Throwback Thursday: 2010 Totally Scientific Tennis Season Survey

In 2010, @fiorebianca, @trublu and I conducted a totally scientific tennis season survey via Twitter. The results are listed below. A few things stand out: Roddick was highly entertaining in 2010; Ernest Gulbis needs to keep up with Marin Cilic and win his maiden slam and Tomas Berdych scoring an upset at a slam has to make a return.  Originally posted on my Tumbler ( in 2010.

Best “I’ll listen to whatever you say” coach/player duo?   

Roddick Stefanki

 Roddick/Stefanki  33.9%  Federer/Annacone 27.1%;  Soderling/Norman 22.0%; Zvonareva/Sergey Demekhin  11.9% & Gulbis/Gumy 5.1%


Best “I’m out of my head” on-court rant

Roddick Rant

Andy Roddick at the US Open (vs Janko Tipsarević)  51.7%

 Rafa Nadal at the World Tour Finals (vs Tomáš Berdych 31.0%; Dinara Safina at the French Open (vs Kimiko Date Krumm) 8.6%;  Andy Murray at the French Open (vs Richard Gasquet)   5.2%

Best “I can’t believe I just choked away” this match. 

   Roddick vs Rafa WTF

Andy Roddick vs Rafa Nadal at the World Tour Finals             36.2%    

Viktor Troicki vs Rafa Nadal at the Rakuten Japan Open 20.7% ; Victoria Azarenka vs Serena Williams at the Australian Open   17.2%;  Gael Monfils vs Fabio Fognini at the French Open  15.5%;  David Ferrer vs Fernando Verdasco at the US Open  10.3%

Best “I should not have even shown up” for this match

         Fer and Rafa Rafa Nadal defeats Fernando Verdasco in the Monte Carlo Final (6-0, 6-1)   40.7%    

 Nadia Petrova beat Kim Clijsters at the Australian Open (6-0, 6-1)    27.1%;  Roger Federer defeats Robin Soderling at the Shanghai Masters (6-1, 6-1)  16.9%;  Kim Clijsters defeats Vera Zvonareva (6-2, 6-1) at the US Open Final  13.6%

Best “I would have paid money to see this live” match  (a tie)

Rafa Murray Andy Murray vs Rafa Nadal at World Tour Finals       27.1%    

Soderling Vs Llodra

Michaël Llodra vs Robin Soderling at Paris Masters     27.1%    

 Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic at the US Open 23.7%;  Venus Williams vs Victoria Azarenka in Dubai final  6.8%;  Other (please specify)  15.3%

  1. Monfils vs Federer at the Paris Masters.
  2. Rafa Nadal vs Novak  Djokovic, US Open final 2010
  3. Roger Federer vs. Rafa Nadal at World Tour Final 2010
  4. Kim Clijsters vs Justine Henin in Brisbane
  5. John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon
  6. Federer….when he wins….against anyone
  7. Ferrer v Verdasco, USO Fri, Dec 10, 2010
  8. Roger Federer vs Tomas Berdych at Toronto Masters 2010

Best “annoying but clearly useful OCD” crutch  

Rafa OCD

 Rafa Nadal’s placement of his bottles             29.8%    

 Robin Soderling & Vera Zvonareva use of towel as face shields   28.1% ; Andy Roddick’s ball adjustments 10.5%;  Justine Henin coaching box check 14.0% ; Novak Djokovic 20+ ball bounce  17.5%

Best “I coulda been a contender” player (a tie)

Cilic Contender

 Marin Cilic                            30.5%    

Gulbis Contender

Ernest Gulbis                      30.5%    

Andy Murray 20.3%;  Tomas Berdych  13.6% ; Other (please specify)  5.1% : Marat Satin & Gael Monfils


Best “I am playing way above my pay grade” match

Berdy takes out Roger

 Tomáš Berdych taking out Roger Federer at Wimbledon       46.7%    

Janko Tipsarević taking out Andy Roddick at the US Open   10.0%;  Feliciano López taking out Rafa Nadal at Queens   18.3%; Stan Wawrinka taking out Andy Murray at the US Open   21.7%

Most likely to say “Fed & Rafa, I’m taking one of your slams in 2011!”  

Novak 2011 Slam Contender

 Novak Djokovic                  66.7%    

 Andy Murray   25.0%;  Robin Soderling    8.3%;  Andy Roddick     0.0%;  Nikolay Davydenko


“I’m starting the bandwagon” now for this ATP player

 Bakker Thiemo de Bakker             25.0%    

Dustin Brown  12.5%; Phillipp Petzschner  23.2%;  Tobias Kamke  7.1%;  Other (please specify)   32.1%

  1. Denis Istomin
  2. Ryan Harrison (4)
  3. Grigor Dimitrov
  4. Michael Llodra
  5. Marin Čilić
  6. Sergiy Stahkovsky
  7. Santiago Giraldo
  8. Bernard Tomic
  9. Alexand(ra)er Dolgopolev( 4)
  10. Andre Golubev
  11. Milo Raonic



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