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02-25-2013, 10:57 AM
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Well, what do you know? Career minor-leaguer Malik Jaziri breaks Fed in the eleventh game of their first set and serves it out. Even in the likely event that he goes on to lose now, he will have a great story to tell his grand kids someday. He's a 29 year old Tunisian who in his long career has played fewer than 30 matches on the main tour according to ATP stats....Roger restores order quickly in the second and third, 6-0, 6-2.


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Does the ATP need a 1000 or at least a 500 grass tournament?

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Does the ATP need a 1000 or at least a 500 grass tournament?
There are three 250s that I know of, Eastbourne, London and Newport, but though I like the idea, it would be tough to know where to squeeze another grass tournament into the mix. Doubt it would get much support among the players, though.

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Milos down to #18 this week. Time for him to make on headway at Indian Wells and Miami next month.

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I see Tipseravic is out early again...third tournament in a row that he's out in his first match.

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...and for the third tournament in a row, Gulbis has a nice win only to run into a high seed, in this case Querrey, in the second round. Still Querrey could be doable.

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...and for the third tournament in a row, Gulbis has a nice win only to run into a high seed, in this case Querrey, in the second round. Still Querrey could be doable.
Gulbis got the win in true Gulbis fashion. Racket breaks, cursing in multiple languages, code violations . You have to love this guy.

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02-28-2013, 05:14 PM
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Gulbis got the win in true Gulbis fashion. Racket breaks, cursing in multiple languages, code violations . You have to love this guy.
I was busy or I would have watched it. He's got a good chance to go deeper, too. Definitely will catch the next one. Maybe he's got that demon forehand finally figured out, though I wouldn't exactly bet the house on it.

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Rafa has been wearing the same outfit in three straight tournaments since his comeback now. Weird.

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Rafa has been wearing the same outfit in three straight tournaments since his comeback now. Weird.
Probably Indian Wells will see a change. He's cruising tonight 6-1 in the first set, and he seems to be moving very well out there, taking advantage of Mayer's high bounces and also looking good going down the line. What's your take on his form?

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Probably Indian Wells will see a change. He's cruising tonight 6-1 in the first set, and he seems to be moving very well out there, taking advantage of Mayer's high bounces and also looking good going down the line. What's your take on his form?

He's getting better compared to the past two tournaments. Mayer is doing better in the second set, though. I really can't wait to see his season debut on hard court. That will be his first true test.

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Roger looked very strong in winning the first set against Berdych in the semis at Dubai. Tomas played well, too, but Federer out-thought him and out-slugged him.....Berdych fought back, though, to take the next two sets. He won a tie breaker that he shouldn't have had to play as a set point against Federer was wrongfully called in and Tomas failed to challenge, but he held his nerve in the long tie breaker (10-8) to win the set. Up a break in the third, he served with confidence the rest of the way. His return game was very strong today, keeping Federer on the defensive and making each hold a struggle. Very entertaining match.


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Gulbis takes a very easy first set, 6-1. Munoz-De La Nava had trouble keeping the ball in play and kept shanking return of serves. Gulbis' wonky forehand looked good in that set. It still seems a technically risky stroke but he was hitting more winners than errors off it for a change....

2-0 Ernests in a snap in the second. Munoz-De La Nava is a strange piece of business. He is not at all quick, his lateral movement just so so; he possesses no dominant shot; his second serve would be a cupcake on the women's tour for chrissakes, and anything hit with real pace seems to eat him up alive. And, lest I forget, his footwork occasionally recalls the hippo ballerinas in Fantasia (seriously--he sometimes opts for a peculiar tippy-toe backhand). However, all this is not good news for Gulbis who is getting bored--there was a long shot of him seemingly staring up at a flock of birds going by--who contributed several wild mis-hits of his own in a game he should have won to go 2-1...ah, but holding serve is so easy (19 of 20 first serve points won), 4-2....Gulbis lets another potential break slip away with loose play of his own. Some cracks showing in his concentration, perhaps, but The Worst Spanish Player in Tennis History has shown no ability whatsoever to do anything with Ernests's serve, so he should be all right...and in the time it took me to write that, Ernests holds at love, 5-3...serving for the match, Gulbis throws in two double faults for drama, but then wins the match with an ace, 6-1, 6-4, and through to the semis.

Sort of a surreal setting. There is a red convertible on the edge of the court, a prize to the winner of the tournament undoubtedly. But I noticed late in the match that there were actually two middle-aged matrons sitting in it, winners of some strange promotion no doubt. They kept peering at the match over the dashboard. Odd thing to see on a tennis court. At one point late in the second set when Ernests looked so disengaged I thought that he might start buffing his nails, he returned a serve at 600 miles an hour just for the hell of it and when it barely missed the far sideline, he smiled sheepishly at the ladies who, a few feet away from him, were watching the events unfold behind tinted glass in their comfortable bucket seats.


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Why is Dubai's Final on Saturday instead of Sunday?

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Ferrer matches up so well against Fognini, who kept it close most of the first set before succumbing 6-3. Very few long rallies on the Mexican clay--probably a strategy of Fog who tends to get run around like a puppet on a string from one side of the court to the other against David. So best to keep points short. But he has less power than even Ferrer, so there's not much that is going to work tonight. Fog has that half cocky, half resigned look that he gets occasionally when up against a more talented clay court player.

It's kind of humourous watching Fog get more frustrated with himself early in this set. Playing some risky tennis, he got a break for 2-0 and then immediately gave it back. He now seems to be in the process of either playing steadier tennis or reaching his boiling point, maybe both, as these are not necessesarily mutually exclusive categories for him....oh, my, despite the provocation of a bad line call, Fabio works hard and gets another break, and, deja vu, coughs it right back up in his next service game. It will be interesting to see where this might lead...but Fabio stays focused, almost gets a third break in the 12th game where he squanders two set points, but then plays very cleverly to take the tie breaker. Much more creative shot making from Fog, while Dave just tries to steady it out. We go to a third set in what has become a very entertaining match.

Looking like he just stepped out of a shower, a spent-looking David struggles but holds in the first game....but Fabio is not so lucky, 2-0, with the heat, humidity and altitude certainly taking a toll on both players....and one break is all it takes as Ferrer quickly closes it out, 6-1.

Fun match, though. And kudos for Ferrer for doing what the he does best, gutting it out in tough circumstances. Lovely second set from Fog, though. Any day that includes tennis from both Fog and Ernests is a good day.


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Nadal defeats Almagro in two hard fought sets, 7-5, 6-4. Typical of their matches, Almagro dominates large parts of the games with his backhand, but when crunch time comes, Nicolas can't muster the necessary goods on the big points. Nadal's recovery seems to be proceeding apace, but he only has flashes of the old intimidation in brief stretches. Maybe more of that will come back, maybe not.

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03-02-2013, 05:39 PM
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Oh. My. God. Gulbis wins in three over Haas, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, and somebody should place Haas on suicide watch. I got to the match midway into the second set with Ernests' forehand self-destructing (6 unforced errors in eight points played during one stretch), and he went down two breaks before getting one back at the end. The third set seemed like a mere formality, especially as Gulbis' forehand woes continued (12 more unforced forehand errors, giving him 20 in the set and a half that I saw). But Tommy couldn't quite finish him despite the fact that Haas was controlling most of the points from the backcourt placing Gulbis in full scramble mode. At 4-4, Gulbis went down 15-40 on serve and recovered; at 5-5 Gulbis went down 0-40 and recovered. Then he opened the breaker with a lovely inside out forehand winner and shortly won an incredible point that included back to back desperate lunges to throw up defensive lobs off Haas overheads, an amazing running recovery to keep the ball in play, and finally the featheriest of drop shots to win the point. Haas only won one point after that.

The forehand remains a problem but the rest of his game looks fine. His serve is hard to handle, now the trick is to get it in more. Looks like he is finally back in the Top 100. He sure stole a match that he deserved to lose, so that should be good for his confidence.

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Ferrer/Nadal starting: This will be a really interesting test for Rafa. It will also be the first time Ferrer faced Nadal as the higher seed.

1st set: pure Alpha Dog dominance: David appears cowed, while Rafa is doing whatever he wants out there, 6-0 in a set that should come with its own exclamation point.

2nd set: Rafa continues his flawless play and breaks David immediately at 15, 1-0...goes to 5-1, concedes, in gentlemenly fashion, Ferrer's service game and closes 6-2. Quite a demonstration.


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Looks like Ferrer just wants to get the **** out of Mexico ASAP. Although, he's finally on the board.

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Looks like Ferrer just wants to get the **** out of Mexico ASAP. Although, he's finally on the board.
Quite a little calling card for Rafa: "I'm back."

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He just embarrassed the #4 ranked player in the world! 52nd title! Now let's get that Indian Wells title!

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Why is Dubai's Final on Saturday instead of Sunday?
Weren't all the finals originally scheduled for Saturday? Probably because of Indian Wells.

I know that Delray Beach lost a day due to weather so that's why their final is today.

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With Roger-Vasselin serving for the set at 5-4, Gulbis gets peevish with the result that he begins to play his best tennis, getting the break back and eventually taking the tie breaker, 7-3....and Gulbis easily cruises through the second set, 6-3, to take his third career title. Seeing as how he had to win three qualifying matches to get in the main draw of the tournament, this has been a long, but fruitful week. Ernests may be tired going into Indian Wells, but as he lost in the first round last year, he has no points to defend. Incidentally, this is one of the very few ATP tournament finals ever to be contested by players outside the top 100 rankings (Edouard, 105; Ernests, 109), though both men are safely inside now. Pleased as punch, I am.


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When are they releasing the ATP draw for Indian Wells?

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