Federer, Nadal, Djokovic in Blockbuster Wed. at Indian Wells
by Staff | March 13th, 2013, 9:21 am
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A few minor upsets on Tuesday have set up some blockbuster meetings on Wednesday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic struggled in the first set past fast riser and No. 31 seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(4), 6-1. Tonight he will face the last American standing, No. 23 seed Sam Querrey, who shakily moved past unseeded Aussie Marinko Matosevic 7-6(5), 6-7(7), 7-5.

Djokovic improved to 15-0 on the year, but now faces a player who beat him in their last meeting last November in Querrey, his last loss before this 19 match win streak.

“I won four, five times against him,” Djokovic said. “Yes, he has won the last encounter indoors. Different circumstances and conditions. So we’ll see. We’ll play in front of his crowd and he has a big serve and big game and he can come up with the goods when needed. He loves to play also on a big stage.”

Querrey will have the added pressure of being the new top American and trying to keep the U.S. in the ATP Top 20.

“I’m just going to hopefully play well, hopefully be aggressive, hopefully on those break points, deuce points, have some balls go my way,” said Querrey, who will be the new No. 1-ranked American when the next ATP rankings are released. “I’m going to try and just enjoy it out there. I might have to go outside of my comfort zone a little bit and do things I don’t like to do, and hopefully it will pay off for me.”

The resurgent No. 19 seed Tommy Haas saved a match point in upsetting No. 11 Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6(2), and this evening will face No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro, who on Tuesday defeated unseeded German Bjorn Phau 6-2, 7-5.

Canadian No. 17 seed Milos Raonic and No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet Wednesday in the second match on Stadium 2 after Tsonga mentally out-toughed No. 32 Mardy Fish 7-6(4), 7-6(0), and Raonic out-served No. 12 Marin Cilic from a set down 6-3 in the third.

“I felt like I could have easily won the match,” Fish said. “Bunch of break points obviously in the first set, and the second set was what it was. Tennis-wise it’s a good sign that it hasn’t taken too long to get the form back. I usually don’t lose 4-0 set [leads] very often. I can’t remember the last one. Maybe just not being in that position I’m sure had something to do with it.”

No. 3 seed Andy Murray will on Wednesday face unseeded Argentine upstart Carlos Berlocq after Berlocq on Tuesday took out No. 16 Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-2, and Murray tamed Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-2.

Also on court in Wednesday’s embarrassment of riches are No. 2 Roger Federer vs. No. 18 Stan Wawrinka in an all-Swiss-fest, No. 13 Gilles Simon vs. unseeded Kevin Anderson, No. 5 Rafael Nadal vs. qualifier Ernests Gulbis, and No. 6 Tomas Berdych vs. No. 10 Richard Gasquet.

The Top 8 women’s seeds all threatened to march unharmed into the quarterfinals on Tuesday — until veteran and No. 13 seed Maria Kirilenko rose up to play giant killer, slaying No. 3 Aggie Radwanska 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.

“Today I was a little bit more lucky,” said Kirilenko, who came back from a break down in the third, and who will next face Petra Kvitova in the quarters. “I lost to [Radwanska] the last four or five times I think, and it was kind of a similar match to previous ones, but this time it worked out for me.”

Kirilenko says she needs to be ready for a different kind of challenge in Kvitova.

“Petra’s a really good player. She just won a big tournament in Dubai,” Kirilenko said. “That means she’s in good shape right now. The last couple of matches we’ve played have been tough, long matches, so I think this one will be another big one. It will be completely opposite to today’s match. I just need to be there. I need to be thinking fast. It’s not going to be slow, long rallies, you have to be quick against her. Everything’s going to be quick. I just need to concentrate, and that’s it.”

Of the Top 8 winners Tuesday, only No. 7 Sam Stosur dropped a set, coming from a set down to defeat No. 24 Mona Barthel 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Other Top 8 seeds into the quarters were No. 1 Victoria Azarenka who eased past Poland’s Urszula Radwanska 6-3, 6-1, No. 2 Maria Sharapova who overcame a first set hiccup to bear unseeded Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena 7-5, 6-0, No. 4 Angelique Kerber in a tight one over Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 7-5, No. 5 Kvitova rolling over No. 19 Klara Zakopalova 6-2, 6-3, No. 6 Sara Errani impressive in topping veteran No. 9 Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-2, and former No. 1 and No. 8 seed Caroline Wozniacki handling the hot-handed No. 10 Nadia Petrova 7-6(3), 6-3.

Azarenka, who is making it sound like she could pull from the tournament at any moment, is next slated to face Wozniacki in the quarterfinals.

“It was pretty obvious I wasn’t feeling that well — my ankle was bothering me, it’s been bothering me for a while, and it hasn’t really been getting better,” said Azarenka, who improved to 17-0 on the year. “But on the bright side, I won the match today. I overcame those things and — I don’t know how — managed to just take my opportunities and really go for my shots and make it happen, and not just wait for her mistakes.”

Sharapova struggled at times to simply keep the ball in the court on Tuesday, and will have a much tougher time in the quarters against the backboard Errani.

“The first set was so up and down,” Sharapova said of beating Arruabarrena 7-5, 6-0. “I knew I had to buckle down and start being more aggressive, stepping in on the returns and getting more first serves in. She was a tough opponent today but once I started playing more aggressively in the second set things went much better for me.”

On court Wednesday for the women will be Kvitova vs. Kirilenko, and Errani vs. Sharapova.

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[13] G Simon (FRA) vs K Anderson (RSA) – ATP

Not Before 1:30 PM
[5] P Kvitova (CZE) vs [13] M Kirilenko (RUS) – WTA
[18] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP
[5] R Nadal (ESP) vs [Q] E Gulbis (LAT) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[6] S Errani (ITA) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA

Not Before 8:30 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [23] S Querrey (USA) – ATP

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
T Huey (PHI) / J Janowicz (POL) vs [WC] J Blake (USA) / M Fish (USA) – ATP
[17] M Raonic (CAN) vs [8] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP
[6] T Berdych (CZE) vs [10] R Gasquet (FRA) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[3] A Murray (GBR) vs C Berlocq (ARG) – ATP
[19] T Haas (GER) vs [7] J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP


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289 Comments for Federer, Nadal, Djokovic in Blockbuster Wed. at Indian Wells

mat4 Says:

First, and last post from my phone… It’s awful…


John Says:

Get the Galaxy Note 2.

Love it.


mat4 Says:

No life without a good keyboard. I want my old phone back! The one used to… phone! and read a few messages from time to time. I am horrified by those gadgets…


Jatin Says:

Federer:” For this year the schedule is done but next year a i want to play tournos that i never played before ”

I hate to admit it,but i guess he is giving a hint that 2014 could be his last year in tennis!
so wants his fans to take a glimpse of him one last time and play at places he’s never been before..i cant figure out any other reason for this statement of his!

It makes me so sad that one day we will not see the great roger federer in court.I don’t even want to imagine tennis without roger .
No one can match the magic he spell on court.
Roger’s retirement will be the most tragic even in world tennis .I mean, he has so many fans all around .I am from india and people are crazy for him even here . I really hope next year he will come to chennai open just like rafa did many years ago .
He is the reason i am so crazy about tennis .

God.It hurts.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am eating some Latvian food later today. Their specialty is it crumbles as soon as you see them.


Sirius Says:

Jatin, where did u get that???


Giles Says:

Jatin. Don’t cry! I think he will hang around till Olympics 2016.


rogerafa Says:

What a seriously fantastic day for those lucky enough to be at Indian Wells.


Jatin Says:

@giles
Am not crying.Am just picturing that moment.
Anyways .
Fed has a bad back and what if wawarinka beat him today ?
I really want to see rafa vs roger again.Its been a year since they played each other.


Gordo Says:

Fed’s got his hands full today with countryman Stan (the man) Wawrinka. If Stan plays the way he did against Nole in that 5 setter at this year’s AO then Fed is going to have a busy day at the office.

The match I am looking forward to is Raonic vs Tsonga. These 2 endured a 25-23 third set at last year’s Olympics with Tsonga coming out on top. This should be interesting to see how far Milo’s has come.

And last night, if Gulbis didn’t get too drunk and have too many call girls in his room I expect a similar match to Djokovic’s yesterday; a tight first set but once Nadal wins it Gulbis will lose interest and fold like a cheap tent, with his mind more on how many girls he wants to rent tonight.


Daniel Says:

Everybody wants another Fedal, I think this is the longest they stayed without playing each other ever since there first 2 matches, 2004-2005 Miami. If they don’t meet for wathever reason, Gulbis, Wawa, knee, back, it will be officialy the longest drought betwen those 2.

Onto Fedal 29!!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

What a slate of matches. The Masters set-up is terrific for fans.


Gordo Says:

This is probably the best chance for a Fedal match this year.

Fed is slowing down with each passing year and the luck of the draw is increasing becoming a factor in him reaching finals.

And as for Nadal, like Sampras, he has not won a hard court tournament since last decade. :)


rogerafa Says:

Roger will fall to number three very soon and Rafa will likely go back to four and then to three in due course. Obviously, they will then be in the opposite halves of the draw and, given Roger’s advancing age, unlikely to meet each other in the finals. However, in the immediate future, there is a decent probability that there will be a Fedal in Rome, Madrid, RG, Halle and Wimbledon at the quarter or semi final stage.


Humble Rafa Says:

Fed has a bad back and what if wawarinka beat him today?

Just explain it away like any other loss and make him the favorite for the French Open.


Humble Rafa Says:

Tommy Old Man is a hero to most people. He comes back from injury with a bang. This last until the next injury.


rogerafa Says:

@ “Humble” Rafa

Your “humble” highness remains the favorite for RG although the “egglover” seems all set to push you to the extremes and may even snatch it from you. The “Arrogant one” does not have much of a chance bur the “arrotards” will differ.


rogerafa Says:

@ “Humble” Rafa

“This last until the next injury.”

Unlike your continuous(but “humble”) injury soap opera :-)


Sirius Says:

^LOL


Tootie Says:

Remember when Federer a few years ago told the press, “That ring I gave Mirka is NOT and engagement ring”? Come on, people, let’s be honest. These guys are using these girls. If they loved them, they would have married and THEN lived together and THEN had children. There is never love in sin.


jane Says:

Daniel, “Everybody wants another Fedal” as much as I am intrigued this time by a Fedal QF, I am just as curious about Murray/Delpo, which has been much longer than the last Fedal. I also think Nole/Tsonga OR Nole/Raonic could be intriguing QF matches (that is who Nole has right? Haven’t looked at the draw). Really, only Berydch QF doesn’t seem as tantalizing as all the others, partly because Ferrer went out so quickly. Who could he face?


Sirius Says:

@ jane

T- Bird has to reach the QF first. He doesn’t have a great h2h against Gasquet. It’s 2-4 i think. If he reaches QF, most probably he’ll face G.simon


nadalista Says:

Very apt:

Messi (an Argentine) serves up a footballing master-class in dismantling AC Milan to remind the world he is the best, and the new Pope……..he is Argentine.

Congratulations, Argentina.


Giles Says:

Maybe in future Delpo will make the sign of the cross TWICE after his wins??


nadalista Says:

^^^^Hahaha! @Giles, You still haven’t allayed my suspicion that you are Neil Harman in disguise:

RT NeilHarmanTimes: “There will be a new spring in the step of @delpotrojuan this afternoon if the news from the Vatican is correct “


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Good work so far for Milos. Forehand looks like a bit better form this year. This would be a huge win. I think most of the experts on this site are agreed that the second tier is Tsonga, Berdych and Del Potro, and that if any newcomer breaks the Big Four hegemony on Slams it will be one of them. If Milos can show he belongs with them, at his age, he will soon be knocking on the door of the top four.
I can hope!


Giles Says:

nadalista. Lol. Wish I was as talented as him!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Milos’ return game looks awful. Depressing. Its as though he’s not playing to win, just to serve.


the DA Says:

Raonic DF on MP and Tsonga goes through. Pity, I was hoping to see Milos and Nole play for the first time.


volley Says:

allez tsonga! he looks spent and has strapping on his knee so I am not expecting him to put up much resistance if he meets djokovic.


rogerafa Says:

Bizarre end to the match. Neither player realized the match had gotten over. Speaks volumes about their focus or the lack of it unless they were so focused that they wiped everything out including the score and the umpire.

I wanted a Novak-Milos match too. Well, there is always next time.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Boy, its tough to be a Milos fan. The sparks of hope and progress are rare. Still, the fact that he repeated in San Jose, and is able to get to these spots in the draw more often, is progress itself even if the big wins arent coming as quickly or frequently.
His play receiving serve was just abysmal.


Humble Rafa Says:

I think the Arrogant One is out of form. I mean, if he loses the first service game of the second set, I understand, but first set, so unlike him.


van orten Says:

vamos roger !!


El Flaco Says:

Federer is definitely playing cautiously. His flat serve up the middle in the deuce court is 122 mph when normally it is closer to 130. Also, he isn’t lunging out to his forehand because it requires you to bend quite a bit with your back.


van orten Says:

i hate the fact that berdych won vs gasquet!!!


van orten Says:

fed clearly playing differently…thanks to stan he is still winning this first set


van orten Says:

fantastic forehand by fed..first set in the bag!!


Humble Rafa Says:

The Best Backhand in Switzerland is a mental midget.


the DA Says:

Wawa not showing the form he had at AO. His matches with Federer are always anti-climatic.


van orten Says:

live stream of sky sports they are showing murray vs berlocq now…they cannot be serious ..who cares about a match like that ????


van orten Says:

there is a reason he isnt scheduled to play on centre court!!!!


the DA Says:

Imagine a British TV station featuring a match with the British No. 1, whatever next? Can’t be any worse than watching someone roll over for their opponent for the 13th time.


van orten Says:

i get your point DA ;


Wog boy Says:

Wawrinka killed Nole with BDL, what happend with that shot today, he lost it on way from Australia to America? He is shi!tscared when he playes Federer as simply as that.


Brando Says:

@wog boy: Agreed re wawa. He really is Feds punch bag on a tennis court. Shame!


the DA Says:

Berlocq’s grunts are awful.


jane Says:

Sirius, thanks for the update. Missed all the matches, but it sounds like Delpo won, so Andy has to keep his end of the bargain!

If Nole makes it past Delpo perhaps Tsonga will get him this time? They’ve always had close matches: Nole and Jo. I would’ve liked to see Nole play Milos too DA. Oh well, he has to get past Sam first.

Looks like Roger’s cruising so far vs Stan but am at work so can only see scores and they are so slow…

Need to rush home for tonights matches.


van orten Says:

fed and his infamous “i have to finish the match “choke!!!!!


the DA Says:

Hmm…Wawa breaks back. Comeback?


Daniel Says:

Wtf. Wawa hit some deep backhand even returns to force Federer miss 3 BH in a row. Ok, part os Fed’s fault, bur even so, that passing crosscour BH on the run gave Wawa a boost. He didn’t miss return and won 4 points in a row when most expect Fed to close it out.


the DA Says:

@jane – can you believe they’ve scheduled 2 doubles matches on the stadium tomorrow? If Nole and Andy get through, they’ll be on Stadium 2!! It’s nuts.


Daniel Says:

Last thing Fed needs here is a third set. So he better push to a tiebreak. He was playing te whole match fast paced. Trying to finish points even forcing too much not wanting to exchange some balls for the right opening. He was playing on his terms. Now some pressure which he disn’t felt this tourney so far.


Daniel Says:

Finally Wawa misses a return;)


Wog boy Says:

If Federer doesn’t win second set we might see repetition of Dubai match with Berdych, but I think he will close it in TB.


Daniel Says:

Out of 6 tiebreakers plaeyd by these two, Wawa never won one.


van orten Says:

fed playing crap again…impressive


Daniel Says:

First time for everything…


Daniel Says:

Oh Wawa why you unleash 4-5 down second set, why?!?!
Now he better win it. Fed diesn’t have age and back to be engaing in long 3 setters. He needs tonbe fresh as a dasy in order to face Nadal, Berdych and Djoko / Murray.


Humble Rafa Says:

Normal service has resumed.


Wog boy Says:

Well, Federer just droped the level of his game for no visible reason, it is not that Wawa played much better, but now wawa is ful of confidence … maybe it is Roger’s back?


the DA Says:

There’s a lot of tension in this Murray/Berlocq match. Carlos complaining Andy takes longer than 25 secs; Andy complaining about Berlocq’s awful grunts. hehe


van orten Says:

age is not his f…ing problem …when will you all stop playing the age card…he is the master in losing matches he should never lose…!!! that is the only way to beat him…!!! match almost always on his wilson pro staff…that is why it is so painful to watch him lose…he is pure drama.. he watched too many of boris becker matches when he was young,,,


Daniel Says:

Fed was usin this slices cross court an short and Wawa was makin several backhands teying tomfore too much. Dind’t u understand why he was playing claycourt end of second set!


van orten Says:

i mean wtf he played 2x 5 setters in a row at ao, loses and says he wasnt tired…then murray loses vs nole and explains the loss because he had to play 5 vs fed..come on!!!!


Daniel Says:

Jesus Wawa is possesed. Suddenly he is playing in insane level, everything: returns, passing shots. Insane.

I also thought the seve was out but Federer shouldn’t hit the reflex volley. Indeed the replay showed the sere was out


van orten Says:

typical federer ..multiple breakpoints …what happens,…he does not break…and what happens next.?? yes he gets broken in his next service game ….what a match …incredible


Sidney Says:

Oh, Roger!


Fleischer Says:

This arrogant brat started his usual stuff when he is losing.


Daniel Says:

van orten, maybe he is losing this matches he neve lost due to, ah age?!


van orten Says:

this is insane tennis by fed …but in a bad way…always the same !!! he fucked up vs berdych the same way ..and multiple times vs djoker too in the past…the same way …tired of watching him lose like that !!! gets not in my head how can end up losing matches like that


Humble Rafa Says:

Ok..the forum is going to go nuts. I will retire in peace for the day.


Daniel Says:

We Fed fans and almost everybody assumes thy jut because Federer is that good age doesn’t matter. I am almost like him, completed 32 in January and I don’t recover from
Matches as when 25-26. I don’t recober even from
Work out and i hit the gym 5 times a week, lying 4, because eventually I need a resting day:)


van orten Says:

yeah right daniel !!! vs wawrinka losing because of age hahahah never read a better joke !!!!


budum Says:

If Rafa makes it to the quarters and Fed doesn’t I will cry of laughter.


Daniel Says:

But he was right and wrong, the problem was that he hitted the volley. But almost every player in that position would hit by reflex is what they do when they come to the net.

Wow, Wawa can’t handle that low slice on his BH. He misses 2 out of 3 and Fed get the break back


van orten Says:

this is my old friend feddy at his absolute drama best !!!!


the DA Says:

Andy takes the first set 7-6. Berlocq playing way above his ranking. Wawa slips up again.


El Flaco Says:

Federer is clearly not 100%, but he still had the match on his racquet. Wawa should win this now, but he could choke too.


Daniel Says:

At least he is in angry mode. Better than the passive state, he was wen Wawa raised his level.


van orten Says:

humble rafa

go and prepare for your bathroom break when you play fed !!!


Wog boy Says:

Well I didn’t expect that from Roger, after he netted ball he wanted to challenge his own serve … I thought that only Nadal does that ;)


Daniel Says:

van orten,

Last match was Fed 890 win, only 3 players are ahead o him, Connors, Lendl and Vilas (with nine hindred and twenty something) whihc Fed will pass this season. When played and ein that much age matters, mileage matters. Your focus ia not the same, everything hurts more. Of course he has experience by his side an won several matches in last years with that, his name. But to me after uou hit 30 everything is age. A more credible excuse than knees!:)


Sidney Says:

I want a Rafa-Roger QF match!


Daniel Says:

Wog boy, when he aproaches the net he saw his serve was out and noted that he kind of stop waiting the call. But no judge called and jis mistake was hit the volley. The replay showed it was indeed out.


Humble Rafa Says:

I will be very disappointed if I don’t get my favorite meal in the QF.


Daniel Says:

What HR, goat cheese?! LOL


Humble Rafa Says:

I have to tell when you when Olderer aka Arrogant One retires, people will live healthier lives with normal blood pressure.


jatin Says:

@wogboy

That was perhaps the most difficult situation i have ever seen for a player. If you play Tennis you would understand it’s instinctive for any player to just return the ball. Roger thought it was out that’s why it became a tricky situation. Mcenroe rightly said, that no one is at fault. It’s not about being late at calling. Had Roger being at Baseline and then returned then it was a different game altogether. But because he was at the net the ball came really fast towards him and he just returned out of instinct. The umpire rightly denied him a challenge. But Roger had every right to feel disappointed.

Mcenroe also said that the use of Hawk Eye is to make sure finally the right call is made. If a player is challenging rightly, and the umpire came to know he was right,perhaps he should have allowed it. The serve was actually out,which was called in and Federer challenged his own serve which was called in. This made it a difficult situation to handle for everyone


van orten Says:

hhahahahahahahhh that is absolutly true in my case yes !!!


the_mind_reels Says:

Strange match from Federer. As others have noted, he’s playing pretty cautiously, and his movement is very subpar. Tons of errors coming off his forehand side, and he’s almost taking a Rafa-like moonball approach to playing Stan’s backhand. He’s upright and stiff on overheads, which suggests his back is bothering him.

If he manages to gut this match out, it’ll be pure will. As for the challenge drama, I’m a Fed fan, but he was in the wrong, and Murphy was right not to let him challenge.


Wog boy Says:

Daniel,

I am recording it and I will check later but I will disagree, he went stright for volley to put it away and after he netted the ball he pointed to out and challenged. He could challenge before he went to net but didn’t expect to miss, ones he missed he tried to save a day by calling late challenge. Even without that I didn’t like then, when Rafa challenged his own serve last year at AO against Nole (after uncle Toni pointed finger in the air telling Rafa to challenge) and I don’t like it now, even it is quite within the rules but not quite fair-play.


Daniel Says:

Agree mind reels. That’s why he is netting so many balls, lack of proper movement to execute.


Daniel Says:

Fed should just hit ping pong shots atracing Stan to the net. I think he won almost every pont he sliced or dropped. Hope he finds an inner gear to attack this return game and avoid a tiebreak where he can lose another match having match point. This thought just cringe me!


Wog boy Says:

Is it time for Wawrinka to choke?

I want and wanted Fedal QF but by watching Roger today I am not sure it is good for Roger to face Nadal with this game.


van orten Says:

choke time wawra !!!


Humble Rafa Says:

I am not sure it is good for Roger to face Nadal with this game.

I am not in good form. The Arrogant One is a very difficult, in form opponent. He is surely the favorite. …


Wog boy Says:

I yold you so, his inner self tells him “you cannot beat Federer.”


Daniel Says:

Yeah. At least will arrive to Nadal match more battle tested.

Nadal may have his bread an bitter versus Fed bit he won’t be hitting hard, pace and flat as Wawa was in ens of second set and begfing of third. Live to fight another day!


van orten Says:

ok now i have to drink a cold cerveza and then watch funny guy gulbis vs not so funny but very humble rafa !!!


Wog boy Says:

“told”


Humble Rafa Says:

Yeah. At least will arrive to Nadal match more battle tested.

HA HA HA…funniest comment of the evening.


Fleischer Says:

I have never been so delighted to see Federer win a match (except ofcourse FO 2011 SF).


van orten Says:

daniel i get your point with the age thing..and it is def. a better excuse than bad knees hahah


Andrea Says:

Phew. Hate watching matches on my computer. Yay roger! But credit to Stan for what sounds like a competitive match. C’mon TSN. Break out the nadal match live!!


Fleischer Says:

Now the match which everyone wants is going start.
A section of the crowd was chanting “we want Rafa” in the begining of the third set.


jatin Says:

Thank god
Finally


Fleischer Says:

van orten Says:
daniel i get your point with the age thing..and it is def. a better excuse than bad knees hahah

March 13th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Obviously better for Fedt@rds….LOL


van orten Says:

i truely believe that if haas can play that level at 35 what will fed be able to do in 3-4 years from now…fed is agelesss!!!!


Humble Rafa Says:

Thank god
Finally

There is no need to bring God into this. It is just a tennis match. No one died, as far as I know. Some people had heart attacks towards the end of the 2nd set, that’s all. They were prescribed to watch old Wimbledons 12 hours a day.


jatin Says:

@humble rafa
gulbis is waiting for you .Go beat him first but I doubt it .
Have an apple pie to cool you mind off.


the DA Says:

Andy scrapes through 7-6 6-4. If Delpo makes it to the QF, he’s got an excellent chance to change the lopsided H2H. Lots of FH practice needed.


jane Says:

When I left my office Fed was up a break in the second set; I thought it was a done deal but I guess Stan prolonged things.

Good to see Andy’s through.

Now, who’s taking bets on whether Ernie is going to get a spanking for his comments about running Rafa side-to-side? ;)


van orten Says:

^hahhahahah gulbis forehand is pricelesssss …how on earth did he come up with that ???


jane Says:

DA, for some reason I thought Delpo was already through to the QF!?


jatin Says:

Nadal is one heck of a beast but gulbils is playing well.Hope to see some sparks .


jane Says:

i think I misinterpreted when someone wrote I wonder if Delpo will now start crossing himself twice when he wins – assumed that was after a win. But, I see he’s up next versus Haas. Have they ever played? … off to check that …


gannu Says:

Sad to c feddy bear playing like this…he seems so listless…just cant finish matches at this age…I had no hopes after he lost his serve serving for the match…neways…


van orten Says:

if i remember well they played in cincy last year or canada masters …delpo won


jane Says:

Gulbis is pretty good looking; I always forget that.


jane Says:

In some of these rallies, Gulbis is letting Rafa dictate, the exact opposite of what he said he was going to do.


van orten Says:

after seeing only a couple of points i understand why nadal complains about the time rule!!!


jane Says:

DA, just read your post about 2 doubles tomorrow on centre court so Andy and Nole, if they win, are on stadium 2. Well, I suppose those lucky people could see some great matches: Andy/Delpo (if he wins) & Tsonga/Nole (if he wins).


the DA Says:

Strange, so far Delpo seems content to rally until Haas makes the error. No unleashing of fearhands yet. It’s early.


El Flaco Says:

Nadal looks a lot healthier than Fed right now. If he gets past Ernie I think he will beat Fed.


Daniel Says:

Damm,

Gulbis is making some nice winners.

Nadal playing pretty solid, more inside the court and trying to finish some points faster than usual. Still missiig a few shots old Nadal would never miss.


van orten Says:

i strongly believe that humble rafa does not have the same opinion as you flaco


Alex Says:

Kneedull is still in it….hahahhah.
Hes gonna get pounded. A new Fleisch loch(hole) to scratch after Gulbis tears him one.


van orten Says:

what was that?? nadal tanking ??? very uncommon errors from the matador!!!1


the DA Says:

Oh boy, Gulbis wins the first set after a Rafa FH goes long.


Wog boy Says:

jane @10:32pm,

Do you seriously believe what Gulbis says:)

El Faco,

Agree, Rafa looks as fit as fiddle, I cannot say the same for Roger, from what I have seen today.

Brake point for Gulbis and set for Gulbis, am I going to eat my words? Wouldn’t be the first time.


Daniel Says:

3 bad misses in this game with last 2 really awfful shots tomgive first set Gulbis who is playing a clean flawless match.


jane Says:

Wow. Rafa kind of fell apart a bit at the end there?


the DA Says:

Delpo appears to have another nose bleed. He seems to get those more than would be considered normal.


Humble Rafa Says:

The Tall Elf has a nose like an elephant. No wonder it gets in the middle of everything and bleeds.

In other minor matter, I have some issues here dealing with Baby Face.


the DA Says:

Rafa breaks and Gulbis tries to annihilate a ball.


van orten Says:

gulbis is total nutcase sorry to say that ..but he crashes so many forehands completly without thinking…nadal only keeping ball in play…gulbis does the rest..ahhahah what a player fun to watch but man he could do so much better


mat4 Says:

There is no love lost between those two.


van orten Says:

of course there is no love…gulbis is a guy who is def. not intimidated by nadal!! he is a person who hates his neurotic way of playing tennis !!!


Alok Says:

@gannu, yes it’s sad to see Fed playing so listless, but there’s a reason for his bad play at IW.

during his match with dodig he hurt his back. According to the comms on Tenis channel, Fed cancelled practise yesterday, and didn’t today, only played this match. they said Fed stated he’s been having some serious back spasms,. anway, he still won his match against Stan, for which we should be thankful, as stan usually goes out of his way to pressure Fed. I don’t know why, but i suppose he wants to make a statement to the fans that he’s not going to fold, unlike the countrymen of some of those players who are top 4 players.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is crazy, he just slide that left leg on hard court?!:)


Alex Says:

Gulbis is in town.

And he is wearing the Rosol Suit!


Alok Says:

@Daniel: “We Fed fans and almost everybody assumes thy jut because Federer is that good age doesn’t matter. I am almost like him, completed 32 in January and I don’t recover from
Matches as when 25-26. I don’t recober even from
Work out and i hit the gym 5 times a week, lying 4, because eventually I need a resting day:)”

March 13th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I just turned 29 and I can only play 3 times per week as my recovery is slow.

I think for us amateurs we have such difficulties because we also have to work at a 40-60 hour week, compared to the players, so let’s not knock ourselves out, as it’s like an apples and oranges situtation.

This is one of the reasons I don’t understand why some tennis fans who don’t play seem to think that a 20 shot rally entitles the players more than 25 seconds between points. These guys train for these gladiatorial battles, and amateurs do not.


van orten Says:

nadal doing a lot uncharataristic unforced errors …so counting out fed in a possible quarter is not very wise!!!


Alex Says:

Will Ndal be Rosoled?

Gulbis is a qualifier.


Alok Says:

I like Gulbis for his mind-set and being outspoken. he’s my kind of guy and is free from all the kow-towing towards the top players. He is his own man, but I suppose money is in that equation, being born into richness and all that stuff. he’s also not a needy person who is needful of crowd acceptance trying to be the favorite.


van orten Says:

but gulbis is better than normal qualifiers !!! he just likes drinking and partying way better than playing tennis !!!


the DA Says:

Haas swearing loudly in German – fortunately the umpire doesn’t understand. He hasn’t played well at all.

Back to Rafa/Ernie.


Alok Says:

@ van orten, I think Fed will surprise us.


Wog boy Says:

van orten,

Maybe Nadal just doesn’t want so badly to win, just maybe. So far fed/wawa was better match … for me.


gannu Says:

Gulbis..this guy – got to love his attitude…appears young brash upstart kid…but guess if you start respecting too much your seniors then u will never win one…hope he maintains this tempo for the rest of his life rather than goofing around with beer, girls and drugs!!


gannu Says:

aalok we think alike ;-)


van orten Says:

well that last point showed otherwise wog boy. but who knows …


Alok Says:

ha ha, seren a’s faorite line judge made a bad call. Nadal ooked pissed.


Alok Says:

@gannu, which part of India are you livng? My father’s family are from Banglore, perhaps why I love Mrs. Abishek Baichan so much, but she’s so beautiful!


jane Says:

That was a pretty great rally; it’s so nice to see Gulbis playing well! I wish he were always playing his best. He can be a bit casual with the slices though.

DA, I was kind of surprised to see how easily Delpo won the first set, but I wasn’t watching; was he playing amazing or what?


gannu Says:

i am from mumbai!!


the DA Says:

Jane, no Delpo didn’t need to do much. Haas made loads of errors. Delpo played more of his usual game in set 2 and Haas couldn’t keep up. Tommy facing MP as I type.


jane Says:

Thanks DA. Looking forward to see Andy/Delpo. It’ll be a good gage of where they’re both at in some ways, as they haven’t played since Delpo’s breakout year and since Andy’s been under Lendl’s tutelage.


skeezer Says:

Hey Rafa,

Hows those knees? You seem to be running better than Gulbis.lol!


the DA Says:

Jane, yes I’ve been looking forward to see them meeting again but Andy will need to be better than he was tonight.


The fighter Says:

Second set in the pocket. We hv a decider


jane Says:

I didn’t see Andy, as I was at work, but he came through in straights at least. Berloq is a different kind of a player than Delpo isn’t he? More of a clay-courter?


skeezer Says:

I still don’t see Gulbis has the skill to beat a Rafa. He may pull this out, But day in and day out Rafa is still a superior player. And I am still not seeing Rafa as the beast he can be. If he can get ahold of his knee issues…look out everyone!


mat4 Says:

@jane:

Berlocq is a typical clay courter, and that’s the game he produced against Andy: a lot of IO FH, a BH played way behind the baseline. Andy was save by his superior serve and his power, because for years now he struggles against that style of play.


jane Says:

Rafa stopped play because he was charged with “coaching” – Rafa’s asking if the linesman speaks Spanish and apparently he does.


Alex Says:

Nadal receives on court coaching…
Coach was telling Nadal to ”go to the backhand”.


mat4 Says:

BTW, Gulbis’ FH is not only awkward, but bad too.


Wog boy Says:

I guess more than half Californians speak Spanish, if line judge is local?


Daniel Says:

OMG, Nadal trying to demorilize umpire assuming guilty saying that he was discussing with his coah in Catalunyan, asking if the line judge also know how to speak Barcelona language. Kkkkk he should be discussing in the first place. Priceless


The fighter Says:

Can someone tell me whats happening in Rafa’s match?


Daniel Says:

He shouldn’t be discussing….


the DA Says:

Jane, Berlocq was red lining his FH and BH and they mostly went in – fortunately his OHs sucked. Andy’s FH was misfiring more than usual. The UFEs were higher than winners.

This coaching thing was weird – I’m sure Rafa knows what to do on a court. Those lines people have been over eager. Two other players were warned about coaching.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

With that FH Gulbis looks like he is just about to dive of the cliff.


jane Says:

Fognini got a coaching violation versus Novak as well.

The fighter, they are on serve in the 3rd set. Rafa is rattled a bit by the coaching violation call.


jane Says:

The last few points Rafa hit high looping shots, that seem to be drawing errors from Gulbis.


jane Says:

Does anyone know when Nole is playing? Did they move the women’s match to stadium 2 or anything? Otherwise the women still have to play before Nole and Sam, correct?


The fighter Says:

@Jsne thanks!


The fighter Says:

I meant Jane


skeezer Says:

Rafa; coach warning.

Oh gee, again? ROFL!!

No worries, his fans will have an excuse. Fed and hawkeye will come into it somehow….lmao.


the_mind_reels Says:

For anyone watching on Tennis Channel, another brilliant insight from the commentating genius-duo of Gimelstob/Haber when Gulbis hit his knuckles on his racquet:

“That’s…that’s not wise. Those strings are made of…official…hard stuff. They’ve got grip on it to…grab the ball.” Sigh.


skeezer Says:

@fighter

Rafa serving 2-3 on serve ij the 3rd. Imo Gulbis may win but your man is looking good. If his knees hold up he is looking most excellant for the future. He is got some obvious rust, but heart never left.


jane Says:

As of right now, Gulbis has won 81 points to Rafa’s 77.

3-all, 3rd set.


The fighter Says:

rafa needs to improve his serve


mat4 Says:

@jane:

It seems that Novak is player right after this match.


The fighter Says:

@Skeezer

Thanks!


jane Says:

Thanks mat4. It’s going to be a late night. I hope he is focused.


nadalista Says:

Even if Gulbis loses, he can take pride in his performance tonight, very professional. Hope he continues like this.


jane Says:

Agree nadalista. I haven’t seen Gulbis play this well since he beat Berdych at Wimbledon last year. The problem is that he then went on to lose quietly in the next round.


mat4 Says:

Usually, Rafa chokes at this point..


the DA Says:

jane, I think you’re in for a wait. As far as I can tell, Sharapova/Errani hasn’t been moved elsewhere.


skeezer Says:

@nadalista

Actually overall a nice match by both players so far ( typical on court Rafa coaching excluded ). Both being gentlemenly and the pace of play is great. Butt picking seems to be minimal…thank you Rafa. Kudos to your man for picking up the pace a little also.The match should clock in under 3 hours, which is awesome for “Rafa time”.


jane Says:

Impressive by Gulbis! Really digging in there.


nadalista Says:

That’s where Rafa’s losing the match, at the net. His volleying has been atrocious today. Very impressed with his back-hand though……


the DA Says:

That passing shot DTL was vintage Rafa.


jane Says:

Gulbis stayed surprisingly cool after that.


jane Says:

Tense game here; uncharacteristic errors by Rafa, and then a bad miss by Gulbis, with a slapped forehand into the net. Deuce.

Gulbis 94 points to Rafa’s 89.


jane Says:

Is this where Gulbis cracks? 15-30


Alok Says:

This umpire refuses to over-rule as he always does. That point where it showed by hawkeye to be in from gulbis, should have been awarded to him, instead, replay the point. I notice this happens a lot with umpires who don’t or can’t over-rule, it’s always ‘replay the point” even though it’s not likely that the opponent could have gotten to the ball.


nadalista Says:

For the fight Rafa showed in breaking Gulbis’s serve in that game alone, I forgive him all his errors tonight.


Daniel Says:

He is back!!

He saved an on his back shot at 30-30 whcih touched the net, Gulbis droped and Nadal won the point. That shot would have set match point for Gulbis on Nadal serve. Now he unlished in Gulbis serve, broke and will serve for the match and Fedal 29.

This Nadal looks better than Fed btw.


the DA Says:

Gulbis doesn’t crack, Rafa cracks him like all champions can. Can he serve it out like a champ?


Alok Says:

Nadal’s movement is very good IMO. he got to that drop shot from gulbis, which had too much air under it, very quickly, and won the point.

gimelstob says in his estimation nadal is now back to around 75% on HC.


jane Says:

Rafa earned the break for sure. I don’t think Gulbis was playing as quite as cool-headed as in some other games. But perhaps not surprisingly.


The fighter Says:

Rafa plz close it out


Wog boy Says:

Pretty bad for Nole, he will have to play too late a d tomorrow Tsonga. At least we have what we wanted, Fedal match.


Daniel Says:

Gulbis FH imploded.


mat4 Says:

And break…

I see on TT that Sharapova-Errani and Djokovic-Querrey are programmed at the same time.


Alok Says:

Gulbis has been in most of Nadal’s service games but has failed to convert.


jane Says:

I didn’t see Fed’s match, so what are people thinking? Fed or Nadal for the W??


nadalista Says:

We have a Fedal.


Daniel Says:

Weird, schedule shows only Berdych and Fedal tomorrow. Murray and Djoko on Friday.


Michael Says:

As anticipated, the Rafa Vs Gulbis encounter is proving to be a cliff hanger. It is not clear as of now as to who will win eventually. But the difference can be just a few big points. Since now the match has got so much tight, I give the edge to Rafa due to his experience in such tense situations. Gulbis is yet to mature as a player and he might eventually give in.


The fighter Says:

UFF! Sigh of relief!


Michael Says:

As regards the Roger Vs Wawrinka encounter, I do not have much to say expect that both players didn’t play their best, Roger in particular. Oflate, Roger is proving to be as vulnerable as Almagro when he is leading or serving for the match. He again could not serve out the match. This would not have happened to Roger in his hey days. But age is catching up with him. Even he is human afterall.


Alok Says:

Weird schedule indeed. The old man plays without any day off and the young guys got a day off.


jane Says:

Definitely Rafa is still as tough mentally as ever. His serve was pressured more but he hung in there and pounced at the decisive moment. He’s played a few loose games in the few matches I’ve seen since his return but overall his game looks excellent. I don’t see many signs of rust. He moves well. His serve is strong, his net play overall has been good, though not as good tonight as versus Harrison, solid forehand and backhands. He’s clearly back.


Wog boy Says:

Healthy Federer shouldn’t have a problem tomorrow with this Nadal, question is how healthy is Federer?


skeezer Says:

Gulbis meltdown. Regardless, Gulbis was a very hot player as of late, and Rafa tamed him. So much of the match up hype reminds me of the Tomic Fed match at AO. Didn’t see the Fed match today, but doesn’t matter. Rafa is looking very good, Fed will have to be fit and bring his AA game. Rafa lookin good! I’m pickin Rafa in the Fedal, he is playin too good atm, but hopin Fed of course.
One thing is for sure, Will all the all out running I saw on the court from Rafa today, his kness are very very fine!


the DA Says:

Welcome back Rafa. Almost there but good to see his fighting spirit remains unchanged.

I just saw the OOP for tomorrow and there’s no schedule for Murray/Delpo or Tsonga/Nole/Querrey. I guess they’re splitting the men’s QFs over 2 days.

http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/Schedules/Live-OOP.aspx


Alok Says:

@Michael, the comms stated that roger is having severe back problems, and cancelled practise after that problem in the dodig match. they also stated that Fed has said he’s suffered with back spasms for ears, but it’s getting worse. I can se that there is a problem with the back, which is affecting his serve, as back problems often do.

On form, I give the edge to nadal to win against the guy with the bad back.


Michael Says:

Jane,

Frankly to say with the way Roger is playing in this tournament, I do not see him beating Nadal. If only he can somehow discover his form he has a chance in my opinion. I give the edge to Nadal. It would be 65:35 in favour of him.


nadalista Says:

12:15am @Skeezer says:

“Rafa serving 2-3 on serve ij the 3rd. Imo Gulbis may win but your man is looking good. If his knees hold up he is looking most excellant for the future. He is got some obvious rust, but heart never left.”

Agree with your take there, skeezer. Gulbis has always been a tough match-up for Rafa, always gone 3 sets. In this match, Gulbis showed he has matured, no question, and has become a better player for it. Rafa is still on a comeback. His movement is still impaired. I don’t know if anyone noticed but at the beginning of the 3rd set, Maymo (Rafa’s physio) came down and gave him something (anti-inflammatories, perhaps?), his forehand is not clicking but his backhand compensated for that.

So, all things considered, this is a much improved Rafa with room to climb a couple more gears.

Damn that knee!


Alok Says:

@Michael, i see we said the same thing, givivg the edge to nadal.


Michael Says:

Alok,

There are some physical issues with Roger. As you rightly said, looking the way Nadal is playing, I give the edge to him. I think Nadal can only be beaten by Novak or Andy in this tournament.


Giles Says:

V A M O S! V A M O S!!
My Champ tamed the “NIGHTRIDER”!
Big talking Ernie should put his foot in his mouth!
#VamosKing


Wog boy Says:

What time Nole is going to play, midnight?


jane Says:

Michael, I haven’t seen Fed’s matches; I saw scores this afternoon and thought he was going to close out Stan in 2 straight sets, but when I got home I saw it went 3 sets. He seemed to be rolling through until today though. If his back is hurt then he won’t be able to serve his best I suppose.

Hope Nole vs. Sam comes on soon.


Alok Says:

@michael, I think when Fed’s back begins to spasm, he should call the trainer, but he’s very stubborn in that sense.

I agree with you that only djoker or murray can beat Nadal. I don’t see anything to suggest that nadal’s knee is still problematic, hwoever, i’ll leave that to his fans who know more about him than I do.


nadalista Says:

RT @NeilHarmanTimes: “Larry Ellison gets match he really wants tomorrow night. The restaurants will be empty in the desert. The Fed v Rafa [bt Gulbis 46 64 75] “


marrisv Says:

Happy to see rafa win. Got a chance to see rafa up close in indian wells practicing…. He looked much bigger in person than on tv. IT made my trip watching him crack the ball in practice

Also got to see djoker up close loosening up and stretching with his physio after his win over dmitrov. Very fan friendly, always ready to sign autographs.

Back to rafa’s match, his backhand is good, but his second serve ROS positioning was abysmal. Needs to be aggressive on that to have any chance for hard court trophies..
Let’s see where his real level is now that he is playing one of the big boys.


the DA Says:

There’s no way I’m going to sit through a Sharapova match to see Nole. Off for some Zzzzs. Jane, hope I wake up to read that he won convincingly.


nadalista Says:

It’s a shame it will be a battle of the walking wounded tomorrow: Fed (back), Rafa (knee) but they will give us a show.

28 Grand Slams will be on court.

Gulbis is back.


jane Says:

marrisv – you’re there!! My goodness, lucky you to see Rafa come through like that, in such Rafa-like fighter-like fashion. It seems almost every year someone from Tennis X is there and reporting back to us. That’s for sharing your thoughts.:)


Michael Says:

Jane, If he has to have any chance against Rafa, then Roger needs to have a good serving day atleast on this court. But right through this tournament his first serves are not clicking and that is a big worry. He might break Rafa,but Rafa will always fancy the opportunity to break right back. So, it all boils down to the serving ability of Roger. But given his physical issues, I do not know how he will find his range ?


jane Says:

DA, I’m going to try to stay up, but I may be waking up and hoping the same.

nadalista, was Gulbis ever “here”? :) I hope he can continue to play like that as he sure did perform well tonight; it was enjoyable to watch.


nadalista Says:

Rafa fanboy alert!

RT @darren_cahill: “Geez…. I’ve missed Rafa. Love the struggle, love the fight, love the emotion, love the hate to lose attitude. #vamosrafa”

RT @RT @juanjo_sports: “I’ve said it once, and I’ll happily say it again – Rafael Nadal is the best tennis player I’ve ever seen.”


Wog boy Says:

I know some here will disagree we can post our opinions, no?

Federer played smart game agains Wawa, didn’t give him match of the balls to play with and then he dropped level of his game towards the end of the second set, much the same as with Betdych in Dubai, good thing was Wawa chocked at the end.

As for Rafa match I don’t think Gulbis played anything special, missing BHDL and FH, couldn’t figure out how to solve Rafa’s moonballing. I just don’t like his game. Rafa did show us what he is capable of but he needs more matches and he is fighting fit. Good for tennis.
Rafa can beat and will beat Federer if he turns up like in the third set against Wawa otherwise I still think Roger can come out as a winner.


Michael Says:

Alok,

It is a rarity you see a trainer pushing around Roger on court. He is an epitome of fitness and an envy of all the other players on circuit. Even yesterday Nadal described Roger as the most luckiest player in the circuit and he said that in terms of his physical fitness. Roger definitely dislikes calling in trainers on court. He does that only when the pain is unbearable.

As regards Rafa’s knees, it is playing really good. But I do not know what he will say when he is playing Novak ?


the DA Says:

BTW, that’s the best I’ve seen Gulbis play since his thrashing of Berdych in Rnd 1 at Wimbledon. However, that FH is funky.


jane Says:

Michael, I am not sure, but I wonder if Rafa’s return is quite at its best yet? His fans would know better, but it seemed like tonight Gulbis was pushing Rafa’s serve a little more than the other way round. So, that might mean that Fed’s serve won’t be quite as much on trial IF Rafa isn’t returning at his best just yet. But I did think the rest of Rafa’s game looked sharp. I haven’t seen Fed since Dubai though, so I can’t compare. He must’ve dug in to come through tonight.


Giles Says:

^^^ Hey, one big boy at a time!! Lol


nadalista Says:

@jane says:

“nadalista, was Gulbis ever “here”? :) I hope he can continue to play like that as he sure did perform well tonight; it was enjoyable to watch.”

I am betraying my Gulbis fan-girlism here! Gulbis has always been “here” in my heart. I really want him to do well. I like his maverick attitude, and he has talent to back it up.


Giles Says:

My last comment was for Michael


jane Says:

I am a bit of a Ernie fangirl myself nadalista, but he’s been an aggravating one to root on! I was so pleased for him when he beat Berdych at Wimbledon but then he lost tamely the next round. I hope he is encouraged by his results of late and not chastened by his loss tonight. He could – he should – be top ten imo.


marrisv Says:

jane – unfortunately no. I just came back today. Was there until yesterday. Couldn’t watch rafa in a match live as his match on Monday was cancelled, but was glad to see his practice live.
It was a great experience being there and saw some pretty good matches too..


jane Says:

Ah, too bad, marrisv, but still, at least you got to see him up close in his practice. I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews about the IW venue, and really want to go one of these years.


Andrew Tennis Says:

Gulbis – has really underperformed, to date. He will make some big results, if he keeps up the new-found work ethic.

It is sad to see gulbis hit 3 or 4 winners and still lose a point. This is not clay court tennis and authorities need to do something about this to make sure the game doesn’t favour defensive players. A guy like becker/edberg would win 0 slams in this era, while less talented players like muster/bruguera would have racked up multiple slams and masters with these slowing conditions.


marrisv Says:

Yes, IW is really a heaven for tennis junkies. Very fan friendly tournament, great facilities.


jane Says:

So what the heck? Are they going to put Sam and Nole on at midnight as Wog boy asked? I don’t get why they couldn’t start one of the matches on stadium 2. Sigh. These Sharapova/Errani games are interminable.


Michael Says:

Giles, What was your comment ?

Jane, should be a good match and I hope Roger somehow finds his form back which can make the contest engrossing.


Michael Says:

Jane, You are right. It is quite unfair to Novak/Querrey. They could well shift this match to Stadium 2.


Steve 27 Says:

. Needs to be aggressive on that to have any chance for hard court trophies..

Indeed, this is bad habit for Nadal, In clay yes, but in hard is a mistake and when he play against top guys his chances of winning (in a hardcourt) would be very minimal.

Wawrinka and Gulbis not have mental strengh, btw.


jane Says:

Michael, even put Nole and Sam on court 2. But it’s getting rather late. I supposed the problem is that the Sharapova/Errani and Sam/Nole matches are the night session matches so people probably paid to see both. It’s just unfortunate.


nadalista Says:

@Alok says:

“……I don’t see anything to suggest that nadal’s knee is still problematic, hwoever, i’ll leave that to his fans who know more about him than I do.”

I am a Rafan and a seasoned Rafa-watcher, I can opine that his movement was restricted. In fact, he took anti-infammatories during the match. He was favouring his left leg and was not planting it to execute those shots on the run he is renowned for.This could be because he was in pain, or he was pain free but he did not have confidence in it’s ability to withstand the strain.


nadalista Says:

RT @Ringham7:

“Nationalistically inclined sports editors should have heard the roar with which a US crowd acclaimed a Spaniard’s victory at Indian Wells. Nadal’s popularity transcends nationality. In tennis, particularly, fans want to see great players play great tennis.”


Wog boy Says:

Steve 27,

I liked Andy’s sense of humor, even thy say he has dry sense of humor I will disagree. Out of top5 five he was the best with his funny remarks.


Steve 27 Says:

Yes Wong Boy, british humor is the best for me, so elegant and in the same way so dark.


Margot Says:

Thanx for that Steve. Andy has a delightful dry humour as Wog Boy says, which people often don’t “get.” Hence claims he’s morose etc.


Giles Says:

I think some posters may have forgotten that this was only Rafa’s second match on HC since Miami 2012.
My boy did well! VamosChamp


Andrew Tennis Says:

Let’s tell that to the french who booed him. After winning Roland Garros 4 times in a row, no less.

Rafa’s support in Indianwells is due to the dominance of hispanic people in that region. It only shows a sad trend of racism being an inherent human emotion. He gets similar support in miami too. Tell me when a non-american non-hispanic gets that support.

If rafa’s popularity transcended the game, he wouldn’t be sitting with 0 ATP fan favorite awards in last 9 years while Federer goes 9/9. He’s 2nd in popularity among tennis fans and his peers.

I cannot remember any tennis star who got booed at a site where he won 4 titles in a row.

Nadal’s support is nothing out of the ordinary. If you rank tennis players by their rock star status, I doubt nadal will rank in the top 10 of all time. Laver, borg, agassi and federer would be in top 5. mcenroe or connors/becker will be the other people definitely ranked ahead of nadal. Maybe even safin and rafter too.

I know rafafans have been starved of attention, like rafa, but please do us a favour and let us know when rafa becomes more popular than roger. [fan favorite awards, endorsements, forbes rankings and the likes]

Maybe you can show it off to murray fans. i don’t think the dude has much support outside UK.


Andrew Tennis Says:

Statistically, rafa is the 3rd best ACTIVE player on hardcourts [behind federer and djokovic]. in case rafa fans are nor aware of this, let me know, i will put up the numbers.

here’s a start: 9hardcourt slams for federer [11 finals], 5 for djokovic [8 finals] and 2 [3finals]for rafa.

add 6 year end championships for federer [8finals]

2 for djokovic [in 2 finals]

0 for rafa in 1 final.


Andrew Tennis Says:

Here are a few wonderful names used for rafa’s game in the press:

Beast, bull, ogre,[this was after his loss in paris to soderling], monster.

sounds very popular to me.


Andrew Tennis Says:

Rafa fans:

dont forget, 4 laureus sportsman awards to 1.

Looks like there is a lot of “transcending” to do and very little time. LOL


nadalista Says:

@Andrew Tennis says:

“but please do us a favour and let us know when rafa becomes more popular than roger. [fan favorite awards, endorsements, forbes rankings and the likes]”

I do not see anyone here comparing Rafa’s popularity to Roger’s except you, or calling Roger names except you calling Rafa names.

You don’t need anyone to do you any favours mate, you are doing very well on your own judging by the glow on your face!

Hahahaha!!!!


Andrew Tennis Says:

I did not call rafa names that the press already hasn’t.

Here’s another name [quoting a poster on tignor's site] – creaky and cranky. [nadal = creaky and federer = cranky. LOL!


Giles Says:

If this Andrew Tennis geezer wants to stick his head up Fed’s a$$ let him enjoy!
Rafa is the goat owner. #Fact#Fact


Andrew Tennis Says:

Fed is not the one always picking his @$$. Maybe it is a certain rafa fan who has his head up rafa’s rump and hopefully rafa will get rid of that itch and stop his bu77 picking.

Note to rafa fans: don’t ever bring @$$ into an argument. rafa’s disgusting tic leaves you open to too much attack.

I can’t think of anyone empathizing with rafa on that count unless they pick their bu77s and dig their noses in public.


Giles Says:

PS . Oh look, he enjoys his own cr@ppy jokes as well.


Andrew Tennis Says:

funny how ignoramuses think nadal is goat owner. so davydenko is bull/beast/ogre owner? LOL!


Andrew Tennis Says:

bu77 picker fits rafa much better and defines him the best. I can’t think of anyone above 7years old picking their bu77 as the public looks on.

I think opponents should ask nadal to sanitize his hands before shaking them. doesn’t sound hygenic to touch his hands after he spends 2-3 hours doing you know what.


Giles Says:

Rafa is a guest in Larry Ellison’s home (the tournament owner) as he was last year as well. Can fed boast this honour? Nooooo!!


Indian Ninja Says:

I am a rafa fan, and I don’t know if it is an accepted behaviour in spain, picking butt, digging nose, scratching crotch and the like, but in my country it would be an embarrassing trait.

I am being curious, any spannish people on how the spannish media sees this? I mean he is an ambassador for Spain and a national icon.


Nadalista Says:

Didn’t take long for the anti-Rafa troll to come out, must be feeling pretty threatened. Each to his pleasures!

Hey @Andrew Tennis, do remember to get that rain coat cleaned up, it’s looking kinda………..nasty!

You sound quite well versed in………filthy habits!

Enjoy (pun fully intended)!


Andrew Tennis Says:

So that’s the best answer you got? I don’t think borg has ever been invited by ellison too, does that make rafa more popular than borg’s rock star popularity?

Are you really this stupid or just pretending to be. I never can tell with blind nadal fans.

I wonder how many rafa fans think rafa is the most popular tennis player ever! delusions unlimited!

nadalista, now you see why I gave a dose of reality? There really are some stupid people who cannot see reality because their head is stuck somewhere else [their own admission, not mine].

I will repeat – go brag in front of murray fans. federer is definitely a much bigger super star than nadal. I am sure a case can be made that novak is more popular than rafa too. I will have to look into the numbers for the ATP fan favorite and the forbes ranking. Anyone have those numbers?


Nadalista Says:

Imagine what the Rafa-baiting will be like if he beats the GOAT (which I do not think will happen btw) tonight. Dentists will be working overtime, all that teeth enamel to replace.

Hmmmm, I know who is praying for a Rafa win…………


Nadalista Says:

Yu’re doing fantastic @andrew tennis……….

Go Andrew tennis!

Go Andrew tennis!


faruq Says:

To see some fed fans act like this every time before he plays against nadal is a pleasure for me.. haha..

Vamos Rafa!


Nadalista Says:

Go Andrew Tennis!

Go Andrew Tennis!

Go Andrew Tennis!


Nadalista Says:

………must have fallen asleep, in his own filth, doubt.


Nadalista Says:

^^no doubt.


Giles Says:

nadalista. The calibre of some of the fed fans on full display in the form of this geezer Andrew Tennis! Shame, some of the nice fed fans must be squirming with disgust.
@Indian Ninja. With a comment like that you are not a Rafa fan, so don’t pretend. Who do you really support? On second thought don’t tell me, am really not interested.
#VamosKingNadal


nadalista Says:

@Giles, you cannot be upset at these characters, they are in deep pain. Unfortunately, this pain manifests itself in acute attention seeking. So, you do your best to make them crawl back into the gutter.

Hehehe!


Margot Says:

nadalista: thought u were in the UK…g’n t time now?
My dear how civilised…;)
Well done Rafa btw.


nadalista Says:

@Margot, woot! It is indeed G ‘n T time here in Tamarin, Mauritius! Civilised indeed, thanks to the Brits. Can’t imagine who else could have invented such a splendid concoction. Only Rafa Kool Aid comes close in terms of splendidness……

I will give you the name and address of my Kool Aid brewer, am sure he can put together a good Murray vintage………need it for those deep Slam runs, no?

I will leave you to brave the cold on my behalf, see you in the Summer, UK!


nadalista Says:

^^thanks for the Rafa-love btw, he did us proud. Baby steps…….Some fine quarterfinal matches to look forward to including Murray/Delpo. Hope Andy steps up and shows Delpo who’s boss!

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