Djokovic, Federer Lead Dubai Final Four; Nadal Closes In On Another Acapulco Title
by Sean Randall | February 28th, 2013
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The Final Four is set in Dubai. And it’s about as good as you can get. For the first time in the lucrative tournament’s history the top four seeds all reached the semifinals. That means No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Roger Federer, No.3 Tomas Berdych and No. 4 Juan Martin Del Potro.

As for today, all four easily won their quarterfinal matches at a combined clip of eight sets to none with just 18 total games lost (average of 4.5 games lost). So tomorrow we have Djokovic-Del Potro at 5pm local time (8am ET), then Federer-Berdych at 10am ET.

Now for some quick thoughts.

Novak Djokovic v. Juan Martin Del Potro
First, Djokovic is clearly the man to beat this weekend. He hasn’t lost this year (11-0, 16 straight wins) and really hasn’t had a bad loss since the Cincinnati final to Federer. Has the wind not been so bad in New York, he probably would have won the US Open and the loss to Sam Querrey in the second round at the Paris Masters was a throw away. So on hardcourts, this guy has been invincible the last six months or so. And this week he’s backed that up winning all three matches relatively easily, including today’s demolition of the 20th-ranked Andrea Seppi.

“It was an even better performance than first two matches, so match after match I’m elevating the level, which is good,” Novak said after his win today. “I’m trying to do my best on the court. Tomorrow obviously I have a big challenge, the biggest so far. Hopefully I can sustain the level from today.”

And he’s beaten Del Potro seven of nine times. Plus, the Argentine has played a lot of tennis this month and while I’m a big fan of his, I don’t think there’s enough left to get him through here. Until otherwisee…
The pick: Djokovic in two

Roger Federer v. Tomas Berdych
Let’s face it, neither guy has played anyone of any significance this week. Federer beat Jaziri, Granollers and today Nikolay Davydenko. Similarly, Berdych blasted Ram, Kamke and in the evening Davydenko’s countryman Dmitry Tursunov. Who’s had the more impressive wins? Does it matter?

Head-to-head, the 31-year-old Federer leads 11-5 but Berdych beat him at the US Open and on outdoor hardcourts he’s won three of their last four. To me, that’s important and Federer knows it.

“I’ve struggled somewhat against him, but very often it’s because his game is so big that he has a big say in the outcome of the match,” Federer said. “But I have had a couple of other ones where I have been able to come through. So we’ll see tomorrow how it goes. I haven’t seen him play at all here this tournament. I need to just focus on my game, I guess.

Federer, though, is a 5-time champion in Dubai and he calls the desert oasis his home base. It’s his backyard. But having watching a little of both guys playing this week, I think Berdych has been hitting it just a little bit better. And he just reached the Marseille final. While Federer, at his age, is starting to really struggle with the big guys (Berdych, Del Potro), so I’ll lean the way of the bird in this one (wow, I’m really picking Berdych!).
The pick: Berdych in two tiebreakers

Rafeal Nadal is also part of the weekend fun, at least he should be. As I write he’s well up on Leonardo Mayer 6-1 in his Acapulco quarterfinal and if he wins he’ll meet Nicolas Almagro tomorrow in his first true test of this comeback. Almagro is capable of giving Rafa trouble on any surface, but he’s also known for shriveling up against the big names. But it should be a good match. David Ferrer faces Fabio Fognini in the early semi so if Rafa does get through it looks like David will be waiting on Sunday.

Tennis Channel has full coverage of everything tomorrow including Delray Beach.

SATURDAY DUBAI SCHEDULE

CENTRE COURT start 2:30 pm
M Bhupathi (IND) / M Llodra (FRA) vs R Bopanna (IND) / R Ram (USA)

Not Before 5:00 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [4] J Del Potro (ARG)

Not Before 7:00 PM
[3] T Berdych (CZE) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)

COURT 1 start 2:30 pm
J Erlich / M Youzhny vs [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB)


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Rafael Nadal Finishes No. 1, Ahead Of No. 2 Djokovic By 770 Ranking Points
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162 Comments for Djokovic, Federer Lead Dubai Final Four; Nadal Closes In On Another Acapulco Title

nadalista Says:

Rafa-Nico H2H: 8-0

Rafa is improving match by match and in his match against Mayer he played some outrageous points, as Koenig would say, phenomenadal points. He’s getting better but still not there enough to challenge the Top 15 guys.

Nico. this is your chance to erase that bagel in the H2H. If you cannot beat Rafa now,at this time, when he moving around a clay court like the proverbial cow on ice, you should just retire.


Skeezer Says:

“neither guy has played anyone of any significance this week”
Uh? The great Davy is mince meat? Lol!

Nico has a zero chance. He’ll play agressive, push Rafa back and win some points. But in the end, Rafa wins. Nico doesn’t know how to play against great defense, in the end he always ….well…chokes?


nadalista Says:

^^^Nah, I think fortune will favour Nico tomorrow. Rafa’s ROS is still nowhere near where it should be and Nico’s serving phenomenally. His serving stats in the 1st set last match were 100% first serve in winning 87% of them, that’s outrageous. And Nico serves big, hits big…..nightmare for any ROS never mind a poor one.


nadalista Says:

………but THIS is the real return for Rafa now that he gets to play the big boys. Now we (and he) get to see where his level really is.


jane Says:

Nico should have beaten Ferrer at the AO. I am still kind of shocked he didn’t pull out that win. How many times did he serve for the match? Wow, too many anyhow. He definitely has game, but I don’t know if he has the mental strength/determination? I think Rafa will win in straights. But you never know.


nadalista Says:

^^wow, I wish I had half your faith in my man right now!

Any match played by Rafa right now is progress right now for me. A win is just icing on the cake.


alison Says:

Hopefully Rafa can pull off the W against Nico,and make the final,and then play Ferrer,as it will cement the comeback,its what he needs some tests,so his fans can see where hes really at.


alison Says:

Agree with Nadalista.


Margot Says:

Hoping for Nole v Fed and Rafa v David. Come on!


nadalista Says:

Just realised Mayer was the sixth Argentine Rafa has face todate…….all in a row!

QF Berlocq, SF Alund, F Nalbandian; R1 Schwartzman, R2 Alund, QF Mayer


nadalista Says:

^^faced.


jane Says:

^ I didn’t even know there were so many Argies! :)


nadalista Says:

Good for them, fantastic depth, hope they all improve and become the next Armada!


Giles Says:

^^ You missed one, Delbonis. Rafa 7 – Argentina 1.


Michael Says:

As regards Novak Vs Del Potro, I obviously pick Novak even though Del Potro will not be a walk-over. He may have to earn his victory considering the way Del Potro is playing. All said and done, I pick Novak in three.

On the other match between Roger vs Berdych, I was very fortunate to see the Roger of yore producing his magical Tennis against the likes of Granollers and Davydenko. Especially the way he dismantled and outclassed a rejunevated Davydenko kept me spell bound and it has been quite a long since I see Roger in such terrific form. If he continues this form, then he will decimate Berdych in straights. On the other hand, if we see a slooppy Roger, the match may go to 3. Nevertheless, I go with the form of Roger and pick up in two tough sets against Berdych.


Michael Says:

Rafa is facing some test after his come back and this would show the kind of form he is in at the moment. I do not think Almagro has a chance against Rafa. But if Rafa faces Ferrer in the finals, then it will be a toss up.


Colin Says:

“I’ve struggled somewhat against him, but very often it’s because his game is so big that he has a big say in the outcome of the match,” Federer said.

What a penetrating analysis. How to say nothing much in 27 words.


nadalista Says:

Over at http://www.changeovertennis.com, Juan Jose asks:

“does anybody know who this new character next to Marian Vajda is? I don’t think I’ve seen him before”:

https://twitter.com/juanjo_sports/status/307425378052497408/photo/1

I had the same question myself watching Nole’s match yesterday.

Nole fans, do you know?


Wog boy Says:

nadalista,

I am pretty sure he was with Nole at AO, he replaced Nole’s physio Miljan who had child just before AO , actually his wife had child. I cannot think of his name, Miljan was with Nole since 2007, I hope he will be back soon and that he is only temporary absent.


Polo Says:

Has Nadal ever played against a quality player since his comeback?


Giles Says:

^^ David Nalbandian


nadalista Says:

@Wog boy, thanks.


Wog boy Says:

Correction,

Miljan’s wife gave birth on february the 19th, Nole was best man on his wedding last year. I believe we will see him back in Nole’s box for IW.


Wog boy Says:

Just watching Federer/Davydenko, Roger looks really sharp.

Watched Nole before, looks good too.


nadalista Says:

I am saying absolutely, absolutely NOTHING about the time violation given Delpo on break-point, after a long rally.

Lady commentator is going ballistic……..


nadalista Says:

………….And before you argue in favor of this kind of thing, remember: more time was lost POST-time violation.

Priceless.


Ben Pronin Says:

Nadalista, technically you just said SOMETHING. So if could explain for those of us not fortunate to watch the match… that’d be great.


nadalista Says:

@Ben Pronin, I’ll try:

2nd set, Delpo was a break up was 2games to love up and was serving in the 3rd game. On breakpoint after a 20 ball rally the umpire calls time and gives Delpo a warning and the break comes with it. Delpo then took hos sweet time getting his wits together after the time violation was issued, making a mockery of the time violation.


nadalista Says:

…….Annabel Croft, the lady co-commentator is not amused.


nadalista Says:

……needless to say, short clock stocks are a heavy buy right now……….


Polo Says:

The lady commentator was correct in suggesting that there should be a clock on court for the players to see how much time they have left. The countdown should start as soon as the player gets a ball from a ballboy. That should lessen the controversy.


the DA Says:

Delpo gets back the break as revenge for the time violation travesty by the umpire. Still think he’ll lose but …


nadalista Says:

And the tournaments are going to love having to pay for all those shot clocks!

Not.


Polo Says:

Maybe Nadal can donate some of those clocks. :-)


nadalista Says:

^^^I’ll ask him!


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t get it. Del Potro wasted time after the violation?


nadalista Says:

^^^you got that right @Ben Pronin and the Umpire did absolutely nothing. It’s as if he was daring him……

Farce.


jane Says:

^ Yes. It’s ironic. If they call a player on a time violation and he protests thereater, in the end more time will have been wasted than if they didn’t call the time violation in the first place. It’s just kind of funny.

Nole’s gotten passive, playing too far back imo, in the Dubai letters.


nadalista Says:

My opinion: the time violation call and the timing thereof was a useless distraction from the actual tennis.


jane Says:

Congrats NOLE! Some sketchy play in the last few games but overall a good match.


Wog boy Says:

That’s my man. It wasn’t easy win, very good tennis. Now let’s put another short black and watch the GOAT. It is 2am here.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

You are right about Nole being too passive in the last few games, it wasn’t reason for that because Delpo didn’t raise his game to force Nole to play passive. Nole does that every now and then.


rafaeli Says:

They had to add extra seats in Acapulco because of Rafa’s pulling power; Chile also had to extend their facilities because of him. Can’t wait for Rafa to fully return and put some well needed spark into tennis.

Rafa’s game and movement are slowly coming back. Last night he moved very well. Good sign.


nadalista Says:

In his post-match interview, Djokovic says he against the shot clock idea, says the Umpire is there to do the job.

The plot thickens……..


nadalista Says:

And wait for this: In his post match interview Delpo says he does not know who made this rule, the time violation enforcement rule.

So, who exactly voted for it?


Giles Says:

A shot clock would be the worst possible scenario in that the umpires would lose all power for discretion. In the current format they can exercise discretion.


nadalista Says:

I have lost count of how many times Fed has come to the net and lost the point………..


nadalista Says:

@Giles, I wouldn’t call it discretion judging by the way the Umpires are applying it tbh, I would say it’s more of a whim………


Giles Says:

^^^ It certainly is more of a whim but then again all the umpires are not the same. Some are more lax than others.
If you bring the shot clock in “whim” disappears!


Ben Pronin Says:

Well the players voted for it. Maybe no one emailed Del Potro, either.


Giles Says:

http://vamosmaymo.tumblr.com/post/44297076191#_=_
Watch this DTL from Rafa followed by fist pump. Priceless! More of the same please Rafa! #VamosChamp


van orten Says:

i hate fed playing berdych…he only plays well vs fed..never well vs djoker murray or rafa…


Giles Says:

Ben. How do we know the players voted for it? Coming into the early tourneys this year there were quite a few players unaware of the new rule.


Giles Says:

van orten. Don’t know what you are moaning about, first set to fed.


Ben Pronin Says:

I never said all of them.


Ben Pronin Says:

I know exactly what van orten is moaning about. It’s true. Berdych forgets how to play so often but against Federer, all of the sudden, he’s playing multiple-GS-champ caliber tennis. He occasionally does this against Djokovic but still loses. Never against Nadal. But he has done it against Murray, just not as much recently.


van orten Says:

just trying to say that me as a fan feels always uncomfortable watchin fed playing berdych even when he is winning


nadalista Says:

@Giles, the Player Council Reps voted for it, on behalf of all the players. Like all democratic institutions, the Player Reps do not have to sound out the opinions of those they represent on each vote.

Glad Rafa resigned from that mess…….


Wog boy Says:

Delpo was lucky not to be penalized for provoking chair umpire by taking his time on purpose after time violation.


Giles Says:

I get the feeling this time rule was put in place by the ATP without the players’ knowledge and approval.


Giles Says:

nadalista. I posted before seeing your comment. Makes sense, the redundant Player Council. Tell me again who is the President of said Council??


Wog boy Says:

Federer is going to win, relax.


nadalista Says:

@Wog boy, Delpo is not the first player to do this. Nishikori also did the same at the just ended Australian Open after a contentious time violation.


Wog boy Says:

^ That doesn’t make it right, does it? They are professional players, they know the rules, take it on the chin and keep playing. It didn’t look nice and I like Delpo.


nadalista Says:

@Giles, the President is the same gentleman who wondered aloud, to the press, how Rafa could fail to attract point penalties even during the course of a 5-hour match.

I guess the nods from the assembled journos was the validation he needed to draft a motion for the Rule, and vote for it.

#PseudoFed


Ben Pronin Says:

Del Potro is notoriously slow as it is.


van orten Says:

see what i mean giles ?


van orten Says:

see what i try to say giles ?


nadalista Says:

@Wog boy, I did not say Nishikori also doing it made it right. Just thought I would put it out there…..food for thought.

Fact is, it is leaving a sour taste in the mouths of some players, that much is plain to see.


nadalista Says:

Lord Shankalot is in the house………….!


Giles Says:

nadalista. Ahh I see, that “gentleman”.
Whatever “gentleman” wants “gentleman” gets!
Geez. He was even hoping Rafa would come back to the tour as a right-hander!! #NotGonnaHappenRog


Wog boy Says:

nadalista,

I didn’t say you said it, it was just what I was thinking about them behaving like that.


Wog boy Says:

Great play by Federer to brake back.


van orten Says:

hahaha vintage fed there and vintage choking by berdych tooo hahha


nadalista Says:

GOAT is in the house!


Giles Says:

Just wait till this “no let” rule comes into place. More fun and games in store!


van orten Says:

uuuhhh there he gifted it to berd—


van orten Says:

vamoooosssss feddddddd!!!!!


Wog boy Says:

If Federer loses this set he is only himself to blame.


van orten Says:

wowww feddddd what a chance in the first break point


van orten Says:

wow fed is just incredible …i dislike berdych so much …woowww


Giles Says:

van orten. Don’t worry. That’s why we call him Birdsh!t


van orten Says:

hahah ok giles!!!


van orten Says:

3 unforced errors why why why roger


van orten Says:

now just do it fed so i can relax and go to bed with my cold hahha


van orten Says:

i really really hope fed never plays berdych again…!!!! just an annoying guy


nadalista Says:

Berdy just looks at Fed and thinks: yum yum, I am having me some goat for dinner!!!!

Hehehehe!!


van orten Says:

reaalllly i will not watch any longer..this is painful to watch,,,,incredible…we all know berdych does not stand a chance tomoorrow vs djoker …he such a bad joke…incredible shitty performance by fed again when it matters vs this guy


Wog boy Says:

Well I think Nole is sitting in the hotel and enjoying it, third set;)


van orten Says:

he cannot buy shit from winning vs fed because he never ever will win something big…only some wins vs fed nothing more …wow i am so pissed watching matches of him…fed that was completly unnecessary!!!


nadalista Says:

Too funny……..


van orten Says:

thats why it is easier being nadal or djoker fan..they would never ever let something like that happen never!!! just too much boris becker style from fed..too much drama


courbon. Says:

@Wog Boy:Nah, he is swimming with the turtle…


Sirius Says:

Fed should’ve won the 2nd set. Choked a bit i guess


Wog boy Says:

^You think?


Wog boy Says:

“You think?” was for courbon.


nadalista Says:

Five take-aways from Rafa’s interview with Justin Gimelstob:

http://tennis.si.com/2013/02/28/rafael-nadal-justin-gimelstob-interview/

Choice quote:

Q: “When did you realize you were special?”

A: “Never.”

#Humble


Wog boy Says:

Sirius,

He had second set on his racquet.


courbon Says:

@wog Boy:Or maybe dancing with hot Arab girls…(I liked that picture on ATP website ).Anyway, I’m happy that he is in the final against Bedrych.


van orten Says:

3 breakchances at 5:5 and 3 matchpoints in the breaker …pheeeeewwwwwww fed ..just win this !!!!


van orten Says:

just see that he is about losing this again vs an inferior player ..such a shame but berdych biggest goal in tennis is giving fed a hard time …


Sirius Says:

Fed lost the serve!

Wog boy, u might just start celebrating for nole’s 37th title!


Daniel Says:

Damm, this could be another match lost to Berdych after having match point.

Berdych with a break up in the third! S%^$&*t!!


Wog boy Says:

courbon,

Have you been in Dubai? I don’t think you can do that, dance with local girls;) trust me, I was there.

Doesn’t look good for Federer, Berdych looks more fresh.


van orten Says:

berdych looks more annoying !!!


Sirius Says:

3rd set could become 6-2!


van orten Says:

how on earth can he lose that match??? how i dont know how,,this is so painfulllll …impressive


Wog boy Says:

Sirius,

Too early for celebration, I can wait, no need to jump the gun.


van orten Says:

congrats to all djoker fans for the dubai title!!!!!!!


van orten Says:

really hope he destroys berdych tomorrow…


Wog boy Says:

^ it is not finished, not yet.


Sirius Says:

Wanted fed vs novak final. Big Bird not letting it happen….grrr


jane Says:

Sometimes good holds inspire players…wait and see, it’s only one break and Berd almost lost the second set as when he was serving for it he was broken back.


courbon Says:

@Wog Boy;No, have not been there.I’m sure you are right…That place absolutely does not attract me-bun ch of skycrapers in the dessert.I travelled lot around Europe but not much elswere


van orten Says:

thats why berdych has 0 grand slams and fed 17 !! that is why i am just angry right now watching this match losing him to a player like that


rafaeli Says:

Those were not Arab girls dancing with Nole. The Arab girls are completely covered from head to toe.


alison Says:

Congrats to Nole and fans on him reaching the final,by playing some superb tennis,i have the feeling either T.Berd or Roger will be playing for the RU spot in the final,both i feel would be eaten for breakfast by Nole.


Brando Says:

Alison is right: this is a fight for RU. Berdych is more of a RU type of guy than fed. Congrats to Nole on the title- was it ever in question?…..


van orten Says:

it is a fast hard court ..of course it was in question if meeting fed in the finals ..not going to happen so congrats nole for the dubai title


nadalista Says:

GSM Berdych


nadalista Says:

Berdych has lost all fear of Fed….


courbon Says:

What is RU?


van orten Says:

worst performance by fed ever …!!!!!!! hate berdych and hope he will never ever play fed again!!!! nole pls pls destroy him just destroy him tomorrow!!!!


Wog boy Says:

courbon,

Put it this way, less than 20% of Dubai population are Arabs, all the rest are foreigners who are working there but even if you are born there you cannot get citizenship, that is the law.

Pity, I wanted Fed-Nole final:(


jane Says:

Nole has to play the finals. I prefer to wait and see. He’s the clear favourite, but you still never know; that’s why they play.

Hope we see Rafa/Ferrer in the Acapulco final.


Wog boy Says:

courbon,

Runner Up


Sirius Says:

Berdych and his fam r delighted for….what? For reaching the final, of course. They aren’t thinking he will win against novak, are they?? Well if they are, keep dreaming on :\


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Agree, they have to play.


skeezer Says:

Well, Birdsh!t bludgeoned Fed off the court again. Why oh why Fed chooses to slug it out with this guy I’ll never know. When he frustrates the big man with short balls, touch and variety he controls him. Birdsh!t will now lose quite nicely to Nole, who can handle Birdsh!ts one sided game, that is, when I bludgeon, I can win, don’t ask me to hit any other way, I cannot. I am Birdsh!t, man of Bird.


alison Says:

Thanks Brando strange that Berd always manages to raise his level when playing Fed,yet cannot seem to do it against Rafa/Andy/Nole except at Wimby and FO in 2010,which was his standout year,however as i dont particulaly like the guy,i cant really say that i care that much anyway,cant see him beating Nole in the final,and no for me it was never in question?i thought the Delpo match was the only potential banana skin,but Nole came through that one without too much trouble.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Sad to see, but the now consistent losses to Berdych have revealed that we’re in the second phase of Federer’s slow descent from the mountaintop.
After years being dominant over all except his personal bane Rafa, Fed spent the last several years more or less an even bet against Murray Nole, sometimes an underdog, sometimes a favourite.
But how would you now rate Fed’s odds against Berdych?
When Tsonga and Berdych are now close to even odds against Federer, we are in a much more challenging phase of Federer’s career.
Of course, if Thomas Johanssen could win a slam, Fed still can!


jane Says:

Wog Boy, Nole posted this on FB:

“They asked me tonight on the press conference what happens in my mind when i’m in about to serve for the match, because it happened couple of times this week that i wasn’t able to close it out. The thing is, i don’t lose my nerves. It doesn’t happen every time that all we do goes smoothly. I simply keep up with hard work and believe i can do it. :) Although, if i get in the situation to serve for the match tomorrow, i will definitely do my best not to repeat the same as today :) Glad I’m playing another final, thanks for your support!”


Tennis Vagabond Says:

As to Berdych losing all fear of Fed. A very important point. We all mocked Berdych, like Almagro, as a choker for years. The implication is that they could do much better if they can control their nerves.
With each win, Berdych plays more comfortably against Federer. He is now at the level he could have been had he not been a choker. I have to imagine that confidence will slowly transfer into his other big matches.
But in a Grand Slam, three huge matches is a huge ask for him.


Brando Says:

Agree with TV: Fed has his long storied issues with Rafa. Last year or so confirms that Nole and Andy can join that club of trouble for fed. Now Berdych (won 4/5 HC meetings) can also join that group. That is 4/7 of the top 8 outside of fed. Tsonga and Delpo have also shown that they can trouble him big time also- so really ONLY Ferrer is the one gimme for him at the moment, and he also happens to be over 30! Unless Fed wins IW he’ll be 9 month WITHOUT ANY TITLE by the time Madrid (his next tourny arrives)! This year, IMHO, shall tell us IF fed is in a decline that nullifies his threat for the big titles or not. Still early in the year, let’s remember that fact when looking at Feds situation!


Wog boy Says:

alison,

I think skeezer is right, it is not so much about Berdych raising his game as much as is that Federer wants to outhit Berdych plus he is half a step slower than he was. Maybe he is to stuborn to admit that, but if you look at him in the third set he looked tired IMO.
Anyway I need some sleep, it is 5am, but it was worth it , good tennis.


courbon Says:

@Wog Boy:I know about Dubai-lots of English there ( some of my clients came from Dubai ).I also wanted Novak-Federer final-they are usually best matches.
@Alison:Thank you.I hope Nadal reaches final also


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Thanks for that, to be honest I had my dubts about his match if it went into third set, but that is me and it didn’t happen anyway.
Night everybody.


alison Says:

Pure class from Roger,many players lose a match,and promptly dissapear down the tunnel without a second thought,but to stand and sign every single autograph to the waiting public,shows what a true gentleman and profesional he is,BTW glad he went for the blue look and abandoned the pink,a much better look IMO.


jane Says:

Night – see you at the final. ;)


courbon Says:

Laku Noc


courbon Says:

@Jane;You can have a good sleep now…


nadalista Says:

THIS MESSAGE IS FOR RAFANS ONLY PLEASE

https://twitter.com/Rafael_Plaza/status/307464841826816000

Rafa says in the match against Mayer, he felt free to run at almost 100% without thinking about his knee. Excellent news.

Vamos.


Humble Rafa Says:

No need to throw a sissy fit. Ancient just became antique.


alison Says:

Courbon thankyou to be honest i dont even know if he will even get that far.


alison Says:

Nadalista that is good news thanks for that link.


Humble Rafa Says:

Pure class from Roger,many players lose a match,and promptly dissapear down the tunnel

He is paid millions in appearance money. So, not surprised that he was willing to hang around. He gets $25K per autograph.


alison Says:

Courbon what does Laku Noc mean?


alison Says:

Humble Rafa dont be so cynical,alot of players ignore the fans and dont even bother with autographs after a defeat.


courbon Says:

@If you translate as it is-means ‘easy night’ but it
actually means ‘good night’
Have a faith.He’ll get better and better…


jane Says:

courbon, it’s morning here so no sleep now for me. :) The good thing about Nole’s win today is that he only gains points. Last year, he lost here in the semis so today’s win gives him a little extra.

Defending IW will be crucial for Fed to hold onto #2; then again, maybe he doesn’t care about the rankings these days. In any case, Andy has next-to-nothing to defend, so that tournament could be big for him.


nadalista Says:

I would never presume to know what Fed’s priorities are but I suspect he cares very much about his standing in the rankings totem pole. This is the GOAT, remember. Doesn’t jive with being #20 or being “sneered” at by the Berdych’s of this world…


Brando Says:

@Nadalista: thanks. That is excellent news re rafa! Vamos champ!


Brando Says:

Re Fed and ranking: I don’t think he cares at all IMHO about the ranking. He has NOTHING to achieve or pursue on that front. NO. 1 is all he was interested in and given his schedule this year clearly he isn’t pursuing it- realistically he knows for someone going 32 it’s an impossible task. So outside No.1 ranking, being 2,3 or 4 does not matter Fed at all IMHO. As long as he is top 4, I don’t think he cares at all at what number!


Brando Says:

PS: Finally, congrats to BERDYCH for the win! Let’s be honest: NO ONE here likes the guy as e isn’t Mr Popular. YET, to beat Federer on that court facing 3 MPs, being a guy known for choking- it is a TREMENDOUS PERSONAL FEAT for Berdych! He should be commended for that! He’s always had game, maybe the mental strength is starting to develop…..


courbon Says:

@Jane;Ah, Yes-you are in Canada-Is is it east or west coast?


jane Says:

You’re right Brando: Congrats to Berd, and well deserved. He did save 3 MPs after all.

courbon, west. What about you; where are you located again?


courbon Says:

@jane-South West France-Region called Gascony, just recently moved, before lived in London for 20 years.
I remember now-you are in Vancouver-that makes sense with time zones.
I had to leave the house, but speak to you tomorrow
around match time…


alison Says:

Courbon @1.27pm March 1st,thanks but i dont expect immediate sucess just because its Rafa on clay,hes been out for a long time,wins and titles are bonuses ATM,for now its just enough that hes even back playing,anyway enjoy the final,it should be a good one, Noles on the crest of a wave,and hopefully will go on to grab the title,and good luck to him too.


Giles Says:

Maybe Djoker will pass on some of his good luck to Rafa. After all what are friends for. Lol


Alok Says:

T-Berd is a spoiler. He gives his all to beat Fed but then goes down meekly in the next match. I doubt it will be any different tomorrow.

I didn’t expect JMDP to win today. He’s been playing a lot of tennis lately and had problems with Baggy, nearly lost the match, but got through anyway. With his form, it was a foregone conclusion that he’d lose to Djokovic who has not been tested for the entire match, was more rested, and has the H2H in his favor. The result was expected and no surprise at all.

I suppose Fed’s got another problem to deal with other than the top 3 guys, T-Berd, who seems to fall into Fed’s side of the draw a lot. If it’s not T-Berd it’s Tsonga in Fed’s draw. Sure sign the draws aren’t rigged IMO.


Steve 27 Says:

For Federer the sun does not come out. His shining star goes out slow slow and inexorably.

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