Murray Tames Tank Engine Tomic; Venus Backs Out While Serena Bikes To A Win; Djokovic, Sharapova Sunday In Miami
by Staff | March 24th, 2013, 12:43 am
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Former champion Andy Murray got off to a blistering start Saturday at the Miami Tennis Masters, easing past Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-1. The 2009 champ and 2012 runner-up had little trouble with the Australian 20-year-old who lived up to his “Tomic the Tank Engine” moniker in the second set nary putting up much of a fight inciting jeers from the pro-Murray crowd.

“The one thing I would say is that if you aren’t used to playing in these conditions, it is extremely hot and tough to play,” Murray said of the crowd’s reaction to Tomic’s play. “It is tough when you’re going behind and making quite a lot of mistakes. I have done it before when my head has gone down and you still want to win, but it doesn’t always appear that way. So I don’t know. The crowd, they’re free to do whatever they want. They pay the money and they can greet players however they would like.”

Next for Murray is another youngster, Grigor Dimitrov, who advanced when his opponent, Simone Bolleli retired in the second set.

“Grigor has very good feel,” Murray said. “Bernard is a really big guy. He sometimes doesn’t, he kind of hunches over a bit, but he’s 6’4″, 6’5″. He’s a big guy. That can help, too. It’s tough to say who’s better. They have had similar results. Maybe Bernard, he’s done better in the slams and obviously won a tournament. Grigor has played well this year.”

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, Richard Gasquet, Nicolas Almagro and Marin Cilic were among the other top European winners on Saturday. Closer to home, American stars Sam Querrey and John Isner both struggled but survived in three sets. Isner found himself down a set and a point for 5-3 before winning the second against Ivan Dodig. The Croat then served for the match at 6-5 in the third but couldn’t mentally keep it together falling to the American No. 2 in a third set breaker.

“I was able to turn it around once I got back even in that second set,” said Isner who hasn’t lost a tiebreak this year. “I felt pretty confident from there, and I started playing better. I started moving better and moving my feet better and getting to the balls in time; whereas before I was just flailing at the ball and everything was missing. I was missing everything. But once I got that little spark, gave me a little extra energy, and you know, it went from there.”

Isner meets Cilic on Monday.

Fernando Verdasco’s struggles continued as the Spaniard was dumped by Alejandro Falla in straight sets in the stadium night match. The former Top 10 has just three wins on the tour after three months of play.

The big story in the women’s draw was the withdrawal of Venus Williams. The three-time tournament champion was scheduled to play fellow American Sloane Stephens but a back injury kept her from the match.

“Yesterday I was having some pain, and then just wanted to see how I felt in the warmup. Just, you know, not able to play today,” Venus said. “It’s really disappointing. You know, this is just the kind of tournament that, you know, you want to play well at. But, you know, I have faced disappointments in my life and my career. It’s not the first; probably not the last. Just have to get through it and stay positive.”

Venus’s younger sister, Serena, did take the court in the nighttime and after going down 3-0 cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Ayumi Morita. Because of traffic, Serena said she actually rode a bicycle to get to the match.

“The traffic was crazy and everyone was like, I have been here for an hour and I’m staying like eight minutes away,” Serena said. “They were in the traffic for an hour. I’m like, Okay, I’m not going to make my match if I don’t get there. So I asked for a golf cart, and the hotel didn’t have a golf cart. Then they were like, we have a motor bike. I’m like, I don’t do motor bikes. They said, We have a bicycle. I said, I really don’t do bicycles, but I will today. It was fun.”

Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska won in three sets while two upsets of note took place. Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki was upset by rising Spaniard Garbine Muguruza and Kirsten Flipkens KO’d Petra Kvitova.

Tomorrow’s highlights include Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Maria Sharapova and in a battle of former French Open champions, it’s Ana Ivanovic vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova.

STADIUM start 11:00 am
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [32] F Fognini (ITA) – ATP

Not Before 1:00 PM
[6] A Kerber (GER) vs [28] S Cirstea (ROU) – WTA
[29] E Vesnina (RUS) vs [3] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs S Devvarman (IND) – ATP

Not Before 7:30 PM
S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [12] A Ivanovic (SRB) – WTA

Not Before 9:00 PM
A Ramos (ESP) vs [WC] J Blake (USA) – ATP

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
X Malisse (BEL) vs [13] K Nishikori (JPN) – ATP
[19] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [15] T Haas (GER) – ATP
[26] K Anderson (RSA) vs [7] J Tipsarevic (SRB) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[15] R Vinci (ITA) vs [20] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) – WTA
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs M Cilic (CRO) / L Dlouhy (CZE) – ATP


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40 Comments for Murray Tames Tank Engine Tomic; Venus Backs Out While Serena Bikes To A Win; Djokovic, Sharapova Sunday In Miami

bada bing Says:

How many games will Devvarman get?
2-2?


Margot Says:

An awful lot of withdrawals considering it’s so early in the year and they had longer off during December.
Conditions sound very tough though especially if you haven’t had any time to get used to them.
Humidity IW 10%
Humidity Miami 90%
Crikey!


tennisfansince76 Says:

2-2 sounds about right unless Nole goes walkabout for awhile


Wog boy Says:

It is nice from Andy to try to justify BT performance, but he doesn’t know that BT grew up and played tennis in Gold Coast, where is hot and humid, so there is no exuse for tanking in the second set. If Scottish Andy can handle it then Aussie Bernie should be able to handle it even better … the conditions.


Wog boy Says:

“walkabout”

Let us hope he had enough of them in IW, no need for any more.


Colin Says:

Andy may be Scottish, but don’t forget he has a second home in Florida and spends lots of time there. As for Tomic, if he has problems with humidity, could he not do some training in Northern Territory,where I understand it’s like a sauna bath?

Concerning the match itself, Andy made a lot of mistakes, and I hope he ups his level in the next few days. He should be able to, particularly under the stony gaze of Lendl.


jatin Says:

So somdev is next against novak .
Its great to see a player from my country is breaking through in tennis in singles.If my memory is correct, then somdev played a really tight match against rafa some years ago .
He is great defender ,hope he could match up with novak ,atleast for a set .


courbon Says:

@ Jatin: You are right.Its nice somebody from India getting up there.There could be so much potential for growth of tennis in India.In a future they should make one master 1000 in India to promote popularity of tennis.And with Indian middle classes rising, tennis could be big.


tennismonger Says:

Yeah, Somdev is cool, used to play down the road from me @ UVa & had a damn fine collegiate career. He’s done well to take it to the next level & strikes me a bit as a younger Baghdatis – hungry & ready for a good fight!

Make Nole sweat!


Kimberly Says:

it was so humid yesterday, i played on the fastest hardcourt in town and couldn’t penetrate the court to save my life. Even the big hitting pros at my club couldn’t hit through the court. COnidtions were sloooow. Today is supposed to get very windy in the afternoon but the high is forecast at 90 degrees. Too windy to boat, so I am debating betweent the beach or watching tennis. After today the weather is supposed to cool significantly.


Margot Says:

Thanx for that “on the ground” update Kimberly.
Yuk, sounds like playing in dense, suffocating fog.


jane Says:

I remember that humidity from when I lived in the east; you walk outside and feel immediately drenched. Ugh. Don’t miss that.


alison Says:

I think it will be a while before i have worry about the heat,here in the UK its bloody freezing and 6 inches of snow in some parts of the country,still no sign of spring brr,soo sick of this cold weather w are having.


Wog boy Says:

alison,

I have seen on TV that late snow in UK, it does look like a lot of it in some parts of UK, I wouldn’t mind little bit of it here. I am a cold wether person.


alison Says:

Wogboy lol im definetly a summer and warm weather person,i suffer from SAD(which is seasonal affective disorder)if you have heard of it,its deprssion caused by lack of sunlight to the brain,i get really down in winter time,and our winters seem very long sometimes,i live in Norfolk by the sea theres no snow here ATM but its bitterly cold,maybe we should swap places you move here and ill move to Oz,deal or no deal?


alison Says:

Looks like Novaks cruising 5/2 1st set,should be straight forward unless he drops his level.


Wog boy Says:

alison,

How about you move here … and I stay here;)


jane Says:

Just got in, missed Nole’s match – again! Glad to see he’s cruising. :)


Wog boy Says:

jane,

It looks like he wasn’t doing well with 1st serve, I wander if it was windy or what?


jane Says:

Yes, Wog boy – one source I read said it was very windy. Nole always finds Haas a challenge; their matches are usually tight, so that one could be interesting. I hope the conditions are ideal.


Wog boy Says:

I just had a chance to see highlights and they said “it wasn’t pretty but Novak had a job fone.” Yes, it was windy. I didn’t see Vajda in his box, so he is probably waiting Nole in Europe for a clay season, since Nole is staying longer in USA for DC match.


Wog boy Says:

^^^ “had a job done”


jane Says:

Too bad; I do wish Vajda were more involved.


Wog boy Says:

^^ Same here.


jane Says:

Ajde! Fingers crossed for next round; unfortunately I have such a busy week I am missing everything. So cheer extra hard for me. :)


Wog boy Says:

I will do it, ajde !


Humble Rafa Says:

Humble Nation,

The knees are recovering. Other body parts have already recovered. Enjoy your time off. When the real tennis season begins, you will so overwhelmed with joy, you won’t have time to do anything else.

Humble Highness from Relax-Nation.


bada bing Says:

Alison
Are you near King’s Lynn ? I went there one time to visit St Margaret’s church. It’s famous for a woman who lived there in the 1300′s.


Daniel Says:

I recall Djoko was wearing some shoulder protection during IW. Maybe he is having some issues because his serving against DelPo was awful and here he didn’t serve particular well so far, just decent serve.


jane Says:

^ Daniel I think it was on his elbow, but that is concerning; on the other hand, he was asked about conditions today, and he referred specifically to how difficult it was to serve:

Q. Looked like another nice day at the office for you today getting through in straight sets. How do you feel like you’re playing so far in Miami?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, considering the wind it was a nice day. Conditions not so great. You know, it was very difficult to kind of get into the rhythm because you couldn’t really serve at your 100% and you had to go more for precision and you had to put twice as much effort in the step adjustments because of the windy conditions.
All in all, I’m just happy to get through the rough day.


alison Says:

Bada Bing i live in Hunstanton a small seaside town,its a pleasant little place,worth a visit if you ever come this way again in the future,which gets very busy in the summer time,but very quiet in the wintertime,which actually is only a 15 mile bus trip from Kings Lynn,i have never been to that church,but i will one day now you have mentioned it,as im curious to see it now.


alison Says:

Wogboy i wouldnt mind that either,i just meant if your fond of cold weather then you should move here as theres plenty of it,even summertimes if you get any decent weather these days your lucky,i cant remember the last time Wimbledon was not interupted by rain.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Like seeing Tomic lose in humiliating fashion. We all have vices.


bada bing Says:

Alison
If you google Margery Kempe you will find a lot about her. She is the first woman who wrote a biography about her life. She was a sort of mystic who went on pilgrimages all over the world but her church was St Maragaet. She went to see another mystic of her day, Julian of Norwich….also on google. I love this subject.


jane Says:

^ Very cool bada bing; I’ve read both those mystics. Julian was an anchoress, so she lived in a tiny room off the church. Margery Kempe was very different, but also very interesting. She wrote one of the first biographies. (Sorry, hope you don’t mind my piping in).


alison Says:

Bada Bing sorry about the late reply,anyway i had a good read up on Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich,i became a Pagan 4 years ago so im very interested in that free spirit way of living.


alison Says:

Jane,Jane,Jane lol you cannot interupt on an open internet forum,its not like the real world,you are free to speak whenever you wish,ha ha sorry im just thinking back to something Grendel once said to me,dear Grendel i do miss his fair,wise and effortlessly funny posts,when hes not here.


bada bing Says:

Jane/ Alison
They are very interesting. I think I’ve read every book about MK. Next time I go back I will visit Conduit St., near the church, which is the street she lived on. Back then it was called something else.


Humble Rafa Says:

Like seeing Tomic lose in humiliating fashion. We all have vices.

Tank Engine is not a good name for him.


jane Says:

bada bing, I’ll have to check out these places next time I travel there. It’d be like a little pilgrimage. :) I have read only MK’s own writing and some essays on her. She was such a character.

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