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01-21-2013, 02:13 AM
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After Gilles' break, the set has really slipped away fast for him....and it's gone, 6-1. Minus the one lapse, Andy was very sharp this set. Gilles game, I don't know what to call it, maybe "hazy."

Third set: Andy up a break 2-1 put on a bit of a show in that game, looks very relaxed and why not?


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01-21-2013, 02:35 AM
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Simon has basically packed it in. Really bad miss at net.

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01-21-2013, 02:44 AM
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Curious, almost conspirational ending to the match. Well, Andy should have a lot of gas left in the tank after that one.

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01-21-2013, 02:50 AM
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Poor effort from Gilles. Clearly the last match took everything out of him. Second straight year here where Murray looked at first to to have a much more difficult path to the semis than it actually turned out to be.

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01-21-2013, 02:51 AM
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Just make it quick Serena....and first set in under a half hour. So far, so good. Quite the hair--Serena seems to have adopted the Don King "bad ass" look; robins could be nesting in it and we'd never know.


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I definitely don't watch as much women's tennis compared to the men, but I will be sitting down and watching if the semi finals are Serena and Azarenka and Sharapova and Aga. Even Li Na/Sharapova would be solid, just hoping for Aga since she is playing so well this month.

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01-21-2013, 03:24 AM
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Poor Maria. Its like she's being put out in front of a firing squad and being executed.

This is why women's tennis is so damn boring most of the time as it seems like 95% of the matches are either blowouts or chokefests. We've already had several great men's matches even from the early rounds, but with the women's side you'd be lucky to get even one exciting match a grandslam.

Not one match in the Aussie Open has been very exciting or drama filled and I'm sure that trend will continue at the French, Wimbledon and the USO too.

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Poor Maria. Its like she's being put out in front of a firing squad and being executed.

This is why women's tennis is so damn boring most of the time as it seems like 95% of the matches are either blowouts or chokefests. We've already had several great men's matches even from the early rounds, but with the women's side you'd be lucky to get even one exciting match a grandslam.

Not one match in the Aussie Open has been very exciting or drama filled and I'm sure that trend will continue at the French, Wimbledon and the USO too.
Nothing wrong with a chokefest, I don't find that boring at all

Stosur's match v. Zheng in R2 was a good one. There have been a few good matches, but there was never much of a chance of Sharapova nor Serena having a good match in those sections.

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Poor Maria. Its like she's being put out in front of a firing squad and being executed.

This is why women's tennis is so damn boring most of the time as it seems like 95% of the matches are either blowouts or chokefests. We've already had several great men's matches even from the early rounds, but with the women's side you'd be lucky to get even one exciting match a grandslam.

Not one match in the Aussie Open has been very exciting or drama filled and I'm sure that trend will continue at the French, Wimbledon and the USO too.
Sounds like Kuznetsova/Wozniak must have had its moments. Besides, 2010 and 2011 were filled with exciting women's matches in Grand Slams, so let's not throw out the baby with the bath water.

And thank you, Serena, for taking less than an hour to get off the court.

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01-21-2013, 03:41 AM
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Meanwhile at Wimbledon:

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Nothing wrong with a chokefest, I don't find that boring at all

Stosur's match v. Zheng in R2 was a good one. There have been a few good matches, but there was never much of a chance of Sharapova nor Serena having a good match in those sections.
Stosur/Zheng was a complete Stosur meltdown in the 3rd. She was up 5-2 on Zheng before giving the lead away and losing ona double fault. I wouldn't call that a good match.

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Sounds like Kuznetsova/Wozniak must have had its moments. Besides, 2010 and 2011 were filled with exciting women's matches in Grand Slams, so let's not throw out the baby with the bath water.
Good women's matches in grand slams? Really? Can you name any from the last 5 years that have come anywhere close to what we have seen from the men's side from this Aussie Open ALONE?? I sure as hell can't.

And even worse 9 out of 10 times you're most likely going to get a STINKER of a GS finals match compared to the men's side which has produced historic and EPIC GS finals in the last few years.

Its just ashame these days that in women's tennis if you don't have the physical strength and height to compete your chances of winning a grandslam title is extremely small because you'd have to play near perfect tennis otherwise to try and make up that huge disadvantage. Or else you hope that your opponent plays well under the level they're capable of and you sneak in a win.

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01-21-2013, 04:13 AM
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Well the same story on break points continues for Fed. He has been really sharp off the ground so far though, which is promising.

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01-21-2013, 04:20 AM
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Stosur/Zheng was a complete Stosur meltdown in the 3rd. She was up 5-2 on Zheng before giving the lead away and losing ona double fault. I wouldn't call that a good match.



Good women's matches in grand slams? Really? Can you name any from the last 5 years that have come anywhere close to what we have seen from the men's side from this Aussie Open ALONE?? I sure as hell can't.

And even worse 9 out of 10 times you're most likely going to get a STINKER of a GS finals match compared to the men's side which has produced historic and EPIC GS finals in the last few years.

Its just ashame these days that in women's tennis if you don't have the physical strength and height to compete your chances of winning a grandslam title is extremely small because you'd have to play near perfect tennis otherwise to try and make up that huge disadvantage. Or else you hope that your opponent plays well under the level they're capable of and you sneak in a win.
Some quick examples from 2010 alone:

Schiavone over Stosur in the French Finals
Stosur over Serena n the French Quarterfinals
Clijsters over V Williams in the US Semis
Li over V Williams in the Aussie Quarters

You must not like women's tennis is the conclusion that I would draw from your comments.

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01-21-2013, 04:22 AM
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4-4 and fun so far...and it is over all of a sudden. A double fault at 30 all, then a good block backhand return of a Raonic first serve followed by some solid defense from Roger net him the set. Precise tennis from Roger with only a single unforced error.

Promising start to set two, though Roger looks like quite the handful today.


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01-21-2013, 04:28 AM
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Good set. It has been a while since I've seen Fed play so cleanly faced with so much pace in his return games. His anticipation has seemed superb even by his standards. Lost two points in five service games.

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Federer is serving beautifully this set, and Raonic, though making far more mistakes off the ground, is following suit....tie breaker; even with the errors, I'm more impressed with Milos tonight than I have been in quite a while. He's really swinging away....but a picture perfect tie breaker from Roger gives him the set...Roger has lost only four points on serve the whole match, and has a 21/4 winner/unforced error ratio. The only slight glimmer for Milos is that Roger was having more trouble putting Raonic's serve in play that set. Slim comfort, though.


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The result of that tiebreak was never in doubt. Federer is just so precise tonight. Got both minibreaks on passing shots. 7-4.

The announcers said just before the tiebreak that Milos had won only 6 of 39 points from the baseline.

And he gets broken at love to open the third set. That should just about do it.

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01-21-2013, 05:17 AM
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Well, that should be the ball game...and a clearly frustrated Raonic coughs up a second break....Roger's service games have lost some potency but he's still sailing in the set, 5-2...and an easy hold wraps it up.

Impressive.


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A bit sloppier that set from both guys, but still a good night for Roger.

Gotta love Courier's interviews.

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It's hard to be too critical of Milos tonight, given how in the zone Roger was. The unforced errors now seem a given, a part of the package no longer worth complaining about. Increasingly, though, his limitations as a player seem fixed, permanent, like he just doesn't have the natural resources to make them go away.

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01-21-2013, 06:06 AM
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I think Milos should consider experimenting with his racquet. Look for something with a bigger sweet spot. Unlike Ms. Woof, I don't think Blanco is his most pressing concern. If anything, he played too aggressively tonight.

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Well not even close. Have to wait for that breakthrough to finally happen in a slam.

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Do you guys ever sleep? I set the alarm for 6 but checked my BlackBerry a couple of times and saw it started a lot earlier. Kept dreaming about it but the match was closer than it was in my dreams! I'm glad Roger had a pretty easy time of it for his sake, does he play Tsonga next? Then Murray (potentially)? I PVR'd the match and will watch later.

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I like that stat how Federer has never lost a match to player born in the 1990s.

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