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05-28-2012, 08:25 AM
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Good god. Kukushkin was up two sets to love and 5-1 in the third before giving up seven straight games, the fourth set, and a break in the fifth against Gulbis of all mental stalwarts. He got the break back though and it's 2-2. Too bad this one isn't televised.
That's some crazy stuff.

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05-28-2012, 08:32 AM
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That's some crazy stuff.
Would have been an amazing choke. Alas, it was Gulbis!

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05-28-2012, 08:54 AM
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Ungur beats Nalbandian 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5. Only one break of serve in each set. Fast-paced play and pretty even. Nalbandian hit more errors and Ungur did amazingly well on his first serve. Disappointing loss for David for sure.

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Raonic up a set and two breaks on Ramirez-Hidalgo. I thought this would be a bit of a challenge for him, but RRH really fell apart from *4-5 40-0.

Stupid court assignments. They put Clement on Court 1 and Mathieu on Court 2 over a host of more interesting matches. Reminds me why I usually root against the natives at slams.

Harrison also up a set on Simon on Chatrier and plays an excellent game at 4-4 to break. Now to serve for the set. Simon was coughing a bit on the changeover; not sure if he's sick or not. Looks like a reverse of their Davis Cup match which Simon won easily. Now Gilles showing signs of life. Harrison's first serve abandons him in the decisive game. Faces two break points, misses a backhand DTL on the second, throws his racquet, and hears the catcalls from the crowd. So typical from both Harrison and the French crowd.


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05-28-2012, 12:20 PM
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Would have been an amazing choke. Alas, it was Gulbis!
Alas.

Speaking of chokes, Harrison chokes away the 2nd set against Simon. A set apiece now.

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05-28-2012, 12:23 PM
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Alas.

Speaking of chokes, Harrison chokes away the 2nd set against Simon. A set apiece now.
You watching the Baker match?

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Looked like a pretty easy day for Raonic. Levine up next should be a win.

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05-28-2012, 12:29 PM
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Looked like a pretty easy day for Raonic. Levine up next should be a win.
Canadian against Canadian defector. Your allegiance must be really divided.

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05-28-2012, 12:52 PM
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You watching the Baker match?
No. I'm watching Harrison commit suicide against Simon.

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05-28-2012, 01:00 PM
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No. I'm watching Harrison commit suicide against Simon.
Ah. Broken at 4-5 in the third. Nicely done.

I think you were too quick to judge that Baker is a poor returner. He's returning Malisse's second serve like freaking Serena Williams. His problems lie in his own serve.

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05-28-2012, 01:06 PM
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Ah. Broken at 4-5 in the third. Nicely done.

I think you were too quick to judge that Baker is a poor returner. He's returning Malisse's second serve like freaking Serena Williams. His problems lie in his own serve.
Picked up the tie breaker. He looked damn sharp in that. I don't think it's possible to pin Malisse any farther in the backcourt than he was on some of those points.

Gilles up an early break in the third.

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05-28-2012, 01:07 PM
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Canadian against Canadian defector. Your allegiance must be really divided.
LOL! I was thinking it's kind of funny they both play for countries they emigrated to.

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05-28-2012, 01:19 PM
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Ah. Broken at 4-5 in the third. Nicely done.

I think you were too quick to judge that Baker is a poor returner. He's returning Malisse's second serve like freaking Serena Williams. His problems lie in his own serve.
Catching a bit now. I don't think he has any problems on first serve at all, except getting it in enough. The backhand still seems the problem to me. His feet ain't that quick off the draw sometimes, either. But, wow, love that release on his forehand. That stroke will do a lot of damage against a lot of players.

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Ryan goes ever so quietly in the fourth set, 6-1. If Harrison had any nerve at all today, he would have defeated Simon in straight sets. Gilles was there for the taking and he will have to pick up his game if he expects to have a successful tournament.

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05-28-2012, 01:33 PM
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Baker has a nice drop shot too but he needs to give up that slice. Worse than Roddick's.

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05-28-2012, 01:43 PM
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Baker has a nice drop shot too but he needs to give up that slice. Worse than Roddick's.
His drop shot is really working today. He's still a work in progress, but there seems to be a lot of game there. Kind of struggling at the moment--stamina could be an issue as the week continues, especially any match that goes five.

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05-28-2012, 01:48 PM
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His drop shot is really working today. He's still a work in progress, but there seems to be a lot of game there. Kind of struggling at the moment--stamina could be an issue as the week continues, especially any match that goes five.
I agree totally about his backhand. Better players will feast on that shot. At the moment Malisse is outhitting and outplaying him - as he was for portions of the second. Regardless, right now he'll be thrilled that his week would continue. He can worry about making deep runs after he builds up his ranking and his match form.

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Malisse can take this breaker if he stays focused.

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05-28-2012, 01:55 PM
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From a distance, Baker looks and sometimes moves like Andy Murray's slower brother.

I'm sure Baker is glad that's over. Who does he play in the next round? Gilles Simon, it turns out, who despite his win in Bucharest, I don't think is really on form at the moment. That could be an interesting match.


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05-29-2012, 06:25 AM
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Tipsarevic is a little lucky to win the third set, though he dominates the tie breaker against Querrey, who is playing very well as long as there is no pressure on. Got there early in the third and it has been quite an entertaining slugfest so far. Looks like I will get a long look at Paire today.

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05-29-2012, 06:37 AM
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Tipsarevic is a little lucky to win the third set, though he dominates the tie breaker against Querrey, who is playing very well as long as there is no pressure on. Got there early in the third and it has been quite an entertaining slugfest so far. Looks like I will get a long look at Paire today.
He was up a break earlier in that set though. I tried watching but I couldn't. Just don't like either player.

Chardy trying to do what Kukushkin couldn't yesterday: he was up two sets and serving for the match at 5-4 then lost the third in a tiebreak and is now down 3-0 in the fourth. And against Lu, a totally inept clay court player.

Stakhovsky over Dolgopolov in five and no tv coverage at all.

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05-29-2012, 06:54 AM
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Court speed: Fourth set looked like Wimbledon in the bad, old '80s and '90s. Nobody could win a point off the other's serve so the set took, like, 25 minutes....Janko was standing very wide when serving to the ad court to take advantage of Sam's suspect backhand return of serve. I wonder why more players don't make use of that tactic...nice early round win for Tipsarevic. He has a good shot at getting to the quarters.

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First impression of Paire is that he was lucky to win the set. Hard to believe that Ramos is #38 in the world--he looks more like about the #500th best Spanish player in that set. Paire looks a little unorthodox to me, which could make him difficult when he's consistent or, conversely, an opponent could break him down under pressure. Love the killer backhand. The forehand seems to have a funny backswing but I have to see it some more. Doesn't get much body in his serve, which looks a little stiff, but it zips right in there. The brain was nowhere in evidence in that set, though. Just first impressions, I'll see how the rest of the match goes.

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05-29-2012, 07:44 AM
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There are simply too many French players. It's how Berdych and Almagro end up on Court 7.

Dimitrov rightly steamrolling Young the past two sets. I was surprised the first was at all close. Young is nowhere near consistent enough in his game to be winning matches. Errors flowing like wine at a bacchanalia.

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Did I say Paire looks a little unorthodox. I blush...Paire, 4-3, Ramos, looking a bit less tomato-canish keeps handing the set to Paire who keeps giving it right back...


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