Love, Balls and Courting : Tennis IV

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Loves_Shizuka, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. nylynnr

    nylynnr Active Member

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    I don't think that is shallow, but a legit question. He is getting thinner all of the time probably due to this diet he is on. Obviously he really believes in it but you have to wonder if being so terribly thin is helping his stamina.
  2. elka_sk8

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    Poor Novak, seems that losing the third set really threw him off, he just seemed to give up after that. There were some really great points in the second and third sets though.

    Also :( for Vika but I fell like she's getting close. Like others have mentioned, improving her serve is key, she admitted as much in the post match interview. Great match.
  3. duane

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    With Novak and Rafa battling for the year-end #1, and looking to win his 2nd USO title (and, be the only player with 2 slam titles for the season), the final should have been an instant classic. Seeing Nole check out after the 3rd set was very disappointing.
  4. minuet

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    Loving Davis Cup result! Best we could hope for after day 1 for Canada. Makes the week-end meaningful which really was about what could realistically hope for. I loved seeing all their families over there cheering together. Also interesting when you think that Nestor was born in Belgrade, Raonic is from Montenegro, and Dancevic's father is from Serbia.
  5. Megi

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    Hi guys, it's been a while since I last posted here and it's about time I change that. :D

    Still very much a tennis fan. Made a trip to the US Open over the Labour Day weekend (first Slam ever, yay!) and had an amazing time. Also, got to meet two FSUers AND introduced Marge Simpson to tennis. A :sekret: is telling me she's hooked! :cheer2:

    As usual, I was busy taking photos. Hope you'll have a look. :)
  6. Rafter

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    Am I the only one who thinks Nadal is doped up to the nines?
    oleada and (deleted member) like this.
  7. Domshabfan

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    :rolleyes: let him fail before you go all after him. There has never been any indication of him doping.
  8. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka Well-Known Member

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    You most certainly aren't. In fact many are CONVINCED he is.

    But can I ask, why?
  9. FSfan107

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    I'm interested in knowing too.
  10. DaveRocks

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    A friend of mine asked me that same question the other day. She's a huge Federer fan and is quite anti-Nadal, so I didn't think much of it.

    I'd bet definitely not.
  11. fscric

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    That really is the crux of the matter.

    I agree with Domshabfan up thread.
  12. Alixana

    Alixana recovering Oly-holic

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    Until proved otherwise, I'd prefer to believe that he worked his butt off to recover and play better tennis.
  13. twinsissv

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FELICIANO!!! :swoon:
    You get more handsome every year, you little cutie!!! :grope:
  14. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka Well-Known Member

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    Deliciano :cheer:

    I have a few gifts I'd give him.
  15. duane

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    I thought perhaps so in 2010. He was much more muscular at the time, and by the USO that year, he was serving well within the 130's---10 to 15 miles higher than his usual speed, which I thought was strange.

    But as Alixana said, until proven otherwise... I just hope we don't have a Lance Armstrong-like situation (with any of the elite players) in the future. It would be devastating to the sport of tennis.
  16. liv

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    I thought so with Nadal a few years ago. I seem to remember that during that time there were rumours that a spanish doctor had been treating major tennis/cyclists and the names were going to be hidden. After that time period he seemed to slim down a bit. I don't want that to be true because while I am a big Roger fan, I am also a big Nadal fan because of what they've both done for tennis. I don't think he's doped up now.

    I hope none of the top guys are on drugs. However, cynical me thinks someone must be because these guys are sooo good and have become such big stars... and we've seen it time and time again in other sports... heroes just seem to fall. The only thing that makes me doubt it a lttle bit is that the sport is so technical with shots, spins, strategy and timing... drugs can't really improve that.
  17. Seerek

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    For anyone following the WTA race to the year end championships in Istanbul, the women are in Tokyo this week with lots of points available (900 to the winner, 620 to the runner up) - Everyone from Petra Kvitova (Currently #7) all the way down to perhaps Simona Halep (Currently #14) still in the running to make top 8.
  18. sequins

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    :cheer2:Milos! Beats Gasquet and Berdych to win the Thai Open. Congrats. Also Eugenie Bouchard had a great showing this week making the quarters in Tokyo beating Jankovic and Stephens. Great week for Canada. Never thought I'd see the day in tennis where Canada would have something to cheer about in singles but I'm certainly glad for it.
  19. Loves_Shizuka

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    Kvitova wins a big title (Tokyo) :cheer:
  20. Seerek

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    Winners from last week

    Men
    Beijing: Novak Djokovic
    Tokyo: Juan Martin del Potro

    Women
    Beijing: Serena Williams

    Notes:

    Rafael Nadal overtakes Novak Djokovic for #1 rank and will likely only need a few wins (Shanghai/Basel/Paris/London WTF) to secure year end #1

    Maria Sharapova officially withdraws from WTA Year End Championships in Istanbul. 7 of 8 spots for the final already decided.
  21. duane

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    my little pony snarking for AZE

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  24. liv

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    I'm very happy too... :)
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  26. my little pony

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  27. Seerek

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    WTA Tour Year-End Championships

    Red Group
    Williams
    Radwanska
    Kvitova
    Kerber

    White Group
    Azarenka
    Li
    Errani
    Jankovic

    Alternates: Wozniacki and Stephens
  28. Rottie

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    Very weird not to see Sharapova in there. Hope she can come back strong next season.
  29. twinsissv

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    So...at the Nanjing tournament in China the ladies doubles team of Wang and Zhang defeated the doubles team of Tang and Yang! I would have loved to hear the play-by-play of that one. :)
  30. Seerek

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    Also, the final in Vienna men's 250 a couple weeks ago featured Tommy Haas vs. Robin Haase eek!

    Anyways, the WTA 125K series (Like Nanjing) is a completely confusing entity - only 5 tournaments spaced out between February and November, occurring during weeks where there are also WTA tournaments or ITF 75K/50K challengers. I think the WTA is trying hard to essentially deem the ITF useless outside of the Grand Slams with the 125 K series.
  31. Rottie

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    Ferrer d. Nadal -- Holy :eek:
  32. twinsissv

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    YAAAAAAAAY, DAVEEEEEEEEEEEEED!!!:cheer::cheer:
  33. oleada

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    Wheeeee for David!!!
  34. liv

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    Awesome for David... too bad he could not beat Djokovic in the final. Still, a win over Nadal is a massive achievement these days so he should really have confidence moving on to this coming week in London.
  35. Seerek

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    The Groups for the ATP World Tour Finals Singles round-robin are

    Group A:
    Nadal
    Ferrer
    Berdych
    Wawrinka

    Group B:
    Djokovic
    Del Potro
    Federer
    Gasquet
  36. twinsissv

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    Bueno! Bueno! Muy Bueno! Verdasco y Marrero! Champions para Espana! Gracias! :cheer2::cheer2:
  37. OnyxRose81

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    Congrats to Novak! He won the WTF!
  38. oleada

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    It's also 22 wins in a row for Novak! :cheer: With the Davis Cup still to go. I wonder with this end of the year, he could go on a roll like he did in 2011? It's a shame he didn't bring this game to the USO final
  39. Seerek

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    Davis Cup Final Results

    Czech Republic def. Serbia 3-2

    Djokovic def. Stepanek
    Berdych def. Lajovic
    Berdych/Stepanek def. Bozoljac/Zimonjic
    Djokovic def. Berdych
    Stepanek def. Lajovic
  40. jb08668

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    I can't believe novak had such a dominant performance! He looks so comfortable on these tennis surfaces, I just hope he can keep it up throughout the remainder of the season!