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02-08-2013, 07:02 AM
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Dancevic beat Levine in Dallas to reach the semis. Good for Frank. Hopefully he can put his injuries behind him and get into the top 100 where he belongs.

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Dancevic beat Levine in Dallas to reach the semis. Good for Frank. Hopefully he can put his injuries behind him and get into the top 100 where he belongs.
He must be feeling confident right now.

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He must be feeling confident right now.
No doubt.

SAP next week in San Jose. Raonic is the two-time defending champ there. It's the last year for the tournament so we'll see if he can go 3 for 3 there!

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02-08-2013, 02:27 PM
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Canada into the finals for Group I Americas zone in Fed Cup. They have steamrolled the competition so far.

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Dancevic beat Levine in Dallas to reach the semis. Good for Frank. Hopefully he can put his injuries behind him and get into the top 100 where he belongs.
He's taken the first set, though he made an unnecessary adventure of it when he couldn't serve it out. But he broke back immediately for a 6-4 win. Rhyne Williams, his opponent, looks like an NCAA semi-finalist and that's about it.

Williams looks much better in the second set which he wins, 6-4....he used pace to intimidate/overpower Dancevic and exploited Frank's lack of quickness by hitting short angled balls and drop shots, almost all of which caught Frank flat-footed. Meanwhile, Frank struggled on serve and looked inept at the net. Williams is in control of the match and Frank is going to have to come up with much better play than he displayed in the second set to wrest that control away from him.

Frank goes up 3-0, thanks more to Rhyne's capricious concentration than anything else, but wins only one game the rest of the way to lose the match. Dancevic's tendency to float balls back is an open invitation for his opponent to take control of the point, and Williams almost always promptly did so. Outside of his return of serve game, everything about Frank's game today appeared substandard. He certainly looked like no world beater this afternoon.


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02-08-2013, 04:19 PM
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Glad to see the lefty forehand down the line again.

What is the purpose of that bandage on Rafa's left knee and will he have to wear that for the rest of his career?

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Glad to see the lefty forehand down the line again.

What is the purpose of that bandage on Rafa's left knee and will he have to wear that for the rest of his career?
Love this old-fashioned clay.

Looks like a standard wrap for support, certainly nothing too technologically sophisticated. Hard to say right now how long it will remain as it depends on psychological as well as physical conditions.

He does have that down-the-line going in the much more competitive second set. Nadal looks pretty good, though. Does Rafa look a tad heavier to you?

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02-08-2013, 05:23 PM
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Nah, he looks the same to me. He just scored a sick winner down the line in the second set with the score tied at 4.

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02-08-2013, 05:23 PM
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Love this old-fashioned clay.

Looks like a standard wrap for support, certainly nothing too technologically sophisticated. Hard to say right now how long it will remain as it depends on psychological as well as physical conditions.

He does have that down-the-line going in the much more competitive second set. Nadal looks pretty good, though. Does Rafa look a tad heavier to you?
I think he looks heavier, I thought his left arm was bulkier when I saw a bit of his first match.

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02-08-2013, 05:39 PM
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Rafa finally ends it 6-4 in the 2nd.

He did lose his six-pack. He's no longer ripped.

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02-08-2013, 05:43 PM
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Man, I think that knee is still a work in progress. It's subtle, and it's early days getting back into competitive form, but he had an awkward approach for a drop shot that looked like it could have entailed a little ping, and when swung wide on his forehand side of the baseline, he sometimes seemed to push off his left leg just a little gingerly coming back. Hopefully, I'm being an overly nervous Nellie, but I'd like to see him play again before resting my doubts.

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02-08-2013, 05:47 PM
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I wish this event showed pitch speeds. I'd like to see how hard he's serving. But I doubt he reaches 130ish anymore like he did 2010-12.

Also, no hawk eye for 250 events?

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02-09-2013, 05:00 PM
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02-09-2013, 08:23 PM
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clay courts are much more pleasing to the eye under the lights. that's why I wish they'd schedule night matches at the French Open already. BTW, this semifinal match was scheduled to be played "not before 10:00pm." Damn, talk about not getting enough sleep for the next match.

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02-09-2013, 10:18 PM
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Just saw half of the second set, but Rafa looked fine. He was moving very well. Straight sets over Chardy, Zeballos next in the finals.

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02-09-2013, 11:16 PM
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Rafa also going for the doubles title tomorrow, will also play singles and doubles this coming week in Sao Paulo. Playing doubles with Nalbandian. Will go for doubles title with Monaco tomorrow.

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In the first set, precise Gasquet had the easiest time imaginable carving up swing-for-the-fences Paire, 6-2. Richard mixed speed and angle and totally flummoxed Paire who continues to pound away with little margin for error. His quirky forehand was not up to the task time and time again.

Second set was basically more of the same. After trading service breaks, Benoit was immediately broken again and the heart went out of him. He had over 30 unforced errors, equally distributed to both forehand and backhand. He also had a maddeningly odd streak in the middle of the set in which he must have served 22 of 25 balls wide, exclusively so to the ad court (Gasquet's backhand side...duh). The best thing that could be said for Paire today is that he sure has a drop-dead beautiful girl friend who cameramen all over the world seem deeply enamoured by.


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Cilic looked extremely sharp in dispatching Melzer, 6-3, 6-1 in Zagreb. The first set looked superficially close for awhile, but Marin was winning almost all the key points. Melzer could do nothing with Cilic's serve all day. It was total domination for Marin: 71% first serve percentage; 79% first serves won; 83% second serves won; no breaks point opportunities allowed. Several questionable line calls in the first set didn't exactly help Jurgen's mood, but regardless of the legitimacy of his complaints, he was just way over-matched on this day.

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Though huffing and puffing after long points, Zeballos is giving a very ordinary Rafa all he can handle at the moment, on serve 4-3...after a tight set, Rafa takes the tie breaker easily 6-2.


Zeballos doesn't go away. In fact, he couldn't have looked more relaxed, showing off his soccer skills by bouncing a tennis ball off both feet for about 15 seconds after the tenth game of the set. Playing very opportunistic, occasionally brilliant tennis, he took the tie breaker from Rafa 8-6. Despite never having won a tournament in his decade on the tour, Horacio obviously smells blood. Rafa's serving has been ineffectual and both his lateral and forward movement are to some degree restricted--he tried to push off his left leg for a drop shot, and just gave up on it immediately and his lateral coverage can't be much more than 80%/85% of what it was before his sabbatical. Maybe this is him just getting back into the swing of things, but Rafa looks very vulnerable at the moment.

Rafa broke in the first game, and Zaballos immediately broke back when Nadal botched an easy put away at the net. Not a characteristic turn of events by any means....and Horacio keeps the pressure on without relief and takes the third set and the match, 6-4. Great first championship for him. Some big question marks still to be answered for Rafa.


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I want to cry...first Pacquiao, then Overeem, and now Rafa.

But you gotta feel happy for this Zeballos dude. How much rest does Rafa get before his doubles match? I wonder if he's still mentally focused for that match.


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02-10-2013, 07:18 PM
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Still obvious questions about Rafa's confidence, but all in all that's why he's playing these events and he was bound to drop a match in one or two of them. It's surprising in that it's something that's strange to see.

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Nadal lost?

SAP Open starts today. Raonic, Pospisil and Levine all in the main draw. Chvojka is in the final round of qualifying.

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Both Pospisil and Levine into the second round with straight set wins!

Vasek beat Donskoy (#74 in the world) 5 and 1. Hopefully he can get back on track after his bout with mono.

Isner up next for Pospisil and Levine gets Haas. Very tough for both of them.

Raonic (#1 seed) will play the winner of Michael Russell and Donald Young.

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Both Pospisil and Levine into the second round with straight set wins!

Vasek beat Donskoy (#74 in the world) 5 and 1. Hopefully he can get back on track after his bout with mono.

Isner up next for Pospisil and Levine gets Haas. Very tough for both of them.

Raonic (#1 seed) will play the winner of Michael Russell and Donald Young.
Good job! So does Milos play Wednesday or today?

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Good job! So does Milos play Wednesday or today?
Looking like Thursday I think.

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