Final Four-cast: Murray Looking Miami Nice
by Sean Randall | April 3rd, 2009, 11:48 am
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I know there’s another Final Four taking place this weekend, but I’ll actually take the Final Four we have today in men’s tennis over what we’ll see from the NCAA basketball tournament tomorrow in Detroit.

Today at the Miami Masters we get four of the Top 7 players in the rankings – Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro – competing in semifinal play, and weather and health permitting it’s an entertaining line-up.

First, we had so much talk at the start of the year about the new “Fab Four”, but three months into the season, the foursome have yet to appear in the same tournament semifinal. Not much of a surprise, just something to point out.

Then again, it really looked like we were finally going to get that “Fab Four Final Four” about 16 hours ago when Rafael Nadal was up not one but two breaks on Juan Martin Del Potro yesterday. I sure I wasn’t the only one thinking: Nadal with a two-break lead in the final set, that match is over regardless of the opponent. But credit to DelPo for getting himself off the canvas and chipping away at Rafa’s lead.

We’ve heard so much about Andy Roddick’s improvement, but for me the real guy making strides is DelPo. A year ago the kid was just another promising talent with a lot of untapped potential, but now he’s really turned into a powerhouse, and after arguably his biggest career win yesterday in beating World No. 1 Nadal, he’s playing with belief that he can beat the top guys.

Tonight, though, DelPo will have his hands full with another guy who’s really rocketed up the rankings the last year, Andy Murray, who’s playing better than anyone right now. Since dropping his opening set of the tournament to Juan Monaco, the Scot hasn’t faced a set point while losing a total of FOUR games in his last four sets. Whatever illness he had a month ago I think it’s safe to say it’s long gone.

That said, DelPo going to get more than four games tonight but I don’t think he and his South American supporters will have enough to beat Murray. To steal a line from another writer on this site, Murray’s “toolbox” is just that much bigger and deeper than DelPo’s and he’s been incredibly stingy against players younger than him (try to name the last time Murray lost to a younger player!).

Toss in the head-to-head (Murray leads 2-0) and maybe some lingering fatigue from DelPo’s Nadal victory, and it’s advantage Murray. But I think Juan Martin keeps it close and if the Friday night party crowd really gets on Murray, maybe he can ride them to the upset.

In the earlier 1pm semifinal it’s Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Federer of course is still seeking his first title since last fall while Djokovic is trying to get his name back in the “best in the game” conversation. Right now, I don’t think either happens this week.

Federer’s looked patchy at best. He’s been making far too many errors off the ground and as I’ve said before he’s looking a tad slow. But he did get through the Roddick match so he should be feeling a little more confident. Same goes for Djokovic who ended a four-match slide to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to advance to the semifinals. His confidence should be up as well.

And while Novak absolutely has the game to beat Federer – and right now Federer seems ripe for the picking – I just don’t think the Serb believes in himself enough at this moment to do it.

Factor in the heat, Novak’s health issues during the Tsonga match, his poor record against the top players (he’s lost six straight to Nadal, Fed and Murray) and of course his head-to-head with Fed, and things really turn bleak.

In that H2H, Federer has won seven of nine meetings losing only a third-set breaker to Novak in 2007 Canada and of course the alleged “mono” encounter last year at the Australian Open. And Federer’s fully aware of this series lead over Djoko, telling the press: “I mean, I also beat him in Monaco. He gave up there. But it’s good to have, you know, won the last couple matches against him. In the beginning when he was up and coming, you know, I figured him out pretty quickly, you know. I’m always anxious to play him, especially in the big occasions. You know, I kind of like his game, you know, to play that kind of style player.”

He gave up there (in Monte Carlo)? I figured him out quickly? I kind of like his game? If Novak needed anymore motivation this afternoon, Fed gave it to him. But Federer says it because he knows he can get away with it, and my guess is he’ll get away with it again today v. Novak.


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108 Comments for Final Four-cast: Murray Looking Miami Nice

jane Says:

Novak said “Roger, there’s not much to talk about him. He’s so consistent at the major events. He’s been so dominant the last couple of years. Tough, tough encounter against the both of them [Roger and Roddick].”


margot Says:

Hi jane: hope Novak finds some form and is not bothered by the heat today, so he can give Roger a run for his money! Andy M is on too late UK time for me to see alas, but as he seems to play a lot better when I don’t watch, perhaps it’s just as well!


jane Says:

Hi margot – I am pulling for a Novak vs. Murray final; it’s fitting they should duke it out for number 3 and I like them both a lot, so that would be peachy. But at the least, I am hoping for two good semi-final matches. Cheers.


jane Says:

Well Roger’s already got the upperhand; looks like this’ll be over in straight sets at this rate. But I am still happy Novak made the semis; he had a tough draw, getting through Dancevic, Mathieu, Berdych and Tsonga to get here, so this is a better result for him this year.


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – I assume you are watching this match? I just sat down in earnest so no opinions yet. See Fed is up a break in the first.


tenisbebe Says:

jane Says:

“Well Roger’s already got the upperhand; looks like this’ll be over in straight sets at this rate.” They say the wind is swirling – very hard to predict/judge. Do you know the temp/humidity?


tenisbebe Says:

Djoko broke back – weird game was that.


MMT Says:

Fed’s up 2 breaks, but he just gave 3 points to give back a break. Djokovic doesn’t look 100% either.


jane Says:

Fed’s up two breaks; no I am not really watching because I pretty much know Novak won’t win and have said that all along. If he struggled against Tsonga, he’s not going to win against Fed. Plus, on top of that, I have loads of end of term marking, so am mainly just following scores. I should be watching but hate routs, and this is just too depressing. But Fed fans will be happy.


zola Says:

Djokovic started well, but makes the same mistake as Roddick. rush the point!
when they come to the net after a weak approach shot, Fed is going to pass them very easily.

But Djoko just broke Fed. He seemed a bit disappointed after the second break but now this break should help him.

I love it when Conieg and Goodall determine how the winner always “deserves the lead!”. have they ever said someone in front did not “deserve the lead”?


MMT Says:

Looks like the wind is playing tricks on these guys – the advantage always goes to the fresher player in those conditions.


zola Says:

The commentators are talking about the passages fed goes through during matches these days and that’s very true.

If Djoko can stay at the same level that he is now, he has a great chance to win. Just do not take your foot off the pedal!


Tennis Says:

Very sloppy match so far. Seems strangely devoid of energy. Federer started crisp and nice and Djokovic is playing like he is feeling the game out there. Federer looks like he couldn’t believe he really had a 5-1 lead over Novak. He started joining the UE fest and boom it is 5-3.

I want Novak’s parents to give a slap up Federer’s agent’s head and inject some much needed adrenaline into those two guys. Come on guys – remember Nadal is out. There is a friggin master’s final at stake here ;)


MMT Says:

6-3 Fed – he really stumbled through that last game, but a win is a win. It hasn’t been pretty thus far, to be honest.


tenisbebe Says:

“Seems strangely devoid of energy.” Yes – maybe they’ll pick it up here in the 2nd but I think the wind is limiting them quite a bit.


MMT Says:

Break to Djokovic: Federer is really serving badly and it’s putting pressure on his groundstrokes – ever since about 5-1 in the first set.


zola Says:

Tennis:
***I want Novak’s parents to give a slap up Federer’s agent’s head and inject some much needed adrenaline into those two guys. Come on guys – remember Nadal is out. There is a friggin master’s final at stake here ;)***

I am just laughing my head off imagining if that really happened. No! you don’t want Djoko in trouble again.

Djoko just broke in the second set.
Jane, you should come back and watch the match.


MMT Says:

Djokovic is making a big mistake playing behind the baseline – he’s going to let Federer back in this set. He’s down 15-30 serving 2-0


jane Says:

I will say, it does look breezy. I am happy for Novak that he got at least one break back in the first set. Even though he’s up a break here, it doesn’t look convincing to me that he’ll hold onto it.


MMT Says:

Fed just went for a big forehand up the line on break point and missed. Back to deuce


Tennis Says:

Mid 80s and 20mph + winds when I checked this morning. The wind can really kill a game sometimes. Whatever it is, the quality has been sub-par.

I am seriously considering giving up my day job to see if I can pursue my childhood dream of winning a Tennis title :) If one of these guys beats nadal and gets to the final, I am sure I can pull a few punches (metaphorically speaking, at first and literally if things dont go to plan).


jane Says:

zola, I have one eye on it, but I do have a stack of papers here to deal with. MMT – that was a nice volley from Novak there! Okay, work… work… (i meant me, but Novak too. :-))


MMT Says:

Great hold for Djokovic – he’s really got to step into the court, especially with this wind and his obvious fatigue. Can’t sit back and wait for errors from Federer, he has to force them.


zola Says:

MMT
I think that’s the way to play Fed. From the baseline, unless they have a great approach shot.like his volley right now. He cannot just come to the net without a good back up.Fed will pass him in no time.

Roddick made the mistake of rushing to the net and lost. Djoko did the same thing in the first set and lost. Now he adjusted. If he can keep this up he has a great chance.


margot Says:

jane: he’s playing much better second set! Wheee!


zola Says:

Jane
**I do have a stack of papers here to deal with.**

I can imagine some of your grades: 30-love, Duece, 30-15! be careful!


zola Says:

Ah Djoko…..how can you lose that game?


jane Says:

MMT – I know this is a pet peeve of yours, so tell me, do you know why they have girls or boys holding up umbrellas for the players on changeovers? Why not have an umbrella stand!? I am thinking it may have something to do with a visual barrier for the crowd, but sheesh this is kind of ridiculous.

I see Novak gave the break back. Sigh. I don’t think my guy’s coming through today. But at least he’s playing some decent tennis. Go Nole! Get the break back and push a 3rd set anyhow.


jane Says:

zola, no worries; i am careful with my papers. Now Novak has only one more chance to break back. Fed’s been serving okay today.


MMT Says:

In the past (in fact at this particular tournament) high winds made it difficult to keep the umbrellas down, and also, there is always the risk a player will crash into an umbrella that rolled onto the court or even chasing an angled shot. So they put the umbrellas aside and bring them out on changeovers. Personally, I think it’s ridiculous, because the AO has a permanent fixture over the players chairs that covers them.
Personally, I think if a player wants an umbrella they should have to hold it themselves – let’s just see how many of them still feel like a man holding an umbrella for shade on the changeover.

Ridicuous…


zola Says:

Another break for Djoko . Now the match is getting interesting.
and this ATP tv is killing me. freezes every two seconds. I am taking back whatever good things I said about it before!


MMT Says:

That’s 3 breaks in Federer’s last 4 service games. I really don’t understand why he’s trading strokes with Djokovic in this wind.


MMT Says:

Djoker’s showing a lot of steel at the moment. Fed’s really coming apart. I just can’t understand why he would trade strokes with him from the back – too much risk of errors. Why doesn’t he step into the court and attack? He also appears to be a bit slow to me – doesn’t seem to be getting around the backhand very effectively and is pushing it back and taking himself out of position.


jane Says:

MMT – ah well, I guess the wind factor does make sense. But yeah, it seems extraneous unless the conditions are awful. And Djoko just yelled for his umbrella, I am embarrassed to say.

Novak has often been able to exploit Federer’s forehand side, oddly enough. Lately people have been playing largely to the backhand side, but that’s not Djoko’s only MO so far as I can tell. I have to say, it’s nice to see Djoko consolidate a break and hope at least this goes to a third set. With that, I will be pleased.


jane Says:

Good Job Novak! Nice work.


zola Says:

what about that? second set 6-2 to Djoko.


Sean Randall Says:

Well, same sh!t different day for Federer. Patchy, real patchy one again. Play a few sharp games, then unravel. That’s the MO for the New Federer.

Novak should just sit back, keep the ball in play and let the Swiss self-destruct. (Unlike Roddick who gave Fed a target at the net)


MMT Says:

Commentator just said sometimes he gets the feeling that Federer doesn’t want to win ugly.


zola Says:

MMT

***Commentator just said sometimes he gets the feeling that Federer doesn’t want to win ugly.***

I heard that too. What type of comment is that? Is holding serve or having less unforced errors ugly? Or did he play ugly when he won the first set and then felt guilty about it and lost the second?

Sometimes the commentators needs just to remain silent!


MMT Says:

4 of the last 20 points for Federer. Yowzer…


jane Says:

Holy Crapola! I guess my guy could come through. Wow Fed just broke his racquet, and ow and behold, the crowd are booing the Master. Well, nice to see Fed let out some frustration – good for him!


zola Says:

Oh man , another abused racquet . This time in the hands of Federer and the commentators actually are delighted by that!
I am not sure thay would have praised Djoko as much if it was him breaking his racquet.
funny!


jane Says:

Oh Sean – don’t suppose you could give ANY credit to Novak? He’s stayed incredibly focused, and he may just win from behind. So I hope, given his draw and how he’s doing here, that you will write something about his play and focus today. I hope anyhow, I know you are fair most of the time! ;-)

I am completely ignoring my papers now…. guess I’ll be working tonight.


MMT Says:

I think what he meant was that Federer needs to make adjustments to his game under duress, rather than trying to make his normal game work. I give a couple of examples: 1) Nadal hits 4-1 to his backhand when they play, and only hits to his forehand when it puts him on the run – but Federer seems to make no such concerted effort to beat down Nadal’s backhand. And Djokovic get inside the baseline and hits on the rise at HIS discretion, whereas Fed only does it when he GETS short shot. Why not step in an take the initiative, and more importantly come to net.


rose Says:

woowww..never so federer so frustrated with his game..totally meltdown


Daniel Says:

Wow, Federer can’t keep the ball on court, any ball, short, deep, with angle, high, slice, just awfull. Never saw him break a racquet before.
But if I was playing as bad as he is right now I would break another one.


rose Says:

yesterday nadal shooting at himself which never happens and today federer breakin his racket. craziness…


ertorque Says:

0-3 down 3rd set. It’s certainly goodbye for Fed now………………sad to see the great player go down like this……


zola Says:

MMT
thanks for the explanation. But why making adjustments is “ugly”? Isn’t it the whole purpose of playing tennis? to improve?


MMT Says:

This is amazing. I’m gobsmacked.


zola Says:

Daniel
**But if I was playing as bad as he is right now I would break another one.***

we need an abused racquets hotline. Poor racquets have to pay when the player cannot play!


sar Says:

Just got home. BRAVO


MMT Says:

Zola – for the rest of us yes, but for him, for so long it just worked itself out, I think we discovering that he really doesn’t have a plan B. This is amazing for a guy with a 101 shots in his arsenal, but apparently the case with him. I agree with you and the commentator…and Brad Gilbert. Everyone’s got to figure out more than 1 way to win a match.


ertorque Says:

0-4 down………………there’s nothing he can do. It’s all mental downhill now……….


sar Says:

Commentators: Poor Roger, it’s the wind, it’s the humidity, etc. etc.
It’s not Novak winners but Roger errors.


jane Says:

Look people don’t bury Federer; he’s having a bad match and a meltdown. That’s okay. He’s still a very good player; he’s in the semis. It’s windy. Anyhow… Frankly i think it’s simply great to see Fed smash his racquet and blow off some steam. And I was glad as well to see Federer booed for once too.

But I do agree with zola that it’s unlikely the commentators would’ve commended Novak if he’d done the same; they’d've said he should control his emotions, yada yada. LOL.

Meanwhile, Novak is getting tight and double faulting, so who knows. Fed just got a break back. Let’s see how this ends.


ertorque Says:

a respite for Fed but my bet is the match will go to Djoko.


zola Says:

MMT
But isn’t tennis a game of adjustments? All players do that and Fed above all is well-known to be able to change things when necessary. I don’t inderstand why it is “ugly”.
It is intelligence, not uglyness, to assess an opponent and respond accordingly. Othersise two robots can perfectly send balls over the net and do nothing to overcome the hurdles.


jane Says:

Oh sar, you’re listening to the wrong commentators; on the streaming, they are better and less biased.


andrea Says:

holy racquet smashing!!! what the hell is going on….

error central on top of it all.


zola Says:

Jane,
agreed that Fed should not be discounted. wasn’t it in Monte Carlo that he was behind a set and two breaks against a qualifier and just came back to win the match?


jane Says:

Yes, and Novak is getting tight on his serve; as we saw yesterday, one break doesn’t mean a lot and sometimes neither does two!


MMT Says:

Zola – I guess the “ugly” comes when a player has to do something other than hit winners from a variety of shots and angles and make very few errors. You may find it beautiful for a player, for example, hit 5 loopers in a row the backhand eliciting an error from his opponent, but most do not. However, I agree with you that at the end of the day, this is not art – this is sport, and the objective is to win, and winning by eliciting errors or just staying in the point has its appeal.

I just don’t think it’s really beautiful tennis, which is kind not the point of the sport, but for most, more pleasing to the eye.

Meanwhile, Fed’s down 2-5 – I think this one is done.


rose Says:

i agree with jane “one break doesn’t mean a lot and sometimes neither does two”…didn’t rafa had two breaks in the 3er set and ended up losing the match yesterday….lets see if novak would finish this one up!!!


MMT Says:

Double match point…


jane Says:

BRAVO NOVAK!!!!!!! BRAVO!!!!!

My bad for not believing in you at first – YAY!


Daniel Says:

Credit for Djoko, all first serves in when serving for the match, he kept his foccus, winning it! Fed tryed to regroup but it was already to late.


sar Says:

slob is about to interview Djok


rose Says:

kudos to novak .. ..so who is winning this 1000 ATP?…Im cheering for murray ..he deserves it ..playing great lately !!!


Duro Says:

Jane!!! Never stop believing in him! Allez allez… I told you he’s gonna win today!


sar Says:

Demon #2 off his back


zola Says:

Jane and all Djoko fans, congratulations. This will do great for his confidence. I will root for him against Del Potro, but for Murray should he win tonight.

MMT
I am not sure if I understand it. So playing flat shots is “beautiful”, topsin is “ugly”? or is a lob ugly?

All fed needed to to was to measure his forehand well and not send them long or serve better. Like before. He didn’t need to do anything he wan’t doing in the first set or between 2004-2007. I still have a hard time understanding what “ugly” really means. Seems a very subjective term to me.


Daniel Says:

Now, if Djoko faces Murray in the final he will be hungry to win it, and if it’s windy as today, Djoko will be the clear favourite, boosted by this big win.
This win was good for his rankings, if he had lost here and Murray wins it, he would drop to 4. Now his rankings is secure. He melted when he had chances to be n. 2, but at least this shows that he doesn’t want to drop to 4, and he will fight for it.

As for Fed, the longest title draw he had since forever. He should get serious training if he wants to win one of the only 3 clay tourneys he will enter, Rome, Madrid (his best shot) and RG.


zola Says:

Anyway, I need to go now. Nice match. I think now Rafa and Fed can go have a drink together. terrible tournament for both!


gordon Says:

Congrats to Djokovic, his team and all people who believed in him!


MMT Says:

Sar: “Commentators: Poor Roger, it’s the wind, it’s the humidity, etc. etc. It’s not Novak winners but Roger errors.”

Are you watching the match? They didn’t say it’s the wind, they said Federer isn’t making adjustments to the wind, and Djokovic is – score one for Djokovic. And as for the errors, Federer had 22 winners versus 47 errors, while Djokovic had 20 winners to 30 errors – that’s a 15 point difference Federer gave to Djokovic, but Djokovic’s lower error count is another plus for him.

I’m not sure what you want them to say, “Djokovic has hit 10 more errors than winners, and that’s just scintillating tennis”? I think they’re calling it fair.

As for the racquet breaking thing – let’s be totally honest – have you ever seen Federer thumping his chest, gesticulating to his box, or complaining that he wasn’t getting enough support from a neutral audience? All these things add up, especially for guys who watch tennis every day, so you shouldn’t expect them to cut him any slack if he loses his cool.

It’s not just that they like Federer better than Djokovic for no reason and are picking on him – Federer (almost) always comports himself on court in a sporting and mature manner, and if you’re honest, the same cannot be said for Djokovic.

I think he’s a nice/funny kid who is fair to his opponents, but wears his emotion on his sleeve and every once in a while engages in histrionics that bothers the hell out of a lot of people. Hence they don’t cut him any slack. Perfectly normal in my opinion and not at all biased.


gordon Says:

Nole samo napred!!!


Peter D Says:

Federer did not look very motivated to win this match. He looked out of concentration, as if he were thinking of something else, and maybe even frustrated with himself for not finding the motivation and concentrating on the game. Maybe he doesn’t want to play tennis that much anymore, despite all his pronouncements to the contrary.


alpha Says:

I said it in another post already, his days are well behind him now, all he can hope for is to reach SF’s to grab some points and stay in #2 which won’t last for much time. he will soon slip to #4 in the world this year, and beleive it or not it will be by all means a great place if we look at his level and achievements (no titles for 18months except the lucky US Open). after wembeldon he will be #6 and by the end of this year or at best first Q of next year he will be ut of top 10… the guy stamina is fading, and fading really quickly, very tough if not impossible to win 2 sets in front of the real top 4 … we will still say that he was great during his peak time


Duro Says:

Sar, Gordon, Zola, thank you! Allez allez…


gordon Says:

To MMT:
As for the racquet breaking thing – let’s be totally honest – have you ever seen Federer thumping his chest, gesticulating to his box, or complaining that he wasn’t getting enough support from a neutral audience?

These are stupid comments repeated hundred times. Sean, is he still a garbage man?


Duro Says:

Garbage man collected Dubai title, finals of Miami and all with new racket… Clean, Nole clean!!! Allez allez…


margot Says:

Well, well, jane you must be so pleased! Novak played some gr8 shots but I’m sad to see the mighty Federer self destructing like this. Here’s hoping for an Andy v. Novak final, b4 midnight UK time please!
Why oh why Tennisx are you illustrating articles with awful pictures of Andy M? No, he does NOT look like a werewolf any more. He is clean shaven and short haired so pleae…..


jane Says:

sar says “Demon #2 off his back” – yes, well, I was thinking how good this is because he is steering his ship in the right direction, so to speak.

Thanks to Roddick, who probably took something out of Roger in their match; prior to that all of Fed’s wins were on the easier side.

Daniel, Ra, other Federer fans – personally, I took it as a real positive that Roger smashed his racquet; I am not suggesting it was good that he was playing badly or that he was melting down, but what I mean to say is that this may (or may not?) serve as a wake up call for him. I have never seen Roger do that, and he did seem to play better after he did it. So that’s good.


Duro Says:

Jane, you’re wrong. You’ve never seen him before, but I did! He did it in juniors!


Nick Says:

Yeah…..nole is the garbage man….he collected federer’s trashy errors and won the match.


MMT Says:

gordon: “These are stupid comments repeated hundred times.”

Let me ask you this: why do you think these comments are repeated?


Duro Says:

Margot, your Murray is awfully good. Anyway I’m pleased even if Nole loses the finals, cause 600 points, secured number 3, this is a very positive tournament for him, and most important thing he regained his self confidence and solved the mental problem with the new racquet issues! Once he does it, no problems for Novak anymore! he can only be better and better. He’s 21, only improvements in front of him. So as for Murray, but Novak is Novak, biggest talent of them all (along with poor, old, never coming back Federer).


jane Says:

Duro – As I said, congrats and bravo Novak, and yes I was definitely too skeptical; i am an eternal pessimist. I guess you could predict and that’s awesome. I hope you bet some big money on Nole!? ;-)


jane Says:

margot, zola, Duro, gordon, sar, others – yes this was an awesome victory. I am happy for Novak as it puts him back on track. I am not happy for my work, which is suffering badly.


jane Says:

Duro – oh i heard about Roger’s “hot-headed” past, but that seems all but forgotten, and I didn’t watch him in juniors. I guess you did.


Peter D Says:

Federer did not shake the umpire’s hand again. He is such a sore loser, it make it really hard for me to stay his fan.


tenisbebe Says:

Peter D Says: “Federer did not shake the umpire’s hand again. He is such a sore loser, it make it really hard for me to stay his fan.”

That’s funny – I’m pretty sure I saw them shake hands – maybe it was a substitute umpire? You’re obviously not a Fed fan – or a tennis fan for that matter. Just a troll.


jane Says:

tenisbebe, that’s actually true; I read it in some press analyses and Sean saw it and wrote about it on the other thread. I don’t know who Peter D is, but it is true that Roger didn’t shake the ump’s hand.


Peter D Says:

I’ve been a lurker here for a long time. I know that Fed did not shake the umpire’s hand in Doha too, after losing to Murray. And I saw him do it again today. While I can totally understand his frustration – from my own experience I know very well how it feels to not be able to find motivation for doing stuff you used to love – this was a very unsportsmanlike behavior. I thought the AO tears were sort of cure, and was upset with people suggesting them a manifestation of a spoiled brat, but now I begin to see there people might have had a point.
Maybe Fed should take a break from the play, return refreshed and hungry (even though it will cost him the advantage of being the no. 2 seeded player) and start anew…


tenisbebe Says:

Jane – saw Sean’s post on the other thread where he reran the end of the match & confirmed Peter D. – thought I saw it but who knows, senility creeping in? Very rude of Fed. Did he & the Ump get into it? Usually that’s when this sort of things happens.

Peter D. – A lurker, eh? Too funny.


ferix Says:

It looks like Fed and Rafa compete about everything. Now they’re competing as to who can be the worser sport.

Just a day after Rafa made an uncharacteristic comment about Delpo “not having played an incredible match”, this is what Fed said in the press conference:

“He (Djokovic) played so bad in the first set, I had a great effort by finishing even worse than him. It was good.”

Why is Fed so unable to be pleasant towards Nole? Still upset by the impersonation and the AO final? That was years ago now.


jane Says:

Does anyone know if it’s still windy in Miami for the Murray vs. JMDP match; it’s not looking like it right now. Murray already up a break and defending well.


jane Says:

Some people have commented on the similarity between Murray and Nadal, and I can see it more and more; they are both amazing anticipators and defenders. Some of the balls Murray retrieves are gob-smacking, much like Rafa. But with Murray, somehow it seems almost effortless, perhaps because he’s an even better anticipator than Rafa.


Von Says:

Congrats to Djoko and his fans. I posted on the other thread also. Duro congrats especially for you, as you were very sure he’d win.

Yes, I too noticed that Fed omitted to shake the ump’s hand, but I don’t understand why, since there wasn’t any jawing happening and the only other I could think of is the ump could have given Fed a warning re: racquet abuse, and if so, how dare he?

Sar; “Thanks to Roddick, who probably took something out of Roger in their match; prior to that all of Fed’s wins were on the easier side.”

You’ve said it, kudos to A-Rod for softening up Fed the other night, which left Fed with very little to fight. I’m sure if A-Rod hadn’t gifted that first set and the second was a little longer, Fed would have imploded = A-Rod wins. But if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride. I think the strategy Roddick and others should use against Fed is embroil him in long rallies and even if he wins the first set, then the other two sets will be a piece of cake.

It also underlines what I’ve said previously about the draws. Had Federer played a few seeded players before Roddick, he wouldn’t have gotten to the QFs. I hate the draws and I personally think they are unfair to the lower ranked players, and are manipulated. I also think ATP is unfair to the players in the amount of money and points awarded from round one through the QFs. To get to the QFs, a player has to play 4 rounds and is only awarded 100 points and $39,000. The QF, $75K and 180 points, the SF $148K, 360 points, two more matches and they receive $600K. I think that’s very disproportionate considering it’s 1,000 points for the winner and $600K in prize money.

Ref: Murray/DelPotro, I don’t think what transpired between them can be so easily forgotten despite the net hug. Those outward actions are just for the media and shows political correctness, but nothing on which to place any type of emphasis. The gullible will believe everything/s alright, but I’m sure it ain’t so. Those kinds of confrontations are not easily remedied and/or forgotten.

I wish A-Rod was not so carefree, and instead really disliked Federer, then he’d play with more passion. Hit the ball as if he’s zinging Federer. Did anyone see that right butt-cheek blast by Gonzalez to Step? It’s a good thing Step turned around or else, the ball would have smacked him in front instead == mucho pain.


jane Says:

OMG – another wash out by Murray; is he so good that he can bagel everyone and anyone, cruising to titles? Wow. He’s sure been dominant in his last 3 matches, which have made them a little bit of a drag. There have been some better exchanges tonight though, as opposed to last night against Verdasco.


jane Says:

Von says “Sar; “Thanks to Roddick, who probably took something out of Roger in their match; prior to that all of Fed’s wins were on the easier side.””

Er, I’ll take credit for saying that ;-) since I did.


jane Says:

“Those outward actions are just for the media and shows political correctness, but nothing on which to place any type of emphasis. The gullible will believe everything/s alright, but I’m sure it ain’t so. ”

I guess I am gullible. Ah well. Maybe so. But I did re-watch the whole match and it looked like a friendly and sincere discussion at the net; who knows what’s going on behind the scenes – true. I guess tenisbebe has an insider connection and she says there is still animosity from JMDP’s side of the fence.


jane Says:

I’m rooting for Murray but it’s nice to see JMDP get his act together and begin to make more of a match of this semi. Lots of Argentines in the stands at this event; there must be a high population in Miami?


Daniel Says:

Looks like Murray show some lack of mental strenght too. Worst game of serve to give the set to Del Potro who seems to be on a mission.

Murrays game is great but it also relies a lot in the opponent making mistakes, if someone with an attacking game as Del potro has is on, than things get complicated.


jane Says:

Watching his last two matches, I think JMDP’s serve has even improved from last fall at the USO.


jane Says:

margot – well that was a good turn around for Murray; he kept his focus even after going off there in the second set. Congrats to your guy, in yet another final tomorrow! How many is that already this year? Several it seems.


Von Says:

I was avoiding reading this thread because I won’t see the televised match until 10:00 pm, but now that I know the results, well, I’ll still watch. Good for Murray. So the Final is Djoko/Murray, and may the best man win.

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