Nadal Cruises While Djokovic Struggles In Monte Carlo; Murray v Wawrinka Thursday
by Staff | April 17th, 2013, 7:07 pm
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Rafael Nadal returned to Monte Carlo and picked up right where he has left off the last eight years by winning and winning easily. Playing in his first match in nearly a month, Nadal cruised to his 43rd straight win in Monte Carlo easily dispatching Australian Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 6-2.

“I played well at the beginning with the right intensity, with no mistakes,” said Nadal. “I was trying to do the right things to find a good feeling on the ball, to find the right rhythm. I played to the right places, and that gave me confidence.”

Nadal was actually behind 2-0 in the second set but closed winning the last six games.

“I didn’t play my best game, the first game of the second, and he played well, so he had the break. And after that he played well for a while in the next games. Then he had good chances, two break points for [a] 3 0 [lead]. It was not an easy moment. I played one good point and I was able to come back.”

Next for Nadal, who has won 15 straight matches, is a date with Philipp Kolhscreiber. Nadal has won eight of nine over the German veteran but lost in their most recent clash at Halle last summer.

Top seed and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic made his 2013 clay opener a tough one. Djokovic advanced but barely, beating Mikhail Youzhny 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Djokovic admitted that the sluggish start was due to the right ankle which is still not 100%.

“My movements on the clay are still not at the maximum and not where I want them to be,” Djokovic said. “But as the days go by, I think I’m going to slowly get into it and hopefully I can elevate the level of performance in the next match. Today was a big test, over two hours. I had a great quality opponent.”

Tomorrow, Djokovic gets Juan Monaco. The Argentine advanced in three over a surly Ernests Gulbis who received a game penalty in the third set. Gulbis has previously received a warning for smashing a racquet early in the second set. Then in the third set he received a point penalty when he kicked a ball out of the court which was followed shortly thereafter by him flinging his racquet at the umpire chair which drew the game penalty giving Monaco a 3-0 lead in the final set.

Djokovic has won all six career meetings with Monaco but the two have never played in… Monaco.

Andy Murray, who has never been to a clay final begin his season on the dirt with a convincing 6-1, 6-2 win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Murray now runs into the Stan Wawrinka in the first real showdown of the European clay season. Wawrinka, a semifinalist in Casablanca last week, destroyed Spanish veteran Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-1. Murray and Wawrinka have played 12 time before and the Scot has won eight of them and three straight. But on clay Wawrinka has won both in straight sets, though they have met on the dirt since 2008 Rome.

“It will be a tough match,” said Murray. “Good test for me. He’s played some good tennis this year. He obviously enjoys the surface, has had some good results on it in the past. I’ll need to play well tomorrow to win that match.”

Also on Wednesday, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic were winners while Milos Raonic was upset by Jarkko Nieminen in a third set tiebreaker.

Jo-Wilfired Tsonga and Juan Martin Del Potro also return to the courts on a very busy Thursday.

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[6] J Tsonga (FRA) vs J Melzer (AUT)
[16] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [3] R Nadal (ESP)
[13] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [2] A Murray (GBR)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [14] J Monaco (ARG)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
[4] T Berdych (CZE) vs F Fognini (ITA)
G Dimitrov (BUL) vs F Mayer (GER)
[9] M Cilic (CRO) vs [7] R Gasquet (FRA)
J Nieminen (FIN) vs [5] [WC] J Del Potro (ARG)


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Nadal Wins, Federer v Wawrinka in All-Swiss Thursday at Monte Carlo
Federer Shocked by Wawrinka in 3rd Rd Exit at ATP Monte Carlo
Nadal Wins Twice, Faces Murray Next at Monte Carlo
Djokovic Withdraws From Monte Carlo

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293 Comments for Nadal Cruises While Djokovic Struggles In Monte Carlo; Murray v Wawrinka Thursday

Humble Rafa Says:

Apparently Serbian Queen and Choke Mistress is no longer Adam Scott’s gf. Ouch.


kriket Says:

Hope Đoko gets better until RG


RZ Says:

I have to applaud Marinko Matosevic for trying to beat Rafa by knocking over his water bottles. LOL.
http://tennis.si.com/2013/04/17/rafael-nadal-monte-carlo-masters-water-bottles/


Humble Rafa Says:

Water bottles and their exact positions are key part of my routine. I may laugh because I am Humble but deep inside I am a water bottle obsessionist. In fact, I line up the water bottles by the bed side, in the car, and by the pool. When sight seeing, Uncle Toni and Xisca take care of those lovely shaped, cute little ones.


Cris Says:

Murray – Roger-Vasselin score was 6-1 6-4 in fact.


the DA Says:

Oh my. Berdy knocked out by Fognini in straight sets. Only managed to catch 3 games including one where Berdy fumed over Fognini never being ready when he wanted to serve.


nadalista Says:

GSM, Nadal. 2 down, 3 to go……….


Ben Pronin Says:

Wow Murray laying an egg against Wawrinka. Will Stan (not really) the Man finally secure a top 4 win? Murray 2 winners to 14 errors!! I think he’ll clean up his act but Wawrinka is very capable of forcing the issue. Hopefully the quality improves, at least.


John Says:

Look like Muray will be packing his bags shortly.

Cant see him winning this one.

6-1 First Set to Wawrinka


nadalista Says:

What do you mean “finally secure a top 4 win”? Wawa’s beaten Murray the last 2 times they have met on clay, he beat Federer the last time Fed showed up at MC………..and they were both in the Top 4 at the time.


the DA Says:

Not just an egg, a huge ostrich egg.


Ben Pronin Says:

^This year. He hasn’t beaten either in a long time. This year he’s come close against Djokovic and Federer but couldn’t pull through.

He is taking Murray to the woodshed, wow.


nadalista Says:

Stan wins, Fed is back at #2….


Ben Pronin Says:

WOW! I don’t even know what Murray could’ve done. Wawrinka was fantastic in offense and defense. Wow. Watch him flame out in the next round to “who cares.”


Ben Pronin Says:

23 winners 16 UEs for Wawa. 7 winners to 24 errors for Murray. Poor first serve percentage for Murray, too. Back to the drawing board, unfortunately.


Brando Says:

Absolutely no surprise. I said so yesterday: this is atleast 50/50 and TBH my love of Muzza influenced me greatly not to call Wawa outright favorite. Wawa has been RU at Rome, has clay pedigree, beat Fed and Muzza MC, pushed Novak to the limits at AO- long story short: he’s a real threat when at his absolute best. No surprise here unfortunately.


Ben Pronin Says:

Wawa was RU in Rome 5 years ago and beat Fed here 4 years ago. Who cares?


the DA Says:

It’s not that big a shock, maybe the scoreline. It was Stan’s 6/7th match, Andy’s 2nd. Hopefully he’ll now enter Barcelona for some extra matches before Madrid.

“Fed is back at #2″

For now.


nadalista Says:

^^Muzza does, Wawa just beat him.


Ben Pronin Says:

No he doesn’t. Why would he? It was half a decade ago! Wawrinka reached that Rome final while Murray was still trying to go from “I can beat the top guys occasionally” to being an actual top guy.


Wog boy Says:

To be honest, the way Stan played, nobody but Nadal would have much chances against him today.


Brando Says:

‘who cares?’: Einstein, it shows he has game on clay. That’s the whole point of my post: the man is a real threat when he’s on and especially on clay to Muzza considering his pedigree. RU at Rome would be enough for Andy to care enough and call him a threat on clay!


nadalista Says:

RT @BritishTennis: Comfortable win for Stanislas Wawrinka, beating Andy Murray 61 62 very quickly in the men’s singles in Monte Carlo. 24 unforced errors by M ”

Well, we can add Wawa’s name to the long list of Muzza clay nemeses.

If I recall correctly, when the draw was made, @rafaeli said Muzza’s quarter was full of his old nemeses and some Muzzans thought it an odd comment to make……


nadalista Says:

@Ben Pronin. Stan now 7-0 in sets against Andy on clay.

You may not care, but I bet Muzza does……..


Brando Says:

@the DA: yep, TBH this was a real possibility so the surprise of it all isn’t all that great TBH. Andy has said all along he needs time on clay to get his game right: 1 match was never enough against a firing Wawa. Hopefully he’ll play Barcelona now (I think he will). Should he get to SF then he’s back at no.2. He’s zero to defend at Madrid (fed can only lose points there) and the difference is a mere 10pts. Form permitting, Muzza should be no.2 seed at FO IMO!


nadalista Says:

To use your own terminology, @Ben Pronin….Andy is now a top guy and he still cannot get a set off Stan on clay…..

Clear enough?


Kimberly Says:

Can’t say I didnt see that upset coming. I did. In fact I’m not really sure it’s an upset on this surface. I am a little surprised at the scoreline though


the DA Says:

@nadalista – “but I bet Muzza does……..”

I bet he doesn’t. He cared about the USO but not this. Bigger picture.

@Brando

Yes, I think he’ll manage to get back to #2 before RG. Have to laugh at some journos saying this makes Stan top 5 material.

#lovethesmellofhypeinthemorning


Brando Says:

TBH, IMO when at their best and Andy also, on clay the following can be considered better players until something occurs to suggest otherwise regarding Andy: Rafa, Fed, Nole, Ferru, Delpo, Berdych. That’s 6/7 from the top 8. And I doubt Tsonga, Wawa, Gasquet or Almagro are a walk in the park either for Muzza on clay.


Ben Pronin Says:

I know what happened, I saw the match.

Djokovic off to another awful start. Off on both sides.


nadalista Says:

@DA, doesn’t matter to me either way, my guy is sailing through just fine. If it makes you comfortable that Muzza doesn’t care, knock yourself out………

I hope he cares, because I would like to see him as a genuine contender for RG. On this showing, he ain’t………


Brando Says:

@the DA: LMFAO- read that picturing Bobby Duvall reading it. LOL, classic!:-)


Brando Says:

@nadalista: Andy has the talent IMO to be a genuine contender on clay, but like he says: he needs ALOT of matches under his belt in order to find his game. Playing the full clay season wouldn’t be a bad idea at all for Muzza IMO!


Ben Pronin Says:

Nadal thinks Murray can win the French Open. I doubt he thinks the same of Berdych. I don’t think Ferrer is better than Murray anywhere if they’re both playing their best.

I don’t think Djokovic’s ankle is 100%. It looks like it still hurts him sliding to his forehand side, especially on the full stretch.


nadalista Says:

@Brando, I know, I concur……that’s why I hope he cares.


skeezer Says:

Andy? Wtf?
Well, Fed back at# 2, go Fed!


Brando Says:

@Nadalista: I am certain that he does.


rafaeli Says:

Thanks, nadalista for pointing out that I saw this coming. I think Murray tanked to avoid meeting Nadal in the SF.


Wog boy Says:

Nole is not winning this one.


nadalista Says:

……such a shame some of his fans think otherwise.

@Ben Pronin, Rafa has tremendous respect for Murray’s talent, on any surface. For my part, until Nole 2.0 showed up, Murray was the one who always had me sh$^&&*ng kittens everytime he played Rafa…….


the DA Says:

@Nadalista – “If it makes you comfortable that Muzza doesn’t care, knock yourself out”

I’m comfortable and it has been effortless. I get that you’re prone to exaggeration (when Nole lost to Haas for example). It’s cool.

@Brando – :) one of my all-time fav movies.

Nole still looks like he’s playing gingerly. Seems preoccupied with his ankle. He’s not giving 100%.


Brando Says:

@rafaeli: why would Andy want to avoid playing Nadal in the SF here? Common sense would have it that all the positives outweigh ANY negatives in that one. What’s the worst that happens? He loses to Rafa on clay- I doubt he’ll get sued for that one!


Brando Says:

@the DA: mine too. Did you enjoy my performance as Colonel Kurtz? I thought I was perfect as the renegade leader! :-)


the DA Says:

@Brando – you were.

#thehorror


Brando Says:

@the DA: Thank you. I knew I was. I especially enjoyed eating that bug. Delicious when served raw. :-)


Wog boy Says:

the DA @ 9:33am

That is about right.


nadalista Says:

@DA says:

“”… I get that you’re prone to exaggeration (when Nole lost to Haas for example). It’s cool.”

—————-

Thank you, may fan. Nice to know you follow my postings so diligently. Now, if you could post the exact post I commented on the Haas-Nole match, now THAT would be cool.


jane Says:

No way Andy would “tank” because he’s afraid of Rafa.

Lots of upsets today. As well as clean wins, like Tsonga’s Wawa’s Fabio’s and Dimitrov’s.

Weird, Wog boy, but I kind of hope Nole doesn’t win – would like to see him just practice &/or rest instead.


Ben Pronin Says:

I always figured Djokovic to be more capable than Murray so I don’t care about all this respect for his talent. Nadal has tremendous respect for Federer’s talent, too. He still beats up on them both.

Why would Murray care about his opponent’s results from half a decade ago? He knows that Wawrinka is a formidable opponent on any surface, including and especially clay. Why would he even concern himself about some previous showing when he can look at his current form and say “yep, he’s going to be tough to beat.”

Djokovic raises his game and finally breaks back. Monaco playing tough.


nadalista Says:

…..and right on cue, the cavalry, thank you, @Wog Boy, who am I to resist such attention?

*blows kisses*


nadalista Says:

@Ben Pronin, there’s a lot you don’t care about…

Pray tell, is there anything you care about?

#Sigh


Brando Says:

What’s the benefit of practise over playing matches? I bet all players would go: playing matches > practise.


nadalista Says:

Vamos Rafa!!


Wog boy Says:

jane,

That is exactly what he is doing and Monaco knows it. This is his best chance to have his first win after six or so loses. This one is for Monaco to lose.


Ben Pronin Says:

And Djokovic gives up another break. I’m thinking that he let himself play Monte Carlo because he desperately needs clay matches under his belt. But he lacks any kind of intensity or ferocity to indicate he wants to win the title (or any of his matches at all).


Brando Says:

Not watching the match, but IF his ankle is still an issue – considering he said he’ll ONLY play if it’s 100%, he’s playing so I’m guessing it’s fine- then this was a seriously naive move to play. No point playing when all you have on your mind is safeguarding your ankle. Bad move IMO, IF it’s still a concern!


Wog boy Says:

nadalista,

My post for the DA was about Nole not giving 100%, had nothing to do with you. Don’t hold yourself so high, I told you before I really don’t care less about your opinion, thank you very much.


jane Says:

Wog boy, Nole could do with some “Vajda time” methinks. They haven’t worked together since Dubai, and I think they could tweak and work on some things with practice.


the DA Says:

Monaco takes the first set. While Nole isn’t anywhere near his best, Pico has played some good ball. Did Nole call for a trainer? I don’t think he’s going to finish this.


nadalista Says:

@Wog Boy says,

“……Don’t hold yourself so high, I told you before I really don’t care less about your opinion, thank you very much.”

Sigh. I wish you would take your own advice, and understand that I couldn’t care less about your opinion either because let’s face it, half the time you’re not making any sense!

Trouble is, you see my posts and something in you stirs……..kinda creepy.

Thank you too.


jane Says:

Murray and Berd out, Delpo and Nole losing. Mass exodus of seeds today?


Wog boy Says:

Ben,

It is obvious for everybody who is watching that he is not puting the pressure on that ankle and not giving 100%, that is OK, Monaco deserves to have his first win.


Ben Pronin Says:

Calls for trainer. How many weeks until Madrid? That’s ample time for rest, right?


Ben Pronin Says:

Is my screen that blurry or is Nole up a break?


Wog boy Says:

nadalista,

Just for the record, you saw my post and “something in you stirs” so you adressed me and not the other way around. I just responded and clarified. You had memory lapse, take your pill.


nadalista Says:

@Wog Boy,

Yawn…………….


Ben Pronin Says:

Couple of HUGE forehands from Djokovic. Getting intense out there. I just don’t get why he dumps the first set. If you care about winning, why wait a whole set? Now, assuming he wins the second set, who knows what’ll happen in the third? Playing with fire!


the DA Says:

haha..and just like that Nole goes up 3-0.


Wog boy Says:

^^He even converted the brake but don’t hold your breth, he is not winning this one, doesn’t make any sence to win considering everything.


nadalista Says:

@Wog Boy,

Pity I did not see any clarity in your “clarification”.

Please try harder.


racquet Says:

I could not believe the score when I got in. Andy WTF? I thought he might lose but 1 and 2? Lendl better whip him on the practice court.


skeezer Says:

“Weird, Wog boy, but I kind of hope Nole doesn’t win – would like to see him just practice &/or rest instead.”

Its obvious here the way he is playing he is not still sure about his ankle. I give him props for playing, for the fans, and most likely he wanted the match practice. But I hope he is thinking about givin that ankle some rest. By his movement, its just not right. Those that are posting negativity about this situation, well, you all know what those types are, and they just don’t know how athletic competitors think.


racquet Says:

@wog boy

Don’t let it get to you. She likes to argue, and not just on this blog. She will always try to have the last word. Best to let her have it. Trust me.


skeezer Says:

“more people watch Nole in Monte Carlo than any other player, including Rafal Nadal”

Monte Carlo commentator

Love how the Rafa types try to overhype Rafa up like he is mobbed, he IS Tennis, etc, etc, etc. lol

btw the lowly match with Monoco is PACKED with fans….see for yourself


jane Says:

Tomic/Raonic are beating Nestor/Lindstedt. Nieminem is serving for set one over Delpo but JMDP has bp.

Brando did Nole actually say that about “100%”? I don’t recall reading that anywhere – more so that he’d try to play and wanted to play. In any case, I think a lot of players play even when they’re not 100%. Nadal just said he is not 100% but that he didn’t want to sound arrogant. Maybe they don’t like to talk about it? Playing with an injury or some ailment is likely fairly standard though.


Ben Pronin Says:

Sigh, I’m not making any assumptions. Djokovic’s form is just so so off.


nadalista Says:

I would take the advice being offered by @racquet, @Wog Boy,………… she is unintimidatable.


jane Says:

racquet “Lendl better whip him on the practice court.” – ha ha. And he just may! But seriously, Stan can zone and he is good on clay.

Frankly, I’d rather see Nole working on his game on the practice court than struggling in these matches. Ugh.

And Delpo breaks back, not to mention Monaco in Monaco.


skeezer Says:

Ben,

You know as a player, if you unsure about your movement, you are not gonna hit your shots with conviction.


Ben Pronin Says:

This match is ridiculous. Monaco, honestly, is not playing that well either. He’s going through dips in his game the same as Novak. I guess whoever dips at the worst times will end up losing. Novak had a bad dip at the end of the first set and lost. So we’ll see what happens.


skeezer Says:

” think a lot of players play even when they’re not 100%. Nadal just said he is not 100% but that he didn’t want to sound arrogant. Maybe they don’t like to talk about it? Playing with an injury or some ailment is likely fairly standard though.”

True, unless its used as an excuse.


Ben Pronin Says:

Skeeze, I guess the pain in his ankle is fluctuating? It would explain why he looks like he’s about to go off to the races but then lapses again. I don’t know. This is winning ugly at it’s finest. For both guys.


jane Says:

At least Nole is serving better this match. And Monaco, too, is serving fairly well. But yeah, i have no idea what’ll happen anymore in this one! #confused…


queen Says:

Can this annoying Serb lose already!


Wog boy Says:

racquet,

Thanks


Brando Says:

@jane: Do the research and you’ll find it. Heck he even had a thread on it here, how he wouldn’t play at the expense of damaging his ankle. I’m not watching the match, but IF his ankle is still a concern as some here are suggesting then IMO he was naive to play MC. I think he got cajoled into playing- apparently the organisers are very close to him.


jane Says:

Nieminen takes set one over Delpo. He beat Raonic last round. Anyone watching that? Is Jarkko in great form or what? Maybe it’s all that Scandanavian metal he listens to? hee hee. J/K.


skeezer Says:

@queen
lol :)

Ben,

Yes! Also, I noticed he went for a run around FH and he stepped funny and didn’t like it, looked up at his box. Having a ankle turned myself, a lot of it is in your head. Your thinking about it as you run around all the time.


jane Says:

Brando, just wondering about the wording, the “100%” thing. I didn’t read it but will google or check the thread here.


skeezer Says:

@queen

What is more annoying behavior for you, Rafa or Nole? ;)


Ben Pronin Says:

I can only watch what ESPN3 shows me. At least they show me something :D

Brando, didn’t Nadal only play Indian Wells because of Larry Ellison? Why is Nadal allowed to play on his super fragile knees when he’s less than 100%, especially on a hard court that is so punishing, but Djokovic can’t test his ankle on a soft surface like clay?


Wog boy Says:

Nole is doing his best to lose this match but it doesn’t work with Monaco, he is doing his best not to win it:)


Daniel Says:

Players play with pain all the time. They always use this I am 100% and than change it later. He is clearly feeling something, he is fit to play but not on his normal top condition. This is abig difference, fit to play and injury of any sort free.


the DA Says:

@Jane – really, Nieminen? Wow. He’s having an Indian summer this tournament.

Now Nole has leveled the match. I wouldn’t want to spend $$ betting on who will win, although one of them has to.


Daniel Says:

They play and test themselves. If it was deteriorating or gerring wirse he would consider retiring. Is just bothering him but not preventing him from play otgerwise he wouldn’t be playing 2 theee setters in a row.


jane Says:

“I wouldn’t want to spend $$ betting on who will win, although one of them has to.” – I feel the same DA. Honestly would not dare.

Looks like Jarkko took off the headphones; Delpo’s up a break in set 2. ;)


Ben Pronin Says:

What did the trainer do? I saw he came out, but it was so quick, did he actually do anything?


jane Says:

Daniel, yeah, that sounds about right; the doctors said 10-30 days rest after the sprain, so apparently his team went with 10. We’ll see. He said after the Youz match that he twisted it a bit again and felt some pain but it was taped so okay. Just hope he doesn’t make it worse by pushing too hard. We all wanna see our faves playing but we don’t wanna see them hurting!

I am pleased, anyhow, to see Nole serving much better today!


Wog boy Says:

^not much they talked and I am not sure if they gave Nole some pills.


Brando Says:

@Ben: Did you stop developing your comprehension skills at elementary school or something? Yikes man, work on them! Since when did I say he was not allowed to play here? I said he was possibly cajoled into playing IMO. Big difference that Ben my dear: thinking someone was cajoled into playing in comparison to them not being allowed to play. Not the first time today you have caught the wrong end of the stick: your on a roll of a kind there!


Wog boy Says:

^yhat was for Ben.

BTW some nice camera angles and nice spectators.


jane Says:

Of course just as I write that Nole hits his first DF of the day. Sigh. But in sets one and two he served 70-80% first serves in which is great.


jane Says:

So the young gunners Raonic/Tomic will play in the semis in doubles.


Brando Says:

PS: it’s good to see some understanding and benefit of doubt being given to the honesty of a player regarding his seemingly valid fitness concerns. Nice to see that. Here’s hoping that this trend continues in the future and applies to all other players as opposed to it being a moment of favoritism, riddled with a inherent hypocrisy. As in that case then, all the soothing tales of understanding would be complete BS then wouldn’t it if absent for other players? Time will tell on that one, but it shall be a revealing moment no doubt.


the DA Says:

Nole up a break in the 3rd. Seems like he’ll finish this properly.

Reflecting on the earlier comments about Andy’s loss, it occurred to me that nobody freaks out when he or Nadal (or any of the players who are good on grass) lose early in their first grass tournament. This is a similar situation. That’s why I’m relatively unconcerned. If he loses early in Madrid and Rome – that’s another matter.


the DA Says:

I’ve always though Mourier was a lame umpire. That call confirms it. The serve was way out.


Ben Pronin Says:

Brando, you called Novak naive. We all know what you’re implying.

Djokovic coasting? Kinda? See, Monaco really isn’t playing that well. He’s probably wondering how he even won the first set. Jane, only 1 double? We can live with that ;)


jane Says:

DA, I think most people knew that Muzz meeting Wawa that early here could be a tough one.


Brando Says:

@the DA: Thats because folks like to blow things put of proportion here to whatever paradigm they subscribe to. Pay no notice to the crap. Anyhow: Andy has said he’ll stay at MC and practise for another week. Good move IMO. However, he says he’ll go London after that- puts a question mark on him in Barcelona perhaps?


BT Says:

Fed gets back #2 next week with Murry’s loss.


the DA Says:

Yeah, I read about staying in MC until the end of the week. I think he’ might skip Barcelona.


skeezer Says:

Brando
10:51 post

That was so vague and generalized I have no idea what you tried to post.


jane Says:

Nice dropper Nole.


Daniel Says:

Brando,

What this tread shows is that the players word in a conference room worth nothing, at leat to me. It is for the media.

What matters is what they do on court.
Example. IW Fed and Nadal arrived with lingering issues, I know Nadal had the better HxH but you could see Fed’s back was hurting more than Nadal mnees was bothering him. As far as we know Nadal may play with pain all the time due to tendinitis. And fed may have (probably did) played 30% of his matches having back issues which comes and go.

It is not that simple because players aleays have something. What matters is fit to play. Even if that is below par, but can play. Of course repercution will come later ince the olayer realised tht his good enough is not enough to beat the other. With this top players most of the time is, but hardly against each other.


Ben Pronin Says:

Brando, I know you’re saying you hope we apply the same benefits to Nadal. But here’s the thing, Nadal says his knees are hurting, but then he plays dynamite tennis with no hindrance to his movement. It raises serious doubts. I wouldn’t say anything about Novak’s ankle if I wasn’t watching him right now and seeing how it’s bothering him. But when Nadal is clearly hampered (AO 2010 best example of this), few doubts appear.


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic gets broken at love serving for the match… what a champ..


Wog boy Says:

Ben,

You jinxed him:)


jane Says:

Ben, but the 3rd set definitely a huge drop in serving level. 3 double faults (all in the last set) and 42% first.


skeezer Says:

Early Christmas gift from Nole to Monaco.


Brando Says:

@Ben: Naive? Oh I’m sorry- I was not aware that I could not consider him being naive to risk his fitness by participating when folks like you are crying tears on how it’s still a real concern. How silly of me to think he’s naive for doing so in that case. I’ll call you naive without apology Ben: as the “WE” element of your post is plain ridiculous. This interaction is between you and I- so the ‘WE’ you refer to is unnecessary. Unless at the kindergarden referring to someone means referring to a collective they hide behind. In that case: knock yourself out with the ‘WE’ usage. Still not sure on your comprehension skills, rather getting more disappointed with every post from you on that front!


nadalista Says:

RT @AmyFetherolf: “lol at Stan retweeting stuff about giving Roger back the No. 2 ranking. #bromance”

ROFL……..

Allez, Stan!


Ben Pronin Says:

I think we all need to stop with the 80% 90% 100% crap. That is pure media-friendly food. I’m sure the players laugh to themselves after giving these press conferences. What are they, video game characters?


the DA Says:

I bet he’s relieved to get through that. But at what cost?


jane Says:

DA, I know. Totally have mixed feelings.


Wog boy Says:

I wander if BadaBing was right about Nole making it to QF and then he is going to make right decision, I would say he is going to do WO tomorrow. Two three set matches was enough clay practice and he doesn’t need to battle that gentle giant DelPo.


the DA Says:

@Jane – especially if Delpo comes through.


jane Says:

Which it looks like he will DA.


Wog boy Says:

Nieminen is 32 in July, those Golden Oldies are not giving up.


Wog boy Says:

Delpo looks pretty nervous and tired?


Brando Says:

@Skeezer, Daniel, Ben:

Firstly, Daniel: good post.

Now re the injury topic and your favorite patient Dr’s, Rafa Nadal:

I think we ALL can agree, we do not want to know what’s happening with their fitness when their is no need to know about it.

In life, and i’m sure you guys might agree and feel the same, whenever i might someone close and they start going on and on about how this cold they have is bothering them, usually after 10 odd seconds i end up thinking:

‘Will you please STFU as i honestly couldn’t give a monkey’s about your cold. And more to the point: what can i do about it and how is this a interesting thing to talk about?’

But being Mr Nice Guy of the year for a longer streak than Rafa’s win at MC, i usually tend to stay silent, throw a sympathetic and concerned look and end up advising them to have good sex with their girlfriend as they’ll soon feel much better!

LOL- that’s enough about me being a nice guy though.

Now:

With Rafa we ALL know that he has a genuine, lingering knee issue.

And so does Fed have one of his own: a back issue that just does not go away seemingly.

NEITHER guy likes to go on about it, they ONLY mention it when asked by the media.

And quite honestly speaking: do you REALLY believe that they use it as an excuse for their losses?

That other player’s READ into their injury tales?

That they mention it to spin fans into believing that if it were not for that, then they would obviously win?

Call me a eternal optimist: but i think of course not!

With Rafa, and this not an excuse as i wouldn’t bother doing such a thing, as a fan it is mightly clear from afar:

That this is a guy who suffers from Hypochondriac. He seems to get alarmed at the slightest possible concern and his knee issue plays on his mind continously.

Add in the superstitious routine’s, tales of him being an overly sensitive guy then come on now guys:

Hardly the recipe for a grand master who cooks up such stories to excuse his losses!

To his credit, recently he said he wants to TALK NO MORE about his knee as he has to live with it and that it robs him of the joy of just being able to compete.

So all I ask is this:

Let’s just apply the same understanding and consideration, hereforth, to ALL players on such matter.

My 2 cents on this!


the DA Says:

@wog boy – and he just lost the break he had.


Giles Says:

So, the Drama Queen won another 3-setter.
Oh dear, that poor ankle! #Ankleovic


Ben Pronin Says:

Ankleovic joins Kneedal and Federback!


Brando Says:

Ankleovic- LOL!

Dark comedy stuff that!

Anyhow: what’s a mere ankle concern to Hulk Hugan?

Nothing.


Kimberly Says:

Good stuff from Nieman


Wog boy Says:

@the Da- and he was broken!
I still believe that he will win.


the DA Says:

Wow, Niemenin had a point to go up 5-2 but Delpo breaks back.


Brando Says:

Back on serve- VAMOS Delpo!


Brando Says:

What FH winner by delpo!


Brando Says:

Commanding game- 4-4 now!


Brando Says:

Some excellent tennis here- love clay matches!


nadalista Says:

Hahaha! That’s Rafa scratched off Big Berdy’s Christmas card list!

RT @kkiara89: Fabio Fognini:”Nadal told me how to beat Berdych.Just 5 minutes before the match he told me where it was better serve”


Brando Says:

Lucky Niemenen, net cord saved him on BP!


Brando Says:

LOL, Rafa with the tipes, nice one! :-)


the DA Says:

Ah, Jarko finally cracks and Delpo will serve for the match. He looks worn out. Fun match.


Brando Says:

Delpo breaks, serving for the match now.

Whoever wins will be a shattered opponent for Novak- both struggling here!


Giles Says:

Rafa fans. I posted on another thread that some genius has named Rafa “Matadorable”. Very imaginative indeed!


alison Says:

Giles i answered your post,didnt you read it?


skeezer Says:

Brando,

Lol I’ll save your post for future reference, you know…just in case :)

“To his credit, recently he said he wants to TALK NO MORE about his knee as he has to live with it and that it robs him of the joy of just being able to compete.”


Brando Says:

What defense by Niemenen- incredible stuff!


Giles Says:

alison. Missed it


the DA Says:

Lol, Jarko breaks back. Wild defense in that penultimate point.


Brando Says:

@Skeezer:

I knew you would put that into your log of Rafa’s medical history!

LOL, it’s fine! :-)


Brando Says:

Survival of the fittest this one. Whoever feels more fresh for the point, game tends to win it here- bizarre!


Brando Says:

Fancy Jarko now- 6,5 in his favour.


Nadalista Says:

So, in addition to being a FINE tennis player, Rafa’s also a ……..fine coach!

#tennisbrain


Brando Says:

MP for Jarko…. Delpo’s tiredness is telling!


Brando Says:

wonderful touch by delpo at the net there!


Brando Says:

Steely stuff by Delpo, tie breaker.

Commentator is right: fitting stuff.


alison Says:

Niemenen(sigh)or rather Jarko is playing fantastic tennis,hope Delpo can come through this one,as i doubt Janko could really push Nole,even though hes still suffering with his ankle he still looks like hes playing himself into form now,it would give Nole more CC practice under his belt,even if he were to lose to Delpo,he will be more CC battle hardened.


the DA Says:

Jarko is playing the TB so well. Up 3-0.


the DA Says:

But Delpo catches up 3-3.


the DA Says:

MTO for Delpo and the jeers start. Gotta love French crowds, always classy.


Brando Says:

Feed went out, trainer for Delpo at the last?


jane Says:

Looks like a cliff-hanger…. had to walk son to school (gorgeous spring mist outside, cherry trees & tulips blooming everywhere, so nice!) so I’ve missed the tennis excitement. :


the DA Says:

That was odd. No trainer came. MP to Jarko.


alison Says:

What sweet advice from ravishing Rafa to fabulous Fabio,on beating the arrogant Birdbrain,nice one lol.


Brando Says:

Ah DA, not good.

IMO maybe it’s best for Delpo should he lose this one… he was totally knackered near the end there.

Same with Jarko TBH.

Did not Novak play, but ankle concern or not:

either one of these guys is a gimme right now.


the DA Says:

Jarko wins! Well deserved.

Delpo fans should CARE very much. This obviously means his clay season will suck.


Wog boy Says:

This wasn’t fair play by Delpo, and justice has been done. I didn’t expect this from Delpo. Good on Jarrko.


Brando Says:

Did not SEE Novak play, LOL.


jane Says:

Jarkko wins. Now he can rock his headphones again!

http://jarkkonieminen.fi/images/blogs/b-2013-03-08-i1-large.jpg


Brando Says:

LMFAO Jane!

LOL, good find! :-)


jane Says:

Quite the “indian summer” for Nieminen as DA put it – first he takes out Raonic and now Delpo. Impressive!


Brando Says:

So, I imagine the popular SF pick would be:

Rafa v Tsonga, Novak v Gasquet.


alison Says:

Nice win for Jarko,great week for him,Raonic and Delpo,hmmm wonder how he will fair against Nole,as Nole is not 1oo percent this could be his best chance of a W,and Nole by all acounts has been looking vulnerable so we will see.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Many of us, myself included, bitch about the homogeneity of the courts, but these results show that clay is its own thing and takes time to get back into.
There are exactly three great clay players in the world: Rafa, Novak and ROger. Plus one good one in Ferrer. Everyone else has had a big tourney or big win here and there, no one else in the field has had consistently good results on clay.


jane Says:

He’s a huge metal fan. Just check out his blog. hee hee.

http://jarkkonieminen.fi/images/gallery/mokoma-normal.jpg


racquet Says:

@theDA

LOL. Don’t go there.

Very pleased for Niemenin. He’s very well liked around these parts.


alison Says:

Jane great picture,could you tell is it true that Jarko is half English?im sure i heard it somewhere?


Wog boy Says:

Delpo asked for trainer, according to umpire you can not sit and have a brake if trainer is not there, and that is what Delpo was doing. that is why umpire told him to go back and play. You don’t compare that with Novak, his MTO was a proper one, BTW you said you didn’t watch Novak’s match so how you are so quick to compare. Commentators said the same thing, and said they hope that justice will be done and it was done.


Nadalista Says:

My or my……….some people find it hard to move on.

Such is life…………

#theycareevidently


Wog boy Says:

jane,

On the second thought, do you think Nole might decide to play QF;)
Time for bed, 2:30am, tomorrow is another day, another dollar.


jane Says:

Wog boy, am certainly curious to read the presser. Goodnight.


Brando Says:

@Wog Boy:

Do not know if your post was intended at me or was in response to what i said. If not at myself then just ignore this, if so, then for the sake of clearing any confusion:

I did not comment on Novak’s MTO whatsoever.

Nor did I say anything other than did Delpo get the trainer at the end.

So no inference of any type there.

The ONLY reference to Novak I made, aside from the ankle discussion which another thing, in relation to his next opponent is:

‘Did not Novak play, but ankle concern or not:

either one of these guys is a gimme right now.’

And that CLEARLY is a judgement call on the Delpo- Niemenen match.

Clearly both guys would be a gimme for anyone right now.

So like I said: that was just to clear any misunderstanding.

If your psot wasn’t in relation to mine, then clearly it’s my misunderstanding (wouldn’t be the first time either LOL).

No harm no foul meant.

Night!


Ben Pronin Says:

I do think this is cause for concern for Del Potro because what is the deal with him getting tired all the time? His fitness is seriously lacking. Maybe he won’t have an awful clay season but if he expects to crack the top, he needs to improve in this department big time.


nadalista Says:

I shudder to think what would have been said here had it had been Rafa who did what Delpo did……


Brando Says:

@Ben Pronin:

Completely agree.

Game wise? Well he showed in IW that he’s more than a match for Rafa, Nole, Andy and co.

He’s got the game, quite clearly, to win the big prizes.

His big weakness, his downfall and TBH: the area his rivals target is his STAMINA and inferior fitness level to those guys.

The thing with this is, it has LONG been apparent and so quite obvious to that the lack of any real addressing of this issue is somewhat unbelievable for me to believe.

The sooner Delpo addresses this then, IMO, he’ll break though to not only the top 4 but some GS finals too!

I’m a fan of his game and personally think at his best he can knock all the guy’s of court as his firepower is that immense!


the DA Says:

@ Ben Pronin – I agree. I’ve always thought he tires too soon. He needs to do some serious stamina training. The serve and missile FHs alone won’t get it done. Particularly in best of 5.


Forehand Says:

Nadal vs Baby Federer would be a good match up.


Alex Says:

Over the past days Ive come to realize that certain Nadal fans must be jealous over Djokovics injury and the attention its receiving, which frankly is hilarious.

With all the BS we have put up with in-terms of Nadals endless bloody saga of injuries, they must be irritated that Djokovic is stealing the injury spotlight. All this rubbish about Novak and how he must be 100 percent if hes playing.

Jajaja, Nadal isn’t 100 percent when his winning or losing so shut your yaps please, and let him do what he wants.

How come Nadal fans or so quick to point out he must be fully fit if his playing?

There’s clear Video footage of the injury, so don’t be a sauerkraut, just because he has a legit excuse with evidence, something Rafa does not.

With Rafa its always been speculation, that’s it!

I find it down right rude, pathetic, and cheeky from some of these Nadal fans, to think they can chirp about Nole and how hes fine.

After everything us poor Tennis fans have to put up with, day in day out knee excuses, they dare talk about a legit injury! Absolutely shameless!

When it comes to legit injuries, most Nadal fans shouldn’t comment, they should just hide. I’m sorry, its the truth.


nadalista Says:

Take it away Tiggy:

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/04/monte-carlo-wawrinka-d-murray/47126/#.UXAsSspRCDc

” For the last few weeks we’ve been hearing a lot about Andy Murray’s clay-court game. He claimed he had a chance at the French Open title. He said he was going to make a bigger push on the surface this year. He brought coach Ivan Lendl with him to Monte Carlo to train for the first time.

But before Murray does anything significant on dirt, he’s probably going to have to figure out how to win a set on it against Stan Wawrinka.”

#exaggeration
#humble


Alex Says:

French Open

1.Nadal
2.Djokovic with some luck
3.Federer if hes really lucky(Age,Recovery time, No Nadal in final)

The ONLY players in contention in my opinion.

And for anyone laughing at Fed being there, Just look at his record at FO.

Worst performance in the last 7 years or something is two SF.


jane Says:

It’s not only for Delpo imo. His game can be quite predictable; he almost always goes cross court. And he sometimes doesn’t mix it up enough, so the top guys just absorb his pace, defend and then win. He can mix it up, as he showed when he won the USO by coming to net and at IW when he was throwing in more slices. But he doesn’t always employ those tactics.


jane Says:

^ sorry it’s not only “fitness”


alison Says:

Im sick of hearing about Rafas knees,and im sick of hearing about Noles ankle,TBH Alex im sick,sick,sick to the back bloody teeth of hearing about both their injuries,nothing personal some Rafa fans have called me a judas when i dont defend my favorite every which way,but if i say something about Noles injury then im a biased Rafa fan using a deflection tactic,so sometimes you cant win either way damned if do damned if you dont,Rafa fans taking pot shots at Nole,Nole fans taking pot shots at Rafa,like big kids in a school play ground,she started it no she started it blah blah,as my my teacher would say i dont care who started it,as far as im concerned its 6 of 1 and half a dozen of the other,would just like for a change to discuss their tennis,im not expecting fluffy talk 24/7,but so much bickering spoils the enjoyment of been on this forum sometimes.


Alex Says:

By the way, Djokovic’s coach was adamant that Nole should not play, Nole insisted. Oh yes, but of course his 100 percent, cause his playing.

And we all know Nadal only plays when his 100 percent fit!

What a joke!


the DA Says:

“He brought coach Ivan Lendl with him to Monte Carlo to train for the first time.”

Error no. 1. Lendl accompanied him last year.

“But before Murray does anything significant on dirt, he’s probably going to have to figure out how to win a set on it against Stan Wawrinka.”

Yes, he needs to figure out how to take a set off Stan and forget how he took a set off Nadal and served for the match against Djokovic.


jane Says:

the DA, I was a little surprised by Tignor’s one-sided focus in that article. I didn’t see the match, but I kind of expected to hear a little bit more about how Stan played to win the match, as opposed to how Murray didn’t play to lose it. But I notice they all do that on the racquet reactions sometimes: focus on the player who lost.


Brando Says:

‘Yes, he needs to figure out how to take a set off Stan and forget how he took a set off Nadal and served for the match against Djokovic’:

LOL, comeback DA! :-)

It’s crazy to think of now: had Andy played just one point well then he would have been the guy to end Nole’s 2011 streak and that too on clay: unbelievable!

IMHO, had he done so it would have given him a colossal boost and more respect from writers/ fans all round on the red stuff.

Atleast they wouldn’t be so dismissive so soon and early in the clay season when he losses his 2nd match to a guy with pedigree and what close to 10 matches on clay this year!


Alex Says:

^^

Indeed :)

Although I must say, Noles ankle injury is a serious concern and should be treated as such.

After all he deserves the respect.

Noles injury cant even be compared to the dirt between Rafas toes, when Nadals injuries or what-ever have been posted about for like 5k worth of comments :).

Nole is injured, hes not 100 percent and it should be accepted as such. There’s no comparing it to Nadal or his injuries. Nadals injuries are a book as thick as an encyclopedia, still being written daily. Noles injury is little more that a short story.


the DA Says:

@Brando – :)

@Jane – yes, agreed. Unless it’s a player that the writer favors. I find Hannah Wilks to be the most impartial in that regard.


Ben Pronin Says:

I think the worrying part about Murray today is that he couldn’t do anything to delay the inevitable. No plan b. And I’m not sure it’s because he couldn’t think of one so much as he couldn’t execute at all. And especially considering how cleanly he played yesterday, this was a serious let down.

Yes Murray has played the top tier close on clay before, but it’s been quite rare because he has failed to get to them more often than not. So I would agree that his priority should be to figure out how to beat all the guys ranked below before worrying about how he’ll get Nadal/Djokovic next time.

Of course this loss doesn’t spell disaster and doom even a little. But it’s something to think about. Murray needs to play the clay better. Much better.


alison Says:

I wasnt surprised by Murrays defeat like everyone else i also thought Stan would trouble Murray,i think i was more dissapointed by the ease in which he did it though,i thought at least it would be a close match and not so one sided,i hope this is just a blip,i agreed with the commies who said Murray should take a wild card and play Barcelona,win or loose to get some more CC match practice.


Mr, Larvey Says:

@Alison

Jarkko is as Finnish as one can be (not half English). Even his name is one of the most common ones in Finland.

Great stuff from Jarkko on this week. Impressive 3rd set tiebreak wins agaist Raonic and Delpo. Jarkko’s tiebreak statistics from this year are rather impressive 8-0. Interesting to see if he has something left in the tank on tomorrow against Nole.


Humble Rafa Says:

Mr. Lady Forehand needs to improve his forehand.


alison Says:

Humble Rafa LMAO.


Julia Says:

Just knowing the biased history of this site, here is my take on future blogs:

Nole lost because of his ankle
Fed lost because of age, back
Rafa lost because of knees

By the way, Can anyone show me the video where fed hurt his back? I thought he played such “flawless and sublime and perfect” tennis? How do you hurt your back playing such perfect tennis? OOPS, I forgot!!! Tennis players use their back when playing much like they use their KNEES when playing! Chronic means it has been going on awhile so no surprise Rafa’s knees hurt more at times, kinda like fed’s back seems to hurt more at times!

Point is, thoughts that this is an impartial site are sorely misplaced. Clearly, this is a fed site and any others are doomed to being divebombed by them if you say anything they disagree with, especially when it comes to injuries.


Julia Says:

As far as the age excuse, there was recently on SI or ATP, an article about how many more players are over 30 and doing great nowadays compared to back then.


Alex Says:

^
Sure, which players? Haas etc.

You obviously don’t know much about tennis.

Federer is not Haas or Ferrer. If you cant get it into your head that a 30 plus year old has worse recovery time than a 25 year old then fine!

How meany plus 30 players have made a GS final lately? Fed is the only one. And with today’s court-speeds you can forget mentioning the old Aggassi argument…not to mention his prolonged break from tennis.

Point being you shouldn’t be talking shit about things you know nothing about..

Its evident in the later stages of Gs, namely SF where Federer cant recover. Dont listen to me.. sure A 30 year old can recover just like a 25 year old..rolling my eyes…idiot.


Ben Pronin Says:

Actually, Agassi is a great comparison. Do you remember how he had to have cortisone shots regularly in order to be able to play because of his back? And his last year, 2006, he barely even played! Missed the entire clay season and didn’t really go deep in any tournament.


Alex Says:

And since when is being 30 an excuse?

Its a fact you freaking … tard

When I go buy a used 4×4 and its done 100k, I don’t need a freaking excuse when my friend tells me his model(the same but brand new) will run smoother and better on dirt roads. I can feel the bumps cause my shocks are fkd!

Nuff said.


Alex Says:

^

Good point.


Giles Says:

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/mats-wilander/worried-rafa-never-play-again-161101732.html
Mats Wilander in Manacor. Programme aired on Eurosport today.
Great videos.


Julia Says:

Well, I do believe fed KNOWS he is over 30. As such, he has to adjust his game. His fans obviously haven’t. The fed fans on here use age as an excuse all the time. Along with the back, the twins, etc… I don’t recall fed himself ever using it an excuse, but his fans are like a broken record with it. I will find that article and post it for your fed-obsessed brain to read.


skeezer Says:

Glad posters are discussing tennis here rather than posting fan links(yawn).

@Julia
Fed site? Have you been reading this site lately? ;)


Gordon Says:

Niemenen had not taken a set off of Delpo in 4 previous meetings.

What a difference a clay makes!

I still can’t get over Raonic losing the third set to Niemenen yesterday, after allowing him only 9 points in the entire second (6-1) set. And four of those 9 were in the one game he won, meaning Raonic held Niemenen to 5 points in 6 games.

And yet look who won the third set and now has gone on to beat Delpo. Hmmmn.


Giles Says:

Bjorn Borg “Rafael Nadal is the greatest clay court player ever. Watching Rafa on clay is like art”
Vamos Champ


skeezer Says:

Julia,re twins excuse

oh c’mon you want to show us am old post where somebody said Fed lost a match because he has twins?

#lowblow


Alex Says:

^
Again…rolling my eyes..my god man.

Adjust his game? ohh lord…

How exactly are you gonna adjust a 4×4 with 100k mileage to ride like a brand new one?

Perhaps he can install some nitro.

Unfortunately the human body cant be replaced with new parts like a vehicle.

I’m not Fed obsessed, your a damn …tard.

Learn the difference between fact and fiction.

I hope one day you break your leg…and when you don’t run the marathon it will be an excuse!

A worthy statement for your stupidity.

Now go back to bed.


Ben Pronin Says:

This certainly used to be a Fed heavy site, but no way is it nowadays.


Julia Says:

Fact is, many players are over 30 now and they have to take it on themselves to change their workout and schedule to adjust. Why are you getting so angry over that? Wishing me to break a leg?

One last post, because the moderators here allow that crap from Alex…. I happen to have run in the Boston Marathon. No I did not break a leg or die in a blast. The horrors I saw you could not fathom and you choose to make fun of it over talk about tennis ages. Screw you!!!!!!!!!!!!

God rest in peace all the wonderful souls and thank you and God Bless to all the wonderful people who selfishly helped others out there!


volley Says:

“Glad posters are discussing tennis here rather than posting fan links(yawn).”

they are afraid we forgot about him during those 7 months. we need to be reminded on a daily basis of his greatness/popularity/influence on other players/etc. just in case he has to take another sabbatical perhaps?


Alex Says:

^

Still not finished…ok.

I was making a point about the leg, but it obviously went right over your head like everything else seems to.

You fly kites?

You’ve run the Bosten Marathon, have you?

Good, now do it at 60, but wait, change your workout routine cause your older and must adjust!…then you can beat the best runners in the world!

“The horrors I saw you could not fathom’.

Emmm, I read the papers and have travels to Africa, you my friend need education, if that’s horror to you.

God help people that don’t make sense, and all the wonderful idiots out there!


skeezer Says:

volley,

Seems so ;)


Ben Pronin Says:

Wow… things got a little out of hand…


skeezer Says:

Yikes


alison Says:

Alot of fans post fan links about their personal favorites,its nothing new,and while i agree it must get irritating at times,but its not like you here Feds or Noles fans complaining when its a fan link about either of their favorites,personally i like reading links whether its about Rafa,Novak,Andy or Roger,and its not just Rafa fans who post links on Rafa,fans of other players do it about him too,Jane puts up quite alot of links about Rafa and other players too,sometimes i open links sometimes i dont,but i agree sometimes too many is overkill.


Alex Says:

@Ben Pronin

They definitely have.

Think this will be my last post.

Some things are just not worth the it.


Alex Says:

@Julia

One last thing..your the one taking cheap shots comparing a point I was making about injury, to a bombing.

Unbelievable the places people will go to try make sense.


Giles Says:

The link I posted at 3 10 pm is predominantly for Rafa fans.


jane Says:

Maybe Dimitrov can beat short-shorts Rafaman? ha ha. Not bloody likely. Though I do wonder if Rafa will target his backhand?


Giles Says:

Maybe the Delpo slayer can beat Ankleovic? Haha. I doubt it.


Humble Rafa Says:

This certainly used to be a Fed heavy site, but no way is it nowadays.

It still is. Wait for the “Who will win the French Open” poll. The ants will come out of their hiding.


alison Says:

Jane im off work tomorrow and its a game im very much looking forward to,especially as the 1st match of his i will have seen,lol its strange to here you swear sorry.


Brando Says:

@Giles:

Thanks ever so much for that- it was awesome to see!:-)

You were generous to post it, as I certainly wasn’t aware of it, and I am really glad to have seen it.

Quite insightful stuff regarding Rafa.

Thanks once again.


Alex Says:

” Not bloody likely”

Reminds me of an episode of seinfeld…

Although I doubt anyone will remember.


Giles Says:

Brando. You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.


mat4 Says:

Hi, everybody, especially, of course, jane, WB, skeez, Ben, Alison, Brando… In one word, the old guard, with Brando added, although he is a roast-beef (Alison is a roast-beef too, but, she’s a lady, so…)

Watched a bit of Novak in the last two days. He played an excellent second set against MY yesterday, he struggled today, but it was expected.

What worries my is not his consistency — it can only improve — but his open-stance FH. It is not good, simply not good enough.


jane Says:

I know every episode of Seinfeld. It’s the “Helllll-oooooo” one isn’t it?


Brando Says:

@Those complaining about posters posting information regarding players:

1- If the moderators do not have a problem with it, then why moan to the rest of the posters?

They’re not going to address that issue for you!

2- It’s a OPEN, PUBLIC forum to discuss….tennis. Now of course some fans may feel that, I don’t know, MAYBE, JUST MAYBE they have seen something regarding a player they like and are aware that so do others and possibly it would be nice to share it with others as it may just interest them?

I know it’s somewhat bizarre, you know, sharing articles of interest with other fans, but give it time and it MIGHT just make some sense to you.

I promise you won’t lose hair working that one out!

One day you might even life by the mantra of:

Sharing is caring.

Who knows peeps, miracles do happen, even with the most unlikeliest of people!

And finally:

IF after all this, it still bothers you greatly, that it riles you into a state of anger, then let me introduce you to something PHENOMENAL (other worldly even):

It’s called ‘SCROLLING DOWN’!

I tell you it’s a sensation in the world of the internet, and so easy to use.

It’s like this peeps:

You see something you don’t like, rather than b!tching and moaning about it like a sour chump, you just SCROLL DOWN and that thing that bothers you- guess what?

It’s not a bother anymore, since chump: by scrolling down you just ignored it!

I know i know:

Life’s a treat online when you know how to use this function right?

So peeps: rather than throwing another fit over nothing, as let’s be honest: NO ONE comes here to hear a sour grape story right?

So just SCROLL DOWN: I promise you it’s safe to do so. Go ahead, give it a try!


alison Says:

Mat4 lol your a gentleman to be calling me a lady,im a bit of a nutcase really,but thanks for the compliment anyway,about Nole his form is to be expected IMO,hes pretty CC match cold,im sure he will improve,even if doesnt win this tourney,im sure he will come on in leaps and bounds in the coming weeks.


Brando Says:

@Those complaining about posters posting information regarding players:

1- If the moderators do not have a problem with it, then why moan to the rest of the posters?

They’re not going to address that issue for you!

2- It’s a OPEN, PUBLIC forum to discuss….tennis. Now of course some fans may feel that, I don’t know, MAYBE, JUST MAYBE they have seen something regarding a player they like and are aware that so do others and possibly it would be nice to share it with others as it may just interest them?

I know it’s somewhat bizarre, you know, sharing articles of interest with other fans, but give it time and it MIGHT just make some sense to you.

I promise you won’t lose hair working that one out!

One day you might even life by the mantra of:

Sharing is caring.

Who knows peeps, miracles do happen, even with the most unlikeliest of people!

And finally:

IF after all this, it still bothers you greatly, that it riles you into a state of anger, then let me introduce you to something PHENOMENAL (other worldly even):

It’s called ‘SCROLLING DOWN’!

I tell you it’s a sensation in the world of the internet, and so easy to use.

It’s like this peeps:

You see something you don’t like, rather than groaning and moaning about it like a sour chump, you just SCROLL DOWN and that thing that bothers you- guess what?

It’s not a bother anymore, since chump: by scrolling down you just ignored it!

I know i know:

Life’s a treat online when you know how to use this function right?

So peeps: rather than throwing another fit over nothing, as let’s be honest: NO ONE comes here to hear a sour grape story right?

So just SCROLL DOWN: I promise you it’s safe to do so. Go ahead, give it a try!


jane Says:

ONLY for Nole’s fans a cute pic & quote (yes, alison, guilty as charged ;)):

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/913742_546248738761315_1829711429_o.jpg

“I love playing here in Monaco. Beautiful club, beautiful surrounding, full stadium… I’m glad to be through to another round. It is not easy, but hey – I’m here, i’m playing! And I’m slowly getting there with my game :) Tomorrow another big challenge – Jarko Nieminen. Wish me luck!”


jane Says:

Brando, that was an aptly timed defence of my post, ha ha. ;) Not that you intended it to be.


mat4 Says:

Just one more word (more than one, of course): the counterpart of “roast-beefs” is “crapauds”.


Alex Says:

@jane

I think its ”the tape” S03E08

Here is a youtube clip of Seinfeld saying…not bloody likely!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMUffrxo920


alison Says:

Jane i always enjoy opening your links whoever they are about :)


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

LOL, Hi.

I wouldn’t worry too much. I would be shocked if Novak doesn’t reach the final now considering who is left on his side.

And being a finalist, at the least, is hardly something to cry trouble over.

The FH? No idea as I haven’t seen him play so far.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

LOL, no worries.

Are you aware of this phenomenal thing called ‘SCROLL DOWN’?

As the amount of moaning and groaning over nothing here at times suggests that it’s a secret only exclusive to some here!


jane Says:

Alex, I remember now. So many good episodes!

Hellloooo mat4. Yeah Ben said something about the forehand yesterday. In the ESPN piece they said Youz was targeting that side.

Brando, I do know about scroll down. I don’t think I said anything about links because I post them too.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

LOL, just making sure others are aware of it too.

Life’s a treat when you know about such things: gives less room to complain about ‘postings’ that can be avoided! :-)

And yes: I’m glad you post links here.

Some I like, others not so much- but hey: your sharing stuff that other fans may wish to see but just are not aware of.

Kudos to you and others on that front!

Keep them coming! :-)


alison Says:

Mat4 lol not sure how to take that crapauds thingy,but you did say i was a lady,so i assume it was a compliment.


alison Says:

Jane agree with Brando,i like you links and alot of other peoples,i suppose when its your favorite its more interesting,the only links i dont care for are the sarcastic type Jamie posts,like the Serena one the other day.


mat4 Says:

Alison:

I like history very much. “Crapauds” (kind of frogs) against “roast-beefs” is from the Napoleonic wars. Although I probably should have written “rosbifs”.


volley Says:

alison

don’t fret. crapaud means ‘frog’. rosbif is the term the French use for Brits.


mat4 Says:

Alison:

To be precise: Brits are “rosbifs”.


alison Says:

Mat4/Volley thanks for enlightening me lol,frogs are very spiritual creatures i like frogs.


volley Says:

“I like history very much”

except Waterloo of course ;)


mat4 Says:

@volley:

Yes, when I mentioned “the old guard”, it reminded me of Waterloo, so I continued with rosbifs and crapauds. But Waterloo… it is just like that song… “What a difference a day made” (makes).


volley Says:

i never cared for the term ‘frogs’, sounds too perjorative. whereas rosbifs seems so harmless.


alison Says:

Mat4/Volley you have to forgive me,sorry but might have realised im not exactly the sharpest tool in the box.


volley Says:

^ pejorative


mat4 Says:

@Alison:

Don’t bother. We all come from different cultures, with different backgrounds. A week ago, I didn’t understand a single word Brando had written. It is quite normal.

@volley:

It is indeed pejorative. Ah, had we won just that one battle, they’d call us papillons, tulipes, terreurs…

Unfortunately… what a difference a day makes…


skeezer Says:

Ok…since were supprting fan links, here is one I am sure Rafa fans treasure. Somehow, if he was on my team, I think I would stand a little farther away with accepting a hug…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/28/rafael-nadal-butt-grab-juan-monaco-_n_1116788.html


volley Says:

papillons? lol. one thing about the British, they come up with some very creative terms and nicknames.

on a positive note, you must be pleased with Novak’s improvement in French. Carole Bouchard from L’Equipe said she was very impressed with his level the other day.


skeezer Says:

Ok…since were supporting fan links, here is one I am sure Rafa fans treasure. Somehow, if he was on my team, I think I would stand a little farther away with accepting a hug…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/28/rafael-nadal-butt-grab-juan-monaco-_n_1116788.html


mat4 Says:

@Skeez:

It was a low jab, under the belt… and in the back…


Steve 27 Says:

What a surprise! The Clown revived again.
And already they go…


mat4 Says:

@volley:

I like her, of course, since she seems to be a Djoko fan (almost). BTW, are you a member of 15love?


volley Says:

@skeez

good one. but don’t forget Fed and Wawa’s awkward hug

http://sumayse.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/federer-hugging-wawrinka.jpg


volley Says:

@ mat4

she’s a fan of Djoko but she seems to like several players and is fond of Del Potro and Murray. 15love, I haven’t heard of. is it a forum or a blog?


mat4 Says:

@volley:

Try here:

http://www.15-lovetennis.com/

BTW, does Sophie Dorgan still write for L’Équipe?


mat4 Says:

Anyway, why do we write in English? Mais c’est simplement de l’impérialisme! Soudainement, j’ai honte.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

If you don’t mind, regards Waterloo, if I remember well (my High School days were long ago) the Britts were on receiving end and Napoleon was winning the battle and then Germans came and save the day for Duke of Wellington who took all the credit for himself, ahhh those Krauts;)


volley Says:

@mat4

okay thanks. that looks like a very thorough site. my French isn’t good enough these days so i’ll need google-translate. i don’t read L’Équipe but I follow Carole’s twitter feed. she often has very good inside information and often very amusing tweets. i also get more information on Tsonga from her than elsewhere.


volley Says:

@mat4

malheureusement, je peux parler un peu français, mais pas couramment.


volley Says:

oops, “parlez” of course! see i’m too rusty.


mat4 Says:

WB:

Not really, if I remember well myself. Wellington was the best general to wage a defensive battle in that war (a bit like Heinrici in WW2), and when he slowed down Napoléon at Quattre-Bras, he was in a better position. Napoléon had not only to win, but to win fast. Unfortunaly, Bertier was dead, Napoléon couldn’t count on Masséna, and he left Suchet, his best remaining general in Lyon.


mat4 Says:

@volley:

No, it was OK: je peux parler… not parlez. Anyway, I was persuaded you were French.


volley Says:

@mat4

in my heart, i am French ;)


jane Says:

I am hungry now, but more for rosbif than frogs.

I like Carole’s twitter feed too; she posts on all the players!


Paradox Says:

Skeezr, you should go through photos of Federer with Wawrinka after they won 2008 olympics doubles.I will be miles away from Federer if i consider those photos. Skeez,first go through your idol’s photos before making stupid comments.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am disappointed with my game. Giving up 4 games in a set on clay is unpardonable.


volley Says:

@ jane

she is great. very informative and professional but has a naughty humorous side.


skeezer Says:

Mat4

Now that was cheeky.

Paradux,

Sorry, Brohug, Chestbump, Fist2Fist, all known manly connects in congrats. Any male here knows they would never willfully accept that(cheek squueze). Well…wait…maybe not…that may implly something else to some…butt….not for me thank u. Butt if Monaco and Rafa enjoyed it(looks like Rafa loved it), well good for them, no?


Brando Says:

@skeezer: cheeky. That article cites it as a 2011 write up. Tell me: did you have this archived in a ‘for the skeez’s eyes only’ folder or is it a guilty pleasure screen saver of yours? :-)


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Thanks for that, as I said it was long time ago when I went to school and besides, I slept only 4 hours, this tennis is going to finish me off.

jane,

If you are hungry then go on You Tube and look for “SOULFOOD Serbia” but look at 12min video, you will be even more hungry and that will make you to bring your plans of visiting Serbia forward.

mat4, if you are going to watch video, pay attention on grape@wine section, I like that part the most, you will see why;)


skeezer Says:

Brando

No just proving that links are easy to dig up and create whatever you want out of them. Not saying everyone does. But just sayin…you know. Just. Although that pic is pretty self explaining, the was a “squeeze”.

Also just trying to help giles (Fleischer)with his regular job, providing Rafa fan links. No worries, so far it seems by the remarks I have gotten her job seems secure ;)


Brando Says:

@skeezer: fedal wars may one day end, but the skeeles war burns brightly. LOL!:-)


Wog boy Says:

jane,

BTW, it is in english, so anybody can watch it.


jane Says:

Wog boy, oh oh. Okay I will watch but I had better have a plan for dinner first! :)

volley, yes, she’s got a good sense of style and humour. I started following only this week but was impressed with the breadth of coverage too.


Humble Rafa Says:

fedal wars

Given that I own the goat, it would be appropriate to call the so called rivalry, Naderer.

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