Sets in the City - Tennis 2012 III

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  1. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

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    In one of those highly ironic moments, Serena wins back the #1 ranking and then promptly proceeds to lose to Azarenka for the first time in years.
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    Sounds like it was a good match! Hopefully Serena will stay healthy and this will be a rivalry.
  3. orientalplane

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    Well, Rafa has won the Brazil Open, a victory which must boost his spirits after such a long time off with injury. But it sounds as though he's playing through the pain at least some of the time. Can't wait for the French Open, a tournament he's practically made his own. How much will it knock him back if he can't win this time?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/21494601

  4. Seerek

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    Interesting scenario possible where Rafael Nadal will be stuck between #5-8 seed for the French Open because he must defend SF Indian Wells, SF Miami, W Monte Carlo, W Barcelona and W Rome from now until May (about 3000 points). Being seeded #5-#8 could potentially mean having to win against 3 of the top 4 seeds (Ferrer seeded #4) to defend Roland Garros.
  5. oleada

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    I hope so as well. I think that a competitive rivalry between the top 2 would help the WTA.

    So far, Serena and Vika are leaving the rest of the tour in the dust, IMO.
  6. elka_sk8

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    Kvitova finally broke out of her slump and took the title in Dubai. :cheer2: I don't know what has been up with her this season but it seems she's been playing well for the last couple of weeks, hope she can keep it going.
  7. Rottie

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    Am looking forward to Indian Wells!
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    Well, it looks as though Nadal is indeed back, wacky knees and all. And thank goodness Maria slew Caroline W. and her moonball tennis!

    Miami is getting a lot of withdrawals! Roger Federer had decided to skip it before his back trouble at IW. Samantha Stosur, Mardy Fish, Ernests Gulbis, Stan Wawrinka, and Radek Stepanek are out. And now Nadal has withdrawn to go back to the gym and work on his leg strength some more. Vika Azarenka is questionable with her foot. I don't know what's up with Tsonga -- injured? He sure played that way against Djokovic at IW. And I guess Del Potro is (still) dealing with a nagging wrist injury.
  11. orientalplane

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    :cheer2: Andy Murray wins the Sony Open in Miami 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 against David Ferrer. In doing so he becomes the new World No.2 behind Novak Djokovic, who was very surprisingly beaten by Tommy Haas in the fourth round. Murray vs. Ferrer was an exhausting and frustrating match for both players, with many breaks of serve. The No. 2 ranking should help Murray in the French Open and Wimbledon draws. :)

    Meanwhile, as Rottie said, Rafael Nadal looked to be almost back to his old form earlier this month when he won at Indian Wells, though had Ferrer won the match against Murray, he would have overtaken Rafa in the standings.
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  12. twinsissv

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    Daaaaaaaaveeeeeeeeeeeeed!!! :wuzrobbed
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    Ferrer actually overtakes Nadal in the rankings anyway. It will be interesting if Nadal can even overtake Ferrer before RG or not when he is defending so many more points in the clay court season to begin with.
  14. Rottie

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    Aw shucks. Happy for Murray but was really hoping Ferrer could win another Masters. Still, great tournament for Tommy Haas -- go old guy!
  15. Seerek

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    David Ferrer has 840 points to defend (F Barcelona, SF Rome, QF Madrid) until now and Roland Garros seeding, while Rafael Nadal has 2,590 points to defend (W Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and R16 Madrid), so it'll be an combination of Ferrer losing early and Nadal defending his points plus getting further in Madrid to change the rankings by mid-May. Ferrer could gain further points if he gets to at least SF in Monte Carlo.
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    Canada defeats Italy to move onto the Davis Cup semi finals. Great job boys!
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    Good for Raonic to hold his nerve at the end of that match. Seppi didn't give it away, he rally made Raonic earn that match. I was getting nervous at the end of that match. The serve came through for him when he needed it. Canada is going to get trounced by Serbia but for Canada to get this far in Davis Cup is not something I thought I would ever see. Milos has been a rock star for Canadian tennis and I commend him and the entire team for working Canada from Zone Play just a couple of years ago to the Semis of the World Group this year. Kudos
  18. oleada

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    JJ had a great Miami & Charleston, losing in the SF and F respectively :cheer:
  19. Seerek

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    Strange that Bob and Mike Bryan couldn't win the doubles tie yesterday - yes, Nemad Zimonjic is a well-established doubles player, but was in an "adhoc" pairing with Ilya Bozoljac... I think John Isner could have taken Viktor Troicki had it went to a 5th Rubber.

    I think Jelena Jankovic's decision to play Bogota (as the top seed, winning the tournament) just to get more wins under her belt may prove to have been very wise.
  20. AragornElessar

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    Before I work on the three part highlighted portions of your post kyle, allow me a moment to do this....

    WAAAAAAHHHHHHOOOOOO!!!!!

    WAY TO GO BOYS!!

    Sigh...:D :D :D

    Okay then....1st part that's only in bold....As I saw in a post somewhere earlier...

    Yes, true, but still gave a good chuckle.

    On to the 2nd part bolded and in italics...

    You and me both!!! I ended up having to watch the 3rd set cooking Supper and the 4th eating it, and then ran into the living room area to watch what ended up as the final point of the match and jumping first out of the chair and then up and down around the room, I had this stupid look of disbelief and joy on my face according to Mom. When Dad asked what the goofy look was about, all I could do was shake my head and in a tone of complete disbelief and wonder, "I still can't quite believe what just happened."

    In a way, I still can't. :)

    3rd part and the part underlined along w/the other two font choices...

    You know what I keep thinking now? Can you imagine what Daniel Nestor's feeling tonight/right now? For the majority of the members of that team, Daniel's been their hero and the one thing that links all of the major events in Canadian Tennis until tonight. First w/that unbelievable upset of so many years ago of Edberg in Davis Cup play, to Sydney and Olympic Gold, to all of the respective Doubles Grand Slam events he's won, Daniel's really been the face and inspiration for Canadian Tennis for so long. Then to be part of what will go down as, if not the greatest ever Doubles match played on Canadian soil, then w/out a doubt close to it and help to get us w/in only needing one win today to advance....

    Daniel's the one I'm the most thrilled and happy for tonight. Also IMO regardless of what happens in September, tonight? Canadian Tennis WON!!!

    Congratulations to the entire Team and nothing but the best of luck in Serbia and September. I know I'll be watching. :)
  21. oleada

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    Djokovic ends Nadal's streak in Montecarlo, winning the final 62 76(1) :cheer2:
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    Ack! I saw that this morning, too, but I hadn't had my caffeine yet. I figured I'd misread it. Must now read match recap to find out WTF happened!
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  23. oleada

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    By all accounts, Djokovic played amazing in the first set - he was leading 5-0 . His level dipped a little in the second, and Nadal improved his, but he didn't take advantage of opportunities and lost 11 out of the last 12 points.
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    I'm so sick of Djokovic. I know it's irrational, but I just can't with him.
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    Slovak Republic blow a 2-0 lead and lose to Russia in the decisive doubles rubber in the Federation Cup semi-finals. Meanwhile, Italy defeated Czech Republic 3-1 in the other semi-final
  26. oleada

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    I'm the same way with Nadal.
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    I'm the same way with Nadal AND Federer. Actually, it's more their fans. The world is over if they lose a match. Um, Fed is nearing the end of his career and Rafa is held together with duct tape and hope so it's kind of inevitable.
  28. FSfan107

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    I was going to say I'm the same way with Djoker and Nadal. Of course I'm a Fedtard. :lol:
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    I never got Djoker, when he wins I am terribly disappointed. ... I am not a fan Federer, but I don't dislike him... I can support Nadal and Murray any day.
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    Federer here, followed by Murray and then Nadal. Among the top 10, also root for Tsonga (despite his inane comments about why female players are less consistent than the men) and Del Potro. Can't warm to Djokovic, unfortunately.
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    I support great play (and players) in general; but, Federer and Murray are my favorites,
  32. orientalplane

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    I love Murray the most, partly because of the traumatising childhood he had, which none of us can really imagine. I think his more pleasant and accessible emotions have really come to the fore in the last couple of years (e.g. crying at Wimbledon), and he seems much less brash and hard. I can't help but like Federer too because he's such a nice guy and a good sport. I have grown to like Novak because he's good friends with Murray and he is also a good sport (I just wish his celebrations after winning were more endearing).

    Not long until the French Open! :cheer2:
  33. oleada

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    I love Novak and Federer; respect but am bored by Nadal and cannot stand Murray :p
  34. orientalplane

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    Why not?
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    He just always seems so dour and negative on court.
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    Djoko all the way for me. Hate Federer and Murray, and am mildly annoyed by Nadal. :lol:
  37. orientalplane

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    'Hate' is a very strong word to use against two other human beings who (presumably) have never done you any harm.

    Occasionally FSU is infected with nastiness.
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  38. london_calling

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    I don't like negative players, which I find Murray to be. He was absolutely awful when he was younger, swearing at everyone and everything. He's thankfully gotten better but it's still so unpleasant for me to watch him.

    It's why I never liked Roddick either.
  39. aftershocks

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    Really we don't know these athletes intimately so the like/ dislike must have more to do with how we perceive their behavior/ looks/ the way they play on court/ and the way they present themselves in interviews. They are probably all fairly decent human beings, and from all appearances each have a great deal of respect for each other. They all know how hard it is to be on the tour and how hard it is to make it to the top. Tennis matches are so physically and mentally grueling. Andre Agassi does an excellent job of describing what a tough marathon match is like in his book, Open.

    With all of that said, my favorite players are Nadal and Murray. I also like Del Potro, but I wish he would play with more motivation and excitement. I enjoy watching Tomas Berdych too, and I used to enjoy James Blake (wish he had won some big ones), and I always loved Andre Agassi more than Pete Sampras.

    I too am not enamored of Djoker's elaborate displays of breast-beating machismo after his wins. As much of a bad boy and really unpleasant sportsman as Jimmy Connors was at times, his spontaneous celebrations during play upon winning hard-earned points were enlivening and exciting as opposed to Djokovic going overboard in tearing off his shirt and celebrating after his victories. I mean, even Rafa's fist-pumping and jumping into the air after his wins is more naturally spontaneous and not as long and drawn out as Djoker's OTT displays. However, I do admire Djoker's determination and the hard work he has put in to claw his way to the top over Federer and Nadal. Djoker also had to overcome physical issues (he solved some of his problems through a change in diet) in order to be fit enough to go the distance. But it doesn't seem that he ever had too many difficulties in terms of psychological and mental belief in himself, despite his seeming tendency to wimp out toward the end of some of his matches before his physical breakthrough. OTOH, there have been occasions where I have felt that Djoker took advantage of his opponents by using physical timeouts as a psychological strategy, so that's another reason I'm not too fond of him. I can't fault his talent, but I don't root for Djoker that much, despite the fact I do admire his abilities as a tennis champion.

    I think Federer is an amazing player, so beautiful and elegant to watch on the court. And, he's a gracious human being. I'm not a Federer fanatic however, and I disliked the way in the early years of his rivalry with Nadal, that the media and commentators were so blatantly prejudiced against Nadal in favor of Federer. Nadal may not be considered a beautiful elegant player, but he is a great player with courage and fierce determination. Moreover, Nadal possesses a beautiful, elegant spirit and he's such a pure gentleman (as is Federer) off the court. Nadal taught other players what it would take to beat the unbeatable Roger Federer. And Nadal taught everyone what it means to never say die.

    I seriously hope Nadal can win another French Open this year and keep the streak going. And, I want Murray to win Wimbledon!
  40. orientalplane

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    Are you aware of what happened in his childhood? After that I think he's done well to turn into a decent person. Some negativity is understandable in my opinion.