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    Quote Originally Posted by Loves_Shizuka View Post
    On a VERY shallow note - Nole is skin and bones. It's aging him and he isn't quite as handsome. IMO. Very sad times.
    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

    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 is telling me she's hooked!

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

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    Am I the only one who thinks Nadal is doped up to the nines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafter View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks Nadal is doped up to the nines?
    let him fail before you go all after him. There has never been any indication of him doping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafter View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks Nadal is doped up to the nines?
    You most certainly aren't. In fact many are CONVINCED he is.

    But can I ask, why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loves_Shizuka View Post
    You most certainly aren't. In fact many are CONVINCED he is.

    But can I ask, why?
    I'm interested in knowing too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafter View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks Nadal is doped up to the nines?
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveRocks View Post
    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.
    That really is the crux of the matter.

    I agree with Domshabfan up thread.

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

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FELICIANO!!!
    You get more handsome every year, you little cutie!!!

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    Deliciano

    I have a few gifts I'd give him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafter View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks Nadal is doped up to the nines?
    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.

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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.

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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.

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    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.

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    Kvitova wins a big title (Tokyo)

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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.

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