answer for you...

Fico Sanchez (Key Biscayne)

I've grown up on Key Biscayne, snuck into the tournament when i was a kid because all of the good players show up. Why do they all love this tournament? It can't just be the weather! The purse is not ginormous either.

Greg Garber
  (4:53 PM)

Fico: I'd try to sneak in if i couldn't get a credential. You said it -- all the good players show up. Throw in a perfect backdrop -- it's in the rocess of raining 6 inches on my ome state of Connecticut -- and you have a winner.

Fico Sanchez (Key Biscayne)

So i spoke to Novak Djokovic at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne and said to him.....damn Rochus played out of his mind! His response "NO I played out of my mind" and he started Laughing........it seemed like he did not care....what is it with this guy?

Greg Garber
  (4:54 PM)

We're putting you on retainer as a report, Fico. Keep feeding us the real story ... That sounds like something Djokovic would say. Good work.

Greg Garber
  (4:56 PM)

This Rafa-Ferrer, played in a mostly-full stadium, has the people jazzed up. That's a wrap for me. Thanks. Been fun chatting with you. Stop by tomorrow at 4 PM eastern time and we'll do it again. The schedule will be loaded with marquee matches...

Buzzmaster
  (9:34 AM)

Greg will be by Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET to take your questions!

Greg Garber
  (4:02 PM)

Welcome to Miami. Your timing was excellent: Justine Henin just finished up a three-set win against 19-year-old Caroline Wozniacki, the No. 2-ranked player in the world. She's into the semifinals here at the Sony Ericsson Open -- against the winner of tonight's Kim Clijsters-Sam Stosur match. The match went 2 hours and 45 minutes. Let's get to the questions....

Master Ace (Birmingham, AL)

What is your analysis of Caroline and Justine? Why Caroline has been able to stay close with Justine?

Greg Garber
  (4:05 PM)

Master Ace: First of all, Wozniacki is the No. 2 player in the world. She's really good for a teenager and was probably favored in this matchup. Wozniacki, remember, got to the U.S. Open final before losing to Kim Clijsters. Henin played really solid. This was the kind of match she needs in her comeback. After getting whacked early out in Indian Wells by Gisela Dulko, she's a little more settled here.

Fico Sanchez (Key Biscayne)

I asked Bonnie why Thomas hadent broken into the top 10 and a factor in major tournament last Thursday. After last night he looked great. Can this win instill some confidence? Or was this a "Fed Flop II" I have Berdych winning it all. FYI Novak wishes he never spoke to me now.

Greg Garber
  (4:08 PM)

Berdych really played well last night, especially down the stretch. He won it at least as much as Federer lost it, in my judgment. I was just looking at the Indian Wells draw and noticed that Berdych, along with Nadal, Roddick and Soderling, are the four guys who reached both quarters. That's saying something. Berdych has aways had the chops; he just didn't have the mental toughness to sustain him in the tight moments. Going forward, maybe that win over Federer -- only the second of his career in 10 tries -- will carry him to a new level.

Sheila (NYC)

Hey Greg! I'm curious as to what you think about Nadal showing up in person to watch Federer's match the other day. He's done it before. They even showed him on the jumbotron. Is this some kind of intimidation tactic? They (meaning he and his coach) could have watched it from their hotel suite.

Greg Garber
  (4:11 PM)

I may be missing something, but I think Rafa just likes the game. He's playing more doubles now (it beats practice) and he has watched Federer in person before. Interestingly, Federer was asked if he's ever watched Rafa in person -- besides from the other side of the net -- and he said no. Sort of dismissed it. Good for Rafa, who shares a mutual respect with Federer that we didn;t see with, say, Sampras-Agassi.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

How were Dick Enberg Mary Carillo & Chris Fowler at playing Tennis?

Greg Garber
  (4:13 PM)

With all due respect to the gentlemen, I'll take Carillo.

Greg Garber
  (4:16 PM)

By the way: Andy Roddick is out on the stadium court, facing Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals. The winner gets the winner of tonight's Tsonga-Nadal match, which shuld be a good one. Roddick held serve to open the match.

Jason (Toronto)

Now that Fed seems to have joined the Williams sisters in going half speed at the Masters events, wouldn't it make sense for a guy like Nadal (and his 1000 injuries) to do the same?

Greg Garber
  (4:20 PM)

Jason: I'm not sure the kid can go half-speed, do you? I was looking through some pre-tournament notes constructed by legendary ATP stats guru Greg Sharko and something jumped out. Andre Agassi is No. 1 on the all-time list with 17 ATP masters titles. Federer is second with 16. Third? Yes, Rafa, with 15. And that's at the age of 23. While Rafa seems to have dialed down his long, gruelling practice sessions, but I'm not sure he'll take anything off his game when he's on the court for real...

Greg Garber
  (4:24 PM)

Not a surprise, but Roddick has just jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Almagro (7 unforced errors) is a little sloppy. Probably going to write a story about Roddick for tomorrow. He keeps coming at you...

Greg Garber
  (4:28 PM)

Just a quick note on tomorrow's women's semifinal. Venus Williams takes on Marion Bartoli. The Frenchwoman got a little lucky when Svetlana Kuznetsova injured her shoulder but looked solid in beating Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets.

Miki (Overseas)

Hi, me and my friend were arguing who will win more Grand Slams: Murray or Djokovic. What do you think?

Greg Garber
  (4:33 PM)

Well, Miki, the count right now is Djokovic 1 (2008 Australian Open) and Murray 0. A few years ago, I would have guessed those numbers would be higher. I'll go out on a limb and take Djokovic, maybe 3-2. At some point, Federer will lose some traction in the majors and Rafa's knees may limit his effectiveness going forward ... there might be a two-, three-year window to crank out a few more. Murray, though, was a mess here. Curious how he does at Wimbledon.

Greg Garber
  (4:33 PM)

Well, Miki, the count right now is Djokovic 1 (2008 Australian Open) and Murray 0. A few years ago, I would have guessed those numbers would be higher. I'll go out on a limb and take Djokovic, maybe 3-2. At some point, Federer will lose some traction in the majors and Rafa's knees may limit his effectiveness going forward ... there might be a two-, three-year window to crank out a few more. Murray, though, was a mess here. Curious how he does at Wimbledon.

Federer (Basel)

Why did I lose to Berdych? What is wrong with me?

Greg Garber
  (4:34 PM)

These things happen, Rog. You'll always have Paris.

Simon (Vermont)

Hi, Greg, longtime fan (just kidding). Why did Anna Kournikova never win a Grand Slam?

Greg Garber
  (4:36 PM)

Nice, Simon. First-time, long-time ... The simple answer: She wasn't that good. From the time she was 10 or so, playing at Nick Bollettieri's in Forida, she was hyped as the Next Big Thing. She turned out to be a decent player, but never great. And her looks became her calling card, which further minimized the focus on her tennis ability...

Greg Garber
  (4:36 PM)

Nice, Simon. First-time, long-time ... The simple answer: She wasn't that good. From the time she was 10 or so, playing at Nick Bollettieri's in Forida, she was hyped as the Next Big Thing. She turned out to be a decent player, but never great. And her looks became her calling card, which further minimized the focus on her tennis ability...

Greg Garber
  (4:37 PM)

Nice, Simon. First-time, long-time ... The simple answer: She wasn't that good. From the time she was 10 or so, playing at Nick Bollettieri's in Forida, she was hyped as the Next Big Thing. She turned out to be a decent player, but never great. And her looks became her calling card, which further minimized the focus on her tennis ability...

John (Largo,MD)

The French Open looks wide open right now and serena has not one the French Open since 2002 and looks like she will be out of shape and roger is not great so who looks like the favorites right now to win on thw woman and men

Greg Garber
  (4:40 PM)

Never too early to look ahead, John. Serena and Federer, of course, can still technically pull off the Grand Slam. Fed will be super-motivated to win with Rafa in the field. Serena just hasn't had it on the red clay since her break-through win. I will take Justine Henin, who won four of five at Roland Garros before sitting out the last two years. I'll go with Nadal on the men's side. He's still won four of five in Paris and is 31-1 for his career.

Greg Garber
  (4:41 PM)

Roddick update: He just won the first set over Almagro with an unreturnable bomb down the middle. Looking very crisp.

Greg (Florida)

Hey, do you ever see tennis players out on the streets?

Greg Garber
  (4:42 PM)

Depends on the venue, Greg. At Wimbledon, many players stay in the Village, so you see them (Roddick, Sharapova, etc) all the time. New York, with the cluster of hotels in midtown, you see them fairly often. Miami, like Paris, seems to be more spread out.

Bob (Jersey City)

I haven't watched tennis in a while, but it seems to me that American men aren't doing very well. I think the last time someone won a Slam was like 1985. Why are the foreigners so much better?

Greg Garber
  (4:45 PM)

It's been long debated, Bob. Short answer: Other nations seem to produce hungrier athletes. When you learn to play in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, as the Serbians did, maybe winning matches means more. Roddick, for the record, won the U.S. Open in 2003.

Greg Garber
  (4:45 PM)

It's been long debated, Bob. Short answer: Other nations seem to produce hungrier athletes. When you learn to play in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, as the Serbians did, maybe winning matches means more. Roddick, for the record, won the U.S. Open in 2003.

Greg Garber
  (4:45 PM)

It's been long debated, Bob. Short answer: Other nations seem to produce hungrier athletes. When you learn to play in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, as the Serbians did, maybe winning matches means more. Roddick, for the record, won the U.S. Open in 2003.

Angus (Westfield, Ma)

Hey, do you think A-Rod has a good chance of winning since most of the big guns are losing?

Greg Garber
  (4:47 PM)

In that vein, we bring you Angus ... Sure, why not? Roddick has already put together the best Indian Wells/Miami combo plate and seems to have a spring in his step. This is what he's been working for.

Greg Garber
  (4:47 PM)

In that vein, we bring you Angus ... Sure, why not? Roddick has already put together the best Indian Wells/Miami combo plate and seems to have a spring in his step. This is what he's been working for.

Dustin (Clanton, AL)

Who do you think will win on both the women's and men's side now that 3/4 of the women's semis are set and the men's quarters are set?

Greg Garber
  (4:49 PM)

It's been a weird tournament, Dustin. Fd, Djokovic and Murray all gone by the quarters. Here are tomorrow's quarterfinal matchups: No. 16 seed Tomas Berdych vs. No. 10 Fernando Verdasco and No. 13 Mikhail Youzhny vs. No. 5 Robin Soderling. I'll go with Roddick, who has more wins and matches than anyone this year in men's tennis.

Greg Garber
  (4:49 PM)

It's been a weird tournament, Dustin. Fd, Djokovic and Murray all gone by the quarters. Here are tomorrow's quarterfinal matchups: No. 16 seed Tomas Berdych vs. No. 10 Fernando Verdasco and No. 13 Mikhail Youzhny vs. No. 5 Robin Soderling. I'll go with Roddick, who has more wins and matches than anyone this year in men's tennis.

Greg Garber
  (4:51 PM)

On that note, we're going to wrap this chat. I'll be back tomorrow at 4 PM EST for another session. Venus is the marquee player in action. Cheers.

Buzzmaster
  (5:44 PM)

<A name='thursday'></A>Greg will be here Thursday to chat again at 4 p.m. ET!

Greg Garber
  (4:02 PM)

Greetings, tennis folks. Venus Williams is through to Saturday's women's final. She'll play the winner of tonight's Henin-Clijsters match, which will be something to look forward to. Right now, it's Verdasco serving for the first set against Berdych. Winner gets winner of tonight's Youzhny-Soderling match. Tomorrow we get Rafa-Roddick. On to your questions....

Jadeson (Barbados)

Is Nadal ready to be number 1 again?

Greg Garber
  (4:06 PM)

That's funny, Jadeson, I was just wondering the same thing. It's possible. Remember last year he tore up the clay circuit before losing at the French, so he's coming into his favorite time of the year. He looked really sharp against Tsonga last night. I wrote a story about him that will be posted a little later today. If he wins at Roland Garros and shows well at Wimbledon, he could set himself up for another run to the top.

Greg (Montvillle)

Do you think Federer will win the French Open this year? Is he the favorite?

Greg Garber
  (4:12 PM)

This, really, is the question of the season in my mind. He came so close in recent years, reaching three straight finals, only to lose to Nadal. When he broke through last year (with Rafa sidelined), it completed his personal Grand Slam and seemed to relax him a bit. He says the pressure will be less this year, now that he's won it, but with Rafa healthy again it will be difficult. If Rafa is right (and he sure looked it against Tsonga), I think he wins his fifth title in six years...

Marques (Miami)

Hey, I just watched Venus play. Do you think she will win the tourney against one of the Belgians?

Greg Garber
  (4:15 PM)

Not if she plays the way she did today, Marques. Venus seemed a little distracted at times against Bartoli, but her power carried her. She got a little disinterested, but then started coming to net -- something Billie Jean King has always been after her to do. Venus' wingspan is so ong and her volleying reflexes are sound. Bartoli hit a few near-passing shots that Venus somehow managed to dig out. Both Clijsters and Henin -- particularly Clijsters -- seem to be in better form, at least to my eyes.

Zack (Colorado Springs)

Do you see Federer playing another 5 years?

Greg Garber
  (4:19 PM)

Hey, Zack, how's it going? It could happen. Since he passed Sampras for the all-time record (he now has 16), he's seemed pretty mellow. Federer has always maintained that he'd like to play a long time. He'll turn 29 in August, so five years would bring him to 34. That's probably a year or two too many. As long as he can find the drive to compete in the majors, he'll hang in there. My guess is he plays through 2012, when the Olympics are in London. That would be 15 years as a pro, a long, fruitful run...

Greg Garber
  (4:21 PM)

Looks like Verdasco is going to go through. He won the first set 6-4 against Berdych and is up 2-0 in the second. Verdasco just tracked down a drop shot and hit a terrific cross-court winner.

Greg Garber
  (4:21 PM)

Looks like Verdasco is going to go through. He won the first set 6-4 against Berdych and is up 2-0 in the second. Verdasco just tracked down a drop shot and hit a terrific cross-court winner.

Greg Garber
  (4:21 PM)

Looks like Verdasco is going to go through. He won the first set 6-4 against Berdych and is up 2-0 in the second. Verdasco just tracked down a drop shot and hit a terrific cross-court winner.

Master Ace (Birmingham, Al)

What will be the plan for Kim or Justine on defeating Venus on Saturday?

Greg Garber
  (4:25 PM)

Welcome aboard, Master Ace. I think the plan against Venus is always the same. Keep her hitting for as long as you can and, sooner or later, the forehand is going to break down. Easier said then done, but the Belgians are certainly capable. They both get to a ton of balls.

Greg Garber
  (4:25 PM)

Welcome aboard, Master Ace. I think the plan against Venus is always the same. Keep her hitting for as long as you can and, sooner or later, the forehand is going to break down. Easier said then done, but the Belgians are certainly capable. They both get to a ton of balls.

Daniel (Houston)

First, I still think Rafa should go back to the sleeveless and capris. Ever since he switched, the injuries started.He looked great last night, but I thought what was more amazing was that he was the younger of the two players. Considering his age is still only 23, is that a good sign that Rafa is still young enough to get to the level he used to be, or a bd sign that the problems have started impacting him at such a young age?

Greg Garber
  (4:27 PM)

You may have something thee, Daniel. The shorter his shorts get, the worse he plays ... Look what Nadal has accomplished at 23: 6 Grand Slam titles and 16 Masters shields. If he can navigate a path with his shaky knees, he'll run those numbers up considerably.

Jeremy (Austin, Texas)

Andy Roddick has the fastest serve in tennis. But is it the most effective?

Greg Garber
  (4:31 PM)

Jeremy: The consensus is that Federer's is probably a bit more effective because he moves it around so well. Still, Roddick won, what, 37 straight service games before losing to Federer in last year's Wimbledon final.

Rachel (Toronto)

is it a coincidence that Fed is losing in the earlier rounds of these masters events to second tier guys like Bags and Bird? he doesn't seem to want to give guys like Murray or Roddick a shot at him unless it is at a grand slam

Greg Garber
  (4:33 PM)

It's interesting that Federer is starting to lose matches to guys he's always waxed. Baghdatis, now Berdych. Clearly, he's not as focussed on winning Masters events as he used to. These numbers prove it: Federer has now won seven of the last 13 majors, but only four of the last 28 Masters events. Case closed.

Los (Charlotte)

Why is it that the Williams sisters boycott Indian Wells when it is a mandatory event? If it is because of the boos that Serena received when she won, then they should also avoid the French Open.

Greg Garber
  (4:36 PM)

They claim there were racial slurs along with those boos many, many years ago. For that reason, they annually skip the event. Certainly, it's their perrogative.

Greg Garber
  (4:36 PM)

They claim there were racial slurs along with those boos many, many years ago. For that reason, they annually skip the event. Certainly, it's their perrogative.

Greg Garber
  (4:36 PM)

They claim there were racial slurs along with those boos many, many years ago. For that reason, they annually skip the event. Certainly, it's their perrogative.

Greg Garber
  (4:36 PM)

They claim there were racial slurs along with those boos many, many years ago. For that reason, they annually skip the event. Certainly, it's their perrogative.

Greg Garber
  (4:36 PM)

They claim there were racial slurs along with those boos many, many years ago. For that reason, they annually skip the event. Certainly, it's their perrogative.

Greg Garber
  (4:40 PM)

Great question, Jason. Just asked ATP stat wizard Greg Sharko your question. For the record, Federer would surpass Sampras with 287 weeks at No. 1 on June 15, two weeks after the French Open. This is "very likely," according to Sharko, even though Fed is defending 2000 rankings points in Paris. He would have to no-show a few clay events (not likely) and get wrecked early in Paris -- and Novak Djokovic would have to play better than he ever has for that to happen. Book it, then.

Jason (Canada)

Can anyone catch Fed before he breaks Sampras' record for most weeks at #1? Is it mathematically possible for anyone to take #1 away from Fed at French or Wimby?

Greg Garber
  (4:41 PM)

Sorry, Jason. Here's your question.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

I allways saw Tennis Tournaments play in Extreme Heat but Why Can't we ever see Tennis Players play in Ice Cold Temperatures?

Greg Garber
  (4:42 PM)

Interesting thought, Chris. Not sure their muscles would work terribly well. Also, who would pay to watch in those chilly conditions?

Craig (Gloversville)

Now that Venus has made it to a big hard court final for the first time in a long time, I tend to wonder how much of an affect Serena had on Venus' career. I tend to think without Serena, Venus would have so many more grand slams, should Venus be disappointed about her let downs to Serena?

Greg Garber
  (4:45 PM)

Good thought, Craig. Serena has 11 majors and Venus "only" seven. The psychology folks would say that Venus is just a good older sister. The great discussion is how many of those 11 would Venus have won if Serena never played tennis. Even if its four or five, that's a huge number.

Greg Garber
  (4:45 PM)

Good thought, Craig. Serena has 11 majors and Venus "only" seven. The psychology folks would say that Venus is just a good older sister. The great discussion is how many of those 11 would Venus have won if Serena never played tennis. Even if its four or five, that's a huge number.

Adnan (Chicago)

Can James Blake get back to the top 20?

Greg Garber
  (4:45 PM)

Absolutely. Top 10, though, will be tough.

Carol (Lincoln)

what is a better tournament? Miami or Indian Wells?

Greg Garber
  (4:47 PM)

Depends on your point of view, Carol. Both tournaments are terrific, in great settings. The Indian Wells vibe is a little older. Miami, naturally, is a younger, hipper crowd. The humidty is usually worse here in Miami but this week it's been gorgeous in the mid-70s. I'll take Miami, in a photo finish.

Jason (Canada)

I'm picking Roddick to win Miami. But it brings up a rarely asked question. How does this guy only have 4 masters shields? He plays in 8 or 9 every year - 4 of them are virtually home court advantage (if you include Canada) and 6 of them are on hard courts. I think Murray and Djoko have about the same number of masters shields, and they haven't been on the scene as long as Roddick.

Greg Garber
  (4:52 PM)

A fair point. I was surprised to see that Roddick is third in total titles (28), behind only Federer and Nadal among active players. Their Masters titles are 16 and 15 resepctively. You would think Roddick would have a few more than four (Miami in 2004 and two Cincinnatis and a Toronto).

Craig (Fairfield University, CT)

If you were to look at Venus' and Justine's career right now, who has the better career in your mind? Things to consider, total titles, grand slams singles and doubles, gold medals, weeks at number one?

Greg Garber
  (4:55 PM)

A dead heat. Maybe Saturday's final will push one of them over the top. Hey, it's been a fast hour. Back tomorrow at 4 PM for our final Miami chat, although there is a possibility we might Cover-It-Live the 1 PM match between Roddick and Nadal. Stay tuned...

Greg Garber
  (4:55 PM)

A dead heat. Maybe Saturday's final will push one of them over the top. Hey, it's been a fast hour. Back tomorrow at 4 PM for our final Miami chat, although there is a possibility we might Cover-It-Live the 1 PM match between Roddick and Nadal. Stay tuned...

Greg Garber
  (4:55 PM)

A dead heat. Maybe Saturday's final will push one of them over the top. Hey, it's been a fast hour. Back tomorrow at 4 PM for our final Miami chat, although there is a possibility we might Cover-It-Live the 1 PM match between Roddick and Nadal. Stay tuned...

Buzzmaster
  (5:36 PM)

<a name="friday"></a>Greg will be here one last time to chat from Miami on Friday at 4 p.m. ET!