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05-03-2013, 06:23 PM
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What's up with Tipsarevic? Out in the QF's today in Munich. Ever since he retired in the Aussie Open he's won 4 matches in 8 tournaments. How much longer until he falls out of the top 10? He's currently 25th in the Race to London.

Or is just not on his strong surfce yet. Is he a grass player?
He's a solid all surface player, and while clay isn't his preferred surface, his play has dropped off surprisingly lately. Not counting the first tournament, Chenai, he is 6-8 on the year whereas last year he was something like 16-8 over the same period. He's had a good run for well over a year now, but he's the sort of player who if his game drops off a little, he'll drift out of the top ten. Plus, at 28, like most tennis players, he is probably beginning to show some wear and tear. I wasn't expecting him to hang around as long as he has, so good for him for doing so.


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05-03-2013, 07:02 PM
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Madrid picks are open, have until early Sunday to get them in.

Raonic opens with Davydenko. Never played against each other before.

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05-04-2013, 05:00 AM
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Pospisil wins the Johannesburg Challenger, defeating 4th seeded Michal Przysiezny 67(7) 60 41(r). That gets him 110 points.

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05-04-2013, 07:36 AM
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Pospisil wins the Johannesburg Challenger, defeating 4th seeded Michal Przysiezny 67(7) 60 41(r). That gets him 110 points.
Great job by Vasek! Should be 102/103 in the rankings on Monday.

I believe the direct entry list for Wimbledon is done with Monday's rankings so Pospisil would get in!


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05-04-2013, 12:30 PM
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Jesse Levine won his first qualifier match over Flavio Cipolla 61 36 63, he will face Igor Sjisling.

And Jesse qualifies defeating Sijsling 63 64. He faces Kevin Anderson in the first round.


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05-05-2013, 08:12 PM
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Levine/Anderson is first match NB 1:00, Raonic/Davydenko is 2nd match NB 1:00 after Nishikori/Melzer

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05-06-2013, 06:29 AM
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Pospisil is playing a challenger in Rome this week, red clay. He is up to 104 in the rankings after his title last week, so he'll have a chance to move back into the top 100.

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05-06-2013, 07:17 AM
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Anderson defeated Levine 62 62. Raonic is just coming up now.

EDIT: Milos wins the first set 75. Second set has gone to a tie-breaker. And Raonic wins the tie-break 7-5. Defeats Davydenko 75 76(5). He will face Verdasco in the second round.

Milos and Verdasco are tied at 2 in thier matchups all in 2011. Raonic won the two hard court matches (San Jose and Memphis). Verdasco won the two clay matches (Estoril and Rome). Although Estoril was a retirment.

Edit X2: Raonic right back it tomorrow. Raonic/Verdasco mathc is first up at 'NB 5:00 PM' Madrid time which is 11 am EST

Also looking at the Rankings and points, unless Federer defends the title he will drop to 3rd. They are 100 points apart and Murray has no points to defend from last year.


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http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/tennis...160553891.html

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“She’s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia,” Stephens says emphatically. “And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter.”
I laughed at the unfollow part but really, is it any surprise that Serena is a *****?

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Pospisil loses his first round match at the Rome 2 Challenger to Olivier Rochus 67(5) 62 61

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05-07-2013, 08:48 AM
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Pospisil loses his first round match at the Rome 2 Challenger to Olivier Rochus 67(5) 62 61
Crappy. Clay doesn't seem to suit him too well right now but fatigue also could have been a factor. Win in South Africa was on hard courts.

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Raonic/Verdasco about to start

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1st set: 2-1 Milos on serve. Looks like Raonic will go as far in this match as his serve will carry him as the groundies don't look too promising so far....both players trade single break point opportunities but each holds serve for 3-2, Raonic's timing seemed on the upswing in those two games....Verdasco now employing classic clay court strategy: swing your less mobile opponent wide and then hit to the open court....and Fernando gets a well-earned break for 4-3...at 30-love in the 10th game, Verdasco tightens slightly but serves out the set anyway, 6-4. Fernando played a thinking person's set, with the sort of attention to detail that Milos' often sloppy play lacked. Raonic pretty much got schooled and it is up to him to adjust.

2nd set: 2-1 Milos, but it looks like a matador versus a very slow, lethargic bull out there. After some of his groundstrokes, Milos seems to take forever to re-position himself on the baseline. His serve is holding him in the match at the moment...out of the blue, Verdasco plays a poor game and Milos who looked hangdog at 30-0 gets a surprising break and now is in control of the set, 4-1...Milos could have had a second break but still isn't playing consistently enough to take advantage of such opportunities, 4-2...but Raonic doesn't pass up yet another chance to break as Fernando's game turns spotty and Milos takes the set 6-2. The momentum is now his, though given his play so far, it will be interesting to see if he can hold on to it. Of course, Verdasco now has to quickly refocus his game, too.

3rd set: Excellent opening hold from Milos....Milos jerks Verdasco around but Fernando holds serve and then he almost breaks Raonic on his serve. A set, indeed a match, still searching for a rhythm, waiting for one player or the other to impose his will, 2-1 Raonic...a pair of very forceful holds from both players, 3-2...Milos almost recovers from love-40 down on Verdasco's serve by playing his best tennis of the match but Fernando ekes out a hold anyway, 3-3...and a quick and easy hold puts the pressure right back on Verdasco, 4-3. Milos' chances are definitely looking good at the moment as he appears to have finally found his game...Fernando holds at love, 4-4...Milos serves himself out of a little trough at love-30, for 5-4--I thought the start of that game might be one of Raonic's late set wobbles, but he regained control nicely....the second straight love hold for Verdasco, 5-4...Milos saves 3 break points to get to 6-5, definitely some tense moments there. Worse case scenario, though, he's got a tie breaker to look forward to for the match....but Ferdasco takes the tense tie breaker on his 3rd match point, 9-7.

Certainly it was a winnable match for Milos right to the end. Though, to be honest, it wouldn't have gotten to a third set had Verdasco not let Raonic back into the match in the 2nd set. Another tough loss for Milos, but a fine win for Fernando who in the tie breaker held his nerve just a little better than his opponent did


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05-07-2013, 12:15 PM
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Thanks Kihei, for the commentary. I had to leave at 2-1 in the first and have just been refreshing my BlackBerry.

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Thanks Kihei, for the commentary. I had to leave at 2-1 in the first and have just been refreshing my BlackBerry.
I concur. I am at work and not able to watch the match. I follow along with ATP Live, but it's just he score and stats, doesn't really give you a sense of the match. Is it on SportsnetONE? Or are you watching a feed from somewhere else?

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I concur. I am at work and not able to watch the match. I follow along with ATP Live, but it's just he score and stats, doesn't really give you a sense of the match. Is it on SportsnetONE? Or are you watching a feed from somewhere else?
When I left I had a good online stream. I don't think SN1 or Sportsnet.ca are carrying it.

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05-07-2013, 12:55 PM
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Wow...that last game was rough to 'watch' on ATP Live

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lmao Raonic hitting Verdasco in the ass

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05-07-2013, 01:14 PM
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damn...so close. He at least defended his points from last year. 2 hours 35 minutes...wow

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05-07-2013, 01:43 PM
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1st set: Dimitrov is in an interesting match with Djokovic. Grigor, who is coming along very nicely indeed, had Nole down love-40, but couldn't break him, 4-3 Novak on serve....second time lucky for Grigor who breaks and is serving for the set at 6-5. This is a lot of fun...but Nole breaks right back. At least the kid didn't double fault 4 times as he did in a similar situation in Indian Wells, 6-6...and just after saving his 3rd set point against, Dimitrov plays some beautiful tennis and takes the breaker. Wow. Nole is definitely being pushed today and he knows it.

2nd set: And, crucially, Grigor keeps his concentration and holds to start the 2nd set, not always an easy thing to do after a surprise first set win...a very tense hold for Grigor, who is matching Nole stoke for stroke. The skill level on both sides of the net is incredible...Grigor better win in two sets though, because up and comers who take the first set seldom win in three, 2-1...sensational shot making from Dimitrov takes him to a 30-love advantage on Noles serve but he can't close it... but he breaks Nole at the next opportunity two games later, 4-2...after a long break when Nole twisted his angle Dimitrov loses serve for 4-3. He had gone down love-40 on serve, the time out came at 30--40, after which Grigor won then next point but not the final two points...and Grigor gets bad leg cramps and barely holds for 6-5....incredible tie break, Dimitrov is cramping but holding on somehow and the crowd is chanting his name between points (I turned the sound up for the tie breaker)...Grigor gets a match point but can do nothing with Nole's first serve....8-all as Grigor saves a set point...now Nole has another set point and wins it. Damn it. No story book ending. Great theatre, though.

3rd set: I feel worn out, totally drained. How must they feel? I would think Nole wins going away now....But, jesus, Dimitrov isn't going anywhere and gets the break in the first game, 1-0. Looks fresher than he did at the end of the second set. What did they put in his Gatorade?...and then he saves a pair of break points to hold for 2-0...Nole blows a love-40 lead but holds anyway for 2-1 Dimitrov. Shouldn't Grigor be conserving energy?...Grigor, living dangerously with his first serve missing in action is still hitting some incredible shots, 3-1...easy hold for Nole, 3-2, pressure quick-like-a-bunny right back on Dimitrov....Nole almost crawls out of a love-40 hole but an unforced error does him in, 4-2...another love hold for Djokovic, 4-3, and the pressure ratchets up a notch for Dimitrov who stumbled at this point in the second set...a little nerve wracking as Grigor goes up 40-15 and holds on, though just barely, thanks to another Nole unforced error, 5-3...and Grigor breaks Nole again for the match!!! One of the best and most memorable matches of the year. Surely, the most entertaining, too.

A star is born.


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05-07-2013, 04:04 PM
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Great match going on. Novak is going to have to dig deep to pull this one out. Come on, Nole!

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05-07-2013, 04:26 PM
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Great win for Dimitrov!

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Yeah, great match by Dimitrov.

This loss should, hopefully, teach Novak on things he still has to improve in order to win the French this year.

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Tomic's crazy father strikes again.

http://www.timescolonist.com/sports/...-butt-1.147354

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Nishikori sends Federer packing in the R16 at Madrid.

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