Nadal Wins Two In Barcelona, Sets Up Showdown With Raonic; Tipsarevic Continues To Struggle; Sharapova Into Stuttgart SFs
by Staff | April 26th, 2013, 10:46 pm
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Rafael Nadal won his 36th and 37th matches in a row Friday in Barcelona. The 7-time tournament champion had to double-up after Thursday rain, and the Spanish great had little trouble first beating Benoit Paire 7-6, 6-2 and then in the quarters Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-0.

“I played much better this afternoon than in the morning,” said Nadal. “I’m very happy to be in the semi-finals another time in a very important tournament. I’m enjoying the week playing here. I love the tournament. I know everybody well. It feels like home, always.”

Awaiting Nadal tomorrow in the semifinals will be big-hitting Milos Raonic. Like Nadal, Raonic also had to win two sets. After a tricky 6-2, 7-6 win over Ernests Gulbis, Raonic needed a third set breaker to outlast Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(2). Robredo had beaten Tomas Berdych earlier in the day.

“Rafa on clay is tougher than Rafa in general. But I’m Milos, so I got to go out there and do my job. I need to try and make him adjust to me more than myself to him.”

He is Milos and this Milos is 0-2 against Rafa, losing both matches at the Tokyo event.

In the other semifinal, Philipp Kohlshreiber takes on Nicolas Almagro.

Out West in Bucharest, Janko Tipsarevic’s struggles continued. After losing today to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in three, the 10th-ranked Serb has just three match wins against seven losses since the Australian Open.

G-Lo now meets Florian Mayer in one semi while Lukas Rosol collides with Gilles Simon.

On the WTA at Stuttgart, after spending over 3 hours in her Thursday win, Maria Sharapova played another tough 3-setter Friday this time outlasting fellow former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. The win moves Maria in to the semis against local favorite Angelique Kerber.

“It was another really tough match today, and I really had to push myself to the end to win it,” the defending champion Sharapova said. “I’m really happy I managed to win – why shouldn’t I be? I feel like there were some opportunities in the second set and I gave them away a little bit, but I knew I just had to give myself a little bit more energy in the third set, and turn it up a bit. Thankfully I closed it out in the end.”

In the second semi, American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands, a winner today over German Sabine Lisicki, takes on Li Na.


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123 Comments for Nadal Wins Two In Barcelona, Sets Up Showdown With Raonic; Tipsarevic Continues To Struggle; Sharapova Into Stuttgart SFs

Skeezer Says:

“But I’m Milos…”

Too cool ;)


Sirius Says:

I don’t think milos is going win a set and I’m not even expecting a Tie Breaker too


jane Says:

I hope Milos doesn’t get blown away and at least makes it interesting.


Skeezer Says:

^yeah for sure. Barcelona? Its Rafa fandom home play ground. No one has a chance here. No Djoker, Fed, Murray, Tsonga, etc, etc. Rafa can play right handed and still win. Its a Rafa fest.


nadalista Says:

Okay, finally got it….

@skeezer is on a tennis-x retainer to mention Rafa in at least 1 out of 2 posts, and for content to be negative about said subject….

To achieve said task, tennis-x supplies him with copious amounts of Rafa Kool Aid.

Ja, ja…..got it.


Julia Says:

lol nadalista, you hit it on the head!!

skeezer, you might want to look at Basel’s past draws before you keep making fun of Barcelona’s. Loaded with Swiss (expected) and fed in there (expected) but not too many others. Nole won it against fed in 2009 and DelPotro beat fed there in 2012, otherwise fed has won it 5 times total.

I’ll repeat what Ben said….Basel is to the Swiss what Barcelona is to Spain. No need to denigrate one or the other tourney. They’re both only 500 tourneys.


Michael Says:

Probably Milos can take a leaf out of Novak and how he dictates play with Rafa. It can only be through calculated offense and threadbare defense. Easy to say, not easy to do. I think Nadal may well win this match in straight sets, a set might get tough but will not stop Rafa from winning it.


Michael Says:

Regarding the quality of field in Barcelona, well it is looking medicore especially with the exit of Ferrer who was the only player who can give some goose bumbs to Rafa. So, it looks game, set and match for Nadal and he will most certainly another 500 tourney unless some miracle happens. But Miracles do not happen often.


montecarlo Says:

Here is a prediction dedicated to jamie-

“Nadal will become world number one again on 27th January 2014″


Jonathan @ peRFect Tennis Says:

Gets to play a serve bot in a semi final on clay. More proof Barcelona should be downgraded to a Challenger.

Gets to play his best friend Almagro in the final too most likely. Poor.


Giles Says:

^^^ And Basel should be upgraded to a MS 1000??? Lol


Sirius Says:

^he didn’t say that. U r just bringin it up


Ricky Says:

2 more to go for Rafa to add another Barcelona title. If he loses another clay tournament, it will be bad for his self-confidence.

On the other hand, these losses are expected as he has been out for a long time. Progress is 2 steps forward and 1 step backward when coming back from injury. It will take him atleast a few more months to make a complete recovery.


Giles Says:

Sirius. “he didn’t say that” No he didn’t , but I am.


Ben Pronin Says:

Raonic beat Murray in Barcelona (last year?). I hope he gives Rafa a good fight. I don’t think he has a chance of winning but it’d be nice to see a good match from the “up and come.”


Gordon Says:

Wonder if the semis and the finals will both be played on Sunday.


Humble Rafa Says:

^^^ And Basel should be upgraded to a MS 1000??? Lol

Why not upgrade it to a grandslam? That way, followers of the Arrogant One can gather in his hometown and get his blessings, while he threatens his hometown tournament demanding millions in appearance fees.


Giles Says:

HR. Lol


Skeezer Says:

Since Rafa fans HAVE to bring up Basel, Here is the players in past draws.

Djoker
Delpo
Roddick
Gas
Nalby
Isner
Cilic
Fsh
Wawa


Giles Says:

^^^ Not interested. Store it in your archives!!


jane Says:

Rosol made the final in Bucharest; he meets G-Lo in the final.

Battle of 2 smooth one-handed backhands has begun: Nico and Special K.


Julia Says:

Since skeezer brought up that list of players, let me add the ones from Barcelona:

Nadal Tomic
Murray Monaco
Berdych Ferrero
Ferrer Moya
Raonic Neimenen
Tipsarevic
Kohlschreiber
Gulbis
Haase
Verdasco

Maybe skeezer is just mad that Rafa has won his home tourney 8 times whereas fed has only managed 5 scattered wins.


Julia Says:

^^ And that was just from a quick glance


Julia Says:

Roddick, Gasquet, Fish, Nalby???? Seriously? Wawa is expected to play as it’s his home tourney.


Ben Pronin Says:

This argument is still going on…


jane Says:

Milos is not doing too badly versus Rafa on clay. He achieved the one break but just wasn’t able to consolidate it.

Meanwhile Nico wails on Special K: 6-2, 6-1.


Julia Says:

Ben, skeezer seems intent on making fun of Barcelona. I have not made fun of or denigrated Basel. Far from it! I have repeatedly said that YOU said, Basel is to the Swiss as Barcelona is to Spain and both are 500 tourneys and no need to make fun of one or the other.


Julia Says:

Nico has been playing inspired tennis in his past matches at Barcelona. He definitely has some sort of fire lit under him, maybe enough to make it verrry interesting should he face Rafa.


Julia Says:

From the looks of the live scores from Barcelona, it will be Rafa. Nico has the advantage of that he plays and practices with Rafa. He maybe knows some weaknesses or dislikes that others may not? Who knows!! Except Jamie maybe–lol


rogerafa Says:

“Here is a prediction dedicated to jamie-

“Nadal will become world number one again on 27th January 2014″
————————————————–

That is not a very unreasonable prediction and it is based on at least some logic instead of some psychic’s words. Rafa has an outside chance of regaining the top rank by that time if he outperforms Novak and Andy in the intervening period. It seems unlikely though. Novak seems back on track and it would be very difficult for anyone to prevent him from keeping that position for the entire season and beyond.


Julia Says:

Did anyone see the match? Did Milos just give up in that second set? Seems like he should have won at least one game in that second set, but just watching live scores tells you NOTHING!


nadalista Says:

Yawn…….

Rafa into another final…….so, where was that big serve, Milos?


Kimberly Says:

so much for that match


Giles Says:

“But I’m Milos”. Lol


Julia Says:

Milos had the right mindset to play against Rafa, having Rafa adjust to him instead of vice versa. Guess he just couldn’t pull it off.

How many finals does this make for Rafa since his return?


Humble Rafa Says:

Bagels are nice when you are hungry.


Sirius Says:

6 finals this season but he’s still rusty. This rust won’t go eventually, chemical reactions might help him :)


jane Says:

Milos wasn’t serving as well the second set methinks and Rafa’s a great returning. He won only 2 of 11 second serves – ooff. Also he isn’t that great of a returner; that and his backhand are still weaknesses in his game. But at least he played one good set. Rafa will likely pummel Nico tomorrow too.


nadalista Says:

“…..But at least he played one good set.”

That’s where he expended all his energy. Rafa moved him around the court in that 1st set and come the second set, Raonic had no energy left and that’s why his serve lacked pop. Raonic’s return game has always been a liability. Without his serve he’s a sitting duck. It would also help if he could improve his fitness, folding like a cheap tent with a set still to be played ain’t gonna cut it, even against a Rafa who is yet to fire on all cylinders…


Julia Says:

Thank you jane. I still think Rafa will win tomorrow but I have a feeling that Nico will play some good tennis against him. Too bad good won’t be enough.


jane Says:

nadalista, perhaps it’s fitness, but I don’t know. Raonic plays lots of 3 setters and often prevails. He played 2 matches yesterday, beating Gulbis and then Robredo in a 3 setter that went to a tiebreak. So if anything he might’ve been worn out today from that. I think his movement could be better but it seems to be a liability for a lot of the tall ones. Anyhow agree that he has things to work on, but all in all, I’d say it was a good tournament for him.

Julia, no worries. I really can’t see Nico troubling Rafa too much on clay; if I recall, Nico’s been beaten soundly by Rafa at Roland Garros. Maybe on a hard court, he could put up a little more resistance. I think your fave should win it pretty handily.


Humble Rafa Says:

Why do I feel hungry 6 hours after I had a bagel?


Tennis Fan Says:

Ridiculous forcing players to cram three matches inside of 24 hours … no wonder Raonic has nothing left in the second set…


skeezer Says:

ahh Madrid. the quality players, the food, the lineswomen.


mat4 Says:

@Skeezer:

A link you will like. Especially since 2009.

http://www.tennisabstract.com/cgi-bin/player.cgi?p=NovakDjokovic&f=ACareerqqs81o1&q=RafaelNadal

An interesting data to follow is the dominance ratio. The 2012 hiatus excepted (and the rare match on fast excepted too), it is growing since 2011, even on clay. Could it be a tendency?


harry Says:

@Julia:
” I still think Rafa will win tomorrow but I have a feeling that Nico will play some good tennis against him.”

I was just checking the H2H between Rafa v Nico: on clay it is 7-0. Overall 9-0. Nico has won only one set on clay v Rafa (out of the 18 they have played so far)!

So I’ve got to go with what jane said — “Rafa will likely pummel Nico tomorrow too.”


harry Says:

@mat4:

If i may comment… it is interesting, but I wonder if it is just a “fancy” quantity. For example, Novak’s DR for their Wimbledon 2011 match is “only” 1.16 whereas it is 1.21 for their AO 2012 match. Clearly, Nole was more dominant in the former…

I think the issue with formula is its name! It is the ratio of the win% on serve versus the win% on return. On Wimby, one doesnt win that many points on return — even if you are actually winning comfortably.


rafaeli Says:

Rafa was reading Raonic’s serve impeccably in the 2nd set, that unsettled Raonic and he couldn’t keep up with all aspects of Rafa’s game.

Raonic showed that he is no Sampras, he is just not in the same league as most top 20 players. Without his big serve he wouldn’t be in the top 30. Berlocq is a much more rounded player and is capable of giving the top players a run for their money.


harry Says:

@rafaeli:

“Raonic showed that he is no Sampras, he is just not in the same league as most top 20 players. Without his big serve he wouldn’t be in the top 30. Berlocq is a much more rounded player and is capable of giving the top players a run for their money.”
It is a bit interesting that on one hand you compare him to Sampras and on the other compare him to Berlocq :-)


rafaeli Says:

Michael Says:
Regarding the quality of field in Barcelona, well it is looking medicore especially with the exit of Ferrer who was the only player who can give some goose bumbs to Rafa.

You live in cloud cuckoo land. The last 3 meetings between these 2, Rafa won – 76 60 (Rome 2012), 62 62 61 (RG 2012) & 60 62 (Mexico 2013). Rafa can hardly have goose bumps against a player he pummels like this.


mat4 Says:

@Harry:

I didn’t pay attention to the DR of the Wimbledon encounter. Of course, you compare only apples with apples.

But in general, the site is very informative: a lot of stats, rankings, H2H… With the possibility to limit or expand the search (a lot of different criteria are possible).

Of course, just like every stats, those one are to be used cleverly.


mat4 Says:

And, the DR is the ratio between the points LOST on serve and those WON on return. It could be consistent, even for grass. Although, as I mentioned in my previous post, I didn’t check this particular result.

Did you look at other stats?


Steve 27 Says:

Nadal equals Borg’s victories with 608, but has 3 losses unless the Swedish.


harry Says:

@Mat4

Yes, it seems to be a really informative site. Thanks ;-)

Rafa seems to be in ominous form. Two 6-0s in 2 successive matches (Ramos is a clay-courter and Raonic, well, is no pushover)… Nole is in awesome form too… Hope Fed, Andy and others bring it on during the clay season ;)


Wog boy Says:

Sad news, Ivo Karlovic had a mild stroke, he is in Miami hospital.


harry Says:

@Mat4:

Yes, DR seems to be ratio of %points lost on serve over %points won on return. Yes, DR seems reasonable for aggregate results such as “yearly DR” or for surface specific DR (like clay DR).

Let us pull out some numbers “your site”!

For example, Nole’s DR over all opponents in the last 3 years is 1.48, 1.37, and 1.38 (in reverse order). Before that, it was 1.17, 1.22 etc. Clearly this agrees with our intuition that he is playing spectacularly these years…

Rafa, for example, is averaging these over the last few years (in reverse order): 1.35, 1.42, 1.28, 1.35 and 1.28 respectively.

Fed is averaging (in reverse order): 1.23, 1.34, 1.38, 1.34, and 1.32! Let us see what Fed’s DR was in his hey days 2004 to 2006 (in normal order): 1.40, 1.38, and 1.4.

Yes, the yearly DR numbers are reasonable to me…


mat4 Says:

@Harry:

Just to mention that Mouratoglou just last week wrote that Rafa was far from his best..

Anyway, some very interesting stats, from my point of view:

I wanted to see how much the style of play of a player is “economical”. I was confused when I saw that Murray was playing, in average, the longest matches. But then I remembered that he played the most 5-setters, and I focused on best of three matches. Then, since the best players play the most among themselves, and those matches are usually very difficult, I choose to check how they fare against players outside the top ten.

Rafa was ranked 20 on this list, playing 1h38 per match, and 49 min per set, 51.2 sec per point; Murray was ranked 27, 1h36 per match, 46.8 min per set, 44.5 sec per point.

Novak, ranked 40, played 1h25 per match, 38.7 min per set, 41.2 sec per point, and Roger, ranked 41, played 1h24 per match, 37.3 min per set, 38.2 sec per point.

The table is here:

http://www.tennisabstract.com/cgi-bin/leaders.cgi?f=C1I5s161t1

You can change the criteria, of course.


harry Says:

@WB: sad to hear about that…


mat4 Says:

@WB:

Missed your post. Sorry about Karlovic.


harry Says:

@mat4:

That is an interesting…

Did you select (do a ctrl-click) Grand Slams too — i think you were looking just at Masters? Because I get a different set of numbers… For example, for me Murray averages 43.5 sec/pt while Rafa is 49.2, Nole is 41.4, and Fed clocks in at 41.0. But I did not know that Nole was that efficient — just a little slower than Fed :-)

I think part of why Rafa’s numbers are higher is because these stats are over the last 2 years (can’t go beyond that for that stat). His ratio of clay games (i would expect) is much higher — consequently his time per point ends up slightly higher too… If he had had a full year last year, i would expect him to have had quicker points than Muzz. What do you think?

Nevertheless, very interesting ;) Also, i wonder the effect of 25 sec rule must have quickened points (but that effect must be the same for all)…


harry Says:

^–I seem to be wrong about Fed’s numbers: he averages 37.2 seconds/pt (copied from the wrong row).


mat4 Says:

@Harry:

Yes, at first I looked only at the MS. Then I found another option for all matches played in the best of 3.

I tried also other combinations to “normalize” the results: just on hard, just on clay, against top 50, against +10… There are really a lot of interesting possibilities.

Finally, under the tabs “serve” and “return”, avg. points per game is also interesting.


mat4 Says:

I thought that the best of 5 matches changed the avg. time per match to much: Murray was at the top of the chart, but he played the most matches in that format last year, making three GS finals, and the final of the OG.

In the masters, Isner played the most, it seems.

For Rafa, the difference from clay to all surfaces seemed big.


harry Says:

@mat4:
yeah, i missed a clause in your earlier post — you clearly say that you focused on best of 3…

yes, quite an interesting site.


Humble Rafa Says:

I got that pink shirt free when Xisca bought a few “things” at Victoria Secret.

My good friend, Almagro, has started a choking academy in Spain. It’s the first of its kind, and I am sure he will find a way to promote it during tomorrow’s match.


skeezer Says:

“rafaeli Says:
Michael Says:
Regarding the quality of field in Barcelona, well it is looking medicore especially with the exit of Ferrer who was the only player who can give some goose bumbs to Rafa.

You live in cloud cuckoo land. The last 3 meetings between these 2, Rafa won – 76 60 (Rome 2012), 62 62 61 (RG 2012) & 60 62 (Mexico 2013). Rafa can hardly have goose bumps against a player he pummels like this.”

Thanks you for validating my point. ;). Quality of the draw was stupendous!

Have fun Rafa toying with Nico. Maybe you can practice dropshots, between the leg tweeners and scissor kick overheads. Ahhh …Barcelona.


skeezer Says:

mat4,

sorry took so long to respond. Thanks and very interesting. Can you decode “DR” for me? Thanks I didn’t see it in the index description or I missed it.

Liked the time limit stat( Thanks Harry). Notice Fed/Nole take about the same amount of time. Sweet.


harry Says:

@skeezer:

If i may respond: DR is (%points won returning) divided by (%points lost serving). So let us take the top 4 over 2012 and 2013. DR is obtained by dividing column 3 by column 5.

Name DR %(win ret) %(win serv) (%lost serv)
Nole 1.39 43.5 68.8 31.2
Fed 1.32 38.8 70.6 29.4
Murray 1.24 42.1 65.9 34.1
Rafa 1.40 43.6 68.9 31.1


harry Says:

Ah! this does not preserve spaces…


harry Says:

Another try with dashes…

Nam — DR %(win ret) %(win serv) (%lost serv)
Nol — 1.39 — 43.5 — 68.8 — 31.2
Fed — 1.32 — 38.8 — 70.6 — 29.4
Mur — 1.24 — 42.1 — 65.9 — 34.1
Raf — 1.40 — 43.6 — 68.9 — 31.1


skeezer Says:

harry,

Thanks! Get it. Interesting and telling stats…


harry Says:

@skeezer:

Mat4′s link is quite amazing. Once again over 2012 and 2013, these are the time stats on “all” courts, clay courts, hard courts and grass courts:

Nam – Sec/Pt (all) – Sec/Pt (CC) – Sec/Pt(HC) – Sec/Pt(Grass)
Nol — 44.7 ——– 46.1 ——– 45.0 ——– 39.9
Fed — 39.2 ——– 40.0 ——– 39.3 ——– 38.3
Mur — 44.9 ——– 46.4 ——– 45.4 ——– 41.9
Raf — 49.4 ——– 50.1 ——– 49.6 ——– 43.0

To me, it is interesting that the time stats between Nole and Muzz are quite close on CC and HC; it is on grass that Nole is quicker. Don’t understand that… May be Muzz fans can add to that?

Fed is quicker per point than the other three; and Rafa seems to take the most time out of the four on all courts.


skeezer Says:

^ Re;Rafa and time. Careful, they will come out as usual and complain the time rule is a sh!tty rule. Why is that, lol?

Cause Rafa said so, ROTFL!


harry Says:

Ah skeezer! I would not like to to get into Fedals :-) I like both of them :-)

But more stats! This time it is the average number of points played per set for the top 4 over 2012 and 2013:

Nam — Pt/Set (all)
Nol — 56.5
Fed — 58.7
Mur — 60.6
Raf — 57.9

Nole clearly seems to play the least number of points per set; and Muzz seems to play the most.


harry Says:

Looking back at the numbers that I listed at 11:44 pm, it is interesting that Fed’s time stats are the ones that are least affected by court type. There is only about 2 sec difference between his time taken for clay courts versus his time taken for grass courts. Whereas Nole and Rafa increase by about 7 secs for a similar transition. Muzz is in between…

Why is that?


skeezer Says:

No problem harry, I won’t try to pull u in. Very surpised Nole plays the less points per set? Wow…efficient.

Not surprised about Muzza, who needs to for sure “pull the trigger” more often.


skeezer Says:

I would assume the longer time is on Clay? If so, makes sense. Longer points are on Clay, harder to put the ball away…


harry Says:

@skeezer:

Thanks! I was surprised too — thought that Fed would have the least points per set. But I have a hypothesis for this — because of Nole’s return game, I think he makes the set “shorter” in points (basically breaks the opponent more than Fed does).

But I have to find a way to test this hypothesis — i would expect more sets that Nole wins by yielding fewer games to the opponents. I will get back on this…


harry Says:

@skeezer (12:31 am):

Yes, the longer time is for clay. So it makes sens that way…

But Fed’s times change from 40.0 sec/pt on clay to 38.3 sec/pt on grass (a 1.7 sec decrease per point going from clay to grass). Whereas Nole’s changes from 46.1 on clay to 39.9 on grass. That is a difference of 6.2 sec. A similar change for Rafa too… For Muzz, it is in between…


rafaeli Says:

Harry, I didn’t compare him to Sampras. When he first came on the scene, he was hailed as the new Sampras.


nadalista Says:

The folks in Switzerland have been looking on with undisguised envy at the excitement emanating from the world famous Barcelona tournament on account of the presence of a certain Mallorcan in the draw they are now trying to hype up their own tourny by any means necessary, including spreading rumours and innuendo about the attendance of said star at their own puny tourny in Basel:

RT @RafaelNadalFC: Not confirmed yet! #Fedal MT @svenja_mastro Huge rumour in Swiss press this morning: Rafa Nadal could play Swiss Indoors in Basel this year.”

Bah……


rafaeli Says:

skeezer Says:
“rafaeli Says:
” Michael Says:
Regarding the quality of field in Barcelona, well it is looking medicore especially with the exit of Ferrer who was the only player who can give some goose bumbs to Rafa.

You live in cloud cuckoo land. The last 3 meetings between these 2, Rafa won – 76 60 (Rome 2012), 62 62 61 (RG 2012) & 60 62 (Mexico 2013). Rafa can hardly have goose bumps against a player he pummels like this.”

Thanks you for validating my point. ;). Quality of the draw was stupendous!”

You are forgetting that Ferrer is #4 in the world, and yes, for a 500 event the draw is great.


Wog boy Says:

“.., for a 500 event the drow is GREAT.”

In that case Dubai is GS for Barcelona, or at least masters event, it was six top 10 players .. I mean if you use word “great” for Barcelona what is left for Dubai? “Good” yes, but “great” …c’mon, give me a brake, please.


Giles Says:

Yep let’s talk about Dubai. Isn’t this where joker managed a dubious wild card for his brother Marko last year? Marko ranked 869 deprived Jaziri of Tunisia ranked 104 of a wild card.
Not surprised joker patronises Dubai. Oh and lest we forget – the all important BIG BUCKS. He probably has the draw fixed for him as well.
He wants Dubai to be upgraded to a MS 1000. In your dreams joker!! C’mon now, nuff with the jokes already puleeeeese!!#BigTimeJoker


Sirius Says:

Fed fans praising basel, rafans praising barcelona, nole fans praising dubai. Murray fans, where are you guys?!?!


Wog boy Says:

Facts for Rafa fan:
Dubai doesn’t have local players (like Spain) to give them WC, so they choose to give them to whom ever they want and for whatever reason they think it is right for them.

Nine times in the last ten years declared best 500 tournamet by players themselves. Has nothing to do with No1e.

Best conditions, best money, BTW, if you go back few posts you will find your post gloating about Barcelona paying more money than Basel, so what is wrong if Dubai pays even more money than others?

We had three players this year with 24 GS titles beetwen themselves playing Dubai!

Barcelona is GOOD but not GREAT, at least that is what players said. I am not downgrading it, just facts!

Sirius,

It wasn’t because of No1e, but because of word “great,” sometimes some fans just get carried away. I didn’t want to get involved in Basel-Barcelona thing, so I choose Dubai as example that one has to choose words carefully or he/she might run out of words. Though I am proud of No1e’s results in Dubai, particulary when you consider oposition compare to some other 500 events;)


Wog boy Says:

Giles Says:
^^^ More prize money than Basel that’s for sure.

April 26th, 2013 at 4:08 am


Sirius Says:

Wog boy,

i understood you weren’t talking about dubai just because of nole. I was just trying to find out what murray fans has to say about any particular 500 even, you know, i asked that just for fun :)


Sirius Says:

Even should be event*


Wog boy Says:

Sirius,

I thought so but wasn’t sure.


Steve 27 Says:

wong boy, what is your opinion about nepotism, do you agree with that or you think is despictable?


Giles Says:

Steve 27. Lol. Looking forward to a response!


Wog boy Says:

I ready said what i think about Marko playing Dubai, read again:
“Facts for Rafa fan:
Dubai doesn’t have local players (like Spain) to give them WC, so they choose to give them to whom ever they want and for whatever reason they think it is right for them.”


Wog boy Says:

“ready” should be “allready”


Giles Says:

^^^ Nepotism!!


Wog boy Says:

^^^ Nop, orginizers were looking after their interests and if it was in their interest to give Marko WC well so be it, we live in corporate world, but if you don’t like No1e you will see it the way you see it. At the end of the day he didn’t became president of ATP, he was just given WC for one 500 event, though the best 500 event, not any;)


mat4 Says:

^^^ According to the definition of the word, it was not a case of nepotism.


mat4 Says:

@WB:

Don’t waste your time, WB. It is not worth it.

Oh dear, oh dear… if it is like this now, after one loss in MC, I don’t dare imagine how it will be after a Nole’s win at RG..


Giles Says:

^^^ What was it then?


Wog boy Says:

^^^ WC ;)


Giles Says:

^^^ Yep. An undeserved WC to a player ranked 869. WC was promised to player ranked 104!
NEPOTISM!
Over and out.


Wog boy Says:

Hi mat4,
That is OK, I have nothing else to do but to stear up Rafa fans, I am stuck in Sydney traffic.


jane Says:

Wog boy, Giles will never see anything positive in Nole, sadly.


Kimberly Says:

Mat4 re 4:48 post. And how long will you disappear for this time if the same thing happens again?


Kimberly Says:

Mat4, also, I wouldn’t worry about Rafa @ roland garros, the rest of the field isn’t exactly a slam dunk for your guy.

US Rafa fans on the other hand, pretty much do consider the rest of the field a slam dunk, we are only worried about Nole!


Wog boy Says:

Hi jane, it looks like that, you are not wrong.

mat4, no predictions this year, please. Remember last year:(


Kimberly Says:

I’m being silly, happy with the HEat, Nadal and Sharapova wins (Heat just swept the series 4-0). The reality is both players will have to play their best to win, and both are in with excellent chances to the title. Hope no one took offense to my teasing Mat4. Although I am curious whether he will disappear again for real if it doesn’t go his way.


mat4 Says:

@Kimberly:

Two weeks? Will it be enough..

@WB:

Predictions… Don’t worry: Jamie wrote that Nole will win 14 slams and Rafa won’t win another. (This was this year. Last year, he wrote probably something else. He has a prediction for every outcome..)


mat4 Says:

@Kimberly:

I certainly don’t take offence. Vae victis! ..

(.. = :-) or ;-))


Kimberly Says:

If Jamie and Sean both predict a Nole win I will breathe easy


jane Says:

^ Gah! Say it ain’t so…


mat4 Says:

@Kimberly:

Jamie predicted both — Rafa _and_ Novak winning — so WE can both breathe easy..


jamie Says:

These were my predictions in February

IW: Novak Djokovic
Miami: Andy Murray
Montecarlo: Novak Djokovic
Madrid: Novak Djokovic
Rome: Rafael Nadal
RG: Rafael Nadal
Wimbledon: Andy Murray

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2013-02-17/11621.php#comment-425600


jamie Says:

My predictions in February

IW: Novak Djokovic
Miami: Andy Murray
Montecarlo: Novak Djokovic
Madrid: Novak Djokovic
Rome: Rafael Nadal
RG: Rafael Nadal
Wimbledon: Andy Murray

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2013-02-17/11621.php#comment-425600


mat4 Says:

@jane:

We can always count on Tignor predicting a Rafa win..


Bada Bing Says:

WB
I hear he has viral meningitis.


skeezer Says:

^who, Giles?


Kimberly Says:

Everyone, wish Skeezer luck. His lowly Warriors have a big game coming tonight with a chance to jump out to a 3-1 lead in their series.


Wog boy Says:

@Bada Bing, @skeezer,

:))

skeezer, I wish you luck.


Wog boy Says:

Bada Bing

My aplogy, smiley face was for skeezer, I know you ment Ivo Karlovic might have viral meningitis, I heard the same. It is no loughing matter, it can be very serious.


skeezer Says:

^ same here. No joke. Sorry didn’t know who you were all referrin too. All the best for Dr. Ivo!

And…..yes Go Warriors! Bring the excitement.


Bada Bing Says:

Yes, all the best for Ivo.

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