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10-17-2011, 08:56 AM
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Looks like Murray has found his stride just in time for the off season. At least he has the ATP Tour Finals to look forward to.
Very impressive win in the poll, indeed.

What a schizoid year for Murray and what a puzzling year for Rafa.

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10-17-2011, 11:20 AM
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Wow, Murray's ranked #3 by the ATP now. Federer down to #4. Wouldn't have thought I'd see that when Murray was on such a horrible stretch early in the year.

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10-18-2011, 07:57 AM
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Wow, Murray's ranked #3 by the ATP now. Federer down to #4. Wouldn't have thought I'd see that when Murray was on such a horrible stretch early in the year.
Now, let's see if Uncle Tony fixes every GS for Nadal to meet Murray again, or actually gets to play Roget in the semis.

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10-18-2011, 06:00 PM
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Raonic took out Baghdatis in 3 sets in Sweden (250). Plays Petzschner next.

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10-19-2011, 11:43 AM
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Raonic won in straight sets over Petzschner and is into the quarterfinals! It's an indoor tournament (like the one he won earlier this year) so that's to his advantage. His opponent is yet to be determined.

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10-21-2011, 09:50 AM
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Raonic takes the first set off Dimitrov, 7-5. Just watching it in dribs and drabs over coffee, toast and reading my younger daughter's essay, but every time I look up, he's playing solid as hell.

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10-21-2011, 09:56 AM
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Raonic takes the first set off Dimitrov, 7-5. Just watching it in dribs and drabs over coffee, toast and reading my younger daughter's essay, but every time I look up, he's playing solid as hell.
Seems like the rust is off and he is fully over the hip injury. If he went on to win this match he would potentially face Monfils, which would be a nice test.

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10-21-2011, 10:25 AM
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Seems like the rust is off and he is fully over the hip injury. If he went on to win this match he would potentially face Monfils, which would be a nice test.
Second set was over in a flash. Again, just saw little bits of it, but Raonic had way, way, way too much service game for the young Bulgarian. Monfils is a tasty match up for sure.

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10-21-2011, 11:03 AM
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Good to hear Raonic is in good form. Looking forward to the Monfils match. Dimitrov's prospects are overrated by many - his game doesn't even look that much like Federer's, which is probably the only basis for the comparison.

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10-21-2011, 11:16 AM
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Dimitrov's prospects are overrated by many - his game doesn't even look that much like Federer's, which is probably the only basis for the comparison.
Huh??? This reminds me of something General Eisenhower once said: "Things are more like they used to be than they ever were before."

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10-21-2011, 11:38 AM
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Huh??? This reminds me of something General Eisenhower once said: "Things are more like they used to be than they ever were before."
They're subtle differences, but they're noticeable and important. Dimitrov plays more in the middle of the court than Federer (and hits more backhands), his forehand and serve (it's in the knee bend) look different too. Not to mention that his baseline game is actually pretty tame (he doesn't find the angles or have the explosiveness off the forehand) in comparison, and he tends to win points gradually (i.e. by constructing them and coming to net) and not with one stroke like Federer and many other players can do. I don't know. His game sort of looks like Federer's, but not nearly to the degree that say Ram's game looks like Sampras'.

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10-22-2011, 09:32 AM
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Only saw the tie breaker of the first set, which was very well played. Monfils was in complete control at 5-4 in the breaker, than picked a bad time to play some loose points, and Roanic, serving well and hitting "feast or famine" forehands, took it 8-6.

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10-22-2011, 09:33 AM
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Raonic wins the first set in a tiebreaker. He was really poised despite getting down a mini-break early and letting a ball sail on his first set point that landed in.

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10-22-2011, 10:14 AM
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Monfils breaks Raonic in his last two service games to take the second set. Hopefully Raonic can rally. He has just been making too many unforced errors and he wasn't getting the easy points at the end of that set to make up for it like he was before.

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10-22-2011, 10:15 AM
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Weird second set. Raonic went up an early break, and Monfils showed some signs of losing interest but kept holding serve anyway, and then he turned the match completely around by recovering from a 2-4 deficit to take the set 6-4. Gael is moving around Milos much more effectively now.

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10-22-2011, 10:24 AM
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Weird second set. Raonic went up an early break, and Monfils showed some signs of losing interest but kept holding serve anyway, and then he turned the match completely around by recovering from a 2-4 deficit to take the set 6-4. Gael is moving around Milos much more effectively now.
Yeah really tough for Raonic in the second set. He was looking good but needs to get things back on track.

Well that's it, Monfils wins. Monfils really controlled the 3rd set but Raonic really blew his chance in the 2nd.


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10-22-2011, 10:45 AM
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Terrific set from Monfils, who used his imagination and the whole court to frustrate Raonic who suddenly looked very inexperienced, inconsistent and frustrated. Excellent win for Gael, and very entertainingly done.

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On a whim, I watched Tipsarevic dismantle Davydenko in straight sets at the Kremlin Cup. Janko played very well, serving better than I have seen him before and managing points with great confidence. If he has really reached a new plateau, he could make a little run at the top ten at this rate.

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10-22-2011, 04:42 PM
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On a whim, I watched Tipsarevic dismantle Davydenko in straight sets at the Kremlin Cup. Janko played very well, serving better than I have seen him before and managing points with great confidence. If he has really reached a new plateau, he could make a little run at the top ten at this rate.
It's not too far off in the points for him, for sure. I don't know who he would surpass though. Monfils will also get a slight boost in points with the win/final, and I just sort of feel that Fish, Tsonga, and Monf are better players than him right now. Maybe Soderling will drop down if he's still recovering from mono since he has the win in Paris to defend.

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10-24-2011, 05:57 AM
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Pospisil is back after taking some time off and has qualified for the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. Not sure who is going to play yet.

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Pospisil draws Seppi (#52 in the world) in the first round.

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10-24-2011, 03:37 PM
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Pospisil draws Seppi (#52 in the world) in the first round.
That's a very doable draw for Vasek. Seppi is mediocre at best both on hard courts and indoors. The tournament draw has opened up considerably as both the #1 and #3 seeds, Simon and Dolgopolov, have already been eliminated in the first round.

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10-24-2011, 04:03 PM
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This is Roddick's picture on wikipedia.



I don't know why, I just find it funny.

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10-24-2011, 06:25 PM
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That's a very doable draw for Vasek. Seppi is mediocre at best both on hard courts and indoors. The tournament draw has opened up considerably as both the #1 and #3 seeds, Simon and Dolgopolov, have already been eliminated in the first round.
Sela over Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-2? I really don't know what to say.

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That suit. The usual problems with no copyrighted images on wikipedia.

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Well Seppi took out Pospisil 7-5 7-6.

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