Nadal, Federer Roll At Indian Wells; American Youngsters Fizzle; Djokovic, Murray Today
by Staff | March 10th, 2013, 9:36 am
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Rafael Nadal made his long-awaited return to hardcourts yesterday at Indian Wells, and for the most part the 2-time tournament champion looked up to par in his first hardcourt match in nearly a year. Nadal fired out of the blocks quickly going up 4-1 on Ryan Harrison, then stumbled a bit after a flurry of errors before securing 7-6, 6-2 win.

Nadal admitted after that he wasn’t even sure if he would be playing Indian Wells. And he also said he needs to get much better.

“I am satisfied to be in the next round. That’s the most important thing,” said Nadal. “Two weeks ago, I didn’t really know if I would be here playing. I am happy to be here. I am happy to be in the third round. It was a good victory for me today against a good opponent.

“My physical performance needs to improve. My movement needs to improve. Matches like this help me. Any victory is important for me because that gives me the chance to play another day. That’s what I need, to play matches. I need to compete.”

Rafa’s draw also cleared out. While Roger Federer remains a quarterfinal obstacle, next for Nadal is Leonardo Mayer, who upended Mikhail Youzhny and then possibly Ernests Gulbis who stayed hot winning his 12th straight match (including qualifying) by blasting a beleaguered Janko Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-0.

The four-time champ Federer looked sharp as he opened his title defense dominating Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-3.

“It felt good from the start and was able to maintain that level of play,” said Federer. “I never thought he got into the match at all. That gives you obviously even more confidence.”

Like Nadal, Federer also got a bit of a break with the draw. Instead of a Juliean Benneteau, who beat Roger last month, he’ll face Ivan Dodig who just upset the Frenchman.

Elsewhere, the tough tournament for the Americans continued. 2012 finalist John Isner was sent packing in three sets by former champion Lleyton Hewitt 6-7, 6-3, 6-4. Isner’s loss will send him out of the Top 20 and potentially leave the U.S. men shut out of the Top 20 next Monday for the first time in rankings history.

“It’s a tough match. I knew it was going to be. Lleyton is such a good competitor,” said Isner. “I felt like I could have played a little bit better. I needed to play very well to win today, and I don’t feel like I necessarily did that. But I think Lleyton had a lot to do with it. It’s very disappointing.

“But I believe things will get better. As long as I continue to believe that, then I just hope that things will get better, and I do believe that they will. Just gotta keep plugging away.”

Isner’s younger countryman fared no better. The much ballyhooed trio of Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Taylor Townsend combined to go 0-6 in sets on Saturday (0-8 if Harrison is included).

Since her shock win over Serena Williams at the Australian Open, Stephens has crumbled under the expectations losing four of her last five matches after falling apart to Urszula Radwanska last night. Townsend was dominated by former champ Ana Ivanovic while Keys was outshined by US Open champion Sam Stosur.

Fourth-seeded David Ferrer was also stunned by 6-foot-8 Kevin Anderson. The Spaniard has lost five of his last six matches in the desert.

Top seed and defending champion Victoria Azarenka advanced as did Tomas Berdych, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon and Jersy Janowicz who outslugged David Nalbandian in three sets.

Headlining today are Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and a pair of American veterans James Blake and Mardy Fish. Blake battle Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tonight while Fish, playing in his first match since the US Open, faces countryman Bobby Reynolds.

“Couldn’t ask for a better start of the season,” Djokovic said Friday. “Winning Australia and Dubai, playing on hard courts, which is my most successful and most preferable surface that suits my game the best. So I won this tournament in the past, and I like spending time here and in Miami these few weeks. Hopefully I can maintain the high level of performance and move into these weeks with a great deal of confidence.”

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[32] M Fish (USA) vs [Q] B Reynolds (USA) – ATP
[3] A Murray (GBR) vs E Donskoy (RUS) – ATP

Not Before 2:30 PM
[25] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs F Fognini (ITA) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[WC] J Blake (USA) vs [8] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP

Not Before 8:30 PM
S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [9] M Bartoli (FRA) – WTA

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
[6] S Errani (ITA) vs J Larsson (SWE) – WTA
[12] M Cilic (CRO) vs A Ramos (ESP) – ATP
N Davydenko (RUS) vs [7] J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[27] S Cirstea (ROU) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL) – WTA
[23] S Querrey (USA) vs [Q] I Karlovic (CRO) – ATP


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114 Comments for Nadal, Federer Roll At Indian Wells; American Youngsters Fizzle; Djokovic, Murray Today

skeezer Says:

Congrats to Old man Hewitt! Good win for him.

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Fed, 31, looking sharp. Love it.
Istomin has givin other top players a fight, so a good start for the Fedster.

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Props for the “Wild Man”, beating Tipsy the currently ranked in the top 10! The “Wild Man” cometh!


jane Says:

Nole, beware the peacock!

Who is the donkey fella Murray’s playing? Never heard of this Donskoy?


javier rodriguez Says:

Federer is the all time best player, and now only for enjoy pure


juljo724 Says:

Rafa said: “My physical performance needs to improve. My movement needs to improve. Matches like this help me. Any victory is important for me because that gives me the chance to play another day. That’s what I need, to play matches. I need to compete.”

He knows he needs to be better and knows that playing competitive matches is the only way to gauge his performance. He also knows that HC would be hard on his knees which is probably why he declined to say whether he was playing until AFTER Acapulco.

So for those that claimed he was only playing clay after this injury, you’ve been proven wrong. He needs matches at IW to gauge whether it is safe enough (i.e. not going to reinjure knee) to enter Miami. IMO, he will keep improving the more matches he plays. I hope he goes far here, and continues to improve throughout the season. What more could you ask?


Brando Says:

@juljo: great post, spot on regarding rafa to!


Jimbo Jones Says:

Rafa can ride a 2 tournament winning streak and beat a decent player in straight sets and talk about needing to get better. That is why he is great. Always pushing forward.


jane Says:

Just tuned in for Andy; this Donskoy player is not too shabby. I’d never heard of him before. His backhand looks vulnerable though; Andy should be going there? He hits a flat serve kind of like Andy’s. Not much margin for error, seems like.

Andy has a chance here to break back.


jane Says:

Timely break: it was looking like going 3 sets.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

I checked Wiki and it says “Donskoy is a hairless cat breed of Russia origin”;)


jane Says:

ha ha… he’s coughing up some hairballs in the last 2 games then. ;)


alison Says:

Wogboy just to let you know, Liverpool beat Tottenham 3/2 yipee YNWA.


the DA Says:

Ugh, Andy is so rusty. 5 BPs in that game gone. He should’ve played a tournament before this. At least he fought back from 1-5


jane Says:

^ Agree – Donskoy with a Nole-like return there though.

Andy following it with some clutch serving.


the DA Says:

This Donskoy can play. Wins the 1st set 7-5. Hopefully Andy will stop the rot.


The Great Davy Says:

For Russia!

Witness continued seed exodus! Up next: Del Potro


jane Says:

Both Chardy and Monaco lost.


courbon Says:

@Alison:Congrat on LVC win and Nadals…


Brando Says:

Man does Andy look out of sorts or what?

Damn!

pity the poor sod who thought he would win IW, namely ME!:-(


alison Says:

Courbon thanks i have just finished watching Giles link of the full match,it was pretty much what i expected from him on his 1st match back on a HC.


alison Says:

Brando yeah and me lol.


Brando Says:

And now Donskoy is feeling confident enough to have a net exchange with Muzza- color me worried!


Brando Says:

@Alison:

LOL, my true kindred spirit when it comes to this game called tennis! :-)


Brando Says:

That’s more like it muzza: DTL BH winner!


Brando Says:

I feel Andy needs to break in this game since the further it goes on this set i have a feeling Donskoy shall believe that he can truly win here.


Brando Says:

YESS!!!!!

Just what the doctor ordered!

Now consolidate the break!


the DA Says:

Finally, Andy breaks. He seems to be working his way into this match slowly…too slowly for my liking. Have to say this Donskoy seems unfazed by anything so far.


the DA Says:

Donskoy has an all-court game: great BH, good FH, good return and can volley.


Brando Says:

Excellent, break consolidated.

Does anyone else think that Donskoy looks ever so slightly like a young MATS WILANDER?

To me he resembles Mats quite strongly.


Brando Says:

Awesome FH by Donskoy there!


Brando Says:

Great suff- Andy with the double break!

Should settle down now and play in a more relaxed fashion.


alison Says:

Brando lol ;-)..


jane Says:

Donsky also has a smoking return occasionally. I’d say his backhand is weaker than his forehand and his serve could be a higher percentage shot. But yeah, lots of potential.

Much stronger set from Andy. I think he’ll roll through the 3rd at this rate. The weather looks great.


the DA Says:

@Jane – yes, his BH isn’t spectacular but so consistent.


the DA Says:

Thank goodness, Andy takes the 2nd set 6-2. He seems to have played himself into form. Still nervous though.


Brando Says:

@Alison:

:-)

Re Liverpool: I too have noticed that they are playing really well recently.

Certainly heading in the right direction.


Brando Says:

Hoping for Muzza to steamroll donskoy in this 3rd set- would be good to see!


the DA Says:

Break!


alison Says:

Brando yeah,i think that the rest of the Premiership are now fighting for RU position now its Man UTDs title to lose now,anyway its looking like Charlton Heston will find a way through this one,although that was a slow start to say the very least.


Brando Says:

Excellent- Muzza with the early break and momentum now!


jane Says:

Yep DA – think it was just rust in the first set and a pretty feisty opponent.


jane Says:

Delpo/Davy are at 3-all. Am curious about that one; might have to switch over.


Brando Says:

@Alison:

Charlton Heston? LOL, who you referring to there Alison?

Cannot be Muzza, i think, since i see no resemblance at all.

Could it be ManU- the cold hand reference?

Do tell- am curious to know! :-)


the DA Says:

Andy gets the 2nd break with style.


alison Says:

Brando Lorraine Kelly put a picture in her column in the daily mail of a young looking Charlton Heston next to our Andy.


Wog boy Says:

Alison,

Thanks for that, they are getting there, slowly but surely.
Good things come to those who wait. YNWA


alison Says:

Wogboy your welcome,and your right nothing worth while ever did come easy,and good luck to Nole in his 1st match,although IMO i dont think he will need it somehow.


jane Says:

Delpo won set one. Dolgo has the lead now over Berloq.

Andy’s cruising now…with insurance.


the DA Says:

Cruising but with moments of suckiness. Far too many for my liking.


The Great Davy Says:

Boris told me first set cannot go. I am now play the serious. No more 300 year old Davydenko.


Humble Rafa Says:

Istomin has givin other top players a fight, so a good start for the Fedster.

Somewhere Julian Benneteau is laughing.


the DA Says:

Andy wins. Nice to get that 2nd round loss jinx off his back. He seemed so lethargic towards the end, maybe lack of match play? Anyway, he’ll need to be sharper against Lu. Wish the Nole match was next.


Margot Says:

@ the DA
Wow did he need some WD40! Thought he played well from second set in, considering lack of match play.
Onwards and upwards :)


the DA Says:

@Margot – yes, WD40 and caffeine! Maybe the run of losses played on his mind to begin with together with lack of play. In any case he avoided a tolstoy-esque saga.


the DA Says:

Oh boy, yet more seeds fall: Monaco, Dolgopolov, Chardy and Klizan out. Delpo wins against Davydenko in straight sets. No signs of any wrist injury.


racquet Says:

Whew that was a rough one to watch. I don’t like these courts – they look so slow.


jane Says:

What? Dolgo lost? i thought he was 4-1 up when I went out? I missed the end of Andy and Delpo’s matches, but it looks like both finished with aplomb.


the DA Says:

Yep, he ended losing 3-6 in the 3rd. Not having a good time of it lately. Suarez-Navarro is playing Sharapova tough, although Maria just won the 1st set. Hope it’s not a marathon so we get to see the Nole/Fognini match soon.


Wog boy Says:

racquet,

They are slow courts, according to ITF offical court pace ratings IW is rated category2: medium to slow, Miami is even slower, category1: slow, same as clay courts ratings.

They do ratings according to surfaces but that doesn’t mean orginizers cannot lay them to make them little bit slower or faster.

For example, Rogers cup and Cincinnati are rated category5: fast, they use Pro Deco Turf II athough everybody is saying that Rogers cup isn’t fast, methinks.


the DA Says:

Sharapova finally wins, Nole up shortly.


jane Says:

Thanks for the updates DA – just half watching as trying to do some other things at the same time. Hopefully Nole is able to handle Fabulous Fognini well and good.


Wog boy Says:

Nole walked on court with appropriate song: TNT


jane Says:

Nice start!


Wog boy Says:

^^Not wrong!


Wog boy Says:

Spectators are going to bash fognini up if doesn’t show little bit more interest in the match, though #1 has to do something with that.


jane Says:

6-0 in 19 minutes. Crowd is silent. Fognini is not strutting. I hope he can make the second set a little more competitive!


the DA Says:

@wog boy – I know. I’d be annoyed if I paid to see this match. Nole playing within himself and Fognini all over the place. It doesn’t help that he looks disinterested. Now the crowd are urging him on.


jane Says:

And yet, while I get where the crowd is coming from, it’s ironic they cheer on the seemingly disinterested one and not the one who’s come out focused and ready to play from point one!

It’s a little like the way in which it takes twice as long to mark a poorly written paper than a well written one, considering the poorly written one often consists of half the effort and time than the well written one, and yet it gets more attention.

Sigh. ;)


jane Says:

Nole is losing focus methinks. Fognini is more dialled in due to crowd; beware the peacock Nole! ;)


the DA Says:

@Jane – well put. The 2nd set has taken on all the characteristics of a Fognini match. Coaching and time violations and then he breaks back after getting broken. hehe


jane Says:

Definitely DA – the more drama the better for Fabio.


jane Says:

Nole come back!! Slipping, hitting the net. Just total loss of concentration.


the DA Says:

He’s getting a bit mesmerized by the fog of war.


jane Says:

This is a little of “be careful what you wish for…” :/

Fognini certainly has made this set more competitive! Nole has helped him, mind.

Fognini’s returns are strange, kind of like he’s getting out of the way of the ball, but somehow he always seems to get it back over the net. There is no doubt he can be a good player when he wants to be.

Come on Nole!


the DA Says:

Oh my. It’s a complete turnaround: Fognini gains focus, Nole loses clarity. Foggy still needs to serve it out and we know how that can go.


jane Says:

Wog boy where are you?


jane Says:

Nole missing all the lines now. : (


the DA Says:

Jane, don’t worry. I’m sure he’ll get it together in the 3rd.


Gordo Says:

Well.

It’s official. Of the top 5 seeds only Federer’s win was never in doubt. I’m sur Nole will pull this one out but good for Fognini to take a set.


jane Says:

i don’t know DA – the more drama, the better Fabio plays. But besides all that, Nole himself is missing too much. His first serve has taken a little holiday. He’s lost concentration. He’s playing passively and letting Fognini dictate. Now it’s 15-40. Sheesh.


the DA Says:

Nole gets a time violation. All we need now is for Fognini to get cramp to make it a Fabio classic.


jane Says:

^ I guess we can’t have “lighting” problems since this isn’t the FO. ;)

Fognini has had both a time and a coaching violation, now Nole a time violation for 28 seconds. He took an extra 3 seconds. Oh-oh.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Don’t ask, I am everywhere just not infront of the TV. I don’t like what I see.


mat4 Says:

I am in front of the TV. Novak plays without a backhand. He is completely off.


the DA Says:

There you go. It was painful but Nole gets the break.


jane Says:

Fognini hurls his racquet after the break. Drama!

Wog Boy, mat4 – let’s hope for better focus and accuracy!


jane Says:

So far, of the top “four” (I know Rafa’s not technically there yet) Fed’s looked the sharpest. Then, after, I don’t know – what do you guys think? Murray came out rusty, as did Rafa, but then they both righted the match and sailed through the next set (or two in Andy’s case). The opposite was the case for Nole, who came out sharp and looked like he had the match in his pocket, until took his pedal off the metal and/or lost focus and/or Fognini decided to give a stronger effort.


mat4 Says:

I missed the first set, but there was a lot of drama in the second already. At 2-1 for Djokovic, FF got a warning for coaching, then for time violation.


jane Says:

Well, Nole survives but not his most consistent performance for sure. Fognini did manage to make a match of it and he brought some drama with him. I tell you, when he focuses, when he wants to play well, Fabio most certainly can! For a while there in the sec on set, he was on fire with those forehands and kept taking the ball early and running Nole around. Kudos to him.


jane Says:

sec on? I meant “second”


the DA Says:

Nole was sharper than Murray, even with that walkabout in the 2nd set. He had better length on his shots (the ones that went in) and served better for longer periods. It was a freaky day that’s for sure.


mat4 Says:

I think that Novak will understand the lesson: no exhibitions just before an important tournament.

He played quite well in stretches, quite bad in others. Against somebody steadier, it could have been very dangerous.

FF has shown that he has a lot of talent, but it is clear that he simply hasn’t got the will to win those matches.


Wog boy Says:

Nole should wrap up match on Fognini’s serve at 2:1in the second set, he had bad overhead miss and bad drop shot. After that he lost focus and contretation.

I am glad he won so I can say this without looking like a sore loser. I really don’t like Fognini’s antic’s same as Monfils. All those things at the begining of the second set actually destructed Nole and Fognini knew very well what he was doing though Nole should know better how to deal with that.

I wish I can have a drink, I need one badly but I have to drive:(


jane Says:

mat4, maybe Nole has too many extracurricular activities as you note, and he looks awfully thin!

Meanwhile, with Andy it was clearly rust.

With Rafa, he’s played quite a bit recently but not for ages on hard.

So these 4 are all through, and avoid the upset like Ferrer – as well as Delpo and Berdych.

Has Tsonga played? I missed him, if so.


Wog boy Says:

Tsonga plays now, he looks good …what a point, blake had to win 3-4 times.


Lazlo Says:

WB and Mat4

Justin Gimelstob still calling Novak ‘the man to beat in the desert.’


Wog boy Says:

Lazlo,

If he does it again, drop the focus like he did the second set, Nole will not make it pass Dimitrov. Dimitrov still has to bit Ebden though.


mat4 Says:

I don’t know. Usually, top dogs need a round to find their game. But Novak, after the dominating 2011, shows that he still hasn’t found a way to keep his strength on the court. It was already evident last year: he played a lot of great first set, just to lose his focus toward the end. The fact is that he can’t rely on his serve (although he did in this third set) and wait for an occasion to break, two or three points to play at full speed. He has to work the whole match, and obviously he has more and more problems to do so in the early rounds.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

I think that also now players are studying Nole’s game, since he is top dog, same as they were and are doing with Roger’ and Rafa’s game and they play best they can to neutralize Nole’s game. I think that is what comes with being best in the game, everyone wants your head.
Anybody who is able to take early returns, then to play off pace game etc will trouble Nole. It is up to him to be ready for those challenges.


Wog boy Says:

^^Are you watching Tsonga, he looks slimer?


jane Says:

Wog boy I sure hope Nole stays focused throughout when he faces Dimitrov.


Skeezer Says:

Blake givin Tsonga a battle? Who woulda thunk?


Michael Says:

While it is pretty much too early to judge the form of the players. Roger looks so far the most impressive of the lot followed by Rafa, Murray and then Novak. Novak lost his touch and looked out of sorts against Fognini where he made a lot of UEs especially in the second set. He rediscovered his form somewhat in the third and coasted to victory. But it is a small consolation. He is not looking too sharp and he needs to improve. Novak is pretty much used to that. He is a late starter. I still stick with Novak as the favourite followed by Andy and then probably Roger.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

I hope so, otherwise he might find himself in a big trouble.


Michael Says:

Ever since Tsonga hired a coach, he has lost his fire. That is evident with his performance faltering in a string of tournaments after he hired a coach. I do not know if is this coincidental or lack of adjustment.


Michael Says:

Wog Boy/Jane,

I do not think Dmitrov has the weapons to beat Novak. The match is pretty much decided unless Novak is carrying some kind of injury going forward. Irrespective of how bad he plays, Novak will win. Just his fighting spirit will take him through. But he needs to buck himself up afterwards.


jane Says:

Michael, I hope you’re right about Dimirov/Nole. I think he (Novak) started very well tonight: staying focused, hitting deep, and serving well (I believe he won 90% of his first serves in set one) but then a few things happened – his missed some crucial shots, the crowd became a factor, Fognini was given coaching and time warnings, etc – and Nole lost the plot. It’s no excuse; he should’ve been able to stay focused, but the truth is that he didn’t. More errors crept into his game, his movement was jeopardized, etc. At least he got back on track in the third set, especially by serving well from about the 4th game onwards. In the end he came through and he can take this as a learning experience hopefully.


Michael Says:

Jane, I am not sure why the crowd at any venue is always against Novak despite him being a very fine human being and a jovial person easy to cohabit with. But Novak hardly bothers about that. Ofcourse Novak rediscovered some of his touch in the third set, but he was not sharp. He needs to improve he knows that. That said, Novak always is a slow starter and knows what to do. It is too early to write him off in this tournament.


Wog boy Says:

Michael,

It might be,in this case, that they were cheering underdog, I know he is not crowd favorite but it is not as bad as it was before. I think Miami crowd likes him, Italy, China, … Roger is still number one crowd favorite closely followed by Rafa, Nole knows that and he is OK with that, methinks. I don’t mind really as long as he #1 where it matters, on ATP list;)


courbon Says:

@Michael:I don’t know much about tennis but I definetelly notice one thing-In most tournaments in the last 3 years Federer starts the best but he is out by semis…Novaks is usually the worst starter.
I does not mean anything yet…


mat4 Says:

“Wog boy Says:

mat4,

I think that also now players are studying Nole’s game, since he is top dog, same as they were and are doing with Roger’ and Rafa’s game and they play best they can to neutralize Nole’s game.”

Indeed they do. Why do you think Nole has improved his transition and net game? Because everyone started to use slice against him, to reset points. He also uses a racquet that gives him more power.

It could also be the new racquet. Sometimes, you just lose the “feel”, although Nole handle it fairly well until now. The only thing that didn’t work is his running FH, where he has to change the amount of spin (in the second set you could see the difference).


jane Says:

Michael, yeah, I think I see it like Wog boy. It’s not that they were against Nole because when Nole broke in the 3rd set they cheered for him. But because Fognini came out like a lazy park player and/or a deer caught in the headlights and lost the first set with a bagel in 19 minutes, the crowd tried to cajole him to make an effort and give them a match. He certainly did. Which for the crowd is obviously better than seeing two bagel sets or even 0 and 2. This way they got drama – quite a lot of it!

courbon, you make a good point; Nole’s had some weak starts before and sometimes it’s helped him focus for the rest of the event. For example, after the scare against Stan at the AO, he played fabulous versus Ferrer and Berdy. Or in Dubai, he had a poor 2nd round, but then played well thereafter.

Andy can be similar.

Hope that both play better next round. Nole will have some stiff competition with Dimitrov. Murray has Lu which should be fine; I thought it was Kei, but that would be next round.

Nadal/Mayer should be straightforward; same with Fed/Dodig.


Lazlo Says:

WB
I am thinking that Fed has a chance again. I would like Fed to keep his ranking.


Michael Says:

Wog boy/Jane, Crazy adulation for Roger is understandable considering that he has risen above the sport as an Ambassador. Rafa too is a crowd puller not comparable to Roger though. But honestly I feel Novak is not getting the adulation he deserves. He was the one who unshackled the Fedal foothold on Tennis and what is more worthy of admiration is the way he has went on to defend his No.1 status in 2012. Does he lack the charisma or charm ? I cannot say. But he moves with the crowd and is a very fine sportsperson who doesn’t fail to applaud his opponent best shots. He is gracious in defeat and that is an awesome quality and he never fails to motivate his opponent. Nonetheless, I feel Novak would one day dicover his touch and feel with the crowd. He has achieved much and he might go on to get the crowd’s approval too.

Courbon,

Roger is today a pale shadow of what he was early in his career. He is flashy/brilliant as well as ordinary. What he lacks is consistency today. His serve has lost that little bit of pace, spin and placement and his movement too has slowed understandably with his age. Ofcourse as regards Novak, he is a slow starter and picks up his game later. That is his trait. Indian wells might not be different in my opinion. He might pick up his game from quarters.

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