Djokovic Cruises After Miami Blackout, Del Potro Already Done; Serena, Venus, Murray v Tomic On Saturday
by Staff | March 23rd, 2013, 12:56 am
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Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic cruised to his 13th straight win in Miami Friday night pounding Lukos Rosol 6-1, 6-0. The match began about 10:30pm local time after earlier play was backed up because of a 3-hour afternoon rain delay and then later by a 30-minute power outage on the grounds during the earlier part of the night session.

“It is a great start,” said Djokovic after the win over Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon conqueror. “After Indian Wells, I tried to rest. There are different conditions here, but tonight was perfect for tennis. I enjoyed every moment of it and I love this court.

“I probably had a seven-hour delay in Indian Wells before the fourth round, so this was a mild delay,” he added. “The hotel where we are staying is nearby, so it’s convenient to rest and prepare.”

Djokovic suffered his first loss of the season last weekend to Juan Martin Del Potro in a three-set thriller at Indian Wells. After falling in the finals to Nadal the next day in the desert, Del Potro couldn’t get on track at all on the East Coast today dropping a stunner today to Tobias Kamke 7-6, 6-1. The match was also suspended because of the rain after the first set.

“I was excited to play here, but, you know, just a bad day and he play really well,” Del Potro said. “He took the chance to beat me tonight, and I think that’s it.”

Del Potro said the loss will give him time to rest his ailing left wrist. “I will have a big rest for my wrist, and that’s important to be ready and be 100% in my next tournament,” he said. “Sometimes is bothering me, but sometimes I can manage it, my pains, but wasn’t today. I think he deserved to win, and it’s okay.”

Said the German Kamke, a former ATP Newcomer of the Year, “It was my second win over a top 10 player. I won already against one in 2010, which was since now my best win. But this one today was the same. So I think it was one of my two best matches I’ve played and two best wins of my career.”

Other winners on the day included James Blake, Tommy Haas, Janko Tipsarevic, Kei Nishikori, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Gilles Simon who upended Lleyton Hewitt.

In the women’s field, former No. 1 and 2-time tournament champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew due to her injured right foot. The Belarussian has now withdrawn from her last three events (she did play in Indian Wells, but then withdrew).

“Well, the decision was really hard to make, but it’s I mean, in one case it was really hard to make,” Azarenka said. “In the other case it was really obvious what the decision was couple days ago already. It’s just I wanted to give my 100% possibility to play, and today was my last test. It’s just, you know, the last two days I tried to practice on it, which did not get better. Just got to a point where I kind of stopped at Indian Wells. So it just gives me a very obvious indication that it’s not possible for me to play.”

Azarenka’s spot was taken by lucky loser Lauren Davis who made the most of her fortune saving three matchpoints in taking out fellow American teen Madison Keys in a third set breaker 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(7).

“I’m so ecstatically happy,” the 19-year-old Davis said. “I came here this morning with like no hope left that I was going to get in, because I had seen Azarenka practicing and stuff, but I just hoped and I wished and I prayed that I would get in. And so I got a call at 10:00 a.m. saying I got in. I was just so happy. I didn’t care if I won or lost. I just was so grateful for the opportunity to play.”

All the seeds in the Top 15 rolled on Friday including Maria Sharapova who blasted Canadian teen Genie Bouchard 6-2, 6-0. The Russian’s match was interrupted mid-way by that blackout but it didn’t affect the outcome.

“I was just trying to find a quiet corner where I could just rest and just wait it out, I guess,” Sharapova said of the delay. “I have been on the tour for many years and I have been part of a few delays. Maybe not a power outage, but you treat it as maybe a rain delay and you go in, and as soon as you have to get out and just be ready, do a quick warmup, and be ready for the match.”

On tap on a busy Saturday are Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Milos Raonic, Fernando Verdasco, Tomas Berdych, John Isner and former champ Andy Murray who meets Bernard Tomic in the marquee men’s match.

Five-time champion and local favorite Serena Williams returns under the lights. Caroline Wozniacki, defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na are also in action plus Venus Williams battles rising American Sloane Stephens in the best women’s match on the card. Sloane beat Serena in January at the Australian Open, now Venus has a chance for family revenge.

“Yeah, she’s doing great,” Venus said of Stephens. “I know it’s been exciting for her. I know there is more to come for her. It’s just, you know, step by step.

“In any match it’s important for you to execute on your side, because if you don’t the match is over. So I’m just going to try to play well.”

Venus first won Miami three decades ago in 1998.


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97 Comments for Djokovic Cruises After Miami Blackout, Del Potro Already Done; Serena, Venus, Murray v Tomic On Saturday

Michael Says:

That defeat against Del Potro at Indian Wells must have stung Novak and he has sprung into action and it will now be difficult stopping him. He literally pulverised the poor Rosol, who incidentally was a Nadal slayer at Wimbledon and just made him look helpless on court. As regards Del Potro, I think physically he is not fit to play back-to-back tournaments. He should have withdrawn from Miami just like Roger and Rafa. If he had done that, he could have saved himself this humiliation at the hands of little known Kamke.


Margot Says:

Depends on how open a man is, off the dance floor, to learning some new moves….;)


Margot Says:

Ah, sorry totally wrong place! Delete button please….


Wog boy Says:

Margot,

It might be wrong place but you are not wrong;)


Margot Says:

Wog boy: u r a star, and making me feel not so much of a plonker ;)


alison Says:

Margot lol no problem,IMO i think the ones that are the quietest have the most to offer,sometimes still waters run very deep ;-)


alison Says:

It took me a while to forgive to forgive him when he beat Rafa at Wimbledon last year lol,but i have to say is it just me or is Lucas Rosol really cute or what?love that tatoo down the back of his calf,but i love tatoos on men anyway.


alison Says:

So dissapointed about Delpo,seems like he could be suffering from an IW hangover,could be also due to burnout,as hes played quite alot of tennis just lately,i only hope Andy doesnt go the same way,im hoping for a Nole/Andy final with Andy bagging the title.


Ben Pronin Says:

Nice to finally see Djokovic sustain great play over 2 sets instead of having his usual dip.


Sidney Says:

I am hoping for a Nole-Muzza final!
I want Nole to win, don’t like Muzza, but I’d rather have the better player win it all.

And Muzza has improved a lot in the last year or so. Also, I really believe he gained the most from Rafa’s long absence. Credit to him. The opportunities were there and he took them. Others (Berdych, Tsonga, Ferrer, etc.) would not have had as much success given the same opportunities. I had doubts about Muzza, but he proved to me that he belongs.


Sidney Says:

Btw, congrats to Rafa for the IW title when nobody thought he could do it! The king is back! Hopefully for good!


Sidney Says:

Come to think of it, Berdych, Tsonga, Ferrer, delP, et al DID have the same exact opportunities as Muzza when Rafa was injured!


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Sidney the king? sorry a prince maybe. Novak is the king right now.


jane Says:

Weird first set between Troicki and Tsonga; there were 4 breaks of serve between these typically good servers. Tsonga will win the tiebreak though.


courbon Says:

@Alison; I got a tatoo…


mat4 Says:

Hi, everybody. I have problems with my connection, changed my modem, but it probably won’t be fixed until monday. Hope you are enjoying great tennis and good chat.

Hope this post will go through.


jane Says:

I just can’t tell what to think of Tomic; I don’t see any improvement in his game at all, and his forehand is wild. Andy is playing much more within himself, and even though Tomic had chances on Andy’s serve, Andy squashed them. Tomic followed that up with 3 or 4 wild errors and is broken at love.


jane Says:

20 UEs from Tomic; commentators saying he doesn’t know how to deal with adversity, and that by now, at 20 years old, he should be coming into his own.

Petchey says “Andy was hungrier” – indeed! He wasn’t playing his best but he is winning nevertheless.


jane Says:

Strong start for Andy but really think Bernard needs to go back to the drawing board.

Janowicz lost to Bolleli.

Goffin won and Dimitrov has won the first set.

Interesting to see which, if any, of these young guns can maybe make a run here.

It seems like a potential opportunity/opening, with Delpo, Fed and Rafa all out of the draw.


Giles Says:

^^^ Belucci not Bolleli.


mat4 Says:

jane, I managed to see part of the second set, and I have to agree that Tomic’s behaviour is a bit… of a disgrace. I recently watched him, and I watched Harrison a few times: it is such a contrast.


mat4 Says:

It is interesting that I noticed the same things: Janowicz losing to Belucci, after all the hype that was a few months ago, no result to back it up. I am glad Goffin is slowly recovering from that terrible match against Troicki in the DC, after which he collapsed completely.

Finally, I don’t really agree that Tomic hasn’t improve. He’s not Harrison who still has to develop a big weapon and figure what his game should be. BT has a clear vision of that: he plays well down the line, he is able to deny pace to his opponent and to accelerate suddenly, and he owns now a very decent serve.

But in the meantime, top players have also discovered the usefulness of the slice, they foray more often to the net, and they figured out BT a bit: whenever they can, they make him run and avoid to give him the height he needs for his flat strokes. And, as we have seen tonight, he obviously hates to run..


jane Says:

Oops, thanks for the correction Giles.

mat4, yes, at least Harrison almost always gives full effort. I can’t see the improvement in Tomic, say, from 1 and a half years ago. I don’t see any new weapons. He’s always had that serve and forehand, not to mention the capabilities of mixing it up. His problem is he lack discipline not just mentally but in his shots too. His forehands today were wild. And he had no tactics in mind. Seriously confusing given the potential there…


alison Says:

Courbon lol why does that not surprise me?when i see men with tatoos,i think of a sexy bad boy,like Tipsy or Safin,just one question where is it and what is it?actually thats two questions lol.


alison Says:

Michael@March 23rd 1.37am, everytime Rosol plays a match these days the commontators like to remind us of Rafas defeat last year at Wimbledon,just wondering what that actually has to do with Djokovics win anyway,the defeat was months ago,Novak has also had his fair share of early defeats to lesser players over the years,but you dont hear Rafas fans bringing them up over and over again,no offence its in the past now,so cant we leave it there,its all getting a little irritating now.


mat4 Says:

jane:

You should give some credit to Murray, here, who avoided most of the time to give Tomic enough bounce for his flat FH, although the first point I saw was an exceptional rally where Tomic demonstrated his touch and finesse and won his first game in the second set.

But obviously BT has still to learn a lot, and to work a lot, on and off the court. Will he be able to to so?

I believe that Dimitrov, Goffin and Tomic are of the Gasquet bloodline, and I tend to think the same about Janowicz. Top ten, perhaps? But not much more than that.

When I watch them, I compare them to a young Novak, or Murray, or even Federer, who matured slowly — and they are far, far behind.


alison Says:

Thanks for the info Mat4 on the Murray match,as i never saw it unfortunatly real life and work got in the way.


mat4 Says:

@alison:

I just watched a bit of Novak against Rosol, and I still don’t understand how the Czech beat Rafa in the second round of Wimbledon 2012..

Nasty.. ;-)


mat4 Says:

@alison:

You have nothing to regret, alison. Perhaps the first set was better, but in the second, Tomic… could we say “tanked” a bit? Last time he did it, he said he played at 85%. I had the impression he played at… 25%..


mat4 Says:

Since I don’t want to be misunderstood: he just couldn’t hit through Andy’s defence. Murray fought well, a looked motivated.


mat4 Says:

AND looked motivated.


jane Says:

mat4, I pointed out that Andy was more focused and that he squashed Tomic’s chances. And I said it was a strong start for Andy. BUT Andy wasn’t playing his best; the commentators also opined as much. And Tomic couldn’t do anything. He hit forehands all over, didn’t show much insight, etc. Yes, you’re right – Andy’s tactical acumen is miles above Bernard’s. But I was just struck in watching that match by how little he seems to have evolved. And I still think that.


jane Says:

mat4 says ” believe that Dimitrov, Goffin and Tomic are of the Gasquet bloodline, and I tend to think the same about Janowicz. Top ten, perhaps? But not much more than that.”

Yes, I tend to think the same. Maybe Dimitrov will rise higher? I don’t know though.


Brando Says:

Why couldn’t Rosol serve 41% first serve in and play like a no hoper who should be ranked lower than 64 v Rafa as well? A once in a lifetime match for him, sadly. Hope he has plenty of DVD copies of that match since that’s all he’ll likely have to talk about to the grandkids one day regarding his career!


alison Says:

Brando i agree its pretty irritating to see an underdog take such a big scalp,then they are unable to back it up.


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

Come on.. Rafa wouldn’t have lost if he hadn’t been injured.. the knees.. Be serious. You can’t lose against Rosol “the double fault master”..


jane Says:

I agree – I don’t like when upsets are wasted. We saw two this year at Wimbledon; first Nadal/Rosol but then Gulbis/Berdych. Gulbis lost tamely the next round too. Very disheartening.

Janowicz was able to back up his run of form at the Paris masters, but alas he’s done very little since.


mat4 Says:

@alison:

On a more serious note: it happens from time to time to anybody. Lower ranked players sometimes just play without pressure, and everything goes in. Most of the time, the favourite still wins, but it happens.


Brando Says:

@mat4: LOL!


mat4 Says:

jane:

What do you think about Janowicz? He has a big serve, an excellent touch at the net, he moves well enough for his size… Another Isner? Better than that?


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

I was just teasing alison, of course. What do you think of Bernie, but without CAPS, please. The second set was disheartening to watch.


Brando Says:

@Alison: agree with you- it pisses me off! Man I would have preferred Rafa to lost to Bellucci in round 1 at wimby instead-at least he can sometime put 3 good matches together! Rosol was super annoying: plays like a title contender v Rafa, and then woefully against joe nobody! Annoying when that happens!


alison Says:

Mat4 no problem,i knew you were teasing anyway :-)).


Brando Says:

@mat4: missed the match sadly- got my time zone calculation wrong, lol! Was planning to watch it since I thought Tomic, potentially, could trouble Andy: certainly make it a match to watch. But going on what is said here and elsewhere, Berny seems to talk game off court but not on court!


Wog boy Says:

I am glad somebody else is talking about Tomic and not me. People might get impression that I don’t like him if I keep doing that, truth is I don’t. All his talks before and during AO how he is changed person and how he learned his lessons and how he is going to win many GS titles and to work hard, never to tank again and so on and so on. What did we see so far, Gold Coast police got finally fed up with him and his half a million ferrari and he lost his licence just after AO and look at his results so far this year, same as last year. So what lessons did he learn from last year? He was all talks because he beat Novak, fairly and squarely, but you have to back it up and he didn’t do that. I guess he might do well at Wimbledon and that will be it for this year until AO2014, where will be enjoying all attention given to him.
I can see Dimitrov doing well this year but only if he can break the bad habits and he is young enough to do that, enormous talent is there, biigger that any of those players listed above.


mat4 Says:

@WB:

Come on! No excuses: we know you don’t like BT! Who can?


mat4 Says:

For me, and it understandable, Goffin has the biggest talent of all of those young players, including Raonic and Nishikori (I am not sure about Nishikori, though).

He is clever, he has an excellent technique, he usually knows what to do on court. Unfortunately, he lacks physical power.


jane Says:

Wog boy, agree with you about Dimitrov; I think he’s the most rounded of all the young guys, but still some weaknesses to work on – backhand, fitness, mental strength.

Tomic is a sad case; he has a lot of talent. But since he showed immense potential at Wimbledon in 2011, I just haven’t seen any development on that. I thought we were seeing him break through there, but he is still stuck. I don’t really understand why. And as I watched that match I found myself feeling frustrated by his effort even though I was cheering for Andy, lol!!

mat4, I think Jerzy is much better at net than Isner and has more potential but I don’t know – he’s a hothead. Not sure what’ll come from him in the future? You?


mat4 Says:

jane:

About JJ: indeed, he has great hands at the net, and one of the best drop shots I’ve seen recently. He reminds me a guy we don’t mention any more, Marin Cilic, but I don’t know quite why, since they seem so different on court. The build, perhaps.

Cilic is flying so much under the radar that I had to check if he was still playing..


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Ok, I will come out of the closet, I don’t like him but if you think that majority of Australians like him you are very wrong. The only reason they cheer him is that Aussie flag next to his name. We all can see how imature and show of person he is but when I heard that he insisted with press that his surname be pronounced as Tomik instead Tomich, (which is coorect BTW)because, listen to this now, because he is now Australian, I just couldn’t believe. Whole world knows how to pronounce surnames like Raonic (Raonich), Matosevic (Matosevich), Dokic (Dokich) and so on and they are not less Canadian, Australian, American because of that. I remember my first job in Australia my collegs asked me how to pronounce my name and surname and that was it, never changed anything nor I was asked to. Even my kids were given Serbian (Slavic) names and they never had any problems too, though they did tell me I could pick some names without letters “J” and “C” since in English they are pronounced differently. I tlod them tough luck, I liked the names I gave them:)


Humble Rafa Says:

I hear there is a challenger level tournament going on in Miami. Is it true?


courbon Says:

@ Alison: I’m flirting, am I?Done it 20 years ago-its not trendy, its old fashioned styled.On shoulder, fallen angel (its actually logo of Led Zeppelin record label ‘Swan songs’).I was a bad boy in those days…
Anyway, back to tennis.I’ll cover last couple of topics:
Rafa-Rosol?I can belive people still talk about that…
Uncle Tonis comments?Unecessary but lots of them true.I wish he does not talk much and let Rafas tennis playing forhimself.But I does not bother me much (as some people on this site)…man has a right to his opinion.
Andy would like to dance?Maybe, but to me he looks like really awful dancer.He is so ‘woody’.When he dances, James Brown is turning in his grave…( I could be totaly wrong-most likely not ).
Shame about Delpo.He just does not ‘have’ it yet…


mat4 Says:

@HR:

Yes, it’s true. But we heard you still only play futures to manage your knees..


Wog boy Says:

carbon (I like the way jane calls you:)

Hey Frenchie, what are you up to? You sound so nice and sweet, you cannot con me, I know the people from your part of Belgrade, shifty people, alison beware!


mat4 Says:

@WB:

I was joking in my previous post, but I forgot the .. Anyway, about Tomik: I don’t like him either, especially since I watched this second set, a few hours ago. I can understand that a player is nervous, chokes, argues, breaks his racquet, I don’t care about his behaviour off the court, but I just can’t understand tanking, and it seemed to me he was doing precisely that.

And yes, you’re quite right about him.


mat4 Says:

@Carbon:

I still have a badge with that LZ logo..


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

I worked that one out even without the ..
I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer but sometimes, on the good days, I can be good;)

“Hey Frenchie” was for courbon, I mean carbon, not for you, I hope you worked that one out.


tennisfansince76 Says:

actually Jane Gulbis lost in a hard fought 5 set match to none other than Jerzy Janowicz 9/7 in the final set.


jane Says:

^ OMG was it Jerzy? Thanks for correcting me TFS76. Now I feel like a dolt. ha ha. But THEN Jerzy was a “nobody” in most viewer’s minds as he hadn’t broken through, and certainly in comparison to Berdych he would’ve been viewed as such then. Hindsight tells a different story. What I didn’t realize, though, or forgot, was that it went to 9/7 in the final set!


Humble Rafa Says:

@HR:

Yes, it’s true. But we heard you still only play futures to manage your knees..

I only play tournaments that enhance my Humbleness.


courbon Says:

@ Wog Boy: You should give (your kids ) names- Raja, Vlaja i Paja…


Wog boy Says:

courbon,

That would be really something they would never forgive me:)
I can imagine their friends at school trying to pronounce their names, I wouldn’t who to feel sorry more, my kids or their friends trying to call them.

BTW, there is a dong for you, me and all other people who left thrir countries of birth and never to return to them. Go to You Tube and look for “Bajaga-Moji Drugovi”, but go to the one from the movie “Ni na Nebu, Ni na Zemlji”, the one that says “official spot HQ 1994 …
Enjoy it my friend, but you need bottle of votka to survive the song and memories, NA ZDRAVLJE, ZIVELI, CHEERS !!!

mat4, thst one is for you too, you will understand lyrics.


Wog boy Says:

“song” and not “dong”,


Wog boy Says:

Just looked at all typos and realized how many drinks I had today.


alison Says:

Wogboy lol at your post @ 7.35pm March 23rd,Nole has some of the best fans on this forum.


alison Says:

Courbon great post,whenever Rosol plays the commies cannot resist mentioning that game,even after all these months,just like they did with Soda at RG in 2009 and they still talk about it even now,upsets happen Rafa wont be the 1st,and he sure as hell wont be the last,shame that Delpo cant seem to back up one great tourney with another great tourney,i think he needs to work on pysical fitness too,as for UT i wish he would just let Rafa play his tennis,a fallen angel eh nice,my late father had tatoos all along both arms,and he was a bad boy when he was younger,maybe thats why im a bit of a bad girl ha ha,must go to work now will chat later,over and out for now.


Margot Says:

Tomich should sack his dad for a start. Hate these relative/coach set ups. So bad for the kids. Only one that seems to have worked is Uncle T.
@Wog boy
Talking of migration…..
Was in S. Africa. Went to a grave yard in one of the gold rush towns. Full of very young Welsh people
buried so far from our green, green hills. Many grave stones just had first names, nothing else.
Unbearably sad, was in tears.


Wog boy Says:

Margot,

Thanks for that, I don’t know why but I do the same thing when ever I go to visit the graves of my in laws (they were very good people and very good to me), I tend to walkabout, around and read the place of birth at different sections of Rookwood cemetery in Sydney, and try to picture those people who came here from all over the world and reasons why they came. I thought something is wrong with me for doing that, maybe it is?


Margot Says:

Well Wog boy, if there is, then me too :) I love graveyards lol, so much history, so much sadness. And, on a lighter note, so brilliant for wild life!
Those young Welsh people, they were so far from “home,” as you are indeed, so full of hope and ended up in what had turned out to be such a hostile land.


courbon Says:

@ Wog Boy: Thank you for that.
You go to you tube and type in BUS 47-Sam
Ok, its a rap but not heavy-just listen to the lyrics.For all gastarbajters….


courbon Says:

@ Alison: Because of your dad, thats why you like it.Normal thing.I always wanted to have one and when I was 20 done it.And I always wanted that one.
You bad girl?Its bit hard to imagine that…

@ Jane: Stop calling me carbon!

@ Mat 4:Toi aussie!


Wog boy Says:

courbon,

Ok, you are not carbon.

I don’t listen rap but this was different and you are right “sam, savrseno sam” , once you leave, you are all alone.
I figured out , “bus47″ was the connection beetwen your suburb and downtown Belgrade, and after reading comments on video I figured out few more things about you but I am not going to dob you in on this forum, but one question: did you stop with music or you are still in it? Considering this is 20 or so years old you were doing well, was it made in London?
Don’t give up on music or I will start to call you carbon again!


skeezer Says:

Great conversations here. Enjoyed it. :-)


jane Says:

courbon if I ‘ve called you carbon, my apologies; it must’ve been my auto-spell-checker, which likes to call skeezer, skewer and Berd, nerd.


courbon Says:

@ Jane; Its Ok, Its just Wog Boy using that to wind me up…


courbon Says:

@ Wog Boy :
Yes, it was made in London-in a Portobello area where lots of Serbs live (our church is there and famous hotel ‘Ravna Gora’).
I did stop music in 2000 ( I got in the bad company with rave scene-sex, drugs and rock’n'roll ) then I had mental block for years and just about two years ago went back-just for myself-no chasing music carrer, no compromise-pure music. I ‘m just doing three songs at ther moment with friend( completely deifferent-souly, funky, rock -bit like Eric Burdon & War ) and going to London in a two weeks for a studio.I’ll send you when is finished-It will be more your style so you may even like it!


courbon Says:

@ Wog Boy: Sh..t-I just saw comments on You Tube-quite embarassing…


courbon Says:

Hi Skeezer, you disapered.Everything cool in your world?


skeezer Says:

Hey courban,

Yes all is good. ;). I am around. Just enjoying reading the posts here and the interaction. Good stuff.


alison Says:

Courbon lol i think you would be surprised at some of the things i used to get upto,but this is a respectable forum so ill leave it at that.


alison Says:

Meant to put a smilie on the end of that post ;-)


Wog boy Says:

courbon,

Good luck with music and everything else, you have a family to look after, mate!

That Portobello area in London must be upmarket area with low crime rate;)


courbon Says:

@ Alison: You’ll tell me next year, while we are eating strawberies with cream at SW19

@ Wog Boy: Thanx.It is upmarket these days.In early ninetes , when I lived there -it was also trendy,but with bohemian atmosfere-artist, prostitutes, dealers and musicians.But even then, was upmarket-You see, middle class in UK loves artist, so when artist go somwhere because is cheap (70,80..) middle class loves to go there (Bowie use to hang there, Clah, Zeppelin-they lived there…)Obviously, when they moved in, prices go up, p[olice clears up hookers and dealers-and when that is gone-artist are gone.
Novak is doing well…


alison Says:

Courbon lol deal,its one of the things i would like to put on my bucket list,watch a mens wimby final,amongst other things.


courbon Says:

@ Alison: Deal


alison Says:

Novaks done well this tourney,had one or two BPs against him,which were quickly brushed aside,hopefully Andy can now put in a better showing,and we get an Andy/Novak final.


Wog boy Says:

courbon,

Thanks for that, you explained it really good, so good that I can get it visually, even with the sounds of streets and cafes:)
Good on you.


Michael Says:

Alison,

You say why that Rosol mishap is brought up time and again. Well, is it not special beating a player of the calibre of Rafa at Wimbledon and that too in five sets. Not even top players are managing such a feat. So bringing that up is not an insult to Rafa, but only a credit to Rosol who has nil records under his belt and this is significantly his greatest triumph in sport. Nonetheless, if you find this irritating, then I will forbid myself from bringing that again.


alison Says:

Michael the commontators bring it up everytime Rosol plays a match these days,you might find it hard to believe but Novak himself has suffered some early losses in GS before he became the player he is now,so some people have short memories,when it comes to their favorites,so these things happen,my point is Rafa wont be the 1st and he wont be the last,i just didnt understand what it had to do with Novaks win thats all,but whatever your entitled to your opinion,end of.


Michael Says:

Alison,

I know that Novak too has been beaten by lesser ranked players in early stages of Grand Slam events. I have never denied that anywhere. The point about Rosol is that I cannot highlight anything else to showcase his achievement. His biggest achievement so far is beating Rafa at Wimbledon and that is a unique feat not possible for many. He produced something special there to beat Nadal but he couldn’t sustain that form later. That said, I have never brought this to belittle Rafa. Rafa is what he is by his stellar achievements in the sport. Just a mention of Rosol or his defeats will not discount anything. He is World Class. He has proved that time and again and the way he came back in Indian Wells with all guns blazing is unparalleled. So, it would be naive to imagine that mentioning of a Rosol will damage his well cultivated image. Infact as I said, it credits Rosol which he might treasure in his life time that he has beaten Nadal once at Wimbledon. Nevertheless, as I said, I will refrain from mentioning this henceforth since I do not want you to get irritated or offended since you get a bit emotional. I will always take care of your sentiments.


Giles Says:

http://alturl.com/3b9h6
alison. For you. Young Rafa – nice pics.


Kimberly Says:

George Bastl was another nobody, took out Sampras at 2nd round at Wimbledon and continued to be a nobody after. Was prob. as big an upset as Rosol taking out Rafa. Personally, I saw Soderling loss in 2009 as a bigger upset as he had just beat him 6-1 6-0 in Rome a few weeks earlier. Seriously, I thought CBS sports had messed up the score when I saw the result (thought the match would be so boring I went to the beach instead of watching)


alison Says:

Giles thanks for the pictures,he was sooo cute even as a little boy.


alison Says:

Michael i apologize that post came out all wrong,its when the commontators cannot seem to resist mentioning that particular match, whenever Lucas Rosol plays is what i find irritating,however i took it out on you and that was unfair,and bringing Novak into it was unfair too,your quite entitled to say whatever you want when you post,and you dont have to seek any approval from me when you do,granted i do sometimes get over emotional with posters,but ive been here long enough now to know the difference between the sensible and the not so sensible,or i should do by now.


Michael Says:

Alison,

Thanks for your clarification. We all have our favourites and our views are subject to bias and prejudice. There is no escaping that. Nobody can be perfect. We need to try to be as fair as possible while expressing our views. I always consider you as a Poster who has basic etiquette and always is fair minded in being judgemental. You respect every player but I know you have some leniency towards Rafa but that is with some justification as you adore a player with such calibre and definitely some leeway is granted while judging those who are legends in the Sport. I again would like to clarify that although Rafa is not my favourite player, yet I have great respect towards him. Infact I love all the Tennis players who bring competition to this sport. It is just that there are some favourites with which you identify with and that is where some bias creeps in. As regards the Commentators, they too are subject to bias and prejudice as per their alignment with a particular player. So, we need to search for neutral commentators who have the interest of the game rather than carry the whims and fancies of a particular player. By the way, I am not seeking any approval from you and it is also not necessary. The same yardstick applies to you too. But in the same vein, I like to respect your sentiments too. You once queried me as to why I address as Nadal quite often instead of Rafa while I maintain different standards for Novak and Roger. I found some value in your query and I am trying my level best to address Nadal as Rafa in all my posters. In the same manner, it is not to your liking when I mentioned Rosol as Nadal slayer and here too I feel there is some basis for taking offence. So, I have taken that into consideration and have decided to henceforth exercise more caution while evaluating players. Still, I might falter now and then. You can point out and I will correct myself, if I need to. Nonetheless, it is always a pleasure exchanging views with you.


alison Says:

Michael nice post thankyou for the reply.

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