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Post by Jermaine2015 Fri May 08, 2015 9:21 pm

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Djokovic has been drawn in the same quarter as Nishikori and the same half as Murray. Djokovic could get Almagro in his first match as well.

Nadal drawn in the same quarter as Wawrinka and same half as Federer. Seems as though Nadal has a better draw.

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Post by Haddie-nuff Wed May 13, 2015 11:08 am

I'm not expecting anything from Rafa and I do feel more calm during his match when I'm not expecting him to win. I guess his fans have now learned not to expect much from him, until he gets his consistency back.

Never a truer word Wink

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Post by Silver Wed May 13, 2015 12:27 pm

Very entertaining match between Murray and Chardy, but Andy is just a bit too good. Barely any unforced errors from his racquet, and he's hitting with precision and power.

Vesely just had a set point against Kei, but failed to convert. Could live to regret it...

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Post by Mad for Chelsea Wed May 13, 2015 12:39 pm

Murray through 6-4 6-3. Excellent match for the first set and a half with both playing some fine stuff, but once Murray got the break at 2-2 in set 2 Chardy rather wilted and Murray just stayed solid from there on. TBH once Chardy had failed to convert a couple of BP chances at 3-2 in the first, only for Murray to pounce and break in the next game the writing felt on the wall. A confident start for Murray certainly, hitting his BH as well as I can remember at the moment, excellent numbers, with 19 winners to just 10 UEs. His tenth consecutive win on the red dirt...

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Post by Jahu Wed May 13, 2015 1:14 pm

Nadal facing BP on first serve.
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Post by CaledonianCraig Wed May 13, 2015 1:48 pm

Another solid win for Andy Murray against Jeremy Chardy - his tenth clay court win of the season. He answered all questions asked of him with minimum fuss. The serve continued to look very good and decent aggression as well. Next up probably Tsonga.
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Post by CaledonianCraig Wed May 13, 2015 2:12 pm

Jahu wrote:Nadal facing BP on first serve.
How did Rafa get on? I am travelling so missed it.
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Post by Jahu Wed May 13, 2015 2:19 pm

Nadal barely wins Laugh
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Post by Jahu Wed May 13, 2015 2:20 pm

CaledonianCraig wrote:
Jahu wrote:Nadal facing BP on first serve.
How did Rafa get on? I am travelling so missed it.

He won 6:2, 6:0, took 3-4 games to warm up, but not bad.
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Post by CaledonianCraig Wed May 13, 2015 2:22 pm

Cheers Jahu.  
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Post by temporary21 Wed May 13, 2015 4:50 pm

Dimitrov- Fognini is turning into a classic, big crowd, close match, great tennis

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Post by Jahu Wed May 13, 2015 5:41 pm

Holy spaghetti, Foggy toying around with Dimi.

Total magic from him on the 3'rd set, Foggy 4:0 up and to serve.

Dimi being Mashas toy, has run out of batteries laughing
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Post by Jahu Wed May 13, 2015 5:47 pm

Dimi bageled, 7:6, 4:6, 6:0.

Foggy magical.
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Post by Jahu Wed May 13, 2015 7:40 pm

Fed sluggish.

He should skip the dirt and do only grass till W.
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Post by Jahu Wed May 13, 2015 8:08 pm

Fed wins 7:6, 6:4.
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Post by laverfan Wed May 13, 2015 8:23 pm

Jahu wrote:Fed wins 7:6, 6:4.

Cuevas did play well, at least the first set was pretty well contested. Federer did not face a BP, so a bit better. Anderson next.

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Post by Jahu Wed May 13, 2015 8:30 pm

Yeah was acceptable match, Cuevas did hang good in Istanbul against Fed too.

Just that zest is missing to convert BP's and more focus on tight points, but that's age i guess, legs ain't working like 5y ago.
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Post by laverfan Thu May 14, 2015 3:25 am

Just watching the Djokovic-Almagro match, not sure why Djokovic lost the second set.

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Post by Born Slippy Thu May 14, 2015 12:59 pm

Murray withdraws before the Goffin match. Probably the right decision. Got a little bit of sea-level clay court practice, 90 points for one match and can now recover for Paris.

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Post by dummy_half Thu May 14, 2015 1:05 pm

Nadal through in straight sets v Isner and as BS notes above Murray withdraws.

Not the biggest surprise ever - I honestly can't imagine that Andy or his team expected him to play quite so many matches over the previous two tournaments, and there was also the issue of the delay to the Munich final.

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Post by Silver Thu May 14, 2015 1:32 pm

I'm somewhat surprised, given how well he played against Chardy, and with the week off coming up. I don't blame him though, he must be knackered.

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Post by Jahu Thu May 14, 2015 1:56 pm

Good decision by Andy, he got enough clay matches this year, and beat the clay Goat, so all good, rest before RG.
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Post by Jahu Thu May 14, 2015 4:24 pm

Fed 6:3, and 5:2 up, serving for the match and manages to break himself with UE's and DF.

Then again at 5:4 serving for the match same, wild UE's.

Now breaks Anderson at 5:5.

Serving for the match now, I think he needs a 5:0 or 5:1 lead just to be safe to serve for the match Laugh
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Post by Jahu Thu May 14, 2015 4:27 pm

Fed wins 6:3, 7:5, with sudden 10 minute sleep at 5:2.
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Post by Jahu Thu May 14, 2015 4:32 pm

Come on Foggy, do some magic.
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Post by Jahu Thu May 14, 2015 4:41 pm

Foggy does it, from 1:2 down to 3:2 up, sure a set down still.
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Post by Jahu Thu May 14, 2015 4:45 pm

Holy gelato, Foggy breaks.

4:2.
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Post by Jahu Thu May 14, 2015 4:55 pm

Foggy takes the second set from 1:2 to 6:3.
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Post by Jahu Thu May 14, 2015 6:05 pm

Berdy wins on TB third set.

Match of the month this one, only if Foggy had a little more nerves.
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Post by Silver Thu May 14, 2015 7:35 pm

Good win for Berdy on clay, that. He'll be confident going into his next match I'm sure.

Bellucci serving for the set against the #1...annnd he's 0-15 down. I think I can see where this is going Wink

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Post by Jahu Thu May 14, 2015 7:37 pm

Bellucci takes the set 7:5.

Djoko flat as a pancake.
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Post by Jahu Thu May 14, 2015 7:38 pm

Berdy next to met Fed, so I hope he is tired Laugh

Wanted Foggy-Fed match tomorrow.
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Post by Silver Thu May 14, 2015 7:40 pm

I stand corrected! 7-5 it is.

Berdych - Fed eh? They're usually good matches, should be fun to watch Smile

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Post by Jahu Thu May 14, 2015 7:43 pm

Fed was superb today, apart from a 5 min meltdown to close the match on 3'rd try!!

Berdy seems a little heavy on clay.
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Post by summerblues Fri May 15, 2015 3:38 am

summerblues wrote:Nole's draw looks horrible on paper, BUT:

Both Nishi and Andy have now gone deep in back-to-back tournaments.  I would not be surprised if they both chose to take it easy in Rome, in which case Nole's draw could open up nicely.
I was at least half-way correct Smile

Let's see how hard Nishi tries tomorrow.  I would be quite happy if my prediction were wrong and Nishi did his best to beat Nole.

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Post by Haddie-nuff Fri May 15, 2015 3:44 am

I am not sure why you would think that Nishi would not want to beatt
Novak. A win here would be a great psychological booster for him surely
And certainly he would want Novak firing off the back foot at the FO
However SB Im sure your enlighten me Wink


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Post by summerblues Fri May 15, 2015 3:47 am

I meant it in the context of what I had said after the draw was released - when I said that while Nole's draw looked hard on paper, I could see both Andy and Nishi taking it easy this week (as it is a third week in a row for them both, and they both went deep the previous two weeks).

I was right with Andy but maybe not with Nishi.

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Post by Haddie-nuff Fri May 15, 2015 4:12 am

I can see the argument for Andy, but I still feel Nishi has a lot to prove and
a win over Novak would certainly do that. imo I don't think he can afford not to make the most of his opportunity

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Post by summerblues Fri May 15, 2015 4:15 am

I think I agree. If Nishi had wanted to take it easy, he should have tanked earlier. Tanking against the world #1 would be an odd thing to do.

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Post by laverfan Fri May 15, 2015 4:42 am

Djokovic v Almagro and Djokovic v Bellucci make me favor Nishikori in a tight 3-setter.

I am looking forward to Nadal v Wawrinka. Will Wawrinka bring a knife to the gun battle? chin

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Post by hawkeye Fri May 15, 2015 6:26 am

Strange schedule. The winner of Goffin/Ferrer at 12 noon will play the winner of Djokovic/Nishikori at 4pm. The winner of Federer/Berdych at 2pm will play the winner of Nadal/Wawrinka at not before 9pm. Bearing in mind that the match before the Nadal/Berdych match is between Sharapova/Azarenka at not before 7.30pm it is unlikely to start before 10pm. I wonder if Federer made the schedule Wink  Laugh

This probably isn't the right place but I've just read a fans account of Nadal's practice before the Madrid final. Apparantly when he turned up the organizers had "forgotton" to allocate him a practice court. Towards the end of the tournament only the three show courts are in use and prepared for play. Centre court was about to be used for a doubles match, Murray was practicing on court 3 and for some reason they had closed court 2. Nadal and his team went off to an outer court that hadn't been prepared for play. It was baked dry and had to be watered and levelled. Nadal, Toni, his hitting partner and two other members of his team did it themselves. The fan also noted that unlike usual practices there were no officials, no security, no cleaners etc around. This would be poor treatment for any player let alone a home finalist. Very odd. Most people in Nadal's situation would have felt p****d off!

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Post by Belovedluckyboy Fri May 15, 2015 8:15 am

Dont worry, whatever they 'do'to Rafa, as long as hes playing well CONSISTENTLY, he still can beat everyone to reach the final.

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Post by Born Slippy Fri May 15, 2015 11:06 am

Big day for Rafa's top 4 aspirations. If either Berdy or Kei win then he cannot be top 4 for the French.

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Post by CAS Fri May 15, 2015 1:00 pm

Rafa is getting better and better since Miami, SF in Monte Carlo up until the final in Madrid he played great and so far in Rome I think he looking even better. Rafa fans just need to hope he doesn't throw in a dreadful performance out of nowhere like he does lately.

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Post by temporary21 Fri May 15, 2015 1:38 pm

Oh Thomas... capitulated here and all Rogers done is put the ball in play. Ive seen this script before.

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Post by Jahu Fri May 15, 2015 1:43 pm

Fed takes first set 6:3 from 2:3 down and 0:40 down.

1 more papi.
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Post by Silver Fri May 15, 2015 1:43 pm

Federer is serving like crap, playing a very average match and still winning. Where's that confidence that Tomas used to have against him?

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Post by Jahu Fri May 15, 2015 1:45 pm

You can't expect extraordinary tennis from Fed now, a serve here, a magic shot there, and hang on, thats about it.
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Post by Jahu Fri May 15, 2015 2:09 pm

Fed breaks with some super play 4:3 up.
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Post by Jahu Fri May 15, 2015 2:11 pm

Will Stan make a spanish bull paella tonight? Or will Ninja slash Djoko with 1000 cuts.
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Post by Jahu Fri May 15, 2015 2:18 pm

Fed wins 6:3, 6:3, Berdy quite flat and not in the mood, Fed floating by.
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