Nadal, Djokovic, Federer in Action at Miami; Wozniacki Upset, Sharapova Sharp
by Sean Randall | March 29th, 2011, 9:34 am
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On a very busy Miami Tennis Masters schedule, the last 24 men’s Grand Slam champions return to the court on Tuesday in fourth round, and for some third round, play. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro are just two wins from repeating their Indian Wells semifinal.

DelPo begins the day with a rematch against Mardy Fish. DelPo beat Mardy in his home state last month in Delray Beach and I don’t see any reason why the Argentine can’t do it again. An 11am start time will help Fish but DelPo has have too much firepower.

A winner of 22 straight matches, the red-hot Djokovic faces off against Viktor Troicki. I thought at the outset that this may be where Djokovic finally stumbles, however the Djoker has been laser-like in his game and I just don’t think he’ll give his friend a freebie here. Novak has won eight straight against Troicki.

In what could be the best match of the day, Nadal will meet the winner of Alexandr Dolgopolov-JW Tsonga showdown that was suspended b/c of rain last night with the Frenchman serving 2-3 in the third set. Nadal has had trouble with Tsonga and I could see Dolgo given the Spaniard problems as well. Still, I picked Rafa to win this title and I like his chances this afternoon.

“Last week’s final was a very important result for me,” said Nadal who has never won Miami. “And I have to play well here to keep improving the situation in the race, to be in good position when the clay season starts.”

In the evening, Federer plays fellow veteran and childhood friend Olivier Rochus. The qualifier Rochus is having his best month in many years – he’s on a 10-match win streak including challengers and qualifying – but it’s tough to see the Belgian beating Federer.

“Like everybody, I need to serve well,” said Rochus. “Try to be aggressive. Play my game to be in the court, not too far from the baseline. It’s important for me to put in a lot of first serves, otherwise there will be a lot of pressure on my second serve, especially against one of the best players in the world.”

Said Federer, “Even though he’s a small guy out there, he knows how to use his weapons and his feel. He’s a great tactician. I enjoy playing against him. It’s a different kind of playing style. I’m looking forward to the match against him… it’s going to be a nice match, I’m sure.”

On Court 2, Janko Tipsarevic plays Gilles Simon in another good match.

Overall, it’s been a lazy men’s event thus far and that may continue today unless Tsonga/Dolgo can get hot against Rafa. But it looks like we are headed for a good conclusion this early segment of the hard court season.

On the women’s, after Andrea Petkovic stunner Caroline Wozniacki yesterday, the quarterfinals in the top half are wide open. Fortunately for the WTA Maria Sharapova has really refound her game and is playing good tennis. Today, the Russian meets Alexandra Dulgheru who hasn’t come close to losing a set in three matches.

Petkovic plays Jelena Jankovic while Clijsters-Ivanovic are set to complete their fourth round match.

Tennis Channel has one more day of live coverage. Streaming is also available via the ATP site. Let’s hope the weather holds up.

TUESDAY MIAMI SCHEDULE

STADIUM start 11:00 am
[14] M Fish (USA) vs J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP
Not Before 12:00 PM
[21] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [15] J Tsonga (FRA) 67(2) 64 32 – ATP-to finish 67 64 32
Not Before 1:00 PM
[21] A Petkovic (GER) vs [6] J Jankovic (SRB) – WTA
[19] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [2] K Clijsters (BEL) – WTA
[16] V Troicki (SRB) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB) – ATP-Possible Court Change
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [21] A Dolgopolov (UKR) or [15] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP
Not Before 7:30 PM
[16] M Sharapova (RUS) vs [26] A Dulgheru (ROU) – WTA
Not Before 9:30 PM
[3] R Federer (SUI) vs [Q] O Rochus (BEL) – ATP

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[6] D Ferrer (ESP) vs M Granollers (ESP) – ATP
[30] J Isner (USA) vs K Anderson (RSA) – ATP
F Mayer (GER) vs [7] T Berdych (CZE) – ATP
Not Before 5:00 PM
J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs [25] G Simon (FRA) – ATP


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152 Comments for Nadal, Djokovic, Federer in Action at Miami; Wozniacki Upset, Sharapova Sharp

scineram Says:

Asshole organizers. There is another five days of the tournament for the last four rounds. But they want to lick their favourite Nadal’s ass so much they want Dolgo and Tsonga to play him on the same day their match finishes. Cheaters.


stu Says:

why do the R4s have to be played all on the same day? it makes no sense whatsoever. play the QFs on the same day, there will only be 4 matches to play! today is going to be a mess too in terms of scheduling….


dari Says:

Stosur helped a ton, but it was impressive for Maria. There are some openings here in this tournament (no WOZ), so this would ne a great time for her to come through!


Dory Says:

Exactly. QFs should be played on the same day. TV viewers can get all 4 to watch. With Round of 16 all on same day, TV viewers miss out on good R16 matches.


dari Says:

Re: the schedule- its only Tuesday, what’s the rush?
Good delpo fish match on. Vamos JMdP!


NELTA Says:

Fish and Delpo are playing so slow. If it goes 3 sets then Tsonga/Dolgo probably won’t take the court until after 1:30PM


Dory Says:

JMDP can improve his return of serve me thinks.


queen Says:

Well, I agree the circumstances are not favorable for the Dolgo/Tsonga match winner. I believe they will try to push each other to win this but I think it will be good practice before meeting Nadal. Whoever prevails will be very sore the next day after the rundown from Rafa:)
I do not believe though it involves any Nadal’s ass kissing lol


jane Says:

Ferrer is cruising.


dari Says:

Yeah, Dory, but he can do alright for himself with big servers with his wingspan and with his height to catch a high kick.


dari Says:

That was a great point from fish to get to no bp, but delpo was able to fight it off emphatically. Now break, juan


Dory Says:

Cameraman basturd.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Quuen

Too funny :)


NELTA Says:

56 minutes and we are at 5-4 on serve in the 1st set. There haven’t been a lot of long rallies either. They are each taking 30-45 seconds between most points. This guy Fergus Murphy is a twit for letting these guys play this slow.


jane Says:

^ What’s weird is JMDP played fast versus Soda, but today..much slower.


Dory Says:

Crappy perf today from JMDP.


dari Says:

It’s steamy as hell out there, but the slowness is excessive.
NELTA is right, its worth a mention from the ump.


dari Says:

F* that net cord for the set.


jane Says:

Fish converted on his 7th break point chance. And he saved all 5 break points he faced.


jane Says:

Super tall guy match starting – Isner vs. Anderson.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

JMDP looks very disinterested today, not nearly the focus we saw against Soderling. Also, Fish is giving him more variety. Perhaps this version of DelPo finds it easier to beat another ball basher than a clever player giving different looks. That would be problematic to say the least given that 4 of the top 5 are VERY clever players.


Dory Says:

Why is he trying to lob when Fish comes to the net? He should hit a passing shot.


stu Says:

Fish wants to be #1 American real bad…


Dory Says:

Dory is very sad.


Dory Says:

JMDP <- He plays a great point and next moment he looks totally exhausted and disinterested.


Dory Says:

Isner serving monster down a set.


stu Says:

Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson? horrible, horrible memories…


jane Says:

lol, yeah stu, I was just thinking that Anderson must like Miami – he is the one who stopped Nole in 2008 first/second round.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Nice gutsy play from DelPo under pressure to force the tiebreak. Thats a good sign!


jane Says:

erm, except it’s 5-0 to Mardy in the tiebreak…


stu Says:

okay, i think this is over :(. Vamos Delpo. More good things to come for you this year…..


Dory Says:

Surely, consistency is something JMDP has to show now.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I would lose fifty pounds for Mardy Fish’s wife.


jane Says:

Mardy is a good player; he deserves the win. JMDP, as Dory says, should keep working towards the consistent focus he showed versus Soda – and maybe a bit stronger of a return game. But he has played a lot of tennis! San Jose, Memphis, Del Ray, IW, so it’s no wonder in some ways that he fizzled out.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Jane- not surprise DelPo fizzled either, he is getting his physical and mental endurance back, and improving each tournament. This is a win for him.
I really liked the hug at the net between these two classy individuals who seemed so friendly despite the age gap and having only played a couple times.

The Dog/Tsonga match is reall interesting in that its two not-quite-so-young guys who have tons of talent, very exciting games, and high top-gears but whose careers have been derailed repeatedly with health problems. The tour will be a much more interesting place if both can stay healthy and competitive for a long stretch!


stu Says:

yayyy! Saschaaa! *jumps around pogo style*

oooh what an exciting match Rafa-Dolgo will be!


andrea Says:

poor tsonga. he was getting so frustrated last night….don’t think i have ever seen him so agitated. this dolgo kid seems to get under the skin of people. i really like his service motion. it’s very casual and cavalier as he tosses the ball and brings his racquet up and then it’s a huge jump and snap.

even though i am a fed fan, after watching him against monaco, i don’t have high hopes for him to win this. he really wasn’t on his game. but i hope he and nadal make it to the semis. be a great match and these two haven’t played each other in a semi in a long time….i think the last time was at the shanghai maters where roger served him a breadtsick in the second set. (?)


margot Says:

Hooray! Hooray! Corretja has gone.
darling i am it, where are you? The curse is lifted! :) :) :) :) :) etc


jane Says:

margot, do tell. Is Murray hitching up with Ivan?


Dory Says:

I love Florian Mayer’s game. Always mixing it up.


margot Says:

jane: don’t think so, not sure he’d be right either and this has got to be so OK. I know players do change coaches later , look at other Andy but nonetheless I feel it’s make or break time.
Something’s afoot ;)


jane Says:

margot, just checked Murray’s world, which says this: “BBC tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend says work on finding a new coach is continuing behind the scenes but says Ivan Lendl is not a contender. ” -Hmmm…


jane Says:

ha – we crossed in the ether margot. :)


dari Says:

Wow, bye bye Alex. They had a good time even though Andy didn’t win a major. I know some think he’s a curse, but Alex did a lot for him I think and Murray really respected him.
I hope it means good things! Does Ivan know how to coach?


margot Says:

jane: am sure I caught a glimpse ;)
stu: am loving the pogo dancing..it’s a..m..a..z..i..ng! Am just tossing my pony tail vigorously here, cos I got points :)


dari Says:

Haha Petko switches her racket to left hand for a little smash. It looks dark in Miami, this day does not need any more hold up, or roger will be playing his 4th round tomorrow!


stu Says:

so what is muzz storing up then? memories of alex corretja?


Polo Says:

Finally, Murray got rid of Corretja. Murray’s sky should start to clear up soon. A major title should be coming up soon!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Interesting news from Murray, though it seems more like avoiding the real problem which is his core coaches, whoever they are now.

Here’s some great Fed lines from a Garber column, particularly a nice comment on Nole:

“I never expected myself to dominate for 15 years. People talk about it like it’s not been a good last six, seven months just because I’m No. 3 in the world. It goes in phases like this on multiple occasions with Rafa, with Murray, with even Agassi and Hewitt and Roddick and so forth. I still think I’ve had a great six months. I feel like I’m playing really good tennis. Right now, Novak is just a little bit better than the rest. And that’s OK.”

But when someone else makes the obvious observation, well, then it’s not always welcomed. Last week Federer was asked about comments from Martina Navratilova, who said she doubted Federer would ever reach No. 1 again.

“You’d rather hear other things, you know?” Federer said. “Maybe she missed the London World Tour Finals. I don’t know. Maybe she was somewhere else, climbing Kilimanjaro. I don’t know. I love her.

“Look, I think she’s been an inspiration to my wife and I always love seeing her, but if you have the microphone in front of you and you get a negative question, you’ll get dragged into it.”


dari Says:

I laughed out loud at that one, stu!


Polo Says:

Smart comments from Federer. Thanks, TV.


stu Says:

LOL. we shouldn’t be laughing at poor Andy…he must be really disturbed if he’s tweeting such nonsense…


grendel Says:

Suggested last night Fish/delpo could be exciting, and so it was imo. Tennis Vagabond says:”Also, Fish is giving him more variety. Perhaps this version of DelPo finds it easier to beat another ball basher than a clever player giving different looks. That would be problematic to say the least given that 4 of the top 5 are VERY clever players.”

Couldn’t agree more on all counts.Fish is really a much better player than Soderling (hurts to say, as have a soft spot for the Sod), which makes you really wonder about the rankings. Someone somewhere said that the young Fish could never be bothered much since he assumed he’d win everything easily anyway. I hope he’s finally grown up and realised that attitude is fine for a club, kind of childish – given its sheer implausibility – when facing the best in the world. Cause when you watch Fish, he’s so good – much better than his illustrious compatriot Roddick – you can’t see any reason why he can’t be in the top 5 or so.

One point about delPo. At one break point, he executed a good approach and put away a decent volley down the line. And yet at set point, he was dominating the rally, could easily have come in, didn’t – and then got caught by that horrendous net cord. But he kind of asked for it. The big fella has shown he knows how to come in – he badly needs now to make it a natural part of his game, not just some kind of eccentric extra resorted to only in moments of impending doom. Especially against Fish – whose defence was outstanding – this was so. But the defence of Nadal and Djokovic is even better than Fish’s – so cum on lad, pull thy bluddy finger out and get movin’ towards net!


skeezerweezer Says:

Looks like the changed the match for Dolgo/Rafa till later than it was posted the AM. Good thing!


grendel Says:

Defensive response from Federer re Martina Navratilova – whom he knows of course. I remember many years ago Martina singing Federer’s praises in awed tones. She’s been hitting with him, and reported that she’d never before been on the receiving end of such variety of spin. It must hurt when someone you respect speaks candidly.


NELTA Says:

I think Fed’s best chance for #1 is if there is more parity at the top this year. Fed will have to take one slam, most likely Wimbledon or the U.S Open as well as defend last year’s points at the masters events. Djoko needs to beat Nadal once on clay and maybe someone else pulls off an upset over Nadal on the dirt. Maybe Delpo or Soderling beats Djoko once on clay. Fed does a little better than last year on clay. Fed wins Wimbledon. Murray has a good hard court season and upsets Djoko or Nadal at the U.S Open. Delpo has a good hard court season and wins U.S Open or at least upsets Nadal or Djoko there. Basically if there are 4 different slam winners then Fed might sneak into #1. Even if he gets to #1 I doubt he would defend all of his indoor/WTF points so he would probably lose it again by the end of the year.


skeezerweezer Says:

^totally agree Nelta on the #1 scenario you drew up. IMHO Fed would be gloriously happy just to touch # 1 for a few weeks to break PS record and then be happy to call it a day….


Dory Says:

Now Nadal and Djoker matches will take place simultaneously I’m afraid and Nadal being ranked No.1 they will show his match.


Kimmi Says:

I wanted to watch Kim so much, she is on now but ne feed. grrrr!


Kimmi Says:

BOOO to delpo. congrats to fish! wooooo dolgo!


Kimmi Says:

Kim/ana on to the tie breaker


Dory Says:

Berdych serves 8 double faults and 43 unforced errors and still wins!


Kimmi Says:

sad for mayer, he real fought it out. congrats berdy.

Great match between JJ and petkovic, perkovic beats 2 top 10 back to back.

Ana up a break in third, she is in a good position to beat kim.


Kimmi Says:

ana up 2 breaks, wow. too much for kim to come back


grendel Says:

Entertaining player, Florian Mayer. Funny how we’re hooked on wins. Much the more enjoyable tennis came from Mayer, imo, which is not to say at all that Berdych didn’t deserve his win. He did I suppose, overall. Even so, it was more fun watching the inventive Mayer.


Kimmi Says:

Troicki needs to get more than one game..its very embarrassing to be bageled again..


Kimmi Says:

Kim is making a come back, from 1-5 down to 5-5.


Kimmi Says:

what a marathon game on djoko serve, i think its is 10 minutes now. duece adv duece..ha-ha troicki wants to get more games i guess


Kimmi Says:

wow! is ana choking or what, she just lost 5 games in a row..


Dory Says:

Someone pls update me on Djoker match. I’m watching the Nadal match. Curse ATP Miami scheduling.


Miki Says:

Novak not at his level on the beggining of the match, but Viktor looks hungry for an upset. He lost so many matches against Novak, it doesn’t look like he is going to give this one without a fight. Too bad for Ana. Not only that she didn’t finish the match, but what’s happening in her head? I really thought it could boost her confidence, she was a huge potential but after that RG that she won everything went down for her. But nonetheless I am proud that so many Serbs are there playing on the courts :)


Miki Says:

Dory, Djoker is 4-1 up right now, had a tough service game but managed to overcome that now he is a break up.


Kimmi Says:

Go Kim!..the match is not over yet. tie break now.

Djoko is back to his level now. troicki has to watch out..he might have escaped a bagel, the breadstick is still not too far..


Kimmi Says:

ah, 4-4 tie break..very close now.


Kimmi Says:

i just hope for troicki to get more than one game..

6-5 kim with match point


Kimmi Says:

ah, congrats to kim, what a win, what a come back.
she was 1-5 down in the decider. yay! happy for kim.

Too bad for ana, it must hurt. i would have cheered for her if she didn’t play kim. :(


Dory Says:

Looks like the match with Dolgo will be over very fast.


Kimmi Says:

2 games for troicki. :)

rafa going for breadstick maybe..dolgo, no bagels and breadstick please.


Kimmi Says:

troicki gets breakpoints but cant break..


Kimmi Says:

ah dolgo, i just said no breadstick…


Dory Says:

0=Bagel, 1=Breadstick. What are 2,3,4,5=?


Kimmi Says:

troicki is doing much better :)

dory, i think anything 2 or more is suppose to be better so no name.


Kimmi Says:

dolgo is not…maybe he is tired, that is my excuse for him.


Dory Says:

Commentators saying Dolgo hasn’t won 2 consecutive points so far!!!!


Miki Says:

Just one thing that got me interested. They just showed some graphic showing how Novak was hitting against Troicki, first it was from a match in Indian Wells, then it changed to this one. And I was always curios about this elaborate graphics and statistics. Okay the graphics are computer made, and everything is backed up by computers, but all the statistics and keeping track of it, comparing it with other tournaments….What I want to ask is, is there an army of people from ATP doing all that stuff?


Kimmi Says:

Miki – they have done that. i have seen it a lot especially in GS. i remember a federer/nadal match at wimbeldon, they would show nadal hit points at their RG match and then compare that on what he did in the match at wimbledon.

Its great, it shows how players can change their tactics. especially on grass and clay there is a big difference.


Kimmi Says:

troicki should work on not being bageled in the second. c’mon dolgo!! i am for the underdogs in these matches, i know i wont get anything though


Ben Pronin Says:

What happened in the first set with Troicki and Djokovic? I started watching as they showed the stats and I saw only 6 winners from Nole and 20 errors and a similar negative ratio for Troicki, too. Also, Djokovic with 2 doubles and 1 ace? What’s going on?


Miki Says:

I know they have done that before, it was just a reminder for me how I always find these things interesting :)…but am I right if I say that these things are becoming more sophisticated over time?


andrea Says:

cmon dog…force a third set!!!!


Kimmi Says:

bagel for troicki coming up…


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow, Rafa is DIALED IN tonight.


Miki Says:

Double break in the second for Djoker. I guess its over now.

Ben, yeah Novak made a lot of errors, most of them in the first half of the first set. Humidity is very high, everyone has trouble breathing and the players are reaching for towels between every point. Maybe it doesn’t affect them physically that much, but I guess it’s very unpleasant to play.


skeezerweezer Says:

yaaaawwwwnnn…sorry..just very expected results from these two matches…


jane Says:

Nole was not at his best tonight, not looking lethal like he did against Blake, but he gets it done nonetheless. I think Troicki played better tonight than at IW.

He’ll need to step it up; Fish is always tough for him and he played well against Delpo.


goat galz Says:

If Murray can cut the umbilical cord like Martina and Becker recommend he might stand a chance.


Kimmi Says:

why fish jane? or maybe you expect him to beat anderson already? fish is playing ferrer next.


Kimmi Says:

Tipsy vs simon next..simon looking for federer revenge..


Kimmi Says:

simon retrieving well, tipsy finds it hard to pass him..

from 40-15 to getting broken


jane Says:

Kimmi – oops getting ahead of meself. : / You’re right. Thanks. Nole needs to get past tall man Anderson and Fish past terrier Ferrer before they could meet each other. All of the upsets here coupled my lack of correct picks have thrown me completely off – keep thinking Fed will meet Rafa after Ollie, but he would have winner of this. And Rafa still has Berdy to beat for the semis.


Kimmi Says:

i know, i keep checking the draw all the time to remind meself :)

tipsa making a come back!


Kimmi Says:

tipsa won three straight games…the nole effect?


Dory Says:

Btw Nole vs Fish at 2010 US Open was very one-sided. Djokovic completely destroyed Fish. I expect the same thing should they meet in the semis.


Kimmi Says:

tipsa from 2-4 to 6-4. simon is mad!!!!


Kimmi Says:

what happened to sharapova, i wasnt watching her match. lost first set 3-6. last time i check she was 3-1


jane Says:

Tipsy is looking sharp.

And speaking of sharp, hope Sharapova can win!!


Kimmi Says:

too late for federer match.grrrrr!!! sharapova does not help either..aaagh!


jane Says:

^ kimmi too late for you, or do you mean they’ve called it off??


Kimmi Says:

i think it is still on jane. just late for me here in toronto. work early tomorrow. :(


jane Says:

Bummer Kimmi – like I said to dari at pick’s chat, maybe it will motivate Fed to come out and win quickly :) Tipsy/Simon into a 3rd set and maybe Sharpie too – if she can hold!


Kimmi Says:

simon with the second set..i wonder is tipsa still got it.


Kimmi Says:

oh lord! sharapova!! OK, that’s it for me..

Good luck fed :(

I think he will starts at midnight !!


jane Says:

night Kimmi – Fed should be good versus Ollie.


Kimmi Says:

thanks jane, sharapova was 6-1 in tie break ha-ha drama drama

now 6-6


Kimmi Says:

OK, she gets it.

good night again..


Dory Says:

These combined ATP-WTA events waste time of those who follow only one. Most people follow either ATP or WTA and women’s tennis is at such a dreadful level. S’Pova just lose already.


skeezerweezer Says:

It’sa FedSimon Qtr! ( oops has to beat the little guy first,,,, c’mon Fed! )


Dory Says:

What Dramapova still playing?!?


Skeezerweezer Says:

^ dramapova

rack it in the tennis x archives..”classic” :)

fed beats mini me :)..austin powers where are u? the top 3 continue to clash….


Nims Says:

I thought Ferrer has a better chance against Fish. It could be Djok vs Ferrer semis too.


fern Says:

Nole has looked unassailable because he’s run into loads of players recently who were not at the top of their game, Rafa included. He is not really playing lights out tennis, he’s just had a lucky stream of matches. His match against Gubis is an example when Gulbis played like he’d just got up after a late night out.


grendel Says:

as of now, can’t see anyone getting anywhere near Rafa…


oop Says:

Watch this space~


skeezerweezer Says:

“He is not really playing lights out tennis, he’s just had a lucky stream of matches.”

eerr. ok den.


jane Says:

Best streaks to begin a season:

39 John McEnroe 1984
25 Ivan Lendl 1986
21 Novak Djokovic 2011
19 McEnroe 1985
17 Pete Sampras 1997
16 Roger Federer 2006

Including 7 for 7 in matches against top ten players: Murray, Berdych, Fed and Rafa.

No matter when/how he loses to end the streak, this is an excellent run for Nole!

Lowest ranked players played this year = #81, Dodig at the AO and Blake in Miami, #173, Istomin in Miami #54.
All others have been ranked 42 in the world and higher.


dari Says:

Nice numbers Jane.
I know it was “just” little Ollie last night, but I thought fed’s setve looked pretty good last night, especially compared to recent times. Had a POP I hadn’t seen for a while. He needs to keep it up for the match with daddy gilles


margot Says:

Breaking news, Connors has tweeted he’s prepared to help Andy ROFL.
Who next one wonders……Agassi, Mac, Cash, or perhaps Fed could offer…;)
On MW someone has suggested they have auditions and run it like a reality TV show with the audience having the casting vote. OMG u gotta laugh.


jane Says:

margot, reality t.v., ha ha love it! Read this morning that Henman will not work with Murray,I repeat,not, but wouldn’t “rule it out” in future. :)

Thanks dari, methinks it is pretty impressive. Agree. Think serves have been popping better in later matches, including Fed’s!


Polo Says:

I love to have bagels when I watch tennis. That is why I have been enjoying Djokovic’s matches recently. Can’t wait for the majors. I would love to have multiple servings of bagels in one sitting.


dari Says:

I would watch that show, margot!


dari Says:

So, do you think night is a bit quicker in Miami? Less “thick” in the air?


jane Says:

Not sure dari, but did notice with Nole that in his night matches he served better,and Delpo played great versus Soda, which was later afternoon into the early evening, whereas he didnt serve as well in early Fish match. Simon &.Tipsy’s serves both had a lot on them last night. Maybe it is the humidity factor the last couple days with the rain, so as you say night it is a bit better? Really do not know. Kimberly may have a theory since she is actualy there.


gonzalowski Says:

“terrier” Ferrer?? let’s see what happens when he faces “gracioso”Djokovic… ;)


jane Says:

^ I meant that in a complimentary way; he is relentless, fearless, running all the time, extremely fit, and he has had a very good season on hard courts this year. Tough Daveed. Also I understand his 30th birthday is this Saturday! He may have good vibrations going on. ;)


skeezerweezer Says:

jane

tx for the dig on those stats…good stuff(950am)


skeezerweezer Says:

margot

Better yet Andy should not have one coach, but be the first to have a “Board of Directors” governing his career such as Connors, Agassi, Cash, Lendl, Henman, and Pee Wee Herman as Chairman of the Board :)


margot Says:

skeeze: :) there’s a joke somewhere about what happens when committees design things ;)
I’d settle for just one- Agassi, whom Andy has looked up to since boyhood.


grendel Says:

The idea that a new coach will somehow revitalise Murray strikes me as quite misconceived, and also, the wrong way round. Obviously, any player, especially an ambitious one, will want to surround himself with an effective team. But before he can make use of such a team, Murray will need to sort himself out.

Whether he will or not, nobody knows, and all conjectures are mere speculation, without predictive value. Actually, we’ll all have to wait and see.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Andy is very talented. A change at this point can’t be a bad thing no? I mean how worse can his results be lately?


grendel Says:

The change has to come from within him. Then you can talk about coaches and so on.


dari Says:

Of course it has to come from within. But sometimes you get inspired by someone else’s approach or encouragement. What he had isn’t working, so why keep it the same and just hope for some internal change?
Kid needs a W, however he gets it!


jane Says:

Admittedly I was thinking for a while that a different coach, instead of Vjada, would help Nole get better, but for him it really did have to come from within – also getting his serve working again, and having the holistic doctor.

But for Murray it’s different, because for all intents and purposes, he has *no* coach – he had Alex part time since he fired Myles, and then Judy is always around, but he’s had no coach since he let go of Myles.

A new coach will help; I agree with dari. It can inspire him, and if he gets some W’s he’ll get some confidence, which could beget more wins, and so forth…


dari Says:

It’s worth bringing up novak’s situation for its difference with Andy’s- novak had won a major with marion before all those problems crept in. And from what i can tell their relationship has a lot of pure love and caring in it- and he was gonna keep that core relationship and hire consultants like Todd martin, etc. He stripped that down to marion, physio and holistic doctor, something clicked within him and now he is golden.
Andy has stripped down, added on every which way without reaching the desired result, so I get that its himself that needs changing. Sometimes you need help though, gosh damnit.


grendel Says:

sure you need help. question of emphasis. people talk, not just for Murray, as if coach is panacea. Not.


margot Says:

grendel, I don’t agree. Look at how Norman helped Soderling for just one example. Sod used to have as many on court issues as Andy b4 Norman turned up.


grendel Says:

But Sod was ready for Norman – that’s the point. Not that it’s resolved everything. These things are a matter of degree.


jane Says:

Ready how, grendel? I wonder what’s going to happen to Soda now that Norman has retired. He seemed to be reverting back to his more hot-headed ways, both in his loss to Dolgo at the AO and in his loss to Delpo here. Whereas in 09 and in 10, he was calm, head under towel, ice in veins. Now, not so sure. Maybe reverting.

I think a new coach can certainly revive a player, like Stefanki or Connors with Roddick, Annacone with Fed (look at his run end of last year – Cincy, Basel, Stockholm, WTF) and Doha to begin this year, Norman with Soda. But whether it lasts over time I guess is up to the player, and to a degree, chance (e.g., injury, illness, etc)


skeezerweezer Says:

Yeah G can’t agree wit u on this one, a coach can do it or not, but the panacea is not within the person either as an absolute, perhaps u can enlighten us further with the reasoning behind your view?>


grendel Says:

Ready to listen and then act. Easier said than done.


grendel Says:

Of course a coach can make a difference, although you can never be sure how much is cause, how much happenstance. Federer, for example, was due a good run just when Anacone came on board.

But the coach can only make a difference, I should have thought – relying on simple common sense, since actual experience have I none -if the player concerned is capable of being receptive. Maybe Murray is, now. Some people have to hit rock bottom before they finally get the message. If Murray, then, has changed sufficiently to be able to profit from an external source, he is half way there. No way of telling, however, till we see the results.


margot Says:

grendel: so u know Sod was “ready” for Norman and u know Andy isn’t “ready” for a new coach. U sound like Mystic Meg m’dear.


grendel Says:

no, margot – I am British, like you, and I know a fair bit about Murray, and also the environment he has operated in. I don’t know for sure that Sod was ready of course – but from all reports, for instance from his fellow countryman Wilander – it sounds like he was. And – and – and -and my judgement, along with that of many others, is that Murray has always been greatly more prone to breakdown than the admittedly erratic Soderling. That is a judgement, which may be mistaken. We are here, after all, to deliver opinions.Don’t be so quick to pour the sarcasm on margot – it ill becomes you.

Incidentally, I never said i “knew” anything, and even conceded that Murray may finally have matured – let us see.

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