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    Poor Stan. It's great that the crowd gave him so much love, he deserves it.

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    Great match between Stan and Nole. And Stan sure went out in style: in his on-court, post-match interview with Mary Joe Fernandez, he exclaimed about Nole: "He's fcucking strong." Yep. He said it.

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    Love it Stan

    Rather predictable second semi. Gasquet was beaten before he stepped on-court (I believe he said he had more chance of beating Rafa on the playstation in an interview after his QF; he was jesting, but still...)

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    Epic. Totally two warriors out there, in hand-to-hand combat. Now go, Rafa! He's been a monster all tournament. Is it my imagination, or is Rafa less bulked up than before? Not that there was ever an ounce of fat on him, but he looks like he's reshaped his body to be leaner in the sense of not as wide.

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    OT - maybe this is old news but Stepanek & Vaidisova are divorcing and he is now with Kvitova who may or may not have been the reason for the divorce

    Why, Petra, why?!

    ETA: On another note, major to Andrea Hlavackova who own both the women's & mixed doubles.
    Last edited by oleada; 09-08-2013 at 05:07 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    OT - maybe this is old news but Stepanek & Vaidisova are divorcing and he is now with Kvitova who may or may not have been the reason for the divorce

    Why, Petra, why?!
    he worms his way into a lot of hearts somehow
    I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!

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    He must know how to use that worm, is all I'm saying.

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    no one plays well after they get with him, you could explain away the first two but now it seems to be a pattern.
    I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!

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    Stepanek has taken over the role of career destroyer from Hingis. Hingis had the title in the late 90s and early 2000s, every guy she got with saw his career plunge downwards soon after (and only resurrected, if they ever were, once split up with her). The last one she did this to was Stepanek who was her last pro tour boyfriend before her retirement from tennis in 2002 (a brief comeback in 06-07, but I dont believe she dated anyone on tour then). However Hingis saw by far the most rapid descent of her own career when she and Stepanek became a couple, dropping from a perennial top 3 who was often ranked #1 despite not winning a slam in awhile, to an injury plagued 2002 which ended out of the top 10 and saw her retire. Since then Stepanek has moved from one new women to the other and has taken over Hingis's former role as the career killer. Their tenure together was the passing of the torch. Perhaps this will be Stepanek's passing of the torch to Kvitova as he is likely to retire soon as well.

    That wouldnt mean Kvitova was doomed though, not long term (and she was sucking in the short term even before Radek anyway). Only while she is with Stepanek. Stepanek's own career (which even at the best of times was merely solid, and not champion like except in doubles) went upwards again upon his breakup with Hingis and Hingis's retirement from the tour, and has remained pretty solid since, as Hingis's was for years while her boyfriends were jinxed. Once you are the new love match career destroyer, only those with you suffer, not you yourself.

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    Hlavackova and Hradecka

    I love these two for some reason. Thrilled they won the doubles, especially considering how rough their 2013 has been overall. Wonderful result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    OT - maybe this is old news but Stepanek & Vaidisova are divorcing and he is now with Kvitova who may or may not have been the reason for the divorce

    Why, Petra, why?!

    ETA: On another note, major to Andrea Hlavackova who own both the women's & mixed doubles.
    Yeah I heard this around Wimbledon, and my initial reaction was, well, that explains a lot. Kvitova was already reminding me a bit of Vaidisova, and now..... Radek sure has a thing for the younger ladies.

    Congrats to Hlavackova and Hradecka!

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    Wow! Competitive women's final. I've been switching back and forth between an awesome 49ers and GB game, and an impressive battle between Azarenka and Williams.

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    I know, I was mostly set to watch the football but Azarenka convinced me otherwise. I still detest her grunting but wow did she earn my respect tonight.

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    Happy for Serena, but what a strange match. Both ladies were so distracted by the conditions and mental lapses.... Vika's play was amazing in the second half of the second set.
    I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.

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    What a great final - a shame it couldn't be sustained after the TB, but huge congrats to Serena.

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    Azarenka is a great player. She should win atleast 6 majors in her career. Serena and Azarenka are so far above the others, it feels like the days of Evert-Navratilova, Venus-Serena at their peak, and for awhile Henin-Serena. There are going to be a ton more slam finals between them over the next 3 years.

    Until Azarenka improves her serve though she will always be the slight underdog to Serena. Maybe she should see a serving specialist. Perhaps Navratilova would help her, given how she has openly stated her desire to see Serena not win too many more majors.

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    Serena 17th Major

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    Congrats to Serena, 17 majors is amazing!

    I feel so sad for Vika though; especially when she cried. She's really an amazing player, and the fight in the second set was insane. She really does need to work on her serve - if she can improve it, she'd be very hard to beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elka_sk8 View Post
    Radek sure has a thing for the younger ladies.
    But surprisingly, the younger ladies have a thing for him! The guy must have serious game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duane View Post
    But surprisingly, the younger ladies have a thing for him! The guy must have serious game.

    He looks like a tall version of Gilbert Gottfried.
    I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.

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