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Post by The Special Juan Sun 03 Aug 2014, 7:07 pm

First topic message reminder :

As I said in another thread the draw for this years Canada Masters is up and you can view it on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Rogers_Cup) or on their website (http://www.rogerscup.com/men/english/singlesDraw.php)

Promises to be a good tournament.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 7:38 am

Are we seeing a new Cilic these days? He might not be winning these matches but he's giving the big boys much more of a challenge than he used to (here V Federer, Wimbledon against Djokovic).

Lopez is indeed having a very impressive season LF. If only he'd have won Queens... Good player yes but would I class him as an underachiever? If he had a better backhand than yes, he'd be top 10 material.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 7:40 am

Why am I up at 6:40? You don't wanna know.
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Post by Jahu Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:18 am

invisiblecoolers wrote:This has been the problem of late, nobody takes Toronto or for that sake Rogers Masters seriously, last few years all big name were absent [Federer, Nadal and Murray withdrawing in the mid tournament] barring Djokovic and he was fighting the battle alone to restore the Canadian cup pride, and we booed him Smile who would forget the Novak vs crazy fan battle in Rogers masters, may be he decided he is not gonna show any interest either.  picard 

Goodness sake I booked a QF tickets for the night session tomorrow hoping to watch Fed in action, and I hope he makes it.
IC, you are right, no one takes Toronto seriously, I mean a tournament that has one of its main sponsors a wool named Toilet Paper, can not be taken seriously, unless Canadians use a special wool kind, for the job  Laugh
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Post by Jahu Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:19 am

The Special Juan wrote:Why am I up at 6:40?  You don't wanna know. As I am drunk as a duck and Djokovic sux.

Are Quoting comments screwed up again, like a few months ago? (Jahu)
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Post by lags72 Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:26 am

The Special Juan wrote:Are we seeing a new Cilic these days?  He might not be winning these matches but he's giving the big boys much more of a challenge than he used to (here V Federer, Wimbledon against Djokovic).

Lopez is indeed having a very impressive season LF.  If only he'd have won Queens...  Good player yes but would I class him as an underachiever?  If he had a better backhand than yes, he'd be top 10 material.

Yes we are certainly seeing a Cilic revival, and there is a steely edge to him once again. I put that down very much to the work he will have been doing under big Goran since late 2013. If he carries on like this, there's no reason he can't make top ten once again. It was only Federer's vast experience that eventually carried the day (just !) - lots of others would have fallen.

The wasted BP's mentioned by laverfan have indeed become something of an unwelcome pattern this past year or so. Just one out of TEN converted in this match (although it was the most crucial of all at 4-4 in the decider). But I guess time does inevitably play a part. So many of the elite guys fade in different ways with age, but it's very often the mental side that goes more than the purely physical. With the likes of Mac and Sampras, the quality of ball-striking remained super-high in their dotage - you can see that on the senior tour, or the stuff Sampras produced in a few exhos long after he had quit the Tour. And so it is I feel with Federer - where his tennis overall is still good enough to cope with an assault from many, many younger players - but his skill in closing out matches in a way that once came naturally is clearly not what it was.

Meanwhile lots of upsets before the QF's have left an interesting field to battle it out for the title. I'd say Dimitrov and home-favourite Raonic have as good a chance as any (but would much prefer a Dimi win .....)

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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:48 am

Jahu wrote:
The Special Juan wrote:Why am I up at 6:40?  You don't wanna know. As I am drunk as a duck and Djokovic sux.

Are Quoting comments screwed up again, like a few months ago? (Jahu)

I don't remember saying that, but then again I'm too "drunk" to know.
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Post by HM Murdock Fri 08 Aug 2014, 10:25 am

The Special Juan wrote:Why am I up at 6:40?  You don't wanna know.
The question is are you up early or not been to bed yet? Ale Ale

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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 10:53 am

Up early Laugh I'm not a drunk!! (Yet, give it a year)
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Post by Born Slippy Fri 08 Aug 2014, 1:26 pm

Interesting set of QFs. I think Dimitrov will have enough to get by Anderson and Fed will expect to continue his dominant H2H versus Ferrer. The other two matches look more possible upsets.

If the favourites do all win, the generational clashes in the SF should be good.

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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 7:18 pm

Good start by both, especially Jo on serve. It might be one of these matches where there's 2 or fewer breaks.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 7:25 pm

Bad error from Jo on BP and Murray closes it out. 2-2.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 7:36 pm

Jo's thundering these serves down. Murray carves out a BP but it's saved and we're on serve.
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Post by bogbrush Fri 08 Aug 2014, 7:45 pm

Murray looks like he's holding an injury on his leg.

I know. Wink
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 7:51 pm

It's taped so there might be something wrong with him for a change!!

Tsonga's guaranteed himself a TB at least and is favourite to take it the way he's been serving.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:01 pm

225km/h ace from Tsonga!! (That's 139.8mph)
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:04 pm

Whoa!  If Tsonga wins this match I hope he wins the whole thing.  Murray playing well, Tsonga hitting serves from another planet (and a couple of your run-of-the-mill 100mph winners). Jo takes the first on a TB (7-5). 1 good shot was the difference.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:15 pm

This has got 2 or 3 TBs written all over it. Tsonga's serve is taking care of his service games, Murray's groundstrokes are doing the business on his serve.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:21 pm

Tsonga has one service game where he doesn't paint the lines and Murray's all over it like Stan and a buffet table.  Murray leads *3-1.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:23 pm

And Murray hands it back quicker than Stan hands over money in Greggs.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:41 pm

Bloody brilliant hold by Murray there from 15-40 down and he leads 5-4*.
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Post by CaledonianCraig Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:43 pm

Better fight but looks a tad rusty to me but take nothing away from Tsonga though as he is playing some great stuff and is looking mentally strong for once.
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Post by CaledonianCraig Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:45 pm

CaledonianCraig wrote: Tsonga though as he is playing some great stuff and is looking mentally strong for once.
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Post by CaledonianCraig Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:46 pm

Tsonga goes mental walkabouts and Murray nips in to take the second set.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:46 pm

How quickly things turn!! You were saying Craig? Tsonga can't hit a first serve, hits a DF, Murray hits a superb return and we're all square. Murray might just run away with this.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:51 pm

Ha, Jo's wearing a cap. He doesn't have the head for it I'm afraid.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8:57 pm

That point at 40-15, 4-4 in the 2nd set has turned this match on its head. Tsonga wins that, he serves for it and 9/10 times wins it. As it happens, Murray played his point of the year and then goes on a charge. Jo's mentally gone now and it could get very ugly indeed for him.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:05 pm

Tsonga breaks outta nowhere!!
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Post by Jahu Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:13 pm

Since Andy is still behaving like a spoiled brat, I have decided to support Tsonga on this match, so Go Tsonga Goooo

Andy needs a Lendl type, to spank him with a cane and inject some discipline.


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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:15 pm

As Federer would say, "Shut up!" Wink

I've never seen Andy foot fault before. First time for everything.
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Post by Jahu Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:16 pm

Fed would say Be quiet.

Tsonga braakes againnnnn
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:16 pm

Good game by Tsonga. Thought he'd blown it when he left that ball but is now *4-3 up. Great match!!
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:17 pm

Jahu wrote:Fed would say Be quiet.

Tsonga braakes againnnnn

There's a video on YouTube of him telling someone to shut up. It might be your favourite player Djokovic.
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Post by Jahu Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:18 pm

Hahaha yeah, dont you start me now warning 
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Post by laverfan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:21 pm

From 3-0 to 4-3. chin This is now very interesting.

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Post by Jahu Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:21 pm

5:3 Andy serving.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:22 pm

Tsonga's won 5 games in a row. Murray might get "bagelled" here if he's not careful. I don't know what's caused this turnaround.
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Post by CaledonianCraig Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:22 pm

Murray suffering from not going for the jugular. If he loses this match now as looks a good bet then he can only blame himself. Too inconsistent today and chucking away a winning lead is disappointing. A great chance to gobble up much-needed big ranking points and a confidence-boosting win chucked away.  Rolling Eyes 
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Post by Jahu Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:23 pm

Whats with Andys knee? Another problem now???
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Post by laverfan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:23 pm

5-3 and one more hold for Tsonga, or will he break again? I want Lendl back.

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Post by Jahu Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:26 pm

LF, dont be sexist, ladies are just as good coaches and the usual geneder equality stuff, blla blla. Yes Lendl or some tough and rough ice cold coach needed asap.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:26 pm

140mph!
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Post by CaledonianCraig Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:29 pm

The only thing Andy can take from this is a few more ranking points earned. Apart from that he has to look to sharpen up in various areas in the run up to the final slam of the season. And as I type is this another Tsonga implosion?? Hope not as Tsonga merits the win.
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Post by laverfan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:30 pm

Tsonga getting tight. Sad DF. Doh

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Post by Jahu Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:30 pm

Tsonga throwing aces like candies.

And a DF on MP and wastes 3 MPs.

And wins it, great match. Andy needs a brain massage.
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:30 pm

Well done Jo, aside from the wee dip at the end of the 2nd he's played really well. Still, with Murray out, I can't help but feel this is...... Roger's cup. Cool YEEEEEEEEAH!!!
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Post by CaledonianCraig Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:30 pm

Well played Tsonga whilst Murray's tournament drought goes on.
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Post by laverfan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:31 pm

Well played Tsonga. clap clap Two big scalps, so far. OK

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Post by Jahu Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:32 pm

Tsonga for USO!! FTW boy.  Yahoo 
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Post by Jahu Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:34 pm

Come on Dimi, beat the one guy with uglier ears then Djoko Smile
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Post by The Special Juan Fri 08 Aug 2014, 9:34 pm

Also, well done to LF for calling it. Gasquet's withdrawl affected that match IMO - beating him would have helped Murray today.
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