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03-10-2013, 10:03 AM
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Do you know approximately when he will play today?
I went to look and saw that he got a walkover. He'll get the winner of Cilic/Ramos (who play today).

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03-10-2013, 03:53 PM
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Dead even first set between Ramos and Cilic, neither of whom could do a thing with the other's serve (only one break point opportunity between them). In the tie breaker, Cilic races to a 6-2 lead but blows 6 set points before winning it. Still anybody's match.

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03-11-2013, 03:02 PM
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Anyone know why Leonardo Mayer retired today against Rafa?

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03-11-2013, 03:21 PM
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1st set: Gulbis lives a little too dangerously in the first set and loses it on the third set point to Seppi, 7-5. Only saw the last couple of games of the set, so this may not be accurate overall, but in the chunk that I saw, it looked a little like a tortoise/hare match-up with Seppi in the role of the patient tortoise and Ernests in the role of the impulsive, over-confident hare.

2nd set: Gulbis gets a break for 4-2 but then can't convert, so we are back on serve. Ernests threatens to overpower Seppi, but it's deceptive as Seppi knows how to hang in there. At this rate, one assumes Gulbis' frustration will continue to grow...a high risk backhand down the line nets another break for 5-3, Gulbis. Very streaky tennis from both players...Gulbis comes up with some inspired scrambling and a couple of aces to finish it off, 6-3.

3rd set: more inconsistent tennis from both players and then Gulbis gets a gift break from Seppi who falls apart from 40-15, 4-3. Two straight service holds may be a lot to ask from Ernests today, though...well, the first one is no problem, 5-3....Seppi looked vulnerable at 30-30, but Ernests failed to play a key baseline point that he thought was out, and the Andreas' crisis evaporates, 5-4...Gulbis blows a 30-love lead, but finds his first serve again in the nick of time for 6-4 and the match.

Seppi was not at his best, nor was Gulbis, but Ernests got the victory over the #20 seed. That is exactly the kind of match that he was consistently losing last year. His forehand is improved but it is a good news/bad news proposition. He gets more of them in play, sometimes with power and placement, but the errors still eventually pile up off that side--it just takes them longer to occur. Still that is a huge improvement. Seppi played Ernests' forehand intelligently, but his own sloppy execution of his ground game eventually cost him greatly. Nadal up next, I think--if Gulbis shows up with his "A" game, which he sure didn't have today, that could be a fun match.


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03-11-2013, 06:54 PM
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Roger takes the first set against Dodig but looks utterly ordinary in doing so... but Dodig has no stomach for a protracted battle with Roger and goes extremely quietly in the second.

Paire/Simon starting, which looks like a fascinating match up. Guessing Simon, but I wouldn't bet the house....Paire gets a break, which serves as a wake-up call for Simon, who breaks right back, 3-2...only to get clobbered at love for 4-2....only to have Simon yet again return the favour, 4-3...and Simon double faults another break, 5-3 Paire to serve for the match. Gilles should be embarrassed by this lax play...Paire takes it 6-3....then fritters away the second set, 7-6...then loses the match to a relatively passive Simon in the third...Simon looked ripe for the taking, but Paire is the very definition of erratic, so the upset didn't happen.


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03-11-2013, 07:13 PM
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Trash talking Gulbis on hitting winners vs Nadal: "One shot one corner, one shot other corner. I want to see him get it"
Why on earth would anyone talk like this? All this will do is motivate Nadal.

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03-11-2013, 07:20 PM
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I don't know if anyone is listening to the feed with a British guy but I agree, I think Roger is hurt. He wasn't moving well in the past 2 games.

Edit: Yup, he just said he tweaked his back.

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03-11-2013, 08:24 PM
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Why on earth would anyone talk like this? All this will do is motivate Nadal.
Ernests is the Safin 2.0 version. If it pops up in his head, he's going to say it. It's his little way of saying he is looking forward to meeting Rafa, which is fine. And, you know, at this point in time in Rafa's recovery, it's not a bad point....we shall see.

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03-11-2013, 08:28 PM
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Ernests is the Safin 2.0 version. If it pops up in his head, he's going to say it. It's his little way of saying he is looking forward to meeting Rafa. And, you know, at this point in time in Rafa's recovery, it's not a bad point....we shall see.
There's nothing at all wrong in thinking you will run him from side to side because that's exactly what needs to be done. Saying it out loud is another thing.

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03-11-2013, 09:22 PM
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There's nothing at all wrong in thinking you will run him from side to side because that's exactly what needs to be done. Saying it out loud is another thing.
The thing with Earnests is he doesn't mind saying it because if it doesn't happen, well, life goes on, and there's always next time. And if there is no next time, what the hell, life is pretty good anyway. I rather like that attitude.

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03-11-2013, 10:39 PM
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Checked out Flipkens/Azarenka. Fllipkens, looking, well, fat would be the word (or her tennis gear is at least two sizes too small, take your pick), takes the first set from Vika somehow, and then La Flip proceeds to hit every shot at 8 miles per hour, losing the next set boringly and going down a break in the third. Don't think I will stick around for the no doubt exciting conclusion.

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03-12-2013, 08:48 AM
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According to the schedule of play, Milos meets Cilic at 2:00 PM (EDT) today.

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03-12-2013, 01:22 PM
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First set: First impression: looks like a great match up for Cilic...2-1, with 4 backhand errors from Raonic already...on the other hand, the forehand looks intimidating today, 2-2....Milos goes down 15-40 on a double fault then hits a bad forehand error into the middle of the net, first break to Cilic, 4-2...and Cilic serves it out without fuss--a very easy set for Marin, 6-3.

Second set: awful game from Milos, spraying forehands all over the place and being caught flat-footed, but he manages to eke out a hold, 1-0...on serve at 2-1, Raonic has picked up his game a little, though it is too soon to determine whether this is the start of a good patch or just a little flurry of better tennis. He's putting some nasty spin on his backhand and Cilic is having trouble timing it at the moment. Cilic continues to do well against Milos's second serve, however....Milos serves himself out of a bit of hot water, 3-2...4-4 and a lot of error-prone tennis from both players at the moment....easy hold for Milos--this is pretty boring stuff, though, 5-4...Cilic can certainly butcher shots at the net...and Milos, who was the better player that set, gets the break and the set from Marin whose game got progressively worse as the set unfolded.

Third set: Cilic continues to look vulnerable...and Milos gets a well-deserved break dominating with his groundstrokes which are suddenly very consistent weapons, 2-0...and Raonic holds, 3-0...reception has gone south, but Milos now at 4-1...now at 5-2, as Cilic's continues to struggle with his first serve this set...and seemingly uneventful the rest of the way as Milos comes back for the win.


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03-12-2013, 01:54 PM
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First set: First impression: looks like a great match up for Cilic...2-1, with 4 backhand errors from Raonic already...on the other hand, the forehand looks intimidating today, 2-2....Milos goes down 15-40 on a double fault then hits a bad forehand error into the middle of the net, first break to Cilic, 4-2...and Cilic serves it out without fuss--a very easy set for Marin, 6-3.

Second set:
Raonic need to fix his service a bit. In the first set his Frist Serve % was 51%, and while his first serivce point won was 100% his 2nd serv won was 8%...that's going to kill him.

Milos breaks him for the second set!! Third set coming Milos definitly did improve his second serve points, he improved from 8% in the first set to 53% in the second, his first service won droppped to 72 though instead of the perfect 100 from the first set.

Did Milos wake up? Up a break 3-0 in the third set. Wow...Milos just smoked Marin with 4 striaght point to take a the 7th game, Milos up 5-2, Marin serving. Cilic holds 5-3, Milos now serving for the match.

And he's done it!!! through to the fourth round 3-6 6-4 6-3, faces the winner of Mardy Fish and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. I really think the fact that this was his first SINGLES match of the tournment had a lot to do with his play in the first set as he was alot better in the second and third sets. His second service won was at 37% for the match, but you take out the first set 8% and it's at 54%. He also had 7 of his 12 aces in the 3rd set.


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Raonic need to fix his service a bit. In the first set his Frist Serve % was 51%, and while his first serivce point won was 100% his 2nd serv won was 8%...that's going to kill him.

Milos breaks him for the second set!! Third set coming
What was the 2nd serve % in the 2nd set? Must have been significantly better, as Marin seemed to cool off considerably as the set progressed. (just found the stats, 53% second serve points won--big improvement)

Milos wins in an odd sort of turnaround. Cilic started strong, but played progressively more poorly from mid second set onward, while Milos started erratically and got significantly better, especially off the ground, as the match progressed. Milos won something like 87% of his first serves, which certainly helped, too. So a good win for Raonic in what began as a not very promising day. A bad loss for Cilic who just isn't much of a closer at the best of times.


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03-12-2013, 03:19 PM
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What was the 2nd serve % in the 2nd set? Must have been significantly better, as Marin seemed to cool off considerably as the set progressed. (just found the stats, 53% second serve points won--big improvement)

Milos wins in an odd sort of turnaround. Cilic started strong, but played progressively more poorly from mid second set onward, while Milos started erratically and got significantly better, especially off the ground, as the match progressed. Milos won something like 87% of his first serves, which certainly helped, too. So a good win for Raonic in what began as a not very promising day. A bad loss for Cilic who just isn't much of a closer at the best of times.
As I said above in the edited post I think it was Raonic getting a feel for his singles game. He did have a walkover in the second round. Yes he had two doubles matches already, but its just not the same.

Well he improves on last years 3rd round showing going into the 4th round here. I'm torn as to who I want him to face in the 4th round. He beat Mardy Fish twice last year. But a rematch from thier epic Olympics match might be fun to watch if he face Tsonga.

EDIT: Nevermind...Tsonga it is as he finishes Fish off 7-0 in the tie breaker

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As I said above in the edited post I think it was Raonic getting a feel for his singles game. He did have a walkover in the second round. Yes he had two doubles matches already, but its just not the same.

EDIT: Nevermind...Tsonga it is as he finishes Fish off 7-0 in the tie breaker
Hopefully he has the rust out of his system, then. I'm glad it's Tsonga next as I think that it might be more entertaining to watch. Fish had Tsonga on the ropes in the first but couldn't finish him off and then Mardy went up an early break in the second but couldn't hold on. Must have been a frustrating loss for Fish. His form will no doubt improve over the course of the spring with more play as well.

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Nice win for Raonic!

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03-12-2013, 06:04 PM
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Nice win for Haas, saved a match point. Some good matches today.

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03-13-2013, 09:04 AM
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Raonic/Tsonga is the second match on the court today, so will probably be somewhere between 4 and 5 pm EDT

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03-13-2013, 12:37 PM
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Match will be on SN1.

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Big win for Milos yesterday over Cilic in Indian Wells! He'll play his fourth round match today against Tsonga in a rematch of their Olympic epic. You can watch the match on Sportsnet ONE at approximately 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT

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03-13-2013, 12:38 PM
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They expect a 3:30ish start for Raonic/Tsonga and it's on SN1.

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Raonic gets an early break in the first set, up 3-2 with his serve coming next....and I'm heading home so it'll probably be done by the time I get there.

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Anderson, playing surprisingly good tennis, sandwiches two excellent sets around one lousy one, to defeat Simon in three. After Simon ran away with the second set, Anderson broke Gilles in the first game of the third. Try as he might, Simon could never even muster a single break point the rest of the way. Surprisingly Anderson won half of the long rallies and hit some marvelous down the line shots off both wings.

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First set to Raonic!

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